The Week in Chess
43rd World Chess Olympiad - Games and Results
Sun Sep 23 17:59:00 2018
The 43rd World Chess Olympiad takes place in Batumi 24th September to 6th October 2018. Speed Chess Championship 2018 - Games and Results
Wed Sep 19 09:53:00 2018
The Speed Chess Championship takes place July 24th to October 18th 2018. 16 players in a knockout online blitz tournament. 90 minutes of 5/1 blitz, 60 minutes of 3/1 blitz, and 30 minutes of 1/1 bullet chess. Players: Fabiano Caruana, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Hikaru Nakamura, Wesley So, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Levon Aronian, Wei Yi, Anish Giri, Alexander Grischuk, Sergey Karjakin, Hou Yifan, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Vidit Gujrath were all invited. There was an invitational qualifier on June 26th-27th where Leinier Dominguez Perez defeated Jon Ludvig Hammer in the final (Georg Meier and Eric Hansen lost to these in the semi-finals). The final place will be decided in a 10 round open qualifier on Tuesday, July 10th.

Games from the invitational qualifier available. It seems defending champion Magnus Carlsen is avoiding rapid and blitz ahead of his World Championship match in November.

1) 24th July - Aronian - 20.5-6.5 Caruana, 2) 26th July 8pm EST - Nakamura 27.5-2.5 Hou Yifan, 3) 29th July 8pm EST - Wesley So 18.5-9,5 Wei Yi, 4) 2nd Aug 8pm BST - MVL 19-12 Dominguez, 5) 7th Aug 5pm - Nepomniachtchi 17.5-11.5 Grischuk, 6) 30th Aug 5pm - Vidit 16-9 Andriasian, 7) 6th Sept 6pm - Duda 13-11 Karjakin, 8) 7th Sept 6pm - Giri 17-15 Mamedyarov.

Quarter Finals Duda 14-13 Grischuk, Aronian 18-11 Giri, Vidit-So, Nakamura-MVL.

Champions Chess960 Showdown 2018 - Games and Results
Tue Sep 11 17:23:00 2018
The Champions Chess960 Showdown took place in St Louis 11th to 14th September. 4 days of rapid and blitz using different Chess960 start positions. Final combined scores (rapid points worth double the blitz points): Topalov 14.5-11.5 Kasparov, Nakamura 14-12 Svider, So 15.5-10.5 Giri, MVL 17.5-8.5 Shankland, Aronian 17.5-8.5 Dominguez.
PRO Chess League All Stars 2018 - Games and Results
Tue Sep 11 14:14:00 2018
The PRO Chess League All Stars evening saw the best available players from the four divisions of the 2018 PRO League season play again for an evening of blitz (3 minutes + 1 second a move) on September 8th. 4 players from each division played the rest to establish the order for the final phase. Top scorers Pacific with 27.5 points in the preliminary stage awaiting the winners of a KO system where Easter (22.5 points) beat Central (24 points) but then lost to Atlantic (24 points). Nakamura beat Le Quang Liem but only after 3 draws to take the title.
57th World Juniors 2018 - Games and Results
Sat Sep 8 14:04:00 2018
The 57th World Juniors and 36th World Junior Girls took place in Manavgat, Turkey Tue 4th Sep 2018 to Sun 16th Sep 2018. Top seeds: Parham Maghsoodloo, Jorden Van Foreest, Alexander Donchenko, Murali Karthikeyan etc. Girls: Stavroula Tsolakidou, Davaademberel Nomin-Erdene, Bibisara Assaubayeva, Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova etc. Top seed Maghsoodloo of Iran dominated the event wrapping up first place with a round to spare. He was defeated in the final round but still won the event by a point from Abhimanyu Puranik of India and Sergei Lobanov of Russia. Untitled Aleksandra Maltsevskaya from Russia won the girls event on tie-break from Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova of Uzbekistan after both scored 8.5/11, Nino Khomeriki took 3rd.