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British Knockout Championship semi-finals

Chessdom - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 18:39

• England top 4 Mickey Adams, David Howell, Gawain Jones and Luke McShane all negotiate their way through a tough quarter-final stage to qualify for the British Knockout Championship semi-finals.

• David Howell triumphs eventually over IM Ravi Haria in a rapid playoff, despite almost coming to grief in the first Classical game.

• Semi-Finals pit Adams vs McShane and Howell vs Jones.

• Live coverage of the Semi-Final matches, starting Tuesday at 11:00 UTC, is available on the London Chess Classic website.

Despite valiant efforts from the underdogs in the British Knockout, England Olympiad team members Mickey Adams, David Howell, Gawain Jones and Luke McShane all managed to win their Quarter-Final matches – although not without a struggle.

Qtr Fina1 1 1 2 3 4 A
Simon Williams 2466 ½ 0 - - - ½
Mickey Adams 2706 ½ 1 - - - 1½

Qtr Fina1 2 1 2 3 4 A
David Howell 2697 ½ ½ 1 1 - 3
Ravi Haria 2436 ½ ½ 0 0 - 1

Qtr Fina1 3 1 2 3 4 A
Gawain Jones 2683 1 ½ - - - 1½
Alan Merry 2429 0 ½ - - - ½

Qtr Fina1 4 1 2 3 4 A
Jonathan Hawkins 2579 ½ 0 - - - ½
Luke McShane 2667 ½ 1 - - - 1½

David Howell had the closest shave of all the top seeds, only managing to qualify for the Semi-Finals after winning a nail-biting playoff match 2-0 against IM Ravi Haria.

Elsewhere, Mickey Adams enjoyed a convincing victory in Game 2 of his match, after putting GM Simon Williams’s central king position under pressure in a double-edged Sicilian Richter-Rauzer. As his position started to crumble, Williams launched a desperate knight sacrifice against Adams’ king, but to no avail.

Gawain Jones, after his Game 1 win against IM Alan Merry, opted for a pawn sacrifice and active play with an ‘octopus’ knight to keep the balance, drawing comfortably in a rook endgame to ensure qualification.

Luke McShane played a nicely controlled endgame to knock out GM Jonathan Hawkins, using a strong rook on the seventh rank and an active king to bring home the point.

After a break on Monday, for the Pro-Biz Cup at Google HQ in London, the Semi-Finals resume on Tuesday.

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The London Chess Classic is the UK’s largest chess tournament and the concluding leg of the Grand Chess Tour, an international circuit of world-class chess events inspired by legendary World Champion Garry Kasparov. It is the flagship event of Chess in Schools and Communities and includes a range of amateur and age-grade competitions for 1,000s of children from the charity initiative nationwide.

By Tim Wall

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GM Judit Polgar appointed as Honorary FIDE Vice-President

FIDE - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 12:24



World Chess Federation announces the appointment of Grandmaster Judit Polgar as the Honorary FIDE Vice-President.

Mrs. Polgar will focus her efforts on chess development all over the world, including promoting chess in schools, popularization of the game and improving the level of tournament organization. GM Judit Polgar is the strongest female chess player of all time. At a classical rating of 2735, Judit was ranked № 8 chess player in the world in 2005.

Since her retirement from competitive chess in 2014, GM Polgar has been focusing on chess education and chess promotion. By 2018, the Budapest-based annual Global Chess Festival brought together more than 300 participating events and locations across 46 countries. Mrs. Polgar has also created the Chess Palace educational program, which is already being introduced in primary school curricula in Hungary and China. Furthermore, Grandmaster Polgar authored “Chess Playground”, a series of popular children's books translated into several languages.

In August 2015 Polgar received the Order of Saint Stephen - the highest state distinction in Hungary.

“I am very glad to welcome Judit to our team,” – said FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich. “She has great experience both as a top player and as an organizer of international events. Her enthusiasm in promotion of chess is enormous. Judit is greatly respected by the global chess community, and I am sure that she will play an important role in the future work of FIDE.” added Mr. Dvorkovich. Arkady Dvorkovich was elected as the new FIDE president in October 2018; new FIDE management team includes renowned chess grandmasters & organizers Nigel Short, Viorel Bologan & Emil Sutovsky.

“I am very much looking forward to working together with Arkady and his excellent team in extending the reach and appeal of chess worldwide.” – said GM Polgar in her statement. – “I am confident that FIDE will become a more agile organization, supporting our professional athletes and organizers - as well as the millions and millions of chess lovers. My primary personal goals are to increase chess’ impact in non-formal education; finding and fostering talent; and do more for equality of opportunity across gender, social or economic and age differences. Last but not least, chess needs to reaffirm its very special place in the 21st century, conquering new platforms and capturing new audiences. It will be a most exciting challenge for me to assist on this unique mission.” – Judit Polgar concluded.

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British Knockout Chess Championship

Chessdom - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 02:45

• Gawain Jones becomes the first player in the British KO Quarter-Finals to pull ahead with a smooth victory in Game 1 over IM Alan Merry.

• England No. 1 Mickey Adams is held to a draw by Simon Williams in a sharp Queen’s Gambit.

• David Howell barely escapes defeat at the hands of IM Ravi Haria after disastrously weakening his kingside defences and being forced to give up the exchange.

• Live coverage on the London Chess Classic website continues today in Game 2 of each of the Quarter-Final classical play matches, followed by rapid playoffs and an Armageddon game if necessary.

After a first round in which GMs John Nunn and Matthew Turner were knocked out, more surprises were in store for the top seeds in the British Knockout on Sunday as Mickey Adams was held to a draw by Simon Williams, while David Howell was lucky to survive a lost position against Ravi Haria.

Simon Williams (aka the ‘Ginger GM’) lived up to his reputation as a fearless aggressive player, trying a bold thrust 8. g4 in a Queen’s Gambit Declined. Despite Adams striking back immediately in the centre, Williams was able to steer play into a slightly favourable endgame in which Adams was forced to defend accurately a pawn down to hold the draw.

David Howell looked to be cruising to victory two pawns up in a theoretical Catalan, but then blundered, opening up his king in a position where opposite-coloured bishops were a factor. He was forced to give up the exchange, and then ran his king to the queenside in a desperate bid to save the game. After a queen exchange, both sides promoted pawns, and with time running short, Haria checked Howell’s king all the way up the board but was unable to find a way to finish the game. Howell managed to escape into a drawn endgame, thanks to his active king.

Gawain Jones became the first player to go ahead in the Quarter-Finals, outplaying Alan Merry in a Modern Benoni and forcing the win of queen for rook and knight, while Jonathan Hawkins held a solid draw against Luke McShane in a Scotch Four Knights.

Quarter Finals, Classical Game 2 (Sunday Dec. 9):

1 Mickey Adams (0.5) v Simon Williams (0.5)
2 Ravi Haria (0.5) v David Howell (0.5)
3 Alan Merry (0) v Gawain Jones (1)
4 Luke McShane (0.5) v Jonathan Hawkins (0.5)

Quarter-Final Schedule:

Game 1: 11:00 – 15:00; Game 2: 16:00 – 20:00; Playoffs: 2030 – 2200.
Time limits: Classical games: 90 mins plus 30 secs per move increment throughout.

Playoffs (2 games): 10 mins plus 5 secs per move increment throughout. If still undecided, Armageddon game 5 mins v 4 mins, with 2 secs increment per move from move 61.

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The London Chess Classic is the UK’s largest chess tournament and the concluding leg of the Grand Chess Tour, an international circuit of world-class chess events inspired by legendary World Champion Garry Kasparov. It is the flagship event of Chess in Schools and Communities and includes a range of amateur and age-grade competitions for 1,000s of children from the charity initiative nationwide.

By Tim Wall

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North American Open 2018

Chessdom - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 02:33

The 28th Annual North American Open will be held from 26-30 December, 2018, at Bally’s Casino Resort, 3645 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, Nevada.

The event has 7 sections: Open, Under 2300, Under 2100, Under 1900, Under 1700, Under 1500 and Under 1250.

The Open Section is a 5-day tournament (December 26-30) with FIDE norms possible. The Under 2300 to Under 1250 Sections have either a 4-day schedule (December 26-29) or 3-day schedule (December 27-29) to participate in.

GM and IM norms are possible in the Open Section which will be played over 9 rounds of Swiss system with the time control 40/2, SD/30, d10. The other sections will be completed over 7 rounds of Swiss system.

Top rated players are Grandmasters Jinshi Bai 2568, Julio J Becerra 2520, Adrien Demuth 2517, Andrey Gorovets 2509, Zbigniew Pakleza 2506, Artur Jakubiec 2497 etc

Bally’s Casino Resort

The event has a $120,000 prize fund unconditionally guaranteed.

Open Section: $10000-5000-2500-1200-1000-800-600-500-400-400, clear winner or 1st on tiebreak bonus $200, top FIDE Under 2400/Unr $2400-1200. FIDE rated, GM & IM norms possible.
Under 2300 Section: $7000-4000-2000-1200-800-600-500-500-400-400.
Under 2100 Section: $7000-4000-2000-1200-800-600-500-500-400-400, no unrated may win over $2000.
Under 1900 Section: $7000-4000-2000-1200-800-600-500-500-400-400, no unrated may win over $1600.
Under 1700 Section: $6000-3000-1500-1000-800-600-500-500-400-400, no unrated may win over $1300.
Under 1500 Section: $5000-2500-1300-1000-700-600-500-400-300-300, no unrated may win over $1000.
Under 1250 Section: $3000-1500-1000-800-600-500-400-400-300-300, top Under 1000 (no unr) $1000-500, no unrated may win over $500. No separate U1000 section; players under 1000 in U1250 play for both U1250 and U1000 prizes; receive larger if winning both.

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Pro-Biz Cup: Caruana & Kasparov head star-studded line-up

Chessdom - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 02:07

Hosted by DeepMind in Google’s UK headquarters in King’s Cross

As part of the 10th London Chess Classic, the Pro-Biz Cup brings leading business minds and the world’s leading Grandmasters together in a fun tournament to raise money for the UK charity Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC). This takes place on Mon 10 December.

This prestigious event will feature World Championship Challenger Fabiano Caruana, back in action in London just days after his gripping match with Magnus Carlsen.

Alongside will be his fellow competitors in the London Chess Classic (the final leg of the Grand Chess Tour 2018) Hikaru Nakamura, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Levon Aronian. Pairs of leading Grandmasters and amateurs will play alternate moves in an innovative rapidplay format, with the winning team being awarded the Pro-Biz Cup 2018.

Prominent among the teams of top-class Grandmasters and businesspeople are two of the world’s brightest minds:

- Demis Hassabis, the Co-Founder of Google’s leading Artificial Intelligence (AI) company DeepMind and creator of Alpha Zero and Alpha Go, which have pioneered breakthroughs in Chess and Go; and
- Garry Kasparov, the legendary World Chess Champion, who has become an enthusiastic advocate of AI since his epic Man vs Machine chess match with the Deep Thought supercomputer in 1997.

The impressive array of talent also includes England Olympiad team members Mickey Adams, David Howell, Gawain Jones and David Howell, as well as nine-year-old Shreyas Royal, England’s top Under 12 and the world’s second-highest rated player for his age.

The Teams:

Pair 1

- Fabiano Caruana, World Championship Challenger
- Chris Flowers, Chairman and CEO of J.C. Flowers & Co. LLC, an investment firm specialising in financial services

Pair 2

- Matthew Sadler, two-time British Champion
- Demis Hassabis, CEO and Co-Founder of DeepMind

Pair 3

- Garry Kasparov, former World Champion
- Terry Chapman, entrepreneur and former Chairman and CEO of Terence Chapman Group PLC

Pair 4

- David Howell, England No. 2
- Rajko Vujatovic, model risk consultant and three-time gold medallist in the World Diving Chess Championships

Pair 5

- Levon Aronian, Grand Chess Tour semi-finalist 2018.
- Justin Baptie, Managing Director of Insight Strategic Associates, a firm of accountants dealing with the SME and HNW market.

Pair 6

- Mickey Adams, England No. 1 and reigning British Champion.
- Natasha Regan, a Director at RPC Consulting and Women’s International Master.

Pair 7

- Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Grand Chess Tour semi-finalist 2018.
- Gilles Betthaeuser, President of global real estate company Colliers International for France, Belgium, Spain, Morocco and Switzerland.

Pair 8

- Gawain Jones, two-time British Champion.
- Nigel Povah, an advisor to US firm PSI and an International Master.

Pair 9

- Hikaru Nakamura, Grand Chess Tour semi-finalist 2018.
- Karina Vazirova, Head of Product and Implementations at ClauseMatch, a London-based RegTech firm, and a Women’s International Master

Pair 10

- Ali Mortazavi, former CEO of Silence Therapeutics and an International Master.
- Shreyas Royal, 9, currently the top English Under 12 and ranked second in the world for his age.

The Pro-Biz Cup is part of the London Chess Classic and supports Chess in Schools and Communities

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WRBCC 2018 Registration is open

FIDE - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 12:37


Dear Chess Friends!

FIDE announces that Registration system for the King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships is open at
https://wrbc2018registration.fide.com/

Please submit you application and information.
  For more information please read:
FIDE extends the deadline for registrations for WRBCC 2018
Information for the participants of FIDE World Rapid & Blitz Championships 2018
FIDE introduces additional prizes for the World Rapid and Blitz Championships

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London Chess Classic 2018

Chessdom - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 12:20

Fans eager for more fabulous top-class chess after the World Championship in London need look no further than the London Chess Classic, where the valiant challenger, Fabiano Caruana, will be back in town for a showdown with three of the world’s most exciting players from December 11-17, thanks to support from our new sponsor, The Lohia Foundation.

With an exciting Semi-finals and Final format, complete with Classical, Rapid & Blitz, plus a nail-biting Armageddon decider, the London Chess Classic will pit Fabi against fellow American Hikaru Nakamura, Armenia’s Levon Aronian and France’s Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (MVL) in the finale of the 2018 Grand Chess Tour.

The fantastic four will be dueling for a total of $300,000 (£230,000) in GCT prize money.

Just how Fabi will come back after his narrow loss (tied 6-6 in Classical, 3-0 in the Rapid playoffs) in the World Championship match against Magnus Carlsen will be the question on everyone’s lips – as his opponents are likely to face more of the superb opening preparation that Fabi displayed there.

In his Semi-Final matchup, Fabi faces Rapid & Blitz specialist Hikaru, while in the other Semi-Final, Levon plays MVL.

PLAYER STATS (World rankings, November 2018):
- Fabiano Caruana (Classical #2, 2832; Rapid #10, 2789; Blitz #16, 2767)
- Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (Classical #6, 2778; Rapid #11, 2786; Blitz #2, 2937)
- Levon Aronian (Classical #11, 2765; Rapid #7, 2802; Blitz #3, 2889)
- Hikaru Nakamura (Classical #17, 2746; Rapid #2, 2844; Blitz #4, 2858)

After two Classical games on December 11-12, play switches to Rapid & Blitz on Dec. 13. The winners then go through to the 3-day Final, held at the traditional Olympia London venue on December 15-16 (Classical) & 17 (Rapid & Blitz). There will also be a Third Place Playoff.

The 2018 GCT champion will take home a 1st prize of $120,000 (there’s $80,000 for 2nd, $60,000 for 3rd and $40,000 for 4th).

To watch the action live, you can book your tickets now (daily £25, season £60) for entrance to the London Chess Classic Final (December 15-17) at London Olympia.

These tickets will also give you access to the accompanying London Chess Festival events (total prizes over £24,000) at Olympia, including the FIDE-rated Open, 5-Day Classic events & Weekend Classic events, GM simultaneous displays, chess teacher training courses, & live commentary by leading Grandmasters.

For more info contact: info@londonchessclassic.com
Visit the website: www.londonchessclassic.com
Follow on Twitter: @london_chess

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European Amateur Chess Championship 2019

Chessdom - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 11:23

The European Amateur Chess Championship 2019 will be held in the island of Rhodes, Greece, from 5th-15th April, simultaneously with European Senior Chess Championship 2019.The events will be held in the Conference center of Olympic Palace Hotel, as the official hotel of the Championship.

The Championships are open tournaments for players registered or approved by their federation. ECU member federations shall have the right to send as many players as they wish.   All players must not hold any title above CM (or WCM for women) in the sections Under-1700 and Under-2000. All players must not hold any title above FM (or WFM for women) in the section Under-2300.

A player must not have a published FIDE rating of 2300 or greater for at least one year prior to the registration deadline of the event. For the Under-2000 section, a player must not have a published FIDE rating of 2000 or greater for at least one year prior to the start of the Championship. For the Under-1700 section, a player must not have a published FIDE rating of 1700 or greater for at least one year prior to the start of the championship. In case a player exceeds the rating of 1700 or 2000 after the registration deadline, he/she will play the upper rating category.

The registration for the event shall be done online by filling the entry form and sending it fulfilled to the organizers. Entries must be sent by the registration deadline 20 February 2019 by email to: chess.at.holidays@gmail.com

There will be separate championships for categories Under-2300, Under-2000 and Under-1700. In each rating section, a separate championship for women shall be organized only if there are at least 10 women entries otherwise the women’s event will be merged with men (open).T he championship is organized in a 9-round Swiss system, in accordance with FIDE Laws of Chess and the ECU Tournament Rules. The rate of play will be 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move one.

The total prize fund of the event is 4.000 EUR and the winners of each category receive the relevant title: European Amateur Chess Champion under 1700 under 2000 and 2300.

The Official Regulations of European Amateur Chess Championship 2019 can be downloaded below.

European_Amateur_Championship_2019

Registration_form_EACC_2019

Contact information:

Nikos Kalesis – FIDE International Organiser
Tel. (+30) 6938326161
* Christina Ioannidou – Tournament Secretariat
Email: chess.at.holidays@gmail.com

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FIDE extends the deadline for registrations for WRBCC 2018

FIDE - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 19:19



Dear chess friends,

FIDE extends the deadline for early registrations for participation in the World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2018 till December 15. The entry fee for these registrations will be 100 USD. The late registrations will be accepted till December 22, and will cost 200 USD.


Please read Information for the participants of FIDE World Rapid & Blitz Championships 2018.

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Information for the participants of FIDE World Rapid & Blitz Championships 2018

FIDE - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 14:22


Information for the participants of FIDE World Rapid Championships & FIDE World Blitz Championships
December 25th - 31st 2018


Dear chess friends,

Please note that all the details about the upcoming World Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships will be updated via FIDE and RCF websites on the regular basis.

There is no need to send your applications to FIDE Secretariat or RCF Secretariat.



REGISTRATION & FEES

The online REGISTRATION system will be available on December 7, 2018 on FIDE website as well as on RCF website.

Information on VISA SUPPORT will be shared with you on December 10, 2018 after finalizing all the details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia in order to make the visa obtaining process easy and secure.

Each participant shall pay an ENTRY FEE to the Organizer. 

FIDE extends the deadline for early registrations for participation in the World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2018 till December 15. The entry fee for these registrations will be 100 USD. The late registrations will be accepted till December 22, and will cost 200 USD.

In case if a participant doesn't get his/her visa on time, entry fee will be returned.
    Bank details for entry fee

*The banking details can be downloaded in the system for your convenience

ALL-RUSSIAN PUBLIC ORGANIZATION «RUSSIAN CHESS FEDERATION»
Общероссийская общественная организация «Российская шахматная федерация»
119019, Moscow, Russia, Gogolevskiy boulevard, 14, build.1
119019, г. Москва, Гоголевский бульвар, д.14, стр.1
Payment reference: Tournament (registration) fee for participation in FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships 2018, not subject to VAT.
Назначение платежа: Оплата турнирного (регистрационного) взноса за участие в чемпионатах мира ФИДЕ по рапиду и блицу 2018, не облагается НДС.
    Please state your name in the bank transfer to identify a payer.
    USD Account
Beneficiary customer: RUSSIAN CHESS FEDERATION
Bank: SBERBANK, MOSCOW, RUSSIA
SWIFT code: SABRRUMM
Dollar Account: 40703840638260200813
Bank correspondent: The Bank of New York Mellon New York, NY
SWIFT code: IRVTUS3N

RUR account:
Наименование организации: ООО «Российская шахматная федерация»
ИНН 7704016433 КПП 770401001
Банк: ПАО СБЕРБАНК, г. Москва
Расчетный счет 40703810438260100813
Кор. счет 30101810400000000225
БИК 044525225




VENUE & OFFICIAL HOTELS

The venue and the official hotels will be announced after December 10th, 2018.



SCHEDULE

Date Event Rounds Time 25 Dec 2018 Arrival,     25 Dec 2018 Opening Ceremony   19:30 25 Dec 2018 Technical Meeting   20:30 26 Dec 2018 Rapid - day 1 1-5 15:00 27 Dec 2018 Rapid - day 2 6-10 15:00 28 Dec 2018 Rapid - day 3 11-15 15:00 29 Dec 2018 Blitz - day 1 1-12 15:00 30 Dec 2018 Blitz - day 2 13-21 14:00 30 Dec 2018 Closing Ceremony   18:00* 31 Dec 2018 Departure    
*Approximate time. It can start later if the tie-break for the first place is played or there is any delay during the last playing session.



ORGANIZING COMMITTEE AND CONTACT INFORMATION

TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR
Mark Glukhovsky, IO

RCF contact person
Artem Pugachev
Email: pugachev@ruchess.ru

PRESS OFFICER
Eteri Kublashvili
Tel.: +7 905 791 76 51
Email: kublashvili@yandex.ru

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
All the contact information will be announced later.
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Bidding procedure for the Women's Grand Prix 2019-2020

FIDE - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 09:14


Dear chess friends,

FIDE opens a bidding procedure for the Women's Grand Prix 2019-2020.

The regulations for the event can be downloaded here.

Bids to be submitted till February 5, 2019.

 
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FIDE introduces additional prizes for the World Rapid and Blitz Championships

FIDE - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 08:39



FIDE is happy to announce additional prizes for the best combined results in the World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2018.

The total pool for the best combined result is 150,000 USD, and it will be distributed as follows:


Open:

1. 20 000
2. 15 000
3. 12 000
4. 10 000
5. 8 000
6. 7 000
7. 6 000
8. 5 000
9. 4 000
10. 3 000

Total: 90 000 USD


Women:

1. 14 000
2. 10 000
3. 8 000
4. 7 000
5. 6 000
6. 5 000
7. 4 000
8. 3 000
9. 2 000
10. 1 000

Total: 60 000 USD


The combined result is determined by the sum of the places in two events - the lower is the better. The prizes will be split equally between all the participants with the equal sum of places : e.g. 1st + 3rd would be equal to 2nd and 2nd.
In a case of a tie in rapid and/or blitz event, the placement in particular tournament will be counted as follows : tie for 1-3 will be counted as 2nd, tie for 1-5 will be counted as 3rd, etc.

All the prizes are compatible with the main prizes in the respective tournaments.

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Saudi Arabia CF to partner Russian CF in hosting the World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championship 2018

FIDE - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 08:36



Given the strong relationship between the Kingdom Saudi Arabia and Russia, the Saudi Chess Federation accepted FIDE’s request to shift the second edition of the King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championship from Riyadh, and to partner the Russian Chess Federation in hosting it in St. Petersburg, Russia, keeping the same championship title.

FIDE holds a very strong relationship with the General Sport Authority of Saudi Arabia and the Saudi Chess Federation. This relationship resulted in the great success of the first edition of King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championship that was held in Riyadh in December 2017. The first edition featured some of the greatest minds in chess from around the world and offered very comfortable conditions for the players.

Spreading chess around the world is an objective that the Saudi Chess Federation shares with FIDE, which strengthens their cooperation and they look forward to the success of the second edition of King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championship in St. Petersburg this month.

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FIDE Management Board members meets the Asian Chess Federation

FIDE - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 14:20



FIDE Management Board members meets the Asian Chess Federation

FIDE Executive Director Victor Bologan and FIDE President’s Advisor Berik Balgabaev paid a visit to Dubai to meet the leadership of the Asian Chess Federation to discuss the further collaboration between the two bodies.

A meeting took place in the Asian Chess Federation General Secretary’s private office in Dubai attended by the FIDE Executive Director Victor Bologan, FIDE President’s Advisor Berik Balgabaev, Asian Chess Federation General Secretary Hisham Al Taher, Treasurer of the Asian Chess Federation Mehrdad Pahlevanzadeh, Asian Chess Federation Executive Director Casto Abundo, Head of Technical Affairs and Trainers Commission Sami Khader.

There were several important agenda points of the meeting. One of the subjects Mr. Bologan raised was the contract which FIDE plans to sign with every national federation which will indicate the path and development plan of a federation. The goals to sign the direct contracts with national federations were set up by the FIDE President Mr. Arkady Dvorkovich at the first Presidential Meeting in London in November 2018 which was held under his Presidency. The projects will be monitored and followed by FIDE bodies in collaboration with the Continental Federations to measure the outcome, evaluating the federations’ KPI and activities. Asian Chess Federation General Secretary Mr. Hisham Al Taher found the new plan to be very effective and assured the FIDE leadership to make his utmost to assist in fulfilling the goals.

The decision to sign an agreement between FIDE and Asian Chess Federation which will stipulate the principles of mutual collaboration and FIDE’s concrete support to develop various projects in Asia in terms of equal partnership with ACF, was made.

Mr. Hisham Al Taher underlined that the whole chess community has been witnessing a tremendous breakthrough in chess planning activities since the new FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich came into power by winning the elections. An attention given by the FIDE President to all national federations, chess tournaments, organizers during these two months is highly appreciated. The professional management ideas including establishing the FIDE Management Board to monitor the activities and execution of the projects was considered as a bright decision to develop the game of chess.

The Continental nominations to the FIDE commissions were also discussed. The importance of the members’ performance in the FIDE commissions’ activities is set high in the whole FIDE movement. The meeting went through all the candidates’ names for the FIDE commissions one by one to ensure the effective contribution from the Asian Chess Federation to the overall FIDE development policy.

The new chess competitions as well as other events organized by the Asian Chess Federation in next years was also one of the topics discussed at the meeting.

On behalf of the Asian Chess Federation Mr. Hisham Al Taher assured the FIDE leadership that ACF would continue working to the prosperity and development of the chess movement using the new instruments set by FIDE in the Golden era of chess. The atmosphere of the meeting was regarded as positive and optimistic by both FIDE and ACF.

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FIDE Executive Director visits the Arab Chess Championships 2018 in Dubai

FIDE - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 12:50



Arab Chess Championships 2018 which unite best chess players from Arabic countries to define the champions in classical, blitz and rapid competitions amongst Arabic national chess federations, started on 26 November in JW Marriott Dubai. The competition is held under the generous patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. HH has already sent his best wishes to all participants of the event. The main sponsor of the event is one of the biggest airlines in the world – Emirates Airlines. Emirates Airlines often supports many sports in the UAE including chess.

The Arab Chess Championships are under way. The Arab Blitz and Rapid Champions 2018 are defined: GM Salem AR Saleh of UAE became the Arab Blitz Champion 2018, with WIM Latreche Sabrina of Algeria who finished first to become the Arab Women Blitz Chess Champion 2018. GM Hicham Hamdouchi of Morocco became the Arab Rapid Champion 2018 and WGM Wafa Shrook has managed to grab the victory and become the Arab Women Rapid Champion 2018.

FIDE Executive Director Victor Bologan and FIDE President’s Advisor Berik Balgabaev paid a visit to Dubai to attend the FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar organized by the UAE Chess Federation with Mahdi Abdulrahim, assistant to the Secretary General as a lecturer. FIDE Executive Director greeted the participants of the seminar, wishing them a good luck in the seminar.





FIDE guests have also attended the Arab Chess Championships both rapid and 5th round of classical events.





FIDE Executive Director Victor Bologan and FIDE President’s Assistant have conducted meetings with Arab Chess Federation and its President Sheikh Saud Al Mualla to discuss the further collaboration between FIDE and Arab Chess Federation. Many important subjects were discussed including the future organization of Arabic chess competitions.



The overall impression of the organization of the Arab Chess Championships 2018 which are organized under the generous auspices of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and with the main sponsorship of the Emirates Airlines was expressed as excellent.

The 6th Round of the Arab Chess Championships 2018 was held on the National Day of the UAE which was celebrated with the National Anthem before the start of the round. Dr. Sarhan Al Muaini congratulated the participants and wished them luck.

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World Youth U-16 Chess Olympiad finished in Turkey

FIDE - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 11:55



The World Youth Under-16 Olympiad finished in Konya, Turkey, on December 2 2018.

The players from Uzbekistan became the winners of the tournament with 16 match points. In the last round they outplayed the team from China with 2, 5:1, 5 score. The Indian chess players defeated the team from Iran with 2,5:1,5 score and won the silver medals with 14 match points. The Chinese team won bronze medals having scored 13 points. Belarus team defeated Israel with 3,5:0,5 score to share the third place with China.



Prize giving ceremony

Official website

Check final results here

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FIDE Executive Director visits the Arab Chess Championships in Dubai

FIDE - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 11:36



FIDE Executive Director Viktor Bologan and FIDE President’s Advisor Berik Balgabaev paid a visit to Dubai to attend the Arab Chess Championships and have conducted meetings with Arab Chess Federation and its President Sheikh Saud Al Mualla to discuss the further collaboration between FIDE and Arab Chess Federation.

Arab Chess Championships 2018 which unite best chess players from Arabic countries to define the champions in classical, blitz and rapid competitions amongst Arabic national chess federations, started on 26 November in JW Marriott Dubai. The competition is held under the generous patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. HH has already sent his best wishes to all participants of the event. The main sponsor of the event is one of the biggest airlines in the world – Emirates Airlines. Emirates Airlines often supports many sports in the UAE including chess.

The Arab Chess Championships are under way. The Arab Blitz and Rapid Champions 2018 are defined: GM Salem AR Saleh of UAE became the Arab Blitz Champion 2018, with WIM Latreche Sabrina of Algeria who finished first to become the Arab Women Blitz Chess Champion 2018. GM Hicham Hamdouchi of Morocco became the Arab Rapid Champion 2018 and WGM Wafa Shrook has managed to grab the victory and become the Arab Women Rapid Champion 2018.

Viktor Bologan and Berik Balgabaev also attended the FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar organized by the UAE Chess Federation with Mahdi Abdulrahim, assistant to the Secretary General as a lecturer. FIDE Executive Director greeted the participants of the seminar, wishing them a good luck in the seminar.





FIDE guests have also attended the Arab Chess Championships both rapid and 5th round of classical events.





FIDE Executive Director Viktor Bologan and FIDE President’s Assistant during the meetings with Arab Chess Federation and its President Sheikh Saud Al Mualla to discuss the further collaboration between FIDE and Arab Chess Federation. Many important subjects were discussed including the future organization of Arabic chess competitions.



Another meeting with the Asian Chess Federation with ACF General Secretary Hisham AL Taher and ACF Executive Director Casto Abundo was held. The development of cooperation between two organizations was the main topic of the meeting.



The overall impression of the organization of the Arab Chess Championships 2018 which are organized under the generous auspices of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and with the main sponsorship of the Emirates Airlines was expressed as excellent.

The 6th Round of the Arab Chess Championships 2018 was held on the National Day of the UAE which was celebrated with the National Anthem before the start of the round. Dr. Sarhan Al Muaini congratulated the participants and wished them luck.

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FIDE sends condolences to Ruth Haring family

FIDE - Sun, 12/02/2018 - 16:26



Moscow, 30 November

Ruth Haring family
United States of America


Dear Haring Family,

It is with deepest sadness that we learnt of the passing away of our friend and colleague Mrs. Ruth Haring.

Mrs. Haring was a Woman International Master who has represented USA in five Chess Olympiads. She was also FIDE Zonal President, member of the FIDE Executive Board for seven years, member of the FIDE Ethics Commission and President of the US Chess Federation for five years.

Mrs. Haring loved the game passionately and she was a guiding light in the effort to propagate the game of chess not only in the American Continent but in all of FIDE.

She gave us her best in the services of FIDE and we shall miss her dearly.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.


Yours sincerely,

Arkady Dvorkovich
FIDE President

FIDE sends condolences to Ruth Haring family (pdf)  


























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December 2018 FIDE Rating List

FIDE - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 15:43



FIDE publishes December 2018 FIDE Rating List. The list of top players is published at Top lists page of FIDE ratings website. All players can check new ratings at the main page of FIDE ratings website. Check updated Rating Charts and Games Statistics - Personal and vs Opponent.

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