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Gibraltar Chess Festival 2018 live

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 10:56

Caleta Hotel hosts the 16th edition of the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival! Activities begin on Sunday, January 21st (with two simultaneous displays that evening, by GMs David Howell and Natalia Zhukova) and finish with the traditional gala dinner and prize-giving on Thursday, February 1st, 2018.

For 2018 the prize fund reaches a record £200,000, the Masters’ top prize now at a Festival high of £25,000. The total of the women’s awards will be £50,000 – as far as we know, no open chess tournament in the world offers comparable prizes to its female participants. The three highest ranked players  form an elite trio of grandmasters: Levon Aronian (Armenia), Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France), and Hikaru Nakamura (USA).

Live game with analysis will be provided daily with the best chess software competing in the Top Chess Engine Championship – Komodo, Houdini, and Stockfish

More live chess Tata Steel Chess 2018/Belarus Championship 2018Dvorkovich Memorial 2018/

Gibraltar chess festival starting list

 

1 GM Aronian Levon  ARM 2797 2 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime  FRA 2793 3 GM Nakamura Hikaru  USA 2781 4 GM Navara David  CZE 2749 5 GM Harikrishna P.  IND 2745 6 GM Le Quang Liem  VIE 2737 7 GM Vitiugov Nikita  RUS 2732 8 GM Ivanchuk Vassily  UKR 2726 9 GM Duda Jan-Krzysztof  POL 2724 10 GM Wang Hao  CHN 2711 11 GM Adams Michael  ENG 2709 12 GM Rapport Richard  HUN 2700 13 GM Cheparinov Ivan  BUL 2699 14 GM Gelfand Boris  ISR 2697 15 GM Dubov Daniil  RUS 2694 16 GM Howell David W L  ENG 2682 17 GM Short Nigel D  ENG 2681 18 GM Motylev Alexander  RUS 2673 19 GM Sutovsky Emil  ISR 2673 20 GM Anton Guijarro David  ESP 2666 21 GM Saric Ivan  CRO 2664 22 GM Iturrizaga Bonelli Eduardo  VEN 2650 23 GM Akobian Varuzhan  USA 2647 24 GM Grandelius Nils  SWE 2647 25 GM Sethuraman S.P.  IND 2646 26 GM Banusz Tamas  HUN 2641 27 GM Bosiocic Marin  CRO 2628 28 GM Georgiev Kiril  BUL 2623 29 GM Edouard Romain  FRA 2613 30 GM Gledura Benjamin  HUN 2612 31 GM Gupta Abhijeet  IND 2610 32 GM Vocaturo Daniele  ITA 2609 33 GM Oparin Grigoriy  RUS 2607 34 GM Papp Gabor  HUN 2607 35 GM Bindrich Falko  GER 2605 36 GM Svane Rasmus  GER 2595 37 GM Gopal G.N.  IND 2593 38 GM Antipov Mikhail Al.  RUS 2588 39 GM Buhmann Rainer  GER 2587 40 GM Huschenbeth Niclas  GER 2587 41 GM Donchenko Alexander  GER 2580 42 GM Sandipan Chanda  IND 2579 43 GM Ibarra Jerez Jose Carlos  ESP 2577 44 GM Tregubov Pavel V.  RUS 2575 45 GM Sunilduth Lyna Narayanan  IND 2573 46 GM Ju Wenjun  CHN 2572 47 GM Moussard Jules  FRA 2571 48 GM Muzychuk Anna  UKR 2571 49 FM Esipenko Andrey  RUS 2571 50 GM Grigoriants Sergey  RUS 2568 51 GM Huzman Alexander  ISR 2561 52 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra  RUS 2561 53 GM Peralta Fernando  ARG 2559 54 GM Lagno Kateryna  RUS 2556 55 GM Vasquez Schroeder Rodrigo  CHI 2554 56 GM Michalik Peter  CZE 2553 57 GM Perez Ponsa Federico  ARG 2553 58 GM Pichot Alan  ARG 2552 59 GM Deac Bogdan-Daniel  ROU 2549 60 GM Baron Tal  ISR 2548 61 GM Kaidanov Gregory  USA 2548 62 GM Moroni Luca Jr  ITA 2547 63 GM Lalith Babu M R  IND 2542 64 GM Muzychuk Mariya  UKR 2540 65 GM Mikhalevski Victor  ISR 2538 66 GM Epishin Vladimir  RUS 2536 67 GM Dvirnyy Danyyil  ITA 2534 68 GM Swapnil S. Dhopade  IND 2533 69 GM Lei Tingjie  CHN 2531 70 GM Libiszewski Fabien  FRA 2530 71 IM Nihal Sarin  IND 2524 72 GM Antal Gergely  HUN 2522 73 GM Dzagnidze Nana  GEO 2522 74 IM Praggnanandhaa R  IND 2515 75 GM Steinberg Nitzan  ISR 2512 76 IM Santos Ruiz Miguel  ESP 2510 77 GM Kollars Dmitrij  GER 2505 78 IM Batsiashvili Nino  GEO 2504 79 GM Blomqvist Erik  SWE 2502 80 GM Gunina Valentina  RUS 2502 81 GM Debashis Das  IND 2501 82 GM Gagare Shardul  IND 2494 83 IM Bellahcene Bilel  FRA 2494 84 WGM Goryachkina Aleksandra  RUS 2493 85 IM Christiansen Johan-Sebastian  NOR 2492 86 GM Cuenca Jimenez Jose Fernando  ESP 2489 87 GM Stefanova Antoaneta  BUL 2489 88 GM Khotenashvili Bela  GEO 2486 89 IM Suarez Gomez Julio  ESP 2486 90 IM Xu Yi  CHN 2482 91 IM Zanan Evgeny  ISR 2482 92 IM Almagro Llamas Pablo  ESP 2479 93 GM Kobo Ori  ISR 2477 94 GM Salomon Johan  NOR 2476 95 GM Studer Noel  SUI 2476 96 IM Saduakassova Dinara  KAZ 2470 97 IM Cernousek Lukas  CZE 2468 98 IM Dragnev Valentin  AUT 2466 99 GM Larino Nieto David  ESP 2464 100 IM Paehtz Elisabeth  GER 2464 101 IM Lou Yiping  CHN 2462 102 IM Prasanna Raghuram Rao  IND 2458 103 IM Yankelevich Lev  GER 2456 104 GM Cramling Pia  SWE 2449 105 IM Grinberg Eyal  ISR 2448 106 IM Cawdery Daniel  RSA 2446 107 IM Esserman Marc  USA 2446 108 GM Venkatesh M.R.  IND 2445 109 GM Akesson Ralf  SWE 2443 110 IM Docx Stefan  BEL 2442 111 GM Zhukova Natalia  UKR 2438 112 FM Gavrilescu David  ROU 2437 113 GM Tarjan James  USA 2432 114 IM Swayams Mishra  IND 2432 115 IM Wemmers Xander  NED 2430 116   Henderson De La Fuente Lance  ESP 2429 117 IM Gaehwiler Gabriel  SUI 2428 118 IM Ladron De Guevara Pinto Paolo  ESP 2427 119 IM Raja Harshit  IND 2427 120 IM Vega Gutierrez Sabrina  ESP 2427 121 IM Sonis Francesco  ITA 2425 122 GM Solomon Kenny  RSA 2420 123 IM Kozak Adam  HUN 2418 124 IM Pigott John C  ENG 2418 125 IM Wallace John Paul  AUS 2415 126 IM Keymer Vincent  GER 2408 127 IM Melia Salome  GEO 2404 128 IM Shachar Ehud  ISR 2401 129 WGM Hoolt Sarah  GER 2400 130 FM Bakalchuk Johnatan  ISR 2400 131 IM Martinez Martin David  ESP 2399 132 IM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs  MGL 2398 133 IM Sukandar Irine Kharisma  INA 2387 134 IM Erenberg Ariel  ISR 2382 135 IM Stark Lars  GER 2381 136 IM Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh  IND 2380 137 IM Mkrtchian Lilit  ARM 2378 138 IM Haria Ravi  ENG 2374 139 FM Prithu Gupta  IND 2373 140 IM Devereaux Maxim L  NOR 2370 141 FM Bjerre Jonas Buhl  DEN 2367 142 FM Blohberger Felix  AUT 2367 143 IM Lazarne Vajda Szidonia  HUN 2362 144 FM Tate Alan  SCO 2358 145 IM Perez Garcia Alejandro  ESP 2357 146 GM Paehtz Thomas  GER 2356 147 IM Gara Anita  HUN 2350 148 IM Renman Nils-Gustaf  SWE 2350 149 IM Hemant Sharma (Del)  IND 2348 150 FM Gandrud Vegar Koi  NOR 2346 151 FM Lombaers Peter  NED 2345 152 IM Bellin Robert  ENG 2343 153 FM Jessel Stephen  IRL 2342 154 IM Quillan Gary  ENG 2340 155 GM Bellon Lopez Juan Manuel  SWE 2334 156 WGM Gara Ticia  HUN 2331 157 FM Sanchez Jerez Emilio Miguel  ESP 2330 158 FM Horvath Dominik  AUT 2329 159 IM Padmini Rout  IND 2325 160 WGM Papp Petra  HUN 2324 161 WIM Garcia Martin Marta  ESP 2323 162 FM Sadhwani Raunak  IND 2321 163 IM Perez Garcia Rodney Oscar  CUB 2320 164 FM Lopez Mulet Inigo  ESP 2318 165 IM Povah Nigel E  ENG 2310 166 FM Goriatchkin Jouri  RUS 2310 167 WGM Rapport Jovana  SRB 2305 168 FM De Haan Eric  NED 2304 169 FM Merario Alarcon Andres  ESP 2298 170 FM De Francesco Klaus  GER 2287 171 IM Mannion Stephen R  SCO 2285 172 FM Perez Flavio  FRA 2279 173 FM Bergstrom Rolf  SWE 2276 174   Bliumberg Vladislav  UKR 2276 175 WIM Heinemann Josefine  GER 2270 176 IM Mohota Nisha  IND 2269 177 FM Antova Gabriela  BUL 2260 178 IM Meszaros Andras  HUN 2258 179 FM Yoo Christopher Woojin  USA 2254 180   Lercel Michal  POL 2252 181 FM Gavilan Diaz Mario  ESP 2251 182   Mifsud T.  MLT 2250 183   Oglaza Oskar  POL 2245 184 FM Plotkin Victor  CAN 2242 185 WIM Nandhidhaa Pv  IND 2238 186 FM Serarols Mabras Bernat  ESP 2235 187 WGM Maisuradze Nino  FRA 2234 188 FM Kvisla Johannes Luangtep  NOR 2234 189 WGM Paramzina Anastasya  RUS 2225 190 WIM Richards Heather S  AUS 2223 191 IM Estrada Nieto Julian  MEX 2222 192   Midonet Matthieu  FRA 2213 193   Semprun Martinez Fernando  ESP 2209 194 FM Van Zyl-Rudd Jack  RSA 2197 195 CM Walton Alan J  ENG 2194 196   Gonzalez Gonzalez Alfonso  ESP 2192 197   Bendayan Claros Aaron  ESP 2191 198   Barthel Ansgar  GER 2187 199   Pinho Paulo  POR 2186 200   Barraza Caracuel Ignacio  ESP 2185 201   Guthrie David  NZL 2181 202 WIM Sahl Sheila Barth  NOR 2178 203   Weisbuch Udi  ISR 2177 204   Lochte Thomas  GER 2169 205 WIM Makka Ioulia  GRE 2167 206 FM Baert Andy  BEL 2164 207 WFM Movileanu Daniela  ITA 2163 208   Verneuil Pascal  FRA 2159 209   Bopp Thomas  Dr. GER 2154 210   Pein Jonathan  ENG 2153 211   De Graaf Dick  NED 2152 212   Maloberti David  FRA 2148 213 IM Ranaivoharisoa Alain  MAD 2142 214   Ortin Blanco Inigo  ESP 2136 215   Barrenechea Bahamonde Gustavo  ESP 2127 216   Spence David J  ENG 2127 217   Herzwurm Robert  GER 2123 218   Veltkamp Gerben  NED 2123 219   Villar Reymundo Juan Antonio  PER 2121 220   Stewart Ashley  ENG 2120 221 FM Smith Andrew Philip  IRL 2111 222 CM Osuna Vega Enrique  ESP 2102 223   Byron Alan M  ENG 2099 224   Pabalan Rocky  PHI 2098 225 WFM Hapala Elisabeth  AUT 2097 226   Bolt Graham  ENG 2094 227 WFM Cholleti Sahajasri  IND 2083 228   Compton Alistair  NZL 2082 229 WIM Tejaswini Sagar  IND 2081 230   Bjerre Tavs  DEN 2071 231   Berrocal Ruiz Valentin  ESP 2068 232   Dasaolu Rotimi  NGR 2064 233   Arroyo Rodriguez Jesus  ESP 2057 234 CM Coleman David J  ENG 2055 235   Marder Simon  SWE 2054 236   Kozarcanin Sead  CRO 2048 237   Janiszewski Maciej  POL 2029 238   Hewson Brian W R  ENG 2024 239   Hamer Martyn  ENG 2020 240   Sanjuan Garcia Miguel  ESP 2019 241 WCM Avila Fraire Ameyalli  MEX 2014 242   Roman Lopez Jesus  ESP 2008 243   Safarian Alek  AUS 2006 244 WIM Gagare Shalmali  IND 2001 245   Adewole Adeyinka  NGR 2001 246   Redondo Flores David  ESP 2000 247   Burke Mitchell R  ENG 1989 248   Biegel Thomas  GER 1984 249   Vilarnovo Caamano Jose  ESP 1981 250   Cramling Bellon Anna  SWE 1978 251 CM Dev Shah  IND 1977 252 CM Bozinovic Boban  AUT 1972 253   Van De Groep William  NED 1972 254   Edvardsen Ragnar  NOR 1968 255 CM Helin Mikael  SWE 1962 256   Suez-Panama Gilles  FRA 1959 257 FM Odeh Kenneth  NGR 1922 258   Ansari Athar  ENG 1919 259   Sajjadi Kimiya  NOR 1911 260 WFM Chibnall Alana  AUS 1906 261   Cherigui Mourad  MAR 1892 262   Obiamiwe Paul  NGR 1891 263   Mozelius Peter  SWE 1871 264   Efemuai Odafe Benedict  NGR 1867 265   Lochte Szilvia  HUN 1862 266   Gillis Onieva Celia  ESP 1848 267   Mayank Pal  IND 1834 268   Gravett Alan D  ENG 1825 269   Opasiak Dustin Tennessee  POL 1797 270   Wilson Matthew R  ENG 1782 271   Klementys Jerzy  POL 1739 272   Francois-Haugrin Said  FRA 1714 273   Yilmaz Kazim  NOR 1656 274   Bullock Lee  ENG 1572
Categories: Ενημέρωση

Jonny is the winner of TCEC Div 2

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 12:24

TCEC Season 11 logo by Santiago Mendez

Jonny, the chess program by Johannes Zwanzger, is the winner of the second division of TCEC Season 11. Jonny dominated the entire stage, leading at halftime and increasing further the difference until the end. Jonny did not lose a single game and finished with 12 wins and 16 draws, or a total of 20,0/28.

With this victory Jonny qualifies for First Division where Andscacs, Booot, Gull, Fizbo, Hannibal, and Ginkgo await it.

The other engine that promotes from Second Division to First Division is Laser – by Jeffrey and Michael An. Laser had a dramatic second part, where it competed with Texel for the qualification position until the very end. A total of 19 draws, 8 wins and only one loss, gave Laser 17,5/28 and the clear second position.

Texel, Arasan, Fritz, and Vajolet defended their position in the division, while Bobcat and Wasp will have to fight their way back from Third Division of TCEC.

First Division with expected level of play of ~3300 ELO starts Monday, January 22nd. Follow the games live at the official website.

TCEC official website / Season 11 division system / Full list of participants / TCEC facebook page / TCEC Twitch TV channel

TCEC Division 2 standings

1. Jonny 20,0/28
2. Laser 17,5
3. Texel 16,5
4. Arasan 14,0
5. Fritz 14,0
6. Vajolet 13,0
7. Bobcat 10,0
8. Wasp 7,0

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Gareyev Timur shares the lead in Chennai Open 2018

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 10:49

Top seed Grandmaster Gareyev Timur of USA shared the lead with 4/4 score after the fourth round of the 10th Chennai Open International Grandmaster Chess tournament 2018 for Sakthi Group Dr N Mahalingam Trophy at The Vijay Park Hotel, Chennai here today.

Gareyev, a Guinness record holder in simultaneous blindfold chess, has been playing his fourth-tournament-in-a-row in Indian circuit viz., Bhopal, Mumbai, Delhi and now Chennai Open GM tournament.

Joining Gareyev on top of the table were GMs R R Laxman, Deepan Chakkravarthy J (both India), Tukhaev Adam (Ukraine), IM LlanezaVega Marcos (Spain) and FIDE Masters Karthik Venkataraman (India) and Hafiz Arif Abdul (Indonesia) respectively.

GM Timur Gareyev, B Murugavel, Vice President, Tamil Nadu State Chess Association, D V Sundar, Vice President, FIDE, P Stephen Balasamy, General Secretary, Tamil Nadu State Chess Association, Chief Guest International Master Manual Aaron

In a well contested Pirc game Laxman showed aggression, when the situation so demanded, coming up with success in 58 moves. Speaking about the game, Laxman said, “My position was getting passive and I counter-attacked to stay on course. My aggression on king-side 21.g4, caught GM Sivuk Vitaly off-guard and I managed to come up better in complications”.

Earlier, local star Woman FIDE Master J Saranya held Grandmaster Yuri Solodovnichenko of Ukraine to a draw in the second round, while World Under 12 Champion Divya Deshmukh got her first GM scalp taming Grandmaster Nguyen Duc Hoa of Vietnam in the third round.

Chennai boy Thrish Karthik set the tone for inaugural day, scoring an upset win over Grandmaster Suat Atalik of Turkey in the first round while, top seed GM Timur Gareyev of USA scored a comfortable victory in the top board. The second board saw Russian Grandmaster Ivan Rozum shedding half a point to lower rated Harshal Patil.

In a Kings Indian Defence game that lasted 75 moves, Thrish got the better of GM Suat Atalik of Turkey. An end game lapse in the fourth hour saw Suat Atalik going an exchange down, which Thrish Karthik converted precisely in his favor.

The 10th edition of Chennai Open GM tournament was inaugurated by Arjuna Awardee and International Master Manuel Aaron, who made the first move against top seed GM Timur Gareyev. Present in the dais were Shri D V Sundar, Vice President, FIDE, Shri P Stephen Balasamy, Gen. Secretary, Tamil Nadu State Chess Association, Shri R Anantharam, Technical Director, Shri Nitin Shenvi, Chief Arbiter and Shri B Murugavel, Vice President, Tamil Nadu State Chess Association.

Offering GM and IM Norm possibilities, this ten round Swiss tournament, attracted 267 entries from 22 countries. The field included 16 Grandmasters and 19 International Masters, among 59 titled players.

This prestigious annual Chennai chess festival, organized by Tamil Nadu State Chess Association, carries a total prize money of Rupees 1100000 (Euros 14100) spread over 50 cash prizes. The winner gets the glittering Chennai Open 2018 trophy along with the cash award of Rupees 200000 (Euros 2563).

R R Vasudevan
Press Officer
10th Chennai Open International Grandmaster Chess tournament 2018

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From Antalya to Moscow, an unexpected handshake

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 23:20

For the past several days there is increased interest in chess politics, with one of the most visited articles on Chessdom being the Russian Chess Federation election details. Our email is now full of comments by chess fans, politicians and analysts about the elections, mainly focusing on the participation of Kirsan Ilymzhinov. Practically comments relate to the interesting fact that the FIDE Executive board voted against the participation in FIDE elections of Mr. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, but now he is a Candidate in another election – the one of the Russian Chess Federation. What’s more, he seems to receive bizarre support – in a strange and unexpected twist Silvio Danailov, the man investigated for corruption of unfathomable proportions (see here, here, and here), and an ardent critic of Ilyumzhinov and Russian chess… is now their ardent supporter!

Hence, the chess politics is in full swing once again with elections coming not only in Russia, but soon in FIDE. So far Chessdom has covered every important election with impartial reporting and sticking only to the dry facts, and we will continue this tradition. The political season is officially open!

Today we start with an interesting document. This is the minutes of the 88th Congress and more specifically an excerpt of the Executive Board Meetings. In an extensive speech, the current main person in FIDE Georgios Makropoulos blasts open the current problems in the organization – the banking problems for FIDE, the US sanctions on Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the issues with Agon, the misinformation war, the broken promises, the lies and threats, misteriously disappearing funds, and more. We present you the most important details of the minutes as they are, in the words of Georgios Makropoulos, and will follow up this developing story. As Veselin Topalov says about the Batumi elections (see full quote and statement below), “Get popcorn, the show is assured!”

PDF of the official minutes

Georgios Makropoulos FIDE Deputy President, speaking on the internal crisis in FIDE during the FIDE Executive Board

The banking problems with the US Sanctions

Makropoulos speaks here about the problems that FIDE faced with its bank accounts in Switzerland and explains that the situation can be worse if Ilyumzhinov is re-elected as President and legal representative of FIDE.

“One of the most important efforts that we have to do in the last period… it was, despite of the problems that we were facing, to try to keep the stability in our organization. The truth is that it’s not easy. We face really serious problems that I have to refer to them, but what I want to say is that for me, all these problems, they were not political and they were not personal because many times it has been an effort for these problems to be presented as political problems between the people or personal problems. I would like to remind you that in Baku, in General Assembly, there was an effort to go to a voting against Kirsan Ilyumzhinov being president in FIDE under sanctions. It was not clear what exactly the people that had the initiative to present their proposals were looking for, vote of non-confidence, whether they were going to go farther to force Kirsan to resign. We stand by Kirsan, and we make it clear: we understand that the sanctions are a big problem that we have in FIDE, but we don’t believe that this Organization should insult Mr. Ilyumzhinov by trying to force him to resign. We don’t want this. We’re not looking for this, and at least few people there, they made it very clear. I can remember myself, Jorge Vega, Israel Gelfer, that we made very clear that what we believe is that Kirsan should not run to the next elections. And maybe on that moment there were people in the meeting that were thinking that we don’t believe really on this, and we say we are expressing this view because we just wanted to protect Kirsan on that moment. The truth is that we really believe this. And we have to make a big effort the next months to convince Kirsan that he should not run. I think Adrian can refer to the problems that already we have faced with our banks and our insurance company in Switzerland, and the situation, of course, it can be worse in case that Kirsan is the president because now we have stopped everything, all the efforts in Switzerland to take out our accounts from the banks there, because we have explained that Kirsan is not a part of the decision making procedure, that he is not involved in the business of FIDE, he’s our president only. And somehow we convinced them that they should not insist. But the truth is that if Kirsan could win these elections and comes back, they will believe, all of them, that we were cheating them, that we were lying to them, we are not serious organization. Immediately they will kick us out. So all these months we were trying to convince Kirsan not to run, to find an alternative. Somebody else could. We had even discussions about the possibility that Mr. Filatov could run. We had discussions even one year and a half about such a possibility or somebody else from FIDE, even from another country. Unfortunately, we could not reach an understanding that this is what we should do in FIDE. Kirsan really wished very much that he should run at least for one more term.”

The first meeting in Athens

The Presidential Board in Athens was turbulent. Ilyumzhinov tried to solve his personal issues with Agon within the FIDE Presidential Board.

“And this has a result to go to the FIDE meeting in March this year, end of March. All of you have received the Minutes of the two meetings that we had in March and April. So not to go into details, but I suppose you have read the minutes, and you know what happened in Athens. Unfortunately, there was a fight when we had a disagreement, but Kirsan should not use the board to resolve personal issues that he had with Agon. And then we faced the unpleasant situation that Kirsan, made a statement three times that he’s resigning. Maybe I can admit really that I was over necessary hard in my statements there and in my arguments, but really I was feeling that I could not support something which is not according with my principles. I think everybody knows here that I’m one of those that nobody can buy. I know that in elections many times it was discussed, even in the last elections. OK guys, you are making offers to everybody. Why are you not making offers to Makro? And the answer is because we know that we cannot buy him. And this… many years is this situation. So I was hoping that Kirsan, also knows this. I cannot go to such a situation. And then, of course, when we finished the meeting, and Kirsan went back to Russia, and we published his statement that he’s resigning, and we called for an extraordinary meeting, we faced another situation that Kirsan, he was informing the media that Americans are behind, Garry Kasparov, that we are working for them. Nigel in the beginning, then me, then Zurab and I don’t know who others… we have a deal, probably, and we are working for Garry and America (USA). Something very bad, very sad, and it has nothing to do with the truth. And of course, we published in FIDE website what was the truth. I informed Mr. Filatov that this is the truth. There are the minutes. Please, if you want, you can send somebody to check. We have the tape also.”

The second meeting in Athens

Makropoulos continues with the second meeting in Athens in April, where Ilyumzhinov himself confirmed the previous decisions of the Presidential Board.

“So, after this Kirsan came to the second meeting in Athens. He apologized for all this, let’s say, I don’t want to say “lies”, this wrong information that he had given to the media and for me, to the authorities also, because also officials have been informed about the situation. We reached the decision which we have confirmed just a few minutes ago. And we thought OK, now this is finished, we can go to an easy life, we can continue working. Elections are after one and a half year, we can really be able to continue talking with Kirsan to convince him that what he was trying to do was wrong. But unfortunately, this is not the truth.”

Keeping the promises

Makropoulos informs the meeting that Ilyumzhinov and his partners start to attack with no exception, anyone he thought that could run against him

“I believe that things became worse because in that moment, he thought OK, he had to attack on a personal level several of us, especially those he knew that we don’t agree or that if somebody was possible to run against Kirsan. Then he was thinking that he should attack. I had a discussion with Lewis Ncube in Athens. I told him, OK, I don’t know, for us it’s a principal matter. It’s not the point who is the president who can bring the money today. FIDE is first for us. It’s not how much money the president can bring for Africa, for Russia, Central, Latin America. The principle is that we should protect this organization. And at that moment I said, OK, I don’t know, maybe Azmaiparashvili can run. He’s the president of Europe. If he wants to run, if he finds some small amount of money for travelling expenses for his serve to visit federations, he can run. We are going to support him. The truth is that was not really my mind that this is what we were going to do. For me, it was one of the possibilities. In two days, we received a letter, an email from Kirsan saying that Zurab, he promised two million dollars before elections for promotion of the Olympiad and for development for the federations. And from these two million finally he’s not going to give what he has promised, two million dollars. You know why I’m referring to this? Because for many months now we have received such letters, and I have decided not to answer to any letter of Kirsan because I was feeling that I should not increase the level of the fight. For me, this is a room we should say our opinions openly, we should criticize each other, and not Facebook, not internet, not such kind of letters and such accusations. That’s why I am referring to this point because maybe the people, they don’t understand why I choose to refer to these points. Because I never have answered to these letters and I have been provoked to answer. And maybe people think that I have not answered because there are no answers. But there are, of course, answers, and unfortunately, the answers are very strong. So, Zurab was accused that in Tromso he had promised two million dollars but he never gave to the federations. The truth, of course, is not this. The truth was in some statement that Georgia is going to spend two million dollars for promotion and development. And I don’t know how many hundreds they’re spending for promotion, but the real bit was 1.2 million euros for tickets, to support the federations, and above this we had agreed that they would pay 0.5 million euros for development. 1.7 million on that moment when we agreed, it was over 2.1 million dollars. And Georgia, they paid these. They are doing this. So I could not understand why Kirsan was accusing Zurab that he’s not paying this money. At the same time, Kirsan promised at the elections, on the last day of the elections when Garry was promising ten millions for FIDE, Kirsan increased the offer, 500,000 for Africa today, and today 20 million euros for FIDE. Of course, he never sent anything. At least, Zurab is sending the money. Georgia is paying this money. And then what is important for me is that in Chengdu, at the presidential board meeting in China, Kirsan signed a contract with Georgia. He signed there for these 500,000 euros. He didn’t ask two million because this was never an existing number, this was never a bid. So the contract with Georgia, and we have the contract here, by the way, it has been signed by Kirsan in China and refers to 500,000 euros. So why did he make then an effort to create all these stories? Beside of this, from these 500,000 that was for development, and Adrian in his report is going to give details about this money we have received-I think, 300,000 by now and 200,000 more we will receive this and the next year. It was the question why we spent about 46,000 to support the individual European women’s championship which has been organized in Georgia. And this was an event that it was supposed that the previous administration of Europe had to find an organizer, Mr. Danailov. He didn’t succeed, so when Zurab became president, they had no organizer. In Chengdu, in the meeting, this was discussed. Israel remembered very well when Zurab referred to this point, and nobody had an objection. I and Zurab, we have discussed this before the meeting, to support with 46,000. I, Zurab, and Kirsan before this meeting we agreed to support with 46,000 the Georgian federation from their own money. And today Zurab was accused that somehow he was taken care for this championship and that this was not the original idea of the 500,000 euros. So, the only difference for me is that Kirsan had not the same reaction in Chengdu as he had recently because in Chengdu, of course, Zurab was a friend of Kirsan. Today he was looking at him as an opponent. And he was trying, for me, wrongly, to defame his opponent. After this I can say that the treasurer faced the same kind of effect to defame him. I don’t know if it was Kirsan personally or Berik. Adrian will refer to this. But they were talking with the president, the new president of the Swiss Chess Federation trying to convince him that Adrian is doing a very bad job in FIDE. And you know what the situation is. Adrian, I can say, from the moment when we realized that for years we were presenting wrong budgets in FIDE, is the one who actually succeeded today to bring back the situation where FIDE has plus. And we’re hoping by the end of next year that we would come to situation when FIDE would have plus two million or over. So, if somebody is doing his job and he’s doing a good job, I don’t understand this effort to speak with people and say, “Oh, this guy…” It’s horrible. Very bad job.”

Ugly attacks

Makropoulos continues his speech referring to lies and threats people receive from Ilyumzhinov and his followers

“I can say that there are worse than that. There are personal threats; personal threats against people; personal threats against Geoffrey Borg that his visa would be cancelled in Russia; his residence in Dubai would be canceled because Kirsan has high relations there. And, of course, when Geoffrey speaks with Kirsan, and says “ OK, Kirsan, but I cannot understand why you’re going to this level’’. Kirsan says, “No, it’s not me. It’s Russia behind me. Putin.” In many things, ugly things, Russia is behind, it’s not Kirsan who is pushing this. And of course, the Russian President. And I can say that this is completely wrong. For me, this is the worst. And Andrey Filatov, I’m telling you that this is very bad because this is very bad for your country, this is very bad for your federation, this is very bad for your president. Because I personally believe that Russia has nothing to do with these ugly things, and President Putin has nothing to do with these ugly things. And really I’m expecting from you to stop this kind of propaganda. And if you cannot alone, we are here to help you. And if you don’t need our help and you don’t want, we will do it for you. It is not possible that we are creating here a political fight against Americans, against Russians, against presidents, Obama, Trump, Putin. I’m sure they have nothing to do with our family and our federation.

“Chess in Schools” project in Russia?

There are letters and “contracts” with Russian regions and entities that imply that FIDE asks for money for chess in school programs. But none of the projects brought any income to FIDE or Russian Chess Federation. Where did the money go?

“I can say also that we face a lot of insulting comments and threats against the executive director, Nigel Freeman. But we have faced another problem which I don’t know, Polina, we have distributed these copies? I have distributed a packet like this concerning “Chess in Schools” project in Russia. The first time that I realized that something is going wrong in Russia with “Chess in Schools” project that was supposedly supported by FIDE was when I had been asked to sign a letter to Vice Prime Minister, one of the Vice Prime Ministers in Russia, Mr. Dvorkovich, ex-President of the Russian Chess Federation. We would informing him we are very happy with the cooperation, that we have so long time, and we were asking him to approve a project for “Chess in Schools” for the Railways because I think he is the Chairman of the Board of Directors there or something like this. I said why I should? When we had this cooperation? Why I should sign such a letter for Mr. Dvorkovich? What is the project? We did not know anything. And I was afraid that somebody was trying to involve Mr. Dvorkovich to this business that money would be paid but not to FIDE, to another organization that they have set up there. And of course, I refused, and we discussed this in the previous board one and a half year ago, and I saw Andrey was really surprised and angry that he didn’t know anything. And later, of course, we got an answer from the Railways that they have rejected this project. But at the same time, we’ve got many other contracts to local governors asking for support for “Chess in Schools” project. And we have asked the Russian Federation, “What is going on?” Do they know? Because we don’t know anything. Because the argument was that “This is a project approved by President Putin, and here is FIDE to implement this and pay the money to this charity or local foundation, not to Russian Federation or FIDE.” And of course, Andrey Filatov until now, didn’t answer if he knows anything. Silence, I believe he’s shocked like us. This is the problem. The man, he doesn’t want to think that he has to give an answer here.”

FIDE travel funds

Makropoulos gives numbers of the FIDE budget showing that the money is spent by Ilyumzhinov and Berik Balgabaev.

“Another effort to show that we are doing bad things in this organization, was a letter of Kirsan to FIDE asking in August how much money I have spent from FIDE for this year for traveling? Because Kirsan is thinking that I’m spending the money of FIDE to travel for the elections. So I give you the numbers, the money we dispensed one year before elections last time like now for Kirsan and Berik because they are traveling together and the year of the elections. So, 2013 we spent for the traveling of Kirsan 212,000 euros. For Berik, 65,000 euros. In 2014, we spent for Kirsan 184,000 euros, for Berik 75,000 euros. Together they both spent around 550,000 euros in these two years. Up to August FIDE spent for me 12,000 euros. It’s ridiculous, the effort to defame somebody because you think that he’s spending money when you were spending a fortune before the elections, and now you’re targeting, trying to find the reasons. I don’t understand this. 12,000 euros has spent FIDE for me up to August. Few thousands more up to now because I traveled to Tbilisi for the World Cup, Romania for the European Youth Championship, and here, Turkey. It’s not possible that by the end of the year that I will spend even one third from Berik was spending in one year. And what an effort to make an attack!”

Health issues

Makropoulos speaks openly about his health problem and the truth about his treatment.

“But you know, there worst for me in all these accusations is that it has become personal and on a very low level. There are rumors that they’re spreading and discussing with people, and unfortunately, people are coming to us and they’re telling us. Discussions in Africa, discussions here. Makro is spending the money of FIDE for his personal medical treatment. I’ll tell you what is true and what is a huge lie here. The truth is that everybody knows that in 2014 I had a serious problem, I had to make an operation, and still know I’m one of those who need a treatment because, unfortunately, cancer is not something that you can escape in one day. So, Kirsan, what he did in 2014 when he heard, before elections, that I was in the hospital? He did something very good really: he sent 100.000 dollars to FIDE and he said, “this money is to take care of Makro’s needs and treatment.” And FIDE opened an account, and up to now FIDE is using this money. They pay directly the hospitals or doctors. Kirsan., this is the letter that you signed on that period to FIDE. It’s from the archives of FIDE. And for me, Kirsan did something nice that today has turned into something very ugly: that he never paid this money. And they say, no, no, no, Kirsan, he never paid this money. Kirsan paid for his first operation. I don’t know, ten years ago, when I had heart problems. Something that was so good and so nice, you know, has turned to a really very ugly thing. And really I believe that this is not Kirsan. I cannot believe that this behavior is Kirsan’s behavior. And among the people that are running for him, I don’t believe even that this is Abundo. Because he knows the problems that we had with Campo, and how we helped, how Kirsan helped also. But there are all the other little parrots that are running around Kirsan giving all these lies to the federations, to the people, trying to make some money of Kirsan, spreading all this mud around in our family. And you know them, you have seen them here. You heard from their mouths what I say the stories and probably other stories that I don’t know.”

Lies and threats

Makropoulos asks the lies and threat to be stopped adding that the Ilyumzhinov followers are mainly to be blamed for these.

“But this is something that we should stop. Because Kirsan, if one year before the elections you had reached this level, for me, this is the bottom. What are you going to do tomorrow? Are you going to threaten our lives? Our families? Our friends? And Russia would be behind this, and President Putin would be behind this? We should stop this. And we should stop here immediately. And we should isolate those that are distributing these lies. Our delegates, I’m telling you openly, you should spit on the face when they’re coming to you. If they want to come with these lies, ask them to come… presence, we are in front of them because they are cowards. In front of us they never say anything like this. Because I’m telling you, with papers we can prove everything from what they say. Now. I really believe, Kirsan, that we should find a way to continue our life, stopping all this. You should control these people. Don’t listen to them. Don’t adapt their stories because you think that they can help you. You cannot win votes with these stories, Kirsan. You will lose elections badly, and in any case I believe you’re going to lose, but you will lose badly. Kirsan, you have a history in chess. You will lose your name in chess. And everybody knows here that you are maybe the most important president whom we had in chess. You have helped so much our sport. You helped, clubs, federations, even when you are exaggerating the numbers of your foundations. Even with this, we know that you have spent huge money for chess. I know very well, dozens of millions. But why now you are doing this? And these little people, Kirsan. First of all, they cannot help you, are unable to help you. If the team that you are running for the election is this, it’s a disaster. But worse, Kirsan, they don’t have principles. These people don’t have principles. And I know that you have. That’s why I am very surprised with this situation. I will not say anything more. If you want to make any comment, if you want, gentlemen, to ask me anything about the accusations that you are telling to the people not in front of us, ask us here so everybody can listen. Is there anybody who wants to speak?”

—– End of minutes excerpts

The words of Makropoulos come from the official minutes of FIDE. It is strange that neither Ilyumzhinov nor someone from his supporters answered any of the points raised by Makropoulos. We hope to receive details and the full picture soon.

The Russian Chess Federation elections

As already mentioned, Russian Chess Federation election’s article on Chessdom provoked a huge reaction and interest by the chess community. It is apparently a very important piece of the political puzzle. Multiple topics in the speech of Makropoulos hint the huge movement in Russian chess politics and the connection to the FIDE elections. The shock of the day: it is apparent that the main character in the sad story of the alleged missing funds from Europe (ECU “Delaware” being under of various investigations) and one of the outspoken enemies of the Russian chess players Silvio Danailov is entering the mix of the Russian elections in his favorite way – distributing slander and accusations for Russian players and citizens. As we will not speculate, rather stick to the facts again, we will leave the ex-world champion Veselin Topalov to brings clarity to the situation (answering a fellow chess person): https://www.facebook.com/groups/410070042476026/

Veselin Topalov, “Brilliant analysis of “Academic” as usual! Two things he does not know: if Ilyumzhinov wins the FIDE elections, Silvio will return on a white horse and will either be Deputy President or CEO of FIDE. Then FIDE will only recognize the old [Bulgarian] federation (guess who’s still the president there) and Silvio’s enemies have to prepare for the worst because there will be no mercy. They must pray to God for a win of Makropoulos and Ilyumzhinov to lose. We will talk again at the end of September after the Batumi election. Get the popcorn, the show is assured!”

Topalov’s words are later confirmed by the attitude of Silvio Danailov. In the midst of a crisis where ECU filed a criminal complaint against him in Slovenia,he was attacking Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. Now there are signs of clear support. Here is a “before” and “after” tweet of Danailov’s attitude towards Ilyumzhinov.

Before Danailov was against Kirsan, publishing tweets and attacking him on a daily basis. Something changed…

Now Danailov supports Ilyumzhinov in his race with Filatov

The political season is open and Chessdom will follow it on a daily basis. Do you have your popcorn ready?

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IV Floripa Chess Open 2018

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 09:29

IV Floripa Chess Open 2018 will be held from 19 to 25 january in Florianópolis. The tournament is 9 round Swiss. There will be more then 420 participants.The top players are GM Julio Granda
Zuniga, GM Axel Bachmann, GM Neuris Delgado, GM Alexandre Fier etc..

 

 

 

Starting rank
No. Name RtgI
1 GM Granda Zuniga Julio E 2657
2 GM Bachmann Axel 2624
3 GM Delgado Ramirez Neuris 2602
4 GM Fier Alexandr 2557
5 GM Mekhitarian Krikor Sevag 2529
6 GM Barbosa Evandro Amorim 2518
7 IM Di Berardino Diego Rafael 2516
8 GM Santiago Yago De Moura 2496
9 GM Matsuura Everaldo 2492
10 GM Cubas Jose Fernando 2472
11 GM Rodriguez Vila Andres 2459
12 IM Perdomo Leandro 2449
13 IM Molina Roberto Junio Brito 2448
14 IM Kjartansson Gudmundur 2438
15 CM Carneiro Vitor Roberto Castro 2432
16 IM Bittencourt Jorge 2431
17 IM Umetsubo Cesar Hidemitsu 2415
18 IM Santos Marcus Vinicius Moreir 2402
19 FM Terao Rodrigo Akira 2384
20 FM Languidey Simon Alejandro 2360
21 FM Almiron Antonio 2329
22 FM Aranha Filho Alvaro Z. 2316
23 FM Guimaraes Diogo Duarte 2306
24 FM Matsuura Frederico 2301
25 FM Menna Barreto Felipe Kubiaki 2293
26 FM Pereira Silvio Cunha 2291
27 FM Rodrigues Edgar 2288
28 FM Rangel Daniel 2278
29 FM Gazel Frederico 2275
30 FM Bueno Alfeu Junior Varela 2271
31 IM Silva David 2257
32 FM Terao Juliana Sayumi 2256
33 FM Gauche Charles 2251
34 FM Martins Carlos 2250
35 Cruz William Ferreira Da 2248
36 NM Bouwman Marcelo Wanderley 2247
37 FM Pacheco Daniel 2241
38 CM Miguel Gabriel Carvalho Moreira 2226
39 FM Guimaraes Wagner Peixoto 2217
40 FM Cadilhac Igor Tokuichi Kikuchi 2215
41 NM Campelo Leandro Fabricio 2208
42 CM Januario Severino Pereira 2207
43 FM Zacarias M Ruben D 2199
44 NM Borges Guilherme Deola 2198
45 NM Souza Rafael Cabral De 2193
46 FM Viana Dirceu 2192
47 Souza Wellington 2191
48 NM Miranda Jr Roberto Calheiros De 2191
49 IM Trois Francisco R.T. 2190
50 Pinto Rendrex Lopes 2190
51 IM Kropff Ricardo 2177
52 FM Goncalves Davi Sulzbacher 2174
53 Luz Arthur Nader 2170
54 AGM Torres Douglas Da Silva 2166
55 Damous Felipe Soares 2164
56 FM Madeira Wagner Martins 2163
57 FM Dos Santos Junior Haroldo Cunha 2155
58 Fascetti Angelo De Leon Cultri 2155
59 Mazetto Sergio Luiz 2154
60 Fabrega Enrique 2152
61 Hurtado Bahamonde Rodrigo 2152
62 FM Coro Lucas 2147
63 NM De Borba Guilherme 2143
64 NM Calcado Acyr Rogerio 2142
65 WFM Alboredo Julia 2138
66 FM Caldeira Adriano 2136
67 FM Andrade Roberto Luiz Costa 2136
68 AGM Nery Junior Jose Antonio 2134
69 Do Prado Matheus C. M. Tavare 2132
70 NM Zampronha Wladimir Camilo 2126
71 NM Navarro Tiago Cunha 2126
72 CM Benitez Galeano Alejandro 2124
73 FM Souza Neves Andrey M. 2118
74 De Carvalho Christopher 2113
75 CM Menegotto Giovanni Arnaldo Gazz 2109
76 FM Maia Jose Eduardo Bastos O. 2105
77 Blank Goncalves Eduardo 2102
78 WFM Vargas Gabriela 2099
79 Guerrero Alvaro 2098
80 WFM Meza Anahi 2088
81 Araujo Sergio Murilo 2080
82 Avgoustopoulos Christian 2080
83 Camara Terbio Jose 2077
84 NM Awoki Daniel Teidi 2057
85 Bastos Werton Alvarenga 2054
86 NM Do Valle Cardoso Lucas 2053
87 De Lima Saulo Da Silva Bezerra 2052
88 Lima Endson Dos Santos 2051
89 Souza Iago Henrique Da Silva 2051
90 Torella Rodolfo 2049
91 Bastos Seixas Pedro Lucas 2041
92 Raimundo Airton Carlos Nunes 2039
93 Moreira Ronaldo Alonso 2037
94 AGM Hille Willian Henrique 2036
95 Reis Junior Evandro De Laet 2035
96 Federzoni Enzo 2030
97 Bassani Jaison Jose 2030
98 Soares Joao Carlos T. C. 2026
99 Leao Thales Braghini 2023
100 Azevedo Edmundo Roberto Ramos 2023
101 Filgueiras Nathan Felipe 2022
102 CM De Borba Gabriel 2019
103 Almeida Junior Alvaro Alves De 2015
104 WIM Besso Guadalupe 2011
105 Cantero Rodolfo 2010
106 Barreiros Da Silva Denison Klein 2009
107 Carstens Dobuchak Thiago 2007
108 Pereira Geanfrancesco 2006
109 Dos Reis Leandro Aparecido C 2004
110 Guimaraes Lucas Dos S Peixoto 2004
111 Sa Edivaldo Alves De 1998
112 Heinrichs Vivian 1991
113 Pritsopoulos Constantino 1989
114 Fonseca Luis Ernesto Serra Azul 1987
115 Da Silva Junior Sediney Mari 1986
116 Nascimento Pedro Henrique Alves 1985
117 De Souza Monteiro Marcos Paul 1985
118 Japiassu Ricardo De Villa Nova 1981
119 AIM Carvalho Jr Celestino 1980
120 Manzi Luiz Antonio Bardaro 1978
121 Rodrigues Nei Jorge 1976
122 NM Deus Filho Joaquim De 1974
123 Teshima Ricardo Yoshida 1974
124 Maciel Diogo Alves 1972
125 Bastos Guilherme Exterhotter 1971
126 Ramos Angelo Bil 1964
127 Takano Nicholas Ryo 1963
128 CM Zimmermann Kleber Renato P. 1962
129 CM Correa Jose Augusto 1961
130 WIM Ribeiro Regina 1960
131 Noseda Francesco 1960
132 Reinaldo Dos Santos Julio 1960
133 Silva Marcelo Dos Santos 1958
134 Reichert Thiago Da Cruz 1956
135 De Lima Valdenicio Marcelino 1956
136 Peixoto Helio Ricardo Soutinh 1955
137 Tournier Laurie Cristiane 1951
138 Cohen Jaime 1951
139 Silva Luiz Thiago 1950
140 Yoshioka Andre 1947
141 Rodrigues Regis Ramos 1946
142 Moro Antonio Renato Pereira 1944
143 NM Polonio Rodolfo 1944
144 Silva Junior Marcelo Valeriano 1943
145 Juliano Joao Carlos Mazzini 1937
146 Navarro Luis Flavio Cunha 1936
147 Marques Andre Rezende 1933
148 Da Silva Jefferson Rian Ferreir 1933
149 Guimaraes Artemis Pamela 1929
150 Rocha Arthur Ferreira 1926
151 Maiberg Wellington Gubiani 1924
152 Tomiello Mateus Costamilan 1922
153 Hille Waltercler 1914
154 Caetano Ryan Wesley Da Costa 1913
155 Batezelli Alessandro 1911
156 Casarin Luis Marcio Pinhatti 1909
157 Vieira Jose Renato Braga S. 1908
158 Tamarozi Isabelle 1904
159 Cabral Denrick 1903
160 Moyses Sobrinho Elias 1901
161 Lage Pedro Ferreira 1901
162 CM Predebon Eduardo Angonesi 1899
163 NM De Haro Martim Afonso Palma 1898
164 Pereira Thales Oliveira 1897
165 Moraes Silva Carlos Alessandro 1896
166 Shibata Antonio Emilio 1895
167 Cardoso Marcio De Lucca 1894
168 Gamarra Ramon 1890
169 AIM De Souza Sa Apolo 1886
170 Farias Edilsom 1883
171 Cordioli Jairo Ribeiro 1882
172 Lemos Paulo Renato Bueno Ordo 1880
173 Felix Raimundo Nascimento 1879
174 AIM Rodrigues Julliano De Araujo 1879
175 Vitielo Alecio Elias 1872
176 Volkmann Andre Jordi 1869
177 Camara Jose Arruda 1869
178 Franca Junior Jairo 1865
179 Serafim Junior Arnor 1864
180 Hille Junior Waltercler 1864
181 Almeida Heidy Jose Moreira De 1862
182 Vieira Ernando Ferreira 1862
183 Barbosa Flavio Novais 1860
184 Brienza Amalio Coelho 1859
185 AIM Goncalves Luiz Osvaldo Cifuent 1856
186 Mileski Lucas De Souza 1854
187 Nunes Agatha Hurba 1852
188 Alves Alessandro Cunha 1852
189 Ferreira Rodrigo Maycon Miranda 1851
190 Silva Janderson Rossi Da 1850
191 Souza Rodrigo Vilas Boas De 1850
192 Nunez Benjamin 1850
193 Marques Junior Marcos Antonio 1849
194 Ramos Mike Nelson 1849
195 Ramirez Jorge Guillermo 1847
196 Pereira Da Silva Evernandes 1842
197 AIM De Freitas Rames Fialho 1841
198 Weise William Ferreira 1838
199 Jesus Filho Jose Carlos 1836
200 Aoyama Edmundo 1836
201 CM Boabaid Jorge Alberto Duardes 1835
202 Queiroz Stella Becker 1833
203 Silva Kaua Marques 1829
204 Sanches De Carvalho Fabio 1825
205 Weber Eduarda Pasqualoto 1824
206 Bail Ellen Larissa 1823
207 Rodrigues Natanael Isau 1817
208 Santos Dwlyan Da Silva 1813
209 Reis Virginia Lagrange M. 1808
210 Prantes Maicon Da Silva 1806
211 Tomiello Lucas Costamilan 1805
212 Dias Matheus Braga 1805
213 Lunelli Neuri Antonio 1802
214 De Pieri Herik Soares 1802
215 Valcarcel Victor Ignacio Santos 1794
216 Martinez Augusto Gonzalez 1794
217 Contato Cristiano Carlos 1794
218 Gomes Carlos Henrique Caldeira 1785
219 Filho Marcelo Adriano Nunes 1784
220 Silva Fernando So Barros Da 1780
221 Panazzolo Paulo Victor 1780
222 Piccoli Lucas Fonseca 1779
223 Rocancourt Moreira Mauricio 1778
224 Souza Jr Helemberg Cubica De 1775
225 Negri Daniel Julio S. 1765
226 WFM Bonfim Regina Rodrigues 1763
227 Gomes Marco Tulio Caldeira 1761
228 Campos Westerley Batista 1760
229 Do Prado Hamilton Mesquita 1754
230 Taira Erick Hideki 1752
231 Resende Lucas B. Massucato 1745
232 Aguiar Jarbas Souza 1745
233 Klein Luan Carlos 1737
234 Kikuchi Cadilhac Mariana Sawae 1736
235 Presa Luis Alberto Passos 1736
236 Da Silva Tobias Gonzaga 1732
237 Schena Arthur 1729
238 Felix Luiza De Oliveira 1723
239 Da Silva Esequiel Luis Melo 1723
240 Melo Sergio Roberto Sampaio 1721
241 Salvadego Matheus Henrique De O 1719
242 Santos Jr. Alexandre Reis Dos 1719
243 Tasoko Toshinobu 1719
244 Dibai Jerry 1717
245 Rodio Julia Brunetto 1713
246 Nobre Jailson Altair Barbosa 1711
247 Santos Neto Amazonas 1700
248 Caporale Giuseppe Guido 1700
249 Durante Taina 1698
250 Eger Laura Luisa 1698
251 Rial Antonio Marcos Pinon 1694
252 Masselli Eduardo 1693
253 Cezar Ricardo De Almeida 1693
254 Wilberger Marcelo 1689
255 Passos Coutinho Eduardo 1687
256 Silvestre Gilmar Severino 1687
257 Campos Otavio Moraes 1684
258 Feller Gabriela Luisa Vicente 1680
259 Bernardes Roberto Carlos Strutt 1678
260 Farias Vitor Furtado 1676
261 Boghi Victor Almeida 1673
262 De Souza Lucio Teixeira 1664
263 CM Buganca Luiz Henrique Da Silv 1663
264 Coro Richard 1662
265 Passos Rafael Moreira 1648
266 Setti Dalmarino 1640
267 De Oliveira Licio Lopes 1639
268 Maba Mateus Dos Passos 1639
269 Souza Neurismar Da Rocha 1637
270 Sanchez Ivan Roberto 1634
271 Melo Gabrieli De 1633
272 Ribeiro Vanio Melo 1628
273 Venter Paulo Regis 1621
274 Melo Danieli De 1621
275 Ibanez Jorge Llivi 1620
276 Primo E Silva Beatriz 1617
277 Peroza Eduardo Antunes 1613
278 Santos Marcos Correia 1613
279 Barbosa Kassio Rodrigo 1613
280 Cardoso Lucca Pimenta 1612
281 Zampier Alexandre 1606
282 Dutra Liliam Guedes 1604
283 De Souza Paulo H. Pinheiro 1603
284 Zampronha Vitor Luis 1603
285 Castro Leonardo Nascimento 1602
286 Niehues Luiz Cesar 1595
287 Raulino Marcelo Juvenal 1594
288 Santa Isabel Marivaldo Dos Reis 1577
289 Kamakawa Cesar 1575
290 Queiroz Da Costa Alan Patrick 1562
291 Da Rosa Henrique Jaze Simoes 1557
292 Lima Aine Carolina 1555
293 Da Costa Aloysio 1548
294 Marge Matheus Andre 1547
295 Nunes Marcela Andreia Dias 1543
296 Riquelme Oviedo Fabio 1543
297 Sato Leticia Miho 1540
298 Germano Joao Vitor Guedes 1530
299 Duarte Atila Phoebus Santos 1529
300 Martins Arthur Francisco 1527
301 Rocha Anderson Rosendo 1522
302 Gomes Sofia Leticia Pinz 1519
303 Gomes Maria Eduarda 1515
304 Ribeiro Gilnei Guedes 1502
305 Lima Vinicius Taishun 1500
306 Terra Arthur Schneider 1497
307 Nunes Dos Santos Rafael 1490
308 Szuba Joao Gabriel Muniz 1483
309 Vicenzi Liziane Nathalia 1475
310 Albiero Marco Antonio Batista 1470
311 Santana Freitas Maria Eduarda 1468
312 Barrios Chamorro Jesus Adrian 1468
313 De Souza Augusto Felipe Moura 1465
314 Pasqualotto Amos Petronio 1457
315 Nunes Guilherme Sacardo Telles 1454
316 De Amorim Walter Raymundo 1444
317 Carreras Colman Luz Gabriela 1436
318 Born Ary 1428
319 Da Silva Hermes Ludovino 1419
320 Lanznaster Rafael 1415
321 Kim Thiago 1404
322 Seiffert Gabriel Pamplona 1400
323 Favero Bruna Francescato 1392
324 Koinski Carlos Cesar 1388
325 De Rezende Fernando Alencar 1377
326 Serafim Paulo Rogerio 1376
327 Sarda Pedro Sada 1361
328 De Sousa E Silva Luis Gonzaga 1360
329 Campos Larissa De Oliveira 1357
330 Fontes Joao Marques 1350
331 Machado Wesley Henrique 1344
332 Laperuta Renan Portes 1340
333 Aguiar Arthur Vinicius De Souza 1332
334 Parreira Teodora Ribeiro 1331
335 Abdalla Umar Mohammad 1320
336 Felix Joao Eduardo Orlandi 1316
337 Baldissera Joao Pedro Costa 1314
338 Carvalho Isis 1309
339 Scardini Leonardo 1308
340 Ferraz Dimitri Vinicius Da Silv 1307
341 Lopes Leonardo Borges 1302
342 Moretto Leticia Soares 1300
343 Fanckin Alexandre 1299
344 Mckenna Michael 1296
345 Blau Vitoria Caroline 1293
346 Conte Kaio Spedito 1283
347 Salvadego Erika Giovana De O. 1282
348 Mariot Vaz Joao Antonio Bertolu 1281
349 Martins Lara 1276
350 Silva Liara Blanco 1268
351 Hoeckler Valesca Bernardi 1268
352 Moraes Silva Natasha Alejandra 1258
353 Flesch Gustavo Henrique 1256
354 Terra Enzo Schneider 1237
355 Bispo Marcia De Lima 1231
356 Flores Clarice Soares Leite 1213
357 Feller Isadora Cristina Vicen 1205
358 Mendes Ana Beatriz Dias Guida 1193
359 Piras Lorenzo 1091
360 Sarda Joao Sada 1078
361 Amorin Gabriel Ferrante 1031
362 AGM Viana Junior Carlos Alberto 0
363 Cabral Carlos Mauricio 0
364 De Oliveira Gualter Amelio 0
365 Silva Kelvyr Peres 0
366 Goetten Wagner Julia 0
367 Japiassu Glauco Antonio Bezerra 0
368 Valim Luiz Claudio 0
369 Maia Adriano Peixoto 0
370 Araujo Karla Priscilla Carvalho 0
371 Bento Lucas Corona 0
372 Butzke Lucas De Castro 0
373 Chang Luis 0
374 Cimino Murillo Francisco Lopez 0
375 Correia Carlos Eduardo 0
376 Dias Rafael Da Silva 0
377 Eyng Stefan Kuster 0
378 Feldmann Jaciane Rocha 0
379 Ferraz E Silva Pietro 0
380 Gomes Guilherme Rodrigues 0
381 Hataby Raed 0
382 Rodrigues Fabiano De Almeida 0
383 Teles Lucas Marquetotti 0
384 De Oliveira Luca Manoel 0
385 Zucco Simoes Maria Teresa 0
386 Helbing Ivacir 0
387 Duarte Leonardo Torqui 0
388 Reis Angelica Mufato 0
389 Kim Andre 0
390 Lanznaster Joao Vitor 0
391 Bahi Guilherme Falcao 0
392 Fanckin Murilo 0
393 Sobral Pedro Carvalho 0
394 Borba Da Rosa Rodrigo 0
395 Lopes Heloisa Borges 0
396 Boppre Afranio Tadeu 0
397 Bosquetti Arthur Conrado Veiga 0
398 Butzke Artur de Castro 0
399 Ceveriano Fernandez 0
400 Costa Pedro Henrique 0
401 De Almeida Felipe Magno 0
402 De Oliveira Nicolas Fabiane 0
403 Espindola Julia de Souza 0
404 Ferreira Angelo Augusto Pacheco 0
405 Formolo Rafael Marcos 0
406 Garcia Otavio Landerdahl 0
407 Haddix Micah McClary 0
408 Henriquetta Rafael Stolf 0
409 Morato Saulo Duenas 0
410 Nascimento Tarsila Rejane Maia 0
411 Neves Camile Silva 0
412 Rahn Marlon Cristiano 0
413 Stroher Victor Augusto 0
414 Takii Amanda Akemy Henrique 0

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Elections in Russian Chess Federation

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 02:25

Chess players, coaches, organizers and arbiters, who represent 21 regions of the Russian Federation, nominate Andrey Filatov as candidate for the position of the President of the all-Russian non-governmental organization “Russian Chess Federation”.

Respective representations and protocols of election meetings (conferences), which had taken place in Saint Petersburg, the Republic of Tatarstan, the Republic of Bashkortostan, the Altai Republic, the Republic of Khakassia, Altai Krai, Krasnodar Krai, Zabaykalsky Krai, Samara, Yaroslavl, Kaluga, Kemerovo, Tula, Vologda, Pskov, Sverdlovsk, Tomsk, Tambov, Novosibirsk, Omsk, and Irkutsk regions, were presented to the RCF Secretariat in accordance with established procedure.

Election meetings (conferences) were held in 32 Russian regions by the present date. The following candidates for the RCF presidency had been nominated earlier (alphabetically):

1) Kirsan Ilyumzhinov – the candidature was supported at the gathering of the chess players of the Republic of Kalmykia and also at presidium meetings of the chess Federations of the Republic of Ingushetia (the federation is not listed on the Register of the all-Russian and accredited regional sports federations of the Russian Ministry of Sport), Astrakhan Oblast, and Vladimir Oblast (the federation is not listed on the Register of the all-Russian and accredited regional sports federations of the Russian Ministry of Sport).

2) Zaurbek Malsagov – the candidature was supported at a general meeting of the non-governmental organization “Chess and Checkers Federation of the Kabardino-Balkar Republic”;

3) Sergey Nesterov* – the candidature was supported at the presidium meeting of the Chess Federation of the Republic of Crimea (the federation is not accredited) and at an absentee presidium meeting of the Chess Federation of Moscow Oblast;

4) Andrey Selivanov – the candidature was supported at a general meeting of the Chess Federation of the Republic of North Ossetia – Alania (the federation is not listed on the Register of the all-Russian and accredited regional sports federations of the Russian Ministry of Sport);

5) Ivan Starikov – the candidature was supported at a general meeting of the Chess Federation of the Karachay-Cherkess Republic (the federation is not listed on the Register of the all-Russian and accredited regional sports federations of the Russian Ministry of Sport);

6) Eduard Suboch – the candidature was supported at a general meeting of the regional sports non-governmental organization “Chess Federation of Rostov Oblast”.

* The Chechen regional non-governmental organization “Chess Federation of the Chechen Republic” annulled its previous decision to nominate Sergey Nesterov as candidate for the position of the RCF President.

According to the Article 8.2.1.14 of the Statute of the Russian Chess Federation, the lists of the candidates for the position of the RCF President will be formed at an absentee meeting of the RCF Supervisory Board, which will be held from January 26, 00.00 (Moscow time) till January 29, 24.00 (Moscow time).

The RCF Presidential election will take place in Moscow during the XIII Congress of the Russian Chess Federation, on February 3.

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12th Tashkent Open – Memorial of Georgy Agzamov

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 02:09

The Uzbekistan Chess Federation is holding the international chess tournament 12th Tashkent Open – Memorial of Georgy Agzamov, the first grandmaster of Uzbekistan, from 22nd April to 1st May, 2018, in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

The Tournament is a 9-round Swiss in two sections – main group A and group B for the juniors under 12 years. The total prize fund is 20,000 US dollars.

The organization of the competition is carried out by the Uzbekistan Chess Federation, in cooperation with the Uzbekistan State Physical culture and sports Committee.

Last year winner was GM Olexandr Bortnyk from Ukraine.

Top regular prizes are 3000 / 2000 / 1300 / 1200 / 1100 USD. There are also special prizes for women, juniors under 16, girls under 16 and veterans.

Organizing Committee will consider all the applications and selectively, upon a compulsory preliminary agreement, accept 10 grandmasters with FIDE rating 2450 – 2600 on special conditions.

Contact details:
Phone: (+998-71) 241-15-44, 241-12-00
Fax: (+998-71) 241-35-01
Website: www.uzchess.uz
E-mail: uzchess@inbox.ru

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FIDE inspection for Chess Olympiad in Batumi

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 21:31

The Chess Olympiad is one of the major events in the world of sports, attracting more than 180 countries and around 4,000 athletes and officials.

This year Georgia will be organizing the 43rd Chess Olympiad. This large-scale event will start in Batumi on September 23 and end on October 6.

Sixteen countries had participated in the first Chess Olympiad but the 43rd Chess Olympiad is expecting the teams of women and men from approximately 190 countries.

A scheduled FIDE inspection takes place today in Batumi. FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos, Vice President Israel Gelfer, CEO Geoffrey Borg and Moshe Slav have met the representatives of the Organizing Committee, including ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili, President of Georgian Chess Federation Giorgi Giorgadze and IO Akaki Iashvili.

On the state level Georgia was represented by Minister of Culture and Sports Mikheil Giorgadze, Deputy Ministers Kakha Kandelaki, Shalva Gogoladze and Mukhran Shamatava, Head of the Government of Adjara Zurab Pataridze and Adjara Minister of Culture and Sports Mikheil Gorgodze.

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Belarus Women’s Championship 2018 live

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 14:19

Belarus Women’s Championship 2018 is 12 players round robin tournament , which will be held from 17 to 28 january in Minsk.The venue is National Historical Museum. Theatre.

Live game with analysis will be provided daily with the best chess software competing in the Top Chess Engine Championship – Komodo, Houdini, and Stockfish.

More live chess Tata Steel Chess 2018/73rd Armenian Women’s Championship 2018/Dvorkovich Memorial 2018/Sevilla chess open 2018/78th Armenian Championship 2018/10th Chennai Open 2018

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Interview with Boris Chatalbashev-winner of Basel chess open 2018

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 14:08

GM Boris Chatalbashev (Bulgaria)

GM Boris Chatalbashev is the winner of the Basel chess open 2018. He is a man on fire at the moment, winning a lot of tournaments last 12 months. GM Chatalbashev spoke with Chessdom’s new editor GM Marian Petrov on his recent success and the string of victories.

You recently won the strong Basel open. Can you tell us more about the victory there.

Basel is a well-organized tournament and I can recommend it to people who like playing chess in a nice place with a comfortable playing conditions. As for this year’s event - I won it with great piece of luck. Not only I had bad positions in several games, but at the end managed to take 1st from GM Andreas Heimann by the slightest of margins – 3rd tie-break rule. Actually it was the young and talented German who played by far the best chess in Basel.

You had a fantastic year of 2017, winning many tournaments and now you are starting 2018 with yet another win. Congratulations!

Actually I consider last three years as fantastic. In that period  I have won 13 tournaments (either as clear first or on better tie-break) and finished 2nd a total of 8 times.There were some huge disappointments also, but I try not to focus on them too much. First because chess is like this - you never know… and second – well, I am not really an elite player – so it is normal :)

To be honest, I try not to focus on the good results also. As the famous song goes “Whatever happens, I’ll leave it all to chance”. It is very easy for a player who has achieved something to start to believe that suddenly he has become strong or that he has done something great. This might not be the right mental attitude for the challenges ahead. Once Agassi said something like “the most important rally is the next one, the most important match – the next one”.

These victories surely do not come by chance. With so many years of experience and titles, how would you best define your chess style?

I cannot say that I play sharp chess, I am simply not that brave :) Generally I try to play what I think is necessary in every concrete position. If I consider that the best is to play an ending – I do it. If the best seems to be going into some murky waters – I do it. But yes, given a choice or when I am in doubt - surely I like keeping more pieces on the board. Maybe that’s why I have a higher number of decisive games. I can define my style as “positionally aggressive”.

Do you work with a coach or on your own?

Of course nowadays I do not have a trainer. But I am grateful to all people who have worked with me when I was young, especially GM Spiridonov. Now I am a trainer myself, lucky to work with some very talented juniors these days. But only when I have time – still being a player and having a family…

As a coach what would you say, how important is opening preparation?

Opening preparation is important of course. When checking the games of the opponent I also try to understand what is his style and what he likes. Such knowledge proves to be quite useful during the game. However, let me note something more important than even openings. You must love chess – it is a beautiful game! And you must strive to win every game, with fighting spirit. If you do not try to win every tournament – then better play chess only for fun. No matter if you participate in Wijk aan Zee A group or the championship of your village – you must try to do your best.

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Belarus Championship 2018 live

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 13:52

Belarus Championship 2018  is 12 players round robin tournament , which will be held from 17 to 28 january in Minsk.The venue is National Historical Museum. Theatre.

The top players are GM Vladislav Kovalev, GM Sergey Zhigalko, and GM Aleksey Aleksandrov

Live game with analysis will be provided daily with the best chess software competing in the Top Chess Engine Championship – Komodo, Houdini, and Stockfish.

 

More live chess Tata Steel Chess 2018/73rd Armenian Women’s Championship 2018

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Interview with Vladislav Nevednichy – winner of White Tower 2018

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 12:45

GM Vladislav Nevednichy

GM Vladislav Nevednichy is the winner of the strong White Tower 2018 chess tournament. A strong showing by GM Nevednichy and a victory in a direct match for the first place with GM Kiril Georgiev gave him the 2018 title in the event.

Replay the games with analysis

You had a fantastic  start of the year, winning the White Tower chess open. What are your main impressions from this tournament?

It was a very nice edition of the tournament. We played in the same hotel where we stayed. It was a bit remote from the center of the city, but there was a bus, which could drive us there. The organization was fantastic and I especially like that there were a lot of Greek juniors and strong GMs at the same time, so the tournament was not easy at all.

Many people were expecting a draw in your last round game with GM Kiril Georgiev, how did you manage to beat him?

Kiril and I lost in the second round and our tiebreaks were smaller than the ones of the other players before the last round. With a quick draw, with bad results for us, we would lose the 1st place and probably take 2-3-4 place, so Kiril came to the game in a very fighting mood, so I was lucky because he played very aggressively.

How many hours daily you devote to chess study and how important is opening preparation?

I play many tournaments, so at home I try to relax and don’t work more than 2-4 hours. I am a player who plays mostly in Opens where I must always fight for the first places, so if you follow me, you will often see me lose to a 2200 ELO players because I go all out for a victory.

What are your plans in the next few months?

I play in some more opens in Europe and then I will participate at the European Individual Chess Championship 2018 in Batumi.

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10th Chennai Open International Chess Tournament 2018 live

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 14:42

Madras High Court

10th Chennai Open International Chess Tournament 2018 is organised by Tamil Nadu State Chess Association under the guidance of All India Chess Federation.
It will be held from 18th to 25th January 2018. Venue will be Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai,Tamil Nadu (INDIA). 260 participants are expected, top seeded are GM Timur Gareyev, GM Ivan Rozum, GM Sergei Tiviakov, GM Yiri Solodovnichenko etc…

Live game with analysis will be provided daily with the best chess software competing in the Top Chess Engine Championship – Komodo, Houdini, and Stockfish

More live chess Tata Steel Chess 2018/73rd Armenian Women’s Championship 2018/Sevilla chess open 2018

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Georgian Chess Championship 2018 LIVE!

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 13:21

The 77th Georgian Championship will be held as knockout system between 16 players. Time control will be 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1. The top players are GM Levan Pantsulaja, GM Luka Paichadze, GM Davit Arutinian, GM Davit Jojua, GM Tornike Sanikidze, GM Davit Benidze etc

Live game with analysis will be provided daily with the best chess software competing in the Top Chess Engine Championship – Komodo, Houdini, and Stockfish

more live chess Tata Steel Chess 2018/78th Armenian Championship 2018/Dvorkovich Memorial 2018


Tournament schedule

I Round – January 16th 14:00 (Tbilisi time GMT+4)

II Round – January 17th 14:00

Tie-breaks – January 18th 12:00

I Round – January 19th 14:00

II Round – January 20th 14:00

Tie-breaks – January 21st 12:00

Semifinal:

I Round – January 22nd 14:00

II Round – January 23rd 14:00

Tie-breaks – January 24th 12:00

Final for I-II and III-IV places:

I Round – January 25th 14:00

II Round – January 26th 14:00

Tie-breaks – January 27th 12:00

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Jonny, Texel, and Laser pull ahead at TCEC Div 2

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 11:29

TCEC Season 11 logo by Santiago Mendez

Jonny, Texel and Laser have registered a fantastic start at Division 2 of premier computer chess championship TCEC. The three engines have collected 7,5/10 each, with the closest competition being already 2,5 points behind. Texel and Jonny are traditionally strong engines and have been dubbed division favorites before the start of the event. It is Laser, which qualified from Division 3 that can spoil their party, as only two engines will qualify for the prestigious Division 1.

Fritz, which dominated the field in Division 3, is now at fourth position with 5,0/10, with little chance to qualify or relegate. It will have its own mid-table battle with the newly updated Vajolet and Arasan.

Bobcat and Wasp are at the last positions. While the first did not manage to provide an update for this season, the latter did, but is lacking something to provide competitive chess in the first rounds of the division.

TCEC official website / Season 11 division system / Full list of participants / TCEC facebook page / TCEC Twitch TV channel

TCEC Division 2 standings

1. Jonny 7,5/10
2. Texel 7,5/10
3. Laser 7,5/10
4. Fritz 5,0/10
5. Vajolet 4,5/10
6. Arasan 4,5/10
7. Bobcat 2,5/10
8. Wasp 1,0/10

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Open di Lugano 2018

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 16:18


Enjoy the holidays in one of the most beautiful Swiss cities! Lugano is considered as a part of “Mediterranean Switzerland” due to its mild climate and its location on the bay of the lake Lugano.

The city also offers wonderful landscape composed of the Alps and the quiet lake and is at the same time third financial city after Zurich and Geneva. With a population of 55,000 Lugano is easy to reach – Milan airports are at a distance of about 90 km, Bergamo (with many low-cost flights) – 120 km. Lugano also has its own airport – for domestic flights.

This edition of the New-OPEN di Lugano will take place from 15-18 February 2018 at Hotel de La Paix, Viale Giuseppe Cattori 18, Lugano (Switzerland) www.delapaix.ch

It will be separated into Open A (open to all, regardless of their rating) and Open B (open to all players rated below 2050 Elo) and it will be played in a 6-round Swiss format with a time control of 90 min.+ 30 sec./move for 40 moves, then 15 min.+ 30 sec./move till the end of the game. Both events will be valid for FIDE rating. Entry fee – OPEN A: CHF 120.– / Junior (<20) + Senior (>60) + Women CHF 100.– GM/IM: free OPEN B: CHF 80.–/ Junior (<20) + Senior (>60) + Women CHF 60.–

A total prize fund in the amount of CHF 8,300 max., CHF 5,700 min. will be granted at this year’s edition.

Schedule:
Check-in – February 15th, 16:00 pm – 18:00 pm;
Round 1 – Febr. 15th, 18:45 pm (1 hour tolerance)
Round 2 – Febr. 16th, 10:00 am
Round 3 – Febr. 16th, 16:00 pm
Round 4 – Febr. 17th, 10:00 am

Round 5 – Febr. 17th, 16:00 pm
Round 6 – Febr. 18th, 10:00 am (Rd 2-6 30 min. tolerance)
Closing ceremony – Febr. 18th, 16:30 pm

Contacts:
David Camponovo, Via San Gottardo 26, CH-6900 Lugano -

aquilelugano@hotmail.com – Mobile +41 76 328 60 90

Official website – www.scaccomatto.ch , Regulations – www.scaccomatto.ch/bandi/ol_2018.pdf

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16th Delhi GM Open: Naiditsch breaks through Karthikeyan’s Berlin Wall

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 06:58

The eighth round of the 16th Delhi GM Open was destined to be a cracker of a contest. There were two players tied in the lead with 6.5/7 — Double Indian champion GM Karthikeyan Murali, rated 2580, and the top seed GM Arkadij Naiditsch of Azerbaijan rated 2701. Furthermore, there were 15 players tied just behind them at 5.5/7.

Naiditsch had the white pieces against Karthikeyan and he decided to open with the king’s pawn, to which the Indian replied with the notoriously famous Berlin Defence. The resulting queenless position is a well-known middlegame that is closer to the endgame than most other structures. Naiditsch displayed supreme strategic understanding to use his minor pieces to dominate over Karthikeyan’s army. Karthikeyan surrendered on the 29th move.

Arkadij Naiditsch now leads with 7.5/8 and has all but sealed his victory.

Arkadij Naiditsch

Among the fifteen players pursuing the Azeri and Indian, four games saw results. GM Sergei Tiviakov, rated 2584, effortlessly crushed Indian IM Harsha Bharathakoti.

Bangladesh’s GM Ziaur Rahman made a good comeback after a sad loss to the top seed in the last round. He defeated the fifth-seeded Russian GM Ivan Rozum rated 2595 with the black pieces. Rozum allowed his queenside pawns to be clamped down by Rahman’s monstrously strong knight in the center. This allowed the Bangladeshi to weave threats around the white king on the kingside and force a dangerous passed pawn on f4 that finished the story for the Russian.

In a surprise victory, newly crowned International Master Akash Pc Iyer managed to outwit Ukrainian GM Vitaly Sivuk, rated 2550. On the second table, Russian GM Andrey Deviatkin rated 2471 defeated defending champion and second seed GM Farrukh Amonatov of Tajikistan.

Farrukh Amonatov

Delhi GM Open 2018 has been home to several norm seekers over the years and this edition is no different. Tamil Nadu’s IM Aakash Pc Iyer needs a draw on the top table against the top seed Naiditsch to score a GM norm. Maharashtra’s IM Md. Nubairshah Shaikh needs a win against IM P. Karthikeyan, rated 2497, to score a GM norm.

West Bengal’s Kaustuv Kundu rated 2324 needs a draw against IM Harsha Bharathakoti to score an IM norm. Arjun Tiwari of the Railways with a humble rating for 2179 has outperformed the expectations and now needs a draw in the final round against IM Rahul Sangma to score an IM norm.

Maharashtra’s Sammed Shete rated 2337 has completed his IM norm requirements with a round to spare. Shete had caused a flutter in the eighth round when he defeated GM Timur Gareyev of the USA rated 2605.

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78th Armenian Championship 2018 live

Sat, 01/13/2018 - 14:31

The 78th Armenian Highest League is a 11-player round-robin tournament taking place from 12-22 January 2018 in Yerevan, Armenia.

Live game with analysis will be provided daily with the best chess software competing in the Top Chess Engine Championship – Komodo, Houdini, and Stockfish.

more live chess Tata Steel Chess 2018/73rd Armenian Women’s Championship 2018

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73rd Armenian Women’s Championship 2018 live

Sat, 01/13/2018 - 14:23

The 73rd Armenian Women’s Highest League is a 9-round single round-robin tournament taking place from 12-20 January 2018 in Yerevan, Armenia.

Live game with analysis will be provided daily with the best chess software competing in the Top Chess Engine Championship – Komodo, Houdini, and Stockfish.

more live chess Sevilla chess open 2018/ Tata Steel 2018

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Fritz 16 dominates TCEC Div 3

Sat, 01/13/2018 - 13:45

The new entrant in the TCEC competition Fritz 16 has won division 3 of the competition. It finished with 18,5/28, a full point ahead of Laser 1.5. Fritz won 10 games and drew 17 games, losing only one along the way – against the bronze medalist of the division Nemorino.

Despite being highly disputed competition, the first three places in Division 3 were occupied by the engines that are in the division by right as per the Season 10 standings. Fritz and Laser will continue their journey in Division 2, where they will face tougher and more experienced opposition. Nemorino deserved its stage medal thanks to a strong showing in the second half of the event. A fixed Pedone edged the Division 4 winner Defenchess on tiebreak for fourth position. Senpai is the other engine that will continue in the same division, while ChessBrainVB and Ethereal are relegated and will have to prove their right to join the division again in about three months time.

TCEC official website / Season 11 division system / Full list of participants / TCEC facebook page / TCEC Twitch TV channel

Full standings TCEC Division 3

1. Fritz 18,5/28
2. Laser 17,5
3. Nemorino 14,5
4. Pedone 14,0
5. Defenchess 14,0
6. Senpai 12,5
7. ChessBrainVB 11,0
8. Ethereal 10,0

TCEC Division 2 roster and official poll

TCEC Division 2 starts today, parallel to the Tata Steel 2018 competition and you can follow it live on the official site. The roaster includes Jonny, Bobcat, Texel, Vajolet, Wasp, Arasan, and the newly promoted Fritz and laser.

This is the official poll on Division 2, to predict the top 3 and the medal winners of this stage.

#qp_main2003486 .qp_btna:hover input {background:rgb(150,150,150)!important} Which engines will be in the top 3 of TCEC div 2? (select 3 answers) Jonny Bobcat Texel Vajolet Wasp Arasan Fritz Laser

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