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Dutch, Stonewall, Botvinnik Variation
1. d4 f5 2. c4 ♘f6 3. g3 e6 4. ♗g2 ♗e7 5. ♘f3 O-O 6. O-O d5 7. b3

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6th Sinquefield Cup
St. Louis, MO USA
Aug 17-28
This elite international event featured 10 of the strongest chess players in the world, concluding with an unusual, mutually-agreed three way tie for first place, with Fabiano Caruana, World Champion Magnus Carlsen, and Levon Aronian sharing equal honors.
 
Biel Chess Festival
Biel, Switzerland
July 22-Aug 1
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Dortmund, Germany
July 14-22
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July 6-8
Leon, Spain
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Yaroslavl, Russia
Jun 26-Jul 6
Maxim Matlakov, Ernesto Inarkiev, Evgeny Alekseev, Denis Khismatullin, Alexey Dreev, Alexander Motylev, Evgeny Najer, and scores more compete for invitation to the Russian Superfinals.
 
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Yaroslavl, Russia
Jun 26-Jul 6
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Gideon Japhet Cup
Jerusalem, Israel
July 1-6
Vassily Ivanchuk, Boris Gelfand, Peter Svidler, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Georg Meier, Anna Muzychuk.
 
Yinzhou Cup
Ningbo, China
June 27-28
Yu Yangyi won this 6 game rapid event (+3 -0 =3) beating out Li Chao, Wei Yi, and Bu Xiangzhi.
 
Grand Chess Tour Paris (Rapid)
Paris, France
Jun 20-Jun 24
Wesley So wins the rapids with 6/9, and Nakamura wins the overall with 23 points. Players Wesley So, Fabiano Caruana, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Vladimir Kramnik, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Sergey Karjakin, Hikaru Nakamura, Alexander Grischuk, Levon Aronian and Viswanathan Anand.
 
Grand Chess Tour Paris (Blitz)
Paris, France
Jun 20-Jun 24
Hikaru Nakamura wins with 12/18. Players: Fabiano Caruana, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Vladimir Kramnik, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Sergey Karjakin, Wesley So, Hikaru Nakamura, Alexander Grischuk, Levon Aronian and Viswanathan Anand.
 
Your Next Move (Rapid)
Jun 12-14
Leuven, Belgium
The 2018 Grand Chess Tour kicked off in Belgium with Caruana, Mamedyarov, MVL, Karjakin, Giri, So, Nakamura, Grischuk, Aronian, and Anand. Wesley So won the rapid event with 7/9 and the combined event with 22 points overall.
 
Your Next Move (Blitz)
Jun 15-16
Leuven, Belgium
Caruana, Mamedyarov, MVL, Karjakin, Giri, So, Nakamura, Grischuk, Aronian, and Anand. Sergey Karjakin edged out Wesley with 11.5/18.
 
Altibox Norway
Stavanger, Norway
May 27-Jun 8
Caruana wins with 5/8, defeating Aronian, Anand, Carlsen, Mamedyarov, MVL, Karjakin, Nakamura, and Wesley So. Ding Liren had to withdraw due to a bicycle accident after 3 rounds.
 
Altibox Norway (Blitz)
Stavanger, Norway
May 27
Wesley So came out on top with 6/9 in this preliminary blitz match to determine the seedings of the main event.
 
13th American Continental
Montevideo, Uruguay
Jun 1-10
Samuel Shankland won with 9/11. Other top seeds included Jeffery Xiong, Sandro Mareco, Jorge Cori, Emilio Cordova, Sergey Erenburg, Neuris Delgado Ramirez, Ivan Eduardo Morovic-Fernandez, Diego Flores, et al.
 
19th Karpov Poikovsky
Poikovsky, Russia
May 26-Jun 6
Players: Nepomniachtchi, Jakovenko, Vidit, Fedoseev, Artemiev, Gelfand, Korobov, Kovalev, Sutovsky and Bologan.
 
Capablanca Memorial
Havana, Cuba
May 8-20
Samuel Shankland won with 7.5/10, defeating Lazaro Bruzon Batista, Aleksey Dreev, David Anton Guijarro, Aleksandr Rakhmanov and Yusnel Bacallao Alonso.
 

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