Chess tournament results 2018 –

Find out who won the major chess tournaments in 2018. Click here for the schedule of upcoming chess tournaments.

Chess tournaments completed in 2018:

MAY 2018

May 24: Bundesliga playoff (Baden-Baden, Germany)

Despite the presence of the best Fabiano Caruana, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Vishy Anand, the team of Baden-Baden only scored a narrow 4.5-3.5 win over Solingen for clinch his 12th Bundesliga title in 13 years. Read the report here.

The winning team with the cup. | Photo: Guido Giotta / Schachbundesliga.

May 13-21: African Individual Chess Championship (Livingstone, Zambia)

The 2018 African Individual Chess Championship was a walk in the park for the Egyptians GM Bassem Amin, the only African player to ever reach an odds of 2700. He won the tournament for the fifth time. Read the report here.

Bassem Amin wins individual African chess championship

Bassem Amin retained his African title. | Photo: Maria Emelianova /

May 9-19: Capablanca Memorial (Havana, Cuba)

Two weeks after his success at the American Championship, Sam shankland won another tournament: the Capablanca Memorial in Havana, Cuba. With a score of 7.5 / 10 and a score of 2829 performances, the American grandmaster entered the world top 30. Read the final report here.


May 3-18: FIDE Women’s World Championship (Shanghai & Chongqing, China)

the FIDE Women’s World Championship was a 10-game match between defending champion Tan Zhongyi and challenger Ju Wenjun, both Chinese. The first half of the match took place in Shanghai, the second in Chongqing. Ju won 5.5-4.5 and took over the title. Read the final report here.


Ju Wenjun. | Photo: Gu Xiaobing / official website.

May 4-8: TePe Sigeman & Co tournament (Malmö, Sweden)

The 23rd edition of Tepe Sigeman & Co tournament was a six-player single round-robin tournament played in Malmö, Sweden. Great masters Nils grandelius and Vidit Santosh Gujrathi tied for first place after scoring 3.5 / 5. Read the final report here.


Nils Grandelius (left) and Vidit Santosh Gujrathi | Photos: Peter Doggers /

APRIL 2018

April 18-29: United States Championships (St. Louis, United States)

For the 10th consecutive year, the United States Championships were held at the St. Louis Chess Club and sponsored by its patron, Rex Sinquefield. Sam shankland won his first title, despite the presence of three top 10 players: Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura and Wesley So. In the women’s tournament, Nazi paikidze retained her title after defeating Annie Wang in the playoffs. Read the final report here.

GM Sam Shankland celebrates after winning the 2018 US Championship | Photo: Mike Klein /

April 19-28: Gashimov Memorial (Shamkir, Azerbaijan)

The fifth Vugar Gashimov Memorial took place again in Shamkir, Azerbaijan. Magnus carlsen participated for the third time, and won for the third time. He finished 6/9, half a point ahead of Ding Liren. Read the final report here.


Carlsen holding the trophy after the closing ceremony. | Photo: Shamkir Chess.

March 31-April 9: Grenke Chess Classic (Karlsruhe & Baden-Baden, Germany)

This year Grenke Chess Classic took place in Karlsruhe (rounds 1-3) and Baden-Baden (rounds 4-9). Shortly after winning the nominees award, Fabiano Caruana Also won first prize in this tournament, finishing one point ahead of Magnus Carlsen. Read the final report here.


Carlsen congratulates Caruana at the end of the closing ceremony. | Maria Emelianova /

January-April 2018: PRO Chess League (

The second season of PRO Chess League took place from January to March 2018, culminating in a big final weekend with the semi-finals and the final held at the Folsom Street Foundry in San Francisco. the The Armenian Eagles have won this season. Read the final report here.


Eagles of Armenia, PRO Chess League champions. | Photo: Mike Klein /

MARCH 2018

March 17-28: Individual European Championship (Batumi, Georgia)

The 19 European Individual Chess Championship took place March 17-28 at the Sheraton Hotel in Batumi, Georgia. In this grueling 11-round Swiss tournament, a total of 302 players from 34 federations took part, including 135 grandmasters. General manager Ivan Saric won the tournament with 8.5 points. Read the final report here.


Ivan Saric is the new European champion. | Photo: Maria Emelianova /

March 10-27: FIDE Candidates Tournament (Berlin, Germany)

the FIDE Candidates Tournament was the most important individual tournament of the year. Fabiano Caruana won convincingly with 9/14 and thus secured the right to challenge Magnus Carlsen in a world title match in November. Read the final report here.

Ilya Merenzon from Agon, Fabiano Caruana and DV Sundar from FIDE. | Photo: Maria Emelianova /

March 6-14: Reykjavik Open (Reykjavik, Iceland)

The 33rd edition of Reykjavik Open took place March 6-14 at the Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland. In total, 248 players from 34 federations played, including 27 grandmasters. Indian Managing Director Baskaran Adhiban was the only player to finish with 7.5 points. Read the final report here.


Baskaran Adhiban. | Photo: Lennart Ootes / Reykjavik Open.

March 1-6: Tal Memorial (Moscow, Russia)

Viswanathan Anand won the fast segment from Tal Memorial in Moscow with 6/9, a full point more than Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Sergey Karjakin and Hikaru Nakamura. The next day, Sergei Karzakin won the blitz tournament. Read the final report here.


The winners of the Tal Memorial Sergey Karjakin (blitz) and Viswanathan Anand (fast). | Photo: Maria Emelianova /


February 19 – March 2: Aeroflot Open (Moscow, Russia)

the winner from 2018 Aeroflot Open, and therefore the qualification for this year’s supertournament in Dortmund, was Vladislav Kovalev. The 24-year-old Belarusian grandmaster left behind players such as Vladimir Fedoseev, Vidit Santosh Gujrathi and Dmitry Andreikin. Read the final report here.


Vladislav Kovalev wins Aeroflot. | Photo: Eteri Kublashvili / Russian Chess Federation.

February 9-13: Carlsen-Nakamura Chess960 match (Høvikodden, Norway)

A Fischer Random Match (Chess960) between Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura took place in Høvikodden outside of Oslo, Norway, with an impressive fundraising of almost $ 200,000. Carlsen won with a score of 14-10. Read the final report here.


Hikaru Nakamura, Dag Alveng and Jøran Aulin-Jansson, Lisbeth Hammer. | Photo: Maria Emelianova /


January 23 – February 1: Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival (Gibraltar)

The first prize of £ 25,000 at the 16th Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival has been won by Levon Aronian, who beat Richard Rapport then Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the playoffs. Read the final report here.

Pia Cramling, Tradewise CEO James Humphreys and Levon Aronian at the awards ceremony. | Photo: Maria Emelianova /

January 11-27: Tata Steel Chess Tournament (Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands)

the 80th Tata Steel Chess Tournament was won by Magnus Carlsen, who beat Anish Giri in the playoffs after the two finished 9/13. Vidit Santosh Gujrathi won the Challengers group. Read the final report here.

Giri “quits” for a draw in Game 2 of the playoffs. | Photo: Maria Emelianova /

January 5: Chess960 Championship (

The first Chess960 Championship was played on January 5, 2018 and won by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. The French number one crushed the peloton with 8.5 / 9. Read the final report here.


January 3: Speed ​​chess championship final (

The 2017 Speed ​​Chess Championship Final was won by Magnus Carlsen. The Norwegian Grandmaster defeated Hikaru Nakamura 18-9 in the same final as the 2016 GM Blitz Battle. Read the final report here.


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