Discover the most interesting chess tournaments to play. Read about my last performance in the tournaments that I’m playing or keep yourself informed about the top tournaments that are being played.

I like to share with all of you the experience I get playing tournaments. Additionally, keep you informed about the last novelties that appear in them.

Train hard to prepare properly the tournaments. All the players are training also.

And I like to recommend the tournaments that combine chess with other activities where you can enjoy after the games and are well organized. If you’ve got suggestions also they will be welcomed!

I hope you enjoy.

GM Norms in Chess – How to Produce Those to Titles

GM Norms in Chess

We’re going to talk later about the specifics of achieving IM norms in chess and GM norms in chess, which ultimately leads to how to reach GM in chess, however, we must understand that meeting the sole requirements are not simple at all. It takes a lot of practical work and effort, which we will talk about below

At all levels, we see the most accomplished chess players out there with fancy “titles” celebrating their accolades. The titles can include Candidate Master, National Master, FIDE Master, International Master, and the greatest achievement of all, GrandmasterRead more

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Top Chess Players In The World – The Best 100


Top Chess Players In The World – The Best 100

Chess is by far the top intellectual game in the world. People who don’t play chess perceive chess players as “smart people”. And there is no doubt truth to that, chess requires critical thinking, decision making, memorization, etc. Therefore, we must salute and recognize the best chess players in the world. There are estimates that 600 million people worldwide play chess.

The top 100 chess players account for such a tiny percentage of players almost unfathomable. So let’s give these heroes their due, and count down the top … Read more

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Chess – IM/GM Closed Tournaments are played every 2 months in Spain

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Club Escacs Barcelona organizes closed tournaments every 2 months

According to the statistics, Spain is the country with more chess tournaments in the World. Exactly in Catalonia probably you can play every day in the year without stop and even choose what tournament play because some of them are played on the same dates! However, although there are many chess tournaments to play only a few of them in Spain are closed tournaments.

Closed tournaments are interesting for chess players who want to try to get some IM-GM norms or just want to have 9 hard games and improve their Read more

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Do you know the First Saturday chess tournaments? They are played in Budapest, monthly, valid for GM and IM.

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First Saturday chess tournaments

These days I was surfing on the Internet when I saw “The First Saturday Chess Tournaments”. What was this? They are tournaments played in Budapest the first Saturday of each month and are valid for GM and IM norms!

They are very strong tournaments for players who want to get an IM or GM norm. I have seen that these events have been organized since 1992! It’s amazing!

First Saturday I think if you feel good to play and you are finding a norm it can be the fastest way to get it. Why? Because the tournament … Read more

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IV Ansoain Chess Open

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For some players, the most important part of the chess tournaments is if they raise their chess rating or they lose it. Others find the prizes and others just want to enjoy playing chess… The chess tournament is the perfect opportunity to examine our own abilities… And a very interesting one is the IV Ansoain Chess Open!

The truth is that for all the chess enthusiasts is always good to know about the next chess tournaments. For those, I must inform you that this time Ansoain Chess Club in collaboration with the The New Casino organizes from August 6thRead more

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My next tournament: Guimarães Chess Open 2018! 04 a 07 de Outubro

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My next tournament will be the Guimarães Chess Open (Portugal)

Hello friends! Yes! The next chess tournament that I will play will be in Portugal! I will play the Guimarães Chess Open 2018! 

The tournament is very strong with lots of Grandmasters and International Masters. It will be hard! There are 7 rounds and will be played in 4 days (with double rounds). The tournament is growing and well organized.

One of the interesting things of the tournament is that we will play in the afternoons (20:00h), something unusual in other countries (like Spain) but many players like to … Read more

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Chess against cancer


A chess tournament against the childhood cancer

Every year, in December, my friend Borja Sanmartín and the ASPANOA Association (an association created against childhood cancer) organize a very famous chess tournament to collect money to help in this fight. It’s a tradition and a very good reason.

The tournament is really strong and many international and grandmasters play it. Although the most important part is to collaborate with this tournament to help the children that they need this help.

It will be played on Sunday, December 2, 2018, in the morning session starting at 10:00h. It will be in the … Read more

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First Saturday – Chess: Promoting chess on Budapest!

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First Saturday – Chess: Closed tournaments

If in a previous article (read it here), I wrote about the interesting closed tournaments for FM, IM and GMs that they were organizing every month on Budapest. Without knowing it, now I have discovered that one of the best organizers and arbiters Nuno Andrade (and friend ;) ) is collaborating on the First Saturday Tournament of November which is being played on Budapest!

Laszlo Nagy is known as “Mr. First Saturdays”! due to he has organized many closed tournaments every First Saturday of the month for more than … Read more

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