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FEBRUARY 2019

Date Event Location
February 5-16 Cairns Cup
A new round robin tournament for women, with Kosteniuk, Dzagnidze, Gunina, Khotenashvili, Paehtz, Sebag, Harika, Abdumalik, Krush and Zatonskih playing.
St Louis, USA
February 19-28 Aeroflot Open
The other annual and very strong open tournament in Russia's capital sponsored by Russia's major airline. Top players include Wei Yi, Vladimir Fedoseev, Wang Hao and Rauf Mamedov.
Moscow, Russia
February 20-24 Champions Showdown: The Kings
The 2019 Champions Showdown is an exhibition event featuring five individual matches with a $60,000 prize fund each: Hikaru Nakamura vs. Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Fabiano Caruana vs. Pentala Harikrishna, Wesley So vs. David Navara, Leinier Dominguez vs. Veselin Topalov and Sam Shankland vs. Richard Rapport. (Rapid, blitz)
St. Louis, USA
February 22-24 Bunratty Chess Festival
The traditional weekender in Buntarry, Ireland. (Classical)
Bunratty, Ireland

MARCH 2019

Date Event Location
March 3-14 World Team Championship
The biennial world championship among teams, with this year Russia, China, USA, Egypt, Ukraine, Georgia, Hungary, Armenia, Kazakhstan and India.
 Astana, Kazakhstan
March 5-16 Prague International Chess Festival
The first edition of a brand new festival in the Czech capital. The top group includes players such as David Navara, Pentala Harikrishna and Richard Rapport.
Prague, Czech Republic
March 8 IM not a GM: Team Chess Battles
IMs Rozman and Rensch pair up against IMs Bartholomew and Pruess. Who will prove the best "duo" of under-achieving chess professionals? Watch on Twitch.tv/chess.
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March 15 America vs France: Team Chess Battles
IM Rensch teams up with GM Hikaru Nakamura to take on a formidable duo from across the Atlantic, France's #1 rated chess player, GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave with one of the biggest stars in "French Chess", Kevin Bordi (aka Blitzstream). Watch on Twitch.tv/chess.
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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
March 22-30 Sharjah Masters
This open tournament in the UAE will be held for the third time.
Sharjah, UAE
March 18-April 1 U.S. Championships
The overall U.S. Championship and the U.S. Championship for women will again be played in the St Louis Chess Club.
St Louis, USA
March 31-April 10 Shamkir Chess
A new edition of the Vugar Gashimov Memorial.
Shamkir, Azerbaijan

APRIL 2019

Date Event Location
April 1-9 Dubai Open
The annual open tournament in the UAE.
Dubai, UAE
April 3-7 2019 Bullet Chess Championship
Chess.com's inaugural Bullet Chess Championship has a total prize pool of $15,000. Confirmed participants are Hikaru Nakamura, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Alexander Grischuk. Watch on Twitch.tv/chess.
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April 6-14 Bangkok Open
The annual open tournament in Thailand will be held for the 19th time.
Bangkok, Thailand
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
April 10-23 European Women's Individual Championship
The European individual championship for women.
Antalya, Turkey
April 15-25 World Senior Team Championship
Team championships for players both older than 50 and older than 65.
Rhodes, Greece
April 19-29 Grenke Chess Classic
This super tournament hasn't been announced yet but is very likely to take place around the Easter weekend.
Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Germany

MAY 2019

Date Event Location
May 1-10 Russian Team Championship
The super strong national leagues (open and women) of Russia are always played in one, long week. This year in Sochi. (Classical.)
Sochi, Russia
May 3-9 Tepe Sigeman & Co Tournament
The 24th edition of this Swedish event will be an eight-player all-play-all.
Malmo, Sweden
May 6-13 Grand Chess Tour: Ivory Coast Rapid & Blitz
For the first time, Africa will have a Grand Chess Tour event, to be held in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. (Rapid, blitz)
Abidjan, Ivory Coast
May 14-18 IMSA World Masters
This year's chess event, as part of the International Mind Sports Association Championships, includes rapid & blitz chess for 16 male and 16 female players.
Hengshui, China
May 16-30 1st FIDE Grand Prix
The first of four GP tournaments this year co-organized by FIDE and World Chess. Two GP winners will qualify for the 2020 Candidates' tournament.
Moscow, Russia 
May 18-28 French Team Championship
Behind the Russian and German leagues, the French team championship is probably the third strongest in the world. The location is yet to be announced.
 
May 29-June 17 FIDE Women's Candidates' Tournament
The very first edition of the Candidates' for women, as recently announced by FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich. Qualified players: Hou Yifan, Anna & Mariya Muzychuk, Kateryna Lagno, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Tan Zhongyi, Nana Dzagnidze and Valentina Gunina. First reserve: Aleksandra Goryachkina.
Kazan, Russia

JUNE 2019

Date Event Location
June 3-15 Altibox Norway Chess
The annual Norwegian super tournament will have a new twist this year: Players who draw their game will play an Armageddon game right after, forcing a decisive result. (Classical, rapid, blitz)
Stavanger, Norway
June 24-July 9 Croatia Grand Chess Tour
The first edition of one of the GCT's classical tournaments to be held in Zagreb, Croatia. (Classical)
Zagreb, Croatia
June 26-July 5 Russian Championship Higher League
This strong open tournament always serves as the qualifier for the Russian Championship Superfinal later in the year.
Yaroslavl, Russia

JULY 2019

Date Event Location
July 11-25 2nd FIDE Grand Prix
The second of four GP tournaments this year co-organized by FIDE and World Chess. Two GP winners will qualify for the 2020 Candidates' tournament.
 Jurmala/Riga, Latvia
July 13-21 Sparkassen Chess Meeting
The 47th edition of the annual tournament in Germany will again be held in the Orchestra Center in Dortmund and "Mr Dortmund" Vladimir Kramnik seems a likely participant, together with the Aeroflot qualifier and six other players. (Classical)
Dortmund, Germany
July 20-28 Xtracon Chess Open
The annual and very strong Danish open tournament.
Elsinore, Denmark
July 20-31 Biel Chess Festival
The annual festival in Switzerland is a few years older than Dortmund; it will be held for the 52nd time.
Biel, Switzerland
July 26-August 2 Grand Chess Tour: Paris Rapid & Blitz
The annual event held in the Canal+ studios in Boulogne-Billancourt, Paris. (Rapid, blitz)
Paris, France
July 26-August 4 British Championship
The British Championship is usually a fairly strong tournament as well. Defending champions are Michael Adams and Jovanka Houska.
Torquay, England
July 29-August 6 Belt and Road China Hunan International Chess Open
A new Swiss open tournament in China with an impressive prize fund. The winner will take home $50,000.
Changsha city, China

AUGUST 2019

Date Event Location
August 8-15 Grand Chess Tour: Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz
The annual rapid and blitz event in the St. Louis Chess Club. (Rapid, blitz)
St. Louis, USA
August 15-30 Grand Chess Tour: Sinquefield Cup
The annual super tournament held in August in St. Louis again. (Classical)
St. Louis, USA
August 25-September 7 Champions Showdown: Chess 960
The second edition of the Chess960 matches in St. Louis.
St. Louis, USA

SEPTEMBER 2019

Date Event Location
September 9-October 2 FIDE World Cup
The bi-annual knockout tournament that provides two players for the next Candidates' Tournament. (Classical, rapid, blitz)
Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia

OCTOBER 2019

Date Event Location
October 9-20? Chess.com Isle of Man International
Another edition of the strongest open tournament in the world. Exact dates to be confirmed.
Douglas, Isle of Man
October 14-26 World Juniors & Girls U20
The annual World Championships for players under 20 years old.
New Delhi, India
 October 23-November 3 European Team Championship
The European championship for national teams. More information to follow. (Classical)
Batumi, Georgia

NOVEMBER 2019

Date Event Location
November 4-18 3rd FIDE Grand Prix
The third of four GP tournaments this year co-organized by FIDE and World Chess. Two GP winners will qualify for the 2020 Candidates' tournament.
Hamburg, Germany 
November 4-11 Grand Chess Tour: Superbet Rapid & Blitz
The first edition of a rapid & blitz event as part of the GCT, to be held in Bucharest.
Bucharest, Romania
November 9-17 European Club Cup (Open & Women)
The European championship for club teams. More information to follow. (Classical)
Montenegro
November 20-27 Grand Chess Tour: Tata Steel Rapid & Blitz
The second edition of the rapid and blitz event in Kolkata will be under the umbrella of the Grand Chess Tour.
Kolkata, India
November 30-December 10 Grand Chess Tour: London Chess Classic
The finals of the Grand Chess Tour will form the main event of the annual London Chess Classic. (Classical, rapid, blitz)
London, Great Britan

DECEMBER 2019

Date Event Location
December 10-24 4th FIDE Grand Prix
The fourth and final GP tournament this year co-organized by FIDE and World Chess. Two GP winners will qualify for the 2020 Candidates' tournament.
 Tel-Aviv, Israel
December 12-22 Sunway Sitges Open
The 6th edition of this strong open tournament in Sitges, close to Barcelona. More information to follow. (Classical)
Sitges, Spain

JANUARY 2020

Date Event Location
January 10-26 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 20-30 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 fourth season of the league, Chess.com's flagship team tournament with many of the world's strongest grandmasters playing. (Rapid)
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JANUARY 2019

Date Event Location
January 11-27 Tata Steel Chess Tournament
The traditional super tournament at the start of the year was won by Magnus Carlsen ahead of Anish Giri. News report(Classical)
Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands
January 21-31 Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival
The traditional super strong open tournament at the start of the year was won by Vladislav Artemiev. News report(Classical)
Gibraltar
January 26-February 3 Moscow Open
The annual and very strong open tournament in Russia's capital was won by Boris Savchenko with 7.5/9.
Moscow, Russia

DECEMBER 2018

Date Event Location
December 9-16 London Chess Classic
Hikaru Nakamura won the 2018 Grand Chess Tour and its $120,000 first prize after beating Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the fourth blitz game of the final at the London Chess Classic. Fabiano Caruana came in third as he defeated Levon Aronian in their match. News report. (Classical, rapid, blitz)
London, UK
December 14-23 5th Sunway Sitges International
This strong open tournament in Sitges, close to Barcelona, was surprisingly won by Alvar Alonso ahead of e.g. Ernesto Inarkiev and Krishnan Sasikiran. News report. (Classical)
Sitges, Spain
December 27-January 5 Rilton Cup
The 48th edition of the famous annual open tournament in Sweden.
Stockholm, Sweden
December 26-30 World Rapid & Blitz Championship
This year the tournament had a total prize fund of one million US dollars. The Rapid World Championship were won by Daniil Dubov and Ju Wenjun (News report) and the Blitz World Championships were won by Magnus Carlsen and Kateryna Lagno (News report). (Rapid, blitz)
St. Petersburg, Russia

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 decide who would be the next women's world champion. Ju managed to retain her title. News report. (Classical)
Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia
November 3 PRO Chess League Qualifier
In a 15-round Swiss with 3|2 blitz games, eight teams qualified for the 2019 PRO Chess League. News report. (Rapid)
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November 4-15 Shenzhen Masters
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won the second edition on tiebreak; it was a 6-player double round robin with a prize fund of $90,000. News report. (Classical)
Shenzhen, China
November 9-14 Tata Steel Chess India
A brand new rapid and blitz tournament with international as well as Indian top players. Hikaru Nakamura won the rapid (news report), Viswanathan Anand the blitz (news report). (Rapid, blitz)
Kolkata, India
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. Carlsen won in the tiebreak. News report. (Classical, rapid)
London, UK
November 18-29 World Senior Championship
The individual world championship was be played in four categories: players older than 50 and 65, open and women. (Classical)
Bled, Slovenia
November 30-December 2 Speed Chess Championship: Semifinals and Final
The semi-finals and final of the 2018 Chess.com Speed Chess Championship were held in one big finals weekend. Hikaru Nakamura won this year's edition. News report(Blitz, bullet)
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OCTOBER 2018

Date Event Location
October 9 Speed Chess Championship: So vs Vidit
Round 2, Match 3 of the Speed Chess Championship saw Wesley So beating Vidit Gujrathi on Tuesday, October 9. News report(Blitz, bullet)
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October 11 Speed Chess Championship: MVL vs Nakamura
Round 2, Match 4 of the Speed Chess Championship saw Hikaru Nakamura beating Maxime Vachier-Lagrave on Thursday, October 11. News report(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. News report. (Classical)
Porto Carras, Greece
October 13 Global Chess Festival
The 4th edition of the annual festival was held in the Hungarian National Gallery in Budapest. A big variety of chess-related activities were part of the festival.
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October 20-28 Chess.com Isle of Man
The strongest open of the year, and in the history of chess, was won by Radoslaw Wojtaszek, who beat Arkadij Naiditsch in a playoff. Among the participants were Wesley So, Anish Giri, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Vladimir Kramnik, Hikaru Nakamura, Sergey Karjakin, Vishy Anand and Levon Aronian. News report. (Classical)
Douglas, Isle of Man
October 21-27 Hoogeveen Chess Tournament
Peter Svidler defeated Sam Shankland 3.5-2.5, Vladimir Fedoseev and Jorden van Foreest drew all their games and Bassem Amin won the open tournament. News report. (Classical).

SEPTEMBER 2018

Date Event Location
August 24-September 6 Russian Championship Superfinals
Andreikin won ahead of Nepomniachtchi, Jakovenko, Vitiugov,, Fedoseev, Tomashevsky, Dubov, Inarkiev, Khismatullin, Kobalia, Sarana, and Oparin. Pogonina won the women's event. News report. (Classical)
Satka, Russia
September 4-16 World Junior Championship
Iranian GM Parham Maghsoodloo won the world championship for players who are 20 years and younger in Kocaeli-Gebze, Turkey. News report. (Classical)
Gebze, Kocaeli, Turkey
September 5 Vachier-Lagrave vs Komodo
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave played a match against Komodo with different time control and and odds games. News report.
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September 6 Speed Chess Championship: Karjakin vs Duda
In round 1 of the Speed Chess Championship Sergey Karjakin was surprisingly eliminated by Jan-Krzysztof Duda. News report(Blitz, bullet)
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September 7 Speed Chess Championship: Giri vs Mamedyarov
In round 1 of the Speed Chess Championship Anish Giri eliminated Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in a thrilling match. News report(Blitz, bullet)
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September 11-14 Champions Showdown
Five Chess960 matches were played in the St. Louis chess club: Kasparov-Topalov 11.5-14.5, Nakamura-Svidler 14-12, So-Giri 14.5-11.5, Shankland-MVL 8.5-17.5 and Aronian-Dominguez 17.5-8.5. News report. (Chess960/Rapid, Blitz)
September 18 Speed Chess Championship: Grischuk vs Duda
In round 2 of the Speed Chess Championship Alexander Grischuk got knocked out by Jan-Krzysztof Duda in an epic match. News report(Blitz, bullet)
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September 20 Speed Chess Championship: Aronian vs Giri
In round 2 of the Speed Chess Championship Levon Aronian eliminated Anish Giri. News report(Blitz, bullet)
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September 23-October 6 Chess Olympiad
The 43rd Chess Olympiad was the bi-annual gathering of almost all FIDE member federations who send their best players to compete in teams of four over 11 rounds. China won both the Open and Women sections. News report. (Classical)
Batumi, Georgia

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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August 6-16 25th Abu Dhabi Chess Festival
Won by Daniil Dubov. Participants in the Masters included 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 defeated Ian Nepomniachtchi 17.5-11.5 on Tuesday, August 7. News report. (Blitz, bullet)
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August 10-16 Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz
Hikaru Nakamura won the third leg of the Grand Chess Tour, a last rapid and blitz event. The prize fund was $150,000. News report. (Rapid, blitz)
St. Louis, USA
August 17-28 Sinquefield Cup
Levon Aronian, Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana shared the first prize at the Sinquefield Cup, part of the Grand Chess Tour. Aronian, Caruana, MVL and Nakamura will play for the trophy in London. News report. (Classical)
St. Louis, USA
August 30 Speed Chess Championship: Vidit vs Andriasyan 
In Round 1 of the Speed Chess Championship Vidit Santosh Gujrathi defeated Zaven Andriasyan on Thursday, August 30. 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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