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FIDE delegation visits Batumi

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 11:28



On January 18th 2018, the FIDE delegation consisting of Deputy President G. Makropoulos, Vice-President I. Gelfer and CEO G. Borg met the Minister of Culture, Sports and Protection of Monuments, Mr. M. Giorgadze, the Chairman of Government of Autonomous Republic of Ajara, Mr. Z. Pataradze, the Minister of Economics and Finance of Ajara, Mr. Ramaz Bolkvadze, the Director of the Olympiad Organising Committee, Mr. Z. Azmaiparashvili, and the President of the Georgian Chess Federation, Mr. G. Giorgadze. The team visited the Batumi Olympiad venue and had a meeting afterwards, to discuss several urgent issues concerning the coming Olympiad.







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Newly Approved Chess Clocks

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 10:23



TEC Commission in Antalya has approved the following two clocks:

1. CE clock
2. LEAP clock KK 9908



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Call for Bids: FIDE Events 2020

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 11:18



CALL FOR BIDS

FIDE WORLD CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2020

Deadline 31st March 2018


1. World Junior Chess Championship 2020

2. World Senior Chess Championship 2020

3. World Senior Team Championship 2020

4. World Amateur Chess Championship 2020

5. World Youth U16 Chess Olympiad 2020

6. World School Chess Championships 2020

7. World Youth (U14, U16 & U18) Chess Championships 2020 (Europe)

8. World Cadets U08, U10 & U12 Chess Championships 2020 (Europe)

9. World Youth & Cadets Rapid & Blitz Championships 2020


With effect from 1st January 2013, a bid for any FIDE Competitions onwards shall include the name of a FIDE licensed International Organizer.

All bids should be submitted by the due date in sealed envelope or scanned documents to the FIDE Secretariat, postal address: 9 Syggrou Avenue, 11743 Athens - Greece / Fax: (+30) 2109212859 / Email: office@fide.com by 31st March 2018, 16:00 local time (UTC/GMT + 2 hours). Each bid should be accompanied with a bid fee.

2.000 Euro – World Youth & Cadets Chess Championships
1.000 Euro – World Junior Chess Championship
500 Euro – All other FIDE World Chess Championships

Bid Fees are not refundable. Bid fees should be paid the latest by 7th April 2018 to the FIDE bank account (free of charges) or to be enclosed in the bid envelope.

The bid form can be downloaded here.

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FIDE Newsletter December 2017

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 09:30



King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2017 took place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from 24th till 31st of December 2017


Official website: riyadh2017.fide.com

The King Salman World Rapid Championship had a thrilling finale in which Viswanathan Anand claimed the title after the blitz tie-break with Vladimir Fedoseev.

Ju Wenjun of China continued the good run on the final day of the Women's Rapid Championship and after scoring two wins and three draws emerged clear winner with 11,5/15 points. Her compatriot Lei Tingjie was in position to direct a tiebreak match, but she could not win with black against Nana Dzagnidze, therefore being awarded the silver medal. Elisabeth Paehtz claimed the bronze with 10,5 points.

Magnus Carlsen (Norway) and Nana Dzagnidze (Georgia) became champions of their respective section in the King Salman World Blitz Championships.

Point and a half behind the champion are Sergey Karjakin and World Rapid Champion Viswanathan Anand. Karjakin took the silver medal on better tie-break, but the prize money will be shared.



The powerful finish of five straight victories lifted Valentina Gunina to the second place half a point behind the winner.

The rest of the field remained far behind. Ju Wenjun and Kateryna Lagno shared the third place with 14 points each, but the Rapid Champion Ju claimed the bronze in blitz thanks to the superior tie-break.

During the opening ceremony of the World Blitz & Rapid Championships, FIDE Deputy President Mr. Makropoulos proposed to His Excellency Turki bin Abdel Muhsin Al-Asheikh, Chairman of the General Sports Authority of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, that the name of next year’s event in Riyadh can be "King Salman Peace & Friendship Rapid & Blitz World Chess Championships" and that in the spirit of the FIDE motto “Gens Una Sumus”, chess players from all nations will be welcomed and able to participate.

2nd IMSA Elite Mind Games were held in Huai’an, China from 8th to 16th of December 2017.

Official website: iemg2017.fide.com

The IMSA Elite Mind Games included five disciplines: Chess, Xiangqi, Draughts, Go, and Bridge. Moreover, the card game—Huai’an Guandan appeared as an exhibition game.

Nearly 400 participants including athletes, arbiters and officials from 44 countries and regions were involved in this event. The selection for the final list of 12 participants in each category (Men and Women) of chess was based on the average ratings for last 12 months of the player’s (three ratings for classical, blitz and rapid).

The organisers of the event are the Board and Card Games Administrative Center of the General Administration of Sport, Beijing, China together with the Municipality of Huai’an in Jiangsu Province, People’s Republic of China.

Open Rapid:
1. Dmitry Andreikin RUS 4½
2. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov AZE 4½
3. Le Quang Liem VIE 4½

Women Rapid:
1. Antoaneta Stefanova FID 4½
2. Anna Muzychuk UKR 4½
3. Mariya Muzychuk UKR 4½



Open Blitz:
1. Vladislav Artemiev RUS 16
2. Alexander Grischuk RUS 16
3. Dmitry Andreikin RUS 14



Women Blitz:
1. Antoaneta Stefanova FID 14½
2. Ju Wenjun CHN 13½
3. Alexandra Kosteniuk RUS 13½

Open Basque System:
1. Alexander Grischuk Alexander RUS 6½
2. Anton Korobov UKR 6½
3. Pentala Harikrishna IND 6



Women Basque System:
1. Zhao Xue CHN 7½
2. Anna Muzychuk UKR 6½
3. Kateryna Lagno RUS 5½

World Youth U16 Chess Olympiad 2017 took place in Ahmedabad, India from 10th to 20th of December 2017

Russia won the Gold and 1250 Euro, India Green took the Silver and 1000 Euro. Iran took the Bronze with 800 Euro.

Daily reports are available here



The prestigious and mega event attracted 30 teams from 25 (including Uganda, which did not turn up at the last minute) countries from all continents – three from India, two from South Africa, two from Kenya, two from Nepal and other federations fielding one team each. The nine round Swiss team event had 9 rounds, with a time control of 90 minutes to each player, with an increment of 30 seconds per move.

Over the years, this tournament has jumped leaps and bounds in quality, with one GM, 14 IMs, 4 WIMs, 29 FMs and 7 WFMs, providing ample opportunities for IM and WIM norm seekers. The strongest ever team in Youth chess Olympiad was fielded by India in the name of India Green which had an average rating of 2503.

European Rapid and Blitz Championships 2017 took place in Katowice, Poland from 14th to 18th December 2017.

Official website: www.katowice2017.eu/en

The winner of the European Blitz Championship, with 18 points, is Sergei Zhigalko from Belarus. Second and third places were taken respectively by Luke J McShane and Peter Michalik. The result was decided by a tiebreak.



The winner of the European Rapid Chess Championship was nineteen-year old Maksim Vavulin from Russia, who finished the tournament with the total score of 10 points.

Jan-Krzysztof Duda stood on the second step of podium. The best chess Polish player held the lead in the tournament for 10 rounds, but in the last game he succumbed to the future champion. The third place went to Pavel Pankratov, also a representative of Russia.



African Youth Chess Championships 2017 took place in Giza, Egypt from 2nd to 10th of December 2017

The Egyptian chess federation has successfully hosted the African Youth chess championships in Cataract Pyramids resort in Giza, Egypt 2 - 10 December 2017.

The event has attracted 145 players from 13 African countries : South Africa - Nigeria - Namibia - Zambia - Angola - Kenya - Uganda - Madagascar - Morocco - Algeria - Tunisia - Libya - Egypt

Algeria won 5 Gold, 3 Silver and 4 Bronze medals. Egypt won 3 Gold, 3 Silver and 4 Bronze medals. South Africa, Kenya Libya and Madagascar won 1 Gold medal each.

Dr. Hesham Elgendy, the President of the Egyptian chess federation has welcomed the participants and congratulated the winners. He has also held meetings and discussed plans to develop African chess with delegates of the thirteenth African countries.

RESULTS

African Junior U20 Chess Championships 2017 Lome, Togo from 21 till 31 December 2017

IM David Silva of Angola & WFM Lina Nassr of Algeria were crowned Africa Junior U20 Champions winners in their respective categories

Medals   Women section   Open section Gold   NASSR Lina (ALG)   Silva David (ANG) Silver   CAXITA Esperanca (ANG)   Fawzy Adham (EGY) Bronze   MILADI Amen (TUN)   Anwuli Daniel (NGR)

Read full report here

Panamerican School Chess Championship 2017 took place in El Salvador from 11th to 18th of December 2017.

FINAL RESULTS






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Bulgaria

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 09:53



FIDE are happy to announce that after communication with the temporary FIDE relationship commission members (consisting of GM Kiril Georgiev, GM Antoaneta Stefanova, GM Alexander Delchev and interim FIDE rating officer ICCF IM and FIDE IA Milen Petrov) we have come to the following agreement:

1) We will be able to register new Bulgarian players on FIDE site but only after approval and proper association from FIDE office. All newly registered players will fall under FIDE flag.

2) We will be able to start registering tournaments valid for FIDE rating and norms. All requests for FIDE rated tournaments must be sent up-front to the following email address: bgtournaments@gmail.com with copy to chessarbiter@gmail.com. After the tournament is approved by the commission, it will be registered on FIDE web site.Organizers should receive confirmation about approval/decline.

3) We will be able to send tournament reports to FIDE rating server as any other federation, but following more strict rules, specified below.

4) Every registered FIDE rated tournament must be fully compliant with FIDE rules and must be led by FIDE licensed arbiters.

5) No late tournament registrations are allowed.

6) Within 5 days after the finish of the tournament Chief Arbiter is obliged to send the tournament report to the interim rating officer and then it will be uploaded to the server, only if all necessary documentation is proper, in the prescribed 7 days period. All Tournament reports must be accompanied with payment transaction details - transaction ID, amount, payer, tournament name.

7) All organizers are obliged to pay FIDE rating fees directly to FIDE as it will be announced locally and according to the FIDE Handbook. It is their duty to sort these. No tournament report will be sent to FIDE without clear approval that the payment is made. Possible payment methods are Credit Card and Paypal.

Credit Card
Internet Address: https://payment.fide.com/payment.phtml 
Holder Name: Federation Internationale Des Echecs
Instructions: Choose enter payment manually at the top and always provide name and reason for payment

Paypal
Code: www.paypal.com 
Holder Name: Federation Internationale Des Echecs
Code: payment@fide.com

8) All Chief Arbiters must be very careful with issuing any FIDE title norms. So any FIDE player must play with at least 3 other different federations (FID not counted as a federation). This one is valid for any player under FIDE flag.

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World Senior Chess Championship 2018

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 15:04



The World Chess Federation (FIDE), the Slovenian Chess Federation, the Municipality of Bled and the European Chess Academy have the honour to invite all senior women and men throughout the world to participate in the 28th World Senior Chess Championship (50+ and 65+) organised in the Olympic city of Bled, Slovenia, 17th November (arrival) to 30st November (departure) 2018.


REGULATIONS

OFFICIAL WEBSITE

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2018 FIDE Candidates' Tournament Player's Contract

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 11:32




FIDE announces that the deadline for player's participation in the Candidates Tournament is 26 January 2018. The event will be held in Berlin, Germany from 8 March (arrivals/opening ceremony) to 29 March 2018 (departures) and the qualifiers are:

1. Sergey Karjakin (RUS, world championship 2016 finalist)
2. Levon Aronian (ARM, world cup 2017 winner)
3. Ding Liren (CHN, world cup 2017 finalist)
4. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE, grand-prix 2017 winner)
5. Alexander Grischuk (RUS, grand-prix 2017 runner-up)
6. Fabiano Caruana (USA, rating lists 2017)
7. Wesley So (USA, rating lists 2017)
8. Vladimir Kramnik (RUS, organiser's nominee)

First reserve from the FIDE Grand-Prix standings is Teimour Radjabov (AZE).

The winner of the Candidates Tournament will challenge Magnus Carlsen for the FIDE World Championship title in the last quarter of 2018.

PLAYER'S CONTRACT (pdf)

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Obituary - IA Dr. Dirk De Ridder

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 15:04

With great sadness the FIDE Arbiters' Commission was informed that IA Dr. Dirk De Ridder passed away on 7 January 2018.

The Commission expresses its sincere condolences to his family and to the Belgian Chess Federation.

Dirk was a well known International Arbiter, International Organizer and FIDE Lecturer.

He was very enthusiastic and dedicated to chess for more than 30 years, having organized many tournaments and conducted many Arbiters' Seminars.

For many years he was a Chairman of Titles & Ratings Committee, Secretary of the FIDE Arbiters' Commission and Councilor of the FIDE Rules, Qualification and Technical Commissions.

His contribution to the Chess community was very important.

Rest in Peace Dirk!


IA Takis Nikolopoulos
Chairman
FIDE Arbiters' Commission

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Appeals Committee Rulings from Riyadh

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 16:06


FIDE publishes signed Appeals Committee Rulings from 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Championships held in Riyadh (KSA).

Claim of GM Grischuk, Alexander (RUS) (pdf)
Claim of GM Inarkiev, Ernesto (RUS) (pdf)
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A Report of the King Salman Rapid & Blitz World Championship, 2017

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 19:50


From the 25th to 30th of December, the Rapid & Blitz World Championship for 2017 was held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Intense preliminary negotiations took place in London and this culminated in an event with a record US Dollar prize fund of 2,000,000, the highest among all FIDE championships in recent times. The work carried out by Geoffrey Borg and Malcolm Pein in these negotiations must be highlighted.


Initially, major obstacles were predicted due to the stringent dress code in Saudi Arabia as well as the political confrontations outside of sport that currently exist in the Middle East. These seemed insurmountable but due to active work on the part of FIDE, led by its Acting President, Georgios Makropoulos, a solution was found that had seemed impossible. It was agreed that the female participants did not have to wear the traditional dress of hijab and abayas in the game room or in the host hotels, and also that men and women participated together in the same games room, both remarkable facts given the customs of the country.


Another substantial obstacle was the granting of visas for participants from Qatar, Iran and Israel given the existing regional confrontations. In this respect Mr Makropoulos obtained the acceptance by the authorities that the first two countries mentioned above were granted the relative permits. However, in the most difficult case of all, Israel, negotiations were held but the decision of the US government on Jerusalem, which came at the worst possible moment, prevented progress.


Given the complexity of the task, it must be said that of the 4 problematic cases, FIDE obtained a satisfactory response in 3, which gives an example of what sport can do to solve tensions. (It should be remembered that it was Table Tennis that opened the doors of diplomatic relations between China and the USA).


As Saudi Arabia will request to organize the R & B World Championships of 2018 and 2019 the FIDE Acting President, Mr. Makropoulos, said in his inaugural speech and outside the protocol that the next championships would be called "King Salman, Peace and Friendship" in a clear allusion to that all FIDE member federations will participate in them. The door is open and it will be the FIDE General Assembly that will decide on this.
The organization of the Rapid & Blitz was excellent, even more so considering it was a totally new federation. There were magnificent hotels, imposing headquarters and excellent transportation. In the end, no reason for complaint. The friendliness of the Saudi staff with all the visitors was remarkable. The support provided by the chess federations of Asia and the UAE was commendable.


In the technical aspect, the game room was unbeatable, the pairings were always on time and there were only two protests due to arbitration errors that were resolved correctly. A highly positive measure that must be followed by FIDE in all its world championships was the free opening of the transmission of the live games to all the websites that wished to use it. This promotes chess and does not limit it as when transmission is conditioned by an economic interest.


On the development of the event, much has been written and I will not repeat, just to note the dramatic way in which Anand won the Rapid and the spectacular Carlsen attack to win the Blitz, also the intense fight in the women's section. I am sure of the satisfaction of all the participants and their desire to return.


As an anecdotal question regarding different customs, I mention that always in the lobby of the event there was a hunting hawk. We were permitted to have our pictures taken with the hawk whenever we wanted. I did not resist the temptation and published two of them.


Jorge Vega
Continental President for Americas

Riyadh, December 31, 2017

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January 2018 FIDE Rating list

Sun, 12/31/2017 - 19:30


FIDE publishes January 2018 FIDE Rating List. The list of top players is published at Top lists page of FIDE ratings website. All players can check new ratings at the main page of FIDE ratings website.
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Carlsen and Dzagnidze are World Blitz Champions!

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 21:15
The King Salman World Blitz Chess Championship concluded today in Riyadh with Magnus Carlsen (Norway) and Nana Dzagnidze (Georgia) emerging convincing champions of their respective section.

After the first day of the championship Magnus Carlsen trailed full two points behind the leader and 2016 champion Sergey Karjakin. However, the impressive winning streak on the second day, where he conceded only two draws in ten games, put Carlsen ahead of the field and he secured the title with a round to spare. His total score in the end is 16/21 points.

Point and a half behind the champion are Sergey Karjakin and World Rapid Champion Viswanathan Anand. Karjakin took the silver medal on better tie-break, but the prize money will be shared.

This is Carlsen's third world blitz title, having previously won in Moscow 2009 and Dubai 2014.

Carlsen stated in an interview with FIDE press officer: "Obviously, I am extremely happy. Yesterday was a difficult day for me, but today everything went beyond expectations. This title means a lot to me, especially after losing that last game from the leading position in the Rapid Championship. So it's a massive win."



President of the Saudi Arabia Chess Federation Al Sulaiman Mottaz Abdulrahman making the ceremonial first move in the game between Levon Aronian and Magnus Carlsen in the presence of FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos


Nana Dzagnidze repeated the strong performance from the first day of the Women's Championship, and with Pia Cramling's misfortune, this was sufficient for the clear first place with 16,5/21 points.

The powerful finish of five straight victories lifted Valentina Gunina to the second place half a point behind the winner.

The rest of the field remained far behind. Ju Wenjun and Kateryna Lagno shared the third place with 14 points each, but the Rapid Champion Ju claimed the bronze in blitz thanks to the superior tie-break.

Dzagnidze said: "It was a very difficult event and this title is very important to me. I am still not aware that I became champion. This was my dream."

Dzagnidze is reigning European champion in classical chess.



Nana Dzagnidze


All videos and interviews are available here.

The 2017 King Salman World Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships were held from 26-30th December in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, with 238 world's top players competing for the prestigious titles and 2,000,000 USD prize fund.

Official website / Photo gallery / Results, Standings, Pairings



Magnus Carlsen - Sergey Karjakin



Resting outside while waiting for the next game



Anna Ushenina-Nana Dzagnidze



Ian Nepomniachtchi and Ding Liren






Shakhriyar Mamedyarov



Arbiters Anastasia Sorokina and Olexandr Prohorov



FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos shaking hands with Magnus Carlsen



Players photos with the King statue







Ding Liren and Magnus Carlsen. Arbiter Omar Salama observing.



Live commentary was provided by Evgeny Miroshnichenko



All interview recorded by Sergey



Levon Aronian



Natalia Zhukova and Denis Khismatullin


Day 1

The King Salman World Blitz Chess Championship started today at the beautiful Apex Convention Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

A total of 138 players in the Open section and 100 players in the Women's section are competing in this prestigious event. 11 rounds have been played today.

The defending World Blitz Champion GM Sergey Karjakin (Russia) is on the roll, winning seven games and drawing four, to conclude the day as clear leader on 9/11 points.

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France), who is also blitz specialist, is close behind on 8,5 points. Six players, including three Chinese, are on 8 points each: Peter Svidler, Wang Hao, Ding Liren, Yu Yangyi, Le Quang Liem, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.

After the first round GM Ernesto Inarkiev submitted a complaint regarding the result in his game against Magnus Carlsen. The tournament's Appeals Committee rejected the claim (ruling attached).



The claim of an "illegal move"


Having a very low blitz rating, as she herself admitted in an interview, Pia Cramling (Sweden) started the race from the lower bracket of the Women's competition. This brought her a round 1 loss against the 3rd-seed Valentina Gunina. But from then on, Cramling had a magnificent score of nine wins and only one draw to conclude the first leg with 9,5/11 points.

The nearest followers Nana Dzagnidze and Valentina Gunina are a full point behind.

The remaining 10 rounds will be played on Saturday 30th December.



Pia Cramling


Yesterday Viswanathan Anand and Ju Wenjun won gold medals in King Salman World Rapid Championship.

Official website / Photo gallery / Results, Standings, Pairings



Anna Zatonskih, Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant and Martha Fierro resting between the rounds






GM Salem A.R. Saleh



Chief arbiter Takis Nikolopoulos announcing the start of the round



Alexandra Goryachkina, Natalia Zhukova and Nana Dzagnidze



GM Laurent Fressinet



Women's section






Hotel restaurant photos by Maria Emelianova




Kind staff of the General Sports Authority



Arbiters from Estonia and Greece



Pia Cramling and Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant taking a walk between two rounds



Chinese players taking a break



Former world women's classical champion Zhu Chen



Fressinet-Aronian



Natalia Zhukova






Vassily Ivanchuk checking the screens



Sanan Sjugirov defeated Magnus Carlsen in round 2



Valentina Gunina and Monika Socko







Big screen in the lobby area



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Karjakin, Cramling lead in King Salman World Blitz Chess Championship

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 21:15
The King Salman World Blitz Chess Championship started today at the beautiful Apex Convention Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

A total of 138 players in the Open section and 100 players in the Women's section are competing in this prestigious event. 11 rounds have been played today.

The defending World Blitz Champion GM Sergey Karjakin (Russia) is on the roll, winning seven games and drawing four, to conclude the day as clear leader on 9/11 points.

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France), who is also blitz specialist, is close behind on 8,5 points. Six players, including three Chinese, are on 8 points each: Peter Svidler, Wang Hao, Ding Liren, Yu Yangyi, Le Quang Liem, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.

After the first round GM Ernesto Inarkiev submitted a complaint regarding the result in his game against Magnus Carlsen. The tournament's Appeals Committee rejected the claim (ruling attached).



The claim of an "illegal move"


Having a very low blitz rating, as she herself admitted in an interview, Pia Cramling (Sweden) started the race from the lower bracket of the Women's competition. This brought her a round 1 loss against the 3rd-seed Valentina Gunina. But from then on, Cramling had a magnificent score of nine wins and only one draw to conclude the first leg with 9,5/11 points.

The nearest followers Nana Dzagnidze and Valentina Gunina are a full point behind.

The remaining 10 rounds will be played on Saturday 30th December.



Pia Cramling


Yesterday Viswanathan Anand and Ju Wenjun won gold medals in King Salman World Rapid Championship.

Official website / Photo gallery / Results, Standings, Pairings



Anna Zatonskih, Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant and Martha Fierro resting between the rounds






GM Salem A.R. Saleh



Chief arbiter Takis Nikolopoulos announcing the start of the round



Alexandra Goryachkina, Natalia Zhukova and Nana Dzagnidze



GM Laurent Fressinet



Women's section






Hotel restaurant photos by Maria Emelianova




Kind staff of the General Sports Authority



Arbiters from Estonia and Greece



Former world women's classical champion Zhu Chen



Fressinet-Aronian



Natalia Zhukova






Vassily Ivanchuk checking the screens



Sanan Sjugirov defeated Magnus Carlsen in round 2



Valentina Gunina and Monika Socko







Big screen in the lobby area



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Peter Svidler supports FIDE's proposal

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 01:22
During the opening ceremony of the World Blitz & Rapid Championships, FIDE Deputy President Mr. Makropoulos proposed to His Excellency Turki bin Abdel Muhsin Al-Asheikh, Chairman of the General Sports Authority of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, that the name of next year’s event in Riyadh can be "King Salman Peace & Friendship Rapid & Blitz World Chess Championships" and that in the spirit of the FIDE motto “Gens Una Sumus”, chess players from all nations will be welcomed and able to participate.

Read below the opinion of Peter Svidler in his interview after round 9:

Q (A. Karlovich): Peter, you have attended the opening ceremony and heard the message of FIDE for next year’s event in Riyadh. Do you support the idea?

A (P. Svidler): I think it`s a very important point. I was somewhat surprised and happy to see FIDE making this point. Generally speaking, the content level of official speeches during the ceremonies is not very high but in this case it is quite clear that FIDE wants to get this point across. I think it’s a good thing that they did. If the tournament is indeed held in Riyadh next year, I hope it will be fully representative because the current situation is clearly not great.

Watch the full interview of Peter Svidler here.









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Anand and Ju Wenjun are World Rapid Champions!

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 21:23
The King Salman World Rapid Championship concluded today in Riyadh with a thrilling finale in which Viswanathan Anand claimed the title after the blitz tie-break with Vladimir Fedoseev.

Entering the last round of the Open Rapid Championship, Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen were tied on the first place with 10 points each.

Anand took a quick draw with black against Bu Xiangzhi, and Magnus Carlsen sensed the opportunity to play for a win. But Alexander Grischuk had his own plans and attacked ferociously to eventually defeat Carlsen and drag him down to 4th shared place in the overall standings.

Vladimir Fedoseev won the Russian derby against Vladislav Artemiev and Ian Nepomniachtchi scored against Wang Hao, to both catch Anand on the shared first place.

According to the Tournament Regulations, "if there is a tie for the 1st place, the top 2 players according to the first eligible tie break criterion will play a play-off." Nepomniachtchi had the worst tie-break and therefore won the bronze medal.

Anand and Fedoseev proceeded to play two 3'+2'' games to decide the Champion. Anand 1,5-0,5 and took the golden trophy.



Viswanathan Anand


Ju Wenjun of China continued the good run on the final day of the Women's Rapid Championship and after scoring two wins and three draws emerged clear winner with 11,5/15 points. Ju modestly repeated her statement from the first day of the Championship, stating that "she was lucky".

Her compatriot Lei Tingjie was in position to direct a tiebreak match, but she could not win with black against Nana Dzagnidze, therefore being awarded the silver medal. Elisabeth Paehtz claimed the bronze with 10,5 points.

Official website / Photo gallery / Results, Standings, Pairings

Tomorrow starts the King Salman World Blitz Championship.



Ju Wenjun



Princess Reema bint Bandar al Saud, the commissioner for development and planning of the General Sports Authority, opening the third day rounds of the King Salman World Chess Championship



Rauf Mamedov-Vladimir Fedoseev



Arbiter Margit Brokko keeping a watchfull eye



Olga Girya contemplating the next move



Vladimir Fedoseev and Magnus Carlsen



Harika Dronavalli and Ju Wenjun



Arbiter Carlos Diaz is in charge of top four boards



Esipenko and Vachier-Lagrave playing the opening at the lightning speed


Day 2

The King Salman World Rapid Championship continued today at the iconic Apex Convention Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Five more rounds were played in both Open and Women's sections.

The overnight leader in the Women's section, Ju Wenjun of China, continued the campaign with four straight draws, but then when it mattered the most she closed the day with a win against IM Pham Le Thao Nguyen, once again singling out on the top of the standings with 8,0/10 points.

Half a point behind the leader are WGM Aleksandra Goryachkina (Russia), GM Elina Danielian (Armenia) and GM Nana Dzagnidze (Georgia) on 7,5 points each.

In the Open section Vladimir Fedoseev from Russia started with a win against the overnight co-leader Baadur Jobava and next he defeated Yuriy Kuzubov. There followed three draws in a row, but this was sufficient to retain a clear first place with 8,0/10 points.

On the shared second place with 7,5 points are Peter Svidler from Russia, Wang Hao from China and Viswanathan Anand of India, who has notably beaten the World classical champion Magnus Carlsen.

Of memorable games, the 15-years old Russian star Andrey Esipenko crushed the reigning World blitz chess champion and World championship challenger in classical chess Sergey Karjakin with a beautiful queen sacrifice.



Vladimir Fedoseev won against Baadur Jobava


The King Salman World Rapid Championship has five more rounds to be played and will end tomorrow.

Players from 55 countries, among them 10 men out of the World Top-15 as well as 11 out the World Top-15 women, are competing in this prestigious event.

Official website / Photo gallery / Results, Standings, Pairings



The stage with top four games



Her Excellency Princess Ilama Al-Sudairi, Ambassador of Mind Games in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nehyan, Continental President for Asia, inaugurating the 8th round



GM Ahmed Adly interviewing Her Excellency Princess Ilama Al-Sudairi, Ambassador of Mind Games in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia



Irene Sukandar missed the connecting flight, but still managed to arrive on time to participate in the championship



Jorden Van Foreest vs Pentala Harikrishna



Yuriy Kuzubov defeated the higher rated Alexander Grischuk






FIDE Vice President Martha Fierro in action



On the way to the playing venue







Checking into the KAPSARC






Relaxed walking to the playing hall


Peter Svidler and Alexander Grischuk












Players enjoying dinner after a tough day in the arena



International Arbiter Effie Andrikopoulou



Grandmaster Laurent Fressinet



Peter Svidler and Magnus Carlsen about to start the game



FIDE CEO Geoffrey Borg with the distinguished guests



Viktor Laznicka showing the moves to local chess fan



Young chess fans posing for photos



Players socializing with locals in between the games



Traditional setting combined with modern technology






Day 1, 26th December


The King Salman World Rapid Championship started today at the iconic Apex Convention Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Players from 55 countries, among them 10 men out of the World Top-15 as well as 11 out the World Top-15 women, are competing in this prestigious event.

The honorary first move in the round 1 game Carlsen-Bu was made by Mr Kosay A.Alfawaz, Advisor to H.E. The Chairman of General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia.

In the very same game Bu Xiangzhi stunned the world's top rated player Magnus Carlsen by inflicting him yet another loss. Only few months ago Bu eliminated Carlsen from the FIDE World Cup in Tbilisi.

Also on the main stage, the second-seeded Maxime Vachier-Lagrave lost to Levan Pantsulaia. Likewise, in the women's championship the top seed Kateryna Lagno started with a loss against Jolanta Zawadzka. The reigning World Blitz champion Sergey Karjakin also slipped in the first round, losing to Pavel Eljanov.

As if these introductory games set the tone for the rest of the rounds, we witnessed some exciting battles and many surprises throughout the day.



Zawadzka defeated Lagno in round 1


At the end of the first day of the competition, world championship challenger in classical chess Ju Wenjun is leading in the women's section with the perfect 5/5 score.

In the Open section Baadur Jobava and Vladimir Fedoseev are on the top with 4,5/5 points each.

Vachier-Lagrave is down on 2,0 points, while third-seed Levon Aronian is on 2,5. Among the women, the top seed and former World Rpid champion Kateryna Lagno is on 50% score.

The King Salman World Rapid Championship has ten more rounds to be played and continues until 28th December.

Official website / Photo gallery / Results, Standings, Pairings



Vladimir Fedoseev, co-leader in Open section


The key game of the day in the women's championship: Ju Wenjun vs Bela Khotenashvili



Pantsulaia won against Vachier-Lagrave



The ceremonial first move



Mr Kosay A.Alfawaz, Advisor to H.E. The Chairman of General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia




The overview of the women's section: The players dressed according to the FIDE Regulations











FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos and President of the Saudi Arabia Chess Federation Al Sulaiman Mottaz Abdulrahman with young chess players




Jorge Vega, President of Confederation of Chess for Americas, and Liana Hakim, mother of Russian prodigy Bibisara Assaubayeva, who is clearly enjoying the outfit



Grandmaster Luke McShane and Member of the Appeals Committee Malcolm Pein during the break between the rounds



Magnus Carlsen started out with a loss but later improved his position with two wins to close the day



Ian Nepomniachtchi and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave



Elina Danielian



FIDE CEO Geoffrey Borg talking to the organizers



Natalia Buksa and Salome Melia




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King Salman World Rapid Championship Day 2: Ju Wenjun and Fedoseev leading

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 21:23
The King Salman World Rapid Championship continued today at the iconic Apex Convention Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Five more rounds were played in both Open and Women's sections.

The overnight leader in the Women's section, Ju Wenjun of China, continued the campaign with four straight draws, but then when it mattered the most she closed the day with a win against IM Pham Le Thao Nguyen, once again singling out on the top of the standings with 8,0/10 points.

Half a point behind the leader are WGM Aleksandra Goryachkina (Russia), GM Elina Danielian (Armenia) and GM Nana Dzagnidze (Georgia) on 7,5 points each.

In the Open section Vladimir Fedoseev from Russia started with a win against the overnight co-leader Baadur Jobava and next he defeated Yuriy Kuzubov. There followed three draws in a row, but this was sufficient to retain a clear first place with 8,0/10 points.

On the shared second place with 7,5 points are Peter Svidler from Russia, Wang Hao from China and Viswanathan Anand of India, who has notably beaten the World classical champion Magnus Carlsen.

Of memorable games, the 15-years old Russian star Andrey Esipenko crushed the reigning World blitz chess champion and World championship challenger in classical chess Sergey Karjakin with a beautiful queen sacrifice.



Vladimir Fedoseev won against Baadur Jobava


The King Salman World Rapid Championship has five more rounds to be played and will end tomorrow.

Players from 55 countries, among them 10 men out of the World Top-15 as well as 11 out the World Top-15 women, are competing in this prestigious event.

Official website / Photo gallery / Results, Standings, Pairings



The stage with top four games



Her Excellency Princess Ilama Al-Sudairi, Ambassador of Mind Games in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nehyan, Continental President for Asia, inaugurating the 8th round



GM Ahmed Adly interviewing Her Excellency Princess Ilama Al-Sudairi, Ambassador of Mind Games in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia



Irene Sukandar missed the connecting flight, but still managed to arrive on time to participate in the championship



Jorden Van Foreest vs Pentala Harikrishna



Yuriy Kuzubov defeated the higher rated Alexander Grischuk






FIDE Vice President Martha Fierro in action



On the way to the playing venue







Checking into the KAPSARC






Relaxed walking to the playing hall


Peter Svidler and Alexander Grischuk












Players enjoying dinner after a tough day in the arena



International Arbiter Effie Andrikopoulou



Grandmaster Laurent Fressinet



Peter Svidler and Magnus Carlsen about to start the game



FIDE CEO Geoffrey Borg with the distinguished guests



Viktor Laznicka showing the moves to local chess fan



Young chess fans posing for photos



Players socializing with locals in between the games



Traditional setting combined with modern technology






Day 1, 26th December


The King Salman World Rapid Championship started today at the iconic Apex Convention Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Players from 55 countries, among them 10 men out of the World Top-15 as well as 11 out the World Top-15 women, are competing in this prestigious event.

The honorary first move in the round 1 game Carlsen-Bu was made by Mr Kosay A.Alfawaz, Advisor to H.E. The Chairman of General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia.

In the very same game Bu Xiangzhi stunned the world's top rated player Magnus Carlsen by inflicting him yet another loss. Only few months ago Bu eliminated Carlsen from the FIDE World Cup in Tbilisi.

Also on the main stage, the second-seeded Maxime Vachier-Lagrave lost to Levan Pantsulaia. Likewise, in the women's championship the top seed Kateryna Lagno started with a loss against Jolanta Zawadzka. The reigning World Blitz champion Sergey Karjakin also slipped in the first round, losing to Pavel Eljanov.

As if these introductory games set the tone for the rest of the rounds, we witnessed some exciting battles and many surprises throughout the day.



Zawadzka defeated Lagno in round 1


At the end of the first day of the competition, world championship challenger in classical chess Ju Wenjun is leading in the women's section with the perfect 5/5 score.

In the Open section Baadur Jobava and Vladimir Fedoseev are on the top with 4,5/5 points each.

Vachier-Lagrave is down on 2,0 points, while third-seed Levon Aronian is on 2,5. Among the women, the top seed and former World Rpid champion Kateryna Lagno is on 50% score.

The King Salman World Rapid Championship has ten more rounds to be played and continues until 28th December.

Official website / Photo gallery / Results, Standings, Pairings



Vladimir Fedoseev, co-leader in Open section


The key game of the day in the women's championship: Ju Wenjun vs Bela Khotenashvili



Pantsulaia won against Vachier-Lagrave



The ceremonial first move



Mr Kosay A.Alfawaz, Advisor to H.E. The Chairman of General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia




The overview of the women's section: The players dressed according to the FIDE Regulations











FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos and President of the Saudi Arabia Chess Federation Al Sulaiman Mottaz Abdulrahman with young chess players




Jorge Vega, President of Confederation of Chess for Americas, and Liana Hakim, mother of Russian prodigy Bibisara Assaubayeva, who is clearly enjoying the outfit



Grandmaster Luke McShane and Member of the Appeals Committee Malcolm Pein during the break between the rounds



Magnus Carlsen started out with a loss but later improved his position with two wins to close the day



Ian Nepomniachtchi and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave



Elina Danielian



FIDE CEO Geoffrey Borg talking to the organizers



Natalia Buksa and Salome Melia




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King Salman World Rapid Championship Day 1: Ju Wenjun with perfect score

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 21:23
The King Salman World Rapid Championship started today at the iconic Apex Convention Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Players from 55 countries, among them 10 men out of the World Top-15 as well as 11 out the World Top-15 women, are competing in this prestigious event.

The honorary first move in the round 1 game Carlsen-Bu was made by Mr Kosay A.Alfawaz, Advisor to H.E. The Chairman of General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia.

In the very same game Bu Xiangzhi stunned the world's top rated player Magnus Carlsen by inflicting him yet another loss. Only few months ago Bu eliminated Carlsen from the FIDE World Cup in Tbilisi.

Also on the main stage, the second-seeded Maxime Vachier-Lagrave lost to Levan Pantsulaia. Likewise, in the women's championship the top seed Kateryna Lagno started with a loss against Jolanta Zawadzka.

As if these introductory games set the tone for the rest of the rounds, we witnessed some exciting battles and many surprises throughout the day.





At the end of the first day of the competition, world championship challenger in classical chess Ju Wenjun is leading in the women's section with the perfect 5/5 score.

In the Open section Baadur Jobava and Vladimir Fedoseev are on the top with 4,5/5 points each.

The King Salman World Rapid Championship has ten more rounds to be played and continues until 28th December.

Official website / Photo gallery / Results, Standings, Pairings












































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WRBC 2017: Rapid Pairings Round 1

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 10:20


Pairings for the King Salman World Rapid Chess Championships 2017 for OPEN and WOMEN tournaments are published.


Pairings for Round 1 RAPID OPEN

Pairings for Round 1 RAPID WOMEN


Official website riyadh2017.fide.com

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An exciting new era for sports in Saudi Arabia

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 02:27
The King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Championships were opened tonight at the iconic Apex Convention Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Both FIDE and the General Sports Authority of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia expressed their confidence that an exciting new era starts in the country for all sports.

The opening ceremony was attended by Excellency Turki bin Abdel Muhsin Al-Asheikh, Chairman of the General Sports Authority, Mr Georgios Makropoulos, FIDE Deputy President, Excellency Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa al Nehyan, President of the Asian Chess Federation, Mr Jorge Vega, President of Confederation of Chess for Americas, Mr Al Sulaiman Mottaz Abdulrahman, President of the Saudi Arabia Chess Federation, and Mr Geoffrey Borg, FIDE CEO.

In his speech, FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos noted World No.1 player Magnus Carlsen is participating as well as players from 55 countries, among them 10 men out of the World Top-15 as well as 11 out the World Top-15 women. Mr Makropoulos also referred to the organisation of the Chess Olympiad in 1986 in Dubai, which eventually was followed by other major world sporting events, and the organisation of these World Championships in Riyadh can lead to an even larger explosion of sport activities.
Continuing, Mr Makropoulos went beyond his prepared text and addressed His Excellency Turki bin Abdel Muhsin Al-Asheikh: "Your Excellency, I am going to tell you something from my heart. FIDE motto is 'We are one family' and we firmly believe in this. We also believe that our sport, and especially such events, should help in developing peace and friendship among people. We would like to see the next event, here, as King Salman Peace & Friendship World Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships. Where everybody will be welcomed. (The audience applauded). I am certain that Saudi Arabia can send a strong message for peace and friendship around the world and we are here with my colleagues to help. We are ready to meet with you or your people in the next days, to see how to proceed with the next steps. I want our chess players who are here, our arbiters, our officials, your people, your officials, to be proud in the future that they have been part of the beginning of a great effort, which I hope is going to have great success."

Full speech is posted below.





Prior to the opening ceremony, the chief arbiter Takis Nikolopoulos, his deputies, tournament director and members of the Appeals Committee held the arbiters meeting and the technical meeting with the players.

In the drawing of lots for the first round the top rated player Magnus Carlsen chose white pieces in both events. Kateryna Lagno got black pieces for both women's events.

After the historical agreement with the Organisers there is no need for female players to wear a hijab or abaya during the games or in the hotel, which is a first for any sporting event in Saudi Arabia.



No need to wear a hijab or abaya during the games or in the hotel


The world's top rated player Magnus Carlsen, the incumbent World Rapid and Blitz Champions - Sergey Karjakin (Russia) and Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine), will compete in Riyadh along with over 200 top players, making the King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Championships the strongest open events of the year.

The Championships will run between 26th and 30th December offering a record total prize fund of US$2,000,000. The games will start daily from 14:00 local time. Live broadcast will be available on the official website.

Speech of Mr Makropoulos




Excellency Turki bin Abdel Muhsin Al-Asheikh, Chairman of the General Sports Authority, inspecting the venue with Mr Geoffrey Borg, FIDE CEO



Magnus Carlsen chose the white pieces



World No.1 Magnus Carlsen and FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos


















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FIDE secured visas for Qatar and Iran

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 00:22




Riyadh, 24 December 2017

FIDE would like to clarify the following points regarding the King Salman World Blitz and Rapid Championships, being held between the 26th and 30th December in Riyadh, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

FIDE has been working very hard and in a discreet manner to organise and safeguard the process of entry visas for all participants of the event. For the first time, ground-breaking special arrangements have been made to issue visas upon arrival for over 200 persons, including the players of Iran and Qatar. Although the visa process lies exclusively with the national immigration authorities of every country, FIDE has actively supported and proposed measures to make the process as smooth as ever, especially taking into account the very short time available for preparing the championships.

As stated above, after combined efforts of FIDE officials and Saudi Arabian authorities, visas for players from Iran and Qatar were secured. Any publication on the internet stating that visas for players from Iran and Qatar have been "refused" is completely wrong. The fact that players from Iran and Qatar may decide not to participate, after consulting their own authorities, is clearly their own individual decision.

To put facts into perspective, the Saudi authorities informed FIDE that the visas for Qatari players will be issued and they also proposed that for security reasons the Qatari players should play under the FIDE flag. This issue was resolved the next day by FIDE, and the Qatar Chess Association was informed that their players would play under their own flag. FIDE, additionally, had accepted the registration of two Qatari players as FIDE nominees, although they had not met the minimum rating requirements. FIDE took this extra responsibility knowing that it would create additional organisational burden.

As everybody clearly understands from the above, FIDE and the Saudi organisers are always ready to welcome any participant.

FIDE's principle is that its World Chess Championships are a vehicle for promoting peace and development of friendship amongst all nations. FIDE will adhere to this principle and will continue to work in this direction.

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