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Four white victories in the third round of the Women's Candidates

FIDE - Sun, 06/02/2019 - 21:05



The third day of play at the Women's Candidates tournament was a very exciting one, with all the four clashes reaching a decisive result after very interesting games. Valentina Gunina recovered after her loss in the previous round and defeated her teammate Alexandra Kosteniuk. Anna Muzychuk lost the second game in a row, this time against Tan Zhongyi. Nana Dzagnidze had a better position right after the opening but it took her 5 hours to outplay Mariya Muzychuk. It seemed Aleksandra Goryachkina had only practical chances in the endgame against Katerina Lagno, but the youngest player of the tournament was fighting till the end and her efforts were rewarded.

After 3 rounds of play, Nana Dzagnidze and Alexandra Goriachkina are the leaders with 2.5 out of 3, while Tan Zhongyi is on the third place with 2 points. Valentina Gunina is fourth with 1,5/3. Mariya Muzychuk, Katerina Lagno and Alexandra Kosteniuk share fifth place with 1/3. Anna Muzychuk is on the last place with 0,5/3.

Valentina Gunina decided to surprise Alexandra Kosteniuk in the opening by playing the Scotch Game for the first time. According to Alexandra, she was pleasantly surprised by her opponent's choice as she was very happy about her position in the opening: "Scotch is such a tricky opening. I played it twice in my career and lost both games in 20 moves. White is undeveloped and you need to feel the position well". Even though Valentina missed something in the opening, she found an interesting plan later on after 17.Nb5, which led to a sharp and complex position. Alexandra felt that the most critical moment in the game was when she refused to play 22...c6. After 22...Bb5 the position became unpleasant for Black, it was clearly easier for Valentina to play it. Gunina eventually won an exchange and after that, the position was lost for Alexandra.

Kosteniuk, when asked if she was happy to finish her "first Russian Championship" here, she said: "I'm very happy! I always struggle against the Russian players and the Russian Superfinals are somehow the most difficult tournaments for me. Since my childhood, it was easier for me to become a world youth champion than to win the Russian youth championship. I'm not very happy about my result so far (-1) but it could have been worse".

After quite a normal development in the Meran Variation, Maria Muzychuk decided to sacrifice a pawn, which turned out to be not the best decision. "It was not a good game for me. I sacrificed a pawn and I thought I would get some compensation. I saw this idea in some other variations but probably it does not work here", said Maria Muzychuk at the post-game interview. To transfer the advantage into a full point required certain technique from Nana but the outcome was never on doubt in this game.

It was a tough day for Ukrainian players as the older sister Anna Muzychuk also lost in the round three. She got a very promising position in the opening, but later on, she omitted a few good opportunities to sharpen the game by playing 20....b5 or 22...Rd5. In the time trouble, both players lost the track but Anna was the one who made the last mistake.

The last game to finish was Goryachkina-Lagno. Aleksandra decided to go for the rare line with 8.Bb5 in the Gruenfeld Defence but could not get any significant advantage. After many exchanges, the game was transferred into a Rook ending, with practical chances for White to play for the victory. Katerina Lagno overlooked the chance to equalize the ending after 36...f6 and later on had to find the only moves to keep the balance. The final mistake was 54...h3 but after 54...c3! Black could have survived.

Report by Anastasiya Karlovich.


The organizers of the Women's Candidates are FIDE, Russian Chess Federation, Government of the Republic of Tatarstan, Ministry of Sports of the Republic of Tatarstan, and the City Administration of Kazan. The tournament is sponsored by PJSC PhosAgro and Russian Railways.


Round 3 results:

Aleksandra Goryachkina —  Kateryna Lagno | 1 — 0
Nana Dzagnidze — Mariya Muzychuk | 1 — 0
Tan Zhongyi — Anna Muzychuk | 1 — 0
Valentina Gunina — Alexandra Kosteniuk | 1 — 0


Monday will be a rest day. The tournament will be resumed on Tuesday, June 4th, at 15:00 local time, with the following pairings:

Nana Dzagnidze — Valentina Gunina
Alexandra Kosteniuk — Tan Zhongyi
Anna Muzychuk — Aleksandra Goryachkina
Mariya Muzychuk — Kateryna Lagno


Official website: http://fwct2019.com

Photos: Eteri Kublashvili & Anastasya Karlovich


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Nana Dzagnidze and Aleksandra Goryachkina are the first winners in the Women's Candidates

FIDE - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 20:50



Nana Dzagnidze became the first player to win a game in the 2019 Women's Candidates Tournament, after defeating Anna Muzychuk with the black pieces. One and a half hour later, Aleksandra Goryachkina joined her in the lead scoring the second victory of the day by beating her compatriot Valentina Gunina. Katerina Lagno had an advantage in the game against Alexandra Kosteniuk, but the former world champion found some counter-chances and held the game to a draw. The derby between two former World Champions, Tan Zhongyi and Mariya Muzychuk, ended in a draw.


Therefore, after two rounds Nana Dzagnidze and Aleksandra Goryachkina are in shared first place at the FIDE Women's Candidates Tournament.

Nana Dzagnidze decided to avoid playing her main weapon in the Sicilian and went for a not-so-regular guest in her repertoire, 2. Nc6. Even though Anna Muzychuk kept trying to surprise her opponent back, the Georgian player seemed prepared for the opening discussion. "My position was fine, but then move by move I started to lose the thread of the game and somehow misplaced all my pieces", said Anna after the game. Nana Dzagnidze gained the initiative and found the final blow, which ruined her opponent's King's side.

Playing White, Tan Zhongyi blitzed out her first 20 moves, showing her good preparation for the game. Thereby, she got a nice one-hour time advantage and when her opponent fell in time-trouble, the Chinese decided to sharpen the position by playing actively on the King's side. However, Mariya Muzychuk managed to remain calm and held her position. "I had calculated everything well, and I didn't see any danger. I found 23...Bd3 and 24...Qb5 and I think it just leads to a draw," said the Ukrainian player after the game.

Alexandra Kosteniuk tried the new set up with g6, d6 in Ruy Lopez. Therefore Katerina Lagno was not prepared for this line but got a big advantage after an inaccurate 13...Nd7. The former Women's World Champion was aware she was in trouble after 14.d4, but she put on a stubborn defence and eventually found some counter chances.

According to Alexandra, she felt more confident about her position after 23... Rb8 and 24...e5, the move which Katerina Lagno overlooked during the game. However, Katerina got one more chance to fight for more than a draw after 27...Kg7. With both kings exposed and not so much time left on the clock, she didn't take a risk to check the promising line for White starting with 28.h4.

Answering the question if she feels like she missed a good winning chance today, Katerina Lagno said with a smile: "'Winning chances' for me it's when I have a piece up o mate in one... Before that, it's just a fight".

In the second Russian clash, Aleksandra Goryachkina got a very comfortable position right after the opening. According to Valentina Gunina, she prepared many different lines before the game but was not ready enough for 5. Qc2. Goryachkina got the type of ending where she was trying to abuse the fact that it was tough to make moves for the defending side. Valentina Gunina tried hard to equalize the position, and had a real chance to do so after 35...Be3, transferring the game into the rook ending. The decisive mistake was 69...Kg4; if she had went instead for 69...Rc3 and 70...Kg6, Black would have kept good drawing chances.



Here Goryachkina found the study-like 72.Nh4! which brought her a victory.

Report by Anastasya Karlovich.


Kateryna Lagno — Alexandra Kosteniuk | ½ — ½
Alexandra Goryachkina — Valentina Gunina 1 — 0
Tan Zhongyi — Maria Muzychuk| ½ — ½
Anna Muzychuk  — Nana Dzagnidze | 0 — 1

Official website: http://fwct2019.com

(Photos: Eteri Kublashvili - Russian Chess Federation)





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June 2019 FIDE Rating List

FIDE - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 21:53


FIDE publishes June 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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Women's Candidates Tournament starts peacefully

FIDE - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 20:48


The FIDE Women's Candidates Tournament started today, May 31st, with all four games ending in draws. Despite the peaceful result, the most dramatic games happened in the Russian derbies Gunina-Lagno and Kosteniuk-Goriachkina. The games between Muzychuk sisters and Nana Dzagnidze-Tan Zhongyi were more quiet and finished before the time control.

Round 1 results:

Valentina Gunina — Kateryna Lagno | ½ — ½
Alexandra Kosteniuk — Alexandra Goryachkina ½ — ½
Nana Dzagnidze — Tan Zhongyi | ½ — ½
Maria Muzychuk — Anna Muzychuk | ½ — ½

The game between sisters Anna and Maria Muzychuk finished quickly in a draw, and both players came to the media centre to share their impressions on the event and the city with local and foreign journalists. "Of course, it's a great event, the strongest women's tournament in chess history and I was looking forward to it. I have good memories about Kazan since 2012 when I tied for the first place in Grand Prix event together with Humpy Koneru. I'm glad to be back, "said Anna. Even though Mariya Muzychuk won the Women's World Champion title in 2015, she still finds the motivation to fight: "It's such kind of a tournament where the winner takes it all. Either you win this tournament, or you don't, as only if you win, you have a chance to fight for the World Championship title."

Tan Zhongyi managed to surprise Nana Dzagnidze with Petrov's Defence, and the Georgian player chose a rare line which led to a somewhat equal position. Even if White had some hopes for a slight advantage, all expectations were ruined by a strong 20...Ba6, which Nana overlooked during the game.

According to Dzagnidze, she was considering to keep on playing after 28. f4. However, she was not sure if she had anything substantial and decided to go for a three-fold repetition.

A real thriller happened in the game Gunina-Lagno, where White got a clear advantage in Ruy Lopez and had a comfortable and smooth play. According to Gunina, she lost the track before the time control, and it was already Black, who was fighting for the victory in the game.



After a brilliant 46.Ra1 White is back to the game and forcing perpetual check after 48...Qa1! Katerina Lagno missed a quiet 55.g3 at the end of the forced line and was happy Black is not losing but forcing a draw after 55...Bg5.

The last game to finish was Kosteniuk-Goriachkina. The Women's ex-world champion felt she had missed her advantage after the opening and was not sure if the decision to change the Queens was the right one. "I thought I would have a better position at the endgame, but in fact, I didn't manage to demonstrate anything there. In contrary, I missed the transfer of her knight to e4 and felt anxious after that," said Alexandra Kosteniuk after the game. The youngest participant of the tournament Alexandra Goriachkina avoided the repetition of moves after the time control, believing her chances in the endgame were better. After 43.b4 Black had a significant advantage, however, Goriachkina didn't manage to find the precise way and to transfer it into a full point.
Moreover, after the first round, the tournament has no leaders nor tail-enders.

The second round will be played tomorrow, Saturday June 1st, at 15:00 local time:

Kateryna Lagno — Alexandra Kosteniuk
Alexandra Goryachkina — Valentina Gunina
Tan Zhongyi — Maria Muzychuk
Anna Muzychuk — Nana Dzagnidze


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Photos: Eteri Kublashvili, Anastasya Karlovich, David Llada. 




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The first round of the Women`s Candidates has started in Kazan

FIDE - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 16:14


The first President of Tatarstan and the State Counselor of the Republic of Tatarstan, Mintimer Shaimiev made the first symbolic move in the game between two Russian players Alexandra Kosteniuk and Alexandra Goryachkina to mark the start of the FIDE Women`s Candidates in Kazan (Russia).
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FIDE Women’s Candidates Tournament kicks off in Kazan

FIDE - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 22:34


The tournament with the world strongest female players competing for a spot in the World Championship match, was officially opened in the Kazan Palace Hotel on May 30.

The spectacular opening ceremony welcomed all participants, journalists, local chess players, guests and officials to the capital of Tatarstan Republic. Victor Bologan (FIDE Executive Director), Mark Glukhovsky (Executive Director of Russian Chess Federation) and Khalil Shaikhutdinov (First Deputy Minister of Sports of the Republic of Tatarstan) gave speeches during the official part of the ceremony.

The opening ceremony included choreographic and musical performances that attached a very good mood to the participants and guests of the tournament. The vocal-choreographic composition "World Chess" was performed by "Way from the city" and "WOW" bands. There were performances from Cover-orchestra "Just Brass" and the Honored Artist of the Republic of Tatarstan Aidar Suleimanov. Classical ballet performance by ballet «Allegro» meshed with breakdancing by «Action man crew» in a surprising way. The inspirational video "World Crown", prepared specially for the tournament, was also shown during the ceremony.

Chief Arbiter IA Hal Bond informed the public about the format of the FIDE Women's Candidates tournament and invited all players to the stage for a group photo.

The drawing of lots ceremony took place one month before the start of the tournament, on April 30 in Moscow and was attended by Arkady Dvorkovich, President of FIDE, and Judit Polgar, the strongest female player in the history of chess and Honorary FIDE Vice-President.

Thus, the following games will be played in the first round on May 31:

V. Gunina – K. Lagno,
A. Kosteniuk – A. Goryachkina,
N. Dzagnidze – Tan Zhongyi,
M. Muzychuk – A. Muzychuk

The venue is Nogai Hotel (16B, Profsojuznaja St., Kazan).

All rounds begin at 3 pm local time.

The winner of the FIDE Women's Candidates Tournament qualifies for the World Championship Match with Ju Wenjun (China), where both players will compete for a total prize fund of €500,000, which is 150% percent bigger than in the previous championship match.

The organizers are FIDE, Russian Chess Federation, Government of the Republic of Tatarstan, Ministry of Sports of the Republic of Tatarstan, and city administration of Kazan. The tournament is sponsored by PJSC PhosAgro and Russian Railways.



Pre-competition press conference took place at the FIDE Women's Candidates Tournament in Kazan

A press-conference dedicated to the start of the FIDE Women's Candidates Tournament in Kazan took place at AO Tatmedia on May 30. It was attended by FIDE Executive Director Victor Bologan, RCF Executive Director Mark Glukhovsky, First Deputy Minister of Sport of the Republic of Tatarstan Khalil Shaikhutdinov, and two tournament participants, Kateryna Lagno (Russia) and Nana Dzagnidze (Georgia).

Victor Bologan pointed out the high level of organization of the FIDE Women's Candidates Tournament in Kazan: "There wasn't much time to prepare. FIDE is grateful to Tatarstan and Kazan for taking care of this outstanding tournament. Apart from the Candidates Tournament, many more events will be carried out alongside. And there is no doubt that everything will be held to the highest of standards."

Mark Glukhovsky, in turn, underscored that the tournament is regarded as a major event not only in Russia, but internationally: "Kazan hosted a chess event of a similar caliber in 2011. It was the Candidates Tournament as well, only among men. We are very grateful to the organizers who decided to refresh their past experience and repeat the event, for women this time.

The winner of the tournament will play the Women's World Championship Match against the reigning champion, Ju Wenjun from China.

When we organize a major tournament, we always try to prepare a diverse program for our spectators. This is a long competition with four rest days. People who work at the tournament -I am primarily talking about our commentators-, will host master classes on the rest days.

This will be our first attempt of going outdoors as well. We will place a chess tent on Kazan's main pedestrianized street, Bauman street. On playing days, the onlookers will be able to listen to the live commentary, and on rest days the tent will be hosting open blitz events. Hopefully it will be a positive and exciting experience", concluded Mr. Glukhovsky.

Khalil Shaikhutdinov greeted the audience on behalf of the Ministry of Sports of the Republic of Tatarstan:
"What an exciting occasion – once again Kazan is hosting a major international chess event, the Women's Candidates Tournament! I would like to thank FIDE and Russian Chess Federation for their vote of confidence, the decision to carry out this tournament here, in the capital of Russian sport."

Kateryna Lagno, who has played in Kazan in the past, shared her memories about the city and her expectations from the tournament:

"Of course, I am very excited to return to Kazan. I really liked it the last time. We are staying in downtown Kazan, the weather is wonderful. As for the tournament, I expect it to be very exciting. Even the ratings of the participants are very similar. Trying to predict the results in women's chess is absolutely pointless. Hopefully the spectators will enjoy it, and the battle will go down to the wire", said the Russian player.

Nana Dzagnidze also abstained from making predictions: "I will not speak about chances, as everyone has a chance in this tournament. I am personally happy to be here. I think this is the strongest tournament in the history of women's chess. I will try to play my best", promised the Georgian Grandmaster.

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TCEC Cup 3 report

Chessdom - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 14:08

Written by Guy Haworth and Nelson Hernandez
Reading, UK and Maryland, USA

[Corresponding author: g.haworth@reading.ac.uk]

This is the next article in our series of analytical articles on past TCEC events. The main text can be read below on this webpage; to view the full layouted article in pdf format, including the important tables, graphs and images CLICK HERE.

TCEC is very grateful to the authors for the authors’ kind permission to publish these substantial and scholarly analyses of its events!

Introduction

The second TCEC Cup (Haworth and Hernandez, 2019a) was won by ‘LC0’ LEELA CHESS ZERO beat-ing HOUDINI after the latter surprisingly took out STOCKFISH in their semi-final. The event, with its Rapid tempo of 30′+5″/move continued to be the favoured curtain-raiser before the current TCEC season’s Superfinal (Haworth and Hernandez, 2019b). TCEC Cup 3 began on April 29th 2019.

The following engines sent in updates for the cup: ALLIESTEIN, ARASAN, FIRE, GINKGO, KOMODO, KOMODOMCTS, LCZERO, MARVIN, NEMORINO, RODENT III, ROFCHADE, RUBICHESS, STOCKFISH, VAJOLET2, WASP, WINTER and XIPHOS. The settings of CHIRON and PIRARUCU were changed. So clearly, the international computer chess programme continues on its dynamic way (CPW, 2019). The engine logos are listed in Fig. 1.

The ‘standard pairing’ was again used, with seed s playing seed 26-r-s+1 in round r if the wins all go to the higher seed. Thus, seed s1 plays s32, s16, …, s2 if all survive long enough. The higher seed is listed first in Table 1. This time, the matches – eight games plus any necessary game-pair tiebreaks – were played out only until the result was decided.

The usual ‘TCEC opening’ team, the second author here and Jeroen Noomen, randomly chose from three books with some regard for frequency over the board. Greater variety of play ensued from round 1’s 8-ply openings and 12-ply openings thereafter up to and including the semi-finals. The final took openings of various lengths from JN’s TCEC Superfinal books for seasons 9-14.

As in previous TCEC Cup events, interest focused on actual performance ‘%P’ compared with expected performance ‘E%P’ implied by TCEC ELO difference ‘ELO Δ’. The accuracy of the TCEC ELOs, the upgrades to over half the field and the character of the random openings were to be the main influences.

1 Round 1

As expected, ‘LC0’ LEELA CHESS ZERO opened its campaign with a 5-0 clean sweep. ALLIESTEIN, HOUDINI and KOMODOMCTS repeated this feat. In the top half of the draw, the eventual winner did not concede a single game but this was to change. Marginal favourite GINKGO lost its first game, won its second and was taken to fourteen games before persevering against ROFCHADE. This was the only comeback and tiebreak of the first round.

The other match-winners to lose a game were CHIRON (to FRITZ) and ANDSCACS (to TEXEL) so ‘kudos’ to those engines. Best performers relative to expectations were ETHEREAL, ALLIESTEIN, FIRE and especially BOOOT which comprehensively eliminated CHESSBRAINVB, the seed above it. The draw between STOCKFISH and RODENT is also well worth a visit. The field was now exclusively TCEC15 Divisions P, 1 and 2 – the top 15 plus seed 17, BOOOT, almost as expected.

2 Round 2

BOOOT put up a valiant fight against LC0 in some long and memorable games, particularly game 1 (Kingscrusher, 2019a) but still only scored a half-point. FIRE edged a match win in game seven against immediate rival XIPHOS. STOCKFISH beat GINKGO, g25, the final KRPPKRP just beyond adjudication echoing Carlsen-Caruana WCC 2018, Rapid game 1. LASER scored an early win against ETHEREAL but lost with its last Black of eight. Fifteen draws followed before ETHEREAL nosed ahead to win the longest TCEC Cup match to date. LASER’s fans are entitled to be disappointed, having come so close.

3 The quarter-finals, semi-finals, third-place play-off and final

LEELA, by virtue of being top seed, gets the lowest seed left as long as results go with seeding. However, at this stage, no match is easy. LEELA duly overcame FIRE but it was only after a great fight, a credit to both sides. HOUDINI, like BOOOT in Round 1, overturned the seed immediately above it, in this case ALLIESTEIN.

In the lower half of the draw, ETHEREAL surprised the growing audience and STOCKFISH with a straight eight draws but then STOCKFISH reeled off two wins – the second of which it could arguably have lost after 28. … Rbd8. Enter the dragons, KOMODO and KOMODOMCTS, over-hungry after the delay and more than ready for a fight, see Fig. 2. After much effort, the upstart newcomer overturned the seeding even more than HOUDINI, its win in the last of the eight scheduled games allowing no response.

In the semi-final, the favourites were not challenged and came through, both being unbeaten so far. This left HOUDINI to face KOMODOMCTS in the play-off for third. This was won comfortably by HOUDINI which continues to impress at this level despite not being updated.

In the final, LEELA’s game 3 win was not decisive as STOCKFISH won convincingly in the last scheduled game. The tie-break then ensued and LEELA ironically took advantage of two rare but not unknown 7-man STOCKFISH errors (Aloril, 2019), here in positions 155b and 167w. LEELA progressed to the win without its usual hesitancy as it now had the use of the 6-man EGTs. Fig. 3 shows the defence, the value and depth-shedding errors and the progress to the win. In the return game, LEELA eroded STOCKFISH’s initial advantage and then attacked in a drawn position: only perpetual checks across 100 moves prevented STOCKFISH from being mated.

4 A summary

The early rounds went very much as predicted by the form book though several losers put up stronger resistance than expected. At the top level, few mistakes were made by the closely-matched engines so in the short matches anything could have happened. Nevertheless, LEELA confirmed that its win in TCEC Cup 2 was no fluke and it retained the title. Neural networks do finally seem to be coming through with genuine advances, at Deep Mind (Hassabis, 2019) and elsewhere, but troublingly it is not obvious why they work and when they go wrong. The engines created in the Shannon (1950) genre are at least valuable as benchmarks and have their reputations to defend. Congratulations to LEELA (Chessdom, 2019; Linscott, 2018) and to all participants for some top quality chess. We will see its equal but will we be equal to appreciating it? Helpfully, Kingscrusher (2019a/b) continues to reveal the context, themes and dynamics of the games with his rich commentaries. The e-version of this report (Haworth and Hernandez, 2019c) provides statistics beyond Table 6 and all games with some analysis including play-outs of all decisive games, some of which end more obviously than others. Semi-final LEELA–HOUDINI game 1, for example, is relatively complex in the field of TCEC-adjudicated wins.

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Ian Nepomniachtchi Wins the Moscow Grand Prix Tournament

FIDE - Wed, 05/29/2019 - 20:24


The first leg of the FIDE Grand Prix organized by World Chess is over, and Ian Nepomniachtchi has taken a significant step toward trying to become the challenger for next year's World Chess Championship match. But there is a long way to go before Nepomniachtchi, or someone else, will earn the right to play for the title.

The match was decided by two rapid tie-breaker games after the regular games were both drawn.

The first symbolic move in the game A. Grischuk - I. Nepomniachtchi was made by Alexander Ovechkin, a Russian professional hockey player, three-time winner of the World Championship as a member of the Russian national team, ice hockey winger of the Washington Capitals, the 2018 Stanley Cup owner.

The first rapid tie-breaker game, which had a time control of 25 minutes per player with 10 seconds added after each move, and in which Nepomniachtchi was Black, was drawn in 37 moves.

In the second game, Grischuk misplaced a knight on the side of the board, allowing Nepomaniachtchi to build up an overwhelming advantage. He eventually won a pawn as Grischuk ran short on time. After several errors by Grischuk, Nepomniachtchi was able to force an easily winning endgame.

The win netted Nepomniachtchi 24,000 euros as well as vaulting him into first place in the series of four Grand Prix tournaments to select two players for next year's Candidates Tournament. The winner of that tournament will become the challenger for the 2020 World Championship match to be held in November.

Grischuk earned 14,000 euros and is also in good shape in the Grand Prix as he is in second place in the series.

GP points after the first leg:


1. Ian Nepomniachtchi - 9,
2. Alexander Grischuk - 7,
3. Radoslaw Wojtaszek - 5,
4. Hikaru Nakamura - 3,
5-7. Peter Svidler, Wei Yi, Daniil Dubov - 2,
8. Wesley So - 1,
9-16. Anish Giri, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Levon Aronian, Teimour Radjabov, Sergey Karjakin, Nikita Vitiugov, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Dmitry Jakovenko - 0.

The Closing Ceremony took place on May 29 and was attended by FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich, Vice-President of the Russian Chess Federation and head of PhosAgro Andrey Guryev, CEO of World Chess Ilya Merenzon, the 12th World Chess Champion Anatoly Karpov and Executive Director of the Russian Chess Federation Mark Glukhovsky.

Arkady Dvorkovich, FIDE President: "First of all, I would like to thank all our partners for their support in organizing this exciting event and all those people who were involved in making it happen. FIDE Grand Prix Series organized by World Chess is being held by the knock-out system for the first time and it seems to me that this competition was even more interesting and fascinating. Our participants displayed their best qualities both in standard and tie-break games. We will take into consideration all the lessons learned from this event and implement the best ideas from what we saw here".

Andrey Guryev, Vice-President of the Russian Chess Federation and head of PhosAgro: "The FIDE World Chess Grand Prix in Moscow has become one of the most interesting tournaments in the history of such events. For my part, I've been anchoring great hopes on Russian grandmasters and the Russian chess school. I think we can look to the future with confidence and work together on the long-awaited return of the chess crown to Russia".

Ilya Merenzon, CEO of World Chess: "In 2016 and 2018, the World Chess Championship cycle sparked somewhat of a chess mania in many countries and we are excited to see that it's happening again. Exciting chess means more exciting chess fans and players!"

Grandmaster Ian Nepomniachtchi thanked all his near and dear ones for their support as well as the organizers and Andrey Guryev personally as PhosAgro will make a sponsorship contract with the Russian player or two Russian players who will qualify for the Candidates Tournament from the FIDE Grand Prix Series organized by World Chess.

The Grand Prix is being organized by World Chess, under the auspices of FIDE.

Report by Dylan Loeb McClain











Photos from the event are available on Dropbox.

Making the Grand Prix possible, and putting up the bulk of the total prize fund of 800,000 euros, are the main sponsors:

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Playoff Will Decide Moscow Grand Prix

FIDE - Tue, 05/28/2019 - 20:39


Tie-breaker games will be necessary to decide the winner of the Moscow Grand Prix after Ian Nepomniachtchi and Alexander Grischuk, two Russians, agreed to a swift draw Tuesday in Game 2 of the final. Game 1 of the match on Monday also ended in a draw.

In Game 2, Nepomniachtchi had White and opened with 1 e4. Grischuk replied 1… e5 and employed the Berlin Defense. Instead of ceding the bishops to cripple Black’s pawn structure by playing 5 d4 Nd6 6 Bc6 dc6 7 de5, Nepomniachtchi chose 5 Re1, a variation that is thought to be less testing for Black, but which has also been known to have some venom. 

Grischuk showed that he was well prepared for that line, too, however and achieved a stable position with relatively few problems. Indeed, Black’s actively placed knight and bishop after 19 … Bf5 gave him full counterplay, which may have been why Nepomniachtchi offered a draw after 23 Re1. Grischuk accepted after a short reflection.

In an interview afterward, Nepomniachtchi explained that the opening was deceptively complex. Grischuk said that he accepted the draw because he did not see a way to obtain any sort of advantage.

The tie-breaker games will be at 3 PM local time on Wednesday. The broadcast can be viewed free and live at worldchess.com. 

One way or another, there will be a Moscow Grand Prix champion on Wednesday. 

Report by Dylan Loeb McClain





Link to the photos of the final.

For further questions, please contact press@fide.com

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

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

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

PhosAgro, a leading chemical company as the Official Strategic Partner
Kaspersky Lab, as the Official Cybersecurity Partner
Russian Post, as the Official Logistics Partner
PRYTEK, as the Technology Transfer Partner
BMW, as the Official Auto Partner
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Moscow Grand Prix Finals Is Tied After Game 1

FIDE - Mon, 05/27/2019 - 21:57


Game 1 of the final of the Moscow Grand Prix ended in a draw after 38 moves as neither Alexander Grischuk nor Ian Nepomniachtchi, who are both Russian, could make any appreciable headway against the other.

The first symbolic move in the game was made by a young chess player Albina Yismailova in presence of FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich.

Despite playing White, Grischuk found himself under pressure almost from the beginning as he was surprised by the preparation of Nepomniachtchi. While Grischuk took large amounts of time to find the best moves, Nepomniachtchi blitzed through the opening. After 19 moves, Nepomniachtchi had used barely any time on his clock while Grischuk had used more than an hour.

Fortunately for Grischuk, he is used to playing under time pressure. He continued to find good moves and Nepomniachtchi could make no progress. Though Grischuk only had about eight minutes, plus 30 seconds after each move, to make 17 moves, he was never in any real danger and Nepomniachtchi finally offered a draw.

Afterward, in an interview, Grischuk, who is known for his humorous and self-deprecating comments, said he was looking forward to Game 2, in which he will have Black. "I feel like, tomorrow, I am playing White again. At least the starting position of tomorrow's game is definitely better than what I had today. At least there are some counter chances," he said.

For his part, Nepomniachtchi, referring to Grischuk by his nickname in English, said, "Sasha defended very well."

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

Report by Dylan Loeb McClain




Link to the photos of the final.

For further questions, please contact press@fide.com

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

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

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

PhosAgro, a leading chemical company as the Official Strategic Partner
Kaspersky Lab, as the Official Cybersecurity Partner
Russian Post, as the Official Logistics Partner
PRYTEK, as the Technology Transfer Partner
BMW, as the Official Auto Partner
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Statement on the Ratings of Indian Chess Players

FIDE - Mon, 05/27/2019 - 13:00



Nearly a decade ago, FIDE, at the behest of the All India Chess Federation, removed the Elo ratings of dozens of players and expunged their names from the records. Today we are delighted to welcome back all those players with immediate effect.

Arkady Dvorkovich
FIDE President

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Women's Candidates Tournament begins in Kazan on May 30

FIDE - Mon, 05/27/2019 - 10:04



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 participants are Mariya Muzychuk (Ukraine, 2563), Kateryna Lagno (Russia, 2554), Alexandra Kosteniuk (Russia, 2546), Anna Muzychuk (Ukraine, 2539), Aleksandra Goryachkina (Russia, 2522), Tan Zhongyi (China, 2513), Nana Dzagnidze (Georgia, 2510), and Valentina Gunina (Russia, 2506).

The pre-competition press-conference with organizers and participants will take place at AO Tatmedia (Dekabristov st. 2) at 3 pm May 30.

The opening ceremony will take place in the Kazan Palace Hotel (Kalinina st. 5/24), starting at 4:30 pm. An invitation is required for attendance (members of the media will need their press credentials to get in).

The event is a double round round-robin – the players will play each other twice, once with White, and once with Black pieces. The venue is the Nogai Hotel (16B, Profsojuznaja St., Kazan). Playing days: May 31 – June 2, 4-6, 8-10, 12-14, and 16-17. Tie-breaks (if needed) and the Closing Ceremony will take place on June 18. All rounds begin at 3 pm local time.

The drawing of lots ceremony took place on April 30 in Moscow and was attended by Arkady Dvorkovich, President of FIDE, and Judit Polgar, the strongest female player in the history of chess and Honorary FIDE Vice-President. These will be the pairings for the first round:

Valentina Gunina  -   Kateryna Lagno   Alexandra Kosteniuk  -   Alexandra Goryachkina Nana Dzagnidze  -   Tan Zhongyi Maria Muzychuk   -   Anna Muzychuk


A special chess tent will be installed on Bauman street near the playing venue. On the playing days, grandmaster Sergey Shipov will be commenting the games live for the Russian-speaking audience. On the rest days, the tent will be hosting side activities such as blitz tournaments, master classes, meeting with chess celebrities, and simultaneous displays by famous grandmasters.

GM Evgeny Miroshnichenko and IM Elisabeth Paehtz will be commenting the events of the Candidates Tournament for the English-speaking audience.

The winner of the FIDE Women’s Candidates Tournament qualifies for the World Championship Match with Ju Wenjun (China), where both players will compete for a total prize fund of €500,000, which is 150% percent bigger than in the previous championship match.

The Republic of Tatarstan is rightly considered to be one of the strongest sporting regions of Russia, and Kazan is often referred to as the sports capital of Russia. Thanks to its widespread sporting infrastructure, Tatarstan hosts more than 800 competitions each year, including all-Russian and international events in various sports.

The chess history of the Republic of Tatarstan accounts to 135 years. The chess life revolves around the Republican Sports Olympic Reserve School, named after the great Tatarstani player Rashid Gibyatovich Nezhmetdinov, the only player in the world to become international master in chess as well as USSR master is checkers.

This is not the first time for Kazan to host prominent chess events of such caliber. In 1999 it carried out the Women's World Championship Match between Alisa Galliamova and Xie Jun. In 2011 the capital of Tatarstan hosted the Candidates Matches. Next year, the city organized one of the legs of the Women's Grand Prix, and in 2014 it welcomed the Russian Superfinals.

The organizers are FIDE, Russian Chess Federation, Government of the Republic of Tatarstan, Ministry of Sports of the Republic of Tatarstan, and city administration of Kazan.

The tournament is sponsored by PJSC PhosAgro and Russian Railways.

Official website https://fwct2019.com/en 

Watch promo video 


For reference:

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

Russian Chess Federation (RCF) is a public non-profit organization that brings together individuals and chess federations of republics, regions, federal cities, autonomous regions and districts of the Russian Federation. The mission of the Russian Chess Federation is to promote and popularize chess in the Russian Federation. The RCF was founded on 15 February 1992 The RCF organizes the annual All-Russian children’s chess tournament Belaya Ladya, the Championship of Russia and other chess tournaments. In 2012, the RCF launched the “Chess in Museums” program. In 2014, the RCF launched the Chess to Orphanages program. The first competition between teams from orphanages and boarding schools took place in Zhemchuzhina Grand Hotel in Sochi on May 2-9, 2016
Official website: www.ruchess.ru/en/  

PJSC PhosAgro is a traditional partner of the Russian Chess Federation. PhosAgro group is an absolute leader in the field of delivery all kinds of fertilizers in the Russian market and is one of the three largest producers of phosphate-based fertilizers in the world.
Its core line of business, including a phosphate raw materials, 39 brands of fertilizers, feed phosphates, ammonia, sodium tripoluphosphate, is used by consumers of 100 countries of all inhabited continents. The priority distribution areas, besides Russia and the CIS states, are Latin America countries, Europe and Asia.
The general partner of the Russian Chess Federation since 2010. Andrey A. Guryev, CEO and Chairman of the Management Board of PJSC PhosAgro, is the RCF Vice-President and a member of the RCF Board of Trustees.
PhosAgro group is a strategic partner of FIDE in holding the Grand Prix Series as part of the World Championship Cycle 2019-2020.
PhosAgro sponsored the World Chess Championship Matches in Sochi, New York and London, the Candidates Tournament in Berlin, and the Moscow Grand Prix leg (2017). At the same time, the company continues to promote chess in its presence regions by opening chess classes in sponsored schools and kindergartens as well as financing the education and training of chess pedagogues.
Official website: https://www.phosagro.com  

Russian Railways is one of the largest railway companies in the world. It ships enormous volumes of freight and passengers and has high financial ratings, qualified specialists in all areas of railway transportation, a large scientific and technical base, design and construction capacities, and considerable experience in cooperating with international partners.
The company runs one of the largest transportation systems in the world: the operational length of the tracks is 85,500 km, and the length of electrified lines is 43,700 km.
Russian Railways provides over 45% of the total cargo turnover (including pipeline transportation) and about 25% of passenger traffic in the Russian Federation.
Official website: http://eng.rzd.ru 

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Nepomniachtchi is Second Finalist in Moscow Grand Prix

FIDE - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 21:23



Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia will face his compatriot, Alexander Grischuk, in the final of the Moscow Grand Prix starting on Monday.
Getting there was not easy.

One day after Grischuk qualified for the final by beating Hikaru Nakamura of the United States in the regulation portion of their match, Nepomniachtchi needed to overcome Radoslaw Wojtaszek of Poland in tie-breaker games to advance.

It turned out to be the longest tie-breaker of the tournament. Both rapid games ended in draws, necessitating two more games at a faster time control of 10 minutes per player, with 10 seconds added to the time after each move. After the first game in the faster format ended in a draw, Nepomniachtchi finally prevailed in the second game, clinching the match.

The Moscow Grand Prix, which is being held at the Central Chess Players' House, is the first in a series of four tournaments to select two players for next year's Candidates tournament. The winner of that tournament will become the challenger for the 2020 World Championship match to be held in November.

There are 21 players in the Grand Prix, with each playing three of the four tournaments.

The prize fund for each competition is 130,000 euros with an additional 280,000 euros allocated among the top 10 finishers in the series, for a total of 800,000 euros.

The principal sponsors of the series are PhosAgro, a giant Russian fertilizer company, and Kaspersky Lab, a worldwide leader in data security. The series is being organized and broadcast by Worldchess on its website under the auspices of the World Chess Federation, which is better known as FIDE, the game's governing body.

The knockout format is new this year and it has produced some exciting and tense games. Indeed, Nepomniachtchi was on the ropes in the first rapid game, in which he had Black. While he made no really obvious error, by Move 18, Wojtaszek had a comfortable space advantage and a clear line of attack on the queenside.

He built up his position methodically, but at the critical moment, he elected not to win an exchange by playing 24 Bc6, instead opting to recapture a pawn with 24 Qe5. Though White's position was still better, he could find no way to convert his advantage and Nepomniachtchi was eventually able to exchange off most of the material and force a draw.

In an interview afterward (which can be seen on Youtube), Nepomniachtchi said he was sort of pessimistic about his chances in the first game but said he was not sure if he was ever completely lost.

In Game 2, the critical moment came when Nepomniachtchi made a speculative bishop sacrifice (26 Bh6) to open up Wojtaszek's king. The game ended in a perpetual check, but a computer engine suggested that it might not have if Black had played 28 ... Qd8 instead of 28... f6.

With no winner in the rapid games, the match moved on to faster time controls. Game 1 was complicated, but neither player ever established clear superiority. Wojtaszek won a pawn, but had to give up the bishop pair to do it. That gave Nepomniachtchi enough compensation. The game was hard-fought and lasted 40 moves before ending in a draw as there was no longer enough material for either player to win.

In the final game, Nepomniachtchi and Wojtaszek repeated the opening from Game 2 of the rapids, but Wojtaszek made a significant change by playing 14 ... d5. There was nothing wrong with the move, but he had to play accurately and did not. With 18... Bc5, he blundered, overlooking that 19 b4 gained several tempi because Black's bishop had to cover the e7 square to prevent a knight fork that would snare Black's queen. A few moves later, the game was over, as White was about to win a piece and Black had no compensation.

Afterward, Nepomniachtchi said that he was lucky to have prevailed, while Wojtaszek said that his failure to convert his advantage in Game 1 of the rapids was partly due to nervousness.

After a rest day on Sunday, the final will begin on Monday at 3 PM local time. The broadcast can be viewed free and live at www.worldchess.com.

Report by Dylan Loeb McClain.


Link to the photos of the tie-break.

For further questions, please contact press@fide.com

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

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

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

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

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Grischuk Through to Finals of Moscow Grand Prix; Awaits Opponent

FIDE - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 23:48


Alexander Grischuk of Russia beat Hikaru Nakamura of the United States on Friday to earn a place in the final of the Moscow Grand Prix. He will have to wait until Saturday to find out who is opponent is in the final as the other semifinal – between Radoslaw Wojtaszek of Poland and Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia – ended in a tie after both regulation games were drawn.

Both semifinals started with draws, so a win on Friday could clinch either match. Grischuk, who had White, was able to take advantage.

The opening was a Catalan, which has been very heavily analyzed. Nakamura chose an aggressive continuation and Grischuk sacrificed a pawn, giving him a lasting initiative. Though chances were objectively equal, the position was much easier to play as White. The players repeated moves a couple of times, but Grischuk chose not to repeat the position, which would have led to a draw.

The position became increasingly complicated, but Grischuk navigated the situation a little better than Nakamura, who found himself under greater and greater pressure. Grischuk finally restored material equality on Move 29 by winning a pawn, but his position remained better and easier to play.

Nakamura erred with 31 … Bf6, and then cracked with 35 … Nb6. Grischuk pounced with 36 Ne5 and then 37 Nc6! After a forced sequence of moves, Grischuk had won a pawn and had a significant edge in an endgame.

Grischuk eventually won a second pawn, which was decisive. Nakamura resigned after 54 moves, allowing Grischuk to advance.

In an interview after, Grischuk said he sort of expected the variation that Nakamura played, but that he believed it is a very difficult line for Black to defend. Still, he said it was not easy, mentioning that at one point he calculated 15 moves deep (!), but found a resource for Black.

For his part, Nakamura pointed to 25… Kh8 as a crucial mistake because he overlooked 26 Bd3.

In the other semifinal game, Wojtaszek had White and played a relatively passive opening against Nepomiachtchi’s King Indian formation. White’s set up did not pose any particular problems for Nepomniachtchi and he managed to equalize without trouble. The players agreed to a draw after only 22 moves, sending their match into overtime.

The tie-breaker begins at 3 PM local time on Saturday. The broadcast can be viewed free and live at worldchess.com.


Report by Dylan Loeb McClain



Semifinal game 2 results:

A. Grischuk – H. Nakamura 1-0 (1.5-0.5)

R. Wojtaszek – I. Nepomniachtchi 1/2-1/2 (1-1)






Link to the photos of the semifinals.

For further questions, please contact press@fide.com


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

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

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

PhosAgro, a leading chemical company as the Official Strategic Partner
Kaspersky Lab, as the Official Cybersecurity Partner
Russian Post, as the Official Logistics Partner
PRYTEK, as the Technology Transfer Partner
BMW, as the Official Auto Partner
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Ugra gets ready for the 44th World Chess Olympiad

FIDE - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 18:51


Berik Balgabaev (FIDE President's Advisor) and Kema Goryaeva (FIDE events manager) visited Khanty-Mansiysk for an official inspection to review the preparations for the World Chess Olympiad. The FIDE delegation paid visits to the hotels, airport and other infrastructures of the 44th Olympiad, that will be held in the Russian city during the first half of August 2020.

Afterwards, they held a meeting with the local authorities in charge of the event. On behalf of the local organizers, the meeting was attended by Yuri Yuzhakov (Deputy Governor of Ugra region), Sergey Artamonov (Director of the Department of Physical Culture and Sports of Ugra), Roman Genkel (General Director of the Ugra Development Fund), Valery Radchenko (Director of "UgraMegaSport") and Vasily Filipenko (President of the Ugra Chess Federation). In the meeting, all the main organizational aspects of the Olympiad were discussed – transportation, accommodation, communication, registration, flights to Khanty-Mansiysk and others.

During the Chess Olympiad 2020, the airport of Ugra capital will become the main transport hub of the region. Every day it will be served with 15-17 flights from Moscow, compared with the 2-3 daily direct flights that normally connect Khanty-Mansiysk with the Russian capital. This will ensure that the thousands of participants, arbiters and officials of the Olympiad will find suitable travel connections. To make the process smoother, it was decided to establish two arrival days in the schedule instead of one. The airport is the place where people get their first impression of a city, so the renovation process has already started there.

The new Sports Arena, which is planned to be built near the Tennis Center and the Exhibition Center "Ugra-Expo", will be a modern playing venue for the 44th Chess Olympiad. The construction works will start next week and it is scheduled to be completed by June 2020, with margin enough to add the final touches before the competition starts.

The accommodation of players and accompanying persons was another important topic of the meeting. Thousands of people will visit Khanty-Mansiysk for the Olympiad, and the organizers informed the FIDE representatives about the current number of hotel rooms that the city offers at the moment. "We are expecting approximately 3300 players, team members, arbiters and officials to come to Ugra for the event. The sporting infrastructure will be ready on time. Khanty-Mansiysk already hosted the Chess Olympiad in 2010 and the organizers proved to have the capabilities and experience to do this once again", – said the Director of Physical Culture and Sports Department of Ugra, Sergey Artamonov.

"FIDE has been closely cooperating with Ugra since 2005. All the events here were held at the highest organizational level, and I am sure everything will run smoothly this time as well", said Berik Balgabaev. "Some minor issues have already been solved, some will be fixed soon. FIDE notes with great satisfaction that the organizers have already fulfilled all their financial obligations to the International Chess Federation both in organizing the World Cup 2019 and the World Chess Olympiad 2020. I am sure that all other issues that have been raised today will be settled accordingly. The event is in good hands."

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Πόσο «αντρικό» είναι το σκάκι;

Skakistiko - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 12:29

Γράφει ο Κοσμάς Κέφαλος

Το ερώτημα «γιατί οι άντρες υπερέχουν στο σκάκι;» είναι παμπάλαιο. Εκείνο που διαφοροποιείται είναι οι απαντήσεις. Καινούργιες έρευνες, καθώς και το γεγονός ότι κάτι αλλάζει, ότι -τουλάχιστον στη βάση της σκακιστικής πυραμίδας- οι διαφορές εξαλείφονται, εμπλουτίζουν το θέμα με ενδιαφέροντα στοιχεία.
Με αφορμή ανάρτηση σε δημοφιλή σκακιστική ιστοσελίδα με τίτλο «(Γιατί) οι άνδρες είναι καλύτεροι παίκτες σκακιού από τις γυναίκες;» (https://en.chessbase.com/post/why-are-men-better-chess-players-than-women), αναζητήσαμε απόψεις δικών μας σκακιστών και σκακιστριών, αποσπάσματα των οποίων δημοσιεύτηκαν στη σκακιστική σελίδα της εφημερίδας «Αυγή» (http://www.avgi.gr/columns/261090).`

Στο φιλόξενο skakistiko δημοσιεύουμε τις πλήρεις απαντήσεις, με αντίστροφη σειρά από αυτήν της εφημερίδας:

Φυλετικός διαχωρισμός

Η Ζέτα Γράψα υποστηρίζει ότι η έκφραση «γυναικείο σκάκι», καταρρακώνει την αυτοπεποίθηση του κοριτσιού.

Ζέτα Γράψα: Απ’ όσο έχω παρατηρήσει στα τουρνουά που συμμετέχω ο φυλετικός διαχωρισμός είναι διακριτός και όχι μόνο σε θέματα επάθλων/βραβεύσεων κτλ, αλλά και στις κοινωνικές σχέσεις μεταξύ των παιχτών. Δυστυχώς έχει δημιουργηθεί ένας φαύλος κύκλος που ενισχύει έστω και υποσυνείδητα μια μειονεκτική αίσθηση των γυναικών που παίζουν σκάκι και κυρίως αναφέρομαι στις μικρότερες ηλικίες που είναι και πιο ευάλωτες. Έχω ακούσει αρκετές φορές την έκφραση «γυναικείο σκάκι», πράγμα γελοίο, καθώς δεν έχει επιστημονική βάση.
Μπορεί να πει κάποιος ότι εύκολα παραβλέπεται κάτι τέτοιο, αλλά ειδικά σε ένα παιδί μπορεί να καταστεί βλαβερό ως προς την αυτοπεποίθησή του, ένα από τα βασικότερα στοιχεία επιτυχίας στο σκάκι.
Από μικρή προσωπικά ήμουν υπέρμαχος της συμμετοχής των σκακιστριών σε «μεικτά» τουρνουά, ούτως ώστε να υπάρχει μεγαλύτερος ανταγωνισμός και ως εκ τούτου άνοδος της ποιότητας του παιχνιδιού τους. Κατά την άποψή μου οι λόγοι που πολύ λίγες γυναίκες παίζουν σκάκι είναι καθαρά κοινωνικοί και μαθηματικά, συγκριτικά με τα φοβερά χαμηλά νούμερα συμμετοχής τους, πηγαίνουν εξαιρετικά.
Κλείνοντας, πιστεύω ότι είναι προτιμότερο να μην αναφερόμαστε σε φύλα, ειδικά σε μικρές ηλικίες και να βοηθήσουμε τα μικρά κορίτσια με δουλειά και πίστη στον εαυτό τους να μην βάζουν αόρατα «ταβάνια» σε αυτά που μπορούν να καταφέρουν.

Ο ακραίος Φίσερ

Ο Παναγιώτης Κονιδάρης παραθέτει ιστορικά στοιχεία, απόψεις και επιστημονικά συμπεράσματα

Παναγιώτης Κονιδάρης: «Είναι όλες αδύναμες, είναι γυναίκες! Είναι χαζές συγκρινόμενες με τους άντρες. Δε θα ’πρεπε να παίζουν σκάκι, ξέρετε. Είναι σαν αρχάριες. Χάνουν όλες τις παρτίδες τους με τους άντρες. Δεν υπάρχει έστω και μια σκακίστρια σε όλον τον κόσμο που να μην μπορώ να της χαρίσω έναν ίππο και μετά να την κοπανήσω!». Με την άποψη του Μπόμπυ Φίσερ αρχίζει ο Παναγιώτης Κονιδάρης το άρθρο του με τίτλο «Σκάκι και Γυναίκες» (http://konidaris.blogspot.com/2009/11/blog-post.html), στο οποίο μας παραπέμπει.
Στην υπεραιωνόβια ιστορία των Παγκόσμιων Πρωταθλημάτων έχουν στεφθεί καμιά δεκαπενταριά άντρες μα καμιά γυναίκα. Οι καλύτερες εξ αυτών έφτασαν σε ένα πολύ υψηλό επίπεδο, κατάφερναν στο ζενίθ της καριέρας τους να κοπανάνε άντρες γκρανμέτρ, ακόμα και πρωτοκλασάτους, όχι όμως να προκριθούν σε τελικούς και να διεκδικήσουν τίτλους. Αυτό μοιάζει αρχικά παράδοξο αν σκεφτεί κανείς πως η ποιότητα στο σκάκι δε στηρίζεται στα μούσκουλα, μα σε εγγενείς εγκεφαλικές λειτουργίες, όπως την εκμάθηση, τη μνήμη, τη φαντασία, την αναλυτική και τη συνδυαστική σκέψη, στοιχεία ανθρώπινα αλλά όχι ανδρικά ή γυναικεία.
Μετά από τόσα χρόνια η κατάσταση δεν έχει αλλάξει και πολύ. Από την εποχή που η Μέντσικ έβγαλε το γυναικείο σκάκι στο προσκήνιο, μόνο μια χούφτα γυναικών μπόρεσαν να σταθούν με αξιώσεις απέναντι στο αντίθετο φύλο: η Γκαμπριντασβίλι, η Τσιμπουρντανίτζε, φυσικά οι αδερφές Πόλγκαρ, άντε και δυο ή τρεις της νέας γενιάς. Ειδικά στην περίπτωση Πόλγκαρ, και ακόμα ειδικότερα στην Ιουδήθ, συναντάμε το χαρακτηριστικότερο παράδειγμα, αφού από πολύ τρυφερή ηλικία ο πατέρας τους τις έριξε στο σκάκι και άρα ακολούθησαν την ίδια πορεία (προπονήσεων, εμπειριών κτλ) με οποιονδήποτε άνδρα πρωταθλητή.
Είναι τελικά το σκάκι ένα ανδρικό άθλημα;
Στην τελευταία ερώτηση απαντά καταφατικά μια έρευνα που είδε το φως της δημοσιότητας το 1992 και μου έγινε γνωστή από το ενδιαφέρον ιστολόγιο του Τ. Δρεπανιώτη (www.greekchesspolitics.wordpress.com) και πολύ γέλασα.
Σε αυτήν λοιπόν εξετάζεται η επίδραση της ορμόνης τεστοστερόνης (Τ) στην «κατανομή στα επίπεδα ιεραρχίας». Για να μην μακρηγορώ, οι επιστήμονες της Αμερικανικής Κοινωνιολογικής Εταιρίας καταλήγουν, ούτε λίγο ούτε πολύ, πως η ύπαρξη της Τ. σε υψηλά επίπεδα συμβάλει στην σκακιστική επιτυχία, αφού όσοι είχαν νικήσει σε ένα τουρνουά, την είχαν σηκωμένη (την Τ!). Άρα, λένε οι επιστήμονες, οι γυναίκες -που δεν έχουν Τ.- είναι μαζέτισσες (αυτό μάλλον θα το διορθώσει ο Σαραντάκος, εννοώ τη λέξη).

Τα λάθη που αφυπνίζουν

Η Ματίνα Μαυρονικόλα οραματίζεται εικαστικές κινήσεις στη σκακιέρα!

Ματίνα Μαυρονικόλα: Πάντα ξαφνιάζομαι όταν βλέπω κορίτσια, γυναίκες να περνάνε μπροστά, και πάντα αυθόρμητα σκέπτομαι, μα να, για κοίτα το σκάκι δεν είναι ανδρικό προνόμιο, δεν είναι μόνο για άνδρες και μήπως σημαίνει ότι δεν χρειάζεται να ξεχωρίζουμε τη σκέψη σε ανδρική και γυναικεία. Πάντως εγώ παίζοντας σκέφτομαι και οραματίζομαι πολλές φορές εικαστικές κινήσεις και όταν κάνω λάθος (πάντα δηλαδή!!), εντάξει σχεδόν, τις βλέπω σαν προειδοποιήσεις για τις κινήσεις που πρέπει να κάνω εκτός σκακιέρας, σαν αφυπνίσεις επίσης.

Τα κορίτσια μαθαίνουν να αμύνονται

Ο Νίκος Σαραντάκος διαπιστώνει ότι οι Ελληνίδες σκακίστριες είναι σήμερα περισσότερες και ισχυρότερες

Νίκος Σαραντάκος: Είναι καλύτεροι στο σκάκι οι άντρες; Νομίζω ότι οι μελέτες θα έπρεπε να εξετάζουν όχι μόνο το πόσες γυναίκες παίζουν σκάκι και ποια είναι η αξιολόγησή τους, αλλά και πώς εξελίσσονται αυτά τα μεγέθη στον χρόνο. Η εντύπωσή μου είναι ότι, αν κάνουμε σύγκριση με την κατάσταση πριν από 30 χρόνια, σήμερα στην Ελλάδα υπάρχουν πολύ περισσότερες γυναίκες που παίζουν σκάκι και είναι πολύ ισχυρότερες. Επομένως, η υπόθεση της ισότητας δεν έχει καταρριφθεί αλλά απλώς θα χρειαστεί πολύ περισσότερος χρόνος για να αποδειχτεί.
Όπως λέει και το άρθρο, ελάχιστα κορίτσια γνωρίζουν το σκάκι από προσχολική ηλικία, επειδή το σκάκι θεωρείται κατεξοχήν κατάλληλο για τα αγόρια (είτε επειδή είναι «πνευματικό» παιχνίδι, είτε επειδή είναι «πολεμικό»). Επιπλέον, στην Ελλάδα τουλάχιστον, τα κορίτσια που παίζουν σε σύλλογο γαλουχούνται να παίζουν «γυναικείο σκάκι» (κλειστό, παθητικό στιλ) και όχι «αντρικό» (τολμηρό, δυναμικό στιλ) για λόγους που έχουν να κάνουν με τους διασυλλογικούς αγώνες.

Κοινωνική θέση και εκπαίδευση

Άννα – Μαρία Μπότσαρη: πολλαπλάσιο το κόστος της επιτυχίας για μια γυναίκα!

Άννα – Μαρία Μπότσαρη: Μια εύκολη απάντηση στο ερώτημα «(γιατί) οι άντρες παίζουν καλύτερο σκάκι από τις γυναίκες;» θα ήταν γιατί έχουν καλύτερα πράγματα να κάνουν! Αλλά είναι λίγο πιο περίπλοκο οπότε ας το αναλύσουμε… Καταρχάς θα πρέπει να δούμε σε τι η γυναίκα ήταν και είναι ισάξια μέσα σε μια κοινωνία. Κι όταν λέω ισάξια δεν αναφέρομαι σε φεμινισμούς ούτε σε δικαιώματα θεσμοθετημένα. Αναφέρομαι στην καθημερινή πραγματικότητα μιας γυναίκας μέσα σε μια κοινωνία που την θέλει εργαζόμενη, μητέρα, νοικοκυρά, σύζυγο, κτλ κτλ.. Είναι λοιπόν και ο ρόλος της από την φύση, λόγω μητρότητας, αλλά και οι κοινωνικές της καταβολές που πρόσφατα απελευθέρωσαν λίγο τα σκοινιά της κοινωνικά και επαγγελματικά προβλεπόμενης ζωής της.
Ας δούμε λοιπόν πόσες γυναίκες μπορούσαν να κάνουν οποιονδήποτε αθλητισμό όταν όχι πολλά χρόνια πίσω η πρώτη γυναίκα που παρουσιάστηκε και τελικά με πολλά βάσανα έτρεξε μαραθώνιο κόντεψε να λιντσαριστεί από τους εξαγριωμένους άντρες που θεωρούσαν αντρικό προνόμιο την συμμετοχή αυτή. Όταν λοιπόν σε μια οικογένεια το κορίτσι παραδοσιακά προορίζεται και κατευθύνεται στα «κοριτσίστικα» μπαλέτα, χορούς, ρυθμικές γυμναστικές κ.α., ενώ αντίθετα ένα αγόρι στα δυναμικά αθλήματα αλλά και στα πνευματικά! -λες και τα κορίτσια υπολείπονται νοημοσύνης ενώ είναι γνωστό πως είναι σ αυτές τις ηλικίες πολύ πιο αναπτυγμένες και νοητικά και συναισθηματικά αλλά και σωματικά- δημιουργείται ένα κοινωνικό στάτους πολύ μακριά από την πραγματικότητα. Όταν ο ανταγωνισμός αναδεικνύει τον καλύτερο σε οτιδήποτε (άραγε οι Κινέζοι που σαρώνουν σε οτιδήποτε νοητικό πνευματικό αλλά και στα αθλήματα τα τελευταία χρόνια είναι επειδή είναι εξυπνότερο η πιο αναπτυγμένο είδος;) πως η γυναίκα που ανταγωνίζεται σε πολύ μικρότερο βαθμό και επίπεδο μπορεί να συγκριθεί με αυτόν που βγαίνει πρώτος από τους υπερδεκαπλάσιους; Γιατί άραγε η Τζούντιθ αλλά και χιλιάδες γυναίκες σε επιστήμες και αθλήματα όταν σπάνε το κατεστημένο διακρίνονται έχοντας πληρώσει όμως πολλαπλάσια κόστη από ότι θα πλήρωνε ένας άντρας με την ίδια πορεία. Ο οποίος παρεμπιπτόντως θα είχε την αναγνώριση στο τσεπάκι του ενώ η γυναίκα θα κόποιαζε απίστευτα για να την αποκτήσει.
Θα είχα πάρα πολλά ακόμα να πω έχοντας η ίδια βιώσει εμπειρίες μέσα από την σκακιστικά μου καριέρα και έχοντας υποστεί ακόμα και τον ευνουχισμό της στον βωμό μιας ισχυρής γυναικείας ομάδας η γυναικείας συλλογικής σκακιέρας κτλ. Ελπίζοντας κάποτε να αποκτήσουμε ουσιαστική και θεσμοθετημένα ισότητα και στην κοινωνία αλλά και στην συνείδηση, όποιος θέλει μπορεί να αναμετρηθεί σε οτιδήποτε με μια γυναίκα που κάνει το ίδιο με τους ίδιους όρους, οπλιστείτε με πολύ κουράγιο παιδιά γιατί δεν θα είναι καθόλου εύκολο!!
Είμαστε και παραμένουμε εκτός από όμορφο, ισχυρό και παντοδύναμο φύλο, φέρνουμε ανθρώπους στην ζωή και τους συντηρούμε σε αυτή, θέλει πολύ εξυπνάδα αυτό μην γελιέστε, θέλει δύναμη ψυχής και αφιέρωση.

 

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Moscow Semifinals Begin With Two Nervous, Tense Draws

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Report by Dylan Loeb McClain.



Link to the photos of the semifinals.

For further questions, please contact press@fide.com


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

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

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

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

Categories: Ενημέρωση

Moscow Semifinals Begin With Two Nervous, Tense Draws

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Report by Dylan Loeb McClain.



Link to the photos of the semifinals.

For further questions, please contact press@fide.com


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

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

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

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

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

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



Dear chess friends,

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

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

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


Official Website: www.wyrbcc2019.com   

Contact: Patricia Claros Aguilar

Information: info@wyrbcc2019.com






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First Social Commission Meeting in Cuba

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

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