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Wednesday, February 10
Wesley So
Hikaru Nakamura

Black Knights Matter

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Sandor Takacs

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Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
1. e4 e5 2. ♘f3 ♘c6 3. ♗b5 f5

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Jan 25-Feb 4
Caleta, England
Top seeds include Nakamura, Anand, Vachier-Lagrave, Harikrishna, Li Chao, Nigel Short, and many more.
Tata Steel
Jan 16-31
Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands
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Tata Steel (Group B)
Jan 16-31
Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands
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Dec 28-Jan 5
Hastings, England
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Jan 2-10
Devonport, Auckland
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Doha, Qatar
Dec 19-30
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Nutcracker Match of the Generations
Dec 20-25
Moscow, Russia
The "Kings" (Gelfand, Najer, Leko, Morozevich) played a Scheveningen classical and rapid chess match against a team of "princes" (Vladislav Artemiev, Ivan Bukavshin, Mikhail Antipov and Grigoriy Oparin). The Kings won 18-14.
London Chess Classic
Dec 4-13
London, England
Carlsen, Anand, Nakamura, Aronian, Topalov, Grischuk, Vachier-Lagrave, Adams, and Giri. A threeway tie for first at 5.5/9 among Carlsen, Giri, and Vachier-Lagrave caused the event to go into rapid tiebreaks where Carlsen emerged triumphant.
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Taizhou, China
Nov 24-Dec 1
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Nov 24-Dec 1
Taizhou, China
Men's and women's events with 8 players each in a knockout format.
European Team Championship
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.
Barcelona International
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
Club Sibera won, thanks to an incredible performance by Kramnik 4.5/5.
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
Magnus Carlsen wins with 11.5/15, beating out Boris Gelfand, Peter Svidler, Vladimir Kramnik, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Alexander Grischuk, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Vassily Ivanchuk, Levon Aronian, Viswanathan Anand, Teimour Radjabov, David Navara, Sergey Karjakin, and many more.

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