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A Pin, But Not a Safety Pin

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Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation
1. d4 f5 2. c4 ♘f6 3. g3 g6 4. ♗g2 ♗g7 5. ♘f3
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Jun 5-14 2021
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World Championship Candidates
Yekaterinburg RUS
Mar 17 2020- Apr 27 2021
The 2020 Candidates Tournament is an 8-player double round-robin that will decide Magnus Carlsen's challenger for the World Championship match that is set to take place in Dubai in November 2021. The 14-round event is being played in the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Yekaterinburg, Russia from 17 March to 3 April 2020 (rounds 1-7) and, after a long Covid-19 break, from 19 to 27 April 2021 (rounds 8-14).
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Magnus Carlsen Inv INT
Mar 13 - 21 2021
Magnus Carlsen Invitational is a 16-player single round robin. The time control is 15 minutes, with a 10-second increment per move.
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.
Tournament Page - Official Site

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.
Tournament Page - Official Site

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.
Tournament Page - Official Site

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.
Tournament Page - Official Site

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.
Tournament Page - Official Site

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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