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Saturday, April 30

O, Grave! Where Is Thy Victory?

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Georgy Ilivitsky

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English, Bremen System, Keres Variation
1. c4 e5 2. ♘c3 ♘f6 3. g3 c6

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Apr 28-29
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Apr 18
Stavanger, Norway
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Batumi, Georgia
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Xinghua, China
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Saint Louis, USA
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Apr 14-30
Saint Louis, USA
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Mar 30-Apr 7
Poznan, Poland
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March 11-29
Moscow, Russia
Karjakin, winning with 8.5/14, will play a match for the title against reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen this November in the US.
Muzychuk - Hou Women's World Chess Championship
Mar 2-18
Lviv, Ukraine
After not defending her title in a knockout format, Hou Yifan regained it by defeating Muzychuk 6-3.
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Mar 8-16
Reykjavik, Iceland
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Mar 1-9
Moscow, Russia
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Feb 25-Mar 3
Huai'an, China
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Feb 25-Mar 3
Huai'an, China
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Feb 25-Mar 3
Huai'an, China
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Huai'an, China
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