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The first event of the 2019 Grand Chess Tour starts in Africa

FIDE - Mon, 05/06/2019 - 16:14



The 2019 Cote d’Ivoire Rapid & Blitz is one of four new events that will be joining the Grand Chess Tour roster in 2019. The tournament will be the first stop on the 2019 Grand Chess Tour and will be the first tournament on the African continent to ever feature the participation of the reigning world chess champion. It will take place at Pullman Abijan Hotel from May 8-12, 2019.

Magnus Carlsen is looking forward to playing rapid chess again after winning three super tournaments with classical time control one after the other, including recently finished the Grenke Chess Classic.

While most of the players are no strangers to the Tour, there will be newcomers, including Wei Yi and Bassem Amin, who received wild cards this year.

Amin Bassem is the reigning African Individual Champion, as well as the number one, ranked player from the African continent. He will become the first player from Africa to participate in a GCT tournament.

Chinese player Wei Yi represents the very best of a growing group of emerging junior players.

Participants will compete over 9 rounds of rapid chess and 18 rounds of blitz chess for a total prize fund of $150,000. The tournament has been made possible by a partnership between Vivendi SA, Canal+ Group and the Pullman Abidjan Hotel.

Participants

Magnus Carlsen



Hikaru Nakamura



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave



Liren Ding



Wesley So



Ian Nepomniachtchi



Sergey Karjakin



Yi Wei



Veselin Topalov



Bassem Amin

The fifth edition of the Grand Chess Tour (GCT) will see the tour expand to eight tournaments and increase the number of full tour participants to twelve. The tour will also welcome fourteen event level wildcards in 2019. Tour participants will fight for a record prize fund of $1.75 million as the GCT expands its reach to four continents to include tournaments in Africa, Asia, Europe, and America. The prize money on offer for the classical tournaments has been increased to $325,000 per event ($90,000 for 1st place and $60,000 for 2nd) while the prize fund for the GCT Finals in London will also be raised to $350,000 ($150,000 for 1st place and $100,000 for 2nd).

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Daniel Anwuli wins Zone 4.4 in Ghana and qualifies for the World Cup

FIDE - Sat, 05/04/2019 - 08:56

Zone 4.4 championship finished on April 27 in Ghana. Daniel Anwuli scored 7.5 points out of 9 rounds to claim the first prize and a qualification spot at the FIDE World Cup which will take place in Khanty-Mansiysk (Russia), in 2019.

The tournament was held from 21st to 27th April 2019 at the Oceanic Resort, Accra, Ghana. A total number of 53 players from 7 federations, including Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Togo and hosts Ghana, took part in this event. Nigeria dominated the event with 20 players. The top 14 places were occupied by players from Nigeria! Olanrewaju Ajibola was second and Akintoye Abdulraheem third.

Toritsemuwa Ofowino won the women section with impressive 8.5/9. 18 players from 6 federations took part in the women's group. Perpetual Eloho Ogbiyoyo was second with 7.5 points and Vivian Dzaayem was third with 7 points. Nigerian lady players occupied the top 5 slots.

GM Maurice Ashley from the USA was the Guest of Honour at the closing ceremony.

Link to the complete Final Results.

Link to photos and other information.

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Xie Jun is the new President of the Chinese Chess Association

FIDE - Thu, 05/02/2019 - 10:03

Last week, the 7th Women's World Champion Xie Jun became a new President of the governing body of chess in China - the Chinese Chess Association (CCA - 中国国际象棋协会).

"I am very happy for the opportunity to serve chess from this new position. Chess is the most beloved cause in my life", said Xie Jun to the Chinese media.

Xie Jun's impressive rise to the top of Women's chess is unprecedented in chess history. Born in 1970, in 1988 she was just a promising junior who tied for the second place at the World Junior Girls' Championship in Adelaide. At the age of 20, Xie already won the right to challenge for the women's world title, and in 1991 she defeated Maya Chiburdanidze by score 8½–6½.

In 1993 she successfully defended her title against Nana Ioseliani but lost the 1996 Women's World Chess Championship to Susan Polgar. Xie Jun regained the title in 1999 by defeating Alisa Galliamova. In 2000 Xie won the title again, beating fellow Chinese player Qin Kanying in the final of the world championship with a knock-out system.

Her success did much to popularize international chess in her country and the rest of Asia, and inspired many generations of Chinese players. Xie Jun is the first of a long list of women's world champions from China. Zhu Chen, Xu Yuhua, Hou Yifan, Tan Zhongyi, and Ju Wenjun followed her steps and reached the top as well.

Even though Xie Jun is not an active player anymore, she has been a chess enthusiast and supporter for many years. "It is my firm belief that the CCA, under the guidance of the FIDE and the Asian Chess Federation, will function more effectively on the world stage, and spread more Chinese wisdom and experience" pointed out a new elected President of the CCA.

The Chinese Chess Association is a member of the National Olympic Committee and officially joined FIDE in 1975. Nowadays it is one of the most active chess federations in FIDE.

FIDE congratulates the CCA President and wishes her and the federation continued success and hopes to create many new opportunities for bilateral cooperation in the future.
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Drawing of lots of the Women's Candidates Tournament took place in Moscow

FIDE - Thu, 05/02/2019 - 08:35

The drawing of lots for the Women's Candidates Tournament took place on April 30th, in the Chess Museum of the Central Chess Club in Moscow, named after Mikhail Botvinnik. The ceremony was attended by Arkady Dvorkovich, President of FIDE, and Judit Polgar, Honorary FIDE Vice President - and the strongest female player of all time. You can find a video of the drawing of lots on our Youtube Channel.

The event will take place in Kazan (Russia), from May 29 to June 19, 2019, with the Nogai Hotel as a venue. Organized by the Ministry of Sports of the Republic of Tatarstan, FIDE, and the Russian Chess Federation, the Candidates has a record prize fund of 200,000 €. But more importantly, the winner of this double round-robin tournament will become Ju Wenjun's challenger, with half a million euros at stake.

These are the participants:

1- Kateryna Lagno RUS, 2559 (KO World Ch. 2018 finalist) 2- Mariya Muzychuk UKR, 2560 (KO World Ch. 2018 semi-finalist) 3- Alexandra Kosteniuk RUS, 2545 (KO World Ch. 2018 semi-finalist) 4- Anna Muzychuk UKR, 2555 (qualified by rating) 5- Valentina Gunina RUS, 2515 (qualified by rating) 6- Nana Dzagnidze GEO, 2513 (qualified by rating) 7- Tan Zhongyi CHN, 2513 (qualified by rating) 8- Alexandra Goryachkina RUS, 2505 (1st replacement)

According to the rules, the representatives of the same country have to play each other in the first round of each half of the tournament. This means Muzychuk sisters must meet in the Round 1 and Round 8, while four Russian players they have to play each other in the Rounds 1 to 3, and 8 to 10.

Based on the drawing of lots, the Chief Arbiter Hal Bond (Canada) created a full tournament schedule:

Round One (May 31)   1. Valentina Gunina 4. Kateryna Lagno 2. Alexandra Kosteniuk 3. Alexandra Goryachkina 5. Nana Dzagnidze 8. Tan Zhongyi 6. Maria Muzychuk  7. Anna Muzychuk      Round Two (June 1)   4. Kateryna Lagno 2. Alexandra Kosteniuk 3. Alexandra Goryachkina 1. Valentina Gunina 8. Tan Zhongyi 6. Maria Muzychuk  7. Anna Muzychuk  5. Nana Dzagnidze     Round Three (June 2)   1. Valentina Gunina 2. Alexandra Kosteniuk 3. Alexandra Goryachkina 4. Kateryna Lagno 8. Tan Zhongyi 7. Anna Muzychuk  5. Nana Dzagnidze 6. Maria Muzychuk      (June 3 is a rest day)       Round Four (June 4)   5. Nana Dzagnidze 1. Valentina Gunina 2. Alexandra Kosteniuk 8. Tan Zhongyi 7. Anna Muzychuk  3. Alexandra Goryachkina 6. Maria Muzychuk  4. Kateryna Lagno     Round Five (June 5)   1. Valentina Gunina 6. Maria Muzychuk  2. Alexandra Kosteniuk 5. Nana Dzagnidze 3. Alexandra Goryachkina 8. Tan Zhongyi 4. Kateryna Lagno 7. Anna Muzychuk      Round Six (June 6)   7. Anna Muzychuk  1. Valentina Gunina 6. Maria Muzychuk  2. Alexandra Kosteniuk 5. Nana Dzagnidze 3. Alexandra Goryachkina 8. Tan Zhongyi 4. Kateryna Lagno     (June 7 is a rest day)       Round Seven (June 8)   2. Alexandra Kosteniuk 7. Anna Muzychuk  3. Alexandra Goryachkina 6. Maria Muzychuk  4. Kateryna Lagno 5. Nana Dzagnidze 1. Valentina Gunina 8. Tan Zhongyi     Round Eight (June 9)   4. Kateryna Lagno 1. Valentina Gunina 3. Alexandra Goryachkina 2. Alexandra Kosteniuk 8. Tan Zhongyi 5. Nana Dzagnidze 7. Anna Muzychuk  6. Maria Muzychuk      Round Nine (June 10)   2. Alexandra Kosteniuk 4. Kateryna Lagno 1. Valentina Gunina 3. Alexandra Goryachkina 6. Maria Muzychuk  8. Tan Zhongyi 5. Nana Dzagnidze 7. Anna Muzychuk      (June 11 is a rest day)       Round Ten (June 12)   2. Alexandra Kosteniuk 1. Valentina Gunina 4. Kateryna Lagno 3. Alexandra Goryachkina 7. Anna Muzychuk  8. Tan Zhongyi 6. Maria Muzychuk  5. Nana Dzagnidze     Round Eleven (June 13)   1. Valentina Gunina 5. Nana Dzagnidze 8. Tan Zhongyi 2. Alexandra Kosteniuk 3. Alexandra Goryachkina 7. Anna Muzychuk  4. Kateryna Lagno 6. Maria Muzychuk      Round Twelve (June 14)   6. Maria Muzychuk  1. Valentina Gunina 5. Nana Dzagnidze 2. Alexandra Kosteniuk 8. Tan Zhongyi 3. Alexandra Goryachkina 7. Anna Muzychuk  4. Kateryna Lagno     (June 15 is a rest day)       Round Thirteen (June 16)   1. Valentina Gunina 7. Anna Muzychuk  2. Alexandra Kosteniuk 6. Maria Muzychuk  3. Alexandra Goryachkina 5. Nana Dzagnidze 4. Kateryna Lagno 8. Tan Zhongyi     Round Fourteen (June 17)   7. Anna Muzychuk  2. Alexandra Kosteniuk 6. Maria Muzychuk  3. Alexandra Goryachkina 5. Nana Dzagnidze 4. Kateryna Lagno 8. Tan Zhongyi 1. Valentina Gunina     Closing ceremony and tie-breaks (if needed): June 18

ABOUT KAZAN

While being the 7th Russian city by population, with roughly 1,3 million inhabitants, its beauty and rich history makes Kazan often regarded as "The Third Capital of Russia", only after Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

Laying at the confluence of the Volga and Kazanka rivers, the capital of the Tatarstan Republic was founded in 1005, which makes this city at least 150 years older than Moscow.

Kazan is a famous sports center in Russia, having hosted the 2013 Universiade and many national hockey, boxing and swimming championships. It was one of the hosting cities of 2018 FIFA Football World Cup and, of course, it also held the 2011 Candidates tournament, won by Boris Gelfand.
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FIDE new office in Lausanne is now fully operational

FIDE - Wed, 05/01/2019 - 00:08



Following a decision by the 2018 Presidential Board meeting in London, FIDE has moved its headquarters from Athens to Lausanne, Switzerland.

The main reason for the transfer was the wish of the President to be close to the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee, as well to the main offices of other major sports associations. Exploring potential synergies with other sports associations is a line of work that the current FIDE administration wants to exploit.

The new office, administrated by FIDE's COO Willy Iclicki, is located within the Maison du Sport International or MSI ("Home of International Sport"), a unique complex that brings together under one roof several of the leading players in international sports administration. With a total 5,500 m2 of office space, the MSI hosts around thirty international sports federations and organisations, and some twenty companies active in the field of sport. Strategically positioned on the Avenue de Rhodanie, by the shores of Lake Geneva, the facilities include a reception building and three office blocks, conference rooms and a gym: a modern and functional complex in a prime location.

FIDE has already a long chess history with Lausanne, a place that was home to our organization's offices from 1995 until 2004. This city also hosted a FIDE World Championship Match, the one between Anatoly Karpov and Viswanathan Anand in 1998.

Address:
Avenue de Rhodanie, 54
1007 Lausanne
Switzerland
+41 21 348 11 04
office@fide.com


TF met in Lausanne for the opening of the FIDE office

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May 2019 FIDE Rating List

FIDE - Tue, 04/30/2019 - 20:32


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

FIDE - Tue, 04/30/2019 - 07:36



With the approval of the 2020 World Championship regulations, the bidding procedure to host this event is now open. Any federation member of FIDE, or any organizer approved by a national federation, is eligible to bid.

These are some of the basic requirements:

-- Each application should be backed by letters of support from a national federation and relevant local authorities.

-- It should contain all the basic information, such as proposed exact dates of the event, proposed venue, and prize fund.

-- Applicants should pay a non-refundable fee of three thousand euros, and extend an invitation for two members of the Global Strategy Commission to inspect the proposed venue and examine other conditions. This fee will be used to cover the hotel and travel expenses derived from this inspection.

-- Bidders must provide a guarantee issued by a first-class bank for the amount of three hundred thousand (300,000) euros to support the bid.

While very important, the proposed prize fund will not be the only criterium to decide who will host the event. FIDE's choice will take into consideration many other factors, aiming for the best interest of chess. The organizer's experience in holding top events, the location and prominence of the playing venue, and the organizer's plans to promote the event (like media facilities, proposed side events...) will also be key factors to make the decision.

The complete details about the procedure can be found under point 5. "Selection of the organizer" (page 6) of the World Championship regulations. You can download them on this link.

The applications must be sent to office@fide.com. The deadline to bid is July 25, 2019, at 23:59 CET.

 
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TCEC Cup 3 – pairings and information

Chessdom - Sat, 04/27/2019 - 15:39

TCEC Cup is coming, with the top 32 engines in a knockout competition

The TCEC Cup is now an integral part of the seasons of the Top Chess Engine Championship. It brings a special twist to the regular pace of the season, gives a chance for lower rated engines to meet the best, and also provides opportunity for engines with new versions to show their best and climb up the ladder.

The first TCEC Cup was convincingly won by Stockfish. It proved superior in Season 13 and did not give a chance to its opponents at any moment during the cup competition as well. TCEC Cup 2, however, was a different story. Stockfish stumbled at the semi-final against the S10 champion version of Houdini. This pitted Houdini against the bearer of the NN revolution Lc0, and the latter won its first major title in computer chess.

Replay TCEC Cup 2 final

TCEC Cup 3 starts this weekend. The cup holder Lc0 is going to defend its title in a race with the top 32 engines of the ongoing season. Its first match will be against a newcomer to the TCEC race – Marvin by Martin Danielsson (see Marvin’s rating at CCRL).

The main challenger of of Lc0 will be Stockfish. It starts at the other end of the brackets and the two can meet only at the final. The first match of Stockfish is against the 31st seeded – Rodent III by Pawel Koziol (see Rodent’s rating at CCRL). Rodent comes with last minute improvements and although having little chance against the many times TCEC champion, it will be a nice test altogether.

Despite an easy pairing in round 1, both Lc0 and Stockfish will have a difficult way to the final. Last year the surprise was Houdini. This year the pitfalls along the way are many. Komodo is playing with a new stronger version and is keeping up with the pace of the favorites. The new NN engine AllieStein is bringing hard time to the top engines, often putting decisive pressure on them and even defeating Houdini. Komodo MCTS is also among the dark horses – it just does not lose against its brother Komodo or against Houdini, while it drew 6/7 games against Lc0 in the Premier division. Xiphos, a stable Ginkgo, the updated Fire, or a new Laser can also bring havoc to the field.

TCEC Cup 3 pairings

The TCEC Cup 3 seedings are traditionally based on the ongoing season. As TCEC_Spectator explains, “TCEC Cup 1 pairings followed entirely the standings of the regular season. TCEC Cup 2, and subsequent cups, will have the winner of the previous Cup seeded as #1, while all the other participants will be seeded according to the regular season. The Premier Division will give the rest of the top 8 seeds of the competition. Seedings based on Divisions 1, 2 and 3 are straight forward. The 6 engines that did not promote are seeded in order of finish – Division 1 gives seeds 9 through 14, Division 2 gives seeds 15 through 20, Division 3 gives seeds 21 through 26. That leaves Division 4a and 4b. The teams finishing #3 and #4 in the 4 engine playoff for promotion to Division 3 make up seeds 27 and 28 respectively. The final 4 seeds are the 3rd and 4th place finishers (that did not make the playoff) in each of the two divisions 4a and 4b. The 3rd place teams are seeds 29 and 30 with the engine with higher points given the 29th seed. Likewise the 4th place teams are seeds 31 and 32 (finishing with equal points but Rodent III had more wins so was given seed 31).”

The full pairings will be completed once the Premier Division is completed – follow it live here. For engine ratings check out the computer chess engine rating list CCRL

1. Lc0 (title holder)

2. Stockfish

3. Div P #3

4. Div P #4

5. Div P #5

6. Div P #6

7. Ethereal

8. Fire

9. Xiphos

10. Laser

11. Andscacs

12. Fizbo

13. Jonny

14. Chiron

15. Ginkgo

16. ChessBrainVB

17. Booot

18. rofChade

19. Fritz

20. Nirvana

21. Arasan

22. Texel

23. Vajolet2

24. Gull

25. Pedone

26. Nemorino

27. pirarucu

28. RubiChess

29. Wasp

30. Winter

31. Rodent III

32. Marvin

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New regulations for the World Championship matches

FIDE - Fri, 04/26/2019 - 19:09


FIDE has approved the regulations for the World Championship Match 2020, as well as for the Women's World Championship match 2019-2020. The bidding procedure will last three months.

After extensive consultations with representatives of the chess community, some significant changes are introduced in the new regulations. These are the main ones:

The length of the match has been extended, from 12 games to 14. This change reflects the general opinion that the match should be slightly longer. To keep the event within a reasonable time frame, the rest days have been reduced from 6 to 5. This is a more dynamic schedule that will allow having all Saturdays and Sundays as playing days.

FIDE has established restrictions on the draw by mutual agreement: the players cannot settle for a draw before black's 40th move. A claim for a draw before black's 40th move is permitted only through an Arbiter in case of threefold repetition.

The recommendation for the prize fund has been raised to an expected minimum of 2 million euros net of any applicable local taxes. The winner will take 60% of this amount, while the runner-up gets 40% - as long as the World Championship Match ends within 14 games. In the eventuality of the title being decided in the tie-break, the prize fund will be split more evenly, with the winner receiving 55% and the runner-up 45%.

The time control has also been changed to the "Classical" format: the players will have 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 60 minutes for the next 20 moves and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 61. There is no increment whatsoever during the first 60 moves of the game.

As for the Women's World Championship, as it had been announced last month, the knock-out system is abandoned and this competition adopts now the same format of a Candidates Tournament followed by a title match. In this case, the final will be decided at the distance of 12 games, and both players will fight for a total prize fund of 500.000 € (after taxes). For comparison, in the last title match between Ju Wenjun and Tan Zhongyi in Shanghai, the prize fund was 200.000 €.

Apart from the technical and format changes in both cycles, the main novelty respect to the past few years is that FIDE is again in charge of organizing the World Championship match. After having delegated this responsibility on a third party company for the past few editions, a top priority for the new leadership under Arkady Dvorkovich's direction was to regain the commercial rights over its flagship event. The approval of these regulations marks the completion of this plan.

Regulations for the World Championship match: (PDF)

Regulations for the Women's World Championship match: (PDF)

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12ο Διεθνές Ανοιχτό Τουρνουά Τριανδρίας

Skakistiko - Thu, 04/25/2019 - 11:23

Ξεκινάει σε λίγες ημέρες στις εγκαταστάσεις της ΔΕΘ στο Περίπτερο 6, το 12ο Διεθνές Ανοιχτό Τουρνουά Τριανδρίας με 2 γκρουπ δυναμικότητας, από τις  29 Απριλίου έως τις 5 Μαΐου. Μια συλλογική προσπάθεια που κάθε χρόνο βελτιώνεται, φιλοδοξεί και φέτος να φιλοξενήσει ένα εξαιρετικό και ανταγωνιστικό τουρνουά με πολλές διεθνείς συμμετοχές( 50 σκακιστές από 17 χώρες έως τώρα).

Ξεχωρίζουν οι: ο Βραζιλιάνος Fier 2570 Elo, o Μολδαβός Svetushkin 2536 Elo και o νεαρός Dimitrov από τη Βουλγαρία 2521 Elo. Ιδιαίτερα πρέπει ωστόσο να σταθούμε στη συμμετοχή του 12χρονου Bharath Subramaniyam H, από την Ινδία που με 2301 Elo είναι ο κορυφαίος 12χρονος στον πλανήτη!

Στον καταπληκτικό ομολογουμένως χώρο αγώνων, οι διοργανωτές σας περιμένουν για μια σκακιστική γιορτή σε ένα ισχυρότατο ανταγωνιστικό τουρνουά.

Το επίσημο σάιτ
Σύνδεσμος chess-results 

 

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World Senior Team Championships 2019: Round 7

FIDE - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 14:05



Seven rounds have been played at FIDE World Senior Team Championship Open 50+ and Open 65+ in Rhodes.

In the 50+ category, USA remains the sole leader after defeating Israel with a score 2,5-1,5. Italy defeated England 1 with a score 2,5-1,5 and Iceland 1 defeated Armenia with the same score. Three out of four games of each of these matches ended in a draw and it was Alex Yermolinsky (2508, USA), Fabio Bruno (2433, ITA) and Johann Hjartarson (2520, ISL), who brought the winning points to their teams.



Great performance of 3,5-0,5 was achieved by Germany against Argentina, Athens Vets against Finland 1, Scotland against Canada, Uruguay against VSG 1880 Offenbach and Ireland 1 against Finland Sisu.



As for impressive individual results, Bjorn Johansson (1888, SWE) defeated WIM Natalia Titorenko (2153, RUS).

In the 65+ category, Russia 65+ defeated Saint Petersburg by 2,5-1,5, while Germany defeated Iceland 2 with the impressive score 3,5-0,5.

Austria achieved a perfect score against Norresundby Skakklub.





Some tough struggles are expected in the 8th round, as the tournament is coming to an end. The top pairings for round 8 are: USA-Austria, Germany-Italy, Iceland 1-Russia Women in the 50+ category, while in the 65+ category: Russia 65+ - France, Israel-Germany and Iceland 2-England 1.

Live transmission is available for 10 out of 13 matches in 50+ category and 12 out of 14 matches in the 65+ category. The live broadcast of the event is available through the official website.

 



After six rounds at FIDE World Senior Team Championship, USA has emerged as the sole leader of the Open 50+ category, with five wins and one draw, while Russia 65+ leads the Open 65+ category with 10 match points, closely followed by Germany, Iceland 2 and Finland 3, with 9 match points each.

In the sixth round the first two matches of the 50+ category ended with a draw (2-2) between USA-Iceland 2 and England 1-Armenia.
Israel achieved another perfect score 4-0 against Russia Women, as did Scotland against Latvia Women. 




One of the remarkable upsets was the game between IM Christian Maier (2325, GER) against Loukas Papadimitriou (1943, GRE), where Papadimitriou achieved an advantage shortly after the opening and successfully transferred it into a full point.

Of other notable individual results, Athanasios Mitrandzas (2055, GRE) drew with GM Uwe Boesch (2525, GER) and Joachim Wallner (2271, AUS) drew with Palermo Carlos Garcia (2407, ITA).

GM Alexander Shabalov (2510, USA) shows the highest performance in the tournament and has 4,5/5.

In the 65+ category, Russia 65+ defeated Israel with the impressive score 3,5-0,5, while Saint Petersburg achieved a perfect score against Austria.



GM Anatoli Vaisser (2482, FRA) remains the only player who has perfect score 5/5. GM Evgeny Sveshnikov (2481, RUS) and IM Valdimir V Zhelnin (2429, RUS) have 4,5/5, as well as two players from Belgium, IM Rooze Jan (2261, BEL) and Van Herck Marcel (2066, BEL).



In the meantime, a 7-rounds Blitz tournament, took place at the Olympic Palace Hotel in Rhodes. Among the 33 participants, IM Norayr Kalantaryan (2373, ARM) won the tournament with 6,5/7 points, while GM James Plaskett (2504, ENG) took the second place with 6/7 points. IM Christian Maier (2347, GER), IM Michael Barron (2256, CAN) and WGM Galina Strutinskaia (2205, RUS) tied for the third place with 5/7, but IM Christian Maier took the third place thanks to better tiebreaks.



The top pairings for round 7 are: Israel-USA, Italy- England 1 and Iceland 1-Armenia, in the 50+ category, while in the 65+ Saint Peterburg-Russia 65+, Germany-Iceland 2 and Finland 3-France.

All the results and pairings can be found here.




The first round of the World Senior Team Championships was played in the Olympic Palace Resort in Rhodes, Greece on 16th of April. During the opening ceremony, Mrs Marialena Hatzilazarou, Vice Mayor of Rhodes Municipality welcomed the participants to the island of Rhodes. Mr Jan Rooze, FIDE Senior Chess Director, expressed his gratitude to all players and welcomed all participants to make their proposals to improve the situation with Senior chess.

Mr Vadim Tsypin read the letter of FIDE President, Mr Arkady Dvorkovich. Mr Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou, ECU Secretary General, wished all participants to enjoy the tournament and invited the Governor Mr Hatzimarkos to make the first move.

Mr Georgios Hatzimarkos, Governor of South Aegean region, declared the Championship opened and made the first symbolic move on the top board game between Jonathan Grant and Alexander Shabalov in the match Scotland-USA.

Three teams achieved a perfect score in the 65+ category: Russia 65+ against Switzerland, England 1 against Sweden 3 and Austria against Turku. Four teams Armenia, Iceland 1, England 1, Israel won all games in the 50+ category. Second round starts at 15:00 (local time) on 17th of April.

All the results and pairings can be found here.


Rhodes hosts World Senior Team Championships 2019

Rhodes Chess Festival 2019 continues with the World Senior Team Championships. The tournaments start on April 16th and will be held until 24th of April.

There will be two separate team championships for categories 50+ and 65+. 27 teams from 17 countries registered in 65+ age category, 26 teams from 20 countries are in the list in 50+ age category. The total prize fund of the championship is 10,000 EUR.

The defending champions – Russia 65+ led by GM Evgeny Sveshnikov and the team of the USA with GM Alexander Shabalov playing on the first board in the category 50+ – will be in attendance.

The live transmission of the top boards of each round will be available through the official website of the organizer: https://rodoschess2019.com 


FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich sent the letter for the participants and expressed his gratitude to the Greek Chess Federation.


Moscow, 15 April 2019

Dear friends,

It is a great pleasure for me to welcome the participants of the 2019 World Senior Team Championship 50+ & 65+, which is scheduled to be held in Rhodes, Greece, 15-25 April 2019.

On this occasion, I would like to send on behalf of FIDE, our congratulations and express our gratitude to the Greek Chess Federation for their continuous efforts in organizing high level international chess competitions, FIDE official events and promoting chess. World Senior Championships, individual and teams, are very important for our World Chess Federation as they demonstrate that chess has no age limits and can be exercised at any stage.

I am confident that all the participants will enjoy traditional Greek hospitality and will succeed in demonstrating their best chess skills and enjoy being among friends.

Gens Una Sumus
Yours sincerely,
Arkady Dvorkovich






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FIDE launches the budget to support chess veterans

FIDE - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 10:40



Following a decision of the 4th Presidential Board meeting 2018, the International Chess Federation is pleased to announce the continuation of its support to chess veterans with an exceptional budget of an annual total of 50,000 euros.

From this fund, 30,000 will be allocated to increase the prize funds in this year's Individual World Seniors Championships 50+ and 65+ (open and women). The remaining 20,000 will go to individual nominees: anyone over 65 years old, who has contributed to the development of chess and who is in an unstable financial situation, is entitled to receive this support. Applications including a CV can be sent, personally or on behalf of somebody else, to the FIDE Secretariat office@fide.com.

More details to be announced in approximately two weeks.

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World Senior Team Championships 2019: Round 6

FIDE - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 12:09



After six rounds at FIDE World Senior Team Championship, USA has emerged as the sole leader of the Open 50+ category, with five wins and one draw, while Russia 65+ leads the Open 65+ category with 10 match points, closely followed by Germany, Iceland 2 and Finland 3, with 9 match points each.

In the sixth round the first two matches of the 50+ category ended with a draw (2-2) between USA-Iceland 2 and England 1-Armenia.
Israel achieved another perfect score 4-0 against Russia Women, as did Scotland against Latvia Women. 




One of the remarkable upsets was the game between IM Christian Maier (2325, GER) against Loukas Papadimitriou (1943, GRE), where Papadimitriou achieved an advantage shortly after the opening and successfully transferred it into a full point.

Of other notable individual results, Athanasios Mitrandzas (2055, GRE) drew with GM Uwe Boesch (2525, GER) and Joachim Wallner (2271, AUS) drew with Palermo Carlos Garcia (2407, ITA).

GM Alexander Shabalov (2510, USA) shows the highest performance in the tournament and has 4,5/5.

In the 65+ category, Russia 65+ defeated Israel with the impressive score 3,5-0,5, while Saint Petersburg achieved a perfect score against Austria.



GM Anatoli Vaisser (2482, FRA) remains the only player who has perfect score 5/5. GM Evgeny Sveshnikov (2481, RUS) and IM Valdimir V Zhelnin (2429, RUS) have 4,5/5, as well as two players from Belgium, IM Rooze Jan (2261, BEL) and Van Herck Marcel (2066, BEL).



In the meantime, a 7-rounds Blitz tournament, took place at the Olympic Palace Hotel in Rhodes. Among the 33 participants, IM Norayr Kalantaryan (2373, ARM) won the tournament with 6,5/7 points, while GM James Plaskett (2504, ENG) took the second place with 6/7 points. IM Christian Maier (2347, GER), IM Michael Barron (2256, CAN) and WGM Galina Strutinskaia (2205, RUS) tied for the third place with 5/7, but IM Christian Maier took the third place thanks to better tiebreaks.



The top pairings for round 7 are: Israel-USA, Italy- England 1 and Iceland 1-Armenia, in the 50+ category, while in the 65+ Saint Peterburg-Russia 65+, Germany-Iceland 2 and Finland 3-France.

All the results and pairings can be found here.




The first round of the World Senior Team Championships was played in the Olympic Palace Resort in Rhodes, Greece on 16th of April. During the opening ceremony, Mrs Marialena Hatzilazarou, Vice Mayor of Rhodes Municipality welcomed the participants to the island of Rhodes. Mr Jan Rooze, FIDE Senior Chess Director, expressed his gratitude to all players and welcomed all participants to make their proposals to improve the situation with Senior chess.

Mr Vadim Tsypin read the letter of FIDE President, Mr Arkady Dvorkovich. Mr Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou, ECU Secretary General, wished all participants to enjoy the tournament and invited the Governor Mr Hatzimarkos to make the first move.

Mr Georgios Hatzimarkos, Governor of South Aegean region, declared the Championship opened and made the first symbolic move on the top board game between Jonathan Grant and Alexander Shabalov in the match Scotland-USA.

Three teams achieved a perfect score in the 65+ category: Russia 65+ against Switzerland, England 1 against Sweden 3 and Austria against Turku. Four teams Armenia, Iceland 1, England 1, Israel won all games in the 50+ category. Second round starts at 15:00 (local time) on 17th of April.

All the results and pairings can be found here.


Rhodes hosts World Senior Team Championships 2019

Rhodes Chess Festival 2019 continues with the World Senior Team Championships. The tournaments start on April 16th and will be held until 24th of April.

There will be two separate team championships for categories 50+ and 65+. 27 teams from 17 countries registered in 65+ age category, 26 teams from 20 countries are in the list in 50+ age category. The total prize fund of the championship is 10,000 EUR.

The defending champions – Russia 65+ led by GM Evgeny Sveshnikov and the team of the USA with GM Alexander Shabalov playing on the first board in the category 50+ – will be in attendance.

The live transmission of the top boards of each round will be available through the official website of the organizer: https://rodoschess2019.com 


FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich sent the letter for the participants and expressed his gratitude to the Greek Chess Federation.


Moscow, 15 April 2019

Dear friends,

It is a great pleasure for me to welcome the participants of the 2019 World Senior Team Championship 50+ & 65+, which is scheduled to be held in Rhodes, Greece, 15-25 April 2019.

On this occasion, I would like to send on behalf of FIDE, our congratulations and express our gratitude to the Greek Chess Federation for their continuous efforts in organizing high level international chess competitions, FIDE official events and promoting chess. World Senior Championships, individual and teams, are very important for our World Chess Federation as they demonstrate that chess has no age limits and can be exercised at any stage.

I am confident that all the participants will enjoy traditional Greek hospitality and will succeed in demonstrating their best chess skills and enjoy being among friends.

Gens Una Sumus
Yours sincerely,
Arkady Dvorkovich






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The World Fischer Random Chess Championship is now officially recognized by FIDE

FIDE - Sat, 04/20/2019 - 14:25


This historic event will feature an online qualifying phase on Chess.com, beginning April 28, and is open to all players. The finals will be held in Norway this fall, with a prize fund of $375,000 USD.
 
The International Chess Federation (FIDE) has granted the rights to host the inaugural FIDE World Fischer Random Chess Championship cycle to Dund AS, in partnership with Chess.com. And, for the first time in history, a chess world championship cycle will combine an online, open qualifier and worldwide participation with physical finals.
 
“With FIDE’s support for Fischer Random Chess, we are happy to invite you to join the quest to become the first-ever FIDE World Fischer Random Chess Champion” said Arne Horvei, founding partner in Dund AS. “Anyone can participate online, and we are excited to see if there are any diamonds in the rough out there that could excel in this format of chess,” he said.
 
"It is an unprecedented move that the International Chess Federation recognizes a new variety of chess, so this was a decision that required to be carefully thought out,” said FIDE president Arkady Dvorkovich, who recently visited Oslo to discuss this agreement. “But we believe that Fischer Random is a positive innovation: It injects new energies an enthusiasm into our game, but at the same time it doesn't mean a rupture with our classical chess and its tradition. It is probably for this reason that Fischer Random chess has won the favor of the chess community, including the top players and the world champion himself. FIDE couldn't be oblivious to that: It was time to embrace and incorporate this modality of chess."
 
The 2019 World Fischer Random Chess Championship features chess superstars such as World Champion Magnus Carlsen, Hikaru Nakamura, and Fabiano Caruana. Ian Nepomniachtchi, Wesley So, Alexander Grischuk and Peter Svidler are also confirmed to play. This historic event will feature a qualifying phase open to all players beginning April 28. Players can enter at www.FRChess.com, and the qualifying rounds will be hosted by Chess.com.
 
"We are thrilled to be the organizing partner for the 2019 World Fischer Random Chess Championship," said Daniel Rensch, chief chess officer of Chess.com. "We're excited to be teaming up with Dund A/S to provide an accessible path to stardom for players around the world!"
  Download Press Release
Download Regulations  
 
Arne Horvei and Jøran Aulin-Jansson received FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich a few weeks ago in Oslo.
 

    
 
About Dund AS:
Dund AS organized the 2018 unofficial Fischer Random (FR) world title match between classical chess champion Magnus Carlsen and recognized Fischer Random ace Hikaru Nakamura, who won the final Mainz tournament in the discipline in 2009. The enormous interest generated by the event, which stole nearly two million Norwegian television viewers away from the national obsession of the Winter Olympics, showed that the world was ready for more FR chess.  
 
 
About Chess.com:
Chess.com is the world’s largest chess site, with a community of more than 27 million members from around the world playing millions of games every day. Launched in 2009, Chess.com is the leader in chess news, lessons, events and live entertainment. Visit Chess.com to play, learn and connect with chess—the world’s most popular game.
 
 
About FIDE:
The Fédération Internationale des Échecs (FIDE) is the governing body of international chess competition. Founded in 1924, it was one of the first institutions of its kind and it is now one of the largest, with a total of 190 affiliated national chess federations.
 
 
For more information:
Dund AS:
Founding Partner Arne Horvei arne@frchess.com
+47 90662249
 
FIDE:
Chief Communications Officer
David Llada press@fide.com
+34 680312625
 
Chess.com:
Director of Esports
Nick Barton
nick@chess.com
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Cooperation agreement between the FIDE Social Comm. and the Magic Extremadura CC

FIDE - Sat, 04/20/2019 - 11:57



FIDE Social Commission and Magic Extremadura Chess Club signed a cooperation agreement on April, 2. The club in Spanish Merida has created a specific methodology called ECAM, Cognitive Training Through Chess, and is successfully applying it as a therapeutic tool.

The President of the Social Commission of the International Chess Federation (FIDE), GM Pablo Zarnicki, visited Merida, a city with a Roman past located in the southwest of Spain, from April 1st to 3rd, 2019. The purpose of his visit was to find out more about the social and therapeutic programs carried out for more than 20 years by the Magic Extremadura Chess Club, and signing a mutual collaboration agreement.

The agreement between FIDE and Magic Extremadura Chess Club was signed in the presence of the General Sports Director of Extremadura, Manuel José Hernández at the headquarters of the Sports General direction. Merida is the city where the club's physical headquarters are located. There are several therapeutic workshops that have as their common denominator chess or a specific therapeutic methodology that the club has created and which is called ECAM, Cognitive Training through Chess. However, workshops of this type are spread throughout Extremadura, and eighteen workshops are currently operating in the following centers: eight centers for the elderly, a center for the elderly with cognitive impairment, a neurological rehabilitation center, a center for severe mental disorder, a disability center, a center for people with Down syndrome, two therapeutic communities for drug addicts, a center for homeless people and two prisons.

Before visiting workshops to attend real classes, the Argentinian Grand Master offered a lecture at the Magic's club, where he talked about his personal and professional career, and where he showed some of the games, he played in the Junior World Championship that he won. 

Zarnicki visited the Therapeutic Community for addicts "La Garrovilla", a large public owned center, where people who have decided to detoxify and stop using drugs, voluntarily interned in the center. The quota of seats is twenty people and they have to attend the therapeutic chess clinics, as one of the mandatory activities. The workshop has been uninterrupted since 2010.

Activity that is highly valued by the users of the Community, who see in it a means of recovering many of its cognitive functions (attention, memory, reasoning, etc.) deteriorated by the consumption of substances. Zarnicki checked during the hour and a half of the workshop the operation of this "therapeutic chess": the monitor of the Magic, Juan Francisco Calero, performed on the wall mural board (instrument of work by antonomasia of this methodology) different exercises that work focal attention, sustained attention, visuospatial functions, a set of exercises, practical and participatory. President of the Social Commission of FIDE could take good account of what was done there.

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FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss Tournament

FIDE - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 13:51



FIDE is happy to confirm that the contract with the organizers of FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss Tournament has been signed, and we are looking forward to an exceptional event on Isle of Man.

Please, find below the updated version of the Tournament Regulations in accordance with the decision of the FIDE Presidential Board as well as the current ranking of top 120 players by average rating as per April 1, 2019. The final list of qualifying players and reserves will be published within a week after the publication of the June 2019 FIDE Rating List.

REGULATIONS

QUALIFIERS

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FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss Tournament - what a name!

FIDE - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 13:51



FIDE is happy to confirm that the contract with the organizers of FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss Tournament has been signed, and we are looking forward to an exceptional event on Isle of Man.

Please, find below the updated version of the Tournament Regulations in accordance with the decision of the FIDE Presidential Board as well as the current ranking of top 120 players by average rating as per April 1, 2019. The final list of qualifying players and reserves will be published within a week after the publication of the June 2019 FIDE Rating List.

REGULATIONS

QUALIFIERS

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Turkey welcomes participants of World Schools Championships 2019

FIDE - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 11:10



World School Individual Championships 2019 started in Lara, Antalya, Turkey on the 17th of April. 396 participants will compete in 12 age groups (Open and Girls under 7, 9, 11, 13, 15 and 17). Champions will be determined on the 26th of April. The games will take place in the conference hall of the 5-star hotels, Aska Lara Resort & Spa Hotel and Adalya Elite Lara Hotel in Lara/Antalya.

World School Chess Championship 2019 Organizing Committee published "Info Bulletin" which includes useful information for participants.

The tournament is organized under the auspices of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) and the Turkish Chess Federation

FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich sent a welcoming letter for the participants.

Official website 

 

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World Senior Team Championships 2019: Round 1

FIDE - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 18:31



The first round of the World Senior Team Championships was played in the Olympic Palace Resort in Rhodes, Greece on 16th of April. During the opening ceremony, Mrs Marialena Hatzilazarou, Vice Mayor of Rhodes Municipality welcomed the participants to the island of Rhodes. Mr Jan Rooze, FIDE Senior Chess Director, expressed his gratitude to all players and welcomed all participants to make their proposals to improve the situation with Senior chess.

Mr Vadim Tsypin read the letter of FIDE President, Mr Arkady Dvorkovich. Mr Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou, ECU Secretary General, wished all participants to enjoy the tournament and invited the Governor Mr Hatzimarkos to make the first move.

Mr Georgios Hatzimarkos, Governor of South Aegean region, declared the Championship opened and made the first symbolic move on the top board game between Jonathan Grant and Alexander Shabalov in the match Scotland-USA.

Three teams achieved a perfect score in the 65+ category: Russia 65+ against Switzerland, England 1 against Sweden 3 and Austria against Turku. Four teams Armenia, Iceland 1, England 1, Israel won all games in the 50+ category. Second round starts at 15:00 (local time) on 17th of April.

All the results and pairings can be found here.


Rhodes hosts World Senior Team Championships 2019

Rhodes Chess Festival 2019 continues with the World Senior Team Championships. The tournaments start on April 16th and will be held until 24th of April.

There will be two separate team championships for categories 50+ and 65+. 27 teams from 17 countries registered in 65+ age category, 26 teams from 20 countries are in the list in 50+ age category. The total prize fund of the championship is 10,000 EUR.

The defending champions – Russia 65+ led by GM Evgeny Sveshnikov and the team of the USA with GM Alexander Shabalov playing on the first board in the category 50+ – will be in attendance.

The live transmission of the top boards of each round will be available through the official website of the organizer: https://rodoschess2019.com 


FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich sent the letter for the participants and expressed his gratitude to the Greek Chess Federation.


Moscow, 15 April 2019

Dear friends,

It is a great pleasure for me to welcome the participants of the 2019 World Senior Team Championship 50+ & 65+, which is scheduled to be held in Rhodes, Greece, 15-25 April 2019.

On this occasion, I would like to send on behalf of FIDE, our congratulations and express our gratitude to the Greek Chess Federation for their continuous efforts in organizing high level international chess competitions, FIDE official events and promoting chess. World Senior Championships, individual and teams, are very important for our World Chess Federation as they demonstrate that chess has no age limits and can be exercised at any stage.

I am confident that all the participants will enjoy traditional Greek hospitality and will succeed in demonstrating their best chess skills and enjoy being among friends.

Gens Una Sumus
Yours sincerely,
Arkady Dvorkovich






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Victor Bologan brings chess to the Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly

FIDE - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 21:13
The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) is a global institution established in 1889, as the first permanent space for multilateral political negotiations. With headquarters in Geneva, it works with 178 member parliaments from all over the world “to safeguard peace and drive positive democratic change through political dialogue and concrete action”.

This institution celebrated its 140th Assembly last Thursday, April 11th, gathering in Doha more than two thousand legislators and 80 speakers. FIDE’s Executive Director Victor Bologan was one of the attendees, thanks to his position as Moldovan parliamentary, a post he holds since the last elections in February.

"This year, the main topic on the agenda was Parliaments as a platform for raising the level of education in the name of peace, security and the rule of law". Chess is a perfect educative tool for this purpose, and it gave Victor the chance to discuss with IPU’s President, Gabriela Cuevas, about the introduction of chess in the curriculum – a recommendation that some parliaments have already approved in several countries. “We decided to come back to this topic later, next May in Mexico when I will meet with Mrs Cuevas again”, explained Bologan.



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