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World Junior U20 Chess Championship 2017

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 10:20



The little, quite, peaceful but beautiful village of Tarvisio is hosting the World Junior U20 Chess Championship. The organisers were happy with the turnout of 148 participants from 62 countries which includes 107 players with a title. The Girls section has 89 players from 48 countries with 65 titled players.



Rounds are taking place among the snowy mountains which divide Italy, Slovenia and Austria, with a wonderful sightseeing which is highly inspiring for players who are enjoying the experience.



After 3 rounds of play, the Girls section sees only 4 players on a perfect score including the top seed IM Zhansaya Abdulmalik of Kazakhstan. In the Open section also there are only 4 players on the perfect score with 11th seed Kirill Alekseenko leading the way.



Official website www.fideacademy.com/wjcc2017

Pairing for the tournament can be found here.



For the first free day the OC is organizing a tour to Salzburg in Austria, with a minimum of 30 people required in order to organize the bus.

Information available by sending an email to wjcc2017@gmail.com.

Booking till November 16th.



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Palma de Mallorca Grand Prix - Round 1

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 09:51



Round 1: Three decisive games in the first round of the Palma de Mallorca Grand Prix.

The 2017 FIDE World Chess Grand Prix series continued with the fourth and final tournament, which is taking place in Palma de Mallorca, from 16th to 25th of November.

The tournament is being held in the Hotel Iberostar Bahia de Palma, set right on the beach. In the post-game interviews many players were satisfied with the great location of the tournament and warm weather.



The first symbolic move in the game Jakovenko-Aronian was made by Rodrigo Moscardó, General Manager of the Iberostar Spain and the Mediterranean, in the presence of Javier Ochoa, FIDE Honorary Vice President and President of the Spanish Chess Federation, players and honorary guests.



Teimour Rajabov and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave are the only players who take part in the last stage and keep chances to qualify for the Candidates Tournament. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Alexander Grischuk are leading in the Grand Prix Series but have already finished their tournaments.



In the first round Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Ernesto Inarkiev and Anish Giri outplayed their opponents, while 6 other games finished in a draw. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave showed better preparation in the opening against Boris Gelfand, where the two players resumed their theoretical battle in the Accelerated Dragon from the Moscow Grand Prix, and was satisfied with his position. He could not point out where things went wrong for the Israeli player and was not sure if it was the right idea for him to enter this line at all.



Alexander Riazantsev comfortably equalized with Black pieces against Teimour Rajabov and the players agreed for a draw after 2 hours of play.



Ernesto Inarkiev played a game full of prophylactic moves against Li Chao. The Russian player was enjoying a slightly better position and was trying not let his opponent to get any activity. This strategy worked out well for him, as the Chinese player still tried to break through by playing 19...c5 but this attempt failed. According to Inarkiev, after 20.Bc5 Black has no Be5 because of 21. de Rd1 22.Rd1 Qc5 23.Rd8 Kg7 24. Qb5! After 20...f6 Black’s position was lost.



In the longest game of the day, Anish Giri won against Richard Rapport. The Dutch Grandmaster was not sure about his decision to castle long. It turned out that after unexpected 14...b5 white was in trouble. Surprisingly, a few moves after this Anish was more optimistic about his position and declined the draw offer of his opponent. Later on, Richard Rapport made few errors and went for a dubious sacrifice that was proven wrong in the game.

The local hero Francisco Vallejo Pons showed an interesting idea in the opening with 3...b5 against Ding Liren and after 8...Bd5 Black got a comfortable position. After most of the pieces were traded, the game finished in a draw.

Official website worldchess.com/gp2017



The final stage of the FIDE Grand Prix Series 2017 opens in Palma de Mallorca

The world’s best chess players and chess establishment came together in Bellver Castle to celebrate the opening of the final leg of the FIDE Grand Prix Palma de Mallorca.

Palma de Mallorca is now looking forward to 9 days of intense chess battles, which will finally determine the two winners of the series – participants of the FIDE Candidates tournament.



The Opening Ceremony was held at the landmark hilltop Bellver Castle, former residence for the Kings of Mallorca built in the 14th century in a Gothic style. At the castle’s unique circular yard guests had a good opportunity to mingle with each other and enjoy modern Spanish guitar music.



Javier Ochoa, Honorary FIDE Vice President and President of the Spanish Chess Federation, thanked FIDE for the opportunity to host the tournament and welcomed the participants. “Spain is a country with a great Chess tradition and a thousand-year long history of playing chess,” he added.

Sebastia Nadal, President of the Winter Chess: “It is very rewarding to know that one of the best Spanish chess players of our time, Francisco Vallejo Pons, who was born and who resides here in our islands, could take part in this cycle of the World Chess.”



In the drawing of colours, the top player of the tournament Levon Aronian chose black pieces for the first round. The pairings for the first round are the following:

Dmitry Jakovenko – Levon Aronian
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave – Boris Gelfand
Pavel Eljanov – Hikaru Nakamura
Ding Liren – Francisco Vallejo Pons
Evgeny Tomashevsky – Peter Svidler
Anish Giri – Richard Rapport
Ernesto Inarkiev – Li Chao
Teimour Radjabov – Alexander Riazantsev
Jon Ludvig Hammer – Harikrishna Pentala

The Palma Grand Prix is supported by Official Partner EG Capital Advisors, an international asset management company, Kaspersky Lab, World Chess and FIDE Official Cybersecurity Partner, S.T. Dupont, Official Writing Instrument, and Isklar, Official Water.



First round starts tomorrow at Hotel Iberostar Bahia de Palma.

Opening Ceremony Photo Gallery

Official website worldchess.com/gp2017

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Palma de Mallorca Grand Prix - Opening Ceremony

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 09:51



The final stage of the FIDE Grand Prix Series 2017 opens in Palma de Mallorca

The world’s best chess players and chess establishment came together in Bellver Castle to celebrate the opening of the final leg of the FIDE Grand Prix Palma de Mallorca.

Palma de Mallorca is now looking forward to 9 days of intense chess battles, which will finally determine the two winners of the series – participants of the FIDE Candidates tournament.



The Opening Ceremony was held at the landmark hilltop Bellver Castle, former residence for the Kings of Mallorca built in the 14th century in a Gothic style. At the castle’s unique circular yard guests had a good opportunity to mingle with each other and enjoy modern Spanish guitar music.



Javier Ochoa, Honorary FIDE Vice President and President of the Spanish Chess Federation, thanked FIDE for the opportunity to host the tournament and welcomed the participants. “Spain is a country with a great Chess tradition and a thousand-year long history of playing chess,” he added.

Sebastia Nadal, President of the Winter Chess: “It is very rewarding to know that one of the best Spanish chess players of our time, Francisco Vallejo Pons, who was born and who resides here in our islands, could take part in this cycle of the World Chess.”



In the drawing of colours, the top player of the tournament Levon Aronian chose black pieces for the first round. The pairings for the first round are the following:

Dmitry Jakovenko – Levon Aronian
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave – Boris Gelfand
Pavel Eljanov – Hikaru Nakamura
Ding Liren – Francisco Vallejo Pons
Evgeny Tomashevsky – Peter Svidler
Anish Giri – Richard Rapport
Ernesto Inarkiev – Li Chao
Teimour Radjabov – Alexander Riazantsev
Jon Ludvig Hammer – Harikrishna Pentala

The Palma Grand Prix is supported by Official Partner EG Capital Advisors, an international asset management company, Kaspersky Lab, World Chess and FIDE Official Cybersecurity Partner, S.T. Dupont, Official Writing Instrument, and Isklar, Official Water.



First round starts tomorrow at Hotel Iberostar Bahia de Palma.

Opening Ceremony Photo Gallery

The official website https://worldchess.com/gp2017/

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King Salman Rapid & Blitz 2017 – Historic Agreement

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 16:23

 
FIDE is pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement with the Organisers that the dress code for the event will be dark blue or black formal suits, with white shirts, either open necked or with a tie, for men and dark blue or black formal trouser suits, with high necked white blouses for women. There will be no need to wear a hijab or abaya during the games, this will be a first for any sporting event in Saudi Arabia.
 
The total Prize Fund for the event is $2,000,000, with individual prize funds of $750,000 for the Open and $250,000 for the women in both events. This is almost 350% more than the previous event. There will be 30 prizes for each event, with the first prize being $250,000 in the Open Section and $80,000 in the Women’s Section, all new records.
 
With regards to visas, FIDE has raised with the Organisers that there may be problems for players from certain countries. FIDE has not been advised that any player will not be able to participate. FIDE is continuing to work with the Organisers to ensure that visas will be issued to all players who have confirmed their participation.

All players wishing to participate should send scan of passport and entry form to certificates@fide.com.
 
Regulations for the FIDE "Open" World Blitz Championship 2017 & FIDE "Open" World Rapid Championship 2017
Regulations for the FIDE Women World Blitz Championship 2017 & FIDE Women World Rapid Championship 2017
Entry Form
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King Salman Rapid & Blitz 2017 – Historical Agreement

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 16:23

 
FIDE is pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement with the Organisers that the dress code for the event will be dark blue or black formal suits, with white shirts, either open necked or with a tie, for men and dark blue or black formal trouser suits, with high necked white blouses for women. There will be no need to wear a hijab or abaya during the games, this will be a first for any sporting event in Saudi Arabia.
 
The total Prize Fund for the event is $2,000,000, with individual prize funds of $750,000 for the Open and $250,000 for the women in both events. This is almost 350% more than the previous event. There will be 30 prizes for each event, with the first prize being $250,000 in the Open Section and $80,000 in the Women’s Section, all new records.
 
With regards to visas, FIDE has raised with the Organisers that there may be problems for players from certain countries. FIDE has not been advised that any player will not be able to participate. FIDE is continuing to work with the Organisers to ensure that visas will be issued to all players who have confirmed their participation.
 
Regulations for the FIDE "Open" World Blitz Championship 2017 & FIDE "Open" World Rapid Championship 2017
Regulations for the FIDE Women World Blitz Championship 2017 & FIDE Women World Rapid Championship 2017
Entry Form
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27th World Senior Chess Championship Acqui Terme 2017

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 13:13



For 7th time Italy is hosting the World Senior Chess Championship. After Arco 2001 and 2010, Lignano Sabbiadoro 2005, Arvier 2006, Condino 2009 and Acqui Terme 2015 this year the seniors were invited again to came to the city of Acqui Terme (nearly 20.000 of inhabitants) in northern Italy, between Genova and Torino, 35km in south of better known city of Alessandria.

Organizers are IO Michele Cordara (also organizer of Chess Olympiad 2006) and IO Cristina Pernici Rigo Playing hall: the Convention Center of Acqui Terme.



From 6th till 18th of November 2017 not less than 298 players out of 52 countries will battle for the titles of World Champion in the categories “Open +50”, “Women +50”, “Open +65” and “Women +65”. For the open sections there will be an 11 round swiss system tournament, for the two Women tournaments a 9 round swiss system tournament. 30 games are transmitted live on Internet.

Here the list of the former Senior World Champions who are playing also this year:

Open tournaments:
• Evgeni Vasiukov (RUS, winner in year 1995)
• Anatoly Vaisser (FRA, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016)
• Vladimir Okhotnik (FRA, 2011, 2015)
• Zurab Sturua (GEO, 2014)
• Giorgi Bagaturov (GEO, 2016)

Women tournaments:
• Nona Gaprindashvili (GEO, 1995, 2009, 2014-16)
• Tamar Khmiadashvili (GEO, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2010)
• Elena Fatalibekova (RUS, 2004)
• Galina Strutinskaia (RUS, 2011, 2012, 2015)
• Svetlana Mednikova (RUS, 2014)
• Tatjana Bogumil (RUS, 2016)

Chief arbiter of this tournament is IA Werner Stubenvoll (Austria).


Julio Granda Zuniga

Top seeded players are the well-known grandmasters Julio Granda Zuniga (PER, 2650) in the Open +50 and Anatoly Vaisser (FRA, 2503) in the Open +65. The oldest player is Antonio Pipitone from Italy (born 1926).


Anatoly Vaisser


Antonio Pipitone

After 6 rounds in Open tournaments and 5 rounds in Women tournaments there are following leaders:

In section “Open +50” there are six players leading with 5 points:
GM Julio Granda Zuniga (PER), GM Rogelio Antonio (PHI), GM Zurab Sturua (GEO), GM Eric Prie (FRA), IM Alexander Reprintsev (UKR) and IM Oliver Brendel (GER).

In section “Open +65” as well there are six players with 5 points leading:
GM Vlastimil Jansa (CZE), IM Arkady Shevelev (ISR), GM Vladimir Okhotnik (FRA), GM Anatoly Vaisser (FRA), GM Yuri Balashov (RUS) and FM Christian Hess (GER). Another 11 players follow with 4,5 points.

Two of the initial favorites of the tournament, GM Evgeny Sveshnikov (RUS, 2480) and GM James Tarjan (USA, 2449) already lost two games and will have problems to come back to the leading group.

In tournament “Women +50” the top-seeded player WGM Elvira Berend (LUX, 2292) is leading with 4,5 points out of the 5 games played. Currently on the second place is WGM Shilan Liu (CHN) with half a point less. Other players follow with one or more points less than the leader.

The “Grand Dame” of chess, GM Nona Gaprindashvili (GEO, 2306), lost in the third round of the tournament “Women +65” to WGM Tamar Khmiadashvili (GEO) and is now following her. After fifth round Khmiadashvili is the leader with 4,5 points, a half point ahead of Gaprindashvili. Behind them four players from Russia, who try to stop the two Georgian leaders.

Official Website:
www.scaccomattissimo.eu 

Results 

Photo Gallery


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88th FIDE Congress: Executive Board Minutes and Annexes

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 12:36


FIDE publishes the Minutes and Annexes of the Executive Board meeting that was held in Goynuk, Antalya, Turkey, 13-14 October 2017.

Download Minutes and Annexes here.
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Nigel Short confirms his participation

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 10:18


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

Nigel Short (born 1 June 1965) is an English Grandmaster, chess columnist, chess coach and chess commentator. Short earned the Grandmaster title at the age of 19, and was ranked third in the world by FIDE from January 1988 to July 1989. In 1993 he became the first English player to play a World Chess Championship match, when he qualified to play Garry Kasparov in the World Chess Championship 1993 in London (Kasparov won, 12.5 to 7.5). As of March 2017, he is the oldest player ranked among FIDE's top 100 players and is ranked 55.
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World Rapid and Blitz confirmation deadline

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 13:02

Dear Chessplayers,
FIDE announces that deadline for sending the signed confirmation for participation in 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships is the 25th of November 2017.

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

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 17:09


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

 
The first two  Rapid Championships (Open and Women) will be on the 26th to 28th December and the Blitz Championships (Open and Women) will follow on the 29th and 30th December. The events offer a record breaking prize fund of US$2,000,000  with the Open events having individual prize funds of US$750,000 and each women event having a prize fund of US$ 250,000. 30 prizes shall be offered in each event. A payment of 20% from the above total prize fund shall be made to FIDE.
 
The number of players participating in the World Championships is set at a maximum number of 250 players for the Open events and 150 players for the Women events. All players rated at least 2600 for the Open and 2300 for the Women, in any of the FIDE rating lists (Standard, Blitz or Rapid) from September 2017 to October 2017 are eligible to register to play in the King Salman World Blitz & Rapid Championships 2017 and . Early registration is appreciated to facilitate confirmation of selection as well as arrangement of invitation letters for visa.
 
The players on the list below will be offered free accommodation in Riyadh, as well as travel expenses, if they confirm and sign their participation by the deadline of 30 November 2017.

OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
FROM STANDARD RATING LIST
ID Name Fed. Sep17
Rating Sep17
Games Oct17
Rating Oct17
Games Nov17
Rating Nov17
Games Max
3months 1503014 Carlsen, Magnus NOR 2827 9 2826 6 2837 9 2837 623539 Vachier-Lagrave, Max. FRA 2804 9 2794 12 2796 2 2804 4101588 Kramnik, Vladimir RUS 2803 0 2794 6 2787 13 2803 13300474 Aronian, Levon ARM 2802 9 2801 16 2801 0 2802 2020009 Caruana, Fabiano USA 2799 9 2794 6 2799 9 2799 13401319 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE 2797 0 2791 4 2799 5 2799 5000017 Anand, Viswanathan IND 2794 9 2783 4 2782 11 2794 5202213 So, Wesley USA 2792 9 2788 12 2788 0 2792 4126025 Grischuk, Alexander RUS 2788 4 2785 8 2782 5 2788 2016192 Nakamura, Hikaru USA 2781 9 2774 6 2780 9 2781 14109603 Karjakin, Sergey RUS 2780 9 2765 4 2760 7 2780 24116068 Giri, Anish NED 2777 4 2762 8 2762 7 2777 8603677 Ding, Liren CHN 2771 8 2772 16 2774 7 2774 4102142 Svidler, Peter RUS 2756 9 2760 10 2763 8 2763 8603820 Yu, Yangyi CHN 2750 3 2743 4 2746 7 2750 2900084 Topalov, Veselin FID 2749 0 2749 0 2749 0 2749 8603405 Wei, Yi CHN 2748 4 2740 4 2739 6 2748 8604436 Li, Chao b CHN 2745 4 2739 6 2741 2 2745 13400924 Radjabov, Teimour AZE 2742 0 2741 4 2741 0 2742 5007003 Harikrishna, P. IND 2741 9 2733 4 2738 7 2741 4168119 Nepomniachtchi, Ian RUS 2741 9 2733 6 2732 7 2741 1118358 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw POL 2739 6 2737 4 2741 11 2741 3503240 Dominguez Perez, Lei. CUB 2739 0 2739 0 2739 0 2739 12401137 Le, Quang Liem VIE 2739 0 2737 11 2737 0 2739 400041 Adams, Michael ENG 2738 0 2727 4 2721 11 2738 4168003 Matlakov, Maxim RUS 2728 0 2730 6 2738 6 2738 2805677 Gelfand, Boris ISR 2737 6 2737 4 2719 8 2737 14102951 Eljanov, Pavel UKR 2734 0 2720 2 2707 17 2734 24130737 Fedoseev, Vladimir RUS 2731 0 2733 10 2718 7 2733 14100010 Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR 2727 12 2732 10 2729 14 2732 309095 Navara, David CZE 2720 9 2726 6 2732 10 2732 8601445 Bu, Xiangzhi CHN 2714 4 2730 8 2730 0 2730 4152956 Vitiugov, Nikita RUS 2728 10 2728 4 2721 5 2728 605506 Bacrot, Etienne FRA 2728 22 2723 4 2727 2 2728 4122356 Jakovenko, Dmitry RUS 2710 0 2710 0 2721 9 2721 5029465 Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi IND 2702 7 2713 6 2721 9 2721 2205530 Vallejo Pons, Francisco ESP 2716 7 2714 6 2705 9 2716 4158814 Andreikin, Dmitry RUS 2708 4 2705 4 2713 7 2713 13601520 Jobava, Baadur GEO 2702 17 2705 8 2712 4 2712 4147235 Tomashevsky, Evgeny RUS 2710 0 2702 4 2702 0 2710 1170546 Duda, Jan-Krzysztof POL 2698 7 2706 4 2710 2 2710 2905540 Cheparinov, Ivan FID 2695 12 2697 4 2710 9 2710 702293 Almasi, Zoltan HUN 2707 0 2707 0 2685 10 2707 8602883 Wang, Hao CHN 2701 4 2706 8 2706 0 2706 4650891 Naiditsch, Arkadij AZE 2702 6 2702 0 2700 17 2702 410608 Howell, David W L ENG 2701 9 2698 2 2685 11 2701 10601457 Amin, Bassem EGY 2699 14 2698 3 2700 3 2700 8601429 Wang, Yue CHN 2699 4 2689 7 2689 0 2699 2806851 Rodshtein, Maxim ISR 2695 0 2699 6 2688 16 2699 4118987 Najer, Evgeniy RUS 2694 12 2699 8 2693 7 2699 400025 Short, Nigel D ENG 2698 19 2698 0 2687 17 2698 24101605 Artemiev, Vladislav RUS 2692 0 2696 6 2696 0 2696 4162722 Inarkiev, Ernesto RUS 2694 6 2693 4 2683 9 2694 14103320 Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR 2694 16 2687 2 2687 0 2694 14109182 Kryvoruchko, Yuriy UKR 2692 0 2692 0 2691 10 2692 738590 Rapport, Richard HUN 2675 0 2686 10 2692 8 2692 4120787 Malakhov, Vladimir RUS 2691 4 2691 0 2690 16 2691 14112906 Kuzubov, Yuriy UKR 2688 19 2690 6 2690 0 2690 2802007 Sutovsky, Emil ISR 2683 0 2683 0 2689 9 2689 400173 Sadler, Matthew D ENG 2687 0 2687 0 2687 0 2687 13401653 Mamedov, Rauf AZE 2678 19 2678 0 2686 7 2686 14200244 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam UZB 2676 0 2676 0 2685 11 2685 4115309 Rublevsky, Sergei RUS 2683 0 2683 8 2683 0 2683 14101025 Onischuk, Alexander USA 2682 0 2681 4 2681 0 2682 703303 Leko, Peter HUN 2679 9 2679 0 2680 11 2680 8602980 Hou, Yifan CHN 2670 9 2678 4 2680 8 2680 5004985 Sasikiran, Krishnan IND 2676 19 2677 7 2677 8 2677 2000024 Kamsky, Gata USA 2676 9 2676 0 2677 9 2677 24126055 Dubov, Daniil RUS 2666 0 2677 8 2677 0 2677 14113147 Kravtsiv, Martyn UKR 2670 12 2677 4 2677 0 2677 4116992 Morozevich, Alexander RUS 2676 9 2665 5 2665 0 2676 4121830 Motylev, Alexander RUS 2668 10 2675 4 2675 0 2675 1202758 Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter GER 2674 7 2672 2 2673 9 2674 8601160 Ni, Hua CHN 2674 4 2674 0 2674 0 2674 14102560 Moiseenko, Alexander UKR 2674 4 2674 0 2674 0 2674 310204 Movsesian, Sergei ARM 2671 7 2671 0 2667 9 2671 5018471 Adhiban, B. IND 2670 7 2671 4 2655 15 2671  

OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
FROM RAPID RATING LIST
ID Name Fed. Sep17
Rating Sep17
Games Oct17
Rating Oct17
Games Nov17
Rating Nov17
Games Max
3months 14108836 Shkuro, Iuri UKR 2828 0 2828 0 2828 0 2828 9301348 Salem, A.R. Saleh UAE 2767 0 2767 0 2767 0 2767 13302000 Andriasian, Zaven ARM 2755 0 2755 0 2755 0 2755 2302241 Gretarsson, Hjorvar Steinn ISL 2705 19 2705 0 2737 14 2737 14109409 Zubov, Alexander UKR 2716 0 2716 0 2716 0 2716 13301616 Petrosian, Tigran L. ARM 2705 0 2705 0 2705 0 2705

WOMEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
FROM STANDARD RATING LIST
ID Name Fed. Sep17
Rating Sep17
Games Oct17
Rating Oct17
Games Nov17
Rating Nov17
Games Max
3months 8602980 Hou, Yifan CHN 2670 9 2678 4 2680 8 2680 8603006 Ju, Wenjun CHN 2574 4 2579 9 2567 9 2579 14111330 Muzychuk, Anna UKR 2576 12 2576 0 2576 0 2576 4128125 Kosteniuk, Alexandra RUS 2552 0 2552 0 2549 10 2552 14114550 Muzychuk, Mariya UKR 2544 0 2544 0 2544 0 2544 12801259 Cmilyte, Viktorija LTU 2542 0 2542 0 2542 0 2542 14109336 Lagno, Kateryna RUS 2541 4 2541 0 2541 0 2541 8605114 Lei, Tingjie CHN 2534 17 2528 13 2528 0 2534 5015197 Harika, Dronavalli IND 2528 9 2528 0 2511 15 2528 13601903 Dzagnidze, Nana GEO 2519 0 2520 2 2524 7 2524 8603642 Tan, Zhongyi CHN 2509 4 2523 7 2523 0 2523 2902257 Stefanova, Antoaneta FID 2506 4 2506 0 2506 0 2506 4195752 Girya, Olga RUS 2505 4 2505 0 2495 5 2505 4167570 Gunina, Valentina RUS 2505 0 2502 2 2499 4 2505 13602993 Batsiashvili, Nino GEO 2472 12 2472 0 2497 15 2497 617822 Sebag, Marie FRA 2495 0 2495 0 2495 0 2495 8601283 Zhao, Xue CHN 2484 3 2484 0 2484 0 2484 1106619 Socko, Monika POL 2479 0 2479 0 2476 3 2479 4147103 Goryachkina, Aleksandra RUS 2478 0 2478 0 2478 0 2478 8603162 Shen, Yang CHN 2473 3 2473 0 2473 0 2473 4147855 Pogonina, Natalija RUS 2466 0 2466 0 2469 6 2469 4130189 Atalik, Ekaterina TUR 2468 12 2468 0 2463 7 2468 13700090 Saduakassova, Dinara KAZ 2444 18 2448 7 2460 9 2460 13602640 Khotenashvili, Bela GEO 2459 0 2459 0 2455 6 2459 12400149 Hoang, Thanh Trang HUN 2459 0 2438 7 2438 0 2459 4198026 Kashlinskaya, Alina RUS 2446 9 2455 9 2445 7 2455 1700030 Cramling, Pia SWE 2453 5 2450 1 2448 4 2453 4641833 Paehtz, Elisabeth GER 2453 5 2453 0 2453 16 2453 14101572 Zatonskih, Anna USA 2424 0 2428 1 2450 10 2450 14110911 Ushenina, Anna UKR 2445 12 2445 0 2427 6 2445 4149351 Nechaeva, Marina RUS 2431 9 2431 0 2444 6 2444 4129725 Galliamova, Alisa RUS 2443 0 2443 0 2443 0 2443 14100126 Shvayger, Yuliya ISR 2442 14 2442 0 2440 16 2442 8608466 Ni, Shiqun CHN 2426 15 2441 9 2441 0 2441 14101513 Zhukova, Natalia UKR 2438 0 2426 8 2434 7 2438 13601458 Javakhishvili, Lela GEO 2438 0 2438 0 2438 0 2438 14101181 Gaponenko, Inna UKR 2437 0 2433 9 2426 9 2437 2012782 Krush, Irina USA 2436 1 2436 0 2431 3 2436 8602689 Huang, Qian CHN 2436 4 2436 0 2436 0 2436 12512214 Khademalsharieh, Sarasadat IRI 2433 0 2414 9 2419 6 2433 4181751 Bodnaruk, Anastasia RUS 2432 9 2432 0 2432 0 2432 13703544 Abdumalik, Zhansaya KAZ 2428 9 2428 7 2428 0 2428 1122320 Zawadzka, Jolanta POL 2422 9 2422 0 2428 3 2428 8600546 Zhu, Chen FID 2424 0 2423 7 2423 0 2424 13903063 Bulmaga, Irina ROU 2423 9 2423 0 2420 18 2423 24606812 Hoolt, Sarah GER 2423 14 2423 0 2418 2 2423 4120876 Turova, Irina RUS 2419 5 2422 9 2422 0 2422 8602972 Ding, Yixin CHN 2421 4 2421 0 2421 0 2421 13708694 Assaubayeva, Bibisara RUS 2420 0 2395 20 2395 0 2420 13300210 Danielian, Elina ARM 2415 9 2415 0 2415 0 2415 3506940 Ordaz Valdes, Lisandra Teresa CUB 2394 0 2394 0 2414 5 2414 12802859 Cornette, Deimante LTU 2404 12 2404 0 2413 9 2413 13602446 Melia, Salome GEO 2399 0 2412 9 2398 3 2412 4116704 Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina RUS 2411 0 2411 0 2410 7 2411 12401102 Hoang, Thi Bao Tram VIE 2408 0 2410 7 2410 0 2410 1122681 Szczepkowska, Karina POL 2406 9 2406 0 2406 0 2406 2219026 Vega Gutierrez, Sabrina ESP 2389 14 2405 19 2405 9 2405 13900145 Skripchenko, Almira FRA 2399 0 2399 0 2404 2 2404 405094 Houska, Jovanka ENG 2393 9 2393 0 2401 9 2401 13300601 Mkrtchian, Lilit ARM 2401 0 2390 9 2390 0 2401 13600320 Khurtsidze, Nino GEO 2400 0 2400 0 2400 0 2400 1201930 Peptan, Corina-Isabela ROU 2400 9 2399 7 2399 0 2400 5007844 Tania, Sachdev IND 2391 9 2386 7 2400 9 2400 908550 Bojkovic, Natasa SRB 2398 0 2384 8 2384 0 2398 4900839 Batchimeg, Tuvshintugs MGL 2398 0 2398 0 2398 0 2398 24171760 Shuvalova, Polina RUS 2397 0 2386 11 2386 0 2397 7101937 Sukandar, Irine Kharisma INA 2397 10 2384 17 2384 0 2397 4900758 Munguntuul, Batkhuyag MGL 2397 0 2397 0 2397 0 2397 4132190 Zimina, Olga ITA 2385 9 2394 8 2394 0 2394 8604002 Guo, Qi CHN 2394 15 2394 0 2394 0 2394 13403729 Mammadzada, Gunay AZE 2393 0 2393 0 2393 0 2393 13601377 Matnadze, Ana ESP 2393 7 2368 10 2365 2 2393 4671660 Schleining, Zoya GER 2374 0 2377 1 2390 10 2390 4182146 Voit, Daria RUS 2387 0 2387 0 2390 7 2390 1108166 Rajlich, Iweta POL 2389 0 2389 0 2389 0 2389 3801934 Cori T., Deysi PER 2389 9 2386 9 2389 7 2389 709751 Gara, Anita HUN 2382 0 2382 0 2385 1 2385 13403508 Mammadova, Gulnar AZE 2385 16 2385 0 2369 5 2385 4100123 Bivol, Alina RUS 2375 13 2356 10 2384 14 2384 5012600 Karavade, Eesha IND 2384 21 2384 0 2384 9 2384 13403052 Fataliyeva, Ulviyya AZE 2348 5 2348 0 2381 7 2381 7101570 Aulia, Medina Warda INA 2375 0 2380 6 2380 0 2380

WOMEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
FROM RAPID RATING LIST
ID Name Fed. Sep17
Rating Sep17
Games Oct17
Rating Oct17
Games Nov17
Rating Nov17
Games Max
3months 5008123 Koneru, Humpy IND 2479 0 2479 0 2479 0 2479 8604070 Wang, Jue CHN 2442 0 2441 5 2441 0 2442 13600168 Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan SCO 2437 0 2437 0 2380 11 2437 4196872 Savina, Anastasia RUS 2354 0 2376 9 2411 11 2411 5029295 Padmini, Rout IND 2402 0 2409 5 2409 0 2409 12401226 Pham, Le Thao Nguyen VIE 2401 0 2390 5 2390 0 2401 14104652 Gritsayeva, Oksana RUS 2358 0 2358 0 2388 17 2388 4166299 Ambartsumova, Karina RUS 2338 4 2339 11 2388 17 2388

WOMEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
FROM BLITZ RATING LIST
ID Name Fed. Sep17
Rating Sep17
Games Oct17
Rating Oct17
Games Nov17
Rating Nov17
Games Max
3months 4180917 Charochkina, Daria RUS 2457 0 2458 17 2345 39 2458 5091756 Vaishali R IND 2327 0 2327 0 2405 11 2405 13600168 Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan SCO 2403 0 2403 0 2359 13 2403 1106686 Michna, Marta GER 2393 49 2393 0 2393 0 2393

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


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

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FIDE Newsletter October 2017

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 16:40



World Chess Championship for the Disabled

World Chess Championship for the Disabled was held in Dresden (Germany) from 5th to 13th of October.

Official website: www.worldchess-disabled.com

Marcin Tazbir (Poland IBCA 1) won with a tiny margin ahead of Oliver Mueller (Germany IBCA Team). Both of them ended on 6 points and Tazbir edged ahead with on more Buchholz point. Third place went to Alexey Pakhomov (Russia IBCA Team) on 5.5 with one Buchholz Point ahead of Raphael Zimmer (Germany IPCA). As the current Junior Chess Championship of the Physically Disabled Raphael showed great strength in Dresden as well.



Oliver Mueller obtained a direct IM title thanks to placing second. He was just as surpised as well as delighted about the title.

Best female player was Svetlana Gerasimova (Russia IPCA) with 4 points. She also gained a direct WIM title. Second place went to Olga Gerasimova (Russia ICCD) with 3.5 points, third place went to Ljubov Kireeva (Russia ICCD, 3.5 points) who also got awarded an WIM norm thanks to her performance.

Looking at the teams Poland IBCA 1 won ahead of Russia IBCA 1 and Russia IPCA 1.

The overall winners are also the winners of the Blind Category. Placing first within the Deaf Players was Artur Kevorkov (Germany) and Raphael Zimmer (Germany) won the Physically Disabled Category.

During the price giving ceremony Phillip Gardner (ICCD President) thanked the players for very fair games and also congratulated the organising team on putting together another great championship. After the prize giving the playing of the national anthems of the countries of the winning player marked the emotional climax of the ceremony. Dr Dirk Jordan (President of the ZMDI) wished everyone safe journey home and hopefully a return visit to Dresden for the 1st World Chess Team Championship for the Disabled (14th – 21th October 2018).


FIDE World Youth Rapid & Blitz Championships 2017

The 1st FIDE World Youth Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships for Boys and Girls U14, U16, U18 took place in Creta Maris, Hersonissos, Greece.

The short but action-packed event saw tough battles across all age categories and many medals were decided by a tiebreak "photo finish".

The closing ceremony was held on Monday at the Creta Maris Convention Centre. The cups and medals were awarded by ECU General Secretary Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou, President of the Portugal Chess Federation Dominic Cross, Vice-President of the Greek Chess Federation Argyrios Kytharidis and Tournament Director Nikos Kalesis.

The Rapid Championship was played on 28-29th October as 9-round Swiss with time control 10'+5". 69 players from 20 federations took part in this event.

In the U14 category FM Ngo Duc Tri (Vietnam) emerged clear winner with 7,5 points. Silver is Nikolaos Spyropoulos (Greece), while bronze is FM Daniel Dardha (Belgium), both on 7 points.

Among the girls the best was Magdalena Harazinska (Poland) with 6 points. FM Liwia Jarocka, also from Poland, is second, and Larisa Kuhar (Slovenia) is third.

Vietnam also claimed the gold medal in the U16 category as IM Nguyen Anh Khoi scored the perfect 9/9 points. IM Adam Kozak (Hungary) is second and FM Felix Blohberger (Austria) is third, each with 7 points.

WFM Anna Afonasieva from Russia took the gold among girls with 5 points. Silver is Grete Olde (Estonia) and bronze is Antigoni Georgitsi (Greece).

In the U18 category there was a huge tie on the top position as three players finished on 6,5 points each and all three tiebreak criterions had to be employed in order to decide the final order. Gold medal goes to IM Leon Livaic (Croatia), silver is IM Florian Mesaros (Austria) and bronze goes to FM Raphael Lagunow (Germany).

The top girl was WIM Mai Narva (Estonia), second was Nguyen Hong Ngoc from Vietnam, while bronze medal goes to WFM Olde Margareth (Estonia).



The Blitz Championship was played on 30th October as 9-round Swiss with time control 5'+2". 63 players participated in this event.

In the Blitz U14 section convincing was FM Daniel Dardha from Belgium who scored 8 points. Bence Leszko (Hungary) took the silver medal and Elie Milikow (Israel) claimed the bronze.

Among the girls Magdalena Harazinska (Poland) was the best again with 5,5 points and her compatriot FM Liwia Jarocka was second again. Ramona Golsta (Latvia) earned the bronze medal.

The winner also repeated in the Open U16 section. Another gold medal for IM Nguyen Anh Khoi (Vietnam) and another silver for IM Adam Kozak (Hungary). Bronze medal is for Georgios Mitsis (Greece).

WFM Anna Afonasieva (Russia) is best among the girls with 4,5 points. Silver is Do Vu Thien Nhi (Vietnam) and Grete Olde (Estonia) took the bronze.

IM Valeriy Kazakovskiy from Belarus claimed the gold medal in U18 category. CM Le Minh Hoang (Vietnam) took the silver on better tie-break, while IM Florian Mesaros (Austria) remained third and is awarded with bronze medal.

All three winners among the girls finished on 4,5 points and tiebreak was calculated to distribute the medals. Estonia again won gold and bronze by WIM Mai Narva and WFM Olde Margareth, respectively, while silver went to WFM Paula-Alexandra Gitu from Moldova.

Photo Gallery

European ACP Women’s Rapid & Blitz Chess Championship

European ACP Women’s Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships were held in Monaco from 21 to 23 of October.

Final crosstable blitz

Final crosstable rapid

Ukrainian Grandmaster Anna Muzychuk became the European ACP Women’s Rapid Chess Champion for 2017. The event took place on 21st and 22nd October in Monaco.



Anna Muzychuk (UKR, 2594 Rapid rtg) finished sole first with 9 points out of 11 games and without a lost game! Second place went to GM Lagno Kateryna (RUS, 2577 Rapid rtg) with 8.5 points, while WGM Goryachkina Aleksandra (RUS, 2462 Rapid rtg) took bronze with 8 points and better tie-breaks than 4th Guichard Pauline (FRA, 2285 Rapid rtg) and 5th Kosteniuk Alexandra (RUS, 2612 Rapid rtg) who had the same score of 8 point.



Alexandra Kosteniuk (RUS, 2477 Blitz rtg) became the champion of the European ACP Women’s Blitz Chess Championship having scored 10.5 points out of 13. Kateryna Lagno (2611, Blitz rtg) took silver with 10 points. Valentina Gunina (RUS, 2550, Blitz rtg) won a bronze medal - 9.5 points.

The European ACP Women’s Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships 2017 were held in Monaco from 21 to 23 of October.

The Championship was strong with participation of 87 players in Rapid tournament and 78 players in Blitz competition. The top seeders for both events were former Women’s World Champion GM Kosteniuk Aleksandra (RUS, 2612 Rapid Rtg, 2477 Blitz rtg), last year’s Champion in both competitions GM Muzychuk Anna (UKR, 2594 Rapid rtg, 2663 Blitz rtg), former Women’s European Champions GM Gunina Valentina (RUS, 2577 Rapid rtg, 2550 Blitz rtg) and GM Lagno Kateryna (RUS, 2577 Rapid rtg, 2611 Blitz rtg), former Women’s World Champion GM Antoaneta Stefanova (ECU, 2536 Rapid rtg, 2540 Blitz rtg), current European Champion GM Dzagnidze Nana (GEO, 2528 Rapid rtg, 2445 Blitz rtg) etc.

European Club Cup 2017

Official website: euroclubcup2017.tsf.org.tr

Both Championships were played in 7 rounds, under the Swiss system, in accordance with the ECU Tournament Rules and with time control 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from the move one. The total prize fund of the event was 34.000 EUR.



The teams Globus from Russia in the Open section and Batumi Chess Club NONA in Women's section are the winners of the European Club Cup 2017, which was held in Antalya, Turkey, from 7th-15th October. The Winners accounted the top positions on the Starting rank list, with an amazing average rating, Globus - 2772 and Batumi Chess Club Nona- 2495. In the Open section, Globus finished sole first, the second place went to Alkaloid (MKD) and bronze to AVE Novy Bor (CZE).




In Women's section, Batumi Chess Club Nona and Odlar Yurdu tied for the first place, but thanks to the better tie-breaks Batumi Chess Club Nona finished with gold in their hands, Odlar Yurdu ended second, and third place went to Bossa Nova (BLR) who had better tiebreaks than Ugra Chess Club (RUS). 48 teams represented 24 European federations at the event, 36 teams in Open Section, and 12 teams in Women's section with Top World Grandmasters playing for their clubs, such as: Vladimir Kramnik (RUS, 2794), Mamedyarov Shakhriyar (AZE, 2791), Grischuk Alexander (RUS, 2785), Ding Liren (CHN. 2772), Karjakin Sergey (RUS, 2765), Giri Anish (NED, 2762), Matlakov Maxim (RUS, 2730), Harika Dronavalli (IND, 2528), Dzagnidze Nana (GEO, 2520), Girya Olga (RUS, 2505), Batsiashvili Nino (GEO, 2472), Pogonina Natalija (RUS, 2466) etc.

The 8th Asian Seniors Championships

The 8th Asian Seniors Championships were held at the Waipuna Conference Centre, Auckland, New Zealand from 9-15 October 2017, organised by the New Zealand Chess Federation under the auspices of the Asian Chess Federation.



GM Eugene Torre of the Philippines scored 9/9 to win the Gold Medal in the 65+ Championship, finishing two and a half points ahead of New Zealand FM Ewen Green (Silver) and Edmundo Legaspi (Bronze) also of the Philippines. Green (second on tiebreak) and Legaspi (third) both scored 6.5/9 and gain IM norms. Fifteen players from six federations participated in the event, namely Australia, Brunei, Guam, New Zealand, Philippines and Thailand - See http://chess-results.com/tnr306821.aspx.

IM Mahmood Lodhi of Pakistan scored 7/9 to win the Gold Medal in the 50+ Championship, finishing ahead of Australian GM Darryl Johansen (Silver Medal), New Zealand FM Bruce Watson (Bronze Medal) and Efren Bagamasbad of the Philippines. Lodhi gains a GM norm and, with two norms already and having achieved a 2500 rating some years ago, should be awarded his GM title shortly, subject to FIDE approval. Watson gains an IM norm and it is recommended that Bagamasbad, who defeated both Lodhi and Johansen, be awarded the FM title, subject to approval by FIDE. Thirty player from eight federations, namely Australia, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines and Singapore, participated in the event. See http://chess-results.com/tnr306820.aspx 

CM Helen Milligan of New Zealand scored 4.5/9 to win the Asian Senior Women’s 50+ Championship.

The Championships were organised by IO Paul Spiller (NZL). Tournament Director was GM Murray Chandler (NZL). Chef Arbiter was IA Brian Jones (AUS). Arbiters were IA Bruce Pollard (NZL), FA Ying Wang (NZL) and FA Herakaji Maharjan (NEP). Wang and Maharjan gained IA norms. The Championships were played in a good spirit – there were no disputes and no appeals.

European Team Chess Championship 2017

European Team Chess Championship took place in Crete (Greece).



The Championship from 27th of October to 7th of December in Conference center of Creta Maris resort. 72 teams participate the event and makes the European Team Chess Championship 2017 one of the most numerous ever! 40 teams are competing in Open section and 32 teams in Women's section. The total number of players is 198 in Open section, among whom are 138 Grandmasters and 35 IMs, which is making the event one of the strongest ever! 158 players are playing in Women's section, among whom are 138 International title holders- 13 GMs, 33 WGMs, 31 IMs and 24 WIMs.



Azerbaijan and Russia win European Team Chess Championships 2017

Teams of Azerbaijan and Russia became the European Team Chess Champions for 2017 in Open and Women's section respectively.

Official website: http://www.euroteams2017.com/en/ 


Panamerican Senior Chess Championship 2017

Panamerican Senior Chess Championship 2017 took place in Neiva, Huila, Colombia from 10th to 16th of October.

IM Jefferson Pelikan from Brasil became the winner of the championship in U-50 category. FM Pedro Rodruguez Rivera from Cuba took the silver medal, while FM Carlos Ramirez from Colombia was third.

GM Silvino Garcia Martinez from Cuba became the champion In U-65 category. Leonardo Prado from Colombia was second and IM Mario Leskovar from Argentina finished on third place.

Final Standings

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Azerbaijan and Russia win European Team Chess Championships 2017

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 08:54




Azerbaijan and Russia win European Team Chess Championships 2017

Teams of Azerbaijan and Russia became the European Team Chess Champions for 2017 in Open and Women's section respectively.

The rush for gold in Open section was very intense until the end of the last game of the Championship. Azerbaijanis needed a victory in the last round to secure the title, but no decisive result happened in their match against Ukraine, and the clash ended in a tie 2-2.

At the same time, Russian team defeated Germany with 3-1 to reach shared first place.



Azerbaijan won the 3rd gold at the European Team Chess Championship as they had better tie-breaks than Russia.

The European Team Champions for 2015, Russia, finished the race with silver in their hands.

Third place of this prestigious European event went to Ukraine since they had better additional criteria than Croatia who had the same match points, but finished fourth.



In the Women's section the Winner wasn't questioned in the last round. Russian ladies secured the first place already after the 8th round with a round to spare. Nevertheless, Russia affirmed the domination by taking a victory in the last round against Armenia and triumphed the Championship with three match points ahead of the runner-ups.

Georgia finished the Championship as sole second with 14 match points.

Bronze went to Ukraine who took 12 match points.

The Organizer rewarded the individual prizes to the three best players on each board. The gold medalists are listed below:

Open Section

Board 1: Aronian Levon (ARM, 2801) Rtg Performance: 2810
Board 2: Bosiocic Marin (CRO, 2619) Rtg Performance: 2824
Board 3: Vitiugov Nikita (RUS, 2728) Rtg Performance: 2817
Board 4: Mamedov Rauf (AZE, 2678) Rtg Performance: 2920
Board 5: Svane Rasmus (GER, 2595) Rtg Performance: 2762

Women's Section

Board 1: Kosteniuk Alexandra (RUS, 2552) Rtg Performance: 2632
Board 2: Lagno Kateryna (RUS, 2541) Rtg Performance: 2605
Board 3: Khotenashvili Bela (GEO, 2459) Rtg Performance: 2608
Board 4: Gaponenko Inna (UKR, 2433) Rtg Performance: 2552
Board 5: Melia Salome (GEO, 2412) Rtg Performance: 2622

The Closing Ceremony of the Championship took place yesterday in Creta Maris Conference center with attendance of the President of European Chess Union - Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili, Secretary General of European Chess Union - Mr. Theodoros Tzorbatsoglou, Deputy President of FIDE - Mr. Georgios Makropoulos, Continental President of Americas - Mr. Jorge Vega, FIDE Vice President Mr. Boris Kutin, Tournament Director - Mr. Nikos Kalesis, Region Governor of Crete Mr. Arnaoutakis Stavros, Vice region Governor of Crete Mr. Koukiadakis Evripidis, Mayor of Hersonissos - Mr. Mastorakis Giannis, Consulant advisor of athletic department Mr. Sirigonakis, Mrs. Plevraki Despina.



The President of the ECU Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili has been awarded with ECU plaque and the book "The Thinkers". He also granted the ECU plaques to dignitaries of Crete region and Hersonissos municipality.

The Closing Ceremony was enriched with short video presentations of Cretan culture and with organization video as review of the Championship.

Closing Ceremony photo gallery

Official website

Round 8: Russia secured gold in Women's section, Azerbaijan leading in Open

Russia won another team gold medal in the Women's section with a round to spare after crushing Turkey 4-0. At the same time the nearest follower Georgia stumbled in the match against Poland. Wins by Jolanta Zawadzka and Karina Szczepkowska secured overall 3-1 for Polish ladies.



Italy and Romania exchanged a pair of victories to finally draw the match. Same scenario was seen in the match Serbia - Netherlands.

Ukraine scored an all-important win 2,5-1,5 versus Spain. Zhukova and Gaponenko won for Ukraine, while Matnadze earned a point for Spain, all three with black pieces.

In similar fashion Armenia won against Czech Republic, same score and points with black pieces by Danielian and Galojan. Azerbaijan surged ahead with a sound 3-1 victory over France.

It will be an exciting fight for silver and bronze medals as Georgia and Poland share the second place with 12 points each, while Ukraine and Armenia are half a point behind.

Top round 9 pairings are Armenia - Russia, Georgia - Italy, Romania - Poland and Turkey - Ukraine.



In the Open section Azerbaijan signed a huge 3-1 victory against Russia to jump ahead of the opponent and grab the top position: Grischuk-Mamedyarov 0-1, Nepomniachtchi-Radjabov 0-1, Matlakov-Naiditsch 1-0, Dubov-Mamedov 0-1.

Ukraine caught up with Russia on the shared second place after winning against Hungary 2,5-1,5. The decisive point was delivered by Martyn Kravtsiv.

Germany beat Israel 3-1 thanks to the wins of Meier and Svane with white pieces. Turkey edged Netherlands with Emre Can's effort on the third board.

On the next three tables Croatia, Romania and England narrowly defeated France, Serbia and Greece 1, respectively.

Armenia and Poland split the points, while Spain crushed Georgia 3,5-0,5. The same victory was scored by Belarus in the clash with Austria.

Top round 9 matches are Azerbaijan - Ukraine, Germany - Russia, Turkey - Croatia and England - Hungary.

Photo gallery

Official website

Round 7: Russia leading in both sections

Russia restored the top position in the Open section after defeating the earlier leader Croatia. Nikita Vitiugov and Daniil Dubov were successful with white pieces.

Azerbaijan helped the Russia's cause by beating Hungary 3-1, with full points from Arkadij Naiditsch and Rauf Mamedov. After the shaky start Azerbaijan surged ahead to reach a clear second place.

The next four matches finished with narrow 2,5-1,5 scores. Pavel Eljanov brought the match points for Ukraine against Romania, Rasmus Svane won for Germany against Armenia, while Vahap Sanal was the hero of Turkey in the clash against neighbors from Georgia.



Israel signed the same score versus Poland, with wins from Sutovsky and Nabaty (Israel) and Duda (Poland).

Netherlands made a comeback with a swift 3-1 victory against Belarus, while England and Spain split the points.

Top round 8 matches are Russia - Azerbaijan, Hungary - Ukraine, Israel - Germany and Netherlands - Turkey.

In the Women's section the teams from Russia and Georgia have clearly distinguished themselves from the rest of the field.

Russia had no trouble to defeat Italy by 3-1, while Georgia crashed Spain 4-0. Russia is first with 13 match points, Georgia is second with 12 points, while the chasing group is full two points behind.

Ukraine and Poland shared the points when Anna Muzychuk beat Monika Socko and Klaudia Kulon levelled against Iulija Osmak.



Same result in the match Romania - Armenia. Irina Bulmaga won for Romania and Maria Gevorgyan evened for Armenia.

Turkey made a significant progress by beating France 3-1. Czech Republic recorded the same win against Greece 1.

Serbia edged Belarus 2,5-1,5 and Netherlands demolished higher rated Hungary by 3,5-0,5.

Top round 8 pairings are Turkey - Russia, Poland - Georgia, Italy - Romania and Ukraine - Spain.

More information in the relevant sections of the official website.

Round 6

After the short leisure time, teams continued the struggles for the title of European Team Chess Champion. Hungary excelled in 6th round and by defeating Croatia, with a result 3.5-0.5, overtook the leadership.

Defending Champion and top seeded Russia came back to the top of the list with same match points but lower tie-breaks than Hungary, by beating Poland thanks to the victory of Nepomniachtchi Ian (RUS, 2733), while the other games ended in a peaceful manner.

In another top match, Azerbaijan scored narrow win against Armenia thanks to the victories of Radjabov Teimour (AZE, 2741) and Mamedov Rauf (AZE, 2678), while Mamedyarov Shakhriyar (AZE, 2791) suffered defeat against Aronian Levon (ARM, 2801).



In even five matches teams traded a pair of victories to finish in a tie result 2-2, among them: Romania-Israel, Germany-Turkey, Belarus-England and Spain-Slovenia, while Ukraine beat France thanks to the triumph on the top board of Eljanov Pavel (UKR, 2720) against Edouard Romain (FRA, 2607).

Only three rounds left to be played, and the top pairings of the 7th round are: Azerbaijan-Hungary, Croatia-Russia, Ukraine-Romania.

In Women’s section, Russia maintained sole leadership after very intense match played against Poland, which ended in a tie without a single decisive game.



One of the derby matches of the 6th round, played between second and third seeded Georgia and Ukraine, finished with a victory of Georgian ladies thanks to the Batsiashvili Nino (GEO, 2472) who scored against Zhukova Natalia (UKR, 2426).

Italy and Spain overwhelmed Turkey and Belarus respectively with score 3-1 and leaped on the top to be tied for the third place together with Poland.

Meanwhile, Romania conquered against Azerbaijan with a minimum result 2.5-1.5, while Hungary admited defeat by the lower rated Armenia.

Top pairings of the 7th round in Women’s section are: Russia-Italy, Spain-Georgia and Ukraine-Poland. All the pairings, results and standings can be found here.

Seventh, one of the last and decisive rounds, will be played today, as usual at 15:00 (local time) and live broadcast of all the games can be followed through the Official Website or through the ECU website, section LIVE.

Round 5: Russian women perfect, Croatia leading in Open

Croatia excelled once again, defeating Germany 2,5-1,5 to move into the sole lead in the Open section. The hero, for the second day in a row, was Marin Bosiocic winning against Matthias Bluebaum.



On the top board Hungary and Armenia played a peaceful tie 2-2 with four draws, thus falling one point behind the leader.

Russia bounced back after yesterday's setback with a convincing 3,5-0,5 victory against Turkey. Poland and Azerbaijan signed the confident 3-1 against Belarus and Czech Republic, respectively.

In an exciting match France edged Serbia 2,5-1,5, and Israel scored the same narrow win against Georgia thanks to Maxim Rodshtein.

Romania won both games with white pieces to shock the higher rated Netherlands, while Italy's luck ran out as they went down 0,5-3,5 to Ukraine.

Thursday is a rest day and the action continues on 3rd November. Top round 6 pairings are Hungary - Croatia, Poland - Russia, Armenia - Azerbaijan and Romania - Israel.



Russia maintained the perfect score in the Women's section after walking past Spain by 3-1. Lagno and Goryachkina delivered full points with black pieces.

On the second table Italy and Poland produced four draws, but on the third Georgia demolished the neighbors from Armenia with a telling 4-0 score.

Ukraine defeated France with an effort of the lower boards, while Turkey edged Slovenia by 2,5-1,5. Germany lost to Romania by the same score, despite Paehtz's victory against Bulmaga.

Azerbaijan leader Zeinab Mamedjarova scored the sole win in the match against Israel to bring two valuable points to her team.

Belarus appropriated three of four decisive games to claim an overall win against Netherlands.

Top round 6 pairings are Poland - Russia, Georgia - Ukraine, Italy - Turkey and Spain - Belarus.

More information in the relevant sections of the official website.

Round 4: Hungary stuns Russia, leads with Armenia and Croatia

Hungary shocked the overnight leader and defending champion Russia thanks to the Viktor Erdos' creation against Ian Nepomniachtchi. The other three games were drawn.

In the same pattern Croatia won against Israel, the decisive blow being delivered by Marin Bosiocic.

Germany and Poland exchanged a pair of victories to tie the match 2-2. In the tight contest Armenia came out on the top 2,5-1,5 versus Netherlands.



Turkey overcame the multiple Olympic champion Ukraine as Vahap Sanal beat Yuriy Kuzubov on the 4th board.

The matches Czech Republic - Serbia, England - Italy and Romania - Georgia were all even after pairs of wins were traded between the respective teams.

Top round 5 pairings are Hungary - Armenia, Croatia - Germany, Poland - Belarus and Russia - Turkey.

The derby match of the 4th round of the European Team Championship – Women Section was played between Russia and Georgia, the two top seeded teams.



Russia emerged victorious to maintain the perfect score and move into the sole lead. Kateryna Lagno and Valentina Gunina won for Russia, while Lela Javakhishvili scored for Georgia.

On the top table Spain and Poland played out four decisive games, all won by white, to eventually tie the match.

Armenia and France scored narrow wins against Greece 1 and Israel, respectively. Maria Gevorgyan won for Armenia, and Almira Skripchenko was the hero for France.

Ukraine bounced back with a solid 3-1 victory against Hungary, while Italy beat Netherlands by the same score.

Top round 5 pairings are Russia - Spain, Italy - Poland, Armenia - Georgia and Ukraine - France.

More information in the relevant sections of the official website.


Round 3: Russia emerged leader in Open section, four teams tied in Women's

A swift victory by Ian Nepomniachtchi was sufficient for Russia to defeat Czech Republic and assume the leading position in the Open section.



The other top matches, Hungary-Netherlands and Croatia-Armenia, were tied without a single decisive game.

Germany ended Italy's run by beating them 3,5-0,5 and Israel cruised past France 3-1.

Poland's top board Radoslaw Wojtaszek delivered the crucial point in the match with England by defeating Michael Adams. The remaining games were drawn.

Spain is also celebrating the team leader, the young David Anton, as he evened the result in the clash against heavy favourites from Azerbaijan.

Top round 4 pairings are Russia - Hungary, Germany - Poland, Israel - Croatia and Armenia - Netherlands.

In the Women's section the defending champion Russia took an early lead against Ukraine thanks to Valentina Gunina's win on the third board. The other three games were drawn and Russia celebrated overall victory.



Spain crushed Turkey 3,5-0,5, and Georgia beat Hungary 3-1 by taking full points on the lower boards. Poland also signed 3-1 against Israel, the wins coming from the players directing black pieces.

France outplayed Slovenia 2,5-1,5, while Czech Republic and Belarus held the higher rated Germany and Azerbaijan, respectively.

Netherlands took the advantage of the white pieces to defeat Slovakia by 3-1.

Top round 4 pairings are Spain - Poland, Georgia - Russia, Netherlands - Italy and Greece 1 - Armenia.

More information in the relevant sections of the official website.

Round 2

The second round of the European Team Chess Championship was played today in Creta Maris resort in Greece. All the top players who sat out from the opening round have entered the arena.

Among the top tables in the Open section the most effective was Hungary defeating the neighboring Romania by 3,5-0,5.

Other decisive matches were concluded by narrow margin 2,5-1,5. Defending champion Russia defeated Belarus thanks to reigning European individual champion Maxim Matlakov. Netherlands beat the higher rated Ukraine thanks to Anish Giri's effort on the top board. Ivan Saric brought the match points to Croatia in the clash against Serbia.



Armenia, with Levon Aronian taking the top board, defeated the hosts Greece, while Czech Republic won against Georgia. Sabino Brunello was the architect of another success for Italy, this time in the encounter with Turkey.



Top round 3 pairings are Hungary - Netherlands, Czech Republic - Russia, Croatia - Armenia and Italy - Germany.

Several crushing victories were recorded in the Women's section. Israel beat Italy 3,5-0,5, Georgia defeated France by the same score, as well as Spain celebrating against the higher rated Romania.



Ukraine and Poland walked past by Armenia and Germany, respectively, scoring 3-1 each.

Russia got 2,5-1,5 against Czech Republic, as well as Hungary versus Azerbaijan and Turkey against Netherlands.

Top round 3 pairings are Poland - Israel, Georgia - Hungary, Turkey - Spain and Russia - Ukraine.

More information in the relevant sections of the official website.

Round 1

The long anticipated European Team Chess Championship began today at the beautiful conference hall of Creta Maris resort in Hersonissos, Crete, Greece.

A record breaking 72 teams compete in the event, with 40 nations being represented in the Open Section, and 32 teams participating in the Women's Section.



ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili made the honorary first move in the game between Ian Nepomniachtchi and Luka Lenic.

As usual in the events run by Swiss pairing system, the top seeded teams faced the lower rated opposition.

Nevertheless, it was a bumpy ride for some of the favourites, most notably Azerbaijan losing to the inspired youngsters from Italy. Brunello and Moroni defeated Naiditsch and Guseinov, respectively, while Mamedov scored for Azerbaijan.



In four other matches the underdogs achieved tied scores. Moldova drew England thanks to the victory of Victor Bologan against Nigel Short.

Norway, playing without the world champion Magnus Carlsen, held Israel to a tie after Johan-Sebastian Christiansen beat Emil Sutovsky.

Neighbors Slovakia and Poland, as well as Germany and Greece 2, drew their respective matches.

The perfect 4-0 scores were achieved by Greece 1 and Romania against Greece - Crete and Scotland, respectively.

In the Women's section there were no surprises in team results. The maximum 4-0 scores were recorded by Italy and Czech Republic against Montenegro and Finland, respectively.



Of the notable individual results Stavroula Tsolakidou defeated Valentina Gunina, Nastassia Ziaziulkina defeated Nana Dzagnidze, Teodora Injac beat Iulija Osmak and Sheila Barth Sahl defeated Sabrina Vega Gutierrez.

Top round 2 results are Israel - Italy, Czech Republic - Russia, France - Georgia, Ukraine - Armenia and Poland - Germany.

More information in the relevant sections of the official website.

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FIDE World Youth Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships - Winners

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 17:58



The 1st FIDE World Youth Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships for Boys and Girls U14, U16, U18 concluded in Creta Maris, Hersonissos, Greece.

The short but action-packed event saw tough battles across all age categories and many medals were decided by a tiebreak "photo finish".

The closing ceremony was held on Monday at the Creta Maris Convention Centre. The cups and medals were awarded by ECU General Secretary Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou, President of the Portugal Chess Federation Dominic Cross, Vice-President of the Greek Chess Federation Argyrios Kytharidis and Tournament Director Nikos Kalesis.



The Rapid Championship was played on 28-29th October as 9-round Swiss with time control 10'+5". 69 players from 20 federations took part in this event.

In the U14 category FM Ngo Duc Tri (Vietnam) emerged clear winner with 7,5 points. Silver is Nikolaos Spyropoulos (Greece), while bronze is FM Daniel Dardha (Belgium), both on 7 points.

Among the girls the best was Magdalena Harazinska (Poland) with 6 points. FM Liwia Jarocka, also from Poland, is second, and Larisa Kuhar (Slovenia) is third.

Vietnam also claimed the gold medal in the U16 category as IM Nguyen Anh Khoi scored the perfect 9/9 points. IM Adam Kozak (Hungary) is second and FM Felix Blohberger (Austria) is third, each with 7 points.

WFM Anna Afonasieva from Russia took the gold among girls with 5 points. Silver is Grete Olde (Estonia) and bronze is Antigoni Georgitsi (Greece).

In the U18 category there was a huge tie on the top position as three players finished on 6,5 points each and all three tiebreak criterions had to be employed in order to decide the final order. Gold medal goes to IM Leon Livaic (Croatia), silver is IM Florian Mesaros (Austria) and bronze goes to FM Raphael Lagunow (Germany).

The top girl was WIM Mai Narva (Estonia), second was Nguyen Hong Ngoc from Vietnam, while bronze medal goes to WFM Olde Margareth (Estonia).



The Blitz Championship was played on 30th October as 9-round Swiss with time control 5'+2". 63 players participated in this event.

In the Blitz U14 section convincing was FM Daniel Dardha from Belgium who scored 8 points. Bence Leszko (Hungary) took the silver medal and Elie Milikow (Israel) claimed the bronze.

Among the girls Magdalena Harazinska (Poland) was the best again with 5,5 points and her compatriot FM Liwia Jarocka was second again. Ramona Golsta (Latvia) earned the bronze medal.

The winner also repeated in the Open U16 section. Another gold medal for IM Nguyen Anh Khoi (Vietnam) and another silver for IM Adam Kozak (Hungary). Bronze medal is for Georgios Mitsis (Greece).

WFM Anna Afonasieva (Russia) is best among the girls with 4,5 points. Silver is Do Vu Thien Nhi (Vietnam) and Grete Olde (Estonia) took the bronze.

IM Valeriy Kazakovskiy from Belarus claimed the gold medal in U18 category. CM Le Minh Hoang (Vietnam) took the silver on better tie-break, while IM Florian Mesaros (Austria) remained third and is awarded with bronze medal.

All three winners among the girls finished on 4,5 points and tiebreak was calculated to distribute the medals. Estonia again won gold and bronze by WIM Mai Narva and WFM Olde Margareth, respectively, while silver went to WFM Paula-Alexandra Gitu from Moldova.



The full results are available on the official website.

A big “THANK YOU” to all the players, parents, coaches, arbiters and organizers for participating in this unforgettable event.

Closing ceremony photo gallery (by Anastasya Karlovich)

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Interview with Chairman of Arbiters Commission on his 60th birthday

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 17:44



Congratulations to the Chairman of the FIDE Arbiters' Commission IA Takis Nikolopoulos on his 60th birthday!

Mr. Nikolopoulos is widely known all around the chess community as the Chief Arbiter of many chess tournaments, including FIDE World Championship Matches, FIDE Women's World Chess Championship Matches, FIDE World Chess Olympiad, World Youth Championships etc. His great knowledge, hard work and dedication are vital to the success of many chess events.

FIDE wishes him the best of health, happiness and prosperity!




Interview with the Chairman of the FIDE Arbiters' Commission IA Takis Nikolopoulos

Takis Nikolopoulos was born on 1 November 1957 in Athens, Greece.
He graduated in March 1975 from the University of Thessaloniki with a major incivil engineering. He has been a member and player for the Korydallos Chess Club since 1983.
Takis has also been a member of the Greek Chess Federation Board since 1992 and was their Tournament Director from 1996 to 2004 and General Secretary from 2004 to 2012.
He became National Arbiter in 1989 and International Arbiter in 1993.
In 1998, he was appointed as Chairman of the FIDE Arbiters’ Commission and has been a FIDE Lecturer since 2010 and a FIDE Instructor since 2015. When not being a chess arbiter, he works as a civil engineer in the Constructions’ Department of the Greek Ministry of Defense, in the Greek Air Force.


Takis, on 1st of November you have your 60 years anniversary. My congratulations and best wishes!! Many people know you as an International Chess Arbiter, as the Chairman of the FIDE Arbiters Commission, but only a few know that you are working as an engineer at the Greek Ministry of Defense. How did you manage to combine both professions during all these years?

Thank you for your wishes!

I started working in the Ministry of Defense and in the Greek Air Force in October 1985 and my first tournament abroad was the 33rd World Chess Olympiad of Elista in1998, as a Senior Arbiter. The kind of my work in the Air Force allows me to get normally 25 days of a regular leave with additional days which I take off without remuneration. Recently, the Greek Ministry of Sports established the opportunity for the chess players and arbiters to get additional days off from their employers, in case they are appointed to participate in the World Chess Olympiad and to World and Continental Championships. This is of course a great help in my case and gives me more chances to be a Chief Arbiter in selected top tournaments during the year. As I always take care not to leave any pending work assignment before I leave for a tournament, I am able to combine my job with being an Arbiter in tournaments without any problem.


You have been a Chief arbiter during many national and international chess events. What are the most memorable tournaments for you?

I have had the honor to be Deputy Chief Arbiter in the World Championship Tournaments in 1999, in Las Vegas USA, in 2000 in New Delhi, India, in 2001 in Moscow, Russia, and in the World Championship Match of 2006, in Elista, Russia, Chief Arbiter in the World Championship Tournament of 2004 in Tripoli, Libya, in the World Championship Matches of 2008, in Bonn, Germany, in 2010, in Sofia, Bulgaria and in 2016, in New York, USA, as well as in Olympiad 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey and 2014 in Tromso, Norway and Tournament Director in Olympiad 2016 in Baku, Azerbaijan. I was also Chief Arbiter in many World and European Team, Youth, Juniors and School Championships, as well as in Top Level tournaments such as Tal Memorial, Moscow Open, Qatar Open etc. I would like to use this opportunity and thank FIDE for my appointments and organisers for the trust put in me.
One of my most memorable tournaments is the World Championship of 1999 that was held in Las Vegas, USA, where I was Deputy Chief Arbiter, with IA Geurt Gijssen as the Chief Arbiter. The amazing playing venue (it was the Caesar’s Palace Hotel) and the fascinating city of Las Vegas impressed me very much. Also the World Championship Match of 2008 in Bonn, Germany, between Viswanathan Anand and Vladimir Kramnik was one of my favourite events because of its excellent organization. Of course the World Championship Match of 2016 between Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin in Manhattan, New York was also one of the most memorable tournaments for me, I have enjoyed its excellent organisation and the fight between the players.


Do you remember any funny or interesting episodes which happened during chess tournaments?

I remember one funny episode that happened in one of the World Championships.
During a tie break game one of the top players made a blunder and immediately resigned. The winner signed the match protocol and left from the playing hall. The loser was desperate and was sitting in the chair, holding his head by his hands. I was staying close to the board, waiting for him to sign the match protocol. Suddenly he stood up, grabbed his chair, threw it in the air and immediately ran out of the playing hall. The chair fell on the floor, just a few centimeters from me. I was shocked, but because of the very thick carpet of the playing hall no noise was caused and none of the players even realized what exactly happened! Later in his apology the player said that he was sorry for what happened but it was not a big deal, since nobody was hurt and the chair was not destroyed!


What is the role of the arbiter? How the role of the chess arbiter was changing over the years?

The Arbiters are the connecting link between the organiser and the players of a tournament.

They have not only to control the games, but also to ensure the best conditions for the players, so that they are not disturbed during the games and will be able to play their games without any problem.

Also, they have to take care of the playing area, the equipment, the surroundings and the whole playing venue. Finally they have to avoid any cheating by the players.

The general duties of the Arbiters in a competition are described in the FIDE Laws of Chess (art. 12) and are:
a. They shall see that the Laws of Chess are observed.
b. They shall ensure fair play.
c. They shall act in the best interest of the competition.
d. They should ensure that a good playing environment is maintained and that the players are not disturbed.
e. They shall supervise the progress of the competition
f. They shall take special measures in the interest of disabled players and those who need medical attention.
g. They shall follow the Anti-cheating Rules or Guidelines.
h. They shall observe the games, especially when the players are short of time, enforce decisions they have made and impose penalties on players where appropriate.

So the role of the Arbiter is not just to walk in the playing hall and collect the score sheets after the end of the games. Many people believe that the Arbiter has an easy job, but obviously it is not like this.

Of course the Arbiter cannot affect the result of a game very much, as the referee can do in football or basketball and in other sports, but as everybody can understand, his role is also important and must not be underestimated.

The successful arbitration during the games plays a very significant role in the success of the event.

This role is changing over the years, by adding more duties and responsibilities to the Arbiters.
The application of the Anti-cheating rules and guidelines has been added in the last years and has become one of the most important duties of the Arbiter. Among other duties, he has to learn to use metal detectors and other anti-cheating devices, in order to secure that the game is played under absolutely fair conditions.
Recently the checking of the dress-code of the players has been added to the duties of the Arbiters.
Of course the Arbiter has to follow a dress-code for his own appearance in the tournaments, but now he becomes responsible for the checking of the players’ dress code in the tournament, according to the relevant regulations, so that the image of chess is maintained in a high level.
In general I would like to say that the Arbiters can undertake any responsibility, but of course we need to have a good cooperation with the players and they need to help us as well.
We have to understand that players and arbiters are not on different sides of a chessboard. We are on the same side, because all of us we work for chess.
The players are the stars of the game, they play their moves and create masterpieces on the chess boards.
We, the Arbiters, are here to provide them with the best conditions and help them to play their best games.
We need to respect each other and to cooperate in the best way, for the benefit of chess.


The meeting of the Arbiters Commission took place during 88th FIDE Congress in Antalya. What were the most important decisions and amendments to the regulations?

At the 88th FIDE Congress in Antalya and during the Arbiters’ Commission meeting we discussed several small amendments of the regulations that were approved by the Executive Board.
In the Regulations for the titles of Arbiters (FIDE Handbook, B.06) we clarified the term “International tournaments” of the article 2.1.3. (which allows only Swiss system tournaments to be accepted as norms for the FA and IA title applications), defining that for a FA title, International tournament is the tournament which has players from at least two (2) Federations and for an IA title, International tournament is the tournament which has players from at least three (3) Federations.
In the regulations for the classification of the Arbiters (FIDE Handbook, B.06, art. 8, Annex 1a) it was clarified that Chess Festivals that include multiple concurrent events shall count as norms for classification in C’ Category.


Can you please also tell about the Arbiters` Manual.

At the 88th FIDE Congress we presented the 2017 Arbiters’ Manual.
It includes all the changes in the Laws of Chess, in the Swiss Rules and in the titles and ratings regulations that were approved at the Baku FIDE General Assembly and have been in effect since 1 July 2017. The Manual has also been published on the FIDE Arbiters’ Commission website and can be downloaded for free by anyone.
The Arbiters’ Manual is a team work with the participation of some of the most experienced top Arbiters, under the coordination of the FIDE Arbiters’ Commission.
It is accepted by Arbiters and Federations with a great enthusiasm.
About 2.500 books of the previous edition of the 2014 Arbiters’ Manual have been distributed to Arbiters and Federations all over the world.
The Federations can order printed copies of the 2017 Arbiters’ Manual through the FIDE Secretariat.
400 hundred books have already been distributed to the members of the Executive Board at the Antalya FIDE Congress and to the Arbiters who participated in the Arbiters’ Commission Meeting there and sent to the USA Chess Federation and Austrian Chess Federation.


The Arbiter’s Commission has produced five Arbiters` Magazines. What is the feedback from the arbiters?

The 5th issue of the Arbiters’ Magazine was presented and distributed at the 2017 Antalya FIDE Congress.
It has also been published on the FIDE Arbiters’ Commission website and can be downloaded for free by anybody.
It includes tables with the changes of relevant articles of the laws of Chess, the Swiss Rules and the titles and ratings regulations as well as incidents that happened in tournaments and the respective decisions of the Arbiters.
The Arbiters’ Magazine is an effort of the FIDE Arbiters’ Commission to provide all the Arbiters with the necessary information and knowledge coming from real cases that happened during the tournaments to enable them to perform their duties in the best way.
All Arbiters are kindly invited to help our effort and send cases worth publishing, from tournaments they have worked as Arbiters to our Commission.


Do you have a recipe or advice for those who would like to be good and professional arbiters? How is it important for the arbiter to play chess on a decent level?

In my opinion, in order to be a good arbiter, a person must love being an arbiter very much. Many people consider the work of the arbiter very dull. A lot of my friends are asking me how it is possible to spend five, six or sometimes seven or more hours, walking in a playing hall and looking at the games.
If you love being an arbiter, then you like to be in a playing hall for so many hours, doing all the work you have to do.
The recipe is simple. Love of chess, good knowledge and a sense of responsibility.

I believe that it is not so important for the arbiter to be a very good player.
Of course he must have a decent level in chess, in order to be able to realize which critical moments in a game are.
The most important for an arbiter is the necessary competence, the sound judgment, the absolute objectivity and the common logic.  

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Congratulations to IA Takis Nikolopoulos on his birthday

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 17:44



Congratulations to the Chairman of the FIDE Arbiters' Commission IA Takis Nikolopoulos on his 60th birthday!

Mr. Nikolopoulos is widely known all around the chess community as the Chief Arbiter of many chess tournaments, including FIDE World Championship Matches, FIDE Women's World Chess Championship Matches, FIDE World Chess Olympiad, World Youth Championships etc. His great knowledge, hard work and dedication are vital to the success of many chess events.

FIDE wishes him the best of health, happiness and prosperity!

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FIDE Congratulates Robert Katende on receiving the 2017 Otis Social Justice Award

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 17:21



FIDE Congratulates Robert Katende on receiving the 2017 Otis Social Justice Award

Wheaton College will present the 2017 Otis Social Justice Award to an East African social entrepreneur whose work is highlighted in the critically acclaimed 2016 film, Queen of Katwe.

Robert Katende introduced and developed chess programs in the slums of Kampala, Uganda, and in the refugee camps in Gulu, northern Uganda, an area severely affected by Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army. Today, his non-profit organization, Som Chess Academy, helps youngsters in the slums realize their full potential through chess, by integrating principles of the game with management of daily challenges in life, enhancing abstract thinking, creativity and innovation.

The Walt Disney-produced movie tells the story of how his chess ministry program affected the life of Phiona Mutesi, who rose from the slums to become the Ugandan chess champion, thus earning the affectionate title of the “Queen of Katwe” (the area where she lived).

Katende will speak at during the award ceremony, and he and Phiona Mutesi will participate in a panel discussion moderated by Wheaton alumnus Ted Nesi ’07, a reporter and anchor at WPRI TV-12 in Providence, RI. A reception will be held in the chapel immediately after the award presentation and discussion. (The event will be live streamed on the Wheaton Facebook page.)

The Otis Social Justice lecture series was established in 1959 through the generosity of Henry Witte Otis, whose children included two Wheaton graduates. Eleanor Roosevelt was among the earliest Otis lecturers (1962). Today, the purpose of the Otis Fund has broadened to support a colloquium in social justice–a forum through which the Wheaton community addresses key contemporary social issues.

The first Otis Social Justice Award was presented in 1990 to former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop. Other recipients include Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund; author Barbara Ehrenreich; Sister Helen Prejean, whose first book formed the basis for the film Dead Man Walking, and activist and journalist Gloria Steinem.

Source wheatoncollege.edu

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November 2017 FIDE Rating list

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 12:34


FIDE publishes November 2017 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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Kramnik Nominated as Wild Card Choice to Candidates Tournament

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 10:32



Vladimir Kramnik Nominated as Wild Card Choice to the FIDE World Chess Candidates Tournament


GM Kramnik is the second Russian participant of the qualifier to the 2018 World Chess Championship Match

World Chess, the organizer of the 2018 FIDE World Chess Candidates Tournament, nominated GM Vladimir Kramnik (Russian Federation) as a Wild Card choice for the Candidates Tournament that will take place in Berlin, Germany on March 10 — 28, 2018. World Chess and FIDE have decided to issue its Wild Card nomination before the final leg of the World Chess Grand Prix Series in consideration of the fact that should the Wild Card choice be announced, it might affect the preparation and determination of players who are fighting for the Candidates qualification via the Grand Prix Series.

Ilya Merenzon, World Chess CEO, said: “We believe that inviting Mr. Kramnik to the Candidates will make the Tournament line-up the strongest possible and will ensure the choice of the best challenger to incumbent World Champion, Magnus Carlsen”.

Vladimir Kramnik, 14th World Chess Champion, said: “I’d like to thank everyone who helped my nomination to the Candidates. Usually, the chess world’s attention is drawn to the tournament and taking part in it is a challenge for any grandmaster. I hope to show worthy performance and fight for first prize!”

Andrey Filatov, President of the Russian Chess Federation said: “I am pleased that FIDE and World Chess had selected Kramnik. For over 20 years he is in the top three world’s strongest chess players, and for seven years he’s been the World Champion. Kramnik is extremely popular among chess players and his participation will certainly generate additional attention and drama. Now Russia has at least two players who have a chance to become the challenger to the incumbent World Champion. With a bit of luck, the third contender, Alexander Grischuk, can join them. I very much hope that a Russian chess player will ‘capture Berlin’ and will face Magnus Carlsen in the Match in November of 2018”.

The World Chess Candidates, a dramatic tournament that determines the challenger for the World Chess Championship Match, will take place at Kühlhaus Berlin (Luckenwalder Str. 3, Berlin, Germany) on March 10—28, 2018. The prize fund will total €420,000, or an estimated $500,000 at the current exchange rate. In addition to €420,000, the prize will also include 10% of the pay-per-view revenues from the event.

Tickets (both onsite and online) are available at worldchess.com/berlin.

Leading brands continue to support the Championship cycle and will be represented in the Candidates Tournament: EG Capital Advisors, an international asset management company, the Official Partner; Kaspersky Lab as World Chess and FIDE Official Cybersecurity Partner; S.T. Dupont as Official Writing Instrument; and Isklar as Official Water.

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Change for 2018 World Junior & Girls U20 Championship dates & venue

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 13:12



The 2018 World Junior and Girls U20 Championship has changed its dates to 4 - 16 September 2018 and venue to Gebze city, Kocaeli, Turkey.

The dates have been changed because of the clash with the 43rd World Chess Olympiad.

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FIDE World Youth Rapid & Blitz Championships 2017

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 10:39



FIDE World Youth Rapid & Blitz Championships 2017


The 1st FIDE World Youth Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships for Boys and Girls U14, U16, U18 have started in Creta Maris, Hersonissos, Greece.

The Rapid Championship will have 9 rounds with time control 10'+5", to be completed on 28-29th October. 69 players from 20 federations take part in this event.

The Blitz Championship will be held on 30th October over 9 rounds of Swiss system with the time control 5'+2".



Prizes for Players of each of the 6 Playing Groups (Open and girls):
1) Title of World Champion for respective event + Cup + Medal
2) Title of Vice World Champion for respective event + Cup + Medal
3) Cup + Bronze medal



The results are available on the official website


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