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Albert Hodges
Abel Edward Blackmar

Abel was I ere I saw Albert

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Julian Michael Hodgson

Opening of the Day
1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6

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Aberystwyth, Wales
Jul 9-Aug 2
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Helsingør, Denmark
Jul 21-29
Top seeds include Moiseenko, Bu, Edouard, Rapport, Matlakov, Rodshtein, Timman, Negi, et al. Discussion forum now open.
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Biel, Switzerland
Jul 14-25
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (6/10) beats out Anish Giri, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Pentala Harikrishna, Alexander Motylev and Hou Yifan.
Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting
Dortmund, Germany
Jul 12-20
Caruana, Kramnik, Adams, Leko, Ponomariov, Naiditsch, Meier, and Baramidze. Caruana won by a point and a half with 5.5/7.
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Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Jul 6-17
Dzagnidze, Muzychuk, Pogonina, Gunina, Girya, et al.
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Bergamo, Italy
July 12-20
Wesley So, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Baadur Jobava, Zoltan Almasi, Emil Sutovsky, Daniele Vocaturo and Sabino Brunello.
2014 Chess Olympiad
Tromso, Norway
Aug 1-14
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2014 Chess Olympiad (Women)
Tromso, Norway
Aug 1-14
Discussion forum now open.
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Amsterdam, NL
Jul 6-13
Loek van Wely, Sergei Tiviakov, Erwin L'Ami, Robin van Kampen, Dimitri Reinderman, Sipke Ernst, Benjamin Bok, and Wouter Spoelman.
Dutch Championship (Women)
Amsterdam, NL
Jul 6-13
Zhaoqin Peng, Tea Bosboom-Lanchava, Iosefina Paulet, Bianca Muhren, Anne Haast, Ioana-Smaranda Padurariu, Lisa Hortensius, and Anna-Maja Kazarian.
Star Mixed Pair International
Chengdu, China
Jul 6-9
Six pairs of men and women play a 6-round rapid. Teams: Nigel Short / Yifan Hou, Zhu Chen / Yasser Seirawan, Yu Shaoteng / Xu Yuhua, Ye Jiangchuan / Alisa Maric, Artur Yusupov / Maia Chiburdanidze, Liu Shilan / Xie Jun.
5th Danzhou Tournament
Danzhou, China
Jun 25-Jul 4
Ding Liren and Bu Xiangzhi tied with 6.5/9, ahead of Naiditsch, Ponomariov, Yangyi Yu, Wei Yi, Qun Ma, Zhou Weiqi, Xiu Deshun, and Zhao Jun.
FIDE Women's Grand Prix
Lopota, Georgia
Jun 18-Jul 2
Yifan Hou triumphed with 9/11 over Humpy Koneru, Zhao Xue, Anna Muzychuk, Alexandra Kosteniuk, et al.
9th Edmonton International Tournament
Edmonton, Canada
Jun 21-29
Ivanchuk wins with 7/8, beating second place Wesley So by a half-point.
FIDE World Blitz Championship
Dubai, UAE
Jun 19-20
Carlsen, Aronian, Grischuk, Anand, Caruana, Nakamura, Karjakin, Mamedyarov, Vachier-Lagrave, Svidler, Gelfand, et al. Magnus Carlsen won with 17/21 points.
FIDE World Rapid Championship
Dubai, UAE
Jun 16-18
Top players include Carlsen, Aronian, Grischuk, Anand, Caruana, Nakamura, Karjakin, Mamedyarov, Vachier-Lagrave, Svidler, Gelfand, et al. Carlsen won with 11/15.
Norway Chess Tournament
Stavanger, Norway
Jun 3-14
This super tournament featured 7 out of the top 10 players! Lineup: Carlsen, Aronian, Kramnik, Caruana, Topalov, Karjakin, Svidler, Grischuk, Giri, and Agdestein. Sergey Karjakin won scoring 5 points out of the last 6 games.

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