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Arkadij Naiditsch
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Achtung Baby

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Marcos Luckis
(1905-1973)

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Rice Gambit
1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. ♘f3 g5 4. h4 g4 5. ♘e5 ♘f6 6. ♗c4 d5 7. exd5 ♗d6 8. O-O

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Jan 13-28
Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Dec 26-30
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Dec 26-30
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Dec 26-30
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World Blitz Championship (Women)
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Dec 26-30
This massively strong field features Ju Wenjun, Nana Dzagnidze, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Antoaneta Stefanova, Kateryna Lahno, Pia Cramling, Valentina Gunina, Dronavalli Harika, Anna Zatonskih, Marie Sebag and countless more. Discussion forum now open.
 
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Katowice, Poland
Dec 15-17
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European Blitz Championship
Katowice, Poland
Dec 15-17
Sergei Zhigalko won the blitz event with 18/22. Also playing were Ernesto Inarkiev, David Navara, Ruslan Ponomariov, Igor Kovalenko, Luke J McShane, Sergey A Fedorchuk, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, et al.
 
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Huai'an, China
Dec 10-15
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Dec 10-15
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Huai'an, China
Dec 10-15
Vladislav Artemiev, Quang Liem Le, Yangyi Yu, Liren Ding, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Wang Hao, Alexander Grischuk, Dmitry Andreikin, Rauf Mamedov, Anton Korobov, Vassily Ivanchuk and Pentala Harikrishna.
 
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Huai'an, China
Dec 10-15
Nana Dzagnidze, Dronavalli Harika, Anna Muzychuk, Mariya Muzychuk, Wenjun Ju, Xue Zhao, Anna Ushenina, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Elisabeth Paehtz, Antoaneta Stefanova, Zhongyi Tan and Kateryna Lagno.
 
Chess.com Bullet Speed Chess Championship
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May 3-Jan 3
Some of the greatest players in the world (Carlsen, Karjakin, Grischuk, MVL, Nepomniachtchi, Guseinov) participate in this multi-tiered event that includes blitz chess (5m+2s/m) all the way down to bullet chess (1m+1s/move). The final will be between Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura.
 
London Chess Classic
London, England
Dec 1-11
This year's all-star line up: Carlsen, Caruana, Aronian, Nepomniachtchi, Karjakin, Adams, Anand, Vachier-Lagrave, Nakamura, and So. Fabiano Caruana defeated Ian Nepomniachtchi in the Rapid Tiebreaks after both finished 6/9. Magnus Carlsen's last round victory over Aronian clinched his position as the winner of the 2017 Grand Chess Tour.
 
AlphaZero - Stockfish Match
London, England
Dec 4
Google unleashed its DeepMind project to tackle the game of chess. After four hours of self-training, their software was able to demolish Stockfish in a 100 game match without a single loss, +28 =72 -0. Google released 10 of the more spectacular wins.
 
Russian Superfinals
St. Petersburg, Russia
Dec 2-15
Peter Svidler, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Nikita Vitiugov, Maxim Matlakov, Vladimir Fedoseev, Ernesto Inarkiev, Vladimir Malakhov, Alexander Riazantsev, Sergey Volkov, Daniil Dubov, Sanan Sjugirov, and Evgeny Romanov.
 
Russian Superfinals (Women)
St. Petersburg, Russia
Dec 2-15
Alisa Galliamova, Valentina Gunina, Ekaterina Kovalevskaya, Aleksandra Goryachkina, Natalia Pogonina, Olga Girya, Anastasia Bodnaruk, Alina Kashlinskaya, Marina Romanko Nechaeva, Evgenija Ovod, Polina Shuvalova, and Oksana Gritsayeva.
 
King's Tournament (Rapid)
Medias, Romania
Nov 26-28
A rapid and blitz event with sections for men's and women's fields. Playing for the men are Ivanchuk, Karjakin, Wei Yi and Bogdan-Daniel Deac. Vassily Ivanchuk won both rapid and blitz sections.
 

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