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JDCA invites you to Jaffna International Chess Championship 2023 in Sri Lanka

by Shahid Ahmed - 19/10/2023

Jaffna District Chess Association invites you to Jaffna International Chess Championship 2023. The inaugural edition is offering a first prize of LKR 200000 and a total prize fund of LKR 2.4 Million. A total of 150 prizes are up for grabs. Entry is FREE for GM, IM, WGM, WIM, FM, WFMs and players rated above 2000. Travel grant is offered to GM, IM, WGM, WIMs. Foreign players are given various conditions too. This year we have already witnessed five different Indians - GM Deepan Chakkravarthy, IM Raahul V S, IM Kushagra Mohan, GM Swapnil Dhopade and Indrajeet Mahindrakar win a tournament in Sri Lanka, Kushagra won two. You could be the next one. All tournament info photos are from tournament circular.

This December play a rating open in Jaffna, Sri Lanka

Jaffna International Chess Championship will take place from 8th to 12th December 2023

Venue, Schedule and Eligibility

The tournament will take place at Chelva Palace, Kokuvil, Jaffna in Sri Lanka from 8th to 12th December 2023. There are double rounds every day. Blitz event will take place on 9th December 2023. The tournament is open for all rated and unrated players.

Venue, Schedule and Eligibility


The total prize fund is LKR 2.4 Million. The top three prizes in the Open category are LKR 200000, 150000 and 100000 along with a trophy and medal each. There are 20 main prizes, 50 rating category prizes including unrated; Top 3 in Best Women, Best Senior (Above 50 years), Best Under-6, Best Jaffna District (Boy and Girl), Best Mercantile and Best University player categories. Five age group - Under-7, Under-9, Under-11, Under-13 and Under-15 has trophies and medals each for the top three Boys and Girls. There are Mercantile/Corporate Sector and Higher Education Sector (Above 18 years) prizes for the top three finishers too. Check the image below for more details.

Classical Rating Open prize details

Blitz Open prize details

Entry fees

Entry is free for GM, IM, WGM, WIM, FM, WFM and players rated above 2000 in both Classical and Blitz Open events. For all other players, please check the images below for entry fee structure in both Open and Blitz events.

Entry fee for Classical event

Entry fee details for Blitz Open

Travel Grant

GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs having over 2200 Elo rating (2000 for Women) will be given a travel grant of US$ 100 or air ticket will be provided for Tamil Nadu players - as mentioned in the tournament circular.

Accommodation and Transport

Accommodation and Transport details

Rules and Regulations

Check out the rules and regulations

Rules and Regulations

Appeals and Payment details

Contact details

Contact details

Indian players success story in Sri Lanka this year

GM Deepan Chakkravarthy, IM Raahul V S, IM Kushagra Mohan, GM Swapnil Dhopade and Indrajeet Mahindrakar have won tournaments in Sri Lanka this year. The next one can be you!

Download the tournament circulars from our calendar - Classical and Blitz.


Jaffna District Chess Association fb page

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