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First major title for a Neural Network in chess: LC0 wins TCEC Cup

Chessdom - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 14:59

Neural Network chess fans around the world are celebrating as the first major computer chess title for the self-learning engine Lc0 (Leela Chess Zero) is a fact. Lc0 conquered the golden medal of the TCEC Cup in a 32 player knockout against the best engines in the world. The only NN playing in the competition emerged victorious after knocking out consecutively Tucano (8-0), Xiphos (6-2), Andscacs (5,5-2,5), the three time TCEC champion Komodo at the semi-final (10-8), and the three time TCEC champion Houdini at the final (4,5-3,5). Thus, Lc0 received the TCEC Cup gold medal, ahead of Houdini and the defending champion Stockfish.

Replay: Lc0 – Houdini , the decisive game

It seems that a knockout format with 30 min time control is the favorite of the world’s top NN engine. Lc0 won its first major medal in the same competition last year, while just three months later it is able to win the gold medal, going all the way undefeated.

Final standings (click on the image for full view)

Click on the image for full size view

Houdini – Stockfish (semi-final) by Kingscrusher

The match that forced Lc0 to play direct matches against all champions in TCEC history, analysed by Kingscrusher

First “end of an era” match?

Ever since Lc0 entered the Top Chess Engine Championship back in S12, the Neural Network believers were excited that an “end of an era” is coming. This expression originates in the fact that Stockfish has been dominating the computer chess world as the strongest AB chess engine, and that Leela as a Neural Network has the highest chance of changing the status quo.

Lc0 did not have a direct match against Stockfish in the TCEC Cup this year. However, it defeated in the final Houdini – a version that has won the TCEC Championship and that eliminated Stockfish at the semi-final. At its own semi-final Lc0 defeated another multiple times TCEC champion – Komodo – thus confirming that the second place in the Premier Division was a deserved one. This second place will finally give the chance to Lc0 to face Stockfish for the highest title of computer chess. It will happen at a 100 games long time control head-to-head match, the Superfinal of TCEC, that starts this February 4th at 15:00 CET.

The Superfinal is a chance for Lc0 to conquer yet another pinnacle. The TCEC Cup is the first time this TCEC season that LCZero did not lose a game – it did lose games in the lower Div3, Div2, and Div1. However, Lc0 has a win against every engine that it met this season. Except one – Stockfish.

Is the Superfinal going to be the “end of an era” or just another episode of a long lasting battle to come? Follow Stockfish – Lc0 Superfinal match live at the official website.

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7th FIDE World Cup in Composing 2019

FIDE - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 13:50



The World Chess Federation with the collaboration of the World Federation for Chess Composition (www.wfcc.ch), is organising the 7th FIDE World Cup in Composing in eight sections. 

The tournament will be conducted from February 1st to August 1st, 2019.

The deadline for entries' submission is March 1st 2019.

The Director will send all compositions to the judges on uniform and anonymous diagrams by March 15, 2019. All judges are to submit their awards by June 15th, 2019

The final results will be published not later than August 1st, 2019

Download REGULATIONS (pdf) for more information.




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2019 FIDE World Team Championships to be staged in Astana, Kazakhstan

FIDE - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 10:02




FIDE confirms the World Team Championship (Open and Women sections) to be staged in Astana, Kazakhstan. The event will take place between March 4 (arrival) and March 15 (departure). FIDE President nominates India as a wild card both for Open and Women sections as they were first reserves according to the results of 2018 Olympiad.

In addition, the host Federation (Kazakhstan) will have a right to nominate its teams.

Here is the final list of participating countries:

Open Section Qualification Path Women Section Qualification Path China Defending World Team Champion Russia Defending Women World Team Champion Azerbaijan  European Team Champion China Women Asian Team Champion Iran Asian Team Champion USA America’s Highest Average Rating USA America’s Highest Average Rating Egypt Africa’s Highest Average Rating Egypt Africa’s Highest Average Rating Ukraine FIDE Olympiad 2018 Russia FIDE Olympiad 2018 Georgia FIDE Olympiad 2018 Poland FIDE Olympiad 2018 Hungary FIDE Olympiad 2018 England FIDE Olympiad 2018 Armenia FIDE Olympiad 2018 Kazakhstan Team from HF Kazakhstan Team from HF India Team nominated by the FIDE President India Team nominated by the FIDE President

 

List of reserve teams:

Reserve Teams Open Section Women Section 1st reserve Team Vietnam Azerbaijan 2nd reserve Team Armenia Kazakhstan 3rd reserve Team France France 4th reserve Team Ukraine Spain

2019 WTCC REGULATIONS
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February 2019 FIDE Rating List

FIDE - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 18:58



FIDE publishes February 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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TCEC Season 12 – the 12th Top Chess Engine Championship

Chessdom - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 15:02

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

This is the second in a new series of analytical articles on past TCEC events. The main text can be read below on this webpage, and at the bottom you will find a link to the full layouted article in pdf format, including the important tables, graphs and images.

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

Introduction

After the successes of TCEC Season 11 (Haworth and Hernandez, 2018a), the Top Chess Engine Championship moved straight on to Season 12, starting April 18th 2018 with the same divisional structure if somewhat evolved.
Five divisions, each of eight engines, played two or more ‘DRR’ double round robin phases each, with promotions and relegations following. Classic tempi gradually lengthened and the Premier division’s top two engines played a 100-game match to determine the Grand Champion. The strategy for the selection of mandated openings was finessed from division to division. The revised TCEC engine line-up is illustrated and listed in Fig. 1 and Table 1.

Besides using FIDE’s 3x-repetition and 50-move drawing rules, TCEC terminated a game at move 40 or later if both engines had |eval| < 0.05 for ten consecutive plies in the current phase, i.e., since the last pawn-advance and/or capture. TCEC12 fell in line with most of the participating engines by adjudicating endgames using the Syzygy DTZ50″ EGTs rather than the Gaviota DTM EGTs which do not recognise the 50-move rule. 5-man EGTs were used for the divisions and 6-man EGTs were used for the Superfinal. Games which were apparently decisive were terminated by TCEC if both engines consistently agreed for the last eight plies that the evaluation is at least 6.5 or at most -6.5.
ELO ranged from 2714 to 3554, averaging 3143. Four new engines joined the fray this time:

  • LEELA CHESS ZERO, a new-architecture UCT/NN engine from a large community,
  • RODENT by the Polish chess programmer Pawel Koziol,
  • TUCANO by the Brazilian professional software developer/programmer Alcides Schulz, and
  • XIPHOS by the Serbian mathematician and computer scientist Milos Tatarevic.

The formidable 44-core server of TCEC11 was used unchanged in TCEC12.

Division 4, two DRR phases, 28 rounds, 112 games, tempo 30′+10″/m

A principal focus was the participation of the exciting LEELA CHESS ZERO, a neural-network-architecture engine inspired by the innovations of Deep Mind’s ALPHAZERO (Silver et al, 2017). The 14 most common two-move openings in the second author’s CATOBASE (Hernandez, 2018) were allocated to rounds 1-7 and 15-21, and with colours reversed for rounds 8-14 and 22-28, see Table 2.

The results, as played, are as in Table 3 though a rule introduced in TCEC11 required that the participation of SCORPIO be scratched as it had three technical crashes. The seven connection breaks with the server were thought to be caused by deadlock conditions in the engine. These losses in fact made no difference to the final ranking on this occasion. LC0 did not in fact progress but will be greatly helped by GPU assistance in a future season. The generic statistical review of TCEC12 results and terminations is given for each phase of TCEC12 in Table 11.

For division 4, all rounds have four games so game r.n is game 4r-4+n in the pgn files (Haworth and Hernandez, 2018b) and the colour-flipped pairings of engines are 28 games apart. This division had 10.8% of its wins below the diagonal of the eventual x-table. ETHEREAL alone was much improved, undefeated and a strong first while XIPHOS kept RODENT III in a distant third place, beating it 4-0.

Division 3, two DRR phases, 28 rounds, 112 games, tempo 30′+10″/m

In this division, the same fourteen openings were mandated as for Division 4 and used in the same order. This time however, the colour-reversed game followed immediately rather than 28 games later, giving an earlier balanced view on the bilateral contests. Rounds were therefore of eight games rather than four and were numbered from 1 to 14.

Draws under the 50-move rule are very rare in TCEC, less than 1% of terminations. This is because most engines seem to monitor the ply-count, zero their evaluations as they see it reaching 100, and allow TCEC draw-adjudication to take its course. Game 13.1/97, CHESSBRAINVB-WASP, was however a 50m-rule draw: CHESSBRAINVB retained hopes of a win to the end, despite being a pawn down.

CHESSBRAINVB was a clear winner but the race for the second promotion-spot was close. XIPHOS pulled off its second promotion this season, despite having lost its head-to-head matches with fellow candidates ETHEREAL and PEDONE. ETHEREAL more than justified its promotion to Division 3.

Division 2, two DRR phases, 28 rounds, 112 games, tempo 30′+10″/m

Fourteen of the most frequent 100 two-move openings in CATOBASE were allocated to rounds 1-14 with, again, the colour-reversed games being played immediately.

This time, FRITZ and TEXEL won promotion but the newly promoted XIPHOS and CHESSBRAINVB took the next two places. There were 10 technical crashes in the division, and both ARASAN and HANNIBAL were disqualified and relegated for disconnecting from the server: a pity as they had both scored wins against FRITZ. VAJOLET no doubt counted itself lucky to survive.

Division 1, two DRR phases, 28 rounds, 112 games, tempo 60′+10″/m

The normalised Sonneborn-Berger scores suggest that this was the most closely-contested division of TCEC12. Eventually, GINKGO and JONNY triumphed though FIZBO and BOOOT kept the result in doubt until almost the end. Thankfully, we did not see another rash of engine-disconnect fails, the one ultimately irrelevant incident being g8.8/64, FRITZ–JONNY. FRITZ as Black had beaten JONNY in their first, g1.7/7, encounter and hung on to its recent promotion: TEXEL did not.

Division P, four DRR phases, 56 rounds, 224 games, tempo 90′+10″/m

STOCKFISH was the only unbeaten engine but was still second with a Performance ELO of 3443, 121 down on its nominal 3554. KOMODO lost its eight-game match against STOCKFISH but had a better harvest of wins against the bottom three engines. HOUDINI made up the three engines that stretched away from the others. CHIRON crashed three times in the first round and was pulled from the event.

The TCEC12 Superfinal match: 100 games, tempo 120′+15″/m

The Superfinal between STOCKFISH and KOMODO surprised in two ways. First, it was not close and secondly, the win-rate was high. STOCKFISH won 29-9, 23/6 as White and 6/3 as Black so White also dominated Black 29-9. In terms of the fifty two-game pairs, STOCKFISH won 22 pairs 1½-½ and the g71-72 pair 2-0: KOMODO won 4 pairs 1½-½. GM Thechesspuzzler (2018) created a Youtube stream for the TCEC12 Superfinal. Wool (2018) provided some useful chessic insight on TCEC12 as a whole.

Summary

We gather together some generic statistics for the Divisions and Superfinal in Tables 11 and 12. These will help aficionados and analysts of computer chess to identify the particular games of interest to them later. The pgn files and further data are included with the e-repository version of this note (Haworth and Hernandez, 2018). Our congratulations go once again to the TCEC audience who made for a lively discussion forum, to all participants, particularly to those who gained promotion and to the TCEC12 Grand Champion, STOCKFISH and all its supporters.

REFERENCES
  • CPW (2018). https://tinyurl.com/icga046. Biographies of programs and authors.
  • de Man, R. (2018). http://tablebase.sesse.net/syzygy/. Site providing 5- and 6-man DTZ50 EGTs.
  • ‘GM Thechesspuzzler’ (2018). https://tinyurl.com/icgaj036. TCEC video playlists.
  • Haworth, G. McC. and Hernandez, N. (2018a). TCEC11: the 11th Top Chess Engine Championship. ICGA Journal 40(3). See also http://centaur.reading.ac.uk/75899/ for supporting data – results, statistics and pgn files.
  • Haworth, G. McC. and Hernandez, N. (2018b). http://centaur.reading.ac.uk/76985/. TCEC12: the 12th Top Chess Engine Championship. This article plus supporting data – results, statistics and pgn files.
  • Silver, D. et al (2017) https://arxiv.org/abs/1712.01815 Mastering Chess and Shogi by Self-Play with a General Reinforcement Learning Algorithm.
  • TCEC (2018) http://tcec.chessdom.com. Current and past TCEC tournaments.
  • Twitch (2018). https://www.twitch.tv/. A video/chat platform and community for gamers.
  • Wool, A. (2018) http://mytcecexperience.blogspot.co.uk/ TCEC blog.
Full article

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Vladimir Kramnik ends his chess career

Chessdom - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 14:30

Former world champion Vladimir Kramnik (43) has just announced that he will end his career as a professional chess player. Kramnik was world champion from 2000 until 2007. He dethroned Garry Kasparov by beating him 8.5 – 6.5 in 2000. Kramnik didn’t lose a single game during this world championship match. He has won virtually all top tournaments, most notably ten clear of shared victories in Dortmund.

Kramnik: “I already decided to finish my professional chess career a couple of months ago and now, after having played my last tournament, I would like to announce it publicly.”

“The life of a professional chess player was a great journey and I am very thankful to chess for all it has given me. It has sometimes been difficult, sometimes more successful than I could ever imagine, but in any case it has been a priceless human experience for me. I have always tried my best to give it all from my side, being fully involved in it while working and playing chess.”

Vladimir Kramnik (photo by A.Karlovich)

“But I have also expressed in interviews before that I would like to try doing something else one day, and since my chess player motivation has dropped significantly in recent months, it feels like the right moment for it. I would like to concentrate on projects which I have been developing during the last months especially in the field of chess for children and education. I will soon provide more detailed information about those.”

Vladimir Kramnik developed a training program for the chess section of Sirius Educational Center in Sochi, the elite Russian establishment for talented children.

“I might still like to play a rapid or blitz chess tournament at times, or do a simultaneous like the Tata Steel Chess simultaneous in the Dutch parliament building this afternoon and will participate in various events connected with chess, popularising this great game.”

Jeroen van den Berg, director of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament: “I am honoured that Vladimir Kramnik has picked the Tata Steel Chess Tournament to be his last. I would have liked to see him to take leave with a better result, though. Vladimir is a great player. He is dynamic, all-round and a great fighter with a very keen insight. But above all he is a wonderful and warm person, with a great sense of humour. I will miss his presence in the top of the chess world, as will many chess aficionados all over the world. I wish him all the best with everything he is going to undertake and am sure our paths will cross again many more times.”

In the past weeks Kramnik participated in the Tata Steel Chess Tournament. This afternoon he will play the Tata Steel Chess simultaneous (Torentje Schaak) Tata Steel has organised for members of parliament and journalists in the parliament building in The Hague. This simultaneous is always the last event of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament.

Kramnik was recently appointed member of FIDE Planning and Development Commission (PDC).

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Agreement with the 2022 Minsk Olympiad Organisers signed

FIDE - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 14:20



Today, January 29th 2019, in Minsk an Agreement between FIDE and the Organisers of the 2022 World Chess Olympiad, 2020 FIDE Women's World Cup, 2021 FIDE World Chess Cup and 2022 FIDE Congress was signed.

The Agreement was signed by FIDE President A. Dvorkovich, on behalf of FIDE, and Ms. A. Sorokina. President of the Belarus Chess Federation and Mr. S. Kovalchuk, Minister of Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Belarus, on behalf of the Organisers.

During his visit to Minsk, the FIDE President also met with President of Republic of Belarus, H.E. A. Lukashenko to discuss the future of the mutually beneficial relationship between the World Chess Federation and the Republic of Belarus.








Mr. S. Kovalchuk, Minister of Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Belarus, FIDE President A. Dvorkovich and President of the Belarus Chess Federation Ms. A. Sorokina

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FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich met with FIFA President Gianni Infantino

FIDE - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 09:08



FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich had a meeting with FIFA President Gianni Infantino in Zurich on January 24. During the meeting they thoroughly discussed the prospect for further cooperation in the near future and agreed on the nearest short term actions.

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FIDE and Grand Chess Tour to cooperate over scheduling

FIDE - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 18:39



FIDE and the Grand Chess Tour are pleased to confirm that they will cooperate with regards to the final scheduling arrangements of participants in both the 2019 FIDE Grand Prix and the 2019 Grand Chess Tour. This will ensure that Players can accept invitations to both the 2019 Grand Chess Tour and the 2019 FIDE Grand Prix series should they wish to do so.

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2nd Global Strategy Commission's Meeting

FIDE - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 14:47



The second GSC meeting took place in Wijk aan Zee from January 25th to 27th 2019.

Present:
Arkady Dvorkovich (FIDE President)
Emil Sutovsky (GSC Chairman)
Bassem Amin
Ken Rogoff
Ignatius Leong
Darmen Sadvakasov
Pavel Tregubov
Jeroen van den Berg


The following topics have been discussed:

- Concrete steps approaching the corporate world

- Format and Bidding procedure for the World Championship Match and other Major FIDE events

- World Team Championship 2019 location

- Final structure of Candidates Tournament 2020 composition

- Dress code in official tournaments

- Grand Master title image

- Draw offer

- Asian chess boom

- Technical issues (tie-break and pairings systems for Swiss tournaments)


Many important decisions are submitted for the Presidential Board’s approval.

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Pantsulaia emerges Chennai Open 2019 Champion

Chessdom - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 02:27

GM Pantsulaia Levan (Georgia) with 8.5 points emerged the Champion after the tenth and final round in the 11th Chennai Open International Grandmaster Chess tournament 2019 for Sakthi Group Dr N Mahalingam Trophy at Novotel IBIS OMR Hotel, Sholinganallur, Chennai on Friday 25th January, 2019.

In the crucial final round, Pantsulaia drew with top seed GM Predke Alexandr of Russia, moving to 8.5 points. The draw propelled the Georgian to clear first. This follows Pantsulaia’s title triumph at Delhi Open last fortnight, giving him back-to-back titles, a great start for 2019. The Georgian would take home the winner’s cheque of Rupees 300000 (Euros 3714) along with the handsome Sakthi Group Dr N Mahalingam Trophy.

Pantsulaia Levan (Georgia)

Sharing the second spot with 8.0 points were five Grandmasters viz., Popov Ivan (Russia), Aleksandrov Aleksej (Belarus), Paichadze Luka (Georgia), Megaranto Susanto (Indonesia) and Rozum Ivan (Russia). The top seeds had their say in the final round, as all the decisive games in the top ten boards went in favor of the higher rated player.

The Rupees 15 lakhs (Euros 18573) prize money tournament came to a glittering end, as the trophies and cash prizes were handed over to he winners’ by the Chief Guest India’s first International Master Manuel Aaron.

Present in the dais were Mr D V Sundar, Vice President, FIDE, Mr Stephen Balasamy P, Gen. Secretary, Tamil Nadu State Chess Association, International Arbiter R Anantharam, Mr B Murugavel, Vice President, Tamil Nadu State Chess Association and Chief Arbiter Manjunatha M.

Pantsulaia receiving the trophy from Chief Guest Manuel Aaron

Final Placings:
1. Pantsulaia Levan (Georgia) 8.5,
2-6. Popov Ivan (Russia), Aleksandrov Aleksej (Belarus), Paichadze Luka (Georgia), Megaranto Susanto (Indonesia), Ivan Rozum (Russia) 8.0,
7-14. Lugovskoy Maxim (Russia), Karthik Venkataraman (India), Predke Alexandr (Russia), Girish A Koushik, Vignesh N R (both India), Tran Tuan Minh (Vietnam), Czebe Attila (Hungary), Khusenkhojaev Muhammad (Tajikistan) 7.5 points (286 players)

R R Vasudevan
Press Officer
Chennai Open 2019

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2019 Grand Prix Series: Dates and Qualifiers

FIDE - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 16:08



FIDE and World Chess are pleased to announce the 2019 Grand Prix Series dates. There will be four exciting knock-out events:

1st leg: May 16th – 30th;
2nd leg: July 11th – 25th;
3rd leg: November 4th – 18th;
4th leg: December 10th – 24th.

Two winners will qualify for the 2020 Candidates Tournament. Total prize for each event will be EUR 130,000. In addition, EUR 280,000 Prize Fund to be awarded based on the best cumulative score in the entire Series.

FIDE publishes the list of qualified players and 12 reserves. Players will have 7 days to sign the contract after FIDE publishes the contract as well as Rules and Regulations and the list of cities which will host the Series.

  PLAYERS QUALIFIED AVERAGE       1 Magnus Carlsen 2840,17 2 Fabiano Caruana 2816,67 3 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 2812,17 4 Ding Liren 2795,75 5 Vladimir Kramnik 2786,33 6 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2783,83 7 Anish Giri 2779,75 8 Wesley So 2778,92 9 Levon Aronian 2773,08 10 Viswanathan Anand 2770,58 11 Alexander Grischuk 2767,92 12 Hikaru Nakamura 2767,83 13 Sergey Karjakin 2766,08 14 Yu Yangyi  2761,42 15 Ian Nepomniachtchi 2758 16 Peter Svidler 2751,75 17 Teimour Radjabov 2751,75 18 Veselin Topalov 2744,58 19 Dmitry Jakovenko 2739,75 20 David Navara 2737,5         RESERVE PLAYERS AVERAGE       1 Radoslaw Wojtaszek 2734,5 2 Wei Yi 2733,92 3 Jan-Krzysztof Duda 2733 4 Pentala Harikrishna 2732,92 5 Nikita Vitiugov 2726,92 6 Le Quang Liem 2723,67 7 Bu Xiangzhi 2719,67 8 Richard Rapport 2719,33 9 Li Chao b 2716,25 10 Wang Hao  2715,33 11 Vladimir Fedoseev 2713,33 12 Arkadij Naiditsch 2713,17


The Grand Prix Series will be featured on Eurosport.

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FIDE announces a new format of cooperation with World Chess

FIDE - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 13:34



FIDE announces that it has reached an agreement with World Chess on a new format of its future cooperation.

According to the Addendum to the Agreement:

— FIDE is recognized as the holder of the rights to all tournaments of the World Championship Cycle, including the Candidates Tournament and the World Championship Match, except for the series of Grand Prix 2019, 2021. Bidding procedures will take place to determine the organizers of Candidates' Tournaments and World Championship Matches. World Chess retains commercial position in the cycle’s revenue;

— World Chess is the exclusive organizer of the Grand Prix series 2019, 2021 with an agreed budget for each tournament. At the same time, the Parties will agree on strict Guidelines aimed at maintaining a high level of these tournaments; 

— World Chess continues its work for attracting sponsorship for the World Championship Cycle under the guidance of FIDE;

— FIDE and World Chess intend to jointly develop and commercialize video content of major chess events, making chess a spectator sport;

— World Chess receives the title of official FIDE broadcaster (except for the Candidates Tournaments, World Championship Matches, Olympiads and World Cups). FIDE and World Chess intend to jointly develop a policy of broadcasting FIDE events in the interests of spectators and long-term commercial development of chess sports. In line with the policy, World Chess shall develop the official broadcasting widget in accordance with FIDE technical guidelines that will be offered for free to all media and sites alike and will allow live moves relay broadcast. World Chess will also develop and promote video broadcasting of Grand Prix and other tournaments as will be determined by FIDE and World Chess in the future.

The parties have agreed on the financial terms of their cooperation. Specific financial details are confidential by agreement of the Parties, but the parties are pleased to announce that they are satisfied with the agreement and looking forward to working together.

The above-mentioned Addendum to the Agreement has already been approved by the FIDE Presidential Board by an overwhelming number of votes.

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Dates for the 2019 World Teams Championships for men and women confirmed

FIDE - Thu, 01/24/2019 - 17:02


FIDE is confirming the dates of the World Teams Championships 2019 for both men and women from 4th March (arrival) until 15th March (departure).

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FIDE World Junior Chess Championship for the Disabled 2019

FIDE - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 11:08



We are pleased to announce that the 3rd FIDE World Junior Chess Championship for the Disabled will be held in the Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA from July 9-15, 2019.

In the previous two World Junior Chess Championships, young players with disabilities demonstrated a strong will to improve and master the game of chess through their participation in this high level competition. Supporting equality in sports.

 

The organizer and team is dedicated to ensuring that each player achieves his or her greatest experience in this event. The event includes a professional ‘Chess Masters Training Program’ that is directed by Grandmaster Thomas Luther, Chairperson of the FIDE Chess for Disabled (DIS) Commission. This ’masters program’ provides essential training and support that aims to encourage and motivate players with disabilities to participate in other events, such as the FIDE World Junior U20 Chess Championship.

The 2019 event regulations and online registration can be found on the official website: www.WorldJuniorChess.org.

Registration for the event includes participation in the ‘Chess Masters Training Program’ which is provided at no extra cost to the participants.

INVITATION (pdf)

Current and previous World Junior Chess Champions:

  2018 Ilia Lipilin, Russia 2017 Raphael Zimmer, Germany


A special thank you to the major sponsors of this event.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Cherry Hill! For more complete details, please visit the official website at www.WorldJuniorChess.org.

 

Yours for Chess,
IO Beatriz Marinello
Chief Organizer of the Tournament

GM Thomas Luther
Chairperson DIS Commission

Dora Martinez
Event Press Officer
Councillor, DIS Commission

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Meeting of FIDE Executive Director with African Chess Confederation

FIDE - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 10:15



On 19th of January 2019, the FIDE Executive Director, GM Victor Bologan in company of the FIDE International Director, GM Al-Mudahka Mohd met with the Board of the African Chess Confederation at the Laico Regency Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. The Board of the ACC headed by Lewis Ncube is meeting for the first time in Nairobi following the ACC elections that were held on the side lines of the FIDE General Assembly and Congress in Batumi, Georgia in October 2018.

As part of this forum, the FIDE Executive Director made tangible key agreements that will enhance efficiency, accountability, transparency and sustainability of operations in the continent accompanied by measurable key performance indicators. With FIDE Committing about Euro 3 million towards development initiatives in all FIDE affiliated federations, ACC is expected to improve performance among all its member federations.



Seated (Left to right): IA Dr Marouane Tabti, FIDE CEO – GM Victor Bologan, ACC President Lewis Ncube, GM Al-Mudahka Mohamed, IA Kezzie Msukwa.

Standing (Left to right): Omer Abdalla Deab, Benard Wanjala (Host President), Joe Mahomole, IA Tshepiso Lopang, GM Slim Bouaziz, Ansumana Kamara, Phillip Ameku


Meeting in session


ACC President Lewis Ncube and FIDE CEO Victor Bologan leading the agreements

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Chennai Open: Akash among leaders, Harshavardhan stuns GM Rozum

Chessdom - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 17:39

Former National Champion International Master G Akash shared the lead with 4.0 points after the fourth round of the 11th Chennai Open International Grandmaster Chess tournament 2019 for Sakthi Group Dr N Mahalingam Trophy at Novotel IBIS OMR Hotel, Chennai here today.

GM Norm holder Akash scored over Grandmaster Ziatdinov Raset of USA. In the top board GM Paichadze Luka of Georgia scored over defending Champion, Grandmaster Laxman R R of India.

Sharing the lead at 4.0 points with Paichadze Luka (Georgia) were Tran Tuan Minh, Nguyen Van Huy (both Vietnam), Lugovskoy Maxim (Russia), Akash G, Karthik Venkataraman, Shyamnikhil P, Harikrishnan A Ra and Girish A Koushik (all India). Half a point behind at 3.5 points were 11 players including GMs Popov Ivan (Russia) and Aleksandrov Aleksej (Belarus) among others.

Top seeded Russian Grandmaster Alexandr Predke shed his second half a point, against Chennai based International Master T U Navin Kanna and remains at 3.0 points.

Top seed GM Alexandr Predke, P Stephen Balasamy, Gen Secy, TNSCA, B Murugavel, Vice President, TNSCA, GM Elect D Gukesh, D V Sundar, Vice President, FIDE, Frederic Friedel, Co-founder, ChessBase, IM Manuel Aaron

GM Norm holder Akash put it across GM Ziatdinov Raset of USA in a Ruy Lopez game that lasted 46 moves. An early exchange sacrifice showed the Indian’s will to go all out for win. Shattering both sides of the board, Akash kept the Ziatdinov’s king in the centre and finished the game in a flourish giving his rook thereby forcing the queening of his pawn.

Earlier, IM Norm holder G B Harshavardhan (Velammal School, Chennai) scored the biggest win of his career defeating third seeded Russian Grandmaster Rozum Ivan (ELO 2589) in the third round that concluded late yesterday. Rozum side stepped a draw by repetition on the 20th move, but went into an inferior rook ending that Chennai boy fully used to his advantage securing the win after 56 moves. Further, Harsha came up with a steady show today holding International Master N R Vignesh to a draw and is scheduled to meet Grandmaster Stupak Kirill (Belarus) in the next round.

IM Norm holder Harshavardhan G B

The third round also witnessed upset wins for Sai Vishwesh C and Senthil Maran K over Grandmasters Deviatkin Andrei and Sundararajan Kidambi respectively. Six rounds remain in this Rupees 15 lakhs (Euros 18460) prize money tournament that concludes on Friday, 25th January, 2019.

Earlier, the inauguration was preceded by a felicitation for the achievement of second youngest Grandmaster title in the history of chess by Chennai boy D Gukesh (DOB 29th May, 2006). Achieving the final GM Norm in the recently concluded Delhi Open, Gukesh, who is our current World Under 12 Champion, made it on his 12th year, 7th month and 17th day. The Velammal School boy fell short of world record holder Russian Sergey Karjakin by 17 days. Karjakin (DOB 12th Jan, 1990) had completed the GM title in 12 years and 7 months in 2002.

Mr S Kailasanathan, CEO, Microsense, GM Elect D Gukesh, International Master Manuel Aaron, Mr D V Sundar, Vice President, FIDE

Speaking on the felicitation of GM Elect Gukesh, Mr D V Sundar, Vice President FIDE said, “This boy, Gukesh, is bound to go far, bringing more laurels to himself and the country”.

Mr Frederic Friedel, Co-founder, ChessBase added, “Gukesh shows profound understanding for chess and I see the rising of another Magnus Carlsen in him”.

Mr S Kailasanathan, CEO of Microsense – official sponsor of Gukesh – added, “We could see the talent in Gukesh and were too happy to be of support to him during his great achievement”. M/s Microsense gave a cash award of Rs. 100000 (Rupees one lakh only) to the young achiever.

A cash award of Rs 30000 (Rupees thirty thousand only) was awarded to Master Gukesh on behalf of Tamil Nadu State Chess Association. Also present in the dais were, International Master Manuel Aaron, the Chief Guest, Shri P Stephen Balasamy, Gen. Secretary, TNSCA, Shri B Murugavel, Organising Secretary, Shri Rohan, General Manager, Novotel IBIS OMR Hotel, Shri V Hariharan, former Secretary AICF & TNSCA.

Manik Mikulas (Slovakia) playing Aleksandrov Aleksej (Belarus)

World Under 12 Girls Champion Savitha Shri B

Round 4 results (Indians unless specified) : Paichadze Luka (Geo) 4 bt Laxman R R (3), Manik Mikulas (Svk) 3.5 drew with Aleksandrov Aleksej (Blr) 3.5, Girish A Koushik (4) bt Deepan Chakkravarthy J (3), Stupak Kirill (Blr) 3.5 drew with Muthaiah A L (3.5), Rathanakaran K (3) lost to Tran Tuan Minh (Vie) 4, Tran Minh Thang (Vie) 3 lost to Karthik Venkataraman (4), Vignesh N R (3.5) drew with Harshavardhan G B (3.5), Akash G (4) bt Ziatdinov Raset (USA) 3, Sai Vishwesh C (3) lost to Nguyen Van Huy (Vie) 4

Round 3 results (Indians unless specified) : Pantsulaia Levan (Geo) 2 lost to Tran Minh Thang (Vie) 3, Harshavardhan G B (3) bt Rozum Ivan (Rus) 2, Popov Ivan (Rus) 2.5 drew with Saravanan V (2.5), Srihari L R (2) lost to Paichadze Luka (Geo) 3, Aleksandrov Aleksej (Blr) 3 bt Ameir Moheb (Egy) 2, Ziatdinov Raset (USA) 3 bt Erigaisi Arjun (2), Deepan Chakkravarthy J (3) bt Konguvel Ponnuswamy (2), Suvrajit Saha (2) lost to Stupak Kirill (Blr) 3

Round 2 Results (Indians unless specified) : Saranya J (1) lost to Pantsulaia Levan (Geo) 2, Rozum Ivan (Rus) 2 bt Rajarishi Karthi (1), Rathneesh R (1) lost to Popov Ivan (Rus) 2, Paichadze Luka (Geo) 2 bt Shiva Pavan Teja Sharma U (1), Bala Kannamma P (1) lost to Aleksandrov Aleksej (Blr) 2, Erigaisi Arjun (2) bt Md. Abzid Rahman (Bdesh) 1, Dahale Atul (1) lost to Deepan Chakkravarthy J (2).

Round 1 Results (Indians unless specified) Sathish Chandra G drew with Predke Alexandr (Rus), Pantsulaia Levan (Geo) bt Adireddy Tarun, Dharani Kumar M S lost to Rozum Ivan (Rus), Popov Ivan (Rus) bt Adarsh Tripathi, Evrin Selvam lost to Paichadze Luka (Geo), Aleksandro Aleksej (Blr) bt Aakash G, Badri Narayan B lost to Erigaisi Arjun, Deepan Chakkravarthy J bt Niharika Ch, Divyan T lost to Stupak Kirill (Blr), Tran Tuan Minh (Vie) bt Tejes Suresh Kumar, Giri Abhishek lost to Megaranto Susanto (Ina), Karthik Venkataraman bt Chirag Mudraje.

R R Vasudevan
Press Officer
Chennai Open 2019

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2019 Grand Prix Series

FIDE - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 10:48



FIDE is pleased to announce the 2019 Grand Prix Series, the qualifier for the 2020 Candidates Tournament. It will be held in cooperation with World Chess in a new format aimed at improving its appeal for spectators and players alike.

Each of the top 20 players qualified by rating will take part in 3 out of 4 knock-out tournaments. Each Grand Prix leg will feature 16 participants, including one wild card nominee by the organizers for each event (there will be 4 wild cards, one for each Grand Prix).

Prize fund for each event will be EUR 130,000, and FIDE establishes additional EUR 280,000 Prize Fund to be awarded based on the best cumulative score in the entire Series. FIDE and World Chess are also developing new organizational guidelines that will ensure smooth organization of the Series.

Two winners will qualify for the 2020 Candidates Tournament.

Dates of the Series are being finalized and will be announced by January 28, 2019, mindful of the other top chess events. Cities for the Series will be announced by February 04, 2019.

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TCEC Cup 2 brackets and rules

Chessdom - Sat, 01/19/2019 - 14:51

The second edition of TCEC Cup, the minor trophy of the Top Chess Engine Championship, is going to start this January 21st. It will be a knockout competition involving the 32 world’s best chess engines. See the announcement article here.

TCEC Cup 2 consists of a total of 32 matches divided into sixteenth-final (aka round of 32), eighth-final, quarter-final, semi-final and final. For an engine to reach the TCEC Cup gold medal it must win a total of five matches. Both participants that lose the semi final will be awarded a bronze medal.

Brackets

Here are the brackets of the upcoming TCEC Cup 2:

Official brackets for TCEC Cup 2

Rules for TCEC Cup 2 Event

The TCEC Cup 2 is a knockout format played in TCEC, including all qualifying participants, seeded according to their respective final results in this season’s divisions. The 32 qualifying engines consist of the participants of Premier, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Division, plus the top 9 engines in 4th Division: because Deus X dropped out due to the uniqueness rule, the top 9 engines from Div4 are in the Cup this time (also three engines advanced from Div4 to Div3 this Season 14).

TCEC Cup knockout matches format

The TCEC Cup 2 will take place right after the Premier Division and before the Superfinal, starting on 21 January 2019. It will be a knockout championship with the 32 participants divided into brackets. Each participant will be seeded according to its final standing in the TCEC league event with the #1 seed meeting the #32 seed, #2 meeting #31, etc.

The TCEC Cup 2 will consist of a total of 32 matches divided into sixteenth-finals, eighth-finals, quarter-finals, semi-finals and final. For an engine to win the TCEC Cup gold medal it must win a total of five matches. The two losing semifinalists will play a match for 3rd and 4th place (`small final’).

Three openings books

All matches are played with a book exit from one of the three books in use: A, B or C. No bookless games will be played in the TCEC Cup.
Alternating match games will begin from a randomly selected starting position contained within an opening book created by Nelson Hernandez (aka Cato the Younger) with a large number of unique starting positions derived from human games. Engines will play both sides of each position selected. Openings chosen will roughly approximate human games in terms of their frequency. A new opening should thus occur every other game, then the reverse game is played, so two games in a row from the same starting book position. Because each engine will thus play both sides of every opening, fairness is guaranteed.

Two such books created by Nelson Hernandez will be used, one consisting of 2 move positions exclusively for the first round (sixteenth finals) hereafter referred to as BOOK A, and one consisting of 6 move positions (used from the eighth finals to the finals) hereafter referred to as BOOK B.
Furthermore a third book will be used in case tiebreaks do not lead to a decisive result within 16 games. This is an opening positions compilation by Nelson Hernandez with unique positions from the former Superfinal books TCEC Season 9-13, created by Jeroen Noomen for a higher level of decisiveness, hereafter referred to as BOOK C.

All three books will be used randomized.

Matches and tiebreaks

Each of the matches will at least consist of 4 pairs of games (8 games, every second with reversed colors and the same opening). These 8 games will always be played out in full, even if a decisive match result is reached before the full 8 games have been played.
In case of an equal score after these 8 games, tiebreakers will be played out at the end of the Cup round. First the 4 pairs of games will be played out for a round, before playing out the tiebreakers therefore.

Tiebreakers will be played according to the following rules:

  1. If a match is tied after its scheduled regular 8 games, pairs using the same book exit for both sides will be played until a decisive pair occurs. The book exits will be from the randomized book used in that phase of the CUP (A or B), up to a maximum of 4 pairs of games.
  2. If after playing in this way, no winner ensues, more pairs of games will be played, after each of which a match winner may ensue. From this point on, so from game 17 onwards, BOOK C will be used (the Superfinal book) with each playing both sides of the openings, for a maximum of 8 pairs of games, so a maximum of a further 16 games to decide a winner, with a new book.
  3. If even after these 32 games, a match is still drawn, further pairs of games will be played with BOOK C to determine a winner, but the time control (TC) will be shorter with each pair of games, according to the following steps (always indicated as minutes base time + seconds increment per move completed, so e.g. 30+5 means 30 minutes base time per game plus an increment of 5 seconds per move completed): 16+4, 8+3, 4+2, 2+1, 1+1. If even after this sequence of pairs of games with shorter TC the match is tied, the increment will remain at 1 second, but the base time will then become even shorter than one minute, in the following manner: 32s+1, 16s+1, 8s+1, 4s+1, 2s+1 and finally 1s+1 will be played until a decisive pair is reached.
Time control

Time control will be 30 mins + 5 secs increment per move for the normal games in a match, as well as for the tiebreakers up to and including game 32. If an engine loses on time, that result will not be changed nor the game replayed. If the TCEC game server locks up at any time during a game (BSOD, freeze etc), that game will be restarted unless the last position was a 6-man or less tablebase position, then it will be manually adjudicated. Whether a game is immediately restarted or played rather at the end of the round will be decided by the responsible TCEC staff.
As described in the section on tiebreaks, time control will change as of game 33 in tiebreakers.

Game adjudication

A game can be drawn by the normal 3-fold repetition rule or the 50-move rule. However, a game can also be drawn at move 35 or later if the eval from both playing engines are within +0.08 to -0.08 pawns for the last 5 moves, or 10 plies. If there is a pawn advance, or a capture of any kind, this special draw rule will reset and start over. In the website this rule is shown as “TCEC draw rule” with a number indicating how many plies there are left until it kicks in. It will adjudicate as won for one side if both playing engines have an eval of at least 10.0 pawns (or -10.00 in case of a black win) for 4 consecutive moves, or 8 plies – this rule is in effect as soon as the game starts. In the website this rule is shown as “TCEC win rule” with a number indicating how many plies there are left until it kicks in. Cutechess will also adjudicate 6-men or less endgame positions automatically with Syzygy tablebases.

Critical Engine Bugs

In the case of a serious, play-limiting bug (like crashing or interface communication problems, not including losses on time) not discovered during the pre-Cup testing, the engine might have the number of cores reduced, have the hash size reduced or have the tablebase access disabled – these changes will then remain for the rest of the Cup.

Engine Updates

Under no circumstances are updates to engines allowed once the Cup competition has started.

Engine Ratings

Because the TCEC Cup works with a different time control, TCEC ratings are not affected by the engines’ results in the Cup. A separate rating list may in time be created for this event and time control.

TD clause

In situations not covered by the rules, the tournament director decides.

TCEC Hardware

GPUs: (2): 1 x 2080 ti + 1 x 2080, CPU: Quad Core i5 3570k, RAM: 16gb DDR3-2133, SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256gb, Battery backup: CP1350PFCLCD PFC Sinewave UPS System, Temperature: testing showed <=73C

CPUs: 44 Cores -> 2 x Intel Xeon E5 2699 v4 @ 2.8 GHz Motherboard: Supermicro X10DRL-i RAM: 64 GB DDR4 ECC SSD: Crucial CT250M500 240 GB Chassis: Supermicro OS: Windows Server 2012 R2

RAM: 15GB
SSD: 20GB + 165GB for TB

TCEC Cup starts 21 January 2019

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New FIDE: first 100 days

FIDE - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 09:22



Tournaments

• Smooth organization of major FIDE events, including both World Classical Championships (London and Khanty-Mansiysk)

• Successful relocation and organization of King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships 2018 in a close partnership with the Saudi Chess Federation and the Russian Chess Federation. New standard of organization and specially devised programs attracted thousands of live spectators to the venue.

• Restructuring and massive increase in the prize fund of the Women's World Chess Championship Cycle. Introduction of Women Candidates Tournament and relaunch of Women Grand Prix series.

• Introduction of FIDE GrandSwiss as a new qualification path for the Candidates Tournament in 2020.


Support of continental and national federations

• Allocation of a record 3 million Euro to the development fund.

• Development of a clear KPIs system to evaluate the efficiency of use of allocated funds.

• Agreements signed between FIDE and number of national federations to provide an assistance from the development fund aimed at achieving relevant KPIs.

• Agreements between FIDE and continental federations to be signed during the Q1 2019.


Budget 2019

• The Budget was significantly increased and restructured. The budgeted income of about EUR 6.5 million in 2019 will be the highest ever in the FIDE history. Expenses are planned at EUR 5.5 million, which is almost three times higher than in the preceding years – with the Development fund getting the sharpest increase. EUR 925,000 will be set aside as a reserve fund, which will make FIDE financial situation significantly more sustainable.

• Previously, FIDE spent about 85% of its income on its own office. In the current budget this number is reduced to 35% and will be kept around that level in the future. At the same time, fees charged by FIDE will be cut up to 40% in average – thus reducing the burden on the players and national federations. FIDE is going to support the federations, and not the other way around as it used to be.


Immediate transition matters

• Successful management transition with no interruption in activities.

• Upgrading internal compliance and AML processes allowed FIDE to re-establish its credibility and to open accounts in major European banks.

• Finalizing preparations to relocate the main FIDE office from Athens to Lausanne to be completed in Q1 2019.


Improvement of FIDE governance

• Management Board created with the regular weekly meetings

• Institutional procedures are implemented, with an aim to ensure FIDE governance according to the best organizational standards.

• A team of professionals has been setup to conduct a fundamental revision of the FIDE Handbook in 2019 in order to prepare the amendments towards the 2019 FIDE General Assembly.

• FIDE non-elected commissions were restructured in order to attract the best experts and to make the commissions more efficient; Chairs and members of the commissions have been appointed. Presidential Board members are appointed to overview the work of respective commissions.

• More transparency in the nominations for the official tournaments will be delivered under the guidance of the relevant commissions.

• Task force for review of all FIDE regulations has been established.


Promotion of chess in media and interacting with the chess community

• Considerable increase of FIDE activity in social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

• Task force has been created to drastically improve the FIDE website. FIDE strengthens and expands its public relations department – appointments are to be finalized in Q1.

• Talks about the global cooperation between FIDE and major existing chess platforms have started.

• A proper cooperation with mainstream media – East and West to be established soon – in this regards FIDE already held discussion with several global media houses.

• Polls about World Cup and World Championship Match format have been conducted – with about 200 players having expressed their opinion.

• Thousands of inquiries sent to the FIDE office and management were answered timely and candidly – ensuring proper transparent communication between FIDE and chess people around the globe.

100 days is obviously a rather short period of time. But we are committed to our promise to bring the change and make the chess world a better place – and we will keep working hard to serve the global chess community.



FIDE Team

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