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Movsesian wins Czech Open 2018

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 16:59

The Czech Open was a 9-round Swiss tournament which took place from 12-28. July in the Tipsport Arena in Pardubice as part of the massive International Chess and Games Festival.
There were 1218 players from 48 countries registered by 30th June 2018 in different sections.

In group A 309 players took part!
The winner is GM Sergei Movsesian with 7,5 points out of 9.
Six people shared the second with 7 points. Best tiebreak had IM Lukasz Jarmula and third is IM Christopher Noe.

Replay the games here

Final standings

1 Movsesian Sergei 7,5
2 Jarmula Lukasz 7
3 Noe Christopher 7
4 Neverov Valeriy 7
5 Kobo Ori 7
6 Potapov Pavel 7
7 Gonda Laszlo 7
8 Paravyan David 6,5
9 Steinberg Nitzan 6,5
10 Van Foreest Jorden 6,5
11 Drozdowski Kacper 6,5
12 Shyam Sundar M. 6,5
13 Zakhartsov Viacheslav V. 6,5
14 Debashis Das 6,5
15 Mozharov Mikhail 6,5
16 Christiansen Johan-Sebastian 6,5
17 Nasanjargal Urtnasan 6,5
18 Yagupov Igor 6,5
19 Deepan Chakkravarthy J. 6,5
20 Schlosser Philipp 6,5
21 Swayams Mishra 6,5
22 Rakesh Kumar Jena 6,5
23 Gasanov Eldar 6,5
24 Nguyen Thai Dai Van 6,5
25 Praggnanandhaa R 6,5
26 Stany G.A. 6
27 Zwardon Vojtech 6
28 Sengupta Deep 6
29 Salimova Nurgyul 6
30 Garayev Kanan 6
31 Kozak Adam 6
32 Stocek Jiri 6
33 Gukesh D 6
34 Simacek Pavel 6
35 Vorobiov Evgeny E. 6
36 Piscopo Pierluigi 6
37 Haria Ravi 6
38 Lodici Lorenzo 6
39 Gallego Alcaraz Andres Felipe 6
40 Pulpan Jakub 6
41 Fenil Shah 6
42 Hasangatin Ramil 6
43 Erenberg Ariel 6
44 Bakalchuk Johnatan 6
45 Biriukov Nikolai 6
46 Haldorsen Benjamin 5,5
47 Bernadskiy Vitaliy 5,5
48 Harsha Bharathakoti 5,5
49 Bryzgalin Kirill 5,5
50 Merry Alan B 5,5
51 Mehar Chinna Reddy C.H. 5,5
52 Koykka Pekka 5,5
53 Das Arghyadip 5,5
Matviishen Viktor 5,5
55 Sadhwani Raunak 5,5
56 Kraus Tomas 5,5
57 Henderson De La Fuente Lance 5,5
58 Punin Andrii 5,5
59 Vusatiuk Vladimir 5,5
60 Potapov Alexander 5,5
61 Babula Vlastimil 5,5
62 Malinovsky Karel 5,5
63 Kathmale Sameer 5,5
64 Caspi Israel 5,5
65 Gomes Mary Ann 5,5
66 Gutman Gennadi 5,5
67 Stoyanov Tsvetan 5,5
68 Kozusek Daniel 5,5
69 Drnovsek Gal 5,5
70 Frolov Artur 5,5
71 Vykouk Jan 5,5
72 Claridge-Hansen William 5,5
73 Tomczak Mikolaj 5,5
74 Malakhov Igor 5,5
75 Biolek Richard Jr. 5,5
76 Vokac Marek 5,5
77 Popov Mikhail 5,5
78 Barp Alberto 5,5
79 Priyanka Nutakki 5,5
80 Haba Petr 5,5
81 Tate Alan 5,5
82 Kopylov Daniel 5,5
83 Braeuer Franz 5
84 Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad 5
85 Skliarov Viktor 5
Krapivin Vladislav 5
87 Plischki Sebastian 5
88 Rahul Srivatshav P 5
89 Kislinsky Alexey 5
90 Lalic Bogdan 5
91 Lye Lik Zang 5
92 Neuman Petr 5
93 Yankelevich Lev 5
94 Tomazini Zan 5
95 Galperin Platon 5
96 Bruedigam Martin 5
97 Gan-Erdene Sugar 5
98 Kulkarni Chinmay 5
99 Kucza Karol 5
100 Plat Vojtech 5
101 Horvath Dominik 5
102 Grekh Andrey 5
103 Kopylov Michael 5
104 Belyakov Bogdan 5
105 Mertanen Janne 5
106 Reuker Jari 5
107 Head Louise 5
108 Slovak Kilian 5
109 Michenka Jozef 5
110 Mladek Richard 5
111 Polak Benedikt 5
112 Chovan Milan 5
113 Yelisieiev Yevhenii 5
114 Suleymanli Aydin 5
115 Stepan Patrik 5
116 Krykun Yuriy 5
117 Flick Antoine 5
118 Stein Robert 5
119 Moravec Vit 5
120 Mencinger Vojko 5
121 Heinemann Josefine 5
122 Ajay Krishna S 5
123 Domogaev Sergey 5
124 Nyysti Sampsa 5
125 Svanda Ondrej 5
126 Fataliyeva Ulviyya 5
127 Ungurs Edgars 5
128 Murko David 5
129 Petrova Kristyna 5
130 Manik Mikulas 4,5
131 Nazaryev Sergey 4,5
132 Sarkar Justin 4,5
133 Tsvetkov Andrey 4,5
134 Nikologorsky Matfei 4,5
135 Kenneskog Theodor 4,5
136 Petr Martin 4,5
137 Balasubramaniam H 4,5
138 Mueller Ralf 4,5
139 Nun Jiri 4,5
140 Bartos Jan 4,5
141 Chekletsov Ilya 4,5
142 Risting Eivind Olav 4,5
143 Baskakov Egor 4,5
144 Machlik Edit 4,5
145 Pacher Milan 4,5
146 Furman Boris 4,5
147 Ilic Zoran S 4,5
148 Michelle Catherina P 4,5
149 Swicarz Maciej 4,5
150 Maltsevskaya Aleksandra 4,5
151 Gombocz Ferenc Jr. 4,5
152 Jansa Vlastimil 4,5
153 Polgar-Shutzman Tom 4,5
154 Schroeder Kevin 4,5
155 Vyskocil Neklan 4,5
156 Stetsko Lanita 4,5
157 Zaitsev Alexander 4,5
158 Cerveny Petr 4,5
159 Krak Tomas 4,5
160 Sprenar Petr 4,5
161 Monnisha G K 4,5
162 Mosesov Danylo 4,5
163 Gheng Josef 4,5
164 Stefansson Hannes 4,5
165 Muhseen Abdullah Mohammed 4,5
166 Hoefelsauer Thomas 4,5
167 Sosovicka Jakub 4,5
168 Cerveny Martin 4,5
169 Ilyuchyk Yana 4,5
170 Kim Jinsoo 4,5
171 Machlik Endre 4,5
172 Thrish Karthik 4,5
173 Shpanko Nadiia 4,5
174 Pauly Carlo 4
175 Boruchovsky Avital 4
176 Perov German 4
177 Bharath Subramaniyam H 4
178 Vogel Roven 4
179 Semjonovs Ilja 4
180 Bente Bjoern 4
181 Haring Viktor 4
182 Obsivac Josef 4
183 Humburg Philipp 4
184 Khaetsky Roman 4
185 Kratochvil Vit 4
186 Jedlicka Ales 4
187 Volotovsky Kirill 4
188 Rudovskii Filipp 4
189 Haring Filip 4
190 Mahalakshmi M 4
191 Ristoja Samu 4
192 Kukelko Alexey 4
193 Roenko Artur 4
194 Jurek Josef 4
195 Rakshitta Ravi 4
196 Meissner Felix 4
197 Debevec Blaz 4
198 Ludvik Tomas 4
199 Oberhofer Cedric 4
200 Murray David 4
201 Miskulin Dennis 4
202 Meleshko Vladimir 4
203 Berzina Ilze 4
204 Karthick Narayanan S 4
205 Milikow Yoav 4
206 Volodin Viktor 4
207 Gorbatov Alexej 4
208 Subramanian Aditya 4
209 Dushyant Sharma 4
210 Serrano Salvador Eduardo 4
211 Zlatin Alexander 4
212 Becker Dirk 4
213 Kutynec Vladimir 4
214 Sbarra Marco 4
215 Green Andrew D 4
216 Kula Dominik 4
217 Zhuravlev Stepan 4
Fisar Josef 4
219 Klecker Tadeas 4
220 Geller Anastasiya 4
221 Ralis Petr 4
222 Ter Stal Rainer 4
223 Gagliardi Cristian 4
224 Bracker Arne 4
225 Chekletsov Egor 4
226 Burian Simon 4
227 Kupervaser Erez 4
228 Hoellmann Ludger 4
229 Kearns Christopher 3,5
230 Phadke Sohan 3,5
231 Westerinen Heikki M.J. 3,5
232 Nguyen Alex Dac-Vuong 3,5
233 Hiti Domen 3,5
234 Hrdina Robin 3,5
235 Eriksson Christian Altenburg 3,5
236 Suta Andraz 3,5
237 Olson Hamish 3,5
238 Wong Gengchun 3,5
239 Bulockin Martin 3,5
240 Iliaguev Daniel 3,5
241 Harshini A 3,5
242 Milikow Elie 3,5
243 Goluch Piotr 3,5
244 Fieberg Samuel 3,5
245 Kyrychenko Maryan 3,5
246 Biastoch Bennet 3,5
247 Soural Jan 3,5
248 Elgersma Simon 3,5
249 Polyakov Fedor 3,5
250 Leeb Simon 3,5
251 Lomakin Viktor 3,5
252 Dwilewicz Katarzyna 3,5
253 Vystrcil Martin 3,5
254 Sucharda David 3,5
255 Jayaram R. 3,5
256 Mueer Sebastian 3,5
257 Houska Jiri 3,5
258 Richterova Natasa 3,5
259 Simet Martin 3,5
260 Dechant Georg 3,5
261 Korchagin Oleg 3,5
262 Gurbanov Andrei 3
263 Chudinovskikh Alexander M 3
264 Varitski Igor 3
265 Lorscheid Gerhard 3
266 Hesse Henrik 3
267 Cerny David 3
268 French Max 3
269 Horacek Michal 3
270 Mitra Roman C 3
271 Danek Pavel 3
272 Nehyba Martin 3
273 Tarun V Kanth 3
274 Blodig Constantin 3
275 Kuchar Matej 3
276 Laith Kasib 3
277 Folk Petr 3
278 Bunk Wolfgang 3
279 Jazdanovs Aleksandrs 3
280 Koubova Anna Marie 3
281 Hollan Petr 3
282 Solc Filip 3
283 Skacel Jan 3
284 Machlik Monika 3
285 Khmelev Mikhail 2,5
286 Roessler Ulrike 2,5
287 Zart Ruediger 2,5
288 Pcola Jaroslav 2,5
289 Heldt Nils-Lennart 2,5
290 Jezbera Jiri 2,5
291 Narendran Gouthaman 2,5
292 Hladik Josef 2,5
293 Kolasa Pjotrs 2,5
294 Cramling Bellon Anna 2,5
295 Seitz Patrick 2,5
296 Spitkowski Thomas 2,5
297 Sinauridze Simons 2
298 Peters Tom 2
299 Manush Shah 2
300 Stanek Petr 2
301 Linnert Niklas 2
302 Natarov Ilya 2
303 Nosek Jan 2
304 Michalczak Thomas 2
305 Hagemann Sven 2
306 Kopecek Ivan 2
307 Balint Vilmos 1,5
308 Advait Bagri 1,5
309 Chubar Vladimir 1,5

Categories: Ενημέρωση

Preotu wins the COQ 2018

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 16:31

Open Championship of Quebec chess was held from July 21 to 28, 2018 at Sandman Hotel Montreal-Longueuil.
It was divided in 5 categories.
In group A 51 players took part.
The winner is Canadian GM Razvan Preotu with 7.5 out of 9.
Second is GM Romain Edouard with 7 points and third is GM Bator Sambuev with 6,5 points.


Final standings

1 Preotu Razvan 7,5
2 Edouard Romain 7
3 Sambuev Bator 6,5
4 Mikhalevski Victor 6,5
5 Chiku-Ratte Olivier-Kenta 6
6 Zhao Jim (FQE 108171) 6
7 Cherniaev Alexander 6
8 Le Siege Alexandre 6
9 Malek Omid 5,5
10 Kaufman Raymond 5,5
11 Voskanyan Vahagn 5,5
12 Bremner William 5,5
13 Beaulieu Eric 5,5
14 Upper John 5,5
15 Soudre Nicolas 5
16 Bouton Christophe 5
17 Poulin Maurice 5
18 Babb Jeff 5
19 Lopez Linares Lizandro Fernando 5
20 Huang Qiuyu (FQE 103895) 4,5
21 Luksza Arkadiusz (FQE 45044) 4,5
22 Robichaud Louis (FQE 26864) 4,5
23 Zhu Brandon (FQE 107944) 4,5
24 Rodrigue-Lemieux Shawn (FQE 103091) 4,5
25 Durette Francis (FQE 103664) 4,5
26 Saha Ananda (FQE 103299) 4,5
27 Jacquet Stephane (FQE 104653) 4,5
28 Saine Zachary (FQE 102523) 4
29 Ouellet Maili-Jade (FQE 103293) 4
30 Zheng Richard (FQE 104546) 4
31 Van Hoolandt Patrick (FQE 104598) 4
Turcotte Jonathan (FQE 10642) 4
33 Prahov Valentin (FQE 90630) 4
34 Libersan Thierry (FQE 21835) 4
35 Yagiz Bora (FQE 104834) 3,5
36 Javidfard Amirsalar (FQE 107773 ) 3,5
37 Wu Tony (Dongze) (FQE 108003) 3,5
38 Currie James (FQE 104926) 3,5
39 Duong Thanh Nha (FQE 70424) 3,5
40 Sai Krishna G V (FQE 107275) 3,5
41 Acosta Mariano (FQE 45483) 3,5
42 Trottier Alain (FQE 61031) 3
43 Auger Bertrand (FQE 12622) 3
44 Lemieux Serge (FQE 17032) 2,5
45 Vignalou Joseph (FQE 20430) 2,5
46 Chang Alexander R.Z. (FQE 105176) 2,5
47 Zhong Kevin (FQE 105652) 2,5
48 Abdelaal Ibrahim (FQE 103903) 2
49 Goldner John (FQE 38788) 2
50 Boulay David (FQE 32545) 1,5
51 Bouchard Jean Marc (FQE 11935) 0

Categories: Ενημέρωση

TCEC Season 13 – the advance of the NNs

Sat, 07/28/2018 - 14:13

TCEC Season 13 is starting this August 3, with the participation of two NN engines

Season 13 of the Top Chess Engine Championship is going to start this August 3rd. A total of 32 engines will compete for the title in the premier computer chess event.

This will be the 3rd season where TCEC is going to use a league system with divisions. The defending champion Stockfish (winner of Season 12 and holder of four TCEC titles) will be seeded 1st in the Premier Division, together with Komodo, Houdini, Fire, Andscacs, Ginkgo, and the two best engines from Division 1. Scroll down for the full participants list.

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

Two Neural Network engines in TCEC

In December 2017 Google subsidiary DeepMind shocked the chess world when it announced that its neural network AlphaZero had soundly defeated then-champion Stockfish 8 in internal tests. While many pointed out that Stockfish 8′s play settings were far from optimal, DeepMind had certainly demonstrated that traditional chess programs could be challenged by deep learning algorithms. It was clear that a new and powerful class of chess-playing software had emerged – the Neural Network (NN) chess engines.

For the first time ever the TCEC competition is going to see two NN engines competing. This will be Leela Chess Zero and DeusX.

Leela Chess Zero aka LC0 was the first public project that showed promising results. The engine is based on the Leela Zero Go engine, which in turn was based on Google’s AlphaGo Zero project, and it was spearheaded by one of Stockfish developers Gary Linscott. Currently the project is advancing fast, with multiple developers and a bigger network coming. People involved in the development share that LC0 is gaining ELO very fast and is ready for the top 10 or more.

Deus X is a new neural network that will be debuting this season. The author states that the version of the engine that will appear in 4th Division easily plays strong enough chess to climb from the lower divisions. However, he is now constructing what he believes will be a much stronger version that will be competitive in the Premier Division. More information on Deus X and an interview with the author will be available on Chessdom.com soon.

When AlphaZero defeated Stockfish, Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura commented, “I don’t necessarily put a lot of credibility in the results simply because my understanding is that AlphaZero is basically using the Google supercomputer and Stockfish doesn’t run on that hardware; [...] If you wanna have a match that’s comparable you have to have Stockfish running on a supercomputer as well.” Exactly this will be one of the goals of TCEC this season, to find high end, yet balanced and fair option to compare the strength of the NN engines and the traditional chess engines.

The traditional chess engines will once again run on a 44 cores computer. The NN engines will be provided with 2x GTX 1080 Ti GPU hardware. According to experts in TCEC chat, this is approximately 35% of the power that Google supplied to Alpha Zero, as measured in NPS.

Such a setup will not overpower the NN engines, yet it will give them enough power to show their capabilities in the competition.

Specific rules for TCEC Season 13

The rules and regulations for Season 13 will be practically identical to the ruleset of the previous seasons. The only difference will be the use of two servers for the engines. The standard (AB search) engines will run on a 44 core CPU machine, while the NN engines will run on a remote machine equipped with 2x GTX 1080ti GPUs. The two will communicate via a secure protocol. In the rare (and very unlikely) case that the communication stops, the game will be restarted from the starting position.

This season will again require that the engines are stable. No testing will be done between divisions and authors will submit new versions at their own risk. The ’3 strikes and you’re out’ rule applies i.e. in case an engine crashes three times, the scores are annulled for any games played so far and any games remaining.

TCEC Season 13 participants list

The TCEC participants list is based on the final standings of Season 12. Division 4 is entirely invitational and three more engines will be announced in the coming hours in this article. The first games will start on August 3. One game will be played at a time, immediately after it will start the next one.

Premier Division

1. Stockfish
2. Komodo
3. Houdini
4. Fire
5. Andscacs
6. Ginkgo
7. P1 from Div 1
8. P2 from Div 1

Div 1

1. Jonny
2. Chiron
3. Fizbo
4. Booot
5. Laser
6. Fritz
7. P1 from Div 2
8. P2 from Div 2

Div 2

1. Gull
2. Texel
3. Xiphos
4. ChessBrainVB
5. Nirvana
6. Vajolet
7. P1 from Div 3
8. P2 from Div 3

Div 3

1. Hannibal
2. Arasan
3. Pedone
4. Ethereal
5. Bobcat
6. Nemorino
7. P1 from Div 4
8. P2 from Div 4

Div 4

1. Wasp
2. Senpai
3. Leela
4. Deus X
5. Tucano
6. TBA
7. TBA
8. TBA

 

Time control
Classical time control will be used through the season and it is increased the deeper the Season goes. For Division 2, 3 and 4, the time control is 30 minutes + 10 seconds added per move for the whole game. For Division 1, the time control is 60 minutes + 10 seconds added per move for the whole game. For Division Premier, the time control is 90 minutes + 10 seconds added per move for the whole game. For the Superfinal, the time control is 120 minutes + 15 seconds added per move for the whole game. If an engine loses on time, the result will not be changed or the game replayed. If the TCEC game server locks up at any time during a game (BSOD, freeze etc), that game will be restarted unless the last position was a 6-man or less tablebase position, then it will be manually adjudicated. Prior to Season 9, different time controls have been used. Check the individual games in the “Archive page”" for info.

Game adjudication
A game can be drawn by the normal 3-fold repetition rule or the 50-move rule. However, a game can also be drawn at move 40 or later if the eval from both playing engines are within +0.05 to -0.05 pawns for the last 5 moves, or 10 plies. If there is a pawn advance, or a capture by any kind, this special draw rule will reset and start over. In the website this rule is shown as “TCEC draw rule” with a number indicating how many plies there are left until it kicks in. It will adjudicate as won for one side if both playing engines have an eval of at least 6.50 pawns (or -6.50 in case of a black win) for 4 consecutive moves, or 8 plies – this rule is in effect as soon as the game starts. In the website this rule is shown as “TCEC win rule” with a number indicating how many plies there are left until it kicks in. Cutechess will also adjudicate 5-men or less endgame positions automatically with Gaviota tablebases. The Gaviota adjudication ignores the 50-move rule.

Engine Ratings
When you enter “Archive page” in the File menu, you can see the official TCEC ratings in the bottom right corner – it is updated after each Division or Superfinal and is calculated by using Ordo. The calculation is global and will always include all new and previous games since Season 4. Any games with losses on time, stalls or disconnections are discarded, as are engines that has only losses. If there is a new engine entering TCEC for the first time, it will get a “temporary” rating taken from the CCRL 40/40 4CPU list. If an engine isn’t found here, or if it has played very few games, an approximate ELO rating will be given to that engine based on tests from the programmer. Then after this new engine has played an event, the official rating will be calculated using Ordo as explained earlier.

Engine Updates
Engines that promote to a new Division are allowed to update at the cost of taking 1 strike to fix bugs uncovered during the previous Division. All other engines that promote to the next Division will use the version initially submitted. Promoting engines may update UCI/xboard settings. The deadline for engine submission is the last game of the current Division unless the programmer is given a specific deadline from the Tournament Director – the goal is to be able to start the next Division as soon as possible without any significant delay.

Critical Engine Bugs
In the case of a serious, play-limiting bug (like crashing or interface communication problems, not including losses on time) not discovered during the pre-Season testing, the engine can be updated once per Division to fix this/these bug/bugs only. If this update still doesn’t fix the problem(s) or if there is no update available, the engine might have the number of cores reduced, have the hash size reduced or have the tablebase access disabled – these changes will remain for the rest of the Division.

Tiebreaks
If necessary, tiebreaks can be used to determine advancement. For all Divisions (not the Superfinal), the first tiebreak criteria is the “crash” tiebreak, meaning that if an engine has crashed once or more during the Division, it will fail qualification versus another engine that has not crashed if both of them has the same amount of points. In case of still being tied, then the direct encounter between the tied engines decides. The next criterion is the greatest number of wins, then the greatest number of wins with black. The Sonneborn-Berger is the next criteria. If they are still tied, then the tournament organizers will decide which engine gets the promotion.

The TCEC Division System
As soon as a Division starts, it will run 24/7 until all games have been played. One game is played at a time – the next one starts automatically. There will be a short break between the Divisions, to make sure everything is ok with the TCEC game server and to prepare for the next Division.

Division 4
Division 4 is the preliminary Division, involving 8 engines that enter the championship on invitational basis, playing a 2x double round robin (112 games). The time control of the games will be 30 mins + 10 sec/move. The top 2 engines qualify for Division 3 while the rest are out of TCEC for the current Season.

Division 3
Division 3 consists of the 6 engines that qualified from Season 12 plus the top 2 engines from Division 4. It is a 2x double round robin (112 games). The top 2 engines promote to Division 2 and the bottom 2 engines are relegated.

Division 2
Division 2 consists of the 6 engines that qualified from Season 12 plus the top 2 engines from Division 3. It is a 2x double round robin (112 games). The top 2 engines promote to Division 1 and the bottom 2 engines are relegated to Division 3.

Division 1
Division 1 consists of the 6 engines that qualified from Season 12 plus the top 2 engines from Division 2. It is a 2x double round robin (112 games). The top 2 engines promote to Division Premier and the bottom 2 engines are relegated to Division 2

Division Premier
Division Premier consists of the 6 engines that qualified from Season 12 plus the top 2 engines from Division 1. It is a 4x double round robin (224 games). The top 2 engines promote to the Superfinal and the bottom 2 engines are relegated to Division 1

Superfinal
This match is played with 50 different openings so that each engine plays both black and white of the same position. The match will be presented with opening 1 used in games 1 and 2, then opening 2 used in games 3 and 4 etc. If the match is theoretically won for one side before game 100, the match will still continue until all 100 games have been played. In the case of a drawn match there will be a rapid match of 16 games with a time control of 25′ + 10″ with random openings selected from earlier in the same Season. In case it is still tied there will be a Blitz match of 8 games with a time control of 3′ + 2″. When the Superfinal is over, the current Season ends.

The TCEC Grand Champion
The winner of the Superfinal will be crowned the TCEC Grand Champion and will keep this title until there is a winner in the next Superfinal. There is no automatic qualification for the reigning Grand Champion, it will have to go all the way through the next Season for it to be able to defend the title.

Engine Specific Configuration
UCI and Xboard (Winboard) engines are supported. To identify the protocol an engine is using you can click the gears next to the engine logo during a game. This info will be saved for the archive, but does not work for Season 5 or older games.

Compiles
Many engines come with different .exe files. 64-bit .exes are always preferred over 32-bit. Also, compiles that support SSE 4.2, AVX/AVX2 or similar instruction sets are preferred.

Large Pages
Some engines can utilize a function in Windows called large pages, that gives a speed boost. However, after a while the memory in the computer will be fragmented, so that one engine might receive large pages and the opponent won’t, which would be unfair. Therefore, this has been disabled. Large pages are often useful when you are running infinite analysis on a position.

Number of Cores / Threads
Each engine can use up to 43 cores of the processors, if this is supported. Some engines have a prefix like “deep”, but this has been omitted from the engine name to make it shorter. When watching a game you can see the number of cores that are in use for the engines currently playing by clicking the gears next to the engine logo.

Split Depth
The split depth parameter basically defines the minimum depth for work to be split between threads. If no specific settings are given from the programmer, the default value will be used.

Main Hash Size
Each engine is allowed to use up to 16384 MB of hash. Not all engines supports this much hash, so the maximum for that engine will be used in this case, typically 2048 MB or 4096 MB. When watching a game you can see the size of the hash that is in use for the engines currently playing by clicking the gears next to the engine logo.

Minor Hash Sizes
Some engines have an option to configure the size of other hash tables, often called pawn hash or evaluation hash. The combined, total limit for hash types like these is 4096 MB (8192 MB in case of the Superfinal).

Own Opening Book
All opening books shipped with the engines are removed and/or disabled and any engine found to be using hidden, internal opening books will be disqualified and replaced with another engine chosen by the Tournament Director.

Endgame Tablebases
For Season 13 all divisions, 5-men Nalimov/Gaviota/Scorpio, and 6-men Syzygy are available thanks to the 256 GB SSD. When watching a game you can see the type of the tablebases (if any) that is in use for the engines currently playing by clicking the gears next to the engine logo.

Ponder / Permanent Brain
Basically this means that the engines can think during their opponents turn. It is not allowed so it will be disabled because of performance limitations with only 1 computer. This might change in a future Season of TCEC.

Contempt / Draw Score
Some engines have a setting that can adjust their own view of the positions throughout a game to avoid draws. This setting is not changed from the default unless it is a request from the programmer.

Other Settings
Any configurable option not described above, are not normally adjusted in any way, except if the programmer of an engine wants specific settings for each specific Division. Options like “keep hash tables” or similar is usually enabled.

TCEC server
CPUs: 44 Cores -> 2 x Intel Xeon E5 2699 v4 @ 2.8 GHz
Motherboard: Supermicro X10DRL-i
RAM: 64 GB DDR4 ECC
SSD: Crucial CT250M500 240 GB
Chassis: Supermicro
OS: Windows Server 2012 R2

Thanks to the devoted audience and its support, the server has received a huge upgrade from Season 10 on, allowing TCEC to start with a 44 cores machine right from Division 4.

Again thanks to support by the audience, this season will have GPU power of 35% of the power available for Alpha Zero by Google DeepMind. If you want to contribute to upgrading the hardware even more and help the event improve, check out how to support TCEC

GPU Server

GPUs: 2x GTX 1080 ti
CPUs: Intel Xeon E5-2609v4 1.7 GHz
RAM: 32 GB RAM
SSD:480 GB SSD
Port: 1 Gbps Port
OS: Windows Server 2016

 

Pre-Season 8 TCEC Server
CPUs: 2 x 8 core Intel Xeon E5-2689 @ 3300 MHz
CPU Coolers: 2 x Corsair H80i
Motherboard: Asus Z9PE-D8 WS
RAM: 64 GB Kingston KVR16R11D4K4/32 Reg/ECC
PSU: Corsair AX 760
SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 128 GB
Chassis: Silverstone Raven RV03B-WA
OS: Windows 7 Professional

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Asian Nations Cup 2018

Sat, 07/28/2018 - 09:48

The 2018 Asian Nations Cup is a team event for Asian chess federations taking place in Hamedan, Iran from 28 July to 3 August. The 7-round Swiss tournament features teams of 4 players with 1 reserve The time control is 90 minutes for 40 moves, then 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30-second increment from move 1. Teams score 2 match points for a win and 1 for a draw, with game points deciding the winner if match points are tied.

China, India, Iran , Kazakhstan, Vietnam, Uzbekistan, Iraq, Bangladesh, Syria, Oman and Afghanistan are the teams competing in the men’s section.

China, Kazakhstan, India, Vietnam, Iran, Uzbekistan, and Syria compete in the women’s section.

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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Russian Championships Superfinal 2018

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 20:18

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 following players are eligible to take part in the tournaments:

Men:
Dmitry Andreikin, Vladimir Fedoseev, Nikita Vitiugov, Dmitry Jakovenko, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Ernesto Inarkiev, Mikhail Kobalia, Daniil Dubov, Grigoriy Oparin, Denis Khismatullin, and Alexey Sarana.

Women:
Olga Girya, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Valentina Gunina, Alina Kashlinskaya, Polina Shuvalova, Aleksandra Goryachkina, Natalija Pogonina, Anastasiya Protopopova, Alisa Galliamova, Anastasia Bodnaruk, Elena Tomilova, and Oksana Gritsayeva.

Total prize fund is 9,000,000 RUB (approx 120,000 EUR). Besides, the winners of men’s and women’s tournaments will also receive a special prize – a Renault car.

The tournaments are round-robin events with 11 rounds. The default time is 15 minutes. If a player arrives at his/her place after a chess clock was started, but within first 15 minutes, he/she shall be fined at a rate of 10,000 roubles.

The match days: August 25-30 and September 1-5. Free day – August 31. The rounds start at 1 p.m. (Moscow time), the final 11th round begins at 11 a.m. (Moscow time).

Tie-break criteria: 1) number of games played with Black, 2) Sonneborn-Berger, 3) number of wins, 4) direct encounter, 5) Koya system.

In case of a tie for the 1st place by two or more participants, an additional rapid competition is played to determine the winner.

Chief arbiter is IA Vladimir Staratorzhskiy.

Tournament page

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Arkady Dvorkovich in the pre-sanctions list of the US Treasury: New problems for FIDE?

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 17:41

Arkady Dvorkovich (photo RIA Novosti / Arkady Natruskin)

After the inclusion of its former president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov in the sanctions list of the US Treasury, the banking problems of FIDE seem to never end.

According to our sources, this week one more European financial institution, LHV Bank with branches in London and Tallinn, refused to open an account for FIDE although it is now public knowledge that Kirsan Ilyumzhinov is not running.

Facing the reality of Ilyumzhinov not getting re-elected after the infamous Glen Stark scandal, Russia replaced him with another candidate: the former Russian deputy prime minister Mr. Arkady Dvorkovich.

The problem is that Russia’s new candidate is also included in a pre-sanctions list of the US Treasury for, among others, alleged “human rights violations, annexation of Crimea and ongoing military operations in eastern Ukraine” by Russia: http://edition.cnn.com/2018/01/30/politics/full-us-list-of-russian-oligarchs-with-putin-ties-intl/index.html , a risk factor that might have influenced the decision of LHV Bank to reject FIDE as a customer, at least until the elections in October are over.

We have already asked FIDE how they would handle FIDE’s banking in the Western Europe if Arkady Dvorkovich is elected and he remains in the above mentioned pre-sanctions list of the US Treasury.

It is obvious that FIDE still needs a lot of work to get its bank accounts back in order, unless Georgios Makropoulos or Nigel Short are elected and these questions stop arising. We will keep you updated as the story develops.

The FIDE Presidential race so far

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

Reacting to Azmaiparashvili’s interview, Arkady Dvorkovich tweeted:
“Greetings from South Africa! Have been surprised by claims that I offered Georgios Makropoulos to become my deputy at FIDE if elected. Never did that! He has been a grey cardinal for too long. My vision of FIDE future is totally different, so no plans to offer him any executive position.”

Georgios Makropoulos responded shortly after:
Lying is a pitiful way for Arkady Dvorkovich to start a career in FIDE politics. We have lost the count on how many lies Arkady and his team have spread in only 3 weeks of campaigning.
So he flew all the way to Bucharest, during the football World Cup, and met with me privately for three hours from 3:30 to 6:30 in the night, to offer what exactly? If he insists that he was not offering important positions, people may think that he was offering money.
Anyway, I have refused all proposals by Mr. Dvorkovich as the main principle for me, as a Presidential candidate in these elections, is to achieve a politically and financially independent FIDE, away from the control of any foreign government.

#KirsanGate story

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

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Judit Polgar designs educational program for China

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 16:55

Multiple Olympic champion’s innovative educational chess programs Chess Palace and Chess Playground are set to be introduced into Chinese schools to help the younger generation prepare for the challenges of our future.

In the 21st century, chess is more than just a sport but an opportunity, at least according to Olympic chess champion Judit Polgár who believes that by learning the game we can also learn to handle the excessive amounts of data that, in the digital age, we are constantly facing on a daily basis.

Considered to be the best female chess player ever and having won multiple olympic gold medals in the sport, Polgár has gone on to pioneer two playful education programs called Chess Palace for schools and Chess Playground for kindergartens.

These teaching methods are now being adopted in China after their previous success in her home country of Hungary, where they have helped children to improve their competencies by 40% when tested in key school subjects within the National Core Curriculum.

From September the Chess Palace and Chess Playground educational programs will begin in Chinese schools, with Polgár on-hand to help implement the method for learning by introducing it to headmasters as well as giving a lecture on chess as an educational tool. As a part of this cooperation, Polgár attended a special festival in Beijing between 18-22 July called Chess Skill = The Ability to Survive in the Future.

This unique five-day event was built around the tenets of the grandmaster’s educational programs, intended to give its young participants an understanding of skills and experience that they might need in their future lives. Teams of kids took part, teaching them not only the logical thinking needed on the chessboard but also aspects of teamplay, a sense of community and a greater understanding of wider social issues. To make this extra special, Polgár also gave a simultaneous exhibition by playing against a number of talented young chess players from across the country – an event that was also streamed online

The concept of the Chess Skill event is based on and precedes the Global Chess Festival, which is an annual event in Budapest organised by Polgár’s Foundation and is due to once again take place this October.

“Talks to make our programs accessible to Chinese children between 4-10 years-old began in 2016,” said Polgár of the exciting move to bring Chess Palace and Chess Playground to Asia. “Our cooperating partner, Chess Ivy, also believes that the use of chess is of great help for the younger generation of the 21st century by helping them to master the skills that are essential for success as adults. We believe that chess will allow children to adapt to changing situations later on in their lives.” Polgár emphasised how playing chess can teach children values like decision-making and help them to learn responsibility for their actions.

The success of these educational programs has already been proven in Hungarian schools where they were first introduced, becoming a part of Hungarian National Core Curriculum in 2013. Since then they have been introduced into 350 schools and have been utilised by over 15,000 young students.

As a part of this, almost 1,000 teachers have completed a 30-hour accreditation training program since Chess Palace and Chess Playground were first introduced. These teachers do not teach chess, but teach by the rules of chess. As part of the training program they are taught how to use the game as a toolkit for education, the rules of chess – and the values that can be earned by those who play it – being applied to the study of other compulsory subjects.

As a result, a rather impressive 40% of the children participating in these programs have managed to achieve better results in subject competency tests when compared to control groups that did not take part, highlighting the value of the teaching method.

Polgár lives by her motto of “Chess connects us”, and it is with this in mind that the Chess Palace and Chess Playground programs were developed. As part of this message, she is opening the Global Chess Festival for the fourth year in 2018. This year it will be hosted by the Hungarian National Gallery and will take place at the Buda Castle in Budapest on 13 October 2018.

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Carlsen leading in Biel and many other events live at chessdom.

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 11:53

Magnus Carlsen is leading in Biel with 2 points after the second round.
Follow the games live here.

Ivan Saric and 9 other players are leading with 4 points in Xtracon Open after 4 rounds.
Follow the games live here.

Steinberg, Zakhartsov and Zwardon are leading with 4 points after 4 rounds in Czech Open.
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Fedorchuk and 6 other players are leading with 3 points after 3 rounds in Andora Open.
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Guseinov and Saurabh are leading with 3 points after 3 rounds in Sitges Open.
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Shkalov and Chetverik are leading with 4,5 points after 5 rounds in Yaroslav the Wise Open.
Follow the games live here.

Paveto and Peralta are leading with 4,5 points after 6 rounds in Argentinian Championship.
Follow the games live here.

Round 4 in 29th Panamerican Youth Championships is today.
Follow the games live here.

Round 2 in Sueca Open is today.
Follow the games live here.

Round 3 in U16 Spanish Championship is today.
Follow the games live here.

Condigne-dutch-open-2018 is starting today
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Nepomniachtchi won the Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting with 5 points out of 7. Giri,Kovalev and Duda shared second place with 4 points.
Replay the games here.

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British Chess Championship 2018

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 09:53

The 2018 British Chess Championship is an 9-round Swiss tournament taking place at Hull City Hall, Hull, England from 28 July to 5 August. In case of a tie for first a rapid and blitz playoff will take place. The top prize is £10,000, with £1,000 for the British Women’s Champion. The time control is 90 minutes for 40 moves then 30 minutes to the end, with a 30-second increment from move 1.

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

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Sueca Open 2018

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 11:04

The Sueca Open is an 8-round Swiss tournament taking place from 23-29 July 2018 in Sueca, Spain. Players receive 90 minutes for the entire game, plus a 30-second increment starting from move one.

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

More live chessSitges Open 2018 /Biel ACCENTUS Grandmaster Tournament 2018 /Xtracon Open 2018

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Condigne Dutch Open 2018

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 10:58

The Condigne Dutch Open is a 9-round Swiss open tournament taking place from 24 July – 2 August 2018 in Dieren, Netherlands. The first prize is €3,000. Players receive 90 minutes for 40 moves, then 30 minutes for the rest of the game plus 30 seconds per move starting from move 1.

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

Round schedule

Round 1 Tuesday July 24 13.00 – 19.00
Round 2 Wednesday July 25 13.00 – 19.00
Round 3 Thursday 26 July 13.00 – 19.00
Round 4 Friday 27 July 13.00 – 19.00
Round 5 Saturday July 28 13.00 – 19.00
Rest day Sunday July 29
Round 6 Monday July 30 13.00 – 19.00
Round 7 Tuesday July 31st 13.00 – 19.00
Round 8 Wednesday 1 August 13.00 – 19.00
Round 9 Thursday August 2 12.00 – 18.00

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RGCC Open 2018

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 10:39

The RGCC Open is a 9-round Swiss tournament taking place from 23-29 July 2018 at the Real Grupo de Cultura Covadonga in Gijón, Spain. Players receive 90 minutes for the entire game, plus a 30-second increment starting from move one.

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

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Liang and Yip are winners at the U.S. Junior Championships 2018

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 10:17

The best U.S. junior chess players return to Saint Louis, the “nation’s Chess Capital”, this summer as the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis hosts the U.S. Junior Closed Championship from 12-21 July 2018. The event is the most prestigious chess tournament in the country for junior players under the age of 21.

Awonder Liang and Carissa Yip entered the last day only needing a draws to clinch their respective championships.

GM Awonder Liang gained a comfortable advantage from the opening against Akshat Chandra, which he used to gain a pawn and trade into an ending. The players agreed to a draw on move 30, giving Liang his second U.S. Junior Championship title in a row with 6,5 points.
Second is IM Advait Patel with 6 points and third is GM John Burke.

FM Carissa Yip drew against Jennifer Yu as the first game to finish, sealing clear 1st. Although Yu attempted to create checkmate threats against Yip’s king, Yip defended calmly and traded queens into a slightly better ending. This gave the new U.S. Girls’ Junior Champion an impressive 7 points out of 9.
Second is WGM Jennifer Yu with 6 points and third is WIM Emily Ngueng also with 6 points.

Replay the games here and here

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Bogner wins Swiss Championship 2018

Sun, 07/22/2018 - 15:38

The Swiss Championship was a 10-player round-robin tournament which took place from 12-20 July 2018 in Lenzerheide.
In the same place were held few other tournaments.

The winner is GM Sebastian Bogner with 7,5 points out of 9 .
Second and third with 5 points are GM Nico Georgiadis and GM Florian Jenny.

Replay the games here

Final standings

1 GM Bogner Sebastian 7½
2 GM Georgiadis Nico 5
3 GM Jenni Florian 5
4 GM Pelletier Yannick 4½
5 GM Gallagher Joseph 4½
6 IM Gähwiler Gabriel 4½
7 IM Ekstroem Roland 4
8 GM Studer Noël 4
9 IM Kurmann Oliver 3½
10 FM Bänziger Fabian 2½

Main tournament I (76 participants / 9 rounds). Final ranking after 9 rounds (top 6): 1. Henrichs 7½ (49½). 2. Stojanovic 7½ (46½). 3. Fisherman 6½ (43½). 4. Eric Sommerhalder (# 25 in the starting list) 6½ (41). 5. Cebalo 6½ (40½). 6. Klauser 6.

It remained exciting until the end at the ladies, where WIM Gundula Heinatz (Trubschachen) with a win in the last round WFM Lena Georgescu (Moosseedorf), who played a draw, could overtake by half a point. The third place goes to non-titled Kirstin Achatz (D / Riehen). Nathalie Pellicoro (Bern) becomes the third best Swiss and takes the bronze medal.
Top 6 women’s ranking
1. WIM Gundula Heinatz (Trubschachen) 6. 2. WFM Lena Georgescu 5½. 3. Kirstin Achatz (D). 4. Nathalie Pellicoro (Berne) 4½. 5. WFM Laura Stoeri (Payerne) 4. 6. Olga Kurapova (Gonzen) 3.

Top 6 ranking of the juniors
1. FM Daniel Fischer (Zurich) 6½. 2. Theo Stijve (Payerne) 6 (45½). 3. FM Davide Arcuti (Lucerne) 6 (45). 4th Noah Fecker (St. Gallen) 5½ (45). 5. Lena Georgescu (Moosseedorf) 5½ (43). 6. Dario Bischofberger (Chur) 5½ (42).

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VIII World Team Chess Championship for Blind and Visually Impaired

Sun, 07/22/2018 - 14:50

Year 2018 is a special one for the people with visual impairments in Bulgaria. Our country has been selected by IBCA (The International Braille Chess Association) and for the first time in our history, Bulgaria will host the World Championship for Visually Impaired Chess Players.

The World Championship for Visually Impaired Chess Players will take place between 20th and 31st July 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria. We rely on the Ministry of Youth and Sport, the Municipality of Sofia, the business, the media and all volunteers to support our effort in organizing and providing the event at a very high level.

The event will be a part of the programme “Sofia – European Sport Capital”.
The World Championship for Visually Impaired Chess Players will be held under the patronage of the Bulgarian Minister of the Youth and the Sport, Krassen Kralev.

Bulgaria was chosen to host the World team championship at International Association of Braille Chess’ (IBCA) congress on 25th of June 2017 where (as Ivan Yanev has shared) the meeting between minister Kralev and IBCA’s president Ludwig Beutelhoff in 2015 played a key role.

In Bulgaria’s sport history it is the first event of such level to be organized by our country for visually impaired people. A similar event (however at European level) was organized in 1983 European athletics championship for visually impaired held in Varna, Bulgaria. At that event Krassen Kralev had participated as pilot runner for Norwegian athlete that won the silver medal in 5000m. competition.

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Sitges Open 2018

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 12:10

The Sitges Open is a 9-round Swiss tournament taking place from 22-29 July 2018 in Sitges, Spain. Players receive 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes to the end of the game, plus a 30-second increment starting from move one.

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

More live chessBiel ACCENTUS Grandmaster Tournament 2018/Andorra Open 2018/Czech Open 2018

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Panamerican Youth Championships 2018

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 09:03

The Panamerican Youth Championships are 9-round Swiss tournaments taking place from 22-28 July 2018 in Santiago de Chile. Players receive 90 minutes for the entire game, plus a 30-second increment starting from move one.

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

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FIDE-TRG Trainer Awards 2017

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 22:23

The FIDE Trainers’ Commission (TRG) is pleased to announce the tenth FIDE-TRG Trainer Awards Results for 2017. The final results were decided (voted) by the following Experts’ Panel, consisting of seven members, with reputation and knowledge in the field of training:

 

Experts’ Panel:
1. Nigel Freeman (Bermuda) – FIDE Executive Director (Chairman)
2. Israel Gelfer (Israel) – FIDE Vice-President
3. Kurt Jungwirth (Austria) – FIDE Honorary Vice-President
4. Adrian Mikhalchishin (Slovenia) – GM/FST * TRG Chairman
5. Jovan Petronic (Serbia) – IM/FST * TRG Councillor
6. Arshak Petrosian (Armenia) – GM/FST * TRG Councillor
7. Smbat Lputian (Armenia) – GM/FST * TRG Member

Medals / Winner 2017

Botvinnik Mikhail (Men Trainer): Xu Jun (China)
Furman Symeon (Women Trainer): Matlak Marek (Poland)
Euwe Max (Juniors Trainer): Grivas Efstratios (Greece)
Boleslavsky Isaac (Author): Sokolov Ivan (Netherlands)
Petrosian Tigran (Special Achievement): Al Taher Hisham (UA Emirates)
Razuvaev Yuri (Education Trainers): Vera Reinaldo (Cuba)

Hall of Fame:
Minev Nikolay (US America)
Yurkov Vladimir (Russia)
Pavlov Mircea (Romania)

The winner of each of the six Medal categories will receive a diploma (as well as the winners of the Hall of Fame and all the nominees of the final stage) and the trophy “The Tree of Chess”, made by the famous Ukrainian artist Volodymyr Odrehivskyj.

The 2017 Medals & Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony will take place during the 2018 FIDE Congress.

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Biel Chess Festival 2018

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 13:34

The traditional Biel Chess Festival will be held from July 23 – August 1, 2018.

It will be 9 rounds Swiss system. Time control is 90 minutes for the first 40 moves + 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an addition of 30 seconds per move starting from move one.

Around 140 players are expected. The top players are GM Pavel Eljanov, GM Dmitry Gordievsky, GM Eduardo Iturrizaga, GM Saleh Salem etc…

Prizes CHF 1’200, 1’000, 800, 600, 500, 2×400, 3×300, 5×200, 5×100. Best women players, best seniors (1958-), best juniors (1998+): each CHF 200, 100, best children (2002+): CHF 150, 50. Best players with Elo <1800 and <1700: CHF 400, 300, 200, 2x100. Total prize fund: CHF 10'600.
New: Prizes in kind gifted by Auberson&Fils, La Neuveville, to the three top ranked teams.
Final standings will be established according to number of points scored, truncated Buchholz and truncated Sum of Buchholz. The worst score in each case will be disregarded. Prizes will be shared upon the final ranking (“Hort System” won’t be used).

Additional events-
ATO: Team Competition
For participants of the ATO: This year team prizes will be awarded. If you are already registered for the General Tournament and would like to form a team, you can do so by e-mail (info@bielchessfestival.ch). Please indicate the three team members and the desired team name. Participation in this team competition has no affect on the registration fee.

ACCENTUS Youth Simul
If you're 16 years old or younger and would like to participate in the ACCENTUS Youth Simul (July 21, 2018, 1.30 p.m.) please contact us by e-mail at info@bielchessfestival.ch. Participation is free, each participant receives a gift.

Live games 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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Andorra Open 2018

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 13:15

The Andorra Open, a traditional tournament in the heart of the Pyrenees, is celebrating its 36th edition from 21-29 July 2018. The 9-round Swiss tournament boosts a prize fund of 10,000 euros, with 2,100 for the winner. 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.

The venue is the Panorama Hotel located in Escaldes-Engordany.
Parallel activities will take place along with the main tournament, blitz tournaments, visit to Caldea or Inuu, football matches and discounts in restaurants for all those who are interested. 136 players are expected to take part.

Live games 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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