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2017 UTD Fall FIDE Open LIVE!

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 23:37

2017 UTD Fall FIDE Open will take place November 17 – 22 at the The Embassy Suites Dallas – Park Central.

Opened to around 50 players, any GM/IM/FM/WGM/WIM/WFM or FIDE rated player rated 2000 or USCF rated player or 2200. To improve Norm chances, a maximum of one-third of the total field will be permitted to be U2200 FIDE. Top participants in the event include GM Anton Kovalyov, GM Jeffrey Xiong, GM Samuel Sevian, GM Timur Gareyev, GM Li Ruifeng, IM Sergei Matsenko, GM Bartlomiej Macieja, GM Eugene Perelshteyn, IM Ider Borya, IM William Michael Brown, GM Denis Kadric, GM Popilski Gil, GM Razvan Preotu, IM Evgeny Shtembuliak, etc.

Live games with analysis will be daily on Chessdom with the TCEC participants Komodo, Houdini, and Stockfish.

Official website

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In Memoriam: GM Valeri Yandemirov

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 21:45

Russian Grandmaster Valeri Yandemirov (11.02.1963-16.11.2017) has passed away at the age of 55.

International Grandmaster was one of the leading coaches of Tatarstan, with many strong players and young chess stars owing their success in sports to him.

Valeri Petrovich was permanently friendly and responsive person with a colossal internal culture and wide range of interests.

On November 16, he was to play at the Team Championship of Tatarstan. When he did’t appear, the participants grew worried as he had never been late for a game. When they arrived in his home, it was too late.

The Russian Chess Federation expresses sincere condolences to relatives and friends of Valeri Yandemirov.

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16th Annual Turkey Bowl

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 20:44

The 16th Annual Turkey Bowl was organized by Boca Chess from 10-12th November at the Sawgrass Grand Hotel in Sunrise, Ft.Lauderdale, USA.

The tournament format was 5-round Swiss in five sections: Open, U2100, U1700, U1450 and U1100.

203 players participated in all sections and the total prize fund was 9000 USD. GMs Yuniesky Quesada Perez and Julio Becerra and IM Yunier Leyva Rivera shared the first place in the Open section.

Open final standings:
1-3. GM Yuniesky Quesada Perez 2702, GM Julio J Becerra 2612 and IM Yunier Leyva Rivera 2493 – 4,0
4-9. Mel Goss 2261, Eric Cooke 2247, FM Arnaldo Ferragut 2259, Theodore Slade 2140, Antonio Arencibia 2276 and Jose Hernandez Padron 2217 – 3,5 etc

Official website

Yuniesky Quesada

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Video: Bai Jinshi v Ding Liren

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 17:13

The recent game between the Chinese prospect Bai Jinshi and World championship candidate Ding Liren, played at Yingmei Cup 2017, caused great excitement among the chess fans.

A plethora of sacrifices and tactical motifs left us watching in awe.

Grandmaster Daniel King analyses this beautiful game in detail.

As commented by Raghuveer Mukkamalla: “This game should be called Ding Liren’s Symphony No. 1 – he used all his instruments so harmoniously.”

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FIDE Grand Prix in Palma de Mallorca

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 14:40

The fourth and final leg of the FIDE Grand Prix series will take place from 15-26th November at the Iberostar Bahía de Palma in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. The tournament format is 18-player 9-round Swiss system.

The event will determine the last two qualifiers for the 2018 FIDE Candidates Tournament in Berlin.

The leader of the series after three tournaments is Shakhriyar Mamedyarov who has collected 340 points and second is Alexander Grischuk with 336.4 points. These two players have already completed their respective series. Ding Liren, who is fourth with 240 points, qualified from the FIDE World Cup in Tbilisi.

Teimour Radjabov (241.4) and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (211.4) are in position to fight for qualification.

The playing hall is being prepared

Palma de Mallorca FIDE Grand Prix participants:

Levon Aronian (Armenia, 2801), Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France, 2796), Hikaru Nakamura (USA, 2780), Ding Liren (China, 2774), Peter Svidler (Russia, 2763), Anish Giri (Netherlands, 2762), Li Chao (China, 2741), Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan, 2741), Pentala Harikrishna (India, 2738), Dmitry Jakovenko (Russia, 2721), Boris Gelfand (Israel, 2719), Pavel Eljanov (Ukraine, 2707), Francisco Vallejo Pons (Spain, 2705), Evgeny Tomashevsky (Russia, 2702), Richard Rapport (Hungary, 2692), Ernesto Inarkiev (Russia, 2683), Alexander Riazantsev (Russia, 2671) and Jon Ludvig Hammer (Norway, 2629).

Photos by Javier Ochoa

FIDE Grand Prix presentation at Marca headquarters

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VG: Magnus Carlsen plans to play in King Salman World Rapid & Blitz ch

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 22:32

“The plan is that Magnus will play. That’s the intention, but we have not discussed details yet. But he is very interested in playing,” Carlsen’s manager Espen Agdestein said for VG.no.

Magnus Carlsen was traveling when the news came out that Riyadh, Saudi Arabia will host the 2017 King Salman World Rapid & Blitz Championships. He was in Hamburg and then continued to Saint Louis to play against Ding Liren.

“We will talk about the schedule when he returns home. The deadline for signing up for the Championships is 25th November,” says Agdestein.

“As I know there is no sports boycott against Saudi Arabia. Chess is global sport and is played all over the world. There have been tournaments in other countries where there have also been various issues. For now, this has not been something Magnus and I have talked about,” he added.

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No hijab or abaya – Historical agreement for King Salman World Rapid & Blitz ch

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 22:03

FIDE is pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached with the Organisers that the dress code for the 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships will be dark blue or black formal suits, with white shirts, either open necked or with a tie, for men and dark blue or black formal trouser suits, with high necked white blouses for women.

There will be no need to wear a hijab or abaya during the games, this will be a first for any sporting event in Saudi Arabia.

The total Prize Fund for the event is $2,000,000, with individual prize funds of $750,000 for the Open and $250,000 for the women in both events. This is almost 350% more than the previous event.

There will be 30 prizes for each event, with the first prize being $250,000 in the Open Section and $80,000 in the Women’s Section, all new records.

With regards to visas, FIDE has raised with the Organisers that there may be problems for players from certain countries. FIDE has not been advised that any player will not be able to participate. FIDE is continuing to work with the Organisers to ensure that visas will be issued to all players who have confirmed their participation.

Regulations for the FIDE “Open” World Blitz Championship 2017 & FIDE “Open” World Rapid Championship 2017

Regulations for the FIDE Women World Blitz Championship 2017 & FIDE Women World Rapid Championship 2017

Entry Form

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European Individual Chess Championship 2018

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 17:49

The European Individual Chess Championship for 2018 will take place in Batumi, Georgia, from 16th-29th March, in the 5 stars Hotel “Sheraton Batumi”, which will be the official venue of the Championship.

The event is organized by government of Georgia, the government of Adjara Autonomous Republic, Tbilisi City Hall and Georgian Chess Federation, under the auspices of European Chess Union.

The Championship is open to all players representing the Chess Federations which are the ECU members, regardless of their title or rating, and without a limit of participants per federation.

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

The Championship is a qualification event for the next World Cup. According to the FIDE regulations and the decision of the ECU Board, 23 players will qualify. In a case of equal score, the qualification will be determined according to the tie-break system (Article 11 of European Individual Chess Championship 2018 Regulations).

The total prize fund of the event will be 100.000 EUR, including the special prizes for the best Juniors, and ACP Special prizes for the 6 highest placed ACP Premium Members.

The registration of participants will be done online. Entry form of the Championship which can be found on the Official Website, must be fully filled out and sent before the registration deadline- not later than 1st February 2018

After the registration deadline, organizers reserve the right (according to FIDE regulations) to refuse or decline late registrations or, if there is availability, a penalty of 100 Euro for each late registration will be charged.

The Participants can get all the necessary information on the Official Website of the Championship, or by contacting the Tournament office.

Contact person:

Akaki Iashvili
Mobile: (+995) 577 414121
E-mail: iashviliakaki@gmail.com

European Individual Chess Championship 2018- Official Regulations (PDF)

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Magnus Carlsen: From Hamburg to St. Louis

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 15:17

World champion Magnus Carlsen recaps chess events in Hamburg and Saint Louis:

“This week I was in Hamburg for our annual Play Live Challenge for Play Magnus. The highlight was the Thursday clock simul (30 minutes each) against 13 qualifiers chosen among our dedicated Play Magnus app users. I got quite low on time in the end but managed to win all games.

With an early morning flight Friday out of Hamburg I got to St. Louis in time for the Chess Hall of Fame Olympiad Exhibition Opening the same evening. The museum is one of many contributions to chess in St. Louis by patrons Rex and Jeanne Sinquefield cementing the status of St. Louis as the, or on of the, main chess cities in the world.”

“The main event this time is the Champion Showdown. The first edition took place during my World Championship match against Karjakin last autumn. The 2017 edition featured a new concept and format: Four matches with 30 games of rapid and blitz (with 30, 20, 10 and 5 minutes and no increments per player per game, on the four days).

My match against Ding Liren graciously started two days later than the other three matches allowing my participation after the Play Magnus event on the 9th while allowing Ding to reach the FIDE Grand Prix in Europe starting November 16th.”

Read the full post on Magnus Carlsen blog

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Chess School Polimac

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 14:46

The Chess School Polimac started its work in 2006 with 4 students in Club House Hotel Kilkenny as a part of Kilkenny Chess Club. The FIDE Trainer Darko Polimac originally from Croatia was very keen to put Kilkenny at the World Chess map and he did it.

Since then Kilkenny is proud of 14 Irish and 2 British junior chess titles, 3 Fide masters (youngest in Ireland age 13 and 16) and many juniors representing Ireland internationally.

This itself is great results that no other City in Ireland and UK can match but adding that over 3000 kids learnt how to play chess with Darko in their schools is a small record itself.

The school is now also providing lessons via internet.

The top players hailing from the school are FIDE Master Ryan Rhys Griffiths, FIDE Master Karl McPhillips, FIDE Master Dr. Poornima Menon and John Courtney, student of medicine in Dublin.

After many years, Irish Juniors were at the top at the strong international 4 nations event Glorney and Gilbert Cup.Irish juniors won ahead England, Scotland and Wales. Irish President Mr. Higgins attended the opening ceremony and his speech was amazing as usual.

Darko Polimac believes that Chess should be part of the curricula in all Irish Schools and he met two Irish Ministers to discuss the prospect of this.

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Nigel Short first entry in King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 14:41

Nigel Short is the first player who sent the signed confirmation for participation in King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, which will be held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, between the 26th and 30th December 2017.

Nigel Short (born 1 June 1965) is an English Grandmaster, chess columnist, chess coach and chess commentator. Short earned the Grandmaster title at the age of 19, and was ranked third in the world by FIDE from January 1988 to July 1989.

In 1993 he became the first English player to play a World Chess Championship match, when he qualified to play Garry Kasparov in the World Chess Championship 1993 in London (Kasparov won, 12.5 to 7.5). As of March 2017, he is the oldest player ranked among FIDE’s top 100 players and is ranked 55.

The events offer a record breaking prize fund of US$2,000,000.

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Komodo – Houdini stuns the pundits

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 13:35

The Top Chess Engine Championship arrived today at the halfway point of Stage 2, and it did it with a bang. There were four main trends throughout the first half: Houdini leading comfortably the standings, Komodo putting up serious fights to keep the second position, Stockfish with grim chances and always out of the qualifying positions, and Fire challenging the dominance of the top 3. With just two games in round 14 these trends were turned around.

Official site with live games and standings / Twitch TV channel / Video on demand with the chat and excitement in real time

Komodo – Houdini

The game was the return game of round 7, with reversed colors and the same opening – Queen’s Indian: Petrosian, 6.cxd5 Nxd5 7.e3 g6. There was a novelty right on move 1 out of the opening book as Houdini preferred a direct 8… Nxc3 instead of the previous game’s choice of Komodo 8… Bg7 to Both engines evaluated similarly the opening as equal (K +0.19, H +0.03). The middlegame was complex, with Komodo constantly trying to find advantage and Houdini staying calm. The position at move 47 looked like yet another “Grandmaster Engine draw”.

The position after 48. Re5. Komodo expects 48…h3, but Houdini goes for 48…Bxb7

And then the room went Boom! Houdini decided to exchange the bishops on the b7 square and Komodo jumped on the opportunity. With the game now in 4th phase, a position with only heavy material on the board and favorite topic of analysis of Kotov, the white side saw the correct way to proceed – 50. Rf2 putting pressure on the queen and taking control of the queenside. Nothing could stop the advance of Komodo which planned a glorious king walk from f1 to b8

Replay the game with analysis

The final position of Komodo – Houdini. Black is two pawns up, but a king walk is coming that decides the game in white’s favor

Stockfish – Fire

Stockfish was suffering so far in this stage, finding only three decisive wins in the thirteen games played and despite continuing without a loss it was firmly on third position. However, the game Komodo – Houdini 1-0 gave Stockfish a unique opportunity ahead. It was facing Fire with white and in case of a win Stockfish would become shared second. However, in case of a loss, Stockfish would even lose the third position to its direct opponent Fire.

The game started as Benoni: 6.e4 g6 , where white was more optimistic for an advantage evaluating it at +0.41. There was a good reason for this optimism as brilliant play by Stockfish followed. Move after move it was finding micro advantages and without any obvious mistake by black the eval was already +3.00 at move 35. A huge display of playing with 2 rooks and passed pawn vs Queen followed, which brought white the victory.

Does that decide the Benoni opening presented in the game as decisive for white? Hard to tell, as the game with reversed color was an absolute draw from the beginning to the end (replay here)

Standings after round 14

1. Komodo 10,0/14
2-3. Stockfish 9,0/14
2-3. Houdini 9,0/14
4. Fire 7,5/14
5. Chiron 5,5/14
6. Ginkgo 5,5/14
7. Booot 5,0/14
8. Andscacs 4,5/14

Follow the live games at the official website where 14 more rounds will be played in this stage. The top two engines will qualify for the Superfinal. As per the new format starting Season 11 the top 6 engines will continue in the Premier Division, the bottom two are relegated to First Division.

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12th SPF World Open for Boys and Girls

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 10:12

The 12th Annual Susan Polgar Foundation World Open for Boys and Girls is taking place on November 10-12th, 2017, at the Robert F Wagner Middle School in New York, USA.

The prestigious annual event (SPFWO) was created in 2006 and is sponsored by the Susan Polgar Foundation (SPF), Chess NYC and Webster University affording young chess players in the United States and around the world an outstanding opportunity to compete and develop their game.

The Main Event, 12th Annual SPF World Open for Girls and Boys, takes place on 11-12th November as 5-round Swiss. Time control G/60; d5. The total prize fund is over $100,000 in Scholarship and Chess Prizes.

IM Nicolas Checa in action

Additional events included Puzzle Solving and Blitz Championship. Both were won by 15 year old IM Nicolas Checa (Blitz 6/6 and Solving 20/20), who is also leading the main event en route to the Triple Crown.

On 10th November GM Susan Polgar held a 25-Board Simul & Q/A at the New York Friars Club.

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5th European Small Nations Team Chess Championship

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 09:25

The 5th European Small Nations Team Chess Championship starts today in Holiday Inn Hotel, in Andorra la Vella, and will be held until 19th November.

Federations participating in the event are as follows:
ANDORRA
CYPRUS
FAROE ISLANDS
GUERNSEY
JERSEY
LIECHTENSTEIN
LUXEMBOURG
MALTA
MONACO
SAN MARINO

The Championship will be played as a 9-round robin tournament. Top three teams will be awarded with regular prizes, trophies and medals, as well as the Single board prizes for the best players of each board.

The team of Luxembourg defends the last year title. ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili will visit the Championship and attend the Closing Ceremony of the event.

Organizer: Federació Andorrana Escacs
Tournament director: Joan Antoni Obregon
Chief Arbiter: IA Jesus Garcia Valer

Official website

1. Liechtenstein

1 CM Mannhart Marcel 2123
2 CM Guller Andras 2041
3 Frick Renato 1997
4 Iclicki Willy 1968
5 Muendle Kurt 1839

2. Jersey

1 CM Belzo Krzysztof 2077
2 CM Wojciechowski Paul 1912
3 AIM Kahn Tito 1869
4 Mooney Graham 1864
5 Jouault Louis 1860

3. Monaco

1 GM Efimov Igor 2397
2 IM Berezovsky Igor 2378
3 FM Villegas Pierre 2309
4 Ribbegren Karl Johan 2252
5 WCM Berezovska Svetlana 1814

4. Faroe Islands

1 GM Ziska Helgi Dam 2543
2 FM Nielsen Hogni Egilstoft 2354
3 FM Nielsen Rogvi Egilstoft 2340
4 IM Rodgaard John 2332
5 Eydsteinsson Silas 2059

5. Cyprus

1 FM Antoniou Antonis 2164
2 CM Constantinou Pavlos 2057
3 CM Michaelides Konstantinos 2041
4 FM Klerides Paris 2189
5 Michaelides Alexandros 1183

6. Andorra

1 GM Norwood David R 2505
2 GM De La Riva Aguado Oscar 2482
3 IM Aloma Vidal Robert 2440
4 FM Garcia Paolicchi Raul 2150
5 CM Ribera Baztan Jose 2120

7. Luxembourg

1 IM Berend Fred 2371
2 IM Weber Tom 2418
3 Hoegener Claude 2118
4 Linster Philippe 2230
5 Gengler Pierre 2192

8. San Marino

1 Matteini Palmiro 0
2 Rossini Paul 1683
3 CM Righi Ezio 2039
4 CM Volpinari Danilo 1976
5 Berardi Giancarlo 1837

9. Guernsey

1 CM Kirby Peter J. 1987
2 CM Rowe Peter 1945
3 CM Hale Andrew 1871
4 Strade Arita 1864
5 CM Brookfield Toby 1864

10. Malta

1 Lauri Joseph 2174
2 CM Zerafa Robert 2101
3 Darmanin Jake 2058
4 CM Vella Duncan 1989
5 Sammut Briffa Peter 1962

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Carlsen – Ding Liren LIVE!

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 16:14

Champions Showdown by the Saint Louis Chess Club will take place November 9-14. In an exciting twist, the three top American players and current World Champion, Magnus Carlsen, will face their opponents in 10 games of rapid and 20 games of blitz. Tournament play will begin November 9 at 1 p.m., with World Champion Magnus Carlsen and No. 1 Chinese Grandmaster Ding Liren beginning November 11 at 1 p.m.

Follow the Saint Louis showdown matches here

This is a specific page, dedicated to the Magnus Carlsen – Ding Liren match. Live games with analysis daily on Chessdom.com with the TCEC engines Stockfish, Komodo, and Houdini. TCEC is parallel to this event with 24/7 games and you can follow it at the official website. Due to the current interest, a Twitch stream will be also available simultaneously at this page.

Replay: Carlsen – Ding Liren from Tata Steel

Official website / The other matches live / TCEC event

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Houdini leads TCEC Season 10 (Stage 2)

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 08:51

After nine rounds of Stage 2 of the Top Chess Engine Championship, Houdini – by Robert Houdart – is the sole leader. It has collected 6,5/9, after four victories and five draws. It is followed by Komodo with 6,0/9 and Stockfish with 5,5/9.

As expected before the start of the season, the three engines will have a close contest for the two positions that grant qualification to the Superfinal this year. Only one participant is trying to disturb their hegemony. Fire, playing with the updated version 6.2, is currently only half a point behind Stockfish and has relatively easy program in the next rounds – black vs Andscacs, white vs Ginkgo, black vs Chiron, and white vs Booot. While these matches can give Fire a chance to grab a stage medal or even qualification position, they can also bring it down the standings in case of suboptimal performance. Being in top 6 at the end of the stage is of high importance, as this means direct qualification to next season’s Premier Division.

Read about the upcoming new league structure of TCEC

The 6th position will remain in contention until the very end of the stage. Currently Booot has the advantage with 4,0/9, followed by Chiron and Ginkgo with 3,5/9. Andscacs could have had a full point more, had it not made an illegal move in game 20.

TCEC Season 10 Stage 2 standings

Houdini 6,5/9
Komodo 6,0/9
Stockfish 5,5/9
Fire 5,0/9
Booot 4,0/9
Chiron 3,5/9
Ginkgo 3,5/9
Andscacs 2,0/9

Live games at the official TCEC site / Replay Stage 1 games / Replay Stage 2 games / Video + chat at Twitch TV

TCEC upgrades chat system

Since the start of Season 10, the visitors stats at the official site of TCEC have been breaking all viewership records for a computer chess event. This boom hindered the normal flow of the discussion in the ever active chat. Experts opinions were getting lost, highest hours experienced attacks, and the Chatwing service did not provide the tools to handle the increasing audience. A swift move was made by the server administrator and at the start of Stage 2 the Chatwing system was substituted with Twitch.

The transition was complete without major difficulties, allowing for a much nicer environment. The proof are the over 35 000 messages posted on the official website in just 48 hours.

The Twitch upgrade was welcomed by everyone, as it will also allow video commentary by GMs and experts in the near future.

Make your account and join the conversation at the official site or the Twitch TV TCEC channel

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TCEC Season 11 press release

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 16:45

TCEC – the Top Chess Engines Championship –  is a major international chess software championship with the top engines playing on powerful servers at long time controls. After crossing the 1 million page-views mark last season, and being on track to double that this year, TCEC is now bringing the competition to the next level.

TCEC official website / TCEC on Twitch TV

 

TCEC becomes a league

Starting with its 11th season in early 2018, TCEC will adopt a league format consisting of four divisions of eight chess engines. The four divisions will be called the Premier, First, Second and Third Divisions.  Each division will conduct a tournament which will lead to the top two engines in the Premier Division facing off in a 100-game Superfinal for the TCEC seasonal championship.

The league’s mechanics are straightforward. Divisional tournaments will be conducted in sequence from the lowest (Third Division) to the highest (Premier Division). At the end of the Third, Second and First Division tournaments the top two finishers will be promoted to the next-higher division. At the end of the Second, First and Premier Division tournaments the bottom two finishers will be relegated to the next-lower division.

The top two engines of the Premier Division will qualify for a Superfinal, which will consist of 100 games.  The winner will be the season’s Grand Champion.

Third Division engines not qualifying for promotion will all be relegated and make way for a new crop of chess engines in the following season that are in development and meet basic standards.

With this new format TCEC will transition to a rolling championship, with each cycle completed in approximately 3 months time.  Each season’s outcome will reflect the relative strength of the participating engines.

 

TCEC League Structure

Third Division

* 30+10 time control, average game 1 hour in duration.

* 22 CPU cores.

* Initial engine roster: all-invitational round

* Subsequent roster: bottom two engines from previous Second Division competition + six invitees.

* Top two finishers advance to Second Division competition; bottom six finishers dropped from roster.

* 2x double round-robin (engines play each other 4 times); 28 games each engine, 112 games total

* Selected openings of varied length. Openings change each season.

Second Division

* 45+10 time control, average game 1.5 hours in duration.

* 22 CPU cores.

* Initial engine roster: TCEC S10 engines finishing 13-18 + two qualifiers from Third Division

* Subsequent roster: 3rd-6th finishers in previous Second Division competition + bottom two engines from previous First Division competition + two promotions from Third Division.

* Top two finishers advance to First Division competition; bottom two finishers relegated to Third Division.

* 2x double round-robin (engines play each other 4 times); 28 games each engine, 112 games total

* Selected openings of varied length. Openings change each season.

First Division

* 60+10 time control, average game 2 hours in duration.

* 44 CPU cores.

* Initial engine roster: 7-8th place finishers from Season 10 stage 2, plus 9th-12th finishers from Season 10 stage 1 + two promotions from Second Division.

* Subsequent roster: 3rd-6th finishers in previous First Division competition + bottom two engines from previous Premier Division competition + two promotions from Second Division.

* Top two finishers advance to Premier Division competition; bottom two finishers relegated to Second Division.

* 4x double round-robin (engines play each other 8 times); 56 games each engine, 224 games total.

* Selected openings of varied length. Openings change each season.

Premier Division

* 90+10 time control, average game 3 hours in duration.

* 44 CPU cores.

* Initial engine roster: 1st-6th place finishers from Season 10 stage 2 + two promotions from First Division competition.

* Subsequent roster: top six finishers from previous Premier Division competition + top two finishers from First Division.

* Top two Premier Division finishers advance to Superfinal competition; bottom two finishers relegated to First Division.

* 6x double round-robin (engines play each other 12 times); 84 games each engine, 336 games total.

Superfinal

* 120+10 time control

* 44 CPU cores

* Total of 100 games, 50 x2 round robin with reversed colors

* The winner is crowned the TCEC Grand Champion

Start date of TCEC S11

Currently Stage 2 of Season 10 is being played. It will be followed by a Superfinal and additional rapid and blitz stage (see press release here). Season 11 will start soon after that.  Final preparations will be completed during the rapid and blitz competitions.

The TCEC rules

TCEC has always striven to guarantee fairness and equal conditions to all participants.  TCEC’s existing rules, the product of ten seasons of competitive experience, will stay in place for future seasons of the Top Chess Engine Championship.

FAQ about the new season structure

There will be Q & A live video session with the tournament director later this month at the Twitch TV TCEC channel

More on TCEC

For more on the Top Chess Engine Championship, visit the official website where you can talk live to the engine authors, experts in the chess software field, and experienced fans.

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Saint Louis Champions Showdown 2017 LIVE!

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 20:24

Champions Showdown by the Saint Louis Chess Club will take place November 9-14. In an exciting twist, the three top American players and current World Champion, Magnus Carlsen, will face their opponents in 10 games of rapid and 20 games of blitz. Tournament play will begin November 9 at 1 p.m., with World Champion Magnus Carlsen and No. 1 Chinese Grandmaster Ding Liren beginning November 11 at 1 p.m.

For the first time in recent history, each match will feature play with no delay or increment, meaning the games will be faster and more exhilarating for fans to watch, both online and in person at the Saint Louis Chess Club. Each day the games will be faster with less time on the clocks.

Live games with analysis daily on Chessdom.com with the TCEC engines Stockfish, Komodo, and Houdini. TCEC is parallel to this event with 24/7 games and you can follow it at the official website. Due to the current interest, a Twitch stream will be also available simultaneously at this page.

Structure

There are 4 matches:

Hikaru Nakamura vs. Veselin Topalov
Fabiano Caruana vs. Alexander Grischuk
Wesley So vs. Leinier Dominguez
Magnus Carlsen vs. Ding Liren

They will play 4 days:

Day 1: 4 games 30 minutes + 0 seconds increment;
Day 2: 6 games 20+0
Day 3: 8 games 10+0
Day 4: 12 games 5+0

All matches except for Carlsen-Ding will start on Thursday. Carlsen-Ding will start on Saturday. This means that the event will last 6 days in total.

Official website / TCEC event

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2 Million USD for FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Championships

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 18:09

FIDE is pleased to announce that, under the aegis of the General Sports Authority of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships will be held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia between the 26th and 30th December 2017.

The first two Rapid Championships (Open and Women) will be on the 26th to 28th December and the Blitz Championships (Open and Women) will follow on the 29th and 30th December.

The events offer a record breaking prize fund of US$2,000,000 with the Open events having individual prize funds of US$750,000 and each women event having a prize fund of US$ 250,000. 30 prizes shall be offered in each event. A payment of 20% from the above total prize fund shall be made to FIDE.

The number of players participating in the World Championships is set at a maximum number of 250 players for the Open events and 150 players for the Women events.

All players rated at least 2600 for the Open and 2300 for the Women, in any of the FIDE rating lists (Standard, Blitz or Rapid) from September 2017 to October 2017 are eligible to register to play in the King Salman World Blitz & Rapid Championships 2017.

Early registration is appreciated to facilitate confirmation of selection as well as arrangement of invitation letters for visa.

The top players (list to be posted shortly) will be offered free accommodation in Riyadh, as well as travel expenses as per regulations, if they confirm and sign their participation by the deadline of 30 November 2017.

Kindly send an email to certificates@fide.com along with a scanned passport copy. Photographs of passports will not be accepted for processing. All participants receiving conditions are required to obtain written approval from FIDE for all flight bookings and to send the player’s agreement signed and scanned.

Should any participant have any queries they may contact FIDE Chief Executive Officer at Geoffrey.borg@fide.com

Full regulations will be published shortly and will be found also on the FIDE Handbook.

Categories: Ενημέρωση

TCEC Season 10 with record breaking viewership

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 17:44

Season 10 of the premier computer chess championship TCEC is on track to break all records for viewership of an engine vs engine event. Stage 1, which continued for 24 days and was won by Komodo, has been viewed by about 229 000 users. This is a 83% increase compared to the previous season of the same event. The number is expected to double during Stage 2 (currently going on) and grow even further during the most interesting part of the TCEC championship – the Superfinal.

The TCEC community comes from 151 countries and territories. The top 10 leading countries are USA, Germany, Russia, United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, Canada, Italy, Spain, and India.

Looking at the bigger picture, 22% of the users come from North America, 22% come from Western Europe, 13% from Eastern Europe, and 11% from Northern Europe. Africa and Australia/Oceania are also represented, with about 1,5% of the total audience each.

Going on a smaller scale, the top cities visiting TCEC are New York, Moscow, Paris, London, Hamburg, Oslo, Warsaw, Berlin, Munich, Prague, Vienna, Amsterdam, Madrid, Stockholm, Zagreb, Milan, Tel Aviv, St. Petersburg, Milan, Mumbai, Montreal, Zurich, Athens, Rome, Istanbul, Kiev, Seattle, Sao Paulo, Chennai, Chicago, Copenhagen, Budapest, Cape Town, Ottawa, Brisbane, Quezon City, Singapore, Washington, etc.

Link: TCEC Stage 1 by country
Link: TCEC Stage 1 by sub continent

TCEC Stage 1 Season 10 compared to TCEC Stage 1 Season 9 by country – total 83% increase
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Definitions

It is very difficult to make a precise estimate of an online audience. A “user”, “viewer”, “unique user”, “unique IP”, and any related term do not have a precise definition and only give estimate to the magnitude of an audience. It is difficult to detect if more people are behind one device (case often found in USA, Russia and India) or if one user is on several devices (very often seen in Norway, Sweden).

Currently, TCEC is relying on the statistics provided by Google analytics.

No matter the precise definition, the given magnitude of TCEC shows that there is a computer event that rivals in interest the top invitational human chess events. What’s more, the statistics are a precise measure that there is a trend of constant growth of the interest towards computer chess.

Categories: Ενημέρωση

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