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London Chess Classic – Round 1

Chessdom - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 23:32

It was a peaceful day at the Google Headquarters in London, which hosted round one of the London Chess Classic.

The day started slowly with three symmetrical positions out of the opening. It seemed that the only game that had any promise of producing a decisive result was the battle between Carlsen and Caruana until the game between Anand and Nakamura steered itself toward murkier waters. Unfortunately, neither Carlsen nor Anand were able to drive the full point home and now all the players have equal points.

It is very unusual to have a rest day after round one, but the games will resume on Sunday at the usual location of the Olympia Conference Center.

Ian Nepomniachtchi – Levon Aronian ½-½

Aronian repeated the opening he played against Vachier-Lagrave during the World Cup in September which resulted in a loss.

As Levon put it himself, he likes to play something that has brought him unhappiness in the past, for he likes to prove that his play was the culprit, not the opening itself. His approach seemed to work out as Nepomniachtchi was not able to put significant pressure on his opponent, ending the game in a draw by repetition.

Wesley So – Maxime Vachier-Lagrave ½-½

The American surprised his opponent in the opening by playing an anti-theoretical quiet system. Of course, the downside of playing in such a manner can be the inability to pose any realistic problems for the opponent to solve.

The Frenchman equalized without any problems and the position remained symmetrical throughout the game. The players agreed to a draw in the endgame once they reached the 30-move draw requirement.

Michael Adams – Sergey Karjakin ½-½

Adams gained the upper hand out of the opening but lost the thread of the game. He felt that he had the wrong set up and his position was going nowhere as he kept shuffling his queen around.

At the end, he pulled himself together and played a few accurate moves to reach completely equality and draw the game.

Hikaru Nakamura – Viswanathan Anand ½-½

This was the game of missed opportunities. Nakamura had the better position but pushed too hard and found himself defending his weakened king. Anand did not play the most precise way and suddenly both kings were in provocative positions.

Nakamura offered a draw in a complicated position. Anand regretted agreeing to a draw quickly instead of spending twenty minutes to calculate all the intricacies of the position but felt that the draw was still a good result.

Magnus Carlsen – Fabiano Caruana ½-½

This was the longest game of the round with a disappointing result for the World Champion as he failed to convert his advantage. Carlsen never missed a clear win, but the accumulation of small mistakes prevented him from scoring the full point.

Caruana fully earned his half a point by putting up a tenacious defense. Both players were exhausted after the lengthy battle and were looking forward to having a rest day tomorrow.

Official website

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Interview with World Junior Champion Zhansaya Abdumalik (Video)

Chessdom - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 16:59

By Romualdo Vitale

On the same day the 2017 FIDE World Junior and Girls Under 20 chess championship started, I was designated as an arbiter and put in the sector of the DGT live boards.

While in the open section I was thrilled by the young Indian talent Praggnanandhaa raising to the first boards and by GM Tari Aryan keeping his nerve during the last decisive rounds, what I found both inspiring and interesting was the behavior that IM Zhansaya Abdumalik kept from start to finish that let her win clear first the Girl section without leaving board 1.

Even though I saw her and her cool hairstyles during meals in the hotel we shared, I didn’t want to spoil the tournament she was taking incredibly seriously. In fact she spent most of her time preparing for her games in the hotel, occasionally going out for a walk.

Zhansaya Abdumalik

After the closing ceremony, where she proudly had the Kazakh flag on her, I walked up to her at dinner and asked if I could film her doing her hair and ask a few question.

At first she laughed because she thought I was joking, but then she kindly agreed. The only problem was she had to leave in a couple of hours and had other interviews scheduled, so I finished my dinner very quickly, took all my gear and went to the hall to set everything up.

The result is an unusual interview where I quote High School Musical at a certain point, we both laugh a lot and, more importantly, you have an often undervalued insight on what a chess player looks like when she lays down her arms.

As it happens to anyone at the end of a new and terrific experience, it’s hard for me to explain how lucky I feel: during these two weeks I met so many players and arbiters from all around the world. Being an amateur chess player myself, it’s like you met your favourite movie stars or football players.

That’s what chess means, after all: we are one people.

A huge thanks to Vladimir Potkin and Zhansaya Abdumalik for the wonderful interviews and I wish them a lifetime of glorious chess results.

Zhansaya Abdumalik in play

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Interview with Judit Polgar on Chess in Schools (Video)

Chessdom - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 16:39

Best female player of all times, Judit Polgar, speaks about the importance of Chess in Schools projects.

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ECU School Chess Teacher Training Course in Budapest

Chessdom - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 16:23

The 3rd ECU School Chess Teacher training course took place in PODIT Educational and Chess Center in Budapest, from 25th-26th November.

The course comprised two days of interactive presentations, group discussions and practical exercises with focus on the teaching aspects of chess.

Participants, after completing the course, had to pass the online test to reach the ECU School Chess Teacher Certificate awarded by the ECU, as the confirmation for having an adequate level of chess knowledge and didactic methods for the classroom.

This qualification is recognized by the European national chess federations, as a standard of excellence. The course qualify towards continuing professional development and helps in building the teaching skills in chess with idea to improve the general educational attainment of children.

The ECU School Chess Teacher training course held in Budapest was led by the Chairman of the ECU Educational Commission Jesper Hall, and organised by the member of the ECU EDU Comission Ferenc Maurer in cooperation with the Hungarian Chess Federation.

15 chess teachers were rewarded with ECU School Chess Teacher Certificate in Budapest at the 25-26th November course: Lajos Ambrus, Bertina Antal-Berenyi, David Budai, Ferenc Csorsz, Zoltan Eberth, Jozsef Herpai, Zoltan Horvath, Jozsef Jeszenszky, Tamas Kis-Bank, Vilmos Nogrady, Miklos Tarsi, Zsombor Rozsa, Regina Tokes, Ildiko Zadeczki and Anita Burjan, a professor of mathematics, the first and the only one who passed the test with a result of 100%, without a single mistake.

ECU School Chess Teacher training courses came to a huge interest of chess trainers to participate the courses and very positive feedbacks by the attendees which confirms the importance and necessity of a course which focuses on didactics.

Interview with Judit Polgar about importance of Chess in Schools

Interview with Ferenc Maurer about the training course held in Budapest

Interview with Ferenc Maurer about Chess in Schools program

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London Chess Classic 2017

Skakistiko - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 11:59


Φωτογραφία από το pro-biz του φετινού London Chess Classic που έγινε το απόγευμα της Πέμπτης, μια μέρα πριν την έναρξη του κυρίως τουρνουά. Ερασιτέχνες σκακιστές που πρόσφεραν χρηματικές δωρεές για το σκάκι στα σχολεία και στις κοινότητες απέκτησαν το δικαίωμα να μετέχουν στην πρωτότυπη εκδήλωση. Ενώθηκαν σε διμελείς ομάδες με GM των αγώνων (αλλά και τον Γκάρι Κασπάροβ όπως βλέπουμε) και έπαιξαν μίνι πρωτάθλημα με το σύστημα παίζει μια κίνηση ο ένας – μια ο άλλος, χωρίς συνενόηση. Το οποίο γνωστό είναι κάπως, αλλά δεν ξέρω αν έχει κατοχυρωμένο όνομα! Όλες οι παρτίδες του pro-biz Cup εδώ

Αρχίζει σήμερα Παρασκευή 1 Δεκεμβρίου, στις 4 μ.μ. ελληνική ώρα, το κυρίως τουρνουά του 9ου London Chess Classic που αποτελεί και το τελικό σκέλος του φετινού Grand Chess Tour. Οι αγώνες που γίνονται κάθε Δεκέμβριο στο Λονδίνο είναι πάντα από τους σημαντικότερους της χρονιάς ενώ η ατμόσφαιρα είναι αναμφίβολα ενός σπουδαίου σκακιστικού φεστιβάλ καθώς πέρα από το κλειστό με τους κορυφαίους επαγγελματίες, διοργανώνονται ταυτόχρονα ένα σωρό αγώνες για παίκτες κάθε δυναμικότητας, σε όλες τις φόρμες (κλασικός χρόνος, ράπιντ, μπλιτς), σιμουλτανέ, εκθέσεις, ομιλίες.

Στο φετινό τουρνουά των GM, κλειστό 10 σκακιστών, μετέχουν: Κάρλσεν (Νορβηγία), Νακαμούρα (ΗΠΑ), Αρονιάν (Αρμενία), Βασιέ-Λαγκράβ (Γαλλία), Σο (ΗΠΑ), Καριάκιν (Ρωσία), Καρουάνα (ΗΠΑ), Ανάντ (Ινδία), Νεπομνιάτσι (Ρωσία), Άνταμς (Αγγλία).
Το πρόγραμμα του 1ου γύρου: Νεπομνιάτσι – Αρονιάν, Κάρλσεν – Καρουάνα, Άνταμς – Καριάκιν, Νακαμούρα – Ανάντ, Σο – Βασιέ-Λαγκράβ. Το πλήρες πρόγραμμα και η ώρα έναρξης κάθε αγωνιστικής (με +2 ώρες για την Ελλάδα) εδώ

Χτες έγινε γνωστό πως το Λονδίνο το 2018 θα διοργανώσει κάτι ακόμα σημαντικότερο, το τελικό ματς του παγκοσμίου πρωταθλήματος ανάμεσα στον Μάγκνους Κάρλσεν και τον διεκδικητή που αναδειχθεί στο τουρνουά των “8” στο Βερολίνο τον Μάρτιο.

* Στην υποσελίδα του skakistiko Φωτορροή  θα προσθέτω μικρές επιλογές από το πλήθος των φωτογραφιών που θα δημοσιεύουνται στο επίσημο σάιτ των αγώνων και σε πολλές ακόμη πηγές.

* Στην υποσελίδα του skakistiko Ζωντανές Μεταδόσεις οι αγώνες θα αναμεταδίδονται ζωντανά με πηγή τον html κώδικα που παρέχει το chess24.com. Κατάλληλο ίσως για γρήγορη πρόσβαση, αν δεν έχετε πολλή ώρα για δαπανηρή σε χρόνο σε παρακολούθηση από το επίσημο σάιτ και τα συνεργαζόμενα. Και για αμιγή σκαστικό σχολιασμό για τις παρτίδες.

* Το επίσημο σάιτ, όπως και στις προηγούμενες διοργανώσεις, είναι υποδειγματικά κατασκευασμένο και παρέχει όλες τις πληροφορίες, ζωντανή μετάδοση και συνεχή ενημέρωση – είναι μια εξαιρετική δημοσιογραφική κάλυψη:.www.londonchessclassic.com

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London Will Host FIDE World Chess Championship Match 2018

FIDE - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 23:15


FIDE and World Chess announced that the 2018 World Chess Championship Match will take place in London in November 2018. The world’s most prestigious chess tournament is to be the climax of a season of high-profile activity to extend the sport’s appeal among global audiences – and make 2018 the Year of Chess in the UK.

Taking place from 9-28 November, the 12-game Match will see current World Chess Champion, Norway’s Magnus Carlsen, defend his title against a challenger to be decided at the forthcoming FIDE World Chess Candidates Tournament in March.

The contest consists of 12 games, with every move avidly followed and analyzed by a global audience of hundreds of millions of chess fans.

The last World Championship match, held in New York, in 2016, enjoyed record-breaking coverage with the total audience for the whole event topping 1.5 billion people.

Chess is enjoying increased popularity around the world and is the only game that is pre-downloaded on nearly every new smartphone. Hundreds of millions of games are played over the internet every week, and more people play chess regularly than golf and tennis combined, according to YouGov.

Chess’s celebrity fans include Jay Z, Jude Law, Arnold Schwarzenegger and President Barack Obama.

At 26, Magnus Carlsen has helped transform the profile of chess globally particularly since his crowning moment in the 2016 World Championship Match in New York. Chess is now the most popular computer game in the world, with a huge online audience in the hundreds of millions, that is growing exponentially. Recent developments with virtual reality have enabled chess to stay ahead of the curve and allow its audience to enjoy a rich experience via pay-per-view platforms, and smartphone apps.

All eyes will be on the enigmatic Carlsen as he defends his title. A chess prodigy of exceptional talent, he became a grandmaster in 2004 at the age of just 13 years and 148 days – making him the third-youngest grandmaster in history. He is the highest-rated player in the world and in the history of chess, with a peak rating of 2881 in 2014, and is the subject of the critically acclaimed Netflix documentary “Magnus”.





Georgios Makropoulos, FIDE Deputy President, says: “FIDE is very pleased to bring the Match to London. We know that this city loves chess, most major newspapers run regular chess columns, and we hope that the fans will love a chance to see the greatest minds in the world fight to the Championship title live.”

Ilya Merenzon, CEO of World Chess, the commercial rights holder to the FIDE Chess Championship cycle, says: “Chess is now one of the world’s most popular computer games, but it has long-standing traditions, and we believe that London is the perfect setting for the next Championship Match. We are transforming the sport and making it modern and hip, but mindful of millennia-old traditions – and we hope to conduct this transformation as gracefully, as London does.”

“And, of course, no one is better to make the first move in the Royal Game as the member of the Royal Family (Congratulations, Prince Harry!),” – adds Merenzon.

World Chess also announced today they are incredibly excited to welcome official partner PhosAgro, the leading chemical company, that has signed a long-term contract with World Chess.

Andrey Guryev, CEO of PhosAgro, Russian Chess Federation Board of Trustees Member, said: “Long-term sponsorship of the World Chess championships, which we signed today, is part of PhosAgro’s established corporate responsibility programme, which supports education, science, medicine and sports. We already sponsored the 2014 World Chess Championship match in Sochi and the 2016 World Chess Championship match in New York and are committed to continue. We are delighted with the choice of the city: London is where tradition and modern technology meet, and this is exactly our vision for the future of chess. Can’t wait to the chess fever to commence in London!”

Leading brands continue to support the Championship cycle and will be represented in the Match: Kaspersky Lab as World Chess and FIDE Official Cybersecurity Partner; S.T. Dupont as Official Writing Instrument; and Isklar as Official Water.

Eugene Kaspersky, Chairman and CEO of Kaspersky Lab, said: “It makes me proud that, as a partner of FIDE and World Chess, we can support and promote the genius game of chess. It’s an amazing game, where creative thinking meets deep logic and analytical skill: just like in the world of cybersecurity! And that’s why we enjoy supporting the World Chess Championship, and why we’ll continue protecting FIDE, the players, and tournament’s infrastructure in the future.”

Details of ticket pricing and booking will be made available soon, however chess fans can already book online-tickets and start receiving subscriber-only benefits today at www.london2018.worldchess.com.

World Chess will provide a free live broadcast of the moves of the Match exclusively on www.worldchess.com and media partner sites. The premium online broadcast will cost $15 for the Match or $25 for the full year and will include multi-camera video feed, behind-the-scenes access, studio show with expert commentary and special guests, as well as other subscriber-only benefits, such as limited edition merchandise, possibility to ask grandmasters questions during press conferences and more. 10% of all digital tickets will go towards increasing the prize fund for the Match.

The Championship Match will have a prize fund of EUR 1,000,000.

Official hashtag: #LondonPlaysChess.







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Grandmaster Dana Reizniece-Ozola in bid for Eurogroup president

Chessdom - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 21:25

Latvian Finance Minister and leader of the national women’s chess team GM Dana Reizniece-Ozola applied for the position of Eurogroup president on Thursday, Reuters reported.

The president of the group is referred to as the “President of the eurozone”.

Reizniece-Ozola, 36, is expected to be one of several candidates for the key European post that is being vacated by Dutchman Jeroen Dijsselbloem.

Portuguese Finance Minister Mario Centeno is seen as a leading contender. Slovakia’s Peter Kazimir is also mulling an application, according to sources in Bratislava.

Dana Reizniece-Ozola

Reizniece-Ozola is four-times Latvian chess champion and has represented the country in eight Chess Olympiad. In the most recent Olympiad in Baku she defeated the highest rated woman in the world Hou Yifan of China.

The Eurogroup is the recognised collective term for informal meetings of the finance ministers of the eurozone—those member states of the European Union (EU) which have adopted the euro as their official currency.

The group has 19 members. It exercises political control over the currency and related aspects of the EU’s monetary union such as the Stability and Growth Pact.

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Interview with GM Vladimir Potkin (Video)

Chessdom - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 21:13

By Romualdo Vitale

The 2017 FIDE World Junior and Girls Under 20 chess championship is over and on my way home I’m trying to recollect all the amazing things that happened in these two weeks.

Fideacademy, that kindly invited me as press officer, offered me the possibility to interview GM Vladimir Potkin, one of the coaches of the Russian delegation. I assure you it can be intimidating to have your first interview with such an important player.

Vladimir has been European Individual Champion in 2011, surpassing on tiebreak Wojtaszek, Polgar and Moiseenko. He has worked for a few years with Levon Aronian, helping him to win the Linares International Chess Tournament in 2006, he has been the coach of Ian Nepomniachtchi and he’s been Sergey Karjakin’s second during last year’s World Championship Match against Magnus Carlsen.

Vladimir Potkin

I’ve prepared for this interview as if I were preparing for a fearsome opponent: I’ve looked up his best games and several Wikipedia pages and articles about him.

Before the interview I tried to make him comfortable by showing him the questions I had written and, to my surprise, he suggested several interesting topics I could add, showing his incredible experience.

What amazed me the most was the professionalism he held throughout the interview and also his friendliness after I showed him the final product.

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European Fischer Random Cup 2018

Chessdom - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 17:28

The Icelandic Chess Federation and the European Chess Union are organizing the European Fischer Random Cup 2018 during the Reykjavik Chess Open.

The event will take place on Bobby Fischer’s birthday 9th March at Harpa in Reykjavik.

The tournament is open for everyone, but the highest ranked European player will be European Champion in Fischer Random chess.

The Fischer Random Championship shall be played according to the Swiss System in 9 rounds. Time controls are 10 minutes + 3 second increment per every move.
The FIDE Chess960 Rules will be used. See: http://www.fide.com/fide/handbook.html?id=207&view=article (guidelines 2).

Prizes: 1. €2,000, 2. €1,000, 3. €750, 4. €500, 5. €300, 6. €250, 7. €200, 8. €150, 9. €100, 10. €100
The prices are not shared. The European Champion (highest ranked European player) gets an extra price of €1,000.

Contact:
The Icelandic Chess Federation
www.reykjavikopen.com
reykjavikopen2018@gmail.com

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Εικόνες

Skakistiko - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 15:52


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* Στην πάνω φωτογραφία η Ρόμι Σνάιντερ, ενώ στο κατώφλι της πόρτας διακρίνεται η φιγούρα του Αλέν Ντελόν. Η λήψη προέρχεται από πρόβες για την ταινία “Η Πισίνα” (1969) η οποία γυρίστηκε στο Σαιν-Τροπέ.
* Στην κάτω φωτογραφία, ο Ρομάν Πολάνσκι, στα μέσα της δεκαετίας του 1970 παίζει σκάκι στην αμμουδιά του Σαιν-Τροπέ – στη γαλλική Ριβιέρα.

Το ασήμαντο ψαροχώρι του 18ου και του 19ου αιώνα που δεν το κατέγραφαν καλά καλά οι χάρτες, κάπου λίγο πριν ξεσπάσει ο πρώτος παγκόσμιος πόλεμος είχε ήδη μεταβληθεί στο κέντρο συνάθροισης λαμπερών σταρ. Πέρασαν 100 χρόνια χωρίς να αλλάξει κάτι. Αν κάπως το φέρει η περίσταση και βρεθεί κανείς (δεν εξετάζουμε πως) υποψιάζομαι θα αισθανθεί την αλλόκοτη αίσθηση του μοναδικού άσημου ανάμεσα σε διάσημους. Ένα διάλειμμα στον απόλυτο ορισμό της κοσμικής ζωής έγινε το 1944 που η παραλία του θερέτρου έγινε το κύριο σημείο απόβασης των συμμαχικών δυνάμεων στην επιχείρηση εισβολής στη Νότια Γαλλία. Το Σαιν-Τροπέ, πάντα συνδεδεμένο με τις μνήμες της Μπριζίτ Μπαρντό, αφού το “Και ο θεός έπλασε τη γυναίκα” γυρίστηκε ολόκληρο το 1956 στην μικρή πόλη και την έκανε σταρ παγκόσμιας ακτινοβολίας και σύμβολο του σεξ μιας ολόκληρης εποχής.

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Λευκός Πύργος 2018

Skakistiko - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 13:20

Από τον Βασίλη Τσαρουχά

Στη Θεσσαλονίκη γιορτάζουμε τα 40 χρόνια από την έναρξη του πρώτου Διεθνούς Τουρνουά ΛΕΥΚΟΣ ΠΥΡΓΟΣ (1978).
Ένα τουρνουά που ξεκίνησε ως κλειστό με 12 παίκτες και διοργανωτή τον ΕΠΙΚΟΥΡΟ ΠΟΛΙΧΝΗΣ. Στη συνέχεια η διοργάνωση πέρασε στην ΕΣΣΒΕ κι αργότερα ΕΣΣΘ-Χ. Έγινε ανοικτό (με χώρο διεξαγωγής την ΔΕΗ κι αργότερα το ΚΑΠΗ ΑΜΠΕΛΟΚΗΠΩΝ ΚΑΙ ΦΙΛΙΠΠΕΙΟΝ).
Το τουρνουά θα διεξαχθεί από 2 έως 8 Ιανουαρίου στο ξενοδοχείο ΦΙΛΙΠΠΕΙΟΝ. Θα υπάρξουν πολλές φιλοξενίες σε διεθνοτιτλούχους σκακιστές ενώ τα χρηματικά έπαθλα ανέρχονται συνολικά σε 8.000 ευρώ!
Το πρωτάθλημα φέτος συνδιοργανώνεται από τα Σκακιστικά Σωματεία των Πεύκων και Νεάπολης – Συκεών και την ΕΣΣΘ-Χ. Θα δίνει νόρμες ΙΜ & GM και θα υπάρχουν δυο γκρουπ ανάλογα με την δυναμικότητα (Α΄ άνω του 1700 ΕΛΟ και Β΄ εως 1699). Φιλοδοξούμε να υπάρχει πολυχρωμία χωρών από συμμετοχές και οι σκακιστές ν απολαύσουν το σκάκι.
Πιστεύουμε ότι πλέον με τις συνθήκες αυτές η πόλη μας θ αποκτήσει ένα ισχυρότατο Διεθνές Τουρνουά που θα συγκαταλέγεται στα κορυφαία της χώρας μας αγκαλιάζοντας το από τους φίλους του αθλήματος.
Για δηλώσεις συμμετοχής: oustampasidoulena@gmail.com Πληροφορίες στο τηλ 6944 39 64 66

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December 2017 FIDE Rating List

FIDE - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 12:43


FIDE publishes December 2017 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.
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Pro Blitz Cup (live games and video)

Chessdom - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 11:54

The fifth edition of the Pro-Biz Cup will take place on Thursday 30 November hosted by DeepMind at Google HQ in King’s Cross, London.

As part of the London Chess Classic, the Pro-Biz Cup brings leading business minds and the world’s leading Grandmasters together in a fun knock-out tournament to raise money for the UK charity, Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC).

Participants

1. Demis Hassabis & Mickey Adams
2. Chris Flowers & Magnus Carlsen
3. Justin Baptie & Levon Aronian
4. Terry Chapman & Garry Kasparov
5. Lee Green & Hikaru Nakamura
6. Rajko Vujatovic & Ian Nepomniachtchi
7. Ali Mortazavi & Dave Norwood
8. Gilles Betthauser & Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

Game Format

8 team Swiss tournament, three rounds. Scoring 2-1-0.

Rapid chess: 20 minutes for all moves + 5 seconds increment per move.

The pro makes the first move, no conferring.

Time Outs. Two one-minute time outs will be permitted per game. The team will need to signal to the arbiter that you wish to confer and time outs can only be called when it’s your move. Either player can call a time out. The clocks will be stopped during your time out. After two time outs – no further consultation is permitted. The team that calls the time out remains at the board the other team leaves.

In the event of a tie after three rounds a Blitz game between the amateurs will determine the winner of the competition. If the play-off game is a draw then the GM and amateurs from opposing teams will play each other and the team to checkmate in the least number of moves wins!

Pro Blitz Cup part of London Chess Classic 2017

Live games with analysis of the London Chess Classic will be daily on Chessdom with the best chess software competing in the Top Chess Engine Championship – Komodo, Houdini, and Stockfish. Video stream will also be provided by the organizers, while you can watch the event while chatting to top chess experts at this TCEC section

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London Chess Classic 2017 LIVE!

Chessdom - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 11:42

The ninth London Chess Classic 2017, which kicks off at the DeepMind Google HQ on 1 December 2017 and continues at the Olympia Conference Centre from 3 to 11 December 2017, is the concluding leg of the 2017 Grand Chess Tour and features a prize fund of $300,000. Heading a stellar field is the world champion Magnus Carlsen.

Live games with analysis will be daily on Chessdom with the best chess software competing in the Top Chess Engine Championship – Komodo, Houdini, and Stockfish. Video stream will also be provided by the organizers, while you can watch the event while chatting to top chess experts at this TCEC section

The London Chess Classic starts a fantastic chess year for the city of London. Previously it was leaked that the World Chess Championship 2018 is in London and now it has been confirmed.

London Chess Classic 2017 live: Video + analysis / Live boards + analysis + chat / Live with standings

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FIDE World Chess Championship Match 2018 in London

Chessdom - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 01:51

FIDE and World Chess announced today that the 2018 World Chess Championship Match will take place in London in November 2018.

The world’s most prestigious chess tournament is to be the climax of a season of high-profile activity to extend the sport’s appeal among global audiences – and make 2018 the Year of Chess in the UK.

Taking place from 9-28 November, the 12-game Match will see current World Chess Champion, Norway’s Magnus Carlsen, defend his title against a challenger to be decided at the forthcoming FIDE World Chess Candidates Tournament in March.

The Championship Match will have a prize fund of EUR 1,000,000.

Chess is enjoying increased popularity around the world and is the only game that is pre-downloaded on nearly every new smartphone. Hundreds of millions of games are played over the internet every week, and more people play chess regularly than golf and tennis combined, according to YouGov.

Georgios Makropoulos, FIDE Deputy President, says: “FIDE is very pleased to bring the Match to London. We know that this city loves chess, most major newspapers run regular chess columns, and we hope that the fans will love a chance to see the greatest minds in the world fight to the Championship title live.”

Ilya Merenzon, CEO of World Chess, the commercial rights holder to the FIDE Chess Championship cycle, says: “Chess is now one of the world’s most popular computer games, but it has long-standing traditions, and we believe that London is the perfect setting for the next Championship Match. We are transforming the sport and making it modern and hip, but mindful of millennia-old traditions – and we hope to conduct this transformation as gracefully, as London does.”

The match is supported by PhosAgro, Kaspersky Lab, S.T. Dupont and Isklar.

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Russian Championship Superfinals starting

Chessdom - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 00:35

The Superfinals of 70th Russian men’s championship and 67th Russian women’s championship will take place on December 2-15 at the State Museum of Political History of Russia (2-4, Kuybysheva St., Saint Petersburg).

The organizers are the Russian Chess Federation, Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation, the State Museum of Political History of Russia, Chess Federation of Saint Petersburg, and Physical Culture, and Sports Committee of Saint Petersburg. The competition is also supported by Renault Russia Company, Federal Grid Company of Unified Energy System (FGC UES), and PhosAgro. Logistics partner of the Russian Chess Federation is Russian Post.

The Opening Ceremony will be held on December 2. The exhibition “USSR – A Great Chess Power” will be represented at the Museum’s atrium. One will manage to see the Soviet chess posters of the 1930s-1960s, rare archival photos and many other interesting items. The exposition will be presented by its author, Deputy Head of the Museum’s Scientific and Exhibitory Department Margarita Samoylova at 6 p.m.

The press conference with the organizers and two participants will be held from 6:30 till 7 p.m. A Chess Schools: Second Academic Level tutorial (author is Vladimir Barsky), issued by the RCF with support of the Timchenko Foundation, will be presented during the press conference.

The Opening Ceremony, which will include drawing of lots, will start at 7:30 p.m.

President of the Russian Chess Federation, Head Coach of the Russia men’s national chess team Andrey Filatov:

“- Russian Championships Superfinals always carry on an intrigue and are very interesting for amateurs and professionals because not only well-known chess stars take part in them, but also those athletes who have gained the right to participate through a number of qualification events. I am sure that young players will manage to assert themselves. Participation of repeated Russian champions Peter Svidler, Valentina Gunina, and Alisa Galliamova will give a special status to the event. It is wonderful that the tournament will take place in Saint Petersburg, which, by the way, hasn’t hosted the Russian Championship since 1998. I hope that a new member of the Chess in Museums programme – the State Museum of Political History of Russia – will be no less interesting for the spectators than Russian Museum, which hosted Alekhine Memorial in 2013 together with the Louvre.”

Line-up, men:

Peter Svidler, Vladimir Fedoseev, Maxim Matlakov, Nikita Vitiugov, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Ernesto Inarkiev, Vladimir Malakhov, Daniil Dubov, Alexander Riazantsev, Sanan Sjugirov, Sergey Volkov, and Evgeny Romanov.

Line-up, women:

Valentina Gunina, Olga Girya, Aleksandra Goryachkina, Natalija Pogonina, Alina Kashlinskaya, Alisa Galliamova, Anastasia Bodnaruk, Marina Nechaeva, Ekaterina Kovalevskaya, Polina Shuvalova, Evgenija Ovod, and Oksana Gritsayeva.

Total prize fund is 9,000,000 roubles.

Besides, the winners of men’s and women’s tournaments will also receive a special prize – a four-wheel-drive crossover Renault Kaptur. On May 31, 2016, Renault Russia company signed a partnership deal with the RCF. The papers were signed by Andrey Pankov, General Director of Renault Russia, and RCF President, Head Coach of the Russia men’s national chess team Andrey Filatov. According to the deal, Renault Kaptur became an official car of the Russian Chess Federation.

The tournaments are round-robin events with 11 rounds. Time control: 90 minutes for 40 moves + 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30 seconds increment for every move played starting from the move one. Chief arbiter is IA Igor Bolotinsky (Saint Petersburg).

Schedule: Opening ceremony: December 2. Playing days: December 3-7 and 9-14, rest day – December 8. Rounds start at 3 p.m., the last round begins at 1 p.m. Closing ceremony will start in 40 minutes after the end of the last game.

The tournament is a part of the Chess in Museums program, carried out by the RCF together with Timchenko Foundation since 2012. During this period, a number of high-level chess competitions were organized in museums: World Chess Championship 2012 took place in the Tretyakov Gallery, Alekhine Memorial – in Louvre (Paris) and Russian Museum (St. Petersburg), Russian Superfinals – in Rukavishnikov Estate (Nizhny Novgorod), State Art Museum of Tatarstan (Kazan), and the Novosibirsk State Museum of Local History, all-Russian Higher League competition – in Fort #5 (Kaliningrad), and the 10th Tal Memorial – in the Museum of Russian Impressionism.

On December 8, the participants will give simuls to young chess players. All chess events running under Chess in Museums project feature a special social program for a rest day, which primarily aims at children. Master-classes and simultaneous displays give chess fans a chance to meet their heroes in person, test their own chess ability, and sometimes even defeat a renowned grandmaster.

Press accreditation: Press officer of the Russian Chess Federation Eteri Kublashvili, e-mail kublashvili@yandex.ru.

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American Continental Rapid & Blitz Chess Championship

Chessdom - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 10:37

The American Continental Rapid & Blitz Chess Championship for 2017 will take place in Medellin, Colombia, from 14th-16th December.

The event is organized by Colombian Chess Federation with support of the Chess League of Antioquia. The playing venue is Atanasio Girardot Sports Complex.

The Championship is open to all chess players who represent the Federation listed as the member of the American continent in FIDE, regardless on the title and FIDE rating.

The Presidents of each Zone of America will have the right to choose two players who will represent their Zone on the Championship. These players will be free of charge for Accommodation and entry fee.

The registration should be done online and registration deadline is 12th of December. Before the deadline date, all the participants shall register for the event by sending an e-mail to the following addresses: torneosfecodaz@gmail.com or secre2013ligaantioquia@gmail.com.

The registration shall include the following information: Complete name and surname, Country, ID number, FIDE ID, Picture of small resolution, Date of birth, FIDE title.

American Continental Rapid Chess Championship will be played on 14th and 15th December while the Blitz Championship will take place on 16th of December.

The total prize fund for both events is 5.000 USD (3.000 USD for Rapid and 2.000 USD for Blitz Championship).

Rapid Chess Championship will be played in 11 rounds according to the Swiss system, with time control of 15 minutes for the whole game with an increment of 10 seconds per move, starting from the move one. The time control for the Blitz competition will be 3 minutes for the whole game with an increment of 2 seconds per move, starting from the move one.

For any questions or information, Tournament office can be contacted:

Norbey Rodríguez –
Phone: +57- 3156703900
Phone: 574-4340004 
E-mail: oficiales: secre2013ligaantioquia@gmail.com and ligadeajedrezdeantioquia2013@gmail.com

Official Regulations for the Championship can be downloaded here.

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FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar in Seoul, South Korea – Results

Chessdom - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 10:23

From 11 to 12 November 2017 a FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar was organized in Seoul, South Korea, by the Korean Chess Federation, in cooperation with the Asian Chess Federation and under auspices of FIDE.

The lecturer was IA Casto Abundo (PHI), FIDE Lecturer.

The venue of the Seminar was the University of Seoul. The lectures were in English language.

Thirty eight (38) people from South Korea participated in the Seminar and all of them participated in the examination test that was held after the end of the lectures.

The following succeeded in the test and will be awarded a norm for the FIDE Arbiter title and after the approval of the FIDE Presidential Board:

13201034 Ahn, Sungmin KOR M
13201727 Kang, Taehyung KOR M
13207539 Kim, Yunseo KOR M
13208853 Chung, Changwook KOR M
13201379 Choi, Ian KOR M
13209469 Yoon, Renee KOR F
13205200 Kim, Changhyung KOR M
13207245 Kim, Hannah KOR F
13200852 Byun Sungwon KOR F
13207873 Suh, Ethan Hojun KOR M
13206192 Lee, Jiyoon KOR F
13203207 Kim, Derek minwoo KOR M
13205102 Cho, Sungyun KOR M
13207920 Choi, Hojoon Jayden KOR M
13202847 Choe, Hyungjin KOR M
13203193 Maximilian Huh KOR M
13204343 Cho, Jaehan KOR M
13209493 Choi, Brandon KOR M
13202316 Kim, Yubin KOR F
13202308 Shin, Hyunggyu KOR M
13207989 Kim, Jaesung KOR M
13207229 Chung, Minche KOR M
13202073 Ju, Jessica KOR F
13203746 No, Jihyun KOR F
13207903 Kim, Herrie KOR F
13202650 Song, Gihoon KOR M
13207210 Yoon, Chanyoung KOR M
13204467 Kim, Doyeon KOR M
13207890 Kim, jaeyun KOR M

IA Takis Nikolopoulos
Chairman
FIDE Arbiters’ Commission

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56th CCA Internet based FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar

Chessdom - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 09:52

The Confederation for Chess of America is going to organize an Internet based FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar, from 12 to 17 December 2017, under the auspices of FIDE.

The Lecturer will be IA Santiago Garcia Ramos (MEX), FIDE Lecturer. The technical Organizer will be IA Jorge Vega Fernandez (GUA).

The lectures will be in Spanish language.

The Seminar will give FIDE Arbiter norms, according to the Regulations for the titles of the Arbiters.

For more detailed information please contact:
IA Santiago Garcia Ramos: santiagogarciaramos@gmail.com, santiagogarciaramos@hotmail.com
IA Jorge Vega Fernandez: rigel22@hotmail.com

IA Takis Nikolopoulos
Chairman
FIDE Arbiters’ Commission

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Israeli players hopeful to participate in World Rapid and Blitz Championships in Saudi Arabia

Chessdom - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 18:07

The World Chess Federation (FIDE) is undertaking a huge effort to include Israeli players in the King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Championships that take place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia between 26th and 30th December 2017.

Seven Israeli players hoping to attend the event have submitted visa requests, FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos told Reuters.

Should their visas be granted, it would mark the first time Saudi Arabia has publicly hosted Israelis.

“We have sent their documents to the organizers and the visa status is currently pending,” Makropoulos said. “The same applies for many other chess players who are waiting for their visa invitation letters. We are making a huge effort to ensure that all players get their visas.”

If the development is positive, this would be another historic breakthrough in regard to King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Championships. Earlier, FIDE has announced that female participants will not have to wear hijab or abaya during the games, a first for any sporting event in Saudi Arabia.

Magnus Carlsen (Norway), the highest-rated chess player in the world and World Champion in classical chess, as well as the incumbent World Rapid and Blitz Champions — Sergey Karjakin (Russia) and Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine), along with over 180 top grandmasters have confirmed their participation in Riyadh.

The four events offer a record total prize fund of US$2,000,000 with the Open events having individual prize funds of US$750,000 each and the women event having a prize fund of US$ 250,000 each.

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