The Week in Chess
70th Russian Chess Championship Superfinal 2017 - Games and Results
December 15th, 2017, 04:40 PM
The 70th Russian Championship and 67th Russian Women's Championship took place in St Petersburg 3rd to 15th December 2017. The venue is the State Museum of Political History of Russia.

Four years after his last title Peter Svidler made it an 8th Russian Championship after defeating Nikita Vitiugov 2-0 in a tie-break rapid match. Svidler moves well clear of his rivals Rashid Nezhmetdinov, who won five Russian titles, and Mikhail Botvinnik and Mikhail Tal who won 6 Soviet titles. Aleksandra Goryachkina won the women's title, also after a tie-break match, she defeated Natalija Pogonina 2-0.

European Rapid and Blitz Championships 2017 - Games and Results
December 15th, 2017, 04:40 PM
The European Rapid and Blitz Championships take place in Katowice 15th to 17th December 2017. Leading players: Ernesto Inarkiev, David Navara, Ruslan Ponomariov, Igor Kovalenko, Sergei Zhigalko, Luke J McShane, Sergey A Fedorchuk, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Evgeny Alekseev, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Pavel Ponkratov, Mateusz Bartel, Daniel Fridman, Kiril Georgiev, Vladimir Potkin, Maxim Rodshtein etc
IMSA Elite Mind Games 2017 - Games and Results
December 15th, 2017, 04:40 PM
The IMSA Elite Mind Games took place in Huai'an, China 10th to 15th December 2017. Players: Men: Vladislav Artemiev, Quang Liem Le, Yangyi Yu, Liren Ding, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Wang Hao, Alexander Grischuk, Dmitry Andreikin, Rauf Mamedov, Anton Korobov, Vassily Ivanchuk and Pentala Harikrishna. Women: Nana Dzagnidze, Dronavalli Harika, Anna Muzychuk, Mariya Muzychuk, Wenjun Ju, Xue Zhao, Anna Ushenina, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Elisabeth Paehtz, Antoaneta Stefanova, Zhongyi Tan and Kateryna Lagno.

Games were in three formats, rapid, blitz and rapid Basque (two games vs the same opponent at the same time). Andreikin won the rapid, Artemiev the blitz and Grischuk the Basque. For the women's sections Stefanova the rapid and blitz, Zhao Xue the Basque.

9th London Chess Classic 2017 - Games and Results
December 12th, 2017, 04:40 PM
The 9th London Chess Classic took place 30th November to 11th December 2017. Players: Carlsen, Nakamura, Aronian, MVL, Wesley So, Karjakin, Caruana, Anand, Nepomniachtchi, Adams.

Fabiano Caruana won the event after a rapid, then blitz tie-break again Ian Nepomniachtchi. Magnus Carlsen won the whole Grand Chess Tour series after beating Levon Aronian from an almost busted position. Carlsen was scathing in his criticism of his own play in London but also clearly had a bad cold. Alongside were many other events, results and games below.

Dr Geza Hetenyi Memorial 2017 - Games and Results
December 12th, 2017, 04:40 PM
The Dr Geza Hetenyi Memorial takes place 12th to 21st December 2017. Two groups: A-Group: Berkes, Bauer, Banusz, Markus, Gledura, etc. – average rating 2597 and B-Group: Sedlak, Cs. Horvath, Vargan, Galyas, etc. – average rating 2464

Dr. Geza Hetenyi (1950-2016) was a player and respected figure in Hungarian chess.

Chinese Team Championship 2017 - Games and Results
December 6th, 2017, 04:40 PM
The Chinese Team Championship took place 18th April to 5th December 2017. Shanghai just managed to hold off Chongqing on tie-break after both scored 34/44 points. Many of the strongest Chinese players played all or nearly all the 22 rounds. Yu Yangyi scored 85% on board 1 in 20 games, Grischuk 79% from 12, Wei Yi 70.5 playing all 22 games.
Kings Tournament 2017 - Games and Results
November 28th, 2017, 04:40 PM
The King's tournament took place 26th to 28th November 2017. This year it was a rapid and blitz event with sections for men's and women's fields. Players Men: Ivanchuk, Karjakin, Wei Yi and Bogdan-Daniel Deac. Women: Anna Muzychuk, Elisabeth Paehtz, Pia Cramling and Corina-Isabela Peptan. Vassily Ivanchuk dominated the men's event winning both sections ahead of Sergey Karjakin, Anna Muzychuk similarly won the rapid and blitz in the women's section.
Palma de Mallorca FIDE Grand Prix 2017 - Games and Results
November 25th, 2017, 04:40 PM
The 4th and final stage of the FIDE Grand Prix series took 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 was the final event of the Grand Prix series. Mamedyarov and Grischuk were awaiting the results as they lead the standings but didn't play. As it was Radjabov and MVL couldn't improve their scores sufficiently to catch them. FIDE_Grand_Prix_2017 Wikipedia page

Dmitry Jakovenko edged out Levon Aronian on tie-break after both scored 5.5/9 and received the trophy, although for the purposes of the Grand Prix I believe they tied.

Final list of FIDE Candidates: Runner-up 2016: Sergey Karjakin, World Cup winner: Levon Aronian, World Cup Runner up: Ding Liren, Grand Prix 2017 Winner: Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Grand Prix Runner up: Alexander Grischuk, Number one on Rating: Fabiano Caruana and Number two on Rating: Wesley So, Organiser's pick: Vladimir Kramnik.

World Juniors 2017 - Games and Results
November 25th, 2017, 04:40 PM
The World Juniors took place 13th to 25th November 2017. 18-year-old Aryan Tari held top seed Jorden Van Foreest to a draw in the final round to take the title.12 year old R Praggnanandhaa was in the hunt for the title for most of the event but did score a GM norm. He has 3 months to beat Karjakin's record as youngest ever GM. 17-year-old Zhansaya Abdumalik won the girls title.
Saint Louis Invitational 2017 - Games and Results
November 18th, 2017, 04:40 PM
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
November 18th, 2017, 04:40 PM
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 15.5-10.5 Grischuk, Dec 15th Nakamura-Karjakin.

Final TBD

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

Champions Showdown in Saint Louis 2017 - Games and Results
November 8th, 2017, 04:40 PM
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
November 6th, 2017, 04:40 PM
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
November 6th, 2017, 04:40 PM

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 -
October 31st, 2017, 04:40 PM
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
October 26th, 2017, 04:40 PM
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
October 22nd, 2017, 04:40 PM
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
October 20th, 2017, 04:40 PM
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
October 15th, 2017, 04:40 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.
Russian Team Rapid and Blitz Championship 2017 - Games and Results
October 3rd, 2017, 04:40 PM
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.