The Week in Chess
European Club Cup 2017 - Games and Results
October 15th, 2017, 07:30 PM
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. Speed Chess Championship 2017 - Games and Results
October 5th, 2017, 07:30 PM
The Speed Chess Championship takes place May 3rd to December 21st 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 26, Nov 2nd, Nov 21st. Oct. 23: Maxime-Vachier Lagrave vs Alexander Grischuk. Oct. 26: Sergey Karjakin vs Ian Nepomniachtchi. Nov. 2: Hikaru Nakamura vs Fabiano Caruana. Nov. 21: Magnus Carlsen vs Wesley So.

Semi-Finals: Nov 27th, Dec 7th

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.

Russian Team Rapid and Blitz Championship 2017 - Games and Results
October 3rd, 2017, 07:30 PM
The Russian Team Rapid and Blitz Championship takes 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
October 2nd, 2017, 07:30 PM
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. IoM Masters 2017 - Games and Results
October 1st, 2017, 07:30 PM
The 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 -
September 29th, 2017, 07:30 PM
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
September 18th, 2017, 07:30 PM
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
August 19th, 2017, 07:30 PM
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
August 13th, 2017, 07:30 PM
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 -
August 11th, 2017, 07:30 PM
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
August 10th, 2017, 07:30 PM
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.
104th British Chess Championships 2017 - Games and Results
August 6th, 2017, 07:30 PM
The 104th British Chess Championships took place in Llandudno, Wales, 29th July to 6th August 2017. Leading players: David Howell, Gawain Jones, Luke McShane, Jonathan Hawkins, Nicolas Pert, James Adair, Mark Hebden etc. There was a four way tie on 7/9 leading to a rapid tie-break. Gawain Jones beat Craig Hanley in the first round and Luke McShane in the final to take the title.
50th Biel Chess Festival 2017 - Games and Results
August 3rd, 2017, 07:30 PM
The 50th Biel Chess Festival took place 23rd July to 2nd August 2017. Players main GM event: David Navara, Pentala Harikrishna, Etienne Bacrot, Ruslan Ponomariov, Peter Leko, Alexander Morozevich, Hou Yifan, Rafael Vaganian, Nico Georgiadis and Noel Studer. There was an initial 8 player Rapid tournament including Anatoly Karpov. Hou Yifan scored the finest result of her career in taking clear first place with 6.5/9. For a similar result by a woman one would have to go back to Judit Polgar's shared first at the Essent tournament of 2006 or even Polgar's first place alone in April / May 2000 in the Japfa Classic Denpasar (Cat 16)..
Xtracon Chess Open 2017 - Games and Results
July 28th, 2017, 07:30 PM
The Xtracon Chess Open takes place 22nd to 30th July 2017. Players: Vitiugov, Jobava, Sasikiran, Short, Motylev, Hammer, Ivan Sokolov, Saric, Bosiocic, Agdestein, Vocaturo etc
Chinese Team Championship 2017 - Games and Results
July 26th, 2017, 07:30 PM
The Chinese Team Championship takes place 18th April to 5th December 2017.
Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting 2017 - Games and Results
July 23rd, 2017, 07:30 PM
The Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting took place 15th to 23rd July 2017. Players: Nisipeanu, Bluebaum, Vachier-Lagrave, Wojtaszek, Wang Yue, Andreikin, Kramnik, Fedoseev. There was a large open alongside. Radoslaw Wojtaszek needed to beat Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu in the final round to secure clear first place, he was half a point clear of Vladimir Fedoseev and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. The final round saw all four games finish decisively.
Yu Yangyi vs Grischuk Match 2017 - Games and Results
July 20th, 2017, 07:30 PM
The China-Russia Chess Grandmaster Summit is a four game match between Yu Yangyi and Grischuk in Jiayuguan 20th to 24th July 2017. If the match is tied there will be rapid and then blitz tie-breaks.
8th Danzhou Super GM 2017 - Games and Results
July 18th, 2017, 07:30 PM
The 8th Danzhou Super GM tournament took place 9th to 18th July 2017. Players: Ding Liren, Yu Yangyi, Wei Yi, Vassily Ivanchuk, Le Quang Liem, Vladimir Malakhov, Arkadij Naiditsch, Ruslan Ponomariov, Wang Hao and Lu Shanglei. Wei Yi scored his first major tournament victory with an undefeated 6.5/9 a point clear of Le Quang Liem.
30th Leon Chess 2017 - Games and Results
July 9th, 2017, 07:30 PM
The 30th Leon Chess tournament took place 6th to 10th July 2017. Knockout rapid event with Viswanathan Anand, Wesley So, Jan-Krzysztof Duda and Jaime Santos. Wesley So won the first tie-break game of the final against Viswanathan Anand and drew the second. They had drawn all four of the regulation games. The two favourites both had to come from behind in the first round to reach the final.
Geneva FIDE Grand Prix 2017 - Games and Results
July 5th, 2017, 07:30 PM
The Geneva FIDE Grand Prix takes place 6th to 16th July 2017. Players: Levon Aronian, Anish Giri, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Harikrishna Pentala, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Pavel Eljanov, Michael Adams, Peter Svidler, Alexander Grischuk, Ernesto Inarkiev, Boris Gelfand, Li Chao, Teimour Radjabov, Dmitry Jakovenko, Salem Saleh, Hou Yifan, Alexander Riazantsev and Richard Rapport. I will round up the games each day after the round finishes.