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Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
1. d4 ♘f6 2. c4 d6 3. ♘c3 e5 4. ♘f3

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Gashimov Memorial
Shamkir, Azerbaijan
May 26-Jun 4
Caruana, Giri, Karjakin, Eljanov, Harikrishna, Mamedyarov, Radjabov, Safarli, Hou Yifan, Mammadov
European Individual Chess Championship
Gjakova, Kosovo
May 12-23
Ernesto Inarkiev beat out top seeds David Navara, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Nikita Vitiugov, Ruslan Ponomariov, Francisco Vallejo Pons, et al.
Short - Gretarsson Match
Kopavogur, Iceland
May 21-22
Nigel Short defeated Hjorvar Gretarsson in a 6 game rapid match, 4.5 to 1.5.
Ding - So Match
Shanghai, China
May 4-8
Ding Liren deafeted Wesley So play a 4 game match as part of the China/USA Summit in Shanghai. Ding Liren won with +1 -0 =3.
Russian Team Championship
Sochi, Russia
May 1-10
Kramnik, Karjakin, Svidler, Grischuk, Dominguez, Jakovenko, et al. Discussion forum now open.
Russian Team Championship (Women)
Sochi, Russia
May 1-10
Kateryna Lahno, Ekaterina Kovalevskaya, Aleksandra Goryachkina, Natalia Pogonina, Lilit Mkrtchian, Anna Ushenina, et al. Discussion forum now open.
Hasselbacken Open
Stockholm, Sweden
Apr 30-May 8
Leading players include Alexey Shirov, Dmitry Andreikin, Zoltan Almasi, Krishnan Sasikiran, Ilya Smirin, Eduardas Rozentalis, et al.
Ultimate Blitz Challenge with Kasparov
St. Louis, USA
Apr 28-29
The top three finishers of the US Championship (Caruana, Nakamura, and So) joined Garry Kasparov in a special exhibition blitz tournament lasting 6 rounds. Nakamura won with 11/18 while the former champion held his own with a solid +6 -5 =7.
Norway Chess
Apr 18-29
Stavanger, Norway
Magnus Carlsen wins with 6/9 ahead of Aronian, Kramnik, Vachier-Lagrave, Topalov, Harikrishna, Li Chao, Anish Giri, Pavel Eljanov and Nils Grandelius.
Norway Blitz
Apr 18
Stavanger, Norway
Magnus Carlsen wins with 7.5/9.
FIDE Women's Grand Prix
Batumi, Georgia
Apr 19-May 3
Anna Muzychuk, Zhao Xue, Nana Dzagnidze, Mariya Muzychuk, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Valentina Gunina, Bela Khotenashvili, Elina Danielian, Almira Skripchenko, Nino Batsiashvili, Lela Javakhishvili, Olga Girya.
Chinese Championships
Apr 17-28
Xinghua, China
Wei Yi wins handily with 7.5/11, in the absense of many top Chinese players.
Chinese Championships (Women)
Apr 17-28
Xinghua, China
Qi Guo defeats Mo Zhai, Yiyi Xiao, et al.
US Chess Championships
Apr 14-30
Saint Louis, USA
Fabiano Caruana beat out Hikaru Nakamura, Wesley So, Gata Kamsky, Alexander Onischuk, Samuel Shankland, Ray Robson, Aleksandr Lenderman, Varuzhan Akobian, Jeffery Xiong, Alexander Shabalov and Akshat Chandra with 8.5/11.
US Chess Championships (Women)
Apr 14-30
Saint Louis, USA
Nazi Paikidze beat out Anna Zatonskih, Irina Krush and many other strong ladies to finish with 8.5/11.
Polish Men's Championship
Mar 30-Apr 7
Poznan, Poland
Radoslaw Wojtaszek won with 6.5/9.
World Chess Championship Candidates
March 11-29
Moscow, Russia
Karjakin, winning with 8.5/14, will play a match for the title against reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen this November in the US.

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