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Chess Legends Inducted into the US and World Chess Halls of Fame in Saint Louis

FIDE - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 17:30


Annual ceremony for the induction to the World Chess Hall of Fame took place in St. Louis, USA in conjunction with the Opening ceremony of the 2019 U.S. Championship and U.S. Women's Championship.

This year FIDE's inductees are:

Grandmasters Akiba (Akiva) Rubinstein (1890 -1961), Mark Taimanov (1926 - 2016), and Xie Jun (1970 - ).

FIDE Vice President Michael Khodarkovsky conducted the induction on behalf of the FIDE Presidential Board. 

Grandmaster Maurice Ashley and Woman Grandmaster Jennifer Shahade followed the induction with remarks on the achievements of each of the inductees.
Mark Taimanov’s World Chess Hall of Fame Induction, Michael Khodarkovsky Speaking
March 18, 2019
Photo by Crystal Fuller
Courtesy of the World Chess Hall of Fame
Mark Taimanov was ranked among the top 20 players in the world for over a quarter of a century and is one of the few players to have defeated six world chess champions (Botvinnik, Smyslov, Tal, Petrosian, Spassky, and Karpov). He played in 23 Soviet Chess Championships, a record equaled only by Efim Geller, tying for first in 1952 and 1956. Twice a candidate for the World Chess Championship (1953 and 1971), Taimanov was also a member of the gold medal-winning 1956 Soviet Olympiad team. A prolific and well-respected writer on the game, he was an excellent theoretician best known for the variation of the Sicilian which bears his name (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6).
Akiba Rubinstein’s World Chess Hall of Fame Induction, Maurice Ashley Speaking
March 18, 2019
Photo by Austin Fuller
Courtesy of the World Chess Hall of Fame
Akiba (or Akiva) Rubinstein, along with Paul Keres and Viktor Korchnoi, is considered one of the strongest players never to become world champion, despite learning the game at the late age of 16. Born in what is today eastern Poland, he was one of the four strongest players in the world from 1907 to 1922, and for a short time in 1912, might have been number one. That year Rubinstein won four major events (San Sebastian, Vilnius, Breslau, and Piestany) and a match for the World Chess Championship with Emanuel Lasker seemed inevitable, but fate and World War I decided otherwise. Rubinstein is still remembered today for his contributions to opening theory and rook and pawn endgames.
Xie Jun’s World Chess Hall of Fame Induction, Michael Khodarkovsky Speaking
March 18, 2019
Photo by Crystal Fuller
Courtesy of the World Chess Hall of Fame
A trailblazer and national hero in China, Xie Jun was the first player from Asia to become women’s world chess champion (1991-1996 and 1999-2001), ending a 41-year Soviet stranglehold on the title. As a four-time women’s world chess champion, she is the very first player to win the individual title under both the classical system and the knock-out system. Xie Jun represented China in eight Women’s Chess Olympiads, winning seven team medals (three gold, one silver, and three bronze) and five individual medals (two silver and three bronze). She is the author of Chess Champion from China: The Life and Games of Xie Jun(1998), one of the first game collections on a female player.

“The 2019 World Chess Hall of Fame inductees exemplify the global impact and inclusivity chess has to offer, and we’re honored to include their contributions to the game’s rich history,” said FIDE Chief Operating Officer Willy Iclicki.

This year, the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame committee and the U.S. Chess Trust have selected Max Judd, Saint Louis resident, immigrant and top player at the turn of the 20th century; William Lombardy, Chess Olympiad gold medalist who was an instrumental collaborator in bringing four world championship titles to the United States; and Susan Polgar, Olympiad gold medalist, former women’s world chess champion and Webster University collegiate chess coach, for induction into the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame.

Inductees of both Halls of Fame are chosen for their impact on the sport and have included players, authors, journalists, scholars, organizers and supporters of the game. Each player will be commemorated at the World Chess Hall of Fame (WCHOF) in Saint Louis with a plaque bearing their image and biography.

Michael Khodarkovsky, Vice President, FIDE Presidential Board
March 18, 2019
Photo by Lennart Oates
Courtesy of the World Chess Hall of Fame


World Chess Hall of Fame GM Maurice Ashley (Left) and Michael Khodarkovsky, Vice President, FIDE Presidential Board (Right)
March 18, 2019
Photo by Crystal Fuller
Courtesy of the World Chess Hall of Fame


Jennifer Shahade, WGM
March 18, 2019
Photo by Lennart Ootes
Courtesy of the World Chess Hall of Fame


Akiba Rubinstein, Mark Taimanov, and Xie Jun’s World Chess Hall of Fame Plaques
March 18, 2019
Photo by Austin Fuller
Courtesy of the World Chess Hall of Fame


















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Kazan inaugurates a new stage in women’s chess

FIDE - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 17:13


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

ID Name   Fed. Title Rating B-Year  Qualification 14109336 Lagno, Kateryna RUS GM 2559 1989 KO World Ch. 2018 finalist 14114550 Muzychuk, Mariya UKR GM 2560 1992 KO World Ch. 2018 semi-finalist 4128125 Kosteniuk, Alexandra RUS GM 2545 1984 KO World Ch. 2018 semi-finalist 14111330 Muzychuk, Anna UKR GM 2555 1990 qualified by rating 4167570 Gunina, Valentina RUS GM 2515 1989 qualified by rating 13601903 Dzagnidze, Nana GEO GM 2513 1987 qualified by rating 8603642 Tan, Zhongyi CHN GM 2513 1991 qualified by rating 4147103 Goryachkina, Aleksandra RUS GM 2505 1998 1st replacement

Please see the full press release in the attached PDF.





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Πώς μου ξέφυγε ο πιτσιρίκος

Skakistiko - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 12:59

Ο σχολιαστής του σάιτ Σπαραφουτσίλε, σε υλοποίηση σκέψης του σε αυτό του το σχόλιο, κατασκεύασε την υποτιθέμενη παρτίδα του με τον Κάρλσεν, που ‘παίχτηκε’ στο περιθώριο του Ευρωπαϊκού Πρωταθλήματος Ομάδων στο Πάνορμο Κρήτης το 2001, και την ενέταξε σε σύντομο διήγημα.
Ο άγνωστος τότε και μόλις 11 ετών Κάρλσεν βρέθηκε πράγματι στο Πάνορμο στη συγκεκριμένη διοργάνωση, όπου αγωνίστηκε στην έκτη και τελευταία σκακιέρα της ομάδας του. Μεταξύ άλλων, έφερε ισοπαλία με τη WGM και Παγκόσμια Πρωταθλήτρια G20 1999 Μαρία Κουβάτσου. Την επόμενη χρονιά -2002-, στο Παγκόσμιο Πρωτάθλημα U12 στο Ηράκλειο, ισοβάθμησε με 9/11 στην πρώτη θέση με τον Νεπομνιάστσι -αναδείχθηκε δεύτερος με τα κριτήρια.

Πώς μού ξέφυγε ο πιτσιρίκος
του Τριαντάφυλλου Σωτηρίου

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Bc4 Nf6 5. O-O Bc5

Άκου ισοτονικό ποτό σε πλαστικό μπουκάλι με θήλαστρο· λάθος άθλημα, μικρέ, σκάκι παίζουμε, δεν κάνουμε ατομικό σιρκουί στην ποδηλασία.

6. e5 d5 7. exf6 dxc4 8. fxg7 Rg8 9. Re1+ Be6

Ή μπερδεύτηκες με τη σειρά των κινήσεων, ή πας να μπερδέψεις εμένα· ποιον, τον μεγαλύτερο ειδικό στη Μαξ Λάνγκε. Καλά, τραγούδα.

10. c3

Μέχρι εδώ ξέρεις, φαίνεται: 10.Bg5 είναι η κίνηση.

10…Qf6 11. cxd4 Nxd4 12. Nbd2 Qxg7

Ρε μικρέ, εδώ τρέμουν τα ετοιμόρροπα, κι εσύ μού προτείνεις το τεράστιο μπωλ από το οποίο τσιμπολογάς; Ευγενής είσαι, πάντως. Να μη σε προσβάλω, να πάρω καναδυό, νά, από αυτά τα εξωτικά που μοιάζουν με υπερμεγέθη αμύγδαλα.

13. g3 O-O-O 14. Nxd4 Qxd4

Ζεύγος, πιόνι παραπάνω και προοπτικές επίθεσης μέσω της η-στήλης και των αδύνατων λευκών τετραγώνων στο ροκέ. Δεν σου βγήκε η νουβωτέ, πιτσιρίκο.

15. Qe2 Bb4 16. Nf3 Qd5

Υπερσυνδυάστηκες, πιτσιρίκο. Τώρα κερδίζω και διαφορά.

17. Bf4 Bxe1 18. Nxe1 Rge8

Όμορφο παλληκαράκι, αποπνέει ρώμη και υγεία· το μουρουνόλαδο και τα βουτύρατα, βλέπεις. Θα κάψει καρδιές όταν μεγαλώσει. Αλλά σοβαρή και ήρεμη συμπεριφορά στη σκακιέρα, όχι σαν κάτι νευρόσπαστα στην ηλικία του – και στην ηλικία μου, μη σου πω.

19. Qe5 Qxe5 20. Bxe5 Bg4

Μέχρι εδώ ήταν, πιτσιρίκο. Τώρα θα κινητοποιήσω την πλειονότητά μου στην πτέρυγα της Βασίλισσας, και καληνύχτα γι’ αύριο.

21. Bc3 b5 22. Nc2 c5 23. Ne3 Bf3

Όνομα όμως που σου δώσανε… Είναι παγκόσμια φαίνεται η μεγαλομανία των γονέων, να δίνουν ονόματα αρχαίων θεών και ηρώων στα παιδιά τους – αν και, ειδικά στο σκάκι, όσο εντυπωσιακότερο το όνομα, τόσο ασθενέστερος ο παίκτης: δύο από τους ευκολότερους αντιπάλους που είχα ποτέ, ήταν ένας μεξικανός ονόματι Κουαουχτέμοκ, και ένας ντόπιος που λεγόταν Ιδομενεύς.

24. a3 Rd3 25. Rb1 Kc7

Πρέπει να μιλήσω με τον αρχηγό τους, αυτόν τον Τίσνταλλ. Να του πω, ρε μεγάλε, εδώ δεν είναι παιδικό ποκάλ τού Άσκερ, πανευρωπαϊκό ομαδικό πρωτάθλημα είναι, εκατό γκρανμαίτρ και εξήντα πέντε διεθνείς παίζουν, χώρια τα λιμά, φίντε μαιτρ και τέτοια. Τι το έφερες το εντεκάχρονο, θα το τσακίσουν, θα του κόψουν το σκάκι. Και δεν παρασύρομαι που έχει 2084, άντε 1800 να παίζει, όλοι ξέρουμε ότι τα σκανδιναβικά Έλο είναι φουσκωμένα.

26. h3 Kc6 27. Rc1 Red8 28. Ra1 Bd1

Εκτός αν το έφερες για διακοπές. Ε βέβαια· Κρήτη και πεντάστερο, ποιος τη χάρη σας.

29. Kg2 h5 30. a4 Bxa4 31. Nxc4

Σορτσάκι, κοντομάνικο, δίχαλη σαγιονάρα και τζόκεϊ με μακρύ γείσο· μη μου πεις ότι αυτά φοράτε τέλη Σεπτέμβρη στο χωριό σας;

31…Kd5 32. Ne3+ Ke6

Όρεξη έχεις πάντως, πιτσιρίκο· το απόγευμα αρχίζει ο πρώτος γύρος, κι εσύ έχεις διάθεση για φιλικές παρτίδες εδώ στην πισίνα.

33. Be1 R8d7 34. Kf3 Bd1+

35. Kg2

Μάλλον τυχαία θα το έπαιξε· δύσκολο να πιστέψω ότι εκτίμησε τη θέση και αποφάσισε ότι, αλλάζοντας δύο φορές στο δ1, μπαίνει σε οριστικά χαμένο φινάλε, οπότε καλύτερα να κρατήσει τα κομμάτια και να δοκιμάσει να ψαρέψει στα θολά νερά.

35…f5 36. Rc1 c4

Είμαι όμως κι εγώ παικταράς: παιχνίδι και στις δύο πτέρυγες.

37. Ra1 h4

Τώρα θα του σπάσω την πιονοαλυσίδα και θα τον σαμαρώσω με δύο απομονωμένα· θα βρουν και γραμμές οι Πύργοι μου, να διεισδύσουν από τα μετόπισθεν.

38. Bc3 hxg3 39. Kxg3 Ba4 40. Kf4 Rh7 41. Re1 Kd7

Τι βλέπω, το κατέβασες όλο το μπωλ με τους ξηρούς καρπούς; Μωρέ μπράβο· ελπίζω μόνο να τα πάρεις σε μπόι, ειδάλλως μέχρι να βγάλεις την εφηβεία θα έχεις γίνει πιο τετράπαχος και από εκείνον τον αγριοτάταρο που παίζει τρίτη σκακιέρα στους πετερσβούργιους.

42. Rh1 Rh5 43. f3 Ke6

Τρίτη σκακιέρα με 2630· κατάλαβες πού σε φέρανε να παίξεις, πιτσιρίκο;

44. Re1 Rxh3 45. Nxf5+ Kd5

Κοίτα, εμένα το μάτι μου κόβει, δεν πέφτω έξω ποτέ. Λοιπόν, τώρα που είσαι μικρός ακόμα, φιλικά σ’ το λέω, παράτα το, δεν πρόκειται να προοδεύσεις. Γύρισέ το σε κανένα σωματικό σπορ, τίποτα κρος κάντρυ σκι, τίποτα καγιάκ· με τέτοιο μυοσκελετικό, θα διαπρέψεις.

46. Re5+ Kc6 47. Nd4+ Kd7 48. Ke4 a6 49. Bb4 Rh7 50. Rf5

Πώς βγήκα έτσι; Η ματζοριτέ μου δείχνει ακινητοποιημένη. Ή εγώ έπαιξα αφηρημένα, ή ο πιτσιρίκος βρήκε τα φορσέ.

Bd1 51. Rf6 a5 52. Bxa5 Rh2 53. Bb4 Rxb2

Εντάξει, τα κατάφερα: αλλάζοντας το α πιόνι μου με το β δικό του, σήκωσα το μπλοκάρισμα. Τίτλοι τέλους, πιτσιρίκο. Άντε γεια και χαιρετισμούς στο σπίτι. Καλά έπαιξες πάντως.

54. Rf7+ Kc8 55. Rf8+ Kb7 56. Rf7+ Kb6 57. Rf6+

Ουπς… Τι, πέσαμε σε περπετουέλ;

Kc7 58. Rf7+ Kd8 59. Rf8+ Kd7

Βρε μπαγάσα, πόσες κινήσεις πίσω τα έχεις δει αυτά;

60. Rf7+ Ke8 61. Rf8+ Kd7 62. Rf7+

Εντάξει, πιτσιρίκο, με έπεισες· χαλάλι σου.

1/2-1/2

Σιγά ρε μπόμπιρα, θα μου ξεστελιώσεις το χέρι με τη χειραψία. Άντε, και καλή επιτυχία στο τουρνουά.

Και πού είσαι, μπορεί και να βιάστηκα πριν όταν αποφάνθηκα ότι δεν έχεις μέλλον στο σκάκι: ίσως γίνεις καλούτσικος παικτάκος όταν μεγαλώσεις.

Φεβρουάριος 2019

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FIDE President visits the 6th European Small Nations Team Championship

FIDE - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 09:48


The 6th European Small Nations Team Championship is taking place at the Grand Hotel in the Republic of San Marino from March 23 to 31.
FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich visited the tournament and played the first symbolic move on the top board to start the biggest ever chess event, organized in San Marino. It was the first ever visit of FIDE President to San Marino.



During his visit Arkady Dvorkovich had meetings with President of the Olympic Committee Primo Giardi and the President of San Marino Chess Federation Ivan Tabarini.



Arkady Dvorkovich and Ivan Tabarini played a couple of blitz games which finished peacefully.

FIDE President also met with the representatives of ESNA to discuss National chess development.



The future of ESNA competition was the topic of the meeting with the ESNA President Paris Klerides, President of Faroe Islands Chess Federation Finnbjorn Vang and COO Willy Iclicki.







10 teams (Andorra, Cyprus, Faroe Islands, Guernsey, Jersey, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco and San Marino) are taking part in the championship. The next ESNA tournament will be organized in Liechtenstein in 2021 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Liechtenstein Chess Federation.

The 6th European Small Nations Team Championship is organized by San Marino Chess Federation under auspices of ECU and FIDE.

Official website: https://esna.sanmarinoscacchi.com/

Photos


Pairings and results



Beslan Memorial in San Marino
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Congratulations to FIDE President on his birthday

FIDE - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 06:42


World Chess Federation congratulates the FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich on his birthday!

The FIDE family wishes Mr. Dvorkovich on this day the best of health, happiness, energy, optimism and success!
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St. Vincent & The Grenadines Chess Federation Launched

FIDE - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 19:42



ST. VINCENT & THE GRENADINES CHESS FEDERATION LAUNCHED!

The evening of Monday, March 4, 2019 saw history being created in St. Vincent & The Grenadines with the launch of the country’s Chess Federation at the Music Centre in Kingstown, the nation’s capital. The newly established “St. Vincent & The Grenadines Chess Federation” (“SVGCF”) was greeted with much enthusiasm and excitement by the approximately thirty persons present, including students.

This significant event in the country’s life was spearheaded by two Vice-Presidents of the World Chess Federation (“FIDE”) - celebrated English International Chess Grandmaster Nigel Short and Ian G. Wilkinson QC, also the President of the Jamaica Chess Federation, who visited the island between March 2 and 5. The formal launch was chaired by Wilkinson.

Prior to the launch of the SVGCF both men met with important stakeholders including Dr. The Hon. Ralph Gonsalves the country’s Prime Minister; the Hon. Cecil McKie, Minister of Tourism, Sports and Culture; the Hon. St. Clair Jimmy Prince, Minister of Education; and Members of Parliament Godwin Friday, the Leader of the Opposition, and Major St. Clair Leacock.

Both men also conducted “simultaneous exhibitions” which involve playing many persons on different chess boards at the same time. On Sunday March 3, Short (1993 World Chess Championship Finalist and three-time Commonwealth Chess Champion) took on seven players and won all the games.

On Monday March 4 after the launch of the SVGCF, Wilkinson (a two-time Jamaica Veterans’ Chess Champion) faced six players, won five games and drew with a high court judge.

The SVGCF has established a seven-man steering committee led by Senator Israel Bruce, Attorney-at-Law, who was instrumental in facilitating the visit of the FIDE officials and providing logistical support. This Committee will finalize all the relevant arrangements by March 31, 2019 so that the SVGCF can apply for membership in FIDE.

Bearing in mind the many benefits of Chess (including making students better, developing self-esteem, exercising and developing the brain/mind, teaching responsibility for one’s actions), the SVGCF has plans to promote Chess throughout the length and breadth of the country; introduce a Chess-In-Schools programme; organize national championships; and participate in international events such as the World Chess Olympiad.

Ian G. Wilkinson QC
Hon. Vice-President
World Chess Federation


On behalf of FIDE, Wilkinson presents a copy of his book "Excitement Galore: Chess In All Its Glory" to SVG Prime Minister, Dr. The Hon. Ralph Gonsalves. Also present (from left) are the Hon. St. Clair Jimmy Prince, Minister of Education; the Hon. Cecil McKie, Minister of Tourism, Sports and Culture; Grandmaster Nigel Short and Senator Israel Bruce, Attorney-at-Law


FIDE VP Nigel Short, Dr. The Hon. Ralph Gonsalves the country’s Prime Minister and FIDE Hon. VP Ian Wilkinson


FIDE VP GM Nigel Short shakes the hand of Attorney-at-Law Mrs. Ronnia Durham-Balcolmbe, the sole female participant in a Simultaneous Exhibition at the Music Centre, Kingstown, St. Vincent & The Grenadines on Sunday March 3, 2019


Simultaneous exhibition by GM Short on Sunday March 3 at Music Centre, Kingstown, SVG


Wilkinson and Short with Chess Club students (David, Arturo and Romero) and teacher Ayana Baisden at SVG Grammar School on Monday March 4


On behalf of FIDE, Wilkinson makes a presentation to SVG Senator Israel Bruce after the launch of the SVG Chess Federation on Monday March 4 at the Music Centre, Kingstown


Wilkinson shakes the hand of High Court Judge, Justice Cottle during Wilkinson Simultaneous exhibition at the Music Centre in Kingstown, SVG on Monday March 4 after the launch of the SVG Chess Federation


Nigel Short, Ian Wilkinson and Hon. Godwin Friday, the Leader of the Opposition for SVG, at fundraising function on Saturday, March 2



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FIDE Medical Commission's Chairman Dr Marape Marape attended 2019 WADA's Annual Symposium

FIDE - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 11:16




Dr Marape Marape, the Chairman of the FIDE Medical Commission, attended the 2019 World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)'s Annual Symposium in Lausanne, Switzerland from 13th to 14th March, 2019. The Symposium brought together close to 900 delegates from the global anti-doping community, representing all the sporting codes and federations for 2 days of presentations, interviews, panel discussions, practical workshops and networking sessions. The symposium focused on the New World Antidoping Code and its associated International Standards Review. Dr Marape also had meetings with WADA representatives where he reiterated FIDE's commitment to continuing to work closely with WADA to ensure that Chess remains free of doping and to continuing FIDE's compliance with all WADA requirements.

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Εικόνες

Skakistiko - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 13:23


Tα τέσσερις χιλιάδες χιλιόμετρα της route 66 περάσαν τα διανυκτερεύοντα νυσταγμένα βενζινάδικα στο Κάνσας, τα ασπρόμαυρα γκαράζ στις απομονωμένες κατοικίες του Νέου Μεξικού, είδαν τους κάκτους της Αριζόνας και επιτέλους έφτασαν στη Σάντα Μόνικα, στη δυτική ακτή, όπου όπως έγραφε ο ντος Πάσος, “οι λέξεις για τους ανθρώπους δεν έχουν πολλές σημασίες” – εκείνος ήταν λογοτέχνης και πολύ το ζήλευε.
Τον Ιούλιο του 2018 εκδόθηκε ένα βιβλίο στη μνήμη του φωτογράφου Μπαρτ Γκλιν που πέθανε, στα 94 του, τον Απρίλιο της ίδιας χρονιάς. Μαζί με τις οπτικές αναμνήσεις, περιλαμβάνεται στο λεύκωμα και ένα κείμενο του Κέρουακ που ήταν χαμένο.
Στο βιβλίο “Nightcrawling with Kerouac, Ginsberg and the beatniks – in pictures” ανάμεσα στις πολλές εικόνες της γενιάς εκείνης που τράβηξε και διέσωσε στη μνήμη ο Γκλιν, υπάρχει μια με σκακιστικό θέμα από το Σαν Φρανσίσκο. Ο Ερλ Μπόστιτς και ο τρομπετίστας της μπάντας του παίζουν μια παρτίδα σκακιού στο κλαμπ Black Hawk. Ο χώρος εδώ και δυο δεκαετίες είναι τεράστιο πάρκινγκ. Η Μπίλι Χολιντέι και ο Λέστερ Γιανγκ που επίσης είχαν κάνει εκεί τις τελευταίες τους εμφανίσεις στη δυτική ακτή ξέρουν πως η ζωή αλλάζει χωρίς φετίχ, οπότε αυτό, μόνο του, δεν σημαίνει τίποτα.


Vasily Kandinsky, Kariertes, 1925. Τα ασπρόμαυρα τετράγωνα είναι εκατό, αλλά περιβάλλονται από άλλα και στροβιλίζονται και πάλι από άλλα. Άδειος καμβάς, αζωγράφιστος σιωπηλός, ακίνητος. Στην πραγματικότητα γεμάτος ένταση, βαρύς από προσμονή. Λίγο φοβισμένος γιατί θα παραβιαστεί η τωρινή του ακινησία. Για τον Καντίνσκι, όλες οι μορφές τέχνης είχαν αρχίσει να προσεγγίζουν το αφηρημένο, το οποίο αποτελούσε και τον αντικειμενικό τους σκοπό.  «[…] μία ανάμειξη χρώματος και φόρμας όπου το καθένα υπάρχει ξεχωριστά αλλά και μαζί, σε μία κοινή ζωή που ονομάζεται εικόνα και προκύπτει ως εσωτερική αναγκαιότητα.».

Οι δυο φωτογραφίες από την τ.κ.

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Tie-break criteria in Swiss-system events of the World Championship Cycle

FIDE - Thu, 03/14/2019 - 12:42




Following the recommendation of GSC, the tie-break criteria for Swiss-system events of the World Championship Cycle were approved by FIDE Presidential Board in Astana:

° Average Rating of Opponents Cut 1 (AROC 1)*
° Buchholz Cut 1**;
° Buchholz;
° Direct encounter between the players in tie;
° Drawing of lots.


* Average Rating of Opponents, excluding the lowest-rated opponent.
** Buchholz score reduced by the lowest score of the opponents.

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3rd FIDE World Cadets Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships 2019

FIDE - Thu, 03/14/2019 - 09:03



The 3rd FIDE World Cadets Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships 2019 will be held in Minsk, Belarus, from 15 August (arrival) to 19 August (departure) 2019. 

REGULATIONS (ENG)

REGULATIONS (RUS)

The venue is the Minsk Sports Palace



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WTCC 2019 All medals awarded

FIDE - Thu, 03/14/2019 - 03:19



The last round of the World Team Chess Championships produced a scenario of rare intensity, as team and individual medals were decided in the last minutes.

Both gold medals had already attributed one day before the end to Russia in the open section and China in the women section, and both teams were involved in crucial matches for the podium. In an epic battle against India, the Russian seemed on the verge of losing, before Ian Nepomniachtchi eventually saved his position to a draw and Alexander Grischuk won his game. With this 2,5-1,5 loss, India unluckily had to cede the bronze medal to China, which overcame Kazakhstan by a thread. The silver medal went to England, which convincingly beat Sweden. All results, final rankings and individual medal awards can be found at http://wteams.astana2019.fide.com/en/elementor-6833/. The bilingual press conference with the Russian team can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocYVFO_p8co.

Both local teams performed slightly above expectations. The men’s team had a tough tournament but ended on a positive 8th place. Team leader Rinat Jumabayev was the real hero with a tremendous 5 out of 9 score. The women team reached their initial goal, a 5th place just behind the big-4. It is clear that this ambitious young team is promised to a bright future. Zhensaya Abdumalik speaks about the tournament at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLk836Pw7V4.

The whole event proceeded smoothly and was organized at a very high level. The Astana International Financial Centre, partner of the World Championship, offered a perfect venue. The general sponsor ERG and the general Samruk Kazyna greatly contributed to the success of the World Team Championship.
Please visit official website for complete results, board prizes, videos and more.

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All photos

Team Rankings after the Final Round

World Team Chess Championships 2019 is over. FIDE publishes the final ranking of Teams after Round 9 which concluded in Astana, Kazakhstan on March, 14 2019.

OPEN tournament

Rnk. Team MP Pts. 1 Russia 16 23½ 2 England 13 21 3 China 12 21 4 India 11 22 5 United States of America 11 20½ 6 Iran 8 18 7 Azerbaijan 8 16½ 8 Kazakhstan 4 14½ 9 Sweden 4 10½ 10 Egypt 3 12½


WOMEN Tournament

Rank Team MP Pts. 1 China 18 26½ 2 Russia 14 26 3 Georgia 12 23 4 Ukraine 12 20½ 5 Kazakhstan 10 18½ 6 India 9 20 7 United States of America 7 15 8 Armenia 4 15 9 Hungary 4 11½ 10 Egypt 0 4


Russia 


England


China


China


Russia


Georgia

 

Round 8

Complete Standings and Results can be found at the Official website of the tournament http://wteams.astana2019.fide.com

It had been predicted, the Chinese women secured the gold medal today by winning their match convincingly. The real surprise occurred later in this eighth round, when all results in the open section coincided to grant the gold medal to the Russian team. Thus, both winners stand one round before the end.


Women Match CHN - USA


Match SWE - RUS

The decision in the match China-United States of America fell on boards 1 and 3, when serial winners Tan Zhongyi and Lei Tingjie used their white pieces to win their games. China needed a win to get the gold medal one round before the end, they confidently achieved it with a 3-1 victory. The fight for both other places on the podium is still open between Russia, Ukraine and Georgia. All results and ranking can be found at http://wteams.astana2019.fide.com/en/elementor-6842/ . The press conference with the Chinese captain Yu Shaoteng and some players took place right after their victory and can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Rjg0AHQ2mI .

The scenario of the open section was less predictable. True, the Russians left no chance to the Swedish team and confidently won 3,5-0,5. But it was clear they would not win gold on this day without external help. China trounced England 3-1 and is finally recovering from its bad start. The Chinese currently occupy the fourth place, one point behind their victim of the day and India, which was lucky to escape with a draw against the US team. The fight for both remaining medals will be fierce, as can be observed at http://wteams.astana2019.fide.com/en/elementor-6833/.

In view of the late outcome of the matches in the open section, and in order to secure the highest possible audience, the organizers decided to stage the title press conference with the entire Russian team on Friday at 16:00 local time. It will be broadcast live on the official website. In case, one or more games still run, the press conference will be slightly postponed accordingly. Please pay attention to the fact that the final round will start earlier than usual, at noon in the Astana International Financial Centre. Live commentary in English and Russian can be followed at http://kazchess.kz/world_astana2019/.


Team Captain Yu Shaoteng (CHN) Ding Yixin (CHN)

Preview of Round 9

FIDE World Team Championship 2019
Open section
Round 9, 2019/03/14 at 12.00 (noon)

Russia – India
Azerbaijan – Egypt
Kazakhstan – China
England – Sweden
United States of America – Iran

FIDE World Team Championship 2019
Women section
Round 9, 2019/03/14 at 12.00 (noon)

Ukraine – China
Georgia – Russia
United States of America – Egypt
Kazakhstan – Armenia
Hungary – India

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Round 8 Photo Gallery

 

Round 7 The tension is growing in the Astana International Financial Centre

Before narrating the chess highlights of the round, it seems appropriate to stress that the organization of a prestigious event as the World Team Chess Championships is not self-evident. It would not take place without the financial support of general sponsor ERG, general partner Samruk Kazyna and partner the AIFC.

Both tournaments are slowly reaching a climax. The seventh round did not produce any real surprise, meaning that the leaders keep control of their dominating positions. Most matches were very close, especially in the open section. Russia had a hard time overcoming the United States of America, but eventually secured victory thanks to Vladislav Artemyev on board 4. Here are his post-game impressions in Russian - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ms3AZYgsxIk . England edged out Egypt and moved to sole second place, after India drew against Azerbaijan. The English captain Malcolm Pein nevertheless remains cautious as to their chances of medal - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P62h0wRA3sc . Details on results and ranking can be found at http://wteams.astana2019.fide.com/en/elementor-6833/ .

The main match of the women section was clearly the fight for the podium between Russia and Ukraine. Decisive results were achieved on the first two boards. Mariya Muzychuk won a good game for Ukraine against Kateryna Lagno, which she relates in a press conference [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnW4Ac0m3U4 ]. Alexandra Kosteniuk levelled the score against Anna Muzychuk, while both other games were drawn, thus sealing the 2-2 score. Georgia left no chance to the host country and won 3,5-0,5. They catch up Ukraine on shared third place. China won easily against Egypt and has a chance to clinch the gold medal one round before the end, in case of a victory against the US team in round 8. All other results and current standing are available on the official website - http://wteams.astana2019.fide.com/en/elementor-6842/ .

The eighth round will start on Wednesday March 13th at 3 pm in the Astana International Financial Centre. Live commentary in English and Russian can be followed at http://kazchess.kz/world_astana2019/ .


Match USA - RUS


Maghsoodloo Parham (IRI)


Women Match UKR - RUS


Preview of Round 8

FIDE World Team Championship 2019
Open section
Round 8, 2019/03/13 at 15.00

Iran – Azerbaijan
India – United States of America
Egypt – Kazakhstan
China – England
Sweden – Russia

FIDE World Team Championship 2019
Women section
Round 8, 2019/03/13 at 15.00

India – Ukraine
China – United States of America
Armenia – Georgia
Russia – Hungary
Egypt – Kazakhstan

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Round 7 Photo Gallery


Round 6  Russia stumbles but remains in the lead

A free day in chess is never easy to deal with. Players in good shape risk getting out of rhythm, whereas players in bad shape meditate endlessly on their misfortune. In other words, a surprise is likely to happen.

In the 6th round of the World Team Championships, this materialised into an unexpected draw by Russia against the off-form team from Azerbaijan. It could in fact have been worse for the leader of the open section. Ian Nepomniachtchi escaped from a very dangerous position against Rauf Mamedov, as he explains at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfHaZmGC3Ik . The equalizer was scored by Arkady Naiditsch, who inflicted a painful second defeat in a row to Sergey Karjakin on board 1. You will certainly appreciate his sense of humour in the post-match interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPnCYbSUZJc .

Russia’s direct pursuers England and India convincingly beat Iran and Kazakhstan respectively, and are closing in on the ranking ( http://wteams.astana2019.fide.com/en/elementor-6833/ ). China’s misery goes on, as the pre-tournament favourite was held to a draw by Egypt, which incidentally scored its first point in the event. GM Ahmed
Adly won a very instructive game which he comments in a press conference https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAm9qULtqSc .

Almost all matches in the women section ended in close victories for the favourites, so that China maintains its perfect score. “Miss 100%” aka Alexandra Goryachkina scored the decisive point for her team, and gives her impression in an short interview in Russian https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxHvPfW7Ujg . All individual results and current ranking can be found at http://wteams.astana2019.fide.com/en/elementor-6842/ .

The seventh round will start on Tuesday March 12th at 3 pm in the Astana International Financial Centre. Live commentary in English and Russian can be followed at http://kazchess.kz/world_astana2019/ .





Serik Sapiyev, Olympic Champion 2012 in boxing, Chairman of the Sports Committee in Kazakhstan


Women match RUS - USA


Match IRI - ENG


Grischuk Alexander (RUS)

 

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Round 6 Photo Gallery

Preview of Round 7

FIDE World Team Championship 2019
Open section
Round 7, 2019/03/12 at 15.00

Azerbaijan – India
Kazakhstan – Iran
England – Egypt
China – Sweden
United States of America – Russia

FIDE World Team Championship 2019
Women section
Round 7, 2019/03/12 at 15.00
 
United States of America – India
Ukraine – Russia
Georgia – Kazakhstan
China – Egypt
Hungary – Armenia


WTCC Round 5 Chinese women take the lead


The fifth and last round before the free day produces a key result in the women section, as China wins the top match against Russia. A small sensation occurs in the open section, as the leader of the Kazakh team Rinat Jumabayev beats Sergey Karjakin. This does not prevent Russia to claim the match and top the standings.

Both Chinese teams seem to be in completely different shape in Astana. Whereas men struggle in the middle of the rankings, despite their close victory against Iran today, the female representatives are on fire. They made short work of their top encounter against Russia. Tan Zhongyi left no chance to Kateryna Lagno on board one, thanks to a clever pawn sacrifice which paved the way to a strong attack. China’s other white game went equally successfully, as Lei Tingjie outplayed and eventually mated Valentina Gunina. Russia did not quite show the same efficiency with the white pieces. Alexandra Kosteniuk struggled against Huang Qian and was forced to accept a generous draw offer by her opponent, thus sealing the fate of the match. After a long game, Alexandra Goryachkina managed to limit the damage by beating Ding Yixin. This victory lifts her personal score to an impressive 5 out of 5. As can be seen in the actual standings at http://wteams.astana2019.fide.com/en/elementor-6842/, Ukraine was held to a draw by the young Kazakh team and occupies the third place.


Match KAZ-RUS


Rinat Jumabayev (KAZ)


Women match UKR-KAZ


Alexandra Goryachkina (RUS)


Match ENG-IND



In the men’s section, Russia confidently defeated Kazakhstan 3-1. The only point for the local team was scored by Rinat Jumabayev against the former World Championship finalist Sergey Karjakin. As explained in the press conference, the grandmaster from Shymkent steadily amounted pressure until his opponent, famously nicknamed the Russian Minister of Defence, uncharacteristically made the decisive mistake.

Three teams are involved in a battle for the second place. England and India played a tense match which ended 2-2, while the United States of America missed a good opportunity to overtake them. Facing the off-form Azeri team, indeed, they stumbled and lost 3-1. In the last match of the day, Sweden scored its second consecutive win against Egypt. All details about results and current standings can be found at http://wteams.astana2019.fide.com/en/elementor-6833/ .


Women match CHN-RUS

All teams are looking forward to a well-deserved break on Sunday. Participants will be driven around to visit the capital of Kazakhstan. The tournament will resume on Monday March 11th at 3 pm in the Astana International Financial Centre. Live commentary of the 6th round in English and Russian can be followed at http://kazchess.kz/world_astana2019/ .



Team Russia



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Round 5 Photo Gallery

Preview of Round 6

FIDE World Team Championship 2019
Open section
Round 6, 2019/03/11 at 15.00

Russia – Azerbaijan
Iran – England
India – Kazakhstan
Egypt – China
Sweden – United States of America

FIDE World Team Championship 2019
Women section
Round 6, 2019/03/11 at 15.00

India – China
Russia – United States of America
Armenia – Ukraine
Kazakhstan – Hungary
Egypt – Georgia

Round 4 Eventful day at the World Team Championships

Plenty of things happened today at the Astana International Financial Centre, at and besides the chess board. Russia and China cruise through in the women section, while all leading teams drew in the open section.

But let’s start our report by the famous “Ladies first!” The organizers celebrated women’s day by exhibiting a large bunch of roses, from which every female participant could chose to take a piece. The youngest participant of the event, American Rochelle Wu, celebrated her 13th birthday today. She received a present which will remain as a nice souvenir of her trip to Kazakhstan.

The start of the 4th round was marked by the visit of Deputy Chief of Mission Theodore Lyng and other representatives of the US embassy in Astana. A special account of this event has already been published at wteams.astana2019.fide.com. As a coincidence, both encounters between the United States of America and Kazakhstan took place today. The Kazakh ladies rose to the occasion and scored their first match victory, whereas the men’s encounter ended in a draw. 2-2 was actually the score of both other top matches in the open section, Russia-England and India-China. Thus, nothing changed at the top of the standings. Bottom seed Sweden celebrated a first victory by dominating Azerbaijan 3-1, and Iran won on the same score against Egypt. You will find all individual results and the standings at wteams.astana2019.fide.com.



As expected, Russia and China dominate the women section and have won all their matches. All eyes will be turned to their direct encounter tomorrow! The top match of the day between Georgia and Ukraine was hard-fought and eventually tied, which means that Ukraine still occupies the 3rd place. Finally, Hungary had trouble beating Egypt and eventually did so by the smallest margin. More details are available at wteams.astana2019.fide.com.




The fifth round will start on Saturday March 9th at 3 pm in the Astana International Financial Centre. Live commentary in English and Russian can be followed at kazchess.kz/world_astana2019/ 

Preview of Round 5

Open section
Round 5, 2019/03/09 at 15.00

Kazakhstan – Russia
Egypt – Sweden
England- India
China – Iran
Azerbaijan – United States of America

Women section
Round 5, 2019/03/09 at 15.00

China – Russia
India – Egypt
United States of America – Armenia
Ukraine – Kazakhstan
Hungary – Georgia 


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Gallery


Round 3: Russia wins top match against China  

The third round of the World Team Championships in Astana features the most anticipated encounter in the whole open section. Both teams with a rating average over 2700 face each other in a duel which may already turn out to be decisive.

How would China react after yesterday’s defeat against the United States? Would they try and strike back immediately or rather play it safe? It is actually hard to guess the pre match strategy of each team, but Russia clearly seemed to pin their hope on their white boards. Indeed, Ian Nepomniachtchi is always dangerous in such crucial matches and young rising star Vladislav Artemiev has scored 2 wins so far. This proved very effective, as Nepomniachtchi managed to put Yu Yangyi under unpleasant pressure and eventually won within less than 3 hours. Artemiev also stood better at the start but then committed a mistake which put him in danger. But his class and composure allowed him to save the game despite being a knight down. For more details about his game, you may want to listen to his thorough after-game analysis on the YouTube channel of FIDE.

The Chinese did not manage to create serious problems on their own white boards, so that Sergey Karjakin and Alexander Grischuk comfortably held against Ding Liren and Wei Yi. With this second loss, it is clear that China will hardly be in contention for the gold medal anymore. As England and the United States of America tied 2-2, Russia is now the sole leader of the open section. India moves to joint second thanks to a large win against Egypt, whereas Kazakhstan is 6th after a good draw against Azerbaijan. All individual results and standings of the open section can be found at wteams.astana2019.fide.com.

There were no big clash in the women’s section and the favourites overcame this 3rd round with a victory. The young Kazakh team fought valiantly against China but eventually lost by a thread. Lei Tingjie explains her nice victory at FIDE Youtube channel. Russia and China are still in the lead with a perfect score, ahead of the Ukraine. All results and standings are available on the tournament website.

The fourth round will start on Wednesday March 8th at 3 pm in the Astana International Financial Centre. Live commentary in English and Russian can be followed at kazchess.kz/world_astana2019.


Preview of Round 4

FIDE World Team Championship 2019
Open section
Round 4, 2019/03/08 at 15.00

Sweden – Azerbaijan
United States of America - Kazakhstan
Russia – England
India – China
Iran – Egypt

FIDE World Team Championship 2019
Women section
Round 4, 2019/03/08 at 15.00

Egypt – Hungary
Georgia – Ukraine
Kazakhstan – United States of America
Armenia – China
Russia – India


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Round 2: The United States of America beat China











The second round of the World Team Championships produces a major upset, as the American men’s team beats China. This result leads to a complete redistribution of roles before the big match China-Russia on Thursday.

A Team World Championship usually means that several teams have to travel around the globe to reach the host country. This event is no exception, some players may find it difficult to take their mark. The Egyptian teams for instance have to adjust to a radical climate difference, and so far both had basically no chance against stronger opponents. In the second round, the men’s team lost 3-1 against Russia, while the women suffered their second 4-0, this time against the Ukraine. It is true that India is not favoured either by the cold weather in Astana. However, as Adhiban Baskaran noted in his after-game interview, most of his teammates came directly from the Aeroflot Open in Moscow and therefore got used to freezing temperatures beforehand. The Indian leader won a good game against the junior World Champion Parham Maghsoodloo, but his team had to settle for a draw with Iran.

 




























Adhiban Baskaran

Speaking about adjustment, jet lag is clearly an issue for players from the United States of America. Yet, they do not seem to feel any effect and created a huge surprise in the second round by defeating China 2,5-1,5. Aleksandr Lenderman won his game on board 4 against Ni Hua, whereas the other encounters ended in a draw. The last game to finish was particularly tragic, as Wei Yi missed several chances to decide the game in his favour against Alexander Onischuk. The match winner gives his impressions at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlXIITgWA28. The United States of America has scored two victories so far, as Russia and England, who overcame Azerbaijan 2,5-1,5. In the fifth match of the day, Kazakhstan pleased their fans thanks to a comfortable 3-1 against Sweden.

































The star match of the day in the women’s section featured China against Georgia. Even though both teams do not compete in their optimal line-up in Astana, they represent hot contenders for the medal. Former women world champion Tan Zhongyi scored the decisive win on board one against Bela Khotenashvili, when all other games had previously been drawn. They thus lead together with Russia, who scored a large 3,5-0,5 victory against Armenia. The young US team beat Hungary 3-1, while India got slightly lucky to escape with a draw against Kazakhstan, as Zhansaya Abdumalik explains in her interview.

All videos and livestreams can be viewed on the FIDE YouTube channel. The program of the third round promises two breathtaking matches in the open section, Russia-China and England-USA. In the encounter between both rating favourites of the event, the Chinese team might already consider this encounter as a last chance to fight for the gold medal.  Games start on Thursady March 7th at 3 pm. Live commentary can be followed in English and Russian on the official website.

Preview of Round 3

FIDE World Team Championship 2019
Open section
Round 3 on 2019/03/07 at 15.00

Iran – Sweden
Egypt – India
China – Russia
England – United States of America
Kazakhstan – Azerbaijan

FIDE World Team Championship 2019
Women section
Round 3 on 2019/03/07 at 15.00

Russia – Egypt
India – Armenia
China – Kazakhstan
United States of America – Georgia
Ukraine – Hungary

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Round 1: World Team Championships started in Astana

The most prestigious team event in 2019 has been launched today in Astana. FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich played the symbolic starting move in the match between Russia and the host nation Kazakhstan. All main favourites prevailed in both sections, and only minor upsets occurred in the first round.


Arkady Dvorkovich, Kateryna Lagno, Zhansaya Abdumalik

The Astana International Financial Centre World Team has opened its doors to the World Team Championships 2019. This impressive modern complex has been inaugurated in July 2018 and is perfectly suited to host an event of such dimension. FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich symbolically executed the first move on behalf on his fellow countrywoman Kateryna Lagno in her game against Zhansaya Abdumalik. This match had been announced as the highlight of the first round in the women section, and it definitely kept its promises.


Guliskhan Nakhbayeva

The young and ambitious Kazakh team maintained the tension until the fourth hour of play. The key game was certainly the one launched by the FIDE President. 19-year old Abdumalik had the women blitz world champion from Russia on the ropes, but let her advantageous position go out of control and eventually lost. 3-1 is a harsh score, but this defeat will certainly serve as a valuable experience.


Kateryna Lagno

The other favourite, China, comfortably won 3,5-0,5 against Hungary, whereas India and Georgia tied their match. The only real shock of the day was the 2-2 garnered by the United States of America against the experienced Ukrainian team. And it could even have been better, had the young Rochelle Wu converted her winning position at the very end of the game.

The preview of the open section announced a duel for the first place between China and Russia. Both teams fulfilled their duty by winning their respective matches. In the absence of their two leaders Mamedyarov and Radjabov, Azerbaijan never really stood a chance and lost 3,5-0,5 to China.


Vladislav Artemiev

The Russian had the tricky task to start against the talented Iranian team, but they scored a solid 2,5-1,5 victory. Vladislav Artemiev celebrated his first selection in his national team on his 21st birthday with a smooth win!


Parham Maghsoodloo

England won a close match against Kazakhstan despite the unexpected defeat of their leader Michael Adams against Rinat Jumabayev. In the other two matches of the day, the United States of America beat Egypt 3-1, and India defeated Sweden 3,5-0,5.


Rinat Jumabayev, Michael Adams

Preview of Round 2

Open section Sweden  -  Kazakhstan Azerbaijan  -  England United States of America  -  China Russia  -  Egypt India  -  Iran    Women section Egypt  -  Ukraine Hungary  -  United States of America Georgia  -  China Kazakhstan  -  India Armenia  -  Russia


The second round will start on Wednesday March 6th at 3 pm. Live commentary can be followed in English and Russian on the official website - http://wteams.astana2019.fide.com/

Inauguration of the World Team Championships and drawing of lots

The opening ceremony took place on March 4th in the evening at the Hilton Astana hotel. FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich and the President of the Kazakhstan Chess Federation officially launched the World Team Championships and praised the whole organizing team for successfully staging this event at such short notice. 



The program of the opening ceremony was livened up by a colourful performance of the Khazar musical group and by the gifted young singer Danelia Tuleshova. It culminated in the drawing of lots, which set the program of rounds for the whole tournament.

No big clash will occur in either section of the starting round. In the women’s tournament, most of the attention will be drawn to the match Russia vs Kazakhstan. The title-holder will have to beware of the young local team! The other matches will feature India-Georgia, Armenia-Egypt, China-Hungary and United States-Ukraine.

Same kind of dangerous start for the Russian men’s team against the talented squad of Iranian youngsters, led by the junior world champion. In the remaining matches, China and India should be favourite against Azerbaijan and Sweden respectively, while Egypt-United States and England-Kazakhstan seem more balanced.

The first round will start at 3 pm on March 5. FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich will make the first move, after which he will join a press conference.




The general sponsor of the World Championship is the Eurasian Resources Group group

World Cup General Partner – Samruk Kazyna

Championship Partner – Astana International Financial Center


Pre-tournament press conference in Astana International Financial Centre

The organizers of the World Team Chess Championships 2019 held a press conference on the eve of the tournament. Several personalities like Head of Kazakhstan sports Serik Sapiyev or former vice-World champion GM Sergej Karjakin answered the questions of around 50 journalists.



The World Team Championships for men and women are taking place from March 4 – 15 in Astana. The Kazakhstan capital is used to staging events of such magnitude, but Tournament Director and Vice-President of the Kazakhstan Chess Federation Zhandos Abishev admits that “organizing everything in only 5 weeks was a real challenge, but all is ready just in time. We would never have been able to make it without the support from our partners, namely our general sponsor ERG, our general partner Samruk-Kazyna, our social partner Samruk-Kazyna Trust and our partner AIFC”. Serik Sapiyev adds that “the popularity of chess has been continuously increasing in the past years. Prestigious events like this World Championship contribute to the further promotion of chess in Kazakhstan”.
Ten teams will face each other in both sections. The leader of the Kazakh women’s team Zhansaya Abdumalik believes that “Kazakhstan can achieve something very special here. Russia, China and the Ukraine are certainly favourite, but the gap with other teams is quite small, so that anything can happen”. Sergej Karjakin has fond memories of Astana. “It is a lucky place for me, as I became the World Champion in rapid chess here in 2012 and took bronze in the blitz. We have a very compact team and I hope that we will all be in good shape”.

The opening ceremony with the drawing of lots is taking place on March 4 at 7 pm at the Hilton Astana Hotel. On March 5 at 3 pm, FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich will launch the tournament and the pieces will start moving on the battlefields.






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FIDE President visits Vietnam

FIDE - Wed, 03/13/2019 - 15:17



FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich and Advisor to the FIDE President Berik Balgabaev paid a visit to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam on March 13th and attended the awarding ceremony of the 9th HD Bank International Chess Tournament.

FIDE officials had a number of meetings with representatives of the Vietnam Chess Federation - President of VCF Nguyen Dong Tien, Vice President Dang Tat Thang, and general sponsors and partners - Madam Nguen Thi Phuong Thao - Permanent Vice Chairwoman of HDBank and BOM of HDBank and VietJet Air, Deputy General Director of HDBank, Le Thanh Trung. During the reception at HDBank`s Head Office they discussed different topics, including plans of future cooperation.

FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich’s welcomed all participants and personally awarded the champion of HDBank 2019 Chess Tournament Chinese player Wang Hao, who scored 7,5 out of 9 to become the sole winner.

Since 2011 the HD Bank International Chess Tournament was as an important platform to help Vietnamese chess talents reach the global arena. The largest international event of Vietnamese chess has been attracting the world’s top players to Vietnam.

Final results: http://chess-results.com/tnr405049.aspx?lan=1&art=1&rd=9&flag=30










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List of Q1 2019 Presidential Board Decisions

FIDE - Wed, 03/13/2019 - 13:22




LIST OF Q1 2019 PRESIDENTIAL BOARD DECISIONS



Q1PB-2019/01 To approve the principle of reduction of FIDE fees.

Q1PB-2019/02 To approve the signing of the Liability Insurance contract for PB members.

Q1PB-2019/03 To approve Baku as the possible organizer of the next Presidential Board.

Q1PB-2019/04 To approve the recommendation for the organization for an Extraordinary GA in October 2019.

Q1PB-2019/05 To approve a representative of each continent to join the Task Force on the Reform of the FIDE Statutes and FIDE Handbook.

Q1PB-2019/06 To approve QC to deal with the transfers of players and to review transfer of players regulations.

Q1PB-2019/07 To approve that FIDE keeps using Swiss Accounting Standard as recommended by E&Y and order the management to disclose more information related to the management activities.

Q1PB-2019/08 To approve a panel to deal with the financial support to Seniors players and former FIDE Officers. The panel will include Jan Rooze (BEL), Emil Sutovsky (ISR), Mikhail Krasenkow (POL), Willy Iclicki (LIE), Anastasia Sorokina (BLR) and Tahar Batikh (TUN).

Q1PB-2019/09 To acknowledge the FIDE President’s decision to finance training and seminars for arbiters, especially for those from Asia and Africa, as well as for female arbiters, from the general Development fund.

Q1PB-2019/10 To approve the application of St. Lucia Chess Federation and Guinea Equatorial Chess Federation and to grant them the statute of provisional members of FIDE.

Q1PB-2019/11 To acknowledge the FIDE President’s decision to create a centralized IT infrastructure within FIDE and to develop a “one-window” system of funding for online activities.

Q1PB-2019/12 To acknowledge the FIDE President’s decision to create a procurement department and to make the Secretary of the Management Board Vadim Tsypin (CAN) responsible for procurement issues within FIDE.

Q1PB-2019/13 To approve the members of the Fair Play Commission.

Q1PB-2019/14 To agree that Arbiter's Commission will set up the criteria and will provide a list of arbiters from which the appointments are to be made. However, the decision about the appointment for the events are to be made by GSC.

Q1PB-2019/15 To approve the selection of arbiters for the FIDE World Championship event by the Arbiters’ Commission based on the Commission’s guidelines based on chess knowledge, geographical location, gender and age and representation of all Continents.

Q1PB-2019/16 To approve the signing of the Continental Development Project Contract with the four continents.

Q1PB-2019/17 To approve the regulations for the 2020 World Chess Championship Candidate Tournament. Also to set a recommended prize fund of 2 Mln Euro for the Title Match.

Q1PB-2019/18 To approve GSC proposal to ban draws by mutual agreement before move 40 in Candidates and World Championship Matches starting 2020.

Q1PB-2019/19 To approve GSC proposal in regards to the tie-break criteria for the Swiss-system events of the World Championship Cycle.

Q1PB-2019/20 To confirm that Spain keeps the right to organize the 2019 World Blitz and Rapid Youth Championship.

Q1PB-2019/21 To grant an organizing committee led by John Lluton the right to hold the 2019 World Inclusive Cadet and Youth Chess Championship as a pilot project in Cardiff, Wales.

Q1PB-2019/22 To ask the DIS commission Chairman and Secretary to join the Cardiff organizing committee and to provide necessary guidance so that the 2019 World Inclusive Championship could be expanded to a larger event that would include adults.

Q1PB-2019/23 To ask FIDE VP Akaki Iashvili and the DIS Commission to prepare regulations for the World Inclusive Junior and Adult Chess Championship.

Q1PB-2019/24 To approve the titles proposed by the QC, ARB, TRG and EVE commissions.

Q1PB-2019/25 To confirm the new Addendum to the Agreement with World Chess., approved by absentee voting in January 2019.

Q1PB-2019/26 To approve the concept of the yearly FIDE Awards to be presented during a FIDE Gala.

Q1PB-2019/27 To approve the composition of a permanent panel that would determine the exact categories, format and dates for the FIDE Awards. The panel is formed as follows: Mohd al-Mudahka (QAT) – Chairman, Berik Blagabaev (KAZ), Vadim Tsypin (CAN), Jacob Aagaard (SCO), Eva Repkova (SVK).

Q1PB-2019/28 To appoint FIDE Vice-President Mahir Mammedov (AZE) a Chairman for the Commission that would award the Fair Play S. Gligoric Trophy and to ask Mr. Mammedov to recruit two more members of the commission, including at least one woman.

Q1PB-2019/29 To let the President to create a panel to nominate the FIDE Honorary Members and other Honorary titles.

Q1PB-2019/30 To consult a Fischer Random Chess expert panel including Eugene Torre (PHI), Nigel Short (ENG), Gunnar Bjornsson (ISL), Berik Balgabaev (KAZ) and Jeroen Van den Berg (NED) to propose in the next two weeks recommendations and guidelines for the 2019 Fischer Random World Chess Championship.

Q1PB-2019/31 To consider the nomination of a minimum of 25% of women in overall FIDE Commissions.

Q1PB-2019/32 To approve the African continental report and the creation of the zone 4.5 with further ratification by GA.

Q1PB-2019/33 To approve the idea to preserve the good image of our game endorsing the proposal regarding the dress-code. A panel including Anastasia Sorokina (BLR), Emil Sutovsky (ISR) and David Llada (ESP) will report with recommendations to the next PB.

Q1PB-2019/34 To send an inspection team to Ugra in May 2019 in order to assess how Khanty-Mansiysk prepares for the 2020 Olympiad. The team shall be led by the official 2020 liaison and shall include at least one more Management Board member.

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Interview with FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich

FIDE - Wed, 03/13/2019 - 09:01



Dvorkovich: "FIDE has a direct income from its first sponsor Russian Railways"


The opening day of the World Team Championships 2019 in Astana was intensive for Arkady Dvorkovich. FIDE Press Officer in Astana Yannick Pelletier was allotted a few minutes in the FIDE President’s tight schedule to ask him some questions.



Yannick Pelletier: The FIDE Presidential Board meeting is being held today in Astana. Can you reveal some of the main decisions taken here?

Arkady Dvorkovich: Many issues are being discussed of course, but I would like to highlight two major points. The first concerns FIDE’s contribution to the development of chess both on continental and on national level. Cooperation agreements are in the making with the presidents of the four Continental Federations (they were signed later in the evening – YP). The second point is no less important, since we are working on the World Championship Cycle. The Regulations of the Title Match and the Candidates Tournament will soon be ready for publication, which will naturally launch the bidding procedure for these events.



YP: You have also just met with Kazakhstan Prime Minister Askar Mamin. Bouncing back on your last answer, did you talk with him about the further development of chess in the country?

AD: Yes, Chess in Kazakhstan is becoming increasingly important and popular. One of the goals of the government in the short term consists in introducing chess in all schools. They also run chess academies, which contribute to improving the level of their top players. The women team is young and already very strong, they might soon become a fierce candidate for the podium in international competitions. The men’s team is not yet as good, but they have room and means to improve.
Moreover, this event shows the organizational capacities of Kazakhstan. Bear in mind that they only had one month to prepare this World Team Championship, and I can certify that everything has been done at the highest level. The AIFC offers ideal conditions to host this event. This is a clear sign that Kazakhstan is responsive to stage other competitions in the future.

YP: Could you please describe for us how you use your past experience in the Russian government as well as your knowledge of economy and management for the good of FIDE?

AD: To some extent, the idea to run for FIDE President was based on the understanding that I can use my skills and connections to improve the situation of FIDE. And it is exactly what our team is doing now, by exploring options which were not available before. I meet top business men, leaders of countries, and send them strong signals regarding our objectives to improve FIDE and the visibility of chess. Our duty is to explain to them how chess can be used as an educational tool to increase the intellectual capacity of their country. And so far that works, people are receptive. Step by step this brings more attention and resources to chess.
I also use my experience as a manager internally to build a new structure for FIDE and new relationships with national and continental federations. It is important to create teams with special skills that are crucial for improving FIDE as a driving institution for chess all around the world.

YP: You mention the receptiveness of the potential partners you are discussing with. Has there been any concrete result in terms of sponsors so far?

AD: Yes, actually we started with tournaments already. For instance the World Rapid and Blitz Championships in St Petersburg was organized under the umbrella of King Salman, but also with additional resources from other sponsors. This helps the financial position of FIDE too, as it indirectly lightens the budget. And now FIDE indeed has a direct income from its first sponsor Russian Railways.

YP: Can you tell us how these funds will be used within FIDE?

AD: Most of these funds will be reinvested for chess. A large portion of our 3-million-euro budget will be used for development purposes and directly injected into projects by Continental and National Federations, like chess in schools. We will also allocate part of it for the training of arbiters, organizers, and for chess academies. On the other hand, money that we receive from the tournaments will be used to finance current activities of FIDE.

YP: A few significant modifications have been brought to the formula of the World Championship cycle. What impact will they have in your opinion?

AD: First of all, we are improving the visibility of our tournaments. The new “Grand Swiss” will be spectacular and attractive. This event opens the door to the Candidates Tournament for all young and talented players who have not yet made it to the Top-10. And it also represents an opportunity for all participants to improve by being confronted directly with world-class players. Moreover, we have reformed the Grand Prix Series. For the first time, tournaments will be staged with the knockout system, as in tennis. We are expecting to arouse interest from sponsors and journalists through this new format. All participants will be motivated to fight until the end, both for the qualification spots and for prizes in each event and the overall rankings.
Another aspect I would like to broach is the importance of side events at such tournaments. Starting with the World Rapid and Blitz Championship in St Petersburg, and also here in Astana, we are making a point of cooperating with local organizers to have a program of parallel activities, like simultaneous, events for kids, blitz, etc. I consider it crucial to open the doors of a top tournament to all levels of chess players and fans, and thus to avoid seclusion. It improves the image of chess and attracts attention.

YP: A last question related to the World Championship cycle, which has been sent to me by Mr. Leonard Barden, emblematic figure for chess in The Guardian: What has been done to try and build a friendly relationship with Rex Sinquefield and Garry Kasparov, since it is clear that an agreement could bring major benefits to chess?

AD: I met Rex Sinquefield for the first time during the opening ceremony of the World Championship match in London and our short discussion was very friendly. Actually, my colleague of the management board Director General Emil Sutovsky has had intense consultations with Sinquefield’s team of the Grand Chess Tour, including Garry Kasparov, in order to adjust the tournament calendar. They have increased the number of events this year, so that coordination with the World Championship cycle was essential. All tournaments now have their place in the calendar 2019, and we basically avoided clashes of the main competitions, except for November which was completely unavoidable. But the smooth cooperation with the Grand Chess Tour allowed to minimize the damage for the players. Indeed, providing for the satisfactory distribution of all participants in the events of both cycles was fundamental. Both sides are happy and continue to work effectively. FIDE has big expectations for the upcoming World Championship and I hope that we will receive competing bids from many countries.

YP: Thank you very much for the interview.

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FIDE President, Treasurer and International Director visit Shenzhen

FIDE - Tue, 03/12/2019 - 16:37



On March 12, the FIDE President, the Treasurer and the International Director met with the Chinese Chess Association and the company representatives of Huawei Technology Co. Ltd. at the Huawei HQ in Shenzhen to discuss possible directions of partnership.

President thanked China and the Chinese Chess Association for their contributions to the development of chess in China and in the world. Mr. Dvorkovich said that by all means, China is one of the strongest chess nations nowadays.



In the afternoon, the President visited the Shenzhen MSU-BIT University and later met with the Governors of Shenzen where he discussed the cooperation between FIDE, the Chinese Chess Association, and Shenzhen City.

Shenzhen is one of the best-developed chess cities in the country with 300 000 chess fans and 500 chess schools and academies. The city will soon be the second home of the Chinese national team.



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Chess has been included in the Sports Programme of the 19th Asian Games

FIDE - Tue, 03/12/2019 - 13:51




The OCA General Assembly in its meeting held in Bangkok on 3rd of March 2019 officially approved the dates for the 19th Asian Games to be held in City of Hangzhou, China from 10th to 25th of September 2022.

The Sport of Chess has been officially included in the Sports Programme of the Games. President OCA Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad Al-Sabah sent an official letter to FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich.

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Vice President Nigel Short's visit to Antigua and Barbuda

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



On the 7th - 8th March, Grandmaster Nigel David Short, of World Chess Federation (FIDE), visited Antigua as a part of his Caribbean tour to spread 'the gospel of Chess’.

Despite being only 2 days long, Short’s short trip was very busy. He had an interview with Dave Lester Payne of Observer Radio and a meeting with the minister of sports, Hon. Daryll Matthew. From his meeting the minister expressed an interest in assisting the Federation in future endeavours.

From Left to Right: Chester Grant (President of ABCF), GM Nigel Short, The Hon. Daryll Matthew (Minister of Sports), Seymore Smith (Vice President ABCF)



GM Nigel Short with President Chester Grant on Observer Radio with Dave Lester Payne

He also found the time to face off against a few members from the Antigua Barbuda Chess Federation (ABCF).
In all, he played 13 games finishing undefeated with a score of 13 - 0.



GM Short vs. Victor Meade (Board 1 for Antigua and Barbuda at the 27th Olympiad)



GM Short vs. Matthew Bailey (Board 1 for Antigua and Barbuda at the 43rd Olympiad)



From Left to Right: Chester Grant (President of ABCF), Jerry Aska (Highest Rating Performer at the 43rd Olympiad for Antigua and Barbuda), Ateila Bobb, GM Nigel Short, Victor Ince, Seymore Smith (Vice President), Kobe Tittle (Winner of Category B for the Gourmet Basket 2019 Chess Championship), Matthew Bailey (Winner for Category A of the Gourmet Basket 2019 Chess Championship), Andre Warner (Member of Antigua and Barbuda 43rd Chess Olympiad Team)

Nigel David Short is an English chess grandmaster who earned the title at the age of 19. In 1988, Short was ranked third in the world by FIDE and went on to become the first English player to play a World Chess Championship match in 1993. He has defeated 13 world champions, is a 3 times Commonwealth Champion and the only chess player ever to win tournaments in 6 continents.



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TCEC Season 14 – the 14th Top Chess Engine Championship

Chessdom - Tue, 03/12/2019 - 02:59

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

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

This is the latest in our 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

TCEC Season 14 started on November 12th 2018 and introduced a number of changes from TCEC 13 (Haworth and Hernandez, 2019b). An enlarged Division 4 featured twelve engines and seven newcomers to accommodate the increasing interest in computer chess and this competition in particular. The other divisions remained eight strong. The five divisions played two or more double round-robins (‘DRR’) each with promotions and relegations following. Tempi gradually lengthened from ‘Rapid’ to ‘Classical’, and the Premier division’s top two engines played a 100-game match to determine the Grand Champion.

The trio of STOCKFISH, KOMODO and HOUDINI have dominated the TCEC medals for several seasons and a key point of interest was whether others would reach the podium. LEELA CHESS ZERO and ETHEREAL were certainly expected to perform well in Division P, having shown remarkable improvement in the previous few months. KOMODO MCTS was a dark horse.

There were a few nudges to TCEC’s adjudication rules. Draw adjudication could be invoked after move 35 (rather than move 40) and the two engines had to both evaluate within ±0.08 (rather than ±0.05) for eight consecutive plies and with plycount≠0. While draw-adjudication requirements were relaxed, win-adjudication requirements were tightened. Engine evaluations had to be outside ±10 (rather than ±6.5) for ten consecutive plies (rather than eight); plycount was not a factor. This change was welcomed by those of us who wanted to see a clearer demonstration of superiority on the board: it will be interesting to see how long it prolongs the decisive games and what mysteries remain.

The common platform for TCEC14 consisted of two computers. One was the established, formidable 44-core server of TCEC11-13 (Intel, 2017) with 64GB of DDR4 ECC RAM and a Crucial CT250M500 240 GB SSD for the EGTs. The ‘GPU server’, a Quad Core i5 2600k, was sporting Nvidia (2019) GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and 2080 GPUs for those engines which could exploit them.

The engines

Season 13 competitors BOBCAT, DEUS X, HANNIBAL and SENPAI rested for this TCEC season. TCEC welcomed first appearances for engines DEMOLITO, KOMODO MCTS, PIRARUCU, ROFCHADE, SCHOONER, SCORPIONN and WINTER, see Fig. 1 and Table 1.

Division 4: 2 DRRs, 4 round robins, 264 games, 30′+10″/m

As for TCEC12/13, each engine played both White and Black from four-ply openings defined by the second author here. The results are as in Table 2: ‘P%’ is the %-score and ‘ELO±’ is the change to the engine’s nominal ELO based on its performance. Generic stats are in Tables 9 and 10.

Online interest naturally focused on the newcomers, especially KOMODO MCTS (Chessdom, 2019), a further innovation from the Lefler/Kaufman camp. The engines had a wide range of ability leading to only 34.1% of games being drawn: those given a default ‘TCEC-entry ELO’ of 2900 ranged across the field. WINTER was always headed for a demotion spot. SCORPIONN clearly was not ready for the contest and even though it disconnected eight times, it did not impact the ranking elsewhere. The bottom three missed TCEC Cup 2 (Haworth and Hernandez, 2019c). The three engines promoted were clearly ahead: KOMODO MCTS, ROFCHADE and NEMORINO.

Division 3: two DRR phases, 14 rounds, 112 games, tempo 30′+10″/m

Again, the eight engines involved played both sides of 14 prescribed four-ply openings. With GPU operating temperatures more stable, LCZERO was expected to do well after its performance in TCEC Cup 1 (Haworth and Hernandez, 2019a) and it did not disappoint, see Table 3. KOMODO MCTS also distanced the rest of the field and continued on up the divisions. Crashes remained a problem: this time, HANNIBAL incurred five. In game 26/7.2, ROFCHADE disconnected in a 7-man tablebase drawn position. In g93, NIRVANA retained the KBNPKRN draw for 101 moves but claimed the 50-move draw with 165. Bd6 – which loses to 165. … Nf7+ 166. K~ Nxd6. Do chess programs do irony?

Division 2: two DRR phases, 14 rounds, 112 games, tempo 30′+10″/m

Game 64/16.4, KOMODO MCTS – LEELA, ended in a rare stalemate on m172. Game 93/24.1, NIRVANA–LEELA, was drawn at position 115b but a mate for Black in 29 moves when the 50-move draw rule intervened. Demoted GULL beat BOOOT and BOOOT beat LEELA which otherwise moved smoothly away to win the division again, see Table 4. The silver medal went to KOMODO MCTS, courtesy of one less loss to LEELA than XIPHOS and one more win to the rest of the field.

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

The penultimate game 28.3/111 was the longest ever for TCEC Division 1 at 308 moves: ‘new wave’ LEELA versus ‘old guard, oldest brand’ FRITZ 16. The win is routine enough with rook and passed pawn against a half-sighted bishop but endgame solver FINALGEN (Romero, 2012) sees 20 moves before a clear win, a line that results in mate on move 337 at best (Haworth and Hernandez, 2019d).

GINKGO surprisingly crashed four times and was disqualified so the formal results are slightly different from those of Table 5 even if promotions/relegations are otherwise unaffected. FRITZ never saw a win in this company and also was demoted to division 2.

Division P, three DRR phases, 42 rounds, 168 games, tempo 90′+10″/m

The line-up for Division P had only a semi-familiar look. After the TCEC13 podium trio of STOCKFISH, KOMODO and HOUDINI, we had the other survivors FIRE, ETHEREAL and ANDSCACS. Interest however centered on the newcomers LEELA CHESS ZERO and KOMODO MCTS, both bringing MCTS search to the game. The contest was three DRRs rather than the four of TCEC13.

After the first round-robin, STOCKFISH had jumped out into the lead with four wins. After the first DRR, with colour-bias eliminated, STOCKFISH maintained a healthy lead and remained unbeaten, a feat shared with KOMODO and LEELA. Was the TCEC podium about to change? KOMODO MCTS had disconnected and lost twice against KOMODO in drawn positions. A third disconnection would be bad for both engines: disqualification for MCTS and elimination of Komodo’s crash-wins from the table.

Game 64 saw STOCKFISH beat KOMODO, opening the door for LEELA. In game 68 at the foot of the table, ANDSCACS beat ETHEREAL with Black. At the half-way point, LEELA was edging the contest for second place and remained unbeaten. The fourth round-robin saw LEELA consolidate its second place with four straight wins against the tail including one as Black against ETHEREAL. The competition for second place remained open as STOCKFISH finally ended LEELA’s unbeaten run in the last RR4 game, g28.4/112.

The fifth round-robin saw plenty of drama. LEELA lost as Black to both KOMODO and FIRE, the first having serious tie-break significance and the second being seriously unexpected. GPU fan-settings were thought to be a contributory factor but not enough to trigger replays. In game 33.1/129 v HOUDINI, KOMODO MCTS disconnected for a third time, was disqualified and relegated with its games discounted. Hopefully, Mark Lefler will sort out the technical problems for TCEC15. This restored LEELA to second place. With one round-robin to go, adjusted scores at the top were STOCKFISH well clear on 21, LEELA 16.5, KOMODO and HOUDINI 16. The second relegation spot was between ETHEREAL on 11.5 and ANDSCACS on 11.

Every win was now going to be a major event, especially as the last round of 28 games started with seven draws. KOMODO as White lost to STOCKFISH in g37.4/148. Both LEELA and KOMODO beat FIRE. In the penultimate game, KOMODO beat ANDSCACS: ETHEREAL breathed again, having narrowly survived without a single win in this division. In the last game, a cliffhanger, STOCKFISH searched the endgame tables a thousand times more than LEELA and thought it had a feasible advantage, but LEELA held out in KRPPKRP to draw on move 93.

The raw figures of Tables 6 and 7 need adjustment because KOMODO MCTS’ disqualification flipped the ranking at both ends of the table. In fact, STOCKFISH ultimately had 25 points, LEELA 20, KOMODO 19.5, ETHEREAL 14 and ANDSCACS 13.5. The ‘big three’ became the ‘big four’ but the Shannon-AB engine mould was cracked again: the still-improving LEELA had remarkably progressed from Division 3 all the way to the TCEC Superfinal.

As in TCEC13, a knockout event was interposed between this tournament and the Superfinal. Would the LEELA team roll out an improved network in preparation for the big finish? A hint came in a ‘bonus match’ between a more recent ‘LEELA 32585’ and ‘STOCKFISH 8’, the latter having only 12 threads and a 4M hash-table. This was an echo and ‘simulation’ of the ALPHAZERO–STOCKFISH match: LEELA won +24=71-5. We reported on TCEC Cup 2 separately (Haworth and Hernandez, 2019c).

The TCEC14 Superfinal match: 100 games, tempo 120′+15″/m

TCEC’s ELOs suggested a STOCKFISH win by eleven. However, both engines came to the board in new versions: the match was now STOCKFISH v190203 versus LEELA v20.2-32930. There was bound to be a clash of styles occasioned by the different modes of evaluation and use of hardware. This dynamic was eagerly anticipated with viewer numbers often topping 2000. Jeroen Noomen (2019) again created a suitable opening book, aiming as before for at least 20% decisive results. Assaf Wool returned from his ‘TCEC Cup break’ to comment on all the games. GMThechesspuzzler and Kingscrusher were active on Youtube (Wool (2019) picked out positions from games 7, 8, 10-11, 13, 16-17, 20-22, 25, 27, 29, 35, 41, 49, 53, 55, 58, 63, 65-66, 71, 75, 80, 85 and 87. Kingscrusher (2019) commentated on games 7, 10-11, 13, 16, 17, 53, 66 and 85. Games 2, 7-8, 13, 17 20, 29, 49, 65-66, 80, 85 and 100 were covered by GM Thechesspuzzler, 2019). Soren Riis provided the authors with detailed analysis of games 7-8, 20-22, 65-66 and 71 which we provide via our pgn file for reader convenience rather than here. GM Matthew Sadler (2019), having analysed the STOCKFISH–ALPHAZERO games (Sadler and Regan, 2019) has also contributed his own view of this Superfinal.

The play and the results did not disappoint. STOCKFISH opened its account with wins from games 7 and 10 but LEELA replied with wins from games 11 and 13. There were twelve wins in the first thirty games, a hit rate of exactly 40%, see Table 8 and Fig. 2. At this point, the score was 15-15, suggesting that this would be the closest TCEC Superfinal since Season 5 in 2013 even though LEELA had never led. The same situation appertained at 24-24 after a run of 19 draws (not a record: the TCEC8 KOMODO 9.3x – STOCKFISH 021115 Superfinal games 14-37 and 47-71 were all draws). At this point, LEELA dramatically jumped out front with wins in games g49 and g53. This lead held until game 80 which STOCKFISH won. Ultimately, it was the single 0-1 win in another sea of 19 draws that allowed STOCKFISH to retain the title. Each game was closely contested with average length being one ply short of 100 moves – and not just because LEELA was reluctant to visit the draw zone.

Of course, suitably equipped grandmasters could write a book about this entirely gripping match and this would be most welcome. Here, we can only pick out a few chessic highlights which perhaps complement the analyses of the commentators above.

The hints from the evaluations of STOCKFISH suggest that it welcomed LEELA’s 15. Bb2 (g07), 51. … Be3 (g08, a missed win), 34. Kf1?? (g21) and 31. … Qd6 (g22). In game 35, 29. Ke1 rather than h7 seemed to lose LEELA’s winning advantage. Game 58 was adjudicated with a rare ‘mate in one’ on the board: the camera cut away just before the blow was struck. Game 63: LEELA was happy to trade pawns for position as early as eleven moves into the play. STOCKFISH did not see a serious problem until six moves later. LEELA create a passed pawn despite being three pawns down and this led to a crushing 41-move win, the shortest of the match.

If there was a pivotal juncture in this Superfinal, it was games 65-66 – a crucial one or two-point swing to STOCKFISH. In game 65, LEELA missed a KNP(c4)P(d5)KBP(c5) win with the winning capture admittedly 26 moves down the line (de Man, 2018). STOCKFISH clearly saw it was lost and LEELA would have been awarded the win under the TCEC13 ‘6.5+’ win-adjudication rule. LEELA was within 11 ply of winning with 9 ply to go and it is worth speculating as to how soon it would have found the winning idea, K on b5/c6 before Nxc5, had the plycount not intervened. Game 66 had to be restarted after two server crashes before LEELA – lost. Had it been possible to return to the game-state after the last completed move, the temperature of the partisanship in the chat room would have been lower. A minor cost, but transaction-checkpoint/restart might be applicable here.

Game 85 was the final win: the 12-move King’s Indian opening had already defined the major asymmetry of Queen versus BBPP. LEELA went from apparent equality to negative territory by move 25. Ultimately, LEELA’s QR were unable to prevent mate by a BBNNPP team, only five moves away when the referee stepped in. Game 86 was the longest ever TCEC game at 362 moves.

The Bonus 4-way and 2-way Rapid events

TCEC treated us to two bonus events at the Rapid tempo of 12′+3″/move. The first featured the top four - HOUDINI, KOMODO, LEELA CHESS ZERO and STOCKFISH: 20 DRRs, 40 round robins, 120 rounds and 240 games. STOCKFISH had a good first half and was never headed even if pursued closely by LEELA. HOUDINI and KOMODO tailed off, eventually in that order as KOMODO fared poorly in the second half. ELO-predicted net scores were +9/+1/-2/-8 but ‘actuals’ were +12/+6/-7/-11. The longest wins were g116.1 (1-0, 139 moves) and g37.2 (0-1, 125m): the longest draw, g12.1 (318m). Game 18.1 between Leela and Komodo was something of an anti-climax as a 3x-repetition draw after ten played moves. Full details are included with the repository e-version of this note (Haworth and Hernandez, 2019d).

The second event was a 100-game STOCKFISH–LEELA match from the initial position: no prescribed openings. LEELA won 16-4, perhaps by being single-minded about its openings (Wool, 2019).

Summary

The Google DeepMind company in St. Pancras, London have been remarkably open in sharing the core ideas of their intelligence initiative. In the year it has taken for DeepMind’s papers on ALPHAZERO (Silver et al, 2017/18) to mature and satisfy the referees, we have seen TCEC invest in Nvidia GPUs and foster several innovations going beyond the classic Shannon (1950) minimaxing AB model of a chess engine. We have seen a leading chess-engine author, Mark Lefler, move his focus successfully from top engine KOMODO to KOMODO MCTS (Chessdom, 2018). With one less technical break, this engine would have come all the way through the divisions to fully justify its place in Division P at the first attempt.

We have also seen a community come together to support and train the open-source LEELA CHESS ZERO echo of ALPHAZERO. Again, this has been rewarded by success, and how. LEELA edged out KOMODO and HOUDINI to take the challenger’s place in the Superfinal here. It was not expected to beat STOCKFISH but came within one game of drawing the classic phase.

Chess24 and Chessbomb, with its useful colour-coding of moves, covered the TCEC14 Superfinal so we were treated to kibitzing by three different, objective but hardly neutral versions of STOCKFISH. The Twitch TCEC channel claims that viewers’ computers have to date had a window open to TCEC Seasons 10-14 for a total of over half a million hours.

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WTCC Round 6 Russia stumbles but remains in the lead

FIDE - Mon, 03/11/2019 - 21:19



Round 6  Russia stumbles but remains in the lead

A free day in chess is never easy to deal with. Players in good shape risk getting out of rhythm, whereas players in bad shape meditate endlessly on their misfortune. In other words, a surprise is likely to happen.

In the 6th round of the World Team Championships, this materialised into an unexpected draw by Russia against the off-form team from Azerbaijan. It could in fact have been worse for the leader of the open section. Ian Nepomniachtchi escaped from a very dangerous position against Rauf Mamedov, as he explains at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfHaZmGC3Ik . The equalizer was scored by Arkady Naiditsch, who inflicted a painful second defeat in a row to Sergey Karjakin on board 1. You will certainly appreciate his sense of humour in the post-match interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPnCYbSUZJc .

Russia’s direct pursuers England and India convincingly beat Iran and Kazakhstan respectively, and are closing in on the ranking ( http://wteams.astana2019.fide.com/en/elementor-6833/ ). China’s misery goes on, as the pre-tournament favourite was held to a draw by Egypt, which incidentally scored its first point in the event. GM Ahmed
Adly won a very instructive game which he comments in a press conference https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAm9qULtqSc .

Almost all matches in the women section ended in close victories for the favourites, so that China maintains its perfect score. “Miss 100%” aka Alexandra Goryachkina scored the decisive point for her team, and gives her impression in an short interview in Russian https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxHvPfW7Ujg . All individual results and current ranking can be found at http://wteams.astana2019.fide.com/en/elementor-6842/ .

The seventh round will start on Tuesday March 12th at 3 pm in the Astana International Financial Centre. Live commentary in English and Russian can be followed at http://kazchess.kz/world_astana2019/ .





Serik Sapiyev, Olympic Champion 2012 in boxing, Chairman of the Sports Committee in Kazakhstan


Women match RUS - USA


Match IRI - ENG


Grischuk Alexander (RUS)

 

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Preview of Round 7

FIDE World Team Championship 2019
Open section
Round 7, 2019/03/12 at 15.00

Azerbaijan – India
Kazakhstan – Iran
England – Egypt
China – Sweden
United States of America – Russia

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Women section
Round 7, 2019/03/12 at 15.00
 
United States of America – India
Ukraine – Russia
Georgia – Kazakhstan
China – Egypt
Hungary – Armenia


WTCC Round 5 Chinese women take the lead


The fifth and last round before the free day produces a key result in the women section, as China wins the top match against Russia. A small sensation occurs in the open section, as the leader of the Kazakh team Rinat Jumabayev beats Sergey Karjakin. This does not prevent Russia to claim the match and top the standings.

Both Chinese teams seem to be in completely different shape in Astana. Whereas men struggle in the middle of the rankings, despite their close victory against Iran today, the female representatives are on fire. They made short work of their top encounter against Russia. Tan Zhongyi left no chance to Kateryna Lagno on board one, thanks to a clever pawn sacrifice which paved the way to a strong attack. China’s other white game went equally successfully, as Lei Tingjie outplayed and eventually mated Valentina Gunina. Russia did not quite show the same efficiency with the white pieces. Alexandra Kosteniuk struggled against Huang Qian and was forced to accept a generous draw offer by her opponent, thus sealing the fate of the match. After a long game, Alexandra Goryachkina managed to limit the damage by beating Ding Yixin. This victory lifts her personal score to an impressive 5 out of 5. As can be seen in the actual standings at http://wteams.astana2019.fide.com/en/elementor-6842/, Ukraine was held to a draw by the young Kazakh team and occupies the third place.


Match KAZ-RUS


Rinat Jumabayev (KAZ)


Women match UKR-KAZ


Alexandra Goryachkina (RUS)


Match ENG-IND



In the men’s section, Russia confidently defeated Kazakhstan 3-1. The only point for the local team was scored by Rinat Jumabayev against the former World Championship finalist Sergey Karjakin. As explained in the press conference, the grandmaster from Shymkent steadily amounted pressure until his opponent, famously nicknamed the Russian Minister of Defence, uncharacteristically made the decisive mistake.

Three teams are involved in a battle for the second place. England and India played a tense match which ended 2-2, while the United States of America missed a good opportunity to overtake them. Facing the off-form Azeri team, indeed, they stumbled and lost 3-1. In the last match of the day, Sweden scored its second consecutive win against Egypt. All details about results and current standings can be found at http://wteams.astana2019.fide.com/en/elementor-6833/ .


Women match CHN-RUS

All teams are looking forward to a well-deserved break on Sunday. Participants will be driven around to visit the capital of Kazakhstan. The tournament will resume on Monday March 11th at 3 pm in the Astana International Financial Centre. Live commentary of the 6th round in English and Russian can be followed at http://kazchess.kz/world_astana2019/ .



Team Russia



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FIDE World Team Championship 2019
Open section
Round 6, 2019/03/11 at 15.00

Russia – Azerbaijan
Iran – England
India – Kazakhstan
Egypt – China
Sweden – United States of America

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Women section
Round 6, 2019/03/11 at 15.00

India – China
Russia – United States of America
Armenia – Ukraine
Kazakhstan – Hungary
Egypt – Georgia

Round 4 Eventful day at the World Team Championships

Plenty of things happened today at the Astana International Financial Centre, at and besides the chess board. Russia and China cruise through in the women section, while all leading teams drew in the open section.

But let’s start our report by the famous “Ladies first!” The organizers celebrated women’s day by exhibiting a large bunch of roses, from which every female participant could chose to take a piece. The youngest participant of the event, American Rochelle Wu, celebrated her 13th birthday today. She received a present which will remain as a nice souvenir of her trip to Kazakhstan.

The start of the 4th round was marked by the visit of Deputy Chief of Mission Theodore Lyng and other representatives of the US embassy in Astana. A special account of this event has already been published at wteams.astana2019.fide.com. As a coincidence, both encounters between the United States of America and Kazakhstan took place today. The Kazakh ladies rose to the occasion and scored their first match victory, whereas the men’s encounter ended in a draw. 2-2 was actually the score of both other top matches in the open section, Russia-England and India-China. Thus, nothing changed at the top of the standings. Bottom seed Sweden celebrated a first victory by dominating Azerbaijan 3-1, and Iran won on the same score against Egypt. You will find all individual results and the standings at wteams.astana2019.fide.com.



As expected, Russia and China dominate the women section and have won all their matches. All eyes will be turned to their direct encounter tomorrow! The top match of the day between Georgia and Ukraine was hard-fought and eventually tied, which means that Ukraine still occupies the 3rd place. Finally, Hungary had trouble beating Egypt and eventually did so by the smallest margin. More details are available at wteams.astana2019.fide.com.




The fifth round will start on Saturday March 9th at 3 pm in the Astana International Financial Centre. Live commentary in English and Russian can be followed at kazchess.kz/world_astana2019/ 

Preview of Round 5

Open section
Round 5, 2019/03/09 at 15.00

Kazakhstan – Russia
Egypt – Sweden
England- India
China – Iran
Azerbaijan – United States of America

Women section
Round 5, 2019/03/09 at 15.00

China – Russia
India – Egypt
United States of America – Armenia
Ukraine – Kazakhstan
Hungary – Georgia 


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Round 3: Russia wins top match against China  

The third round of the World Team Championships in Astana features the most anticipated encounter in the whole open section. Both teams with a rating average over 2700 face each other in a duel which may already turn out to be decisive.

How would China react after yesterday’s defeat against the United States? Would they try and strike back immediately or rather play it safe? It is actually hard to guess the pre match strategy of each team, but Russia clearly seemed to pin their hope on their white boards. Indeed, Ian Nepomniachtchi is always dangerous in such crucial matches and young rising star Vladislav Artemiev has scored 2 wins so far. This proved very effective, as Nepomniachtchi managed to put Yu Yangyi under unpleasant pressure and eventually won within less than 3 hours. Artemiev also stood better at the start but then committed a mistake which put him in danger. But his class and composure allowed him to save the game despite being a knight down. For more details about his game, you may want to listen to his thorough after-game analysis on the YouTube channel of FIDE.

The Chinese did not manage to create serious problems on their own white boards, so that Sergey Karjakin and Alexander Grischuk comfortably held against Ding Liren and Wei Yi. With this second loss, it is clear that China will hardly be in contention for the gold medal anymore. As England and the United States of America tied 2-2, Russia is now the sole leader of the open section. India moves to joint second thanks to a large win against Egypt, whereas Kazakhstan is 6th after a good draw against Azerbaijan. All individual results and standings of the open section can be found at wteams.astana2019.fide.com.

There were no big clash in the women’s section and the favourites overcame this 3rd round with a victory. The young Kazakh team fought valiantly against China but eventually lost by a thread. Lei Tingjie explains her nice victory at FIDE Youtube channel. Russia and China are still in the lead with a perfect score, ahead of the Ukraine. All results and standings are available on the tournament website.

The fourth round will start on Wednesday March 8th at 3 pm in the Astana International Financial Centre. Live commentary in English and Russian can be followed at kazchess.kz/world_astana2019.


Preview of Round 4

FIDE World Team Championship 2019
Open section
Round 4, 2019/03/08 at 15.00

Sweden – Azerbaijan
United States of America - Kazakhstan
Russia – England
India – China
Iran – Egypt

FIDE World Team Championship 2019
Women section
Round 4, 2019/03/08 at 15.00

Egypt – Hungary
Georgia – Ukraine
Kazakhstan – United States of America
Armenia – China
Russia – India


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Round 2: The United States of America beat China











The second round of the World Team Championships produces a major upset, as the American men’s team beats China. This result leads to a complete redistribution of roles before the big match China-Russia on Thursday.

A Team World Championship usually means that several teams have to travel around the globe to reach the host country. This event is no exception, some players may find it difficult to take their mark. The Egyptian teams for instance have to adjust to a radical climate difference, and so far both had basically no chance against stronger opponents. In the second round, the men’s team lost 3-1 against Russia, while the women suffered their second 4-0, this time against the Ukraine. It is true that India is not favoured either by the cold weather in Astana. However, as Adhiban Baskaran noted in his after-game interview, most of his teammates came directly from the Aeroflot Open in Moscow and therefore got used to freezing temperatures beforehand. The Indian leader won a good game against the junior World Champion Parham Maghsoodloo, but his team had to settle for a draw with Iran.

 




























Adhiban Baskaran

Speaking about adjustment, jet lag is clearly an issue for players from the United States of America. Yet, they do not seem to feel any effect and created a huge surprise in the second round by defeating China 2,5-1,5. Aleksandr Lenderman won his game on board 4 against Ni Hua, whereas the other encounters ended in a draw. The last game to finish was particularly tragic, as Wei Yi missed several chances to decide the game in his favour against Alexander Onischuk. The match winner gives his impressions at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlXIITgWA28. The United States of America has scored two victories so far, as Russia and England, who overcame Azerbaijan 2,5-1,5. In the fifth match of the day, Kazakhstan pleased their fans thanks to a comfortable 3-1 against Sweden.

































The star match of the day in the women’s section featured China against Georgia. Even though both teams do not compete in their optimal line-up in Astana, they represent hot contenders for the medal. Former women world champion Tan Zhongyi scored the decisive win on board one against Bela Khotenashvili, when all other games had previously been drawn. They thus lead together with Russia, who scored a large 3,5-0,5 victory against Armenia. The young US team beat Hungary 3-1, while India got slightly lucky to escape with a draw against Kazakhstan, as Zhansaya Abdumalik explains in her interview.

All videos and livestreams can be viewed on the FIDE YouTube channel. The program of the third round promises two breathtaking matches in the open section, Russia-China and England-USA. In the encounter between both rating favourites of the event, the Chinese team might already consider this encounter as a last chance to fight for the gold medal.  Games start on Thursady March 7th at 3 pm. Live commentary can be followed in English and Russian on the official website.

Preview of Round 3

FIDE World Team Championship 2019
Open section
Round 3 on 2019/03/07 at 15.00

Iran – Sweden
Egypt – India
China – Russia
England – United States of America
Kazakhstan – Azerbaijan

FIDE World Team Championship 2019
Women section
Round 3 on 2019/03/07 at 15.00

Russia – Egypt
India – Armenia
China – Kazakhstan
United States of America – Georgia
Ukraine – Hungary

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Round 1: World Team Championships started in Astana

The most prestigious team event in 2019 has been launched today in Astana. FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich played the symbolic starting move in the match between Russia and the host nation Kazakhstan. All main favourites prevailed in both sections, and only minor upsets occurred in the first round.


Arkady Dvorkovich, Kateryna Lagno, Zhansaya Abdumalik

The Astana International Financial Centre World Team has opened its doors to the World Team Championships 2019. This impressive modern complex has been inaugurated in July 2018 and is perfectly suited to host an event of such dimension. FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich symbolically executed the first move on behalf on his fellow countrywoman Kateryna Lagno in her game against Zhansaya Abdumalik. This match had been announced as the highlight of the first round in the women section, and it definitely kept its promises.


Guliskhan Nakhbayeva

The young and ambitious Kazakh team maintained the tension until the fourth hour of play. The key game was certainly the one launched by the FIDE President. 19-year old Abdumalik had the women blitz world champion from Russia on the ropes, but let her advantageous position go out of control and eventually lost. 3-1 is a harsh score, but this defeat will certainly serve as a valuable experience.


Kateryna Lagno

The other favourite, China, comfortably won 3,5-0,5 against Hungary, whereas India and Georgia tied their match. The only real shock of the day was the 2-2 garnered by the United States of America against the experienced Ukrainian team. And it could even have been better, had the young Rochelle Wu converted her winning position at the very end of the game.

The preview of the open section announced a duel for the first place between China and Russia. Both teams fulfilled their duty by winning their respective matches. In the absence of their two leaders Mamedyarov and Radjabov, Azerbaijan never really stood a chance and lost 3,5-0,5 to China.


Vladislav Artemiev

The Russian had the tricky task to start against the talented Iranian team, but they scored a solid 2,5-1,5 victory. Vladislav Artemiev celebrated his first selection in his national team on his 21st birthday with a smooth win!


Parham Maghsoodloo

England won a close match against Kazakhstan despite the unexpected defeat of their leader Michael Adams against Rinat Jumabayev. In the other two matches of the day, the United States of America beat Egypt 3-1, and India defeated Sweden 3,5-0,5.


Rinat Jumabayev, Michael Adams

Preview of Round 2

Open section Sweden  -  Kazakhstan Azerbaijan  -  England United States of America  -  China Russia  -  Egypt India  -  Iran    Women section Egypt  -  Ukraine Hungary  -  United States of America Georgia  -  China Kazakhstan  -  India Armenia  -  Russia


The second round will start on Wednesday March 6th at 3 pm. Live commentary can be followed in English and Russian on the official website - http://wteams.astana2019.fide.com/

Inauguration of the World Team Championships and drawing of lots

The opening ceremony took place on March 4th in the evening at the Hilton Astana hotel. FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich and the President of the Kazakhstan Chess Federation officially launched the World Team Championships and praised the whole organizing team for successfully staging this event at such short notice. 



The program of the opening ceremony was livened up by a colourful performance of the Khazar musical group and by the gifted young singer Danelia Tuleshova. It culminated in the drawing of lots, which set the program of rounds for the whole tournament.

No big clash will occur in either section of the starting round. In the women’s tournament, most of the attention will be drawn to the match Russia vs Kazakhstan. The title-holder will have to beware of the young local team! The other matches will feature India-Georgia, Armenia-Egypt, China-Hungary and United States-Ukraine.

Same kind of dangerous start for the Russian men’s team against the talented squad of Iranian youngsters, led by the junior world champion. In the remaining matches, China and India should be favourite against Azerbaijan and Sweden respectively, while Egypt-United States and England-Kazakhstan seem more balanced.

The first round will start at 3 pm on March 5. FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich will make the first move, after which he will join a press conference.




The general sponsor of the World Championship is the Eurasian Resources Group group

World Cup General Partner – Samruk Kazyna

Championship Partner – Astana International Financial Center


Pre-tournament press conference in Astana International Financial Centre

The organizers of the World Team Chess Championships 2019 held a press conference on the eve of the tournament. Several personalities like Head of Kazakhstan sports Serik Sapiyev or former vice-World champion GM Sergej Karjakin answered the questions of around 50 journalists.



The World Team Championships for men and women are taking place from March 4 – 15 in Astana. The Kazakhstan capital is used to staging events of such magnitude, but Tournament Director and Vice-President of the Kazakhstan Chess Federation Zhandos Abishev admits that “organizing everything in only 5 weeks was a real challenge, but all is ready just in time. We would never have been able to make it without the support from our partners, namely our general sponsor ERG, our general partner Samruk-Kazyna, our social partner Samruk-Kazyna Trust and our partner AIFC”. Serik Sapiyev adds that “the popularity of chess has been continuously increasing in the past years. Prestigious events like this World Championship contribute to the further promotion of chess in Kazakhstan”.
Ten teams will face each other in both sections. The leader of the Kazakh women’s team Zhansaya Abdumalik believes that “Kazakhstan can achieve something very special here. Russia, China and the Ukraine are certainly favourite, but the gap with other teams is quite small, so that anything can happen”. Sergej Karjakin has fond memories of Astana. “It is a lucky place for me, as I became the World Champion in rapid chess here in 2012 and took bronze in the blitz. We have a very compact team and I hope that we will all be in good shape”.

The opening ceremony with the drawing of lots is taking place on March 4 at 7 pm at the Hilton Astana Hotel. On March 5 at 3 pm, FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich will launch the tournament and the pieces will start moving on the battlefields.






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IMSA World Masters Championship 2019: Final list of Men Participants

FIDE - Mon, 03/11/2019 - 17:48


FIDE is pleased to announce the final list of Men participants in the IMSA World Masters Championship-Hengshui, China 2019. Leinier Dominguez received the wild card nomination from FIDE President.


Final list of Men Participants

FIDE ID NAME FED Std_12 G Blz_12 G Rpd_12 G S_Avg G 8603820 Yu, Yangyi CHN     2761,417 64 2795,25 39 2757,833 46 2771,5 149 8602883 Wang, Hao CHN 2715,333 100 2772,583 41 2786,083 24 2758 165 3503240 Dominguez Perez, Leinier USA 2739 0 2821,833 9 2699,5 18 2753,444 27 4158814 Andreikin, Dmitry RUS 2711,667 73 2786,833 52 2733,667 49 2744,056 174 24130737 Fedoseev, Vladimir RUS 2713,333 70 2710,083 72 2802,333 15 2741,917 157 12401137 Le, Quang Liem VIE 2723,667 72 2735,833 41 2748,167 15 2735,889 128 13401653 Mamedov, Rauf AZE 2705,083 54 2731 72 2719,833 48 2718,639 174 738590 Rapport, Richard HUN 2719.3333 70 2695.0000 0 2709.4167 2 2707,917 72 8601445 Bu, Xiangzhi CHN 2719,667 44 2671 0 2731,083 16 2707,25 60 14105730 Korobov, Anton UKR 2680.2500 113 2690.7500 70 2736.1667 44 2702,389 227 703303 Leko, Peter HUN 2685.5000 44 2730.0000 26 2687.3333 8 2700,944 78 2805677 Gelfand, Boris ISR 2691.3333 50 2726.3333 63 2685.0000 49 2700.888867 162 5029465 Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi IND 2710.2500 87 2721.2500 45 2659.1667 19 2696,889 151 409561 Jones, Gawain C B ENG 2671.2500 100 2713.3333 47 2652.2500 19 2678,944 166 14103320 Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR 2680,833 44 2665 9 2688 8 2677,944 61 2905540 Cheparinov, Ivan GEO 2706,833 98 2635,5 54 2691,333 28 2677,889 180
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