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FIDE World Chess Championship Match 2018 Press Conference

FIDE - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 12:26



FIDE World Chess Championship Match 2018 was opened on November 8th with a press conference at historic London venue The College in Holborn.

The world’s most prestigious chess tournament Running 12 matches, organized by FIDE and World Chess, the Championship will see Norwegian World Champion Magnus Carlsen go head to head with US challenger Fabiano Caruana in London between 9 and 28 November 2018.



Chess followers can now observe the Grandmasters at The College, a breath-taking historic building with a number of authentic Victorian features including furnishing, marble reception areas and a show-stopping glass-dome roof in the heart of London.



The organisers, with the ambition of making the World Chess Championship Match one of the world’s most interesting events in chess history, offer unprecedented experience for fans coming to London to watch the games live: public program, chess entertainment, official souvenir shop, new limited edition merchandise, and much more. Spectators will also be able to view the after-game press conferences and listen live to commentary by the the world’s strongest chess players and experts — Judit Polgar and Anna Rudolf. The College will have comfortable viewing areas: depending on the type of ticket — General admission or VIP — guests can follow Grandmasters’ games on two floors. All games start at 3pm UK time.



Tickets for the World Chess Championship Match 2018 are selling quickly, but some rounds are still available at: https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/World-Chess-Championships-tickets/artist/5274704.

Those following the games online will also be catered for; they will be able to watch the moves for free on worldchess.com/london, the official broadcasting platform. They can also sign up for a $20 premium account, giving fans access to multi-camera views, commentary, behind-the-scenes footage, the opportunity to ask questions during press conferences and more.

Opening to a 200 strong crowd of media from around the globe the conference included comments from reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen, US challenger Fabiano Caruana, newly elected FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich, CEO of World Chess Ilya Merenzon and Vice President and Member of the Board of Trustees of the Russian Chess Federation, CEO of PhosAgro Andrey Guryev.



When asked if he thinks chess is experiencing a modern revival US challenger Fabiano Caruana said, ”Chess has unquestionably become a lot cooler. There are lots of people in the celebrity and music world who are interested in chess so I definitely think its gaining more exposure and making it more accessible to a wider audience”



When asked if he stills consider himself an underdog the reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen said, “It’s been a while since I’ve considered myself an underdog. To be honest if you’ve been the number one player for the past 7 years and consider yourself an underdog you have problems in your psyche.” When questioned about female support for the match Carlsen said “I don’t think so. Women hate me. I repel them!”



CEO of World Chess Ilya Merenzon: “Chess stars are the boxing champions of the 21st century. Smart is sexy, and for three weeks we’ll have an amazing experience watching the smartest people in the world battle it out for the title. The experience will be amazing both on-site and online”.



Russian Chess Federation Vice President and Board of Trustees Member, CEO of PhosAgro Andrey Guryev said: “Chess is played around the globe. As a leading global company, the philosophy of this game is shared by PhosAgro’s management and shareholders alike. We are pleased to support the development of global sports, including chess, along with a number of other charity initiatives which we have been carrying out over many years.”

Followed by the First Move ceremony on Friday 9th – a moment that marks the official opening of the championships, Woody Harrelson will be the first person to move a chess piece ahead of the first round of the match commencing.

The last World Championship match, held in New York, in 2016, enjoyed record-breaking coverage with the total audience for the whole event topping 1.5 billion people.

Leading partners support the Championship Match. Kaspersky Lab is World Chess and FIDE’s Official Cybersecurity Partner. Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of Kaspersky Lab added: “I’m glad that each year the audience of the World Chess Championship grows in number – and more glad that it’s becoming younger (which goes for the players too). Chess is a sport that doesn’t need to compete with modern technology for the attention of the new generations. On the contrary, it’s one of the rare games that can be played both online and offline. And I think that this is one of the factors for its success today. I hope that more and more children will take up this sport so they can train their perseverance, concentration, strategizing, and of course brain in general. And should young chess players not become grandmasters, with these skills they’ll still be setting themselves up with a good chance of succeeding in software engineering! I wish both Magnus Carlsen and his challenger Fabiano Caruana the best of luck! I’m sure it’ll be a compelling match to watch. May the best player win!”

FIDE World Chess Championship Match 2018 is also supported by

PhosAgro, a leading chemical company as the Official Strategic Partner
PRYTEK as Technology Transfer Partner
S.T. Dupont as Official Writing Instrument
Isklar as the official mineral water of the Championship Match
Unibet as the Official Betting Partner

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Carlsen – Caruana 2018 live blog

Chessdom - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 02:21

Live analysis: Caruana – Carlsen game 1 with Lc0 and SF lines here!

Hello everyone and welcome to the live coverage of the 2018 World Chess Championship match between the reigning champion Magnus Carlsen (Norway) and the challenger Fabiano Caruana (USA). In this live blog from WCC 2018 we will be covering the event Carlsen – Caruana with the latest news, developments, interviews, and in-game details.

Parallel to the live blog, to power the insights of the game, Chessdom brings onboard a 128 cores Super Computer equipped with the current TCEC champion Stockfish and a neural network based on Alpha Zero- Lc0 – on Google Tesla V100 infrastructure. You read correctly, this is the strongest EVER analysis provided for a chess game. The best lines suggested by the computer (principle variation) and the current evaluation of the position can be followed here

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7:30 CET

An ex World Champion also commented the possible outcome of the match. Anatoly Karpov says he believes in the ability and the nervous system of the current world champion, “Carlsen is more stable, I give him a slight preference, although it very much depend how he prepared. Because, having become a world champion, Magnus became interested in all sorts of public appearances and participation in public events, but still preparing for the most serious world championship match and participation and public events are almost incompatible. How seriously Carlsen will approach his opponent, the outcome of the match also depends on that. But in all cases the match will be a serious struggle. The chess forces are almost equal, but Carlsen’s nervous system is much more stable.”

7:00 CET

Only 10 hours are left to the start of the match. Here is what GM Alexander Grischuk says for the upcoming Carlsen – Caruana and the chances for both players, “At first glance, Magnus should be the clear favorite. On his side a great match experience. I would even call the numbers 70 to 30 in favor of Carlsen. However, if you take the latest performances in the classical games, then Caruana has won several tournaments over the past year. Carlsen cannot boast of such results. In this regard, the odds in favor of Magnus are reduced to 60 to 40.” Grischuk goes on to wonder about possible tiebreaks, “The only thing I do not understand is, how does a Grandmaster of such a level as Caruana play so poorly in rapid blitz and blitz? But if it comes to a tie-break, at such a short distance of four games in rapid, anything can happen.”

6:30 CET

We start the day with some hot predictions for the World Chess Championship. First is GM Susan Polgar, who says on her website:

Fabiano has been on a hot streak going into this World Championship match. He is well prepared, especially in the opening, and has a good team behind him. He is pretty strong mentally and emotionally. He is also physically fit.

Magnus has not played well recently but there is huge difference between tournament play and match play. His current rating is far below his peak rating. His opening is decent but not as strong as Fabiano. He has always relied on his strong middle game and endgame skill, and unbelievable patience to grind his opponents down. However, it may not be very effective against Fabiano as he has no problem playing out very long games.

So what can Magnus rely on? His World Championship experience! He knows how to win. He knows how to come back (in Karjakin’s match). This is so important. In addition, there is no pressure on Magnus to win in 12 games as he believes that he is much stronger than Fabiano in Rapid and Blitz Chess. He won the World Rapid & Blitz Championships before. He will be very confident if the match goes that far, just as he was against Karjakin two years ago in the playoff.

So what does Fabiano need to avoid? The most important thing is he has to avoid getting into time pressure as he sometimes does, especially in the first few games. Every half a point is so important in a World Championship match so Fabiano cannot afford to give away any by blundering in time pressure. He also needs to avoid getting behind in the score. He has to make sure that he can control his nerves in the first few games. No matter how much one prepares, it is very hard to stay calm in a situation this important.

Both Magnus and Fabiano are tough fighters with strong will to win. This match will come down to the players’ nerves. The one who can control his emotion better will have the best chance to win.

In conclusion, I give a small edge to Magnus only because of his World Championship experience. / GM Susan Polgar

3:30 CET

What was the first classical game between Caruana and Carlsen at a big forum? That was back in 2010 when the two met in Crous 2010 (later to be renamed Tata Steel). The game was commented live by IM Miodrag Perunovic and you can replay it here with commentary. With this short note we will make a few hours pause in our live blog. See you in a while with the fresh news from London’s 2018 WCC match Carlsen – Caruana!

3:00 CET

Carlsen choosing the black pieces to start with (photo by the talented Niki Riga). This means that in the middle of the match Carlsen will have two consecutive whites, while Caruana will be the one to have the white pieces advantage in game 12.

2:30 CET

The disaster of global interest in chess provoked by Agon’s broadcast policy is a given. We will talk about this a lot today and in the next days by providing specific facts and figures from the first Carlsen – Anand match in Chennai compared to today’s situation. A good example what happens is today’s press conference of the reigning champion Magnus Carlsen and the challenger Fabiano Caruana. Up to this moment, many hours after the end of the press conference, the official video by @theworldchess Facebook page is seen less than 10 000 times. This is magnitudes less than any other previous World Chess Championship, although this event has all the ingredients to break records.

On the other hand, the press conference was a huge success, mainly due to the lively style of communication with the journalists by the two players.

On a question by Al Jazeera whether their profiles and age make chess cool, Carlsen said, “Personally I have found chess the coolest thing in the world since I was age 8 or so. It’s always been that way.”

Fabiano was reminded he is playing against the Motzart in Chess, to which Caruana replied, “My musical tastes lay outside the classical music, I would like to be someone in another cathegory like hip hop or rock.”

Asked if he feels he is playing not only for himself, but for America, Caruana was honest, “Of course I would like to share it with America, but I play as individual, on the board chess players are on their own. Still, I am proud to represent the US in the highest honor of chess.”

2:00 CET

All the recent success and steady career growth of Fabiano Caruana led to one major question. Has America found its new Bobby Fischer? US media jumped on the topic right away. The NY Times published an article by Pia Peterson “Searching for the Next Bobby Fischer, the U.S. Finds Fabi”, followed by Sean Gregory’s article in Time, “This Kid From Brooklyn Could Return America to Chess Dominance for the First Time Since Bobby Fischer”.

One of the best sum-ups of the coming match is by Edouard Guihaire (AFP, Yahoo), who says, “Norway’s Magnus Carlsen will seek to cement his reputation as history’s greatest chess player on Friday when he launches a defence of his crown against the first US title contender since Bobby Fischer in 1972. [...] Americans have not had a chess hero since Fischer stunned Soviet champion Boris Spassky in an epic series in 1972 that epitomised the Cold War rivalry between the two superpowers. Now, US media is fascinated with the possibility of the chess title coming home nearly 50 years later.”

1:45 CET

Exactly the small length of the match is Carlsen’s biggest concern at the moment. He repeatedly admitted that he is not in his best form and that a wrong step could throw the match in any direction. At the same time Fabiano Caruana is at his best ever – with 2832 ELO he is just 3 points behind Carlsen, while this year’s chess performance of the US player, excluding his first tournament of the year, is only eclipsed by Ding Liren’s amazing record run.

In January, Caruana finished 11th with a score of 5/13 at the Tata Steel Masters tournament, which was a disaster by any standard for a player of his rank. But already in March he won the Candidates Tournament 2018 with a score of 9/14, thus winning the right to challenge Magnus Carlsen in the World Chess Championship 2018 in London in November 2018. From 31 March to 9 April, Caruana competed in the Grenke Chess Classic 2018 where he won the event with a score of 6½/9, a point ahead of runner-up and future WCC oponent Carlsen. With this result he moved to No. 2 in the live world rankings, a position that he defended and solidified in future events even getting a chance for a shot at the first place before the match. From 17 to 30 April, he competed in 2018 U.S. Chess Championship, placing second with 8/11. In June, he won the sixth edition of Norway Chess 2018, finishing clear first with a score of 5/8 (+3–1=4), despite having lost to Carlsen in the first round. In August, he jointly won the Sinquefield Cup 2018 with Carlsen and Aronian.

1:35 CET

Carlsen – Caruana 2018 is a short match, maximum 12 classical games. The time control for the games is 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, 50 minutes for the next 20 moves and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game plus an additional 30 seconds per move starting from move 1. If the match is tied after 12 games, tie breaks will be played starting with best of 4 rapid games (25 minutes + 10 seconds), followed by up to five pairs of blitz games and if needed an Armageddon

1:15 CET

Just a reminder that today the Carlsen – Caruana match first game is not the only major chess event going on. You can follow Tata Steel Chess India first edition with Viswanathan Anand, Levon Aronian, Wesley So, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Sergey Karjakin, Hikaru Nakamura, Pentala Harikrishna, Vidit Santosh Gujrathi, Surya Shekhar Ganguly, Nihal Sarin, and Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu here with analysis and the World Women Chess Championship knockouts here with analysis

0:30 CET

So far Magnus Carlsen has played in 3 World Championships, in all of them successfully. In all opening games of the matches, the score was a draw. The only time Carlsen started with the black pieces was against Anand in 2014. The game finished in a 48 moves draw. You can replay the game with commentary by GM Chritian Bauer here

0:00 CET

Today was the official drawing of lots for the match. Carlsen drew the black pieces at the opening ceremony and Fabiano Caruana will start with the white pieces in game 1. The draw rate in head to head games where Caruana is white vs Carlsen is relatively low, only 50%. From the 16 official classical games they played 8 finished in a draw, with 5 wins for Carlsen and 3 wins for Caruana.

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Caruana – Carlsen 2018 game 1 LIVE!

Chessdom - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 00:51

Carlsen – Caruana

Carlsen and Caruana start their World Chess Championship 2018 adventure today at 15:00 local time. As it has been tradition for 12 years already, the World Chess Championship match Carlsen – Caruana will be live on Chessdom.com with the best analysis in the world. To power the insights of the game Chessdom brings onboard a 128 cores Super Computer equipped with the current TCEC champion Stockfish and a neural network based on Alpha Zero- Lc0 – on Google Tesla V100 infrastructure. You read correctly, this is the strongest EVER analysis provided for a chess game.

Note: due to legal bullying and pressure by Agon and silent support by officials including FIDE, Chessdom will follow the guidelines for broadcast: Chessdom will not use any information or moves from the official website and Chessdom will not show move by move, rather eval by eval. More on this on our daily live blog here

Is this analysis only going to be available for Carlsen – Caruana match?

The answer is no, this analysis is here to stay. Live games with SF[128] and Lc0[Google v100] will be available for every top chess event in the world. Chessdom with the help of the TCEC team will actively develop the GUI (see example here) and the broadcast, so that the chess fans enjoy the games like never before. This innovative idea will be free of charge for any chess fan, if you would like to support the development of the broadcast you can do it via Streamlabs

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Caruana – Carlsen game 1 starts at 15:00 local time. As soon as move 1 is made, the evals on this page will be updated.

Current evals of game 1:

Lc0 [v100s]: Move 1 eval +0.00
Lc0 [v100s]: Move 1 best continuation (principle variation)

Stockfish [128 cores]: Move 1 eval +0.00
Stockfish [128 cores]: Move 1 best continuation (principle variation)

Highest evals of game 1:

Lc0 [v100s]: TBA

Stockfish [128 cores]: TBA

 

Hardware for analysis:

Leela Chess Zero neural network on Google Tesla V100 GPUs

Stockfish on 128 cores SuperComputer + 7 man tablebases

 

Carlsen – Caruana (2018, August, replay)

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FIDE Contest

FIDE - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 14:19



FIDE announces a forecast contest.

Answer the questions related to Carlsen-Caruana match correctly and get special chess sets, signed by the participants of London Match.

FOR PARTICIPATING CLICK HERE

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World Cadet Chess Championships 2018: Round 3

FIDE - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 10:04



World Cadet Chess Championships 2018: Round 3

The 3rd round of the FIDE World Cadets in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain was held on November 7. The round was supposed to be played on November 6 but it has been postponed due to bad weather conditions.



The World Cadet Chess Championships 2018 are held in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain, from 3rd of November (arrivals, technical meeting) to 16th of November 2018 (departures).



All results are here www.wccc2018.com 

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World Cadet Chess Championships 2018: Round 2

The second round of the World Cadet Chess Championship U-8, U-10 and U-12 was played in Santiago de Compostela, Spain on November 5.

The World Cadet Chess Championships 2018 are held in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain, from 3rd of November (arrivals, technical meeting) to 16th of November 2018 (departures).



The Championships are held for the age groups U8, U10 and U12, Girls and Open.

A record number of 851 participants from 86 federations will be taking part in the Championships. There are 542 players in open section and 309 players in girls' section.

All results are here www.wccc2018.com

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The World Cadet Chess Championships 2018 started in Santiago de Compostela, Spain

The first round of the World Cadet Chess Championship started with the first symbolic move, made by Sports Director of the Galicia province Ms Martiño Noriega, Mayor of Santiago de Compostela Mr Martiño Noriega Sánchez and Sports Director of Galicia Marta Miguez in the presence of the President of the Spanish chess federation Javier Ochoa, FIDE Executive Board members Ozgur Solakoglu and Sainbayar Tserendorj on October 4th.

The technical meeting was held on the 3rd November at Cidade de Culture. The Chief Arbiter of the World Youth Championships Takis Nikolopoulos drew the attention of the players to some tournament regulations, anti-cheating measures and reminded them about the tournament schedule.



The World Cadet Chess Championships 2018 are held in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain, from 3rd of November (arrivals, technical meeting) to 16th of November 2018 (departures).

The Championships are held for the age groups U8, U10 and U12, Girls and Open. The national champions of federations members of FIDE in each of the age groups are granted free accommodation by the Organizer.

A record number of 851 participants from 86 federations will be taking part in the Championships. There are 542 players in open section and 309 players in girls' section.



The tournament will be played using the Swiss System with 11 rounds. The rate of play will be in accordance with the FIDE rules: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an addition of 30 seconds per move starting from move one. The default time is 30 minutes.

Three best Federations, by the ranking of medals collected in all categories, will receive a trophy. For first place the number of gold medals will be taken under consideration, if there is a tie, then the number of silver medals, if there is still a tie, then the number of bronze medals. If finally, this is still equal, then the total points of medalists will be taken for a tiebreak.



Top three places in each tournament will be awarded cups and medals. Places 4th to 6th with medals. Two youngest participants in Open and Girls will receive gifts.

All players will be given certificates of participation.

Official website www.wccc2018.com





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Κάρλσεν Καρουάνα – Παγκόσμιο Πρωτάθλημα 2018 – skakistiko: 1η ανάρτηση

Skakistiko - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 09:39

Από τις 9 έως τις 28 Νοεμβρίου (τελική ημερομηνία σύμφωνα με το πρόγραμμα αν φτάσουμε ως τα μπαράζ) στο Λονδίνο ο τελικός του παγκοσμίου πρωταθλήματος μεταξύ του κατόχου του τίτλου Μάγκνους Κάρλσεν (Νορβηγία) και του διεκδικητή Φαμπιάνο Καρουάνα (ΗΠΑ).

Η πρώτη παρτίδα αρχίζει στις 5 μ.μ. ώρα Ελλάδας, την Παρασκευή 9 Νοεμβρίου, ενώ σήμερα 8 Νοεμβρίου θα γίνει η τελετή έναρξης.

Η διάρκεια του ματς είναι 12 παρτίδες κανονικού χρόνου σκέψης, αλλά σε περίπτωση που ο ένας από τους δυο αντιπάλους φτάσει πιο γρήγορα τους 6.5 βαθμούς ανακηρύσσεται παγκόσμιος πρωταθλητής και το ματς σταματά. Αν το ματς έρθει 6-6 θα διεξαχθούν αγώνες γρήγορου παιχνιδιού την επόμενη μέρα μετά την 12η παρτίδα που θα αναδείξουν τον νικητή.

Στο skakistiko θα υπάρχουν συχνές αναρτήσεις στη διάρκεια του ματς και ανανεωμένοι σύνδεσμοι προς τα κυριότερα διεθνή σάιτ που καλύπτουν το ματς.

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FIDE Newsletter October 2018

FIDE - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 02:00


The First FIDE World Team Chess Championship for Disabled 2018

The First FIDE World Team Chess Championship for Disabled was held in Wyndham Garden Hotel, Dresden, Germany on October 14 – 21, 2018. The event was organized by ZMDI Schachfestival Dresden e. V. under the auspices of FIDE. Dr. Jordan, the Chairman of the Organizing Committee and his team have successfully organized the World Chess Olympiad back in 2008 in Dresden as well as other chess competitions for senior and disabled players in Germany.
The first edition of the team championship gathered nine teams from four participating federations.

IPCA Russia became the World Team Chess Champion for the Disabled 2018, followed by the silver medalists Deaf Poland Team. The bronze medal went to Niedersachsen of Germany. The best women’s team Russian Women Deaf was awarded a special prize as well.
The Best Chess Players per board:

1st board – Marco Drewes of German Niedersachsen team
2nd board – Dmitry Scerbin of IPCA Russia
3rd board – Mariusz Cwiek of Deaf Poland
4th board – Ilia Lipilin of IPCA Russia
5th board – Maciej Szalko of Deaf Poland

FIDE Vice President Akaki Iashvili welcomed all participants and organizers of the competition on behalf of the FIDE President and the FIDE Presidential Board. He read the welcoming address by the FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich. FIDE President thanked all participants and organizers for such a successful event. He also expressed his hope to meet them in one of the future events.







Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo and Mednyi Vsadnik Clubs become the winners of the EUROPEAN CLUB CUP 2018


In the final round, Mednyi Vsadnik from Russia defeated Valerenga Sjakklub from Norway and became the winner in the Open section. AVE Novy Bor from the Czech Republic remained in the second place due to the inferior tie-break results. The Russian club Molodezhka won the bronze medal.

Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo won the Women's event and became the seven-time winner of the European Club Cups. The Georgian team Nona earned the silver medal. The match for the third place between Ugra and SSHOR finished in a draw. Ugra won the tie-break 2.5-1.5 and won the bronze medals.

FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich attended the closing ceremony of the European Club Cup and presented awards to its winners. The European Club Cup became the first official chess event Mr. Dvorkovich visited since he was elected FIDE President at the General Assembly in Batumi, Georgia on October 03, 2018.


The 34th European Club Cup and the 23rd European Women's Club Cup took place on October 22-18 in Porto Carras, a seaside resort in Halkidiki, Greece.
73 chess clubs, with players coming from 47 European federations, competed in this event (61 in the Open section and 12 in the Women's section).

Official website: eurochess2018.com
    FIDE World Youth Rapid and Blitz Championships

The FIDE World Youth Rapid and Blitz Championships featured Open and Girls sections in U-14, U-16, and U-18 categories and were held in Halkidiki, Greece on October 17-19, 2018.
FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich opened the Blitz event and made a first symbolic move in the Limanovska-Shuvalova game (Girls U-18).
FIDE President attended the closing ceremony of the World Youth Rapid and Blitz Championships and presented awards to the winners. Top three places in each tournament were awarded with cups and medals.
Results of the World Youth Rapid Championships:

U14:
Open: 1. Dmitry Tsoi (Russia) - 7.5/9, 2. Huang Renjie (China), 3. Nodirbek Abdusattorov (Uzbekistan) - 6.5;
Girls: 1. Song Yuxin (China) - 7.5, 2. Meruert Kamalidenova (Kazakhstan) - 7, 3. Ning Kaiyu (China) - 6.5;

U16:
Open: 1. Andrey Esipenko (Russia) - 8, 2. Nodirbek Yakubboev (Uzbekistan) - 7, 3. Ramazan Zhalmakhanov (Kazakhstan) - 6.5;
Girls: 1. Bach Ngoc Thuy Duong (Vietnam) - 7.5, 2. Ekaterina Goltseva (Russia), 3. Mariia Berdnyk (Ukraine) - 6;

U18:
Open: 1. Alexey Sarana (Russia) - 7.5, 2. Igor Janik (Poland) - 6.5, 3. Kirill Shevchenko (Ukraine) - 6;
Girls: 1. Polina Shuvalova (Russia) - 7.5, 2. Alicja Sliwicka (Poland), 3. Alexandra Obolentseva (Russia) - 6.

Results of the World Youth Blitz Championships:

U14:
Open: 1. Huang Renjie (China), 2. Volodar Murzin (Russia, 3. Dmitry Tsoi (Russia) - 6.5;
Girls: 1. Leya Garifullina (Russia) - 7.5, 2. Song Yuxin (China) - 7, 3. Ning Kaiyu (China) - 6.5;

U16:
Open: 1. Andrey Esipenko (Russia), 2. Abdimalik Abdisalimov (Uzbekistan) - 7.5, 3. David Gavrilescu (Romania) - 7;
Girls: 1. Assel Serikbay (Kazakhstan), 2. Zhang Xiao (China) - 7, 3. Bach Ngoc Thuy Duong (Vietnam) - 6.5;

U18:
Open: 1. Alexey Sarana (Russia) - 7.5, 2. Denis Makhnev (Kazakhstan), 3. Viktor Gazik (Slovakia) - 7;
Girls: 1. Polina Shuvalova (Russia) - 7.5, 2. Nguen Hong Ngoc (Vietnam), 3. Anastasia Avramidou (Greece) - 6.

Official website: worldyouth2018.com


FIDE World Youth Chess Championships 2018

FIDE World Youth Championships (Open and Girls U-14, U-16, U-18) were held in Porto Carras, Greece on October 19-30, 2018. A record number of 626 players from 78 federations participated in this tournament.

Results of the championships:
http://fide.com/component/content/article/1-fide-news/11209-the-2018-world-youth-chess-championships-finished-in-greece.html

Official website: worldyouth2018.com
 
    Events in November:

The FIDE Women's World Championship has started in Khanty-Mansiysk and is held from November 02-23, 2018. 64 chess players from 28 countries will determine the strongest one according to the knock-out system.

There shall be five rounds of matches, comprising two games per round, with the winners progressing to the next round. The 6th (final) round shall be played over four games. If the score is equal after regular games of each match, tie-break games shall be played.

The winner of the final match will be declared Women’s World Champion

Following the change in the system of the Women's World Championship, the amendment to the regulations of the Women's World Championship 2018 has been made: all semi-finalists except for the eventual winner will qualify to the forthcoming Women's Candidate Tournament of the 2019-2020 cycle.

The FIDE Presidential Board members have unanimously supported the proposal of the FIDE President A. Dvorkovich which has been approved by the FIDE Commission on World Championships and Olympiads.
Prize fund is USD 450,000.

Official website: ugra2018.fide.com


World Cadet U8, U10, U12 Championships 2018

The World Cadet Chess Championships 2018 are held in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain, from November 03 (arrivals, technical meeting) through November 16, 2018(departures).
The Championships have Open and Girls sections in the following age groups: U-08, U-10 and U-12. The national champions of FIDE member federations in each of the categories are granted free accommodation by the Organizer.
A record number of 851 participants from 86 federations are taking part in the Championships. There are 542 players in the Open section and 309 players in the Girls section.
Official website: www.wccc2018.com


FIDE World Chess Championship Match

The official web-site of the Championship Match: worldchess.com/london

The much-anticipated World Championship match was opened in London on November 08 and will continue through November 28.

The World Chess Championship 2018 is a match between Magnus Carlsen, the reigning world champion since 2013, and challenger Fabiano Caruana to determine the World Chess Champion. The twelve-game match, organized by FIDE and World Chess, will be played in London between 9 and 28 November 2018 with a prize fund of over EUR 1 mln. The Match takes place every two years.


FIDE calendar for November

World Senior Championship 2018 Bled, Slovenia  17-Nov-2018 30-Nov-2018  World Youth U-16 Chess Olympiad 2018 Konya, Turkey 24-Nov-2018 3-Dec-2018 Panamerican Amateur Chess Championship 2018 Panama 1-Nov-2018 6-Nov-2018 American Women's Continental Championships 2018 Paipa, Colombia 16-Nov-2018 26-Nov-2018 North American Junior U20 Championship 2018 Tijuana, Mexico 16-Nov-2018 21-Nov-2018 South American Youth Chess Championship 2018 Tijuana, Mexico 16-Nov-2018 21-Nov-2018 Asian Seniors Chess Championship 2018 Tagaytay, Philippines 2-Nov-2018 2-Nov-2018 Western Asia Youth U8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20 Championships 2018        
Tashkent, Uzbekistan       
16-Nov-2018     
23-Nov-2018 4th Quarter 2018 Presidential Board London, UK 8-Nov-2018 10-Nov-2018        








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WWCC in Khanty-Mansiysk: Round 2 Tie-breaks

FIDE - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 19:57




16 players continue fighting for the chess crown

The tie-breaks of the second round of the World Women's Championship in Khanty-Mansiysk were played on November 8. Once again all matches except one were decided in rapid chess.

The Russians Kateryna Lagno and Alexandra Kosteniuk won their matches against Hoang Thanh Trang and Ni Shiqun respectively with the same score – 2-0.

Zhansaya Abdumalik also won both games against Zhao Xue; in the second game the Chinese player lost on time in a drawn position, but it did not affect the outcome of the match.

Antoaneta Stefanova defeated Dinara Saduakassova in the first game, and secured the match win with a draw from the position of strength in the second game.



Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova defeated the former World Champion Tan Zhongyi in the first game and held the balance in the second game.

Harika Dronavalli missed a victory in the first game with Bela Khotenashvili, but showed strong character, winning the second game and a match.



The match between Mariya Muzychuk and Ekaterina Atalik was quite dramatic. Atalik probably missed some chances in the first game, which ended in a draw, and suffered an opening disaster in the second game. Muzychuk won and advanced to the third round.

Natalija Pogonina succesfully defended two difficult positions against Zhu Jiner in rapid chess, and then crushed the opponent in the first 10-minute game. In the second game the Chinese fought desperately, but was unable to get realistic winning chances, and eventually lost.



Round 3 matches:

Zhai Mo - Ju Wenjun
Jolanta Zawadzka – Zhansaya Abdumalik
Natalija Pogonina – Kateryna Lagno
Anna Muzychuk – Antoaneta Stefanova
Harika Dronavalli – Alexandra Kosteniuk
Alisa Galliamova - Lei Tingjie
Mobina Alinasab - Mariya Muzychuk
Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova – Valentina Gunina

Official website ugra2018.fide.com 



Favorites keep leaving Khanty-Mansiysk

The second games of the second round of the Women’s World Championship in Khanty-Mansiysk were played on November 7.

Having defeated Anastasia Bodnaruk in both games, Anna Muzychuk became the first qualifier to the third round.

Mobina Alinasab continues to surprise chess fans: although her position after the opening looked rather suspicious, the Iranian outplayed Monika Socko in the middlegame and won the match 2-0.



However, the main surprise of the round occurred in the match between Humpy Koneru and Jolanta Zawadzka – the grandmaster from Poland, playing Black, defeated the rating favorite and advanced to the third round.



Lei Tingjie was stronger than Nana Dzagnidze in the second game of their match and also moved on to the third round.

Aleksandra Goryachkina failed to strike back in the Russian derby against Alisa Galliamova. The more experienced Galliamova had the initiative throughout the game and won convincingly.



Ju Wenjun successfully defended a difficult position against Irina Krush and secured the overall victory – 1.5 to 0.5.

Valentina Gunina won a complicated game as Black against Anna Ushenina, and advanced to the next stage, winning her match 1.5 to 0.5.



Zhai Mo won both games against Nino Batsiashvili and joined a group of her compatriots in the third round.

Ekaterina Atalik was close to defeating Mariya Muzychuk for the second time in a row, however, she made a mistake in a very sharp position and lost. This match will be continued tomorrow on the tie-break.

Natalija Pogonina also managed to level the score against Zhu Jiner. The winner of their match will also be determined in speed chess.



The following matches featured two draws and will be decided on the tie-break: Lagno-Hoang Thanh Trang, Khotenashvili-Harika, Tokhirjonova-Tan Zhongyi, Abdumalik-Zhao Xue, Stefanova-Saduakassova, and Kosteniuk-Ni Shiqun.



The tie-break will start with two games with rapid time control: 25 minutes plus 10 second per move. If the match is still tied, it will continue with two slow blitz games – 10 minutes plus 10 seconds per move. After that, if the winner is still not determined, two 5+3 blitz games will follow. Finally, those matches that are still tied, will proceed to the Armageddon game.

Tie-break pairings:

Hoang Thanh Trang - Lagno Kateryna
Kosteniuk Alexandra - Ni Shiqun
Muzychuk Mariya - Atalik Ekaterina
Tokhirjonova Gulrukhbegim - Tan Zhongyi
Harika Dronavalli - Khotenashvili Bela
Saduakassova Dinara - Stefanova Antoaneta
Zhu Jiner - Pogonina Natalija
Zhao Xue - Abdumalik Zhansaya

Official website ugra2018.fide.com 

Women's World Championship, Round 2: Surprises keep coming

The first games of the second round of the Women's World Championship were played in the Ugra Chess Academy on November 6.

The 15-year-old Zhu Jiner continues to surprise chess fans. The Chinese started the second round with a convincing victory over the Russian champion Natalija Pogonina.

Mobina Alinasab produced another upset, winning as Black against Monika Socko. The Iranian outplayed her experienced opponent in the opening and developed her advantage in the middlegame. Socko's position was already precarious when she blundered a knight and resigned immediately.



The World Champion Ju Wenjun played a textbook game against Irina Krush, flawlessly converting a spatial advantage in a rook ending into a win.



Nino Batsiashvili had a promising position against Zhai Mo, however, she chose a wrong moment for a central break, and lost two pawns. The Chinese converted the material advantage confidently.

Anastasia Bodnaruk had White against Anna Muzychuk. In the opening the Russian sacrificed an exchange, however, the compensation proved insufficient, and the Ukrainian gradually overplayed her opponent.



Alisa Galliamova showed deep opening preparation against Aleksandra Goryachkina and obtained a very promising position. With series of timely executed tactical blows White won a piece and then the game.

Ekaterina Atalik outsmarted Mariya Muzychuk in a complicated minor piece ending. The former World Champion from Ukraine had to give up a piece for Black's passed pawn. During the concluding stage of the game Ekaterina showed her skill in checkmating with a knight and bishop.



The following games were drawn: Abdumalik-Zhao Xue, Zawadzka-Koneru, Dzagnidze-Lei Tingjie, Gunina-Ushenina, Kosteniuk-Ni Shiqun, Tokhirdjonova-Tan Zhongyi, Stefanova-Saduakassova, Khotenashvili-Harika, and Lagno-Hoang Thanh Trang.

 

The return games will be played on November 7.

Official website ugra2018.fide.com 

 

Round 1 of Women’s World Championship Completed in Khanty-Mansiysk

There were 11 tie-breaks on November 5: Lei Tingjie-Gara, Sadaukassova-Matnadze, Krush-Gaponenko, Zhukova-Ni Shiqun, Atalik-Cori, Foisor-Stefanova, Harika-Khukhashvili, Vera Gutierrez-Bodnaruk, Padmini-Abdumalik, Nakhbayeva-Galliamova, and Hoang Thanh Trang-Danielian.

Only one match out of 11 was not decided in rapid chess.

Dinara Saduakassova defeated Ana Matnadze with the perfect 2-0 score. Lei Tingjie won against Anita Gara in a similarly convincing way. Inna Gaponenko lost the first game to Irina Krush, and was unable to come back in the second one, thus losing the rapid match 0-2.



Antoaneta Stefanova also won 2-0 against Sabina-Francesca Foisor. Deysi Cori was unable to hold Ekaterina Atalik: the Turkish player won 2-0.

Anastasia Bodnaruk defeated Sabrina Vega Gutierrez in the first rapid game. The Russian had winning chances in the second game as well, but it ended in a draw, which allowed Bodnaruk to advance to the next round.



Harika Dronavalli and Sopiko Khukhashvili ended their first game peacefully. The second game started calmly, but the endgame was head-spinning and full of mutual errors. After the dust has settled, the Indian took the upper hand and advanced to the second round.



Zhansaya Abdumalik and Rout Padmini drew their first game, but in the second one the player from Kazakhstan was stronger and proceeded to the next stage.

Hoang Thanh Trang started her tie-break against Elina Danielian with a win, and solidified her success with a draw in the second game.

Guliskhan Nakhbayeva dramatically lost to Alisa Galliamova in the first rapid game, and did not manage to equalize in the second one. A repeated Russian champion moves on to the next stage.



Only Natalia Zhukova and Ni Shiqun made two draws in rapid games, and their match advanced to slow blitz games (10+10). The struggle in the first game was very tense, but the Chinese player managed to equalize, then to seize the initiative, and eventually won the game. In the second game she held a draw from the position of strength and won the match.



Round 2 pairings:

Ju Wenjun – Krush, Zawadzka – Koneru, Lagno – Hoang Thanh Trang, Bodnaruk – A. Muzychuk, Kosteniuk – Ni Shiqun, Galliamova – Goryachkina, M. Muzychuk – Atalik, Tokhirjonova – Tan Zhongyi, Gunina – Ushenina, Socko – Alinasab, Dzagnidze – Lei Tingjie, Khotenashvili – Harika, Stefanova – Saduakassova, Zhu Jiner – Pogonina, Abdumalik – Zhao Xue, Zhai Mo – Batsiashvili.

 
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21 players advance to the second round of Women’s World Championship in Khanty-Mansiysk

The second games of the first round of the Women's World Championship were played in the Ugra Chess Academy on November 4.

The following players advanced to the 2nd round with the perfect score: Ju Wenjun, Anna and Mariya Muzychuk, Kateryna Lagno, Humpy Koneru, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Nana Dzagnidze, Nino Batsiashvili, Zhao Xue, Zhai Mo, and Zhu Jiner. The last two players defeated the higher rated Olga Girya and Lela Javakhishvili respectively.



Valentina Gunina, Tan Zhongyi, Monika Socko, Jolanta Zawadzka, Aleksandra Goryachkina, Natalija Pogonina, Anna Ushenina, and Bela Khotenashvili won their matches 1.5 to 0.5. Alina Kashlinskaya did not manage to come back after the defeat yesterday, and Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova also advanced to the next round with a draw in their second game. Mobina Alinasab caused the biggest upset of the championship so far, holding to a draw against Elisabeth Paehtz and thus advancing to the second round.



The rest of the players will face the tie-breaks on November 5:

Lei Tingjie-Gara, Saduakassova-Matnadze, Krush-Gaponenko, Zhukova-Ni Shiqun, Atalik-Cori, Foisor-Stefanova, Harika-Khukhashvili, Vera Gutierrez-Bodnaruk, Padmini-Abdumalik, Nakhbayeva-Galliamova, and Hoang Thanh Trang-Danielian.



The tie-break will start with two games with rapid time control: 25 minutes plus 10 second per move. If the match is still tied, it will continue with two slow blitz games – 10 minutes plus 10 seconds per move. After that, if the winner is still not determined, two 5+3 blitz games will follow. Finally, those matches that are still tied, will proceed to the Armageddon game.

Official website ugra2018.fide.com  


First games of Women's World Championship played in Khanty-Mansiysk

Prior to the start of the first round, the official flag of FIDE was raised in front of the Ugra Chess Academy. This very flag was presented to Ugra Chess Federation President Vassily Filipenko during the closing ceremony of the Chess Olympiad in Batumi. As Khanty-Mansiysk will host the next Chess Olympiad in 2020, for the next two years the flag of FIDE will remain in the capital of Ugra.



Varvara Tsaregorodtseva, the 9-year-old student of the Ugra Chess Academy, U9 champion of Ugra among girls, made a symbolic first move in the game between Zhai Mo from China and the Ugra representative Olga Girya. The result of this game, however, was disappointing for local fans, as Olga Girya lost in sharp struggle.



Most rating favorites won their games, however, there was a couple of upsets. Elisabeth Pazhtz lost as White to Mobina Alinasab, a player rated significantly lower than the German. Maili-Jade Ouellet made a draw with Aleksandra Goryachkina.



A number of decisive games among closely rated players was quite high. Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova defeated Alina Kashlinskaya, Anna Ushenina won against Lilit Mkrtchian, Ni Shiqun lost to Natalia Zhukova, Monika Socko proved stronger than Yuliya Shvayger, and Lela Javakhishvili lost to Zhu Jineer.



The following games ended in a draw: Krush-Gaponenko, Vega Gutierrez-Bodnaruk, Foisor-Stefanova, Saduakassova-Matnadze, Harika-Khukhashvili, Vo Thi Kim Phung-Khotenashvili, Guseva-Zawadzka, Padmini-Abdumalik, Atalik-Cori, Hoang Thanh Trang-Danielian, Nakhbayeva-Galliamova, and Lei Tingjie-Gara.



The second games of the first round are played on Sunday, November 4. Any match that ends 1- 1 will proceed to a tie-break on the next day.

Official website ugra2018.fide.com 


FIDE Women’s World Championship Officially Opened in Khanty-Mansiysk

On November 2, the FIDE Women's World Championships started in Khanty-Mansiysk. The Opening Ceremony of the event was held in the Concert and theater center “Ugra-Classic”.

Guests and participants had a chance to enjoy fairy-tale organ melodies performed by Elena Kozemirenko before the official part of the ceremony.

The first part of the ceremony started with the presentation of 28 participating countries.

In the official part of the ceremony, Chief Federal Inspector of Ugra Dmitry Kuzmenko and FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich greeted players and guests.



Dmitry Kuzmenko read out a greeting letter from the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.

Arkady Dvorkovich greeted everyone in Khanty-Mansiysk and thanked the Government of Ugra and its Governor Natalya Komarova in person, organizers, the Ugra Chess Federation, and all the people involved for hosting this event on the highest level. He also reminded the players that the format of the Women’s World Championship cycle would be changed.



“I will make sure that in the future the Women's World Championship cycle will be a standard one, and three semi-finalists except for the winner will qualify for the Candidates Tournament which will determine the challenger for the next World Championship Match with higher prizes and better conditions. I would like to reassure you that we will pay more attention to the women's chess in the future. So everyone could enjoy chess in all its beauty as it is art, sport, and science”, says Arkady Dvorkovich.

After his speech, FIDE President declared the Championship open.



Before the start of the entertaining part of the ceremony the drawing of lots was carried out. The Championship’s Chief Arbiter Igor Bolotinsky invited the top seed of the Women's World Championship, the reigning world champion Ju Wenjun of China, who picked a black pawn. It means that the players with odd starting numbers will start the first game of the first round with the black pieces.

The procedure of drawing lots was followed by bright and spectacular performances of singers and musicians.

After the Opening Ceremony, a short press briefing with Governor of Ugra Natalya Komarova and FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich was organized.

The first round of Championship starts on November 3 in the Ugra Chess Academy.

There shall be five rounds of matches, comprising two games per round, with the winners progressing to the next round. The 6th (final) round shall be played over four games. If the score is equal after regular games of each match, tie-break games shall be played.

Schedule: November 2 - Players Meeting / Opening Ceremony, November 3-5 - Round 1, November 6-8 - Round 2, November 9-11 - Round 3, November 12-14 - Round 4 (Quarterfinals), November 15-17 - Round 5 (Semi-final), November 18 - Free day, November 19-23 - Round 6 (Final), November 23 - Closing Ceremony.

Prize fund is USD 450,000.

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WWCC in Khanty-Mansiysk: Round 2 Game 2

FIDE - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 19:57


Favorites keep leaving Khanty-Mansiysk

The second games of the second round of the Women’s World Championship in Khanty-Mansiysk were played on November 7.

Having defeated Anastasia Bodnaruk in both games, Anna Muzychuk became the first qualifier to the third round.

Mobina Alinasab continues to surprise chess fans: although her position after the opening looked rather suspicious, the Iranian outplayed Monika Socko in the middlegame and won the match 2-0.



However, the main surprise of the round occurred in the match between Humpy Koneru and Jolanta Zawadzka – the grandmaster from Poland, playing Black, defeated the rating favorite and advanced to the third round.



Lei Tingjie was stronger than Nana Dzagnidze in the second game of their match and also moved on to the third round.

Aleksandra Goryachkina failed to strike back in the Russian derby against Alisa Galliamova. The more experienced Galliamova had the initiative throughout the game and won convincingly.



Ju Wenjun successfully defended a difficult position against Irina Krush and secured the overall victory – 1.5 to 0.5.

Valentina Gunina won a complicated game as Black against Anna Ushenina, and advanced to the next stage, winning her match 1.5 to 0.5.



Zhai Mo won both games against Nino Batsiashvili and joined a group of her compatriots in the third round.

Ekaterina Atalik was close to defeating Mariya Muzychuk for the second time in a row, however, she made a mistake in a very sharp position and lost. This match will be continued tomorrow on the tie-break.

Natalija Pogonina also managed to level the score against Zhu Jiner. The winner of their match will also be determined in speed chess.



The following matches featured two draws and will be decided on the tie-break: Lagno-Hoang Thanh Trang, Khotenashvili-Harika, Tokhirjonova-Tan Zhongyi, Abdumalik-Zhao Xue, Stefanova-Saduakassova, and Kosteniuk-Ni Shiqun.



The tie-break will start with two games with rapid time control: 25 minutes plus 10 second per move. If the match is still tied, it will continue with two slow blitz games – 10 minutes plus 10 seconds per move. After that, if the winner is still not determined, two 5+3 blitz games will follow. Finally, those matches that are still tied, will proceed to the Armageddon game.

Tie-break pairings:

Hoang Thanh Trang - Lagno Kateryna
Kosteniuk Alexandra - Ni Shiqun
Muzychuk Mariya - Atalik Ekaterina
Tokhirjonova Gulrukhbegim - Tan Zhongyi
Harika Dronavalli - Khotenashvili Bela
Saduakassova Dinara - Stefanova Antoaneta
Zhu Jiner - Pogonina Natalija
Zhao Xue - Abdumalik Zhansaya

Official website ugra2018.fide.com 

Women's World Championship, Round 2: Surprises keep coming

The first games of the second round of the Women's World Championship were played in the Ugra Chess Academy on November 6.

The 15-year-old Zhu Jiner continues to surprise chess fans. The Chinese started the second round with a convincing victory over the Russian champion Natalija Pogonina.

Mobina Alinasab produced another upset, winning as Black against Monika Socko. The Iranian outplayed her experienced opponent in the opening and developed her advantage in the middlegame. Socko's position was already precarious when she blundered a knight and resigned immediately.



The World Champion Ju Wenjun played a textbook game against Irina Krush, flawlessly converting a spatial advantage in a rook ending into a win.



Nino Batsiashvili had a promising position against Zhai Mo, however, she chose a wrong moment for a central break, and lost two pawns. The Chinese converted the material advantage confidently.

Anastasia Bodnaruk had White against Anna Muzychuk. In the opening the Russian sacrificed an exchange, however, the compensation proved insufficient, and the Ukrainian gradually overplayed her opponent.



Alisa Galliamova showed deep opening preparation against Aleksandra Goryachkina and obtained a very promising position. With series of timely executed tactical blows White won a piece and then the game.

Ekaterina Atalik outsmarted Mariya Muzychuk in a complicated minor piece ending. The former World Champion from Ukraine had to give up a piece for Black's passed pawn. During the concluding stage of the game Ekaterina showed her skill in checkmating with a knight and bishop.



The following games were drawn: Abdumalik-Zhao Xue, Zawadzka-Koneru, Dzagnidze-Lei Tingjie, Gunina-Ushenina, Kosteniuk-Ni Shiqun, Tokhirdjonova-Tan Zhongyi, Stefanova-Saduakassova, Khotenashvili-Harika, and Lagno-Hoang Thanh Trang.

 

The return games will be played on November 7.

Official website ugra2018.fide.com 

 

Round 1 of Women’s World Championship Completed in Khanty-Mansiysk

There were 11 tie-breaks on November 5: Lei Tingjie-Gara, Sadaukassova-Matnadze, Krush-Gaponenko, Zhukova-Ni Shiqun, Atalik-Cori, Foisor-Stefanova, Harika-Khukhashvili, Vera Gutierrez-Bodnaruk, Padmini-Abdumalik, Nakhbayeva-Galliamova, and Hoang Thanh Trang-Danielian.

Only one match out of 11 was not decided in rapid chess.

Dinara Saduakassova defeated Ana Matnadze with the perfect 2-0 score. Lei Tingjie won against Anita Gara in a similarly convincing way. Inna Gaponenko lost the first game to Irina Krush, and was unable to come back in the second one, thus losing the rapid match 0-2.



Antoaneta Stefanova also won 2-0 against Sabina-Francesca Foisor. Deysi Cori was unable to hold Ekaterina Atalik: the Turkish player won 2-0.

Anastasia Bodnaruk defeated Sabrina Vega Gutierrez in the first rapid game. The Russian had winning chances in the second game as well, but it ended in a draw, which allowed Bodnaruk to advance to the next round.



Harika Dronavalli and Sopiko Khukhashvili ended their first game peacefully. The second game started calmly, but the endgame was head-spinning and full of mutual errors. After the dust has settled, the Indian took the upper hand and advanced to the second round.



Zhansaya Abdumalik and Rout Padmini drew their first game, but in the second one the player from Kazakhstan was stronger and proceeded to the next stage.

Hoang Thanh Trang started her tie-break against Elina Danielian with a win, and solidified her success with a draw in the second game.

Guliskhan Nakhbayeva dramatically lost to Alisa Galliamova in the first rapid game, and did not manage to equalize in the second one. A repeated Russian champion moves on to the next stage.



Only Natalia Zhukova and Ni Shiqun made two draws in rapid games, and their match advanced to slow blitz games (10+10). The struggle in the first game was very tense, but the Chinese player managed to equalize, then to seize the initiative, and eventually won the game. In the second game she held a draw from the position of strength and won the match.



Round 2 pairings:

Ju Wenjun – Krush, Zawadzka – Koneru, Lagno – Hoang Thanh Trang, Bodnaruk – A. Muzychuk, Kosteniuk – Ni Shiqun, Galliamova – Goryachkina, M. Muzychuk – Atalik, Tokhirjonova – Tan Zhongyi, Gunina – Ushenina, Socko – Alinasab, Dzagnidze – Lei Tingjie, Khotenashvili – Harika, Stefanova – Saduakassova, Zhu Jiner – Pogonina, Abdumalik – Zhao Xue, Zhai Mo – Batsiashvili.

 
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21 players advance to the second round of Women’s World Championship in Khanty-Mansiysk

The second games of the first round of the Women's World Championship were played in the Ugra Chess Academy on November 4.

The following players advanced to the 2nd round with the perfect score: Ju Wenjun, Anna and Mariya Muzychuk, Kateryna Lagno, Humpy Koneru, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Nana Dzagnidze, Nino Batsiashvili, Zhao Xue, Zhai Mo, and Zhu Jiner. The last two players defeated the higher rated Olga Girya and Lela Javakhishvili respectively.



Valentina Gunina, Tan Zhongyi, Monika Socko, Jolanta Zawadzka, Aleksandra Goryachkina, Natalija Pogonina, Anna Ushenina, and Bela Khotenashvili won their matches 1.5 to 0.5. Alina Kashlinskaya did not manage to come back after the defeat yesterday, and Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova also advanced to the next round with a draw in their second game. Mobina Alinasab caused the biggest upset of the championship so far, holding to a draw against Elisabeth Paehtz and thus advancing to the second round.



The rest of the players will face the tie-breaks on November 5:

Lei Tingjie-Gara, Saduakassova-Matnadze, Krush-Gaponenko, Zhukova-Ni Shiqun, Atalik-Cori, Foisor-Stefanova, Harika-Khukhashvili, Vera Gutierrez-Bodnaruk, Padmini-Abdumalik, Nakhbayeva-Galliamova, and Hoang Thanh Trang-Danielian.



The tie-break will start with two games with rapid time control: 25 minutes plus 10 second per move. If the match is still tied, it will continue with two slow blitz games – 10 minutes plus 10 seconds per move. After that, if the winner is still not determined, two 5+3 blitz games will follow. Finally, those matches that are still tied, will proceed to the Armageddon game.

Official website ugra2018.fide.com  


First games of Women's World Championship played in Khanty-Mansiysk

Prior to the start of the first round, the official flag of FIDE was raised in front of the Ugra Chess Academy. This very flag was presented to Ugra Chess Federation President Vassily Filipenko during the closing ceremony of the Chess Olympiad in Batumi. As Khanty-Mansiysk will host the next Chess Olympiad in 2020, for the next two years the flag of FIDE will remain in the capital of Ugra.



Varvara Tsaregorodtseva, the 9-year-old student of the Ugra Chess Academy, U9 champion of Ugra among girls, made a symbolic first move in the game between Zhai Mo from China and the Ugra representative Olga Girya. The result of this game, however, was disappointing for local fans, as Olga Girya lost in sharp struggle.



Most rating favorites won their games, however, there was a couple of upsets. Elisabeth Pazhtz lost as White to Mobina Alinasab, a player rated significantly lower than the German. Maili-Jade Ouellet made a draw with Aleksandra Goryachkina.



A number of decisive games among closely rated players was quite high. Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova defeated Alina Kashlinskaya, Anna Ushenina won against Lilit Mkrtchian, Ni Shiqun lost to Natalia Zhukova, Monika Socko proved stronger than Yuliya Shvayger, and Lela Javakhishvili lost to Zhu Jineer.



The following games ended in a draw: Krush-Gaponenko, Vega Gutierrez-Bodnaruk, Foisor-Stefanova, Saduakassova-Matnadze, Harika-Khukhashvili, Vo Thi Kim Phung-Khotenashvili, Guseva-Zawadzka, Padmini-Abdumalik, Atalik-Cori, Hoang Thanh Trang-Danielian, Nakhbayeva-Galliamova, and Lei Tingjie-Gara.



The second games of the first round are played on Sunday, November 4. Any match that ends 1- 1 will proceed to a tie-break on the next day.

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FIDE Women’s World Championship Officially Opened in Khanty-Mansiysk

On November 2, the FIDE Women's World Championships started in Khanty-Mansiysk. The Opening Ceremony of the event was held in the Concert and theater center “Ugra-Classic”.

Guests and participants had a chance to enjoy fairy-tale organ melodies performed by Elena Kozemirenko before the official part of the ceremony.

The first part of the ceremony started with the presentation of 28 participating countries.

In the official part of the ceremony, Chief Federal Inspector of Ugra Dmitry Kuzmenko and FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich greeted players and guests.



Dmitry Kuzmenko read out a greeting letter from the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.

Arkady Dvorkovich greeted everyone in Khanty-Mansiysk and thanked the Government of Ugra and its Governor Natalya Komarova in person, organizers, the Ugra Chess Federation, and all the people involved for hosting this event on the highest level. He also reminded the players that the format of the Women’s World Championship cycle would be changed.



“I will make sure that in the future the Women's World Championship cycle will be a standard one, and three semi-finalists except for the winner will qualify for the Candidates Tournament which will determine the challenger for the next World Championship Match with higher prizes and better conditions. I would like to reassure you that we will pay more attention to the women's chess in the future. So everyone could enjoy chess in all its beauty as it is art, sport, and science”, says Arkady Dvorkovich.

After his speech, FIDE President declared the Championship open.



Before the start of the entertaining part of the ceremony the drawing of lots was carried out. The Championship’s Chief Arbiter Igor Bolotinsky invited the top seed of the Women's World Championship, the reigning world champion Ju Wenjun of China, who picked a black pawn. It means that the players with odd starting numbers will start the first game of the first round with the black pieces.

The procedure of drawing lots was followed by bright and spectacular performances of singers and musicians.

After the Opening Ceremony, a short press briefing with Governor of Ugra Natalya Komarova and FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich was organized.

The first round of Championship starts on November 3 in the Ugra Chess Academy.

There shall be five rounds of matches, comprising two games per round, with the winners progressing to the next round. The 6th (final) round shall be played over four games. If the score is equal after regular games of each match, tie-break games shall be played.

Schedule: November 2 - Players Meeting / Opening Ceremony, November 3-5 - Round 1, November 6-8 - Round 2, November 9-11 - Round 3, November 12-14 - Round 4 (Quarterfinals), November 15-17 - Round 5 (Semi-final), November 18 - Free day, November 19-23 - Round 6 (Final), November 23 - Closing Ceremony.

Prize fund is USD 450,000.

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WWCC in Khanty-Mansiysk: Round 2 Game 1

FIDE - Tue, 11/06/2018 - 20:21



Women's World Championship, Round 2: Surprises keep coming

The first games of the second round of the Women's World Championship were played in the Ugra Chess Academy on November 6.

The 15-year-old Zhu Jiner continues to surprise chess fans. The Chinese started the second round with a convincing victory over the Russian champion Natalija Pogonina.

Mobina Alinasab produced another upset, winning as Black against Monika Socko. The Iranian outplayed her experienced opponent in the opening and developed her advantage in the middlegame. Socko's position was already precarious when she blundered a knight and resigned immediately.



The World Champion Ju Wenjun played a textbook game against Irina Krush, flawlessly converting a spatial advantage in a rook ending into a win.



Nino Batsiashvili had a promising position against Zhai Mo, however, she chose a wrong moment for a central break, and lost two pawns. The Chinese converted the material advantage confidently.

Anastasia Bodnaruk had White against Anna Muzychuk. In the opening the Russian sacrificed an exchange, however, the compensation proved insufficient, and the Ukrainian gradually overplayed her opponent.



Alisa Galliamova showed deep opening preparation against Aleksandra Goryachkina and obtained a very promising position. With series of timely executed tactical blows White won a piece and then the game.

Ekaterina Atalik outsmarted Mariya Muzychuk in a complicated minor piece ending. The former World Champion from Ukraine had to give up a piece for Black's passed pawn. During the concluding stage of the game Ekaterina showed her skill in checkmating with a knight and bishop.



The following games were drawn: Abdumalik-Zhao Xue, Zawadzka-Koneru, Dzagnidze-Lei Tingjie, Gunina-Ushenina, Kosteniuk-Ni Shiqun, Tokhirdjonova-Tan Zhongyi, Stefanova-Saduakassova, Khotenashvili-Harika, and Lagno-Hoang Thanh Trang.

 

The return games will be played on November 7.

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Round 1 of Women’s World Championship Completed in Khanty-Mansiysk

There were 11 tie-breaks on November 5: Lei Tingjie-Gara, Sadaukassova-Matnadze, Krush-Gaponenko, Zhukova-Ni Shiqun, Atalik-Cori, Foisor-Stefanova, Harika-Khukhashvili, Vera Gutierrez-Bodnaruk, Padmini-Abdumalik, Nakhbayeva-Galliamova, and Hoang Thanh Trang-Danielian.

Only one match out of 11 was not decided in rapid chess.

Dinara Saduakassova defeated Ana Matnadze with the perfect 2-0 score. Lei Tingjie won against Anita Gara in a similarly convincing way. Inna Gaponenko lost the first game to Irina Krush, and was unable to come back in the second one, thus losing the rapid match 0-2.



Antoaneta Stefanova also won 2-0 against Sabina-Francesca Foisor. Deysi Cori was unable to hold Ekaterina Atalik: the Turkish player won 2-0.

Anastasia Bodnaruk defeated Sabrina Vega Gutierrez in the first rapid game. The Russian had winning chances in the second game as well, but it ended in a draw, which allowed Bodnaruk to advance to the next round.



Harika Dronavalli and Sopiko Khukhashvili ended their first game peacefully. The second game started calmly, but the endgame was head-spinning and full of mutual errors. After the dust has settled, the Indian took the upper hand and advanced to the second round.



Zhansaya Abdumalik and Rout Padmini drew their first game, but in the second one the player from Kazakhstan was stronger and proceeded to the next stage.

Hoang Thanh Trang started her tie-break against Elina Danielian with a win, and solidified her success with a draw in the second game.

Guliskhan Nakhbayeva dramatically lost to Alisa Galliamova in the first rapid game, and did not manage to equalize in the second one. A repeated Russian champion moves on to the next stage.



Only Natalia Zhukova and Ni Shiqun made two draws in rapid games, and their match advanced to slow blitz games (10+10). The struggle in the first game was very tense, but the Chinese player managed to equalize, then to seize the initiative, and eventually won the game. In the second game she held a draw from the position of strength and won the match.



Round 2 pairings:

Ju Wenjun – Krush, Zawadzka – Koneru, Lagno – Hoang Thanh Trang, Bodnaruk – A. Muzychuk, Kosteniuk – Ni Shiqun, Galliamova – Goryachkina, M. Muzychuk – Atalik, Tokhirjonova – Tan Zhongyi, Gunina – Ushenina, Socko – Alinasab, Dzagnidze – Lei Tingjie, Khotenashvili – Harika, Stefanova – Saduakassova, Zhu Jiner – Pogonina, Abdumalik – Zhao Xue, Zhai Mo – Batsiashvili.

 
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21 players advance to the second round of Women’s World Championship in Khanty-Mansiysk

The second games of the first round of the Women's World Championship were played in the Ugra Chess Academy on November 4.

The following players advanced to the 2nd round with the perfect score: Ju Wenjun, Anna and Mariya Muzychuk, Kateryna Lagno, Humpy Koneru, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Nana Dzagnidze, Nino Batsiashvili, Zhao Xue, Zhai Mo, and Zhu Jiner. The last two players defeated the higher rated Olga Girya and Lela Javakhishvili respectively.



Valentina Gunina, Tan Zhongyi, Monika Socko, Jolanta Zawadzka, Aleksandra Goryachkina, Natalija Pogonina, Anna Ushenina, and Bela Khotenashvili won their matches 1.5 to 0.5. Alina Kashlinskaya did not manage to come back after the defeat yesterday, and Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova also advanced to the next round with a draw in their second game. Mobina Alinasab caused the biggest upset of the championship so far, holding to a draw against Elisabeth Paehtz and thus advancing to the second round.



The rest of the players will face the tie-breaks on November 5:

Lei Tingjie-Gara, Saduakassova-Matnadze, Krush-Gaponenko, Zhukova-Ni Shiqun, Atalik-Cori, Foisor-Stefanova, Harika-Khukhashvili, Vera Gutierrez-Bodnaruk, Padmini-Abdumalik, Nakhbayeva-Galliamova, and Hoang Thanh Trang-Danielian.



The tie-break will start with two games with rapid time control: 25 minutes plus 10 second per move. If the match is still tied, it will continue with two slow blitz games – 10 minutes plus 10 seconds per move. After that, if the winner is still not determined, two 5+3 blitz games will follow. Finally, those matches that are still tied, will proceed to the Armageddon game.

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First games of Women's World Championship played in Khanty-Mansiysk

Prior to the start of the first round, the official flag of FIDE was raised in front of the Ugra Chess Academy. This very flag was presented to Ugra Chess Federation President Vassily Filipenko during the closing ceremony of the Chess Olympiad in Batumi. As Khanty-Mansiysk will host the next Chess Olympiad in 2020, for the next two years the flag of FIDE will remain in the capital of Ugra.



Varvara Tsaregorodtseva, the 9-year-old student of the Ugra Chess Academy, U9 champion of Ugra among girls, made a symbolic first move in the game between Zhai Mo from China and the Ugra representative Olga Girya. The result of this game, however, was disappointing for local fans, as Olga Girya lost in sharp struggle.



Most rating favorites won their games, however, there was a couple of upsets. Elisabeth Pazhtz lost as White to Mobina Alinasab, a player rated significantly lower than the German. Maili-Jade Ouellet made a draw with Aleksandra Goryachkina.



A number of decisive games among closely rated players was quite high. Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova defeated Alina Kashlinskaya, Anna Ushenina won against Lilit Mkrtchian, Ni Shiqun lost to Natalia Zhukova, Monika Socko proved stronger than Yuliya Shvayger, and Lela Javakhishvili lost to Zhu Jineer.



The following games ended in a draw: Krush-Gaponenko, Vega Gutierrez-Bodnaruk, Foisor-Stefanova, Saduakassova-Matnadze, Harika-Khukhashvili, Vo Thi Kim Phung-Khotenashvili, Guseva-Zawadzka, Padmini-Abdumalik, Atalik-Cori, Hoang Thanh Trang-Danielian, Nakhbayeva-Galliamova, and Lei Tingjie-Gara.



The second games of the first round are played on Sunday, November 4. Any match that ends 1- 1 will proceed to a tie-break on the next day.

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FIDE Women’s World Championship Officially Opened in Khanty-Mansiysk

On November 2, the FIDE Women's World Championships started in Khanty-Mansiysk. The Opening Ceremony of the event was held in the Concert and theater center “Ugra-Classic”.

Guests and participants had a chance to enjoy fairy-tale organ melodies performed by Elena Kozemirenko before the official part of the ceremony.

The first part of the ceremony started with the presentation of 28 participating countries.

In the official part of the ceremony, Chief Federal Inspector of Ugra Dmitry Kuzmenko and FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich greeted players and guests.



Dmitry Kuzmenko read out a greeting letter from the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.

Arkady Dvorkovich greeted everyone in Khanty-Mansiysk and thanked the Government of Ugra and its Governor Natalya Komarova in person, organizers, the Ugra Chess Federation, and all the people involved for hosting this event on the highest level. He also reminded the players that the format of the Women’s World Championship cycle would be changed.



“I will make sure that in the future the Women's World Championship cycle will be a standard one, and three semi-finalists except for the winner will qualify for the Candidates Tournament which will determine the challenger for the next World Championship Match with higher prizes and better conditions. I would like to reassure you that we will pay more attention to the women's chess in the future. So everyone could enjoy chess in all its beauty as it is art, sport, and science”, says Arkady Dvorkovich.

After his speech, FIDE President declared the Championship open.



Before the start of the entertaining part of the ceremony the drawing of lots was carried out. The Championship’s Chief Arbiter Igor Bolotinsky invited the top seed of the Women's World Championship, the reigning world champion Ju Wenjun of China, who picked a black pawn. It means that the players with odd starting numbers will start the first game of the first round with the black pieces.

The procedure of drawing lots was followed by bright and spectacular performances of singers and musicians.

After the Opening Ceremony, a short press briefing with Governor of Ugra Natalya Komarova and FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich was organized.

The first round of Championship starts on November 3 in the Ugra Chess Academy.

There shall be five rounds of matches, comprising two games per round, with the winners progressing to the next round. The 6th (final) round shall be played over four games. If the score is equal after regular games of each match, tie-break games shall be played.

Schedule: November 2 - Players Meeting / Opening Ceremony, November 3-5 - Round 1, November 6-8 - Round 2, November 9-11 - Round 3, November 12-14 - Round 4 (Quarterfinals), November 15-17 - Round 5 (Semi-final), November 18 - Free day, November 19-23 - Round 6 (Final), November 23 - Closing Ceremony.

Prize fund is USD 450,000.

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Press Conference of Arkady Dvorkovich Takes Place in TASS

FIDE - Tue, 11/06/2018 - 17:03




FIDE President talks about preparations for two World Championships.


On November 1, the Russian News Agency TASS in Moscow hosted a press conference of FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich. It was dedicated to the forthcoming events: Women's World Championship in Khanty-Mansiysk (November 2-23), where 64 strongest chess players of the world from 28 countries will take part, and the World Championship Match between the reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen and challenger Fabiano Caruana in London (November 9-28).



"Khanty-Mansiysk is ready to host the tournament, the local authorities pay their personal attention to it. Chess players feel good there despite a cold weather. I would like to remind you that World Cup in 2019 and World Chess Olympiad in 2020 will be held in Khanty-Mansiysk as well", says Arkady Dvorkovich.

During the WCCM in London, the FIDE Presidential Board will take place, at which Arkady Dvorkovich will announce nominees for key positions in his team.

"These positions will be announced on the next FIDE Presidential Board. These people are well-known in the chess world; they were working on the election campaign, and there are grandmasters among them. We reckon on participation of chess enthusiasts from FIDE, the process is on, and the interest towards work is very high", states Arkady Dvorkovich.

According to FIDE President, the situation with the World Rapid and Blitz Championships, scheduled to be held in December in Saudi Arabia, is not clear yet. The country's authorities have not provided guarantees of admittance and safe participation of representatives from all countries. If the guarantees are not received in the coming days, the Championship will be transferred to another country.





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Meeting between the representatives of UGRA and FIDE Delegation

FIDE - Tue, 11/06/2018 - 16:25




The meeting between the representatives of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra led by the Governor Natalia Komarova and the FIDE delegation led by the President Arkady Dvorkovich


November 02, 2018


MEETING MINUTES

I. Introduction

The meeting between the representatives of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra and the FIDE delegation was convened at 6:30 p.m. on November 02, 2018 at the CTC Ugra Classic Building in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.

The purpose of this meeting was for the FIDE delegation to hear statements from and to ask questions of the regional authorities on chess activities in general and the 2018 FIDE Women’s World Championship / preparations for the 2020 World Chess Olympiad in particular.

II. Meeting Participants

The following is a list of participants in the November 02, 2018 meeting.

A. Representatives of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra:

  • Natalia Komarova, Governor;    • Yuri Yuzhakov, Vice Governor;   • Galina Kovaleva, Director, Ugra Chess Academy;   • Valery Radchenko, CEO, UgraMegaSport. 


B. The FIDE Delegation:

  • Arkady Dvorkovich, President;   • Berik Balgabaev, FIDE Representative;   • Vadim Tsypin, Assistant to the President.


C. Mass media:

  • Broadcast and print journalists were present during the Opening Remarks and the Testimony of Invited Officials. 


III. Opening Remarks

Ugra Governor Natalia Komarova affirmed that Khanty-Mansiysk is ready for the 2018 FIDE Womens’ World Championship. The players and the officials are enjoying the venue, the accommodations, and the hospitality of the Ugra people. All museums in the city admit visitors with a FIDE championship accreditation free of charge. On the rest day, November 18, the participants will have a chance to attend a professional hockey game and to make a symbolic faceoff.

FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich stated how glad he was to visit Khanty- Mansisyk for yet another important FIDE Calendar event. Over the years, the city hosted all types of large FIDE World events; they were always successful; everyone was happy. The next two years will be challenging since Khanty-Mansiysk will have to organize even more complex events. I am confident that the regional authorities and the organizers will excel yet again and everything about these events will be top-notch. Ugra is the leader in grassroots chess activities, in bringing our game to the most remote corners. Chess is actively promoted, new clubs are being opened, the Chess Academy trains the coaches and school educators. FIDE will continue this excellent partnership with Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug, it will grow and prosper in the coming years. We will meet again very soon at the closing ceremony of the Women’s World Championship.


IV. Testimony of Invited Officials

Vice Governor Yuri Yuzhakov reported on the preparations for the 2020 World Chess Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk.

We made an excellent choice for a playing venue. Everything will take place in the Exhibition Center. An extension and renovation program is under way already. A spacious second building will be added.

All financial obligations from organizers to FIDE are met. Financing is secured for all infrastructure work needed for the Olympiad. New apartment buildings are constructed near the Olympiyskaya Hotel. They will serve as an Olympic Village during the event. After the Olympiad, these apartments will make part of a municipal reserve and will further improve the housing situation in the region.

Logistics and transportation issues are solved successfully. Participants of the Olympiad will travel by shuttle buses, the trips will only take 5-10 minutes.

The government of the Russian Federation has appointed the Deputy Primer Minister Olga Golodets to monitor and supervise the preparations for the 2020 World Chess Olympiad on the part of the federal authorities.

President Arkady Dvorkovich noted that preparations for the Olympiad are going well. FIDE is in constant partnership and dialogue with local authorities. We are always ready to discuss and resolve any operational issues that need our input.

Ugra Chess Academy Director Galina Kovaleva provided an overview of organized chess activities in the region. Since 2005, the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug hosted fifteen (15) top-level world events. The famous Poikovsky tournament is on its twenty-first (21st) annual edition already. Forty (40) chess tournaments were already held in 2018, and the total number planned through the end of the calendar year is seventy (70).

Chess has become a part of the curricula in Ugra’s schools and preschools. 140,000 children took chess lessons in the elementary schools in 2018, which is a 30,000 increase compared to 2017. 36,000 children had chess lessons in preschools. The program that train school educators to teach chess is in place. 1,270 teachers successfully completed such a course in 2016-2018; 150 more teachers will pass this course till the end of 2018.

Master classes and seminars are being held in remote rural locations. During the same period, 2016-2018, there were more than fifty (50) seminars that trained over three hundred (300) teachers. Several Ugra juniors qualified for all-expense-paid training in the federally funded Sirius Chess Center in Sochi.

Ugra natives and residents GM Dmitry Jakovenko and WGM Olga Girya are members of Russia’s national men’s and women’s chess teams. IM Andrei Obodchuk is a member of Russia’s Paralympics team. More than thirty (30) non-seeing players from all over Ugra take part in chess tournaments on a regular basis. Ugra also leads all Russian regions in remote chess education and Internet-based tournaments.


V. Open Discussion and Decisions Taken

• The Ugra authorities, UgraMegaSport and the FIDE agreed to set the following dates for the 2019 FIDE World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk: September 09 – October 02, 2019.

• The FIDE President supported Governor Komarova’s proposal to appoint Berik Balgabaev the supervisor of all preparation for the 2019 World Cup and the 2020 World Chess Olympiad on the part of FIDE.


VI. Closing Remarks

Governor Komarova thanked everyone for attending the meeting and encouraged the members of the FIDE delegation to visit Ugra more frequently and to see with their own eyes how its infrastructure grows and matures. President Dvorkovich thanked the Ugra representatives for their hospitality and remarked that the warmth of their hearts makes Khanty-Mansiysk one of the most enjoyable places in the world for chess players.


VII. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 6:50 p.m.

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FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich opens a new chess club in Ugra

FIDE - Tue, 11/06/2018 - 16:03



FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich opens a new chess club in Ugra


On November 02, 2018, the FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich opened a new chess club in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area - Ugra Office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The club was opened as a part of the “Remove Blank Spots from Ugra Map” project. The event was also attended by Dmitry Kuzmenko, Chief Federal Inspector for Ugra, Yury Yuzhakov, Deputy Governor of Ugra, Galina Kovaleva, Rector of the Ugra Chess Academy, and other regional officials.




More photos in the Gallery.

After the ribbon was cut, a simultaneous display took place. Olga Girya, grandmaster, participant of the World championship, member of the Russian National Team, winner of Chess Olympiads, played against local policemen, while Alexander Sibryaev, FIDE Master, who participated in the 2005 World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk, faced veterans of the law enforcement.

“Chess has become a significant part of everyday life of our office”, says Vassily Ivanovich Romanitsa, Head of the Ugra Office of the MIA. “The new club will give our colleagues an opportunity to sharpen their skills. Chess teaches us to predict actions of our opponents several moves ahead, which is a critically important quality for a policeman.”

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World Cadet Chess Championships 2018: Round 2

FIDE - Tue, 11/06/2018 - 11:45




The second round of the World Cadet Chess Championship U-8, U-10 and U-12 was played in Santiago de Compostela, Spain on November 5.

The World Cadet Chess Championships 2018 are held in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain, from 3rd of November (arrivals, technical meeting) to 16th of November 2018 (departures).



The Championships are held for the age groups U8, U10 and U12, Girls and Open.

A record number of 851 participants from 86 federations will be taking part in the Championships. There are 542 players in open section and 309 players in girls' section.

All results are here www.wccc2018.com

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The World Cadet Chess Championships 2018 started in Santiago de Compostela, Spain

The first round of the World Cadet Chess Championship started with the first symbolic move, made by Sports Director of the Galicia province Ms Martiño Noriega, Mayor of Santiago de Compostela Mr Martiño Noriega Sánchez and Sports Director of Galicia Marta Miguez in the presence of the President of the Spanish chess federation Javier Ochoa, FIDE Executive Board members Ozgur Solakoglu and Sainbayar Tserendorj on October 4th.

The technical meeting was held on the 3rd November at Cidade de Culture. The Chief Arbiter of the World Youth Championships Takis Nikolopoulos drew the attention of the players to some tournament regulations, anti-cheating measures and reminded them about the tournament schedule.



The World Cadet Chess Championships 2018 are held in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain, from 3rd of November (arrivals, technical meeting) to 16th of November 2018 (departures).

The Championships are held for the age groups U8, U10 and U12, Girls and Open. The national champions of federations members of FIDE in each of the age groups are granted free accommodation by the Organizer.

A record number of 851 participants from 86 federations will be taking part in the Championships. There are 542 players in open section and 309 players in girls' section.



The tournament will be played using the Swiss System with 11 rounds. The rate of play will be in accordance with the FIDE rules: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an addition of 30 seconds per move starting from move one. The default time is 30 minutes.

Three best Federations, by the ranking of medals collected in all categories, will receive a trophy. For first place the number of gold medals will be taken under consideration, if there is a tie, then the number of silver medals, if there is still a tie, then the number of bronze medals. If finally, this is still equal, then the total points of medalists will be taken for a tiebreak.



Top three places in each tournament will be awarded cups and medals. Places 4th to 6th with medals. Two youngest participants in Open and Girls will receive gifts.

All players will be given certificates of participation.

Official website www.wccc2018.com





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World Cadet Chess Championships 2018 started in Santiago de Compostela, Spain

FIDE - Mon, 11/05/2018 - 18:28



The World Cadet Chess Championships 2018 started in Santiago de Compostela, Spain


The first round of the World Cadet Chess Championship started with the first symbolic move, made by Sports Director of the Galicia province Ms Martiño Noriega, Mayor of Santiago de Compostela Mr Martiño Noriega Sánchez and Sports Director of Galicia Marta Miguez in the presence of the President of the Spanish chess federation Javier Ochoa, FIDE Executive Board members Ozgur Solakoglu and Sainbayar Tserendorj on October 4th.

The technical meeting was held on the 3rd November at Cidade de Culture. The Chief Arbiter of the World Youth Championships Takis Nikolopoulos drew the attention of the players to some tournament regulations, anti-cheating measures and reminded them about the tournament schedule.



The World Cadet Chess Championships 2018 are held in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain, from 3rd of November (arrivals, technical meeting) to 16th of November 2018 (departures).

The Championships are held for the age groups U8, U10 and U12, Girls and Open. The national champions of federations members of FIDE in each of the age groups are granted free accommodation by the Organizer.

A record number of 851 participants from 86 federations will be taking part in the Championships. There are 542 players in open section and 309 players in girls' section.



The tournament will be played using the Swiss System with 11 rounds. The rate of play will be in accordance with the FIDE rules: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an addition of 30 seconds per move starting from move one. The default time is 30 minutes.

Three best Federations, by the ranking of medals collected in all categories, will receive a trophy. For first place the number of gold medals will be taken under consideration, if there is a tie, then the number of silver medals, if there is still a tie, then the number of bronze medals. If finally, this is still equal, then the total points of medalists will be taken for a tiebreak.



Top three places in each tournament will be awarded cups and medals. Places 4th to 6th with medals. Two youngest participants in Open and Girls will receive gifts.

All players will be given certificates of participation.

Official website www.wccc2018.com





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WWCC in Khanty-Mansiysk: Round 1 is concluded

FIDE - Mon, 11/05/2018 - 18:22


Round 1 of Women’s World Championship Completed in Khanty-Mansiysk

There were 11 tie-breaks on November 5: Lei Tingjie-Gara, Sadaukassova-Matnadze, Krush-Gaponenko, Zhukova-Ni Shiqun, Atalik-Cori, Foisor-Stefanova, Harika-Khukhashvili, Vera Gutierrez-Bodnaruk, Padmini-Abdumalik, Nakhbayeva-Galliamova, and Hoang Thanh Trang-Danielian.

Only one match out of 11 was not decided in rapid chess.

Dinara Saduakassova defeated Ana Matnadze with the perfect 2-0 score. Lei Tingjie won against Anita Gara in a similarly convincing way. Inna Gaponenko lost the first game to Irina Krush, and was unable to come back in the second one, thus losing the rapid match 0-2.



Antoaneta Stefanova also won 2-0 against Sabina-Francesca Foisor. Deysi Cori was unable to hold Ekaterina Atalik: the Turkish player won 2-0.

Anastasia Bodnaruk defeated Sabrina Vega Gutierrez in the first rapid game. The Russian had winning chances in the second game as well, but it ended in a draw, which allowed Bodnaruk to advance to the next round.



Harika Dronavalli and Sopiko Khukhashvili ended their first game peacefully. The second game started calmly, but the endgame was head-spinning and full of mutual errors. After the dust has settled, the Indian took the upper hand and advanced to the second round.



Zhansaya Abdumalik and Rout Padmini drew their first game, but in the second one the player from Kazakhstan was stronger and proceeded to the next stage.

Hoang Thanh Trang started her tie-break against Elina Danielian with a win, and solidified her success with a draw in the second game.

Guliskhan Nakhbayeva dramatically lost to Alisa Galliamova in the first rapid game, and did not manage to equalize in the second one. A repeated Russian champion moves on to the next stage.



Only Natalia Zhukova and Ni Shiqun made two draws in rapid games, and their match advanced to slow blitz games (10+10). The struggle in the first game was very tense, but the Chinese player managed to equalize, then to seize the initiative, and eventually won the game. In the second game she held a draw from the position of strength and won the match.



Round 2 pairings:

Ju Wenjun – Krush, Zawadzka – Koneru, Lagno – Hoang Thanh Trang, Bodnaruk – A. Muzychuk, Kosteniuk – Ni Shiqun, Galliamova – Goryachkina, M. Muzychuk – Atalik, Tokhirjonova – Tan Zhongyi, Gunina – Ushenina, Socko – Alinasab, Dzagnidze – Lei Tingjie, Khotenashvili – Harika, Stefanova – Saduakassova, Zhu Jiner – Pogonina, Abdumalik – Zhao Xue, Zhai Mo – Batsiashvili.

 
Official website ugra2018.fide.com 

21 players advance to the second round of Women’s World Championship in Khanty-Mansiysk

The second games of the first round of the Women's World Championship were played in the Ugra Chess Academy on November 4.

The following players advanced to the 2nd round with the perfect score: Ju Wenjun, Anna and Mariya Muzychuk, Kateryna Lagno, Humpy Koneru, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Nana Dzagnidze, Nino Batsiashvili, Zhao Xue, Zhai Mo, and Zhu Jiner. The last two players defeated the higher rated Olga Girya and Lela Javakhishvili respectively.



Valentina Gunina, Tan Zhongyi, Monika Socko, Jolanta Zawadzka, Aleksandra Goryachkina, Natalija Pogonina, Anna Ushenina, and Bela Khotenashvili won their matches 1.5 to 0.5. Alina Kashlinskaya did not manage to come back after the defeat yesterday, and Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova also advanced to the next round with a draw in their second game. Mobina Alinasab caused the biggest upset of the championship so far, holding to a draw against Elisabeth Paehtz and thus advancing to the second round.



The rest of the players will face the tie-breaks on November 5:

Lei Tingjie-Gara, Saduakassova-Matnadze, Krush-Gaponenko, Zhukova-Ni Shiqun, Atalik-Cori, Foisor-Stefanova, Harika-Khukhashvili, Vera Gutierrez-Bodnaruk, Padmini-Abdumalik, Nakhbayeva-Galliamova, and Hoang Thanh Trang-Danielian.



The tie-break will start with two games with rapid time control: 25 minutes plus 10 second per move. If the match is still tied, it will continue with two slow blitz games – 10 minutes plus 10 seconds per move. After that, if the winner is still not determined, two 5+3 blitz games will follow. Finally, those matches that are still tied, will proceed to the Armageddon game.

Official website ugra2018.fide.com  


First games of Women's World Championship played in Khanty-Mansiysk

Prior to the start of the first round, the official flag of FIDE was raised in front of the Ugra Chess Academy. This very flag was presented to Ugra Chess Federation President Vassily Filipenko during the closing ceremony of the Chess Olympiad in Batumi. As Khanty-Mansiysk will host the next Chess Olympiad in 2020, for the next two years the flag of FIDE will remain in the capital of Ugra.



Varvara Tsaregorodtseva, the 9-year-old student of the Ugra Chess Academy, U9 champion of Ugra among girls, made a symbolic first move in the game between Zhai Mo from China and the Ugra representative Olga Girya. The result of this game, however, was disappointing for local fans, as Olga Girya lost in sharp struggle.



Most rating favorites won their games, however, there was a couple of upsets. Elisabeth Pazhtz lost as White to Mobina Alinasab, a player rated significantly lower than the German. Maili-Jade Ouellet made a draw with Aleksandra Goryachkina.



A number of decisive games among closely rated players was quite high. Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova defeated Alina Kashlinskaya, Anna Ushenina won against Lilit Mkrtchian, Ni Shiqun lost to Natalia Zhukova, Monika Socko proved stronger than Yuliya Shvayger, and Lela Javakhishvili lost to Zhu Jineer.



The following games ended in a draw: Krush-Gaponenko, Vega Gutierrez-Bodnaruk, Foisor-Stefanova, Saduakassova-Matnadze, Harika-Khukhashvili, Vo Thi Kim Phung-Khotenashvili, Guseva-Zawadzka, Padmini-Abdumalik, Atalik-Cori, Hoang Thanh Trang-Danielian, Nakhbayeva-Galliamova, and Lei Tingjie-Gara.



The second games of the first round are played on Sunday, November 4. Any match that ends 1- 1 will proceed to a tie-break on the next day.

Official website ugra2018.fide.com 


FIDE Women’s World Championship Officially Opened in Khanty-Mansiysk

On November 2, the FIDE Women's World Championships started in Khanty-Mansiysk. The Opening Ceremony of the event was held in the Concert and theater center “Ugra-Classic”.

Guests and participants had a chance to enjoy fairy-tale organ melodies performed by Elena Kozemirenko before the official part of the ceremony.

The first part of the ceremony started with the presentation of 28 participating countries.

In the official part of the ceremony, Chief Federal Inspector of Ugra Dmitry Kuzmenko and FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich greeted players and guests.



Dmitry Kuzmenko read out a greeting letter from the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.

Arkady Dvorkovich greeted everyone in Khanty-Mansiysk and thanked the Government of Ugra and its Governor Natalya Komarova in person, organizers, the Ugra Chess Federation, and all the people involved for hosting this event on the highest level. He also reminded the players that the format of the Women’s World Championship cycle would be changed.



“I will make sure that in the future the Women's World Championship cycle will be a standard one, and three semi-finalists except for the winner will qualify for the Candidates Tournament which will determine the challenger for the next World Championship Match with higher prizes and better conditions. I would like to reassure you that we will pay more attention to the women's chess in the future. So everyone could enjoy chess in all its beauty as it is art, sport, and science”, says Arkady Dvorkovich.

After his speech, FIDE President declared the Championship open.



Before the start of the entertaining part of the ceremony the drawing of lots was carried out. The Championship’s Chief Arbiter Igor Bolotinsky invited the top seed of the Women's World Championship, the reigning world champion Ju Wenjun of China, who picked a black pawn. It means that the players with odd starting numbers will start the first game of the first round with the black pieces.

The procedure of drawing lots was followed by bright and spectacular performances of singers and musicians.

After the Opening Ceremony, a short press briefing with Governor of Ugra Natalya Komarova and FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich was organized.

The first round of Championship starts on November 3 in the Ugra Chess Academy.

There shall be five rounds of matches, comprising two games per round, with the winners progressing to the next round. The 6th (final) round shall be played over four games. If the score is equal after regular games of each match, tie-break games shall be played.

Schedule: November 2 - Players Meeting / Opening Ceremony, November 3-5 - Round 1, November 6-8 - Round 2, November 9-11 - Round 3, November 12-14 - Round 4 (Quarterfinals), November 15-17 - Round 5 (Semi-final), November 18 - Free day, November 19-23 - Round 6 (Final), November 23 - Closing Ceremony.

Prize fund is USD 450,000.

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Παγκόσμιο Πρωτάθλημα Γυναικών 2018

Skakistiko - Mon, 11/05/2018 - 10:56

Το Σάββατο ξεκίνησε, στο Χάντι-Μανσίσκ της Σιβηρίας, το Παγκόσμιο Πρωτάθλημα Γυναικών με σύστημα νοκ-άουτ διπλών παρτίδων όπου στην αρχή μετέχουν 64 σκακίστριες.

Ο νέος πρόεδρος της ΦΙΝΤΕ Αρκάντι Ντβόρκοβιτς ο οποίος σκοπεύει να αλλάξει μερικά από τα έως τώρα στάνταρ στο σκάκι κορυφής δήλωσε πως οι τέσσερις σκακίστριες που θα φτάσουν ως τα ημιτελικά θα προκριθούν αυτόματα για το Τουρνουά Διεκδικητών, που θα είναι ένας νέος διαφορετικός κύκλος στο Παγκόσμιο Πρωτάθλημα Γυναικών.

Μερικές από τις ισχυρότερες στις 64 σκακίστριες του Χάντι-Μανσίσκ είναι οι: Α. Μούζιτσουκ, Κονερού, Γκοριάτσκινα, Ταν, Χαρίκα, Πατζ, Ζάο, Μπατσιασβίλι, Πογκόνινα.

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Tata Steel Chess India 2018 – 2019 LIVE!

Chessdom - Mon, 11/05/2018 - 02:15

The first TATA STEEL CHESS INDIA 2018 – 2019, RAPID & BLITZ tournament brings some of the world’s strongest chess players and India’s strongest players to Kolkata. It consist of a rapid tournament and a blitz tournament.

The championship will feature Viswanathan Anand, Levon Aronian, Wesley So, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Sergey Karjakin, Hikaru Nakamura, Pentala Harikrishna, Vidit Santosh Gujrathi, Surya Shekhar Ganguly, Nihal Sarin, and Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu and will be daily live with analysis on Chessdom.com

Parallel you can follow:

World Chess Championship 2018 / Caruana – Carlsen 2018 game 1 / World Women Chess Championship 2018

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WWCC in Khanty-Mansiysk: 21 players advance to Round 2

FIDE - Sun, 11/04/2018 - 19:57


21 players advance to the second round of Women’s World Championship in Khanty-Mansiysk

The second games of the first round of the Women's World Championship were played in the Ugra Chess Academy on November 4.

The following players advanced to the 2nd round with the perfect score: Ju Wenjun, Anna and Mariya Muzychuk, Kateryna Lagno, Humpy Koneru, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Nana Dzagnidze, Nino Batsiashvili, Zhao Xue, Zhai Mo, and Zhu Jiner. The last two players defeated the higher rated Olga Girya and Lela Javakhishvili respectively.



Valentina Gunina, Tan Zhongyi, Monika Socko, Jolanta Zawadzka, Aleksandra Goryachkina, Natalija Pogonina, Anna Ushenina, and Bela Khotenashvili won their matches 1.5 to 0.5. Alina Kashlinskaya did not manage to come back after the defeat yesterday, and Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova also advanced to the next round with a draw in their second game. Mobina Alinasab caused the biggest upset of the championship so far, holding to a draw against Elisabeth Paehtz and thus advancing to the second round.



The rest of the players will face the tie-breaks on November 5:

Lei Tingjie-Gara, Saduakassova-Matnadze, Krush-Gaponenko, Zhukova-Ni Shiqun, Atalik-Cori, Foisor-Stefanova, Harika-Khukhashvili, Vera Gutierrez-Bodnaruk, Padmini-Abdumalik, Nakhbayeva-Galliamova, and Hoang Thanh Trang-Danielian.



The tie-break will start with two games with rapid time control: 25 minutes plus 10 second per move. If the match is still tied, it will continue with two slow blitz games – 10 minutes plus 10 seconds per move. After that, if the winner is still not determined, two 5+3 blitz games will follow. Finally, those matches that are still tied, will proceed to the Armageddon game.

Official website ugra2018.fide.com  


First games of Women's World Championship played in Khanty-Mansiysk

Prior to the start of the first round, the official flag of FIDE was raised in front of the Ugra Chess Academy. This very flag was presented to Ugra Chess Federation President Vassily Filipenko during the closing ceremony of the Chess Olympiad in Batumi. As Khanty-Mansiysk will host the next Chess Olympiad in 2020, for the next two years the flag of FIDE will remain in the capital of Ugra.



Varvara Tsaregorodtseva, the 9-year-old student of the Ugra Chess Academy, U9 champion of Ugra among girls, made a symbolic first move in the game between Zhai Mo from China and the Ugra representative Olga Girya. The result of this game, however, was disappointing for local fans, as Olga Girya lost in sharp struggle.



Most rating favorites won their games, however, there was a couple of upsets. Elisabeth Pazhtz lost as White to Mobina Alinasab, a player rated significantly lower than the German. Maili-Jade Ouellet made a draw with Aleksandra Goryachkina.



A number of decisive games among closely rated players was quite high. Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova defeated Alina Kashlinskaya, Anna Ushenina won against Lilit Mkrtchian, Ni Shiqun lost to Natalia Zhukova, Monika Socko proved stronger than Yuliya Shvayger, and Lela Javakhishvili lost to Zhu Jineer.



The following games ended in a draw: Krush-Gaponenko, Vega Gutierrez-Bodnaruk, Foisor-Stefanova, Saduakassova-Matnadze, Harika-Khukhashvili, Vo Thi Kim Phung-Khotenashvili, Guseva-Zawadzka, Padmini-Abdumalik, Atalik-Cori, Hoang Thanh Trang-Danielian, Nakhbayeva-Galliamova, and Lei Tingjie-Gara.



The second games of the first round are played on Sunday, November 4. Any match that ends 1- 1 will proceed to a tie-break on the next day.

Official website ugra2018.fide.com 


FIDE Women’s World Championship Officially Opened in Khanty-Mansiysk

On November 2, the FIDE Women's World Championships started in Khanty-Mansiysk. The Opening Ceremony of the event was held in the Concert and theater center “Ugra-Classic”.

Guests and participants had a chance to enjoy fairy-tale organ melodies performed by Elena Kozemirenko before the official part of the ceremony.

The first part of the ceremony started with the presentation of 28 participating countries.

In the official part of the ceremony, Chief Federal Inspector of Ugra Dmitry Kuzmenko and FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich greeted players and guests.



Dmitry Kuzmenko read out a greeting letter from the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.

Arkady Dvorkovich greeted everyone in Khanty-Mansiysk and thanked the Government of Ugra and its Governor Natalya Komarova in person, organizers, the Ugra Chess Federation, and all the people involved for hosting this event on the highest level. He also reminded the players that the format of the Women’s World Championship cycle would be changed.



“I will make sure that in the future the Women's World Championship cycle will be a standard one, and three semi-finalists except for the winner will qualify for the Candidates Tournament which will determine the challenger for the next World Championship Match with higher prizes and better conditions. I would like to reassure you that we will pay more attention to the women's chess in the future. So everyone could enjoy chess in all its beauty as it is art, sport, and science”, says Arkady Dvorkovich.

After his speech, FIDE President declared the Championship open.



Before the start of the entertaining part of the ceremony the drawing of lots was carried out. The Championship’s Chief Arbiter Igor Bolotinsky invited the top seed of the Women's World Championship, the reigning world champion Ju Wenjun of China, who picked a black pawn. It means that the players with odd starting numbers will start the first game of the first round with the black pieces.

The procedure of drawing lots was followed by bright and spectacular performances of singers and musicians.

After the Opening Ceremony, a short press briefing with Governor of Ugra Natalya Komarova and FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich was organized.

The first round of Championship starts on November 3 in the Ugra Chess Academy.

There shall be five rounds of matches, comprising two games per round, with the winners progressing to the next round. The 6th (final) round shall be played over four games. If the score is equal after regular games of each match, tie-break games shall be played.

Schedule: November 2 - Players Meeting / Opening Ceremony, November 3-5 - Round 1, November 6-8 - Round 2, November 9-11 - Round 3, November 12-14 - Round 4 (Quarterfinals), November 15-17 - Round 5 (Semi-final), November 18 - Free day, November 19-23 - Round 6 (Final), November 23 - Closing Ceremony.

Prize fund is USD 450,000.

Official website







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First games of Women's World Championship played in Khanty-Mansiysk

FIDE - Sat, 11/03/2018 - 20:09



First games of Women's World Championship played in Khanty-Mansiysk

Prior to the start of the first round, the official flag of FIDE was raised in front of the Ugra Chess Academy. This very flag was presented to Ugra Chess Federation President Vassily Filipenko during the closing ceremony of the Chess Olympiad in Batumi. As Khanty-Mansiysk will host the next Chess Olympiad in 2020, for the next two years the flag of FIDE will remain in the capital of Ugra.



Varvara Tsaregorodtseva, the 9-year-old student of the Ugra Chess Academy, U9 champion of Ugra among girls, made a symbolic first move in the game between Zhai Mo from China and the Ugra representative Olga Girya. The result of this game, however, was disappointing for local fans, as Olga Girya lost in sharp struggle.



Most rating favorites won their games, however, there was a couple of upsets. Elisabeth Pazhtz lost as White to Mobina Alinasab, a player rated significantly lower than the German. Maili-Jade Ouellet made a draw with Aleksandra Goryachkina.



A number of decisive games among closely rated players was quite high. Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova defeated Alina Kashlinskaya, Anna Ushenina won against Lilit Mkrtchian, Ni Shiqun lost to Natalia Zhukova, Monika Socko proved stronger than Yuliya Shvayger, and Lela Javakhishvili lost to Zhu Jineer.



The following games ended in a draw: Krush-Gaponenko, Vega Gutierrez-Bodnaruk, Foisor-Stefanova, Sadaukassova-Matnadze, Harika-Khukhashvili, Vo Thi Kim Phung-Khotenashvili, Guseva-Zawadzka, Padmini-Abdumalik, Atalik-Cori, Hoang Thanh Trang-Danielian, Nakhbayeva-Galliamova, and Lei Tingjie-Gara.



The second games of the first round are played on Sunday, November 4. Any match that ends 1- 1 will proceed to a tie-break on the next day.

Official website ugra2018.fide.com 


FIDE Women’s World Championship Officially Opened in Khanty-Mansiysk

On November 2, the FIDE Women's World Championships started in Khanty-Mansiysk. The Opening Ceremony of the event was held in the Concert and theater center “Ugra-Classic”.

Guests and participants had a chance to enjoy fairy-tale organ melodies performed by Elena Kozemirenko before the official part of the ceremony.

The first part of the ceremony started with the presentation of 28 participating countries.

In the official part of the ceremony, Chief Federal Inspector of Ugra Dmitry Kuzmenko and FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich greeted players and guests.



Dmitry Kuzmenko read out a greeting letter from the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.

Arkady Dvorkovich greeted everyone in Khanty-Mansiysk and thanked the Government of Ugra and its Governor Natalya Komarova in person, organizers, the Ugra Chess Federation, and all the people involved for hosting this event on the highest level. He also reminded the players that the format of the Women’s World Championship cycle would be changed.



“I will make sure that in the future the Women's World Championship cycle will be a standard one, and three semi-finalists except for the winner will qualify for the Candidates Tournament which will determine the challenger for the next World Championship Match with higher prizes and better conditions. I would like to reassure you that we will pay more attention to the women's chess in the future. So everyone could enjoy chess in all its beauty as it is art, sport, and science”, says Arkady Dvorkovich.

After his speech, FIDE President declared the Championship open.



Before the start of the entertaining part of the ceremony the drawing of lots was carried out. The Championship’s Chief Arbiter Igor Bolotinsky invited the top seed of the Women's World Championship, the reigning world champion Ju Wenjun of China, who picked a black pawn. It means that the players with odd starting numbers will start the first game of the first round with the black pieces.

The procedure of drawing lots was followed by bright and spectacular performances of singers and musicians.

After the Opening Ceremony, a short press briefing with Governor of Ugra Natalya Komarova and FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich was organized.

The first round of Championship starts on November 3 in the Ugra Chess Academy.

There shall be five rounds of matches, comprising two games per round, with the winners progressing to the next round. The 6th (final) round shall be played over four games. If the score is equal after regular games of each match, tie-break games shall be played.

Schedule: November 2 - Players Meeting / Opening Ceremony, November 3-5 - Round 1, November 6-8 - Round 2, November 9-11 - Round 3, November 12-14 - Round 4 (Quarterfinals), November 15-17 - Round 5 (Semi-final), November 18 - Free day, November 19-23 - Round 6 (Final), November 23 - Closing Ceremony.

Prize fund is USD 450,000.

Official website







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