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Evgeny Tomashevsky and Olga Girya become the new Russian Champions

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 02:59

The Superfinals of the 72nd Russian Championship and the 69th Russian Women's Championship finished in Izhevsk on August 22. Both events were 11-round all-play-all tournaments.

Scoring 7 points out of 11, Evgeny Tomashevsky wins the Russian Championship Superfinal for the second time, repeating his success of 2015. Nikita Vitiugov, Maxim Matlakov and Ernesto Inarkiev have got 6.5 points each. Vitiugov won the silver medal thanks to his superior tie-break, while Matlakov took the third place.

Final standings:

1  Evgeny Tomashevsky (2706) 7 2  Nikita Vitiugov (2728) 6,5 3  Maxim Matlakov (2710) 6,5 4  Ernesto Inarkiev (2682) 6,5 5  Vladislav Artemiev (2757) 5,5 6  Alexander Motylev (2668) 5,5 7  Alexandr Predke (2650) 5,5 8 Kirill Alekseenko (2668) 5,5 9  Alexey Dreev (2662) 5 10 Vladimir Fedoseev (2671) 4,5 11  Alexey Sarana (2655) 4,5 12  Dmitry Jakovenko (2704) 3,5
Olga Girya and Natalija Pogonina both scored 8 points in the women’s tournament. According to the regulations, they had to play a tie-break for the first place, like last year.

Olga Girya won the first rapid game, but Natalija Pogonina managed to win the second. The rivals had to play a sudden death game, which was won by Olga Girya, who had the white pieces. The grandmaster from Ugra became the Russian women's champion for the first time in her career.

The World Champion Candidate, Aleksandra Goryachkina, took third place with 7.5 points, repeating her last year’s performance.

Final standings:

1  Olga Girya (2462) 8 2  Natalia Pogonina (2457) 8 3  Aleksandra Goryachkina (2564) 7,5 4  Valentina Gunina (2497) 7 5  Margarita Potapova (2335) 6 6  Alina Kashlinskaya (2491) 6 7  Alexandra Kosteniuk (2507) 5,5 8 Daria Charochkina (2352) 5 9  Anastasia Bodnaruk (2429) 4 10 Polina Shuvalova (2419) 4 11  Elena Tomilova (2376) 3 12  Zarina Shafigullina (2332) 2
The total prize fund amounted to 10,000,000 rubles. The winners of the men's and women's tournaments also won brand-new coupe-crossovers Renault ARKANA, which, according to the partnership agreement, became the official car of the Russian Chess Federation in 2019.

The Closing Ceremony was held in the Udmurtia State Opera and Ballet Theatre. Head of the Udmurt Republic Alexander Brechalov, Director of the program Sport of the Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation Igor Baradachev, and Deputy Executive Director of the Russian Chess Federation Alexander Tkachev addressed the participants and guests with speeches.

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(Photos: Andrey Pozdeev, Press service of the Head and the Government of the Udmurt Republic)

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Jorge Cori wins the Ibero-American Championship 2019

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 22:26

Peruvian GM Jorge Cori has been crowned the winner of the VII Ibero-American Championship 2019, held in Linares (Spain), during August 10-18. Cori, who was the top-seeded player, reached the last round trailing the leaders -Francisco Vallejo and Carlos Daniel Albornoz- by half a point. But while they made a draw in the last round, the Peruvian young talent achieved the victory in a must-win situation and leapfrogged them to the top of the table thanks to a better tie-break. Sabrina Vega, from Spain, finished in 17th place, a result that gave her the gold medal for the best woman.

1  GM Jorge Cori  PER  7 2  GM Carlos Daniel Albornoz Cabrera CUB 7 3  GM Francisco Vallejo ESP 7 4  IM Mikel Huerga ESP  6½ 5  GM Cristobal Henriquez CHI 6 6  GM Diego Flores ARG 6 7  IM Juan Plazuelo ESP 6 8 GM Alder Escobar COL 6 9 GM Neuris Delgado PAR  6 10 IM Angel Espinosa ESP 6 11 GM David Anton ESP 6 12 GM Leandro Krysa ARG 6 13 GM Ivan Salgado ESP 6 14 GM Jose Lopez ESP 6 15 GM Alexandr Fier BRA 6 16 GM Cristhian Cruz PER 6 17 IM Sabrina Vega ESP 6 18 IM Javier Moreno Ruiz ESP 6 19 GM Jose Cuenca ESP 5½ 20 IM Paolo Ladron de Guevara ESP 5½


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Photos: FEDA

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FIDE has appointed a new Technical Administrative Panel

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 21:11

FIDE has renewed the Olympiad Technical Administrative Panel (TAP). These are the newly appointed members:

Alex Holowczak, from England (CHAIRMAN).
Shaun Press, from Papua New Guinea.
Sabrina de San Vicente, from Uruguay.
Vladimir Fedorov, from Russia.
Heinz Herzog, from Austria.

This new team is formed by young and experienced professionals from three different continents. We believe that this mix will provide the versatility required for the reforms that the Chess Olympiad demands. At this stage, TAP will work towards improving the pairing and tie-break systems for this competition.

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The 3rd World Cadets Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships finished in Minsk

Sun, 08/18/2019 - 23:44

The 3rd FIDE World Cadets Rapid & Blitz Championships among boys and girls under 8, 10 and 12 years old have finished in Minsk (Belarus), on June 18. 635 young chess players from 35 federations took part in the World Cadets Blitz Championships. Two players Aleksandr E. Usov from Russia (Open U-10) and Yeganegi Barad from Iran showed perfect score in the tournament 9/9.

First Deputy Minister of Sports and Tourism Vyacheslav Durnov, FIDE Vice-president Lukasz Turlej and FIDE Vice-president, Head of the Belorussian Chess Federation Anastasia Sorokina delivered their speeches at the closing ceremony. The winners of all categories were awarded cups, medals and presents. The organizers of the Championships are the National Olympic Committee of Belarus Republic, Ministry of Sport and Tourism of Belarus republic, Belorussian Chess Federation, chess school FIDE Belarus, President's sports club of Belarus.

  Girls, U8     1 Diana Preobrazhenskaya RUS 8,5 2  Tong Thai Hoang An VIE 7,5 3  Mai Chi Nguyen VIE 7,5           Girls U10     1 Afruza Khamdamova UZB 8 2  Evgeniia Satanovskaia RUS 8 3  Ngoc Vy Ho VIE 8           Girls U12     1 Yana Zhapova RUS 8 2  Klara Szczotka POL 7 3  Milana Babic BIH 7           Open U8     1 Barad Yeganegi IRI 9 2  Savva Tereschenko RUS 8 3  Maxim Tsoy KAZ 7,5           Open U10     1 Aleksandr E. Usov RUS 9 2  Pavel Boykov RUS 8 3  Savva Vetokhin RUS 7,5           Open U12     1 Erdem Khubukshanov RUS 7,5 2  Gleb Pidluznij LTU 7,5 3  Dmitriy Mochalov RUS 7,5        

Photos: Niki Riga

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Results of the World Cadets Rapid Championship

Sat, 08/17/2019 - 16:48

The 3rd FIDE World Cadets Rapid and Blitz Championships among boys and girls under 8, 10 and 12 years are underway in Minsk, Belarus August 16-18.

Five rounds were played on the second day of the World Cadets Rapid Chess Championship and after the final 9th round we have the names of the winners and medalists. Two local players, Varvara Matskevich (girls, U8) and Artsiom Strybuk (open, U12), achieved gold medals.

  Girls, U8     1 Varvara Matskevich BLR 8 2  Rukiya Olimova UZB 8 3  Damira Beslaneeva RUS 7           Girls U10     1 Zarina Nurgaliyeva KAZ 8 2  Anna Shukhman RUS 7,5 3  Olesya Fedorova RUS 7           Girls U12     1 Veronika Shubenkova  RUS 8 2  Ayaulym Kaldarova KAZ 7 3  Galina Mikheeva RUS 7           Open U8     1 Jiri Bouska CZE  8 2  Rafael Bayramli AZE 7,5 3  Barad Yeganegi IRI 7,5           Open U10     1 Egor A. Koshulyan RUS 8,5 2  Ihor Samunenkov UKR 7,5  3  Lev Zverev RUS 7,5            Open U12     1 Artsiom Strybuk BLR 7,5 2  Tykhon Cherniaiev  UKR 7,5  3  Ivan Saveljev RUS 7,5         
Photos: Anastasiya Karlovich.

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Full pairings for the Women Grand Prix in Skolkovo

Sat, 08/17/2019 - 15:42

The drawing of lots for the first leg of the Women Grand Prix (Skolkovo, 10-23 September 2019) was made yesterday at our office in Lausanne. FIDE's Chief Operating Officer, Willy Iclicki, picked the numbers, and the Chief Arbiter for the event, Andrzej Fillipowicz, developed the round-by-round pairings accordingly.

    Round 1                   Board S.No. White Result Black S.No. 1 1 Cramling, Pia - Ju, Wenjun 12 2 2 Stefanova, Antoaneta - Goryachkina, Aleksandra 11 3 3 Paehtz, Elisabeth - Kosteniuk, Alexandra 10 4 4 Gunina, Valentina - Kashlinskaya, Alina 9 5 5 Lagno, Kateryna - Sebag, Marie 8 6 6 Koneru, Humpy - Harika, Dronavalli 7                 Round 2                    Board S.No. White Result Black S.No. 1 12 Ju, Wenjun - Harika, Dronavalli 7 2 8 Sebag, Marie - Koneru, Humpy 6 3 9 Kashlinskaya, Alina - Lagno, Kateryna 5 4 10 Kosteniuk, Alexandra - Gunina, Valentina 4 5 11 Goryachkina, Aleksandra - Paehtz, Elisabeth 3 6 1 Cramling, Pia - Stefanova, Antoaneta 2                 Round 3                   Board S.No. White Result Black S.No. 1 2 Stefanova, Antoaneta - Ju, Wenjun 12 2 3 Paehtz, Elisabeth - Cramling, Pia 1 3 4 Gunina, Valentina - Goryachkina, Aleksandra 11 4 5 Lagno, Kateryna - Kosteniuk, Alexandra 10 5 6 Koneru, Humpy - Kashlinskaya, Alina 9 6 7 Harika, Dronavalli - Sebag, Marie 8                 Round 4                   Board S.No. White Result Black S.No. 1 12 Ju, Wenjun - Sebag, Marie 8 2 9 Kashlinskaya, Alina - Harika, Dronavalli 7 3 10 Kosteniuk, Alexandra - Koneru, Humpy 6 4 11 Goryachkina, Aleksandra - Lagno, Kateryna 5 5 1 Cramling, Pia - Gunina, Valentina 4 6 2 Stefanova, Antoaneta - Paehtz, Elisabeth 3                 Round 5                   Board S.No. White Result Black S.No. 1 3 Paehtz, Elisabeth - Ju, Wenjun 12 2 4 Gunina, Valentina - Stefanova, Antoaneta 2 3 5 Lagno, Kateryna - Cramling, Pia 1 4 6 Koneru, Humpy - Goryachkina, Aleksandra 11 5 7 Harika, Dronavalli - Kosteniuk, Alexandra 10 6 8 Sebag, Marie - Kashlinskaya, Alina 9                 Round 6                   Board S.No. White Result Black S.No. 1 12 Ju, Wenjun - Kashlinskaya, Alina 9 2 10 Kosteniuk, Alexandra - Sebag, Marie 8 3 11 Goryachkina, Aleksandra - Harika, Dronavalli 7 4 1 Cramling, Pia - Koneru, Humpy 6 5 2 Stefanova, Antoaneta - Lagno, Kateryna 5 6 3 Paehtz, Elisabeth - Gunina, Valentina 4                 Round 7                   Board S.No. White Result Black S.No. 1 4 Gunina, Valentina - Ju, Wenjun 12 2 5 Lagno, Kateryna - Paehtz, Elisabeth 3 3 6 Koneru, Humpy - Stefanova, Antoaneta 2 4 7 Harika, Dronavalli - Cramling, Pia 1 5 8 Sebag, Marie - Goryachkina, Aleksandra 11 6 9 Kashlinskaya, Alina - Kosteniuk, Alexandra 10                 Round 8                   Board S.No. White Result Black S.No. 1 12 Ju, Wenjun - Kosteniuk, Alexandra 10 2 11 Goryachkina, Aleksandra - Kashlinskaya, Alina 9 3 1 Cramling, Pia - Sebag, Marie 8 4 2 Stefanova, Antoaneta - Harika, Dronavalli 7 5 3 Paehtz, Elisabeth - Koneru, Humpy 6 6 4 Gunina, Valentina - Lagno, Kateryna 5                 Round 9                   Board S.No. White Result Black S.No. 1 5 Lagno, Kateryna - Ju, Wenjun 12 2 6 Koneru, Humpy - Gunina, Valentina 4 3 7 Harika, Dronavalli - Paehtz, Elisabeth 3 4 8 Sebag, Marie - Stefanova, Antoaneta 2 5 9 Kashlinskaya, Alina - Cramling, Pia 1 6 10 Kosteniuk, Alexandra - Goryachkina, Aleksandra 11                 Round 10                   Board S.No. White Result Black S.No. 1 12 Ju, Wenjun - Goryachkina, Aleksandra 11 2 1 Cramling, Pia - Kosteniuk, Alexandra 10 3 2 Stefanova, Antoaneta - Kashlinskaya, Alina 9 4 3 Paehtz, Elisabeth - Sebag, Marie 8 5 4 Gunina, Valentina - Harika, Dronavalli 7 6 5 Lagno, Kateryna - Koneru, Humpy 6                 Round 11                   Board S.No. White Result Black S.No. 1 6 Koneru, Humpy - Ju, Wenjun 12 2 7 Harika, Dronavalli - Lagno, Kateryna 5 3 8 Sebag, Marie - Gunina, Valentina 4 4 9 Kashlinskaya, Alina - Paehtz, Elisabeth 3 5 10 Kosteniuk, Alexandra - Stefanova, Antoaneta 2 6 11 Goryachkina, Aleksandra - Cramling, Pia 1            
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World Cadets Rapid and Blitz Championships start in Belarus

Sat, 08/17/2019 - 09:50

The 3rd FIDE World Cadets Rapid & Blitz Championships among boys and girls under 8, 10 and 12 years old have started in Minsk, Belarus on August 16. The championships will be held in Palace of Sport in Minsk, Belarus till 18th of August. 720 young chess players from 36 countries are taking part in the event.

Four rounds of the rapid championship were completed yesterday, the remaining 5 rounds are scheduled for August 17. The blitz championship will take place on August 18.

FIDE Vice-president Łukasz Turlej delivered his speech and welcomed all participants on behalf of FIDE. FIDE Vice-President and the Head of the Belarus Chess Federation Anastasia Sorokina greeted participants, parents and trainers, who came to Minsk to take part in the tournament. She also expressed her gratitude to FIDE and local authorities, who support this prestigious chess tournament, which has been organized for the third time in Belarus.

The opening ceremony was attended by Deputy Minister of Sport and Tourism of the Republic of Belarus, Alexander Baraulya, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the BCF, Leonid Churo, British embassy ambassador in Minsk, Fionna Gibb, and other distinguished guests.

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Text and photos by Anastasiya Karlovich

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Open positions to work at FIDE

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 13:03

We have open the following positions to work at FIDE in our new office in Lausanne:

Marketing specialist

We are looking for a Marketing Specialist to be incorporated into our recently formed marketing department. The Candidate would join our current team to assist the CMCO in the development and implementation of marketing plans, commercial partnerships, and sponsorship recruitment and management.

This person should be a competent professional, well versed in specialized marketing concepts, principles and tactics. But he should also be a very creative person, enthusiastic, high-energetic and results-driven, able to detect and grasp new opportunities for chess and FIDE.

The goal is to deliver effective marketing programs that will help the growth of FIDE and our official events.

Desired knowledge and abilities:

-- Demonstrated success in corporate sponsorship, preferably in a non-profit environment.
-- Deep understanding and experience within the sports sponsorship industry.
-- Bachelor’s degree in marketing or related field.
-- Experience in organising events.
-- Knowledge of chess and passion would be an advantage.
-- Strong analytical and project management skills.
-- Sales experience is a plus.
-- Well-developed oral and written communication skills, including copywriting skills, as well as high attention to detail.
-- Languages: Fluent English required. Work proficiency in French and Russian is an advantage.

Web editor / proofreader We are looking for a web editor who demonstrates superlative proofreading and editing skills. The candidate should be a skilled writer and researcher, with an eye for detail and understanding of the special requirements of web writing.


-- Drafting, reviewing and editing in English official correspondence, Notes verbales, various communications and support documents for sessions of the official meetings, ensuring delivery within established deadlines.
-- Providing support in the preparation of drafts and speaking notes in English for the Officers of the official events.
-- Providing assistance in drafting the minutes and reports of the official meetings.
-- Creating news articles for the official FIDE web site.
-- Other ad hoc administrative tasks as required.

Desired knowledge and abilities:

-- C2 Proficiency in English or BA/MA in English complemented by a demonstration of editing experience. A candidate must be able to proofread texts.
-- Excellent written and verbal skills in English. Knowledge of other languages would be an advantage.
-- Very good MS Office skills.
-- Familiarity with HTML, SEO, CSS, Wordpress, Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat, and social media platforms.
-- Copywriting skills and experience in editing texts, adapting the style of the materials we receive from different sources and giving them a homogeneous style. Attention to detail.

Office assistant

We are looking for a responsible Office Assistant to perform a variety of administrative and clerical tasks.

Candidates should be able to assist management and all company’s visitors by handling office tasks, providing polite and professional assistance via phone, mail, and e-mail, making reservations or travel arrangements, assisting with the organisation of the meetings, managing files, updating paperwork and other documents, maintaining supply inventory and performing other general office clerk duties and errands.

Desired knowledge and abilities:

-- Bachelor's Degree in a related field.
-- Very good written and verbal skills in both English and French.
-- Very good MS Office skills.
-- Strong organisational and planning skills, independent working style.
-- Team player attitude, diplomacy and multicultural sensitivity, ability to work well under pressure and to learn quickly.
-- Readiness to travel, management of high workload and flexibility.

If you meet the requirements and you are keen to work for an international organisation, please send your CV with a cover letter in English to Please indicate in your email what position are you applying for.

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Viktor Kupreichik Memorial started in Minsk

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 12:27

Eltaj Safarli (AZE), Aleksej Aleksandrov (BLR), Yuri Balashov (RUS), Manvel Pogosian (BLR), Sergei Zhigalko (BLR) and Vladimir Barskij (RUS) remain perfect after three rounds at the Viktor Kupreichik Memorial.

The International Rapid Chess Tournament “Memorial tournament in honour of Viktor Kupreichik” takes place from 15th till 17th August 2019 in the Palace of Sports in Minsk, Belarus.

Viktor Kupreichik (3 July 1949 – 22 May 2017) was the first Belarusian chess grandmaster. He was famous as a real fighter, a player of creative and sharp style. His numerous immortal games inspire many generations of chess players.

The Open tournament is 10-round Swiss event with 89 participants from 11 federations, including 12 Grandmasters and 9 International Masters. Time control: 15 minutes per game with an increment of 10 seconds for every move, starting from the first move.

General organisation of the tournament is carried out by the Belarus Chess Federation.

Official website: 

Text and photos: Anastasiya Karlovich

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Levon Aronian wins the 2019 Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz 2019

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 03:18

Levon Aronian is the sole winner of the Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz, the 4th leg of the Grand Chess Tour. He takes home $37.500 and 13 GCT points, jumping to the third spot in the overall series standings, after Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Magnus Carlsen. This is his second victory in this event, that he already won in 2017.

Both Aronian and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave rocketed in rapid, which brings twice as many points, and slowed down in blitz. However, in the end, Aronian was just a little more solid (despite being defeated by the Frenchman in the very last round!). Ding Liren, Yu Yangyi, and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave finished tied for second, just half a point behind the winner.

In the event where "everything went wrong" for him, Magnus Carlsen lost as many as 10 games of rapid and blitz. "My confidence is long gone. You're probably going to see more of the same tomorrow", said the world champion in the interview after the first day of blitz. That is indeed what happened: 4,5 out of 9 on the final day and the place in the lower part of the table.

The World Champion will have barely two days to restore his confidence and heal his wounds, since the action in Saint Louis will resume on August 17th with the Sinquefield Cup.

Games, video replays and other info at the official website: Grand Chess Tour

Levon Aronian. Photo courtesy of Grand Chess Tour.
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FIDE abolishes entry fees for the World Senior Championship

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 03:02

The Presidential Board received the proposal of waiving the entry fee for the participants in the World Senior Championships. This proposal was met with unanimous approval at the 2nd quarter of 2019 meeting.

In view of this, the FIDE President has decided:

1. To abolish the aforementioned fee, starting from the World Senior Championship 2019.

2. To request from the General Assembly to confirm the above decision of the President, making the necessary amendments to the FIDE Financial Regulations.

3. To issue a full refund to all participants who had already registered.

We would like to take the chance to remind you that the registration deadline for this event is September 11th, 2019. Below you will find more information.

Bucharest will host the 29th edition of World Senior Championship, from November 11th (arrival day) to November 24th (departure day). The initial prize fund of 16,000 Euro offered by the organizers was increased by the International Chess Federation with another 30,000, as part of FIDE's strategy of supporting senior chess. Hence, the prize fund amounts to a very attractive 46,000 Euro.

The venue is the four-star Rin Grand Hotel, and the playing hall is the 950 sqm "Bucharest" conference hall, located within the hotel. The organizers are preparing side activities with the aim to make participants enjoy their stay in Bucharest: city tours and visits to interesting places, a blitz tournament, wine tastings, and others.

The 2019 edition of World Senior Championship is a great occasion for senior players (amateurs, retired and successful active players alike), to take part in a top chess tournament, to explore an attractive city like Bucharest, and to share some good moments with other chess friends.

The event is sponsored by Orange, Turkish Airlines, Aqua Carpatica, BIC and Promotop, and it counts with the support of Agerpress, the national press agency.

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Nyzhnyk Wins US Open; Moradiabadi Qualifies for US Championship

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 23:46

2019 U.S. Open and Premier Invitationals Complete in Orlando, Florida. GM Illia Nyzhnyk is the 120th U.S. Open champion; GM Elshan Moradiabadi qualifies for 2020 U.S. Championship; four premier invitationals held concurrently.

ORLANDO, FLORIDA: Grandmaster Illia Nyzhnyk scored an astounding 8/9 to win the 2019 U.S. Open. He takes home $6,400 for his efforts, plus a bonus of $200 for uncontested first place. Over 350 players competed in the 120th edition of this US Chess national championship at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Florida from August 3-11. Also at stake was a seat at the 2020 U.S. Championship for the top-finishing American player; this went to GM Elshan Moradiabadi after he defeated IM Bryce Tiglon in an Armageddon game after they finished tied in the main event.

Other national invitational championships were held in conjunction with the Open, including three of the premier scholastic events on the US Chess calendar: The Arnold Denker Tournament of High School Champions (Denker), The Dewain Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions (Barber), and the Ruth Haring National Girls' Tournament of Champions (Haring). The newest national championship on our calendar, the National Senior Tournament of Champions (Seniors), rounded out these prestigious events. Winners from these events were (in the case of ties, all are co-champions):

Denker: IM Ben Li of Troy, Michigan; WIM Emily Nguyen of Austin, Texas; and IM Bryce Tiglon of Redmond, Washington. Based on tiebreak scores, Tiglon is awarded a $5,000 scholarship to the school of higher learning of his choice provided by the U.S. Chess Trust.

Barber: Robert Shlyakhtenko of Los Angeles, California; and FM Jason Wang of Mason, Ohio. Based on tiebreak scores, Shlyakhtenko is awarded a $5,000 scholarship to the school of higher learning of his choice, funded by Dewain Barber and awarded through the U.S. Chess Trust.

Haring: WFM Martha Samadashvili of Albany, New York earns a $5,000 scholarship to the school of higher learning of her choice, funded by Robert and Barbara Schiffrin.

Seniors: FM Shelby Getz of Bel Air, Maryland.

US Chess Executive Director Carol Meyer said, "Our mission to empower people, enrich lives, and enhance communities is on full display at the U.S. Open. Hailing from across the United States and beyond, we have members who range from top players to beginning players; students to seniors; men and women; delegates and volunteers--all who represent a wide range of ethnic backgrounds and who share a passion to grow the game of chess. This demonstrates how healthy US Chess is and how well-positioned we are to meet our mission, while serving our members' various interests and needs."

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Photos: John Hartmann

Elshan Moradiabadi and Carol Meyer (photo: John Hartmann)

Anand Dommalapati and Illia Nyzhnyk (photo: John Hartmann)

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World Cup 2019 Pairings

Sat, 08/10/2019 - 22:48

FIDE publishes the pairings for the World Cup 2019. 


ROUND 1 (pdf)

Official website:



FIDE ID Name Title Fed. 4158814 Andreikin, Dmitry GM RUS 13300474 Aronian, Levon GM ARM 8603677 Ding, Liren GM CHN 623539 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime GM FRA 5202213 So, Wesley GM USA 4650891 Naiditsch, Arkadij GM AZE 1510045 Tari, Aryan GM NOR 12539929 Maghsoodloo, Parham GM IRI 2004887 Shankland, Sam GM USA 108049 Flores, Diego GM ARG 3802272 Cori, Jorge GM PER 3801497 Cordova, Emilio GM PER 8603405 Wei, Yi GM CHN 12521213 Tabatabaei, M.amin GM IRI 12401137 Le, Quang Liem GM VIE 5002150 Ganguly, Surya Shekhar GM IND 12401110 Nguyen, Ngoc Truong Son GM VIE 14508150 Saric, Ivan GM CRO 1118358 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw GM POL 4189302 Sjugirov, Sanan GM RUS 409561 Jones, Gawain C B GM ENG 4168003 Matlakov, Maxim GM RUS 404853 McShane, Luke J GM ENG 14105730 Korobov, Anton GM UKR 13402129 Safarli, Eltaj GM AZE 2809052 Nabaty, Tamir GM ISR 4118987 Najer, Evgeniy GM RUS 4160258 Demchenko, Anton GM RUS 1710400 Grandelius, Nils GM SWE 24131423 Yuffa, Daniil GM RUS 309095 Navara, David GM CZE 4162722 Inarkiev, Ernesto GM RUS 13302507 Hovhannisyan, Robert GM ARM 2905540 Cheparinov, Ivan GM GEO 1017063 Bok, Benjamin GM  NED 22291482 Santos Ruiz, Miguel GM ESP 13402960 Abasov, Nijat GM AZE 13301578 Pashikian, Arman GM ARM 24133795 Sarana, Alexey GM RUS 2285525 Anton Guijarro, David GM ESP 1204297 Parligras, Mircea-Emilian GM ROU 10601457 Amin, Bassem GM EGY 10600140 El Gindy, Essam GM EGY 3901211 Iturrizaga Bonelli, Eduardo GM VEN 3503631 Delgado Ramirez, Neuris GM PAR 3503321 Gonzalez Vidal, Yuri GM CUB 6501311 Duran Vega, Sergio IM CRC 5074452 Karthikeyan, Murali GM IND 5021596 Sethuraman, S.P. GM IND 5058422 Narayanan.S.L GM IND 12573981 Firouzja, Alireza GM IRI 5010608 Gupta, Abhijeet GM IND 24101605 Artemiev, Vladislav GM RUS 1130420 Piorun, Kacper GM POL 2806851 Rodshtein, Maxim GM ISR 718572 Berkes, Ferenc GM HUN 1202758 Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter GM GER 310204 Movsesian, Sergei GM ARM 24604747 Huschenbeth, Niclas GM GER 24125890 Oparin, Grigoriy GM RUS 1512668 Christiansen, Johan-Sebastian GM NOR 13500139 Aleksandrov, Aleksej GM BLR 12809390 Pultinevicius, Paulius IM LTU 24175439 Esipenko, Andrey GM RUS 4101286 Petrov, Nikita GM RUS 2805677 Gelfand, Boris GM ISR 712779 Gledura, Benjamin GM HUN 24107581 Predke, Alexandr GM RUS 4173708 Rakhmanov, Aleksandr GM RUS 1112635 Bartel, Mateusz GM POL 24126055 Dubov, Daniil GM RUS 4150120 Lysyj, Igor GM RUS 14103320 Ponomariov, Ruslan GM UKR 1207822 Lupulescu, Constantin GM ROU 696358 Bellahcene,Bilel GM ALG 2016192 Nakamura, Hikaru GM USA 3503240 Dominguez Perez, Leinier GM USA 110973 Pichot, Alan GM ARG 2040506 Sevian, Samuel GM USA 2047640 Xiong, Jeffery GM USA 12500739 Ghaem Maghami, Ehsan GM IRI 10601619 Adly, Ahmed GM EGY 4100140 Bareev, Evgeny GM CAN 10207791 Mohammad Fahad, Rahman FM BAN 13100050 Rakotomaharo, Fy Antenaina IM MAD 4400801 Escobar Forero, Alder GM COL 3518736 Albornoz Cabrera, Carlos Daniel GM CUB 7101384 Megaranto, Susanto GM INA 4902980 Gan-Erdene, Sugar   MGL 8504580 Anwuli, Daniel IM NGR 3805662 Martinez Alcantara, Jose Eduardo GM PER 2107660 Mekhitarian, Krikor Sevag GM BRA 13702661 Jumabayev, Rinat GM KAZ 14200244 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam GM UZB 3409350 Henriquez Villagra, Cristobal GM CHI 112275 Mareco, Sandro GM ARG 8603332 Lu, Shanglei GM CHN 8608288 Xu, Xiangyu GM CHN 9100075 Press, Shaun FM PNG 5072786 Aravindh, Chithambaram VR. GM IND 13401319 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar GM AZE 24116068 Giri, Anish GM NED 5029465 Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi GM IND 4126025 Grischuk, Alexander GM RUS 4168119 Nepomniachtchi, Ian GM RUS 24130737 Fedoseev, Vladimir GM RUS 8603820 Yu, Yangyi GM CHN 13400924 Radjabov, Teimour GM AZE 14109603 Karjakin, Sergey GM RUS 4102142 Svidler, Peter GM RUS 4147235 Tomashevsky, Evgeny GM RUS 1170546 Duda, Jan-Krzysztof GM POL 5007003 Harikrishna, Pentala GM IND 400041 Adams, Michael GM ENG 4122356 Jakovenko, Dmitry GM RUS 8601445 Bu, Xiangzhi GM CHN 4152956 Vitiugov, Nikita GM RUS 8602883 Wang, Hao GM CHN 5018471 Adhiban, B. GM IND 14117908  Kovalenko, Igor GM LAT 25092340 Nihal Sarin GM IND 1506102 Urkedal, Frode Olav Olsen GM NOR 7200595 Ziska, Helgi Dam GM FAI 14204118 Abdusattorov, Nodirbek GM UZB 4127870 Pridorozhni, Aleksei GM RUS 24105074 Iljiushenok, Ilia GM RUS 4135539 Alekseenko, Kirill GM RUS 4108116 Chigaev, Maksim GM RUS
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QC Questionnaire on time limits for rated games

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 17:19

The FIDE Qualification Commission
 (QC) is seeking responses to a questionnaire about the length of
games required for standard play games to be FIDE rated.

QC has received a lot of correspondence during 2019 suggesting FIDE should change the rating
regulations to allow shorter games than at present to be rated. The relevant regulation is regulation
1 here:

Given that changing this regulation would directly impact upon so much FIDE-rated chess, the Qualification Commission has decided to create a questionnaire to put this issue directly to all interested parties to better inform any decision that might be taken to change this regulation.

The questionnaire can be found HERE.

QC encourages all players and interested parties to respond to this questionnaire, and for national federations to send it to their members encouraging them to respond. Responses will be collected until Sunday, 27th October; and results published as soon as possible thereafter.

Alex Holowczak
Qualification Commission Secretary
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FIDE signs a sponsorship agreement with SILA International Lawyers

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 10:53

Neuchâtel, Switzerland, August 7th 2019.

The International Chess Federation is pleased to announce a new partnership with SILA International Lawyers.

FIDE and SILA signed an agreement for a period of 1 year, from August 2019 to August 2020, with the possibility of further extension.

From now on, SILA will act as an official legal partner of FIDE and in this capacity will advise the International Chess Federation on various legal issues.

SILA International Lawyers is an international firm with offices in Switzerland, Russia, Turkey, Kazakhstan, and Bulgaria. The firm's trademark is the sports law practice – SILA represents numerous famous athletes, coaches, agents and clubs. The firm has extensive experience of representing clients in the Court of arbitration for sport (CAS).

SILA is also widely experienced in legal advising for international sports competitions, including the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and the 2020 UEFA European Football Championship.

Arkady Dvorkovich, FIDE President:

— We are looking forward to this cooperation with SILA. This firm's professionalism is well known in the field of sports law, and we are confident that their support will be essential in the legal development of FIDE. I am also particularly pleased to note that the contract is of sponsorship nature, which confirms that FIDE has become an attractive possibility for brands with a global scope in any sector.

Alexandre Zen-Ruffinen, Head of the Switzerland office of SILA International Lawyers:

— We are proud that FIDE has chosen our firm as its official legal partner. For SILA, this is a big step forward and a source of particular pride. We hope to live up to the trust FIDE administration has placed into us, and we are confident that together we will be able to improve the quality of normative regulation of chess.

More info about SILA Lawyers:
(Announcement at the SILA lawyers website)

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Inmates from 7 countries competed online in an event auspiced by Anatoly Karpov

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 15:42

Detainees in seven countries spanning multiple continents participated in a historic chess tournament that concluded Tuesday, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today.

Detainees at Cook County Jail competed against prisoners from Armenia, Belarus, Brazil, England, Italy and Russia. After seven matches involving four players from each country, Russia was declared the winner, having amassed 22.5 wins over the two-day event. Belarus and Italy tied for second place, Armenia came in fourth, the United States came in fifth, Brazil sixth and England seventh.

Sheriff Dart and senior officials from the competing countries participated Tuesday in an event ceremony via Skype. "We are incredibly thankful for the participation of these six countries to make this event truly historic and incredibly competitive," said Sheriff Dart. "Chess instills important skills, from patience to strategic thinking, that help individuals better navigate custody and re-entry to society."

Fourteen players from Cook County Jail competed in the tournament and were selected based on skill from the more than 100 players who are in the jail's chess program. The top player from each country will receive a special chess set from World Chess Champion Anatoly Karpov, who helped organize the competition and served as a catalyst for the creation of the Cook County Jail chess program. Karpov was the world chess champion from 1975 to 1985 and again from 1993 to 1999.

"I would like to thank you, our American friends, for their effort and work in organizing such great competition," Karpov said in a video statement to the tournament. "I hope everyone plays interesting games, wins matches and has a good time at the tournament. And, as we always say in chess and other sports, may the best player win."

The Cook County Jail's chess program started in 2012 and has hosted numerous chess dignitaries over the years, including Karpov. Prior to this event, players from the jail competed in online tournaments against Russia in 2013 and 2016. In 2017, they won an online tournament against prisoners in Brazil.


Information: Sophia Ansari
(Press Secretary, Cook County Sheriff’s Office)

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Planning and Development Commission (PDC) meeting in Paris

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 12:53

The Planning and Development Commission (PDC) held its meeting at Maison de Tunisie at Cite Universitaire in Paris (France), on August 5-6, 2019.

FIDE Deputy President Bachar Kouatly acted as a host and welcomed the team on the first day and made a brief presentation on the activities of the French Chess Federation.

FIDE President, Arkady Dvorkovich, also addressed the team remotely and expressed gratitude for the work being done as well as proposed areas of focus. Executive Director Victor Bologan actively participated in discussions to ensure continued alignment with FIDE priorities.

The PDC members present were Sonja Johnson (Secretary), Tshepiso Lopang (Councillor), Danara Shovunova, Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou, Majlinda Pilinci and Carolina Muñoz Solis. Fidel Gonzalez (Councillor) participated remotely.

The team reviewed the activities of the Commission to date, proposed other projects as well as designed a work programme which will guide its activities for the rest of 2019.

The upcoming priorities for the PDC include:

-- Increased engagement and coordination with other Commissions

-- Proposed Capacity Building Programmes for FIDE and its various arms.

-- Website additions.

-- Design of online review and approval system for funding requests.

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Russian Championships Superfinals Begin in Udmurtia on August 9

Mon, 08/05/2019 - 19:48

The Superfinals of the 72nd Russian Championship and the 69th Russian Women's Championship will be held in the Udmurt Republic on August 9-23

The Museum Estate of Pyotr Tchaikovsky will be the venue for the Superfinals in Votkinsk on August 9-12, while the International Friendship Centre in Izhevsk will host the event on August 13-23.

Line-up, men:

Vladislav Artemiev (2757)
Nikita Vitiugov (2728)
Maxim Matlakov (2710)
Evgeny Tomashevsky (2706)
Dmitry Jakovenko (2704)
Ernesto Inarkiev (2682)
Vladimir Fedoseev (2671)
Kirill Alekseenko (2668)
Alexander Motylev (2668)
Aleksey Dreev (2662)
Alexey Sarana (2655)
Alexandr Predke (2650).

Line-up, women:

Aleksandra Goryachkina (2564)
Alexandra Kosteniuk (2507)
Valentina Gunina (2497)
Alina Kashlinskaya (2491)
Olga Girya (2462)
Natalija Pogonina (2457)
Anastasia Bodnaruk (2429)
Polina Shuvalova (2419)
Elena Tomilova (2376)
Daria Charochkina (2352)
Margarita Potapova (2335)
Zarina Shafigullina (2332).

The opening ceremony will take place on the premises of the Museum Estate of Pyotr Tchaikovsky in Votkinsk.

The organizers are the Russian Chess Federation, Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation, and the Government of the Udmurt Republic. The competition is also supported by Renault Russia Company, Federal Grid Company of Unified Energy System (Rosseti Group), and PhosAgro, the RCF's partner since 2010. Logistics partner of the Russian Chess Federation is Russian Post.

The tournament is a part of the Chess in Museums program, carried out by the RCF together with Timchenko Foundation since 2012.

Photos: Press service of the Museum Estate of Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Official website of the Russian Chess Federation -
Contact information:
Eteri Kublashvili, Press service of the Russian Chess Federation

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Abraham Tolentino, elected Philippine Olympic Committee President

Mon, 08/05/2019 - 19:13

Former FIDE Secretary General Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino was elected Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) President at elections held last week at the Century Park Hotel in Manila.

Tolentino got 24 of the 44 possible votes made up of national sports associations, two Olympians from the athletes' commission and the International Olympic Committee representative.

“Now that this is over, we can move forward and focus on the SEA Games,” said Tolentino, who is also a Congressman, and Secretary-General of the National Chess Federation. Tolentino is chairman of PHISGOC, the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee which includes chess among the official sports.

Tolentino, 55, takes over the position vacated by former POC president Ricky Vargas, who resigned last June 18. Tolentino, former POC chairman, will fulfill the rest of Vargas's tenure and will hold office until November 2020.

[Photo: Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler]

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Bidding procedure for the chess clock contract

Mon, 08/05/2019 - 13:39

August 05, 2019

FIDE is pleased to announce yet another step in the direction of openness, transparency and accountability. All submissions received during the public review period of the chess clock bidding procedure (June 2019) were carefully studied. Then, a final version of the bidding procedure was created using recommendations from PricewaterhouseCoopers AG.

Today, we declare the bidding open. All chess equipment manufacturers and distributors are cordially invited to participate. Please refer to the document below for the exact regulations.

FIDE Procurement Department

Invitation to Bid document (PDF)

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