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Komodo – Houdini stuns the pundits

Chessdom - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 13:35

The Top Chess Engine Championship arrived today at the halfway point of Stage 2, and it did it with a bang. There were four main trends throughout the first half: Houdini leading comfortably the standings, Komodo putting up serious fights to keep the second position, Stockfish with grim chances and always out of the qualifying positions, and Fire challenging the dominance of the top 3. With just two games in round 14 these trends were turned around.

Official site with live games and standings / Twitch TV channel / Video on demand with the chat and excitement in real time

Komodo – Houdini

The game was the return game of round 7, with reversed colors and the same opening – Queen’s Indian: Petrosian, 6.cxd5 Nxd5 7.e3 g6. There was a novelty right on move 1 out of the opening book as Houdini preferred a direct 8… Nxc3 instead of the previous game’s choice of Komodo 8… Bg7 to Both engines evaluated similarly the opening as equal (K +0.19, H +0.03). The middlegame was complex, with Komodo constantly trying to find advantage and Houdini staying calm. The position at move 47 looked like yet another “Grandmaster Engine draw”.

The position after 48. Re5. Komodo expects 48…h3, but Houdini goes for 48…Bxb7

And then the room went Boom! Houdini decided to exchange the bishops on the b7 square and Komodo jumped on the opportunity. With the game now in 4th phase, a position with only heavy material on the board and favorite topic of analysis of Kotov, the white side saw the correct way to proceed – 50. Rf2 putting pressure on the queen and taking control of the queenside. Nothing could stop the advance of Komodo which planned a glorious king walk from f1 to b8

Replay the game with analysis

The final position of Komodo – Houdini. Black is two pawns up, but a king walk is coming that decides the game in white’s favor

Stockfish – Fire

Stockfish was suffering so far in this stage, finding only three decisive wins in the thirteen games played and despite continuing without a loss it was firmly on third position. However, the game Komodo – Houdini 1-0 gave Stockfish a unique opportunity ahead. It was facing Fire with white and in case of a win Stockfish would become shared second. However, in case of a loss, Stockfish would even lose the third position to its direct opponent Fire.

The game started as Benoni: 6.e4 g6 , where white was more optimistic for an advantage evaluating it at +0.41. There was a good reason for this optimism as brilliant play by Stockfish followed. Move after move it was finding micro advantages and without any obvious mistake by black the eval was already +3.00 at move 35. A huge display of playing with 2 rooks and passed pawn vs Queen followed, which brought white the victory.

Does that decide the Benoni opening presented in the game as decisive for white? Hard to tell, as the game with reversed color was an absolute draw from the beginning to the end (replay here)

Standings after round 14

1. Komodo 10,0/14
2-3. Stockfish 9,0/14
2-3. Houdini 9,0/14
4. Fire 7,5/14
5. Chiron 5,5/14
6. Ginkgo 5,5/14
7. Booot 5,0/14
8. Andscacs 4,5/14

Follow the live games at the official website where 14 more rounds will be played in this stage. The top two engines will qualify for the Superfinal. As per the new format starting Season 11 the top 6 engines will continue in the Premier Division, the bottom two are relegated to First Division.

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Το Ευρωπαϊκό Πρωτάθλημα Μικρών Εθνών στην Ανδόρα

Skakistiko - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 11:04


Ένα άλλο λιωμένο ρολόι του Σαλβαδόρ Νταλί. Η ικανότητα της μνήμης να συγκρατείται στον χρόνο, καθώς αυτός φθείρεται γύρω της, στην Ανδόρα Λα Βέλια, πρωτεύουσα του πριγκηπάτου της Ανδόρας.

Ξεκίνησε χτες στην Ανδόρα το 5ο Ευρωπαϊκό Πρωτάθλημα Μικρών Εθνών με τις εξής συμμετοχές: Λουξεμβούργο, Μάλτα, Μονακό, Άγιος Μαρίνος, Φερόες, Γκέρνσι, Λιχτενστάιν, Τζέρσι, Ανδόρα και Κύπρος.
Η Κύπρος έχει ταξιδέψει με τους Κληρίδη (2189), Αντωνίου (2164), Κωνσταντίνου (2057), Μιχαηλίδη (2041).
Ισχυρότερος σκακιστής από όλες τις ομάδες είναι ο gm Ντέιβιντ Νόργουντ (2505) που ανήκει στην ομοσπονδία της διοργανώτριας Ανδόρας.
Σημαντική επιτυχία του Κύπριου Κωνσταντίνου που κατά την χτεσινή πρώτη μέρα σημείωσε ισοπαλία με τον Νόργουντ.
Οι αγώνες θα ολοκληρωθούν στις 18 Νοεμβρίου και διεξάγονται με σύστημα πουλ, 9 αγωνιστικές στο σύνολο.
http://esna.escacsandorra.com/ είναι το επίσημο διοργανωτικό σάιτ με ζωντανή μετάδοση παρτίδων καθημερινά.

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12th SPF World Open for Boys and Girls

Chessdom - Sun, 11/12/2017 - 10:12

The 12th Annual Susan Polgar Foundation World Open for Boys and Girls is taking place on November 10-12th, 2017, at the Robert F Wagner Middle School in New York, USA.

The prestigious annual event (SPFWO) was created in 2006 and is sponsored by the Susan Polgar Foundation (SPF), Chess NYC and Webster University affording young chess players in the United States and around the world an outstanding opportunity to compete and develop their game.

The Main Event, 12th Annual SPF World Open for Girls and Boys, takes place on 11-12th November as 5-round Swiss. Time control G/60; d5. The total prize fund is over $100,000 in Scholarship and Chess Prizes.

IM Nicolas Checa in action

Additional events included Puzzle Solving and Blitz Championship. Both were won by 15 year old IM Nicolas Checa (Blitz 6/6 and Solving 20/20), who is also leading the main event en route to the Triple Crown.

On 10th November GM Susan Polgar held a 25-Board Simul & Q/A at the New York Friars Club.

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5th European Small Nations Team Chess Championship

Chessdom - Sun, 11/12/2017 - 09:25

The 5th European Small Nations Team Chess Championship starts today in Holiday Inn Hotel, in Andorra la Vella, and will be held until 19th November.

Federations participating in the event are as follows:
ANDORRA
CYPRUS
FAROE ISLANDS
GUERNSEY
JERSEY
LIECHTENSTEIN
LUXEMBOURG
MALTA
MONACO
SAN MARINO

The Championship will be played as a 9-round robin tournament. Top three teams will be awarded with regular prizes, trophies and medals, as well as the Single board prizes for the best players of each board.

The team of Luxembourg defends the last year title. ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili will visit the Championship and attend the Closing Ceremony of the event.

Organizer: Federació Andorrana Escacs
Tournament director: Joan Antoni Obregon
Chief Arbiter: IA Jesus Garcia Valer

Official website

1. Liechtenstein

1 CM Mannhart Marcel 2123
2 CM Guller Andras 2041
3 Frick Renato 1997
4 Iclicki Willy 1968
5 Muendle Kurt 1839

2. Jersey

1 CM Belzo Krzysztof 2077
2 CM Wojciechowski Paul 1912
3 AIM Kahn Tito 1869
4 Mooney Graham 1864
5 Jouault Louis 1860

3. Monaco

1 GM Efimov Igor 2397
2 IM Berezovsky Igor 2378
3 FM Villegas Pierre 2309
4 Ribbegren Karl Johan 2252
5 WCM Berezovska Svetlana 1814

4. Faroe Islands

1 GM Ziska Helgi Dam 2543
2 FM Nielsen Hogni Egilstoft 2354
3 FM Nielsen Rogvi Egilstoft 2340
4 IM Rodgaard John 2332
5 Eydsteinsson Silas 2059

5. Cyprus

1 FM Antoniou Antonis 2164
2 CM Constantinou Pavlos 2057
3 CM Michaelides Konstantinos 2041
4 FM Klerides Paris 2189
5 Michaelides Alexandros 1183

6. Andorra

1 GM Norwood David R 2505
2 GM De La Riva Aguado Oscar 2482
3 IM Aloma Vidal Robert 2440
4 FM Garcia Paolicchi Raul 2150
5 CM Ribera Baztan Jose 2120

7. Luxembourg

1 IM Berend Fred 2371
2 IM Weber Tom 2418
3 Hoegener Claude 2118
4 Linster Philippe 2230
5 Gengler Pierre 2192

8. San Marino

1 Matteini Palmiro 0
2 Rossini Paul 1683
3 CM Righi Ezio 2039
4 CM Volpinari Danilo 1976
5 Berardi Giancarlo 1837

9. Guernsey

1 CM Kirby Peter J. 1987
2 CM Rowe Peter 1945
3 CM Hale Andrew 1871
4 Strade Arita 1864
5 CM Brookfield Toby 1864

10. Malta

1 Lauri Joseph 2174
2 CM Zerafa Robert 2101
3 Darmanin Jake 2058
4 CM Vella Duncan 1989
5 Sammut Briffa Peter 1962

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Carlsen – Ding Liren LIVE!

Chessdom - Sat, 11/11/2017 - 16:14

Champions Showdown by the Saint Louis Chess Club will take place November 9-14. In an exciting twist, the three top American players and current World Champion, Magnus Carlsen, will face their opponents in 10 games of rapid and 20 games of blitz. Tournament play will begin November 9 at 1 p.m., with World Champion Magnus Carlsen and No. 1 Chinese Grandmaster Ding Liren beginning November 11 at 1 p.m.

Follow the Saint Louis showdown matches here

This is a specific page, dedicated to the Magnus Carlsen – Ding Liren match. Live games with analysis daily on Chessdom.com with the TCEC engines Stockfish, Komodo, and Houdini. TCEC is parallel to this event with 24/7 games and you can follow it at the official website. Due to the current interest, a Twitch stream will be also available simultaneously at this page.

Replay: Carlsen – Ding Liren from Tata Steel

Official website / The other matches live / TCEC event

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Nigel Short confirms his participation

FIDE - Sat, 11/11/2017 - 10:18


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.
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Houdini leads TCEC Season 10 (Stage 2)

Chessdom - Sat, 11/11/2017 - 08:51

After nine rounds of Stage 2 of the Top Chess Engine Championship, Houdini – by Robert Houdart – is the sole leader. It has collected 6,5/9, after four victories and five draws. It is followed by Komodo with 6,0/9 and Stockfish with 5,5/9.

As expected before the start of the season, the three engines will have a close contest for the two positions that grant qualification to the Superfinal this year. Only one participant is trying to disturb their hegemony. Fire, playing with the updated version 6.2, is currently only half a point behind Stockfish and has relatively easy program in the next rounds – black vs Andscacs, white vs Ginkgo, black vs Chiron, and white vs Booot. While these matches can give Fire a chance to grab a stage medal or even qualification position, they can also bring it down the standings in case of suboptimal performance. Being in top 6 at the end of the stage is of high importance, as this means direct qualification to next season’s Premier Division.

Read about the upcoming new league structure of TCEC

The 6th position will remain in contention until the very end of the stage. Currently Booot has the advantage with 4,0/9, followed by Chiron and Ginkgo with 3,5/9. Andscacs could have had a full point more, had it not made an illegal move in game 20.

TCEC Season 10 Stage 2 standings

Houdini 6,5/9
Komodo 6,0/9
Stockfish 5,5/9
Fire 5,0/9
Booot 4,0/9
Chiron 3,5/9
Ginkgo 3,5/9
Andscacs 2,0/9

Live games at the official TCEC site / Replay Stage 1 games / Replay Stage 2 games / Video + chat at Twitch TV

TCEC upgrades chat system

Since the start of Season 10, the visitors stats at the official site of TCEC have been breaking all viewership records for a computer chess event. This boom hindered the normal flow of the discussion in the ever active chat. Experts opinions were getting lost, highest hours experienced attacks, and the Chatwing service did not provide the tools to handle the increasing audience. A swift move was made by the server administrator and at the start of Stage 2 the Chatwing system was substituted with Twitch.

The transition was complete without major difficulties, allowing for a much nicer environment. The proof are the over 35 000 messages posted on the official website in just 48 hours.

The Twitch upgrade was welcomed by everyone, as it will also allow video commentary by GMs and experts in the near future.

Make your account and join the conversation at the official site or the Twitch TV TCEC channel

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TCEC Season 11 press release

Chessdom - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 16:45

TCEC – the Top Chess Engines Championship –  is a major international chess software championship with the top engines playing on powerful servers at long time controls. After crossing the 1 million page-views mark last season, and being on track to double that this year, TCEC is now bringing the competition to the next level.

TCEC official website / TCEC on Twitch TV

 

TCEC becomes a league

Starting with its 11th season in early 2018, TCEC will adopt a league format consisting of four divisions of eight chess engines. The four divisions will be called the Premier, First, Second and Third Divisions.  Each division will conduct a tournament which will lead to the top two engines in the Premier Division facing off in a 100-game Superfinal for the TCEC seasonal championship.

The league’s mechanics are straightforward. Divisional tournaments will be conducted in sequence from the lowest (Third Division) to the highest (Premier Division). At the end of the Third, Second and First Division tournaments the top two finishers will be promoted to the next-higher division. At the end of the Second, First and Premier Division tournaments the bottom two finishers will be relegated to the next-lower division.

The top two engines of the Premier Division will qualify for a Superfinal, which will consist of 100 games.  The winner will be the season’s Grand Champion.

Third Division engines not qualifying for promotion will all be relegated and make way for a new crop of chess engines in the following season that are in development and meet basic standards.

With this new format TCEC will transition to a rolling championship, with each cycle completed in approximately 3 months time.  Each season’s outcome will reflect the relative strength of the participating engines.

 

TCEC League Structure

Third Division

* 30+10 time control, average game 1 hour in duration.

* 22 CPU cores.

* Initial engine roster: all-invitational round

* Subsequent roster: bottom two engines from previous Second Division competition + six invitees.

* Top two finishers advance to Second Division competition; bottom six finishers dropped from roster.

* 2x double round-robin (engines play each other 4 times); 28 games each engine, 112 games total

* Selected openings of varied length. Openings change each season.

Second Division

* 45+10 time control, average game 1.5 hours in duration.

* 22 CPU cores.

* Initial engine roster: TCEC S10 engines finishing 13-18 + two qualifiers from Third Division

* Subsequent roster: 3rd-6th finishers in previous Second Division competition + bottom two engines from previous First Division competition + two promotions from Third Division.

* Top two finishers advance to First Division competition; bottom two finishers relegated to Third Division.

* 2x double round-robin (engines play each other 4 times); 28 games each engine, 112 games total

* Selected openings of varied length. Openings change each season.

First Division

* 60+10 time control, average game 2 hours in duration.

* 44 CPU cores.

* Initial engine roster: 7-8th place finishers from Season 10 stage 2, plus 9th-12th finishers from Season 10 stage 1 + two promotions from Second Division.

* Subsequent roster: 3rd-6th finishers in previous First Division competition + bottom two engines from previous Premier Division competition + two promotions from Second Division.

* Top two finishers advance to Premier Division competition; bottom two finishers relegated to Second Division.

* 4x double round-robin (engines play each other 8 times); 56 games each engine, 224 games total.

* Selected openings of varied length. Openings change each season.

Premier Division

* 90+10 time control, average game 3 hours in duration.

* 44 CPU cores.

* Initial engine roster: 1st-6th place finishers from Season 10 stage 2 + two promotions from First Division competition.

* Subsequent roster: top six finishers from previous Premier Division competition + top two finishers from First Division.

* Top two Premier Division finishers advance to Superfinal competition; bottom two finishers relegated to First Division.

* 6x double round-robin (engines play each other 12 times); 84 games each engine, 336 games total.

Superfinal

* 120+10 time control

* 44 CPU cores

* Total of 100 games, 50 x2 round robin with reversed colors

* The winner is crowned the TCEC Grand Champion

Start date of TCEC S11

Currently Stage 2 of Season 10 is being played. It will be followed by a Superfinal and additional rapid and blitz stage (see press release here). Season 11 will start soon after that.  Final preparations will be completed during the rapid and blitz competitions.

The TCEC rules

TCEC has always striven to guarantee fairness and equal conditions to all participants.  TCEC’s existing rules, the product of ten seasons of competitive experience, will stay in place for future seasons of the Top Chess Engine Championship.

FAQ about the new season structure

There will be Q & A live video session with the tournament director later this month at the Twitch TV TCEC channel

More on TCEC

For more on the Top Chess Engine Championship, visit the official website where you can talk live to the engine authors, experts in the chess software field, and experienced fans.

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World Rapid and Blitz confirmation deadline

FIDE - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 13:02

Dear Chessplayers,
FIDE announces that deadline for sending the signed confirmation for participation in 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships is the 25th of November 2017.

Kindly send an email to certificates@fide.com along with a scanned passport copy. Photographs of passports made with phones will not be accepted for processing.
All participants receiving conditions are required to obtain written approval from FIDE for all flight bookings and to send to FIDE the player’s entry form signed and scanned.
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Saint Louis Champions Showdown 2017 LIVE!

Chessdom - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 20:24

Champions Showdown by the Saint Louis Chess Club will take place November 9-14. In an exciting twist, the three top American players and current World Champion, Magnus Carlsen, will face their opponents in 10 games of rapid and 20 games of blitz. Tournament play will begin November 9 at 1 p.m., with World Champion Magnus Carlsen and No. 1 Chinese Grandmaster Ding Liren beginning November 11 at 1 p.m.

For the first time in recent history, each match will feature play with no delay or increment, meaning the games will be faster and more exhilarating for fans to watch, both online and in person at the Saint Louis Chess Club. Each day the games will be faster with less time on the clocks.

Live games with analysis daily on Chessdom.com with the TCEC engines Stockfish, Komodo, and Houdini. TCEC is parallel to this event with 24/7 games and you can follow it at the official website. Due to the current interest, a Twitch stream will be also available simultaneously at this page.

Structure

There are 4 matches:

Hikaru Nakamura vs. Veselin Topalov
Fabiano Caruana vs. Alexander Grischuk
Wesley So vs. Leinier Dominguez
Magnus Carlsen vs. Ding Liren

They will play 4 days:

Day 1: 4 games 30 minutes + 0 seconds increment;
Day 2: 6 games 20+0
Day 3: 8 games 10+0
Day 4: 12 games 5+0

All matches except for Carlsen-Ding will start on Thursday. Carlsen-Ding will start on Saturday. This means that the event will last 6 days in total.

Official website / TCEC event

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2 Million USD for FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Championships

Chessdom - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 18:09

FIDE is pleased to announce that, under the aegis of the General Sports Authority of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships will be held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia between the 26th and 30th December 2017.

The first two Rapid Championships (Open and Women) will be on the 26th to 28th December and the Blitz Championships (Open and Women) will follow on the 29th and 30th December.

The events offer a record breaking prize fund of US$2,000,000 with the Open events having individual prize funds of US$750,000 and each women event having a prize fund of US$ 250,000. 30 prizes shall be offered in each event. A payment of 20% from the above total prize fund shall be made to FIDE.

The number of players participating in the World Championships is set at a maximum number of 250 players for the Open events and 150 players for the Women events.

All players rated at least 2600 for the Open and 2300 for the Women, in any of the FIDE rating lists (Standard, Blitz or Rapid) from September 2017 to October 2017 are eligible to register to play in the King Salman World Blitz & Rapid Championships 2017.

Early registration is appreciated to facilitate confirmation of selection as well as arrangement of invitation letters for visa.

The top players (list to be posted shortly) will be offered free accommodation in Riyadh, as well as travel expenses as per regulations, if they confirm and sign their participation by the deadline of 30 November 2017.

Kindly send an email to certificates@fide.com along with a scanned passport copy. Photographs of passports will not be accepted for processing. All participants receiving conditions are required to obtain written approval from FIDE for all flight bookings and to send the player’s agreement signed and scanned.

Should any participant have any queries they may contact FIDE Chief Executive Officer at Geoffrey.borg@fide.com

Full regulations will be published shortly and will be found also on the FIDE Handbook.

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World Rapid and Blitz Announcement

FIDE - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 17:09


FIDE is pleased to announce that, under the aegis of the General Sports Authority of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships will be held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia between the 26th and 30th December 2017.

 
The first two  Rapid Championships (Open and Women) will be on the 26th to 28th December and the Blitz Championships (Open and Women) will follow on the 29th and 30th December. The events offer a record breaking prize fund of US$2,000,000  with the Open events having individual prize funds of US$750,000 and each women event having a prize fund of US$ 250,000. 30 prizes shall be offered in each event. A payment of 20% from the above total prize fund shall be made to FIDE.
 
The number of players participating in the World Championships is set at a maximum number of 250 players for the Open events and 150 players for the Women events. All players rated at least 2600 for the Open and 2300 for the Women, in any of the FIDE rating lists (Standard, Blitz or Rapid) from September 2017 to October 2017 are eligible to register to play in the King Salman World Blitz & Rapid Championships 2017 and . Early registration is appreciated to facilitate confirmation of selection as well as arrangement of invitation letters for visa.
 
The players on the list below will be offered free accommodation in Riyadh, as well as travel expenses, if they confirm and sign their participation by the deadline of 30 November 2017.

OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
FROM STANDARD RATING LIST
ID Name Fed. Sep17
Rating Sep17
Games Oct17
Rating Oct17
Games Nov17
Rating Nov17
Games Max
3months 1503014 Carlsen, Magnus NOR 2827 9 2826 6 2837 9 2837 623539 Vachier-Lagrave, Max. FRA 2804 9 2794 12 2796 2 2804 4101588 Kramnik, Vladimir RUS 2803 0 2794 6 2787 13 2803 13300474 Aronian, Levon ARM 2802 9 2801 16 2801 0 2802 2020009 Caruana, Fabiano USA 2799 9 2794 6 2799 9 2799 13401319 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE 2797 0 2791 4 2799 5 2799 5000017 Anand, Viswanathan IND 2794 9 2783 4 2782 11 2794 5202213 So, Wesley USA 2792 9 2788 12 2788 0 2792 4126025 Grischuk, Alexander RUS 2788 4 2785 8 2782 5 2788 2016192 Nakamura, Hikaru USA 2781 9 2774 6 2780 9 2781 14109603 Karjakin, Sergey RUS 2780 9 2765 4 2760 7 2780 24116068 Giri, Anish NED 2777 4 2762 8 2762 7 2777 8603677 Ding, Liren CHN 2771 8 2772 16 2774 7 2774 4102142 Svidler, Peter RUS 2756 9 2760 10 2763 8 2763 8603820 Yu, Yangyi CHN 2750 3 2743 4 2746 7 2750 2900084 Topalov, Veselin FID 2749 0 2749 0 2749 0 2749 8603405 Wei, Yi CHN 2748 4 2740 4 2739 6 2748 8604436 Li, Chao b CHN 2745 4 2739 6 2741 2 2745 13400924 Radjabov, Teimour AZE 2742 0 2741 4 2741 0 2742 5007003 Harikrishna, P. IND 2741 9 2733 4 2738 7 2741 4168119 Nepomniachtchi, Ian RUS 2741 9 2733 6 2732 7 2741 1118358 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw POL 2739 6 2737 4 2741 11 2741 3503240 Dominguez Perez, Lei. CUB 2739 0 2739 0 2739 0 2739 12401137 Le, Quang Liem VIE 2739 0 2737 11 2737 0 2739 400041 Adams, Michael ENG 2738 0 2727 4 2721 11 2738 4168003 Matlakov, Maxim RUS 2728 0 2730 6 2738 6 2738 2805677 Gelfand, Boris ISR 2737 6 2737 4 2719 8 2737 14102951 Eljanov, Pavel UKR 2734 0 2720 2 2707 17 2734 24130737 Fedoseev, Vladimir RUS 2731 0 2733 10 2718 7 2733 14100010 Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR 2727 12 2732 10 2729 14 2732 309095 Navara, David CZE 2720 9 2726 6 2732 10 2732 8601445 Bu, Xiangzhi CHN 2714 4 2730 8 2730 0 2730 4152956 Vitiugov, Nikita RUS 2728 10 2728 4 2721 5 2728 605506 Bacrot, Etienne FRA 2728 22 2723 4 2727 2 2728 4122356 Jakovenko, Dmitry RUS 2710 0 2710 0 2721 9 2721 5029465 Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi IND 2702 7 2713 6 2721 9 2721 2205530 Vallejo Pons, Francisco ESP 2716 7 2714 6 2705 9 2716 4158814 Andreikin, Dmitry RUS 2708 4 2705 4 2713 7 2713 13601520 Jobava, Baadur GEO 2702 17 2705 8 2712 4 2712 4147235 Tomashevsky, Evgeny RUS 2710 0 2702 4 2702 0 2710 1170546 Duda, Jan-Krzysztof POL 2698 7 2706 4 2710 2 2710 2905540 Cheparinov, Ivan FID 2695 12 2697 4 2710 9 2710 702293 Almasi, Zoltan HUN 2707 0 2707 0 2685 10 2707 8602883 Wang, Hao CHN 2701 4 2706 8 2706 0 2706 4650891 Naiditsch, Arkadij AZE 2702 6 2702 0 2700 17 2702 410608 Howell, David W L ENG 2701 9 2698 2 2685 11 2701 10601457 Amin, Bassem EGY 2699 14 2698 3 2700 3 2700 8601429 Wang, Yue CHN 2699 4 2689 7 2689 0 2699 2806851 Rodshtein, Maxim ISR 2695 0 2699 6 2688 16 2699 4118987 Najer, Evgeniy RUS 2694 12 2699 8 2693 7 2699 400025 Short, Nigel D ENG 2698 19 2698 0 2687 17 2698 24101605 Artemiev, Vladislav RUS 2692 0 2696 6 2696 0 2696 4162722 Inarkiev, Ernesto RUS 2694 6 2693 4 2683 9 2694 14103320 Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR 2694 16 2687 2 2687 0 2694 14109182 Kryvoruchko, Yuriy UKR 2692 0 2692 0 2691 10 2692 738590 Rapport, Richard HUN 2675 0 2686 10 2692 8 2692 4120787 Malakhov, Vladimir RUS 2691 4 2691 0 2690 16 2691 14112906 Kuzubov, Yuriy UKR 2688 19 2690 6 2690 0 2690 2802007 Sutovsky, Emil ISR 2683 0 2683 0 2689 9 2689 400173 Sadler, Matthew D ENG 2687 0 2687 0 2687 0 2687 13401653 Mamedov, Rauf AZE 2678 19 2678 0 2686 7 2686 14200244 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam UZB 2676 0 2676 0 2685 11 2685 4115309 Rublevsky, Sergei RUS 2683 0 2683 8 2683 0 2683 14101025 Onischuk, Alexander USA 2682 0 2681 4 2681 0 2682 703303 Leko, Peter HUN 2679 9 2679 0 2680 11 2680 8602980 Hou, Yifan CHN 2670 9 2678 4 2680 8 2680 5004985 Sasikiran, Krishnan IND 2676 19 2677 7 2677 8 2677 2000024 Kamsky, Gata USA 2676 9 2676 0 2677 9 2677 24126055 Dubov, Daniil RUS 2666 0 2677 8 2677 0 2677 14113147 Kravtsiv, Martyn UKR 2670 12 2677 4 2677 0 2677 4116992 Morozevich, Alexander RUS 2676 9 2665 5 2665 0 2676 4121830 Motylev, Alexander RUS 2668 10 2675 4 2675 0 2675 1202758 Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter GER 2674 7 2672 2 2673 9 2674 8601160 Ni, Hua CHN 2674 4 2674 0 2674 0 2674 14102560 Moiseenko, Alexander UKR 2674 4 2674 0 2674 0 2674 310204 Movsesian, Sergei ARM 2671 7 2671 0 2667 9 2671 5018471 Adhiban, B. IND 2670 7 2671 4 2655 15 2671  

OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
FROM RAPID RATING LIST
ID Name Fed. Sep17
Rating Sep17
Games Oct17
Rating Oct17
Games Nov17
Rating Nov17
Games Max
3months 14108836 Shkuro, Iuri UKR 2828 0 2828 0 2828 0 2828 9301348 Salem, A.R. Saleh UAE 2767 0 2767 0 2767 0 2767 13302000 Andriasian, Zaven ARM 2755 0 2755 0 2755 0 2755 2302241 Gretarsson, Hjorvar Steinn ISL 2705 19 2705 0 2737 14 2737 14109409 Zubov, Alexander UKR 2716 0 2716 0 2716 0 2716 13301616 Petrosian, Tigran L. ARM 2705 0 2705 0 2705 0 2705

WOMEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
FROM STANDARD RATING LIST
ID Name Fed. Sep17
Rating Sep17
Games Oct17
Rating Oct17
Games Nov17
Rating Nov17
Games Max
3months 8602980 Hou, Yifan CHN 2670 9 2678 4 2680 8 2680 8603006 Ju, Wenjun CHN 2574 4 2579 9 2567 9 2579 14111330 Muzychuk, Anna UKR 2576 12 2576 0 2576 0 2576 4128125 Kosteniuk, Alexandra RUS 2552 0 2552 0 2549 10 2552 14114550 Muzychuk, Mariya UKR 2544 0 2544 0 2544 0 2544 12801259 Cmilyte, Viktorija LTU 2542 0 2542 0 2542 0 2542 14109336 Lagno, Kateryna RUS 2541 4 2541 0 2541 0 2541 8605114 Lei, Tingjie CHN 2534 17 2528 13 2528 0 2534 5015197 Harika, Dronavalli IND 2528 9 2528 0 2511 15 2528 13601903 Dzagnidze, Nana GEO 2519 0 2520 2 2524 7 2524 8603642 Tan, Zhongyi CHN 2509 4 2523 7 2523 0 2523 2902257 Stefanova, Antoaneta FID 2506 4 2506 0 2506 0 2506 4195752 Girya, Olga RUS 2505 4 2505 0 2495 5 2505 4167570 Gunina, Valentina RUS 2505 0 2502 2 2499 4 2505 13602993 Batsiashvili, Nino GEO 2472 12 2472 0 2497 15 2497 617822 Sebag, Marie FRA 2495 0 2495 0 2495 0 2495 8601283 Zhao, Xue CHN 2484 3 2484 0 2484 0 2484 1106619 Socko, Monika POL 2479 0 2479 0 2476 3 2479 4147103 Goryachkina, Aleksandra RUS 2478 0 2478 0 2478 0 2478 8603162 Shen, Yang CHN 2473 3 2473 0 2473 0 2473 4147855 Pogonina, Natalija RUS 2466 0 2466 0 2469 6 2469 4130189 Atalik, Ekaterina TUR 2468 12 2468 0 2463 7 2468 13700090 Saduakassova, Dinara KAZ 2444 18 2448 7 2460 9 2460 13602640 Khotenashvili, Bela GEO 2459 0 2459 0 2455 6 2459 12400149 Hoang, Thanh Trang HUN 2459 0 2438 7 2438 0 2459 4198026 Kashlinskaya, Alina RUS 2446 9 2455 9 2445 7 2455 1700030 Cramling, Pia SWE 2453 5 2450 1 2448 4 2453 4641833 Paehtz, Elisabeth GER 2453 5 2453 0 2453 16 2453 14101572 Zatonskih, Anna USA 2424 0 2428 1 2450 10 2450 14110911 Ushenina, Anna UKR 2445 12 2445 0 2427 6 2445 4149351 Nechaeva, Marina RUS 2431 9 2431 0 2444 6 2444 4129725 Galliamova, Alisa RUS 2443 0 2443 0 2443 0 2443 14100126 Shvayger, Yuliya ISR 2442 14 2442 0 2440 16 2442 8608466 Ni, Shiqun CHN 2426 15 2441 9 2441 0 2441 14101513 Zhukova, Natalia UKR 2438 0 2426 8 2434 7 2438 13601458 Javakhishvili, Lela GEO 2438 0 2438 0 2438 0 2438 14101181 Gaponenko, Inna UKR 2437 0 2433 9 2426 9 2437 2012782 Krush, Irina USA 2436 1 2436 0 2431 3 2436 8602689 Huang, Qian CHN 2436 4 2436 0 2436 0 2436 12512214 Khademalsharieh, Sarasadat IRI 2433 0 2414 9 2419 6 2433 4181751 Bodnaruk, Anastasia RUS 2432 9 2432 0 2432 0 2432 13703544 Abdumalik, Zhansaya KAZ 2428 9 2428 7 2428 0 2428 1122320 Zawadzka, Jolanta POL 2422 9 2422 0 2428 3 2428 8600546 Zhu, Chen FID 2424 0 2423 7 2423 0 2424 13903063 Bulmaga, Irina ROU 2423 9 2423 0 2420 18 2423 24606812 Hoolt, Sarah GER 2423 14 2423 0 2418 2 2423 4120876 Turova, Irina RUS 2419 5 2422 9 2422 0 2422 8602972 Ding, Yixin CHN 2421 4 2421 0 2421 0 2421 13708694 Assaubayeva, Bibisara RUS 2420 0 2395 20 2395 0 2420 13300210 Danielian, Elina ARM 2415 9 2415 0 2415 0 2415 3506940 Ordaz Valdes, Lisandra Teresa CUB 2394 0 2394 0 2414 5 2414 12802859 Cornette, Deimante LTU 2404 12 2404 0 2413 9 2413 13602446 Melia, Salome GEO 2399 0 2412 9 2398 3 2412 4116704 Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina RUS 2411 0 2411 0 2410 7 2411 12401102 Hoang, Thi Bao Tram VIE 2408 0 2410 7 2410 0 2410 1122681 Szczepkowska, Karina POL 2406 9 2406 0 2406 0 2406 2219026 Vega Gutierrez, Sabrina ESP 2389 14 2405 19 2405 9 2405 13900145 Skripchenko, Almira FRA 2399 0 2399 0 2404 2 2404 405094 Houska, Jovanka ENG 2393 9 2393 0 2401 9 2401 13300601 Mkrtchian, Lilit ARM 2401 0 2390 9 2390 0 2401 13600320 Khurtsidze, Nino GEO 2400 0 2400 0 2400 0 2400 1201930 Peptan, Corina-Isabela ROU 2400 9 2399 7 2399 0 2400 5007844 Tania, Sachdev IND 2391 9 2386 7 2400 9 2400 908550 Bojkovic, Natasa SRB 2398 0 2384 8 2384 0 2398 4900839 Batchimeg, Tuvshintugs MGL 2398 0 2398 0 2398 0 2398 24171760 Shuvalova, Polina RUS 2397 0 2386 11 2386 0 2397 7101937 Sukandar, Irine Kharisma INA 2397 10 2384 17 2384 0 2397 4900758 Munguntuul, Batkhuyag MGL 2397 0 2397 0 2397 0 2397 4132190 Zimina, Olga ITA 2385 9 2394 8 2394 0 2394 8604002 Guo, Qi CHN 2394 15 2394 0 2394 0 2394 13403729 Mammadzada, Gunay AZE 2393 0 2393 0 2393 0 2393 13601377 Matnadze, Ana ESP 2393 7 2368 10 2365 2 2393 4671660 Schleining, Zoya GER 2374 0 2377 1 2390 10 2390 4182146 Voit, Daria RUS 2387 0 2387 0 2390 7 2390 1108166 Rajlich, Iweta POL 2389 0 2389 0 2389 0 2389 3801934 Cori T., Deysi PER 2389 9 2386 9 2389 7 2389 709751 Gara, Anita HUN 2382 0 2382 0 2385 1 2385 13403508 Mammadova, Gulnar AZE 2385 16 2385 0 2369 5 2385 4100123 Bivol, Alina RUS 2375 13 2356 10 2384 14 2384 5012600 Karavade, Eesha IND 2384 21 2384 0 2384 9 2384 13403052 Fataliyeva, Ulviyya AZE 2348 5 2348 0 2381 7 2381 7101570 Aulia, Medina Warda INA 2375 0 2380 6 2380 0 2380

WOMEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
FROM RAPID RATING LIST
ID Name Fed. Sep17
Rating Sep17
Games Oct17
Rating Oct17
Games Nov17
Rating Nov17
Games Max
3months 5008123 Koneru, Humpy IND 2479 0 2479 0 2479 0 2479 8604070 Wang, Jue CHN 2442 0 2441 5 2441 0 2442 13600168 Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan SCO 2437 0 2437 0 2380 11 2437 4196872 Savina, Anastasia RUS 2354 0 2376 9 2411 11 2411 5029295 Padmini, Rout IND 2402 0 2409 5 2409 0 2409 12401226 Pham, Le Thao Nguyen VIE 2401 0 2390 5 2390 0 2401 14104652 Gritsayeva, Oksana RUS 2358 0 2358 0 2388 17 2388 4166299 Ambartsumova, Karina RUS 2338 4 2339 11 2388 17 2388

WOMEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
FROM BLITZ RATING LIST
ID Name Fed. Sep17
Rating Sep17
Games Oct17
Rating Oct17
Games Nov17
Rating Nov17
Games Max
3months 4180917 Charochkina, Daria RUS 2457 0 2458 17 2345 39 2458 5091756 Vaishali R IND 2327 0 2327 0 2405 11 2405 13600168 Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan SCO 2403 0 2403 0 2359 13 2403 1106686 Michna, Marta GER 2393 49 2393 0 2393 0 2393

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Categories: Ενημέρωση

FIDE Newsletter October 2017

FIDE - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 16:40



World Chess Championship for the Disabled

World Chess Championship for the Disabled was held in Dresden (Germany) from 5th to 13th of October.

Official website: www.worldchess-disabled.com

Marcin Tazbir (Poland IBCA 1) won with a tiny margin ahead of Oliver Mueller (Germany IBCA Team). Both of them ended on 6 points and Tazbir edged ahead with on more Buchholz point. Third place went to Alexey Pakhomov (Russia IBCA Team) on 5.5 with one Buchholz Point ahead of Raphael Zimmer (Germany IPCA). As the current Junior Chess Championship of the Physically Disabled Raphael showed great strength in Dresden as well.



Oliver Mueller obtained a direct IM title thanks to placing second. He was just as surpised as well as delighted about the title.

Best female player was Svetlana Gerasimova (Russia IPCA) with 4 points. She also gained a direct WIM title. Second place went to Olga Gerasimova (Russia ICCD) with 3.5 points, third place went to Ljubov Kireeva (Russia ICCD, 3.5 points) who also got awarded an WIM norm thanks to her performance.

Looking at the teams Poland IBCA 1 won ahead of Russia IBCA 1 and Russia IPCA 1.

The overall winners are also the winners of the Blind Category. Placing first within the Deaf Players was Artur Kevorkov (Germany) and Raphael Zimmer (Germany) won the Physically Disabled Category.

During the price giving ceremony Phillip Gardner (ICCD President) thanked the players for very fair games and also congratulated the organising team on putting together another great championship. After the prize giving the playing of the national anthems of the countries of the winning player marked the emotional climax of the ceremony. Dr Dirk Jordan (President of the ZMDI) wished everyone safe journey home and hopefully a return visit to Dresden for the 1st World Chess Team Championship for the Disabled (14th – 21th October 2018).


FIDE World Youth Rapid & Blitz Championships 2017

The 1st FIDE World Youth Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships for Boys and Girls U14, U16, U18 took place in Creta Maris, Hersonissos, Greece.

The short but action-packed event saw tough battles across all age categories and many medals were decided by a tiebreak "photo finish".

The closing ceremony was held on Monday at the Creta Maris Convention Centre. The cups and medals were awarded by ECU General Secretary Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou, President of the Portugal Chess Federation Dominic Cross, Vice-President of the Greek Chess Federation Argyrios Kytharidis and Tournament Director Nikos Kalesis.

The Rapid Championship was played on 28-29th October as 9-round Swiss with time control 10'+5". 69 players from 20 federations took part in this event.

In the U14 category FM Ngo Duc Tri (Vietnam) emerged clear winner with 7,5 points. Silver is Nikolaos Spyropoulos (Greece), while bronze is FM Daniel Dardha (Belgium), both on 7 points.

Among the girls the best was Magdalena Harazinska (Poland) with 6 points. FM Liwia Jarocka, also from Poland, is second, and Larisa Kuhar (Slovenia) is third.

Vietnam also claimed the gold medal in the U16 category as IM Nguyen Anh Khoi scored the perfect 9/9 points. IM Adam Kozak (Hungary) is second and FM Felix Blohberger (Austria) is third, each with 7 points.

WFM Anna Afonasieva from Russia took the gold among girls with 5 points. Silver is Grete Olde (Estonia) and bronze is Antigoni Georgitsi (Greece).

In the U18 category there was a huge tie on the top position as three players finished on 6,5 points each and all three tiebreak criterions had to be employed in order to decide the final order. Gold medal goes to IM Leon Livaic (Croatia), silver is IM Florian Mesaros (Austria) and bronze goes to FM Raphael Lagunow (Germany).

The top girl was WIM Mai Narva (Estonia), second was Nguyen Hong Ngoc from Vietnam, while bronze medal goes to WFM Olde Margareth (Estonia).



The Blitz Championship was played on 30th October as 9-round Swiss with time control 5'+2". 63 players participated in this event.

In the Blitz U14 section convincing was FM Daniel Dardha from Belgium who scored 8 points. Bence Leszko (Hungary) took the silver medal and Elie Milikow (Israel) claimed the bronze.

Among the girls Magdalena Harazinska (Poland) was the best again with 5,5 points and her compatriot FM Liwia Jarocka was second again. Ramona Golsta (Latvia) earned the bronze medal.

The winner also repeated in the Open U16 section. Another gold medal for IM Nguyen Anh Khoi (Vietnam) and another silver for IM Adam Kozak (Hungary). Bronze medal is for Georgios Mitsis (Greece).

WFM Anna Afonasieva (Russia) is best among the girls with 4,5 points. Silver is Do Vu Thien Nhi (Vietnam) and Grete Olde (Estonia) took the bronze.

IM Valeriy Kazakovskiy from Belarus claimed the gold medal in U18 category. CM Le Minh Hoang (Vietnam) took the silver on better tie-break, while IM Florian Mesaros (Austria) remained third and is awarded with bronze medal.

All three winners among the girls finished on 4,5 points and tiebreak was calculated to distribute the medals. Estonia again won gold and bronze by WIM Mai Narva and WFM Olde Margareth, respectively, while silver went to WFM Paula-Alexandra Gitu from Moldova.

Photo Gallery

European ACP Women’s Rapid & Blitz Chess Championship

European ACP Women’s Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships were held in Monaco from 21 to 23 of October.

Final crosstable blitz

Final crosstable rapid

Ukrainian Grandmaster Anna Muzychuk became the European ACP Women’s Rapid Chess Champion for 2017. The event took place on 21st and 22nd October in Monaco.



Anna Muzychuk (UKR, 2594 Rapid rtg) finished sole first with 9 points out of 11 games and without a lost game! Second place went to GM Lagno Kateryna (RUS, 2577 Rapid rtg) with 8.5 points, while WGM Goryachkina Aleksandra (RUS, 2462 Rapid rtg) took bronze with 8 points and better tie-breaks than 4th Guichard Pauline (FRA, 2285 Rapid rtg) and 5th Kosteniuk Alexandra (RUS, 2612 Rapid rtg) who had the same score of 8 point.



Alexandra Kosteniuk (RUS, 2477 Blitz rtg) became the champion of the European ACP Women’s Blitz Chess Championship having scored 10.5 points out of 13. Kateryna Lagno (2611, Blitz rtg) took silver with 10 points. Valentina Gunina (RUS, 2550, Blitz rtg) won a bronze medal - 9.5 points.

The European ACP Women’s Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships 2017 were held in Monaco from 21 to 23 of October.

The Championship was strong with participation of 87 players in Rapid tournament and 78 players in Blitz competition. The top seeders for both events were former Women’s World Champion GM Kosteniuk Aleksandra (RUS, 2612 Rapid Rtg, 2477 Blitz rtg), last year’s Champion in both competitions GM Muzychuk Anna (UKR, 2594 Rapid rtg, 2663 Blitz rtg), former Women’s European Champions GM Gunina Valentina (RUS, 2577 Rapid rtg, 2550 Blitz rtg) and GM Lagno Kateryna (RUS, 2577 Rapid rtg, 2611 Blitz rtg), former Women’s World Champion GM Antoaneta Stefanova (ECU, 2536 Rapid rtg, 2540 Blitz rtg), current European Champion GM Dzagnidze Nana (GEO, 2528 Rapid rtg, 2445 Blitz rtg) etc.

European Club Cup 2017

Official website: euroclubcup2017.tsf.org.tr

Both Championships were played in 7 rounds, under the Swiss system, in accordance with the ECU Tournament Rules and 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 total prize fund of the event was 34.000 EUR.



The teams Globus from Russia in the Open section and Batumi Chess Club NONA in Women's section are the winners of the European Club Cup 2017, which was held in Antalya, Turkey, from 7th-15th October. The Winners accounted the top positions on the Starting rank list, with an amazing average rating, Globus - 2772 and Batumi Chess Club Nona- 2495. In the Open section, Globus finished sole first, the second place went to Alkaloid (MKD) and bronze to AVE Novy Bor (CZE).




In Women's section, Batumi Chess Club Nona and Odlar Yurdu tied for the first place, but thanks to the better tie-breaks Batumi Chess Club Nona finished with gold in their hands, Odlar Yurdu ended second, and third place went to Bossa Nova (BLR) who had better tiebreaks than Ugra Chess Club (RUS). 48 teams represented 24 European federations at the event, 36 teams in Open Section, and 12 teams in Women's section with Top World Grandmasters playing for their clubs, such as: Vladimir Kramnik (RUS, 2794), Mamedyarov Shakhriyar (AZE, 2791), Grischuk Alexander (RUS, 2785), Ding Liren (CHN. 2772), Karjakin Sergey (RUS, 2765), Giri Anish (NED, 2762), Matlakov Maxim (RUS, 2730), Harika Dronavalli (IND, 2528), Dzagnidze Nana (GEO, 2520), Girya Olga (RUS, 2505), Batsiashvili Nino (GEO, 2472), Pogonina Natalija (RUS, 2466) etc.

The 8th Asian Seniors Championships

The 8th Asian Seniors Championships were held at the Waipuna Conference Centre, Auckland, New Zealand from 9-15 October 2017, organised by the New Zealand Chess Federation under the auspices of the Asian Chess Federation.



GM Eugene Torre of the Philippines scored 9/9 to win the Gold Medal in the 65+ Championship, finishing two and a half points ahead of New Zealand FM Ewen Green (Silver) and Edmundo Legaspi (Bronze) also of the Philippines. Green (second on tiebreak) and Legaspi (third) both scored 6.5/9 and gain IM norms. Fifteen players from six federations participated in the event, namely Australia, Brunei, Guam, New Zealand, Philippines and Thailand - See http://chess-results.com/tnr306821.aspx.

IM Mahmood Lodhi of Pakistan scored 7/9 to win the Gold Medal in the 50+ Championship, finishing ahead of Australian GM Darryl Johansen (Silver Medal), New Zealand FM Bruce Watson (Bronze Medal) and Efren Bagamasbad of the Philippines. Lodhi gains a GM norm and, with two norms already and having achieved a 2500 rating some years ago, should be awarded his GM title shortly, subject to FIDE approval. Watson gains an IM norm and it is recommended that Bagamasbad, who defeated both Lodhi and Johansen, be awarded the FM title, subject to approval by FIDE. Thirty player from eight federations, namely Australia, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines and Singapore, participated in the event. See http://chess-results.com/tnr306820.aspx 

CM Helen Milligan of New Zealand scored 4.5/9 to win the Asian Senior Women’s 50+ Championship.

The Championships were organised by IO Paul Spiller (NZL). Tournament Director was GM Murray Chandler (NZL). Chef Arbiter was IA Brian Jones (AUS). Arbiters were IA Bruce Pollard (NZL), FA Ying Wang (NZL) and FA Herakaji Maharjan (NEP). Wang and Maharjan gained IA norms. The Championships were played in a good spirit – there were no disputes and no appeals.

European Team Chess Championship 2017

European Team Chess Championship took place in Crete (Greece).



The Championship from 27th of October to 7th of December in Conference center of Creta Maris resort. 72 teams participate the event and makes the European Team Chess Championship 2017 one of the most numerous ever! 40 teams are competing in Open section and 32 teams in Women's section. The total number of players is 198 in Open section, among whom are 138 Grandmasters and 35 IMs, which is making the event one of the strongest ever! 158 players are playing in Women's section, among whom are 138 International title holders- 13 GMs, 33 WGMs, 31 IMs and 24 WIMs.



Azerbaijan and Russia win European Team Chess Championships 2017

Teams of Azerbaijan and Russia became the European Team Chess Champions for 2017 in Open and Women's section respectively.

Official website: http://www.euroteams2017.com/en/ 


Panamerican Senior Chess Championship 2017

Panamerican Senior Chess Championship 2017 took place in Neiva, Huila, Colombia from 10th to 16th of October.

IM Jefferson Pelikan from Brasil became the winner of the championship in U-50 category. FM Pedro Rodruguez Rivera from Cuba took the silver medal, while FM Carlos Ramirez from Colombia was third.

GM Silvino Garcia Martinez from Cuba became the champion In U-65 category. Leonardo Prado from Colombia was second and IM Mario Leskovar from Argentina finished on third place.

Final Standings

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Το “κλειδί” για την ανθρώπινη συνείδηση

Skakistiko - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 14:45


Για το παιχνίδι του σκακιού έχει αναπτυχθεί μια υπερμεγέθης μυθολογία, σχεδόν μεταφυσικής καταγωγής, που πραγματικά δυσφημεί ανελέητα την υπαρκτή και πραγματική πολυπλοκότητα του παιχνιδιού.
Στο παραμύθι αυτό δυστυχώς συνδράμουν συχνά και κάποια μέλη της σκακιστικής μας κοινότητας, επαγγελματίες προπαγανδιστές του σκακιού, είτε από αφέλεια στη μια περίπτωση, είτε από άκριτη κατανάλωση μπουρδολογίας, είτε τέλος για λόγους που ξέρουν οι ίδιοι καλύτερα και δεν είναι πάντα τόσο αθώοι λόγοι.
Τόσα χρόνια στο σκάκι, ξέρω καλά πως “σκακιστικό είναι ό,τι είναι αληθές”.
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TCEC Season 10 with record breaking viewership

Chessdom - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 17:44

Season 10 of the premier computer chess championship TCEC is on track to break all records for viewership of an engine vs engine event. Stage 1, which continued for 24 days and was won by Komodo, has been viewed by about 229 000 users. This is a 83% increase compared to the previous season of the same event. The number is expected to double during Stage 2 (currently going on) and grow even further during the most interesting part of the TCEC championship – the Superfinal.

The TCEC community comes from 151 countries and territories. The top 10 leading countries are USA, Germany, Russia, United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, Canada, Italy, Spain, and India.

Looking at the bigger picture, 22% of the users come from North America, 22% come from Western Europe, 13% from Eastern Europe, and 11% from Northern Europe. Africa and Australia/Oceania are also represented, with about 1,5% of the total audience each.

Going on a smaller scale, the top cities visiting TCEC are New York, Moscow, Paris, London, Hamburg, Oslo, Warsaw, Berlin, Munich, Prague, Vienna, Amsterdam, Madrid, Stockholm, Zagreb, Milan, Tel Aviv, St. Petersburg, Milan, Mumbai, Montreal, Zurich, Athens, Rome, Istanbul, Kiev, Seattle, Sao Paulo, Chennai, Chicago, Copenhagen, Budapest, Cape Town, Ottawa, Brisbane, Quezon City, Singapore, Washington, etc.

Link: TCEC Stage 1 by country
Link: TCEC Stage 1 by sub continent

TCEC Stage 1 Season 10 compared to TCEC Stage 1 Season 9 by country – total 83% increase
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Definitions

It is very difficult to make a precise estimate of an online audience. A “user”, “viewer”, “unique user”, “unique IP”, and any related term do not have a precise definition and only give estimate to the magnitude of an audience. It is difficult to detect if more people are behind one device (case often found in USA, Russia and India) or if one user is on several devices (very often seen in Norway, Sweden).

Currently, TCEC is relying on the statistics provided by Google analytics.

No matter the precise definition, the given magnitude of TCEC shows that there is a computer event that rivals in interest the top invitational human chess events. What’s more, the statistics are a precise measure that there is a trend of constant growth of the interest towards computer chess.

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Komodo wins TCEC S10 Stage 1, eight engines qualify

Chessdom - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 15:32

Komodo, the chess engine by Mark Lefler, Larry Kaufman, and the late Don Dailey, won the first stage of the Top Chess Engine Championship. It collected 20,0/23 with 17 wins, 6 draws, and 0 losses. The silver medal of the stage is for the defending champion Stockfish with 19,0/23, while the bronze is for Houdini with 16,5/23.

Andscacs came close to the medals with 16,0/23. Booot, Fire, Chiron, and Ginkgo all qualified for the next stage, highly contesting the positions until the very last game.

Stage 1 consisted of 276 games. Of them 101 were white wins, 62 black wins, and draws 113, making the total draw rate at the low 40%.

Currently Stage 2 is being played. It will determine the two finalists of this year’s competition. Follow the games live at the official site

Season 10 proves the boom in engine development, as historical stage medal winner Gull remained 9th, while another medalist Rybka is at 19th position.

Scroll down for full standings and additional statistics provided by Assaf Wool from My TCEC Experience

Final standings TCEC Stage 1

1. Komodo 20,0/23
2. Stockfish 19,0
3. Houdini 16,5
4. Andscacs 16,0
5. Booot 15,0
6. Fire 15,0
7. Chiron 14,5
8. Ginkgo 14,5

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9. Gull 10. Fizbo 11. Hannibal 12. Nirvana 13. Jonny 14. Bobcat 15. Texel 16. Vajolet 17. Wasp 18. Arasan 19. Rybka 20. Nemorino 21. Fruit 22. Gaviota 23. Hakkapeliitta 24. Laser

Very low draw rate thanks to an intriguing openings selection by Nelson Hernandez

The three most common game termination causes were:
57.6% – TCEC win rule
20.6% – TCEC draw rule
9.8% – TB position
9.8% – 3-fold repetition

TCEC moves per game, median = 56.5, average = 63

There is a long right tail of long games. About 10% of the games were over 100 moves long, 6 games over 150 moves, the longest had 236.5 (Komodo-Chiron).

Using ECO codes there were 144 different openings played. The top ECO codes were:
B20 9 times – Sicilian defence
A80 8 times – Dutch
A01 7 times – Nimzovich – Larsen attack
B00 7 times – King’s pawn opening

Using full opening name there were 235 different openings in 276 games. Reti: KIA was repeated 4 times, 8 more openings were repeated 3 times.

Using only the first letter of the ECO codes we get the following distribution:

Currently Stage 2 is being played with the top 8 qualifiers from Stage 1. You can follow the games at the official website

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Azerbaijan and Russia win European Team Chess Championships 2017

FIDE - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 08:54




Azerbaijan and Russia win European Team Chess Championships 2017

Teams of Azerbaijan and Russia became the European Team Chess Champions for 2017 in Open and Women's section respectively.

The rush for gold in Open section was very intense until the end of the last game of the Championship. Azerbaijanis needed a victory in the last round to secure the title, but no decisive result happened in their match against Ukraine, and the clash ended in a tie 2-2.

At the same time, Russian team defeated Germany with 3-1 to reach shared first place.



Azerbaijan won the 3rd gold at the European Team Chess Championship as they had better tie-breaks than Russia.

The European Team Champions for 2015, Russia, finished the race with silver in their hands.

Third place of this prestigious European event went to Ukraine since they had better additional criteria than Croatia who had the same match points, but finished fourth.



In the Women's section the Winner wasn't questioned in the last round. Russian ladies secured the first place already after the 8th round with a round to spare. Nevertheless, Russia affirmed the domination by taking a victory in the last round against Armenia and triumphed the Championship with three match points ahead of the runner-ups.

Georgia finished the Championship as sole second with 14 match points.

Bronze went to Ukraine who took 12 match points.

The Organizer rewarded the individual prizes to the three best players on each board. The gold medalists are listed below:

Open Section

Board 1: Aronian Levon (ARM, 2801) Rtg Performance: 2810
Board 2: Bosiocic Marin (CRO, 2619) Rtg Performance: 2824
Board 3: Vitiugov Nikita (RUS, 2728) Rtg Performance: 2817
Board 4: Mamedov Rauf (AZE, 2678) Rtg Performance: 2920
Board 5: Svane Rasmus (GER, 2595) Rtg Performance: 2762

Women's Section

Board 1: Kosteniuk Alexandra (RUS, 2552) Rtg Performance: 2632
Board 2: Lagno Kateryna (RUS, 2541) Rtg Performance: 2605
Board 3: Khotenashvili Bela (GEO, 2459) Rtg Performance: 2608
Board 4: Gaponenko Inna (UKR, 2433) Rtg Performance: 2552
Board 5: Melia Salome (GEO, 2412) Rtg Performance: 2622

The Closing Ceremony of the Championship took place yesterday in Creta Maris Conference center with attendance of the President of European Chess Union - Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili, Secretary General of European Chess Union - Mr. Theodoros Tzorbatsoglou, Deputy President of FIDE - Mr. Georgios Makropoulos, Continental President of Americas - Mr. Jorge Vega, FIDE Vice President Mr. Boris Kutin, Tournament Director - Mr. Nikos Kalesis, Region Governor of Crete Mr. Arnaoutakis Stavros, Vice region Governor of Crete Mr. Koukiadakis Evripidis, Mayor of Hersonissos - Mr. Mastorakis Giannis, Consulant advisor of athletic department Mr. Sirigonakis, Mrs. Plevraki Despina.



The President of the ECU Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili has been awarded with ECU plaque and the book "The Thinkers". He also granted the ECU plaques to dignitaries of Crete region and Hersonissos municipality.

The Closing Ceremony was enriched with short video presentations of Cretan culture and with organization video as review of the Championship.

Closing Ceremony photo gallery

Official website

Round 8: Russia secured gold in Women's section, Azerbaijan leading in Open

Russia won another team gold medal in the Women's section with a round to spare after crushing Turkey 4-0. At the same time the nearest follower Georgia stumbled in the match against Poland. Wins by Jolanta Zawadzka and Karina Szczepkowska secured overall 3-1 for Polish ladies.



Italy and Romania exchanged a pair of victories to finally draw the match. Same scenario was seen in the match Serbia - Netherlands.

Ukraine scored an all-important win 2,5-1,5 versus Spain. Zhukova and Gaponenko won for Ukraine, while Matnadze earned a point for Spain, all three with black pieces.

In similar fashion Armenia won against Czech Republic, same score and points with black pieces by Danielian and Galojan. Azerbaijan surged ahead with a sound 3-1 victory over France.

It will be an exciting fight for silver and bronze medals as Georgia and Poland share the second place with 12 points each, while Ukraine and Armenia are half a point behind.

Top round 9 pairings are Armenia - Russia, Georgia - Italy, Romania - Poland and Turkey - Ukraine.



In the Open section Azerbaijan signed a huge 3-1 victory against Russia to jump ahead of the opponent and grab the top position: Grischuk-Mamedyarov 0-1, Nepomniachtchi-Radjabov 0-1, Matlakov-Naiditsch 1-0, Dubov-Mamedov 0-1.

Ukraine caught up with Russia on the shared second place after winning against Hungary 2,5-1,5. The decisive point was delivered by Martyn Kravtsiv.

Germany beat Israel 3-1 thanks to the wins of Meier and Svane with white pieces. Turkey edged Netherlands with Emre Can's effort on the third board.

On the next three tables Croatia, Romania and England narrowly defeated France, Serbia and Greece 1, respectively.

Armenia and Poland split the points, while Spain crushed Georgia 3,5-0,5. The same victory was scored by Belarus in the clash with Austria.

Top round 9 matches are Azerbaijan - Ukraine, Germany - Russia, Turkey - Croatia and England - Hungary.

Photo gallery

Official website

Round 7: Russia leading in both sections

Russia restored the top position in the Open section after defeating the earlier leader Croatia. Nikita Vitiugov and Daniil Dubov were successful with white pieces.

Azerbaijan helped the Russia's cause by beating Hungary 3-1, with full points from Arkadij Naiditsch and Rauf Mamedov. After the shaky start Azerbaijan surged ahead to reach a clear second place.

The next four matches finished with narrow 2,5-1,5 scores. Pavel Eljanov brought the match points for Ukraine against Romania, Rasmus Svane won for Germany against Armenia, while Vahap Sanal was the hero of Turkey in the clash against neighbors from Georgia.



Israel signed the same score versus Poland, with wins from Sutovsky and Nabaty (Israel) and Duda (Poland).

Netherlands made a comeback with a swift 3-1 victory against Belarus, while England and Spain split the points.

Top round 8 matches are Russia - Azerbaijan, Hungary - Ukraine, Israel - Germany and Netherlands - Turkey.

In the Women's section the teams from Russia and Georgia have clearly distinguished themselves from the rest of the field.

Russia had no trouble to defeat Italy by 3-1, while Georgia crashed Spain 4-0. Russia is first with 13 match points, Georgia is second with 12 points, while the chasing group is full two points behind.

Ukraine and Poland shared the points when Anna Muzychuk beat Monika Socko and Klaudia Kulon levelled against Iulija Osmak.



Same result in the match Romania - Armenia. Irina Bulmaga won for Romania and Maria Gevorgyan evened for Armenia.

Turkey made a significant progress by beating France 3-1. Czech Republic recorded the same win against Greece 1.

Serbia edged Belarus 2,5-1,5 and Netherlands demolished higher rated Hungary by 3,5-0,5.

Top round 8 pairings are Turkey - Russia, Poland - Georgia, Italy - Romania and Ukraine - Spain.

More information in the relevant sections of the official website.

Round 6

After the short leisure time, teams continued the struggles for the title of European Team Chess Champion. Hungary excelled in 6th round and by defeating Croatia, with a result 3.5-0.5, overtook the leadership.

Defending Champion and top seeded Russia came back to the top of the list with same match points but lower tie-breaks than Hungary, by beating Poland thanks to the victory of Nepomniachtchi Ian (RUS, 2733), while the other games ended in a peaceful manner.

In another top match, Azerbaijan scored narrow win against Armenia thanks to the victories of Radjabov Teimour (AZE, 2741) and Mamedov Rauf (AZE, 2678), while Mamedyarov Shakhriyar (AZE, 2791) suffered defeat against Aronian Levon (ARM, 2801).



In even five matches teams traded a pair of victories to finish in a tie result 2-2, among them: Romania-Israel, Germany-Turkey, Belarus-England and Spain-Slovenia, while Ukraine beat France thanks to the triumph on the top board of Eljanov Pavel (UKR, 2720) against Edouard Romain (FRA, 2607).

Only three rounds left to be played, and the top pairings of the 7th round are: Azerbaijan-Hungary, Croatia-Russia, Ukraine-Romania.

In Women’s section, Russia maintained sole leadership after very intense match played against Poland, which ended in a tie without a single decisive game.



One of the derby matches of the 6th round, played between second and third seeded Georgia and Ukraine, finished with a victory of Georgian ladies thanks to the Batsiashvili Nino (GEO, 2472) who scored against Zhukova Natalia (UKR, 2426).

Italy and Spain overwhelmed Turkey and Belarus respectively with score 3-1 and leaped on the top to be tied for the third place together with Poland.

Meanwhile, Romania conquered against Azerbaijan with a minimum result 2.5-1.5, while Hungary admited defeat by the lower rated Armenia.

Top pairings of the 7th round in Women’s section are: Russia-Italy, Spain-Georgia and Ukraine-Poland. All the pairings, results and standings can be found here.

Seventh, one of the last and decisive rounds, will be played today, as usual at 15:00 (local time) and live broadcast of all the games can be followed through the Official Website or through the ECU website, section LIVE.

Round 5: Russian women perfect, Croatia leading in Open

Croatia excelled once again, defeating Germany 2,5-1,5 to move into the sole lead in the Open section. The hero, for the second day in a row, was Marin Bosiocic winning against Matthias Bluebaum.



On the top board Hungary and Armenia played a peaceful tie 2-2 with four draws, thus falling one point behind the leader.

Russia bounced back after yesterday's setback with a convincing 3,5-0,5 victory against Turkey. Poland and Azerbaijan signed the confident 3-1 against Belarus and Czech Republic, respectively.

In an exciting match France edged Serbia 2,5-1,5, and Israel scored the same narrow win against Georgia thanks to Maxim Rodshtein.

Romania won both games with white pieces to shock the higher rated Netherlands, while Italy's luck ran out as they went down 0,5-3,5 to Ukraine.

Thursday is a rest day and the action continues on 3rd November. Top round 6 pairings are Hungary - Croatia, Poland - Russia, Armenia - Azerbaijan and Romania - Israel.



Russia maintained the perfect score in the Women's section after walking past Spain by 3-1. Lagno and Goryachkina delivered full points with black pieces.

On the second table Italy and Poland produced four draws, but on the third Georgia demolished the neighbors from Armenia with a telling 4-0 score.

Ukraine defeated France with an effort of the lower boards, while Turkey edged Slovenia by 2,5-1,5. Germany lost to Romania by the same score, despite Paehtz's victory against Bulmaga.

Azerbaijan leader Zeinab Mamedjarova scored the sole win in the match against Israel to bring two valuable points to her team.

Belarus appropriated three of four decisive games to claim an overall win against Netherlands.

Top round 6 pairings are Poland - Russia, Georgia - Ukraine, Italy - Turkey and Spain - Belarus.

More information in the relevant sections of the official website.

Round 4: Hungary stuns Russia, leads with Armenia and Croatia

Hungary shocked the overnight leader and defending champion Russia thanks to the Viktor Erdos' creation against Ian Nepomniachtchi. The other three games were drawn.

In the same pattern Croatia won against Israel, the decisive blow being delivered by Marin Bosiocic.

Germany and Poland exchanged a pair of victories to tie the match 2-2. In the tight contest Armenia came out on the top 2,5-1,5 versus Netherlands.



Turkey overcame the multiple Olympic champion Ukraine as Vahap Sanal beat Yuriy Kuzubov on the 4th board.

The matches Czech Republic - Serbia, England - Italy and Romania - Georgia were all even after pairs of wins were traded between the respective teams.

Top round 5 pairings are Hungary - Armenia, Croatia - Germany, Poland - Belarus and Russia - Turkey.

The derby match of the 4th round of the European Team Championship – Women Section was played between Russia and Georgia, the two top seeded teams.



Russia emerged victorious to maintain the perfect score and move into the sole lead. Kateryna Lagno and Valentina Gunina won for Russia, while Lela Javakhishvili scored for Georgia.

On the top table Spain and Poland played out four decisive games, all won by white, to eventually tie the match.

Armenia and France scored narrow wins against Greece 1 and Israel, respectively. Maria Gevorgyan won for Armenia, and Almira Skripchenko was the hero for France.

Ukraine bounced back with a solid 3-1 victory against Hungary, while Italy beat Netherlands by the same score.

Top round 5 pairings are Russia - Spain, Italy - Poland, Armenia - Georgia and Ukraine - France.

More information in the relevant sections of the official website.


Round 3: Russia emerged leader in Open section, four teams tied in Women's

A swift victory by Ian Nepomniachtchi was sufficient for Russia to defeat Czech Republic and assume the leading position in the Open section.



The other top matches, Hungary-Netherlands and Croatia-Armenia, were tied without a single decisive game.

Germany ended Italy's run by beating them 3,5-0,5 and Israel cruised past France 3-1.

Poland's top board Radoslaw Wojtaszek delivered the crucial point in the match with England by defeating Michael Adams. The remaining games were drawn.

Spain is also celebrating the team leader, the young David Anton, as he evened the result in the clash against heavy favourites from Azerbaijan.

Top round 4 pairings are Russia - Hungary, Germany - Poland, Israel - Croatia and Armenia - Netherlands.

In the Women's section the defending champion Russia took an early lead against Ukraine thanks to Valentina Gunina's win on the third board. The other three games were drawn and Russia celebrated overall victory.



Spain crushed Turkey 3,5-0,5, and Georgia beat Hungary 3-1 by taking full points on the lower boards. Poland also signed 3-1 against Israel, the wins coming from the players directing black pieces.

France outplayed Slovenia 2,5-1,5, while Czech Republic and Belarus held the higher rated Germany and Azerbaijan, respectively.

Netherlands took the advantage of the white pieces to defeat Slovakia by 3-1.

Top round 4 pairings are Spain - Poland, Georgia - Russia, Netherlands - Italy and Greece 1 - Armenia.

More information in the relevant sections of the official website.

Round 2

The second round of the European Team Chess Championship was played today in Creta Maris resort in Greece. All the top players who sat out from the opening round have entered the arena.

Among the top tables in the Open section the most effective was Hungary defeating the neighboring Romania by 3,5-0,5.

Other decisive matches were concluded by narrow margin 2,5-1,5. Defending champion Russia defeated Belarus thanks to reigning European individual champion Maxim Matlakov. Netherlands beat the higher rated Ukraine thanks to Anish Giri's effort on the top board. Ivan Saric brought the match points to Croatia in the clash against Serbia.



Armenia, with Levon Aronian taking the top board, defeated the hosts Greece, while Czech Republic won against Georgia. Sabino Brunello was the architect of another success for Italy, this time in the encounter with Turkey.



Top round 3 pairings are Hungary - Netherlands, Czech Republic - Russia, Croatia - Armenia and Italy - Germany.

Several crushing victories were recorded in the Women's section. Israel beat Italy 3,5-0,5, Georgia defeated France by the same score, as well as Spain celebrating against the higher rated Romania.



Ukraine and Poland walked past by Armenia and Germany, respectively, scoring 3-1 each.

Russia got 2,5-1,5 against Czech Republic, as well as Hungary versus Azerbaijan and Turkey against Netherlands.

Top round 3 pairings are Poland - Israel, Georgia - Hungary, Turkey - Spain and Russia - Ukraine.

More information in the relevant sections of the official website.

Round 1

The long anticipated European Team Chess Championship began today at the beautiful conference hall of Creta Maris resort in Hersonissos, Crete, Greece.

A record breaking 72 teams compete in the event, with 40 nations being represented in the Open Section, and 32 teams participating in the Women's Section.



ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili made the honorary first move in the game between Ian Nepomniachtchi and Luka Lenic.

As usual in the events run by Swiss pairing system, the top seeded teams faced the lower rated opposition.

Nevertheless, it was a bumpy ride for some of the favourites, most notably Azerbaijan losing to the inspired youngsters from Italy. Brunello and Moroni defeated Naiditsch and Guseinov, respectively, while Mamedov scored for Azerbaijan.



In four other matches the underdogs achieved tied scores. Moldova drew England thanks to the victory of Victor Bologan against Nigel Short.

Norway, playing without the world champion Magnus Carlsen, held Israel to a tie after Johan-Sebastian Christiansen beat Emil Sutovsky.

Neighbors Slovakia and Poland, as well as Germany and Greece 2, drew their respective matches.

The perfect 4-0 scores were achieved by Greece 1 and Romania against Greece - Crete and Scotland, respectively.

In the Women's section there were no surprises in team results. The maximum 4-0 scores were recorded by Italy and Czech Republic against Montenegro and Finland, respectively.



Of the notable individual results Stavroula Tsolakidou defeated Valentina Gunina, Nastassia Ziaziulkina defeated Nana Dzagnidze, Teodora Injac beat Iulija Osmak and Sheila Barth Sahl defeated Sabrina Vega Gutierrez.

Top round 2 results are Israel - Italy, Czech Republic - Russia, France - Georgia, Ukraine - Armenia and Poland - Germany.

More information in the relevant sections of the official website.

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Azerbaijan and Russia win 2017 European Team Chess Championships

Chessdom - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 03:07

Teams of Azerbaijan and Russia became the European Team Chess Champions for 2017 in Open and Women’s section respectively.

The rush for gold in Open section was very intense until the end of the last game of the Championship. Azeris needed a victory in the last round to secure the title, but no decisive result happened in their match against Ukraine, and the clash ended in a tie 2-2.

At the same time, Russian team defeated Germany with 3-1 to reach shared first place.

Azerbaijan won the 3rd gold at the European Team Chess Championship as they had better tie-breaks than Russia.

The European Team Champions for 2015, Russia, finished the race with silver in their hands.

Third place of this prestigious European event went to Ukraine since they had better additional criteria than Croatia who had the same match points, but finished fourth.

In the Women’s section the Winner wasn’t questioned in the last round. Russian ladies secured the first place already after the 8th round with a round to spare. Nevertheless, Russia affirmed the domination by taking a victory in the last round against Armenia and triumphed the Championship with three match points ahead of the runner-ups.

Georgia finished the Championship as sole second with 14 match points.

Bronze went to Ukraine who took 12 match points.

The Organizer rewarded the individual prizes to the three best players on each board. The gold medalists are listed below:

Open Section

Board 1: Aronian Levon (ARM, 2801) Rtg Performance: 2810
Board 2: Bosiocic Marin (CRO, 2619) Rtg Performance: 2824
Board 3: Vitiugov Nikita (RUS, 2728) Rtg Performance: 2817
Board 4: Mamedov Rauf (AZE, 2678) Rtg Performance: 2920
Board 5: Svane Rasmus (GER, 2595) Rtg Performance: 2762

Women’s Section

Board 1: Kosteniuk Alexandra (RUS, 2552) Rtg Performance: 2632
Board 2: Lagno Kateryna (RUS, 2541) Rtg Performance: 2605
Board 3: Khotenashvili Bela (GEO, 2459) Rtg Performance: 2608
Board 4: Gaponenko Inna (UKR, 2433) Rtg Performance: 2552
Board 5: Melia Salome (GEO, 2412) Rtg Performance: 2622

The Closing Ceremony of the Championship took place yesterday in Creta Maris Conference center with attendance of the President of European Chess Union – Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili, Secretary General of European Chess Union – Mr. Theodoros Tzorbatsoglou, Deputy President of FIDE – Mr. Georgios Makropoulos, Continental President of Americas – Mr. Jorge Vega, FIDE Vice President Mr. Boris Kutin, Tournament Director – Mr. Nikos Kalesis, Region Governor of Crete Mr. Arnaoutakis Stavros, Vice region Governor of Crete Mr. Koukiadakis Evripidis, Mayor of Hersonissos – Mr. Mastorakis Giannis, Consulant advisor of athletic department Mr. Sirigonakis, Mrs. Plevraki Despina.

The President of the ECU Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili has been awarded with ECU plaque and the book “The Thinkers”. He also granted the ECU plaques to dignitaries of Crete region and Hersonissos municipality.

The Closing Ceremony was enriched with short video presentations of Cretan culture and with organization video as review of the Championship.

Official Website (photos by Anastasya Karlovich)

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Reykjavík Open 2018

Chessdom - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 18:23

The GAMMA Reykjavík Open 2018, set for 6-14th March, will be a very special event as this edition will be dedicated to the chess king Bobby Fischer.

An Icelandic citizen in his last years, Robert James Fischer was born on March 9th 1943. That means he would have turned 75 years old during GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2018.

His contributions to chess history will be celebrated during the tournament. Instead of the normal 10 rounds there will be nine rounds this year and a “free day” on March 9th. Then a special event with the support of the European Chess Union will be organized – a Fischer Random championship with excellent prices.

The tournament will dedicate other events to Fischer’s chess life in many different ways. There will be lectures, exhibitions and you will get the opportunity to visit the playing hall from 1972, his grave, his favorite restaurant and of course see the original chess board, which is usually kept in the Icelandic National Museum!

The tournament will be held in Harpa, the 28.000 sqm. concert hall and conference center. A truly unique tournament hall – probably the best in the world!

Reykjavik Open has always a very strong field and there will no difference in 2018. In 2017 there were 266 players from 40 countries with 33 GM’s. Anish Giri was the winner of Reykjavik Open in 2017.

Top prizes in the Open are 5.000€, 2.000€, 1.250€, 800€, 600€. More information on the official website.

Currently registered players:

1. GM Gupta Abhijeet IND 2619
2. GM L Ami Erwin NED 2611
3. GM Gledura Benjamin HUN 2600
4. GM Karthikeyan Murali IND 2578
5. GM Gagare Shardul IND 2482
6. IM Bharathakoti Harsha IND 2445
7. IM Jensson Einar Hjalti ISL 2361
8. FM Sadhwani Raunak IND 2339
9. FM Þorsteinsson Þorsteinn ISL 2308
10. FM Lagerman Róbert ISL 2302
11. IM L Ami Alina ROU 2286
12. FM Seyb Dieter GER 2226
13. Moksh Amit Doshi Moksh Amit Doshi IND 2222
14. Thorvaldsson Jon ISL 2170
15. V S Raahul IND 2153
16. Adocchio Giampiero GER 2133
17. Kvamme John A NOR 2099
18. CM Coleman David J ENG 2093
19. Lunn Matthew ENG 2091
20. Ebner Johann AUT 2074
21. Ragnarsson Johann H ISL 2051
22. Carlsen Henrik NOR 2026
23. WIM Gagare Shalmali IND 2013
24. Magnússon Magnús ISL 2013
25. Haraldsson Haraldur ISL 2004
26. Pozimski Szymon POL 1987
27. Yu Henry USA 1952
28. Eiriksson Sigurdur ISL 1926
29. Kleinert Juergen GER 1918
30. Carr Jay USA 1842
31. Chouhan Sher Singh IND 1838
32. AIM Mandloi Mukesh IND 1812
33. Meier Gerd GER 1804
34. de Winter Eric NED 1775
35. Muhr Andreas AUT 1772
36. Densing Gerd GER 1768
37. Burrows Quinton CAN 1717
38. Eymundsson Eymundur ISL 1676
39. Henderson Jr SE USA 1640
40. Breen Anthony IRL 1631
41. Kvamme Ingrid Jodre NOR 1589
42. Amit Doshi Mahi IND 1550
43. Jonasson Hordur ISL 1508
44. Sigurvaldason Hjálmar Hrafn ISL 1488
45. Hynes Thomas ENG 1330
46. Brossard Daniel CAN 0
47. Foy Jeffrey ENG 0
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ETCC R8: Russia secures gold in Women’s section, Azerbaijan leading Open

Chessdom - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 03:45

Russia crushed Turkey to claim another team gold medal in the Women’s section of the European Team Chess Championship, and all this with a round to spare.

At the same time the nearest follower Georgia stumbled in the match against Poland. Wins by Jolanta Zawadzka and Karina Szczepkowska secured overall 3-1 for Polish ladies.

Italy and Romania exchanged a pair of victories to finally draw the match. The same scenario was seen in the match Serbia – Netherlands.

Ukraine scored an all-important win 2,5-1,5 versus Spain. Zhukova and Gaponenko won for Ukraine, while Matnadze earned a point for Spain, all three with black pieces.

In similar fashion Armenia won against Czech Republic, same score and points with black pieces by Danielian and Galojan. Azerbaijan surged ahead with a sound 3-1 victory over France.

It will be an exciting fight for silver and bronze medals as Georgia and Poland share the second place with 12 points each, while Ukraine and Armenia are half a point behind.

Top round 9 pairings are Armenia – Russia, Georgia – Italy, Romania – Poland and Turkey – Ukraine.

In the Open section Azerbaijan signed a huge 3-1 victory against Russia to jump ahead of the opponent and grab the top position: Grischuk-Mamedyarov 0-1, Nepomniachtchi-Radjabov 0-1, Matlakov-Naiditsch 1-0, Dubov-Mamedov 0-1.

Ukraine caught up with Russia on the shared second place after winning against Hungary 2,5-1,5. The decisive point was delivered by Martyn Kravtsiv.

Germany beat Israel 3-1 thanks to the wins of Meier and Svane with white pieces. Turkey edged Netherlands with Emre Can’s effort on the third board.

On the next three tables Croatia, Romania and England narrowly defeated France, Serbia and Greece 1, respectively.

Armenia and Poland split the points, while Spain crushed Georgia 3,5-0,5. The same victory was scored by Belarus in the clash with Austria.

Top round 9 matches are Azerbaijan – Ukraine, Germany – Russia, Turkey – Croatia and England – Hungary.

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