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Pack your bags, it's (xtra) time for Kolkata!

by Sagar Shah - 02/05/2017

It's a two day rapid event with a time control of 15 minutes and 10 seconds increment per move to be held in Kolkata. However, the prize money is as good as, or even better than a rating tournament! Players from all over India will fight for the top prize of Rs.50,000 and total pool of Rs. 6 lakhs. There is not much time left as the tournament is going to be held after 15 days, however, we at ChessBase India make your task easier by providing you with an option to book your accommodation and travel at highly affordable price.

The year 2012 was a big breakthrough for me in chess. It was the first time I had qualified for the National Premier Championships. The tournament was to be held in Kolkata. It was a 40 player swiss tournament. It was one of those years when 30 players from National Challengers were qualified for the National Premier. Naturally for such an event, a good tournament venue was a sure shot necessity. 

The organizers did a tremendous job by renting the Khudiram Anushilan Kendra in Kolkata as the venue

I remember everything related to this place and tournament fondly, as it was the event where I scored my first IM norm. The nostalgia and memories came back to me when my friend and ChessBase India author Shahid Ahmed told me that he would be organizing a huge rapid event at the same venue on 17th and 18th of May 2017.


Date: 17th & 18th of May 2017
Venue: Khudiram Anushilan Kendra, Kolkata

Time Control: 15 mins + 10 secs increment from move no.1

The tournament hall is just a stone's throw away from the famous Eden Gardens cricket stadium

First prize of Rs.50,000 for a two day tournament is really great

Sufficient motivation for women players to take part!

A huge number of Elo Rating category prizes

Unrated players are not to be left out!

Gold, silver and bronze medals for players below 14 years!

A very unique prize for highest rating gain in the tournament of Rs.5000!

Three strong players who have already confirmed their participation are (from left to right): IM Prantik Roy, GM Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury and IM Arghyadip Das

Entry fee:

Free for all GMs, IMs, WGMs & WIMs.


For all other players: ₹3,000

Packages by ChessBase India:

In order to reduce your hindrances related to stay at the event, ChessBase India provides you with packages that include your entry fee and stay. Just have a look at the packages and call us at the phone number mentioned below or email us at

Package 1

One night accommodation (Sharing basis) + Entry Fees (Rs.3000)

Rs.3900 including Double AC Room on sharing basis and BreakFast.

(Hotel 2 kms away from the Venue)


Package 2

One night accommodation (Private Room)+ Entry Fees (Rs.3000)

Rs.4600 including double AC Room and Breakfast

(Hotel 2 kms away from the venue)


Package 3

Two night accommodation (Sharing basis) + Entry Fees (Rs.3000)

Rs.4800 including Double AC Room on Sharing basis and Breakfast 

(Hotel 2 kms away from the venue)


Package 4

Two Nights accommodation (Private room) + Entry fees (Rs.3000)


Rs.6300 including Double AC room and Breakfast


Note: In case you are a titled player and don't have to pay the entry fee, your quote would be deducted by Rs.3000 from the above packages. 

Contact for accommodation and travel:

In case you are interested for accommodation and travel here are the contact details:

Mobile number: 09106908500/ 09978993264


One stop solution

When you contact the above numbers or write to the email you can not only make arrangements for your accommodation, but also for your travel by train, bus or flight. With the start of these services, you can leave the headache of booking hotels, trains and flights to ChessBase India and instead focus on the Vancura position in the rook ending, or the intricacies of Breyer in the Ruy Lopez!

Contact of tournament organizers: 

Sk Shahid Ahmed: +919038139510,

Neeraj Kumar Mishra: +919830011519

Suraiya Ahmed: +919830612747

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This tournament is organized by Chesspert, which is a unique chess coaching portal, that will be soon launched.


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