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Howard's Turn
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Thomas Ernst

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Reti Opening
1. ♘f3 d5 2. c4

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Aug 17-28 2019
This prestigious event is the 5th leg of the 2019 Grand Chess Tour, with World Champion Magnus Carlsen and 11 more elite GM's competing at the St. Louis Chess Club. Chessgames will be broadcasting select live games on a daily basis!
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GCT St. Louis Rapid & Blitz
St. Louis MO USA
Aug 10-14 2019
GM Levon Aronian triumphed in this event which saw the end of an 8-tournament win streak for World Champion Magnus Carlsen.
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Abu Dhabi Masters
Abu Dhabi UAE
Aug 2-10 2019
Georgian GM Baadur Aleksandrovich Jobava won the 26th Abu Dhabi Masters by a full point, scoring an impressive 8/9, with GM Nodirbek Yakubboev of Uzbekistan taking 2nd place.
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Hunan Int'l Open
Changsha CHN
July 29-Aug 6 2019
The top section for this 9-round Swiss tournament has a $50,000 overall first prize, with $10,000 for the top woman.
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GCT Paris
Paris FRA
July 27-Aug 1 2019
Native son GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave triumphed within a few miles of his birthplace, edging out erstwhile World Champion Viswanathan Anand by a scant half point.
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Biel Int'l Chess Fest
Biel SUI
July 21-31 2019
GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi handily won the 52nd Biel International Chess Festival, which featured a new format consisting of 7 Classical, 7 Rapid, and 14 Blitz games.
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Dortmund Sparkassen
Dortmund GER
July 13-21 2019
Grandmaster Leinier Dominguez Perez won this eight-player round-robin event.
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Grand Prix Riga
Riga LAT
July 12-24 2019
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov edged out MVL to win this knockout event and collect 10 Grand Prix points.
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GCT Croatia
Zagreb CRO
June 26-July 8 2019
World Champion Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen won handily yet again, extending his tournament record to a perfect 8-0 since defending his World Title last November.
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Danzhou Super GM
Danzhou CHN
June 30-July 7 2019
Grandmaster Richard Rapport claimed the $24,000 1st place prize in the 10th edition of this event.
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Russian Higher League
Yaroslavl RUS
June 27-July 6 2019
GM Alexandr Predke emerged the victor in the Open Section, while the Women's Section saw Elena Tomilova take 1st place.
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Netanya Masters
Netanya ISR
June 23-July 2 2019
Native son and Grandmaster Boris Gelfand won this round-robin invitational event, which featured top GM's from Israel and around the world.
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