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Gashimov Memorial
Shamkir, Azerbaijan
Apr 19-28
The 5th Vugar Gashimov Memorial includes Magnus Carlsen, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Anish Giri, Ding Liren, Sergey Karjakin, Veselin Topalov, Teimour Radjabov, Rauf Mamedov and David Navara. Discussion forum now open.
US Championship
Saint Louis, USA
Apr 18-30
Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Wesley So, Alex Onischuk, Ray Robson, Sam Shankland, Varuzhan Akobian, Jeffery Xiong, Alex Lenderman, Awonder Liang, Yaroslav Zherebukh and Zviad Izoria.
US Championship (Women)
Saint Louis, USA
Apr 18-30
Irina Krush, Anna Zatonskih, Tatev Abrahamyan, Nazi Paikidze, Sabina Foisor, Jennifer Yu, Annie Wang, Maggie Feng, Anna Sharevich, Dorsa Derakhshani, Akshita Gorti and Rusudan Goletiani.
GRENKE Chess Classic
Mar 31-Apr 9
Baden-Baden, Germany
This world class tournament featured Carlsen, Caruana, Anand, Aronian, Vachier-Lagrave, Vitiugov, Naiditsch, Hou Yifan, Georg Meier, and Matthias Bluebaum. Caruana was in the lead for most of the event and finished a full point ahead, with 6.5/9.
World Chess Championship Candidates
Mar 10-28
Berlin, Germany
Fabiano Caruana finished a full point in the lead with 9/14, earning the right to challenge Magnus Carlsen in November.
European Individual Chess Championship
Mar 17-28
Batumi, Georgia
Jakovenko, Wojtaszek, Navara, Vallejo Pons, Ivanchuk, Mamedov, Matlakov, Dubov, Naiditsch, Ponomariov, et al. Discussion forum now open.
Reykjavík Open
Mar 6-14
Reykjavík, Iceland
Now dubbed "The Bobby Fischer Memorial", this strong open included many GMs including Pavel Eljanov, Gata Kamsky, Richard Rapport, Konstantin Landa, Erwin L'Ami, Ahmed Adly, and Aleksandr Lenderman. The winner was Baskaran Adhiban with 7.5/9.
Tal Memorial (Rapid)
Mar 2-5
Moscow, Russia
The 11th Tal Memorial is a rapid/blitz event featuring Viswanathan Anand, Vladimir Kramnik, Hikaru Nakamura, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Alexander Grischuk, Sergey Karjakin, Boris Gelfand, Peter Svidler, Ian Nepomniachtchi, and Daniil Dubov. Anand won with 6/9.
Tal Memorial (Blitz)
Mar 5
Moscow, Russia
The 11th Tal Memorial is a rapid/blitz event featuring Viswanathan Anand, Vladimir Kramnik, Hikaru Nakamura, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Alexander Grischuk, Sergey Karjakin, Boris Gelfand, Peter Svidler, Ian Nepomniachtchi, and Daniil Dubov. Karjakin won with 10/13.
Aeroflot Open
Feb 19-Mar 2
Moscow, Russia
Vladislav Kovalev beat out a strong field including Fedoseev, Vidit, Andreikin, Mamedov, Matlakov, et al.
Hou-Karpov Match
Harbin, China
Feb 4-7
Former world champion Karpov took on three-time women world champion Hou Yifan in a 6-game rapid match, and won 3.5 to 2.5.
Tradewise Gibraltar
Jan 23-31
Caleta, Gibraltar
One of the strongest Gibraltar tournaments ever featured Aronian, Vachier-Lagrave, Nakamura, Ivanchuk, and scores of other top GMs. There was a seven way tie with 7.5/10. Levon Aronian won the event defeating Rapport in the semi-finals and Vachier-Lagrave in the final.
Tata Steel 2018
Jan 13-28
Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands
This super-tournament features Carlsen, Caruana, Giri, Hou Yifan, Jones, Karjakin, Kramnik, Mamedyarov, Matlakov, So, Svidler, Wei Yi, Adhiban, and Anand. Carlsen and Giri shared the lead with 9/13, but Carlsen took the top honors by defeating Giri in the blitz tiebreaks.
Tata Steel Challengers 2018
Jan 13-28
Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands
Vidit Santosh Gujrathi won with 9/13.
World Rapid Championship
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Dec 26-30
This massively strong field features Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Viswanathan Anand, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Alexander Grischuk, Sergey Karjakin, Vassily Ivanchuk, Ding Liren, Peter Svidler and countless other top GMs and IMs. Discussion forum now open.
World Rapid 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.
World Blitz Championship
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Dec 26-30
This massively strong field features Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Viswanathan Anand, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Alexander Grischuk, Sergey Karjakin, Vassily Ivanchuk, Ding Liren, Peter Svidler and countless other top GMs and IMs. Discussion forum now open.

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