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Alexey Shirov
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Charles Jaffe
(1879-1941)

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Queen's Indian
1. d4 ♘f6 2. ♘f3 b6

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Shamkir, Azerbaijan
Apr 17-26
Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Viswanathan Anand, Anish Giri, Wesley So, Vladimir Kramnik, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Michael Adams and Rauf Mamedov.
 
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Tsaghkadzor, Armenia
Apr 18-29
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Dubai, UAE
Apr 6-15
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Bangkok, Thailand
Apr 12-19
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Mar 31-Apr 14
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Mar 31-Apr 14
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Mar 16-Apr 7
Sochi, Russia
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Aeroflot Open
Mar 27-Apr 4
Moscow, Russia
Top entrants include Mamedyarov, Tomashevsky, Nepomniachtchi, Ponomariov, Rapport, Korobov, Vallejo, Inarkiev. Discussion forum now open.
 
Reykjavik Open
Reykjavik, Iceland
Mar 10-18
First won in 1964 by Tal, this is the 24th edition. Top players include Mamedyarov, Navara, and Eljanov. Discussion forum now open.
 
European Individual Championship
Jerusalem, Israel
Feb 23-Mar 8
Evgeny Najer won with 8.5/11, beating out Navara, Vitiugov, Eljanov, Nepomniachtchi, Bacrot, Vallejo-Pons, et al.
 
Zurich Chess Challenge (Rapid)
Zurich, Switzerland
Feb 19
Kramnik beats out Aronian, Nakamura, Karjakin, Anand, and Caruana.
 
Zurich Chess Challenge
Zurich, Switzerland
Feb 13-19
Anand beats out Caruana, Aronian, Karjakin, Nakamura and Kramnik.
 
Zurich Chess Challenge (Blitz)
Zurich, Switzerland
Feb 13
Aronian beats out Caruana, Anand, Karjakin, Nakamura and Kramnik.
 
Bunratty Chess Festival
Bunratty, Ireland
Feb 20-22
Wesley So wins the masters section, ahead of Nigel Short, Gawain Jones, Nick Pert, Mark Hebden, et al. Discussion forum now open.
 
Bunratty Chess Festival (Classic)
Bunratty, Ireland
Feb 20-22
Bjorn Thorfinnsson won this 10 player GM norm round-robin.
 
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Tbilisi, Georgia
Feb 14-28
Tomashevsky dominated the field, a point and half ahead of Jakovenko. Also playing were Grischuk, Giri, Vachier-Lagrave, Mamedyarov, Svidler, Andreikin, et al.
 
GRENKE Chess Classic
Feb 2-9
Baden-Baden, Germany
Carlsen beat out Naiditsch in Armageddon tiebreaks. Both finished with 4.5/7, ahead of Caruana, Anand, Aronian, Adams, Bacrot, and Baramidze.
 

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