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Πανελλήνιο Πρωτάθλημα Τυφλών

Skakistiko - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 20:48


Ξεκίνησε στο Λευκώνα Σερρών το Πανελλήνιο Πρωτάθλημα Τυφλών και Μερικώς Βλεπόντων 2017.
Συμμετέχουν γνωστοί τυφλοί σκακιστές και σκακίστριες που οι περισσότεροι αγωνίζονται συχνά και στα γενικά τουρνουά που γίνονται στη χώρα. Διότι το σκάκι από το χαρακτήρα του αλλά και ως αποτέλεσμα σημαντικής κατάκτησης που έχει επιτύχει στο σύνολό της η σκακιστική κοινότητα, είναι από τα λίγα παιχνίδια που διαθέτει μεν αθλητική οργάνωση και δομή αλλά οι αθλητές με ειδικές ανάγκες συναγωνίζονται ισότιμα στις διοργανώσεις και χωρίς κανονιστικούς περιορισμούς τους άλλους συναθλητές τους.

Ισχυρότερος σκακιστής του πανελληνίου πρωταθλήματος 2017 σύμφωνα με τους βαθμούς αξιολόγησης της Διεθνούς Ομοσπονδίας Σκακιού είναι ο Λαέρτης Κλήμης (1883) και στη συνέχεια της λίστας, δεύτερος ο Φίλιππος Μπουδαλάκης (1630).
Αγωνίζονται συνολικά 36 άτομα και τα αποτελέσματα κάθε γύρου τα βρίσκετε στα chess-results εδώ.

* Πλούσιο φωτογραφικό υλικό από τους αγώνες που τελειώνουν στις 17 Δεκεμβρίου θα ανεβάζει καθημερινά η Έφη Γεωργοπούλου στο λογαριασμό της στο facebook εδώ.
* Στη φωτογραφία είναι η πρωτοεμφανιζομένη σε διοργανώσεις 23χρονη Ανδριάννα Σαμοϊλη, του ΑΣ ΑΜΕΑ Κεραυνός.

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2017 IMSA Elite Mind Games: Artemiev and Stefanova won Blitz

FIDE - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 19:34



After 11 rounds of intensive battle, the IEMG chess blitz games have been all finished today. Russian players performed prefect as they won all medals at men’s group. Yesterday’s board leader Artemiev Vladislav continued his hot streak, as he beat Alexander Grischuk at the key battle. Even though he lost to Vassily Ivanchuk, it didn’t influence his No.1 ranking since he scored 16 out of 22, and won the tie-break against Grischuk who came on 2nd. Dmitry Andreikin came 3rd with 14/22, Yu Yangyi came 4th with 12/22, and Vassily Ivanchuk and Ding Liren came 5th and 6th with both 11/22.

In Women’s group, Antoaneta Stefanova and Ju Wenjun performed very well today, winning games consecutively and came over the top against previous board leader Nana Dzagnidze and Alexandra Kosteniuk. Ju Wenjun kept leading the board until round 19, but unfortunately she lost to compatriot Zhao Xue at the 20th round, then consecutively beaten by Dronavalli Harika at the following round. Meanwhile, Stefanova grasped the chance to gain two wins and followed a decisive point at the very last round, locked the title with 14.5/22. Ju Wenjun and Kosteniuk listed 2nd and 3rd with both 13.5/22 after tie-breaking. Kateryna Lagno came 4th with 13/22, Harika and Zhao Xue scored both 12.5/22 to listed 5-6th accordingly.

Men-Blitz     Final ranking     Rank SNo.   Name Rtg FED Pts Res. SB Vict 1 10 GM Artemiev Vladislav 2798 RUS 16 2 167.00 13 2 6 GM Grischuk Alexander 2725 RUS 16 0 157.50 14 3 3 GM Andreikin Dmitry 2771 RUS 14 0 150.00 10 4 2 GM Yu Yangyi 2701 CHN 12 0 119.50 9 5 7 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2815 UKR 11 1 112.00 9 6 4 GM Ding Liren 2837 CHN 11 1 106.00 7 7 12 GM Le Quang Liem 2771 VIE 10 3 95.50 7 8 5 GM Wang Hao 2737 CHN 10 2 102.50 6 9 11 GM Harikrishna P. 2759 IND 10 1 107.00 6 10 1 GM Mamedov Rauf 2755 AZE 8 0 77.00 5 11 8 GM Korobov Anton 2760 UKR 7 2 79.50 5 12 9 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2770 AZE 7 0 74.50 3




Women-Blitz     Final ranking     Rank SNo.   Name Rtg FED Pts Res. SB Vict 1 4 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2517 FID 14½ 0 146.75 10 2 1 GM Ju Wenjun 2548 CHN 13½ 1½ 133.00 11 3 5 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2526 RUS 13½ ½ 140.00 9 4 6 GM Lagno Kateryna 2619 RUS 13 0 130.25 9 5 10 GM Harika Dronavalli 2537 IND 12½ 1 128.50 8 6 9 GM Zhao Xue 2499 CHN 12½ 1 126.25 10 7 11 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2453 GEO 12 0 124.50 10 8 12 GM Muzychuk Anna 2574 UKR 11½ 0 115.00 7 9 8 GM Ushenina Anna 2457 UKR 10 0 96.75 7 10 3 GM Tan Zhongyi 2543 CHN 9½ 0 89.75 7 11 2 GM Muzychuk Mariya 2430 UKR 6 0 67.00 3 12 7 IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2467 GER 3½ 0 35.25 3


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Artemiev scored 9.5/11 on the first blitz day


In IMSA Elite Mind Games Chess Blitz game, 11 rounds have been accomplished today.



In women's group, Dzagnidze and Kosteniuk both played pretty good, tying for the leading position by 7.5 in the whole rounds. Because of hot-streak to some players ranking on the top, Dzagnidze took up the first place benefited from the tie-break, even though did lose three rounds, one of which was beat by Paehtz who won her only one game. Kosteniuk failed one game to the current world champion Tan Zhongyi and on second position. Lagno scored 7 to take the third position. The new champion of rapid games Stefanova was in the fourth with 6 points, followed by Chinese player Tan Zhongyi and Zhao Xue scoring 6.5.



In men’s section, Russian young player Artemiev made an absolutely great record: losing to Ivanchuk, drawing with Korobov, winning the remaining nine games in a row and scored 9.5/11. It is undoubted that he is on the top of the leaderboard currently with marvelous score. Russia player Grischuk lost to Artemiev in a critical round with and later failed to Harikrishna and scored 8.5 ranking second. Chinese player Ding Liren unfortunately lost some certain rounds in a well-sounded situation and took the third position with blitz champion Andreikin by 6.5 points, while Wang Hao, Yu Yangyi and Harikrishna shoring the 5th-7th with 5.5.

Tomorrow is the second half competition for chess blitz games, please stay tuned to get the latest results.

Blitz Men Results

Blitz Women Results

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Andreikin and Stefanova took the gold medal

In women’s competition, Stefanova lost today’s first round to Anna Muzychuk, leading to a decline in rank but by winning over Kostinuk in the last round, her points jump to first place again. For Muzychuk sisters, they drew with Ushenina and Dzagnidze respectively in the last round. As a result, the five players, Stefanova, Anna Muzychuk, Maria Muzychuk, Lagno and Ushenina, all scored 4.5. After tie-break, Stefanova took women’s rapid gold medal. Anna Muzychuk took the second position, followed by her sister Mariya. Lagno and Ushenina ranked the fourth and fifth by the lowest small point and Harika was on the sixth place, scored 4 points.

In men’s group, the battle had been fiercer. After a tense battle of another three rounds today, Anderikin got marvelous victory today, he defeated former leader Mamedyarov and Wang Hao in a row. Before the final round, he had been in the top ranking along with Mamedyarov and Wang Hao.

In the final round, Anderikin and Mamedyarov both drew, unfortunately the former leader Chinese GM Wang Hao lost to Li Guanglian. Therefore, Anderikin, Mamedyarov and Li Guanglian got the same score of 4.5. After tie-break, Anderikin locked the first. The second and third places went to Mamedyarov and Li Guanglian. Chinese players Ding Liren and Wang Hao were on the fourth and fifth place by scoring 4 points. Korobov ranked the sixth with 3.5.

Madam Chen Zelan, IMSA President, inspected chess venue today. Tomorrow there will be eleven rounds for chess blitz games.

The final ranking for rapid:









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Mamedyarov and Wang Hao takes the lead with 3.5/4

In 2017 IMSA elite mind game rapid field, four rounds have been accomplished for the first day. The top seeded GM Mamedyarov and Chinese GM Wang Hao tied for the leading position with great advantage in the men's group, scored 3.5 out of 4.

In round 2, they drew with each other. After that, both of them won the game in two straight sets. Wang Hao beat his fellow opponent Yu Yangyi and young Russian GM Artemiev in round 3 and 4 respectively while Mamedyarov, who won two rounds in a row to beat Li Guanglian and Ding Liren. For tomorrow, Wang Hao and Mamedyarov will meet the challenge from Russian GMs Grischuk and Andreikin Dmitry. Besides the top 2 players, Artemiev, Li Guanglian, Ding Liren and Korobov all scored 2 points to stay behind.



In women's group, the two former world champion Maria Muzychuk and Stefanova all scored 3 points out of 4 games, climbing to the top of the leader-board. They met in the first round and got a draw game, then Stefanova won the game in two straight sets with 2.5 ahead alone. In round 4, she drawed with Chinese GM Ju Wenjun, in the other side, Maria Managed to win over Zhao Xue and Lagno in round 3 and 4, joins the lead. Indian GM Harika, current rapid world champion Anna Muzychuk and Ju Wenjun followed behind. Tomorrow Maria will play against Harika while Stefanova will meet with Anna Muzychuk.

Tomorrow is the final day for rapid games, please stay tuned to get the latest results.

Official website

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RESULTS Rapid Men

RESULTS Rapid Women



The IMSA Elite Mind Games will be held in December 9 through 16 in Huai’an City, Jiangsu Province, China.The opening ceremony was held in the afternoon and was a grandoise event. There was a wonderful performance of music and art, showing the historical features and customs of the ancient city of Huai’an.

This will be a top event in Huai’an involving not just chess. The championships in the mind sports will be extremely fierce, and competitive just as all other sports. Everyone can feel the tension in the battle of wits. The IMSA Elite Mind Games include five disciplines: Chess, Xiangqi, Draughts, Go, and Bridge. Moreover, the card game—Huai’an Guandan will be appeared as an exhibition game again.

Nearly 400 participants including athletes, arbiters and officials from 44 countries and regions will be involved in this event. Players in each category are all amongst the top 50 athletes in the word.

The selection for the final list of 12 participants in each category (Men and Women)of chess was based on the average for last 12 months of the player’s three ratings for classical, blitz and rapid.

The organisers of the event are the Board and Card Games Administrative Center of the General Administration of Sport, Beijing, China together with the Municipality of Huai’an in Jiangsu Province, People’s Republic of China.

After the Opening Ceremony, a technical meeting was held with all 24 players and the pairings for all events was carried out.


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European Rapid & Blitz Chess Championship 2017 starts

Chessdom - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 18:59

Everything is set for the European Rapid & Blitz Chess Championship for 2017 which starts tomorrow in “Spodek” Sport and Entertainment Centre, in city of Katowice, Poland.

The first on the schedule is European Blitz Chess Championship which will be played on 15th of December. 1138 players coming from 37 European federations registered for the blitz competition, 72 GMs, 68 IMs, 62 FMs, 4 WGMs, 12 WIMs, which is making the event one of the strongest and most numerous ever.

The Blitz championship will be played in 11 paired rounds, Swiss system, with the time control 3 minutes game + 2 seconds per move starting from the first move, with the total prize fund of 11.000 EUR (8.000 EUR for the main prizes and 3.000 EUR for special prizes).

Starting List- European Blitz Chess Championship 2017

The event will continue with European Rapid Chess Championship 2017 which will take place on 16th and 17th December. The President of European Chess Union, Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili will attend the Opening Ceremony of the event which gathered 1238 players from 39 federations, among whom are 71 GMs, 68 IMs, 67 FMs, 4 WGMs and 12 WIMs.

The total prize fund of the Rapid competition will be 21.000 EUR (16.900 EUR for main prizes and 4.100 EUR for special prizes). The Championship will be played in 11 rounds, Swiss system, with time control 15 minutes game + 10 seconds per move starting from the first move.

Starting List- European Rapid Chess Championship 2017

Both Championships will be live transmitted and the live broadcast of the games can be followed through the Official Website of the Championship.

Official Website

The event is organized by Silesian Chess Federation, the Polish Chess Federation and City of Katowice, a city of chess, where authorities strongly supports chess in many fields and such a great European chess festival as well. The event is organized under the auspices of the European Chess Union.

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Zhansaya Abdulmalik: I think this has been my first major achievement

Chessdom - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 18:18

Jamie Kenmure: Firstly, congratulations on winning the World Junior Girls Championship. We know it is a tough tournament to win so tell me how you felt after winning the event or when you found out that you won?

Zhansaya Abdulmalik: Thank you! I’m very glad that I finally managed to win this Championship! Honestly, I thought that I would be happier with my victory, because I was preparing for this for a long time. And when I won the last game, I said to myself “okay, you did a great job, now you can relax” and nothing more.

JK: I recall back to previous editions of this tournament that you played in where you have came 2nd and 3rd. Would you say this tournament was stronger than previous ones you played in or were the previous ones stronger?

ZA: This tournament was much stronger than the previous one, because many strong chess players took part in it. I was the top seed in the tournament, and every game I had to prove that I was the strongest. But in some way it was easier, because we had two days off and played only 11 rounds.

Zhansaya Abdumalik (photo Romualdo Vitale)

JK: Having the 2 free days has been a small topic amongst some people regarding the length of the tournament. Do you think there should be one free day cut out or just leave it the way it is?

ZA: I think it is good having the 2 free days. The first free day I spent relaxing in the hotel and the second free day I went with Sarasadat Khademalsharieh to the mountains and this was so perfect. So I am quite happy that I had 2 free days.

JK: Having won the World Girls Junior Championship, would this be your biggest achievement to date or is there something better?

ZA: I think this has been my first major achievement. I am just so happy as this is my last World Girls Junior Championship and I am not going to play next years’ edition, even though I have 3 more years left. So this is my last and I am happy that I won it. Even if I was to get silver or bronze, I still wouldn’t play the tournament the next years. There is an option that I may play in the Open section next year but this will depend on a few things.

JK: Now as the Girls Junior Champion, is there a temptation to play in the Open section for the stronger opposition?

ZA: Yes, because they are stronger and it would be really interesting for me to play against them. Of course I want to gain more rating and the chance to get a GM norm. Also, I want the chance to win the Gold medal in the Open section too.

Zhansaya and Jamie – picture taken by Daniyar Ashirov

JK: You recently played in the Asian Indoor Games where you had great success there. Do you think your good form from there flowed on to this tournament?

ZA: I have been in good form and I recently had some training sessions with my coach. My coach is Zahar Efimenko from Ukraine. He has being the credit to my recent success, especially regarding my openings. I have been working with him for 1.5 years now and I am really happy that I have him as my coach.

JK: You have 2 chess schools in Almaty with a 3rd opening up, with your success now as the Girls Junior Champion, this would inspire your students to play and perform to their best?

ZA: This will definitely inspire my students at all 3 schools with my victory. I hope that my victories will inspire them to work harder, to achieve new goals.

JK: Having visited one of your schools in Almaty, and I was very impressed with what I saw, what is the structure, the training and programs for your schools?

ZA: The first thing is that the most of the trainers are from foreign countries, like Ukraine, Georgia, Belarus etc, etc. They are strong coaches, but they also have like a 2 month trial to see how their coaching is with the students, like how they students relate to the coaches. If the kids do not relate to the coach, then we change the coach at our academy. Everything at our schools is just for the kids, to make them strong professional chess players. And we created a special program for our children on which they train. Also, most of our coaches are around 2400-2500 rating strength.

JK: With your school, are you planning to expand into other cities in Kazakhstan?

ZA: We are unsure on what city we would expand into, but possibly into Astana as many parents are asking for us to open a school there.

JK: Kazakhstan has been known as a big supporter of chess especially with the support from your schools, will there be any financial reward or medal from the Government for winning the World Girls Junior Championship?

ZA: I am not sure but I do hope so. Before I didn’t win the World Girls Junior Championship, so I don’t know. Let’s just wait and see. I know we got some financial reward from the Asian Indoor Games.

JK: Finally, before I let you continue your celebrations on your victory and before you prepare for your flight back to Kazakhstan, do you think you will get more fans and potentially more students in your academies?

ZA: Of course. Now that I have finished playing today, all the news in Kazakhstan is about me winning the World Girls Junior Championship. People are looking and when people are looking, kids will follow to play and learn chess. I hope that there is a big hero’s welcome upon returning to Almaty, but I am just not sure how big it will be.

JK: Thank you very much for the interview and best of luck for the rest of 2017 and all of 2018.

ZA: Thank you. I am hoping to get a medal in Saudi Arabia and be in the top places for the money as well.

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Πρωτοχρονιάτικο τουρνουά Chess Square στη μνήμη Γιάννη Σταματόπουλου

Skakistiko - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 15:26


Στον πολύ όμορφο και φιλικό χώρο του εντευκτηρίου Chess Square (Μακρυνίτσας 3, Αμπελόκηποι) θα γίνει από τις 1 έως τις 8 Ιανουαρίου το πρωτοχρονιάτικο όπεν που διοργανώνουν ο ΣΟ Θωμάς Γεωργίου και ο ΣΟ Αμπελοκήπων.
Το τουρνουά φέτος είναι αφιερωμένο στη μνήμη του αγαπημένου Γιάννη Σταματόπουλου που διετέλεσε στο παρελθόν πρόεδρος του ΣΟΑ αλλά και στα τελευταία χρόνια δραστήριος και ιδιαίτερα αποτελεσματικός σκακιστής στην ομάδα του ΣΟ Θωμάς Γεωργίου.
Οι αγώνες θα διεξαχθούν με ελβετικό σύστημα 9 γύρων (διπλός γύρος το Σάββατο 6 Ιαν.) με γενική ώρα έναρξης τις 6 μμ. εκτός από τον 6ο γύρο που θα γίνουν αγώνες και το πρωί, στις 10.30.
Τα συνολικά έπαθλα για τους νικητές είναι 1.740€ (1ος νικητής 600€).
Λεπτομέρειες για τις δηλώσεις συμμετοχής καθώς και την πλήρη προκήρυξη με ό,τι χρειάζεται να αναφερθεί για το οργανωτικό μέρος μπορείτε να διαβάσετε στο σάιτ του Chess Square εδώ
Οι πρώτες καταγεγραμμένες συμμετοχές δημοσιεύονται και ανανεώνονται στα chess-results εδώ

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Russia and India Green leading World Youth Chess Olympiad

Chessdom - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 00:32

Two rounds were played on the second day of the World Youth Chess Olympiad 2017 being held at the Karnavati Club in Ahmedabad. After a comfortable first day for all the top seeds, the second day already witnessed some surprising turnarounds.

In the second round, the top seeds India Green successfully fended off the Turkish challenge with wins on the first two boards. GM Aryan Chopra managed to beat FM Denis Ozen, rated 2412 with the black pieces.

IM Praggnanadhaa R. meanwhile rolled through the hapless FM Ekin Baris Ozenir (2377) to score the second win for the India Green. The last two boards were drawn, with IM Nihal Sarin and WIM Vaishali R. settling for draws with lower rated opponents.

Nihal Sarin

The second seeded Iranians also had a topsy-turvy start to their day against Kazakhstan. While IM M. Amin Tabatabaei, rated 2573, and IM Alireza Firouzja, rated 2526, both had easy wins, the fourth board for the Kazakhs, Tamerlan Bekturov, rated 2222, beat his lower rated Iranian opponent.

Meanwhile, Iran’s third board IM Aryan Gholami, rated 2479, was completely losing to lower rated Ramazan Zhalmakhanov. It looked like Iran would be held to a draw but the fortunes changed at the very last moment when in time pressure, the Kazakh player went wrong allowing Gholami to win. This made the score 3-1 in Iran’s favour.

In the third round, held in the afternoon, India Green was pitted against the fourth seeds, Armenia. It was destined to be a cracker of a contest and the match lives up to its reputation. On the top table, Armenia’s Aram Hakobyan, rated 2465, put unlimited pressure on GM Aryan Chopra on the queenside. Chopra, playing with Black, had a very passive position and eventually fell apart, losing the game.

Aryan Chopra

On the second board, IM Praggnanandhaa looked to be in a bad position with white pieces. This time, the fourth and the fifth boards rallied for India Green. IM Iniyan P., rated 2452, had replaced WIM Vaishali for this crucial game. Playing White, Iniyan had an equal position out of the opening against FM Mamikon Gharibyan, rated 2342. But the Armenian had used up a lot of time on his clock and this eventually saw his demise. Iniyan made foxy moves to mislead the Armenian who had very less time on the clock and lost.

Praggnanandhaa managed to hold his bad position to a draw.

On the third board, IM Nihal Sarin, rated 2507, played sparkling chess with Black against FM David Mirzoyan, rated 2345. Nihal crowned his excellent play with a position knight sacrifice that gave him lasting position pressure. White lost the thread and resigned.

Iran, who had luckily won earlier in the day, finally lost luck when the fifth seed Uzbekistan held them to a 2-2 draw. While IM Alireza Firouzja and IM Aryan Gholami won their games, the fourth board was a win for the Uzbeks.

Tragically, the highest rated player in the tournament IM M. Amin Tabatabaei lost his way with the white pieces against Nodirbek Yakubboev, rated 2448, making the match a draw.

Russia had a very easy day as they won both rounds very comfortably.

This allowed third seed Russia join India Green in the lead, with both the teams leading with 6 match points.

Photos by Priyadarshan Banjan, AICF Media Officer

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ECU School Chess Teacher training course in Budapest

Chessdom - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 23:50

The 4th ECU School Chess Teacher training course took place from 2nd-3rd December in PODIT Educational and Chess Center in Budapest, Hungary.

The course comprised of two days of interactive presentations, group discussions and practical exercises with focus on the teaching aspects of chess.

Participants, after completing the course, had to pass the online test to reach the ECU School Chess Teacher Certificate awarded by the ECU, as the confirmation for having an adequate level of chess knowledge and didactic methods for the classroom.

The course was led by Ferenc von Maurer, the member of the ECU Educational Commission and the event was organized in cooperation with Hungarian Chess Federation.

After the first very successful training course held in Budapest, where 15 participants achieved the ECU School Chess Teacher Certificate, this course was passed by 16 participants rewarded with the qualification which is recognized by the European national chess federations as a standard of excellence.

The average result on the test taken at the end of the course was 93.23%.

The participants who were awarded with the Certificate are: Szep Janos, Jachym Dorina, Bagi Mate, Nagy Janos, Miko Valer, Joone Szepreti Andrea, Maczko Attila, Sandor Csilla Judit, Guba Miklos, Botlik Bela, Lukacs Laszlo, Paksi Gyula, Peszleg Brigitta, Deakne Baranyai Aniko, Kabai Zsuzsanna and Varga Peter.

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Andrey Filatov about FIDE elections

Chessdom - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 23:32

MOSCOW, 12 December – R-Sport, Oleg Bogatov. Four or five candidates may run for President of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) in the election to be held at the General Assembly of the organization in 2018, the President of the Russian Chess Federation (RCF) Andrey Filatov told R-Sport.

The election will be held during the World Chess Olympiad in 2018 in Batumi (Georgia). The permanent president of the organization since 1995 is Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who earlier announced his decision to run again. FIDE Executive Board in October 2017 delegated the authority of the head of the organization to FIDE Vice President Georgios Makropoulos. Earlier, FIDE Executive Board opposed the nomination of Ilyumzhinov for a new presidential term.

“I believe that participation of 4-5 candidates in the FIDE presidential election would be quite realistic to expect”, said Filatov in a telephone conversation. “Including Georgios Makropoulos who is a worthy candidate and respected individual”.

Filatov emphasized that he did not intend to run. “I’d answer as follows: this is not my cycle”, said the RCF President.

“It wouldn’t really be right for me now to talk about who our federation will support, Filatov continued. It will be up to the new President of the Russian Chess Federation to discuss this issue with colleagues and decide on whom the Russian Federation will support. I will run (for RCF President) next February, and if the chess community supports me, I will be able to answer you then. You will know whether I’ll be elected or not in February. We will support the best electable candidate”​.

Official website of the Russian Chess Federation

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Ρωσικές ιστορίες – 2

Skakistiko - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 13:14


Το τιμ των σοβιετικών αναλύει την παρτίδα Κορτσνόι – Κασπάροβ 0-1, σκακιστική ολυμπιάδα της Λουκέρνης, 1982. Η παρτίδα, ένα Μπενόνι, είναι πολύ γνωστή στην σκακιστική ιστορία και θεωρείται διαχρονικά model game για το πνεύμα του ανοίγματος από την μαύρη πλευρά. Από τα αριστερά προς τα δεξιά: Μάγια Τσιμπουρντανίζε, Νανά Ιοσελάνι, Αϊβάρς Γκίπσλις, Νόνα Γκαπριντασβίλι, Νανά Αλεξάντρια, Γκάρι Κασπάροβ, Έντουαρντ Γκούφελντ.
Ο Σοσόνκο έγραφε σε ένα άρθρο που δεν μπορώ να ανακαλέσω ως πηγή, πως στο τέλος της παρτίδας ο Βίκτορ Κορτσνόι, εγκαταλείποντας, ψιθύρισε τυπικά στον Κασπάροβ “congratulations”. Για πολλά χρόνια μετά το πολιτικό άσυλο που ζήτησε στην Ολλανδία ο Κορτσνόι, όταν -πολύ σπάνια- μιλούσε (για μια στιγμή, όχι τίποτα οικειότητες) σε αντιπάλους από τη Σοβιετική Ένωση το έκανε στα αγγλικά, ποτέ στην κοινή μητρική γλώσσα τα ρωσικά.


Η πηγή της φωτογραφίας, όπως και της πιο πάνω, είναι άγνωστη. 22 Μαρτίου 1960 σε δημόσιο χώρο στη Μόσχα. Οι θεατές παρακολουθούν ζωντανή αναπαράσταση της 4ης παρτίδας για το παγκόσμιο πρωτάθλημα εκείνης της χρονιάς ανάμεσα στον πρωταθλητή Μιχαήλ Μποτβίνικ και τον διεκδικητή Μιχαήλ Ταλ. Το βιβλίο που έγραψε ο Ταλ για εκείνο το ιστορικό ματς αναγνωρίζεται δίκαια ως ένα από τα αρτιότερα και συνάμα από τα πιο ολοζώντανα που έχουν γραφτεί με αναλύσεις παρτίδων. Ο Ταλ είχε χάρισμα στο γράψιμο.


Προπονητικό καμπ επίλεκτων σοβιετικών νεαρών σκακιστών στην Αρμενία το 1979 και η φωτογραφία που νομίζω λίγο μας όφειλαν. Στο πίσω μέρος ένα λεωφορείο που θα ήταν καρβουνιάρης. Από αριστερά προς τα δεξιά:  Άρτουρ Γιουσούποβ, Γκάρι Κασπάροβ, Λεβ Ψάχις, Ζούραμπ Αζμαπαραϊσβίλι, Κλάρα Σαγκένοβνα-Γκασπαριάν. Από το αρχείο του Λεβ Ψάχις, ενός από τους γνωστότερους σκακιστές της ΕΣΣΔ στην δεκαετία του 1980 και ο οποίος εδώ και πολλά χρόνια έχει μεταναστεύσει στο Ισραήλ.


O Μαρκ Ταϊμάνοβ και ο Βασίλι Σμίσλοβ παίζουν ευτυχισμένοι με τα περιστέρια στην πλατεία Τραφάλγκαρ του Λονδίνου το 1954, δηλαδή 9 χρόνια πριν ο Χίτσκοκ γυρίσει τα “Πουλιά” που πατούσαν στο φανταστικό για να παίξουν ψυχαναλυτικά με το ανοίκειο και τον τρόμο. Ο Ταϊμάνοβ στο αρχείο του δίνει την φωτογραφία ως αχρονολόγητη, αλλά είναι σχεδόν βέβαιο πως προέρχεται από το 54 και το ματς Μεγάλης Βρετανίας – Σοβιετικής Ένωσης που έγινε στην αγγλική πρωτεύουσα. Ο Μαρκ Ταϊμάνοβ βρέθηκε αντίπαλος του Λέοναρντ Μπάρντεν (μια από τις δυο παρτίδες εδώ), ο οποίος όπως ξέρουμε, σήμερα σε ηλικία 88 ετών, κρατά ακόμη ως συντάκτης την πολύ καλή σκακιστική στήλη του Γκάρντιαν!


Ιούλιος 1955, Μόσχα, ματς ΕΣΣΔ – ΗΠΑ. Ο Νικήτα Χρουστσόφ, είχε καταφέρει να επιβληθεί των πολιτικών αντιπάλων του και ανέλαβε την εξουσία στη Σοβιετική Ένωση τον Φεβρουάριο εκείνης της χρονιάς. Στο δεξί μέρος της εικόνας, όχι, δεν χτυπά το παπούτσι που έβγαλε όπως είχε κάνει στο βήμα του ΟΗΕ, αλλά είναι πιο ευπροσήγορος: Αγκαλιάζει για την αναμνηστική φωτογραφία τον πολιτογραφημένο Αμερικανό γκρανμέτρ Σάμιουελ Ρεσέβσκι. Φωτ. e3e5.com


Μια χρονιά νωρίτερα, δηλαδή το 1954, η Σοβιετική Ένωση και οι ΗΠΑ είχαν αναμετρηθεί και πάλι στο κορυφαίο σκάκι, αλλά με τόπο τη Νέα Υόρκη. Μπροστά μας ο Τίγκραν Πετροσιάν (έπαιζε με τον Μπισκάγιερ που δεν εμφανίζεται στην εικόνα) και στο πίσω τραπέζι ο Έφιμ Γκέλερ παίζει με τον Ι. Χόρβιτς. Η εντυπωσιακή σκηνογραφία που ανακαλεί μεγάλη παράσταση λυρικού έργου ήταν η κεντρική αίθουσα εκδηλώσεων και χορού του ξενοδοχείου Ρούζβελτ. Περισσότερα για την σχετικά λησμονημένη συνάντηση στην σκακιστική ιστορία μπορείτε να δείτε εδώ

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WYOC 2017 Rounds 2 & 3: India Green beat fourth seed Armenia

FIDE - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 09:06



India Green beat fourth seed Armenia; Defending Champions Iran held to draw


Two rounds were played on the second day of the World Youth Chess Championship 2017 being held at the Karnavati Club in Ahmedabad. After a comfortable first day for all the top seeds, the second day already witnessed some surprising turnarounds.


GM Aryan Chopra (Priyadarshan Banjan, AICF Media Officer)

In the second round, the top seeds India Green successfully fended off the Turkish challenge with wins on the first two boards. GM Aryan Chopra managed to beat FM Denis Ozen, rated 2412 with the black pieces. IM Praggnanadhaa R. meanwhile rolled through the hapless FM Ekin Baris Ozenir (2377) to score the second win for the India Green. The last two boards were drawn, with IM Nihal Sarin and WIM Vaishali R. settling for draws with lower rated opponents.

The second seeded Iranians also had a topsy-turvy start to their day against Kazakhstan. While IM M. Amin Tabatabaei, rated 2573, and IM Alireza Firouzja, rated 2526, both had easy wins, the fourth board for the Kazakhs, Tamerlan Bekturov, rated 2222, beat his lower rated Iranian opponent. Meanwhile, Iran’s third board IM Aryan Gholami, rated 2479, was completely losing to lower rated Ramazan Zhalmakhanov. It looked like Iran would be held to a draw but the fortunes changed at the very last moment when in time pressure, the Kazakh player went wrong allowing Gholami to win. This made the score 3-1 in Iran’s favour.

In the third round, held in the afternoon, India Green was pitted against the fourth seeds, Armenia. It was destined to be a cracker of a contest and the match lives up to its reputation. On the top table, Armenia’s Aram Hakobyan, rated 2465, put unlimited pressure on GM Aryan Chopra on the queenside. Chopra, playing with Black, had a very passive position and eventually fell apart, losing the game. On the second board, IM Praggnanandhaa looked to be in a bad position with white pieces. This time, the fourth and the fifth boards rallied for India Green. IM INiyan P., rated 2452, had replaced WIM Vaishali for this crucial game. Playing White, Iniyan had an equal position out of the opening against FM Mamikon Gharibyan, rated 2342. But the Armenian had used up a lot of time on his clock and this eventually saw his demise. Iniyan made foxy moves to mislead the Armenian who had very less time on the clock and lost.
Praggnanandhaa managed to hold his bad position to a draw.


IM Nihal Sarin (Priyadarshan Banjan, AICF Media Officer)

On the third board, IM Nihal Sarin, rated 2507, played sparkling chess with Black against FM David Mirzoyan, rated 2345. Nihal crowned his excellent play with a position knight sacrifice that gave him lasting position pressure. White lost the thread and resigned.

Iran, who had luckily won earlier in the day, finally lost luck when the fifth seed Uzbekistan held them to a 2-2 draw. While IM Alireza Firouzja and IM Aryan Gholami won their games, the fourth board was a win for the Uzbeks. Tragically, the highest rated player in the tournament IM M. Amin Tabatabaei lost his way with the white pieces against Nodirbek Yakubboev, rated 2448, making the match a draw. Russia had a very easy day as they won both the third and the fourth rounds very comfortably.

This allowed third seed Russia join India Green in the lead, with both the teams leading with 6 match points.

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Round 1


The World Youth Chess Olympiad 2017 was off to a clean start for all the top seeds. With an average rating of 2509, India Green is clearly the strongest on paper but there was a minor flutter on the first board when the only Grandmaster of the tournament was held to a draw by a Bangladeshi super-talent.



14-year-old Mohammad Fahad Rahman, rated 2232 of Bangladesh is the No.1 ranked player in his country in Under-18 category.

Md. Fahad Rahman was playing the white side of a Ruy Lopez against GM Aryan Chopra, rated 2532. He did not have a clear idea about the plans for White, and hence had to rely on his intuition to find the best moves. He did so fairly successfully and in the end gained what looked like a slightly better position with more active pieces.

After the game, Fahad said, “I think I had a very good position with my pieces being better placed than his. I had this timely knight sacrifice that ensures an advantage in my opinion. But I do not like to take risks when I am in time-pressure and hence I just kept making moves. In the end, he offered me a draw. I think I had a good position even then, but the time left on my clock didn’t make me happy. Therefore, I chose to accept it.”

Notwithstanding this minor upset, the Bangladeshis were no match for the India Green as the remaining India Green players awarded our neighbours a beat down. The match was won by India Green 3.5-0.5, with the Greens gaining 2 match points for the win.

The second seeded Iran, with an average rating of 2469, come into the 2017 edition of the tournament as the defending champions. They were pitted against Indonesia and this was also an easy outing for Iran, who picked up the 2 match points on offer.



Iran’s 14-year-old IM Alireza Firouzja, rated 2526, and is clearly a super talent and a player of the future.

The third seed Russia, too, walked to an easy victory over Iraq, gaining two match-points.

The other Indian teams in the fray — India Green and India Red — also defeated Australia and Thailand respectively, both with the scores of 3.5-0.5. Both the teams picked up 2 match points each.

On the eighth board, in the Turkey vs. Nepal A match, Milan Lama, rated only 1833, managed to beat almost 500-point higher rated FM Ekin Baris Ozenir, rated 2377 with the black pieces was the other notable upset of the day.

Irrespective of the scores, the winning teams get 2 match points. If the match is drawn, both the teams split the points and take home 1 point each. The tournament is a 9-round event that will run from 11 December 2017 to 18 December 2017 at the Karnavati Club in Ahmedabad. This mega-event has 148 players from 25 countries competing, with Nepal, Kenya, and South Africa fielding 2 teams each, while India, being the host country has fielded three teams. There is 1 Grandmaster and 14 International Masters in the fray.

Round 1 Results 





World Youth Chess Olympiad begins; India Green got top billing

World Youth Chess Olympiad 2017 got off to a rousing start at Karnavati Club here on Sunday. 30 teams from 25 countries are taking part in this prestigious event of World Chess Calendar for Under-16 players.

Host India fielding three teams in the championship and it’s GREEN team with average rating 2503 seeded top followed by Iran with average rating of 2469. Green team’s Aryan Chopra is the lone Grandmaster in the event while Iran’s International Master Tabatabaei Amin is the highest rated player with a rating of 2573.

In this nine round Swiss System event, each team need to field a maximum of 5 players which include one girl player and she must play at least three 3 rounds. For the records, the event attracted one Grandmaster, fourteen International Masters and four women international masters and twenty nine FIDE Masters.

India’s International Arbiter Rathinam Anantharam is officiating as Chief Arbiter for the Olympiad. The first round matches will start Monday afternoon and top seed India Green play with black pieces on top board as on draw of lots as their captain FM Prasenjit Dutta picked the dark colour.

The Olympiad has been declared open by World Chess Federation Vice President Shri. DV Sundar in presence of Shri. Bharat Singh Chauhan, Secretary of All India Chess Federation, Shri. RM Dongre, President of Asian Zone 3.2, Shri. Ajay Patel, President Shri. Ajay Patel, President of Gujarat State Chess Association, Shri. Jayesh Modi, Vice President of Gujarat State Chess Association and Shri. Bhavesh Patel, Secretary of Gujarat State Chess Association. The function included a cultural extravaganza and the same was well received by all the delegations.








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WYOC 2017 Round 1: A minor upset amidst clean sweeps

FIDE - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 09:06



Round 1


The World Youth Chess Olympiad 2017 was off to a clean start for all the top seeds. With an average rating of 2509, India Green is clearly the strongest on paper but there was a minor flutter on the first board when the only Grandmaster of the tournament was held to a draw by a Bangladeshi super-talent.



14-year-old Mohammad Fahad Rahman, rated 2232 of Bangladesh is the No.1 ranked player in his country in Under-18 category.

Md. Fahad Rahman was playing the white side of a Ruy Lopez against GM Aryan Chopra, rated 2532. He did not have a clear idea about the plans for White, and hence had to rely on his intuition to find the best moves. He did so fairly successfully and in the end gained what looked like a slightly better position with more active pieces.

After the game, Fahad said, “I think I had a very good position with my pieces being better placed than his. I had this timely knight sacrifice that ensures an advantage in my opinion. But I do not like to take risks when I am in time-pressure and hence I just kept making moves. In the end, he offered me a draw. I think I had a good position even then, but the time left on my clock didn’t make me happy. Therefore, I chose to accept it.”

Notwithstanding this minor upset, the Bangladeshis were no match for the India Green as the remaining India Green players awarded our neighbours a beat down. The match was won by India Green 3.5-0.5, with the Greens gaining 2 match points for the win.

The second seeded Iran, with an average rating of 2469, come into the 2017 edition of the tournament as the defending champions. They were pitted against Indonesia and this was also an easy outing for Iran, who picked up the 2 match points on offer.



Iran’s 14-year-old IM Alireza Firouzja, rated 2526, and is clearly a super talent and a player of the future.

The third seed Russia, too, walked to an easy victory over Iraq, gaining two match-points.

The other Indian teams in the fray — India Green and India Red — also defeated Australia and Thailand respectively, both with the scores of 3.5-0.5. Both the teams picked up 2 match points each.

On the eighth board, in the Turkey vs. Nepal A match, Milan Lama, rated only 1833, managed to beat almost 500-point higher rated FM Ekin Baris Ozenir, rated 2377 with the black pieces was the other notable upset of the day.

Irrespective of the scores, the winning teams get 2 match points. If the match is drawn, both the teams split the points and take home 1 point each. The tournament is a 9-round event that will run from 11 December 2017 to 18 December 2017 at the Karnavati Club in Ahmedabad. This mega-event has 148 players from 25 countries competing, with Nepal, Kenya, and South Africa fielding 2 teams each, while India, being the host country has fielded three teams. There is 1 Grandmaster and 14 International Masters in the fray.

Round 1 Results 





World Youth Chess Olympiad begins; India Green got top billing

World Youth Chess Olympiad 2017 got off to a rousing start at Karnavati Club here on Sunday. 30 teams from 25 countries are taking part in this prestigious event of World Chess Calendar for Under-16 players.

Host India fielding three teams in the championship and it’s GREEN team with average rating 2503 seeded top followed by Iran with average rating of 2469. Green team’s Aryan Chopra is the lone Grandmaster in the event while Iran’s International Master Tabatabaei Amin is the highest rated player with a rating of 2573.

In this nine round Swiss System event, each team need to field a maximum of 5 players which include one girl player and she must play at least three 3 rounds. For the records, the event attracted one Grandmaster, fourteen International Masters and four women international masters and twenty nine FIDE Masters.

India’s International Arbiter Rathinam Anantharam is officiating as Chief Arbiter for the Olympiad. The first round matches will start Monday afternoon and top seed India Green play with black pieces on top board as on draw of lots as their captain FM Prasenjit Dutta picked the dark colour.

The Olympiad has been declared open by World Chess Federation Vice President Shri. DV Sundar in presence of Shri. Bharat Singh Chauhan, Secretary of All India Chess Federation, Shri. RM Dongre, President of Asian Zone 3.2, Shri. Ajay Patel, President Shri. Ajay Patel, President of Gujarat State Chess Association, Shri. Jayesh Modi, Vice President of Gujarat State Chess Association and Shri. Bhavesh Patel, Secretary of Gujarat State Chess Association. The function included a cultural extravaganza and the same was well received by all the delegations.








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2017 IMSA Elite Mind Games: Andreikin and Stefanova won Rapid

FIDE - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 08:34



Andreikin and Stefanova took the gold medal

In women’s competition, Stefanova lost today’s first round to Anna muzychuk, leading to a decline in rank but by winning over Kostinuk in the last round, her points jump to first place again. For Muzychuk sisters, they drew with Ushenina and Dzagnidze respectively in the last round. As a result, the five players, Stefanova, Anna Muzychuk, Maria Muzychuk, Lagno and Ushenina, all scored 4.5. After tie-break, Stefanova took women’s rapid gold medal. Anna muzychuk took the second position, followed by her sister Mariya. Lagno and Ushenina ranked the fourth and fifth by the lowest small point and Harika was on the sixth place, scored 4 points.

In men’s group, the battle had been fiercer. After a tense battle of another three rounds today, Anderikin got marvelous victory today, he defeated former leader Mamedyarov and Wang Hao in a row. Before the final round, he had been in the top ranking along with Mamedyarov and Wang Hao.

In the final round, Anderikin and Mamedyarov both drew, unfortunately the former leader Chinese GM Wang Hao lost to Li Guanglian. Therefore, Anderikin, Mamedyarov and Li Guanglian got the same score of 4.5. After tie-break, Anderikin locked the first. The second and third places went to Mamedyarov and Li Guanglian. Chinese players Ding Liren and Wang Hao were on the fourth and fifth place by scoring 4 points. Korobov ranked the sixth with 3.5.

Madam Chen Zelan, IMSA President, inspected chess venue today. Tomorrow there will be eleven rounds for chess blitz games.

The final ranking for rapid:









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Mamedyarov and Wang Hao takes the lead with 3.5/4

In 2017 IMSA elite mind game rapid field, four rounds have been accomplished for the first day. The top seeded GM Mamedyarov and Chinese GM Wang Hao tied for the leading position with great advantage in the men's group, scored 3.5 out of 4.

In round 2, they drew with each other. After that, both of them won the game in two straight sets. Wang Hao beat his fellow opponent Yu Yangyi and young Russian GM Artemiev in round 3 and 4 respectively while Mamedyarov, who won two rounds in a row to beat Li Guanglian and Ding Liren. For tomorrow, Wang Hao and Mamedyarov will meet the challenge from Russian GMs Grischuk and Andreikin Dmitry. Besides the top 2 players, Artemiev, Li Guanglian, Ding Liren and Korobov all scored 2 points to stay behind.



In women's group, the two former world champion Maria Muzychuk and Stefanova all scored 3 points out of 4 games, climbing to the top of the leader-board. They met in the first round and got a draw game, then Stefanova won the game in two straight sets with 2.5 ahead alone. In round 4, she drawed with Chinese GM Ju Wenjun, in the other side, Maria Managed to win over Zhao Xue and Lagno in round 3 and 4, joins the lead. Indian GM Harika, current rapid world champion Anna Muzychuk and Ju Wenjun followed behind. Tomorrow Maria will play against Harika while Stefanova will meet with Anna Muzychuk.

Tomorrow is the final day for rapid games, please stay tuned to get the latest results.

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RESULTS Rapid Men

RESULTS Rapid Women



The IMSA Elite Mind Games will be held in December 9 through 16 in Huai’an City, Jiangsu Province, China.The opening ceremony was held in the afternoon and was a grandoise event. There was a wonderful performance of music and art, showing the historical features and customs of the ancient city of Huai’an.

This will be a top event in Huai’an involving not just chess. The championships in the mind sports will be extremely fierce, and competitive just as all other sports. Everyone can feel the tension in the battle of wits. The IMSA Elite Mind Games include five disciplines: Chess, Xiangqi, Draughts, Go, and Bridge. Moreover, the card game—Huai’an Guandan will be appeared as an exhibition game again.

Nearly 400 participants including athletes, arbiters and officials from 44 countries and regions will be involved in this event. Players in each category are all amongst the top 50 athletes in the word.

The selection for the final list of 12 participants in each category (Men and Women)of chess was based on the average for last 12 months of the player’s three ratings for classical, blitz and rapid.

The organisers of the event are the Board and Card Games Administrative Center of the General Administration of Sport, Beijing, China together with the Municipality of Huai’an in Jiangsu Province, People’s Republic of China.

After the Opening Ceremony, a technical meeting was held with all 24 players and the pairings for all events was carried out.


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Houdini 6 PRO Aquarium 2018 (download)

Chessdom - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 02:39

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Fabiano Caruana wins London Chess Classic

Chessdom - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 02:07

At the end of the 8.5 hour chess day, two champions were crowned. In a dramatic finale, Fabiano Caruana defeated Ian Nepomniachtchi in the second blitz game of the playoffs to win the 2017 London Chess Classic.

After several misses both in the rapids and the first blitz game, he emerged victorious in the time scramble. The playoffs came half an hour after Caruana’s six-hour grind against Michael Adams. This is the first Grand Chess Tour victory for the American.

The overall winner of the 2017 Grand Chess Tour was none other than World Champion Magnus Carlsen, who won a clutch game with black pieces against Levon Aronian. This is his second Grand Chess Tour win.

Ian Nepomniachtchi – Maxime Vachier-Lagrave ½ – ½

Entering the round with a half point lead on the field, Nepomniachtchi felt that the most important thing is not to lose. He made a very easy with a threefold repetition, ending the game in 19 moves.

This gave him the opportunity to relax and wait for the potential tiebreak in case Caruana won his game. Nepomniachtchi explained that it wasn’t his proudest decision, but it was a practical one.

A win for Vachier-Lagrave would have meant tying for first in London with Nepomniachtchi and tying for first or even winning the entire tour outright. Unfortunately, he had the black pieces and his opponent gave him no chances to sharpen the position.

As he explained, in every opening he plays there is a possibility for White to make an easy draw and he did not feel as though he needed to take unnecessary risks.

Fabiano Caruana – Michael Adams 1-0

Caruana’s six hour effort paid off as his clutch victory allowed him to tie for first with Nepomniachtchi and go into the playoffs. After Adams placed his rook on an awkward square, Caruana temporarily sacrificed an exchanged to go into a winning queen and rook endgame.

Once the players entered the fifth hour of play, Caruana’s technique became flawed which allowed his opponent to escape the potential mating net and enter a rook ending. A fatal mistake on move 57 allowed the American to enter a winning position, which he converted effortlessly.

Levon Aronian – Magnus Carlsen 0-1

After Vachier-Lagrave drew his game quickly, Carlsen only needed to draw to win the Grand Chess Tour. Yesterday, before even looking at the standings, he was under the impression that he needed to win; learning the standings and the possible scenarios did not change his mindset. He missed Aronian’s opening idea and found himself in a very bad position.

Carlsen thought that Aronian felt frustrated because he couldn’t find a win and overpressed instead of going for a draw.

Aronian overlooked a defensive move by his opponent, giving the advantage to his opponent. Carlsen converted easily and went on to win the game, thus winning the overall championship of the 2017 Grand Chess Tour.

Viswanathan Anand – Wesley So 0-1

After eight draws, the American finally scored a win to finish the tournament with a plus score and gave his opponent a very unpleasant gift for his 48th birthday.

Anand was on the White side of Giuoco Piano today but did not achieve anything out of the opening. After spending significant time working out the details of a tactic, So saw his opponent’s reply that would lead to equality but decided to play it nonetheless. Anand erred, and his position collapsed immediately.

Sergey Karjakin – Hikaru Nakamura ½ – ½

It is very unusual for a dynamic player like Nakamura to not have any decisive result. He played ambitiously trying to complicate the position only to realize at the last minute that there was an error in his calculation. He chose a different route, but his position was already unpleasant.

Karjakin also felt that his position was better but did not see a way to improve except for shuffling his pieces around. Draw was agreed on move 31.

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WYOC 2017: A minor upset amidst clean sweeps in round 1

Chessdom - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 01:54

The World Youth Chess Olympiad 2017 was off to a clean start for all the top seeds. With an average rating of 2509, India Green is clearly the strongest on paper but there was a minor flutter on the first board when the only Grandmaster of the tournament was held to a draw by a Bangladeshi super-talent.

14-year-old Mohammad Fahad Rahman, rated 2232 of Bangladesh is the No.1 ranked player in his country in Under-18 category.

Md. Fahad Rahman was playing the white side of a Ruy Lopez against GM Aryan Chopra, rated 2532. He did not have a clear idea about the plans for White, and hence had to rely on his intuition to find the best moves. He did so fairly successfully and in the end gained what looked like a slightly better position with more active pieces.

Md Fahad Rahman

After the game, Fahad said, “I think I had a very good position with my pieces being better placed than his. I had this timely knight sacrifice that ensures an advantage in my opinion. But I do not like to take risks when I am in time-pressure and hence I just kept making moves. In the end, he offered me a draw. I think I had a good position even then, but the time left on my clock didn’t make me happy. Therefore, I chose to accept it.”

Notwithstanding this minor upset, the Bangladeshis were no match for the India Green as the remaining India Green players awarded our neighbours a beat down. The match was won by India Green 3.5-0.5, with the Greens gaining 2 match points for the win.

The second seeded Iran, with an average rating of 2469, come into the 2017 edition of the tournament as the defending champions. They were pitted against Indonesia and this was also an easy outing for Iran, who picked up the 2 match points on offer.

Alireza Firouzja

Iran’s 14-year-old IM Alireza Firouzja, rated 2526, and is clearly a super talent and a player of the future.

The third seed Russia, too, walked to an easy victory over Iraq, gaining two match-points.

The other Indian teams in the fray — India Green and India Red — also defeated Australia and Thailand respectively, both with the scores of 3.5-0.5. Both the teams picked up 2 match points each.

On the eighth board, in the Turkey vs. Nepal A match, Milan Lama, rated only 1833, managed to beat almost 500-point higher rated FM Ekin Baris Ozenir, rated 2377 with the black pieces was the other notable upset of the day.

Praggnanandhaa

Irrespective of the scores, the winning teams get 2 match points. If the match is drawn, both the teams split the points and take home 1 point each. The tournament is a 9-round event that will run from 11 December 2017 to 18 December 2017 at the Karnavati Club in Ahmedabad.

This mega-event has 148 players from 25 countries competing, with Nepal, Kenya, and South Africa fielding 2 teams each, while India, being the host country has fielded three teams. There is 1 Grandmaster and 14 International Masters in the fray.

Photos by Priyadarshan Banjan, AICF Media Officer

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Οι μεταγραφές για το 2018

Skakistiko - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 16:57


Ανακοινώθηκε από την ΕΣΟ το πρακτικό της επιτροπής μεταγραφών για μετακινήσεις σκακιστών κατά την αγωνιστική περίοδο του 2018. Ρίχνοντας μια γρήγορη ματιά η αίσθηση είναι πως οι μεταγραφές φέτος δεν αφορούν μαζικά πολλούς κορυφαίους, αλλά φυσικά έχει ενδιαφέρον η παράθεση μερικών χαρακτηριστικών μετακινήσεων. Κατέγραψα  (φυσικά κάπως αυθαίρετα) μερικές αλλαγές αθλητών από σωματεία που ανήκαν προς νέα, με ελεύθερη μεταγραφή. Δεν περιέλαβα στην ενδεικτική αποσπασματική λίστα μεταγραφές με υποσχετική (μερικές από τις υποσχετικές αφορούν γνωστούς ισχυρούς παίκτες και θα τις βρείτε στο πλήρες πρακτικό), ανανεώσεις υποσχετικών προηγούμενων ετών καθώς και άλλες κατηγορίες μεταγραφών που εγκρίνονται.
Ν. Γεωργακόπουλος από ΝΕ Πατρών σε ΑΣΟ Αιγίου, Δόρφανης από ΟΦΣ Καβάλας σε ΕΣΘ, Κάγκας από ΑΣΟΠ Δίας σε ΑΟ Κρανιδίου, Καλογερής από Κύδωνα Χανίων σε ΟΦΣ Χανίων, Θ. Καραγιάννης από ΣΟ Θωμάς Γεωργίου σε ΣΠΖ Κέρκυρας, Κατωπόδης από Κότινο Χολαργού σε ΑΜΕΣ Ν. Ερυθραίας, Α. Κοφίδης από Πανιώνιο σε Πειραϊκό, Κράλλης από Φυσιολάτρη σε ΣΟ Θωμάς Γεωργίου, Λυριντζάκης από ΟΑΑ Ηράκλειο σε ΟΦΗ 2000, Ι. Μακρόπουλος από Πανελλήνιο σε ΣΟ Αθηνών, Μαρκίδης από ΛΠ Φλώρινας σε Εθνικό Αλεξανδρούπολης, Ν. Σανδαλάκης από ΣΟ Ρόδου σε ΣΑ Συκεών, Σταθόπουλος από ΠΣ Περιστερίου σε ΑΜΕΣ Ν. Ερυθραίας, Στρατή από ΑΣ Λαυρίου σε Ζήνωνα Γλυφάδας, Τζούμπας από ΣΟ Ικαρίας σε Σκακιστική Άνοιξη, Τσεκμές από ΣΟ Ξάνθης σε ΑΣ Συκεών.
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World Youth U16 Chess Olympiad 2017 has officially started

FIDE - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 12:31



World Youth Chess Olympiad begins; India Green got top billing

World Youth Chess Olympiad 2017 got off to a rousing start at Karnavati Club here on Sunday. 30 teams from 25 countries are taking part in this prestigious event of World Chess Calendar for Under-16 players.

Host India fielding three teams in the championship and it’s GREEN team with average rating 2503 seeded top followed by Iran with average rating of 2469. Green team’s Aryan Chopra is the lone Grandmaster in the event while Iran’s International Master Tabatabaei Amin is the highest rated player with a rating of 2573.

In this nine round Swiss System event, each team need to field a maximum of 5 players which include one girl player and she must play at least three 3 rounds. For the records, the event attracted one Grandmaster, fourteen International Masters and four women international masters and twenty nine FIDE Masters.

India’s International Arbiter Rathinam Anantharam is officiating as Chief Arbiter for the Olympiad. The first round matches will start Monday afternoon and top seed India Green play with black pieces on top board as on draw of lots as their captain FM Prasenjit Dutta picked the dark colour.

The Olympiad has been declared open by World Chess Federation Vice President Shri. DV Sundar in presence of Shri. Bharat Singh Chauhan, Secretary of All India Chess Federation, Shri. RM Dongre, President of Asian Zone 3.2, Shri. Ajay Patel, President Shri. Ajay Patel, President of Gujarat State Chess Association, Shri. Jayesh Modi, Vice President of Gujarat State Chess Association and Shri. Bhavesh Patel, Secretary of Gujarat State Chess Association. The function included a cultural extravaganza and the same was well received by all the delegations.








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2017 IMSA Elite Mind Games: Rapid Day 1

FIDE - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 09:25



Mamedyarov and Wang Hao takes the lead with 3.5/4

In 2017 IMSA elite mind game rapid field, four rounds have been accomplished for the first day. The top seeded GM Mamedyarov and Chinese GM Wang Hao tied for the leading position with great advantage in the men's group, scored 3.5 out of 4.

In round 2, they drew with each other. After that, both of them won the game in two straight sets. Wang Hao beat his fellow opponent Yu Yangyi and young Russian GM Artemiev in round 3 and 4 respectively while Mamedyarov, who won two rounds in a row to beat Li Guanglian and Ding Liren. For tomorrow, Wang Hao and Mamedyarov will meet the challenge from Russian GMs Grischuk and Andreikin Dmitry. Besides the top 2 players, Artemiev, Li Guanglian, Ding Liren and Korobov all scored 2 points to stay behind.



In women's group, the two former world champion Maria Muzychuk and Stefanova all scored 3 points out of 4 games, climbing to the top of the leader-board. They met in the first round and got a draw game, then Stefanova won the game in two straight sets with 2.5 ahead alone. In round 4, she drawed with Chinese GM Ju Wenjun, in the other side, Maria Managed to win over Zhao Xue and Lagno in round 3 and 4, joins the lead. Indian GM Harika, current rapid world champion Anna Muzychuk and Ju Wenjun followed behind. Tomorrow Maria will play against Harika while Stefanova will meet with Anna Muzychuk.

Tomorrow is the final day for rapid games, please stay tuned to get the latest results.

Official website

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RESULTS Rapid Men

RESULTS Rapid Women



The IMSA Elite Mind Games will be held in December 9 through 16 in Huai’an City, Jiangsu Province, China.The opening ceremony was held in the afternoon and was a grandoise event. There was a wonderful performance of music and art, showing the historical features and customs of the ancient city of Huai’an.

This will be a top event in Huai’an involving not just chess. The championships in the mind sports will be extremely fierce, and competitive just as all other sports. Everyone can feel the tension in the battle of wits. The IMSA Elite Mind Games include five disciplines: Chess, Xiangqi, Draughts, Go, and Bridge. Moreover, the card game—Huai’an Guandan will be appeared as an exhibition game again.

Nearly 400 participants including athletes, arbiters and officials from 44 countries and regions will be involved in this event. Players in each category are all amongst the top 50 athletes in the word.

The selection for the final list of 12 participants in each category (Men and Women)of chess was based on the average for last 12 months of the player’s three ratings for classical, blitz and rapid.

The organisers of the event are the Board and Card Games Administrative Center of the General Administration of Sport, Beijing, China together with the Municipality of Huai’an in Jiangsu Province, People’s Republic of China.

After the Opening Ceremony, a technical meeting was held with all 24 players and the pairings for all events was carried out.


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Το fide open στο Λονδίνο

Skakistiko - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 01:12

Ολοκληρώθηκε στο Λονδίνο το fide open. Επρόκειτο για μια από τις διοργανώσεις του London Chess Classic 2017 και η δεύτερη σε σημασία μετά το κλειστό με τη συμμετοχή του παγκόσμιου πρωταθλητή και 9 άλλων κορυφαίων στον κόσμο σκακιστών και το οποίο τελειώνει σήμερα Δευτέρα.

To fide open είχε επίσης ελληνικό ενδιαφέρον καθώς συμμετείχαν ο gm Βασίλης Κοτρωνιάς (φωτ.) και ο Κωστής Μεγαλιός. Συμμετείχαν στο σύνολο 287 σκακιστές και σκακίστριες και νικητές (μετά την άρση κριτηρίων ισοβαθμίας) αναδείχθηκαν κατά σειρά από τον πρώτο έως τον τρίτο οι gm Σαργκισιάν (Αρμενία, 2672), Μελκουμιάν (Αρμενία, 2633) και Μάζε (Γαλλία, 2614) που συγκέντρωσαν από 7.5 β. σε 9 αγώνες. Στην αμέσως επόμενη ομάδα των 7 βαθμών βρέθηκε ο Κοτρωνιάς (2524) που κατετάγη σύμφωνα με τα κριτήρια 9ος. Ο Κοτρωνιάς σημείωσε 5 νίκες και 4 ισοπαλίες. Ο 22χρονος Μεγαλιός (2203) συγκέντρωσε 5 βαθμούς αλλά η εμφάνισή του κρίνεται καλή με βάση τον βαθμό αξιολόγησής του, κέρδισε και έλο.

Την τελική κατάταξη και τις καρτέλες των σκακιστών μπορείτε να δείτε στα chess-results εδώ
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European Women Individual Chess Championship 2018

Chessdom - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 00:27

European Women Individual Chess Championship 2018 will take place in Vysoke Tatry, Slovakia, from 7th to 20th April. The event will be held in a 4* Hotel Bellevue, located in the national park of Vysoke Tatry, as the official hotel and the playing venue of the Championship.

The 19th European Individual Women’s Chess Championship is open to all players who represent the Chess Federations which are listed as the members of the European Chess Union, regardless on their title and FIDE rating. There is no limit of participants per federation. However, only the National federations shall send the applications.

The Championship will be played in 11 rounds, Swiss system, in accordance with the ECU Tournament Rules and FIDE Rules of Chess with time control 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from the move one.

Registration deadline is the 1st of March 2018

The European Individual Women’s Chess Championship  is a qualification event for the next World Women’s Chess Championship. According to the current FIDE regulations and the decision of the ECU Board, 14 players will qualify.

The total prize fund of the event is 70.000 EUR. 

Official Regulations of the European Women’s Individual Chess Championship 2018 can be downloaded bellow or here.

European Women’s Individual Chess Championship 2018- Official Regulations

The event is organized by Slovak Chess Federation and NR klub, under the auspices of European Chess Union.

Contact information

Tournament director:
Eva Repkova +421905977662
E-mail address: nrklubsl@gmail.com

President of Slovak Chess Federation:
Ing. Frantisek Jablonicky +421917466628
E-mail address: jablonicky@gmail.com

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