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Jan 25-Feb 4
Caleta, England
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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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Dec 20-25
Moscow, Russia
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London Chess Classic
Dec 4-13
London, England
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Taizhou, China
Nov 24-Dec 1
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Nov 24-Dec 1
Taizhou, China
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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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