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Peter Leko
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Gata Kamsky

Gata Hand It to Him

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Boris Kantsler
(1962-)

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Queen's Gambit, Noteboom Variation
1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 c6 4. Nf3 dxc4

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Apr 9-21
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Apr 20-30
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Loo, Russia
Apr 7-13
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Loo, Russia
Apr 7-13
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Riga, Latvia
Mar 28-30
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Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia
Mar 13-31
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15th European Individual Championships
Yerevan, Armenia
Mar 3-14
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Xinghua, China
Mar 11-22
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Reykjavik, Iceland
Mar 4-12
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Cappelle-la-Grande, France
Mar 1-8
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David Bronstein Memorial
Minsk, Belarus
Feb 11-19
Top seed Baadur Jobava edged out Fedorchuk and Oleksienko on tiebreaks, all finishing with 7/9.
 
Bunratty Chess Festival
Feb 7-9
Bunratty, Ireland
Gawain Jones wins with 5.5/6.
 
Tradewise Gibraltar
Caleta, UK
Jan 28-Feb 6
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Zurich, Switzerland
Jan 29-Feb 4
Carlsen, Aronian, Anand, Caruana, Nakamura and Gelfand made this the strongest Zurich Challenge ever. There were five rounds of blitz, five rounds of classical, and five rounds of rapid. Magnus Carlsen was the overall winner, winning the blitz on tiebreak and the classical. Caruana won the rapid.
 
Zurich Chess Challenge (Rapid)
Zurich, Switzerland
Feb 3-4
Five rounds with Carlsen, Aronian, Anand, Caruana, Nakamura and Gelfand. Caruana won the event with 4/5, but that wasn't quite enough to displace Carlsen as the overall winner.
 
Zurich Chess Challenge (Blitz)
Zurich, Switzerland
Jan 29
The blitz tournament serves as an introduction to the main event, and will also be used to determine coloration and break ties if necessary. It was won by Carlsen on tiebreaks against Aronian.
 
Moscow Championship Superfinal Rapid
Moscow, Russia
Jan 30-31
A ten player round robin rapid that includes Grischuk, Morozevich and Nepomniachtchi. The women's section includes Kosteniuk, Kovalevskaya and Gunina.
 

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