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The Week in Chess

The 2nd Sharjah Masters took place Wednesday 11th Apr to Thursday 19th Apr 2018. 17 year old Iranian GM Parham Maghsoodloo won with 8/9 a point clear of Eltaj Safarli and Wang Hao.
The 19th European Women\'s Championship took place Saturday 7th Apr to Friday 20th Apr 2018. Players: Mariya Muzychuk, \r\nNino Batsiashvili, \r\nNana Dzagnidze, \r\nValentina Gunina, \r\nAleksandra Goryachkina, \r\nMarie Sebag, \r\nBela Khotenashvili, \r\nAntoaneta Stefanova, \r\nNatalija Pogonina, \r\nPis Cramling, \r\nMonika Socko, \r\nOlga Girya, \r\nElisabeth Paehtz etc.\r\n4th seed Valentina Gunina scored 9/11 to win the event a point clear of a big group on 8 points including Nana Dzagnidze who took silver medal and Anna Ushenina Bronze.
The Chinese Championships take place in Xinghua Wed 18th Apr 2018 to Mon 30th Apr 2018.
The US Chess Championships take place in Saint Louis Wed 18th to Mon 30th Apr 2018.\r\nChampionship players: \r\nFabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Wesley So, Alex Onischuk, Ray Robson, Sam Shankland, Varuzhan Akobian, Jeffery Xiong, Alex Lenderman, Awonder Liang, Yaroslav Zherebukh and Zviad Izoria.\r\n\r\nWomen\'s Championship: Irina Krush, Anna Zatonskih, Tatev Abrahamyan, Nazi Paikidze, Sabina Foisor, Jennifer Yu, Annie Wang, Maggie Feng, Anna Sharevich, Dorsa Derakhshani, Akshita Gorti and Rusudan Goletiani.
The 5th Vugar Gashimov Memorial takes place in Shamkir 19th to 28th April 2018. Players: Magnus Carlsen, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Anish Giri, \r\nDing Liren, Sergey Karjakin, Veselin Topalov, Teimour Radjabov, Rauf Mamedov and David Navara.
The Chinese Team Championship takes place Tuesday 10th Apr to Friday 30th Nov 2018.
The PRO Chess League was a rapid chess tournament that took place on the chess.com website 18th January to 8th April 2018. 32 city based teams from throughout the world start in four groups. Play day is generally Wednesday. St. Louis, Chengdu, Armenia and Ljubljana all qualified for the final four in San Francisco 7th-8th April. Time control 15 minutes plus 2 seconds a move. Leading players: Magnus Carlsen, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, etc. In a thriling finale the Armenian Eagles beat ...
Fabiano Caruana was a convincing winner of the GRENKE Classic when he finished\r\na point clear of World Champion Magnus Carlsen. Caruana survived a lost position\r\nagainst the World Champion and in the last round defeated another rival for\r\nfirst place, Nikita Vitiugov, with the black pieces. Caruana chose a surprising\r\ncomputer line in the Petroff he discovered after playing Grischuk in the Candidates.\r\n5...Qd7 soon proved to be an inspired choice as Caruana took over the initiative and \r\nhis opponent resigned on move 40. ...
All the games were drawn in the 8th round of the GRENKE Classic and \r\nthere were few if any missed chances in these games.\r\n\r\n\r\nThe longest game of the day was between the two players tied for second, Magnus Carlsen and Nikita Vitiugov.\r\nCarlsen tried a Giuoco Piano but didn\'t really get any advantage, Carlsen tried for a very long time \r\nright into the endgame, posed some problems, but the objective assessment was level througout. Vitiugov\r\nwas impressive in not really giving anything ...
Fabiano Caruana took the sole lead after defeating Maxime Vachier-Lagrave\r\nin Round 7 of the GRENKE Classic. MVL got caught out in the opening\r\nand eventually allowed his pieces to become discoordinated.\r\nAfter 19...g5 MVL got pushed back and his position deteriorated quickly.\r\n\r\n\r\nMagnus Carlsen finally won another game beating Arkadij Naiditsch using the Sicilian\r\nDefence as black.\r\n\r\n\r\nViswanathan Anand was in trouble against Georg Meier but eventually held the draw.\r\nLevon Aronian and Nikita Vitiugov drew a balanced struggle and Hou Yifan\r\nagainst Matthias Bluebaum was also ...