The Riga FIDE Grand Prix takes place Fri 12th to Thu 25th July 2019. This 16 player KO is based on the FIDE World Cup format. Players: Sergey Karjakin,
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and
I will have updates every day after play finishes.
The Croatia Grand Chess Tour event takes place in Zagreb 26th June to 8th July 2019. 12 players 11 rounds. Players: Carlsen, Caruana, Ding, Giri, Vachier-Lagrave, Nepomniachtchi, Mamedyarov, Anand, Nakamura, So, Aronian and Karjakin.
The St Louis Summer Chess Classic takes place Tue 18th Jun to Fri 28th Jun 2019. Shankland, Gawain Jones, Le Quang Liem, David Howell, Jeffery Xiong and Dariusz Swiercz play in the top group of three all of which are 6 player 10 round events.
The 7th Altibox Norway Chess tournament took place 3rd to 15th June. The event tried a new format. There was be a main game of 2 hours per player (10 seconds a move increment after move 40). if this was drawn there was a single Armageddon game. Points: win in the main game 2 points.
Loss main game: 0 points
Draw in the main game and win in the Armageddon: 1½ points
Draw in the main game and loss in the Armageddon: ½ points.
Magnus Carlsen won the event with 13.5 from an available 18 points. He won two classical games and 6 Armageddon tie-breaks before being
defeated by Fabiano Caruana in the final Armageddon tie-break of the tournament. Yu Yangyi and Levon Aronian were on 10.5 points.
Ding Liren would have shared first with Carlsen if just the classical games were counted but finished 6th in the actual event. Conventional scores: 1 Ding Liren 5.5pts,
1 Carlsen 5.5pts,
3 So 5pts,
3 Caruana 5pts,
5 Aronian 4.5pts,
5 Yu 4.5pts,
7 Anand 4pts,
7 MVL 4pts,
9 Grischuk 3.5pts,
9 Mamedyarov 3.5pts.
The FIDE Women's Candidates Tournament takes place Friday 31st May to Mon 17th Jun 2019 in Kazan, Russia. Play starts at 1pm UK time each day. 8 players and 14 rounds just as in the men's event. Players: Anna and Mariya Muzychuk,
Kateryna Lagno, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Aleksandra Goryachkina,
Zhongyi Tan, Nana Dzagnidze and Valentina Gunina.
The Moscow FIDE Grand Prix was the first of the new format of events for the World Chess Championship cycle 2019-20. Pretty much the World Cup KO formula with 16 players and took place 17th to 29th May 2019. Players: Mamedyarov, Giri, Wesly So, Aronian, Grischuk, Nakamura, Karjakin, Nepomniachtchi, Svidler, Radjabov, Jakovenko, Wojtaszek, Wei Yi, Duda, Vitiugov and Dubov. Ian Nepomniachtchi beat Alexander Grischuk in the final 2.5-1.5 after winning the second rapid game.