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Prince Dadian

Once Smitten, Twice Shy

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Blackmar-Diemer Gambit
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China Kings and Queens
Taizhou, China
Nov 24-Dec 1
Men's and women's events with 8 players each in a knockout format.
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Taizhou, China
Nov 24-Dec 1
Men's and women's events with 8 players each in a knockout format.
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Nov 13-22
Reykjavik, Iceland
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European Team Championship (Women)
Nov 13-22
Reykjavik, Iceland
In the women's section, Russia placed first, followed by Ukraine and Georgia.
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Nov 4-8
Barcelona, Spain
Morozevich beat Bachmann on tie-breaks (most games with black) in spite of losing to him in the final round.
Bilbao Masters
Oct 26-Nov 1
Bilbao, Spain
Wesley So beat Anish Giri in the blitz tiebreaks, after they tied for first (+1 -0 =5) ahead of Viswanathan Anand and Ding Liren.
European Club Cup
Oct 17-25
Skopje, Macedonia
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European Club Cup (Women)
Oct 17-25
Skopje, Macedonia
Club Nona of Georgia finished with a perfect score.
World Rapid Championship
Oct 9-15
Berlin, Germany
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World Blitz Championship
Oct 9-15
Berlin, Germany
Alexander Grischuk is the new Blitz World Champion, winning with 15.5/21 ahead of Magnus Carlsen, Boris Gelfand, Peter Svidler, Vladimir Kramnik, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Vassily Ivanchuk, Levon Aronian, Viswanathan Anand, Teimour Radjabov, David Navara, Sergey Karjakin, and many more.
Women's Grand Prix
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Oct 2-16
Yifan Hou, Koneru Humpy, Anna Muzychuk, Nana Dzagnidze, Antoaneta Stefanova, Pia Cramling, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Mariya Muzychuk, Natalia Pogonina, Almira Skripchenko, Natalia Zhukova, and Sarasadat Khademalsharieh.
Millionaire Chess
Las Vegas, USA
Oct 8-12
GM Hikaru Nakamura won this 7-round open followd by a 4-player tiebreak, beating out Caruana, So, Kamsky, Yangyi Yu, Liem Le, McShane, Robson, and many more.
16th Karpov Poikovsky Tournament
Sep 27-Oct 8
Morozevich, Bologan, Shirov, Inarkiev, Lysyj, Korobov, Laznicka, Smirin, Sutovsky and Khismatullin.
PokerStars IoM Masters
Douglas, Isle of Man
Oct 3-11
Michael Adams, Sergei Movsesian, Pentala Harikrishna, Arkadij Naiditsch, Laurent Fressinet, David Howell, Nigel Short, and over a hundred other players compete in this colorful event.
World Cup
Baku, Azerbaijan
Sep 10-Oct 5
128 world class players including Topalov, Nakamura, Caruana, Giri, Kramnik, So, Grischuk, Ding Liren, Aronian, and many more. In the final, Karjakin defeated Svidler in a see-saw struggle that was settled in blitz tiebreaks.
Bundesliga 2015/16
Various cities, Germany
Sep 18-Apr 24
The German Schachbundesliga has begun.
World Junior Championship
Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia
Sep 2-15
Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Jorge Cori, Karen H Grigoryan, Benjamin Bok, Matthias Bluebaum, Jorden van Foreest, et al.

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