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The Week in Chess

Chess News from throughout the World
  1. 34th European Club Cup 2018 - Games and Results

    The 34th European Club Cup takes place in Porto Carras, Greece 12th to 18th October 2018. 61 open teams and 12 women's teams (split into two groups). World Champion Magnus Carlsen plays his final event before his World Championship defence against Fabiano Caruana.

    Leading players: Magnus Carlsen (Valerenga Sjakklubb), Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Odlar Yurdu), Liren Ding (Alkaloid), Yangyi Yu (Alkaloid), Peter Svidler (Mednyi Vsadnik St.Petersburg), Dmitry Jakovenko (Alkaloid), David Navara (AVE Novy Bor), Pentala Harikrishna (AVE Novy Bor), Radoslaw Wojtaszek (AVE Novy Bor), Dmitry Andreikin (Alkaloid) etc.

    Top 5 seeded teams: 1 Alkaloid Ave 2741 (Macedonia (FYROM)), 2 AVE Novy Bor 2712 (Czech Republic), 3 Odlar Yurdu Ave 2702 (Azerbaijan), 4 Mednyi Vsadnik St.Petersburg Ave 2696 (Russia) 5 Valerenga Sjakklubb Ave 2672 (Norway)

  2. Speed Chess Championship 2018 - Games and Results

    The Speed Chess Championship takes place July 24th to December 2nd 2018. 16 players in a knockout online blitz tournament. 90 minutes of 5/1 blitz, 60 minutes of 3/1 blitz, and 30 minutes of 1/1 bullet chess. Players: Fabiano Caruana, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Hikaru Nakamura, Wesley So, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Levon Aronian, Wei Yi, Anish Giri, Alexander Grischuk, Sergey Karjakin, Hou Yifan, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Vidit Gujrath were all invited. There was an invitational qualifier on June 26th-27th where Leinier Dominguez Perez defeated Jon Ludvig Hammer in the final (Georg Meier and Eric Hansen lost to these in the semi-finals).

    1) 24th July - Aronian - 20.5-6.5 Caruana, 2) 26th July 8pm EST - Nakamura 27.5-2.5 Hou Yifan, 3) 29th July 8pm EST - Wesley So 18.5-9,5 Wei Yi, 4) 2nd Aug 8pm BST - MVL 19-12 Dominguez, 5) 7th Aug 5pm - Nepomniachtchi 17.5-11.5 Grischuk, 6) 30th Aug 5pm - Vidit 16-9 Andriasian, 7) 6th Sept 6pm - Duda 13-11 Karjakin, 8) 7th Sept 6pm - Giri 17-15 Mamedyarov.

    Quarter Finals Duda 14-13 Grischuk, Aronian 18-11 Giri, So 16.5-10.5 Vidit, Nakamura 21.5-13.5 MVL.

    Semi Finals and Finals 3 days running 30th Nov to 2nd December Duda-So, Aronian-Nakamura.

  3. 43rd World Chess Olympiad - Games and Results

    The 43rd World Chess Olympiad took place in Batumi 24th September to 5th October 2018. China won on tie-break from the USA and Russia, all three teams won 8 drew 2 and lost 1 match. Due to the nature of the deciding SB tie-break everything was in doubt to the very end as results of the opponents of the leaders became important. China also won the Women's Olympiad after drawing a vital final round match against Russia who just finished outside of the medals. Ukraine beat the USA 3-1 but had a worse tie-break than China. Hosts Georgia, traditionally the power house of Soviet women's chess took bronze.
  4. Champions Chess960 Showdown 2018 - Games and Results

    The Champions Chess960 Showdown took place in St Louis 11th to 14th September. 4 days of rapid and blitz using different Chess960 start positions. Final combined scores (rapid points worth double the blitz points): Topalov 14.5-11.5 Kasparov, Nakamura 14-12 Svider, So 15.5-10.5 Giri, MVL 17.5-8.5 Shankland, Aronian 17.5-8.5 Dominguez.
  5. PRO Chess League All Stars 2018 - Games and Results

    The PRO Chess League All Stars evening saw the best available players from the four divisions of the 2018 PRO League season play again for an evening of blitz (3 minutes + 1 second a move) on September 8th. 4 players from each division played the rest to establish the order for the final phase. Top scorers Pacific with 27.5 points in the preliminary stage awaiting the winners of a KO system where Easter (22.5 points) beat Central (24 points) but then lost to Atlantic (24 points). Nakamura beat Le Quang Liem but only after 3 draws to take the title.
  6. 57th World Juniors 2018 - Games and Results

    The 57th World Juniors and 36th World Junior Girls took place in Manavgat, Turkey Tue 4th Sep 2018 to Sun 16th Sep 2018. Top seeds: Parham Maghsoodloo, Jorden Van Foreest, Alexander Donchenko, Murali Karthikeyan etc. Girls: Stavroula Tsolakidou, Davaademberel Nomin-Erdene, Bibisara Assaubayeva, Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova etc. Top seed Maghsoodloo of Iran dominated the event wrapping up first place with a round to spare. He was defeated in the final round but still won the event by a point from Abhimanyu Puranik of India and Sergei Lobanov of Russia. Untitled Aleksandra Maltsevskaya from Russia won the girls event on tie-break from Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova of Uzbekistan after both scored 8.5/11, Nino Khomeriki took 3rd.
  7. 71st Russian Championship Superfinal 2018 - Games and Results

    The 71st Russian Championship Superfinal took place in Satka 25th Aug to 6th Sept 2018. Players: Andreikin, Fedoseev, Vitiugov, Jakovenko, Tomashevsky, Nepomniachtchi, Inarkiev, Kobalia, Dubov, Oparin, Khismatullin and Sarana. The Championship was won by Dmitry Andreikin who beat Dmitry Jakovenko 1.5-0.5 in a rapid tie-break after both finished on 7/11. Likewise Natalija Pogonina also defeated Olga Girya 1.5-0.5 in a rapid tie-break after they both scored 7.5/11 in the women's event.
  8. 6th Sinquefield Cup 2018 -

    The 6th Sinquefield Cup took place Saturday 18th to Tuesday 28th August 2018. Players: Magnus Carlsen, Alexander Grischuk, Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Levon Aronian, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Sergey Karjakin , Viswanathan Anand and Wesley So. Aronian, Carlsen and Caruana tied for first. There was no tie-break after the players agreed the regulations were not acceptable. One player was to be eliminated by the drawing of lots and the final two were to play for the title. One of the reasons a new tie-break regulation couldn't be agreed was Fabiano Caruana did have to play a match (which he won) against Wesley So to decide who qualified for the final in London.
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