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Aronian leads Sinquefield Cup by a point after beating Nakamura and Carlsen loses to Grischuk

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Alexander Grischuk beat Magnus Carlsen after nearly 7 hours of play. Photo ©

Alexander Grischuk beat Magnus Carlsen after nearly 7 hours of play. Photo © | http://grandchesstour.com

Levon Aronian beat Hikaru Nakamura by outplaying him in a Queenless middlegame from the Ruy Lopez. Nakamura was not at his best even offering a draw close to the end in a position that was close to lost, presumably thinking he had got over the worst. This result left Aronian a point clear of the field at the end of the day.

World Champion Magnus Carlsen was frustrated by his own play which led to a loss against Alexander Grischuk after nearly 7 hours of play. Carlsen wasn't that happy with his position out of the opening but found the nice idea 17.b4 which was praised by Grischuk who felt he had to give up a pawn for counter play. Carlsen underestimated the move 26.Ra3 and after giving up his extra a-pawn found himself under pressure eventually having to shed a pawn in time trouble. The resulting endgame was closer to a draw than a win according to Grischuk but he managed to make some progress. Later Carlsen recovered to bring the game closer to a draw but in a position where he needed study like accuracy he was very short of time and made the final blunder to a loss.

The remaining three games were drawn. Viswanathan Anand felt he played inaccurately and had to gave up his queen for a kind of fortress against Wesley So. This bold judgement seemed to be correct. So has found the event very tough and described the event as a University where he is paying with his rating points. Fabiano Caruana got a pleasant position against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave but the Frenchman seemed to play accurately after that and to find his way to equality. Anish Giri thought he played slightly inaccurately against Veselin Topalov's solid opening choice but then found a way to equality.

Round 7 Standings: Aronian 5pts/7. Giri, Grischuk, Carlsen, Vachier-Lagrave 4pts, Topalov, Nakamura 3.5pts, Caruana, Anand 2.5pts, So 2pts.

Round 8 pairings Monday 31st Auugst 2015: Grischuk-Vachier-Lagrave, Giri-Caruana, So-Topalov, Aronian-Anand, Carlsen-Nakamura.

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3rd Sinquefield Cup 2015 (Saint Louis USA)
Fri 21st Aug 2015 - Thu 3rd Sep 2015 - Official Site - Live

3rd Sinquefield Cup 2015 (10 players 9 Rds SRR Indiv TC:120m(40)+60m+30spm) - Games in PGN: Games | Live

French Chess Championships 2015

French Chess Championships 2015 Games and Results

The French Chess Championships took place in Saint-Quentin 9th to 20th August 2015. Bacrot was the top seed. Christian Bauer beat Tigran Gharamian 1.5-0.5 in a rapid tie-break after they both tied on 7/11. Read more ....

90th ch-FRA 2015 (Saint-Quentin FRA)
Sun 9th Aug 2015 - Thu 20th Aug 2015 - Official Site - Live

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90th ch-FRA TB 2015 (2 players 2 Rds Match Indiv TC:15m+5spm) - Games in PGN: Games Men TB

ch-FRA w 2015 (12 players 11 Rds SRR Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games Women

ch-FRA Accession 2015 (11 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games Accession

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Chinese Team Championship 2015

Chinese Team Championship 2015 Games and Results

The Chinese Team Championship takes place 10th April to 11th December 2015 over a marathon 22 rounds. Read more ....

TCh-CHN 2015 (Beijing CHN)
Fri 10th Apr 2015 - Fri 11th Dec 2015 - Official Site - Results - Live

TCh-CHN 2015 (22 Rds League Club TC:90m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

68th Russian Chess Championships Superfinal 2015

68th Russian Chess Championships Superfinal 2015 Games and Results

The 68th Russian Chess Championships Superfinal took place in Chita, Russia 9th to 20th August 2015. Men's and women's events both had 12 players and 11 rounds. Players: Igot Lysyj, Dmitry Jakovenko, Denis Khismatullin, Sergey Karjakin, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Peter Svidler, Nikita Vitiugov, Vladislav Artemiev, Alexander Motylev, Ivan Bukavshin, Ildar Khairullin and Daniil Dubov. Evgeny Tomashevsky won the event with 7.5/11 half a point clear of Sergey Karjakin. 16 year old Aleksandra Goryachkina won the women's event with 8/11. Read more ....

68th ch-RUS 2015 (Chita RUS)
Sun 9th Aug 2015 - Fri 21st Aug 2015 - Official Site

68th ch-RUS 2015 (12 players 11 Rds SRR Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games Men

65th ch-RUS w 2015 (12 players 11 Rds SRR Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games Women

Spanish Team Championships 2015

Spanish Team Championships 2015 Games and Results

The Spanish Team Championships take place in Linares 8th to 21st August 2015. The first division was followed immediately by the Division Honor. Read more ....

TCh-ESP Div Honor 2015 (Linares ESP)
Sat 15th Aug 2015 - Fri 21st Aug 2015 - Official Site

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ch-ESP Women 2015 (9 Rds Swiss Indiv ) - Games in PGN: Games

102nd British Chess Championships 2015

102nd British Chess Championships 2015 Games and Results

The 102nd British Chess Championships took place in Coventry 26th July to 8th August 2015. Joint defending champions David Howell and Jonathan Hawkins were back and fought for the title along with the Pert twins and Danny Gormally. As it was Hawkins was the only winner among the leaders beating Keith Arkell to take the title (the game ended with the blunder 26....Rd4? and resignation). David Howell failed to find a win after first time control against Mark Hebden after being given a chance to take the event into a tie-break following a blunder from Hebden in the run up to the first time control. Read more ....

102nd British Chess Championships 2015 (Coventry ENG)
Mon 27th Jul 2015 - Sat 8th Aug 2015 - Official Site - Results

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48th Biel Chess Festival 2015

48th Biel Chess Festival 2015 Games and Results

The 48th Biel Chess Festival took place Monday 20th Jul 2015 - Thursday 30th Jul 2015. Players in the main GM group: Michael Adams, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, David Navara, Pavel Eljanov and Richard Rapport. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave took clear first on 6.5/10 after a nervy final round where he won and Radoslaw Wojtaszek failed to convert a winning position. The event will also probably be remembered for the complete collapse of Richard Rapport who lost all his second half games. There's always a danger when inviting creative players that they're out of form that they'll suffer multiple losses but this was an extreme example but surely better to risk this than invite someone very solid who is all but guaranteed to draw most of their games. In addition there is a master open which finishes on Friday. Read more ....

48th Biel Chess Festival 2015 (Biel SUI)
Mon 20th Jul 2015 - Thu 30th Jul 2015 - Official Site - Results - Live

48th Biel GM 2015 (6 players 10 Rds DRR Indiv ) - Games in PGN: Games

48th Biel Master Open (11 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

China-Russia Win and Continue Match Pt1 2015

China-Russia Win and Continue Match Pt1 2015 Games and Results

The China and Russia are playing a two part match in Heixiazi 29th July to 1st August. Second part in Harbin City 12th-17th December 2015. Players: Russia: Sergey Karjakin, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Alexander Morozevich, Ian Nepomniachtchi and Dmitry Andreikin. China: Wei Yi, Ding Liren, Ni Hua, Yu Yangyi and Wang Yue. The format is unusual. 1 game matches followed by Blitz and Armageddon if necessary. Winner continues on loser is out. A team loses when it runs out of players. Although we haven't seen the detailed rules anywhere yet. It is probably close to this ""Super Go" "Win and Continue" event. Read more ....

China-Russia Win and Continue Match Pt1 2015 (Heixiazi CHN)
Wed 29th Jul 2015 - Sat 1st Aug 2015 - Official Site - Live

CHN-RUS Super Go Pt1 2015 (6 players 4 Rds supergo Team TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

9th Leiden Chess Tournament 2015

9th Leiden Chess Tournament 2015 Games and Results

The 9th Leiden Chess Tournament took place 18th to 26th July 2015. David Howell dominated and scored a fantastic 8.5/9 taking him well over the 2700 mark in the live ratings. He immediately moves on to play the British Chess Championships starting on Monday. Read more ....

9th Leiden Chess Tournament 2015 (Leiden NED)
Fri 17th Jul 2015 - Sun 26th Jul 2015 - Official Site - Results - Live

9th Leiden Open A 2015 (9 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

Lake Sevan 2015

Lake Sevan 2015 Games and Results

The Lake Sevan GM tournament took place 12th to 20th July 2015. Jan-Krzysztof Duda won with 6/9. Read more ....

Lake Sevan 2015 (Martuni ARM)
Sun 12th Jul 2015 - Tue 21st Jul 2015 - Official Site - Results - Live

Lake Sevan 2015 (10 players 9 Rds SRR Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

Fabiano Caruana wins the Dortmund Sparkassen tournament 2015

43rd Dortmund Sparkassen Chess-Meeting 2015 7

Fabiano Caruana won the 43rd Dortmund Sparkassen Chess-Meeting after winning a sharp Evans Gambit as black against Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu who needed a win to take the tournament himself. Caruana scored 5.5/7 including winning his final 5 games.

Wesley So caught Nisipeanu on 4 points after a marathon win against Vladimir Kramnik in a Berlin Defence.

Naiditch-Meier and Hou Yifan-Nepomniachtchi were both drawn.

Caruana 5.5pts, So, Nisipeanu 4pts, Kramnik 3.5pts, Nepomniachtchi, Naiditsch 3pts, Hou Yifan, Meier 2.5pts.

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43rd Dortmund Sparkassen Chess-Meeting 2015 (Dortmund GER)
Fri 26th Jun 2015 - Sun 5th Jul 2015 - Official Site - Live

43rd GM 2015 (8 players 7 Rds SRR Indiv TC:100:50:15+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

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20 years of The Week in Chess

The Week in Chess Anniversary 20 years

Mark Crowther on the 20th Anniversary of TWIC on Wednesday September 17th 2014. Photo ©

Mark Crowther on the 20th Anniversary of TWIC on Wednesday September 17th 2014. Photo © | http://www.theweekinchess.com/

The Week in Chess is 20 years old today. The first issue of the magazine was published on Saturday 17th September 1994. In the full article below I give an update from the 1000th issue earlier in the year. I list all 1036 issues so far along with their text and with a donation button to get all the games in ChessBase format. I feel a great sense of achievement in reaching this landmark. I hope that in some small way I've helped players all over the world keep in touch with chess and have access to almost every top class game over that time no matter how rich or poor they are. Now I have to look to the future. I plan to be around a long while. I have some obvious additions I can make to the website that only require some programming but also my personal financial stability has to come to the fore now. Read more ....

Tournaments for Monday 31st August 2015 combined with links to official website, live coverage and PGN file
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Portugal Open 2015OeirasPOR10:002
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Styrian Open 2015GrazAUT16:303
Portugal Open 2015OeirasPOR16:303

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