2015 Chess Calendar February | hunonchess.com

2015 Chess Calendar February | hunonchess.com

First Saturday february

First Saturday

First Saturday Chess Tournaments in Budapest, Hungary

GRENKE Chess Classic February 2-9


Can Vishy win the 2015 event as he did in 2013? | photo: Georgios Souleidis, official website


February 2-9

The inaugural GRENKE Chess Classic was a 6-player double round-robin in 2013 won by Vishy Anand ahead of Fabiano Caruana and Michael Adams, while in 2014 an 8-player all-German event was held as a qualifier. The 2015 format has yet to be announced, though an 8-player single round-robin looks probable.
Arkadij Naiditsch and David Baramidze qualified from the 2014 event. Vishy Anand has confirmed his participation, while Magnus Carlsen also seems set to play.


Zurich Chess Challenge February 13-19

February 13-19
The Hotel Savoy Baur en Ville in Zurich, Switzerland
As last year the players will play each other three times, once in blitz on the first day to determine who has which colour in the next section, then in classical games over five days, and then on a final day of rapid chess. Wins in the classical games are worth two points compared to one for rapid games. Official website

Batumi FIDE Grand Prix February 14-28

February 14-28
Batumi FIDE Grand Prix
Batumi, Georgia

The third of four stages of the 2014-15 Grand Prix series, a qualifying event for the 2016 Candidates Tournament that will decide Magnus Carlsen’s challenger in the 2016 World Championship match. The tournament is a 12-player, 11-round all-play-all event.

The top prize for the tournament is €20,000.

Grischuk, Vachier-Lagrave, Giri, Dominguez, Mamedyarov, Jakovenko, Svidler, Andreikin, Radjabov, Kasimdzhanov, Tomashevsky and Jobava.

This tournament was originally supposed to be played in Tehran, Iran and then the Georgian capital Tbilisi. Currently there’s no individual tournament page, but you can check out the overall overall Grand
Prix website
Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian, Viswanathan Anand, Sergey Karjakin, Hikaru Nakamura and Vladimir Kramnik.

European Individual Chess Championship February 24-March 8


February 24-March 8

Ramada Hotel, Jerusalem, Israel
An 11-round Swiss tournament.

What can you win? The prize fund is €120,000 with €16,000 for first place. The separate prize fund for senior players is €10,000, while €10,000 is also on offer for ACP members. The main attraction, however, is that there are 23 qualifying spots available for the 2015 World Cup.

Who’s playing? Nikita Vitiugov, Arkadij Naiditsch, David Navara, Pavel Eljanov and Ian Nepomniachtchi currently top the list list of participants

Official website