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3rd Vugar Gashimov Memorial 2016

3rd Vugar Gashimov Memorial 2016 Games and Results

The 3rd Vugar Gashimov Memorial takes place 26th May (Round 1) to 4th June 2016. Players: Fabiano Caruana, Anish Giri, Sergey Karjakin, Pavel Eljanov, Pentala Harikrishna, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Teimour Radjabov, Eltaj Safarli, Hou Yifan and Rauf Mamedov. Round start 3pm local time, 12pm UK time. Final round 1 hour earlier. Read more ....

3rd Vugar Gashimov Memorial 2016 (Shamkir AZE)
Thu 26th May 2016 - Sat 4th Jun 2016 - Official Site

Vugar Gashimov Mem 2016 (10 players 9 Rds SRR Indiv TC:120m:60m:15m+30spm(61)) - Games in PGN: Games | Live

17th European Individual Chess Championship 2016

17th European Individual Chess Championship 2016 Games and Results

The 17th European Individual Chess Championship took place in Gjakova, Kosovo 12th to 23rd 2016. Top seeds David Navara, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Nikita Vitiugov, Ruslan Ponomariov, Francisco Vallejo Pons, Markus Ragger, Maxim Matlakov, Laurent Fressinet, Yuriy Kryvoruchko, Jon Ludvig Hammer etc Ernesto Inarkiev won with 9/11. 23 players qualified for the World Cup. Read more ....

17th European Individual Championship 2016 (Gjakova KOS)
Thu 12th May 2016 - Tue 24th May 2016 - Official Site - Results - Live

17th ch-EUR Indiv 2016 (11 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

Russian Team Championship 2016

Russian Team Championship 2016 Games and Results

The Russian Team Championship took place in Sochi 1st to 10th May. Leading players: Kramnik, Karjakin, Svidler, Grischuk, Dominguez, Jakovenko etc. Major League and Women's section also. St Petersburg won the main event, Moscow Legacy Square Capital the women's section and another Moscow team the Major League. Read more ....

Russian Team Championship 2016 (Sochi RUS)
Sat 30th Apr 2016 - Wed 11th May 2016 - Official Site - Results - Live

TCh-RUS Men 2016 (10 Rds League Club TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games Men

TCh-RUS Women 2016 (9 Rds League Club TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games Women

TCh-RUS Major League 2016 (9 Rds League Club TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games Major League

Ultimate Blitz Challenge with Garry Kasparov 2016

Ultimate Blitz Challenge 2016 Games and Results

The Ultimate Blitz Challenge took place in St Louis Thursday 28th and Friday 29th April 2016. Garry Kasparov returned to the board to play the top three finishers in the US Championship Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So and Hikaru Nakamura in an 18 round event with a time control of 5 minutes plus 3 seconds a move delay. Hikaru Nakamura had a strong second day and won the event with 11/18 a point clear of Wesley So on 10 points. Garry Kasparov acquitted himself very well in the strongest event he has played since he retired and finished on 9.5 pts, a plus score. Fabiano Caruana got cut adrift and collapsed to only 5.5pts. Read more ....

Ultimate Blitz Challenge 2016 (Saint Louis USA)
Thu 28th Apr 2016 - Fri 29th Apr 2016 - Official Site - Live

Ultimate Blitz Challenge (4 players 18 Rds 6RR Indiv TC:5m+3spm) - Games in PGN: Games

Magnus Carlsen wins the Norway Chess tournament

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Magnus Carlsen won the Norway Chess tournament at his fourth attempt. Carlsen defeated Pavel Eljanov in 35 moves. Eljanov set up a Stonewall and got at least an equal position which he probably should have followed up with g5-g4. Instead playing on the Queenside turned the tide in Carlsen's favour and evetually he broke through and won.

The remaining games were drawn Topalov-Kramnik (60 moves), Li Chao-Giri (73 moves), Harikrisha-Aronian (39 moves) and Grandelius-Vachier-Lagrave 55 moves.

Final standings: Carlsen 6pts, Aronian 5.5pts, Vachier-Lagrave, Topalov, Kramnik 5pts, Li Chao, Harikrishna 4.5pts, Giri 4pts, Eljanov 3pts, Grandelius 2.5pts.

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4th Norway Chess 2016 (Stavanger NOR)
Mon 18th Apr 2016 - Sat 30th Apr 2016 - Official Site - Live

4th Norway Chess 2016 (10 players 9 Rds SRR Indiv TC:100m:50m:15m+30spm(61)) - Games in PGN: Games

4th Norway Blitz 2016 (10 players 9 Rds SRR Indiv TC:3m+2spm) - Games in PGN: Games Blitz

Italian Team Championship 2016

Italian Team Championship 2016 Games and Results

The Italian Team Championship takes place in Civitanova Marche 27th April to 1st May 2016. Nakamura, Gelfand, Leko, Bacrot, Swiercz, Lenic, Prohaszka, Socko etc. Read more ....

48th Italian Teams 2016 (Civitanova Marche ITA)
Wed 27th Apr 2016 - Sun 1st May 2016 - Official Site - Results - Live

48th Italian Teams 2016 (7 Rds League Club TC:90m:15m:30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

9th TCh-ITA w 2016 (6 Rds League Club TC:90m+30spm(1))

US Chess Championships 2016

US Chess Championships 2016 Games and Results

The US Chess Championships took place in St Louis 14th-30th April 2016. Players: Hikaru Nakamura, Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So, Gata Kamsky, Alexander Onischuk, Samuel L Shankland, Ray Robson, Aleksandr Lenderman, Varuzhan Akobian, Jeffery Xiong, Alexander Shabalov and Akshat Chandra play. This is the first championship with their three top 10 players. Fabiano Caruana took clear first by a point from Wesley So and Hikaru Nakamura after winning his final round game. Anna Zatonskih and Irina Krush resumed their rivalry in the women's tournament but it was Nazi Paikidze who won in a dramatic final round where she beat Krush and the leader Tatev Abrahamyan lost. Read more ....

ch-USA 2016 (Saint Louis USA)
Wed 13th Apr 2016 - Fri 29th Apr 2016 - Official Site - Results - Live

ch-USA 2016 (12 players 11 Rds SRR Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games Men

ch-USA w 2016 (12 players 11 Rds SRR Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games Women

Chinese Championships 2016

Chinese Championships 2016 Games and Results

The Chinese Championships take place in Xinghua Sunday 17th to Thursday 28th Apr 2016. Wei Yi is the top seed in an event that lacks many of China's top stars. Read more ....

Chinese Championships 2016 (Xinghua CHN)
Sun 17th Apr 2016 - Thu 28th Apr 2016 - Official Site - Results - Live

ch-CHN 2016 (12 players 11 Rds SRR Indiv TC:90m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games Men

ch-CHN w 2016 (12 players 11 Rds SRR Indiv TC:90m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games Women

Sergey Karjakin beats Fabiano Caruana to earn world title shot against Carlsen

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The FIDE Candidates were won by Sergey Karjakin after he defeated Fabiano Caruana in the only decisive game of the final round. Caruana fought hard and his Classical Sicilian produced a sharp position with chances to fight for a win which he needed to quality. Karjakin bravely and correctly sacrificed a pawn for equality and after Caruana tried for a win with 36...Re4 Karjakin had to sacrifice a full rook to avoid being much worse, in fact the sacrifice led to a winning attack, after 39...Qf5! the game was all but over and finished on move 42.

Karjakin and Carlsen were both born in 1990 and for years it was predicted they would eventually meet in a World Championship match and this has now come to pass. Karjakin was tough during this event saving a number of difficult positions and lost just a single game. Karjakin is certainly equipped to play a World Championship match, The organisers AGON announced the match will be in New York 11th-30th November. I have no reason to doubt this except it lacked details of venue and sponsors but even if it falls through I imagine Russia will be very keen to host such a match.

Caruana came so close and probably has more reason that most to rue some missed chances, none bigger than not beating Topalov in the first half from a winning position, but also a chance later on against Svidler in round 13. Caruana also looks just about ready for a world championships match and this was a fine debut at this level. Most likely Karjakin's previous experience in two Candidates events made the difference.

The remaining games were drawn. Peter Svidler pressed with a small advantage against Viswanathan Anand but had to settle for a draw. Anand put in a good effort to try and get another world championship match, failures of his black opening repertoire were the main reason he came up just short. If this is the end of his world title challenges this was a worthy effort.

Anish Giri finished the event with a final draw against Topalov, a small opening edge soon evaporated. Giri drew every game but has got some good reviews for the quality of his play. Giri commented on twitter "Thanks everyone for your incredible support! Missed far too many chances, now time to draw(?!) some conclusions. Congrats to @SergeyKaryakin"

Topalov admitted afterwards that his time has gone, I'm not sure he was all that committed to playing this event and it showed. He was the only player with a negative score, the majority of the field finishing on 50%. I expect this to be Topalov's last appearance in the world championship cycle but hope to see him play on in major tournaments for many more years.

Hikaru Nakamura drew against Levon Aronian to keep both of them on 50%. Nakamura can be reasonably satisfied after a terrible start. Aronian had his chances until a weak patch in the middle of the event, it's starting to look unlikely the long time world number two will get the world title match that would complete his career.

At least some of these players will be back in two years time. There's never been a Candidates tournament that was so closely contested, all but one of the players finished 50% or better. I enjoyed it a lot, somewhat hampered by not being able to use the official site, I would like FIDE, in conjuntion with the players, to look at how ties are resolved at the end of the event.

Final Standings: 1st Karjakin 8.5pts, 2nd Caruana 7.5pts, 3rd Anand 7.5pts 4th-7th Giri, Svidler, Aronian, Nakamura 8th Topalov 4.5pts

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

FIDE Candidates 2016 (8 players 14 Rds DRR Indiv TC:100m:50m:15m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

FIDE Women's World Chess Championship 2016

FIDE Women's World Chess Championship 2016 Games and Results

The Women's World Chess Championship took place in Lviv 2nd to 14th March 2016. Hou Yifan regained the title by beating Mariya Muzychuk 6-3. Muzychuk won the title last year in a knockout event where Hou Yifan declined to defend her title. The result was more or less in line with their respective ratings. Muzychuk fought well but the turn around from pressing for a win to losing game 6 seemed like a body blow. Read more ....

World Chess Championship Women 2016 (Lviv UKR)
Wed 2nd Mar 2016 - Fri 18th Mar 2016 - Official Site - Live

WCh Women 2016 (2 players 10 Rds Match Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

World Chess Championship 2016

World Chess Championship 2016 Games and Results

The World Chess Championship will take place in New York City 11th to 30th November 2016 according to organisers AGON. The dates and New York Venue were announced on the AGON Website and via an article in the Wall Street Journal. AGON and FIDE had indicated a match in the USA as their preference for some time and after the United States Department of the Treasury added FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov to their sanctions list he stepped down as President to allow this move. The announcement is light on details, AGON don't yet have a US sponsor or exact New York venue in place.. Read more ....

World Chess Championship 2016 (New York USA)
Fri 11th Nov 2016 - Wed 30th Nov 2016 - Official Site

WCh 2016 (2 players 12 Rds Match Indiv TC:120m:60m:15m+30spm(61))

11th American Continental Chess 2016

11th American Continental Chess 2016 Games and Results

The 11th American Continental Chess Championship takes place in San Salvador 28th May to 5th June 2016. Players: Lazaro Bruzon Batista, Sandro Mareco, Aleksandr Lenderman, Anton Kovalyov, Emilio Cordova etc Read more ....

11th American Continental 2016 (San Salvador ESA)
Sat 28th May 2016 - Sun 5th Jun 2016 - Official Site - Results - Live

11th American Continental (11 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

17th European Women's Championship 2016

17th European Women's Championship 2016 Games and Results

The 17th European Women's Championship takes place in Mamaia, Romania 26th May to 7th June 2016. Read more ....

17th European Women's Championship 2016 (Mamaia ROU)
Thu 26th May 2016 - Tue 7th Jun 2016 - Official Site - Results - Live

17th ch-EUR Indiv w 2016 (11 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games | Live

French Team Championships Top 12 2016

French Team Championships Top 12 2016 Games and Results

The French Team Championships Top 12 takes place in Drancy 26th May to 7th June 2016. Read more ....

TCh-FRA Top 12 2016 (Drancy FRA)
Sat 28th May 2016 - Tue 7th Jun 2016 - Official Site - Results

TCh-FRA Top 12 2016 (11 Rds League Club ) - Games in PGN: Games | Live

35th Zalakaros Open 2016

35th Zalakaros Open 2016 Games and Results

The 35th Zalakaros Open takes place 27th May to 4th June 2016. Efimenko, Rakhmanov, Ivanisevic, etc Read more ....

35th Zalakaros Open 2016 (Zalakaros HUN)
Fri 27th May 2016 - Sat 4th Jun 2016 - Official Site - Results - Live

35th Zalakaros Open 2016 (9 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games | Live

15th Asian Continental 2016

15th Asian Continental 2016 Games and Results

The 15th Asian Continental Championship takes place 26th May to 3rd June 2016. Read more ....

15th Asian Continental 2016 (Tashkent UZB)
Thu 26th May 2016 - Fri 3rd Jun 2016 - Official Site - Results - Live

15th Asian Continental (9 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games | Live

15th Asian Continental w (9 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games Women | Live Women

Igor Kurnosov Memorial Rapid 2016

Igor Kurnosov Memorial Rapid 2016 Games and Results

The Igor Kurnosov Memorial Rapid took place in Chelyabinsk, Russia 26th to 28th May 2016. Alexander Grischuk won with 9/11. Read more ....

Igor Kurnosov Memorial Rapid 2016 (Chelyabinsk RUS)
Thu 26th May 2016 - Sat 28th May 2016 - Official Site - Results

Igor Kurnosov Mem Rapid (11 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:15m+10spm) - Games in PGN: Games

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11th American Continental Chess 2016

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35th Zalakaros Open 2016

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15th Asian Continental 2016

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Igor Kurnosov Memorial Rapid 2016

Igor Kurnosov Memorial Rapid 2016 Games and Results

Aeroflot Open 2016

Aeroflot Open 2016 Games and Results

IMSA Elite Mind Games 2016

IMSA Elite Mind Games 2016 Games and Results

Tehran Women's Grand Prix 2016

Tehran Women's Grand Prix 2016 Games and Results

Zurich Chess Challenge 2016

Zurich Chess Challenge 2016 Games and Results

Tradewise Chess Festival 2016

Tradewise Chess Festival 2016 Games and Results

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25th Keres Memorial 2016

25th Keres Memorial 2016 Games and Results

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