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Sinquefield Cup Recap – Round 8

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 15:53

After another peaceful day in Saint Louis, American Fabiano Caruana remains half a point ahead of the field. He is still being chased by a pack of players, including World Champion Magnus Carlsen. In the final round, he will be facing off against his Olympic teammate Wesley So, while his other teammate Hikaru Nakamura will have the black pieces against the World Champion. A win would clinch the title for Caruana, while a draw would open the door for a possibility of a playoff. With the tickets to the Grand Chess Tour finals in London still on the line, the final day is going to be a nailbiter!

Caruana vs Anand ½ – ½

Caruana had a slight advantage out of the opening but it was not enough for him to keep the pressure on. There was one key moment in the game where the computers pointed out an improvement for him, but it wasn’t something that Caruana had considered and jokingly said that it was too sophisticated for him. He still remains half a point ahead of the field, and a tournament win would earn him a qualification spot to London.

Mamedyarov – Carlsen ½ – ½

In their last encounter in Biel, Mamedyarov won with the white pieces but there was no repeat this time. The commentators believed that white’s position was better, but Carlsen reached equality by playing all the top moves suggested by the engines. In the endgame, the World Champion had an extra pawn, but his triple pawns on the e-file hindered any progress that could have been made.

Grischuk vs So ½ – ½

“For quite some time, it was my emergency idea” – Alexander Grischuk on his decision to play 1.f4. The last time this unusual move made an appearance in the Grand Chess Tour was in 2017 when Magnus Carlsen tried it out against Michael Adams with success. The position transposed into a Benoni structure, which was favored by the commentators and Levon Aronian who was spectating. The Russian Grandmaster blundered a pawn but for some reason So didn’t press for a win and ended the game with a repetition.

Vachier-Lagrave vs Aronian ½ – ½

The Armenian chose the Berlin Defense, an opening line that he defeated with the white pieces in round one. He actually had a slight edge with the black pieces but Vachier-Lagrave quickly sensed the danger and quickly exchanged the pieces to enter an opposite color bishop endgame. The game quickly ended in a draw thereafter.

Nakamura vs Karjakin ½ – ½

Neither player is having a great tournament so there wasn’t a lot of fight in this game. Sergey Karjakin essayed a line that was once played by his second Alexander Riazantsev. Nakamura played a novelty at the end of a long theoretical line. There was one key moment in the game where he could have transitioned to a position where he had a rook with a dangerous passed pawn on the seventh rank against two minor pieces. Instead, he decided to liquidate and enter an equal rook endgame that soon ended in a draw.

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Gharamian and Guichard are the winners at the French Championships 2018

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 12:05

The French Chess Championship took place from August 18-26, 2018 in Nimes.
891 players took part in all the events!

In the man and women championship it was 10 players round-robins.

By beating Natacha Benmesbah in the last round, Pauline Guichard won her first title of champion of France! Pauline was making her comeback in the Women’s National after 7 years of absence, and she made a great performance by winning no less than 7 games, conceding only one draw and one loss-7.5 points! She is ahead of Sophie Milliet 6.5 and Cécile Haussernot 6 points, respectively 2nd and 3rd.

A chess playoff was required as 3 players tied for 1st: Gharamian, Edouard and Gozzoli all with 6 points out of 9.
Tigran Gharamian wins his first title in France by winning ties against Yannick Gozzoli and Romain Edouard. A victory at the end of the suspense since Tigran Gharamian won the Armageddon blitz against Romain Édouard.

Replay the games here.

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Sinquefield Cup Recap – Round 7

Sun, 08/26/2018 - 16:10

A large crowd gathered at the Saint Louis Chess Club to watch the encounter between the World Champion and his challenger. The face off attracted so much attention that only media was allowed in the playing hall for the first 15 minutes of the game, while the fans patiently waited their turn. The game eventually ended in a draw, but the final result does not tell all the drama that happened during the four hours of gameplay. As this was their final official classical game, the chess world will have to wait until November to see Carlsen and Caruana battle it out once again, this time for the World Championship crown. There were no other changes in the standings as the rest of the games were also drawn. Going into the final stretch of the tournament, Fabiano Caruana is still leading by half a point.

Carlsen vs Caruana ½-½

The World Champion started the game with 1.e4, and Caruana decided to stay loyal to the Petroff. Carlsen managed to get a slight advantage out of what seemed like a dry position. His advantage kept growing even though Caruana played the best moves according to the engines. Carlsen was closing in on his opponent when he found himself low on time. The looming time trouble and Caruana’s resourcefulness allowed the world championship contender to miraculously save the game. At one point, Carlsen went into the confession booth and made a shushing gesture, leaving everyone speculating the meaning behind it. He later explained that he thought he was already winning and wanted to have a little fun. Upon seeing the video, Caruana also assumed that his opponent was under the impression that the game was over, finishing his thought with “but it wasn’t!” Carlsen was seemingly disappointed with his play, notably with his failure to be practical and make decisions. He remains half a point behind Caruana.

Karjakin – Mamedyarov ½-½

This fascinating Najdorf would have been the game of the day were it not for the Carlsen-Caruana game. The 19-move theoretical line resulted in a complicated position, with equal chances for both players. Coming off of his third loss in this tournament, Karjakin really needed to stabilize while Mamedyarov, who is trailing the winner by half a point, needs to close the gap with a win. The game was near perfect, as both players found the best moves in the position. Eventually, the game petered out to a draw in a bishop endgame with not enough pawns on the board.

Aronian – So ½-½

Aronian was clearly playing for a win and came up with interesting and unusual ideas in the middlegame. He chose a rare line in the Catalan and the players found themselves in an unknown territory after So’s novelty on move 13. White had an advantage but did not play ambitiously enough. So made the correct decision of exchanging queens to transition into a passive endgame which was enough to hold the draw.

Vachier-Lagrave vs Nakamura ½-½

Vachier-Lagrave was surprised by his opponent’s decision to play a line that led him to a worse position. The Guicco Panno variation left white with the pair of bishops and a long term advantage with no risk. Nakamura suffered for most of the game, but true to his style resolved his problems in a tactical manner. The Frenchman’s play was too straight forward, which allowed Nakamura to neutralize his advantage. Not finding a better continuation, Vachier-Lagrave exchanged the pair of rooks and one of his bishops for a knight. The resulting opposite color bishop endgame ended in an easy draw.

Anand – Grischuk ½-½

This was one of the most balanced games of the day, with neither player making any big errors. The players essayed one of the most popular openings at the top level these days, the Giuoco Piano. In a closed position, the players maneuvered until move 20, when the pawn exchanges in the center opened the position. The change of the pawn structure resulted in piece exchanges, reeling the game towards a draw.

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Pia Cramling’s tournament

Sat, 08/25/2018 - 13:33

Pia Cramling

1–2th of September it’s time for Pia Cramling’s tournament in Stockholm.

Two parallell tournaments will be played – Pia Cramling’s Invitational tournament and Pia Cramling’s Ladies Open.

Pia Cramling’s Invitational tournament is a double round Berger with 4 players: Pia herself, IM Elisabeth Pähtz, IM Almira Skripchenko and GM Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant. The thinking time is 30 min + 10 sec.

Pia Cramling’s Ladies Open is an open tournament with 7 rounds played and with the same thinking time. Top rated are IM Harriet Hunt, WGM Dana Reizniece-Ozola and WGM Elmira Mirzoeva.

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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Garry Kasparov will play in the Champions Showdown Chess 960

Sat, 08/25/2018 - 13:24

The Saint Louis Chess Club will bring ten of the top chess players in the world, including legendary world champion Garry Kasparov, to play in the Champions Showdown this September. The matches will be played in Chess 960 style, also known as Fischer Random, with a $250,000 prize purse. The competition will include six rapid games and fourteen blitz games over the five days of play.

“Bringing this amount of talent to an event is a tribute to Saint Louis, the chess capital of the world,” said Garry Kasparov. “People will get to see chess champions battle it out in a nontraditional and exciting format that will challenge all competitors.”

Fischer random is a variant of chess created by Bobby Fischer in the late 1990s in which the pieces on the home rank are randomized. The 960 represents the number of possible starting positions. Players will not know the order of the home rank pieces until they arrive before the start of the round and will have to rely on their creativity in rapid and blitz games.

Player Matchups
Player URS Rating Player URS Rating
Garry Kasparov 2734 vs. Veselin Topalov 2722
Hikaru Nakamura 2812 vs. Peter Svidler 2758
Wesley So 2794 vs. Anish Giri 2763
Sam Shankland 2695 vs. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2796
Levon Aronian 2794 vs. Leinier Dominguez 2754

“This format of the unknown setup presents quite the challenge for even the top players in the world,” said Tony Rich, executive director of the Saint Louis Chess Club. “We will see some of the most interesting games as this format puts these players in positions they may never have seen before.”

Play will begin at 1 p.m. each day September 11-14 at the Saint Louis Chess Club and be broadcast live on

About the Saint Louis Chess Club
The Saint Louis Chess Club is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that is committed to making chess an important part of our community. In addition to providing a forum for the community to play tournaments and casual games, the club also offers chess improvement classes, beginner lessons and special lectures.

Recognizing the cognitive and behavioral benefits of chess, the Saint Louis Chess Club is committed to supporting those chess programs that already exist in area schools while encouraging the development of new in-school and after-school programs.

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Russian Championship Superfinals Officially Opened in Satka

Sat, 08/25/2018 - 11:22

The Opening Ceremony of the Superfinals of 71st Russian men’s championship and 68th Russian women’s championship took place on August 24th in the Magnezit Palace of Culture in Satka, Chelyabinsk Region.

Boris Dubrovsky, Governor of the Chelyabinsk Region, Mark Glukhovsky, Executive Direcor of the Russian Chess Federation, and Maria Morozova, Director General of Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation, delivered speeches at the Opening Ceremony.

Chief arbiter IA Vladimir Staratorzhskiy held the drawing of lots. The players got the following starting numbers:


1. Dmitry Andreikin, 2. Mikhail Kobalia, 3. Dmitry Jakovenko, 4. Ian Nepomniachtchi, 5. Alexey Sarana, 6. Grigoriy Oparin, 7. Ernesto Inarkiev, 8. Daniil Dubov, 9. Nikita Vitiugov, 10. Evgeny Tomashevsky, 11. Vladimir Fedoseev, 12. Denis Khismatullin

Round 1 pairings:

Andreikin – Khismatullin, Kobalia – Fedoseev, Jakovenko – Tomashevsky, Nepomniachtchi – Vitiugov, Sarana – Dubov, Oparin – Inarkiev.

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


1. Anastasia Bodnaruk, 2. Oksana Gritsayeva, 3. Alisa Galliamova, 4. ValentinaGunina, 5. AlinaKashlinskaya, 6. ElenaTomilova, 7. NatalijaPogonina, 8. Aleksandra Goryachkina, 9. Anastasiya Protopopova, 10. Alexandra Kosteniuk, 11. Olga Girya, 12. Polina Shuvalova

Round 1 pairings:

Badnaruk – Shuvalova, Gritsayeva – Girya, Galliamova – Kosteniuk, Gunina – Protopopova, Kashlinskaya – Goryachkina, Tomilova – Pogonina

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First Division of the Top Chess Engine Championship starts

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 17:08

The First Division of the Top Chess Engine Championship starts today at 22:00 CEST, live on the official website and the Twitch TV channel. The six seeded participants will be Jonny, Chiron, Laser, Fizbo, Booot, and Fritz. They will be joined by the Div 2 winner Ethereal and the runner up ChessBrainVB.

Version updates for First Division

Laser, Booot, and Chiron will play First Division with upgraded version and additional ELO points in their favor. Jonny, Fritz and Fizbo will feature the same versions as last season. The newcomers Ethereal and ChessBrainVB also rely on their versions form the previous division, where they outclassed the competition.

More about S13 of TCEC: Full participants list / Leela Chess Zero wins TCEC Div 4 / Ethereal wins TCEC Div 3 / Ethereal wins TCEC Div 2

Ethereal enters this division as a favorite one more time, after having smashed through opposition in Division 3 and Division 2. Bonus test games after its last victory showed that Ethereal is still slightly below Stockfish 8 as strength, but it managed to take a decisive game from the Season 9 champion. That would put it as a clear favorite to qualify for the Premier Division, but first it has to prove its abilities against seasoned participants like Jonny, Fritz and Fizbo, and also against actively developed and ambitious engines like Laser, Booot, and Chiron. Adding to the mix ChessBrainVB which will be even stronger due to the longer time control makes the upcoming First Division the most unpredictable computer chess event of the year so far.

Interview with the author of Ethereal – Andrew Grant

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Francophone Chess Championship 2018

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 14:45

The 6th edition of Francophone Chess Championship 2018 will be held in Tirana – Albania from 25 August- 2 September under the “High Patronage of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie”.
The playing Hall is at National History Museum.
Accomodation is at Tirana International Hotel 4*.
The tournament will be 9 Rounds Swiss System with 10500 euros price fund.
147 players are expected to take part.

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 Mastrovasilis Dimitrios
2 Dervishi Erald
3 Nikolaidis Ioannis
4 Godena Michele
5 Aloma Vidal Robert
6 Fawzy Adham
7 Godart Francois
8 Miralles Gilles
9 Sanduleac Vasile
10 Saraci Nderim
11 Hesham Abdelrahman
12 Villegas Pierre
13 Mehmeti Dritan
14 Pasko Llambi
15 Zaibi Amir
16 Ashiku Franc
17 Seitaj Ilir
18 Berend Fred
19 Sochacki Wojtek
20 Sadek Sameh
21 Boshku Harallamb
22 Ralison Milanto Harifidy
23 Dardha Daniel
24 Berend Elvira
25 Dardha Arben
26 Rama Lorenc
27 De Marchi Olivier
28 Dornbusch Tatiana
29 El Jawich Amro
30 Maisuradze Nino
31 Cela Shkelqim
32 Mohammad Fahim
33 Ermeni Avni
34 Bregu Riza
35 Scripcaru George-Daniel
36 Uruci Endrit
37 Nelis Jean-Francois
38 Garcia Paolicchi Raul
39 Zouaoui Mohamed
40 Wafa Shrook
41 Jicman Ligia-Letitia
42 Alishani Ibrahim
43 Budakova Taulant
44 Shabanaj Saimir
45 Veleshnja Zino
46 Soubirou Oriane
47 Tare Marenglen
48 Rodmacq Clement
49 De Sallier Francois
50 Lacrosse Marc
51 Mihasi Lime
52 Alimadhi Ilir
53 Van Hoolandt Patrick
54 Pasku Sotir
55 Moaataz Ayah
56 Manan Yoboue Hermann
57 Bytyqi Gzim
58 Zenuni Albert
59 Qorri Fatmir
60 Bouton Christophe
61 Veleshnja Ajet
62 Bedalli Erind
63 Taleb Mohamed Ahmed
64 Shabanaj Eglantina
65 Hoxha Altin
66 Koch Alain
67 Gjergji Rozana
68 Masha Rexhep
69 Li Yilin
70 Bushi Edmond
71 Mihasi Erald
72 Aw Ousmane
73 Farnault Eric
74 Ouadi Wahbi
75 Avdiu Nysret
76 Ghanem Al Shamari
77 Kastrati Labinot
78 Tashi Josif
79 Tuzi Bruna
80 Grabova Ervin
81 Dashi Vasillaq
82 Bajraktari Besnik
83 Kurmekaj Jetmir
84 Bongo Akanga Ndjila Barthelemy
85 Caushi Alket
86 Ebongue Emile
87 Yzeiraj Diamant
88 Besseghier Stephane
89 Shabanaj Lefter
90 Shuqja Klean
91 Salihaj Lambion
92 Botsoe Koffi
93 Salih Al Hor
94 Vasili Marinel
95 Hoxha Agim
96 Lila Also
97 Salihaj Ferit
98 Fragkos Vasileios
99 Vladi Denis
100 Kerciku Suzana
101 Isufi Elisa
102 Guissou Clement
103 Labadie Bernard
104 Lutfija Klind
105 Al-Saadi Ali
106 Roman Sylvian
107 Guri Adrian
108 Ouedraogo S Arnaud J D
109 L`herbon De Lussats Jean
110 Guri Robert
111 Ramaj Ergit
112 Boci Petro
113 Qojle Albion
114 Masson Wally
115 Lognos Lina
116 Kote Aleks
117 Cani Dejvi
118 Boudet Nicole
119 Cani Armando
120 Cela Krojf
121 Cota Anja
122 Daka Ermir
123 Daniel Isteri
124 Elshani And
125 Isteri Marin
126 Kadouno Drissa
127 Kaleshi Patrik
128 Kamberi Rugeus
129 Kola Elazar
130 Kola Elvis
131 Konomi Gloria
132 Kuci Jorik
133 Likollari Edlir
134 Mabrouk Fethi
135 Muhja Safet
136 Preza Agim
137 Prohaska Toni
138 Protoduari Adri
139 Protoduari Ledion
140 Qerimi Aron
141 Sakhnovsky Abraham
142 Velkid Subashi
143 Xhembulla Aleksander
144 Oltion Vata
145 Asllani Muhamet
146 Zeka Isa
147 Alliu Arbi

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Sinquefield Cup Recap – Round 5

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 13:15

There were no changes in the standings after a peaceful day in Saint Louis. For the first time in the tournament, all the games ended in draws but it wasn’t for the lack of trying. Both Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura had excellent chances to score a full point but vigilant defense was the theme of the day. At the end of the day, five players still remain tied for first place as the first half of the tournament is in the books. Tomorrow is a day off, an important point that can make or break the tournament. After the rest day, the players are expected to return rejuvenated and ready for long battles, as the fight for first place continues.

Nakamura – Mamedyarov ½-½

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov essayed the Tarrasch Defense, an unusual choice that has been tried by his countryman and second Rauf Mamedov several times. Nakamura played a novelty on move 11, veering the game toward unknown territory. After few inaccuracies, Mamedyarov found himself in an unpleasant position even though he felt optimistic about it. Two moves before reaching the first time control, the American threw away his advantage due to a tactical miscalculation. Both players looked disappointed and disgusted with the turn of events. While it is understandable why Nakamura was unhappy about his blunder, Mamedyarov explained that he wanted to continue the game and was disappointed by Nakamura’s choice of liquidating and thus forcing a draw.

Carlsen vs So ½-½

“Today is one of those days where you have to say well done, good defense” – Magnus Carlsen in his postgame interview. The World Champion did not play the most challenging line against the Tarrasch Defense, but Wesley So still had some problems he needed to solve. Carlsen missed an opportunity pointed out by Russian commentator Peter Svidler which would have allowed him to win a pawn. The variation he chose miraculously worked tactically for the American who allowed his opponent’s pawn to reach all the way to the 7th rank. So played the most precise moves for a long period of time in order to force a perpetual and escape unscathed.

Karjakin vs Grischuk ½-½

The all Russian matchup was a theoretical discussion in a topical line of the Berlin Defense. The game was reminiscent of the one between Vachier-Lagrave and So from two days ago as Karjakin executed a similar idea to the Frenchman’s by exchanging his e pawn with the c7 pawn. The pawn exchange was the beginning of the liquidation of the position that lead into a drawn bishop endgame. It appeared that both players were satisfied with the result of the game as Karjakin is still recovering from his first two losses, while Grischuk remains on top of the cross table.

Vachier-Lagrave vs Caruana ½-½

At first glance, this game might have looked like a typical quiet game in the Petroff Defense, but there was more than met the eye! Caruana stayed loyal to his pet line, which served him well before. Vachier-Lagrave was quite pleased with the outcome of the opening, sharing in the confessional booth that he did not see counter play for his opponent but felt sure that Caruana would find it regardless. Caruana was under pressure with the black pieces but did not think it was anything catastrophic. In the postgame interview, he shared all the sharp lines that needed to be calculated in order for him to earn the half a point.

Aronian – Anand ½-½

The uneventful game ended in the first hour. Levon Aronian chose his favorite variation in the Queen’s Gambit but was not able to gain any advantage with the white pieces. Anand proved once again that he is one of the best prepared players by playing a novelty that immediately equalized the position by forcing white to exchange the pieces. A draw was agreed in an opposite color bishop ending with each side having three pawns.

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Sinquefield Cup Recap – Round 4

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 08:18

Magnus Carlsen’s prediction of four draws and one long decisive game came true. While the leaders drew quickly, Fabiano Caruana’s win over his countryman Hikaru Nakamura allowed him to join the pack. There is now a five-way tie for first, an uncommon occurrence at highly contested top level events. Interestingly enough, none of the leaders will be facing off in round five. As tomorrow is the final round before the day off, the players are expected to exhaust every resource in order to score a full point and break away from the pack. Stay tuned for an exciting day!

Caruana – Nakamura 1-0

Fabiano Caruana had a novelty prepared months ago and was finally able to unleash the surprise weapon against his Olympic teammate. Caruana thought that his opponent played logical moves but not necessarily the best ones and found himself in an unpleasant position. The big mistake came on move 36, when an incorrect pawn capture by Nakamura ruined his pawn structure. In addition, his uncoordinated pieces and weak king, made the resignation inevitable.

Anand – Carlsen ½-½

Besides Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, the World Champion is the only other player to have essayed the sharp Sicilian defense. Anand decided to avoid the main lines of the Open Sicilian and played a popular sideline. Carlsen was happy to have been able to take the one chance to play actively, thus avoiding a worse position. His kingside attack looked dangerous but due to the lack of pieces and Anand’s excellent defensive knight, it was impossible to achieve progress. The game petered out into a drawn endgame.

So vs Karjakin ½-½

So far, both players have been struggling in the event, but having the white pieces, Wesley So was looking for his first win. So got a pleasant position, which commentator Yasser Seirawan believed he could win 80% of the time, but Karjakin disagreed, thinking that he was only slightly worse. The American chose the wrong plan, centralizing his rooks instead of committing to a kingside attack. This allowed Karjakin to quickly find counterplay on the queenside and solidify his position. The opening of the structure was the beginning of the many trades that led to an opposite color bishop ending that quickly ended in a draw.

Grischuk – Vachier-Lagrave ½-½

Once again, the Frenchman’s beloved Najdorf was put on trial. Grischuk repeated the line that Anand played against Vachier-Lagrave in round two. Black deviated from that game, repeating a line he had played during the Grand Prix last year. Vachier-Lagrave played a novelty and the game became very complicated, allowing White to sacrifice a full rook for compensation and an attack. Grischuk took a long time at the critical moment but decided to repeat the position instead of entering the unnecessary complications.

Mamedyarov – Aronian ½-½

Neither player showed up with a great will to fight. Aronian essayed the variation of the Queen’s Gambit declined that is named after him, a line that is ultra solid for black. Mamedyarov either did not have anything prepared against this or he felt that consolidating his position in the tournament was more important. In any case, Aronian had no problems equalizing with black and a quick repetition of moves sealed the draw in 52 minutes.

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Sinquefield Cup Recap – Round 3

Tue, 08/21/2018 - 20:31

The fight for first place and the ticket to the Grand Chess Tour finals in London is getting tighter as now there is a four-way tie for first place. After Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Magnus Carlsen, and Levon Aronian drew their games, the door was wide open for Alexander Grischuk to enter the leaderboard. The Russian Grandmaster delivered the only decisive result of the day by defeating Hikaru Nakamura in a 6.5 hour battle. With each round, the competition is getting more tense as the players fight until the last minute on their clocks for those GCT points.

Hikaru Nakamura vs Alexander Grischuk 0-1

Just as was the case yesterday, the only win of the day was a 6.5-hour grind. Grischuk achieved a superior position after the opening with the black pieces and pressed the entire game. His advantage grew until his opponent was forced to give up a pawn. After winning two more pawns, the Russian Grandmaster gave one pawn back in order to weaken his opponent’s kingside in the endgame. After the queens came off the board, the rest was a matter of technique. Realizing that he couldn’t stop his opponent’s pawns from queening, Nakamura resigned on move 89.

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov – Fabiano Caruana ½ – ½

One of the most interesting battles petered out to a draw. Mamedyarov complimented both himself and his opponent, comparing their move to engine moves. The Azeri grandmaster felt that he was better out of the opening but played too actively and found himself in some trouble in the endgame. At one point, Caruana could have repeated the position and ended the game in a draw, but after two repetitions he decided to keep the game going. Mamedyarov praised Caruana’s decision, explaining that it’s a great way for him to train for his upcoming World Championship match against Magnus Carlsen, who is known for his unique ability to grind down his opponents.

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Wesley So ½ – ½

Although the Berlin endgame is a popular choice among the top players, it was only the second time it appeared in this tournament so far. Vachier-Lagrave repeated a line he had previously played, but retreated his bishop on a different diagonal, trying to veer the game off in a different direction. The American felt that he needed to be careful in order to avoid any complications and was able to find the most precise moves to exchange all the pieces and head into a drawn bishop endgame.

Sergey Karjakin vs Viswanathan Anand ½-½

After suffering two losses, this draw for Sergey Karjakin was just what the doctor had prescribed. He chose a long theoretical line that lead into a rook and bishop endgame where black had a few problems to solve. The former World Champion didn’t have many difficulties finding the precise move to exchange the problematic bishops, transitioning into an equal rook endgame. A draw was agreed with a threefold repetition.

Levon Aronian vs Magnus Carlsen ½-½

The Armenian Grandmaster decided to once again start the game with 1.e4, a move he’s been loyal to as of late. Magnus Carlsen explained that the critical moments came early in the game and after the “little squirmish in the center” it was all pretty quiet. He thought that white was slightly better in those positions but there was no way to make progress. There was one critical moment in the game when Levon Aronian could have forced his opponent to give up his queen in exchange for two rooks, but even though the engines gave white a big edge, neither player was too concerned about it. The World Champion also admitted that he was too excited after yesterday’s marathon game and wasn’t able to sleep well, so the early draw was a welcome result.

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Russian Championship Superfinals-2018

Tue, 08/21/2018 - 13:23

The Superfinals of 71st Russian men’s championship and 68th Russian women’s championship will take place from 24th August till 6th September 2018 in Satka, Chelyabinsk Oblast. The venue is Magnezit Palace of Culture.

The organizers are the Russian Chess Federation, Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation, Government of Chelyabinsk Oblast, and Magnezit Group. The competition is also supported by Renault Russia Company, Federal Grid Company of Unified Energy System (FGC UES), and PhosAgro. Logistics partner of the Russian Chess Federation is Russian Post.

The tournament is a part of the Chess in Museums program, carried out by the RCF together with Timchenko Foundation since 2012.

Line-up, men:

Ian Nepomniachtchi (2768), Dmitry Jakovenko (2748), Nikita Vitiugov (2730), Dmitry Andreikin (2710), Vladimir Fedoseev (2707), Evgeny Tomashevsky (2702), Daniil Dubov (2691), Ernesto Inarkiev (2690), Denis Khismatullin (2634), Mikhail Kobalia (2619), Alexey Sarana (2613), and Grigoriy Oparin (2609).

Line-up, women:

Alexandra Kosteniuk (2559), Aleksandra Goryachkina (2535), Valentina Gunina (2528), Natalija Pogonina (2469), Olga Girya (2462), Anastasia Bodnaruk (2449), Alina Kashlinskaya (2440), Alisa Galliamova (2424), Polina Shuvalova (2413), Oksana Gritsayeva (2391), Anastasiya Protopopova (2332), and Elena Tomilova (2332).

Total prize fund is 9,000,000 roubles. Besides, the winners of both men’s and women’s tournaments will also receive a special prize – bright and stylish city crossover Renault Kaptur.

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Spanish Championship 2018

Mon, 08/20/2018 - 16:59

The 2018 Spanish Championship is a 9-round Swiss tournament taking place from 20-28 August in Linares, Spain. The winner receives €3,000 and the title of Spanish Champion, while the highest-scoring female player becomes the Spanish Women’s Champion. The tournament also serves as a qualifier for representing Spain in the European Team Championships. Players receive 90 minutes for the entire game, plus a 30-second increment starting from move one.

125 players are taking part in the tournament.

Starting list

1 Anton Guijarro, David
2 Salgado Lopez, Ivan
3 Perez Candelario, Manuel
4 Santos Latasa, Jaime
5 Del Rio De Angelis, Salvador G.
6 Santos Ruiz, Miguel
7 Asis Gargatagli, Hipolito
8 Arizmendi Martinez, Julen Luis
9 Cuenca Jimenez, Jose Fernando
10 Aroshidze, Levan
11 Espinosa Aranda, Angel
12 Huerga Leache, Mikel
13 Moreno Ruiz, Javier
14 Garriga Cazorla, Pere
15 Cruz Lledo, Pablo
16 Ladron De Guevara Pinto, Paolo
17 Garza Marco, Sergio
18 Tejedor Fuente, Enrique
19 Merario Alarcon, Andres
20 Suarez Uriel, Adrian
21 Vega Gutierrez, Sabrina
22 Matnadze, Ana
23 Teran Alvarez, Ismael
24 Domingo Nunez, Alejandro
25 Montero Melendez, Rafael
26 Bernabeu Lopez, Carlos Javier
27 Ayats Llobera, Gerard
28 Sanchez Aller, Fernando
29 Alshameary Puente, Ismael
30 Lianes Garcia, Marcos
31 Alvarez Fernandez, Enrique
32 Castellanos Gomez, Alejandro
33 Sole Pijuan, Ferran
34 Domingo Nunez, Ruben
35 Serarols Mabras, Bernat
36 Balbuena Fuentes, Mario
37 Calzetta Ruiz, Monica
38 Galiana Fernandez, Adrian
39 Diaz Castro, Sergio
40 Moral Garcia, Serafin
41 Esquivias Quintero, Luis Manuel
42 Jimenez Bernal, Francisco
43 Sanchez Jerez, Emilio Miguel
44 Tudela Corbalan, Carlos
45 Orantes Taboada, Francisco
46 Carretero Ortiz, Francisco
47 Blazquez Gomez, Juan Carlos
48 Silva Rodriguez, Fernando
49 Garcia Romero, Benjamin Abel
50 Alvarez Serrano, Carlos
51 Rodriguez Perez, Angel Mariano
52 Sanchez Vigon, David
53 Kolotilina, Liudmila
54 Diaz Castro, Ismael
55 Garcia Vicente, Nieves
56 Garcia Garcia, Adrian Antonio
57 Romero Romero, Sebastian
58 Porta Tovar, Guillem
59 Roldan Marques, Daniel
60 Lopez Guerrero, Jose Miguel
61 Cuevas Fernandez, Jose Alberto
62 Gomez Sanjuan, Hector Fernando
63 Lopez Varela, Pablo
64 Arroyo Rodriguez, Jesus
65 Jimenez De La Torre, Jose A.
66 Gil Quilez, Sonia
67 Perez Perez, Gabriel
68 Fernandez Montero, Francisco M.
69 Cruz Ramirez, Nauzet
70 Vergara Anton, Diego
71 Perez Beltran, Salvador
72 Pablos Tenrero, Raquel
73 Samuel Lares, Jairo
74 Sosa Suarez, Carla Cristina
75 Comellas Martos, Lidia
76 Blazquez Gomez, Miguel
77 Rios Gallardo, Guillermo
78 Diaz Rodriguez, Jose Antonio
79 Sobrino Forte, Alvaro
80 Ramos Saavedra, Mario
81 Ruiz Casado, Francisco Javier
82 Gonzalez Garcia, Francisco
83 Antunez Munoz, Ines
84 Alvarez Morales, Miguel
85 Rodriguez Del Cerro, Ricardo
86 Ortin Blanco, Ainhoa
87 Gonzalez Guedes, Iyan
88 Anillo Fernandez, Isabel Maria
89 Burgos Olmos, Mario
90 Serrano Garcia, Luis
91 Rodriguez Redondo, Adhara
92 Vazquez Pino, Miguel A.
93 Amoros Moran, Jose Joaquin
94 Vicens Company, Maria Antonia
95 Badillo Ramos, Steve
96 Gonzalez del Campo, Diego
97 Maranon Canton, Antonio
98 Cesar Maestre, Bernardo
99 Ucles Lirola, Moises
100 Arnaiz Yanes, Miguel Angel
101 Rascon Jato, Daniel
102 Fernandez Garcia, Francisco Jose
103 Gomez Fernandez, Alfredo
104 Gomez Ligero, Sergio
105 Mohamed Garcia, Ismael
106 De La Pena Garcia, Blanca
107 Malia Ramirez, Jose
108 Argibay Fontan, Santiago
109 Suriol Peinado, Alberto
110 Garcia Gomez, Jose Manuel
111 Torralbo Lopez, Manuel Jesus
112 Fernandez Calzada, Juan A.
113 Vara Soler, Luis
114 De la Fuente de la Fuente, Alba
115 Fernandez Cantalapiedra, Isabel
116 Montero Melendez, Juan
117 Gonzalez Lopez, Francisco Jesus
118 Fernandez Checa, Manuel
119 Sanchez Elena, Lucia
120 Cordero Infante, Ivan
121 Rodriguez Perez, Marta
122 Perdigones Gomez, Mercedes
123 Acebal Muniz, Maria Concepcion
124 Redondo Terron, Eva
125 Pomet Polo, Celia

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Lu Shanglei wins the Fide World Championship Zonal 3.5 China 2018

Mon, 08/20/2018 - 14:01

Zonal 3.5 Chess Championship was held in Daqing from 13 to 20 August.
It was 11 rounds Swiss and 43 players took part in the tournament.
There was a big drama until the last game.
Before the last round two players were leading with 7 points.
The winner is Lu Shanglei who won his game against Xiang Zeyu and finished with 8 points out of 11.
Second is Xu Xiangyu with 7.5 who won againgst Xu Yinglun.
They both quaiify for chess World Cup.
Third is Peng Xiangjian also with 7.5 points who only drew his last game.

Final standings

1 Lu Shanglei 8
2 Xu Xiangyu 7,5
3 Peng Xiongjian 7,5
4 Liu Yan 7
5 Chen Qi B 7
6 Wang Shixu B 7
7 Xiang Zeyu 6,5
8 Lin Yi 6,5
9 Dai Changren 6,5
10 Zhang Ziji 6,5
11 Huang Renjie 6,5
12 Zhao Yuanhe 6,5
13 Liu Guanchu 6,5
14 Zhu Jiner 6,5
15 Bai Jinshi 6
16 Li Bo 6
17 Xu Yinglun 6
18 Peng Hongchi 6
19 Liu Zhaoqi 6
20 Shen Shiyan 6
21 Xu Minghui 5,5
22 Pang Tao 5,5
23 Zou Chen 5,5
24 Xi Qi 5,5
25 Peng Shunkai 5,5
26 Xu Junwei 5,5
27 Wang Yanbin 5,5
28 Ma Lin 5,5
29 Nie Xinyang 5
30 Ning Kaiyu 5
31 Xiao Tong(Qd) 5
32 Zhang Fuhan 5
33 Chen Kailin 5
34 Sun Chao 5
35 Liu Chuan 5
36 Yang Bokai 5
37 Zhu Yi 4,5
38 Zhang Di 4,5
39 Li Zhifei 4
40 Bao Chen 3,5
41 Zuo Zhibo 3,5
42 Gang Taoga 3
43 Lian Shian 3

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3rd Paytakht Cup International Chess Festival 2018

Mon, 08/20/2018 - 13:24

Chess Association of “Tehran” province under the auspices of I.R. Iran Chess Federation has the honor to invite all players of national federations to participate in the 3rd Paytakht Cup International Chess Festival which will be held in Tehran, Iran, from the 1st september (arrival) till the 9th of september (departure)2018.
Tournament will be held at Chess Federation of Iran, located at Tehran.

The tournament is divided in 3 sections.
a. Category A Master tournament- for Players with Rating 2100 and more.
b. Category B for Player with Rating less than 2100.
c. Category C for Cadets & Youth Players under 14 years Old .

9 Rounds
Date 9:30 15:00
Saturday 1st
September2018 Round 1
Sunday 2nd
september2018 Round 2
Monday 3rd
september2018 Round 3
Tuesday 4th
september2018 Round 4
Wednesday 5th
september2018 Round 5
Thursday 6th
september2018 Round 6
Friday 7th
september2018 Round 7
Saturday 8th
september2018 Round 8
Sunday 9th
september2018 Round 9 Closing Ceremoney (After last round)

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Sinquefield Cup Round 2 Recap

Mon, 08/20/2018 - 10:37

At the end of a marathon 88-move game, Magnus Carlsen emerged as the only victor of the round, joining Mamedyarov and Aronian in a tie for first place. Four out of the five games ended in draws within the first three hours of the day, but the World Champion was determined to put his white pieces to good use. After 6.5 hours, Sergey Karjakin finally admitted defeat – his second one in a row. Carlsen was quite satisfied with his victory, specifically because he felt as though he hadn’t had a chance to win such a game in a long time, especially during his last World Championship match. Although exhausted, he was gracious enough to sign autographs and pose with fans for photos after the game. Tomorrow’s round is crucial for the standing as Carlsen will be facing one of his closest rivals, Levon Aronian with the black pieces, while the other co-leader, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov will have the white pieces against Fabiano Caruana.

Carlsen vs Karjakin 1-0

The game started off slowly – quite literally. Surprisingly, Carlsen spent 20 minutes on move six in a very normal position. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave explained that Carlsen had a lot of options in the opening and was trying to pick a continuation that would give him the best chances to win. The endgame position they reached was very Carlsen-esque: slightly annoying for his opponent with no chances for him to lose. Carlsen sacrificed his rook for a bishop and a pawn, creating a new king of imbalance. Immediately, Karjakin made the dubious decision of giving up another pawn. In the postgame interview, Carlsen admitted that he was nervous about the unavoidable blunders that would happen, which is exactly how the game was decided. In an already tough position, Karjakin erred one last time, losing his final pawn and any hope of salvaging the game.

Grischuk vs Mamedyarov ½-½

“What is funny is that yesterday I played the number two player in the world and today I played the number two player in the world”- Alexander Grischuk, during his postgame interview. Of course, he was referring to his opponent’s rating climb after his Round 1 win over Wesley So. Mamedyarov chose a sharp line in the Winawer with the black pieces, which was played last month by Carlsen in Biel. Grischuk didn’t have a high opinion of the opening line in general, humorously referring to it as a “joke line” saved in his notes. He was under the impression that it was close to losing for Black, but in fact, during the game, he realized that it was not so easy for White.

Anand vs Vachier-Lagrave ½-½

“He’s very predictable, he’s very stubborn about this line and that gives you a target. On the other hand, he knows it inside out, so it’s hard to surprise. But it’s a clear target so I thought we could try something” – Viswanathan Anand on his opening choice. The former entered the murky waters of Vachier-Lagrave’s pet line, the Najdorf. Anand was happy with his position as it transposed into more of a French like structure, as most closed positions favored him. He regretted his dark square bishop exchange on move 24, allowing his opponent to build quick counterplay. The game ended in a draw by threefold repetition.

Caruana vs Aronian ½-½

Aronian was surprised by his opponent’s first move choice: 1.d4, as Caruana usually plays 1.e4. Aronian decided to respond with a Slav and see what would happen. The World Championship contender was clearly uncomfortable in the opening and found himself in a worse position with the white pieces – a rarity at the top levels. Aronian wasn’t able to make much out of his advantage, settling for a draw. Caruana didn’t make the best use of having the white pieces in his first two games, but was happy to have escaped unscathed in this game.

So vs Nakamura ½-½

The all-American match up was a quiet affair. After losing his game yesterday, Wesley So did not seem to want to take any chances in his game today. His opening choice in the Nimzo Indian Defense didn’t make his opponent’s pursuit of equality very difficult. So exchanged the pair of rooks along the a-file, leaving very little material on the board thus making the peaceful result inevitable.

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European Youth Championships 2018

Mon, 08/20/2018 - 10:27

The European Youth Championship is a 9-round Swiss tournament taking place from 20-29 August 2018 in Riga, Latvia. Players compete in six age groups from U8 to U18, with Open and Girls sections. Players receive 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30-second increment per move starting from move one.

Latvian Chess Federation, and the European Chess Union have the honor to invite all European Chess Federations affiliated to FIDE and ECU.
Each federation can register one (1) player in each of the categories – under 8, 10, 12,
14, 16 and 18 (open and girls), the maximum number of twelve (12) players (“invited players”).

The players placed 1-3 in the European Youth Chess Championship 2017 will have the personal right to participate in the tournament in the corresponding age-category or a higher age-category if they fullfil the conditions that they have not reached the age of 8,
10, 12, 14, 16 or 18 years, respectively, by January 1st 2018. This privilege may be
exercised once exclusively in the subsequent year following the year of the qualification.

The venue of the tournament will be International Exhibition Centre Kipsala, which is located on Kipsala Island, less than 2km
from Riga Old Town (8 Kipsalas Street, Riga, Latvia).

19th of August
Arrival day
20:00 Opening ceremony
Monday 20th of August 10:00 Technical meeting
15:00 1st round
Tuesday 21st of August 15:00 2nd round
Wednesday 22nd of August 15:00 3rd round
Thursday 23rd of August 15:00 4th round
Friday 24th of August 15:00 5th round
Saturday 25th of August Free day
Sunday 26th of August 15:00 6th round
Monday 27th of August 15:00 7th round
Tuesday 28th of August 15:00 8th round
Wednesday 29th of August 11:00 9th round
20:00 Closing ceremony
Thursday 30th of August Departure day

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Sinquefield Cup Round 1 Recap

Sun, 08/19/2018 - 22:17

Day one of the 2018 Sinquefield Cup produced two early leaders: Levon Aronian and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. While Aronian is no stranger to success in Saint Louis, having won the Sinquefield Cup in 2015 and the Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz in 2017, Mamedyarov is making his debut as an official player in the Grand Chess Tour. His first ever classical game in Saint Louis was a one sided affair, where his opponent Wesley So never had any chances of equalizing. For once, Levon Aronian was on the white side of the Berlin Defense, showing off both his flexibility and flawless technique in a fine victory. The fighting spirit of the players is high and round two promises to bring more excitement!

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov – Wesley So 1-0

The Azeri grandmaster made it clear that he’s here to fight with 8.h4!?, ignoring his own king and trying to build an attack. The burden fell on his opponent to find fault with White’s aggressive idea. So attempted to destroy White’s center, but he transitioned into an endgame prematurely, thus falling behind in development and still allowing his opponent’s initiative to carry on. Mamedyarov played a perfect game thereafter, transitioning into a rook and pawn endgame which he converted without any troubles whatsoever.

Levon Aronian – Sergey Karjakin 1-0

This particular Berlin Wall couldn’t be salvaged, not even in the hands of the minister of defense. Aronian has recently switched to playing 1.e4 and has played it exclusively in the Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz. He felt that he has had a dreadful year and needed something new to get himself excited about chess again. The choice worked out well for him this game, as he got an excellent position against the Berlin. He slowly outmaneuvered his opponent until move 53, where Aronian spent over 40 minutes after missing a resource. Unfortunately for Karjakin, his position couldn’t be salvaged. Aronian’s deep think allowed him to see the position with newfound clarity and bring home the full point with precision.

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Magnus Carlsen ½-½

Last year, Vachier-Lagrave defeated the World Champion in a complicated battle with the black pieces and then went on to win the event. This year the Frenchman also didn’t shy away from complications, and played an early h-pawn push much similar to Mamedyarov. Black had an inferior position due to his light square weaknesses, but Vachier-Lagrave’s mistake came on move 15 when he decided to close the kingside, a decision he regretted later during his postgame interview. The structural changes didn’t favor White, but the position didn’t have enough to offer for Black fo press for a win.

Fabiano Caruana – Alexander Grischuk ½-½

Caruana could have joined the two leaders, but a few key mistakes cost him the half point. He got a pleasant position with a space advantage in the middle game, then transitioned into an opposite color bishop endgame where only he had chances to win. With a big advantage on the clock and the board, Caruana was a heavy favorite to score the full point. Unfortunately for him, two inaccuracies allowed Grischuk to liquidate to a pawn down endgame that was easy to draw due to the opposite color bishops.

Hikaru Nakamura – Viswanathan Anand ½-½
Nakamura’s opening novelty was a bit mysterious. He made a bishop move, then retreated his bishop back a few moves later. It was a pretty typical structure that arises from the Queen’s Gambit where Black has an isolated pawn. Anand had no trouble exchanging the problematic pieces and getting rid of his weakness, thus reaching complete equality. The players agreed to a draw on move 29.

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Conca della Presolana Open 2018

Sun, 08/19/2018 - 13:37

38th Conca della Presolana is held from 18 to 26 August in Bratto, Italy.
The tournament is divided in 5 sections. In Masters group 49 players are taking part, among them 11 GMs.
MASTER: for players with FIDE rating or Italian Elo rating equal to or
more than 2000;
OPEN “A”: for players with FIDE rating or italian Elo rating between 1750
and 2050, both included;
OPEN “B”: for players with FIDE rating or italian Elo rating less than
OPEN “C”: for players with FIDE rating or italian Elo rating less than
OPEN “UNDER 16”: for all players born after 31th December 2001
“Master” Tournament – 9 Rounds
“A” – “B” Tournaments – 8 Rounds
“C” Tournament – 7 Rounds
“Under 16” Tournament – 7 Rounds

Starting list Master group

1 GM Werle Jan
2 GM Mirzoev Azer
3 GM Maiorov Nikita
4 GM Pakleza Zbigniew
5 GM Gasanov Eldar
6 GM Sveshnikov Evgeny
7 GM Sulava Nenad
8 GM Genov Petar
9 GM Efimov Igor
10 IM Aghayev Miragha
11 GM Salvador Roland
12 IM Akshat Khamparia
13 IM Sveshnikov Vladimir
14 IM Palit Somak
15 FM Zamengo Fulvio
16 IM Qendro Llambi
17 IM Vuelban Virgilio
18 FM Bifulco Michel
19 GM Cebalo Miso
20 Franciosi Fausto
21 Montilli Vincenzo
22 IM Dukaczewski Piotr
23 FM Ranieri Fabrizio
24 Palozza Christian
25 Lumachi Gabriele
26 FM Misiano Franco
27 FM Sbarra Marco
28 Ventura Salvatore
29 CM Adesina Adeyinka
30 CM Oragwu Chukwunonso
31 Piantoni Roberto
32 Shome Shiv
33 Piva Giorgio
34 IM Dobboletta Alex
35 Orlandini Andrea
36 Gosio Denis
37 Bosio Devis
38 FM Valenti Giuseppe
39 FM Barlocco Carlo
40 Cardili Mariano
41 Battistella Stefano
42 Papadiamandis Elliot
43 Sanchez Urpi Oriol
44 Asperti Giovanni
45 Nordio Giorgio
46 Colonetti Fabio
47 Pirrello Christian
48 Simeone Giulio Maria
49 IM Favaloro Andrea

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54th Rubinstein Memorial 2018

Sat, 08/18/2018 - 19:16

The 54th Akiba Rubinstein Memorial is taking place in Polanica Zdrój, Poland from 18-26 August 2018. The 9-round Swiss open is split into six sections, with the A group for players rated 1800 and above. 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. No draw offers are allowed before move 30.
Tournament groups:

OPEN A – tournament with the FIDE rating above 1800.

OPEN B – senior tournament: men from 60 years, women from 50 years.

OPEN C – tournament of players with the FIDE rating up to 2000 and without the FIDE ranking

OPEN D – tournament for children under 14 years

OPEN E – tournament for children under 10 years

OPEN F – tournament for people without a chess category

PROBIT OPEN (OPEN K) – women’s tournament for players with FIDE rating over 1400 or 2nd Polish category

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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