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Opening of offers for the chess clock contract

FIDE - Tue, 09/10/2019 - 22:15



September 10, 2019


As per the timeline established by the Chess Clock Contract Bidding Procedure, the bid opening meeting took place at FIDE Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. The bid opening panel included Mr. Victor Bologan, the FIDE Executive Director and Ms. Sava Stoisavljevic, Assistant to the FIDE COO. Further, Mr. Robert Hinterberger, Senior Manager, Internal Audit Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers SA, served as an independent observer.

FIDE thanks all participants who sent their offers. We will now proceed with evaluation as scheduled.

FIDE Procurement Department

 

 



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Regulations for 2020 FIDE Women's World Cup and 2021 FIDE World Cup

FIDE - Tue, 09/10/2019 - 14:32


FIDE is pleased to announce the regulations for 2020 FIDE Women's World Cup and 2021 FIDE World Cup.


Regulations for 2020 FIDE Women's World Cup

Regulations for 2021 FIDE World Cup
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FIDE World Cup: Press Conference and Draw

FIDE - Mon, 09/09/2019 - 11:43



FIDE World Cup starts on September 9 in Khanty-Mansiysk. Prior to the opening ceremony, its organizers, honored guests, and participants answered questions from the media at the press conference.

According to Pavel Kolobkov, Russian Minister of Sport, Ugra is a territory of chess development: “Not only they organize many events of various caliber, they also actively develop chess at schools. Judging by a number of people actively studying chess, Ugra is one of the leaders in our country. They promote chess among children, which is very important. I am very happy that Ugra is hosting the World Cup”. The Minister added that he frequently visits the region thanks to two kinds of sport – biathlon and chess.

Mr. Kolobkov stressed the importance of preserving winning chess traditions. “In Russia, chess is more than just a sport. We are proud of our champions and their glorious victories. We must preserve this pride and develop this passion. Every year our Ministry together with Russian Chess Federation organizes about 80 major competitions of different level. I am quite happy about our chess development at the moment”, added the Minister.

Arkady Dvorkovich, FIDE President, agrees with him. He reminded that Khanty-Maniysk is hosting the Chess World Cup for the fifth time. “On multiple occasions, the region demonstrated that it is capable of hosting a tournament of any magnitude”, said the FIDE President.

“The World Cup is a significant event for the world chess calendar. The lineup consists of the best players of different countries as well as the highest ranked players in the rating list. Don't forget that the World Cup provides an opportunity to qualify to the Candidates Tournament, the winner of which will challenge the chess crown. Both World Cup finalists will qualify directly, and the bronze medal winner also has a chance, if he is nominated by the organizer. The competition is going to be fierce”, said Mr. Dvorkovich.

Vasily Filipenko, President of the Ugra Chess Federation, said that the region prepared for this important event very seriously, utilizing its vast experience in organizing major sports events.

Boris Gelfand, grandmaster from Israel, always enjoys coming to Khanty-Mansiysk – back in 2009 he won the World Cup on Ugra soil. “If we count days I stayed in Khanty-Mansiysk playing different tournaments, it will add up to three months. Once I even hosted an excursion for other players”, recalled Boris Gelfand. The Israeli grandmaster took part in the very first World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk in 2000 and is participating in the World Cup this year as well.

Russian grandmaster Sergey Karjakin also took part in the press conference. Mr. Karjakin pointed out that the capital of Ugra is a very special place for him: “I came here to my first World Cup in 2005 when I was just 15 years old.” The Russian also has a World Cup title under his belt – he prevailed in the 2015 World Cup in Baku.

The first round of the FIDE World Cup will be played on September 10. 128 players from 47 countries will compete for the main trophy. The youngest participant is 14 years old, and the eldest is 53.

FIDE World Cup top seed Ding Liren got black at the color draw during the opening ceremony.

Ding and all the players with odd numbers will start with black pieces.

The tournament starts tomorrow. Full pairing: https://khantymansiysk2019.fide.com/en/results/pairings/

Schedule:

Rounds 1-3 – September 10-18

Rounds 4-6 – September 20-28

Final and Match for 3rd place – September 30 – October 4

Rest days: September 19 and 29.

All rounds start at 3 pm local time.

The total prize fund of the tournament: 1,600,000 USD.

The competition is organized by the Government of Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra, International Chess Federation (FIDE), Ugra Chess Federation, and Ministry of Sports of the Russian Federation. 

General partner – Gazpromneft-Khantos LCC.

Official airline – Utair.

Official partners of the competition: OJSC RostelecomUgra Chess AcademyRussian Chess FederationAB InBev Efes and PJSC Rosneft.

FIDE official partner – JSCo “RZD”.

General media partner – News Agency TASS.

Media partners – Match TV, World of Chess social network, OTRK “Ugra”, Ugra-news.ru, “News of Ugra” regional newspaper, “AIF-Ugra” newspaper.

















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FIDE World Cup starts in Khanty-Mansiysk

FIDE - Mon, 09/09/2019 - 08:47



The opening ceremony of the FIDE World Cup took place in the Arts Center for Gifted Children of the North on September 9.

It started with a chess-themed laser show followed by “Heart of taiga” dance performance with the colorful introduction of countries participating in the event.

The protocol part of the ceremony started with speeches by Minister of Sport of the Russian Federation Pavel Kolobkov and FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich.

Pavel Kolobkov, Russian Minister of Sport, greeted everyone in the capital of Ugra and wished the participants of the World Cup exciting games and brilliant victories.

“I am happy that Russia got the right to carry out such a significant event, thus making Khanty-Mansiysk a chess capital of the world. I wish everyone a good contest, and may the strongest win”, said the Minister.

FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich, speaking on behalf of the International Chess Federation, congratulated the players on the start of the World Cup, and thanked the organizers – Government of Ugra and Governor Natalya Komarova – for hosting such an important tournament.

Arkady Dvorkovich: “We are all familiar with a wonderful chess tradition of Ugra, the region that organized almost all the most important chess tournaments, including the Olympiad. It is wonderful that this region develops chess for everyone regardless of occupation or age. Still, everybody loves to watch games of the strongest players, and the strongest players are present here tonight. I wish you excellent play and best of luck, and declare the 2019 FIDE World Cup open!”

Mr. Dvorkovich also announced that on September 8 FIDE Presidential Board approved a bid for the 2020 Candidates Tournament from Yekaterinburg and Russian Chess Federation.

For the drawing of lots, Ding Liren, the highest-rated player of the tournament, was assisted by Chief Arbiter Ashot Vardapetyan two actors dressed as chess kings. The Chinese grandmaster picked a black piece. Therefore, all players with odd numbers will be playing Black in the first game of the first rounds.




The protocol part was followed by an art show by the Art Center for Gifted Children of North, “Grotesque” Theater of Plastic Arts and Pantomime, “Light It” modern dance studio, and Youth Theater. The evening was concluded by the Million Voices song performed by White and Black chess queens.

A press briefing with Natalya Komarova, Pavel Kolobkov, and Arkady Dvorkovich took place after the conclusion of the opening ceremony.

Natalya Komarova, Governor of Ugra: “In chess community, FIDE World Cup is strongly associated with Khanty-Mansiysk. Four out of nine World Cups were carried out in Ugra, and today we are starting the fifth one. One can safely call Khanty-Mansiysk home of this tournament. The organizers do their best to make our guests feel at home.

The World Cup is not only a major sporting event but also an opportunity to experience being a part of a large and close-knit chess family. Ugra and chess are inseparable. We wish to present the exciting world of chess to thousands of Ugra people. By 2024 we want 55% of them engaged in various sports activities, in accordance with the national project “Sport is the way of life”.

The first games of the FIDE World Cup will be played on Tuesday, September 10.

The Ugra Chess Academy (Loparev street, 6) is a playing venue.

Schedule:

Rounds 1-3 – September 10-18

Rounds 4-6 – September 20-28

Final and Match for 3rd place – September 30 – October 4

Rest days: September 19 and 29.

All rounds start at 3 pm local time.

The total prize fund of the tournament: 1,600,000 USD.

The competition is organized by the Government of Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra, International Chess Federation (FIDE), Ugra Chess Federation, and Ministry of Sports of the Russian Federation.

General partner – Gazpromneft-Khantos LCC.

Official airline – Utair.

Official partners of the competition: OJSC RostelecomUgra Chess AcademyRussian Chess FederationAB InBev Efes and PJSC Rosneft.

FIDE official partner – JSCo “RZD”.

General media partner – News Agency TASS.

Media partners – Match TV, World of Chess social network, OTRK “Ugra”, Ugra-news.ru, “News of Ugra” regional newspaper, “AIF-Ugra” newspaper.

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WASKO Hetman GKS wins the Polish Extraleague 2019

FIDE - Fri, 09/06/2019 - 17:48



The strongest ever edition of Polish Team Championship – Extraleague finished in Katowice. The local team "WASKO Hetman GKS", with Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, David Navara, Bartosz Socko, and other stars of Polish and European chess. They made a draw only in one match against the eventual bronze-medalists "Wieża Pęgów" and won all other encounters, including the principal one against the runner-up "VOTUM SA Polonia Wrocław".

  Team                     MP BP 1 Wasko HETMAN GKS Katowice   3½ 3 4 3½ 5 3½ 4½ 4½ 4 17 35½ 2 VOTUM SA Polonia Wrocław 2½   3½ 4½ 3½ 4 5 3½ 4½ 3½ 16 34½ 3 Wieża Pęgów 3 2½   2 3 3 3½ 4 4½ 4½ 11 30 4 KSz Silesia Racibórz 2 1½ 4   4 3 2 3½ 3½ 3½ 11 27 5 Akademia Szachowa Gliwice 2½ 2½ 3 2   4 5 3½ 4 3 10 29½ 6 KSz Stilon Gorzów 1 2 3 3 2   3½ 3 3½ 4½ 9 25½ 7 KSz Dwie Wieże Kraków 2½ 1 2½ 4 1 2½   3½ 1½ 4½ 6 23 8 KSz Miedź Legnica 1½ 2½ 2 2½ 2½ 3 2½   3½ 3½ 5 23½ 9 Baszta MOS Żnin 1½ 1½ 1½ 2½ 2 2½ 4½ 2½   4 4 22½ 10 Biały Król Wisznia Mała 2 2½ 1½ 2½ 3 1½ 1½ 2½ 2   1 19


Red carpet and gala opening had preceded the team championship. The Cesar Hall of Hotel Arsenal Palace Chorzow hosted all participants, city officials, local artists and other notable guests, and also the first half of the championship. The second part of the competition took place at the Silesian Voivodship Office, and the Mayor (President) of Katowice city Marcin Krupa attended both the opening gala and one of the rounds.

The broadcast in English was provided on FIDE Youtube Channel by European Chess TV, with IM Piotr An Nguyen and WGM Keti Tsatsalashvili as commentators.

Official website: https://ekstraliga2019.pzszach.pl





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World Cadet Championship 2019: 7 Medals for China

FIDE - Tue, 09/03/2019 - 20:28



2019 FIDE World Cadet Chess Championship finished in Weifang International Leisure Sports Town, Shandong Province. China hosted this championship for the first time in its history. More than 580 boys and girls from 55 federations competed in under 8, 10 and 12 years old age categories (girls and open to all). After 12 days and 11 rounds of competition, all 18 medals were awarded to the best youngsters in each group.

China won 7 medals, including a clean sweep in the Girls Under 8. The USA got 4 medals, with 2 gold. Russian kids took home 3 medals, but all of them are gold! Kazakhstan, Vietnam, and Mongolia also can boast of winning championship medals.

The closing ceremony of the World Chess Youth Championship, held at the International Art Exhibition Center of Qilu Winery, was attended by Mr. Ye Jiangchuan, Vice Director of Board and Card Games Center of General Administration of Sports of China, Mikhail Kobalia, Director of Youth World Chess Federation, Laurent Freyd, Chief Arbiter of this Championship, Li Ping, Vice Mayor of Weifang Municipal Government, Ms. Tian Hongwei Director of Board and Card Games Center of General Administration of Sports of China, many other leaders and guests, as well as more than 200 participants, award-winning chess players and their parents.

Mr. Ye Jiangchuan spoke highly of the preparation and organization of the contest: “Tight organization, smooth competition, thoughtful service, ensure safety.“ In his speech, he mentioned in particular that, a cultural fair was held during the competition, exhibiting Weifang’s local characteristics, carrying forward China’s traditional culture, promoting friendship and exchanges among countries around the world.

Mikhail Kobalia, Director of Youth World Chess Federation also complimented the host country, organizers and arbiters: “I am very glad that for the first time in the history World Cadet Championship was held in one of the most mysterious and amazing countries in the world - China. And as a member of the Appeal Committee, I have to note that for the entire tournament not a single protest was filed, which indicates the high professionalism of the arbiters.”

Final standings:   Under 8 – Open: 1. Lebedev Artem S. RU – 9/11 2. Tulendinov Dinmukhammed KZ – 9/11 3. Dau Khuong Duy VN – 8,5/11   Under 8 – Girls: 1. Yuan Zhilin CN – 9/11 2. Wang Qinxuanyi CN – 8,5/11 3. Gao Muziyan CN – 8/11   Under 10 – Open: 1. Vetokhin Savva – RU - 9/11 2. Meng Yihan CN – 8,5/11 3. Wei Jianzhou CN – 8,5/11   Under 10 – Girls: 1. Lee Alice US - 10/11 2. Chen Yining CN – 10/11 3. Li Rachael US – 8/11   Under 12 – Open: 1. Zhou Liran US – 9,5/11 2. Chen Yuan CN – 9/11 3. Ochirbat Lkhagvajamts MN – 8/11   Under 12 – Girls: 1. Mikheeva Galina RU – 9,5/11 2. Nurmanova Alua KZ – 9,5/11 3. Yan Ruiyang US – 9/11
















 
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FIDE World Cup Opens on September 9 in Khanty-Mansiysk

FIDE - Mon, 09/02/2019 - 13:31


The FIDE World Cup 2019 takes place in Khanty-Mansiysk on September 9 – October 4. The competition is a part of the World Championship cycle. 128 players from 47 countries participate in the 7-round elimination tournament. Both finalists of World Cup qualify to the FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020.

The opening ceremony of the World Cup will be held in the Arts Center for Gifted Children of the North on September 9, at 7 pm local time. The draw of colours for Round 1 will take place during the ceremony.

The Ugra Chess Academy (Loparev street, 6) will be the playing venue.

Schedule:

Rounds 1-3 – September 10-18
Rounds 4-6 – September 20-28
Final and Match for 3rd place – September 30 – October 4

Rest days: September 19 and 29.

All rounds start at 3 pm local time.

All matches except for the final and the match for 3rd place consist of two games with FIDE time control: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1. The final and the match for 3rd place consist of four games.

If the score is level after the two regular games, tie-breaks games are played with the control of 25 minutes for each player + 10 seconds increment per move, starting from move 1. If the score remains tied, the two blitz games with 10 minutes + 10 seconds per move ensue. If the score remains tied, the next two games are played with the control of 5 minutes + 3 seconds per move. Finally, if the score remains level, then one sudden-death game is played. The player who wins the drawing of lots may choose the colour. The player with the white pieces receives 5 minutes, the player with the black pieces receives 4 minutes; after move 60, both players receive an increment of 2 seconds per move, starting from move 61. In case of a draw, the player with the black pieces is declared the winner.

The total prize fund of the tournament is 1,600,000 USD.

Chief Arbiter – IA Ashot Vardapetian (Armenia).

Russia is represented by 28 players, followed by India – 10, China – 7, and USA – 6.

In the absence of Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana, grandmaster Ding Liren (2811, China) is the highest-rated participant of the World Cup. Other famous players participating in the event include Anish Giri (2780, Netherlands), Ian Nepomniachtchi (2776, Russia), Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (2774, France), Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (2767, Azerbaijan), Wesley So (2767, USA), Yu Yangyi (2763, China), Lenier Dominguez Perez (2763, USA), Sergey Karjakin (2760, Russia), and other chess stars.

The 14-year-old Nodirbek Abdusattorov (Uzbekistan) is the youngest player of the field. The Indian prodigy Nihal Sarin is only a couple of months older. The most experienced player Essam El-Gindy (Egypt) is 53.

The list of former winners of the World Cup includes Vishwanathan Anand (India), Levon Aronian (Armenia), Gata Kamsky (USA), Boris Gelfand (Israel), Peter Svidler, Vladimir Kramnik, and Sergey Karjakin (all – Russia).

This is the fifth time Khanty-Mansiysk is hosting the World Cup.

The competition is organized by the Government of Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra, International Chess Federation (FIDE), Ugra Chess Federation, and Ministry of Sports of the Russian Federation.


Official website: https://khantymansiysk2019.fide.com/en/

General partner – Gazpromneft-Khantos LCC.
Official airline – Utair.
Official partners of the competition: OJSC Rostelecom, Ugra Chess Academy, Russian Chess Federation, AB InBev Efes and PJSC Rosneft.
FIDE official partner – JSCo "RZD".
General media partner – News Agency TASS.
Media partners – Match TV, World of Chess social network, OTRC "Ugra", Ugra-news.ru News of Ugra regional newspaper, AIF-Ugra newspaper.

 
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September 2019 FIDE Rating List

FIDE - Sat, 08/31/2019 - 19:39


FIDE publishes September 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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Judit Polgar partners with ChessKid in a quest for a new Guinness World Record

FIDE - Fri, 08/30/2019 - 06:39



FIDE Vice President Judit Polgar has teamed up with ChessKid in an attempt to set the Guinness World Record for "Largest Online Chess Tournament". Even though there is no record officially set, Guinness has required that at least 20,000 kids participate for the record to count.

Here's the full announcement of the tournament's structure, prizes, and some rules. In order to have the best chance to break the record, Guinness has allowed ChesKid to have many "qualifiers" from Sept. 1 to Oct. 12. Any kid competing in any single qualifier "counts" toward the total. A child can play in as many as he/she wants.

Four daily qualifiers will be at 5 pm in these time zones: Eastern Australia, Central Europe, Eastern U.S., Pacific U.S. They will each be 5 games of 5-minutes each so the qualifiers will last about one hour. If a child finishes in the top 20 in any qualifier, then they qualify for the finals on Oct. 19, which will be commentated on by Mike Klein of Chess.com, and Judit Polgar herself.

Kids that complete one qualifier event will also receive some benefits from ChessKid, like one free month of gold membership if they are basic members, 100 extra stars in their account, limited edition ChessKid wallpaper, and of course the signed certificate by Judit Polgar and Mike Klein. The final "last chance" qualifiers on Oct. 12 will also be in conjunction with Judit's "Global Chess Festival."

Please check the official announcement for more information on how to join and be a part of this World Guinness Record:

https://www.chesskid.com/article/view/help-chesskid-and-judit-polgar-set-a-world-record




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Egypt clean sweep of gold medals at the African Games

FIDE - Thu, 08/29/2019 - 07:35



Egypt was the absolute ruler at the African Games Chess Championships, taking home all the Gold medals in dominating fashion. Having already won the Gold in the Teams Championship -played during the first two days of competition- the Egyptians went on to take the top spots also in the individual rapid and blitz events, both in the open and women's categories.


African Games - Individual Rapid Championship

Ahmed Adly and Bassem Amin swept the competition in the rapid championship, topping the standings without one single loss. Their paths crossed in the 5th round, when they were already the only two players with a perfect score, and they settled for a draw in an uneventful game. Adly would go on to win the remaining four games, getting the Gold, while Amin would concede one more draw -against the local star GM Hicham Hamdouchi- having to content himself with the Silver medal. 

Harold Wanyama (UGA) and Hicham Hamdouchi (MAR) finished 2 full points behind the winner and 1½ behind the runner-up, but it was the player from Uganda the one to get away with the medal, thanks to a better tie-break.

The President of the Association of African Sports Confederations, General Ahmed Nasser, visited the tournament during the first day of play and made the opening move in the clash between Ahmed Adly and Bassem Amin.


1  Adly, Ahmed 8½/9 2630  2  Amin, Bassem 8/9 2617  3  Wanyama, Harold 6½/9 2237  4  Hamdouchi, Hicham 6½/9 2575  5  Kayonde, Andrew 6/9 2312  6  Silva, David 6/9 2284  7  Adu, Oladapo 6/9 2293  8  Makoto, Rodwell 6/9 2405  9  Chumfwa, Stanley 6/9 2311  10  Bellahcene,Bilel 5½/9 2473    (... 48 players in total)    

The Women's Championship was much harder fought. The top-seeded Shrook Wafa led the competition with firm hand, but a defeat in the last and decisive round allowed the Zambian Lorita Mwango to reach her in the standings. However, the Egyptian WGM had in her favour a much better tie-break, and that was enough to secure the Gold medal. Sabrina Latreche, from Algeria, got the Bronze.

1  Wafa, Shrook 7/9 2033  2  Mwango , Lorita 7/9 1844  3  Latreche, Sabrina 6½/9 1915  4  Ofowino, Toritsemuwa 6½/9 1827  5  Gabatshwarwe Refilwe 6½/9   6  Nassr, Lina 6½/9 1820  7  Wafa, Shahenda 6/9 2006  8  Caxita, Esperanca 6/9 1831  9  Miladi, Amen 5½/9 1688  10  Pires, Luzia 5½/9 1636    (... 42 players in total)    





African Games - Individual Blitz Championship

The blitz championship was a one-man show, with an inspired Bassem Amind wiping out the competition, and cruising to a perfect score, 9/9. The five-time African Champion and only African player to ever reach 2700 added a new triumph to his spectacular track record.

The top-seed Ahmed Adly got the silver medal with 7½, losing to the Nigerian Oladapo Adu, and drawing against the MI Mohamed Tissir. Algerian Grandmaster Bilel Bellahcene finished third.

1  Amin, Bassem 9/9 2658  2  Adly, Ahmed 7½/9 2684  3  Bellahcene,Bilel 6½/9 2502  4  Hamdouchi, Hicham 6/9 2514  5  Wanyama, Harold 6/9 2264  6  Osunfuyi , Abimbola 6/9 2212  7  Arab, Adlane 6/9 2422  8  Aderito, Pedro 6/9 2295  9  Aithmidou, Mohamed-Mehdi 6/9   10  Kayonde, Andrew 6/9 2317    (... 50 players in total)    

In the Women's Championship, the Wafa sisters took the two top spots, but not without difficulty. They both suffered a loss, but in general, the only two WGM in the field showed their class to take Gold and Silver. Lina Nassr, from Algeria, scored 7 points that gave her the Bronze.


1  Wafa, Shrook 8/9 2044  2  Wafa, Shahenda 7½/9 2003  3  Nassr, Lina 7/9 1791  4  Pires, Luzia 6½/9 1636  5  Shaba, Linda 6½/9   6  Latreche, Sabrina 6/9 1983  7  Caxita, Esperanca 6/9 1825  8  Ogbiyoyo, Perpetual Eloho 6/9   9  Francis, Onkemetse 6/9 1755  10  Ofowino, Toritsemuwa 5½/9 1848    (... 39 players in total)    


Egypt's delegation in the African Games has achieved so far a total of 116 medals, including 37 gold, 50 silver and 29 bronze medals. South Africa comes second with 56 medals (25 gold, 17 silver and 14 bronze). The host country Morocco is third, with 52 medals (13 gold, 15 silver and 24 bronze).

Official website: https://jar2019.ma

 
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FIDE President holds top level meetings with the Moroccan authorities

FIDE - Wed, 08/28/2019 - 21:31


FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich travelled to Morocco, where he joined the rest of the FIDE delegation: Executive Director Victor Bologan, International Director Mohd Al-Mudahka, Advisor to the FIDE President Berik Balgabaev, and FIDE events manager Kema Goryaeva.

The first meeting in their tight agenda was a reception, on Tuesday 27th, with the top representatives of the National Olympic Committee in Rabat: Mr Kamal Lahlou (Vice President of NOC, member of Association of African Olympic Committees), Anin Kouame (Director of NOC Morocco) and Mr Majd Chekroun (Director of international relations of NOC).

FIDE President thanked the NOC for the inclusion of chess in the program of the African Games 2019. He expressed his satisfaction for the organization level of the Games in general and the chess championships in particular. "It is very important", he underlined, "that every NOC is aware of the development of chess federations, to further support them in any endeavours and deeds". Arkady Dvorkovich also stressed that FIDE will continue supporting official chess tournaments in Africa and in Morocco in particular. The delegation also had the opportunity to visit the local NOC Museum.





Later the same day, the FIDE delegation held a meeting with the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Rachid Talbi Alami. Arkady Dvorkovich expressed his gratitude on behalf of FIDE for the support given by the Ministry to organize these Chess Championships in the framework of the African games.

The second main point to be discussed were the plans for chess development in Morocco. FIDE President reassured the International Chess Federation will maintain its financial support to Moroccan chess and its different competitions. Coaching and chess publications will be provided as part of this support.

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Rachid Talbi Alami, thanked the FIDE president for this assistance. Both parties agreed that Morocco will host an international chess event every year.



Afterwards, the FIDE delegation attended the football match between Nigeria and Mali.



At 18.00, the Awards Ceremony of the African Games Chess Championship (Rapid) took place. FIDE President awarded the medals to the winners, together with FIDE International Director Mohamed Al Mudahka.





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FIDE helps to set records in Helsinki

FIDE - Wed, 08/28/2019 - 07:21

A big festival comprising three round-robin tournaments was played in Helsinki last week, with the financial support of FIDE and the sponsorship of ROSATOM: one for juniors (U20), one for junior girls, and one for seniors (S65). These all tournaments were 10-player round-robins, where the players invited came from all Nordic countries (Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Faroe Islands), Baltic countries (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) and from St Petersburg, Russia. The playing venue was the 4-star hotel Crowne Plaza Hesperia, in the centre of Helsinki.

For the first time in many years, a local chess event was covered in the main Finnish newspapers. This was in good part due to the visit of the 12th World Champion Anatoly Karpov, who still is a very mediatic figure wherever he goes. Anatoly gave a lecture and a chess simul in Helsinki, activities funded by FIDE that had a record attendance. The lecture was held at the Chess Arena last Friday and lasted for two and a half hours, in which Karpov analyzed his games against Spassky, Korchnoi and Kamsky, and answered in detail over 20 questions from the enthusiastic chess audience. In the simul, played on Saturday at the Library Oodi on Saturday, Karpov faced 15 young Finish players. It took Karpov almost 3 hours to win 14 of the games, conceding just 1 draw. The happy half-point grabber was Ilkka Koota, who had travelled from Turku some 160 km just for this game.







These promotional activities were followed by a dinner with Karpov, FIDE's Director-General Emil Sutovsky, and representatives of all the Nordic countries. The next day, they all held a two hours long meeting, and later on, Sutovsky also held five one-to-one separate meetings with each one of the officials representing the Nordic Federations. The particular situation of each country was analyzed, looking for ways in which FIDE could offer them support.


The other highlight of the festival was probably the senior tournament, named "Heikki Westerinen 75 year jubilee tournament", to honour Finland's first-ever grandmaster. The legend himself was one of the participants and, eventually, he became the winner. The other GM participant was 70-year old GM Yrjo Rantanen, and the next two strongest by rating were the familiar faces in Finland, IMs from St Petersburg Karasev and Mishuchkov. The Estonians WGM Tatiana Fomina and last-minute reserve Kalle Peebo completed the field.

GM Westerinen started carefully with four draws, but after that, the old machine pulled up the steam and Westerinen won the next four rounds just to secure shared first with a short last round draw. GM Rantanen had a more aggressive start but also settled for a draw in the last round to share the top prize. After these two short last round draws the interest was focused on the encounter between IM Kestutis Kaunas and IM Nikolai Mishuchkov. In the case of Kaunas winning, he would rise to share the top laurels, in case of losing IM Mishuchkov would gain the 3rd place. The latter actually happened, and the player from St Petersburg had to content himself with the bronze medal.



The junior tournament was dominated by the top seed FM Toivo Keinänen from Finland, who had secured his final IM norm just the previous Sunday in Riga Technical University RTU tournament. He was simply unstoppable despite some bad positions and scored 8½/9, finishing 2½ points clear from FM Marat Askerov from St Petersburg. The third position was for FM Ilja Semjonovs from Latvia.



The top-seed in the girls' tournament was WIM Mai Narva from Estonia. Mai started the event with an upset, losing a rook ending in the first round to Estonia's WFM Margareth Olde. But she reacted to this defeat by winning her remaining eight games, taking the first prize with 8/9 and one point ahead of Margareth Olde (EST) and Ekaterina Diakonova (RUS).




Official website: www.shakkiliitto.fi/helsinki-chess-festival

Photos courtesy of Panu Olavi Laine.
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Pal Benko dies at age 91

FIDE - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 07:08


It is with the deepest sadness that we learnt about the passing of Pal Benko, a two-time candidate for the world title (1959 & 1962), as well as a renowned composer of endgame studies and chess problems. He was 91 years old.

To the chess family, Benko was a historical figure of legendary proportions, whose name and legacy will never be forgotten as long as people keep playing this game.

His love for chess and his contributions to many aspects of the game, from the opening to the endgame, were an inspiration to several generations of players. Very few in the history of the game demonstrated the inextricable link between art and chess quite as he did. He left behind an invaluable legacy, compiled on several books.

Besides, he was a fantastic individual, respected by everybody who crossed paths with him. His personal charm and bonhomie earned him countless friendships among his colleagues.

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Maxime Lagarde and Pauline Guichard are the 2019 French Champions

FIDE - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 04:27


The 2019 French Chess Championship took place in Chartres, near Paris. The French Chess Federation treats this competition as its flagship event, hosting 10 simultaneous competitions that this year gathered a total of 1019 players from all around France.

This model has proven to be very successful: a big festival encourages participation, it offers some logistic advantages, and creates the ideal conditions to attract the interest of the media and the sponsors.

The title is decided in a round-robin between ten players, and after 9 games Laurent Fressinet and Maxime Lagarde were tied with 6/9. As a result, a rapid tie-break was played between them. Laurent Fressinet won the first rapid game, but Maxime Lagarde returned the blow in the second. Only down to the blitz games Maxime managed to score a victory that decided the title on his favour - the first in his career.



The Women's Championship lived a similar scenario. Sophie Milliet and Pauline Guichard topped the table, with 7 points. But Pauline Guichard managed to retain her title for a second consecutive year, winning the first rapid game and then sealing her victory with a draw in the second.





While the youngest participant in the event was just 6 years old, the oldest one was 95. This illustrious veteran is Roger Ferry, who twice in the past was part of the French National Team at the Chess Olympiads in Varna (1962) and Lugano (1968), where he drew with Vlastimil Hort. Roger, who refuses to play in the senior category, played this year his 60th consecutive French Championship. Such achievement also deserves recognition, and Roger was invited to the stage during the closing ceremony to receive an autographed chess board from the hands of the former World Champion Anatoly Karpov, who was the guest of honour at the ceremony.



Anatoly Karpov, who offered a masterclass during his visit to Chartres, was also one of the 22 Grandmasters who gave a simul during the "Chess Night", an open-air event held in a centric square of the city. This is an effort from the organizers to popularize chess among the citizens of the host city.



A total of 18 articles were published by the French media about the event, and the live broadcast was followed by around 500,000 people throughout the event.



Official website: https://chartres2019.ffechecs.org

Photos courtesy of the Fédération Française des Échecs
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Egypt takes the Gold at the African Games

FIDE - Mon, 08/26/2019 - 07:05


Egypt topped the standings at the team's competition of the African Games Chess Championship, undefeated with eight matches won and one match drawn, but with just one point margin over Algerie. Zimbabwe, Bronze, performed above their initial expectations and was the only team to hold the winners to a draw.

Egypt's victory was hardly a surprise, with a line-up that included two of the four Grandmasters present in the competition, as well as the two only Woman Grandmasters. However, the second day of play started with a surprise when both Ahmed Adly and Bassem Amin suffered a shocking loss in their morning games (round 7) against Rodwell Makoto and Emarald Mushore - despite a rating difference of 250 and 500 points respectively. This allowed Algeria to close in a little in the standings.

This result was a wake-up call for the Egyptian team, that cruised past the remaining three rounds defeating Botswana, Zambia and Malawi, getting away with 11 points out of 12 games. This secured their victory, and gave the Egyptians their 17th medal in the African Games.*

Today (Monday) the first five rounds of the individual championship will be played. While in the teams' event there were 20 nations represented, in the individual championship the number goes up to 24, making chess one of the sports with more countries represented at the African Games.

Official website: https://www.jar2019.ma

Final standings after 9 rounds:

Rank Team Points (board points) 1 EGYPT  17 31 2  ALGERIA 16  25 3  ZIMBABWE 12  21½ 4  NIGERIA 11  21 5  BOTSWANA 10 20½ 6  NAMIBIA 10 20½ 7  MOROCCO 10  19½  8  CAMEROON 10  19½  9  ETHIOPIA 10  18½ 10  TUNISIA 10  18 11  ZAMBIA  9 20 12  MALAWI 9  18½ 13  ANGOLA 8 20 14  KENYA 8  19½ 15  SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE 8  17½ 16  MAURITIUS  8  16  17  MALI 5 13 18  CENTRAL AFRICA REPUBLIC 5  7½ 19  ERITREA 3  9 20  CAPE VERDE 1  4


* Contrary to previous editions of the African Games, this year no individual medals are awarded for the results in the teams' championship.



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Official statement regarding the Buruciye International tournament

FIDE - Sun, 08/25/2019 - 13:27


Lausanne, August 24th, 2019.-

The International Chess Federation confirms that we are investigating an incident involving the player Maria Gevorgyan. She is a Woman International Master and a three-time Armenian Women Chess Champion.

According to the player, she was invited to the Buruciye International Chess Tournament in Sivas (Turkey), and her travel arrangements had already been made. But in her complaint, Gevorgyan claims that the invitation was withdrawn on the grounds of her nationality.

As it is customary in these cases, FIDE initiated an inquiry ex-officio as soon as this incident came to our knowledge, and a formal complaint was received shortly after from the Armenian Chess Federation. We will ensure that this situation is promptly investigated, and we will hear the explanations from all the parties involved.

FIDE was founded under the motto "Gens Una Sumus": we are one family. Discrimination based on race, religion, ethnicity or nationality goes not only against FIDE policy but also against the most basic sportive principles, and will not be tolerated. If the investigation confirms that the player's rights have been violated, or she has been discriminated by her nationality, the most strict measures will be taken in accordance with the FIDE Statute.
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Judit Polgar's speech at the World Cadet Chess Championships

FIDE - Sun, 08/25/2019 - 06:17


The FIDE World Cadet Chess Championships 2019 are in play in the Chinese city of Weifang, Shandong Province. Between August 20th and September 1st, the brightest chess players in the age categories U12, U10 and U8 will compete for their first medals in their chess careers.

Official website: http://2019wccc.imsa.cn
(You can also fin the tournament profile at Chess-Results)



A former chess prodigy herself, Judit Polgar was the guest of honour at the opening ceremony, where she gave the following speech:

"Dear Organizers, parents, coaches and last but not least kids,

I am very pleased to be here personally in the city of Weifang with so many talented kids from all continents, who are participating at the Cadet tournament.

I remember playing my first game against a Chinese talented player, her name was Xie Jun in Thessaloniki 1988 Chess Olympiad when I was just 12 years old and won the first gold medal for Hungary. Since then I have played countless interesting and fighting games with Chinese players and witnessed their success in Chess Olympiads and candidate tournament. I would like to express my respect for the players from China as both in Women and Open section they are the reigning Olympic Champions.

It is great to see kids from so many different countries. Chess is a common language, it gave me so much learning experience, success and happiness but of course it was not for free, I had worked hard during my professional carrier for 3 decades.

I strongly believe that the game of chess gives kids great challenges on the chess board and valuable life experience while competing and travelling around the world. By travelling to tournaments I got to know different cultures which shaped my personality and enriched my vision in life. Hope you'll experience a similar journey through chess.

For all participants, I would like to wish beautiful and fighting games in a FairPlay manner.

Congratulations to the organizers for having this wonderful youth event."


(Photos courtesy of the Chinese Chess Association)


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Egypt dominates the first day of play at the African Games

FIDE - Sun, 08/25/2019 - 03:24


The Egyptian team got away with five victories in their first five matches at the African Games Chess Championship, conceding only 4 draws in the total 20 games they played today, with no losses.

With a line-up that includes two world-class Grandmasters like Bassem Amin and Ahmed Adly, and the sister WGMs Shrook and Shahenda Wafa, Egypt is the top-seeded team, with a gap of 150 rating points over the second, Morocco. Today, they justified their favourites' status, beating Ethiopia (4-0), Angola (3½-½), Algeria (3½-½), Morocco (3½-½) and Tunisia (3½-½). Having defeated their two main competitors, Morocco and Algeria, the Egyptian team seems to have the triumph in their own hands, and only a collapse in the second day of play could make them miss the gold medal.

Among the relative surprises during the first day of competition, it is worth mentioning the good result of Zimbawe (currently third with three victories, one draw and one loss), and the relatively poor role played by the local team, Morocco. Probably the hosts were affected by the extra pressure and they performed below what was expected from them.

FIDE Vice President Adeyemi Olalekan made the ceremonial first move in the first board of the match Egypt - Ethiopia, escorted by Lewis Ncube (African Chess Confederation President), Sheikh Saoud Al Moala (President of the Arab Chess Federation), Victor Bologan (FIDE Executive Director), Mohamed Al Mudahka (FIDE International Director), and FIDE President's Advisor Berik Balgabaev. Tournament Director Mustapha Amazaal (Morocco) made the opening speech, welcoming all the participants and thanking FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich for his continuous support, stressing the fact that the event wouldn't have been possible without the financial support of the International Chess Federation.


Standings after 5 rounds:

Rank Team Points (board points) 1 EGYPT  10 18 2  ALGERIA 8  13½  3  ZIMBAWE 7  13  4  TUNISIA 7  11½ 5  BOTSWANA 6  12½  6  ANGOLA 6  12  7  NIGERIA 6  11½  8  MALAWI 6  11½  9  MOROCCO  5  10½  10  ETHIOPIA 5  9½  11  CAMEROON  5  9½  12  ZAMBIA  4  10  13  SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE 4  9  14  MALI 4  9  15  NAMIBIA  4  8  16  MAURITIUS  4  7½  17  CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC 4  5½  18  KENYA 3  9½  19  ERITREA 2  6½ 20  CAPE VERDE 0  2 
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African Games Chess Championships 2019 kicks off today

FIDE - Sat, 08/24/2019 - 06:57


Africa’s flagship sports meet, the African Games, kicked off this week in Casablanca, and the chess competition will begin today (Saturday), with the dispute of the first five rounds of the teams' event (rapid).

Chess was first included in the 2003 edition of the Games held in Abuja (Nigeria), and the subsequent editions in Algiers (Algeria) 2007, and Maputo (Mozambique) 2011. However, it dropped from the programme in 2015. It is a matter of proud for FIDE that chess is included again as one of the 26 sportive disciplines featured in the 2019 Games in Morocco.

The International Chess Federation sponsors the championship, covering all organizational costs and ensuring that all participants are provided with excellent conditions during the event. The venue will be the convention centre of the Grand Mogador Hotel in Casablanca, which will also host all the participants and officials.

FIDE Vice President Adeyemi Olalekan, FIDE Executive Director Victor Bologan, FIDE International Director Mohammed Al Mudahka, and FIDE President’s Advisor Berik Balgabaev arrived yesterday to Casablanca to take part in the Technical meeting and opening ceremony of the event, to make sure this important championship is off to a smooth start.

They will be joined in the next days by FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich, who will visit the African Games to express his support to all African Federations, and to thank the players for their participation. The President will also hold meetings with Mr Rachid Talbi Alami, Minister of Youth and Sports of Morocco, to discuss the chess game development in the country, and with Mr Faiçal Rachid Laraichi, Chairman of the National Olympic Committee of Morocco.

The championships gather 22 national teams for the African Games Rapid Mixed Team Championship, which will be played over two days (9 rounds), with a time control of 15+10. The teams are mixed, with two men and two women representing each nation. This event will be followed by the African Games Rapid Individual Chess Championship, with over 100 participants. And the final event in the programme will be the African Games Blitz Individual Chess Championship, the 28th of August.

FIDE would like to express its sincere gratitude to General Ahmed Nasser Mohamed, President of the Association of African Sports Confederation (AASC) who played a capital role in bringing chess back to the African Games.

Chief arbiter for the event: IA Bechir Messaouidi (Tunisia)
Official website: www.jar2019.ma

The games will be broadcasted live by the major chess platforms and FIDE partners, like Chess24Chess.com, or WorldChess.


About the African Games:

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

Photos from the technical meeting, by Pervin Mamed Zade (ITAR-TASS) and Kema Goryaeva (FIDE).







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