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The Knighthood Online Blitz on 1st of August with a first prize of Rs.40,000!

by Shahid Ahmed - 22/07/2020

Come August and it's time for the biggest ever online blitz tournament in the history of ChessBase India. The Knighthood online blitz will be held on the 1st of August 2020 with a total prize fund of Rs.1,50,000 and the first prize of Rs.40,000! And guess what? All the entry fee that will be collected will be used for a good cause! To promote and support specially-abled chess players of India. The tournament is sponsored by a chess lover named Sujit Varghese. What's more, India no.2 GM Vidit Gujrathi is also involved in the event and will play a simul against the age group and specially abled winners on the 2nd of August 2020. All the details in the article below.

The Knighthood Online Blitz - the biggest ever online blitz on ChessBase India

On 1st August 2020, the biggest ever prize fund for an online blitz will be held on ChessBase India. The "Knighthood Online Open" Blitz event will have a total prize fund of ₹150,000 with the first prize of ₹40,000. The aim of this tournament is two-fold. The first one is to provide a high quality event for the strong players in this lockdown and secondly all the money that will be collected via entry fees will be donated for the betterment for specially abled chess (blind, physically disabled, deaf and mute). And guess what! GM Vidit Gujrathi will play a simul against the age category winners as well as top five winners of the specially abled category.

One man army - Sujit Varghese

Sujit Varghese is the sponsor of the entire event

Who is Sujit Varghese and why is he supporting chess in such a big way? Sujit Varghese is a management professional and a chess lover. He currently lives in UAE, but grew up in Gujarat. Ever since he was a young boy, he has been interested in chess. Speaking to ChessBase India, Sujit said, "My father and I used to spend several hours playing chess. There were times when we used to be up all night challenging each other into playing several games of chess. However, we were then in a small town in Gujarat and getting coaching wasn’t very easy. My interest took a backstage during the initial stages of my career. Later the corporate chess tournaments helped to re-ignite the passion I had for chess."


Although Sujit wasn't able to professionally play chess tournaments, what he learnt from chess has stayed with him forever. "Chess has helped me through several phases in life - teaching me discipline, being persistent and to never give up. I have been involved in several CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) programs and always wanted to be involved in some initiative on a personal level also. ChessBase India has provided me this opportunity with this tournament that will help in raising funds for specially-abled chess players."

India no.2 Vidit Gujrathi joins in the cause

Joining in the good cause is the dynamic India no.2 GM Vidit Gujrathi

Vidit has always been up for a good cause. In 2018 he volunteered to be the brand ambassador for the All India Chess Federation of the Blind (AICFB) and boosted the morale of several blind players. Seeing that money is being raised for a good cause, the India no.2 has chipped in with a special contribution to the event. The winners of the age categories and specially abled categories (totally 17 players) will play simultaneous exhibition against Vidit on the 2nd of August 2020 and the entire event will be streamed live by the GM from Nashik on his YouTube channel. This will not only involve playing a simul with him, but Vidit will discuss the games with selected players live on the stream as well. It would be a big honour for the youngsters and specially abled players to fight it out against Vidit and also interact with him.

The tournament will take place on Playchess server

Date: Saturday 1st August 2020

Time: 8.00 p.m. IST

Time control: 3 mins each (no increment)

Number of rounds: 10

Total Prize fund: ₹150,000

Venue: Vishy Anand Arena in Playchess under ChessBase India room

Details of the online tournament:

Main Prizes

Place Prize
1st 40000
2nd 25000
3rd 15000
4th 10000
5th 5000
6th 2500
7th 2500
8th 2500
9th 2500
10th 2500
11th 1000
12th 1000
13th 1000
14th 1000
15th 1000
16th 1000
17th 1000
18th 1000
19th 1000
20th 1000

Best Women

1 ₹2500
2 ₹1500
3 ₹1000

Best Specially Abled players - Top 5 will get ₹1000 each

Category prizes: Best U-19, U-16, U-14, U-12, Rating 1000-1300, 1301-1600, 1601-1900, 1901-2100 and Best Unrated (Total nine categories)

1 ₹1000
2 ₹800
3 ₹700

One player will be eligible for one higher prize only and prizes will not be shared. For Rating category prizes, Standard Rating as on 1st July will be considered for prizes. A player without a Standard Rating will be considered as an unrated player. Players without a FIDE ID will have to e-mail their date of birth certificate by 31st July 2020.

No draw before 30th move

From this tournament onwards in all events organized by us, 'Draw offer' before the completion of 30th move is not allowed. If a draw is agreed before the completion of 30th move, the player who offered the draw will be given a loss in that round irrespective of tournament situation. This rule has been enforced to see fighting games in all boards.

Special attraction:

Age-group and Specially Abled category prize winners will get to play against India no.2 Vidit Gujrathi on Sunday 2nd August at 6 p.m. IST in three separate simuls. Once the tournament ends the players who have won and are selected to play against Vidit will be notified.

Note: Age-group prizes cannot be claimed by titled (CM to GM and WFM to WGM) players.

Entry fees:

The entry is FREE for all GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs. So register as fast as you can by sending us an email mentioning your name, FIDE ID and Playchess ID to


For everyone else the entry fee is ₹500 and for ChessBase Premium Account holders, the entry fee is ₹400. For foreigners the entry fee is €10. Entry is free for Specially Abled players. Physically Handicapped, Blind and Deaf players need to produce the certificate. Entry will close on 31st July at 8 p.m. IST. Organizer reserves the right to reject any entry without assigning any reason.

Entries are closed

Google Pay ID for general donation:

As all the funds will be used towards the betterment of specially abled chess you can donate to the good cause by sending in the money on the following Google Pay ID of the ChessBase India Foundation:

Google Pay ID: chessbaseindia-1@okhdfcbank

International Players

International players (outside India) can submit their entries here. They must mention their Name, FIDE ID and playchess in an e-mail to

Confirmed Titled players

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

GM Jose Eduardo Martinez Alcantara of Peru | Photo: Niklesh Jain

GM S L Narayanan

GM Abhimanyu Puranik

GM D Gukesh

GM Raunak Sadhwani | Photo: Niki Riga

GM Diptayan Ghosh | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

GM Deepan Chakkravarthy | Photo: Niklesh Jain

GM Jakhongir Vakhidov of Uzbekistan | Photo:

GM Visakh N R | Photo: Amruta Mokal

GM Shardul Gagare | Photo: John Saunders

GM Harsha Bharathakoti | Photo: IA Gopakumar Sudhakaran

GM Debashis Das

GM M S Thejkumar | Photo: Niklesh Jain

GM Laxman R R | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM Krishna C R G | Photo: Rupali Mullick

IM Harshit Raja | Photo: Niki Riga

IM Arghyadip Das | Photo: IA Gopakumar Sudhakaran

IM Bharat Subramaniyam H

IM Aronyak Ghosh | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM Fernando Fernandez of Peru | Photo: FIDE

IM Sayantan Das | Photo: IA Gopakumar Sudhakaran

IM Neelash Saha | Photo: Niklesh Jain

IM Raja Rithvik R | Photo: Rupali Mullick

IM Rajdeep Sarkar | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM Aleksei Kireev of Russia

IM Anuj Shrivatri | Photo: Niklesh Jain

IM Rathnakaran K | Photo: Niklesh Jain

IM Suvrajit Saha | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

WIM Mrudul Dehankar

WIM Arpita Mukherjee | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Contact and registration queries for the tournament:

Mr. Shahid Ahmed (Tournament director) - 9038139510 (Entry confirmations will be done via site only, no whatsapp/phone call confirmation of entries)

Email -

• We request all players to check their internet connection before the tournament. Minimum requirement is at least 2 mbps broadband. 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. Each player is responsible for their internet connection, organizers will not be held responsible for any players connectivity issues. All games will be thoroughly checked for cheating/impersonation. Anyone adapting any unfair means will be removed from the tournament and will not be allowed to participate in future events on Playchess.

List of players

SI. NoNamePlaychess IDRating
1GM Adhiban BaskaranPhoenix922659
2GM Aravindh Chithambaramhitter19992641
3GM Alan PichotAlanp2630
4GM Vitaliy BernadskiyV-Bernadskiy2629
5GM Jose Martinez EduardoJs31312620
6GM Nihal SarinNihalsarin2620
7GM S L NarayananNarayananSL2618
8GM Praggnanandhaa R.chessworld12608
9GM Baadur JobavaOligarkh2603
10GM Vaibhav Suriirus19972600
11GM Maksim ChigaevMaksim Chigaev2588
12GM Abhimanyu PuranikPabh2584
13GM Vugar AsadliVugarAsadli2572
14GM Mikheil Mchedlishvilikomble2570
15GM Luka PaichadzeLukiano2565
16GM D GukeshGk062563
17GM Arjun ErigaisiIndian-Lion2559
18GM Levan Pantsulaiakutiktau2553
19GM Raunak SadhwaniDevil12342545
20GM Cemil Can Ali MarandiDust Tornado2543
21GM Diptayan GhoshDiptayan2541
22GM Deepan ChakkravarthyJ2d2535
23GM Jakhongir VakhidovUzbektiger952533
24GM Vladimir BelousOpenyagami2524
25GM Visakh N RVisakh2516
26GM Shardul GagareIndianKing972514
27GM Harsha BharathakotiRACEKING2509
28GM Iniyan P. superind20022506
29IM Renato Terry LujanTerryR2504
30GM Debashis DasDebashisdas2501
31GM Dusan PopovicDusanPopovic2500
32GM Girish Koushikgak_chess2498
33IM Krishna CRGcrg2478
34IM Arjun Kalyan SArjun Kalyan2477
35GM Vishnu Prasannafidodido2476
36IM Harshit RajaJohncking2472
37IM Luka BudisavljevicKingBuda2454
38IM Arghyadip DasArghyadip2453
39IM P.ShyaamnikhilPshyaamnikhil2453
40IM Nubairshah ShaikhCREATOR 11982445
41IM Dhulipalla Bala Chandra PrasadSamudragupta2441
42IM Aditya Mittalvinniethepooh2438
43IM Bharath Subramaniyam HHarishankkar2437
44IM Pranesh Mpranimastermuni2437
45IM Aronyak GhoshSTRANGE2436
46IM Fernando Fernándezaltomisayoc2435
47GM M S Thejkumarmsthej2433
48IM Sayantan DasAmbitious2431
49IM Sankalp GuptaGupta_Sankalp2429
50IM Vignesh N RVignesh NR2428
51GM Neelotpal DasMandrake2425
52IM Nikoloz PetriashviliNIKiler2423
53Srihari L Rlsr2414
54IM Neelash SahaGamechanger2413
55GM Laxman R RLAXMAN2411
56IM Raja Rithvik RMasteredUI2408
57IM Viani Antonio DcunhaViani A Dcunha2397
58GM Himanshu Sharmahimplanet2394
59IM Bhakti Kulkarnibestluck2391
60FM Pranav Anandlightsaber2381
61IM S. Nitinsnitin2381
62IM Zoran Velickovic zokapenzioner2378
63Shahil DeyShahildey2376
64WGM P V NandhidhaaPavala2365
65IM Rajdeep SarkarItsTime2355
66IM Aleksei KireevMaestroASK2351
67IM Anuj ShrivatriAnuj Shrivatri2350
68Pranav VPranav_vip2348
69IM Anand NadarAcxea2347
70Manish Anto Cristiano FF Manish Anto Cristiano2340
71IM P.D.S.Girinathgirinathp762335
72IM Chakravarthi Reddy,Mchakravarthi2332
73IM Moksh DoshiMokshu162332
74FM Ajay Karthikeyanskkeyan2315
75IM Rathnakaran KRATHNAKARAN2314
76Balasubramaniam HBIGIL2298
77Aditya Samantadityass2297
78WGM Aleksandra MaltsevskayaFire_on_board2272
79WIM Priyanka NutakkiPriyanka Nutakki2263
81WIM Mrudul Dehankarshiv012256
82Dev Shahtoosieslide2254
83Rishab shahDarkKnight87502239
84Shiv Shomekingofall2237
85Soham KamotraHickey2229
86WIM Arpita MukherjeeSilenteyes2206
87IM Suvrajit SahaSuvrajit Saha2198
88Aradhya GargAradhya2198
89WIM Michelle CatherinaZanta2175
90WGM Swati GhateUnforgettable2145
91Kishan Gangolliabcd642128
92L N Ram Aravindlnram2127
93FM CJ ArvindJunosource2124
94CM Om KadamMUMBAI2114
95Thrish KarthikTHRISH2095
96Ayush SharmaSuyash452072
97Potluri Saye SrreezzaStaroftheyear2044
98ALAN DIVIYA RAJmichaelraj_982033
99CM Kavikondala Nagendra Gopalkngopal2022
100Ilamparthi A RIlamparthi1989
101Vikas R Sharmavikas22001989
102Aditya Bikram PaulAdityabikram1964
103Siddhanth Lohiasidba1926
104Vansh Aggarwaltwobrothers1922
105Ishaar Ganesanperseus2261895
106Krithigga Kasikrithigga20011885
107Karthikeyan JeyaprakasamPosition1860
108Arunava BhattacharjeeArunava1857
109A Anand Sivasankaranandfan1853
110Bhagat KushBabykandy1848
111Setumadhav Yellmahanthisetumadhav1843
112Aryan B Joshiaryanj1842
113Srithan SaypuriThor_attack1824
114Pranav SairamSairam Ramabadra1810
115Ruhaan MahindruThee_Riddler1748
116Soundarya Kumar Pradhansoundarya1746
117Rahul Kadgeanandgary1708
118Debarghya Samantatapa19641698
119Adireddy Tarunadireddytarun1696
120Swayham P Dasswayham1675
121Rahul RajRahulraj1666
122CM Samarth J Raosamjrao1664
123Prakhar Bajajgaurav3061663
124Vishvesh KochrekarVishveshk1663
125Adireddy Arjunadireddyarjun1650
126Arpith S BijoyASB1613
127Soham KumarSohammdh1612
128Arvind Ramnatharvind08991602
129Marimuthu K1588
130vishvajeet singhVishvajeet Singh1572
131Navodith V BhatWhitefalcon1562
132GAURAV GUPTAggupta2111524
133V chaitanya sureshDuvvaAbbulu1519
134Mahi Doshichess13111502
135Sai Sujansaisujan20051498
136Vijayakumar Reddy Mallepallivijayreddy291481
137Karthik SElectrowizzard1475
138Mandar Bakshimandy64theking1438
139DAVID YUNGdavidcheetah1415
140Rakesh Kulkarnirakeshkul1409
141Pamarthi Audietya Aazadhtheraisingsun1404
142Kannan Vgingeekannan1395
143Vaibhav Gautamvaibhavgautam1358
144Viraj Gogtevirgog1337
145Sanjib Karkarsanjib1320
146Karthik Murugananthamkarthikmurux1319
147Padmaesh M KPadmaesh M K1293
148Pratik DasDaspratik961287
149Chinmoy RoyHRICK20081282
150Nithin KTnithinkt1266
151Suresh Agarwalsuresh Agarwal1264
152Srinivasa surisurisai1257
154Sankaran Ponnada KrishnaswamyEnthusiast1227
155Syed Nadeem HussainiHussaini7861188
156Aneesh Kumarentropicacogen1187
157Harsh Panditharshpandit1171
158Prabhanjan BadkasPrabhuBadkas1167
159Monideep Banerjeemonideepbanerjee1134
160Varun Nairvarun_nair1130
161Nihar VankudreIamNihar1115
162Udaiveer SinghThakurUdaiveer1109
163R.P KANISHSRIKanishsri1099
164Archit Saigalarchitsaigal1093
165Advaith Prabhurajcool_chess1091
167Sonu Bistsonubist1074
168Ruben gonsalvesRuben10701070
169Venkatesh SQuality_9591036
170Kiran Joshikirajos1015
172Ishan PatelIshan25590
173Mayur Gondhalekargonda0
174Ishwar Lal PatelIshwar Lal Patel0
175Rahul Anil BhagwatMRAA0
176Reeshav DeyRIJUD0
177Gautham Krishnagauthamkrishna0
178Mysa Srujan Kumarchesslovers1430
179Ajay Raju BeradiaBeradia0
180Pranav Prasanthpranav1040
181Uddhav Rajmaiuddhavhoon0
182Raunak BhatnagarRAUNAK_BHATNAGAR0
183Hamza DhariwalaHamza Dhariwala0
184Renier GonsalvesRenier gonsalves0
185Indrajeet TomarIndrajeet4ever0
186Ankitaa Rattanulhasnagar0
188Pon Subash Raj RSubashraj0
189Aditya Asaram Ghuleadityaghule0
190Shikhar KarnShikhar Karn0
191Deeptesh Kumar SahuDr_Deep_Chesh0
192Arya Das MahapatraArya321_dm0
193Mohit ChandwaniMohit chandwani0
194Param Ahujaleorider51430
195P Benny Josephbennyjoseph0
196SHUBHAM SHANTAM RAJUshubham379080
197Sougata Bosesougata0
198Anshuman UpadhyayAnshuman Upadhyay0
199Owen Rajanchessplayer3240
200Vamsi Krishna Dasarivamsidasarik0
202Yogesh MahetaYm270
203Chintapalli Raj KumarCheetah20200
206Soham Shirodesohamshirode280
207Pratyush MishraLazylemon1230
208Subhransu Patnaiksubhranp0
209SANJEEV KUMARsanjo_hunter0
210Sohan Patnaiksohanpatnaik0
212Sudikhsha NarayanaSudiNarayana0
213Samay Rainasamayraina0


How to play tournament?

Please ensure that you have a valid Playchess id. You can create one here if you don't have one already.

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. All players must update the Playchess software to the latest version before the tournament.

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 45 minutes before the start of the tournament on 1st of August 2020. 7:15 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.

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 Letsup MCA Grand Prix 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.


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.


Edit: No draw rule, age group prizes for titled players ineligibility definition added on 26th July 2020.

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