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The Week in Chess


  • World Juniors 2019 – Games and Results
    The 58th World Junior Chess Championship and the 37th World Junior Girls take place in New Delhi Tue 15th Oct to Sat 26th Oct 2019.
  • FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss 2019 – Games and Results
    The FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss takes place in the Isle of Man 10th to 21st October 2019. Leading players: Carlsen, Caruana, So, Anand, Yu, Karjakin, Grischuk, Aronian, Harikrishna, Wojtaszek, Artemiev, Nakamura, Vitiugov, Svidler, Wang, Bu, Vidit, Matlakov, Le, Xiong, Shankland etc. There is a World Championship Candidates place for the highest placed finisher who needs to qualify.
  • FIDE World Cup 2019 – Games and Results
    The FIDE World Cup took place Mon 9th Sep to Fri 4th Oct 2019 in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. 128 player Knockout event. Players: Ding, Giri, Vachier-Lagrave, So, Nepomniachtchi, Aronian, Mamedyarov, Dominguez Perez, Grischuk, Radjabov, Artemiev, Yu, Karjakin, Nakamura, Andreikin, Wojtaszek, Harikrishna, Duda, Svidler, Vitiugov, Wei, Le, Navara, Bu, Wang, Shankland, Matlakov, Tomashevsky, Vidit, Jakovenko, Xiong, Firouzja, Dubov, Amin, Jones, Grandelius, Adams, Gelfand, Cori, Rodshtein, Inarkiev, McShane, Korobov, Anton Guijarro, Naiditsch, Ponomariov, Nabaty, Fedoseev, Alekseenko, Berkes, Nisipeanu, Sevian, Adhiban, Cheparinov, Sjugirov, Saric, Piorun, Kasimdzhanov, Maghsoodloo, Sarana, Demchenko, Kovalenko, Gledura, Movsesian, Oparin, Najer, Lupulescu, Hovhannisyan, Predke, Chigaev, Bareev, Abasov, Bok, Mareco, Adly, Iturrizaga Bonelli, Tari, Parligras, Jumabayev, Nguyen, Ganguly, Sethuraman, Esipenko, Huschenbeth, Narayanan, Gupta, Delgado Ramirez, Karthikeyan, Bartel, Nihal, Lu, Aravindh, Rakhmanov, Flores, Tabatabaei, Cordova, Pashikian, Lysyj, Martinez Alcantara, Pichot, Petrov, Abdusattorov, Safarli, Pridorozhni, Xu, Yuffa, Aleksandrov, Santos Ruiz, Urkedal, Albornoz Cabrera, Henriquez Villagra, Gonzalez Vidal, Christiansen, Mekhitarian, Bellahcene, Megaranto, Ghaem Maghami, Iljiushenok, Ziska, Pultinevicius, Escobar Forero, Rakotomaharo, El Gindy, Gan-Erdene, Duran Vega, Anwuli, Mohammad Fahad and Press. Teimour Radjabov won the event beating Ding Liren 6-4 in the final. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave beat Yu Yangyi to finish in third place.
  • 25 Years of The Week in Chess – 25
    I am celebrating the 25th Anniversary of The Week in Chess. The first issue appeared on Saturday 17th September 1994 and was posted to the newsgroup rec.games.chess. In the article below I talk about the anniversary, thanking a few of the many people who have helped over the years and list all the issues so far. I would also like you to consider donating if you find the work I do useful to you. Donations have been a key part of supporting the website. I’m very pleased – and amazed – to have made it to 25 years. I have the appetite to continue on and develop for at least a few more years yet. There is also a nice article about the anniversary by Peter Doggers on chess.com.
  • St Louis Fall Chess Classic 2019 – Games and Results
    The St Louis Fall Chess Classic consists of two 10 player Round Robin events. In the A Group the players are: Dariusz Swiercz, Hrant Melkumyan, Aleksandr Lenderman, Alexander Ipatov, Vasif Durarbayli, Jorden Van Foreest, Varuzhan Akobian, Ilia Smirin, Olexandr Bortnyk and Ray Robson.
  • Skolkovo Women’s FIDE Grand Prix 2019 – Games and Results
    The Skolkovo Women’s FIDE Grand Prix takes place Tue 10th Sep to Mon 23rd Sep 2019 in Skolkovo in Moscow. It is the first of four Women’s Grand Prix events. 16 players compete in the series. 12 players compete in each of the four round robin events. Players: Dronavalli Harika, Aleksandra Goryachkina, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Pia Cramling, Humpy Koneru, Valentina Gunina, Kateryna Lagno, Elisabeth Paehtz, Wenjun Ju, Antoaneta Stefanova, Alina Kashlinskaya, Marie Sebag, Anna Muzychuk, Mariya Muzychuk, Nana Dzagnidze and Xue Zhao.
  • Champions Showdown 9LX 2019 – Games and Results
    The Champions Showdown 9LX took place in Saint Louis 2nd to 5th September 2019. Four matches using a version of the Chess 960 variant with both rapid and blitz games. Fabiano Caruana defeated Garry Kasparov 19-7, Hikaru Nakamura beat Levon Aronian 14.5-11.5, Wesley So beat Veselin Topalov 18-8 and Peter Svider beat Leinier Dominguez Perez 15.5-10.5. I don’t have software that can display these games on my website but I do have the games split into files of rapid and blitz.

    Kasparov bit off a little more than he could chew against world number 2 Fabiano Caruana but it would be a great shame if he took that as a sign to stop playing altogether. I’m sure he’d be fine against players even a little further down the rating list and his loss in game two of the rapid when he played very powerfully up to a point was particularly unfortunate. There’s a traditional place in tournament chess for the older former World Champions and Kasparov is certainly capable of fulfilling such a role, players such as Lasker, Botvinnik, Smyslov, Petrosian, Spassky, Tal and Karpov come to mind. I might even call such a role an important one.

  • 7th Sinquefield Cup 2019 – Games and Results
    The 7th Sinquefield Cup took place 17th to 30th August 2019. Players: Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Ding Liren, Anish Giri, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Wesley So, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Levon Aronian, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Viswanathan Anand, Sergey Karjakin and Hikaru Nakamura. Ding Liren beat Magnus Carlsen 3-1 in a tie-break to win the tournament after they tied on 6.5/11 – two rapid games were drawn, Ding won both blitz games. Ding thus ended a long run of tie-break victories for Magnus Carlsen going back to Aronian’s win against him in the Candidates of 2007.
  • Chinese League 2019 – Games and Results
    The Chinese League takes place in Daqing, 19th to 27th June 2019.
  • 72nd ch-RUS 2019 – Games and Results
    The 72nd Russian Chess Championship took place 10th to 22nd August 2019.

    Players: Championship: Artemiev, Vitiugov< Matlakov, Tomashevsky, Jakovenko, Inarkiev, Fedoseev, Alekseenko, Motylev, Dreev, Sarana and Predke

    Women’s: Goryachkina, Kosteniuk, Gunina, Kashlinskaya, Girya, Pogonina, Bodnaruk, Shuvalova, Tomilova, Charochkina, Potapova and Shafigullina.,

    Evgeny Tomashevsky won the championship for a second time with an undefeated score of 7/11 half a point clear of Vitiguov, Matlakov and Inarkiev. The women’s event saw Olga Girya and Natalija Pogonina finish in the lead on 8/11. A rapid tie-break was drawn with one win each, a final decisive Armageddon game was won by Girya to take the title.

  • Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2019 – Games and Results
    The Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz tournament took place 10th to 15th August 2019. Players: Magnus Carlsen, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Fabiano Caruana, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Ding Liren, Levon Aronian, Sergey Karjakin, Leinier Dominguez, Yu Yangyi and Richard Rapport. Levon Aronian took clear first place ahead of Yu Yangyi, Ding Liren and MVL who tied for second. Sergey Karjakin was 5th and Magnus Carlsen – recording one of his worst speed results – finished 6th. Richard Rapport was 7th, Fabiano Caruana 8th, Leinier Dominguez 9th and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 10th.
  • chess.com Junior Speed Chess 2019 – Games and Results
    The chess.com Junior Speed Chess took place 16th May to 10th/11th August. Wei Yi beat Jeffery Xiong in the final on August 10th (11th for Wei Yi due to different time zones) by virtue of drawing a final Armageddon game. The regular match was drawn and they shared two wins apiece in the bullet overtime. Wei Yi qualifies for the regular Speed Chess tournament now.
  • 26th Abu Dhabi Masters 2019 – Games and Results
    The 26th Abu Dhabi Masters takes place Fri 2nd Aug 2019Sat 10th Aug 2019. Top seeds: Yuriy Kryvoruchko, Ni Hua, Saleh Salem, Parham Maghsoodloo, Vladimir Akopian, Vladimir Onischuk, Andrei Volokitin, Samvel Ter-Sahakyan etc. Alongside is a Rapid and Blitz match between Peter Leko and Alexander Morozevich. Leko won the rapid 3-0 on the first day.
  • Levitov Chess Week 2019 – Games and Results
    The Levitov Chess Week takes place 3rd to 6th August 2019. This is a private event in Amsterdam for Ilya Levitov on his 40th birthday. Blitz and Rapid tournaments with: Kramnik, Anand, Grischuk, Svidler, Nepomniachtchi, Gelfand, Giri and Bareev. Games are not being broadcast live.
  • GCT Rapid and Blitz Paris 2019 – Games and Results
    The Grand Chess Tour Rapid and Blitz in Paris took place 27th July to 2nd August 2019. Players: Hikaru Nakamura, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Fabiano Caruana, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Anish Giri, Viswanathan Anand, Alexander Grischuk, Jan-Krzysztof Duda and Daniil Dubov. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won the rapid section with 6.5/9 – Viswanathan Anand, Jan-Krzysztof Duda and Hikaru Nakamura scored 10.5/18 in the blitz. MVL took first place over all ahead of Anand with Grischuk and Nepomniachtchi tied for third.
  • Xtracon Chess Open 2019 – Games and Results
    The Xtracon Chess Open took place 20th to 28th July 2019. 13 year old chess prodigy Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa scored his first major victory in taking clear first place with 8.5/11 half a point clear of Aryan Tari, Gabriel Sargissian, Evgeny Postny, Samuel Sevian and Allan Stig Rasmussen.
  • 106th British Chess Championships 2019 – Games and Results
    The 106th British Chess Championships take place Sat 27th Jul to Sun 4th Aug 2019 in Torquay. Top seeds: David Howell, Michael Adams, Nick Pert, Stephen J Gordon, Justin Tan, John Emms, Simon Williams, Daniel H Fernandez etc
  • Riga FIDE Grand Prix 2019 – Games and Results
    The Riga FIDE Grand Prix took place Fri 12th to Thu 25th July 2019. This 16 player KO is based on the FIDE World Cup format. Players: Sergey Karjakin, Anish Giri, Wesley So, Pentala Harikrishna, Peter Svidler, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Daniil Dubov, Nikita Vitiugov, Alexander Grischuk, Levon Aronian, Yu Yangyi, Hikaru Nakamura, Veselin Topalov, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and David Navara. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov won a final decisive game to win his match against MVL 5-4 and take the title.
  • 52nd Biel Chess Festival 2019 – Games and Results
    The 52nd Biel Chess Festival takes place 20th to 31st July 2019. The format is little different this year with 8 players competing in all-play-all events over rapid, classical and blitz time controls for a combined total. Players: Shankland, Vidit, Cori, Leko, Maghsoodloo, Abdusattorov, Bogner and Georgiadis.
  • 47th Dortmund Sparkassen Chess-Meeting 2019 – Games and Results
    The 47th Dortmund Sparkassen Chess-Meeting took place Sat 13th to Sun 21st July 2019. Players: Wojtaszek, Radjabov, Nepomniachtchi, Dominguez Perez, Rapport, Nisipeanu, Fridman and Kulaots. Leinier Dominguez Perez won with 4.5/7.

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