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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.\r\nLeading players: Magnus Carlsen (Valerenga Sjakklubb), \r\nShakhriyar Mamedyarov (Odlar Yurdu), \r\nLiren Ding (Alkaloid), \r\nYangyi Yu (Alkaloid), \r\nPeter Svidler (Mednyi Vsadnik St.Petersburg), \r\nDmitry Jakovenko (Alkaloid), \r\nDavid Navara (AVE Novy Bor), \r\nPentala Harikrishna (AVE Novy Bor), \r\nRadoslaw Wojtaszek (AVE Novy ...
The Chess.com 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 ...
The 43rd World Chess Olympiad took place in Batumi 24th September to 5th October 2018.\r\nChina won on tie-break from the USA and Russia, all three teams won 8 drew 2 and lost 1 match. Due to\r\nthe nature of the deciding SB tie-break everything was in doubt to the very end as results of the opponents of the \r\nleaders became important. China also won the Women\'s Olympiad after drawing a vital final round match against\r\nRussia who just finished outside of the ...
The Champions Chess960 Showdown took place in St Louis 11th to 14th September. 4 days of rapid and blitz using different Chess960 start positions. \r\nFinal combined scores (rapid points worth double the blitz points): \r\nTopalov 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.
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\r\nwhere Easter (22.5 points) beat Central (24 points) but ...
The 57th World Juniors and 36th World Junior Girls took place in Manavgat, Turkey Tue 4th Sep 2018 to Sun 16th Sep 2018.\r\nTop seeds: Parham Maghsoodloo, Jorden Van Foreest, Alexander Donchenko, Murali Karthikeyan etc. Girls: Stavroula Tsolakidou, Davaademberel Nomin-Erdene, Bibisara Assaubayeva, Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova etc.\r\n\r\nTop 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 ...
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.
The 6th Sinquefield Cup took place Saturday 18th to Tuesday 28th August 2018.\r\nPlayers: Magnus Carlsen, Alexander Grischuk, Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Levon Aronian, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Sergey Karjakin , Viswanathan Anand and Wesley So. \r\nAronian, 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 ...
The 93rd French Chess Championship took place in Nimes 18th to 26th August 2018. In the Championship there was a three way tie for first between Tigran Gharamian, Yannick Gozzoli and Romain Edouard tied on 6/9. After a blitz tie-break all-play-all Gharamian and Edouard tied and played a further tie-break match won by Gharamian after winning a final Armageddon game. Things were a little cleaner in the women\'s event Pauline Guichard scored 7.5/9 a point clear of Sophie Milliet.
The Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz takes place 11th to 16th August 2018. Grischuk, Caruana, Nakamura, Aronian, MVL, Mamedyarov, Karjakin, Anand, So, Dominguez. Mamedyarov and Nakamura shared first in the rapid with 6/9. MVL scored a crushing victory in the blitz making 13.5/18 a whole 3 points clear of Nakamura. The over all winner was Nakamura with a joint first place in the Rapid and 2nd in the blitz.