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An explosive line-up for Vishy Anand 49 online blitz 2018

by Sagar Shah - 23/12/2018

When was the last time you saw Adhiban, Karthikeyan Murali, Aravindh Chithambaram, Vaibhav Suri, Deepan Chakkravarthy, R. Praggnanandhaa, Arjun Erigaisi, Abhimanyu Puranik, Diptayan Ghosh, Swapnil Dhopade, Thejkumar, Laxman, Gukesh, Raunak Sadhwani and many more playing in the same tournament? That's right, it's not easy to recall. They will all be seen in action on Tuesday 25th December at Playchess server in Vishy Anand 49 online blitz tournament. So far 11 GMs and 6 IMs have confirmed in what is shaping up to be the strongest online blitz tournament in the final week of 2018. The first prize is ₹12500 and the total prize fund is ₹49000. That's not all. Best Junior and best woman player will receive signed copies of Anand's ChessBase DVDs. The last date for the registration of the tournament is 24th December 2018. What are you waiting for? It's your chance to fight against the best players of our country!

Play India's best from the comfort of your home

It's a chance to play against the best in India and this is the main reason why we do these blitz tournaments. People who never get to play against IMs and GMs can now play against the absolute best in Indian chess from the comfort of their home. The Vishy Anand 49 blitz tournament has a tremendous line-up with players like Adhiban, national champion Aravindh, Karthikeyan, Praggnanandhaa and many more joining to fight for the first place and Rs.12,500.

Celebrating 49th Birthday of the Legend

The final ChessBase India Online Blitz tournament of 2018 will take place on 25th December 2018 at 8 p.m. IST. It will be a star-studded and strong event as there are already 11 GMs and 6 IMs who have confirmed. Besides the main prize, there is also signed copies Anand's My Career ChessBase DVD for Best female player and Best junior player of the tournament.

Date: Tuesday, 25th December 2018

Time: 8.00 p.m. IST (tournament will get over by 9.30 p.m.)

Time control: 3+0,

10 rounds

Prize fund: Rs. 49,000

Venue: Playchess

Top seed is none other than, 'The Beast' Adhiban Baskaran | Photo: Lennart Ootes

Second seed is former two-time National Champion, Karthikeyan Murali | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Newly crowned National Champion Aravindh Chithambaram will be one of the top seeds | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Very dangerous in blitz is GM Vaibhav Suri who has been successful in ChessBase India's previous online blitz events and won the Biel Chess Festival in 2018 | Photo: Lennart Ootes

'The Rajnikanth of Indian Chess Deepan Chakkravarthy's participation confirms some explosive games | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Last time Abhimanyu played a ChessBase Online Blitz tournament, he finished 2nd and won Silver in World Junior in the next few days | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Last edition's winner GM Diptayan Ghosh will be seen in action | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

India's 54th and perhaps the fastest Indian to become GM scoring all his IM and GM norms in 8 months - Erigaisi Arjun | Photo: Amruta Mokal

India's youngest GM R Pragnnanandhaa | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Swapnil has had a lot of success as a manager for Indian Women's team in Asian Nations Cup in 2018 | Photo: ChessBase India archives

India's 50th GM Thejkumar M S will be playing his first ChessBase India online blitz tournament in 2018 | Photo: ChessBase India archive

Newly engaged (to Aarthi Govindan) Nitin S will be seen in action | Photo: ChessBase India archives

GM R.R. Laxman, one of the finest blitz players of Indian chess does not miss an online blitz event | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Gukesh just missed his world's youngest GM title, but he would be keen to beat some GMs in the event| Photo: Amruta Mokal

Young Raunak Sadhwani loves to play blitz and he never misses a ChessBase India Online blitz tournament | Photo: John Saunders

IM Ravi Teja S has also confirmed his participation | Photo: ChessBase India archives

Indian Tal K. Ratnakaran anyway cares less about his pieces, he cares even less during a blitz event!| Photo: ChessBase India archives

Newly minted IM Rakesh Kulkarni will also be seen in action | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Registered players list:

Serial No. Full name Rating Playchess ID
1 GM Adhiban Baskaran 2695 phoenix92
2 GM Karthikeyan Murali 2591 fighter64
3 GM Aravindh Chithambaram 2584 Refresh
4 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy 2550 Dchakkravarthy
5 GM Abhimanyu Puranik 2544 pabh
6 GM Diptayan Ghosh 2541 diptayan
7 GM Erigaisi Arjun 2531 Indian-Lion
8 GM R Praggnanandhaa 2530 Chessworld1
9 GM Swapnil Dhopade 2490 simandhar90
10 GM Thejkumar M S 2470 msthej
11 IM Gukesh D 2466 gk06
12 IM S Nitin 2450 snitin
13 GM R R Laxman 2436 LAXMAN
14 IM Raunak Sadhwani 2434 devil1234
15 IM S Ravi Teja 2396 Ravi Teja S
16 FM Anand Nadar 2373 Anand_Nadar
17 IM Rathnakaran K 2366 Rathnakaran
18 FM Mitrabha Guha 2351 babysnake
19 Koustav Chatterjee 2345 KoustavChatterjee1
20 CM Aronyak Ghosh 2343 STRANGE
21 FM L R Srihari 2316 lsr
22 Pranav V 2314 pranav_vip
23 CM Aditya Mittal 2251 vinniethepooh
24 IM Rakesh Kulkarni 2298 Pheonix02
25 Nikhil Dixit 2292 nikhildixit98
26 Dushyant Sharma 2271 Dushu2930
27 FM Suyog Wagh 2240 suyu28
28 FM Ramu K 2136 Agasthya
29 Snehal Bhosale 2135 BurninggIce
30 Amithpal Singh 2090 amithpal15
31 Bommini Mounika Akshaya 2030 Cutequeen
32 G.Muralikrishna 2026 Muralikrishna
33 Ganesh R 2016 teamb7
34 Anirudh Bhat 1908 BisonNation
35 Karthik Sai Ch 1899 rockstar2059
36 Thaga Sheriff M 1879 Thaga Sheriff
37 Karthikeyan J 1838 chessmotives_com
38 Phatak Aanjaneya 1702 Aanjaneya
39 Tanmay Ajmera 1700 get the feel
40 M Benasir 1657 benasir
41 Vedaprakash PC 1634 Whitefalcon
42 Devanshi Rathi 1571 devanshirathi10
43 Deepak Kumtakar 1538 dskumtakar
44 Mohammed Shamil 1631 shamil
45 Ankur Singh Thakur 1533 stuart1988
46 Saket Kumar 1437 saketkumar1979
47 Tejas Cavale 1419 Kakashi Hatake
48 Swaralakshmi S Nair 1415 Sureknair
49 Prawin K 1406 kpswethan
50 Vasudharini Kesavan 1402 vasu
51 Subba Rao M 1397 MSUBBU
52 Shlok Chandrani 1363 jack2212
53 Kushal Jani 1348 Kushal Jani
54 Varadharajan 1261 Varadharajan 24
55 Archit Saigal 1108 architsaigal
56 Mitul K H 1105 mitulkh
57 Jagdish Machhi 1104 jaglinux
58 Natarajan Ramesh 0 nramesh100
59 Skanda Subramanian 0 kramnikstudent



As it is Anand's 49th birthday we have kept the total prize fund as Rs.49,000/-

Main Prize list:


Special prizes:


In order to win a special prize you need to play all the rounds.


Autographed DVDs for best female and junior player:

The best female player will get Vishy Anand's My career Vol.01+02 DVD signed by Vishy Anand. The best junior (under-19, born on or after 1.1.1999) will get Vol.01 of Vishy Anand's DVD signed by the legend.

Note: Each player will get only one prize. So if you are in the main prize list, you cannot claim the best female or junior prize.


Players at the Bhopal GM Open 2018 can easily participate in this online blitz tournament as 25th of December is a single round day and our blitz tournament begins at 8 p.m. It will go on for around one and a half hour and so you can go to bed by 9.30 p.m! 

Entry fee:

The entry fee is

Rs.500 for non premium members of ChessBase Account (includes one month of ChessBase Account Premium serial key)

Rs.300 for premium members of ChessBase Account

Pay the Entry Fee

Before paying the entry fee of the tournament, please ensure that you have a valid Playchess id. You can create one here. The last date to pay entry is 24th of December 2018.


All GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs get free entry to our tournament. All you have to do is write a mail to us at along with your name, FIDE ID and the playchess ID. If you do not have a playchess ID please create it from here and share with us.


Once you have registered, read further details on how to download the free Playchess software and play in the online tournament. All details can be found here:

Vishy Anand 49 online blitz tournament 2018 official page

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