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FIDE announces a new format of cooperation with World Chess

FIDE - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 13:34



FIDE announces that it has reached an agreement with World Chess on a new format of its future cooperation.

According to the Addendum to the Agreement:

— FIDE is recognized as the holder of the rights to all tournaments of the World Championship Cycle, including the Candidates Tournament and the World Championship Match, except for the series of Grand Prix 2019, 2021. Bidding procedures will take place to determine the organizers of Candidates' Tournaments and World Championship Matches. World Chess retains commercial position in the cycle’s revenue;

— World Chess is the exclusive organizer of the Grand Prix series 2019, 2021 with an agreed budget for each tournament. At the same time, the Parties will agree on strict Guidelines aimed at maintaining a high level of these tournaments; 

— World Chess continues its work for attracting sponsorship for the World Championship Cycle under the guidance of FIDE;

— FIDE and World Chess intend to jointly develop and commercialize video content of major chess events, making chess a spectator sport;

— World Chess receives the title of official FIDE broadcaster (except for the Candidates Tournaments, World Championship Matches, Olympiads and World Cups). FIDE and World Chess intend to jointly develop a policy of broadcasting FIDE events in the interests of spectators and long-term commercial development of chess sports. In line with the policy, World Chess shall develop the official broadcasting widget in accordance with FIDE technical guidelines that will be offered for free to all media and sites alike and will allow live moves relay broadcast. World Chess will also develop and promote video broadcasting of Grand Prix and other tournaments as will be determined by FIDE and World Chess in the future.

The parties have agreed on the financial terms of their cooperation. Specific financial details are confidential by agreement of the Parties, but the parties are pleased to announce that they are satisfied with the agreement and looking forward to working together.

The above-mentioned Addendum to the Agreement has already been approved by the FIDE Presidential Board by an overwhelming number of votes.

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Dates for the 2019 World Teams Championships for men and women confirmed

FIDE - Thu, 01/24/2019 - 17:02


FIDE is confirming the dates of the World Teams Championships 2019 for both men and women from 4th March (arrival) until 15th March (departure).

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FIDE World Junior Chess Championship for the Disabled 2019

FIDE - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 11:08



We are pleased to announce that the 3rd FIDE World Junior Chess Championship for the Disabled will be held in the Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA from July 9-15, 2019.

In the previous two World Junior Chess Championships, young players with disabilities demonstrated a strong will to improve and master the game of chess through their participation in this high level competition. Supporting equality in sports.

 

The organizer and team is dedicated to ensuring that each player achieves his or her greatest experience in this event. The event includes a professional ‘Chess Masters Training Program’ that is directed by Grandmaster Thomas Luther, Chairperson of the FIDE Chess for Disabled (DIS) Commission. This ’masters program’ provides essential training and support that aims to encourage and motivate players with disabilities to participate in other events, such as the FIDE World Junior U20 Chess Championship.

The 2019 event regulations and online registration can be found on the official website: www.WorldJuniorChess.org.

Registration for the event includes participation in the ‘Chess Masters Training Program’ which is provided at no extra cost to the participants.

INVITATION (pdf)

Current and previous World Junior Chess Champions:

  2018 Ilia Lipilin, Russia 2017 Raphael Zimmer, Germany


A special thank you to the major sponsors of this event.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Cherry Hill! For more complete details, please visit the official website at www.WorldJuniorChess.org.

 

Yours for Chess,
IO Beatriz Marinello
Chief Organizer of the Tournament

GM Thomas Luther
Chairperson DIS Commission

Dora Martinez
Event Press Officer
Councillor, DIS Commission

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Meeting of FIDE Executive Director with African Chess Confederation

FIDE - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 10:15



On 19th of January 2019, the FIDE Executive Director, GM Victor Bologan in company of the FIDE International Director, GM Al-Mudahka Mohd met with the Board of the African Chess Confederation at the Laico Regency Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. The Board of the ACC headed by Lewis Ncube is meeting for the first time in Nairobi following the ACC elections that were held on the side lines of the FIDE General Assembly and Congress in Batumi, Georgia in October 2018.

As part of this forum, the FIDE Executive Director made tangible key agreements that will enhance efficiency, accountability, transparency and sustainability of operations in the continent accompanied by measurable key performance indicators. With FIDE Committing about Euro 3 million towards development initiatives in all FIDE affiliated federations, ACC is expected to improve performance among all its member federations.



Seated (Left to right): IA Dr Marouane Tabti, FIDE CEO – GM Victor Bologan, ACC President Lewis Ncube, GM Al-Mudahka Mohamed, IA Kezzie Msukwa.

Standing (Left to right): Omer Abdalla Deab, Benard Wanjala (Host President), Joe Mahomole, IA Tshepiso Lopang, GM Slim Bouaziz, Ansumana Kamara, Phillip Ameku


Meeting in session


ACC President Lewis Ncube and FIDE CEO Victor Bologan leading the agreements

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Chennai Open: Akash among leaders, Harshavardhan stuns GM Rozum

Chessdom - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 17:39

Former National Champion International Master G Akash shared the lead with 4.0 points after the fourth round of the 11th Chennai Open International Grandmaster Chess tournament 2019 for Sakthi Group Dr N Mahalingam Trophy at Novotel IBIS OMR Hotel, Chennai here today.

GM Norm holder Akash scored over Grandmaster Ziatdinov Raset of USA. In the top board GM Paichadze Luka of Georgia scored over defending Champion, Grandmaster Laxman R R of India.

Sharing the lead at 4.0 points with Paichadze Luka (Georgia) were Tran Tuan Minh, Nguyen Van Huy (both Vietnam), Lugovskoy Maxim (Russia), Akash G, Karthik Venkataraman, Shyamnikhil P, Harikrishnan A Ra and Girish A Koushik (all India). Half a point behind at 3.5 points were 11 players including GMs Popov Ivan (Russia) and Aleksandrov Aleksej (Belarus) among others.

Top seeded Russian Grandmaster Alexandr Predke shed his second half a point, against Chennai based International Master T U Navin Kanna and remains at 3.0 points.

Top seed GM Alexandr Predke, P Stephen Balasamy, Gen Secy, TNSCA, B Murugavel, Vice President, TNSCA, GM Elect D Gukesh, D V Sundar, Vice President, FIDE, Frederic Friedel, Co-founder, ChessBase, IM Manuel Aaron

GM Norm holder Akash put it across GM Ziatdinov Raset of USA in a Ruy Lopez game that lasted 46 moves. An early exchange sacrifice showed the Indian’s will to go all out for win. Shattering both sides of the board, Akash kept the Ziatdinov’s king in the centre and finished the game in a flourish giving his rook thereby forcing the queening of his pawn.

Earlier, IM Norm holder G B Harshavardhan (Velammal School, Chennai) scored the biggest win of his career defeating third seeded Russian Grandmaster Rozum Ivan (ELO 2589) in the third round that concluded late yesterday. Rozum side stepped a draw by repetition on the 20th move, but went into an inferior rook ending that Chennai boy fully used to his advantage securing the win after 56 moves. Further, Harsha came up with a steady show today holding International Master N R Vignesh to a draw and is scheduled to meet Grandmaster Stupak Kirill (Belarus) in the next round.

IM Norm holder Harshavardhan G B

The third round also witnessed upset wins for Sai Vishwesh C and Senthil Maran K over Grandmasters Deviatkin Andrei and Sundararajan Kidambi respectively. Six rounds remain in this Rupees 15 lakhs (Euros 18460) prize money tournament that concludes on Friday, 25th January, 2019.

Earlier, the inauguration was preceded by a felicitation for the achievement of second youngest Grandmaster title in the history of chess by Chennai boy D Gukesh (DOB 29th May, 2006). Achieving the final GM Norm in the recently concluded Delhi Open, Gukesh, who is our current World Under 12 Champion, made it on his 12th year, 7th month and 17th day. The Velammal School boy fell short of world record holder Russian Sergey Karjakin by 17 days. Karjakin (DOB 12th Jan, 1990) had completed the GM title in 12 years and 7 months in 2002.

Mr S Kailasanathan, CEO, Microsense, GM Elect D Gukesh, International Master Manuel Aaron, Mr D V Sundar, Vice President, FIDE

Speaking on the felicitation of GM Elect Gukesh, Mr D V Sundar, Vice President FIDE said, “This boy, Gukesh, is bound to go far, bringing more laurels to himself and the country”.

Mr Frederic Friedel, Co-founder, ChessBase added, “Gukesh shows profound understanding for chess and I see the rising of another Magnus Carlsen in him”.

Mr S Kailasanathan, CEO of Microsense – official sponsor of Gukesh – added, “We could see the talent in Gukesh and were too happy to be of support to him during his great achievement”. M/s Microsense gave a cash award of Rs. 100000 (Rupees one lakh only) to the young achiever.

A cash award of Rs 30000 (Rupees thirty thousand only) was awarded to Master Gukesh on behalf of Tamil Nadu State Chess Association. Also present in the dais were, International Master Manuel Aaron, the Chief Guest, Shri P Stephen Balasamy, Gen. Secretary, TNSCA, Shri B Murugavel, Organising Secretary, Shri Rohan, General Manager, Novotel IBIS OMR Hotel, Shri V Hariharan, former Secretary AICF & TNSCA.

Manik Mikulas (Slovakia) playing Aleksandrov Aleksej (Belarus)

World Under 12 Girls Champion Savitha Shri B

Round 4 results (Indians unless specified) : Paichadze Luka (Geo) 4 bt Laxman R R (3), Manik Mikulas (Svk) 3.5 drew with Aleksandrov Aleksej (Blr) 3.5, Girish A Koushik (4) bt Deepan Chakkravarthy J (3), Stupak Kirill (Blr) 3.5 drew with Muthaiah A L (3.5), Rathanakaran K (3) lost to Tran Tuan Minh (Vie) 4, Tran Minh Thang (Vie) 3 lost to Karthik Venkataraman (4), Vignesh N R (3.5) drew with Harshavardhan G B (3.5), Akash G (4) bt Ziatdinov Raset (USA) 3, Sai Vishwesh C (3) lost to Nguyen Van Huy (Vie) 4

Round 3 results (Indians unless specified) : Pantsulaia Levan (Geo) 2 lost to Tran Minh Thang (Vie) 3, Harshavardhan G B (3) bt Rozum Ivan (Rus) 2, Popov Ivan (Rus) 2.5 drew with Saravanan V (2.5), Srihari L R (2) lost to Paichadze Luka (Geo) 3, Aleksandrov Aleksej (Blr) 3 bt Ameir Moheb (Egy) 2, Ziatdinov Raset (USA) 3 bt Erigaisi Arjun (2), Deepan Chakkravarthy J (3) bt Konguvel Ponnuswamy (2), Suvrajit Saha (2) lost to Stupak Kirill (Blr) 3

Round 2 Results (Indians unless specified) : Saranya J (1) lost to Pantsulaia Levan (Geo) 2, Rozum Ivan (Rus) 2 bt Rajarishi Karthi (1), Rathneesh R (1) lost to Popov Ivan (Rus) 2, Paichadze Luka (Geo) 2 bt Shiva Pavan Teja Sharma U (1), Bala Kannamma P (1) lost to Aleksandrov Aleksej (Blr) 2, Erigaisi Arjun (2) bt Md. Abzid Rahman (Bdesh) 1, Dahale Atul (1) lost to Deepan Chakkravarthy J (2).

Round 1 Results (Indians unless specified) Sathish Chandra G drew with Predke Alexandr (Rus), Pantsulaia Levan (Geo) bt Adireddy Tarun, Dharani Kumar M S lost to Rozum Ivan (Rus), Popov Ivan (Rus) bt Adarsh Tripathi, Evrin Selvam lost to Paichadze Luka (Geo), Aleksandro Aleksej (Blr) bt Aakash G, Badri Narayan B lost to Erigaisi Arjun, Deepan Chakkravarthy J bt Niharika Ch, Divyan T lost to Stupak Kirill (Blr), Tran Tuan Minh (Vie) bt Tejes Suresh Kumar, Giri Abhishek lost to Megaranto Susanto (Ina), Karthik Venkataraman bt Chirag Mudraje.

R R Vasudevan
Press Officer
Chennai Open 2019

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2019 Grand Prix Series

FIDE - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 10:48



FIDE is pleased to announce the 2019 Grand Prix Series, the qualifier for the 2020 Candidates Tournament. It will be held in cooperation with World Chess in a new format aimed at improving its appeal for spectators and players alike.

Each of the top 20 players qualified by rating will take part in 3 out of 4 knock-out tournaments. Each Grand Prix leg will feature 16 participants, including one wild card nominee by the organizers for each event (there will be 4 wild cards, one for each Grand Prix).

Prize fund for each event will be EUR 130,000, and FIDE establishes additional EUR 280,000 Prize Fund to be awarded based on the best cumulative score in the entire Series. FIDE and World Chess are also developing new organizational guidelines that will ensure smooth organization of the Series.

Two winners will qualify for the 2020 Candidates Tournament.

Dates of the Series are being finalized and will be announced by January 28, 2019, mindful of the other top chess events. Cities for the Series will be announced by February 04, 2019.

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TCEC Cup 2 brackets and rules

Chessdom - Sat, 01/19/2019 - 14:51

The second edition of TCEC Cup, the minor trophy of the Top Chess Engine Championship, is going to start this January 21st. It will be a knockout competition involving the 32 world’s best chess engines. See the announcement article here.

TCEC Cup 2 consists of a total of 32 matches divided into sixteenth-final (aka round of 32), eighth-final, quarter-final, semi-final and final. For an engine to reach the TCEC Cup gold medal it must win a total of five matches. Both participants that lose the semi final will be awarded a bronze medal.

Brackets

Here are the brackets of the upcoming TCEC Cup 2:

Official brackets for TCEC Cup 2

Rules for TCEC Cup 2 Event

The TCEC Cup 2 is a knockout format played in TCEC, including all qualifying participants, seeded according to their respective final results in this season’s divisions. The 32 qualifying engines consist of the participants of Premier, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Division, plus the top 9 engines in 4th Division: because Deus X dropped out due to the uniqueness rule, the top 9 engines from Div4 are in the Cup this time (also three engines advanced from Div4 to Div3 this Season 14).

TCEC Cup knockout matches format

The TCEC Cup 2 will take place right after the Premier Division and before the Superfinal, starting on 21 January 2019. It will be a knockout championship with the 32 participants divided into brackets. Each participant will be seeded according to its final standing in the TCEC league event with the #1 seed meeting the #32 seed, #2 meeting #31, etc.

The TCEC Cup 2 will consist of a total of 32 matches divided into sixteenth-finals, eighth-finals, quarter-finals, semi-finals and final. For an engine to win the TCEC Cup gold medal it must win a total of five matches. The two losing semifinalists will play a match for 3rd and 4th place (`small final’).

Three openings books

All matches are played with a book exit from one of the three books in use: A, B or C. No bookless games will be played in the TCEC Cup.
Alternating match games will begin from a randomly selected starting position contained within an opening book created by Nelson Hernandez (aka Cato the Younger) with a large number of unique starting positions derived from human games. Engines will play both sides of each position selected. Openings chosen will roughly approximate human games in terms of their frequency. A new opening should thus occur every other game, then the reverse game is played, so two games in a row from the same starting book position. Because each engine will thus play both sides of every opening, fairness is guaranteed.

Two such books created by Nelson Hernandez will be used, one consisting of 2 move positions exclusively for the first round (sixteenth finals) hereafter referred to as BOOK A, and one consisting of 6 move positions (used from the eighth finals to the finals) hereafter referred to as BOOK B.
Furthermore a third book will be used in case tiebreaks do not lead to a decisive result within 16 games. This is an opening positions compilation by Nelson Hernandez with unique positions from the former Superfinal books TCEC Season 9-13, created by Jeroen Noomen for a higher level of decisiveness, hereafter referred to as BOOK C.

All three books will be used randomized.

Matches and tiebreaks

Each of the matches will at least consist of 4 pairs of games (8 games, every second with reversed colors and the same opening). These 8 games will always be played out in full, even if a decisive match result is reached before the full 8 games have been played.
In case of an equal score after these 8 games, tiebreakers will be played out at the end of the Cup round. First the 4 pairs of games will be played out for a round, before playing out the tiebreakers therefore.

Tiebreakers will be played according to the following rules:

  1. If a match is tied after its scheduled regular 8 games, pairs using the same book exit for both sides will be played until a decisive pair occurs. The book exits will be from the randomized book used in that phase of the CUP (A or B), up to a maximum of 4 pairs of games.
  2. If after playing in this way, no winner ensues, more pairs of games will be played, after each of which a match winner may ensue. From this point on, so from game 17 onwards, BOOK C will be used (the Superfinal book) with each playing both sides of the openings, for a maximum of 8 pairs of games, so a maximum of a further 16 games to decide a winner, with a new book.
  3. If even after these 32 games, a match is still drawn, further pairs of games will be played with BOOK C to determine a winner, but the time control (TC) will be shorter with each pair of games, according to the following steps (always indicated as minutes base time + seconds increment per move completed, so e.g. 30+5 means 30 minutes base time per game plus an increment of 5 seconds per move completed): 16+4, 8+3, 4+2, 2+1, 1+1. If even after this sequence of pairs of games with shorter TC the match is tied, the increment will remain at 1 second, but the base time will then become even shorter than one minute, in the following manner: 32s+1, 16s+1, 8s+1, 4s+1, 2s+1 and finally 1s+1 will be played until a decisive pair is reached.
Time control

Time control will be 30 mins + 5 secs increment per move for the normal games in a match, as well as for the tiebreakers up to and including game 32. If an engine loses on time, that result will not be changed nor the game replayed. If the TCEC game server locks up at any time during a game (BSOD, freeze etc), that game will be restarted unless the last position was a 6-man or less tablebase position, then it will be manually adjudicated. Whether a game is immediately restarted or played rather at the end of the round will be decided by the responsible TCEC staff.
As described in the section on tiebreaks, time control will change as of game 33 in tiebreakers.

Game adjudication

A game can be drawn by the normal 3-fold repetition rule or the 50-move rule. However, a game can also be drawn at move 35 or later if the eval from both playing engines are within +0.08 to -0.08 pawns for the last 5 moves, or 10 plies. If there is a pawn advance, or a capture of any kind, this special draw rule will reset and start over. In the website this rule is shown as “TCEC draw rule” with a number indicating how many plies there are left until it kicks in. It will adjudicate as won for one side if both playing engines have an eval of at least 10.0 pawns (or -10.00 in case of a black win) for 4 consecutive moves, or 8 plies – this rule is in effect as soon as the game starts. In the website this rule is shown as “TCEC win rule” with a number indicating how many plies there are left until it kicks in. Cutechess will also adjudicate 6-men or less endgame positions automatically with Syzygy tablebases.

Critical Engine Bugs

In the case of a serious, play-limiting bug (like crashing or interface communication problems, not including losses on time) not discovered during the pre-Cup testing, the engine might have the number of cores reduced, have the hash size reduced or have the tablebase access disabled – these changes will then remain for the rest of the Cup.

Engine Updates

Under no circumstances are updates to engines allowed once the Cup competition has started.

Engine Ratings

Because the TCEC Cup works with a different time control, TCEC ratings are not affected by the engines’ results in the Cup. A separate rating list may in time be created for this event and time control.

TD clause

In situations not covered by the rules, the tournament director decides.

TCEC Hardware

GPUs: (2): 1 x 2080 ti + 1 x 2080, CPU: Quad Core i5 3570k, RAM: 16gb DDR3-2133, SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256gb, Battery backup: CP1350PFCLCD PFC Sinewave UPS System, Temperature: testing showed <=73C

CPUs: 44 Cores -> 2 x Intel Xeon E5 2699 v4 @ 2.8 GHz Motherboard: Supermicro X10DRL-i RAM: 64 GB DDR4 ECC SSD: Crucial CT250M500 240 GB Chassis: Supermicro OS: Windows Server 2012 R2

RAM: 15GB
SSD: 20GB + 165GB for TB

TCEC Cup starts 21 January 2019

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New FIDE: first 100 days

FIDE - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 09:22



Tournaments

• Smooth organization of major FIDE events, including both World Classical Championships (London and Khanty-Mansiysk)

• Successful relocation and organization of King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships 2018 in a close partnership with the Saudi Chess Federation and the Russian Chess Federation. New standard of organization and specially devised programs attracted thousands of live spectators to the venue.

• Restructuring and massive increase in the prize fund of the Women's World Chess Championship Cycle. Introduction of Women Candidates Tournament and relaunch of Women Grand Prix series.

• Introduction of FIDE GrandSwiss as a new qualification path for the Candidates Tournament in 2020.


Support of continental and national federations

• Allocation of a record 3 million Euro to the development fund.

• Development of a clear KPIs system to evaluate the efficiency of use of allocated funds.

• Agreements signed between FIDE and number of national federations to provide an assistance from the development fund aimed at achieving relevant KPIs.

• Agreements between FIDE and continental federations to be signed during the Q1 2019.


Budget 2019

• The Budget was significantly increased and restructured. The budgeted income of about EUR 6.5 million in 2019 will be the highest ever in the FIDE history. Expenses are planned at EUR 5.5 million, which is almost three times higher than in the preceding years – with the Development fund getting the sharpest increase. EUR 925,000 will be set aside as a reserve fund, which will make FIDE financial situation significantly more sustainable.

• Previously, FIDE spent about 85% of its income on its own office. In the current budget this number is reduced to 35% and will be kept around that level in the future. At the same time, fees charged by FIDE will be cut up to 40% in average – thus reducing the burden on the players and national federations. FIDE is going to support the federations, and not the other way around as it used to be.


Immediate transition matters

• Successful management transition with no interruption in activities.

• Upgrading internal compliance and AML processes allowed FIDE to re-establish its credibility and to open accounts in major European banks.

• Finalizing preparations to relocate the main FIDE office from Athens to Lausanne to be completed in Q1 2019.


Improvement of FIDE governance

• Management Board created with the regular weekly meetings

• Institutional procedures are implemented, with an aim to ensure FIDE governance according to the best organizational standards.

• A team of professionals has been setup to conduct a fundamental revision of the FIDE Handbook in 2019 in order to prepare the amendments towards the 2019 FIDE General Assembly.

• FIDE non-elected commissions were restructured in order to attract the best experts and to make the commissions more efficient; Chairs and members of the commissions have been appointed. Presidential Board members are appointed to overview the work of respective commissions.

• More transparency in the nominations for the official tournaments will be delivered under the guidance of the relevant commissions.

• Task force for review of all FIDE regulations has been established.


Promotion of chess in media and interacting with the chess community

• Considerable increase of FIDE activity in social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

• Task force has been created to drastically improve the FIDE website. FIDE strengthens and expands its public relations department – appointments are to be finalized in Q1.

• Talks about the global cooperation between FIDE and major existing chess platforms have started.

• A proper cooperation with mainstream media – East and West to be established soon – in this regards FIDE already held discussion with several global media houses.

• Polls about World Cup and World Championship Match format have been conducted – with about 200 players having expressed their opinion.

• Thousands of inquiries sent to the FIDE office and management were answered timely and candidly – ensuring proper transparent communication between FIDE and chess people around the globe.

100 days is obviously a rather short period of time. But we are committed to our promise to bring the change and make the chess world a better place – and we will keep working hard to serve the global chess community.



FIDE Team

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FIDE Statement

FIDE - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 09:35



1. As clearly stated in Article 1 of FIDE's statutes, FIDE rejects discriminatory treatment for national, political, racial, social or religious reasons or on account of gender. According to the same statutory provision, FIDE events (competitions, congresses, meetings) may be hosted only by Federations where free access is generally assured to representatives of all Federations.

2. Mr. Arkady Dvorkovich, repeatedly marked this point during his election campaign as a candidate for the position of FIDE's President. He publicly emphasized this point again after he was elected at the General Assembly in Batumi in October 2018.

3. Finally, FIDE re-affirms its rejection of any discriminatory treatment (as stated in Article 1 of FIDE's statutes) and publicly commits to not hold any tournament or event in a country that does not use visas and otherwise grant entry to any and all players, qualified to participate in FIDE events, as well as to other participants, regardless of their national origin and/or citizenship.

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TCEC Cup 2 to start 17 January 2018

Chessdom - Sat, 01/12/2019 - 18:01

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

The second edition of TCEC Cup, the minor trophy of the Top Chess Engine Championship, is going to start this January 17th. It will be a knockout competition involving the 32 world’s best chess engines.

TCEC Cup 2 consists of a total of 31 matches divided into sixteenth-final, eighth-final, quarter-final, semi-final and final. For an engine to reach the TCEC Cup gold medal it must win a total of five matches. Both participants that lose the semi final will be awarded a bronze medal.

Each of the matches will consist of 4 pairs of games (8 games, every second with reversed colors and the same opening) with time control 30 mins + 5 sec. In case of an equal score after these games, pairs of tiebreak games with the same time control will be held until a winner is determined.

Format and pairings

The first edition of TCEC Cup was played for the first time in 2018. It generated genuine hype and the refreshing new format was welcomed by the chess fans. As a result, the TCEC team has decided to maintain this knockout format competition and to make it a traditional one accompanying every season.

The winner of the TCEC Cup from last edition, Stockfish, will be the top seed in the knockout brackets. All the other engines will receive their pairing according to the final standings of the regular TCEC season. Awaiting the conclusion of the Premier Division (currently live, you can follow it here), the pairings for the first round of the upcoming TCEC Cup 2 are as follows:

Stockfish – Rodent
Tucano – 2nd place Div P
3rd place Div P – Demolito
Wasp – 4th place Div P
5th place Div P – Pirarucu
Schooner – 6th place Div P
7th place Div P – Hannibal
Nemorino – 8th place Div P

Fizbo – rofChade
Chiron – Pedone
Vajolet – Laser
Jonny – Arasan
Texel – Fritz
Ginkgo – Gull
ChessBrainVB – Xiphos
Booot – Nirvana

TCEC Cup 1 and TCEC Cup 2 differences

- TCEC Cup 1 pairings followed entirely the standings of the regular season. TCEC Cup 2, and subsequent cups, will have the winner of the previous Cup seeded as #1, while all the other participants will be seeded according to the regular season.

- Matches will once more consist of 8 games, however this time all 8 games of a given match will be played, even if an engine advances before game 8.

- Time control is changed from 30 min + 10 sec to 30 min + 5 sec , shortening the increment

Matches and tiebreaks

Each of the matches will consist of 4 pairs of games (8 games, every second with reversed colors and the same opening). In case of an equal score after these 8 games, pairs of tiebreak games with the same time control will be held until a winner is determined.

Time control

Time control will be 30 mins + 5 secs increment per move. If an engine loses on time, that result will not be changed nor the game replayed. If the TCEC game server locks up at any time during a game (BSOD, freeze etc), that game will be restarted unless the last position was a 6‐man or less tablebase position, in which case it will be manually adjudicated.

Openings books

Alternating match games will begin from a randomly selected starting position contained within special openings books by Nelson Hernandez (aka Cato the Younger). Engines will play both sides of each position selected. Openings chosen will roughly approximate human games in terms of their frequency. A new opening should thus occur every other game, then the reverse game is played, so two games in a row from the same starting book position. Because each engine will thus play both sides of every opening, fairness is guaranteed.

Round 1 will have all matches using a 2-move book, the rest of the rounds will use a 6-move book. These are chosen from a large openings book at random, ensuring reverse games to be played every next game. There will be no bookless games.

Game adjudication

A game can be drawn by the normal 3‐fold repetition rule or the 50‐move rule. However, a game can also be drawn at move 35 or later if the eval from both playing engines are within +0.08 to ‐0.08 pawns for the last 5 moves, or 10 plies. If there is a pawn advance, or a capture of any kind, this special draw rule will reset and start over. In the website this rule is shown as “TCEC draw rule” with a number indicating how many plies there are left until it kicks in. It will adjudicate as won for one side if both playing engines have an eval of at least 10.00 pawns (or ‐10.00 in case of a black win) for 5 consecutive moves, or 10 plies ‐ this rule is in effect as soon as the game starts. In the website this rule is shown as ”TCEC win rule” with a number indicating how many plies there are left until it kicks in. Cutechess will also adjudicate 6‐men or less endgame positions automatically with Syzygy tablebases.

Critical Engine Bugs

In the case of a serious, play‐limiting bug (like crashing or interface communication problems, not including losses on time) not discovered during the pre‐Cup testing, the engine might have the number of cores reduced, have the hash size reduced or have the tablebase access disabled ‐ these changes will then remain for the rest of the Cup.

Engine Updates

Engine authors can submit an updated version for the TCEC Cup. The deadline for submission is the last move of the Premier Division. Under no circumstances are updates to engines allowed once the Cup competition has started.

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FIDE bank account in Spanish Caixa Bank

Chessdom - Fri, 01/11/2019 - 12:40

In a brief post FIDE announced that a bank account is opened with Caixa Bank, one of the largest banks in Spain.

The normal operation is resumed 11 months after the Swiss bank UBS closed the FIDE accounts due to then FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov being on the US sanctions list. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov refused to resign from the post to save FIDE the trouble, and even announced he would be running for re-election, famously with a fake American person on the ticket.

After Chessdom.com revealed the scandal, the Russian government introduced a new candidate Arkady Dvorkovich, who eventually became FIDE President. The bank account is opened three months after his election.

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Additional qualification path to Candidates 2020 - FIDE Grand Swiss

FIDE - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 15:36



FIDE informs about additional qualification path to the Candidates 2020 - FIDE Grand Swiss.

Consequently, FIDE removes one qualification spot from the rating quota and passes it to Grand Swiss qualifier based on the understanding with World Chess.

The bids for the event are to be sent before February 9, 2019 to office@fide.com.

Rules for the FIDE Grand Swiss 2019 (pdf)

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FIDE Bank account opened in Caixa Bank, Spain

FIDE - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 11:25



FIDE is pleased to announce that an official bank account with Caixa Bank, one of the largest banks in Spain, has been opened.

FIDE is extending its gratitude to Mr. Jose Claudio Vinas Racionero, President of the Catalonia Chess Federation for his invaluable assistance in this matter.

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Tata Steel 2019

Chessdom - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 08:39

Tata Steel Chess 2019 is going to take place 11 – 27 January in Wijk aan Zee. The traditional tournament is going to feature once more two groups of 14 players.

The Tata Steel Chess Tournament is one of the most prestigious events in the international chess calendar. Often refered to as the “Wimbledon of Chess”, Tata Steel Chess Tournament celebrates its 81st year.

Group A consists of the World Champion Magnus Carlsen, Shakhriyar Mameedyarov, Ding Liren, Anish Giri, Vladimir Kramnik, Viswanathan Anand, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Teimour Radjabov, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Richard Rapport, Samuel Shankland, Vladimir Fedoseev, Vidit Santosh Gujrathi, and Jordan Van Foreest. The average ELO of the group is 2753, which makes it a category 21 event.

Live games with analysis Tata Chess 2019 Masters

The Challengers group consists of Anton Korobov, Parham Maghsoodloo, Vladislav Kovalev, Evgeny Bareev, Erwin L’Ami, Benjamin Gledura, Maxim Chigaev, Andrey Esipenko, R Praggnanandhaa, Vincent Keymer, Lucas Van Foreest, Elizabeth Paehtz, Dinara Sadukassova, and Stefan Kuipers. The average ELO of the Challengers is 2582 and the category of the tournament 14.

Live games with analysis Tata Chess 2019 Challengers

 

Tata Steel 2019 official website players presentation

 

Magnus Carlsen

Magnus Carlsen will play his 15th Tata Steel Chess Tournament in 2019. It proves the special bond between the World Champion and his favourite tournament, where he started his impressive career in 2004, winning with the fantastic score of 10,5 – 13 at the age of 13 in the former Grandmastergroup C of our tournament. He has won all three events in Wijk aan Zee (A-, B- and C-group) and since 2018 he is the sole record holder. In our 80th tournament the then both record holders participated (Carlsen and Anand), but it was Carlsen who won in 2018, after a thrilling tiebreak against Anish Giri (1,5-0,5 for Magnus). It will be interesting to see how Magnus did recover from his tensed WC-match against Fabiano Caruana in London (November 2018), which he won – as against Anish – after a tiebreak (3-0). Will we see him winning the Tata Steel Chess Tournament for the 7th time?

Country: Norway

Photo: Alina l’Ami Shakriyar Mamadyarov

2017 was the year of Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. At the start of that year, Mamedyarov was ranked 13th on the FIDE Rating listand exactly one year later we found him back on the third place, with just behind Carlsen and Caruana. It has happened more than once that players have difficulties maintaining such a high position, but not so for Shakh! On the contrary, he kept on playing very well in 2018 with a highlight in Biel, where he won the traditional tournament with the impressive score of 7,5-11. He ended 1,5 points ahead of Nr. 2 Magnus Carlsen, whom he beat 1,5-0,5 in their mutual encounter. The two times World Junior Champion will play for the 5th time in the Masters. His best result in Wijk aan Zee was in 2018, when he shared 3rd place with Vladimir Kramnik. With his attacking style and huge self-confidence he is definitely one of the favourites again in the 81st  edition. The secret of his run to the top? ‘A more stable life’, Shakh said in an interview. He got married in 2017 and became a father in 2018.

Country: Azerbaijan

Photo: Alina l’Ami Ding Liren

Chinese Top-player Ding Liren comes back to Wijk aan Zee after a short absence of two years. It will be his 3rd appearance in Wijk aan Zee. Ding played his last Tata Steel Chess Tournament in 2016, finishing shared second with Fabiano Caruana. Both of them had 8 points, finishing 1 point behind winner Magnus Carlsen.  In his first Tata Steel Chess Tournament, one year earlier, Ding also shared second place, together with Giri, Vachier-Lagrave and So. Remarkable was the way he built up his score then: 7 wins, 3 losses and 3 draws.

The three times Chinese champion, ranked no. 4 in the world, made a remarkable record in 2017 and 2018: he stayed undefeated in 100 games (29 victories and 71 draws) on the highest level. Ding has more records: he is the highest ranked player from China ever, and also the first Chinese player to have broken the barrier of 2800-rating, meaning a place among the absolute elite-players.

It is obvious that Ding Liren, with his uncompromised style of play, is one of the top-favourites in the 81st Tata Steel Masters. Winning this year’s tournament will automatically lead to a new record, since no Chinese player has won the Tata Steel Masters before.

Country: China

Photo: New in Chess Anish Giri

Young Dutch superstar Anish Giri came to Holland in his early teens, and mastered the language fluently in no time. The Tata Steel Chess Ambassador led a ‘normal life’ in high school, not far away from his hometown Rijswijk, where he used to live with his parents. Meanwhile he managed to become a top grandmaster, which proves his huge talent and intelligence. After having finished his school, Giri became a professional. Wijk aan Zee has no secrets for Anish. He will play for the 11th time in a row in our tournament, having participated in all three groups (A, B and C). Since 2011 Anish has played in the Masters, with three second places and one fourth place as his best achievements so far. Actually his best result ever was last year, when he shared first place with no one less than Magnus Carlsen. Only after the tiebreak (1,5-0,5 in favour of Carlsen), Giri had to accept that he became second in the tournament. Giri  is still known as one of World’s best prepared opening players, while he is also known as practically unbeatable. After 2016 and 2017 did not bring him the successes he was hoping for, the 80th Tata Steel Chess Tournament was a kind of turning point, because in 2018 his results were just great. It brought Giri back in the World Top-5.

Country: Netherlands

Photo: Alina ‘Ami Vladimir Kramnik

Before last year, it had been quite a while since ‘Big Vlad’ played in our tournament: 2011 was the last time, before he came back to Wijk aan Zee in 2018. It will be his 13th appearance. His first tournament was in 1998, where he shared first place with his friend and rival Viswanathan Anand. It has been his only tournament victory so far. It is always a pleasure to have Kramnik around, so we are glad that he accepted the invitation to come back in 2019! The former World Champion (2000 – 2007) is still very active as a player, despite the fact that the now 43 years old once ‘threatened’ to quit chess at the age of 40… Kramnik is still difficult to beat, all his opponents respect him a lot, also the ones from the new generation. Obviously he has lots of fun playing chess nowadays. His games are always full of energy and he produces lots of fighting chess, which is great news for his huge number of chess fans. Kramnik shared 3rd place in 2018, with the fantastic score of six wins, two losses and only five draws. When in the same form, Vladimir is automatically top candidate again to fight for first place in 2019!

Country: Russia

Photo: Alina l’Ami Viswanathan Anand

The great Vishy Anand already played 18 times in Wijk aan Zee, including his Candidates match against Arthur Jusupov in 1994. Anand made his debut in 1989, the period when his nickname was still ‘Speedy Gonzales’, as it was his habit the to think between 30 and 60 minutes about an entire game. It proved his exceptional talent for the game. Anand had just turned 19 then when he shared first place in our tournament with Sax, Ribli and Nikolic at his first appearance in Wijk aan Zee. Later, Anand won again in 1998, 2003, 2004 and 2006. Together with Carlsen he was record holder till the year 2018, winning the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 5 times. In 2018 though, it was Carlsen who won his 6tht Tata Steel Chess Tournament, making the Norwegian World Champion the sole record holder now. Vishy himself however, also made 6 second places and 3  third places. So Wijk aan Zee and Viswanathan Anand go together quite well! Not only in results; Vishy has said more than once that he likes the particular atmosphere in the coastal village. In 2018 Anand shared 5th place with Wesley So.

Of course there is more than Wijk aan Zee on his record list: the tiger from Madras (now Chennai) was World Champion, Junior World Champion and he won practically all important tournaments  all over the world (Tilburg, Linares, Madrid, Monaco, Dortmund, Mainz, Leon…. only to name a few…). As it is for legends as Kasparov, Fischer and Karpov it is also not easy to write a small biography about Anand, because his list with successes is simply too long to name them all. It is our pleasure that the modest chess giant from India is back in Wijk aan Zee, now for the second year in a row, after a few years of absence before 2018.

Country: India

Photo: Alina l’Ami Ian Nepomniachtchi

The super GM from Russia, Ian Nepomniachtchi, has a particular record in his hands: he is the only top player who never lost a game to his friend and rival Magnus Carlsen in classical chess. He defeated Carlsen already four times, while they drew four times as well. Both players already met when they were very young, being born in the same year (1990). ‘Nepo’ was ranked in the top-5 in both Rapid and Blitz, but in Classical Chess he never made it into the top-10 though. The 11th place in January 2017 was his highest position ever.

‘Nepo’  won several strong tournaments, which proves that he should be capable of getting into the top-10. His aggressive style brings certain risks, which leads to minor results from time to time as well. See for instance the last Tata Steel Chess Tournament he played: in 2017, after a superb year in  2016, ‘Nepo’ did not come further that a score of 5 – 13, finishing 12th. Will he now finish in the first half of the final ranking list? It should be possible, we all know this!

Country: Russia

Photo: New in Chess Teimour Radjabov

31-year old Teimour Radjabov is a former chess prodigy. He was already quite strong at a very young age, in a period when this was less customary than nowadays. Radjabov gained the GM-title in 2001, at the age of 14. Radjabov has a long and impressive list with tournament victories, among others the shared 1st place in Wijk aan Zee 2007, together with Levon Aronian and Veselin Topalov. Radjabov, who will play his 7th Tata Steel Masters, is known for his solid style and it is very difficult to beat him. He knows a lot about opening theory and at the highest level he still is a fan of the Kings-Indian, a sharp opening that used to be popular but somehow lost its popularity during the last years. Radjabov is less active since he got married and became a father, but still he is a world class player, which is proved by his current position on the world ranking list (14th). We are happy that Teimour comes back to Wijk aan Zee, the village where he gained his first international  successes as a young boy!

Photo: New in Chess

Country: Azerbaijan Jan-Krzysztof Duda

Reading all 14 portraits of the 2019-edition of the Tata Steel Masters, will lead to a high number of the word ‘prodigy’. As many others in this group, Duda gained the Grandmaster title at an early age: 15 years and 21 days. The reigning Polish Champion has already an impressive list with career highlights, a.o. the shared 1st place in the Junior World Championship in 2015, taking silver behind winner Antipov on tiebreak.

2018 became Duda’s year of his international breakthrough.  Besides winning the strong national championship (before Wojtaszek) he finished 4th in Dortmund and performed very well at the Chess Olympiad in Batumi, where he drew on first board against the elite players Levon Aronian, Viswanathan Anand, Fabiano Caruana, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Sergey Karjakin. In 2014 Duda finished with 7-13 in the Challengers, his only Tata Steel Chess appearance so far. It is now time to see him perform at the highest level in Wijk aan Zee! In the World Championship Blitz in St. Petersburg (29 and 30 December 2018) Duda proved that he is ready, finishing second behind winner Magnus Carlsen with an incredible score of 16,5-21, which would normally would be enough for victory, but Carlsen is – of course – Carlsen and he won with 17-21.

Country: Poland

Photo: New in Chess Richard Rapport

Richard Rapport is one of the many chess prodigy’s in the world of chess. The now 22 years old Rapport became Grandmaster at the age of 13 years, 11 months and 6 days. He started to play chess at the age of four.

Richard is not only known for his huge talent for the game, but perhaps even more for his approach: he is considered as one of the most original top players of his time. When Tournament Director Jeroen van den Berg told the news on his local club in Amsterdam that Rapport was the 14th player in the Tata Steel Masters, most of the members reacted incredibly happy. It proves how many fans Richard has, all over the world and not only in Hungary, where he was national champion in 2017.

It will be Rapport’s 4th appearance in Wijk aan Zee. In 2013 he was co-winner of the Challengers, while in 2014 and 2017 he finished in the bottom part in the Masters. It is clear that Rapport wants to prove that he can not only play originally, but also make points with his style. And we all know he can, since he beat no one less that Magnus Carlsen in their first encounter in 2017, in Wijk aan Zee!

Country: Hungary

Photo: New in Chess Sam Shankland

27-year old Sam Shankland had a great year in 2018. Especially in the first part it seemed that everything he touched, turned into gold. He won three tournaments in a row: the Us Championship, the Capablanca Memorial and the American Continental Chess Championship. In all three events he stayed undefeated and with these results he broke the 2700-rating barrier for the first time in his life. It also brought him to the best 30 players in the world.

For the current US Champion (which title he won ahead of the top Americans Caruana, So and Nakamura!) it will be his first appearance in an elite tournament. Shankland has a aggressive style of play, it will be interesting to see how he will perform against the best players in the world. Or, as he tweeted himself in November: “Excited to be playing with the big boys!”

It is not his first appearance in Wijk aan Zee. Shankland played in the Tata Steel Challengers in 2015, finishing 3rd behind Wei Yi (1) and Navara (2), with a score of 9 – 13. Shankland stayed undefeated in that event as well.

Country: USA

Photo: New in Chess

  Vladimir Fedoseev

23-year old Vladimir Fedoseev  is the only ‘real debutant’ in this year’s edition of the Tata Steel Masters. Where other newcomers in the Masters played earlier in the Challengers, Fedoseev never played in Wijk aan Zee before. The Super GM from Saint Petersburg booked some remarkable results in 2017, such as winning the Aeroflot Open, the second place in the Sparkassen Chess-Meeting in Dortmund, shared 1st place in the European Championship but finishing 3rd on tiebreak, 3rd place in the Russian Championship and runner-up in the  World Rapid Chess Championship in Riyadh, after losing the play-off to Anand. With all these results Fedoseev climbed up to the Top-30 of the FIDE-World Ranking List. In 2018 his results were more or less consistent, so that he maintained his high position. It is now time to see this original and creative player in Wijk aan Zee!

Fedoseev is known for his ambition to win every game, either with White or Black. This makes him a very attractive player for any tournament. It is interesting to see what result Fedoseev will reach with his optimistic style in an elite Tournament with 13 rounds. That he will play some creative games and cause some surprising results,  is likely to be a fact!

Photo: New in Chess

Country: Russia Vidit Gujrathi

Vidit is one of the many young talents from India. The 24 year old GM already was in Wijk aan Zee for the first time in 2017, being the second of Anish Giri. One year later he played in the Challengers, which group he won with 9 points out of 13 and one point ahead of Anton Korobov from Ukraine. It gave him the right to play in  the Masters of this year. Vidit is one of the five young debutants. With his dynamic style and great knowledge of the game, plus his self-confidence, it is obvious that he is ready for his first elite tournament. However, as for all debutants, playing on this level with 13 rounds to come, is not an easy task. It will be interesting to see how the open minded youngster from Nasik will perform this year. Vidit is the number-3 ranked player in India, after Anand and Harikrishna.

Country: India

Photo: Alina l’Ami Jorden van Foreest

Jorden van Foreest will make his 4th consecutive appearance in the Tata Steel Chess Tournament. And still he is only 19 years old! Jorden played very well in his first Tata Steel Chess Tournament in 2016, scoring 50% with only three draws, which is typical for his fighting spirit, but the year 2017 was a disappointment (4 points) for him. In 2018 Jorden played his best Challengers Tournament so far, finishing shared 3rd with a score of 7,5 – 13. One of his highlights in his career is winning the Dutch Championship in 2016, at the age of 17. But he also won the individual European Championship Under-14 in 2013. At the age of 16 he became international Grandmaster. According to a long tradition in Wijk aan Zee, such strong, young Dutch Grandmasters will automatically get a chance to compete with the strongest players in the world, meaning a place in the Masters. Now it is time for Jorden! It will be a tough test for Jorden, but he is at least certain that 17.000.000 people will root for him!

Country: The Netherlands

Photo: Alina l’Ami

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Tata Steel Chess 2019 LIVE!

Chessdom - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 08:37

Tata Steel Chess 2019 is going to take place 11 – 27 January in Wijk aan Zee. The traditional tournament is going to feature once more two groups of 14 players.

The Tata Steel Chess Tournament is one of the most prestigious events in the international chess calendar. Often refered to as the “Wimbledon of Chess”, Tata Steel Chess Tournament celebrates its 81st year.

Group A consists of the World Champion Magnus Carlsen, Shakhriyar Mameedyarov, Ding Liren, Anish Giri, Vladimir Kramnik, Viswanathan Anand, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Teimour Radjabov, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Richard Rapport, Samuel Shankland, Vladimir Fedoseev, Vidit Santosh Gujrathi, and Jordan Van Foreest. The average ELO of the group is 2753, which makes it a category 21 event.

Live games will be daily on Chessdom with analysis by Komodo, Houdini, and Stockfish. Games start at 13:30 CET.

More live: TCEC Premier Division

Watch live video from TCEC_Chess_TV on www.twitch.tv

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Open de Portugal 2019

Chessdom - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 00:00

The Portuguese Chess Federation will hold the Portugal Open from 2-10th February 2019 at the Pavilhão Casal Vistoso in Lisbon.

The tournament will be a 9-round Swiss system, rated for FIDE, and valid for title norms. The tournament is included in the national Classical Chess Circuit.

On 10 February, there will be an (optional) rapid tournament, included in the national Rapid Chess Circuit.

Top prizes are 2500€ / 1600€ / 1000€ / 800€ / 700€ / 600€ / 500€ etc

Currently 132 players from 32 federations are registered to take part in the event. Among them are 15 Grandmasters and 14 International Masters.

Official website

Participants:

1. GM Motylev Alexander RUS 2644
2. GM Iturrizaga Bonelli Eduardo VEN 2637
3. GM Petrov Nikita RUS 2585
4. GM Xu Xiangyu CHN 2567
5. GM David Alberto ITA 2559
6. GM Bernadskiy Vitaliy UKR 2550
7. GM Jakubowski Krzysztof POL 2516
8. GM Stefansson Hannes ISL 2514
9. GM Spraggett Kevin Barry CAN 2513
10. GM Galego Luis POR 2508
11. IM Bilguun Sumiya MGL 2471
12. GM Miezis Normunds LAT 2469
13. IM Iniyan P IND 2456
14. IM Butkiewicz Lukasz POL 2444
15. IM Damaso Rui POR 2438
16. FM Srinath Rao Sankrantipati Venkata IND 2433
17. Mu Ke CHN 2431
18. WGM Ni Shiqun CHN 2427
19. GM Thorhallsson Throstur ISL 2425
20. GM Campora Daniel ARG 2417
21. IM Rajesh V A V IND 2410
22. IM Kaasen Tor Fredrik NOR 2409
23. FM Haug Johannes NOR 2402
24. IM Sukandar Irine Kharisma INA 2397
25. IM Low Zhen Yu Cyrus SGP 2385
26. IM Carrasco Martinez Juan M. ESP 2380
27. IM Miedema David NED 2370
28. FM Martin Duque Jesus ESP 2365
29. IM Rocha Sergio POR 2360
30. FM Aguera Naredo Javier ESP 2345
31. FM Tryggestad Andreas Garberg NOR 2333
32. IM Sergienko Sergey RUS 2331
33. FM Pantzar Milton SWE 2331
34. WGM Gu Xiaobing CHN 2326
35. Fus Jakub POL 2326
36. FM Godzwon Iwo POL 2323
37. FM Kowalski Igor POL 2312
38. IM Ilic Zoran S SRB 2302
39. Chinguun Sumiya MGL 2286
40. FM Risting Eivind Olav NOR 2281
41. FM Pacan-Milej Kosma POL 2273
42. FM Storme Isak SWE 2271
43. FM Chylewski Patryk POL 2268
44. WFM Li Yunshan CHN 2246
45. FM Nordquelle Daniel NOR 2235
46. CM Garcia Dorado Alberto ESP 2235
47. FM Ranaldi Lucas NOR 2230
48. FM Rego Pedro POR 2228
49. FM Nielsen Andre NOR 2211
50. Lindbol Aleksander NOR 2204
51. Costa Paulo Jorge Lopes POR 2200
52. FM Ermeni Avni KOS 2194
53. Li Xueyi CHN 2194
54. Tscharotschkin Michael GER 2178
55. NM Paiva Henrique POR 2174
56. Borges Guilherme Deola BRA 2171
57. WIM Newrkla Katharina AUT 2162
58. Lisowski Krzysztof POL 2135
59. FM Pascoal Eduardo A ANG 2132
60. Pirola Claudionor Alcides Lima BRA 2130
61. Dias Ricardo Pedro Cruz POR 2128
62. Bruaset Eivind NOR 2124
63. WFM Cholleti Sahajasri IND 2122
64. FM Thompson Ian D ENG 2121
65. Bub Volker GER 2108
66. Hodovsky Jiri CZE 2106
67. WFM Froewis Annika AUT 2100
68. Barbier Wim BEL 2086
69. Fernandez Montero Francisco M. ESP 2070
70. Golecki Jan POL 2064
71. Fernandez Vallejo Luis ESP 2063
72. Huse Sigurd Kjelsbol NOR 2060
73. Romano Joao Manuel Pereira POR 2055
74. Soares Luis F Almeida M Sousa POR 2036
75. Fernandes Ricardo Paulos POR 2020
76. Kocian Miroslav CZE 2013
77. Slovak Pavel CZE 2007
78. Cavaleiro Daniel Filipe Costa POR 2000
79. Thibault Pierre-Olivier FRA 1994
80. Myrheim Hakon Abeland NOR 1993
81. WFM Skogvall Martina GER 1992
82. Rionda Medio Angel Arturo ESP 1992
83. Rogers Tim L ENG 1981
84. Bouton Christophe FRA 1964
85. Archambault Serge CAN 1959
86. Fossan Aleksander NOR 1949
87. Barbier Astrid BEL 1945
88. Roque Armando Filipe Da Silva POR 1941
89. Woithe Daniel GER 1908
90. Damasceno Jorge Manuel Cardos POR 1895
91. Marques Rui Filipe Pereira POR 1890
92. Sandhya Goli IND 1890
93. Nikula Mikko FIN 1889
94. Morejko Wojciech GER 1879
95. Marcos Herrero Francisco ESP 1855
96. Jarve Edvin NOR 1829
97. Nass Sara NOR 1822
98. Aguiar Carlos Alberto Branco POR 1817
99. Taylor Robert Graham WLS 1809
100. Elias Ruben Joel Monteiro POR 1797
101. Iasman Inna FRA 1794
102. Skjolingstad Sverre NOR 1782
103. Sa Nuno Baltazar POR 1767
104. Le Gall Eric FRA 1758
105. Calzada Cruz Osvaldo CUB 1754
106. Hestvik Elias NOR 1740
107. Haisma Henk NED 1727
108. Avelino Camila Biscaya POR 1689
109. Haynes Noah NOR 1658
110. Goncalves Carlos M Marques POR 1639
111. Almeida Rui Pedro Albergaria POR 1583
112. Marques Gilles FRA 1581
113. Cavadas Jose Manuel Goncalves POR 1577
114. Oliveira Fernando Alves POR 1575
115. Dias Jose De Oliveira Gaspar POR 1560
116. Gaudin Bruno FRA 1558
117. Antunes Andre Rafael Maissa POR 1521
118. Almeida Jose Antonio Ferreira POR 1507
119. Florissi Aldo ITA 1502
120. Dong Fabio Yingfan POR 1493
121. Funk Guenther Matthias Andrea POR 1492
122. Correia Pedro Mourao Soares POR 1472
123. Reis Angelica Mufato BRA 1465
124. Voges Guilherme Lopes Jesus POR 1458
125. Machado Carlos Augusto POR 1415
126. Dong Rafael Yufan POR 1377
127. Paragliola Gennaro ITA 1367
128. Fonseca Rene Gil Bakker POR 1355
129. Maissa Susana Flora Cesana POR 1302
130. Anfinsen Marius NOR 1113
131. Ferreira Cristina Isabel POR 1011
132. Wang Cong CHN 0

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WRBCC 2018 Final Standings and Prize Fund Allocations

FIDE - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 20:00


The King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Championships were held in St. Petersburg, Russia, on December 25-31.

Daniil Dubov and Ju Wenjun are the World Rapid Chess Champions. Magnus Carlsen and Kateryna Lagno are the World Blitz Champions.

Please view the final standings and complete prize fund allocations: PDF | Excel

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Bidding procedure for the World Team Championships 2019

FIDE - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 12:42




FIDE announces a bidding procedure for the Open and Women World Team Championships 2019.

The approved dates of the event: March 3-14, 2019. 

Please, note that FIDE may review a bid that includes only one of the events (only Open or only Women), however the dates for the World Team Championship Open section shall remain intact. Alternative dates for the Women event may be considered upon the approval of GSC.

Bids are to be sent to office@fide.com not later than January 24, 2019.

REGULATIONS (pdf)

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GM Bai Jinshi winner of North American Open

Chessdom - Tue, 01/01/2019 - 23:23

The 19-years old Grandmaster Bai Jinshi from China has won the 28th Annual North American Open that was held from 26-30th December, 2018, at Bally’s Casino Resort in Las Vegas, USA.

Bai Jinshi completed the event with 7,5/9 points to earn 10200 USD top prize and clear-winner bonus.

IM Dionisio Aldama (Mexico) and IM Zhaozhi Li (USA) shared the second place half a point behind the winner to claim 3750 USD each.

FM Eugene Yanayt, FM Edward Song and Jack Zhu have scored IM norms.

Bai Jinshi

Open section final standings:

1. GM Bai Jinshi 2568 CHN – 7.5
2-3. IM Dionisio Aldama 2412 MEX and IM Zhaozhi Li 2399 USA – 7,0
4-5. IM Advait Patel 2455 USA and Mika Andrew Brattain 2411 USA – 6,5
6-21. Jack Qijie Zhu 2364 USA, GM Ruifeng Li 2559 USA, GM Karthik Venkataraman 2527 IND, GM Julio J Becerra 2520 USA, GM Adrien Demuth 2517 FRA, GM Steven C Zierk 2510 USA, GM Andrey Gorovets 2509 BLR, GM Zbigniew Pakleza 2506 POL, IM Praveen Balakrishnan 2418 USA, FM Andrew Zhang Hong 2390 USA, FM Ben Li 2368 USA, FM Edward Song 2355 USA, FM Christopher Yu-shuo Shen 2311 USA, Spencer George Lehmann 2254 USA, Andy Lin 2241 USA, IM Arthur Calugar 2208 CAN – 6,0 etc (116 players)

The 28th North American Open had 7 sections: Open, Under 2300, Under 2100, Under 1900, Under 1700, Under 1500 and Under 1250. The total prize fund was 120,000 USD.

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January 2019 FIDE Rating List

FIDE - Mon, 12/31/2018 - 18:11



FIDE publishes January 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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