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World Senior Team Chess Championship 2014

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

The FIDE World Senior Team Chess Championship 2014 is scheduled to take place on 12-22nd July at the Vilnius Town Hall, Did?ioji g. 31, LT-01128 Vilnius, Lithuania.

The Championship will consist of three sections:
- Section 1: Open tournament for teams with players 50+ (no restriction);
- Section 2: Open tournament for teams with players 65+; (if less than 10 teams are registered for this section, they will be merged into Section 1 with separate ranking and prizes); Women players may play in the open tournaments;
- Section 3: Tournament for women’s teams with players 50+; (if less than 8 women’s teams are registered for Section 3, they will be merged into Section 2 (or Section 1) with separate ranking and prizes).

The tournament format is 9-round Swiss system with the time control 90 min/40 moves + 30 minutes for the rest of the game + 30 seconds for each move from the first move.

Each team will consist of 5 players (4 boards + 1 optional reserve). Players are eligible provided they are aged 50 (65) by 31 December.

All members of the team have to be from the same national federation. The tournament will be open for any number of teams from the same national federation.

Vilnius

The total prize fund is 7000 EUR (if games are played in all Sections). The prize fund may be increased if more than 40 teams register for the tournament.

- Section 1: Open tournament for teams with players 50+ (no restriction)
1st prize gold medals 1300 EUR per team
2nd prize silver medals 900 EUR per team
3rd prize bronze medals 700 EUR per team
4th prize diplomas 600 EUR per team
5th prize diplomas 500 EUR per team
The prize fund will be available if there are at least 10 teams

- Section 2: Open tournament for teams with players 65+
1st prize gold medals 700 EUR per team
2nd prize silver medals 500 EUR per team
3rd prize bronze medals 300 EUR per team
The prize fund will be available if there are at least 4 teams

- Section 3: Tournament for women’s teams with players 50+
1st prize gold medals 700 EUR per team
2nd prize silver medals 500 EUR per team
3rd prize bronze medals 300 EUR per team
The prize fund will be available if there are at least 4 teams

The chief arbiter is IA Almog Burstein.

Social programme: Social programme will be organized for all participants and guests according to their request. Registration for sightseeing tours and other social events will be available before the beginning of each round.

Information: For more information contact the organizer by the following email registration@kaunaschess.org or by telephone +370 620 68487 (in Lithuanian, English, or Russian).

Official website
www.vilnius2014.com

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World Championship Match 2014

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

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FIDE has not received any bid by the deadline of 13.00 GMT of April 30th, 2014.
A further announcement will be made by FIDE in due course.

FIDE Secretariat

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

4th Dhamso International LIVE!

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

The 4th Dhamso International Chess Festival is taking place from 29th April to 5th May, 2014 in Ambalandoga, Sri Lanka.

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4th Dhamso International Chess Festival 2014

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

10168072_237350823132391_1567278394_nThe 4th edition of Dhamso International Chess Festival is taking place from 29th April to 5th May, 2014 at Thomas De Silva Memorial Auditorium, Dharmasoka College, in Ambalandoga, a coastal town of Sri Lanka, famous for its ancient devil masks and devil dancers.

The tournament is organized by The Old Boys’ Chess Association of Dharmasoka College, Ambalandoga, in collaboration with Sri Lanka Chess Federation and FIDE with a 9-round Swiss format and a total prize of nearly Rs 400,000 – in cash awards.

For more information, visit the official website.

Starting list:
1 IM Karthikeyan P. IND 2380
2 Krishna C.R.G. IND 2343
3 CM Galappaththi Chinthaka Anurud SRI 2131
4 Alahakoon Isuru SRI 2120
5 Wijekoon Chandana SRI 2027
6 FM Peiris T S S SRI 2024
7 Priyankara Chamil SRI 1930
8 Miraj Akila SRI 1911
9 De Silva Gihan SRI 1907
10 Dissanayake R S SRI 1903
11 Mendis W G Chinthaka SRI 1902
12 De Silva Elath Mathanga SRI 1895
13 De Silva Osheen SRI 1894
14 De Silva Rasheen SRI 1894
15 WIM Ranasinghe S D SRI 1864
16 CM Wimalasuriya Kasun M. SRI 1855
17 Silva K W C U SRI 1855
18 Lasitha Subash SRI 1853
19 Amarasinghe A A C B SRI 1852
20 Munasinghe Thisura SRI 1831
21 De Silva D M Nilanga SRI 1830
22 Lamahewa C SRI 1829
23 Fernando J.M. Marlon P. SRI 1802
24 Egodage Thilina SRI 1797
25 Sandamith W M SRI 1789
26 Kodikara V K SRI 1788
27 Wettasinha Vasanta SRI 1784
28 Ediriweera Shakthi SRI 1776
29 Madushanka Harsha SRI 1769
30 Umesha B G D SRI 1761
31 Egodage Keshan SRI 1759
32 Sisira Kumara K P SRI 1755
33 Madusanka L D P SRI 1720
34 Lorensuhewa Prasanjith Chanak SRI 1708
35 Sanali W A Nathasha SRI 1707
36 Sudarshana P H M SRI 1707
37 Yashora Tiumi SRI 1701
38 Abhimanyu Iraja SRI 1695
39 Ranmith W S SRI 1689
40 Ekanayake A M B SRI 1684
41 Dushantha H H Amith SRI 1667
42 Dassanayake D M G S SRI 1663
43 Egodage Y P SRI 1658
44 De Silva W R L SRI 1655
45 Ranasinghe P M SRI 1655
46 Jayaweera Y SRI 1653
47 Piyumantha M Sasith Nipun SRI 1652
48 Deegoda S R SRI 1646
49 Maheshika D M P SRI 1644
50 Lakshitha H H Sasindu SRI 1641
51 Lakmal M A C SRI 1630
52 WCM Wickramasinghe Dilhara Ishini SRI 1618
53 Manuranga D Lahiru SRI 1608
54 Gunarathna D A Viraj Darshana SRI 1607
55 Priyadarshana Y Danushka SRI 1604
56 Ranasinghe P K SRI 1589
57 Movindu Anusara I.H. SRI 1587
58 Mihiranga K Yasiru SRI 1586
59 Herath H M S S A SRI 1583
60 Thiyasara K.T Thisen SRI 1577
61 Gunawardena Oshan Rangana SRI 1573
62 Jayanka L P P R SRI 1566
63 Hippola H M S S SRI 1562
64 Nanayakkara J A G Ganganath SRI 1559
65 Priyadarshana Y.P. SRI 1559
66 Perera B S SRI 1549
67 Sanjeewa Krishan SRI 1545
68 Kumari S C T SRI 1526
69 Fernando W V A Tithira Damind SRI 1520
70 Weerasekara D L U SRI 1515
71 Nanayakkara J A K Saranath SRI 1514
72 Priyanath W D Tharaka SRI 1509
73 Perera A G M Buddhini SRI 1508
74 Jayasekera Pavindu Udeesha SRI 1506
75 Weerasinghe Kavindu Nirmana SRI 1506
76 Silva K C Kaushitha SRI 1501
77 Samarasinghe Wayuni Vinara SRI 1476
78 Visura I M A SRI 1473
79 Wickramasinghe Banuka Nimsith SRI 1470
80 Malhara W.A. Hansana SRI 1469
81 Nanayakkara Damika Anupama SRI 1464
82 Hansani B H Dureka SRI 1459
83 Goyumi Sasika M W SRI 1429
84 Maduwage Mahidi Mandara SRI 1429
85 Silva E Nisini Nethmila SRI 1429
86 WCM Jayaweera Sayuni Gihansa SRI 1420
87 Roshan K SRI 1409
88 Liyanage D P G Kalsara SRI 1407
89 Abeysinghe H M H Janandani SRI 1392
90 Wimalasuriya M Sachithra SRI 1389
91 Inoli W A Tashini SRI 1386
92 Kodithuwakku Kisara Sandaluka SRI 1382
93 Yasaranga B H Thisari SRI 1382
94 Weerakkody Dulini Dayalu SRI 1380
95 Ruwanpathirana Priyantha SRI 1362
96 WCM Kodikara K K M Sachintha SRI 1359
97 Dissanayaka M A P Mihiranga SRI 1352
98 Rathnayaka Milinda SRI 1349
99 Lakmini K K SRI 1342
100 Wijerathne Yehan Bimsara SRI 1328
101 Hennayake Thenula SRI 1325
102 Shouthri Arulrajah SRI 1324
103 Lorensuhewa Chamath Pramodya SRI 1318
104 Jayawardana U I A SRI 1310
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106 Kanakarathne S Nevinka De Sil SRI 1305
107 Senevirathna A R SRI 1305
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109 Ranasinghe Anuga Gavindith SRI 1293
110 Kandeeban Sivasothy SRI 1281
111 Rasanjana U G S Y SRI 1276
112 Ranawaka Nuran Lakshitha N SRI 1271
113 Mathes Arachchi Bhanila M SRI 1266
114 Pallie Tuan Ehshan SRI 1254
115 Liyanage D P K Danahitha SRI 1250
116 Withanachchi Dilki Sanjana SRI 1250
117 Sandeepa H Niruksha SRI 1240
118 Kanakarathne Ronira S De Silv SRI 1232
119 Jayawickrama U W R K SRI 1229
120 Damsara U G S T SRI 1216
121 Pinsara Pawan SRI 1187
122 Piyumantha M Thisal Manjith SRI 1184
123 Lakshan G Dilina Udeepa SRI 1180
124 Nanayakkara Gihan Neranja SRI 1171
125 Waduge T S H A SRI 1170
126 Jaysenthuliyane Vinumi Vidara SRI 1157
127 Manamperi A.R SRI 1155
128 Navinhara W Nethaki SRI 1139
129 Vithanage Isuri Pehesara SRI 1138
130 Abeysekara W D T M SRI 0
131 Abeysekara W V N N Mendis SRI 0
132 Abeysooriya A P V Samuditha SRI 0
133 Adithya Dineth SRI 0
134 Akalanka K B Lakmina Sandesh SRI 0
135 Aknath B G Senuka SRI 0
136 Amarasinghe Monika Levanya SRI 0
137 Anjan K H Adithya SRI 0
138 Anjana H G Dinith SRI 0
139 Apsara S H Kalani SRI 0
140 Ariyasinghe Chethana Muthumal SRI 0
141 Asmini Duneesha SRI 0
142 Athsara D S P B Thisum SRI 0
143 Athukorala A.A.B.B SRI 0
144 Bandara R M Sithija Sapumal SRI 0
145 Banuki L G P SRI 0
146 Baratha Yomal N W A SRI 0
147 Basinta M G Dilneth Sanura SRI 0
148 Chandes K Yasindu SRI 0
149 Charunda W Basura SRI 0
150 Colambage Sachin Kalhara SRI 0
151 Dalawella Sanuka Chandul SRI 0
152 Damjith J K SRI 0
153 Darani T H Buddhima SRI 0
154 Darsha W P SRI 0
155 De Silava T H Harshana SRI 0
156 De Silva G W T Sheran SRI 0
157 De Silva H Adeepa Virajitha SRI 0
158 De Silva H Hasindu Dilanka SRI 0
159 De Silva Hansaja SRI 0
160 De Silva Inuka Methum SRI 0
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169 De Silva P Thaviru Nimdinu SRI 0
170 De Silva R B V Nimsara SRI 0
171 De Silva R Dulini Senara SRI 0
172 De Silva S Chathuka Lakshan SRI 0
173 De Silva S Harindi Induwari SRI 0
174 De Silva S Kavini Ovidithya SRI 0
175 De Silva S S Gayashan SRI 0
176 De Silva S Sasmitha SRI 0
177 De Silva Senuthmi Omalhara SRI 0
178 De Silva T A Sathsara SRI 0
179 De Silva T H Dilahsha Sewmini SRI 0
180 De Silva T H Kaveesha SRI 0
181 De Silva T Manuthi Dahamna SRI 0
182 De Zoysa D Dilki Nelumdi SRI 0
183 De Zoysa M Pasan Nimdinu SRI 0
184 Devindi H. Tharushi Amasha SRI 0
185 Devnaka Chamin SRI 0
186 Dhanujaya R H Reshitha SRI 0
187 Dhanushka T Sathindu SRI 0
188 Dilanya W V Nethmi SRI 0
189 Dimith R Chandula SRI 0
190 Dolamulla D K H Y SRI 0
191 Dolamulla D K Savindi Thidasna SRI 0
192 Egodage Reshan SRI 0
193 Ekanayaka Nethmi Marthina SRI 0
194 Enuka Seneth SRI 0
195 Eranda Bhanuka SRI 0
196 Eranda Bhashitha SRI 0
197 Fedrick Sathira Nisul SRI 0
198 Fernando Akash SRI 0
199 Fernando L Nimuthu Sawisara SRI 0
200 Fernando Nimuthu SRI 0
201 Gamage M Nuwanthi Silva SRI 0
202 Gamage Randula Navodya SRI 0
203 Gamage S Nisindi SRI 0
204 Gamage Wanshini Vidusana SRI 0
205 Gampalage C M SRI 0
206 Ganearachchi D T Dilmith SRI 0
207 Gavith J K SRI 0
208 Geerthanan Jegatheeshwaran SRI 0
209 Geesara K T Risin SRI 0
210 Geethika Udaneth K L G SRI 0
211 Gehara L G Dulni SRI 0
212 Ginige Ravindu Avishka SRI 0
213 Gunarathna S V Subanya Thesara SRI 0
214 Gunasekara Ayodya Nethmini SRI 0
215 Gunasekara Dasuni Prasadi SRI 0
216 Gunasekara Devmi Vishmika SRI 0
217 Gunasekara P D Rajitha SRI 0
218 Gunasekara W M S S Anuradha SRI 0
219 Gunawardhana C R SRI 0
220 Hansamal Mihiranga SRI 0
221 Hansamali H A Tharuka SRI 0
222 Hansindu Vinuja SRI 0
223 Hapugala A.N SRI 0
224 Hasthika K K Sheshan SRI 0
225 Herath Chandima Anuradha SRI 0
226 Herath Jaynamina Bandara SRI 0
227 Herath Thejani Bandara SRI 0
228 Hettiarachchi Akindu Manojaya SRI 0
229 Hettiarachchi P G R Dinujaya SRI 0
230 Hettiarachchi P G Tarindu D SRI 0
231 Hewawasam P B Suvin Nimsara SRI 0
232 Himsara W A Janidu SRI 0
233 Hirumina W A Senal SRI 0
234 Indeepa D M G Malindu Mihan SRI 0
235 Indeepa W M Bosilu SRI 0
236 Indusara M G Janitha SRI 0
237 Irunika S B Aruni SRI 0
238 Jayalal T Parami Indurangi SRI 0
239 Jayasekara Benul G H Jithnuka SRI 0
240 Jayasekara G H Sayuru Vibhu SRI 0
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242 Jayawardana Chenuka Nethvidu SRI 0
243 Jayaweera I G U Subandi SRI 0
244 Jayaweera Vihini Sahansa SRI 0
245 Jeyaram Senthilkumar SRI 0
246 Juddonisan G SRI 0
247 Kahadagama K G T S K SRI 0
248 Kahawevithana Chamathka Nimdoly SRI 0
249 Kalhara W A Harindu SRI 0
250 Kariyawasam Linali SRI 0
251 Katuwanage Chaniru SRI 0
252 Katuwanage Ruhini SRI 0
253 Kaveesha W V Rashini SRI 0
254 Kavishka A G Hiruni SRI 0
255 Kodithuwakku Mahith Melaka SRI 0
256 Kulathunga H Januli Chithmini SRI 0
257 Kulathunga H Kinuli Wethmini SRI 0
258 Lakshan G. M. T. SRI 0
259 Lakvindu K D Minupa SRI 0
260 Liyanage Kusalvin SRI 0
261 Liyanage T Ramindu SRI 0
262 Liyanapathirana Thinupa Kaush SRI 0
263 Lochana N P G Melani SRI 0
264 Madanayaka Binusara Yasitha SRI 0
265 Mahagama R H Pehesara SRI 0
266 Mahagama R Harith Himasara SRI 0
267 Mahipala N A Pamudu Sasanka SRI 0
268 Mahipala N A Pasindu Sasanka SRI 0
269 Malinsa R J Senindi SRI 0
270 Manawadu Lahan SRI 0
271 Mandeepa D M G Y Yehan SRI 0
272 Meegodagamage Ravindu Anjana SRI 0
273 Mendis D Udul Dilsara SRI 0
274 Mendis D Uvin Vinwath SRI 0
275 Mendis W Sasiri Sayuranga SRI 0
276 Methsilu T V Vimeth SRI 0
277 Mintharu Sanuka SRI 0
278 Muthurandi Aprana SRI 0
279 Nanayakkara Kingsly SRI 0
280 Nanayakkara Tharindu SRI 0
281 Navodya R L Lakith SRI 0
282 Nawanjana S H Kumulini SRI 0
283 Nethmina S M Yasindu SRI 0
284 Nethmira W Thisath SRI 0
285 Nilaweera Chamika SRI 0
286 Nilokshan S G SRI 0
287 Nirasha T Viduni SRI 0
288 Nityanandan Tharmalingam SRI 0
289 Omal W M Oshada SRI 0
290 Pabasara L Maheesha Pabasara SRI 0
291 Pahasara W Malki Pahasara SRI 0
292 Pallie Ehsha Mishela SRI 0
293 Parindya Nethmi SRI 0
294 Pathirana Lehan Banuja SRI 0
295 Pathirana Luchitha Disal SRI 0
296 Peiris D Sandamini Udumbara SRI 0
297 Peiris D Sanulya Umandi SRI 0
298 Peiris Navinu Sejitha SRI 0
299 Peiris T M Jayali Senara SRI 0
300 Perera D G D Y Adeekshana SRI 0
301 Perera Dulain SRI 0
302 Perera L A A S SRI 0
303 Perera M N Akash SRI 0
304 Perera M S Anuk SRI 0
305 Perera Sehath Sanvidu R A D SRI 0
306 Perera W A D Mihisara SRI 0
307 Premathilaka Hasindu Himal SRI 0
308 Purusinghe Chenith Lakwin SRI 0
309 Rajakaruna Nimesh Anuradha SRI 0
310 Rajapaksha M R Sinali Veenavi SRI 0
311 Ramditha Vimukthi SRI 0
312 Ranasinghe D S SRI 0
313 Ranasinghe Ovin SRI 0
314 Ranasooriya A Praveen SRI 0
315 Ranathunga I Savindi SRI 0
316 Randika H A Chehan SRI 0
317 Rashinhta Kavith SRI 0
318 Rathnayaka Ijini Warangana SRI 0
319 Rathnayake Nethmini Saubagya SRI 0
320 Rulach Ryan SRI 0
321 Sadewni M V G Onara SRI 0
322 Samarakkodi Malini Samaya SRI 0
323 Samarakoon S M T Induwara SRI 0
324 Samarakoon S M Y Thiwanka SRI 0
325 Samarasekara C Lakintha SRI 0
326 Samarasinghe Sithumi SRI 0
327 Samarasinghe Tharusha Dilmina SRI 0
328 Sammani M K D Madushika SRI 0
329 Sandeepa L Pasindu SRI 0
330 Sandumanthi W M Rukmi SRI 0
331 Sanduni W Dulara SRI 0
332 Santhana H Pasan SRI 0
333 Santhusha K.M. Januth SRI 0
334 Saruwabandara Basura Pahasara SRI 0
335 Senarathna K D Dulshan Ravindu SRI 0
336 Seneka M W Thenumi SRI 0
337 Seneviratne H.K.M.S.Rankini SRI 0
338 Sennath K Hiruna SRI 0
339 Shasikumar Nagarajah SRI 0
340 Sithunima K T Sithuli SRI 0
341 Subodi Sarala SRI 0
342 Suraweera M C H Jananath SRI 0
343 Suraweera M W G Jayanath SRI 0
344 Tennakoon Akash Divanjan SRI 0
345 Thanuja D SRI 0
346 Thanusha S H Kavindu SRI 0
347 Tharinda W Omesh SRI 0
348 Tharuka G H Sadusha SRI 0
349 Tharuki A V G Irushi SRI 0
350 Thewjith Sehath SRI 0
351 Thuiyalage Kumodh Damviru SRI 0
352 Thumalja Thenu SRI 0
353 Thusara H G Thoshintha SRI 0
354 Umayanga P H P R SRI 0
355 Upananda K V Dilmitha SRI 0
356 Upananda K Y Sasmitha SRI 0
357 Uwantha Ramidu SRI 0
358 Vindiya Vinuja SRI 0
359 Vindumini N V V SRI 0
360 Vinsara A W Jayana SRI 0
361 Vithanage H Yasindu Rashmika SRI 0
362 Waduge R S A SRI 0
363 Waduge S S A SRI 0
364 Waranga M G Yasasmi SRI 0
365 Waraniyagala Isira Wilochana SRI 0
366 Warushvithana Senuri Shehana Kumari SRI 0
367 Wathudura Milinda Danujaya SRI 0
368 Weerasinghe Asani Sankalpana SRI 0
369 Wellage Dilara Sesadi SRI 0
370 Wijasinghe Thaveesh SRI 0
371 Wijekoon Venuja Ransana SRI 0
372 Wijerathna M Gangul Kaushika SRI 0
373 Wijerathna Methma SRI 0
374 Wijeratne M D Gayansi P SRI 0
375 Wijesekara Sakila Udayantha SRI 0
376 Wijesingha M Nilan Thushara SRI 0
377 Wijesinghe Ramika Risiwara SRI 0
378 Wijethilaka L Keshani Chalakshana SRI 0
379 Winamitha L H Wanuru SRI 0
380 Withanachchi Chathumi Punsara SRI 0
381 Withanachchi Lasangi Chamodya SRI 0
382 Wunmal M M Wathsara SRI 0
383 Yasminda G V Ishan SRI 0

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Gashimov Memorial LIVE!

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar

Source: Susan Polgar Chess Daily News and Information

May 2014 FRL

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

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FIDE publishes May 2014 FRL 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.

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Italian Team Championship LIVE!

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

CondinoThe 46th Italian Team Chess Championship for Men is taking place from 30th April to 4th May, 2014 in Condino, Italy.

The tournament format will be a 7 round Swiss with a time control of 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 15 minutes for the rest of the game plus 30 seconds per player starting from move one.

First seeded team is the last year’s winner Obiettivo Risarcimento Padova, including top players like GM Fabiano Caruana, GM Hikaru Nakamura, who participate in Gashimov Memorial 2014 right now, GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, etc.

Live coverage daily with triple engine analysis on Chessdom.

Official website / Information in Italian (Scaccierando) / Live games with standings / TCEC Stage 3 final games

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FIDE President’s working visit to Myanmar

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

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On April 28, the President of FIDE visited Naypyidaw, Myanmar, where he met with the Vice President of the country Mr. Nyan Tun and other representatives of country’s government. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov told Mr. Tun about the World Chess Federation and the unique educational Chess in Schools programme. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov proposed training chess educators and specialists at Russian universities. The same day FIDE President met with the Minister of Sports of Myanmar Mr. U Tint Hsan, who is leading the National Olympic Committee. It was noted that chess is popular in the country. Chess was successfully included in the programme of Southeast Asian Games (SEA GAMES) last year. The Myanmar chess players performed brilliantly at the competitions creating great enthusiasm among sports officials. So, when chess was not included in the programme of the next SEA GAMES to be held in Singapore, this perplexed the sports community of Myanmar. Mr. Tint Hsan supported the idea of FIDE President’s idea to include chess in the Olympic family of sports.

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With Vice President of Myanmar Mr. Nyan Tun

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Meeting with Minister of Sports of Myanmar Mr. U Tint Hsan, Head of National Olympic Committee

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Middlegame chess tactic

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014


White to move. How should white proceed?

Source: ChessToday.net

Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar

Source: Susan Polgar Chess Daily News and Information

College chess becoming more like football and basketball?

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014


College chess becoming more like football and basketball?
Louis Ojeda Jr.
FOX Sports Southwest

APR 29, 2014 3:24p ET

You may remember a bizarre story two years ago about a Texas Tech chess coach and her entire team transferring to another school.

Like nearly everything in college athletics, their move was about money.

Susan Polgar coached the “Knight Raiders” to back-to-back national championships in 2011-12. Shortly after their second consecutive title, Webster University in St. Louis lured them away.

“The program grew rapidly, and Texas Tech wasn’t ready to grow with the speed of the program,” Polgar told the Associated Press in 2012. “St. Louis today is the center of chess in America. It just seemed like a perfect fit.”

But how much did would it have taken for the team to stay in Texas?

According to documents recently obtained by Webster University’s The Journal, Polgar requested that Texas Tech give her $1 million in funding, including a $250,000 salary for herself and a $150,000 salary for her husband.

Polgar didn’t get her wish and went on to continue winning national championships at Webster.

Chess isn’t exactly a high-profile game, but some wonder if it’s starting to become like the rest of college sports.

“Are we just starting another version of what’s happened in the football or basketball arena?” Richard Vedder, an Ohio University professor, told The Washington Post. “I think we are, even though the stakes are smaller.”

Full article here.

Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar

Source: Susan Polgar Chess Daily News and Information

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