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Norman Tweed Whitaker
Herman Hahlbohm

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Konstantinopolsky Opening
1. e4 e5 2. ♘f3 ♘c6 3. g3

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Novosibirsk, Russia
Oct 16-27
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Novosibirsk, Russia
Oct 16-27
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Hoogeveen, Netherlands
Oct 15-22
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Hoogeveen, Netherlands
Oct 15-22
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Murmansk, Russia
Oct 6-9
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Oct 15-May 1
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Sochi, Russia
Oct 4-8
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Sochi, Russia
Oct 4-8
Moscow team "SHSM Moscow" won the both the rapid and blitz.
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Sochi, Russia
Oct 4-8
Team Yugra" from Khanty-Mansiysk won the women's rapid. Team "VIVO" from St. Petersburg won the women's blitz event, although the games are not currently avialable.
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Douglas, Isle of Man, England
Oct 1-9
Pavel Eljanov beat out Caruana on tiebreaks (both on 7.5/9). Also playing were Nakamura, So, Eljanov, Adams, Wang Hao, and Leko.
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Atlantic City, USA
Oct 6-10
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Tal Memorial
Moscow, Russia
Sep 25-Oct 6
Nepomniachtchi beat Kramnik, Tomashevsky, Anand, Aronian, Gelfand, Li Chao, Mamedyarov, Giri and Svidler with 6/9 points.
Tal Memorial (Blitz)
Moscow, Russia
Sep 25
Mamedyarov dominated all with 7.5/9 in the blitz event, which determines the seeding for the main event.
Carlsen-Karjakin World Championship
New York, USA
Nov 11-30
World Champion Magnus Carlsen will attempt to defend the title from challenger Sergey Karjakin. Discussion forum now open.
World Youth Championship U18
Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia
Sep 20-Oct 4
Maksim Vavulin, Vahap Sanal, Manuel Petrosyan, Bilel Bellahcene, Dmitrij Kollars, Shahin Lorparizangeneh, Fy Antenaina Rakotomaharo, et al.
World Youth Championship U18 (Girl's)
Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia
Sep 20-Oct 4
Polina Shuvalova, Oliwia Kiolbasa, Anna-Maja Kazarian, Svetlana Tishova, Fiona Sieber, Battsooj Amina, et al.
Magnus Carlsen Play Live Challenge
New York, USA
Sep 22
Magnus Carlsen was in New York City to play a simul against 11 users of the Play Magnus mobile app. Everybody had 30 minutes on their clocks. Magnus won 11 to 0.

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