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The Russian Team Championships 2014 took place in Loo, Sochi, Krasnodar Kray 7th-14th April.
1. "Malachite" - 12; 2. "Nashe Nasledie" - 11; 3. St. Petersburg Chess Fed - 10 (24); 4. University Belorechensk - 10 (23).
"Malachite": Karjakin, Grischuk, Leko, Shirov, Malakhov, Motylev, Lysyj, Bologan.
Karjakin, Grischuk, Svidler, Vitiugov, Nepomniachtchi, Jakovenko, Morozevich, Leko, Kamsky, Shirov, Motylev, Jobava, Malakhov.

The Candidates Tournament 2014 took place in Khanty-Mansiysk (Russia) 12th-30th March. 1. Viswanathan Anand - 8.5; 2. Sergey Karjakin - 7.5; 3-5. Vladimir Kramnik, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Dmitry Andreikin - 7; 6-7. Levon Aronian, Peter Svidler - 6.5; 8. Veselin Topalov - 6. Viswanathan Anand will play vs Magnus Carlsen in November 2014 in WCC.
Pairings and Results of the Chess Candidates Tournament 2014
Levon Aronian. Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich Vladimir Kramnik Viswanathan Anand Sergey Karjakin Peter Svidler Dmitry Andreikin Shakhriyar Mamedyarov Veselin Topalov
Levon Aronian, Vladimir Kramnik, Viswanathan Anand, Sergey Karjakin, Peter Svidler, Dmitry Andreikin, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Veselin Topalov. Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich.
FIDE World Chess Candidates Tournament 2014. Results and games with commentary
Games CT 2014 (56, pgn)
The games - 10:00 am CET, 5:00 am EDT, 16:00 Nsk. Time control: 120 minutes for 40 moves, 60 minutes for the next 20 moves and 15 minutes for the rest of the game plus an additional 30 seconds per move from move 61. The winner will play vs Magnus Carlsen in November 2014.

The European Individual Chess Championship 2014 took place in Yerevan (Armenia) 3rd-14th March. The games - 12:00 pm CET, 6:00 am EST, 18:00 Nsk.
1. Alexander Motylev - 9/11; 2-9. David Anton Guijarro, Vladimir Fedoseev, Dragan Solak, Pavel Eljanov, Constantin Lupulescu, David Navara, Ivan Saric, Igor Lysyj - 8.
Etienne Bacrot, Pavel Eljanov, Dmitry Jakovenko, Anton Korobov, Vladimir Malakhov, Baadur Jobava, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Alexander Moiseenko, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Laurent Fressinet, Zoltan Almasi, David Navara, and Judit Polgar.

Open Festival da Uva Rapid, 8th-9th March 2014: 1. Magnus Carlsen - 8.5/9, 2-3. Krikor Sevag Mekhitarian, Gilberto Milos - 8.
Magnus Carlsen in Brazil 2014: Chess Games
Four Player Chess Rapid Knockout took place in Caxias do Sul 7th March 2014, Final: Magnus Carlsen - Gilberto Milos 2-0. The game Carlsen, Magnus (2881) - Rodriguez Vila, Andres 1-0.
Magnus Carlsen wins the Recreio da Juventude rapid tournament in Caxias do Sul (Brazil), 6th March 2014: 1. Magnus Carlsen, 2. Gilberto Milos, 3. Andres Rodriguez Vila, 4. Rafael Leitao.

The Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival 2014 took place in Gibraltar 28th January - 6th February.
1-3. Cheparinov, Ivanchuk, Vitiugov - 8/10. Tiebreak Semifinal: Ivanchuk-Vitiugov 1-3. Final: Cheparinov-Vitiugov 1.5-0.5.
Adams, Vachier-Lagrave, Ivanchuk, Vitiugov, Eljanov, Tomashevsky, Kamsky, Harikrishna, Navara.
The Crushing Defeat in the Opening: the Chess Game Kevin Spraggett vs Nigel Short, Gibraltar Masters 2014.


The Zurich Chess Challenge 2014 took place in Switzerland 29th January - 4th February.
Total Classical + Rapid: 1. Magnus Carlsen - 10, 2-3. Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian - 9, 4. Hikaru Nakamura - 7.5, 5. Viswanathan Anand - 5, 6. Boris Gelfand - 4.5. World Champion Magnus Carlsen wins the Zurich Chess Challenge 2014.
Rapid: 1. Caruana - 4, 2. Nakamura - 3.5, 3. Aronian - 3, 4. Carlsen - 2, 5. Gelfand - 1.5, 6. Anand - 1. Time control Rapid: 15 minutes with an increment of 10 seconds per move for each player. Carlsen beat Gelfand in 24 moves, lost to Aronian and Caruana. Nakamura beat Anand in 26 moves.
Zurich Chess Challenge 2014, Rapid Games
Classical: 1. Carlsen - 8 (4), 2. Aronian - 6 (3), 3. Caruana - 5 (2.5), 4-5. Nakamura, Anand - 4 (2), 6. Gelfand - 3 (1.5). Two points for a win, one point for a draw. Time control: 40 moves in 120 minutes, then 20 moves in 60 minutes, rest of game - 15 minutes with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 61.
Round 5: Anand-Carlsen 1/2. The Spanish Game. A quick draw in 40 moves.
Caruana-Aronian 1-0. The Spanish Game.
Nakamura-Gelfand 1/2. The Sicilian Defense.
Zurich Chess Challenge 2014, Round 5 Games
Round 4: Carlsen-Caruana 1-0. Magnus had slightly better chances in the Spanish Game, sacrificed the exchange with 22.Rxf7! to fight for a win. Great! Probably 28.Qf6 was stronger.
Aronian-Nakamura 1-0. The King's Indian Defense. Levon produced a novelty, 13.Nfd4, had an advantage with 18.Bd2. Better were 21.Nc3 or 21.g4.
Gelfand-Anand 0-1. The Slav Defense. Better was 19.h5.
Zurich Chess Challenge 2014, Round 4 Games
Round 3: Nakamura-Carlsen 0-1. A sharp fight in the Nimzo-Indian Defense. 14...c5 was a novelty, but Hikaru attacked on the kingside with 15.g4 and obtained a big advantage, could have won with 26.hxg6, then with 30.gxf7, or 37.Qf1 b5 38.Rxh7. After Nakamura's mistakes 37.d6?, 39.Nc4? and 40.Qh5? Magnus Carlsen got a huge edge in the endgame, because he had 5 pawns vs a knight.
Aronian-Gelfand 1/2. The Gruenfeld Defense. With equality.
Caruana-Anand 1/2. The Slav Defense. Fabiano had two bishops.
Zurich Chess Challenge 2014, Round 3 Games
Round 2: Carlsen-Aronian 1/2. The English Opening. A theoretical duel, 15.Qe2 is a novelty. Perpetual check.
Anand-Nakamura 0-1. The Spanish Game. The Exchange Variation. Anand launched an attack on the queenside with a4-a5, but did not play the strong 15.a6!. Hikaru couterattacked with a knight sacrifice 15...Nxh3!. What a game!
Gelfand-Caruana 1/2. The Dutch Defense. White seized space on the queenside with b2-b4, but Black quickly equalized.
Zurich Chess Challenge 2014, Round 2 Games
Round 1: Carlsen-Gelfand 1-0. The Gruenfeld Defense. Magnus sacrificed the g4-pawn with 15.g4.
Aronian-Anand 1-0. The English Opening. Levon took the slight initiative on the queenside. Anand sacrificed a bishop with 22...Bxe4.
Nakamura-Caruana 1/2. The Gruenfeld Defense. Hikaru played a novelty, 16.Bh6, but Fabiano had good counterplay.
Zurich Chess Challenge 2014, Round 1 Games
Games ZCC 2014 (47, pgn)
Blitz (29th January): 1-2. Carlsen, Aronian - 3, 3-5. Nakamura, Caruana, Anand - 2.5, 6. Gelfand - 1.5. Time control Blitz: 4 minutes + 2 seconds per move for each player. Carlsen lost to Caruana in 35 moves, beat Anand in 21 moves and Nakamura in 40.
Zurich Chess Challenge 2014, All Blitz Games
Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Hikaru Nakamura, Fabiano Caruana, Boris Gelfand, Viswanathan Anand.

The Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2014 took place in Wijk aan Zee (The Netherlands) January 10th - 26th. Games: January 11-13, 15, 17-19, 21, 23, 25, 26.
1. Levon Aronian - 8, 2-3. Anish Giri, Sergey Karjakin - 6.5, 4-6. Fabiano Caruana, Leinier Dominguez Perez, Wesley So - 6, 7. Pentala Harikrishna - 5.5, 8-9. Loek van Wely, Hikaru Nakamura - 5, 10. Boris Gelfand - 4.5, 11-12. Richard Rapport, Arkadij Naiditsch - 3.5.
Round 11: Aronian obtained a small advantage in the Dutch vs van Wely, but Loek counterattacked on the kingside and won after Levon's mistake 38.exf4?.
Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2014, Round 11: Chess Games
Round 10: Dominguez had a slight edge in the Spanish vs Aronian, but Levon sacrificed a pawn in the center with the strong 20...e4! and took the initiative on the kingside, then on the queenside, and won.
Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2014, Round 10: Chess Games
Round 9: Aronian obtained a small advantage vs Karjakin, won a pawn and the game.
Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2014, Round 9: Chess Games
Round 8: Aronian equalized in the Catalan vs Giri, a draw in the rook endgame.
Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2014, Round 8: Chess Games
Round 7: Nakamura seized space on the kingside with h4 and g4 in the Sicilian Defence vs Van Wely, and Loek successfully attacked on this weak kingside. The Force was with you, Loek.
Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2014, Round 7: Chess Games
Round 6: Aronian outplayed So in a rare line. Nakamura produced a novelty in the Berlin Spanish, 14...h5, vs Dominguez, but then lost the exchange, a draw after mistakes.
Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2014, Round 6: Chess Games
Round 5: Nakamura-Karjakin 1/2. Sergey had counterplay in the Nimzo-Indian Defence, but the position was complicated. A draw by perpetual check.
Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2014, Round 5: Chess Games
Round 4: Aronian had a small advantage vs Nakamura in the King's Indian and endgame, the novelty 20...gxf3 by Hikaru. Better was 34.Nxb7, winning. But Levon won after the bad 40...Kd7?.
Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2014, Round 4: Chess Games
Round 3: Rapport had a development advantage vs Aronian, but the endgame was drawn.
Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2014, Round 3: Chess Games
Round 2: Aronian obtained a small advantage, grabbed a pawn and won vs Caruana, who played a novelty, 9...Nd7. So had a slight edge vs Nakamura, a draw.
Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2014, Round 2: Chess Games
Round 1: Nakamura produced a novelty, 20.Bf2, vs Naiditsch, Khalifman played 20.Bg3 vs Lutz in 2000, then Naiditsch sacrificed a knight and lost. Caruana attacked on the kingside and beat Gelfand.
Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2014, Round 1: Chess Games
Games TS 2014 (66, pgn)

The New Zealand Chess Championship 2014 was held in Auckland 2nd-12th January.
1. Wang, Pu Chen - 7.5 out of 9; 2. Dive, Russell - 7; 3. Ker, Anthony - 6.

The Hastings Chess Congress 2013-2014 took place in England 28th December 2013 - 5th January 2014.
1-7. Mchedlishvili, Mikheil; Khenkin, Igor; Ma, Qun; Hebden, Mark; Vakhidov, Jahongir; Sarkar, Justin; Radovanovic, Jovica - 6.5 out of 9 scores.

The Senator Max Gutmann Memorial 2013-2014 GM tournament was held in Augsburg (Germany) 27th December 2013 - 4th January 2014. Eva Moser earned her first Grandmaster norm.
1. Eva Moser - 7.5 out of 9; 2. Michael Prusikin - 7; 3. Petar Arnaudov - 6.
An amazing game, Arnaudov, Petar - Moser, Eva 0-1. Five queens on the board!

The Groningen Chess Festival 2013 took place in the Netherlands 21st-30th December. The match Jan Timman - Anatoly Karpov 1.5-2.5.
Chess Games of the match Jan Timman against Anatoly Karpov 2013.
Open A: 1-4. Andriasian, Zaven; L'Ami, Erwin, Bok, Benjamin, Ernst, Sipke - 7/9.

The Zurich Christmas Chess Open 2013 was held in Switzerland 26th-30th December. 1. Wojtaszek Radoslaw - 6 out of 7, 2-6. Kovalenko Igor, Balogh Csaba, Georgiev Kiril, Bogner Sebastian, Gallagher Joseph - 5.5.


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