2019-03-20

US Chess Championship 2019


The US Chess Championships and US Women's Chess Championships start on Wednesday, March 20 in Saint Louis.
Both events are 12-players Round Robin.
They will play one round per day with a rest day on March 26, after the 6th round. And possible playoffs will take place on April 1.
All games will start at 1PM Saint Louis time (18 UTC).

Official site


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2019-03-18

20th European Chess Championship 2019

The 20th European  Individual Chess Championship is an 11-round Swiss tournament held from 18th to 29th March 2019 in Skopje, Macedonia. The championship is gathering members of the European Chess Union regardless of their title or rating. The prize fund is €100,000 and the first 22 players will qualify for the next World Cup.

Time control: 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move.

Official site

Schedule in UTC:

Round 1    Mar 18, 2019    14:15 
Round 2    Mar 19, 2019    14:15 
Round 3    Mar 20, 2019    14:15 
Round 4    Mar 21, 2019    14:15 
Round 5    Mar 22, 2019    14:15 
Round 6    Mar 24, 2019    14:15 
Round 7    Mar 25, 2019    14:15 
Round 8    Mar 26, 2019    14:15 
Round 9    Mar 27, 2019    14:15 
Round 10    Mar 28, 2019    14:15 
Round 11    Mar 29, 2019    12:15 

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You can see games from previous issues of the tournament with computer analysis at ChessBomb:
19th European Individual Chess Championship (Winner Saric, Ivan)
18th European Individual Championship 2017  (Winner Matlakov, Maxim)
17th European Individual Championship 2016 (Winner Ernesto Inarkiev)
16th European Individual Championship 2015 (Winner Evgeniy Najer)
15th European Individual Championship 2014 (Winner Alexander Motylev)

Read the article of Peter Doggers on last year's event - Ivan Saric Wins European Championship

2019-03-16

4NCL Division 1

8 British team league is starting in Sedgemoor Way, Daventry. This tournament is divided into two pools Pool A and Pool B of eight teams. After seven rounds, the top four teams in each pool qualify for the Championship Pool.
Time control is 100 mins for the first 40 moves and 50 min for the rest of the game.

Official site

Schedule: (in UTC)

Round 1    Nov 10, 2018    14:00 
Round 2    Nov 11, 2018    11:00 
Round 3    Jan 12, 2019    14:00 
Round 4    Jan 13, 2019    11:00 
Round 5    Feb 9, 2019    14:00 
Round 6    Feb 10, 2019    11:00 
Round 7    Mar 16, 2019    14:00 


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Blondes vs. Brunettes Chess 2019


The match Blondes vs. Brunettes  is held in the Botvinnik Central Chess Club in Moscow on 16th March. A team of 8 blondes faces a team of 8 brunettes in a match played according to the Scheveningen system, where each player plays each member of the other team.

Time control: 3 minutes before the end of the game, plus 2 seconds per turn.

Almost the entire Russian national team is taking part in the fight: Alexandra Kosteniuk and Alexandra Goryachkina played for brunettes, and Valentina Gunina and Olga Girya played for blondes.

Official site

Schedule:
All 8 rounds will be played on 16th Match from 12:15 to 14:15 UTC.

The Brunettes team won a convincing victory with a score of 40.5: 23.5. Congratulations!
The best individual results showed: in the Brunet team - A. Goryachkina (7 points out of 8), A. Kosteniuk, P. Shuvalov and M. Gusev - 6 each, in the Blondink team - A. Bivol (5), B Gunin and N. Zhukov - to 4.


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Asian Zonal 2019

Asian Zonal 2019 is held in Bangladesh from 15th to 22nd March 2019.

Official site

Schedule in UTC:

Round 1    2019/03/15    10:00
Round 2    2019/03/16    10:00
Round 3    2019/03/17    10:00
Round 4    2019/03/18    10:00
Round 5    2019/03/19    10:00
Round 6    2019/03/20    10:00
Round 7    2019/03/21    10:00
Round 8    2019/03/22    10:00
Round 9    2019/03/23    06:30

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29th Paz de Ziganda Open 2019

The 29th edition of the Paz de Ziganda International Open ("José Luis Gorostidi Oroigarria Memorial") is a 9 round rapid tournament taking place from 16-17 March 2019 in Atarrabia, Spain. 

Official site

Schedule: (UTC)
The tournament starts on 16th at 11:00 CET, and ends the 17th at 14:00 CET


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You can see games from previous issues of the tournament with computer analysis at ChessBomb:
28th Paz de Ziganda 2018 
27th Paz de Ziganda 2017
26th Paz de Ziganda 2016
25th Paz de Ziganda 2015

2019-03-15

Lithuanian Chess Championship 2019

The Lithuanian Chess Championship 2019 organised by the Lithuania Chess Federation is held in "Karolina" Hotel, Vilnius, Lithuania between 15th ad 21st March 2019.
Time control: 90 min + 30 sec

Official site

Schedule
Round 1 Mar 15, 2019 17.00
Round 2 Mar 16, 2019 10.00
Round 3 Mar 16, 2019 16:00
Round 4 Mar 17, 2019 10.00
Round 5 Mar 17, 2019 16:00
Round 6 Mar 18, 2019 17.00
Round 7 Mar 19, 2019   17.00
Round 8 Mar 19, 2019 17.00
Round 9 21/21/2019 10.00

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England win Silver at World Open Team Chess Championship


A fantastic all-round team performance has secured England their first-ever Silver medals in the World Open Team Championship in Astana, Kazakhstan (held March 6-14). The medals are the first for England in a major team competition since they won Gold in the 1997 European Championship.

England’s score of 13/18 match points put them in second place behind Gold medallists Russia (16) but ahead of defending champions China (Bronze, with 12) and India (11).
The England team of Mickey Adams, Luke McShane, David Howell and Gawain Jones, plus reserve/analyst Jon Speelman, proved more consistent as a unit than other higher-rated teams, scoring a total of 5 match wins, 3 draws (including against Russia and India) and only one loss (to China).

Luke McShane on Board 2 and David Howell on Board 3 were the highest scorers for England with 6/9 each, while top board Mickey Adams scored a valiant 3.5/9 and Gawain Jones on Board 4 scored 5.5/8.

England secured three individual board medals, with McShane winning Gold, Howell Silver and Jones Bronze.

Against Iran, an unwell Jon Speelman heroically stepped in for one game in place of an even more unwell Gawain Jones. What might have spelled trouble turned into a magnificent 3-1 victory, however as Adams, McShane and Howell all won.

The Astana result is a remarkable triumph for the England team, which qualified by virtue of a superb fifth place at the 2018 Batumi Olympiad. It was the first time England had qualified for the World Team Championship since 1997.

Especially notable from a historical perspective is the fact that Adams and Speelman were also part of the Gold-winning England team at the 1997 European Championship, and that Speelman won Bronze medals for England in the 1985 and 1989 World Team Championships.

The England team was captained by ECF International Director Malcolm Pein, who said after England’s final round 3.5-0.5 victory over Sweden: “This was an amazing team performance, only made possible by invaluable support from The Scheinberg Family. All chess players in England can be justifiably proud of our national team today.

“We showed in Astana that although our teams do not receive the official and financial backing of many of our rivals, our resilience and team spirit are second to none. I’m looking forward to our next outing at the European Team Championships this October.”

Norwegian Women's Championship 2019

Norwegian Women's Championship 2019 is held in Baerum, Norway betwee 15 and 17 March 2019.
Time control: 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game

Official site

Shedule:

March 15, round 1 at 18:00 local time (17:00 UTC)
March 16, round 2 at 10:00 local time (9:00 UTC)
March 16, round 3 at 18:00 local time (17:00 UTC)
March 17, round 4 at 9:00 local time (8:00 UTC)
March 17, round 5 at 13:30 local time (12:30 UTC)

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2019-03-13

Grand Chess Tour Wildcards for Abidjan and Paris


Saint Louis, MO, March 12, 2019 – The Grand Chess Tour (GCT) has opted for a mix of youth and experience in selecting the six wildcards that will participate in the forthcoming rapid and blitz tournaments in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire and Paris, France. The following six players have accepted wildcard invitations and will showcase their talents alongside the seven full tour participants in each event.
 
EventCote d’Ivoire Rapid & BlitzParis Rapid & Blitz
DateMay 6 – May 13July 26 – August 2
1Yi, WeiGrischuk, Alexander
2Topalov, VeselinDuda, Jan-Krzysztof
3Amin, BassemDubov, Daniil
 
The selections are consistent with the approach that will be adopted for all GCT events this year. While former FIDE World Champion GM Veselin Topalov and GM Alexander Grischuk are no strangers to the Tour, the other four wildcards will all be making their debut appearances at a GCT event. 

GM’s Wei Yi, Jan-Krzysztof Duda and Daniil Dubov represent the very best of a growing group of emerging junior players while GM Bassem Amin is the reigning African Individual Champion as well as the number one ranked player from the African continent. He will become the first player from Africa to participate in a GCT tournament when he participates in the tournament in Abidjan in May.

The full fields for these two rapid and blitz tournaments are now finalised and are as follows:
 
#Cote d’Ivoire Rapid & BlitzParis Rapid & Blitz
1Carlsen, MagnusNakamura, Hikaru
2Nakamura, HikaruVachier-Lagrave, Maxime
3Vachier-Lagrave, MaximeCaruana, Fabiano
4Ding, LirenMamedyarov, Shakhriyar
5So, WesleyNepomniachtchi, Ian
6Nepomniachtchi, IanGiri, Anish
7Karjakin, SergeyAnand, Viswanathan
8Yi, WeiGrischuk, Alexander
9Topalov, VeselinDuda, Jan-Krzysztof
10Amin, BassemDubov, Daniil

Both tournaments are sponsored by Vivendi SA, a French mass media conglomerate headquartered in Paris. In addition, the Paris Rapid and Blitz tournament also benefits from the support of Colliers International, a leading global real estate services and investment management company. 
 
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2019-03-12

Mukachevo Rating 2019

Mukachevo Rating is a 10-player round-robin tournament held from 12-17 January 2019 in Mukachevo, Ukraine.
Time control :90+40

Official site

Schedule in UTC:

Round 1    Mar 12, 2019    14:15 
Round 2    Mar 13, 2019    08:15 
Round 3    Mar 13, 2019    14:15 
Round 4    Mar 14, 2019    08:15 
Round 5    Mar 14, 2019    14:15 
Round 6    Mar 15, 2019    14:15 
Round 7    Mar 16, 2019    08:15 
Round 8    Mar 16, 2019    14:15 
Round 9    Mar 17, 2019    08:15   

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Sarajevo Chess Club Championship 2019

Sarajevo Chess Club Championship 2019 - 5th Memorial “Ekrem Galijatović”, organized by the Sarajevo Chess Club is held in Zagrebacka 4a, Sarajevo from 12 to 19. March 2019.

Starting list of players:
1. Emir Dizdarevic 2430
2. Damir Sutkovic 2346
3. Rijad Burovic 2340
4. Amir Hadzovic 2255
5. Suad Kurtcehajic 1982
6. Fahrudin Halilovic 2053
7. Muamer Mrndjic 2246
8. Ahmed Sitnic 1841
9. Ilijas Terzic 2137
10. Sead Kozarcanin 2005

Tournament schedule:

I tuesday 12.03.2019. 16:00
II wednesday 13.03.2019. 16:00
III thursday 14.03.2019. 16:00
IV friday 15.03.2019. 16:00
V saturday 16.03.2019. 10:00
VI saturday 16.03.2019. 16:00
VII monday 18.03.2019. 10:00
VIII monday 18.03.2019. 16:00
IX tuesday 19.03.2019. 16:00

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13th Tashkent Chess Open 2019

The 13th Tashkent Chess Open 2019 oranised by the Uzbekistan Chess Federation with the support of Central Chess Club LLC is held in Tashkent from March 11 (day of arrival) to March 19 (day of departure) of 2019. The event is dedicated to the memory of Georgy Agzamov, the first grandmaster of Uzbekistan.
Competitions are held on the Swiss system in 9 rounds in two groups - in the main group "A" and in group "B" for participants with a rating below 1800.
Time control: 90 minutes with the addition of 30 seconds per move, starting with the first.

Schedule
 03/12/2019  1 round 14.00
 03/13/2019 2 round 9.00
 03/13/2019 3 round 15.30
 03/14/2019 4 round 14.00
 03/15/2019 5 round 9.00
 03/15/2019 6 round 15.30
 03/16/2019 7 round 14.00
 03/17/2019 8 round 14.00
 03/18/2019 9 round 10.00


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2019-03-09

5th Marmaris Karya IM 2019

The 5th Marmaris Karya IM is a 10-round Scheveningen tournament held between 9 and 13 March 2019 in Marmaris, Turkey.
Time contol:  90 min. for the entire game, + 30-sec. increment starting from move one.

Official site

Schedule in UTC:
Round 1    Mar 9, 2019    08:00 
Round 2    Mar 9, 2019    14:00 
Round 3    Mar 10, 2019    07:00 
Round 4    Mar 10, 2019    13:00 
Round 5    Mar 11, 2019    07:00 
Round 6    Mar 11, 2019    13:00 
Round 7    Mar 12, 2019    07:00 
Round 8    Mar 12, 2019    13:00 
Round 9    Mar 13, 2019    06:00 
Round 10    Mar 13, 2019    12:00

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German Bundesliga 2018/2019



The German Bundesliga season 2018/19 is held in different cities across Germany from November 2018 to April 2019.
Schachbundesliga was founded by the German Chess Federation in 1973. In the 1974/75 season it started with four regional groups of eight teams. In the end, the four group leaders determined the champions. The present form of the Budesliga - group of 16 teams, started in 1980. The Bundesliga is the world’s top chess league, and although the 16 teams compete for the German Championship it attracts the world’s best players. The teams play with each other  in a round robin formatover a season. Each team consists of 8 players from a starting list of 18. A match win earns two team points, while a draw wins one.
Time control is 100 minutes for the first 40 moves and 50 for the rest of the game with a 30-second increment.
The season is split into seven weekend double rounds, starting on Saturdays at 2 pm and on Sundays at 10 am. The Bundesliga is plaied in four changing venues around Germany.

Official site

Schedule (UTC):

Round 1      Nov 10, 2018    13:15 
Round 2      Nov 11, 2018    09:15 
Round 3      Nov 24, 2018    13:15 
Round 4      Nov 25, 2018    09:15
 
Round 5      Dec 15, 2018    13:15 
Round 6      Dec 16, 2018    09:15

Round 7      Feb 2, 2019    13:15 
Round 8      Feb 3, 2019    09:15

Round 9      Mar 1, 2019    13:15 
Round 10    Mar 2, 2019    13:15 
Round 11    Mar 3, 2019    09:15 
Round 12    Mar 9, 2019    13:15 
Round 13    Mar 10, 2019    09:15

Round 14    Apr 6, 2019    13:15 
Round 15    Apr 7, 2019    09:15


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Watch back the games of  German Bundesliga 2017 and the German Bundesliga 2016  with computer analysis on ChessBomb.


2019-03-07

Vardaris Open 2019

The 5th International Chess Tournament "Vardaris" takes place from from 7-11 March 2019 in Thessaloniki, Greece.
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.
Official site

Schedule in UTC:

Round 1    Mar 7, 2019    15:30 
Round 2    Mar 8, 2019    15:30 
Round 3    Mar 9, 2019    08:00 
Round 4    Mar 9, 2019    15:30 
Round 5    Mar 10, 2019    08:00 
Round 6    Mar 10, 2019    15:30 
Round 7    Mar 11, 2019    08:00

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You can see games from previous issues of the tournament with computer analysis at ChessBomb:
4th Vardaris Open 2018
3rd Vardaris Open 2017


2019-03-06

Prague Chess Festival 2019

The Prague Chess Festival - Masters and Challengers 2019 are a 10-player round-robin tournaments organized by Nový Bor Chess Club, taking place from 6th to 15th March 2019 in hotel Don Giovanni in Prague, Czech Republic.
The playing chess stars in Masters' tournament are DAVID NAVARA (2 739); RICHARD RAPPORT (2 738); SAMUEL SHANKLAND (2 731); JAN-KRZYSZTOF DUDA (2 731); HARIKRISHNA PENTALA (2 730); NIKITA VITIUGOV (2 726); RADOSLAW WOJTASZEK (2 722) VIDIT SANTOSH GUJRATHI (2 711); VIKTOR LÁZNIČKA (2 670) and BORIS GELFAND (2 655)
The winner of the Challengers' tournament promotes to Masters 2020.

Time control: thelayers 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

Schedule:
 All rounds start at 14:00 UTC

Vitiugov won the Prague Chess Festival Masters 2019!


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Read the article of Peter Doggers&nbsp - Vitiugov Wins Prague Chess Festival Masters

2019-03-05

World Team Chess Championships 2019

The FIDE World Team Chess Championship and the World Women's Team Chess Championship 2019 are a 10-team round-robin tournaments, held from 5th to 14th March in Astana, Kazakhstan.
The fight for gold in the open section will probably feature a duel between Russia and title-holder China. In the absence of some of their top players, Azerbaijan, India and the United States will hope for an exploit to make it on the podium. The young Iranian team will make its first appearance in this competition.
In the women’s section, the outcome is unpredictable. The historic battle between title-holder Russia and 2018 Olympic champion China will be troubled by ambitious teams like the Ukraine, India or Georgia.
Ding Liren, Alexander Grischuk, Yu Yangyi, SergeyKaryakin, Vladislav Artemiev, Wei Yi, Lagno, Gunina, and Tan Zhongyi are playing!

Time control: 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

Schedule in UTC:
Round 1    Mar 5, 2019    09:00 
Round 2    Mar 6, 2019    09:00 
Round 3    Mar 7, 2019    09:00 
Round 4    Mar 8, 2019    09:00 
Round 5    Mar 9, 2019    09:00 
Round 6    Mar 11, 2019    09:00 
Round 7    Mar 12, 2019    09:00 
Round 8    Mar 13, 2019    09:00 
Round 9    Mar 14, 2019    05:00   

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2019-03-03

19th Flower of the Mediterranean 2019

The 19th International Women's Chess Tournament "Flower of the Mediterranean"  (Cvijet Mediterana WGM) 2019 is held between 3rd and 10th March in Rijeka , organised by the chess club Draga from Rijeka. "The Flower of the Mediterranean" is promoted in the week of the International Women's Day.

 Official site

Schedule
Round 1 - 03.03.2018. 15:30
Round 2 - 04.03.2018. 15:30
Round 3 - 05.03.2018. 09:30
Round 4 - 05.03.2018. 16:00
Round 5 - 06.03.2018. 15:30
Round 6 - 07.03.2018. 09:30
Round 7 - 07.03.2018. 16:00
Round 8 - 08.03.2018. 15:30
Round 9 - 09.03.2018. 10:00


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You can see games from previous issues of the tournament with computer analysis at ChessBomb:
18th Mediterranean Flower 2018 (Winner Elena Tomilova)
17th Mediterranean Flower WGM 2017 (Winner WGM Adriana Nikolova)
16th Mediterranean Flower WGM 2016  (Winner WGM Adriana Nikolova)
15th Mediterranean Flower WGM 2015 (Winner IM Deimante Daulyten

2019-03-02

Pullman Riga Rapid Chess 2019

The II Pullman Riga Old Town Hotel Open Rapid Chess 2019 organised by the Latvian Chess Federation is held in Riga, Latvia on 2nd March 2019.

Official site

Schedule in UTC:

All 9 rounds wil be played on 02.03 from 10:15 to 15:45 UTC.

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2019-03-01

Spring Chess Classic 2019

The 2019 Spring Chess Classic - A and B are a 10-player round-robin tournaments held from 2-10 March in the St. Louis Chess Club.
The 2019 Spring Chess Classic is the first of four tournaments each year featuring international chess professionals. Over the course of 10 days, these competitors will battle for more than $30,000 in prize money and gain valuable experience in top-level events.

Official site

Schedule in UTC:

Round 1    Mar 2, 2019    19:00 
Round 2    Mar 3, 2019    19:00 
Round 3    Mar 4, 2019    19:00 
Round 4    Mar 5, 2019    19:00 
Round 5    Mar 6, 2019    19:00 
Round 6    Mar 7, 2019    19:00 
Round 7    Mar 8, 2019    19:00 
Round 8    Mar 9, 2019    19:00 
Round 9    Mar 10, 2019    16:00 


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Uruguayan Semifinal 2019

Semifinal of the Uruguayan Absolute Championship 2019 "AI Héctor Silva Nazzari" is held in Club Banco República - Benito Blanco 1289, corner Buxareo - Montevideo, Uruguai between 1st and 3rd March 2019.

Time control: 90 minutes, plus 30 seconds increment per move

 Official site 

Schedule:
Round 1 2019/03/01 20:00
Round 2   2019/03/02 10:00
Round 3 2019/03/02 17:00
Round 4 2019/03/03 10:00
Round 5 2019/03/03 17:00
Round 6 2019/03/04 17:00
Round 7 2019/03/05 10:00
Round 8 2019/03/05 15:00


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dMP Batavia Chess Tournament 2019


Тhe 11th dMP Batavia Amsterdam Chess Tournament will take place from February 28th (opening) till March 10th in Café Batavia 1920, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
The 10-player all-play-all tournament features a new playing format.It is still a 10-player Round Robin, but а tiebreak is introduced before the start of the classical game!
Players: GM David Arutinian (GEO) 2552; IM Arthur Pijpers 2490; GM Simon Williams (ENG) 2471; IM Stefan Kuipers 245; IM Max Warmerdam 2450; IM Koen Leenhouts 2443; Rick Lahaye 2411; GM John van der Wiel 2394; FM Jasel Lopez (ARU) 2388; FM Felix Meissner (GER) 2378

The day starts with two blitz games. If that's a tie, then an Armageddon will be plaied. After that the tournament continues as classical.
– The winner of the classical game will get 2 points.
– The loser of the classical game will get 0 points.
– Only in case of a draw in the classical game, we will look at the tiebreak.
— The winner of the tiebreak will get 1 point (which is still half of a classical win).
— The loser of the tiebreak will get only 0.5 point.

Time controls:
Blitz: 5 minutes + 3 seconds increment
Armageddon: White has 5 minutes, black has 4 minutes, with a 3 second increment after move 60. Black has draw odds.
Classical: 40 moves in 90 minutes plus 30 minutes for all remaining moves with 30 seconds per move from move 1)

Official site

Schedule:
Games start at 12 UTC.
March 6 is a rest day.

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Catalan Chess League 2019

The Catalan Grand Prix of International Open is taking place between 19th January to 30th March.  Nearly 4000 players, 550 teams and 200 clubs take part in the tournamet.

Official site

Schedule in UTC:

Round 1   19th January 15:30
Round 2   26th January 15:30
Round 3   2nd February 15:30
Round 4   9th February 15:30
Round 5   16th February 15:30
Round 6   23th February 15:30
Round 7  2nd March 15:30

16th-March, quarterfinals 15:30
23th-March, semifinals 15:30
30th-March, final 15:30

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2019-02-27

17th Aeroflot Open 2019

The 17th edition of the elite chess tournament - Aeroflot Open for players with elo 2550+ is held in Moscow, Russia from 19 to 27 February 2019. Its a 9 round Swiss tournament.
The event is sponsored by Aeroflot and organised by the Russian Chess Federation in cooperation with the Association of Chess Federations.
Time control: 100 min. for 40 moves, followed by 50 min. for the next 20 moves and 15 min. till the end of the game.

Official site

Schedule in UTC:
Round 1    Feb 20, 2019    12:00
Round 2    Feb 21, 2019    12:00
Round 3    Feb 22, 2019    12:00
Round 4    Feb 23, 2019    06:30    rounds 4 and 5 have time control 90 for 40, + 30 min., with 30''
Round 5    Feb 23, 2019    13:30     increment
Round 6    Feb 24, 2019    12:00
Round 7    Feb 25, 2019    12:00
Round 8    Feb 26, 2019    12:00
Round 9    Feb 27, 2019    12:00

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You can see games from previous issues of the tournament with computer analysis at ChessBomb:
16th Aeroflot Open 2018
15th Aeroflot Open 2017
14th Aeroflot Open 2016
13th Aeroflot Open 2015

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2019-02-26

Bulgarian Chess Championship 2019


The Final of the 83rd Bulgarian Individual Chess Championship is 9 rounds round robin tournamentq held in Kozloduy, Bulgaria from 26th February till 6th March 2019.
10 players take part in it. Alexander Delchev (ChessBomb Plovdiv), Vassil Spasov (Shumen 2005), Emil Mladenov (Slivnitshki geroi, Slivnitsa), Kiril Badev (Maritsa Iztok Radnevo), Krasimir Russev (Abritus Razgrad), Momchil Nikolov (Abritus Razgrad), Nikolay Vassilev (Slavia Sofia), Radoslav Dimitrov (Abritus Razgrad), Spas Kozhuharov (ChessBomb Plovdiv) and Tsvetan Stoyanov (ChessBomb Plovdiv).

Official site

Schedule:

Round 1 2019/02/26 15:00
Round 2 2019/02/27 14:30
Round 3 2019/02/28 10:00
Round 4 2019/03/01 14:30
Round 5 2019/03/02 14:30
Round 6 2019/03/03 14:30
Round 7 2019/03/04 14:30
Round 8 2019/03/05 14:30
Round 9 2019/03/06 09:00


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81st Bulgarian Individual Chess Championship 2017


2019-02-25

Champions Showdown 2019

The 2019 edition of the Champions Showdown will feature five unique matchups between top world players, as well as up-and-coming chess stars. Five U.S. players have chosen opponents from around the world and will face-off in a head-to-head format with three days of rapid play and two days of blitz play from February 20 to 24, 2019 at the Saint Louis Chess Club. In the end, $300,000 in prize money will be divided with each winner receiving $36,000 and the opposing player receiving $24,000.

Four players from the silver medal winning chess olympiad team, Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Wesley So, and Sam Shankland, along with new US Chess member Leinier Dominguez have chosen international chess stars to compete against this February. Opponents include former World Champion Veselin Topalov, as well as young rising stars like Jan-Krzysztof Duda and Richard Rapport. The tournament is sure to thrill fans, as well as give a look at the play of the U.S. players just ahead of the U.S. Chess Championships.

Official site

Schedule:
Each round will start at 1 p.m. CST and be broadcast live on uschesschamps.com.

Fans can follow the expert commentary of GM Yasser Seirawan, WGM Jennifer Shahade, and GM Maurice Ashley each day or visit the Saint Louis Chess Club to catch the action in person.

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Champions Showdown 2018
Champions Showdown 2017
Champions Showdown 2016

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2019 Champions Showdown – Day 5

With 12 more blitz games left to play, the final day of the Champions Showdown was undoubtedly going to be action packed. The fans were in for a treat as the players came ready to fight - making only 16 draws in 60 games! At the end of the day, five winners were crowned all of whom earned $36,000 for their efforts, with their opponents taking home $24,000.
Final results
Fabiano Caruana vs Pentala Harikrishna 35.5 - 12.5

This match was more of a formality as Caruana had already clinched the title yesterday. Per FIDE rules, the remaining games after a winner in a match is decided are not rated, thus taking out the incentive to rise up the rating ladder out of the equation. Even so, the duo came ready to fight until the last second on their clock. Harikrishna was finally able to slow Caruana down somewhat, ending the day with a score of 7-5 in favor of the American. One of the most entertaining moments of the day was when Caruana resigned in a winning position because he thought he was getting checkmated and missed his own check with the queen. Caruana had the most dominant performance in the event, winning with a gap of 23 points. 
Wesley So vs David Navara 28-20 

Wesley needed 3.5 points to win the match, all of which he collected in the first four games. Trouble started in the first game, when Navara opted out for a tactic which clearly didn’t work, leaving him behind in material. Wesley kept the momentum going by winning the next game despite missing a one-move winning idea. Navara had more success in the second half of the day, ending it with a 5.5-6.5 score in favor of his opponent. Navara summed up the match quite nicely himself: “I did not play so poorly. I made many unnecessary mistakes but it was caused by my time management and by Wesley’s strong play.”
Hikaru Nakamura vs Jan-Krzysztof Duda 29.5 - 18.5

The match was clinched in the first four rounds, when Nakamura collected the 1.5 points he needed. Once again, the games came down to the wire, with the second game of the day ending in 117 moves! Nakamura scored the crucial win in round three, when each player had a pair of queens on the board - a rare occurrence in tournament play! Duda had good chances and even winning positions in many of the games, but somehow couldn’t withstand the pressure Nakamura put on him with his quick play. Although Duda earned a silver medal in the World Blitz Championship just two months prior to this event, ahead of Nakamura, the American proved that he’s known as one of the best blitz players in the world for a reason! 
Veselin Topalov vs Leinier Dominguez 25.5 - 22.5 

This match quickly became the most competitive one after Dominguez’ 5.5 score in the first 7 games, bringing the score to 20-23 with 5 games to go. In the very next game, the American played too aggressively and overextended, creating too many weaknesses which his opponent had no trouble capitalizing on. Unfortunately, this stumble meant that the former World Champion only needed one draw in the next four games, which more or less meant a sealed deal for him. Topalov clinched the title in round 10 game of the day, by missing a checkmate and making a draw with perpetual check instead. Funny enough, he also missed mate in one in the final game and actually walked into checkmate in game 7!
Richard Rapport vs Sam Shankland 31.5 - 16.5 

The win in game one of the day sealed the deal for Rapport, who only needed to score one point in the entire day. The reigning US Champion once again had a difficult time slowing down his opponent who scored 6 points in the first 8 games. Despite what the score indicates, the games were highly competitive and Shankland’s fighting spirit could be seen in all of them. Although Rapport is five years younger than his opponent, he is a former European Rapid Champion, finishing fourth in the European Blitz Championship, and thus is better experienced in these time controls. He scored the highest number of points in the event after Caruana.
Photos courtesy of Austin & Crystal Fuller, Lennart Ootes, and Spectrum Studios.
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