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Game of the Day

Sunday, January 24

J Malta
vs
Bird

The Maltese Falcon
(by beatgiant)

Player of the Day

Theodor Ghitescu
(1934-2008)

Opening of the Day

Goring Gambit
1. e4 e5 2. ♘f3 ♘c6 3. d4 exd4 4. c3
*** FREE DEMO *** Can you play like Tal?

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Tata Steel
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Jan 15-31 2021
The 2021 Tata Steel Masters is a 14-player single round-robin with Magnus Carlsen heading the field.
 
Hastings All-Play-All
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Jan 9-10 2021
This rapid-format online event was won by 30-year old British Grandmaster David Howell, with GM Luke McShane taking 2nd place.
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Airthings Masters
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Dec 26 - Jan 3 2021
GM Teimour Radjabov won $60,000 in the first Masters event of the Champions Chess Tour, and has qualified for the finals in September.
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Russian Championships
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Dec 5-16 2020
GM Ian Nepomniachtchi won his second title—a decade after winning his first—edging out GM Sergey Karjakin. In the Women's Championship event, Aleksandra Goryachkina beat Polina Shuvalova in the tie-break.
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Skilling Open
chess24.com INT
Nov 22-30 2020
GM Wesley So crashed GM Magnus Carlsen's 30th birthday party to beat the reigning World Champion 2-1 in the final.
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Speed Chess 2020
chess.com INT
Nov 1-Dec 13 2020
No. 1 ranked speed chess player Hikaru Nakamura defeated Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the final round to win this event, which featured a field of 16 GMs.
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US Chess Championship
lichess.org INT
Oct 26-29 2020
Grandmaster Wesley So won the 2020 U.S. Chess Championship and its $40,000 1st place prize, with up-and-coming 19-year-old GM Jeffery Xiong garnering $25,000 for 2nd place. In other events, GM John Burke, 19, won the U.S. Junior Championship and GM Joel Benjamin, 56, coasted to victory in the U.S. Senior Championship.
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US Championship (Women)
lichess.org INT
Oct 21-24 2020
Prohibitive favorite GM Irina Krush won her 8th U.S. Women's title and its $25,000 1st place prize, with promising young 17-year-old WGM Carissa Yip—already having won the Girls' Junior Championship—took home $18,000 for 2nd place.
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Norway Chess
Stavanger NOR
Oct 5-16 2020
With World Champion Magnus Carlsen having easily secured the overall victory, GM Alireza Firouzja provided the drama, defeating GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda to win 2nd place. In doing so, Firouzja—playing the best chess of his life—has clearly made a career breakthrough.
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St. Louis Rapid & Blitz
lichess.org INT
Sep 15-19 2020
This 10-player online version of the annual event concluded with a tie for 1st Place between World Champion GM Magnus Carlsen and GM Wesley So, each of whom received $45,000.
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Champions Showdown Chess 9LX
lichess.org INT
Sep 11-13 2020
This online 10-player rapid Chess960 single round-robin featured the strongest lineup: Carlsen, Kasparov, Caruana, Nakamura, So, Dominguez, Aronian, Vachier-Lagrave, Svidler, and Firouzja, and concluded with Carlsen and Nakamura as co-winners.
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MC Tour: Finals
chess24.com INT
Aug 9-20 2020
The lineup for the grand finale of the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour consisted of Carlsen, Dubov, Nakamura, and Ding.Carlsen won the event, and the Tour, by defeating Nakamura in the final Armageddon tiebreak game.
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