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26th Troya International Open 2018

Chessdom - Fri, 08/03/2018 - 23:40

26th Troya International Open will be held in Çanakkale from 6 to 11 August.
The venue will be Univercity Student Social Event Center. It will be 9 round Swiss.
The tournament will be divided in 3 sections. 357 players are expected in all events.

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Date Time Statement
04 August 2018
Saturday 18:00 Deadline for Application
06 August 2018
Monday
09:00 Start of Registration Verification
14:00 Deadline for Registration Verification
14:30 Announcement of List of Players
15:00 Deadline for Appeal to the List of Players
15:30 Technical Meeting
16:30 Announcement of Pairings
16:45 Opening Ceremony
17:00 1st Round
07 August 2018
Tuesday
10:00 2nd Round
16:00 3rd Round
08 August 2018
Wednesday
10:00 4th Round
16:00 5th Round
09 August 2018
Thursday
10:00 6th Round
16:00 7th Round
10 August 2018
Friday 10:00 8th Round
11 August 2018
Saturday
10:00 9th Round
16:00 Closing Ceremony

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27th Kavala International Open 2018

Chessdom - Fri, 08/03/2018 - 23:26

Kavala

The 27th Kavala International Open is a 9-round Swii tournamnt taking place from 5-11 August 208 at the Foyer of Prefecture Amphitheatre in Kavala, Greece and is organized by the Kavala Chess Club and East Macedonia & Thrace Chess Union. Players receive 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, then 30 minutes for the rest of the game plus 30 seconds per move starting from move 1.
141 players are expected.

Four groups according to FIDE Rating – Group A : Rtg > 1800 (women>1750)
Group B : Rating < 2000 (Players with Rating between 1800 - 1999 have the right of choice to participate
either in the First or Second Group) -- Group C : Rating < 1200 -- Group D : Born after 1-1-2010
SCHEDULE of GAMES
1st Round Sunday 5 August 16:30 h 6th Round Wednesday 8 August 17:00 h
2nd Round Monday 6 August 10:00 h 7th Round Thursday 9 August 16:30 h
3rd Round Monday 6 August 17:00 h 8th Round Friday 10 August 16:30 h
4th Round Tuesday 7 August 16:30 h 9th Round Saturday 11 August 10:00 h
5th Round Wednesday 8 August 10:00 h Closing Ceremony Saturday 11 August 15:30 h.

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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11th Arad International Chess Festival 2018

Chessdom - Fri, 08/03/2018 - 23:19

Arad Culture Palace

The 11th Arad International Chess Festival is a 9-round Swiss open taking place from 5-12 August 2018 in the Continental Hotel in Arad, Rumania. The event is organised by the Vados Chess Club Arad. Players receive 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 15 minutes for the rest plus 30 seconds per player per move starting from move 1.
256 players are expected. The top seeded are GM Kiril Georgiev, GM Dimitrios Mastrovasilis, GM Konstantin Tarlev etc…

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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22nd HZ Chess Tournament 2018

Chessdom - Fri, 08/03/2018 - 23:13

The 22nd Hogeschool Zeeland Tournament is a 9-round Swiss open taking place in Vlissingen, the Netherlands, from 4-11 August 2018. The time control is 90 minutes for 40 moves followed by 30 minutes to the end of the game, with a 30-second increment from move 1.
247 players are expected. The top seeded are GM Sandro Mareco, GM Eduard Iturrizaga Bonelli, ,GM Jorden Van Foreest, etc…

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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Abu Dhabi Chess Festival 2018

Chessdom - Fri, 08/03/2018 - 22:48

Abu Dhabi Chess & Culture Club is organizing the Abu Dhabi chess festival in cooperation with Abu Dhabi Sports Council and under the Patronage of H.H Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan from 6-16th August in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the UAE.

1. Masters Tournament:
Open to all FIDE rated players with standard rating of 2100 ELO and above. Tournament will be a 9 rounds Swiss system, time control 90 min for each player and 30 seconds increment for each. 30-minute tolerance will be applied.
Top prizes: $13000 $7,500 $5,500 $3,500 $2000 $1500 $1000 $800 $700 $600

2. Open Tournament:
Open for players rated 2000 ELO and below. The tournament will be a 9 rounds Swiss system, time control 90 min for each player and 30 seconds increment for each move. 30-minute tolerance will be applied.
Top prizes: $2000 $1500 $1200 $1000 $800 $500 $400

3. Juniors Tournament (U16):
Open for players born in 2002 or later. The tournament will be a 9 rounds Swiss system, time control 70 min for each player for the whole game. 30-minute tolerance will be applied.
Top prizes: $1500 $1000 $700 $500 $400 $300. Also prizes for sections U8, U10, U12 and U14.

4. Blitz tournament:
Swiss system, 11 rounds, 3 min + 2 sec increment. Entry fees AED 100 (US$ 27). GM, IM with standard Ello Above 2400 and WGM are exempted.

5. Simultaneous exhibition:
Held by a renowned international GM. Free Registration

6. Homeland protector’s tournament:
Open to members of military and police and national service. Swiss system, 7 rounds, 15 min. If there are 10 or less teams participating, the tournament will be a round robin. Free Registration.

7. Family Team Tournament:
Swiss system, 7 rounds, 15 min. Open to teams of 2 players (player + one of the parents). If there are 10 or less teams participating, the tournament will be a round robin. Free Registration.

Chess Festival Site

25th Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival – Masters:

1 GM Le Quang Liem VIE 2727
2 GM Rapport Richard HUN 2718
3 GM Cheparinov Ivan GEO 2717
4 GM Wang Hao CHN 2711
5 GM Fedoseev Vladimir RUS 2706
6 GM Dubov Daniil RUS 2690
7 GM Amin Bassem EGY 2683
8 GM Sargissian Gabriel ARM 2680
9 GM Sjugirov Sanan RUS 2677
10 GM Korobov Anton UKR 2662
11 GM Short Nigel D ENG 2659
12 GM Morozevich Alexander RUS 2656
13 GM Akopian Vladimir ARM 2655
14 GM Kravtsiv Martyn UKR 2653
15 GM Parligras Mircea-Emilian ROU 2644
16 GM Maghsoodloo Parham IRI 2636
17 GM Salem A.R. Saleh UAE 2635
18 GM Adly Ahmed EGY 2634
19 GM Lupulescu Constantin ROU 2619
20 GM Vocaturo Daniele ITA 2617
21 GM Gupta Abhijeet IND 2613
22 GM Petrosian Tigran L. ARM 2610
23 GM Karthikeyan Murali IND 2609
24 GM Jumabayev Rinat KAZ 2608
25 GM Andersen Mads DEN 2601
26 GM Idani Pouya IRI 2599
27 GM Tabatabaei M.Amin IRI 2590
28 GM Pantsulaia Levan GEO 2587
29 GM Jojua Davit GEO 2582
30 GM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. IND 2581
31 GM Narayanan.S.L IND 2574
32 GM Istratescu Andrei ROU 2573
33 GM Yuffa Daniil RUS 2569
34 GM Fier Alexandr BRA 2560
35 GM Firouzja Alireza IRI 2560
36 IM Nihal Sarin IND 2555
37 GM Bernadskiy Vitaliy UKR 2544
38 GM Abdusattorov Nodirbek UZB 2538
39 GM Debashis Das IND 2538
40 GM Aryan Chopra IND 2536
41 GM Kadric Denis BIH 2536
42 GM Shyam Sundar M. IND 2526
43 GM Lalith Babu M R IND 2519
44 FM Erigaisi Arjun IND 2517
45 GM Vishnu Prasanna. V IND 2516
46 GM Puranik Abhimanyu IND 2514
47 IM Kuybokarov Temur UZB 2499
48 IM Saduakassova Dinara KAZ 2494
49 IM Sindarov Javokhir UZB 2488
50 GM Swapnil S. Dhopade IND 2485
51 GM Kunte Abhijit IND 2484
52 IM Iniyan P IND 2464
53 IM Vignesh N R IND 2463
54 IM Harsha Bharathakoti IND 2454
55 IM Nguyen Anh Khoi VIE 2453
56 GM Laxman R.R. IND 2448
57 IM Nitin S. IND 2448
58 CM Gukesh D IND 2440
59 IM Halvax Georg AUT 2437
60 FM Raja Rithvik R IND 2436
61 IM Prithu Gupta IND 2434
62 GM Sundararajan Kidambi IND 2432
63 IM Labib Ibrahim Hasan EGY 2425
64 IM Mammadzada Gunay AZE 2425
65 FM Sadhwani Raunak IND 2424
66 IM Ikeda Junta AUS 2419
67 IM Akash G IND 2410
68 IM Raghunandan Kaumandur Srihari IND 2404
69 GM Jonkman Harmen NED 2403
70 IM Dimakiling Oliver PHI 2401
71 Muthaiah Al IND 2391
72 Arjun Kalyan IND 2390
73 IM Krishna Teja N IND 2389
74 IM Rakesh Kumar Jena IND 2385
75 GM Raetsky Alexander RUS 2380
76 FM Anand Nadar IND 2377
77 IM Kathmale Sameer IND 2366
78 WGM Soumya Swaminathan IND 2361
79 Wagh Suyog IND 2356
80 Kulkarni Chinmay IND 2355
81 WGM Rapport Jovana SRB 2354
82 IM Omar Noaman UAE 2353
83 WGM Tokhirjonova Gulrukhbegim UZB 2350
84 FM Rathanvel V S IND 2348
85 FM Samhouri A. JOR 2348
86 Saravana Krishnan P. IND 2347
87 FM Aliyev Ravan AZE 2346
88 IM Sidhant Mohapatra IND 2339
89 IM Ahmad Al Khatib JOR 2336
90 IM Padmini Rout IND 2336
91 CM Zuo Yifan CHN 2333
92 Koustav Chatterjee IND 2325
93 FM Mithil Ajgaonkar IND 2318
94 CM Aronyak Ghosh IND 2318
95 FM Kigigha Bomo NGR 2317
96 Sammed Jaykumar Shete IND 2314
97 WGM Kulkarni Bhakti IND 2312
98 WIM Eric Jovana SRB 2307
99 Sankalp Gupta IND 2304
100 WGM Gomes Mary Ann IND 2303
101 FM Hamidi Amir Mohammad IRI 2299
102 CM Karthik Kumar Pradeep IND 2295
103 FM Salem Ghuloom UAE 2293
104 FM Shailesh Dravid IND 2290
105 Daneshvar Bardiya IRI 2290
106 WGM Hejazipour Mitra IRI 2285
107 Patil Pratik IND 2280
108 Raahul V S IND 2277
109 IM Sharma Dinesh K. IND 2274
110 CM Kushagra Mohan IND 2270
111 IM Mohota Nisha IND 2268
112 AGM Jubin Jimmy IND 2267
113 WIM Nandhidhaa Pv IND 2266
114 Aaryan Varshney IND 2260
115 Pranav Anand IND 2260
116 WIM Alinasab Mobina IRI 2259
117 AGM Krishnater Kushager IND 2256
118 WIM Srija Seshadri IND 2255
119 Navalgund Niranjan IND 2255
120 Rayes Abdul Kader SYR 2242
121 Dixit Nikhil IND 2240
122 Pranavananda V IND 2232
123 Pranav V IND 2227
124 WIM Vantika Agrawal IND 2225
125 FM Gajwa Ankit IND 2223
126 FM Dushyant Sharma IND 2221
127 WIM Parnali S Dharia IND 2218
128 Samant Aditya S IND 2216
129 WFM Varshini V IND 2205
130 Bhambure Shantanu IND 2194
131 Sahil Tickoo IND 2192
132 WIM Mahalakshmi M IND 2177
133 WFM Divya Deshmukh IND 2172
134 Adnan Habib CAN 2171
135 CM Mendonca Leon Luke IND 2167
136 Senthil Maran K IND 2167
137 FM Srinivasa Rao M. IND 2160
138 WIM Pujari Rucha IND 2159
139 Esenbek Uulu Ilimbek KGZ 2159
140 FM Thompson Ian D ENG 2156
141 Ajay Karthikeyan IND 2156
142 WIM Michelle Catherina P IND 2153
143 WIM Ivana Maria Furtado IND 2146
144 Moayed Obied JOR 2146
145 Sarvesh Kumar A IND 2145
146 WCM Isha Sharma IND 2144
147 IM Sultan Ibrahim UAE 2140
148 FM Jeet Jain IND 2136
149 FM Al Hosani Omran UAE 2135
150 AGM Srihari L R IND 2135
151 Hakobyan Eduard ARM 2134
152 FM Villanueva Nelson PHI 2133
153 Bartakke Amardeep S. IND 2133
154 Byron Alan M ENG 2132
155 WCM Song Yuxin CHN 2126
156 Pranav Shetty IND 2124
157 Mortel Marlon PHI 2123
158 FM Al-Hajiri Bader KUW 2120
159 Priyanka K IND 2106
160 Mayank Pal IND 2100
161 WFM Salonika Saina IND 2069
162 Panda Sambit IND 2043
163 Polakhare Aryan IND 1957
164 CM Al-Zaabi Sultan UAE 1945

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FIDE Forward campaign website launched: Press Release

Chessdom - Fri, 08/03/2018 - 21:31

Dear chess friends,

As the FIDE elections of 3 October are approaching, we are pleased to announce the launch of our “FIDE Forward” campaign website. Together with our social media accounts, it will be our main tool for direct communication with all FIDE delegates and for promoting the principles and values of our team.

On the 4th of July the three competing tickets were announced by FIDE, together with the list of Federation Presidents that nominated each ticket. The numbers confirm what is already known within our organization and the international chess community: that National Chess Federations do not tolerate the practice of “Money for Control” and instead opt for our main principle of “Dignity Above Money”.

The federations nominating each candidate were as follows on 4 July:

Ticket of Georgios Makropoulos - 64 federation presidents
Ticket of Arkady Dvorkovich - 13 federation presidents
Ticket of Nigel Short - 6 federation presidents

We are in the pleasant position to confirm that today, 26 July, the number of federations nominating our ticket has increased to more than 80 and we are confident that we will win the elections in the first round!

As expected, our opponents, some chess websites and the Russian press tried to downplay the significance of our public support and even eliminated it completely from their reports. The Russian Chess Federation took this practice to an extreme and mentioned only that the Russian candidate was nominated by 13 federations, conveniently omitting to mention our 64 nominations!

The overwhelming support that we have received forced Arkady Dvorkovich to go to any lengths to try and carry out the order he has been given from the Kremlin: to bring FIDE under Russian control at any cost. Suddenly we learn about invitations to the football World Cup for certain delegates from Africa, with expenses paid of course. There have been offers of free charter flights for African and delegations from the Americas to the Chess Olympiad, African chess forums are full of talk about 100’000 euros for “buying African dreams”.

We have seen numerous interventions of Russian government officials and ambassadors demanding support for Dvorkovich and pressing National Olympic Committees and Ministries of other countries. This is of course major interference by a foreign government in the internal affairs of national sport federations, and in the election process of an independent international organization, and it will be dealt with soon as it is a clear violation of IOC and FIDE principles.

What is at stake today is the political and financial independence of FIDE from any foreign government. Arkady Dvorkovich is the continuation of the old practice “Money for Control” and, unfortunately, FIDE today is in danger of becoming the tool of a certain government for achieving its geopolitical aims which have nothing to do with chess.

During the last two years, with Georgios Makropoulos as acting President, we have proven that FIDE can evolve into a stable and healthy organization. The reserve funds of FIDE have reached a high of 1.7 million euros through our hard work and commitment and by the end of the year we expect that the reserve funds will reach to 2.2 million euros. The whole Presidential and Executive Board of FIDE as well as the members of the FIDE Forward ticket have proven their integrity by turning their back to the “Money for Control” logic and taking all the right decisions to keep FIDE financially healthy and independent.

Unfortunately, as always, after Arkady Dvorkovich announced his candidacy, there are a few that have followed the smell of easy money, and try to secure financial deals for themselves. There are announcements on the internet which call for “negotiating” votes and other shady acts. These people are the same who were hoping that our team would be honest (and we are!) so they can be dishonest and negotiate their own improper deals.

We will remain honest until the end and we will fight for, and secure, the financial and political independence of FIDE so that each and every delegate will be proud to be a member of our organization. This is our dream and you cannot buy dreams, you should work for them!

The FIDE Forward team

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Spectacular London Venue Announced for FIDE World Chess Championship Match 2018

Chessdom - Fri, 08/03/2018 - 20:51

World Chess and FIDE are pleased to announce The College, a breath-taking historic building in the heart of London as the venue for the FIDE World Chess Championship Match 2018.

The 10,000 square foot space in Holborn will host 400 people each day to see Magnus Carlsen defend his world title against US challenger Fabiano Caruana. The much-anticipated match will be held in London from 9th to 28th November.

Ticket prices range from £45 to £100, with over 4,500 fans already registering for pre-order on TicketMaster and worldchess.com. All ticket holders will automatically receive premium digital access to the whole tournament and will be able to follow the games live as if they were in the room with the Grandmasters.

The organisers, with the ambition of making chess one of the world’s most popular spectator sports, are curating a phenomenal experience for fans coming to watch the games live: a dramatic venue, limited edition merchandise and the opportunity to meet the Grandmasters. Spectators will also be able to view the after-game press conferences and listen live to commentary by the world’s biggest chess stars and experts.

Ilya Merenzon, CEO, World Chess, said: “We know there are millions of chess fans in the UK – this is their chance to witness a battle of the world’s greatest minds. There will also be an influx of Norwegians heading to London to support Magnus. You’ll be hearing a lot of Norwegian accents in Covent Garden in November! The fact that an American is playing, for the first time in almost 50 years, will certainly make it a must-watch clash in the US!”

Those following the games online will also be catered for; they will be able to watch the moves for free on worldchess.com, the official broadcasting platform. They can also sign up for a $20 premium account, giving fans access to multi-camera views, commentary, behind-the-scenes footage, the opportunity to ask questions during press conferences and more. A portion of the digital revenue will be set to aside increase the prize fund from a guaranteed EUR 1,000,000.

The 2016 Championship took place in New York with the total audience for the event reaching a record-breaking 1.5 billion people. For the first time in decades, the World Chess crown may return to America in 2018 after Brooklyn-born Caruana won the Candidates Tournament in Berlin and earned the right to fight Carlsen for the Championship title.

The College provides an appropriate venue for the pinnacle of the world’s oldest game – its retained a number of authentic Victorian features including furnishing, marble reception areas and a show-stopping glass-dome roof.

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Qualifiers for FIDE Women’s World Championship 2018

Chessdom - Fri, 08/03/2018 - 20:48

FIDE is publishing the player’s contract for the Women’s World Chess Championship 2018 to be held in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia from November 1st to November 24.

The qualified players are expected to fax or email scanned the original document of their signed contract to the FIDE Secretariat’s fax number +30 2109212859 or email office@fide.com no later than midnight of Thursday, 16 August 2018.

FIDE is also publishing the initial list of qualifiers as per regulations. The full technical regulations of the event are on the FIDE handbook.

QUALIFIERS for the WORLD WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP 2018

a) From World Women’s Championship 2016
01. Tan Zhongyi (CHN) – Winner 2016
02. Muzychuk Anna (UKR) – Runner up
03. Harika Dronavalli (IND) – Semifinalist
04. Kosteniuk Alexandra (RUS) – Semifinalist

b) From average Rating List 2/2017 to 1/2018
05. Hou Yifan (CHN) 2664.41
06. Ju Wenjun (CHN) 2580.75
07. Gunina Valentina (RUS) 2507.25
08. Lei Tingjie (CHN) 2507.16
09. Zhao Xue (CHN) 2490.25

c) World Girl Junior Champions 2016-2017:
10. Saduakassova Dinara (KAZ) World Junior G20 Champion 2016
11. Abdumalik Zhansaya (KAZ) World Junior G20 Champion 2017

d) 28 players from European Women Championships 2016 & 2017
12. Ushenina Anna (UKR) 2016
13. Vega Gutierrez Sabrina (ESP) 2016
14. Stefanova Antoaneta (FID) 2016
15. Mkrtchian Lilit (ARM) 2016
16. Paehtz Elisabeth (GER) 2016
17. Atalik Ekaterina (TUR) 2016
18. Bodnaruk Anastasia (RUS) 2016
19. Zawadzka Jolanta (POL) 2016
20. Javakhishvili Lela (GEO) 2016
21. Matnadze Ana (ESP) 2016
22. Shvayger Yuliya (ISR) 2016
23. Goryachkina Aleksandra (RUS) 2016
24. Arakhamia-Grant Ketevan (SCO) 2016
25. Khukhashvili Sopiko (GEO) 2016
26. Dzagnidze Nana (GEO) 2017
27. Galliamova Alisa (RUS) 2017
28. Lagno Kateryna (RUS) 2017
29. Muzychuk Mariya (UKR) 2017
30. Socko Monika (POL) 2017
31. Danielian Elina (ARM) 2017
32. Nechaeva Marina (RUS) 2017
33. Khotenashvili Bela (GEO) 2017
34. Zhukova Natalia (UKR) 2017
35. Pogonina Natalija (RUS) 2017
36. Hoang Thanh Trang (HUN) 2017
37. Gara Anita (HUN) 2017
38. Gaponenko Inna (UKR) 2017
39. Kashlinskaya Alina (RUS) 2017

e) 8 players from Americas
40. Cori T., Deysi (PER) (Continental 2016)
41. Miranda Llanes, Yerisbel (CUB) (Continental 2017)
42. Aliaga Fernandez, Ingrid Y (PER) (Continental 2017)
43. Foisor Sabina-Francesca (USA) (Zone 2.1)
44. Paikidze Nazi (USA) (Zone 2.1)
45. Ouellet, Maili-Jade (CAN) (Zone 2.2)
46. Vazquez Maccarini, Danitza (PUR) (Zone 2.3)
47. Lujan, Carolina (ARG) (Zone 2.5)

f) 12 players from Asia/Oceania
48. Kuilkarni Bhakthid (IND) (Continental 2016)
49. Nakhbayeva Guliskhan (KAZ) (Continental 2017)
50. Alinasab Mobina (IRI) (Zone 3.1)
51. Hamid Rani (BAN) (Zone 3.2)
52. Vo Thi Kim Phung (VIE) (Zone 3.3)
53. Tokhirjonova Gulrukhbegim (UZB) (Zone 3.4)
54. Zhai Mo (CHN) (Zone 3.5)
55. Ni Shiqun (CHN) (Zone 3.5)
56. Zhu Jineer (CHN) (Zone 3.5)
57. Sun Fanghui (CHN) (Zone 3.5)
58. Timergazi, Layla (NZL) (Zone 3.6)
59. Padmini Rout (IND) (Zone 3.7)

g) 3 players from Africa
60. Wafa Shahenda (EGY) (Continental 2017)
61. Toubal Hayat (ALG) (Continental 2017)
62. February Jesse Nikki (RSA) (Continental 2017)

h) 2 nominees by FIDE
63. To be announced
64. To be announced

TOTAL: 64 players

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Cellavision Chess Cup 2018

Chessdom - Fri, 08/03/2018 - 20:08

The Cellavision Chess Cup is an 8-round Swiss tournament taking place from 3-5 August 2018 in Lund, Sweden. It starts off with four Rapid games with a time control of 15 minutes for the entire game, plus a 5-second increment starting from move one, followed by four classical games with 90 minutes per game and a 30-second increment. In parallel with CellaVision Chess Cup the Small CellaVision Chess Cup is open for players with elo rating below 1600.
185 players are taking part in the main event.

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European Senior Chess Championship 2018

Chessdom - Fri, 08/03/2018 - 19:47

The European Senior Chess Championship will be held in Drammen, Norway from August 3 (day of arrival) until August 13 (day of departure) 2018. The tournament will be held in Scandic Ambassadeur, a traditional hotel along the Drammen river, next to the Drammen Fjord, and within short distance of Oslo. This hotel is only 50 meters from the train station with great connection possibilities to Oslo and Oslo Airport.

Schedule
Date Day Time Program
August 3 Friday Arrival
August 3 Friday 14.00-20.00 Registration
August 4 Saturday 09.00-14.00 Registration
10.00 Players Meeting
14.30 Opening Ceremony
15.00 Round 1
August 5 Sunday 15.00 Round 2
August 6 Monday 15.00 Round 3
August 7 Tuesday 15.00 Round 4
August 8 Wednesday 15.00 Round 5
August 9 Thursday 15.00 Round 6
August 10 Friday 15.00 Round 7
August 11 Saturday 15.00 Round 8
August 12 Sunday 15.00 Round 9
20.00 Closing Ceremony
August 13 Monday Departure

Participation

The European Senior Chess Championship is open to all players representing ECU Chess Federations which comprise European Chess Union (FIDE zones 1.1 to 1.10) who have been born in the year 1968 or earlier, regardless of their title or rating. There is also no limit in the number of participants per federation. Applications have to be sent by the National federations or to be approved by the National federations.

In accordance with the ECU tournament rule the Championship will be played in two categories: one for those who shall have reached the age of 50 (category SENIOR 50+), and one for those who shall have reached the age of 65 (category SENIOR 65+).
Players who have reached the age of 65 by the 31st December 2018 are allowed to participate in the category SENIOR 50+ if they request it. In each age category an Open and a Women’s competition is organized. There is also no limit of participants per federation.

System and rate of play
The championship is based on Swiss system in accordance with the ECU Tournament Rules and FIDE Rules of Chess. The playing time will be 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move 1.
Women tournament will be played separately. If in total the women participants are less than nine they will play in the Open tournaments with separate prizes.

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Qualifiers for FIDE Women's World Championship 2018

FIDE - Fri, 08/03/2018 - 10:42



FIDE is publishing the player's contract for the Women's World Chess Championship 2018 to be held in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia from November 1st to November 24.

The qualified players are expected to fax or email scanned the original document of their signed contract to the FIDE Secretariat's fax number +30 2109212859 or email office@fide.com no later than midnight of Thursday, 16 August 2018.

FIDE is also publishing the initial list of qualifiers as per regulations. The full technical regulations of the event are on the FIDE handbook.

2018 WOMEN'S WCC PLAYER'S CONTRACT (pdf)


QUALIFIERS for the WORLD WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP 2018


a) From World Women’s Championship 2016
01. Tan Zhongyi (CHN) - Winner 2016
02. Muzychuk Anna (UKR) - Runner up
03. Harika Dronavalli (IND) - Semifinalist
04. Kosteniuk Alexandra (RUS) - Semifinalist

b) From average Rating List 2/2017 to 1/2018
05. Hou Yifan (CHN) 2664.41
06. Ju Wenjun (CHN) 2580.75
07. Gunina Valentina (RUS) 2507.25
08. Lei Tingjie (CHN) 2507.16
09. Zhao Xue (CHN) 2490.25

c) World Girl Junior Champions 2016-2017:
10. Saduakassova Dinara (KAZ) World Junior G20 Champion 2016
11. Abdumalik Zhansaya (KAZ) World Junior G20 Champion 2017

d) 28 players from European Women Championships 2016 & 2017
12. Ushenina Anna (UKR) 2016
13. Vega Gutierrez Sabrina (ESP) 2016
14. Stefanova Antoaneta (FID) 2016
15. Mkrtchian Lilit (ARM) 2016
16. Paehtz Elisabeth (GER) 2016
17. Atalik Ekaterina (TUR) 2016
18. Bodnaruk Anastasia (RUS) 2016
19. Zawadzka Jolanta (POL) 2016
20. Javakhishvili Lela (GEO) 2016
21. Matnadze Ana (ESP) 2016
22. Shvayger Yuliya (ISR) 2016
23. Goryachkina Aleksandra (RUS) 2016
24. Arakhamia-Grant Ketevan (SCO) 2016
25. Khukhashvili Sopiko (GEO) 2016
26. Dzagnidze Nana (GEO) 2017
27. Galliamova Alisa (RUS) 2017
28. Lagno Kateryna (RUS) 2017
29. Muzychuk Mariya (UKR) 2017
30. Socko Monika (POL) 2017
31. Danielian Elina (ARM) 2017
32. Nechaeva Marina (RUS) 2017
33. Khotenashvili Bela (GEO) 2017
34. Zhukova Natalia (UKR) 2017
35. Pogonina Natalija (RUS) 2017
36. Hoang Thanh Trang (HUN) 2017
37. Gara Anita (HUN) 2017
38. Gaponenko Inna (UKR) 2017
39. Kashlinskaya Alina (RUS) 2017

e) 8 players from Americas
40. Cori T., Deysi (PER) (Continental 2016)
41. Miranda Llanes, Yerisbel (CUB) (Continental 2017)
42. Aliaga Fernandez, Ingrid Y (PER) (Continental 2017)
43. Foisor Sabina-Francesca (USA) (Zone 2.1)
44. Paikidze Nazi (USA) (Zone 2.1)
45. Ouellet, Maili-Jade (CAN) (Zone 2.2)
46. Vazquez Maccarini, Danitza (PUR) (Zone 2.3)
47. Lujan, Carolina (ARG) (Zone 2.5)

f) 12 players from Asia/Oceania
48. Kuilkarni Bhakthid (IND) (Continental 2016)
49. Nakhbayeva Guliskhan (KAZ) (Continental 2017)
50. Alinasab Mobina (IRI) (Zone 3.1)
51. Hamid Rani (BAN) (Zone 3.2)
52. Vo Thi Kim Phung (VIE) (Zone 3.3)
53. Tokhirjonova Gulrukhbegim (UZB) (Zone 3.4)
54. Zhai Mo (CHN) (Zone 3.5)
55. Ni Shiqun (CHN) (Zone 3.5)
56. Zhu Jineer (CHN) (Zone 3.5)
57. Sun Fanghui (CHN) (Zone 3.5)
58. Timergazi, Layla (NZL) (Zone 3.6)
59. Padmini Rout (IND) (Zone 3.7)

g) 3 players from Africa
60. Wafa Shahenda (EGY) (Continental 2017)
61. Toubal Hayat (ALG) (Continental 2017)
62. February Jesse Nikki (RSA) (Continental 2017)

h) 2 nominees by FIDE
63. To be announced
64. To be announced

TOTAL: 64 players

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Spectacular London Venue Announced for FIDE World Chess Championship Match 2018

FIDE - Fri, 08/03/2018 - 10:09




° Tickets go on sale on 3rd August 2018
° Prices start at £45 to see Magnus Carlsen defend his title in the capital
° Over 4,500 fans pre-register for tickets, making it one of the most anticipated matches in the history of chess

World Chess and FIDE are pleased to announce The College, a breath-taking historic building in the heart of London as the venue for the FIDE World Chess Championship Match 2018.

The 10,000 square foot space in Holborn will host 400 people each day to see Magnus Carlsen defend his world title against US challenger Fabiano Caruana. The much-anticipated match will be held in London from 9th to 28th November.

Ticket prices range from £45 to £100, with over 4,500 fans already registering for pre-order on TicketMaster and worldchess.com. All ticket holders will automatically receive premium digital access to the whole tournament and will be able to follow the games live as if they were in the room with the Grandmasters.

The organisers, with the ambition of making chess one of the world’s most popular spectator sports, are curating a phenomenal experience for fans coming to watch the games live: a dramatic venue, limited edition merchandise and the opportunity to meet the Grandmasters. Spectators will also be able to view the after-game press conferences and listen live to commentary by the world’s biggest chess stars and experts.

Ilya Merenzon, CEO, World Chess, said: “We know there are millions of chess fans in the UK – this is their chance to witness a battle of the world’s greatest minds. There will also be an influx of Norwegians heading to London to support Magnus. You’ll be hearing a lot of Norwegian accents in Covent Garden in November! The fact that an American is playing, for the first time in almost 50 years, will certainly make it a must-watch clash in the US!”

Those following the games online will also be catered for; they will be able to watch the moves for free on worldchess.com, the official broadcasting platform. They can also sign up for a $20 premium account, giving fans access to multi-camera views, commentary, behind-the-scenes footage, the opportunity to ask questions during press conferences and more. A portion of the digital revenue will be set to aside increase the prize fund from a guaranteed EUR 1,000,000.

The 2016 Championship took place in New York with the total audience for the event reaching a record-breaking 1.5 billion people. For the first time in decades, the World Chess crown may return to America in 2018 after Brooklyn-born Caruana won the Candidates Tournament in Berlin and earned the right to fight Carlsen for the Championship title.

The College provides an appropriate venue for the pinnacle of the world’s oldest game – its retained a number of authentic Victorian features including furnishing, marble reception areas and a show-stopping glass-dome roof.

worldchess.com

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Copel Telecom Open 2018

Chessdom - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 20:07

The Copel Telecom Open is a 9-round Swiss tournament taking place from 1-5 August 2018 in Caiobá, Brazil. Players receive 90 minutes for the entire game, plus a 30-second increment starting from move one.
The event will be held in the modern and air-conditioned event hall of the Hotel Sesc Caiobá. 170 players are expected.
Two chess players qualify for the Semifinal of the Brazilian Chess Championship.

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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Irena Warakomska Memorial 2018

Chessdom - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 17:36

The 2nd Irena Warakomska Memorial is a 9-round Swiss open taking place in Velvet Hotel, Suwałki, Poland from 1-8 August 2018. The time control is 90 minutes for 40 moves then 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30-second increment from move 1.
Organizer is Irena Warakomska Association under the auspices of the president of Suwałki Czesław Renkiewicz.

Venue
VELVET*** Hotel, Suwałki, ul. Kościuszki 128 [Open A, B]
OSiR sports hall, Suwałki, ul. Wojska Polskiego 2

Tournament groups
Open A – players with FIDE rating above 2100 [FIDE rated]
Open B – players with FIDE rating 1601-2100 [FIDE rated]
Open C – players with FIDE rating below 1600 and without FIDE rating [FIDE rated]
Open D – players under 12

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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World Junior Chess Championship 2018: Hotel Upgrade & Registration deadline update

FIDE - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 10:30




Turkish Chess Federation would like to inform you that tournament hotel upgraded to a 5* Star hotel and deadline to register players was extended till 10 August 2018.

Hotel of the tournament upgraded to 5* Hotel and also tournament hall will be at the same hotel. Turkish Chess Federation aims to have the highest quality organization and that is the main reason of the hotel upgrade. Hotel prices will not change and remain the same as announced for the 4* hotel before. The new hotel and tournament hall will be www.ramadaplistairportasia.com 

The decision regarding registration was taken due to the incoming requests from the numerous federations as they are still in process of forming their players for the participation of the tournament.

In case of additional questions regarding hotel upgrade and registration process, please, contact wjcc2018.tsf.org.tr

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Police confirms fake ECU from Delaware forged bank documents

Chessdom - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 04:22

ECU Press Release 31.07.2018

A Brief history of the case:

In May 2011 a group of individuals established an offshore shadow company in Delaware, U.S.A. named “European Chess Union LLC” Delaware and the same time, through this company, they opened a bank account in Slovenia. From 2011 to 2015, forging bank documents, invoices, letters and contracts they were abusing money from the Bulgarian state, Montenegro chess federation and possible other public or private entities or even executing money laundering services for clients ‘sponsors”.  It is officially confirmed that they have abused more than 1 million euros, however the information that is not yet official raises this amount to 3 million euros. (Links on the bottom of the article)

 

European Chess Union has the responsibility to inform its members as also the international media and public about the on-going investigations for the private shadow company “European Chess Union LLC”, a Limited-Liability Company (LLC) registered in Delaware, USA on May 4, 2011. The company’s File Number is listed as 4977764. The Registered Agent on file for this company is Harvard Business Services, Inc. and is located at 16192 Coastal Highway Lewes, DE 19958.   The ECU LLC Delaware after its registration opened a bank account on 11th of May 2011 in the ABANKA d.d. based in Slovenia with no. SI56 0510 0801 3271 144.

  1. As was stated several times by the European Chess Union and concluded by two CAS Awards, there is no legal or any financial relation between the ”European Chess Union”, an association established under Swiss law, with its seat in Hünenberg See, Switzerland, and the limited-liability company “European Chess Union LLC” registered in Delaware, USA.
    A. ECU vs Bulgarian federation – CAS award
    B. FIDE vs Valdimir Sakotic – CAS Award

 

  1. According to the official documents received from the Bulgarian Ministry of Youth & Sports, as also informed in a press conference in Sofia, by the Bulgarian Minister of Sports, Mr. Krasen Kralev, the Bulgarian Chess Federation under the leadership of Mr. Silvio Danailov and his associates transferred to the Slovenian Bank account belonging to the Delaware Company 1,070,140 euros (Annex_1) from 2011 till 2014, informing that these are payments/fees for the European Chess Union based in Switzerland. The amount of 1,070,140 euros represents only the state funds transferred to the offshore company while the Bulgarian Chess Federation refuses to provide any other information about the total transactions with this company.

 

  1. The reports of the Financial Investigation Agency of Bulgarian described in detail all these invoices /transactions in the total of the 1,070,140 euros. The reports are available in public and was an agenda item in the ECU General Assembly in Baku:

    ECU GA Agenda 2016 (annexes 6a, 6b, 6c).

 

  1. According to the Bulgarian Financial Investigation Agency reports, Mr. Silvio Danailov presented to the Bulgarian authorities an alleged Bank Certificate from the Slovenian Bank “ABANKA d.d”. (Annex_2). This document first appeared in the report of the Bulgarian Agency no. DI1SF-45, dated 03.08.2015 (pages 49,50 referring to Mr. Danailov claims). Later, this report was amended with the report-dated 16.02.2016   (reference of the certificate in pages 43, 44, 45). The document in the context of the inspections provided by Mr. Silvio Danailov (then President of the Chess Federation of Bulgaria and former President of ECU), and on this basis therefore the Chess Federation Bulgaria sought to prove that the funds, which were acquired by the Bulgarian Ministry of Youth and Sports, were used properly.  The same bank certificate sent to the Bulgarian Ministry of Youth and Sports from the Bulgarian Chess federation for the state auditing. The Bulgarian Ministry of Youth & Sports sent officially this document to ECU(Annex_2), after the FIDE and ECU meetings in Sofia in June 2017. The Bulgarian federation did not contact in 2015 the European Chess Union asking about the authenticity of such document.

 

  1. This alleged Bank certificate is also manifestly contrary to official data from the Slovenian register of transaction accounts (Annex_3), which gives exclusive the account holder the company “CHESS EUROPEAN UNION LLC”, with business address “161 COASTAL HIGHWAY Delaware, USA “.

 

  1. European Chess Union after contacted the A.A. Bank in Slovenia and the officer that allegedly signed this certificate (Annex_2) submitted a criminal complaint in Slovenia on 9th January 2018, including all the Bulgarian investigation reports, a number of forged invoices, the CAS awards as also the alleged bank certificate.

 

  1. The Slovenian Prosecutor informed ECU by a letter on 26.02.2018 that has accepted the case and asked Slovenia Police to start investigation. (Annex_4)

 

  1. The Slovenian Police, through Interpol, informed officially ECU on 3rd July 2018 that the bank certificate in annex_2 that submitted to the Bulgarian authorities and Bulgaria Ministry of Youth and Sports is a forged document (Annex_5).

 

“With regard to the document »CERTIFICATE«, which was supposedly issued by the ABANKA d.d. on 20.07.2015, an official explanation was obtained from the ABANKA d.d. that they did not issue this document and that the document is forged.”

While the Police investigation continues, European Chess Union additionally has already informed about the case:  a. the Slovenian Anti-laundering Authority b. the Slovenian Central Bank and preparing related information letters and to the EU institutions.

  1. Apart the investigation in Slovenia, another investigation takes place in Bulgaria after criminal complaints submitted by the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Bulgaria as also Bulgarian citizens. From December 2016 the Bulgarian Prosecutor has concluded and informed that a heavy crime took place. (Annex_6).
  2. The known and confirmed transactions to the Slovenian Bank account are 1,070,140 euros sent from the Bulgarian Chess federation and 7,500 euros sent from the Montenegro Chess federation. However the ECU has the information, which is not yet official, that the total deposits in this account exceed the 3 million euros.
  3. European Chess Union asks any legal entity, “sponsor” or individual who was asked to transfer money to the account with no. SI56 0510 0801 3271 144 in the ABANKA d.d. Bank in Slovenia to report it, in ECU or/and the Police.
  4. European Chess Union will hold a Press conference in Batumi during the Chess Olympiad releasing more details and documents/invoices, about the case with the main purpose to inform the media as also the representatives of all National Chess federations.

Press_Release_31.07.2018

 

Related links:

Montenegro Chess Federation files criminal complaint against Vladimir Šakotić

ECU Executive Director Vladimir Šakotić offering Slovenia Chess Federation events and profit

ECU press release: “Budva investigation” unveils new details

Vladimir Sakotic linked with fake ECU in Delaware

Danailov, Stoisavljevic, Sakotic suspended by FIDE Ethics Commission

Despite the ban by the FIDE Ethics Commission, Vladimir Sakotic, through his proxies Ivan Marinkovic, Dejan Nestorovic, Branko Tadic, Ratko Pizurica, Danko Bokan and Miroslav Kopanja, usurped the Serbian Chess Federation in November 2016 by breaking the Sports Law and federation Statutes.

Witnesses from the European Youth Rapid & Blitz Championship, that was held in Novi Sad in December 2016, confirmed that Vladimir Sakotic was running the event in the stead of the “official” tournament coordinator.

Sakotic’s group was finally expelled from the Serbian Chess Federation in April 2018, albeit leaving the previously stable federation with enormous 80.000 EUR debt.

Bulgarian Chess Federation expelled from European Chess Union

ECU files a criminal complaint in Switzerland

Minister Kralev: “More than 1 million euro moved to fake ECU account”

ECU files a criminal complaint in Slovenia

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Statements by Deus X and Leela Chess Zero authors

Chessdom - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 22:09

The breaking news about the Neural Network Deus X, accompanied by a video interview on Chessdom went like a shock wave through the computer chess world. It created a lot of excitement, but also left the audience as well as the competitors in TCEC with questions unanswered. After a turbulent day of email exchanges, the authors of the two NNs cleared the situation. Here are the official statements by the two teams.

TCEC Season 13 official website / TCEC Twitch TV / Facebook page / Full participants list of TCEC S13

Statement by Albert Silver, author of Deus X

DeusX is a neural network, trained by Albert Silver from unique non-Leela data, exclusively from human played games. The engine that executes this network is Lc0, developed by the Leela Chess Zero team. The code for training the neural network, so that it can run in the Lc0 binary, also comes from the Leela Chess Zero project. Deserved credit to the Lc0 team will also be given in any citation of the engine in the following form, “DeusX Neural Network by Albert Silver, powered by Lc0″

 

Statement by Leela Chess Zero team

After the initial confusion, the Lc0 team is happy to receive the statement from Albert Silver with a clarification regarding usage of the Lc0 code. The credit to the Leela Chess Zero team is now given appropriately. The team is looking forward to exciting games in the upcoming Top Chess Engine Championship, and is very glad that both neural network based on “zero” principle and “non-zero” principle will participate this season. It’s going to be really interesting to observe their differences in style and strength. We hope to see even more neural network based engines in the next seasons of TCEC. It is now time for the highest level chess competition to begin and for the audience to enjoy the best chess in the world.

 

Statement by TCEC tournament director

TCEC Season 13 is the first season where NN engines have appropriate hardware to run on, making it the first experimental season of this kind. A lot of effort was put in the event to guarantee fair and balanced competition between the NN engines and traditional engines. TCEC will strive to continue to improve those conditions, including a specific set of rules for NN engines that will be created in cooperation with experts in the field. The best season of TCEC is coming, let’s all enjoy, see you at the official website and the Twitch TV channel

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Eurasia Open Cup

Chessdom - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 20:43

From 1 to 11 August in Yekaterinburg, under the patronage of the Governor of the Sverdlovsk Region EV Kuyvashev, the most large-scale chess event of the Ural region of 2018 – the Eurasia Open Festival will be held.

In the program of the Festival:

match A.E. Karpov – N.N. Rashkovsky;
the Cup of Russia among adults (“SKB Kontur Cup”);
stage of the Cup of Russia among children (“AE Karpov’s Cup”);
open tournament on blitz (“NN Rashkovsky’s Cup and BI Fradkin”);
open tournament on fast chess for prizes “SKB Kontur”.

The festival will be held on the sports grounds of the Palace of Game Sports (DIVS).

The honorable guests of the festival are the 12th world chess champion Anatoly Karpov and the Olympic champion, international grandmaster Rafael Vahanyan.

The grand opening of the Festival will take place on August 1 at 14:00 in the DIVS. At 15.00 the beginning of the first round. On the opening day, guests and participants of the Festival will witness a unique match between grandmasters – Anatoly Karpov and Naum Rashkovsky.

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 Artemiev Vladislav
2 Kryakvin Dmitry
3 Sarana Alexey
4 Timofeev Artyom
5 Chigaev Maksim
6 Rozum Ivan
7 Pridorozhni Aleksei
8 Shaposhnikov Evgeny
9 Bocharov Ivan
10 Matsenko Sergei
11 Sorokin Aleksey
12 Tsydypov Zhamsaran
13 Khanin Semen
14 Kabanov Nikolai
15 Kozionov Kirill
16 Gutenev Alexander
17 Fakhrutdinov Timur
18 Badmatsyrenov Oleg
19 Vokarev Sergey
20 Drygalov Andrey
21 Drygalov Sergey
22 Shinkevich Vitaly
23 Kopylov Alexander A.
24 Mokshanov Alexey
25 Yeletsky Ivan
26 Looshnikov Nikolai
27 Makhmutov Rail
28 Faizrakhmanov Ramil
29 Popov Mikhail
30 Ivanov Andrew
31 Kanter Eduard
32 Kardashevskiy Evgeny
33 Postnikov Daniil
34 Fotin Vladimir
35 Nesterov Arseniy
36 Dilmukhametov Artur
37 Lisenko Alexander V
38 Obgolts Erik
39 Inozemtsev Sergei
40 Tomilova Elena
41 Pozin Sergey
42 Matsenko Andrei
43 Shapiro David
44 Rudometov Maxim
45 Grachev Alexey
46 Sichinava Zviad
47 Scerbin Dmitrij
48 Zasukhin Vadim
49 Tataurov Andrey
50 Tsybikov Tumen
51 Sabaev Sergey
52 Maletina Tatiana
53 Yuferev Oleg
54 Lysenko Margarita
55 Saunina Ludmila
56 Gusarov Aleksey
57 Zorin Alexander
58 Martynyuk Elizaveta
59 Eliseev Mikhail
60 Dubinin Alexsandr
61 Logachiov Aleksandr
62 Marchuk Rostislav
63 Pogorelskikh Sergey
64 Fedotov Alexey
65 Isanzhulov Arystan
66 Patrushev Konstantin
67 Vazhenin Alexei
68 Baglaev Evgeniy
69 Volkov Roman
70 Ponomarev Grigori
71 Pogorelskikh Sofia
72 Kanevskaya Anna
73 Kolomensky Vladimir
74 Shadrin Anton
75 Neizvestnykh Vitalij
76 Belova Olga
77 Zhukov Ivan
78 Tyurin Ilya
79 Pingin Artem
80 Zharkov Nikolay
81 Lilov Aleksandr
82 Khubukshanov Erdem
83 Bitkinin Lenar
84 Vysotsky Ivan
85 Filippova Margarita
86 Kozlov Denis
87 Pauli Stanislav
88 Kuzmin Roman
89 Kharitonov Egor
90 Matskevich Ivan
91 Sosnina Ekaterina
92 Lysenko Viktoria
93 Korolkov Evgeni
94 Dubnikova Anastasia
95 Fomin Pavel V.
96 Buchina Polina
97 Dolgaeva Evgenia
98 Bazyrtsyrenov Kirill
99 Grekhov Luka
100 Ketov Daniil
101 Raspopin Alecsandr
102 Chyndygyr Tamerlan
103 Gyrgenova Ekaterina
104 Liu Ziqi
105 Yadigarov Aivaz
106 Erokhin Artem
107 Khaliullin Albert
108 Ayushiev Ayur
109 Khurkhesova Viktoriya
110 Semenov Anatoliy
111 Dashdorzh Dashanima
112 Bolikov Nicolai
113 Boyko Igor K.
114 Kopylov Artem
115 Panjshin Daniil
116 Dovbnia Nikita
117 Kuzmin Andrey.
118 Tanygina Yulia
119 Kombarov Mikhail
120 Pakeeva Namlana
121 Druzhinin Nikita
122 Belov Danila
123 Dashdorzh Ariunaa
124 Medvedevskih Nikita
125 Toropov Alexandr
126 Kozlova Valeriia
127 Fedortsov Yakov
128 Lobovikov Iaroslav
129 Monastyrenko Nataliya
130 Kartashov Kirill
131 Khrustalev Artemy
132 Medvedevskikh Matvey

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August 2018 FIDE Rating List

FIDE - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 16:38



FIDE publishes August 2018 FIDE Rating List. The list of top players is published at Top lists page of FIDE ratings website. All players can check new ratings at the main page of FIDE ratings website.

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European Chess Union Press Release

FIDE - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 15:28




POLICE CONFIRMS FORGED BANK DOCUMENTS (3rd July 2018)

A Brief history of the case: In May 2011 a group of individuals established an offshore shadow company in Delaware, U.S.A. named “European Chess Union LLC” Delaware and the same time, through this company, they opened a bank account in Slovenia. From 2011 to 2015, forging bank documents, invoices, letters and contracts they were abusing money from the Bulgarian state, Montenegro chess federation and possible other public or private entities or even executing money laundering services for clients ‘sponsors”. It is officially confirmed that they have abused more than 1 million euros, however the information that is not yet official raises this amount to 3 million euros.


European Chess Union has the responsibility to inform its members as also the international media and public about the on-going investigations for the private shadow company “European Chess Union LLC”, a Limited-Liability Company (LLC) registered in Delaware, USA on May 4, 2011. The company’s File Number is listed as 4977764. The Registered Agent on file for this company is Harvard Business Services, Inc. and is located at 16192 Coastal Highway Lewes, DE 19958. The ECU LLC Delaware after its registration opened a bank account on 11th of May 2011 in the ABANKA d.d. based in Slovenia with no. SI56 0510 0801 3271 144.

1. As was stated several times by the European Chess Union and concluded by two CAS Awards, there is no legal or any financial relation between the ”European Chess Union”, an association established under Swiss law, with its seat in Hünenberg See, Switzerland, and the limited-liability company “European Chess Union LLC” registered in Delaware, USA.

A. ECU vs Bulgarian federation - CAS award
B. FIDE vs Valdimir Sakotic - CAS Award

2. According to the official documents received from the Bulgarian Ministry of Youth & Sports, as also informed in a press conference in Sofia, by the Bulgarian Minister of Sports, Mr. Krasen Kralev, the Bulgarian Chess Federation under the leadership of Mr. Silvio Danailov and his associates transferred to the Slovenian Bank account belonging to the Delaware Company 1,070,140 euros (Annex_1) from 2011 till 2014, informing that these are payments/fees for theEuropean Chess Union based in Switzerland. The amount of 1,070,140 euros represents only the state funds transferred to the offshore company while the Bulgarian Chess Federation refuses to provide any other information about the total transactions with this company.

3. The reports of the Financial Investigation Agency of Bulgarian described in detail all these invoices /transactions in the total of the 1,070,140 euros. The reports are available in public and was an agenda item in the ECU General Assembly in Baku:

ECU GA Agenda 2016 (annexes 6a, 6b, 6c).

4. According to the Bulgarian Financial Investigation Agency reports, Mr. Silvio Danailov presented to the Bulgarian authorities an alleged Bank Certificate from the Slovenian Bank “ABANKA d.d”. (Annex_2). This document first appeared in the report of the Bulgarian Agency no. DI1SF-45, dated 03.08.2015 (pages 49,50 referring to Mr. Danailov claims). Later, this report was amended with the report-dated 16.02.2016 (reference of the certificate in pages 43, 44, 45). The document in the context of the inspections provided by Mr. Silvio Danailov (then President of the Chess Federation of Bulgaria and former President of ECU), and on this basis therefore the Chess Federation Bulgaria sought to prove that the funds, which were acquired by the Bulgarian Ministry of Youth and Sports, were used properly. The same bank certificate sent to the Bulgarian Ministry of Youth and Sports from the Bulgarian Chess federation for the state auditing. The Bulgarian Ministry of Youth & Sports sent officially this document to ECU (annex_2), after the FIDE and ECU meetings in Sofia in June 2017. The Bulgarian federation did not contact in 2015 the European Chess Union asking about the authenticity of such document.

5. This alleged Bank certificate is also manifestly contrary to official data from the Slovenian register of transaction accounts (Annex_3), which gives exclusive the account holder the company "CHESS EUROPEAN UNION LLC", with business address "161 COASTAL HIGHWAY Delaware, USA ".

6. European Chess Union after contacted the A.A. Bank in Slovenia and the officer that allegedly signed this certificate (annex_2) submitted a criminal complaint in Slovenia on 9th of January 2018, including all the Bulgarian investigation reports, a number of forged invoices, the CAS awards as also the alleged bank certificate.

7. The Slovenian Prosecutor informed ECU by a letter on 26.02.2018 that has accepted the case and asked Slovenia Police to start investigation. (Annex_4).

8. The Slovenian Police, through Interpol, informed officially ECU on 3rd July 2018 that the bank certificate in annex_2 that submitted to the Bulgarian authorities and Bulgaria Ministry of Youth and Sports is a forged document (Annex_5).

“With regard to the document »CERTIFICATE«, which was supposedly issued by the ABANKA d.d. on 20.07.2015, an official explanation was obtained from the ABANKA d.d. that they did not issue this document and that the document is forged.”

While the Police investigation continues, European Chess Union additionally has already informed about the case: a. the Slovenian Anti-laundering Authority b. the Slovenian Central Bank and preparing related information letters and to the EU institutions.

9. Apart the investigation in Slovenia, another investigation takes place in Bulgaria after criminal complaints submitted by the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Bulgaria as also Bulgarian citizens. From December 2016 the Bulgarian Prosecutor has concluded and informed that a heavy crime took place. (Annex_6).

10. The known and confirmed transactions to the Slovenian Bank account are 1,070,140 euros sent from the Bulgarian Chess federation and 7,500 euros sent from the Montenegro Chess federation. However the ECU has the information, which is not yet official, that the total deposits in this account exceed the 3 million euros.

11. European Chess Union asks any legal entity, “sponsor” or individual who was asked to transfer money to the account with no. SI56 0510 0801 3271 144 in the ABANKA d.d. Bank in Slovenia to report it, in ECU or/and the Police.

12. European Chess Union will hold a Press conference in Batumi during the Chess Olympiad releasing more details and documents/invoices, about the case with the main purpose to inform the media as also the representatives of all National Chess federations.

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