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750 Years Melaka International Chess Festival Concluded

Monday, April 30th, 2012

The “750 Years Melaka International Chess Festival” was held from 21th April to 30th April 2012 and it offered three major events – the Florencio Campomanes Memorial International Rapid Chess Championship, the Historical Melaka International Chess Championship and the Historical Melaka Challenger Chess Championship with a total prize fund of more than USD 35,000.

The Florencio Campomanes Memorial was the first event for the Festival and it offered a prize fund of USD 20,000. This event was played over 11 rounds using rapid time control of 25 minutes per player per game played to the finish. The first 6 rounds were played on 21st April and the balance 5 rounds were played on 22nd April 2012.

GM Richard Bitoon and IM Oliver Dimakiling, both from Philippines, shared the first place with 8.5/11 points each in the very strong field with 15 Grandmasters and 12 International Masters. 69 players from 14 countries took participation.

The next two events, the Historical Melaka International Chess Championship and the Historical Melaka Challenger Chess Championship, run concurrently from 23rd April until 30th April 2012. Both events were played over 9 rounds using classical time control of 90 minutes plus 30 seconds increment per move per player per game from move one.

The International section was open to all players of any playing strength whilst the Challenger section was open only to players with a FIDE rating of 1999 and below. The International section offered a prize fund of RM 40,000 (about USD 13,000) whilst the Challenger section offered a prize fund of RM 10,000 (USD 3,300).

GM Attila Czebe from Hungary convincingly won the International section by collecting 7.5/9 points and leaving the nearest followers point and a half behind. Czebe defeated three fellow Grandmasters in the course of the tournament. 36 players competed, full standings bellow.

GM Attila Czebe

GM Attila Czebe

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Indonesian duo Endang Andrian and Gatot Suyono tied the first place in the Challenger section with 7.5/9 points each. 58 players participated, full standings bellow.

The official venue for the Festival was the Hang Tuah World Heritage Hotel Melaka located right in the heart of the City of Melaka, a stone’s throw away from many historical landmarks and museums, shopping malls, interesting attractions, eateries and popular night spots.

This international chess event was jointly organized by the Malaysian Chess Federation (MCF), the Melaka State Government and the Melaka State Foundation.

Official website

Hang Tuah World Heritage Hotel Melaka

Hang Tuah World Heritage Hotel Melaka

Historical Melaka International – Final Standings:

1 GM Czebe Attila HUN 2477 – 7.5
2 GM Laxman R R IND 2415 – 6
3 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J IND 2461 – 6
4 IM Karthikeyan P IND 2414 – 6
5 GM Romero Holmes Alfonso ESP 2501 – 6
6 Yeoh Li Tian MAS 2204 – 6
7 GM Bitoon Richard PHI 2455 – 5.5
8 GM Fominyh Alexander RUS 2488 – 5.5
9 GM Arun Prasad S IND 2517 – 5.5
10 IM Praveen Kumar C IND 2343 – 5.5
11 IM Rathnakaran K IND 2410 – 5
12 IM Nolte Rolando PHI 2456 – 5
13 FM Djuraev Sokhib TJK 2377 – 5
14 IM Mas Hafizulhelmi MAS 2377 – 5
15 FM Hamdani Rudin INA 2322 – 5
16 Zulkipli Zaidan MAS 2066 – 5
17 Nayan Ahmad Fadzil MAS 2072 – 5
18 IM Dimakiling Oliver PHI 2447 – 4.5
19 GM Horvath Adam HUN 2487 – 4.5
20 Manaog Stewart PHI 2043 – 4.5
21 Fong Yit Ho MAS 2001 – 4.5
22 Ismail Ahmad MAS 2007 – 4
23 Kharitonov Igor RUS 2106 – 4
24 Anasrullah INA 2127 – 4
25 Sugeng Mulijanto INA 0 – 4
26 WFM Bakri Alia Anin Azwa MAS 1975 – 4
27 Suharto Moh Wahyu Repelita INA 2066 – 3.5
28 WGM Nadig Kruttika IND 2238 – 3.5
29 Camilia Bt Johari MAS 1780 – 3.5
30 Hendrik Maha INA 0 – 3.5
31 Fong Yit San MAS 2002 – 3.5
32 Lim Kian Hwa MAS 1891 – 3.5
33 Tan Li Ting MAS 1844 – 2.5
34 Vinod G IND 2044 – 2
35 Ooi Zhi Yang MAS 1769 – 2
36 Abd Rahman Syazrin MAS 1556 – 2

Historical Melaka Challenger – Final Standings:

1. Endang Andrian INA 0 – 7.5
2. Gatot Suyono INA 0 – 7.5
3. Wakoko Enos UGA 0 – 7
4. Fong Choong Ee MAS 1977 – 7
5. Yuranda Irawan INA 0 – 7
6. Mohd Latib Latifah Syamimi MAS 0 – 6
7. Mazlan Nur Hidayah MAS 1419 – 6
8. Razman Muhd Asyraf MAS 0 – 6
9. Suci Rohaya INA 0 – 6
10. Lum Zhun Hoong MAS 1530 – 6
11. Latifah Kaiyisah Bt Mohd Lati MAS 1598 – 6
12. Mahmood Mohd Ezmi MAS 1805 – 6
13. Rokeman Nur Syahirah MAS 0 – 6
14. Yusoff Fairul MAS 1912 – 5.5
15. Aminuddin Muhd Faris MAS 1560 – 5.5
16. Devi Oktania INA 0 – 5.5
17. Ramli Abdul Rahim MAS 1944 – 5
18. Kungkong Henry Machin MAS 0 – 5
19. Tukiran Masros MAS 0 – 5
20. Jafri Aufa Nabila MAS 0 – 5
21. Noorman Muhd Nur Ashraaf MAS 1240 – 5
22. Yahya Muhd Amirull MAS 0 – 5
23. Zainal Muhd Zuhairi MAS 0 – 5
24. Mohd Salimin MAS 1630 – 5
25. Semaon Nur Saffa Syamimi MAS 0 – 5
26. Jamil Amizan Yahya MAS 0 – 5
27. Jusoh Mohd Zamri MAS 0 – 4.5
28. Saiful Bahri M Ammar MAS 0 – 4.5
29. Abdul Majid Mohd Faizal MAS 0 – 4
30. Abd Razak Madihah MAS 1229 – 4
31. Syed Jafri Sharifah Shazwani MAS 0 – 4
32. Rokeman Mohd Syauqi MAS 0 – 4
33. Ishak Effa Affiana MAS 1029 – 4
34. Abdullah Liyana MAS 0 – 4
35. Azlan Muhd Arif Aiman MAS 0 – 4
36. Zaini Diana Natasha MAS 0 – 4
37. Azlan M Luqman Nul Hakim MAS 0 – 4
38. Syed Adnan Sharifah Nur Izzati MAS 0 – 4
39. Samsuddin Nur Hajrah MAS 0 – 4
40. Ahmad Fadhil Ahmad Daniel MAS 0 – 3.5
41. Mohd Saudi Muhd Syafiq MAS 0 – 3.5
42. Abdul Aziz Muhd Mursyid MAS 0 – 3.5
43. Mohamad Muhammad Nur Husaini MAS 0 – 3.5
44. Mohammad Muhd Nur Fikri MAS 0 – 3.5
45. Azaman Aisyah Nur Nazihah MAS 0 – 3.5
46. Abdul Kadir Nur Syazana MAS 0 – 3
47. Roki M Zakwan MAS 0 – 3
48. Ismail Izzul Amier MAS 0 – 2.5
49. Shaludin Muhd Faiz Ridzwan MAS 0 – 2.5
50. Nik Mohd Noor Nik Muhd Muaz MAS 0 – 2.5
51. Bahter Nasir Muhd Ihsan Thaqif MAS 0 – 2.5
52. Rosely Ahmad Farhan Hakim MAS 0 – 2.5
53. Suboh Azlinda MAS 0 – 2.5
54. Syed Adnan Sh Nadzirah MAS 0 – 2.5
55. Ahmad Fadzil Nashita Aliah Fariha MAS 0 – 2.5
56. Ahmad Kamaludin Muhd Kamal Haiqal MAS 0 – 1.5
57. Hairul Nur Nabila Natasyahani MAS 0 – 0
58. Syed Mahamud Sharifah Noraniza MAS 0 – 0

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Prisoners reaping benefits of chess

Monday, April 30th, 2012

School chess programs are common. In New York alone, thousands of children are exposed to their benefits. Programs for adults are much rarer. I recently learned of an innovative program for adults in the Cook County jail in Chicago, where inmates are learning to play chess. According to an Associated Press story, “Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, known for making unusual moves in the name of justice, hopes that inmates can take what they learn from a game that rewards patience and problem-solving, and apply it to their lives.” “Thoughtless actions,” Dart said, “will hurt you while playing chess and more on the street.” I recall several conversations with a middle-school principal during the ’80s. Children who entered chess programs in his school were more punctual and less likely to be absent. Their behavior and grades improved. Because errors in chess are seen as an occasion for self-improvement, not …

Source: GameKnot online chess news

May FIDE rating list, 45 players over 2700 ELO

Monday, April 30th, 2012

FIDE logoThe May FIDE rating list has been published, with Magnus Carlsen and Judit Polgar heading the standing as expected. Carlsen is first in the FIDE Top 100 list with 2835 ELO, no change and no games since the January rating list. He is closely followed by Levon Aronian with 2825 ELO, who raises 5 ELO from 3 games in the Bundesliga.

Third position is for Vladimir Kramnik, the last player over 2800 ELO in the list. Top 10 is completed by Anand (2791), Radjabov (2784), Karjakin (2779), Nakamura (2775), Caruana (2770), Morozevich (2769), and Ivanchuk (2764).

A total of 45 players are above 2700 ELO, with the average of the list being 2704 ELO, or 4 points inflation over the previous list.

Top 100 FIDE, May

Rank Name Country Rating
1  Carlsen, Magnus  NOR 2835
2  Aronian, Levon  ARM 2825
3  Kramnik, Vladimir  RUS 2801
4  Anand, Viswanathan  IND 2791
5  Radjabov, Teimour  AZE 2784
6  Karjakin, Sergey  RUS 2779
7  Nakamura, Hikaru  USA 2775
8  Caruana, Fabiano  ITA 2770
9  Morozevich, Alexander  RUS 2769
10  Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR 2764
11  Grischuk, Alexander  RUS 2761
12  Topalov, Veselin  BUL 2752
13  Svidler, Peter  RUS 2741
14  Kamsky, Gata  USA 2741
15  Tomashevsky, Evgeny  RUS 2738
16  Wang, Hao  CHN 2738
17  Gashimov, Vugar  AZE 2737
18  Jakovenko, Dmitry  RUS 2736
19  Adams, Michael  ENG 2728
20  Gelfand, Boris  ISR 2727
21  Ponomariov, Ruslan  UKR 2726
22  Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  AZE 2726
23  Dominguez Perez, Leinier  CUB 2725
24  Leko, Peter  HUN 2723
25  Jobava, Baadur  GEO 2721
26  Sasikiran, Krishnan  IND 2720
27  Wojtaszek, Radoslaw  POL 2717
28  Bologan, Viktor  MDA 2716
29  Nepomniachtchi, Ian  RUS 2716
30  Fressinet, Laurent  FRA 2715
31  Riazantsev, Alexander  RUS 2714
32  Almasi, Zoltan  HUN 2713
33  Malakhov, Vladimir  RUS 2712
34  Bruzon Batista, Lazaro  CUB 2711
35  Moiseenko, Alexander  UKR 2711
36  Polgar, Judit  HUN 2709
37  Inarkiev, Ernesto  RUS 2707
38  Navara, David  CZE 2706
39  McShane, Luke J  ENG 2706
40  Short, Nigel D  ENG 2705
41  Volokitin, Andrei  UKR 2704
42  Vitiugov, Nikita  RUS 2703
43  Le, Quang Liem  VIE 2703
44  Li, Chao b  CHN 2703
45  Andreikin, Dmitry  RUS 2700
46  Naiditsch, Arkadij  GER 2698
47  Movsesian, Sergei  ARM 2698
48  Shirov, Alexei  LAT 2698
49  Akopian, Vladimir  ARM 2697
50  Vallejo Pons, Francisco  ESP 2697
51  Berkes, Ferenc  HUN 2696
52  Bacrot, Etienne  FRA 2695
53  Dreev, Aleksey  RUS 2694
54  Giri, Anish  NED 2693
55  Laznicka, Viktor  CZE 2693
56  Harikrishna, P.  IND 2693
57  Eljanov, Pavel  UKR 2693
58  Rublevsky, Sergei  RUS 2693
59  Areshchenko, Alexander  UKR 2691
60  Wang, Yue  CHN 2690
61  Kasimdzhanov, Rustam  UZB 2690
62  Efimenko, Zahar  UKR 2689
63  Georgiev, Kiril  BUL 2689
64  Sutovsky, Emil  ISR 2687
65  Zvjaginsev, Vadim  RUS 2683
66  Van Wely, Loek  NED 2682
67  Sokolov, Ivan  NED 2680
68  Grachev, Boris  RUS 2680
69  Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime  FRA 2680
70  Ding, Liren  CHN 2679
71  Sargissian, Gabriel  ARM 2679
72  Korobov, Anton  UKR 2678
73  Bartel, Mateusz  POL 2677
74  Kobalia, Mikhail  RUS 2677
75  Alekseev, Evgeny  RUS 2677
76  Kryvoruchko, Yuriy  UKR 2676
77  Ni, Hua  CHN 2673
78  Cheparinov, Ivan  BUL 2673
79  Motylev, Alexander  RUS 2673
80  Balogh, Csaba  HUN 2672
81  Gharamian, Tigran  FRA 2672
82  Bauer, Christian  FRA 2672
83  Ragger, Markus  AUT 2670
84  Khenkin, Igor  GER 2670
85  Matlakov, Maxim  RUS 2668
86  Turov, Maxim  RUS 2667
87  Nielsen, Peter Heine  DEN 2665
88  Najer, Evgeniy  RUS 2664
89  Khismatullin, Denis  RUS 2664
90  Kurnosov, Igor  RUS 2663
91  Onischuk, Alexander  USA 2660
92  Azarov, Sergei  BLR 2658
93  Jones, Gawain C B  ENG 2657
94  Petrosian, Tigran L.  ARM 2657
95  Granda Zuniga, Julio E  PER 2657
96  Mchedlishvili, Mikheil  GEO 2656
97  Tiviakov, Sergei  NED 2656
98  Bu, Xiangzhi  CHN 2656
99  Zhigalko, Sergei  BLR 2656
100  Nguyen, Ngoc Truong Son  VIE 2656

 

In the women section Judit Polgar is leading with 2709 ELO, no change and no games since the last period. She is followed by World Champion Yifan Hou with 2623. The Chinese prodigy was very active with 29 games, but lost 16 ELO points mainly due to the Chinese League and the Bangkok Open.
Third place is for the European Champion Anna Muzychuk, who overtakes Humpy Koneru in the standings and inches to the 2600 mark for the first time in her career.
A total of 17 players are above 2500 ELO in the women rating list with the ELO average suffering a 1 point deflation.

Top 100 FIDE women, May

Rank Name Country Rating
1  Polgar, Judit  HUN 2709
2  Hou, Yifan  CHN 2623
3  Muzychuk, Anna  SLO 2598
4  Koneru, Humpy  IND 2589
5  Zhao, Xue  CHN 2549
6  Dzagnidze, Nana  GEO 2547
7  Lahno, Kateryna  UKR 2546
8  Kosintseva, Tatiana  RUS 2532
9  Gunina, Valentina  RUS 2530
10  Ju, Wenjun  CHN 2529
11  Kosintseva, Nadezhda  RUS 2528
12  Sebag, Marie  FRA 2521
13  Stefanova, Antoaneta  BUL 2518
14  Zatonskih, Anna  USA 2510
15  Cmilyte, Viktorija  LTU 2508
16  Harika, Dronavalli  IND 2508
17  Khotenashvili, Bela  GEO 2500
18  Paehtz, Elisabeth  GER 2491
19  Zhu, Chen  QAT 2491
20  Danielian, Elina  ARM 2484
21  Socko, Monika  POL 2484
22  Galliamova, Alisa  RUS 2484
23  Ruan, Lufei  CHN 2483
24  Cramling, Pia  SWE 2478
25  Atalik, Ekaterina  TUR 2474
26  Moser, Eva  AUT 2469
27  Xu, Yuhua  CHN 2465
28  Krush, Irina  USA 2457
29  Kosteniuk, Alexandra  RUS 2457
30  Dembo, Yelena  GRE 2457
31  Muzychuk, Mariya  UKR 2456
32  Khurtsidze, Nino  GEO 2456
33  Ushenina, Anna  UKR 2454
34  Munguntuul, Batkhuyag  MGL 2451
35  Hoang, Thanh Trang  HUN 2449
36  Javakhishvili, Lela  GEO 2449
37  Mkrtchian, Lilit  ARM 2449
38  Pogonina, Natalija  RUS 2447
39  Matnadze, Ana  ESP 2446
40  Zaiatz, Elena  RUS 2446
41  Zhukova, Natalia  UKR 2442
42  Rajlich, Iweta  POL 2441
43  Skripchenko, Almira  FRA 2440
44  Batsiashvili, Nino  GEO 2436
45  Tan, Zhongyi  CHN 2430
46  Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan  SCO 2426
47  Romanko, Marina  RUS 2420
48  Peptan, Corina-Isabela  ROU 2420
49  Shen, Yang  CHN 2419
50  Li, Ruofan  SIN 2419
51  Huang, Qian  CHN 2417
52  Tania, Sachdev  IND 2417
53  Foisor, Cristina-Adela  ROU 2417
54  Alexandrova, Olga  ESP 2417
55  Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina  RUS 2417
56  Girya, Olga  RUS 2414
57  Khukhashvili, Sopiko  GEO 2414
58  Peng, Zhaoqin  NED 2414
59  Houska, Jovanka  ENG 2411
60  Ovod, Evgenija  RUS 2410
61  Melia, Salome  GEO 2410
62  Turova, Irina  RUS 2410
63  Guramishvili, Sopiko  GEO 2408
64  Gaponenko, Inna  UKR 2404
65  Vasilevich, Tatjana  UKR 2404
66  Wang, Pin  CHN 2397
67  Bodnaruk, Anastasia  RUS 2394
68  Kovanova, Baira  RUS 2391
69  Pham, Le Thao Nguyen  VIE 2390
70  Zdebskaja, Natalia  UKR 2389
71  Szczepkowska-Horowska, Karina  POL 2387
72  Vijayalakshmi, Subbaraman  IND 2387
73  Milliet, Sophie  FRA 2387
74  Cori T., Deysi  PER 2386
75  Michna, Marta  GER 2385
76  Zhang, Xiaowen  CHN 2385
77  Bojkovic, Natasa  SRB 2385
78  Repkova, Eva  SVK 2384
79  Paikidze, Nazi  GEO 2384
80  Majdan-Gajewska, Joanna  POL 2383
81  L’Ami, Alina  ROU 2383
82  Tsereteli, Tamar  GEO 2383
83  Gomes, Mary Ann  IND 2378
84  Fierro Baquero, Martha L.  ECU 2377
85  Matveeva, Svetlana  RUS 2377
86  Madl, Ildiko  HUN 2376
87  Vojinovic, Jovana  MNE 2375
88  Wang, Yu A.  CHN 2375
89  Vasilevich, Irina  RUS 2375
90  Kononenko, Tatiana  UKR 2374
91  Kashlinskaya, Alina  RUS 2372
92  Charochkina, Daria  RUS 2371
93  Bulmaga, Irina  ROU 2370
94  Stockova, Zuzana  SVK 2368
95  Lujan, Carolina  ARG 2367
96  Vajda, Szidonia  HUN 2367
97  Linares Napoles, Oleiny  CUB 2366
98  Lomineishvili, Maia  GEO 2366
99  Gara, Ticia  HUN 2365
100  Wang, Jue  CHN 2364
101  Foisor, Sabina-Francesca  USA 2364

 

Top 20 FIDE juniors

1  Caruana, Fabiano  ITA 2770
2  Giri, Anish  NED 2693
3  Ding, Liren  CHN 2679
4  So, Wesley  PHI 2653
5  Negi, Parimarjan  IND 2640
6  Zherebukh, Yaroslav  UKR 2632
7  Yu, Yangyi  CHN 2626
8  Sjugirov, Sanan  RUS 2625
9  Hou, Yifan  CHN 2623
10  Safarli, Eltaj  AZE 2620
11  Kovalyov, Anton  ARG 2619
12  Robson, Ray  USA 2614
13  Nyzhnyk, Illya  UKR 2610
14  Shimanov, Aleksandr  RUS 2600
15  Swiercz, Dariusz  POL 2585
16  Durarbayli, Vasif  AZE 2579
17  Rapport, Richard  HUN 2577
18  Ter-Sahakyan, Samvel  ARM 2577
19  Dubov, Daniil  RUS 2569
20  Van Kampen, Robin  NED 2563

 

Top 20 FIDE girls

1  Hou, Yifan  CHN 2623
2  Muzychuk, Mariya  UKR 2456
3  Bodnaruk, Anastasia  RUS 2394
4  Cori T., Deysi  PER 2386
5  Paikidze, Nazi  GEO 2384
6  Vojinovic, Jovana  MNE 2375
7  Kashlinskaya, Alina  RUS 2372
8  Bulmaga, Irina  ROU 2370
9  Wang, Jue  CHN 2364
10  Guo, Qi  CHN 2360
11  Ziaziulkina, Nastassia  BLR 2354
12  Goryachkina, Aleksandra  RUS 2353
13  Arabidze, Meri  GEO 2351
14  Padmini, Rout  IND 2345
15  Pustovoitova, Daria  RUS 2307
16  Savina, Anastasia  RUS 2301
17  Havlikova, Kristyna  CZE 2299
18  Schut, Lisa  NED 2299
19  Soloviova, Liza  UKR 2294
20  Papp, Petra  HUN 2292

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May 2012 FIDE Rating List

Monday, April 30th, 2012

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FIDE publishes May 2012 FIDE Rating List. The list of top players is published at dedicated page of FIDE ratings website. All players can check new ratings at the main page of FIDE ratings website or download TXT version from downloads page.

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Kramnik describes match versus Aronian as successful

Monday, April 30th, 2012
Kramnik describes match v Aronian as successful
Kramnik describes match v Aronian as successful
April 30, 2012 – 13:04 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – Armenian grandmaster Levon Aronian tied the final game vs. Russia’s Vladimir Kramnik in the friendly six-round match.

Zurich Chess Challenge match between Levon Aronian (Armenia) and Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) ended in a 3:3 tie on April 28.

Both players showed a brilliant fight; Aronian took the initiative but again overestimated his chances. “I was in reality playing very adventurous moves where I shouldn’t have,” chess.co.uk quotes Armenian GM as saying.

The match was successful, according to Kramnik, who said that 5 out of 6 games were exciting.

Aronian won the first round and his Russian rival gained victory in the third one. Other rounds ended in a draw.

Source: http://www.panarmenian.net

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Syria: calls for armistice and chess diplomacy

Monday, April 30th, 2012


Syria: calls for armistice and chess diplomacy
Mon, 04/30/2012 – 12:23

The President of the International Chess Federation (FIDE), Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, has paid an official visit to Syria. The head of FIDE had a three-hour conversation with Bashar al-Assad in Damascus. During the conversation both parties discussed the outcome of the XXII World Summit of the Nobel Peace Prize in Chicago. The head of Syria proposed hosting the next summit of Nobel Peace Prize laureates in Damascus, Intefax reports.

According to Ilyumzhinov, during the meeting the Syrian President repeatedly stressed the country’s commitment to the peaceful settlement of the situation in the republic proposed by Kofi Annan.

Despite the armistice adopted by the opposition and government forces on April 12, the civil war is continuing. In the last week alone, no night in Damascus has passed without explosions.

A part of the Syrian opposition is ready to negotiate and create a coalition, the leader of the Popular Front for Change and Liberation (NFPO), Jamil Qadri, announced recently at a press conference.

Jamil Qadri said that the future coalition will include six movements that oppose international interference in the affairs of the country aimed at a military resolution of the crisis. The members of the future coalition are still unknown. However, it would not include the largest existing opposition group in Syria – the National Coordination Committee, headed by Hassan Abdel Azim .

Anti-government protests have been continuing in Syria for more than a year. According to UN information, the total number of victims has exceeded 9,000 people. About 230,000 refugees have left the country.

Source: http://vestnikkavkaza.net

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FIDE President visits Syria

Monday, April 30th, 2012


The 1st President of Kalmykia, President of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) Kirsan Ilyumzhinov visited Syria on 28-29 April 2012. As Mr. Ilyumzhinov noted, on the 29th April he had a three-hour talk with the President of Syria Bachar Assad in Damascus. Mr. Assad underlined during the discussion, that he tasked the Syrian Ministry of Education to sign an Agreement to join the “Chess in Schools” project with the World Chess Federation. Mr. Ilyumzhinov informed the “Nezavisimaya Gazeta” that “in early June, as a dedication to the International Day of Children, we are planning to organize the first international youth chess tournament, where young players of Arab countries, will participate, in Damascus”.

The FIDE President did not exclude the possibility that Mr. Assad might participate in the opening of the youth chess event. According to Mr. Ilyumzhinov, “The Syrian President plays chess very well – since his studies in London”.

Besides, during the same period, it is planned to organize a chess tournament for Syrians graduates of the Soviet and Russian universities, at the premises of the Russian Cultural Centre in Damascus.

During the discussion the Syrian President informed Mr. Ilyumzhinov of his intention to invite H.H. the Dalai Lama to Syria on an official visit. Ilyumzhinov said: “President Assad said that on the Syrian territory there is one of the most ancient Buddhist temples erected about two thousand years ago. He would like to invite H.H. Dalai Lama to sanctify this temple”.

According to President of FIDE, during the discussion, the Syrian President on a number of occasions has pledged his allegiance to the peace plan of the situation in the country, proposed by Mr. Kofi Annan.

Also President of FIDE met with the members of the National Chess Team of Syria and President of Syrian Chess Federation Dr. Hani Al-Bitar.

Source: FIDE.com

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Visit to Syria

Monday, April 30th, 2012

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The 1st President of Kalmykia, President of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) Kirsan Ilyumzhinov visited Syria on 28-29 April 2012. As Mr. Ilyumzhinov noted, on the 29th April he had a three-hour talk with the President of Syria Bachar Assad in Damaskus. Mr. Assad underlined during the discussion, that he tasked the Syrian Ministry of Education to sign an Agreement to join the “Chess in Schools” project with the World Chess Federation. Mr. Ilyumzhinov informed the “Nezavisimaya Gazeta” that “in early June, as a dedication to the International Day of Children, we are planning to organize the first international youth chess tournament, where young players of Arab countries, will participate, in Damask”. The FIDE President did not exclude the possibility that Mr. Assad might participate in the opening of the youth chess event. According to Mr. Ilyumzhinov, “The Syrian President plays chess very well – since his studies in London”.

Besides, during the same period, it is planned to organize a chess tournament for Syrians graduates of the Soviet and Russian universities, at the premises of the Russian Cultural Centre in Damaskus.
During the discussion the Syrian President informed Mr. Ilyumzhinov of his intention to invite H.H. the Dalai Lama to Syria on an official visit. Ilyumzhinov said: “President Assad said that on the Syrian territory there is one of the most ancient Buddhist temples erected about two thousand years ago. He would like to invite H.H. Dalai Lama to sanctify this temple”.

According to President of FIDE, during the discussion, the Syrian President on a number of occasions has pledged his allegiance to the peace plan of the situation in the country, proposed by Mr. Kofi Annan.

Also President of FIDE met with the members of the National Chess Team of Syria and President of Syrian Chess Federation Dr. Hani Al-Bitar.

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President of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) Kirsan Ilyumzhinov (left) and President of Syria Bachar Assad

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President of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) Kirsan Ilyumzhinov (left) and President of Syria Bachar Assad

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Meeting with the President of the Syrian Chess Federation Dr. Hani Al-Bitar (second from right) and Members of the Syrian Chess team.

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

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