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Wednesday, February 24


Beat A Hasty Retreat
(by Sargon)

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Opening of the Day

Borg Defense
1. e4 g5
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Opera Euro Rapid INT
Feb 06-14 2021 15-31 2021
Opera Euro Rapid started with a 16-player round robin on the first three days, from which the eight best players qualified for an elimination (knockout) phase on the last six days.
Tata Steel
Wijk aan Zee NED
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
Tornelo INT
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 INT
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
Moscow RUS
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 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 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 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) 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 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.
Tournament Page - Official Site

Champions Showdown Chess 9LX 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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