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2017 UTD Fall FIDE Open LIVE!

Chessdom - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 23:37

2017 UTD Fall FIDE Open will take place November 17 – 22 at the The Embassy Suites Dallas – Park Central.

Opened to around 50 players, any GM/IM/FM/WGM/WIM/WFM or FIDE rated player rated 2000 or USCF rated player or 2200. To improve Norm chances, a maximum of one-third of the total field will be permitted to be U2200 FIDE. Top participants in the event include GM Anton Kovalyov, GM Jeffrey Xiong, GM Samuel Sevian, GM Timur Gareyev, GM Li Ruifeng, IM Sergei Matsenko, GM Bartlomiej Macieja, GM Eugene Perelshteyn, IM Ider Borya, IM William Michael Brown, GM Denis Kadric, GM Popilski Gil, GM Razvan Preotu, IM Evgeny Shtembuliak, etc.

Live games with analysis will be daily on Chessdom with the TCEC participants Komodo, Houdini, and Stockfish.

Official website

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Ένα άρθρο του 1969

Skakistiko - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 12:37


Ο Μπόρις Σπάσκι μαζί με τον προπονητή του, τον γκρανμέτρ και ψυχίατρο Νικολάι Κρόγκιους, αφοσιωμένο κομματικό της εποχής ο οποίος ζει πλέον σε προχωρημένη ηλικία στις Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες.

Λίγα αποσπάσματα από άρθρο του Γιεβγκένι Μπεμπτσούκ που δημοσιεύτηκε στο Soviet Life (αγγλική έκδοση) που επικεντρώνονται στον χαρακτήρα του Μπόρις Σπάσκι. Δεν επρόκειτο για σκακιστικό περιοδικό, αλλά δημοσίευε κατά καιρούς άρθρα γενικότερου σκακιστικού ενδιαφέροντος. Νομίζω κυκλοφορεί ακόμα με το όνομα Russian Life. Δεν είχα χρόνο να μεταφράσω ολόκληρο το άρθρο, αλλά μπορείτε να το διαβάσετε στα αγγλικά ΕΔΩ  (το σκανάρισμα από Sonja). Περιέχει και μια αναλυμένη παρτίδα του Σπάσκι. Γράφτηκε αμέσως μετά το ματς Σπάσκι – Γκέλερ, το 1969.

“Πέταξα για το Σουχούμι την ημέρα που τελείωσαν τα πάντα. Ο Σπάσκι κέρδισε ενώ έμεναν κάμποσοι γύροι να παιχτούν. Βρήκα τον Έφιμ Γκέλερ στην παραλία αργά το απόγευμα, δεν έδειχνε καθόλου χαρούμενος. Δίστασα λιγάκι πριν τον πλησιάσω. Ήμασταν καλοί φίλοι και υπήρξαμε συμπαίκτες στη σκακιστική ομάδα των Σοβιετικών Ενόπλων Δυνάμεων. Ο γκρανμέτρ από την Οδησσό υπήρξε αρχηγός της ομάδας για αρκετά χρόνια.
Καπνίσαμε μαζί κοιτάζοντας τη θάλασσα. Η σιωπή έσπασε από το τρίτο μέλος της παρέας, τον Ουκρανό μετρ Γιούρι Σαχάροφ, αναλυτή του Γκέλερ, ο οποίος απάντησε στην ερώτηση που δεν είχα κάνει:
“Απορείς που το ματς τέλειωσε τόσο γρήγορα. Η αλήθεια είναι πως χάσαμε πριν ξεκινήσει το ματς. Χάσαμε στο μπακάλικο”
“Τι εννοείς;”
“Προσπαθούσα να μεταδώσω στον Γκέλερ επιθετικό και ανταγωνιστικό πνεύμα για το ματς. Αλλά όλες οι προσπάθειές μου πήγαν χαμένες: Λίγες μέρες πριν αρχίσουμε, ήμασταν με τον Γκέλερ στο μπακάλικο για να αγοράσουμε φαγητό για το βράδυ όταν ξαφνικά ένας άντρας μας άρπαξε και τους δυο από τους ώμους. Γυρίσαμε τα κεφάλια μας και ήταν ο Σπάσκι. Μας λέει χαμογελαστός: παιδιά, γυρίζετε στο ξενοδοχείο; Ελάτε να περπατήσουμε μαζί! Είναι τόσο γλυκό απόγευμα.”
Μετέφερα την ιστορία στον Σπάσκι -μετά το ματς που έπαιξε με τον Λάρσεν- και γέλασε από την καρδιά του όταν τη θυμήθηκε: “Δεν είχα σκοπό να τους κάνω χαλάστρα! Νομίζω ότι οι προσωπικές σχέσεις έρχονται σε πρώτη μοίρα, και οι πόντοι σε δεύτερη”.
O Σπάσκι ήταν πάντα έτσι. Ακόμα και 15χρονος που ήταν, τον θυμάμαι σε ένα ομαδικό εφηβικό τουρνουά που αρνήθηκε να συγχαρεί τον συμπαίκτη του, που χάρισε τη νίκη στην ομάδα του, γιατί στην πίεση χρόνου του αντιπάλου του έγραψε δυο φορές την ίδια κίνηση, εξαπατώντας τον, αφήνοντάς τον να νομίζει πως η πίεση τέλειωσε. Ο σεβασμός προς τον αντίπαλο ήταν πάντα στην πρώτη θέση για τον Μπόρις.”

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In Memoriam: GM Valeri Yandemirov

Chessdom - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 21:45

Russian Grandmaster Valeri Yandemirov (11.02.1963-16.11.2017) has passed away at the age of 55.

International Grandmaster was one of the leading coaches of Tatarstan, with many strong players and young chess stars owing their success in sports to him.

Valeri Petrovich was permanently friendly and responsive person with a colossal internal culture and wide range of interests.

On November 16, he was to play at the Team Championship of Tatarstan. When he did’t appear, the participants grew worried as he had never been late for a game. When they arrived in his home, it was too late.

The Russian Chess Federation expresses sincere condolences to relatives and friends of Valeri Yandemirov.

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16th Annual Turkey Bowl

Chessdom - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 20:44

The 16th Annual Turkey Bowl was organized by Boca Chess from 10-12th November at the Sawgrass Grand Hotel in Sunrise, Ft.Lauderdale, USA.

The tournament format was 5-round Swiss in five sections: Open, U2100, U1700, U1450 and U1100.

203 players participated in all sections and the total prize fund was 9000 USD. GMs Yuniesky Quesada Perez and Julio Becerra and IM Yunier Leyva Rivera shared the first place in the Open section.

Open final standings:
1-3. GM Yuniesky Quesada Perez 2702, GM Julio J Becerra 2612 and IM Yunier Leyva Rivera 2493 – 4,0
4-9. Mel Goss 2261, Eric Cooke 2247, FM Arnaldo Ferragut 2259, Theodore Slade 2140, Antonio Arencibia 2276 and Jose Hernandez Padron 2217 – 3,5 etc

Official website

Yuniesky Quesada

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Video: Bai Jinshi v Ding Liren

Chessdom - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 17:13

The recent game between the Chinese prospect Bai Jinshi and World championship candidate Ding Liren, played at Yingmei Cup 2017, caused great excitement among the chess fans.

A plethora of sacrifices and tactical motifs left us watching in awe.

Grandmaster Daniel King analyses this beautiful game in detail.

As commented by Raghuveer Mukkamalla: “This game should be called Ding Liren’s Symphony No. 1 – he used all his instruments so harmoniously.”

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World Junior U20 Chess Championship 2017

FIDE - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 10:20



The little, quite, peaceful but beautiful village of Tarvisio is hosting the World Junior U20 Chess Championship. The organisers were happy with the turnout of 148 participants from 62 countries which includes 107 players with a title. The Girls section has 89 players from 48 countries with 65 titled players.



Rounds are taking place among the snowy mountains which divide Italy, Slovenia and Austria, with a wonderful sightseeing which is highly inspiring for players who are enjoying the experience.



After 3 rounds of play, the Girls section sees only 4 players on a perfect score including the top seed IM Zhansaya Abdulmalik of Kazakhstan. In the Open section also there are only 4 players on the perfect score with 11th seed Kirill Alekseenko leading the way.



Official website www.fideacademy.com/wjcc2017

Pairing for the tournament can be found here.



For the first free day the OC is organizing a tour to Salzburg in Austria, with a minimum of 30 people required in order to organize the bus.

Information available by sending an email to wjcc2017@gmail.com.

Booking till November 16th.



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Palma de Mallorca Grand Prix - Round 1

FIDE - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 09:51



Round 1: Three decisive games in the first round of the Palma de Mallorca Grand Prix.

The 2017 FIDE World Chess Grand Prix series continued with the fourth and final tournament, which is taking place in Palma de Mallorca, from 16th to 25th of November.

The tournament is being held in the Hotel Iberostar Bahia de Palma, set right on the beach. In the post-game interviews many players were satisfied with the great location of the tournament and warm weather.



The first symbolic move in the game Jakovenko-Aronian was made by Rodrigo Moscardó, General Manager of the Iberostar Spain and the Mediterranean, in the presence of Javier Ochoa, FIDE Honorary Vice President and President of the Spanish Chess Federation, players and honorary guests.



Teimour Rajabov and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave are the only players who take part in the last stage and keep chances to qualify for the Candidates Tournament. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Alexander Grischuk are leading in the Grand Prix Series but have already finished their tournaments.



In the first round Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Ernesto Inarkiev and Anish Giri outplayed their opponents, while 6 other games finished in a draw. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave showed better preparation in the opening against Boris Gelfand, where the two players resumed their theoretical battle in the Accelerated Dragon from the Moscow Grand Prix, and was satisfied with his position. He could not point out where things went wrong for the Israeli player and was not sure if it was the right idea for him to enter this line at all.



Alexander Riazantsev comfortably equalized with Black pieces against Teimour Rajabov and the players agreed for a draw after 2 hours of play.



Ernesto Inarkiev played a game full of prophylactic moves against Li Chao. The Russian player was enjoying a slightly better position and was trying not let his opponent to get any activity. This strategy worked out well for him, as the Chinese player still tried to break through by playing 19...c5 but this attempt failed. According to Inarkiev, after 20.Bc5 Black has no Be5 because of 21. de Rd1 22.Rd1 Qc5 23.Rd8 Kg7 24. Qb5! After 20...f6 Black’s position was lost.



In the longest game of the day, Anish Giri won against Richard Rapport. The Dutch Grandmaster was not sure about his decision to castle long. It turned out that after unexpected 14...b5 white was in trouble. Surprisingly, a few moves after this Anish was more optimistic about his position and declined the draw offer of his opponent. Later on, Richard Rapport made few errors and went for a dubious sacrifice that was proven wrong in the game.

The local hero Francisco Vallejo Pons showed an interesting idea in the opening with 3...b5 against Ding Liren and after 8...Bd5 Black got a comfortable position. After most of the pieces were traded, the game finished in a draw.

Official website worldchess.com/gp2017



The final stage of the FIDE Grand Prix Series 2017 opens in Palma de Mallorca

The world’s best chess players and chess establishment came together in Bellver Castle to celebrate the opening of the final leg of the FIDE Grand Prix Palma de Mallorca.

Palma de Mallorca is now looking forward to 9 days of intense chess battles, which will finally determine the two winners of the series – participants of the FIDE Candidates tournament.



The Opening Ceremony was held at the landmark hilltop Bellver Castle, former residence for the Kings of Mallorca built in the 14th century in a Gothic style. At the castle’s unique circular yard guests had a good opportunity to mingle with each other and enjoy modern Spanish guitar music.



Javier Ochoa, Honorary FIDE Vice President and President of the Spanish Chess Federation, thanked FIDE for the opportunity to host the tournament and welcomed the participants. “Spain is a country with a great Chess tradition and a thousand-year long history of playing chess,” he added.

Sebastia Nadal, President of the Winter Chess: “It is very rewarding to know that one of the best Spanish chess players of our time, Francisco Vallejo Pons, who was born and who resides here in our islands, could take part in this cycle of the World Chess.”



In the drawing of colours, the top player of the tournament Levon Aronian chose black pieces for the first round. The pairings for the first round are the following:

Dmitry Jakovenko – Levon Aronian
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave – Boris Gelfand
Pavel Eljanov – Hikaru Nakamura
Ding Liren – Francisco Vallejo Pons
Evgeny Tomashevsky – Peter Svidler
Anish Giri – Richard Rapport
Ernesto Inarkiev – Li Chao
Teimour Radjabov – Alexander Riazantsev
Jon Ludvig Hammer – Harikrishna Pentala

The Palma Grand Prix is supported by Official Partner EG Capital Advisors, an international asset management company, Kaspersky Lab, World Chess and FIDE Official Cybersecurity Partner, S.T. Dupont, Official Writing Instrument, and Isklar, Official Water.



First round starts tomorrow at Hotel Iberostar Bahia de Palma.

Opening Ceremony Photo Gallery

Official website worldchess.com/gp2017

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Palma de Mallorca Grand Prix - Opening Ceremony

FIDE - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 09:51



The final stage of the FIDE Grand Prix Series 2017 opens in Palma de Mallorca

The world’s best chess players and chess establishment came together in Bellver Castle to celebrate the opening of the final leg of the FIDE Grand Prix Palma de Mallorca.

Palma de Mallorca is now looking forward to 9 days of intense chess battles, which will finally determine the two winners of the series – participants of the FIDE Candidates tournament.



The Opening Ceremony was held at the landmark hilltop Bellver Castle, former residence for the Kings of Mallorca built in the 14th century in a Gothic style. At the castle’s unique circular yard guests had a good opportunity to mingle with each other and enjoy modern Spanish guitar music.



Javier Ochoa, Honorary FIDE Vice President and President of the Spanish Chess Federation, thanked FIDE for the opportunity to host the tournament and welcomed the participants. “Spain is a country with a great Chess tradition and a thousand-year long history of playing chess,” he added.

Sebastia Nadal, President of the Winter Chess: “It is very rewarding to know that one of the best Spanish chess players of our time, Francisco Vallejo Pons, who was born and who resides here in our islands, could take part in this cycle of the World Chess.”



In the drawing of colours, the top player of the tournament Levon Aronian chose black pieces for the first round. The pairings for the first round are the following:

Dmitry Jakovenko – Levon Aronian
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave – Boris Gelfand
Pavel Eljanov – Hikaru Nakamura
Ding Liren – Francisco Vallejo Pons
Evgeny Tomashevsky – Peter Svidler
Anish Giri – Richard Rapport
Ernesto Inarkiev – Li Chao
Teimour Radjabov – Alexander Riazantsev
Jon Ludvig Hammer – Harikrishna Pentala

The Palma Grand Prix is supported by Official Partner EG Capital Advisors, an international asset management company, Kaspersky Lab, World Chess and FIDE Official Cybersecurity Partner, S.T. Dupont, Official Writing Instrument, and Isklar, Official Water.



First round starts tomorrow at Hotel Iberostar Bahia de Palma.

Opening Ceremony Photo Gallery

The official website https://worldchess.com/gp2017/

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FIDE Grand Prix in Palma de Mallorca

Chessdom - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 14:40

The fourth and final leg of the FIDE Grand Prix series will take place from 15-26th November at the Iberostar Bahía de Palma in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. The tournament format is 18-player 9-round Swiss system.

The event will determine the last two qualifiers for the 2018 FIDE Candidates Tournament in Berlin.

The leader of the series after three tournaments is Shakhriyar Mamedyarov who has collected 340 points and second is Alexander Grischuk with 336.4 points. These two players have already completed their respective series. Ding Liren, who is fourth with 240 points, qualified from the FIDE World Cup in Tbilisi.

Teimour Radjabov (241.4) and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (211.4) are in position to fight for qualification.

The playing hall is being prepared

Palma de Mallorca FIDE Grand Prix participants:

Levon Aronian (Armenia, 2801), Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France, 2796), Hikaru Nakamura (USA, 2780), Ding Liren (China, 2774), Peter Svidler (Russia, 2763), Anish Giri (Netherlands, 2762), Li Chao (China, 2741), Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan, 2741), Pentala Harikrishna (India, 2738), Dmitry Jakovenko (Russia, 2721), Boris Gelfand (Israel, 2719), Pavel Eljanov (Ukraine, 2707), Francisco Vallejo Pons (Spain, 2705), Evgeny Tomashevsky (Russia, 2702), Richard Rapport (Hungary, 2692), Ernesto Inarkiev (Russia, 2683), Alexander Riazantsev (Russia, 2671) and Jon Ludvig Hammer (Norway, 2629).

Photos by Javier Ochoa

FIDE Grand Prix presentation at Marca headquarters

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Αυτός που κέρδισε τον Γκρέκο

Skakistiko - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 12:55

Αυτός που κέρδισε τον Γκρέκο

του Τριαντάφυλλου Σωτηρίου

 

– Σου έχω πει εκατό φορές ότι, όταν είμαστε οι δυο μας, μπορείς να με λες σκέτα Φελίπε, είμαι και έξι χρόνια νεότερος.

– Μεγαλειότατε, η ιεραρχία φτιάχτηκε…

– …για να τηρείται· κι εσύ μου έχεις απαντήσει ισάριθμες φορές με τον ίδιο τρόπο.

– Πώς είναι σήμερα η ευγενεία σας;

– Σκοτούρες, δον Διέγο. Δεν ήμουνα εγώ για στέμματα· καλά που υπάρχει ο Ολιβάρες, που έχει πάρει όλο το βασίλειο επ’ ώμου, δεν ξέρω τι θα γινόμουν χωρίς αυτόν. Ευτυχώς, όταν βρω τα σκούρα, δηλώνω ότι αποσύρομαι για να συσκεφθώ και να μη με αναζητήσει κανείς, και καταφεύγω εδώ. Η δροσιά, το ημίφως, η μυρωδιά των ελαιοχρωμάτων και του μουσαμά με ηρεμούν.

– Πάντα καλοδεχούμενος στο ατελιέ μου, μεγαλειότατε.

– Τι σκαρώνεις πάλι μ’ αυτά εδώ τα νήματα, μεγαλοφυή μου φίλε; Μπουγάδα θ’ απλώσεις;

– Πειραματίζομαι με μια νέα τεχνική με πολλαπλά σημεία σύγκλισης, μεγαλειότατε· όταν την τελειοποιήσω, θέλω να πιστεύω ότι θα αποζημιωθείτε από το αποτέλεσμα.

– Εσύ παιδί μου κάνεις στερεομετρία, δεν κάνεις πίνακα. Α, δεν σου είπα, μου έστειλε επιστολή ο καρδινάλιος της Νεάπολης· έμεινε γοητευμένος από την προσωπικότητά σου, και από το πορτραίτο που του φιλοτέχνησες, επίσης.

– Ένα σκιτσάκι με κάρβουνο, τίποτα σπουδαίο. Μεγαλειότατε, μου παρέχετε το παν, και μου εξασφαλίζετε και εκπαιδευτικά ταξίδια ώστε να επιμορφωθώ περαιτέρω. Το λιγότερο που οφείλω να κάνω ώστε να αποδεικνύομαι αντάξιος της προστασίας σας, είναι να προσπαθώ να βελτιώνομαι συνεχώς. Ειδικά όταν βρίσκομαι στο εξωτερικό, κάθε μου λέξη και πράξη αντανακλά στο Στέμμα της Ισπανίας, και πρέπει να είμαι ιδιαίτερα προσεκτικός.

– Ένα από τα πολλά που εκτιμώ σε σένα, δον Διέγο, είναι ότι είσαι ευγνώμων, χωρίς να γίνεσαι γλοιώδης. Έπαιξες κανένα σκάκι όσο ήσουν στην Ιταλία;

– Να σας πω την αλήθεια, μεγαλειότατε, δεν το επιδίωξα: δεν με τραβά αυτό το παιχνίδι. Μολαταύτα, στη Ρώμη συνάντησα τυχαία εκείνον τον καλαβρέζο, είχε έρθει και από εδώ πριν λίγα χρόνια, τον θυμόσαστε;

– Πώς: τους κέρδισε όλους περίπατο.

– Θλιβερή περίπτωση: ένας τόσο χαρισματικός άνθρωπος, να περιπλανιέται σαν την άδικη κατάρα μεταξύ Ιταλίας, Γαλλίας, Αγγλίας και Ισπανίας ψάχνοντας αντιπάλους, και να βιοπορίζει από τα στοιχήματα. Κανονικός τσιρκολάνος.

– Ναι, αλλά είναι άχαστος, χρόνια τώρα.

– Σ’ ένα επιτραπέζιο παιχνίδι· σιγά τα λάχανα.

– Τέλος πάντων· και παίξατε;

– Μία παρτίδα.

– Τη θυμάσαι, τη δείχνεις;

– Χαμένος χρόνος.

– Όσο κρατάει ένα ποτηράκι. Κερνάς;

– Το δίχως άλλο. Ορίστε, μανθανίγια βαλλισολετάνα, από τη γενέτειρά σας· αμβροσία. Νά, δείτε:

P4R P4R 2. P4AR PxP 3. C3AR A2R 4. A4A A5T+ 5. P3C PXP 6. 0-0 PxP+ 7. R1T A3A 8. C5R P4D 9. AxP C3TR 10. P4D AxC 11. PxA D5T 12. AxC DxA 13. AxP+ R2R 14. C3A P3A 15. A3C

…και ο λευκός κερδίζει εύκολα.

– Τι, τελείωσε;

– Όχι, ο μαύρος συνέχισε την ανέλπιδη μάχη για λίγες κινήσεις ακόμα: 15…A2D 16. T7A+ R1R


…και τώρα…

– Άσε να δοκιμάσω: λοιπόν, Ρήγισσα ψηλά στο μαύρο· εξαναγκάζει την αλλαγή Ρηγισσών, και ο λευκός μένει με το ζεύγος ελεύθερων δεμένων κεντρικών Οπλιτών, και επιπλέον, μετά από Ρήγας αιχμαλωτίζει Οπλίτη και Κάστρο στο τετράγωνο του Ιππότη του Ρήγα, θα κερδίσει και τους Οπλίτες στην πτέρυγα του Ρήγα.

– Καλή ιδέα, μεγαλειότατε, και πράγματι κερδίζει. Όμως, ο λευκός κράτησε τις Ρήγισσες και ενίσχυσε την επίθεσή του:

17. D3D A3K 18. TxP/CD7 C2D 19. T1D T1D 20. AxA DxA 21.C4T

…και τέλος.

– Φοβερός. Δικαίως θεωρείται ο καλύτερος παίκτης στον κόσμο. Αμύνθηκες γενναία, πάντως.

– Αν επιτρέπει η ευγενεία σας, εγώ ήμουν λευκός.

– Πώς; Νίκησες τον Γκρέκο, και μάλιστα με κατά μέτωπο επίθεση;

– Ε ναι, δεν ίδρωσα και πολύ. Αιφνιδιάστηκε, σε σημείο που δεν μου γύρεψε το πάτσι. Καλό για κείνον: με τα μαύρα θα κέρδιζα ακόμα πιο εύκολα· έχω βρει κάτι καταρρίψεις στη βαριάντα του στο Τζιουόκο Πιάνο, θα ερχόταν σε δύσκολη θέση αν έχανε μπροστά στους συμπατριώτες του δεύτερη συνεχόμενη παρτίδα και μάλιστα με τα λευκά.

– Και για να ‘χουμε καλό ρώτημα, δον Διέγο, πώς μας προέκυψες τόσο ταλέντο;

– Βρήκα στη βιβλιοθήκη του παλατιού, στην οποία η ευγενεία σας έχει γενναιόδωρα χορηγήσει στην ταπεινότητά μου απεριόριστη πρόσβαση, το πρωτότυπο χειρόγραφο της μελέτης του Ρούι Λόπεθ [1], αλλά και μεταγενέστερες σημειώσεις του με κάποια ενδιαφέροντα στρατηγήματα, που δεν πρόλαβε να εντάξει σε βιβλίο.

– Ναι, είχα ακούσει ότι, μετά το τουρνουά του 1575, που είχε οργανώσει ο αείμνηστος πάππος μου Φελίπε Β’ στο Εσκοριάλ με τους δύο καλύτερους ιταλούς και τους δύο καλύτερους ισπανούς σκακιστές της εποχής, ο Ρούι Λόπεθ δεν έμεινε ευχαριστημένος από την απόδοσή του και στρώθηκε να αναλύσει βαθύτερα το παιχνίδι.

– Πράγματι· βέβαια, ο πατήρ Λόπεθ, όπως και ο πατήρ Τσερόν [2], ήσαν σοβαροί άνθρωποι, αφιερωμένοι στη διάδοση και εφαρμογή του λόγου του Θεού: δεν χαζολογούσαν κουνώντας όλη μέρα ξυλαράκια μπρος πίσω.

– Οι μαρτυρίες πάντως λένε ότι οι δύο ιταλοί [3] έπαιζαν άλλο σκάκι, είχαν μεγάλη διαφορά δυναμικότητας από τους δικούς μας.

– Άεργοι και ψωμόλυσσες· ας είναι. Στη βιβλιοθήκη βρήκα και αντίγραφο του χειρογράφου του ίδιου του Γκρέκο [4]. Ξεφυλλίζοντάς το χωρίς να στήσω σκακιέρα, διαπίστωσα ότι είχε κενά και ανακρίβειες. Εκεί που αναπαυόμουν, ακόμα και εκεί που εργαζόμουν, επανέρχονταν χωρίς να το θέλω στη μνήμη μου θέσεις από τις παρτίδες που παρέθετε ο Γκρέκο· ε, τι να κάνω κι εγώ, τις ανέλυα νοερά. Κάπως έτσι, έφτασα και στο Γκαμπί των Τριών Πιονιών που παίχτηκε στην παρτίδα μας. Το Ιππότης στο πέμπτο τετράγωνο στην κολώνα του Ρήγα το είχα αναλύσει μέχρι τέλους, απλώς προσποιούμουν ότι σκέφτομαι κάθε επόμενη κίνηση για να θολώσω τα νερά. Λοιπόν, είδαμε την παρτίδα, ήπιαμε τις μανθανίγιες μας, και ασφαλώς θα υπάρχουν πολλές εκκρεμότητες που η γαληνότητά του ο κόμης-δούκας ντε Ολιβάρες δεν θα μπορεί να χειριστεί χωρίς τη σοφή και συνετή καθοδήγησή σας. Τι θα έλεγε η ευγενεία σας να επιστρέφαμε στις δουλειές μας;

– Μου δείχνεις ευγενικά την πόρτα. Καλώς, Δον Διέγο· a la tarea λοιπόν, κι εσύ κι εγώ. Δύσκολοι καιροί για βασιλιάδες…

Νοέμβριος 2017

 

[1]          Libro de la invención liberal y arte del juego del axedrez, Αλκαλά ντε Ενάρες 1561.

[2]          Ο άλλος ισπανός που έπαιξε στο τουρνουά του Εσκοριάλ.

[3]          Ο Λεονάρντο και ο Μπόι.

[4]          Trattato del gioco degli scacchi, Ρώμη 1619.

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VG: Magnus Carlsen plans to play in King Salman World Rapid & Blitz ch

Chessdom - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 22:32

“The plan is that Magnus will play. That’s the intention, but we have not discussed details yet. But he is very interested in playing,” Carlsen’s manager Espen Agdestein said for VG.no.

Magnus Carlsen was traveling when the news came out that Riyadh, Saudi Arabia will host the 2017 King Salman World Rapid & Blitz Championships. He was in Hamburg and then continued to Saint Louis to play against Ding Liren.

“We will talk about the schedule when he returns home. The deadline for signing up for the Championships is 25th November,” says Agdestein.

“As I know there is no sports boycott against Saudi Arabia. Chess is global sport and is played all over the world. There have been tournaments in other countries where there have also been various issues. For now, this has not been something Magnus and I have talked about,” he added.

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No hijab or abaya – Historical agreement for King Salman World Rapid & Blitz ch

Chessdom - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 22:03

FIDE is pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached with the Organisers that the dress code for the 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships will be dark blue or black formal suits, with white shirts, either open necked or with a tie, for men and dark blue or black formal trouser suits, with high necked white blouses for women.

There will be no need to wear a hijab or abaya during the games, this will be a first for any sporting event in Saudi Arabia.

The total Prize Fund for the event is $2,000,000, with individual prize funds of $750,000 for the Open and $250,000 for the women in both events. This is almost 350% more than the previous event.

There will be 30 prizes for each event, with the first prize being $250,000 in the Open Section and $80,000 in the Women’s Section, all new records.

With regards to visas, FIDE has raised with the Organisers that there may be problems for players from certain countries. FIDE has not been advised that any player will not be able to participate. FIDE is continuing to work with the Organisers to ensure that visas will be issued to all players who have confirmed their participation.

Regulations for the FIDE “Open” World Blitz Championship 2017 & FIDE “Open” World Rapid Championship 2017

Regulations for the FIDE Women World Blitz Championship 2017 & FIDE Women World Rapid Championship 2017

Entry Form

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King Salman Rapid & Blitz 2017 – Historic Agreement

FIDE - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 16:23

 
FIDE is pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement with the Organisers that the dress code for the event will be dark blue or black formal suits, with white shirts, either open necked or with a tie, for men and dark blue or black formal trouser suits, with high necked white blouses for women. There will be no need to wear a hijab or abaya during the games, this will be a first for any sporting event in Saudi Arabia.
 
The total Prize Fund for the event is $2,000,000, with individual prize funds of $750,000 for the Open and $250,000 for the women in both events. This is almost 350% more than the previous event. There will be 30 prizes for each event, with the first prize being $250,000 in the Open Section and $80,000 in the Women’s Section, all new records.
 
With regards to visas, FIDE has raised with the Organisers that there may be problems for players from certain countries. FIDE has not been advised that any player will not be able to participate. FIDE is continuing to work with the Organisers to ensure that visas will be issued to all players who have confirmed their participation.

All players wishing to participate should send scan of passport and entry form to certificates@fide.com.
 
Regulations for the FIDE "Open" World Blitz Championship 2017 & FIDE "Open" World Rapid Championship 2017
Regulations for the FIDE Women World Blitz Championship 2017 & FIDE Women World Rapid Championship 2017
Entry Form
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King Salman Rapid & Blitz 2017 – Historical Agreement

FIDE - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 16:23

 
FIDE is pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement with the Organisers that the dress code for the event will be dark blue or black formal suits, with white shirts, either open necked or with a tie, for men and dark blue or black formal trouser suits, with high necked white blouses for women. There will be no need to wear a hijab or abaya during the games, this will be a first for any sporting event in Saudi Arabia.
 
The total Prize Fund for the event is $2,000,000, with individual prize funds of $750,000 for the Open and $250,000 for the women in both events. This is almost 350% more than the previous event. There will be 30 prizes for each event, with the first prize being $250,000 in the Open Section and $80,000 in the Women’s Section, all new records.
 
With regards to visas, FIDE has raised with the Organisers that there may be problems for players from certain countries. FIDE has not been advised that any player will not be able to participate. FIDE is continuing to work with the Organisers to ensure that visas will be issued to all players who have confirmed their participation.
 
Regulations for the FIDE "Open" World Blitz Championship 2017 & FIDE "Open" World Rapid Championship 2017
Regulations for the FIDE Women World Blitz Championship 2017 & FIDE Women World Rapid Championship 2017
Entry Form
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27th World Senior Chess Championship Acqui Terme 2017

FIDE - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 13:13



For 7th time Italy is hosting the World Senior Chess Championship. After Arco 2001 and 2010, Lignano Sabbiadoro 2005, Arvier 2006, Condino 2009 and Acqui Terme 2015 this year the seniors were invited again to came to the city of Acqui Terme (nearly 20.000 of inhabitants) in northern Italy, between Genova and Torino, 35km in south of better known city of Alessandria.

Organizers are IO Michele Cordara (also organizer of Chess Olympiad 2006) and IO Cristina Pernici Rigo Playing hall: the Convention Center of Acqui Terme.



From 6th till 18th of November 2017 not less than 298 players out of 52 countries will battle for the titles of World Champion in the categories “Open +50”, “Women +50”, “Open +65” and “Women +65”. For the open sections there will be an 11 round swiss system tournament, for the two Women tournaments a 9 round swiss system tournament. 30 games are transmitted live on Internet.

Here the list of the former Senior World Champions who are playing also this year:

Open tournaments:
• Evgeni Vasiukov (RUS, winner in year 1995)
• Anatoly Vaisser (FRA, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016)
• Vladimir Okhotnik (FRA, 2011, 2015)
• Zurab Sturua (GEO, 2014)
• Giorgi Bagaturov (GEO, 2016)

Women tournaments:
• Nona Gaprindashvili (GEO, 1995, 2009, 2014-16)
• Tamar Khmiadashvili (GEO, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2010)
• Elena Fatalibekova (RUS, 2004)
• Galina Strutinskaia (RUS, 2011, 2012, 2015)
• Svetlana Mednikova (RUS, 2014)
• Tatjana Bogumil (RUS, 2016)

Chief arbiter of this tournament is IA Werner Stubenvoll (Austria).


Julio Granda Zuniga

Top seeded players are the well-known grandmasters Julio Granda Zuniga (PER, 2650) in the Open +50 and Anatoly Vaisser (FRA, 2503) in the Open +65. The oldest player is Antonio Pipitone from Italy (born 1926).


Anatoly Vaisser


Antonio Pipitone

After 6 rounds in Open tournaments and 5 rounds in Women tournaments there are following leaders:

In section “Open +50” there are six players leading with 5 points:
GM Julio Granda Zuniga (PER), GM Rogelio Antonio (PHI), GM Zurab Sturua (GEO), GM Eric Prie (FRA), IM Alexander Reprintsev (UKR) and IM Oliver Brendel (GER).

In section “Open +65” as well there are six players with 5 points leading:
GM Vlastimil Jansa (CZE), IM Arkady Shevelev (ISR), GM Vladimir Okhotnik (FRA), GM Anatoly Vaisser (FRA), GM Yuri Balashov (RUS) and FM Christian Hess (GER). Another 11 players follow with 4,5 points.

Two of the initial favorites of the tournament, GM Evgeny Sveshnikov (RUS, 2480) and GM James Tarjan (USA, 2449) already lost two games and will have problems to come back to the leading group.

In tournament “Women +50” the top-seeded player WGM Elvira Berend (LUX, 2292) is leading with 4,5 points out of the 5 games played. Currently on the second place is WGM Shilan Liu (CHN) with half a point less. Other players follow with one or more points less than the leader.

The “Grand Dame” of chess, GM Nona Gaprindashvili (GEO, 2306), lost in the third round of the tournament “Women +65” to WGM Tamar Khmiadashvili (GEO) and is now following her. After fifth round Khmiadashvili is the leader with 4,5 points, a half point ahead of Gaprindashvili. Behind them four players from Russia, who try to stop the two Georgian leaders.

Official Website:
www.scaccomattissimo.eu 

Results 

Photo Gallery


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88th FIDE Congress: Executive Board Minutes and Annexes

FIDE - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 12:36


FIDE publishes the Minutes and Annexes of the Executive Board meeting that was held in Goynuk, Antalya, Turkey, 13-14 October 2017.

Download Minutes and Annexes here.
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European Individual Chess Championship 2018

Chessdom - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 17:49

The European Individual Chess Championship for 2018 will take place in Batumi, Georgia, from 16th-29th March, in the 5 stars Hotel “Sheraton Batumi”, which will be the official venue of the Championship.

The event is organized by government of Georgia, the government of Adjara Autonomous Republic, Tbilisi City Hall and Georgian Chess Federation, under the auspices of European Chess Union.

The Championship is open to all players representing the Chess Federations which are the ECU members, regardless of their title or rating, and without a limit of participants per federation.

The European Individual Chess Championship will be played in 11 rounds according to Swiss system in accordance with ECU and FIDE Tournament Rules and Rules of Chess, with time control 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from the move one.

The Championship is a qualification event for the next World Cup. According to the FIDE regulations and the decision of the ECU Board, 23 players will qualify. In a case of equal score, the qualification will be determined according to the tie-break system (Article 11 of European Individual Chess Championship 2018 Regulations).

The total prize fund of the event will be 100.000 EUR, including the special prizes for the best Juniors, and ACP Special prizes for the 6 highest placed ACP Premium Members.

The registration of participants will be done online. Entry form of the Championship which can be found on the Official Website, must be fully filled out and sent before the registration deadline- not later than 1st February 2018

After the registration deadline, organizers reserve the right (according to FIDE regulations) to refuse or decline late registrations or, if there is availability, a penalty of 100 Euro for each late registration will be charged.

The Participants can get all the necessary information on the Official Website of the Championship, or by contacting the Tournament office.

Contact person:

Akaki Iashvili
Mobile: (+995) 577 414121
E-mail: iashviliakaki@gmail.com

European Individual Chess Championship 2018- Official Regulations (PDF)

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Magnus Carlsen: From Hamburg to St. Louis

Chessdom - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 15:17

World champion Magnus Carlsen recaps chess events in Hamburg and Saint Louis:

“This week I was in Hamburg for our annual Play Live Challenge for Play Magnus. The highlight was the Thursday clock simul (30 minutes each) against 13 qualifiers chosen among our dedicated Play Magnus app users. I got quite low on time in the end but managed to win all games.

With an early morning flight Friday out of Hamburg I got to St. Louis in time for the Chess Hall of Fame Olympiad Exhibition Opening the same evening. The museum is one of many contributions to chess in St. Louis by patrons Rex and Jeanne Sinquefield cementing the status of St. Louis as the, or on of the, main chess cities in the world.”

“The main event this time is the Champion Showdown. The first edition took place during my World Championship match against Karjakin last autumn. The 2017 edition featured a new concept and format: Four matches with 30 games of rapid and blitz (with 30, 20, 10 and 5 minutes and no increments per player per game, on the four days).

My match against Ding Liren graciously started two days later than the other three matches allowing my participation after the Play Magnus event on the 9th while allowing Ding to reach the FIDE Grand Prix in Europe starting November 16th.”

Read the full post on Magnus Carlsen blog

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Chess School Polimac

Chessdom - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 14:46

The Chess School Polimac started its work in 2006 with 4 students in Club House Hotel Kilkenny as a part of Kilkenny Chess Club. The FIDE Trainer Darko Polimac originally from Croatia was very keen to put Kilkenny at the World Chess map and he did it.

Since then Kilkenny is proud of 14 Irish and 2 British junior chess titles, 3 Fide masters (youngest in Ireland age 13 and 16) and many juniors representing Ireland internationally.

This itself is great results that no other City in Ireland and UK can match but adding that over 3000 kids learnt how to play chess with Darko in their schools is a small record itself.

The school is now also providing lessons via internet.

The top players hailing from the school are FIDE Master Ryan Rhys Griffiths, FIDE Master Karl McPhillips, FIDE Master Dr. Poornima Menon and John Courtney, student of medicine in Dublin.

After many years, Irish Juniors were at the top at the strong international 4 nations event Glorney and Gilbert Cup.Irish juniors won ahead England, Scotland and Wales. Irish President Mr. Higgins attended the opening ceremony and his speech was amazing as usual.

Darko Polimac believes that Chess should be part of the curricula in all Irish Schools and he met two Irish Ministers to discuss the prospect of this.

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Nigel Short first entry in King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships

Chessdom - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 14:41

Nigel Short is the first player who sent the signed confirmation for participation in King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, which will be held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, between the 26th and 30th December 2017.

Nigel Short (born 1 June 1965) is an English Grandmaster, chess columnist, chess coach and chess commentator. Short earned the Grandmaster title at the age of 19, and was ranked third in the world by FIDE from January 1988 to July 1989.

In 1993 he became the first English player to play a World Chess Championship match, when he qualified to play Garry Kasparov in the World Chess Championship 1993 in London (Kasparov won, 12.5 to 7.5). As of March 2017, he is the oldest player ranked among FIDE’s top 100 players and is ranked 55.

The events offer a record breaking prize fund of US$2,000,000.

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