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Richard Rapport

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Konstantinopolsky Opening
1. e4 e5 2. ♘f3 ♘c6 3. g3

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FIDE Women's World Chess Championship
Mar 16-Apr 7
Sochi, Russia
Top seeds: Humpy Koneru, Ju Wenjun, Anna Muzychuk, Viktorija Cmilyte, Alexandra Kosteniuk and Valentina Gunina.
Aeroflot Open
Mar 27-Apr 4
Moscow, Russia
Top entrants include Mamedyarov, Tomashevsky, Nepomniachtchi, Ponomariov, Rapport, Korobov, Vallejo, Inarkiev. Discussion forum now open.
Reykjavik Open
Reykjavik, Iceland
Mar 10-18
First won in 1964 by Tal, this is the 24th edition. Top players include Mamedyarov, Navara, and Eljanov. Discussion forum now open.
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.
Tradewise Gibraltar
Caleta, UK
Jan 28-Feb 6
Nakamura beat Topalov, Svidler, Vitiugov, Jakovenko, Harikrishna, Yangi Yu, Rapport, Wei Yi, Hou Yifan, et al. with 8.5/10.
Tata Steel 2015
Wijk aan Zee, NL
Jan 9-25
Carlsen, Caruana, Aronian, Giri, So, Vachier-Lagrave, Wojtaszek, Radjabov, Ding Liren, Jobava, Ivanchuk, Hou Yifan, Van Wely, and Saric give this mega-tournament an average rating of 2746. Magnus Carlsen won with 9/13.
Tata Steel 2015 (Group B)
Wijk aan Zee, NL
Jan 9-25
Includes Wei Yi, Van Kampen, Shankland, Timman, and Gunina. Wei Yi won with 10.5/13.
90th Hastings Chess Congress
Hastings, UK
Dec 29-Jan 6
Zhao Jun finished with an excellent +7 -0 =2 score, winning by a full point.
Nutcracker Match of the Generations
Moscow, Russia
Dec 20-25
The experienced "kings" (Leko, Shirov, Dreev and Morozevich) take on a team of younger "princes" (Artemiev, Fedoseev, Dubov and Oparin). The "Kings" won, 32.5 to 31.5.

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