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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 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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