Australia. Max Illingworth won with 10/11 his second title of Australian Champion.
Azerbaijan. Without the participation of the top players, Adulla Gadimbayli and Ravan Aliyev shared first with 7/9. Adulla Gadimbayli took the national title on tiebreak.
Brazil. At the 4th Floripa Open in Florianopolis, the GMs Andres Rodriguez Vila took the title on tiebreak ahead of Alexandr Fier, Evandro Amorim Barbosa, Axel Bachmann and Neuris Delgado Ramirez with 8/10.
Belarus. Alexey Alexandrov won his 5th title of Belarus Champion.
England. The Indian GM Deep Sengupta and the Chinese IM Yiping Lou shared first at the 93rd Tradewise Hastings Congress with 7/9.
Georgia. At the 77th Georgian Championship which this year was a 16 player knockout format, Mikheil Mchedlishvili beat Davit Jojua 2.5-1.5 in the final.
Germany. In Schwaebisch Gmuend, the German IM Jonas Lampert won the 30th Staufer-Open on tie-break ahead of 7 players all finishing with 7/9.
Arik Braun edged, In Panneerselvam, Mads Andersen and Misa Pap shared first at the 34th Boeblinger Open with 7/9. Braun won the title on tie-break.
Gibraltar. The 2018 Tradewise Gibraltar Masters was won by Levon Aronian of Armenia, following an exciting playoff after the tournament ended with a seven-way tie for first place on 7½.
India. The German -Azeri GM Arkadij Naiditsch won with 8.5/10 the 16th Delhi Open ahead of Ziaur Rahman of Bangladesh.
At the 10th Chennai Open, five players shared first: R.R. Laxman (India), Ivan Rozum (Russia), Timur Gareyev (USA), Dzhumaev Marat (Uzbekistan), and Erigaisi Arjun (India. Laxman won the title.
At the 3rd IIFL Wealth Mumbai Open, the GM Parham Maghsoodloo from Iran won the title with 8/9.
Laos. The Armenian Karen H. Grigoryan won with 7.5/9 the first Laos Open.
The Netherlands. Magnus Carlsen won the 6th title in Wijk and Zee after beating Anish Giri in a blitz tie-break.Both players finished with 9/13 then follow Kramnik and Mamedyarov with 8.5/13.
New Zealand. The French GM Adrien Demuth won with 8/9 the 125th New Zealand Open.
The Indian GM Santosh Gujrathi Vidit won the Group B.
Peru. Peruvian GMs Emilio Cordova and Jorge Cori shared first with 7/9 at the Copa Latinoamericana tournament in Lima.
Russia. The Russian GMs Aleksey Sarana and Sergey Volkov shared first at the Vladimir Dvorkovich Cup with 7/9.
The Russian GM Simen Lomasov won the A-Group of the 14th Moscow Open with 8/9. WGM Anastasia Bodnaruk won the B-Group.
Slovenia. Jure Skoberne from Slovenia and Andrey Sumets from Ukraine shared first with 7/9 at the 23rd HIT Open in Nova Gorica.
Spain. The 2017 Women’s Chinese Champion and WGM Tingjie Lei surprisingly won with 8/9 the 43rd Seville Open ahead of 13 GMs.
At the 29th Roquetas de Mar Open, the Georgian Davit Jojua edged out a large group on tie-break after all scored 7/9.
Sweden. At the 47th Rilton Cup in Stockholm, the Russian GM Kirill Alekseenko took the first place with 7.5/9.
Switzerland. Boris Chatalbashev, Andreas Heimann and Vadim Milov with 7/9 shared first at the traditional new year Basel Schachfestival.
Bulgaria. Ivan Cheparinov won the 2018 Bulgaria Championship and his own 4th national title.
Chili. Cristobal Henriquez Villagra won with 10/11 the 2018 Chilean Championship.
China.Hou Yifan played Anatoly Karpov in a 6 game rapid match in Harbin. Karpov won 3.5-2.5.
Cuba.At the 55th Cuban Championship, Yuri Gonzalez Vidal, Isan Reynaldo Ortiz Suarez, Ermes Espinosa Veloz and Yasser Quesada Perez shared first with 5.5/9. Yuri Gonzalez Vidal took the 2018 national title.
France. The Chinese GMs Rui Gao and Jinshi Bai shared the first prize of the Pierre and Vacances Open 7 with /9.
Germany. The American Fabiano Caruana has won the Candidates tournament in Berlin. With the victory, he earned 95,000 euros and will face Magnus Carlsen, the world champion, in a title match in London in November. Caruana finished with 9/14, a full point ahead of his closest pursuers. Sergey Karjakin of Russia and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan tied for second, each with 8/14.
Iran. The Iranian GM Parham Maghsoodloo won with 7.5/9 the 26th Fajr Open.
Ireland. Sergei Tiviakov from the Netherlands took first place on tie-break at the 25th Bunratty Chess Festival ahead of Gawain Jones after both scored 5/6.
Portugal. In Lisbon at the Portugal Open, Aleksandar Indjic Anton Demchenko and Nikita Petrov shared first prize with 7.5/9.
U.A.E. The GM Mohamed Haddouche from Algeria won with 6.5/9 the 2018 Arab Individual Championship.
Uruguay. In Montevideo, GMs Sandro Mareco and Salvador Alonso shared first the 2nd Marcel Duchamp Cup with 7.5/9.
U.S.A. The Ukrainian GM Pavlo Vorontsov won the GM St. Louis Congress with 5.5/8 ahead of Patel, Advait Patel and WGM Stavroula Tsolakidou with 5 points.
France: Christian Bauer from France and Momchil Nikolov from Bulgaria shared first at the 34th Cappelle-la-Grande Open with 8/9.
Germany. Milos Pavlovic and Evgeny Vorobiov shared first at the 34th Bad Woerishofen Chess festival with 7/9.
Georgia. The Croatian Ivan Saric triumphed at the 18th European Individual Chess Championship in Batumi with 8.5 points ahead of Radoslaw Wojtaszek from Poland and the Russian Sanan Sjugirov with 8/11.
Irak. Many Grandmasters at the 6th Iraq International Open, the Georgian Merab Gagunashvili shared first with the Syrian Malek Koniahli with 7/9.
Iran. Five players tied first at the 16th Khazar Cup Homayoon Toufighi, Vitaliy Bernadskiy, Seyed Khalil Mousavi, Noe Tutisani and Sergey Volkov, all scored 6.5/9.
Iceland. The Indian GM B. Adhiban won with 7.5/9 the Gamma Reykjavik Open ahead of the French M. Lagarde and the Turc M. Yilmaz with 7/9.
Lithuania. Malisauskas won his ninth title of national champion.
Serbia. Aleksandar Indic, Nikola Sedlak, and Miroslav Markovic shared first at the Serbian championship with 6/9. Indic was declared the champion.
Vietnam. The Argentine GM Sandro Mareco won with 7.5/9 the 8th HD Bank Cup in Hanoi.
U.S.A. At the St Louis Spring Classics, the American GM Jeffery Xiong won the A-group with 6.5/9 and the Israeli GM Victor Mikhalevski the B-group with 7/9.
Argentina. At the traditional 49th Mar del Plata Open, Leonardo Tristan from Argentina won the festival with 8/9.
Azerbaijan. In Shamkir at the 5th Vugar Gashimov Memorial, World Champion Magnus Carlsen won the event with 6/9 half a point clear of Ding Liren and one point of Sergey Karjakin.
China. In Liaocheng, China beat a World Team 30-20 in a rapid match in China. The best individual scores are 1 Yu, Yangyi 7.0/10 2 Ding, Liren 6.5/10 3 Bu, Xiangzhi 6.5/10 4 Dubov, Daniil 5.5/10 5 Wei, Yi 5.5/10.
Croatia. The recent European Champion Saric won the Croatian Championship
Denmark. IM Bjørn Møller Ochsner won the 108th Danish championship with 8/9.
Faroe Island. No big problem for the local GM Helgi Dam Ziska who won in Klaksvik the 3rd European Small Nations Individual Championship with 8.5/9 ahead of Igor Efimov 7/9.
Germany. The 13-year-old Vincent Keymer of Germany made the headlines by winning with 8/9 the Grenke Chess Open.
The American GM Caruana scored another victory with the first place at Genke Chess Classic with 6.5/9, a full point ahead of Carlsen and one point and a half ahead of Aronian.
Mexico. The Cuban Bruzon took the first prize at the 64th Mexico Open.
Jersey. The Swedish GM Tiger Hillarp Persson and Alan Merry shared first at the Polar Capital Jersey Open with 7/9.
Nepal. The IM Indian Bharathakoti Harsha won with 7.5/9 the Kathmandu Open.
Norway. The Russian GMs Maxim Turov and Dmitry Kryakvin won with 7/9 the TV2 Fagernes Chess International.
Slovakia. At Vysoke Tatry, the Russian GM Valentina Gunina won the 19th Women’s European Individual Championship with a score of 9/11 ahead of Nana Dzagnidze and Anna Ushenina.
Spain. Lelys Stanley Martinez Duany from Cuba and Christof Sielecki from Germany shared first at the 41st San Sebastian International Open with 7.5/9.
Russia. Klementiy Sychev is the new Moscow’s Champion after winning the tournament with 7/9.
Thailand. At the 18th Bangkok Chess Club, the Indonesian FM Novendra Priasmoro created the surprise by winning the event with 8/9 ahead of top players like Nigel Short and Jan Gustafsson.
Turkey. The Georgian GM Giga Quparadze won the 4th Ordu Open with 7/9.
U.A.E. The Argentine GM Diego Flores won with 7.5/9 the 20th Dubai Open ahead of Iturrizaga, Sethuraman, and Adly.
Parham Maghsoodloo from Iran won with an amazing 8/9 the 2nd Sharjah Masters ahead of two dozens of GMs.
Vietnam. In Hanoi at the strongest Open in Asia, the Argentine GM Sandro Mareco won the 8th HD Bank with 7.5/9.
China. In Xinghua at the Chinese Chess Championship, Wen Yang shared first with Bai Jinshi with 7.5/11 but won on tie-break. Zhai Mo won the women’s title on tie-break from Huang Qian.
Ju Wenjun is the new Women’s World Champion. She was crowned World Champion after beating Tan Zhongyi 5.5-4.5.
Cuba. The 2018 U.S. Champion won the 53rd Capablanca Memorial with 7.5/10 ahead of Dreev 6/9 and Anton Guijarro 5.5.
India. At the 3rd Kolkata Open, Narayan and Deepan shared first with 7.5/9.
Indonesia. At the Japfa International Chess Tournament, the American GM Timur Gareyev won the Round Robin with 7.5 ahead of Qun Ma from China with 7/9.
Poland. Duda won the Polish Championship with 6.5/9 following by Piorun 5.5 and Tomczak with 5.
U.S.A. Sam Shankland won the U.S. Championship with 8.5/11 half a point clear of Fabiano Caruana. Nazi Paikidze won her second U.S. Women’s title after she beat Annie Wang (15-year-old) in an Armageddon tie-break playoff for the women’s title.
Uzbekistan. In Tashkent, Kirill Stupak from Belarus won the 12th Agzamov Memorial with 7.5/9.
China. Wang Hao won the first Longtou Cup with 7.5/9.
At the 11th Russia-China Match, the Russian team beat the Chinese team 14.5-10.5. In the women competition, Russia -China 15.5-9.5.
Russia. Jakovenko won the 18th Poikovsky Karpov Tournament with 6.5/9. Gelfand at age of 50 finished in the second position.