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43rd World Chess Olympiad started in Batumi

19 hours 28 min ago
The long anticipated 43rd World Chess Olympiad began today at the brand new Batumi Sports Palace with the games of the first round.

A record breaking 185 teams compete in the Open Section, while the Women Section has 151 teams participating.

President of Georgia Mr Giorgi Margvelashvili attended the first round of the 43rd Chess Olympiad at the Batumi Sports Palace and made the first symbolic move for the Georgian top player GM Baadur Jobava in the game against GM Yehuda Gruenfeld.

Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Georgia Mr Mikheil Batiashvili also attended the beginning of the games, having an honor to make the first symbolic move for the Georgian star Nana Dzagnidze in the game against Wang Chengjia of South Korea.


President of Georgia Mr Giorgi Margvelashvili making the first move for Baadur Jobava



Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Georgia Mr Mikheil Batiashvili making the first move for Nana Dzagnidze


Joining the President of Georgia were FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos, ECU President and Head of the State Commission for organizing the 43rd Chess Olympiad Zurab Azmaiparashvili Georgian Chess Federation President and Charmain of the Organizing Committee Giorgi Giorgadze and other officials. A press conference devoted to the start of the Chess Olympiad was held afterwards. Brief statements are posted below.

As usual in the events run by Swiss pairing system, the first round saw the top seeded teams facing the lower rated opposition.



The team of Angola


Most of the world's best players participating in the Olympiad sat out of the first round. USA and Russia defeated Panama and Uganda respectively by maximum 4-0 score.

However, on the third table China conceded one point to Morocco as CM Mohamed-Mehdi Aithmidou beat GM Li Chao b. Azerbaijan allowed half a point to IPCA, as well as India to El Salvador and Ukraine to Zambia.

Angola took two draws from England and Madagascar achieved the same against Hungary.



The team of Azerbaijan


In the Women Section Ukraine and India were convincing, while Russia and China dropped half a point each to Costa Rica and Tajikistan.

Roza Eynula from South Korea stunned Lela Javakhisvhili from the hosting country Georgia's first team. Also Albania snatched one point from France as WCM Rozana Gjergji beat IM Sophie Milliet.





The 43rd Chess Olympiad in Batumi started successfully for all six of the Georgian teams. Georgia 1 in the women section outplayed against South Korea with 3-1, but Javakhisvhili lost her first game. Georgia 1 in the Open section defeated ICCD with 3,5-0,5 score. Baadur Jobava, who won the golden medal on the 1st board at the previous Chess Olympiad in Baku, gave half a point in the match.

Georgia 3 team in Open and Georgia 3 in the Women section won easily against Macau and Seychelles respectively with the 4-0 score.
As for the second teams, Georgia 2 in Women section have won 4:0 without any hesitation against South Africa and Georgia 2 in Open scored 3,5-0,5 against Liechtenstein.

Results, standings, pairings and multimedia on the official website of the 43rd Chess Olympiad












Press conference devoted to the start of the Chess Olympiad was attended by Georgian Chess Federation President and Charman of the Organizing Committee Giorgi Giorgadze, ECU President and Head of the State Commission for organizing the 43rd Chess Olympiad Zurab Azmaiparashvili and FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos.





FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos:
Georgia is a country of great chess tradition. At one point when the Soviet team was winning the Women Olympiad, it was composed entirely of Georgians. Of course, there were also strong male players, I am sitting here between two Grandmasters, ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili and GCF President Giorgi Giorgadze. And together they have organized many great events, for women and men, of continental and world level.

ECU President and Head of the State Commission for organizing the 43rd Chess Olympiad Zurab Azmaiparashvili:
Georgian hospitality is well known and I believe the Olympiad is a perfect opportunity to present our country, to brand our country. And this is the reason why we had such an opening ceremony, which was highly praised by everybody, because beside our hospitality we wanted to present our culture to the world. With so many countries here at the Olympiad, Batumi and Georgia will benefit a lot, as I believe that when our guests return to their homes, they will pass a message that Georgia is peaceful country with great people welcoming the tourists from all over the world.

Georgian Chess Federation President and Charmain of the Organizing Committee Giorgi Giorgadze:
The Olympiad is a great opportunity for Georgia to become known all over the world. I agree with Mr Azmaiparashvili and Mr Makropoulos that yes, we might feel a little exhausted at this moment, but three months from now we will be seeking for new organizational challenges and what could we do next. After organizing the event of such level as is Olympiad, the next event will be a relaxation for us.



Minister Mikheil Batiashvili giving the interviews


Photos by David Llada, Lana Afandiyeva and Goran Urosevic













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2018 Batumi Chess Olympiad: Important Announcement for Arbiters

Sun, 09/23/2018 - 14:32




IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE ARBITERS


The Arbiters’ Meeting will start at 11.00 a.m. on the 24th September at the Sports Arena (the playing venue). Transportation will be arranged accordingly.

Arbiters shall stay in the playing hall and will not go back to their hotels, until the end of the first round.

Lunch will be served at the playing hall.

Arbiters should be dressed accordingly.


The Chief Arbiter
IA Takis Nikolopoulos

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Spectacular Opening Ceremony of the 43rd Chess Olympiad in Batumi

Sat, 09/22/2018 - 22:22
The 43rd Chess Olympiad was opened with a solemn but highly entertaining ceremony, held at the Black Sea Arena, attended by the players, captains and officials of the 185 participating countries.

The ceremony started with a play re-enacting the legend of the invention of chess and the famous "wheat and chessboard problem" and then the Goodwill Ambassadors of the 43rd Chess Olympiad addressed the guests through video messages.

On the stage in the Black Sea Arena the speeches were delivered by Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Georgia Mr Mikheil Batiashvili, Chairman of the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara Mr Tornike Rizhvadze, FIDE Deputy President Mr Georgios Makropoulos, and President of Georgia Mr Giorgi Margvelashvili.

Mr Makropoulos delivered an impressive speech, stressing the need for a new era of politically and financially independent FIDE and presenting a very positive vision.

"I am certain that the Organizing Committee will do everything possible to have one of the best Chess Olympiads in the history." Mr Makropoulos said, adding "FIDE, National Chess Federations, chess players, we must all demand the best for our sport, for our game and for the image of FIDE worldwide. We have great weapons in this fight! Famous chess champions, new technologies, Chess in Schools and of course the national chess federations, who work very hard and with great dignity to develop chess in their countries!"

Mr Makropoulos opened the Olympiad: "I declare the games open, celebrating the 43rd Batumi Chess Olympiad!" (Full speech below)



Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Georgia Mr Mikheil Batiashvili giving a speech



Chairman of the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara Mr Tornike Rizhvadze giving a speech



FIDE Deputy President Mr Georgios Makropoulos giving a speech



President of Georgia Mr Giorgi Margvelashvili giving a speech


The anthems of Georgia and FIDE were followed by the defile of flags, the trademark Georgian polyphonic songs, traditional dances, a DJ performance, a rock band, State Symphony Orchestra and Georgian National Ballet, all coupled with impressive choreography and visual effects.










"Today is a very special day and we are happy to share this moment with you", the announcer said before inviting the Chief Arbiter Takis Nikolopoulos, the Batumi Olympiad Goodwill Ambassador Viswanathan Anand and Georgian chess star Nana Dzagnidze to the stage to perform the drawing of colors.





The colors were to be decided by white and black pearls hidden inside the seashells. Viswanathan Anand picked the white pearl, meaning that the top seeded team in the Open section - USA will start the Olympiad with white pieces on the top board. Nana Dzagnidze picked the black pearl and the top seeded team in the Women section - Russia will play with black pieces on the top board.



Vishy Anand picking a white pearl


At the end of the ceremony there was huge fireworks show in the skies above the Black Sea Arena.

The ceremony was broadcasted live on the Georgian TV First Channel.

The first round of the competition will start on 24th September at 15:00 local time. There will be 185 teams competing in the Open section (full list here) and 151 teams in the Women section (full list here).

For more information visit the official website of the 43rd Chess Olympiad.



President of Georgia Mr Giorgi Margvelashvili with Georgian organizers and the guests



Former Women's World Champion Mrs Susan Polgar, President of Georgia Mr Giorgi Margvelashvili, FIDE Deputy President Mr Georgios Makropoulos and ECU President Mr Zurab Azmaiparashvili



FIDE Deputy President Mr Georgios Makropoulos with Georgian chess stars Nana Aleksandria, Nana Ioseliani and Maia Chiburdanidze


The full speech of FIDE Deputy President Mr Georgios Makropoulos:

Dear chess friends,

Welcome to the 43rd Batumi Chess Olympiad!

Dear Georgian friends! Congratulations for a spectacular opening ceremony!

I am certain that the Organizing Committee will do everything possible to have one of the best Chess Olympiads in the history.

I have said many times in the past months that FIDE must and will move to a new era! Today, the Georgian organizers have made one big step towards this! And we all have many more steps to make, in order to achieve what is better for chess, what is better for FIDE and the 189 national chess federations!

Georgia is a country of chess legends, such as Nona Gaprindashvilli and Maia Chiburdanidze who held for 29 years the women's world champion title. Independent Georgia has won Olympiads 4 times. World and European level tournaments have been organized in Batumi for 20 years now, and I would like to thank my good friend, the European Chess Union President Zurab Azmaiparashvili.

But an Olympiad is, of course, the highest difficulty level. I know it personally since the memories from when I organized the Olympiads in 1984 and 1988 in Greece are still vivid - and I also know that the active support from the state is necessary to organize an Olympiad. This is why we all have to give special thanks to the former Prime Minister and greatest Georgian Maecenas, Bidzina Ivanishvili! We also have to thank the Georgian Chess Federation.

Each chess Olympiad reminds us the Olympic dream that we have for chess, to one day be included in the Olympic Games. FIDE is already a member of the IOC and we are grateful for the examples and the guidance that the IOC gives us, for Good Governance and a politically and financially independent FIDE.

The Olympic motto is Citius, Altius, Fortius! Faster, higher, stronger! FIDE’s motto is Gens Una Sumus! We are all one family! Let’s do it! Let’s be united, let’s fight for the best, in our games, over the chess board and besides the chess board, in our national federations, and in our world chess federation!

This must be our goal! FIDE, National Chess Federations, chess players, we must all demand the best for our sport, for our game and for the image of FIDE worldwide. We have great weapons in this fight! Famous chess champions, new technologies, Chess in Schools and of course the national chess federations, who work very hard and with great dignity to develop chess in their countries!

We must use this talent, we must make the right moves, and I promise you we have a winning position to accomplish our dreams for a new era for FIDE, for a FIDE which will achieve the Olympic destiny of chess, for a FIDE where everybody will be proud to be a member, proud to represent chess in their countries, proud to have a strong, active, independent voice!

I declare the games open, celebrating the 43rd Batumi Chess Olympiad!



Batumi is ready for the start of the Chess Olympiad

The Organizing Committee of the 43rd Chess Olympiad is concluding the preparation for the start of the event. At the same time the players, arbiters and officials are arriving to Batumi.

The Chess Olympiad will start on 23rd September with a grandiose Opening Ceremony at the Black Sea Arena in Shekvetili.

Specially for the Opening Ceremony of the Olympiad - Maestro Nikoloz Rachveli and DJ Kordzi have created music, Nina Ananiashvili choreographed a ballet performance and the Sukhishvili ensemble will present the new dance, choreographed by Iliko Sukhishvili.

On the stage will be the famous Georgian singer Nino Katamadze, Georgian baritone Lado Ataneli, singers Liza Bagrationi, Giorgi Ushikishvili, violist Giorgi Tsagareli, the indie rock band Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz, the folklore ensemble Lashari, the Batumi cappella, the Evgeni Mikeladze State Symphony Orchestra directed by Nikoloz Rachveli and the Sukhishvili Georgian National Ballet.
Distinguished Georgian writer Aka Morchiladze is the author of the text for the Opening Ceremony booklet.

The actual competition will start on 24th September at 15:00 local time with the games of the first round.

There will be 185 teams competing in the Open section (full list here) and 151 teams in the Women section (full list here).

For more information visit the official website of the 43rd Chess Olympiad.































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Batumi is ready for the start of the Chess Olympiad

Sat, 09/22/2018 - 22:22
The Organizing Committee of the 43rd Chess Olympiad is concluding the preparation for the start of the event. At the same time the players, arbiters and officials are arriving to Batumi.

The Chess Olympiad will start on 23rd September with a grandiose Opening Ceremony at the Black Sea Arena in Shekvetili.

Specially for the Opening Ceremony of the Olympiad - Maestro Nikoloz Rachveli and DJ Kordzi have created music, Nina Ananiashvili choreographed a ballet performance and the Sukhishvili ensemble will present the new dance, choreographed by Iliko Sukhishvili.

On the stage will be the famous Georgian singer Nino Katamadze, Georgian baritone Lado Ataneli, singers Liza Bagrationi, Giorgi Ushikishvili, violist Giorgi Tsagareli, the indie rock band Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz, the folklore ensemble Lashari, the Batumi cappella, the Evgeni Mikeladze State Symphony Orchestra directed by Nikoloz Rachveli and the Sukhishvili Georgian National Ballet.
Distinguished Georgian writer Aka Morchiladze is the author of the text for the Opening Ceremony booklet.

The actual competition will start on 24th September at 15:00 local time with the games of the first round.

There will be 185 teams competing in the Open section (full list here) and 151 teams in the Women section (full list here).

For more information visit the official website of the 43rd Chess Olympiad.































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89th FIDE Congress: Information for Delegates

Sat, 09/22/2018 - 15:55




Information for Delegates: Pick up the accreditation badges at the information desk at the Sheraton hotel from tomorrow, 23rd September, from 9 am.

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FIDE Newsletter August 2018

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 14:52



2nd World Junior Chess Championship for the Disabled took place in Cherry Hills, N.J., USA from 8th to 12th of August 2018.

The 2nd FIDE World Junior Chess Championship for the Disabled was held in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. IO Beatriz Marinello, Chief Arbiter Carol Jarecki and FIDE Commission for the Disabled (DIS) Chairman GM Thomas Luther took care of the organization of the event.



Players from the USA, Germany, Russia and Uganda competed in this World Junior Event. Two new USA Players this year, Pranav Shankar and Robert Eggleston participated in the event. Another new face in the tournament is John Denis Mwesigye who joins Wasswa Sharif Mbaziira of Uganda as his teammate with accompanying coach Robert Katende of the Disney movie, “The Queen of Katwe”. The Head of Delegation for the Russian Team, Mr. Zbigniew Antoni Pilimon and their official coach Svetlana Gerasimova, accompany players Ilia Lipilin and Maksim Petrov.



World Junior Chess Championship for the Disabled - Final Standings:

1. LIPILIN, Ilia (RUS), 7.0
2. PETROV, Maksim (RUS), 5.5
3. MCCONNELL, Griffin (USA), 5.0
4. ZIMMER, Johannes Raphael (GER), 4.0
5. MWESIGYE, John Denis (UGA), 2.5
6. MBAZIIRA, Wasswa Sharif (UGA), 2.5
7. SHANKAR, Pranav (USA), 1.5
8. EGGLESTON, Robert (USA), 0.0

World Junior Chess Championship for the Disabled - Team Results:

1. Russia
2. USA
3. Uganda



Asian Nations Cup Chess Team Championship 2018 was held in Hamadan, Iran from 27th of July till 4th of August 2018.

The Iran Men’s team and Chinese Women’s team won the Asian Nations Cup organized by the Chess Federation of the Islamic Republic of Iran under the auspices of the Asian Chess Federation from 27 July to 4 August 2018 in Hamadan, Iran. The Iran team made a hat trick winning the Rapid and Blitz championships as well. The Chinese women won their Rapid event while the Indian women won the blitz championship.

The all-GM Iran “Green” team of Parham Maghsoodloo, Pouya Idani, M. Amin Tabatabaei, Aliereza Firouzia and Masoud Mosadeghpour beat Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, China, India, Vietnam, drew with Iran “Red” team and then blanked Iraq to finish alone in first with 13 points of a possible 14 in standard chess. Fourteen teams from 12 countries participated in the 7-round Swiss System event. Finishing with 10 points each, India placed second by tie break followed by China in third place.



Gold medalists on boards 1 to 5, respectively, were GM Maghsoodloo of Iran, S.P. Sethurman and GM Krishnan Sasikiran of India, GM Alireza Firouzja and Gholami Orimi Mahdi of Iran.

In Rapid Chess, Iran “Green” won with 12 points. China, India and Uzbekistan finished with 10 points each, finishing in that order by tie break. In Blitz Chess, Iran “green” win with 14 points followed by China with 12 and Vietnam with 10.

Round by round results, final standings and board medalists



The Chinese women’s team of GM Lei Tingjie, IM Shen Yang, WGM Wang Jue, IM Guo Qi and WGM Zhai Mo beat Vietnam, India, Kazakhstan, Iran “Red”, Iran “Green” and Syria then drew with Uzbekistan to win the 8-team round robin with 13 points out of a possible 14. Vietnam finished in second place with 11 points followed by India with 8 points for third place, prevailing in a tie with Uzbekistan who also finished with 8 points.

Gold medalists on boards 1 to 5, respectively, were IM Sarasadat Khademalsharieh of Iran. IM Shen Yang of China, WGM Guliskhan Nakhbayeva of Kazakhstan, IM Guo Qi and WGM Zhai Mo of China.

In women’s Rapid, China won with 14 points followed by India with 10 and Iran with 9. In women’s Blitz, India won with 13 points followed by Vietnam with 12 and China with 9 points each.

Eastern Asia Youth U8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 Championship 2018 was held in Shanghai, China from 1st till 10th of August 2018.

Chinese Chess Association (CCA) under the auspices of the Asian Chess Federation (ACF) and World Chess Federation (FIDE) organized the 3rd Eastern Asia Youth Chess Championship, which was held in Shanghai, China, from 1st August (Arrival) - 10th August (Departure) 2018. More than 220 young chess players from across East Asia have flocked to Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai, where the 3rd East Asia Youth Chess Championship, the players are from 11 East Asian countries and regions including China, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, and Singapore.

Final Results 

Eastern Asia Juniors and Girls Championships 2018 took place in Jeongson, South Korea from 1st till 9th of August 2018.

Open Results 

1 Quizon Daniel 2285 PHI
2 Ahn Hongjin 2126 KOR
3 Nguyen Hoang Duc 1999 VIE

Girls Results 

1 Mordido Kylen Joy PHI
2 Singgih Diajeng Theresa INA
3 WFM Nguyen Thi Minh Oanh VIE

Asian Junior and Girls Championships 2018 was organized in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia from 17th till 26th August 2018. The event was organized in the Central Palace of Culture of Mongolian Trade Union by Mongolian Chess Federation. 31 players participated in Open tournament, while 34 girls took part in the girls section. 

Girls Results

1 WIM Uuriintuya Uurtsaikh MGL
2 WIM Chitlange Sakshi IND
3 WFM Altantuya Boldbaatar MGL

Open Results

1 FM Priasmoro Novendra INA
2 IM Yakubboev Nodirbek UZB
3 Agibileg Uurtsaikh MGL

 

European Youth Rapid and Blitz Championships was held in Oradea, Bihor County, Romania from 31st of July till 5th of August 2018 with participation of almost 300 players from around 20 European federations who competed in different sections of 4 events.

The event opened with European Rapid Individual Youth Chess Championship which was played in 6 age categories (open and girls separately): U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18, on 1st and 2nd of August.

Winners:

Open U8: 1. Usov Aleksandr (RUS) 2. Cruceru-Uceanu Tudor-Mihai (ROU) 3. Karvatskyi Oleksii (UKR)

Girls U8: 1. Cretu Sofia (ROU) 2. Ciocirlan Bianca-Alexandra (ROU) 3. Kiss Abiqel (ROU)

Open U10: 1. Bialiuaski Artsiom (BLR) 2. Pershin Patrik (RUS) 3. Magold Filip (ROU)

Girls U10: 1. Shukhman Anna (RUS) 2. Babic Milana (BIH) 3. Babic Masa (BIH) Open U12: 1. Lazavik Denis (BLR) 2. Spizharny Mikhail (BLR) 3. Creanga Robert-Ionut

Girls U12: 1. Gaal Zsoka (HUN) 2. Mihelic Vesna (SLO) 3. Mikheeva Galina (RUS)

Open U14: 1. Tsaruk Maksim (BLR) 2. Baum Jonasz (POL) 3. Morgunov Marc (AUT)

Girls U14: 1. Trifoi Mihaela-Ioana (ROU) 2. Lehaci Miruna-Daria (ROU) 3. Ciolacu Alessia-Mihaela (ROU)

Open U16: 1. Blohberger Felix (AUT) 2. Kozak Adam (HUN) 3. Psyk Radoslaw (POL)

Girls U16: 1. Hryshchenko Kamila (UKR) 2. Olde Grete (EST) 3. Hercog Nusa (SLO)

Open U18: 1. Deac Bogdan-Daniel (ROU) 2. Costachi Mihnea (ROU) 3. Banzea Alexandru Bogdan (ROU)

Girls U18: 1. Olde Margareth (EST) 2. Rozman Monika (SLO) 3. Polterauer Chiara (AUT)

European Teams Rapid Chess Championship took place on 3rd August with participation of 70 teams composed of four players from the same federation. The event was played in 7 rounds in two age categories U12 and U18, open and girls separately.

Winners:

Girls U12: 1. Russia A 2. Russia B 3. Romania Verde Open
U12: 1. Belarus B 2. Belarus A 3. Romania Rosu Girls
U18: 1. Slovenia B 2. Slovenia A 3. Poland Open
U18: 1. Austria 2. Romania Galben 3. Poland


European Youth Blitz Chess Championship 2018 was played on the last day of the event, on 4th of August. The Championship was played in 3 age categories, boys and girls separately: U10, U14 and U18.

Winners:

Open U10: 1. Usov Aleksandr E. (RUS) 2. Bialiuski Artsiom (BLR) 3. Karvatskyi Oleksii (UKR)
Girls U10: 1. Shukhman Anna (RUS) 2. Babic Masa (BIH) 3. Maria Lia-Alexandra (ROU)
Open U14: 1. Persanyi Barnabas (HUN) 2. Koziorowicz Michal (POL) 3. Subelj Jan (SLO) Girls U14: 1. Lehaci Miruna-Daria (ROU) 2. Wikar Martyna (POL) 3. Ciolacu Alessia-Mihaela (ROU)
Open U18: 1. Costachi Mihnea (ROU) 2. Horvath Dominik (AUT) 3. Mesaros Florian (AUT)
Girls U18: 1. Olde Margareth (EST) 2. Olde Grete (EST) 3. Hercog Nusa (SLO)

Besides the chess activities for players, ECU and FIDE seminars for trainers and for chess in schools teachers certificate were organized during the Championship.

Official website: ecuoradea2018.ro

European Senior Chess Championship 2018 took place in Drammen, Norway from 3rd till 13th of August 2018.

The event was played in two age categories: 50+ and 65+. The title of European Senior Chess Champion for category 50+ went to GM Simen Adgestein (NOR, 2576) who became the sole winner of the event with score of 8 points. The second place went to Conny Holst (SWE, 2147) and Peter M Gayson (ENG, 2150) took the bronze medal thanks to the tiebreak criteria.

In women's section 50+, the first place came to WIM Brigitte Burchardt with 6.5 points who maintained the sole leadership until the end of the event. Olga Birkohlz (GER, 2048) came second and Sylvia Johnsen (NOR, 1977) ended the event as third.



In section 65+ the top trio was determined by tiebreak system, since four players tied for the first place, each with 6.5 points. Eventually, Vladislav Vorotnikov (RUS, 2445) took gold, Askell O Karason (ISL, 2217) was second and Nils-Gustaf Renman (SWE, 2348) finished with bronze medal. The best women player of section 65+ was Nona Gaprindashvili (GEO, 2305) and she was crowned as European Senior Women Chess Champion 2018. The second place went to Elena Fatalibekova (RUS, 2181) and the third place came to Tamar Khmiadashvili (GEO, 1969).

Official website: www.eschess2018.com

European Youth Chess Championship U8-U18 2018 was organized in Riga, Latvia from 19th till 30th of August 2018.

Official website: www.eycc2018.eu

European Youth Chess Championship 2018 took place from 19th-30th August in Riga, Latvia, with participation of almost 1100 players coming from 46 different European federations.

The Closing ceremony was attended by the ECU representative and the Minister of Finance of Latvia, Women Grandmaster, Mrs. Dana Reizniece-Ozola, who greeted all the players, congratulated them on huge success and officially closed the event.



The Winners are:
Open - U8: 1. Azadaliyev Jahandar (AZE) 2. Gordeev Denis (RUS) 3. Golovchenko Bogdan (RUS)
Girls - U8: 1. Zubkovskaya Ekaterina (BLR) 2. Preobrazhenskaya Diana (RUS) 3. Iudina Veronika (RUS)
Open - U10: 1. Pingin Artem (RUS) 2. Kuhn Clement (FRA) 3. Bialiauski Artsiom (BLR)
Girls - U10: 1. Shvedova Alexandra (RUS) 2. Shukhman Anna (RUS) 3. Zhapova Yana (RUS)
Open - U12: 1. Murzin Volodar (RUS) 2. Makoveev Ilva (RUS) 3. Mitusov Semen (UKR)
Girls - U12: 1. Karmanova Olga Dm. (RUS) 2. Bashylina Luisa (GER) 3. Tarasenka Aliaksandra (BLR)
Open - U14: 1. Pogosyan Stefan (RUS) 2. Tsoi Dimitry (RUS) 3. Bjerre Jonas Buhl (DEN)
Girls - U14: 1. Allahverdiyeva Ayan (AZE) 2. Hakobyan Astqhik (ARM) 3. Krasteva Beloslava (ECU)
Open - U16: 1. Sonis Francesco (ITA) 2. Remizov Yaroslav (RUS) 3. Zarubitski Viachaslau (BLR)
Girls - U16: 1. Bulatova Kamaliya (RUS) 2. Badelka Olga (BLR) 3. Antova Gabriela (ECU)
Open - U18: 1. Ioannidis Evgenios (GRE) 2. Vykouk Jan (CZE) 3. Erenberg Ariel (ISR)
Girls - U18: 1. Dimitrova Aleksandra (RUS) 2. Kiolbasa Oliwia (POL) 3. Kalaiyalahan Akshaya (ENG)



African Youth Chess Championships 2018 was be held in Kisumu, Kenya from 11 to 19th of August 2018.

Under the auspices of the African Chess Confederation (ACC), Chess Kenya Federation (CKF) was held in Kenya the 2018 African Youth Chess Championships. The Championships took place at Grand Royal Swiss Hotel, Kisumu, Kenya from Saturday, 11 August 2018 (official arrival date), to Sunday, 19 August 2018 (official departure date).

This year’s competition has attracted players from 13 countries with East Africa being represented by Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Other participating countries include Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Angola, Cameroon, Somalia. North Africa will be represented by Egypt and Algeria.

Kenya was represented by 58 players, with South Africa fielding in 23 players, Algeria 17 players Namibia 15, while Uganda and Zimbabwe had 14 players each during this year’s Championship.

There was 12 categories during the one-week outing, including U08, U10, U12, U14, U16, U18 both open and girls. The game format was a nine round Swiss event with time control of 90 minutes plus 30 seconds.

Final Results

List of the tournaments in September:

World Junior and Girls U20 Championship 2018

Gebze, Kocaeli, Turkey 4-Sep-2018 16-Sep-2018

43rd World Chess Olympiad 2018

Batumi, Georgia 23-Sep-2018 6-Oct-2018

Georgian Visa and Border Crossing Procedures

Anti cheating Measures and Procedures

Information for the Captains

89th FIDE Congress

Batumi, Georgia 26-Sep-2018 6-Oct-2018

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2018 Batumi Chess Olympiad: Announcement

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 11:16


The Fixed Board Order has to be finalized by 21 September 2018, 24.00 Georgian time.

In case of any problems the federations should contact Werner Stubenvoll – werner.stubenvoll@liwest.at.
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Winners of World Junior U20 Chess Championship 2018

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 15:16

World Junior U20 Chess Championship 2018: Round 11

In the open section we had already the champion determined due to Maghsoodloo’s amazing 9,5/10 but in girls everything remained open and it was clear that today we’ll see big fights on top boards.



Girls didn’t disappoint and all games on top boards were extremely interesting with all players trying to win. On the first board Tokhirjonova - Dordziheva ended in a stalemate on 73rd moves after a tough fight with both sides needing a win since on third board Maltsevskaya won against Potapova after some very aggressive play. This meant thanks to her compatriot Dordzhieva’s efforts Maltsevskaya, although having the same points - 8,5 - with Tokhirjonova, got the first place and became the 2018 World Girls U-20 Chess Champion! Congratulations to Aleksandra Maltsevskaya for her excellent result and also very impressive level of play she showed throughout the championship! Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonava from Uzbekistan has got thanks to her brilliant late run second place and on third place, probably Caissa has some mercy after all, we see Nino Khomeriki from Georgia with 8 points who truly deserved it with her excellent start of 6/6 and also very high level of chess much above the average.

In open section Andrey Esipenko became the hero of the day winning against a relaxed Maghsoodloo on top board in a game where he pressed throughout the game until his opponent finally cracked. Some balance in the things at work after Maghsoodloo’s meteoric rise perhaps? Anyway accomplishing this heroic feat unfortunately for Esipenko didn’t mean a medal since the Russian talent didn’t have better tiebreak than the Indian GM Abhimanyu Puranik (2nd) and another Russian IM Sergei Lobanov. (3rd)

Congratulations to Maghsoodloo, Puranik and Lobanov as well as all the other players who showed great sportsmanship and produced excellent fighting chess. We hope it’s been a joy for them to compete here and expect to see them soon in another international event! Best of luck to all young players in their future careers!

Open Round 11 Results

Girls Round 11 Results

World Junior U20 Chess Championship 2018: Round 10

And what a champion he is! The unstoppable Maghsoodloo pulled off his trick again and simply outclassed his strong opponent to win the championship with a round to spare. It wouldn’t even matter if there were two more rounds actually since with 9,5 points he is two full points ahead of his closest followers. Time to call him the “Maghician from Persia” perhaps? Anyway it’s sure that we’re facing a big talent here and he’s definitely one of the main candidates in the world now to enter the superelite in near future. Even Carlsen himself would find it not so easy to match or surpass Maghsoodloo’s score in this championship. A proud moment for Maghsoodloo and his country Iran. Although the coach Ivan Sokolov predicted that 2020 will be the year of Iranian National Team, perhaps even this year in Batumi Maghsoodloo & co. will compete for top places!

Open Round 10 Results



The fight for second and third places is still on however in the open section. There are six players with 7,5 points and another six with 7 so we can expect some great fights on top boards tomorrow. If we look at the pairings, from players with 7,5 points Esipenko has a tough job playing against the champion while his countryman Lobanov has perhaps a relatively easier but again very strong opponent: Christiansen from Norway. Hakobyan will play against Indian grandmaster Puranik and another Armenian GM Martirosyan will have the task of playing black against China’s only hope for medals: Bai Jinshi. Firouzja - Narayanan, Vavulin-Tabatabaei and Donchenko – Pichot matchups might also become important if there are draws on the games of players with 7,5 points.

Girls Round 10 Results

In the girls section however everything remains unclear. The fourth seed Tokhirjonova won her fourth game in a row today and is now the sole leader with 8 points. A great run by the Uzbek player after a slow start, worthy of Usain Bolt. The Russian trio, Maltsevskaya, Dordzhieva and Assaubayeva, are following her at a close distance with 7,5 points and if Dordzhieva can win - or at least make draw - against Tokhirjonova we might even see an all Russian podium! Also 8 players are at 7 points (Zhu, Tsolakidou, Potapova, Varshini, Nomin-Erdene, Nurgali, Khomeriki, Paramzina) and if the Russians with 7,5 points lose their games tomorrow they will have the chance to become second or third. Lots of excitement seems to be waiting for us tomorrow morning! The last round will start on September 15 at 10.00. Stay tuned for an entertaining final round and live commentary of IM Ekaterina Atalık & FM Tarik Selbes!

World Junior U20 Chess Championship 2018: Round 9

Yesterday we asked if anyone can stop Parham Maghsoodloo. The question is still on but we now know that even if anyone can that player is not Awonder Liang as he lost from the black side of a King’s Indian Attack a game without much counterplay after opting for a wrong plan. Now Parham Maghsoodloo is at 8,5/9 points with a safe distance of 1,5 points from a pack of five players with 7 players. A draw in the last rounds will suffice for shared first and two draws or one win will mean that the Iranian will finish clear first. What an incredible run by Maghsoodloo! After his recent sensational 8/9 score at the very strong Sharjah Masters the Iranian continues to fly high!

In girls section things remained very much unclear, if anything this round muddied the waters even further. Khomeriki lost against Assaubayeva and since there was a draw on the first board we have now five players with 7 points who are followed by three with 6,5. The penultimate round will see many exciting games, that’s for sure.

Open Round 9 Results

We have already mentioned that Maghsoodloo won against Liang on first board. You can find this game with some light analysis here. Again Maghsoodloo was very efficient in realizing his big advantage but to be fair Awonder Liang also played much below his standard in this game. But it doesn’t matter for Darius, sorry, Parham the Great of Persia who just continues winning one battle after another, be it against Wang Hao in Sharjah or here against Liang.



It wasn’t a great day for Iran though since both Firouzja (against Puranik from India) and Tabatabei (against Christiansen from Norway) lost this round and are now left behind in the race for medals. Hakobyan won against Manuel Petrosyan in a good style - except for one slip - and managed to go forward before the last two rounds at the expense of his compatriot.

The other two players with 7 points are Maxim Vavulin of Russia and Bai Jinshi from China. Bai Jinshi’s rook endgame against Sindarov was finely played by the Chinese grandmaster but Sindarov could have made things much harder and eventually achieve a draw - perhaps - had he played something like 32…f6 instead of going back with king and losing tempi at the inavoidable rook vs pawns ending afterwards.

The most important matchups of 10th round are Maghsoodloo – Vavulin, Puranik – Bai Jinshi and Christiansen – Hakobyan. Maghsoodloo can settle for a draw if he doesn’t want to risk but if he wins he can already celebrate clear first place and in this form it is highly doubtful that he’ll play for a draw!

Girls Round 9 Results

On top board, Maltsevskaya - Dordzhieva it was a game with many ups and downs so the draw in the end was a fair result probably. This meant if Khomeriki won against Assaubayeva she would be clear first but the Georgian player at no point came close to it. Still one should feel pity for Nino Khomeriki as she lost on time just before she could make her 40th move and the final position on the board was definitely unclear and even balanced according to computer. Another shaky win for Assaubayeva but as long as you have a full point at the end of the game probably anything goes.



If you look at the standings we see a big success for Russia. Maltsevskaya, Dordzhieva, Assaubayeva and Potapova have all 7 points and share the lead. The only non-Russian at 7 points is Uzbek WGM Tokhirjonova who will try to fight her way through to championship against Russian girls in the last two rounds. Khomeriki, Nurgali and Varshini are all at 6,5 points and they will try to win their last two games and then hope for the best.

The penultimate, 10th, round will start on September 14, at 15:00 local time. Don’t forget to follow the live broadcast and commentary by IM Ekaterina Atalık and FM Tarik Selbes!

You can find this game with some light analysis here.

World Junior U20 Chess Championship 2018: Round 8

Can anyone stop Parham Maghsoodloo? The way he plays, he’s simply irresistible. His performance is reminiscent of Mamedyarov’s - as the most recent example which comes to mind - totally dominating performances at youth and junior events. Only time will if he match or even surpass his achievements but we can safely predict that we’ll soon see the young Iranian enter the elite 2700+ club.

In girls section not much has changed with the games of leaders, top two boards, being drawn and Khomeriki, Dordzhieva and Maltsevskaya continue to share the lead entering the last three rounds. Who will emerge victorious from this trio or their close followers is probably a question we’ll only be able to answer after the last round.

Open Round 8 Results

Maghsoodloo’s win and his amazing 7,5/8 score is definitely the most important news of the day. The Iranian chose the Classical Sicilian against IM Venkataraman of India and in Richter-Rauzer Maghsoodloo played 9…Bd7, a pet line of the famous Croatian grandmaster Zdenko Kozul. The Indian master - probably wisely after his choice of a3 - decided to lead the game to a complex Sicilian ending. In the beginning it looked like white might get a slight advantage but Maghsoodloo played it better than his opponent and when his opponent went completely wrong trading e-pawn with black b-pawn and thus opening up the position to blacks advantage the Iranian grandmaster played almost flawlessly till the end. Just three more rounds to go and we might see Iran getting the gold!



On second board things didn’t go as smoothly as on first board however for Iran. Alireza Firouzja misplayed the Delayed Exchange Ruy Lopez against the American Awonder Liang and found himself already seriously worse around 15th move. There didn’t seem to be much counterplay and the way Firouzja tried to create it only led to more weaknesses and material deficit which Liang exploited very efficiently. Great game for the American grandmaster and a surprisingly easy win.

In 9th round we’ll see the sole leader Maghsoodloo (7,5 pts) playing white against Liang (6,5 pts), and a win for the Iranian will mean that he will practically clinch the title. If Liang wins though everything will be up for grabs and even some of the ten players with 6 points might begin dreaming of becoming champion! The most important matchup of the open section for sure!

Girls Round 8 Results

In girls section Khomeriki – Maltsevskaya and Potapova – Dordzhieva on top two boards ended in draws and since the only other player except Potapova with 5,5 points, Gorti lost an equal ending in zeitnot to Tokhirjonova no one could reach them which means Khomeriki and the two Russians, Maltsevskaya and Dordzhieva are still in the lead before the last three rounds.

Potapova – Dordzhieva game always revolved around equality but on first board Khomeriki seemed to get a significant lasting advantage. However against Maltsevskaya’s positionally dubious but active play the Georgian star couldn’t play precisely and the game ended in a repetition.

The rook endgame with pawn races in Zhu – Paramzina game - which should probably have never occurred had Paramzina played more positionally sound - made our commentators sweat in the live commentary room and it can definitely serve the purpose of a training material for calculation. Although there was one very important mistake on 40th move Paramzina generally played the ending superbly and got a necessary win crucial for her chances in the championship.



The highly dramatic Assaubayeva – Sliwicka game was definitely a miracle for the Russian player. Since some very important Russian writers came up with it, there has been always a talk of a characteristic Russian soul. One of its features is a belief in miracles and it seems sometimes this approach too works. The clearest win for Sliwicka was 54…Nc6, a terribly easy move to make but sometimes Caissa can cloud your mind totally and the Polish player completely lost the thread of the game afterwards, managing first to turn a totally winning position to a draw and then finally to a loss! A really lucky moment for Bibisara Assaubayeva, whose play in this championship failed to impress but she’s still in contention for the first place.

In 9th round there are very important matchups: Maltsevskaya – Dordzhieva, Assaubayeva – Khomeriki, Paramzina – Tokhirjonova and Hojjatova – Potapova. The winners - if any - will be in a very good position to fight for the title in the last two rounds!

9th round will start on September 13, 15.00 local time. As we are getting closer to the end the games too are getting more and more exciting! Don’t forget to watch the live broadcast & commentary by IM Arduman & FM Selbes with surprise guests.

World Junior U20 Chess Championship 2018: Round 7

2018 World Junior Championship continues with full pace! All games were rich in terms of pure chess content as always and the round turned out to be a crucial one in both sections. The only player with full score, Nino Khomeriki from Georgia was finally beaten by WIM Dordzhieva and together with Maltsevskaya there are now three players with 6 points in girls section. In open section the game of leaders Maghsoodloo and Sindarov ended in Iranian stars favor, in which a theoretical debate resulted in a very sharp position where Maghsoodloo managed to outplay his young opponent. This leeaves Maghsoodloo alone at the top with 6,5 points and he’s followed by his compatriot GM Firouzja and Indian IM Venkataraman from a half a point distance.

Open Round 7 Results

The most awaited game of the day was obviously Maghsoodloo – Sindarov. A win by any player would have meant to be sole leader, a feat which was accomplished by the more experienced Iranian grandmaster. Players entered into some wild complications already seen a few times in grandmaster play, most notably in Dubov – Kovalev, Aeroflot 2017. It was Sindarov who went off the beaten path with his 16…Bg4!? instead of Kovalev’s more logical choice 16…exd4 which appears to be more solid and objectively better. However Sindarov’s choice gave black a dangerous initiative and active play as well. Parham Maghsoodloo is a calculating beast who is not afraid of complications and risks however and when he found the great maneuver Bc1-Ba3, followed by Bb3 it was obvious that only white can play for a win. Although there were few slips and a missed drawing opportunity for Sindarov with 37…Rh4! the Iranian grandmaster showed a high level of play in general and gained deservedly the full point.



On second board the game which started as Italian turned out to be a King’s Indian after all, in terms of pawn structure. It was GM Firouzja who played better and he beat Vavulin in a fine game with the theme of absolute positional dominance. If Tabatabaei could have won on third board too it would have been a perfect day for Iran but things are rarely so perfect in life and it was the Indian IM Venkataraman who got the full point, thanks to a sudden switch to a kingside attack for which Tabatabaei was completely unprepared. A very instructive game!

Other winners of the round on top boards were Hakobyan, Liang, Christiansen and Bai Jinshi. Of these games the most dramatic one was definitely Christiansen – Narayanan. The strong Indian grandmaster was two pawns up in a queens ending but somehow found a way to löse! This could’ve been a nice entry for Dvoretsky’s “Tragicomedies” collection, had Mark Dvoretsky still lived.

In 8th round we’ll have Venkataraman – Maghsoodloo, Liang – Firouzja, Bai Jinshi – Christiansen, Sindarov – Hakobyan on top boards, all pretty difficult and even matchups promising great entertainment for chess fans already!

Girls Round 7 Results

If Khomeriki had won today she could have left a big step behind towards the title but things went wrong for the Georgian and she lost her first point here. To be fair her opponent Dordzhieva from Russia played a good game after she gained the advantage so this loss was definitely not a surprise in the actual sense of the word. A bad result for Georgia but nothing is lost, she’s still at the top and a few wins in the coming rounds will easily settle the score for Nino Khomeriki.



On second board it was a Russian duel between Maltsevskaya and Paramzina which was won by Maltsevskaya in the end. In fact she showed a great level of play, probably on par with Khomeriki in terms of quality, so it wasn’t a surprise. Potapova’s win on fifth board against Sieber of Germany meant a great day for Russian girls actually and as of this round in top 5 we see three Russians!

Pre-championship favorites Assaubayeva and Tsolakidou didn’t have a great day. Bibisara Assaubayeva couldn’t turn her tangible advantage into a win and Tsolakidou probably mixed up something in her preparation as she got a worse position right out of the opening. A major setback for the top seeded Tsolakidou.

In 8th round there are very interesting games on top two boards: Khomeriki – Maltsevskaya and Potapova - Dordzhieva.

The 8th round will start on September 12, 15:00. Don’t miss IM Arduman & FM Selbes’ live commentary and broadcast with surprise guests!



World Junior U20 Chess Championship 2018: Round 6

Georgia has been a superpower in women chess for quite some time and it seems soon a new name will be added to the list of countless elite players they produced: Nino Khomeriki. She has an unbeliavable perfect score with 6/6 and already has already managed to put - a quite significant- gap of 1 point between herself and the three Russian musketeers: Maltsevskaya, Dordzhieva and Paramzina. If anyone will be able to stop WIM Khomeriki in the next rounds remains to be seen, but if other players have dreams of becoming champion they better hurry before Khomeriki escapes with the title!

In the open section Parham Maghsoodloo could also keep his perfect score if he beat his compatriot Firouzja but as the game reached a friendly outcome he has 5,5 points and shares the lead with the Uzbek prodigy IM Javokhir Sindarov who has won a fine game against IM Christiansen of Norway. For sure a lot will be on stake in the game between the two leaders next round. The future of Uzbek chess definitely looks to be bright with shining young stars such as IM Sindarov and GM Abdusattorov. Of course Iran is also on course to become a great force in chess world with such young talents like Maghsoodloo, Firouzja, Tabatabaei.

Open Round 6 Results

The game on first board between two Iranian players have seen points split quite friendly in an uneventful manner as already mentioned. Sindarov-Christiansen on second board however provided great entertainment, unless you’re a Norwegian obviously. It seemed that Christiansen wasn’t ready for Sindarov’s idea. Although he drifted into a type of position where he had an unpleasant defence in front of him, there was certainly no need to allow the obvious 19. Rxf6 exchange sacrifice, destroying the black kingside completely after which Sindarov easily rounded up the full point. A great result for Sindarov, a win tomorrow against Maghsoodloo and who knows; we might have the second youngest grandmaster in history!

In the all German game Donchenko – Kollars, Black misplayed in the opening and ended up being pawn down with only slight compensation. But inaccuracies of Donchenko led to the escape of Kollars and the game was drawn. On fourth board Santos Ruiz – Esipenko, the Russian player held perhaps a slight advantage most of the game but it never turned into anything tangible and players agreed to a draw just before it fizzled out to a drawn rook endgame.



Possibly the game of the round was played on fifth board between two Indian players: Aravindh-Venkataraman. Scheveningen is a very complex system in Sicilian with lots of nuances and it seemed IM Venkataraman had a better understanding of the position. It was a near perfect effort by Black, combining defense with destruction of white center after which black rooks infiltrated white ranks with decisive effect. Truly in the style of Garry Kasparov, the greatest expert of Scheveningen; probably even now.

Other players with 5 points are GM Tabatabei of Iran who managed to beat Indian IM Bharathakoti after the latter made a great mistake on 45th move in a totally equal position and IM Vavulin of Russia who won a game of twists and turns according to Tartakower’s maxim: The game is won by the player who made the next-to-last mistake.

Besides Maghsoodloo-Sindarov the other most important matchups of 7th round are Firouzja – Vavulin and Venkataraman – Tabatabei in the open section.

Girls Round 6 Results

It’s becoming more and more a one man show or in this case a one girl show rather. Khomeriki played another high-class game, this time in the ultra-theoretical and sharp Meran against Bulgarian FM Antova, and scored another nice win to keep her perfect score. The accuracy of Georgian so far has really been above the others and that shows itself in the standings as well. Very impressive!

On second board Maltsevskaya played another fine game against Assaubayeva but being in mutual zeitnot she couldn’t calculate a win and opted for a draw. A good result for FM Assaubayeva who couldn’t show her strength in this particular game.

On third and fourth boards Russian girls WIM Dordzhieva and WGM Paramzina win with white pieces against Haussernot and Sliwicka respectively. Dordzhieva – Haussernot was pretty fun to watch with mutual mistakes in a very complex position which finally ended in favor of the Russian. Paramzina – Sliwicka was a more one-sided and correct effort but it had another interesting feature. Sliwicka played the same idea Khomeriki used to beat her yesterday with black pieces but the Polish player lost again! Losing two games in a row in almost the same position both as white and black must feel upsetting. Still Sliwicka showed her strength in the rounds before and best of luck to her in the rest of the championship!



Finally the story of the round! On fifth board IM Tsolakidou was playing with white against WFM Hilario of Peru. Although she missed an opportunity for getting a big advantage by playing 8.a3 - instead she chose 8. Qc2 - according to her trainer Ioannis Papaioannou, she still managed to get a playable position. However no one could expect that the game would end on 12th move! Tsolakidou took the black knight with 12. Nxd5 and after 12…Nxd5 or 12…exd5 the game would have continued. Instead of taking back the knight however the Peruvian player touched her c-pawn, after which she had no choice but resign! A very unfortunate event for Hilario and a very precious gift for Tsolakidou.

In 7th round Dordzhieva – Khomeriki and Maltsevskaya – Paramzina will definitely be the games to follow as well as Gorti – Tsolakidou and Antova – Assaubayeva.

The 7th round will start on September 11, 15:00 local time. Don’t forget to follow the games and live commentary of IM Arduman & FM Selbes with the always entertaining and instructive GM Papaioannou as the guest commentator.

World Junior U20 Chess Championship 2018: Round 5

As we leave the fifth round behind, we have in both categories a sole leader with full points. In the open section Parham Maghsoodlo from Iran had been overpowering his opponents so far with his brilliant calculation ability and today was no exception either so he keeps his perfect score as of now. In the women section it was Nino Khomeriki from Georgia who emerged as the winner in the game between two leaders so she’s leading with 5 points. A great achievement for both but there’s no time to relax as there are six more difficult games to play!

Open Round 5 Results

All eyes were set on the first two boards in the open section as the players with perfect scores were paired against each other. GM Maghsoodloo was black against IM Bharathakoti and his compatriot GM Firouzja had white pieces against Uzbek IM Sindarov. At one point it seemed like Firouzja will win and Maghsoodloo is going to make a draw but when the round has ended it was the opposite! Still a great day for Iran with the other Iranian grandmaster Tabatabaei also winning!



Harsha Bharathakoti actually put up a good fight against Maghsoodloo and it seemed like he gained the upper hand in a 5. Bd2!? Nimzo-Indian, a popular sideline recently used by many players to avoid the theory. As Maghsoodloo himself admitted in the postmortem analysis black hasn’t played in the best fashion but still managed to get a good position. Things really began to look scary when the Iranian superstar lost two tempi playing the f6-knight to e4 via e8-d6 route instead of immediately playing 16…Ne4. According to GM Maghsoodloo 22. f5! push would have been much more dangerous than 22.d5 - a very accurate assessment according to our silicon friend. The move in the game also seemed very scary but Maghsoodloo managed to find all the best moves to neutralize white’s attack. To give Bharathakoti his due, the Indian IM attacked vigorously, with a rook sacrifice and so on, and a lesser player could easily lose with black. The resilient defense of Maghsoodloo paid off in the end and in a position, which could have been drawn, Indian IM missed 37…Bh3! which basically forces mate. Another very entertaining game by the young Iranian!

Firouzja too didn’t disappoint in terms of entertainment. Sindarov who has played Zaitsev, an opening line which was featured in Kasparov-Karpov matches very frequently as Igor Zaitsev himself was seconding Karpov, wasn’t probably familiar with the Ree3-b3 idea of white, attacking the black pawns and at the same time trying to put the dark squared bishop in the long diagonal with deadly threats. The exchange of dark squared bishops was positionally very undesirable for black and it also cost him a pawn. Firouzja seemed to be winning easily but the young Uzbek didn’t lose any heart in defense and complicated the matters as much as he could. To pull the hippopotamus out of the marsh of complications wasn’t an easy task for anyone and Firouzja trying to play safely missed the win. All he could get was a rook+knight vs rook endgame in the end and players agreed to a draw. A near miss for the Iranian star but Sindarov also fought in a very exemplary fashion once he found himself in a lost position.

IM Christiansen from Norway played a very good game in Fianchetto Grünfeld and didn’t give his opponent any chance at all. A tour de force from the first move! The same can also be said of Esipenko-Tang game. Russian young talent GM Andrey Esipenko played a great positional game in the style of Karpov, very pleasing to the eyes of fans of positional play for sure. After the free day on Monday we’ll see an Iranian derby between Maghsoodloo and Firouzja on first board. On second board Sindarov will play against Christiansen with white pieces. With other matchups such as Donchenko-Kollars and Santos Ruiz-Esipenko the sixth round is going to be very interesting for sure.

Girls Round 5 Results

In girls section today was another bloodfest with top six games being decisive. On the first board Nino Khomeriki answered the Italian Game with Two Knights Defense with Be7; usually a line which resembles Ruy Lopez. However Khomeriki had a different take on it and she opted for an aggressive plan with Nh7-f5-f4. It proved to be a very wise decision as Sliwicka found the aggressive threats of black on the kingside very difficult to deal with. A great result for the young Georgian who is now with 5/5 the sole leader.



On second board we had Maltsevskaya-Tsolakidiou matchup and it provided some very instructive lessons on play with/against isolani. If you wonder what kind of lessons these are please watch comments of GM Ioannis Papaioannou in the live commentary room about positions with isolated pawns and this game in particular. Although initially it seemed like Tsolakidou equalized easily when she embarked on a faulty knight maneuver with 19…Ne7?! White gained the upper hand. There followed a very purposeful play by Maltsevskaya and she simply outplayed her opponent. A nice win for the Russian player who finds herself just half a point behind Khomeriki together with the Bulgarian FM Antova who won against Chinese WIM Chu in an epic game which lasted 97 moves!

Assaubayeva won today and reached 4 points, something which the sixth seed Azeri Hojjatova couldn’t do as she lost in a not so good fashion against Peruvian WFM Hilario. Other players with 4 points are Haussernot from France and Dordzhieva and Paramzina from Russian Federation.

There are also tough games awaiting us in the next round such as Khomeriki-Antova, Assaubayeva-Maltsevskaya, Dordzhieva- Haussernot and Paramzina – Sliwicka. Don’t miss the always entertaining and hard-fought games of the girls section. When it comes to willpower and energy girls can teach a thing or two to boys!

Tomorrow is free day in the championship. The sixth round will start on September 10, Monday 15:00 local time. See you in the live broadcast & commentary on Monday but let’s all have a one day rest first!


World Junior U20 Chess Championship 2018: Rounds 3-4

With double rounds today was very exhausting for players. Even though they are all under 20 and at the peak of their energy playing high-level chess from 10 am to 10 pm in such a difficult championship takes its toll even on the fittest of all. But anyway we witnessed many great battles today and in terms of sheer chess content it was an amazingly rich day.

Open Round 3 Results

Open Round 4 Results

After the two rounds played today in the open section we have four players left with perfect score. Two Iranians, top seed GM Parham Maghsoodloo and eight seed GM Alireza Firouzja as well as the 12 years old Uzbek sensation IM Javokhir Sindarov and the 40th seed (!) Indian IM Bharathakoti Harsha. However as Greek GM Ioannis Papaioannou wisely said on the live commentary: “First three rounds mean nothing at such a long championship and the last three rounds everything!” So everything is pretty much on.



The top seed Maghsoodloo played two extremely difficult and interesting games today. In the morning round Polish IM Lukasz Jarmula have played very well up to a point against the Iranian star and have got a very promising position. Fortunately for Maghsoodloo his opponent went wrong with 42. Ng7?, putting the knight on a wrong square which turned the tables completely. Perhaps not in a very accurate fashion but still the Iranian managed to punish his opponent for his mistake in the end. In the afternoon the game was again very difficult. This time, against the strong Armenian GM Hakobyan, it was always Maghsoodloo who held the advantage but the resulting queen and bishop ending with an extra pawn was terribly difficult to calculate; especially the advanced h-pawn was always a source of worry for white. Hakobyan’s tenacious play was almost rewarded at the end as his opponent played 73. e7??, thinking that after 73…Qxe7 the h-pawn is won by a series of checks; missing the Kh8-Qh7 idea which protects the h-pawn and forces Maghsoodloo to a draw. Still an impressive performance by Parham Maghsoodloo overall. One has to give credit to players who have played so many hours today and were probably extremely tired.

Firouzja has also played two very entertaining games, against Vugar Asadli in the morning round and then in the afternoon against Andrew Tang, a familiar name to online chess community. Both games were well played, even though Firouzja gave his opponents few chances to save both games it always seemed like he was the side pushing for a win.

The Uzbek prodigy Javokhir Sindarov made good use of two whites today and beat two very strong grandmasters in a row: Tabatabaei and Aravindh! Just an advice for Sindarov’s future opponents: Don’t play the Sicilian or even if you do, don’t let him play Nxc6 followed by e5 because he will beat you! Keep this boys name in your mind because it seems that you will hear it a lot in maybe 5-6 years from now on. If he wins this championship he will automatically become GM and thus become the second youngest grandmaster ever after Karjakin!

Top boards on 5th round will be Harsha Barathkoti - Maghsoodloo and Firouzja – Sindarov. Let’s see which players can keep their perfect score, if any!

Girls Round 3 Results

Girls Round 4 Results

In girls section we have only two players left with perfect score: WFM Alicja Sliwicka from Poland and WIM Nino Khomeriki from Georgia. As both countries are known for their strength in women chess it seems that they also have fresh talents coming up! Both players made a good impression with their play today, especially in the last round.

Sliwicka’s win against Gorti from USA was brilliant where the young Polish talent managed to keep control of the game until the very end. Khomeriki also played a brilliancy and punished some not so precise opening play by Kazakh Nurgali very efficiently. It seems that both players are in a great form and play at a higher level than their ratings suggest.



Bibisara Assaubayeva, the third seed of the championship, had a 2/2 start but today achieved only two draws although having acquired great winning chances in both games. Top seeded IM Tsolakidou fared much better however as she won two good games and enter the fifth round just half a point behind the leaders.

Fourth round saw two very important surprise results too, 4th seed WGM Tokhirjonova losing to Maltsevskaya and 2nd seed IM Nomin-Erdene getting a second loss, this time against Chinese Yuxin Song who is having a great championship. The fifth seed WIM Zhu Jiner also didn’t have a great day, with one draw against Ece Özbay and a loss against her compatriot WIM Ruotong Chu she has only 2 points as of now and will try to make a comeback.

The 5th round will start on September 8, 14:00 local time. Stay tuned for very entertaining games tomorrow and also don’t miss the live commentary of IM Arduman & FM Selbes!


Daily results at wjcc2018.tsf.org.tr

World Junior U20 Chess Championship 2018: Round 2

Although first round was by no means a one-sided battle for favorites, the second round was destined to be even tougher as the rating differences between paired opponents got less. All the games were hard-fought and contained interesting and bold play from young stars.

Open Round 2 Results

In the open section it was a good day for 2600+ players as Maghsoodloo, Donchenko and Karthikeyan - despite the draw in the first round you can count Jorden van Foreest as well - all won fine games against their lesser rated opponents, thus entering the third round unharmed with 2 points.

One of the greatest upsets of the round was the defeat of the 16 years old Russian star Andrey Esipenko, at the hands of 18 years old Kazakh player Denis Makhnev. IM Makhnev played the opening phase of a Semi-Tarrasch game not too well and allowed Esipenko to equalize easily. At one point it looked like Black could even take the initiative but things have changed with Esipenko’s very quickly played move 18…Rd8? Makhnev found the best way of playing, namely with the idea of trapping the awkwardly placed black queen; a problem which Esipenko found very hard to deal with. By move 25 Makhnev won the f7-pawn and then went on to calculate a brilliant sequence of tactics to reach a double rooks ending with an extra bishop vs two pawns; which he converted perfectly. A great performance by the Kazakh player!



The fifth board also saw a brilliant win by the Chinese grandmaster Xu. The intermediate move 20. Rxf6! was a beautiful exchange sacrifice after which the passivity of black pieces and mate threats led to a material down and totally lost ending for Janik from Poland.

Two other notable games in both of which underdogs have won against their opponents need to be mentioned. IM Percivaldi from Denmark won what seemed to be a very well played game against GM Bai from China, punishing his opponent for his reckless play. The 13 years old Işık Can of Turkey, one of the brightest stars of Turkish chess, managed to win against IM Lobanov from Russia; thanks to a very dangerous passed pawn on c-file. A very well played ending by the young FM! At 2 points Işık Can is also leading the race between the local players as of now.

By the end of the second round only 25 players remain with full score in the open category and with the exception of Işık Can -against GM Martirosyan (1.5 pts)- they will play against each other. We are still nowhere near the climax of the tournament and the best is yet to come!

Girls Round 2 Results

It was a day of missed opportunities and twists in girls section. There were four draws in the first five boards but it could easily have been five decisive games as well.

IM Tsolakidou of Greece, the top seed of the championship, had a significant advantage in a queenless middlegame position against Chinese WIM Chu but when she missed a couple of nuances at critical moments her advantage dissipated and the game ended in a draw. Bibisara Assaubayeva won on second board against Indian WIM Varshini, a game which went equal for a long time but when the Indian WIM finally faltered FM Assaubayeva didn’t give a second chance to her opponent.



Perhaps the most incredible game of the round was played on third board, between German FM Schneider and the Uzbek WGM Tokhirjonova. Schneider opted for a wrong setup in Giuoco Pianissimo and handed down a very dangerous kingside attack to her opponent which was probably winning at a few moments of the game. However WGM Tokhirjonova lost her way and somehow a winning ending for white emerged on the board! FM Schneider played very well, all the way until the promotion after which she was an exchange up with a very easily winning position. Just pushing her passed pawn or mopping up the a-pawn of black was enough to win the game easily but instead miracles began to happen and in the end one can even say that it was white who had to make the draw! If someone speaks of the merits of resigning in completely lost positions show him/her this game!

The wins of Egyptian WGM Wafa and Polish WFM Dwilewicz against WIM Unuk and WIM Haussernot were also very impressive in different ways, the former being a slow grind whereas the latter a 27 move mate after some power play by White!

Third round of 2018 World Junior Chess Championship will start on September 7, 10:00 local time as the next one will be played in the afternoon at 17:00! A tiring day for sure, both for players and our commentators IM Arduman & FM Selbes! See you tomorrow at the live broadcast!


Daily results at wjcc2018.tsf.org.tr



World Junior U20 Chess Championship 2018: Round 1

2018 World Junior Chess Championship and World U-20 Girls Championship have started today. A very important championship historically – just mentioning the fact that world champions Spassky (1955), Karpov(1969), Kasparov (1980) and Anand (1987) have all started as world junior champions is enough - it is definitely the event to follow these days, especially if you want to discover the elite players of future.

This years edition sees a record-breaking number of participation, players from 65 different countries have come to Gebze/Turkey to compete for the most important title U-20. But it’s not just about quantity. In the open section there are 30 players who have an ELO rating higher than 2500, which shows the strength of the competition. As for girls, it might seem to be not as strong as the open category but still in a very evenly matched field anything might happen, so lots of surprises and difficult battles should be expected in this category as well. Let’s have a short look at first round in both sections.



Open Round 1 Results

The first round usually brings heavy favorites against weak players but not here. For example on the first board GM Maghsoodloo (2649) from Iran found himself matched up against FM Wadsworth (2351) of England. Certainly not a championship to be taken lightly, even the very start is quite difficult in this marathon.

That being said still the first round saw few surprises. 12 years old Russian talent Volodar Murzin held against the second seed Jorden van Foreest and thus managed to begin the championship with a draw, usually not a bad result if you are playing with black against a 2624 ELO player! One of the local hopes, FM Tuna Tuncer of Turkey has played a very clean game against GM Martirosyan (2597) of Armenia and in a position with a material imbalance accepted the draw offer of his opponent. Probably a wise decision by the Armenian grandmaster, as black knight and bishop had trouble finding good squares for themselves whereas the same cannot be said of white rook and pawns.

In the second round we’ll see closer matchups than today and we can certainly expect a great amount of hard-fought games! Stay tuned for the live broadcast!



Girls Round 1 Results

Women chess in general is a lot more exciting than men and this first round was also another occasion proving it. On board number one, the rating favorite Stavroula Tsolakidou from Greece seemed to be cruising to victory but then somehow found herself completely lost! This was not the end of the drama though as her opponent Malatsilava returned the favor and thus lost her chance to inflict a very upsetting defeat on IM Tsolakidou at the start of the championship.

The second board also saw the underdog getting winning chances, this time actually capitalizing on it. The second seed IM Nomin-Erdene from Mongolia found out that her Chilean opponent is not to be underestimated and lost in an uncomfortable position despite opposite-colored bishops to WIM Gomez Barrera. An early setback after which the Mongolian star will have a hard time climbing up the ranks again, but in an 11-rounds event everything’s possible!



There are tough pairings in the second round as Tsolakidou and Assaubayeva will find themselves matched up against Chinese WIM Ruotong and Indian WIM Varshini respectively. If you think about how underrated players from China and India actually are these matches will be quite interesting to follow!

See you all at the second round starting on September 6, 15:00 local time! Don’t miss the live broadcast and commentary by IM Arduman & FM Selbes!


Daily results at wjcc2018.tsf.org.tr

Categories: Ενημέρωση

89th FIDE Congress: Proxies

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 21:21



FIDE recommends that the following wording be used for the assignment of proxies:

Assignment

"I, the [President/Delegate] of the federation of _______________________ [insert country], hereby assign a proxy to the Delegate of the federation of _______________________ [insert country] who is on the list published by FIDE on 4 September 2018 (or to his/her nominee, in case of re-assignment) to vote or take any action as may be necessary on our federation's behalf at the FIDE General Assembly to be held in Batumi, Georgia in October 2018".


Please note that:

A member federation can assign a proxy only in writing and only to a delegate of another federation who is on the list published by FIDE on 4 September. Once assigned, a proxy cannot be revoked. For a proxy to be valid, it must be dated and either signed or sent by the President or delegate of the federation. The proxy can be either an original or a copy, and can be delivered by any means. No other formal elements are necessary for the validity of the proxy. Where two proxies are received and there is a conflict, the order of priority shall be as follows:

I. Proxies received from the delegate
II. Proxies received from the President


Please be advised that a Delegate who has given his proxy to another Delegate can still vote a proxy if he has been given one.

Deadline to receive proxies is 19th September 2018 (17.00 Athens time).

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World Junior U20 Chess Championship 2018: Round 8

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 15:16



World Junior U20 Chess Championship 2018: Round 8

Can anyone stop Parham Maghsoodloo? The way he plays, he’s simply irresistible. His performance is reminiscent of Mamedyarov’s - as the most recent example which comes to mind - totally dominating performances at youth and junior events. Only time will if he match or even surpass his achievements but we can safely predict that we’ll soon see the young Iranian enter the elite 2700+ club.

In girls section not much has changed with the games of leaders, top two boards, being drawn and Khomeriki, Dordzhieva and Maltsevskaya continue to share the lead entering the last three rounds. Who will emerge victorious from this trio or their close followers is probably a question we’ll only be able to answer after the last round.

Open Round 8 Results

Maghsoodloo’s win and his amazing 7,5/8 score is definitely the most important news of the day. The Iranian chose the Classical Sicilian against IM Venkataraman of India and in Richter-Rauzer Maghsoodloo played 9…Bd7, a pet line of the famous Croatian grandmaster Zdenko Kozul. The Indian master - probably wisely after his choice of a3 - decided to lead the game to a complex Sicilian ending. In the beginning it looked like white might get a slight advantage but Maghsoodloo played it better than his opponent and when his opponent went completely wrong trading e-pawn with black b-pawn and thus opening up the position to blacks advantage the Iranian grandmaster played almost flawlessly till the end. Just three more rounds to go and we might see Iran getting the gold!



On second board things didn’t go as smoothly as on first board however for Iran. Alireza Firouzja misplayed the Delayed Exchange Ruy Lopez against the American Awonder Liang and found himself already seriously worse around 15th move. There didn’t seem to be much counterplay and the way Firouzja tried to create it only led to more weaknesses and material deficit which Liang exploited very efficiently. Great game for the American grandmaster and a surprisingly easy win.

In 9th round we’ll see the sole leader Maghsoodloo (7,5 pts) playing white against Liang (6,5 pts), and a win for the Iranian will mean that he will practically clinch the title. If Liang wins though everything will be up for grabs and even some of the ten players with 6 points might begin dreaming of becoming champion! The most important matchup of the open section for sure!

Girls Round 8 Results

In girls section Khomeriki – Maltsevskaya and Potapova – Dordzhieva on top two boards ended in draws and since the only other player except Potapova with 5,5 points, Gorti lost an equal ending in zeitnot to Tokhirjonova no one could reach them which means Khomeriki and the two Russians, Maltsevskaya and Dordzhieva are still in the lead before the last three rounds.

Potapova – Dordzhieva game always revolved around equality but on first board Khomeriki seemed to get a significant lasting advantage. However against Maltsevskaya’s positionally dubious but active play the Georgian star couldn’t play precisely and the game ended in a repetition.

The rook endgame with pawn races in Zhu – Paramzina game - which should probably have never occurred had Paramzina played more positionally sound - made our commentators sweat in the live commentary room and it can definitely serve the purpose of a training material for calculation. Although there was one very important mistake on 40th move Paramzina generally played the ending superbly and got a necessary win crucial for her chances in the championship.



The highly dramatic Assaubayeva – Sliwicka game was definitely a miracle for the Russian player. Since some very important Russian writers came up with it, there has been always a talk of a characteristic Russian soul. One of its features is a belief in miracles and it seems sometimes this approach too works. The clearest win for Sliwicka was 54…Nc6, a terribly easy move to make but sometimes Caissa can cloud your mind totally and the Polish player completely lost the thread of the game afterwards, managing first to turn a totally winning position to a draw and then finally to a loss! A really lucky moment for Bibisara Assaubayeva, whose play in this championship failed to impress but she’s still in contention for the first place.

In 9th round there are very important matchups: Maltsevskaya – Dordzhieva, Assaubayeva – Khomeriki, Paramzina – Tokhirjonova and Hojjatova – Potapova. The winners - if any - will be in a very good position to fight for the title in the last two rounds!

9th round will start on September 13, 15.00 local time. As we are getting closer to the end the games too are getting more and more exciting! Don’t forget to watch the live broadcast & commentary by IM Arduman & FM Selbes with surprise guests.

World Junior U20 Chess Championship 2018: Round 7

2018 World Junior Championship continues with full pace! All games were rich in terms of pure chess content as always and the round turned out to be a crucial one in both sections. The only player with full score, Nino Khomeriki from Georgia was finally beaten by WIM Dordzhieva and together with Maltsevskaya there are now three players with 6 points in girls section. In open section the game of leaders Maghsoodloo and Sindarov ended in Iranian stars favor, in which a theoretical debate resulted in a very sharp position where Maghsoodloo managed to outplay his young opponent. This leeaves Maghsoodloo alone at the top with 6,5 points and he’s followed by his compatriot GM Firouzja and Indian IM Venkataraman from a half a point distance.

Open Round 7 Results

The most awaited game of the day was obviously Maghsoodloo – Sindarov. A win by any player would have meant to be sole leader, a feat which was accomplished by the more experienced Iranian grandmaster. Players entered into some wild complications already seen a few times in grandmaster play, most notably in Dubov – Kovalev, Aeroflot 2017. It was Sindarov who went off the beaten path with his 16…Bg4!? instead of Kovalev’s more logical choice 16…exd4 which appears to be more solid and objectively better. However Sindarov’s choice gave black a dangerous initiative and active play as well. Parham Maghsoodloo is a calculating beast who is not afraid of complications and risks however and when he found the great maneuver Bc1-Ba3, followed by Bb3 it was obvious that only white can play for a win. Although there were few slips and a missed drawing opportunity for Sindarov with 37…Rh4! the Iranian grandmaster showed a high level of play in general and gained deservedly the full point.



On second board the game which started as Italian turned out to be a King’s Indian after all, in terms of pawn structure. It was GM Firouzja who played better and he beat Vavulin in a fine game with the theme of absolute positional dominance. If Tabatabaei could have won on third board too it would have been a perfect day for Iran but things are rarely so perfect in life and it was the Indian IM Venkataraman who got the full point, thanks to a sudden switch to a kingside attack for which Tabatabaei was completely unprepared. A very instructive game!

Other winners of the round on top boards were Hakobyan, Liang, Christiansen and Bai Jinshi. Of these games the most dramatic one was definitely Christiansen – Narayanan. The strong Indian grandmaster was two pawns up in a queens ending but somehow found a way to löse! This could’ve been a nice entry for Dvoretsky’s “Tragicomedies” collection, had Mark Dvoretsky still lived.

In 8th round we’ll have Venkataraman – Maghsoodloo, Liang – Firouzja, Bai Jinshi – Christiansen, Sindarov – Hakobyan on top boards, all pretty difficult and even matchups promising great entertainment for chess fans already!

Girls Round 7 Results

If Khomeriki had won today she could have left a big step behind towards the title but things went wrong for the Georgian and she lost her first point here. To be fair her opponent Dordzhieva from Russia played a good game after she gained the advantage so this loss was definitely not a surprise in the actual sense of the word. A bad result for Georgia but nothing is lost, she’s still at the top and a few wins in the coming rounds will easily settle the score for Nino Khomeriki.



On second board it was a Russian duel between Maltsevskaya and Paramzina which was won by Maltsevskaya in the end. In fact she showed a great level of play, probably on par with Khomeriki in terms of quality, so it wasn’t a surprise. Potapova’s win on fifth board against Sieber of Germany meant a great day for Russian girls actually and as of this round in top 5 we see three Russians!

Pre-championship favorites Assaubayeva and Tsolakidou didn’t have a great day. Bibisara Assaubayeva couldn’t turn her tangible advantage into a win and Tsolakidou probably mixed up something in her preparation as she got a worse position right out of the opening. A major setback for the top seeded Tsolakidou.

In 8th round there are very interesting games on top two boards: Khomeriki – Maltsevskaya and Potapova - Dordzhieva.

The 8th round will start on September 12, 15:00. Don’t miss IM Arduman & FM Selbes’ live commentary and broadcast with surprise guests!



World Junior U20 Chess Championship 2018: Round 6

Georgia has been a superpower in women chess for quite some time and it seems soon a new name will be added to the list of countless elite players they produced: Nino Khomeriki. She has an unbeliavable perfect score with 6/6 and already has already managed to put - a quite significant- gap of 1 point between herself and the three Russian musketeers: Maltsevskaya, Dordzhieva and Paramzina. If anyone will be able to stop WIM Khomeriki in the next rounds remains to be seen, but if other players have dreams of becoming champion they better hurry before Khomeriki escapes with the title!

In the open section Parham Maghsoodloo could also keep his perfect score if he beat his compatriot Firouzja but as the game reached a friendly outcome he has 5,5 points and shares the lead with the Uzbek prodigy IM Javokhir Sindarov who has won a fine game against IM Christiansen of Norway. For sure a lot will be on stake in the game between the two leaders next round. The future of Uzbek chess definitely looks to be bright with shining young stars such as IM Sindarov and GM Abdusattorov. Of course Iran is also on course to become a great force in chess world with such young talents like Maghsoodloo, Firouzja, Tabatabaei.

Open Round 6 Results

The game on first board between two Iranian players have seen points split quite friendly in an uneventful manner as already mentioned. Sindarov-Christiansen on second board however provided great entertainment, unless you’re a Norwegian obviously. It seemed that Christiansen wasn’t ready for Sindarov’s idea. Although he drifted into a type of position where he had an unpleasant defence in front of him, there was certainly no need to allow the obvious 19. Rxf6 exchange sacrifice, destroying the black kingside completely after which Sindarov easily rounded up the full point. A great result for Sindarov, a win tomorrow against Maghsoodloo and who knows; we might have the second youngest grandmaster in history!

In the all German game Donchenko – Kollars, Black misplayed in the opening and ended up being pawn down with only slight compensation. But inaccuracies of Donchenko led to the escape of Kollars and the game was drawn. On fourth board Santos Ruiz – Esipenko, the Russian player held perhaps a slight advantage most of the game but it never turned into anything tangible and players agreed to a draw just before it fizzled out to a drawn rook endgame.



Possibly the game of the round was played on fifth board between two Indian players: Aravindh-Venkataraman. Scheveningen is a very complex system in Sicilian with lots of nuances and it seemed IM Venkataraman had a better understanding of the position. It was a near perfect effort by Black, combining defense with destruction of white center after which black rooks infiltrated white ranks with decisive effect. Truly in the style of Garry Kasparov, the greatest expert of Scheveningen; probably even now.

Other players with 5 points are GM Tabatabei of Iran who managed to beat Indian IM Bharathakoti after the latter made a great mistake on 45th move in a totally equal position and IM Vavulin of Russia who won a game of twists and turns according to Tartakower’s maxim: The game is won by the player who made the next-to-last mistake.

Besides Maghsoodloo-Sindarov the other most important matchups of 7th round are Firouzja – Vavulin and Venkataraman – Tabatabei in the open section.

Girls Round 6 Results

It’s becoming more and more a one man show or in this case a one girl show rather. Khomeriki played another high-class game, this time in the ultra-theoretical and sharp Meran against Bulgarian FM Antova, and scored another nice win to keep her perfect score. The accuracy of Georgian so far has really been above the others and that shows itself in the standings as well. Very impressive!

On second board Maltsevskaya played another fine game against Assaubayeva but being in mutual zeitnot she couldn’t calculate a win and opted for a draw. A good result for FM Assaubayeva who couldn’t show her strength in this particular game.

On third and fourth boards Russian girls WIM Dordzhieva and WGM Paramzina win with white pieces against Haussernot and Sliwicka respectively. Dordzhieva – Haussernot was pretty fun to watch with mutual mistakes in a very complex position which finally ended in favor of the Russian. Paramzina – Sliwicka was a more one-sided and correct effort but it had another interesting feature. Sliwicka played the same idea Khomeriki used to beat her yesterday with black pieces but the Polish player lost again! Losing two games in a row in almost the same position both as white and black must feel upsetting. Still Sliwicka showed her strength in the rounds before and best of luck to her in the rest of the championship!



Finally the story of the round! On fifth board IM Tsolakidou was playing with white against WFM Hilario of Peru. Although she missed an opportunity for getting a big advantage by playing 8.a3 - instead she chose 8. Qc2 - according to her trainer Ioannis Papaioannou, she still managed to get a playable position. However no one could expect that the game would end on 12th move! Tsolakidou took the black knight with 12. Nxd5 and after 12…Nxd5 or 12…exd5 the game would have continued. Instead of taking back the knight however the Peruvian player touched her c-pawn, after which she had no choice but resign! A very unfortunate event for Hilario and a very precious gift for Tsolakidou.

In 7th round Dordzhieva – Khomeriki and Maltsevskaya – Paramzina will definitely be the games to follow as well as Gorti – Tsolakidou and Antova – Assaubayeva.

The 7th round will start on September 11, 15:00 local time. Don’t forget to follow the games and live commentary of IM Arduman & FM Selbes with the always entertaining and instructive GM Papaioannou as the guest commentator.

World Junior U20 Chess Championship 2018: Round 5

As we leave the fifth round behind, we have in both categories a sole leader with full points. In the open section Parham Maghsoodlo from Iran had been overpowering his opponents so far with his brilliant calculation ability and today was no exception either so he keeps his perfect score as of now. In the women section it was Nino Khomeriki from Georgia who emerged as the winner in the game between two leaders so she’s leading with 5 points. A great achievement for both but there’s no time to relax as there are six more difficult games to play!

Open Round 5 Results

All eyes were set on the first two boards in the open section as the players with perfect scores were paired against each other. GM Maghsoodloo was black against IM Bharathakoti and his compatriot GM Firouzja had white pieces against Uzbek IM Sindarov. At one point it seemed like Firouzja will win and Maghsoodloo is going to make a draw but when the round has ended it was the opposite! Still a great day for Iran with the other Iranian grandmaster Tabatabaei also winning!



Harsha Bharathakoti actually put up a good fight against Maghsoodloo and it seemed like he gained the upper hand in a 5. Bd2!? Nimzo-Indian, a popular sideline recently used by many players to avoid the theory. As Maghsoodloo himself admitted in the postmortem analysis black hasn’t played in the best fashion but still managed to get a good position. Things really began to look scary when the Iranian superstar lost two tempi playing the f6-knight to e4 via e8-d6 route instead of immediately playing 16…Ne4. According to GM Maghsoodloo 22. f5! push would have been much more dangerous than 22.d5 - a very accurate assessment according to our silicon friend. The move in the game also seemed very scary but Maghsoodloo managed to find all the best moves to neutralize white’s attack. To give Bharathakoti his due, the Indian IM attacked vigorously, with a rook sacrifice and so on, and a lesser player could easily lose with black. The resilient defense of Maghsoodloo paid off in the end and in a position, which could have been drawn, Indian IM missed 37…Bh3! which basically forces mate. Another very entertaining game by the young Iranian!

Firouzja too didn’t disappoint in terms of entertainment. Sindarov who has played Zaitsev, an opening line which was featured in Kasparov-Karpov matches very frequently as Igor Zaitsev himself was seconding Karpov, wasn’t probably familiar with the Ree3-b3 idea of white, attacking the black pawns and at the same time trying to put the dark squared bishop in the long diagonal with deadly threats. The exchange of dark squared bishops was positionally very undesirable for black and it also cost him a pawn. Firouzja seemed to be winning easily but the young Uzbek didn’t lose any heart in defense and complicated the matters as much as he could. To pull the hippopotamus out of the marsh of complications wasn’t an easy task for anyone and Firouzja trying to play safely missed the win. All he could get was a rook+knight vs rook endgame in the end and players agreed to a draw. A near miss for the Iranian star but Sindarov also fought in a very exemplary fashion once he found himself in a lost position.

IM Christiansen from Norway played a very good game in Fianchetto Grünfeld and didn’t give his opponent any chance at all. A tour de force from the first move! The same can also be said of Esipenko-Tang game. Russian young talent GM Andrey Esipenko played a great positional game in the style of Karpov, very pleasing to the eyes of fans of positional play for sure. After the free day on Monday we’ll see an Iranian derby between Maghsoodloo and Firouzja on first board. On second board Sindarov will play against Christiansen with white pieces. With other matchups such as Donchenko-Kollars and Santos Ruiz-Esipenko the sixth round is going to be very interesting for sure.

Girls Round 5 Results

In girls section today was another bloodfest with top six games being decisive. On the first board Nino Khomeriki answered the Italian Game with Two Knights Defense with Be7; usually a line which resembles Ruy Lopez. However Khomeriki had a different take on it and she opted for an aggressive plan with Nh7-f5-f4. It proved to be a very wise decision as Sliwicka found the aggressive threats of black on the kingside very difficult to deal with. A great result for the young Georgian who is now with 5/5 the sole leader.



On second board we had Maltsevskaya-Tsolakidiou matchup and it provided some very instructive lessons on play with/against isolani. If you wonder what kind of lessons these are please watch comments of GM Ioannis Papaioannou in the live commentary room about positions with isolated pawns and this game in particular. Although initially it seemed like Tsolakidou equalized easily when she embarked on a faulty knight maneuver with 19…Ne7?! White gained the upper hand. There followed a very purposeful play by Maltsevskaya and she simply outplayed her opponent. A nice win for the Russian player who finds herself just half a point behind Khomeriki together with the Bulgarian FM Antova who won against Chinese WIM Chu in an epic game which lasted 97 moves!

Assaubayeva won today and reached 4 points, something which the sixth seed Azeri Hojjatova couldn’t do as she lost in a not so good fashion against Peruvian WFM Hilario. Other players with 4 points are Haussernot from France and Dordzhieva and Paramzina from Russian Federation.

There are also tough games awaiting us in the next round such as Khomeriki-Antova, Assaubayeva-Maltsevskaya, Dordzhieva- Haussernot and Paramzina – Sliwicka. Don’t miss the always entertaining and hard-fought games of the girls section. When it comes to willpower and energy girls can teach a thing or two to boys!

Tomorrow is free day in the championship. The sixth round will start on September 10, Monday 15:00 local time. See you in the live broadcast & commentary on Monday but let’s all have a one day rest first!


World Junior U20 Chess Championship 2018: Rounds 3-4

With double rounds today was very exhausting for players. Even though they are all under 20 and at the peak of their energy playing high-level chess from 10 am to 10 pm in such a difficult championship takes its toll even on the fittest of all. But anyway we witnessed many great battles today and in terms of sheer chess content it was an amazingly rich day.

Open Round 3 Results

Open Round 4 Results

After the two rounds played today in the open section we have four players left with perfect score. Two Iranians, top seed GM Parham Maghsoodloo and eight seed GM Alireza Firouzja as well as the 12 years old Uzbek sensation IM Javokhir Sindarov and the 40th seed (!) Indian IM Bharathakoti Harsha. However as Greek GM Ioannis Papaioannou wisely said on the live commentary: “First three rounds mean nothing at such a long championship and the last three rounds everything!” So everything is pretty much on.



The top seed Maghsoodloo played two extremely difficult and interesting games today. In the morning round Polish IM Lukasz Jarmula have played very well up to a point against the Iranian star and have got a very promising position. Fortunately for Maghsoodloo his opponent went wrong with 42. Ng7?, putting the knight on a wrong square which turned the tables completely. Perhaps not in a very accurate fashion but still the Iranian managed to punish his opponent for his mistake in the end. In the afternoon the game was again very difficult. This time, against the strong Armenian GM Hakobyan, it was always Maghsoodloo who held the advantage but the resulting queen and bishop ending with an extra pawn was terribly difficult to calculate; especially the advanced h-pawn was always a source of worry for white. Hakobyan’s tenacious play was almost rewarded at the end as his opponent played 73. e7??, thinking that after 73…Qxe7 the h-pawn is won by a series of checks; missing the Kh8-Qh7 idea which protects the h-pawn and forces Maghsoodloo to a draw. Still an impressive performance by Parham Maghsoodloo overall. One has to give credit to players who have played so many hours today and were probably extremely tired.

Firouzja has also played two very entertaining games, against Vugar Asadli in the morning round and then in the afternoon against Andrew Tang, a familiar name to online chess community. Both games were well played, even though Firouzja gave his opponents few chances to save both games it always seemed like he was the side pushing for a win.

The Uzbek prodigy Javokhir Sindarov made good use of two whites today and beat two very strong grandmasters in a row: Tabatabaei and Aravindh! Just an advice for Sindarov’s future opponents: Don’t play the Sicilian or even if you do, don’t let him play Nxc6 followed by e5 because he will beat you! Keep this boys name in your mind because it seems that you will hear it a lot in maybe 5-6 years from now on. If he wins this championship he will automatically become GM and thus become the second youngest grandmaster ever after Karjakin!

Top boards on 5th round will be Harsha Barathkoti - Maghsoodloo and Firouzja – Sindarov. Let’s see which players can keep their perfect score, if any!

Girls Round 3 Results

Girls Round 4 Results

In girls section we have only two players left with perfect score: WFM Alicja Sliwicka from Poland and WIM Nino Khomeriki from Georgia. As both countries are known for their strength in women chess it seems that they also have fresh talents coming up! Both players made a good impression with their play today, especially in the last round.

Sliwicka’s win against Gorti from USA was brilliant where the young Polish talent managed to keep control of the game until the very end. Khomeriki also played a brilliancy and punished some not so precise opening play by Kazakh Nurgali very efficiently. It seems that both players are in a great form and play at a higher level than their ratings suggest.



Bibisara Assaubayeva, the third seed of the championship, had a 2/2 start but today achieved only two draws although having acquired great winning chances in both games. Top seeded IM Tsolakidou fared much better however as she won two good games and enter the fifth round just half a point behind the leaders.

Fourth round saw two very important surprise results too, 4th seed WGM Tokhirjonova losing to Maltsevskaya and 2nd seed IM Nomin-Erdene getting a second loss, this time against Chinese Yuxin Song who is having a great championship. The fifth seed WIM Zhu Jiner also didn’t have a great day, with one draw against Ece Özbay and a loss against her compatriot WIM Ruotong Chu she has only 2 points as of now and will try to make a comeback.

The 5th round will start on September 8, 14:00 local time. Stay tuned for very entertaining games tomorrow and also don’t miss the live commentary of IM Arduman & FM Selbes!


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World Junior U20 Chess Championship 2018: Round 2

Although first round was by no means a one-sided battle for favorites, the second round was destined to be even tougher as the rating differences between paired opponents got less. All the games were hard-fought and contained interesting and bold play from young stars.

Open Round 2 Results

In the open section it was a good day for 2600+ players as Maghsoodloo, Donchenko and Karthikeyan - despite the draw in the first round you can count Jorden van Foreest as well - all won fine games against their lesser rated opponents, thus entering the third round unharmed with 2 points.

One of the greatest upsets of the round was the defeat of the 16 years old Russian star Andrey Esipenko, at the hands of 18 years old Kazakh player Denis Makhnev. IM Makhnev played the opening phase of a Semi-Tarrasch game not too well and allowed Esipenko to equalize easily. At one point it looked like Black could even take the initiative but things have changed with Esipenko’s very quickly played move 18…Rd8? Makhnev found the best way of playing, namely with the idea of trapping the awkwardly placed black queen; a problem which Esipenko found very hard to deal with. By move 25 Makhnev won the f7-pawn and then went on to calculate a brilliant sequence of tactics to reach a double rooks ending with an extra bishop vs two pawns; which he converted perfectly. A great performance by the Kazakh player!



The fifth board also saw a brilliant win by the Chinese grandmaster Xu. The intermediate move 20. Rxf6! was a beautiful exchange sacrifice after which the passivity of black pieces and mate threats led to a material down and totally lost ending for Janik from Poland.

Two other notable games in both of which underdogs have won against their opponents need to be mentioned. IM Percivaldi from Denmark won what seemed to be a very well played game against GM Bai from China, punishing his opponent for his reckless play. The 13 years old Işık Can of Turkey, one of the brightest stars of Turkish chess, managed to win against IM Lobanov from Russia; thanks to a very dangerous passed pawn on c-file. A very well played ending by the young FM! At 2 points Işık Can is also leading the race between the local players as of now.

By the end of the second round only 25 players remain with full score in the open category and with the exception of Işık Can -against GM Martirosyan (1.5 pts)- they will play against each other. We are still nowhere near the climax of the tournament and the best is yet to come!

Girls Round 2 Results

It was a day of missed opportunities and twists in girls section. There were four draws in the first five boards but it could easily have been five decisive games as well.

IM Tsolakidou of Greece, the top seed of the championship, had a significant advantage in a queenless middlegame position against Chinese WIM Chu but when she missed a couple of nuances at critical moments her advantage dissipated and the game ended in a draw. Bibisara Assaubayeva won on second board against Indian WIM Varshini, a game which went equal for a long time but when the Indian WIM finally faltered FM Assaubayeva didn’t give a second chance to her opponent.



Perhaps the most incredible game of the round was played on third board, between German FM Schneider and the Uzbek WGM Tokhirjonova. Schneider opted for a wrong setup in Giuoco Pianissimo and handed down a very dangerous kingside attack to her opponent which was probably winning at a few moments of the game. However WGM Tokhirjonova lost her way and somehow a winning ending for white emerged on the board! FM Schneider played very well, all the way until the promotion after which she was an exchange up with a very easily winning position. Just pushing her passed pawn or mopping up the a-pawn of black was enough to win the game easily but instead miracles began to happen and in the end one can even say that it was white who had to make the draw! If someone speaks of the merits of resigning in completely lost positions show him/her this game!

The wins of Egyptian WGM Wafa and Polish WFM Dwilewicz against WIM Unuk and WIM Haussernot were also very impressive in different ways, the former being a slow grind whereas the latter a 27 move mate after some power play by White!

Third round of 2018 World Junior Chess Championship will start on September 7, 10:00 local time as the next one will be played in the afternoon at 17:00! A tiring day for sure, both for players and our commentators IM Arduman & FM Selbes! See you tomorrow at the live broadcast!


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World Junior U20 Chess Championship 2018: Round 1

2018 World Junior Chess Championship and World U-20 Girls Championship have started today. A very important championship historically – just mentioning the fact that world champions Spassky (1955), Karpov(1969), Kasparov (1980) and Anand (1987) have all started as world junior champions is enough - it is definitely the event to follow these days, especially if you want to discover the elite players of future.

This years edition sees a record-breaking number of participation, players from 65 different countries have come to Gebze/Turkey to compete for the most important title U-20. But it’s not just about quantity. In the open section there are 30 players who have an ELO rating higher than 2500, which shows the strength of the competition. As for girls, it might seem to be not as strong as the open category but still in a very evenly matched field anything might happen, so lots of surprises and difficult battles should be expected in this category as well. Let’s have a short look at first round in both sections.



Open Round 1 Results

The first round usually brings heavy favorites against weak players but not here. For example on the first board GM Maghsoodloo (2649) from Iran found himself matched up against FM Wadsworth (2351) of England. Certainly not a championship to be taken lightly, even the very start is quite difficult in this marathon.

That being said still the first round saw few surprises. 12 years old Russian talent Volodar Murzin held against the second seed Jorden van Foreest and thus managed to begin the championship with a draw, usually not a bad result if you are playing with black against a 2624 ELO player! One of the local hopes, FM Tuna Tuncer of Turkey has played a very clean game against GM Martirosyan (2597) of Armenia and in a position with a material imbalance accepted the draw offer of his opponent. Probably a wise decision by the Armenian grandmaster, as black knight and bishop had trouble finding good squares for themselves whereas the same cannot be said of white rook and pawns.

In the second round we’ll see closer matchups than today and we can certainly expect a great amount of hard-fought games! Stay tuned for the live broadcast!



Girls Round 1 Results

Women chess in general is a lot more exciting than men and this first round was also another occasion proving it. On board number one, the rating favorite Stavroula Tsolakidou from Greece seemed to be cruising to victory but then somehow found herself completely lost! This was not the end of the drama though as her opponent Malatsilava returned the favor and thus lost her chance to inflict a very upsetting defeat on IM Tsolakidou at the start of the championship.

The second board also saw the underdog getting winning chances, this time actually capitalizing on it. The second seed IM Nomin-Erdene from Mongolia found out that her Chilean opponent is not to be underestimated and lost in an uncomfortable position despite opposite-colored bishops to WIM Gomez Barrera. An early setback after which the Mongolian star will have a hard time climbing up the ranks again, but in an 11-rounds event everything’s possible!



There are tough pairings in the second round as Tsolakidou and Assaubayeva will find themselves matched up against Chinese WIM Ruotong and Indian WIM Varshini respectively. If you think about how underrated players from China and India actually are these matches will be quite interesting to follow!

See you all at the second round starting on September 6, 15:00 local time! Don’t miss the live broadcast and commentary by IM Arduman & FM Selbes!


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World Junior U20 Chess Championship 2018: Round 6

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 13:12



World Junior U20 Chess Championship 2018: Round 6

Georgia has been a superpower in women chess for quite some time and it seems soon a new name will be added to the list of countless elite players they produced: Nino Khomeriki. She has an unbeliavable perfect score with 6/6 and already has already managed to put - a quite significant- gap of 1 point between herself and the three Russian musketeers: Maltsevskaya, Dordzhieva and Paramzina. If anyone will be able to stop WIM Khomeriki in the next rounds remains to be seen, but if other players have dreams of becoming champion they better hurry before Khomeriki escapes with the title!

In the open section Parham Maghsoodloo could also keep his perfect score if he beat his compatriot Firouzja but as the game reached a friendly outcome he has 5,5 points and shares the lead with the Uzbek prodigy IM Javokhir Sindarov who has won a fine game against IM Christiansen of Norway. For sure a lot will be on stake in the game between the two leaders next round. The future of Uzbek chess definitely looks to be bright with shining young stars such as IM Sindarov and GM Abdusattorov. Of course Iran is also on course to become a great force in chess world with such young talents like Maghsoodloo, Firouzja, Tabatabaei.

Open Round 6 Results

The game on first board between two Iranian players have seen points split quite friendly in an uneventful manner as already mentioned. Sindarov-Christiansen on second board however provided great entertainment, unless you’re a Norwegian obviously. It seemed that Christiansen wasn’t ready for Sindarov’s idea. Although he drifted into a type of position where he had an unpleasant defence in front of him, there was certainly no need to allow the obvious 19. Rxf6 exchange sacrifice, destroying the black kingside completely after which Sindarov easily rounded up the full point. A great result for Sindarov, a win tomorrow against Maghsoodloo and who knows; we might have the second youngest grandmaster in history!

In the all German game Donchenko – Kollars, Black misplayed in the opening and ended up being pawn down with only slight compensation. But inaccuracies of Donchenko led to the escape of Kollars and the game was drawn. On fourth board Santos Ruiz – Esipenko, the Russian player held perhaps a slight advantage most of the game but it never turned into anything tangible and players agreed to a draw just before it fizzled out to a drawn rook endgame.



Possibly the game of the round was played on fifth board between two Indian players: Aravindh-Venkataraman. Scheveningen is a very complex system in Sicilian with lots of nuances and it seemed IM Venkataraman had a better understanding of the position. It was a near perfect effort by Black, combining defense with destruction of white center after which black rooks infiltrated white ranks with decisive effect. Truly in the style of Garry Kasparov, the greatest expert of Scheveningen; probably even now.

Other players with 5 points are GM Tabatabei of Iran who managed to beat Indian IM Bharathakoti after the latter made a great mistake on 45th move in a totally equal position and IM Vavulin of Russia who won a game of twists and turns according to Tartakower’s maxim: The game is won by the player who made the next-to-last mistake.

Besides Maghsoodloo-Sindarov the other most important matchups of 7th round are Firouzja – Vavulin and Venkataraman – Tabatabei in the open section.

Girls Round 6 Results

It’s becoming more and more a one man show or in this case a one girl show rather. Khomeriki played another high-class game, this time in the ultra-theoretical and sharp Meran against Bulgarian FM Antova, and scored another nice win to keep her perfect score. The accuracy of Georgian so far has really been above the others and that shows itself in the standings as well. Very impressive!

On second board Maltsevskaya played another fine game against Assaubayeva but being in mutual zeitnot she couldn’t calculate a win and opted for a draw. A good result for FM Assaubayeva who couldn’t show her strength in this particular game.

On third and fourth boards Russian girls WIM Dordzhieva and WGM Paramzina win with white pieces against Haussernot and Sliwicka respectively. Dordzhieva – Haussernot was pretty fun to watch with mutual mistakes in a very complex position which finally ended in favor of the Russian. Paramzina – Sliwicka was a more one-sided and correct effort but it had another interesting feature. Sliwicka played the same idea Khomeriki used to beat her yesterday with black pieces but the Polish player lost again! Losing two games in a row in almost the same position both as white and black must feel upsetting. Still Sliwicka showed her strength in the rounds before and best of luck to her in the rest of the championship!



Finally the story of the round! On fifth board IM Tsolakidou was playing with white against WFM Hilario of Peru. Although she missed an opportunity for getting a big advantage by playing 8.a3 - instead she chose 8. Qc2 - according to her trainer Ioannis Papaioannou, she still managed to get a playable position. However no one could expect that the game would end on 12th move! Tsolakidou took the black knight with 12. Nxd5 and after 12…Nxd5 or 12…exd5 the game would have continued. Instead of taking back the knight however the Peruvian player touched her c-pawn, after which she had no choice but resign! A very unfortunate event for Hilario and a very precious gift for Tsolakidou.

In 7th round Dordzhieva – Khomeriki and Maltsevskaya – Paramzina will definitely be the games to follow as well as Gorti – Tsolakidou and Antova – Assaubayeva.

The 7th round will start on September 11, 15:00 local time. Don’t forget to follow the games and live commentary of IM Arduman & FM Selbes with the always entertaining and instructive GM Papaioannou as the guest commentator.

World Junior U20 Chess Championship 2018: Round 5

As we leave the fifth round behind, we have in both categories a sole leader with full points. In the open section Parham Maghsoodlo from Iran had been overpowering his opponents so far with his brilliant calculation ability and today was no exception either so he keeps his perfect score as of now. In the women section it was Nino Khomeriki from Georgia who emerged as the winner in the game between two leaders so she’s leading with 5 points. A great achievement for both but there’s no time to relax as there are six more difficult games to play!

Open Round 5 Results

All eyes were set on the first two boards in the open section as the players with perfect scores were paired against each other. GM Maghsoodloo was black against IM Bharathakoti and his compatriot GM Firouzja had white pieces against Uzbek IM Sindarov. At one point it seemed like Firouzja will win and Maghsoodloo is going to make a draw but when the round has ended it was the opposite! Still a great day for Iran with the other Iranian grandmaster Tabatabaei also winning!



Harsha Bharathakoti actually put up a good fight against Maghsoodloo and it seemed like he gained the upper hand in a 5. Bd2!? Nimzo-Indian, a popular sideline recently used by many players to avoid the theory. As Maghsoodloo himself admitted in the postmortem analysis black hasn’t played in the best fashion but still managed to get a good position. Things really began to look scary when the Iranian superstar lost two tempi playing the f6-knight to e4 via e8-d6 route instead of immediately playing 16…Ne4. According to GM Maghsoodloo 22. f5! push would have been much more dangerous than 22.d5 - a very accurate assessment according to our silicon friend. The move in the game also seemed very scary but Maghsoodloo managed to find all the best moves to neutralize white’s attack. To give Bharathakoti his due, the Indian IM attacked vigorously, with a rook sacrifice and so on, and a lesser player could easily lose with black. The resilient defense of Maghsoodloo paid off in the end and in a position, which could have been drawn, Indian IM missed 37…Bh3! which basically forces mate. Another very entertaining game by the young Iranian!

Firouzja too didn’t disappoint in terms of entertainment. Sindarov who has played Zaitsev, an opening line which was featured in Kasparov-Karpov matches very frequently as Igor Zaitsev himself was seconding Karpov, wasn’t probably familiar with the Ree3-b3 idea of white, attacking the black pawns and at the same time trying to put the dark squared bishop in the long diagonal with deadly threats. The exchange of dark squared bishops was positionally very undesirable for black and it also cost him a pawn. Firouzja seemed to be winning easily but the young Uzbek didn’t lose any heart in defense and complicated the matters as much as he could. To pull the hippopotamus out of the marsh of complications wasn’t an easy task for anyone and Firouzja trying to play safely missed the win. All he could get was a rook+knight vs rook endgame in the end and players agreed to a draw. A near miss for the Iranian star but Sindarov also fought in a very exemplary fashion once he found himself in a lost position.

IM Christiansen from Norway played a very good game in Fianchetto Grünfeld and didn’t give his opponent any chance at all. A tour de force from the first move! The same can also be said of Esipenko-Tang game. Russian young talent GM Andrey Esipenko played a great positional game in the style of Karpov, very pleasing to the eyes of fans of positional play for sure. After the free day on Monday we’ll see an Iranian derby between Maghsoodloo and Firouzja on first board. On second board Sindarov will play against Christiansen with white pieces. With other matchups such as Donchenko-Kollars and Santos Ruiz-Esipenko the sixth round is going to be very interesting for sure.

Girls Round 5 Results

In girls section today was another bloodfest with top six games being decisive. On the first board Nino Khomeriki answered the Italian Game with Two Knights Defense with Be7; usually a line which resembles Ruy Lopez. However Khomeriki had a different take on it and she opted for an aggressive plan with Nh7-f5-f4. It proved to be a very wise decision as Sliwicka found the aggressive threats of black on the kingside very difficult to deal with. A great result for the young Georgian who is now with 5/5 the sole leader.



On second board we had Maltsevskaya-Tsolakidiou matchup and it provided some very instructive lessons on play with/against isolani. If you wonder what kind of lessons these are please watch comments of GM Ioannis Papaioannou in the live commentary room about positions with isolated pawns and this game in particular. Although initially it seemed like Tsolakidou equalized easily when she embarked on a faulty knight maneuver with 19…Ne7?! White gained the upper hand. There followed a very purposeful play by Maltsevskaya and she simply outplayed her opponent. A nice win for the Russian player who finds herself just half a point behind Khomeriki together with the Bulgarian FM Antova who won against Chinese WIM Chu in an epic game which lasted 97 moves!

Assaubayeva won today and reached 4 points, something which the sixth seed Azeri Hojjatova couldn’t do as she lost in a not so good fashion against Peruvian WFM Hilario. Other players with 4 points are Haussernot from France and Dordzhieva and Paramzina from Russian Federation.

There are also tough games awaiting us in the next round such as Khomeriki-Antova, Assaubayeva-Maltsevskaya, Dordzhieva- Haussernot and Paramzina – Sliwicka. Don’t miss the always entertaining and hard-fought games of the girls section. When it comes to willpower and energy girls can teach a thing or two to boys!

Tomorrow is free day in the championship. The sixth round will start on September 10, Monday 15:00 local time. See you in the live broadcast & commentary on Monday but let’s all have a one day rest first!


World Junior U20 Chess Championship 2018: Rounds 3-4

With double rounds today was very exhausting for players. Even though they are all under 20 and at the peak of their energy playing high-level chess from 10 am to 10 pm in such a difficult championship takes its toll even on the fittest of all. But anyway we witnessed many great battles today and in terms of sheer chess content it was an amazingly rich day.

Open Round 3 Results

Open Round 4 Results

After the two rounds played today in the open section we have four players left with perfect score. Two Iranians, top seed GM Parham Maghsoodloo and eight seed GM Alireza Firouzja as well as the 12 years old Uzbek sensation IM Javokhir Sindarov and the 40th seed (!) Indian IM Bharathakoti Harsha. However as Greek GM Ioannis Papaioannou wisely said on the live commentary: “First three rounds mean nothing at such a long championship and the last three rounds everything!” So everything is pretty much on.



The top seed Maghsoodloo played two extremely difficult and interesting games today. In the morning round Polish IM Lukasz Jarmula have played very well up to a point against the Iranian star and have got a very promising position. Fortunately for Maghsoodloo his opponent went wrong with 42. Ng7?, putting the knight on a wrong square which turned the tables completely. Perhaps not in a very accurate fashion but still the Iranian managed to punish his opponent for his mistake in the end. In the afternoon the game was again very difficult. This time, against the strong Armenian GM Hakobyan, it was always Maghsoodloo who held the advantage but the resulting queen and bishop ending with an extra pawn was terribly difficult to calculate; especially the advanced h-pawn was always a source of worry for white. Hakobyan’s tenacious play was almost rewarded at the end as his opponent played 73. e7??, thinking that after 73…Qxe7 the h-pawn is won by a series of checks; missing the Kh8-Qh7 idea which protects the h-pawn and forces Maghsoodloo to a draw. Still an impressive performance by Parham Maghsoodloo overall. One has to give credit to players who have played so many hours today and were probably extremely tired.

Firouzja has also played two very entertaining games, against Vugar Asadli in the morning round and then in the afternoon against Andrew Tang, a familiar name to online chess community. Both games were well played, even though Firouzja gave his opponents few chances to save both games it always seemed like he was the side pushing for a win.

The Uzbek prodigy Javokhir Sindarov made good use of two whites today and beat two very strong grandmasters in a row: Tabatabaei and Aravindh! Just an advice for Sindarov’s future opponents: Don’t play the Sicilian or even if you do, don’t let him play Nxc6 followed by e5 because he will beat you! Keep this boys name in your mind because it seems that you will hear it a lot in maybe 5-6 years from now on. If he wins this championship he will automatically become GM and thus become the second youngest grandmaster ever after Karjakin!

Top boards on 5th round will be Harsha Barathkoti - Maghsoodloo and Firouzja – Sindarov. Let’s see which players can keep their perfect score, if any!

Girls Round 3 Results

Girls Round 4 Results

In girls section we have only two players left with perfect score: WFM Alicja Sliwicka from Poland and WIM Nino Khomeriki from Georgia. As both countries are known for their strength in women chess it seems that they also have fresh talents coming up! Both players made a good impression with their play today, especially in the last round.

Sliwicka’s win against Gorti from USA was brilliant where the young Polish talent managed to keep control of the game until the very end. Khomeriki also played a brilliancy and punished some not so precise opening play by Kazakh Nurgali very efficiently. It seems that both players are in a great form and play at a higher level than their ratings suggest.



Bibisara Assaubayeva, the third seed of the championship, had a 2/2 start but today achieved only two draws although having acquired great winning chances in both games. Top seeded IM Tsolakidou fared much better however as she won two good games and enter the fifth round just half a point behind the leaders.

Fourth round saw two very important surprise results too, 4th seed WGM Tokhirjonova losing to Maltsevskaya and 2nd seed IM Nomin-Erdene getting a second loss, this time against Chinese Yuxin Song who is having a great championship. The fifth seed WIM Zhu Jiner also didn’t have a great day, with one draw against Ece Özbay and a loss against her compatriot WIM Ruotong Chu she has only 2 points as of now and will try to make a comeback.

The 5th round will start on September 8, 14:00 local time. Stay tuned for very entertaining games tomorrow and also don’t miss the live commentary of IM Arduman & FM Selbes!


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World Junior U20 Chess Championship 2018: Round 2

Although first round was by no means a one-sided battle for favorites, the second round was destined to be even tougher as the rating differences between paired opponents got less. All the games were hard-fought and contained interesting and bold play from young stars.

Open Round 2 Results

In the open section it was a good day for 2600+ players as Maghsoodloo, Donchenko and Karthikeyan - despite the draw in the first round you can count Jorden van Foreest as well - all won fine games against their lesser rated opponents, thus entering the third round unharmed with 2 points.

One of the greatest upsets of the round was the defeat of the 16 years old Russian star Andrey Esipenko, at the hands of 18 years old Kazakh player Denis Makhnev. IM Makhnev played the opening phase of a Semi-Tarrasch game not too well and allowed Esipenko to equalize easily. At one point it looked like Black could even take the initiative but things have changed with Esipenko’s very quickly played move 18…Rd8? Makhnev found the best way of playing, namely with the idea of trapping the awkwardly placed black queen; a problem which Esipenko found very hard to deal with. By move 25 Makhnev won the f7-pawn and then went on to calculate a brilliant sequence of tactics to reach a double rooks ending with an extra bishop vs two pawns; which he converted perfectly. A great performance by the Kazakh player!



The fifth board also saw a brilliant win by the Chinese grandmaster Xu. The intermediate move 20. Rxf6! was a beautiful exchange sacrifice after which the passivity of black pieces and mate threats led to a material down and totally lost ending for Janik from Poland.

Two other notable games in both of which underdogs have won against their opponents need to be mentioned. IM Percivaldi from Denmark won what seemed to be a very well played game against GM Bai from China, punishing his opponent for his reckless play. The 13 years old Işık Can of Turkey, one of the brightest stars of Turkish chess, managed to win against IM Lobanov from Russia; thanks to a very dangerous passed pawn on c-file. A very well played ending by the young FM! At 2 points Işık Can is also leading the race between the local players as of now.

By the end of the second round only 25 players remain with full score in the open category and with the exception of Işık Can -against GM Martirosyan (1.5 pts)- they will play against each other. We are still nowhere near the climax of the tournament and the best is yet to come!

Girls Round 2 Results

It was a day of missed opportunities and twists in girls section. There were four draws in the first five boards but it could easily have been five decisive games as well.

IM Tsolakidou of Greece, the top seed of the championship, had a significant advantage in a queenless middlegame position against Chinese WIM Chu but when she missed a couple of nuances at critical moments her advantage dissipated and the game ended in a draw. Bibisara Assaubayeva won on second board against Indian WIM Varshini, a game which went equal for a long time but when the Indian WIM finally faltered FM Assaubayeva didn’t give a second chance to her opponent.



Perhaps the most incredible game of the round was played on third board, between German FM Schneider and the Uzbek WGM Tokhirjonova. Schneider opted for a wrong setup in Giuoco Pianissimo and handed down a very dangerous kingside attack to her opponent which was probably winning at a few moments of the game. However WGM Tokhirjonova lost her way and somehow a winning ending for white emerged on the board! FM Schneider played very well, all the way until the promotion after which she was an exchange up with a very easily winning position. Just pushing her passed pawn or mopping up the a-pawn of black was enough to win the game easily but instead miracles began to happen and in the end one can even say that it was white who had to make the draw! If someone speaks of the merits of resigning in completely lost positions show him/her this game!

The wins of Egyptian WGM Wafa and Polish WFM Dwilewicz against WIM Unuk and WIM Haussernot were also very impressive in different ways, the former being a slow grind whereas the latter a 27 move mate after some power play by White!

Third round of 2018 World Junior Chess Championship will start on September 7, 10:00 local time as the next one will be played in the afternoon at 17:00! A tiring day for sure, both for players and our commentators IM Arduman & FM Selbes! See you tomorrow at the live broadcast!


Daily results at wjcc2018.tsf.org.tr



World Junior U20 Chess Championship 2018: Round 1

2018 World Junior Chess Championship and World U-20 Girls Championship have started today. A very important championship historically – just mentioning the fact that world champions Spassky (1955), Karpov(1969), Kasparov (1980) and Anand (1987) have all started as world junior champions is enough - it is definitely the event to follow these days, especially if you want to discover the elite players of future.

This years edition sees a record-breaking number of participation, players from 65 different countries have come to Gebze/Turkey to compete for the most important title U-20. But it’s not just about quantity. In the open section there are 30 players who have an ELO rating higher than 2500, which shows the strength of the competition. As for girls, it might seem to be not as strong as the open category but still in a very evenly matched field anything might happen, so lots of surprises and difficult battles should be expected in this category as well. Let’s have a short look at first round in both sections.



Open Round 1 Results

The first round usually brings heavy favorites against weak players but not here. For example on the first board GM Maghsoodloo (2649) from Iran found himself matched up against FM Wadsworth (2351) of England. Certainly not a championship to be taken lightly, even the very start is quite difficult in this marathon.

That being said still the first round saw few surprises. 12 years old Russian talent Volodar Murzin held against the second seed Jorden van Foreest and thus managed to begin the championship with a draw, usually not a bad result if you are playing with black against a 2624 ELO player! One of the local hopes, FM Tuna Tuncer of Turkey has played a very clean game against GM Martirosyan (2597) of Armenia and in a position with a material imbalance accepted the draw offer of his opponent. Probably a wise decision by the Armenian grandmaster, as black knight and bishop had trouble finding good squares for themselves whereas the same cannot be said of white rook and pawns.

In the second round we’ll see closer matchups than today and we can certainly expect a great amount of hard-fought games! Stay tuned for the live broadcast!



Girls Round 1 Results

Women chess in general is a lot more exciting than men and this first round was also another occasion proving it. On board number one, the rating favorite Stavroula Tsolakidou from Greece seemed to be cruising to victory but then somehow found herself completely lost! This was not the end of the drama though as her opponent Malatsilava returned the favor and thus lost her chance to inflict a very upsetting defeat on IM Tsolakidou at the start of the championship.

The second board also saw the underdog getting winning chances, this time actually capitalizing on it. The second seed IM Nomin-Erdene from Mongolia found out that her Chilean opponent is not to be underestimated and lost in an uncomfortable position despite opposite-colored bishops to WIM Gomez Barrera. An early setback after which the Mongolian star will have a hard time climbing up the ranks again, but in an 11-rounds event everything’s possible!



There are tough pairings in the second round as Tsolakidou and Assaubayeva will find themselves matched up against Chinese WIM Ruotong and Indian WIM Varshini respectively. If you think about how underrated players from China and India actually are these matches will be quite interesting to follow!

See you all at the second round starting on September 6, 15:00 local time! Don’t miss the live broadcast and commentary by IM Arduman & FM Selbes!


Daily results at wjcc2018.tsf.org.tr

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World Junior U20 Chess Championship 2018: Round 5

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 12:49



World Junior U20 Chess Championship 2018: Round 5

As we leave the fifth round behind, we have in both categories a sole leader with full points. In the open section Parham Maghsoodlo from Iran had been overpowering his opponents so far with his brilliant calculation ability and today was no exception either so he keeps his perfect score as of now. In the women section it was Nino Khomeriki from Georgia who emerged as the winner in the game between two leaders so she’s leading with 5 points. A great achievement for both but there’s no time to relax as there are six more difficult games to play!

Open Round 5 Results

All eyes were set on the first two boards in the open section as the players with perfect scores were paired against each other. GM Maghsoodloo was black against IM Bharathakoti and his compatriot GM Firouzja had white pieces against Uzbek IM Sindarov. At one point it seemed like Firouzja will win and Maghsoodloo is going to make a draw but when the round has ended it was the opposite! Still a great day for Iran with the other Iranian grandmaster Tabatabaei also winning!



Harsha Bharathakoti actually put up a good fight against Maghsoodloo and it seemed like he gained the upper hand in a 5. Bd2!? Nimzo-Indian, a popular sideline recently used by many players to avoid the theory. As Maghsoodloo himself admitted in the postmortem analysis black hasn’t played in the best fashion but still managed to get a good position. Things really began to look scary when the Iranian superstar lost two tempi playing the f6-knight to e4 via e8-d6 route instead of immediately playing 16…Ne4. According to GM Maghsoodloo 22. f5! push would have been much more dangerous than 22.d5 - a very accurate assessment according to our silicon friend. The move in the game also seemed very scary but Maghsoodloo managed to find all the best moves to neutralize white’s attack. To give Bharathakoti his due, the Indian IM attacked vigorously, with a rook sacrifice and so on, and a lesser player could easily lose with black. The resilient defense of Maghsoodloo paid off in the end and in a position, which could have been drawn, Indian IM missed 37…Bh3! which basically forces mate. Another very entertaining game by the young Iranian!

Firouzja too didn’t disappoint in terms of entertainment. Sindarov who has played Zaitsev, an opening line which was featured in Kasparov-Karpov matches very frequently as Igor Zaitsev himself was seconding Karpov, wasn’t probably familiar with the Ree3-b3 idea of white, attacking the black pawns and at the same time trying to put the dark squared bishop in the long diagonal with deadly threats. The exchange of dark squared bishops was positionally very undesirable for black and it also cost him a pawn. Firouzja seemed to be winning easily but the young Uzbek didn’t lose any heart in defense and complicated the matters as much as he could. To pull the hippopotamus out of the marsh of complications wasn’t an easy task for anyone and Firouzja trying to play safely missed the win. All he could get was a rook+knight vs rook endgame in the end and players agreed to a draw. A near miss for the Iranian star but Sindarov also fought in a very exemplary fashion once he found himself in a lost position.

IM Christiansen from Norway played a very good game in Fianchetto Grünfeld and didn’t give his opponent any chance at all. A tour de force from the first move! The same can also be said of Esipenko-Tang game. Russian young talent GM Andrey Esipenko played a great positional game in the style of Karpov, very pleasing to the eyes of fans of positional play for sure. After the free day on Monday we’ll see an Iranian derby between Maghsoodloo and Firouzja on first board. On second board Sindarov will play against Christiansen with white pieces. With other matchups such as Donchenko-Kollars and Santos Ruiz-Esipenko the sixth round is going to be very interesting for sure.

Girls Round 5 Results

In girls section today was another bloodfest with top six games being decisive. On the first board Nino Khomeriki answered the Italian Game with Two Knights Defense with Be7; usually a line which resembles Ruy Lopez. However Khomeriki had a different take on it and she opted for an aggressive plan with Nh7-f5-f4. It proved to be a very wise decision as Sliwicka found the aggressive threats of black on the kingside very difficult to deal with. A great result for the young Georgian who is now with 5/5 the sole leader.



On second board we had Maltsevskaya-Tsolakidiou matchup and it provided some very instructive lessons on play with/against isolani. If you wonder what kind of lessons these are please watch comments of GM Ioannis Papaioannou in the live commentary room about positions with isolated pawns and this game in particular. Although initially it seemed like Tsolakidou equalized easily when she embarked on a faulty knight maneuver with 19…Ne7?! White gained the upper hand. There followed a very purposeful play by Maltsevskaya and she simply outplayed her opponent. A nice win for the Russian player who finds herself just half a point behind Khomeriki together with the Bulgarian FM Antova who won against Chinese WIM Chu in an epic game which lasted 97 moves!

Assaubayeva won today and reached 4 points, something which the sixth seed Azeri Hojjatova couldn’t do as she lost in a not so good fashion against Peruvian WFM Hilario. Other players with 4 points are Haussernot from France and Dordzhieva and Paramzina from Russian Federation.

There are also tough games awaiting us in the next round such as Khomeriki-Antova, Assaubayeva-Maltsevskaya, Dordzhieva- Haussernot and Paramzina – Sliwicka. Don’t miss the always entertaining and hard-fought games of the girls section. When it comes to willpower and energy girls can teach a thing or two to boys!

Tomorrow is free day in the championship. The sixth round will start on September 10, Monday 15:00 local time. See you in the live broadcast & commentary on Monday but let’s all have a one day rest first!


World Junior U20 Chess Championship 2018: Rounds 3-4

With double rounds today was very exhausting for players. Even though they are all under 20 and at the peak of their energy playing high-level chess from 10 am to 10 pm in such a difficult championship takes its toll even on the fittest of all. But anyway we witnessed many great battles today and in terms of sheer chess content it was an amazingly rich day.

Open Round 3 Results

Open Round 4 Results

After the two rounds played today in the open section we have four players left with perfect score. Two Iranians, top seed GM Parham Maghsoodloo and eight seed GM Alireza Firouzja as well as the 12 years old Uzbek sensation IM Javokhir Sindarov and the 40th seed (!) Indian IM Bharathakoti Harsha. However as Greek GM Ioannis Papaioannou wisely said on the live commentary: “First three rounds mean nothing at such a long championship and the last three rounds everything!” So everything is pretty much on.



The top seed Maghsoodloo played two extremely difficult and interesting games today. In the morning round Polish IM Lukasz Jarmula have played very well up to a point against the Iranian star and have got a very promising position. Fortunately for Maghsoodloo his opponent went wrong with 42. Ng7?, putting the knight on a wrong square which turned the tables completely. Perhaps not in a very accurate fashion but still the Iranian managed to punish his opponent for his mistake in the end. In the afternoon the game was again very difficult. This time, against the strong Armenian GM Hakobyan, it was always Maghsoodloo who held the advantage but the resulting queen and bishop ending with an extra pawn was terribly difficult to calculate; especially the advanced h-pawn was always a source of worry for white. Hakobyan’s tenacious play was almost rewarded at the end as his opponent played 73. e7??, thinking that after 73…Qxe7 the h-pawn is won by a series of checks; missing the Kh8-Qh7 idea which protects the h-pawn and forces Maghsoodloo to a draw. Still an impressive performance by Parham Maghsoodloo overall. One has to give credit to players who have played so many hours today and were probably extremely tired.

Firouzja has also played two very entertaining games, against Vugar Asadli in the morning round and then in the afternoon against Andrew Tang, a familiar name to online chess community. Both games were well played, even though Firouzja gave his opponents few chances to save both games it always seemed like he was the side pushing for a win.

The Uzbek prodigy Javokhir Sindarov made good use of two whites today and beat two very strong grandmasters in a row: Tabatabaei and Aravindh! Just an advice for Sindarov’s future opponents: Don’t play the Sicilian or even if you do, don’t let him play Nxc6 followed by e5 because he will beat you! Keep this boys name in your mind because it seems that you will hear it a lot in maybe 5-6 years from now on. If he wins this championship he will automatically become GM and thus become the second youngest grandmaster ever after Karjakin!

Top boards on 5th round will be Harsha Barathkoti - Maghsoodloo and Firouzja – Sindarov. Let’s see which players can keep their perfect score, if any!

Girls Round 3 Results

Girls Round 4 Results

In girls section we have only two players left with perfect score: WFM Alicja Sliwicka from Poland and WIM Nino Khomeriki from Georgia. As both countries are known for their strength in women chess it seems that they also have fresh talents coming up! Both players made a good impression with their play today, especially in the last round.

Sliwicka’s win against Gorti from USA was brilliant where the young Polish talent managed to keep control of the game until the very end. Khomeriki also played a brilliancy and punished some not so precise opening play by Kazakh Nurgali very efficiently. It seems that both players are in a great form and play at a higher level than their ratings suggest.



Bibisara Assaubayeva, the third seed of the championship, had a 2/2 start but today achieved only two draws although having acquired great winning chances in both games. Top seeded IM Tsolakidou fared much better however as she won two good games and enter the fifth round just half a point behind the leaders.

Fourth round saw two very important surprise results too, 4th seed WGM Tokhirjonova losing to Maltsevskaya and 2nd seed IM Nomin-Erdene getting a second loss, this time against Chinese Yuxin Song who is having a great championship. The fifth seed WIM Zhu Jiner also didn’t have a great day, with one draw against Ece Özbay and a loss against her compatriot WIM Ruotong Chu she has only 2 points as of now and will try to make a comeback.

The 5th round will start on September 8, 14:00 local time. Stay tuned for very entertaining games tomorrow and also don’t miss the live commentary of IM Arduman & FM Selbes!


Daily results at wjcc2018.tsf.org.tr

World Junior U20 Chess Championship 2018: Round 2

Although first round was by no means a one-sided battle for favorites, the second round was destined to be even tougher as the rating differences between paired opponents got less. All the games were hard-fought and contained interesting and bold play from young stars.

Open Round 2 Results

In the open section it was a good day for 2600+ players as Maghsoodloo, Donchenko and Karthikeyan - despite the draw in the first round you can count Jorden van Foreest as well - all won fine games against their lesser rated opponents, thus entering the third round unharmed with 2 points.

One of the greatest upsets of the round was the defeat of the 16 years old Russian star Andrey Esipenko, at the hands of 18 years old Kazakh player Denis Makhnev. IM Makhnev played the opening phase of a Semi-Tarrasch game not too well and allowed Esipenko to equalize easily. At one point it looked like Black could even take the initiative but things have changed with Esipenko’s very quickly played move 18…Rd8? Makhnev found the best way of playing, namely with the idea of trapping the awkwardly placed black queen; a problem which Esipenko found very hard to deal with. By move 25 Makhnev won the f7-pawn and then went on to calculate a brilliant sequence of tactics to reach a double rooks ending with an extra bishop vs two pawns; which he converted perfectly. A great performance by the Kazakh player!



The fifth board also saw a brilliant win by the Chinese grandmaster Xu. The intermediate move 20. Rxf6! was a beautiful exchange sacrifice after which the passivity of black pieces and mate threats led to a material down and totally lost ending for Janik from Poland.

Two other notable games in both of which underdogs have won against their opponents need to be mentioned. IM Percivaldi from Denmark won what seemed to be a very well played game against GM Bai from China, punishing his opponent for his reckless play. The 13 years old Işık Can of Turkey, one of the brightest stars of Turkish chess, managed to win against IM Lobanov from Russia; thanks to a very dangerous passed pawn on c-file. A very well played ending by the young FM! At 2 points Işık Can is also leading the race between the local players as of now.

By the end of the second round only 25 players remain with full score in the open category and with the exception of Işık Can -against GM Martirosyan (1.5 pts)- they will play against each other. We are still nowhere near the climax of the tournament and the best is yet to come!

Girls Round 2 Results

It was a day of missed opportunities and twists in girls section. There were four draws in the first five boards but it could easily have been five decisive games as well.

IM Tsolakidou of Greece, the top seed of the championship, had a significant advantage in a queenless middlegame position against Chinese WIM Chu but when she missed a couple of nuances at critical moments her advantage dissipated and the game ended in a draw. Bibisara Assaubayeva won on second board against Indian WIM Varshini, a game which went equal for a long time but when the Indian WIM finally faltered FM Assaubayeva didn’t give a second chance to her opponent.



Perhaps the most incredible game of the round was played on third board, between German FM Schneider and the Uzbek WGM Tokhirjonova. Schneider opted for a wrong setup in Giuoco Pianissimo and handed down a very dangerous kingside attack to her opponent which was probably winning at a few moments of the game. However WGM Tokhirjonova lost her way and somehow a winning ending for white emerged on the board! FM Schneider played very well, all the way until the promotion after which she was an exchange up with a very easily winning position. Just pushing her passed pawn or mopping up the a-pawn of black was enough to win the game easily but instead miracles began to happen and in the end one can even say that it was white who had to make the draw! If someone speaks of the merits of resigning in completely lost positions show him/her this game!

The wins of Egyptian WGM Wafa and Polish WFM Dwilewicz against WIM Unuk and WIM Haussernot were also very impressive in different ways, the former being a slow grind whereas the latter a 27 move mate after some power play by White!

Third round of 2018 World Junior Chess Championship will start on September 7, 10:00 local time as the next one will be played in the afternoon at 17:00! A tiring day for sure, both for players and our commentators IM Arduman & FM Selbes! See you tomorrow at the live broadcast!


Daily results at wjcc2018.tsf.org.tr



World Junior U20 Chess Championship 2018: Round 1

2018 World Junior Chess Championship and World U-20 Girls Championship have started today. A very important championship historically – just mentioning the fact that world champions Spassky (1955), Karpov(1969), Kasparov (1980) and Anand (1987) have all started as world junior champions is enough - it is definitely the event to follow these days, especially if you want to discover the elite players of future.

This years edition sees a record-breaking number of participation, players from 65 different countries have come to Gebze/Turkey to compete for the most important title U-20. But it’s not just about quantity. In the open section there are 30 players who have an ELO rating higher than 2500, which shows the strength of the competition. As for girls, it might seem to be not as strong as the open category but still in a very evenly matched field anything might happen, so lots of surprises and difficult battles should be expected in this category as well. Let’s have a short look at first round in both sections.



Open Round 1 Results

The first round usually brings heavy favorites against weak players but not here. For example on the first board GM Maghsoodloo (2649) from Iran found himself matched up against FM Wadsworth (2351) of England. Certainly not a championship to be taken lightly, even the very start is quite difficult in this marathon.

That being said still the first round saw few surprises. 12 years old Russian talent Volodar Murzin held against the second seed Jorden van Foreest and thus managed to begin the championship with a draw, usually not a bad result if you are playing with black against a 2624 ELO player! One of the local hopes, FM Tuna Tuncer of Turkey has played a very clean game against GM Martirosyan (2597) of Armenia and in a position with a material imbalance accepted the draw offer of his opponent. Probably a wise decision by the Armenian grandmaster, as black knight and bishop had trouble finding good squares for themselves whereas the same cannot be said of white rook and pawns.

In the second round we’ll see closer matchups than today and we can certainly expect a great amount of hard-fought games! Stay tuned for the live broadcast!



Girls Round 1 Results

Women chess in general is a lot more exciting than men and this first round was also another occasion proving it. On board number one, the rating favorite Stavroula Tsolakidou from Greece seemed to be cruising to victory but then somehow found herself completely lost! This was not the end of the drama though as her opponent Malatsilava returned the favor and thus lost her chance to inflict a very upsetting defeat on IM Tsolakidou at the start of the championship.

The second board also saw the underdog getting winning chances, this time actually capitalizing on it. The second seed IM Nomin-Erdene from Mongolia found out that her Chilean opponent is not to be underestimated and lost in an uncomfortable position despite opposite-colored bishops to WIM Gomez Barrera. An early setback after which the Mongolian star will have a hard time climbing up the ranks again, but in an 11-rounds event everything’s possible!



There are tough pairings in the second round as Tsolakidou and Assaubayeva will find themselves matched up against Chinese WIM Ruotong and Indian WIM Varshini respectively. If you think about how underrated players from China and India actually are these matches will be quite interesting to follow!

See you all at the second round starting on September 6, 15:00 local time! Don’t miss the live broadcast and commentary by IM Arduman & FM Selbes!


Daily results at wjcc2018.tsf.org.tr

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World Junior U20 Chess Championship 2018: Round 2

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 17:09



World Junior U20 Chess Championship 2018: Round 2

Although first round was by no means a one-sided battle for favorites, the second round was destined to be even tougher as the rating differences between paired opponents got less. All the games were hard-fought and contained interesting and bold play from young stars.

Open Round 2 Results

In the open section it was a good day for 2600+ players as Maghsoodloo, Donchenko and Karthikeyan - despite the draw in the first round you can count Jorden van Foreest as well - all won fine games against their lesser rated opponents, thus entering the third round unharmed with 2 points.

One of the greatest upsets of the round was the defeat of the 16 years old Russian star Andrey Esipenko, at the hands of 18 years old Kazakh player Denis Makhnev. IM Makhnev played the opening phase of a Semi-Tarrasch game not too well and allowed Esipenko to equalize easily. At one point it looked like Black could even take the initiative but things have changed with Esipenko’s very quickly played move 18…Rd8? Makhnev found the best way of playing, namely with the idea of trapping the awkwardly placed black queen; a problem which Esipenko found very hard to deal with. By move 25 Makhnev won the f7-pawn and then went on to calculate a brilliant sequence of tactics to reach a double rooks ending with an extra bishop vs two pawns; which he converted perfectly. A great performance by the Kazakh player!



The fifth board also saw a brilliant win by the Chinese grandmaster Xu. The intermediate move 20. Rxf6! was a beautiful exchange sacrifice after which the passivity of black pieces and mate threats led to a material down and totally lost ending for Janik from Poland.

Two other notable games in both of which underdogs have won against their opponents need to be mentioned. IM Percivaldi from Denmark won what seemed to be a very well played game against GM Bai from China, punishing his opponent for his reckless play. The 13 years old Işık Can of Turkey, one of the brightest stars of Turkish chess, managed to win against IM Lobanov from Russia; thanks to a very dangerous passed pawn on c-file. A very well played ending by the young FM! At 2 points Işık Can is also leading the race between the local players as of now.

By the end of the second round only 25 players remain with full score in the open category and with the exception of Işık Can -against GM Martirosyan (1.5 pts)- they will play against each other. We are still nowhere near the climax of the tournament and the best is yet to come!

Girls Round 2 Results

It was a day of missed opportunities and twists in girls section. There were four draws in the first five boards but it could easily have been five decisive games as well.

IM Tsolakidou of Greece, the top seed of the championship, had a significant advantage in a queenless middlegame position against Chinese WIM Chu but when she missed a couple of nuances at critical moments her advantage dissipated and the game ended in a draw. Bibisara Assaubayeva won on second board against Indian WIM Varshini, a game which went equal for a long time but when the Indian WIM finally faltered FM Assaubayeva didn’t give a second chance to her opponent.



Perhaps the most incredible game of the round was played on third board, between German FM Schneider and the Uzbek WGM Tokhirjonova. Schneider opted for a wrong setup in Giuoco Pianissimo and handed down a very dangerous kingside attack to her opponent which was probably winning at a few moments of the game. However WGM Tokhirjonova lost her way and somehow a winning ending for white emerged on the board! FM Schneider played very well, all the way until the promotion after which she was an exchange up with a very easily winning position. Just pushing her passed pawn or mopping up the a-pawn of black was enough to win the game easily but instead miracles began to happen and in the end one can even say that it was white who had to make the draw! If someone speaks of the merits of resigning in completely lost positions show him/her this game!

The wins of Egyptian WGM Wafa and Polish WFM Dwilewicz against WIM Unuk and WIM Haussernot were also very impressive in different ways, the former being a slow grind whereas the latter a 27 move mate after some power play by White!

Third round of 2018 World Junior Chess Championship will start on September 7, 10:00 local time as the next one will be played in the afternoon at 17:00! A tiring day for sure, both for players and our commentators IM Arduman & FM Selbes! See you tomorrow at the live broadcast!


Daily results at wjcc2018.tsf.org.tr



World Junior U20 Chess Championship 2018: Round 1

2018 World Junior Chess Championship and World U-20 Girls Championship have started today. A very important championship historically – just mentioning the fact that world champions Spassky (1955), Karpov(1969), Kasparov (1980) and Anand (1987) have all started as world junior champions is enough - it is definitely the event to follow these days, especially if you want to discover the elite players of future.

This years edition sees a record-breaking number of participation, players from 65 different countries have come to Gebze/Turkey to compete for the most important title U-20. But it’s not just about quantity. In the open section there are 30 players who have an ELO rating higher than 2500, which shows the strength of the competition. As for girls, it might seem to be not as strong as the open category but still in a very evenly matched field anything might happen, so lots of surprises and difficult battles should be expected in this category as well. Let’s have a short look at first round in both sections.



Open Round 1 Results

The first round usually brings heavy favorites against weak players but not here. For example on the first board GM Maghsoodloo (2649) from Iran found himself matched up against FM Wadsworth (2351) of England. Certainly not a championship to be taken lightly, even the very start is quite difficult in this marathon.

That being said still the first round saw few surprises. 12 years old Russian talent Volodar Murzin held against the second seed Jorden van Foreest and thus managed to begin the championship with a draw, usually not a bad result if you are playing with black against a 2624 ELO player! One of the local hopes, FM Tuna Tuncer of Turkey has played a very clean game against GM Martirosyan (2597) of Armenia and in a position with a material imbalance accepted the draw offer of his opponent. Probably a wise decision by the Armenian grandmaster, as black knight and bishop had trouble finding good squares for themselves whereas the same cannot be said of white rook and pawns.

In the second round we’ll see closer matchups than today and we can certainly expect a great amount of hard-fought games! Stay tuned for the live broadcast!



Girls Round 1 Results

Women chess in general is a lot more exciting than men and this first round was also another occasion proving it. On board number one, the rating favorite Stavroula Tsolakidou from Greece seemed to be cruising to victory but then somehow found herself completely lost! This was not the end of the drama though as her opponent Malatsilava returned the favor and thus lost her chance to inflict a very upsetting defeat on IM Tsolakidou at the start of the championship.

The second board also saw the underdog getting winning chances, this time actually capitalizing on it. The second seed IM Nomin-Erdene from Mongolia found out that her Chilean opponent is not to be underestimated and lost in an uncomfortable position despite opposite-colored bishops to WIM Gomez Barrera. An early setback after which the Mongolian star will have a hard time climbing up the ranks again, but in an 11-rounds event everything’s possible!



There are tough pairings in the second round as Tsolakidou and Assaubayeva will find themselves matched up against Chinese WIM Ruotong and Indian WIM Varshini respectively. If you think about how underrated players from China and India actually are these matches will be quite interesting to follow!

See you all at the second round starting on September 6, 15:00 local time! Don’t miss the live broadcast and commentary by IM Arduman & FM Selbes!


Daily results at wjcc2018.tsf.org.tr

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2018 Batumi Chess Olympiad: Georgian Visa and Border Crossing Procedures

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 20:31




URGENT REMINDER! Georgian visa and Border Crossing procedures

Countries, requiring visa in order to travel to Georgia should make the visa arrangements AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, otherwise may not be able to cross the border to Georgia!

We would like to remind you that it takes at least 5 working days to receive the Georgian visa. Due to lack of the time, you may not be able to receive the visa. The Organizing Committee can’t take the responsibility to assist you in the late requests.

Below you can find the information regarding Georgian Visa and border crossing procedures:



APPLICATION PROCESS

Participants from the countries requiring visa in order to travel to Georgia should submit the request for Electronic Visa through the official visa portal via the following link: https://www.evisa.gov.ge/GeoVisa/

• Please select “CHESS OLYMPIAD 2018” in the “Purpose of Visit”.
• After finalizing the application, you will receive the verification e-mail.
• Please click VERIFY in the e-mail in order to be redirected to the payment page.
• VISA Application is fulfilled once the payment of amount 20 USD (plus service fee 2%) is accepted.
• You will receive the payment confirmation to the indicated e-mail.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS AND INFORMATION

Please make sure to upload the documents according to the requirements:

• PHOTO: Please refer to FAQ page and check PHOTO REQUIREMENTS carefully: https://www.evisa.gov.ge/GeoVisa/en/Home/FAQ Please note, that in case you disregard the photo requirements and submit wrong, low quality photos it may cause the visa refusal.
• PASSPORT VALIDITY: Please, note that validity of your travel document/passport should extend at least for three months after the validity of requested Georgian visa. E-visa is being issued at least 3-4 months’ validity.
• PASSPORT COPY: Please make sure to upload full page scan, high quality copy.
• In case having MINORS in your delegation, you need to submit the information regarding legal guardian travelling with the minor. Be prepared to present a legal representative's certified consent at the state border of Georgia. You will be refused to enter Georgia if you will not be able to present abovementioned document.


In case of any additional questions regarding the visa procedures and border cross please contact the visa support team of the Organizing Committee via the following e-mail: visa@batumichess.com.

IMPORTANT: Furthermore, please note that in case you have travelled to the Territory of the Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia or The Tskhinvali Region (territory of the former South Ossetia Autonomous Region) and have a stamp in your passport, according to the “LAW OF GEORGIA ON OCCUPIED TERRITORIES”: (Article 4, point 2) “Entry of the occupied territories by foreign citizens and stateless persons shall be prohibited… violation of this requirement shall lead to punishment under the Criminal Law of Georgia”

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World Junior U20 Chess Championship 2018: Round 1

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 15:16



2018 World Junior Chess Championship and World U-20 Girls Championship have started today. A very important championship historically – just mentioning the fact that world champions Spassky (1955), Karpov(1969), Kasparov (1980) and Anand (1987) have all started as world junior champions is enough - it is definitely the event to follow these days, especially if you want to discover the elite players of future.

This years edition sees a record-breaking number of participation, players from 65 different countries have come to Gebze/Turkey to compete for the most important title U-20. But it’s not just about quantity. In the open section there are 30 players who have an ELO rating higher than 2500, which shows the strength of the competition. As for girls, it might seem to be not as strong as the open category but still in a very evenly matched field anything might happen, so lots of surprises and difficult battles should be expected in this category as well. Let’s have a short look at first round in both sections.



Open Round 1 Results

The first round usually brings heavy favorites against weak players but not here. For example on the first board GM Maghsoodloo (2649) from Iran found himself matched up against FM Wadsworth (2351) of England. Certainly not a championship to be taken lightly, even the very start is quite difficult in this marathon.

That being said still the first round saw few surprises. 12 years old Russian talent Volodar Murzin held against the second seed Jorden van Foreest and thus managed to begin the championship with a draw, usually not a bad result if you are playing with black against a 2624 ELO player! One of the local hopes, FM Tuna Tuncer of Turkey has played a very clean game against GM Martirosyan (2597) of Armenia and in a position with a material imbalance accepted the draw offer of his opponent. Probably a wise decision by the Armenian grandmaster, as black knight and bishop had trouble finding good squares for themselves whereas the same cannot be said of white rook and pawns.

In the second round we’ll see closer matchups than today and we can certainly expect a great amount of hard-fought games! Stay tuned for the live broadcast!



Girls Round 1 Results

Women chess in general is a lot more exciting than men and this first round was also another occasion proving it. On board number one, the rating favorite Stavroula Tsolakidou from Greece seemed to be cruising to victory but then somehow found herself completely lost! This was not the end of the drama though as her opponent Malatsilava returned the favor and thus lost her chance to inflict a very upsetting defeat on IM Tsolakidou at the start of the championship.

The second board also saw the underdog getting winning chances, this time actually capitalizing on it. The second seed IM Nomin-Erdene from Mongolia found out that her Chilean opponent is not to be underestimated and lost in an uncomfortable position despite opposite-colored bishops to WIM Gomez Barrera. An early setback after which the Mongolian star will have a hard time climbing up the ranks again, but in an 11-rounds event everything’s possible!



There are tough pairings in the second round as Tsolakidou and Assaubayeva will find themselves matched up against Chinese WIM Ruotong and Indian WIM Varshini respectively. If you think about how underrated players from China and India actually are these matches will be quite interesting to follow!

See you all at the second round starting on September 6, 15:00 local time! Don’t miss the live broadcast and commentary by IM Arduman & FM Selbes!


Daily results at wjcc2018.tsf.org.tr

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2018 Batumi Chess Olympiad: Anti cheating Measures and Procedures

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 14:07



43rd World Chess Olympiad

Batumi, Georgia, 23 September – 6 October 2018

ANTI CHEATING MEASURES AND PROCEDURES


Dear friends,

According to the decisions taken by the 2015 Abu Dhabi FIDE Executive Board and the 2016 Moscow FIDE Presidential Board and after clarifications of the FIDE WCOC Commission and FIDE Anti cheating Committee that were applied in the 2016 Baku World Chess Olympiad, the Anti-cheating measures and procedures of the 43rd World Chess Olympiad that will be held in Batumi, Georgia, from 23 September to 6 October 2018, are as follows:

1. BEFORE THE START OF EACH ROUND: the Players and the Captains will walk through X-ray frames (as in the Airports) at the entrance to the Playing Hall, while security staff will check their bags and belongings. They must leave their mobiles, watches and pens in the storage areas and get them back when they leave the playing venue. In order to avoid huge queues in the entrance, Players and Captains shall come to the Playing Hall at least 30 minutes before the start of the round (the bus schedules must be fixed accordingly by the Organizers). The default time for the start of the rounds will be 15 minutes (for instance, the players have the right to be late for the start of the game at the most by 15 minutes. If the players will arrive later, they will be forfeited). After getting their belongings back from the storage areas, players and Captains must not return to the playing area.


2. DURING THE ROUND: there will be fast random checks for approximately 20 to 30 players. The checks will be done by the Anti cheating Arbiters with the use of the non linear scanners and detectors and will take 5 to 10 seconds for every check. These checks will not take place during the times of pressure (during the first time control and close to the end of the game). In the case where there is any indication, a thorough check will follow, according to the art. 11.3.3. of the Laws of Chess (in a private room, in the presence of Sector Arbiter and/or Deputy Chief Arbiter and so on). If a player refuses to cooperate with these obligations, the arbiter shall take measures in accordance with Article 12.9 and will forfeit the player.


3. IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE END OF THE GAMES OF EVERY ROUND: there will be thorough random checks for approximately 10 to 20 players, according to the article 11.3.3 of the Laws of Chess (The arbiter may require the player to allow his clothes, bags or other items to be inspected, in private. The Anti cheating Arbiter or a person authorized by the Arbiter shall inspect the player and shall be of the same gender as the player. If a player refuses to cooperate with these obligations, the arbiter shall take measures in accordance with Article 12.9 and will forfeit the player. Priority for the checking will be given to Players who have won their games. Special attention will be given to the top Matches of every Section, where during every Round about 10 players from both Sections will be checked thoroughly. Additionally about 10 more players from the rest Matches of every Section will be thoroughly checked after the end of their games per round. The Sector Arbiter responsible for Anti-cheating, in cooperation with the Chief Arbiter, will decide about the Players who will be checked in every round.


4. All games of all rounds will be checked by Prof. Ken Regan’s programme and the Chief Arbiter and the responsible for the Anti cheating Sector Arbiter will receive daily relevant reports. Suspicious cases according to the report will have always priority for checking during and after the rounds.


5. Any possible Complaints by Players or Captains during the rounds will be handled according to the FIDE Regulations for Anti cheating and the players or captains have to fill the form of the In-Tournaments complaints and so on.


In general:

There will be one Sector Arbiter (IA A’ Cat. Klaus Deventer from Germany, member of the FIDE Anti-cheating Committee and the FIDE Arbiters’ Commission), who will deal only with the Anti-cheating procedure of the Olympiad (he will have no games to control). He will have under his responsibility approximately 20 Arbiters (Anti-cheating Arbiters), who will make the fast checks with the non linear scanners and detectors during the rounds and the thorough checks in a private room, according to art. 11.3. 3. of the FIDE Laws of Chess, immediately after the end of the games in every round. He and the Chief Arbiter will decide which players will be checked and they will give instructions to the Anti-cheating Arbiters.

The Anti-cheating Arbiters, besides checking of the players with the non linear scanners and detectors, will have the responsibility to control the contact of the players while they are walking in the playing area or they are in the toilet area, the bar area or in the smoking area and avoid any discussions between the Players and between Players and other people during the games. Players and Captains may speak between each other only according to the FIDE Laws of Chess and always in the presence of the Match Arbiter and in a language he/she understands.

According to the article 11.2.4. of the FIDE Laws of Chess the Players of every match have to inform the Match Arbiter when they leave the playing area (for example in order to go to the toilet, to the bar or to the smoking area). They are not allowed to leave the playing venue, while their game is still in progress.

The Match Arbiter should keep a (written) record of a player’s suspicious behavior (such as a player leaving very often the playing area or other suspicious circumstances).
In case of a suspicious behavior the Match Arbiter will have to inform the Sector Arbiter and the Anti cheating Arbiters.

The Players will only use pens provided by the Organizers. The pens should be returned to the Arbiters after the end of the game. The Match Arbiters will collect the pens to be available for the next games. No “personal” pens will be allowed to the players.

The Players must not wear any watch. The time will be displayed in several spots inside the playing area.

The Players who have finished their games must leave the playing area. They should never talk to another player who is still playing.

The Players should wear their identifying badges at all times during the round, so that Arbiters can recognize them and perform checks on them.

The Captains are allowed to come to the playing area up to two hours after the start of the round. After their arrival, the Captains are not allowed to leave the playing venue, while their match is still in progress. They must wear their badges at all times during the round. If they want to be replaced by another person, they have to inform the Match Arbiter in writing. The replacement will be allowed only once per round.

There will be separated smoking areas for Captains and for Players in both Sections, in order any contact between them to be avoided. All the smoking areas will be supervised by Anti cheating Arbiters.

In order for the above measures to be successful and any cheating to be avoided during the Olympiad, the smooth cooperation between Players, Captains and Arbiters is needed.

Arbiters must behave in a polite manner and the players must accept the checking without complaints or rude behavior. Captains must inform the players about the above procedures and secure the availability of their Players for any checking.


IA Takis Nikolopoulos
Chief Arbiter
43rd World Chess Olympiad


IA Klaus Deventer
Sector Arbiter for Anti cheating
43rd World Chess Olympiad

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2018 Batumi Chess Olympiad: Information for the Captains

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 13:41



43rd WORLD CHESS OLYMPIAD
Batumi, Georgia
23 September – 6 October 2018

INFORMATION FOR THE TEAM CAPTAINS


Dear Team Captains,

With this letter I would like to inform you about the basic procedures of the 43rd World Chess Olympiad that will be held in Batumi, Georgia, from 23 September (Arrival) to 6 October 2018 (Departure).

You will be provided in advance by email (which will be sent to you on 16 September 2018 by TAP) with detailed instructions and the unique password for every participating team, for the online registration of your team composition for every round of the tournament. Additionally you have to submit online and according to the instructions that the will be also sent to you the FIXED BOARD ORDER of your team (i.e. the exact order of the boards, where you want the players of your team to play in the tournament) until 21 September, 24.00 hour.
In case of facing any difficulties you can send the FIXED BOARD ORDER of your team by email to the Chairman of TAP IA Werner Stubenvoll, at Werner.stubenvoll@liwest.at, until 21 September, 24.00 hour.

CAPTAINS’ MEETING:
The captains’ meeting will take place on 24 September, at 09.30, at the Batumi Sport Palace (Playing Hall). Transportation from and to your hotels will be provided by the Organizers.
Your participation in the meeting is very important, because all details of the Olympiad tournament will be discussed there.
The team pairings for the 1st round will be published on the websites (official website, chess-results.com, etc.) at 08.00, on 24 September.

BEFORE THE ROUND:
The deadline for submission of the team compositions is at 10.00 in the morning of the day of each round.
For the first round the deadline will be at 11.00 in the morning of the day of the round (24 September).
For the last round the deadline will be at 24.00 in the night of the previous round (4 October).
The submission must be online, through Swiss Manager Program and according to the instructions and with the use of the unique password that will be given to every captain by TAP. In case of any problem an Assistant will be present in every Olympiad hotel from 09.00 to 10.00 every morning, to offer any help needed. Additionally, the captains will be provided with the TAP telephone number and will have the possibility to call the TAP members, should any problem arise in the registration of their team composition.
In case that no team composition will be submitted by the captain for a specific round, the composition of the team shall be the Fixed Board Order (1, 2, 3, 4 boards) of the team.

ARRIVAL IN THE PLAYING HALL:
Every round of the Tournament will start at 15.00, except the last round (5 October), which will start at 11.00.
The Zero Tolerance has been extended to fifteen (15) minutes. It means that the players have the right to arrive at their board up to (maximum) fifteen (15) minutes after the start of the round. If they arrive after fifteen (15) minutes from the start of the round they may be forfeited, according to the Laws of Chess.
At the entrances of the Playing Hall there will be X-ray frames and for anti-cheating measures all the players and captains will have to pass through them. In order to avoid long queues and delays of the start of the games, please make sure that your teams arrive in the Playing Hall in advance before the start of the round and don’t miss the buses that will be provided by the Organizers for the transportation from your hotels. The buses will be scheduled in such a way that all last buses should arrive at the playing venue at 14.30 (except at the last round, when they will arrive at 10.30).
Additionally, the captains (and the players) have to deliver their laptops, mobile phones, watches, pens and any other communication device that they have with them, before entering the Playing Hall (they will be stored in special areas and given back to them on their departure from the Playing Hall).
Please take care so that none of your players carry such devices with him/her during the round, because they will be penalized, according to the FIDE Laws of Chess and the FIDE Anti-cheating regulations.
Captains are allowed to have books with them (supposing that they are not chess books, the match arbiters shall check them) and photo cameras. Taking photos (with or without flash) will be allowed according to the tournament regulations (i.e. only in the first ten (10) minutes after the start of the round).
The captains have the right to arrive in the Playing Hall maximum up to two (2) hours after the start of the round (The players of the team have to inform the match arbiter accordingly). At the moment they enter the playing venue, they are not allowed to leave it and come back, before the end of the match of their Team.
They must wear their badges and their green cards and present them to any check.

DURING THE ROUND:
Chairs for the captains will be next to the arbiter’s chair.
The captains have the right to communicate with their players according to the Laws of Chess, as follows:
The team captain must not stand behind the opposing team during play.
If the team captain wishes to speak to one of his players, he shall first approach the match arbiter. The team captain shall then speak to the player in the presence of an arbiter, using a language the arbiter can understand. The same procedure shall be followed if a player needs to speak to the Captain.
A team captain is entitled to advise the players of his team to make or accept an offer of a draw, following the draw restriction rule which is in effect for the Olympiad (30 moves must have been completed by both players) of the tournament regulations. He shall not intervene in a game in any other way. He must not discuss any position on any board during play.
The team captain may delegate his functions to another person, provided he informs the match arbiter of this in writing in advance.
As the 180 match arbiters from all over the world may not know the players and the captains of the participating teams, captains and players must wear their badges that they will receive from the Organizers, during the whole round.
Additionally the captains will be given five (5) green cards by the match arbiter. The players and the captain of the team MUST also wear this green card during the whole round and especially when they are walking in the Playing Hall or visiting toilets, the smoking area, the bar area etc.
The green card will indicate that their game is still in progress and therefore they are allowed to be in the Playing Hall. After the end of every game of the match, the player has to give his green card to the match arbiter and quit the Playing Hall (Analysis room is provided by the Organizers). After the end of the match the captain MUST receives back all the green cards (4) from the match arbiter, in order to use them (together with his own card) for the match of the next round. The captains must take care not to lose the green cards, as their number is limited and any loss may cause problems at the entrance of the players to the Playing Hall, as no player and captain will be allowed in the Playing Hall without his green card.
The captains are not allowed to visit the Press-Room or any other area of the playing venue, where they could analyze any games on computers or on chessboards. They must not carry any mobile phone, watch, laptop, tablet or any other device of communication while being in the Playing Hall.
If a captain or a player wants to submit a complaint for cheating reasons, he has to fill the form of the In tournament complaint, according to the FIDE Anti-cheating regulations. This form will be provided by the Chief Arbiter or the Deputy Chief Arbiters.

AFTER THE END OF THE MATCH:
The captain (or the player who finishes his/her game last) MUST sign the match protocol, after checking the results of the games and the final result of the match written by the match arbiter. Before he leaves the Playing Hall he has to receive back all the four (4) green cards from the match arbiter.
In case any player of his/her team will be selected for a check according to the article 11.3.3. of the Laws of Chess and the Anti-cheating regulations (i.e. thorough check in a separate room, with private inspection of clothes, bags and other items of the player), he may be present, as a witness of his/her player.

I believe that the captains play an important role in every Olympiad and their contribution to the success of the event is essential.

The good co-operation between Captains, Players and Arbiters is necessary, for the success of the 43rd World Chess Olympiad.

I hope to have your valuable help on this issue.

Expecting to see you all in Batumi.

IA Takis Nikolopoulos
Chief Arbiter
43rd World Chess Olympiad


Olympiad website batumi2018.fide.com

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2018 Batumi Chess Olympiad: Announcement for the Match Arbiters

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 11:10



Dear Colleagues,

By this letter I would like to inform you about the conditions you will find in 43rd World Chess Olympiad that will be held in Batumi, Georgia, from 23 September (Arrival) to 6 October (Departure) 2018.
According to the Organizers’ decision you will be accommodated in the Grand Gloria Hotel (4*) in the city, which is 6 km far from the playing hall and in the Georgia Palace Hotel & Spa (4*) in Kobuleti, which is 25 Km far from the playing hall. Buses will be used for your transportation to and from the Playing Hall.
The Opening Ceremony will be at 21:00, on September 23rd, in the Black Sea Arena and it will be transportation from and to your Hotel.
The Arbiters’ Meeting has been scheduled at 10:00, on September 24th, in the playing hall (Sport Palace) and your transportation from and to your Hotel has been scheduled.
The first (1st) round of the Olympiad will start at 15:00, on September 24th and you have to be in the playing hall two (2) hours before the start of the round.
Rounds 2 to 10 start at 15:00 and you have to be in the playing hall one (1) hour before the start of the round.
Round 11 starts at 11:00 and you have to be in the playing hall one (1) hour before the start of the round.
Your transportation has been scheduled for all rounds.
Your accommodation includes three (3) meals per day.
For those who would like to attend the FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar that has been scheduled from 26 September to 1 October, parallel to the Olympiad, programmed from 9.30 to 12.30 every day except September 28th (Arbiters’ Commission Meeting), please register your participation to the Secretary FIDE Arbiters’ Commission, IA Aris Marghetis, in Arismarghetis@rogers.com.

The FIDE Congress will start on September 27th and the venue will be the Sheraton and Hilton Hotels.
The Arbiters’ Commission Meeting will be on September 28th, 9.00-13.00.
The FIDE General Assembly will start on October 3rd (Round 9th of Olympiad).
For those of you who will be also Delegates in the Congress, please refer this to the Chief Arbiter.
Free day of the Olympiad will be the September 29th (it will be only one free day).
Closing Ceremony will be on October 5th, at 20:00, after the end of the last round (11th).
Departure day will be the October 6th.

As you know, the Match Arbiters play a very significant role in every Olympiad and their contribution to the success of the event is very high. Therefore, at the moment you have accepted your nomination as Match Arbiters of the Batumi Olympiad and you will arrive in Batumi, you are kindly requested to exercise your duties and act in the best way, so that the event will be a great success.

Your presence in the Arbiters’ Meeting is absolutely necessary, as during the meeting the duties of the Match Arbiters, their distribution to the Sectors, recommendations and instructions will be discussed.

Instructions for the Batumi Olympiad Match Arbiters (pdf).

I will be very glad to meet you all in Batumi and cooperate with you in this very important and prestigious event.

With best regards

IA Takis Nikolopoulos
Chief Arbiter
43rd World Chess Olympiad


OFFICIALS

1. CHIEF ARBITER:   IA Takis Nikolopoulos (GRE)       2. DEPUTY CHIEF ARBITER:   IA Omar Salama (ISL): Open Section     IA Marika Japaridze (GEO): Women Section       3. SECTOR ARBITERS:
  IA Klaus Deventer (GER) - Anticheating     IA Rathinam Anantharam (IND)     IA Mahdi Abdulrahim (UAE)     IA Geert Bailleul (BEL)     IA Argiris Kytharidis (GRE)     IA Hassan Khaled (EGY)     IA Elias Khairallah (LBN)     IA Jose Martinez Garcia (MEX)     IA Bolat Asanov (KAZ)     IA Carol Jarecki (IVB)     IA Margarita Tandashvili (GEO)       4. TAP:   Chairman: IA Werner Stubenvoll (AUT)     Member: IA Christian Krause (GER)     Member: IA Alex Holowczak (ENG)     Member: Heinz Herzog (AUT)       5. APPEALS COMMITTEE:   Chairman: IA Jorge Vega (GUA)     Member: IA Hesham Elgendy (EGY)     Member: IO Boris Kutin (SLO)



MATCH ARBITERS:

All the Match Arbiters are kindly requested to communicate urgently with the 2018 Batumi Chess Olympiad Chief Arbiter IA Takis Nikolopoulos, at takisnik@yahoo.com, the following info:
1. Any previous experience in the Chess Olympiads as Arbiter.
2. Any previous experience in tournaments with blind and handicapped players.
3. FIDE official languages spoken.
4. If willing to work as Anti cheating Arbiter.

All Arbiters appointed for the 2018 Batumi Chess Olympiad, are kindly requested to be present in the Arbiters’ Meeting that is scheduled for September 24th 2018, at 10:00, in the playing hall (Sports Arena).
Therefore please arrange your arrival to Batumi accordingly.
Departure day is October 6th, 2018.



Olympiad website batumi2018.fide.com

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89th FIDE Congress: Final list of Delegates

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 13:15



In accordance with the Electoral Regulations, the Electoral Commission has sent the final list of the delegates to the FIDE Secretariat.

FIDE is publishing the final list of the delegates as is required by the FIDE Electoral Regulations.

Federations with voting rights                 FEDERATION Abb. Delegates for 89th FIDE Congress with voting rights   1 Afghanistan AFG Mohibi, Abasin   2 Albania ALB Dervishi, Erald   3 Algeria ALG Brahim Djelloul, Azzedine   4 Andorra AND Obregon Gutierrez, Joan Antoni   5 Angola ANG Martins, Tito Correia   6 Argentina ARG Petrucci, Mario   7 Armenia ARM Lputian, Smbat G   8 Aruba ARU Williams Pesqueira, Carol S.   9 Australia AUS Bonham, Kevin   10 Austria AUT Hursky, Christian   11 Azerbaijan AZE Mammedov, Mahir   12 Bahamas BAH Joseph, Elton   13 Bahrain BRN Rahma, Hameed   14 Bangladesh BAN Syed Shahab Uddin Shamim   15 Barbados BAR Herbert, Allan   16 Belarus BLR Sorokina, Anastasia   17 Belgium BEL Delhaes, Günter   18 Bermuda BER Marshall-Harris, Andrea   19 Bhutan BHU Lekey, Dorji   20 Bolivia BOL Borda, Alan   21 Bosnia & Herzegovina BIH Stojanovic, Dalibor   22 Botswana BOT Thabano, Mothokomedi   23 Brazil BRA Lima, Darcy   24 British Virgin Islands IVB Jarecki, Carol   25 Brunei Darussalam BRU Ali, Zainal Abidin   26 Burkina Faso BUR Ouedraogo S Arnaud J D   27 Burundi BDI Ntagasigumwami, Deo   28 Cambodia CAM Dy, Chaut   29 Cameroon CMR Viang, Michel Nguele   30 Canada CAN Bond, Hal   31 Cape Verde CPV Carapinha, Francisco Manuel   32 Central African Republic CAR Atazi Yeke Jean Mexin   33 Chile CHI Mundaca Alvarez, Juan Carlos   34 China CHN Tian, Hongwei   35 Chinese Taipei TPE Chen, Mei Fang Dina   36 Colombia COL Perez Carrillo, Luis   37 Comoros Islands COM Mazouz, Lakhdar   38 Congo CGO Esungi, Guy Botetsi   39 Costa Rica CRC Carvajal Gorgona, Jonathan   40 Cote d'Ivoire CIV Essis, Essoh Jean Mathieu Claude   41 Croatia CRO Tomasic, Roland   42 Cuba CUB Garcia Martinez, Silvino   43 Cyprus CYP Klerides, Paris   44 Czech Republic CZE Pisk, Petr   45 Denmark DEN Jacobsen, Poul   46 Djibouti DJI Ahmed Hassan Abdillahi   47 Dominican Republic DOM Dominguez Brito, Pedro   48 Ecuador ECU Fierro Baquero, Martha L.   49 Egypt EGY Elgendy, Hesham   50 El Salvador ESA Segura, Efrain   51 England ENG Pein, Malcolm   52 Eritrea ERI Khaled Hassen Dirar   53 Estonia EST Olde, Hendrik   54 Ethiopia ETH Hussein, Seifu Belayneh   55 Faroe Islands FAI Vang, Finnbjorn   56 Fiji FIJ Fareed, Nouzab   57 Finland FIN Lehtivaara, Jouni   58 Former YUG Rep of Macedonia MKD Bogoevski, Blagoja   59 France FRA Kouatly, Bachar   60 Gabon GAB Bongo Akanga Ndjila, Barthelemy   61 Gambia GAM Jallow, Amadou   62 Georgia GEO Azmaiparashvili, Zurab   63 Germany GER Krause, Ullrich   64 Ghana GHA Ameku, Philip Elikem   65 Greece GRE Makropoulos, Georgios   66 Guam GUM Orio, Jocelyn A   67 Guatemala GUA Vega Fernandez, Jorge   68 Guernsey GCI Hamperl, Fred   69 Guyana GUY Bond, James Anthony   70 Honduras HON Hernandez, Juan Carlos   71 Hong Kong HKG Chan, Kwai Keong   72 Hungary HUN Font, Gusztav Dr.   73 Iceland ISL Bjornsson, Gunnar   74 India IND Sundar, Damal Villivalam   75 Indonesia INA Ambarukmi, Dwi Hatmisari   76 Iran IRI Kambouzia, Mohammad Jafar   77 Iraq IRQ Dhafer, Abdul Ameer Madhloom   78 Ireland IRL O'Connell, Kevin J.   79 Israel ISR Frank, Chagai   80 Italy ITA Pagnoncelli, Gianpietro   81 Jamaica JAM Wilkinson, Ian   82 Japan JPN Hiebert, Yumiko   83 Jersey JCI Boxall, Graham   84 Jordan JOR Khader, Sami   85 Kazakhstan KAZ Balgabaev, Berik   86 Kenya KEN Wanjala, Benard   87 Kosovo* KOS Avdiu, Naim * “All reference to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo” 88 Kuwait KUW Alamiri, Adel   89 Kyrgyzstan KGZ Turpanov, Milan   90 Laos LAO Vilavane, Inthava   91 Latvia LAT Ozolins, Aris   92 Lebanon LBN Kraytem, Ezzat   93 Lesotho LES Morienyane Tlhoriso   94 Liberia LBR Thompson, William T   95 Libya LBA Ali, Fouzi Fathullah   96 Liechtenstein LIE Frick, Renato   97 Lithuania LTU Cernov, Aleksandr   98 Luxembourg LUX Jeitz, Olivier   99 Macau MAC Silveirinha, Jose Antonio C.   100 Madagascar MAD Rakotomaharo, Yves Andre   101 Malawi MAW Msukwa, Kezzie   102 Malaysia MAS Zainul Abidin, Zahidi   103 Maldives MDV Ali, Nooh   104 Mali MLI Diakite, Ousmane   105 Malta MLT Borg, Geoffrey   106 Mauritania MTN Ould Bah, Abdallhi M Elmokhtar   107 Mauritius MRI Bhowany, Hurrynarain   108 Mexico MEX Ramirez Barajas, Mario Antonio   109 Moldova MDA Dodon, Igor   110 Monaco MNC Van Hoolandt, Patrick   111 Mongolia MGL Sainbayar Tserendorj   112 Montenegro MNE Milovic, Jovan   113 Morocco MAR Lemsioui, Abdelmoula   114 Mozambique MOZ Langa, Domingos   115 Myanmar MYA Maung Maung Lwin   116 Namibia NAM Shilongo, Israel   117 Nauru NRU Kenmure, Jamie   118 Nepal NEP Shrestha, Eka Lal   119 Netherlands NED Hamers, Herman   120 Netherlands Antilles AHO Fayad, Michell   121 New Zealand NZL Spiller, Paul   122 Nicaragua NCA Bendana-Guerrero, Guy Dr.   123 Nigeria NGR Olalekan, Adeyemi   124 Norway NOR Madsen, Morten L   125 Oman OMA Al Bulushi, Ahmed Bin Darwish   126 Pakistan PAK Abdus, Salim   127 Palau PLW Whipps, Eric Ksau Surangel   128 Palestine PLE Al-Susi, Rajai N   129 Panama PAN Carrillo, Jose Antonio   130 Papua New Guinea PNG Skeha, Craig   131 Paraguay PAR Zarza, Ronald   132 Peru PER Ascue Alagon, Boris   133 Philippines PHI Pichay, Prospero   134 Poland POL Delega, Tomasz   135 Portugal POR Cross, Dominic   136 Puerto Rico PUR Cruz Arce, Francisco J.   137 Qatar QAT Al-Mudahka, Mohd   138 Romania ROU Iacoban, Sorin-Avram   139 Russia RUS Gluhovsky, Mark   140 Rwanda RWA Ganza, Kevin   141 San Marino SMR Tabarini, Ivan   142 Sao Tome and Principe STP Rita, Jose   143 Saudi Arabia KSA Alfawaz, Kosay   144 Scotland SCO Howie, Andrew   145 Senegal SEN Cisse, Ibrahima   146 Serbia SRB Cogoljevic, Dusan   147 Seychelles SEY Ncube, Lewis   148 Sierra Leone SLE Kamara, Ansumana   149 Singapore SGP Nisban, Jasmin   150 Slovakia SVK Repkova, Eva   151 Slovenia SLO Kutin, Boris   152 Solomon Islands SOL Kalesis, Nikolaos   153 Somalia SOM Hassan, Ahmed Abdi   154 South Africa RSA Mahomole, Joe   155 South Korea KOR Song, Jinwoo   156 South Sudan SSD Jada, Albert, Modi   157 Spain ESP Padulles Argerich, Ramon   158 Sri Lanka SRI Wijesuriya, G. Luxman   159 Sudan SUD Omer Abdalla Omer Deab   160 Suriname SUR Dos Ramos, Ricardo   161 Swaziland SWZ Msibi, Dumsane   162 Sweden SWE Jalling, Håkan   163 Switzerland SUI Wyss, Peter   164 Syria SYR Abbas, Ali   165 Tajikistan TJK Vatanov, Khurshed   166 Tanzania TAN Mwanyika, Geoffrey   167 Thailand THA Nakvanich, Sahapol   168 Timor-Leste TLS Tilman, Zeferino Viegas   169 Togo TOG Fumey, Enyonam Sewa   170 Trinidad & Tobago TTO Johnson, Sonja   171 Tunisia TUN Battikh, Tahar   172 Turkey TUR Tulay, Gulkiz   173 Turkmenistan TKM Nazarov, Rasul   174 Uganda UGA Mwaka, Emmanuel   175 Ukraine UKR Kapustin, Viktor   176 United Arab Emirates UAE Sarhan Al Muaini   177 United States of America USA Khodarkovsky, Michael   178 Uruguay URU Celi, Enrique   179 US Virgin Islands ISV Murphy, Margaret   180 Uzbekistan UZB Turdialiev, Husan   181 Venezuela VEN Gonzalez Chirinos, Fidel Ernesto   182 Vietnam VIE Dang, Tat Thang   183 Wales WLS Harle, Bill   184 Yemen YEM Sallam, Sabri Abdul-Mawla   185 Zambia ZAM Chilufya, Mukubulo   186 Zimbabwe ZIM Mphambela, Clive             Federations with no voting rights               Federation with no voting rights Abb. Delegates for 89th FIDE Congress with no voting rights Status 1 Antigua and Barbuda ANT Grant, Chester Provisional Member with no voting rights 2 Haiti HAI Chatelain, Marie Philippe Victor Provisional Member with no voting rights 3 Bulgaria BUL N/A Temporary Excluded Member with no voting rights

 

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FIDE Arbiters' Awards 2018: Nominees

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 16:15



The FIDE Arbiters’ Commission has the pleasure to announce the nominees of the 2018 Arbiters’ Awards. The requirements for the Arbiters to be awarded were:

(a). to have obtained the IA title in 1983 or before 1983 (35 years of service as an IA)

(b). to have worked as an Arbiter in at least three (3) FIDE Major Events (Olympiads, World Championships).

The Arbiters to be awarded are (in alphabetical order):

IA Averbakh, Yuri (RUS) (IA title obtained 1969)

IA Cherif, Khemaies (TUN) (IA title obtained 1978)

IA Ghalayni, Emad (PLE) (IA title obtained 1982)

IA Krause, Christian (GER) (IA title obtained 1983)

IA Mejia, Julio Ernesto (COL) (IA title obtained 1974)

IA Schuering, Arthur Albert (NED) (IA title obtained 1979)

IA Shorek, Mordechai (ISR) (IA title obtained 1983)

IA Xu, Jialiang (CHN) (IA title obtained 1981)

The Awards Ceremony will take place during the General Assembly of the 2018 Batumi FIDE Congress (4 October 2018, 10.00 am) and the awarded Arbiters, or their representatives, are kindly requested to be present, in order to receive their awards.


Takis Nikolopoulos
Chairman
FIDE Arbiters’ Commission

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