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80th Tata Steel Masters 2018 9

Anish Giri beat Maxim Matlakov in Round 9. Photo ©

Anish Giri beat Maxim Matlakov in Round 9. Photo © | http://www.tatasteelchess.com/

Anish Giri took the lead of the 80th Tata Steel Masters after defeating Maxim Matlakov in the only decisive game of the 9th round. The event now goes on its second awayday on Wednesday, visiting the University of Groningen's Academy Building.

Matlakov sacrificed a pawn with 9.b3 (previously seen in the game Eljanov-So from the Gashimov Memorial last year) a move Giri hadn't prepared for, however 14.Rfc1 was a mistake according to Giri but that his own follow up wasn't the best and Matlakov stood better (25.Rd1 instead of 25.Nd6 is the computer suggestion). Starting with 31...Rc8 Giri applied pressure and after 35.Rc1 (35.Ke2 looks necessary) Matlakov's position became difficult if not just lost and he had to resign on move 39.

Earlier Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen both played very solidly and agreed a draw in a Ruy Lopez after 32 moves. The other joint leader Shakhriyar Mamedyarov didn't get anything against Vladimir Kramnik and the game traded down to a draw. Gawain Jones looked to get back to 50% against Hou Yifan but he couldn't quite put his large advantage away and he was a pawn down and much worse at first time control and will have been relieved to draw in the end.

The remaining games Wesley So-Peter Svidler, Sergey Karjakin- Wei Yi and Fabiano Caruana-Adhiban were all drawn. Caruana will be the most disappointed of this group as he let a large advantage slip away.

Santosh Vidit and Anton Korobov still share the lead in the Challengers but Korobov was completely busted vs Dronavalli Harika but survived to draw.

Round 9 Standings: 1st Giri 6.5pts 2nd= Carlsen, Mamedyarov 6pts 4th= Kramnik, Wesley So 5.5pts 6th= Anand, Karjakin 5pts 8th Svidler 4.5pts 9th= Jones, Matlakov 4pts 11th= Wei Yi, Caruana 3.5pts 13th Adhiban 2.5pts 14th Hou Yifan 1.5pts

Pairings: Round 10 - Wednesday 24th Jan 2018 1pm GMT Groningen. Hou Yifan-Adhiban, Wei Yi-Caruana, Giri-Karjakin, Kramnik-Matlakov, Svidler-Mamedyarov, Carlsen-Wesley So, Jones-Anand.

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80th Tata Steel 2018 (Wijk aan Zee NED)
Fri 12th Jan 2018 - Sun 28th Jan 2018 - Official Site - Live

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Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival 2018

Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival 2018 Games and Results

Gibraltar Chess Promotion projected onto their Moorish Castle. Photo ©

Gibraltar Chess Promotion projected onto their Moorish Castle. Photo © | http://www.gibchess.com

The Tradewise Gibraltar Masters takes place 23rd January to 1st February 2018. Leading players: Levon Aronian, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Hikaru Nakamura, David Navara, Pentala Harikrishna, Le Quang Liem, Nikita Vitiugov, Vassily Ivanchuk, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Wang Hao, Michael Adams, Richard Rapport, Ivan Cheparinov, Boris Gelfand, Daniil Dubov, David Howell, Nigel Short, Alexander Motylev, Emil Sutovsky, David Anton Guijarro etc. Read more ....

Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival 2018 (Caleta ENG)
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PRO Chess League 2018

PRO Chess League 2018 Games and Results

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 (although substitutes are allowed) for a total of four games. The final four play in a decider on the weekend of 7th-8th March. Time control 15 minutes plus 2 seconds a move. Leading players: Magnus Carlsen, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, etc.

Live video commentary on the chess.com website.

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PRO Chess League 2018 (chess.com INT)
Thu 18th Jan 2018 - Mon 9th Apr 2018 - Official Site - Live

PRO League Group Stage (9 Rds League Club TC:15m+2spm) - Games in PGN: Games

PRO League KO Stage 2018 (5 Rds League Club TC:15m+2spm)

Montebelluna International Chess Festival 2018

Montebelluna International Chess Festival 2018 Games and Results

The Montebelluna International Chess Festival took place in Villorba 2nd to 7th January 2018. The main event was the 2nd Vergani Cup with Richard Rapport (2700), Baadur Jobava (2690), Ferenc Berkes (2662) and Anton Korobov (2652) all rated over 2650. It was Rapport with 7/9 who finished half a point clear of the other stars. It wasn't possible to show the games live but a file is becoming available with some annotations by IM Pier Luigi Basso. Read more ....

2nd Vergani Cup 2018 (Villorba ITA)
Tue 2nd Jan 2018 - Sun 7th Jan 2018 - Official Site - Results

2nd Vergani Cup 2018 (9 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:90m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

93rd Tradewise Hastings Congress 2017-18

93rd Tradewise Hastings Congress 2017-18 Games and Results

Jakhongir Vakhidov vs Daniel Gormally Round 7. Photo © David Clayton.

Jakhongir Vakhidov vs Daniel Gormally Round 7. Photo © David Clayton. | http://www.hastingschess.com

The 93rd Tradewise Hastings Congress took place 28th December 2017 to 5th January 2018. Leading players: Deep Sengupta, Alexandr Fier, GA Stany, Jakhongir Vakhidov, Danny Gormally, Yiping Lou, Arghyadip Das, Mark Hebden, Alexander Cherniaev etc Deep Sengupta caught Yiping Lou in the final round both scored 7/9. Read more ....

93rd Tradewise Hastings Congress 2017-18 (Hastings ENG)
Thu 28th Dec 2017 - Fri 5th Jan 2018 - Official Site - Results - Live

Hastings Masters 2017-18 (9 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:100:50:15+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

TWIC issue 1200

TWIC 1200

Mark Crowther of TWIC at home on 6th November. Photo ©

Mark Crowther of TWIC at home on 6th November. Photo © | theweekinchess.com/

The 1200th edition of TWIC has been published on 6th November, this seems a surprisingly big number, even to me. It is five years since I moved to supporting the web site with advertising and donations and I'm still going. At the time of that change I was concerned I wouldn't even make it to 1000 issues but it was donations for this landmark and the 20th Anniversary that allowed me to keep going. It hasn't been easy and raising money to pay for my work and time has been the hardest part. If you do use TWIC a lot and find it useful please consider giving a donation. If this is over £30 then you are entitled to a TWIC compilation file in ChessBase format, although I can convert this to PGN on request.

I have offered my personal game file of all the TWIC issues in ChessBase format to those who donate over £30 for some time (and can convert this file to PGN for those who want it in this format). There are over 2.1 million games at the moment in there and this has gone down pretty well.

Below are various Paypal links for donation. I have also compiled a full, up to date, listing of all TWIC issues with links to all the texts, later game files and the numbers of games and stories in each issue.

Mark Crowther 6th November 2017.

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