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Texas Collegiate Super Finals

Chessdom - Sat, 10/19/2019 - 17:17

Saturday, Oct. 19 – Sunday, Oct. 20
9:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Location: JO Performance Hall

Four Board match between UT Dallas, Texas Tech and UT Rio Grande Valley. Each school will have their ‘A’ Team and ‘B’ Team playing. Winner gets to keep the prestigious Super Final trophy for one year.

Sat. Opening Ceremony is at 9:30 am. Round 1 is at 10 am and Round 2 is at 4 pm. Sun Round 4 is at 10 am and Round 4 is at 4 pm. The awards ceremony will be at 8 pm.

UTD alumnus, current chess grandmaster takes over after previous coach retires

Since the start of February, the UTD chess team has been working with its new head coach after the retirement of long-time coach Rade Milovanovic.

Julio Sadorra, a UTD alumnus who graduated in 2013 with a degree in business administration, assumed coaching responsibilities on Feb. 4. While at UTD, Sadorra was part of the chess team himself. He is now ranked as a grandmaster, which is the highest title given to a player by the World Chess Federation.

Since then, he has been meeting with the players individually and in group sessions to help the team prepare for the Final Four Championship on April 6-7, which is the last tournament of the chess season involving the top four collegiate teams in the U.S.

Jim Stallings, the director of the chess program, said Sadorra was a natural fit for the team.

“I realized that he could be the person who, from the very beginning, could just take off with the team,” Stallings said. “I couldn’t have asked for better timing in that sense.”

Stallings said in addition to the fact that Sadorra already knew how the UTD chess program operated, Sadorra’s previous experience and passion for coaching made him an ideal candidate for the job.

“He’s worked with the Filipino team in the Chess Olympiads, which are international tournaments between various countries,” Stallings said. “He played on board 1, and he used to help coach the Filipino team. He’s used to operating at that higher level, so he has ideas on what needs to be done there.”

In a chess match, “board 1” is reserved for the two highest rated players on each team. For the UTD team, computer science graduate student Anton Kovalyov plays board 1. He too is a grandmaster, along with five other players on the UTD team.

Kovalyov completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, one of UTD’s biggest rivals, but decided to come to UTD almost two years ago for its computer science program. He said the new coach was more relatable.

“He’s younger — that’s probably the main difference,” Kovalyov said. “And also, he used to be a student like us, so he understands how we feel.”

Sadorra said he focused on coaching after he graduated while maintaining his professional career.

“I started running my own private coaching business. I worked more closely with the top juniors of the area, who became grandmasters as well,” Sadorra said. “I thought it was a possibility to become a coach of a team someday, but I just didn’t expect it to come this soon.”

Even though coaching the UTD team is his main priority for now, Sadorra said it’s still important for him to compete as a professional.

“To be an effective coach and trainer, at least in the field of chess, it’s important to play so that you’re touch with the evolution of the game,” Sadorra said. “You can better relate to the struggles the players face over the board, and you will also be in touch with recent theory.”

As a national athlete of the Philippines, Sadorra played in the 2016 Chess Olympiad, where he faced off against the reigning world champion, Magnus Carlsen, and pulled off a draw. Sadorra said experiences like these are why he’s excited to have the opportunity to coach the UTD team.

“As a professional, I found that I enjoyed playing most in the team events,” he said. “You build this camaraderie with your teammates after the event, and I want to bring that to the team because I think team bonding is an integral part of improving the team’s results.”

Sadorra said he specifically wants to help alleviate the mental pressure of chess for the players.

“Playing for the UTD chess team in the past has made me able to empathize. I can understand what a student is going through on this university journey, and with that, I can help the student feel more at home,” Sadorra said. “They need help managing this balancing act every weekend of having to do their homework and projects while playing in tournaments. I’ve been through that, and I can share my tips to reduce stress and hopefully avoid the mistakes I made.”

Kovalyov said Sadorra has already been proposing new ideas to train the players and improve their chess.

“He has lots of new ideas, and I think this is very good,” Kovalyov said. “For example, instead of just playing practice games, he sometimes shows us some positions and asks us to provide ideas and analysis.”

One new initiative Sadorra said he wants to bring to the chess program is physical exercise — a trend other collegiate teams are adopting.

“It helps you be sharper because you’re sitting there for hours on end and you have to be able to sit there and think,” he said. “I’m slowly starting to implement physical training. Right now, it’s individually, but at some point, we are going to hit the gym together.”

Stallings said hiring Sadorra was the best way to preserve the excellence of the program.

“It’s just a matter of who was the best person for the job,” Stallings said. “It wasn’t trying to reward someone who went to UTD”.

Both coaches had their own style, but their respective passions for the game are evident, said Kovalyov.

“They’re both different,” he said. “Rade was an experienced veteran, and Sadorra is more of a young, enthusiastic guy, but they both really care about the team and making us better.”

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World Cup: Round 3 completed in Khanty-Mansiysk

FIDE - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 23:39



The Round 3 tiebreaks were played on September 18.

Three matches were decided in rapid games. Peter Svidler (Russia) proved his strength by stopping Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu (Germany). In the first game, the Russian GM had no particular problems equalizing with black, whereas in the second encounter he seamlessly carried out a pawn-roller on the queenside.

"I can't say that this World Cup goes that smooth for me, but I am still participating in it, which can’t be considered anything but positive," commented Svidler, who won this competition in 2011 and was very close to the second title in 2015.

Ding Liren (China) won both games against Alireza Firouzja (Iran). First, the Chinese GM demonstrated an excellent technique in a drawish rook endgame, and then refuted Alireza’s attempts to get something going in a clinical fashion.  Yu Yangyi (China) beat his compatriot Wei Yi.

Other matches took more time.

The 18-year-old American Jeffrey Xiong sensationally defeated the second seed player of the tournament, Anish Giri (Netherlands). The match was a very exciting affair, with Xiong narrowly escaping on a couple of occasions. Finally, after several fighting draws Jeffrey won the second 10-minute game and the match. The young American was very humble after his triumph: “In the final game, I was also lucky because my position out of the opening was probably dubious. But was able two find a couple of tricks, he blundered something and that was it.” 

Vladislav Artemiev (Russia) lost the first 10-minute game to Le Quang Liem (Vietnam) and was unable to come back in the second one. The Vietnamese grandmaster advances to the fourth round.

The last three qualifiers were determined in blitz.

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France) and Dmitry Jakovenko (Russia) exchanged blows in rapid games, then made two draws in 10-minute games, but in blitz the Frenchman was superior.

In the Russian closely contested derby, Ian Nepomniachtchi won the first 10-minute game, but Evgeny Tomashevsky, the reigning Russian champion, managed to level the score in the second one. In blitz, however, Nepomniachtchi had a clear edge and won both encounters.

The match between Wang Hao (China) and Lenier Dominguez (USA) was a close-fought battle: each player made a comeback after losing a starting game, first in rapid, then in 10-minute chess. However, in blitz it was all Dominguez who made it to the next round.

September 19 is a rest day.

Fourth Round starts on September 20.

Pairings of Round 4:

Ding Liren - Alekseenko

Duda - Xiong

Vachier-Lagrave - Svidler

Vitiugov - So

Nepomniachtchi - Yu Yangyi

Le Quang Liem - Aronian

Mamedyarov - Radjabov

Grischuk - Dominguez

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 



The competition is organized by the Government of Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra, International Chess Federation (FIDE), Ugra Chess Federation, and Ministry of Sports of the Russian Federation.

Official website: https://khantymansiysk2019.fide.com/en/

General partner – Gazpromneft-Khantos LCC.
Official airline – Utair.
Official partners of the competition: OJSC RostelecomUgra Chess AcademyRussian Chess FederationAB InBev Efes and PJSC Rosneft.
FIDE official partner – JSCo "RZD".
General media partner – News Agency TASS.
Media partners – Match TVWorld of Chesssocial network, OTRC "Ugra"Ugra-news.ruNews of Ugra regional newspaper, AIF-Ugra newspaper.

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World Cup: Eight players advanced to the Round 4

FIDE - Tue, 09/17/2019 - 22:34



The return games of round 3 of the FIDE World Cup were played on September 17. None of the players who had lost in the first game managed to level the score today.

The tournament’s sensation Kirill Alekseenko (Russia) defeated the higher-rated Pentala Harikrishna (India) for the second time in a row. The Indian GM sacrificed the knight for two black central paws transposing into an unbalanced position that very well suited his aggressive agenda. However, in the ensuing complications, Kirill was up to the challenge. The Russian GM timely sacrificed an exchange and got excellent compensation in the form of two bishops and the advanced pawn on c3. One inaccuracy from Pentala shortly thereafter was enough to dash his hopes to advance into the next round.

Alexander Grischuk (Russia) also won both games against Xu Xiangyu (China). In their second encounter, he obtained a very comfortable position with substantial space advantage and gradually strangulated his opponent.

Levon Aronian scored a very important victory over Maxim Matlakov that paved his way into the fourth round. As the Armenian GM pointed out in his post-game interview, Maxim committed a blunder with 17.Nh5, most likely missing that after 18.d5 Nb8 19.Rxe5 Nd7 Black’s knight quickly comes back into play. Out of many ways to improve his position Aronian took the most practical and safest approach which eventually yielded dividends.

All other encounters were drawn but for Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan), Nikita Vitiugov (Russia), Welsey So (USA), Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan) and Jan-Krzysztof Duda (Poland) who had won their first games these draws were equal to a victory.  Probably Vitiugov’s task out of these five was the most difficult one as he faced his higher-rated compatriot Sergey Karjakin with black pieces. To Nikita’s credit, he reached the desired outcome in a sharp tactical skirmish on the kingside forcing a perpetual check.

As a side note, So, Duda, Mamedyarov, and Aronian haven't yet played a single tiebreak at this World Cup.

Since a winner was not determined in the matches Yu Yangyi - Wei Yi, Ding Liren - Firouzja, Svidler - Nisipeanu, Nepomniachtchi - Tomashevsky, Artemiev - Le Quang Liem, Vachier - Lagrave-Jakovenko, Wang Hao - Dominguez, and Giri – Xiong, the opponents will sort things out in a tiebreak on September 18.

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The competition is organized by the Government of Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra, International Chess Federation (FIDE), Ugra Chess Federation, and Ministry of Sports of the Russian Federation.

Official website: https://khantymansiysk2019.fide.com/en/
General partner – Gazpromneft-Khantos LCC.
Official airline – Utair.
Official partners of the competition: OJSC RostelecomUgra Chess AcademyRussian Chess FederationAB InBev Efes and PJSC Rosneft.
FIDE official partner – JSCo "RZD".
General media partner – News Agency TASS.
Media partners – Match TVWorld of Chess social network, OTRC "Ugra"Ugra-news.ru News of Ugra regional newspaper, AIF-Ugra newspaper.
    
 
 




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Ju Wenjun emerges sole leader at the Women's Grand Prix

FIDE - Tue, 09/17/2019 - 02:58


The game between Ju Wenjun (2576) Alina Kashlinskaya (2487) was a French Winawer with 7. Qg4 Kf8. The World Champion wasted no time on launching the attack on the kingside, as it is the standard plan in this variation. Alina looked for counterplay on the queenside, grabbed two pawns, and tried to create some threats, but in the end, she had to sacrifice her queen for minor pieces. It was an ingenious try, but the main problem for the Russian player was that her h8 rook was trapped for most of the game and came into play when it was already too late. Ju Wenjun played the attack with precision and scored a point that takes her to the top of the table.

Valentina Gunina (2502) drops from the co-leadership, after losing against Elisabeth Paethz (2479). Gunina run into the home preparation of Paehtz in the Two Knights Variation of the Caro-Kann Defense, where the German IM sacrificed a pawn on move 11 in order to open lines. When Valentina was starting to be short of time, Paehtz added more fuel to the fire with an exchange sacrifice that, even if not completely correct according to the engines, it was a great practical decision. Just when frustration was starting to build up for her, Elisabeth got her first victory in the tournament to reach a plus score (3½/6).

Quietly, the World Championship Challenger Aleksandra Goryachkina (2564) climbed to the second position in the standings, thanks to a victory against Harika Dronavalli (2503).  In one of the most exciting games of the round, the Indian player met the Saemisch Attack in the King's Indian Defense with an aggressive attack on the kingside. Goryachkina reacted opening up the center right on time, and managed to bring a pawn to the seventh rank that gave her a decisive advantage.

Pia Cramling's (2487) tried to avoid the main lines in the Catalan Defence against Indian top seed Humpy Koneru (2560), but the position transposed into a reverse Benoni Defense, where black managed to increase the positional edge gradually. In order to keep the material balance, Pia was forced to concede the e-column and that, with an exposed king, was a decisive factor. The Swedish legend had to resign on move 40.

Kateryna Lagno (2545) played the Gruenfeld defence against Antoaneta Stefanova (2491). White came out from the opening with the upper hand, but from then on, Stefanova was outplayed by Lagno, especially in the transition to the endgame. The Russian player took the whole point and is still unbeaten in the tournament.

The only draw of the round happened in the game of Alexandra Kosteniuk (2495) and Marie Sebag (2450).  Kosteniuk achieved a slightly better position in a Neo-Gruenfeld Defense, and with precise play, she could have gotten a nice edge. But after a couple of inaccuracies, the position came to a drawish rook endgame, and the players agreed to a draw on move 30.

Standings after 6 rounds: 

1  Ju, Wenjun 4½ 2576 2  Goryachkina, Aleksandra 4 2564 3  Koneru, Humpy 4 2560 4  Lagno, Kateryna 4 2545 5  Paehtz, Elisabeth 3½ 2479 6  Gunina, Valentina 3½ 2502 7  Harika, Dronavalli 2½ 2503 8  Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2½ 2495 9  Kashlinskaya, Alina 2 2487 10  Sebag, Marie 2 2450 11  Stefanova, Antoaneta 2 2491 12  Cramling, Pia 1½ 2487
Today, September 17, is a rest day. The seventh-round games will be played on September 18, at 3 pm local time (GMT +3).

Spectators can follow the games with English and Russian commentaries: www.youtube.com/fidechannel

Official website: https://wgp2019.fide.com

A gallery with photos in high resolution is at the disposal of the press on the official FIDE Flickr account.

Text: Keti Tsatsalashvili
Photos: David Llada 



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World Cup: Round 3 kicks off in Khanty-Mansiysk

FIDE - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 21:55



The starting games of the Round 3 of FIDE World Cup were played in the Ugra Chess Academy on September 16. Seven encounters resulted in victories.

The biggest upset of the day was Kirill Alekseenko's (Russia) beating the higher-rated Pentala Harikrishna (India). The Russian GM broke through on the queenside and despite Black’s counterplay in the center infiltrated with his rooks into the opponent’s camp and took total control over the position.

Alexander Grischuk (Russia) defeated Xu Xiangyu (China) demonstrating superior calculation of variations in a very complicated position. It should be noted though, that after 24…Be7? he could have found himself on the brink of defeat. Alexander confessed that in the variation 25. Rxh7+ Bxh7 26. Nxh7 Qxh7 he completely missed 27.Qe4! with a decisive advantage for White. Luckily for the Russian GM, the Chinese player opted for 25. Qc6? which left him high and dry. 

Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan) obtained a very comfortable position in his encounter with  Daniil Yuffa (Russia) and despite an early queen exchange shattered Black's defense combining the threats on both wings.

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan) bested his compatriot Eltaj Safarli although the capitulation of the latter in the final position looks premature.

Dmitry Andreikin (Russia) was very close to equality in his game with Jan-Krzysztof Duda (Poland) but several inaccuracies snowballed into a disaster in a four-rook endgame.

Nikita Vitiugov (Russia) won one of the most important games in his chess career, beating Sergey Karjakin (Russia). "Sergey was defeating solidly, and after the time control, it seemed to me that the biggest part of my advantage has disappeared," said Nikita in a post-game interview. "However, Black's problems were bigger than they seemed at first sight. I am not sure about his decision to take a pawn on b3, maybe he could just stay. After the capture, it is sad for Black."

If Vitiugov makes a draw in the second game of the match against Karjakin, he will at least repeat his best result at the World Cups so far (Round 4 in 2009).

Welsey So (USA) “squeezed water from a stone” winning a drawish rook endgame against Santosh Vidit (India).

Other games - Tomashevsky - Nepomniachtchi, Jakovenko - Vachier-Lagrave, Ding Liren - Firouzja, Aronian - Matlakov, Dominguez - Wang Hao, Yu Yangyi - Wei Yi, Le Quang Liem - Artemiev, Giri - Xiong, and Nisipeanu - Svidler - ended peacefully.

The second games of the third round with the colors reversed will be played on Tuesday, September 17.

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The competition is organized by the Government of Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra, International Chess Federation (FIDE), Ugra Chess Federation, and Ministry of Sports of the Russian Federation.

Official website: https://khantymansiysk2019.fide.com/en/
General partner – Gazpromneft-Khantos LCC.
Official airline – Utair.
Official partners of the competition: OJSC RostelecomUgra Chess AcademyRussian Chess FederationAB InBev Efes and PJSC Rosneft.
FIDE official partner – JSCo "RZD".
General media partner – News Agency TASS.
Media partners – Match TVWorld of Chess social network, OTRC "Ugra"Ugra-news.ru News of Ugra regional newspaper, AIF-Ugra newspaper.

 
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Champions Crowned in World Youth Rapid and Blitz

FIDE - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 16:27



FIDE World Youth Rapid and Blitz Championships (under 14, 16 and 18 years old categories) finished in Salobrena, Spain. 178 players from 22 countries, including 1 GM, 5 IMs, 12 FMs, 1 WIM, 12 WFMs participated in the chess forum in Granada. After three days of intense battles, we have all twelve champions.

Final results of the World Junior rapid championships in Salobrena (11 – 12 September 2019):

Winner U-14 Girls: Thien Ngan Nguyen (Vietnam)

Winner U-14 Open: Aspet Tadevosyan (Spain)

Winner U-16 Open: Pedro Antonio Gines Esteo (Spain)

Winner U-16 Girls: Cecilia Guillo Longares (Spain)

Winner U-18 Open: Lucas Van Foreest (Netherlands)

Winner U-18 Girls: Honorata Kucharska (Poland)

Final results of the World Junior blitz championships in Salobrena (13 September 2019):

Winner U-14 Open: Pham Thien Phuc Vo (Vietnam)

Winner U-14 Girls: Thien Ngan Nguyen (Vietnam)

Winner U-16 Open: Dominik Horvath (Austria)

Winner U-16 Girls: Ngoc Thuy Duong Bach (Vietnam)

Winner U-18 Open: Lucas Van Foreest (Netherlands)

Winner U-18 Girls: Kamila Hryshchenko (Ukraine)

18-years-old Dutch grandmaster Lucas van Foreest celebrates double success winning both rapid and blitz world championships under 18.



He comes from the famous Van Foreest chess family: his brother Jorden won the 2016 Dutch Championship, and both his great-great-grandfather Arnold and great-great-granduncle Dirk were three-time Dutch Champions. It has been a very good year for Lukas so far - earlier in July he won the national championship and is now a part of the Dutch national team together with such grandmasters as Anish Giri and Erwin L’Ami. We will see him in action at the European Team Championship in Georgia in October.

"I feel quite relieved, happy. I played such tournaments for the first time in my life. I came here to win," said Lucas in an interview given to his compatriot Sergey Tiviakov.

The closing ceremony included speeches delivered by FIDE Deputy President GM Bachar Kouatly and President of the Spanish Chess Federation Javier Ochoa, vibrant Flamenco dances by local artists and presentation of awards to all the winners. 

 





  



 

  



 



  

  

  

 

 

  









 



 
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A miracle save allows Gunina to keep pace with Ju Wenjun

FIDE - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 03:21


The first game to come to an end was the clash between Elisabeth Paethz (2479) and the tournament co-leader Ju Wenjun (2576). The World Champion went for a Petrov defence, and some early exchanges quickly lead to a dull position, in which the players found no better option than a threefold repetition on move 23. The German IM seemed to be particularly unsatisfied with the outcome of the game (her fifth consecutive draw in the tournament), while Ju Wenjun took it as a good result: the top-seeded is playing quite solid, avoiding unnecessary risks in the tournament.

A much more dramatic turn took the game of the other co-leader, Valentina Gunina (2502), against the former World Champion Antoaneta Stefanova (2491). The Russian Grandmaster went wrong in the opening and soon found herself under the fire of heavy artillery. Her King was cornered in the open h-file, and it looked like if she was about to get checkmated in spectacular fashion. In a hopeless situation, Gunina found the most aggressive ways to complicate the position. Stefanova started to consume lots of time in her moves, so much so that this was the last game to finish. With a rook down and thanks to her opponent's time trouble, Gunina found a way to save the game with perpetual check. She added half-point to her score and with 3,5 points she managed to keep pace with Ju Wenjun.

The only decisive game of the round five was the victory of Kateryna Lagno (2545) over Pia Cramling (2487). In a Rauzer Variation pieces were quickly traded, and the position came down to an endgame with one rook and knight per side. Lagno had a majority of pawns on the queenside, but it looked completely equal until Cramling blundered with 36...Nc6. A simple tactic left Kateryna with two connected passed pawns, that eventually costed Pia her knight, and the game.

Indian number one female player Humpy Koneru (2560) made a short draw with the World Championship Challenger, and this Women's Grand Prix youngest participant, Aleksandra Goryachkina (2564). It was a Slav Defense with symmetrical pawn structure, the rooks were quickly traded in the open c-file, and a draw was agreed on move 27.

Harika Dronavalli (2503) achieved a significant advantage in a Scotch Game against former World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk (2495). Harika tried to convert the positional edge into a material advantage, but Kosteniuk's energetic counterplay forced a massive piece exchange. Players agreed on a draw with only rooks, opposite colour bishops, and three pawns each in the kingside.

The Classical Variation of the Petrov's Defense was played between Marie Sebag (2450) and Alina Kashlinskaya (2487). Both opponents chose a risk-free approach, and the game ended with a draw on move 27.

Standings after 5 rounds:

1  Gunina, Valentina 3½ 2502  2  Ju, Wenjun 3½ 2576  3  Goryachkina, Aleksandra 3 2564  4  Koneru, Humpy 3 2560  5  Lagno, Kateryna 3 2545  6  Harika, Dronavalli 2½ 2503  7  Paehtz, Elisabeth 2½ 2479  8  Kashlinskaya, Alina 2 2487  9  Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2 2495  10  Stefanova, Antoaneta 2 2491  11  Cramling, Pia 1½ 2487  12  Sebag, Marie 1½ 2450 

The sixth-round games will be played on September 16, at 3 pm local time (GMT +3).

Spectators can follow the games with English and Russian commentaries: www.youtube.com/fidechannel

Official website: https://wgp2019.fide.com

A gallery with photos in high resolution is at the disposal of the press on the official FIDE Flickr account.

Text: Keti Tsatsalashvili
Photos: David Llada

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Second Round of the World Cup is over

FIDE - Sun, 09/15/2019 - 22:37



Fifteen tie-breaks were played on September 15 in the second round of the FIDE World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk.

The overwhelming majority of matches ended after rapid games.

Eltaj Safarli (Azerbaijan) defeated Nihal Sarin (India), Lenier Dominguez (USA) beat Nijat Abasov (Azerbaijan), Jeffrey Xiong (USA) proved stronger than Amin Tabatabaei (Iran), Yu Yangyi (China) outplayed Baskaran Adhiban (India), Maxim Matlakov (Russia) downed Boris Gelfand (Israel), Peter Svidler (Russia) knocked out his compatriot Andrey Esipenko, Alexander Grischuk (Russia) vanquished Benjamin Bok (Netherlands), Ding Liren (China) bested Sergei Movsesian (Armenia), Kirill Alekseenko (Russia) won against Johan-Sebastian Christiansen (Norway), Dmitry Jakovenko (Russia) defeated Gawain Jones (England), Nikita Vitiugov (Russia) passed Niclas Huschenbeth (Germany), Sanan Sjugirov (Russia) lost to Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan), and David Anton Guijarro (Spain) threw in the towel in his match with Wei Yi (China).

Giri - Najer and McShane - Yuffa matches were much closer affairs.

Luke McShane (England) and Daniil Yuffa (Russia) exchanged blows first in rapid chess and then in 10+10 games. In blitz, however, the Russian won both encounters and advanced to the third round. One should note that in both starting rounds Daniil Yuffa was a big underdog (based on the ratings), and his performance is nothing short of sensational. Equally commendable are achievements of Safarli, Alekseenko, and Xiangyu Xu who along with Yuffa became the only players outside of top-100 in FIDE rating list to qualify for the third round.

Anish Giri (Netherlands) and Evgeniy Najer (Russia) finished their first four rapid games peacefully. The 5-minute blitz match started with Giri's victory, but Najer worked a miracle coming back in the second game with black pieces and brought the match into an Armageddon. In the sudden death game Anish Giri got the black pieces, won outright and advanced to the third round of the World Cup.

The first games of the third round will be played on September 16.

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The competition is organized by the Government of Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra, International Chess Federation (FIDE), Ugra Chess Federation, and Ministry of Sports of the Russian Federation.

General partner – Gazpromneft-Khantos LCC.

Official airline – Utair.

Official partners of the competition: OJSC RostelecomUgra Chess AcademyRussian Chess FederationAB InBev Efes and PJSC Rosneft.

FIDE official partner – JSCo “RZD”.

General media partner – News Agency TASS.


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Ju Wenjun wins and joins Gunina in the lead

FIDE - Sun, 09/15/2019 - 03:14


The tournament leader Valentina Gunina (2502) was very close to biting the dust in her game against the veteran Pia Cramling (2487). Loyal to her style, the Russian jumped into some sharp tactical skirmishes as soon as she had the chance, but the complications didn't yield her any gain. Quite the opposite, when the dust settled it was the Swede who had a clear advantage, and she appeared headed for her first victory in the tournament. However, short of time, Cramling didn't manage to crack Black defences and, when the time trouble got serious, she decided to go for a threefold repetition to secure half a point.

A Modern variation of the Slav Defence was played in the game between Ju Wenjun (2576) and Marie Sebag (2450). Sebag lost the thread right after the opening, allowing Ju Wenjun's cavalry to infiltrate her position. By move 20, the position of the French Grandmaster was already very delicate, and the World Champion gave her no chance. This victory allows the Chinese to catch up with Gunina, with 3/4.

The other decisive game of the round was the fantastic victory of Alina Kashlinskaya (2487) over Harika Dronavalli (2503). In a Pirc Defence, white quickly traded the queens, dominated the centre, and formed a strong battery on the "h" file, which left black without counter-play. After gaining the initiative, Kashlinskaya showed excellent technique and converted her advantage into a flawless victory, her first one at the Women's Grand Prix.

It was a tough round for the Indian players since Humpy Koneru (2560) was also on the brink of being defeated. Alexandra Kosteniuk (2495) came out of the opening with a more dynamic position, an advantage that she later converted into a rook endgame with two pawns up. However, Humpy found some creative ways to defend her position – pulling up a final trick, with a stalemate setup, that allowed her to get away with a draw.

In the duel between western players, Antoaneta Stefanova (2491) and Elisabeth Paethz (2479) played a well-known line in the sharp Najdorf Defence. Even though the White pieces looked very menacing, Black's King was never really at risk. As soon as Paehtz was given the chance, she launched a counterattack that led to a perpetual check, reaching a draw after 25 moves.

The Russian duel between Goryachkina (2564) and Lagno (2545) ended in a draw. Goryachkina followed a modern idea in the Moscow variation, but Lagno managed to come out of the opening in full control of the position. However, the position was quite symmetrical, with only one open file, and after exchanging rooks the game came down to an opposite-coloured bishops endgame.

Standings after 4 rounds:

1  Gunina, Valentina 3 2502   2  Ju, Wenjun 3 2576  3  Goryachkina, Aleksandra 2½ 2564  4  Koneru, Humpy 2½ 2560  5  Harika, Dronavalli 2 2503   6  Paehtz, Elisabeth 2 2479  7  Lagno, Kateryna 2 2545   8  Stefanova, Antoaneta 1½ 2491    9  Cramling, Pia 1½ 2487    10  Kashlinskaya, Alina 1½ 2487    11  Kosteniuk, Alexandra 1½ 2495    12  Sebag, Marie 1 2450   

The fifth-round games will be played on September 15, at 3 pm local time (GMT +3).

Spectators can follow the games with English and Russian commentaries: www.youtube.com/fidechannel

Official website: https://wgp2019.fide.com

A gallery with photos in high resolution is at the disposal of the press on the official FIDE Flickr account.

Text: Keti Tsatsalashvili
Photos: David Llada

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2019 3rd Quarter FIDE Presidential Board Meeting

FIDE - Sat, 09/14/2019 - 16:03
The new FIDE Charter was the main point in the agenda of the 2019 third quarter Presidential Board meeting, held in Budapest last weekend. The Hungarian Chess Federation took the opportunity to announce during the gala dinner that their country will bid to organize the Chess Olympiad in 2024.

The Presidential Board meeting opened with the report from the FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich, who informed the attendants about his recent trips to South America and Morocco. The main outcome from these trips has beena firm commitment from political authorities in the visited countries to support chess and to organize some top events in the near future. The President also briefed the Board about the incoming events (World Cup and Women's Grand Prix), and about the new FIDE website that is about to be launched.

On behalf of the Global Strategy Commission, Emil Sutovsky reported on the progress regarding FIDE's flag-ship competitions. The Candidates tournament 2020 is confirmed to take place in Ekaterinburg during the second half of March (exact dates will be confirmed soon). As for the World Championship, there are three cities interested in hosting the match, but since the three of them requested some extra time, the bidding deadline has been postponed to November 1st.

The chapter about the Chess Olympiad sparked an interesting debate regarding the role of captains. Should they be allowed to talk to their players during the games? In many cases, a strong Grandmaster is acting as a captain for a team where the average rating is 2300. Is it fair in a case like this that the captain can instruct a player to accept or offer a draw? Different views were exchanged on this topic, with the general conclusion that the matter deserves a longer discussion in the near future.

Another important point that was unanimously approved was the fees reduction. FIDE will cut or waive fees at youth events by 120,000 euros annually, starting in January 2020. This will mean an approximate 40% cut in that concept. A small panel (for more agility) will be created to finalize the details on how this reduction will come into force.

Viktor Bologan was in charge of reporting about the Planning and Development Commission and he presented the members of the board with very detailed figures about how the Development Fund has been used so far to support and develop federations. Some members of the board took the chance to exchange views on the best ways to promote chess. Bachar Kouatly strongly suggested investing in formation, rather than in events, while Judit Polgar offered her views and experience on how to use online tools for chess promotion. In general, the consensus was that FIDE should shift a little from supporting events, to support activities that imply grassroot promotion and growth.

The most important point of this Presidential Board meeting was probably the reform of the FIDE Statutes. Roberto Rivello was given the task to chair a group of experts charged to prepare a proposal of full reform of the current Statutes, drafting a juridically correct and comprehensive text that the Constitutional Commission proposed to call "FIDE Charter". "FIDE needs this reform, not only because the current FIDE Statutes were written many decades ago and the role of international sports federations is completely different today, as it is our society. But mainly because we need to move in the direction of a more modern, transparent, democratic and efficient institution, and the main rules of our organisation have a fundamental role to play in making this possible.", explained Roberto, who received warm applause when he finished his presentation.

The members of the Presidential Board were invited to a gala dinner at the Hungarian Parliament. Pál Schmitt, former Hungarian Olympic fencer, member of the IOC and politician who served as President of Hungary from 2010 to 2012, gave the opening speech before the dinner. Mr Schmitt told the attendants how he uses to play chess online for more than an hour a day and expressed his firm support to the recognition of chess as a sport by the IOC.

Tamás Menczer, Minister of State of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, emphasized that the Hungarians are famous for being good organizers,with great experience in organizing major international sports events, and the country has a sports-friendly government that supports the efforts of the Hungarian Chess Association.

But the biggest announcement came from László Szabó, recently elected as the new Presidentof the Hungarian Chess Association (MSSZ). After stressing the close links between chess and the some of the biggest personalities in the history of the country, he announced that Hungary will bid to host the 2024 Chess Olympiad.

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17 players advanced to the Third Round of the World Cup

FIDE - Sat, 09/14/2019 - 10:25


Second games of the Second Round of the World Cup were played on September 14 in Khanty-Mansiysk.

Three players won their matches with two wins: Sergey Karjakin (Russia), Jan-Krzysztof Duda (Poland), and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France).

Many more matches ended with a 1.5-0.5 score. In arguably the most sensational one, Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu (Germany) made a draw from the position of strength with Hikaru Nakamura (USA) and proceeded to the next round.

Ian Nepomniachtchi (Russia) won the match against his compatriot Alexandr Predke, Dmitry Andreikin (Russia) defeated Rinat Jumabayev (Kazakhstan), Levon Aronian (Armenia) won against Parham Maghsoodloo (Iran), Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan) won Rustam Kasimdzhanov (Uzbekistan), Xu Xiangyu (China) defeated Ernesto Inarkiev (Russia), Wesley So (USA) bested Anton Demchenko (Russia), Pentala Harikrishna (India) beat Vladimir Fedoseev (Russia), Wang Hao (China) defeated Maxim Rodshtein (Israel), Vladislav Artemiev (Russia) won against Ivan Cheparinov (Georgia), Evgeny Tomashevsky (Russia) knocked out Chitambaram Aravindth (India), Anton Korobov (Ukraine) lost to Le Quang Liem (Vietnam), Aleksandr Rakhmanov (Russia) lost to Santosh Vidit (India), and Daniil Dubov (Russia) lost to Alireza Firouzja (Iran).

A big number of matches will once again be decided on tie-breaks.

Only two players managed to come back after losing the first game: Eltaj Safarli (Azerbaijan) defeated Nihal Sarin (India), and Wei Yi (China) managed to win as Black against David Anton Guijarro (Spain).

The following matches proceeded to tie-breaks after two draws: Ding Liren-Movsesian, Christiansen-Alekseenko, Svidler-Esipenko, Jakovenko-Jones, Giri-Najer, Tabatabaei-Xiong, McShane-Yuffa, Dominguez-Abasov, Grischuk-Bok, Sjugirov-Radjabov, Gelfand-Matlakov, Adhiban-Yu Yangyi, and Vitiugov-Huschenbeth.

The tie-breaks will be played on September 15.

Tie-break pairings

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The competition is organized by the Government of Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra, International Chess Federation (FIDE), Ugra Chess Federation, and Ministry of Sports of the Russian Federation.

General partner – Gazpromneft-Khantos LCC.

Official airline – Utair.

Official partners of the competition: OJSC RostelecomUgra Chess AcademyRussian Chess FederationAB InBev Efes and PJSC Rosneft.

FIDE official partner – JSCo “RZD”.

General media partner – News Agency TASS.


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Gunina keeps the lead at the Skolkovo Women’s Grand Prix

FIDE - Sat, 09/14/2019 - 02:15



The sole leader of the Skolkovo Women's Grand Prix, Valentina Gunina, drew against the second-seeded player, Aleksandra Goryachkina, and keeps her lead having conceded only one draw in three games. The Queen's Gambit was played, where black managed to trade both problematic bishops and hold the endgame until a draw was agreed on move 40.

The Indian GM Humpy Koneru played against IM Alina Kashlinskaya in what turned out to be the shortest game of the third round, with only 20 moves. A mistake by Black (17...Qc7) allowed for a fulgurant attack: Humpy sacrificed a knight and caught Alina's king in a mating net.

In a good day for the Indian participants, Harika Dronavalli scored the second victory of the round, grabbing the whole point against the French Grandmaster Marie Sebag. Harika surprised her opponent by going for a very unusual first move, 1.f4, known as the Bird's Opening. Later, the game turned into the Dutch Defense with reversed colours. Harika gained the initiative in the middlegame, which she later converted into a material advantage.

The clash between the former World Champion, Antoaneta Stefanova, and the current World Champion, Ju Wenjun, ended with a draw. In the Petrov's Defence, black managed to get a slightly better position, but this time it was not enough for a win and Ju Wenjun conceded her first draw in the tournament.

IM Elisabeth Paethz and GM Pia Cramling also split the point. White seemed to have a little edge during most part of the game, but it proved to be insufficient to defeat the Swedish legend, who made no defensive mistakes.

Four Knights game was played in the game of GM Kateryna Lagno and GM Aleksandra Kosteniuk. They went to a theoretical position and a perpetual check sealed the draw, in what was the first game to finish in the third round.

After three rounds, Valentina Gunina is leading the FIDE Women's Grand Prix with 2½ points, followed by Harika Dronavalli, Ju Wenjun, Koneru Humpy and Aleksandra Goryachkina with 2 points; Elisabeth Paethz and Kateryna Lagno with 1½; Antoaneta Stefanova, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Pia Cramling and Marie Sebag with 1 point; and Alina Kashlinskaya with ½.

The guest of honour during the third round was Victor Vekselberg, Chairman of the Board of Skolkovo Foundation, who made the first move in the first board. Among the side activities, Grandmaster Sergey Zagrebelny offered a simul exhibition against the students of the Botvinnik Chess School.

The fourth-round games will be played on September 14, at 3 pm local time (GMT +3).

Spectators can follow the games with English and Russian commentaries: www.youtube.com/fidechannel

Official website: https://wgp2019.fide.com

A gallery with photos in high resolution is at the disposal of the press on the official FIDE Flickr account.



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Second Round of the FIDE World Cup started in Khanty-Mansiysk

FIDE - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 22:50



The first games of the Second Round of the FIDE World Cup were played on September 13 in Ugra Chess Academy.

Hikaru Nakamura's loss to Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu was one of the main headlines of the day. The grandmaster from Germany, playing Black, employed an interesting queen sacrifice and took the upper hand in a complicated game that followed.

Another unexpected result occurred in Wei Yi - AntonGuijarro: the Spanish grandmaster won as Black against a much higher rated opponent.

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan) won against Rustam Kasimdzhanov (Uzbekistan), Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France) defeated Igor Kovalenko (Latvia), Nihal Sarin (India) convincingly outplayed Eltaj Safarli (Azerbaijan), Jan-Krzysztof Duda (Poland) was stronger than Tamir Nabaty (Israel), Evgeny Tomashevsky (Russia) won against Chithambaram Aravindh (India), Vladimir Fedoseev (Russia) lost to Pentala Harikrishna (India), Levon Aronian (Armenia) outplayed Parham Maghsoodloo (Iran), Vladislav Artemiev (Russia) defeated Ivan Cheparinov (Georgia), and Sergey Karjakin (Russia) outplayed Samuel Sevian (USA).

All other games were drawn: Abasov-Dominguez, Andreikin-Jumbayev, Sjugirov-Radjabov, Inarkiev-Xu Xiangyu, Demchenko-So, Huschenbeth-Vitiugov, Nepomniachtchi-Predke, Adhiban-Yu Yangyi, Jones-Jakovenko, Vidit-Rakhmanov, Grischuk-Bok, Ding Liren-Movsenian, Najer-Giri, Dubov-Firouzja, Matlakov-Gelfand, Wang Hao-Rodshtein, Svidler-Esipenko, Alekseenko-Christiansen, Korobov-Le Quang Liem, Xiong-Tabatabaei, and Yuffa-McShane.

The return games with the colours reversed will be played on September 14.

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The competition is organized by the Government of Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra, International Chess Federation (FIDE), Ugra Chess Federation, and Ministry of Sports of the Russian Federation.

General partner – Gazpromneft-Khantos LCC.

Official airline – Utair.

Official partners of the competition: OJSC RostelecomUgra Chess AcademyRussian Chess FederationAB InBev Efes and PJSC Rosneft.

FIDE official partner – JSCo “RZD”.

General media partner – News Agency TASS.


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Text by Eteri Kublashvili



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Valentina Gunina is sole leading after two rounds at Women’s Grand Prix

FIDE - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 01:44



FIDE Vice-President and a great supporter of chess Mahir Mammedov paid a visit at the Skolkovo Women's Grand Prix, and made the first move in the game between World Champion Ju Wenjun and Indian top seed player Harika Dronavalli. Mr Mahir brought equal luck to the players and the game ended up in drawish rook-endgame.

Valentina Gunina managed to win to her countryman Alexandra Kosteniuk with black pieces. Kosteniuk refused to go for the principal continuation, missed the winning move g5 twice, and the situation radically worsened when she blundered an exchange. Rapid activation of the black pieces brought whole point and sole-lead to Gunina. Later, at the press conference, Valentina admitted that she disliked her position at the beginning, later on, she even declined three times repetition. She added that having Women Grand Prix next to her home brings her great benefits. She shared her secret of stress-release are her lovely pets (a cat and a dog).

A spectacular game was played between in the other Russian derby, in which Alina Kashlinskaya's king was under heavy fire from Katerina Lagno, who obtained a significant advantage from her advances in the kingside. Black's attempt to grab the entire point was insufficient for victory. Kashlinskaya sacrificed a rook in return she guaranteed herself with perpetual check.

Aleksandra Goryachkina went to the Slav Defense Exchange Variation against Elisabeth Paethz. Black managed the mobilization of her pieces and equalized position, but on the move 21, Paethz captured automatically on c6 with a queen and found herself into hardship. The game lasted for 80 moves and ended up in a draw.

An interesting game was played between Pia Cramling and Antoaneta Stefanova. Cramling with white pieces had a decisive advantage, but she missed precise way 27.c4 Rb3 28. Bc5 +- to gain material advantage.

The game between French GM Marie Sebag and Indian number one female player Koneru Humpy was the rather quiet game of the round 2. The players handshake on the move 26.

 The third-round games will be played on September 13, at 3 pm local time (GMT +3).

Spectators can follow the games with English and Russian commentaries: https://www.youtube.com/fidechannel Report: Keti Tsatsalashvili Photos: David Llada Official website: https://wgp2019.fide.com A gallery with photos in high resolution is at the disposal of the press on the official FIDE Flickr account.

The third-round games will be played on September 13, at 3 pm local time (GMT +3). Spectators can follow the games with English and Russian commentaries: www.youtube.com/fidechannel

Official website: https://wgp2019.fide.com

A gallery with photos in high resolution is at the disposal of the press on the official FIDE Flickr account.

Report: Keti Tsatsalashvili
Photos: David Llada


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Round 1 of FIDE World Cup is in the books

FIDE - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 09:34



The tie-breaks of the First Round of the FIDE World Cup were played on September 12.

A large group of participants secured the overall victory already in rapid chess: Hikaru Nakamura (USA), Evgeny Tomashevsky, Dmitry Andreikin, Maxim Matlakov, Sanan Sjugirov, Alexandr Predke (all from Russia), Benjamin Bok (Netherlands), David Anton Guijarro (Spain), Tamir Nabaty (Israel), Luke McShane (England), Igor Kovalenko (Latvia), Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu (Germany), Le Quang Liem (Vietnam), and Mohammad Amin Tabatabaei (Iran).

Vladimir Fedoseev (Russia), Yu Yangyi, Wang Hao (both from China), Boris Gelfand (Israel), Anton Korobov (Ukraine), and Eltaj Safarli (Azerbaijan) were more successful than their rivals in 10-minute games and also advanced to the Second Round.

Bu Xiangzhi (China) suffered a rather surprising loss to his compatriot Xu Xiangyu in this stage.

The young Chithambaram Aravindh (India) defeated the experienced Michael Adams (England): after seven draws in a raw, the Indian grandmaster managed to win in a second blitz game.

The dramatic match between Kacper Piorun (Poland) and Nijat Abasov (Azerbaijan) also reached the blitz stage. The players exchanged victories in rapid and 10-minute games, but Abasov proved stronger in blitz.

Round 2, Game 1 pairings

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The competition is organized by the Government of Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra, International Chess Federation (FIDE), Ugra Chess Federation, and Ministry of Sports of the Russian Federation.

General partner – Gazpromneft-Khantos LCC.

Official airline – Utair.

Official partners of the competition: OJSC RostelecomUgra Chess AcademyRussian Chess FederationAB InBev Efes and PJSC Rosneft.

FIDE official partner – JSCo “RZD”.

General media partner – News Agency TASS.


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Text by Eteri Kublashvili

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Ju Wenjun, Goryachkina and Gunina are the first leaders of the Women's Grand Prix

FIDE - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 03:02


The first leg of the revamped Women's Grand Prix kicked off today at the Business Center in Skolkovo, with the attendance of Arkady Dvorkovich, who made the first move in the game between the World Champion Ju Wenjun and Pia Cramling. The FIDE President is also the co-chair of the Skolkovo Foundation, the principal agency responsible for this scientific and technological centre for the development and commercialisation of advanced technologies.

The local player Valentina Gunina (2502) became the first leader of the tournament, winning a relatively quick game with white pieces against Alina Kashlinskaya (2487). Gunina sacrificed two pawns in order to gain the initiative, and the fast king-side attack -typical of her style- brought her whole point.

In the game between Pia Cramling (2487) and Ju Wenjun (2576), the position went to an early endgame where black got a pair of bishops in return for a doubled pawn. With a firm hand, the Chinese star turned her positional edge into a material advantage, and Ju Wenjun got the whole point without much difficulty.

Ju Wenjun's Challenger Aleksandra Goryachkina (2564) didn't want to lose the pace with the top seed, and she also managed to win with the black pieces in an eventful game against former World Champion Antoaneta Stefanova (2491). It was a dramatic clash with several unexpected turns, where Stefanova found herself into time trouble and, on move 31, she made the final blunder that decided the game.

Another sharp position arose in the game of Elisabeth Paehtz (2479) and the 14th World Women's Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk (2495). On the move 22.Bg5 white sacrificed a piece for two pawns and in return got a sharp attack on the kingside. Kosteniuk found the most precise way to defend the position, and the game ended up with a perpetual check.

The Indian derby between Koneru Humpy (2560) and Harika Dronavalli (2503) soon headed for a drawish rook endgame. Although Koneru had a significant advantage in most of the game, the lack of time was a serious impediment and ruined her chances of victory.

The game between Kateryna Lagno (2545) and Marie Sebag (2450) was rather peaceful. Players agreed to a draw on move 34th.

The second-round games will be played on September 12, at 3 pm local time (GMT +3).

Spectators can follow the games with English and Russian commentaries: www.youtube.com/fidechannel

Official website: https://wgp2019.fide.com

A gallery with photos in high resolution is at the disposal of the press on the official FIDE Flickr account.





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Most of Round 2 participants determined at FIDE World Cup

FIDE - Wed, 09/11/2019 - 22:30



Second games of the FIDE World Cup's First Round were played on September 11 in Khanty-Mansiysk.

The World Cup newcomer Johan-Sebastian Christiansen (Norway) delivered a major sensation by knocking out one of the rating favorites, Radoslaw Wojtaszek (Poland). The Norwegian won both games of the match.

Another unexpected result was observed in a match between Daniil Yuffa (Russia) and David Navara (Czech Republic): the Russian checkmated his experienced opponent and won the match 1.5-0.5.

The following players advanced to the Second Round upon winning both games in their matches: Ding Liren (China), Anish Giri (Netherlands), Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France), Ian Nepomniachtchi, Alexander Grischuk, Dmitry Jakovenko (all from Russia), Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan), Wesley So, Lenier Dominguez, Jeffrey Xiong (all from USA), Pentala Harikrishna, Nihal Sarin (both from India), Niclas Huschenbeth (Germany), and Parham Maghsoodloo (Iran).

The following players advanced with a win and a draw: the Russians Sergey Karjakin, Peter Svidler, Vladislav Artemiev, Daniil Dubov, Nikita Vitiugov, Ernesto Inarkiev, Evgeniy Najer, Anton Demchenko, Kirill Alekseenko, Alexandr Rakhmanov, Andrey Esipenko (he defeated the former World Champion Ruslan Ponomariov), Levon Aronian, Sergei Movsesian (both from Armenia), Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan), Santosh Vidit, Baskaran Adhiban (both from India), Jan-Krzysztof Duda (Poland), Maxim Rodshtein (Israel), Samuel Sevian (USA), Wei Yi (China), Rustam Kasimdzhanov (Uzbekistan), Gawain Jones (England), Rinat Jumbayev (Kazakhstan), Ivan Cheparinov (Georgia), and Alireza Firouzja (Iran).

S.P. Sethuraman (India) managed to come back in a match with Tamir Nabaty (Israel). Constantin Lupulescu also managed to level the score after losing the first game to Igor Kovalenko (Latvia). Vladimir Fedoseev (Russia) lost the second game to Surya Ganguly (India), allowing the opponent to tie the score. S.L. Narayanan (India) also came back against David Anton Guijarro (Spain). In the longest game of the day, the Iranian Ehsan Ghaem Maghami defeated Yu Yangyi (China). All these players will continue on tie-break tomorrow.

Two draws occurred in the following matches: Gelfand-Lu Shanglei, Nakamura-Bellahcene, Piorun-Abasov, Sarana-Predke, Safarli-Shankland, McShane-Delgado Ramirez, Adams-Aravindh, Amin-Tabatabaei, Bu Xiangzhi-Xu Xiangyu, Tomashevsky-Petrov, Wang Hao-Pridorozhni, Bok-Saric, Andreikin-Mekhitarian, Mareco-Sjugirov, Parligras-Nisipeanu, Matlakov-Abdusattorov, Le Quang Liem-Alexandrov, and Gupta-Korobov.

The tie-break of the first round with 23 matches will be played on Thursday, September 12.

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The competition is organized by the Government of Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra, International Chess Federation (FIDE), Ugra Chess Federation, and Ministry of Sports of the Russian Federation.

General partner – Gazpromneft-Khantos LCC.

Official airline – Utair.

Official partners of the competition: OJSC RostelecomUgra Chess AcademyRussian Chess FederationAB InBev Efes and PJSC Rosneft.

FIDE official partner – JSCo “RZD”.

General media partner – News Agency TASS.

Media partners – Match TV, World of Chess social network, OTRK “Ugra”, Ugra-news.ru, “News of Ugra” regional newspaper, “AIF-Ugra” newspaper.


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Text by Eteri Kublashvili

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FIDE Women's Grand Prix kicks off in Skolkovo

FIDE - Wed, 09/11/2019 - 09:35


The first of four stages of the 2019-20 FIDE Women Grand Prix will take place in Skolkovo, Russia, from 10-23 September.

The appearance of current world women’s champion GM Ju Wenjun, and Challenger GM Aleksandra Goryachkina competing in Skolkovo WGP is the tournament’s excitement.

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The time control is 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes to the end of the game, plus a 30-second from move one. No draw offers are allowed before move 30. The games start every day at 3 pm (Moscow time). The rest day is on September 17.

The prize fund is 80,000 Euros, with 15,000 Euros and 160 Grand Prix points for the winner. Each WGP tournament is played with twelve player round-robin. In each WGP tournament, every player scores WGP points according to her position in the final standings. The two players who score the most number of cumulative points in WGP Series qualify to the FIDE Women Candidates Tournament in 2021.

The opening ceremony of FIDE Women’s Grand Prix was held in Business Center in Skolkovo, the building that will also serve as a venue for the games.

Jan Dunning, President and Chief Executive Officer for MAGNIT supermarkets -one of the main sponsors of the event, gave a very nice speech in which he explained his reason to support the event: “Planning, decision making, and strategy. Chess looks a lot like business to me".

FIDE President, Arkady Dvorkovich: “The first series of Grand Prix is very important for us. We start the tournament after some long time of non-existence. Hopefully, all participants will show their best and also to show the beauty of chess and bring intellectual satisfaction to all chess lovers in the world. We will continue to focus on the development of women chess. We are looking forward World championship in January next year, which will be held in Shanghai and Vladivostok. Let me assure that here in Skolkovo you will see the best possible hospitality. I wish you all success, fair play and yes let’s best wins. Gens Una Sumus.”

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First games of FIDE World Cup finished in Khanty-Mansiysk

FIDE - Tue, 09/10/2019 - 22:30



First games of the First Round of the FIDE World Cup were played in Ugra Chess Academy on September 10.

Vasily Filipenko, President of the Ugra Chess Federation, and Konstantin Penchukov, Chairman of the city parliament, made ceremonial first moves in Press - Ding Liren game on the Board 1.

Most of the higher-rated players achieved victories. There were, however, a few upsets, as it often happens at the World Cups. Radoslaw Wojtaszek lost to Johan-Sebastian Christiansen, whereas young Andrey Esipenko defeated Ruslan Ponomariov.

Hikaru Nakamura, Levon Aronian, Peter Svidler, Dmitry Adnreikin, Bu Xiangzhi, Wang Hao, Vladislav Artemiev, David Navara, Maxim Matlakov, Le Quang Liem, Santos Vidit, Nikita Vitiugov, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Boris Gelfand, Wei Yi, Samuel Shankand and some other players were held to draws, facing much lower-rated opponents.

The games between players with more or less similar ratings were very closely contested. Rustam Kasimdzhanov defeated Evgeny Bareev, Ivan Cheparinov beat Ahmed Adly, Maksim Chigaev lost to Parham Maghsoodloo, David Anton Guijarro was stronger than S.L.Narayanan, Baskaran Adhiban outplayed Eduardo Iturrizaga, Vladimir Fedoseev prevailed over Surya Ganguly, Maxim Rodshtein forced resignation of Mateusz Bartel, Arkadij Naiditsch bowed down to Niclas Huschenbeth, while Jorge Cori lost to Nihal Sarin.

Second games of the First Round will be played on Wednesday, September 11. The players will play against their today's opponents with colours reversed.

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Nenad Sulava dies at 56

FIDE - Tue, 09/10/2019 - 22:21



With deep sadness, we have learned that Croatian GM Nenad Sulava passed away on September 5 following a terminal illness at the age of 56. Nenad was born on December 25 1962 in Osijek, Yugoslavia and in 1981 became the Junior Champion of his home country a year after winning the Croatian championship. As a member of the Croatian national team Sulava participated in two Chess Olympiads (2000 and 2002) and the European Team Championship (2003).

Nenad Sulava loved chess passionately; it was his life. He spoke six languages and had very broad interests: museums, concerts, good cuisine, and cooking, especially for his friends.

In late 1990s the winner of numerous international tournaments (Madrid 1987, Montecatini 1995 and 2007, Pacs 2000 Tournoi fermé GM, Hyères 2001, Cannes 2001, Monaco 2003, Lugano 2007, Menton 2008, Genève 2008, Bol 2010), Nenad settled in Nice where happily lived with his wife WIM Martine Dubois for more than 21 years until his untimely death. Later he joined Monaco Chess Federation and took part in his last Chess Olympiad (Batumi 2018) under a new banner. In 2017 as a playing captain of the Nice Alekhine team, he won the French Cup.

During the European Women’s Rapid & Blitz Championship 2019 in Monte Carlo a special 9-round blitz tournament in honor of GM Nenad Sulava will be held (November 29, 9:30 PM local time). The event is open for all participation is free of charge.

Our sincere condolences to the family, relatives and friends.

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