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This is our archive of older, completed chess tournaments and events. Click here for our calendar of current chess events!

MAY 2021

Date Event Location
May 4 Titled Tuesday
Our weekly blitz event for titled players, an 11-round Swiss with a $1,600 prize fund, was won by Hikaru Nakamura. News report. (Blitz)
May 11 Titled Tuesday
Our weekly blitz event for titled players, an 11-round Swiss with a $1,600 prize fund, was won by Vladislav Artemiev. News report. (Blitz)
May 18 Titled Tuesday
Our weekly blitz event for titled players, an 11-round Swiss with a $1,600 prize fund, was won by Levan Pantsulaia. News report. (Blitz)
May 22-June 2 Women's Grand Prix
The Women’s FIDE Grand Prix Gibraltar, the fourth and final leg of the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix, was be hosted by the Caleta Hotel in Gibraltar. 12 players competed in a round-robin tournament.
Gibraltar
May 23-31 Champions Chess Tour Major #3
The sixth leg in the Champions Chess Tour, a "major" with 16 players and a $220,000 plus a 2.1825-bitcoin prize fund, was won by Magnus Carlsen. News report. (Rapid, blitz)
Chess24
May 24-30 European Hybrid Qualification Tournament
The European Hybrid Qualification Tournament for the FIDE World Cup took place May 22-30. Vladislav Artemiev won; 36 players qualified for the FIDE World Cup 2021.
Tornelo 
May 25 Titled Tuesday
Our weekly blitz event for titled players, an 11-round Swiss with a $1,600 prize fund, was won by Jeffery Xiong. News report. (Blitz)
May 28-July 3 Women's Speed Chess Championship
The FIDE and Chess.com 2021 Women's Speed Chess Championship is an online competition for titled female players. The qualifiers for the event run May 28-June 6, while the main event runs June 10-July 3. Players will battle for their share of a total prize fund of $64,000.

APRIL 2021

Date Event Location
April 1 Bullet Chess Championship Qualifier 2
Qualifiers three and four for the 2021 Bullet Chess Championship presented by SIG, open to all titled players.

April 5 Bullet Chess Championship Wild Card
Four matches played between Seed 5 and Seed 12 of the Bullet Chess Championship presented by SIG. The winners of these matches qualified for the quarterfinals where they met Seed 1 and 4.

April 6 Titled Tuesday
Our weekly blitz event for titled players was won by Alireza Firouzja. News report. (Blitz)
April 6 Bullet Chess Championship Quarterfinals
The quarterfinals of the Bullet Chess Championship presented by SIG.

April 7 Bullet Chess Championship SF & Finals
The semifinals and finals of the Bullet Chess Championship presented by SIG. The tournament was won by Alireza Firouzja. News report. (Bullet)

April 8 Bullet Chess Championship All Stars
The All Stars event of the Bullet Chess Championship presented by SIG. The tournament was won by Nemo Qiyu Zhou. News report. (Bullet)

April 8-11 Polgar Challenge
The Polgar Challenge was won by Praggnanandhaa. It was the first leg in the Challengers Chess Tour which has 20 young chess talents from 12 countries and gender-balanced teams led by the two legends GM Vladimir Kramnik and GM Judit Polgar. News report. (Rapid)
chess24 
April 13 Titled Tuesday
Our weekly blitz event for titled players was won by Hikaru Nakamura. News report. (Blitz)
April 19-27 FIDE Candidates Tournament (Second Half)
The FIDE Candidates Tournament was won by Ian Nepomniachtchi ahead of Kirill Alekseenko, Fabiano Caruana, Ding Liren, Anish Giri, Alexander Grischuk, Maxime-Vachier-Lagrave, and Wang Hao. News report. (Classical)
Yekaterinburg, Russia
April 20 Titled Tuesday
Our weekly blitz event for titled players was again won by Hikaru Nakamura. News report. (Blitz)
April 24-May 2 Champions Chess Tour Regular #3
The fifth leg in the Champions Chess Tour, a "regular" with 16 players and a $100,000 prize fund, was won by Magnus Carlsen. News report. (Rapid)
Chess24
April 27 Titled Tuesday
Our weekly blitz event for titled players was won by Jeffery Xiong. (Blitz)

MARCH 2021

Date Event Location
March 13-21 Champions Chess Tour Major #2
The fourth leg in the Champions Chess Tour was a "major" with 16 players and a $220,000 prize fund. Giri won the tournament ahead of Carlsen, Vachier-Lagrave, Nakamura, Aronian, Nepomniachtchi, Dubov, Mamedyarov, Radjabov, So, Karjakin, Firouzja, Anton Guijarro, Grandelius, Pichot, and Van Foreest. News report. (Rapid)
Chess24
March 30 Titled Tuesday
Our weekly blitz event for titled players: an 11-round Swiss with a $1,600 prize fund. (Blitz)
March 31 Bullet Chess Championship Qualifier 1
The first two qualifiers for the 2021 Bullet Chess Championship presented by SIG, open to all titled players.

FEBRUARY 2021

Date Event Location

February 1

I'M Not A GM Speed Chess Championship
In the I'M Not A GM Speed Chess Championship Kostya Kavutskiy defeated Tania Sachdev 17.5-6.5. (Blitz, bullet)
February 2 I'M Not A GM Speed Chess Championship
In the I'M Not A GM Speed Chess Championship Eric Rosen defeated Sagar Shah 15.5-5.5. (Blitz, bullet)
February 3 I'M Not A GM Speed Chess Championship
In the first quarterfinal of the I'M Not A GM Speed Chess Championship Robert Molina defeated Lawrence Trent 12-9. (Blitz, bullet)
February 4 I'M Not A GM Speed Chess Championship
In the second quarterfinal of the I'M Not A GM Speed Chess Championship Greg Shahade defeated Kostya Kavuskiy 12.5-9.5. (Blitz, bullet)
February 6-14 Champions Chess Tour: Opera Euro Rapid
The third leg in the Champions Chess Tour was won by Wesley So, ahead of Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Hikaru Nakamura, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Daniil Dubov, Ding Liren, Alexander Grischuk, Anish Giri, Vidit Gujrathi, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Sam Shankland, Leinier Dominguez, and Matthias Bluebaum. News report. (Rapid, blitz)
Chess24
February 7 I'M Not A GM Speed Chess Championship
In the third quarterfinal of the I'M Not A GM Speed Chess Championship Lars Oskar Hauge beat Teddy Coleman 15-5. (Blitz, bullet)
February 9 I'M Not A GM Speed Chess Championship
In the fourth quarterfinal of the I'M Not A GM Speed Chess Championship between Levy Rozman beat Eric Rosen 13.5-10.5. (Blitz, bullet)
February 19-21 FIDE Online World Corporate Chess Championship
This online chess tournament for representatives of global leading companies and corporations was won by Grenke Bank. News report. (Rapid)

JANUARY 2021

Date Event Location
December 26-January 3
Airthings Masters
Leg 2 of the Champions Chess Tour was won by Teimour Radjabov while Magnus Carlsen, Wesley So, Hikaru Nakamura, Anish Giri, Ian Nepomniachtchi, David Anton, Levon Aronian, Daniil Dubov, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Alexander Grischuk, and Pentala Harikrishna also played. News report(Rapid/blitz)
Chess24
January 3 I'M Not A GM Speed Chess Championship
The second edition of the I'M Not A GM Speed Chess Championship started with IM Greg Shahade beating WFM Alexandra Botez 19.5-18.5. The rating mismatch was compensated with a 15-0 lead for Botez from the start (Blitz, bullet)
January 3-7 Puzzle Battle World Championship
Over several days, streamers played the different versions of Puzzle Rush (Survival Mode, 5-minute, 3-minute) followed by clashing with each other in Puzzle Battles. The prize fund is $15,000.
January 10 I'M Not A GM Speed Chess Championship
In the I'M Not A GM Speed Chess Championship Lawrence Trent defeated Danny Rensch 17.5-8.5. (Blitz, bullet)
January 13
I'M Not A GM Speed Chess Championship
In the I'M Not A GM Speed Chess Championship Levy Rozman defeated James Canty 13-8. (Blitz, bullet)
January 14
I'M Not A GM Speed Chess Championship
In the I'M Not A GM Speed Chess Championship Robert Molina defeated Alessia Santeramo 21-7. (Blitz, bullet)
January 15-31 Tata Steel Chess Tournament
The 83rd edition of the traditional chess tournament in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands was won by Jorden van Foreest. News report(Classical)
Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands
January 20
I'M Not A GM Speed Chess Championship
In the I'M Not A GM Speed Chess Championship Lars Oskar Hauge defeated Alina Kashlinskaya 15-9. (Blitz, bullet)
January 31
I'M Not A GM Speed Chess Championship
In the I'M Not A GM Speed Chess Championship Teddy Coleman defeated Carissa Yip 10.5-9.5. (Blitz, bullet)

DECEMBER 2020

Date Event Location
December 1 Titled Tuesday
Our weekly blitz event for titled players with a $1,600 prize fund, an 11-round Swiss, was won by Hikaru Nakamura. News report. (Blitz)
December 2 Speed Chess: Aronian-MVL
MVL beat Aronian 14.5-12.5 in their Speed Chess Championship quarterfinal match. News report(Blitz, bullet)
December 3 Speed Chess: Carlsen-Artemiev
Carlsen beat Artemiev 13.5-9.5 in their Speed Chess Championship quarterfinal match. News report(Blitz, bullet)
December 3 Speed Chess: Nakamura-Fedoseev
Nakamura beat Fedoseev 21.5-5.5 in their Speed Chess Championship quarterfinal match. News report. (Blitz, bullet)
December 5-16 Russian Championship Superfinal
The 73rd Russian Championship (won by Ian Nepomniachtchi) and the 70th Russian Women's Championship (won by Aleksandra Goryachkina) were held December 5-16 at the Central Chess Club in Moscow. News report(Classical)
Moscow, Russia
December 9 Speed Chess: Nakamura-So
Nakamura beat So 13.5-12.5 in their Speed Chess Championship semifinal match. News report. (Blitz, bullet)
December 11 Speed Chess: Carlsen-MVL
MVL beat Carlsen 13-11 in their Speed Chess Championship semifinal match. News report(Blitz, bullet)
December 12 Speed Chess FINAL
The Speed Chess Championship final was won by Hikaru Nakamura, who beat Vachier-Lagrave 18.5-12.5. News report(Blitz, bullet)
December 12-23 Sunway Sitges Chess Festival
The Sunway Sitges Chess Festival was one of the few open tournaments held during the pandemic. It took place December 12-23 at the Hotel Sunway Playa Golf in Sitges, Catalonia, Spain. Ivan Cheparinov won. News report. (Classical)
 
December 15 Titled Tuesday
Our weekly blitz event for titled players had a double prize fund of $3,200 after technical issues disrupted the Dec. 8 edition. It was an 11-round Swiss won by Hikaru Nakamura. News report(Blitz)
December 19-20 Bullet Open Championship
This tournament started with two 21-round Swiss qualifiers followed by a knockout bracket the next day when matches consisted of a 15-minute countdown clock to score points, alternating colors. The time control was 1+0 and the prize fund $10,000. Hikaru Nakamura won the event. News report(Bullet)
December 22 Titled Tuesday
Our weekly blitz event for titled players with a $1,600 prize fund was won by Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. News report. (Blitz)
December 29 Titled Tuesday
Our weekly blitz event for titled players with a $1,600 prize fund was won by Jeffery Xiong. News report(Blitz)

NOVEMBER 2020

Date Event Location
November 1 Speed Chess Championship: MVL-Sarin
The 2020 Speed Chess Championship Main Event is a 16-player knockout with a prize fund of $100,000. On November 1, 2020 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave defeated Nihal Sarin 16.5-11.5. News report(Blitz, bullet)
November 2 Speed Chess Championship: Carlsen-Maghsoodloo
The 2020 Speed Chess Championship Main Event is a 16-player knockout with a prize fund of $100,000. On November 2, 2020 Magnus-Carlsen defeated Parham Maghsoodloo 24-5. News report(Blitz, bullet)
November 3 Titled Tuesday
Our weekly blitz event for titled players with a $1,600 prize fund, an 11-round Swiss, was won by Jeffery Xiong. News report(Blitz)
November 4 Speed Chess Championship: Firouzja-Fedoseev
The 2020 Speed Chess Championship Main Event is a 16-player knockout with a prize fund of $100,000. On November 4, 2020 at Vladimir Fedoseev defeated Alireza Firouzja 15-14. News report(Blitz, bullet)
November 8 Speed Chess Championship: So-Abdusattorov
The 2020 Speed Chess Championship Main Event is a 16-player knockout with a prize fund of $100,000. On November 8, 2020 Wesley So defeated Nodirbek Abdusattorov 18-10. News report(Blitz, bullet)
November 10 Titled Tuesday
Our weekly blitz event for titled players with a $1,600 prize fund, an 11-round Swiss, was won by David Paravyan. News report. (Blitz)
November 11 Speed Chess Championship: Nepomniachtchi-Aronian
The 2020 Speed Chess Championship Main Event is a 16-player knockout with a prize fund of $100,000. On November 11, 2020 Levon Aronian defeated Ian Nepomniachtchi 14-11. News report(Blitz, bullet)
November 12 Speed Chess Championship: Nakamura-Martirosyan
The 2020 Speed Chess Championship Main Event is a 16-player knockout with a prize fund of $100,000. On November 12, 2020 Hikaru Nakamura defeated Haik Martirosyan 21-5. News report(Blitz, bullet)
November 15 Speed Chess Championship: Caruana-Duda
The 2020 Speed Chess Championship Main Event is a 16-player knockout with a prize fund of $100,000. On November 15, 2020 at Jan-Krzysztof Duda defeated Fabiano Caruana 17-9. News report. (Blitz, bullet)
November 16 Speed Chess Championship: Giri-Artemiev
The 2020 Speed Chess Championship Main Event is a 16-player knockout with a prize fund of $100,000. On November 16, 2020 Vladislav Artemiev defeated Anish Giri 15.5-11.5 News report(Blitz, bullet)
November 17 Titled Tuesday
Our weekly blitz event for titled players with a $1,600 prize fund, an 11-round Swiss, was won by Andrew Tang. News report. (Blitz)
November 19 Speed Chess Championship: Giri-Artemiev
The 2020 Speed Chess Championship Main Event is a 16-player knockout with a prize fund of $100,000. On November 19, 2020 Wesley So defeated Jan-Krzysztof Duda 16-10. News report(Blitz, bullet)
 
November 18-19 Nakamura vs. Dragon
Hikaru Nakamura played an eight-game match vs. Dragon, the latest version of the engine Komodo that has incorporated neural network technology. In each game, Nakamura played black and Dragon was missing two pawns in the starting position. The time control was 15 minutes plus a 10-second increment.
Novermber 22-30 Skilling Open
The first part of the new Champions Chess Tour, a series of 10 tournaments that run until September 2021 for a $1.5 million prize fund, was won by Wesley So. News report. (Rapid, blitz)
Chess24
November 24 Titled Tuesday
Our weekly blitz event for titled players with a $1,600 prize fund, an 11-round Swiss, was won by Vugar Rasulov. News report. (Blitz)

OCTOBER 2020

Date Event Location
October 3-16 Altibox Norway Chess
The annual Norwegian super tournament in Stavanger was the first over-the-board super tournament with Magnus Carlsen since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. He won. News report(Classical)
Stavanger, Norway
October 6 Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix
Our blitz event for titled players with a $2,500 prize fund. It was a 10-round Swiss followed by an eight-player knockout. Nodirbek Abdusattorov won. News report. (Blitz)
October 7 Junior Speed Chess Championship final
The final of the Junior Speed Chess Championship was won by GM Nihal Sarin who defeated GM Aleksey Sarana. News report. (Blitz, bullet)
October 9-11 2020 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship
Carissa Yip won ahead of Annie Wang, Jennifer Yu, Thalia Cervantes, Emily Nguyen, Martha Samadashvili, Ruiyang Yan, Sophie Morris-Suzuki, Rochelle Wu, and Alice Lee. (Rapid)
Online
October 10 Global Chess Festival
The 6th Global Chess Festival, led by GM Judit Polgar, will was held online on Saturday, October 10, 2020. The festival's mission is to promote "the 1,000 faces of chess" all around​ the world.
Online
October 13 Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix
Our blitz event for titled players with a $2,500 prize fund. It's a 10-round Swiss followed by an eight-player knockout. Hikaru Nakamura won. News report. (Blitz)
October 13-15 2020 U.S. Junior Championship
John Burke won ahead of Jeffery Xiong, Sam Sevian, Nicolas Checa, Brandon Jacobson, Praveen Balakrishnan, Joshua Sheng, Christopher Yoo, Bryce Tiglon, and Christopher Shen.
Online
October 17-19 2020 U.S. Senior Championship
Joel Benjamin won ahead of Larry Christiansen, Igor Novikov, Patrick Wolff, Gregory Kaidanov, Alexander Goldin, Alexander Shabalov, Alex Yermolinsky, Dmitry Gurevich, and Shelby Getz. (Rapid)
Online
October 20 Titled Tuesday
Our weekly blitz event for titled players with a $1,600 prize fund. It's an 11-round Swiss. (Blitz)
October 21-24 2020 U.S. Women’s Championship
Irina Krush won ahead of Anna Zatonskih, Carissa Yip, Annie Wang, Tatev Abrahamyan, Jennifer Yu, Thalia Cervantes, Emily Nguyen, Dorsa Derakhshani, Ashritha Eswaran, Sabina Foisor, and Martha Samadashvili. News report. (Rapid)
Online
October 26-29 2020 U.S. Championship
Wesley So won ahead of Leinier Dominguez, Hikaru Nakamura, Jeffery Xiong, Sam Shankland, Ray Robson, Sam Sevian, Dariusz Swiercz, Alex Lenderman, Awonder Liang, Alejandro Ramirez, and Elshan Moradiabadi. News report. (Rapid)
Online
October 27 Titled Tuesday
Our weekly blitz event for titled players with a $1,600 prize fund. It's a 11-round Swiss. (Blitz)

SEPTEMBER 2020

Date Event Location
August 21-September 6 Pogchamps 2
Chess.com's next PogChamps with 14 new streamers such as itshafu, mizkif, and callmecarson. Two wildly popular streamers from the first PogChamps returned: xQc and forsen. Hafu won. News report(Rapid)
September 1 Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix
Our blitz event for titled players with a $2,500 prize fund. It's a 10-round Swiss followed by an eight-player knockout. This edition was won by Hikaru Nakamura. News report(Blitz)
September 8 Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix
Our blitz event for titled players with a $2,500 prize fund. It's a 10-round Swiss followed by an eight-player knockout. This edition was also won by Hikaru Nakamura. News report(Blitz)
September 9 Junior Speed Chess Championship Qualifier
An eight-player knockout tournament from which the winner will be seeded directly into the Junior Speed Chess Championship. Andrew Tang won. News report(Blitz, bullet)
September 11-October 8 Junior Speed Chess Championship
A new edition of the Chess.com Junior Speed Chess Championship sponsored by ChessKid, a 16-player knockout tournament among the top junior players in the world. In this second edition, there was a total prize fund of $25,000 on the line.
September 11-13 Champions Showdown: Chess 9LX
This Chess960 tournament will feature 10 of the world’s top grandmasters including legendary World Champion Garry Kasparov, the reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen, and World number-two Fabiano Caruana, with a $150,000 prize fund. Carlsen and Nakamura tied for first place. News report. (Rapid)
Online
September 15 Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix
Our blitz event for titled players with a $2,500 prize fund. It's a 10-round Swiss followed by an eight-player knockout. This edition was won by Baadur Jobava. News report(Blitz)
September 15-19 Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz
This tournament showcased 10 of the world’s top rapid and blitz players including World Champion Magnus Carlsen and a few of the American favorites: Hikaru Nakamura, Wesley So, Leinier Dominguez and Jeffery Xiong. They competed for a $250,000 prize fund in 9 rapid games and 18 blitz games over 5 days of play. Carlsen and So shared the win. News report. (Blitz, rapid) 
Online
September 16-20
Bundesliga
A special team tournament determined the German team champion 2020 after the Bundesliga chess league interrupted play due to the corona pandemic and will continue in the spring of 2021. Baden-Baden won. News report. (Classical)
Karlsruhe, Germany
September 16-20 National Open
One of America’s longest-running premier open tournaments has been rescheduled from June to September.
Las Vegas, USA
September 22 Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix
Our blitz event for titled players with a $2,500 prize fund. It's a 10-round Swiss followed by an eight-player knockout. This edition was won by Vladimir Fedoseev. News report(Blitz)
September 25-27 PRO Chess League Finals
The top four teams will battle it out in semifinals and finals to determine the winner of this season. The Saint Louis Arch Bishops won after the Armenia Eagles were disqualified. News report(Rapid)
September 29 Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix
Our blitz event for titled players with a $2,500 prize fund. It's a 10-round Swiss followed by an eight-player knockout. This edition was won by Ian Nepomniachtchi. News report(Blitz)

AUGUST 2020

Date Event Location
July 22-August 30 FIDE Online Olympiad
The FIDE Online Olympiad was a major team competition held online among teams representing national federations and consisting of at least three females and two junior players. India and Russia shared the gold medals. News report. (Rapid)
August 4 Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix
Our blitz event for titled players with a $2,500 prize fund. It's a 10-round Swiss followed by an eight-player knockout. This day two editions were played, and won by GMs David Anton and Parham Maghsoodloo. News report. (Blitz)
August 9-20 Grand Final
The final event in the Magnus Carlsen Tour, with a prize find of $300,000, was won by Carlsen. News report. (Rapid/blitz)
Chess24
August 11 Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix
Our blitz event for titled players with a $2,500 prize fund. It's a 10-round Swiss followed by an eight-player knockout. This edition was won by Maxime Vaxchier-Lagrave. News report(Blitz)
August 18 Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix
Our blitz event for titled players with a $2,500 prize fund. It's a 10-round Swiss followed by an eight-player knockout. This edition was won by Vladislav Artemiev. News report(Blitz)
August 21-September 6 Pogchamps 2
Chess.com's next PogChamps with 14 new streamers such as itshafu, mizkif, and callmecarson. Two wildly popular streamers from the first PogChamps returned: xQc and forsen. (Rapid)
August 25 Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix
Our blitz event for titled players with a $2,500 prize fund. It's a 10-round Swiss followed by an eight-player knockout. This edition was won by Oleksandr Bortnyk. News report(Blitz)

JULY 2020

Date Event Location
June 18-July 20 FIDE Chess.com Women's Speed Chess Championship
The FIDE Chess.com Women's Speed Chess Championship, an online competition for titled female players, was won by Anna Ushenina. News report. (Blitz, bullet.)
July 7 Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix
Our blitz event for titled players with a $2,500 prize fund. It's a 10-round Swiss followed by an eight-player knockout. This edition was won by Hikaru Nakamura. News report. (Blitz)
July 10 Twitch Rivals: Chess Showdown
Chess.com and Twitch teamed up once again to bring chess to the esports mainstream with a Europe vs. North America team event called Twitch Rivals: Chess Showdown. Team Nymn won. News report. (Rapid)
July 10-18 León Masters
Leinier Dominguez won the 33rd Magistral Ciudad de León ahead of Alexei Shirov, Parham Maghsoodloo, and Jaime Santos Latasa. Chess.com hosted the event online. News report(Rapid, blitz)
July 14 Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix
Our blitz event for titled players with a $2,500 prize fund. It's a 10-round Swiss followed by an eight-player knockout. This edition was won by Hikaru Nakamura. News report. (Blitz)
July 18-29 Biel Chess Festival
The 35rd edition of the festival in Switzerland, the first major chess event not canceled due to the coronavirus, was won by Radoslaw Wojtaszek. News report(Classical)
Biel, Switzerland
July 21 Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix
Our blitz event for titled players with a $2,500 prize fund. It's a 10-round Swiss followed by an eight-player knockout. This edition was won by Haik Martirosyan. News report(Blitz)
July 21-August 5
Legends of Chess
The fourth event in the Magnus Carlsen Tour, with a prize find of $150,000, was won by Magnus Carlsen. News report(Rapid, blitz.)
Chess24
July 22-August 30
FIDE Online Olympiad
The FIDE Online Olympiad is a new major team competition to be held online among teams representing national federations and consisting of at least three females and two junior players.


JUNE 2020

Date Event Location
June 2 Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix
Our blitz event for titled players with a $2,500 prize fund. It's a 10-round Swiss followed by an eight-player knockout. This edition was won by Vladislav Artemiev. News report(Blitz)
June 5-19 Chess.com PogChamps
The inaugural Chess.com PogChamps featured 16 of Twitch's most-followed streamers. Over two weeks, top streamers like Boxbox, Voyboy, and yassuo competed for their share of $50,000 in prizes. GM Hikaru Nakamura, WFM Alexandra Botez, and Chess.com's IM Danny Rensch provided commentary. News report. (Rapid)
June 6 PNWCC jackpot
The Pacific Northwest Chess Center (PNWCC) is hosting Jackpot Blitz tournaments with big cash prizes for a small entry fee, every week at 11 a.m. Pacific (20:00 CEST). 
June 6-14 Clutch Chess 2
A new Clutch Chess event, won by Magnus Carlsen ahead of Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So, Levon Aronian, Alexander Grischuk, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Leinier Dominguez, and Hikaru Nakamura. News report.
Lichess
June 9 Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix
Our blitz event for titled players with a $2,500 prize fund. It's a 10-round Swiss followed by an eight-player knockout. This edition was won by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. News report. (Blitz)
June 12-13 World Stars Sharjah Online International Chess Championship 2020
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Pentala Harikrishna, Jeffery Xiong, Amin Bassem, and Salem Saleh represented the four biggest continents (Europe, Americas, Asia & Africa) playing a double round-robin with 10+3 games for a $10,000 prize fund.
ICC
June 13 PNWCC jackpot
The Pacific Northwest Chess Center (PNWCC) is hosting Jackpot Blitz tournaments with big cash prizes for a small entry fee, every week at 11 a.m. Pacific (20:00 CEST). 
June 16 Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix
Our blitz event for titled players with a $2,500 prize fund. It's a 10-round Swiss followed by an eight-player knockout. This edition was won by Vladimir Fedoseev. News report. (Blitz)
June 18-July 20 FIDE Chess.com Women's Speed Chess Championship
The FIDE Chess.com Women's Speed Chess Championship is an online competition for any titled female player with an extended format that now consists of four separate stages.
June 19-July 26 Women's Super League
A brand new team championship for players from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia, Slovenia, Poland, and Romania.
June 20 PNWCC jackpot
The Pacific Northwest Chess Center (PNWCC) is hosting Jackpot Blitz tournaments with big cash prizes for a small entry fee, every week at 11 a.m. Pacific (20:00 CEST). 
June 23 Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix
Our blitz event for titled players with a $2,500 prize fund. It's a 10-round Swiss followed by an eight-player knockout. This edition was won by Dmitry Andreikin. News report. (Blitz)
June 27 PNWCC jackpot
The Pacific Northwest Chess Center (PNWCC) is hosting Jackpot Blitz tournaments with big cash prizes for a small entry fee, every week at 11 a.m. Pacific (20:00 CEST). 
June 30 Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix
Our blitz event for titled players with a $2,500 prize fund. It's a 10-round Swiss followed by an eight-player knockout. This edition was won by Girgoryi Oparin. News report. (Blitz)

MAY 2020

Date Event Location
May 5 Titled Tuesday
Our (now weekly!) blitz event for titled players was won by GM Anton Demchenko. (Blitz)
May 5-10 FIDE Chess.com Online Nations Cup
A team competition with Russia, USA, Europe, China, India, plus a team representing the "Rest of the World." China won the event. News report. (Rapid)
May 12 Titled Tuesday
Our (now weekly!) blitz event for titled players was won by Hikaru Nakamura. (Blitz)
May 14 IM Not A GM Speed Chess Championship
IM Kashlinskaya defeated IM Coleman in the IM Not A GM Speed Chess Championship. (Blitz, bullet)
May 15-30 European Internet Championship
The European Chess Union organized its first online championship, hosted by Chess.com. Alexey Sarana of Russia won the top group. News report. (Rapid)
 May 16 IM Not A GM Speed Chess Championship
IM Bartholomew defeated IM Shahade in the IM Not A GM Speed Chess Championship. (Blitz, bullet)
May 19 Titled Tuesday
Our (now weekly!) blitz event for titled players was again won by Hikaru Nakamura. (Blitz)
May 23 IM Not A GM Speed Chess Championship
IMs Bartholomew beat Kashlinskaya in the final of the IM Not A GM Speed Chess Championship. News report(Blitz, bullet)
May 26 Titled Tuesday
Our (now weekly!) blitz event for titled players was won by GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov. (Blitz)
May 26-29 Clutch Chess
Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So, Leinier Dominguez, and Hikaru Nakamura played in a new knockout format with two semifinal matches of 12 games. Games 1-4 and 7-10 of the matches were scored traditionally while games 5, 6, 11 and 12, the final two games each day, were worth extra points and bonus prize money for a decisive result. So won the event. News report. (Rapid)
Lichess

APRIL 2020

Date Event Location
April 7 Titled Tuesday
Our (now weekly!) blitz event for titled players starting 10 a.m. Pacific Time (19:00 Central Europe) with a $1,600 prize fund. It's a 9-round Swiss. (Blitz)
April 10-11 Man vs. Machine: Smerdon vs. Komodo
Resuming our Man vs. Machine series, Chess.com is hosting a match April 10 & 11 at 5 p.m. Pacific between Australian grandmaster David Smerdon and Komodo. The chess engine will be playing with knight odds.
April 11 Team India COVID-19 Simul
Six of India's best players, including Vishy Anand, will offer simultaneous exhibitions on Chess.com to support the Prime Minister's Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund.
April 11 PNWCC jackpot
The Pacific Northwest Chess Center (PNWCC) is hosting Jackpot Blitz tournaments with big cash prizes for a small entry fee, every week at 11 a.m. Pacific (20:00 CEST). 
April 14 Titled Tuesday
Our (now weekly!) blitz event for titled players starting 10 a.m. Pacific Time (19:00 Central Europe) with a $1,600 prize fund. It's a 9-round Swiss. (Blitz)
April 15 Abu Dhabi Super Blitz Challenge
A blitz tournament for titled players, organized by the Abu Dhabi Chess & Culture Club, supported by the Abu Dhabi sport council and hosted by Chess.com. First prize: $5,000. (Blitz)
April 17-26 Sunway Sitges International Online Chess Open
The first-ever classical open tournament played online will start Friday, April 17 on Chess.com. Open to anyone with a FIDE ID, the tournament is a 9-round Swiss at a classical time control. (Classical)
April 18 PNWCC jackpot
The Pacific Northwest Chess Center (PNWCC) is hosting Jackpot Blitz tournaments with big cash prizes for a small entry fee, every week at 11 a.m. Pacific (20:00 CEST). 
April 18-19 FIDE Candidates Countries Youth Online Chess Tournament
A team tournament among China, France, Netherlands, Russia, and USA. Each plays with a team of their top-five youth players (three boys and two girls) under 16 years old. There will be five rounds of 10+2 chess.
April 20-24 Chess.com Doubles Championship
Chess.com is launching the first-ever Doubles Chess Championship, where friends can team up and fight for their share of a $10,000 prize fund. 
April 21 Titled Tuesday
Our (now weekly!) blitz event for titled players starting 10 a.m. Pacific Time (19:00 Central Europe) with a $1,600 prize fund. It's a 9-round Swiss. (Blitz)
April 18 PNWCC jackpot
The Pacific Northwest Chess Center (PNWCC) is hosting Jackpot Blitz tournaments with big cash prizes for a small entry fee, every week at 11 a.m. Pacific (20:00 CEST). 
April 26 Adopt-a-Danny
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Danny Rensch will once again team up for a special event to help raise awareness for adoption, contributing all donated proceeds to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.
April 28 Titled Tuesday
Our (now weekly!) blitz event for titled players starting 10 a.m. Pacific Time (19:00 Central Europe) with a $1,600 prize fund. It's a 9-round Swiss. (Blitz)
April 1-9 Dubai Open
The annual open tournament in the capital of the Emirate of Dubai.
 This tournament has been canceled due to the coronavirus.
Dubai, UAE
April 7-16 Sharjah Masters
The fourth edition of this strong open tournament will take place at the Sharjah Cultural & Chess Club. The first prize is $15,000. 
(Classical) This tournament has been postponed due to the coronavirus.
Sharjah, UAE
April 8-24 U.S.Championships
America's national chess championship and championship for women. 
(Classical) This tournament has been postponed due to the coronavirus.
St. Louis, USA
April 9-13 Grenke Chess Open
The largest open tournament in the world is held alongside the Grenke Chess Classic during Easter weekend. 
(Classical) This tournament has been cancelled due to the coronavirus.
Karlsruhe, Germany
April 11-20 Grenke Chess Classic
The annual top tournament in Karlsruhe and Baden-Baden is a 10-player round-robin. Confirmed players: Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Viswanathan Anand. 
(Classical) This tournament has been cancelled due to the coronavirus.
Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Germany
April 11-19 Bangkok Open
The annual open tournament in Thailand will be held for the 20th time. (Classical) This tournament has been postponed due to the coronavirus.
Bangkok, Thailand
April 17-24 Reykjavik Open
The Reykjavik Open 2020 will be held for the 35th time from April 16th till April 24th, 2020 in Harpa, the 28.000 sq. m. concert and conference hall at the harbor in Reykjavik. 
(Classical) This tournament has been canceled due to the coronavirus.
Reykjavik, Iceland
April 29-May 5 TePe Sigeman & Co. Chess Tournament
The 25th edition of this Swedish event is an eight-player all-play-all with Anatoly Karpov, Nils Grandelius, Alexei Shirov, David Navara, Le Quang Liem, Harika Dronavalli, Jorden van Foreest and Nihal Sarin. 
(Classical) This tournament has been canceled due to the coronavirus.
Malmo, Sweden

MARCH 2020

Date Event Location
March 1-14 FIDE Women's Grand Prix
The third of four Women's GP tournaments, part of the new women's world championship cycle, was won by GM Nana Dzagnidze. News report(Classical)
Lausanne, Switzerland
March 3 Titled Tuesday
Our monthly blitz event for titled players includes two back-to-back tournaments each for a $1,100 prize fund, one at 9 a.m. Pacific (18:00 CET) and one at 1 p.m. Pacific (22:00 CET), running 9 rounds each. (Blitz)
March 4-10 Nutcracker
"Princes" Andrey Esipenko, Semen Lomasov, Alexey Sarana and Daniil Yuffa fought against "Kings" Boris Gelfand, Evgeniy Najer, Alexei Shirov and Evgeny Tomashevsky. News report(Classical)
Moscow, Russia
March 5-15 World Seniors Team Championship
The team championship for teams of players older than 50 was prematurely finished after seven rounds because of the coronavirus crisis. News report(Classical)
Prague, Czech Republic
March 6-12 HDBank Masters
The annual and very strong open tournament will celebrate its 10th edition. 
(Classical) This tournament has been postponed due to the coronavirus.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
March 11-April 5 FIDE Candidates' Tournament
The eight-player, double round robin that will determine the next opponent of Magnus Carlsen has Kirill Alekseenko, Fabiano Caruana, Ding Liren, Anish Giri, Alexander Grischuk, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Maxime-Vachier-Lagrave and Wang Hao. The second half has been postponed due to the coronavirus. News report. (Classical)
Yekaterinburg, Russia
March 18-26 Spring Chess Classic
The first of four events each year featuring international chess professionals comprised of two 10-player round robin tournaments with $36,000 in prize
money. (Classical) This tournament has been postponed due to the coronavirus.
Saint Louis, USA

FEBRUARY 2020

Date Event Location
January 25-February 2 Moscow Open
The annual and very strong open tournament in Russia's capital was won by Sergei Lobanov. (Classical)
Moscow, Russia
February 4 Titled Tuesday
Our monthly blitz event for titled players includes two back-to-back tournaments each for a $1,100 prize fund, one at 9 a.m. Pacific (18:00 CET) and one at 1 p.m. Pacific (22:00 CET), running 9 rounds each. (Blitz)
February 7-17 2nd Cairns Cup
For the second time, the Saint Louis Chess Club hosted the Cairns Cup, an elite-level tournament for the top female players from around the world for a $180,000 prize fund. Humpy Koneru won. News report(Classical)
St. Louis, USA
February 11-22 Prague Chess Festival
The second edition of this multi-event festival was won by Alireza Firouzja, who defeated Vidit Gujrathi in a playoff. News report(Classical)
Prague, Czech Republic
February 18-29 Aeroflot Open
The annual and very strong open tournament in Russia's capital sponsored by Russia's major airline was sensationally won by IM Aydin Suleymanli. News report(Classical)
Moscow, Russia
February 21 Speed Chess Championship FINAL
In the final of the 2019 Speed Chess Championship Hikaru Nakamura defeated Wesley So. News report. (Blitz, bullet)
February 21-23 Bunratty Chess Festival
The traditional weekender in Buntarry, Ireland was won by Nigel Short. News report(Classical)
Bunratty, Ireland

JANUARY 2020

Date Event Location
January 2-5 Puzzle Battle World Championship
As part of the expanded, improved and updated Puzzle Rush, Chess.com will launch a new Puzzle Battle World Championship to determine the best chess-puzzle solver on the planet.
January 3-26 Women's World Championship
Ju Wenjun retained her Women's World Chess Championship title after beating Aleksandra Goryachkina in a playoff. News report(Classical)
Shanghai/Vladivostok, China/Russia
January 5 Speed Chess Championship: Nakamura vs. Nepomniachtchi
In the 2019 Speed Chess Championship semifinal Hikaru Nakamura beat Ian Nepomniachtchi. News report(Blitz, bullet)
January 7 Titled Tuesday
Our monthly blitz event for titled players includes two back-to-back tournaments each for a $1,100 prize fund, one at 9 a.m. Pacific (18:00 CET) and one at 1 p.m. Pacific (22:00 CET), running 9 rounds each. (Blitz)
January 10-26 Tata Steel Chess Tournament
Fabiano Caruana won the 82nd edition two points ahead of Magnus Carlsen, with Alireza Firouzja and Jorden van Foreest also making their marks. News report. (Classical)
Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands
January 20-30 Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival
David Paravyan was the surprise winner of the 18th edition of the Gibraltar Masters after beating Wang Hao in the final of the playoff. News report(Classical)
Gibraltar
January 25-February 2 Moscow Open
The annual and very strong open tournament in Russia's capital. (Classical)
Moscow, Russia
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)

DECEMBER 2019

Date Event Location
December 2-10 Grand Chess Tour: London Chess Classic
The finals of the Grand Chess Tour formed the main event of the annual London Chess Classic. Ding Liren ended up winning the tour. News report(Classical, rapid, blitz)
London, Great Britain
December 2-15 FIDE Women's Grand Prix
The second of four Women's GP tournaments as part of the new women's world championship cycle was won by Alexandra Kosteniuk. News report. (Classical)
Monaco
December 3  Titled Tuesday
Our monthly, 10-round Swiss (3 minutes + 2 seconds) for titled players only on the first Tuesday of every month. Prize fund: $1,500. First prize: $500. (Blitz)
December 4 Speed Chess Championship: Nakamura vs. Duda
In the 2019 Speed Chess Championship Hikaru Nakamura defeated Jan-Krzysztof Duda. News report(Blitz, bullet)
December 5 Speed Chess Championship: Artemiev vs. So
In the first semifinal of the 2019 Speed Chess Championship Wesley So defeated Vladislav Artemiev. News report(Blitz, bullet)
December 10-24 4th FIDE Grand Prix
The fourth and final GP tournament this year, co-organized by FIDE and World Chess, was won by Ian Nepomniachtchi. News report(Classical)
 Tel-Aviv, Israel
December 12-22 Sunway Sitges Open
The 6th edition of this strong open tournament in Sitges, close to Barcelona, was won by Anton Korobov. News report(Classical)
Sitges, Spain
December 26-30 FIDE World Rapid & Blitz
Officially called the King Salman World Rapid & Blitz Championships, this tournament had a prize fund of one million U.S. dollars. Magnus Carlsen and Humpy Koneru won the rapid championship (news report). Carlsen also won the blitz while Kateryna Lagno took gold in the women's section. News report(Rapid, blitz)
Moscow, Russia

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, was won by Alexander Grischuk. News report(Classical)
Hamburg, Germany 
November 4-11 Grand Chess Tour: Superbet Rapid & Blitz
The first edition of a rapid & blitz event as part of the GCT, held in Bucharest was won by Levon Aronian. News report. (Rapid, blitz)
Bucharest, Romania
November 5 Titled Tuesday
Our monthly, 10-round Swiss (3 minutes + 2 seconds) for titled players only on the first Tuesday of every month. Prize fund: $1,500. First prize: $500. (Blitz)
November 9-17 European Club Cup (Open & Women)
The 35th edition of European Club Cup was won by Obiettivo Risarcimento while the 24th edition of European Club Cup for Women was won by Nona. News report(Classical)
Montenegro
November 14 Speed Chess Championship: Aronian vs. Artemiev
In the 2019 Speed Chess Championship Vladislav Artemiev defeated Levon Aronian. News report. (Blitz, bullet)
November 18 Speed Chess Championship: Nepomniachtchi vs. Ding Liren
In the 2019 Speed Chess Championship Ian Nepomniachtchi defeated Ding Liren. News report(Blitz, bullet)
November 19 Speed Chess Championship: Vachier-Lagrave vs. So
In the 2019 Speed Chess Championship Wesley So beat Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. News report. (Blitz, bullet)
November 20-27 Grand Chess Tour: Tata Steel Rapid & Blitz
The second edition of the rapid and blitz event in Kolkata, now under the umbrella of the Grand Chess Tour, was won by Magnus Carlsen. News report(Rapid, blitz)
Kolkata, India

OCTOBER 2019

Date Event Location
October 1  Speed Chess Championship: Nakamura vs. Dobrov
In the 2019 Speed Chess Championship Hikaru Nakamura beat Vlad Dobrov. News report. (Blitz, bullet)
October 1 Titled Tuesday
Our monthly, 10-round Swiss (3 minutes + 2 seconds) for titled players only on the first Tuesday of every month. Prize fund: $1,500. First prize: $500. (Blitz)
October 2 Speed Chess Championship: Mamedyarov vs. So
In the 2019 Speed Chess Championship So beat Mamedyarov. News report. (Blitz, bullet)
October 3 Speed Chess Championship: Aronian vs. Firouzja
In the 2019 Speed Chess Championship continues with Levon Aronian beat Firouzja. News report(Blitz, bullet)
October 3 Speed Chess Championship: Grischuk vs. Artemiev
In the 2019 Speed Chess Championship Artemiev beat Grischuk. News report(Blitz, bullet)
October 1-13 World Youth U14, 16, 18 Championship
The world championship for youth (open and women) in age categories under 14, 16 and 18 years old. (Classical)
Mumbai, India
October 10-21 FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss
This year the open tournament in Isle of Man served as FIDE's first Grand Swiss. The winner, Wang Hao, qualied for the 2020 FIDE Candidates' Tournament. News report(Classical)
Douglas, Isle of Man
October 12 Global Chess Festival
The annual Global Chess Festival, organized by Judit Polgar to promote chess world wide, was held in the Hungarian National Gallery this year.
Budapest, Hungary
October 14-26 World Juniors & Girls U20
Ukrainian GM Evgeny Shtembuliak and WIM Polina Shuvalova of Russia were the winners at the World Championships for players under 20 years old. News report(Classical)
New Delhi, India
 October 23-November 3 European Team Championship
The European championship for national teams was on by Russian in both the open and women's sections. News report. (Classical)
Batumi, Georgia
October 27-November 3 FIDE World Fischer Random Chess Championship
Wesley So won the first FIDE sanctioned Fischer Random World Championship. News report. (Slow rapid & rapid)
Bærum, Norway

SEPTEMBER 2019

Date Event Location
September 2-5 Champions Showdown Chess9LX
The Saint Louis Chess Club brought together eight of the top chess players in the world, including legendary world champion Garry Kasparov, to play in the Champions Showdown: Chess 9LX. News report. (Rapid, blitz)
St. Louis, USA
September 2 Speed Chess Championship: Ding Liren vs. Sam Shankland
The 2019 edition of the Speed Chess Championship took off with Ding Liren vs. Sam Shankland. News report(Blitz, bullet)
September 3 Speed Chess Championship: Vachier-Lagrave vs. Wei Yi
The Speed Chess Championship continued with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave playing the winner of the Junior Speed Chess Championship, Wei Yi. News report(Blitz, bullet)
September 3 Titled Tuesday
Our monthly, 10-round Swiss (3 minutes + 2 seconds) for titled players only on the first Tuesday of every month. Prize fund: $1,500. First prize: $500. (Blitz)
September 4 Speed Chess Championship: Nepomniachtchi vs. Danielian
The 2019 Speed Chess Championship continued with Ian Nepomniachtchi vs. the winner of the Women's Speed Chess Championship, Elina Danielian. News report(Blitz, bullet)
September 6 Speed Chess Championship: Duda vs. Giri
The 2019 Speed Chess Championship continued with Jan-Krzysztof Duda vs. Anish Giri. News report(Blitz, bullet)
September 9-October 2 FIDE World Cup
The bi-annual knockout tournament that provides two players for the next Candidates' Tournament was won by Teimour Radjabov. News report. (Classical, rapid, blitz)
Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia
September 10-23 FIDE Women's Grand Prix
The first of four Women's GP tournaments, as part of the new women's world championship cycle, was won by Humpy Koneru. News report. (Classical)
Skolkovo, Russia

AUGUST 2019

Date Event Location
August 6 Titled Tuesday
Our monthly, 10-round Swiss (3 minutes + 2 seconds) for titled players only on the first Tuesday of every month was won by Vlad Dobrov. (Blitz)
August 8-15 Grand Chess Tour: Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz
The annual rapid and blitz event in the St. Louis Chess Club with the regular GT participants and wildcards Yu Yangyi, Leinier Dominguez and Richard Rapport was won by Levon Aronian. News report(Rapid, blitz)
St. Louis, USA
August 15-30 Grand Chess Tour: Sinquefield Cup
The annual super tournament held in August in St. Louis was won by Ding Liren, who defeated Magnus Carlsen in the playoff. News report(Classical)
St. Louis, USA

JULY 2019

Date Event Location
June 24-July 9 Croatia Grand Chess Tour
The first edition of one of the GCT's classical tournaments, held in Zagreb, Croatia, was won by Magnus Carlsen. News report(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. (Classical)
Yaroslavl, Russia
June 29-July 7 Danzhou GM Tournament
The 10th edition of the annual super GM tournament in China was won by Richard Rapport. (Classical)
Danzhou, Hainan, China
July 2 Titled Tuesday
Our monthly, 10-round Swiss (3 minutes + 2 seconds) for titled players only on the first Tuesday of every month. Prize fund: $1,500. First prize: $500. (Blitz)
July 5-13 American Continental Championship
This 11-round Swiss is open to players from the Americas. The prize fund is $20,000 prize and the top four players not otherwise qualified will qualify for the 2019 FIDE World Cup.
Sao Paulo, Brazil
July 9 Junior Speed Chess Championship: QF1
In the first Junior Speed Chess Championship quarterfinal Firouzja defeated Sevian. News report. (Blitz, bullet)
July 10 Junior Speed Chess Championship: QF2
In the second Junior Speed Chess Championship quarterfinal Wei Yi defeated Van Foreest. News report(Blitz, bullet)
July 10-20 U.S. Championships for Juniors, Girls & Seniors
Once again the Saint Louis Chess Club is hosting the U.S. Championships for juniors and girls, and this year also for senior players.
St. Louis,
USA
July 11 Junior Speed Chess Championship: QF3
In the third Junior Speed Chess Championship quarterfinal Maghsoodloo defeated Sarana. News report(Blitz, bullet)
July 11-25 2nd FIDE Grand Prix
The second of four GP tournaments this year co-organized by FIDE and World Chess, was won by Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. News report(Classical)
 Jurmala/Riga, Latvia
July 13-21 Sparkassen Chess Meeting
The 47th edition of the annual tournament in Germany was won by Leinier Dominguez. Richard Rapport, Teimour Radjabov, Daniel Fridman, Kaido Kulaots, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu and Ian Nepomniachtchi also played. News report(Classical)
Dortmund, Germany
July 16 Junior Speed Chess Championship: QF4
In the fourth Junior Speed Chess Championship quarterfinal Xiong defeated Gledura. News report. (Blitz, bullet)
July 17 Isle of Man Qualifier
Four male and four female players, who qualified via the April, May, June and July Titled Tuesday tournaments, will fight for two spots in the FIDE Grand Swiss in Isle of Man. Stanislav Bogdanovich and Marie Sebag won. News report. (Blitz, bullet)
July 18 Junior Speed Chess Championship: SF1
In the first Junior Speed Chess Championship semifinal Xiong defeated Maghsoodloo. News report(Blitz, bullet)
July 20-28 Xtracon Chess Open
The annual and very strong Danish open tournament was won by Praggnanandhaa R. News report(Classical)
Elsinore, Denmark
July 20-31 Biel Chess Festival
A few years older than Dortmund, the annual festival in Switzerland was held for the 52nd time and won by Vidit Gujrathi. News report(Classical)
Biel, Switzerland
July 26-August 2 Grand Chess Tour: Paris Rapid & Blitz
The annual event, this year held at the Vivendi headquarters in Paris, was won by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. News report. (Rapid, blitz)
Paris, France
July 26-August 4 British Championship
At the British Championships defending champions Michael Adams and Jovanka Houska retained their titles. (Classical)
Torquay, England
July 28 Junior Speed Chess Championship: SF2
In second Junior Speed Chess Championship semifinal Wei Yi defeated Alireza Firouzja. News report. (Blitz, bullet)
July 29-August 6 Belt and Road China Hunan International Chess Open
This new Swiss open tournament in China with an impressive prize fund was won by Surya Ganguly, won took home $50,000. (Classical)
Changsha city, China

JUNE 2019

Date Event Location
May 29-June 17 FIDE Women's Candidates' Tournament
The very first edition of the Candidates' for women was won by head of Aleksandra Goryachkina Anna & Mariya Muzychuk, Kateryna Lagno, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Tan Zhongyi, Nana Dzagnidze and Valentina Gunina. News report(Classical)
Kazan, Russia
June 3 Junior Speed Chess Championship
Sam Sevian won his Junior Speed Chess Championship vs. Nihal Sarin. News report(Blitz, bullet)
June 3-15 Altibox Norway Chess
The annual Norwegian super tournament was won by Magnus Carlsen. There was a new twist this year as players who drew their game played an Armageddon game right after, forcing a decisive result. News report(Classical, rapid, blitz)
Stavanger, Norway
June 4 Titled Tuesday
Our monthly, 10-round Swiss (3 minutes + 2 seconds) for titled players only on the first Tuesday of every month. Prize fund: $1,500. First prize: $500. (Blitz)
June 11 Junior Speed Chess Championship
Alexey Sarana won his Junior Speed Chess Championship match vs. Andrey Esipenko. News report(Blitz, bullet)
June 14 Junior Speed Chess Championship
Jeffery Xiong won his Junior Speed Chess Championship match vs. Anton Smirnov. News report(Blitz, bullet)
June 17 Junior Speed Chess Championship
Parham Maghsoodloo won his Junior Speed Chess Championship match vs. Luca Moroni. News report(Blitz, bullet)
June 18 Junior Speed Chess Championship
Benjamin Gledura won his Junior Speed Chess Championship match vs. Awonder Liang. News report(Blitz, bullet)
June 18-28 2019 Summer Chess Classic
The second of four tournaments each year with three 6-player double round robins Over the course of 11 days, the competitors will battle for $75,000 in prize money. The A group has GMs Gawain Jones, Jeffery Xiong, Sam Shankland, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Dariusz Swiercz and Le Quang Liem.
St. Louis, USA
June 20 Women Speed Chess Championship: Semifinal 1
In the first semifinal of the Women Speed Chess Championship Elina Danielian defeated Harika Dronavalli. News report(Blitz, bullet)
June 23 Women Speed Chess Championship: Semifinal 2
In the second semifinal of the Women Speed Chess Championship Valentina Gunina defeated Alexandra Kosteniuk. News report(Blitz, bullet)
June 18-28 2019 Summer Chess Classic
The second of four tournaments each year with three 6-player double round robins Over the course of 11 days, the competitors will battle for $75,000 in prize money. The A group has GMs Gawain Jones, Jeffery Xiong, Sam Shankland, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Dariusz Swiercz and Le Quang Liem.
St. Louis, USA
June 23-July 2 Netanya International Chess Festival
Dominguez, Svidler, Dubov, Rodshtein, McShane, Nabaty, Gelfand, Eljanov, Postny and Smirin play in the Netanya Masters. The festival takes place in the VIP main hall of the Netanya Football stadium.
Netanya, Israel
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. (Classical)
Yaroslavl, Russia
June 27 Women Speed Chess Championship: Final
The grand final of our first Women Speed Chess Championship was won by Elina Danielian. News report. (Blitz, bullet)
June 29-July 7 Danzhou GM Tournament
The 10th edition of the annual super GM tournament in China, won by Yu Yangyi last year. (Classical)
Danzhou, Hainan, China

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 it was held in Sochi and won by St. Petersburg. (Classical.)
Sochi, Russia
May 3-9 Tepe Sigeman & Co Tournament
The 24th edition of this Swedish event was an eight-player all-play-all won by Gawain Jones ahead of Pentala Harikikrishna, Nils Grandelius, Parham Maghsoodloo, Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, Nihal Sarin and Tiger Hillarp Persson. (Classical) News report.
Malmo, Sweden
May 3-13 Capablanca Memorial
The elite group of the 54th edition was won by Vassily Ivanchuk ahead of Baskaran Adhiban, Sam Sevian, David Anton, Carlos Albornoz and Yuri Gonzalez. (Classical) News report.
Havana, Cuba
May 7 Titled Tuesday
Our monthly, 10-round Swiss (3 minutes + 2 seconds) for titled players only on the first Tuesday of every month. Prize fund: $1,500. First prize: $500. (Blitz)
May 8-12 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. It was won by Magnus Carlsen. News report(Rapid, blitz)
Abidjan, Ivory Coast
May 8 Qualifier for 2019 Women Speed Chess Championship
This 10-round Swiss (3 minutes plus 1 second per move) for female titled players was won by GM Elina Danielian, who thus qualified for our very first Women Speed Chess Championship (see below). (Blitz) News report.
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. (Rapid)
Hengshui, China
May 16 Junior Speed Chess Championship
Our very first Junior Speed Chess Championship takes off with Jorden van Foreest (Netherlands) vs Aryan Tari (Norway). Van Foreest won. News report(Blitz, bullet)
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. (Classical)
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.(Classical)
Brest, France
May 21 Junior Speed Chess Championship
The Junior Speed Chess Championship continues with Alireza Firouzja (Iran) vs Jose Martinez (Peru). Firouzja won. News report(Blitz, bullet)
May 22 Women's Speed Chess Championship: Lagno vs Danielian
Our very first Women Speed Chess Championship takes off with top seed Kateryna Lagno facing the qualifier from the Swiss event on May 8. Danielian won. News report(Blitz, bullet)
May 25-26 Lindores Abbey Chess Stars Tournament
The Lindores Abbey Distillery in Scotland will host the Lindores Abbey Chess Stars Tournament and bring the game of kings back to the abbey after 500 years. Magnus Carlsen won ahead of Ding Liren, Sergey Karjakin and Viswanathan Anand. News report. (Rapid)
Lindores, Scotland
May 26 Women's Speed Chess Championship: Kosteniuk vs Zatonskih
The third match of the Women Speed Chess Championship goes between Alexandra Kosteniuk of Russia and Anna Zatonskih of USA. Kosteniuk won. News report(Blitz, bullet)
May 27 Women's Speed Chess Championship: Gunina vs Krush
The fourth match of the Women Speed Chess Championship goes between Valentina Gunina of Russia and Irina Krush of USA. Gunina won. News report(Blitz, bullet)
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. Players: Anna & Mariya Muzychuk, Kateryna Lagno, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Tan Zhongyi, Nana Dzagnidze, Valentina Gunina, Aleksandra Goryachkina. (Classical)
Kazan, Russia
May 30 Women's Speed Chess Championship: Harika vs Sebag
In the second match of the Women Speed Chess Championship Harika Dronavalli of India defeated Marie Sebag of France. News report(Blitz, bullet)
May 31 Junior Speed Chess Championship: Wei Yi vs Praggnanandhaa
In the third Junior Speed Chess Championship match Wei Yi (China) defeated Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu (India). News report(Blitz, bullet)

APRIL 2019

Date Event Location
March 31-April 9 Gashimov Memorial
The fifth edition of the Vugar Gashimov Memorial. Top seed Magnus Carlsen finished two points ahead of the field. News report(Classical)
Shamkir, Azerbaijan
April 1-9 Dubai Open
The annual open tournament in the UAE was won by Maxim Matlakov. (Classical)
Dubai, UAE
April 3-7 Chess.com Bullet Chess Championship
Chess.com's inaugural Bullet Chess Championship had a total prize pool of $15,000 and included Swiss qualifiers, a round robin qualifier and a knockout stage. Hikaru Nakamura defeated Oleksandr Bortnyk in the final. News report(Bullet)
April 6-14 Bangkok Open
The annual open tournament in Thailand, held for the 19th time, was won by German GM Jan Gustafsson. News report(Classical)
Bangkok, Thailand
April 8-16 Reykjavik Open
This year the tournament took place in the second week of April, again in the Harpa concert hall. It was won by Romanian GM Constantin Lupulescu. News report(Classical)
Reykjavik, Iceland
April 10-23 European Women's Individual Championship
The European individual championship for women. The top seeds were Aleksandra Goryachkina, Nana Dzagnidze and Bela Khotenashvili but it was won by Alina Kashlinskaya. News report(Classical)
Antalya, Turkey
April 15-25 World Senior Team Championship
Team championships for players both older than 50 and older than 65. (Classical)
Rhodes, Greece
April 17-27 Shenzen Masters
The "The Belt and Road" 2019 "DT News Cup" Shenzhen Longgang Chess Masters Tournament was a six-player double round robin won by Anish Giri ahead of Ding Liren, Yu Yangyi, Richard Rapport, Pentala Harikrishna and Dmitry Jakovenko. News report(Classical)
Shenzen, China
April 20-29 Grenke Chess Classic
This year the super tournament in both Karlsruhe and Baden-Baden was won by Carlsen ahead of Caruana, Aronian, Anand, Vachier-Lagrave, Svidler, Naiditsch, Vallejo and Keymer. News report(Classical)
Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Germany

MARCH 2019

Date Event Location
March 3-14 World Team Championship
Russia won the biennial world championship among teams, ahead of China, USA, Egypt, Ukraine, Georgia, Hungary, Armenia, Kazakhstan and India. News report(Classical)
 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 but it was Nikita Vitiugov who won. News report(Classical)
Prague, Czech Republic
March 8 IM not a GM: Team Chess Battles
IMs Rozman and Rensch paired up against IMs Bartholomew and Pruess for the title of best "duo" of under-achieving chess professionals. News report.
March 15 America vs France: Team Chess Battles
IM Rensch teamed up with GM Nakamura to take on a formidable duo from across the Atlantic, France's #1 rated chess player, GM Vachier-Lagrave with one of the biggest stars in "French Chess", Kevin Bordi (aka Blitzstream). News report.
March 16-29 European Individual Championship
22 spots for the FIDE World Cup were up for grabs in this traditionally big and strong open championship. Vladislav Artemiev edged out Nils Grandelius on tiebreak. News report(Classical)
Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
March 22-30 Sharjah Masters
This open tournament in the UAE was held for the third time, with a first prize of $15,000. There was a seven-way tie for first place. (Classical)
Sharjah, UAE
March 18-April 1 U.S. Championships
The overall U.S. Championship and the U.S. Championship for women were again played in the Saint Louis Chess Club. Hikaru Nakamura and Jennifer Yu are the new champions. News report(Classical)
St Louis, USA

FEBRUARY 2019

Date Event Location
February 5-16 Cairns Cup
A new round robin tournament for women, won by Valentina Gunina ahead of Kosteniuk, Dzagnidze, Khotenashvili, Paehtz, Sebag, Harika, Abdumalik, Krush and Zatonskih. News report. (Classical)
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 included Wei Yi, Vladimir Fedoseev, Wang Hao and Rauf Mamedov but outsider Kaido Kulaots won. News report. (Classical)
Moscow, Russia
February 20-24 Champions Showdown: The Kings
The 2019 Champions Showdown was 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. News report(Rapid, blitz) 
St. Louis, USA
February 22-24 Bunratty Chess Festival
The traditional weekender in Buntarry, Ireland. (Classical)
Bunratty, Ireland

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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