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AUGUST 2018

Date Event Location
August 6-16 25th Abu Dhabi Chess Festival
Participants in the Masters include Le Quang Liem, Richard Rapport, Bassem Amin, Nigel Short and Alexander Morozevich. (Classical)
Abu Dhabi, UAE
August 7 Speed Chess Championship: Grischuk vs Nepomniachtchi
In Round 1 of the Speed Chess Championship Alexander Grischuk and Ian Nepomniachtchi will meet. Tuesday, August 7, 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern, 6 p.m. Central Europe). (Blitz, bullet)
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August 10-15 16th Spilimbergo Open
Bacrot, Nisipeanu, Dreev and Jobava are the top seeds in this open tournament in northern Italy.
Spilimbergo, Italy
August 10-16 Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz
The third leg of the Grand Chess Tour is the last rapid and blitz event. The prize fund is $150,000. It will be held in the St. Louis Chess Club, and the list of participants has not been revealed yet. This means that another return to the chess board of Garry Kasparov cannot be ruled out yet...  (Rapid, blitz)
St. Louis, USA
August 17-28 Sinquefield Cup
The Sinquefield Cup of the Grand Chess Tour will again be a very strong, 10-player round robin. The prize fund is $300,000. 23 August will be a rest day. (Classical)
St. Louis, USA
August 24-September 6 Russian Championship Superfinal
Another strong field is expected for the final stage of the Russian Championship. More information will be added later. (Classical)
Satka, Russia
August 30 Speed Chess Championship: Vidit vs Andriasyan 
In Round 1 of the Speed Chess Championship Vidit Santosh Gujrathi and Zaven Andriasyan will meet. Thursday, August 30, 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern, 6 p.m. Central Europe). (Blitz, bullet)
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SEPTEMBER 2018

Date Event Location
September 4-16 World Junior Championship
The world championship for players who are 20 years and younger. (Classical)
Gebze, Kocaeli, Turkey
September 6 Speed Chess Championship: Karjakin vs Duda
In Round 1 of the Speed Chess Championship Sergey Karjakin and Jan-Krzysztof Duda will meet. Thursday, September 6, 10 a.m. Pacific (1 p.m. Eastern, 7 p.m. Central Europe). (Blitz, bullet)
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September 7 Speed Chess Championship: Giri vs Mamedyarov
In Round 1 of the Speed Chess Championship Anish Giri and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov will meet. Friday, September 7, 10 a.m. Pacific (1 p.m. Eastern, 7 p.m. Central Europe). (Blitz, bullet)
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September 20 Speed Chess Championship Round 2, Match 1
Round 2, Match 1 of the Speed Chess Championship — Thursday, September 20, 12 p.m. PDT. Details will be added here later. (Blitz, bullet)
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September 21 Speed Chess Championship Round 2, Match 2
Round 2, Match 2 of the Speed Chess Championship — Friday, September 21, 12 p.m. PDT. Details will be added here later. (Blitz, bullet)
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September 23-October 6 Chess Olympiad
The 43rd Chess Olympiad will see the bi-annual gathering of almost all FIDE member federations who will send their best players to compete in teams of four over 11 rounds. (Classical)
Batumi, Georgia

OCTOBER 2018

Date Event Location
October 9 Speed Chess Championship Round 2, Match 3
Round 2, Match 3 of the Speed Chess Championship — Tuesday, October 9, 12 p.m. PDT. Details will be added here later. (Blitz, bullet)
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October 11 Speed Chess Championship Round 2, Match 4
Round 2, Match 4 of the Speed Chess Championship — Thursday, October 11, 12 p.m. PDT. Details will be added here later. (Blitz, bullet)
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October 12-18 European Club Cup
34th European Club Cup and the 23rd European Women Club Cup will be simultaneously held in Porto Carras. The teams shall be composed of six players and two reserves in Men’s competition, while in the Women’s competition teams shall be composed of four players and one reserve. (Classical)
Porto Carras, Greece
October 20-28 Chess.com Isle of Man
The strongest open of the year, and in the history of chess. Among the participants are Fabiano Caruana, Vladimir Kramnik, Ding Liren, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Sergey Karjakin, Wesley So, Hikaru Nakamura, Levon Aronian and Vishy Anand. (Classical)
Douglas, Isle of Man
October 21-27 Hoogeveen Chess Tournament
There will be two matches again: one between Peter Svidler and Sam Shankland, and one between Vladimir Fedoseev and Jorden van Foreest.
Hoogeveen, Netherlands

NOVEMBER 2018

Date Event Location
November 1-25 Women's Knockout World Championship
Only half a year after the Ju Wenjun vs Tan Zhongyi match, a new 64-player knockout tournament will decide who will be the next women's world champion. (Classical)
Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia
November 3 PRO Chess League Qualifier
In a 15-round Swiss with 3|2 blitz games, teams can qualify for the 2019 PRO Chess League. More info will be added later.
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November 4-15 Shenzhen Masters
The second edition. In 2017 a new tournament was launched in China: a 6-player double round robin with a prize fund of $90,000. More information will be added later. (Classical)
Shenzhen, China
November 9-28 World Championship | Carlsen-Caruana
The most important event of the year: the 12-game world championship match between reigning champion Magnus Carlsen and challenger Fabiano Caruana. News report on the London announcement. (Classical)
London, UK
November 18-29 World Senior Championship
The individual world championship will be played in four categories: players older than 50 and 65, open and women. (Classical)
Bled, Slovenia
November 30 Speed Chess Championship Round 3, Match 1
Round 3, Match 1 (first semifinal) of the Speed Chess Championship — Friday, November 30, 12 p.m. PST. Details will be added here later. (Blitz, bullet)
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DECEMBER 2018

Date Event Location
December 1 Speed Chess Championship Round 3, Match 2
Round 3, Match 2 (second semifinal) of the Speed Chess Championship — Saturday, December 1, 12 p.m. PST. Details will be added here later. (Blitz, bullet)
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December 2 Speed Chess Championship FINAL
Round 4, Match 1 (final) of the Speed Chess Championship — Sunday, December 2, 12 p.m. PST. Details will be added here later. (Blitz, bullet)
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December 5-9 European Rapid & Blitz Championship
Information will be added later. (Rapid, blitz)
Skopje, Macedonia
December 10-21 London Chess Classic
The 2018 Grand Chess Tour will conclude with a new format. In London, the four top‑scoring players will contest a semi-final and final that will determine the overall winner and top 4 places in the 2018 Grand Chess Tour. Each match in London will consist of classical, rapid and blitz games. A play-off for 3rd and 4th will also be played. (Classical)
London, UK
December ? World Rapid & Blitz Championship
Information will be added later. (Rapid, blitz)
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JANUARY 2019

Date Event Location
January ? Chess960 Championship
The second edition of our Chess960 Championship. Format: nine rounds, games of four minutes and two seconds increment. In 2018 the winner was Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. (Blitz)
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January 11-27 Tata Steel Chess Tournament
The traditional super tournament at the start of the year. More information will be added later. (Classical)
Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands
January 21-31 Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival
The traditional super strong open tournament at the start of the year. More information will be added later. (Classical)
Gibraltar
January-March PRO Chess League
The third season of the league, Chess.com's flagship team tournament with many of the world's strongest grandmasters playing. In 2018 the Armenia Eagles won in a grand final weekend in San Francisco. (Rapid)
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FEBRUARY 2019

Date Event Location
February 22-24 Bunratty Chess Festival
The traditional weekender in Buntarry, Ireland. (Classical)
Bunratty, Ireland

MARCH 2019

Date Event Location
March 16-29 European Individual Championship
23 spots for the FIDE World Cup are up for grabs in this traditionally big and strong open championship. (Classical)
Skopje, Republic of Macedonia

APRIL 2019

Date Event Location
April 8-16 Reykjavik Open
This year the tournament takes place in the second week of April, again in the Harpa concert hall. (Classical)
Reykjavik, Iceland

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AUGUST 2018

Date Event Location
August 2 Speed Chess Championship: Dominguez vs MVL
In Round 1 of the Speed Chess Championship Maxime Vachier-Lagrave beat Leinier Dominguez 19-12 on Thursday, August 2. News report(Blitz, bullet)
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JULY 2018

Date Event Location
July 1-6 4th Japhet Tournament
GM Ian Nepomniachtchi won ahead of (Russia, 2770), Peter Svidler (Russia 2747), Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine, 2682), Boris Gelfand (Israel, 2674), Georg Meier (Germany, 2662) and Anna Muzychuk (Ukraine, 2611). News report. (Rapid)
Jerusalem
July 3-8 World Open
Six-, five-, four- or three-day schedules, $225,000 guaranteed prizes. 9 rounds at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. Illia Nyzhnyk won the Open section.
Philadelphia (USA)
July 5-8 Leon Masters
Wesley So won this traditional Spanish event after beating Paco Vallejo in the final. Jaime Santos and Praggnanandhaa R. also played. News report(Rapid)
Leon, Spain
July 10 Speed Chess Championship Open Qualifier
Anish Giri won the tournament, and Zaven Andriasyan qualified for the main Speed Chess bracket. (Blitz, bullet)
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July 7-13 World Senior Team Championships
The team event for players older than 50 was won by USA. Russia won the 65+ section. (Classical)
Dresden, Germany
July 11-21 U.S. Junior Championships
GMs Ruifeng Li and Awonder Liang top the field in the open section while WIM Jennifer Yu and FM Maggie Feng are favorites in the girls section. News report(Classical)
St. Louis, USA
July 14-22 Sparkassen Chess Meeting
The traditional super tournament in Dortmund was won for the first time by Ian Nepomniachtchi ahead of Vladimir Kramnik, Anish Giri, Radosław Wojtaszek, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, Vladislav Kovalev, and Georg Meier. Final news report(Classical)
Dortmund, Germany
July 21-August 1 Biel Chess Festival
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov won the 51st Biel Chess Festival with a round to spare, ahead of Magnus Carlsen, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Peter Svidler, David Navara and Nico Georgiadis. News report(Classical)
Biel, Switzerland
July 24 Speed Chess Championship: Caruana vs Aronian
In Round 1 of the Speed Chess Championship Levon Aronian beat Fabiano Caruana 20.5-6.5 on Tuesday, July 24. News report(Blitz, bullet)
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July 26 Speed Chess Championship: Hou Yifan vs Hikaru Nakamura
In Round 1 of the Speed Chess Championship Hikaru Nakamura beat Hou Yifan 27.5-2.5 on Thursday, July 26. News report(Blitz, bullet)
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July 27-August 3 9th Hainan Danzhou GM
Players: Yu Yangyi, Duda, Wei Yi, Le Quang Liem, Shankland, Vidit, Bu Xiangzhi, Fedoseev. Prize fund: U.S. $60,000.
Hainan, China
July 29 Speed Chess Championship: Wesley So vs Wei Yi
In Round 1 of the Speed Chess Championship Wesley So beat Wei Yi 18.5-9.5 on Sunday, July 29. News report(Blitz, bullet)
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JUNE 2018

Date Event Location
June 1-11 American Continental Championship
This tournament was open to players of all federations on the American continent. Sam Shankland won and qualified for the 2019 FIDE World Cup together with GMs Diego Flores, Jorge Cori and Emilio Cordova. News report(Classical)
Montevideo, Uruguay
June 7-17 Apeldoorn chess week
A new festival that included a GM tournament won by Hugo ten Hertog, who also scored his second GM norm. Max Warmerdam scored his third IM norm.
Apeldoorn, Netherlands
June 11-15 Yu Yangyi-Peter Svidler match
The two GMs played 8 rapid games (10 min + 10 sec/move for 2 points per game and 10 games blitz (3 min + 2 sec/move) for 1 point per game. Winner gets $20,000, loser $10,000. Svidler won 15.5-10.5.
Shenzen, China
June 12-16 Your Next Move Grand Chess Tour
The Grand Chess Tour started in Leuven this year. Wesley So won ahead of Alexander Grischuk, Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Levon Aronian, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Sergey Karjakin, Viswanathan Anand, and wild card Anish Giri. The prize fund was $150,000. Final news report(Rapid, blitz)
Leuven, Belgium
June 17 Nakamura-Komodo
Hikaru Nakamura played a match against Komodo with different time control and and odds games. News report.
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June 20-24 Paris Grand Chess Tour
In the Paris, Hikaru Nakamura won ahead of Alexander Grischuk, Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Sergey Karjakin, Viswanathan Anand, Wesley So, and wild card Vladimir Kramnik. The prize fund was $150,000. Final news report(Rapid, blitz)
Paris, France
June 26 Speed Chess Championship Invitational Qualifier
Leinier Dominguez won the Speed Chess Championship 4-player invitational knockout tournament and qualified for the main event. GMs Georg Meier, Eric Hansen, and Jon Ludvig Hammer also played. News report(Blitz)
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June 26-July 3 Commonwealth Chess Championship
IM P. Karthikeyan of India was the surprising winner ahead of GMs Sengupta Deep, Vaibhav Suri, Deepan Chakkravarthy J. and Lalith Babu M R. while Tania Sachdev won the women's section. News report. (Classical)
Delhi, India
June 26-July 5 Russian Championship Higher League
Alexey Sarana won ahead of top seeds Vladislav Artemiev, Maxim Matlakov, Ernesto Inarkiev, Evgenyi Najer, and Alexander Motylev. News report. (Classical)
Yaroslavl, Russia

MAY 2018

Date Event Location
May 3-18 Women's World Championship
Ju Wenjun beat Tan Zhongyi 5.5-4.5 to become the 17th women's world champion. Final news report(Classical)
Shanghai/Chongqing, China
May 4-8 Tepe Sigeman & Co
The 23rd edition was a six-player, single round robin. GMs Nils Grandelius and Vidit Santosh Gujrathi tied for first place with 3.5/5. Final news report(Classical)
Malmö, Sweden
May 9-19 Capablanca Memorial
Sam Shankland won this 10-player double round robin with 7.5/10. Final news report(Classical)
Havana, Cuba
May 11-24 African Individual Championship
A 9-round Swiss tournament where the top five seeds were all from Egypt: Bassem Amin, Ahmed Adly, Essam El Gindy, Adham Fawzy and Hesham Abdelrahman. Amin won for the fifth time. Final news report(Classical)
Livingstone, Zambia
May 24 Bundesliga Playoff
Baden-Baden won their 12th Bundesliga title as they beat Solingen in the playoff. Final news report(Classical)
Baden-Baden, Germany
May 25-June 1 China-Russia Match
Russia: Maxim Matlakov, Sanan Sjugirov, Kirill Alekseenko, Andrey Esipenko, Alexey Sarana | Valentina Gunina, Aleksandra Goryachkina, Olga Girya, Natalija Pogonina, Polina Shuvalova. China: Li Chao, Lu Shanglei, Zhou Jianchao, Wen Yang, Bai Jinshi | Shen Yang, Ni Shiqun, Huang Qian, Xiao Yiyi, Zhai Mo. (Classical, blitz) Men: China 10.5-14.5 Russia. Women: China 9.5-15.5 Russia. 
Qinghuangdao, China
May 26-June 5 French League
The "Top 12" of the French Team Championship will see GMs Radek Wojtaszek, David Navara, Etienne Bacrot, Pavel Eljanov and Jan-Krzysztof Duda in action. Team Bischwiller won.
Brest, France
May 26-June 6 Karpov Tournament
The 19th edition is a 10-player round robin with Ian Nepomniachtchi, Dmitry Jakovenko, Vidit Santosh Gujrathi, Vladimir Fedoseev, Vladislav Artemiev, Boris Gelfand, Anton Korobov, Vladislav Kovalev, Emil Sutovsky and Viktor Bologan. Jakovenko won. (Classical)
Poikovsky, Russia
May 27-June 8 Altibox Norway Chess
The 6th edition was again one of the strongest of the year. Fabiano Caruana won ahead of Magnus Carlsen, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Ding Liren, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Sergey Karjakin, Wesley So, Hikaru Nakamura, Levon Aronian and Vishy Anand. Final news report(Classical)
Stavanger, Norway

APRIL 2018

Date Event Location
April 18-29 U.S. Championships
Despite the presence of America's top 3 (Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So, Hikaru Nakamura) it was Sam Shankland who won his first title. Final news report. In the women's championship, Nazi Paikidze won her second title. Final new report(Classical)
St. Louis, USA
April 19-28 Gashimov Memorial
Magnus Carlsen played Shamkir Chess for the third time, and won for the third time. He finished half a point ahead of Ding Liren. Final news report(Classical)
Shamkir, Azerbaijan
April 8-19 European Individual Women's Championship
Valentina Gunina became European champion for the third time. News report(Classical)
Vysoke Tatry, Slovakia
March 31-April 9 Grenke Chess Classic
After winning the Candidates', Fabiano Caruana also took first place at Grenke where he finished a point ahead of Magnus Carlsen. Final news report(Classical)
Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Germany
January-March PRO Chess League
The second season was won by the Armenia Eagles, who beat the Chengdu Pandas in a thrilling tiebreak played in San Francisco. Final news report. (Rapid)
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MARCH 2018

Date Event Location
March 17-28 European Individual Championship
Ivan Saric is the new European Champion. He won the tournament that delivered 23 players for the 2019 World Cup. News report(Classical)
Batumi, Georgia
March 10-27 FIDE Candidates' Tournament
The Candidates' was won by Fabiano Caruana, who earned the right to challenge Magnus Carlsen for the world title in November. Final news report(Classical)
Berlin, Germany
March 6-14 GAMMA Reykjavik Open - Bobby Fischer Memorial
Baskaran Adhiban won this year's event in Iceland. Final news report(Classical)
Reykjavik, Iceland
March 2-5 Tal Memorial
A rapid & blitz event was held shortly before the Candidates'. Vishy Anand won the rapid (news report), Sergey Karjakin the blitz (news report). (Rapid, blitz)
Moscow, Russia

FEBRUARY 2018

Date Event Location
February 20-March 1 Aeroflot Open
The tournament, which served as a qualifier for Dortmund again, was won by Vladislav Kovalev. Final news report(Classical)
Moscow, Russia
February 9-13 Unofficial FischerRandom Championship: Carlsen-Nakamura
Magnus Carlsen beat Hikaru Nakamura 14-10 in the first, 'unofficial world championship' in FischerRandom (Chess960) in Norway. Final news report. (Rapid)
Hovikodden, Norway

JANUARY 2018

Date Event Location
January 23-February 1 Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival
This year's Gibraltar tournament was won by Levon Aronian, who beat Richard Rapport and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in a playoff. Final news report(Classical)
Gibraltar
January 13-28 Tata Steel Chess Tournament
The 80th edition was won by Magnus Carlsen, who beat Anish Giri in a playoff. Final news report(Classical)
Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands
January 9 Bartholomew-Trent Death Match
The second Deatch Match 'new style' in which the players were playing, live streaming and a bit of trash talking. Bartholomew beat Trent 18-6. Viewers donated $2,100 which came on top of the prize fund Chess.com had put on the table—$1,000 for the winner and $500 for the loser of the match. News report. (Blitz, bullet)
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January 5 Chess960 Championship
A 9-round Swiss with 4 minutes and 2 seconds increment. The first edition was won by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. News report(Blitz)
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January 3 2017 Speed Chess Championship Final
Magnus Carlsen defeated Hikaru Nakamura 18-9. News report. (Blitz, bullet)

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