2018-05-18

Limburg Open 2018


The BPB Limburg Open takes place from 18-21 May, 2018 in Maastricht. The 7-round Swiss is one of the strongest open tournaments in the Netherlands. Players receive 120 minutes for the entire game, plus a 15-second increment starting from move one.

Official site

Schedule: (UTC)

Round 1    May 18, 2018    17:00 
Round 2    May 19, 2018    09:00 
Round 3    May 19, 2018    15:30 
Round 4    May 20, 2018    09:00 
Round 5    May 20, 2018    15:30 
Round 6    May 21, 2018    07:00 
Round 7    May 21, 2018    13:00 

Watch the games of the Limburg Open 2018  with computer analysis LIVE on ChessBomb.


2018-05-16

May Lviv Tradition 2018

The May edition of the International Chess Festival “Lviv Tradition 2018” is held from 16th till 21st of May 2018 in Lviv, Ukraine, as a part of the Ukraine Tour Chess Tournament Series 2018.

Time control: 90 minutes with 30 second increment from move 1

Official site

Schedule: (UTC)

Round 1 on 2018/05/16 at 13-00
Round 2 on 2018/05/17 at 08-00
Round 3 on 2018/05/17 at 13-00 
Round 4 on 2018/05/18 at 08-00 
Round 5 on 2018/05/18 at 13-00 
Round 6 on 2018/05/19 at 13-00 
Round 7 on 2018/05/20 at 08-00 
Round 8 on 2018/05/20 at 13-00 
Round 9 on 2018/05/21 at 08-00


Watch the games of the May Lviv Tradition 2018 with computer analysis LIVE on ChessBomb.

Watch back at the games of the
March Lviv Tradition 2018
January Lviv Tradition 2018
November Lviv Tradition 2017
September Lviv Tradition 2017
February Lviv Tradition 2016
September Lviv Tradition 2016
September Lviv Tradition 2015
March Lviv Tradition 2015

Baltic Zonal -Tallinn Stage 2018


The Baltic Zonal -Tallinn Stage is a 9-round Swiss tournament taking place from 14-20 Mai 2018 in Tallinn, Estonia. This is the first of three Baltic Zonal tournaments and the overall winner qualifies for the 2019 Chess World Cup.
Time control: the players receive 90 minutes for the entire game, plus a 30-second increment starting from move one.

Official site

Schedule: (UTC)
Round 1    May 14, 2018    13:00 
Round 2    May 15, 2018    07:00 
Round 3    May 15, 2018    13:00 
Round 4    May 16, 2018    13:00 
Round 5    May 17, 2018    07:00 
Round 6    May 17, 2018    13:00 
Round 7    May 18, 2018    13:00 
Round 8    May 19, 2018    13:00 
Round 9    May 20, 2018    07:00

Watch the games of the Baltic Zonal -Tallinn Stage 2018  with computer analysis LIVE on ChessBomb.

You can see games from previous issues of the tournament with computer analysis at ChessBomb:
Baltic Zonal Liepaja Stage 2017
Baltic Zonal Vilnius Stage 2017
Baltic Zonal 2016
Baltic Zonal 2015



2018-05-15

Summer Chess Classic 2018

The 2018 Summer Chess Classic is the second of four tournaments each year featuring international chess professionals.
The 2018 Summer Chess Classic A and B are both a 10-player round-robin tournaments taking place from 15-23 March in the St. Louis Chess Club, USA.
Over the course of 10 days, the competitors will battle for more than $30,000 in prize money and gain valuable experience in top-level events.

Time control: the players receive 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes to the end of the game, with a 30-second increment starting from move one. No draw offers are allowed before move 30.

Official site

Schedule: (UTC)

Round 1    May 15, 2018    18:00 
Round 2    May 16, 2018    18:00 
Round 3    May 17, 2018    18:00 
Round 4    May 18, 2018    18:00     
Round 5    May 19, 2018    18:00 
Round 6    May 20, 2018    18:00 
Round 7    May 21, 2018    18:00     
Round 8    May 22, 2018    18:00     
Round 9    May 23, 2018    16:00


Watch the games of the Summer Chess Classic A 2018 and Summer Chess Classic B 2018 with computer analysis LIVE on ChessBomb.



World's Elite Battle It Out In 5-Day Chess Tournament in Leuven (Belgium)

World's Elite Battle It Out In 5-Day Chess Tournament in Leuven (Belgium)
15  May 2018
Leuven, Belgium – 11 May 2018 – The Your Next Move Grand Chess Tour Rapid & Blitz chess tournament will be returning once again to the historical City Hall of Leuven with play scheduled to take place from Tuesday 12th June until Saturday 16th June 2018.

The best chess players in the world will compete including the 2018 World Chess Champion Challenger Fabiano Caruana (USA) and former world champion Viswanathan Anand (India).

The tournament forms part of the 2018 Grand Chess Tour, a series of global chess events organized in some of the leading cities in the world. The prize money for the 2018 tournament totals US$ 150.000.

The players will compete in both Rapid and Blitz chess during the 5-day event with each player taking part in a total of 27 individual games. Both formats are much faster than the classical chess often seen in traditional chess tournaments. Rapid games typically last less than one hour while Blitz chess is even faster with both players having less than 5 minutes each to complete all their moves. 

Chess fans can enjoy the experience of seeing the greatest players competing live in Leuven or they can watch the games on streaming broadcasts, complete with grandmaster commentary. In 2017, more than 1,500 chess fans attended the event in person while the online video broadcasts received more than 700,000 views.

The 2018 event will also see the return of well-known British GM Nigel Short who will again host the live commentary at the tournament venue. He will be joined by GM Maurice Ashley from the USA with the pair also featuring as part of the live broadcast production. 

Registration for spectators who wish to attend the tournament in person are now open and anyone interested in visiting the tournament can register for tickets via the official tournament site.  Tickets will be allocated on a first come basis.

The tournament venue can accommodate approximately 300 spectators per day and chess fans are encouraged to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

The event will once again feature a travelling exhibition from the World Chess Hall of Fame (WCHOF) in Saint Louis, USA. The “Art of Chess” exhibition will be installed in the City Hall for the full duration of the tournament and will feature legendary items from chess history from the WCHOF collection.

Another exciting addition to the schedule for this year is an open autograph session which will held on Monday 11th June. This session will be held in conjunction with the drawing of lots which will decide the pairings for the tournament and will start at 5pm local time. Chess players and fans who would like to secure signatures from the best players in the world are welcome to attend this session for which pre-registration will also be required to control numbers.

The Fourth Hotel in Leuven will serve as the official hotel for the tournament and is located within the Grote Markt square and less than 100 meters from the Leuven Town Hall. Fans who require accommodation may contact Joselien Cleyman at experience@th4th.com to secure reservations at the Hotel as required.

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2018-05-14

Kolkata Open 2018

The 3rd Kolkata Open is a 9-round Swiss tournament taking place from 14-22 May 2018 in The New Town School, Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), India. Players receive 90 minutes for the entire game, plus a 30-second increment starting from move one.

Official site

Schedule: (UTC)

Round 1    May 14, 2018    10:00 
Round 2    May 15, 2018    10:00 
Round 3    May 16, 2018    10:00 
Round 4    May 17, 2018    10:00 
Round 5    May 18, 2018    10:00 
Round 6    May 19, 2018    10:00 
Round 7    May 20, 2018    10:00 
Round 8    May 21, 2018    10:00 
Round 9    May 22, 2018    04:30


Watch the games of the  Kolkata Open 2018  with computer analysis LIVE on ChessBomb.



Romanian Championships 2018

The 2018 Romanian Championships - Men and Women are botha a 9-round Swiss tournament staking place from 14-22 May in Băile Olănești.
Players receive 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes to the end of the game, plus a 30-second increment starting from move one.
Official site

Schedule: (UTC)

Round 1    May 14, 2018    12:00 
Round 2    May 15, 2018    12:00 
Round 3    May 16, 2018    12:00 
Round 4    May 17, 2018    12:00 
Round 5    May 18, 2018    12:00 
Round 6    May 19, 2018    12:00 
Round 7    May 20, 2018    12:00 
Round 8    May 21, 2018    12:00 
Round 9    May 22, 2018    06:00



Watch the games of the Romanian Championship 2018 and the Romanian Women's Championship 2018 with computer analysis LIVE on ChessBomb.


2018-05-13

Llucmajor Open 2018


The 7th international Llucmajor is a 9-round Swiss open taking place from 13-20 May, 2018 in Llucmajor, Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Players receive 90 minutes for the entire game, plus a 30-second increment starting from move one.

Official site

Schedule: (UTC)

Round 1    May 13, 2018    08:00 
Round 2    May 13, 2018    18:30 
Round 3    May 14, 2018    18:30 
Round 4    May 15, 2018    18:30 
Round 5    May 16, 2018    18:30 
Round 6    May 17, 2018    18:30     
Round 7    May 18, 2018    18:30 
Round 8    May 19, 2018    14:30 
Round 9    May 20, 2018    07:30   

Watch the games of the Llucmajor Open 2018  with computer analysis LIVE on ChessBomb.


2018-05-12

LOTTO Polish Championship 2018


The 2018 LOTTO Polish Championship is a 10-player single round-robin taking place in the Trading Room of the Warsaw Stock Exchange from 12-20 May. The top prize is 20,000 PLN (about $5,500) with the top two qualifying for the Polish Olympiad team.

The time control is 90 minutes for 40 moves followed by 30 minutes to the end of the game, with a 30-second increment starting from move 1. No draw offers are allowed before move 30.

Official site

Schedule: (UTC)

Round 1    May 12, 2018    14:00 
Round 2    May 13, 2018    14:00 
Round 3    May 14, 2018    14:00 
Round 4    May 15, 2018    14:00 
Round 5    May 16, 2018    14:00 
Round 6    May 17, 2018    14:00 
Round 7    May 18, 2018    14:00 
Round 8    May 19, 2018    14:00 
Round 9    May 20, 2018    14:00 

Watch the games of the LOTTO Polish Championship 2018 with computer analysis LIVE on ChessBomb.


Budimex Polish Women's Championship 2018



The 2018 Budimex Polish Women's Championship is a 10-player single round-robin taking place in the Trading Room of the Warsaw Stock Exchange from 12-20 May. The top prize is the same as for the open - 20,000 PLN (about $5,500), with the top two qualifying for the Polish team. The time control is 90 minutes for 40 moves followed by 30 minutes to the end of the game, with a 30-second increment starting from move 1. No draw offers are allowed before move 30.

Official site

Schedule: (UTC)

Round 1    May 12, 2018    14:00 
Round 2    May 13, 2018    14:00 
Round 3    May 14, 2018    14:00 
Round 4    May 15, 2018    14:00 
Round 5    May 16, 2018    14:00 
Round 6    May 17, 2018    14:00 
Round 7    May 18, 2018    14:00 
Round 8    May 19, 2018    14:00 
Round 9    May 20, 2018    14:00   

Watch the games of the Budimex Polish Women's Championship 2018 with computer analysis LIVE on ChessBomb.


2018-05-10

Deltalift Open 2018

Deltalift Open 2018 is held between 10th and 12th May in  Hotel Tylösand, Tylöhusvägen, Halmstad, Sweden. Its an 8 rounds ELO-registered tournament
Time control: 30 min + 12 sec. increment.

Official site

Schedule
Thursday May 10th:
Round 1: 13.30
Round 2: 15.30
Round 3: 18.00
Round 4: 20.00
Friday May 11th:
Round 5: 10.00
Round 6: 16.00
Saturday May 12th:
Round 7: 09.00
Round 8: 15.00

Watch the games of the Deltalift Open 2018 with computer analysis LIVE on ChessBomb.


Groningen Weekender 2018


The Groningen Weekender is a 7-round Swiss tournament taking place from 10-13 My 2018 in Groningen, Netherlands. Players receive 90 minutes for the entire game, plus a 30-second increment starting from move one.

Official site

Schedule: (UTC)

Round 1    May 10, 2018    13:00 
Round 2    May 11, 2018    08:00 
Round 3    May 11, 2018    13:00 
Round 4    May 12, 2018    08:00 
Round 5    May 12, 2018    13:00 
Round 6    May 13, 2018    08:00 
Round 7    May 13, 2018    13:00

Watch the games of the Groningen Weekender 2018  with computer analysis LIVE on ChessBomb.


53rd Capablanca Memorial 2018

The 53rd edition of the International Tournament Capablanca in Memorial is taking place from May 9-19 in the Habana Libre Hotel in Havana, Cuba. The event is organised by the Cuban Federation and the National Chess Commission.
An elite group of players: Lazaro Bruzon BatistaAleksey DreevEduardo Iturrizaga BonelliDavid Anton GuijarroAleksandr Rakhmanov, is honouring the Cuban Chess World Champion José Raúl Capablanca  in a double round-robin with new US Champion Sam Shankland.
Time control: the players receive 90 minutes for 40  moves, followed by 30 minutes to the end of the game, with a 30-second increment starting from move one.

Official site

The tournament is celebrated annually since 1962  in honour to the famous Cuban chess master José Raúl Capablanca (1888 -1942) who made numerous contributions to chess, in theory and practice  both. This year the prestigious event reached its 53rd edition, not being held only in 1966, because of the World Chess Olympiad in Cuba. The first Champion in the history of the tournament was Miguel Najdorf, in 1962 and the highest winner was Vassily Ivanchuk with 6 titles (2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, and 2012). Among Cubans, Leinier has won three editions (2004, 2008, and 2009).

Schedule: (UTC)
Round 1     May 9, 2018      19:00 
Round 2     May 10, 2018    19:00     
Round 3     May 11, 2018    19:00 
Round 4     May 12, 2018    19:00 
Round 5     May 13, 2018    19:00
Round 6     May 15, 2018    19:00 
Round 7     May 16, 2018    19:00   
Round 8     May 17, 2018    19:00 
Round 9     May 18, 2018    19:00 
Round 10    May 19, 2018    19:00


Watch the games of the 53rd Capablanca Memorial 2018 and Capablanca Memorial Open 2018 with computer analysis LIVE on ChessBomb.

You can see games from previous issues of the tournament with computer analysis at ChessBomb:
52nd Capablanca Memorial 2017
51st Capablanca Memorial 2016
50th Capablanca Memorial 2015
49th Capablanca Memorial 2014

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Norwegian Team Championship 2018

The Norwegian Team Championship 2018 (Bergen Chess Festival 2018) - five tournaments in four days is organised by the Bergens Chessclub and Søråshøgda Chessclub in Hotel Edvard Grieg at Sandsli, Bergen, Norway  between 10th and 13 May 2018.

Official site

Schedule  CEST (UTC+2):

Round 1, May 10        18:00
Round 2, May 11        18:00
Round 3, May 12        11:00
Round 4, May 12        16:00
Round 5, May 13          9:00
Round 6, May 13        13:30


Watch the games of the Norwegian Team Championship 2018 with computer analysis LIVE on ChessBomb.




Dutch Team Cup Finals 2018

Dutch Team Cup Finals 2018 is held on 10th May 10 in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands.

Format: Four teams have qualified for the semi finals: LSG, Voerendaal, MuConsult Apeldoorn and Lonneker. The winners of the semi finals will play the finals. The losers of the semi finals will play for the 3rd-4th place.

Each team consist of 4 players. In case of a 2-2, the teams will play a blitz match. In case of a 2-2 in the blitz, the 4th board of the classical will be eliminated and the score on the top-3 board will decide the winner. If that was a draw, the 3rd board will be eliminated... up until the 2nd board of the blitz. Did all 8 games end in a draw, then drawing of lots decides.

Rate of play:
Classical: 110 minutes for the whole game plus an increment of 5 seconds from move one.
Blitz: 3 minutes of the whole game plus an increment of 5 seconds from move one.

For the semi finals, both the team pairings and the team lineups will be decided shortly before the start of the games.

Schedule (CET):
09.45-10.00   Opening and drawing of lots
10.00-14.00 Semi Finals (Followed by blitz when necessary)
15.00-19.00 Final and match for 3rd/4th place.

In case of blitz in the semi finals, the blitz will be round-2. And the classical of the finals will be round-3. In that case, the blitz in the finals will be round-4.


Watch the games of the Dutch Team Cup Finals 2018 with computer analysis LIVE on ChessBomb.



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2018-05-09

Bamberg Open 2018


The Bamberg Open (Prof. Dr. Robert Pfleger Memorial) is a 7-round Swiss tournament taking place between 9th and 13th of May 2018 in Bamberg, Germany.

Time control: the players receive 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 15 minutes to the end of the game, plus a 30-second increment starting from move one.

The prize pool is 10,000 Euro, with 1,500 Euro for first place.

The players: 220 players from 15 nations are plaing in groups A and B. In the tournament take part famous playes as: the 20-year-old GM Aleksander Donchenko and GM Boris Chatalbashev from Bulgaria and the German Grandmaster Vitaly Kuninq as well as the young stars - the 13-year-old international champion Vincent Keymer, winner in the Karlsruhe Grenke Open and the 17-year-old international champion Roven Vogel, winner in the U16 World Championship 2016.

Official site

Schedule: (UTC)

Round 1    May 9, 2018    16:00 
Round 2    May 10, 2018    08:00 
Round 3    May 10, 2018    14:00 
Round 4    May 11, 2018    15:30 
Round 5    May 12, 2018    08:00 
Round 6    May 12, 2018    15:00 
Round 7    May 13, 2018    07:00   

Watch the games of the Bamberg Open 2018 with computer analysis LIVE on ChessBomb.


2018-05-07

Katowice Spring 2018


The International Chess Festival “Katowice Spring 2018”(IM-group) organised by the Silesian Chess Federation. The event includes closed Round Robin Title Tournaments for IM norm which are held from 07.05 (Monday) to 12.05 (Saturday) in Venue Park Hotel, Katowice, Poland.

Time control: 90 minutes with 30 second increment from move 1

Official site

Schedule: UTC

Round 1, 07.05.2018. at 14:00
Round 2, 08.05.2018. at 09:00
Round 3, 08.05.2018. at 14:00
Round 4, 09.05.2018. at 09:00
Round 5, 09.05.2018. at 14:00
Round 6, 10.05.2018. at 09:00
Round 7, 11.05.2018. at 09:00
Round 8, 11.05.2018. at 14:00
Round 9, 12.05.2018. at 09:00

Watch the games of the Katowice Spring 2018  with computer analysis LIVE on ChessBomb.


2018-05-05

48th Bosna Open 2018

The 48th International Bosna Open is a 9-round Swiss open taking place from 5-11 May, 2018 in Sarajevo. Players receive 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes to the end of the game, plus a 30-second increment starting from move one.

Official site

Schedule: (UTC)

Round 1    May 5, 2018     15:00 
Round 2    May 6, 2018     08:00 
Round 3    May 6, 2018     15:00 
Round 4    May 7, 2018     15:00 
Round 5    May 8, 2018     08:00 
Round 6    May 8, 2018     15:00 
Round 7    May 9, 2018     15:00 
Round 8    May 10, 2018   15:00 
Round 9    May 11, 2018    08:00

Yilmaz Mustafa won the 48th Bosna Open 2018! Predke Alexandr is second and Can Emre - third! Congratulations! Watch the games with computer analysis  on ChessBomb.

You can see games from previous issues of the tournament with computer analysis at ChessBomb:
47th Bosna Open 2017
46th Bosna Open 2016
45th Bosna Open 2015
44th Bosna Open 2014



Polish-Hungarian Friendship Tournament 2018


The 6th Polish-Hungarian Friendship Chess Tournament is a 9-round rapid Swiss Open taking place in the International Congress Center in Katowice, Poland on the weekend of 5-6 May 2018. In total more than 600 players are competing for a 40,000 PLN (9,000 EUR) prize fund.

The time control is 15 minutes per player per game, with a 10-second increment from move one. The tournament is organised by the cities of Katowice and Miskolc and the Silesian Chess Association.

Official site

Schedule: (UTC)
05.05  -- 5 rounds from 8:00 to 13:30
06.05  -- 4 rounds from 8:00 to 13:00

Watch the games of the  Polish-Hungarian Friendship Tournament 2018 with computer analysis LIVE on ChessBomb.


2018-05-04

TePe Sigeman Chess Tournament 2018


The TePe Sigeman Chess Tournament is a 6-player round-robin tournament taking place from 4-8 May 2018 at the Hipp Theater in Malmo, Sweden.
The tournament is featuring GM Vidit Gujrathi, GM Alexander Morozevich, GM Nils Grandelius, GM Benjamin Gledura, GM Aryan Tari and IM Linus Johansson and GM Yasser Seirawan. GM Stellan Brynell will be commentating on the event.

Time control: thelayers receive 100 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 50 minutes for 20 moves, then 15 minutes to the end of the game, with a 30-second increment starting from move one.
There are no tiebreaks nor playoffs

Official site

Schedule: (UTC)

Round 1    May 4, 2018    12:00 
Round 2    May 5, 2018    12:00 
Round 3    May 6, 2018    12:00 
Round 4    May 7, 2018    12:00 
Round 5    May 8, 2018    10:00

Grandelius, Nils won the TePe Sigeman Chess Tournament 2018! Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi is second and the third place is for Tari, Aryan! Congratulations!

Watch the games of the TePe Sigeman Chess Tournament 2018  with computer analysis  on ChessBomb.


You can see games from previous issues of the tournament with computer analysis at ChessBomb:
Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament 2017  


2018-05-03

Fighting Chess Helps Underdog Clinch U.S. Championship Victory and a Past Victor Take Back U.S. Women’s Championship Crown

The 2018 U.S. Championships at the Saint Louis Chess Club 

Showcase the Resurgence of Chess in America


SAINT LOUIS (May 1, 2018) – With large prize funds and fierce competition, the 2018 U.S. & U.S. Women’s Chess Championships showcased the nation’s best at the Saint Louis Chess Club from April 18-30. The 2018 U.S. Chess Champion, Sam Shankland, was crowned after the last round by defeating the young prodigy Awonder Liang for a stunning 8.5/11 score – one of the most incredible in Championship history. The 2018 U.S. Women’s Champion, Nazi Paikidze, took back her 2016 crown after two rapid tiebreaks and an armageddon game against the talented Annie Wang.

This year’s tournaments proved the resurgence of chess in America has never been stronger. Shankland edged out three of the top 10 players in the world, including the 2018 World Chess Championship challenger, Fabiano Caruana, who also had a superb performance with 8/11 points. A San Francisco-area resident, Shankland is the first West Coast winner of the U.S. Championship since U.S. Chess Hall of Famer Yasser Seirawan won the title in 2000. Shankland was awarded the $50,000 first place prize, while runner-up Fabiano Caruana received the $35,000 second place prize.

In the women’s section, 15-year-old Annie Wang dominated with an impressive 8/11 points, beating top players like 7-time U.S. Women’s Champion Irina Krush. However, Wang suffered a final round setback against defending champion Sabina Foisor, allowing Paikidze to force a playoff after she drew her opponent. Although Wang won the first rapid tiebreak game, Paikidze won the second to take the playoff into overtime. During the armageddon game, Paikidze clinched victory with the white pieces, capturing her second U.S. Women’s Championship title. Paikidze claimed the $25,000 first place prize, while Wang was awarded the $18,000 second place prize.

“Every year I tell the players I hope this is their best tournament yet, and this year was the very epitome of electric and exciting chess,” said Tony Rich, Saint Louis Chess Club Executive Director. “We saw outstanding and unexpected chess play, a true testament to the development and growth of American chess over the last ten years.”

In addition to the prize money, each winner was awarded coveted spots on this year’s U.S. Chess Olympiad teams. Shankland will again join the dream team of Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura and Wesley So to defend the U.S. gold medal against the best teams in the world at the 43rd World Chess Olympiad in September. With spirited, mature chess from the nation’s best young talents, including Annie Wang and Awonder Liang, the future of American chess has never been brighter. 
  
For more information, visit www.uschesschamps.com.

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The Saint Louis Chess Club acknowledges Dr. Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield, whose generous support makes our tournaments possible.

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Watch the games of the U.S. Championship 2018  and U.S. Womens Championship 2018  with computer analysis on ChessBomb.

FIDE Women's World Championship 2018


The 2018 FIDE Women's World Chess Championship is a 10-game match held in China between reigning champion Tan Zhongyi and FIDE Women's Grand Prix winner Ju Wenjun. The first five games will be played in Shanghai and the rest in Chongqing.

Time control: the players receive 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30-second increment from move one.

Official site

Schedule: (UTC)

Round Shanghai/Chongqing 2018 / Game 1      May 3, 2018    07:30 
Round Shanghai/Chongqing 2018 / Game 2      May 4, 2018    07:30
Round Shanghai/Chongqing 2018 / Game 3      May 6, 2018    07:30
Round Shanghai/Chongqing 2018 / Game 4      May 7, 2018    07:30 
Round Shanghai/Chongqing 2018 / Game 5      May 9, 2018    07:30
Round Shanghai/Chongqing 2018 / Game 6      May 12, 2018    07:30 
Round Shanghai/Chongqing 2018 / Game 7      May 13, 2018    07:30 
Round Shanghai/Chongqing 2018 / Game 8      May 15, 2018    07:30 
Round Shanghai/Chongqing 2018 / Game 9      May 16, 2018    07:30 
Round Shanghai/Chongqing 2018 / Game 10    May 18, 2018    07:30


Watch the games of the FIDE Women's World Championship 2018 with computer analysis LIVE on ChessBomb.


2018-05-02

Nakhchivan Open 2018

The Nakhchivan Open 2018, dedicated to the memory of former Azerbaijan President Heydar Aliyev, runs from May 1st to 11th at the Nakhchivan Chess Center in Nakhchivan, Azerbaijan, and is organized by the Azerbaijan Youth & Sport Ministry, the Azerbaijan Chess Federation and Nakhchivan AR Chess Federation. First prize is USD $5,000. Players receive 90 minutes for 40 moves, then 30 minutes for the rest of the game plus 30 seconds per move, starting from move one.

Official site

Schedule: UTC

Round 1    May 1, 2018    10:30 
Round 2    May 2, 2018    10:30 
Round 3    May 3, 2018    10:30 
Round 4    May 4, 2018    10:30 
Round 5    May 5, 2018    10:30 
Round 6    May 7, 2018    10:30     
Round 7    May 8, 2018    10:30 
Round 8    May 9, 2018    10:30 
Round 9    May 10, 2018    08:30

Nidjat Mamedov won Nakhchivan Open 2018! Tiviakov Sergei is second and Safarli Eltaj took the third place! Congratulations! Watch the games of the Nakhchivan Open 2018 with computer analysis on ChessBomb.

You can see games from previous issues of the tournament with computer analysis at ChessBomb:
Nakhchivan Open  2017  (Winner Eltaj Safarli)
Nakhchivan Open 2016 (Winner Grinev Valeriy)
Nakhchivan Open 2015 (Winner Eltaj Safarli)
Nakhchivan Open 2014 (Winner Boris Savchenko)




Innsbruck Senior Championship 2018


The Innsbruck Senior Championship is a 7-round Swiss tournament taking place from 2-9 May 2018 in the Billard Sport Arenaq Innsbruck, Austria. Players receive 90 minutes for the entire game, plus a 30-second increment starting from move one.

Official site

Schedule: (UTC)

Round 1    May 2, 2018    12:00 
Round 2    May 3, 2018    12:00 
Round 3    May 4, 2018    12:00 
Round 4    May 5, 2018    12:00 
Round 5    May 7, 2018    12:00 
Round 6    May 8, 2018    12:00 
Round 7    May 9, 2018    12:00   

Watch the games of the Innsbruck Senior Championship 2018 with computer analysis LIVE on ChessBomb.


Argentinian Women's Championship 2018

The Argentinian Women's Championship is a 10-player round-robin tournament taking place from 2-7 May 2018 in Ushuaia, Argentina. Players receive 90 minutes for 40 moves, plus a 30-second increment starting from move one.

Official site

Schedule: UTC

Round 1    May 2, 2018    19:00 
Round 2    May 3, 2018    12:00 
Round 3    May 3, 2018    20:00 
Round 4    May 4, 2018    20:00 
Round 5    May 5, 2018    12:00 
Round 6    May 5, 2018    20:00 
Round 7    May 6, 2018    12:00 
Round 8    May 6, 2018    20:00 
Round 9    May 7, 2018    12:00


 Fernandez, Maria Florencia won the Argentinian Women's Championship 2018! Martinez, Ayelen is scond and Brizzi, Milagros Tatiana - third! Congratulations!

Watch the games of the Argentinian Women's Championship 2018 with computer analysis LIVE on ChessBomb.


Innsbruck Senior Championship 2018

The Innsbruck Senior Championship is a 7-round Swiss tournament taking place from 2-9 May 2018 in the Billard Sport Arena. Players receive 90 minutes for the entire game, plus a 30-second increment starting from move one.

Official site

Schedule :(UTC)

Round 1    May 2, 2018    12:00 
Round 2    May 3, 2018    12:00 
Round 3    May 4, 2018    12:00 
Round 4    May 5, 2018    12:00 
Round 5    May 7, 2018    12:00 
Round 6    May 8, 2018    12:00 
Round 7    May 9, 2018    12:00   

Watch the games of the Innsbruck Senior Championship 2018 with computer analysis LIVE on ChessBomb.


2018-05-01

2018 U.S. Championships - Play off

Drama unfolded during the playoff Monday in Saint Louis, as the best women chess players in the nation went head to head in a rapid chess match that was going to decide the victor. 

Read the full recap here >
Annie Wang has been leading the whole event and was only caught in the last round by Nazi Paikidze due to an unexpected slip against Foisor. Today she came prepared, but the nerves were stretched to the maximum for both players. The players went over the rules with the arbiter and the games started at 1 PM sharp, with Wang having the white pieces. 
The opening battle was won by Nazi, who came with sharp theoretical ideas and got a dynamic Nimzo position. She sacrificed the pawn in the process, and it certainly looked as if Wang would collapse under the tremendous pressure. But that was not the case, as the youngster played a sequence of precise moves while her more experienced opponent erred almost decisively. Stabilizing the position allowed Wang to use her extra material and back Paikidze’s pieces, and the Californian super talent ended the first game with an effervescent attack.
All eyes were on Paikidze in the second game, as she was forced to win in order to remain in the match. Her strategy was good as she played a slow, maneuvering game, as well as keeping almost all of the pieces on the board.
The opening was a success but once again the early middle-game started favoring Wang. Paikidze’s kingside looked broken and her attack on the other side seemed quite mellow. Wang was unable to keep her nerves in check and badly erred with 19...Nxb4? which allowed Paikidze to grab the initiative and control the game. Paikidze’s technique was impeccable, as she tied the match with a strikingly fast attack on Black’s king. We were going to Armageddon! 

Immediately after the game, the arbiter of the competition alongside the players drew the colors for the Armageddon blitz match. Wang picked black! That meant she would start with less time, but she would win the title in case of a draw. Paikidze seemed happy with the outcome, as the momentum was clearly shifting in her favor.
As the game started you could feel Paikidze’s ferocious energy, as she was playing at a mind-boggling tempo, pressuring her young opponent on time and on the position.
The game couldn’t go smoother for Paikidze, who simply outclassed Wang in the final moments of the match. The game was over, the players shook hands and the thunderous hall erupted into a concert of applause. Nazi Paikidze is the new, 2018 U.S. Women’s Chess Champion!

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