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Grand Prix Winners 2020
August 27, 2020: Congratulations to the winners in the Chessbase Grand Prix 2019-2020. This season was of course exceptional after lockdown halted play in mid March. This meant that several events including the highlight Edinburgh Congress and others were omitted from the normal tournament programme. The Scottish Championships in July would have been the final event of the season.
We are now working on delivering prizes to all winners. Ayrshire and Edinburgh Leagues and various individuals are assisting with the distribution to players in their area.
Thanks once again to our 2019-20 sponsors: Chessbase, New in Chess magazine and Chess Evolution book publisher. Scottish Crane gave another lift to the Grand Prix with a bonus prize for overall top scorer.
Thanks to programmers Gordon Rattray and Andrew McHarg who continue to provide invaluable support to the grading system - of which the GP is an offshoot.
It is not clear what will be the nature of any tournament circuit in the 2020/21 season so the Grand Prix in its current form and quality of prize is suspended. We will update on the news list if any developments.
Chessbase Sponsorship: Chessbase continued their tremendous support for the Grand Prix into a 19th successive year for season 2019-2020. A superb range of high value prizes including full database starter packs plus top playing programs provided a great target for competitors on the tournament circuit. Shop
Interview with Matthias Wullenweber who developed ideas for Chessbase while an Edinburgh University student.
"In 1984/1985 I went to the University of Edinburgh for one year and joined their chess team. My polite hosts let me play top board and that meant playing against opponents much stronger than me. That motivated me to do some serious chess training.
I actually spent more time on chess theory than on theoretical physics in Edinburgh.."
Posted on: 27-08-2020