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Hovhannisyan wins Riga Open 2018

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 15:27

8th international chess festival „Riga Technical University Open 2018” took place on August 6th – 12th in already traditional venue – international exhibition centre “Kipsala”.
In the A group 260 players took part.
The winner is GM Robert Hovhannisyan with 7,5 points out of 9 and better tie-break from the second placed GM Manuel Petrosyan.
Seven players have made 7 points and third place goes to GM Alexandr Predke.

Final standings

1 Hovhannisyan Robert 7,5
2 Petrosyan Manuel 7,5
3 Predke Alexandr 7
4 Kovalenko Igor 7
5 Svane Rasmus 7
6 Esipenko Andrey 7
7 Laurusas Tomas 7
8 Annaberdiev Meilis 7
9 Lobanov Sergei 7
10 Meshkovs Nikita 6,5
11 Kreisl Robert 6,5
12 Pultinevicius Paulius 6,5
13 Schroeder Jan-Christian 6,5
14 Smirin Ilia 6,5
15 Maiorov Nikita 6,5
16 Korchmar Vasiliy 6,5
17 Gokerkan Cem Kaan 6,5
18 Garriga Cazorla Pere 6,5
19 Kjartansson Gudmundur 6,5
20 Gorodetzky David 6,5
21 Donchenko Alexander 6
22 Carlsson Pontus 6
23 Ter-Sahakyan Samvel 6
24 Ruiz Castillo Joshua Daniel 6
25 Krupenski Juri 6
26 Stocek Jiri 6
27 Yankelevich Lev 6
28 Pechac Jergus 6
29 Thybo Jesper Sondergaard 6
30 Pavlov Sergey 6
31 Zakhartsov Viacheslav V. 6
32 Dragnev Valentin 6
33 Samolins Vitalijs 6
34 Kulaots Kaido 6
35 Seyb Alexander 6
36 Bluebaum Matthias 6
37 Merry Alan B 6
38 Leenhouts Koen 6
39 Martin Julian 6
40 Miedema David 6
41 Lagunow Raphael 6
42 Pershin Denis 6
43 Berzinsh Roland 6
44 Hansen Mads 6
45 Pogosyan Stefan 6
46 Shishkov Andrei 5,5
47 Sinz Bernhard 5,5
48 Repka Christopher 5,5
49 Sirosh Ilja 5,5
50 Quillan Gary 5,5
51 Bernotas Arturs 5,5
52 Sawlin Leonid 5,5
53 Gorbatov Alexej 5,5
54 Oboladze Luka 5,5
55 Haria Ravi 5,5
56 Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad 5,5
57 Fenil Shah 5,5
58 Sergienko Sergey 5,5
59 Priyanka Nutakki 5,5
60 Krykun Yuriy 5,5
61 Seeman Tarvo 5,5
62 Anurag Mhamal 5,5
63 Makoveev Ilya 5,5
64 Krivonosov Oleg 5,5
65 Cruz Lledo Pablo 5,5
66 Rostgaard Tobias Valentin 5,5
67 Solozhenkina Elizaveta 5,5
68 Petrov Dmitri 5,5
69 Kaczur Florian 5
70 Mierins Eriks 5
71 Vaishali R 5
72 Kollars Dmitrij 5
73 Praggnanandhaa R 5
74 Thogersen Rasmus 5
75 Kukk Sander 5
76 Hedman Erik 5
77 Valner Uku 5
78 Narva Mai 5
79 Povilaitis Tomas 5
80 Jablonicky Martin 5
81 Mishuchkov Nikolai M. 5
82 Faibisovich Vadim Z 5
83 Chekletsov Ilya 5
84 Stauskas Lukas 5
85 Duzhakov Ilya 5
86 Vicas Marijus 5
87 Vovk Ilja 5
88 Dordzhieva Dinara 5
89 Nikitenko Mihail 5
90 Jackson James P 5
91 Tanriverdi Enes 5
92 Stark Lars 5
93 Adocchio Giampiero Dr. 5
94 Saulespurens Valdis 5
95 Kerem Halil Ozgun 5
96 Gurvich Vitaly 5
97 Schekachikhin Maksim 5
98 Rietze Clemens 5
99 Ungurs Edgars 5
100 Osis Renars 5
101 Kretainis Kristaps 5
102 Korolev Alexandr 5
103 Kulkarni Rakesh 5
104 Gudovskis Konstantins 5
105 Cherepov Alexej 5
106 Wenninger Philipp 5
107 Haubro Martin 5
108 Chekletsov Egor 5
109 Marzano Carlo 5
110 Manafov Vugar 4,5
111 Chukavin Kirill 4,5
112 Bluebaum Karl-Ernst 4,5
113 Chibukhchyan Erik 4,5
114 Lapshun Yury 4,5
115 Kuznecovs Nikita 4,5
116 Holland James P 4,5
117 Jacobs Florian 4,5
118 Semjonovs Ilja 4,5
119 Lahav Michal 4,5
120 Player Edmund C 4,5
121 Arnold Max 4,5
122 Jazdanovs Aleksandrs 4,5
123 Hjelmas Lars 4,5
124 Sorensen Hampus 4,5
125 Smirnova Ekaterina 4,5
126 Modler Andreas Dr. 4,5
127 Seyhanoglu Deniz 4,5
128 Zhukov Anton 4,5
129 Breivik Lars 4,5
130 Zatonskih V. 4,5
131 Juknis Paulius 4,5
132 Saveliev Alexei 4,5
133 Moksh Amit Doshi 4,5
134 Bashkansky Naomi 4,5
135 Linsenmeyer Mario 4,5
136 Sinitsina Anastassia 4,5
137 Gretarsson Helgi Ass 4,5
138 Gorozhankina Julia 4,5
139 Gower Sam 4,5
140 Laustsen Lars 4,5
141 Severina Maria 4,5
142 Ozguner Hakki Ata 4,5
143 Haavamae Henrik 4,5
144 Zukauskas Arnas Povilas 4,5
145 Kholopov Alexander A. 4,5
146 Sucikova Svetlana 4,5
147 Chernyak Viktoria 4,5
148 Gokcek Kursat Bugra 4,5
149 Polatel Ali 4,5
150 Leonova Ameliya 4,5
151 Poysti Nathanael 4,5
152 Efremov Vladislav 4,5
153 Gorodetzky Matan 4
154 Martinkus Rolandas 4
155 Huber Philipp 4
156 Akesson Ralf 4
157 Isik Alparslan 4
158 Rogule Laura 4
159 Narva Jaan 4
160 Pulkkinen Kari 4
161 Stewart Ashley 4
162 Buiza Prieto Eihartze 4
163 Dedebas Emre Emin 4
164 French Max 4
165 Suez-Panama Gilles 4
166 Rasa Gints 4
167 Borisovsky Dmitry 4
168 Ghazarian Kirk 4
169 House Glenn L 4
170 Volotovsky Kirill 4
171 Henriksen Geir I 4
172 Sanchez Ruesga Hector 4
173 Narva Triin 4
174 Emdin Mark 4
175 Pogan Nikolas 4
176 Ivanov Platon-Jaan 4
177 Titov Alexander 4
178 Bekasovs Rihards 4
179 Chittka Julius 4
180 Otikova Elina 4
181 Atkinson Paul 4
182 Etxagibel Larranaga Asier 4
183 Lakuntza Plazaola Asier. 4
184 Konguvel Ponnuswamy 4
185 Leidorf Sebastian 4
186 Hrbek Stepan 4
187 Ungure Liga 4
188 Garabetyan Arno 4
189 Sarbay Aleksandr 4
190 Farmani Anosheh Yasha 4
191 Hund Sarah 4
192 Kusenkova Natallia 3,5
193 Nilssen Ellen Fredericia 3,5
194 Bolsakovs Vadims 3,5
195 Nair Sanjeev 3,5
196 Tsiganova Monika 3,5
197 Meessen Rudolf 3,5
198 Alquist Erik 3,5
199 Lumiste Rene 3,5
200 Zhuravlev Stepan 3,5
201 Golubovskis Maksims 3,5
202 Papadimitriou Loukas 3,5
203 Tishova Svetlana 3,5
204 Brikers Aleksandrs 3,5
205 Makka Ioulia 3,5
206 Plueg Andreas 3,5
207 Krustkalns Kristaps 3,5
208 Uibokant Mathias Robert 3,5
209 Horobrijs Daniils 3,5
210 Ludvigsen Frode 3,5
211 Stepanyan Eva 3,5
212 Maza Lopez De Los M. Santiago 3,5
213 Yapar Nedim 3,5
214 Poulos Georgios 3,5
215 Luessmann Thomas 3
216 Issakainen Ari 3
217 Agafonov Yuri Dr 3
218 Lochte Thomas 3
219 Limanovska Elizabete 3
220 Kolasa Pjotrs 3
221 Polyakov Fedor 3
222 Parhomenko Margarita 3
223 Kaliadzich Maryia 3
224 Korchagin Oleg 3
225 Gula Julian 3
226 Tromp Paul 3
227 Valantiejus Vaidotas 3
228 Krumina Linda 3
229 Krupa Miroslav 3
230 Zhou Aiden 3
231 Jayaram R. 3
232 Bluebaum Johanna 3
233 Montero Campuzano Rafael 3
234 Mitskevich Yauheniya 3
235 Dhruv Easwar 3
236 Mitrandzas Athanasios 3
237 Di Candia Roberto 3
238 Schulze Andreas 2,5
239 Brown Thomas 2,5
240 Vaskevicius Augustas 2,5
241 Said Oliver 2,5
242 Fathallah Joe 2,5
243 Batashevs Arsens 2,5
244 Stasans Aivars 2,5
245 Jarabek Milan 2,5
246 Schmitt Carsten 2,5
247 Waffenschmidt Joachim 2,5
248 Danielmeier Ralf 2
249 Kuhn Ulf 2
250 Petrovs Jaroslavs 2
251 Borondo Garcia Raul 2
252 Tomte Asbjorn 2
253 Vitins Janis 2
254 Francois-Haugrin Said 2
255 Dathie Jean-Francois 1,5
256 Bourgeois William 1,5
257 Suhanovskis Sergejs 1
258 Jacobs Oliver 1
259 Knecht Guntram 0
260 Thakur Akash 0

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Plat wins Kavala Open 2018

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 15:18

Kavala

The 27th Kavala International Open is a 9-round Swiss tournament taking place from 5-11 August 208 at the Foyer of Prefecture Amphitheatre in Kavala, Greece and is organized by the Kavala Chess Club and East Macedonia & Thrace Chess Union.

In the Group A 133 players took part.
The winner is GM Vojtech Plat with 7,5 points out of 9.
Three players have made 7 points. Second place is for IM Radoslav Dimitrov and third for IM Martin Petrov.

Replay the games here

Final standings

1 Plat Vojtech 7,5
2 Dimitrov Radoslav 7
3 Petrov Martin 7
4 Lin Chen 7
5 Theodorou Nikolas 6,5
6 Kelires Andreas 6,5
7 Megalios Konstantinos 6,5
8 Neelotpal Das 6,5
9 Hasangatin Ramil 6,5
10 Quparadze Giga 6,5
11 Danielian Elina 6,5
12 Giannoulakis Lampros 6
13 Ni Shiqun 6
14 Kourkoulos-Arditis Stamatis 6
15 Tsakiris Haralambos 6
16 Nikolaou Spiridon 6
17 Nevednichy Vladislav 6
18 Iljin Artem 6
19 Mu Ke 6
20 Bulmaga Irina 6
21 Schitco Ivan 6
22 Maghalashvili Davit 5,5
23 Kanakaris Georgios 5,5
24 Ambartsumova Karina 5,5
25 Charkhalashvili Inga 5,5
26 Ivanov Sergey 5,5
27 Papadopoulos Nikolaos 5,5
28 Sandalakis Angelos 5,5
29 Skaperdas Kostantinos 5,5
30 Ladopoulos Dimitrios 5,5
31 Isaakidis Alexandros 5,5
32 Kosmidis Ioannis 5,5
33 Gouloutis Nikolaos 5,5
34 Kouskoutis Georgios-Alexandros 5,5
35 Tetepoulidis Ioannis 5,5
36 Iskos Alexandros 5
Loutragotis Dimitrios 5
38 Kakushadze Ilia 5
39 Avramidou Anastasia 5
40 Markelova Lubov 5
41 Beliotis Georgios 5
42 Naoum Spyridon 5
43 Tsolakidou Stavroula 5
44 Bednarek Sylwester 5
45 Prince Bajaj 5
46 Samakas Anastasios 5
47 Stathopoulos Ioannis 5
48 Markidis Konstantinos 5
49 Grigoriadis Alexandros 5
50 Alexakis Georgios 5
51 Papasimakopoulos Alexandros 5
52 Mavrikakis Georgios 5
53 Hrisomalis Theodoros 5
Konstantinidis Konstantinos 5
55 Atanasov Margarit 5
56 Grigoriadis Mihail 4,5
57 Dorfanis Ilarion 4,5
58 Papadopoulos Georgios 4,5
59 Pezelj Novak 4,5
60 Trimitzios Petros 4,5
61 Kalogridakis Georgios 4,5
62 Vafiadis Kleanthis 4,5
63 Ballas Kleon-Evangelos 4,5
64 Zisiadis Dimitrios 4,5
65 Stratigos Spiros 4,5
66 Koroglou Viktor 4,5
67 Liu Manli 4,5
68 Sourgkounis Angelos 4,5
69 Mashinskaya Iulia 4,5
70 Gulie Cosmin 4,5
71 Terziev Dimo 4,5
72 Gavriil Odysseas-Panagiotis 4,5
73 Alexakis Dimitris 4
74 Papakonstantinou Dimitrios 4
75 Konstantelias Konstantinos 4
76 Vlassis Georgios 4
77 Apostolakakis Konstantinos 4
78 Georgiadis Nikolaos Xant 4
79 Stefan Victor 4
80 Sotiropoulos Anastasios-Theohar 4
81 Androutsopoulos-Agiotatos Vasil 4
82 Vardakas Grigorios 4
83 Theoharidis Georgios 4
84 Leftheriotis Alexandros 4
85 Triantafilidis Mihail 4
86 Papacharitonos Chariton 4
87 Avgoustis Panagiotis 4
88 Gaspar David 4
89 Cukanovic Petar 4
90 Androni Konstantina 4
91 Skiadopoulos Nikolaos 4
92 Sidiropoulos Nikolaos 4
93 Stefanou Dimitrios 4
94 Liodakis Konstantinos-Spyros 3,5
95 Dolgun Can 3,5
96 Kazakos Markos 3,5
97 Kasioumis Vasilios 3,5
98 Vatkali Dimitra 3,5
99 Loutragotis Paraskevas Pantelei 3,5
100 Deligiannis Paraskevas 3,5
101 Caliskan Seha 3,5
102 Sideris Nikiforos 3,5
103 Ragios Konstantinos 3,5
104 Papageorgiou Ioannis 3,5
105 Tsarsitalidis Konstantinos 3,5
106 Tsivelekidou Evgenia 3,5
107 Mastrovasilis Athanasios 3
108 Kokkalis Haralabos 3
109 Papadopoulos Panayotis 3
110 Koutlas Nikolaos 3
111 Andronis Vasilios 3
112 Misyura Ilya 3
113 Nikolic Vojkan 3
114 Paterakis Emmanouil 3
115 Koutsidi Amalia 3
116 Simonics Peter 3
117 Stamatis Ioannis 3
118 Rahmanidis Petros 3
119 Samaridis Konstantinos 3
120 Gronsfeld Stefan 3
121 Stamatiou Rodolfos 3
122 Kirilov Ivaylo 3
123 Mihailidou Magdalini 3
124 Kouta Antonia 2,5
125 Georgitsi Antigoni 2,5
126 Louka Magdalini 2
127 Emmer Adam 2
128 Serefidou Despina 2
129 Pasoglou Ekaterini 2
130 Kontos Alexandros K 2
131 Groapa Aurelian 2
132 Lagaras Stylianos 1,5
133 Bastianou Chrysoula 0,5

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Ethereal chess engine leads TCEC Div 3 convincingly

Sun, 08/12/2018 - 23:22

Ethereal is an engine by Andrew Grant which was first released officially in 2016. In the beginning of of 2018 it entered Season 11 of TCEC and just a few months later won TCEC Div 4. While that looked at a minor success at the time, those who read the interview of Andrew Grant knew something big is coming from this 21 year ambitious University of Maryland, Baltimore county college student.

Now just three months later, Ethereal is showing muscles in Division 3 of TCEC, where in the company of two neural networks and a couple of established engines Ethereal is the clear leader with 5,5/6, well ahead of opposition. It looks certain that the engine is going to storm through Division 3 and will dare to aspire going all the way to the Premier Division

The prestigious CCRL rating list by Graham Banks puts Ethereal as the second best open source engine, right after Stockfish. In an interview with TCEC’s openings expert Nelson Hernandez, Andrew Grant believes his engine is currently 4th or 5th in the world. Here is the full interview with Ethereal’s author.

Interview with Andrew Grant, author of Ethereal

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Interview with Arthur Kogan

Sun, 08/12/2018 - 13:50

The captain of the Italy team GM Arthur Kogan was in Sofia and found some time to speak with our editor GM Marian Petrov.

MP Hello Arthur, welcome to Sofia. You are here for the VIII World Team Chess Championship for Blind and Visually Impaired. Can you tell us more about it?

AK It was a great event mainly because I saw it was done with care and love for players that really need and appreciate the efforts!

My team is based on good players but most of them also have hard daily jobs so it was hard to expect too much in the field of teams with more active players. But they gave their best and finished in very respected 9th place!

MP You are the coach of the Italian National team for many years now. Recently you won the Mitropa cup. Can you tell us more for the event.

AK Yes, it’s a pleasure to train a quite ambitious young team (Moroni, The Italian Champ is only 18!), and together with the legendary veteran Godena (who had an amazing result!), the already experienced fighters such are Vocaturo and Brunello, and the new solid addition of Valsechi, we managed to get a great team spirit that helped us to save and even win few crucial games… And achieve one of the best results ever for the Italian team!

MP How is the preparation for the Olympiad going and what are your expectations for your team?

AK We will have one more training camp next month, but in total the mood is good, players are training hard and we will try to make the almost impossible (In Baku we fought for Silver medal last round vs… RUSSIA!) and improve our great results from last years… :-)

MP Fabiano Caruana was in the past part of your team. Do you miss his presence and do you think he has chance in the World Championship match against Magnus?

AK Well, we had great times with Fabiano and I was happy with his great efforts for the team, but as he himself noticed and told me, he knows and saw we could also do very well without him. But definitely I wish him the best of the best vs Magnus, I know he got the talent to beat the champion and I just hope he will prepare and come in his best form.

MP You are living in Spain and running the academy Olalachess. Can you tell us about this project, how and when it has started?

AK Yes, I live in Spain since more than 18 years and except training camps in my town and in Salou I mainly work online and with the so many good results of the students I am still motivated to teach and share more of my wide experience of work with all kind of chess levels and ages, mainly looking for new ‘Impossible Missions’ to complete.

MP You are from Israel, you live in Spain, coaching Italy. You speak Russian and English and have Bulgarian wife. Which country do you feel as home?

AK Well, since I lived in so many countries I am quickly adapted to new places…Now I am mainly Catalan. But my heart will always belong to Israel, where I grew up and learned so much about so many important life values.

MP How did you start to play chess and who were the people, who were helping you during the years? What is your biggest achievement in chess?

AK I started being about 6 years old thanks to my father who helped me a lot in the start and also got me many good private trainers to motivate me to improve quicker… Between them Vistaniescki and GM Liberzon probably did the biggest influence but because they didn’t believe in me so much, the big work to become a GM was done mainly by… Me. So it’s probably my biggest achievement to keep on and fulfill my dreams…and later win so many open chess tournaments around the world.

MP As a famous coach and player what is your advice for the young kids, who want to become great players and what training plan they should follow?

AK Most important is to enjoy playing and learn from the mistakes and it is very important to find the ways of having fun even in the hard and long learning chess process and not just focus on results and ratings…

MP Did you follow the Biel tournament?

AK You know what happened… Shakh is a genius!

MP Recently many young kids have become GMs or have very high ratings. What do you think is the future in chess if kids can become GMs at 10-13 years old?

AK Sure, there are no limits since with the help of technology chess became a kind of Video game… So training and playing online completely changed the game.

MP How important is computer preparation in your practice and how many hours you train per day?

AK Sure it’s very important, but still my main weapon as a player and as a trainer (Also of many top players during last years) is trusting my logical brain and search for creative but effective solutions in very complicated positions… Luckily the engines are still far away from Gods, we just have to learn to discuss and analyze with them as a great training tool, and not take their output as the final word.

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Washington International 2018

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 15:19

The 7th Annual Washington International is a 9-round Swiss tournament taking place in Rockville, Maryland, USA from 11-15 August 2018. The A section is for players with a FIDE rating of 2100 or above. The time control is 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 20 minutes to the end of the game, with a 30-second increment from move 1.
The top seeded players are GM Sam Sevian, GM Andrey Baryshpolets, GM Dragun Kamil 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.

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Leela Chess Zero wins the gold medal in TCEC Div 4

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 10:22

Graphics by AliTCEC

More than 125 000 unique viewers followed the dramatic victory of Leela Chess Zero (aka Lczero or Lc0) in Div 4 of the Top Chess Engine Championship. After four round robins, Leela came on top of the division with 20.0/28 with 14 wins, 12 draws, and 2 losses. This was 1.5 points more than the second neural net in the event Deus X powered by Lc0, and 2 points more than the top traditional engine of the division Wasp.

These results confirmed the dominance of the neural nets, modeled after Google subsidiary DeepMind’s Alpha Zero chess neural network. The two NNs – Leela Chess Zero and Deus X – earn promotion to Div 3, where they will meet an array of even stronger competitors which last season were in the 3200 Elo range – Hannibal, Arasan, Ethereal, Nemorino, Pedone, and Bobcat – but in most cases have improved, and in some cases may have improved a great deal. Div 3 will start this Saturday at 19:00 CEST and can be followed live on the official website

TCEC Season 13 official website / TCEC Twitch TV / Facebook page / Full participants list / Leela Chess Zero wins TCEC Div 4

The gold medal of Lczero

Leela Chess Zero entered the event as an absolute favorite. For the first time it had a high end GPU hardware and tests were showing that the ELO gained in the past months is good to storm through divisions and meet the top engines. However, Leela was in for a surprise as another Neural Network entered the event as well – Deus X – while the fully stable and well upgraded version of Wasp had a significant ELO gain. This situation left three engines fighting for every single point in a fierce race for only two qualification positions – one of them would have to be the unfortunate one to wait for a full season to meet the top competitors.

Lc0 started with a bang, winning game after game with a few unlucky draws. Then came round 7 and a direct match with Wasp. In an equal position in heavy time trouble Lczero committed a blunder that cost it a full point with white against a direct competitor.

From that point on the fight was for every single point and Lczero had to wait until the very last day of the event to secure qualification. The gold medal for Leela was hard fought and deserved. Now the authors expect a harder battle in Div 3, so they are upgrading the net adding extra ELO points.

The Leela team commented, “Thank you to TCEC and Chessdom.com for hosting the event. We appreciate the GPUs given to our Neural Network. Thanks to all the Leela fans for rooting for our success and to everyone who contributed to the project in so many ways. We had tougher competition than we were expecting seeing how improved we were from last season. This season had a much stronger playing field with DeusX entrance and the surprisingly improved Wasp.
For next division we will be using the same engine, but with a few important tweaks to time parameters and a new net. We are expecting the net to give us at least 100 ELO gain.”

The silver medal of Deus X, powered by Lc0

Albert Silver, the author of the net Deus X powered by Lc0, managed to get the silver medal in Div 4. Deus X entered with high expectations to crush opposition, the author claimed in an interview that according to tests Deus X was at the level of Andscacs. Reality was harsher though – the computer chess sector is rapidly developing and each engine has added extra points to the field.

Deus X certainly had no problem against lower rated engines. Ivanhoe lost all 4 games against Deus X, Tucano was 1,0/4, and Chess22k was 0,5/4. However, the stronger opposition made Deus X “sweat”. It always entered the middlegame with presumed advantage, and rarely it could defend it. Deus X achieved only draws against Rodent and could not overcome the direct competitor Wasp, scoring 1,5/4.

It all boiled down to the last game, where Deus X met Senpai with white. Up to that point the neural network by Albert Silver had only draws against Senpai and a win was the only result that would put him through the division – another draw would eliminate it on tiebreak (direct encounter with Wasp). Deus X followed the same pattern, gaining advantage in the middlegame. It was not clear whether this is a win or not up to move 30, where black became overextended in defending the kingside and Deus X finally managed to break through and score the important victory.

Albert Silver commented, “The first stage of TCEC, Division 4, was a big step in truly paving the way towards the inclusion of NNs on a properly competitive stage. Some may argue that they are being given ‘special privileges’ by receiving two GPUs, but remember they are not receiving these GPUs in addition to the 43-core machines the other engines enjoy, but instead of the 43-core machines the others enjoy. Chess aficionados were able to see two such entities playing, each with a style of its own. While the Deus X neural network was the product of hundreds of man hours and thousands of computer hours, none of that would mean a thing were it not for the amazing work by the Leela Developers who not only set out to recreate and share the AlphaZero project with everyone, but create tools that allow the ever curious such as myself to explore different directions in training.” Silver continued, “Deus X is not about proving one idea’s superiority over another, i.e. learning from other games vs learning from self-play, but simply exploring the possibilities that are there. It also means that a single user can build a meaningful NN without having the vast resources an entire community can offer, which in turn means that I fully expect others to bring their own variants on the theme and forge ahead in new directions. All are valid, all are fun, and the users and community are always the beneficiaries.”

Albert Silver concluded, “I’d like to congratulate the Leela team for their deserved result as well as the superb work that went into Wasp, whose progress was a massive eye-opener and resulted in a thrilling event until the end. I have taken the time to separate and annotate a few of Deus X’s most entertaining games from the Division 4 stage, and share them here with those reading. http://view.chessbase.com/cbreader/2018/8/10/Game1231218250.html

The bronze medal of Wasp

The performance of Wasp was brilliant. While Leela played at the expected strength and Deus X under its expected strength, Wasp managed to get a performance of +273 ELO above expectations. This put the excitement in Div 4 until the very end. The progress of Wasp and the bronze medal have earned it an invitation for TCEC Season 14.

The other engines

Rodent and Senpai were the top engine of the rest of the field. It is the second season of Rodent at TCEC and the strength of the engine by Pawel Koziol is increasing. Still, it was a big step to the medal positions, finishing 5,5 points behind Wasp. For Senpai this was probably the last season in TCEC, except if there is no update to the smp of the engine. Chess22k was the debutante in the season and managed to get 6th position ahead of Tucano and Ivanhoe.

Final standings

1. Leela Chess Zero 20,0/28
2. Deus X (powered by Lc0) 18,5
3. Wasp 18,0
4-5. Rodent 12,5
4-5. Senpai 12,5
6. Chess22k 11,0
7. Tucano 10,0
8. Ivanhoe 9,5

The viewership

Division 4 broke all records for a TCEC lower division competition. The viewership numbers were at the level of Premier Division with 125 000 unique IPs visiting the website in a 7 days period. To this we add ~250 000 views of the Twitch TV chess channel and more than 100 000 messages published in the chat.

Statement by the TCEC team

Div 4 saw the entry of a new neural network – Deus X by Albert Silver. Silver’s net was powered by Lc0′s program code, differentiated from Leela’s entry by its being a supervised-learning neural net built with millions of human games. The unexpected entry of Deus X and the relatively little credit given to the Lc0 team in his pre-season interview provoked a serious debate which escalated to heated discussions among the fans on uniqueness of engines vs uniqueness of NNs.

Despite the controversy that followed the entry of Deus X, we at TCEC believe that neural networks powered by Leela (or other binary code developed in the future) offer tremendous potential for the computer chess sector. This is shown by the extraordinary strength and style of play the neural nets have already demonstrated in the last few weeks of competition. It is undoubtedly true that the binary used to run Deus X is the same as the one of Lc0 (including engine, MCTS implementation, batching support, cudnn evaluation, movegen, uci support, optimizations and debugging, training script, both for supervised and unsupervised data), but there is also no denying that the neural network submitted by Deus X’s developer – based on supervised learning – represented a worthy experiment and the tangible realization of innovative ideas.

TCEC Season 13 is an experimental season and will serve as stepping stone for further competitions. For next season fair (and practical) rules will be put in place regulating the entry of neural networks to TCEC competition. Definitions of unique, zero, non-zero, supervised, hybrid, and other types of engines and Neural Networks are needed and such will be coined with the help of professionals in the field. It is our contention that all parties should adopt a more visionary perspective; computer chess is undergoing something of a revolution and the community needs to think dispassionately about how to move forward with competitions such as ours.

The show goes on this Saturday afternoon, August 11th. Join us for the advance of the NNs with live games and chat on the official website.

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16th Spilimbergo Open 2018

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 09:09

The Spilimbergo Open is a 9-round Swiss tournament taking place from 10-15 August 2018 in Spilimbergo, Italy. Players receive 90 minutes for the entire game, plus a 30-second increment starting from move one.
94 players are taking part in the tournament. The top seeded are GM Etienne Bacrot, GM Dieter Nisipeanu, GM Baadur Jobava 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.

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Topalov vs. Ding Liren

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 09:06

Chinese no. 1 Ding Liren returns after injury in his home city of Wenzhou with a 4-game match against former World Champion Veselin Topalov from Bulgaria. The match is accompanied by a match between former Women’s World Champion Tan Zhongyi and Nana Dzagnidze from Georgia. The time control is 90 minutes for 40 moves, then 30 minutes to the end of the game, with a 30-second increment from move 1.

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

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Olomouc Chess Summer – Open

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 19:40

The Olomouc Chess Summer is a festival taking place from 11-18 August 2018 in Olomouc, Czechia. We broadcast the GM and 2 IM tournaments, plus the Open. Players receive 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes to the end of the game, plus a 30-second increment starting from move one.

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

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AICF Women Grandmaster

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 12:34

The AICF Women Grandmaster is a 12-player round-robin tournament taking place from 9-16 August 2018 in Gochi Bowli, Hyderabad, India. Players receive 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes to the end of the game, plus a 30-second increment starting from move one.

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

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4th International “E.Krommydakis”

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 12:26

The 4th International tournament, in memory of Eftychios Krommydakis, is a 10-player round-robin taking place in Chania, Crete, Greece, from 9-16 August 2018. Players receive 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes to the end of the game, plus a 30-second increment starting from move one.

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

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17th Iranian Men Festival Championship 1397

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 12:19

The 17th Iranian Men Festival Championship 1397 is an 11-round Swiss tournament taking place from 9-16 August 2018 in Hamedan, Iran. Players receive 90 minutes for the entire game, plus a 30-second increment starting from move one.

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

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20th International Open Sants 2018

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 15:21

20th International Open Sants will be held from 17th August to 26th August in Barcelona.
It will be one of the biggest tournament this summer. In Group A 366 players are expected to take part. The top seeded are GM Anton Demchenko, GM Dariusz Swiercz, GM Dieter Nisipeanu etc…

The rate of play will be 90 minutes plus 30 seconds per move for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 extra minutes, with a 30 second increment per move starting from move one. Rounds will be played at 16:30h, except for the last round – 26th August – at 9:30h. The closing ceremony will start 26th August at 19:30h.

The tournament will be played using FIDE (Dutch) System (until 1st July) at ten (10) rounds. The tournament will be held in 79 Sants St, Barcelona (Auditori del Centre Cívic de les Cotxeres de Sants) and other halls near of this hall.
The tournament will be valid for the Catalan Circuit (A superior category) both in the general and the rating sections standings. Group A will be valid for International and Catalan title norms as well as for International, National and Catalan Ratings. Groups B and C will be valid for International, National and Catalan Ratings.

There are three groups (“A”, “B” and “C”):

• Group A: open to all players, regardless of their rating, with a FIDE ID.

• Group B: will be for all players with current license up-to-1950 FIDE Rating, with a FIDE ID.

• Group C: will be for all players with current license up-to-1650 FIDE Rating, with a FIDE ID.

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

Starting list

1 DEMCHENKO Anton
2 SWIERCZ Dariusz
3 NISIPEANU Liviu-Dieter
4 GLEDURA Benjamin
5 ILLESCAS CORDOBA Miguel
6 PETROV Nikita
7 HEIMANN Andreas
8 ESIPENKO Andrey
9 SVETUSHKIN Dmitry
10 CRUZ Cristhian
11 MOUSSARD Jules
12 MARTINEZ ALCANTARA Jose Eduardo
13 VAIBHAV Suri
14 VOLKOV Sergey
15 PERALTA Fernando
16 GUERRA MENDEZ Jose Angel
17 MORONI Luca Jr
18 QUESADA PEREZ Yasser
19 SVIRIDOV Valery
20 VETOSHKO Volodymyr
21 ZANAN Evgeny
22 DIERMAIR Andreas
23 VALSECCHI Alessio
24 CUARTAS Jaime Alexander
25 KEYMER Vincent
26 ANURAG Mhamal
27 NARCISO DUBLAN Marc
28 AGUERO JIMENEZ Luis Lazaro
29 FEDOROVSKY Michael
30 CORI QUISPE Kevin Joel
31 OLIVA CASTANEDA Kevel
32 MUNOZ Miguel
33 BEERDSEN Thomas
34 PULVETT MARIN Daniel Eduardo
35 MOLNER Mackenzie
36 NEEF Maximilian
37 SOCHACKI Christophe
38 LODICI Lorenzo
39 DIAZ CAMALLONGA Carles
40 BELLIA Fabrizio
41 GUKESH D
42 ESCALANTE RAMIREZ Brian Sebasti
43 STURT Raven
44 BUSCARA Sevan
45 SADHWANI Raunak
46 CRUZ Jonathan
47 YANKELEVICH Lev
48 FROEWIS Georg
49 KIRK Ezra
50 RUIZ CASTILLO Joshua Daniel
51 FENIL Shah
52 MORAWIETZ Dieter
53 LAMARD Guillaume
54 ABBASIFAR Hasan
55 SARDANA Rishi
56 DIJKHUIS Tycho
57 VIDAL ZAMORA Alex
58 MURSHED Niaz
59 LAPSHUN Yury
60 KRISHNA C R G
61 LORENZO DE LA RIVA Lazaro
62 PFREUNDT Jakob
63 VALDES ROMERO Leonardo
64 GUAL PASCUAL Antonio
65 MARTIN Julian
66 HUBER Martin Christian
67 SHYAAMNIKHIL P
68 VEINBERG Nimrod
69 BARBERO SENDIC Alejandro
70 RAHUL Srivatshav P
71 MASCARO MARCH Pedro
72 EGGLESTON David J
73 LAVROV Maxim
74 VIDARTE MORALES Arturo
75 OOTES Lars
76 VALENZUELA GOMEZ Fernando
77 VALDES ESCOBAR Alvaro
78 SAI AGNI JEEVITESH J
79 MINGARRO CARCELLER Sergi
80 SOUMYA Swaminathan
81 GRAFL Florian Dr.
82 GARCIA RAMOS Daniel
83 MOEHN Hans
84 WAGH Suyog
85 DEDEBAS Emre Emin
86 LILLO CASTANY Victor
87 SAWLIN Leonid
88 TERNAULT Mathieu
89 BARP Alberto
90 HOEFELSAUER Thomas
91 IPPOLITO Dean
92 WALLNER Joachim
93 DHULIPALLA Bala Chandra Prasad
94 ABDULLA Murad
95 PANELO MUNOZ Marcelo A.
96 GORTI Akshita
97 RAJESH V A V
98 BOFILL MAS Alejandro
99 HENNI Mohamed
100 TAHAY Alexis
101 ABHISHEK Das
102 RAMIREZ GARCIA Jorge Alberto
103 BUYUKASIK Diyap
104 GIRON Jorge Ernesto
105 SENDERS Mischa
106 MANUSH Shah
107 AMATO Andrea
108 AGDELEN Huseyin Can
109 HAAG Gregor
110 CRUZ Filemon
111 FLICK Antoine
112 PALTRINIERI Nicholas
113 MARTORELL AGUADO Joan
114 HERNANDO RODRIGO Julio Antonio
115 ROIG AGUILAR Alejandro
116 PRRANEETH Vuppala
117 SERESIN Francesco
118 RODRIGUEZ ALVAREZ Vidal
119 GOMEZ ANADON Daniel
120 LAFORTUNE Emerick
121 MARTINEZ FERNANDEZ Adrian
122 HEINEMANN Josefine
123 STIJVE Theo
124 NOBOA Kevin
125 HERNANDEZ SANCHEZ Elvis De La C
126 SERRA PAGES Jordi
127 MATANOVIC Luka
128 GONZALEZ RODRIGUEZ Jorge A.
129 JIMENEZ RUANO Adrian
130 CHAVEZ Ricardo Ernesto
131 DIAKONOVA Ekaterina
132 CUADRAS AVELLANA Jordi
133 DIXIT Nikhil
134 KOKJE Joris
135 CAGLAR Sila
136 HRISTODORESCU Daniel
137 ARIAS BOO Guillermo
138 BANOS Oscar
139 VATSAL Singhania
140 CUMMING Rhys
141 KNUDSEN Simon
142 VENTURA BOLET Maxim
143 CAMPOS OLAYA Israel
144 SAMANI Yamac
145 FERNANDEZ Maria Florencia
146 CHAN Kim Yew
147 RUBIL Marko
148 CAPELLADES SUBIRANA Marc
149 MICHAELIDES Konstantinos
150 PIETRUSZEWSKI Marcin
151 FERNANDEZ DIAZ Cristian
152 CHERNYAK Viktoria
153 NEWRKLA Katharina
154 MONTILLA CARRILLO Esteban
155 LAUSTSEN Lars
156 WOLTER Michael
157 CASTRILLON GOMEZ Melissa
158 DELISAU GIL Oriol
159 DELANEY John
160 GERTOSIO Franck
161 GARCIA SANCHO Josep
162 LEVER Erwan
163 MOKSH Amit Doshi
164 NIETO FARRENY Francesc
165 SOBOLEVSKY Leonid
166 CRICKMORE Neil E G
167 JAKSLAND Tim
168 CALVO SIMON Jorge
169 VILLAR REYMUNDO Juan Antonio
170 BRU RULLO Llatzer
171 ALBERTO Manuel
172 SMITH Matthieu
173 REGONDI Lorenzo
174 BAUER Thomas
175 JORDAN MARTINEZ Miguel
176 POLEG Matan
177 GONZALEZ LASO Adrian
178 FERNANDEZ ALVAREZ Luis
179 WEDDA Dries
180 RIVALIN Kenny
181 JORDAN MARTINEZ David
182 HEAD Louise
183 TISHOVA Svetlana
184 RUPEREZ Miguel
185 DE LA CRUZ REVILLA Miguel
186 AYZA LEON David
187 ORTEU CAPDEVILA Max
188 MOLINA FIGUEROA Antoni
189 GUECI Tea
190 HAPALA Elisabeth
191 PAPADAKIS Michalis
192 DEL AMO CARBO Jordi
193 PORTA TOVAR Oriol
194 KUEPPERS Timo
195 KABANOVA Ekaterina
196 ABELLA VAZQUEZ Cesar
197 ROS ALONSO Jaume
198 JEET Jain
199 KEETMAN Maaike
200 DE BOER Bas
201 VALENCIA JIMENEZ Jose
202 LOW Kevin
203 MORETO QUINTANA Alex
204 VILLA Alessandro
205 MORENO ROYANO Victor
206 GONZALEZ VERICAT Sergio
207 CREMER Jochen
208 CAVALIERI Riccardo
209 ZOLDAN Matteo
210 HEREDIA TARRATS Amadeu
211 LACASTA PALACIO Joaquim
212 DE LA ESPERANZA MARTIN Alberto
213 FERNANDEZ AGUILAR Francisco
214 BONASSI Tommaso
215 HERNANDEZ TORRALBA Jose Joaquin
216 KOK Ivo
217 GONELL APARICI Ramon
218 CARBALLO CANCELA Manuel
219 RODRIGUEZ GARCIA Carlos
220 MORELLO Guido
221 HEINRICI Simon
222 BALLISTA Massimiliano
223 YAPAR Nedim
224 URRUTIA GONZALEZ Javier
225 FERNANDEZ MADRID Carlos
226 KOEHN Lennart
227 FUOCHI Tommaso
228 TORNAY GOMEZ Josu
229 SPERLING Lennart
230 EREZA VIZCARRA Fernando
231 BOIXADER ARBO Xavier
232 COMELLAS BLANCHART Jordi
233 BART Simon
234 DOMINGUEZ RUEDA Juan
235 VIGO ALLEPUZ David
236 BUIZA PRIETO Eihartze
237 MARI COPA Adria
238 IDIAZABAL TROYAS Aritz
239 MELARA Moises
240 BUSQUETS Luis
241 AHLUWALIA Amardip
242 HESS Stefan
243 ANDOLFATTO Maria
244 ALVAREZ ALBIOL Victor
245 GUIX TORRES David
246 RENTERIA Rolando
247 HUGUET Sergio
248 CAMPINS MACHADO Francesc
249 MIRZAAD S.Wahabuddin
250 BLESA FERNANDEZ Francisco
251 SAGUES ANDREU Xavier
252 ZHOU Aiden
253 PARALS MARCE Luis
254 PRATS RODRIGUEZ Juan Bosco
255 KERSTEN Julian
256 NICOLODI Raoul
257 GOMEZ BARRERA Javiera Belen
258 AYALA ABENZA Jose Luis
259 RIEMENS Koen
260 GARCIA DE BLAS Esteban
261 WIEGERSMA Justus
262 KANSAL Evrim
263 CHANG Suzana
264 ALCALA VALIENTE Juan Carlos
265 JAYARAM R.
266 TRAVESSET SAGRE Jan
267 TORRENTS SENAL Marc
268 CHENG Ngo Hin
269 RIU LOPEZ Daniel
270 JUAN BARTROLI Marc
271 GONZALEZ DANILOW Aleynovitch
272 CERVELLO I TOST Roger
273 MOLANO LAFUENTE Ismael
274 FABREGAS FONTANET Antonio
275 BATTESTI Marc-Andria
276 PULIDO LEON Manuel
277 GONZALVEZ PERALES Jose Luis
278 BONO MONREAL Alberto
279 PLA ALMENAR Nel
280 MULAY Pratik
281 GARCIA RUIZ Adrian
282 PETIT MONTES Marc
283 CANO SEVILLA Ivan
284 SKUTTA Bernd Dr.
285 BRUNET GIL Pol
286 SVENDSEN Peter Willer
287 SENSAY Emin
288 SANDSTROM Anders
289 BURTON Graham P
290 WACHINGER David
291 SALVADOR Lucie
292 ROIG SALES Carlos
293 LARINA Marija
294 GUERINI Silvia Jr
295 LEONOR VELASCO David
296 NAIR Sanjeev
297 RIU LOPEZ Sergi
298 ROS ALONSO Joana
299 CABOT MUNTANE Jordi
300 HERNANDEZ Lara
301 LETO DI PRIOLO Andrea Edoardo
302 BLASCO CUSIDO Francesc
303 JACOBI Niklas
304 REVERDY Micah Fabrice
305 SEVERRI ARRESE Carlos
306 GONZALVEZ TAMARIT Ivan
307 ROCA PLANAS Edgar
308 PARRAMON GUILLAUMET Jaime
309 BRINGAS GOMEZ Artai
310 MAGALLANES Gustavo
311 ROMERO MORENO Felix
312 RODRIGUEZ GARCIA Miguel
313 ANUSHA N L V
314 GALIANO MARTINEZ Antonio
315 BERMUDEZ REVUELTA Paula
316 DE VRIES Emma
317 VARELA CUADRADO Cesar
318 HAFSTAD Leif
319 IZAGIRRE ALSUA Aritz
320 VALLS NAVARRO Sara
321 PENA MOR David
322 MOTA Pankit
323 GOMILA BENEJAM Teodoro
324 ROMANESCO Roel
325 BEN PORAT Tal
326 GENNARO Isabella
327 CASTELLET MENCHON Cora
328 MIR VINAS Pau Jose
329 LEFEVRE Margaux
330 VIGIER LOPEZ Carlos
331 CARULLA PONS Carlos
332 MOYA NUNEZ Pau Salvador
333 BES ALVAREZ Alex
334 VERHOEFF Timardi
335 UMANG Kaisary
336 HERNANDEZ TORRALBA Sergio
337 ALCARAZ LOPEZ Francesc
338 PEREZ Alexandre
339 RODON BALCELLS Jaume
340 MORENO OLLER Victor
341 ARIAS CASTANEDO Jacinto
342 ORSONI Jean-Philippe
343 SHREYAS S Nikam
344 PROHENS LOPEZ Aitor
345 POVILL CLAROS Laura
346 HORTA GAFAROT Biel
347 RUDOLPH Klaus
348 UCUCU Salih
349 MOYANO BARRERO Antoni
350 VINALS DEL CAMPO Hugo
351 CASTELLS PAGAN Raul
352 YANG Jack
353 ROBVEILLE Laurent
354 BERNADO LOPEZ Roger
355 REYES MARIN Raul
356 SARGSYAN Anna
357 ABDELKADER GARSTKA Adam
358 HOUZI ACHARKI Hanane
359 VALENCIA MONTERO Juan Pablo
360 PUJOL PINA Ramon Manel
361 GONZALEZ COBOS Arnau
362 TOMAS BLANCO Joan
363 STILLI Gabriele
364 NURGALIYEV Sauat
365 AL MUTLAQ Ibrahim A
366 TATEO Ida

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St.Petersburg summer M.Chigorin Memorial 2018

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 15:08

Mihail Chigorin Memorial will be held from August 14 till August 27in Saint-Petersburg,Russia.
Around 150 players are expected to take part in the main event. The top seeded are GM Gata Kamsky, GM David Paravyan , GM Vadim Zviaginzev etc…
Other supporting events are also Memorial V. Korchnoi 14.08-24.08.2018; Russian Children’s Cup tournament 14.08 – 24.08.2018; Russian Rapid Grand-Prix stage 24.08-27.08. All tournaments are held at Park Hotel Krestovskiy (Severnaya doroga 12).

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

The program:

15.08

11:00 Tournaments В Children’s Cup Russia round 1

17:00 Tournament A open round 1

16.08

11:00 Tournaments В Children’s Cup Russia round 2

17:00 Tournament A open round 2

17.08

11:00 Tournaments В Children’s Cup Russia round 3

17:00 Tournament A open round3

18.08

11:00 Tournaments В Children’s Cup Russia round 4

17:00 Tournament A open round 4

19.08

11:00 Tournaments В Children’s Cup Russia round 5

17:00 Tournament A open round 5

20.08

11:00 Tournaments В Children’s Cup Russia round 6

17:00 Tournament A open round 6

21.08

11:00 Tournaments В Children’s Cup Russia round 7

17:00 Tournament A open round 7

22.08

11:00 Tournaments В Children’s Cup Russia round 8

17:00 Tournament A open round 8

23.08

10:00 Tournaments В Children’s Cup Russia round 9

15:30 Tournaments B Closing ceremony

17:00 Tournament A open round 9

22:00 Tournament A Closing ceremony

24.08

10:00 Tournament D Problem solving contest

12:00 Tournament E Chess960

18:00 Tournament F blitz

25.08

11:00 Tournament G Lecture and simultaneous exhibition

15:00 Tournament C Rapid rounds 1-5

26.08

10:30 Tournament C Rapid rounds 6-11

18:30 Tournament C Closing ceremony

1.1. Tournament A – “V. Korchnoi Memorial”

1.1.1. Prize fund– 680000 RUR:
1.1.6. Time control: 90 minutes and 30 seconds increment per move from move 1. Players who are late for the game for 30 minutes get loss by default. No draw offer can be made before move 41.

1.2. Tournaments B – Children’s Cup Russia.
1.2.1. According to tournament’s regulations there are 8 tournaments (boys and girls under 9, 11, 13, 15 y.o.). The entry fee is 2000 RUR.
1.2.2. The tournaments are held from August 15 to 23 August, the registration is open on August 14 from 14:00 till 21:00.
1.2.4. The tournaments are 9 round Swiss, time control is 60 minutes + 30 seconds per move for tournaments under 9, for others (under 11, 13, 15 y.o.) 90 minutes + 30 second per move.
1.3. Tournament C – Russian Rapid Grand Prix

Prizes «under 19» are meant for players born in 2000 or later, «seniors» – male players born in 1958 or earlier and female players born in 1963 or earlier.

1.3.3. The tournament is 11 rounds Swiss, time control is 15 minutes +10 seconds per move.

1.3.4. The rounds start on August 25 at 15:00, 16:20, 17:30, 18:40, 19:50, on August 26 – 10:30, 11:40, 12:50, 14:30, 15:40, 16:50. The closing ceremony is on August 26 at 18:30. If a player doesn’t get his/her prize at the closing ceremony, the prize is reduced to 50%.

1.3.5. The registration is open on August 24 from 12:00 till 20:00, on August 25 from 10:00 till 14:45. The players registered later by decision on Organizer can be included in additional pairing or get “0″ in the 1st round.

1.3.6. The tournament is FIDE rated.

1.4. Tournament D – problem solving contest
1.4.3. The tournament is held on August 24 from 10:00, the registration is open from 09:30 till 09:55.

1.5. Tournament E – Chess960
1.5.3. The tournament is held on August 24 from 12:00, the registration is from 11:00 till 11:55. The tournament is 7 or 9 rounds Swiss (depends on the number of players), the time control is 10 minutes + 3 seconds per move.

1.6. Tournament F – blitz

1.6.3. The tournament is held on August 24 from 18:00, the registration is on August 24 from 17:00 till 17:50. The tournament is 11 rounds Swiss, time control is 3 minutes +2 seconds per move.

1.7. Simultaneous exhibition and lecture by GM (Tournament G)

1.7.1. The simul is open for players with ELO less than 2100, the entry fee is 500 RUR (200 RUR for B tournaments’ participants). The number of players is limited, please sign up in advance. The lecture for participants of simul is free, for others — 100 RUR.

1.7.2. The event starts at 11:00 on August 25.

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Garsia wins Feria De Las Flores 2018

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 14:43

XXV International Open Feria De Las Flores was held from 3 to 7 August in Medelin, Colombia.
The tournament was divided in 3 sections. Group A over 2000, group B U200 and group C U14 years.
In Group A 91 players took part.
The winner is IM Roberto Garcia Pantoja with 7,5 points out of 9.
Second is GM Nikola Mitkov and third is GM David Arenas both with 7 points.

Final standings

1 Garcia Pantoja Roberto 7,5
2 Mitkov Nikola 7
3 Arenas David 7
4 Panesso Rivera Henry 6,5
5 Martinez Romero Martin 6,5
6 Garnier Rene 6,5
7 Rios Cristhian Camilo 6,5
8 Vargas Arteaga Alexis 6
9 Henao Bernardo Andres 6
10 Hernandez Sanchez Jairo Andres 6
11 Zapata Arbelaez Estiven 6
12 Perez Garcia Rodney Oscar 6
13 Sanchez Sebastian Felipe 6
14 Palencia Morales Wilson Guillermo 6
15 Gallego Julian Andres 6
16 Ruiz Aguilar Pablo Alexander 5,5
17 Gomez Jhon D 5,5
18 Gamboa Nelson 5,5
19 Avila Pavas Santiago 5,5
20 Posada Juan Manuel 5,5
21 Echavarria Johann 5,5
22 Salcedo Pablo Esteban 5,5
23 Osorio Cristhian Camilo 5,5
24 Garavito Miguel Angel 5,5
25 Mateus Alejandro 5,5
26 Escobar Medina Andres F 5
27 Narvaez Faber Alberto 5
28 Cardona Cortes Juan Fernando 5
29 Rios Parra Alejandro 5
30 Ramirez Gonzalez Mauricio 5
31 Pazos Gambarrotti Plinio 5
32 Corredor Rengifo Luis Fernando 5
33 Valle Efrain 5
34 Cardoso Cardoso Jose Gabriel 5
35 Herrera Juan Sebastian 5
36 Rivera Alberto 5
37 Blandon Luis Guillermo 5
38 Castaneda Jhon David 5
39 Soto Miguel Angel 5
40 Arribas Robaina Maritza 5
41 Franco Valencia Angela 4,5
42 Franco William 4,5
43 Nino Juan Camilo 4,5
44 Sierra Mejia Juan Pablo 4,5
45 Silva Enmanuel 4,5
46 Cano Luis Fernando 4,5
47 Obando Guzman Soren Federico 4,5
48 Zapata Cuartas Juan Carlos 4,5
49 Toro Castaneda Elizabeht 4,5
50 Ospina Santiago 4,5
51 Londono Neider Farid 4
52 Betancur Gilraldo David Rogelio 4
53 Perdomo Jefferson 4
54 Nunez V Gustavo Eduardo 4
55 Arboleda Orozco Juan M 4
56 Alvarez Pablo Andres 4
57 Cadavid Juan Miguel 4
58 Medina Andres Felipe 4
59 Carvajal Jorge Ivan 4
60 Soto Cristian Camilo 4
61 Nino Penaloza Cesar Gerardo 4
62 Chirivi C Angie Lizeth 4
63 Rios Parra Juan Fernando 4
64 Gil Vega Marcel 3,5
65 Aponte Castillo Ernesto 3,5
66 Castano Ortiz Eder 3,5
67 Chavez Brayan Steven 3,5
68 Robledo Andres Mauricio 3,5
69 Leon Acevedo Juan Alejandro 3,5
70 Niklesh Kumar Jain 3,5
71 Parra Mesa Brayan 3
72 Vallejo Humberto 3
73 Serrato Rafael Antonio 3
74 Florez Santiago 3
75 Ramirez Benjamin Dario 3
76 Gomez Rondon Samuel 3
77 Lopez Gonzalez Carlos Andres 3
78 Romero Daniela 3
79 Gomez Vasquez Laura Sofia 3
80 Cardona Jeyson 2,5
81 Varela Maria De Los Angeles 2,5
82 Paniagua Fabio De Jesus 2,5
83 Toro Miguel Angel 2,5
84 Arango Andres Mauricio 2
85 Herrera Milena 2
86 Pena Alcides 2
87 Ramos Arboleda Dellys Carolina 2
88 Castano Saray 2
89 Rosero Zapata Luis Fernando 1,5
90 Noboa Kevin 0
91 Rivera Ingris 0

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VI Torneo Internacional Ciudad de Pontevedra

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 14:27

The Escola Xadrez Pontevedra, together with the School Los Sauces de Pontevedra, organize the Ciudade de Pontevedra International Tournament, with the sponsorship of various private companies, and of course, with the unconditional support of the City Council of Pontevedra, led by our Mayor Miguel Anxo Fernández Lores

The tournament will take place in the sports facilities of the Los Sauces School in Pontevedra, located on the Carretera de Campaño to Cabaleiro S / N, just 9 minutes from the center of Pontevedra. The dates chosen are between the 8th and the 14th of August of the year 2,018, doubling rounds on Friday and Sunday, to complete the total of 9 rounds, with a rhythm of 90 minutes + 30 seconds per play. The A (Master) tournament will be valid to obtain International Standards. In addition, we will value again with a great trophy, the player who has analyzed the best attack game of the tournament, all in tribute to our great Ramoncito. The player wearing the Ramón Escudeiro Tilve trophy will be appointed by a jury expressly appointed by the organization.

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

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Qin Ranran wins Japan Women Chess Championship 2018

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 12:47

Japan Women Chess Championship was held from 4th to 5th Aug in Tokyo. The venue was Ikegami Kaikan.
The tournament was played using the Swiss System with 6 rounds, time control was 45 min + 30 sec. increment from move 1.
The final standing will be used to determine qualifiers for international events except for Chess Olympiad.
The winner qualifies to play at 2019 Japan Championship.

9 players took part in the event.
The winner is Ranran Qin with 5,5 points out of 6. She won 5 games and drew only against Azumi Sakai.

Second is Mirai Ishizuka with 4,5 points and better tiebreak.
Third is Azumi Sakai who went undefeated with 3 wins and 3 draws.

The Japan open and women’s teams for the 2018 Chess Olympiad is already known!

Women’s team consists of: Karen Hoshino, Meilin Hoshino, Natsumi Kojima, Azumi Sakai and Misaki Shibata.

The team captain is: Reigin Hoshino.

Open team consists of: Shinya Kojima, Tomohiko Matsuo, Ryosuke Nanjo, Yuto Otawa and Kohei Yamanda.

The team captain is: Mihajlo Stojanovic.

Final standings

1 Qin Ranran 5,5
2 Ishizuka Mirai 4,5
3 Sakai Azumi 4,5
4 Kojima Natsumi 3
5 Ishii Koto 3
6 Sekine Yuri 3
7 Misawa Yuki 2,5
8 Yamada Yuki 1
9 Uehara Erina 1

Pictures are taken by Mr. Akihiro Yamada.
Thanks to Mr. Yamada, Azumi Sakai and JCA for the cooperation.

Report by Marian Petrov

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Letter of the President of Ukrainian Chess Federation

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 22:35

Dear Chess Friends,

The circumstances around the election of FIDE President encourage me to address my colleagues with this letter.

I have always called interested federations and FIDE authorities for paying attention to the urgent need for reforms in FIDE management and transparent interaction with sponsors and companies that would like to cooperate with FIDE on a mutually beneficial basis.

Unfortunately, the former FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov categorically rejected any attempts to modernize FIDE management and decision-making system, and interaction with the external structures remained on the President’s sole discretion. Attempts to limit the possibility to run the Presidential election for two times were also unsuccessful. All these circumstances could not but lead to stagnation and crisis inside of the Federation.

At the same time, I believe that the suspension of Mr. Ilyumzhinov and the election of a new President give chance to change this situation, especially if constructive and pragmatic forces unite to prevent the continuation of the disastrous policy pursued by Mr. Ilyumzhinov for a long period.

Viktor Kapustin

However, apparently, one of the contenders for the post of President, Mr. Dvorkovich is going to proceed with the same destructive policy. Numerous reports indicate that Mr. Ilyumzhinov’s team, which has been placed at Mr. Dvorkovich’s disposal, intends to use the same methods of conducting the election campaign that have been used repeatedly in the past, namely, involving Russian state structures, embassies and other institutions to promote Mr. Dvorkovich’s candidacy and “persuading” the Federations in need to vote for Mr. Dvorkovich.

Probably, in the process of this “persuasion” the same methods, tested by Russian “persuasion experts” in many other cases, in particular when interacting with FIFA, will be used. Let me remind you that most of the former FIFA leadership, who has been imprudently responsive to Moscow proposals, are in prison now, under criminal prosecution, sanctions or have been shamefully resigned.

The fact that the Kremlin is behind the candidacy of Mr. Dvorkovich and his team is not doubtful.

There are numerous facts proving the attempts to bribe and pressure from Mr. Dvorkovich and his associates, as well as state and non-state structures of Russia, to guide a number of federations. The invitation of the leaders of some federations to the matches of the World Cup (with expenses paid of course), the announcement that charter flights will be organized for the transportation of delegates to the General Assembly in Batumi and the promises of certain business proposals to chess federation presidents or delegates – what are all these, if not direct bribery.

Furthermore, President Putin’s direct appeal to the Prime Minister of Israel Netanyahu with the request to support the candidacy of Mr. Dvorkovich by the Israeli federation, and his offer to give as an exchange support for the organization of a sports event, should be considered as a “favor for a favor” and as the height of pressure and interference in the affairs of the independent FIDE. Needless to say, such actions are against the principles of electoral integrity which any sports organization recognized by IOC should stick to, including FIDE.

It is possible to say with certainty that if Mr. Dvorkovich is elected, FIDE would become a kind of corporation where Putin’s Russia will be the main shareholder, and FIDE President elections will turn into fiction for many decades, as happened with the presidential elections in Russia itself.

I wish also to remind you that Mr. Dvorkovich himself has been included in the pre-Sanctions List of the US Treasury, published on January 30, 2018, which means that sanctions against him can be activated at any moment. It is definitely not in favor of the world chess.

Some of our colleagues nominated Nigel Short for the President of FIDE. I respect their choice. However, in the current situation, I would like to draw your attention to the following circumstances. Grandmaster Short and the team behind him are respected by the chess community.

At the same time, the reality is that Mr. Short cannot count on victory in this electoral cycle. I am sure that even the most loyal of his supporters would agree with this. Objectively, the participation of Grandmaster Short in the elections works in favor of Mr. Dvorkovich and nourishes his hopes to win elections and continue the policy of his predecessor only in a more pro-Kremlin orientation.

I also realize that the candidacy of acting FIDE President Mr. Georgios Makropoulos causes a mixed reaction among some of our colleagues, including Short’s team. However, considering current circumstances and being a realist, I have to state that only Mr. Makropoulos is able to defend FIDE’s independence and resist the attempt of Russia to absorb the Federation.

Addressing my colleagues, I call for the proactive and healthy forces of FIDE and Federations to unite in order to protect the ideals and values of FIDE.

I am sure that there are no issues that can be unsolved if there is a good will and that now is the moment when tactical differences should be subordinated to the achievement of a common strategic goal.

I highly appreciate your time and attention.

Yours faithfully,

Viktor Kapustin
President of Ukrainian Chess Federation

The FIDE Presidential race so far

Dvorkovich to run for FIDE President
Georgios Makropoulos and FIDE Forward announce electoral ticket
Nigel Short announces candidacy for FIDE President 2018-2022
June 30: Dvorkovich announces ticket, Ilyumzhinov withdraws
July 4: Three candidates for FIDE President 2018 – 2022
July 19: FIDE Elections And The Fight Against Corruption
July 25: Zurab Azmaiparashvili interview “Nobody wants for the head of FIDE to be someone who got there by means of dirty ways”
July 26: Arkady Dvorkovich in the pre-sanctions list of the US Treasury: New problems for FIDE?

#KirsanGate story

May 5: Virtual candidate on Kirsan Ilyumzhinov’s ticket?
May 6: The chess world reacts to the Glen Stark case
May 6: Ilyumzhinov gets RCF support / Filatov says support may be revoked if ticket changes
May 8: The largest Norwegian newspaper on the FIDE elections and the Glen Stark affair
May 10: Glen Stark affair is a year long story
May 11: Glen Stark? Gary? Or maybe …Igor Shinder? Now officially #KirsanGate
July 13: FIDE Ethics Commission suspends Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

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Adams wins 105th British Championship 2018

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 18:18

The 105th British Championship took place from July 28-August 5 in the City Hall of Hull, England. It was a nine-round Swiss which had 66 players, including 14 grandmasters.
GM Michael Adams took the lead after he defeated in round 7 GM Gawain Jones with 6 points.
In round 8 he drew against GM Nicholas Perth, which allowed to GM David Howell to catch him with both on 6.5 out of 8.
In the last round Howell lost to Luke McShane. Adams was doing well against GM Danny Gormally but allowed his opponent to get away with a draw.

That meant a tie between Adams and McShane for first place, and a playoff was needed.

First, two rapid games were played with 20 minutes and 10 seconds increment. Adams won the first one easy and in the second game also was winning. But having total control he blundered and lost, which meant another two games of five minutes plus three seconds increment.

This time Adams kept his nerves and won both games, winning his 6th title.

IM Jovanka Houska was the best woman with 5 points.
CM Thomas Villiers won the Major Open event with 7.5 out of 9.

Replay the games here

Final standings

1.Adams Michael 7
2.Mcshane Luke J 7
3.Howell David Wl 6,5
4.Jones Gawain Cb 6,5
5.Pert Nicholas 6
6.Fodor Tamas Jr 6
7.Ghasi Ameet K 6
8.Gormally Daniel W 6
9.Fernandez Daniel H 6
10.Arkell Keith C 6
Eggleston David J 6
Hawkins Jonathan 5,5
Tan Justin Hy 5,5
Wells Peter K 5,5
Palliser Richard Jd 5,5
Trent Lawrence 5,5
Mcphillips Joseph 5,5
Roberson Peter T 5,5
Adair James R 5
Ward Chris G 5
Hebden Mark L 5
Houska Jovanka 5
Macklin Paul 5
Zakarian David 5
Kalavannan Koby 5
Pritchett Craig W 5
Emms John M 4,5
Bradbury Neil H 4,5
Fitzsimons David 4,5
Derakhshani Borna 4,5
Webb Laurence E 4,5
Kolbus Dietmar 4,5
Zapolskis Antanas 4,5
Wall Tim P 4,5
Kalaiyalahan Akshaya 4,5
Payne Matthew J 4,5
Pollack Oscar 4,5
Young Daniel J 4,5
Murphy Conor E 4
Toma Katarzyna 4
Britton Richard 4
Rudd Jack 4
Tozer Philip Aa 4
Maroroa Sue Y 4
Krzyzanowski Patryk 4
Mcdougall William M 4
Miller Dominic 4
Muir Andrew J 3,5
Abdulla Murad 3,5
Moore Graham J 3,5
Longson Sarah N 3,5
Jarmany John 3,5
Verma Aditya 3,5
Jackson Sheila 3,5
Iyengar Ilya 3,5
Burke Mitchell R 3
Mcmichael Richard J 2,5
Waddington Mike P 2,5
Sugden John N 2,5
Price Gwilym T 2,5
Ratnesan Ranesh 2,5
Thurlow Kevin J 2,5
De Coverly Roger D 2,5
Jamroz Krzysztof 2
Anderton David W 0
Stephenson David W 0

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Mislata Open 2018

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 17:14

The Mislata Open is a 9-round Swiss tournament taking place from 6-12 August 2018 in Mislata, Spain. Venue is Centro Sociocultural “La Fábrica”. C/ Felipe Bellver,43. Mislata.
The tournament is divided in 3 sections. Open A over 2100, Open B 1900 to 2100 and Open C U 1900.

Players receive 90 minutes for the entire game, plus a 30-second increment starting from move one.

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

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