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Moscow Semifinals Begin With Two Nervous, Tense Draws

FIDE - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 20:26

Nerves were on display on Thursday in the first games of the semifinals of the Moscow Grand Prix – the players in both games had winning chances when the games were stopped by mutual agreement.

The first game to finish on Thursday was between Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia and Radoslaw Wojtaszek of Poland. Arguably, that draw was the more curious of the two.

Nepomniachtchi, who had White, blitzed out his first 25 moves against Wojtaszek's Najdorf Sicilian Defense, using almost no time on his clock, indicating that he was still basically following analysis that he had done before the game. At that point, Black's position was under pressure as White's pieces were all pointing menacingly at Black's castled king.

One move later, however, after thinking for about 10 minutes, Nepomniachtchi played 26 h3 (about 1:45 into the broadcast), a somewhat weak move, and offered a draw, which was quickly accepted.

Afterward, in an interview, Nepomniachtchi did not sound very confident, suggesting that he thought that Wojtaszek knew exactly what he should be doing. Radoslaw said that he accepted the draw because he was already well behind on the clock and the position was very complicated.

The other game featured Hikaru Nakamura of the United States and Alexander Grischuk of Russia. The opening was a Giuoco Piano, which is Italian for "quiet game." The opening usually features a lot of quiet maneuvering, but it can become very tactical if the center opens.

Nakamura surprised Grischuk on Move 16 by exchanging his light-squared bishop, which is usually an essential piece for White, in order to win a pawn. The plan turned out to be double-edged as Grischuk's pieces began to spring to life, putting immense pressure on Nakamura's center. Grischuk followed up by posting his remaining knight aggressively on f4, presaging a possible attack against Nakamura's king. Though Nakamura was not objectively worse, the position was much easier to play for Black than for White.

But, with time running low on both players' clocks, Grischuk played 35... Rc8, which was readily accepted by Nakamura.

In an interview afterward, Nakamura said that Grischuk's 14... Qc7 had not been part of his pre-game analysis preparation, but that it turned out not to be bad. He said that he accepted the draw offer because the position was messy and he did not have enough time to evaluate it better. Grischuk said that he also did not have much confidence in his position at the end, which is why he offered the draw.

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

Report by Dylan Loeb McClain.



Link to the photos of the semifinals.

For further questions, please contact press@fide.com


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

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

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

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

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World Youth U14, U16, U18 Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships in Spain

FIDE - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 15:54



Dear chess friends,

The International Chess Federation, Spanish Chess Federation (FEDA) and the Organizing Committee, have the honour to invite all the FIDE member Chess Federations to participate in the FIDE World Youth Chess Championships Rapid and Blitz 2019.

This competition will be held in Salobrena (Spain), from September 10th to September 14th, 2019. As usual, it is divided in the categories under 14, under 16 and under 18 years old, with both open and girls sections.

Salobrena is a town on the "Costa Tropical" in Granada, Spain. It claims a history stretching back 6,000 years. The nearest airport is Granada (50km), served by Easyjet and British Airways, but Malaga airport is merely 81 km away and offers many more international connections.


Official Website: www.wyrbcc2019.com   

Contact: Patricia Claros Aguilar

Information: info@wyrbcc2019.com






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First Social Commission Meeting in Cuba

FIDE - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 14:46

The first FIDE Social Commission meeting was held at Tryp Habana Libre Hotel, in Havana (Cuba) on 11th of May 2019, during the Capablanca Memorial Festival. The Secretary of FIDE Planning and Development Commission, Sonja Johnson, also attended the meeting as an advisor. 
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Semifinalists Set in Moscow After High-Tension Day of Playoffs

FIDE - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 21:41

Three
semi-finalists were decided Wednesday in the Moscow Grand Prix as Hikaru Nakamura of the United States and Ian Nepomniachtchi and Alexander Grischuk, both of Russia, advanced from the quarterfinals after prevailing in rapid tie-breaker games. They join Radoslaw Wojtaszek of Poland who won his quarterfinal match on Tuesday.


That was necessary for three of the quarterfinal matches after the regulation games were drawn.

Nakaumura, who faced Daniil Dubov of Russia, took control of his tie-breaker by winning the first game, even though he had Black. The opening was a Classical English, with Dubov essaying 8 b3, which is a bit unusual. Nakamura had little trouble equalizing and even managed to obtain the bishop pair. The game seemed most likely to end in a draw until Dubov inadvisedly grabbed Nakamura's pawn on d5, trapping his rook. Nakamura was able to win the rook for a bishop and then gradually outplayed Dubov in a long endgame.

In the second game, Dubov faced a must-win situation, but it was Nakamura who established an edge out of the opening. He eventually won an exchange and then forced an endgame where he was clearly better. Though Nakamura could probably have won if he wanted to, he was content to force a draw by repeating the position as that clinched the match.

Nepomniachtchi was paired against Wei Yi of China. Game 1 was exciting as Nepomniachtchi, who had Black, chose to defend the Poison Pawn Variation, which has been heavily analyzed and is very complex. After a forcing sequence of moves, the players simplified to an ending in which Wei was a little bit better. Nepomniachtchi pressed too hard and eventually lost his one piece for several pawns, but they were disconnected and seemingly easy targets. The one factor weighing in Nepomniachtchi's favor was that he had more time on his clock. Wei slowly increased his advantage until Move 44, when he erred, costing him his edge. Nepomniachtchi was able to win Wei's bishop for a passed pawn, after which the players agreed to a draw.

In Game 2, Wei chose an inferior version of the Caro-Kann Defense. By Move 20, he was already under pressure when he blundered with 20 ... f6, overlooking Nepomniachtchi's clever reply – 21 h4! Suddenly, Wei could not avoid the loss of a significant amount of material. He chose to give up his queen for a rook and a knight, but Black had too many weak pawns and Nepomniachtchi was able to force resignation after 45 moves.

In the third playoff, Grischuk had Black in Game 1 against Wesley So of the United States. The opening was the Sveshnikov or Pelikan Variation in the Sicilian Defense. Grischuk built up his forces on the kingside while So concentrated on the queenside, attacking Grischuk's weak pawns. So managed to win those pawns, but only by allowing Grischuk's attack to become very menacing. Just when it seemed that Grischuk was ready to break through, he allowed a perpetual attack on his queen, ending the game as a draw. If, instead of 27 ... Qc5 he had played 27 ... Qe7, the computer engines evaluated the position as very much in Black's favor.

In Game 2, Grischuk obtained a clear edge out of the opening as he was able to break apart So's pawns. So defended admirably for quite a while, but, eventually, the pawn weaknesses were simply too much. On his 42nd move, Grischuk won a pawn and eventually achieved a winning rook-and-pawn ending after a few inaccuracies by So.

In an interview afterward, Grischuk was not too happy with his play in either game, saying, "My technique was 50 percent of Magnus [Carlsen], which was enough."

The semifinals begin at 3 PM local time on Thursday. The broadcast can be viewed free and live at worldchess.com.

Nakamura will face Grischuk, while Wojtaszek plays Nepomniachtchi.

Report Dylan Loeb McClain.
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Wojtaszek Is First Semifinalist in Moscow, the Rest Will Be Decided in Playoffs

FIDE - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 00:04

Radoslaw Wojtaszek is the first player to advance to the semifinals of the Moscow Grand Prix after he beat Peter Svidler on Tuesday. The other semifinalists will be decided on Wednesday in playoffs
as the rest of the quarterfinal matches ended in ties after all the games were drawn.

All the games on the first day of the quarterfinals on Monday were drawn, so any victory Tuesday would clinch a match. Wojtaszek, who is from Poland, was the only player to break through.

He had White against Svidler, who is from Russia. By transposition, the opening became a Benoni, which is not thought to be very good for Black, but is ultra-sharp and certainly offers both sides many possibilities.

Svidler consumed more time on the clock in the opening, but he achieved a reasonable position after 20 moves. The question was: how should each side continue?

At Move 25, Svidler took a calculated risk: He sacrificed an exchange (rook for bishop) plus a pawn to put Wojtaszek's centre under pressure. It seemed like a reasonable decision, despite the stakes, but Wojtaszek found the best moves, particularly 2 Rf3!, and Svidler was gradually driven back.

Wojtaszek eventually won a queen for a rook and, after that, it was only a matter of mopping up. Svidler resigned after 42 moves.

In an interview afterward, Svidler pinpointed 27 ... Bd4 as the critical mistake.

Though none of the other games was decisive, they were hard fought.

The longest game of the day was between Wesley So of the United States and Alexander Grischuk of Russia. So, who had White, opened with 1 e4 and Grischuk replied with the Sicilian Defense, 1 ... c5. The game went down the path of the Sveshnikov or Pelikan Variation, which is known to be a very solid defense for Black. So managed to win Black's backward d pawn on Move 21, but it allowed Black to simplify the position and achieve activity for his remaining pieces. The players continued to Move 69, long after there were any reasonable winning chances.

The game between Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia and Wei Yi of China went nearly as long – 68 moves – but Nepomniachtchi had slightly better winning chances than So had. The opening was an Open Ruy Lopez in which Wei had two pawns (his b and d pawns) that were a little lose and hard to defend. Nepomniachtchi managed to win one of them, but only by allowing doubled b pawns and some exchanges of pieces. After that, with accurate defense, Wei was able to hold on.

The other game, between Daniil Dubov of Russia and Hikaru Nakamura of the United States, was a Catalan, with Dubov handling the White pieces. Though there are many tricky variations in the Catalan, the opening has been very heavily analyzed and it is hard to surprise anyone at the top level these days. Nakamura had little trouble equalizing chances and the game was drawn in a largely symmetrical position after 32 moves.

The playoffs begin Wednesday with the rapid games at 3 PM local time. The broadcast can be viewed free and live at worldchess.com.
Given the high caliber of the players, there are no real favorites in any match.

Report by Dylan Loeb McClain

Round 2, game 2 results:
Dubov - Nakamura 1/2-1/2
Grischuk – So 1/2-1/2
Wei Yi – Nepomniachtchi 1/2-1/2
Svidler – Wojtaszek 0-1

 
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Second Round of Moscow Grand Prix Begins Peacefully

FIDE - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 20:42


The second round of the Moscow Grand Prix began with four draws on Monday, though there were several pitched battles. Since the Grand Prix is using a knockout format, all competitors will face each other on Tuesday in the second half of their mini-matches. If those games end in draws, then the players will proceed to faster tie-breaker games on 
Wednesday to decide who advances to the semifinals of the tournament.

One feature of the quarterfinals of the Moscow Grand Prix is that there are four Russian players facing two American players, one from China and one from Poland. It has the same format, inadvertently, as the Russia vs. the World match in 2002 (and before that, the U.S.S.R. vs. the World matches in 1970 and 1984). All the games on Monday had interesting moments. Perhaps the most unusual was between Hikaru Nakamura, one of the two Americans, and Daniil Dubov.

Dubov, who is known to be very well prepared, had Black and blitzed out his opening moves on the Black side of a Symmetrical English, barely using any time on his clock by Move 20. The position on the board at that point was remarkable: Dubov had a pawn on d3 and his entire pawn structure was broken. In some ways, Black seemed to have violated many of the major principles of chess opening theory. But he had the initiative and that pawn on d3 was problematic for White.

The fact that Nakamura had consumed nearly an hour more on his clock than Dubov also had to be troubling for him. Afterward, Nakamura said of the opening, "I knew that Daniil would surprise me, but I did not quite expect him to play 20 moves or something without really thinking at all."

Nakamura finally managed to surround and win the pawn on d3, but only by allowing Dubov's queen to infiltrate on the queenside. The players agreed to a draw soon after in a position in which Black's dynamically placed pieces offered compensation for his ruined pawn structure.

The first game to finish was between Peter Svidler and Radoslaw Wojtaszek of Poland. The opening was a Sicilian Defense, but Svidler deviated early with the unusual retreat 5 Bd3. He soon had a good position, however, as he slowly expanded in the center, seizing space.

On Move 18, Svidler erred with 18 b4. Wojtaszek could have played 18... ab4 and after 19 Nb4 Be4! 20 Be4 d5. But Wojtaszek missed his chance and instead played 18... Qa7. The players agreed to a draw two moves later.

In an interview afterward, Svidler said he offered a draw because he did not understand what sort of plan he should have in the position, despite having extra space. He also said that he had a headache, which contributed to his decision.

Alexander Grischuk, who is known for chronically being in time pressure, played the opening quickly against Wesley So, the other American in the field. On Move 14, given a choice, he quickly played a surprising recapture – 14 ed4, instead of Qd4, voluntarily accepting an isolated queen pawn. The speed of his play indicated that it was preparation. So played carefully, but Grischuk managed to gain an endgame with the bishop pair, which is often dangerous. Nevertheless, So navigated the complications successfully, even winning a pawn, but a draw seemed to be the most likely outcome.

In the final game between Wei Yi of China and Ian Nepomniachtchi, the opening was the Najdorf Variation of the Sicilian Defense. Nepomniachtchi is known to be an expert in this opening, but he had to be careful as Wei gained a slight edge because of a nagging space advantage. Wei was unable to make much of his edge, however, and the players agreed to a draw because of repetition on Move 31.

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

Report by Dylan Loeb McClain. Photos courtesy of World Chess.




Link to the photos of the second round.

For further questions, please contact  press@fide.com

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

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

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

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

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World Cadet U8, 10, 12 Chess Championship 2019 opens the registration

FIDE - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 17:26



Dear players,

World Cadet U8, 10, 12 Chess Championship 2019 will be held in Weifang, China from 20th August to 2nd September.

Online registration has opened. For more information, please visit the official website.

Photos of the playing venue:





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Managing Council elected to lead work of Grenada Chess Federation

FIDE - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 14:10



A Managing Council has been elected to lead the work of the Grenada Chess Federation (GCF) for the next two (2) years.

The Managing Council comprises Ruggles Ferguson – President; Carlyle Glean Jr. – Vice President; Kinna Marrast-Victor – General Secretary; Raheem Smith – Assistant General Secretary; Jarelle Amade – Treasurer; Terrance Smith – Assistant Treasurer; Nicole Gellineau – Public Relations Officer (PRO); and Terrance Slocombe – Assistant PRO.

The election of the Managing Council took place at a specially convened meeting on May 16th, 2019 at the Grenada Olympic House. It follows the launch of the Federation on February 28th, 2019, during the visit to Grenada of Grandmaster Nigel Short MBE, the most celebrated Chess player in the United Kingdom, once ranked No.3 in the world. An interim committee led the work of the Federation following the February 28th launch.

The May 16th meeting also approved and adopted a Constitution for the GCF which will be seeking registration as a Not for Profit company, with all it funds to be used in the promotion and development of Chess throughout Grenada Carriacou and Petite Martinique.

President of the Jamaica Chess Federation, Ian Wilkinson QC, who addressed the meeting via telephone, congratulated the GCF on its initiative and urged that much focus be given to the development of chess in schools as was done in Jamaica. Wilkinson, who is an honorary Vice President of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) and the author of two books on Chess, noted that in the past ten (10) years over 50,000 new players have emerged in Jamaica, Chess being the fastest growing sport there.

The objectives of the GCF, as outlined in its new constitution, include protecting and advancing the interest of chess in Grenada Carriacou and Petite Martinique, and promoting Chess in schools and communities.

Four (4) committees have been established to facilitate the work of the Federation: Tournaments, Marketing and Public Relations, Chess in Schools and Communities and Fund-raising. Nicole Gellineau, in her capacity as PRO, heads the Marketing and Public Relations Committee, while Kwabena Amen and Jessie Greene head the Chess in Schools and Communities and the Tournament committees respectively. Someone is soon to be identified to head the Fund-raising Committee.

High on the agenda of the newly launched Federation is seeking affiliation with the Grenada Olympic Committee and the World Chess Federation.


Grenada Chess Federation
(Ruggles Ferguson - Telephone: 1473-440-2707)  

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Two Americans Win Playoffs to Advance in Moscow

FIDE - Sun, 05/19/2019 - 21:39

The two American representatives in the Moscow Grand Prix advanced to the next round on Sunday after dispatching their opponents in playoffs.

Hikaru Nakamura and Wesley So, the two Americans, beat Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan and Jan-Krzysztof Duda of Poland, respectively, in two-game rapid playoffs after their first-round matches had been tied in regulation. In both playoffs, Nakamura and So had White in the first games and won and then drew the second games in order to advance.

They now join the other six players who had already qualified for the second round in mini-matches that will begin on Monday.


The match between Nakamura and Radjabov had fizzled in the first two slow games – neither game had gone beyond 14 moves or lasted more than 90 minutes. The rapid games unfolded quite differently.

In Game 1, arising out of a Queen's Gambit Declined, Nakamura was able to push his e pawn to the fifth rank, giving him a permanent space advantage. Radjabov defended well for a while, but, as often happens when the games are faster, he began battling the clock as well as his opponent and began to make some small errors. His critical error came at Move 32, when he pushed f6, weakening his g6 square. He fatally compounded his mistake on Move 35, allowing Nakamura to infiltrate his position with 36 Qd5. He resigned a few moves later as he faced checkmate.

Game 2 seemed fairly placid, but Nakamura and Radjabov said afterwards in an interview that there was a point, on Move 22, when Radjabov could have given himself some real chances to create pressure by playing 22 Bf4. (The interview can be seen on Youtube). Nakamura was able to stabilize the position after that and the position rapidly simplified, after which the players agreed to a draw.

The match between So and Duda picked up where it had left off. The players had exchanged victories in the first two games and the fierceness and aggression spilled over to the rapid games.

Game 1 was a classic Ruy Lopez in which So established some nagging pressure. The first critical moment came at Move 20, when Duda decided to exchange his light-squared bishop for So's knight, which had just dropped into f5. That gave So an edge, but with the time winding down for both players, they began to exchange pieces, simplifying the position, but also reducing So's advantage. The game might have ended in a draw, but on Move 35, Duda made a gross tactical miscalculation, costing him a piece. He resigned a few moves later.

Game 2 was a replay of the opening from Game 1, which So had lost. Once again, Duda got some pressure and an edge. So began to complicate and the game became extremely tense and unclear with myriad tactical possibilities. Given the limited amount of time for both players, it was inevitable that both missed opportunities. Gradually, however, Duda began to take control and it seemed that he might be heading for victory when he blundered with 42 Rg3. After So played 42 ... Nc1, Duda has to lose an exchange, though he had compensation. It was not enough to win and after the game simplified to an endgame of king and rook vs. knight and two pawns, Duda's chances had evaporated completely. The players agreed to a draw on Move 72 after repeating the position several times. The interview with the two players is available on Youtube)

Nakamura and So will have little time to prepare for the next round, which begins tomorrow. Nakamura will face Daniil Dubov of Russia, who beat Anish Giri of the Netherlands in the first round, while So will play Alexander Grischuk, also of Russia, who beat his compatriot, Sergey Karjakin, in Round 1.

The other quarterfinalists are Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia vs. Wei Yi of China and Radoslaw Wojtaszek of Poland vs. Peter Svidler of Russia.

The games begin at 3 PM local time on Monday. The broadcast can be viewed free and live at worldchess.com.

Report by Dylan Loeb McClain



Round 2 pairings:

Nakamura - Dubov
Grischuk – So
Wei Yi – Nepomniachtchi
Svidler – Wojtaszek


Link to the photos from the tie-breaks.

For further questions, please contact press@fide.com

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

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

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

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

 

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Ομαδικό Κύπελλο Αττικής – Final 4

Skakistiko - Sat, 05/18/2019 - 23:47

Σήμερα Κυριακή 19/5, ώρα 5.30 μ.μ., διεξάγεται ο τελικός του Ομαδικού Κυπέλλου Αττικής. Αντιμέτωποι ο ΑΜΕΣ Ν. Ερυθραίας και ο ΣΟ Καλλιθέας, ενώ στον μικρό τελικό θα παίξουν ο Πειραϊκός και ο ΑΣΟΠ Δίας.

Το Final -4 διοργανώνει ο Πειραϊκός ΟΣ και μπορείτε να δείτε τις παρτίδες ζωντανά στη διεύθυνση: http://www.peiraikoschess.gr/live/

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Six Players Advance at Grand Prix; Four Head to Playoffs

FIDE - Sat, 05/18/2019 - 22:43


The second day of the first leg of the FIDE Grand Prix Series organized by World Chess produced five decisive results, including a spectacular win by Daniil Dubov over Anish Giri, the tournament's top seed. All told, six players, including Dubov, advanced to the second round of the tournament
.Four other players will face off on Sunday in a series of tie-breaker games to determine who else will move on.

The game of the day, and perhaps of the tournament, though it is obviously still early, was Dubov's win over Giri. Dubov, who is Russian, had White and essayed a slightly offbeat line of the Queen's Gambit with 4 Bg5 instead of the more common 4 Nc3. Giri, who is Dutch, replied in what is generally considered the most appropriate way – by taking the White pawn on c4.

The game transposed to a position that resembled the Botvinnik Variation of the Semi Slav Defense, which is among the sharpest openings in chess. Dubov, who was obviously better prepared than Giri as he took little time in the opening, played the unusual 10 Bf6 instead of the more common 10 Bh4. The idea was that after 11 ef6, Giri faced a rather unpleasant choice of taking the pawn on f6, and leaving his queen a bit offside, or allowing the White pawn to continue to sit at f6. Giri chose the second option and the pawn eventually became a huge thorn in his side.

The game became sharper and sharper, with Giri lagging behind in development. Dubov's decision to castle long on move 19 looked almost like a joke – his king was castling where it had no pawn cover, while all of White's pawns on the kingside, the more standard resting place of the king, remained on their original squares. But Giri's queen blocked the diagonal that would have allowed Dubov to castle on the kingside, and castling on the queenside immediately threatened mate on d8.

Though logical, Dubov's follow-up, 20 Nb5 was also spectacular. The knight was taboo and the move allowed Dubov to cover the squares that Giri would normally have to deliver check. Later, in the commentator's studio Dubov explained, "Nb5 looks completely natural but it is a complete mess."

Giri found the best defensive moves until Dubov played 22 Kb1, another counterintuitive move. Dubov said later (at 4:05) that he was trying to find the best spot for his king and to "stabilize" the position.

Giri immediately blundered (computer engines said that 22 ... Bc5 was his best bet) and his position began to rapidly deteriorate. He was also in time pressure, having used up most of his time earlier in the game.

After Dubov's king found refuge on f3 (!), he was firmly in control. Giri resigned after 36 ... Kh8 because 37 Nf7 would have rapidly delivered mate.

In the studio, Dubov said of the game, "In general, I probably just played well, but it is hard to believe."

That was far from the only interesting game of the day.

Wesley So of the United States faced a must-win against Jan-Krzysztof Duda of Poland as Duda had won their first game on Friday. So had White and opened with 1 e4. Duda, to his credit, or perhaps because of his youth (he is 21) and, therefore, relative inexperience, replied with the Sicilian Defense, the most dynamic response. He then steered the game into the Dragon Variation, which is particularly double-edged.

The game followed a well-known but very complex path until Duda sacrificed an exchange (rook for knight) to break up the pawns covering So's king protection on the queenside. Though the sacrifice is thought to be sound, So demonstrated cool under pressure and slowly built up his position, threatening to exchange pieces and go into an endgame with a material advantage.

In a complicated position, So found the best moves and eventually emerged in an endgame a pawn up, which was passed on the a file. Duda began to err and though So made some mistakes, the result was not really in doubt. Duda finally resigned, sending their match into playoff on Sunday.

The game, and the match, between Dmitry Jakovenko of Russia and Wei Yi of China ended in Wei's favor when it looked for much of the day that Jakovenko would prevail.

Jakovenko, who had White, opened with 1 e4 and Wei replied with 1... e5. The game entered the Ruy Lopez and Jakovenko chose the relatively quiet move 5 d3.

Wei delayed castling and then, after Jakovenko had pinned his knight on f6 with his dark-squared bishop, lashed out with h6 and then g5. While it gained space on the kingside, it left his king with no good place to seek shelter.

Jakovenko responded energetically by opening the center with 15 d4 and 16 e5. He soon had a clear advantage and Wei, who was also facing time pressure, had to eventually give up an exchange with 22 ... c5.

Just as it seemed that Jakovenko would be moving on, he began to err. Wei's pieces soon took up active posts in the center and Jakovenko was on the ropes. After 33 ... Kg6, Wei threatened to chase Jakovenko's queen away from defending g2 (and stopping mate) by playing f5. The only way to stop it was for Jakovenko to give up his bishop. He promptly resigned. In an interview afterward, Wei said, "I think that I was so lucky because my position was so dangerous."

Another player to advance on Saturday was Peter Svidler of Russia who beat his compatriot and friend, Nikita Vitiugov. Svidler, who had White, gained a pawn out of the opening of an Open Ruy Lopez and managed to hang on to it as the game headed toward the endgame. Vitiugov never generated much counterplay and Svidler eventually won a second pawn, sealing the victory.

Afterward, Svidler said that he was not entirely familiar with the opening but believed that he had managed to play the most critical line.

Alexander Grischuk of Russia beat Sergey Karjakin, another compatriot and friend, in their game on Saturday, putting him through to the second round after their first game had ended in a draw. Game 2 was a slow grind, with Grischuk, who had White, always having a slight but clear edge. Karjakin, who is known for his defensive skills, was never quite able to equalize and eventually blundered into a mating net.

Radoslaw Wojtaszek of Poland also made it through to Round 2 on Saturday. After beating Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan in Game 1 of their match, Wojtaszek only needed to draw their second game. He managed to do so, though there were some tense moments, as he admitted afterward.

Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia also only had to draw his game against Levon Aronian of Armenia after beating him in Game 1 on Friday. Though Aronian tried to muddy things in Game 2, he took a lot of time on his clock, got into time pressure and also lost a pawn. At the end, they agreed to a draw in which Nepomniachtchi was, if anything, slightly better.

In addition to So and Duda, Hikaru Nakamura of the United States and Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan will also have a playoff on Sunday as their second game, like their first, was a short draw. Indeed, the game ended after just over an hour and only 14 moves. Nakamura said in the interview afterwards that Radjabov, who had Black, surprised him by playing a line he normally does not play and he could find no advantage so he proposed a draw. He said, "Why to waste a few more hours when it is going to be a draw anyway?"

The tie-breakers are two rapid games and, if there is no clear winner, 10+10 games and, if there is still a tie, the blitz games followed, if necessary, by an Armageddon game (Black has less time, but is declared the winner even if the game ends in a draw). The games begin at 3 PM local time on Sunday. The broadcast can be viewed free and live at worldchess.com.

One way or another, two of the four players – So or Duda and Nakamura or Radjabov – will advance on Sunday.


Round 1, game 2 results:

Dubov - Giri 1-0
Nakamura - Radjabov ½-½
So - Duda 1-0
Grischuk - Karjakin 1-0
Aronian - Nepomniachtchi ½-½
Jakovenko - Wei Yi 0-1
Svidler - Vitiugov 1-0
Mamedyarov - Wojtaszek ½-½





For further questions, please contact press@fide.com

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

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

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

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


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Bu Xiangzhi and Humpy Koneru took the lead in IMSA World Master Blitz Championships

FIDE - Sat, 05/18/2019 - 11:15



IMSA World Masters Championship in blitz started on May 17.  After 12 rounds Bu Xiangzhi from China and Humpy Koneru from India are the sole leaders in open and women sections respectively.


Bu Xiangzhi beat Boris Gelfand twice in first 2 rounds

Local hero Bu Xiangzhi scored 8 out of 12 and showed an impressive 2845 performance. He won two mini-matches against Boris Gelfand from Israel and Gawain Jones from England with the perfect score but lost 2:0 to his nearest rival Richard Rapport from Hungary, who has 7,5 points after 12 games. Dmitry Andreikin (Russia), Anton Korobov (Ukraine), Vidit Santosh (India) and Peter Leko (Hungary) share the third place with 7/12.


Richard Rapport collected 1.5 points from Dmitry Andreikin

RANKING after 12 Rounds OPEN BLITZ


Koneru Humpy on hot streak

In women's section, Indian GM Koneru Humpy is on the top of the ranking table with 8.5/12.  She started the day one by defeating Elisabeth Paehtz from Germany and Zhao Xue from China with 2:0 score. In the next rounds she won one more mini-match against Nana Dzagnidze from Georgia and drew against Russian Alexandra Kosteniuk, Chinese Tan Zhongyi and Lei Tingjie. The second place is occupied by Tan Zhongyi, who is just half a point behind the leader. Russian Valentina Gunina is on the third place with 7,5 points and will begin her second day of blitz with the match against Humpy Koneru.


Tan Zhongyi on 2nd place


Gunina on 3rd place

RANKING after 12 Rounds WOMEN BLITZ 


The remaining 10 rounds of blitz game will be played on 18th of May.


IMSA World Masters Rapid chess championship lasted for three days and consisted of 11 rounds at a time control of 15 minutes for all moves with a 10-second increment from move 1.



Anton Korobov had a good start in rapid and emerged as a sole leader one point ahead of the field after 8 rounds. After drawing with Boris Gelfand in round 9, he clinched the gold medal with a round to spare by beating Dmitry Andreikin in round 10. In the last round, he drew with Bu Xiangzhi from China and won the tournament one and half point ahead of former world blitz champions Le Quang Liem from Vietnam and Leinier Dominguez from USA (both scored 7/11). Le got silver medal by superior direct-encounter result and Dominguez got bronze medal.



FINAL RANKING OPEN RAPID

Former Women`s World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk from Russia won the gold medal with a round to spare by beating her compatriot Anastasia Bodnaruk and Irina Krush from the USA in round 9 and 10. In the final round, she made a draw with Antoaneta Stefanova and finished the tournament one point ahead of the nearest rival. Another Russian player Valentina Gunina took silver medal with 7/11, while Maria Muzychuk from Ukraine tied for the third place with Tan Zhongyi from China but had better tie-break and took bronze medal.

FINAL RANKING WOMEN RAPID 

 
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After First Day of Grand Prix, Three Players in Dire Straits

FIDE - Sat, 05/18/2019 - 08:44

The race for the 2020 World Chess Championship officially started on Friday in the Central House of Chess Player in Moscow as 16 of the world's best players clashed in the opening round of the FIDE Grand Prix Series organized by World Chess.

Three of the eight games ended decisively, putting three players (Wesley So of the United States, Levon Aronian of Armenia and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan) on the verge of elimination under a new knockout format being used for this year's series.

The FIDE Grand Prix is four tournaments. In addition to Moscow, the sites include Jurmala (a suburb of Riga), Latvia; Hamburg, Germany; and Tel Aviv, Israel. The prize fund is 130,000 euros for each tournament with an additional 280,000 euros allocated among the top 10 finishers in the series, for a total of 800,000 euros.

More importantly, the top two finishers will qualify for next year's Candidates tournament to select a challenger for the World Championship match to be held in November 2020.

There are 21 players in the Grand Prix, with each playing three of the four tournaments. (One additional player will be nominated by the Israeli Chess Federation to participate in the last tournament, but will not play in the rest of the series and therefore cannot qualify for the Candidates.)

The top player in the Grand Prix, based on the current world rankings, is Anish Giri of the Netherlands, who is No. 4. Daniil Dubov of Russia, the reigning World Rapid Champion, is the lowest ranked player at No. 48. It may be the strongest Grand Prix series yet.

The principal sponsors of the series are PhosAgro, a giant Russian fertilizer company, and Kaspersky Lab, a worldwide leader in data security. The series is being organized and broadcast by World Chess on its website under the auspices of FIDE.

The Grand Prix series has been around for more than a decade and has used two formats in the past: a round-robin, in which each player in the tournament played every other once, and a Swiss system in which players were paired based on their standings in each tournament. This year's format is radically different: It is a knockout tournament of mini-matches. Each player faces another one in two classic, or slow games over two days, going to a series of faster tie-breaker games on a third day if the match is tied. The format mirrors the one used in the biennial World Cup. The hope is that it will stimulate more exciting games and discourage draws.

The initial results on Friday did not live up to those hopes as the higher stakes in each game – a loss is potentially fatal to any player's chances – led to short draws.

(Another feature of the tournament is that short draws are permitted, unlike in many high-level tournaments, which usually adopt a rule that requires that games go past at least 30 moves. Several players mentioned that difference in post-game interviews and how strange it felt to have that option.)

The first symbolic moves in the game Nepomniachtchi – Aronian were made by the President of the Russian Chess Federation Andrey Filatov and Chairman of the Israel Chess Federation Moshe Slav.

The first game to finish was between Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan and Hikaru Nakamura of the United States, who agreed to a truce in under an hour and after only 12 moves. Afterward, in a nod to the tensions and high stakes, Nakamura predicted that there would be many draws in the tournament. His prediction seemed like it might come true as draws soon followed between Sergey Karjakin and Alexander Grischuk, both of Russia, and Nikita Vitiugov and Peter Svidler, who are also Russian.

In an interview, Svidler mentioned another dynamic about the tournament and the format: Some of the matches were between long-time friends and/or colleagues, making protracted fights somewhat less likely. For example, Vitiugov has long assisted Svidler in his preparations for World Championship caliber tournaments, so facing him was difficult. "I hate it," Svidler said.

Wei Yi of China and Dmitry Jakovenko of Russia played a hard-fought draw, trading most of their major pieces by Move 23. Wei, who at 19 is the youngest player in the field, got into a bit of time pressure, which has become a defining characteristic of his career. In the interview afterward, he said that he was a bit surprised by Jakovenko's 4 ... d4, which left White a little cramped in the center.

Giri, though he had White, had to fight uphill against Dubov, who surprised him in the opening with a pawn sacrifice that not only seized the initiative but left Giri's king dangerously stranded in the center. It was an exciting, messy game and Giri was in deep trouble as he consumed a lot of his allotted time and Dubov began to pry open the center.  But Dubov missed the best continuations and allowed Giri to generate enough counter play to lead to a dynamically balanced position. The players agreed to a draw after 36 moves.

The first decisive result was between Jan-Krzysztof Duda of Poland and So. The opening was a Giuoco Piano, which is Italian for quiet game. The game was proceeding down a well-known path when So blundered with 10... Kh8. That allowed Duda to create a difficult choice for So: Trade his light-squared bishop or give up a pawn. So chose to give up a pawn, but he did not really have enough compensation for it. So's position quickly deteriorated and he resigned after only 25 moves. Duda mentioned afterward that he has been lucky against So before as So had blundered against him in a couple of other games.

The two longest games of the day were between Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia vs. Aronian and Radoslaw Wojtaszek of Poland vs. Mamedyarov.

Nepomniachtchi, who had White, surprised Aronian with a rare sideline in the Ruy Lopez. Aronian seemed in real trouble, but he kept finding resources and fighting back, though he eventually lost a pawn as the game headed into an endgame. Aronian sacrificed a piece to eliminate Nepomniachtchi's queenside pawns, leaving him with a worse position, but some practical chances to draw. The game see-sawed back and forth, with both players making errors until Nepomniachtchi gave up his knight to eliminate Aronian's remaining kingside pawns. Aronian still had chances to draw, but he had to play perfectly. Instead, he blundered, allowing Nepomniachtchi to force a trade of queens that would have led to an easily winning endgame. Aronian promptly resigned.

The other game was a heart-breaking loss for Mamedyarov. Wojtaszek, who had White and is known for his preparation, played quickly in the opening, gaining a slight edge. Mamedyarov found some nice practical moves and, in a very complicated position, managed to turn the tide, ending up with two pieces for a rook and pawn. Though far from being an easy win, Mamedyarov seemed to be firmly in control. But Wojtaszek played stubborn defense and on Moves 55 and 56, Mamedyarov blundered horribly, walking his king into a mating net. The only way to avoid an immediate loss was to give up a knight, leaving him with an insurmountable material deficit. He resigned only 10 moves later.

Game 2 of the first round is Saturday at 3 PM local time. The broadcast can be viewed free and live at worldchess.com. With So, Aronian and Mamedyarov facing elimination, they will have to pull out all the stops to survive. That should lead to several exciting games.


For further questions, please contact press@fide.com

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

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






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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FIDE - Sat, 05/18/2019 - 03:00


Bu Xiangzhi
and Lei Tingjie (both from China) took the gold medals in blitz tournaments of IMSA World Masters Championship, which finished in Hengshui (China) on May 18.


The leader after day one Bu Xiangzhi successfully maintained his leadership of yesterday and even won the gold medal one round to spare. Although losing to Ruslan Ponomariov in last game, Bu still finished first with 14.5/22, full point ahead of silver medalist Anton Korobov from Ukraine.



The Ukrainian takes home two medals, as he also won the rapid IMSA championship, which finished on 16th.


Richard Rapport from Hungary tied for the third place with Dmitry Andreikin from Russia but takes bronze medal thanks to a superior direct-encounter result.


Final ranking for Men's Blitz:



In contrast to the men's section, the competition in women's section was more intense as the winner was not clear until the last moment.



In the women section, Lei Tingjie shared first with Alexandra Kosteniuk from Russia with 15/22 but got gold due to a better tiebreak. Alexandra started the second day with 6 victories and it seemed she was very close to win the second gold medal. In the dramatic last round, the leader Kosteniuk lost to Kazakhstan talent Zhansaya Abdumalik, while Lei Tingjie beat her compatriot Zhao Xue.



Lei emerged as the lucky winner by superior tiebreak and Kosteniuk got the silver medal.



The bronze medal went to the former Chinese World Champion, GM Tan Zhongyi, with 13.5/22. Humpy Koneru, who was the sole leader after the first day, scored 4,5/10 on day two and ended up on the fourth place.

Final ranking for Women's Blitz:




Below is the medals board for all the IMSA chess events. By countries, China, Russia and Ukraine got 3 medals each. Vietnam, USA and Hungary 1 medal each.




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The Saltykov-Chertkov mansion hosted the Opening Ceremony of the Grand Prix

FIDE - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 09:50

The Opening Ceremony of the first leg of the FIDE Grand Prix Series 2019 organized by World Chess took place in the Mansion of Saltykov-Chertkov on May 16. Many celebrities and journalists attended the Gala Event which opened the first tournament of the World Chess Championship cycle 2019-2020.

CEO of World Chess Ilya Merenzon, CEO of PhosAgro and RCF Vice-President Andrey Guryev, and Head of Corporate Sales Department of Kaspersky Lab Evgeniya Naumova gave speeches during the official part of the Ceremony. FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich declared the tournament open.

Chief Arbiter IA Laurent Freyd (France) conducted the drawing of lots at the technical meeting before the Ceremony. Four players with the highest standard rating at the beginning of the tournament – Anish Giri, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Ian Nepomniachtchi, and Alexander Grischuk - had been given starting numbers 1, 16, 9, and 8 respectively. For the purpose of distribution of other twelve starting numbers, the random drawing of lots was made at the technical meeting.

The draw of colours took place at the Opening Ceremony. The rating favourite Anish Giri picked a white (or silver) piece and that means that all players with odd numbers will start the first round with White.

Round 1 pairings:

Giri - Dubov
Radjabov - Nakamura
Duda - So
Karjakin - Grischuk
Nepomniachtchi - Aronian
Wei Yi - JakovenkoVitiugov - Svidler
Wojtaszek - Mamedyarov

Photos courtesy: World Chess and Eteri Kubashvili
















Complete photo album in Dropbox.

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Press Conference before 2019 FIDE Grand Prix Series Leg in Moscow

FIDE - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 17:50


Moscow, May 16, 2019.-


The race for the 2020 World Chess Championship begins on May 17 in Moscow with the first tournament in the FIDE Grand Prix Series organized by World Chess.


The Chess Championship cycle opened with a press conference today at the Central Chess Player's House, featuring Arkady Dvorkovich, FIDE President; Ilya Merenzon, chief executive of World Chess, the organizer of the Grand Prix; Andrey Guryev, head of PhosAgro, one of the principal corporate sponsors, and Vice-President of the Russian Chess Federation; Mikhail Vasin, head of corporate communications, RussiaStan & META of Kaspersky Lab, the official cybersecurity partner; and grandmaster Ian Nepomniachtchi, one of the tournament's participants.

The four-tournament series, which will unfold throughout the year, features 22 of the world's top players fighting for two spots in next year's Candidates Tournament to select a challenger for the World Championship title. The players are also competing for a total of €800,000 in prizes, with €130,000 in each Grand Prix and additional €280,000 for performance in the whole Series.

The Moscow Grand Prix will be held in the Central Chess Player's House, a historic building in the centre of Moscow, from May 17 to 29. Making the series even more exciting, each tournament will have a knock-out format, starting with 16 players. To win a Grand Prix, a player will have to survive four rounds. Each round will consist of two classical (or slow) games, followed by faster tie-breaker games if necessary.

Players from 9 countries take part in the Grand Prix Series (Russia is represented by 7 Grandmasters), and spectators from Russia, China, the USA, France, Azerbaijan, Armenia and chess fans all over the world will follow their favourite players to fight for the right to challenge incumbent Champion Magnus Carlsen.

The FIDE Grand Prix Series will be broadcast on worldchess.com, as well as on top media sites globally. There will be free live video and commentary, organized by FIDE and World Chess.

At the press conference, a long-term sponsorship deal was signed between PhosAgro and World Chess.

Arkady Dvorkovich, FIDE President, said: We are pleased to launch the new Chess Championship cycle and looking forward to the exciting games. By changing the format to knock-out and making the Series more dramatic, we believe that we have made the Grand Prix Series a treat for both players and spectators alike.

Andreу Guryev, CEO of PhosAgro: "For the past nine years, as a Russian company that supplies environmentally friendly fertilizers to 100 countries around the world, we have been supporting chess in Russia and around the world, including the World Championship Matches. We invest in the most intellectual sport on the planet, and this fits perfectly with PhosAgro's focus on taking a strategic approach to business, smart technologies and principles of sustainable development."

Ilya Merenzon, CEO of World Chess, said: Chess is a competitive sport, with its titles, the winners, and the losers. It's also an amazing tool for communication and having a great time. We hope that both spectators and fans will have a good time at the venue or at home watching and playing chess this season!

Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of Kaspersky Lab, said: Chess is an amazing sport. It keeps changing together with the development of humanity. It's not only a very interesting intellectual game with an ancient history, nowadays it's a sport that uses leading innovational technology. This helps both players – in building intriguing strategies, and viewers all around the world – in watching these fascinating games online. And it's clear that the role of cybersecurity in chess will only grow. As a partner of this tournament, we are proud to protect it from cyber threats of any complexity.

For further questions, please contact press@fide.com.



Press kit: https://mediakit2018.worldchess.com

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

Photos: Dropbox







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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2019 FIDE Grand Prix Series starts in Moscow on May 17

FIDE - Mon, 05/13/2019 - 10:48


The race for the 2020 World Chess Championship begins May 17 in Moscow with the first tournament in the FIDE Grand Prix. The four-tournament series, which will unfold throughout the year, features 22 of the world's top players fighting for two spots in next year's Candidates Tournament to select a challenger for the World Championship title. The players are also be competing for a total of €800,000 in prizes, with €130,000 in each Grand Prix and additional €280,000 for performance in the whole Series.

The Moscow Grand Prix will be held in the Central Chess Player's House, an historic building in the center of Moscow (Gogolevsky Boulevard, 14), from May 17 to 30.

Making the series even more exciting, each tournament will have a knock-out format, starting with 16 players. To win a Grand Prix, a player will have to survive four rounds. Each round will consist of two classical (or slow) games, followed by faster tie-breaker games if necessary.

The participants in the Moscow Grand Prix (with most recent ratings that are used in world rankings) are:


Anish Giri (2787, Netherlands)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (2781, Azerbaijan)
Ian Nepomniachtchi (2773, Russia)
Alexander Grischuk (2772, Russia)
Levon Aronian (2762, Armenia)
Hikaru Nakamura (2761, USA)
Teimour Radjabov (2759, Azerbaijan)
Wesley So (2754, USA)
Sergey Karjakin (2752, Russia)
Peter Svidler (2739, Russia)
Wei Yi (2736, China)
Nikita Vitiugov (2734, Russia)
Jan-Krzysztof Duda (2728, Poland)
Radoslaw Wojtaszek (2724, Poland)
Dmitry Jakovenko (2708, Russia)
Daniil Dubov (2690, Russia)


Schedule:

May 17-18 – Round 1 (May 19 – Tie-break)
May 20-21 – Round 2 (May 22 - Tie-break)
May 23-24 – Semi-final (May 25 – Tie-break)
May 27-28 – Final (May 29 – Tie-break)

May 26 is a rest day.

The games start at 3:00 pm. The games will be broadcast live at worldchess.com.

There will be a pre-start press conference on May 16 at the Central Chess Player's House, featuring Arkady Dvorkovich, the president of the World Chess Federation, or FIDE; Ilya Merenzon, chief executive of World Chess, the organizer of the Grand Prix; Andrey Guryev, head of PhosAgro, one of the principal corporate sponsors, and vice president of the Russian Chess Federation, and Mikhail Vasin, head of corporate communications RussiaStan & META of Kaspersky Lab; and participants in the tournament.

Media registration for the press conference starts at 14:00 pm, while the press conference begins at 15:00 pm.

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

PhosAgro,a leading chemical company as the Official Strategic Partner

Kaspersky Lab, as Official Cybersecurity Partner

For further questions, please contact: media@worldchess.com.

Media kits: https://mediakit2018.worldchess.com

Official website: https://worldchess.com/news/1349
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Increased prize fund for the World Senior Championships

FIDE - Sat, 05/11/2019 - 13:47



Further to the recent FIDE decision to increase prizes for the individual World Championships for Seniors by 30.000 € in total, please find in the table below the new prize split (in euros), to be first implemented in Bucharest 2019.

An additional provision of 20.000 € has been allocated to support individual nominees who are over 65 and find themselves in an unstable financial situation. Anyone who has contributed to the development of chess and meets these requirements is entitled to receive FIDE's support. Applications including a CV can be sent, personally or on behalf of somebody else, to the FIDE Secretariat office@fide.com, until May 15th, 2019.

  Open section (+65 and +50)     Original plan Reviewed   1st 1.500 € 4.000 €   2nd 1.200 € 3.200 €   3rd 900 € 2.400 €   4th   800 € 1.800 €   5th 500 € 1.400 €   6th 400 € 1.100 €   7th 300 € 900 €   8th 250 € 800 €   9th 200 € 600 €   10th 0 € 400 €   TOTAL: 6.050 € 16.600 €           Women (+65 and +50)     Original plan Reviewed   1st 700 € 2.000 €   2nd 500 € 1.600 €   3rd 300 € 1.200 €   4th   250 € 900 €   5th 200 € 700 €   TOTAL: 1.950 € 6.400 €        
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1η θέση για τον Νικόλα Θεοδώρου στο Pro Chess League!

Skakistiko - Wed, 05/08/2019 - 12:40

Εντυπωσιακά νέα έρχονται από τον Νικόλα Θεοδώρου και την απόφασή του να συνεχίσει τις σπουδές του στο St. Louis της Αμερικής. Είναι γεγονός ότι πέρα από τις σπουδές του, το Πανεπιστήμιο του προσφέρει ένα πλούσιο αγωνιστικό πρόγραμμα αλλά και προπονητικό! Δεν είναι τυχαίο άλλωστε το γεγονός ότι το St. Louis για τους Αμερικάνους θεωρείται η Μέκκα του σκακιού και μία σειρά κορυφαίων σκακιστών έχουν μετακομίσει εκεί! Ο Νικόλας αγωνιζόμενος με την ομάδα του Πανεπιστημίου του St. Louis κατέκτησε την πρώτη θέση στο πρωτάθλημα του Pro Chess League στο Σαν Φρανσίσκο! Το πρωτάθλημα αυτό είναι online rapid τουρνουά και κρατάει περίπου πέντε μήνες. Οι ομάδες έχουν τετραμελείς συνθέσεις και η ομάδα που αγωνιζόταν ο Νικόλας απαρτιζόταν από τον Fabiano Caruana στην πρώτη σκακιέρα, τον Benjamin Bok στη 2η σκακιέρα, τον Νικόλα Θεοδώρου στη 3η και τον Julian Proleiko στην 4η σκακιέρα. Πάνω από πενήντα ομάδες συμμετείχαν στη διοργάνωση αυτή και ξεχώριζαν ονόματα όπως των Nakamura, M. Vachier-Lagrave, Wesley So.
Από τους αγώνες αυτούς είναι και ο παρακάτω εντυπωσιακός συνδυασμός που ανακάλυψε δίνοντας τέλος στην παρτίδα του με τον Donchenko.

Theodorou 2535 – Donchenko 2614, 2019

36.Πα6! Με ιδέα 37.Πxδ6 Βxδ6 38.Βxζ7 ματ! 36…Πγδ8 37.Πα7!! Βxα7 38.Βζ6+ Ρη8 39.Βxδ8+ Ρη7 40.Βζ6+ Ρη8 41.Ιxη6! ζxη6 42.Βζ8+ και ο μαύρος εγκατέλειψε στο 42…Ρθ7 43.Πθ1# ματ. 1–0

Μερικά λινκ από τους αγώνες:
new.uschess.org/news/arch-bishops-win-2019-pro-chess-league/
www.prochessleague.com/
www.twitch.tv/videos/420814656?t=8h43m

(κείμενο: Κώστας Τσαρουχάς)

 

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FIDE President trips to Asia and Australia

FIDE - Tue, 05/07/2019 - 10:18



Arkady Dvorkovich traveled to Singapore on May 4. He visited the Singapore Chess Federation office and the Intellectual Games Centre. At the meeting with the board members of the Singapore Chess Federation the development of chess on the island was discussed. FIDE President observed training classes and met with the young players.



On the 5th of May, Arkady Dvorkovich traveled to Australia to attend the Sport Accord, the world sport and business summit. He had a productive meeting with the representatives of IOC: Irina Gladkikh (Associate Director for Winter and Recognized Sports and IF Relations), Andrew Hofer (Recognized Federations and Organizations Senior Manager), and John Palfrey (Director Stakeholder Relations Olympic Channel). They discussed the 100 years anniversary of FIDE (Paris, 2024), continental games, FIDE office relocation to Lausanne, training courses by IOC, fair-play measures in chess, and chess in schools programs.

SportAccord is the world sport and business summit. It is focused on driving positive change internationally and dedicated to engaging and connecting; international federations, rights holders, organizing committees, cities, press and media, businesses and other organizations involved in sports development. The event will last until the 10th of May, combining an exhibition area, a themed conference programme and a multitude of networking events.



Arkady Dvorkovich also took the chance to visit the "City of Melbourne Open Tournament" that is taking place these days, where he met with Simon Dale and Alexei Khamatgaleev, President and Vice President of the Melbourne Chess Club.

SportsAccord full program 



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