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Donchenko, Sethuraman, Aravind and more in action in March Masters Online Blitz 2020

by Shahid Ahmed - 29/03/2020

This Sunday will be a double header in ChessBase India Online Blitz tournament as Saturday we will have the 2nd edition of Saturday Online Blitz tournament, but Sunday we will have the Mega event of March Masters Online Blitz with Laxman which has the five times the prize money of a Saturday Online event. The total Prize fund is ₹50000 with the first prize being ₹10000. Laxman has contributed ₹15000 to the tournament prize fund as he loves playing Blitz on Playchess. Total 22 GMs, 31 IMs, 3 WGMs and 8 WIMs have confirmed their participation for the event. Entry is FREE for GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs. Photo: Various sources 

The biggest Prize fund event of the month takes place this Sunday

The "March Masters Online Blitz" will have a total prize fund of ₹50000. And why do we call it in association with GM Laxman Rajaram? Because GM Laxman has contributed ₹15000 in the total prize fund, the tournament will have no limit of participants and entry is free for GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs. For everyone else there are two types of entries - Premium and Non-Premium ChessBase Account holders. For ChessBase Premium Account subscribers the entry fee will be ₹300, for non-Premium subscribers the entry fee will be ₹600. The tournament will take place on 29th March at 8 p.m. IST.

So far we have 22 GMs, 31 IMs, 3 WGMs and 8 WIMs confirming their participation. GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs just need to write to us at mentioning their FIDE and Playchess ID to confirm their participation.

ChessBase India presents March Masters Blitz Tournament in association with GM Laxman Rajaram will take place on Sunday 29th March 2020 at 8 p.m. IST. Entry fee for the tournament is FREE for GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs. For other ChessBase Premium Account subscribers the entry fee will be ₹300, for non-Premium subscribers the entry fee will be ₹600.


Date: Sunday 29th March 2020

Time: 8.00 p.m. IST

Time control: 3 mins each (no increment)

Number of rounds: 9

Total Prize fund: ₹50000

Venue: Vishy Anand Arena in Playchess under ChessBase India room


Germany no.2 GM Alexander Donchenko | Photo: John Saunders

GM Sethuraman S P | Photo: Puneet Jaiswal

Reigning National Triple Crown Champion GM Aravindh Chithambaram | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Argentina no.2 GM Alan Pichot | Photo: Alan's fb

GM S L Narayanan | Photo: ChessBase India archives

Coach of IM Volodar Murzin - GM Mikhail Kobalia of Russia | Photo: Sagar Shah

GM Zaven Andriasian of Armenia | Photo: Harry Gielen

GM Abhimanyu Puranik | Photo: Amruta Mokal

GM Gukesh D will be among the top seeds

ChessBase India Blitz regular GM Arjun Erigaisi | Photo: Puneet Jaiswal

GM Elshan Moradiabadi | Photo: ChessBase India archives

GM Lalith Babu M R | Photo: IA Gopakumar Sudhakaran

GM Raunak Sadhwani loves to play Blitz | Photo: Niki Riga

GM Diptayan Ghosh | Photo: Niklesh Jain

GM Stany G A | Photo: Niklesh Jain

GM Gabriel Flom of France | Photo: John Saunders

GM Harsha Bharathakoti | Photo: IA Gopakumar Sudhakaran

GM Magesh Panchanathan | Photo: ChessBase India archives

Algeria no.1 GM Bilel Bellahcene | Photo: Kim Bhari

GM Thej Kumar MS | Photo: Sagar Shah

Former National Rapid Champion GM Neelotpal Das will be making his ChessBase Online Blitz debut | Photo: ChessBase India archives

GM Laxman Rajaram | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM C R G Krishna | Photo: IA Gopakumar Sudhakaran

IM Arjun Kalyan | Photo: Amruta Mokal

IM Ravi Teja S | Photo: Niklesh Jain

IM Volodar Murzin | Photo: Niki Riga

IM Leon Luke Mendonca | Photo: Niki Riga

IM Arghyadip Das | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM Mahammad Muradli of Azerbaijan | Photo: Reint Dykema

IM Mitrabha Guha | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM Rathanvel V S | Photo: Niklesh Jain

IM Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad | Photo: ChessBase India archives

IM Aditya Mittal | Photo: Niklesh Jain

IM Bharath Subramaniyam H | Photo: Sagar Shah

One of the latest IMs of the country IM Pranesh M | Photo: Niklesh Jain

IM Aronyak Ghosh | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM Vignesh N R | Photo: Amruta Mokal

IM Nubairshah Shaikh | Photo: Niklesh Jain

IM Neelash Saha | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Kolhapur's first IM Sammed Shete | Photo: Niklesh Jain

IM Kushager Krishnater | Photo: ChessBase India archives

IM Muthaiah Al | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Reigningg National Women's Champion IM Bhakti Kulkarni | Photo: Queen's Chess Academy

IM Krishna Teja N | Photo: Sagar Shah

IM Saksham Rautela | Photo: ChessBase India archives

IM Rajdeep Sarkar | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM Anuj Shrivatri | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Master in faster time controls IM P D S Girinath | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM Moksh Amit Doshi | Photo: Marius Ceteraş

IM Sai Agni Jeevitesh | Photo: ChessBase India archives

IM Rathnakaran K | Photo: ChessBase India archives

IM P Saravana Krishnan | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM Nisha Mohota | Photo: Ismael Nieto

World Youth Under-16 girls Gold medalist WGM Leya Garifullina of Russia | Photo: ChessBase India archives

WGM Kiran Manisha Mohanty | Photo: Niklesh Jain

WGM Beatriz Franco | Photo: Beatriz's fb

WIM Priyanka Nutakki | Photo: Niklesh Jain

WIM Mrudul Dehankar | Photo: ChessBase India archives

WIM Aakanksha Hagawane | Photo: Niklesh Jain

WIM Rakshitta Ravi | Photo: IA Gopakumar Sudhakaran

WIM Michelle Catherina | Photo: Niklesh Jain

WIM Saloni Narendra Sapale | Photo: Niklesh Jain

WIM Angela Franco | Photo: Niklesh Jain

WIM Bhagyashree Thipsay | Photo: ChessBase India archives

Laxman's note

India's 20th GM Laxman R R is a multi-time National Blitz Champion | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

"I am indeed elated to see the advertisement of the forthcoming five online chess events starting from 21st March this month. Due to the recent scare given by the Corona virus all over the globe, we have been strictly advised to curtail any form of unnecessary travel. Hence the online events hold much more importance and prominence for the time being.


I am making a humble contribution of ₹15000 towards the organisation of a Mega-blitz event at on the 29th of this month. It is my ardent desire to make the event a cherished and memorable one by inviting elite players in India which might make the online events lucrative.


Since I am very attached to online chess more than chess over the board, my intention is to build a pedestal and platform for other chess promoters to contribute their mite towards the good cause of organising online events especially at where I love to log in and play on a regular basis. By hindsight, I am sure that this might help Indian chess in the long run."


- 17th March, GM R.R. Laxman, Chennai

Details of the online tournament:

Main Prizes:

Place Prize
1st 10000
2nd 8000
3rd 6000
4th 5000
5th 3000
6th 2000
7th 2000
8th 2000
9th 2000
10th 2000

Best Women:

1st 2000
2nd 1000

Lucky Prizes:

20th, 30th, 40th, 50th and 60th will receive ₹1000 each.

To be eligible for lucky prize, one must play all nine rounds.

Entry fees:

The entry fee for the event is ₹300 for ChessBase Premium Account Subscribers and ₹600 for Non-Premium Account Subscribers. The tournament is FREE for GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs. The last date for entry is 28th of March 2020 3 p.m. IST

You can also go for ChessBase 15, as that comes with free 3 months of ChessBase Premium Account!

Or Fritz 17 which comes along with not just Fat Fritz but also 6 months of ChessBase Premium Account:

People who live in regions not served by ChessBase India can get 1-month or 12-month accounts from the ChessBase Shop.

The good news is that if you become a ChessBase Account Premium Member, you not only get free entries to five blitz tournaments, but you also get 12 amazing features, which are explained in this video by IM Sagar Shah

Entry Form:

All those who would like to play in the tournament must fill in the entry form in the two buttons given below. Titled players must write to us at


For ChessBase Premium Account subscribers:

For Non-ChessBase Premium Account subscribers:



For registration queries:

Mr. Shahid Ahmed (Tournament director) - 9038139510

Email -

• We request all players to check their internet connection before the tournament. Minimum requirement is 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

1 GM Alexander Donchenko Le_Petit_Prince 2648
2 GM Sethuraman S P Piscean 2644
3 GM Aravindh Chithambaram hitter1999 2641
4 GM Alan Pichot alanp 2621
5 GM SL Narayanan Narayanansl 2618
6 GM Mikhail Kobalia Kobalia 2614
7 GM Zaven Andriasian zavenGrozny 2606
8 GM Abhimanyu Puranik pabh 2584
9 GM Gukesh D gk06 2563
10 GM Arjun Erigaisi Indian-Lion 2559
11 GM Elshan Moradiabadi GM Abadi 2555
12 GM M R Lalith Babu Anji 2553
13 GM Raunak Sadhwani devil1234 2545
14 GM Diptayan Ghosh Diptayan 2541
15 GM Stany GA Stany G A 2522
16 GM Gabriel Flom tsedaka26 2514
17 GM Harsha Bharathakoti RACEKING 2509
18 GM Magesh Panchanathan gmmagesh 2508
19 GM Bilel Bellahcene Hetou 2491
20 IM Krishna C R G crg 2478
21 IM Arjun Kalyan Arjunkalyan 2477
22 IM Ravi Teja S Ravi Teja S 2469
23 IM Volodar Murzin Murzin 2465
24 IM Leon Luke Mendonca boobyfisher 2458
25 IM Arghyadip Das Arghyadip 2453
26 IM Mahammad Muradil Muradli mahammad 2449
27 IM Mitrabha Guha babysnake 2445
28 IM Rathanvel V S vsr64 2445
29 IM Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad Bala Chandra Prasad 2441
30 IM Aditya Mittal vinniethepooh 2438
31 IM Bharath Subramaniyam H Harishankkar 2437
32 IM Pranesh M pranimastermuni 2437
33 IM Aronyak Ghosh STRANGE 2436
34 GM Thej Kumar MS msthej 2433
35 IM Vignesh N R Vignesh NR 2428
36 GM Neelotpal Das Mandrake 2425
37 IM Nubairshah Shaikh CREATOR 1198 2423
38 FM L R Srihari lsr 2414
39 IM Neelash Saha gamechanger 2413
40 IM Sammed Shete champion111 2412
41 GM Laxman Rajaram LAXMAN 2411
42 IM Kushager Krishnater kushu_attack 2410
43 IM Muthaiah Al gamechanger64 2400
44 IM Bhakti Kulkarni bestluck 2391
45 IM Krishna Teja N N_Krishna teja 2378
46 IM Saksham Rautela Kcnock 2377
47 CM Shahil Dey ShahilDey 2376
48 FM Aref Vasli Philosopher_r 2371
49 WGM Leya Garifullina Lorelea 2357
50 IM Rajdeep Sarkar Rajdeep_Sarkar123456 2355
51 IM Anuj Shrivatri Anuj Shrivatri 2350
52 Pranav V pranav_vip 2348
53 Ashwath R ashwathchess 2340
54 IM P D S Girinath girinathpds76 2335
55 IM Moksh Doshi Mokshu16 2332
56 IM Sai Agni Jeevitesh J Sai Agni J 2322
57 IM Rathnakaran K Rathnakaran 2320
58 FM Ajay Karthikeyan skkeyan 2315
59 IM P Saravana Krishnan mbachez 2312
60 FM Siddharth Jagadeesh Siddharthjagadeesh 2312
61 Saurabh Anand Saurabh19 2304
62 Kaustuv Kundu Kaustuv Kundu 2301
63 Balasubramaniam H BIGIL 2298
64 FM Dushyant Sharma Dushu2930 2270
65 Elliot Papadiamandis Elliot Papadiamandis 2269
66 WIM Priyanka Nutakki Priyanka Nutakki 2263
67 WFM Savitha Shri B Savithashri 2261
68 FM Jubin Jimmy SAAKER 2259
69 WIM Mrudul Dehankar shiv01 2256
70 Mahitosh Dey mahitosh 2254
71 WIM Aakanksha Hagawane Ash2000 2238
72 Shiv Shome KINGOFALL 2237
73 FM Gahan MG karnatakangahan 2229
74 Rajarishi Karthi cool64chess 2207
75 Prasannaa S IndigoChess 2200
76 Aradhya Garg Aradhya 2198
77 IM Nisha Mohota Nisha Mohota 2195
78 WIM Rakshitta Ravi KASPAROV 24 2190
79 Rohit S rohit2007 2189
80 WIM Michelle Catherina Zanta 2176
81 Girish Chandanani Girish 2169
82 WGM Kiran Manisha Mohanty Rojalin 2168
83 WIM Saloni Narendra Sapale Saloni1204 2147
84 FM C J Arvind Junosource 2123
85 Sarvesh Kumar A Chessencounter 2115
86 WGM Beatriz Franco irenefranco 2103
87 Thrish Karthik
88 WIM Angela Franco angychess 2089
89 Hari Charan Sai Kalluri Charan_13 2086
90 Atharva Jaeel atharvajaeel 2083
91 Garv Gaur garvgaur1008 2083
92 WIM Bhagyashree Thipsay Bhagyashree 2072
93 Milind Maiti maitiboy 2068
94 Sreejith G S THRILLER 2051
95 CM Bhavesh Mahajan bhavesh1810 2047
96 Dinesh Kumar G gdbow 2046
97 Prajesh R Praju 2039
98 Naveen Jain kobemagic 2036
99 WFM Anusha N L V anushanlv 2030
100 WFM Bommini Mounika Boa Constrictor 2029
101 Chaithanyaa K G CHETANKASPAROV 2016
102 Ganesh Babu S Lord Aragorn 2016
103 Vinod Bhagwat 422007 2002
104 Sayan Bose bosesayan28 1978
105 Aditya Bikram Paul Adityabikram 1964
106 Ojasva Singh Ojasva01 1933
107 Arjun Gupta Arjun Gupta 1932
108 Saimanivannan NR SAIMANIVANNAN 1926
109 Jayachandra Srinivas Vellanki srinu1975 1916
110 WFM Sai Nirupama Kotepalli Female 1914
111 Dinesh Rajan M dinchamp 1912
112 Vignesh B ManofMass 1912
113 Vishwa Shah Vishwa01 1911
114 Rakshith Srinivasan chessislife 1899
115 Karthikeyan Jeyaprakasam Position 1860
116 Shree Ganesh Muthu Annamalai shreeganesh 1803
117 Aanjaneya Phatak aanjaneya 1769
118 Adi Jain Adijain 1748
119 Sanjana Raghunath Mightyqueen 1726
120 Aagam Aditya E aagam aditya e 1707
121 Arnav Nehete Annchess123 1706
122 Jaiveer Mahendru Diamond06 1695
123 Gautam De Edmatuag 1665
124 Prakhar Bajaj gaurav306 1663
125 Vishvesh Kochrekar Vishveshk 1663
126 Satya Sekhar Mitra little champs 1659
127 Arnab Kumar Mullick Arnabkumarmullick 1655
128 Unnikrishnan M A Unnikrishnan 1636
129 Tushar Barua rahsut 1573
130 Sadbhav Rautela Indian_Baghira 1552
131 Vikrant Malvankar digupagal 1534
132 Mahi Doshi chess1311 1502
133 Swara Lakshmi S Nair sureknair 1477
134 Armaan Sinha Armaan Sinha 1446
135 Deepak Kumtakar dskumtakar777 1417
136 Jayaram V jrmcool88 1391
137 Swaroop Kashyap D RBISwaroop 1389
138 Goutham Krishna H Goutham2010 1352
139 Rahul Mayur Sharma Rahul M Sharma 1268
140 Sarvad Senthil Sarvad64Squares 1226
141 Adhiraj Mitra adhirajGM2025 1176
142 Shanjula Senthil Shanjusai 1176
143 Archit Saigal architsaigal 1093
144 Anshul Bakshi 560077 1029
145 Amit Mishra amitm55 0
146 Dipyaman Mukherjee dm1_sel 0
147 Dishita Dey dishitadey21 0
148 Piyush Kumar Hassan 0
149 Rahul Anil Bhagwat MRAA 0
150 Vinodh Ramadurai Tamil Nadu 0



















How to play tournament?

Please ensure that you have a valid Playchess id. You can create one here and then buy the premium membership from the product embeds given above.

1. Download the free Windows software of Playchess

Next 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. The tournament cannot be played via mobile or tablet device.

Login or Create account

After you have installed the Client. You must login.

Enter your Playchess/ChessBase Account username and password. 

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 29th of March. 7:30 p.m. IST 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 paid the entry fee will be allowed to play.

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

We look forward to your participation and we hope that you will be able to enjoy these events and also improve your game!

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, former 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, youngest GM of India

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.