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Shamkir, Azerbaijan
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April 13-20
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Loo, Russia
Apr 7-13
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Apr 7-13
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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 Open
Cappelle-la-Grande, France
Mar 1-8
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David Bronstein Memorial
Minsk, Belarus
Feb 11-19
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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
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Zurich Chess Challenge (Rapid)
Zurich, Switzerland
Feb 3-4
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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.

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