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Latvian GM Igor Kovalenko wins the Mikhail Tal Blitz Memorial

FIDE - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 02:27


RIGA, July 18 (LETA) - Latvian chess grandmaster Igor Kovalenko rolled over some of his opponents "like a tank" to win the Mikhail Tal blitz chess memorial on Thursday, the winner told LETA after the tournament.


The winner of the blitz event named his victory over Russian chess player Vladimir Fedoseev the decisive feat in the tournament, while Fedoseev, who on Wednesday won the rapid chess competition, highlighted his win over Azerbaijan's grandmaster Gadir Guseinov.

"Both tournaments had strong lineups with many grandmasters," Aris Ozolins, President of the Latvian Chess Federation, said at a news conference which was held after the competition at the Radisson Blu Latvija hotel. "Kovalenko's victory in the blitz is, therefore, all the more pleasing. Moreover, he celebrated a very convincing victory in tough competition, beating the runner-up by half-point."

"It was a very good event, one of the strongest tournaments in the Baltic states in recent years, both in terms of organization and the lineup of participants. It is highly important for chess players to rehydrate, and the sponsors took care of this, providing mineral water and Coca-Cola. Also, the hall where we played was spacious and the air was fresh," the blitz winner Kovalenko said, adding that he always strives for success in chess.

"I always want to get first place. In that respect, I am more an optimist, even utopist. I want to win each game, but this time I could afford a tie in the end," the Latvian chess player said. "I did well. Remembered my youth. I took the 5th place in the rapid chess event and fought for medals until the last round. There was a disappointment after the ninth round when I had gained a better position against David Navara but the game ended in a tie."

On Thursday, Kovalenko won the blitz chess event very convincingly. "I suppose the game against Fedoseev in the 7th round was the decisive one," the winner said. "I think he lost a won game against me. I breathed a sigh of relief as I achieved a tie, but later I fared even better and managed to win. At that point, opponents started fearing me. I, on the other hand, played effortlessly and in some games rolled over my opponents like a tank."

The Latvian grandmaster's future plans include a tournament organized by Riga Technical University and the World Cup in two months' time at which Kovalenko will represent the Baltic states.

Fedoseev, the winner of Wednesday's rapid chess tournament, finished second in the blitz. "I played very well. I had not played that well this year yet," the Russian grandmaster commented his performance in Riga. "It was a wonderful tournament with many strong chess players. In many games, everything was decided in the end-game where having stronger nerves was crucial."

Fedoseev named the 9th round game against Azerbaijani grandmaster Gadir Guseinov his most important match at the tournament.

The last international tournament of the Tal Memorial, the Riga Holidays 2019, which will be played by children, is scheduled to begin July 19 at the National Library of Latvia.

The total prize fund of the tournaments is EUR 35 000, EUR 25 000 for the rapid chess tournament and 10 000 for the blitz tournament. Entry is free of charge for the spectators.


The Rapid and Blitz Tal Memorial was organized by the Latvian Chess Federation and sponsored by Rietumu BankCoca-ColaTolmets and Latvijas Balzams.


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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov has one foot in the final

FIDE - Thu, 07/18/2019 - 20:28



Latvian superstar Mairis Briedis kicks off the semi-finals of the FIDE Grand Prix organized by World Chess in Riga.


Shakriyar Mamedyarov beats Wesley So, while Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Alexander Grischuk make a draw.


The Riga FIDE Grand Prix had the great honour to welcome Mairis Briedis to kick off the semi-finals on Thursday. The WBC World Diamond Champion and current WBO cruiserweight World Champion, who was awarded the Order of the Three Stars in 2017, opened the game between Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Alexander Grischuk with the move 1.e4. The Russian chose the Berlin Defence, which is considered one of the most solid openings nowadays. He obtained a fine position but got careless with the move 17…Bg5, instead of 17…Bf5 for instance. He had missed the strong resource 21.Rd3 which poses black tremendous problems. After thinking for half an hour, Grischuk came up with the only defensive plan, the advance of his queenside pawns. In the post-game interview, both Grand Masters suspected that there might be a study-like win for white, but they did not see anything concrete. Vachier-Lagrave made a good practical attempt but his opponent found the accurate 26…b3 and secured a draw.



The game between Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Wesley So took an unexpected turn of events shortly after the opening. The Azeri chose a fighting line in the Catalan, where the pawn structure is damaged for both sides. Generally, black is supposed to be alright there, but the white pair of bishops is a long-term asset to reckon with. After Mamedyarov’s novelty 14.a3, meant to prevent a possible exchange of queens by Qb4, the American sank into thought and played the inexplicable mistake 15…c3. He apparently considered his position to be worse, but there was no reason to burn bridges yet. After that, Mamedyarov won two light pieces for a rook and converted with exemplary technique. Wesley So now finds himself in an all or nothing situation and will have the white pieces on Friday.



The former World Champion Mikhail Tal was a passionate blitz player. It is therefore a fitting tribute to include a tournament with this time-control in the Mikhail Tal Memorial in Riga. The crowd could not be more delighted to see their local Grand Master Igors Kovalenko win the event. He actually dominated the field with an impressive score of 12 out of 13. Second was Vladimir Fedoseev with 10,5, ahead of four Grand Masters with 10. The Rapid and Blitz Tal Memorial was organized by the Latvian Chess Federation and sponsored by Rietumu Bank, Coca-Cola, Tolmets and Latvijas Balzams.




Semi-finals, game 1:

Mamedyarov – So 1–0

Vachier-Lagrave – Grischuk ½ - ½


Pictures can be downloaded from Dropbox

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




Leading partners supporting the FIDE Grand Prix Riga 2019 include: 

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

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


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

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

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

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

About EG Capital Advisors
EG Capital Advisors is a UK-headquartered asset management company which offers strategies across multiple asset classes. Specialist areas of focus include emerging markets high yield debt, pre-IPO private equity and biotec public equity. www.egcapitaladvisors.com

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

FIDE - Thu, 07/18/2019 - 18:42


Dear Sirs,

We have been alerted by some Federations and partners that they have received some emails impersonating FIDE President, Arkady Dvorkovich. Please note that his only official email address is fidepresident@fide.com.

If you receive a suspicious email and are uncertain of its validity, please forward it to office@fide.com. Do not respond to the message or provide any information until you confirm the legitimacy of the message.

Here are some useful guidelines on how to deal with these cases:
https://www.itgovernance.co.uk/blog/5-ways-to-detect-a-phishing-email
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Vladimir Fedoseev wins the Mikhail Tal rapid chess memorial

FIDE - Thu, 07/18/2019 - 01:57


Russian chess player Vladimir Fedoseev triumphed in Mikhail Tal rapid chess memorial. Igor Kovalenko showed the best result among all Latvian players taking up the 5th place.

Riga, 17th of July, LETA.-

The Tal Memorial was organised to celebrate Mikhail Tal (1936-1992), the 8th World Chess Champion, who was born and lived in Riga. Tal is to this day considered as one of the most brilliant and creative chess-players in the history of the game. Thanks to his original approach to the game and aggressive attacking style he was called "the Magician from Riga".

The event gathered almost 300 players from 25 countries as well as an impressive amount of 55 grandmasters. As Aris Ozolins, the President of Latvian Chess Federation proudly mentioned during the press conference - this was the first-ever event in Latvia with so many grandmasters participating. All players had 15 minutes for the game plus 5 seconds for every move played.

The total prize fund of the tournaments is EUR 35 000, EUR 25 000 for the rapid chess tournament and 10 000 for the blitz tournament. Entry is free of charge for the spectators.

First six rounds of the Tal Memorial were held on Tuesday and this day was dominated by Miguel Munoz from Spain, who won all of the games, becoming a sole leader. There was a big group of strong players ready to use his mistakes – a group of five players with 5.5 points and even more with 5 points, among them the Latvian players Kovalenko and Nikita Meshkov.

In the decisive phase of the tournament on Wednesday, Vladimir Fedoseev from Russia, who was the strongest among all players and has not lost a single game among 273 players in 11 rounds, scored 8 wins and drew three games, overall collecting 9.5 points. It was a deserved win for Fedoseev who played an impressive tournament, winning every game. The Russian grandmaster was really happy and in the interview after the closing ceremony he admitted that this was a really important victory for him because this has been a really tough year for him and the results have not met his expectations.

The 2nd place with 9 points was taken by the Czech grandmaster David Navara. Navara participated in the prestigious Grand Prix knock-out event at the Latvian National Library but lost in the first round and decided to enter the rapid chess memorial. The organisers and the chess fans were really pleased with that because the Czech player is a true genius of chess and a true fighter.

Places 3 to 9 were shared among the players with 8.5 points. The player with the best tie-break and the winner of the 3rd place was the talented young player from Germany, Rasmus Svane, who seemed to be very surprised with his great success himself.

The Latvian top player Kovalyenko also gathered 8.5 points. The important victory in the last round over the Romanian player Constantin Lupulescu ensured him the 5th place.

The top female player was Alisa Galliamova, the former runner-up at the Women's World Chess Championship and the bronze medalist of the European Women Chess Championship 2017, which were held in Riga as well. The second women prize was won by the 9th time Latvian Women Champion Laura Rogule and the third place went to Inna Gaponenko.

On Thursday, the second part of the Memorial - a blitz tournament, will be held in the "Omega" hall of the Radisson Blu Latvia hotel. This time the participants will have three minutes for the game and two seconds for each move. The competition will take all day and end at 19:30 with the closing ceremony and press conference. There is even a possibility that more participants of the Grand Prix will join the event as well.

The Rapid and Blitz Tal Memorial was organized by the Latvian Chess Federation and sponsored by Rietumu Bank, Coca-Cola, Tolmets and Latvijas Balzams.



Photos: Zane Bitere & Paula Čurkste (LETA), and Niki Riga.






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Mamedyarov, Grischuk and So qualify to the semi-finals

FIDE - Thu, 07/18/2019 - 00:13



Football star Māris Verpakovskis kicks off the tie-break matches of the FIDE Grand Prix organized by World Chess in Riga.


Shakriyar Mamedyarov, Alexander Grischuk and Wesley So join Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the semi-final.


The FIDE Grand Prix organized by World Chess in Riga welcomed a very special guest at the start of the tie-break matches on Wednesday. Football legend Māris Verpakovskis kicked off the day by playing 1.d4 in the game between Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Jan-Krzysztof Duda. The Azeri Grand Master was delighted to see the star who had spent two seasons at the FC Baku.
This first rapid game was rather shaky, as Mamedyarov got a significant advantage before blundering inexplicably with 29.h5. Two pawns were gone, but Duda’s king proved vulnerable enough for white to reach a draw by perpetual check. The Pole started the second encounter in typical “Mamedyarov style”, by pushing his g pawn very early on. Indeed, the Azeri has won several brilliant games in different openings with the idea Rh1-g1, followed by g2-g4-g5. Was this strategy too provocative from Duda? His opponent commented afterwards that he knew precisely how to react, and that the key was not to be scared of the white attack. Mamedyarov simply centralized his forces, convincingly repelled the aggressive attempts of his opponent, and cashed in the whole point to qualify to the semi-final.



Another match finished after the first set of rapid games. Alexander Grischuk knocked out Yu Yangyi thanks to a win with the white pieces in the first game. In the post-match interview, the Russian praised 14.Bc7 as a strong novelty which poses new problems in this line. He was, however, not too happy with his further move 16.h3, which he considered primitive. After that, Yu Yangyi obtained enough activity for his damaged pawn structure. He commented afterwards that the whole game had been hard, but that he might have held if he had not blundered with 27…Bb4. After that, there was no coming back. Grischuk won a pawn and converted it in the endgame. Yu Yangyi’s attempts to create some active play in the second game did not prove fruitful, as the Russian defended confidently to obtain his qualification.



Sergey Karjakin had won a thrilling tie-break match last Sunday, but the one he disputed against Wesley So remained quiet for a long time. In view of their very solid opening repertoire with the black pieces, both players neutralized each other, thus leaving their fate to blitz games. There, the rhythm changed completely. The American mixed up some moves in the opening and eventually went wrong with 11.Nc3, allowing the powerful Ne5. Not wishing to end up in a bad and passive position, he decided to sacrifice his queen for two pieces and two pawns. As Karjakin commented after the game, his position was perhaps close to winning, but the white moves were easier to find under time pressure. The Russian indeed played inaccurately and somewhat lost control, before collapsing with the terrible blunder 30…Rd6. In game 6 he tried to avoid mainstream openings, which is a common strategy in must-win situations, but rather ended up in trouble. Wesley So played forcefully with 18…d4 and launched a strong attack which he would certainly have concluded in a game with longer time-control. But blitz chess often witnesses turnarounds, and Karjakin somehow survived the attack. He imperceptibly took the upper hand and could have turned the tables on move 33, had he not overlooked a perpetual check. With this draw, Wesley So qualifies and will meet Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in the semi-final. The other match will bring together Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Alexander Grischuk. The first games will start on Thursday at 15:00 in the National Library of Latvia.



The rapid tournament of the “Mikhail Tal Memorial” saw the victory of Vladimir Fedoseev from Russia with 9,5 out 11. The Czech David Navara did well to extend his stay after his premature elimination from the FIDE Grand Prix, as he took the second place with 9 points, ahead of seven players 8,5 with points. This whole festival will go down in history as being the first chess tournament being sponsored by Coca Cola.




Round 2, tie-break results:

So – Karjakin 3,5 – 2,5

Mamedyarov – Duda 1,5 – 0,5

Yu Yangyi – Grischuk 0,5 – 1,5


Pictures can be downloaded from Dropbox

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

  


Leading partners supporting the FIDE Grand Prix Riga 2019 include: 

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

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


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

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

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

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

About EG Capital Advisors
EG Capital Advisors is a UK-headquartered asset management company which offers strategies across multiple asset classes. Specialist areas of focus include emerging markets high yield debt, pre-IPO private equity and biotec public equity. www.egcapitaladvisors.com

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

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Four draws at the Riga FIDE Grand Prix

FIDE - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 23:49



All return games of the second round of the FIDE Grand Prix organized by World Chess in Riga end in a draw. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave is the only player qualified directly to the semi-final.


Tuesday marks the start of other chess events alongside the Grand Prix, with a very strong rapid open named after Mikhail Tal.


The second day of the quarter final matches were launched with the formal execution of the first move by a special guest. The Vice-President of the International Chess Federation Lukasz Turlej played 1.e4 for Maxime Vachier-Lagrave against Veselin Topalov. In a must-win situation after his loss on Monday, the Bulgarian relied on his old love, the aggressive Sicilian Opening. Vachier-Lagrave had a surprise ready, the recent idea 4.Ba4. Not aware of the nuances of this move order, Topalov failed to find a promising continuation and offered a draw as early as move 12. The French accepted instantly, as he thus qualified directly to the semi-final. Right after the game, Topalov explained that the final position is not only unpleasant, but offers him no perspective to play for a win whatsoever.

Next to finish were Wesley So and Sergey Karjakin. The American chose the aggressive line 4.f3 against the Nimzo-Indian, which he commented afterwards as being Mamedyarov’s usual way to tackle Karjakin’s favourite defence. “There must be a good reason for this, and I noticed that Sergey always goes for a different set-up against it. Therefore, “he added with a smile,” I looked at all possible variations here!” Despite being quite rare, the reaction 7…c5 had not escaped So’s attention. But he had focused only on the immediate exchange on d5 and not 8…0-0. The battle unfolded evenly and the position was equal when the two players signed the peace agreement on move 19. Both are very tough mentally and strong rapid and blitz players. Their tie-breaker on Wednesday promises to be hard-fought.

The game between Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Jan-Krzysztof Duda bore definite similarities to their encounter of the day before. Black treated the opening rather passively and White obtained a large space advantage. The critical moment occurred when the Azeri decided to bring his knight to c6, thus forcing his opponent to exchange it. A far-advanced passed pawn appeared on this square that looked like a thorn in black’s position. But Duda defended resourcefully, first by solidly blockading this pawn, then by pushing his own pawns on the queenside. As he admitted after the game, he was relieved to finally play some active moves and understood that his position was in fact quite resilient. After some more attempts, a visibly disappointed Mamedyarov offered a draw. In the post-match interview, Duda felt that his chances were probably higher at rapid and blitz than in classical. The tie-break is likely to be heated.

For the second time, Alexander Grischuk felt like he had escaped from a bad position against Yu Yangyi. The Chinese indeed obtained a pleasant position on the white side of a Catalan. In his usual witty and self-deprecating manner, Grischuk mostly blamed his suffering on early dementia, adding that he could barely remember the lines he had looked at the same morning. Memory aside, he recovered his faculties in time and found some creative resources to hold the balance. In view of his legendary composure in tense situations, as well as his impressive record in rapid and blitz chess, the Russian can be considered the favourite in the tie-break. But Yu Yangyi has proven in his previous epic match against Aronian that he was a tough fighter to reckon with.

All three tie-breakers will start on Wednesday at 15:00 in the Ziedonis Hall of the National Library of Latvia.

The International Chess Federation always encourages local organizers of such prestigious events to prepare side activities linked to chess. The Latvian Chess Federation, therefore, stages the “Mikhail Tal Memorial” from July 16 to 23. It features a rapid tournament on the first two days, a blitz tournament on the 18th, and a youth tournament over 5 days until the 23rd. All details and results of the first day can be found on the website https://talchessmemorial.com/.


Round 2, game 2:

So – Karjakin ½ - ½ (1 - 1 on aggregate)

Mamedyarov – Duda ½ - ½ (1 - 1 on aggregate)

Yu Yangyi – Grischuk ½ - ½ (1 - 1 on aggregate)

Vachier-Lagrave – Topalov ½ - ½ (1,5 - 0,5 on aggregate)

 

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

 

 

 

  




Leading partners supporting the FIDE Grand Prix Riga 2019 include: 

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

Information for the press: https://worldchess.com/news/2189  
Official website https://worldchess.com/news/2089  
An official photo gallery is available via Dropbox


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

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

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

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

About EG Capital Advisors
EG Capital Advisors is a UK-headquartered asset management company which offers strategies across multiple asset classes. Specialist areas of focus include emerging markets high yield debt, pre-IPO private equity and biotec public equity. www.egcapitaladvisors.com

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

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Official statement regarding Igors Rausis

FIDE - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 18:34


Lausanne, July 16th, 2019.-

FIDE herewith officially confirms that during round three of the open tournament in Strasbourg, Grand Master Igors Rausis (CZE) was inspected by the arbiters, who found hard evidence of computer-assisted cheating. GM Rausis admitted using a smartphone for help during the game in public comments.

FIDE as a responsible international body is reluctant to comment officially on any additional details before this case is thoroughly investigated by FIDE Fair-Play Commission and FIDE Ethics Commission make a decision.

FIDE is committed to fair-play principles, and we are adjusting the regulations in order to fight any kind of cheating, including computer-assisted cheating, with maximal effectiveness as stated in the resolution approved at the FIDE Presidential Board meeting two weeks ago.

We will make all necessary efforts to successfully fight cheating, and we are going to make punishments for violations more severe. However, we urge the entire chess community to respect the law and let us work diligently for the benefit of chess.
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FIDE signs a new cooperation agreement with the Olympic Channel

FIDE - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 12:28


Madrid, July 16th, 2019.-


We are very excited to announce that the International Chess Federation has signed a new cooperation agreement with the Olympic Channel. This partnership to collaborate on content will provide further media coverage to our activities, including highlights from the main competitions, special features involving chess stars, and cross-promotion.

The International Chess Federation joins the Olympic Channel family of 91 federation partners which includes International Sports Federations (IFs), recognized federations and organisations, multi-sport organisers and non-recognised federations. "The Olympic Channel provides a platform for the promotion of all sports and athletes within the Olympic Movement," said Mark Parkman, general manager of the IOC's global Olympic Channel. "We look forward to working together to help expand the reach of these sports and athletes to fans and new audiences around the world."

The Olympic Channel is an over-the-top (OTT) global media destination where fans can experience the power of sport and the excitement of the Olympic Games all year round. Offering original programming, news, live sports events and highlights, the Olympic Channel provides additional exposure for sports and athletes 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in 11 languages, and is available worldwide at www.olympicchannel.com, its mobile apps and on connected TV devices.


Press release at the Olympic Channel corporate website.


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Crucial victory for Vachier-Lagrave at the Riga FIDE Grand Prix

FIDE - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 01:31



Following the fascinating tie-breakers on Sunday, the FIDE Grand Prix organized by World Chess in Riga proceeds to the second round.

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave wins with black and emerges as the only winner of day one.


Following the fascinating tie-breakers on Sunday, the FIDE Grand Prix organized by World Chess proceeds to the second round. The symbolic first move to open the playing day was made by Dana Reizniece-Ozola, Minister of Economy of Latvia from 2014 till 2016 and Minister of Finance from 2016 until 2019. Well-known in the chess world as a Woman Grand Master and long-time leader of her national team, Mrs. Reizniece-Ozola played 1.Nf3 in the match Duda – Mamedyarov, as instructed by the Polish champion. This game took on a closed character when pawns started blocking each other on the queenside and in the centre. Thanks to his space advantage in these areas, Jan-Krzysztof Duda reached a pleasant position, but Shakhriyar Mamedyarov played the timely 17...f4 to make sure that he would always have chances for counter-play. Both players agreed afterwards that white’s advantage was probably less serious than what the computer usually suggests in this type of positions. In any case, Duda did not see a plan to improve his position and offered a draw on move 34.

The encounter between Sergey Karjakin and Wesley So came to a premature end, when both players repeated moves after the opening and agreed a draw after half an hour. In the post-match interview, the Russian said that he felt tired from his epic match of the previous day, so that a short game came at the right moment to help him recover. He clarified, however, that he had not planned to waste his white game like this. He had not expected the Petrov Defence from his opponent and could not remember all details of his preparation. Wesley So commented that he had chosen this precise line after seeing Duda play it in the previous tie-break against Svidler. “It seems interesting but also a bit risky. It requires precise play from sides and I thought that Sergey might not be ready for it”.

Alexander Grischuk and Yu Yangyi played a balanced game and made a draw. The only really tense moment came when the Russian sacrificed a pawn with 15.Ne5. Perhaps surprised that his opponent grabbed it, Grischuk sank into thought. After about 30 minutes, he continued logically with 16.Qg4 and won back the pawn shortly after. Yet, from afar, he had overlooked the reply 24…Rfe8, after which he admitted in the post-game interview that white should be careful to equalize.

The most entertaining and longest game of the day brought Veselin Topalov and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave together. Never afraid of challenges, the former World Champion chose an aggressive line against the favourite Najdorf of the French star. By playing 11.Nf4, Topalov made it clear that, no matter what, he was going to sacrifice a knight. Black obliged by going 13…e5 some moves later. After the game, both players seemed to be quite optimistic about their chances here. The Bulgarian thought he had decent compensation with nice piece play, whereas Vachier-Lagrave believed he was better. In any case, the French was not happy with the way he handled the position later on as he felt that he lost control. Move 28 was a critical moment in the game, as Topalov rejected a draw offer and played on. Whether this was objectively justified is doubtful, but he was certainly hoping to use the momentum and his opponent’s apparent shakiness. Both played well until queens came off on move 40. Topalov hastily took a pawn on d6 but missed that with his strong reply 41…Rd8, black could force the exchange of rooks. After that, the Bulgarian felt that his position could not be saved anymore and that his opponent played technically very well. Thanks to this victory with black, Vachier-Lagrave has achieved a big step towards the semi-final. But the French will be on his guard, as Topalov is famous for his fighting spirit.


Round 2, game 1:

Karjakin – So ½ - ½

Duda – Mamedyarov ½ - ½

Grischuk – Yu Yangyi ½ - ½

Topalov – Vachier-Lagrave 0-1


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

 




Leading partners supporting the FIDE Grand Prix Riga 2019 include: 

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

Information for the press: https://worldchess.com/news/2189  
Official website https://worldchess.com/news/2089  
An official photo gallery is available via Dropbox


About FIDE
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Contact: press@fide.com

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

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

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

About EG Capital Advisors
EG Capital Advisors is a UK-headquartered asset management company which offers strategies across multiple asset classes. Specialist areas of focus include emerging markets high yield debt, pre-IPO private equity and biotec public equity. www.egcapitaladvisors.com

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List of Q2 2019 Presidential Board Decisions

FIDE - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 12:52




LIST OF Q2 2019 PRESIDENTIAL BOARD DECISIONS

Q2PB-2019/01 To approve Russia, Monaco, Switzerland and Italy as the countries to host four stages of the Women’s Grand Prix 2019-2020.

Q2PB-2019/02 To approve amendments to the regulations on the FIDE Moscow office indicating that the activities of the office are regulated by decisions of both the Presidential Board and the President and to approve the previously signed sponsorship contract with Russian Railways.

Q2PB-2019/03 To ask Legal Advisor Aleksandr Martynov to develop clear guidelines for Arbiters (subject to confirmation by PB) to deal with the non-attendance situation in chess.

Q2PB-2019/04 To approve the amendments to the 2019 Budget approved in London November, 2018.

Q2PB-2019/05 To approve the offer from the Hungarian Chess Federation to organize the next Presidential Board meeting in Budapest on September 7th and 8th 2019.

Q2PB-2019/06 To extend the bidding procedure for the FIDE Candidate’s Tournament 2020 and FIDE World Championship Match till September 1st 2019.

Q2PB-2019/07 To approve the use of “International Chess Federation” in our public communications, as a part of a rebranding process. However, for official and administrative purposes, “World Chess Federation” will remain our official name until the new Charter is approved.

Q2PB-2019/08 To modernize the FIDE Logo.

Q2PB-2019/09 To approve the appointment of Willy Iclicki as FIDE GDPRO, Marco Biagioli as GDPR Legal Advisor and Vladimir Kukaev as GDPR Technical Advisor.

Q2PB-2019/10 To have a final discussion regarding the new FIDE Charter at the Q3 2019 Presidential Board after consultations with the national chess federations.

Q2PB-2019/11 To accept the proposal concerning a major fee reduction, including waiving all fees for the developing countries (levels 4-5), 50% reduction for level 3 countries, 50% reduction for all veteran fees, a quota for additional 30% tournaments to be rated for free (countries level 1-2). Additional major reduction for participants in youth competitions to be properly prepared and approved on Q3PB.

Q2PB-2019/12 To approve a St. Kitts and Nevis Chess Federation as a provisional member.

Q2PB-2019/13 To approve a Cayman Islands Chess Federation as a provisional member.

Q2PB-2019/14 To support the aspirations of the Vanuatu people to join FIDE. To request the newly constituted Vanuatu Chess Federation to submit a new application and a set of documents, including the meeting minutes, in time for the Q3 PB.

Q2PB-2019/15 To approve the TRG general strategy and report, new chess academies and new title recommendations. To create a TRG award named after Yuri Averbakh.

Q2PB-2019/16 To approve the new EVE titles.

Q2PB-2019/17 To reopen a bid procedure for World Amateurs 2021, World Seniors 2021 and World Senior Teams 2021 with a deadline of 30 days. For other 2021 World Championship tournaments, a call will be made later.

Q2PB-2019/18 To approve a new World Cup format for 2021 and to approve the start of drafting the technical regulations.

Q2PB-2019/19 To approve the new QC titles.

Q2PB-2019/20 To investigate the request of Mahmood Lodhi from Pakistan concerning his missing title of GM.

Q2PB-2019/21 To approve the new ARB titles.

Q2PB-2019/22 To approve the work done by the FIDE Procurement Department in developing a chess clock contract bidding procedure. To acknowledge the President's decision to engage a PricewaterhouseCoopers auditor in order to ensure transparency and fairness of the upcoming tender. To invite all manufacturers and distributors to submit bids in the following nominations: FIDE World Championship Clock, Official FIDE Chess Clock, Chess Clock recommended by FIDE to National Chess Federations.

Q2PB-2019/23 To approve the use of an electronic agenda for PB and GA for future.

Q2PB-2019/24 To consult the national federations and to obtain their opinions regarding the transfer of player regulations.

Q2PB-2019/25 To approve the publication of a resolution on fair play.

Q2PB-2019/26 To approve the publication of a resolution regarding boycott and sportsmanship.

Q2PB-2019/27 To request all materials regarding violations of Anti-Cheating Guidelines by Mr. Mark Morgunov during the 2018 European Youth Championship.

Q2PB-2019/28 To stage 2020 Chess Paralympiad, possibly along 2020 Olympiad.

Q2PB-2019/29 To approve the Chess-ID project and the plan of actions presented by the Executive Director Victor Bologan.

Q2PB-2019/30 To approve amendments related to Fair Play Commission regulations.

Q2PB-2019/31 To encourage National Federations that haven't yet done so to conclude agreements with FIDE on financial assistance for the development of chess.

Q2PB-2019/32 To direct continental associations to actively finance specific projects related to players development, arbiters training and gender parity with the FIDE money received within the framework of continental agreements.



RESOLUTION OF THE FIDE PRESIDENTIAL BOARD ON THE FAIR PLAY COMMISSION (pdf) 

NON-ATTENDANCE RESOLUTION (pdf)

FAIR-PLAY PRINCIPLES RESOLUTION (pdf)







 

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Breathtaking tie-breaks at the FIDE Grand Prix organized by World Chess

FIDE - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 08:44



The tie-breakers of the first round unfolded very intensively. Two matches were decided in the last seconds.
The first game of the second round of the FIDE Grand Prix organized by World Chess in Riga will take place on Monday.

After Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov already secured their qualification in the classical games on Saturday, all eyes turned to the six other pairs. Tie-break matches are disputed on the best of two in successive series. In the first set of two games, both players receive 25 minutes with an increment of 10 seconds per move.

Mr Oliver Bramwell, Chairman of the Board in the PNB Banka, opened the day with the symbolic first move in the game between Alexander Grischuk and Nikita Vitiugov. This apparently brought luck to Grischuk, as he went on to win a flashy game in 23 moves after sacrificing his bishop on g7 to rip black’s castle open. Vitiugov tried his best in the second game but Grischuk kept control and even refuted his opponent’s attempts. He took a pawn and even won this second game.

The main upset of the first round came from the hands of Veselin Topalov. The former World Champion admittedly came to Riga without any ambitions, but he managed to knock out Hikaru Nakamura. Both classical encounters had been very balanced, and so was their first rapid game. In the second, however, the Bulgarian got his type of positions, as he stated afterwards, and kept pressure throughout the game. Nakamura blamed his loss on the hasty move 40…f5, when he forgot that white was not forced to take but could simple bring his king to the centre. Some moves later, in a difficult position, the American blundered a piece.

The match between Wesley So and Pentala Harikrishna took a crazy turn early on in the first game, when the Indian sacrificed a piece and spent a lot of time on his next move. As he explained afterwards, he hesitated between two continuations but understood that his position was worse anyway. Harikrishna nevertheless found a way to muddy waters. The position became so complicated that with little time on the clock, both players inevitably made mistakes. In the end, Wesley So got the material advantage of rook and two pieces for the queen and eventually converted it. Their second encounter was more much balanced. Harikrishna failed to obtain real chances and had to agree to a draw, synonymous of elimination.

The young Jan-Krzysztof Duda managed to knock out Petr Svidler. The Russian praised his opponent in the post-match interview, saying that he had fully deserved victory on this day. “I thought that my chances were favourable in the first game, but Jan-Krzysztof understood the position much better. I even had to be careful”. After this draw, Duda took the initiative early on in the second rapid game and broke his opponent’s resistance in the endgame.

Sergey Karjakin and Anish Giri delivered a fascinating tie-break, exchanging blows in every game. In the first rapid encounter, the Russian clearly dominated in a Sicilian Najdorf. He gained a significant space advantage early on and never allowed his opponent to breathe. In view of Karjakin’s famous resilience, not many believed that Giri would be able to hit back in the second game. But the Dutch star handled this battle perfectly. He achieved some pressure in a Reti Opening and methodically increased his advantage to score the equalizer.

According to the regulations, the next set of two games are played with a shorter time-control, 10 minutes for each player with an increment of 10 seconds per move. Karjakin missed a huge chance in the second game with black, as he had obtained a winning advantage in the endgame. But when everything seemed clear, he misplaced his king with 62…Ka3 and allowed Giri a miracle save. There followed two blitz games with the time-control of 5 minutes each plus 3 seconds per move. The first was an eventless draw, but the second provided Giri with a definite chance to finish the match, as his far-advanced past pawn on a7 seemed to be decisive. Had he played 38.Kd3 instead of Kf3, he might have won the game. The final tie-break is the so-called “Armaggedon”. White has five minutes at the start of the game against black’s four without increment until the 60th move. Black’s time deficit is compensated for by the fact that a draw guarantees the win of the match. As in a penalty shoot-out at football, anything can happen. Giri picked the black pieces and came out of the opening with an excellent position. But Karjakin did his best to keep it as complicated as possible and succeeded in outplaying his opponent, even delivering a beautiful mate in the end. As he admitted in the post-match interview, this was probably the toughest match he had ever had to play in his career.

Yu Yangyi and Levon Aronian also went through a marathon by drawing their first four games of the tie-break. These encounters were all very balanced and only the Chinese managed to get some chances in the fourth game. The break came in the very first blitz. Aronian won two pawns and achieved a huge advantage, only to let it slip into a drawish rook endgame. There are always many ups and downs in this fast time control. In his turn, Yu Yangyi failed to defend and lost. In these situations, mental endurance is paramount. Time is scarce between games to recover from bad blows. The Armenian started well in the second blitz but suddenly collapsed and allowed Yu Yangyi to bounce back. The Chinese picked the black pieces in the final “Armaggedon” and confidently held the draw, thus qualifying to the next round.

Round 1, tie-breaks:

Giri – Karjakin 3 - 4 (Armaggedon)

So – Harikrishna 1,5 - 0,5

Duda – Svidler 1,5 - 0,5

Grischuk – Vitiugov 2-0

Yu Yangyi – Aronian 3,5 – 3,5 (Armaggedon)

Topalov – Nakamura 1,5 – 0,5


Round 2 pairings:

Karjakin – So

Duda – Mamedyarov

Grischuk – Yu Yangyi

Topalov – Vachier-Lagrave



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

 

  

 

 







Leading partners supporting the FIDE Grand Prix Riga 2019 include: 

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

Information for the press: https://worldchess.com/news/2189  
Official website https://worldchess.com/news/2089  
An official photo gallery is available via Dropbox


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

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

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

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

About EG Capital Advisors
EG Capital Advisors is a UK-headquartered asset management company which offers strategies across multiple asset classes. Specialist areas of focus include emerging markets high yield debt, pre-IPO private equity and biotec public equity. www.egcapitaladvisors.com

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

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Two players qualify directly to the second round of the Riga Grand Prix

FIDE - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 09:33




Shakhriyar Mamedyarov is the sole winner on the second day of the FIDE Grand Prix organized in Riga by World Chess. He and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave advance directly to the second round, whereas twelve players will compete in tiebreak matches on Sunday.

The second leg of the FIDE Grand Prix Series organized by World Chess has kicked off splendidly on Friday with many thrilling games. Day two of the first round was globally less tense, which can be explained by the high stakes at this stage of the competition. Players are less eager to take risk in order to avoid immediate elimination.

Incidentally, the only decisive game of the day was also the longest. But all could have been different, had Daniil Dubov accepted Shakhriyar Mamedyarov‘s draw offer on move 17. In fact, the first phase of the game was slightly confusing. The Russian chose a very solid line against the Grunfeld, implying that he might be happy with a draw. By playing 10…Bg4 instead of the exchange on d4, however, Mamedyarov seemed inclined to keep some live in the game. But he nevertheless offered a draw, which Dubov declined. As he admitted after the game, the Russian should not have gone for this psychological warfare. Possibly regretting his decision, he himself proposed a truce when going for the exchange of queens on move 22. But Mamedyarov felt that he would be able to put some pressure in the ensuing endgame. His technique worked miracles and he managed to gradually improve his position and win a pawn on move 35. Dubov felt that his position should still be defensible with exact play. But in practice, this task is extremely hard. Mamedyarov did all the right things and cashed in the full point on move 78.



In a must-win situation, David Navara tried to side-step Maxime Vachier-Lagrave’s famously deep preparation in the Sicilian. True to his style, the French went for an active continuation after the opening and sacrificed a pawn. Yet, as he admitted after the game, this optimistic approach left him with a slightly worse position. Navara said that he did not handle the following phase of the game accurately and allowed his opponent to solve his problems too easily. Vachier-Lagrave could have played for a win at the end, but preferred forcing a draw and assuring his direct qualification to the second round.



All other encounters ended in a draw, meaning that six matches will be decided in tie-breakers on Sunday.

As in their first game, Jan-Krzysztof Duda and Petr Svidler entertained the crowd with an exciting battle. The 8-time Russian champion went for an original line in this King’s Indian setup, but underestimated Duda’s strong plan 18.Rc2 followed by Rd2 and Qa1. As it turned out, the Pole gained a serious advantage after 24.Ne2. But under time pressure, he let it slip away and Svidler saved the draw. The upcoming tie-break promises to be very tense. The Russian has a huge experience in knockout tournaments, having won the World Cup in 2011 for instance. But Duda is extremely strong at short time controls, as proven by his silver medal in the Blitz World Championship 2018.

Alexander Grischuk and Nikita Vitiugov made a short and quiet draw. To the question whether this early offer with the white pieces was a consequence of the missed opportunity in their fascinating game of the day before, Grischuk answered in the negative, adding that he simply did not like his position after the opening. Vitiugov commented that he would certainly be the underdog in the upcoming tie-break, but that he saw no objective reason to refuse the draw and take unnecessary risks.

The game between Pentala Harikrishna and Wesley So was rather balanced throughout. The Indian felt that he did not play accurately and allowed his opponent to make a draw too easily, but both agreed afterwards that the black position was very resilient. The American can safely be considered the favourite of the tie-break on Sunday, but as is usually the case, everything will depend on the respective shape of both players on that day.

Yu Yangyi made a very practical choice in the opening by going for a variation where only white can supposedly hope for an advantage. Levon Aronian reacted with 13…Qc6 and then pushed his e-pawn to create some counter-play against the white king. As a general rule, trying to play actively is a good strategy in chess. The draw was signed on move 25. With his two World Cup victories in 2005 and 2017, the Armenian is the logical favourite of the tie-break.

Anish Giri got a nice edge from his opening against Sergey Karjakin. After the game, the Russian commented that this is exactly the kind of positions which are most unpleasant to defend against Giri. Yet, the Dutch lacked patience when he exchange on e4 instead of keeping the tension with 20.Qf4. The position simplified after that and both players signed the draw on move 30. There is no clear favourite in their upcoming tie-break. Anish Giri is the highest-rated participant in Riga, but the Russian is known to have nerves of steel in knockout events. After all, he did not win the World Cup 2015 by chance.

Veselin Topalov and Hikaru Nakamura made a draw in 25 moves. The game was fairly balanced, and both players agreed that the advantage of the two bishops at the end was not significant. Known for his amazing skills at speed chess, the American is the clear favourite in the tie-break games.

All six matches will start at 15:00 on Sunday in the National Library of Latvia.


Round 1, game 2 results:

Giri – Karjakin 1/2-1/2 (1-1 on aggregate)

Harikrishna – So 1/2-1/2 (1-1 on aggregate)

Duda – Svidler (1-1 on aggregate)

Dubov – Mamedyarov 0-1 (0,5-1,5 on aggregate)

Grischuk – Vitiugov 1/2-1/2 (1-1 on aggregate)

Yu Yangyi – Aronian 1/2-1/2 (1-1 on aggregate)

Topalov – Nakamura 1/2-1/2 (1-1 on aggregate)

Navara – Vachier-Lagrave 1/2-1/2 (0,5-1,5 on aggregate)



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




Leading partners supporting the FIDE Grand Prix Riga 2019 include: 

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

Information for the press: https://worldchess.com/news/2189  
Official website https://worldchess.com/news/2089  
An official photo gallery is available via Dropbox


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

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

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

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

About EG Capital Advisors
EG Capital Advisors is a UK-headquartered asset management company which offers strategies across multiple asset classes. Specialist areas of focus include emerging markets high yield debt, pre-IPO private equity and biotec public equity. www.egcapitaladvisors.com

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

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FIDE launches a market research survey in cooperation with Nielsen

FIDE - Sat, 07/13/2019 - 17:06


Last April, FIDE signed and agreement with Nielsen Holdings, a world leading company in the field of information, data and measurement.

The aim of this cooperation is that Nielsen provides FIDE with worldwide research of the potential chess market, evaluates the size of the global chess community, and assess the value of our sponsorship offering.

We also want to get to know our community much better, in order to improve FIDE's decision-making. We want to have more insight on what are the demands and wishes of those who are already active FIDE members, and those who may be attracted by our activities.

To collect this information, FIDE, in collaboration with Nielsen, has developed the following 60-question survey. It has been designed to take between 10 and 20 minutes to complete, and we would appreciate if you could help us taking part on it.

To compensate for your time and effort, we want to give all participants the option of entering a raffle for a two-hour online masterclass with Vladimir Kramnik. Ten lucky winners will have the chance to interact with the former World Champion and learn from this legendary player.

You can fill the survey on this link: FIDE - NIELSEN survey


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TCEC S16 starts Sunday July 14th at 15:00 CEST

Chessdom - Sat, 07/13/2019 - 15:24

Season 16 of the Top Chess Engine Championship starts this Sunday July 14th at 15:00 CEST. A total of 18 engines will battle for six promotion spots in the newly formed Qualification Division. Among them are three Neural Networks – ScorpioNN, ChessFighterNN, and Stoofvlees. Their main competitors are the seasoned engines Rodent, Wasp, chess22k, and Winter. However, as most engines come with solid updates any surprise can be expected.

Format of the Qualification Division

TCEC Qualification Division is entirely invitational field. Initially set to be 16 engines, it was expanded to 18 due to the entrance of the brand new Asymptote engine (suggested by Graham Banks from CCRL) and a promo engine.

The engines will play a 1x DRR with time control 30+5. The top six will qualify for League 2 of TCEC, you can see the format of Season 16 here

Promo engine in the field

Many engines are now hopping on the Neural Network bandwagon, making full use of GPUs. Yet, the champion Lc0 has released a strong version playing on CPU only! It is not a unique engine by the TCEC criteria, but it certainly is exciting to see it perform against real competitors of 3000 ELO+ strength. Thus, Lc0 CPU enters TCEC as a promo engine in the field. It will play all games in the division, but at the end of the division all results of the engine will nullified.

Participants list

1. Bagatur 1.7b
2. The Baron 3.44.1
3. Cheese 2.1
4. chess22k 1.12
5. ChessFighterNN v2.1-n8x128c_7411
6. Igel 1.8.0
7. Jumbo 0.6.117
8. Marvin 3.4.0
9. Minic 0.76
10. ScorpioNN v2.9.0-n_maddex_INT8
11. Stoofvlees II a10
12. Topple 0.7.2_dev
13. Tucano 7.07
14. Wasp 3.68
15. Winter 0.6
16. Asymptote 0.6.2
17. Rodent III
18. Lc0 CPU

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Vachier-Lagrave sole winner on the first day of the FIDE Grand Prix in Riga

FIDE - Sat, 07/13/2019 - 00:36



The second leg of the FIDE Grand Prix Series organized by World Chess started on Friday in the National Library in Riga.

Only one game ended on a decisive result, leaving David Navara in a must-win situation for day two.


The Grand Prix Series 2019 is entering its second stage with a stop in Riga. For two weeks, the Latvian capital will stand in the centre of the chess map.

The Grand Prix is a circuit of four tournaments disputed over the year. The first event took place in Moscow, Russia, in May, while both other events will be held later this year in Hamburg, Germany and Tel Aviv, Israel.

The prize fund in each leg of the Grand Prix amounts to 130’000 euros, with an additional 280’000 euros for the top 10 finishers in the overall standings. Thus, the total prize fund of the FIDE Grand Prix, organized by World Chess, totals 800’000 euros. The major aim for the 21 participants, however, is to finish in the top two at the end of the Series and earn a qualification ticket to the Candidates Tournament. This event will then determine the challenger of Magnus Carlsen in the World Championship match.

Each Grand Prix leg starts with 16 participants, which means that all players take part in three of the four tournaments. The knockout system introduced in 2019 follows the aim to give a greater dynamic to the event and to encourage players to fight in every game.

The leader of the standings after the Moscow tournament is Ian Nepomniachtchi with 9 points. Since the Russian does not play in Riga, it will give a chance to his pursuers to overtake him. Especially Moscow finalist Alexander Grischuk (Russia) will try to add some points to his current score of 7 points.

The second tournament of the Grand Prix Series started on Friday at 15:00 in the spacious Ziedonis Hall of the National Library of Latvia. The Minister of Defence of Latvia Artis Pabriks opened the event by playing the symbolic first move in the game between Sergey Karjakin and rating favourite Anish Giri. Fun fact, Sergey Karjakin is himself nicknamed the Minister of Defence of Russia in the chess world for his formidable defensive skills in difficult positions. It could be that the level of security on the board reached so high that both grand masters exchanged several pieces and agreed a draw in 16 moves.

The audience did not have to wait long for the second game to finish. French top star Maxime Vachier-Lagrave surprised David Navara with the unusual move 9.Qf4 in the favourite Caro-Kann opening of the Czech. As he mentioned in the interview afterwards, Navara never managed to solve his problems and eventually lost a piece on move 19, which forced immediate resignation. Strangely enough, no other game ended decisively, despite the high level of entertainment delivered by the champions.

The American Wesley So held the best cards in his encounter with Pentala Harikrishna. In a balanced position, the Indian sacrificed a piece to open the white castle, but did not follow up accurately. Instead of 27…Rg6, he should have gone 27…Qe6 28.Ng1 Rf8! This hidden resource understandably escaped his attention but would have given him a dangerous initiative. After that, it looked like Wesley So would be able to convert his material advantage, but he missed a few nuances in time-trouble and Harikrishna created just enough counter-play with his queen to hold the draw.

Another breath-taking battle took place between Petr Svidler and Jan-Krzysztof Duda. In the enriching post-game interview, the Pole revealed that he had prepared this variation and decided over the board to go for the risky 11…Nb6, thus sacrificing the pawn g7 and the rook in the corner. Famous for his daring style, Duda added that in knockout events, it definitely makes sense to play actively with black. Petr Svidler commented that in view of their bad performance in the first Grand Prix leg, both of them needed to go very far in Riga. He was therefore happy with the sort of positions he got from the opening, even though he understood that he could be on the verge of losing after taking the rook on h8. However it was, both kept control and played well after that. Duda only regretted that, from afar, he missed his opponent’s idea 30.g5, which basically forced a peaceful outcome.

The Russian duel also became a wild affair early on, when Nikita Vitiugov decided to go for the romantic and ever complicated line 4.Ng5. Alexander Grischuk admitted that he had forgotten important details of his preparation, but still managed to get the upper-hand thanks to dangerous threats against the white king. Right after the game, both players considered the white position very critical, and Grischuk definitely missed his chance to convert his advantage, as he started being short of time.

Hikaru Nakamura and Veselin Topalov followed a game which the Bulgarian played against Garry Kasparov himself many years ago. In the post-game interview, he said that this line of the Spanish is treated in a different way nowadays. But since he can see no reason why the old line should be worse, he decided to revive it. Nakamura confirmed that after 19…Qa1, black was perhaps fractionally worse but should be able to hold without too many troubles. The game indeed followed that scenario and both players agreed a draw on move 39. According to Levon Aronian, he got an edge from his opening against Yu Yangyi. But he hurried a bit with 21.a3, which allowed black to trade knights with the strong check 21…Nd3. The Armenian believes that he should have played 21.Qd1 instead, as the presence of knights increases his attacking chances. The final phase of the game proved him right, the Chinese maintained the balance and the draw was signed on move 29.

The encounter between Shakriyar Mamedyarov and Daniil Dubov could have turned in white’s favour, as the Azeri took a pawn sacrificed by his opponent. His chances were indeed better, and he could not refrain his disappointment in the interview after the game. “That’s a pity, as this is my type of positions. I possibly got confused when my opponent offered a draw after 24…Bc4, when only white can be better here”.

All players will meet again with reversed colours on Saturday at 15:00. For David Navara, this will be an all-or-nothing situation.

Round 1, game 1 results:

Vachier-Lagrave – Navara 1-0
Karjakin - Giri ½-½
So – Harikrishna ½-½
Svidler – Duda ½-½
Mamedyarov – Dubov ½-½
Vitiugov - Grischuk ½-½
Aronian – Yu Yangyi ½-½
Nakamura – Topalov ½-½


Photos by Niki Riga:



  

 



 

 

 

  




Leading partners supporting the FIDE Grand Prix Riga 2019 include:

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

Information for the press: https://worldchess.com/news/2189  
Official website https://worldchess.com/news/2089  
An official photo gallery is available via Dropbox


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

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

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

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

About EG Capital Advisors
EG Capital Advisors is a UK-headquartered asset management company which offers strategies across multiple asset classes. Specialist areas of focus include emerging markets high yield debt, pre-IPO private equity and biotec public equity. www.egcapitaladvisors.com 

About Kaspersky
Kaspersky is a global cybersecurity company, which has been operating in the market for over 21 years. Kaspersky's deep threat intelligence and security expertise is constantly transforming into next generation security solutions and services to protect businesses, critical infrastructure, governments and consumers around the globe. The company's comprehensive security portfolio includes leading endpoint protection and a number of specialized security solutions and services to fight sophisticated and evolving digital threats. Over 400 million users are protected by Kaspersky technologies and we help 270,000 corporate clients protect what matters most to them.
Learn more at www.kaspersky.com
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World Junior Championship for the Disabled kicked off on July 9th

FIDE - Fri, 07/12/2019 - 13:35



World Junior Players demonstrate they are up to the challenge!

The World Junior Chess Championship for Players with Disabilities kicked off on July 9th with an Opening Ceremony. The organizing committee and members of the US Chess Trusted greeted the players, their families, coaches and members of their support teams.

The 3rd edition of the World Junior Event has more girls participating than in the previous editions: Anna Miller (USA), Sofia Gorshkova (RUS), Dariia Kudainazarova (KGZ) and Viktoria Krasivskaya.


 
(L) Viktoria Krasivskaya (RUS) | (R) Anna Miller (USA) and CM Samarth Jagadish Rao (IND) | Photo Copyright Dora L Martinez

 

(L) Sofia Gorshkova (RUS) Photo Copyright Dejanira Alvares | (R) Dariia Kudainazarova (KGZ) with her mother | Photo Copyright Dora L Martinez


FM Ilia Lipilin (RUS) came back to the Cherry Hill, NJ, USA to defend his title; winning his 1st game, he will face John Denis Mwesigye (UGA) in the 2nd round.

The event has sixteen (16) players from eight (8) countries, this may seem like a small number to most, but, the goal of a tournament of this kind puts emphasis on the quality of the experience, not in the number of players, in hopes that during the event, players will get the most out of the tournament play and the ‘masters training program’.

 
(L) Master Training Program with GM Thomas Luther | (R) Viktoria Krasivskaya (RUS) and Payton Mueller (USA) | Photo Copyright Dora L Martinez


 
(L) Leri Talikadze (GEO) and Pranav Shankar (USA) | (R) Maksim Petrov (RUS) and Dariia Kudainazarova (KGZ) | Photo Copyright Dora L Martinez


“It is very difficult for players with very challenging disabilities to play in a regular open tournament for many reasons. First there is the issue of space and the fact that some of the players have to talk to each other because they can’t communicate otherwise and also because they are not accepted. When players have extremely challenging disabilities which make it impossible for them to make and/or write their moves, in many cases they are not accepted by fellow chess players. This non-acceptance puts them at a psychological disadvantage because it is discouraging to the player. What you want to try to do is to encourage them to succeed in any way that they can. The World Chess Federation’s (FIDE) motto is Gens Una Sumus, which means we are one people and that includes all people, players with disabilities, players without disabilities, color, race, religion, etc. We are all one people and we should all be inclusive and thats why this tournament is so important.” - Carol Jarecki, IA, Chief Arbiter


The US Chess Trust - Making good moves

 
(L) Jim Eade, Co-Chair US Chess Trust | (R) Dr. Leroy Dubeck, Treasurer US Chess Trust and IO Beatriz Marinello | Photo Copyright Dora L Martinez

The US Chess Trust has been a proud sponsor of each of these events.

“Although the US Chess Trust is one of the main sponsors of this event, the players are not here because of the Trust, the US Chess Trust is here because of the players. I went to the US Championship this year and am planning on attending the US Open, those are considered important events, but, this is the most important event for me to attend this year because the people that are playing in this event embody the spirit of chess that I want to support. What I see is different from what many others see. They may see what is external and visible but I see what is internal and invisible and that is their spirit. It is this spirit that they embody that I think is the best thing about chess. Even if you cannot physically move a piece, if someone has to move it for you, it is your spirit that is telling which move to make. This is why I want to congratulate everyone here and tell the players how important it is for the Trust to be involved.” - FM Jim Eade, Co-Chair US Chess Trust

Results: Round 1

Bd Team Result White Team Result Black 1 RUS 1 FM Ilia LIPILIN (2084) RUS 0 Sofia GORSHKOVA (1350) 2 ECU 0 Andres Fernando NEVAREZ CASTRO (1158) GER 1 Jarno SCHEFFNER (1987) 3 RUS 1 Maksim PETROV (1848) KGZ 0 Dariia KUDAINAZAROVA (unr) 4 USA 0 Anna MILLER (unr) IND 1 CM Samarth Jagadish RAO (1593) 5 RUS 1 Viktoria KRASIVSKAYA (1529) USA 0 Payton MUELLER (unr) 6 USA 0 Jacob PILKINGTON (unr) UGA 1 John Denise MWESIGYE (1469) 7 USA 1 Pranav SHANKAR (1442) GEO 0 Leri TALIKADZE (unr) 8 USA 0 Nguyen TRAN (unr) UGA 1 Wasswa Sharif MBAZIIRA (1393)

Official website: www.worldjuniorchess.org
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Opening Ceremony of the FIDE Grand Prix Series 2019 in Riga

FIDE - Fri, 07/12/2019 - 01:27


The official opening ceremony launched the second leg of the FIDE Grand Prix Series 2019 in Riga. Many guests and chess fans attended it at the House of Blackheads in Riga

The Opening Ceremony of the second leg of the FIDE Grand Prix Series 2019 organized by World Chess took place in the House of Blackheads in the evening of July 11. Many celebrities and journalists attended the Gala Event which unveiled the second tournament of the World Chess Championship cycle 2019-2020. The Grand Prix leg in Riga will be held at the Latvian National Library from July 12 till 24.

Business People, socialites, and journalists went to a glittering reception, hosted by TV-host, actress and model Dagmara Legante-Celmina and TV-star and model Matins Kapzems. They introduced all 16 participants of the tournament.

FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich, CEO of World Chess Ilya Merenzon, as well as General Manager at Kaspersky in Baltics Andis Šteinmanis gave speeches during the official part of the ceremony. Chief Arbiter Takis Nikolopoulos then proceeded to the drawing of lots. Players with the highest ratings — Anish Giri (NED), Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA), Alexander Grischuk (RUS) and Shakhryiar Mamedyarov (AZE) — were assigned starting numbers 1, 16, 9 and 8 respectively. The draw of the remaining numbers and of the colours was made in front of the audience.

Round 1 pairings:

Sergey Karjakin (2748, Russia) — Anish Giri (2779, Netherlands)
Wesley So (2763, USA) — Pentala Harikrishna (2734, India)
Peter Svidler (2737, Russia) — Jan-Krzysztof Duda (2729, Poland)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (2765, Azerbaijan) — Daniil Dubov (2700, Russia)
Nikita Vitiugov (2727, Russia) — Alexander Grischuk (2766, Russia)
Levon Aronian (2756, Armenia) — Yu Yangyi (2736, China)
Hikaru Nakamura (2754, USA) — Veselin Topalov (2740, Bulgaria)
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (2775, France) — David Navara (2734, Czech Republic)

The official VIP partner Beluga supported the event. Special Beluga Noble based cocktails were designed for the Opening Ceremony. Alessandro Venturi, the winner of Beluga Signature bartender program 2018, reflected in cocktails the main points of a chess game: opening, middle game, and endgame («Début», «Mittelspiel», «Endspiel»).

From July 12 to July 24, 2019, the best 16 players will fight for the chance to dethrone the current world champion Magnus Carlsen.

Photos by Niki Riga:















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

PhosAgro as the Official Strategic Partner;
EG Capital Partners as the Official Partner;
Kaspersky as the Official Cybersecurity Partner.


For further questions, please contact: press@fide.com.
Information for the press: https://mediakit2018.worldchess.com
Official website: https://worldchess.com/news/1349
Official Photos shared via Dropbox.


Schedule:

July 12-13 – Round 1, July 14 – Tie-break
July 15-16 – Round 2, July 17 - Tie-break
July 18-19 – Semi-final, July 20 – Tie-break
July 22-23 – Final, July 24 – Tie-break.
July 21 is a rest day.

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

Leading partners supporting the FIDE Grand Prix Riga 2019 include:

EG Capital Advisors as the Official Partner
PhosAgro as the Official Strategic Partner
Kaspersky as the Official Cybersecurity Partner
World Chess as the organizer

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




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


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


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

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


About EG Capital Advisors
EG Capital Advisors is a UK-headquartered asset management company which offers strategies across multiple asset classes. Specialist areas of focus include emerging markets high yield debt, pre-IPO private equity and biotec public equity. www.egcapitaladvisors.com.


About Kaspersky
Kaspersky is a global cybersecurity company, which has been operating in the market for over 21 years. Kaspersky's deep threat intelligence and security expertise is constantly transforming into next generation security solutions and services to protect businesses, critical infrastructure, governments and consumers around the globe. The company's comprehensive security portfolio includes leading endpoint protection and a number of specialized security solutions and services to fight sophisticated and evolving digital threats. Over 400 million users are protected by Kaspersky technologies and we help 270,000 corporate clients protect what matters most to them. Learn more at www.kaspersky.com.
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The second leg of the FIDE Grand Prix Series starts in Riga on July 12

FIDE - Thu, 07/11/2019 - 22:47


Riga, Latvia, June 11, 2019.–
The race for the 2020 World Chess Championship continues in Riga with the second leg  ofthe FIDE World Chess Grand Prix Series. The event takes place in Latvian capital from July 12 to  July 24, 2019.


The opening Press Conference took place on July 11

Riga, July 11, 2019 – The race for the 2020 World Chess Championship continues July 12 in Riga with the second tournament in the FIDE Grand Prix, organized by World Chess.

The second leg of the new FIDE Grand Prix series opened with a press conference today at the National Library of Latvia, featuring Arkady Dvorkovich, the president of the International Chess Federation, or FIDE; Ilya Merenzon, chief executive of World Chess, organizer of the Grand Prix; Aris Ozolins, President of Latvian Chess Federation and FIDE Baltic; as well as Andis Šteinmanis, General Manager at Kaspersky in Baltics.

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 an additional sum of €280,000 for the overall performance in the whole Series.

The Riga Grand Prix will be held in the National Library of Latvia from July 12 to 24. As all Grand Prix events, the Riga leg is a knock-out tournament with 16 players. The winner is the one who wins four rounds. Each round consists of two games with the classical time-control, followed by faster tie-break games if necessary.

Players from 11 countries take part in the Grand Prix Series (Russia is represented by 5 Grandmasters). Chess fans all over the world will follow their favourite players to fight for the right to challenge incumbent Champion Magnus Carlsen.

Nowadays the attraction of chess tournaments is rising sharply among the millennials and generation Z. The reason is wide-ranging availability of free broadcast with commentary on mobile devices. The Riga Grand Prix will be broadcast on www.worldchess.com, official platform, as well as on top media sites globally.

Andreу Guryev, CEO of PhosAgro, Vice-President of the Russian Chess Federation: "I hope that after the second leg of the Grand Prix, the odds for our chess players to qualify for the Candidates Tournament, which increased after Ian Nepomniachtchi's Moscow victory, will grow further. To facilitate that, our company, a strategic partner of FIDE, promises to sign a sponsorship contract with those Russian Grandmasters who win the Grand Prix series and enter the Candidates Tournament. We expect to see an exciting and intense fight in Riga, a place that carries the legacy of the legendary Soviet grandmaster, world chess champion Mikhail Tal!"

Arkady Dvorkovich, FIDE President: "We are pleased to kick off the second leg of the FIDE Grand Prix Series in Riga. The Moscow stage showed that the knockout system had captivated our audience. We are grateful for the hospitality of our Latvian colleagues and look forward to new exciting matches! We hope that tournaments will be greatly enjoyed by the players and fans alike!"

Ilya Merenzon, Chief Executive of World Chess: "Chess is an intellectual contest, with medals to win and titles to lose. It is also a great opportunity to make new friends and have a great time. For two weeks we will watch as the best Grandmasters will fight for the chance to dethrone the World Champion. Chess fans can get a unique experience of the championship on the website as well as at the official broadcast at worldchess.com".

Andis Šteinmanis, General Manager at Kaspersky in Baltics: "Chess is the world's ultimate game of strategy, chess is a beautiful, intelligent – and very computerized sport. It's not only a very interesting intellectual game with an ancient history, nowadays it's a sport that uses leading innovative technology. We are happy to be supporting FIDE Grand Prix and as a partner of this tournament, we are proud to protect it from cyber-threats of any complexity".



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

PhosAgro as the Official Strategic Partner;
EG Capital Partners as the Official Partner;
Kaspersky as the Official Cybersecurity Partner.


For further questions, please contact: press@fide.com.
Information for the press: https://mediakit2018.worldchess.com
Official website: https://worldchess.com/news/1349
Official Photos shared via Dropbox.


Schedule:

July 12-13 – Round 1, July 14 – Tie-break
July 15-16 – Round 2, July 17 - Tie-break
July 18-19 – Semi-final, July 20 – Tie-break
July 22-23 – Final, July 24 – Tie-break.
July 21 is a rest day.

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

Leading partners supporting the FIDE Grand Prix Riga 2019 include:

EG Capital Advisors as the Official Partner
PhosAgro as the Official Strategic Partner
Kaspersky as the Official Cybersecurity Partner
World Chess as the organizer

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




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


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


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

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


About EG Capital Advisors
EG Capital Advisors is a UK-headquartered asset management company which offers strategies across multiple asset classes. Specialist areas of focus include emerging markets high yield debt, pre-IPO private equity and biotec public equity. www.egcapitaladvisors.com.


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

Drawing of lots for the Riga FIDE Grand Prix

FIDE - Thu, 07/11/2019 - 22:15


Riga, Latvia, June 11, 2019.–
The race for the 2020 World Chess Championship continues in Riga with the second leg  ofthe FIDE World Chess Grand Prix Series. The event takes place in Latvian capital from July 12 to  July 24, 2019.

After the drawing of lots, these will be the pairings for the first round:

Sergey Karjakin (2748, Russia) — Anish Giri (2779, Netherlands)
Wesley So (2763, USA) — Pentala Harikrishna (2734, India)
Peter Svidler (2737, Russia) — Jan-Krzysztof Duda (2729, Poland)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (2765, Azerbaijan) — Daniil Dubov (2700, Russia)
Nikita Vitiugov (2727, Russia) — Alexander Grischuk (2766, Russia)
Levon Aronian (2756, Armenia) — Yu Yangyi (2736, China)
Hikaru Nakamura (2754, USA) — Veselin Topalov (2740, Bulgaria)
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (2775, France) — David Navara (2734, Czech Republic)


Schedule:

July 12-13 – Round 1, July 14 – Tie-break
July 15-16 – Round 2, July 17 - Tie-break
July 18-19 – Semi-final, July 20 – Tie-break
July 22-23 – Final, July 24 – Tie-break.
July 21 is a rest day.

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

Leading partners supporting the FIDE Grand Prix Riga 2019 include:

EG Capital Advisors as the Official Partner
PhosAgro as the Official Strategic Partner
Kaspersky as the Official Cybersecurity Partner
World Chess as the organizer

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







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


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


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

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


About EG Capital Advisors
EG Capital Advisors is a UK-headquartered asset management company which offers strategies across multiple asset classes. Specialist areas of focus include emerging markets high yield debt, pre-IPO private equity and biotec public equity. www.egcapitaladvisors.com.


About Kaspersky
Kaspersky is a global cybersecurity company, which has been operating in the market for over 21 years. Kaspersky's deep threat intelligence and security expertise is constantly transforming into next generation security solutions and services to protect businesses, critical infrastructure, governments and consumers around the globe. The company's comprehensive security portfolio includes leading endpoint protection and a number of specialized security solutions and services to fight sophisticated and evolving digital threats. Over 400 million users are protected by Kaspersky technologies and we help 270,000 corporate clients protect what matters most to them. Learn more at www.kaspersky.com.
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Call to all players that qualified to FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss tournament 2019

FIDE - Thu, 07/11/2019 - 03:54


REMINDER: Please confirm your participation before July 16. The deadline will not be extended. Below you will find the list of qualified players, as well as the contract (at the botton).

List of players qualified for the FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss
Name Avg July 18 - June 19 Total Games Carlsen, Magnus 2844.8333 76 Caruana, Fabiano 2825.0000 66 Ding, Liren 2807.2500 71 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2801.7500 68 Giri, Anish 2785.4167 71 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2778.6667 92 Anand, Viswanathan 2772.5000 69 Grischuk, Alexander 2770.2500 46 Kramnik, Vladimir 2768.7500 37 Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2767.0000 64 So, Wesley 2767.0000 62 Aronian, Levon 2766.3333 64 Yu, Yangyi 2758.0833 90 Nakamura, Hikaru 2756.4167 67 Karjakin, Sergey 2756.1667 53 Radjabov, Teimour 2755.0833 34 Svidler, Peter 2742.7500 41 Topalov, Veselin 2741.1667 13 Navara, David 2736.7500 108 Duda, Jan-Krzysztof 2734.6667 59 Wei, Yi 2734.0000 68 Harikrishna, Pentala 2731.3333 87 Jakovenko, Dmitry 2729.5000 78 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw 2728.8333 72 Rapport, Richard 2728.7500 68 Shankland, Sam 2724.3333 72 Vitiugov, Nikita 2724.0000 85 Bu, Xiangzhi 2722.8333 51 Wang, Hao 2721.8333 105 Artemiev, Vladislav 2721.1667 81 Andreikin, Dmitry 2719.1667 64 Le, Quang Liem 2713.4167 102 Naiditsch, Arkadij 2713.0833 134 Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi 2708.8333 89 Fedoseev, Vladimir 2707.5833 94 Li, Chao b 2703.6667 48 Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2703.5000 36 Adams, Michael 2703.3333 70 Ivanchuk, Vassily 2703.3333 59 Amin, Bassem 2700.3333 89 Vallejo Pons, Francisco 2699.2500 58 Dubov, Daniil 2699.0833 44 Cheparinov, Ivan 2696.4167 100 Matlakov, Maxim 2693.4167 63 Kryvoruchko, Yuriy 2692.6667 63 Howell, David W L 2691.9167 83 Sadler, Matthew D 2691.5000 7 Saric, Ivan 2690.8333 124 Inarkiev, Ernesto 2690.1667 90 Mamedov, Rauf 2689.7500 62 Almasi, Zoltan 2689.6667 39 Ragger, Markus 2687.8333 98 Sargissian, Gabriel 2686.5000 28 Korobov, Anton 2685.7500 100 Jones, Gawain C B 2685.4167 103 Bacrot, Etienne 2684.0833 94 Wang, Yue 2683.5000 28 Nabaty, Tamir 2683.4167 54 Adhiban, B. 2682.8333 77 Eljanov, Pavel 2682.7500 84 Gelfand, Boris 2681.4167 61 Cori, Jorge 2679.4167 34 Rodshtein, Maxim 2678.5833 94 Ni, Hua 2677.5833 35 Kovalev, Vladislav 2677.1667 98 Grandelius, Nils 2676.0833 97 Leko, Peter 2676.0833 47 Demchenko, Anton 2673.7500 73 Ponomariov, Ruslan 2673.2500 48 Sasikiran, Krishnan 2673.1667 64 McShane, Luke J 2671.2500 50 Berkes, Ferenc 2670.8333 68 Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter 2670.5833 95 Kamsky, Gata 2668.7500 43 Robson, Ray 2668.5000 51 Maghsoodloo, Parham 2667.1667 132 Xiong, Jeffery 2667.0000 125 Laznicka, Viktor 2666.6667 71 Najer, Evgeniy 2666.6667 31 Malakhov, Vladimir 2665.1667 80 Sjugirov, Sanan 2663.1667 67 Salem, A.R. Saleh 2662.5000 37 Melkumyan, Hrant 2661.9167 82 Guseinov, Gadir 2661.2500 59 Bruzon Batista, Lazaro 2660.0833 62 Hou, Yifan 2660.0833 7 Safarli, Eltaj 2659.7500 121 Areshchenko, Alexander 2659.3333 13 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2659.1667 29 Dreev, Aleksey 2658.7500 63 Swiercz, Dariusz 2658.5000 88 Kuzubov, Yuriy 2655.1667 129 Rausis, Igors 2654.5833 78 Motylev, Alexander 2653.2500 34 Mareco, Sandro 2652.3333 118 Hammer, Jon Ludvig 2651.8333 47 Anton Guijarro, David 2651.1667 83 Akopian, Vladimir 2650.8333 9 Kovalenko, Igor 2650.5833 89 Sethuraman, S.P. 2650.0000 105 Reserves     Lenic, Luka 2650.0000 21 Ipatov, Alexander 2649.5000 15 Riazantsev, Alexander 2649.3333 20 Shirov, Alexei 2648.3333 92 Onischuk, Alexander 2647.5000 7 Fressinet, Laurent 2646.4167 68 Sevian, Samuel 2646.1667 104 Moiseenko, Alexander 2645.6667 50 Short, Nigel D 2645.1667 41 Edouard, Romain 2644.0833 113 L'Ami, Erwin 2642.3333 69 Parligras, Mircea-Emilian 2642.0000 75 Granda Zuniga, Julio E 2641.3333 53 Zvjaginsev, Vadim 2641.1667 64 Bauer, Christian 2640.8333 116 Gustafsson, Jan 2640.6667 18 Kravtsiv, Martyn 2640.5000 83 Papaioannou, Ioannis 2639.0833 20 Bok, Benjamin 2638.6667 49 Alekseenko, Kirill 2638.0000 90

Download Player’s Contract for Participation in the FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss 2019

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