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Karjakin, Cramling lead in King Salman World Blitz Chess Championship

FIDE - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 21:15
The King Salman World Blitz Chess Championship started today at the beautiful Apex Convention Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

A total of 138 players in the Open section and 100 players in the Women's section are competing in this prestigious event. 11 rounds have been played today.

The defending World Blitz Champion GM Sergey Karjakin (Russia) is on the roll, winning seven games and drawing four, to conclude the day as clear leader on 9/11 points.

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France), who is also blitz specialist, is close behind on 8,5 points. Six players, including three Chinese, are on 8 points each: Peter Svidler, Wang Hao, Ding Liren, Yu Yangyi, Le Quang Liem, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.

After the first round GM Ernesto Inarkiev submitted a complaint regarding the result in his game against Magnus Carlsen. The tournament's Appeals Committee rejected the claim (ruling attached).



The claim of an "illegal move"


Having a very low blitz rating, as she herself admitted in an interview, Pia Cramling (Sweden) started the race from the lower bracket of the Women's competition. This brought her a round 1 loss against the 3rd-seed Valentina Gunina. But from then on, Cramling had a magnificent score of nine wins and only one draw to conclude the first leg with 9,5/11 points.

The nearest followers Nana Dzagnidze and Valentina Gunina are a full point behind.

The remaining 10 rounds will be played on Saturday 30th December.



Pia Cramling


Yesterday Viswanathan Anand and Ju Wenjun won gold medals in King Salman World Rapid Championship.

Official website / Photo gallery / Results, Standings, Pairings



Anna Zatonskih, Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant and Martha Fierro resting between the rounds






GM Salem A.R. Saleh



Chief arbiter Takis Nikolopoulos announcing the start of the round



Alexandra Goryachkina, Natalia Zhukova and Nana Dzagnidze



GM Laurent Fressinet



Women's section






Hotel restaurant photos by Maria Emelianova




Kind staff of the General Sports Authority



Arbiters from Estonia and Greece



Former world women's classical champion Zhu Chen



Fressinet-Aronian



Natalia Zhukova






Vassily Ivanchuk checking the screens



Sanan Sjugirov defeated Magnus Carlsen in round 2



Valentina Gunina and Monika Socko







Big screen in the lobby area



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World Blitz Chess 2017 LIVE!

Chessdom - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 11:42

King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2017 that takes place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia between 26th and 30th December 2017. The incumbent World Rapid and Blitz Champions — Sergey Karjakin (Russia) and Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine), along with Magnus Carlsen (Norway), the highest-rated chess player in the world and World Champion in classical chess, and over 180 top grandmasters have confirmed their participation, making the King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Championships one of the strongest open events of the year.

The four events offer a record total prize fund of US$2,000,000 with the Open events having individual prize funds of US$750,000 each and the women event having a prize fund of US$ 250,000 each. 30 prizes shall be offered in each event.

This is the blitz section of the event and you can follow the games live with video on Chessdom.com. Games start daily at 12:00 CET

More live: World Rapid Chess 2017 (open) live / World Rapid Chess 2017 (women) live / View on your mobile phone

Rapid: Viswanathan Anand and Ju Wenjun are World Rapid Champions

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Εικόνες

Skakistiko - Thu, 12/28/2017 - 22:24



Το Αμπελόφυτο είναι ένα ολιγάριθμο σε πληθυσμό, αλλά δυναμικό και παραγωγικό χωριό, που υπάγεται διοικητικά στον Δήμο Πύλου – Νέστορος, στη Μεσσηνία. Σε πολύ κοντινή απόσταση ενός-δύο χιλιομέτρων βρίσκεται ένας υπέργειος θολωτός μυκηναϊκός τάφος που μαρτυρεί κατοίκηση της περιοχής στην μακρινή αρχαιότητα. Ο οικισμός αναφέρεται επίσης σε διάφορες απογραφές των Βενετών Προνοητών όταν ίδρυσαν το Βασίλειο του Μορέως, δηλαδή όταν κατείχαν την Πελοπόννησο.

Τα μέλη του πολιτιστικού συλλόγου Αμπελοφύτου δημιούργησαν ένα υπαίθριο σκάκι, κάτω από τα πεύκα, φτιαγμένο με απλά καθημερινά υλικά το οποίο κοσμεί τον προαύλιο χώρο του σχολείου -το οίκημα έχει χτιστεί στις αρχές του 20ού αιώνα- και χρησιμοποιείται για παιχνίδι τα απογεύματα από μικρούς και μεγάλους.
Η φαντασία συνάντησε το ταλέντο στη χειροτεχνία. Το δεξί κάτω μαύρο στρέφεται σε μισό λεπτό, είναι χωρίς σημασία. Με όρεξη και πολλές ώρες σχεδιασμού, χαρτοκοπτικής, κολλήματος και βαψίματος, το αποτέλεσμα βγήκε πολύ όμορφο.
Οι δυο φωτογραφίες μεγεθύνονται με κλικ.

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Viswanathan Anand and Ju Wenjun are World Rapid Champions!

Chessdom - Thu, 12/28/2017 - 20:00

Viswanathan Anand and Ju Wenjun for winning the FIDE World Rapid 2017 titles! Ju Wenjun was clear first in the women section with 11,5/15, while Anand battled with Fedoseev in the tiebreaks for the title.

Congratulations!

Stay tuned for the full report

Replay the games in men section / Replay the games in the women section

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Στο παλαιοπωλείο της Δυτικής 57ης Οδού – Νέα Υόρκη

Skakistiko - Thu, 12/28/2017 - 15:03

Συνεργασία του Έλιοτ Ρ.

Πεδίο μάχης, βασιλείς, βασίλισσες, επιτελάρχες, ιππότες στρατιώτες και φρούρια. Χρυσοποίκιλτες στολές κι εξαρτήσεις διαμάντια, μαργαριτάρια, αχάτες κι άλλα πολύτιμα πετράδια να διακοσμούν τη σκακιέρα από ελεφαντόδοντο και μαόνι.

Ναι, για σκακιέρα πρόκειται, σκακιέρα στηριγμένη πάνω σε πλατινένιους κιλλίβαντες. Πορφυρές βελούδινες θήκες για τους πεσσούς κι επίχρυσοι λεπτοί ιμάντες να τους κρατούν στη θήκη του συρταριού, σ΄αντίθεση αρμονική με το βαθύ παστέλ του τραπεζιού που αποτελεί μέρος του συνόλου!

Άγνωστος ο καλλιτέχνης – δημιουργός του αριστουργήματος που φέρει μόνον το χρόνο και τον τόπο της δημιουργίας του – Αγία Πετρούπολη 1823, καθώς λάμπρυνε με την παρουσία του περιμένοντας τη μέρα του πλειστηριασμού, σε ένα από τα πλέον γνωστά antique shops της Νέας Υόρκης καταχωνιασμένο ένα – δυό τετράγωνα νότια του Σέντραλ Παρκ, στη Δυτική 57η οδό!

Όπως ανέφερε η σχετική επιγραφή το έργο που εμπνεύστηκε από τον μεγάλο πατριωτικό πόλεμο του 1812, αποτέλεσε κάποτε ιδιοκτησία του Τσάρου Αλεξάνδρου του Α΄ και βρισκόταν στην αίθουσα υποδοχής υψηλών προσκεκλημέρων στα χειμερινά ανάκτορα της Αγίας Πετρούπολης εκεί που σήμερα στεγάζεται το καταπληκτικό μουσείο Ερμιτάζ.

Όπως μου είπε η υπάλληλος, η διευθύνουσα αντικέρ δεν βρισκόταν εκεί την ημέρα που θαύμασα από κοντά το υπέροχο έργο, η επιτροπή αξιολόγησης πλειστηριασμού των έργων που θα εκτίθονταν στο κοινό τον Ιούλιο του 2013 είχε ορίσει την αρχική τιμή προσφοράς του στο ένα εκατομμύριο δολάρια.

Δεν έμαθα ποτέ σε ποιά χέρια κατέληξε!

Χρόνια πολλά με υγεία κι ευτυχία σε όλους τους φίλους του σάιτ! Έλιοτ

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TCEC Season 11 – information and participants

Chessdom - Thu, 12/28/2017 - 12:52

TCEC Season 11 will start this January 3rd. It will involve 30 of the strongest computer chess software programs in the world. One more time the engines will be provided with a high quality hardware – a 44 cores server – and will compete in equal conditions to crown the strongest one in the Top Chess Engine Championship.

From this Season 11 TCEC is upgrading its format to a league system with promotions and relegations. This was announced in a press release on November 10, an article that generated over 250 000 views and is now fully updated with the new information. Besides an upgraded league system, TCEC will feature many more enhancements. Here is a list of some of them:

All divisions to run on a 44 cores computer

Engine authors rarely have access to high computing power on multiple cores. TCEC has decided to support engine developers by using the 44 cores server not only in the highest division, but around all divisions. The tournament organizers hope that, besides an interesting race, this will be a good test for the authors and will help further engine development.

A whole new division is created

The computer chess sector is booming – more and more engines are entering the software race with new ideas, new programing languages, and new algorithms. The participation requests for TCEC are at their highest ever and this provoked the creation of a whole new division – “Fourth Division”. It will again be composed of 8 engines. All of them will be invitational. Four of the participants will be promoted to Third Division.

The eight new engines that will compete in Fourth Division are in the participants list below.

Fritz enters the battle

One more new participant enters TCEC. This is one of the top 10 engines that was missing last season from the event – Fritz 16. It will start in Third Division, taking the place of Rybka and officially retiring it from the roster.

Stability as part of the game

Stability is very important in TCEC. The constant push for ELO increase sometimes renders bugs and issues. The organizers try to emphasize season after season how important stability is, thus starting Season 11 a new rule regarding this will be introduced. It is called the “3 strikes out” rule and states that an engine is allowed to crash maximum 3 times per division run, after which it is automatically relegated.

Critical play-preventing bugs and behaviors will be allowed a fix once per season.

Live GM commentary added

With the addition of the Twitch TV channel, TCEC’s coverage will expand rapidly in Season 11. The organizers are adding daily GM commentary. It will be done by the experienced coach and player GM Marian Petrov, current national champion of Bulgaria. He will be the resident commentator of TCEC and will be joined by many guests – computer chess experts and other Grandmasters – in the studio.

More information: TCEC official website / TCEC on Twitch TV

TCEC Season 11 participants list (as of Dec 27th)

This is the up to date participants list of Season 11. The participants list is based on the final standings of S10, a new entrant in Third Division, and eight new participants in Fourth Division.

Premier Division

1. Houdini
2. Komodo
3. Stockfish
4. Fire
5. Chiron
6. Ginkgo
7. Promotion
8. Promotion

First Division

1. Andscacs
2. Booot
3. Gull
4. Fizbo
5. Hannibal
6. Nirvana
7. Promotion
8. Promotion

Second Division

1. Jonny
2. Bobcat
3. Texel
4. Vajolet
5. Wasp
6. Arasan
7. Promotion
8. Promotion

Third Division

1. Fritz
2. Nemorino
3. Fruit
4. Laser
5. Promotion
6. Promotion
7. Promotion
8. Promotion

Fourth Division

1. Pedone
2. The Baron
3. Ethereal
4. Scorpio
5. Senpai
6. ChessBrainVB
7. SCTR
8. (to be announced)

Note that practically all engines will use custom TCEC versions. For more information you can talk to the authors and computer chess experts at the ever active chat on the official website http://tcec.chessdom.com/live.php

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Peter Svidler supports FIDE's proposal

FIDE - Thu, 12/28/2017 - 01:22
During the opening ceremony of the World Blitz & Rapid Championships, FIDE Deputy President Mr. Makropoulos proposed to His Excellency Turki bin Abdel Muhsin Al-Asheikh, Chairman of the General Sports Authority of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, that the name of next year’s event in Riyadh can be "King Salman Peace & Friendship Rapid & Blitz World Chess Championships" and that in the spirit of the FIDE motto “Gens Una Sumus”, chess players from all nations will be welcomed and able to participate.

Read below the opinion of Peter Svidler in his interview after round 9:

Q (A. Karlovich): Peter, you have attended the opening ceremony and heard the message of FIDE for next year’s event in Riyadh. Do you support the idea?

A (P. Svidler): I think it`s a very important point. I was somewhat surprised and happy to see FIDE making this point. Generally speaking, the content level of official speeches during the ceremonies is not very high but in this case it is quite clear that FIDE wants to get this point across. I think it’s a good thing that they did. If the tournament is indeed held in Riyadh next year, I hope it will be fully representative because the current situation is clearly not great.

Watch the full interview of Peter Svidler here.









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Anand and Ju Wenjun are World Rapid Champions!

FIDE - Wed, 12/27/2017 - 21:23
The King Salman World Rapid Championship concluded today in Riyadh with a thrilling finale in which Viswanathan Anand claimed the title after the blitz tie-break with Vladimir Fedoseev.

Entering the last round of the Open Rapid Championship, Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen were tied on the first place with 10 points each.

Anand took a quick draw with black against Bu Xiangzhi, and Magnus Carlsen sensed the opportunity to play for a win. But Alexander Grischuk had his own plans and attacked ferociously to eventually defeat Carlsen and drag him down to 4th shared place in the overall standings.

Vladimir Fedoseev won the Russian derby against Vladislav Artemiev and Ian Nepomniachtchi scored against Wang Hao, to both catch Anand on the shared first place.

According to the Tournament Regulations, "if there is a tie for the 1st place, the top 2 players according to the first eligible tie break criterion will play a play-off." Nepomniachtchi had the worst tie-break and therefore won the bronze medal.

Anand and Fedoseev proceeded to play two 3'+2'' games to decide the Champion. Anand 1,5-0,5 and took the golden trophy.



Viswanathan Anand


Ju Wenjun of China continued the good run on the final day of the Women's Rapid Championship and after scoring two wins and three draws emerged clear winner with 11,5/15 points. Ju modestly repeated her statement from the first day of the Championship, stating that "she was lucky".

Her compatriot Lei Tingjie was in position to direct a tiebreak match, but she could not win with black against Nana Dzagnidze, therefore being awarded the silver medal. Elisabeth Paehtz claimed the bronze with 10,5 points.

Official website / Photo gallery / Results, Standings, Pairings

Tomorrow starts the King Salman World Blitz Championship.



Ju Wenjun



Princess Reema bint Bandar al Saud, the commissioner for development and planning of the General Sports Authority, opening the third day rounds of the King Salman World Chess Championship



Rauf Mamedov-Vladimir Fedoseev



Arbiter Margit Brokko keeping a watchfull eye



Olga Girya contemplating the next move



Vladimir Fedoseev and Magnus Carlsen



Harika Dronavalli and Ju Wenjun



Arbiter Carlos Diaz is in charge of top four boards



Esipenko and Vachier-Lagrave playing the opening at the lightning speed


Day 2

The King Salman World Rapid Championship continued today at the iconic Apex Convention Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Five more rounds were played in both Open and Women's sections.

The overnight leader in the Women's section, Ju Wenjun of China, continued the campaign with four straight draws, but then when it mattered the most she closed the day with a win against IM Pham Le Thao Nguyen, once again singling out on the top of the standings with 8,0/10 points.

Half a point behind the leader are WGM Aleksandra Goryachkina (Russia), GM Elina Danielian (Armenia) and GM Nana Dzagnidze (Georgia) on 7,5 points each.

In the Open section Vladimir Fedoseev from Russia started with a win against the overnight co-leader Baadur Jobava and next he defeated Yuriy Kuzubov. There followed three draws in a row, but this was sufficient to retain a clear first place with 8,0/10 points.

On the shared second place with 7,5 points are Peter Svidler from Russia, Wang Hao from China and Viswanathan Anand of India, who has notably beaten the World classical champion Magnus Carlsen.

Of memorable games, the 15-years old Russian star Andrey Esipenko crushed the reigning World blitz chess champion and World championship challenger in classical chess Sergey Karjakin with a beautiful queen sacrifice.



Vladimir Fedoseev won against Baadur Jobava


The King Salman World Rapid Championship has five more rounds to be played and will end tomorrow.

Players from 55 countries, among them 10 men out of the World Top-15 as well as 11 out the World Top-15 women, are competing in this prestigious event.

Official website / Photo gallery / Results, Standings, Pairings



The stage with top four games



Her Excellency Princess Ilama Al-Sudairi, Ambassador of Mind Games in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nehyan, Continental President for Asia, inaugurating the 8th round



GM Ahmed Adly interviewing Her Excellency Princess Ilama Al-Sudairi, Ambassador of Mind Games in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia



Irene Sukandar missed the connecting flight, but still managed to arrive on time to participate in the championship



Jorden Van Foreest vs Pentala Harikrishna



Yuriy Kuzubov defeated the higher rated Alexander Grischuk






FIDE Vice President Martha Fierro in action



On the way to the playing venue







Checking into the KAPSARC






Relaxed walking to the playing hall


Peter Svidler and Alexander Grischuk












Players enjoying dinner after a tough day in the arena



International Arbiter Effie Andrikopoulou



Grandmaster Laurent Fressinet



Peter Svidler and Magnus Carlsen about to start the game



FIDE CEO Geoffrey Borg with the distinguished guests



Viktor Laznicka showing the moves to local chess fan



Young chess fans posing for photos



Players socializing with locals in between the games



Traditional setting combined with modern technology






Day 1, 26th December


The King Salman World Rapid Championship started today at the iconic Apex Convention Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Players from 55 countries, among them 10 men out of the World Top-15 as well as 11 out the World Top-15 women, are competing in this prestigious event.

The honorary first move in the round 1 game Carlsen-Bu was made by Mr Kosay A.Alfawaz, Advisor to H.E. The Chairman of General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia.

In the very same game Bu Xiangzhi stunned the world's top rated player Magnus Carlsen by inflicting him yet another loss. Only few months ago Bu eliminated Carlsen from the FIDE World Cup in Tbilisi.

Also on the main stage, the second-seeded Maxime Vachier-Lagrave lost to Levan Pantsulaia. Likewise, in the women's championship the top seed Kateryna Lagno started with a loss against Jolanta Zawadzka. The reigning World Blitz champion Sergey Karjakin also slipped in the first round, losing to Pavel Eljanov.

As if these introductory games set the tone for the rest of the rounds, we witnessed some exciting battles and many surprises throughout the day.



Zawadzka defeated Lagno in round 1


At the end of the first day of the competition, world championship challenger in classical chess Ju Wenjun is leading in the women's section with the perfect 5/5 score.

In the Open section Baadur Jobava and Vladimir Fedoseev are on the top with 4,5/5 points each.

Vachier-Lagrave is down on 2,0 points, while third-seed Levon Aronian is on 2,5. Among the women, the top seed and former World Rpid champion Kateryna Lagno is on 50% score.

The King Salman World Rapid Championship has ten more rounds to be played and continues until 28th December.

Official website / Photo gallery / Results, Standings, Pairings



Vladimir Fedoseev, co-leader in Open section


The key game of the day in the women's championship: Ju Wenjun vs Bela Khotenashvili



Pantsulaia won against Vachier-Lagrave



The ceremonial first move



Mr Kosay A.Alfawaz, Advisor to H.E. The Chairman of General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia




The overview of the women's section: The players dressed according to the FIDE Regulations











FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos and President of the Saudi Arabia Chess Federation Al Sulaiman Mottaz Abdulrahman with young chess players




Jorge Vega, President of Confederation of Chess for Americas, and Liana Hakim, mother of Russian prodigy Bibisara Assaubayeva, who is clearly enjoying the outfit



Grandmaster Luke McShane and Member of the Appeals Committee Malcolm Pein during the break between the rounds



Magnus Carlsen started out with a loss but later improved his position with two wins to close the day



Ian Nepomniachtchi and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave



Elina Danielian



FIDE CEO Geoffrey Borg talking to the organizers



Natalia Buksa and Salome Melia




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King Salman World Rapid Championship Day 2: Ju Wenjun and Fedoseev leading

FIDE - Wed, 12/27/2017 - 21:23
The King Salman World Rapid Championship continued today at the iconic Apex Convention Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Five more rounds were played in both Open and Women's sections.

The overnight leader in the Women's section, Ju Wenjun of China, continued the campaign with four straight draws, but then when it mattered the most she closed the day with a win against IM Pham Le Thao Nguyen, once again singling out on the top of the standings with 8,0/10 points.

Half a point behind the leader are WGM Aleksandra Goryachkina (Russia), GM Elina Danielian (Armenia) and GM Nana Dzagnidze (Georgia) on 7,5 points each.

In the Open section Vladimir Fedoseev from Russia started with a win against the overnight co-leader Baadur Jobava and next he defeated Yuriy Kuzubov. There followed three draws in a row, but this was sufficient to retain a clear first place with 8,0/10 points.

On the shared second place with 7,5 points are Peter Svidler from Russia, Wang Hao from China and Viswanathan Anand of India, who has notably beaten the World classical champion Magnus Carlsen.

Of memorable games, the 15-years old Russian star Andrey Esipenko crushed the reigning World blitz chess champion and World championship challenger in classical chess Sergey Karjakin with a beautiful queen sacrifice.



Vladimir Fedoseev won against Baadur Jobava


The King Salman World Rapid Championship has five more rounds to be played and will end tomorrow.

Players from 55 countries, among them 10 men out of the World Top-15 as well as 11 out the World Top-15 women, are competing in this prestigious event.

Official website / Photo gallery / Results, Standings, Pairings



The stage with top four games



Her Excellency Princess Ilama Al-Sudairi, Ambassador of Mind Games in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nehyan, Continental President for Asia, inaugurating the 8th round



GM Ahmed Adly interviewing Her Excellency Princess Ilama Al-Sudairi, Ambassador of Mind Games in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia



Irene Sukandar missed the connecting flight, but still managed to arrive on time to participate in the championship



Jorden Van Foreest vs Pentala Harikrishna



Yuriy Kuzubov defeated the higher rated Alexander Grischuk






FIDE Vice President Martha Fierro in action



On the way to the playing venue







Checking into the KAPSARC






Relaxed walking to the playing hall


Peter Svidler and Alexander Grischuk












Players enjoying dinner after a tough day in the arena



International Arbiter Effie Andrikopoulou



Grandmaster Laurent Fressinet



Peter Svidler and Magnus Carlsen about to start the game



FIDE CEO Geoffrey Borg with the distinguished guests



Viktor Laznicka showing the moves to local chess fan



Young chess fans posing for photos



Players socializing with locals in between the games



Traditional setting combined with modern technology






Day 1, 26th December


The King Salman World Rapid Championship started today at the iconic Apex Convention Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Players from 55 countries, among them 10 men out of the World Top-15 as well as 11 out the World Top-15 women, are competing in this prestigious event.

The honorary first move in the round 1 game Carlsen-Bu was made by Mr Kosay A.Alfawaz, Advisor to H.E. The Chairman of General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia.

In the very same game Bu Xiangzhi stunned the world's top rated player Magnus Carlsen by inflicting him yet another loss. Only few months ago Bu eliminated Carlsen from the FIDE World Cup in Tbilisi.

Also on the main stage, the second-seeded Maxime Vachier-Lagrave lost to Levan Pantsulaia. Likewise, in the women's championship the top seed Kateryna Lagno started with a loss against Jolanta Zawadzka. The reigning World Blitz champion Sergey Karjakin also slipped in the first round, losing to Pavel Eljanov.

As if these introductory games set the tone for the rest of the rounds, we witnessed some exciting battles and many surprises throughout the day.



Zawadzka defeated Lagno in round 1


At the end of the first day of the competition, world championship challenger in classical chess Ju Wenjun is leading in the women's section with the perfect 5/5 score.

In the Open section Baadur Jobava and Vladimir Fedoseev are on the top with 4,5/5 points each.

Vachier-Lagrave is down on 2,0 points, while third-seed Levon Aronian is on 2,5. Among the women, the top seed and former World Rpid champion Kateryna Lagno is on 50% score.

The King Salman World Rapid Championship has ten more rounds to be played and continues until 28th December.

Official website / Photo gallery / Results, Standings, Pairings



Vladimir Fedoseev, co-leader in Open section


The key game of the day in the women's championship: Ju Wenjun vs Bela Khotenashvili



Pantsulaia won against Vachier-Lagrave



The ceremonial first move



Mr Kosay A.Alfawaz, Advisor to H.E. The Chairman of General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia




The overview of the women's section: The players dressed according to the FIDE Regulations











FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos and President of the Saudi Arabia Chess Federation Al Sulaiman Mottaz Abdulrahman with young chess players




Jorge Vega, President of Confederation of Chess for Americas, and Liana Hakim, mother of Russian prodigy Bibisara Assaubayeva, who is clearly enjoying the outfit



Grandmaster Luke McShane and Member of the Appeals Committee Malcolm Pein during the break between the rounds



Magnus Carlsen started out with a loss but later improved his position with two wins to close the day



Ian Nepomniachtchi and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave



Elina Danielian



FIDE CEO Geoffrey Borg talking to the organizers



Natalia Buksa and Salome Melia




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Hastings

Chessdom - Wed, 12/27/2017 - 13:26

Tradewise 93th edition of the chess open in Hastings will be held from 28 December to 5th January.The venue will be Horntye Park Sports Complex.In the Masters events there will be more then 80 players.The top players are Deep Sengupta ,Alexander Fier and few other GMs and IMs.

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King Salman World Rapid Championship Day 1: Ju Wenjun with perfect score

FIDE - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 21:23
The King Salman World Rapid Championship started today at the iconic Apex Convention Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Players from 55 countries, among them 10 men out of the World Top-15 as well as 11 out the World Top-15 women, are competing in this prestigious event.

The honorary first move in the round 1 game Carlsen-Bu was made by Mr Kosay A.Alfawaz, Advisor to H.E. The Chairman of General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia.

In the very same game Bu Xiangzhi stunned the world's top rated player Magnus Carlsen by inflicting him yet another loss. Only few months ago Bu eliminated Carlsen from the FIDE World Cup in Tbilisi.

Also on the main stage, the second-seeded Maxime Vachier-Lagrave lost to Levan Pantsulaia. Likewise, in the women's championship the top seed Kateryna Lagno started with a loss against Jolanta Zawadzka.

As if these introductory games set the tone for the rest of the rounds, we witnessed some exciting battles and many surprises throughout the day.





At the end of the first day of the competition, world championship challenger in classical chess Ju Wenjun is leading in the women's section with the perfect 5/5 score.

In the Open section Baadur Jobava and Vladimir Fedoseev are on the top with 4,5/5 points each.

The King Salman World Rapid Championship has ten more rounds to be played and continues until 28th December.

Official website / Photo gallery / Results, Standings, Pairings












































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Τουρνουά που θα γίνουν στις γιορτές

Skakistiko - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 16:32

Πλήθος από αγώνες κλασικού και γρήγορου χρόνου διεξάγονται ήδη ή θα ξεκινήσουν τις αμέσως προσεχείς ημέρες.

Συνοπτικά, με σειρά χρονική oι σημαντικότεροι:

– Απόψε ξεκινά το Χριστουγεννιάτικο Τουρνουά ΣΟ Ηλιούπολης – Ζήνωνα Γλυφάδας στη μνήμη Σπύρου Μπίκου και Διονύση Μαραγκουδάκη (26.12.17 – 31.12.17). Ισχυρότεροι στον κατάλογο συμμετοχών των chess-results εμφανίζονται οι Αλ.Γρηγοριάδης, Ροϊνός, Αζής-Αζίζης.

– Το Πρωτοχρονιάτικο Τουρνουά Chess Square στη μνήμη Γιάννη Σταματόπουλου θα γίνει από 1.1.18 έως 8.1.18 με ισχυρότερους σύμφωνα με το μέχρι στιγμής κατάλογο: Κρ. Γκεοργκίεβ, Κοφίδης, Αζής-Αζίζης, Δρακουλάκος, Κράλλης.

– Το 3ο Πρωτοχρονιάτικο Τουρνουά ΠΣ Περιστερίου “Αντώνης Μπέλλος” από 2.1.18 έως 8.1.18. Σύμφωνα με τον κατάλογο των διοργανωτών μετέχουν οι Μουτούσης, Τζουγανάκης, Β. Φράγκος.

– Για τον 40ό Λευκό Πύργο 2.1.18 έως 8.1.18 έχουμε ειδική ανάρτηση που ενημερώνει με σχόλια ο Βασίλης Τσαρουχάς. Στον κατάλογο συναντούμε 8 GM: Κιρ. Γκεοργκίεβ, Κουλιάσεβιτς, Νεβεντνίτσι, Γκριγκόροβ, Νεστόροβιτς, Κουπαράτζε, Μαλαγκασβίλι, Μίλτζκοβιτς. Στο διεθνές τουρνουά έχει ενσωματωθεί το Ανοιχτό Πρωτάθλημα Γυναικών της ΕΣΟ.

– Παράλληλα με τον Λευκό Πύργο θα διεξαχθεί το Ατομικό (Κλειστό) Πρωτάθλημα Γυναικών της ΕΣΟ, για το ημερολογιακό 2017.

– Το 22ο Διεθνές Τουρνουά Ηρακλείου 2.1.18 έως 8.1.18 με παράλληλη διεξαγωγή δυο κλειστών τουρνουά νόρμας (GM & IM). Στο ένα από τα δυο κλειστά μετέχουν οι GM Νικολαϊδης, Πάβλοβιτς, Άντιτς.

– Στη Λαμία κατά το τριήμερο 5-7.1.18 θα γίνουν αγώνες προς τιμήν του Γιάννη Ρίτσου.

*** Για όλα τα τουρνουά που αναφέρονται καθώς και για αγώνες μικρότερης εμβέλειας, όλα τα λινκ προς ιστοσελίδες διοργανωτή, πίνακες chess-results και ανάρτηση στο skakistiko (όπου υπάρχει) τα βρίσκετε στη δεύτερη δεξιά πλευρική στήλη του σάιτ (προσεχή τουρνουά).

 

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WRBC 2017: Rapid Pairings Round 1

FIDE - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 10:20


Pairings for the King Salman World Rapid Chess Championships 2017 for OPEN and WOMEN tournaments are published.


Pairings for Round 1 RAPID OPEN

Pairings for Round 1 RAPID WOMEN


Official website riyadh2017.fide.com

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An exciting new era for sports in Saudi Arabia

FIDE - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 02:27
The King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Championships were opened tonight at the iconic Apex Convention Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Both FIDE and the General Sports Authority of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia expressed their confidence that an exciting new era starts in the country for all sports.

The opening ceremony was attended by Excellency Turki bin Abdel Muhsin Al-Asheikh, Chairman of the General Sports Authority, Mr Georgios Makropoulos, FIDE Deputy President, Excellency Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa al Nehyan, President of the Asian Chess Federation, Mr Jorge Vega, President of Confederation of Chess for Americas, Mr Al Sulaiman Mottaz Abdulrahman, President of the Saudi Arabia Chess Federation, and Mr Geoffrey Borg, FIDE CEO.

In his speech, FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos noted World No.1 player Magnus Carlsen is participating as well as players from 55 countries, among them 10 men out of the World Top-15 as well as 11 out the World Top-15 women. Mr Makropoulos also referred to the organisation of the Chess Olympiad in 1986 in Dubai, which eventually was followed by other major world sporting events, and the organisation of these World Championships in Riyadh can lead to an even larger explosion of sport activities.
Continuing, Mr Makropoulos went beyond his prepared text and addressed His Excellency Turki bin Abdel Muhsin Al-Asheikh: "Your Excellency, I am going to tell you something from my heart. FIDE motto is 'We are one family' and we firmly believe in this. We also believe that our sport, and especially such events, should help in developing peace and friendship among people. We would like to see the next event, here, as King Salman Peace & Friendship World Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships. Where everybody will be welcomed. (The audience applauded). I am certain that Saudi Arabia can send a strong message for peace and friendship around the world and we are here with my colleagues to help. We are ready to meet with you or your people in the next days, to see how to proceed with the next steps. I want our chess players who are here, our arbiters, our officials, your people, your officials, to be proud in the future that they have been part of the beginning of a great effort, which I hope is going to have great success."

Full speech is posted below.





Prior to the opening ceremony, the chief arbiter Takis Nikolopoulos, his deputies, tournament director and members of the Appeals Committee held the arbiters meeting and the technical meeting with the players.

In the drawing of lots for the first round the top rated player Magnus Carlsen chose white pieces in both events. Kateryna Lagno got black pieces for both women's events.

After the historical agreement with the Organisers there is no need for female players to wear a hijab or abaya during the games or in the hotel, which is a first for any sporting event in Saudi Arabia.



No need to wear a hijab or abaya during the games or in the hotel


The world's top rated player Magnus Carlsen, the incumbent World Rapid and Blitz Champions - Sergey Karjakin (Russia) and Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine), will compete in Riyadh along with over 200 top players, making the King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Championships the strongest open events of the year.

The Championships will run between 26th and 30th December offering a record total prize fund of US$2,000,000. The games will start daily from 14:00 local time. Live broadcast will be available on the official website.

Speech of Mr Makropoulos




Excellency Turki bin Abdel Muhsin Al-Asheikh, Chairman of the General Sports Authority, inspecting the venue with Mr Geoffrey Borg, FIDE CEO



Magnus Carlsen chose the white pieces



World No.1 Magnus Carlsen and FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos


















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Rapid Chess Championship 2017 goes to Stockfish

Chessdom - Mon, 12/25/2017 - 21:48

After 552 games and 46 rounds, Stockfish is the 2017 TCEC Rapid Chess Champion. Congratulations!

While Houdini was convincing in the classical time control event and won there with a solid margin, the rapid was a different affair as the audience enjoyed a race until the very last moment between Houdini and Stockfish. For many rounds the two engines were with equal points and going into the last round anything was possible. Stockfish managed to take the maximum from Texel, while Houdini drew its game against Gull. With 40,0/45, Stockfish became the new TCEC Rapid Chess Champion. Second place is for Houdini with 39,5/46. The bronze medal is for Komodo with 36,0/46.

In an interesting twist, in the classical championship Stockfish was undefeated but did not win the title. In the rapid Houdini was undefeated and also missed the gold medal.

Next up is the blitz championship and you can follow it live here.

TCEC official website / Replay TCEC Season 10 / Replay TCEC Season 10 rapid / Follow the 2017 World Rapid Chess

Final standings

1. Stockfish 40,0/46
2. Houdini 39,5/46
3. Komodo 36,0/46
4. Fire 33,5/46
5. Chiron 31,0/46
6. Ginkgo 30,0/46
7. Adscacs 29,0/46
8. Texel 28,5/46
9. Fizbo 28,0/46
10. Jonny 25,5/46

Total 24 engines, full standings here

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FIDE secured visas for Qatar and Iran

Chessdom - Mon, 12/25/2017 - 12:24

FIDE would like to clarify the following points regarding the King Salman World Blitz and Rapid Championships, being held between the 26th and 30th December in Riyadh, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

FIDE has been working very hard and in a discreet manner to organise and safeguard the process of entry visas for all participants of the event. For the first time, ground-breaking special arrangements have been made to issue visas upon arrival for over 200 persons, including the players of Iran and Qatar. Although the visa process lies exclusively with the national immigration authorities of every country, FIDE has actively supported and proposed measures to make the process as smooth as ever, especially taking into account the very short time available for preparing the championships.

As stated above, after combined efforts of FIDE officials and Saudi Arabian authorities, visas for players from Iran and Qatar were secured. Any publication on the internet stating that visas for players from Iran and Qatar have been “refused” is completely wrong. The fact that players from Iran and Qatar may decide not to participate, after consulting their own authorities, is clearly their own individual decision.

To put facts into perspective, the Saudi authorities informed FIDE that the visas for Qatari players will be issued and they also proposed that for security reasons the Qatari players should play under the FIDE flag. This issue was resolved the next day by FIDE, and the Qatar Chess Association was informed that their players would play under their own flag. FIDE, additionally, had accepted the registration of two Qatari players as FIDE nominees, although they had not met the minimum rating requirements. FIDE took this extra responsibility knowing that it would create additional organisational burden.

As everybody clearly understands from the above, FIDE and the Saudi organisers are always ready to welcome any participant.

FIDE’s principle is that its World Chess Championships are a vehicle for promoting peace and development of friendship amongst all nations. FIDE will adhere to this principle and will continue to work in this direction.

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Dmitry Peskov: RCF President Andrey Filatov should be reelected

Chessdom - Mon, 12/25/2017 - 12:16

Press-Secretary of the Russian President and Chairman of RCF Board of Trustees Dmitry Peskov considers that the acting RCF President Andrey Filatov should be reelected for a new term.

On November 16, the RCF Supervisory Board decided to hold the RCF Presidential elections on February 3, 2018.

“In the recent four years an enormous work has been done to develop chess in Russia, and this is a great achievement of the acting RCF President Andrey Filatov”, says Dmitry Peskov. “The RCF Board of Trustees considers that Andrey Filatov should be re-elected”.

Earlier Andrey Filatov had announced that he would run for the next four-year term in the forthcoming elections. Mr. Filatov is ready to compete with FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov if the latter is going to put forward his candidacy for the office of the RCF President.

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FIDE secured visas for Qatar and Iran

FIDE - Mon, 12/25/2017 - 00:22




Riyadh, 24 December 2017

FIDE would like to clarify the following points regarding the King Salman World Blitz and Rapid Championships, being held between the 26th and 30th December in Riyadh, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

FIDE has been working very hard and in a discreet manner to organise and safeguard the process of entry visas for all participants of the event. For the first time, ground-breaking special arrangements have been made to issue visas upon arrival for over 200 persons, including the players of Iran and Qatar. Although the visa process lies exclusively with the national immigration authorities of every country, FIDE has actively supported and proposed measures to make the process as smooth as ever, especially taking into account the very short time available for preparing the championships.

As stated above, after combined efforts of FIDE officials and Saudi Arabian authorities, visas for players from Iran and Qatar were secured. Any publication on the internet stating that visas for players from Iran and Qatar have been "refused" is completely wrong. The fact that players from Iran and Qatar may decide not to participate, after consulting their own authorities, is clearly their own individual decision.

To put facts into perspective, the Saudi authorities informed FIDE that the visas for Qatari players will be issued and they also proposed that for security reasons the Qatari players should play under the FIDE flag. This issue was resolved the next day by FIDE, and the Qatar Chess Association was informed that their players would play under their own flag. FIDE, additionally, had accepted the registration of two Qatari players as FIDE nominees, although they had not met the minimum rating requirements. FIDE took this extra responsibility knowing that it would create additional organisational burden.

As everybody clearly understands from the above, FIDE and the Saudi organisers are always ready to welcome any participant.

FIDE's principle is that its World Chess Championships are a vehicle for promoting peace and development of friendship amongst all nations. FIDE will adhere to this principle and will continue to work in this direction.

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King Salman World Rapid Women Chess LIVE!

Chessdom - Sun, 12/24/2017 - 03:52

King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2017 that takes place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia between 26th and 30th December 2017.

Live games with analysis from the World Rapid 2017 will be daily on Chessdom with the best chess software competing in the Top Chess Engine Championship – Komodo, Houdini, and Stockfish. Games start daily at 12:00 CET

Live: World Rapid Chess 2017 (open) live / World Rapid Chess 2017 (women) live / View on your mobile phone

More: Rapid and Blitz Championship of Europe (review) / Rapid and blitz championship for computer chess (live)

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World Rapid Chess 2017 LIVE!

Chessdom - Sun, 12/24/2017 - 03:47

King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2017 that takes place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia between 26th and 30th December 2017. The incumbent World Rapid and Blitz Champions — Sergey Karjakin (Russia) and Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine), along with Magnus Carlsen (Norway), the highest-rated chess player in the world and World Champion in classical chess, and over 180 top grandmasters have confirmed their participation, making the King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Championships one of the strongest open events of the year.

The four events offer a record total prize fund of US$2,000,000 with the Open events having individual prize funds of US$750,000 each and the women event having a prize fund of US$ 250,000 each. 30 prizes shall be offered in each event.

Live games with analysis from the World Rapid 2017 will be daily on Chessdom with the best chess software competing in the Top Chess Engine Championship – Komodo, Houdini, and Stockfish. Games start daily at 12:00 CET

Live: World Rapid Chess 2017 (open) live / World Rapid Chess 2017 (women) live / View on your mobile phone

More: Rapid and Blitz Championship of Europe (review) / Rapid and blitz championship for computer chess (live)

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