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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.
Site: http://www.uschesschamps.com/

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.
Site: http://www.reykjavikopen.com/, http://chess-results.com/tnr143563

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)
Site: http://www.grenkechessclassic.de/en/

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.
Site: http://www.newzealandchess.co.nz/, http://www.newzealandchess.co.nz/Vega2015/wwwNZOpen/

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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