Archive for February, 2011

Working visit of the FIDE President to Thailand

Monday, February 21st, 2011


Working visit of the FIDE President to Thailand
Saturday, 19 February 2011 13:06

FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has a working visit to Thailand. The other days he met with the leadership of chess federation of the country as well as with the representatives of the public and religious organizations in Bangkok.

On 18 February Kirsan Ilyumzhinov had a meeting with Mr. Anant Asavabhokhin, the Chairman of the Organizing Committee of holding the 5th Festival “Day of the unity of good star” and one of the well-known businessman of Thailand. They discussed the questions of cooperation between FIDE and Organizing Committee by holding the festival in the country and of the realization of the FIDE program “Chess in schools”.

Besides, FIDE President met with the members of the Buddhist community of Thailand. They invited him to take part in the grandiose event dedicated to the Buddhist holiday – the firing of the Buddhist lamps for maintenance the peace – and in the 5th ceremony of the annual honourary peace and ethics propaganda award.

Please download the video here.

FIDE General Secretary Ignatius Leong also participated in the event.

Today Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with Mr. Chinnapat Bhumirat, Secretary-General of the Thailand Ministry of Education. The meeting confirmed that the Ministry of Education will start introduction of “Chess in Schools” with an initial pilot project with 20 schools scheduled to start when the new school term opens in May. The aim is to gradually introduce the chess to all 32,000 schools in Thailand.

The newly elected President of the Thailand Chess Association Mr. Prajuab Nimityongskul also participated in the meeting together with FIDE General Secretary Ignatius Leong, FIDE Vice President Israel Gelfer and President’s Assistant Berik Balgabaev. President tasked Mr. Gelfer to prepare the budget with Mr. Leong finalizing the tripartite MOU with the Thai authorities in March. FIDE and the ASEAN Chess Academy, headed by Mr. Leong, shall be responsible for providing the technical assistance and overall supervision of the entire project.

Source: http://www.fide.com

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Tactics – Attack with Opposite Coloured Bishops

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

BONO-Garryncha, ICC, 2004
image Black to move. White has weak spots on light squares on d3 and b3, so the tactics shots are in the air

garcikrespo – Garryncha, ICC, 2004
image Black to move. Again – the powerful bishop on the long diagonal is aiming at the exposed White king, and it is the matter of destroying the pawn protection…

Source: chessblogger

Chess trivia

Sunday, February 20th, 2011


Can you name this strong chess player?

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More Aeroflot Chess Tactic

Sunday, February 20th, 2011


Black to move. How should Black proceed?

Source: ChessToday.net

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Romanian Chess Championships 2011

Sunday, February 20th, 2011


Romanian Chess Championships 2011
Cristina-Adela Foisor and Constantin Lupulescu are the champions

The 2011 Romanian Chess Championships for Men and Women were held concurrently from 12th to 20th February in Sarata Monteoru.
The Men Championship with 138 participants was played over 11 rounds of Swiss system. In the end five players finished equal first with 8.5 points each but GM Constantin Lupulescu was pronounced champion on superior Buchholz score. This is the second consecutive and third overall title for Lupulescu, who was also the winner in 2007 and 2010.

The Women Championship with 35 participants was played over 9 rounds of Swiss system. WGM Cristina-Adela Foisor and WIM Irina Bulmaga both won their last round games to share the first place with 7.5 points each. However, Foisor was declared champion on better additional criteria.

Top finishers (women)

1 WGM Foisor Cristina-Adela 2405 – 7.5
2 WIM Bulmaga Irina 2260 – 7.5
3 WGM Peptan Corina-Isabela 2414 – 7
4 WFM Sgircea Silvia-Raluca 2203 – 6.5
5 WGM Sandu Mihaela 2213 – 6
6 WFM Baciu Anca-Otilia 2123 – 6
7 WFM Foisor Mihaela-Veronica 2193 – 5.5
8 WCM Mathe Katalin 2033 – 5.5
9 WIM Padurariu Ioana-Smaranda 2160 – 5
10 WGM Paulet Iozefina 2264 – 5
11 WIM Dragomirescu Angela 2174 – 5
12 WGM L’ami Alina 2331 – 5
13 WFM Visanescu Daria-Ioana 1929 – 5
14 WIM Mosnegutu Mariana 2178 – 5
15 WCM Gelip Ioana 1952 – 5
16 WCM Vasile Teodora 1987 – 5

Final top standings (Men):

1 GM Lupulescu Constantin 2619 – 8.5
2 IM Miron Lucian-Costin 2509 – 8.5
3 GM Parligras Mircea-Emilian 2594 – 8.5
4 GM Manolache Marius 2544 – 8.5
5 FM Baratosi Daniel 2372 – 8.5
6 GM Berescu Alin-Mile 2476 – 8
7 IM Manea Alexandru 2384 – 8
8 GM Szabo Gergely-Andras-Gyula 2542 – 7.5
9 FM Balla Tamas-Kristof 2394 – 7.5
10 CM Miroiu George-Catalin 2277 – 7.5
11 GM Nanu Costica-Ciprian 2526 – 7.5
12 FM Voiteanu Gabriel 2283 – 7.5
13 CM Chifor Ovidiu-Emanuel 2276 – 7.5
14 FM Anton Teodor 2316 – 7.5
15 FM Petrisor Adrian-Marian 2386 – 7.5
16 NM Posedaru Bogdan 2322 – 7.5
17 IM Florescu Codrut-Constantin 2226 – 7.5
18 CM Stanciu Alexandru-Ovidiu 2297 – 7.5

Full standings here: http://tournaments.chessdom.com/news-2011/romanian-chess-championships

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Romanian Chess Championships 2011 – Cristina-Adela Foisor and Constantin Lupulescu are the champions

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

The Women Championship with 35 participants was played over 9 rounds of Swiss system. WGM Cristina-Adela Foisor and WIM Irina Bulmaga both won their last round games to share the first place with 7.5 points each. However, Foisor was declared champion on better additional criteria.

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For One Teenage Chess Champion, Moscow Is a Charmed City

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

Le Quang Liem startled the chess world last year when he won the top section of the prestigious Aeroflot Open in Moscow. He was 18 and had just entered the top 100. The victory earned Le Quang an invitation to the Sparkassen Chess Meeting tournament in Dortmund, Germany. There he showed that his performance in Moscow had not been a fluke by finishing second. By September, he was ranked No. 41 in the world. His fall came just as quickly, first at the Chess Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, where he struggled, and then at the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, where he lost all but one of his games. Le Quang, who is from Vietnam, began 2011 ranked No. 79. Last week, …

Source: GameKnot online chess news

Asian Youth Chess Championships

Sunday, February 20th, 2011


Asian Youth Chess Championships
14th to 22nd May 2011 in Subic Freeport, Olongapo City, Philippines

We are pleased to invite your federation to participate in the Asian Youth Championships which will be held from 14th to 22nd May 2011 in Subic Freeport, Olongapo City, Philippines. Participants may compete in the U-8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 Age-Groups for Girls and Open.

Subic is a well known resort which has played host to many World and Asian sports festivals. It is an ideal venue for youth events enclosed in a well guarded enclave with a number of recreational attractions for children. The playing hall is conveniently in the official hotel. Many Asian chess championships have been successfully held in Subic which is about 2-1/2 hours from Manila or one hour from Clark air base.

The Asian Youth Chess Championships are the first international events for our youth and we request your support.Please kindly email your registration to us as soon as possible in order to ascertain the number of rooms required in the official hotel.

We look forward to welcoming you to Subic Freeport, Philippines!

Thank you so much.

Truly yours,
PROSPERO A. PICHAY, JR.
Chairman/President

Please download the official Invitation to the tournament

Please download the Registration form

More info on Chessdom.com

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Lufei Ruan at North Shore Center

Sunday, February 20th, 2011


Lufei Ruan at North Shore Center
She will conduct a talk on the recent Women’s World Chess Championship

The North Shore Chess Center will be hosting a very special guest, WGM Ruan Lufei for a lecture series (this series previously featured IM Florin Felecan.) For those of you not familiar with this wonderful young lady, Ruan Lufei was the runner up in the 2010 Women’s World Chess Championship. She is also working on her PHD in Accounting at Carnegie-Mellon University. On her way to the World Championship final, Ruan’s victims included defending champion. She was finally stopped by her countrywoman of GM Yifan Hou in the tiebreak leg of the championship match.

Ruan will conduct a talk on her experiences at the Women’s World Chess Championship and her involvement in chess in general. She will review 2-3 of her favorite games from the tournament and take questions from the audience. The event will be held on Saturday March 12 starting at 4pm. There is no admission fee for members of the North Shore Chess Center and a $10 fee for non-members. You can join to become a member up to the time of the event.

The North Shore Chess Center is also working with the Winnetka Alliance for Early Childhood and sponsoring their annual TV Tune Out Week. What is TV Tune Out Week? It marks a time each year for families to evaluate the role that television and other screen play in their lives and to explore other options. A guide is sent to over 5500 homes with different options for families to partake in. As such the North Shore Chess Center from Monday March 7th through Friday March 11 will offer two time slots each afternoon / evening to provide free instruction to those wishing to learn how to play chess or improve their skills. Additionally from 12pm to 3pm on Saturday March 12, a member from the Warren Junior Scholars Program of the Illinois Chess Association will provide a free simultaneous exhibition to cap off TV Tune Out Week.

For more information including the 2nd North American Amateur Open and our monthly G/45 event, visit http://www.nachess.org.

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Working visit of the FIDE President to Thailand

Sunday, February 20th, 2011
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FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has a working visit to Thailand. The other days he met with the leadership of chess federation of the country as well as with the representatives of the public and religious organizations in Bangkok.

On 18 February Kirsan Ilyumzhinov had a meeting with Mr. Anant Asavabhokhin, the Chairman of the Organizing Committee of holding the 5th Festival “Day of the unity of good star” and one of the well-known businessman of Thailand. They discussed the questions of cooperation between FIDE and Organizing Committee by holding the festival in the country and of the realization of the FIDE program “Chess in schools”.

Besides, FIDE President met with the members of the Buddhist community of Thailand. They invited him to take part in the grandiose event dedicated to the Buddhist holiday – the firing of the Buddhist lamps for maintenance the peace – and in the 5th ceremony of presentation with the annual honourary award for the merit in fight for peace and ethics all around the world.

Please download the video here.

FIDE General Secretary Ignatius Leong also participated in the event.

Today Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with Mr. Chinnapat Bhumirat, Secretary-General of the Thailand Ministry of Education. The meeting confirmed that the Ministry of Education will start introduction of “Chess in Schools” with an initial pilot project with 20 schools scheduled to start when the new school term opens in May. The aim is to gradually introduce the chess to all 32,000 schools in Thailand.

The newly elected President of the Thailand Chess Association Mr. Prajuab Nimityongskul also participated in the meeting together with FIDE General Secretary Ignatius Leong, FIDE Vice President Israel Gelfer and President’s Assistant Berik Balgabaev. President tasked Mr. Gelfer to prepare the budget with Mr. Leong finalizing the tripartite MOU with the Thai authorities in March. FIDE and the ASEAN Chess Academy, headed by Mr. Leong, shall be responsible for providing the technical assistance and overall supervision of the entire project.

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Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

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