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T Peine
V Budde

Common Sense
(by DarthStapler)

Player of the Day
Gustav Richard Neumann

Opening of the Day
Benoni, Fianchetto Variation
1. d4 ♘f6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 e6 4. ♘c3 exd5 5. cxd5 d6 6. ♘f3 g6 7. g3 ♗g7 8. ♗g2 O-O

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Dec 11-23 2019
The Jerusalem Grand Prix is a knock-out event, where the loser of each match is immediately eliminated from the tournament, with the winner playing another one in the next round, until the final victor is crowned Grand Prix Champion.
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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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Grand Swiss IoM
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Oct 10-21 2019
GM Wang Hao edged out GM Fabiano Caruana in this 11-round Grand Swiss event to win $70,000 and qualify for the 2020 Candidates Tournament.
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FIDE World Cup
Khanty-Mansiysk RUS
Sep 10-Oct 4 2019
Grandmaster Teimour Radjabov edged out fellow GM Ding Liren in the blitz tiebreak phase to win first place and $110,000 in this 128-player knockout event.
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GP Skolkovo (Women)
Skolkovo RUS
Sep 11-22 2019
Grandmaster Humpy Koneru edged out fellow GM's Ju Wenjun and Aleksandra Goryachkina to win this 12-player round-robin event.
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Sinquefield Cup
St. Louis MO USA
Aug 17-28 2019
GM Ding Liren swept the 2-game Blitz tiebreak phase against World Champion Magnus Carlsen to win this prestigious event. Liren stands 2nd overall in the Grand Chess Tour, whose winner qualifies for the 2020 Candidates match.
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GCT St. Louis Rapid & Blitz
St. Louis MO USA
Aug 10-14 2019
GM Levon Aronian triumphed in this event which saw the end of an 8-tournament win streak for World Champion Magnus Carlsen.
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