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Indian chess has raised ₹37672 for Rafiq Khan with one day to go. Contribute now!

by Shahid Ahmed - 05/10/2019

Total 29 players including six GMs, seven IMs and a WGM have raised ₹37672 for Rafiq Khan Memorial ChessBase Online Blitz Tournament 2019. This is not the final amount, we hope it will increase since the tournament takes place tomorrow Sunday 6th October at 8 p.m. IST. Total Prize Fund is ₹51000 cash. Entry fee for the tournament is ₹500. The entire money received through entry fee and donation will be given to the wife of Late Rafiq Khan. The biggest contributor so far is IM P Konguvel. He has donated ₹10000. You can still register for the tournament and play against India's strongest, no matter wherever you are in the world. Find more details on how to register.

ChessBase Online Blitz is tomorrow Sunday 6th October

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 is ₹500, however there is no limit on how much a player 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

FM Siddharth Jagadeesh has also donated ₹10000

Kheerthi Ganta has contributed ₹10000

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:

Entry is closed. However you can still donate. 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 1000
2 GM Aravindh Chithambaram 2609 Refresh 1000
3 GM Abhimanyu Puranik 2571 pabh 1000
4 GM Arjun Erigaisi 2544 Indian-Lion 5000
5 GM Gukesh D 2520 gk06 0
6 GM Vishnu Prasanna V 2505 Fidodido 4000
7 IM Raunak Sadhwani 2479 devil1234 0
8 IM CRG Krishna 2459 crg 1000
9 IM Ravi Teja S 2455 Ravi Teja S 500
10 GM Laxman R R 2444 LAXMAN 1500
11 IM Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh 2420 NubairshahShaikh 1000
12 IM Bhakti Kulkarni 2418 bestluck 1000
13 IM Anuj Shrivatri 2390 ANUJ SHRIVATRI 1000
14 WGM Vaishali R 2385 rvaishali2001 1000
15 IM Konguvel P 2370 Konguvel 10000
16 IM Neelash Saha 2334 gamechanger 1000
17 FM Siddharth Jagadeesh 2331 siddharthjagadeesh 10000
18 IM Rathnakaran K 2325 RATHNAKARAN 1000
19 Kaustuv Kundu 2318 Kaustuv Kundu 500
20 WIM Priyanka Nutakki 2248 Chess Queen 500
21 Rohit S 2234 rohit2007 500
22 Gaurav Bakliwal 2219 thebiggb 500
23 Girish Chandanani 2169 sanjanachandanani 500
24 Aradhya Garg 2168 Aradhya 500
25 Sahil Tickoo 2167 TheHope 500
26 Sriram Sarja 2138 Indianquant 500
27 Sarvesh Kumar A 2115 Chessencounter 500
28 Amithpal Singh 2102 amithpal15 1064
29 Anusha NLV 2081 anushanlv 500
30 Siddharth Sabharishankar 1984 Siddharthsabharishankar 500
31 Sai Manivannan 1926 SAIMANIVANNAN 500
32 Honi Arora 1889 honi12 500
33 A.Anand Sivasankar 1853 anandfan 500
34 Sahil Dhawan 1849 Greatgatsby 500
35 Muthu P 1823 muthu2205 500
36 Sibi Srinivasa Einstein Reddy 1804 sibieinstein 500
37 Peter Anand A 1787 PeterAnand 500
38 Pradhyumna Kumar Kothapalli 1787 Pradhyu 567
39 Aaryan Singla 1541 chessmaster2009 500
40 Kheerthi Ganta 1520 Candybond11 10000
41 Aashish Reddy 1471 Aashish2003 500
42 Ankur Singh Thakur 1441 stuart1988 500
43 Raja Mohammad 1391 raza_shah 500
44 Sankaran P K 1251 Enthusiast 500
45 Abhishek D Chandra 1199 adchandra 500
46 Jaiveer Patil 1133 Jaiveerpatil 500
47 Akshaj Patil 1016 Akshaj patil 500
48 Parigyan Chakraborty 1010 Parigyan Chakraborty 1000
49 Rahul Anil Bhagwat

50 Swayangsu Satyakam
51 Mayur Gondhalekar
gonda 708
52 Amit Mishra
AMITM55 500
53 Bharath R
Hockey07 500
54 Dakshesh Dutt
20505337 500
55 Lakshita Dutt
20505329 500
56 Skanda Subramanian
kramnikstudent 500
57 Somasundaran M

58 Suhas Murthy
Murthye4 500





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
5 Mohammad Suleman 500


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.