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Goryachkina increases her lead at the Candidates to 1,5 points

FIDE - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 21:21


All four games finished decisively in the sixth round of the FIDE Women's Candidates tournament. The central game between the leader of the tournament Aleksandra Goryachkina and the nearest rival Nana Dzagnidze finished with the victory of the Russian player. Nana Dzagnidze missed good chances to overtake Goryachkina in the lead. Muzychuk sisters won their first games in the tournament. Anna Muzychuk defeated Valentina Gunina, while Mariya outplayed Alexandra Kosteniuk. Tan Zhongyi lost a second game in a row, this time against Katerina Lagno.

After six rounds, Goryachkina has 5 points, which is 1.5 points more than Dzagnidze and Lagno. Tan Zhongyi, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Mariya Muzychuk and Anna Muzychuk have 2.5 points. Valentina Gunina has 2 points.

Valentina Gunina chose her main weapon- the Caro-Kann against Anna Muzychuk. Black`s long manoeuvre Ne7-Nc8-Nd6 allowed White to obtain a serious initiative on the kingside. After Anna won a pawn and started to push her passed e-pawn, the position became desperate for Black.
Mariya Muzychuk against Alexandra Kosteniuk was a relatively quiet English Opening. According to Alexandra, she got a comfortable position with Black and was playing well until the vital moment in the game, which happened just a few moves before the time control. Mariya came up with an exchange sacrifice and got two strong passed pawns in return, which eventually decided the outcome of the game.
“Sometimes the tournament goes well and sometimes not. It`s hard to predict as it does not depend on preparation or anything that happened before the start,” commented Mariya on her play in the Candidates.
The game between Tan Zhongyi and Katerina Lagno was a real thriller. At first the Chinese player had an advantage due to the better coordination of her pieces but later on, Katerina Lagno managed to come back to the game. The Russian player found nice tactical recourses, which allowed her to get the ending with rook and 3 pawns against two pieces. The Chinese player was close to make a draw after Katerina sacrificed her rook but failed to find the precise moves. The Russian profited from a mistake by her opponent on the move 70 and thus scored an important point.

A roller-coaster game was played between the leader and her closest pursuer. Nana Dzagnidze gained a decisive advantage after a long positional fight but the Russian player put the stubborn defence, trying to create counter chances. Nana Dzagnidze failed to find the precise moves in the critical moment and went for a dubious knight`s sacrifice, which turned out to be on the favour of her opponent. Friday is a rest day. Saturday, June 8th at 15:00 local time the seventh round will be played:

Alexandra Kosteniuk — Anna Muzychuk
Aleksandra Goryachkina— Mariya Muzychuk
Kateryna Lagno — Nana Dzagnidze
Valentina Gunina — Tan Zhongyi

Report by Anastasiya Karlovych
Photos by Eteri Kublashvili and Anastasiya Karlovych



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Chess in the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF)

FIDE - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 18:50


The Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) started today, with chess being part of it. The participants of the forum got a unique chance to play against former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik or try their skills against each other on-site today.

GM Vladimir Kramnik and FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich played a game during the chess tournament with the participation of Russian politicians.

In the evening of June 6, a chess fest will be held in the very centre of the city in the Catherine Garden (known as "Катькин сад" to the locals). Former world champion GM Vladimir Kramnik will meet with the chess fans, and the king of blindfold play GM Timur Gareev will give a simul.

This event is organized by FIDE with the support from the St. Petersburg municipality and chess federation of the city.

All this was followed by the conference "Sports for Everyone: Global Trends and Entrepreneurial Approach", with the following participants: 

Olga Golodets, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation
Arkady Dvorkovich, FIDE President; Chairman, Skolkovo Foundation
Alexander Karelin, Hero of the Russian Federation, Three-Time Olympic Champion in Greco-Roman Wrestling
Anatoly Meshcheryakov, State Secretary – Deputy Managing Director, Russian Railways
Dmitry Pristanskov, State Secretary – Vice-President, Norilsk Nickel
Radiy Khabirov, Acting Head of the Republic of Bashkortostan







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Goryachkina leapfrogs Dzagnidze and leads the Candidates

FIDE - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 20:43


The youngest player of FIDE Women's Candidates, Aleksandra Goryachkina, defeated the 2017 World Champion Tan Zhongyi of China and takes the lead in the tournament. The 20-year old Russian benefited from the good game played by her countrywoman Alexandra Kosteniuk, who put an end to the victorious streak by Nana Dzagnidze: after starting the tournament with one draw and three consecutive victories, the Georgian bit the dust in the fifth round.

Both Anna and Mariya Muzychuk had lost positions at some point against Katerina Lagno and Valentina Gunina respectively but they managed to get away with a draw.

After five rounds Goriachkina is in the first place with 4/5, Nana Dzagnidze has 3,5/5 and is in the second place. Katerina Lagno, Tan Zhongyi and Alexandra Kosteniuk share the third with 2,5/5. Valentina Gunina is in the six with 2/5, while Muzychuk sisters share the seventh place with 1,5/5.

Aleksandra Goriachkina seems to be following the "Carlsen's strategy", based on playing and winning equal endgames against her opponents in the Candidates. In today's game, after 25 moves, only pawns and rooks remained on the board and it seemed the players would agree on a draw pretty soon. However, Tan Zhongyi had yet to demonstrate the required accuracy to get a half a point, but didn't okay with the required precision and gave a good chance to her opponent. As in the previous games, Aleksandra was able to convert her small advantage into a full point.

In the Alapin Variation of the Sicilian Defence, Alexandra Kosteniuk didn't get any a perceptible advantage out of the opening. However, she kept on trying to put pressure on her opponent, and Nana collapsed in time trouble. "I had just a normal position, which I spoiled in 2 moves. Why did I go with my Knight to a3? I don't have any explanation," said the Georgian player after the game. "It's a part of the game - to win, to lose, it's ok. I am fine," said Nana.

Valentina Gunina keeps surprising her opponents with her opening choices and didn't make an exception today. She went for the Sicilian with b3 against Mariya Muzychuk and finally got the type of position she likes to play – sharp and complicated. She had her chances in the time trouble but overlooked a forced variation that might have lead to a winning ending.



After 31.Qe7! Re7 32. Rd8 Kf7 33.Nd6 White is an exchange up.
White's position was still preferable with Queens and Rooks on the board but there was not much left to play for after the game was reduced to a Rook endgame.

The tournament situation requires some players to play for a win in every game: Anna Muzychuk, even though having the black pieces, tried to complicate the position right from the opening. She was in a big trouble for a moment, but she escaped with a draw when her opponent Katerina Lagno didn't pay active enough on the King side on move 18.

Lagno thinks she missed a good chance in the game but didn't know what the exact moment to improve her play was. "I missed 26...c6 and I decided to go for a draw as I was in time trouble at that moment", commented Katerina after the game.

It's known that Kateryna Lagno is the heroic mother of four children and one of the strongest female chess players. Asked whether it is easier to play in the Candidates tournament or to take care of her children, she said:
"When you are at home, you want to go to play the tournament, and when you are here, you want to go back. I already miss them. The tournament is very strong, so I'm not on vacations. The good thing is that here I can walk, I can eat, and I can even read! It's just amazing!"

Round 5 results:

Alexandra Goryachkina — Tan Zhongyi | 1 — 0
Alexandra Kosteniuk  — Nana Dzagnidze | 1 — 0
Valentina Gunina — Mariya Muzychuk| ½ — ½
Kateryna Lagno — Anna Muzychuk | ½ — ½


Official website: http://fwct2019.com

(Photos: Eteri Kublashvili & Anastasya Karlovich)



 
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IOM International Chess Ltd. Announces 'FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss

FIDE - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 03:00

Douglas, Isle of Man, 4 June 2019 —

The 'FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss' will be held in the Isle of Man from 10 to 21 October, and is expected to be the strongest Swiss-system tournament in the history of chess. The prize fund will be US$432,500, with a first prize of $70,000.

The tournament is part of the 2020 FIDE World Championship cycle, with the winner qualifying for the Candidates' Tournament which will produce a challenger to Magnus Carlsen in the next FIDE World Championship Match.

The starting field of 160 players will feature 120 FIDE qualifiers, with the world's top-100 players invited based on their average rating over a 12-month period. The other 40 participants will be chosen as "wildcards" allocated by the tournament director, Alan Ormsby, including four spots allocated to Chess.com online qualifiers.

"After five years of hosting the Isle of Man International, we are delighted to be working with FIDE to incorporate our 2019 event into the World Championship cycle, made possible by the generous sponsorship of the Scheinberg family" said Alan Ormsby. "l am using the 40 wildcards wisely, ensuring that we have the diversity that the Isle of Man International is associated with, including places for a number of world-class female players and juniors. I'm also pleased to give some local players the opportunity to play in such a prestigious event, ensuring that the Isle of Man is represented."

"Swiss tournaments are one of the most attractive formats to compete in our sport: they produce very interesting clashes, allowing rising stars or not-so-strong players to cross swords with members of the chess elite. This democratic approach has many supporters, and it was a pending matter for FIDE to have a massive Swiss Open among our official competitions. The association with the Isle of Man organizers was a natural move, given their experience and the calibre that their tournament has reached. And making it part of the race for the World Championship title will add even more interest to an already fascinating event", said FIDE president Arkady Dvorkovich.

The FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss will be held over 11 rounds between 10 and 21 October, with a rest day on the 16th. It will be held at the Comis Hotel and Golf Resort, one of the island's leading hotels, based 7km outside Douglas. It is expected that around 35 countries will be represented.

"We're ecstatic that our titled users will have the opportunity to qualify for an event as prestigious as the FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss" said Daniel Rensch, chief chess officer of Chess.com. "We believe in the power of online chess in producing strong players who have built their chess foundation through technology and we're excited to see Chess.com's qualifying players participate against a field featuring many of the top players in the world."

The official opening ceremony on 9 October will welcome a number of dignitaries, including Howard Quayle MHK, Chief Minister of the Isle of Man. "I am honoured to have been invited to attend the opening and closing ceremonies of this prestigious Chess Tournament" said Mr Quayle. "It is a real honour that the world of chess will be celebrated here on the Isle of Man, and I am delighted to welcome all the passionate chess players to the Island in October."


About IOM International Chess Limited:
IOM International Chess Limited, led by Tournament Director, Alan Ormsby, is the organiser of the annual Chess.com Isle of Man International, the world's strongest open event. All five editions of the tournament have been sponsored by the Scheinberg family.
Contact: Tournament Director Alan Ormsby
masters@iominternationalchess.com
+44 7624 453200
Tournament website: http://iominternationalchess.com


About Chess.com:
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Contact: Director of Esports and Events Nick Barton
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About FIDE:
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Nana Dzagnidze emerges as the first sole leader in Kazan

FIDE - Tue, 06/04/2019 - 19:49



Nana Dzagnidze defeated Valentina Gunina in the fourth round of the FIDE Women's Candidates tournament, while Aleksandra Goryachkina, who was co-leader before this round, made a draw against Anna Muzychuk. The victory allowed the Georgian player to grab the sole lead in the tournament with 3,5/4. Aleksandra Goryachkina is following her with 3/4. Tan Zhongyi drew against Alexandra Kosteniuk and kept the third place in the tournament with 2,5/4. After an unpleasant loss in the round three, Katerina Lagno managed to win the first game in the Candidates against Maria Muzychuk and as a result appeared on the fourth place with 2/4. Valentina Gunina and Alexandra Kosteniuk share 5th place, while Muzychuk sisters are having difficult tournament so far and share the 7th place after round 4.

Round 4 results:

Nana Dzagnidze — Valentina Gunina | 1 — 0
Alexandra Kosteniuk — Tan Zhongyi  | ½ — ½
Anna Muzychuk — Aleksandra Goryachkina | ½ — ½
Mariya Muzychuk — Kateryna Lagno | 0 — 1

After enjoying their first rest day, the eight women’s top players came back recharged to the playing venue for the fourth round of the FIDE Women’s Candidates Tournament. In the commentary room, Evgeniy Miroshnichenko and Elisabeth Paetz keep on analyzing the games of the players, and online spectators can follow the games while watching and listening to live commentary simultaneously. In a pavilion outside the playing hall, on the walking Baumana street, Russian commentators Sergey Shipov and Ilya Smirin work in front of the public. It’s a very popular spot, and some visit it by chance and stay, captivated.

Nana Dzagnidze was surprised to see the French defence on the board today, therefore Georgian player went for the exchange variation. “Everybody knows Valentina’s style, so I am not the only one who tries to play calm lines against her,” – commented Nana on her opening choice. Valentina Gunina was in an aggressive mood and burned the bridges looking for a fight no matter what.  But Nana played with precision and didn’t give any chance to her.

The Two Knights Defense appeared in the game between Mariya Muzychuk and Katerina Lagno, and the Russian player went for an exchange sacrifice ruining the pawn structure of White on the King’s side. Mariya could have kept an extra material but didn’t like her position after possible 16. Re1. After the material balance was restored, it turned out Katerina’s pieces were placed more active. With convincing play, she increased her advantage and transferred the game into a winning ending. Mariya could have put up more resistance by keeping the rooks on the board, but failed to choose a better option in time trouble.

Anna Muzychuk, who is failing to find her best play so far, came ready to fight against Alexandra Goryachkina. With the white pieces, Anna came across a nice opportunity to fight for the initiative after 14.Ng5. According to Muzychuk, she missed 14…Bg4, a move that ruined all hopes to get an edge for White. Later on, Aleksandra got an extra pawn, but Anna had enough compensation thanks to her active pieces. The game ended up in a draw after 37 moves.

The critical moment in the game between two women’s ex-world champions arose right after the opening when Alexandra chose to play 19.f5. “I think I was pressing a bit, but somehow I rushed to play f5. It looked all nice in other lines except 19…Bg5, which I underestimated. So probably I should have improved my position before going to some direct attack,” said Kosteniuk in the post-game interview. After several forced exchanges, the game reached a balanced endgame with rooks and opposite-colour bishops. None of the players had real chances for more than a draw and the peace was signed after 39 moves.

The fifth round will be played on June 5th, at 15:00 local time, with the following pairings:

Valentina Gunina — Mariya Muzychuk
Aleksandra Goryachkina — Tan Zhongyi
Alexandra Kosteniuk — Nana Dzagnidze
Kateryna Lagno — Anna Muzychuk

Report by Anastasya Karlovich.

Official website: http://fwct2019.com

Photos: Eteri Kublashvili & Anastasya Karlovich


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The strongest chess super-tournament starts in Norway

FIDE - Mon, 06/03/2019 - 23:27


From 3 June 2019, the seaside city of Stavanger (Norway) will again host the sixth annual Altibox Norway Chess Tournament. Boasting seven of the world’s top 10 players, including Norwegian and World Champion Magnus Carlsen, the average rating of the tournament this year will be 2784.

Continuing its own tradition, Altibox Norway Chess promises to be even more unique and spectacular than in previous years. This 2019 edition will deviate from usual chess tournaments as draws will not give the players equal points.

Instead, if the full length classical game ends in a draw, players will enter a “sudden death” or Armageddon format – where in a quick blitz game, the player with the black pieces starts with less time on the clock but a draw will count as a win. The possible scores will consequently either be 2 – 0 (for a classical win) or 1.5 – 0.5 (for a classical draw, followed by a blitz game win).

[Blitz final standings]





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FIDE Vice President Anastasia Sorokina, re-elected as President of the Belarus Chess Federation

FIDE - Mon, 06/03/2019 - 10:14



FIDE Vice President Anastasia Sorokina was re-elected as President of the Belarus Chess Federation for a second 4-year term.

The decision was made at the BCF Conference by 24 delegates from the regions of Belarus on June 1. Anastasia's reelection was hardly a surprise: under her leadership, Belarus rapidly became one of the most active chess federations in the world. In the last 2 years, the BCF has organized two World Cadet Championships and launched an ambitious Chess in Schools program.

The Women's World Cup 2020, the World Cup 2021 and the Chess Olympiad 2022 will be held in the country's capital, Minsk. A lot of effort is being put on "preparing strong national teams for the upcoming Olympiad 2022, but we also want to pay more attention to veterans and to chess for people with disabilities", explained Anastasia.

Sorokina has extensive experience in all fields of chess: she represented Belarus in two chess Olympiads as a player, plus one more in which she played for Australia, a country where she lived for some years. She has worked as a coach and founded her own chess academy, and in recent years she has earned herself a well-deserved reputation as one of the most competent International Arbiters.

Official website of the Belarus Chess Federation: http://www.openchess.by 

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Four white victories in the third round of the Women's Candidates

FIDE - Sun, 06/02/2019 - 21:05



The third day of play at the Women's Candidates tournament was a very exciting one, with all the four clashes reaching a decisive result after very interesting games. Valentina Gunina recovered after her loss in the previous round and defeated her teammate Alexandra Kosteniuk. Anna Muzychuk lost the second game in a row, this time against Tan Zhongyi. Nana Dzagnidze had a better position right after the opening but it took her 5 hours to outplay Mariya Muzychuk. It seemed Aleksandra Goryachkina had only practical chances in the endgame against Katerina Lagno, but the youngest player of the tournament was fighting till the end and her efforts were rewarded.

After 3 rounds of play, Nana Dzagnidze and Alexandra Goriachkina are the leaders with 2.5 out of 3, while Tan Zhongyi is on the third place with 2 points. Valentina Gunina is fourth with 1,5/3. Mariya Muzychuk, Katerina Lagno and Alexandra Kosteniuk share fifth place with 1/3. Anna Muzychuk is on the last place with 0,5/3.

Valentina Gunina decided to surprise Alexandra Kosteniuk in the opening by playing the Scotch Game for the first time. According to Alexandra, she was pleasantly surprised by her opponent's choice as she was very happy about her position in the opening: "Scotch is such a tricky opening. I played it twice in my career and lost both games in 20 moves. White is undeveloped and you need to feel the position well". Even though Valentina missed something in the opening, she found an interesting plan later on after 17.Nb5, which led to a sharp and complex position. Alexandra felt that the most critical moment in the game was when she refused to play 22...c6. After 22...Bb5 the position became unpleasant for Black, it was clearly easier for Valentina to play it. Gunina eventually won an exchange and after that, the position was lost for Alexandra.

Kosteniuk, when asked if she was happy to finish her "first Russian Championship" here, she said: "I'm very happy! I always struggle against the Russian players and the Russian Superfinals are somehow the most difficult tournaments for me. Since my childhood, it was easier for me to become a world youth champion than to win the Russian youth championship. I'm not very happy about my result so far (-1) but it could have been worse".

After quite a normal development in the Meran Variation, Maria Muzychuk decided to sacrifice a pawn, which turned out to be not the best decision. "It was not a good game for me. I sacrificed a pawn and I thought I would get some compensation. I saw this idea in some other variations but probably it does not work here", said Maria Muzychuk at the post-game interview. To transfer the advantage into a full point required certain technique from Nana but the outcome was never on doubt in this game.

It was a tough day for Ukrainian players as the older sister Anna Muzychuk also lost in the round three. She got a very promising position in the opening, but later on, she omitted a few good opportunities to sharpen the game by playing 20....b5 or 22...Rd5. In the time trouble, both players lost the track but Anna was the one who made the last mistake.

The last game to finish was Goryachkina-Lagno. Aleksandra decided to go for the rare line with 8.Bb5 in the Gruenfeld Defence but could not get any significant advantage. After many exchanges, the game was transferred into a Rook ending, with practical chances for White to play for the victory. Katerina Lagno overlooked the chance to equalize the ending after 36...f6 and later on had to find the only moves to keep the balance. The final mistake was 54...h3 but after 54...c3! Black could have survived.

Report by Anastasiya Karlovich.


The organizers of the Women's Candidates are FIDE, Russian Chess Federation, Government of the Republic of Tatarstan, Ministry of Sports of the Republic of Tatarstan, and the City Administration of Kazan. The tournament is sponsored by PJSC PhosAgro and Russian Railways.


Round 3 results:

Aleksandra Goryachkina —  Kateryna Lagno | 1 — 0
Nana Dzagnidze — Mariya Muzychuk | 1 — 0
Tan Zhongyi — Anna Muzychuk | 1 — 0
Valentina Gunina — Alexandra Kosteniuk | 1 — 0


Monday will be a rest day. The tournament will be resumed on Tuesday, June 4th, at 15:00 local time, with the following pairings:

Nana Dzagnidze — Valentina Gunina
Alexandra Kosteniuk — Tan Zhongyi
Anna Muzychuk — Aleksandra Goryachkina
Mariya Muzychuk — Kateryna Lagno


Official website: http://fwct2019.com

Photos: Eteri Kublashvili & Anastasya Karlovich


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Nana Dzagnidze and Aleksandra Goryachkina are the first winners in the Women's Candidates

FIDE - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 20:50



Nana Dzagnidze became the first player to win a game in the 2019 Women's Candidates Tournament, after defeating Anna Muzychuk with the black pieces. One and a half hour later, Aleksandra Goryachkina joined her in the lead scoring the second victory of the day by beating her compatriot Valentina Gunina. Katerina Lagno had an advantage in the game against Alexandra Kosteniuk, but the former world champion found some counter-chances and held the game to a draw. The derby between two former World Champions, Tan Zhongyi and Mariya Muzychuk, ended in a draw.


Therefore, after two rounds Nana Dzagnidze and Aleksandra Goryachkina are in shared first place at the FIDE Women's Candidates Tournament.

Nana Dzagnidze decided to avoid playing her main weapon in the Sicilian and went for a not-so-regular guest in her repertoire, 2. Nc6. Even though Anna Muzychuk kept trying to surprise her opponent back, the Georgian player seemed prepared for the opening discussion. "My position was fine, but then move by move I started to lose the thread of the game and somehow misplaced all my pieces", said Anna after the game. Nana Dzagnidze gained the initiative and found the final blow, which ruined her opponent's King's side.

Playing White, Tan Zhongyi blitzed out her first 20 moves, showing her good preparation for the game. Thereby, she got a nice one-hour time advantage and when her opponent fell in time-trouble, the Chinese decided to sharpen the position by playing actively on the King's side. However, Mariya Muzychuk managed to remain calm and held her position. "I had calculated everything well, and I didn't see any danger. I found 23...Bd3 and 24...Qb5 and I think it just leads to a draw," said the Ukrainian player after the game.

Alexandra Kosteniuk tried the new set up with g6, d6 in Ruy Lopez. Therefore Katerina Lagno was not prepared for this line but got a big advantage after an inaccurate 13...Nd7. The former Women's World Champion was aware she was in trouble after 14.d4, but she put on a stubborn defence and eventually found some counter chances.

According to Alexandra, she felt more confident about her position after 23... Rb8 and 24...e5, the move which Katerina Lagno overlooked during the game. However, Katerina got one more chance to fight for more than a draw after 27...Kg7. With both kings exposed and not so much time left on the clock, she didn't take a risk to check the promising line for White starting with 28.h4.

Answering the question if she feels like she missed a good winning chance today, Katerina Lagno said with a smile: "'Winning chances' for me it's when I have a piece up o mate in one... Before that, it's just a fight".

In the second Russian clash, Aleksandra Goryachkina got a very comfortable position right after the opening. According to Valentina Gunina, she prepared many different lines before the game but was not ready enough for 5. Qc2. Goryachkina got the type of ending where she was trying to abuse the fact that it was tough to make moves for the defending side. Valentina Gunina tried hard to equalize the position, and had a real chance to do so after 35...Be3, transferring the game into the rook ending. The decisive mistake was 69...Kg4; if she had went instead for 69...Rc3 and 70...Kg6, Black would have kept good drawing chances.



Here Goryachkina found the study-like 72.Nh4! which brought her a victory.

Report by Anastasya Karlovich.


Kateryna Lagno — Alexandra Kosteniuk | ½ — ½
Alexandra Goryachkina — Valentina Gunina 1 — 0
Tan Zhongyi — Maria Muzychuk| ½ — ½
Anna Muzychuk  — Nana Dzagnidze | 0 — 1

Official website: http://fwct2019.com

(Photos: Eteri Kublashvili - Russian Chess Federation)





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June 2019 FIDE Rating List

FIDE - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 21:53


FIDE publishes June 2019 FIDE Rating List. The list of top players is published at Top lists page of FIDE ratings website. All players can check new ratings at the main page of FIDE ratings website.
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Women's Candidates Tournament starts peacefully

FIDE - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 20:48


The FIDE Women's Candidates Tournament started today, May 31st, with all four games ending in draws. Despite the peaceful result, the most dramatic games happened in the Russian derbies Gunina-Lagno and Kosteniuk-Goriachkina. The games between Muzychuk sisters and Nana Dzagnidze-Tan Zhongyi were more quiet and finished before the time control.

Round 1 results:

Valentina Gunina — Kateryna Lagno | ½ — ½
Alexandra Kosteniuk — Alexandra Goryachkina ½ — ½
Nana Dzagnidze — Tan Zhongyi | ½ — ½
Maria Muzychuk — Anna Muzychuk | ½ — ½

The game between sisters Anna and Maria Muzychuk finished quickly in a draw, and both players came to the media centre to share their impressions on the event and the city with local and foreign journalists. "Of course, it's a great event, the strongest women's tournament in chess history and I was looking forward to it. I have good memories about Kazan since 2012 when I tied for the first place in Grand Prix event together with Humpy Koneru. I'm glad to be back, "said Anna. Even though Mariya Muzychuk won the Women's World Champion title in 2015, she still finds the motivation to fight: "It's such kind of a tournament where the winner takes it all. Either you win this tournament, or you don't, as only if you win, you have a chance to fight for the World Championship title."

Tan Zhongyi managed to surprise Nana Dzagnidze with Petrov's Defence, and the Georgian player chose a rare line which led to a somewhat equal position. Even if White had some hopes for a slight advantage, all expectations were ruined by a strong 20...Ba6, which Nana overlooked during the game.

According to Dzagnidze, she was considering to keep on playing after 28. f4. However, she was not sure if she had anything substantial and decided to go for a three-fold repetition.

A real thriller happened in the game Gunina-Lagno, where White got a clear advantage in Ruy Lopez and had a comfortable and smooth play. According to Gunina, she lost the track before the time control, and it was already Black, who was fighting for the victory in the game.



After a brilliant 46.Ra1 White is back to the game and forcing perpetual check after 48...Qa1! Katerina Lagno missed a quiet 55.g3 at the end of the forced line and was happy Black is not losing but forcing a draw after 55...Bg5.

The last game to finish was Kosteniuk-Goriachkina. The Women's ex-world champion felt she had missed her advantage after the opening and was not sure if the decision to change the Queens was the right one. "I thought I would have a better position at the endgame, but in fact, I didn't manage to demonstrate anything there. In contrary, I missed the transfer of her knight to e4 and felt anxious after that," said Alexandra Kosteniuk after the game. The youngest participant of the tournament Alexandra Goriachkina avoided the repetition of moves after the time control, believing her chances in the endgame were better. After 43.b4 Black had a significant advantage, however, Goriachkina didn't manage to find the precise way and to transfer it into a full point.
Moreover, after the first round, the tournament has no leaders nor tail-enders.

The second round will be played tomorrow, Saturday June 1st, at 15:00 local time:

Kateryna Lagno — Alexandra Kosteniuk
Alexandra Goryachkina — Valentina Gunina
Tan Zhongyi — Maria Muzychuk
Anna Muzychuk — Nana Dzagnidze


Official website: http://fwct2019.com

Photos: Eteri Kublashvili, Anastasya Karlovich, David Llada. 




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The first round of the Women`s Candidates has started in Kazan

FIDE - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 16:14


The first President of Tatarstan and the State Counselor of the Republic of Tatarstan, Mintimer Shaimiev made the first symbolic move in the game between two Russian players Alexandra Kosteniuk and Alexandra Goryachkina to mark the start of the FIDE Women`s Candidates in Kazan (Russia).
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FIDE Women’s Candidates Tournament kicks off in Kazan

FIDE - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 22:34


The tournament with the world strongest female players competing for a spot in the World Championship match, was officially opened in the Kazan Palace Hotel on May 30.

The spectacular opening ceremony welcomed all participants, journalists, local chess players, guests and officials to the capital of Tatarstan Republic. Victor Bologan (FIDE Executive Director), Mark Glukhovsky (Executive Director of Russian Chess Federation) and Khalil Shaikhutdinov (First Deputy Minister of Sports of the Republic of Tatarstan) gave speeches during the official part of the ceremony.

The opening ceremony included choreographic and musical performances that attached a very good mood to the participants and guests of the tournament. The vocal-choreographic composition "World Chess" was performed by "Way from the city" and "WOW" bands. There were performances from Cover-orchestra "Just Brass" and the Honored Artist of the Republic of Tatarstan Aidar Suleimanov. Classical ballet performance by ballet «Allegro» meshed with breakdancing by «Action man crew» in a surprising way. The inspirational video "World Crown", prepared specially for the tournament, was also shown during the ceremony.

Chief Arbiter IA Hal Bond informed the public about the format of the FIDE Women's Candidates tournament and invited all players to the stage for a group photo.

The drawing of lots ceremony took place one month before the start of the tournament, on April 30 in Moscow and was attended by Arkady Dvorkovich, President of FIDE, and Judit Polgar, the strongest female player in the history of chess and Honorary FIDE Vice-President.

Thus, the following games will be played in the first round on May 31:

V. Gunina – K. Lagno,
A. Kosteniuk – A. Goryachkina,
N. Dzagnidze – Tan Zhongyi,
M. Muzychuk – A. Muzychuk

The venue is Nogai Hotel (16B, Profsojuznaja St., Kazan).

All rounds begin at 3 pm local time.

The winner of the FIDE Women's Candidates Tournament qualifies for the World Championship Match with Ju Wenjun (China), where both players will compete for a total prize fund of €500,000, which is 150% percent bigger than in the previous championship match.

The organizers are FIDE, Russian Chess Federation, Government of the Republic of Tatarstan, Ministry of Sports of the Republic of Tatarstan, and city administration of Kazan. The tournament is sponsored by PJSC PhosAgro and Russian Railways.



Pre-competition press conference took place at the FIDE Women's Candidates Tournament in Kazan

A press-conference dedicated to the start of the FIDE Women's Candidates Tournament in Kazan took place at AO Tatmedia on May 30. It was attended by FIDE Executive Director Victor Bologan, RCF Executive Director Mark Glukhovsky, First Deputy Minister of Sport of the Republic of Tatarstan Khalil Shaikhutdinov, and two tournament participants, Kateryna Lagno (Russia) and Nana Dzagnidze (Georgia).

Victor Bologan pointed out the high level of organization of the FIDE Women's Candidates Tournament in Kazan: "There wasn't much time to prepare. FIDE is grateful to Tatarstan and Kazan for taking care of this outstanding tournament. Apart from the Candidates Tournament, many more events will be carried out alongside. And there is no doubt that everything will be held to the highest of standards."

Mark Glukhovsky, in turn, underscored that the tournament is regarded as a major event not only in Russia, but internationally: "Kazan hosted a chess event of a similar caliber in 2011. It was the Candidates Tournament as well, only among men. We are very grateful to the organizers who decided to refresh their past experience and repeat the event, for women this time.

The winner of the tournament will play the Women's World Championship Match against the reigning champion, Ju Wenjun from China.

When we organize a major tournament, we always try to prepare a diverse program for our spectators. This is a long competition with four rest days. People who work at the tournament -I am primarily talking about our commentators-, will host master classes on the rest days.

This will be our first attempt of going outdoors as well. We will place a chess tent on Kazan's main pedestrianized street, Bauman street. On playing days, the onlookers will be able to listen to the live commentary, and on rest days the tent will be hosting open blitz events. Hopefully it will be a positive and exciting experience", concluded Mr. Glukhovsky.

Khalil Shaikhutdinov greeted the audience on behalf of the Ministry of Sports of the Republic of Tatarstan:
"What an exciting occasion – once again Kazan is hosting a major international chess event, the Women's Candidates Tournament! I would like to thank FIDE and Russian Chess Federation for their vote of confidence, the decision to carry out this tournament here, in the capital of Russian sport."

Kateryna Lagno, who has played in Kazan in the past, shared her memories about the city and her expectations from the tournament:

"Of course, I am very excited to return to Kazan. I really liked it the last time. We are staying in downtown Kazan, the weather is wonderful. As for the tournament, I expect it to be very exciting. Even the ratings of the participants are very similar. Trying to predict the results in women's chess is absolutely pointless. Hopefully the spectators will enjoy it, and the battle will go down to the wire", said the Russian player.

Nana Dzagnidze also abstained from making predictions: "I will not speak about chances, as everyone has a chance in this tournament. I am personally happy to be here. I think this is the strongest tournament in the history of women's chess. I will try to play my best", promised the Georgian Grandmaster.

Official website https://fwct2019.com/en/





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TCEC Cup 3 report

Chessdom - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 14:08

Written by Guy Haworth and Nelson Hernandez
Reading, UK and Maryland, USA

[Corresponding author: g.haworth@reading.ac.uk]

This is the next article in our series of analytical articles on past TCEC events. The main text can be read below on this webpage; to view the full layouted article in pdf format, including the important tables, graphs and images CLICK HERE.

TCEC is very grateful to the authors for the authors’ kind permission to publish these substantial and scholarly analyses of its events!

Introduction

The second TCEC Cup (Haworth and Hernandez, 2019a) was won by ‘LC0’ LEELA CHESS ZERO beat-ing HOUDINI after the latter surprisingly took out STOCKFISH in their semi-final. The event, with its Rapid tempo of 30′+5″/move continued to be the favoured curtain-raiser before the current TCEC season’s Superfinal (Haworth and Hernandez, 2019b). TCEC Cup 3 began on April 29th 2019.

The following engines sent in updates for the cup: ALLIESTEIN, ARASAN, FIRE, GINKGO, KOMODO, KOMODOMCTS, LCZERO, MARVIN, NEMORINO, RODENT III, ROFCHADE, RUBICHESS, STOCKFISH, VAJOLET2, WASP, WINTER and XIPHOS. The settings of CHIRON and PIRARUCU were changed. So clearly, the international computer chess programme continues on its dynamic way (CPW, 2019). The engine logos are listed in Fig. 1.

The ‘standard pairing’ was again used, with seed s playing seed 26-r-s+1 in round r if the wins all go to the higher seed. Thus, seed s1 plays s32, s16, …, s2 if all survive long enough. The higher seed is listed first in Table 1. This time, the matches – eight games plus any necessary game-pair tiebreaks – were played out only until the result was decided.

The usual ‘TCEC opening’ team, the second author here and Jeroen Noomen, randomly chose from three books with some regard for frequency over the board. Greater variety of play ensued from round 1’s 8-ply openings and 12-ply openings thereafter up to and including the semi-finals. The final took openings of various lengths from JN’s TCEC Superfinal books for seasons 9-14.

As in previous TCEC Cup events, interest focused on actual performance ‘%P’ compared with expected performance ‘E%P’ implied by TCEC ELO difference ‘ELO Δ’. The accuracy of the TCEC ELOs, the upgrades to over half the field and the character of the random openings were to be the main influences.

1 Round 1

As expected, ‘LC0’ LEELA CHESS ZERO opened its campaign with a 5-0 clean sweep. ALLIESTEIN, HOUDINI and KOMODOMCTS repeated this feat. In the top half of the draw, the eventual winner did not concede a single game but this was to change. Marginal favourite GINKGO lost its first game, won its second and was taken to fourteen games before persevering against ROFCHADE. This was the only comeback and tiebreak of the first round.

The other match-winners to lose a game were CHIRON (to FRITZ) and ANDSCACS (to TEXEL) so ‘kudos’ to those engines. Best performers relative to expectations were ETHEREAL, ALLIESTEIN, FIRE and especially BOOOT which comprehensively eliminated CHESSBRAINVB, the seed above it. The draw between STOCKFISH and RODENT is also well worth a visit. The field was now exclusively TCEC15 Divisions P, 1 and 2 – the top 15 plus seed 17, BOOOT, almost as expected.

2 Round 2

BOOOT put up a valiant fight against LC0 in some long and memorable games, particularly game 1 (Kingscrusher, 2019a) but still only scored a half-point. FIRE edged a match win in game seven against immediate rival XIPHOS. STOCKFISH beat GINKGO, g25, the final KRPPKRP just beyond adjudication echoing Carlsen-Caruana WCC 2018, Rapid game 1. LASER scored an early win against ETHEREAL but lost with its last Black of eight. Fifteen draws followed before ETHEREAL nosed ahead to win the longest TCEC Cup match to date. LASER’s fans are entitled to be disappointed, having come so close.

3 The quarter-finals, semi-finals, third-place play-off and final

LEELA, by virtue of being top seed, gets the lowest seed left as long as results go with seeding. However, at this stage, no match is easy. LEELA duly overcame FIRE but it was only after a great fight, a credit to both sides. HOUDINI, like BOOOT in Round 1, overturned the seed immediately above it, in this case ALLIESTEIN.

In the lower half of the draw, ETHEREAL surprised the growing audience and STOCKFISH with a straight eight draws but then STOCKFISH reeled off two wins – the second of which it could arguably have lost after 28. … Rbd8. Enter the dragons, KOMODO and KOMODOMCTS, over-hungry after the delay and more than ready for a fight, see Fig. 2. After much effort, the upstart newcomer overturned the seeding even more than HOUDINI, its win in the last of the eight scheduled games allowing no response.

In the semi-final, the favourites were not challenged and came through, both being unbeaten so far. This left HOUDINI to face KOMODOMCTS in the play-off for third. This was won comfortably by HOUDINI which continues to impress at this level despite not being updated.

In the final, LEELA’s game 3 win was not decisive as STOCKFISH won convincingly in the last scheduled game. The tie-break then ensued and LEELA ironically took advantage of two rare but not unknown 7-man STOCKFISH errors (Aloril, 2019), here in positions 155b and 167w. LEELA progressed to the win without its usual hesitancy as it now had the use of the 6-man EGTs. Fig. 3 shows the defence, the value and depth-shedding errors and the progress to the win. In the return game, LEELA eroded STOCKFISH’s initial advantage and then attacked in a drawn position: only perpetual checks across 100 moves prevented STOCKFISH from being mated.

4 A summary

The early rounds went very much as predicted by the form book though several losers put up stronger resistance than expected. At the top level, few mistakes were made by the closely-matched engines so in the short matches anything could have happened. Nevertheless, LEELA confirmed that its win in TCEC Cup 2 was no fluke and it retained the title. Neural networks do finally seem to be coming through with genuine advances, at Deep Mind (Hassabis, 2019) and elsewhere, but troublingly it is not obvious why they work and when they go wrong. The engines created in the Shannon (1950) genre are at least valuable as benchmarks and have their reputations to defend. Congratulations to LEELA (Chessdom, 2019; Linscott, 2018) and to all participants for some top quality chess. We will see its equal but will we be equal to appreciating it? Helpfully, Kingscrusher (2019a/b) continues to reveal the context, themes and dynamics of the games with his rich commentaries. The e-version of this report (Haworth and Hernandez, 2019c) provides statistics beyond Table 6 and all games with some analysis including play-outs of all decisive games, some of which end more obviously than others. Semi-final LEELA–HOUDINI game 1, for example, is relatively complex in the field of TCEC-adjudicated wins.

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Ian Nepomniachtchi Wins the Moscow Grand Prix Tournament

FIDE - Wed, 05/29/2019 - 20:24


The first leg of the FIDE Grand Prix organized by World Chess is over, and Ian Nepomniachtchi has taken a significant step toward trying to become the challenger for next year's World Chess Championship match. But there is a long way to go before Nepomniachtchi, or someone else, will earn the right to play for the title.

The match was decided by two rapid tie-breaker games after the regular games were both drawn.

The first symbolic move in the game A. Grischuk - I. Nepomniachtchi was made by Alexander Ovechkin, a Russian professional hockey player, three-time winner of the World Championship as a member of the Russian national team, ice hockey winger of the Washington Capitals, the 2018 Stanley Cup owner.

The first rapid tie-breaker game, which had a time control of 25 minutes per player with 10 seconds added after each move, and in which Nepomniachtchi was Black, was drawn in 37 moves.

In the second game, Grischuk misplaced a knight on the side of the board, allowing Nepomaniachtchi to build up an overwhelming advantage. He eventually won a pawn as Grischuk ran short on time. After several errors by Grischuk, Nepomniachtchi was able to force an easily winning endgame.

The win netted Nepomniachtchi 24,000 euros as well as vaulting him into first place in the series of four Grand Prix tournaments to select two players for next year's Candidates Tournament. The winner of that tournament will become the challenger for the 2020 World Championship match to be held in November.

Grischuk earned 14,000 euros and is also in good shape in the Grand Prix as he is in second place in the series.

GP points after the first leg:


1. Ian Nepomniachtchi - 9,
2. Alexander Grischuk - 7,
3. Radoslaw Wojtaszek - 5,
4. Hikaru Nakamura - 3,
5-7. Peter Svidler, Wei Yi, Daniil Dubov - 2,
8. Wesley So - 1,
9-16. Anish Giri, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Levon Aronian, Teimour Radjabov, Sergey Karjakin, Nikita Vitiugov, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Dmitry Jakovenko - 0.

The Closing Ceremony took place on May 29 and was attended by FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich, Vice-President of the Russian Chess Federation and head of PhosAgro Andrey Guryev, CEO of World Chess Ilya Merenzon, the 12th World Chess Champion Anatoly Karpov and Executive Director of the Russian Chess Federation Mark Glukhovsky.

Arkady Dvorkovich, FIDE President: "First of all, I would like to thank all our partners for their support in organizing this exciting event and all those people who were involved in making it happen. FIDE Grand Prix Series organized by World Chess is being held by the knock-out system for the first time and it seems to me that this competition was even more interesting and fascinating. Our participants displayed their best qualities both in standard and tie-break games. We will take into consideration all the lessons learned from this event and implement the best ideas from what we saw here".

Andrey Guryev, Vice-President of the Russian Chess Federation and head of PhosAgro: "The FIDE World Chess Grand Prix in Moscow has become one of the most interesting tournaments in the history of such events. For my part, I've been anchoring great hopes on Russian grandmasters and the Russian chess school. I think we can look to the future with confidence and work together on the long-awaited return of the chess crown to Russia".

Ilya Merenzon, CEO of World Chess: "In 2016 and 2018, the World Chess Championship cycle sparked somewhat of a chess mania in many countries and we are excited to see that it's happening again. Exciting chess means more exciting chess fans and players!"

Grandmaster Ian Nepomniachtchi thanked all his near and dear ones for their support as well as the organizers and Andrey Guryev personally as PhosAgro will make a sponsorship contract with the Russian player or two Russian players who will qualify for the Candidates Tournament from the FIDE Grand Prix Series organized by World Chess.

The Grand Prix is being organized by World Chess, under the auspices of FIDE.

Report by Dylan Loeb McClain











Photos from the event are available on Dropbox.

Making the Grand Prix possible, and putting up the bulk of the total prize fund of 800,000 euros, are the main sponsors:

PhosAgro, a leading chemical company as the Official Strategic Partner
Kaspersky Lab, as the Official Cybersecurity Partner
Russian Post, as the Official Logistics Partner
PRYTEK, as the Technology Transfer Partner
BMW, as the Official Auto Partner


About FIDE
The International Chess Federation or Fédération Internationale des Echecs, (FIDE), is recognized by its members and the International Olympic Committee as the international federation in the domain of chess, the supreme body responsible for the sport of chess and its Championships. FIDE has the sole rights to organize the World Chess Championships and the Chess Olympiads. www.fide.com

About World Chess
World Chess is a London-based media company. It's an official broadcaster of the World Chess Federation events and a commercial partner of the World Chess Federation (FIDE). World Chess organized the World Championship Matches in Russia, USA, and the UK. It revolutionized chess by signing the biggest media partnerships in the history of chess. World Chess is also developing Armageddon, the chess league designed for television. It operates worldchess.com.

About PhosAgro
PhosAgro is one of the world's leading vertically integrated phosphate-based fertilizer producers in terms of production volumes of phosphate-based fertilizers and high-grade phosphate rock with a P2O5 content of 39% and higher. The Company is the largest phosphate-based fertilizer producer in Europe (by total combined capacity for DAP/MAP/NP/NPK/NPS), the largest producer of high-grade phosphate rock with a P2O5 content of 39%, a top-three producer of MAP/DAP globally, one of the leading producers of feed phosphates (MCP) in Europe, and the only producer in Russia, and Russia's only producer of nepheline concentrate (according to the RAFP).

PhosAgro's main products include phosphate rock, 39 grades of fertilizers, feed phosphates, ammonia, and sodium tripolyphosphate, which are used by customers in 100 countries spanning all of the world's inhabited continents. The Company's priority markets outside of Russia and the CIS are Latin America, Europe and Asia. PhosAgro's shares are traded on the Moscow Exchange, and Global Depositary Receipts (GDRs) for shares trade on the London Stock Exchange (under the ticker PHOR). Since 1 June 2016, the Company's GDRs have been included in the MSCI Russia and MSCI Emerging Markets indexes

About Kaspersky Lab
Kaspersky Lab is a global cybersecurity company, which has been operating in the market for over 21 years. Kaspersky Lab's deep threat intelligence and security expertise is constantly transforming into next-generation security solutions and services to protect businesses, critical infrastructure, governments and consumers around the globe. The company's comprehensive security portfolio includes leading endpoint protection and a number of specialized security solutions and services to fight sophisticated and evolving digital threats. Over 400 million users are protected by Kaspersky Lab technologies and we help 270,000 corporate clients protect what matters most to them. Learn more at www.kaspersky.com.

About Russian Post
Russian Post is a federal post operator, is included in the Russian Federation strategic companies list. It includes 42,000 offices across the country and has one of the biggest staff – about 335,000 post workers. Operational revenue of Russian Post in 2018 grew by 7% up to 190.4 bln rubles (178.1 bln rubles in 2017). Actual net profit of Russian Post was 3.5 times higher than in 2017 and amounted to 2.7 billion rubles. In 2018, Russian Post processed 433.3 million parcels. Every year, Russian Post delivers over 2.5 billion letters and bills (of them, 1 billion letters are from state authorities). Russian Post services about 20 million subscribers in Russia by delivering 1 billion copies of print publications per year. The annual volume of transactions processed by Russian Post is 3.2 trillion rubles (pensions, payments and transfers).

About BMW Group
The BMW Group is the world's leading manufacturer of premium automobiles and motorcycles, and provider of premium financial and mobility services. The special fascination of the BMW Group not only lies in its products and technology, but also in the company's history, written by inventors, pioneers and brilliant designers. The BMW Group sets trends in production technology and sustainability as an innovation leader with an intelligent material mix, a technological shift towards digitalisation and resource-efficient production. At the same time, flexibility and continuous optimisation of value chains ensure competitiveness.

About PRYTEK
PRYTEK corporation is a global VC integrator that invests in Fintech, HRtech, Cybersecurity, Mediatech, AI and Education, and transfer disruptive technologies to emerging markets. PRYTEK established a unique ecosystem where technologies enter new markets, investors are not charged for assets management and corporates get "one-stop-shop" access to best global innovations which enable them to be ahead of the competitors. PRYTEK corporation operates in 4 countries, with over 30 cutting edge technologies worth $1,8 bln and more than 2500 corporate customers.

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Playoff Will Decide Moscow Grand Prix

FIDE - Tue, 05/28/2019 - 20:39


Tie-breaker games will be necessary to decide the winner of the Moscow Grand Prix after Ian Nepomniachtchi and Alexander Grischuk, two Russians, agreed to a swift draw Tuesday in Game 2 of the final. Game 1 of the match on Monday also ended in a draw.

In Game 2, Nepomniachtchi had White and opened with 1 e4. Grischuk replied 1… e5 and employed the Berlin Defense. Instead of ceding the bishops to cripple Black’s pawn structure by playing 5 d4 Nd6 6 Bc6 dc6 7 de5, Nepomniachtchi chose 5 Re1, a variation that is thought to be less testing for Black, but which has also been known to have some venom. 

Grischuk showed that he was well prepared for that line, too, however and achieved a stable position with relatively few problems. Indeed, Black’s actively placed knight and bishop after 19 … Bf5 gave him full counterplay, which may have been why Nepomniachtchi offered a draw after 23 Re1. Grischuk accepted after a short reflection.

In an interview afterward, Nepomniachtchi explained that the opening was deceptively complex. Grischuk said that he accepted the draw because he did not see a way to obtain any sort of advantage.

The tie-breaker games will be at 3 PM local time on Wednesday. The broadcast can be viewed free and live at worldchess.com. 

One way or another, there will be a Moscow Grand Prix champion on Wednesday. 

Report by Dylan Loeb McClain





Link to the photos of the final.

For further questions, please contact press@fide.com

Information for the press https://mediakit2018.worldchess.com

Official website https://worldchess.com/news/1349

Leading partners supporting the FIDE Grand Prix Series 2019 organized by World Chess include:

PhosAgro, a leading chemical company as the Official Strategic Partner
Kaspersky Lab, as the Official Cybersecurity Partner
Russian Post, as the Official Logistics Partner
PRYTEK, as the Technology Transfer Partner
BMW, as the Official Auto Partner
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Moscow Grand Prix Finals Is Tied After Game 1

FIDE - Mon, 05/27/2019 - 21:57


Game 1 of the final of the Moscow Grand Prix ended in a draw after 38 moves as neither Alexander Grischuk nor Ian Nepomniachtchi, who are both Russian, could make any appreciable headway against the other.

The first symbolic move in the game was made by a young chess player Albina Yismailova in presence of FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich.

Despite playing White, Grischuk found himself under pressure almost from the beginning as he was surprised by the preparation of Nepomniachtchi. While Grischuk took large amounts of time to find the best moves, Nepomniachtchi blitzed through the opening. After 19 moves, Nepomniachtchi had used barely any time on his clock while Grischuk had used more than an hour.

Fortunately for Grischuk, he is used to playing under time pressure. He continued to find good moves and Nepomniachtchi could make no progress. Though Grischuk only had about eight minutes, plus 30 seconds after each move, to make 17 moves, he was never in any real danger and Nepomniachtchi finally offered a draw.

Afterward, in an interview, Grischuk, who is known for his humorous and self-deprecating comments, said he was looking forward to Game 2, in which he will have Black. "I feel like, tomorrow, I am playing White again. At least the starting position of tomorrow's game is definitely better than what I had today. At least there are some counter chances," he said.

For his part, Nepomniachtchi, referring to Grischuk by his nickname in English, said, "Sasha defended very well."

The matches resume Friday at 3 PM local time. The broadcast can be viewed free and live at worldchess.com.

Report by Dylan Loeb McClain




Link to the photos of the final.

For further questions, please contact press@fide.com

Information for the press https://mediakit2018.worldchess.com

Official website https://worldchess.com/news/1349

Leading partners supporting the FIDE Grand Prix Series 2019 organized by World Chess include:

PhosAgro, a leading chemical company as the Official Strategic Partner
Kaspersky Lab, as the Official Cybersecurity Partner
Russian Post, as the Official Logistics Partner
PRYTEK, as the Technology Transfer Partner
BMW, as the Official Auto Partner
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Statement on the Ratings of Indian Chess Players

FIDE - Mon, 05/27/2019 - 13:00



Nearly a decade ago, FIDE, at the behest of the All India Chess Federation, removed the Elo ratings of dozens of players and expunged their names from the records. Today we are delighted to welcome back all those players with immediate effect.

Arkady Dvorkovich
FIDE President

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Women's Candidates Tournament begins in Kazan on May 30

FIDE - Mon, 05/27/2019 - 10:04



The race for the Women's World Championship title will take off in Kazan with a renewed Candidates Tournament, the strongest female event ever held, which features a record prize fund of 200.000 euros. From May 29th to June 19th, eight top Grandmasters will compete to become Ju Wenjun's challenger.

The participants are Mariya Muzychuk (Ukraine, 2563), Kateryna Lagno (Russia, 2554), Alexandra Kosteniuk (Russia, 2546), Anna Muzychuk (Ukraine, 2539), Aleksandra Goryachkina (Russia, 2522), Tan Zhongyi (China, 2513), Nana Dzagnidze (Georgia, 2510), and Valentina Gunina (Russia, 2506).

The pre-competition press-conference with organizers and participants will take place at AO Tatmedia (Dekabristov st. 2) at 3 pm May 30.

The opening ceremony will take place in the Kazan Palace Hotel (Kalinina st. 5/24), starting at 4:30 pm. An invitation is required for attendance (members of the media will need their press credentials to get in).

The event is a double round round-robin – the players will play each other twice, once with White, and once with Black pieces. The venue is the Nogai Hotel (16B, Profsojuznaja St., Kazan). Playing days: May 31 – June 2, 4-6, 8-10, 12-14, and 16-17. Tie-breaks (if needed) and the Closing Ceremony will take place on June 18. All rounds begin at 3 pm local time.

The drawing of lots ceremony took place on April 30 in Moscow and was attended by Arkady Dvorkovich, President of FIDE, and Judit Polgar, the strongest female player in the history of chess and Honorary FIDE Vice-President. These will be the pairings for the first round:

Valentina Gunina  -   Kateryna Lagno   Alexandra Kosteniuk  -   Alexandra Goryachkina Nana Dzagnidze  -   Tan Zhongyi Maria Muzychuk   -   Anna Muzychuk


A special chess tent will be installed on Bauman street near the playing venue. On the playing days, grandmaster Sergey Shipov will be commenting the games live for the Russian-speaking audience. On the rest days, the tent will be hosting side activities such as blitz tournaments, master classes, meeting with chess celebrities, and simultaneous displays by famous grandmasters.

GM Evgeny Miroshnichenko and IM Elisabeth Paehtz will be commenting the events of the Candidates Tournament for the English-speaking audience.

The winner of the FIDE Women’s Candidates Tournament qualifies for the World Championship Match with Ju Wenjun (China), where both players will compete for a total prize fund of €500,000, which is 150% percent bigger than in the previous championship match.

The Republic of Tatarstan is rightly considered to be one of the strongest sporting regions of Russia, and Kazan is often referred to as the sports capital of Russia. Thanks to its widespread sporting infrastructure, Tatarstan hosts more than 800 competitions each year, including all-Russian and international events in various sports.

The chess history of the Republic of Tatarstan accounts to 135 years. The chess life revolves around the Republican Sports Olympic Reserve School, named after the great Tatarstani player Rashid Gibyatovich Nezhmetdinov, the only player in the world to become international master in chess as well as USSR master is checkers.

This is not the first time for Kazan to host prominent chess events of such caliber. In 1999 it carried out the Women's World Championship Match between Alisa Galliamova and Xie Jun. In 2011 the capital of Tatarstan hosted the Candidates Matches. Next year, the city organized one of the legs of the Women's Grand Prix, and in 2014 it welcomed the Russian Superfinals.

The organizers are FIDE, Russian Chess Federation, Government of the Republic of Tatarstan, Ministry of Sports of the Republic of Tatarstan, and city administration of Kazan.

The tournament is sponsored by PJSC PhosAgro and Russian Railways.

Official website https://fwct2019.com/en 

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Official website: www.fide.com  

Russian Chess Federation (RCF) is a public non-profit organization that brings together individuals and chess federations of republics, regions, federal cities, autonomous regions and districts of the Russian Federation. The mission of the Russian Chess Federation is to promote and popularize chess in the Russian Federation. The RCF was founded on 15 February 1992 The RCF organizes the annual All-Russian children’s chess tournament Belaya Ladya, the Championship of Russia and other chess tournaments. In 2012, the RCF launched the “Chess in Museums” program. In 2014, the RCF launched the Chess to Orphanages program. The first competition between teams from orphanages and boarding schools took place in Zhemchuzhina Grand Hotel in Sochi on May 2-9, 2016
Official website: www.ruchess.ru/en/  

PJSC PhosAgro is a traditional partner of the Russian Chess Federation. PhosAgro group is an absolute leader in the field of delivery all kinds of fertilizers in the Russian market and is one of the three largest producers of phosphate-based fertilizers in the world.
Its core line of business, including a phosphate raw materials, 39 brands of fertilizers, feed phosphates, ammonia, sodium tripoluphosphate, is used by consumers of 100 countries of all inhabited continents. The priority distribution areas, besides Russia and the CIS states, are Latin America countries, Europe and Asia.
The general partner of the Russian Chess Federation since 2010. Andrey A. Guryev, CEO and Chairman of the Management Board of PJSC PhosAgro, is the RCF Vice-President and a member of the RCF Board of Trustees.
PhosAgro group is a strategic partner of FIDE in holding the Grand Prix Series as part of the World Championship Cycle 2019-2020.
PhosAgro sponsored the World Chess Championship Matches in Sochi, New York and London, the Candidates Tournament in Berlin, and the Moscow Grand Prix leg (2017). At the same time, the company continues to promote chess in its presence regions by opening chess classes in sponsored schools and kindergartens as well as financing the education and training of chess pedagogues.
Official website: https://www.phosagro.com  

Russian Railways is one of the largest railway companies in the world. It ships enormous volumes of freight and passengers and has high financial ratings, qualified specialists in all areas of railway transportation, a large scientific and technical base, design and construction capacities, and considerable experience in cooperating with international partners.
The company runs one of the largest transportation systems in the world: the operational length of the tracks is 85,500 km, and the length of electrified lines is 43,700 km.
Russian Railways provides over 45% of the total cargo turnover (including pipeline transportation) and about 25% of passenger traffic in the Russian Federation.
Official website: http://eng.rzd.ru 

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Nepomniachtchi is Second Finalist in Moscow Grand Prix

FIDE - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 21:23



Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia will face his compatriot, Alexander Grischuk, in the final of the Moscow Grand Prix starting on Monday.
Getting there was not easy.

One day after Grischuk qualified for the final by beating Hikaru Nakamura of the United States in the regulation portion of their match, Nepomniachtchi needed to overcome Radoslaw Wojtaszek of Poland in tie-breaker games to advance.

It turned out to be the longest tie-breaker of the tournament. Both rapid games ended in draws, necessitating two more games at a faster time control of 10 minutes per player, with 10 seconds added to the time after each move. After the first game in the faster format ended in a draw, Nepomniachtchi finally prevailed in the second game, clinching the match.

The Moscow Grand Prix, which is being held at the Central Chess Players' House, is the first in a series of four tournaments to select two players for next year's Candidates tournament. The winner of that tournament will become the challenger for the 2020 World Championship match to be held in November.

There are 21 players in the Grand Prix, with each playing three of the four tournaments.

The prize fund for each competition is 130,000 euros with an additional 280,000 euros allocated among the top 10 finishers in the series, for a total of 800,000 euros.

The principal sponsors of the series are PhosAgro, a giant Russian fertilizer company, and Kaspersky Lab, a worldwide leader in data security. The series is being organized and broadcast by Worldchess on its website under the auspices of the World Chess Federation, which is better known as FIDE, the game's governing body.

The knockout format is new this year and it has produced some exciting and tense games. Indeed, Nepomniachtchi was on the ropes in the first rapid game, in which he had Black. While he made no really obvious error, by Move 18, Wojtaszek had a comfortable space advantage and a clear line of attack on the queenside.

He built up his position methodically, but at the critical moment, he elected not to win an exchange by playing 24 Bc6, instead opting to recapture a pawn with 24 Qe5. Though White's position was still better, he could find no way to convert his advantage and Nepomniachtchi was eventually able to exchange off most of the material and force a draw.

In an interview afterward (which can be seen on Youtube), Nepomniachtchi said he was sort of pessimistic about his chances in the first game but said he was not sure if he was ever completely lost.

In Game 2, the critical moment came when Nepomniachtchi made a speculative bishop sacrifice (26 Bh6) to open up Wojtaszek's king. The game ended in a perpetual check, but a computer engine suggested that it might not have if Black had played 28 ... Qd8 instead of 28... f6.

With no winner in the rapid games, the match moved on to faster time controls. Game 1 was complicated, but neither player ever established clear superiority. Wojtaszek won a pawn, but had to give up the bishop pair to do it. That gave Nepomniachtchi enough compensation. The game was hard-fought and lasted 40 moves before ending in a draw as there was no longer enough material for either player to win.

In the final game, Nepomniachtchi and Wojtaszek repeated the opening from Game 2 of the rapids, but Wojtaszek made a significant change by playing 14 ... d5. There was nothing wrong with the move, but he had to play accurately and did not. With 18... Bc5, he blundered, overlooking that 19 b4 gained several tempi because Black's bishop had to cover the e7 square to prevent a knight fork that would snare Black's queen. A few moves later, the game was over, as White was about to win a piece and Black had no compensation.

Afterward, Nepomniachtchi said that he was lucky to have prevailed, while Wojtaszek said that his failure to convert his advantage in Game 1 of the rapids was partly due to nervousness.

After a rest day on Sunday, the final will begin on Monday at 3 PM local time. The broadcast can be viewed free and live at www.worldchess.com.

Report by Dylan Loeb McClain.


Link to the photos of the tie-break.

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Official website https://worldchess.com/news/1349

Leading partners supporting the FIDE Grand Prix Series 2019 organized by World Chess include:

PhosAgro, a leading chemical company as the Official Strategic Partner
Kaspersky Lab, as the Official Cybersecurity Partner
Russian Post, as the Official Logistics Partner
PRYTEK, as the Technology Transfer Partner
BMW, as the Official Auto Partner

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