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Stockfish starts with a win the defense of the TCEC title

Chessdom - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 19:16

Stockfish, the open source chess engine by Tord Romstad, Marco Costalba, Joona Kiiski, and Gary Linscott, started with a win its defense of TCEC Grand Champion title. Stockfish, playing with dev version 041017, defeated with black Chiron.

The game was Dutch opening and quickly entered in uncharted territory. Chiron was optimistic about white’s position, but deep eval by Stockfish in the middlegame proved advantage for black. Chiron spent quite some time on moves 29 and 30 to adjust its eval and managed to close the position. However, time trouble was ahead, and after several reroutes Stockfish found a way to break through and win the game. For the amazing bit of the game, check out 59. Nxf3!

Replay Chiron – Stockfish with analysis

Chiron – Stockfish was the second game of the new season of TCEC. Previously Vajolet2 (by Marco Belli, Italy) and Nivana (by Thomas Kolarik, USA) started the day with a draw. Again black had advantage in the middlegame. Nirvana went for a spectacular sacrifice, but a little further down the line this pushed the game into a forced draw endgame.

Replay Vajolet2 – Nirvana with analysis

The games continue on the official website on TCEC and you can follow the event live here.

The program of round 1 includes also the matches Jonny – Gaviota, Hannibal – Fruit, Ginkgo – Hakkapeliitta, Rybka – Booot, Fire – Houdini, Laser – Texel, Fizbo – Komodo, Wasp – Nemorino, Gull – Arasan and Bobcat – Andscacs.

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Εικόνες

Skakistiko - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 14:08

Στη φωτογραφία μια ξεχασμένη γυναίκα των γαλλικών γραμμάτων, η Lucie Delarue-Mardrus (1874-1945).  Στο τεύχος 9 (1927) του περιοδικού Les Cahiers de l’Echiquier Français αναφέρεται το ενδιαφέρον της για το σκάκι. «Παίζω σκάκι μόλις βρίσκω έστω και μια στιγμή στην κατάκοπη ζωή μου». Στις ίδιες σελίδες μαθαίνουμε πως είχε γνωρίσει το παιχνίδι μόλις ένα χρόνο πριν και βρίσκουμε το σονέτο του σκακιού, που είχε γράψει η ίδια και ήταν ως τότε αδημοσίευτο. Η Delarue-Mardrus εκμυστηρεύεται στο περιοδικό πως θέλει να κάνει ραδιοφωνική εκπομπή για το σκάκι και να αφιερώσει αρκετές σελίδες για το παιχνίδι, στο επόμενο μυθιστόρημά της.

Την επόμενη χρονιά, το τεύχος 14 των Cahiers αναδημοσιεύει συνέντευξή της σε εφημερίδα όπου δεν παραλείπει να υπενθυμίσει πως είναι ένθερμη παίκτρια. Στο πρωτάθλημα Γαλλίας γυναικών του 1928, το όνομά της παρουσιαζόταν μεταξύ των παικτριών που είχαν δηλώσει συμμετοχή, όμως φαίνεται πως τελικά δεν αγωνίστηκε, όπως επιβεβαιώνουν άλλωστε τα ιστορικά αρχεία με τη βαθμολογία. Πιθανολογείται πως το ενδιαφέρον της για το σκάκι ήταν εφήμερο, αφού δεν υπάρχουν ανάλογες αναφορές μετά το 1928 (στοιχεία από το chesshistory.com/)

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88th FIDE Congress in Antalya, Turkey - Day 6

FIDE - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 23:12









Day 6


The sixth day of the 88th FIDE Congress in Antalya, Turkey was devoted to the meeting of the Executive Board.

The President of the Turkish Chess Federation Gulkiz Tulay welcomed all participants of the Executive Board meeting.

FIDE President Kirsan Iluymzhinov briefed the Board about his projects and trips made over the last year.



FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos reported to the Board about several issues, including organization of the FIDE World Championship Match in New York, the FIDE World Women Championship in Tehran and some other events.

FIDE Deputy Mr. Makropoulos deplored the fact that the Presidential Board and Executive team of FIDE had been defamed, threatened and insulted by an election campaign that Mr. Ilyumzhinov had initiated. Mr. Makropoulos mentioned that Mr. Ilyumzhinov is abusing the name of Russia and the President of Russia Vladimir Putin, in order to hide himself and excuse his team’s insults and threats to FIDE officers. Mr Makropoulos said that Mr Ilyumzhinov should stop doing this.

The FIDE Executive Board reconfirmed unanimously the full delegation of FIDE President Powers to the Deputy President. The decision has been made on 10th of April 2017. 



FIDE Treasurer Professor Siegel proposed the following motion: “quote motion”. The members voted 37-20 in favour of the motion with 2 abstentions. This decision is not mandatory and Mr. Ilyumzhinov can decide whether to stand or not.

Ballot Paper (pdf)

Professor Siegel gave an explanation of the present situation regarding FIDE finances, which showed a surplus in 2016 of over Euro 800,000.

Ilya Merenzon gave a presentation on Agon, which was followed by a discussion on the subject of FIDE’s contract with the company. FIDE Vice-President Israel Gelfer informed that he had signed a revised agreement with Agon on behalf of FIDE and advised the terms.

Many Commissions presented their reports which were the approved.

Congress Photo Gallery

Day 5

On the fifth day of the 88th FIDE Congress in Antalya, Turkey, the African Chess Federation held a meeting in the morning. The Commission for World Championships and Olympiads (WCOC) held their meeting from 3 till 6 pm. During the meeting of the WCOC, AGON presented their plans for the Candidates Tournament 2018 in Berlin and the World Championship Match later that year. The Commission has also discussed proposals for Candidates, Grand Prix and World Championship Match regulations.

Commission for World Championships and Olympiads (WCOC)



Mr Zurab Azmaiparashvili informed the commission about Olympiad 2018, while Geoffrey Borg reported about venues for Women Grand Prix 2018-2019 and negotiations with the Chinese Chess Federation regarding Women’s World Championship Match.

All Commission have had their annual meetings and prepared their reports and proposals, which will be discussed at the Executive Board. The FIDE Executive Board starts at 9 am on 13th of October and occupies the full day.

Congress Photo Gallery

Full schedule, along with the Executive Board Agenda and Annexes can be found on the dedicated page.
http://fidecongress.tsf.org.tr

Day 4

On the fourth day of the 88th FIDE Congress in Antalya, Turkey, the following Commissions and Associations held their respective meetings:

Constitutional Commission
Social Action Commission
Events Commission
Commission for Disabled
Development Commission
Online Commission
Francophone Chess Association
Commonwealth Chess Association

At the start of the meeting the Chairman of the Commission for Disabled Thomas Luther spoke about goals and strategic plans of the Commission. He informed the audience about the FIDE World Junior Chess Championship for Disabled in 2017 and FIDE World Chess Championship for Disabled 2017. Polina Torochkova delivered her report about events in Moscow. The Commission agreed on some proposals which will be discussed during the meeting of the Executive Board.

The members of the Online Commission heard the review of the previous year, statistical information and planning for the upcoming year. The Commission discussed a new simplified version of the transfer regulations and rules of the eligibility for players and proposed changes into regulations for registration and licensing of players.



Events Commission

The Events Commission discussed in details proposals for amendments in regulations, regulations of World Youth Rapid and Blitz Championships, FIDE EVE Calendar 2018. The Commission made recommendations for IO titles for the FIDE Congress and discussed the budget of EVE for 2018.

The Constitutional Commission chaired by Roberto Rivello discussed a number of federation and statutory issues.



Constitutional Commission

The Francophone Chess Association discussed several issues, including the forthcoming event in Tunisia which will be the fifth Francophone chess championship and will see the participation of several Grandmasters. The Chairman Patrick Van Hoolandt proposed a number of development ideas.

Congress Photo Gallery

Full schedule, along with the Executive Board Agenda and Annexes can be found on the dedicated page.
http://fidecongress.tsf.org.tr


Download also the Informative Bulletin (PDF)
http://fidecongress.tsf.org.tr/en/info-bulletin

Day 3

On the third day of the 88th FIDE Congress in Antalya, Turkey, the following Commissions held their respective meetings:

- Social Project Commission
- Commission for Women’s Chess
- Anti-Cheating Commission
- Chess in Schools Commission
- Verification Commission
- System of Parings and Programs

The Skills Management Committee Chairperson made a decision to postpone the meeting and it will be held on 12th of October.

The Anti-Cheating Commission started with the Chairperson's report. Israel Gelfer specified the role of the Commission and explained what the Commission members have been doing during the last period. The Commission members informed about the outstanding cases, recent cooperation with National Federations and discussed opportunities for developing a 2018 edition of the ACC Guidelines.

WOM Secretary Anastasia Sorokina started the meeting of the Commission for Women’s Chess by giving a brief summary regarding the events for 2017 and some of the projects of WOM. In the next part of the meeting, participants shared their ideas about how to motivate female players worldwide regardless of playing levels. Besides, it was suggested that WOM introduce leading female chess players as their ambassadors. WOM also made a few proposals.

The Chess in Schools Commission approved the changes to regulations to cover the online version of the school instructor. The Chairman Kevin O’Connell was pleased to report that the collaboration that they have been working for the past two years with FEDA and FIBDA is now fully operational with the first ever online seminar and two seminars in Argentina in the last two weeks. The members were pleased to appoint PEP Suerez of Spain who had been so as a counsellor. The Commission also discussed collaboration with AIDEF which they began a year ago and expect to have matching results next year.

The Verification Commission discussed in great detail the 2016 accounts.FIDE Treasurer Adrian Siegel was present during the meeting to answer many relevant questions received from the floor.

Congress Photo Gallery



Anti-Cheating Commission



Commission for Women's Chess



Chess in Schools Commission



Systems of Pairings & Programs Commission

Day 2

On the second day of the 88th FIDE Congress in Antalya, Turkey, the following Commissions held their respective meetings:

- Qualification Commission (QC)
- Ethics Commission (ETH)
- Medical Commission (MED)
- Rules Commission (RC)

The Qualification Commission approved the title applications and discussed other items from the agenda: direct titles, late registrations and submissions, effects of no-service federations, review of rating system, rating of matches, and the Regulations for rapid and blitz ratings.

The Ethics Commission elaborated on its statement in regard to the "Kovalyov case", following the formal complaint by the Chess Federation of Canada. The Commission members also informed the meeting about the other ongoing cases.

The Medical Commission heard the Chairperson's report, including the new insights on the compliance with WADA-Code. The WADA is tightening the protocol after the series of doping scandals in athletics and other major sports. The Commission answered a large questionnaire issued by WADA and is strictly observing all requirements. The Chairperson added that, however, FIDE is considered a very low-risk sport. FIDE Executive Director added that WADA is very satisfied about the current level of cooperation with FIDE.

The Commission informed that 16 tests were conducted in year 2016, all returning negative results. The organizers and the players cooperated with the Commission. It is added that the current testing pool for out-of-competition tests consists of 15 players (10 male and 5 female).

The Rules Commission reviewed the "Guidelines for the organizers" and "Interpretation of the Laws of Chess made with the Arbiters' Commission", and drafted the "Amendments of the Competition Rules".

One of the items that should be brought to public attention are the "Amendments to the Laws of Chess 2017", which, after the approval from the FIDE Executive Board, should become valid from 1st January 2018. According to the draft, the same regulation regarding an illegal move will apply in standard, rapid and blitz games.

Full schedule, along with the Executive Board Agenda and Annexes can be found on the dedicated page. 
http://fidecongress.tsf.org.tr

Download also the Informative Bulletin (PDF) 
http://fidecongress.tsf.org.tr/en/info-bulletin



Rules Commission



Ethics Commission



Medical Commission



Qualification Commission


Day 1

The 88th FIDE Congress started today at the Avantgarde Hotel in Antalya, Turkey.

The Congress is organized by the Turkish Chess Federation and attended by the FIDE Executive & Presidential Board, the FIDE Commissions, the FIDE Delegates and the National Chess Federations.

On the first day there were meetings of the Central Board of Commissions, the Marketing Committee, the Technical Commission (TEC), the Arbiters' Commission (ARB), the Trainers' Commission (TRG) and the Commission of Chess Journalists (CCJ).

The Central Board of Commissions discussed several important topics, including the seasonal effect on the FIDE budget in the odd years, the coordinated effort of various commissions to standardise and implement dress code, and the updating of the FIDE Handbook by assigning proper sections to relevant commissions for reviewing.

The Marketing Committee saw the interactive presentations by Chairman Martin Huba and member Sonja Johnson. The Committee is proposing several key areas to focus on for further development: Membership, Branding, and alternative sources of funding. The Committee is also asking the Presidential Board to formulate and adopt the FIDE Mission Statement, which is an important first step for applying to grants.

The Technical Commission heard the opening by the Chairman and started the session with the "presentation of final text of the Separate Chapter of the Technical matters". The Commission also discussed the "Chess Evolution Sets" prepared by GM A. Naiditsch, "Live chess platform for FIDE events" prepared by Asim Pereira, "Leap Chess Clock", and the "Tie-breaks study - Unplayed games" with presentations from Prof. Anantharam and Mr. Roberto Ricca.

The Arbiters' Commission reviewed the Minutes from Councilors' Meeting in Reykjavik (21-24 April 2017). The Commission approved IA and FA title applications, the Amendments of the Regulations, the List of Lecturers, and Classification of the Arbiters.

Also on agenda were the activities of the Commission, including online lectures for the new laws of Chess (in English, Arabic, Russian, Spanish) and online Conference for the new laws of Chess.

The Commission presented the 5th issue of the "Arbiters’ Magazine" and the "2017 Arbiters’ Manual", and approved the FIDE Arbiters’ Commission’s Budget for 2017-2018.

The Trainers' Commission held the consultation session as the Councillors' Meeting already took place this summer in Montenegro. Due to the huge interest of the members and guests, the session was extended to last full two hours. Many relevant questions and competent proposals arrived from the floor, with the Chairman and the Secretary answering in detail.

The Commission of Chess Journalists reviewed the Media Regulations which should be forwarded to the Executive Board for the final approval. The Commission also reported on the progress on issuing the FIDE Journalist accreditations and the plans for the 2018 SportAccord Convention.




The Central Board of Commissions








The Marketing Committee





The Technical Commission











The Arbiters' Commission








The Trainers' Commission





The Commission of Chess Journalists





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88th FIDE Congress in Antalya, Turkey - Day 5

FIDE - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 23:12









On the fifth day of the 88th FIDE Congress in Antalya, Turkey, the African Chess Federation held a meeting in the morning. The Commission for World Championships and Olympiads (WCOC) held their meeting from 3 till 6 pm. During the meeting of the WCOC, AGON presented their plans for the Candidates Tournament 2018 in Berlin and the World Championship Match later that year. The Commission has also discussed proposals for Candidates, Grand Prix and World Championship Match regulations.

Commission for World Championships and Olympiads (WCOC)



Mr Zurab Azmaiparashvili informed the commission about Olympiad 2018, while Geoffrey Borg reported about venues for Women Grand Prix 2018-2019 and negotiations with the Chinese Chess Federation regarding Women’s World Championship Match.

All Commission have had their annual meetings and prepared their reports and proposals, which will be discussed at the Executive Board. The FIDE Executive Board starts at 9 am on 13th of October and occupies the full day.

Congress Photo Gallery

Full schedule, along with the Executive Board Agenda and Annexes can be found on the dedicated page.
http://fidecongress.tsf.org.tr

Day 4

On the fourth day of the 88th FIDE Congress in Antalya, Turkey, the following Commissions and Associations held their respective meetings:

Constitutional Commission
Social Action Commission
Events Commission
Commission for Disabled
Development Commission
Online Commission
Francophone Chess Association
Commonwealth Chess Association

At the start of the meeting the Chairman of the Commission for Disabled Thomas Luther spoke about goals and strategic plans of the Commission. He informed the audience about the FIDE World Junior Chess Championship for Disabled in 2017 and FIDE World Chess Championship for Disabled 2017. Polina Torochkova delivered her report about events in Moscow. The Commission agreed on some proposals which will be discussed during the meeting of the Executive Board.

The members of the Online Commission heard the review of the previous year, statistical information and planning for the upcoming year. The Commission discussed a new simplified version of the transfer regulations and rules of the eligibility for players and proposed changes into regulations for registration and licensing of players.



Events Commission

The Events Commission discussed in details proposals for amendments in regulations, regulations of World Youth Rapid and Blitz Championships, FIDE EVE Calendar 2018. The Commission made recommendations for IO titles for the FIDE Congress and discussed the budget of EVE for 2018.

The Constitutional Commission chaired by Roberto Rivello discussed a number of federation and statutory issues.



Constitutional Commission

The Francophone Chess Association discussed several issues, including the forthcoming event in Tunisia which will be the fifth Francophone chess championship and will see the participation of several Grandmasters. The Chairman Patrick Van Hoolandt proposed a number of development ideas.

Congress Photo Gallery

Full schedule, along with the Executive Board Agenda and Annexes can be found on the dedicated page.
http://fidecongress.tsf.org.tr


Download also the Informative Bulletin (PDF)
http://fidecongress.tsf.org.tr/en/info-bulletin

Day 3

On the third day of the 88th FIDE Congress in Antalya, Turkey, the following Commissions held their respective meetings:

- Social Project Commission
- Commission for Women’s Chess
- Anti-Cheating Commission
- Chess in Schools Commission
- Verification Commission
- System of Parings and Programs

The Skills Management Committee Chairperson made a decision to postpone the meeting and it will be held on 12th of October.

The Anti-Cheating Commission started with the Chairperson's report. Israel Gelfer specified the role of the Commission and explained what the Commission members have been doing during the last period. The Commission members informed about the outstanding cases, recent cooperation with National Federations and discussed opportunities for developing a 2018 edition of the ACC Guidelines.

WOM Secretary Anastasia Sorokina started the meeting of the Commission for Women’s Chess by giving a brief summary regarding the events for 2017 and some of the projects of WOM. In the next part of the meeting, participants shared their ideas about how to motivate female players worldwide regardless of playing levels. Besides, it was suggested that WOM introduce leading female chess players as their ambassadors. WOM also made a few proposals.

The Chess in Schools Commission approved the changes to regulations to cover the online version of the school instructor. The Chairman Kevin O’Connell was pleased to report that the collaboration that they have been working for the past two years with FEDA and FIBDA is now fully operational with the first ever online seminar and two seminars in Argentina in the last two weeks. The members were pleased to appoint PEP Suerez of Spain who had been so as a counsellor. The Commission also discussed collaboration with AIDEF which they began a year ago and expect to have matching results next year.

The Verification Commission discussed in great detail the 2016 accounts.FIDE Treasurer Adrian Siegel was present during the meeting to answer many relevant questions received from the floor.

Congress Photo Gallery



Anti-Cheating Commission



Commission for Women's Chess



Chess in Schools Commission



Systems of Pairings & Programs Commission

Day 2

On the second day of the 88th FIDE Congress in Antalya, Turkey, the following Commissions held their respective meetings:

- Qualification Commission (QC)
- Ethics Commission (ETH)
- Medical Commission (MED)
- Rules Commission (RC)

The Qualification Commission approved the title applications and discussed other items from the agenda: direct titles, late registrations and submissions, effects of no-service federations, review of rating system, rating of matches, and the Regulations for rapid and blitz ratings.

The Ethics Commission elaborated on its statement in regard to the "Kovalyov case", following the formal complaint by the Chess Federation of Canada. The Commission members also informed the meeting about the other ongoing cases.

The Medical Commission heard the Chairperson's report, including the new insights on the compliance with WADA-Code. The WADA is tightening the protocol after the series of doping scandals in athletics and other major sports. The Commission answered a large questionnaire issued by WADA and is strictly observing all requirements. The Chairperson added that, however, FIDE is considered a very low-risk sport. FIDE Executive Director added that WADA is very satisfied about the current level of cooperation with FIDE.

The Commission informed that 16 tests were conducted in year 2016, all returning negative results. The organizers and the players cooperated with the Commission. It is added that the current testing pool for out-of-competition tests consists of 15 players (10 male and 5 female).

The Rules Commission reviewed the "Guidelines for the organizers" and "Interpretation of the Laws of Chess made with the Arbiters' Commission", and drafted the "Amendments of the Competition Rules".

One of the items that should be brought to public attention are the "Amendments to the Laws of Chess 2017", which, after the approval from the FIDE Executive Board, should become valid from 1st January 2018. According to the draft, the same regulation regarding an illegal move will apply in standard, rapid and blitz games.

Full schedule, along with the Executive Board Agenda and Annexes can be found on the dedicated page. 
http://fidecongress.tsf.org.tr

Download also the Informative Bulletin (PDF) 
http://fidecongress.tsf.org.tr/en/info-bulletin



Rules Commission



Ethics Commission



Medical Commission



Qualification Commission


Day 1

The 88th FIDE Congress started today at the Avantgarde Hotel in Antalya, Turkey.

The Congress is organized by the Turkish Chess Federation and attended by the FIDE Executive & Presidential Board, the FIDE Commissions, the FIDE Delegates and the National Chess Federations.

On the first day there were meetings of the Central Board of Commissions, the Marketing Committee, the Technical Commission (TEC), the Arbiters' Commission (ARB), the Trainers' Commission (TRG) and the Commission of Chess Journalists (CCJ).

The Central Board of Commissions discussed several important topics, including the seasonal effect on the FIDE budget in the odd years, the coordinated effort of various commissions to standardise and implement dress code, and the updating of the FIDE Handbook by assigning proper sections to relevant commissions for reviewing.

The Marketing Committee saw the interactive presentations by Chairman Martin Huba and member Sonja Johnson. The Committee is proposing several key areas to focus on for further development: Membership, Branding, and alternative sources of funding. The Committee is also asking the Presidential Board to formulate and adopt the FIDE Mission Statement, which is an important first step for applying to grants.

The Technical Commission heard the opening by the Chairman and started the session with the "presentation of final text of the Separate Chapter of the Technical matters". The Commission also discussed the "Chess Evolution Sets" prepared by GM A. Naiditsch, "Live chess platform for FIDE events" prepared by Asim Pereira, "Leap Chess Clock", and the "Tie-breaks study - Unplayed games" with presentations from Prof. Anantharam and Mr. Roberto Ricca.

The Arbiters' Commission reviewed the Minutes from Councilors' Meeting in Reykjavik (21-24 April 2017). The Commission approved IA and FA title applications, the Amendments of the Regulations, the List of Lecturers, and Classification of the Arbiters.

Also on agenda were the activities of the Commission, including online lectures for the new laws of Chess (in English, Arabic, Russian, Spanish) and online Conference for the new laws of Chess.

The Commission presented the 5th issue of the "Arbiters’ Magazine" and the "2017 Arbiters’ Manual", and approved the FIDE Arbiters’ Commission’s Budget for 2017-2018.

The Trainers' Commission held the consultation session as the Councillors' Meeting already took place this summer in Montenegro. Due to the huge interest of the members and guests, the session was extended to last full two hours. Many relevant questions and competent proposals arrived from the floor, with the Chairman and the Secretary answering in detail.

The Commission of Chess Journalists reviewed the Media Regulations which should be forwarded to the Executive Board for the final approval. The Commission also reported on the progress on issuing the FIDE Journalist accreditations and the plans for the 2018 SportAccord Convention.




The Central Board of Commissions








The Marketing Committee





The Technical Commission











The Arbiters' Commission








The Trainers' Commission





The Commission of Chess Journalists





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TCEC Season 10 starts this Saturday at 14:00 CEST

Chessdom - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 10:45

The temporary logo of TCEC is actually a puzzle, scroll down for more information

The premier computer chess event TCEC Season 10 is starting this Saturday, 14th of October, at 14:00 CEST. Once the start is given, TCEC runs 24/7 until all games have been played. One game is played at a time – the next one starts automatically. Follow the games at the official site

About TCEC Season 10 – record breaking

The Top Chess Engine Championship (TCEC) Season 10 is the annual premier championship for chess software. It is a competition between 24 engines with ELO 3000+ and is divided into two stages and a Superfinal.

TCEC Season 10 is a record breaking event in several aspects:

ELO average record: The participants have the highest average ELO of any season so far. What’s more, the engines have provided custom versions for the event, adding a few extra ELO points to their total playing strength. See the list of participants further down in this article

44 core server: TCEC Season 10 will be played on a 44 cores server Xeon 2699 v4. This is a huge upgrade regarding previous seasons where a 16 cores or 20 cores machines were used and has become possible thanks to the support of the devoted audience of TCEC. While it will be challenging for some engines to utilize all cores, we will certainly see new levels of chess from the top participants, which is one of the main goals of TCEC. More about server specifications here

Special selection of openings: TCEC will have the finest selection of openings, guaranteeing combative chess and also eliminating the one more white game advantage in single round robins. The amazing openings are the work of the finest experts in the field – Nelson Hernandez and Jeroen Noomen. You can see Nelson Hernandez explaining the huge work behind the scenes in the video here

Join us for what projects to be the most exciting season of TCEC ever. Games start rolling at 14:00 CEST on Saturday and will be live on the official website. It is the same page that everyone loves from previous season, containing an inside look in the “brain of the engines” (depth, principal variation, speed, evaluation, tablebases use), complete statistics and standings, chat with the engine authors and computer chess experts, and much more.

Season 10 official website with live games

TCEC Season 10 participants

Andscacs
Arasan
Bobcat
Booot
Chiron
Fire
Fizbo
Fruit
Gaviota
Ginkgo
Gull
Hakkapeliitta
Hannibal
Houdini
Jonny
Komodo
Laser
Nemorino
Nirvana
Rybka
Stockfish
Texel
Vajolet2
Wasp

Stage structure

TCEC Season 10 will consist of a preliminary stage, a qualifiers stage, and a Superfinal. Each will have different time controls and structure

Stage 1: this is the preliminary stage, involving 24 engines, playing a single round robin (276 games). The time control of the games will be 60 mins + 10 sec/move. The top 8 engines qualify for the next stage

Stage 2: the second stage will be qualifier of 8 engines with 2x double round robin (112 games) with a slightly longer time control 90 min + 10 sec/move

Superfinal: two engines will participate in the Superfinal, playing a total of 100 games for the title of Grand Champion of TCEC

The season 10 puzzle

As tradition goes, Martin Thoresen has posted an interesting puzzle on the live page of TCEC. It is to celebrate Season 10 and the figures are distributed in a special way to form the number 10 on the board. The task for those of you who love puzzles, find a mate in exactly 10 moves!

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88th FIDE Congress in Antalya, Turkey - Day 4

FIDE - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 23:54









On the fourth day of the 88th FIDE Congress in Antalya, Turkey, the following Commissions and Associations held their respective meetings:

Constitutional Commission
Social Action Commission
Events Commission
Commission for Disabled
Development Commission
Online Commission
Francophone Chess Association
Commonwealth Chess Association

At the start of the meeting the Chairman of the Commission for Disabled Thomas Luther spoke about goals and strategic plans of the Commission. He informed the audience about the FIDE World Junior Chess Championship for Disabled in 2017 and FIDE World Chess Championship for Disabled 2017. Polina Torochkova delivered her report about events in Moscow. The Commission agreed on some proposals which will be discussed during the meeting of the Executive Board.

The members of the Online Commission heard the review of the previous year, statistical information and planning for the upcoming year. The Commission discussed a new simplified version of the transfer regulations and rules of the eligibility for players and proposed changes into regulations for registration and licensing of players.



Events Commission

The Events Commission discussed in details proposals for amendments in regulations, regulations of World Youth Rapid and Blitz Championships, FIDE EVE Calendar 2018. The Commission made recommendations for IO titles for the FIDE Congress and discussed the budget of EVE for 2018.

The Constitutional Commission chaired by Roberto Rivello discussed a number of federation and statutory issues.



Constitutional Commission

The Francophone Chess Association discussed several issues, including the forthcoming event in Tunisia which will be the fifth Francophone chess championship and will see the participation of several Grandmasters. The Chairman Patrick Van Hoolandt proposed a number of development ideas.

Congress Photo Gallery

Full schedule, along with the Executive Board Agenda and Annexes can be found on the dedicated page.
http://fidecongress.tsf.org.tr


Download also the Informative Bulletin (PDF)
http://fidecongress.tsf.org.tr/en/info-bulletin

Day 3

On the third day of the 88th FIDE Congress in Antalya, Turkey, the following Commissions held their respective meetings:

- Social Project Commission
- Commission for Women’s Chess
- Anti-Cheating Commission
- Chess in Schools Commission
- Verification Commission
- System of Parings and Programs

The Skills Management Committee Chairperson made a decision to postpone the meeting and it will be held on 12th of October.

The Anti-Cheating Commission started with the Chairperson's report. Israel Gelfer specified the role of the Commission and explained what the Commission members have been doing during the last period. The Commission members informed about the outstanding cases, recent cooperation with National Federations and discussed opportunities for developing a 2018 edition of the ACC Guidelines.

WOM Secretary Anastasia Sorokina started the meeting of the Commission for Women’s Chess by giving a brief summary regarding the events for 2017 and some of the projects of WOM. In the next part of the meeting, participants shared their ideas about how to motivate female players worldwide regardless of playing levels. Besides, it was suggested that WOM introduce leading female chess players as their ambassadors. WOM also made a few proposals.

The Chess in Schools Commission approved the changes to regulations to cover the online version of the school instructor. The Chairman Kevin O’Connell was pleased to report that the collaboration that they have been working for the past two years with FEDA and FIBDA is now fully operational with the first ever online seminar and two seminars in Argentina in the last two weeks. The members were pleased to appoint PEP Suerez of Spain who had been so as a counsellor. The Commission also discussed collaboration with AIDEF which they began a year ago and expect to have matching results next year.

The Verification Commission discussed in great detail the 2016 accounts.FIDE Treasurer Adrian Siegel was present during the meeting to answer many relevant questions received from the floor.

Congress Photo Gallery



Anti-Cheating Commission



Commission for Women's Chess



Chess in Schools Commission



Systems of Pairings & Programs Commission

Day 2

On the second day of the 88th FIDE Congress in Antalya, Turkey, the following Commissions held their respective meetings:

- Qualification Commission (QC)
- Ethics Commission (ETH)
- Medical Commission (MED)
- Rules Commission (RC)

The Qualification Commission approved the title applications and discussed other items from the agenda: direct titles, late registrations and submissions, effects of no-service federations, review of rating system, rating of matches, and the Regulations for rapid and blitz ratings.

The Ethics Commission elaborated on its statement in regard to the "Kovalyov case", following the formal complaint by the Chess Federation of Canada. The Commission members also informed the meeting about the other ongoing cases.

The Medical Commission heard the Chairperson's report, including the new insights on the compliance with WADA-Code. The WADA is tightening the protocol after the series of doping scandals in athletics and other major sports. The Commission answered a large questionnaire issued by WADA and is strictly observing all requirements. The Chairperson added that, however, FIDE is considered a very low-risk sport. FIDE Executive Director added that WADA is very satisfied about the current level of cooperation with FIDE.

The Commission informed that 16 tests were conducted in year 2016, all returning negative results. The organizers and the players cooperated with the Commission. It is added that the current testing pool for out-of-competition tests consists of 15 players (10 male and 5 female).

The Rules Commission reviewed the "Guidelines for the organizers" and "Interpretation of the Laws of Chess made with the Arbiters' Commission", and drafted the "Amendments of the Competition Rules".

One of the items that should be brought to public attention are the "Amendments to the Laws of Chess 2017", which, after the approval from the FIDE Executive Board, should become valid from 1st January 2018. According to the draft, the same regulation regarding an illegal move will apply in standard, rapid and blitz games.

Full schedule, along with the Executive Board Agenda and Annexes can be found on the dedicated page. 
http://fidecongress.tsf.org.tr

Download also the Informative Bulletin (PDF) 
http://fidecongress.tsf.org.tr/en/info-bulletin



Rules Commission



Ethics Commission



Medical Commission



Qualification Commission


Day 1

The 88th FIDE Congress started today at the Avantgarde Hotel in Antalya, Turkey.

The Congress is organized by the Turkish Chess Federation and attended by the FIDE Executive & Presidential Board, the FIDE Commissions, the FIDE Delegates and the National Chess Federations.

On the first day there were meetings of the Central Board of Commissions, the Marketing Committee, the Technical Commission (TEC), the Arbiters' Commission (ARB), the Trainers' Commission (TRG) and the Commission of Chess Journalists (CCJ).

The Central Board of Commissions discussed several important topics, including the seasonal effect on the FIDE budget in the odd years, the coordinated effort of various commissions to standardise and implement dress code, and the updating of the FIDE Handbook by assigning proper sections to relevant commissions for reviewing.

The Marketing Committee saw the interactive presentations by Chairman Martin Huba and member Sonja Johnson. The Committee is proposing several key areas to focus on for further development: Membership, Branding, and alternative sources of funding. The Committee is also asking the Presidential Board to formulate and adopt the FIDE Mission Statement, which is an important first step for applying to grants.

The Technical Commission heard the opening by the Chairman and started the session with the "presentation of final text of the Separate Chapter of the Technical matters". The Commission also discussed the "Chess Evolution Sets" prepared by GM A. Naiditsch, "Live chess platform for FIDE events" prepared by Asim Pereira, "Leap Chess Clock", and the "Tie-breaks study - Unplayed games" with presentations from Prof. Anantharam and Mr. Roberto Ricca.

The Arbiters' Commission reviewed the Minutes from Councilors' Meeting in Reykjavik (21-24 April 2017). The Commission approved IA and FA title applications, the Amendments of the Regulations, the List of Lecturers, and Classification of the Arbiters.

Also on agenda were the activities of the Commission, including online lectures for the new laws of Chess (in English, Arabic, Russian, Spanish) and online Conference for the new laws of Chess.

The Commission presented the 5th issue of the "Arbiters’ Magazine" and the "2017 Arbiters’ Manual", and approved the FIDE Arbiters’ Commission’s Budget for 2017-2018.

The Trainers' Commission held the consultation session as the Councillors' Meeting already took place this summer in Montenegro. Due to the huge interest of the members and guests, the session was extended to last full two hours. Many relevant questions and competent proposals arrived from the floor, with the Chairman and the Secretary answering in detail.

The Commission of Chess Journalists reviewed the Media Regulations which should be forwarded to the Executive Board for the final approval. The Commission also reported on the progress on issuing the FIDE Journalist accreditations and the plans for the 2018 SportAccord Convention.




The Central Board of Commissions








The Marketing Committee





The Technical Commission











The Arbiters' Commission








The Trainers' Commission





The Commission of Chess Journalists





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TCEC Stage 1 official poll

Chessdom - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 12:22

The temporary logo of TCEC is actually a puzzle, scroll down for more information

The premier computer chess event TCEC Season 10 is starting this Saturday, 14th of October, at 14:00 CEST. Once the start is given, TCEC runs 24/7 until all games have been played. One game is played at a time – the next one starts automatically. Follow the games at the official site

A total of eight engines will qualify for the next stage of TCEC. Here is the official poll of stage 1, who will qualify? Vote below by selecting eight of the engines.

Once you vote, leave an answer in the comments widget at the end of this page with the correct order of the top 8 engines that you predict will qualify. The one with the closest prediction will win a product from the Chessdom shop and will be crowned the winner of the Stage 1 official poll competition.

Full information about the event

How will the comments below participating in the competition be evaluated?

The comments below will be evaluated position by position in eight rounds. Round 1 will be passed if the user has correctly guessed the winner of Stage 1 and all others will be eliminated. Round 2 will be passed by the user that has correctly guessed the 1st and the 2nd position in Stage 1, etc.

This means that even if you guess positions 2 to 7, but have mistaken the winner of the stage, you will most probably be at the end of the standings.

If two or more users have reached the same “Round” no tiebreak will be used and all will receive the prize.

Until when are comments accepted?

A comment eligible for the competition cannot be posted later than October 20th.

#qp_main1908688 .qp_btna:hover input {background:rgb(150,150,150)!important} Who will qualify from TCEC Stage 1? (select eight engines)
Andscacs Arasan Bobcat Booot Chiron Fire Fizbo Fruit Gaviota Ginkgo Gull Hakkapeliitta Hannibal Houdini Jonny Komodo Laser Nemorino Nirvana Rybka Stockfish Texel Vajolet2 Wasp

www.poll-maker.com

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88th FIDE Congress in Antalya, Turkey - Day 3

FIDE - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 23:54

On the third day of the 88th FIDE Congress in Antalya, Turkey, the following Commissions held their respective meetings:

- Social Project Commission
- Commission for Women’s Chess
- Anti-Cheating Commission
- Chess in Schools Commission
- Verification Commission
- System of Parings and Programs

The Skills Management Committee Chairperson made a decision to postpone the meeting and it will be held on 12th of October.

The Anti-Cheating Commission started with the Chairperson's report. Israel Gelfer specified the role of the Commission and explained what the Commission members have been doing during the last period. The Commission members informed about the outstanding cases, recent cooperation with National Federations and discussed opportunities for developing a 2018 edition of the ACC Guidelines.

WOM Secretary Anastasia Sorokina started the meeting of the Commission for Women’s Chess by giving a brief summary regarding the events for 2017 and some of the projects of WOM. In the next part of the meeting, participants shared their ideas about how to motivate female players worldwide regardless of playing levels. Besides, it was suggested that WOM introduce leading female chess players as their ambassadors. WOM also made a few proposals.

The Chess in Schools Commission approved the changes to regulations to cover the online version of the school instructor. The Chairman Kevin O’Connell was pleased to report that the collaboration that they have been working for the past two years with FEDA and FIBDA is now fully operational with the first ever online seminar and two seminars in Argentina in the last two weeks. The members were pleased to appoint PEP Suerez of Spain who had been so as a counsellor. The Commission also discussed collaboration with AIDEF which they began a year ago and expect to have matching results next year.

The Verification Commission discussed in great detail the 2016 accounts.FIDE Treasurer Adrian Siegel was present during the meeting to answer many relevant questions received from the floor.

Congress Photo Gallery



Anti-Cheating Commission



Commission for Women's Chess



Chess in Schools Commission



Systems of Pairings & Programs Commission

Day 2

On the second day of the 88th FIDE Congress in Antalya, Turkey, the following Commissions held their respective meetings:

- Qualification Commission (QC)
- Ethics Commission (ETH)
- Medical Commission (MED)
- Rules Commission (RC)

The Qualification Commission approved the title applications and discussed other items from the agenda: direct titles, late registrations and submissions, effects of no-service federations, review of rating system, rating of matches, and the Regulations for rapid and blitz ratings.

The Ethics Commission elaborated on its statement in regard to the "Kovalyov case", following the formal complaint by the Chess Federation of Canada. The Commission members also informed the meeting about the other ongoing cases.

The Medical Commission heard the Chairperson's report, including the new insights on the compliance with WADA-Code. The WADA is tightening the protocol after the series of doping scandals in athletics and other major sports. The Commission answered a large questionnaire issued by WADA and is strictly observing all requirements. The Chairperson added that, however, FIDE is considered a very low-risk sport. FIDE Executive Director added that WADA is very satisfied about the current level of cooperation with FIDE.

The Commission informed that 16 tests were conducted in year 2016, all returning negative results. The organizers and the players cooperated with the Commission. It is added that the current testing pool for out-of-competition tests consists of 15 players (10 male and 5 female).

The Rules Commission reviewed the "Guidelines for the organizers" and "Interpretation of the Laws of Chess made with the Arbiters' Commission", and drafted the "Amendments of the Competition Rules".

One of the items that should be brought to public attention are the "Amendments to the Laws of Chess 2017", which, after the approval from the FIDE Executive Board, should become valid from 1st January 2018. According to the draft, the same regulation regarding an illegal move will apply in standard, rapid and blitz games.

Full schedule, along with the Executive Board Agenda and Annexes can be found on the dedicated page. 
http://fidecongress.tsf.org.tr

Download also the Informative Bulletin (PDF) 
http://fidecongress.tsf.org.tr/en/info-bulletin



Rules Commission



Ethics Commission



Medical Commission



Qualification Commission


Day 1

The 88th FIDE Congress started today at the Avantgarde Hotel in Antalya, Turkey.

The Congress is organized by the Turkish Chess Federation and attended by the FIDE Executive & Presidential Board, the FIDE Commissions, the FIDE Delegates and the National Chess Federations.

On the first day there were meetings of the Central Board of Commissions, the Marketing Committee, the Technical Commission (TEC), the Arbiters' Commission (ARB), the Trainers' Commission (TRG) and the Commission of Chess Journalists (CCJ).

The Central Board of Commissions discussed several important topics, including the seasonal effect on the FIDE budget in the odd years, the coordinated effort of various commissions to standardise and implement dress code, and the updating of the FIDE Handbook by assigning proper sections to relevant commissions for reviewing.

The Marketing Committee saw the interactive presentations by Chairman Martin Huba and member Sonja Johnson. The Committee is proposing several key areas to focus on for further development: Membership, Branding, and alternative sources of funding. The Committee is also asking the Presidential Board to formulate and adopt the FIDE Mission Statement, which is an important first step for applying to grants.

The Technical Commission heard the opening by the Chairman and started the session with the "presentation of final text of the Separate Chapter of the Technical matters". The Commission also discussed the "Chess Evolution Sets" prepared by GM A. Naiditsch, "Live chess platform for FIDE events" prepared by Asim Pereira, "Leap Chess Clock", and the "Tie-breaks study - Unplayed games" with presentations from Prof. Anantharam and Mr. Roberto Ricca.

The Arbiters' Commission reviewed the Minutes from Councilors' Meeting in Reykjavik (21-24 April 2017). The Commission approved IA and FA title applications, the Amendments of the Regulations, the List of Lecturers, and Classification of the Arbiters.

Also on agenda were the activities of the Commission, including online lectures for the new laws of Chess (in English, Arabic, Russian, Spanish) and online Conference for the new laws of Chess.

The Commission presented the 5th issue of the "Arbiters’ Magazine" and the "2017 Arbiters’ Manual", and approved the FIDE Arbiters’ Commission’s Budget for 2017-2018.

The Trainers' Commission held the consultation session as the Councillors' Meeting already took place this summer in Montenegro. Due to the huge interest of the members and guests, the session was extended to last full two hours. Many relevant questions and competent proposals arrived from the floor, with the Chairman and the Secretary answering in detail.

The Commission of Chess Journalists reviewed the Media Regulations which should be forwarded to the Executive Board for the final approval. The Commission also reported on the progress on issuing the FIDE Journalist accreditations and the plans for the 2018 SportAccord Convention.




The Central Board of Commissions








The Marketing Committee





The Technical Commission











The Arbiters' Commission








The Trainers' Commission





The Commission of Chess Journalists





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The 3rd World Chess Championship for the Disabled

FIDE - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 17:29



The 3rd World Chess Championship for the Disabled is well under way in Dresden, Germany. Opened on 5th October 2017 in the presence of various dignitaries of the city of Dresden and the State Saxony. With 71 players out of 12 nations present it is great to witness that the common language despite impairments is chess. Rounds start at 9:30am, giving the players an opportunity to go and spend some time in this lovely city. This is the third time that the tournament is played in Dresden. Since the first edition in 2013 a lot has changed in Chess for The Disabled and it is great to see that this inclusive sport is gaining a wider audience.



Amongst the players are 7 unrated players. It is great to also see some of the presidents in attendance. IPCA President Zbigniew Pilimon is here to support his players and his fellow Polish participants. Phillip K Gardner, the ICCD President, is even participating himself in the tournament whilst taking the chance to have meetings about current issues for deaf players with Thomas Luther, the Chairman of the Disabled Commission.



Tomorrow will be a free day, giving everyone the chance to relax a little and enjoy themselves before the last two rounds. With most games being decisive no predictions can be made yet as to who will gain the crown. The tournament location for 2019 will be decided on at the 88th FIDE Congress in Antalya, Turkey, which is currently taking place.

No doubt the positive development of Chess for the Disabled will continue. Especially with new first edition tournaments that took place earlier on this year, not only on a national and continental level but also on the international stage. To find out more about the tournament and the FIDE Commission for the Disabled feel free to like our Facebook page or have a look on the official website of the tournament.



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Announcement for the Executive Board

FIDE - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 15:51



The FIDE Secretariat informs that during the Executive Board Meeting, 13-14 October 2017, Commission’s Reports and Additional Annexes will be available in electronic format and will be displayed on screen. Those who need paper copies should advise the Secretariat in advance.

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Η σκακιστική στήλη του Γκάρντιαν

Skakistiko - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 12:56

«Γράφω κάθε Σάββατο, χωρίς ούτε ένα διάλειμμα, από το 1955 και έτσι η εφημερίδα μου σίγουρα κατέχει το παγκόσμιο ρεκόρ της μακροβιότερης σκακιστικής στήλης» λέει ο Άγγλος δημοσιογράφος και σκακιστής. Ο Λέοναρντ Μπάρντεν διαδέχθηκε το Σεπτέμβριο του 1955 τον Ντου Μοντ, που είχε αποβιώσει λίγες ώρες μετά την παράδοση της ύλης του φύλλου της 1ης Σεπτεμβρίου 1955.

Η εφημερίδα ονομαζόταν τότε Μάντσεστερ Γκάρντιαν. «Ανασύρω το απόκομμα της πρώτης δημοσίευσής μου. Είχα γράψει για το παγκόσμιο πρωτάθλημα νέων εκείνης της χρονιάς που διεξήχθη στο Βέλγιο».

Ο Μπάρντεν θυμάται πως υπήρχε ένα λάθος στο τελευταίο σκακιστικό διάγραμμα που είχε παραδώσει ο προκάτοχός του και έτσι είχε αναγκαστεί να απαντήσει ο ίδιος και να ζητήσει συγνώμη σε δεκάδες τηλεφωνήματα και επιστολές απαιτητικών αναγνωστών που ζητούσαν εξηγήσεις. «Από τότε δεν έχει τυπωθεί ούτε μια λάθος θέση στον Γκάρντιαν» λέει ο Μπάρντεν, ξορκίζοντας τον γνώριμο δαιμονοεφιάλτη των σκακιστικών συντακτών.

Ο 88χρονος Άγγλος σπούδασε Ιστορία και συνδύασε στη συνέχεια τις ιδιότητες του δημοσιογράφου και του σκακιστή. Αναδείχθηκε πρωταθλητής Μεγάλης Βρετανίας το 1954. Το 1970 παρουσίαζε δημοφιλή σκακιστική εκπομπή στο BBC 2. Ο Λέοναρντ Μπάρντεν είναι ακόμη ο συντάκτης της σκακιστικής στήλης των Φαϊνάνσιαλ Τάιμς, η οποία όμως ιστορεί συντομότερη ζωή. Στα κείμενά του είχε προβλέψει πως ένας μπόμπιρας από το Μπακού, ο νεαρότερος τότε υποψήφιος μετρ στη Σοβιετική Ένωση, ο Γκάρι Βαϊνστάιν (Κασπάροβ), θα γινόταν παγκόσμιος πρωταθλητής.

(αναπροσαρμογή παλαιότερης ανάρτησης. Ο Μπάρντεν διατηρεί και τώρα την εβδομαδιαία στήλη του – το πιο πρόσφατο άρθρο του για τη νίκη του Κάρλσεν στη Νήσο του Μαν – και τα φύλλα τα βρίσκετε και ονλάιν στο https://www.theguardian.com/sport/series/leonard-barden-chess)

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European Club Cup round 2 highlights

Chessdom - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 11:53

The European Chess Club Cup 2017, one of the most prestigious events in the chess calendar and certainly the strongest competition on club level, will take place in Göynük/Antalya, from the 8th to the 14th of October. After two rounds the favorites continue with the strong performance and lead the standings in both the open and women sections.

official website, Live games with analysis will be daily on Chessdom, also on the ChessArena online platform and the mobile application for Android phones

All eyes of the chess community were set on the possibility of seeing Vladimir Kramnik in action today but Globus rested again their number one as well as Alexander Grischuk. Not like they needed them to win their matches so far but since Kramnik needs to raise his rating desperately he could have used today’s opportunity. Anyway perhaps this unpredictability of the moment they will start playing can be used to good effect for both the team and the players.

In the match of the top seeds versus Romanian team Csm Baia Mare, Globus again completely overpowered their opponents. They managed to strike in the last two boards where rating differences were greater than others and didn’t have any particular problems on top boards. The game of the round came from Mamedyarov-Nisipeanu matchup on the first board. The Azeri superstar played a fine attacking game:

The biggest surprise came from the toughest matchup of the day: Alkaloid-Legacy Square Capital. The Macedonian team Alkaloid, last year’s champions, faltered early in the race against the 5th seeded Russian club. All it took was one horrible blunder by Eljanov as the rest of the games were drawn:

20.a3?? [Did Eljanov really miss the knight fork? There were no problems with both pawn captures: 20.Rxc4 b5 21.Rc5 Na6 22.Nc3! Nxc5 23.Nxd5 exd5 24.dxc5 and white is certainly not worse; 20.bxc4 Qxa4 21.cxd5 Nxd5=] 20…Nd3 and after a few moves the Ukrainian resigned.

The third seeds Mednyi Vsadnik won against Nice Alekhine thanks to two wins on top boards. Svidler had a nice win against Stevic thanks to better preparation and the panicky play by Croatian grandmaster. Instead of losing c7 pawn and play with an inferior structure GM Stevic chose to give up an exchange but c7 pawn was still doomed and not much of a compensation was there to be seen on the board so Peter Svidler gained an excellent win. It is absolutely recommended for you to have a look at the post-game analysis by probably the greatest entertainer in chess, Peter Svidler.

Novy Bor had a very close match but in the end a lone win by Bartel brought them the match win. The Azeri team Odlar Yurdu also destroyed Riga Technical University 4,5-1,5. The only win of Latvians came by WGM Laura Rogule who beat GM Guseinov in a fine game, punishing his strong opponent’s mistakes efficiently.

The longest game of the day was between IM Petenyi and GM Vacaturo in the match Sk Dunajska Streda-Obiettivo Risarcimento Padova, quite worthy of the long names of the clubs involved. Vacaturo, although probably having had easier and shorter wins finally managed to convert his exchange advantage into a winning pawn endgame and brought victory to his team with the score of 3,5-2,5. A nice example for a team player!

In the women section the biggest surprise came in the match of top seeds. The Georgian team, the heavy favourites against Azeri Odlar Yurdu, never seemed like winning at any point and the score could certainly be 4-2 at least if Nino Batsiashvili didn’t manage to overturn the tables from a lost position. Well to be fair, it was also the same scenario in Mamedjarova-Dzagnidze game. After having achieved a totally won position Nana Dzagnidze completely lost her head and even got into a mating net! When also WFM Balajayeva beat IM Salome Melia soundly the score in the match suddenly became 2-1 with Harika Dronavalli-Ulviyya Fataliyeva game remaining on the second board. Harika did her best for a win and almost created a miracle in a drawn endgame but a final mistake on 69th move made sure of the sensational result. A great result for Azeris and an early warning for Georgians who can still win the event if they win the remaining matches.

Second and thirds seeds Ugra and Legacy Square Capital, both from Russia exchanged one win apiece and ended the second round in a friendly manner. Now they can enjoy the pool party together!

The fifth and sixth seeds, Bossa Nova from Belarus and Cs Studentesc Medicina Timisoara played a very tough match which finally ended in a win for Belarusian club. For a long time it seemed like the Romanian team will win but since both Paehtz and Dragomirescu failed to win the scales were tipped for afficionados of Jobim and Gilberto.

The local team Anatolia got their first points with a 2,5-1,5 win over Beer Sheva Chess Club and can look for some more scalps in the coming rounds. The third round will start on Tuesday at 3 pm local time. The heavyweight battles AVE Novy Bor-Globus and Legacy Square Capital-Mednyi Vsadnik are definitely not to miss!

Report by: FM Tarik Selbes for the official website , photos by David Llada

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World Chess Championship 2018 in London?

Chessdom - Mon, 10/09/2017 - 21:14

World Chess Championship 2018 may take place in London

The World Chess Championship 2018 is going to take place in London. This is what the renowned Spanish journalist Leontxo Garcia writes for the chess section of El Pais, quoting two “close sources” to the organization of the match. “The dark management of the AGON company has at least one positive side: their commitment that the venues are very important cities,” says Leontxo Garcia. After the Candidates in Moscow, the World Championship in New York, and the Candidates 2018 in Berlin, the World Chess Championship 2018 seems to be heading to London. AGON says the decision is not official and other venues are still possible.

World Chess Championship 2018 – who is playing

The World Chess Championship 2018 will have a hefty prize fund. Carlsen will meet the winner of the Candidates matches in Berlin. The contenders will be:

- The winner and runner-up of the World Cup in Tbilisi
- The top two finishers in the World Chess Grand Prix Series
- The two players with the highest average 2017 ratings
- A wild card choice

The winner and runner-up of the just finished World Cup in Tbilisi are Levon Aronian and Ding Liren. The Chinese also had a chance to qualify through the Candidates where a stage remains in Majorca, however now most probable winner of the Candidates spot will be Shakhriyar Mamedyarov , with lower chances for Alexander Grischuk and Teimour Radjabov, while for Hikaru Nakamura and Maxime Vachier Lagrave the chance is mostly theoretical.

According to the FIDE regulations, “For the purpose of deciding the 2 rated player qualifiers, the average from the following twelve FIDE rating lists will be used: the sum of all 12 monthly lists starting from 1st January 2017 to 1st December 2017 divided by 12.” The race is hot with Vladimir Kramnik, Wesley So, and Fabiano Caruana within just a few points distance. With a couple of important events remaining, like the European Club Cup 2017 anything is possible and the fans may see a photo finish of this race.

The last question mark regarding the possible opposition of Carlsen for the World Chess Championship 2018 is the wild card for the Candidates. This depends mostly on the organizers and sponsors, but it is expected that the player will have ELO of above 2700.

London as a host city of the World Chess Championship 2018

The first time London surged as a possibility for the World Chess Championship was this spring, when also Norway, South Korea, Japan, or Singapore were showing interest. Then FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov said, “I have arrived to England on Tuesday, where I met with businessmen and lawyers who said they were ready to assist in holding the world chess crown match in London,” Ilyumzhinov told reporters on Tuesday night. “So, another contender has emerged.”

Now with the confirmation of El Pais the London bid is becoming reality as we are awaiting official confirmation from the organizers.

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FIDE Ethics Commission Statement in regard to the Kovalyov case

FIDE - Mon, 10/09/2017 - 15:31



STATEMENT BY THE FIDE ETHICS COMMISSION IN REGARD TO THE KOVALYOV CASE

This statement is released on occasion of the meeting of the FIDE Ethics Commission (EC) in Antalya, Turkey on 9 October 2017. Its purpose is to make known the EC’s decision in case no. 2/2017 and the reasons for the decision in the light of the wide-spread interest in the matter.

On 9 September 2017 and shortly before the start of the third round of the FIDE World Cup in Tbilisi, Georgia, an unfortunate altercation took place between the head of the organisers GM Zurab Azmaiparashvili (“the organiser”) and one of the players GM Anton Kovalyov of Canada (“the player”). This resulted in the decision by the player to withdraw from the tournament.

On 27 September 2017 the EC received a formal complaint against the organiser of alleged breaches of the FIDE Code of Ethics from the Chess Federation of Canada (CFC). The CFC asserted that it was acting “in and for itself and on behalf of GM Anton Kovalyov”. The complaint was not supported by any statement by the player.

The EC chairman requested from CFC a power of attorney or letter of authorisation under the signature of the player enabling the CFC to represent his interests. The CFC’s submissions were also sought on the issue of whether CFC in its own capacity enjoys standing to act as the complainant.

In addition, the EC chairman announced to the parties in terms of Rule 8 of the EC’s Procedural Rules that an oral public hearing was necessary and that such public hearing would take place at the FIDE Congress in Antalya on 12 October 2017.

Subsequently the CFC advised that the player is not willing to participate in the public hearing, whether by his personal appearance in Antalya or by way of video-conferencing. The player also failed to provide the CFC with written authority for the federation to represent him.

At the outset the EC wishes to make it clear that the decision of the player not to participate as a complainant in the proceedings before the EC is the player’s prerogative. No doubt GM Kovalyov has his reasons and his decision must be respected.

However, without authority from the player, it is not possible for his federation to proceed with the complaint on his behalf. Also, the standing of the CFC to act as the complainant in its own capacity, is dubious. It is required that a complainant must have a direct and personal interest which was adversely affected. CFC claims that the negative sentiment arising from this incident will prejudice its efforts in Canada to popularise the game and to find sponsors for future events. It is debatable whether this represents a sufficiently direct interest, but in the light of the further consideration mentioned hereafter, it is unnecessary for the EC to decide the issue of CFC’s locus standi and the issue is left open.

The major obstacle to this matter proceeding before the EC is the lack of a statement from the player as to what exactly transpired between him and the organiser and his unwillingness to give evidence in this regard at the hearing. One only has an idea of the player’s version from remarks made by him on facebook. This does not form part of the evidence before the EC. In any case, these remarks lack important details and do not constitute a reliable factual account on which the EC can be expected to make findings against the organiser. The EC cannot decide disciplinary matters on hearsay evidence or third party constructions as to what has happened. Although the EC is not a court of law and there is no requirement for sworn evidence, at the very least the EC must be satisfied that a truthful and factually accurate version has been placed before it.

The result is regrettably that the complaint by the CFC, raising important issues of general concern for the better functioning of FIDE, cannot be admitted for want of a prima facie case due a lack of reliable evidence. This is not a decision on the merits of the complaint.

However, it is obvious that the incident between the organiser and player has revealed a number of grey areas in tournament administration and every-one agrees that there is a need for greater regulation on matters such as the dress code for players and officials at different types of events, clarity regarding the responsible persons to enforce such regulations and the appropriate handling of a situation where a player is held to be in violation of the regulations. All of these aspects will receive attention in the meetings of various FIDE Commissions currently taking place here in Antalya.

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Νυχτερινή Περίπολος

Skakistiko - Mon, 10/09/2017 - 08:16




Ο λόχος της πολιτοφυλακής υπό τη διοίκηση του λοχαγού Φρανς Μπάννινκ Κοκ, δηλαδή η Νυχτερινή Περίπολος του Ρέμπραντ.

Στην πρώτη φωτογραφία οι ήρωες του Ολλανδού ζωγράφου σε αναπαράσταση από μπρούτζο γίνονται σκακιστικά στρατιωτάκια. Όπως τα βλέπουν βέβαια οι σκακιστές. Για έναν παίχτη του στρατέγκο εντάσσονται στο δικό του παιχνίδι. Τους κατασκεύασε ο Ρώσος Αλεξάντερ Ταράτυνοβ και βρίσκονται σήμερα μπροστά από την πλατεία με το άγαλμα του Ρέμπραντ στο Άμστερνταμ.

Στη δεύτερη το ιδιοφυές έργο του Ρέμπραντ με τις μορφές που έχουν πραγματικές ανθρώπινες διαστάσεις. Ο Ρέμπραντ καταφέρνει να προσδώσει την ψευδαίσθηση ότι οι μορφές είναι έτοιμες να πηδήσουν από τον καμβά στον πραγματικό χώρο. Το λήμμα στην ελληνική wikipedia είναι αναλυτικό και περιέχει και πολλά στοιχεία για τις προβολές της Νυχτερινής Περιπόλου στην popular culture.

Στη τρίτη φωτογραφία η Νυχτερινή Περίπολος χτες σε καφέ-μπαρ του Άμστερνταμ, όπως την συνάντησα, μικρούλα σε διαστάσεις.

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88th FIDE Congress in Antalya, Turkey - Day 2

FIDE - Sun, 10/08/2017 - 23:54
On the second day of the 88th FIDE Congress in Antalya, Turkey, the following Commissions held their respective meetings:

- Qualification Commission (QC)
- Ethics Commission (ETH)
- Medical Commission (MED)
- Rules Commission (RC)

The Qualification Commission approved the title applications and discussed other items from the agenda: direct titles, late registrations and submissions, effects of no-service federations, review of rating system, rating of matches, and the Regulations for rapid and blitz ratings.

The Ethics Commission elaborated on its statement in regard to the "Kovalyov case", following the formal complaint by the Chess Federation of Canada. The Commission members also informed the meeting about the other ongoing cases.

The Medical Commission heard the Chairperson's report, including the new insights on the compliance with WADA-Code. The WADA is tightening the protocol after the series of doping scandals in athletics and other major sports. The Commission answered a large questionnaire issued by WADA and is strictly observing all requirements. The Chairperson added that, however, FIDE is considered a very low-risk sport. FIDE Executive Director added that WADA is very satisfied about the current level of cooperation with FIDE.

The Commission informed that 16 tests were conducted in year 2016, all returning negative results. The organizers and the players cooperated with the Commission. It is added that the current testing pool for out-of-competition tests consists of 15 players (10 male and 5 female).

The Rules Commission reviewed the "Guidelines for the organizers" and "Interpretation of the Laws of Chess made with the Arbiters' Commission", and drafted the "Amendments of the Competition Rules".

One of the items that should be brought to public attention are the "Amendments to the Laws of Chess 2017", which, after the approval from the FIDE Executive Board, should become valid from 1st January 2018. According to the draft, the same regulation regarding an illegal move will apply in standard, rapid and blitz games.

Full schedule, along with the Executive Board Agenda and Annexes can be found on the dedicated page. 
http://fidecongress.tsf.org.tr

Download also the Informative Bulletin (PDF) 
http://fidecongress.tsf.org.tr/en/info-bulletin



Rules Commission



Ethics Commission



Medical Commission



Qualification Commission


Day 1

The 88th FIDE Congress started today at the Avantgarde Hotel in Antalya, Turkey.

The Congress is organized by the Turkish Chess Federation and attended by the FIDE Executive & Presidential Board, the FIDE Commissions, the FIDE Delegates and the National Chess Federations.

On the first day there were meetings of the Central Board of Commissions, the Marketing Committee, the Technical Commission (TEC), the Arbiters' Commission (ARB), the Trainers' Commission (TRG) and the Commission of Chess Journalists (CCJ).

The Central Board of Commissions discussed several important topics, including the seasonal effect on the FIDE budget in the odd years, the coordinated effort of various commissions to standardise and implement dress code, and the updating of the FIDE Handbook by assigning proper sections to relevant commissions for reviewing.

The Marketing Committee saw the interactive presentations by Chairman Martin Huba and member Sonja Johnson. The Committee is proposing several key areas to focus on for further development: Membership, Branding, and alternative sources of funding. The Committee is also asking the Presidential Board to formulate and adopt the FIDE Mission Statement, which is an important first step for applying to grants.

The Technical Commission heard the opening by the Chairman and started the session with the "presentation of final text of the Separate Chapter of the Technical matters". The Commission also discussed the "Chess Evolution Sets" prepared by GM A. Naiditsch, "Live chess platform for FIDE events" prepared by Asim Pereira, "Leap Chess Clock", and the "Tie-breaks study - Unplayed games" with presentations from Prof. Anantharam and Mr. Roberto Ricca.

The Arbiters' Commission reviewed the Minutes from Councilors' Meeting in Reykjavik (21-24 April 2017). The Commission approved IA and FA title applications, the Amendments of the Regulations, the List of Lecturers, and Classification of the Arbiters.

Also on agenda were the activities of the Commission, including online lectures for the new laws of Chess (in English, Arabic, Russian, Spanish) and online Conference for the new laws of Chess.

The Commission presented the 5th issue of the "Arbiters’ Magazine" and the "2017 Arbiters’ Manual", and approved the FIDE Arbiters’ Commission’s Budget for 2017-2018.

The Trainers' Commission held the consultation session as the Councillors' Meeting already took place this summer in Montenegro. Due to the huge interest of the members and guests, the session was extended to last full two hours. Many relevant questions and competent proposals arrived from the floor, with the Chairman and the Secretary answering in detail.

The Commission of Chess Journalists reviewed the Media Regulations which should be forwarded to the Executive Board for the final approval. The Commission also reported on the progress on issuing the FIDE Journalist accreditations and the plans for the 2018 SportAccord Convention.




The Central Board of Commissions








The Marketing Committee





The Technical Commission











The Arbiters' Commission








The Trainers' Commission





The Commission of Chess Journalists





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88th FIDE Congress in Antalya, Turkey - Day 1

FIDE - Sun, 10/08/2017 - 23:54

The 88th FIDE Congress started today at the Avantgarde Hotel in Antalya, Turkey.

The Congress is organized by the Turkish Chess Federation and attended by the FIDE Executive & Presidential Board, the FIDE Commissions, the FIDE Delegates and the National Chess Federations.

On the first day there were meetings of the Central Board of Commissions, the Marketing Committee, the Technical Commission (TEC), the Arbiters' Commission (ARB), the Trainers' Commission (TRG) and the Commission of Chess Journalists (CCJ).

The Central Board of Commissions discussed several important topics, including the seasonal effect on the FIDE budget in the odd years, the coordinated effort of various commissions to standardise and implement dress code, and the updating of the FIDE Handbook by assigning proper sections to relevant commissions for reviewing.

The Marketing Committee saw the interactive presentations by Chairman Martin Huba and member Sonja Johnson. The Committee is proposing several key areas to focus on for further development: Membership, Branding, and alternative sources of funding. The Committee is also asking the Presidential Board to formulate and adopt the FIDE Mission Statement, which is an important first step for applying to grants.

The Technical Commission heard the opening by the Chairman and started the session with the "presentation of final text of the Separate Chapter of the Technical matters". The Commission also discussed the "Chess Evolution Sets" prepared by GM A. Naiditsch, "Live chess platform for FIDE events" prepared by Asim Pereira, "Leap Chess Clock", and the "Tie-breaks study - Unplayed games" with presentations from Prof. Anantharam and Mr. Roberto Ricca.

The Arbiters' Commission reviewed the Minutes from Councilors' Meeting in Reykjavik (21-24 April 2017). The Commission approved IA and FA title applications, the Amendments of the Regulations, the List of Lecturers, and Classification of the Arbiters.

Also on agenda were the activities of the Commission, including online lectures for the new laws of Chess (in English, Arabic, Russian, Spanish) and online Conference for the new laws of Chess.

The Commission presented the 5th issue of the "Arbiters’ Magazine" and the "2017 Arbiters’ Manual", and approved the FIDE Arbiters’ Commission’s Budget for 2017-2018.

The Trainers' Commission held the consultation session as the Councillors' Meeting already took place this summer in Montenegro. Due to the huge interest of the members and guests, the session was extended to last full two hours. Many relevant questions and competent proposals arrived from the floor, with the Chairman and the Secretary answering in detail.

The Commission of Chess Journalists reviewed the Media Regulations which should be forwarded to the Executive Board for the final approval. The Commission also reported on the progress on issuing the FIDE Journalist accreditations and the plans for the 2018 SportAccord Convention.


Full schedule, along with the Executive Board Agenda and Annexes can be found on the dedicated page.
http://fidecongress.tsf.org.tr

Download also the Informative Bulletin (PDF)
http://fidecongress.tsf.org.tr/en/info-bulletin



The Central Board of Commissions








The Marketing Committee





The Technical Commission











The Arbiters' Commission








The Trainers' Commission





The Commission of Chess Journalists





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FIDE Newsletter August/September 2017

FIDE - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 17:13



European Senior Chess Championship 2017


Tournament website

European Senior Chess Championship 2017 took place in Sabadell, Spain from 11th-21st August. The Championship was played in two different age categories: 50+ and 65+. The separate Women’s Championship was organized just for the 50+ category, while women 65+ played in the Open section. 129 players coming from more than 20 European federation participated the event, including 10 GMs, 10 IMs and European and World Chess Champions.

Standings for Seniors 50+
1. GM Movsziszian Karen (ARM, 2502) 7 points
2. IM Kalegin Evgenij (RUS, 2424) 6.5 points
3. GM Tunik Gennady (RUS, 2388) 6.5 points

Standings for Women 50+
1. WGM Strutinskaia Galina (RUS, 2286) 7 points
2. WGM Berend Elvira (LUX, 2294) 6.5 points
3. Aseeva Marina (RUS, 2162) 6 points

Standings for Seniors 65+
1. IM Renman Nils- Gustaf (SWE, 2353) 7.5 points
2. GM Giorgadze Tamaz (GEO, 2504) 7 points
3. GM Vasiukov Evgeni (RUS, 2390) 6.5 points

Standings for Women 65+
1. GM Gaprindashvili Nona (GEO, 2316) 5.5 points
2. WGM Fatalibekova Elena (RUS, 2226) 4 points
3. Kabanova Irina (RUS, 1791) 3 points



European Youth Team Chess Championship 2017

Tournament website

European Youth Team Chess Championship 2017 took place in Rymanów Zdrój, Poland from 16th till 24th of August 2017.

German team became the winner in Open Section and Polish team won Girls Section of the European Youth Team U-18 Chess Championship 2017. The Championship featured 40 teams coming from 16 countries which is a new participation record!

The first place in both sections was under the question until the end of the last round of the Championship. Germany shared the first place with Serbia. Both teams scored 11 match points, but thanks to the better tie-breaks, Germans finished with gold in their hands while Serbia took silver. Third place went to Croatia with 10 match points.



Poland I, Slovenia II and Estonia teams finished the championship with the same number of match points - 10, but according to the tie-breaks system, Poland I became the European Youth Team Champion for 2017, Slovenia II ended second and Estonia took bronze. The event was organized by PST “Stomil” Rymanow Zdroj and Polish Chess Federation, under the auspices of European Chess Union. Organizers provided very nice playing conditions and for observers an impressive live coverage. All the games were transmitted live, and some of them commented by GM Bartlomiej Heberla and GM Marcin Tazbir. Beside that, live video during the games showed the real spirit from the playing hall.


Asian Club Champions League 2017

Asian Club Champions League 2017 was held in Sri Lanka from 1st to 8th of August 2017

Ranking crosstable

Rk.

Team

1

2

3

4

5

TB1

TB2

TB3

1

Saipa Chess Club Iran

*



4



4

8

15,0

0

2

Saif Sporting Chess Club Bangaladesh

½

*





3

6

9,5

0

3

Sydney Chess Club Australia

0



*





4

6,5

0

4

Bai Xue Qi Yuan China

½

½



*

3

2

5,5

0

5

Sri Lankan Team

0

1



1

*

0

3,5

0


The 2017 Asian Club Champions League was organized by Chess Federation of Sri Lanka under the patronage of the Asian Chess Federation, started in Citrus Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka.

The championship was played as a Swiss System team tournament. Trophies, medals and certificates were awarded to the top three teams. A total of $10,000 cash prizes were awarded to the top three participating clubs, with the top-ranked squad receiving $5,000. The second- and third-placed teams got $3,000 and $2,000 respectively.

Iran’s Saipa Chess Club finished first in the continental sporting event.

Saipa Chess Club also secured a spot at the 2018 World Team Championship in Radebeul, Germany.

Ehsan Ghaemmaghami, Masoud Mosadeghpour, Amin Tabatabaei and Amir Rezapour were members of the Iranian squad. They were under the tutelage of Morteza Mahjoub and supervised by Masoud Namvari.

Saif Sporting Chess Club from Bangladesh, Australia’s Sydney Chess Club Australia, Bai Xue Qi Yuan of China and the Sri Lankan Team occupied the second to fifth positions.

 

World Cadets U8, 10, 12 Chess Championship 2017

Tournament website

FIDE World Cadets Chess Championship 2017 (under 8, under 10 and under 12 years old – open and girls) took place in Poços de Caldas, Minas Gerais, Brazil, between August the 21st, 2017 (arrival) and August the 31st, 2017 (departure). The venue as the Convention Center of the Golden Park Hotel (300 meters from Thermas World Resort 160 meters from Golden Park Hotel and 120 meters from Village Inn hotel.)

The winners
U-12 Open Tsay Vincent (United States) U-12 Girls Divya Deshmukh (India)
U-10 Open Zhou Liran (United States) U-10 Girls Wei Yaqing (China)
U-8 Emrikian Aren C (United States) U-8 Girls Alserkal Rouda Essa (UAE)



Zone 4.3 U16 Youth Team Championships

Zone 4.3 U16 Youth Team Championships was held from 4th to 12th August 2017 in Maputo, Mozambique.

Each delegation consisted of 3 boys and 2 girls. The event took place at Hotel Residential Kaya Kwanga and team B of Mozambique became the winner. The start of the event had great setbacks, 14 countries were officially invited by the African Chess Confederation. Of which five confirmed their presence, respectively, Angola, Swaziland, Zambia, South Africa and Mozambique as a host. For administrative reasons, Angola, South Africa and Zambia cancelled their participation over time. Mozambique participated with teams A, B and C and together with Swaziland made up 4 teams. The event was attended by the entire board of the Mozambican Chess Federation, including administrative staff and third-party services.

 



FIDE World Youth U14, U16 & U18 Chess Championships 2017

Tournament website

FIDE World Youth U14, U16 & U18 Chess Championships 2017 (open and girls) was held in Montevideo, Uruguay, from 16th of September (arrival) until 26th of September (departure) 2017.

The Championships were organized and held under the auspices of the Uruguayan Chess Federation (FUA), the Confederation of Chess for Americas (CCA) and the World Chess Federation (FIDE).

The winners:
U-18 Open José Eduardo Martínez (Peru) U-18 Girls Laura Unuk (Slovenia)
U-16 Andrey Esipenko (Russia) U-16 Girls Annie Wang (United States)
U-14 Batsuren Dambasuren (Mongolia) U-14 Girls Jishitha D (India)

 



FIDE World Cup 2017

Tournament website

FIDE World Cup was held from 2nd to 27th of September in Tbilisi, Georgia. Levon Aronian from Armenia became the winner after beating Ding Liren from China in the final.

128 player Knock Out tournament brought together the strongest players in the world, and had an impressive prize fund of 1.6 million US dollars.

Participants included the World Champion and number one in rating list Magnus Carlsen, three former World Champions Viswanathan Anand, Vladimir Kramnik and Ruslan Ponomariov, the winner of the previous World Cup in Baku, Sergey Karjakin. The participation of the 15 top players made this event the strongest World Cup in history.




European Youth Chess Championship 2017


European Youth Chess Championship 2017 was held from 4th to 15th of September in Mamaia, Romania.

Tournament website

The Championship was played in 6 age categories: U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18, open and girls sections. The opening ceremony was attended by the ECU Secretary General Mr. Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou, ECU Deputy President Mr. Ion Serban Dobronauteanu, the FIDE Deputy President Mr. Georgios Makropoulos, the President of the Romanian Chess Federation Mr. Sorin Iakoban, the Mayor of Constanza Mr. Decebal Făgădău and the President of the Romanian Olympic Committee Mr. Mihai Covaliu.

The organizers provided live broadcast of 90 games which can be followed through the official website of the Championship or through the ECU website.

This year the event attracted 1142 players and young stars, among them 215 titled players, 1 GM, 16 IMs and 2 WIM The event was organized by Romanian Chess Federation, “Mind Games&Events” Sports Association under the auspices of European Chess Union.

The top 5 players of each age category:

Open U-8
1. Giang Tran Nam HUN 1561 8.0
2. CM Royal Shreyas ENG 1700 8.0
3. CM Vetokhin Savva RUS 1703 7.0
4. Ljepic Andrej SRB 1616 7.0
5. Camlar Arda TUR 1361 7.0

Open U-10
1. Maurizzi Marc Andria FRA 1947 7.5
2. CM Samadov Read AZE 1848 7.5
3. Strybuk Artsiom I BLR 1790 7.0
4. CM Fiszer Bartosz POL 2009 7.0
5. Kolesov Gordey RUS 1672 7.0

Open U-12
1. CM Suleymanli Aydin AZE 2351 7.5
2. Luczak Filip POL 1866 7.5
3. Antonica Dragos-Andrei ROU 2188 7.0
4. FM Murzin Volodar RUS 2280 7.0
5. CM Tsvetkov Andrey RUS 2219 7.0

Open U-14
1. FM Bjerre Jonas Buhl DEN 2348 7.5
2. FM Yeritsyan Aram RUS 2264 7.0
3. Remizov Yaroslav RUS 2146 7.0
4. Henderson De La Fuente Lance ESP 2408 7.0
5. De Boer Eelke NED 2233 6.5

Open U-16
1. FM Esipenko Andrey RUS 2540 7.5
2. IM Erenberg Ariel ISR 2386 7.5
3. FM Ileana George ROU 2219 7.0
4. FM Matviishen Viktor UKR 2431 6.5
5. IM Van Foreest Lucas NED 2485 6.5

Open U-18
1. IM Thybo Jesper Sondergaard DEN 2466 7.0
2. IM Plenca Jadranko CRO 2440 7.0
3. GM Deac Bogdan-Daniel ROU 2559 6.5
4. IM Livaic Leon CRO 2461 6.5
5. IM Santos Ruiz Miguel ESP 2505 6.5

Girls U-8
1. WCM Svergina Sofya RUS 1472 8.5
2. WCM Zavivaeva Evelina RUS 1406 7.0
3. Shukhman Anna RUS 1583 7.0
4. Kirtadze Anastasia GEO 1193 6.5
5. Keskinler Ela TUR 1276 6.0

Girls U-10
1. WCM Shubenkova Veronika RUS 1505 7.5
2. WCM Gasimova Samra AZE 1578 7.0
3. WCM Mikheeva Galina RUS 1596 7.0
4. WCM Shvedova Alexandra RUS 1578 7.0
5. Andrukhovich Elizaveta BLR 1465 7.0

Girls U-12
1. WCM Mironenko Galina RUS 2035 7.5
2. WCM Stepanyan Eva RUS 1927 7.5
3. WCM Allahverdiyeva Ayan AZE 2042 7.0
4. Dubovyk Anastasiia UKR 1785 7.0
5. Lomaia Diana GEO 1753 6.5

Girls U-14
1. WFM Beydullayeva Govhar AZE 2164 8.5
2. Srdanovic Jovana SRB 1994 7.0
3. Krasteva Beloslava ECX 2048 7.0
4. WFM Miroshnik Ekaterina RUS 2006 7.0
5. Esadze Tamari GEO 1863 6.5

Girls U-16
1. WIM Badelka Olga BLR 2335 7.5
2. FM Schneider Jana GER 2231 7.0
3. FM Antova Gabriela ECX 2256 7.0
4. Sargsyan Anna M. ARM 2047 7.0
5. WFM Shafigullina Zarina RUS 2130 6.5

Girls U-18
1. Asatryan Sona ARM 2043 7.0
2. Dwilewicz Katarzyna POL 1884 6.5
3. FM Garcia Martin Marta ESP 2360 6.5
4. WFM Balajayeva Khanim AZE 2342 6.5
5. WFM Gueci Tea ITA 2181 6.0

 

European Universities Chess Championship 2017

European Universities Chess Championship 2017 as held in Fuengirola, Spain from 18th till 24th of September 2017.

Tournament website

Over 120 participants representing 25 Universities from 15 countries took part in the European Universities Bridge & Chess Championships 2017.
The event, which started with the General Technical Meetings on September 20 and competitions the day after, showed high level of bridge and chess, and the participants excelled not only in mind sports, but also in physical activity.

Women Team Competition in chess was over on Friday, with Ural State Mining University (RUS) being first with 9 points, University of Belgrade (SRB) second with 7 points, and University of Physical Education (HUN) third with 6.

Last three rounds in Open Team Competition were held on Saturday afternoon, with Russian and Serbian teams fighting for the gold medal. At the end, Ural State Mining University (RUS) brought home gold also in men’s category, with the University of Belgrade (SRB) as runners-up. A tight fight between Open University of Israel (ISR), AGH University of Science and Technology (POL) and Poznan University of Economics and Business (POL) for the bronze medal ended with the Israeli making it to the podium.



Asian Cities Chess Team Championship

Asian Cities Chess Team Championship (DUBAI CUP) 2017 was held 25 August – 02 September, 2017 in KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, India.
The top seeded Iranian team Rasht registered a convincing 4 – 0 victory over Dubai in the final round to clinch the Dubai Cup for Asian Cities Chess Championship with 16 match points here at KiiT University on Friday.

Host Bhubaneswar with 14 match points finished as runner up after settling for a draw with Puri in the final round encounter while Dhaka finished third with 13 match points after defeating Muscat.

Final Standings
1 Rasht, Iran 16
2 Bhubaneswar, India 14
3 Dhaka, Bangladesh 13
4 Penang, Malaysia 12
5 Kolkata, India 9
6 Puri, India 8
7 Dubai, UAE 7
8 Muscat, Oman 7
9 Alquds, Palestine 7
10 Chinese Taipei 6
11 Bhubaneswar'A, India 5
12 Cuttack, India 4

 



The first Asian Chess championship for Disabled


The first edition of Asian Championship for Disabled kicked off in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on September 14, and wrapped up on September 22, 2017.

The tournament brought together more than 100 male and female chess players from 10 Asian countries, namely Afghanistan, Bhutan, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and one oceanic nation Australia.

Final results:
http://chess-results.com/tnr303158.aspx?lan=1

http://chess-results.com/tnr303159.aspx?lan=1

http://chess-results.com/tnr302333.aspx?lan=1

 



The Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games

Official website

China won five gold and six silver medals to dominate the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games held 21-28 September 2017 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. The multi-sport competition was organized by the Olympic Council of Asia in cooperation with the Asian Chess Federation and Turkmenistan Chess Federation. Vietnam followed in second slot with three gold, one silver medal and two bronze medals. Iran won one gold and one silver while Kazakhstan won one gold and three bronze medals.

The Philippines won one silver and two bronze while Indonesia won one silver and one bronze medal. India won five bronze medals, Turkmenistan three while Qatar and Uzbekistan won one bronze each.

Competitions were held in Standard chess for individual championships and Rapid and Blitz for open and under-23 teams. Download games and see round by round results in chess-results.com.

Full report

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European Chess Club Cup 2017 LIVE!

Chessdom - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 11:24

The European Chess Club Cup 2017, one of the most prestigious events in the chess calendar and certainly the strongest competition on club level, will take place in Göynük/Antalya, from the 8th to the 14th of October. As in previous years, many of world’s best players will be competing in the 7 rounds event for the title of European club champion.

Live games with analysis will be daily on Chessdom, also on the ChessArena online platform and the mobile application for Android phones

This year’s edition will see 36 clubs and 254 players in total competing in the open section. Starting from the last year’s champions, Alkaloid from Macedonia, one can see that they certainly don’t want to part up with their title as their super strong lineup led by Chinese stars Ding Liren and Yu Yangyi -averaging 2724 ELO- shows. But they are not the rating favourites and that with quite some margin! Globus from Russia has an even more impressive lineup averaging a massive 2772 ELO with an ex-World Champion, Vladimir Kramnik, on board one. Having a look just at their 5th and 6th boards is enough to get an idea about the enormous strength of Globus: Giri and Nepomniachtchi! Considering that Mamedyarov, Grischuk and Karjakin will also be playing for Globus, one can definitely say that the Russian club is the team to beat in Antalya.

Another club from Russia, Mednyi Vsadnik with Svidler, Fedoseev and Matlakov on first three boards has also an ELO average over 2700 and is certainly capable of beating any club in the field. Going down the list we see familiar names such as 2013 winners AVE Novy Bor from Czech Republic and Odlar Yurdu from Azerbaijan and they will certainly be looking forward to using their valuable tournament experience in addition to their strong squads. The third Russian club Legacy Square Capital, which finds itself on 4th place in the starting list, just between Novy Bor and Odlar Yurdu, has a very evenly matched lineup with solid names as well and looks very difficult to beat.

First seeded in the women section is Batumi Chess Club Nona from Georgia. Having won this cup already in 2014 and 2015 (replay the games) twice the Georgians are seeking a third title with their usual lineup consisting of Georgian national players such as Dzagnidze, Khotenashvili and Batsiashvili with the addition of Harika Dronavalli, the Indian number one for the top board. The champions of Russia, UGRA Chess Club, seem to be the main obstacle on their way to a third title: Girya, Pogonina, ex-World Champion Ushenina and Nechaeva will all be fighting to bring the cup to Russia. If they fail to do so then perhaps Legacy Square Capital can, the third seeds with an ELO average over 2400 and with a young and talented lineup led by Kashlinskaya. Odlar Yurdu from Azerbaijan, the club with the funkiest name of championship Bossa Nova from Belarus, Cs Studentesc Medicina Timisoara from Romania and the local team Anatolia all have many female stars in their squads as well and surely matches between these clubs will provide lots of excitement and surprises.

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The European Club Cup and FIDE Congress have officially started

FIDE - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 10:47



The European Club Cup and FIDE Congress have officially started today with a common opening ceremony as both events are simultaneously held in Antalya, Turkey.

The opening ceremony began with a minute of silence in the memory of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of Turkish Republic and the hearing of Turkish national anthem followed immediately by FIDE and ECU anthems.



Mrs. Gulkiz Tulay, the president of Turkish Chess Federation (TCF), gave the opening speech. Mrs. Tulay welcomed all players and captains participating in European Club Cup as well as the FIDE delegates taking part in 88. FIDE Congress to Antalya, Turkey and wished them a pleasant time throughout their stay. The TCF president also specified her happiness and excitement for hosting both events in Turkey and mentioned that TCF is ready for successfully organizing both events thanks to its professional team with lots of experience in organization behind.



After Mrs. Tulay the president of European Chess Union (ECU) Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili came to the stage to deliver his speech. Greeting everyone and highlighting the importance of European Club Cup for chess players all around the world Mr. Azmaiparashvili went on to praise the efforts of Turkish Chess Federation in promoting chess in Turkey and he expressed his gratitude to the president of TCF and her team therefore. Mr. Azmaiparashvili ended his speech by inviting everyone to European Women Championship and European Youth Championship, which will be organized in 2018-2019 in Turkey.



The FIDE Deputy President Mr. Georgios Makropoulos was last to speak. Thanking both ECU and TCF for another successful organization with excellent conditions on behalf of FIDE, Mr. Makropoulos stated his pleasure in receiving the excellent Turkish hospitality once again and praised the fruitful colloboration between both organizations. The Deputy President wished all the teams and participants success and thus ended his speech.

European Club Cup and European Club Cup for Women will start with first round games on Sunday at 15.00 local time.




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