The chess world is dominated by Continental events in the month of May. Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Asia will get to know their champions. Moreover, these events are qualification for the World Chess Cup 2021, which is part of the World Chess Championship cycle.
Chessdom.com will have extensive coverage of the continental events – with live games, photo reports, videos, and players’ reactions. As the main page is small for the sheer amount of information that will come from continental events (and as there are many parallel events like the FTX Crypto Cup, the Top Chess Engine Championship etc.) this article will put an order into the continental chess events. Make sure to bookmark it and check it for daily (even hourly!) updates.
European Continental Chess tournament
The European Hybrid Qualification Tournament 2021 will take place from 22nd-30th May through Tornelo online platform. More than 160 GMs will race for 36 spots in the World Cup. 10 more spots will be by rating and 1 from the Small Nations Zonal.
Photo: one of the amazing venues of the European Hybrid Qualificaion
African Individual Chess Championships for men and women
This is the only event that is over the board. Taking place in Lilongwe, Malawi, it is a qualification for the World Chess Cup 2021.
Asian Individual Chess Championship 2021
Severely reduced by the ongoing covid-19 crisis, even hybrid format is not going to help the normal pace of the event. India will miss out entirely due to the lockdown. It still remains the most important continental event and Chessdom will cover it in details.
American Continental Chess Championship
The American Qualification tournament for the FIDE World Cup 2021 will take place 22 May – 30 May. As an American Continental Championship, the event consists of two hybrid format stages: preliminary and knock-out. The knock-out stage starts on May 22nd with 114 players fighting for the 8 spots for the upcoming FIDE World Cup 2021. The event will be played Online from the designated USA “Tournament Hall” at the St. Louis Chess Club.