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Wednesday, March 20
W Kan
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A Abad

Do It Wai Shui Kan!
(by OhioChessFan)

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Gergely Antal
(1985-)

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The Benko Gambit
1. d4 ♘f6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 b5

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US Chess Championships
St. Louis MO USA
March 20-April 1 2019
Hosted at the St. Louis Chess Club, the 2019 US Championship features 12 of the strongest Grandmasters in America, including such notables as Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So, Hikaru Nakamura, and Samuel Shankland. Over the course of eleven rounds, these competitors will battle for $194,000 in prize money, qualification into the World Championship cycle, and the coveted title of 2019 US Champion. The 2019 US Women's Championship will also feature 12 top American women, including GM Irina Krush. See the Official Site for more details.
 
Spring Chess Classic
St. Louis MO USA
March 2-10 2019
The 2019 Spring Chess Classic is comprised of two 10-player Round Robin tournaments. Over the course of 10 days, these competitors will battle for more than $30,000 in prize money and gain valuable experience in top-level events. Tournament Page (A) - Official Site
 
Prague Chess Festival
Prague CZE
March 6-16 2019
The Prague International Chess Festival will see 10 of the world's elite players in the main event, round-robin Masters tournament. There will also be a Challengers section and an Open section. Masters - Challengers - Official Site
 
World Team Championship
Astana Kazakhstan
March 5-15 2019
The FIDE World Team Championship will feature the strongest national teams of 14 countries whose chess federations dominated their continent. For the first time in the history both Open Team and Women's Team Championships will be held in Kazakhstan. Open - Women - Official Site
 
17th Aeroflot Open
Moscow RUS
Feb 20-27 2019
The 17th Aeroflot Open concluded on February 27 and featured 101 players from 22 countries in the main group (A). The event was won by Estonian grandmaster Kaido Kulaots, who scored 7 points and edged out GM Haik Martirosyan of Armenia via tiebreak. GM Krishnan Sasikiran took third place by himself with 6.5 points. By winning the main event, GM Kulaots has qualified for the Super Tournament this summer in Dortmund, Germany, scheduled to be held from July 12-23, 2019.
 
Cairns Cup 2019
St. Louis, MO USA
Feb 6-16 2019
For the 1st time, the St. Louis Chess Club hosted the Cairns Cup, an elite level tournament for the top women chess players in the world. This 9-round classical tournament saw GM Valentina Gunina take 1st place with 7/9, including five wins, while GM Alexandra Kosteniuk took 2nd, and GM Irina Krush 3rd - both with four wins. Tournament Page - Official Site
 
Gibraltar Masters 2019
Gibraltar UK
Jan 22-31 2019
The 17th Gibraltar Masters has just concluded, with 20 year old Vladislav Artemiev taking top honors with 8.5/10, consequently becoming the 20th ranked GM in the chess world. The 10-round, 250-player open saw stars such as Aronian, MVL, Nakamura and So compete for the £25,000 first prize, while the women's top prize of £15,000 was taken by Tan Zhongyi, who scored 7/10 and tied for 6th place with 16 other players. Tournament Page - Official Site
 
Tata Steel 2019
Wijk aan Zee NED
Jan 12-27 2019
The Wimbledon of Chess attracted the greatest grandmasters from around the world, with 2019 marking the 81st year for this prestigious event. GM Magnus Carlsen followed up his recent World Championship victory by handily winning the Tata Steel Masters Section. The Challengers Section saw Vladislav Kovalev take the honors. Immediately after the conclusion of the contest, erstwhile World Champion Vladimir Kramnik formally announced his retirement from competitive professional chess. See the official site for more details.
 
World Rapid & Blitz Championships
St. Petersburg RUS
Dec 26-30 2018
The King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Championships took place in St. Petersburg, between Dec 26-30. In the Rapid Open section, Daniil Dubov won the crown, ahead of last year's Rapid Champion Viswanathan Anand, and World Champion Magnus Carlsen, who suffered a poor start. In the Rapid Women's section, Ju Wenjun won again and retained her title from last year. The Blitz Open section was won by Carlsen, as in 2017, while in the Blitz Women's section, Kateryna Lagno replaced last year's winner Nana Dzagnidze. Official Site
 
10th London Chess Classic
London ENG
Dec 11-17 2018
The London Chess Classic was a knockout tournament between GCT finalists Fabiano Caruana, Maxim Vachier-Lagrave, Levon Aronian, and Hikaru Nakamura. Nakamura emerged the victor, besting Caruana in the Semi-Finals and then MVL in the Final, thereby becoming the Grand Chess Tour 2018 Champion.
 
Carlsen - Caruana World Championship Match
London ENG
Nov 9-28 2018
The World Chess Championship—which pitted reigning title holder Magnus Carlsen of Norway against American challenger Fabiano Caruana—was a 12-game match played at The College of Holborn in London, and organized by FIDE and its commercial partner Agon. Chessgames.com simulcasted each game LIVE, and after all 12 rounds conducted under Classical time control resulted in draws, it was Magnus Carlsen who dominated the ensuing rapid chess tiebreak round, dashing Fabiano Caruana's hopes by sweeping the first 3 games, ensuring himself of a 3rd successful defense of the world chess title he initially won in 2013. Official Site - Carlsen / Caruana WC Page
 
Women's World Championship KO
Khanty-Mansiysk RUS
Nov 3-25 2018
The Women's World Chess Championship tournament, played in a 64-player knockout format, was the second women's championship event held this year. Ju Wenjun, who had won the Women's World Championship match in May, advanced to the final and faced off against Kateryna Lahno. After tieing 2-2 in the Classical games and 1-1 in the 25 min + 10-sec tiebreaks, Ju Wenjun won both 10 min + 10-sec tiebreak games, securing her first defense of the women's world title. Official Site - Tournament Page
 

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