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Chakvi, Georgia
May 19-30
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Oslo, Norway
May 10-16
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Sochi, Russia
May 8-9
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Sochi, Russia
May 1-10
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May 1-10
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Apr 17-26
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Apr 25-26
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Kasparov vs Short (Rapid)
Saint Louis, USA
Apr 25-26
Garry Kasparov defeated Nigel Short 7-1 in a blitz/rapid match in St. Louis.
FIDE World Team Championship
Tsaghkadzor, Armenia
Apr 18-29
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17th Dubai Chess Open
Dubai, UAE
Apr 6-15
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Bangkok, Thailand
Apr 12-19
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FIDE Women's World Chess Championship
Mar 16-Apr 7
Sochi, Russia
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Aeroflot Open
Mar 27-Apr 4
Moscow, Russia
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