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Wednesday, April 1
E J Holt

'Tween Keene's Twin Queens
(by Lossmaster)

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Opening of the Day
Catalan, Closed
1. d4 ♘f6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 d5 4. ♗g2

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Feb 19-27 2020
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Feb 12-21 2020
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Feb 7-17 2020
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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
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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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