Tata Steel Chess India, Rapid & Blitz 2019 puts India firmly on the world chess map. Not only as the breeding ground of top world-level players, but as a super-tournament host. The tournament brings eight of the world's top fifteen Grandmasters and the top three Indian players to Kolkata.
This is a 10-player field, high-level, all-play-all tournament.
From 2019, its second edition, Tata Steel Chess India Rapid and Blitz 2019 has become part of the Grand Chess Tour.
The Grand Chess Tour, inspired by chess legend Garry Kasparov, and launched in 2015, includes two classical and five rapid and blitz tournaments. The Kolkata leg, from Nov 22-26, will be the penultimate event of the eight-leg Tour which has expanded this time to four continents - Africa, Asia, Europe and America.
The tournament will be played in two formats - rapid and blitz.
Rapid rounds: A single 10-player Round Robin played on November 22, 23 and 24, with 3 rounds per day. The time control is 25 minutes for the entire game with an delay of 10 seconds per move.
Blitz rounds: A double 10-player Round Robin played on November 25 and 26, with 9 rounds per day. The time control is 5 minutes for the entire game with an delay of 3 seconds per move.
Rapid games count double, with 2 points for a win and 1 for a draw.