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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FIDE launches the "Best minds play chess" project with the most prestigious universities in the world

FIDE - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 03:00

FIDE Director-General Emil Sutovsky visited Boston and Cambridge (Massachusetts) for a series of meetings last week. The new FIDE project "Best minds play chess" uniting world top universities is scheduled to launch later this year, and the teams of MIT and Harvard have expressed their interest to participate in the event. In addition, Mr. Sutovsky met with the Director of JFK Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Mr. Alan Price, and discussed in detail the possible cooperation between FIDE and this prominent institution.

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Egyptian sports authorities received Arkady Dvorkovich in Cairo

FIDE - Fri, 04/12/2019 - 14:08

On April 11th, Arkady Dvorkovich visited Cairo to discuss important matters with the highest sports authorities in the country, like Dr. Ashraf Sobhy (Egyptian Youth and Sports Minister), General Ahmed Nasser (President of Association of African Sports Confederations), Dr. Emad Elbannany (Secretary General of Egyptian Olympic Committee) and Hesham Elgendi (President of the Egypt Chess Federation).

The main point in the agenda was the preparation of the African Games, in which chess will be included again. The development of chess in Egypt and in the region, the cooperation with other sports, and the possibility to include chess into the first ever African Para Games (to be which will be held in Morocco in January 2020) were some of the other topics on the table.

Arkady Dvorkovich visited Egyptian Olympic Committee

FIDE President and Dr. Ashraf Sobhy, Egyptian Youth and Sports Minister 

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Second meeting of the Task Force for the Reform of the FIDE Statutes

FIDE - Fri, 04/12/2019 - 12:21

Second meeting of the Task Force for the Reform of the FIDE Statutes with the participation of Roberto Rivello, Willy Icklicki, Martin Huba, Aleksandr Martynov, Lakhdar Mazouz, Ken Koort, Francois Strydom and Igor Kogan was held in Lausanne on 6-7 April 2019. Very important is to mention that the meeting was seated in the modern and nice MSI building (House of International Sports) where FIDE has just started its office operations. Sharing the MSI premises with other international sport organisations gives the chess representation the unique opportunity to discuss relevant topics with many competent people in an easy and effective way.

Although not the whole Task Force was present, during an intensive and fruitful work the members elaborated further the structure and content of future FIDE Statutes and agreed on the deadlines and milestones. The specific tasks were divided among individuals and it was decided that the focus of next weeks will be put on individual work and possible comments and suggestions exchange in an electronic communication to increase the efficiency and effectiveness.

The Task Force work is fully devoted to establish a legal framework allowing and supporting the good governance of FIDE and accelerating its performance. FIDE is turning quickly into a modern sport organisation.

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World Chess Championship for Blind and Visually impaired

FIDE - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 14:45

The 14th IBCA individual World Chess Championship for Blind and Visually impaired is underway in Cagliari, Italy. 86 participants from 26 countries take part in the tournament. Players placed first, second and third will be awarded respectively with gold, silver and bronze cups and medals. The championship is held in 4 Star Hôtel Califfo, Cagliari, Italy until April 15th 2019.

The tournament is organized by I.B.C.A. (International Braille Chess Association) and A.S.C.I.D. (Italian Blind Chess Association) with the cooperation of the International Fide Organizer Cristina Pernici Rigo (ArcoWorldChess).

Alexey Smirnov (Russia, 2451) and Piotr Dukaczewski (Poland, 2225) are leading after 3 rounds with a perfect score. Check pairings and results.

Visually impaired people play chess on a special board where black squares are raised about 3-4 mm above white; all squares have a hole in the center where a piece can be fixed using a nail at its base. All black pieces have a pin fixed on their heads helping the player distinguish them.

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Meetings in Oslo

FIDE - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 10:51

FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich visited Oslo, Norway and met with the representatives of the Norwegian Chess Federation on April 9th on his way home from his trip to the ongoing Reykjavik Open Tournament. He managed to conduct a substantial program before the evening flight took him to Moscow.

The first couple of meetings addressed issues related to the possibility to organize the official Fischer Random World Chess Championship in the fall of 2019 in Bærum, Oslo, and then a discussion regarding the World Championship match in 2020, where Stavanger will be the candidate city for Norway.

After the meetings Mr Dvorkovich visited the flagship Chess Club Oslo Schakselskap (1884) in their iconic premises downtown Oslo, where club member GM Simen Agdestein told about the Chess school he is running at the High School Sports Academy. The Chess school was opened 20 years ago and the World Champion Magnus Carlsen and Junior World Champion Aryan Tari were among many students of Simen Agdestein.

Mr Dvorkovich's last port of call was the new chess pub The Good Knight, opened last year before the London World Championship match. The pub immediately became a huge success.

From left to right: Konstantin Kiselev, assistant to the FIDE President, board member Otto Milvang and Vice President of NCF Vibeke Ekeland Grønn, NSF, FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich, and the President of NCF Morten L Madsen and Secretary General of NCF Geir Nesheim

Mr. Arkady Dvorkovich, in meetings with founder of Norway Chess Kjell Madland, project manager Benedicte Westre Skog and Herbjørn Tjeltveit from Stavanger kommune

Fotos: Trygve Indrelid


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Arkady Dvorkovich visits Reykjavik

FIDE - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 10:37

The President of the International Chess Federation arrived to Iceland on April 7th for his first official visit to this country. He held a meeting with the President of Iceland Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson where they discussed the development of chess in the country, chess in schools program and the possible options to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Fischer-Spassky match in 2022.

Prime Minister of Iceland Katrín Jakobsdóttir and FIDE President Arkady Dvokovich made the first symbolic move in the game between Gawain Jones and Ludwig Deglmann to open the 34th edition of Reykjavik Open. Afterward, they visited the grave of Robert James Fisher to pay their respects to the former World Champion and then headed to the "Bobby Fisher Center", a small non-profit biographical museum housing memorabilia of the 1972 World Chess Champion.

The 34th edition of Reykjavik Open has 239 players, including 31 grandmasters. Gawain Jones, Nils Grandelius, Alireza Firouzja top the starting list.

Official website: www.reykjavikopen.com

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FIDE President visits Shamkir

FIDE - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 09:17

FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich visited “Shamkir Chess 2019”. The sixth tournament in memory of Vugar Gashimov is held at the Heydar Aliyev Centre in Shamkir, Azerbaijan.
FIDE President started round 5 by making the first symbolic move in the game Magnus Carlsen – Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. This game ended in a draw, leaving the world champion in a sole lead with 3,5/5.
During his visit Arkady Dvorkovich met the Chief Executive of Shamkir Region, Alimpasha Mammadov and Mahir Mammadov, the Vice-President of FIDE and Chess Federation of Azerbaijan.
The FIDE President got acquainted with the Heydar Aliyev Center in Shamkir, and wrote his best wishes in the memory book. He also answered the questions of journalists during the press conference.
The organizers and sponsors of the tournament: SOCAR and the Chess Federation of Azerbaijan, the Ministry of Youth and Sport of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Synergy Group of Companies. The overall prize fund amounts to 100 000 Euro.

Official website: http://shamkirchess.com/

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Breaking news - Chess at the African Games 2019

FIDE - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 14:57

FIDE is happy to announce that chess will be featured as an official sport in the 2019 African Games which are scheduled to be held in Morocco. The previous African Games in 2015 did not include chess while the 2003, 2007 and 2011 events had chess in the official programme.

FIDE is expressing its sincere gratitude to General Ahmed Nasser Mohamed, President of the Association of African Sports Confederation who supported the initiative of the FIDE President A. Dvorkovich in this regard.


The African Games, formally known as the All-Africa Games or the Pan African Games, are a continental multi-sport event held every four years, organized by the African Union (AU) with the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) and the Association of African Sports Confederations (AASC).

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Launch of the Cayman Islands Chess Federation

FIDE - Mon, 04/01/2019 - 14:05

The Cayman Islands has formed a national Chess Federation (the "Cayman Islands Chess Federation") and has applied to join FIDE with a view to competing in the Chess Olympiad in 2020.

The launch of the Cayman Islands Chess Federation was marked by the Cayman Islands' first international match, against St Lucia, held during the visit of FIDE Vice-President Nigel Short MBE.

VP Short's visit on 14-17 March 2019 was the final leg of his FIDE expansion tour of the Caribbean, which has seen the emergence of five new national federations all seeking to join FIDE.

Together with the leaders of CICF, VP Short met with the Governor, the Minister of Education and other government officials to promote the Islands' nascent chess in schools programme which requires government funding in order to be sustainable over the long term. VP Short also inspired students during a visit to the chess club at John Gray High School.

VP Short was the guest of honour at the Cayman v St Lucia match, which was won 15-3 by St Lucia. At the conclusion of the event, CICF President, Shaun Tracey, presented VP Short with the CICF's application to join FIDE, to rounds of applause from the local chess community.

The Cayman Islands is a British Overseas Territory situated near Jamaica and Cuba in the Caribbean Sea. The Islands consist of Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. Organised chess began in 2014, and a chess in schools programme was introduced in all public schools in 2017, led by WIM Anzel Laubscher as national chess coach. The schools programme was made possible due to the sponsorship of more than 20 local businesses, including major sponsors BDO, Ogier and Dart/Minds Inspired, who were delighted to participate in fundraising simuls given by leading grandmasters Nigel Short (2017) and Hou Yifan (2018).

FIDE Vice-President Nigel Short MBE meeting with the Governor of the Cayman Islands, Martyn Roper OBE, the Minister of Education, Hon. Juliana O'Connor Connolly JP MLA, Mrs Barbara Connolly MLA, Mr Joel Francis and representatives of the Cayman Islands Chess Federation.

Presentation of the Cayman Islands Chess Federation's application to join FIDE (left to right):
Carlo Lee (Development Officer), Shaun Tracey (President), VP Short, and Malcolm Powell (Secretary).

VP Short teaching students at John Gray High School, Cayman Islands.

VP Short with members of the Cayman Chess Club

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April 2019 FIDE Rating List

FIDE - Sun, 03/31/2019 - 22:55

FIDE publishes April 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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Chess Legends Inducted into the US and World Chess Halls of Fame in Saint Louis

FIDE - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 17:30

Annual ceremony for the induction to the World Chess Hall of Fame took place in St. Louis, USA in conjunction with the Opening ceremony of the 2019 U.S. Championship and U.S. Women's Championship.

This year FIDE's inductees are:

Grandmasters Akiba (Akiva) Rubinstein (1890 -1961), Mark Taimanov (1926 - 2016), and Xie Jun (1970 - ).

FIDE Vice President Michael Khodarkovsky conducted the induction on behalf of the FIDE Presidential Board. 

Grandmaster Maurice Ashley and Woman Grandmaster Jennifer Shahade followed the induction with remarks on the achievements of each of the inductees.
Mark Taimanov’s World Chess Hall of Fame Induction, Michael Khodarkovsky Speaking
March 18, 2019
Photo by Crystal Fuller
Courtesy of the World Chess Hall of Fame
Mark Taimanov was ranked among the top 20 players in the world for over a quarter of a century and is one of the few players to have defeated six world chess champions (Botvinnik, Smyslov, Tal, Petrosian, Spassky, and Karpov). He played in 23 Soviet Chess Championships, a record equaled only by Efim Geller, tying for first in 1952 and 1956. Twice a candidate for the World Chess Championship (1953 and 1971), Taimanov was also a member of the gold medal-winning 1956 Soviet Olympiad team. A prolific and well-respected writer on the game, he was an excellent theoretician best known for the variation of the Sicilian which bears his name (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6).
Akiba Rubinstein’s World Chess Hall of Fame Induction, Maurice Ashley Speaking
March 18, 2019
Photo by Austin Fuller
Courtesy of the World Chess Hall of Fame
Akiba (or Akiva) Rubinstein, along with Paul Keres and Viktor Korchnoi, is considered one of the strongest players never to become world champion, despite learning the game at the late age of 16. Born in what is today eastern Poland, he was one of the four strongest players in the world from 1907 to 1922, and for a short time in 1912, might have been number one. That year Rubinstein won four major events (San Sebastian, Vilnius, Breslau, and Piestany) and a match for the World Chess Championship with Emanuel Lasker seemed inevitable, but fate and World War I decided otherwise. Rubinstein is still remembered today for his contributions to opening theory and rook and pawn endgames.
Xie Jun’s World Chess Hall of Fame Induction, Michael Khodarkovsky Speaking
March 18, 2019
Photo by Crystal Fuller
Courtesy of the World Chess Hall of Fame
A trailblazer and national hero in China, Xie Jun was the first player from Asia to become women’s world chess champion (1991-1996 and 1999-2001), ending a 41-year Soviet stranglehold on the title. As a four-time women’s world chess champion, she is the very first player to win the individual title under both the classical system and the knock-out system. Xie Jun represented China in eight Women’s Chess Olympiads, winning seven team medals (three gold, one silver, and three bronze) and five individual medals (two silver and three bronze). She is the author of Chess Champion from China: The Life and Games of Xie Jun(1998), one of the first game collections on a female player.

“The 2019 World Chess Hall of Fame inductees exemplify the global impact and inclusivity chess has to offer, and we’re honored to include their contributions to the game’s rich history,” said FIDE Chief Operating Officer Willy Iclicki.

This year, the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame committee and the U.S. Chess Trust have selected Max Judd, Saint Louis resident, immigrant and top player at the turn of the 20th century; William Lombardy, Chess Olympiad gold medalist who was an instrumental collaborator in bringing four world championship titles to the United States; and Susan Polgar, Olympiad gold medalist, former women’s world chess champion and Webster University collegiate chess coach, for induction into the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame.

Inductees of both Halls of Fame are chosen for their impact on the sport and have included players, authors, journalists, scholars, organizers and supporters of the game. Each player will be commemorated at the World Chess Hall of Fame (WCHOF) in Saint Louis with a plaque bearing their image and biography.

Michael Khodarkovsky, Vice President, FIDE Presidential Board
March 18, 2019
Photo by Lennart Oates
Courtesy of the World Chess Hall of Fame

World Chess Hall of Fame GM Maurice Ashley (Left) and Michael Khodarkovsky, Vice President, FIDE Presidential Board (Right)
March 18, 2019
Photo by Crystal Fuller
Courtesy of the World Chess Hall of Fame

Jennifer Shahade, WGM
March 18, 2019
Photo by Lennart Ootes
Courtesy of the World Chess Hall of Fame

Akiba Rubinstein, Mark Taimanov, and Xie Jun’s World Chess Hall of Fame Plaques
March 18, 2019
Photo by Austin Fuller
Courtesy of the World Chess Hall of Fame

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Kazan inaugurates a new stage in women’s chess

FIDE - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 17:13

The race for the Women's World Championship title will take off in Kazan with a renewed Candidates Tournament, the strongest female event ever held, which features a record prize fund of 200.000 euros. From May 29th to June 19th, eight top Grandmasters will compete to become Ju Wenjun's challenger.
The following players have confirmed their participation:

ID Name   Fed. Title Rating B-Year  Qualification 14109336 Lagno, Kateryna RUS GM 2559 1989 KO World Ch. 2018 finalist 14114550 Muzychuk, Mariya UKR GM 2560 1992 KO World Ch. 2018 semi-finalist 4128125 Kosteniuk, Alexandra RUS GM 2545 1984 KO World Ch. 2018 semi-finalist 14111330 Muzychuk, Anna UKR GM 2555 1990 qualified by rating 4167570 Gunina, Valentina RUS GM 2515 1989 qualified by rating 13601903 Dzagnidze, Nana GEO GM 2513 1987 qualified by rating 8603642 Tan, Zhongyi CHN GM 2513 1991 qualified by rating 4147103 Goryachkina, Aleksandra RUS GM 2505 1998 1st replacement

Please see the full press release in the attached PDF.

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Πώς μου ξέφυγε ο πιτσιρίκος

Skakistiko - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 12:59

Ο σχολιαστής του σάιτ Σπαραφουτσίλε, σε υλοποίηση σκέψης του σε αυτό του το σχόλιο, κατασκεύασε την υποτιθέμενη παρτίδα του με τον Κάρλσεν, που ‘παίχτηκε’ στο περιθώριο του Ευρωπαϊκού Πρωταθλήματος Ομάδων στο Πάνορμο Κρήτης το 2001, και την ενέταξε σε σύντομο διήγημα.
Ο άγνωστος τότε και μόλις 11 ετών Κάρλσεν βρέθηκε πράγματι στο Πάνορμο στη συγκεκριμένη διοργάνωση, όπου αγωνίστηκε στην έκτη και τελευταία σκακιέρα της ομάδας του. Μεταξύ άλλων, έφερε ισοπαλία με τη WGM και Παγκόσμια Πρωταθλήτρια G20 1999 Μαρία Κουβάτσου. Την επόμενη χρονιά -2002-, στο Παγκόσμιο Πρωτάθλημα U12 στο Ηράκλειο, ισοβάθμησε με 9/11 στην πρώτη θέση με τον Νεπομνιάστσι -αναδείχθηκε δεύτερος με τα κριτήρια.

Πώς μού ξέφυγε ο πιτσιρίκος
του Τριαντάφυλλου Σωτηρίου

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Bc4 Nf6 5. O-O Bc5

Άκου ισοτονικό ποτό σε πλαστικό μπουκάλι με θήλαστρο· λάθος άθλημα, μικρέ, σκάκι παίζουμε, δεν κάνουμε ατομικό σιρκουί στην ποδηλασία.

6. e5 d5 7. exf6 dxc4 8. fxg7 Rg8 9. Re1+ Be6

Ή μπερδεύτηκες με τη σειρά των κινήσεων, ή πας να μπερδέψεις εμένα· ποιον, τον μεγαλύτερο ειδικό στη Μαξ Λάνγκε. Καλά, τραγούδα.

10. c3

Μέχρι εδώ ξέρεις, φαίνεται: 10.Bg5 είναι η κίνηση.

10…Qf6 11. cxd4 Nxd4 12. Nbd2 Qxg7

Ρε μικρέ, εδώ τρέμουν τα ετοιμόρροπα, κι εσύ μού προτείνεις το τεράστιο μπωλ από το οποίο τσιμπολογάς; Ευγενής είσαι, πάντως. Να μη σε προσβάλω, να πάρω καναδυό, νά, από αυτά τα εξωτικά που μοιάζουν με υπερμεγέθη αμύγδαλα.

13. g3 O-O-O 14. Nxd4 Qxd4

Ζεύγος, πιόνι παραπάνω και προοπτικές επίθεσης μέσω της η-στήλης και των αδύνατων λευκών τετραγώνων στο ροκέ. Δεν σου βγήκε η νουβωτέ, πιτσιρίκο.

15. Qe2 Bb4 16. Nf3 Qd5

Υπερσυνδυάστηκες, πιτσιρίκο. Τώρα κερδίζω και διαφορά.

17. Bf4 Bxe1 18. Nxe1 Rge8

Όμορφο παλληκαράκι, αποπνέει ρώμη και υγεία· το μουρουνόλαδο και τα βουτύρατα, βλέπεις. Θα κάψει καρδιές όταν μεγαλώσει. Αλλά σοβαρή και ήρεμη συμπεριφορά στη σκακιέρα, όχι σαν κάτι νευρόσπαστα στην ηλικία του – και στην ηλικία μου, μη σου πω.

19. Qe5 Qxe5 20. Bxe5 Bg4

Μέχρι εδώ ήταν, πιτσιρίκο. Τώρα θα κινητοποιήσω την πλειονότητά μου στην πτέρυγα της Βασίλισσας, και καληνύχτα γι’ αύριο.

21. Bc3 b5 22. Nc2 c5 23. Ne3 Bf3

Όνομα όμως που σου δώσανε… Είναι παγκόσμια φαίνεται η μεγαλομανία των γονέων, να δίνουν ονόματα αρχαίων θεών και ηρώων στα παιδιά τους – αν και, ειδικά στο σκάκι, όσο εντυπωσιακότερο το όνομα, τόσο ασθενέστερος ο παίκτης: δύο από τους ευκολότερους αντιπάλους που είχα ποτέ, ήταν ένας μεξικανός ονόματι Κουαουχτέμοκ, και ένας ντόπιος που λεγόταν Ιδομενεύς.

24. a3 Rd3 25. Rb1 Kc7

Πρέπει να μιλήσω με τον αρχηγό τους, αυτόν τον Τίσνταλλ. Να του πω, ρε μεγάλε, εδώ δεν είναι παιδικό ποκάλ τού Άσκερ, πανευρωπαϊκό ομαδικό πρωτάθλημα είναι, εκατό γκρανμαίτρ και εξήντα πέντε διεθνείς παίζουν, χώρια τα λιμά, φίντε μαιτρ και τέτοια. Τι το έφερες το εντεκάχρονο, θα το τσακίσουν, θα του κόψουν το σκάκι. Και δεν παρασύρομαι που έχει 2084, άντε 1800 να παίζει, όλοι ξέρουμε ότι τα σκανδιναβικά Έλο είναι φουσκωμένα.

26. h3 Kc6 27. Rc1 Red8 28. Ra1 Bd1

Εκτός αν το έφερες για διακοπές. Ε βέβαια· Κρήτη και πεντάστερο, ποιος τη χάρη σας.

29. Kg2 h5 30. a4 Bxa4 31. Nxc4

Σορτσάκι, κοντομάνικο, δίχαλη σαγιονάρα και τζόκεϊ με μακρύ γείσο· μη μου πεις ότι αυτά φοράτε τέλη Σεπτέμβρη στο χωριό σας;

31…Kd5 32. Ne3+ Ke6

Όρεξη έχεις πάντως, πιτσιρίκο· το απόγευμα αρχίζει ο πρώτος γύρος, κι εσύ έχεις διάθεση για φιλικές παρτίδες εδώ στην πισίνα.

33. Be1 R8d7 34. Kf3 Bd1+

35. Kg2

Μάλλον τυχαία θα το έπαιξε· δύσκολο να πιστέψω ότι εκτίμησε τη θέση και αποφάσισε ότι, αλλάζοντας δύο φορές στο δ1, μπαίνει σε οριστικά χαμένο φινάλε, οπότε καλύτερα να κρατήσει τα κομμάτια και να δοκιμάσει να ψαρέψει στα θολά νερά.

35…f5 36. Rc1 c4

Είμαι όμως κι εγώ παικταράς: παιχνίδι και στις δύο πτέρυγες.

37. Ra1 h4

Τώρα θα του σπάσω την πιονοαλυσίδα και θα τον σαμαρώσω με δύο απομονωμένα· θα βρουν και γραμμές οι Πύργοι μου, να διεισδύσουν από τα μετόπισθεν.

38. Bc3 hxg3 39. Kxg3 Ba4 40. Kf4 Rh7 41. Re1 Kd7

Τι βλέπω, το κατέβασες όλο το μπωλ με τους ξηρούς καρπούς; Μωρέ μπράβο· ελπίζω μόνο να τα πάρεις σε μπόι, ειδάλλως μέχρι να βγάλεις την εφηβεία θα έχεις γίνει πιο τετράπαχος και από εκείνον τον αγριοτάταρο που παίζει τρίτη σκακιέρα στους πετερσβούργιους.

42. Rh1 Rh5 43. f3 Ke6

Τρίτη σκακιέρα με 2630· κατάλαβες πού σε φέρανε να παίξεις, πιτσιρίκο;

44. Re1 Rxh3 45. Nxf5+ Kd5

Κοίτα, εμένα το μάτι μου κόβει, δεν πέφτω έξω ποτέ. Λοιπόν, τώρα που είσαι μικρός ακόμα, φιλικά σ’ το λέω, παράτα το, δεν πρόκειται να προοδεύσεις. Γύρισέ το σε κανένα σωματικό σπορ, τίποτα κρος κάντρυ σκι, τίποτα καγιάκ· με τέτοιο μυοσκελετικό, θα διαπρέψεις.

46. Re5+ Kc6 47. Nd4+ Kd7 48. Ke4 a6 49. Bb4 Rh7 50. Rf5

Πώς βγήκα έτσι; Η ματζοριτέ μου δείχνει ακινητοποιημένη. Ή εγώ έπαιξα αφηρημένα, ή ο πιτσιρίκος βρήκε τα φορσέ.

Bd1 51. Rf6 a5 52. Bxa5 Rh2 53. Bb4 Rxb2

Εντάξει, τα κατάφερα: αλλάζοντας το α πιόνι μου με το β δικό του, σήκωσα το μπλοκάρισμα. Τίτλοι τέλους, πιτσιρίκο. Άντε γεια και χαιρετισμούς στο σπίτι. Καλά έπαιξες πάντως.

54. Rf7+ Kc8 55. Rf8+ Kb7 56. Rf7+ Kb6 57. Rf6+

Ουπς… Τι, πέσαμε σε περπετουέλ;

Kc7 58. Rf7+ Kd8 59. Rf8+ Kd7

Βρε μπαγάσα, πόσες κινήσεις πίσω τα έχεις δει αυτά;

60. Rf7+ Ke8 61. Rf8+ Kd7 62. Rf7+

Εντάξει, πιτσιρίκο, με έπεισες· χαλάλι σου.


Σιγά ρε μπόμπιρα, θα μου ξεστελιώσεις το χέρι με τη χειραψία. Άντε, και καλή επιτυχία στο τουρνουά.

Και πού είσαι, μπορεί και να βιάστηκα πριν όταν αποφάνθηκα ότι δεν έχεις μέλλον στο σκάκι: ίσως γίνεις καλούτσικος παικτάκος όταν μεγαλώσεις.

Φεβρουάριος 2019

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FIDE President visits the 6th European Small Nations Team Championship

FIDE - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 09:48

The 6th European Small Nations Team Championship is taking place at the Grand Hotel in the Republic of San Marino from March 23 to 31.
FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich visited the tournament and played the first symbolic move on the top board to start the biggest ever chess event, organized in San Marino. It was the first ever visit of FIDE President to San Marino.

During his visit Arkady Dvorkovich had meetings with President of the Olympic Committee Primo Giardi and the President of San Marino Chess Federation Ivan Tabarini.

Arkady Dvorkovich and Ivan Tabarini played a couple of blitz games which finished peacefully.

FIDE President also met with the representatives of ESNA to discuss National chess development.

The future of ESNA competition was the topic of the meeting with the ESNA President Paris Klerides, President of Faroe Islands Chess Federation Finnbjorn Vang and COO Willy Iclicki.

10 teams (Andorra, Cyprus, Faroe Islands, Guernsey, Jersey, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco and San Marino) are taking part in the championship. The next ESNA tournament will be organized in Liechtenstein in 2021 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Liechtenstein Chess Federation.

The 6th European Small Nations Team Championship is organized by San Marino Chess Federation under auspices of ECU and FIDE.

Official website: https://esna.sanmarinoscacchi.com/


Pairings and results

Beslan Memorial in San Marino
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Congratulations to FIDE President on his birthday

FIDE - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 06:42

World Chess Federation congratulates the FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich on his birthday!

The FIDE family wishes Mr. Dvorkovich on this day the best of health, happiness, energy, optimism and success!
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St. Vincent & The Grenadines Chess Federation Launched

FIDE - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 19:42


The evening of Monday, March 4, 2019 saw history being created in St. Vincent & The Grenadines with the launch of the country’s Chess Federation at the Music Centre in Kingstown, the nation’s capital. The newly established “St. Vincent & The Grenadines Chess Federation” (“SVGCF”) was greeted with much enthusiasm and excitement by the approximately thirty persons present, including students.

This significant event in the country’s life was spearheaded by two Vice-Presidents of the World Chess Federation (“FIDE”) - celebrated English International Chess Grandmaster Nigel Short and Ian G. Wilkinson QC, also the President of the Jamaica Chess Federation, who visited the island between March 2 and 5. The formal launch was chaired by Wilkinson.

Prior to the launch of the SVGCF both men met with important stakeholders including Dr. The Hon. Ralph Gonsalves the country’s Prime Minister; the Hon. Cecil McKie, Minister of Tourism, Sports and Culture; the Hon. St. Clair Jimmy Prince, Minister of Education; and Members of Parliament Godwin Friday, the Leader of the Opposition, and Major St. Clair Leacock.

Both men also conducted “simultaneous exhibitions” which involve playing many persons on different chess boards at the same time. On Sunday March 3, Short (1993 World Chess Championship Finalist and three-time Commonwealth Chess Champion) took on seven players and won all the games.

On Monday March 4 after the launch of the SVGCF, Wilkinson (a two-time Jamaica Veterans’ Chess Champion) faced six players, won five games and drew with a high court judge.

The SVGCF has established a seven-man steering committee led by Senator Israel Bruce, Attorney-at-Law, who was instrumental in facilitating the visit of the FIDE officials and providing logistical support. This Committee will finalize all the relevant arrangements by March 31, 2019 so that the SVGCF can apply for membership in FIDE.

Bearing in mind the many benefits of Chess (including making students better, developing self-esteem, exercising and developing the brain/mind, teaching responsibility for one’s actions), the SVGCF has plans to promote Chess throughout the length and breadth of the country; introduce a Chess-In-Schools programme; organize national championships; and participate in international events such as the World Chess Olympiad.

Ian G. Wilkinson QC
Hon. Vice-President
World Chess Federation

On behalf of FIDE, Wilkinson presents a copy of his book "Excitement Galore: Chess In All Its Glory" to SVG Prime Minister, Dr. The Hon. Ralph Gonsalves. Also present (from left) are the Hon. St. Clair Jimmy Prince, Minister of Education; the Hon. Cecil McKie, Minister of Tourism, Sports and Culture; Grandmaster Nigel Short and Senator Israel Bruce, Attorney-at-Law

FIDE VP Nigel Short, Dr. The Hon. Ralph Gonsalves the country’s Prime Minister and FIDE Hon. VP Ian Wilkinson

FIDE VP GM Nigel Short shakes the hand of Attorney-at-Law Mrs. Ronnia Durham-Balcolmbe, the sole female participant in a Simultaneous Exhibition at the Music Centre, Kingstown, St. Vincent & The Grenadines on Sunday March 3, 2019

Simultaneous exhibition by GM Short on Sunday March 3 at Music Centre, Kingstown, SVG

Wilkinson and Short with Chess Club students (David, Arturo and Romero) and teacher Ayana Baisden at SVG Grammar School on Monday March 4

On behalf of FIDE, Wilkinson makes a presentation to SVG Senator Israel Bruce after the launch of the SVG Chess Federation on Monday March 4 at the Music Centre, Kingstown

Wilkinson shakes the hand of High Court Judge, Justice Cottle during Wilkinson Simultaneous exhibition at the Music Centre in Kingstown, SVG on Monday March 4 after the launch of the SVG Chess Federation

Nigel Short, Ian Wilkinson and Hon. Godwin Friday, the Leader of the Opposition for SVG, at fundraising function on Saturday, March 2

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FIDE Medical Commission's Chairman Dr Marape Marape attended 2019 WADA's Annual Symposium

FIDE - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 11:16

Dr Marape Marape, the Chairman of the FIDE Medical Commission, attended the 2019 World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)'s Annual Symposium in Lausanne, Switzerland from 13th to 14th March, 2019. The Symposium brought together close to 900 delegates from the global anti-doping community, representing all the sporting codes and federations for 2 days of presentations, interviews, panel discussions, practical workshops and networking sessions. The symposium focused on the New World Antidoping Code and its associated International Standards Review. Dr Marape also had meetings with WADA representatives where he reiterated FIDE's commitment to continuing to work closely with WADA to ensure that Chess remains free of doping and to continuing FIDE's compliance with all WADA requirements.

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Skakistiko - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 13:23

Tα τέσσερις χιλιάδες χιλιόμετρα της route 66 περάσαν τα διανυκτερεύοντα νυσταγμένα βενζινάδικα στο Κάνσας, τα ασπρόμαυρα γκαράζ στις απομονωμένες κατοικίες του Νέου Μεξικού, είδαν τους κάκτους της Αριζόνας και επιτέλους έφτασαν στη Σάντα Μόνικα, στη δυτική ακτή, όπου όπως έγραφε ο ντος Πάσος, “οι λέξεις για τους ανθρώπους δεν έχουν πολλές σημασίες” – εκείνος ήταν λογοτέχνης και πολύ το ζήλευε.
Τον Ιούλιο του 2018 εκδόθηκε ένα βιβλίο στη μνήμη του φωτογράφου Μπαρτ Γκλιν που πέθανε, στα 94 του, τον Απρίλιο της ίδιας χρονιάς. Μαζί με τις οπτικές αναμνήσεις, περιλαμβάνεται στο λεύκωμα και ένα κείμενο του Κέρουακ που ήταν χαμένο.
Στο βιβλίο “Nightcrawling with Kerouac, Ginsberg and the beatniks – in pictures” ανάμεσα στις πολλές εικόνες της γενιάς εκείνης που τράβηξε και διέσωσε στη μνήμη ο Γκλιν, υπάρχει μια με σκακιστικό θέμα από το Σαν Φρανσίσκο. Ο Ερλ Μπόστιτς και ο τρομπετίστας της μπάντας του παίζουν μια παρτίδα σκακιού στο κλαμπ Black Hawk. Ο χώρος εδώ και δυο δεκαετίες είναι τεράστιο πάρκινγκ. Η Μπίλι Χολιντέι και ο Λέστερ Γιανγκ που επίσης είχαν κάνει εκεί τις τελευταίες τους εμφανίσεις στη δυτική ακτή ξέρουν πως η ζωή αλλάζει χωρίς φετίχ, οπότε αυτό, μόνο του, δεν σημαίνει τίποτα.

Vasily Kandinsky, Kariertes, 1925. Τα ασπρόμαυρα τετράγωνα είναι εκατό, αλλά περιβάλλονται από άλλα και στροβιλίζονται και πάλι από άλλα. Άδειος καμβάς, αζωγράφιστος σιωπηλός, ακίνητος. Στην πραγματικότητα γεμάτος ένταση, βαρύς από προσμονή. Λίγο φοβισμένος γιατί θα παραβιαστεί η τωρινή του ακινησία. Για τον Καντίνσκι, όλες οι μορφές τέχνης είχαν αρχίσει να προσεγγίζουν το αφηρημένο, το οποίο αποτελούσε και τον αντικειμενικό τους σκοπό.  «[…] μία ανάμειξη χρώματος και φόρμας όπου το καθένα υπάρχει ξεχωριστά αλλά και μαζί, σε μία κοινή ζωή που ονομάζεται εικόνα και προκύπτει ως εσωτερική αναγκαιότητα.».

Οι δυο φωτογραφίες από την τ.κ.

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