- 2018-01-20: Two Important Chess.com Events 2017 Speed Chess Championship; 1st Chess.com Chess960 Championship
- 2018-02-17: 2018 Carlsen - Nakamura 'Unofficial World Championship'
- 2018-03-17: Lenderman, Rapport Take Reykjavik 'Reykjavik Fischer Random 2018 - European Fischer Random Cup'
- 2018-09-22: Champions Showdown, St. Louis
Should I retire the 'rare birds' series, last seen in (Not so?) Rare Birds, Summer 2017 (July 2017)? No, I'm a patient person, so I'll give it more time. I haven't seen any relevant announcements and all of the events mentioned above could have been one-offs.
Chess960 was dropped for Chess.com's 2018 Speed Chess Championship, where Hikaru Nakamura defeated Wesley So in the final. It never made much sense to include a single chess960 game in a tournament for traditional chess, although the exposure for chess960 can only have helped. As for 2018's '1st Chess.com Chess960 Championship', I note that it wasn't the '1st annual' event and I'll keep watching for any announcement of a '2nd annual' tournament.
Does a decline in top-level chess960 events mean a decline in the number of posts for this blog? Of course not! I might actually find the time to study some of the many top-level chess960 games that were played in 2018...