Pia Cramling’s tournament

Chessdom - Sat, 08/25/2018 - 13:33

Pia Cramling

1–2th of September it’s time for Pia Cramling’s tournament in Stockholm.

Two parallell tournaments will be played – Pia Cramling’s Invitational tournament and Pia Cramling’s Ladies Open.

Pia Cramling’s Invitational tournament is a double round Berger with 4 players: Pia herself, IM Elisabeth Pähtz, IM Almira Skripchenko and GM Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant. The thinking time is 30 min + 10 sec.

Pia Cramling’s Ladies Open is an open tournament with 7 rounds played and with the same thinking time. Top rated are IM Harriet Hunt, WGM Dana Reizniece-Ozola and WGM Elmira Mirzoeva.

Live game with analysis will be provided daily with the best chess software competing in the Top Chess Engine Championship – Komodo, Houdini, and Stockfish.

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Garry Kasparov will play in the Champions Showdown Chess 960

Chessdom - Sat, 08/25/2018 - 13:24

The Saint Louis Chess Club will bring ten of the top chess players in the world, including legendary world champion Garry Kasparov, to play in the Champions Showdown this September. The matches will be played in Chess 960 style, also known as Fischer Random, with a $250,000 prize purse. The competition will include six rapid games and fourteen blitz games over the five days of play.

“Bringing this amount of talent to an event is a tribute to Saint Louis, the chess capital of the world,” said Garry Kasparov. “People will get to see chess champions battle it out in a nontraditional and exciting format that will challenge all competitors.”

Fischer random is a variant of chess created by Bobby Fischer in the late 1990s in which the pieces on the home rank are randomized. The 960 represents the number of possible starting positions. Players will not know the order of the home rank pieces until they arrive before the start of the round and will have to rely on their creativity in rapid and blitz games.

Player Matchups
Player URS Rating Player URS Rating
Garry Kasparov 2734 vs. Veselin Topalov 2722
Hikaru Nakamura 2812 vs. Peter Svidler 2758
Wesley So 2794 vs. Anish Giri 2763
Sam Shankland 2695 vs. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2796
Levon Aronian 2794 vs. Leinier Dominguez 2754

“This format of the unknown setup presents quite the challenge for even the top players in the world,” said Tony Rich, executive director of the Saint Louis Chess Club. “We will see some of the most interesting games as this format puts these players in positions they may never have seen before.”

Play will begin at 1 p.m. each day September 11-14 at the Saint Louis Chess Club and be broadcast live on uschesschamps.com.

About the Saint Louis Chess Club
The Saint Louis Chess Club is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that is committed to making chess an important part of our community. In addition to providing a forum for the community to play tournaments and casual games, the club also offers chess improvement classes, beginner lessons and special lectures.

Recognizing the cognitive and behavioral benefits of chess, the Saint Louis Chess Club is committed to supporting those chess programs that already exist in area schools while encouraging the development of new in-school and after-school programs.

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Russian Championship Superfinals Officially Opened in Satka

Chessdom - Sat, 08/25/2018 - 11:22

The Opening Ceremony of the Superfinals of 71st Russian men’s championship and 68th Russian women’s championship took place on August 24th in the Magnezit Palace of Culture in Satka, Chelyabinsk Region.

Boris Dubrovsky, Governor of the Chelyabinsk Region, Mark Glukhovsky, Executive Direcor of the Russian Chess Federation, and Maria Morozova, Director General of Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation, delivered speeches at the Opening Ceremony.

Chief arbiter IA Vladimir Staratorzhskiy held the drawing of lots. The players got the following starting numbers:


1. Dmitry Andreikin, 2. Mikhail Kobalia, 3. Dmitry Jakovenko, 4. Ian Nepomniachtchi, 5. Alexey Sarana, 6. Grigoriy Oparin, 7. Ernesto Inarkiev, 8. Daniil Dubov, 9. Nikita Vitiugov, 10. Evgeny Tomashevsky, 11. Vladimir Fedoseev, 12. Denis Khismatullin

Round 1 pairings:

Andreikin – Khismatullin, Kobalia – Fedoseev, Jakovenko – Tomashevsky, Nepomniachtchi – Vitiugov, Sarana – Dubov, Oparin – Inarkiev.

Live game with analysis will be provided daily with the best chess software competing in the Top Chess Engine Championship – Komodo, Houdini, and Stockfish.


1. Anastasia Bodnaruk, 2. Oksana Gritsayeva, 3. Alisa Galliamova, 4. ValentinaGunina, 5. AlinaKashlinskaya, 6. ElenaTomilova, 7. NatalijaPogonina, 8. Aleksandra Goryachkina, 9. Anastasiya Protopopova, 10. Alexandra Kosteniuk, 11. Olga Girya, 12. Polina Shuvalova

Round 1 pairings:

Badnaruk – Shuvalova, Gritsayeva – Girya, Galliamova – Kosteniuk, Gunina – Protopopova, Kashlinskaya – Goryachkina, Tomilova – Pogonina

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First Division of the Top Chess Engine Championship starts

Chessdom - Fri, 08/24/2018 - 17:08

The First Division of the Top Chess Engine Championship starts today at 22:00 CEST, live on the official website and the Twitch TV channel. The six seeded participants will be Jonny, Chiron, Laser, Fizbo, Booot, and Fritz. They will be joined by the Div 2 winner Ethereal and the runner up ChessBrainVB.

Version updates for First Division

Laser, Booot, and Chiron will play First Division with upgraded version and additional ELO points in their favor. Jonny, Fritz and Fizbo will feature the same versions as last season. The newcomers Ethereal and ChessBrainVB also rely on their versions form the previous division, where they outclassed the competition.

More about S13 of TCEC: Full participants list / Leela Chess Zero wins TCEC Div 4 / Ethereal wins TCEC Div 3 / Ethereal wins TCEC Div 2

Ethereal enters this division as a favorite one more time, after having smashed through opposition in Division 3 and Division 2. Bonus test games after its last victory showed that Ethereal is still slightly below Stockfish 8 as strength, but it managed to take a decisive game from the Season 9 champion. That would put it as a clear favorite to qualify for the Premier Division, but first it has to prove its abilities against seasoned participants like Jonny, Fritz and Fizbo, and also against actively developed and ambitious engines like Laser, Booot, and Chiron. Adding to the mix ChessBrainVB which will be even stronger due to the longer time control makes the upcoming First Division the most unpredictable computer chess event of the year so far.

Interview with the author of Ethereal – Andrew Grant

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Francophone Chess Championship 2018

Chessdom - Fri, 08/24/2018 - 14:45

The 6th edition of Francophone Chess Championship 2018 will be held in Tirana – Albania from 25 August- 2 September under the “High Patronage of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie”.
The playing Hall is at National History Museum.
Accomodation is at Tirana International Hotel 4*.
The tournament will be 9 Rounds Swiss System with 10500 euros price fund.
147 players are expected to take part.

Live game with analysis will be provided daily with the best chess software competing in the Top Chess Engine Championship – Komodo, Houdini, and Stockfish.

Starting list

1 Mastrovasilis Dimitrios
2 Dervishi Erald
3 Nikolaidis Ioannis
4 Godena Michele
5 Aloma Vidal Robert
6 Fawzy Adham
7 Godart Francois
8 Miralles Gilles
9 Sanduleac Vasile
10 Saraci Nderim
11 Hesham Abdelrahman
12 Villegas Pierre
13 Mehmeti Dritan
14 Pasko Llambi
15 Zaibi Amir
16 Ashiku Franc
17 Seitaj Ilir
18 Berend Fred
19 Sochacki Wojtek
20 Sadek Sameh
21 Boshku Harallamb
22 Ralison Milanto Harifidy
23 Dardha Daniel
24 Berend Elvira
25 Dardha Arben
26 Rama Lorenc
27 De Marchi Olivier
28 Dornbusch Tatiana
29 El Jawich Amro
30 Maisuradze Nino
31 Cela Shkelqim
32 Mohammad Fahim
33 Ermeni Avni
34 Bregu Riza
35 Scripcaru George-Daniel
36 Uruci Endrit
37 Nelis Jean-Francois
38 Garcia Paolicchi Raul
39 Zouaoui Mohamed
40 Wafa Shrook
41 Jicman Ligia-Letitia
42 Alishani Ibrahim
43 Budakova Taulant
44 Shabanaj Saimir
45 Veleshnja Zino
46 Soubirou Oriane
47 Tare Marenglen
48 Rodmacq Clement
49 De Sallier Francois
50 Lacrosse Marc
51 Mihasi Lime
52 Alimadhi Ilir
53 Van Hoolandt Patrick
54 Pasku Sotir
55 Moaataz Ayah
56 Manan Yoboue Hermann
57 Bytyqi Gzim
58 Zenuni Albert
59 Qorri Fatmir
60 Bouton Christophe
61 Veleshnja Ajet
62 Bedalli Erind
63 Taleb Mohamed Ahmed
64 Shabanaj Eglantina
65 Hoxha Altin
66 Koch Alain
67 Gjergji Rozana
68 Masha Rexhep
69 Li Yilin
70 Bushi Edmond
71 Mihasi Erald
72 Aw Ousmane
73 Farnault Eric
74 Ouadi Wahbi
75 Avdiu Nysret
76 Ghanem Al Shamari
77 Kastrati Labinot
78 Tashi Josif
79 Tuzi Bruna
80 Grabova Ervin
81 Dashi Vasillaq
82 Bajraktari Besnik
83 Kurmekaj Jetmir
84 Bongo Akanga Ndjila Barthelemy
85 Caushi Alket
86 Ebongue Emile
87 Yzeiraj Diamant
88 Besseghier Stephane
89 Shabanaj Lefter
90 Shuqja Klean
91 Salihaj Lambion
92 Botsoe Koffi
93 Salih Al Hor
94 Vasili Marinel
95 Hoxha Agim
96 Lila Also
97 Salihaj Ferit
98 Fragkos Vasileios
99 Vladi Denis
100 Kerciku Suzana
101 Isufi Elisa
102 Guissou Clement
103 Labadie Bernard
104 Lutfija Klind
105 Al-Saadi Ali
106 Roman Sylvian
107 Guri Adrian
108 Ouedraogo S Arnaud J D
109 L`herbon De Lussats Jean
110 Guri Robert
111 Ramaj Ergit
112 Boci Petro
113 Qojle Albion
114 Masson Wally
115 Lognos Lina
116 Kote Aleks
117 Cani Dejvi
118 Boudet Nicole
119 Cani Armando
120 Cela Krojf
121 Cota Anja
122 Daka Ermir
123 Daniel Isteri
124 Elshani And
125 Isteri Marin
126 Kadouno Drissa
127 Kaleshi Patrik
128 Kamberi Rugeus
129 Kola Elazar
130 Kola Elvis
131 Konomi Gloria
132 Kuci Jorik
133 Likollari Edlir
134 Mabrouk Fethi
135 Muhja Safet
136 Preza Agim
137 Prohaska Toni
138 Protoduari Adri
139 Protoduari Ledion
140 Qerimi Aron
141 Sakhnovsky Abraham
142 Velkid Subashi
143 Xhembulla Aleksander
144 Oltion Vata
145 Asllani Muhamet
146 Zeka Isa
147 Alliu Arbi

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Sinquefield Cup Recap – Round 5

Chessdom - Thu, 08/23/2018 - 13:15

There were no changes in the standings after a peaceful day in Saint Louis. For the first time in the tournament, all the games ended in draws but it wasn’t for the lack of trying. Both Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura had excellent chances to score a full point but vigilant defense was the theme of the day. At the end of the day, five players still remain tied for first place as the first half of the tournament is in the books. Tomorrow is a day off, an important point that can make or break the tournament. After the rest day, the players are expected to return rejuvenated and ready for long battles, as the fight for first place continues.

Nakamura – Mamedyarov ½-½

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov essayed the Tarrasch Defense, an unusual choice that has been tried by his countryman and second Rauf Mamedov several times. Nakamura played a novelty on move 11, veering the game toward unknown territory. After few inaccuracies, Mamedyarov found himself in an unpleasant position even though he felt optimistic about it. Two moves before reaching the first time control, the American threw away his advantage due to a tactical miscalculation. Both players looked disappointed and disgusted with the turn of events. While it is understandable why Nakamura was unhappy about his blunder, Mamedyarov explained that he wanted to continue the game and was disappointed by Nakamura’s choice of liquidating and thus forcing a draw.

Carlsen vs So ½-½

“Today is one of those days where you have to say well done, good defense” – Magnus Carlsen in his postgame interview. The World Champion did not play the most challenging line against the Tarrasch Defense, but Wesley So still had some problems he needed to solve. Carlsen missed an opportunity pointed out by Russian commentator Peter Svidler which would have allowed him to win a pawn. The variation he chose miraculously worked tactically for the American who allowed his opponent’s pawn to reach all the way to the 7th rank. So played the most precise moves for a long period of time in order to force a perpetual and escape unscathed.

Karjakin vs Grischuk ½-½

The all Russian matchup was a theoretical discussion in a topical line of the Berlin Defense. The game was reminiscent of the one between Vachier-Lagrave and So from two days ago as Karjakin executed a similar idea to the Frenchman’s by exchanging his e pawn with the c7 pawn. The pawn exchange was the beginning of the liquidation of the position that lead into a drawn bishop endgame. It appeared that both players were satisfied with the result of the game as Karjakin is still recovering from his first two losses, while Grischuk remains on top of the cross table.

Vachier-Lagrave vs Caruana ½-½

At first glance, this game might have looked like a typical quiet game in the Petroff Defense, but there was more than met the eye! Caruana stayed loyal to his pet line, which served him well before. Vachier-Lagrave was quite pleased with the outcome of the opening, sharing in the confessional booth that he did not see counter play for his opponent but felt sure that Caruana would find it regardless. Caruana was under pressure with the black pieces but did not think it was anything catastrophic. In the postgame interview, he shared all the sharp lines that needed to be calculated in order for him to earn the half a point.

Aronian – Anand ½-½

The uneventful game ended in the first hour. Levon Aronian chose his favorite variation in the Queen’s Gambit but was not able to gain any advantage with the white pieces. Anand proved once again that he is one of the best prepared players by playing a novelty that immediately equalized the position by forcing white to exchange the pieces. A draw was agreed in an opposite color bishop ending with each side having three pawns.

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