The Commonwealth Chess Association (CCA), is the international overall organization in the domain of chess for the nations of the commonwealth. The CCA was founded in 1980 and unites the commonwealth chess federations, while keeping strict neutrality in the internal affairs of the national chess federations. The CCA is concerned with fostering chess activity among the nations of the commonwealth. In particular, it promotes a commonwealth chess championship, which is held on the regular basis. The CCA supports the World Chess Federation (referred to in the text as FIDE for short) and is in harmony with FIDE’s aims and statutes. The CCA is affiliated to FIDE as per 2.9 (b) of the FIDE statutes.
Abhijeet Gupta (born 16 October 1989) is an Indian chess player with the title of Grandmaster (GM). Gupta is the first player to win the Commonwealth Chess Championship five times. He has completed his early education from Emmanuel Mission Secondary School, Bhilwara and then embarked-upon his career of being chess player.
Tania Sachdev is an Indian chess player, who holds the FIDE titles of International Master and Woman Grandmaster. She is a two-time Indian women's chess champion in 2006 and 2007, one-time Asian women's chess champion in 2007 and three-time and current Commonwealth Women's Chess Champion in 2016, 2018 and 2019.
S. L. Narayanan is an Indian chess player. He earned the title of Grandmaster in 2015 and is the 41st Grandmaster from India. The same day, Kerala got their first Grandmaster, G.N. Gopal. Narayanan was the under-11 Kerala state chess champion in 2008, Under 13 State Champion in 2010, State Sub Junior Champion in 2011, State Junior Champion in 2012, and 2nd in State Senior in 2012.
The Commonwealth of Nations, often known as simply the Commonwealth, is an intergovernmental organisation of 53 member states that are mostly former territories of the British Empire. The Commonwealth covers more than 29,958,050
km2, equivalent to 20% of the world's land area and spans all six inhabited continents. With an estimated population of over 2.4 billion people, nearly a third of the world population lives in Commonwealth countries!
The Commonwealth Championships — just like the last year — is divided into 15 categories. We have 14 age categories and one open event. Earlier, the age category prizes used to be given based on the open tournament itself, but since the last year, the Commonwealth Association have wanted to pit the youngsters against players of their age category in order to determine the medals. This is the reason why you have under-8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20 in both open and girls section, which comes to 14 age category events.
The 2019 edition was hosted in the capital city of India, New Delhi which had hosted the 2010,2015,2017,2018 editions. It was the third time in a row that New Delhi hosted the event. It was held at The Leela Ambience Convention
Hotel from 29 June 2019 to 7 July 2019. The tournament was won by Abhijeet Gupta of India. It was his fifth Commonwealth Chess Championship victory and the 8th time in a row an Indian has won the event.
Tania Sachdev retained the women’s title after an anxious wait. After being tied at six points with Divya Deshmukh, Tania took the title on superior tie-break score. Bhakti Kulkarni came third.