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The Review of Chess Events for 2015

by Boris Schipkov

The Qatar Masters Open 2015 took place in Doha 19th-29th December. 1-2. Magnus Carlsen, Yu Yangyi - 7 out of 9 scores.
World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen, the winner of the Qatar Masters Open 2015
World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen, the winner of the Qatar Masters Open 2015. Photo by Maria Emelianova
Qatar Masters Open 2015

The London Chess Classic 2015 took place in England 4th-13th December. 1-3. Magnus Carlsen, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Anish Giri - 5.5 out of 9.
London Chess Classic 2015

The ACP Masters 2015 Rapid was held in Ashdod (Israel) 7th-10th December.
Final: Vassily Ivanchuk - Etienne Bacrot 2.5-0.5.
Semifinals: Gelfand-Bacrot 2-3, Ivanchuk-Nepomniachtchi 1.5-0.5.
Vassily Ivanchuk Games, ACP Masters 2015 Rapid

The European Team Chess Championships 2015 took place in Reykjavik (Iceland) 12th-22nd November.
European Team Chess Championships 2015, Reykjavik

The Showdowns in Saint Louis: Hikaru Nakamura vs Fabiano Caruana, Hou Yifan vs Parimarjan Negi, 12th-15th November 2015.
Fabiano Caruana - Hikaru Nakamura 10-8. Hou Yifan - Parimarjan Negi 11-7.
Blitz Games, Showdown in Saint Louis 2015: Caruana-Nakamura, Hou-Negi
Blitz Games: Nakamura-Caruana 3.5-4.5. Negi-Hou 3.5-4.5.
Rapid Games, Showdown in Saint Louis 2015: Caruana-Nakamura, Hou-Negi
Rapid Games: Nakamura-Caruana 1-3. Negi-Hou 1-3.
Fischer Random (Chess 960): Nakamura-Caruana 2.5-1.5. Hou-Negi 3.5-0.5.
Games, Basque Chess, Showdown in Saint Louis 2015: Caruana-Nakamura, Hou-Negi
Basque chess (two games at once): Caruana-Nakamura 1-1. Hou-Negi 0-2.

The Bilbao Final Chess Masters 2015 took place in the Basque Country, Spain 26th October - 1st November. Rest day 29th October.
1-2. Wesley So, Anish Giri - 8, 3-4. Viswanathan Anand, Ding Liren - 5. Tiebreak: Wesley So - Anish Giri 1.5-0.5.
Round 6: Ding-Anand 1/2. Anand took the initiative in the centre and on the queenside, 21...Bh7 was better, Liren grabbed a pawn in the endgame. So-Giri 1/2. A quick draw.
Round 5: Anand-So 1/2, a draw by perpetual check. Giri-Ding 1/2. With counterplay.
Round 4: Giri-Anand 1-0. Anish outplayed the rival in the English Opening, won the queen. Ding-So 1/2. With counterplay, a draw by perpetual check.
Round 3: So-Anand 1/2, a draw by perpetual check. Ding-Giri 1/2. Anish obtained a huge edge in the endgame, could have won with 48...Bg2.
Round 2: Anand-Ding 1/2. Giri-So 1/2.
Round 1: Anand-Giri 1/2. So-Ding 1-0. 3 pieces vs a queen. Liren made a mistake, 47...b5?, and Wesley won with 49.f6, 52.f7.
Bilbao Chess Final Masters 2015 Games
3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, like in soccer. Games BFCM 2015 (14, pgn)

The Chess European Club Cups 2015 took place in Skopje (Macedonia) 17th-25th October. 7 round Swiss.
Open: 1. Siberia - 13 out of 14 scores, 2. SOCAR - 11 (239), 3. Medny Vsadnik - 11 (199.5), 4. Obiettivo Risarcimento Padova - 11 (199).
Round 7: Siberia-Padova 3-3 (Vachier-Li 1-0, Wang-Bacrot 1-0), Medny-SOCAR 3-3 (Adams-Matlakov 1-0, Rodshtein-Mamedyarov 1-0), BeerSheva-Alkaloid 1.5-4.5.
Round 6: Alkaloid-Siberia 2.5-3.5 (Kramnik grabbed two pawns and beat Ivanchuk, Kryvoruchko-Wang 1-0, Li-Andreikin 1-0), SOCAR-NovyBor 3.5-2.5, SHSM-Padova 2.5-3.5, Odlar-Medny 1.5-4.5.
Round 5: Siberia-SOCAR 3.5-2.5 (Kramnik sacrificed the exchange to attack, had a huge advantage and beat Topalov, Grischuk beat Caruana, Adams-Li 1-0), Padova-Alkaloid 3.5-2.5 (Leko beat Ivanchuk).
Siberia (Nsk): Vladimir Kramnik, Levon Aronian, Alexander Grischuk, Wang Yue, Li Chao, Anton Korobov, Dmitry Kokarev, Dmitry Bocharov. SOCAR: Fabiano Caruana, Veselin Topalov, Anish Giri, Michael Adams, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Teimour Radjabov, Rauf Mamedov, Eltaj Safarli. Obiettivo Risarcimento Padova: Peter Leko, Sergey Karjakin, Hikaru Nakamura, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Etienne Bacrot, Michele Godena, Daniele Vocaturo, Danyyil Dvirnyy. Medny Vsadnik SPb: Peter Svidler, Leinier Dominguez Perez, Nikita Vitiugov, Maxim Matlakov, Maxim Rodshtein, Vladimir Fedoseev, Ildar Khairullin, Ivan Saric.
Women: 1. Nona - 14 out of 14 scores, 2. Gambit Asseko See - 11, 3. Ugra - 10.

The World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championships 2015 took place in Berlin (Germany) 9th-14th October.
World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Berlin 2015

The Millionaire Chess Open 2015 took place in Las Vegas (USA) 8th-12th October.
Sam Shankland vs Jacek Stopa Alisa Melekhina. Photos by David Llada
Sam Shankland vs Jacek Stopa. Alisa Melekhina. Photos by David Llada
Final: Hikaru Nakamura - Le Quang Liem 1.5-0.5. Hikaru Nakamura wins the Millionaire Chess Open 2015. Nakamura beat Le in game 1.
Hikaru Nakamura Games, Millionaire Chess Open 2015
For 3rd place: Yu Yangyi - Aleksandr Lenderman 2-0.
Semifinals: Yu Yangyi - Hikaru Nakamura 1.5-2.5.
Le Quang Liem - Aleksandr Lenderman 2-0.
Hikaru Nakamura, Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So, Yu Yangyi, Gata Kamsky, Ray Robson, Luke McShane.

Chess Women's Grand Prix 2015 Monte-Carlo Tournament

The World Chess Cup 2015 took place in Baku (Azerbaijan) 10th September - 5th October.
Final: Peter Svidler - Sergey Karjakin 4-6. Karjakin wins the World Chess Cup 2015.
World Chess Cup 2015, Baku

The Sinquefield Cup 2015 chess tournament took place in Saint Louis (USA) 22nd August - 3rd September. 1. Levon Aronian - 6 out of 9, 2-5. Magnus Carlsen, Hikaru Nakamura, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Anish Giri - 5.
Sinquefield Cup 2015, Saint Louis

The French Chess Championships 2015 took place in Saint-Quentin 9th-20th August.
1-2. Christian Bauer, Tigran Gharamian - 7.5 out of 11, 3. Etienne Bacrot - 7, 4. Matthieu Cornette - 6.5, 5. Yannick Gozzoli - 6, 6-8. Romain Edouard, Jean-Marc Degraeve, Sebastien Maze - 5.5, 9. Andrei Istratescu - 5, 10. Maxime Lagarde - 4.5, 11. Andrei Shchekachev - 3.5, 12. Jules Moussard - 2.
Tiebreak: Christian Bauer - Tigran Gharamian 1.5-0.5. Christian Bauer is the champion of France 2015.
Christian Bauer, French Chess Championship 2015: 13 Games

The Peter Leko vs Li Chao 2015 match took place in Szeged (Hungary) 13th-20th August.
Li Chao - Peter Leko 4-2 (1/2, 1/2, 1-0, 1-0, 1/2, 1/2).
Peter Leko vs Li Chao Match, Szeged 2015: Games

Russian Chess Championships 2015 Super Finals, Chita 2015

Magnus Carlsen prefers knock-out events?!
Magnus Carlsen wrote about a World Championship cycle system in Facebook: "In short, I strongly believe the chess world should evolve to a more just system. What does that look like? I have long thought that moving to an annual knock-out event, similar to the World Cup, would be more equitable. This change would in effect improve the odds of becoming World Champion for nearly every chess player, with the exception of the reigning World Champion, and potentially a few other top players who would no longer be favoured by the current format".

The U. S. Chess Open 2015 took place in Phoenix, Arizona 1st-9th August. Alexander Shabalov won the U.S. Open 2015.
1. Alexander Shabalov - 8.5 out of 9, 2-9. Illia Nyzhnyk, Alejandro Ramirez, Bartlomiej Macieja, Andrey Gorovets, Conrad Holt, Mackenzie Molner, Rogelio Barcenilla, Andre Diamant - 7.5.

The British Chess Championships 2015 took place in Coventry 25th July - 8th August.
1. Jonathan Hawkins - 8.5 out of 11, 2-4. Danny Gormally, David Howell, Nicholas Pert - 8.5.
Jonathan Hawkins, British Chess Championship 2015: 11 Games

The Czech Open 2015 took place in Pardubice 24th July - 2nd August.
1. Viktor Laznicka - 7.5 out of 9, 2-5. Sergei Movsesian, Robert Cvek, Andrei Kovalev, Danny Raznikov - 7.
Viktor Laznicka, Czech Open 2015: 9 Games

The Politiken Cup 2015 took place in Helsingor (Denmark) 25th July - 2nd August.
1-10. Markus Ragger, Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, Jon Ludvig Hammer, Laurent Fressinet, Tiger Hillarp-Persson, Samuel Shankland, Sebastien Maze, Mihail Marin, Sune Berg Hansen, Vitaly Kunin - 8 out of 10 scores.
Markus Ragger, Politiken Cup, Helsingor 2015: 10 Games

The Biel International 2015 Chess Festival took place in Switzerland 20th-30th July.
1. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave - 6.5 out of 10, 2. Radoslaw Wojtaszek - 6, 3-4. David Navara, Michael Adams - 5.5, 5. Pavel Eljanov - 4.5, 6. Richard Rapport - 2.
Biel International 2015 Chess Festival. 30 GM Games
Games BICFG 2015 (30, pgn)

The Ding Liren vs Boris Gelfand 2015 match took place in Wenzhou (China) 16th-20th July.
Ding Liren - Boris Gelfand 3-1
Ding Liren vs Boris Gelfand 2015 match: Games

The China-Russia Match 2015 took place in Yinzhou (China) 14th-20th July.
China-Russia 29-21: Men 14-11, Women 15-10.
China-Russia Match 2015 Men Games
China-Russia Match 2015 Women Games
Blitz: China-Russia 54-46 (Men 26-24, Women 28-22).
Russia Men: Svidler Peter, Vitiugov Nikita, Matlakov Maxim, Fedoseev Vladimir, Dubov Daniil. China Men: Yu Yangyi, Wei Yi, Bu Xiangzhi, Lu Shanglei, Wang Chen.
Russia Women: Gunina Valentina, Girya Olga, Goryachkina Aleksandra, Pogonina Natalija, Kashlinskaya Alina. China Women: Tan Zhongyi, Shen Yang, Huang Qian, Lei Tingjie, Ding Yixin.

The Sparkassen Chess Meeting 2015 took place in Dortmund (Germany) 27th June - 5th July. 1. Fabiano Caruana - 5.5 out of 7, 2-3. Wesley So, Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu - 4.
Sparkassen Chess Meeting, Dortmund 2015

The Edmonton International Chess Festival 2015 took place in Canada 20th-28th June.
1. Pentala Harikrishna - 7.5 out of 9, 2-4. Surya Shekhar Ganguly, Wang Hao, Vassily Ivanchuk - 6.5.
Pentala Harikrishna, Edmonton International 2015: All 9 Games

Milan, Italy. Top seed GM Roland Salvador, from Philippine, won Expo Milan Chess Move 2015, hosted in Milan 20th to 28th June 2015, during Expo, the world biggest event about food and nutrition. 1. Roland Salvador - 7,5 points out of 9, 2. Timur Radionov - 6.5, 3-4. Matteo Zoldan, Aleksandra Dadello - 6 points.
IM Vojtech Plat, 21, from Czech Republic won the blitz marathon, which lasted from the first morning to evening. Plat won with a perfect 32 out of 32, followed by FM Luca Moroni, who scored a good 28/32 and by Serbian GM Miroljub Lazic, who placed third with 26; FM Franco Misiano from Milan performed well too and place 4th with 24 points.

The Norway Chess 2015 Tournament

The Capablanca Memorial 2015 took place in Havana (Cuba) 15th-25th June.
1. Yu Yangyi - 7 out of 10 scores, 2-3. Dmitry Andreikin, Pavel Eljanov - 5.5, 4. Leinier Dominguez Perez - 4.5, 5. Ian Nepomniachtchi - 4, 6. Lazaro Bruzon Batista - 3.5.
Capablanca Memorial 2015 Games

The CEZ trophy 2015 match So vs Navara took place in Prague (Czech Republic) 13th-16th June.
David Navara - Wesley So 1-3. Wesley So won the trophy.
CEZ Trophy 2015 Match Wesley So vs David Navara: Games

The American Continental Chess Championship 2015 was held in Montevideo (Uruguay) 15th-24th May.
1-2. Mareco Sandro, Quesada Perez Yuniesky - 8.5 out of 11, 3-10. Cori Jorge, Flores Diego, Perez Ponsa Federico, Granda Zuniga Julio, Kovalyov Anton, Iturrizaga Bonelli Eduardo, Gonzalez Vidal Yuri, Alonso Salvador - 8. Tie-break, rapid: Eduardo Iturrizaga Federico Perez Ponsa and Anton Kovalyov have qualified for the Chess World Cup 2015 (together with Yuniesky Quesada Perez). Julio Granda Zuniga, Jorge Cori and Sandro Mareco already qualified before this Absoluto Championship.
Sandro Mareco, American Continental Championship 2015: All 11 Games

The FIDE World Chess Grand Prix 2015 Khanty-Mansiysk tournament took place in Russia 13th-26th May. 1-3. Dmitry Jakovenko, Hikaru Nakamura, Fabiano Caruana - 6.5 out of 11.
World Chess Grand Prix 2015 Khanty-Mansiysk Tournament
Fabiano Caruana and Hikaru Nakamura have qualified for the Candidates Tournament 2016. Chess Grand Prix 2014-2015 final standings: 1. Caruana - 370 points, 2. Nakamura - 347, 3. Jakovenko - 310.

The Russian Team Chess Championships 2015 took place in Sochi, Krasnodar Kray 1st-7th May.
1. Siberia (Novosibirsk) - 14 out of 14, 2. University (Belorechensk) - 11, 3. Bronze Horseman (St Petersburg) - 9, 4. Nashe Nasledie (Moscow) - 8, 5. Malachite (Sverdlovsk Oblast) - 6, 6. Zhiguli (Samara Oblast) - 4, 7. Ladya (Kazan) - 3, 8. Yamal (Yamalo-Nenets AO) - 1.
Siberia: Vladimir Kramnik, Levon Aronian, Dmitry Jakovenko, Wang Yue, Anton Korobov, Dmitry Kokarev, Dmitry Bocharov, Pavel Maletin.
Siberia (Novosibirsk) Games Rounds 4-7, Russian Team Chess Championship 2015
Siberia (Novosibirsk) Games Rounds 1-3, Russian Team Chess Championship 2015
Kramnik, Aronian, Jakovenko, Nepomniachtchi, Wojtaszek, Vitiugov, Svidler, Shirov, Kamsky, Grischuk, Andreikin.

The Women's World Team Chess Championship 2015 took place in Chengdu (China) 18th-28th April. 1. Georgia - 17, 2. Russia - 15, 3. China - 11.
Women's World Team Chess Championship 2015, Chengdu 2015

The World Team Chess Championship 2015 took place in Tsakhkadzor (Armenia) 18th-28th April. 1. China - 15, 2. Ukraine - 12, 3. Armenia - 11.
World Team Chess Championship 2015, Tsakhkadzor 2015

The Vugar Gashimov Memorial, Shamkir Chess 2015 took place in Azerbaijan 17th-26th April. Free Day - 22nd April. 1. Magnus Carlsen - 7 out of 9 scores.
Shamkir Chess 2015, Vugar Gashimov Memorial

The Battle of the Legends 2015, the chess match Garry Kasparov vs Nigel Short took place in Saint Louis, United States of America, 25th-26th April. 2 rapid and 8 blitz games.
Rapid: Kasparov-Short 1.5-0.5. Blitz: Kasparov-Short 7-1. Total: Garry Kasparov - Nigel Short 8.5-1.5.
All 10 Games, The Battle of the Legends 2015, the Chess Match Garry Kasparov vs Nigel Short

The US Chess Championships 2015 took place in Saint Louis, United States of America, 1st-14th April.
1. Hikaru Nakamura - 8, 2. Ray Robson - 7.5, 3. Wesley So - 6.5, 4. Alexander Onischuk - 6, 5-7. Gata Kamsky, Varuzhan Akobian, Samuel Sevian - 5.5, 8-9. Sam Shankland, Kayden Troff - 5, 10. Conrad Holt - 4.5, 11. Timur Gareev - 4, 12. Daniel Naroditsky - 3.
Round 11: Nakamura grabbed a pawn vs Onischuk, and won the game and the U.S. title after Alexander's mistake 27...Nxf2?. Robson outplayed Gareev in the opening and middlegame. So beat Troff in the endgame.
Round 9: So was forfeited after the 6th move vs Akobian, for writing notes on a sheet of paper.
Round 8: Nakamura traded the dark-squared bishop to attack with the knights on the kingside in the Modern Benoni vs Troff, and won. A sharp fight! Gareev stormed in the center with 15.e5! vs Sevian, and won.
Round 4: Gareev sacrificed a pawn after 1.e4 c5 2.b4 cxb4 vs Kamsky, very risky! A draw.
US Chess Championships 2015, Saint Louis 2015. Rounds 9-11: Games
US Chess Championships 2015, Saint Louis 2015. Rounds 6-8: Games
US Chess Championships 2015, Saint Louis 2015. Rounds 1-5: Games
Hikaru Nakamura, Wesley So, Ray Robson, Gata Kamsky, Alexander Onischuk, Daniel Naroditsky, Sam Shankland, Varuzhan Akobian, Timur Gareev, Kayden Troff, Samuel Sevian, Conrad Holt.
Games USCC 2015 (66, pgn)
Women: 1. Irina Krush - 8.5 out of 11, 2-3. Nazi Paikidze, Katerina Nemcova - 7.5. Irina Krush won the seventh title of the U.S. Women's Chess Champion.

The Women's World Chess Championship 2015 Knock-Out took place in Sochi (Russia) March 16th - April 6th.
Mariya Muzychuk with the crown, gold medal and cup. Photo by Anastasiya Karlovich
Mariya Muzychuk is the new Women's World Chess Champion.. Photo by Anastasiya Karlovich
Women's World Chess Championship 2015 Knock-Out, Sochi 2015

The Aeroflot Open 2015 was held in Moscow (Russia) 27th March - 5th April.
Final Standings Aeroflot Open 2015: 1-2. Ian Nepomniachtchi, Daniil Dubov - 7 out of 9 scores, 3. Ivan Bukavshin - 6.5, 4-9. Lu Shanglei, Rinat Jumabayev, David Anton Guijarro, Ildar Khairullin, Denis Khismatullin, A.R. Saleh Salem - 6.
Ian Nepomniachtchi, Aeroflot Open, Moscow 2015: All 9 Games

The Reykjavik Open 2015 took place in Iceland 10th-18th March.
Final Standings Reykjavik Open 2015: 1. Erwin L'ami - 8.5 out of 10 scores, 2-3. Pavel Eljanov, Fabien Libiszewski - 8.
Round 1: Benet Morant - Hammer 1/2, a draw. Round 2: Bisby-Movsesian 1-0. Round 3: Danielsen-Abdumalik 0-1, Abdumalik pushed pawns and won. Round 4: Jones-Gunnarsson 0-1. Round 5: Navara beat Jussupow in the Dutch. Round 6: Stopa lost to L'ami in the Dutch. Round 7: L'ami beat Mamedyarov. Round 8: Navara lost to Fier. Round 9: L'ami beat Melkumyan and won the Reykjavik Open 2015. Round 10: L'ami lost to Eljanov.
Erwin L'ami, Reykjavik Open 2015: All 10 Games
Mamedyarov, Navara, Eljanov, Melkumyan, Movsesian, Hammer, Granda Zuniga, Jones, Naroditsky, Gupta, L'ami, Grandelius, Fier.

The HD Bank Cup 2015 took place in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) 17th-22nd March.
1. Le Quang Liem - 7.5 out of 9, 2. Zhang Zhong - 7, 3-6. Li Chao, Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son, Pascua Haridas, Gomez John Paul - 6.5.
Le Quang Liem, HD Bank Cup, Ho Chi Minh City 2015: All 9 Games

The FIDE Asian Zonal 3.3 chess tournament 2015 took place in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) 7th-15th March.
1. Le Quang Liem - 7.5 out of 9, 2. Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son - 7, 3. Zhang Zhong - 6.5.
Le Quang Liem, Asian Zonal 3.3, Ho Chi Minh City 2015: All 9 Games

The Marchand Open 2015 took place in USA 14th-15th March.
1-6. Gata Kamsky, Sergey Kudrin, Bryan Smith, Deepak Aaron, Igor Nikolayev, Erik William Lubas - 4 out of 5 scores.

The India - China Chess Summit 2015 took place in Hyderabad (India) 1st-10th March. India-China 14-18.
All 32 Games of the India-China 2015 Match
China: Ding Liren 5 out of 8, Wang Chen 4.5, Wei Yi 4.5, Zhou Jianchoa 4.
India: S.P. Sethuraman 5 out of 8, Lalith Babu 4.5, B. Adhiban 2.5, Krishnan Sasikiran 2.
Games ICCS 2015 (32, pgn)

The Vladimir Petrov Chess Memorial 2015 took place in Jurmala (Latvia) 6th-8th March.
Rapid: 1. Vassily Ivanchuk - 9 out of 11, 2-4. Sergey Karjakin, Boris Gelfand, Richard Rapport - 8.5.
Vassily Ivanchuk, Vladimir Petrov Memorial 2015 Rapid: All 11 Games
Blitz: 1-4. Vladimir Malakhov, Daniel Fridman, Valentina Gunina, Loek Van Wely - 8 out of 10.

The European Individual Chess Championship 2015 took place in Jerusalem (Israel) 24th February - 8th March.
Final Standings European Individual CC: 1. Evgeniy Najer - 8.5 out of 11 scores, 2-4. David Navara, Mateusz Bartel, Denis Khismatullin - 8. Evgeniy Najer of Russia is the European Champion 2015.
Evgeniy Najer, European Individual Chess Championship 2015: All 11 Games
According to FIDE regulations top 23 players have qualified for the World Cup 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan (10th September - 4th October). Motylev, Navara, Eljanov, Cheparinov and Smirin already qualified from EICC 2014, therefore Grachev, Nabaty, Can, Nepomniachtchi and Goganov also have qualified. The World Cup 2015 is part of the World Chess Championship cycle.
Motylev, Navara, Vitiugov, Eljanov, Nepomniachtchi, Bacrot, Vallejo, Matlakov, Moiseenko, Kryvoruchko, Riazantsev, Korobov, Khismatullin, Fedoseev, Howell, Dreev.

The FIDE World Chess Grand Prix 2015 Tbilisi tournament took place in Georgia 14th-27th February. 1. Evgeny Tomashevsky - 8 out of 11, 2. Dmitry Jakovenko - 6.5, 3. Teimour Radjabov - 6
World Chess Grand Prix 2015 Tbilisi Tournament

The Zurich Chess Challenge 2015 took place in Switzerland 13th-19th February. Tiebreak: Viswanathan Anand - Hikaru Nakamura 0-1 (Armageddon).
Zurich Chess Challenge 2015

The Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival 2015 took place in Gibraltar 27th January - 5th February. 1. Hikaru Nakamura - 8.5 out of 10 scores, 2. David Howell - 8.
Hou Yifan, Gibraltar Chess Masters 2015, Round 7
Women's World Champion Hou Yifan, Gibraltar Chess Masters 2015. Photo by John Saunders.
Gibraltar Chess Festival 2015

The GRENKE Chess Classic Baden-Baden 2015 took place in Germany 2nd-9th February. Rest day 5th February. 1-2. Magnus Carlsen, Arkadij Naiditsch - 4.5 out of 7, 3-4. Fabiano Caruana, Michael Adams - 4, 5-6. Etienne Bacrot, Levon Aronian - 3.5, 7. Viswanathan Anand - 2.5, 8. David Baramidze - 1.5. Tiebreak: Carlsen-Naiditsch: rapid 1-1, blitz 1-1, Armageddon 1-0.
Magnus Carlsen Fabiano Caruana Viswanathan Anand Levon Aronian Michael Adams Etienne Bacrot Arkadij Naiditsch David Baramidze
Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Viswanathan Anand, Levon Aronian, Michael Adams, Etienne Bacrot, Arkadij Naiditsch, David Baramidze. Photos by Georgios Souleidis.
GRENKE Chess Classic Baden-Baden 2015: 28 Games
GRENKE Chess Classic Baden-Baden 2015: Tiebreak 5 Games
Round 7: Carlsen-Bacrot 1/2, White obtained a small advantage, but 35.Na3 was better, a draw by perpetual check. Naiditsch-Aronian 1/2, the Four Knights Game, a small advantage (again a small advantage? what's the world coming to?), a draw. Adams beat Anand.
Round 6: Caruana-Carlsen 1/2, the Spanish Game, the Berlin Variation (what? again? yes!), Magnus sacrificed a bishop with 21...hxg4! to draw by perpetual check. Anand beat Baramidze.
Round 5: Carlsen-Baramidze 1-0, the Spanish Game, a slight edge to White, in the ending Magnus pushed the b-pawn and won. Aronian-Anand 1-0, Vishy attacked on the kingside with ...h5-h4, but played badly and lost, 23...hxg3 24.hxg3 Kg7 was better, and Black could storm on the h-file with ...Rh8 and ...Qh6.
Round 4: Anand-Carlsen, the Dutch Stonewall, Magnus played the Stonewall vs Van Wely in 2012, 13.e3 is Anand's novelty, Magnus obtained good counterplay or equality with the strong 19...e5! and won after Anand's mistake 32.Rd7?. Caruana had a small advantage after 20.Ne3, he attacked in the centre with 21.d5, a draw. Baramidze-Naiditsch 0-1.
Round 3: Naiditsch-Carlsen 1-0, a strange opening, Magnus sacrificed a bishop, 'Curiouser and curiouser!' 'Let the tempest come strike harder!' Magnus had compensation, but 19...Rab8= was better, Arkadij played well and won. Bacrot-Anand, a theoretical duel in the Spanish Berlin, a draw. Adams beat Baramidze. Aronian lost to Caruana.
Round 2: Carlsen-Adams 1-0, the English Opening, with a slight edge to Magnus after 21.Qxb4, then he won a pawn and the game. Caruana-Bacrot 1/2, an interesting line in the King's Indian Saemisch, a draw. Anand grabbed a pawn in the endgame vs Naiditsch, a draw by perpetual check.
Round 1: Aronian-Carlsen 1/2, the Queen's Gambit, with counterplay, Levon obtained a small edge after 27.g4!, 26...Bxf5= was better, a draw.
Games GCC 2015 (28, pgn), Games GCC Tiebreak 2015 (5, pgn)

The Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2015 took place in Wijk aan Zee January 10th - 25th. 1. Magnus Carlsen - 9, 2-5. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Anish Giri, Wesley So, Ding Liren - 8.5.
Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2015

The Australian Chess Open 2015 was held in Sydney 2nd-11th January.
1. Ni Hua - 10.5 out of 11, 2-3. Murtas Kazhgaleyev, Max Illingworth - 8.

The New Zealand Open Chess Championship 2015, the New Zealand Rapid and Blitz Championships 2015 took place in Devonport, Auckland 1st-11th January. 122nd New Zealand Chess Congress.
New Zealand Open Championship: 1. Zhao Xue - 8 out of 9, 2-5. Klaus Bischoff, David Howell, Allan Stig Rasmussen, Eu Wen Aron Teh - 7.
Zhao Xue, New Zealand Open Championship 2015: All 9 Games
In round 6 David Howell made a mistake in the drawish endgame 36...Bb2? and Klaus Bischoff attacked the king with 37.Rxf7+ and then checkmated with 43.f3#. In round 7 Zhao Xue attacked on the kingside like in the Dutch Defence and beat Klaus Bischoff. Girl power: Zhao Xue of China leads, in round 8 played vs Irine Kharisma Sukandar of Indonesia, a draw. In round 9 Zhao Xue grabbed the exchange with 23.Nb6 and beat Karl Zelesco, won the NZ Open Championship.
New Zealand Rapid Championship: 1-2. Allan Stig Rasmussen, Zhao Xue - 8 out of 9, 3-6. David Howell, Irine Kharisma Sukandar, Russell Dive, Hans Gao - 7.
New Zealand Blitz Championship: 1. Klaus Bischoff - 8.5 out of 9, 2. Allan Stig Rasmussen - 7.5, 3. David Howell - 7, 4-6. Zhao Xue, Giovanni Thornton, Ralph Hart - 6.5.

The Hastings Chess Congress 2014-2015 took place in England 29th December 2014 - 6th January 2015.
1. Zhao Jun - 8 out of 9, 2-4. Alexandr Fier, Aleksander Mista, Gudmundur Kjartansson - 7.

The Rilton Cup 2014-2015 took place in Stockholm (Sweden) 27th December 2014 - 5th January 2015.
Final Standings: 1-2. Hammer Jon Ludvig, Hillarp Persson Tiger - 7 out of 9, 3-7. Roiz Michael, Turov Maxim, Smirin Ilia, Goganov Aleksey, Blomqvist Erik - 6.5.

The Basel Chess Festival 2015 was held in Switzerland 1st-5th January. 1-5. Naiditsch Arkadij, Donchenko Alexander, Iturrizaga Bonelli, Dann Matthias, Pavlovic Milos - 5.5 out of 7.

The Chennai Open 2014-2015 was held in India 30th December 2014 - 6th January 2015.
1-8. Ivan Popov, Marat Dzhumaev, Mikhail Mozharov, Bhuvanesh Ramnath, Dhopade Swapnil, Siddharth Ravichandran, Eldar Gasanov, Nguyen Duc Hoa - 7.5 out of 10.

The Zurich Christmas Chess Open 2014 was held in Switzerland 26th-30th December. 1. Naiditsch Arkadij - 6.5 out of 7, 2. Gonda Laszlo - 6, 3-5. Hansen Torbjorn Ringdal, Meier Georg, Rapport Richard - 5.5.


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