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The Week in Chess


  • Saint Louis Invitational 2017 – Games and Results
    The Saint Louis Invitational takes place 17th to 22nd November 2017. Ioan-Cristian Chirila, Julio Catalino Sadorra and Steven Zierk are the leading players in the GM group. Also an IM group alongside.
  • Chess.com Speed Chess Championship 2017 – Games and Results
    The Chess.com Speed Chess Championship takes place May 3rd to December 14th 2017. 16 top players qualified: Three time controls 5 minutes plus 2 seconds per move, 3 minutes plus 2 second per move and bullet 1 minute plus 1 second per move. Each section ends with a single chess960 game.

    1/8th Finals: May 3rd: Nakamura 20.5-7.5 Grigoriants, May 24th Karjakin 19-7 Meier, May 25th So 15.5-14.5 Giri, Aug 3rd: Grischuk 17.5-9.5, Rapport, Aug 23rd: Nepomniachtchi 15-13 Aronian, Aug 24th: Caruana 19-8 Hou Yifan, Aug 30th: Vachier-Lagrave 19-12 Xiong, Oct 4th: Carlsen 20.5-5.5 Guseinov.

    Quarter-Finals: Oct 23, Oct 24, Nov 2nd, Nov 18th, Oct. 23: Maxime-Vachier Lagrave 13-16 Alexander Grischuk. Oct. 24: Sergey Karjakin 20-10 Ian Nepomniachtchi. Nov. 2: Hikaru Nakamura 17-10 Fabiano Caruana. Nov. 18: Magnus Carlsen 27.5-9.5 Wesley So.

    Semi-Finals: Nov 21st Carlsen-Grischuk, TBD Nakamura-Karjakin.

    Final Dec 14th.

    I have removed the Chess960 games as they are problematic for many chess programs. Here is a PGN file including the Chess960 games.

  • Palma de Mallorca FIDE Grand Prix 2017 – Games and Results
    The 4th and final stage of the FIDE Grand Prix series takes place in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, 16th–27th November 2017.

    Players: Aronian, MVL, Nakamura, Ding Liren, Svidler, Giri, Radjabov, Li Chao, Harikrishna, Jakovenko, Gelfand, Eljanov, Vallejo Pons, Tomashevsky, Rapport, Inarkiev, Riazantsev and Hammer.

    This is the final event of the Grand Prix series. Mamedyarov and Grischuk will be awaiting the results as they lead the standings but don’t play. Radjabov and MVL can overtake them with a top result. Ding qualified from the World Cup alongside Aronian. FIDE_Grand_Prix_2017 Wikipedia page

    I will update daily with games and standings.

  • Champions Showdown in Saint Louis 2017 – Games and Results
    The Champions Showdown took place in Saint Louis 9th to 14th October 2017. There are four matches Hikaru Nakamura vs. Veselin Topalov, Fabiano Caruana vs. Alexander Grischuk, Wesley So vs. Leinier Dominguez and Magnus Carlsen vs. Ding Liren. Three of the matches start on October 9th, The Carlsen-Ding match started two days later. Rapid and blitz without increment 30 minute, 20, minute, 10 minute and 5 minute time controls.

    Final scores: Caruana 49-43 Grischuk, Nakamura 61.5-30.5 Topalov and Wesley So 47.5-44.5 Dominguez and finally Carlsen 67-25 Ding Liren.

  • TWIC issue 1200 – 1200
    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.

  • 21st European Teams 2017 – Games and Results

    The 21st European Team Championship took place in Hersonissos, Greece 28th October to 7th Nov 2017. Leading players: Aronian, Mamedyarov, Grischuk, Giri, Radjabov, Gelfand, Wojtaszek, Nepomniachtchi, Matlakov, Vitiugov, Adams, Navara, Eljanov, Almasi, Duda, Jobava, Naiditsch, Rodshtein, Howell, Short, Kryvoruchko, Kuzubov, Ponomariov, Rapport, Sutovsky, Leko, Mamedov etc.

    Azerbaijan took first place on tie-break from Russia in the men’s event after both scored 14/18 points. Ukraine took bronze on tie-break from Croatia on 13 points. Russia were women’s champions with a round to spare and scored 17/18 points 3 points clear of Georgia on 14 points and Ukraine took bronze on 13.

    Top individual performers were Rauf Mamedov with 8/9 (2920), Marin Bosiocic 6/8 (2824), Nikita Vitiugov 6/8 (2817) and Levon Aronian 4.5/7 (2810). Johan-Sebastian Christiansen scored 6/9 for Norway and a GM norm.

  • Chigorin Memorial 2017 –
    The Chigorin Memorial took place 21st to 29th October 2017. Kirill Alekseenko edged out David Paravyan, SP Sethuraman and Alexey Sarana on tie-break after all scored 7.5/9. 13-year-old Nodirbek Abdusattorov became the second youngest player behind Sergey Karjakin to become a GM.
  • 21st Hoogeveen Chess 2017 – Games and Results
    The 21st Hoogeveen Chess tournament took place 21st to 28th October 2017. There were two matches. Vassily ivanchuk beat Wei Yi and Jorden van Foreest beat Adhiban Baskaran 2-0 in tie-break blitz matches after the matches were tied 3-3. Alongside is an open with the top four qualifying for a knockout on the final two days.
  • SPICE Cup Open 2017 – Games and Results
    The SPICE Cup Open takes place 21st to 26th October 2017. Players: Lazaro Bruzon Batista, Jorge Cori, Ray Robson, Aleksandr Shimanov, Dariusz Swiercz, Vasif Durarbayli, Yunieski Quesada, Samuel Sevian, Peter Prohaszka, Emilio Cordova, Illia Nyzhnyk etc.
  • Bundesliga 2017-18 – Games and Results
    The German Bundesliga takes place 21st October to 1st May 2018. Baden-Baden are defending champions and top seeds.
  • European Club Cup 2017 – Games and Results
    The European Club Cup took place in Antalya, Turkey 8th to 14th October 2017. Leading players: Kramnik, Mamedyarov, Grischuk, Karjakin, Giri, Nepomniachtchi, Korobov, Khismatullin (these 8 all play for the overwhelming top seeds Globus from Russia) Ding Liren, Svidler, Yu Yangyi, Wojtaszek, Fedoseev, Harikrishna, Matlakov, Vitiugov, Navara, Eljanov, Jakovenko, Andreikin, Naiditsch, Najer, Rodshtein, Inarkiev etc. Globus did eventually capture the title but only after a couple of scares. Odlar Yurdu should have defeated them in round 5, Kramnik and Grischuk escaped with draws from lost positions, after being held to a draw in round 6 as well by Alkaloid they were in second place going into the final round. Odlar Yurdu led going into the final round but lost to Novy Bor while Globus beat SHSM Legacy Square Capital 4.5-1.5 to take the title.
  • Russian Team Rapid and Blitz Championship 2017 – Games and Results
    The Russian Team Rapid and Blitz Championship took place in Sochi 3rd to 5th October 2017. Leading players: Mamedyarov, Sjugirov< Fedoseev, Kamsky, Andreikin, Jakovenko, Riazantsev, Artemiev, Dubov, Popov, Savchenko, Shirov, Alekseev, Motylev, Pridorozhni, Grachev, Potkin, Rublevsky, Morozevich, Kovalev, Timofeev etc Men's and women's events.
  • Russian Rapid and Blitz Championship 2017 – Games and Results
    The Russian Rapid and Blitz Championship took place in Sochi 29th September to 1st October 2017. It is almost immediately followed by a similar team event at the same venue. Leading players: Sjugirov, Inarkiev, Andreikin, Fedoseev, Jakovenko, Artemiev, Dubov, Tomashevsky, Popov, Alekseev, Savchenko, Motylev etc. Alexander Motylev won the men’s rapid with 9/11 and Vladislav Artemiev the blitz with 15.5/20. In the women’s events Anastasia Bodnaruk won both titles.
  • chess.com IoM Masters 2017 – Games and Results
    The chess.com Isle of Man Masters took place 22nd September to 1st October 2016. The World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen headed up an extremely strong field aided by the sponsorship of the Scheinberg family. Leading players: Carlsen, Kramnik, Caruana, Anand, Nakamura, Adams, Gelfand, Eljanov, Vallejo Pons, Almasi, Naiditsch, Vidit, Howell, Short, Rodshtein, Sutovsky, Leko, Kasimdzhanov, Rapport, Movsesian, Adhiban, Hou Yifan, Gawain Jones, Riazantsev, Akobian, Fressinet, Granda Zuniga, Grandelius, Sargissian, Xiong, Shirov, Bok, Sethuraman, Erwin L’ami, Ivan Sokolov, Bogner, Bindrich, Huschenbeth, Svane, Tregubov, Tari etc A novelty was that the first round draw was entirely random producing the strong pairings Caruana-Kramnik and Adhiban-Gelfand. Magnus Carlsen led throughout to score his first tournament victory since Bilbao 2016 435 days ago). Carlsen finished on 7.5/9 after he forced a quick draw against second placed Hikaru Nakamura who was joined on 7 points by Viswanathan Anand.
  • FIDE World Cup 2017 –
    The FIDE World Cup took place Sunday 3rd to Wednesday 27th September 2017 in Tbilisi, Georgia. World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen headed a very strong field but departed in the 3rd round losing to Bu Xiangzhi. 5th seed Levon Aronian beat 11th seed Ding Liren in the final 4-2. Both players qualified for the Candidates by reaching this final. Ding Liren went undefeated until the very final day of the event where he lost both rapid tie-break games. This is Levon Aronian’s second title 12 years after his first in Khanty-Mansiysk in 2005 where he beat Ruslan Ponomariov.
  • Saint Louis Fall Classic 2017 – Games and Results
    The St Louis Fall Chess Classic took place 6th to 14th September 2017. Georg Meier edged out Yaroslav Zherebukh on tie-break after both scored 5.5/9. Josh Friedel won the B-Group.
  • Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2017 – Games and Results
    The Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz tournament took place 14th to 19th August 2017. Two time controls rapid 25 minutes with a 10 second delay each move and blitz 5 minutes with a 3 second delay. Garry Kasparov plays for the first time since the 2016 Ultimate Blitz Challenge. Players: Fabiano Caruana, Sergey Karjakin, Hikaru Nakamura, Viswanathan Anand, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Levon Aronian, David Navara, Le Quang Liem, Lenier Dominguez and Garry Kasparov.

    Final combined standings (rapid games counted double): Aronian 24.5, Karjakin 21.5, Nakamura 21.5, Nepomniachtchi 20, Dominguez Perez 16.5, Caruana 16.5, Le 16.5, Kasparov 16, Anand 14 and Navara 13.

    Levon Aronian won the event winning the rapid section and day two of the blitz. Aronian was chased hard by Sergey Karjakin after he scored an explosive 8/9 on the first day of the blitz.

    Garry Kasparov drew all his games on day one of the rapid and had a respectable final day of the blitz where he was joint 2nd highest scorer but in between it was a story of missed opportunities and lack of sharpness, his loss to Navara from a winning position in the rapid was particularly painful. It would be a shame if Kasparov didn’t play again while he is still capable of a better than decent standard. The late games of former world champions facing players from much later generations has always provided some pleasure. I think in particular of Lasker’s forced return in the 1930s. This was a respectable enough result from Kasparov in an extremely strong field.

  • 5th Sinquefield Cup 2017 – Games and Results
    The 5th Sinquefield Cup took place 2nd to 12th August 2017. Players: Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Sergey Karjakin, Hikaru Nakamura, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Viswanathan Anand, Wesley So, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Levon Aronian and Peter Svidler. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won with 6/9 half a point clear of Magnus Carlsen.
  • 3rd Wenzhou Grandmaster Match 2017 –
    The 3rd Wenzhou Grandmaster Match took place 8th to 11th August 2017. Anish Giri beat Ding Liren 2.5-1.5 in a four game match.
  • Gelfand-Inarkiev Match 2017 – Games and Results
    Tower of Concord Chess Festival took place 2nd to 13th August 2017. The main event is an 18 game match between Boris Gelfand and Ernesto Inarkiev over one classical and two rapid time controls. Gelfand won the Classical section 4-2 but lost both rapid matches.

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