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ChessBase Online Blitz returns this Sunday

by Shahid Ahmed - 01/10/2019

World Youth and World Junior takes place in India this time. Do you wish to play some of the best talents of India? Wait no more, because ChessBase Online Blitz tournament makes a return this Sunday 6th October in memory of Late Rafiq Khan, the first Olympiad medal winner in Indian Chess history. Five GMs have already made a strong lineup for this tournament - Karthikeyan Murali, Aravindh Chithambaram, Gukesh D, Vishnu Prasanna and Laxman R R. IM P Konguvel has made the biggest contribution so far of ₹10000. Each player has to donate a minimum of ₹500 as entry fee. However there is no limit on how much they want to donate. The entire donation amount will go to the wife of Rafiq Khan. Total ₹51000 worth of prize money is up for grabs.

Play India's strongest from the comfort of your home

The third ChessBase Online Blitz tournament will take place on this Sunday 6th October 2019 at 8 p.m. IST in the memory of Late Rafiq Khan. Entry fee for the tournament is ₹500, however there is no limit on how much one can donate. The entire proceedings received via donation will be given to the wife of India's first Olympiad medal winner in chess history.

Date: Sunday, 6th October 2019

Time: 8.00 p.m. IST (tournament will get over by 9.30 p.m.)

Time control: 3+0

Number of rounds: 9

Total Prize fund: ₹51000

Venue: Vishy Anand Arena in Playchess

IM Konguvel P is the biggest contributor so far. He made a generous donation of ₹10000 | Photo: Niklesh Jain

GM Karthikeyan Murali one of the first GMs to confirm his participation. He won a blitz tournament last month | Photo: Amruta Mokal

National Triple Crown Champion Aravindh Chithambaram will be seen in action | Photo: Sagar Shah

World Junior Silver medalist GM Abhimanyu Puranik | Photo: Amruta Mokal

India's youngest GM Gukesh is a regular at ChessBase Online Blitz tournaments | Photo: Sagar Shah

ChessBase India Blitz regular Laxman won a car recently at Hyderabad | Photo: Niklesh Jain

IM Raunak Sadhwani loves playing blitz | Photo: Amruta Mokal

IM Ravi Teja S who is a strong player has also been a very successful coach lately | Photo: ChessBase India archives

Shiv Chatrapati Shivaji Award winner IM Nubairshah | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Reigning National Women's Champion and one of the latest IM's of the country, Bhakti Kulkarni | Photo: Queens Chess Academy

Madhya Pradesh's latest International Master Anuj Shrivatri | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Reigning National under-17 champion IM Neelash Saha is in terrific form | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Details of the online tournament:

Main Prize:




Special prizes:


In order to win a special prize you need to play all the rounds.

Note: Each player is eligible for one and higher prize only.

Donate to the cause:

The entry fee for the event is ₹500 which is the minimum amount you have to donate to play in this event. If you would like to donate more towards the cause, you are most welcome to do so. If the date of 6th October doesn't fit in your schedule, you can skip playing the event, but still donate towards this cause. Each one of us can definitely afford ₹500. It is our request to everyone to help the family of Rafiq Khan. As already mentioned, the entire amount will be donated to Zahida Khan, wife of Rafiq Khan.

If the above button doesn't work, you can contribute from here.


People who live outside India and would like to contribute, can do so from here:


For registration queries contact:

Mr. Shahid Ahmed (Tournament director) - 9038139510

Email -

• We request all players to check their internet connection before the tournament. Minimum requirement should be at least 2 mbps. No phone calls/messages will be entertained once the tournament starts from 8 p.m. IST onwards. All queries must be resolved before the tournament.

List of players:

Donors who will play the tournament:

Serial No. Full name Rating Playchess ID Donation amount
1 GM Karthikeyan Murali 2617 fighter64 0
2 GM Aravindh Chithambaram 2609 Refresh 0
3 GM Abhimanyu Puranik 2571 pabh 1000
4 GM Gukesh D 2520 gk06 0
5 GM Vishnu Prasanna V 2505
6 IM Raunak Sadhwani 2479 devil1234 0
7 IM Ravi Teja S 2455 Ravi Teja S 0
8 GM Laxman R R 2444 LAXMAN 1500
9 IM Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh 2420 NubairshahShaikh 1000
10 IM Bhakti Kulkarni 2418 bestluck 1000
11 IM Anuj Shrivatri 2390 ANUJ SHRIVATRI 1000
12 WGM Vaishali R 2385 rvaishali2001 1000
13 IM Konguvel P 2370
14 IM Neelash Saha 2334 gamechanger 1000
15 Kaustuv Kundu 2318 Kaustuv Kundu 500
16 Rohit S 2234 rohit2007 500
17 Aradhya Garg 2168 Aradhya 500
18 Sai Manivannan 1926 SAIMANIVANNAN 500
19 Honi Arora 1889 honi12 500
20 Ankur Singh Thakur 1441 stuart1988 500
21 Abhishek D Chandra 1199 Gwalior player 500
22 Akshaj Patil 1016 Akshaj patil 500
23 Rahul Anil Bhagwat

24 Somasundaran M



Donors who will not play the tournament:

Serial No. Full name Donation amount
1 Ramesh Balasubramanian 6464
2 Sethuraman S P 5000
3 FM Akash Thakur 1000
4 Maruti Naik 1000


How to play tournament?

Please ensure that you have a valid Playchess id. You can create one here

1. Download the free Windows software of Playchess

Firstly you have to download the free native Windows software from here. If you have Mac OS or Mac Computer, then you have to use some VMWare to run it as Playchess Desktop Client has native support on Windows OS only.

Login or Create account

After you have installed the Client. You must login.

Enter your Playchess username and password if you have one. (Note, for all the ChessBase Account Premium members, your login credentials will work). If you do not have a Username, you must click on "Create New Player Name" and create a new account. Alternatively, you can also create it here. This is free of cost and gives you free access to Playchess for a few days. 

The tournament will take place in the Vishy Anand Arena in the ChessBase India room. Registered players should be online and logged into Playchess at least 30 minutes before the start of the tournament to confirm your entries on 6th of October. 7.30 p.m. would be a good time.

Click on the ‘Players’ Tab and then click on ‘Join Event’. The Sysop (Tournament Director) will accept your entry. Only those who have donated the money will be allowed to play.

Note: The Playchess id, while donating the amount and playing the tournament should be the same.

Let us all do our bit as chess players and remember the legend - Rafiq Khan

About HelpChess

ChessBase India Foundation has indulged in raising funds not only for the talents of Indian chess but also on issues of national importance by galvanizing the chess community together.

Chess players raised ₹33121 through Let's Rebuild Odisha ChessBase Online tournament

You can also make a direct donation to the bank account of ChessBase India Foundation which will be added to the amount of donation for Rafiq Khan:

Name :- ChessBase India Foundation
A/C. No. :- 50200031999591
Bank Name: HDFC Bank.
Type of Account: Current Account
Branch Address :- 001 / 002,Samyak Darshan,Junction Of Tilak Road& Vallabh Baug Lane,Mumbai,
IFSC CODE :- HDFC0000118


All the contributors will be mentioned in a separate article which will be published when the tournament ends and the donation is made.

About online tournaments on Playchess by ChessBase India:

ChessBase India has organized innumerable online events successfully. Here is some feedback about the quality of the events:


GM Vaibhav Suri, winner of 2nd ChessBase Online Blitz tournament

The tournament was conducted quite smoothly and a quite "fun Sunday" event. The participation of Adhiban & Sethuraman definitely added the spark to the event. I guess an Online Blitz Festival would be the next way to go (with different formats - Chess960, Bughouse, Bullet etc). Overall really happy with such events. Way to go!!


GM R R Laxman, reigning National Blitz Champion

I thank the  Chessbase India team once more for their strenous and tireless endeavour to popularise blitz events in India. Considering the fact that the present day time control  even in classical format ( unlike the yesteryears)  demands quick reflexes and blitz skills  , I feel that the entire Chessbase India team is doing an exemplary and praiseworthy job. A boon for Indian chess !!!. Though my performance this time was not satisfactory ,I hope to excel and cherish more pleasant memories from my side in the forthcoming editions of Chessbase India blitz events.


IM Ravi Teja S, former National Challengers Champion

We (Ravi Teja&Anusha NLV) thoroughly enjoyed the was exciting!


Tushar Bohra, father of Kanishk Bohra

Thanks for enrolling Kanishk for the event. He had a great time playing the games. And a great overall experience.


D Gukesh

I am extremely happy to have participated in my first online blitz tmt conducted by ChessBase India and loved the experience and thrill. from the start to the finish its professionally conducted and got the rare opportunity to play several high-class players in a single event and looking forward for its next event


Priti Mahendru, mother of Jaiveer Mahendru

This was our second chessbase online blitz event. My son is 8 years and it was an absolute thrill for him to be playing against titled players ! Thanks a lot for organizing this. We look forward to more such events !


Kushagra Mohan

I was happy the way the tournament was conducted. No problems at all. You just keep increasing the prize money and that is a big improvement.Cannot hope for more.