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Announcing TCEC Season 10 rapid and blitz

Chessdom - Sun, 11/05/2017 - 14:37

TCEC Season 10 Stage 1 is nearing its end. The qualification for the Candidates final 8 is hotter than ever. Up to five engines are still contesting the qualification positions after 21 of 23 rounds complete. One of Gull, Fire, Ginkgo, Booot, and Chiron will have to say goodbye to this season’s competition.

Follow the exciting finale of TCEC Stage 1 live here

The top 8 engines of Stage 1 will play a 2x double round robin to determine this season’s two engines that will face off for the title of Grand Champion.

TCEC Season 10 rapid and blitz

Thanks to the addition of a new ambitious server admin of TCEC, the expansion of the core team, and the support of the fans, this season of TCEC will have rapid and blitz events. They will follow the Superfinal and will consist of all engines that participated in the regular season.

Both the rapid and blitz will be double round robins with time control 15 min + 10 sec and 3 min + 2 sec respectively.

The versions playing will be as follows:

* Stage 1 engines finishing 9-24 in the LTC event use the same engine versions as in Stage 1
* Stage 2 engines will use the engine versions submitted for Stage 2
* The Superfinal engines will play with their respective version from the direct match between the two
* Laser and Nemorino will be allowed to submit new versions to fix a functional bug

The rapid/blitz specific rules may be modified until the start of the Superfinal.

The rapid and blitz will be a prelude to Season 11, the format of which will be announced in the next press release.

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Η κυρία της Σανγκάης

Skakistiko - Sun, 11/05/2017 - 14:18

Το σκάκι στην ταινία του Όρσον Γουελς «Η Κυρία της Σανγκάης» (The Lady from Shanghai, 1948). Η ματιά του Γουελς στο φιλμ νουάρ, μέσα από την ιστορία ενός Ιρλανδού ναυτικού και μιας σαγηνευτικής γυναίκας, η οποία τον προσλαμβάνει στο γιοτ του συζύγου της και τον παρασύρει σε μια υπόθεση φόνων. Το θέμα δεν είναι σπουδαίο, το στόρι είναι αρκετά μπερδεμένο (“Ούτε εγώ κατάλαβα το βιβλίο” φέρεται να είχε πει ο ίδιος ο σκηνοθέτης), αλλά η κινηματογράφηση είναι εξαιρετική. Η συνάντηση στο ενυδρείο, η σεκάνς της δίκης, το κινεζικό θέατρο, ο τρόπος με τον οποίο είχε φωτίσει την τότε σύζυγό του, Ρίτα Χέιγουορθ, και βέβαια το φινάλε στην αίθουσα με τους καθρέφτες είναι μερικές σκηνές που έγιναν σημείο αναφοράς από τους μετέπειτα δημιουργούς. Ωστόσο, την εποχή που προβλήθηκε στις αίθουσες έπειτα από γενναίες περικοπές (η αρχική διάρκεια ήταν πάνω από δύο ώρες), η ταινία πήρε κακές κριτικές, υπήρξε παταγώδης αποτυχία και ο Γουελς αναγκάστηκε να εγκαταλείψει το Χόλιγουντ.

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ETCC R7: Russia leading in both sections

Chessdom - Sat, 11/04/2017 - 22:44

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More information in the relevant sections of the official website. Photos by Anastasya Karlovich and Niki Riga.

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ETCC R6: Hungary and Russia surge ahead in Open section

Chessdom - Sat, 11/04/2017 - 12:44

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top pairings of the 7th round in Women’s section are: Russia-Italy, Spain-Georgia and Ukraine-Poland.

Seventh round will be played today, as usual at 15:00 (local time), and live broadcast of all the games can be followed in the LIVE section.

Official website

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London Chess Classic 2017 – The Players

Chessdom - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 12:24

The ninth London Chess Classic kicks off at the DeepMind Google HQ on 1 December 2017 and will continue at the Olympia Conference Centre from 3 to 11 December 2017.

It is the concluding leg of the 2017 Grand Chess Tour and features a prize fund of $300,000.

Magnus Carlsen (Norway) 2826
Levon Aronian (Armenia) 2801
Fabiano Caruana (USA) 2794
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France) 2794
Wesley So (USA) 2788
Viswanathan Anand (India) 2783
Hikaru Nakamura (USA) 2774
Sergey Karjakin (Russia) 2765
Ian Nepomniachtchi (Russia) 2733
Mickey Adams (England) 2727

Grandmaster John Nunn will take on 20 players in a simultaneous display at the London Chess Classic on Wednesday 6th December at 6:00pm in the foyer. John is a famed author, problem-solving World Champion and former top-ten player.

Grandmaster Jon Speelman will give a simultaneous display over 20 boards at the London Chess Classic on Monday 4th December at 6:00pm in the foyer. Jon is a famed chessboard maverick, and a former World Number 4 and World Championship semi-finalist.

All proceeds will go to Chess in Schools & Communities.

Some of the capital’s greatest business minds will go head-to-head this autumn, competing alongside the best chess players in the world.

Applications are open for amateur players to compete in its annual Pro-Biz Cup fund raiser, part of the charity’s flagship event, the London Chess Classic.

In the Pro-Biz Cup, the elite of the business world are invited to pit their wits alongside and against the world’s top chess grandmasters. Amateurs team up with professionals, playing in pairs and making alternate moves in a battle on the board and against the clock.

Official website

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FIDE World Youth Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships – Winners

Chessdom - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 22:24

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The full results are available on the official website

A big “THANK YOU” to all the players, parents, coaches, arbiters and organizers for participating in this unforgettable event.

Closing ceremony photo gallery (by Stefana Milutinovic)

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ETCC R5: Russian women perfect, Croatia leading in Open

Chessdom - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 21:54

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More information in the relevant sections of the official website.

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FIDE World Youth Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships - Winners

FIDE - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 17:58



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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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



The full results are available on the official website.

A big “THANK YOU” to all the players, parents, coaches, arbiters and organizers for participating in this unforgettable event.

Closing ceremony photo gallery (by Anastasya Karlovich)

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Interview with Chairman of Arbiters Commission on his 60th birthday

FIDE - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 17:44



Congratulations to the Chairman of the FIDE Arbiters' Commission IA Takis Nikolopoulos on his 60th birthday!

Mr. Nikolopoulos is widely known all around the chess community as the Chief Arbiter of many chess tournaments, including FIDE World Championship Matches, FIDE Women's World Chess Championship Matches, FIDE World Chess Olympiad, World Youth Championships etc. His great knowledge, hard work and dedication are vital to the success of many chess events.

FIDE wishes him the best of health, happiness and prosperity!




Interview with the Chairman of the FIDE Arbiters' Commission IA Takis Nikolopoulos

Takis Nikolopoulos was born on 1 November 1957 in Athens, Greece.
He graduated in March 1975 from the University of Thessaloniki with a major incivil engineering. He has been a member and player for the Korydallos Chess Club since 1983.
Takis has also been a member of the Greek Chess Federation Board since 1992 and was their Tournament Director from 1996 to 2004 and General Secretary from 2004 to 2012.
He became National Arbiter in 1989 and International Arbiter in 1993.
In 1998, he was appointed as Chairman of the FIDE Arbiters’ Commission and has been a FIDE Lecturer since 2010 and a FIDE Instructor since 2015. When not being a chess arbiter, he works as a civil engineer in the Constructions’ Department of the Greek Ministry of Defense, in the Greek Air Force.


Takis, on 1st of November you have your 60 years anniversary. My congratulations and best wishes!! Many people know you as an International Chess Arbiter, as the Chairman of the FIDE Arbiters Commission, but only a few know that you are working as an engineer at the Greek Ministry of Defense. How did you manage to combine both professions during all these years?

Thank you for your wishes!

I started working in the Ministry of Defense and in the Greek Air Force in October 1985 and my first tournament abroad was the 33rd World Chess Olympiad of Elista in1998, as a Senior Arbiter. The kind of my work in the Air Force allows me to get normally 25 days of a regular leave with additional days which I take off without remuneration. Recently, the Greek Ministry of Sports established the opportunity for the chess players and arbiters to get additional days off from their employers, in case they are appointed to participate in the World Chess Olympiad and to World and Continental Championships. This is of course a great help in my case and gives me more chances to be a Chief Arbiter in selected top tournaments during the year. As I always take care not to leave any pending work assignment before I leave for a tournament, I am able to combine my job with being an Arbiter in tournaments without any problem.


You have been a Chief arbiter during many national and international chess events. What are the most memorable tournaments for you?

I have had the honor to be Deputy Chief Arbiter in the World Championship Tournaments in 1999, in Las Vegas USA, in 2000 in New Delhi, India, in 2001 in Moscow, Russia, and in the World Championship Match of 2006, in Elista, Russia, Chief Arbiter in the World Championship Tournament of 2004 in Tripoli, Libya, in the World Championship Matches of 2008, in Bonn, Germany, in 2010, in Sofia, Bulgaria and in 2016, in New York, USA, as well as in Olympiad 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey and 2014 in Tromso, Norway and Tournament Director in Olympiad 2016 in Baku, Azerbaijan. I was also Chief Arbiter in many World and European Team, Youth, Juniors and School Championships, as well as in Top Level tournaments such as Tal Memorial, Moscow Open, Qatar Open etc. I would like to use this opportunity and thank FIDE for my appointments and organisers for the trust put in me.
One of my most memorable tournaments is the World Championship of 1999 that was held in Las Vegas, USA, where I was Deputy Chief Arbiter, with IA Geurt Gijssen as the Chief Arbiter. The amazing playing venue (it was the Caesar’s Palace Hotel) and the fascinating city of Las Vegas impressed me very much. Also the World Championship Match of 2008 in Bonn, Germany, between Viswanathan Anand and Vladimir Kramnik was one of my favourite events because of its excellent organization. Of course the World Championship Match of 2016 between Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin in Manhattan, New York was also one of the most memorable tournaments for me, I have enjoyed its excellent organisation and the fight between the players.


Do you remember any funny or interesting episodes which happened during chess tournaments?

I remember one funny episode that happened in one of the World Championships.
During a tie break game one of the top players made a blunder and immediately resigned. The winner signed the match protocol and left from the playing hall. The loser was desperate and was sitting in the chair, holding his head by his hands. I was staying close to the board, waiting for him to sign the match protocol. Suddenly he stood up, grabbed his chair, threw it in the air and immediately ran out of the playing hall. The chair fell on the floor, just a few centimeters from me. I was shocked, but because of the very thick carpet of the playing hall no noise was caused and none of the players even realized what exactly happened! Later in his apology the player said that he was sorry for what happened but it was not a big deal, since nobody was hurt and the chair was not destroyed!


What is the role of the arbiter? How the role of the chess arbiter was changing over the years?

The Arbiters are the connecting link between the organiser and the players of a tournament.

They have not only to control the games, but also to ensure the best conditions for the players, so that they are not disturbed during the games and will be able to play their games without any problem.

Also, they have to take care of the playing area, the equipment, the surroundings and the whole playing venue. Finally they have to avoid any cheating by the players.

The general duties of the Arbiters in a competition are described in the FIDE Laws of Chess (art. 12) and are:
a. They shall see that the Laws of Chess are observed.
b. They shall ensure fair play.
c. They shall act in the best interest of the competition.
d. They should ensure that a good playing environment is maintained and that the players are not disturbed.
e. They shall supervise the progress of the competition
f. They shall take special measures in the interest of disabled players and those who need medical attention.
g. They shall follow the Anti-cheating Rules or Guidelines.
h. They shall observe the games, especially when the players are short of time, enforce decisions they have made and impose penalties on players where appropriate.

So the role of the Arbiter is not just to walk in the playing hall and collect the score sheets after the end of the games. Many people believe that the Arbiter has an easy job, but obviously it is not like this.

Of course the Arbiter cannot affect the result of a game very much, as the referee can do in football or basketball and in other sports, but as everybody can understand, his role is also important and must not be underestimated.

The successful arbitration during the games plays a very significant role in the success of the event.

This role is changing over the years, by adding more duties and responsibilities to the Arbiters.
The application of the Anti-cheating rules and guidelines has been added in the last years and has become one of the most important duties of the Arbiter. Among other duties, he has to learn to use metal detectors and other anti-cheating devices, in order to secure that the game is played under absolutely fair conditions.
Recently the checking of the dress-code of the players has been added to the duties of the Arbiters.
Of course the Arbiter has to follow a dress-code for his own appearance in the tournaments, but now he becomes responsible for the checking of the players’ dress code in the tournament, according to the relevant regulations, so that the image of chess is maintained in a high level.
In general I would like to say that the Arbiters can undertake any responsibility, but of course we need to have a good cooperation with the players and they need to help us as well.
We have to understand that players and arbiters are not on different sides of a chessboard. We are on the same side, because all of us we work for chess.
The players are the stars of the game, they play their moves and create masterpieces on the chess boards.
We, the Arbiters, are here to provide them with the best conditions and help them to play their best games.
We need to respect each other and to cooperate in the best way, for the benefit of chess.


The meeting of the Arbiters Commission took place during 88th FIDE Congress in Antalya. What were the most important decisions and amendments to the regulations?

At the 88th FIDE Congress in Antalya and during the Arbiters’ Commission meeting we discussed several small amendments of the regulations that were approved by the Executive Board.
In the Regulations for the titles of Arbiters (FIDE Handbook, B.06) we clarified the term “International tournaments” of the article 2.1.3. (which allows only Swiss system tournaments to be accepted as norms for the FA and IA title applications), defining that for a FA title, International tournament is the tournament which has players from at least two (2) Federations and for an IA title, International tournament is the tournament which has players from at least three (3) Federations.
In the regulations for the classification of the Arbiters (FIDE Handbook, B.06, art. 8, Annex 1a) it was clarified that Chess Festivals that include multiple concurrent events shall count as norms for classification in C’ Category.


Can you please also tell about the Arbiters` Manual.

At the 88th FIDE Congress we presented the 2017 Arbiters’ Manual.
It includes all the changes in the Laws of Chess, in the Swiss Rules and in the titles and ratings regulations that were approved at the Baku FIDE General Assembly and have been in effect since 1 July 2017. The Manual has also been published on the FIDE Arbiters’ Commission website and can be downloaded for free by anyone.
The Arbiters’ Manual is a team work with the participation of some of the most experienced top Arbiters, under the coordination of the FIDE Arbiters’ Commission.
It is accepted by Arbiters and Federations with a great enthusiasm.
About 2.500 books of the previous edition of the 2014 Arbiters’ Manual have been distributed to Arbiters and Federations all over the world.
The Federations can order printed copies of the 2017 Arbiters’ Manual through the FIDE Secretariat.
400 hundred books have already been distributed to the members of the Executive Board at the Antalya FIDE Congress and to the Arbiters who participated in the Arbiters’ Commission Meeting there and sent to the USA Chess Federation and Austrian Chess Federation.


The Arbiter’s Commission has produced five Arbiters` Magazines. What is the feedback from the arbiters?

The 5th issue of the Arbiters’ Magazine was presented and distributed at the 2017 Antalya FIDE Congress.
It has also been published on the FIDE Arbiters’ Commission website and can be downloaded for free by anybody.
It includes tables with the changes of relevant articles of the laws of Chess, the Swiss Rules and the titles and ratings regulations as well as incidents that happened in tournaments and the respective decisions of the Arbiters.
The Arbiters’ Magazine is an effort of the FIDE Arbiters’ Commission to provide all the Arbiters with the necessary information and knowledge coming from real cases that happened during the tournaments to enable them to perform their duties in the best way.
All Arbiters are kindly invited to help our effort and send cases worth publishing, from tournaments they have worked as Arbiters to our Commission.


Do you have a recipe or advice for those who would like to be good and professional arbiters? How is it important for the arbiter to play chess on a decent level?

In my opinion, in order to be a good arbiter, a person must love being an arbiter very much. Many people consider the work of the arbiter very dull. A lot of my friends are asking me how it is possible to spend five, six or sometimes seven or more hours, walking in a playing hall and looking at the games.
If you love being an arbiter, then you like to be in a playing hall for so many hours, doing all the work you have to do.
The recipe is simple. Love of chess, good knowledge and a sense of responsibility.

I believe that it is not so important for the arbiter to be a very good player.
Of course he must have a decent level in chess, in order to be able to realize which critical moments in a game are.
The most important for an arbiter is the necessary competence, the sound judgment, the absolute objectivity and the common logic.  

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Congratulations to IA Takis Nikolopoulos on his birthday

FIDE - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 17:44



Congratulations to the Chairman of the FIDE Arbiters' Commission IA Takis Nikolopoulos on his 60th birthday!

Mr. Nikolopoulos is widely known all around the chess community as the Chief Arbiter of many chess tournaments, including FIDE World Championship Matches, FIDE Women's World Chess Championship Matches, FIDE World Chess Olympiad, World Youth Championships etc. His great knowledge, hard work and dedication are vital to the success of many chess events.

FIDE wishes him the best of health, happiness and prosperity!

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FIDE Congratulates Robert Katende on receiving the 2017 Otis Social Justice Award

FIDE - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 17:21



FIDE Congratulates Robert Katende on receiving the 2017 Otis Social Justice Award

Wheaton College will present the 2017 Otis Social Justice Award to an East African social entrepreneur whose work is highlighted in the critically acclaimed 2016 film, Queen of Katwe.

Robert Katende introduced and developed chess programs in the slums of Kampala, Uganda, and in the refugee camps in Gulu, northern Uganda, an area severely affected by Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army. Today, his non-profit organization, Som Chess Academy, helps youngsters in the slums realize their full potential through chess, by integrating principles of the game with management of daily challenges in life, enhancing abstract thinking, creativity and innovation.

The Walt Disney-produced movie tells the story of how his chess ministry program affected the life of Phiona Mutesi, who rose from the slums to become the Ugandan chess champion, thus earning the affectionate title of the “Queen of Katwe” (the area where she lived).

Katende will speak at during the award ceremony, and he and Phiona Mutesi will participate in a panel discussion moderated by Wheaton alumnus Ted Nesi ’07, a reporter and anchor at WPRI TV-12 in Providence, RI. A reception will be held in the chapel immediately after the award presentation and discussion. (The event will be live streamed on the Wheaton Facebook page.)

The Otis Social Justice lecture series was established in 1959 through the generosity of Henry Witte Otis, whose children included two Wheaton graduates. Eleanor Roosevelt was among the earliest Otis lecturers (1962). Today, the purpose of the Otis Fund has broadened to support a colloquium in social justice–a forum through which the Wheaton community addresses key contemporary social issues.

The first Otis Social Justice Award was presented in 1990 to former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop. Other recipients include Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund; author Barbara Ehrenreich; Sister Helen Prejean, whose first book formed the basis for the film Dead Man Walking, and activist and journalist Gloria Steinem.

Source wheatoncollege.edu

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ETCC R4: Hungary stuns Russia, leads with Armenia and Croatia

Chessdom - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 14:09

In the 4th round of the European Team Chess Championship Hungary shocked the overnight leader and defending champion Russia thanks to the Viktor Erdos’ creation against Ian Nepomniachtchi. The other three games were drawn.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More information in the relevant sections of the official website.

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52ο Πρωτάθλημα Πειραιά – στη μνήμη Στέλιου Ψάρρα

Skakistiko - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 12:20

Το Ατομικό Σκακιστικό Πρωτάθλημα Πειραιά διοργανώνεται ανελλιπώς από τον Πειραϊκό Όμιλο Σκακιστών και αποτελεί ένα από τα ιστορικότερα τουρνουά.
Φέτος, θα τιμηθεί η μνήμη του Στέλιου Ψάρρα και το πρωτάθλημα συνδιοργανώνεται με τον Πειραϊκό Σύνδεσμο ο οποίος θα παραχωρήσει την εξαιρετική αίθουσα εκδηλώσεων ”Βαρώνου Κίμωνoς Ράλλη” με χωρητικότητα τουλάχιστον 100 ατόμων. Η αίθουσα βρίσκεται στο κέντρο του Πειραιά και κοντά στην πλατεία Κοραή. Επίσης, το τουρνουά θα είναι ανοιχτό για όποιον θέλει να συμμετέχει, σε αντίθεση με προηγούμενες χρονιές όπου δικαίωμα συμμετοχής είχαν κάτοικοι Πειραιά.
Στο τέλος του τουρνουά θα μοιραστούν σε όλους τους συμμετέχοντες βιβλιαράκια με συνδυασμούς του Στέλιου που είχε εκδώσει στο παρελθόν.
Ο Στέλιος Ψάρρας υπήρξε για χρόνια παίκτης, προπονητής και μέλος του Πειραϊκού. Έχει αγωνιστεί επίσης και στο ΝΑΟ Μάτι Αττικής, στο Φοίβο Πειραιά και στον ΑΟ Ζήνωνα Γλυφάδας.
Η προκήρυξη εδώ

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State Museum of Political History of Russia to host Russian Superfinals

Chessdom - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 15:12

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 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 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.

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:

Olga Girya, Valentina Gunina, 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.

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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Russia emerged leader in European Team Championship

Chessdom - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 14:58

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More information in the relevant sections of the official website.

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November 2017 FIDE Rating list

FIDE - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 12:34


FIDE publishes November 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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Kramnik Nominated as Wild Card Choice to Candidates Tournament

FIDE - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 10:32



Vladimir Kramnik Nominated as Wild Card Choice to the FIDE World Chess Candidates Tournament


GM Kramnik is the second Russian participant of the qualifier to the 2018 World Chess Championship Match

World Chess, the organizer of the 2018 FIDE World Chess Candidates Tournament, nominated GM Vladimir Kramnik (Russian Federation) as a Wild Card choice for the Candidates Tournament that will take place in Berlin, Germany on March 10 — 28, 2018. World Chess and FIDE have decided to issue its Wild Card nomination before the final leg of the World Chess Grand Prix Series in consideration of the fact that should the Wild Card choice be announced, it might affect the preparation and determination of players who are fighting for the Candidates qualification via the Grand Prix Series.

Ilya Merenzon, World Chess CEO, said: “We believe that inviting Mr. Kramnik to the Candidates will make the Tournament line-up the strongest possible and will ensure the choice of the best challenger to incumbent World Champion, Magnus Carlsen”.

Vladimir Kramnik, 14th World Chess Champion, said: “I’d like to thank everyone who helped my nomination to the Candidates. Usually, the chess world’s attention is drawn to the tournament and taking part in it is a challenge for any grandmaster. I hope to show worthy performance and fight for first prize!”

Andrey Filatov, President of the Russian Chess Federation said: “I am pleased that FIDE and World Chess had selected Kramnik. For over 20 years he is in the top three world’s strongest chess players, and for seven years he’s been the World Champion. Kramnik is extremely popular among chess players and his participation will certainly generate additional attention and drama. Now Russia has at least two players who have a chance to become the challenger to the incumbent World Champion. With a bit of luck, the third contender, Alexander Grischuk, can join them. I very much hope that a Russian chess player will ‘capture Berlin’ and will face Magnus Carlsen in the Match in November of 2018”.

The World Chess Candidates, a dramatic tournament that determines the challenger for the World Chess Championship Match, will take place at Kühlhaus Berlin (Luckenwalder Str. 3, Berlin, Germany) on March 10—28, 2018. The prize fund will total €420,000, or an estimated $500,000 at the current exchange rate. In addition to €420,000, the prize will also include 10% of the pay-per-view revenues from the event.

Tickets (both onsite and online) are available at worldchess.com/berlin.

Leading brands continue to support the Championship cycle and will be represented in the Candidates Tournament: EG Capital Advisors, an international asset management company, the Official Partner; Kaspersky Lab as World Chess and FIDE Official Cybersecurity Partner; S.T. Dupont as Official Writing Instrument; and Isklar as Official Water.

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Εικόνες

Skakistiko - Mon, 10/30/2017 - 15:32


Έχουν διασωθεί αρκετές φωτογραφίες που εικονίζουν τον Βλαντίμιρ Λένιν. Εδώ όμως μια από τις λιγότερες γνωστές. Αντίπαλος του μπολσεβίκου ηγέτη είναι ένας ξεχασμένος σήμερα ονειροπόλος, ο Αλεξάντροβιτς Μπογκντάνοφ. Οι φιλοσοφικές αντιλήψεις του Μπογκντάνοφ ήταν πολύ αταξινόμητες και ακατέργαστες για τον σκληρό ιστορικό υλισμό και έγιναν αντικείμενο κριτικής από τον Λένιν και μεταγενέστερους. Ο Μπογκντάνοφ εντάχτηκε στο μπολσεβίκικο κίνημα, αλλά ήταν ένα πνεύμα τόσο ελεύθερο και συγκινησιακό που ποτέ δεν τον εμπιστεύτηκαν.

Το 1908 εκδίδει στην τσαρική Ρωσία τον “Κόκκινο Πλανήτη”, το αριστούργημά του, που έχει μεταφραστεί στα ελληνικά και κυκλοφορήσει από τις εκδόσεις “Αλεξάνδρεια” αλλά είναι δυστυχώς εξαντλημένο. Ένας άνθρωπος της Γης φτάνει στον Άρη και μαγεύεται από το επίπεδο των κοινωνικών σχέσεων των αρειανών. Ουτοπικά, θέλει να μεταφέρει τις αρχές των εξωγήινων συστημάτων στη Γη. Τα τεχνολογικά επιτεύγματα του άλλου πλανήτη δεν τον ενδιαφέρουν σε πρώτο επίπεδο, παρά μόνο η ποιότητα του κοινωνικού πολιτισμού.

“Δεν μπορώ να καταναλώσω χρόνο και χώρο για να περιγράψω τις περίεργες μορφές που παίρνουν τα φυτά και τα ζώα στον Άρη, ή την ατμόσφαιρά του, καθαρή και διάφανη, συγκριτικά αραιή αλλά πλούσια σε οξυγόνο, ή τον ουρανό του, βαθύ και σκοτεινό, σε χρώμα πρασινωπό, με αδύναμο ήλιο και μικροσκοπικά φεγγάρια, με δυο φωτεινά νυχτερινά ή πρωινά αστέρια, την Αφροδίτη και τη Γη. Όλα αυτά -παράξενα και άγνωστα τότε, θαυμαστά και αγαπητά σήμερα- δεν σχετίζονται άμεσα με τους σκοπούς της αφήγησής μου. Οι άνθρωποι και οι σχέσεις μεταξύ τους είναι το σημαντικότερο για μένα. Και σε τούτο το παραμυθένιο περιβάλλον, αυτές ακριβώς ήταν οι πιο αδιανόητες, οι πιο αινιγματικές.”

Πολλά από τα συναρπαστικά τυπικά γνωρίσματα του λογοτεχνικού είδους που έγινε αργότερα γνωστό ως επιστημονική φαντασία -η δράση, η τεχνολογία, το διάστημα, οι νέοι κόσμοι- βρίσκονται εδώ ενσωματωμένα στο όραμα μιας διαφορετικής, ιδανικής κοινωνίας. Γραμμένο σε μια εποχή αλματώδους τεχνολογικής ανάπτυξης και κοινωνικού αναβρασμού, το μυθιστόρημα απηχεί τις πιο τολμηρές αντιλήψεις των χρόνων εκείνων στα πεδία της επιστήμης, της τεχνικής και του κοινωνικοπολιτικού σχεδιασμού. H εξωγήινη σοσιαλιστική ουτοπία του Kόκκινου Πλανήτη ανήκει έτσι στην πρωτοπορία τόσο της επιστημονικής φαντασίας όσο και των πολιτικών και ιδεολογικών αναζητήσεων του 20ού αιώνα.

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Change for 2018 World Junior & Girls U20 Championship dates & venue

FIDE - Mon, 10/30/2017 - 13:12



The 2018 World Junior and Girls U20 Championship has changed its dates to 4 - 16 September 2018 and venue to Gebze city, Kocaeli, Turkey.

The dates have been changed because of the clash with the 43rd World Chess Olympiad.

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Vladimir Kramnik nominated for FIDE Candidates Tournament

Chessdom - Mon, 10/30/2017 - 10:53

World Chess, the organizer of the 2018 FIDE World Chess Candidates Tournament, nominated GM Vladimir Kramnik (Russian Federation) as a wildcard choice for the Candidates Tournament that will take place in Berlin, Germany on March 10-28, 2018.

World Chess and FIDE have decided to issue its wildcard nomination before the final leg of the World Chess Grand Prix Series in consideration of the fact that should the wildcard choice be announced, it might affect the preparation and determination of players who are fighting for the Candidates qualification via the Grand Prix Series.

Ilya Merenzon, World Chess CEO, said: “We believe that inviting Mr. Kramnik to the Candidates will make the Tournament line-up the strongest possible and will ensure the choice of the best challenger to incumbent World Champion, Magnus Carlsen”.

Vladimir Kramnik

Vladimir Kramnik, 14th World Chess Champion, said: “I’d like to thank everyone who helped my nomination to the Candidates. Usually, the chess world’s attention is drawn to the tournament and taking part in it is a challenge for any grandmaster. I hope to show worthy performance and fight for first prize!”

Andrey Filatov, President of the Russian Chess Federation said: “I am pleased that FIDE and World Chess had selected Kramnik. For over 20 years he is in the top three world’s strongest chess players, and for seven years he’s been the World Champion. Kramnik is extremely popular among chess players and will his participation will certainly generate additional attention and drama.

Now Russia has at least two players who have a chance to become the challenger to the incumbent World Champion. With a bit of luck, the third contender, Alexander Grischuk, can join them. I very much hope that a Russian chess player will ‘capture Berlin’ and will face Magnus Carlsen in the Match in November of 2018”.

The World Chess Candidates will take place at Kühlhaus Berlin (Luckenwalder Str. 3, Berlin, Germany) on March 10—28, 2018. The prize fund will total €420,000, or an estimated $500,000 at the current exchange rate. In addition to €420,000, the prize will also include 10% of the pay-per-view revenues from the event.

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