Every chess enthusiast looks forward to a chess tournament. The excitement of watching multiple players slug it out in an arena, with everyone out to prove they are the best of the rest, is always memorable. Chess players spend lots of time training for chess tournaments, and this is because chess tournaments are the highlights of every chess year.
The 2023 chess tournament calendar is packed with many mouth-watering chess tournaments for players to display their prowess and chess fans to enjoy.
Tata Steel Chess Tournament
The Tata Steel Chess Tournament is an annual chess tournament held in January in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands. The Tata Steel Chess Tournament is one of the most prestigious events in the 2023 chess tournament calendar. The 2023 edition is the 85th edition, and it will be held from the 13th to the 29th of January, 2023.
World Chess Championship
The World Chess Championship is, without any doubt, the biggest tournament event on the 2023 chess tournament calendar. This edition will not feature the usual format of a champion and a challenger, as world champion Magnus Carlsen has relinquished the title.
The match to decide the new world champion will be between Chinese Grandmaster Ding Liren and Russian Grandmaster Ian Nepominiachtchi. The venue of the match will be the city of Astana in Kazakhstan, and the match will be held from 7th April to the 1st of May 2023.
The prize fund will be €2 million, split 60% vs 40% between winning and losing players, respectively.
The match will be a 14-game Standard format match, with tie-breaks decided by rapid games if necessary.
The time control will be 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, 60 minutes for the next 20 moves, and 15 minutes for the remainder, with an increment of 30 seconds per move beginning at move 61.
FIDE World Cup
The FIDE world cup is an event that is held every two years and features in the 2023 chess tournament calendar. It is a 128-player knockout tournament featuring chess players from all over the world.
The FIDE world cup will commence on the 29th of June and end on the 26th of August. The competition format will be a knockout format with 8 rounds of games played. All rounds will be played with 2 game matches.
The time control type to be used will be the Standard format, and the time control for each game will be 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1.
European Individual Chess Championship 2023
Another interesting event on the 2023 chess tournament calendar is the European Individual Chess Tournament. The Serbian Chess Federation and the European Chess Union will jointly organize the European Individual Chess Tournament.
The playing venue will be the Hotel Zepter Conference Hall in Vrnjacka Banja, Serbia. The tournament will be organized in a Swiss system with 11 rounds to play and will hold from March 2nd until March 14th, 2023.
The time control type will be Standard, and the time control for each game will be: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1.
The tournament will feature well known grandmasters like Nils Grandelius, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, David Navarra, and Ivan Saric.
Africa Individual Chess Championship
The Africa Individual Chess Championship is the biggest African tournament on the 2023 chess tournament calendar. It is a tournament played to decide the African chess champion. It was first introduced in 1998.
The 2023 edition will be played on 5th May 2023 to 14th May 2023.
World Rapid Team Championship
The World Rapid Team Championship will take place in Duesseldorf, Germany, and will be held from the 16th of June to the 18th of June, 2023. The tournament will feature teams of chess players from all over the world, with each team challenging for the World Rapid Team Championship title.
African Junior Chess Championship
The African Junior Chess Championship is an annual chess tournament open to players in Africa who are under 20 years of age. The winners earn the right to participate in the next World Junior Chess Championship.
The 2023 edition will be held from the 22nd of June 2023 to the 30th of June 2023
All Africa Games
The All Africa Games 2023 will feature a chess event where Africa’s finest will come to battle for glory.
The competition will commence in Accra, Ghana, in August 2023.
FIDE Grand Swiss
The FIDE Grand Swiss tournament 2023 is a swiss-system 11-round tournament that will be held from October 23 to November 5, 2023. The Isle of Man will host the tournament. The games will be played in the Royal Hall of the Villa Marina in Douglas, and a total of 157 players from approximately 35 countries will be participating. The combined prize fund will be 600,000 United States dollars.
The time control for each game is 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 50 minutes for the next 20 moves, followed by 15 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1.
Africa Open Rapid and Blitz
The Africa Open Rapid and Blitz tournament is a two-event tournament featuring Rapid and Blitz time controls. It will be held from the 7th of December to the 10th of December, 2023.
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And there you have it; now you know about the 2023 Chess Tournament Calendar and the mouthwatering events to look forward to this year.