- Scottish Grand Prix



September 2017: Chess Scotland is pleased to announce that Chessbase will continue their sponsorship of the Scottish Grand Prix. Chessbase, the world leading chess software company will provide database and playing programs to the winners of the year long Grand Prix competition.

Chessbase is based in Germany but has a strong Scottish connection. Matthias Wullenweber of Chessbase first had the idea to develop software to store his own games while a student at Edinburgh University in the early 1980s.

Chessbase can sort, retrieve and catalogue millions of games at the touch of a button. Most of the world's leading grandmasters log in to Chessbase to prepare their games.

Fritz is the tactical genius who calculates his way instantly through the most complicated of position.


New in Chess will supply a copy of the latest edition of the world's highest quality chess magazine to all Grand Prix prizewinners. "NIC has regular contributions from all the world's best players. Magnus Carlsen, Vladimir Kramnik, Levon Aronian, Vishy Anand, Sergey Karjakin, Hikaru Nakamura, Veselin Topalov, Fabiano Caruana, Alexander Grischuk, Hou Yifan, Judith Polgar. You name them, we have them. Perhaps that's why New In Chess is also their favourite chess magazine!" Visit the NIC website.


The Chess Essentials bookstall will sponsor the Grand Prix this season. Howard Wood of Chess Essentials has attended several events on the Scottish chess circuit.


Scottish Grand Prix: Players accumulate points based on their results on the Scottish tournament circuit. Any score of 50% or more qualifies for Grand Prix points, 25% or more is required in the Junior sections. Players 2150 and under are eligible for inclusion. There are four adult Grand Prix sections grouped by rating and four junior sections. Detailed Adult GP rules, detailed Junior GP rules.

The latest results can be viewed at the Chess Scotland website Leaderboard

Chessbase Prizes: Chessbase will provide: 1st prizes: the latest Chessbase Database Program. 2nd prizes:the top Chessbase playing program. 3rd prizes: another Chessbase playing program. The top 3 adults in each section will receive software prizes, as will the top junior in each adult section.

Product upgrades occur frequently so specific Chessbase products are not mentioned above - but they will be appropriate to the time of the next prizegiving. Full details of their latest software range are available at

In addition, Chess Scotland will award the winner of each adult section with £100 and a trophy.

All the main prizewinners will receive a book from Chess Essentials and a NIC magazine in addition to the software, cash and trophy prizes.