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FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich visited Almaty, Kazakhstan

FIDE - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 11:12



On January, 31 – February, 1 FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich visited Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Arkady Dvorkovich had a meeting with the President of Kazakhstan Chess Federation Galimzhan Yessenov, visited Zhansaya Abdumalik Chess Academy, had a number of meetings with representatives of state and institutional bodies of the Republic of Kazakhstan, got acquainted with the work of the innovation park “TechGarden”, and took part in the second forum “Innovative Ecosystem of Eurasia”.

Following the meeting with the Minister of Culture and Sport of Kazakhstan Arystanbek Mukhamediuly, FIDE announced that World Team Championships will take place in Astana, Kazakhstan on March, 4 - 15. It is assumed that FIDE Presidential Board meeting will be held during this tournament.


CEO Sanzhar Kettebekov shows TechGarden’s achievements to Arkady Dvorkovich


President of Kazakhstan Chess Federation Galimzhan Yessenov and FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich


Arkady Dvorkovich with Daniyar Ashirov, Zhansaya’s father and founder of Zhansaya Abdumalik Chess Academy in the class named after Judit Polgar


A chess tournament was held in the Academy on the occasion of FIDE President’s visit


More than 500 children learn chess in Zhansaya Abdumalik Academy with about 20 professional experienced teachers


FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich and KCF President Galimzhan Yessenov awarded the prize-winners


From left to right: GM Darmen Sadvakasov, Kazakhstan NOC Secretary General Saken Mussaibekov, FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich, Minister of Culture and Sport of Kazakhstan Arystanbek Mukhamediuly, President of Kazakhstan Chess Federation Galimzhan Yessenov, Member of the Presidium of Kazakhstan CF Serik Akhanov, Executive Director of Kazakhstan CF Irina Grishchenko

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Nominations of Principals for 2019 FIDE WTCC

FIDE - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 09:13



Nominations of Principals for the 2019 World Team Championships in Kazakhstan:

Chief Arbiter:  A. Sorokina (Belarus)       Deputy Arbiters: B. Postovsky (USA)   O. Rinas (Kazakhstan)     Appeals Committee:  D. Sadvakasov (Kazakhstan) - Chairman   A. Iashvili (Georgia)    J. Nisban (Singapore)     Fair-play officers:  A. Moskvin (Russia)    L. Rustamov (Azerbaijan)   T. Lopang (Botswana)     Press Officer: Y. Pelletier (Switzerland)    

 


Participating countries

2019 WTCC REGULATIONS

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FIDE and Ugra Chess Federation signed an agreement on World Cup 2019

FIDE - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 18:12



FIDE and Ugra Chess Federation signed an agreement on World Cup 2019.

Following the wrap of Moscow open chess festival in Russian State Social University, the meeting between FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich and President of Ugra Chess Federation Vasily Filipenko took place in the historical rector’s parlor on February, 3.



They signed an agreement between FIDE and Ugra Chess Federation on conducting World Cup 2019 in Khanty-Mansiysk from September, 9 to October, 4. Tournament’s prize fund sums up to 1,6 million US dollars. Ugra’s capital will host World Cup for the 5th time.

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Stockfish wins the Premier Division, Lc0 qualifies for the Superfinal

Chessdom - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 15:00

Stockfish, winner of the Premier Division of TCEC S14

The dominance of Stockfish in the Top Chess Engine Championship continues full steam ahead. The open source engine by Marco Costalba, Joona Kiiski, Gary Linscott and a huge community of contributors, won the Premier Division of Season 14 convincingly, not losing a single game along the way. With the victory Stockfish qualifies for the Superfinal, where it will be looking for a 4th consecutive and 6th overall TCEC title.

Stockfish wins TCEC S11
Stockfish wins TCEC S12
Stockfish wins TCEC S13

For the first time in history Stockfish will be in a situation where the “big 3″ of computer chess in not existent anymore. Lc0 aka Leela Chess Zero – the Neural Network built as an open source adaptation of DeepMind’s recent Alpha Zero artificial intelligence demonstration project – has broken the dominance the “big 3″ and has taken second position in the Premier Division ahead of Komodo (3rd) and Houdini (4th).

Live now: TCEC Superfinal at the official website

This is going to be the first match of Stockfish and Lc0 on the highest level of computer chess. The two could not meet in the recently concluded the TCEC Cup, due to a shocking loss of Stockfish to Houdini. In a mid-division test it was demonstrated that Lc0 is highly superior to Stockfish 8, mimicking the conditions and results of the SF8 – Alpha Zero match. However, Stockfish 10 is going to play the Superfinal, and it is much superior to the Stockfish 8 version, which makes the task for Lc0 exponentially more difficult.

This sentiment is shared among the computer chess fans. Out of the over 1000 (and counting) votes in the poll, 65% expect a Stockfish win in the Superfinal, while 35% expect Lc0 to be victorious. However, both Stockfish and Lc0 are going to line-up new versions compared to the TCEC Cup and anything can happen.

About the TCEC Superfinal

The Superfinal is a match between the winner of the Premier Division – Stockfish – and the second placed in the Premier Division – Lc0. It is a 100 games match, which is played with 50 different openings so that each engine plays both black and white of the same position. The match will be presented with opening 1 used in games 1 and 2, then opening 2 used in games 3 and 4 etc. If the match is theoretically won for one side before game 100, the match will still continue until all 100 games have been played. In the case of a drawn match there will be a rapid match of 16 games with a time control of 25′ + 10″ with random openings selected from earlier in the same Season. In case it is still tied there will be a Blitz match of 8 games with a time control of 3′ + 2″. When the Superfinal is over, the current Season ends. The winner is crowned the Grand Champion of TCEC.

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First major title for a Neural Network in chess: LC0 wins TCEC Cup

Chessdom - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 14:59

Neural Network chess fans around the world are celebrating as the first major computer chess title for the self-learning engine Lc0 (Leela Chess Zero) is a fact. Lc0 conquered the golden medal of the TCEC Cup in a 32 player knockout against the best engines in the world. The only NN playing in the competition emerged victorious after knocking out consecutively Tucano (8-0), Xiphos (6-2), Andscacs (5,5-2,5), the three time TCEC champion Komodo at the semi-final (10-8), and the three time TCEC champion Houdini at the final (4,5-3,5). Thus, Lc0 received the TCEC Cup gold medal, ahead of Houdini and the defending champion Stockfish.

Replay: Lc0 – Houdini , the decisive game

It seems that a knockout format with 30 min time control is the favorite of the world’s top NN engine. Lc0 won its first major medal in the same competition last year, while just three months later it is able to win the gold medal, going all the way undefeated.

Final standings (click on the image for full view)

Click on the image for full size view

Houdini – Stockfish (semi-final) by Kingscrusher

The match that forced Lc0 to play direct matches against all champions in TCEC history, analysed by Kingscrusher

First “end of an era” match?

Ever since Lc0 entered the Top Chess Engine Championship back in S12, the Neural Network believers were excited that an “end of an era” is coming. This expression originates in the fact that Stockfish has been dominating the computer chess world as the strongest AB chess engine, and that Leela as a Neural Network has the highest chance of changing the status quo.

Lc0 did not have a direct match against Stockfish in the TCEC Cup this year. However, it defeated in the final Houdini – a version that has won the TCEC Championship and that eliminated Stockfish at the semi-final. At its own semi-final Lc0 defeated another multiple times TCEC champion – Komodo – thus confirming that the second place in the Premier Division was a deserved one. This second place will finally give the chance to Lc0 to face Stockfish for the highest title of computer chess. It will happen at a 100 games long time control head-to-head match, the Superfinal of TCEC, that starts this February 4th at 15:00 CET.

The Superfinal is a chance for Lc0 to conquer yet another pinnacle. The TCEC Cup is the first time this TCEC season that LCZero did not lose a game – it did lose games in the lower Div3, Div2, and Div1. However, Lc0 has a win against every engine that it met this season. Except one – Stockfish.

Is the Superfinal going to be the “end of an era” or just another episode of a long lasting battle to come? Follow Stockfish – Lc0 Superfinal match live at the official website.

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Εικόνες

Skakistiko - Sat, 02/02/2019 - 10:53

Σκάκι δρόμου στο Καράκας, πρωτεύουσα της Βενεζουέλας, φωτ. Alamy. H αντιπολίτευση που ελέγχεται από τον τον αυτοανακηρυχθέντα πρόεδρο Χουάν Γκουαϊδό οργανώνει μεγάλες συγκεντρώσεις και σήμερα Σάββατο 2 Φεβ. για να διατηρήσει την πίεση. Ο Μαδούρο θα πραγματοποιήσει κι αυτός σήμερα συγκέντρωση για να τιμήσει την 20ή επέτειο της πρώτης ορκωμοσίας ως προέδρου, το 1999, του εκλιπόντος Ούγκο Τσάβες. Η Βενεζουέλα πλήττεται από υπερπληθωρισμό, ελλείψεις στην παραγωγή και μαζική μετανάστευση των πολιτών σε γειτονικές λατινοαμερικανικές χώρες — μια κατάσταση που είναι πιθανό να επιδεινωθεί βραχυπρόθεσμα από τις νέες κυρώσεις. Ο Γκουαϊδό αυτοανακηρύχθηκε προσωρινός πρόεδρος στις 23 Ιανουαρίου, σε μια άμεση πρόκληση εναντίον της εξουσίας του Μαδούρο, και γρήγορα κέρδισε την υποστήριξη χωρών στην περιοχή και του Τραμπ, όμως εξακολουθεί να μην ελέγχει κρατικούς θεσμούς ούτε οποιαδήποτε κυβερνητική λειτουργία. περισσότερα

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7th FIDE World Cup in Composing 2019

FIDE - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 13:50



The World Chess Federation with the collaboration of the World Federation for Chess Composition (www.wfcc.ch), is organising the 7th FIDE World Cup in Composing in eight sections. 

The tournament will be conducted from February 1st to August 1st, 2019.

The deadline for entries' submission is March 1st 2019.

The Director will send all compositions to the judges on uniform and anonymous diagrams by March 15, 2019. All judges are to submit their awards by June 15th, 2019

The final results will be published not later than August 1st, 2019

Download REGULATIONS (pdf) for more information.




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2019 FIDE World Team Championships to be staged in Astana, Kazakhstan

FIDE - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 10:02




FIDE confirms the World Team Championship (Open and Women sections) to be staged in Astana, Kazakhstan. The event will take place between March 4 (arrival) and March 15 (departure). FIDE President nominates India as a wild card both for Open and Women sections as they were first reserves according to the results of 2018 Olympiad.

In addition, the host Federation (Kazakhstan) will have a right to nominate its teams.

Here is the final list of participating countries:

Open Section Qualification Path Women Section Qualification Path China Defending World Team Champion Russia Defending Women World Team Champion Azerbaijan  European Team Champion China Women Asian Team Champion Iran Asian Team Champion USA America’s Highest Average Rating USA America’s Highest Average Rating Egypt Africa’s Highest Average Rating Egypt Africa’s Highest Average Rating Ukraine FIDE Olympiad 2018 Russia FIDE Olympiad 2018 Georgia FIDE Olympiad 2018 Poland FIDE Olympiad 2018 Hungary FIDE Olympiad 2018 England FIDE Olympiad 2018 Armenia FIDE Olympiad 2018 Kazakhstan Team from HF Kazakhstan Team from HF India Team nominated by the FIDE President India Team nominated by the FIDE President

 

List of reserve teams:

Reserve Teams Open Section Women Section 1st reserve Team Vietnam Azerbaijan 2nd reserve Team Armenia Kazakhstan 3rd reserve Team France France 4th reserve Team Ukraine Spain

2019 WTCC REGULATIONS
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February 2019 FIDE Rating List

FIDE - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 18:58



FIDE publishes February 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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TCEC Season 12 – the 12th Top Chess Engine Championship

Chessdom - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 15:02

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

This is the second in a new series of analytical articles on past TCEC events. The main text can be read below on this webpage, and at the bottom you will find a link to the full layouted article in pdf format, including the important tables, graphs and images.

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

Introduction

After the successes of TCEC Season 11 (Haworth and Hernandez, 2018a), the Top Chess Engine Championship moved straight on to Season 12, starting April 18th 2018 with the same divisional structure if somewhat evolved.
Five divisions, each of eight engines, played two or more ‘DRR’ double round robin phases each, with promotions and relegations following. Classic tempi gradually lengthened and the Premier division’s top two engines played a 100-game match to determine the Grand Champion. The strategy for the selection of mandated openings was finessed from division to division. The revised TCEC engine line-up is illustrated and listed in Fig. 1 and Table 1.

Besides using FIDE’s 3x-repetition and 50-move drawing rules, TCEC terminated a game at move 40 or later if both engines had |eval| < 0.05 for ten consecutive plies in the current phase, i.e., since the last pawn-advance and/or capture. TCEC12 fell in line with most of the participating engines by adjudicating endgames using the Syzygy DTZ50″ EGTs rather than the Gaviota DTM EGTs which do not recognise the 50-move rule. 5-man EGTs were used for the divisions and 6-man EGTs were used for the Superfinal. Games which were apparently decisive were terminated by TCEC if both engines consistently agreed for the last eight plies that the evaluation is at least 6.5 or at most -6.5.
ELO ranged from 2714 to 3554, averaging 3143. Four new engines joined the fray this time:

  • LEELA CHESS ZERO, a new-architecture UCT/NN engine from a large community,
  • RODENT by the Polish chess programmer Pawel Koziol,
  • TUCANO by the Brazilian professional software developer/programmer Alcides Schulz, and
  • XIPHOS by the Serbian mathematician and computer scientist Milos Tatarevic.

The formidable 44-core server of TCEC11 was used unchanged in TCEC12.

Division 4, two DRR phases, 28 rounds, 112 games, tempo 30′+10″/m

A principal focus was the participation of the exciting LEELA CHESS ZERO, a neural-network-architecture engine inspired by the innovations of Deep Mind’s ALPHAZERO (Silver et al, 2017). The 14 most common two-move openings in the second author’s CATOBASE (Hernandez, 2018) were allocated to rounds 1-7 and 15-21, and with colours reversed for rounds 8-14 and 22-28, see Table 2.

The results, as played, are as in Table 3 though a rule introduced in TCEC11 required that the participation of SCORPIO be scratched as it had three technical crashes. The seven connection breaks with the server were thought to be caused by deadlock conditions in the engine. These losses in fact made no difference to the final ranking on this occasion. LC0 did not in fact progress but will be greatly helped by GPU assistance in a future season. The generic statistical review of TCEC12 results and terminations is given for each phase of TCEC12 in Table 11.

For division 4, all rounds have four games so game r.n is game 4r-4+n in the pgn files (Haworth and Hernandez, 2018b) and the colour-flipped pairings of engines are 28 games apart. This division had 10.8% of its wins below the diagonal of the eventual x-table. ETHEREAL alone was much improved, undefeated and a strong first while XIPHOS kept RODENT III in a distant third place, beating it 4-0.

Division 3, two DRR phases, 28 rounds, 112 games, tempo 30′+10″/m

In this division, the same fourteen openings were mandated as for Division 4 and used in the same order. This time however, the colour-reversed game followed immediately rather than 28 games later, giving an earlier balanced view on the bilateral contests. Rounds were therefore of eight games rather than four and were numbered from 1 to 14.

Draws under the 50-move rule are very rare in TCEC, less than 1% of terminations. This is because most engines seem to monitor the ply-count, zero their evaluations as they see it reaching 100, and allow TCEC draw-adjudication to take its course. Game 13.1/97, CHESSBRAINVB-WASP, was however a 50m-rule draw: CHESSBRAINVB retained hopes of a win to the end, despite being a pawn down.

CHESSBRAINVB was a clear winner but the race for the second promotion-spot was close. XIPHOS pulled off its second promotion this season, despite having lost its head-to-head matches with fellow candidates ETHEREAL and PEDONE. ETHEREAL more than justified its promotion to Division 3.

Division 2, two DRR phases, 28 rounds, 112 games, tempo 30′+10″/m

Fourteen of the most frequent 100 two-move openings in CATOBASE were allocated to rounds 1-14 with, again, the colour-reversed games being played immediately.

This time, FRITZ and TEXEL won promotion but the newly promoted XIPHOS and CHESSBRAINVB took the next two places. There were 10 technical crashes in the division, and both ARASAN and HANNIBAL were disqualified and relegated for disconnecting from the server: a pity as they had both scored wins against FRITZ. VAJOLET no doubt counted itself lucky to survive.

Division 1, two DRR phases, 28 rounds, 112 games, tempo 60′+10″/m

The normalised Sonneborn-Berger scores suggest that this was the most closely-contested division of TCEC12. Eventually, GINKGO and JONNY triumphed though FIZBO and BOOOT kept the result in doubt until almost the end. Thankfully, we did not see another rash of engine-disconnect fails, the one ultimately irrelevant incident being g8.8/64, FRITZ–JONNY. FRITZ as Black had beaten JONNY in their first, g1.7/7, encounter and hung on to its recent promotion: TEXEL did not.

Division P, four DRR phases, 56 rounds, 224 games, tempo 90′+10″/m

STOCKFISH was the only unbeaten engine but was still second with a Performance ELO of 3443, 121 down on its nominal 3554. KOMODO lost its eight-game match against STOCKFISH but had a better harvest of wins against the bottom three engines. HOUDINI made up the three engines that stretched away from the others. CHIRON crashed three times in the first round and was pulled from the event.

The TCEC12 Superfinal match: 100 games, tempo 120′+15″/m

The Superfinal between STOCKFISH and KOMODO surprised in two ways. First, it was not close and secondly, the win-rate was high. STOCKFISH won 29-9, 23/6 as White and 6/3 as Black so White also dominated Black 29-9. In terms of the fifty two-game pairs, STOCKFISH won 22 pairs 1½-½ and the g71-72 pair 2-0: KOMODO won 4 pairs 1½-½. GM Thechesspuzzler (2018) created a Youtube stream for the TCEC12 Superfinal. Wool (2018) provided some useful chessic insight on TCEC12 as a whole.

Summary

We gather together some generic statistics for the Divisions and Superfinal in Tables 11 and 12. These will help aficionados and analysts of computer chess to identify the particular games of interest to them later. The pgn files and further data are included with the e-repository version of this note (Haworth and Hernandez, 2018). Our congratulations go once again to the TCEC audience who made for a lively discussion forum, to all participants, particularly to those who gained promotion and to the TCEC12 Grand Champion, STOCKFISH and all its supporters.

REFERENCES
  • CPW (2018). https://tinyurl.com/icga046. Biographies of programs and authors.
  • de Man, R. (2018). http://tablebase.sesse.net/syzygy/. Site providing 5- and 6-man DTZ50 EGTs.
  • ‘GM Thechesspuzzler’ (2018). https://tinyurl.com/icgaj036. TCEC video playlists.
  • Haworth, G. McC. and Hernandez, N. (2018a). TCEC11: the 11th Top Chess Engine Championship. ICGA Journal 40(3). See also http://centaur.reading.ac.uk/75899/ for supporting data – results, statistics and pgn files.
  • Haworth, G. McC. and Hernandez, N. (2018b). http://centaur.reading.ac.uk/76985/. TCEC12: the 12th Top Chess Engine Championship. This article plus supporting data – results, statistics and pgn files.
  • Silver, D. et al (2017) https://arxiv.org/abs/1712.01815 Mastering Chess and Shogi by Self-Play with a General Reinforcement Learning Algorithm.
  • TCEC (2018) http://tcec.chessdom.com. Current and past TCEC tournaments.
  • Twitch (2018). https://www.twitch.tv/. A video/chat platform and community for gamers.
  • Wool, A. (2018) http://mytcecexperience.blogspot.co.uk/ TCEC blog.
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Τέλος εποχής Κράμνικ για το αγωνιστικό σκάκι

Skakistiko - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 13:40


Ο πρώην παγκόσμιος πρωταθλητής Βλαντίμιρ Κράμνικ (43 ετών, Ρωσία) ανακοίνωσε στη λήξη του τουρνουά Tata Steel στην Ολλανδία το τέλος της καριέρας του στο επαγγελματικό σκάκι. Ο Κράμνικ ήταν παγκόσμιος πρωταθλητής στο διάστημα 2000-2007. Είχε κερδίσει (χωρίς ήττα!) τον Γκάρι Κασπάροβ 8.5-6.5 το 2000. Οι επιτυχίες του στη διεθνή σκακιέρα πολύ μεγάλες, με δεκάδες πρωτιές σε επαγγελματικά τουρνουά κορυφής.

“Είχα αποφασίσει να σταματήσω το επαγγελματικό σκάκι εδώ και μερικούς μήνες και ήρθε η ώρα, εδώ στο Tata Steel να το ανακοινώσω δημόσια”.

“Η ζωή μου σαν σκακιστής υπήρξε μια υπέροχη πορεία και είμαι ευγνώμων για όσα μου προσέφερε. Μερικές φορές ήταν δύσκολη, μερικές φορές πιο ονειρική από όσα μπορούσα να φανταστώ και σε κάθε περίπτωση ήταν για μένα μια ανεκτίμητη ανθρώπινη εμπειρία. Προσπαθούσα πάντα να πετύχω το καλύτερο”.
Περισσότερα από την ανακοίνωση στο σάιτ του Tata Steel εδώ

* Ο Κράμνικ είναι κατά τη γνώμη μου (του συντάκτη του skakistiko) ένας από τους πλέον σημαντικούς σκακιστές της ιστορίας. Η δική του κατανόηση των μυστικών του παιχνιδιού υπερβαίνει κάθε σύγχρονό του κορυφαίο σκακιστή, συμπεριλαμβανομένου και του νυν παγκόσμιου πρωταθλητή Κάρλσεν. Το σφιχτό του δημιουργικό του (κυρίως στρατηγικό) στυλ υπήρξε για πολλά χρόνια τόσο αποτελεσματικό και διδακτικό που αποτέλεσε σε ζωντανό χρόνο ένα μυθικό στοιχείο του σύγχρονου παιχνιδιού. Η σκακιστική του δουλειά επίσης παροιμιώδης σε προσήλωση και χρόνο αφιέρωσης.

Τα τελευταία χρόνια, καθώς το πέρασμα της ηλικίας στο αγωνιστικό σκάκι είναι μια αμείλικτη διαδικασία, τα αποτελέσματά του είχαν αστάθεια και από ένα σημείο και πέρα φανερά πτωτική πορεία.  Ο ίδιος στην ανακοίνωσή του λέει πως ήρθε η ώρα να ασχοληθεί και με άλλα πράγματα στη ζωή ενώ θα βρίσκεται στο σκάκι για ανεπίσημους αγώνες επίδειξης και γρήγορου χρόνου.

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Vladimir Kramnik ends his chess career

Chessdom - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 14:30

Former world champion Vladimir Kramnik (43) has just announced that he will end his career as a professional chess player. Kramnik was world champion from 2000 until 2007. He dethroned Garry Kasparov by beating him 8.5 – 6.5 in 2000. Kramnik didn’t lose a single game during this world championship match. He has won virtually all top tournaments, most notably ten clear of shared victories in Dortmund.

Kramnik: “I already decided to finish my professional chess career a couple of months ago and now, after having played my last tournament, I would like to announce it publicly.”

“The life of a professional chess player was a great journey and I am very thankful to chess for all it has given me. It has sometimes been difficult, sometimes more successful than I could ever imagine, but in any case it has been a priceless human experience for me. I have always tried my best to give it all from my side, being fully involved in it while working and playing chess.”

Vladimir Kramnik (photo by A.Karlovich)

“But I have also expressed in interviews before that I would like to try doing something else one day, and since my chess player motivation has dropped significantly in recent months, it feels like the right moment for it. I would like to concentrate on projects which I have been developing during the last months especially in the field of chess for children and education. I will soon provide more detailed information about those.”

Vladimir Kramnik developed a training program for the chess section of Sirius Educational Center in Sochi, the elite Russian establishment for talented children.

“I might still like to play a rapid or blitz chess tournament at times, or do a simultaneous like the Tata Steel Chess simultaneous in the Dutch parliament building this afternoon and will participate in various events connected with chess, popularising this great game.”

Jeroen van den Berg, director of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament: “I am honoured that Vladimir Kramnik has picked the Tata Steel Chess Tournament to be his last. I would have liked to see him to take leave with a better result, though. Vladimir is a great player. He is dynamic, all-round and a great fighter with a very keen insight. But above all he is a wonderful and warm person, with a great sense of humour. I will miss his presence in the top of the chess world, as will many chess aficionados all over the world. I wish him all the best with everything he is going to undertake and am sure our paths will cross again many more times.”

In the past weeks Kramnik participated in the Tata Steel Chess Tournament. This afternoon he will play the Tata Steel Chess simultaneous (Torentje Schaak) Tata Steel has organised for members of parliament and journalists in the parliament building in The Hague. This simultaneous is always the last event of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament.

Kramnik was recently appointed member of FIDE Planning and Development Commission (PDC).

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Agreement with the 2022 Minsk Olympiad Organisers signed

FIDE - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 14:20



Today, January 29th 2019, in Minsk an Agreement between FIDE and the Organisers of the 2022 World Chess Olympiad, 2020 FIDE Women's World Cup, 2021 FIDE World Chess Cup and 2022 FIDE Congress was signed.

The Agreement was signed by FIDE President A. Dvorkovich, on behalf of FIDE, and Ms. A. Sorokina. President of the Belarus Chess Federation and Mr. S. Kovalchuk, Minister of Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Belarus, on behalf of the Organisers.

During his visit to Minsk, the FIDE President also met with President of Republic of Belarus, H.E. A. Lukashenko to discuss the future of the mutually beneficial relationship between the World Chess Federation and the Republic of Belarus.








Mr. S. Kovalchuk, Minister of Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Belarus, FIDE President A. Dvorkovich and President of the Belarus Chess Federation Ms. A. Sorokina

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2019 Διεθνές Σκακιστικό Φεστιβάλ Γιβραλτάρ

Skakistiko - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 11:42


Σκακίστριες που συμμετέχουν στους αγώνες σε εκδρομή στο βράχο.

Σε εξέλιξη βρίσκεται το παραδοσιακό διεθνές όπεν του Γιβραλτάρ. Πρόκειται για ένα φεστιβάλ με αγώνες που διεξάγονται ταυτόχρονα σε πολλούς ομίλους δυναμικότητας και έχει αποκτήσει δίκαια μια σπουδαία φήμη ενώ προσελκύει πλήθος κορυφαίων επαγγελματιών.

Στο Masters Group ανάμεσα στους συμμετέχοντες βρίσκουμε τους: Βασιέ-Λαγκράβ, Αρονιάν, Σο, Γιου Γιανγκί, Νακαμούρα, Ναβάρα, Νάιντιτς, Ιβαντσούκ, Αρτεμίεβ, Άνταμς.

Στο Masters Group αγωνίζεται και η Σταυρούλα Τσολακίδου που έχει έως τώρα με ισχυρούς αντιπάλους μια καλή πορεία με 4/7 και κέρδος έλο. Επίσης, στον ίδιο όμιλο ο Κώστας Νικολαΐδης( 2.5/7) και Σωτήρης Λογοθέτης (2/7). Το Masters είναι διάρκειας 10 γύρων.

Ζωντανές μεταδόσεις, κληρώσεις, αποτελέσματα, βαθμολογίες και φωτογραφίες στο επίσημο σάιτ gibchess.com και στοιχεία για τη συμμετοχή της Τσολακίδου έχουν δημοσιευτεί έως τώρα από τον Μέτοικο στα σχόλια της καρτέλας “Εξωτερικό”.

 

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Γη και Ελευθερία

Skakistiko - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 11:07

Εθελοντές του ισπανικού εμφυλίου παίζουν σκάκι σε ανάπαυλα των μαχών, στην περίφημη ταινία του Κεν Λόουτς «Γη και Ελευθερία» (Land and Freedom, 1995).

Η ταινία είναι ένα φλασμπάκ. Ο άγγλος κομμουνιστής Ντέιβιντ Καρ (Ian Hart), γέρος πια, πεθαίνει στο Λίβερπουλ. Η εγγονή του Κιμ, λίγες ώρες πριν την κηδεία του, ψαχουλεύοντας τα προσωπικά του αντικείμενα, βρίσκει μια βαλίτσα με αποκόμματα εφημερίδων, γράμματα και άλλα ενθύμια από την συμμετοχή του παππού της στον ισπανικό εμφύλιο. Καθώς τα περιεργάζεται συγκινημένη, ξετυλίγει το κουβάρι μιας εποχής τόσο κοντινής από πλευράς ιστορικού χρόνου, αλλά και τόσο μακρινής από πλευράς συναισθημάτων και ιδεολογιών. Κάθε γράμμα που πιάνει στα χέρια της, κάθε απόκομμα εφημερίδας την μεταφέρει σε τόπους και χρόνους.

Ο παππούς της μαζί με άλλους διεθνιστές φεύγει, για να πολεμήσει στο πλευρό των δημοκρατών και αριστερών Ισπανών, ενάντια στο φασιστικό στρατό του Φράνκο. Κατατάσσεται στην στρατιωτική οργάνωση του POUM που συνεργάζεται με τις διεθνείς ταξιαρχίες. Μαζί με τους συντηρητικούς δημοκράτες, τους σοσιαλιστές και τους αναρχικούς κάνουν την υπέρβαση και απελευθερώνουν τμήματα της χώρας. Η βοήθεια του ομοειδούς, ως προς την ιδεολογία με τον Φράνκο, Χίτλερ, αιματοκυλά την επανάσταση.
Ο ιδεαλιστής Καρ, αρνείται αρχικά, να παραδεχθεί την κατάσταση μέχρι, που αντιλαμβάνεται στο ίδιο του το πετσί την αγαστή συνεργασία των γραφειοκρατών του Κρεμλίνου με την κυβέρνηση.

H ταινία χάρισε στον Kεν Λόουτς την κορυφαία ευρωπαϊκή κινηματογραφική διάκριση -το ευρωπαϊκό Οσκαρ- και υπήρξε το δεύτερο Φελίξ της καριέρας του. Tο «Γη και ελευθερία» ανακηρύχτηκε καλύτερη ευρωπαϊκή ταινία για τη χρονιά 1995.

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FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich met with FIFA President Gianni Infantino

FIDE - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 09:08



FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich had a meeting with FIFA President Gianni Infantino in Zurich on January 24. During the meeting they thoroughly discussed the prospect for further cooperation in the near future and agreed on the nearest short term actions.

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FIDE and Grand Chess Tour to cooperate over scheduling

FIDE - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 18:39



FIDE and the Grand Chess Tour are pleased to confirm that they will cooperate with regards to the final scheduling arrangements of participants in both the 2019 FIDE Grand Prix and the 2019 Grand Chess Tour. This will ensure that Players can accept invitations to both the 2019 Grand Chess Tour and the 2019 FIDE Grand Prix series should they wish to do so.

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2nd Global Strategy Commission's Meeting

FIDE - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 14:47



The second GSC meeting took place in Wijk aan Zee from January 25th to 27th 2019.

Present:
Arkady Dvorkovich (FIDE President)
Emil Sutovsky (GSC Chairman)
Bassem Amin
Ken Rogoff
Ignatius Leong
Darmen Sadvakasov
Pavel Tregubov
Jeroen van den Berg


The following topics have been discussed:

- Concrete steps approaching the corporate world

- Format and Bidding procedure for the World Championship Match and other Major FIDE events

- World Team Championship 2019 location

- Final structure of Candidates Tournament 2020 composition

- Dress code in official tournaments

- Grand Master title image

- Draw offer

- Asian chess boom

- Technical issues (tie-break and pairings systems for Swiss tournaments)


Many important decisions are submitted for the Presidential Board’s approval.

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Pantsulaia emerges Chennai Open 2019 Champion

Chessdom - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 02:27

GM Pantsulaia Levan (Georgia) with 8.5 points emerged the Champion after the tenth and final round in the 11th Chennai Open International Grandmaster Chess tournament 2019 for Sakthi Group Dr N Mahalingam Trophy at Novotel IBIS OMR Hotel, Sholinganallur, Chennai on Friday 25th January, 2019.

In the crucial final round, Pantsulaia drew with top seed GM Predke Alexandr of Russia, moving to 8.5 points. The draw propelled the Georgian to clear first. This follows Pantsulaia’s title triumph at Delhi Open last fortnight, giving him back-to-back titles, a great start for 2019. The Georgian would take home the winner’s cheque of Rupees 300000 (Euros 3714) along with the handsome Sakthi Group Dr N Mahalingam Trophy.

Pantsulaia Levan (Georgia)

Sharing the second spot with 8.0 points were five Grandmasters viz., Popov Ivan (Russia), Aleksandrov Aleksej (Belarus), Paichadze Luka (Georgia), Megaranto Susanto (Indonesia) and Rozum Ivan (Russia). The top seeds had their say in the final round, as all the decisive games in the top ten boards went in favor of the higher rated player.

The Rupees 15 lakhs (Euros 18573) prize money tournament came to a glittering end, as the trophies and cash prizes were handed over to he winners’ by the Chief Guest India’s first International Master Manuel Aaron.

Present in the dais were Mr D V Sundar, Vice President, FIDE, Mr Stephen Balasamy P, Gen. Secretary, Tamil Nadu State Chess Association, International Arbiter R Anantharam, Mr B Murugavel, Vice President, Tamil Nadu State Chess Association and Chief Arbiter Manjunatha M.

Pantsulaia receiving the trophy from Chief Guest Manuel Aaron

Final Placings:
1. Pantsulaia Levan (Georgia) 8.5,
2-6. Popov Ivan (Russia), Aleksandrov Aleksej (Belarus), Paichadze Luka (Georgia), Megaranto Susanto (Indonesia), Ivan Rozum (Russia) 8.0,
7-14. Lugovskoy Maxim (Russia), Karthik Venkataraman (India), Predke Alexandr (Russia), Girish A Koushik, Vignesh N R (both India), Tran Tuan Minh (Vietnam), Czebe Attila (Hungary), Khusenkhojaev Muhammad (Tajikistan) 7.5 points (286 players)

R R Vasudevan
Press Officer
Chennai Open 2019

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2019 Grand Prix Series: Dates and Qualifiers

FIDE - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 16:08



FIDE and World Chess are pleased to announce the 2019 Grand Prix Series dates. There will be four exciting knock-out events:

1st leg: May 16th – 30th;
2nd leg: July 11th – 25th;
3rd leg: November 4th – 18th;
4th leg: December 10th – 24th.

Two winners will qualify for the 2020 Candidates Tournament. Total prize for each event will be EUR 130,000. In addition, EUR 280,000 Prize Fund to be awarded based on the best cumulative score in the entire Series.

FIDE publishes the list of qualified players and 12 reserves. Players will have 7 days to sign the contract after FIDE publishes the contract as well as Rules and Regulations and the list of cities which will host the Series.

  PLAYERS QUALIFIED AVERAGE       1 Magnus Carlsen 2840,17 2 Fabiano Caruana 2816,67 3 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 2812,17 4 Ding Liren 2795,75 5 Vladimir Kramnik 2786,33 6 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2783,83 7 Anish Giri 2779,75 8 Wesley So 2778,92 9 Levon Aronian 2773,08 10 Viswanathan Anand 2770,58 11 Alexander Grischuk 2767,92 12 Hikaru Nakamura 2767,83 13 Sergey Karjakin 2766,08 14 Yu Yangyi  2761,42 15 Ian Nepomniachtchi 2758 16 Peter Svidler 2751,75 17 Teimour Radjabov 2751,75 18 Veselin Topalov 2744,58 19 Dmitry Jakovenko 2739,75 20 David Navara 2737,5         RESERVE PLAYERS AVERAGE       1 Radoslaw Wojtaszek 2734,5 2 Wei Yi 2733,92 3 Jan-Krzysztof Duda 2733 4 Pentala Harikrishna 2732,92 5 Nikita Vitiugov 2726,92 6 Le Quang Liem 2723,67 7 Bu Xiangzhi 2719,67 8 Richard Rapport 2719,33 9 Li Chao b 2716,25 10 Wang Hao  2715,33 11 Vladimir Fedoseev 2713,33 12 Arkadij Naiditsch 2713,17


The Grand Prix Series will be featured on Eurosport.

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