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W Wayte
E M Jackson

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Jean-Marc Degraeve

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Steinitz Variation
1. e4 e5 2. ♘f3 ♘c6 3. ♘c3 g6

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Jan 21-30 2020
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Tata Steel
Wijk aan Zee NED
Jan 11-26 2020
The 14-player field of the Masters section features some of the world's strongest veterans, including World Champion Magnus Carlsen, as well as several very promising young stars.
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Ju - Goryachkina Women's World Championship Match
Shanghai CHN / Vladivostok RUS
Jan 5-24 2020
Defending champion Ju Wenjun retained her title in rapid tiebreaks against challenger Aleksandra Goryachkina in this 12-game match.
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Moscow RUS
Dec 29-30 2019
World Champion Magnus Carlsen clinched the Triple Crown - Classical, Rapid and Blitz - after defending his Blitz Champion title in a playoff game against Hikaru Nakamura.
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World Rapid Championship
Moscow RUS
Dec 26-28 2019
World Champion Magnus Carlsen defeated a field consisting of defending champion Daniil Dubov and 156 other players.
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Grand Prix Jerusalem
Jerusalem ISR
Dec 11-22 2019
Ian Nepomniachtchi won the Jerusalem event, also finishing second in the 2019 Grand Prix series, with Alexander Grischuk taking first place overall. Both GM's qualify for the 2020 Candidate Tournament to decide who will challenge the inimitable reigning Champion Magnus Carlsen in a head-to-head match for the World Crown.
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GCT Finals London
London ENG
Dec 2-8 2019
The finale of the 2019 Grand Chess Tour was fought out as part of the London Chess Classic, with China's Ding Liren triumphing over MVL to win the overall 2019 GCT title and take home a purse of $150,000.
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GP Monaco (Women)
Monaco MNC
Dec 3-14 2019
Alexandra Kosteniuk won three of her last four games to emerge victorious via tiebreak over fellow GM's Humpy Koneru and Aleksandra Goryachkina. The top two overall players qualify for the FIDE Women Candidates Tournament to be held in the first half of 2021.
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GCT Kolkata Rapid & Blitz
Kolkata IND
Nov 22-26 2019
World Champion Magnus Carlsen emerged victorious ahead of Hikaru Nakamura in the penultimate stage of the 2019 Grand Chess Tour, while Anish Giri and Wesley So shared 3rd place.
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GCT Bucharest Rapid&Blitz
Bucharest ROU
Nov 6-10 2019
Levon Aronian took 1st over Sergey Karjakin via tiebreak in this event, the 6th of 8 in the 2019 Grand Chess Tour.
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Grand Prix Hamburg
Hamburg GER
Nov 5-17 2019
Alexander Grischuk won this 16-player knockout, the third of four legs in the Grand Prix series, earning a slot in the 2020 Candidates Tournament along with Jan-Krzysztof Duda, who finished in second place.
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European Team Championships
Batumi GEO
Oct 24-Nov 2 2019
Team Russia swept Gold in both the Open and Women's sections, while Ukraine took Silver in the Men's section, with England winning Bronze. Silver and Bronze for the Women's section went to Georgia and Azerbaijan, respectively.
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