2019 Tata Steel Chess India Rapid & Blitz

The 2019 Tata Steel Chess India Rapid & Blitz will become the first GCT event ever to be held in Asia when the event commences in Kolkata in November. The tournament is sponsored by Tata Steel India and organised by Gameplan Sports Pvt. Ltd and was an instant hit when it was run as an independent event in 2018. GM Hikaru Nakamura won the rapid segment while the home town favourite GM Viswanathan Anand recorded a memorable victory in the blitz. Both players will be back in 2019 but with a significantly stronger field including no less than World Champion Magnus Carlsen.

DATES

November 22 - 26, 2019

VENUE

National Library of India, Kolkata, India

FORMAT

10 Player Round Robin

COMMENTATORS

GM Peter Svidler, WGM Jennifer Shahade, GM Maurice Ashley and IM Tanya Sachdev

PRIZE FUND

$150,000

 

GM Hikaru Nakamura and GM Viswanathan Anand will both be back in India again this year!

Spectator Tickets

Get Tickets Here Due to the overwhelming response from spectators at the 2018 Tata Steel tournament, a new venue has been secured for this year’s event with an auditorium that can accommodate in excess of 500 daily spectators. Spectator tickets for all 5 playing days are now available through the BookMyShow.com portal and the cost of a day pass is ₹250 (+- USD 3.50). Ticket sales are now open and can be done here. Spectators wishing to attend the tournament in Kolkata are encouraged to book their tickets as early as possible to avoid disappointment as the venue is likely to be sold out on all 5 playing days despite the increase in venue capacity.

Participants

Magnus

Carlsen

Hikaru

Nakamura

Ding

Liren

Levon

Aronian

Wesley

So

Ian

Nepomniachtchi

Anish

Giri

Viswanathan

Anand

Vidit

Gujrathi

Pentala

Harikrishna

 

Schedule

Rapid

Time (GMT+5.5)

November 22

Time (GMT+5.5)

November 23

Time (GMT+5.5)

November 24

14.00

Round 1

14.00

Round 4

14.00

Round 7

15.30

Round 2

15.30

Round 5

15.30

Round 8 

17.00

Round 3

17.00

Round 6

17.00

Round 9

 

Blitz

Time (GMT+5.5)

November 25

Time (GMT+5.5)

November 26

14.00

Round 1

13.00

Round 10

14.30

Round 2

13.30

Round 11

15.00

Round 3

14.00

Round 12

15.30

Round 4

14.30

Round 13

16.00

Round 5

15.00

Round 14

16.30

Round 6

15.30

Round 15

17.00

Round 7

16.00

Round 16

17.30

Round 8

16.30

Round 17

18.00

Round 9

17.00

Round 18

 

 

17.30

Playoffs / Prizegiving