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"Let's fight Corona together" fundraiser online blitz on 9th of April 2020

by Shahid Ahmed - 04/04/2020

On 9th of April 2020, ChessBase India is holding the "Let's fight Corona together" fundraiser online blitz. ChessBase India has always tried to bring the chess community together for a good cause. This time as well, we are looking forward to the chess players from all across India coming together and helping the country fight against the Corona virus. There is no entry fee, but to participate, you have to contribute a minimum of Rs.100. There is no upper limit and you can donate whatever amount you are comfortable with. We also have signed DVDs by Carlsen and Anand and India no.2 Vidit Gujrathi will not just play the event, but also do live streaming to support the cause.

"Let's fight Corona together" Fundraiser ChessBase India Online Blitz Tournament on 9th April 2020

ChessBase India has always tried to use chess as a tool to unite the chess loving community for the greater good of the society. Right from the floods in Kerala, to the cyclone in Odisha, we have always had initiatives to raise funds and help our country. Today our common enemy is the Corona virus. It has taken away the lives of few and disrupted the livelihood of many. Through our sport we can all come together on the 9th of April 2020, contribute for a good cause and raise money which will be donated to the PM CARES Fund. At the same time you can fight it out against some of the top players of Indian chess.

India no.2 GM Vidit Gujrathi has already confirmed that he will not only play at the event, but also stream his games LIVE so that people can follow him and learn from the way he thinks! Whatever money he raises through playing and commenting will be contributed to the donation pool.

Details of the online tournament:

Date: Thursday 9th April 2020

Time: 8:00 p.m. IST

Time control: 3 mins + 0 second increment

Number of rounds: 9

Venue: Vishy Anand Arena in Playchess

The real prize for all of us is coming together, playing chess and raising funds for a good cause. But we would love that the winner gets something special that he can keep as a memory. The first place winner gets Magnus Carlsen's DVD signed by the World Champion himself.

Although no amount is big or small, we would like to send Vishy Anand's My Career Vol.1+2 signed by the Indian legend himself to the person who makes the biggest contribution.

P.S. The prizes will be sent once the normal courier services resume. Currently due to the Covid-19 situation, the courier facilities across the country have been affected.

Top donors

GM Sasikiran Krishnan has made the biggest donation so far of ₹20000 | Photo: John Saunders

Former National Rapid Champion GM Neelotpal Das has also donated ₹20000 | Photo: ChessBase India archive

India's second GM in history Dibyendu Barua donated ₹20000 | Photo: Amruta Mokal

GM Srinath Narayanan contributed donated ₹5000 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

GM Magesh Panchanathan donated ₹5000 | Photo: ChessBase India archives

18th GM of India Arun Prasad Subramanian donated ₹5000 | Photo: ChessBase India archives

GM Ankit Rajpara donated ₹5000 | Photo: ChessBase India archives

IM Tania Sachdev donated ₹5000 | Photo: IA Gopakumar Sudhakaran

GM Laxman R R donated ₹4500 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM Nisha Mohota donated ₹2018 | Photo: ChessBase India archives

GM Stany GA donated ₹2000 | Photo: Niklesh Jain

GM Deep Sengupta donated ₹1000 | Photo: Amruta Mokal

IM Aditya Mittal contributed ₹1000 | Photo: Niklesh Jain

IM Neelash Saha donated ₹1000 | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Confirmed Titled players

GM Sethuraman S P | Photo: Puneet Jaiswal

GM Aryan Chopra | Photo: Puneet Jaiswal

GM Gukesh D | Photo: Niki Riga

GM Vishnu Prasanna | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM Shinya Kojima of Japan | Photo: FIDE

GM Sundararajan Kidambi | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM Padmini Rout | Photo: IA Gopakumar Sudhakaran

WIM Divya Deshmukh | Photo: John Saunders

Donate to the cause:

There is no entry fee for the event. But you have to donate an amount to take part in it. The minimum donation required is Rs.100. There is no upper limit to the amount you would like to donate.  Even if you are unable to play at the event, you can still donate towards this good cause. Each one of us can definitely afford ₹100. As already mentioned, the entire amount will be donated to the PM CARES fund.

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 directly to the PM CARES Fund:

Name of the Account PM CARES

Account Number 2121PM20202

IFSC Code SBIN0000691


Name of Bank and Branch State Bank of India, New Delhi Main Branch

UPI ID pmcares@sbi

How to play the tournament:

Please ensure that you have a valid Playchess id. You can create one 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 Name Playchess ID Donation Rating
1 GM Neelotpal Das Mandrake 20000 2425
2 GM Dibyendu Barua Dibyendu Barua 20000 2393
3 GM Srinath Narayanan NSRINATH 5000 2540
4 GM Magesh Panchanathan gmmagesh 5000 2508
5 GM Ankit Rajpara twentyseven 5000 2452
6 IM Tania Sachdev Tania Sachdev 5000 2392
7 GM Laxman R R LAXMAN 4500 2411
8 Sonia Singhania Sonia19861 2100 0
9 IM Nisha Mohota Nisha Mohota 2018 2106
10 GM Stany G A Stany G A 2000 2522
11 GM Deep Sengupta Deep Sengupta 1000 2527
12 IM Aditya Mittal Vinniethepooh 1000 2438
13 IM Neelash Saha gamechanger 1000 2413
14 Chandrasish Majumdar chandrasish96 1000 2106
15 Harish Kumar harish_chess 1000 1567
16 Velavaa Ragavesh Ragavesh 1000 1416
17 Rahul Anil Bhagwat MRAA 1000 0
18 E Agam Aditya aagam aditya e 501 1707
19 Vivaan Vijay Saraogi chess_cheiro 501 1519
20 CM Shahil Dey ShahilDey 500 2376
21 Aradhya Garg Aradhya 500 2198
22 FM C J Arvind JUNOSOURCE 500 2123
23 G Dinesh Kumar gdbow 500 2046
24 Vansh Aggarwal twobrothers 500 1922
25 Krishna RV KARNATAKA 500 1295
26 Rishila Banerjee
500 0
27 L R Srihari lsr 300 2414
28 Sai Manivannan N.R. Saimanivannan 300 1926
29 Devarsh Borkhetariya M Lightning McQueen 300 1482
30 Virle Kimaya KIMAYA_VIRLE#24 300 1349
31 Nidhish Govekar Nidhish02 300 1069
32 Swayham P Das swayham 251 1675
33 Arjun Gupta Arjun Gupta 201 1932
34 Ankit Ray shinchan2009 201 1661
35 Vinay R Jumani Vinay12345 200 1754
36 Ajay Kumar
200 0
37 K Chandra Sekhar Chesslearner500 200 0
38 Thirumalaivasan K VASU06 200 0
39 Amit Mishra amitm55 150 0
40 Arnav Khandelwal rockboss 110 1159
41 Naga Ram Nagaram 102 0
42 FM Dushyant Sharma Dushu2930 101 2270
43 Garv Gaur garvgaur1008 101 2083
44 Dinesh Rajan M dinchamp 101 1912
45 Setu Minocha setuminocha 101 1036
46 Karan Daryani beardedking21 101 0
47 Kshitij Dutta KDROCKS 101 0
48 Shreyan Mukherjee shreyan2013 101 0
49 CM Bhavesh Mahajan bhavesh1810 100 2047
50 Aditya Bikram Paul adityabikram 100 1964
51 Alekhya Mukhopadhyay GMAlekhya2007 100 1944
52 Hari Surya Bharadwaj Alekhine1 100 1882
53 Siddhant Gawai DarkJoker 100 1840
54 Prathamesh Divekar prathameshdivekar 100 1464
55 Kiran Vasishta TS Kiran Vasishta 100 1427
56 Neev Patel neevptl 100 1416
57 Viraj Gogte virgog 100 1337
58 Ramteke Sumedh SSRKing 100 1328
59 Anubhav Singhal Parul1978 100 1319
60 Padmaesh M K Padmaesh M K 100 1293
61 Sidharth Sreekumar SidharthS 100 1194
62 Amogh Bisht AmobhB 100 1193
63 Aditi P Iyer Aditi Iyer 100 1098
64 Shristi Chede shristi chede 100 1084
65 Sree Hari Nathan K S sreeharia11 100 1069
66 Armaan Haider ays020209 100 1027
67 Aarav Patel patelaarav 100 0
68 Adipto Nath Adipto Nath 100 0
69 Arun Pratap Singh Arun pratap singh 100 0
70 Harshit Vikram SB Harshit2009 100 0
71 Namratha Rao Namratha Rao 100 0
72 Narendra Singh
73 Parth Goyal Parthchesswinner 100 0
74 Pratham Aditya
100 0
75 Shaurya Divecha Shaurya Divecha 100 0
76 Shaurya Pratap Singh shash 100 0
77 Shivansh Bhatt srbchess12 100 0
78 GM Sethuraman S P Piscean
79 GM Aryan Chopra Aryan Chopra
80 GM Gukesh D Gk06
81 GM Vishnu Prasanna Fidodido
82 IM Shinya Kojima imsknkgg
83 GM Sundararajan Kidambi

84 IM Padmini Rout Padmini
85 WIM Divya Deshmukh









Donors who will not play the tournament Name Playchess ID Donation Rating
1 GM Sasikiran Krishnan Sasikiran 20000 2647
2 Anonymous 10000
3 GM Arunprasad Subramanian Dont Know 5000 2507



Total funds raised so far 124042



How to play tournament?

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 9th of April. 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.

About ChessBase India Foundation

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

IM Sagar Shah and Niklesh Jain have already raised above Rs.45,000 to be donated to the PM CARES fund through their online training and the details of these funds can be seen here.


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 the cause:

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.

Know more about ChessBase India Foundation here.


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, multi-time 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.

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