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Tradewise Chess Festival 2016

Tradewise Chess Festival 2016 Games and Results

The Tradewise Chess Festival Masters took place 26th January to 4th February 2016. Top seeds Hikaru Nakamura, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Viswanathan Anand, Pentala Harikrishna, Li Chao, Yu Yangyi, Dmitry Jakovenko, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Richard Rapport, Laurent Fressinet, Etienne Bacrot, Ni Hua, Arkadij Naiditsch, Markus Ragger, David Howell, Zoltan Almasi, Nigel Short, Lazaro Bruzon Batista, Gata Kamsky, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Surya Shekhar Ganguly, Emil Sutovsky etc. Hikaru Nakamura and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave tied for first on 8/10 and Nakamura won the tie-break after winning a final Armageddon game. Read more ....

Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival 2016 (Caleta ENG)
Mon 25th Jan 2016 - Thu 4th Feb 2016 - Official Site - Results - Live

Gibraltar Masters 2016 (10 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:100:50:15+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

Gibraltar Challenger A (5 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:110m+10spm)

Gibraltar Masters TB (2 players 2 Rds Match Indiv TC:10m+5spm) - Games in PGN: TB Games

Gibraltar Challenger B (5 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:110m+10spm)

Magnus Carlsen wins his fifth Tata Steel Masters

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Carlsen before his final round game against Ding Liren. Photo ©

Carlsen before his final round game against Ding Liren. Photo © | http://www.tatasteelchess.com/

Magnus Carlsen won the Tata Steel Masters after a safe draw against Ding Liren. Ding could catch Carlsen with a win but this seemed unlikely with the black pieces and especially after Carlsen chose a solid line against his Open Spanish. Carlsen found a way to press in the endgame but Ding's technique held the Rook and Bishop vs Rook endgame convincingly. This is Carlsen's fifth win of the main event taking him alongside the record holder Viswanathan Anand and above Max Euwe, Levon Aronian, Viktor Korchnoi and Lajos Portisch all of whom have scored four.

Fabiano Caruana could have caught Carlsen with a win against the struggling Evgeny Tomashevsky but his choice of 4...b6 in the Nimzo-Indian wasn't a normal one for him and he later got his bishop trapped. Tomashevsky was winning but having struggled all tournament he made a bit of a meal of the conversion to a win, eventually managing it in 63 moves.

Pavel Eljanov finished his tournament with a win beating David Navara who didn't react correctly to his novelty 10.Bd3 and quick got into major trouble. Anish Giri was very fortunate to survive with a draw against Hou Yifan after his experiment with the London System completely backfired.

Michael Adams and Wesley So drew an Open Spanish in the same solid variation as Carlsen-Ding. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Sergey Karjakin drew in a Queens Gambit Accepted. Wei Yi got a small advantage with black against Loek Van Wely but not enough to win.

In the B-Group Baskaran Adhiban took first on tie-break from Eltaj Safarli and Aleksey Dreev after all scored 9/13. Adhiban will play in the Masters group next year.

Final Round 13 Standings: 1st Carlsen 9pts 2nd-3rd Caruana, Ding Liren 8pts 4th-6th Wesley So, Giri, Eljanov 7pts 7th-8th Wei Yi, Mamedyarov 6.5pts 9th Karjakin 6pts 10th-11th Navara, Tomashevsky 5.5pts 12th-14th Hou Yifan, Adams, Van Wely 5pts

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78th Tata Steel 2016 (Wijk aan Zee NED)
Fri 15th Jan 2016 - Sun 31st Jan 2016 - Official Site - Live

78th Tata Steel GpA (14 players 13 Rds SRR Indiv TC:100:50:15+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games GpA

78th Tata Steel GpB (14 players 13 Rds SRR Indiv TC:100:50:15+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games GpB

Tata Steel Tienkamp 1 (10 players 9 Rds SRR Indiv TC:120m(40)+45m+10spm) - Games in PGN: Games Tienkamp 1

25th Keres Memorial 2016

25th Keres Memorial 2016 Games and Results

Commemorative coincard marking Keres' centenary. Photo ©

Commemorative coincard marking Keres' centenary. Photo © | http://pood.post.ee/?id=10952&product_id=8870&c_tpl=1051&&langchange=1

The 25th Keres Memorial marks the centenary of his birth. The ACP Rapid event took place 8th to 10th January. Igor Kovalenko finished with 9/11 half a point clear of David Howell, Boris Gelfand and Surya Shekhar Ganguly. Read more ....

Paul Keres Memorial 2016 (Tallinn EST)
Thu 7th Jan 2016 - Sun 10th Jan 2016 - Official Site - Results - Live

Paul Keres Memorial 2015 (11 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:15m+10spm) - Games in PGN: Games

91st Hastings Congress 2015-16

91st Hastings Congress 2015-16 Games and Results

Khenkin vs Vakhidov in Round 9. Photo © Dave Clayton.

Khenkin vs Vakhidov in Round 9. Photo © Dave Clayton. | http://hastingschess.com

The 91st Hastings Congress took place 28th December 2015 to 5th January 2016. Players: Ferenc Berkes, Igor Khenkin, Aleksander Mista, Gyula Pap, Jahongir Vakhidov, Sarunas Sulskis, Daniel W Gormally, Tamas Jr. Fodor etc

Jahongir Vakhidov and Alexander Mista shared first place on 7/9. Read more ....

91st Hastings Congress 2015-16 (Hastings ENG)
Mon 28th Dec 2015 - Tue 5th Jan 2016 - Official Site - Results - Live

Hastings Masters 2015-16 (9 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:100:50:15+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

45th Rilton Cup 2015-16

45th Rilton Cup 2015-16 Games and Results

The 45th Rilton Cup took place 27th December 2015 to 5th January 2016. Maxim Rodshtein scored 8/9 to outpace Jon Ludwig Hammer on 7.5, Erik Blomqvist took clear third on 7. Read more ....

45th Rilton Cup 2015-16 (Stockholm SWE)
Sun 27th Dec 2015 - Tue 5th Jan 2016 - Official Site - Results - Live

45th Rilton Cup 2015-16 (9 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

53rd Groningen Chess Festival 2015

53rd Groningen Chess Festival 2015 Games and Results

The 53rd Groningen Chess Festival took place 21st to 30th December 2015. Jorden Van Foreest edged out Sundar M. Shyam on tie-break after both scored 7.5/9. Sipke Ernst beat Lucas Van Foreest in the University Challenge match 5-1 winning the last four games. Read more ....

53rd Groningen Chess Festival 2015 (Groningen NED)
Mon 21st Dec 2015 - Wed 30th Dec 2015 - Official Site - Results - Live

53rd Groningen Open 2015 (9 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games Open

van Foreest vs Ernst m (2 players 6 Rds Match Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games Match

Qatar Masters Open 2015

Qatar Masters Open 2015 Games and Results

The Qatar Masters Open took place 19th to 30th December 2015. World Champion Magnus Carlsen heads a stellar field. It is possible that this is the first appearance by a reigning World Champion in a Swiss Open at standard time controls since Boris Spassky played in Vancouver in 1971. Vladimir Kramnik, Anish Giri, Wesley So, Sergey Karjakin, Li Chao, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Pentala Harikrishna, Dmitry Jakovenko Yu Yangyi, Wei Yi etc. 18 players rated over 2700 and 50 over 2600 compete. Magnus Carlsen won the event after defeating last year's champion Yu Yangyi 2-0 in a tie-break. They had tied on 7/9. Read more ....

Qatar Masters Open 2015 (Doha QAT)
Sat 19th Dec 2015 - Wed 30th Dec 2015 - Official Site - Results - Live

Qatar Masters Open 2015 (9 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

Qatar Masters TB 2015 (2 players 2 Rds Match Indiv TC:5m+3spm) - Games in PGN: Games TB

Nutcracker Match of the Generations 2015

Nutcracker Match of the Generations 2015 Games and Results

The Nutcracker Match of the Generations took place in Moscow 20th to 25th December 2015. A team of "Kings" Boris Gelfand, Peter Leko, Evgeniy Najer, Alexander Morozevich played a Scheveningen classical and rapid chess match against a team of Russian "Princes" Vladislav Artemiev, Ivan Bukavshin, Mikhail Antipov and Grigoriy Oparin.

At classical time controls the Kings won 18-14 vs the Princes and the rapid controls Kings 17.5-14.5 Princes.

There was also a B event a Girls team beat a Youths team 17-15 at Classical time controls and the result was reversed in the rapid section. Read more ....

Nutcracker Match of the Generations 2015 (Moscow RUS)
Sat 19th Dec 2015 - Fri 25th Dec 2015 - Official Site - Live

Nutcracker Classical 2015 (4 players 4 Rds Schev Team TC:120m:60m:15m+30spm(61)) - Games in PGN: Games

Nutcracker Rapid 2015 (8 players 8 Rds Schev Team TC:15m+10spm) - Games in PGN: Rapid A

Nutcracker Classical B (4 players 4 Rds Schev Team TC:120m:60m:15m+30spm(61)) - Games in PGN: Games B

Nutcracker Rapid B 2015 (8 players 8 Rds Schev Team TC:15m+10spm) - Games in PGN: Rapid B

27th Carlos Torre Memorial 2015

27th Carlos Torre Memorial 2015 Games and Results

The 27th Carlos Torre Memorial took place in Merida, Mexico, 17th to 21st December 2015. Leading players: Lazaro Bruzon Batista, Aleksey Dreev, Erwin L'ami, Yuniesky Quesada Perez, Emilio Cordova, Sergei Tiviakov etc. Lazaro Bruzon Batista edged out Jorge Cori, Yusnel Bacallao Alonso and Yuniesky Quesada Perez after all scored 7/9. Read more ....

27th Carlos Torre Memorial 2015 (Merida MEX)
Thu 17th Dec 2015 - Mon 21st Dec 2015 - Official Site - Results - Live

27th Carlos Torre Mem (9 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:90m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

European Rapid and Blitz Championships 2015

European Rapid and Blitz Championships 2015 Games and Results

The European Rapid and Blitz Championships took place in Minsk 18th to 20th December 2015. Leading players: Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Ernesto Inarkiev, Dmitry Andreikin, Gadir Guseinov, Igor Kovalenko, Baadur Jobava, Laurent Fressinet, Sergei Movsesian, David Navara, Markus Ragger, Nigek Short etc Rauf Mamedov won the blitz title and Ivan Popov the rapid. Read more ....

European Rapid and Blitz Championships 2015 (Minsk BLR)
Thu 17th Dec 2015 - Sun 20th Dec 2015 - Official Site - Results - Live

European Rapid 2015 (11 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:15m+10spm) - Games in PGN: Games

European Blitz 2015 (22 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:3m+2spm) - Games in PGN: Blitz Games

Russian Cup Final 2015

Russian Cup Final 2015 Games and Results

The Russian Cup Final took place 5th to 13th December 2015. Ivan Bukavshin won the men's event and Aleksandra Goryachkina the women's. Read more ....

Russian Cup Final 2015 (Khanty-Mansiysk RUS)
Sat 5th Dec 2015 - Sun 13th Dec 2015 - Official Site - Live

Russian Cup Final 2015 (16 players 4 Rds KO Indiv TC:90m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games Men

Russian Cup Final Women (8 players 3 Rds KO Indiv TC:90m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games Women

Russian Rapid Grand Prix Final 2015

Russian Rapid Grand Prix Final 2015 Games and Results

The Russian Rapid Grand Prix Final took place 13th to 15th December 2015. Denis Khismatullin edged out Pavel Ponkratov on tie-break after both scored 11/15. Read more ....

Russian Rapid Grand Prix Final 2015 (Khanty-Mansiysk RUS)
Sun 13th Dec 2015 - Tue 15th Dec 2015 - Official Site - Results

Russian Rapid GP 2015 (16 players 15 Rds SRR Indiv TC:15m+10spm) - Games in PGN: Games

Schachbundesliga 2015-16

Schachbundesliga 2015-16 Games and Results

The very strong German Schachbundesliga takes place Friday 18th Oct 2015 to Sun 24th Apr 2016. Games and standings on this page. Read more ....

Bundesliga 2015-16 (Germany GER)
Fri 18th Sep 2015 - Sun 24th Apr 2016 - Official Site - Results - Live

Bundesliga 2015-16 (15 Rds League Club TC:100:50:15+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games | Live

Chinese Team Championship 2015

Chinese Team Championship 2015 Games and Results

The Chinese Team Championship took place 10th April to 11th December 2015 over a marathon 22 rounds. Final rounds were 8th to 11th November 2015. Beijing won the title. Read more ....

TCh-CHN 2015 (Beijing CHN)
Fri 10th Apr 2015 - Fri 11th Dec 2015 - Official Site - Results - Live

TCh-CHN 2015 (22 Rds League Club TC:90m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

Carlsen wins the London Chess Classic and Grand Chess Tour on the final day

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London Chess Classic director Malcolm Pein presents the Classic and Tour trophies to Magnus Carlsen. Photo © Ray Morris-Hill.

London Chess Classic director Malcolm Pein presents the Classic and Tour trophies to Magnus Carlsen. Photo © Ray Morris-Hill. | https://raymorris-hill.smugmug.com/Sports/Chess-2015/2015-London-Chess-Classic/

Magnus Carlsen won the 7th London Chess Classic and the whole Grand Chess Tour after an amazing final day for him.

Carlsen knew he needed to beat Alexander Grischuk in his round 9 game to have any chance. At first he secured a very promising position but he lost control of the position and his hopes only lay with Grischuk's severe time pressure. Grischuk might have even won but in the end with only seconds left he went for a perpetual check that wasn't there and lost. The remaining games of the round were drawn leaving Carlsen tied with Anish Giri and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.

Carlsen had the best performance tie-break and under the rules for a three way tie he waited for the winner of a Giri vs MVL match. Giri won the first rapid game and seemed to be safe and solid with white in the second but he lost control and was defeated. MVL also won the Armageddon tie-break to set up the final against Carlsen.

In the final tie-break match of the day MVL was a bit worse against Carlsen in game one but towards the end seemed favourite to hold the rook endgame before suddenly going wrong and losing. In the second game MVL seemed to have little energy left and Carlsen took a draw from a position of strength that secured both first place in London and first place in the inaugural Grand Tour. Read more ....

7th London Chess Classic 2015 (London ENG)
Thu 3rd Dec 2015 - Mon 14th Dec 2015 - Official Site - Results - Live

7th London Classic 2015 (10 players 9 Rds SRR Indiv TC:120m(40)+60m+30spm) - Games in PGN: Games

London Classic Open 2015 (9 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Open Games

7th London Classic TB (3 players 2 Rds KO Indiv TC:25m+5spm) - Games in PGN: TB Games

London Classic Superrapid (10 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:25m+10spm) - Games in PGN: Rapid Games

ACP Masters 2015

ACP Masters 2015 Games and Results

The ACP Masters was a rapid tournament in Ashdod, Israel 7th to 10th December 2015. Preliminary group stages were followed by semi-finals and a final. The event was won by Vassily Ivanchuk. Read more ....

ACP Masters 2015 (Ashdod ISR)
Mon 7th Dec 2015 - Thu 10th Dec 2015 - Official Site

ACP Masters KO 2015 (4 players 2 Rds KO Indiv TC:15m+10spm) - Games in PGN: KO Games

ACP Masters GpA 2015 (6 players 5 Rds SRR Indiv TC:15m+10spm) - Games in PGN: Games GpA

ACP Masters GpB 2015 (6 players 5 Rds SRR Indiv TC:15m+10spm) - Games in PGN: Games GpB

Saint Louis Showdown 2015

Saint Louis Showdown 2015 Games and Results

The Saint Louis Showdown took place 12th to 15th November 2015. Two matches Hikaru Nakamura vs Fabiano Caruana and Hou Yifan vs Parimarjan Negi over four days and four chess contests. Day 1 saw two rounds of "Basque" chess where the players play their opponents in two games one with black and one with white. day two Fischer Random chess, day 3 4 rapid games, and on the final day 4 8 rapid blitz. . Nakamura and Caruana drew both Basque games, Nakamura won the Fischer Random 2.5-1.5, Caruana the rapid 3-1 and the blitz 4.5-3.5. Final result: Caruana 10 - 8 Nakamura. Negi won both Basque games. Hou Yifan won the Fischer Random section 3.5-0.5, the rapids 3-1 and the blitz 4.5-3.5. Final result: Hou Yifan 11 - 7 Negi. Read more ....

Saint Louis Showdown: Nakamura-Caruana 2015 (Saint Louis USA)
Thu 12th Nov 2015 - Sun 15th Nov 2015 - Official Site - Live

Showdown Blitz 2015 (2 players 8 Rds Match Indiv TC:3m+2spm) - Games in PGN: Blitz Games

Showdown Basque 2015 (2 players 1 Rds Match Indiv TC:90m+30spm(1))

Showdown Fischer Random (2 players 4 Rds Match Indiv TC:20m+10spm(1))

Showdown Rapid 2015 (2 players 4 Rds Match Indiv TC:15m+10spm) - Games in PGN: Rapid Games

Showdown Blitz 2 2015 (2 players 8 Rds Match Indiv TC:3m+2spm) - Games in PGN: Blitz Games 2

Showdown Basque 2 2015 (2 players 1 Rds Match Indiv TC:90m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Basque

Showdown Basque 2 2015 (2 players 1 Rds Match Indiv TC:90m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Basque 2

Showdown Fischer Random 2 (2 players 4 Rds Match Indiv TC:20m+10spm(1))

Showdown Rapid 2 2015 (2 players 4 Rds Match Indiv TC:15m+10spm) - Games in PGN: Rapid Games 2

FIDE Candidates 2016

FIDE Candidates 2016 Games and Results

The FIDE Candidates tournament takes place in Moscow 10th to 30th March 2016. The event is sponsored by the Tashir Group run by Armenian billionaire Samvel Karapetyan who backed the 2014 Petrosian Memorial. Players: Veselin Topalov, Viswanathan Anand, Hikaru Nakamura, Fabiano Caruana, Sergey Karjakin and Peter Svidler have secured their places. Levon Aronian is the sponsor's wildcard nominee and Anish Giri is a almost certain to take the final place on rating. Read more ....

FIDE Candidates Tournament 2016 (Moscow RUS)
Thu 10th Mar 2016 - Wed 30th Mar 2016 - Official Site - Live

FIDE Candidates 2016 (8 players 14 Rds DRR Indiv TC:120:60:15+30spm(61))

20 years of The Week in Chess

The Week in Chess Anniversary 20 years

Mark Crowther on the 20th Anniversary of TWIC on Wednesday September 17th 2014. Photo ©

Mark Crowther on the 20th Anniversary of TWIC on Wednesday September 17th 2014. Photo © | http://www.theweekinchess.com/

The Week in Chess is 20 years old today. The first issue of the magazine was published on Saturday 17th September 1994. In the full article below I give an update from the 1000th issue earlier in the year. I list all 1036 issues so far along with their text and with a donation button to get all the games in ChessBase format. I feel a great sense of achievement in reaching this landmark. I hope that in some small way I've helped players all over the world keep in touch with chess and have access to almost every top class game over that time no matter how rich or poor they are. Now I have to look to the future. I plan to be around a long while. I have some obvious additions I can make to the website that only require some programming but also my personal financial stability has to come to the fore now. Read more ....

Tournaments for Sunday 7th February 2016 combined with links to official website, live coverage and PGN file
EventSiteFEDUK TimeRd
WebLivePGN
Live Games now here
Moscow Open A 2016MoscowRUS08:009
Bundesliga 2015-16GermanyGER09:006
Other events today
54th TCh-DEN Ex 2015-16DenmarkDEN7
38th Bulgarian Open 2016PlovdivBUL07:009
76th Noteboom OpenLeidenNED08:005
TCh-CZE Extraliga 2015-16Czech RepublicCZE09:008
76th Noteboom OpenLeidenNED13:006
Hou-Henriquez Match 2016Punta ArenasCHI19:002

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