Chess Tournaments Calendar: Archive

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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


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)
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 Speed Chess Championship were held in one big finals weekend. Hikaru Nakamura won this year's edition. News report(Blitz, bullet)


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)
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)
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.
Budapest, Hungary / null
October 20-28 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).


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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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


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)
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)
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)

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)
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)
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)
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)
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)

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.
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)
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)

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


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


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)
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 had put on the table—$1,000 for the winner and $500 for the loser of the match. News report. (Blitz, bullet)
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)
January 3 2017 Speed Chess Championship Final
Magnus Carlsen defeated Hikaru Nakamura 18-9. News report. (Blitz, bullet)


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