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The Week in Chess

Chess News from throughout the World
  1. 22nd European Teams 2019 - Games and Results

    The 22nd European Team Championships take place in Batumi, Georgia Thu 24th Oct to Sun 3rd Nov 2019. The Russian Teams (Men: Andreikin, Vitiugov, Matlakov, Dubov and Alekseenko; Women: Goryachkina, Lagno, Gunina, Kashlinskaya and Girya) are the top seeds in both the men's and women's competitions. England are second seeds in the men's event with (Adams, Howell, Jones, Mcshane and Nick Pert). Other interesting players include: Giri, Mamedyarov, Aronian, Wojtaszek, Duda, Navara, Vallejo, Grandelius, Sargissian and Ivanchuk.
  2. FIDE Grand Swiss 2019 - Games and Results

    The FIDE Grand Swiss took place in the Isle of Man 10th to 21st October 2019. Leading players: Carlsen, Caruana, So, Anand, Yu, Karjakin, Grischuk, Aronian, Harikrishna, Wojtaszek, Artemiev, Nakamura, Vitiugov, Svidler, Wang, Bu, Vidit, Matlakov, Le, Xiong, Shankland etc. There was a World Championship Candidates place for the highest placed finisher who needed to qualify. Wang Hao qualified for the Candidates after winning the Grand Swiss on tie-break from Fabiano Caruana. Kirill Alekseenko became eligible for a FIDE Wild card as the best non-qualifying player from the event. Magnus Carlsen took his undefeated run to 101 games but was half a point short of the leaders in the end.
  3. World Juniors 2019 - Games and Results

    The 58th World Junior Chess Championship and the 37th World Junior Girls take place in New Delhi Tue 15th Oct to Sat 26th Oct 2019.
  4. FIDE World Cup 2019 - Games and Results

    The FIDE World Cup took place Mon 9th Sep to Fri 4th Oct 2019 in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. 128 player Knockout event. Players: Ding, Giri, Vachier-Lagrave, So, Nepomniachtchi, Aronian, Mamedyarov, Dominguez Perez, Grischuk, Radjabov, Artemiev, Yu, Karjakin, Nakamura, Andreikin, Wojtaszek, Harikrishna, Duda, Svidler, Vitiugov, Wei, Le, Navara, Bu, Wang, Shankland, Matlakov, Tomashevsky, Vidit, Jakovenko, Xiong, Firouzja, Dubov, Amin, Jones, Grandelius, Adams, Gelfand, Cori, Rodshtein, Inarkiev, McShane, Korobov, Anton Guijarro, Naiditsch, Ponomariov, Nabaty, Fedoseev, Alekseenko, Berkes, Nisipeanu, Sevian, Adhiban, Cheparinov, Sjugirov, Saric, Piorun, Kasimdzhanov, Maghsoodloo, Sarana, Demchenko, Kovalenko, Gledura, Movsesian, Oparin, Najer, Lupulescu, Hovhannisyan, Predke, Chigaev, Bareev, Abasov, Bok, Mareco, Adly, Iturrizaga Bonelli, Tari, Parligras, Jumabayev, Nguyen, Ganguly, Sethuraman, Esipenko, Huschenbeth, Narayanan, Gupta, Delgado Ramirez, Karthikeyan, Bartel, Nihal, Lu, Aravindh, Rakhmanov, Flores, Tabatabaei, Cordova, Pashikian, Lysyj, Martinez Alcantara, Pichot, Petrov, Abdusattorov, Safarli, Pridorozhni, Xu, Yuffa, Aleksandrov, Santos Ruiz, Urkedal, Albornoz Cabrera, Henriquez Villagra, Gonzalez Vidal, Christiansen, Mekhitarian, Bellahcene, Megaranto, Ghaem Maghami, Iljiushenok, Ziska, Pultinevicius, Escobar Forero, Rakotomaharo, El Gindy, Gan-Erdene, Duran Vega, Anwuli, Mohammad Fahad and Press. Teimour Radjabov won the event beating Ding Liren 6-4 in the final. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave beat Yu Yangyi to finish in third place.
  5. 25 Years of The Week in Chess - 25

    I am celebrating the 25th Anniversary of The Week in Chess. The first issue appeared on Saturday 17th September 1994 and was posted to the newsgroup In the article below I talk about the anniversary, thanking a few of the many people who have helped over the years and list all the issues so far. I would also like you to consider donating if you find the work I do useful to you. Donations have been a key part of supporting the website. I'm very pleased - and amazed - to have made it to 25 years. I have the appetite to continue on and develop for at least a few more years yet. There is also a nice article about the anniversary by Peter Doggers on
  6. St Louis Fall Chess Classic 2019 - Games and Results

    The St Louis Fall Chess Classic consists of two 10 player Round Robin events. In the A Group the players are: Dariusz Swiercz, Hrant Melkumyan, Aleksandr Lenderman, Alexander Ipatov, Vasif Durarbayli, Jorden Van Foreest, Varuzhan Akobian, Ilia Smirin, Olexandr Bortnyk and Ray Robson.
  7. Skolkovo Women's FIDE Grand Prix 2019 - Games and Results

    The Skolkovo Women's FIDE Grand Prix takes place Tue 10th Sep to Mon 23rd Sep 2019 in Skolkovo in Moscow. It is the first of four Women's Grand Prix events. 16 players compete in the series. 12 players compete in each of the four round robin events. Players: Dronavalli Harika, Aleksandra Goryachkina, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Pia Cramling, Humpy Koneru, Valentina Gunina, Kateryna Lagno, Elisabeth Paehtz, Wenjun Ju, Antoaneta Stefanova, Alina Kashlinskaya, Marie Sebag, Anna Muzychuk, Mariya Muzychuk, Nana Dzagnidze and Xue Zhao.
  8. Champions Showdown 9LX 2019 - Games and Results

    The Champions Showdown 9LX took place in Saint Louis 2nd to 5th September 2019. Four matches using a version of the Chess 960 variant with both rapid and blitz games. Fabiano Caruana defeated Garry Kasparov 19-7, Hikaru Nakamura beat Levon Aronian 14.5-11.5, Wesley So beat Veselin Topalov 18-8 and Peter Svider beat Leinier Dominguez Perez 15.5-10.5. I don't have software that can display these games on my website but I do have the games split into files of rapid and blitz.

    Kasparov bit off a little more than he could chew against world number 2 Fabiano Caruana but it would be a great shame if he took that as a sign to stop playing altogether. I'm sure he'd be fine against players even a little further down the rating list and his loss in game two of the rapid when he played very powerfully up to a point was particularly unfortunate. There's a traditional place in tournament chess for the older former World Champions and Kasparov is certainly capable of fulfilling such a role, players such as Lasker, Botvinnik, Smyslov, Petrosian, Spassky, Tal and Karpov come to mind. I might even call such a role an important one.

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