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First prize: Rs 12,500

Vishy Anand 49 online blitz tournament on 25th December, 2018

Celebrating 49th birthday of the Legend!

Date: Tuesday, 25th December 2018

Time: 8.00 p.m. IST

Time control: 3+0,

10 rounds

Prize fund: Rs. 49,000

Venue: Playchess

The Beast a.k.a Adhiban has confirmed his participation! | Photo: Lennart Ootes

Former two-time National Premier Champion GM Karthikeyan Murali | Photo: Amruta Mokal

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

The 'Rajnikanth of chess' GM Deepan Chakkravarthy is playing means, we will get to see 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 directly from FM Erigaisi Arjun | Photo: ChessBase India archives

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

Former Asian Youth Blitz champion IM Visakh N R is definitely going to provide some stiff competition | 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: Amruta Mokal

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

Newly wed Nitin will be seen in action | Photo: ChessBase India archives

IM Akash PC Iyer | Photo: Niklesh Jain

20-year old IM Nubairshah Shaikh | Photo: Amruta Mokal

GM R.R. Laxman, one of the finest blitz players of Indian chess will be seen in action | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Gukesh is the first titled player to confirm. He might become the World's youngest GM before the Blitz tournament | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Runner-up in the recently concluded National Championship IM CRG Krishna | Photo: John Saunders

ChessBase Online Blitz regular IM Swayams Mishra commonly known as Mr Bh6 | Photo: ChessBase India archives

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

Newly minted IM A Ra Harikrishnan | Photo: Niklesh Jain

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

Chandigarh's first IM Himal Gusain | Photo: ChessBase India archives

When the 'Indian Tal' Rathnakaran plays Blitz, you can definitely expect to see some magical moments | Photo: ChessBase India archives

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


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.

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 25th of December 2018 until 3 p.m. 


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.


For registration queries contact:

Mr. Shahid Ahmed (Tournament director) - 9038139510

Email -

The above number (9038139510) can also be used for payment of entry fee via paytm

Tournament Rules:

  • All the games will be checked by the server engine and by a panel of experts. If any player is found guilty of cheating, the concerned player’s account will be suspended and will not be allowed to participate in any of the future Playchess events. The prize in such cases will move to the next rank.
  • The provisional standings will be displayed immediately after the end of the tournament. However, the final standings will be displayed within a week after all the games have been checked.
  • We request all players to check their internet connection before the tournament. Minimum requirement should be at least 2 mbps. If poor internet connection is detected at the start of the tournament, the concerned player will not be allowed to participate and the entry fee will be refunded after a minimal amount (around 3-5%) is deducted.
  • The Tournament Director will hold the right to reject any entry and entry fee will be refunded (after a minimal amount of around 3-5% is deducted) if the entry is rejected at the start of the tournament. The decision of the Tournament Director will be final.
  • After the tournament has started and your internet is disconnected or you exit the playing room, you will not be paired for the next rounds and your entry fee will not be refunded.

How to play in the tournament?

1. Download the free Windows software of Playchess

Firstly you have to download the free native Windows software from here.

Login or create an account

After you have installed the Playchess client. You must login.

Enter your Playchess username and password if you have one. (Note, for all the ChessBase Account Premium members, your login credentials will work). If you do not have a Username, you must click on "Create New Player Name" and create a new account. Alternatively, you can also create it here. This is free of cost and gives you free access to Playchess for a few days. After you pay the aforementioned entry fee, you will be given one month serial key on your registered email address along with the steps to make your account premium.

The tournament will take place in the newly created 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 to confirm your entries on 25th of December.

Click on the ‘Players’ Tab and then click on ‘Join Event’. The Sysop (Tournament Director) will accept your entry. This is subject to the payment of entry fees.

Note: The Playchess id, while paying the entry fee and while entering the playing arena on 25th December, should be the same.

Player's list:

Serial No. Full name Rating Playchess ID
1 GM Adhiban Baskaran 2695 phoenix92
2 GM Vaibhav Suri 2589 irus1997
3 GM Karthikeyan Murali 2591 fighter64
4 GM Aravindh Chithambaram 2584 Refresh
5 GM Narayanan Srinath 2572 NSRINATH
6 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy 2550 Dchakkravarthy
7 GM Abhimanyu Puranik 2544 pabh
8 GM Diptayan Ghosh 2541 diptayan
9 GM Erigaisi Arjun 2531 Indian-Lion
10 GM R Praggnanandhaa 2530 Chessworld1
11 IM Stany G A 2509 Stany G A
12 GM Magesh Panchanathan 2503 gmmagesh
13 IM Visakh NR 2491 Visakh
14 GM Swapnil Dhopade 2490 simandhar90
15 GM Thejkumar M S 2470 msthej
16 IM Gukesh D 2466 gk06
17 IM C R G Krishna 2464 crg
18 IM Swayams Mishra 2452 mr bh6
19 IM S Nitin 2450 snitin
20 IM Akash Pc Iyer 2441 Bazingaa
21 IM Nubairshah Shaikh 2437 NubairshahShaikh
22 GM R R Laxman 2436 LAXMAN
23 IM Raunak Sadhwani 2434 devil1234
24 IM Raja Harshit 2432 Harshit Raja
25 IM Arghyadip Das 2430 Arghyadip
26 IM A.Ra.Harikrishnan 2425 hari2209
27 IM Raja Rithvik R 2415 Ultra_Instinct 
28 GM Dibyendu Barua 2414 Dibyendu Barua
29 IM Al Muthaiah 2408 gamechanger64
30 CM Rohith Krishna S 2399 srohithkrishna
31 IM S Ravi Teja 2396 Ravi Teja S
32 IM Himal Gusain 2379 Rajdhani express
33 IM Raghunandan Kaumandur Srihari 2378 kaumandur01
34 FM Anand Nadar 2373 Anand_Nadar
35 Manush Shah 2369 Killer311311
36 IM Rathnakaran K 2366 Rathnakaran
37 FM Mitrabha Guha 2351 babysnake
38 Koustav Chatterjee 2345 KoustavChatterjee1
39 CM Aronyak Ghosh 2343 STRANGE
40 IM Siva Mahadevan 2333 superphoenix
41 IM Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad 2328 Bala Chandra Prasad
42 FM L R Srihari 2316 lsr
43 Pranav V 2314 pranav_vip
44 IM Navin Kanna T U 2307 titanboa
45 IM Nisha Mohota 2264 Nisha Mohota
46 CM Aditya Mittal 2251 vinniethepooh
47 IM Rakesh Kulkarni 2298 Pheonix02
48 WIM Priyanka Nutakki 2293 Chess  Queen
49 Nikhil Dixit 2292 nikhildixit98
50 Dushyant Sharma 2271 Dushu2930
51 CM Kushagra Mohan 2258 kingfisher99
52 Saurabh Anand 2246 Saurabh19
53 FM Suyog Wagh 2240 suyu28
54 Moksh Amit Doshi 2233 Mokshu16
55 Aradhya Garg 2221 Aradhya
56 Senthil Maran K 2197 Senthil Maran
57 Jayakumaar S 2196 lig#ofcooper_38
58 Vedant Panesar 2194 brainboy123
59 WIM Rakshita Ravi 2191 Kasparov24
60 WIM Divya Deshmukh 2190 shiv1
61 FM C J Arvind 2186 Junosource
62 Girish B Chandanani 2169 sanjanachandanani
63 Thrish Karthik 2168 thrish
64 FM Matta Vinay Kumar 2146 MATTAVINAYKUMAR
65 Dhairya Ghelani 2146 king 25
66 FM Ramu K 2136 Agasthya
67 Sriram Sarja 2138 Indianquant
68 Aravind Subramanian N 2136 AravindSubramanianN
69 Snehal Bhosale 2135 BurninggIce
70 Baivab Mishra 2133 Baivabchess1997
71 Prajesh R 2102 Praju
72 Amithpal Singh 2090 amithpal15
73 Kannan Sa 2069 nextWC
74 Vinod Bhagwat 2067 vkbchess
75 Atharva Jaeel 2061 atharvajaeel
76 Naveen Jain 2058 kobemagic
77 Sanjeev S Nair 2045 Attacker_97
78 Bommini Mounika Akshaya 2030 Cutequeen
79 G.Muralikrishna 2026 Muralikrishna
80 Aakash Dalvi 2017 aakash-dalvi
81 Ganesh R 2016 teamb7
82 CM Shahil Dey 2009 shahildey
83 Joy Pankaj Shah 1988 JOYSHAH
84 Sayan Bose 1978 Bosesayan28
85 Malla Nooka Raju 1969 malllanna
86 Aarav Dengla 1955 notovertilliwin
87 WFM Sai Nirupama 1949 Saraswathii
88 Rajesh Upadhyay 1948 rajuppi
89 CM Kadam Om Manish 1944 kadamomm
90 Aaravamudhan Balaji 1914 Amudhan
91 Anirudh Bhat 1908 BisonNation
92 Karthik Sai Ch 1899 rockstar2059
93 Ganeshbabu Gnanagurusamy 1896 Adi2021
94 Savitha Shri B 1894 Savithashri
95 Nagare Akhilesh 1884 Nagareakhilesh
96 Anand Sivasankar A 1882 anandfan
97 Thaga Sheriff M 1879 Thaga Sheriff
98 Aditya Bikram Paul 1873 Adityabikram
99 Swapnil Kothari 1870 Swapnilkothari64
100 Namitbir Singh Walia  1865 namitbir
101 Sahil Dhawan 1863 greatgatsby
102 Abhijith Pran 1847 kaspypran
103 Gopal Rathod 1846 chessworld36
104 WCM Arushi Kotwal 1844 arushi2004
105 Varun Bhatt 1844 Neptune0209
106 Siddharth Gopakumar 1839 siddharth921
107 Karthikeyan J 1838 chessmotives_com
108 Bhavesh Mahajan 1833 MAHAJANBHAVESH
109 Vishwa Vasnawala 1824 Vishwa78
110 Thakur Satish 1804 satishthakur
111 Ilamparthi A R 1796 Ilamparthi
112 Tanisha Boramanikar 1782 tanu2
113 Ketan Patil 1767 ketpat
114 Rahil Babaria 1746 King222
115 Kanwar Sandeep Singh 1742 Kanwar999
116 Harsh Kanoje 1738 Masterwhiteking
117 Bhoopnath 1734 amancool216
118 Dhanasekar K 1724 ccc2016
119 K Sarath Chandra 1717 Def987abc123
120 Arhan Chethan Anand 1710 Legacyplayer
121 Phatak Aanjaneya 1702 Aanjaneya
122 Tanmay Ajmera 1700 get the feel
123 Emil Sebastian 1697 Emilss
124 Saketh Pedagandham 1686 Me N Chess
125 Thirunarayanan Sampath Kumar 1682 stn028
126 Ankit Dalal 1680 dalalankit84
127 Jaspreet Singh 1671 singh64
128 Soumyajit Das 1666 apply11
129 Dinesh Bhandarkar 1661 Brahma1
130 M Benasir 1657 benasir
131 Swayham P Das 1657 pndas8474
132 Vishvesh Kochrekar 1648 Vishveshkochrekar
133 Arjun Gupta 1639 Arjun Gupta
134 Navodith K Bhat 1634 Whitefalcon
135 Mohammed Shamil 1631 shamil
136 Akshit Jha 1604 akshitjha
137 Shriya R Revankar 1598 chess2003SR
138 Atharva Bang 1582 Sonafighter
139 Jatin Deshpande 1564 killer_boy_2003
140 Pathak Rudra S 1552 RUDRAPATHAK
141 Mahi Amit Doshi 1551 Mahi
142 Deepak Kumtakar 1538 dskumtakar
143 Ankur Singh Thakur 1533 stuart1988
144 Dhritabrata Kundu 1527 babua123
145 Gaurav Trivedi 1521 no-blunder
146 Srithan Saypuri 1517 Chessarnol
147 Raman R 1516 Iraman
148 Dipankar Kamble 1487 dipankar21
149 Sai Nikhil 1452 Chandu_Y
150 Akavaram Aashish Reddy 1451 Aashish2003
151 Madhavansh Mittal 1447 Madhavansh Mittal 
152 Mandar Bakshi 1438 mandy64theking
153 Saket Kumar 1437 saketkumar1979
154 Aadith R 1433 iaadith
155 Tejas Cavale 1419 Kakashi Hatake
156 Swaralakshmi S Nair 1415 Sureknair
157 Prawin K 1406 kpswethan
158 Vasudharini Kesavan 1402 vasu
159 Subba Rao M 1397 MSUBBU
160 Aayush Surana 1394 chessminator64
161 Soumyadip Deb 1391 brandydam
162 Sai Atchyut B 1381 bsa2017
163 Renganayaki V 1376 neshaqn
164 Mukund H Agarwal 1375 mukunda2507
165 Sachin Jain 1368 actions4vision
166 Shlok Chandrani 1363 jack2212
167 Rahul Mayur Sharma 1360 Rahul M Sharma
168 Patel Shlok K 1358 Sand Man
169 Kushal Jani 1348 Kushal Jani
170 Suman Chakraborty 1336 aerocot
171 Vansh Aggarwal 1328 twobrothers
172 Borkhetariya Devarsh M 1316 Lightning McQueen
173 Krishna G M 1316 GMK1972
174 Nidhin Kumar S 1292 Nidchess
175 Arnav Tawade 1285 arnav1306
176 Lakshith B Salian 1276 LAKSHITH
177 Varadharajan 1261 Varadharajan 24
178 Ashvath Mittal 1250 Ashvathmittal
179 Hrrehan Bamboat 1231 hrrehan
180 Ritabrata Chakraborty 1208 RitabrataC
181 Vignesh Advaith 1204 Vignesh Advaith
182 Aarav Nambiar T 1172 aaravnambiar
183 Saptarshi Bhattacharjee 1124 SAPTARSHITRIZ
184 Saideepesh M R 1121 SAI3897
185 Madhurmanan Verma 1116 madhurmanan verrma
186 Archit Saigal 1108 architsaigal
187 Mitul K H 1105 mitulkh
188 Rajagopalan Srinivasan 1105 Rajaonn
189 Jagdish Machhi 1104 jaglinux
190 Hans Raj Thakur 1083 Hans Raj Thakur
191 Pranav Abrol 1022 abrolp
192 Gadge Vedant 1014 vedantghadge
193 Aaditya S P 0 Aadu2005
194 Dharmaditya Sandeep Naik 0 neil2010
195 Eshwar 0 eshwars2009
196 Girija Trehan 0 SAGARUKIN
197 Natarajan Ramesh 0 nramesh100
198 Prabhat Tripathi 0 pt777
199 Praveen Bhardwaj 0 PRAVEEN INDIA
200 Rabirashmi Roy 0 Rabi_Roy
201 Sai Dheeraj Vadlamudi 0 dhee
202 Skanda Subramanian 0 kramnikstudent
203 Sohan G 0 InsaneCypher


Let us all play at this exciting blitz tournament and celebrate the 49th birthday of Vishy Anand!


Feedback for previous ChessBase India prize money tournaments:

Great management....First time played a tournamet with no problems...This was my first online tournament.....And had a great experience hope you all organise this type of tournaments quite frequently.....Would love to participate in your future tournaments

-Ambarish Sharma


Thank you. It was really a nice and enjoyable tournament. Hope in future also ... If this kind of tournament once in a month happen it will be brilliant... 
-Mithu Dey (on behalf of Shahil)


Although the tournament was organized well, I felt that that referee 1 was somehow inactive. Other than that everything was fine.

-Rahul Shrivatshav


The Fischer online blitz event on 12th March was organised in an exemplary manner. Hope we have more tournaments of this stature in future.

-GM R.R. Laxman


It was an awesome tournament. I look forward to playing more in such events.
-Snehal Bhosale


Thank you, ChessBase India for arranging strongest online Fischer blitz event. I have played against high rated players including IMs and increased Playchess ELO from 1953 to 2008! There is nothing better than this a chess player can ask for. Seating at the home on perfect Sunday evening, sipping coffee and playing against famous players in India. Thank you so much for everything!
- Nikhil Joshi


I must congratulate ChessBase India for promoting events like this to encourage chess players on Online. Hope all the participants were able to enjoy playing this tournament without any glitch. The opportunity provided by ChessBase India is a welcome move.

- N.V.Nagesh (father of Badri Naryanan)


The tournament was very well conducted. I enjoyed playing the tournament. Maybe if possible next time you can use fide rating instead of the playchess rating as many new players started with low ratings. On the whole, it was a very good tournament.
- Arjun Kalyan


Loved the tournament. Was fun playing against such a strong field without leaving the house. Everything went smoothly and there were no real problems once it began. The only issue I had was the 20 minute delay to start the round. But I guess it's OK since it's the first time. Overall, great experience and would definitely play again. Great work guys. 
P. S-The bonus prizes are a nice incentive for players like me. :P
-Likhit Chilukuri


The tournament was well organised. I had a blast playing in this tournament :) It was a good experience playing without time increment. 
-Aashna Makhija


Excellent start.  Hope to play more events like this in future.
With warm regards...
-Nihal Sarin


The tournament was organized pretty well.. I liked this concept of online blitz tournament. Thank you for organizing this event.
-Akhilesh Nagare


I was very fascinated to play in an online blitz tournament for the first time! I did not play my best but I hope that from the next time, I expect more online tournaments from my own country, Chessbase India! I like everything of this tournament! But one thing the time control was without any increment. It ruined the quality of some games. But I hope Chessbase India will look after it and I am already excited to play in the next online blitz tournament!
-Rajdeep Sarkar


Thank you for your hard work!. Everything is just perfect for me. 
-Priyanka Nutakki


It was a great initiative on the part of Chess base India. Hope you are able to do on a regular basis. It was a great opportunity n looking forward to many more.
-Hriday Bhuta


It's a pleasure to play in the ChessBase India online tournament. I never played on board match with an International Master in a tournament but here I got a chance to play against Ratnakaran sir.
What ChessBase India is doing to Indian chess  is superb. Hope one day Anand also gets the same recognition like Sachin and Kohli .
My best wishes always with you.
-Harsh Kanoje, Nagpur


First of all, I would like to say congratulations for organizing such a mammoth event smoothly without any delays/disturbances. It is really a great platform for the budding chess players and chess enthusiasts (who can't travel more often for the tournaments as players I'm one among them) Playing these tournaments with such a strong field always been a great experience. Especially when you are paired against titled players (one of the best players in the country) it gives lots of encouragement and inspiration! I really enjoyed my tournament session (played with GM Vaibhav Suri in the first round and he became the champion in the end also played with IM Padmini Rout in the 9th round and I drew with her) also lost some games because of time pressure etc. ChessBase India is doing a great job and looking forward to hear from you about the future events like 3rd online blitz and many more (I believe you won't stop this journey for sure.)
-Pavan BNB, Mumbai


Thank you so much for organising the tournament, along with cb india , Halsagar & Dbca. Really appreciate it ! It was my 1st online tournament, a very good experience overall. It was very smoothly conducted infact. The last round delay was a very minor one, maybe max 5 mins, so it was not an issue at all.

-WGM Soumya Swaminathan, Pune

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