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REMINDER: All qualified players for the World Cup must confirm their participation

FIDE - Fri, 08/02/2019 - 13:30



REMINDER: All qualified players for the FIDE World Cup 2019 must confirm their participation in the event. You can download the contract from the following link:

Player's Contract for Participation (.pdf)

The List of the Qualifiers (.pdf)

World Cup Regulations (.pdf)


The list of players qualified for the World Cup:


FIDE ID Name Title Fed. Rating* 1503014 Carlsen, Magnus GM NOR 2872 13300474 Aronian, Levon GM ARM 2756 8603677 Ding, Liren GM CHN 2812 623539 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime GM FRA 2775 5202213 So, Wesley GM USA 2763 8603006 Ju, Wenjun GM CHN 2595 1510045 Tari, Aryan GM NOR 2620 12539929 Maghsoodloo, Parham GM IRI 2656 2004887 Shankland, Sam GM USA 2713 108049 Flores, Diego GM ARG 2600 3802272 Cori, Jorge GM PER 2686 3801497 Cordova, Emilio GM PER 2615 8603405 Wei, Yi GM CHN 2737 12521213 Tabatabaei, M.amin GM IRI 2601 12401137 Le, Quang Liem GM VIE 2713 5002150 Ganguly, Surya Shekhar GM IND 2638 12401110 Nguyen, Ngoc Truong Son GM VIE 2636 14508150 Saric, Ivan GM CRO 2681 1118358 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw GM POL 2737 4189302 Sjugirov, Sanan GM RUS 2667 409561 Jones, Gawain C B GM ENG 2692 4168003 Matlakov, Maxim GM RUS 2701 404853 McShane, Luke J GM ENG 2688 14105730 Korobov, Anton GM UKR 2687 13402129 Safarli, Eltaj GM AZE 2608 2809052 Nabaty, Tamir GM ISR 2678 4118987 Najer, Evgeniy GM RUS 2678 4160258 Demchenko, Anton GM RUS 2665 1710400 Grandelius, Nils GM SWE 2691 24131423 Yuffa, Daniil GM RUS 2582 309095 Navara, David GM CZE 2734 4162722 Inarkiev, Ernesto GM RUS 2693 13302507 Hovhannisyan, Robert GM ARM 2640 2905540 Cheparinov, Ivan GM GEO 2666 1017063 Bok, Benjamin GM  NED 2645 22291482 Santos Ruiz, Miguel GM ESP 2567 13402960 Abasov, Nijat GM AZE 2641 13301578 Pashikian, Arman GM ARM 2601 24133795 Sarana, Alexey GM RUS 2640 2285525 Anton Guijarro, David GM ESP 2678 1204297 Parligras, Mircea-Emilian GM ROU 2638 10601457 Amin, Bassem GM EGY 2707 10600140 El Gindy, Essam GM EGY 2423 3901211 Iturrizaga Bonelli, Eduardo GM VEN 2625 3503631 Delgado Ramirez, Neuris GM PAR 2605 3503321 Gonzalez Vidal, Yuri GM CUB 2547 6501311 Duran Vega, Sergio IM CRC 2364 5074452 Karthikeyan, Murali GM IND 2613 5021596 Sethuraman, S.P. GM IND 2630 5058422 Narayanan.S.L GM IND 2616 12573981 Firouzja, Alireza GM IRI 2685 5010608 Gupta, Abhijeet GM IND 2603 24101605 Artemiev, Vladislav GM RUS 2761 1130420 Piorun, Kacper GM POL 2656 2806851 Rodshtein, Maxim GM ISR 2685 718572 Berkes, Ferenc GM HUN 2681 1202758 Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter GM GER 2672 310204 Movsesian, Sergei GM ARM 2649 24604747 Huschenbeth, Niclas GM GER 2620 24125890 Oparin, Grigoriy GM RUS 2660 1512668 Christiansen, Johan-Sebastian GM NOR 2548 13500139 Aleksandrov, Aleksej GM BLR 2571 12809390 Pultinevicius, Paulius IM LTU 2481 24175439 Esipenko, Andrey GM RUS 2621 4101286 Petrov, Nikita GM RUS 2600 2805677 Gelfand, Boris GM ISR 2676 712779 Gledura, Benjamin GM HUN 2654 24107581 Predke, Alexandr GM RUS 2632 4173708 Rakhmanov, Aleksandr GM RUS 2615 1112635 Bartel, Mateusz GM POL 2600 24126055 Dubov, Daniil GM RUS 2700 4150120 Lysyj, Igor GM RUS 2623 14103320 Ponomariov, Ruslan GM UKR 2675 1207822 Lupulescu, Constantin GM ROU 2649 696358 Bellahcene,Bilel GM ALG 2541 2016192 Nakamura, Hikaru GM USA 2754 3503240 Dominguez Perez, Leinier GM USA 2760 2020009 Caruana, Fabiano GM USA 2819 2040506 Sevian, Samuel GM USA 2667 2047640 Xiong, Jeffery GM USA 2691 12500739 Ghaem Maghami, Ehsan GM IRI 2544 10601619 Adly, Ahmed GM EGY 2618 4100140 Bareev, Evgeny GM CAN 2643 10207791 Mohammad Fahad, Rahman FM BAN 2271 13100050 Rakotomaharo, Fy Antenaina IM MAD 2419 4400801 Escobar Forero, Alder GM COL 2477 3518736 Albornoz Cabrera, Carlos Daniel GM CUB 2566 7101384 Megaranto, Susanto GM INA 2545 4902980 Gan-Erdene, Sugar   MGL 2408 8504580 Anwuli, Daniel IM NGR 2295 3805662 Martinez Alcantara, Jose Eduardo GM PER 2601 2107660 Mekhitarian, Krikor Sevag GM BRA 2545 13702661 Jumabayev, Rinat GM KAZ 2633 14200244 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam GM UZB 2657 3409350 Henriquez Villagra, Cristobal GM CHI 2560 112275 Mareco, Sandro GM ARG 2641 8603332 Lu, Shanglei GM CHN 2619 8608288 Xu, Xiangyu GM CHN 2585 3205207 Illingworth, Max GM AUS 2493 5072786 Aravindh, Chithambaram VR. GM IND 2600 13401319 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar GM AZE 2765 24116068 Giri, Anish GM NED 2779 5000017 Anand, Viswanathan GM IND 2764 4126025 Grischuk, Alexander GM RUS 2766 4168119 Nepomniachtchi, Ian GM RUS 2775 4101588 Kramnik, Vladimir GM RUS 2753 8603820 Yu, Yangyi GM CHN 2736 13400924 Radjabov, Teimour GM AZE 2759 14109603 Karjakin, Sergey GM RUS 2748 4102142 Svidler, Peter GM RUS 2737 2900084 Topalov, Veselin GM BUL 2740 1170546 Duda, Jan-Krzysztof GM POL 2729 5007003 Harikrishna, Pentala GM IND 2734 738590 Rapport, Richard GM HUN 2735 4122356 Jakovenko, Dmitry GM RUS 2711 8601445 Bu, Xiangzhi GM CHN 2722 4152956 Vitiugov, Nikita GM RUS 2727 8602883 Wang, Hao GM CHN 2725 5018471 Adhiban, B. GM IND 2665 14117908  Kovalenko, Igor GM LAT 2654 9301348 Salem, A.R. Saleh GM UAE 2672 1506102 Urkedal, Frode Olav Olsen GM NOR 2566 7200595 Ziska, Helgi Dam GM FAI 2533 4127870 Pridorozhni, Aleksei GM RUS 2586 24105074 Iljiushenok, Ilia GM RUS 2520
* July 2019 standard rating
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Announcement for Direct Licence Renewals

FIDE - Thu, 08/01/2019 - 16:39



FIDE is pleased to offer a PayPal payment facility for trainers to directly renew their licences.

This dedicated PayPal account is: TRGpayment@fide.com

For more information, please see go to trainers.fide.com or contact TRG Secretary at peterlong@aol.asia.

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August 2019 FIDE Rating List

FIDE - Wed, 07/31/2019 - 21:26


FIDE publishes August 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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Chilean authorities welcomed FIDE in Santiago

FIDE - Tue, 07/30/2019 - 17:36


FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich, Executive Director Victor Bologan, and the councillor for chess in education Leontxo Garcia continue their Latin America tour visiting Chile.

Together with Damaris Abarca, the President of the Chile Chess Federation, the FIDE representatives met the Departmental Director of the Chilean Ministry of SportsClaudio Basualto, to discuss the development of chess in the country and the required steps to allow chess to regain the status of member of the Chilean Olympic Committee.




Chess in schools and the benefits of chess in education were discussed at the meeting with the General Director for Education at the Ministry of Education (MINEDUC), Raimundo Larrain.


FIDE representatives also met Congresswoman Camila Rojas, who expressed her will to support chess.




Previously, the FIDE party had visited the installations of "Chile Chess Club", and took part in the prize-giving ceremony of the tournament that was being held during their visit. Besides, a cooperation agreement was signed between FIDE and the Chilean Chess Federation.








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FIDE requested ODESUR the inclusion of Chess in the South American Games 2022

FIDE - Sat, 07/27/2019 - 20:33


Yesterday, July 26th, a top-level meeting was held in Lima (Peru) FIDE and the Organizacion Deportiva Suramericana (ODESUR), the multi-sports organization in charge of organizing the South American Games.

ODESUR was represented by its President, Camilo Pérez, as well as its Secretary-General and President of the Technical Commission, Mario Moccia. On behalf of FIDE, our President Arkady Dvorkovich, Executive Director Victor Bologan, and the Councillor of the FIDE Events Commission and President of the Panama Chess Federation, Jose Carrillo. Also present were Sports Secretary for Argentina, Diógenes de Urquiza, the President of the Argentinian Chess Federation Mario Petrucci (who organized the meeting), the President of the Venezuelan Chess Federation, Fidel González, and the Councillor for Chess in Education, Leontxo Garcia.

During the meeting, Arkady Dvorkovich expressed his interest in having chess included in the main program of the South American Games to be held in Asuncion (Paraguay) in 2020. The proposal was well-received by Camilo Perez, how expressed his respect and admiration towards our sport. Mario Moccia went on to explain what would be the next steps to make a formal proposal.

More information in the following press-release (SPANISH)




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FIDE top representatives initiate a tour through Latin America

FIDE - Fri, 07/26/2019 - 18:34


FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich, Executive Director Victor Bologan, and the Councillor to the Chess in Education Commission Leontxo Garcia, have embarked into a tour that will take them to several Latin American Countries: Guatemala, Panama, Peru, Chile and Argentina.

The first stop was Tegucigalpa (HON), where Victor Bologan and Leontxo Garcia gave a lecture about the role of chess in education in the headquarters of the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI). The lecture, that was attended by numerous public, was followed by a chess simul by Victor Bologan.







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Kampala joined the celebrations for FIDE's 95th anniversary

FIDE - Fri, 07/26/2019 - 13:50


Uganda Chess Federation
 (UCF) an affiliate of the International Chess Federation and African Chess Confederation (ACC) celebrated 95 years of FIDE existence on 20th and 21st July 2019. Powered by FIDE's financial arm, the Planning and Development Commission (PDC), UCF is now able to offset its day to day financial obligations. This financial boost from PDC has seen a massive wave of grass-root development resulting in several success stories in competitions where Ugandan based players feature.

Uganda has one of the youngest populations in the world with 70% classified as youth, however, the unemployment rate coupled with other factors has seen a rising number of street children and beggars move on to the streets of towns and the city in Uganda. This has resulted in several deaths, lawlessness and several crime-related habits mushrooming in town areas in Uganda. UCF through its corporate social responsibility is transforming the lives of the street children by restoring hope through chess.

On Saturday morning 20th July 2019, a chess event was organized for the street children in the Kisenyi suburb located 1 kilometre from the heart of Kampala the Capital City of Uganda. Chess, like other sports, can deter people from crime-related activities as it is a mind engaging sport. Children love challenges and are always eager to learn. Every time a chessboard is placed on the table a crowd gathers to witness who emerges as the eventual winner in the specific game. With this excitement and interaction, the children return every day with another child from the streets. Forty children came together on the 20th of July 2019 to have a chess experience and celebrate 95 years of FIDE. The numbers keep growing and some have returned home thanks to the partnership with Jackie from Shule Foundation. This corporate social responsibility continues and all are invited to make a change in the lives of these children as we struggle to transform and save the lives of these vulnerable children. With chess, we are making a difference and very soon the streets of Kampala will be free from street children if all can rise up to the challenge.

The Shule Foundation, in partnership with the chess trainers, combine efforts with volunteers and facilitators to ensure the street children are invited from all corners of the Kampala streets to come to the collection centre in Kisenyi. John Bosco famously known as Uncle JB helps with the information flow to ensure the children come for training. Sharifa and Auntie Jackie from Shule Foundation help with the logistics and when children are rehabilitated, return them to their homes or place them in schools to continue their education. Eng. Mwaka Emmanuel, nicknamed by the street children the “street Don”, together with Christopher Tibenkana a former student of Uganda Christian University Mukono (UCU) volunteer with the chess training program.

Although young, vulnerable and exposed to the harsh street life, these are children and can be rehabilitated and returned to normal lives within Uganda. The children are attentive and show signs of brilliance on the chessboard. Like one chess sage put it “a pawn, if pushed correctly, can deliver checkmate”.

The children are always joyful and demonstrate sportsmanship. They shake hands before a chess game and resign when the game is lost. Although the streets expose the children to drugs and all sorts of habits, not all is lost. As the games are played these children open up and it is evident they still carry a lot of unsaid things that happen in their lives.

Not all is lost for our children on the streets. Through chess, we are able to restore hope. Restoring hope to the vulnerable street children is possible and begins with you.


(Original report by Mr Emmanuel Mwaka, President of the UCF, edited and summarized. Photos by Chess Dinasty)





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FIDE Women's Grand Prix Series 2019-2020

FIDE - Fri, 07/26/2019 - 13:39


The precise dates and locations for the Women's FIDE Grand Prix have been approved, with Skolkovo, Monaco, Lausanne and Sardinia as host cities.


      Skolkovo Monaco Lausanne Sardinia PLAYER RATING   September
10th – 23rd 2019 December 
2nd – 15th 2019 March
1st – 14th 2020 May 
2nd – 15th 2020 Harika, Dronavalli 2492   + + + - Goryachkina, Aleksandra 2564   + + + - Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2517   + + + - Cramling, Pia 2479   + + + - Koneru, Humpy 2558   + + - + Gunina, Valentina 2497   + + - + Lagno, Kateryna 2549   + + - + Paehtz, Elisabeth 2473   + + - + Ju, Wenjun 2595   + - + + Stefanova, Antoaneta 2474   + - + + Kashlinskaya, Alina 2492   + - + + Sebag, Marie 2451   + - + + Muzychuk, Anna 2547   - + + + Muzychuk, Mariya 2551   - + + + Dzagnidze, Nana 2511   - + + + Zhao, Xue 2485   - + + +               Average Rating     2512 2518 2513 2515


 
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Bidding Procedure

FIDE - Fri, 07/26/2019 - 12:43



FIDE Presidential Board at its meeting held on June 28, 2019 in Baku, decided to open call for bids for the three of the 2021 tournaments below.

Call for the bids for the other 2021 tournaments will be announced later.


World Amateur Chess Championships 2021

World Senior Chess Championships 2021

World Senior Team Chess Championships 2021


· A bid for any FIDE Competitions onwards shall include the name of a FIDE licensed International Organizer.

· All bids should be submitted by the due date in sealed envelope or scanned documents to the FIDE Secretariat, postal address: Avenue de Rhodanie 54, 1007 Lausanne, Switzerland / Fax: (+30) 2109212859 / Email: office@fide.com by 22nd August 2019, 16:00 (CEST).

· Each bid should be accompanied with a bid fee - 500 euro

· Bid Fees are not refundable. Bid fees should be paid the latest by 29th August 2019 to the FIDE bank account (free of charges) or to be enclosed in the bid envelope.

· All bidders must fill the bid form and the new bid form annex completely.

· Price of hotels, details about the accommodation and tournament hall must be written in the bid.

· FIDE EVE will make first bid inspections before GA/EB and send his report together with a bid evaluation form. There will be a second inspection 2 to 4 months before the start of the event.


The bid form and new added annex can be downloaded here.

The FIDE Bank details can be downloaded here.

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FIDE Grand Prix Current Standings

FIDE - Thu, 07/25/2019 - 14:29



Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Alexander Grischuk are the overall leaders of the FIDE Grand Prix after two tournaments. Both played in Moscow and Riga, and accumulate 10 points.

However, Mamedyarov and Grischuk will play only one of the two remaining legs of the FIDE Grand Prix, while their closest rivals in the global standings - Ian Nepomniachtchi (RUS) and Maxime-Vachier Lagrave (FRA) - will play both Hamburg and Tel Aviv. At the end of the four Grand Prix tournaments in December, the best two finishers will qualify to next year’s Candidates Tournament. The winner of that event will become the challenger of Magnus Carlsen in the 2020 World Championship match.


PLAYER  CURRENT RANK  POINTS     Moscow Riga Hamburg Tel-Aviv TOTAL Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 1-2 0 10 --   10 Grischuk, Alexander 1-2 7 3   -- 10 Nepomniachtchi, Ian 3 9 --     9 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 4 -- 8     8 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw 5 5 --     5 So, Wesley 6 1 3 --   4 Nakamura, Hikaru 7 3 0   -- 3 Dubov, Daniil 8-10 2 0   -- 2 Svidler, Peter 8-10 2 0   -- 2 Wei, Yi 8-10 2 --     2 Duda, Jan-Krzysztof 11-14 0 1   -- 1 Karjakin, Sergey 11-14 0 1 --   1 Topalov, Veselin 11-14 -- 1     1 Yu, Yangyi 11-14 -- 1     1 Aronian, Levon 15-21 0 0 --   0 Giri, Anish 15-21 0 0 --   0 Harikrishna, Pentala 15-21 -- 0     0 Jakovenko, Dmitry 15-21 0 --     0 Navara, David 15-21 -- 0     0 Radjabov, Teimour 15-21 0 --     0 Vitiugov, Nikita 15-21 0 0   -- 0





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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov wins the Riga FIDE Grand Prix

FIDE - Wed, 07/24/2019 - 22:23



Shakhriyar Mamedyarov stands as the winner of the FIDE Grand Prix in Riga. He beats Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in a nerve-wracking tie-break thanks to a win in the last Armaggedon game. With this victory in the second leg of the Grand Prix Series, he earns 24,000 euros and shares the lead with Alexander Grischuk in the overall standing with 10 points.

After two weeks of captivating chess in the National Library of Latvia, both finalists sat for the last day of tie-break games on the stage of the Ziedonis Hall. The drawing of colors resulted in Shakhriyar Mamedyarov starting with the white pieces. As sometimes happens in matches, the players embarked on an opening debate by repeating the same variation as in their previous game. The Azeri decided to check Vachier-Lagrave’s homework by playing the same idea which had brought him success two days earlier. The verdict came instantly, as the Frenchman played an early 9…c5 and 10…Nc6 to put immediate pressure against the pawn d4. The game developed favorably for Black, but Vachier-Lagrave eventually accepted his opponent’s draw offer on move 23. He apparently underestimated his chances, as subsequent analysis showed that he would have had good reasons to play on.



The second game featured the same Italian game as in the classical encounter on Tuesday. Vachier-Lagrave did not wait for his opponent’s improvement and deviated himself with 8.Nbd2. The opening proceeded quietly and Mamedyarov equalized. After the exchange of queens on move 23, the Frenchman showed very inspired play with the pawn sacrifice 27.h4, followed by the advance of the f-pawn. The position remained objectively equal, but the pressure shifted on Mamedyarov’s shoulders. Despite a long thought, he failed to react correctly and erred with 30…Nd7. Feeling the closeness of victory, Vachier-Lagrave possibly got nervous and missed two ways to reach a winning endgame. After the weak 34.Bd3, the balance was restored and the Azeri saved the draw.

Colors alternated again for the next set of rapid games, played with a shorter time control of 10 minutes for each player, with an increment of 10 seconds per move. Mamedyarov went for the same line against Vachier-Lagrave’s Grunfeld. Without a doubt, the opening debate went beyond the frame of the playing hall, as both teams of trainers had worked out the nuances of this variation during the course of the first tie-break game. As it turned out, Mamedyarov deviated with 14.Re1, but Vachier-Lagrave reacted instantly with the astute f5. The game remained balanced throughout and ended in a draw.

So far, the dynamic of the match clearly showed domination by the Frenchman, but the following game marked a change. Vachier-Lagrave misplayed an opening advantage in yet another Italian and suddenly put his castle in danger with the risky 16.g4. After maneuvering his knights around the white king, Mamedyarov could have exploited its vulnerability by pushing h5. But he preferred securing a draw by giving perpetual check.



The Italian Opening stood again on the menu of the first blitz game. The fight remained balanced for a long time until Vachier-Lagrave surrendered the only open file. Mamedyarov piled up his heavy pieces, entered the white position and finished off with a mating attack. Needing a win with black in the second blitz, the Frenchman went all-in and chose a risky opening he had never tried before. This gamble paid off wonderfully. Vachier-Lagrave blitzed out his moves to gain a significant advantage on the clock, outplayed Mamedyarov in the middle-game and won a pawn. His endgame technique was far from perfect, but Mamedyarov was simply too low on time to hold the draw.

It all came down to an ultimate Armaggedon blitz, where White has 5 minutes against Black’s 4 minutes but needs to win the game to clinch the match. Vachier-Lagrave drew the white pieces and decided to refrain from his usual 1.e4 to play in a less forcing way. This strategy backfired, as he quickly caught up Mamedyarov on the clock and failed to put pressure on his opponent’s position. On the contrary, Black took over the initiative and never risked losing. With a few seconds left on the clock and a bad position, Vachier-Lagrave admitted defeat.



The Closing Ceremony took place shortly after the games were over, and was attended by Anastasia Sorokina, FIDE Vice President, and Dana Reizniece-Ozola, Vice President of the European Chess Union - as well as Grandmaster. During his intervention, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov thanked all who contributed to making this beautiful event happen in Riga. He felt particularly happy to win a tournament again after almost a year of low performance. He said that this final had been incredibly hard and congratulated Maxime Vachier-Lagrave on his amazing play during the past two weeks. 

This victory in Riga nets Mamedyarov 24,000 euros and propels him to the shared lead in the FIDE Grand Prix Series. He and the Russian Alexander Grischuk total 10 points from the two events they took part in. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave earned 14,000 euros in Riga and is also in good shape in the Grand Prix race, as he occupies the fourth place with 8 points just behind Ian Nepomniachtchi from Russia. It must be noted that these two players will be able to gain points from the last two Grand Prix events in Hamburg and Tel Aviv, unlike Mamedyarov and Grischuk who will take part in only one of these. At the end of the four Grand Prix tournaments in December, the best two finishers will qualify to next year’s Candidates Tournament. The winner of that event will become the challenger of Magnus Carlsen in the 2020 World Championhip match. 


Final, overall result:

Mamedyarov – Vachier-Lagrave 5 - 4

Pictures can be downloaded from Dropbox.

Text by Press Officer Yannick Pelletier; Photo courtesy: World Chess






Leading partners supporting the FIDE Grand Prix Riga 2019 include: 

EG Capital Advisors as the Official Partner 
PhosAgro as the Official Strategic Partner 
Kaspersky as the Official Cybersecurity Partner 
Algorand as the Exclusive Blockchain Partner

Information for the press: https://worldchess.com/news/2189
Official website https://worldchess.com/news/2089

About FIDE
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About World Chess
World Chess is a London-based media company. It's a commercial partner of the International Chess Federation (FIDE), and official broadcaster for FIDE events. 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. 
Contact: media@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 EG Capital Advisors
EG Capital Advisors is a UK-headquartered asset management company which offers strategies across multiple asset classes. Specialist areas of focus include emerging markets high yield debt, pre-IPO private equity and biotec public equity. www.egcapitaladvisors.com.

About Kaspersky
Kaspersky is a global cybersecurity company, which has been operating in the market for over 21 years. Kaspersky'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 technologies and we help 270,000 corporate clients protect what matters most to them. Learn more at www.kaspersky.com  

About Algorand
Based in Boston and founded by cryptography pioneer and Turing award winner Silvio Micali, Algorand is an open-source software company building technical innovation for the borderless economy with a platform that delivers decentralization, scalability and security. Algorand’s first-of-its-kind permissionless, pure proof-of-stake protocol supports the scale, open participation, and transaction finality needed by users to build opportunity and fulfill the promise of blockchain technology. 
For more information, visit www.algorand.com

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FIDE President met with Dr. Latif Bahand, Afghan Ambassador to Russia

FIDE - Wed, 07/24/2019 - 19:07



On July 23rd, FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich met with Dr. Latif Bahand, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the Russian Federation. A thorough dialogue took place on how to strengthen cooperation between FIDE and this Asian country. At present, there are about 1800 registered players in 34 provinces of Afghanistan, including 5 FM, 6 CM players, although, according to unofficial data, the total number of chess fans reaches 10000.

It was noted that the first Trainers’ and Arbiters’ seminars will be organized on August 1-3 in Kabul. This was made possible thanks to FIDE financial assistance through projects of the Global Strategy Commission.

August 21st marks 100 years’ anniversary since the independence of Afghanistan was declared. Also this year will mark the centenary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Afghanistan. In this regard, the FIDE President proposed to organize a match between the young chess players of the two countries. Also the issue of Afghan youth referral to study chess specialization in the Russian universities and other aspects of bilateral cooperation were discussed. Arkady Dvorkovich stressed that FIDE is ready to sign an agreement with the national federation of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on the above areas of cooperation.

Berik Balgabaev, Advisor to FIDE President, Mr. Mohtaat Homayoun, Minister Counselor of the Embassy of Afghanistan, and Mr. Ajmal Mangal took part in the conversation. By the way, before arriving in Moscow, Mr. Khomayun was a technical adviser to the Afghanistan Сhess Federation. Ambassador Latif Bahand is a great connoisseur and translator of Russian poetry and literature.










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World Cup 2019 Qualifiers and Contract

FIDE - Wed, 07/24/2019 - 12:47



FIDE publishes the list of players qualified for the World Cup 2019 and the player's contract for participation.

The List of the Qualifiers (.pdf)

Player's Contract for Participation (.pdf)

World Cup Regulations (.pdf)


The list of players qualified for the World Cup:
FIDE ID Name Title Fed. Rating* 1503014 Carlsen, Magnus GM NOR 2872 13300474 Aronian, Levon GM ARM 2756 8603677 Ding, Liren GM CHN 2812 623539 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime GM FRA 2775 5202213 So, Wesley GM USA 2763 8603006 Ju, Wenjun GM CHN 2595 1510045 Tari, Aryan GM NOR 2620 12539929 Maghsoodloo, Parham GM IRI 2656 2004887 Shankland, Sam GM USA 2713 108049 Flores, Diego GM ARG 2600 3802272 Cori, Jorge GM PER 2686 3801497 Cordova, Emilio GM PER 2615 8603405 Wei, Yi GM CHN 2737 12401137 Le, Quang Liem GM VIE 2713 5002150 Ganguly, Surya Shekhar GM IND 2638 12401110 Nguyen, Ngoc Truong Son GM VIE 2636 14508150 Saric, Ivan GM CRO 2681 1118358 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw GM POL 2737 4189302 Sjugirov, Sanan GM RUS 2667 409561 Jones, Gawain C B GM ENG 2692 4168003 Matlakov, Maxim GM RUS 2701 404853 McShane, Luke J GM ENG 2688 14105730 Korobov, Anton GM UKR 2687 13402129 Safarli, Eltaj GM AZE 2608 2809052 Nabaty, Tamir GM ISR 2678 4118987 Najer, Evgeniy GM RUS 2678 4160258 Demchenko, Anton GM RUS 2665 1710400 Grandelius, Nils GM SWE 2691 24131423 Yuffa, Daniil GM RUS 2582 309095 Navara, David GM CZE 2734 4162722 Inarkiev, Ernesto GM RUS 2693 13302507 Hovhannisyan, Robert GM ARM 2640 2905540 Cheparinov, Ivan GM GEO 2666 734225 Bak, Benjamin   HUN 1790 22291482 Santos Ruiz, Miguel GM ESP 2567 13402960 Abasov, Nijat GM AZE 2641 13301578 Pashikian, Arman GM ARM 2601 24133795 Sarana, Alexey GM RUS 2640 2285525 Anton Guijarro, David GM ESP 2678 1204297 Parligras, Mircea-Emilian GM ROU 2638 10601457 Amin, Bassem GM EGY 2707 10600140 El Gindy, Essam GM EGY 2423 3901211 Iturrizaga Bonelli, Eduardo GM VEN 2625 3503631 Delgado Ramirez, Neuris GM PAR 2605 3503321 Gonzalez Vidal, Yuri GM CUB 2547 6501311 Duran Vega, Sergio IM CRC 2364 5074452 Karthikeyan, Murali GM IND 2613 5021596 Sethuraman, S.P. GM IND 2630 5058422 Narayanan.S.L GM IND 2616 12573981 Firouzja, Alireza GM IRI 2685 5010608 Gupta, Abhijeet GM IND 2603 24101605 Artemiev, Vladislav GM RUS 2761 1130420 Piorun, Kacper GM POL 2656 2806851 Rodshtein, Maxim GM ISR 2685 718572 Berkes, Ferenc GM HUN 2681 1202758 Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter GM GER 2672 310204 Movsesian, Sergei GM ARM 2649 24604747 Huschenbeth, Niclas GM GER 2620 24125890 Oparin, Grigoriy GM RUS 2660 1512668 Christiansen, Johan-Sebastian GM NOR 2548 13500139 Aleksandrov, Aleksej GM BLR 2571 12809390 Pultinevicius, Paulius IM LTU 2481 24175439 Esipenko, Andrey GM RUS 2621 4101286 Petrov, Nikita GM RUS 2600 2805677 Gelfand, Boris GM ISR 2676 712779 Gledura, Benjamin GM HUN 2654 24107581 Predke, Alexandr GM RUS 2632 4173708 Rakhmanov, Aleksandr GM RUS 2615 1112635 Bartel, Mateusz GM POL 2600 24126055 Dubov, Daniil GM RUS 2700 4150120 Lysyj, Igor GM RUS 2623 14103320 Ponomariov, Ruslan GM UKR 2675 1207822 Lupulescu, Constantin GM ROU 2649 696358 Bellahcene,Bilel GM ALG 2541 2016192 Nakamura, Hikaru GM USA 2754 3503240 Dominguez Perez, Leinier GM USA 2760 2020009 Caruana, Fabiano GM USA 2819 2040506 Sevian, Samuel GM USA 2667 2047640 Xiong, Jeffery GM USA 2691 12500739 Ghaem Maghami, Ehsan GM IRI 2544 10601619 Adly, Ahmed GM EGY 2618 4100140 Bareev, Evgeny GM CAN 2643 10207791 Mohammad Fahad, Rahman FM BAN 2271 13100050 Rakotomaharo, Fy Antenaina IM MAD 2419 4400801 Escobar Forero, Alder GM COL 2477 3518736 Albornoz Cabrera, Carlos Daniel GM CUB 2566 7101384 Megaranto, Susanto GM INA 2545 4902980 Gan-Erdene, Sugar   MGL 2408 8504580 Anwuli, Daniel IM NGR 2295 3805662 Martinez Alcantara, Jose Eduardo GM PER 2601 2107660 Mekhitarian, Krikor Sevag GM BRA 2545 13702661 Jumabayev, Rinat GM KAZ 2633 14200244 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam GM UZB 2657 3409350 Henriquez Villagra, Cristobal GM CHI 2560 112275 Mareco, Sandro GM ARG 2641 8603332 Lu, Shanglei GM CHN 2619 8608288 Xu, Xiangyu GM CHN 2585 3205207 Illingworth, Max GM AUS 2493 5072786 Aravindh, Chithambaram VR. GM IND 2600 13401319 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar GM AZE 2765 24116068 Giri, Anish GM NED 2779 5000017 Anand, Viswanathan GM IND 2764 4126025 Grischuk, Alexander GM RUS 2766 4168119 Nepomniachtchi, Ian GM RUS 2775 4101588 Kramnik, Vladimir GM RUS 2753 8603820 Yu, Yangyi GM CHN 2736 13400924 Radjabov, Teimour GM AZE 2759 14109603 Karjakin, Sergey GM RUS 2748 4102142 Svidler, Peter GM RUS 2737 2900084 Topalov, Veselin GM BUL 2740 1170546 Duda, Jan-Krzysztof GM POL 2729 5007003 Harikrishna, Pentala GM IND 2734 738590 Rapport, Richard GM HUN 2735 4122356 Jakovenko, Dmitry GM RUS 2711 8601445 Bu, Xiangzhi GM CHN 2722 4152956 Vitiugov, Nikita GM RUS 2727 8602883 Wang, Hao GM CHN 2725 5018471 Adhiban, B. GM IND 2665 14117908  Kovalenko, Igor GM LAT 2654 9301348 Salem, A.R. Saleh GM UAE 2672 1506102 Urkedal, Frode Olav Olsen GM NOR 2566 7200595 Ziska, Helgi Dam GM FAI 2533 4127870 Pridorozhni, Aleksei GM RUS 2586 24105074 Iljiushenok, Ilia GM RUS 2520
* July 2019 standard rating

















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Asia Chess Academy has started a chess program among refugees in Jordan

FIDE - Wed, 07/24/2019 - 12:37


Under the supervision of FIDE and the Asian Chess Federation, Asia Chess Academy has started a program to qualify chess trainers among refugees in Jordan. 

The program has targeted 20 refugees who reside in the refugee's camps and are willing to spread chess knowledge through the new generations inside the refugee's camps and shelters.

FIDE Executive Director and International Director, Mr. Victor Bologan and Mr. Mohd Al-Mudahka respectively, started the initiative with a motivating speech that addressed the importance of chess for the kids and the role FIDE plays to enhance refugee’s culture and sense of fairness and justice through the game of chess, especially for those who missed these meanings in their lives.

The initiative took place in Amman, the capital of Jordan, with the cooperation of UNHCR on July 23, 2019.

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Maxime Vachier-Lagrave bounces back and wins

FIDE - Tue, 07/23/2019 - 19:57



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave beats Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in a straight-forward game and equalizes the score.


The tension rises at the final of the FIDE Grand Prix organized by World Chess in Riga, as the fight will be decided on Wednesday in a tie-break.


The final of the Riga FIDE Grand Prix witnesses an unusual scenario. After his disappointment in the first game on Monday, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave had to try everything in this must-win situation.



The Grand Prix welcomed Juris Radzevich on the stage of the Ziedonis Hall of the National Library in Riga to play the traditional first move of the match. The Executive Director of the Riga City Council tried the eccentric move 1.b4 for Vachier-Lagrave, but the French “corrected” it and played his favourite 1.e4. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov answered with the solid 1…e5, to which Vachier-Lagrave reacted with the flexible Italian. His choice is understandable, inasmuch his other weapon, the Ruy Lopez, bears a more concrete character. Keeping tension instead of trying to force matters is the best strategy in must-win situations. In the post-game interview, Mamedyarov was very critical of his move 16…Nd7, claiming that this passive more was at the origin of his defeat. Until that moment, the French had played very fast, showing that he had still prepared this variation. He took some time for his next move and continued with 17.d4 in order to gain space in the centre. One of the main problems of the black position was actually the offside queen on the a-file. The danger of having a badly-placed piece becomes concrete when the position opens up or the fight becomes sharper. That’s exactly what happened after black exchanged pawns on d4, as the white knight appeared on the dangerous square f5. Vachier-Lagrave increased the pressure with the strong manoeuver 23.f3 followed by 24.Qf2 and Qg3, ready to threaten mate on g7. With his position about to collapse, Mamedyarov sacrificed a pawn, but this did not ease his defence. Vachier-Lagrave confidently wrapped up the game with a few precise moves.

After a win for each contender, the final proceeds to a tie-break on Wednesday, which promises to be hard-fought. The outcome will depend on the shape of both players on that final day. Both have benefitted of several rest days during the event and could therefore save some energy. All these factors being equal, Vachier-Lagrave can be considered the favourite. His record in rapid chess has been slightly superior to Mamedyarov’s recently. Last but not least, the French leads the world ranking in blitz chess with a stunning rating of 2948. The games will start at 15:00.

Final, game 2:

Vachier-Lagrave – Mamedyarov 1 - 0 (1 – 1 on aggregate)

Text by Press Officer Yannick Pelletier; Photo courtesy: World Chess

 





Leading partners supporting the FIDE Grand Prix Riga 2019 include: 

EG Capital Advisors as the Official Partner 
PhosAgro as the Official Strategic Partner 
Kaspersky as the Official Cybersecurity Partner 
Algorand as the Exclusive Blockchain Partner

Information for the press: https://worldchess.com/news/2189
Official website https://worldchess.com/news/2089

About FIDE
The International Chess Federation (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 
Contact: press@fide.com

About World Chess
World Chess is a London-based media company. It's a commercial partner of the International Chess Federation (FIDE), and official broadcaster for FIDE events. 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. 
Contact: media@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 EG Capital Advisors
EG Capital Advisors is a UK-headquartered asset management company which offers strategies across multiple asset classes. Specialist areas of focus include emerging markets high yield debt, pre-IPO private equity and biotec public equity. www.egcapitaladvisors.com.

About Kaspersky
Kaspersky is a global cybersecurity company, which has been operating in the market for over 21 years. Kaspersky'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 technologies and we help 270,000 corporate clients protect what matters most to them. Learn more at www.kaspersky.com  

About Algorand
Based in Boston and founded by cryptography pioneer and Turing award winner Silvio Micali, Algorand is an open-source software company building technical innovation for the borderless economy with a platform that delivers decentralization, scalability and security. Algorand’s first-of-its-kind permissionless, pure proof-of-stake protocol supports the scale, open participation, and transaction finality needed by users to build opportunity and fulfill the promise of blockchain technology. 
For more information, visit www.algorand.com

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FIDE Trainer Awards 2018

FIDE - Tue, 07/23/2019 - 16:55



The International Chess Federation (FIDE) and the FIDE Trainers’ Commission (TRG) invites nominations for the Trainer Awards 2018. Eligible are all FIDE trainers with a valid license for 2018 and 2019, except for the TRG Chairman and Secretary and the Executive Director.

We are looking for the best achievements in 2018 in the following categories:

The Mikhail Botvinnik Award for an achievement by a trainer of men or a team in an open event
The Vakhtang Karseladze Award for an achievement by a trainer of women or a team in a women’s event
The Mark Dvoretsky Award for an achievement by a trainer of juniors or a team in a junior event for Juniors
The Tigran Petrosian Award for Special Achievements
The Yuri Razuvaev Award for Contributions to Trainer Education

The panel of judges consists of both experienced players and trainers and have been balanced

Word Champion Vladimir Kramnik
World Champion & FST Susan Polgar
World Champion Zhu Chen
World Champion & FST Antoaneta Stefanova
GM & FST Eugene Torre
GM & FST Alonso Zapata
GM & FST Slim Bouaziz

Eligible to nominate are:

FIDE Office Bearers
Continental Chess Federations
National Chess Federations
TRG Commission Members
FIDE Endorsed Academies

Do note that the same person cannot be nominated in more than one category from the same eligible body.

The nomination form must be submitted by email to TRG Secretary Peter Long (peterlong@aol.asia) by 31 August 2019.

The judges’ decision is final and not open to discussion, nor shall the judges be requested to give any justification beyond what they wish to, with their final announcement.

The Boleslavsky/Averbakh Award will be judged separately.

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Mamedyarov wins the first game of the Riga Grand Prix final

FIDE - Tue, 07/23/2019 - 00:06



Shakhriyar Mamedyarov stuns Maxime Vachier-Lagrave with a powerful game at the FIDE Grand Prix organized by World Chess in Riga.


The French finds himself in a critical must-win situation for the second final game on Tuesday.

The FIDE Grand Prix is back to the stage of the National Library in Riga after a break on the weekend. Both finalists had granted themselves an additional free day on Saturday by winning their respective semi-final matches without the need of a tie-break. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov deservedly earned their place in the final. The French qualified in all his matches in convincing manner without ever needing a tie-break. The Azeri won two matches in the classical games and only needed to go to extra time in the second round.



Mamedyarov’s first move 1.d4 was made symbolically by Andis Šteinmanis, General Manager at Kaspersky in Baltic. The cybersecurity company has been a partner of World Chess and the Grand Prix Series since 2017. Mr. Šteinmanis stayed for a long time after the start to follow the action and was keen on listening to the commentary of experts on site.

As expected, the game started with Vachier-Lagrave’s favourite Grunfeld opening. Mamedyarov followed the same strategy as in his semi-final game against Wesley So, when he introduced a small but poisonous novelty. He revealed afterwards that the idea 12.Bf4 had been worked out by one of his helpers. The French soon reacted badly, when he played the natural 13…Nc6 instead of 13…e6 or even the bold capture of the pawn on d4. Things went from bad to worse after 14.d5 when Vachier-Lagrave chose 14…Na5 instead of the centralizing move Nd4. He had failed to spot the strong intermediate 19.exf6, which left his position in ruin. Mamedyarov had no trouble increasing his advantage and forced resignation on move 28.

The French will have to collect himself and draw all the possible energy if he intends to bounce back in the second game.

Sunday was the official free day of the FIDE Grand Prix. Some side events were organized in the touristic seaside resort Yurmala. Grand Masters Igor Kovalenko and Yannick Pelletier played friendly games against passer-by, and several official members of the Latvian and of the International Chess Federations joined in the fun. Later in the afternoon, an exhibition match was organized at the WTA Baltic Open. The President of the Latvian Chess Federation paired up with national star Jelena Ostapenko, who had won Roland-Garros in 2017. They overcame their opponents Bozic-Krums 6-3 in a highly entertaining match.


Final, game 1:

Mamedyarov – Vachier-Lagrave 1 - 0


Pictures can be downloaded from Dropbox.


Text by Press Officer Yannick Pelletier; Photo courtesy: World Chess

 

  





Leading partners supporting the FIDE Grand Prix Riga 2019 include:

EG Capital Advisors as the Official Partner
PhosAgro as the Official Strategic Partner
Kaspersky as the Official Cybersecurity Partner
Algorand as the Exclusive Blockchain Partner

Information for the press: https://worldchess.com/news/2189 
Official website https://worldchess.com/news/2089 

About FIDE
The International Chess Federation (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
Contact: press@fide.com

About World Chess
World Chess is a London-based media company. It's a commercial partner of the International Chess Federation (FIDE), and official broadcaster for FIDE events. 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.
Contact: media@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 EG Capital Advisors
EG Capital Advisors is a UK-headquartered asset management company which offers strategies across multiple asset classes. Specialist areas of focus include emerging markets high yield debt, pre-IPO private equity and biotec public equity. www.egcapitaladvisors.com.

About Kaspersky
Kaspersky is a global cybersecurity company, which has been operating in the market for over 21 years. Kaspersky'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 technologies and we help 270,000 corporate clients protect what matters most to them. Learn more at www.kaspersky.com  

About Algorand
Based in Boston and founded by cryptography pioneer and Turing award winner Silvio Micali, Algorand is an open-source software company building technical innovation for the borderless economy with a platform that delivers decentralization, scalability and security. Algorand’s first-of-its-kind permissionless, pure proof-of-stake protocol supports the scale, open participation, and transaction finality needed by users to build opportunity and fulfill the promise of blockchain technology.
For more information, visit www.algorand.com

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World Junior Chess Championship for Disabled wraps up with a successful 3rd Edition

FIDE - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 12:22


Finding strength with our moves. Supporting equality in sports.


By Event Press Officer and Photographer: Dora L Martinez | dora@lensethics.org

 
(L) FM Ilia Lipilin (RUS) wins the World Junior Champion Title for Players with Disabilities. | (R) CM Samarth Jagadish Rao (IND) wins 2nd Place. | Photo Copyright Dora L Martinez


The World Junior Chess Championship for Players with Disabilities wraps up with a successful 3rd Edition!

It’s been one week since the event wrapped up and the typical Press Release with results, a few pictures and a short recap of the event cannot do it justice. Getting to know the players, the families, supporters and the amazing staff and volunteers that helped make this event happen was an amazing experience.

The event attracted media coverage from CNN, whose “The Good Stuff” documentary coverage will air later this month, sign up to receive updates regarding this CNN series at www.cnn.com/specials/us/the-good-stuff. During the event, Kien Lam also filmed his documentary which focuses on chess player Dariia Kudainazarova (Kyrgyzstan); we will provide his documentary release date when further details become available. Learn more about Kien on his blog https://whereandwander.com and at this CNN link: https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/plane-wingwalker-washington. Media outlets have covered the event in English, Spanish, French and German languages.

A huge hit with the players was a surprise appearance by WGM Jennifer Shahade who took some time to analyze their games — what an experience!

Now, let’s get to the chess results! In the top five, FM Ilia Lipilin (RUS) retained his title as World Junior Champion for Players with Disabilities, CM Samarth Jagadish Rao (IND) came in 2nd Place, Maksim Petrov (RUS) came in 3rd place, Pranav Shankar (USA) came in 4th followed by Jarno Scheffner of Germany in 5th place.

 

(L) Maksim Petrov (RUS) | (R) Pranav Shankar (USA) | Photo Copyright Dora L Martinez

The ‘TEAM’ Places are: 1st Place Team for Russia, 2nd Place Team for Uganda, 3rd Place Team to the United States of America. The list of individual results can be seen below.


Final Standings:

Country Name Total RUSSIA LIPILIN Ilia 6.5 INDIA RAO Samarth Jagadish 5.5 RUSSIA PETROV Maksim 5.0 USA SHANKAR Pranav 4.0 GERMANY SCHEFFNER Jarno 4.0 ECUADOR NEVAREZ CASTRO Andres Fernando 4.0 RUSSIA GORSHKOVA Sofia 4.0 UGANDA MBAZIIRA Wasswa Sharif 4.0 UGANDA MWESIGYE John Denis 4.0 RUSSIA KRASIVSKAIA Viktoriia 3.0 USA TRAN Nguyen 3.0 USA MUELLER Payton 3.0 KYRGYZSTAN KUDAINAZAROVA Dariia 2.5 GEORGIA TALIKADZE Leri 2.5 USA MILLER Anna 1.0 USA PILKINGTON Jacob 0.0

 

(L) Jarno Scheffner (GER) | (R) Andres Fernando Nevarez Castro (ECU) | Photo Copyright Dora L Martinez

 

(L) Sofia Gorshkova (RUS) | (R) Wasswa Sharif Mbaziira (UGA) | Photo Copyright Dora L Martinez

 

(L) John Denis Mwesigye (UGA) | (R) Viktoriia Krasivskaia (RUS) | Photo Copyright Dora L Martinez

 

(L) Nguyen Tran (USA) | (R) Payton Mueller (USA) | Photo Copyright Dora L Martinez


 
(L) Dariia Kudainazarova (KGZ) with her mom. | (R) Leri Talikadze (GEO) | Photo Copyright Dora L Martinez

 

(L) Ana Miller (USA) | (R) Jacob Pilkington (USA) | Photo Copyright Dora L Martinez


USA Player, Ana Miller and event organizer IO Beatriz Marinello sit down for a chat. This is an excerpt from the video chat. They both made a chess move for every question they asked during their conversation.



(L) Event Organizer, IO Beatriz Marinello and (R) USA Player, Ana Miller sit down for a chat. | Video Still Copyright Dora L Martinez

“What do you like about chess?” — Event Organizer, IO Beatriz Marinello

“I like that everybody can play, that it's not something that only boys can do or only people that do not have disabilities can do. It's something that everyone can do, so thats why I love chess.” — USA Player, Ana Miller

“Why did you organize this tournament?” — AM

“In the beginning it was because I wanted to help my friend Grandmaster Thomas Luther. He told me that he wanted to do this tournament when we were on a trip in Africa and I told him that I would organize it for him. After I organized the first one, I fell in love with the tournament, the human aspects of the event. Chess is beautiful, but, when you see people that love chess so much and they're willing to do anything to play; travel long distances, go to countries where people don't speak their language and they have physical challenges or other challenges. They are willing to travel with their wheelchairs and their parents support them — that is something very special and I admire that. It’s important to understand that in life, it's not all about you, it's also about doing things for others. You may think I am helping others, but, I am also helping myself because it makes me happy to do this and it's rewarding. It's a tournament that makes me happy, let me put it that way.” — BM

“Why did you come to this tournament?” — BM

“I think that’s the reason I came to this tournament. I think it was so exciting to see a lot of people who use wheelchairs, like me, playing chess. I love chess, but, I don’t see a lot of people like me playing it. So, I think this is a really good opportunity to show everyone out there that we can also play chess, no matter who we are, what kind of disabilities we have. We can use that disability as an ability, especially when it comes to chess. Some parts of our bodies might not work, but our minds will and I think chess is a great way to prove it.” — AM

“Chess builds confidence. It makes you feel like — Yeah! I can do this! I noticed that you are a very independent person. What don't you like about how people may treat you? What annoys you? Is there anything that people do that you don't appreciate when they see that you have a disability? — BM

“A lot of people will just kind of stare. They might underestimate me. Some times I’m not allowed into certain parts of a building or I might not be allowed to go to some techie thing because they think I can’t handle that. A lot of people think that I need to go to the younger kids rooms, but, you know, I am actually eleven. I have to admit that is annoying. I think that the other reason that I play chess and why I code is because I want to prove to everyone that I can do it. Even if I look small, I have big ideas.” — AM

“I love your answer! Should I make my move and we end our chat or do you want to ask another question?” — BM

“I think you should make your move!” — AM

“I offer you a draw.” — BM

“Okay. — AM

“You’re fantastic Ana. Thank you for the chat.” — BM



Behind the Scenes

 


(L) Filmmaker Kien Lam films his documentary focusing on Dariia Kudainazarova (KGZ) during the event. | (R) CNN filmmakers take some behind the scenes footage as players analyze their games | Photo Copyright Dora L Martinez

 

(L) Payton Mueller (USA) analyzes game with WGM Jennifer Shahade | (R) Pranav Shankar (USA) and John Denis Mwesigye (UGA) take their turn in game analysis with Jen. | Photo Copyright Dora L Martinez

 

(L) Two of the most amazing women in chess! Chief Arbiter IA Carol Jarecki and the Event Organizer IO Beatriz Marinello take some down time | (R) FM Jim Eade takes some time to chat with Robert Katende during the event. | Photo Copyright Dora L Martinez

 

(L) Deputy Aribiter Louis Reed, IO Beatriz Marinello, Chief Arbiter Carol Jarecki | Volunteers Sean and Akira go over games with Leri (GEO) | Photo Copyright Dora L Martinez

 

(L) FIDE DIS Commission Councillor, Kema assists player Maksim (RUS) | Medina, Head of Delegation for Kyrgyzstan assists player Maksim | Photo Copyright Dora L Martinez

 

(L) Volunteer, Zaven assists player Payton (USA) | Kameliia encourages player Payton during some game analysis. | Photo Copyright Dora L Martinez

 

(L) FIDE Commision for the Disabled (DIS) Councillor Kema and (DIS) Chair, GM Thomas Luther (R) FIDE Vice President Akaki Iashvili at closing ceremony with family. | Photo Copyright Dora L Martinez


Dr. Leroy Dubeck and Co-Chair FM Jim Eade, representatives of one of the main sponsors, the U.S. Chess Trust, made special appearances and commentary during the event. World Chess Federation (FIDE) Vice President Akaki Iashvili, who traveled with his family from the country Georgia also made a special appearance during the event.

The Chief Organizer was IO Beatriz Marinello and Co-Organizer, Dora Martinez. FIDE Commission for the Disabled (DIS) Chair GM Thomas Luther and (DIS) Councilor Kema Goryaeva also made an appearance with comments during the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and offered support to the players during some of the games.

A special thanks to all who supported the event, the main sponsors KIND and the US Chess Trust, the New Jersey Chess Federation, the US Chess Federation, our Chief Arbiter Carol Jarecki, Deputy Arbiter Louis Reed and his wife Wendy and son Zaven who supported the event as a family and all of the volunteers and staff that helped support the players during the event.

Congratulations to all of the players for their amazing efforts and achievements at this World Junior Event. We look forward to seeing you all in 2020 for the 4th Edition of this event!

Visit the official event website at www.WorldJuniorChess.org for photo gallery, standings, other press releases and information for next years event!


All photos Copyright/Credit: Dora L Martinez
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FIDE celebrates its 95th anniversary

FIDE - Sat, 07/20/2019 - 13:11


FIDE celebrates its 95th anniversary


Today, July 20th, is the 95th anniversary of the founding of FIDE, during the 8th Summer Olympics Games in Paris, 1924. Traditionally, since it was proposed by UNESCO in 1966, this date not only marks the anniversary of our organization, but also the International Chess Day. Ours is the only sport which has a special worldwide celebration day dedicated to it, showing that chess is a unique game that unites people over the globe.

This year, to celebrate International Chess Day, we launched a social media campaign under the hashtag #InternationalChessDay.


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Mamedyarov and Vachier-Lagrave qualify to the FIDE Grand Prix final

FIDE - Sat, 07/20/2019 - 01:26



Both semi-final matches are decided before tie-breaks at the FIDE Grand Prix organized by World Chess in Riga.


Maxime Vachier-Lagrave eliminates Alexander Grischuk after a thrilling game, while Shakriyar Mamedyarov draws and qualifies against Wesley So.

Both second games of the semi-finals were launched symbolically by special guests. Latvian artist and songwriter Markus Riva opened the encounter between Wesley So and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, while FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich kicked off the other battle between Alexander Grischuk and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.



The game So-Mamedyarov began on an amusing note. The American left the choice of the first move to Markus Riva, upon which Mamedyarov himself suggested the dubious 1.a4. The musician obliged and the battle began in a relaxed atmosphere. For the record, Wesley So obviously corrected the unofficial first move and played 1.Nf3 instead. Following his loss yesterday, the question remained open whether he would go all-or-nothing, or rather stay true to his quiet style and try to squeeze a win from a technical game. Sometimes, circumstances are such that you do not have a choice. The Azeri played the solid Queen’s Gambit Accepted and reached a symmetric pawn structure. Wesley So definitely kept a symbolic advantage throughout, but this proved insufficient to shake Mamedyarov’s resistance. The Azeri held the draw and thus qualified to the final.



Arkady Dvorkovich guessed Grischuk’s first move correctly, as he played 1.d4. What nobody could have figured out, though, is that Grischuk would sidestep Vachier-Lagrave’s beloved Grunfeld opening with the rare and eccentric 3.h4. The fight transposed into the realm of a Benko Gambit, when the French, famously called MVL in the chess world, decided to sacrifice a pawn with 3…c5 4.d5 b5. This setup is considered risky at the highest level, but the premature advance of White’s h-pawn changes the situation, as it creates long-term weaknesses on the kingside. In such tense positions, the value of every move is very high, and any mistake can tip the scales decisively. With hindsight, Grischuk was not happy with 15.Re1 and he might have been well-advised to accept his opponent’s subsequent draw offer. The Russian played on but it turns out that he slightly over-estimated his chances. The return of the rook with 18.Rf1 felt like a concession, which MVL exploited in a very powerful way. The whole sequence of moves, starting with 19…Rfc8 and running up to 26…Rc2, completely shook the Russian. Grischuk ended up in time trouble and understandably failed to put up the strongest resistance. After the time-control, the French increased the pressure with 42…g5 and eventually broke the white position. In the post-game interview, a clear-headed Grischuk showed exemplary fair-play and praised his opponent for his brilliant game.

Since no tie-break will be needed, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave will have two rest days until the start of their match on Monday.

Besides all happenings on the chess board, the organizer of the Grand Prix Series, World Chess, announced the signature of an agreement with the company Algorand on Friday. Thereupon, Algorand becomes the Official Blockchain Partner of the FIDE Grand Prix Series.

After the rapid and the blitz tournaments, the Mikhail Tal Memorial proceeds to several youth events. A tournament for children aged under 14 started on Friday in the National Library of Latvia, the same venue as the FIDE Grand Prix. The President of the International Chess Federation Arkady Dvorkovich attended the opening ceremony and wished all young participants good luck. This tournament will run until July 23.


Semi-finals, game 2:

So – Mamedyarov ½ - ½ (0,5 - 1,5 on aggregate)

Grischuk – Vachier-Lagrave 0 - 1 (0,5 – 1,5 on aggregate)


Pictures can be downloaded from Dropbox

Text by Press Officer Yannick Pelletier; Photo courtesy: World Chess


Leading partners supporting the FIDE Grand Prix Riga 2019 include: 

EG Capital Advisors as the Official Partner 
PhosAgro as the Official Strategic Partner 
Kaspersky as the Official Cybersecurity Partner

Information for the press: https://worldchess.com/news/2189  
Official website https://worldchess.com/news/2089  


About FIDE
The International Chess Federation (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. 
Contact: press@fide.com

About World Chess
World Chess is a London-based media company. It's a commercial partner of the International Chess Federation (FIDE), and official broadcaster for FIDE events. 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
Contact: media@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 EG Capital Advisors
EG Capital Advisors is a UK-headquartered asset management company which offers strategies across multiple asset classes. Specialist areas of focus include emerging markets high yield debt, pre-IPO private equity and biotec public equity. www.egcapitaladvisors.com

About Kaspersky
Kaspersky is a global cybersecurity company, which has been operating in the market for over 21 years. Kaspersky'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 technologies and we help 270,000 corporate clients protect what matters most to them. 
Learn more at www.kaspersky.com

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