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Game of the Day
Monday, January 20
Dublin
vs
Glasgow City

Dublin Murdered
(by OhioChessFan)

Player of the Day
Mladen Muse
(1963-)

Opening of the Day
Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. ♘c3 ♘f6 4. ♘f3 ♗b4 5. ♗g5 dxc4

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Jan 5-23 2020
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Dec 29-30 2019
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Nov 22-26 2019
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Bucharest ROU
Nov 6-10 2019
Levon Aronian took 1st over Sergey Karjakin via tiebreak in this event, the 6th of 8 in the 2019 Grand Chess Tour.
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Grand Prix Hamburg
Hamburg GER
Nov 5-17 2019
Alexander Grischuk won this 16-player knockout, the third of four legs in the Grand Prix series, earning a slot in the 2020 Candidates Tournament along with Jan-Krzysztof Duda, who finished in second place.
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