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Tata Steel Chess 2019 LIVE!

Chessdom - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 08:37

Tata Steel Chess 2019 is going to take place 11 – 27 January in Wijk aan Zee. The traditional tournament is going to feature once more two groups of 14 players.

The Tata Steel Chess Tournament is one of the most prestigious events in the international chess calendar. Often refered to as the “Wimbledon of Chess”, Tata Steel Chess Tournament celebrates its 81st year.

Group A consists of the World Champion Magnus Carlsen, Shakhriyar Mameedyarov, Ding Liren, Anish Giri, Vladimir Kramnik, Viswanathan Anand, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Teimour Radjabov, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Richard Rapport, Samuel Shankland, Vladimir Fedoseev, Vidit Santosh Gujrathi, and Jordan Van Foreest. The average ELO of the group is 2753, which makes it a category 21 event.

Live games will be daily on Chessdom with analysis by Komodo, Houdini, and Stockfish. Games start at 13:30 CET.

More live: TCEC Premier Division

Watch live video from TCEC_Chess_TV on www.twitch.tv

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Open de Portugal 2019

Chessdom - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 00:00

The Portuguese Chess Federation will hold the Portugal Open from 2-10th February 2019 at the Pavilhão Casal Vistoso in Lisbon.

The tournament will be a 9-round Swiss system, rated for FIDE, and valid for title norms. The tournament is included in the national Classical Chess Circuit.

On 10 February, there will be an (optional) rapid tournament, included in the national Rapid Chess Circuit.

Top prizes are 2500€ / 1600€ / 1000€ / 800€ / 700€ / 600€ / 500€ etc

Currently 132 players from 32 federations are registered to take part in the event. Among them are 15 Grandmasters and 14 International Masters.

Official website

Participants:

1. GM Motylev Alexander RUS 2644
2. GM Iturrizaga Bonelli Eduardo VEN 2637
3. GM Petrov Nikita RUS 2585
4. GM Xu Xiangyu CHN 2567
5. GM David Alberto ITA 2559
6. GM Bernadskiy Vitaliy UKR 2550
7. GM Jakubowski Krzysztof POL 2516
8. GM Stefansson Hannes ISL 2514
9. GM Spraggett Kevin Barry CAN 2513
10. GM Galego Luis POR 2508
11. IM Bilguun Sumiya MGL 2471
12. GM Miezis Normunds LAT 2469
13. IM Iniyan P IND 2456
14. IM Butkiewicz Lukasz POL 2444
15. IM Damaso Rui POR 2438
16. FM Srinath Rao Sankrantipati Venkata IND 2433
17. Mu Ke CHN 2431
18. WGM Ni Shiqun CHN 2427
19. GM Thorhallsson Throstur ISL 2425
20. GM Campora Daniel ARG 2417
21. IM Rajesh V A V IND 2410
22. IM Kaasen Tor Fredrik NOR 2409
23. FM Haug Johannes NOR 2402
24. IM Sukandar Irine Kharisma INA 2397
25. IM Low Zhen Yu Cyrus SGP 2385
26. IM Carrasco Martinez Juan M. ESP 2380
27. IM Miedema David NED 2370
28. FM Martin Duque Jesus ESP 2365
29. IM Rocha Sergio POR 2360
30. FM Aguera Naredo Javier ESP 2345
31. FM Tryggestad Andreas Garberg NOR 2333
32. IM Sergienko Sergey RUS 2331
33. FM Pantzar Milton SWE 2331
34. WGM Gu Xiaobing CHN 2326
35. Fus Jakub POL 2326
36. FM Godzwon Iwo POL 2323
37. FM Kowalski Igor POL 2312
38. IM Ilic Zoran S SRB 2302
39. Chinguun Sumiya MGL 2286
40. FM Risting Eivind Olav NOR 2281
41. FM Pacan-Milej Kosma POL 2273
42. FM Storme Isak SWE 2271
43. FM Chylewski Patryk POL 2268
44. WFM Li Yunshan CHN 2246
45. FM Nordquelle Daniel NOR 2235
46. CM Garcia Dorado Alberto ESP 2235
47. FM Ranaldi Lucas NOR 2230
48. FM Rego Pedro POR 2228
49. FM Nielsen Andre NOR 2211
50. Lindbol Aleksander NOR 2204
51. Costa Paulo Jorge Lopes POR 2200
52. FM Ermeni Avni KOS 2194
53. Li Xueyi CHN 2194
54. Tscharotschkin Michael GER 2178
55. NM Paiva Henrique POR 2174
56. Borges Guilherme Deola BRA 2171
57. WIM Newrkla Katharina AUT 2162
58. Lisowski Krzysztof POL 2135
59. FM Pascoal Eduardo A ANG 2132
60. Pirola Claudionor Alcides Lima BRA 2130
61. Dias Ricardo Pedro Cruz POR 2128
62. Bruaset Eivind NOR 2124
63. WFM Cholleti Sahajasri IND 2122
64. FM Thompson Ian D ENG 2121
65. Bub Volker GER 2108
66. Hodovsky Jiri CZE 2106
67. WFM Froewis Annika AUT 2100
68. Barbier Wim BEL 2086
69. Fernandez Montero Francisco M. ESP 2070
70. Golecki Jan POL 2064
71. Fernandez Vallejo Luis ESP 2063
72. Huse Sigurd Kjelsbol NOR 2060
73. Romano Joao Manuel Pereira POR 2055
74. Soares Luis F Almeida M Sousa POR 2036
75. Fernandes Ricardo Paulos POR 2020
76. Kocian Miroslav CZE 2013
77. Slovak Pavel CZE 2007
78. Cavaleiro Daniel Filipe Costa POR 2000
79. Thibault Pierre-Olivier FRA 1994
80. Myrheim Hakon Abeland NOR 1993
81. WFM Skogvall Martina GER 1992
82. Rionda Medio Angel Arturo ESP 1992
83. Rogers Tim L ENG 1981
84. Bouton Christophe FRA 1964
85. Archambault Serge CAN 1959
86. Fossan Aleksander NOR 1949
87. Barbier Astrid BEL 1945
88. Roque Armando Filipe Da Silva POR 1941
89. Woithe Daniel GER 1908
90. Damasceno Jorge Manuel Cardos POR 1895
91. Marques Rui Filipe Pereira POR 1890
92. Sandhya Goli IND 1890
93. Nikula Mikko FIN 1889
94. Morejko Wojciech GER 1879
95. Marcos Herrero Francisco ESP 1855
96. Jarve Edvin NOR 1829
97. Nass Sara NOR 1822
98. Aguiar Carlos Alberto Branco POR 1817
99. Taylor Robert Graham WLS 1809
100. Elias Ruben Joel Monteiro POR 1797
101. Iasman Inna FRA 1794
102. Skjolingstad Sverre NOR 1782
103. Sa Nuno Baltazar POR 1767
104. Le Gall Eric FRA 1758
105. Calzada Cruz Osvaldo CUB 1754
106. Hestvik Elias NOR 1740
107. Haisma Henk NED 1727
108. Avelino Camila Biscaya POR 1689
109. Haynes Noah NOR 1658
110. Goncalves Carlos M Marques POR 1639
111. Almeida Rui Pedro Albergaria POR 1583
112. Marques Gilles FRA 1581
113. Cavadas Jose Manuel Goncalves POR 1577
114. Oliveira Fernando Alves POR 1575
115. Dias Jose De Oliveira Gaspar POR 1560
116. Gaudin Bruno FRA 1558
117. Antunes Andre Rafael Maissa POR 1521
118. Almeida Jose Antonio Ferreira POR 1507
119. Florissi Aldo ITA 1502
120. Dong Fabio Yingfan POR 1493
121. Funk Guenther Matthias Andrea POR 1492
122. Correia Pedro Mourao Soares POR 1472
123. Reis Angelica Mufato BRA 1465
124. Voges Guilherme Lopes Jesus POR 1458
125. Machado Carlos Augusto POR 1415
126. Dong Rafael Yufan POR 1377
127. Paragliola Gennaro ITA 1367
128. Fonseca Rene Gil Bakker POR 1355
129. Maissa Susana Flora Cesana POR 1302
130. Anfinsen Marius NOR 1113
131. Ferreira Cristina Isabel POR 1011
132. Wang Cong CHN 0

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WRBCC 2018 Final Standings and Prize Fund Allocations

FIDE - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 20:00


The King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Championships were held in St. Petersburg, Russia, on December 25-31.

Daniil Dubov and Ju Wenjun are the World Rapid Chess Champions. Magnus Carlsen and Kateryna Lagno are the World Blitz Champions.

Please view the final standings and complete prize fund allocations: PDF | Excel

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Bidding procedure for the World Team Championships 2019

FIDE - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 12:42




FIDE announces a bidding procedure for the Open and Women World Team Championships 2019.

The approved dates of the event: March 3-14, 2019. 

Please, note that FIDE may review a bid that includes only one of the events (only Open or only Women), however the dates for the World Team Championship Open section shall remain intact. Alternative dates for the Women event may be considered upon the approval of GSC.

Bids are to be sent to office@fide.com not later than January 24, 2019.

REGULATIONS (pdf)

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GM Bai Jinshi winner of North American Open

Chessdom - Tue, 01/01/2019 - 23:23

The 19-years old Grandmaster Bai Jinshi from China has won the 28th Annual North American Open that was held from 26-30th December, 2018, at Bally’s Casino Resort in Las Vegas, USA.

Bai Jinshi completed the event with 7,5/9 points to earn 10200 USD top prize and clear-winner bonus.

IM Dionisio Aldama (Mexico) and IM Zhaozhi Li (USA) shared the second place half a point behind the winner to claim 3750 USD each.

FM Eugene Yanayt, FM Edward Song and Jack Zhu have scored IM norms.

Bai Jinshi

Open section final standings:

1. GM Bai Jinshi 2568 CHN – 7.5
2-3. IM Dionisio Aldama 2412 MEX and IM Zhaozhi Li 2399 USA – 7,0
4-5. IM Advait Patel 2455 USA and Mika Andrew Brattain 2411 USA – 6,5
6-21. Jack Qijie Zhu 2364 USA, GM Ruifeng Li 2559 USA, GM Karthik Venkataraman 2527 IND, GM Julio J Becerra 2520 USA, GM Adrien Demuth 2517 FRA, GM Steven C Zierk 2510 USA, GM Andrey Gorovets 2509 BLR, GM Zbigniew Pakleza 2506 POL, IM Praveen Balakrishnan 2418 USA, FM Andrew Zhang Hong 2390 USA, FM Ben Li 2368 USA, FM Edward Song 2355 USA, FM Christopher Yu-shuo Shen 2311 USA, Spencer George Lehmann 2254 USA, Andy Lin 2241 USA, IM Arthur Calugar 2208 CAN – 6,0 etc (116 players)

The 28th North American Open had 7 sections: Open, Under 2300, Under 2100, Under 1900, Under 1700, Under 1500 and Under 1250. The total prize fund was 120,000 USD.

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January 2019 FIDE Rating List

FIDE - Mon, 12/31/2018 - 18:11



FIDE publishes January 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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Congratulations to Mr. Paul Spiller

FIDE - Mon, 12/31/2018 - 11:29



FIDE congratulates Vice-President  of New Zealand Chess federation, Oceania Chess Confederation President and FIDE Zone 3.6 President Mr. Paul Spiller on his appointment as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
  Please read more at New Zealand Chess.
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The FIDE President Appoints Continental Assistants

FIDE - Mon, 12/31/2018 - 01:37



FIDE is pleased to inform that FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich has appointed four Continental Assistants:

-    Europe: Vladimir Kramnik (RUS), former World Chess Champion;
-    Asia: Viswanathan Anand (IND), former World Chess Champion;
-    the Americas: Fidel Gonzalez (VEN), President of the Venezuela Chess Federation;
-    Africa: Tshepiso Lopang (BOT), Vice-President of the African Chess Confederation.

Their experience and professional knowledge will serve to further develop and promote chess around the world.
 

By virtue of these appointments the four Continental Assistants also become councilors of the Planning and Development Commission, a new body that was created on the FIDE President’s initiative and that will assist national federations in chess development.
Former World Chess Champion Vladimir Kramnik (RUS)

Former World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand (IND)

President of the Venezuela Chess federation Fidel Gonzalez (VEN)

African Chess Confederation Vice President Tshepiso Lopang (BOT)

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FIDE Commissions

FIDE - Mon, 12/31/2018 - 01:13




We are pleased to announce the new FIDE Commissions' members appointed for the period of 2018-2022. There are 170 men and 53 women in the following FIDE Commissions:
    
ARBITERS’ COMMISSION (ARB) 

Chairman: Laurent Freyd (FRA)  
Honorary Chairman: Takis Nikolopoulos (GRE)  
Secretary:  Nebojsa Baralic (SRB)   

Councilors:
Shohreh Bayat (IRI)
Leandro Plotinsky (ARG)
El Husseiny, Mohamed (EGY)
Irina Gevorgyan (UZB)

Members:
Lutfiyar Rustamov (AZE)
Alexander Tkachev (RUS)
KK Chan (HKG)
Omar Salama (ISL)
Umesh KC (NEP)
Jirina Prokopova  (CZE)
Natalia Popova (BLR)
R. Anantharam (IND)
Josè Martinez (MEX)
Alaquile Mohamed Abdulla (SOM)
Alex Macfarlane (SCO)

COMMISSION FOR THE DISABLED (DIS)

Chairman: Thomas Luther (GER)
Secretary: Nikos Kalesis (GRE)

Councilors:
Kema Goryaeva (RUS)
Dora Martinez (USA)
Yang Xuhui (CHN)

Members:
Jahangir Agaragimov (AZE)
Sean Manross (USA)
Turgay Seckin (TUR)
Diakite Ousmane (MLI)
Polina Torochkova (RUS)
Salome Melia (GEO)
Jamie Kenmure (NAU)
Margaret Murphy (ISV)
Dominique Dervieux  (FRA)

CHESS IN EDUCATION COMMISSION (EDU)
        
Chairman: Smbat Lputian (ARM)

Councilors:
Leontxo Garcia (ESP)
Uvencio Jose Blanco Hernandez (VEN)
Yevgeniy Vladimirov (KAZ)

Members:
Ion Dobronauteanu (ROM)
Atanu Lahiri (IND)
Thabano Mothokomedi (BOT)
Bernardo Roselli Mailhe (URU)
Seyed Mostafa Hashemitaba (IRI)
Stefan Loffler (GER)
Alexander Onischuk (USA)
Domingos Langa (MOZ)
Farkhad Sabirov (UZB)
Li Qi (CHN)
Dijana Dengler (BIH)

EVENTS COMMISSION (EVE)

Chairman: Ozgur Solakoglu (TUR)
Secretary & Youth Director: Mikhail Kobalia (RUS)

Councilors:
Jose Pujol Carrillo (PAN)
Hamad Al-Tamimi (QAT)
Dr Jose Junquiera (ANG)
Murad Iskenderli (AZE)

Senior Chess Director: Jan Rooze (BEL)
Composition Chess Director: Andrei Selivanov (RUS)

Members:
Branimir Jukic (CRO)
Yurii Borsuk (BLR)
Stanley Gomez Huerta (CRC)
Zhandos Abishev (KAZ)
Doga Cihan Goksel (TUR)
Delhaes Gunter (BEL)
Vladimir Danilov (ROM)
Vasilii Filipenko (RUS)
Lara Barnes (ENG)
Li Kaimin Cindy (CHN)
Saud Al Marzooqi (UAE)
Ronald Zarza (PAR)
Jose Rita (STP)
George Mastrokoukos (GRE)  

FAIR PLAY COMMISSION

Chairman: Salomeja Zaksaite (LTU)
Secretary: Yuri Garrett (ITA)

Councillors:
Konstantin Landa (RUS)
Husan Turdialiev (UZB)
Pedro Dominguez (DOM)
Alex Colovic (MKD)

Members:
Vivian Ramon (CUB)
Klaus Deventer (GER)
Andy Howie (SCO)
Gary Wastell (AUS)
Mihalis Prevenios (GRE)
Ulkar Umudova (AZE)
MS Gopakumar (IND)
Emilio Bastidas (ECU)
Kristjan Orn Eliasson (ISL)
Christiana Ashley (GHA)


GLOBAL STRATEGY COMMISSION

Chairman: Emil Sutovsky (ISR)
Secretary: Pavel Tregubov  (RUS)

Councilors:
Kenneth Rogoff (USA)
Darmen Sadvokasov (KAZ)
Ali Mortazawi (ENG)
Jeroen van den Berg (NED)

MEDICAL COMMISSION (MED)

Chairman: Dr. Marape Marape (BOT)
Secretary: Abasin Mohibi (AFG)

Councilors:
Agnieszka Fornal-Urban (POL)
Prof. Dr. Kıvanç Güngör (TUR)
Dwi Hatmisari Ambarukmi (INA)
Arthur Schuering (NED)

Members:
Dr. Fopa Seraphin (CMR)
Zong-Yuan Zhao (AUS)
David Dorian (ROU)
Dejan Bojkov (BUL)
Amelia Hernandez (VEN)
Dr. Virginia Lagrange (BRA)
Dr. Sabri Sallam (YEM)
Victor Ngani (KEN)

ONLINE COMMISSION (OLC)

Chairman: Ilya Gorodetskiy (RUS)
Secretary: Alexandra Dmitrijevic (SRB)

Councilors:
Anna Burtasova (RUS)
Stephen Kisuze (UGA)
Peter Doggers (NED)
  Members Ignacio Campos de Barros Barreto (BRA)
Korab Krasniqi (KOS)
Jennifer Shahade (USA)
Sotirios Logothetis (GRE)

SYSTEMS OF PAIRINGS AND PROGRAMS (SPP)

Chairman: Maciej Cybulski (POL)
Secretary: Alon Cohen Revivo (ISR)

Councilors:
Hendrik Petrus du Toit (RSA)
Oleksandr Prohorov (UKR)
Rupert Jones (PNG)

Members:
Choudary Alapati Vinay (TAN)
Alexei Nikitin (RUS)
Jose Morales (VEN)
Alex Relyea (USA)
Tomasz Zyzniewski (POL)
Diana Tsypina (CAN)
Gulmira Dauletova (KAZ)
Bong Bunawan (INA)
Antonio Bento de Araujo Lima Filho (BRA)
Maher Musa (SUD)
Mario Held (ITA)

PLANNING and DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION (PDC)

Secretary: Sonja Johnson (TTO)

Councilors:
Tshepiso Lopang (BOT)
Fidel Gonzalez (VEN)
Vladimir Kramnik (RUS)
Viswanatan Anand (IND)     

Members:
Israel Shilongo (NAM)
Hal Bond (CAN)
Arkadij  Najditsch  (AZE)
Rupert Jones (PNG)
Luis Perez Carrillo (COL)
Carolina Munoz Solis (CRC)
Majlinda Pilinci (ALB)
Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou (GRE)
Erick Hernandez (ESA)
Emmanuel Mwaka (UGA)
Sainbayar Tserendorj (MGL)

QUALIFICATION COMMISSION (QC)

Chairman: Nick Faulks (BER)
Honorary Chairman: Werner Stubehnwol (AUT)
Secretary: Alex Holowczak (ENG)

Councilors:
Walter Brown (USA)
Ilya Filippov (RUS)
Gunther van den Bergh (RSA)
Casto Abundo (PHI)

Composition titles: Dinu-Ioan Nicula (ROU)

Members:
Atilla Gürmen (TUR)
Geber Diaz (VEN)
Nesla Adnane (ALG)
Tom Thorpe (WLS)
Sabrina de San Vicente (URU)
Rachel Edward-Dapper (NGR)
Yuriy Gnyp (UKR)
Kiddy Makwaya (ZAM)

RULES COMMISSION (RC)

Chairman: Mahdi Abdulrahim (UAE)
Honorary Chairman: Ashot Vardapetyan (ARM)
Secretary: Mehrdad Pahlevanzadeh (IRI)

Councilors:
Hassan Khaled (EGY)
Stephane Escafre (FRA)
Mike Hoffpauer (USA)
  Members Michal Krasenkow (POL)
Cisse Ibrahima (SEN)
Jorge Vergara (PER)
Shaun Press (PNG)
Dinara Saduakassova (KAZ)
Carol Jarecki (IVB)
Haroon or Rashid (BAN)
Serafìn Chuit (CUB)
Jouni Lehtivaara (FIN)

SOCIAL COMMISSION

Chairman: Pablo Zarnicki (ARG)
Honorary Chairperson: Beatriz Marinello (USA)
Secretary: Paris Klerides (CYP)

Councilors:
Benard Wanjala (KEN)
Prof. Dr. Yusuf Doğruer (TUR)
Philippe Chatelain (HAI)
Syed Shahab Uddin Shamin (BGL)

Members:
Guy Bendaña (NCA)
Kgaugelo Mosetlhe (RSA)
Jose Antonio Silveirinha (MCU)
Rena Laveri (ITA)
Omar Osama Jabari (PLE)
Irina Grishchenko (KAZ)
Patricia Gamliel (CAN )
Mir Mahmour Afamia (SYR)
Allan Herbert (BAR)
Alexios Sorras (LUX)
Ahmed Hassan Abdillahi (DJI)

TRAINERS’ COMMISSION (TRG)

Chairman: Jacob Aagaard (SCO)
Honorary Chairman: Adrian Mikhalchishin (SLO)
Secretary: Peter Long (MAS)

Councilors:
Yu Shaoteng (CHN)
Alexander Motylev (RUS)
Melikset Khachiyan (USA)
Sami Khader (JOR)

Members:
RB Ramesh (IND)
Vladimir Grabinsky (UKR)
Watu Kobese (RSA)
Alonso Zapata (COL)
Antoaneta Stefanova (BUL)
Grivas Efstratios (GRE)
Slim Bouaziz (TUN)

COMMISSION FOR WOMEN’S CHESS (WOM)

Chairman: Eva Repkova (SVK)
Secretary: Ilaha Kadimova (AZE)

Councilors:
Ivan Mandekic (CRO)
Shadi Paridar (IRI)
Mezioud Amina (ALG)
Mei Fang Dina Cheng (TPE)

Members:
Sarai Sanchez Castillo (VEN)
Susan Namangale (MAW)
Carol Pesqueira (ARU)
Alexandra Kosteniuk (RUS)
Abigail Tian Hongwei (CHN)
Damaris Abarca (CHI)
Christelle Jager-Hafstad (ENG)

TECHNICAL COMMISSION (TEC)

Chairman: Bharat Singh (IND)
Secretary: Andrzej Filipowicz (POL)  

Councilors:
Jan Mazuch (CZE)
Sultan Ali Al Taher (UAE)
Oen Grant (USA)

Members:
Gautam Bidur Prasad (NEP)  
Roberto Ricca (ITA)
Obinna Ogbonnaya (NIG)
Bechir Messaoudi (TUN)
Jasmin Nisban (SIG)
Almog Burstein (ISR)
Alex Roose (AHO)
Samir Zerdali (ALG)
Agnieszka Brustman (POL)
Peng Zhaoqin (NED)




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Magnus Carlsen and Kateryna Lagno are World Blitz Champions!

Chessdom - Sun, 12/30/2018 - 20:14

The King Salman World Blitz Chess Championship concluded today in the Manege, St. Petersburg, with Magnus Carlsen (Norway) and Kateryna Lagno (Russia) emerging champions of their respective sections.

After missing the podium in the Rapid Championship, Magnus Carlsen played much better in the Blitz event, holding the top position from the very beginning and securing the gold medal with 17/21 points.

This is Carlsen’s fourth world blitz title, having previously won in Moscow 2009, Dubai 2014 and Riyadh 2017.

Half a point behind the winner is Jan-Krzysztof Duda (Poland), who has had a powerful run of 8 consecutive victories in the mid-tournament.

Hikaru Nakamura (USA) took the bronze medal with 14,5 points, two points behind Duda.

Duda, Carlsen and Nakamura (photo by Lennart Ootes)

Magnus Carlsen said: “I am just relieved. Today was a very tough day. I was in front but being chased, and this is never easy. Yesterday the score was good, and the play was maybe not as great, but I feel I am usually best against the best players. Today I played very well and needed every single half point to win.”

Kateryna Lagno (Russia) maintained the good form from the first day of the Championship and emerged clear winner of the Women’s section with 13,5/17 points. This is her second gold medal, the first was won in 2010.

Sarasadat Khademalsharieh (Iran) took the silver medal with 13 points. Just like yesterday, she started the day with a loss, but then finished superbly with 4,5 points in the last five rounds.

Lei Tingjie (China) claimed the bronze medal with 12,5 points, despite the last round loss to her compatriot Tan Zhongyi. She was fortunate that the main competitor Valentina Gunina was also defeated.

Khademalsharieh, Lagno and Tingjie (photo by Lennart Ootes)

Kateryna Lagno stated: “I am very happy, of course. It is interesting that I didn’t lose a single game. Of course I was lucky in some games, but managed to hold them, and I think this is the first time in my life when I did not lose a single game in a blitz tournament.”

The 2nd King Salman World Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships were held from 26-30th December in St.Petersburg, Russia.

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Kirsan Ilyumzhinov’s appeal to CAS is settled

Chessdom - Sun, 12/30/2018 - 20:00

FIDE and Kirsan Ilyumzhinov have concluded a Settlement Agreement, which was approved by the FIDE Ethics Commission and by the CAS Panel.

On 12 July 2018, the FIDE Ethics Commission unaminously decided that Mr Ilyumzhinov is guilty of the violation of art. 2.2.3, 2.2.10 and 2.2.11 of the FIDE Code of Ethics.

The FIDE Ethics Commission found that on numerous occasions during the period March 2017 until April 2018, and whilst on the OFAC sanctions list, Mr. Ilyumzhinov acted in a manner incompatible with his duty to put the interests of FIDE above his own personal interests and in defiance of valid decisions of the FIDE Presidential Board by inter alia seeking to exercise powers which had been delegated to the FIDE Deputy-President, seeking to discredit members of the FIDE Presidential Board, making untrue or provocative public statements and refusing to resign following the closure of FIDE’s bank accounts, and in so doing created confusion and instability within FIDE and further inflicted serious reputational, operational and financial harm upon FIDE and brought FIDE and the game of chess into disrepute.

The FIDE Ethics Commission suspended Mr Ilyumzhinov from holding any of the positions listed in Chapter 3.1(a) – (l) of the FIDE Statutes for a period of 18 months, of which a period of 12 months are suspended for a period of 2 years (“the period of suspension”) on condition that Mr Ilyumzhinov does not make himself guilty during the period of suspension of any conduct which causes harm to the interests and reputation of FIDE as organisation, its organs, officials, organisers, sponsors and events.

The immediately effective suspension was one of 6 months, commencing on 13 July 2018 and ending on 12 January 2019.

On 2 August 2018, Mr. Ilyumzhinov filed his Statement of Appeal against the decision of the FIDE Ethics Commission to the CAS.

On 21 December 2018, the Settlement Agreement between Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and FIDE submitted to CAS on 28 November 2018 was ratified.

According to the ratified Agreement, FIDE agrees to reduce the suspension imposed on Kirsan Ilyumzhinov to a period starting on 13 July 2018 and ending on the day of issuance by the CAS of a Consent Award, ratifying this Settlement Agreement and incorporating its terms into a Consent award. Both Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and FIDE agree that all other aspects of the FIDE Ethics Commission’s decision in the case no 2/208 remain unaffected, ie that the ruling of “guilty” stands.

By this Agreement the Russia-dominated FIDE provided some degree of satisfaction to former FIDE President, another Russian, and saved the spending on legal costs.

It remains noted that the actions of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov led to the closure of FIDE’s long-standing accounts in Switzerland. Three months after entering office, the new leadership of FIDE is still due to fulfill the election promise and open the bank accounts to re-establish regular operation.

Another huge scandal of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov was an attempt to seek re-election as FIDE President by including a fake American “Glen Stark” in his running ticket. This daring stunt was busted by the research of Chessdom.com, which effectively ended Ilyumzhinov’s presidential ambition, prompting the Russian government to bring out a fresh candidate Arkady Dvorkovich and compensate the lost time by providing much greater financial and political support for the elections.

The architects of the Glen Stark and other affairs, Berik Balgabaev and Willy Iclicky, were incorporated into Dvorkovich’s team and even awarded the seats in the controversial super-body FIDE Management Board.

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FIDE President awarded the winners of the Best Chess Photo Contest 2018

FIDE - Sun, 12/30/2018 - 17:56



The winners of the Best Chess Photo in 2018 Contest were awarded in the Angleterre Hotel, St. Petersburg, on December 29. The contest was organized by the Russian Chess Federation together with the Art Russe Foundation. Photographers from Russia, Netherlands, Ukraine, Lavtia, Poland, Greece, and Czech Republic competed in four categories – Children, Game, Amateurs, and Portrait.

Anastasia Karlovich won the Children category. Lennart Ootes won both Game and Amateurs categories and was pronounced the absolute winner of the contest. Eteri Kublashvili won the Portrait category. Boris Dolmatovsky received a special prize for his work submitted for the Game.



The ceremony was attended by FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich, RCF Executive Director Mark Glukhovsky, and media representatives.

The winners received Grand Cru wine from the limited collection of the Art Russe Foundation.

The vineyard of La Grace Dieu Des Prieurs is located in one of France’s most historic winemaking areas: in the Grand Cru vines of Saint-Emilion, which was included in UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites in 1999. La Grace Dieu Des Prieurs was founded in 1885 and today it is surrounded by chateaus such as Figeac, La Dominique and Cheval Blanc. Saint-Emilion wines are thought to be among the finest in the world. In 2014-2017, the Chateau underwent an immense restoration designed to preserve the traditions of French winemaking while combining them with modern innovations, in order to achieve the highest level of wine. To improve this process, the Chateau invited a celebrated oenologist consultant Louis Mitjavile. The architectural aspect of the Chateau was designed by the French architect Jean Nouvel.

The Art Russe Foundation has amassed the largest collection of the Russian art of the end in the late 19th and 20th centuries since its inception in 2012. The promotion of the Russian art is one of the main missions of the Foundation.

The intention of making this contest traditional was announced at the ceremony.

The winning photos and the pictures from the ceremony taken by Maria Emelianova are available in the photo gallery.


Winners of Best Chess Photo Contest Awarded in Saint Petersburg


FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich and Eteri Kublashvili


FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich and Lennart Ootes


FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich and Boris Dolmatovsky

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2019 FIDE World Team Championships: Regulations

FIDE - Sun, 12/30/2018 - 12:03


FIDE publishes the regulations for the 2019 FIDE World Team Championships.

REGULATIONS (pdf)
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Magnus Carlsen and Kateryna Lagno are World Blitz Champions

FIDE - Sat, 12/29/2018 - 21:06



The King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Championships ended in the Manege, St. Petersburg, Russia, on December 30.

Alexander Zhukov, First Deputy Chairman of the Russian State Duma, made an honorary first move in the starting game of the day, Carlsen-Giri.


Magnus Carlsen (Norway) defended his title of the world's strongest blitz player by dominating the championship with 17/21. Jan-Krzysztof Duda (Poland) finished second with 16.5 points. Hikaru Nakamura (USA) took third with 14.5 points.


Magnus Carlsen: “I am just relieved. Today was a very tough day. I was in front but being chased, and this is never easy. Yesterday the score was good, and the play was maybe not as great, but I feel I am usually best against the best players. Today I played very well and needed every single half point to win.”

Kateryna Lagno (Russia) won the Women's Section and repeated her success of 2010. She collected 13.5 points. Sarasadat Khademalsharieh (Iran) won the silver with 13 points. Lei Tingjie (China) got the bronze with 12.5 points.


Kateryna Lagno: “I am very happy, of course. It is interesting that I didn't lose a single game. Of course I was lucky in some games, but managed to hold them, and I think this is the first time in my life when I did not lose a single game in a blitz tournament.”

The rewards for champions and medal winners of the championships, side event, contest, and trivia winners were given at the closing ceremony.


FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich and His Highness Prince Fahad bin Jalawi bin Abdulaziz bin Mousaad Al Saud, Adviser to the President of General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia, awarded the World Champions and medal winners of the championships.


The players with the best combined score also received special rewards. Magnus Carlsen won the prize in the Open Section, Sarasadat Khademalsharieh got it in the Women's Section.



The total prize fund was USD 1,150,000.

Official website


Magnus Carlsen and Vladislav Artemiev lead King Salman World Blitz Championship. Kateryna Lagno and Sarasadat Khademalsharieh are tied for first in the Women's Section
The King Salman World Blitz Championship started in the Manege in St. Petersburg. The first day started with a moment of silence to Eduard Lvovich Dubov (1938-2018), famous chess arbiter and mathematician.

FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich made a symbolic first move in the Carlsen-Popov game.


There were 12 rounds played in the Open Section and 9 rounds in the Women's Section.

Magnus Carlsen (Norway) and Vladislav Artemiev (Russia) are tied for first with 9.5 points in the Open Section. Half a point behind are Dmitry Andreikin, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Peter Svidler (all Russia), Jan-Krzysztof Duda (Poland), and Anish Giri (Netherlands).



Kateryna Lagno (Russia) and Sarasadat Khademalsharieh (Iran) seized the lead in the Women's Championship with 7.5 points. Ju Wenjun, Lei Tingjie, and Tan Zhongyi (all from China) are half a point behind.



The final 9 rounds of the Open Section and 8 rounds of the Women's Section will be played on Sunday, December 30. The closing ceremony will take place on the same day.
The rounds begin at 3 p.m.; the games on the final day start at 2 p.m.
The total prize fund is USD 1,150,000.   Official website

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The King Salman World Blitz Championship

FIDE - Sat, 12/29/2018 - 21:06


Magnus Carlsen and Vladislav Artemiev lead King Salman World Blitz Championship. Kateryna Lagno and Sarasadat Khademalsharieh are tied for first in the Women's Section

The King Salman World Blitz Championship started in the Manege in St. Petersburg. The first day started with a moment of silence to Eduard Lvovich Dubov (1938-2018), famous chess arbiter and mathematician.

FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich made a symbolic first move in the Carlsen-Popov game.


There were 12 rounds played in the Open Section and 9 rounds in the Women's Section.

Magnus Carlsen (Norway) and Vladislav Artemiev (Russia) are tied for first with 9.5 points in the Open Section. Half a point behind are Dmitry Andreikin, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Peter Svidler (all Russia), Jan-Krzysztof Duda (Poland), and Anish Giri (Netherlands).



Kateryna Lagno (Russia) and Sarasadat Khademalsharieh (Iran) seized the lead in the Women's Championship with 7.5 points. Ju Wenjun, Lei Tingjie, and Tan Zhongyi (all from China) are half a point behind.



The final 9 rounds of the Open Section and 8 rounds of the Women's Section will be played on Sunday, December 30. The closing ceremony will take place on the same day.
The rounds begin at 3 p.m.; the games on the final day start at 2 p.m.
The total prize fund is USD 1,150,000.   Official website

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Ju Wenjun and Daniil Dubov are World Rapid Champions!

Chessdom - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 23:25

The King Salman World Rapid Championship 2018 concluded today in St.Petersburg with Russian young star Daniil Dubov claiming the gold medal with 11/15 points.

The 22-years old, seeded only 25th before the start of the event, completed the race undefeated with 7 wins and 8 draws. The key game was his victory against Wang Hao in the penultimate round which lifted him above the competition. With top seven games of the final round being drawn, the standings did not change and Dubov was set to celebrate a huge success.

Daniil Dubov (photo by Lennart Ootes)

Four players shared the second place with 10,5/15 points each – Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan), Hikaru Nakamura (USA), Vladislav Artemiev (Russia) and Magnus Carlsen (Norway). Mamedyarov boasted the best tie-break score and took the silver medal. Nakamura followed to win the bronze medal.

The reigning World Classical Champion Magnus Carlsen, who actually clinched the last two Classical titles in rapid tie-break games, was unable to secure the podium in the King Salman World Rapid Championship, just like in the previous event in Riyadh. Carlsen paid the heavy price to the shocking losses in the first two rounds, which also ruined his additional criteria in the tie. Carlsen lost 34 elo points, but he can still improve the impression if he does well in the upcoming King Salman World Blitz Championship, where he will defend the title.

The best placed Arab player is GM Salem A.R.Saleh with 9/15 points. Saleh was actually in superb shape, having defeated Ian Nepomniachtchi in the 13th round to share the 3rd place, but the losses in the last two rounds deprived him of better finish.

Ju Wenjun’s gold medal in the Women’s Rapid Championship was never in doubt as she assumed the lead from the very start of the event and cruised to convincing victory with 10/12 points, leaving the nearest followers a full point behind.

This is her second title in the King Salman Women’s World Rapid Championship as she had also won the previous event in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Being also the reigning World Classical Champion, the Chinese has the chance to unite the titles in all three formats if she wins the King Salman Women’s World Blitz Championship.

Ju Wenjun

On the shared second place are Sarasadat Khademalsharieh from Iran and Aleksandra Goryachkina from Russia with 9 points each. Khademalsharieh claimed the silver medal on better tie-break, while Goryachkina took the bronze.

Khademalsharieh suffered a setback in the second round by losing to the talented Bibisara Assaubayeva, but a great start of the final day of the Championship, when she defeated former World Champions Antoaneta Stefanova and Mariya Muzychuk, secured a strong finish.

Goryachkina was close to the top throughout the competition, however a loss to the eventual winner Ju Wenjun in the 10th round meant that she had to go all-in in the final two rounds. Goryachkina succeeded and with two wins finally captured the medal.

The King Salman World Blitz Championship starts tomorrow.

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Kirsan Ilyumzhinov's case against FIDE was settled

FIDE - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 19:52


FIDE and Mr. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov concluded a Settlement Agreement, which was approved by CAS. New leadership of FIDE is happy to announce that a Settlement Agreement between FIDE and former FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has been reached.
Below is detailed information about this case.
On 12 July 2018, the FIDE Ethics Commission determined that FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov be temporary excluded from his office for 18 months with effect from 12 July 2018, 12 months of which were suspended for a period of two years.
On 2 August 2018, Mr. Ilyumzhinov filed his Statement of Appeal against the decision of the FIDE Ethics Commission to the CAS.
On 27 November 2018, the Parties reached an amicable settlement of their dispute. In the process of preparation of the Agreement from the FIDE side, the draft of the Agreement was reviewed and approved by the FIDE Ethics Commission. Furthermore, the idea of the settlement was also approved by the FIDE Presidential Board (the decision of the Board Q4PB-2018/50).
FIDE would like to emphasize separately that the above agreement was subject to ratification by the Panel of independent arbitrators of the CAS that reviewed it.
On 21 December 2018, the Settlement Agreement between Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and FIDE submitted to CAS on 28 November 2018 was ratified.
According to the ratified Agreement, FIDE agrees to reduce the temporary exclusion imposed on Kirsan Ilyumzhinov from holding any of the positions listed in Chapter 3.1. (a)-(l) of the FIDE Statutes to a period starting on 13 July 2018 and ending on the day of issuance by the CAS of a Consent Award, ratifying this Settlement Agreement and incorporating its terms into a Consent award. Both Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and FIDE agree that all other aspects of the FIDE Ethics Commission’s decision in the case no 2/208 remain unaffected.
FIDE would like to emphasize that this Settlement Agreement constitutes the full and final settlement of the dispute between FIDE and Kirsan Ilyumzhinov relating to the FIDE Ethics Commission’s decision in the case no 2-2018. Furthermore, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov confirms that he does not have any claims against FIDE not only in connection with the present dispute, but also in the framework of his entire relationship with FIDE".















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FIDE Executive Director Victor Bologan visits CIS Seminar in Chisinau

FIDE - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 09:09



FIDE Chess in School seminar was held in Chisinau (Moldova) on 22 of December with the participation of FIDE Executive Director Victor Bologan and 50 participants from the whole country.

The organizational questions of how FIDE can help Moldovan Chess Federation and local chess enthusiasts in further introduction of chess in school programs were discussed at the seminar.


FIDE Executive Director Victor Bologan


Seminar participants

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Daniil Dubov and Ju Wenjun World Rapid Chess Champions

FIDE - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 03:01



The King Salman World Rapid Championship ended in the Manege on December 28.

The title in the Open Section went to Daniil Dubov (Russia), who collected 11 points in 15 games.

Daniil Dubov: “I cannot say I played very well, but the luck was on my side. The game against Anton Korobov was perhaps critical for my success. I thought it will end in a draw, but he kept pressure until the very end, and then made a blunder. Such a gift can give a real boost to the overall winning chances. All in all, I think this victory is my biggest achievement to date.”

Half a point behind him were Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan), Hikaru Nakamura (USA), Vladislav Artemiev (Russia), and Magnus Carlsen (Norway). Superior tie-break score gave Mamedyarov the silver, and Nakamura got the bronze.


Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan)


Ju Wenjun, who had defended her Women's World Champion's title a month ago in Khanty-Mansiysk, managed to defend her champion's title in rapid chess as well. With 10 points in 12 games, the Chinese finished solely on top.

Ju Wenjun said that she played really well on the first two days, which gave her confidence for the remaining rounds. Another important factor in her success: her trainer grandmaster Ni Hua was present in St. Petersburg and helped her a lot. Finally, Ju Wenjun said that she is already a very experienced player, and called rapid a more interesting and even funny form of chess compared to the classical form.

Sarasadat Khademalsharieh (Iran) and Aleksandra Goryachkina (Russia) tied for second place a full point behind the winner. Khademalsharieh's superior tie-break secured her second place, Goryachkina got the bronze.


Sarasadat Khademalsharieh (Iran)

Aleksandra Goryachkina (Russia)


The King Salman World Blitz Championship starts on December 29 in the Manege.

The rounds begin at 3 p.m.; the games on the final day start at 2 p.m.

The total prize fund is USD 1,150,000.

Official website


Seven players lead the Open Section. Ju Wenjun remains on top in the Women's Section

The King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Championship continues in St. Petersburg. Ten rounds are played in the Open Section; eight rounds are in the books in the Women's Section.

 

Before the start of the day, the Chief Arbiter Laurent Freyd congratulated Kateryna Lagno on her birthday and brought her flowers.

 
Kateryna Lagno

The leading group in the Open Section increased to seven players. Ian Nepomniachtchi, Dmitry Andreikin, Vladislav Artemiev, Daniil Dubov, Maxim Matlakov (all Russia), Wang Hao, and Yu Yangyi (both China) are ahead with 7.5 points after 10 games. Half a point behind them are 11 players, including the World Champion Magnus Carlsen.

 
World Champion Magnus Carlsen

The Women's World Champion Ju Wenjun remained a sole leader of the Women's Section with 7 points out of 8. She won six games and drew with two ex-World Champions Tan Zhongyi (China) and Mariya Muzychuk (Ukraine). Mariya is on clear second place with 6.5 points, seven players have 6 points.

 
Ju Wenjun

The World Rapid Champions will be determined on Friday, December 28. On the concluding day of the Rapid Championship, five rounds will be played in the Open Section, and four rounds – in the Women's section.

Official website

First Games of King Salman World Rapid Championship played in Saint Petersburg.




The King Salman World Rapid Championships started on December 26 in St. Petersburg. There were five rounds in the Open Section and four rounds in the Women's Section.

His Highness Prince Fahad bin Jalawi bin Abdulaziz bin Mousaad Al Saud, Adviser to the President of General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia, made an honorary first move for the World Champion Magnus Carlsen in his second round game. FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich started the first round game between Guliskhan Nakhbayeva and Anna Muzychuk.


His Highness Prince Fahad bin Jalawi bin Abdulaziz bin Mousaad Al Saud 



FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich


The World Champion began the tournament with two defeats. He lost on time in the first game against the Ukrainian Adam Tukhaev, and then lost the second game to the young Uzbek player Shamsiddin Vokhidov. However, after that Carlsen won three games in a row.

After five rounds, the Open Section is led by Ian Nepomniachtchi, Dmitry Andreikin (both Russia), and the 15-year-old Alireza Firouzja (Iran) with 4.5 points each. 15 players scored 4 points.

The Women's World Champion Ju Wenjun (China) took the lead in the Women's Section with four straight wins. Half a point behind her are Anna Muzychuk, Mariya Muzychuk (both Ukraine), Tan Zhongyi (China), Dinara Saduakassova, Zhansaya Abdumalik (both Kazakhstan), and Antoaneta Stefanova (Bulgaria).


Women's World Champion Ju Wenjun (China)


On Thursday, December 27, the tournament will continue with five more rounds in the Open Section and four more rounds in the Women's Section.

Official website

King Salman World Blitz and Rapid Championships 2018 Opened in Saint Petersburg



On Tuesday, December 25, the Central Exhibition Hall Manege hosted the opening ceremony for the King Salman World Blitz and Rapid Championships. A press-conference with World Champions Magnus Carlsen and Ju Wenjun, Vice-World Champion Sergey Karjakin, FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich, RCF President Andrey Filatov, and Manege Director Pavel Prigara took place prior to the ceremony.



In his speech, Arkady Dvorkovich thanked everyone involved in organizing this prestigious event: King Salman, St. Petersburg authorities, Russian Chess Federation, the sponsors – Gazprom, Russian Railways, Sberbank, PhosAgro, etc. The President of FIDE emphasized: “We chose St. Petersburg as the venue of the championships together. I am very happy that the event takes place in Manege – a beautiful historical building in the heart of the city. St. Petersburg is rightly considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and I am sure that many chess players will be happy to visit it again a few times.”

Andrey Filatov mentioned a unique feature of the championship: for the first time in chess history it is organized by two countries: the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Russia. “It is a big honor for us to become organizers of the World Blitz and Rapid Championships. We are grateful to King Salman and FIDE leadership for the trust they put in us”, summarized the RCF President.

According to Pavel Prigara, it is a first sporting event ever hosted in Manege, which is normally an art exhibition hall. “Yet I think chess is the closest to art of all sports, so the decision seems logical – we will try to demonstrate beauty of sport in an art exhibition hall. As far as I know, Russian Chess Federation had already organized their tournaments in world's largest museums, including the Louvre and the Russian Museum. Our Central Exhibition Hall fits this list well”, said the Director of Manege.



Answering a question from the media, Magnus Carlsen and Ju Wenjun discussed bringing chess to school curriculum. Magnus Carlsen said that this is a great idea, however, he didn't think chess should be compulsory. According to the World Champion, those studying chess definitely benefit from it.

Ju Wenjun added that China is already implementing this idea in a number of schools, and she hopes that this number will increase in the future: “Chess teaches logic”.

In the beginning of the opening ceremony, the Deputy Sports Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Kosilov read out the welcome address of the Russian President Vladimir Putin.



There were welcome speeches from the acting Governor of St. Petersburg Alexander Beglov, President of the Saudi Chess Federation Rami Altassan, RCF President Andrey Filatov, and FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich, who declared the championships open.

In the drawing of lots ceremony Magnus Carlsen picked a black pawn, thus giving all odd numbered players in the Open Section Black in the first round. Ju Wenjun, who is number two in the tournament, in turn, picked a white pawn, therefore, all odd numbered players in the Women's Section will start the championship with Black.




A concert that followed consisted of ballet performance, aerial gymnasts' act, and several jazz pieces by the Acoustic Band. The technical meeting for the players concluded the evening.

 

The rounds begin at 3 p.m.; the games on the final day start at 2 p.m.

The total prize fund is USD 1,150,000.

General partner – General Sports Authority.

The Championship is supported by Gazprom.

Official partner – Russian Railways. Partner – Sberbank. General Partner of RCF – PhosAgro.

Official website

Seven players lead the Open Section of the King Salman World Rapid Championship. Ju Wenjun remains on top in the Women's Section.

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Seven players lead the Open Section of the King Salman World Rapid Championship

FIDE - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 00:21

The King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Championship continues in St. Petersburg. Ten rounds are played in the Open Section; eight rounds are in the books in the Women's Section.

 

Before the start of the day, the Chief Arbiter Laurent Freyd congratulated Kateryna Lagno on her birthday and brought her flowers.

 
Kateryna Lagno

The leading group in the Open Section increased to seven players. Ian Nepomniachtchi, Dmitry Andreikin, Vladislav Artemiev, Daniil Dubov, Maxim Matlakov (all Russia), Wang Hao, and Yu Yangyi (both China) are ahead with 7.5 points after 10 games. Half a point behind them are 11 players, including the World Champion Magnus Carlsen.

 
World Champion Magnus Carlsen

The Women's World Champion Ju Wenjun remained a sole leader of the Women's Section with 7 points out of 8. She won six games and drew with two ex-World Champions Tan Zhongyi (China) and Mariya Muzychuk (Ukraine). Mariya is on clear second place with 6.5 points, seven players have 6 points.

 
Ju Wenjun

The World Rapid Champions will be determined on Friday, December 28. On the concluding day of the Rapid Championship, five rounds will be played in the Open Section, and four rounds – in the Women's section.

Official website

First Games of King Salman World Rapid Championship played in Saint Petersburg.




The King Salman World Rapid Championships started on December 26 in St. Petersburg. There were five rounds in the Open Section and four rounds in the Women's Section.

His Highness Prince Fahad bin Jalawi bin Abdulaziz bin Mousaad Al Saud, Adviser to the President of General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia, made an honorary first move for the World Champion Magnus Carlsen in his second round game. FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich started the first round game between Guliskhan Nakhbayeva and Anna Muzychuk.


His Highness Prince Fahad bin Jalawi bin Abdulaziz bin Mousaad Al Saud 



FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich


The World Champion began the tournament with two defeats. He lost on time in the first game against the Ukrainian Adam Tukhaev, and then lost the second game to the young Uzbek player Shamsiddin Vokhidov. However, after that Carlsen won three games in a row.

After five rounds, the Open Section is led by Ian Nepomniachtchi, Dmitry Andreikin (both Russia), and the 15-year-old Alireza Firouzja (Iran) with 4.5 points each. 15 players scored 4 points.

The Women's World Champion Ju Wenjun (China) took the lead in the Women's Section with four straight wins. Half a point behind her are Anna Muzychuk, Mariya Muzychuk (both Ukraine), Tan Zhongyi (China), Dinara Saduakassova, Zhansaya Abdumalik (both Kazakhstan), and Antoaneta Stefanova (Bulgaria).


Women's World Champion Ju Wenjun (China)


On Thursday, December 27, the tournament will continue with five more rounds in the Open Section and four more rounds in the Women's Section.

Official website

King Salman World Blitz and Rapid Championships 2018 Opened in Saint Petersburg



On Tuesday, December 25, the Central Exhibition Hall Manege hosted the opening ceremony for the King Salman World Blitz and Rapid Championships. A press-conference with World Champions Magnus Carlsen and Ju Wenjun, Vice-World Champion Sergey Karjakin, FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich, RCF President Andrey Filatov, and Manege Director Pavel Prigara took place prior to the ceremony.



In his speech, Arkady Dvorkovich thanked everyone involved in organizing this prestigious event: King Salman, St. Petersburg authorities, Russian Chess Federation, the sponsors – Gazprom, Russian Railways, Sberbank, PhosAgro, etc. The President of FIDE emphasized: “We chose St. Petersburg as the venue of the championships together. I am very happy that the event takes place in Manege – a beautiful historical building in the heart of the city. St. Petersburg is rightly considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and I am sure that many chess players will be happy to visit it again a few times.”

Andrey Filatov mentioned a unique feature of the championship: for the first time in chess history it is organized by two countries: the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Russia. “It is a big honor for us to become organizers of the World Blitz and Rapid Championships. We are grateful to King Salman and FIDE leadership for the trust they put in us”, summarized the RCF President.

According to Pavel Prigara, it is a first sporting event ever hosted in Manege, which is normally an art exhibition hall. “Yet I think chess is the closest to art of all sports, so the decision seems logical – we will try to demonstrate beauty of sport in an art exhibition hall. As far as I know, Russian Chess Federation had already organized their tournaments in world's largest museums, including the Louvre and the Russian Museum. Our Central Exhibition Hall fits this list well”, said the Director of Manege.



Answering a question from the media, Magnus Carlsen and Ju Wenjun discussed bringing chess to school curriculum. Magnus Carlsen said that this is a great idea, however, he didn't think chess should be compulsory. According to the World Champion, those studying chess definitely benefit from it.

Ju Wenjun added that China is already implementing this idea in a number of schools, and she hopes that this number will increase in the future: “Chess teaches logic”.

In the beginning of the opening ceremony, the Deputy Sports Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Kosilov read out the welcome address of the Russian President Vladimir Putin.



There were welcome speeches from the acting Governor of St. Petersburg Alexander Beglov, President of the Saudi Chess Federation Rami Altassan, RCF President Andrey Filatov, and FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich, who declared the championships open.

In the drawing of lots ceremony Magnus Carlsen picked a black pawn, thus giving all odd numbered players in the Open Section Black in the first round. Ju Wenjun, who is number two in the tournament, in turn, picked a white pawn, therefore, all odd numbered players in the Women's Section will start the championship with Black.




A concert that followed consisted of ballet performance, aerial gymnasts' act, and several jazz pieces by the Acoustic Band. The technical meeting for the players concluded the evening.

 

The rounds begin at 3 p.m.; the games on the final day start at 2 p.m.

The total prize fund is USD 1,150,000.

General partner – General Sports Authority.

The Championship is supported by Gazprom.

Official partner – Russian Railways. Partner – Sberbank. General Partner of RCF – PhosAgro.

Official website

Seven players lead the Open Section of the King Salman World Rapid Championship. Ju Wenjun remains on top in the Women's Section.

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