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European Women Chess Club Cup 2018

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 12:00

The European Club Cup 2018 will take place from 11th-19th October in Porto Carras, famous seaside resort in Halkidiki, Greece.

There are 73 chess clubs, with players coming from 47 European federations, registered for the event, 61 for the Open section and 12 for the Women section.

Live games with analysis from the women section of the European Club Cup will be daily on Chessdom.com. Additional analysis by the Neural Network Lc0, the same that will be used for the analysis of the World Chess Championship 2018 live games is going to be available at a special page on ecc.chessdom.com

European Chess Club Cup 2018 open live games here

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European Chess Club Cup 2018 LIVE!

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 11:57

The European Club Cup 2018 will take place from 11th-19th October in Porto Carras, famous seaside resort in Halkidiki, Greece.

There are 73 chess clubs, with players coming from 47 European federations, registered for the event, 61 for the Open section and 12 for the Women section.

Live games with analysis will be daily on Chessdom.com. Additional analysis by the Neural Network Lc0, the same that will be used for the analysis of the World Chess Championship 2018 live games is going to be available at a special page on ecc.chessdom.com

As usual, the event will gather many famous chess names, among whom are 18 Grandmasters rated over 2700! This year, the spectators will have a chance to watch the World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen (NOR, 2839) who will represent Valerenga Chess Club.

Besides Magnus, in the European Club Cup will participate world #3 Mamedyarov Shakriyar (AZE, 2820) who will represent Odlar Yurdu Chess Club, world #4 Ding Liren (CHN, 2804) and world #12 Yu Yangyi (CHN, 2765) who will play for Alkaloid Chess Club, Peter Svidler (RUS, 2756) who will play for Russian Mednyi Vsadnik Saint Petersburg Chess Club, Jakovenko Dmitry (RUS, 2752) who will play for Alkaloid and many others world top Grandmasters.

European Chess Club Cup live games with analyis

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Norway Chess eliminates clock increment for 2019 edition

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 04:53

The Altibox Norway Chess Tournament has introduced some major changes in its competition system for the 2019 edition. Most notably, the drawn games will continue with the Armageddon to determine the winner, while the time control will be G120 without increments.

The organizers are excited about the new format, while the fans’ reaction is mixed.

Press release:

Norway Chess has since its inception in 2013 aimed to increase the commercial aspects of chess in order to bring chess to new fans around the world.

Norway Chess is the first chess tournament screened on national live television in Norway. Norway Chess introduced innovative aspects to chess tournaments such as the confessional booth, unique playing venues, and commercial sponsorships.

New format

We are now introducing a new, exciting playing format. The overall goal is to create a tournament with fewer draws per game, create more excitement for spectators and put more pressure on the players.

How it works

Each player will have 2 hours on the clock per game, without any increments.

2 points will be given for victory, ½ point for draw and 0 points for loss.

The players that have games that end with a draw will continue in an Armageddon play-off only a few minutes after their game. The player with the white pieces will continue with white in the Armageddon game. With this, there will be a winner in each game due to the fact that black pieces will win if the game ends in a draw. The winner in the Armageddon play-off gets 1 point.

The Armageddon games will not add to the rating of the players, only contributing to the results list in the tournament, which is FIDE rated.

Players will get following points per round:

Victory main game: 2 points
Loss main game: 0 points
Draw main game & loss Armageddon: 0,5 point
Draw main game & victory Armageddon: 1,5 points

The 7th edition of Altibox Norway Chess will take place June 3-15, 2019.

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European Chess Club Cup 2018

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 20:02

Everything is ready for the 34th European Club Cup and the 23rd European Women Club Cup which will take place from 11th-19th October in Porto Carras, famous seaside resort in Halkidiki, Greece.

The playing venue of the Championships will be the Congress Center of the Porto Carras Grand Resort and the official hotel of the event will be 5 stars hotel Sithonia.

There are 73 chess clubs, with players coming from 47 European federations, registered for the event, 61 for the Open section and 12 for the Women section.

As usual, the event will gather many famous chess names, among whom are 18 Grandmasters rated over 2700! This year, the spectators will have a chance to watch the World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen (NOR, 2839) who will represent Valerenga Chess Club.

Besides Magnus, in the European Club Cup will participate world #3 Mamedyarov Shakriyar (AZE, 2820) who will represent Odlar Yurdu Chess Club, world #4 Ding Liren (CHN, 2804) and world #12 Yu Yangyi (CHN, 2765) who will play for Alkaloid Chess Club, Peter Svidler (RUS, 2756) who will play for Russian Mednyi Vsadnik Saint Petersburg Chess Club, Jakovenko Dmitry (RUS, 2752) who will play for Alkaloid and many others world  top Grandmasters.

Starting rank list – Open section

In Women section, the field is led by the Nona Chess Club from Georgia who will try to defend the title of European Women Chess Club Winner in 2017, Cercle d’Echecs de Monte-Carlo and Caissa Italia Pentole Agnelli.

Among the list of participants there are the best women chess players of Europe and world chess scene, such as: Muzychuk Anna (UKR, 2555) who will be playing for the European Club Cup winner in 2016- Cercle d’Echecs de Monte-Carlo, Muzychuk Maria (UKR, 2533) who will represent Kyiv Chess Federation club, Gunina Valentina (RUS, 2525) and Paethz Elisabeth (GER, 2513) who will play for Caissa Italia Pentole Agnelli chess club, Dzagnidze Nana (GEO, 2509) who will represent Nona chess club and many others top women players, among whom are 22 of them rated over 2400!

Starting rank list – Women section

The event will officially start tomorrow with the Opening Ceremony, while the first round will take place on 12th October at 15:00 (local time).

LIVE transmission of all games together with the live commentary which will be done by the very entertaining Greek Grandmaster Ioannis Papaioannou can be followed through the Official Website of the Championship.

The Championships will be held in 7 rounds, played in the Swiss system in accordance with the ECU Tournament Rules with time control 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move one. Draw offers before the 30th move made by black are strictly forbidden and violating the draw offering rule will be punished.

The total prize fund of the event will be 40.000 EUR with 22.000 EUR reserved for the Men’s competition and 13.000 EUR reserved for the Women’s competition. The rest of 5.000 EUR will be distributed to the best individual players with the best board results. The first three teams of each category will receive cups and medals.

Official website of the Club Cup

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Zurab Azmaiparashvili re-elected ECU President

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 13:20

Zurab Azmaiparashvili (Georgia) is re-elected President of the European Chess Union for another term of four years.

Zurab Azmaiparashvili

In the ECU General Assembly that was held in Batumi the Presidential Ticket of Zurab Azmaiparashvili got 44 votes out of 50 present federations. 4 ballots were blank and 2 invalid.

Members of the ticket also elected into office are:
Deputy President Gunnar Bjornsson (ISL)
Secretary General Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou (GRE)
Vice President Dana Reizniece-Ozola (LAT)
Vice President Johann Poecksteiner (AUT)
Treasurer Ion-Serban Dobronauteanu (ROM)

Individually elected Vice Presidents are:
Eva Repkova (SVK)
Ivan Sokolov (NED)
Adrian Mikhalchishin (SLO)

Elected for four European seats in the FIDE Executive Board are:
Anastasia Sorokina (BLR)
Alojzije Jankovic (CRO)
Petr Pisk (CZE)
Ozgur Solakoglu (TUR)

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Arkady Dvorkovich elected FIDE President

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 01:02

Arkady Dvorkovich is elected new FIDE President at the General Assembly that took place on 3rd October in Batumi, Georgia.

Members of the Presidential Ticket of Arkady Dvorkovich are elected into office:

Bachar Kouatly – Deputy President
Sewa Enyonam Fumey – General Secretary
Mahir Mammedov – Vice President
Julio Granda Zuniga – Vice President
Zhu Chen – Treasurer

Kremlin announced that President Vladimir Putin congratulated Arkady Dvorkovich by telephone:
“The President expressed the hope that the election of A. Dvorkovich to this post will serve the benefit of chess and will help ensure that chess will be cleared of any attempts at politicization and remain a pure sport from politics.”

Arkady Dvorkovich

Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev tweeted: “Congratulations to the World Chess Federation on electing its new president. Best of luck, @advorkovich!”

Zurab Azmaiparashvili is re-elected President of the European Chess Union with 44 out of 50 votes.

Lewis Ncube is re-elected President of the African Chess Confederation, despite Essis Essoh being the clear favourite. It is astonishing that only a day before the financial report of Lewis Ncube administration was rejected by the majority of African countries.

Jorge Vega is re-elected President of the Confederation of Chess for Americas

Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifah Al Nahyan is re-elected President of the Asian Chess Federation.

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TCEC Cup 2018 brackets

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 02:44

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The first edition of TCEC Cup is coming this fall, with the top 32 engines in a knockout competition

The TCEC Cup will take place right after the Premier Division and before the Superfinal, the exact dates will be announced soon. It will be a knockout championship with 32 participants divided into brackets. Each participant will be seeded according to its standing in the TCEC league event with the #1 seed meeting the #32 seed, #2 meeting #31, etc.

The TCEC Cup will consist of a total of 31 matches divided into sixteenth-final, eighth-final, quarter-final, semi-final and final. For an engine to reach the TCEC Cup gold medal it must win a total of five matches. Both participants that lose the semi final will be awarded a bronze medal.

Each of the matches will consist of 4 pairs of games (8 games, every second with reversed colors and the same opening) with time control 30 mins + 10 sec. In case of an equal score after these games, pairs of tiebreak games with the same time control will be held until a winner is determined.

Here are all participants and the brackets for the competition. Find out more detailed information in the press release here

TCEC Season 13 official website / TCEC beta GUI /TCEC Twitch TV / Facebook page

TCEC Cup full participants list

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Serbia suspended from voting in FIDE elections

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 22:12

The FIDE Ethics Commission during the meetings held in Batumi, Georgia, made the decision regarding the Case no. 5/2018 – Alleged electoral irregularity in regard to the Serbian Chess Federation relating to sponsorship and substitution of delegate.

Excerpts from the decision:

Mr Cogoljevic and the Serbian Chess Federation are found guilty of a violation of art. 2.1 of the Code of Ethics (offer and acceptance of consideration with a view of influencing election into FIDE office) on the basis that the Serbian Chess Federation permitted Mr Cogoljevic’s appointment as delegate and agreed to a casting of his vote in the FIDE elections at his discretion in exchange for the conclusion of the sponsorship contract between the Serbian Chess Federation and Mr Cogoljevic’s educational institution;

Mr Dvorkovich is found not guilty on the complaint levelled against him under case no. 5/2018 for alleged violations of art. 2.1, 2.2.1, 2.2.2, 2.2.3 and 2.2.11 of the Code of Ethics on the basis of the absence of sufficient proof, at the level of the ETH’s comfortable satisfaction, of an involvement by Mr Dvorkovich or his representatives in the substitution of the delegate for the Serbian Chess Federation and the conclusion of the sponsorship contract between the Serbian Chess Federation and Mr Cogoljevic’s educational institution;

Mr Cogoljevic is sanctioned in terms of art. 3.2 of the Code of Ethics with a temporary exclusion as delegate of the Serbian Chess Federation in FIDE and from any participation in FIDE meetings, in particular the General Assembly meeting and Presidential elections to take place in Batumi in the period 3 – 5 October 2018 and any assignment, re-assignment or receipt of proxies, for a period of 6 (six) months.

The Serbian Chess Federation is sanctioned in terms of art. 3.2 of the Code of Ethics with a temporary exclusion from membership as a FIDE national federation member (without affecting the rights of players, arbiters, trainers and clubs belonging to the Serbian Chess Federation from participating fully in sport activity) and any participation in FIDE meetings, in particular the General Assembly meeting and Presidential elections to take place in Batumi in the period 3 – 5 October 2018 and any assignment, reassignment or receipt of proxies, for a period of 6 (six) months.

The FIDE Forward team celebrated the victory:
“An important first legal win for our FIDE forward team on ETH case 5/2018 against the methods used by our rivals: Cogoljevic is sanctioned and excluded as delegate of the Serbian Chess Federation from the FIDE elections.”

Arkady Dvorkovich also celebrated the verdict:
“The FIDE Ethics Commission regarded everything thoroughly and, of course, I am satisfied with the decision regarding both myself personally and myself as FIDE presidential candidate.”

But in a slightly contradicting tone he added: “I have questions regarding the fairness of this decision” (on Serbian Chess Federation)

Journalist Goran Urosevic, who was one of the witnesses, said:
“I am glad that another attempt of influencing the FIDE elections by non-compliant means, after the infamous Glen Stark affair which I investigated with my colleagues, has miserably failed. It is no coincidence that people from the same group have been involved in both scandals. Unfortunately, the trouble for Serbia started with the visit of Dvorkovich-Ilyumzhinov representatives on 1st August.”

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Police Report Filed in Batumi

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 16:51

On September 30, 2018, Georgios Makropoulos’ team filed a police report in Batumi regarding a case of alleged violence against his team.

The incident is described in the report below.

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An Indian and Colombian engagement at the Batumi Olympiad

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 16:31

Niklesh Jain of India proposes to Angela Franco of Colombia minutes before the start of 2nd round of the Batumi Olympiad 2018!

It was a surprise for Angela, while Niklesh had planned it all! An amazing moment not just for Niklesh and Angela but the chess community in general.

A Colombian got engaged to an Indian at the biggest possible event in chess where people from 189 countries are taking part! Gens Una Sumus!

Video by ChessBase India

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Chess Olympiad Brilliancy Prize

Sun, 09/23/2018 - 08:24

The NNLE and The Organizing Committee of the 2018 World Chess Olympiad are pleased to announce the special “Olympiad Brilliancy Prize” awards.

The prize for the most brilliant game will be awarded after each of the 11 rounds. All players are encouraged to submit their game for consideration for the daily prize to BatumiOlympiad@gmail.com

Every day, after each round of the 43rd Chess Olympiad, the judging committee, led by Grandmaster Susan Polgar, will choose the games (one in the Open and one Women’s Olympiad) as the “Game of the Round”.

The winners of those games will be awarded a small prize by the NNLE and The Organizing Committee of the 2018 World Chess Olympiad.

Finally, after the last round of the Batumi Chess Olympiad, the players who won the most brilliant game overall will receive a special prize.

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Vladislav Artemiev Wins 40th Rashid Nezhmetdinov Memorial in Kazan

Sat, 09/22/2018 - 12:59

The 40th Rashid Nezhmetdinov Memorial, a stage of the Russian Cup, finished in Kazan. 108 chess players from 7 national chess federations, including 20 grandmasters, took part in the tournament.

Vladislav Artemiev from Kazan won the tournament having scored 7 points out of 9 and edged out Tigran Harutyunian (Armenia) who took the second place. Dmitry Kokarev (Penza) won the bronze medal with 6.5 points.

5 additional nominations were established; the prizewinners are:

Seniors:

1st place – GM Gennady Tunik (Saratov Oblast)
2nd place – IM Evgenij Kalegin (Republic of Bashkortostan)
3rd place – IM Alexander Filipenko (Udmurtia),

Women:

1st place – WFM Thalia Cervantes Landeiro (USA)
2nd place – WFM Lubov Markelova (Republic of Tatarstan)
3rd place – WGM Turkan Mamedjarova (Azerbaijan),

Juniors:

1st place – Tagir Salemgareev (Kurgan Oblast)
2nd place – FM Konstantin Zhitnikov (Mari El)
3rd place – FM Ruslan Murtazin (Republic of Tatarstan),

Chess players of Republic of Tatarstan:

1st place – GM Artyom Timofeev
2nd place – FM Ramil Sadykov
3rd place – GM Ramil Hasangatin,

Chess players with rating below 2450:

1st place – FM Dmitry Tsoi (Moscow Oblast)
2nd place – Sergey Pogorelskikh (Samara Oblast)
3rd place – IM Ramil Faizrakhmanov (Republic of Tatarstan).

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England supports the Presidential ticket of Georgios Makropoulos

Sat, 09/22/2018 - 12:05

At an ECF Board meeting held on 20th September the ECF Board decided by a clear majority to support the Presidential ticket of Georgios Makropoulos in the FIDE Presidential elections to be held alongside the Chess Olympiad at Batumi on 3rd October.

The Board felt it was paramount to support a strong ticket with English participation, and it was apparent that Nigel Short’s campaign had gained little traction.

Furthermore, in view of current UK – Russian relations, the Board felt unable to support the candidacy of Arkady Dvorkovich, or anyone connected with it. The board felt this particularly in the light of Mr Dvorkovich’s highly political interview on BBC Hard Talk on 10th September in which he ridiculed Britain’s concerns about Russian involvement in the Salisbury nerve agent attack.

Moreover, given the threat of the FIDE Presidency continuing as an adjunct of Russian foreign policy, as it had been under Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the Board felt that abstention was not a responsible option. The Board was of the view that under Mr Makropoulos’ ticket, with Malcolm Pein as Deputy President, FIDE would have a better chance of becoming an independent sports organisation free of political influence.

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Vladimir Putin with Russian national chess teams

Sat, 09/22/2018 - 03:52

Russian President Vladimir Putin met with members of Russian national chess teams who are currently training in Sochi ahead of the Chess Olympiad.

The President wished the players success at the upcoming 43rd Chess Olympiad in Batumi. They also had a short conversation about promoting chess in Russia and training a new generation of chess players, including at the Sirius centre, where this activity is led by Vladimir Kramnik.

Taking part in the meeting were members of the men’s team Vladimir Kramnik, Sergei Karjakin, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Dmitry Jakovenko and Nikita Vityugov; while Alexandra Kosteniuk, Alexandra Goryachkina, Natalia Pogonina, Valentina Gunina and Olga Girya represented the women’s team. President of the Russian Chess Federation Andrei Filatov also attended the meeting.

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World Chess Championship 2018 live with a Neural Network

Sat, 09/22/2018 - 00:09

The World Chess Championship 2018 is the first in history that will have live analysis by a Neural Network. Carlsen – Caruana is going to be commented by Lc0 (aka Leela Chess Zero), the neural network project based on ideas of Alpha Zero by Google DeepMind.

The Lc0 Neural Network analysis of the World Chess Championship 2018 match, the most important chess event of the year, is now possible thanks to the work of a multitude of volunteers around the globe and the tests conducted during the regular season of the Top Chess Engine Championship

When will the Carlsen – Caruana match start?

Carlsen – Caruana 2018 match will be played will be played in London, at The College in Holborn, between 9 and 28 November 2018. Game 1 of Carlsen – Caruana will take place on November 9th at 15:00 CET

Where to watch the World Championship 2018 live with Leela?

The top chess event of the year calls for a top notch website to follow it. For the occasion the TCEC admins have created a special design with all options that one can desire – a customizable board with night and day modes, a variety of boards and pieces style to choose from, evaluation graphs of the current Carlsen – Caruana live position, a sneak peek into Leela’s Neural Network thinking process, and a customizable chat. The broadcast will be available at this address and you can take a look at the live broadcast elements at the beta website

A Twitch Chess video channel will also be available, as embed in the webpage or as standalone commentary here, where a Grandmaster will also provide his thoughts and analysis in a live video.

What will be the hardware used?

Leela Chess Zero (aka Lc0) will analyze live positions with multiple Tesla V100 GPUs on Google infrastructure, currently the fastest-performing hardware compatible with a chess neural network.

On this ultra-strong hardware platform Leela’s analysis is expected to be in the 3500 Elo range, comparable to the strongest chess program/hardware combination ever created. Leela Chess Zero will have an interesting contribution compared to the standard chess engines – being a Neural Network, it possesses natural intuition and ability to consider the positional flow of the game and will be specifically useful with its potent positional analysis.

How much does it cost to watch?

As every event organized by Chessdom.com and TCEC, the World Chess Championship 2018 live broadcast with Leela analysis will be free to watch. The broadcast is powered by donations and the voluntary work of the TCEC staff. If you would like to help the Leela project to run on maximum GPU power, enhance further the user experience, or support the project, feel free to pass by the donation and support page of TCEC

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Chess Olympiad 2018 (women)

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 10:44

The Chess Olympiad 2018 is going to take place from 23rd of September until 6th of October 2018 in Batumi, Georgia. The 43rd Chess Olympiad is open to all National Federations affiliated to FIDE and will be divided in two sections – open and women.

Starting September 24th at 15:00 local time, this page will have live coverage of the women section of the Chess Olympiad 2018 Live games with analysis will be daily on Chessdom.com with triple engine analysis by the Top Chess Engine Championship best software Stockfish, Komodo, and Houdini.

Chess Olympiad information / Chess Olympiad 2018 live (open) / Chess Olympiad 2018 live (women)

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Chess Olympiad 2018 LIVE!

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 10:38

The Chess Olympiad 2018 is going to take place from 23rd of September until 6th of October 2018 in Batumi, Georgia. The 43rd Chess Olympiad is open to all National Federations affiliated to FIDE and will be divided in two sections – open and women.

Live games with analysis will be daily on Chessdom.com with triple engine analysis by the Top Chess Engine Championship best software Stockfish, Komodo, and Houdini.

Chess Olympiad information / Chess Olympiad 2018 live (open) / Chess Olympiad 2018 live (women)

The Chess Olympiad will be played according to the FIDE Chess Olympiad Rules, in 11 rounds, with time control: 90 minutes for 40 moves and 30 minutes until the end of the game, with 30 seconds additional time per move, starting from move 1. Pairing rules of the Chess Olympiad can be found here.

The event will be played in the Olympiad venue, Sport Palace, situated on the center of Batumi. The venue has been built in 2018 and the first event to be held there will be the Batumi chess Olympiad. The Sport Palace is a very spacious modern complex.

The last Chess Olympiad 2016 took place 1-22 September in Baku, Azerbaijan. You can replay the games here

Chess Olympiad 2018 live

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European Rapid&Blitz Chess Championship 2018

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 11:34

European Rapid&Blitz Chess Championship 2018 will take place from 5th-9th December 2018, in hotel Aleksandar Palace, in Skopje, FYR of Macedonia.

The event will start with European Blitz Chess Championship 2018, which will take place on 6th and 7th of December, and will be played according to the Swiss system, in 11 paired rounds, with the time control 3 minutes game + 2 seconds per move starting from the first move.

European Rapid Chess Championship 2018 will be played on 8th and 9th of December, according to the Swiss system, in 11 rounds with the time control 15 minutes game + 10 seconds per move starting from the first move.

Both events are open to all the players who represent Chess federations listed as ECU members, regardless of their title or rating.

Registrations for the events will start on 25th of September and will last until 26th of November 2018, which is the registration deadline. All the registrations shall be done through the Official website of the Championship, by filling the Online registration form.

Players rated over 2600 and women players rated over 2400 from October rating list, respectively in Blitz and Rapid, are released from paying the entry fee.

The total prize fund of the event 30.000 EUR + 4.000 EUR of special prizes. The special prizes will be awarded to the best ranked player rated under 2600, the best ranked player rated under 2300, the best ranked players rated under 2000, the best ranked players rated under 1700, the best female players, the best senior players, the best Junior players and the best Macedonian players.

All the players are invited to stay in one of the Official Hotels of the Championship: 5 * hotel Aleksandar palace (the official venue of the Championship), 4* Royal Hotel, 3* hotel Vergina, 3* Monaco hotel, 3* hotel Skopje and 3* hotel Portal, all located in city of Skopje.

The organizers will also provide transfer from Skopje Airport to the official hotels on 5th December and from the official hotels to Airports on 9th December. Two ways, price is 15 EUR. On a special request, it is possible to organize a transfer from Sofia airport. (Estimated price for taxi is round 100EUR).

Technical Organizer of the Championship is Chess Club Gambit Asseco See and Chess Federation of FYR of Macedonia, supported by European Chess Union.

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World’s Elite Chess Players Battle in Champions Showdown at the Saint Louis Chess Club

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 20:21

Over four days of exciting Chess 960, also known as Fischer Random, fans enjoyed watching ten of the strongest chess players in the world dazzle with their creativity and skill during 6 rapid and 14 blitz games. During the event, each player faced the same opponent in head-to-head matches, including former world champions Garry Kasparov and Veselin Topalov. In the end, Veselin Topalov, Hikaru Nakamura, Wesley So, Levon Aronian, and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won their matches against Garry Kasparov, Peter Svidler, Anish Giri, Leinier Dominguez, and Sam Shankland, respectively.

At the start of the tournament, the Universal Rating System announced plans to begin including Chess 960 events in their rating calculations, making this a rated tournament. “I believe we opened a new chapter in the development of chess. It is a great experiment when top players contribute their creativity and skills in something new, which may become a mainstream game in the future,” explains Garry Kasparov.

At the start of each day, Chess Club Executive Director Tony Rich randomly selected the day’s arrangement of pieces. Players then had one hour to prepare before the start of play. Interestingly enough, many players chose to prepare for that hour with other match participants. Members of the U.S. Chess Olympiad team practiced each day together, giving a special glimpse to the comradery that will be shared at the Olympiad in Batumi later this month. Once games began, players had to test their creativity with this unusual format.

“The Saint Louis Chess Club likes to host matches each year that experiment with the boundaries of chess,” explained Tony Rich. “I think Chess 960 was the perfect way to show that elite players exhibit their mastery with any variant of the game, as well as giving fans a fun show to watch.”

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Stockfish dominates TCEC Premier Division

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 16:01

After two out of six double round robins, the international open source project Stockfish is dominating the Premier Division of the Top Chess Engine Championship. Stockfish has collected 21,0/28, with 14 wins and 14 draws. This leaves Stockfish 3,5 points ahead of competition and adds extra 71 ELO points for a performance close to 3600 ELO.

Official website of TCEC / Test beta GUI for TCEC / Full participants list / Leela Chess Zero wins TCEC Div 4 / Ethereal wins TCEC Div 3 / Ethereal wins TCEC Div 2 / Ethereal wins TCEC Div 1

The winner of TCEC S10 Houdini, playing with the same version as one year ago, is the closest competitor of Stockfish. So far they had four direct encounters and all of them finished draw. Houdini also drew all its matches with Fire and Ethereal, but has a solid 3,0/4 score against S7 and S8 winner Komodo, thus putting Houdini ahead in the race for the Superfinal qualification race.

Komodo had a rough start and at a certain point even its third position seemed endangered by Fire and Ethereal, which both came at striking distance. Direct wins vs Fire in game 98 and Ethereal in game 107 put it back on track and Komodo is for now at a safe third place, with chances to go for second.

The rising star of the season Ethereal, which stormed through Division 3, Division 2, and Division 1, is on a roller coaster in the Premier Division. It went from challenging the third position in the event to fighting for staying out of the relegation zone in just a few rounds. Currently it is sharing 5th-6th position with Andscacs, just a point ahead of Chiron and 1,5 points ahead of Ginkgo.

Standings after 28 games

Crosstable

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