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Representatives of the US embassy visit the WTCC

FIDE - Fri, 03/08/2019 - 13:53



The beginning of the 4th round of the World Team Championships was attended by representatives of the US embassy in Astana. The Deputy Chief of Mission Mr. Theodore Lyng, the Counselor for Public Affairs Mr. Christian Wright and the Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer Mr. Lance Erickson greeted the entire US chess delegation before the start of the round and handed all its members some presents which symbolize the friendship between the United States of America and Kazakhstan. As fate wants it, the US team faces Kazakhstan in both sections today. Mr. Wright made the symbolic first move on the board of Darius Swiercz and Rinat Jumabayev, while Mr. Lyng did the same on the first women’s board between Zhansaya Abdumalik and Tatev Abrahamyan.

A keen chess player in his youth himself, Mr. Lyng admitted he had been following the championship very closely from the start, and felt especially proud when his countrymen defeated China on the second day.

The whole visit proceeded in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The representatives of the US embassy were very approachable and available for the media. A short interview with the Deputy Chief of Mission can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw5LN6tIDjA. Before his departure, Mr. Lyng announced his willingness to take part in the closing ceremony on March 14th.



Deputy Chief of Mission Mr. Theodore Lyng makes the first move in the game Abdumalik-Abrahamyan



Counselor for Public Affairs Mr. Christian Wright makes the first move in the game Swiercz-Jumabayev

Deputy Chief of Mission Mr. Theodore Lyng with FIDE Press Officer at the WTCC Yannick Pelletier



Deputy Chief of Mission Mr. Theodore Lyng with the US delegation

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FIDE President’s Statement on the 2020 World Chess Championship Match

FIDE - Fri, 03/08/2019 - 10:35



In response to the numerous questions from potential organizers of the WCCM, FIDE would like to state the following:

1. The WCCM regulations are currently being developed. They allow to hold the match in multiple cities if this promotes chess and does not present excessive logistical problems for the WCCM participants.

2. The recommended WCCM prize fund will be at least 2 million Euros.

3. The winning bid will be selected on a competitive basis according to a transparent procedure that will involve a reliable auditing company.

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Bidding Procedure for the FIDE Candidates' Tournament 2020

FIDE - Fri, 03/08/2019 - 09:42



BIDDING PROCEDURE FOR THE FIDE CANDIDATES’ TOURNAMENT 2020

FIDE is opening a bidding procedure for the FIDE Candidates’ Tournament 2020

All bids should be submitted by the due date in sealed envelope or scanned documents to the FIDE Secretariat, postal address: 9 Syggrou Avenue, 11743 Athens - Greece / Fax: (+30) 2109212859 / Email: office@fide.com by 6th June 2019, 16:00 local time (UTC/GMT + 2 hours).

Please download Regulations for Candidates’ Tournament 2020

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WTCC Round 4 Overview

FIDE - Thu, 03/07/2019 - 20:35



Round 4 Overview


Please visit the official website wteams.astana2019.fide.com for LIVE GAMES.




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


OFFICIAL WEBSITE


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

OFFICIAL WEBSITE

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.






OFFICIAL WEBSITE

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WTCC Round 4 Overview

FIDE - Thu, 03/07/2019 - 20:35



Round 4 Overview


Please visit the official website wteams.astana2019.fide.com for LIVE GAMES.




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


OFFICIAL WEBSITE


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

OFFICIAL WEBSITE

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.






OFFICIAL WEBSITE

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WTCC Round 3: Russia wins top match against China

FIDE - Thu, 03/07/2019 - 20:35



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


OFFICIAL WEBSITE


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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St. Kitts & Nevis Chess Federation Launched

FIDE - Thu, 03/07/2019 - 16:11



A new sporting organization, the St. Kitts & Nevis Chess Federation (SKNCF) has recently been formed. Spokesperson for the organization, Mr. Sam Franks, revealed here today that the SKNCF is in the process of initiating a number of events to inform players, enthusiasts, and indeed the general public, of its formation. This is in an effort to promote and encourage the playing of the world’s most popular and challenging board game – Chess - in St. Kitts and Nevis.

This initiative for the formation and promotion of the Chess Federation is being spearheaded by The Ripple Institute SKN - as part of its programming for the Wholesome Development of Children and Youth, and the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports & Culture whose purview, in addition to being the guardians of our children’s education, also oversees other areas which will benefit from this activity, namely youth development, sports and culture.

The first elected president of SKNCF, Dr. IzBen Williams, asserts that where ‘youth chess’ (and in particular ‘school chess’) programs have been implemented they have been shown to provide a range of educational benefits to pupils, including the development of critical thinking skills such as: problem solving and abstract reasoning, patience, strategic and creative thinking, rational decision making, and sportsmanship. In addition, it results in improved overall school academic performance, enhanced social skills and bolstered self-esteem.

Patron of SKNCF, retired president of the Caribbean Court of Justice, Sir Dennis Byron, has applauded The Ripple Institute for its important initiative in spearheading the establishment of SKNCF. Sir Dennis is certain it would play a significant role in molding the mindset and outcome of our youth and that it could create many other positive benefits for our community. He also observed that chess can influence mental agility not just in youth, but at all ages. 

To mark the occasion of its launching SKNCF has invited a Grand Master of chess, Mr. Nigel Short, MBE to participate in its launching exercises during which he is expected to engage up to twenty-five (25) local chess players simultaneously in what has been termed a Chess Fest.

Regarded as the strongest player in the United Kingdom in the twentieth century, Mr. Short earned the Grand Master title at the age of 19 and was the first English player to play in a World Chess Championship match. Of reputed hundreds of millions of players worldwide, he was ranked third in the world by FIDE, the World Chess Federation, in January 1988, a position he held for eighteen months.

Mr. Short is a former president of the Commonwealth Chess Association and a three-time Commonwealth Chess Champion. He travels the world playing, coaching and promoting the game and has won tournaments on six continents. He has been a regular contributor to The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail, The Sunday Telegraph, The Financial Times and other British newspapers with his chess columns and book reviews.

Mr. Short will be accompanied by Mr. Ian Wilkinson, QC, renowned Jamaican jurist, the President of the Jamaica Chess Federation and two-time Jamaica Veterans Chess Champion, who was instrumental in elevating the standard of chess in Jamaica and institutionalizing it in the education system. Thousands of children in Jamaica now participate in school-chess programs there. Mr. Wilkinson has himself published books instructing players at all levels on the skills involved in the playing of chess. Both Grandmaster Short and Mr. Wilkinson are Vice-Presidents of FIDE and sit on its governing Presidential Board.

Chess Fest will take place at Bank Street on Saturday 9th March 2019, starting at 2:00 p.m. It is expected that the event would attract scores of spectators, chess players and enthusiasts, especially youths from across St. Kitts and Nevis.

All are invited to witness these public exhibition games, with display of globally acknowledged mastery at the game of chess.

Persons requiring further information, or interested in becoming members of St. Kitts and Nevis Chess Federation, may visit The Ripple Institute at 12 Independence Square West, Basseterre, or contact SKNCF by email sknchessfederation@gmail.com or call: 661-1979; 661-5313; 662-9030; 765-1979.

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Press release on the PB meeting in Astana

FIDE - Thu, 03/07/2019 - 09:33

Press release on the main decisions taken at the 1st quarter Presidential Board meeting of FIDE

The members of the FIDE Presidential Board sat together for their 1st quarter meeting on March 4-6 in Astana. The discussions were very productive and following points can already be brought out.

FIDE and all four continental chess associations signed cooperation agreements. The major element concerns the allocation of up to 300’000 euros per year by FIDE for the implementation of project for the development of chess. The whole work will eventually be evaluated by key performance indicators. Thanks to the experience gained during the last World Championship match, the Global Strategic Commission proposed a few modifications to the rules. These were extensively discussed by the Presidential Board and a final decision will be taken soon. The rules of the Candidates Tournament will be similar to previous cycles, but it has been decided to increase the prize fund from 420’000 to 500’000 euros.

The President and the Treasurer reported on the financial state of FIDE, and several positive points can be presented. Primarily, the overall financial situation is bending upwards again. The first contracts have been signed with sponsors which are ready to support FIDE directly. The work in this area is only beginning, and FIDE is proud to announce that Russian Railways stands as sponsor.

Consequences will be beneficial not only to FIDE but also to national federations. Indeed, by gaining external financial support, FIDE will be able to fulfil one more promise made during the presidential campaign. Thus, fees and mandatory payments from national federations and inpidual players will be significantly reduced. One should bear in mind that this decision must follow the legal procedure and be approved by the General Assembly. If accepted, it will come into effect retroactively, so that federations will save a lot on their dues in January 2020.

The Presidential Board supports the proposal made by Wales to hold the World Championship for players under 18 years old with disabilities. This is a very sensitive moment and an important task for FIDE. Details are being worked out on it.

The Presidential Board also discussed the dress code for top tournaments, as this issue is essential to improve the image of chess and its main actors. A proposal has been put forward by Norwegian organizers to hold the FIDE Fischer Random Chess World Championship. However, a number of organizational issues, notably of legal nature, have to be examined carefully before coming to a final decision.

Mrs Eva Repkova presented a very interesting report on the representation of women on senior positions at FIDE. It is clear that FIDE is keen on moving with the times and on paying particular attention to this matter.

The 2nd quarter Presidential Board meeting will take place before the summer. Exact dates and place will be determined soon.












Willy Iclicky, Chief Operating Officer


Anastasia Sorokina, FIDE Vice President


Akaki Iashvili, FIDE Vice President


Emil Sutovsky, Director General


Mohammed Al-Mudahka, International Director and Igor Kogan, Deputy Chairman of FIDE Management Board



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First moves at the World Team Championships

FIDE - Tue, 03/05/2019 - 22:07


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


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/



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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TCEC Season 15 – To A/B or NNot to A/B, That is the Question

Chessdom - Tue, 03/05/2019 - 17:14

Season 15 of the Top Chess Engine Championship will begin this March 5th at 20:00 CET. It will feature a record number of engines to accommodate the booming sector and a record ELO of the participants. A total of 44 engines will face off in a division based system to determine the current status quo of strength and the grand champion of TCEC.

Stockfish has dominated the Top Chess Engine Championship for four consecutive seasons or a total of 10 months. It has a chance to expand this dominance in Season 15 for over 1 year (see the analysis of GM Matthew Saddler). Stockfish will have to show its best as significant challenge is coming from DeepMind’s Alpha Zero open source sister Leela Chess Zero. LCZero applied significant pressure in the S14 Superfinal, losing by a narrow margin 49,5-50,5. It also convincingly won its first major title the TCEC Cup and the inter season rapid bonus, thus showing high inspiration and determination for the title. These two engines, however, cannot relax, as Komodo with its innovative MCTS version and all other engines from the higher divisions will also bring in their best. Additionally, a new unique supervised learning neural network Allie+Stein will start from the bottom division and is aspiring to attack the top from its very first season.

Where to follow the Top Chess Engine Championship?

The Top Chess Engine Championship has a dedicated website with games going on 24/7 at http://tcec.chessdom.com . You can enjoy the games with live commentary by BlueFish (Stockfish running on 172 cores, represented by a blue line on the graph), Redmodo (Komodo on 128 cores, represented by a red line on the graph) and chat with engine authors, computer chess experts, and friends in the ever lively TCEC chat.

The previous season was record breaking in audience, including in the video broadcast of the event. A total of 500 000+ viewer hours were registered in the past 30 days, which is #1 position on Twitch among the chess channel, and higher than 50% of the total chess audience viewership altogether. You can follow the alternative video broadcast at TCEC Twitch TV

TCEC is the most watched chess channel and competition by far, according to the official Twitch Metrics

Growth of TCEC session viewers season by season from 2015 to 2019 visualized by Google analytics. S14 was a !boom (click on the image to expand)

TCEC Season 15 participants

Premier Division

1. Stockfish
2. LCZero
3. Komodo
4. Houdini
5. Fire
6. Ethereal
7. Promotion from Div 1
8. Promotion from Div 1

Division 1

1. Andscacs
2. Komodo MCTS
3. Fizbo
4. Chiron
5. Laser
6. Jonny
7. Promotion from Div 2
8. Promotion from Div 2

Division 2

1. Fritz
2. Ginkgo
3. Xiphos
4. Booot
5. Nirvana
6. ChessBrainVB
7. Promotion from Div 3
8. Promotion from Div 3

Division 3

1. Gull
2. Texel
3. Arasan
4. Vajolet
5. Pedone
6. rofChade
7. Promotion from Div 4
8. Promotion from Div 4

Division 4

Division 4 of the Top Chess Engine Championship will evolve this season 15. It will expand to accommodate all engines that are active and have ELO above 3000. It still remains testing ground for new engines and as support for the computer chess field, however, one cannot ignore that from this division have started engines like LCZero, Komodo MCTS, Ethereal, ChessBrainVB, etc.

Division 4 will be with two groups, !division4a and !division4b. Each will contain ten engines that will play a 1xDRR tournament with time control 30 min + 5 sec. The top two engines of the groups will promote to a playoff – !div4playoff. That will be a 2xDRR event which will determine the two engines advancing to Div 3.

Here is the full list of participants

Division 4 A

1. Winter
2. Tucano
3. Topple
4. Rodent III
5. Nemorino
6. The Baron
7. Cheese
8. Igel
9. Minic
10. RubiChess

Division 4 B

1. Pirarucu
2. Allie+Stein
3. Wasp
4. Chess22k
5. Marvin
6. Monolith
7. ScorpioNN
8. Jumbo
9. Bagatur
10. Gaviota

Rules and regulation changes for Season 15

The rules set of TCEC advances one more step this season 15, to resolve specific cases that arose in previous seasons. Besides the expansion of Division 4, here is what will change in all divisions:

* Increment in Div P, Div 1, Div 2, Div 3, and Div 4 will be 5 sec per move. The Superfinal increment is reduced to 10 sec per move

* Black wins will be removed from the tiebreak criteria, due to the usage of advanced books. The order of tiebreak criteria is as follows 1: # of crashes. 2: Direct encounter. 3: # of wins. 4: SB. 5: TD decision

* In case of a server disconnect or other interruption not caused by the engines:
**If the web server crashes, the game continues unaffected, and broadcasting will be resumed as soon as possible;
**If the evaluation of both engines is >=ABS(10) at the moment of game server interruption, the game is scored as a win ;
**If the evaluation of both engines is <=ABS(0.10) at the moment of game server interruption, and both engines have completed 35 moves, the game is scored as a draw;
**If a game interrupts with 7 pieces on the board, position on the board at the instant of game server interruption will be adjudicated according to 7-man EGTB.
** In all other cases the game is restarted from the position that the two engines reached before the disconnect, with time compensation to fill up the cache

* The top 4 engines of !div4a and the top 4 of !div4b, so 8 in total, qualify for the TCEC Cup. The engines in the playoff are seeded by their final standings, the other ones are placed on a random draw seeds 29-32

There will be no change of the 3 strike out rule this season, due to the multiple cases that have to be covered. An engine update during a division will count as a strike.

The engine uniqueness requirement stays intact , as worded in the S14 rules and regulations.

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Grenada Chess Federation Launched

FIDE - Tue, 03/05/2019 - 10:10



For the first time ever a national body has been formed to promote the sport of Chess in Grenada.

A Grenada Chess Federation (GCF) was established by unanimous resolution and launched last Thursday (February 28th) at a special meeting of over forty (40) chess enthusiasts at the Grenada Olympic House at Mount Rouge, St George’s. Special guest at the meeting was celebrated British Chess player and Grandmaster Nigel Short who is on a mission throughout several OECS islands to ‘spread the gospel of chess’. Grandmaster Short is also a Vice-President of the World Chess Federation (FIDE).

Those gathered at the meeting used the opportunity to complete registration forms to become members of the GCF and most have already paid the EC$25.00 subscription agreed upon for the first year of membership.

An Interim Council has been established to undertake the work of the GCF until the first Annual General Meeting scheduled for May 16th, 2019 when a constitution will be adopted and a formal executive elected. The 14 member Interim Council comprises Ruggles Ferguson, Carlyle Glean Jr, Terrence Smith, Kwebena Amen, Carlton Lendore, Jesse Green, Gennard Roberts, Allister Charles, Gregory Renwick, Justin Pierre, Kinna Marrast-Victor, Lincoln Bartholomew, George Joseph and Terrance Slocombe.

Critical tasks of the GCF include promoting chess in schools – both primary and secondary - and in communities; organizing national and other competitions; becoming a member of the World Chess Federation; and securing assistance for the widespread development of Chess throughout Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. The GCF targets a membership of 100 by the May 16th AGM.

President of the Grenada Olympic Committee (GOC), Royston La Hee, who delivered brief remarks at Thursday’s meeting, welcomed the initiative taken to form a Grenada Chess Federation and pledged the support of the GOC.

Last Thursday’s gathering culminated with Grandmaster Short taking on 25 chess players, simultaneously, in exhibition matches. He won 24 matches and drew one against Jesse Green, a teacher at St Joseph Convent (St.George’s).

Addressing the meeting before the exhibition matches, Grandmaster Short extolled the virtues of Chess, describing it as “the ultimate mind game…nearly infinite in its complexity”. Once considered a game for aristicrots, it has now become “a game for everyone” with millions playing worldwide, Grandmaster Short noted.

189 countries are now members of FIDE, making it one of the largest sporting bodies in the world.

Island Catering contributed refreshments for the launch and exhibition matches.



President of Grenada Olympic Committee Royston LaHee speaks at launch of Grenada Chess Federation. Grandmaster Nigel Short sits at right together with Ruggles Ferguson and Carlyle Glean Jr. Terrence Smith is at extreme left.

 

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Vice President Nigel Short completes successful visit to Grenada

FIDE - Tue, 03/05/2019 - 09:28



Chess in Grenada has received a significant boost with the recent visit of Grandmaster Nigel Short MBE, one of the most celebrated British players.

Grandmaster Short left Grenada over the weekend, following a four-day visit here ‘spreading the gospel of Chess’. A world championship finalist in in 1993, and once ranked No 3 in the world, Grandmaster Short has been playing Chess for over 48 years.

In a packed four-day programme (February 26th – March 2nd) Grandmaster Short participated in the launch of the first ever Grenada Chess Federation – GCF (February 28th) where he spoke and also played simultaneous exhibition matches against 25 players (earning 24 wins/1 draw); met with students of three (3) secondary schools; engaged the Minister of Sports at a luncheon meeting; and participated in four (4) radio and television interviews.

On the lighter side, he thoroughly enjoyed himself at the National Cricket Stadium on Wednesday (February 27th), witnessing England defeat the West Indies in an exciting ODI match, during which he met and had exchanges with several government ministers including the Minister of Education Hon Emmalin Pierre and Minister of Youth, Hon Kate Lewis. He used the opportunity to highlight the importance of chess in schools and among youth in communities.

On Thursday & Saturday he was also able to experience the sheer natural beauty of Grenada during sight-seeing tours.

Meeting at the GBSS Auditorium on Friday (March 1st) with over 100 students from Presentation Brothers College (PBC), Boca Secondary School (BSS) and Grenada Boys Secondary School (GBSS), who play or have an interest in playing chess, Grandmaster Short shared the benefits of the game in developing the mind and his own rich experiences as an international player. Noting that success only comes with hard work, he urged the students to take the game seriously, so that they too can compete in the international arena.

Grandmaster Short was very encouraged by the meeting with Minister of Sports Senator Norland Cox (March 1st) who expressed full support for the chess initiatives being undertaken in Grenada and examined possible areas of co-operation with the FIDE (World Chess Federation) including training, provision of chess boards, and participation in international competitions. Grandmaster Short is a Vice-President of FIDE.

On Saturday (March 2nd), Grandmaster Short left for St Vincent & the Grenadines on the 2nd leg of his mission to promote Chess. He is also expected to visit St.Lucia, Antigua, St Kitts and the Cayman Islands.



Grandmaster Short outlines the rules just before the start of the Exhibition Chess Matches - V2 (February 28th)



Exhibition Matches in Progress with Grandmaster Nigel Short - LS (February 28th)



Simultaneous exhibition matches (RS) in progress with Grandmaster Nigel Short who Won 24, Drew 1 - at far right is Jesse Green, a teacher at St Joseph's Convent (St Georges) who held the Grandmaster to a draw (February 28th)



Grandmaster Nigel Short talks chess with students of GBSS, PBC and BSS at the GBSS Auditorium (March 1st)

 

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WTCC in Astana Round 1 Results

FIDE - Tue, 03/05/2019 - 06:50


World Team Chess Championship 2019, Astana, Kazakhstan Held from March, 4 to March, 15 2019.

Open Section and Women section board results.

Round 2 starts March, 6 2019 at 3 PM local time. Please visit official website for LIVE GAMES.

http://wteams.astana2019.fide.com/
OPEN SECTION ROUND 1


1.1 1 India   3½ - ½ 10 Sweden   1 GM Adhiban B. 2683 1 : 0 GM Grandelius Nils 2694 2 GM Sasikiran Krishnan 2678 ½ : ½ GM Blomqvist Erik 2488 3 GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar 2633 1 : 0 GM Smith Axel 2487 4 GM Sethuraman S.P. 2637 1 : 0 IM Johansson Linus 2479 1.2 2 Iran   1½ - 2½ 9 Russia   1 GM Maghsoodloo Parham 2673 ½ : ½ GM Karjakin Sergey 2753 2 GM Idani Pouya 2604 ½ : ½ GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2771 3 GM Tabatabaei M.Amin 2600 ½ : ½ GM Andreikin Dmitry 2725 4 GM Firouzja Alireza 2657 0 : 1 GM Artemiev Vladislav 2736 1.3 3 Egypt   1 - 3 8 United States of America   1 GM Amin Bassem 2709 0 : 1 GM Swiercz Dariusz 2655 2 GM Adly Ahmed 2611 ½ : ½ GM Sevian Samuel 2642 3 IM Fawzy Adham 2461 ½ : ½ GM Onischuk Alexander 2647 4 GM Hesham Abdelrahman 2450 0 : 1 GM Izoria Zviad 2603 1.4 4 China   3½ - ½ 7 Azerbaijan   1 GM Ding Liren 2812 1 : 0 GM Mamedov Rauf 2701 2 GM Yu Yangyi 2761 1 : 0 GM Guseinov Gadir 2664 3 GM Wei Yi 2733 1 : 0 GM Safarli Eltaj 2662 4 GM Bu Xiangzhi 2731 ½ : ½ GM Abasov Nijat 2627 1.5 5 England   2½ - 1½ 6 Kazakhstan   1 GM Adams Michael 2708 0 : 1 GM Jumabayev Rinat 2609 2 GM Mcshane Luke J 2661 ½ : ½ GM Ismagambetov Anuar 2545 3 GM Howell David W L 2693 1 : 0 IM Makhnev Denis 2476 4 GM Jones Gawain C B 2681 1 : 0 GM Kostenko Petr 2466

WOMEN SECTION ROUND 1

1.1 1 Armenia   4 - 0 10 Egypt   1 IM Mkrtchian Lilit 2390 1 : 0 WGM Wafa Shahenda 2175 2 WFM Sargsyan Anna M. 2340 1 : 0 WGM Wafa Shrook 2166 3 WIM Gevorgyan Maria 2264 1 : 0 WIM Moaataz Ayah 2036 4 WIM Ghukasyan Siranush 2221 1 : 0 WIM Elansary Eman 1944 1.2 2 Russia   3 - 1 9 Kazakhstan   1 GM Lagno Kateryna 2559 1 : 0 IM Abdumalik Zhansaya 2469 2 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2545 ½ : ½ IM Saduakassova Dinara 2462 3 GM Gunina Valentina 2515 ½ : ½ FM Assaubayeva Bibisara 2374 4 GM Goryachkina Aleksandra 2504 1 : 0 IM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan 2295 1.3 3 India   2 - 2 8 Georgia   1 IM Karavade Eesha 2357 ½ : ½ GM Khotenashvili Bela 2474 2 WGM Soumya Swaminathan 2401 1 : 0 IM Arabdize Meri 2392 3 IM Padmini Rout 2332 0 : 1 GM Batsiashvili Nino 2454 4 WGM Kulkarni Bhakti 2322 ½ : ½ IM Melia Salome 2385 1.4 4 China   3½ - ½ 7 Hungary   1 GM Tan Zhongyi 2513 1 : 0 GM Hoang Thanh Trang 2454 2 WGM Huang Qian 2441 1 : 0 IM Gara Anita 2384 3 GM Lei Tingjie 2477 1 : 0 WGM Gara Ticia 2324 4 WGM Ding Yixin 2432 ½ : ½ WIM Havanecz Bianka 2270 1.5 5 United States of America   2 - 2 6 Ukraine   1 WGM Abrahamyan Tatev 2377 0 : 1 GM Muzychuk Mariya 2560 2 FM Yip Carissa 2279 1 : 0 GM Ushenina Anna 2443 3 WGM Foisor Sabina-Francesca 2276 ½ : ½ IM Gaponenko Inna 2427 4 WCM Wu Rochelle 2120 ½ : ½ IM Buksa Nataliya 2416
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WTCC in Astana: Pre-tournament press conference

FIDE - Mon, 03/04/2019 - 18:48




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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Allie+Stein, the new neural network entering TCEC S15

Chessdom - Sat, 03/02/2019 - 22:25

The new neural network entering TCEC Season 15

Season 12 of the Top Chess Engine Championship saw the arrival of NN engines, modeled after DeepMind findings Alpha Zero, into public computer chess events. At that season LCZero played with CPU only. In Season 13 it was handed a GPU, and only a season later that neural network won its first major title.

Besides LCZero, one more neural network entered TCEC. It was Scorpio NN by Daniel Shauwl. And even though it did not make it past Div 4, it showed a trend in computer chess: people understood the potential value and advantages of neural networks in chess.

Season 15 is about to start and one more neural network is going to enter TCEC. This is a combined project by Adam Treat and his Allie and Mark Jordan and his Leelenstein. The new engine is called Allie+Stein, a unique engine by the TCEC rules that will start its quest for top positions and climb of the ladder from Division 4.

Here is an extensive interview with the authors Adam Treat and Mark Jordan.

Season 15 of TCEC will start this March 4th, live on the official website of TCEC and the TCEC Chess TV.

Your engine Allie+Stein will be the new neural network in TCEC, making its debut this Season 15. Welcome to the Top Chess Engine Championship!

Adam Treat: Allie is a very new chess engine, but represents a lot of hard work over the last several months, so I’m hoping TCEC can provide an opportunity to see how she stacks up against a host of more established engines. Combining Allie with the Leelenstein network will also be interesting given that both introduce new avenues of research in NN chess engines. I an new to the chess programming community and culture and so I am excited to participate and learn through TCEC.

Mark Jordan: I am excited to see how far an engine that uses supervised learning (SL) exclusively can go and I hope there will be more strong SL networks to compare against for benchmarking average performance and maximum performance of the method.

So far there have been two unique NNs in TCEC – LCZero and Scorpio. What makes your engine the third unique NN engine by the TCEC rules

AT: Like Leela, Allie is based on the same concepts and algorithms that were introduced by Deepmind in the AlphaZero paper(s), but her code is original and contains an alternative implementation of those ideas. You can think of Allie as a young cousin of Leela that can utilize the same networks produced by the Lc0 project or other compatible networks. The Leelenstein network is also a novelty in that it introduces supervised learning into the TCEC competition. Finally, Allie+Stein will be using MCTS for the beginning portions of the tournament, but I’m hoping to switch to AlphaBeta search during later rounds… if she makes it that far :)

MJ: Allie+Stein is a completely new engine and neural network produced, thus easily satisfying 2 out if the 3 conditions for uniqueness. It is possible eventually that I will rewrite the training scripts completely with some more new ideas in the future. Currently, training has some changes to the Leela training scripts.

Can you share more on how is Allie+Stein engine being trained?

MJ: Training started from a random initialized network, and consisted of mostly CCRL computer games (I used all of them available), and some weak Leela t30 games and some games from other experiments I was able to gather. These were were all about 100 elo weaker than t10. I tried several new learning techniques using these same games. My goals have mostly been focused on NN learning experimentation. I compared the learning schedule and optimizer that Leela used to different ones from some academic papers, and it seemed to improve performance, but it was still about 50 elo weaker than the best Leela nets. So I replaced all the weak t30 games with many more recent ones, using all of January’s games, while still keeping the CCRL games in the training window, and continuing on several more of my cyclical learning rate cycles.

And how about search?

AT: To begin the tournament, Allie will perform MCTS based search with absolute fpu where new nodes start off with win pct of -1. The search is modeled after Deepminds paper’s. As I said above, I’m hoping to switch to AlphaBeta for the long term direction of the project. I’ve experimented with many, many ways of doing this with the networks generated by the Lc0 project and I think I’ve hit upon a way to achieve the depths required to maintain ELO level with MCTS based search, but it is not ready yet. In the future, I imagine we’ll see a lot of experimentation with different variations of search (mcts, ab) + eval (handwritten, NN) in computer chess engines. Hoping to be a part of that and to contribute to the shared pool of knowledge.

What is the strength of Allie+Stein? What division do you expect to reach? Do you think stronger versions will come out as the season progresses and thus have a better shot at the Premier Division?

MJ: I think the neural network seems to scale pretty well with more nodes. In bullet testing it loses to Stockfish quite a bit, but seems to hold its own in tournaments with more time. I believe it has potential to get to division 1, but will require some more work to better utilize multiple GPUs and support tablebases. I have some ideas to use tablebases in learning as well that could end up making the neural network Premier Division material. But for this season I will be happy even with just getting to Division 2.

AT: This is a question I get quite often. Most people familiar with chess engines know that it is extremely hard to compare strengths other than through heads up competition with a set of match rules/controls in place. That is exactly what TCEC provides. A levelish playing field and a set of machines/rules agreed upon beforehand to determine the relative strength of different algorithms and their implementations. So with a huge grain of salt I’ll say that on my own rather meager hardware I have experienced heads up matches between Allie and Lc0 at short time controls with the same network with a relative difference of 50-100 elo in Lc0′s favor. Obviously, that is with only one GPU. Throw in the advanced multi-gpu hardware here at TCEC and that is a very big new variable. Add the other engines and we have another large unknown variable. Add in that we’ll be using a Supervised Learning network and yet another big variable. Then we have the fact that Allie will start off the tournament without TB support. Just lots and lots of variables. So, ok I expect she will be able to advance out of Div 4, but anything is possible. I’ll be happy if she is able to get winning positions and mate consistently in them :)

Comparing to the top NN engine now Lc0 , do you expect with your approach to have better future?

MJ: The beauty of my approach using only existing games is I can train whole new networks from scratch in a week or two to try a new idea, something that would take the Lc0 project several months, even with 100x or 1000x more compute than I have. I hope to eventually show that some of my ideas must be good by how strong the network is and Lc0 can try them to become strong as well. And I will also continue to try good ideas from there as well. And the project is a great resource for people who need many millions of strong games, as it already has many more games available than all of CCRL even though it is much younger. And sadly fishtest doesn’t store and host all of its games. So I expect to see some great symbiosis.

AT: I expect that whatever advances are made by one engine will (with time and effort) be incorporated into other engines. As they should be! We are all standing on the shoulders of the pioneers in computer science and chess engine programming that came before. I do think that AlphaBeta is a superior search method and that there is no reason that an AB+(eval method) engine can’t compete favorably with an MCTS+(eval method) regardless the eval method. But this is just my theory and worth very little until proven. Only the future will tell.

What are your thoughts on the current hardware balance at TCEC? Are you happy with the hardware your engine is going to play on?

MJ: There are always debates about hardware balance, and I think a wide range power’s are somewhat fair, and as long as the specifications and NPS numbers are published and maintained throughout the tournament it is a reasonable tournament data point. The balance seems to be within a 2x order of magnitude of fair based on any of purchase price, watts, and total cost of ownership metrics which I think is as close as it can possibly get to please everyone. But it does leave room for future debate and improvement. 2x the power or cost doesn’t translate to 2x the nodes so the real elo difference is probably not enough to change what division any engine will end up in most cases, even if it changes a result or two. The format is not guaranteed to find 20-30 elo differences anyway, so I don’t see it as a big issue except during boring games :)

AT: Considering that I’ve never personally tested Allie on this level hardware, sure I’m happy. I just hope she scales well enough.

Read: Stockfish dominance continues and Analysis by GM Matthew Sadler

Stockfish has been dominant at TCEC for almost 1 year.

AT: Stockfish is the strongest engine until proven (convincingly) otherwise. I have great respect for all the developers who work on Stockfish (and other engines for that matter) and think the community of chess programmers is pretty collegial.

MJ: I very much support non-private engines, so I am glad to see that there has never been a private engine to win the Superfinal. And even more glad that it seems that free and even open-source projects can win. I am glad such excellent chess is truly accessible to all.

Read: interview with Alexander Lyashuk

Alexander Lyashuk from Lc0 shared in an interview that he expects at least 5 NNs to appear and they to dominate computer chess. Do you share this vision? Do you expect one of those NN engines to be Allie+Stein?

AT: I do think it is only a matter of time before NN eval is shown to beat handwritten eval regardless the search method. Right now, if you limit the number of nodes – hands down – any of the NN’s will beat the traditional handwritten eval engines. This is just a fact. Still, I have great respect for the ingenuity of those writing the traditional engines. I hope Allie+Stein will be a meaningful engine in terms of helping to advance the state of art in computer chess programming in the near future.

MJ: As I mentioned above, I am excited to see more projects, and I hope there will be enough of them that we have to pick the most exciting and unique ones. We can use them to develop more tests to determine how unique they are in their ideas of openings and in general play, and which ones are truly beyond average. Of course I hope to have one of these beyond, so the top 5 sounds nice!

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The TCEC14 Computer Chess Superfinal: a perspective

Chessdom - Sat, 03/02/2019 - 02:56

The TCEC14 Computer Chess Superfinal: a perspective
by GM Matthew Sadler
London, UK

Season 14 has been amazing! The clash of styles between STOCKFISH and LEELA produces consistently interesting chess – just like the match between STOCKFISH and ALPHAZERO did. You really hope that this sort of clash of styles can continue for the next few seasons.

Just a few impressions about the games. I was really impressed by LEELA’s handling of the White side of G17, the Budapest. I’ve done a fair amount of analysis on this line and a few good players have got stuck against it. Aronian defeated Ivanchuk in 2013 at the London Candidates but more due to Ivanchuk’s terrible time trouble than due to getting anything out of the opening. Giving the c-pawn back very quickly is a great way of putting the pressure right back on Black. I also liked G45 a lot: a Hedgehog where LEELA generated a huge amount of play with some risky but incisive pawn play on both sides of the board. The LEELA win in G53 was extremely nice too: again, it’s impressive to see Black being stretched so greatly with rook’s pawn thrusts on both sides (18. a4 and 23. h5) then a thrust of the g-pawn (24. g6) followed by returning to the queenside with 28. c4. This sort of whole board vision is what grabbed me so much when I first played through ALPHAZERO’s games – the game ‘exactly how to attack’ (Sadler and Regan, 2019) is the best example of this – and it makes for wonderful chess when you have a player who can execute it so well.

I found G62 incredible: the move 10. … 0-0-0 would never have occurred to me! In some ways, I felt that LEELA was playing like STOCKFISH – grabbing a hot pawn and betting on surviving with a rather dodgy king – and STOCKFISH was playing like LEELA – sacrificing a pawn for open lines against the king. G63 was magnificent: perhaps the most ALPHAZERO-like game of the whole match. Material balance is not important, accurate assessment of an opposite-coloured bishop position, restriction of the opponent’s king, entombing of the Black rook on h8 (a little like the game ‘Python squeeze’ featured in Game Changer). It’s a classic game: it was wonderful to watch and I’ve played through it a few times since with great pleasure. G66 was a wonderful effort from STOCKFISH. It followed a STOCKFISH–ALPHAZERO game until move 16 in which ALPHAZERO was also under great pressure and the power of STOCKFISH’s attack was huge! G81 and G82 (the opening part) was a great pair of games in a sharp Slav gambit. G81 was particularly nice with rook’s pawn thrusts on both sides of the board from LEELA to tie Black up on the queenside – even at the cost of another pawn – while LEELA targets the kingside (it’s another theme you see quite often in ALPHAZERO’s games). G85 and G86 (the opening part) were also fantastic. STOCKFISH handles these positions with so much energy: quite amazing!

REFERENCES
Sadler, M. and Regan, N. (2019). Game Changer, esp. pp 38-43 and 99-100. New in Chess.

Communicating author: https://matthewsadler.me.uk/

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Stockfish continues to dominate computer chess, wins TCEC S14

Chessdom - Fri, 03/01/2019 - 23:05

The collection of Stockfish gold medals – six times winner of TCEC and one time winner of the Cup

Stockfish continues to dominate computer chess after defeating LCZero at the Superfinal of Season 14 of the Top Chess Engines Championship. This is a fourth consecutive title for the open source engine – after winning Season 11 of TCEC last April 2018, Stockfish never let go the title.

This time, however, it was a really close fight. Until the very last game the match could go in any direction. In the end Stockfish won 50,5-49,5 (+10 =81 -9).

Stockfish wins TCEC S11 / Stockfish wins TCEC S12 / Stockfish wins TCEC S13 / Stockfish wins TCEC S14

More about S14: Stockfish wins the Premier Division / LCZero wins the Cup / First major title for Leela / Interview with Alexander Lyashuk / Komodo MCTS – interview / TCEC S14 preview

 

Note: TCEC Season 15 starts this March 4th, you can watch it on the official website or at TCEC Chess TV

Bright start at the Premier Division

Defending its title by Stockfish in Season 14 started in the Premier Division. There Stockfish was merciless – it qualified for the Superfinal as clear first and without losing a single game. Considering this was the strongest Premier Division in the history of TCEC, the achievement of Stockfish may remain a unique feat for many seasons to come.

The Superfinal battle

For the first time in many years, the dominance of the big 3 – Stockfish, Komodo and Houdini – was disturbed this Season 14. The world’s strongest open source neural network LCZero managed to outwit both Komodo and Houdini and grabbed a last minute ticket to the Superfinal by finishing second at the Premier Division.

Few believed that LCZero could put up a serious fight in the Superfinal. The dominant performance of Stockfish in the Premier Division and the shaky play of LCZero were pointing towards a landslide victory for the reigning champion. But every chess fan was in for a surprise – LCZero entered an experimental network , which utilized the latest findings by DeepMind. The result was astounding – the Superfinal turned out to be the most contested TCEC title in the history of computer chess.

In the first three pairs of games – QGD, Tarrasch (von Hennig-Schara gambit), Sicilian, Najdorf (Byrne English attack), and King’s Indian (5.Nf3) – LCZero put up a serious fight and a good understanding of the position. The first decisive blow came in game 9, Stockfish caught LCZero unprepared in a King’s Gambit line.

Replay: Lc0 – Stockfish – King Gambit Accepted, Schallop defence 0-1

Right in the next pair of games, Stockfish converted its game with white in the Catalan opening, increasing the score to 2-0.

Replay: Stockfish – LCZero – Catalan opening

Just as everyone was saying “this is the beginning of the end of the Superfinal”, LCZero returned a game in the French, Tarrasch (Guimard main line) and yet another in Nimzo-Indian, classical (Pirc variation).

Replay: LCZero – Stockfish – French, Tarrasch (Guimard main line) 1-0
Replay: LCZero – Stockfish – Nimzo-Indian, classical, Pirc variation – 1-0

After an exchange of blows in game 16 and game 17 , it was time for Stockfish to speak – 3 consecutive wins!

Replay: Stockfish – LCZero (Ruy Lopez) 1-0
Replay: LCZero – Stockfish (Ruy Lopez) 0-1
Replay: Stockfish – LCZero (English, Bellon gambit) 1-0

One more time the same question, is this the end of the match? No! LCZero needed only 8 games to erase the three points advantage and level the score

Replay: LCZero – Stockfish – QGD, semi-Slav 1-0
Replay: LCZero – Stockfish – Pirc defense 1-0
Replay: LCZero – Stockfish – Dutch 1-0

Nineteen consecutive draws followed in which both engines had chances to score. LCZero was the last one to score before halftime, in a Benoni game

Replay: LCZero – Stockfish – Benoni 1-0

Thus, the two engines finished equal in the first half of the TCEC Superfinal. This was just a virtual mark, but now everyone was convinced – this Superfinal will not resemble anything seen before.

The exchange of blows continued with LCZero taking the lead:

Replay: LCZero – Stockfish – QGD Slav, 4.e3 Bf5 1-0
Replay: Stockfish – LCZero – King’s Indian, Kramer system 1-0
Replay: LCZero – Stockfish – French, MacCutcheon, Janowski variation 1-0

A decisive moment in the match came in games 65. LCZero created a winning position – Stockfish showed +153.1, showing that there is a tablebase win in this position. However, that was a 7 pieces tablebase win and no automatic adjudication happened. Rather the game continued and LCZero did not manage to convert.

Had it been a previous season, the game would have been adjudicated under the tournament rules that if the engines agree on a +6,5 eval for a certain number of moves the game is automatically scored. Under the new rules of Season 14, the engines were forced to show more understanding as to how to convert a given position, triggering the rule after a +10 eval. LCZero’s +8.92 evaluation was not enough and a virtually won game finished in a 50-moves rule draw.

Replay the dramatic game 65

Although this game will remain in the history of computer chess as one of the most dramatic games ever witnessed, the match was far from over as 35% of the games were still to be played. The tension increased game after game – LCZero was building up advantages, but Stockfish as a true “minister of defense” was bringing the games to equal score. What’s more, Stockfish started converting its own advantages and turned the match around.

Replay: Stockfish – LCZero – Queen’s Indian 1-0
Replay: Stockfish – LCZero – Sicilian 1-0
Replay: LCZero – Stockfish – King’s Indian 0-1

With that last win with black Stockfish took the lead in the match and did not let it go until game 100. A very difficult match for both sides which certainly deserved the popular name “first match of the end of an era”. So far the era of Stockfish continues full steam ahead. Season 14 is over with a fourth consecutive title by Stockfish. But there is no time to relax as Season 15 starts this March 4th – with a record number of engines, a new neural network, and the highest ELO ever seen in computer chess.

Follow the action live on the official website of TCEC

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Vice President Nigel Short in the Caribbeans for chess developmnent

FIDE - Fri, 03/01/2019 - 14:55



Chess enthusiasts in Grenada will have an historic opportunity this week to play celebrated British Grandmaster Nigel Short MBE in an exhibition match.

Grandmaster Short, who was once ranked number 3 in the world (1988-1989), intends to engage, simultaneously, a maximum of 25 players in the exhibition match which takes place on Thursday evening, February 28th, at the newly opened Grenada Olympic House in Morne Rouge, on which occasion a Grenada Chess Association (GCA) will also be launched.

Thursday evening’s activities begin at 5.00pm and is open to all Chess players and persons interested in being part of the GCA.

Grandmaster Short will be in Grenada from February 26 to March 2nd, ‘spreading the gospel of Chess’.

A local Interim Chess Committee, which is working towards the establishment of the GCA, is co-ordinating the visit of Grandmaster Short who currently serves a Vice-President of the World Chess Federation (FIDE). The interim committee is spearheaded by Carlyle Glean Jr, Terrence Smith and Ruggles Ferguson.

Apart from Thursday’s activity at Olympic House, Grandmaster Short’s programme includes meetings with Government and sports officials aimed at encouraging the spread of Chess in primary and secondary schools and in local communities.

On Friday (March 1st) he meets with students of the Grenada Boys Secondary School (GBSS) & Presentation Brothers’ College (PBC) who play or are interested in playing Chess. That session takes place at the GBSS Auditorium at 1pm.

Arguably the most celebrated British Chess player, Grandmaster Short is also a chess columnist, chess coach and chess commentator. Born in 1965, he has had a colourful career on the Chess board: learning to play at age 5; becoming the youngest ever participant in the British Chess Championship, in 1977, three days before his 12th birthday; becoming, in 1979, the youngest International Master in chess history; and becoming, in 1984, at the age of 19, the youngest Grandmaster in the world. He has been playing Chess for over 48 years.

Apart from World Champion, Grandmaster is the highest title a chess player can attain.


With Ruggles Ferguson of the local Interim Chess Committee at the VIP Lounge on arrival at the Maurice Bishop International Airport on February 26th, 2019



With Minister of Carriacou & Petite Martinique Affairs Kindra Maturine Stewart (L) and Minister of Youth Kate Lewis (R)



With Minister of Sports Norland Cox during the ODI match, West Indies v England, at the National Stadium on February 27th, 2019



With Minister of Education Emmalin Pierre at the National Stadium




With Minister of Housing & Social Development Hon Delma Thomas at the Stadium on February 27th, 2019



With former Prime Minister Tillman Thomas

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IMSA World Masters Championship 2019: Final list of Women’s Participants & new deadline for Men

FIDE - Fri, 03/01/2019 - 13:55


FIDE is pleased to announce the final list of Women’s participants in the IMSA World Masters Championship-Hengshui, China 2019.

Humpy Koneru received the wild card nomination from FIDE President.


IMSA World Masters Championship 2019

List of Women’s Participants

FIDE ID Name Fed Std_12 G Blz_12 G Rpd_12_ G S_Avg G 14109336 Lagno, Kateryna RUS 2556,6667 23 2573,9167 19 2533,0833 24 2554,555567 66 13601903 Dzagnidze, Nana GEO 2514,3333 49 2572,3333 17 2511,5833 12 2532,749967 78 4128125 Kosteniuk, Alexandra RUS 2551,0833 85 2498,1667 63 2509,75 51 2519,666667 199 5008123 Koneru, Humpy IND 2553.5833 13 2496.25 17 2478.4167 12 2509.41667 42 4167570 Gunina, Valentina RUS 2514,5 73 2504,8333 60 2473,6667 82 2497,666667 215 8605114 Lei, Tingjie CHN 2493.9167 91 2462.0833 33 2517.0833 31 2491,027767 155 8603642 Tan, Zhongyi CHN 2520.5 58 2486.8333 26 2462 14 2489,777767 98 8601283 Zhao, Xue CHN 2479.1667 4 2532.4167 17 2443.6667 14 2485,083367 35 5015197 Harika, Dronavalli IND 2496,0833 47 2476,9167 23 2477,6667 36 2483,555567 106 2902257 Stefanova, Antoaneta BUL 2487,5833 45 2496,5 52 2458,75 42 2480,944433 139 14114550 Muzychuk, Mariya UKR 2534,8333 86 2383,5833 19 2517,8333 20 2478,749967 125 14110911 Ushenina, Anna UKR 2440,4167 78 2427,8333 41 2477,75 30 2448,666667 149 4641833 Paehtz, Elisabeth GER 2485,0833 98 2365,9167 53 2491,0833 33 2447,3611 184 13602640 Khotenashvili, Bela GEO 2475,5833 79 2365 30 2468 34 2436,194433 143 13703544 Abdumalik, Zhansaya KAZ   2471,4167 74 2400,0833 44 2421,8333 47 2431,1111 165 2012782 Krush, Irina USA 2425,4167 53 2416,25 26 2442,5833 26 2428,083333 105




For Men participants the deadline of registration is extended until 8th March 2019.

FIDE is also publishing the list of next 12 reserve players as only 8 out of 16 participants have confirmed their participation so far. The players from the list below are welcome to send their registration form (in excel format), passport with validity of more than six months and their photo in white background by email to office@fide.com, mohd.al-mudahka@fide.com and emil.sutovsky@fide.com until 8th of March.



IMSA World Masters Championship 2019


Next 12 reserve players from reserves list

FIDE ID NAME Fed Std_12 G Blz_12 G Rpd_12 G S_Avg G 1170546 Duda, Jan-Krzysztof POL 2733.0000 56 2703.1667 49 2707.6667 52 2714.611133 157 24126055 Dubov, Daniil RUS 2698.4167 51 2741.0000 106 2697.0833 58 2712.166667 215 738590 Rapport, Richard HUN 2719.3333 70 2695.0000 0 2709.4167 2 2707.916667 72 14105730 Korobov, Anton UKR 2680.2500 113 2690.7500 70 2736.1667 44 2702.3889 227 14100010 Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR 2712.8333 59 2710.0000 0 2684.0000 10 2702.277767 69 703303 Leko, Peter HUN 2685.5000 44 2730.0000 26 2687.3333 8 2700.944433 78 2805677 Gelfand, Boris ISR 2691.3333 50 2726.3333 63 2685.0000 49 2700.888867 162 1118358 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw POL 2734.5000 90 2666.3333 24 2699.0833 18 2699.9722 132 5029465 Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi IND 2710.2500 87 2721.2500 45 2659.1667 19 2696.8889 151 14109182 Kryvoruchko, Yuriy UKR 2699.4167 72 2664.0000 0 2693.3333 6 2685.583333 78 605506 Bacrot, Etienne FRA 2699.4167 87 2691.0000 15 2665.4167 44 2685.2778 146 409561 Jones, Gawain C B ENG 2671.2500 100 2713.3333 47 2652.2500 19 2678.944433 166



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March 2019 FIDE Rating List

FIDE - Fri, 03/01/2019 - 00:06


FIDE publishes March 2019 FIDE Rating List. The list of top players is published at Top lists page of FIDE ratings website. All players can check new ratings at the main page of FIDE ratings website.
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