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Jan Werle

The Importance of Queening Ernst

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Sicilian, Taimanov
1. e4 c5 2. ♘f3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. ♘xd4 ♘c6 5. ♘c3

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Shamkir, Azerbaijan
Apr 17-26
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17th Dubai Chess Open
Dubai, UAE
Apr 6-15
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Bangkok Chess Club Open
Bangkok, Thailand
Apr 12-19
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St. Louis, USA
Mar 31-Apr 14
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St. Louis, USA
Mar 31-Apr 14
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Mar 16-Apr 7
Sochi, Russia
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Mar 27-Apr 4
Moscow, Russia
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Reykjavik Open
Reykjavik, Iceland
Mar 10-18
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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.
FIDE Grand Prix Tbilisi
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.
Moscow Open
Moscow, Russia
Jan 31-Feb 8
Top seeds include Vallejo-Pons, Nepomniachtchi, Alekseev, and T L Petrosian. Discussion forum now open.

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