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Saturday, October 19
H Weenink

Angel On My Shoulder
(by Phony Benoni)

Player of the Day
Erik Blomqvist

Opening of the Day
King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
1. d4 ♘f6 2. c4 g6 3. ♘c3 ♗g7 4. e4 d6 5. ♗e2 O-O 6. ♗g5 c5 7. d5 e6

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Douglas IMN
Oct 10-21 2019
Along with $70,000, the winner of this 11-round Grand Swiss event will qualify for the 2020 Candidates Tournament. World Champion Magnus Carlsen, erstwhile challenger Fabiano Caruana, and recent FIDE World Cup winner Teimour Radjabov are among the notables.
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FIDE World Cup
Khanty-Mansiysk RUS
Sep 10-Oct 4 2019
Grandmaster Teimour Radjabov edged out fellow GM Ding Liren in the blitz tiebreak phase to win first place and $110,000 in this 128-player knockout event.
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FIDE Grand Prix (Women)
Skolkovo RUS
Sep 11-22 2019
Grandmaster Humpy Koneru edged out fellow GM's Ju Wenjun and Aleksandra Goryachkina to win this 12-player round-robin event.
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Sinquefield Cup
St. Louis MO USA
Aug 17-28 2019
GM Ding Liren swept the 2-game Blitz tiebreak phase against World Champion Magnus Carlsen to win this prestigious event. Liren stands 2nd overall in the Grand Chess Tour, whose winner qualifies for the 2020 Candidates match.
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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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