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Wednesday, April 24

Cooking The Rooks
(by MrPleasant)

Player of the Day
Celso Golmayo Zupide

Opening of the Day
Queen's Pawn, Mason variation
1. d4 d5 2. ♗f4

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Karlsruhe GER
April 20-29 2019
The 2019 GRENKE Chess Classic is a 10-player round-robin featuring World Champion Magnus Carlsen and fellow Top 10 players Caruana, MVL, Vishy and Aronian. will feature select Live Game Broadcasts daily.
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European Women's Ch.
Antalya TUR
April 10-23 2019
The 20th European Women's Individual Championship has concluded in Antalya, Turkey, with IM Alina Kashlinskaya taking 1st Place to become the European Women's Champion for 2019. The top 14 finishers qualified for the Women's World Cup 2020 in Melbourne, Australia.
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6th Gashimov Memorial
Shamkir AZE
March 31-April 9 2019
Reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen put on a tour-de-force to take 1st Place, winning 5 games and dominating the field to finish with 7/9, a full two points better than 2nd place finisher Ding Liren. Sergey Karjakin, also with 5 points, took 3rd place. Tournament Page - Official Site
20th European Individual Championship
Skopje MKD
March 19-30 2019
IGM Vladislav Artemiev and Nils Grandelius both achieved 8.5/11 scores, with Artemiev becoming the European Individual Chess Champion for 2019 by winning the tiebreak. GM Kacper Piorun took the bronze medal. Tournament Page - Official Site
US Chess Championships
St. Louis MO USA
March 20-April 1 2019
GM Hikaru Nakamura notched his 5th US Championship by winning his final round game with Black. In doing so, the 2019 US Champion also qualified for participation in the World Championship cycle. Meanwhile, WGM Jennifer Yu compiled an amazing score of 9/10, outpacing her closest competition by 2.5 points to become the 2019 US Women's Champion. Tournament pages: US Championship - US Women's Championship - Official Site.
Spring Chess Classic
St. Louis MO USA
March 2-10 2019
Congratulations to 2019 winners GM Jeffery Xiong of the United States (Group A) and GM Jinshi Bai of China (Group B). Tournament pages: Group A - Group B - Official Site
Prague Chess Festival
Prague CZE
March 6-16 2019
GM Nikita Vitiugov emerged victorious in the Masters section, while GM David Guijarro won the Challengers section. Tournament pages: Masters - Challengers - Official Site
World Team Championship
Astana Kazakhstan
March 5-15 2019
The FIDE World Team Championship featured the strongest national teams from 14 countries. Russia won with 16 match points (MP), ahead of England (13 points) and China (12 points). Tournament pages: Open - Women - Official Site
17th Aeroflot Open
Moscow RUS
Feb 20-27 2019
The 17th Aeroflot Open 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. Main Event winner 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 saw 20-year-old GM Vladislav Artemiev take top honors with a score 8.5/10, becoming the 20th-ranked GM in the chess world as a result. The 10-round, 250-player open featured notables 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 others. 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.

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