Chess events to follow

There are plenty of chess tournaments to follow these days, starting with the much awaited final match of Women’s World Championship between Mariya Muzychuk (2526) (Ukraine) and Natalia Pogonina (2456) (Russia). It will be a 4 games match to decide the winner.

Pogonina looking forward to it 🙂

CBcOKskU0AAAvs8The Muzychuck sisters after Mariya (left) reached the finals.
Picture by Anastasiya Karlovich (@NastiaKarlovich)

Aeroflot Open 2015

The Grandmasters Daniil Dubov (2627) (RUS) and Ian Nepomniachtchi (2714) (RUS) are leading the Aeroflot Open with 5 points out of 6.  There has been just as much fighting chess as lazy draws under 15 moves in this tournament. 🙂 However, with only three rounds left, the games at the top tables look promising!

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US Championship:

A top event. Perhaps the strongest US Championship I can remember. A round robin tournament with 12 players. Nine (!) of them above 2600, two of them close to 2800. Hikaru Nakamura and Wesley So are favorites and surely they will have to work hard to win it. The tournament is being held in Saint Louis at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis and looks very well organized.

It’s interesting that spectators must pay a $10 ”Individual Round Day Pass” to watch the round live. The pass includes unlimited access into the championship tournament hall, additional live Grandmaster-led commentary, and complimentary beverage and food catering. No doubt this is a great idea.

The field:

  1. Hikaru Nakamura (2798)
  2. Wesley So (2788)
  3. Gata Kamsky (2683)
  4. Alexander Onischuk (2669)
  5. Samuel Shankland (2661)
  6. Ray Robson (2656)
  7. Daniel Naroditsky (2633)
  8. Varuzhan Akobian (2620)
  9. Timur Gareev (2604)
  10. Kayden Troff (2532)
  11. Samuel Sevian (2531)
  12. Conrad Holt (2530)

Link to the Official Site

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