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Vlastimil Babula
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Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
1. d4 ♘f6 2. c4 d6 3. ♘c3 e5 4. ♘f3

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May 27-June 7
Antoaneta Stefanova, Aleksandra Goryachkina, Natalia Pogonina, Monika Socko, Lilit Mkrtchian, Anna Ushenina
 
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May 25-Jun 5
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May 26-Jun 4
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May 21-22
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Shanghai, China
May 4-8
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May 1-10
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Sochi, Russia
May 1-10
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Stockholm, Sweden
Apr 30-May 8
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St. Louis, USA
Apr 28-29
The top three finishers of the US Championship (Caruana, Nakamura, and So) joined Garry Kasparov in a special exhibition blitz tournament lasting 6 rounds. Nakamura won with 11/18 while the former champion held his own with a solid +6 -5 =7.
 
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Apr 18-29
Stavanger, Norway
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Apr 18
Stavanger, Norway
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Batumi, Georgia
Apr 19-May 3
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Apr 17-28
Xinghua, China
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Apr 17-28
Xinghua, China
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US Chess Championships
Apr 14-30
Saint Louis, USA
Fabiano Caruana beat out Hikaru Nakamura, Wesley So, Gata Kamsky, Alexander Onischuk, Samuel Shankland, Ray Robson, Aleksandr Lenderman, Varuzhan Akobian, Jeffery Xiong, Alexander Shabalov and Akshat Chandra with 8.5/11.
 

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