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ΕΓΚΡΙΣΗ ΜΕΤΑΓΡΑΦΗΣ

Ε.Σ.Ο. - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 12:35

Η ΕΣΟ ανακοινώνει την έγκριση της αίτησης μεταγραφής του ΜΑΤΑΡΑΓΚΑ ΓΕΩΡΓΙΟΥ (ΑΓΜ 16591) από τον ΣΟ ΚΑΛΑΜΑΤΑΣ «Ο ΝΕΣΤΟΡΑΣ» στον ΑΟ ΦΟΙΝΙΚΑΣ ΑΓ. ΣΟΦΙΑΣ ΠΕΙΡΑΙΑ.

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ΠΑΓΚΟΣΜΙΑ ΠΡΩΤΑΘΛΗΜΑΤΑ 14-16 και 18 ΕΤΩΝ

Ε.Σ.Ο. - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 09:53

Στην πρωτεύουσα της Ουρουγουάης Μοντεβίδεο, στο χρονικό διάστημα από 17 έως 26 Σεπτεμβρίου, θα διεξαχθούν τα φετινά Παγκόσμια Πρωταθλήματα παίδων – κορασίδων, εφήβων – νεανίδων (14-16 και 18 ετών).

Τη χώρα μας θα εκπροσωπήσει η Αναστασία Αβραμίδου (πρωταθλήτρια Ευρώπης το 2012 στα κορίτσια μέχρι 12 ετών και το 2014 στα κορίτσια μέχρι 14). Η Αναστασία θα αγωνισθεί στην κατηγορία νεανίδων μέχρι 18 ετών.

Περισσότερες πληροφορίες (αποτελέσματα, βαθμολογίες, μετάδοση παρτίδων) στην ιστοσελίδα των πρωταθλημάτων: http://fuajedrez.org/wyccuruguay2017/en-us/Home

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FIDE World Cup 2017: Round 4 Game 2

FIDE - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 04:20



Round 4 Game 2: Vassily Ivanchuk, Levon Aronian and Ding Liren are in quarterfinals


The second games of the fourth round of the World Cup were completed in the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi.

Vassily Ivanchuk defeated Anish Giri, the Chinese derby finished with a victory for higher rated Ding Liren, Levon Aronian outplayed Daniil Dubov.

Therefore, Aronian will play against Ivanchuk in the next round, while Ding Liren will know his opponent after the tie-break match between Najer and Rapport.



The games Grischuk-Vachier-Lagrave and Svidler-Bu finished relatively quickly and the fate of their matches will be decided tomorrow. The second games between So – Jobava and Rapport - Najer lasted longer but the outcome was the same – both matches will continue with tie-breaks too. Maxim Rodshtein struck back in the match against Vladimir Fedoseev after his loss in the first game.

After his victory in the previous game Vassily Ivanchuk had a winning position in the second encounter against Anish Giri. However, he decided to force a draw and became the first quarter finalist in the World Cup.



Ding Liren got a pleasant advantage against Wang Hao out of the opening. He transferred the game into a better ending and slowly outplayed his opponent.



In a post-match interview Levon Aronian was obviously not satisfied with his play and explained that he blundered the queen exchange in the opening and Black’s move 17...f6. His practical draw offer was declined by Daniil Dubov. Immediately after the Russian player missed a strong continuation 19...Rac8 and therefore his advantage.

Eventually they got into the endgame with an exchange up for White. Levon didn’t remember what was the right way to convert his advantage in the position, which he was analyzing a few years ago, but kept on trying and eventually succeeded in defeating his opponent on move 97.



Daniil Dubov missed the last chance to make a draw after 92. Rb2. 92…Ke5 93.Kf7 Kf4 94. Rb4 Kg4! 95. Re4 Kf3=

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Round 4 Game 1: Two decisive games


Only 16 out of 128 participants remained in the World Cup in Tbilisi. In the first game of the fourth round Vassily Ivanchuk defeated Anish Giri, while Vladimir Fedoseev outplayed Maxim Rodshtein. All other six games finished in a draw.



Anish Giri went for the position with opposite-side castling and both players seemed ready for a tough fight on both sides of the board. Ivanchuk’s 15.h3 was a dubious decision as it helped his opponent to advance his pawns and open g-file. However, the Dutch Grandmaster did not play precisely and let Ivanchuk to exchange a few pieces which converted the game into the winning ending for the Ukrainian.



The last move Qf4 was the crucial mistake from Anish Giri. Black had good chances to hold with queens on the board.



Playing Black Vladimir Fedoseev sacrificed a pawn in order to get more space for his pieces and fight for initiative. During a post-game interview he was not sure if he had enough compensation or not but he believed in Black’s position and felt it was not easy for Maxim to defend under the time pressure. White’s position collapsed after a big blunder 35.Nc4.



After 35…e3! 36. Bd5 Qf2 37.Kh1 Qf1 38.Kh2 Bg5 39. Be6 Kg7 White has to give up his queen not to get mated.



Levon Aronian missed a good chance to fight for a victory in the game against Daniil Dubov.



36.Ne8! leads to a force draw but this line could not work out if Levon took on b2 one move earlier (34…Rb2).



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Alexander Grischuk played a very interesting and sharp game which eventually finished in a draw. Alexander managed to surprise Maxime in the opening with a7-a6-a5 move order and Maxime felt he didn't get anything with White. The French Grandmaster decided to create an attack on the King's side but the Russian bravely chose the most principal lines and could have tried to keep material advantage and play for a victory after 28.e5.

The second game of 1/8 of the final will be played at 3 p.m. local time on 13 of September.

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Round 3 Tie-breaks: Caruana, Nepo leave the tournament


The third round tie-breaks started with 8 matches on the 11th of September at 3 pm local time. After two rapid games 5 encounters were over and Baadur Jobava, Richard Rapport, Evgeniy Najer, Ding Liren and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave qualified for the next round. To finish the game with a checkmate is a rare chance for top players but that is what happened in the Caruana-Najer encounter where by winning the second game the Russian Grandmaster eliminated one of the top seeds.



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won the first game against Alexander Lenderman and after some adventures made a draw in the second game.



After defeating Wei Yi Richard Rapport upset another Chinese Grandmaster Li Chao. The Hungarian Grandmaster won the first game and secured his place in the fourth round by offering a draw in a winning position.



The local hero Baadur Jobava won the third match today, after his opponent Ian Nepomniachtchi blundered a rook in an unpleasant but definitely not lost position.



After two decisive games in rapid Anish Girl outplayed Sethuraman in both ‘10min+10sec’ encounters. In a post-match interview the Dutch Grandmaster noted that he was really lucky during this round: “It doesn’t matter who is strong or weak. You have to be lucky and it helps to have good nerves, but it’s not necessary. Just be lucky!”



Alexander Grischuk was in trouble in the first rapid game against David Navara but after two draws the winner was decided in “10min+10sec” games. After they drew the first game, the Russian Grandmaster dominated in the second encounter and managed to convert his advantage into a full point.



The match between Levon Aronian and Maxim Matlakov lasted 6 hours and finished the last. After two draws in rapid, Levon Aronian won the first “10min +10 sec” game but once again Maxim Matlakov equalized the score. The fate of the match was decided in blitz after the Armenian won the first game and drew the second one.

The matches of the 4 round: Svidler – Bu Xiangzhi, Vachier-Lagrave – Grischuk, Giri – Ivanchuk, Aronian – Dubov, So – Jobava, Fedoseev – Rodshtein, Najer – Rapport, Wang Hao – Ding Liren.

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Round 3 Game 2: Carlsen, Nakamura, Kramnik leave


World Champion Magnus Carlsen leaves the World Cup after he drew his second game against Bu Xiangzhi. In a must win situation he tried to find some resources to complicate the game but the Chinese Grandmaster sacrificed a rook to force a draw by a perpetual check. Vladimir Fedoseev defeated another top seed – Hikaru Nakamura, who most probably mixed something in the opening and was in trouble from the early stage of the game.



Vassily Ivanchuk outplayed his lifelong opponent Vladimir Kramnik. Back in 2013 it was Kramnik, who eliminated the Ukrainian player and later on became the winner of the World Cup. This time Vassily Ivanchuk proceeds to round 4 to play against Daniil Dubov. After a draw in the first game, Peter Svidler won the second encounter against Alexander Onischuk and will play against Bu Xiangzhi in the fourth round. "It's difficult to be unhappy about this, frankly. Playing Magnus is interesting, but also difficult!" commented his next opponent Peter Svidler.



Daniil Dubov eliminated his compatriot Vladislav Artemiev by winning the second game.

After the victory in the previous encounter Wesley So made a draw against Francisco Vallejo Pons to secure his place in the tournament.

Yuri Kuzubov decided to exchange his piece for 3 pawns in the game against Wang Hao but it proved to be a dubious decision. After his victory over the Ukrainian Grandmaster Wang Hao proceeded to the 4th round.



Anton Kovalyov did not appear for the second game and Maxim Rodshtein advanced to the fourth round.

Maxim Matlakov equalized the score against Levon Aronian and the winner of the match will be determined on tie-break. In a post-game interview Russian player explained that during the game he was surprised by Levon`s choice 15.Nd7, which allowed him to get quite promising position.

The epic battle between Sethuraman and Giri finished in a draw after 78 moves of play. The Indian Grandmaster had winning position but Anish kept on looking for chances and managed to save the game.



8 tie-breaks will be played on 11th of September: Vachier-Lagrave - Lenderman, Li Chao - Rapport, Nepomniachtchi - Jobava, Caruana - Najer, Grischuk - Navara, Ding Liren - Vidit and Giri – Sethuraman, Matlakov – Aronian.

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Round 3 Game 1: Bu Xiangzhi defeats Carlsen, Kovalyov loses by forfeit

32 players came to the playing venue today to compete in the third round of the World Cup in Tbilisi.

10 minutes before the start of the games the Chief Arbiter Tomasz Delega asked GM Anton Kovalyov to observe the dress code set out in the regulations and requested that he change his shorts accordingly but the Canadian Grandmaster explained he could not do it. The Chairman of the Organizing Committtee GM Zurab Azmaiparashvili had another conversation with the player after which Anton Kovalyov left the playing hall and did not come back for the game. After the maximum default time of 15 minutes the match arbiter stopped the clock and Kovalyov`s opponent Maxim Rodshtein won by forfeit.



World champion Magnus Carlsen surprisingly lost with White pieces against Bu Xiangzhi.

According to the Chinese Grandmaster, the sacrifice on h3 was tempting and he saw that after 17.Qf3 he had a perpetual check Bh2-Bg3. After 19…f5 he felt he had good chances to win the game. Magnus Carlsen has Black pieces in the second game and needs to strike back to equalize the score.

Fransisco Vallejo Pons chose an aggressive line in Caro Kann against Wesley So today. In the post-game interview the winner of the encounter Wesley So doubted the decision of his opponent to sacrifice an exchange. He was sure that after 20…Qb2 White has not enough compensation for the material.



Levon Aronian defeated Maxim Matlakov with White pieces. Armenian Grandmaster didn’t give any chances for counterplay for his opponent by playing on both sides of the board.

12 games finished in a draw today including the games Nepomniachtchi – Jobava, Najer – Caruana, Vachier-Lagrave – Lenderman, Nakamura – Fedoseev, Onischuk – Svidler, Artemiev – Dubov, Ivanchuk – Kramnik, Giri – Sethuraman, Ding Liren – Vidit, Li Chao – Rapport, Grischuk – Navara and Wang Hao – Kuzubov.

The second game of the third round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time.



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The second round tie-breaks started with 22 matches on the 8th of September at 3 pm local time. After two rapid games 14 encounters were over and Ding Liren, David Navara, Yuriy Kuzubov, S.P. Sethuraman, Alexander Onischuk, Wang Hao, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Alexander Grischuk, Hikaru Nakamura, Evgeniy Najer, Peter Svidler, Richard Rapport, Li Chao and Bu Xiangzhi went through to the next round.



A few rating favorites leave a tournament including former World Rapid Champion Shakhriyar Mamedyarov who lost to Yuriy Kuzubov, Radoslaw Wojtaszek who was eliminated by Alexander Onischuk and Pentala Harikrishna who was defeated by his compatriot S.P. Sethuraman.



In one of the most dramatic matches of the tournament Adhiban-Nepomniachtchi Indian player missed another good chance to defeat his opponent in the first rapid game and after it ended in a draw, Ian Nepomniachtchi outplayed his opponent in the second game.

Wesley So, Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian, Baadur Jobava, Vassily Ivanchuk and Anish Giri won their ’10min+10sec’ matches.

Former Women’s World Champion Hou Yifan made 4 draws in classical and rapid games against Levon Aronian but lost 2:0 with `10 min+10sec` format.



The matches Andreikin-Matlakov and Radjabov-Artemiev were decided in blitz.

After 2 draws in rapid Maxim Matlakov defeated his opponent in 10+10 time control. However, the finalist of the World Cup 2013 Dmitry Andreikin managed to equalize the score. But already in the next blitz game he lost in an absolutely winning position and could not make a comeback after such a tough blow.



Teimour Radjabov lost the first rapid game but made a comeback by equalizing the score. He also outplayed his opponent in the first game with “10+10” time control. Suddenly, the tables were switched and in a must win situation Vladislav Artemiev defeated Teimour and then dominated in blitz.

Vladislav Artemiev and Maxim Matlakov qualified for 1/16.

The third round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time on the 9th of September. 32 participants continue playing in the World Cup.

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Round 2 Game 2: Anand, Adams and Karjakin leave

The return games of the second round of the World Cup were completed in the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi. Despite the elimination of 64 players in the first round, tomorrow we are going to see the same number of tie-break matches as in the previous tie-break day - 22.

Magnus Carlsen defeated Alexei Dreev and is the only player, who won his match with 2:0 score in round 2.

From the other top seeds Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Valdimir Kramnik, who started the round by winning against lower rated players, preserved the advantage to advance to the next round. The opponent of Kramnik, Anton Demchenko surprisingly offered a draw after only 10 moves.

Former World Champion Viswanathan Anand didn’t manage to tie the score in the second game against Anton Kovalyov and has to leave the tournament.



Another notable result is a loss of the winner of the World Cup 2015 Sergey Karjakin to Daniil Dubov. Michael Adams was also eliminated after the round 2 by Maxime Rodstein, who outplayed him in the second game with black pieces.

Francisco Vallejo Pons, Aleksandr Lenderman, Santosh Vidit and Vladimir Fedoseev won their matches as well to qualify for the 3rd round.

Ivan Cheparinov won the second game against David Navara and equalized the score in the match which will be decided on tie-break.



Indian GM Adhiban had chances to finish the match against Ian Nepomniachtchi today but the fate of their encounter will be decided tomorrow as well as Li Chao - Sevian, Aronian - You Yifan, Najer - Vitiugov, Caruana - Lenic, Giri - Motylev, Yu Yangyi - Jobava, Harikrishna - Sethuraman, Wang Hao - Gelfand, Grischuk - Cori, Onischuk - Wojtaszek, Ding Liren - Kravtsiv and Mamedyarov – Kuzubov, Erdos - Svidler, Rapport - Wei Yi, Sо - Bluebaum, Nakamura - Bruzon, Andreikin - Matlakov, Ivanchuk - Duda, Radjabov - Artemiev, Bacrot - Bu Xiangzhi.

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Round 2 Game 1: Anton Kovalyov defeats Vishy Anand

32 participants of the World Cup returned today to the venue to play the first games of the second round. Only 7 games were decisive, while 25 finished in a draw.



Magnus Carlsen defeated Alexey Dreev, David Navara won against Ivan Cheparinov, in two Russian derbies Vladimir Kramnik and Vladimir Fedoseev won against Anton Demchenko and Ernesto Inarkiev accordingly, Boris Grachev lost to Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Le Quang Liem lost to Vidit Santosh.

The biggest surprise of the second round was a victory of Anton Kovalyov from Canada over former World champion Viswanathan Anand. Indian player decided to sacrifice a piece in a better position 23.Nc5 but his opponent found a precise way to defend and kept his extra material. Vishy needs to win tomorrow with Black pieces to continue playing in the tournament.



The games Hou Yifan – Aronian, Motylev – Giri, Bacrot - Bu Xiangzhi, Karjakin - Dubov, Duda - Ivanchuk, Harikrishna - Sethuraman, Lenic - Caruana, Mamedyarov - Kuzubov, Matlakov - Andreikin, Sevian - Li Chao, Tari - Lenderman, Wei Yi - Rapport, Yu Yangyi - Jobava, Adhiban - Nepomniachcthi, Svidler - Erdos, Rodshtein - Adams, Bruzon - Nakamura, Tomashevsky - Vallejo Pons, Onischuk - Wojtaszek, Cori - Grischuk, So - Bluebaum, Kravtsiv - Ding Liren, Artemiev - Radjabov, Wang Hao - Gelfand and Vitiugov - Najer finished peacefully.

The second game of the second round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time on 7th of September.



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Round 1 Tie-Break Matches


The third day of the FIDE World Cup has finished and all the results of the first round are in. The remaining 22 matches continued with playoffs after two classical games.

According to the regulations of the World Cup tiebreaks two rapid games are played at a rate of 25 min+10 seconds. If the score is still tied two accelerated rapid games are played with a time control of 10 min + 10 sec. If the score is still deadlocked two blitz games are then played at 5 min + 3 sec. Finally, if a winner has still not been determined a sudden death Armageddon game takes place.



13 players were eliminated after two rapid games and the majority of the rating favorites, including Sergey Karjakin, Vladimir Fedoseev, Dmitry Andreikin, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Yu Yangyi, Wei Yi, Etienne Bacrot, Boris Grachev, Vassily Ivanchuk, Michael Adams, Maxim Rodshtein and Francisco Vallejo Pons, advanced to the second round. American player Samuel Sevian was the only “underdog”, who defeated a bit higher rated opponent Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu at this stage. The youngest participant of the World Cup Anton Smirnov from Australia, who made 2 draws in the games with classical control against Sergey Karjakin, lost the first rapid game and did not manage to equalize the score in the second one.



Aryan Tari, Daniil Dubov, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Pentala Harikrishna, Baskaran Adhiban, Anton Demchenko, Luka Lenic were stronger with 10 min + 10 sec time control. Norvegian GM Aryan Tari defeated 2700+ GM David Howell from England by winning the last game after 5 draws in the previous encounters.


The last match of the round 1 between Georgian player Baadur Jobava and Ivan Salgado Lopez obviously attracted enormous attention of local spectators and was decided in blitz. Baadur outplayed his opponent in the 8th game and remains the only Georgian player, who managed to proceed to the next stage.

The second round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time on 6th of September. 64 participants will continue playing but same as before only half of them will advance to the next stage.


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Top seeds advance to round two, while 22 matches will be decided on tie-breaks

The second games of the first round were played in Tbilisi on 4th of September.

The majority of the top seeds proceeded to the second round by defeating much lower rated opponents.



42 players won their matches after two classical games: Carlsen Magnus (NOR), So Wesley (USA), Caruana Fabiano (USA), Kramnik Vladimir (RUS), Aronian Levon (ARM), Mamedyarov Shakhriyar (AZE), Nakamura Hikaru (USA), Vachier-Lagrave Maxime (FRA), Grischuk Alexander (RUS), Anand Viswanathan (IND), Ding Liren (CHN), Giri Anish (NED), Svidler Peter (RUS), Wojtaszek Radoslaw (POL), Li Chao b (CHN), Radjabov Teimour (AZE), Le Quang Liem (VIE), Navara David (CZE) , Lenderman Aleksandr (USA), Gelfand Boris (ISR), Matlakov Maxim (RUS), Vitiugov Nikita (RUS), Bu Xiangzhi (CHN), Najer Evgeniy (RUS), Duda Jan-Krzysztof (POL), Wang Hao (CHN), Inarkiev Ernesto (RUS), Cheparinov Ivan (BUL), Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (IND), Artemiev Vladislav (RUS), Sethuraman S.P. (IND), Onischuk Alexander (USA), Rapport Richard (HUN), Motylev Alexander (RUS), Kravtsiv Martyn (UKR), Kovalyov Anton (CAN), Cori Jorge (PER), Bruzon Batista Lazaro (CUB), Kuzubov Yuriy (UKR), Hou Yifan (CHN), Bluebaum Matthias (GER), Dreev Aleksey (RUS).

Amin Bassem (EGY) lost his chance to win the match against Erdos Viktor (HUN) today after he missed a stalemate trick in a completely winning ending.



The biggest surprise of the round one was the elimination of the previous World Cup semifinalist Pavel Eljanov. The Ukrainian player had an absolutely winning position in the first game but after few mistakes he eventually lost. In a must win situation he tried to find some chances to complicate the position but his opponent Alexander Lenderman (USA) won also the second game. Another Ukrainian player and former World champion Ruslan Ponomariov also leaves the tournament after his loss against Sethuraman S.P. (IND).

Anton Demchenko, Vladimir Fedoseev, Pentala Harikrishna, Wei Yi and Murali Karthikeyan made comebacks by winning their second games and will continue to play tomorrow on tie-breaks.



44 players will return to the tournament hall on 5th of September to decide who will qualify for the next round.

According to the tournament regulations, after a new drawing of colours, two tie-break games with the time control 25min + 10sec will be played.

If the scores are still level, then, after a new drawing of colours, a match of two games with the time control 10min + 10sec will be played.

In case of a level score, another match of two games will be played, with a blitz time control of 5min + 3sec.

If still there is no winner, one sudden-death game will be played. The player who wins the drawing of lots may choose the colour. The player with the white pieces shall receive 5 minutes, the opponent with the black pieces shall receive 4 minutes whereupon, after the 60th move, both players shall receive an increment of 3 seconds for each move from move 61. In case of a draw the player with the black pieces is declared the winner.

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World Chess Cup started in Tbilisi, Georgia

Round 1 Game 1


The 2015 FIDE World Chess Cup began today at the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi, Georgia, with 128 of the world's top players fighting for the 1,6 million USD prize fund.

FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos made the first move in the game between the World champion Magnus Carlsen (NOR) and Oluwafemi Balogun (NGR).



According to the pairings, the favorites in the higher half of the draw met significantly lower rated opponents. The top seeds won their games relatively easily, but there were also surprising losses by rating favorites, including Wei Yi of China against Canadian Bator Sambuev, Pavel Eljanov of Ukraine against Alexander Lenderman of USA, Pentala Harikrishna of India against Cuban Grandmaster Yuri Gonzalez Vidal and Vladimir Fedoseev of Russia against Yusnel Bacallao Alonso of Cuba.



One of the favorites of the tournament and number second chess player in the world ranking Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France made a draw today. His opponent was International Master Muhammad Khusenkhojaev (TJK).



Another notable result is the draw in the game between Sergey Karjakin of Russia, the loser of the last World Championship and the youngest participant of the tournament, Anton Smirnov of Australia.



Alexander Onischuk moved to the second round without a fight. His opponent, Yaroslav Zherebukh (USA), was not able to leave his country and participate in the Chess World Cup because he was still waiting for his US Green Card. Today is Onischuk’s birthday and thus he received a nice present.

Tomorrow is the second game of the first round and the participants will be fighting hard to progress to the next round.

The organizers of the World Cup are FIDE, the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia, the Check In Georgia Sports, the Georgian Chess Federation, Organising Committee of The 2018 World Chess Olympiad and Tbilisi City Hall. The title Sponsor is SOCAR.

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Magnus Carlsen chose White pieces at the Opening Ceremony of the World Cup

The opening ceremony took place at the Funicular restaurant in Tbilisi on 2nd of September 2017. The players and guests were greeted by the Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili, the ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili, the President of Georgian Chess Federation George Giorgadze and the FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos.



The Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili welcomed all the guests to Tbilisi:

“Dear guests, leaders of the international chess federation, organizers and participants of the Tbilisi World Chess Cup!

For the first time our country holds a tournament of such a high category, and Georgian chess players are deservedly proud of their past. Georgia chess faces a big challenge as there will be the World Chess Olympiad in 2018 in Batumi. We hope that everything will be held at the highest level. I wish all participants successful games.”



FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos delivered his opening speech:

“The FIDE World Cup 2017 is going to be an historical chess event as it is the toughest event we have in FIDE. The particpation of 15 top rated players, including the exceptional case of the World Champion himself, makes this event the strongest in history. In order to win such tournament you should be a good player, have a good form and be a great fighter. Nobody can be sure about his own result here and this is why I really admire the decision of the World champion Magnus Carlsen to participate in this tournament. He writes his own history and he gives a message how the World Champion should be. I thank him for playing here and for the promotion of chess and this important FIDE event.

Georgia is a great country with a huge chess history, especially because of their great women players with some of them being here with us today. I would like to thank the Minister of Sport of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili for his support, ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili, the President of Gerogian Chess Federation Giorgiy Georgadze and his people for the organization of the World Cup and the coming Olympiad.

Recently there were some political statements in media that could have hurt Georgian people. On behalf of FIDE I would like to apologise for this. We are one family in FIDE because we do not allow our chess community to be divided for political, religious or racial reasons. I would like to ensure Mr. Minister that we will continue keeping to this principle. “ At the end of the speech Mr. Makropoulos declared the World Cup Open.



The opening ceremony included dance and sung performances by the Georgian national ballet "Sukhishvili" and musical band “Ursa” and was enjoyed by the participants and guests of the tournament.



Chief Arbiter Delega then proceeded with the drawing of colors. He invited the top seed of the tournament, the World Champion Magnus Carlsen from Norway to pick one of the traditional Georgian wine vessel 'Kvevri'. Magnus Carlsen will play the first game of the match against Oluwafemi Balogun from Nigeria with the white pieces.



After the end of the opening ceremony all the players came back to the official hotel and attended the technical meeting.

The organizers are FIDE, the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia, the Check In Georgia Sports, the Georgian Chess Federation, Organising Committee of The 2018 World Chess Olympiad and Tbilisi City Hall The title Sponsor is SOCAR.

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Ένα ταξίδι στην Κούβα

Skakistiko - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 22:59



Στην επάνω φωτογραφία ο Μιχάλης Παπαδάκης στον τάφο που βρίσκεται στο Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón (Χριστόφορου Κολόμβου) και είναι του τρίτου παγκόσμιου πρωταθλητή της ιστορίας (1921-1927), του σκακιστικού ήρωα της λατινικής Αμερικής, Χοσέ Ραούλ Καπαμπλάνκα.
Στην κάτω φωτογραφία, που τράβηξε ο Μιχάλης στο μουσείο της επανάστασης στην Αβάνα, ο Ερνέστο Τσε Γκεβάρα παίζει σε σιμουλτανέ που κατά πάσα πιθανότητα είναι αυτό που είχε δώσει το 1962 ο Μιγκέλ Νάιντορφ στο υπουργείο Βιομηχανίας και φαίνεται να το επιβεβαιώνει η θέση από την καταγραμμένη παρτίδα Νάιντορφ – Γκεβάρα εδώ

Ο φίλος και γνωστός σκακιστής από το Ηράκλειο Κρήτης Μιχάλης Παπαδάκης έκανε ένα όμορφο ταξίδι στην Κούβα στα τέλη Αυγούστου. Αν και πήγε ως τουρίστας, ως σκακιστής που είναι και βρέθηκε στο νησί του Καπαμπλάνκα έδειξε φυσικά και κάποιο ενδιαφέρον για την σκακιστική κουλτούρα της χώρας!
Στον εσωτερικό χώρο του μαυσωλείου του Τσε Γκεβάρα στη Σάντα Κλάρα, δεν επιτρέπεται να κρατάς αντικείμενα ή να φοράς καπέλο σε ένδειξη σεβασμού καθώς καίει μια αιώνια φωτιά στη μνήμη του. Έτσι “χάθηκε” η πολυπόθητη φωτογραφία ακριβώς δίπλα στο χώρο, που βρισκόταν το μουσείο με φωτογραφίες από όλη τη ζωή του Τσε και αντικείμενα όπως η αγαπημένη του σκακιέρα.
Με όσα άτομα ο Μιχάλης μίλησε λίγο παραπάνω και τα οποία δεν ασχολούνταν με το σκάκι, γνώριζαν όλοι ανεξαιρέτως όχι μόνο τον Καπαμπλάνκα, αλλά και αρκετούς άλλους όπως Ντομίγκεζ, Μπρουζόν, Κεσάδα ή και μη Κουβανούς, αλλά από την αμερικανική ήπειρο, όπως τους Καρουάνα και Νακαμούρα. Τα μέσα ενημέρωσης τους αναφέρουν πολύ συχνά.

Παρακάτω μερικές ακόμη φωτογραφίες του Μ. Παπαδάκη από το ταξίδι στην Κούβα (μετακινείστε με τα βελάκια δεξιά και αριστερά):

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opacity: 0; font-family: Raleway, serif; transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; } .view-first p { transform: translateY(100px); opacity: 0; transition: all 0.2s linear; } .view-first a.info { opacity: 0; transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; } /* */ .view-first:hover img { /*transform: scale(1.1);*/ } .view-first:hover .mask { opacity: 1; } .view-first:hover h2, .view-first:hover p, .view-first:hover a.info { opacity: 1; transform: translateY(0px); } .view-first:hover p { transition-delay: 0.1s; } .view-first:hover a.info { transition-delay: 0.2s; } /*2*/ .view-second img { -webkit-filter: grayscale(0) blur(0); filter: grayscale(0) blur(0); -webkit-transition: .3s ease-in-out; transition: .3s ease-in-out; } .view-second .mask { background-color: rgba(226, 200, 127, 0.2); transition: all 0.5s linear; opacity: 0; } .view-second h2 { background: transparent; margin: 20px 40px 0px 40px; transform: scale(0); color: #333; transition: all 0.5s linear; opacity: 0; } .view-second p { opacity: 0; transform: scale(0); 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} #rwd-share-googleplus:hover { background-position: -66px -31px !important; } .rwd-share-buttons li, .rwd-share-buttons li a { width: 26px !important; border: 0px !important; } .rwd-share-buttons { top: 0 !important; } .img_link_btn { position: absolute; z-index: 99999; bottom: 0; left: 0; right: 0; width: 100%; padding: 8px; } .rwd-title { padding: 10px 0px !important; } @media only screen and (max-width: 475px) { .rwd-share-buttons { top: -25px !important; } .rwd-title-text { line-height: 15px; } } /*========= hover style ===========*/ #hover { color: rgba(188, 175, 204, 0.9); } h2#testimonials { color: #fffae3; } div#all { width: 100%; height: 100%; } .view img { height: auto; } .view { color: #fff; margin: 0 10px 10px 0; overflow: hidden; position: relative; text-align: center; float: left; cursor: default; border: 1px solid #ccc; } .view-wrapper { height: 100%; } .view img { display: block; position: relative; transition: all 0.2s linear; height: 100%; width: auto; max-width: 100%; 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} function huge_it_fade_gallery_3(current_image_class, next_image_class, direction) { if (huge_it_testBrowser_cssTransitions_gallery_3()) { jQuery(next_image_class).css('transition', 'opacity ' + huge_it_transition_duration_gallery_3 + 'ms linear'); jQuery(current_image_class).css('transition', 'opacity ' + huge_it_transition_duration_gallery_3 + 'ms linear'); jQuery(current_image_class).css({'opacity' : 0, 'z-index': 1}); jQuery(next_image_class).css({'opacity' : 1, 'z-index' : 2}); } else { jQuery(current_image_class).animate({'opacity' : 0, 'z-index' : 1}, huge_it_transition_duration_gallery_3); jQuery(next_image_class).animate({ 'opacity' : 1, 'z-index': 2 }, { duration: huge_it_transition_duration_gallery_3, complete: function () {return false;} }); // For IE. jQuery(current_image_class).fadeTo(huge_it_transition_duration_gallery_3, 0); jQuery(next_image_class).fadeTo(huge_it_transition_duration_gallery_3, 1); } jQuery(".huge_it_slideshow_dots_gallery_3").removeClass("huge_it_slideshow_dots_active_gallery_3").addClass("huge_it_slideshow_dots_deactive_gallery_3"); jQuery("#huge_it_dots_" + huge_it_current_key_gallery_3 + "_gallery_3").removeClass("huge_it_slideshow_dots_deactive_gallery_3").addClass("huge_it_slideshow_dots_active_gallery_3"); } function huge_it_grid_gallery_3(cols, rows, ro, tx, ty, sc, op, current_image_class, next_image_class, direction) { /* If browser does not support CSS transitions.*/ if (!huge_it_testBrowser_cssTransitions_gallery_3()) { jQuery(".huge_it_slideshow_dots_gallery_3").removeClass("huge_it_slideshow_dots_active_gallery_3").addClass("huge_it_slideshow_dots_deactive_gallery_3"); jQuery("#huge_it_dots_" + huge_it_current_key_gallery_3 + "_gallery_3").removeClass("huge_it_slideshow_dots_deactive_gallery_3").addClass("huge_it_slideshow_dots_active_gallery_3"); return huge_it_fallback_gallery_3(current_image_class, next_image_class, direction); } huge_it_trans_in_progress_gallery_3 = true; /* Set active thumbnail.*/ jQuery(".huge_it_slideshow_dots_gallery_3").removeClass("huge_it_slideshow_dots_active_gallery_3").addClass("huge_it_slideshow_dots_deactive_gallery_3"); jQuery("#huge_it_dots_" + huge_it_current_key_gallery_3 + "_gallery_3").removeClass("huge_it_slideshow_dots_deactive_gallery_3").addClass("huge_it_slideshow_dots_active_gallery_3"); /* The time (in ms) added to/subtracted from the delay total for each new gridlet.*/ var count = (huge_it_transition_duration_gallery_3) / (cols + rows); /* Gridlet creator (divisions of the image grid, positioned with background-images to replicate the look of an entire slide image when assembled)*/ function huge_it_gridlet(width, height, top, img_top, left, img_left, src, imgWidth, imgHeight, c, r) { var delay = (c + r) * count; /* Return a gridlet elem with styles for specific transition.*/ return jQuery('').css({ width : width, height : height, top : top, left : left, backgroundImage : 'url("' + src + '")', backgroundColor: jQuery(".huge_it_slideshow_image_wrap_gallery_3").css("background-color"), /*backgroundColor: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0),*/ backgroundRepeat: 'no-repeat', backgroundPosition : img_left + 'px ' + img_top + 'px', backgroundSize : imgWidth + 'px ' + imgHeight + 'px', transition : 'all ' + huge_it_transition_duration_gallery_3 + 'ms ease-in-out ' + delay + 'ms', transform : 'none' }); } /* Get the current slide's image.*/ var cur_img = jQuery(current_image_class).find('img'); /* Create a grid to hold the gridlets.*/ var grid = jQuery('').addClass('huge_it_grid_gallery_3'); /* Prepend the grid to the next slide (i.e. so it's above the slide image).*/ jQuery(current_image_class).prepend(grid); /* vars to calculate positioning/size of gridlets*/ var cont = jQuery(".huge_it_slide_bg_gallery_3"); var imgWidth = cur_img.width(); var imgHeight = cur_img.height(); var contWidth = cont.width(), contHeight = cont.height(), imgSrc = cur_img.attr('src'),/*.replace('/thumb', ''),*/ colWidth = Math.floor(contWidth / cols), rowHeight = Math.floor(contHeight / rows), colRemainder = contWidth - (cols * colWidth), colAdd = Math.ceil(colRemainder / cols), rowRemainder = contHeight - (rows * rowHeight), rowAdd = Math.ceil(rowRemainder / rows), leftDist = 0, img_leftDist = (jQuery(".huge_it_slide_bg_gallery_3").width() - cur_img.width()) / 2; /* tx/ty args can be passed as 'auto'/'min-auto' (meaning use slide width/height or negative slide width/height).*/ tx = tx === 'auto' ? contWidth : tx; tx = tx === 'min-auto' ? - contWidth : tx; ty = ty === 'auto' ? contHeight : ty; ty = ty === 'min-auto' ? - contHeight : ty; /* Loop through cols*/ for (var i = 0; i < cols; i++) { var topDist = 0, img_topDst = (jQuery(".huge_it_slide_bg_gallery_3").height() - cur_img.height()) / 2, newColWidth = colWidth; /* If imgWidth (px) does not divide cleanly into the specified number of cols, adjust individual col widths to create correct total.*/ if (colRemainder > 0) { var add = colRemainder >= colAdd ? colAdd : colRemainder; newColWidth += add; colRemainder -= add; } /* Nested loop to create row gridlets for each col.*/ for (var j = 0; j < rows; j++) { var newRowHeight = rowHeight, newRowRemainder = rowRemainder; /* If contHeight (px) does not divide cleanly into the specified number of rows, adjust individual row heights to create correct total.*/ if (newRowRemainder > 0) { add = newRowRemainder >= rowAdd ? rowAdd : rowRemainder; newRowHeight += add; newRowRemainder -= add; } /* Create & append gridlet to grid.*/ grid.append(huge_it_gridlet(newColWidth, newRowHeight, topDist, img_topDst, leftDist, img_leftDist, imgSrc, imgWidth, imgHeight, i, j)); topDist += newRowHeight; img_topDst -= newRowHeight; } img_leftDist -= newColWidth; leftDist += newColWidth; } /* Set event listener on last gridlet to finish transitioning.*/ var last_gridlet = grid.children().last(); /* Show grid & hide the image it replaces.*/ grid.show(); cur_img.css('opacity', 0); /* Add identifying classes to corner gridlets (useful if applying border radius).*/ grid.children().first().addClass('rs-top-left'); grid.children().last().addClass('rs-bottom-right'); grid.children().eq(rows - 1).addClass('rs-bottom-left'); grid.children().eq(- rows).addClass('rs-top-right'); /* Execution steps.*/ setTimeout(function () { grid.children().css({ opacity: op, transform: 'rotate('+ ro +'deg) translateX('+ tx +'px) translateY('+ ty +'px) scale('+ sc +')' }); }, 1); jQuery(next_image_class).css('opacity', 1); /* After transition.*/ jQuery(last_gridlet).one('webkitTransitionEnd transitionend otransitionend oTransitionEnd mstransitionend', jQuery.proxy(huge_it_after_trans)); function huge_it_after_trans() { jQuery(current_image_class).css({'opacity' : 0, 'z-index': 1}); jQuery(next_image_class).css({'opacity' : 1, 'z-index' : 2}); cur_img.css('opacity', 1); grid.remove(); huge_it_trans_in_progress_gallery_3 = false; if (typeof event_stack_gallery_3 !== 'undefined' && event_stack_gallery_3.length > 0) { key = event_stack_gallery_3[0].split("-"); event_stack_gallery_3.shift(); huge_it_change_image_gallery_3(key[0], key[1], data_gallery_3, true,false); } } } function huge_it_sliceH_gallery_3(current_image_class, next_image_class, direction) { if (direction == 'right') { var translateX = 'min-auto'; } else if (direction == 'left') { var translateX = 'auto'; } huge_it_grid_gallery_3(1, 8, 0, translateX, 0, 1, 0, current_image_class, next_image_class, direction); } function huge_it_sliceV_gallery_3(current_image_class, next_image_class, direction) { if (direction == 'right') { var translateY = 'min-auto'; } else if (direction == 'left') { var translateY = 'auto'; } huge_it_grid_gallery_3(10, 1, 0, 0, translateY, 1, 0, current_image_class, next_image_class, direction); } function huge_it_slideV_gallery_3(current_image_class, next_image_class, direction) { if (direction == 'right') { var translateY = 'auto'; } else if (direction == 'left') { var translateY = 'min-auto'; } huge_it_grid_gallery_3(1, 1, 0, 0, translateY, 1, 1, current_image_class, next_image_class, direction); } function huge_it_slideH_gallery_3(current_image_class, next_image_class, direction) { if (direction == 'right') { var translateX = 'min-auto'; } else if (direction == 'left') { var translateX = 'auto'; } huge_it_grid_gallery_3(1, 1, 0, translateX, 0, 1, 1, current_image_class, next_image_class, direction); } function huge_it_scaleOut_gallery_3(current_image_class, next_image_class, direction) { huge_it_grid_gallery_3(1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 1.5, 0, current_image_class, next_image_class, direction); } function huge_it_scaleIn_gallery_3(current_image_class, next_image_class, direction) { huge_it_grid_gallery_3(1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0.5, 0, current_image_class, next_image_class, direction); } function huge_it_blockScale_gallery_3(current_image_class, next_image_class, direction) { huge_it_grid_gallery_3(8, 6, 0, 0, 0, .6, 0, current_image_class, next_image_class, direction); } function huge_it_kaleidoscope_gallery_3(current_image_class, next_image_class, direction) { huge_it_grid_gallery_3(10, 8, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, current_image_class, next_image_class, direction); } function huge_it_fan_gallery_3(current_image_class, next_image_class, direction) { if (direction == 'right') { var rotate = 45; var translateX = 100; } else if (direction == 'left') { var rotate = -45; var translateX = -100; } huge_it_grid_gallery_3(1, 10, rotate, translateX, 0, 1, 0, current_image_class, next_image_class, direction); } function huge_it_blindV_gallery_3(current_image_class, next_image_class, direction) { huge_it_grid_gallery_3(1, 8, 0, 0, 0, .7, 0, current_image_class, next_image_class); } function huge_it_blindH_gallery_3(current_image_class, next_image_class, direction) { huge_it_grid_gallery_3(10, 1, 0, 0, 0, .7, 0, current_image_class, next_image_class); } function huge_it_random_gallery_3(current_image_class, next_image_class, direction) { var anims = ['sliceH', 'sliceV', 'slideH', 'slideV', 'scaleOut', 'scaleIn', 'blockScale', 'kaleidoscope', 'fan', 'blindH', 'blindV']; /* Pick a random transition from the anims array.*/ this["huge_it_" + anims[Math.floor(Math.random() * anims.length)] + "_gallery_3"](current_image_class, next_image_class, direction); } function iterator_gallery_3() { var iterator = 1; return iterator; } function huge_it_change_image_gallery_3(current_key, key, data_gallery_3, from_effect,clicked) { if (data_gallery_3[key]) { if(typeof video_is_playing_gallery_3 != 'undefined' && video_is_playing_gallery_3 && !clicked){ return false; } if (!from_effect) { // Change image key. jQuery("#huge_it_current_image_key_gallery_3").val(key); // if (current_key == '-2') { /* Dots.*/ current_key = jQuery(".huge_it_slideshow_dots_active_gallery_3").attr("data-image_key"); // } } if (huge_it_trans_in_progress_gallery_3) { //errorlogjQuery(".huge_it_slideshow_image_wrap_gallery_3").after(" --IN TRANSACTION--
"); event_stack_gallery_3.push(current_key + '-' + key); return; } var direction = 'right'; if (huge_it_current_key_gallery_3 > key) { var direction = 'left'; } else if (huge_it_current_key_gallery_3 == key) { return false; } // Set active thumbnail position. huge_it_current_key_gallery_3 = key; //Change image id, title, description. jQuery(".huge_it_slideshow_image_gallery_3").attr('data-image_id', data_gallery_3[key]["id"]); jQuery(".huge_it_slideshow_title_text_gallery_3").html(data_gallery_3[key]["alt"]); jQuery(".huge_it_slideshow_description_text_gallery_3").html(data_gallery_3[key]["description"]); var current_image_class = "#image_id_gallery_3_" + data_gallery_3[current_key]["id"]; var next_image_class = "#image_id_gallery_3_" + data_gallery_3[key]["id"]; if(jQuery(current_image_class).find('.huge_it_video_frame_gallery_3').length>0) { var streffect='none'; if(streffect=="cubeV" || streffect=="cubeH" || streffect=="none" || streffect=="fade"){ huge_it_none_gallery_3(current_image_class, next_image_class, direction); }else{ huge_it_fade_gallery_3(current_image_class, next_image_class, direction); } }else{ huge_it_none_gallery_3(current_image_class, next_image_class, direction); } jQuery('.huge_it_slideshow_title_text_gallery_3').removeClass('none'); if(jQuery('.huge_it_slideshow_title_text_gallery_3').html()==""){jQuery('.huge_it_slideshow_title_text_gallery_3').addClass('none');} jQuery('.huge_it_slideshow_description_text_gallery_3').removeClass('none'); jQuery('.huge_it_gallery_like_cont_31911').removeClass('none'); if(jQuery('.huge_it_slideshow_description_text_gallery_3').html()==""){ jQuery('.huge_it_slideshow_description_text_gallery_3').addClass('none'); } jQuery(current_image_class).find('.huge_it_slideshow_title_text_gallery_3').addClass('none'); jQuery(current_image_class).find('.huge_it_slideshow_description_text_gallery_3').addClass('none'); jQuery(current_image_class).find('.huge_it_gallery_like_cont_31911').addClass('none'); //errorlogjQuery(".huge_it_slideshow_image_wrap_gallery_3").after("--cur-key="+current_key+" --cur-img-class="+current_image_class+" nxt-img-class="+next_image_class+"--"); huge_it_move_dots_gallery_3(); window.clearInterval(huge_it_playInterval_gallery_3); play_gallery_3(); } } function huge_it_popup_resize_gallery_3() { var staticsliderwidth=500; var sliderwidth=500; var bodyWidth=jQuery(window).width(); var parentWidth = jQuery(".huge_it_slideshow_image_wrap_gallery_3").parent().width(); if(sliderwidth>parentWidth){sliderwidth=parentWidth;} if(sliderwidth>bodyWidth){sliderwidth=bodyWidth;} var str=(300/staticsliderwidth); jQuery('.huge_it_slideshow_image_wrap_gallery_3').css({'max-height':parentWidth*str-2*0}); } jQuery(window).load(function () { jQuery(window).resize(function() { huge_it_popup_resize_gallery_3(); }); huge_it_popup_resize_gallery_3(); /* Disable right click.*/ /*HOVER SLIDESHOW*/ jQuery("#huge_it_slideshow_image_container_gallery_3, .huge_it_slideshow_image_container_gallery_3, .huge_it_slideshow_dots_container_gallery_3,#huge_it_slideshow_right_gallery_3,#huge_it_slideshow_left_gallery_3").hover(function(){ //errorlogjQuery(".huge_it_slideshow_image_wrap_gallery_3").after(" -- hover --
"); jQuery("#huge_it_slideshow_right_gallery_3").css({'display':'inline'}); jQuery("#huge_it_slideshow_left_gallery_3").css({'display':'inline'}); },function(){ jQuery("#huge_it_slideshow_right_gallery_3").css({'display':'none'}); jQuery("#huge_it_slideshow_left_gallery_3").css({'display':'none'}); }); var pausehover="on"; if(pausehover=="on"){ jQuery("#huge_it_slideshow_image_container_gallery_3, .huge_it_slideshow_image_container_gallery_3, .huge_it_slideshow_dots_container_gallery_3,#huge_it_slideshow_right_gallery_3,#huge_it_slideshow_left_gallery_3").hover(function(){ window.clearInterval(huge_it_playInterval_gallery_3); },function(){ window.clearInterval(huge_it_playInterval_gallery_3); play_gallery_3(); }); } play_gallery_3(); }); function play_gallery_3() { /* Play.*/ huge_it_playInterval_gallery_3 = setInterval(function () { var iterator = 1; huge_it_change_image_gallery_3(parseInt(jQuery('#huge_it_current_image_key_gallery_3').val()), (parseInt(jQuery('#huge_it_current_image_key_gallery_3').val()) + iterator) % data_gallery_3.length, data_gallery_3,false,false); }, '46500'); } jQuery(window).focus(function() { var i_gallery_3 = 0; jQuery(".huge_it_slider_gallery_3").children("div").each(function () { if (jQuery(this).css('opacity') == 1) { jQuery("#huge_it_current_image_key_gallery_3").val(i_gallery_3); } i_gallery_3++; }); play_gallery_3(); }); jQuery(window).blur(function() { event_stack_gallery_3 = []; window.clearInterval(huge_it_playInterval_gallery_3); }); = 0 ? (parseInt(jQuery('#huge_it_current_image_key_gallery_3').val()) - iterator_gallery_3()) % data_gallery_3.length : data_gallery_3.length - 1, data_gallery_3,false,true);return false;"> jQuery(document).ready(function ($) { $('.thumb_wrapper').on('click', function (ev) { var hugeid = $(this).data('rowid'); var myid = hugeid; myid = parseInt(myid); eval('player_' + myid + '.playVideo()') ev.preventDefault(); }); }); .huge_it_slideshow_image_wrap_gallery_3 { height: 300px; width: 500px; max-width: calc(100% - 2 * 0px); position: relative; display: block; text-align: center; border: 0 px #ffffff solid; box-sizing: content-box; clear: both; float:none; margin: 0 auto;} .huge_it_slideshow_image_wrap_gallery_3 * { box-sizing: border-box; -moz-box-sizing: border-box; -webkit-box-sizing: border-box; } .huge_it_slideshow_image_gallery_3 { width: 100%; height: 100%; left: 0; top: 0; /* height: auto; top: 50%; left: 50%; transform: translate( -50%, -50% ); */ max-width: 100%; max-height: 100%; position: absolute; } .huge_it_slider_gallery_3 li iframe { width: 100%; height: 100%; } .huge_it_slider_gallery_3 li #thevideo { width: 100%; height: 100%; } .huge_it_slider_gallery_3 li .thumb_wrapper { width: 100%; height: 100%; } .huge_it_slider_gallery_3 li .thumb_wrapper img { position: relative; /*top: 50%; transform: translateY(-50%);*/ } #huge_it_slideshow_left_gallery_3, #huge_it_slideshow_right_gallery_3 { cursor: pointer; display: none; display: block; height: 100%; outline: medium none; position: absolute; /*z-index: 10130;*/ z-index: 13; bottom: 25px; top: 50%; } #huge_it_slideshow_left-ico_gallery_3, #huge_it_slideshow_right-ico_gallery_3 { z-index: 13; -moz-box-sizing: content-box; box-sizing: content-box; cursor: pointer; display: table; left: -9999px; line-height: 0; margin-top: -15px; position: absolute; top: 50%; } #huge_it_slideshow_left-ico_gallery_3:hover, #huge_it_slideshow_right-ico_gallery_3:hover { cursor: pointer; } .huge_it_slideshow_image_container_gallery_3 { display: table; position: relative; top: 0; left: 0; text-align: center; vertical-align: middle; width: 100%; height: 100%; } .huge_it_slideshow_title_text_gallery_3 { text-decoration: none; position: absolute; z-index: 12; display: inline-block; width: 30%; /*height: 50 %;*/ right:0%;top:0%; padding: 2%; text-align: right; font-weight: bold; color: #000000; background: rgba(255,255,255,0.7) !important; border-style: solid; font-size: 13px; border-width: 0px; border-color: #ffffff; border-radius: 4px; } .huge_it_slideshow_description_text_gallery_3 { text-decoration: none; position: absolute; z-index: 11; border-style: solid; display: inline-block; width: 70%; /*height: %;*/ right:0%;bottom:0%; padding: 3%; text-align: justify; color: #ffffff; background: rgba(0,0,0,0.7) !important; border-style: solid; font-size: 12px; border-width: 0px; border-color: #ffffff; border-radius: 0px; } .huge_it_slideshow_title_text_gallery_3.none, .huge_it_slideshow_description_text_gallery_3.none, .huge_it_slideshow_title_text_gallery_3.hidden, .huge_it_slideshow_description_text_gallery_3.hidden { display: none; } .huge_it_gallery_like_cont_31911.none { display: none !important; } .huge_it_slideshow_title_text_gallery_3 h1, .huge_it_slideshow_description_text_gallery_3 h1, .huge_it_slideshow_title_text_gallery_3 h2, .huge_it_slideshow_title_text_gallery_3 h2, .huge_it_slideshow_title_text_gallery_3 h3, .huge_it_slideshow_title_text_gallery_3 h3, .huge_it_slideshow_title_text_gallery_3 h4, .huge_it_slideshow_title_text_gallery_3 h4, .huge_it_slideshow_title_text_gallery_3 p, .huge_it_slideshow_title_text_gallery_3 p, .huge_it_slideshow_title_text_gallery_3 strong, .huge_it_slideshow_title_text_gallery_3 strong, .huge_it_slideshow_title_text_gallery_3 span, .huge_it_slideshow_title_text_gallery_3 span, .huge_it_slideshow_title_text_gallery_3 ul, .huge_it_slideshow_title_text_gallery_3 ul, .huge_it_slideshow_title_text_gallery_3 li, .huge_it_slideshow_title_text_gallery_3 li { padding: 2px; margin: 0; } .huge_it_slide_container_gallery_3 { display: table-cell; margin: 0 auto; position: relative; vertical-align: middle; width: 100%; height: 100%; _width: inherit; _height: inherit; } .huge_it_slide_bg_gallery_3 { margin: 0 auto; width: 100%; height: 100%; _width: inherit; _height: inherit; } .huge_it_slider_gallery_3 { width: 100%; height: 100%; display: table; padding: 0; margin: 0; } .huge_it_slideshow_image_item_gallery_3 { width: 100%; height: 100%; display: table-cell; filter: Alpha(opacity=100); opacity: 1; position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; vertical-align: middle; z-index: 2; margin: 0 !important; padding: 0; overflow: hidden; border-radius: 0px !important; } .huge_it_slideshow_image_second_item_gallery_3 { width: 100%; height: 100%; display: table-cell; filter: Alpha(opacity=0); opacity: 0; position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; vertical-align: middle; z-index: 1; overflow: hidden; margin: 0 !important; padding: 0; border-radius: 0px !important; } .huge_it_grid_gallery_3 { display: none; height: 100%; overflow: hidden; position: absolute; width: 100%; } .huge_it_gridlet_gallery_3 { opacity: 1; 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TCEC – structure and participants (part 1)

Chessdom - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 14:04

TCEC Season 10 is starting in about a month. Behind the scenes active preparation is going on for holding the 2017 season of the world’s premium computer chess event.

Our previous update outlined the general structure of the tournament and the changes that can be expected this season. Here is a confirmed format, following the given recommendations:

Stage structure

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

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

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

Superfinal: structure to be announced soon

Note that this structure can still undergo minor changes in the next days

Participants

These are the first 10 participants in the championship. They are neither arranged by rating, nor by any other criteria, rather they are randomly selected. The other half will be announced this week. Most of the engines will be providing special and innovative versions for Season 10 of TCEC

1. Andscacs

2. Vajolet

3. Fruit

4. Laser

5. Texel

6. Stockfish

7. Jonny

8. Fire

9. Nirvana

10. Komodo

11. Chiron

12. Fizbo

13. TBA

14. TBA

15. TBA

16. TBA

17. TBA

18. TBA

19. TBA

20. TBA

21. TBA

22. TBA

23. TBA

24. TBA

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Μόναχο

Skakistiko - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 11:25

ανάρτηση αρχείου
Σκηνή από το «Μόναχο» του Στίβεν Σπίλμπεργκ (παραγωγής 2005) όπου πράκτορες παίζουν σκάκι. Είναι συχνή η προβολή σκακιστικών στιγμιοτύπων σε φιλμ με πράκτορες και κατασκόπους ίσως διότι οι σκηνοθέτες θεωρούν ελκυστικό το στερεότυπο πως το παιχνίδι αυτό ευνοεί την ανάπτυξη των στρατηγικών ικανοτήτων στη ζωή και στα επαγγέλματα. Τη μοίρα του σκακιστή δεν απέφυγε ούτε ο Τζέιμς Μποντ όπως θυμόμαστε, όπου στην εξέλιξη περνάει και μια θέση από παρτίδα του Σπάσκι.

Η ταινία αναφέρεται στον φόνο 11 Ισραηλινών αθλητών από Παλαιστίνιους οπλοφόρους στη διάρκεια των Ολυμπιακών Αγώνων του Μονάχου, το 1972, και στην αιματηρή εκστρατεία αντιποίνων που πραγματοποίησαν πράκτορες της ισραηλινής υπηρεσίας Μοσάντ. Η ταινία έχει επικριθεί έντονα από μερίδα Ισραηλινών και Εβραίων που υποστηρίζουν ότι προσπαθεί να διατηρήσει ένα «ηθικό ισοζύγιο» ανάμεσα στην τρομοκρατική επίθεση και την ισραηλινή απάντηση σ’ αυτήν. Από την αραβική πλευρά, πάλι, εκφράστηκαν διαμαρτυρίες ότι οι Παλαιστίνιοι σκιαγραφούνται στην ταινία σαν καρικατούρες, ενώ τα κίνητρά τους παραμένουν αδιερεύνητα. Ωστόσο, το έργο του δημιουργού της «Λίστας του Σίντλερ» και της «Διάσωσης του στρατιώτη Ράιαν» αμφισβητείται και στο πεδίο των πραγματικών γεγονότων. Ο «Yair», ένας πράκτορας της Μοσάντ που συμμετείχε στα αντίποινα, τη χαρακτήρισε «χολιγουντιανή ταινία που διαστρέφει όσα συνέβησαν με όλους σχεδόν τους τρόπους».

Ένα από τα κεντρικά θέματα της ταινίας του Σπίλμπεργκ είναι η ψυχική φόρτιση που προκάλεσε η αποστολή στα μέλη της ομάδας, τα οποία λυγίζουν από το βάρος της ενοχής γι’ αυτό που κάνουν. Ωστόσο, οι πράκτορες που έδωσαν συνεντεύξεις, ελάχιστα δείγματα ψυχικής οδύνης εμφάνισαν. Οι αξιωματικοί Κ και G, παρ’ όλο που τα πρόσωπά τους ήταν κρυμμένα στη σκιά, παρουσιάστηκαν πολύ πιο σκληροί και αποφασισμένοι από τους πράκτορες του Σπίλμπεργκ. «Δεν είχαμε κανένα δισταγμό», είπε ο Κ. «Μπορείς να λες ό,τι θέλεις σε συζητήσεις, όταν όμως παίρνεις μια διαταγή πρέπει να την εκτελέσεις».

Ένας άλλος πράκτορας, που κράτησε την ανωνυμία του, είπε στην ισραηλινή εφημερίδα Μααρίβ: «Ταυτιστήκαμε απόλυτα με την αποστολή μας μετά από αυτό που έκαναν οι τρομοκράτες στο Μόναχο. Ποτέ δεν αμφέβαλα μέσα μου, όπως ο Άβνερ στην ταινία. Ήξερα πως κάνω το σωστό». Και ο πρώην πρωθυπουργός Εχούντ Μπάρακ, ο οποίος φημολογείται ότι είχε ντυθεί γυναίκα κατά την επιδρομή στη Βηρυτό, περιγράφει την επιχείρηση σχεδόν με νοσταλγία.

(στοιχεία από άρθρο της εφημερίδας Γκάρντιαν που μεταφράστηκε και αναδημοσιεύτηκε στην Καθημερινή, στις 28.1.2006)

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FIDE World Cup – ο γύρος των “16”

Skakistiko - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 10:59


Πολλά από τα φαβορί αποκλείστηκαν στην φάση των “32”. Ο παγκόσμιος πρωταθλητής Κάρλσεν που έχασε στον κανονικό χρόνο 0.5-1.5 από τον Κινέζο Μπου Ξιανζί, ο πρώην παγκόσμιος πρωταθλητής Κράμνικ που έχασε 0.5-1.5 από τον Ιβαντσούκ, ο Καρουάνα στα μπαράζ από τον Νάγιερ, ο Νακαμούρα 0.5-1.5 από τον Φεντοσέεβ.
Ο προηγούμενος γύρος των “32” σημαδεύτηκε και από το περιστατικό dress code που στην εξέλιξή του οδήγησε τον Κοβαλιόβ στην αποχώρηση από το τουρνουά. Γράφτηκαν πολλές απόψεις που μπορείτε να βρείτε σε όλα τα μεγάλα διεθνή σκακιστικά σάιτ αλλά και στα δικά μας υπάρχει και ένας μικρός σχολιασμός επισκεπτών στην προηγούμενη ανάρτηση του σάιτ μας για το world cup.
Ο γύρος των “16” που οι πρώτες παρτίδες αρχίζουν σήμερα 12 Σεπτεμβρίου στις 2 μ.μ. ώρα Ελλάδας περιλαμβάνει τις εξής συναντήσεις:
Μπου Ξιανζί – Σβίντλερ
Βασιέ-Λαγκράβ – Γκριστσούκ
Ιβαντσούκ – Γκίρι
Αρονιάν – Ντούμποβ
Σο – Τζόμπαβα
Φεντοσέεβ – Ροντστάιν
Νάγιερ – Ράπορτ
Βαγκ Χάο – Ντιγκ Λίρεν

***Στο skakistiko κατά την ώρα των αγώνων υπάρχει πάνω πάνω παράθυρο ζωντανής μετάδοσης. Μπορείτε όμως να βλέπετε τις παρτίδες καλύτερα από το επίσημο σάιτ tbilisi2017.fide.com/ και από το chess24.com. Η πρώτη ανάρτηση του skakistiko για το World Cup που περιέχει τις βασικές πληροφορίες για τη διοργάνωση εδώ, η ανάρτηση για τη φάση των “64” εδώ και η ανάρτηση για τη φάση των “32” εδώ

Η παρτίδα Φεντοσέεβ – Νακαμούρα 1-0 με εκτενή σχόλια του Ντέγιαν Μποϊκοβ για το chess.com

[Event "Tbilisi FIDE World Cup"] [Site "?"] [Date "2017.09.10"] [Round "19.7"] [White "Fedoseev, Vladimir"] [Black "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Result "1-0"] [Annotator "Bojkov, Dejan"] [BlackElo "2781"] [ECO "C48"] [EventDate "2017.??.??"] [WhiteElo "2731"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bb5 { The Four Knights opening has a very solid reputation. White does not hope for big advantage, but rather tries to play for a win without much risk. } 4...Nd4 5.Bc4 Bc5 6.d3 c6 { Nakamura chooses a challenging continuation. } 7.Nxe5 { A principled capture. } 7...O-O ( { After this game, it is very possible that Black players analyze deeper the consequences of the line } 7...d5 8.exd5 O-O 9.O-O cxd5 10.Bb3 Re8 { as in Bruzon Batista,L (2666)-Baryshpolets,A (2538) Merida 2015 } ) 8.Nxf7 Rxf7 9.Bxf7+ Kxf7 10.Be3 $146 { A novelty. Fedoseev won a bit of material and simply consolidates. } ( { The only predecessor saw: } 10.O-O d6 11.Bg5 h6 12.Bxf6 Qxf6 13.Na4 { Koscielski,J (2318)-Friedel,M (2083) Essen 2004 } ) 10...Ne6 { Taken by surprise the American GM tries to play it safe. [According to Fedoseev White is much better now. &#8211; PD] } ( 10...d6 { is another save move until one see the line } 11.Na4 Ne6 12.Nxc5 Nxc5 13.e5 { None wants to be here without proper home preparation. } ) ( { Maybe best was to play for blockade with } 10...Qe7 $5 11.Na4 d6 12.Nxc5 dxc5 ) ( 10...a6 $6 { to keep the dark-squared bishop alive is not convincing at all due to } 11.e5 $1 ) 11.Bxc5 Nxc5 12.e5 { Now the white pawns seize the opportunity to grab space. } 12...Ne8 13.d4 Ne6 14.O-O { White can be very happy with the opening outcome. Two pawns and a rook are usually equal to the light pieces in the middlegame and better than them in the endgame. But here the pawns are extremely valuable as they are central pawns. Add to that the fact that the black pieces are somewhat dominated, the knights do not have good outposts and the black king is kind of iffy and you will know why White is so happy. } ( 14.f4 { at once was also good. } ) 14...d6 15.f4 dxe5 16.fxe5+ { Fedoseev is playing for the maximum. } ( 16.dxe5 { would be also better for White after } 16...Qxd1 17.Raxd1 g6 18.f5 ( { But not } 18.g4 N6g7 { with blockade. } ) 18...gxf5 19.Rxf5+ Ke7 20.Rdf1 { and the rooks are huge. } ) 16...Kg8 17.d5 { Leaving Black no chance to consolidate. [Fedoseev felt that he might have had a stronger move here. &#8211; PD] } 17...cxd5 18.Nxd5 N8c7 ( { In case of } 18...Bd7 { play may develop this way: } 19.Qh5 ( 19.Qf3 $5 ) 19...N8c7 20.Qf7+ Kh8 21.Nxc7 Qxc7 22.Rad1 { Look how quickly the white pieces are entering the battlefield once that the game is opened. White is close to a win after } 22...Qc5+ 23.Kh1 Bb5 24.Qxe6 Bxf1 25.Rxf1 h6 ( 25...Qxc2 26.Qf7 ) 26.c4 ) 19.c4 Bd7 20.Qg4 $1 { A clever move. The idea is to misplace the black knight from the ideal e6 spot. White threatens the simple Ra1-d1, so the next move is practically forced: } ( 20.Qh5 Qe8 { would be easier for Black to defend. } ) ( 20.Qf3 Qe8 { is also easier for Black to defend. } ) 20...Nf8 21.Qf3 Ng6 ( { There is no } 21...Be6 22.Qxf8+ $1 Qxf8 23.Rxf8+ Rxf8 24.Nxc7 { and White wins. } ) ( { Black cannot allow the queen on f7 for sure- } 21...Nfe6 22.Qf7+ Kh8 23.Rad1 { and the dominating position of the white pieces will bring them dividents very soon. } ) 22.Rad1 Ne6 23.h4 $1 { Another extremely aggressive and strong move. } ( { The main point of the move is revealed in the line } 23.Qf7+ Kh8 24.Nf6 $2 Nxe5 { where Black wins. } ) 23...Nxh4 ( 23...Qxh4 { loses on the spot } 24.Qf7+ Kh8 25.Qxd7 ) ( { But maybe the passive defense } 23...Kh8 { was the most stubborn one. } ) 24.Qf7+ Kh8 25.Nf6 { With the knight on h4 this is great. } 25...Qb6+ { Nakamura keeps on finding the best moves. } ( 25...gxf6 { loses to } 26.Rxd7 Qg8 27.Qxf6+ ) 26.Rf2 { But now the bishop on d7 is oddly running out of squares. } 26...Ba4 ( { Black is getting checkmated after } 26...gxf6 27.Rxd7 ) 27.Rd6 { Fedoseev decided to liquidate into an endgame. } ( 27.Nd5 $1 { would be a strong alternative. For example } 27...Qc5 ( 27...Qc6 28.b3 { traps the bishop. } ) 28.Rf1 $1 { The white pieces are ideally co-ordinated and he should win material. Say } 28...Re8 29.b4 Qd4 30.b5 ) 27...Ng5 28.Qe7 Nf5 ( 28...Qc5 $2 29.Rd8+ ) ( 28...Ng6 { would lead to the game after } 29.Rxb6 Nxe7 30.Rxb7 ) 29.Rxb6 Nxe7 30.Rxb7 Ng6 31.Nh5 { As mentioned earlier, the rook and the pawns become even stronger in the endgame. The rook has more room to operate and each of the pawns can become a queen. } ( 31.Nd5 $5 ) 31...Ne6 32.Rff7 Be8 { Nakamura was very short on time and could not find the most stubborn defense. } ( { That was the tricky } 32...Bd1 $1 { with the grand idea } 33.Nxg7 ( 33.Ng3 $5 { would retain winning chances though after } 33...Nxe5 34.Rxa7 Rc8 ) 33...Nd8 $1 34.Rxa7 Nxf7 35.Rxa8+ Kxg7 { and I have no idea what should happen here&#8230; } ) 33.Rxa7 Rd8 34.Rf1 $1 { The best position for the rook. } ( { The pseudo-active } 34.Rfb7 { would allow Black serious counterplay after } 34...Nxe5 35.Nxg7 Ng4 $1 { One thing to avoid being } 36.Nxe6 $4 Rd1# ) 34...Kg8 35.Ng3 h5 36.Nf5 { Another solid central move. } ( 36.b4 $5 { at once was also good. } ) ( 36.Nxh5 { on the other hand allows unnecessary complications after } 36...Nxe5 37.Re1 Nxc4 38.Rxe6 Bxh5 ) 36...Kh7 ( { The last chance was } 36...Nxe5 37.Re7 ( { Or } 37.Re1 Ng4 38.b4 ) 37...Bf7 38.Ne3 Rd3 39.Nd5 Nxc4 40.Nb4 Rd2 41.Rfxf7 { altough it is unlikely that Black can survive here. } ) 37.b4 h4 38.b5 Rd2 39.Nd6 { The bishop is trapped but Nakamura hopes his rook and knighs can save the day. } 39...h3 40.gxh3 { A cold-blooded answer. } ( 40.Nxe8 Rxg2+ 41.Kh1 Nxe5 42.Ra3 { would also do. } ) 40...Bd7 41.Rxd7 Ng5 42.Rf5 Nh4 ( { Or } 42...Nxh3+ 43.Kf1 Ngf4 { and now the simple } 44.Rxf4 Nxf4 45.a4 ) 43.Rxg7+ $1 ( 43.Rxg7+ { Black is running out of pawns and threats after } 43...Kxg7 44.Rxg5+ Kf8 45.Kf1 ) 1-0 You must activate JavaScript to enhance chess game visualization. jQuery(document).ready(function($) { $.chessgame.navigationButtonClass = 'rpbchessboard-jQuery-enableSmoothness'; $.chessgame.navigationFrameClass = 'wp-dialog'; $.chessgame.navigationFrameOptions = {"squareSize":28,"showCoordinates":true,"colorset":"original","pieceset":"cburnett","animationSpeed":200,"showMoveArrow":true}; var selector = '#' + "rpbchessboard-59b87b97a252a-1" + ' .rpbchessboard-chessgameAnchor'; $(selector).removeClass('rpbchessboard-chessgameAnchor').chessgame({"pgn":"[Event \"Tbilisi FIDE World Cup\"]\r\n[Site \"?\"]\r\n[Date \"2017.09.10\"]\r\n[Round \"19.7\"]\r\n[White \"Fedoseev, Vladimir\"]\r\n[Black \"Nakamura, Hikaru\"]\r\n[Result \"1-0\"]\r\n[Annotator \"Bojkov, Dejan\"]\r\n[BlackElo \"2781\"]\r\n[ECO \"C48\"]\r\n[EventDate \"2017.??.??\"]\r\n[WhiteElo \"2731\"]\r\n\r\n1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bb5\r\n{ The Four Knights opening has a very solid reputation. 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FIDE World Cup 2017: Round 4 Game 1

FIDE - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 04:20



Round 4 Game 1: Two decisive games


Only 16 out of 128 participants remained in the World Cup in Tbilisi. In the first game of the fourth round Vassily Ivanchuk defeated Anish Giri, while Vladimir Fedoseev outplayed Maxim Rodshtein. All other six games finished in a draw.



Anish Giri went for the position with opposite-side castling and both players seemed ready for a tough fight on both sides of the board. Ivanchuk’s 15.h3 was a dubious decision as it helped his opponent to advance his pawns and open g-file. However, the Dutch Grandmaster did not play precisely and let Ivanchuk to exchange a few pieces which converted the game into the winning ending for the Ukrainian.



The last move Qf4 was the crucial mistake from Anish Giri. Black had good chances to hold with queens on the board.



Playing Black Vladimir Fedoseev sacrificed a pawn in order to get more space for his pieces and fight for initiative. During a post-game interview he was not sure if he had enough compensation or not but he believed in Black’s position and felt it was not easy for Maxim to defend under the time pressure. White’s position collapsed after a big blunder 35.Nc4.



After 35…e3! 36. Bd5 Qf2 37.Kh1 Qf1 38.Kh2 Bg5 39. Be6 Kg7 White has to give up his queen not to get mated.



Levon Aronian missed a good chance to fight for a victory in the game against Daniil Dubov.



36.Ne8! leads to a force draw but this line could not work out if Levon took on b2 one move earlier (34…Rb2).



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Alexander Grischuk played a very interesting and sharp game which eventually finished in a draw. Alexander managed to surprise Maxime in the opening with a7-a6-a5 move order and Maxime felt he didn't get anything with White. The French Grandmaster decided to create an attack on the King's side but the Russian bravely chose the most principal lines and could have tried to keep material advantage and play for a victory after 28.e5.

The second game of 1/8 of the final will be played at 3 p.m. local time on 13 of September.

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Round 3 Tie-breaks: Caruana, Nepo leave the tournament


The third round tie-breaks started with 8 matches on the 11th of September at 3 pm local time. After two rapid games 5 encounters were over and Baadur Jobava, Richard Rapport, Evgeniy Najer, Ding Liren and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave qualified for the next round. To finish the game with a checkmate is a rare chance for top players but that is what happened in the Caruana-Najer encounter where by winning the second game the Russian Grandmaster eliminated one of the top seeds.



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won the first game against Alexander Lenderman and after some adventures made a draw in the second game.



After defeating Wei Yi Richard Rapport upset another Chinese Grandmaster Li Chao. The Hungarian Grandmaster won the first game and secured his place in the fourth round by offering a draw in a winning position.



The local hero Baadur Jobava won the third match today, after his opponent Ian Nepomniachtchi blundered a rook in an unpleasant but definitely not lost position.



After two decisive games in rapid Anish Girl outplayed Sethuraman in both ‘10min+10sec’ encounters. In a post-match interview the Dutch Grandmaster noted that he was really lucky during this round: “It doesn’t matter who is strong or weak. You have to be lucky and it helps to have good nerves, but it’s not necessary. Just be lucky!”



Alexander Grischuk was in trouble in the first rapid game against David Navara but after two draws the winner was decided in “10min+10sec” games. After they drew the first game, the Russian Grandmaster dominated in the second encounter and managed to convert his advantage into a full point.



The match between Levon Aronian and Maxim Matlakov lasted 6 hours and finished the last. After two draws in rapid, Levon Aronian won the first “10min +10 sec” game but once again Maxim Matlakov equalized the score. The fate of the match was decided in blitz after the Armenian won the first game and drew the second one.

The matches of the 4 round: Svidler – Bu Xiangzhi, Vachier-Lagrave – Grischuk, Giri – Ivanchuk, Aronian – Dubov, So – Jobava, Fedoseev – Rodshtein, Najer – Rapport, Wang Hao – Ding Liren.

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Round 3 Game 2: Carlsen, Nakamura, Kramnik leave


World Champion Magnus Carlsen leaves the World Cup after he drew his second game against Bu Xiangzhi. In a must win situation he tried to find some resources to complicate the game but the Chinese Grandmaster sacrificed a rook to force a draw by a perpetual check. Vladimir Fedoseev defeated another top seed – Hikaru Nakamura, who most probably mixed something in the opening and was in trouble from the early stage of the game.



Vassily Ivanchuk outplayed his lifelong opponent Vladimir Kramnik. Back in 2013 it was Kramnik, who eliminated the Ukrainian player and later on became the winner of the World Cup. This time Vassily Ivanchuk proceeds to round 4 to play against Daniil Dubov. After a draw in the first game, Peter Svidler won the second encounter against Alexander Onischuk and will play against Bu Xiangzhi in the fourth round. "It's difficult to be unhappy about this, frankly. Playing Magnus is interesting, but also difficult!" commented his next opponent Peter Svidler.



Daniil Dubov eliminated his compatriot Vladislav Artemiev by winning the second game.

After the victory in the previous encounter Wesley So made a draw against Francisco Vallejo Pons to secure his place in the tournament.

Yuri Kuzubov decided to exchange his piece for 3 pawns in the game against Wang Hao but it proved to be a dubious decision. After his victory over the Ukrainian Grandmaster Wang Hao proceeded to the 4th round.



Anton Kovalyov did not appear for the second game and Maxim Rodshtein advanced to the fourth round.

Maxim Matlakov equalized the score against Levon Aronian and the winner of the match will be determined on tie-break. In a post-game interview Russian player explained that during the game he was surprised by Levon`s choice 15.Nd7, which allowed him to get quite promising position.

The epic battle between Sethuraman and Giri finished in a draw after 78 moves of play. The Indian Grandmaster had winning position but Anish kept on looking for chances and managed to save the game.



8 tie-breaks will be played on 11th of September: Vachier-Lagrave - Lenderman, Li Chao - Rapport, Nepomniachtchi - Jobava, Caruana - Najer, Grischuk - Navara, Ding Liren - Vidit and Giri – Sethuraman, Matlakov – Aronian.

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Round 3 Game 1: Bu Xiangzhi defeats Carlsen, Kovalyov loses by forfeit

32 players came to the playing venue today to compete in the third round of the World Cup in Tbilisi.

10 minutes before the start of the games the Chief Arbiter Tomasz Delega asked GM Anton Kovalyov to observe the dress code set out in the regulations and requested that he change his shorts accordingly but the Canadian Grandmaster explained he could not do it. The Chairman of the Organizing Committtee GM Zurab Azmaiparashvili had another conversation with the player after which Anton Kovalyov left the playing hall and did not come back for the game. After the maximum default time of 15 minutes the match arbiter stopped the clock and Kovalyov`s opponent Maxim Rodshtein won by forfeit.



World champion Magnus Carlsen surprisingly lost with White pieces against Bu Xiangzhi.

According to the Chinese Grandmaster, the sacrifice on h3 was tempting and he saw that after 17.Qf3 he had a perpetual check Bh2-Bg3. After 19…f5 he felt he had good chances to win the game. Magnus Carlsen has Black pieces in the second game and needs to strike back to equalize the score.

Fransisco Vallejo Pons chose an aggressive line in Caro Kann against Wesley So today. In the post-game interview the winner of the encounter Wesley So doubted the decision of his opponent to sacrifice an exchange. He was sure that after 20…Qb2 White has not enough compensation for the material.



Levon Aronian defeated Maxim Matlakov with White pieces. Armenian Grandmaster didn’t give any chances for counterplay for his opponent by playing on both sides of the board.

12 games finished in a draw today including the games Nepomniachtchi – Jobava, Najer – Caruana, Vachier-Lagrave – Lenderman, Nakamura – Fedoseev, Onischuk – Svidler, Artemiev – Dubov, Ivanchuk – Kramnik, Giri – Sethuraman, Ding Liren – Vidit, Li Chao – Rapport, Grischuk – Navara and Wang Hao – Kuzubov.

The second game of the third round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time.



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The second round tie-breaks started with 22 matches on the 8th of September at 3 pm local time. After two rapid games 14 encounters were over and Ding Liren, David Navara, Yuriy Kuzubov, S.P. Sethuraman, Alexander Onischuk, Wang Hao, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Alexander Grischuk, Hikaru Nakamura, Evgeniy Najer, Peter Svidler, Richard Rapport, Li Chao and Bu Xiangzhi went through to the next round.



A few rating favorites leave a tournament including former World Rapid Champion Shakhriyar Mamedyarov who lost to Yuriy Kuzubov, Radoslaw Wojtaszek who was eliminated by Alexander Onischuk and Pentala Harikrishna who was defeated by his compatriot S.P. Sethuraman.



In one of the most dramatic matches of the tournament Adhiban-Nepomniachtchi Indian player missed another good chance to defeat his opponent in the first rapid game and after it ended in a draw, Ian Nepomniachtchi outplayed his opponent in the second game.

Wesley So, Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian, Baadur Jobava, Vassily Ivanchuk and Anish Giri won their ’10min+10sec’ matches.

Former Women’s World Champion Hou Yifan made 4 draws in classical and rapid games against Levon Aronian but lost 2:0 with `10 min+10sec` format.



The matches Andreikin-Matlakov and Radjabov-Artemiev were decided in blitz.

After 2 draws in rapid Maxim Matlakov defeated his opponent in 10+10 time control. However, the finalist of the World Cup 2013 Dmitry Andreikin managed to equalize the score. But already in the next blitz game he lost in an absolutely winning position and could not make a comeback after such a tough blow.



Teimour Radjabov lost the first rapid game but made a comeback by equalizing the score. He also outplayed his opponent in the first game with “10+10” time control. Suddenly, the tables were switched and in a must win situation Vladislav Artemiev defeated Teimour and then dominated in blitz.

Vladislav Artemiev and Maxim Matlakov qualified for 1/16.

The third round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time on the 9th of September. 32 participants continue playing in the World Cup.

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Round 2 Game 2: Anand, Adams and Karjakin leave

The return games of the second round of the World Cup were completed in the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi. Despite the elimination of 64 players in the first round, tomorrow we are going to see the same number of tie-break matches as in the previous tie-break day - 22.

Magnus Carlsen defeated Alexei Dreev and is the only player, who won his match with 2:0 score in round 2.

From the other top seeds Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Valdimir Kramnik, who started the round by winning against lower rated players, preserved the advantage to advance to the next round. The opponent of Kramnik, Anton Demchenko surprisingly offered a draw after only 10 moves.

Former World Champion Viswanathan Anand didn’t manage to tie the score in the second game against Anton Kovalyov and has to leave the tournament.



Another notable result is a loss of the winner of the World Cup 2015 Sergey Karjakin to Daniil Dubov. Michael Adams was also eliminated after the round 2 by Maxime Rodstein, who outplayed him in the second game with black pieces.

Francisco Vallejo Pons, Aleksandr Lenderman, Santosh Vidit and Vladimir Fedoseev won their matches as well to qualify for the 3rd round.

Ivan Cheparinov won the second game against David Navara and equalized the score in the match which will be decided on tie-break.



Indian GM Adhiban had chances to finish the match against Ian Nepomniachtchi today but the fate of their encounter will be decided tomorrow as well as Li Chao - Sevian, Aronian - You Yifan, Najer - Vitiugov, Caruana - Lenic, Giri - Motylev, Yu Yangyi - Jobava, Harikrishna - Sethuraman, Wang Hao - Gelfand, Grischuk - Cori, Onischuk - Wojtaszek, Ding Liren - Kravtsiv and Mamedyarov – Kuzubov, Erdos - Svidler, Rapport - Wei Yi, Sо - Bluebaum, Nakamura - Bruzon, Andreikin - Matlakov, Ivanchuk - Duda, Radjabov - Artemiev, Bacrot - Bu Xiangzhi.

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Round 2 Game 1: Anton Kovalyov defeats Vishy Anand

32 participants of the World Cup returned today to the venue to play the first games of the second round. Only 7 games were decisive, while 25 finished in a draw.



Magnus Carlsen defeated Alexey Dreev, David Navara won against Ivan Cheparinov, in two Russian derbies Vladimir Kramnik and Vladimir Fedoseev won against Anton Demchenko and Ernesto Inarkiev accordingly, Boris Grachev lost to Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Le Quang Liem lost to Vidit Santosh.

The biggest surprise of the second round was a victory of Anton Kovalyov from Canada over former World champion Viswanathan Anand. Indian player decided to sacrifice a piece in a better position 23.Nc5 but his opponent found a precise way to defend and kept his extra material. Vishy needs to win tomorrow with Black pieces to continue playing in the tournament.



The games Hou Yifan – Aronian, Motylev – Giri, Bacrot - Bu Xiangzhi, Karjakin - Dubov, Duda - Ivanchuk, Harikrishna - Sethuraman, Lenic - Caruana, Mamedyarov - Kuzubov, Matlakov - Andreikin, Sevian - Li Chao, Tari - Lenderman, Wei Yi - Rapport, Yu Yangyi - Jobava, Adhiban - Nepomniachcthi, Svidler - Erdos, Rodshtein - Adams, Bruzon - Nakamura, Tomashevsky - Vallejo Pons, Onischuk - Wojtaszek, Cori - Grischuk, So - Bluebaum, Kravtsiv - Ding Liren, Artemiev - Radjabov, Wang Hao - Gelfand and Vitiugov - Najer finished peacefully.

The second game of the second round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time on 7th of September.



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Round 1 Tie-Break Matches


The third day of the FIDE World Cup has finished and all the results of the first round are in. The remaining 22 matches continued with playoffs after two classical games.

According to the regulations of the World Cup tiebreaks two rapid games are played at a rate of 25 min+10 seconds. If the score is still tied two accelerated rapid games are played with a time control of 10 min + 10 sec. If the score is still deadlocked two blitz games are then played at 5 min + 3 sec. Finally, if a winner has still not been determined a sudden death Armageddon game takes place.



13 players were eliminated after two rapid games and the majority of the rating favorites, including Sergey Karjakin, Vladimir Fedoseev, Dmitry Andreikin, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Yu Yangyi, Wei Yi, Etienne Bacrot, Boris Grachev, Vassily Ivanchuk, Michael Adams, Maxim Rodshtein and Francisco Vallejo Pons, advanced to the second round. American player Samuel Sevian was the only “underdog”, who defeated a bit higher rated opponent Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu at this stage. The youngest participant of the World Cup Anton Smirnov from Australia, who made 2 draws in the games with classical control against Sergey Karjakin, lost the first rapid game and did not manage to equalize the score in the second one.



Aryan Tari, Daniil Dubov, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Pentala Harikrishna, Baskaran Adhiban, Anton Demchenko, Luka Lenic were stronger with 10 min + 10 sec time control. Norvegian GM Aryan Tari defeated 2700+ GM David Howell from England by winning the last game after 5 draws in the previous encounters.


The last match of the round 1 between Georgian player Baadur Jobava and Ivan Salgado Lopez obviously attracted enormous attention of local spectators and was decided in blitz. Baadur outplayed his opponent in the 8th game and remains the only Georgian player, who managed to proceed to the next stage.

The second round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time on 6th of September. 64 participants will continue playing but same as before only half of them will advance to the next stage.


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Top seeds advance to round two, while 22 matches will be decided on tie-breaks

The second games of the first round were played in Tbilisi on 4th of September.

The majority of the top seeds proceeded to the second round by defeating much lower rated opponents.



42 players won their matches after two classical games: Carlsen Magnus (NOR), So Wesley (USA), Caruana Fabiano (USA), Kramnik Vladimir (RUS), Aronian Levon (ARM), Mamedyarov Shakhriyar (AZE), Nakamura Hikaru (USA), Vachier-Lagrave Maxime (FRA), Grischuk Alexander (RUS), Anand Viswanathan (IND), Ding Liren (CHN), Giri Anish (NED), Svidler Peter (RUS), Wojtaszek Radoslaw (POL), Li Chao b (CHN), Radjabov Teimour (AZE), Le Quang Liem (VIE), Navara David (CZE) , Lenderman Aleksandr (USA), Gelfand Boris (ISR), Matlakov Maxim (RUS), Vitiugov Nikita (RUS), Bu Xiangzhi (CHN), Najer Evgeniy (RUS), Duda Jan-Krzysztof (POL), Wang Hao (CHN), Inarkiev Ernesto (RUS), Cheparinov Ivan (BUL), Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (IND), Artemiev Vladislav (RUS), Sethuraman S.P. (IND), Onischuk Alexander (USA), Rapport Richard (HUN), Motylev Alexander (RUS), Kravtsiv Martyn (UKR), Kovalyov Anton (CAN), Cori Jorge (PER), Bruzon Batista Lazaro (CUB), Kuzubov Yuriy (UKR), Hou Yifan (CHN), Bluebaum Matthias (GER), Dreev Aleksey (RUS).

Amin Bassem (EGY) lost his chance to win the match against Erdos Viktor (HUN) today after he missed a stalemate trick in a completely winning ending.



The biggest surprise of the round one was the elimination of the previous World Cup semifinalist Pavel Eljanov. The Ukrainian player had an absolutely winning position in the first game but after few mistakes he eventually lost. In a must win situation he tried to find some chances to complicate the position but his opponent Alexander Lenderman (USA) won also the second game. Another Ukrainian player and former World champion Ruslan Ponomariov also leaves the tournament after his loss against Sethuraman S.P. (IND).

Anton Demchenko, Vladimir Fedoseev, Pentala Harikrishna, Wei Yi and Murali Karthikeyan made comebacks by winning their second games and will continue to play tomorrow on tie-breaks.



44 players will return to the tournament hall on 5th of September to decide who will qualify for the next round.

According to the tournament regulations, after a new drawing of colours, two tie-break games with the time control 25min + 10sec will be played.

If the scores are still level, then, after a new drawing of colours, a match of two games with the time control 10min + 10sec will be played.

In case of a level score, another match of two games will be played, with a blitz time control of 5min + 3sec.

If still there is no winner, one sudden-death game will be played. The player who wins the drawing of lots may choose the colour. The player with the white pieces shall receive 5 minutes, the opponent with the black pieces shall receive 4 minutes whereupon, after the 60th move, both players shall receive an increment of 3 seconds for each move from move 61. In case of a draw the player with the black pieces is declared the winner.

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World Chess Cup started in Tbilisi, Georgia

Round 1 Game 1


The 2015 FIDE World Chess Cup began today at the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi, Georgia, with 128 of the world's top players fighting for the 1,6 million USD prize fund.

FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos made the first move in the game between the World champion Magnus Carlsen (NOR) and Oluwafemi Balogun (NGR).



According to the pairings, the favorites in the higher half of the draw met significantly lower rated opponents. The top seeds won their games relatively easily, but there were also surprising losses by rating favorites, including Wei Yi of China against Canadian Bator Sambuev, Pavel Eljanov of Ukraine against Alexander Lenderman of USA, Pentala Harikrishna of India against Cuban Grandmaster Yuri Gonzalez Vidal and Vladimir Fedoseev of Russia against Yusnel Bacallao Alonso of Cuba.



One of the favorites of the tournament and number second chess player in the world ranking Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France made a draw today. His opponent was International Master Muhammad Khusenkhojaev (TJK).



Another notable result is the draw in the game between Sergey Karjakin of Russia, the loser of the last World Championship and the youngest participant of the tournament, Anton Smirnov of Australia.



Alexander Onischuk moved to the second round without a fight. His opponent, Yaroslav Zherebukh (USA), was not able to leave his country and participate in the Chess World Cup because he was still waiting for his US Green Card. Today is Onischuk’s birthday and thus he received a nice present.

Tomorrow is the second game of the first round and the participants will be fighting hard to progress to the next round.

The organizers of the World Cup are FIDE, the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia, the Check In Georgia Sports, the Georgian Chess Federation, Organising Committee of The 2018 World Chess Olympiad and Tbilisi City Hall. The title Sponsor is SOCAR.

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Magnus Carlsen chose White pieces at the Opening Ceremony of the World Cup

The opening ceremony took place at the Funicular restaurant in Tbilisi on 2nd of September 2017. The players and guests were greeted by the Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili, the ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili, the President of Georgian Chess Federation George Giorgadze and the FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos.



The Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili welcomed all the guests to Tbilisi:

“Dear guests, leaders of the international chess federation, organizers and participants of the Tbilisi World Chess Cup!

For the first time our country holds a tournament of such a high category, and Georgian chess players are deservedly proud of their past. Georgia chess faces a big challenge as there will be the World Chess Olympiad in 2018 in Batumi. We hope that everything will be held at the highest level. I wish all participants successful games.”



FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos delivered his opening speech:

“The FIDE World Cup 2017 is going to be an historical chess event as it is the toughest event we have in FIDE. The particpation of 15 top rated players, including the exceptional case of the World Champion himself, makes this event the strongest in history. In order to win such tournament you should be a good player, have a good form and be a great fighter. Nobody can be sure about his own result here and this is why I really admire the decision of the World champion Magnus Carlsen to participate in this tournament. He writes his own history and he gives a message how the World Champion should be. I thank him for playing here and for the promotion of chess and this important FIDE event.

Georgia is a great country with a huge chess history, especially because of their great women players with some of them being here with us today. I would like to thank the Minister of Sport of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili for his support, ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili, the President of Gerogian Chess Federation Giorgiy Georgadze and his people for the organization of the World Cup and the coming Olympiad.

Recently there were some political statements in media that could have hurt Georgian people. On behalf of FIDE I would like to apologise for this. We are one family in FIDE because we do not allow our chess community to be divided for political, religious or racial reasons. I would like to ensure Mr. Minister that we will continue keeping to this principle. “ At the end of the speech Mr. Makropoulos declared the World Cup Open.



The opening ceremony included dance and sung performances by the Georgian national ballet "Sukhishvili" and musical band “Ursa” and was enjoyed by the participants and guests of the tournament.



Chief Arbiter Delega then proceeded with the drawing of colors. He invited the top seed of the tournament, the World Champion Magnus Carlsen from Norway to pick one of the traditional Georgian wine vessel 'Kvevri'. Magnus Carlsen will play the first game of the match against Oluwafemi Balogun from Nigeria with the white pieces.



After the end of the opening ceremony all the players came back to the official hotel and attended the technical meeting.

The organizers are FIDE, the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia, the Check In Georgia Sports, the Georgian Chess Federation, Organising Committee of The 2018 World Chess Olympiad and Tbilisi City Hall The title Sponsor is SOCAR.

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Ζωντανές μεταδόσεις σε σελίδα του skakistiko

Skakistiko - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 14:01


Στη μόνιμη σελίδα Ζωντανές Μεταδόσεις που δημιούργησα σήμερα (τη βρίσκετε στις μόνιμες κόκκινες καρτέλες στο πάνω μέρος του σάιτ, στη δεύτερη σειρά) μπορείτε να παρακολουθείτε live παρτίδες από τουρνουά στα οποία το chess24.com παρέχει ελεύθερα τον κώδικα για ενσωμάτωση.
Από τα τουρνουά που μεταδίδονται θα γίνεται επιλογή των διοργανώσεων που έχουν ελληνικό ενδιαφέρον (ή που γίνονται στην Ελλάδα ή αν μετέχουν έλληνες σκακιστές στο εξωτερικό) αλλά και των διεθνών διοργανώσεων μεγάλης εμβέλειας.

Η σελίδα αυτή του skakistiko είναι απλή ενσωμάτωση των μεταδόσεων του chess24 και δεν τις υποκαθιστά φυσικά (είναι πιο πλήρης η μετάδοση στο σάιτ πηγής) αλλά έχει μια συγκριτική χρησιμότητα για σχολιασμό των παρτίδων από επισκέπτες που προέρχονται από τον ελληνικό σκακιστικό κόσμο.

Το World Cup της Τιφλίδας, λόγω του τεράστιου διεθνούς ενδιαφέροντος θα συνεχίσει να μεταδίδεται στην κεντρική σελίδα του skakistiko μέχρι τις 28 Σεπτεμβρίου που τελειώνει (καθημερινά αρχίζει στις 2 μ.μ.) αλλά στη σελίδα Ζωντανές Μεταδόσεις μπορείτε να βλέπετε για αυτές τις μέρες:

1-2) Τα δυο διεθνή κλειστά τουρνουά νόρμας GM & IM στα Ανώγεια: Fischer Memorial και Capablanca Memorial (ώρα έναρξης 5 μ.μ.)

3) To Ευρωπαϊκό Πρωτάθλημα Νέων της Μαμάγια στη Ρουμανία με μεγάλη συμμετοχή νέων ελλήνων σκακιστών (ώρα έναρξης 3 μ.μ.)

4) Τον Β’ Όμιλο του Fall Chess Classic στο Σεντ Λιούις των ΗΠΑ όπου μετέχει και ο Αντώνης Παυλίδης (ώρα έναρξης 9 μ.μ.)

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Ας πέσουμε

Skakistiko - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 11:05

Στο εμβληματικό διήγημα Τα εγκλήματα της οδού Μοργκ ο Έντγκαρ Άλαν Πόε ισχυρίζεται πως η ικανότητα ανάλυσης ενός ανθρώπου μπορεί να ενισχυθεί με τη μελέτη των μαθηματικών, ενώ μιλάει και για τις δυνατότητες του σκακιστή. Το σκάκι απαιτεί «γνώση, εμπειρία και πολλή εξάσκηση» λέει ο Άγις Πλατής, επαγγελματίας σκακιστής, ο αφηγητής του μυθιστορήματος του Δημήτρη Καπετανάκη – έγραφε ο Φ. Φιλίππου σε μια παλιά λογοτεχνική στήλη κριτικής στο  Βήμα.

Ο Δ. Καπετανάκης, γεννημένος το 1953, πολιτικός μηχανικός, χρησιμοποιεί σαν τόπο δράσης του αστυνομικού του μυθιστορήματος Ας Πέσουμε (πιθανότατα παιχνίδι της γλώσσας με το “ας παίξουμε”- σκάκι) την Ύδρα. Θυμίζει κάτι; Φυσικά και θυμίζει και νομίζω πως ο Καπετανάκης δεν προσπαθεί να το κρύψει, ίσως μάλιστα αποτίει φανερό φόρο τιμής στα προσωπικά του αναγνώσματα και στον Γιάννη Μαρή, το κλασικό συγγραφέα της αστυνομικής λογοτεχνίας στην Ελλάδα που εκτός από Το έγκλημα στην Ύδρα επέλεξε το νησί-συνώνυμο του κοσμοπολιτισμού κατά τις προηγούμενες δεκαετίες και σαν μέρος του σκηνικού και σε άλλα του έργα (καθώς και τη Μύκονο)  με τη δράση να επιστρέφει και στο κέντρο της Αθήνας, στο Ζόναρς, στο Λυκαβηττό…

Ο Καπετανάκης πρωτοτυπεί και έχει ενδιαφέρον και για τους σκακιστές γιατί οι πιθανοί ένοχοι, είναι άτομα υπεράνω υποψίας με αναγνωρισμένη σκακιστική δεινότητα. Ο μυθιστορηματικός ήρωας, ο σκακιστής Άγις Πλατής, σαν νέος Αύγουστος Ντιπέν ή σαν αστυνόμος Μπέκας του Μαρή, επιλύει όλα τα αινίγματα που προκύπτουν από την πλοκή. Φυσικά τον καμβά έχουν συμπληρώσει στα σοκάκια αλλά και τα αρχοντικά του νησιού μεγιστάνες, καλλιτέχνες, μπον βιβέρ κληρονόμοι περιουσιών, μπαργούμεν.

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FIDE World Cup 2017: Round 3 Tie-breaks

FIDE - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 04:20



Round 3 Tie-breaks: Caruana, Nepo leave the tournament


The third round tie-breaks started with 8 matches on the 11th of September at 3 pm local time. After two rapid games 5 encounters were over and Baadur Jobava, Richard Rapport, Evgeniy Najer, Ding Liren and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave qualified for the next round. To finish the game with a checkmate is a rare chance for top players but that is what happened in the Caruana-Najer encounter where by winning the second game the Russian Grandmaster eliminated one of the top seeds.



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won the first game against Alexander Lenderman and after some adventures made a draw in the second game.



After defeating Wei Yi Richard Rapport upset another Chinese Grandmaster Li Chao. The Hungarian Grandmaster won the first game and secured his place in the fourth round by offering a draw in a winning position.



The local hero Baadur Jobava won the third match today, after his opponent Ian Nepomniachtchi blundered a rook in an unpleasant but definitely not lost position.



After two decisive games in rapid Anish Girl outplayed Sethuraman in both ‘10min+10sec’ encounters. In a post-match interview the Dutch Grandmaster noted that he was really lucky during this round: “It doesn’t matter who is strong or weak. You have to be lucky and it helps to have good nerves, but it’s not necessary. Just be lucky!”



Alexander Grischuk was in trouble in the first rapid game against David Navara but after two draws the winner was decided in “10min+10sec” games. After they drew the first game, the Russian Grandmaster dominated in the second encounter and managed to convert his advantage into a full point.



The match between Levon Aronian and Maxim Matlakov lasted 6 hours and finished the last. After two draws in rapid, Levon Aronian won the first “10min +10 sec” game but once again Maxim Matlakov equalized the score. The fate of the match was decided in blitz after the Armenian won the first game and drew the second one.

The matches of the 4 round: Svidler – Bu Xiangzhi, Vachier-Lagrave – Grischuk, Giri – Ivanchuk, Aronian – Dubov, So – Jobava, Fedoseev – Rodshtein, Najer – Rapport, Wang Hao – Ding Liren.

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Round 3 Game 2: Carlsen, Nakamura, Kramnik leave


World Champion Magnus Carlsen leaves the World Cup after he drew his second game against Bu Xiangzhi. In a must win situation he tried to find some resources to complicate the game but the Chinese Grandmaster sacrificed a rook to force a draw by a perpetual check. Vladimir Fedoseev defeated another top seed – Hikaru Nakamura, who most probably mixed something in the opening and was in trouble from the early stage of the game.



Vassily Ivanchuk outplayed his lifelong opponent Vladimir Kramnik. Back in 2013 it was Kramnik, who eliminated the Ukrainian player and later on became the winner of the World Cup. This time Vassily Ivanchuk proceeds to round 4 to play against Daniil Dubov. After a draw in the first game, Peter Svidler won the second encounter against Alexander Onischuk and will play against Bu Xiangzhi in the fourth round. "It's difficult to be unhappy about this, frankly. Playing Magnus is interesting, but also difficult!" commented his next opponent Peter Svidler.



Daniil Dubov eliminated his compatriot Vladislav Artemiev by winning the second game.

After the victory in the previous encounter Wesley So made a draw against Francisco Vallejo Pons to secure his place in the tournament.

Yuri Kuzubov decided to exchange his piece for 3 pawns in the game against Wang Hao but it proved to be a dubious decision. After his victory over the Ukrainian Grandmaster Wang Hao proceeded to the 4th round.



Anton Kovalyov did not appear for the second game and Maxim Rodshtein advanced to the fourth round.

Maxim Matlakov equalized the score against Levon Aronian and the winner of the match will be determined on tie-break. In a post-game interview Russian player explained that during the game he was surprised by Levon`s choice 15.Nd7, which allowed him to get quite promising position.

The epic battle between Sethuraman and Giri finished in a draw after 78 moves of play. The Indian Grandmaster had winning position but Anish kept on looking for chances and managed to save the game.



8 tie-breaks will be played on 11th of September: Vachier-Lagrave - Lenderman, Li Chao - Rapport, Nepomniachtchi - Jobava, Caruana - Najer, Grischuk - Navara, Ding Liren - Vidit and Giri – Sethuraman, Matlakov – Aronian.

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Round 3 Game 1: Bu Xiangzhi defeats Carlsen, Kovalyov loses by forfeit

32 players came to the playing venue today to compete in the third round of the World Cup in Tbilisi.

10 minutes before the start of the games the Chief Arbiter Tomasz Delega asked GM Anton Kovalyov to observe the dress code set out in the regulations and requested that he change his shorts accordingly but the Canadian Grandmaster explained he could not do it. The Chairman of the Organizing Committtee GM Zurab Azmaiparashvili had another conversation with the player after which Anton Kovalyov left the playing hall and did not come back for the game. After the maximum default time of 15 minutes the match arbiter stopped the clock and Kovalyov`s opponent Maxim Rodshtein won by forfeit.



World champion Magnus Carlsen surprisingly lost with White pieces against Bu Xiangzhi.

According to the Chinese Grandmaster, the sacrifice on h3 was tempting and he saw that after 17.Qf3 he had a perpetual check Bh2-Bg3. After 19…f5 he felt he had good chances to win the game. Magnus Carlsen has Black pieces in the second game and needs to strike back to equalize the score.

Fransisco Vallejo Pons chose an aggressive line in Caro Kann against Wesley So today. In the post-game interview the winner of the encounter Wesley So doubted the decision of his opponent to sacrifice an exchange. He was sure that after 20…Qb2 White has not enough compensation for the material.



Levon Aronian defeated Maxim Matlakov with White pieces. Armenian Grandmaster didn’t give any chances for counterplay for his opponent by playing on both sides of the board.

12 games finished in a draw today including the games Nepomniachtchi – Jobava, Najer – Caruana, Vachier-Lagrave – Lenderman, Nakamura – Fedoseev, Onischuk – Svidler, Artemiev – Dubov, Ivanchuk – Kramnik, Giri – Sethuraman, Ding Liren – Vidit, Li Chao – Rapport, Grischuk – Navara and Wang Hao – Kuzubov.

The second game of the third round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time.



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The second round tie-breaks started with 22 matches on the 8th of September at 3 pm local time. After two rapid games 14 encounters were over and Ding Liren, David Navara, Yuriy Kuzubov, S.P. Sethuraman, Alexander Onischuk, Wang Hao, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Alexander Grischuk, Hikaru Nakamura, Evgeniy Najer, Peter Svidler, Richard Rapport, Li Chao and Bu Xiangzhi went through to the next round.



A few rating favorites leave a tournament including former World Rapid Champion Shakhriyar Mamedyarov who lost to Yuriy Kuzubov, Radoslaw Wojtaszek who was eliminated by Alexander Onischuk and Pentala Harikrishna who was defeated by his compatriot S.P. Sethuraman.



In one of the most dramatic matches of the tournament Adhiban-Nepomniachtchi Indian player missed another good chance to defeat his opponent in the first rapid game and after it ended in a draw, Ian Nepomniachtchi outplayed his opponent in the second game.

Wesley So, Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian, Baadur Jobava, Vassily Ivanchuk and Anish Giri won their ’10min+10sec’ matches.

Former Women’s World Champion Hou Yifan made 4 draws in classical and rapid games against Levon Aronian but lost 2:0 with `10 min+10sec` format.



The matches Andreikin-Matlakov and Radjabov-Artemiev were decided in blitz.

After 2 draws in rapid Maxim Matlakov defeated his opponent in 10+10 time control. However, the finalist of the World Cup 2013 Dmitry Andreikin managed to equalize the score. But already in the next blitz game he lost in an absolutely winning position and could not make a comeback after such a tough blow.



Teimour Radjabov lost the first rapid game but made a comeback by equalizing the score. He also outplayed his opponent in the first game with “10+10” time control. Suddenly, the tables were switched and in a must win situation Vladislav Artemiev defeated Teimour and then dominated in blitz.

Vladislav Artemiev and Maxim Matlakov qualified for 1/16.

The third round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time on the 9th of September. 32 participants continue playing in the World Cup.

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Round 2 Game 2: Anand, Adams and Karjakin leave

The return games of the second round of the World Cup were completed in the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi. Despite the elimination of 64 players in the first round, tomorrow we are going to see the same number of tie-break matches as in the previous tie-break day - 22.

Magnus Carlsen defeated Alexei Dreev and is the only player, who won his match with 2:0 score in round 2.

From the other top seeds Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Valdimir Kramnik, who started the round by winning against lower rated players, preserved the advantage to advance to the next round. The opponent of Kramnik, Anton Demchenko surprisingly offered a draw after only 10 moves.

Former World Champion Viswanathan Anand didn’t manage to tie the score in the second game against Anton Kovalyov and has to leave the tournament.



Another notable result is a loss of the winner of the World Cup 2015 Sergey Karjakin to Daniil Dubov. Michael Adams was also eliminated after the round 2 by Maxime Rodstein, who outplayed him in the second game with black pieces.

Francisco Vallejo Pons, Aleksandr Lenderman, Santosh Vidit and Vladimir Fedoseev won their matches as well to qualify for the 3rd round.

Ivan Cheparinov won the second game against David Navara and equalized the score in the match which will be decided on tie-break.



Indian GM Adhiban had chances to finish the match against Ian Nepomniachtchi today but the fate of their encounter will be decided tomorrow as well as Li Chao - Sevian, Aronian - You Yifan, Najer - Vitiugov, Caruana - Lenic, Giri - Motylev, Yu Yangyi - Jobava, Harikrishna - Sethuraman, Wang Hao - Gelfand, Grischuk - Cori, Onischuk - Wojtaszek, Ding Liren - Kravtsiv and Mamedyarov – Kuzubov, Erdos - Svidler, Rapport - Wei Yi, Sо - Bluebaum, Nakamura - Bruzon, Andreikin - Matlakov, Ivanchuk - Duda, Radjabov - Artemiev, Bacrot - Bu Xiangzhi.

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Round 2 Game 1: Anton Kovalyov defeats Vishy Anand

32 participants of the World Cup returned today to the venue to play the first games of the second round. Only 7 games were decisive, while 25 finished in a draw.



Magnus Carlsen defeated Alexey Dreev, David Navara won against Ivan Cheparinov, in two Russian derbies Vladimir Kramnik and Vladimir Fedoseev won against Anton Demchenko and Ernesto Inarkiev accordingly, Boris Grachev lost to Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Le Quang Liem lost to Vidit Santosh.

The biggest surprise of the second round was a victory of Anton Kovalyov from Canada over former World champion Viswanathan Anand. Indian player decided to sacrifice a piece in a better position 23.Nc5 but his opponent found a precise way to defend and kept his extra material. Vishy needs to win tomorrow with Black pieces to continue playing in the tournament.



The games Hou Yifan – Aronian, Motylev – Giri, Bacrot - Bu Xiangzhi, Karjakin - Dubov, Duda - Ivanchuk, Harikrishna - Sethuraman, Lenic - Caruana, Mamedyarov - Kuzubov, Matlakov - Andreikin, Sevian - Li Chao, Tari - Lenderman, Wei Yi - Rapport, Yu Yangyi - Jobava, Adhiban - Nepomniachcthi, Svidler - Erdos, Rodshtein - Adams, Bruzon - Nakamura, Tomashevsky - Vallejo Pons, Onischuk - Wojtaszek, Cori - Grischuk, So - Bluebaum, Kravtsiv - Ding Liren, Artemiev - Radjabov, Wang Hao - Gelfand and Vitiugov - Najer finished peacefully.

The second game of the second round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time on 7th of September.



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Round 1 Tie-Break Matches


The third day of the FIDE World Cup has finished and all the results of the first round are in. The remaining 22 matches continued with playoffs after two classical games.

According to the regulations of the World Cup tiebreaks two rapid games are played at a rate of 25 min+10 seconds. If the score is still tied two accelerated rapid games are played with a time control of 10 min + 10 sec. If the score is still deadlocked two blitz games are then played at 5 min + 3 sec. Finally, if a winner has still not been determined a sudden death Armageddon game takes place.



13 players were eliminated after two rapid games and the majority of the rating favorites, including Sergey Karjakin, Vladimir Fedoseev, Dmitry Andreikin, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Yu Yangyi, Wei Yi, Etienne Bacrot, Boris Grachev, Vassily Ivanchuk, Michael Adams, Maxim Rodshtein and Francisco Vallejo Pons, advanced to the second round. American player Samuel Sevian was the only “underdog”, who defeated a bit higher rated opponent Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu at this stage. The youngest participant of the World Cup Anton Smirnov from Australia, who made 2 draws in the games with classical control against Sergey Karjakin, lost the first rapid game and did not manage to equalize the score in the second one.



Aryan Tari, Daniil Dubov, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Pentala Harikrishna, Baskaran Adhiban, Anton Demchenko, Luka Lenic were stronger with 10 min + 10 sec time control. Norvegian GM Aryan Tari defeated 2700+ GM David Howell from England by winning the last game after 5 draws in the previous encounters.


The last match of the round 1 between Georgian player Baadur Jobava and Ivan Salgado Lopez obviously attracted enormous attention of local spectators and was decided in blitz. Baadur outplayed his opponent in the 8th game and remains the only Georgian player, who managed to proceed to the next stage.

The second round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time on 6th of September. 64 participants will continue playing but same as before only half of them will advance to the next stage.


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Top seeds advance to round two, while 22 matches will be decided on tie-breaks

The second games of the first round were played in Tbilisi on 4th of September.

The majority of the top seeds proceeded to the second round by defeating much lower rated opponents.



42 players won their matches after two classical games: Carlsen Magnus (NOR), So Wesley (USA), Caruana Fabiano (USA), Kramnik Vladimir (RUS), Aronian Levon (ARM), Mamedyarov Shakhriyar (AZE), Nakamura Hikaru (USA), Vachier-Lagrave Maxime (FRA), Grischuk Alexander (RUS), Anand Viswanathan (IND), Ding Liren (CHN), Giri Anish (NED), Svidler Peter (RUS), Wojtaszek Radoslaw (POL), Li Chao b (CHN), Radjabov Teimour (AZE), Le Quang Liem (VIE), Navara David (CZE) , Lenderman Aleksandr (USA), Gelfand Boris (ISR), Matlakov Maxim (RUS), Vitiugov Nikita (RUS), Bu Xiangzhi (CHN), Najer Evgeniy (RUS), Duda Jan-Krzysztof (POL), Wang Hao (CHN), Inarkiev Ernesto (RUS), Cheparinov Ivan (BUL), Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (IND), Artemiev Vladislav (RUS), Sethuraman S.P. (IND), Onischuk Alexander (USA), Rapport Richard (HUN), Motylev Alexander (RUS), Kravtsiv Martyn (UKR), Kovalyov Anton (CAN), Cori Jorge (PER), Bruzon Batista Lazaro (CUB), Kuzubov Yuriy (UKR), Hou Yifan (CHN), Bluebaum Matthias (GER), Dreev Aleksey (RUS).

Amin Bassem (EGY) lost his chance to win the match against Erdos Viktor (HUN) today after he missed a stalemate trick in a completely winning ending.



The biggest surprise of the round one was the elimination of the previous World Cup semifinalist Pavel Eljanov. The Ukrainian player had an absolutely winning position in the first game but after few mistakes he eventually lost. In a must win situation he tried to find some chances to complicate the position but his opponent Alexander Lenderman (USA) won also the second game. Another Ukrainian player and former World champion Ruslan Ponomariov also leaves the tournament after his loss against Sethuraman S.P. (IND).

Anton Demchenko, Vladimir Fedoseev, Pentala Harikrishna, Wei Yi and Murali Karthikeyan made comebacks by winning their second games and will continue to play tomorrow on tie-breaks.



44 players will return to the tournament hall on 5th of September to decide who will qualify for the next round.

According to the tournament regulations, after a new drawing of colours, two tie-break games with the time control 25min + 10sec will be played.

If the scores are still level, then, after a new drawing of colours, a match of two games with the time control 10min + 10sec will be played.

In case of a level score, another match of two games will be played, with a blitz time control of 5min + 3sec.

If still there is no winner, one sudden-death game will be played. The player who wins the drawing of lots may choose the colour. The player with the white pieces shall receive 5 minutes, the opponent with the black pieces shall receive 4 minutes whereupon, after the 60th move, both players shall receive an increment of 3 seconds for each move from move 61. In case of a draw the player with the black pieces is declared the winner.

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World Chess Cup started in Tbilisi, Georgia

Round 1 Game 1


The 2015 FIDE World Chess Cup began today at the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi, Georgia, with 128 of the world's top players fighting for the 1,6 million USD prize fund.

FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos made the first move in the game between the World champion Magnus Carlsen (NOR) and Oluwafemi Balogun (NGR).



According to the pairings, the favorites in the higher half of the draw met significantly lower rated opponents. The top seeds won their games relatively easily, but there were also surprising losses by rating favorites, including Wei Yi of China against Canadian Bator Sambuev, Pavel Eljanov of Ukraine against Alexander Lenderman of USA, Pentala Harikrishna of India against Cuban Grandmaster Yuri Gonzalez Vidal and Vladimir Fedoseev of Russia against Yusnel Bacallao Alonso of Cuba.



One of the favorites of the tournament and number second chess player in the world ranking Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France made a draw today. His opponent was International Master Muhammad Khusenkhojaev (TJK).



Another notable result is the draw in the game between Sergey Karjakin of Russia, the loser of the last World Championship and the youngest participant of the tournament, Anton Smirnov of Australia.



Alexander Onischuk moved to the second round without a fight. His opponent, Yaroslav Zherebukh (USA), was not able to leave his country and participate in the Chess World Cup because he was still waiting for his US Green Card. Today is Onischuk’s birthday and thus he received a nice present.

Tomorrow is the second game of the first round and the participants will be fighting hard to progress to the next round.

The organizers of the World Cup are FIDE, the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia, the Check In Georgia Sports, the Georgian Chess Federation, Organising Committee of The 2018 World Chess Olympiad and Tbilisi City Hall. The title Sponsor is SOCAR.

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Magnus Carlsen chose White pieces at the Opening Ceremony of the World Cup

The opening ceremony took place at the Funicular restaurant in Tbilisi on 2nd of September 2017. The players and guests were greeted by the Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili, the ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili, the President of Georgian Chess Federation George Giorgadze and the FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos.



The Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili welcomed all the guests to Tbilisi:

“Dear guests, leaders of the international chess federation, organizers and participants of the Tbilisi World Chess Cup!

For the first time our country holds a tournament of such a high category, and Georgian chess players are deservedly proud of their past. Georgia chess faces a big challenge as there will be the World Chess Olympiad in 2018 in Batumi. We hope that everything will be held at the highest level. I wish all participants successful games.”



FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos delivered his opening speech:

“The FIDE World Cup 2017 is going to be an historical chess event as it is the toughest event we have in FIDE. The particpation of 15 top rated players, including the exceptional case of the World Champion himself, makes this event the strongest in history. In order to win such tournament you should be a good player, have a good form and be a great fighter. Nobody can be sure about his own result here and this is why I really admire the decision of the World champion Magnus Carlsen to participate in this tournament. He writes his own history and he gives a message how the World Champion should be. I thank him for playing here and for the promotion of chess and this important FIDE event.

Georgia is a great country with a huge chess history, especially because of their great women players with some of them being here with us today. I would like to thank the Minister of Sport of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili for his support, ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili, the President of Gerogian Chess Federation Giorgiy Georgadze and his people for the organization of the World Cup and the coming Olympiad.

Recently there were some political statements in media that could have hurt Georgian people. On behalf of FIDE I would like to apologise for this. We are one family in FIDE because we do not allow our chess community to be divided for political, religious or racial reasons. I would like to ensure Mr. Minister that we will continue keeping to this principle. “ At the end of the speech Mr. Makropoulos declared the World Cup Open.



The opening ceremony included dance and sung performances by the Georgian national ballet "Sukhishvili" and musical band “Ursa” and was enjoyed by the participants and guests of the tournament.



Chief Arbiter Delega then proceeded with the drawing of colors. He invited the top seed of the tournament, the World Champion Magnus Carlsen from Norway to pick one of the traditional Georgian wine vessel 'Kvevri'. Magnus Carlsen will play the first game of the match against Oluwafemi Balogun from Nigeria with the white pieces.



After the end of the opening ceremony all the players came back to the official hotel and attended the technical meeting.

The organizers are FIDE, the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia, the Check In Georgia Sports, the Georgian Chess Federation, Organising Committee of The 2018 World Chess Olympiad and Tbilisi City Hall The title Sponsor is SOCAR.

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FIDE World Cup 2017: Round 3 Game 2

FIDE - Sun, 09/10/2017 - 04:20



Round 3 Game 2: Carlsen, Nakamura, Kramnik leave


World Champion Magnus Carlsen leaves the World Cup after he drew his second game against Bu Xiangzhi. In a must win situation he tried to find some resources to complicate the game but the Chinese Grandmaster sacrificed a rook to force a draw by a perpetual check. Vladimir Fedoseev defeated another top seed – Hikaru Nakamura, who most probably mixed something in the opening and was in trouble from the early stage of the game.



Vassily Ivanchuk outplayed his lifelong opponent Vladimir Kramnik. Back in 2013 it was Kramnik, who eliminated the Ukrainian player and later on became the winner of the World Cup. This time Vassily Ivanchuk proceeds to round 4 to play against Daniil Dubov. After a draw in the first game, Peter Svidler won the second encounter against Alexander Onischuk and will play against Bu Xiangzhi in the fourth round. "It's difficult to be unhappy about this, frankly. Playing Magnus is interesting, but also difficult!" commented his next opponent Peter Svidler.



Daniil Dubov eliminated his compatriot Vladislav Artemiev by winning the second game.

After the victory in the previous encounter Wesley So made a draw against Francisco Vallejo Pons to secure his place in the tournament.

Yuri Kuzubov decided to exchange his piece for 3 pawns in the game against Wang Hao but it proved to be a dubious decision. After his victory over the Ukrainian Grandmaster Wang Hao proceeded to the 4th round.



Anton Kovalyov did not appear for the second game and Maxim Rodshtein advanced to the fourth round.

Maxim Matlakov equalized the score against Levon Aronian and the winner of the match will be determined on tie-break. In a post-game interview Russian player explained that during the game he was surprised by Levon`s choice 15.Nd7, which allowed him to get quite promising position.

The epic battle between Sethuraman and Giri finished in a draw after 78 moves of play. The Indian Grandmaster had winning position but Anish kept on looking for chances and managed to save the game.



8 tie-breaks will be played on 11th of September: Vachier-Lagrave - Lenderman, Li Chao - Rapport, Nepomniachtchi - Jobava, Caruana - Najer, Grischuk - Navara, Ding Liren - Vidit and Giri – Sethuraman, Matlakov – Aronian.

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Round 3 Game 1: Bu Xiangzhi defeats Carlsen, Kovalyov loses by forfeit

32 players came to the playing venue today to compete in the third round of the World Cup in Tbilisi.

10 minutes before the start of the games the Chief Arbiter Tomasz Delega asked GM Anton Kovalyov to observe the dress code set out in the regulations and requested that he change his shorts accordingly but the Canadian Grandmaster explained he could not do it. The Chairman of the Organizing Committtee GM Zurab Azmaiparashvili had another conversation with the player after which Anton Kovalyov left the playing hall and did not come back for the game. After the maximum default time of 15 minutes the match arbiter stopped the clock and Kovalyov`s opponent Maxim Rodshtein won by forfeit.



World champion Magnus Carlsen surprisingly lost with White pieces against Bu Xiangzhi.

According to the Chinese Grandmaster, the sacrifice on h3 was tempting and he saw that after 17.Qf3 he had a perpetual check Bh2-Bg3. After 19…f5 he felt he had good chances to win the game. Magnus Carlsen has Black pieces in the second game and needs to strike back to equalize the score.

Fransisco Vallejo Pons chose an aggressive line in Caro Kann against Wesley So today. In the post-game interview the winner of the encounter Wesley So doubted the decision of his opponent to sacrifice an exchange. He was sure that after 20…Qb2 White has not enough compensation for the material.



Levon Aronian defeated Maxim Matlakov with White pieces. Armenian Grandmaster didn’t give any chances for counterplay for his opponent by playing on both sides of the board.

12 games finished in a draw today including the games Nepomniachtchi – Jobava, Najer – Caruana, Vachier-Lagrave – Lenderman, Nakamura – Fedoseev, Onischuk – Svidler, Artemiev – Dubov, Ivanchuk – Kramnik, Giri – Sethuraman, Ding Liren – Vidit, Li Chao – Rapport, Grischuk – Navara and Wang Hao – Kuzubov.

The second game of the third round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time.



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The second round tie-breaks started with 22 matches on the 8th of September at 3 pm local time. After two rapid games 14 encounters were over and Ding Liren, David Navara, Yuriy Kuzubov, S.P. Sethuraman, Alexander Onischuk, Wang Hao, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Alexander Grischuk, Hikaru Nakamura, Evgeniy Najer, Peter Svidler, Richard Rapport, Li Chao and Bu Xiangzhi went through to the next round.



A few rating favorites leave a tournament including former World Rapid Champion Shakhriyar Mamedyarov who lost to Yuriy Kuzubov, Radoslaw Wojtaszek who was eliminated by Alexander Onischuk and Pentala Harikrishna who was defeated by his compatriot S.P. Sethuraman.



In one of the most dramatic matches of the tournament Adhiban-Nepomniachtchi Indian player missed another good chance to defeat his opponent in the first rapid game and after it ended in a draw, Ian Nepomniachtchi outplayed his opponent in the second game.

Wesley So, Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian, Baadur Jobava, Vassily Ivanchuk and Anish Giri won their ’10min+10sec’ matches.

Former Women’s World Champion Hou Yifan made 4 draws in classical and rapid games against Levon Aronian but lost 2:0 with `10 min+10sec` format.



The matches Andreikin-Matlakov and Radjabov-Artemiev were decided in blitz.

After 2 draws in rapid Maxim Matlakov defeated his opponent in 10+10 time control. However, the finalist of the World Cup 2013 Dmitry Andreikin managed to equalize the score. But already in the next blitz game he lost in an absolutely winning position and could not make a comeback after such a tough blow.



Teimour Radjabov lost the first rapid game but made a comeback by equalizing the score. He also outplayed his opponent in the first game with “10+10” time control. Suddenly, the tables were switched and in a must win situation Vladislav Artemiev defeated Teimour and then dominated in blitz.

Vladislav Artemiev and Maxim Matlakov qualified for 1/16.

The third round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time on the 9th of September. 32 participants continue playing in the World Cup.

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Round 2 Game 2: Anand, Adams and Karjakin leave

The return games of the second round of the World Cup were completed in the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi. Despite the elimination of 64 players in the first round, tomorrow we are going to see the same number of tie-break matches as in the previous tie-break day - 22.

Magnus Carlsen defeated Alexei Dreev and is the only player, who won his match with 2:0 score in round 2.

From the other top seeds Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Valdimir Kramnik, who started the round by winning against lower rated players, preserved the advantage to advance to the next round. The opponent of Kramnik, Anton Demchenko surprisingly offered a draw after only 10 moves.

Former World Champion Viswanathan Anand didn’t manage to tie the score in the second game against Anton Kovalyov and has to leave the tournament.



Another notable result is a loss of the winner of the World Cup 2015 Sergey Karjakin to Daniil Dubov. Michael Adams was also eliminated after the round 2 by Maxime Rodstein, who outplayed him in the second game with black pieces.

Francisco Vallejo Pons, Aleksandr Lenderman, Santosh Vidit and Vladimir Fedoseev won their matches as well to qualify for the 3rd round.

Ivan Cheparinov won the second game against David Navara and equalized the score in the match which will be decided on tie-break.



Indian GM Adhiban had chances to finish the match against Ian Nepomniachtchi today but the fate of their encounter will be decided tomorrow as well as Li Chao - Sevian, Aronian - You Yifan, Najer - Vitiugov, Caruana - Lenic, Giri - Motylev, Yu Yangyi - Jobava, Harikrishna - Sethuraman, Wang Hao - Gelfand, Grischuk - Cori, Onischuk - Wojtaszek, Ding Liren - Kravtsiv and Mamedyarov – Kuzubov, Erdos - Svidler, Rapport - Wei Yi, Sо - Bluebaum, Nakamura - Bruzon, Andreikin - Matlakov, Ivanchuk - Duda, Radjabov - Artemiev, Bacrot - Bu Xiangzhi.

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Round 2 Game 1: Anton Kovalyov defeats Vishy Anand

32 participants of the World Cup returned today to the venue to play the first games of the second round. Only 7 games were decisive, while 25 finished in a draw.



Magnus Carlsen defeated Alexey Dreev, David Navara won against Ivan Cheparinov, in two Russian derbies Vladimir Kramnik and Vladimir Fedoseev won against Anton Demchenko and Ernesto Inarkiev accordingly, Boris Grachev lost to Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Le Quang Liem lost to Vidit Santosh.

The biggest surprise of the second round was a victory of Anton Kovalyov from Canada over former World champion Viswanathan Anand. Indian player decided to sacrifice a piece in a better position 23.Nc5 but his opponent found a precise way to defend and kept his extra material. Vishy needs to win tomorrow with Black pieces to continue playing in the tournament.



The games Hou Yifan – Aronian, Motylev – Giri, Bacrot - Bu Xiangzhi, Karjakin - Dubov, Duda - Ivanchuk, Harikrishna - Sethuraman, Lenic - Caruana, Mamedyarov - Kuzubov, Matlakov - Andreikin, Sevian - Li Chao, Tari - Lenderman, Wei Yi - Rapport, Yu Yangyi - Jobava, Adhiban - Nepomniachcthi, Svidler - Erdos, Rodshtein - Adams, Bruzon - Nakamura, Tomashevsky - Vallejo Pons, Onischuk - Wojtaszek, Cori - Grischuk, So - Bluebaum, Kravtsiv - Ding Liren, Artemiev - Radjabov, Wang Hao - Gelfand and Vitiugov - Najer finished peacefully.

The second game of the second round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time on 7th of September.



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Round 1 Tie-Break Matches


The third day of the FIDE World Cup has finished and all the results of the first round are in. The remaining 22 matches continued with playoffs after two classical games.

According to the regulations of the World Cup tiebreaks two rapid games are played at a rate of 25 min+10 seconds. If the score is still tied two accelerated rapid games are played with a time control of 10 min + 10 sec. If the score is still deadlocked two blitz games are then played at 5 min + 3 sec. Finally, if a winner has still not been determined a sudden death Armageddon game takes place.



13 players were eliminated after two rapid games and the majority of the rating favorites, including Sergey Karjakin, Vladimir Fedoseev, Dmitry Andreikin, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Yu Yangyi, Wei Yi, Etienne Bacrot, Boris Grachev, Vassily Ivanchuk, Michael Adams, Maxim Rodshtein and Francisco Vallejo Pons, advanced to the second round. American player Samuel Sevian was the only “underdog”, who defeated a bit higher rated opponent Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu at this stage. The youngest participant of the World Cup Anton Smirnov from Australia, who made 2 draws in the games with classical control against Sergey Karjakin, lost the first rapid game and did not manage to equalize the score in the second one.



Aryan Tari, Daniil Dubov, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Pentala Harikrishna, Baskaran Adhiban, Anton Demchenko, Luka Lenic were stronger with 10 min + 10 sec time control. Norvegian GM Aryan Tari defeated 2700+ GM David Howell from England by winning the last game after 5 draws in the previous encounters.


The last match of the round 1 between Georgian player Baadur Jobava and Ivan Salgado Lopez obviously attracted enormous attention of local spectators and was decided in blitz. Baadur outplayed his opponent in the 8th game and remains the only Georgian player, who managed to proceed to the next stage.

The second round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time on 6th of September. 64 participants will continue playing but same as before only half of them will advance to the next stage.


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Top seeds advance to round two, while 22 matches will be decided on tie-breaks

The second games of the first round were played in Tbilisi on 4th of September.

The majority of the top seeds proceeded to the second round by defeating much lower rated opponents.



42 players won their matches after two classical games: Carlsen Magnus (NOR), So Wesley (USA), Caruana Fabiano (USA), Kramnik Vladimir (RUS), Aronian Levon (ARM), Mamedyarov Shakhriyar (AZE), Nakamura Hikaru (USA), Vachier-Lagrave Maxime (FRA), Grischuk Alexander (RUS), Anand Viswanathan (IND), Ding Liren (CHN), Giri Anish (NED), Svidler Peter (RUS), Wojtaszek Radoslaw (POL), Li Chao b (CHN), Radjabov Teimour (AZE), Le Quang Liem (VIE), Navara David (CZE) , Lenderman Aleksandr (USA), Gelfand Boris (ISR), Matlakov Maxim (RUS), Vitiugov Nikita (RUS), Bu Xiangzhi (CHN), Najer Evgeniy (RUS), Duda Jan-Krzysztof (POL), Wang Hao (CHN), Inarkiev Ernesto (RUS), Cheparinov Ivan (BUL), Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (IND), Artemiev Vladislav (RUS), Sethuraman S.P. (IND), Onischuk Alexander (USA), Rapport Richard (HUN), Motylev Alexander (RUS), Kravtsiv Martyn (UKR), Kovalyov Anton (CAN), Cori Jorge (PER), Bruzon Batista Lazaro (CUB), Kuzubov Yuriy (UKR), Hou Yifan (CHN), Bluebaum Matthias (GER), Dreev Aleksey (RUS).

Amin Bassem (EGY) lost his chance to win the match against Erdos Viktor (HUN) today after he missed a stalemate trick in a completely winning ending.



The biggest surprise of the round one was the elimination of the previous World Cup semifinalist Pavel Eljanov. The Ukrainian player had an absolutely winning position in the first game but after few mistakes he eventually lost. In a must win situation he tried to find some chances to complicate the position but his opponent Alexander Lenderman (USA) won also the second game. Another Ukrainian player and former World champion Ruslan Ponomariov also leaves the tournament after his loss against Sethuraman S.P. (IND).

Anton Demchenko, Vladimir Fedoseev, Pentala Harikrishna, Wei Yi and Murali Karthikeyan made comebacks by winning their second games and will continue to play tomorrow on tie-breaks.



44 players will return to the tournament hall on 5th of September to decide who will qualify for the next round.

According to the tournament regulations, after a new drawing of colours, two tie-break games with the time control 25min + 10sec will be played.

If the scores are still level, then, after a new drawing of colours, a match of two games with the time control 10min + 10sec will be played.

In case of a level score, another match of two games will be played, with a blitz time control of 5min + 3sec.

If still there is no winner, one sudden-death game will be played. The player who wins the drawing of lots may choose the colour. The player with the white pieces shall receive 5 minutes, the opponent with the black pieces shall receive 4 minutes whereupon, after the 60th move, both players shall receive an increment of 3 seconds for each move from move 61. In case of a draw the player with the black pieces is declared the winner.

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World Chess Cup started in Tbilisi, Georgia

Round 1 Game 1


The 2015 FIDE World Chess Cup began today at the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi, Georgia, with 128 of the world's top players fighting for the 1,6 million USD prize fund.

FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos made the first move in the game between the World champion Magnus Carlsen (NOR) and Oluwafemi Balogun (NGR).



According to the pairings, the favorites in the higher half of the draw met significantly lower rated opponents. The top seeds won their games relatively easily, but there were also surprising losses by rating favorites, including Wei Yi of China against Canadian Bator Sambuev, Pavel Eljanov of Ukraine against Alexander Lenderman of USA, Pentala Harikrishna of India against Cuban Grandmaster Yuri Gonzalez Vidal and Vladimir Fedoseev of Russia against Yusnel Bacallao Alonso of Cuba.



One of the favorites of the tournament and number second chess player in the world ranking Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France made a draw today. His opponent was International Master Muhammad Khusenkhojaev (TJK).



Another notable result is the draw in the game between Sergey Karjakin of Russia, the loser of the last World Championship and the youngest participant of the tournament, Anton Smirnov of Australia.



Alexander Onischuk moved to the second round without a fight. His opponent, Yaroslav Zherebukh (USA), was not able to leave his country and participate in the Chess World Cup because he was still waiting for his US Green Card. Today is Onischuk’s birthday and thus he received a nice present.

Tomorrow is the second game of the first round and the participants will be fighting hard to progress to the next round.

The organizers of the World Cup are FIDE, the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia, the Check In Georgia Sports, the Georgian Chess Federation, Organising Committee of The 2018 World Chess Olympiad and Tbilisi City Hall. The title Sponsor is SOCAR.

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Magnus Carlsen chose White pieces at the Opening Ceremony of the World Cup

The opening ceremony took place at the Funicular restaurant in Tbilisi on 2nd of September 2017. The players and guests were greeted by the Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili, the ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili, the President of Georgian Chess Federation George Giorgadze and the FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos.



The Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili welcomed all the guests to Tbilisi:

“Dear guests, leaders of the international chess federation, organizers and participants of the Tbilisi World Chess Cup!

For the first time our country holds a tournament of such a high category, and Georgian chess players are deservedly proud of their past. Georgia chess faces a big challenge as there will be the World Chess Olympiad in 2018 in Batumi. We hope that everything will be held at the highest level. I wish all participants successful games.”



FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos delivered his opening speech:

“The FIDE World Cup 2017 is going to be an historical chess event as it is the toughest event we have in FIDE. The particpation of 15 top rated players, including the exceptional case of the World Champion himself, makes this event the strongest in history. In order to win such tournament you should be a good player, have a good form and be a great fighter. Nobody can be sure about his own result here and this is why I really admire the decision of the World champion Magnus Carlsen to participate in this tournament. He writes his own history and he gives a message how the World Champion should be. I thank him for playing here and for the promotion of chess and this important FIDE event.

Georgia is a great country with a huge chess history, especially because of their great women players with some of them being here with us today. I would like to thank the Minister of Sport of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili for his support, ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili, the President of Gerogian Chess Federation Giorgiy Georgadze and his people for the organization of the World Cup and the coming Olympiad.

Recently there were some political statements in media that could have hurt Georgian people. On behalf of FIDE I would like to apologise for this. We are one family in FIDE because we do not allow our chess community to be divided for political, religious or racial reasons. I would like to ensure Mr. Minister that we will continue keeping to this principle. “ At the end of the speech Mr. Makropoulos declared the World Cup Open.



The opening ceremony included dance and sung performances by the Georgian national ballet "Sukhishvili" and musical band “Ursa” and was enjoyed by the participants and guests of the tournament.



Chief Arbiter Delega then proceeded with the drawing of colors. He invited the top seed of the tournament, the World Champion Magnus Carlsen from Norway to pick one of the traditional Georgian wine vessel 'Kvevri'. Magnus Carlsen will play the first game of the match against Oluwafemi Balogun from Nigeria with the white pieces.



After the end of the opening ceremony all the players came back to the official hotel and attended the technical meeting.

The organizers are FIDE, the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia, the Check In Georgia Sports, the Georgian Chess Federation, Organising Committee of The 2018 World Chess Olympiad and Tbilisi City Hall The title Sponsor is SOCAR.

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FIDE World Cup 2017: Round 3 Game 1

FIDE - Sat, 09/09/2017 - 04:20



Round 3 Game 1: Bu Xiangzhi defeats Carlsen, Kovalyov loses by forfeit

32 players came to the playing venue today to compete in the third round of the World Cup in Tbilisi.

10 minutes before the start of the games the Chief Arbiter Tomasz Delega asked GM Anton Kovalyov to observe the dress code set out in the regulations and requested that he change his shorts accordingly but the Canadian Grandmaster explained he could not do it. The Chairman of the Organizing Committtee GM Zurab Azmaiparashvili had another conversation with the player after which Anton Kovalyov left the playing hall and did not come back for the game. After the maximum default time of 15 minutes the match arbiter stopped the clock and Kovalyov`s opponent Maxim Rodshtein won by forfeit.



World champion Magnus Carlsen surprisingly lost with Black pieces against Bu Xiangzhi.

According to the Chinese Grandmaster, the sacrifice on h3 was tempting and he saw that after 17.Qf3 he had a perpetual check Bh2-Bg3. After 19…f5 he felt he had good chances to win the game. Magnus Carlsen has Black pieces in the second game and needs to strike back to equalize the score.

Fransisco Vallejo Pons chose an aggressive line in Caro Kann against Wesley So today. In the post-game interview the winner of the encounter Wesley So doubted the decision of his opponent to sacrifice an exchange. He was sure that after 20…Qb2 White has not enough compensation for the material.



Levon Aronian defeated Maxim Matlakov with White pieces. Armenian Grandmaster didn’t give any chances for counterplay for his opponent by playing on both sides of the board.

12 games finished in a draw today including the games Nepomniachtchi – Jobava, Najer – Caruana, Vachier-Lagrave – Lenderman, Nakamura – Fedoseev, Onischuk – Svidler, Artemiev – Dubov, Ivanchuk – Kramnnik, Giri – Sethuraman, Ding Liren – Vidit, Li Chao – Rapport, Grischuk – Navara and Wang Hao – Kuzubov.

The second game of the third round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time.



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The second round tie-breaks started with 22 matches on the 8th of September at 3 pm local time. After two rapid games 14 encounters were over and Ding Liren, David Navara, Yuriy Kuzubov, S.P. Sethuraman, Alexander Onischuk, Wang Hao, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Alexander Grischuk, Hikaru Nakamura, Evgeniy Najer, Peter Svidler, Richard Rapport, Li Chao and Bu Xiangzhi went through to the next round.



A few rating favorites leave a tournament including former World Rapid Champion Shakhriyar Mamedyarov who lost to Yuriy Kuzubov, Radoslaw Wojtaszek who was eliminated by Alexander Onischuk and Pentala Harikrishna who was defeated by his compatriot S.P. Sethuraman.



In one of the most dramatic matches of the tournament Adhiban-Nepomniachtchi Indian player missed another good chance to defeat his opponent in the first rapid game and after it ended in a draw, Ian Nepomniachtchi outplayed his opponent in the second game.

Wesley So, Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian, Baadur Jobava, Vassily Ivanchuk and Anish Giri won their ’10min+10sec’ matches.

Former Women’s World Champion Hou Yifan made 4 draws in classical and rapid games against Levon Aronian but lost 2:0 with `10 min+10sec` format.



The matches Andreikin-Matlakov and Radjabov-Artemiev were decided in blitz.

After 2 draws in rapid Maxim Matlakov defeated his opponent in 10+10 time control. However, the finalist of the World Cup 2013 Dmitry Andreikin managed to equalize the score. But already in the next blitz game he lost in an absolutely winning position and could not make a comeback after such a tough blow.



Teimour Radjabov lost the first rapid game but made a comeback by equalizing the score. He also outplayed his opponent in the first game with “10+10” time control. Suddenly, the tables were switched and in a must win situation Vladislav Artemiev defeated Teimour and then dominated in blitz.

Vladislav Artemiev and Maxim Matlakov qualified for 1/16.

The third round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time on the 9th of September. 32 participants continue playing in the World Cup.

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Round 2 Game 2: Anand, Adams and Karjakin leave

The return games of the second round of the World Cup were completed in the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi. Despite the elimination of 64 players in the first round, tomorrow we are going to see the same number of tie-break matches as in the previous tie-break day - 22.

Magnus Carlsen defeated Alexei Dreev and is the only player, who won his match with 2:0 score in round 2.

From the other top seeds Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Valdimir Kramnik, who started the round by winning against lower rated players, preserved the advantage to advance to the next round. The opponent of Kramnik, Anton Demchenko surprisingly offered a draw after only 10 moves.

Former World Champion Viswanathan Anand didn’t manage to tie the score in the second game against Anton Kovalyov and has to leave the tournament.



Another notable result is a loss of the winner of the World Cup 2015 Sergey Karjakin to Daniil Dubov. Michael Adams was also eliminated after the round 2 by Maxime Rodstein, who outplayed him in the second game with black pieces.

Francisco Vallejo Pons, Aleksandr Lenderman, Santosh Vidit and Vladimir Fedoseev won their matches as well to qualify for the 3rd round.

Ivan Cheparinov won the second game against David Navara and equalized the score in the match which will be decided on tie-break.



Indian GM Adhiban had chances to finish the match against Ian Nepomniachtchi today but the fate of their encounter will be decided tomorrow as well as Li Chao - Sevian, Aronian - You Yifan, Najer - Vitiugov, Caruana - Lenic, Giri - Motylev, Yu Yangyi - Jobava, Harikrishna - Sethuraman, Wang Hao - Gelfand, Grischuk - Cori, Onischuk - Wojtaszek, Ding Liren - Kravtsiv and Mamedyarov – Kuzubov, Erdos - Svidler, Rapport - Wei Yi, Sо - Bluebaum, Nakamura - Bruzon, Andreikin - Matlakov, Ivanchuk - Duda, Radjabov - Artemiev, Bacrot - Bu Xiangzhi.

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Round 2 Game 1: Anton Kovalyov defeats Vishy Anand

32 participants of the World Cup returned today to the venue to play the first games of the second round. Only 7 games were decisive, while 25 finished in a draw.



Magnus Carlsen defeated Alexey Dreev, David Navara won against Ivan Cheparinov, in two Russian derbies Vladimir Kramnik and Vladimir Fedoseev won against Anton Demchenko and Ernesto Inarkiev accordingly, Boris Grachev lost to Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Le Quang Liem lost to Vidit Santosh.

The biggest surprise of the second round was a victory of Anton Kovalyov from Canada over former World champion Viswanathan Anand. Indian player decided to sacrifice a piece in a better position 23.Nc5 but his opponent found a precise way to defend and kept his extra material. Vishy needs to win tomorrow with Black pieces to continue playing in the tournament.



The games Hou Yifan – Aronian, Motylev – Giri, Bacrot - Bu Xiangzhi, Karjakin - Dubov, Duda - Ivanchuk, Harikrishna - Sethuraman, Lenic - Caruana, Mamedyarov - Kuzubov, Matlakov - Andreikin, Sevian - Li Chao, Tari - Lenderman, Wei Yi - Rapport, Yu Yangyi - Jobava, Adhiban - Nepomniachcthi, Svidler - Erdos, Rodshtein - Adams, Bruzon - Nakamura, Tomashevsky - Vallejo Pons, Onischuk - Wojtaszek, Cori - Grischuk, So - Bluebaum, Kravtsiv - Ding Liren, Artemiev - Radjabov, Wang Hao - Gelfand and Vitiugov - Najer finished peacefully.

The second game of the second round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time on 7th of September.



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Round 1 Tie-Break Matches


The third day of the FIDE World Cup has finished and all the results of the first round are in. The remaining 22 matches continued with playoffs after two classical games.

According to the regulations of the World Cup tiebreaks two rapid games are played at a rate of 25 min+10 seconds. If the score is still tied two accelerated rapid games are played with a time control of 10 min + 10 sec. If the score is still deadlocked two blitz games are then played at 5 min + 3 sec. Finally, if a winner has still not been determined a sudden death Armageddon game takes place.



13 players were eliminated after two rapid games and the majority of the rating favorites, including Sergey Karjakin, Vladimir Fedoseev, Dmitry Andreikin, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Yu Yangyi, Wei Yi, Etienne Bacrot, Boris Grachev, Vassily Ivanchuk, Michael Adams, Maxim Rodshtein and Francisco Vallejo Pons, advanced to the second round. American player Samuel Sevian was the only “underdog”, who defeated a bit higher rated opponent Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu at this stage. The youngest participant of the World Cup Anton Smirnov from Australia, who made 2 draws in the games with classical control against Sergey Karjakin, lost the first rapid game and did not manage to equalize the score in the second one.



Aryan Tari, Daniil Dubov, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Pentala Harikrishna, Baskaran Adhiban, Anton Demchenko, Luka Lenic were stronger with 10 min + 10 sec time control. Norvegian GM Aryan Tari defeated 2700+ GM David Howell from England by winning the last game after 5 draws in the previous encounters.


The last match of the round 1 between Georgian player Baadur Jobava and Ivan Salgado Lopez obviously attracted enormous attention of local spectators and was decided in blitz. Baadur outplayed his opponent in the 8th game and remains the only Georgian player, who managed to proceed to the next stage.

The second round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time on 6th of September. 64 participants will continue playing but same as before only half of them will advance to the next stage.


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Top seeds advance to round two, while 22 matches will be decided on tie-breaks

The second games of the first round were played in Tbilisi on 4th of September.

The majority of the top seeds proceeded to the second round by defeating much lower rated opponents.



42 players won their matches after two classical games: Carlsen Magnus (NOR), So Wesley (USA), Caruana Fabiano (USA), Kramnik Vladimir (RUS), Aronian Levon (ARM), Mamedyarov Shakhriyar (AZE), Nakamura Hikaru (USA), Vachier-Lagrave Maxime (FRA), Grischuk Alexander (RUS), Anand Viswanathan (IND), Ding Liren (CHN), Giri Anish (NED), Svidler Peter (RUS), Wojtaszek Radoslaw (POL), Li Chao b (CHN), Radjabov Teimour (AZE), Le Quang Liem (VIE), Navara David (CZE) , Lenderman Aleksandr (USA), Gelfand Boris (ISR), Matlakov Maxim (RUS), Vitiugov Nikita (RUS), Bu Xiangzhi (CHN), Najer Evgeniy (RUS), Duda Jan-Krzysztof (POL), Wang Hao (CHN), Inarkiev Ernesto (RUS), Cheparinov Ivan (BUL), Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (IND), Artemiev Vladislav (RUS), Sethuraman S.P. (IND), Onischuk Alexander (USA), Rapport Richard (HUN), Motylev Alexander (RUS), Kravtsiv Martyn (UKR), Kovalyov Anton (CAN), Cori Jorge (PER), Bruzon Batista Lazaro (CUB), Kuzubov Yuriy (UKR), Hou Yifan (CHN), Bluebaum Matthias (GER), Dreev Aleksey (RUS).

Amin Bassem (EGY) lost his chance to win the match against Erdos Viktor (HUN) today after he missed a stalemate trick in a completely winning ending.



The biggest surprise of the round one was the elimination of the previous World Cup semifinalist Pavel Eljanov. The Ukrainian player had an absolutely winning position in the first game but after few mistakes he eventually lost. In a must win situation he tried to find some chances to complicate the position but his opponent Alexander Lenderman (USA) won also the second game. Another Ukrainian player and former World champion Ruslan Ponomariov also leaves the tournament after his loss against Sethuraman S.P. (IND).

Anton Demchenko, Vladimir Fedoseev, Pentala Harikrishna, Wei Yi and Murali Karthikeyan made comebacks by winning their second games and will continue to play tomorrow on tie-breaks.



44 players will return to the tournament hall on 5th of September to decide who will qualify for the next round.

According to the tournament regulations, after a new drawing of colours, two tie-break games with the time control 25min + 10sec will be played.

If the scores are still level, then, after a new drawing of colours, a match of two games with the time control 10min + 10sec will be played.

In case of a level score, another match of two games will be played, with a blitz time control of 5min + 3sec.

If still there is no winner, one sudden-death game will be played. The player who wins the drawing of lots may choose the colour. The player with the white pieces shall receive 5 minutes, the opponent with the black pieces shall receive 4 minutes whereupon, after the 60th move, both players shall receive an increment of 3 seconds for each move from move 61. In case of a draw the player with the black pieces is declared the winner.

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World Chess Cup started in Tbilisi, Georgia

Round 1 Game 1


The 2015 FIDE World Chess Cup began today at the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi, Georgia, with 128 of the world's top players fighting for the 1,6 million USD prize fund.

FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos made the first move in the game between the World champion Magnus Carlsen (NOR) and Oluwafemi Balogun (NGR).



According to the pairings, the favorites in the higher half of the draw met significantly lower rated opponents. The top seeds won their games relatively easily, but there were also surprising losses by rating favorites, including Wei Yi of China against Canadian Bator Sambuev, Pavel Eljanov of Ukraine against Alexander Lenderman of USA, Pentala Harikrishna of India against Cuban Grandmaster Yuri Gonzalez Vidal and Vladimir Fedoseev of Russia against Yusnel Bacallao Alonso of Cuba.



One of the favorites of the tournament and number second chess player in the world ranking Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France made a draw today. His opponent was International Master Muhammad Khusenkhojaev (TJK).



Another notable result is the draw in the game between Sergey Karjakin of Russia, the loser of the last World Championship and the youngest participant of the tournament, Anton Smirnov of Australia.



Alexander Onischuk moved to the second round without a fight. His opponent, Yaroslav Zherebukh (USA), was not able to leave his country and participate in the Chess World Cup because he was still waiting for his US Green Card. Today is Onischuk’s birthday and thus he received a nice present.

Tomorrow is the second game of the first round and the participants will be fighting hard to progress to the next round.

The organizers of the World Cup are FIDE, the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia, the Check In Georgia Sports, the Georgian Chess Federation, Organising Committee of The 2018 World Chess Olympiad and Tbilisi City Hall. The title Sponsor is SOCAR.

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Magnus Carlsen chose White pieces at the Opening Ceremony of the World Cup

The opening ceremony took place at the Funicular restaurant in Tbilisi on 2nd of September 2017. The players and guests were greeted by the Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili, the ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili, the President of Georgian Chess Federation George Giorgadze and the FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos.



The Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili welcomed all the guests to Tbilisi:

“Dear guests, leaders of the international chess federation, organizers and participants of the Tbilisi World Chess Cup!

For the first time our country holds a tournament of such a high category, and Georgian chess players are deservedly proud of their past. Georgia chess faces a big challenge as there will be the World Chess Olympiad in 2018 in Batumi. We hope that everything will be held at the highest level. I wish all participants successful games.”



FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos delivered his opening speech:

“The FIDE World Cup 2017 is going to be an historical chess event as it is the toughest event we have in FIDE. The particpation of 15 top rated players, including the exceptional case of the World Champion himself, makes this event the strongest in history. In order to win such tournament you should be a good player, have a good form and be a great fighter. Nobody can be sure about his own result here and this is why I really admire the decision of the World champion Magnus Carlsen to participate in this tournament. He writes his own history and he gives a message how the World Champion should be. I thank him for playing here and for the promotion of chess and this important FIDE event.

Georgia is a great country with a huge chess history, especially because of their great women players with some of them being here with us today. I would like to thank the Minister of Sport of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili for his support, ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili, the President of Gerogian Chess Federation Giorgiy Georgadze and his people for the organization of the World Cup and the coming Olympiad.

Recently there were some political statements in media that could have hurt Georgian people. On behalf of FIDE I would like to apologise for this. We are one family in FIDE because we do not allow our chess community to be divided for political, religious or racial reasons. I would like to ensure Mr. Minister that we will continue keeping to this principle. “ At the end of the speech Mr. Makropoulos declared the World Cup Open.



The opening ceremony included dance and sung performances by the Georgian national ballet "Sukhishvili" and musical band “Ursa” and was enjoyed by the participants and guests of the tournament.



Chief Arbiter Delega then proceeded with the drawing of colors. He invited the top seed of the tournament, the World Champion Magnus Carlsen from Norway to pick one of the traditional Georgian wine vessel 'Kvevri'. Magnus Carlsen will play the first game of the match against Oluwafemi Balogun from Nigeria with the white pieces.



After the end of the opening ceremony all the players came back to the official hotel and attended the technical meeting.

The organizers are FIDE, the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia, the Check In Georgia Sports, the Georgian Chess Federation, Organising Committee of The 2018 World Chess Olympiad and Tbilisi City Hall The title Sponsor is SOCAR.

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FIDE World Cup – ο γύρος των “32”

Skakistiko - Sat, 09/09/2017 - 02:08

φωτ. Ο Λέβον Αρονιάν επικράτησε της Χου Γιφάν στις 10λεπτες παρτίδες, λίγο πριν τον Αρμαγεδδώνα, αφού οι δυο παίκτες είχαν έρθει ισόπαλοι 1-1 στις παρτίδες κλασικού χρόνου καθώς και στα 25λεπτα ράπιντ. 

Αρχίζουν σήμερα στις 2 μ.μ. ώρα Ελλάδας οι πρώτες παρτίδες της φάσης των “32” στο World Cup που γίνεται στην Τιφλίδα. Τα πιο σπουδαία ονόματα που δεν συνεχίζουν είναι ο πρώην παγκόσμιος πρωταθλητής Ανάντ ο οποίος αποκλείστηκε από τον Κοβαλιόβ (0.5-1.5 στις παρτίδες κλασικού χρόνου), ο Καριάκιν (0.5-1.5 στον κλασικό χρόνο από τον Ντούποβ), ο Άνταμς (επίσης 0.5-1.5 στον κλασικό χρόνο από τον Ροντστάιν) και οι Μαμεντιάροβ, Ρατζάποβ, Βέι Γι (από Κοζούμποβ, Αρτεμίεβ, Ράπορτ αντίστοιχα, στα μπαράζ). Ειδικά για τον Ανάντ, είναι η πρώτη φορά μετά από πάρα πολλά χρόνια που δεν θα συμμετάσχει σε προχωρημένη φάση διεκδίκησης παγκοσμίου πρωταθλήματος καθώς είναι απίθανο να παίξει στα candidates με το έλο.

Όσο προχωρούν οι γύροι οι συναντήσεις γίνονται όλο και πιο αμφίρροπες και στη φάση αυτή των “32” ίσως θα έχουμε πολύ ηχηρά ονόματα που θα αποκλειστούν στο νοκ-άουτ. . Τα 16 σημερινά ζευγάρια είναι:
Κάρλσεν – Μπου Ξιανζί, Σβίντλερ – Ονιτσούκ, Βασιέ-Λαγκράβ – Λέντερμαν, Γκριστσούκ – Ναβάρα, Κράμνικ – Ιβαντσούκ, Χίρι – Σεθουραμάν, Αρονιάν – Ματλακόβ, Ντούμποβ – Αρτεμίεβ, Σο – Βαγιέχο Πονς, Νεπομνιάτσι – Τζόμπαβα, Νακαμούρα – Φεντοσέεβ, Κοβαλιόβ – Ροντστάιν, Καρουάνα – Νάγιερ, Ράπορτ – Λι Τσάο, Κοζούμποβ – Βαγκ Χάο, Ντιγκ Λίρεν – Βίντιτ.

***Στο skakistiko κατά την ώρα των αγώνων υπάρχει πάνω πάνω παράθυρο ζωντανής μετάδοσης. Μπορείτε όμως να βλέπετε τις παρτίδες καλύτερα από το επίσημο σάιτ tbilisi2017.fide.com/ και από το chess24.com. Η πρώτη ανάρτηση του skakistiko για το World Cup που περιέχει τις βασικές πληροφορίες για τη διοργάνωση εδώ και η ανάρτηση για τη φάση των “64” εδώ

Δυο παρτίδες από την φάση των “64” με σχόλια ανάρτησης του chess.com:

Ο Πίτερ Σβίντλερ προκρίθηκε στους 32 κερδίζοντας στα ράπιντ τον Ούγγρο Έρντος. Από τις πιο αξιοσημείωτες παρτίδες των μπαράζ εκείνη που ο Ρώσος GM είχε τα λευκά και θυσίασε στην 33η κίνηση ολόκληρο πύργο για να αποκτήσει ισχυρότατη επίθεση.

[Event "FIDE World Cup 2017"] [Site "Tbilisi GEO"] [Date "2017.09.08"] [Round "2.3"] [White "Svidler, Peter"] [Black "Erdos, Viktor"] [Result "1-0"] [BlackElo "2628"] [ECO "A20"] [EventDate "2017.09.03"] [WhiteElo "2751"] 1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 h6 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.e4 d6 6.Nge2 Nc6 7.h3 Bc5 8.a3 $146 a6 9.d3 Nd4 10.b4 Ba7 11.Be3 O-O 12.O-O c6 13.Bxd4 exd4 14.Nb1 b5 15.Nd2 Be6 16.Rc1 Rc8 17.Nf4 Bd7 18.Nb3 c5 19.bxc5 bxc4 20.Rxc4 dxc5 21.e5 Nh7 22.Qc2 g5 23.Nh5 Be6 24.Nd2 f5 25.Ra4 a5 26.Nc4 Bb6 27.Rb1 Bc7 28.Rb7 f4 29.Qe2 Bd5 30.Bxd5+ Qxd5 31.Ra7 f3 { Very understandable, but this is what Svidler was hoping for. } ( 31...fxg3 ) 32.Qe1 Qd7 33.e6 $1 { Sacrificing a full rook for a strong attack. } 33...Qxa4 34.e7 Qd7 $2 { Wrong square. } ( 34...Rf7 35.Rxc7 { and } ) ( 34...Rfe8 35.Qe6+ Kh8 36.Ne5 { both lose but } ) ( 34...Qc6 $1 { was playable. After } 35.exf8=Q+ Kxf8 { it&#8217;s not clear at all what&#8217;s going on. } ) 35.Qe4 { Even stronger than taking the rook, which should also win. } 35...Kh8 36.exf8=Q+ { Here Svidler placed his pawn on f8 and pushed the clock, something he said he hasn&#8217;t done in his entire life or since he was seven. Erdos got two minutes extra on the clock. } 36...Nxf8 37.Qxf3 Qe6 38.Rxc7 Rxc7 39.Qxf8+ Kh7 40.Nf6+ Kg6 41.Ne4 1-0 You must activate JavaScript to enhance chess game visualization. jQuery(document).ready(function($) { $.chessgame.navigationButtonClass = 'rpbchessboard-jQuery-enableSmoothness'; $.chessgame.navigationFrameClass = 'wp-dialog'; $.chessgame.navigationFrameOptions = {"squareSize":28,"showCoordinates":true,"colorset":"original","pieceset":"cburnett","animationSpeed":200,"showMoveArrow":true}; var selector = '#' + "rpbchessboard-59b330530b4f5-1" + ' .rpbchessboard-chessgameAnchor'; $(selector).removeClass('rpbchessboard-chessgameAnchor').chessgame({"pgn":"[Event \"FIDE World Cup 2017\"]\r\n[Site \"Tbilisi GEO\"]\r\n[Date \"2017.09.08\"]\r\n[Round \"2.3\"]\r\n[White \"Svidler, Peter\"]\r\n[Black \"Erdos, Viktor\"]\r\n[Result \"1-0\"]\r\n[BlackElo \"2628\"]\r\n[ECO \"A20\"]\r\n[EventDate \"2017.09.03\"]\r\n[WhiteElo \"2751\"]\r\n\r\n1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 h6 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.e4 d6 6.Nge2 Nc6 7.h3 Bc5 8.a3 $146 a6\r\n9.d3 Nd4 10.b4 Ba7 11.Be3 O-O 12.O-O c6 13.Bxd4 exd4 14.Nb1 b5 15.Nd2 Be6\r\n16.Rc1 Rc8 17.Nf4 Bd7 18.Nb3 c5 19.bxc5 bxc4 20.Rxc4 dxc5 21.e5 Nh7 22.Qc2 g5\r\n23.Nh5 Be6 24.Nd2 f5 25.Ra4 a5 26.Nc4 Bb6 27.Rb1 Bc7 28.Rb7 f4 29.Qe2 Bd5\r\n30.Bxd5+ Qxd5 31.Ra7 f3\r\n{ Very understandable, but this is what Svidler was hoping for. } (\r\n31...fxg3 ) 32.Qe1 Qd7 33.e6 $1\r\n{ Sacrificing a full rook for a strong attack. } 33...Qxa4 34.e7 Qd7 $2\r\n{ Wrong square. } ( 34...Rf7 35.Rxc7 { and } ) ( 34...Rfe8 35.Qe6+ Kh8 36.Ne5\r\n{ both lose but } ) ( 34...Qc6 $1 { was playable. After } 35.exf8=Q+ Kxf8\r\n{ it’s not clear at all what’s going on. } ) 35.Qe4\r\n{ Even stronger than taking the rook, which should also win. } 35...Kh8\r\n36.exf8=Q+\r\n{ Here Svidler placed his pawn on f8 and pushed the clock, something he\r\nsaid he hasn’t done in his entire life or since he was seven. Erdos got two\r\nminutes extra on the clock. } 36...Nxf8 37.Qxf3 Qe6 38.Rxc7 Rxc7 39.Qxf8+ Kh7\r\n40.Nf6+ Kg6 41.Ne4 1-0","pieceSymbols":"native","navigationBoard":"floatLeft","showFlipButton":true,"showDownloadButton":true,"navigationBoardOptions":{"squareSize":28,"showCoordinates":true,"colorset":"original","pieceset":"cburnett","animationSpeed":200,"showMoveArrow":true},"diagramOptions":{"squareSize":28,"showCoordinates":true,"colorset":"original","pieceset":"cburnett","animationSpeed":200,"showMoveArrow":true}}); });


Υποθέτω πως είναι καλό για μια διοργάνωση με σύστημα νοκ-άουτ να προχωρά ο Γεωργιανός Τζόμπαβα, ένας από τους πιο πρωτότυπους και δημιουργικούς σκακιστές στα κορυφαία επίπεδα. Εδώ, τα κατάφερε στα μπαράζ με αντίπαλο τον ισχυρότερο σύμφωνα με το έλο Γιού Γιανγκί. Συγκεντρώνει η συμμετοχή του δημοσιότητα ακόμη μεγαλύτερη καθώς η διοργάνωση γίνεται στην πατρίδα του.

[Event "FIDE World Cup 2017"] [Site "Tbilisi GEO"] [Date "2017.09.08"] [Round "2.5"] [White "Jobava, Baadur"] [Black "Yu, Yangyi"] [Result "1-0"] [BlackElo "2744"] [CurrentPosition "8/pb1rq1kp/1p3pp1/nP2pn2/3PN3/4PN1P/1Q3PP1/4RBK1 w - - 1 28"] [ECO "A01"] [EventDate "2017.09.03"] [WhiteElo "2687"] 1.b3 d5 2.Bb2 Nf6 3.e3 g6 4.c4 dxc4 5.Bxc4 Bg7 6.Nf3 O-O 7.O-O c5 8.Be2 b6 9.d3 Bb7 10.Nbd2 Nc6 11.a3 Nd5 $146 12.Bxg7 Kxg7 13.Qc2 Qd7 14.Qb2+ f6 15.Rfd1 Rfd8 16.Rac1 Rac8 17.h3 e5 18.Ne4 Qe7 19.Re1 Rd7 20.Bf1 Qd8 21.Rcd1 Nde7 22.b4 cxb4 23.axb4 Nf5 24.Rc1 Qe7 25.b5 Na5 26.Rxc8 Bxc8 27.d4 Bb7 $2 ( 27...exd4 28.exd4 Qd8 ) 28.Nxf6 $1 Kxf6 ( 28...Qxf6 29.dxe5 Qe6 30.Ng5 { wins material. } ) 29.dxe5+ Kf7 30.e6+ $1 Kxe6 ( 30...Qxe6 31.Ng5+ ) 31.e4 Ng7 32.Qa2+ Kd6 33.Rc1 $1 { A lovely silent move. The threat is 34.e5+. } 33...Bxe4 $6 ( { Best was } 33...Qd8 34.Qa3+ Ke6 35.h4 h6 36.Qe3 Ne8 37.Qxh6 Qf6 { but White keeps good chances. } ) 34.Qd2+ Ke6 35.Ng5+ Kf5 36.g4+ Kf6 37.Nxe4+ Qxe4 38.Qxd7 Ne6 39.Bg2 Qd4 40.Qxh7 Nf4 41.Qh8+ Ke6 42.Re1+ 1-0 You must activate JavaScript to enhance chess game visualization. jQuery(document).ready(function($) { $.chessgame.navigationButtonClass = 'rpbchessboard-jQuery-enableSmoothness'; $.chessgame.navigationFrameClass = 'wp-dialog'; $.chessgame.navigationFrameOptions = {"squareSize":28,"showCoordinates":true,"colorset":"original","pieceset":"cburnett","animationSpeed":200,"showMoveArrow":true}; var selector = '#' + "rpbchessboard-59b330530b4f5-2" + ' .rpbchessboard-chessgameAnchor'; $(selector).removeClass('rpbchessboard-chessgameAnchor').chessgame({"pgn":"[Event \"FIDE World Cup 2017\"]\r\n[Site \"Tbilisi GEO\"]\r\n[Date \"2017.09.08\"]\r\n[Round \"2.5\"]\r\n[White \"Jobava, Baadur\"]\r\n[Black \"Yu, Yangyi\"]\r\n[Result \"1-0\"]\r\n[BlackElo \"2744\"]\r\n[CurrentPosition \"8\/pb1rq1kp\/1p3pp1\/nP2pn2\/3PN3\/4PN1P\/1Q3PP1\/4RBK1 w - - 1 28\"]\r\n[ECO \"A01\"]\r\n[EventDate \"2017.09.03\"]\r\n[WhiteElo \"2687\"]\r\n\r\n1.b3 d5 2.Bb2 Nf6 3.e3 g6 4.c4 dxc4 5.Bxc4 Bg7 6.Nf3 O-O 7.O-O c5 8.Be2 b6\r\n9.d3 Bb7 10.Nbd2 Nc6 11.a3 Nd5 $146 12.Bxg7 Kxg7 13.Qc2 Qd7 14.Qb2+ f6\r\n15.Rfd1 Rfd8 16.Rac1 Rac8 17.h3 e5 18.Ne4 Qe7 19.Re1 Rd7 20.Bf1 Qd8 21.Rcd1\r\nNde7 22.b4 cxb4 23.axb4 Nf5 24.Rc1 Qe7 25.b5 Na5 26.Rxc8 Bxc8 27.d4 Bb7 $2 (\r\n27...exd4 28.exd4 Qd8 ) 28.Nxf6 $1 Kxf6 ( 28...Qxf6 29.dxe5 Qe6 30.Ng5\r\n{ wins material. } ) 29.dxe5+ Kf7 30.e6+ $1 Kxe6 ( 30...Qxe6 31.Ng5+ ) 31.e4\r\nNg7 32.Qa2+ Kd6 33.Rc1 $1 { A lovely silent move. The threat is 34.e5+. }\r\n33...Bxe4 $6 ( { Best was } 33...Qd8 34.Qa3+ Ke6 35.h4 h6 36.Qe3 Ne8 37.Qxh6\r\nQf6 { but White keeps good chances. } ) 34.Qd2+ Ke6 35.Ng5+ Kf5 36.g4+ Kf6\r\n37.Nxe4+ Qxe4 38.Qxd7 Ne6 39.Bg2 Qd4 40.Qxh7 Nf4 41.Qh8+ Ke6 42.Re1+ 1-0","pieceSymbols":"native","navigationBoard":"floatLeft","showFlipButton":true,"showDownloadButton":true,"navigationBoardOptions":{"squareSize":28,"showCoordinates":true,"colorset":"original","pieceset":"cburnett","animationSpeed":200,"showMoveArrow":true},"diagramOptions":{"squareSize":28,"showCoordinates":true,"colorset":"original","pieceset":"cburnett","animationSpeed":200,"showMoveArrow":true}}); });

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Εικόνες

Skakistiko - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 10:39

Κι ένα καράβι από την Κρήτη να πιάνει Ξάνθη, Κομοτηνή. Ο Μιχάλης Γκανάς είχε εξομολογηθεί πως έγραψε τους στίχους βλέποντας μια ανώνυμη παιδική ζωγραφιά που του είχε κάνει μεγάλη εντύπωση και τη χάζευε με τις ώρες: με καράβια, πολλά καράβια, που έβγαιναν στη στεριά και πιάνανε τα όρη και τα χιόνια. Οι εκπαιδευτές σκακιού γνωρίζουν επίσης πολύ καλά πως όταν διδάσκουν το παιχνίδι σε παιδιά των πρώτων τάξεων του δημοτικού προσπαθώντας να κάνουν το μάθημα πιο δημιουργικό και ευχάριστο προσκαλούν τους μαθητές να ζωγραφίσουν σκακιστικά θέματα. Σε ένα παιχνίδι που ανήκει τόσο πολύ στη γη και στην εξειδίκευσή του γίνεται αυστηρό σαν θεώρημα, τα παιδιά εισάγουν πληθωρικά ονειρικά στοιχεία γιατί ξέρουν κάπου μέσα τους πως η φαντασία δεν τα βοηθά μόνο να κατασκευάζουν σχεδίες από ξύλο και πειρατικά πλοία από φλούδες, αλλά είναι το πλεονέκτημά τους που παλεύει και (συνήθως) ηττάται στην ενηλικίωση. Αλλά σε εκείνη την ηλικία ο κόσμος δεν υπόκειται σε κανόνες τυπικής φυσικής παρατήρησης, τα σκακιστικά κομμάτια είναι ζωντανά, μιλάνε, χαίρονται, κάνουν φιλίες, πετάνε σαν μάγισσες στις τρεις η ώρα το πρωί. Κάθε δάσκαλος του σκακιού αυτών των ηλικιών έχει να διηγηθεί τέτοια έργα των μαθητών του, άτεχνα ή καλοβαλμένα αδιάφορο. Με την ευκαιρία, ο γιατρός Ν. Ραζής που δουλεύει επί πολλά χρόνια για τη διάδοση του σκακιού στην περιοχή των Καλαβρύτων διοργανώνει μέσω του σκακιστικού συλλόγου της πόλης πανελλήνιο διαγωνισμό σκακιστικού σκίτσου, ελεύθερο για όλους, αλλά και για μικρούς μαθητές. Πληροφορίες μπορείτε να ζητήσετε στο τηλ.6932468208.

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Βήμα-Βήμα (βιβλία ασκήσεων αρ. 4)

Skakistiko - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 09:54

Τρία νέα βιβλία κυκλοφορούν από τις εκδόσεις “Αλλοστρόπος” και τη σειρά Βήμα-Βήμα. Πρόκειται για τα βιβλία ασκήσεων Βήμα 4, Βήμα 4 extra και Βήμα 4+.

Το επίπεδο δυσκολίας του τέταρτου βήματος είναι υψηλότερο. Αυτό συμβαίνει γιατί αυξάνεται ο αριθμός των κινήσεων που χρειάζεται για να λυθεί μία άσκηση. Τα περισσότερα από τα θέματα απαιτούν βάθος 2½ κινήσεων, παίζουν τα λευκά, απαντούν τα μαύρα, ξαναπαίζουν τα λευκά, απαντούν ξανά τα μαύρα και τα λευκά παίζουν και κερδίζουν. Για το λόγο αυτό είναι απαραίτητο να έχει αφομοιωθεί το τρίτο βήμα.

Στα τακτικά κυριαρχούν σε μεγάλο βαθμό οι θέσεις που είναι απαραίτητη η προπαρασκευαστική κίνηση. Η άμεση επίθεση ή η απειλή δε λειτουργεί και χρειάζονται προπαρασκευαστικές ενέργειες. Όλες αυτές οι προετοιμασίες αφορούν θέματα όπως: η καθοδήγηση, η εξουδετέρωση της άμυνας, η ενέδρα, η εναλλαγή και η εκκαθάριση.

Σταδιακά, τα ποζισιονέλ χαρακτηριστικά των θέσεων από τις παρτίδες των παιδιών αρχίζουν να παίζουν πιο σημαντικό ρόλο. Ο καλύτερος τρόπος για να γνωρίσουν αυτά τα θέματα είναι μέσα από τα φινάλε. Το μάθημα που αφορά πλεονέκτημα υλικού και στρατηγική στα φινάλε περιέχει πολλά από αυτά. Επιπλέον, το μάθημα που αφορά τα αδύνατα πιόνια συντελεί ώστε να γίνουν λίγο πιο προσεκτικά όταν θα χρειαστεί να μετακινήσουν ένα πιόνι τους. Το ίδιο συμβαίνει και στο μάθημα για το άνοιγμα.

*Η μέθοδος «Βήμα-βήμα» δημιουργήθηκε από τον Rob Brunia και τον Cor van Wijgerden υιοθετήθηκε από πολλούς συλλόγους και σχολεία της Ολλανδίας και μεταφράστηκε και συνέχισε το ταξίδι της σε πολλές χώρες.

Το σάιτ με πληροφορίες για τη μέθοδο και στοιχεία επικοινωνίας για παραγγελίες:vima-vima.gr

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FIDE World Cup 2017: Round 2 Tie-breaks

FIDE - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 04:20



The second round tie-breaks started with 22 matches on the 8th of September at 3 pm local time. After two rapid games 14 encounters were over and Ding Liren, David Navara, Yuriy Kuzubov, S.P. Sethuraman, Alexander Onischuk, Wang Hao, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Alexander Grischuk, Hikaru Nakamura, Evgeniy Najer, Peter Svidler, Richard Rapport, Li Chao and Bu Xiangzhi went through to the next round.



A few rating favorites leave a tournament including former World Rapid Champion Shakhriyar Mamedyarov who lost to Yuriy Kuzubov, Radoslaw Wojtaszek who was eliminated by Alexander Onischuk and Pentala Harikrishna who was defeated by his compatriot S.P. Sethuraman.



In one of the most dramatic matches of the tournament Adhiban-Nepomniachtchi Indian player missed another good chance to defeat his opponent in the first rapid game and after it ended in a draw, Ian Nepomniachtchi outplayed his opponent in the second game.

Wesley So, Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian, Baadur Jobava, Vassily Ivanchuk and Anish Giri won their ’10min+10sec’ matches.

Former Women’s World Champion Hou Yifan made 4 draws in classical and rapid games against Levon Aronian but lost 2:0 with `10 min+10sec` format.



The matches Andreikin-Matlakov and Radjabov-Artemiev were decided in blitz.

After 2 draws in rapid Maxim Matlakov defeated his opponent in 10+10 time control. However, the finalist of the World Cup 2013 Dmitry Andreikin managed to equalize the score. But already in the next blitz game he lost in an absolutely winning position and could not make a comeback after such a tough blow.



Teimour Radjabov lost the first rapid game but made a comeback by equalizing the score. He also outplayed his opponent in the first game with “10+10” time control. Suddenly, the tables were switched and in a must win situation Vladislav Artemiev defeated Teimour and then dominated in blitz.

Vladislav Artemiev and Maxim Matlakov qualified for 1/16.

The third round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time on the 9th of September. 32 participants continue playing in the World Cup.

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Round 2 Game 2: Anand, Adams and Karjakin leave

The return games of the second round of the World Cup were completed in the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi. Despite the elimination of 64 players in the first round, tomorrow we are going to see the same number of tie-break matches as in the previous tie-break day - 22.

Magnus Carlsen defeated Alexei Dreev and is the only player, who won his match with 2:0 score in round 2.

From the other top seeds Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Valdimir Kramnik, who started the round by winning against lower rated players, preserved the advantage to advance to the next round. The opponent of Kramnik, Anton Demchenko surprisingly offered a draw after only 10 moves.

Former World Champion Viswanathan Anand didn’t manage to tie the score in the second game against Anton Kovalyov and has to leave the tournament.



Another notable result is a loss of the winner of the World Cup 2015 Sergey Karjakin to Daniil Dubov. Michael Adams was also eliminated after the round 2 by Maxime Rodstein, who outplayed him in the second game with black pieces.

Francisco Vallejo Pons, Aleksandr Lenderman, Santosh Vidit and Vladimir Fedoseev won their matches as well to qualify for the 3rd round.

Ivan Cheparinov won the second game against David Navara and equalized the score in the match which will be decided on tie-break.



Indian GM Adhiban had chances to finish the match against Ian Nepomniachtchi today but the fate of their encounter will be decided tomorrow as well as Li Chao - Sevian, Aronian - You Yifan, Najer - Vitiugov, Caruana - Lenic, Giri - Motylev, Yu Yangyi - Jobava, Harikrishna - Sethuraman, Wang Hao - Gelfand, Grischuk - Cori, Onischuk - Wojtaszek, Ding Liren - Kravtsiv and Mamedyarov – Kuzubov, Erdos - Svidler, Rapport - Wei Yi, Sо - Bluebaum, Nakamura - Bruzon, Andreikin - Matlakov, Ivanchuk - Duda, Radjabov - Artemiev, Bacrot - Bu Xiangzhi.

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Round 2 Game 1: Anton Kovalyov defeats Vishy Anand

32 participants of the World Cup returned today to the venue to play the first games of the second round. Only 7 games were decisive, while 25 finished in a draw.



Magnus Carlsen defeated Alexey Dreev, David Navara won against Ivan Cheparinov, in two Russian derbies Vladimir Kramnik and Vladimir Fedoseev won against Anton Demchenko and Ernesto Inarkiev accordingly, Boris Grachev lost to Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Le Quang Liem lost to Vidit Santosh.

The biggest surprise of the second round was a victory of Anton Kovalyov from Canada over former World champion Viswanathan Anand. Indian player decided to sacrifice a piece in a better position 23.Nc5 but his opponent found a precise way to defend and kept his extra material. Vishy needs to win tomorrow with Black pieces to continue playing in the tournament.



The games Hou Yifan – Aronian, Motylev – Giri, Bacrot - Bu Xiangzhi, Karjakin - Dubov, Duda - Ivanchuk, Harikrishna - Sethuraman, Lenic - Caruana, Mamedyarov - Kuzubov, Matlakov - Andreikin, Sevian - Li Chao, Tari - Lenderman, Wei Yi - Rapport, Yu Yangyi - Jobava, Adhiban - Nepomniachcthi, Svidler - Erdos, Rodshtein - Adams, Bruzon - Nakamura, Tomashevsky - Vallejo Pons, Onischuk - Wojtaszek, Cori - Grischuk, So - Bluebaum, Kravtsiv - Ding Liren, Artemiev - Radjabov, Wang Hao - Gelfand and Vitiugov - Najer finished peacefully.

The second game of the second round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time on 7th of September.



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Round 1 Tie-Break Matches


The third day of the FIDE World Cup has finished and all the results of the first round are in. The remaining 22 matches continued with playoffs after two classical games.

According to the regulations of the World Cup tiebreaks two rapid games are played at a rate of 25 min+10 seconds. If the score is still tied two accelerated rapid games are played with a time control of 10 min + 10 sec. If the score is still deadlocked two blitz games are then played at 5 min + 3 sec. Finally, if a winner has still not been determined a sudden death Armageddon game takes place.



13 players were eliminated after two rapid games and the majority of the rating favorites, including Sergey Karjakin, Vladimir Fedoseev, Dmitry Andreikin, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Yu Yangyi, Wei Yi, Etienne Bacrot, Boris Grachev, Vassily Ivanchuk, Michael Adams, Maxim Rodshtein and Francisco Vallejo Pons, advanced to the second round. American player Samuel Sevian was the only “underdog”, who defeated a bit higher rated opponent Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu at this stage. The youngest participant of the World Cup Anton Smirnov from Australia, who made 2 draws in the games with classical control against Sergey Karjakin, lost the first rapid game and did not manage to equalize the score in the second one.



Aryan Tari, Daniil Dubov, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Pentala Harikrishna, Baskaran Adhiban, Anton Demchenko, Luka Lenic were stronger with 10 min + 10 sec time control. Norvegian GM Aryan Tari defeated 2700+ GM David Howell from England by winning the last game after 5 draws in the previous encounters.


The last match of the round 1 between Georgian player Baadur Jobava and Ivan Salgado Lopez obviously attracted enormous attention of local spectators and was decided in blitz. Baadur outplayed his opponent in the 8th game and remains the only Georgian player, who managed to proceed to the next stage.

The second round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time on 6th of September. 64 participants will continue playing but same as before only half of them will advance to the next stage.


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Top seeds advance to round two, while 22 matches will be decided on tie-breaks

The second games of the first round were played in Tbilisi on 4th of September.

The majority of the top seeds proceeded to the second round by defeating much lower rated opponents.



42 players won their matches after two classical games: Carlsen Magnus (NOR), So Wesley (USA), Caruana Fabiano (USA), Kramnik Vladimir (RUS), Aronian Levon (ARM), Mamedyarov Shakhriyar (AZE), Nakamura Hikaru (USA), Vachier-Lagrave Maxime (FRA), Grischuk Alexander (RUS), Anand Viswanathan (IND), Ding Liren (CHN), Giri Anish (NED), Svidler Peter (RUS), Wojtaszek Radoslaw (POL), Li Chao b (CHN), Radjabov Teimour (AZE), Le Quang Liem (VIE), Navara David (CZE) , Lenderman Aleksandr (USA), Gelfand Boris (ISR), Matlakov Maxim (RUS), Vitiugov Nikita (RUS), Bu Xiangzhi (CHN), Najer Evgeniy (RUS), Duda Jan-Krzysztof (POL), Wang Hao (CHN), Inarkiev Ernesto (RUS), Cheparinov Ivan (BUL), Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (IND), Artemiev Vladislav (RUS), Sethuraman S.P. (IND), Onischuk Alexander (USA), Rapport Richard (HUN), Motylev Alexander (RUS), Kravtsiv Martyn (UKR), Kovalyov Anton (CAN), Cori Jorge (PER), Bruzon Batista Lazaro (CUB), Kuzubov Yuriy (UKR), Hou Yifan (CHN), Bluebaum Matthias (GER), Dreev Aleksey (RUS).

Amin Bassem (EGY) lost his chance to win the match against Erdos Viktor (HUN) today after he missed a stalemate trick in a completely winning ending.



The biggest surprise of the round one was the elimination of the previous World Cup semifinalist Pavel Eljanov. The Ukrainian player had an absolutely winning position in the first game but after few mistakes he eventually lost. In a must win situation he tried to find some chances to complicate the position but his opponent Alexander Lenderman (USA) won also the second game. Another Ukrainian player and former World champion Ruslan Ponomariov also leaves the tournament after his loss against Sethuraman S.P. (IND).

Anton Demchenko, Vladimir Fedoseev, Pentala Harikrishna, Wei Yi and Murali Karthikeyan made comebacks by winning their second games and will continue to play tomorrow on tie-breaks.



44 players will return to the tournament hall on 5th of September to decide who will qualify for the next round.

According to the tournament regulations, after a new drawing of colours, two tie-break games with the time control 25min + 10sec will be played.

If the scores are still level, then, after a new drawing of colours, a match of two games with the time control 10min + 10sec will be played.

In case of a level score, another match of two games will be played, with a blitz time control of 5min + 3sec.

If still there is no winner, one sudden-death game will be played. The player who wins the drawing of lots may choose the colour. The player with the white pieces shall receive 5 minutes, the opponent with the black pieces shall receive 4 minutes whereupon, after the 60th move, both players shall receive an increment of 3 seconds for each move from move 61. In case of a draw the player with the black pieces is declared the winner.

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World Chess Cup started in Tbilisi, Georgia

Round 1 Game 1


The 2015 FIDE World Chess Cup began today at the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi, Georgia, with 128 of the world's top players fighting for the 1,6 million USD prize fund.

FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos made the first move in the game between the World champion Magnus Carlsen (NOR) and Oluwafemi Balogun (NGR).



According to the pairings, the favorites in the higher half of the draw met significantly lower rated opponents. The top seeds won their games relatively easily, but there were also surprising losses by rating favorites, including Wei Yi of China against Canadian Bator Sambuev, Pavel Eljanov of Ukraine against Alexander Lenderman of USA, Pentala Harikrishna of India against Cuban Grandmaster Yuri Gonzalez Vidal and Vladimir Fedoseev of Russia against Yusnel Bacallao Alonso of Cuba.



One of the favorites of the tournament and number second chess player in the world ranking Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France made a draw today. His opponent was International Master Muhammad Khusenkhojaev (TJK).



Another notable result is the draw in the game between Sergey Karjakin of Russia, the loser of the last World Championship and the youngest participant of the tournament, Anton Smirnov of Australia.



Alexander Onischuk moved to the second round without a fight. His opponent, Yaroslav Zherebukh (USA), was not able to leave his country and participate in the Chess World Cup because he was still waiting for his US Green Card. Today is Onischuk’s birthday and thus he received a nice present.

Tomorrow is the second game of the first round and the participants will be fighting hard to progress to the next round.

The organizers of the World Cup are FIDE, the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia, the Check In Georgia Sports, the Georgian Chess Federation, Organising Committee of The 2018 World Chess Olympiad and Tbilisi City Hall. The title Sponsor is SOCAR.

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Magnus Carlsen chose White pieces at the Opening Ceremony of the World Cup

The opening ceremony took place at the Funicular restaurant in Tbilisi on 2nd of September 2017. The players and guests were greeted by the Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili, the ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili, the President of Georgian Chess Federation George Giorgadze and the FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos.



The Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili welcomed all the guests to Tbilisi:

“Dear guests, leaders of the international chess federation, organizers and participants of the Tbilisi World Chess Cup!

For the first time our country holds a tournament of such a high category, and Georgian chess players are deservedly proud of their past. Georgia chess faces a big challenge as there will be the World Chess Olympiad in 2018 in Batumi. We hope that everything will be held at the highest level. I wish all participants successful games.”



FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos delivered his opening speech:

“The FIDE World Cup 2017 is going to be an historical chess event as it is the toughest event we have in FIDE. The particpation of 15 top rated players, including the exceptional case of the World Champion himself, makes this event the strongest in history. In order to win such tournament you should be a good player, have a good form and be a great fighter. Nobody can be sure about his own result here and this is why I really admire the decision of the World champion Magnus Carlsen to participate in this tournament. He writes his own history and he gives a message how the World Champion should be. I thank him for playing here and for the promotion of chess and this important FIDE event.

Georgia is a great country with a huge chess history, especially because of their great women players with some of them being here with us today. I would like to thank the Minister of Sport of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili for his support, ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili, the President of Gerogian Chess Federation Giorgiy Georgadze and his people for the organization of the World Cup and the coming Olympiad.

Recently there were some political statements in media that could have hurt Georgian people. On behalf of FIDE I would like to apologise for this. We are one family in FIDE because we do not allow our chess community to be divided for political, religious or racial reasons. I would like to ensure Mr. Minister that we will continue keeping to this principle. “ At the end of the speech Mr. Makropoulos declared the World Cup Open.



The opening ceremony included dance and sung performances by the Georgian national ballet "Sukhishvili" and musical band “Ursa” and was enjoyed by the participants and guests of the tournament.



Chief Arbiter Delega then proceeded with the drawing of colors. He invited the top seed of the tournament, the World Champion Magnus Carlsen from Norway to pick one of the traditional Georgian wine vessel 'Kvevri'. Magnus Carlsen will play the first game of the match against Oluwafemi Balogun from Nigeria with the white pieces.



After the end of the opening ceremony all the players came back to the official hotel and attended the technical meeting.

The organizers are FIDE, the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia, the Check In Georgia Sports, the Georgian Chess Federation, Organising Committee of The 2018 World Chess Olympiad and Tbilisi City Hall The title Sponsor is SOCAR.

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ΚΑΤΑΓΡΑΦΗ ΑΘΛΗΤΙΚΩΝ ΕΓΚΑΤΑΣΤΑΣΕΩΝ

Ε.Σ.Ο. - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 10:25

Για να δείτε την επιστολή της ΕΣΟ προς τις Ενώσεις – Τοπικές Επιτροπές και τα σωματεία που αφορά την καταγραφή αθλητικών εγκαταστάσεων, σε εφαρμογή του από 23-8-2017 σχετικού εγγράφου της ΓΓΑ, πατήστε εδώ.

ΑΠΟΓΡΑΦΙΚΟ ΔΕΛΤΙΟ ΑΘΛΗΤΙΚΩΝ ΕΓΚΑΤΑΣΤΑΣΕΩΝ ΟΜΟΣΠΟΝΔΙΩΝ 2017

Έπειτα από ερώτημα, που ετέθη από Ομοσπονδίες, σχετικά με τις εγκαταστάσεις που καταγράφονται διευκρινίζονται τα παρακάτω:

Η καταγραφή των Αθλητικών Εγκαταστάσεων γίνεται ανά φορέα διαχείρισης. Συνεπώς, θα πρέπει να σταλούν στοιχεία, για όλες τις αθλητικές εγκαταστάσεις που διαχειρίζεστε, ανεξάρτητα από το εάν σας ανήκει η κυριότητα ή σας έχει παραχωρηθεί η χρήση τους. Στην περίπτωση που σας ανήκει η χρήση της εγκατάστασης αυτό θα καταγράφεται στο πεδίο «ιδιοκτησία» του Α.Δ., αναφέροντας τον ιδιοκτήτη της εγκατάστασης και τον τρόπο με τον οποίο σας έχει παραχωρηθεί η χρήση.

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From London to Elista

Skakistiko - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 10:05

ανάρτηση αρχείου

Φυσικά, αυτό που έκανε το ματς του Λονδίνου το 2000 τόσο δραματικό ήταν η ήττα του Κασπάροβ, του μεγάλου φαβορί, του καλύτερου σκακιστή του κόσμου της εποχής εκείνης. Οι θεατές υποστήριζαν στην μεγάλη τους πλειονότητα τον Κασπάροβ, το παιχνίδι του οποίου ενθουσίαζε τους φίλους του σκακιού, σε αντίθεση με το σφιχτό στυλ του Κράμνικ που δεν είχε πολλούς θαυμαστές. Σήμερα, το 2017, ο Κράμνικ θεωρείται αναμφισβήτητα ένας από τους πιο σπουδαίους παίχτες της ιστορίας, ένα τέρας του παιχνιδιού στο βάθος της σκέψης του και στις ιδέες που έφερε. Ο Κασπάροβ όχι μόνο αδυνατούσε να βρει αντίδοτο αλλά υπέπεπτε σε πολλά τακτικά λάθη. Αλλά γιατί;

Το «From London to Elista» των Εβγκένι Μπαρέεβ και Ίλια Λεβίτοβ κέρδισε το 2008 τον τίτλο του βιβλίου της χρονιάς που απονέμεται από την Αγγλική Σκακιστική Ομοσπονδία. Περιγράφει τρία ματς για το Παγκόσμιο Πρωτάθλημα που έπαιξε ο Βλαντίμιρ Κράμνικ: εναντίον του Κασπάροβ το 2000, του Λέκο το 2004 και του Τοπάλοβ το 2006. Ο Μπαρέεβ ήταν αναλυτής του Κράμνικ στα δυο πρώτα ματς και μίλησε πολύ με το δημοσιογράφο Λεβίτοβ για το ματς της Ελίστα, του 2006.

Σε όλα τα καλά βιβλία υπάρχει μια ενότητα που ξεχωρίζει (στα μέτρια βιβλία δεν ξεχωρίζει τίποτα!). Εδώ, το καλύτερο μέρος είναι το πρώτο, αυτό που αφορά το ματς Κράμνικ – Κασπάροβ, το 2000 στο Λονδίνο. Η αλήθεια είναι πως υπάρχουν ήδη αρκετές εκδόσεις για την αναμέτρηση αυτή. Όμως ο Μπαρέεβ, ως βασικό μέλος της ομάδας των αναλυτών του Κράμνικ, μπορεί να δώσει την ιδιαίτερη άποψη των αγωνιστικών και ψυχολογικών λεπτομερειών του ματς. Οι δυο συγγραφείς εμβαθύνουν στις ψυχολογικές ιδιαιτερότητες των αναμετρήσεων για το παγκόσμιο πρωτάθλημα και εισχωρούν, όσο μπορούν, στο νου του Κράμνικ.

Η κατάθεση του Μπαρέεβ είναι εξαιρετικά ενδιαφέρουσα: περιγράφει με ενάργεια την προετοιμασία, τον καταμερισμό της δουλειάς στην ομάδα των αναλυτών, την ατμόσφαιρα και πως ο Κράμνικ άλλαξε τελείως πριν από το ματς: έχασε βάρος, σταμάτησε το κάπνισμα, γυμνάστηκε, δούλεψε πολύ στον ψυχολογικό τομέα και είχε μοναδικό στόχο να γίνει παγκόσμιος πρωταθλητής. Ας δούμε τι λέει ο ίδιος ο Κράμνικ (σελ. 30):

Ήξερα πως ο Κασπάροβ με σεβόταν ως σκακιστή και πως καταλάβαινε περίφημα πως ήμουν για αυτόν ο δυσκολότερος αντίπαλος τη δεδομένη χρονική στιγμή. Φοβόταν την ήττα, όπως είναι άλλωστε φυσικό, αλλά από την άλλη μεριά, ήμουν ο τελευταίος παίκτης στον οποίο δεν είχε επιδείξει σαφή ανωτερότητα: είχε επικρατήσει πολλές φορές του Κάρποβ είχε κερδίσει τον Ανάντ και τον Σορτ και διέλυε πάντοτε τον Σίροβ. Αν κέρδιζε και εμένα στο ματς, η καριέρα του θα είχε ολοκληρωθεί. Οι φιλοδοξίες του, καθώς και η επιθυμία του να «ξεκαθαρίσει τις τελευταίες λεπτομέρειες της καριέρας του» συνδυάστηκαν με τον φόβο του να με αντιμετωπίσει.


Το δεύτερο μέρος του βιβλίου καταπιάνεται με το ματς Κράμνικ – Λέκο (Ελβετία, 2004). Ο Τοπάλοβ, στο δικό του βιβλίο, το είχε χαρακτηρίσει ως «ένα από τα πιο ανιαρά ματς της ιστορίας». Οι Μπαρέεβ και Λεβίτοβ αποδεικνύουν πως η άποψη του Τοπάλοβ (αλλά και πολλών ακόμα) είναι υπεραπλουστευμένη.

Για τον Κράμνικ και την ομάδα του, παρόλο που η αναμέτρηση είχε θετική κατάληξη, το ματς ήταν ένας εφιάλτης. O Κράμνικ ήταν τελείως διαφορετικός άνθρωπος από το 2000. Η προετοιμασία του ήταν πολύ πρόχειρη και στα τουρνουά που είχαν προηγηθεί είχε μετριότατη απόδοση. Ο αναγνώστης δεν νιώθει την ίδια ένταση όπως στις σελίδες που προηγούνται στο βιβλίο. Λογικό βέβαια, αν σκεφτεί κανείς πως ο Λέκο ποτέ δεν ήταν Κασπάροβ. Οι Μπαρέεβ και Λεβίτοβ αφηγούνται με λιγότερο πάθος τα τεκταινόμενα του ματς του 2004. Το βιβλίο είναι γραμμένο σε μορφή διαλογικών συζητήσεων ανάμεσα στους δυο συγγραφείς και αποκομίζει κανείς την εντύπωση πως ο Λεβίτοβ, εισερχόμενος σε θέματα που άπτονται της γενικότερης φιλοσοφίας του σκακιού, μάλλον «κάνει κακό» στη ροή του υλικού. Θα ήταν καλύτερα να έγραφε μόνο ο Μπαρέεβ!


Το τρίτο μέρος εξιστορεί το ματς του 2006, στην Ελίστα, όπου ο Κράμνικ κέρδισε τον Τοπάλοβ. Τα πράγματα διαφέρουν, γιατί στην αναμέτρηση αυτή ο Μπαρέεβ δεν ήταν μέλος της αναλυτικής ομάδας του Ρώσου πρωταθλητή. Όμως παρακολούθησε το ματς από κοντά και ανέλυσε όλες τις παρτίδες διεξοδικά. Στο From London to Elista φυσικά δίνεται έκταση στο toiletgate και -όπως στο βουλγαρικό βιβλίο- υπάρχει αρκετή μεροληπτικότητα από τους συγγραφείς. Ο Νταναϊλοβ περιγράφεται ως «άνθρωπος-σκάνδαλο» και ο Τοπάλοβ ως ρομπότ που «δεν τον είδε κανείς ποτέ με γυναίκα». Η αξιοπιστία του βιβλίου μειώνεται, αλλά ίσως είναι αρκετά νωρίς για να δει κανείς τα γεγονότα της Ελίστα με ψύχραιμη ιστορική ματιά.

Ωστόσο οι Μπαρέεβ και Λεβίτοβ έχουν πολλές στιγμές στο τρίτο μέρος του βιβλίου που βλέπουν την ιστορία του ματς Κράμνικ – Τοπάλοβ της Ελίστα με οξυδέρκεια και ευρηματικότητα. Ο Κράμνικ περιγράφεται ως αυτό που είναι: ένας εκπληκτικός στρατηγικός παίκτης με σπουδαία διορατικότητα, σιδερένια θέληση, ψυχικά χαρίσματα αλλά και με αδυναμίες και τρωτά σημεία. Εκεί που ο Τοπάλοβ και η βουλγαρική ομάδα υποστηρίζουν ότι έγιναν θύματα των περιστάσεων, ο Κράμνικ εμφανίζεται στο βιβλίο να παλεύει πρώτα από όλα με τον ίδιο του τον εαυτό.

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***Τα στοιχεία της ανάρτησης βασίστηκαν κατά μεγάλο μέρος σε άρθρο του Arne Moll στο παλιό σάιτ των 
ChessVibes (2008).

FIDE World Cup 2017: Round 2 Game 2

FIDE - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 04:20



Round 2 Game 2: Anand, Adams and Karjakin leave

The return games of the second round of the World Cup were completed in the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi. Despite the elimination of 64 players in the first round, tomorrow we are going to see the same number of tie-break matches as in the previous tie-break day - 22.

Magnus Carlsen defeated Alexei Dreev and is the only player, who won his match with 2:0 score in round 2.

From the other top seeds Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Valdimir Kramnik, who started the round by winning against lower rated players, preserved the advantage to advance to the next round. The opponent of Kramnik, Anton Demchenko surprisingly offered a draw after only 10 moves.

Former World Champion Viswanathan Anand didn’t manage to tie the score in the second game against Anton Kovalyov and has to leave the tournament.



Another notable result is a loss of the winner of the World Cup 2015 Sergey Karjakin to Daniil Dubov. Michael Adams was also eliminated after the round 2 by Maxime Rodstein, who outplayed him in the second game with black pieces.

Francisco Vallejo Pons, Aleksandr Lenderman, Santosh Vidit and Vladimir Fedoseev won their matches as well to qualify for the 3rd round.

Ivan Cheparinov won the second game against David Navara and equalized the score in the match which will be decided on tie-break.



Indian GM Adhiban had chances to finish the match against Ian Nepomniachtchi today but the fate of their encounter will be decided tomorrow as well as Li Chao - Sevian, Aronian - You Yifan, Najer - Vitiugov, Caruana - Lenic, Giri - Motylev, Yu Yangyi - Jobava, Harikrishna - Sethuraman, Wang Hao - Gelfand, Grischuk - Cori, Onischuk - Wojtaszek, Ding Liren - Kravtsiv and Mamedyarov – Kuzubov, Erdos - Svidler, Rapport - Wei Yi, Sо - Bluebaum, Nakamura - Bruzon, Andreikin - Matlakov, Ivanchuk - Duda, Radjabov - Artemiev, Bacrot - Bu Xiangzhi.

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Round 2 Game 1: Anton Kovalyov defeats Vishy Anand

32 participants of the World Cup returned today to the venue to play the first games of the second round. Only 7 games were decisive, while 25 finished in a draw.



Magnus Carlsen defeated Alexey Dreev, David Navara won against Ivan Cheparinov, in two Russian derbies Vladimir Kramnik and Vladimir Fedoseev won against Anton Demchenko and Ernesto Inarkiev accordingly, Boris Grachev lost to Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Le Quang Liem lost to Vidit Santosh.

The biggest surprise of the second round was a victory of Anton Kovalyov from Canada over former World champion Viswanathan Anand. Indian player decided to sacrifice a piece in a better position 23.Nc5 but his opponent found a precise way to defend and kept his extra material. Vishy needs to win tomorrow with Black pieces to continue playing in the tournament.



The games Hou Yifan – Aronian, Motylev – Giri, Bacrot - Bu Xiangzhi, Karjakin - Dubov, Duda - Ivanchuk, Harikrishna - Sethuraman, Lenic - Caruana, Mamedyarov - Kuzubov, Matlakov - Andreikin, Sevian - Li Chao, Tari - Lenderman, Wei Yi - Rapport, Yu Yangyi - Jobava, Adhiban - Nepomniachcthi, Svidler - Erdos, Rodshtein - Adams, Bruzon - Nakamura, Tomashevsky - Vallejo Pons, Onischuk - Wojtaszek, Cori - Grischuk, So - Bluebaum, Kravtsiv - Ding Liren, Artemiev - Radjabov, Wang Hao - Gelfand and Vitiugov - Najer finished peacefully.

The second game of the second round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time on 7th of September.



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Round 1 Tie-Break Matches


The third day of the FIDE World Cup has finished and all the results of the first round are in. The remaining 22 matches continued with playoffs after two classical games.

According to the regulations of the World Cup tiebreaks two rapid games are played at a rate of 25 min+10 seconds. If the score is still tied two accelerated rapid games are played with a time control of 10 min + 10 sec. If the score is still deadlocked two blitz games are then played at 5 min + 3 sec. Finally, if a winner has still not been determined a sudden death Armageddon game takes place.



13 players were eliminated after two rapid games and the majority of the rating favorites, including Sergey Karjakin, Vladimir Fedoseev, Dmitry Andreikin, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Yu Yangyi, Wei Yi, Etienne Bacrot, Boris Grachev, Vassily Ivanchuk, Michael Adams, Maxim Rodshtein and Francisco Vallejo Pons, advanced to the second round. American player Samuel Sevian was the only “underdog”, who defeated a bit higher rated opponent Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu at this stage. The youngest participant of the World Cup Anton Smirnov from Australia, who made 2 draws in the games with classical control against Sergey Karjakin, lost the first rapid game and did not manage to equalize the score in the second one.



Aryan Tari, Daniil Dubov, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Pentala Harikrishna, Baskaran Adhiban, Anton Demchenko, Luka Lenic were stronger with 10 min + 10 sec time control. Norvegian GM Aryan Tari defeated 2700+ GM David Howell from England by winning the last game after 5 draws in the previous encounters.


The last match of the round 1 between Georgian player Baadur Jobava and Ivan Salgado Lopez obviously attracted enormous attention of local spectators and was decided in blitz. Baadur outplayed his opponent in the 8th game and remains the only Georgian player, who managed to proceed to the next stage.

The second round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time on 6th of September. 64 participants will continue playing but same as before only half of them will advance to the next stage.


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Top seeds advance to round two, while 22 matches will be decided on tie-breaks

The second games of the first round were played in Tbilisi on 4th of September.

The majority of the top seeds proceeded to the second round by defeating much lower rated opponents.



42 players won their matches after two classical games: Carlsen Magnus (NOR), So Wesley (USA), Caruana Fabiano (USA), Kramnik Vladimir (RUS), Aronian Levon (ARM), Mamedyarov Shakhriyar (AZE), Nakamura Hikaru (USA), Vachier-Lagrave Maxime (FRA), Grischuk Alexander (RUS), Anand Viswanathan (IND), Ding Liren (CHN), Giri Anish (NED), Svidler Peter (RUS), Wojtaszek Radoslaw (POL), Li Chao b (CHN), Radjabov Teimour (AZE), Le Quang Liem (VIE), Navara David (CZE) , Lenderman Aleksandr (USA), Gelfand Boris (ISR), Matlakov Maxim (RUS), Vitiugov Nikita (RUS), Bu Xiangzhi (CHN), Najer Evgeniy (RUS), Duda Jan-Krzysztof (POL), Wang Hao (CHN), Inarkiev Ernesto (RUS), Cheparinov Ivan (BUL), Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (IND), Artemiev Vladislav (RUS), Sethuraman S.P. (IND), Onischuk Alexander (USA), Rapport Richard (HUN), Motylev Alexander (RUS), Kravtsiv Martyn (UKR), Kovalyov Anton (CAN), Cori Jorge (PER), Bruzon Batista Lazaro (CUB), Kuzubov Yuriy (UKR), Hou Yifan (CHN), Bluebaum Matthias (GER), Dreev Aleksey (RUS).

Amin Bassem (EGY) lost his chance to win the match against Erdos Viktor (HUN) today after he missed a stalemate trick in a completely winning ending.



The biggest surprise of the round one was the elimination of the previous World Cup semifinalist Pavel Eljanov. The Ukrainian player had an absolutely winning position in the first game but after few mistakes he eventually lost. In a must win situation he tried to find some chances to complicate the position but his opponent Alexander Lenderman (USA) won also the second game. Another Ukrainian player and former World champion Ruslan Ponomariov also leaves the tournament after his loss against Sethuraman S.P. (IND).

Anton Demchenko, Vladimir Fedoseev, Pentala Harikrishna, Wei Yi and Murali Karthikeyan made comebacks by winning their second games and will continue to play tomorrow on tie-breaks.



44 players will return to the tournament hall on 5th of September to decide who will qualify for the next round.

According to the tournament regulations, after a new drawing of colours, two tie-break games with the time control 25min + 10sec will be played.

If the scores are still level, then, after a new drawing of colours, a match of two games with the time control 10min + 10sec will be played.

In case of a level score, another match of two games will be played, with a blitz time control of 5min + 3sec.

If still there is no winner, one sudden-death game will be played. The player who wins the drawing of lots may choose the colour. The player with the white pieces shall receive 5 minutes, the opponent with the black pieces shall receive 4 minutes whereupon, after the 60th move, both players shall receive an increment of 3 seconds for each move from move 61. In case of a draw the player with the black pieces is declared the winner.

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World Chess Cup started in Tbilisi, Georgia

Round 1 Game 1


The 2015 FIDE World Chess Cup began today at the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi, Georgia, with 128 of the world's top players fighting for the 1,6 million USD prize fund.

FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos made the first move in the game between the World champion Magnus Carlsen (NOR) and Oluwafemi Balogun (NGR).



According to the pairings, the favorites in the higher half of the draw met significantly lower rated opponents. The top seeds won their games relatively easily, but there were also surprising losses by rating favorites, including Wei Yi of China against Canadian Bator Sambuev, Pavel Eljanov of Ukraine against Alexander Lenderman of USA, Pentala Harikrishna of India against Cuban Grandmaster Yuri Gonzalez Vidal and Vladimir Fedoseev of Russia against Yusnel Bacallao Alonso of Cuba.



One of the favorites of the tournament and number second chess player in the world ranking Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France made a draw today. His opponent was International Master Muhammad Khusenkhojaev (TJK).



Another notable result is the draw in the game between Sergey Karjakin of Russia, the loser of the last World Championship and the youngest participant of the tournament, Anton Smirnov of Australia.



Alexander Onischuk moved to the second round without a fight. His opponent, Yaroslav Zherebukh (USA), was not able to leave his country and participate in the Chess World Cup because he was still waiting for his US Green Card. Today is Onischuk’s birthday and thus he received a nice present.

Tomorrow is the second game of the first round and the participants will be fighting hard to progress to the next round.

The organizers of the World Cup are FIDE, the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia, the Check In Georgia Sports, the Georgian Chess Federation, Organising Committee of The 2018 World Chess Olympiad and Tbilisi City Hall. The title Sponsor is SOCAR.

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Magnus Carlsen chose White pieces at the Opening Ceremony of the World Cup

The opening ceremony took place at the Funicular restaurant in Tbilisi on 2nd of September 2017. The players and guests were greeted by the Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili, the ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili, the President of Georgian Chess Federation George Giorgadze and the FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos.



The Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili welcomed all the guests to Tbilisi:

“Dear guests, leaders of the international chess federation, organizers and participants of the Tbilisi World Chess Cup!

For the first time our country holds a tournament of such a high category, and Georgian chess players are deservedly proud of their past. Georgia chess faces a big challenge as there will be the World Chess Olympiad in 2018 in Batumi. We hope that everything will be held at the highest level. I wish all participants successful games.”



FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos delivered his opening speech:

“The FIDE World Cup 2017 is going to be an historical chess event as it is the toughest event we have in FIDE. The particpation of 15 top rated players, including the exceptional case of the World Champion himself, makes this event the strongest in history. In order to win such tournament you should be a good player, have a good form and be a great fighter. Nobody can be sure about his own result here and this is why I really admire the decision of the World champion Magnus Carlsen to participate in this tournament. He writes his own history and he gives a message how the World Champion should be. I thank him for playing here and for the promotion of chess and this important FIDE event.

Georgia is a great country with a huge chess history, especially because of their great women players with some of them being here with us today. I would like to thank the Minister of Sport of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili for his support, ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili, the President of Gerogian Chess Federation Giorgiy Georgadze and his people for the organization of the World Cup and the coming Olympiad.

Recently there were some political statements in media that could have hurt Georgian people. On behalf of FIDE I would like to apologise for this. We are one family in FIDE because we do not allow our chess community to be divided for political, religious or racial reasons. I would like to ensure Mr. Minister that we will continue keeping to this principle. “ At the end of the speech Mr. Makropoulos declared the World Cup Open.



The opening ceremony included dance and sung performances by the Georgian national ballet "Sukhishvili" and musical band “Ursa” and was enjoyed by the participants and guests of the tournament.



Chief Arbiter Delega then proceeded with the drawing of colors. He invited the top seed of the tournament, the World Champion Magnus Carlsen from Norway to pick one of the traditional Georgian wine vessel 'Kvevri'. Magnus Carlsen will play the first game of the match against Oluwafemi Balogun from Nigeria with the white pieces.



After the end of the opening ceremony all the players came back to the official hotel and attended the technical meeting.

The organizers are FIDE, the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia, the Check In Georgia Sports, the Georgian Chess Federation, Organising Committee of The 2018 World Chess Olympiad and Tbilisi City Hall The title Sponsor is SOCAR.

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