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The PRO Chess League is a rapid chess tournament taking 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. The first round was changed to fit in with Wijk aan Zee. There are four players per team and they play each member of the opposition once for a total of four games. The final four play in a decider on the ...
The Fischer Random chess match between Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura took place in Baerum, Norway 9th to 13th February 2018. This is a variant of chess where one of 960 starting positions is used rather than the standard one. Castling Kingside and Queenside is always possible but can lead to some very large leaps by the king. \r\nFour pairs of rapid games from the same starting position were played for four days, then on the final day there were ...
The China-Russia Chess Champion match took place in Harbin, China 5th-6th February 2018. Hou Yifan played Anatoly Karpov in a 6 game rapid match. Karpov won 3.5-2.5 with the final day\'s games being shared with one win each.
The German Bundesliga takes place 21st October to 1st May 2018. Baden-Baden are defending champions and top seeds.
The Tradewise Gibraltar Masters took place 23rd January to 1st February 2018.\r\nLeading players: Levon Aronian, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Hikaru Nakamura, David Navara,\r\nPentala Harikrishna, Le Quang Liem, Nikita Vitiugov, Vassily Ivanchuk, Jan-Krzysztof Duda,\r\nWang Hao, Michael Adams, Richard Rapport, Ivan Cheparinov, Boris Gelfand, Daniil Dubov,\r\nDavid Howell, Nigel Short, Alexander Motylev, Emil Sutovsky, David Anton Guijarro etc.\r\n\r\n\r\nThere was a seven way tie on 7.5/10. The top four on tie-break went into a playoff for the title. Levon Aronian won the event. Aronian beat Richard ...
The leaders Magnus Carlsen and Anish Giri both drew in\r\nthe final round of the 80th Tata Steel Masters to\r\nfinish on 9 points or +5, half a point clear of \r\nShakhriyar Mamedyarov and Vladimir Kramnik. Carlsen\r\nthen went on to defeat Giri 1.5-0.5 in a blitz tie-break.\r\n\r\n\r\nMagnus Carlsen again demonstrated just what a formidable\r\nblitz player he is with a smooth technical win in the\r\nfirst tie-break game and turned round a tricky position\r\nto hold the second game for the draw he needed and ...
Magnus Carlsen and Anish Giri both managed wins with white to share\r\nthe lead in the 80th Tata Steel Masters after 12 of the 13 rounds\r\nof the tournament. If there is a tie tomorrow there will be a blitz\r\ntie-break (two 5 minutes + 3 seconds a move games and then an Armageddon game if\r\nneeded). Shakhriyar Mamedyarov agreed to a quick draw with black\r\nagainst a struggling Gawain Jones, from the outside this appeared\r\nto be an odd decision, he will however have white ...
The 80th Tata Steel Masters returned to Wijk aan Zee for the 11th round.\r\nThe leaders Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Magnus Carlsen drew a fairly dull\r\ngame where the World Champion got easy equality with black but nothing\r\nmore. Anish Giri was under some pressure from Fabiano Caruana\'s London\r\nSystem but if there was any advantage for white it had gone by first time\r\ncontrol.\r\n\r\n\r\nViswanathan Anand ground down Hou Yifan to move within half a point\r\nof the leaders. Maybe Hou Yifan should have held a rather ...
The 10th round of the 80th Tata Steel Masters took place in the University of Groningen\r\nAcademy Building. The leader Anish Giri was held easily by Sergey Karjakin who had\r\nprepared this precise variation for another player earlier in the tournament.\r\n\r\n\r\nShakhriyar Mamedyarov crushed Peter Svidler who had a nightmare of a game.\r\nIt looks like Svidler mixed something up, already 7.Qa4+ has to be wrong\r\nand 13.Qb3 played after a very long think is an error that virtually ends\r\nthe game. Svidler resigned on move ...
Anish Giri took the lead of the 80th Tata Steel Masters\r\nafter defeating Maxim Matlakov in the only decisive game\r\nof the 9th round. The event now goes on its second awayday on Wednesday, visiting\r\nthe University of Groningen\'s Academy Building. \r\n\r\nMatlakov sacrificed a pawn with 9.b3 (previously seen in the game Eljanov-So\r\nfrom the Gashimov Memorial last year) a move Giri hadn\'t\r\nprepared for, however 14.Rfc1 was a mistake according to Giri but\r\nthat his own follow up wasn\'t the best and Matlakov stood\r\nbetter (25.Rd1 ...