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Game of the Day
Thursday, February 20
R Almeida
E Liss

Liss is More
(by OhioChessFan)

Player of the Day
Sergey Dolmatov

Opening of the Day
Rice Gambit
1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. ♘f3 g5 4. h4 g4 5. ♘e5 ♘f6 6. ♗c4 d5 7. exd5 ♗d6 8. O-O

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Moscow RUS
Feb 19-27 2019
The 18th Aeroflot Open will see 96 players competing in the A group, comprised of 2550+ players and talented juniors.
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Prague Chess Festival
Prague CZE
Feb 12-21 2020
Last year's winner Nikita Vitiugov faces a field including Jan-Krzysztof Duda and Alireza Firouzja in the Masters section, while top seed Nijat Abasov takes on a field featuring Jorden van Foreest and Andrey Esipenko in the Challengers. Tournament pages: Masters - Challengers - Official Site
Cairns Cup
St. Louis, MO USA
Feb 7-17 2020
Humpy Koneru won the second edition of the Cairns Cup, ahead of Women's World Champion Ju Wenjun, in this 9-round event full of exciting games. Tournament Page - Official Site
Gibraltar Masters
Gibraltar GIB
Jan 21-30 2020
David Paravyan won the 17th Gibraltar Masters, ahead of Vachier-Lagrave, Wang Hao, and many other top GMs, while Mamedyarov had to withdraw due to illness.
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Tata Steel
Wijk aan Zee NED
Jan 11-26 2020
Fabiano Caruana won the Masters section, ahead of World Champion Magnus Carlsen and Wesley So. Youngsters Jorden van Foreest and Alireza Firouzja also debuted well.
Masters - Challengers - Official Site
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.
Match - Tiebreaks - Official Site
World Blitz Championship
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.
Tournament Pages:
Open - Women - Official Site
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.
Tournament Pages:
Open - Women - Official Site
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.
Tournament Page - Official Site
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.
Tournament Page - Official Site
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.
Tournament Page - Official Site
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.
Tournament Page - Official Site

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