Archive for December, 2014

Rilton Cup LIVE!

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014
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Federations in Arrears

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

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In accordance with decisions of Presidential Board in Sochi FIDE publishes the list of Federation in Arrears.

Until the arrears have been paid off, players from these Federations cannot participate in any FIDE events that are under the aegis of
a) the World Championship & Olympiad Commission or Events Commission,
b) Continental competitions that provide qualifiers to any of the aforesaid competitions.

The list will be regularly updated.

1 Azerbaijan
2 Bahrain
3 Bhutan
4 Comoros Islands
5 Congo
6 Cuba
7 Dominican Republic
8 Ecuador
9 El Salvador
10 Estonia
11 Fiji
12 Guatemala
13 Haiti
14 Indonesia
15 Kyrgyzstan
16 Latvia
17 Lebanon
18 Luxembourg
19 Madagascar
20 Malaysia
21 Mauritania
22 Mexico
23 Mongolia
24 Morocco
25 Nepal
26 Nigeria
27 Peru
28 Philippines
29 Puerto Rico
30 Sao Tome & Principe
31 Solomon Isles
32 South Africa
33 Swaziland
34 Tajikistan
35 Uganda
36 Venezuela
37 Yemen

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

January 2015 FRL

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

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FIDE publishes January 2015 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.
Please note rules which are applied to Federations in Arrears.

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Wesley So convincing in North American Open

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

Grandmaster Wesley So has won another strong tournament in Las Vegas, by claiming the top section of the 24th Annual North American Open that was held from 26-30th December at Bally’s Casino Resort.

Wesley So competed the race with 8,0/9 points to earn 9700 USD top prize. In October he won the inaugural Millionaire Chess Open, also in Las Vegas.

Grandmasters Xiangzhi Bu 2691 CHN, Julio J Becerra 2546 FL, Alex Yermolinsky 2519 SD and Vladimir Georgiev 2517 MKD shared the second place with 6,5/9 points each, quite some distance behind the winner. They earned 2300 USD apiece.

Atulya Shetty, Alexander Kretchetov and Safal Bora have scored IM norms, while Ramya Krishna Inapuri achieved a WIM norm.

Replay games with analysis

Wesley So

GM Wesley So

The 24th North American Open had 7 sections: Open, Under 2300, Under 2100, Under 1900, Under 1700, Under 1500 and Under 1250. The total prize fund was slightly under 120,000 USD.

Open section final standings:

1. GM Wesley So 2762 MN – 8,0

2-5. GM Xiangzhi Bu 2691 CHN, GM Julio J Becerra 2546 FL, GM Alex Yermolinsky 2519 SD and GM Vladimir Georgiev 2517 MKD – 6,5

6-16. GM Sergey Erenburg 2601 VA, GM Jianchao Zhou 2587 CHN, GM Maxim Dlugy 2494 NY, IM Akshat Chandra 2489 NJ, GM Nikola Mitkov 2482 MKD, IM Chen Wang 2473 CHN, GM Enrico M Sevillano 2465 CA, WGM Qian Huang 2464 CHN, IM Roman Yankovsky 2436 RUS, FM Safal Bora 2379 MI and IM Joshua Ruiz 2377 COL – 6,0

17-26. GM Tsegme Batchuluun 2525 MGL, IM Yang Shen 2475 CHN, IM Andres Gallego 2411 COL, FM Daniel Gurevich 2365 GA, IM Ryosuke Nanjo 2348 JPN, FM Kostya Kavutskiy 2332 CA, FM Atulya Shetty 2307 MI, FM Awonder Liang 2266 WI, FM Alexander Kretchetov 2234 RUS and Joshua Colas 2220 NY – 5,5 etc (95 players)

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Wednesday, December 31st, 2014
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Merab Gagunashvili best in Tbilisi Blitz

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

The Tbilisi Open Blitz Championship was organized by the Tbilisi Chess Federation on 30th December.

78 players took part in the 9-round Swiss tournament with the time control 3′+2”.

Top-seeded GM Merab Gagunashvili took a clear first place with 7,5 points, half a point ahead of the chasing pack.

Merab Gagunashvili

Merab Gagunashvili

Final standings:

1 GM Gagunashvili Merab 2622 – 7.5
2 IM Javakhadze Zurab 2372 – 7
3 GM Jojua Davit 2542 – 7
4 GM Pantsulaia Levan 2620 – 7
5 IM Khurtsidze Nino 2366 – 6.5
6 FM Mgeladze Tamaz 2319 – 6.5
7 IM Zarkua Davit 2412 – 6.5
8 GM Khotenashvili Bela 2457 – 6.5
9 Beradze Irakli 2308 – 6.5
10 Lortkipanidze Nodar 2352 – 6
11 GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil 2584 – 6
12 GM Giorgadze Giorgi 2593 – 6
13 GM Shanava Konstantine 2454 – 6
14 Bagaturov Giorgi 2404 – 6
15 IM Melia Salome 2453 – 6
16 GM Benidze Davit 2532 – 5.5
17 IM Morchiashvili Bachana 2438 – 5.5
18 GM Maghalashvili Davit 2449 – 5.5
19 IM Quparadze Giga 2584 – 5.5
20 Gelazonia Parmen 2282 – 5.5
21 Volkov Nika 2271 – 5.5
22 WIM Imnadze Nato 2141 – 5.5
23 WFM Khomeriki Nino 2135 – 5.5
24 GM Paichadze Luka 2490 – 5
25 IM Sulashvili Malkhaz 2336 – 5
26 Chitadze Roman 2176 – 5
27 IM Shalamberidze Akaki 2217 – 5
28 IM Gvetadze Sofio 2323 – 5
29 Khomeriki Giorgi 2053 – 5
30 IM Chighladze Iveri 2297 – 5
31 Licheli Luka 1822 – 5
32 WIM Janjghava Natia 2218 – 5
33 Keleptrishvili Irakli 2134 – 4.5
34 WIM Nikoladze Sopio 2250 – 4.5
35 WFM Khazhomia Salome 2206 – 4.5
36 Terashvili Nariman 2011 – 4.5
37 WIM Melashvili Nino 2122 – 4.5
38 Kumsiashvili Nikoloz 2121 – 4.5
39 WIM Kasoshvili Tsiala 2145 – 4.5
40 WIM Mikadze Miranda 2344 – 4.5
41 Maghlaperidze Grigol 2079 – 4.5
42 Chkuaseli Revaz 1963 – 4.5
43 WGM Khurtsilava Inga 2237 – 4.5
44 FM Vepkhvishvili Varlam 2122 – 4.5
45 Bibilashvili Giorgi 2107 – 4.5
46 Oboladze Luka 1813 – 4.5
47 Chkuaseli Zaza 0 – 4.5
48 Gvelesiani Elguja 2113 – 4
49 IM Shavtvaladze Nikoloz 2429 – 4
50 Burduli Guga 1948 – 4
51 Kobeshavidze Lika 1985 – 4
52 GM Gaprindashvili Nona 2212 – 4
53 Kuchava Ana 2005 – 4
54 Mamedovi Bakhtiar 1939 – 4
55 Khomeriki Ketevan 1793 – 4
56 Tsomaia Nikoloz 1906 – 3.5
57 Shakarashvili Zviad 0 – 3.5
58 FM Kacharava Nikolozi 1715 – 3.5
59 Skachkov Vladimer 1950 – 3.5
60 Karamov Anil 0 – 3.5
61 Kemularia Mariam 1691 – 3.5
62 Giorgadze Avtandil 2138 – 3.5
63 Mustafaev Ruslan 0 – 3.5
64 Chobanyan Sergei 1940 – 3
65 Tsomaia Sergo 2006 – 3
66 Sirbiladze Demur 1938 – 3
67 Lomidze Robert 1897 – 3
68 Bibilashvili Lali 1858 – 3
69 Mumladze Maia 1555 – 3
70 Naneishvili Dali 1556 – 3
71 FM Tskitishvili Irakli 2243 – 3
72 WGM Khmiadashvili Tamar 2025 – 2.5
73 Liparteliani Akaki 1813 – 2.5
74 Ananiashvili Levan 1301 – 2.5
75 Khositashvili Devi 1722 – 2
76 Karamova Giunar 0 – 2
77 Nasimov Tural 0 – 1
78 Mamedov Mansum 0 – 1

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Difficult chess tactic challenge

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014



In the Congress of Chess Composition, the above puzzle was chosen as the ‘Study of the Year 2008′.

It is White to move. Can you find the winning continuation for White?

Puzzle by Velimir Kalandadze (GEO).

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Season’s Greetings 2015

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014
FIDE new year 2015

Dear friends!

May your holiday season, as well as the coming year, bring you love, joy, prosperity and peace!
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, a Happy New Year and all the best for 2015!

Gens Una Sumus

FIDE President
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Playing against the Higher-Rated Opponent: Part 3 – Practical Examples: … and more

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

Playing Against the Higher-Rated Opponent: Part 4 – Practical Examples
Posted on December 30,2014 By GM Levan Aroshidze in Strategy & Game Review, General Chess Articles, Beginner’s Corner. Practical Examples: Provoking with a Draw This time I was the higher-rated opponent in the game with 178 rating points of advantage. Georgiadis 2312 – Aroshidze 2490 Obviously, White is better as his pieces are more active, but probably Georgiadis decided to force the draw (or it was just a provocation) and started repeating the moves after 35.Na5 Kd7 36.Nac4. Taking on b7 would be a weak decision due to Rb8 and Black would take the pawn on b2. 3[...]

Maximize Your Success against 1.b4, c4, d4
Posted on December 29,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, All Articles w/ Videos, General Chess Articles. Fight against b4, c4 and d4 effectively! In the video “Maximize Your Success against 1.b4, c4, d4″ by GM Roman Dzindzichashvili, we take a look at the Bird’s Opening, which starts off the game with 1. f4. It is an interesting opening that reminds people of a Dutch Defense, but with the White color instead of Black. The Bird’s Opening allows White to get an unusual type of position that doesn’t require them to study much theory, but can have good[...]

Playing against the Higher-Rated Opponent: Part 3 – Practical Examples:
Posted on December 26,2014 By GM Levan Aroshidze in Strategy & Game Review, General Chess Articles, Beginner’s Corner. Practical Examples: Provocative Strategy Let’s see the various examples of playing against the higher-rated opponent by using different playing strategies. Position after 5… Qc7 Aroshidze 2401 vs Mastrovasilis D. 2568 1. e4 c5! The high-rated player immediately offers a double-edged Sicilian Defense and hopes to outplay the opponent with knowledge, experience and good skills of calculation. 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7  Now we get th[...]

Playing Against the Higher-Rated Opponent: Part 2 – Psychological Pressure
Posted on December 25,2014 By GM Levan Aroshidze in Strategy & Game Review, General Chess Articles, Beginner’s Corner. The High-Rated Player Under Psychological Pressure Objectively, high-rated players may also be under psychological pressure while playing with a lower-rated player. It happens because of everybody’s expectations that the higher-rated player is supposed to win. In the beginning, these expectations may help the high-rated player maintain a very positive mood, but if a low-rated player shows himself as a real fighter and does not let the rival take[...]

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Planetwin365 – All Stars 2014 Blitz Tournament

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

The Planetwin365 – All Stars 2014 Blitz Tournament was held on 29th December at the Tadic Chess Club in Medakovic, Belgrade.

26 players competed in the round robin tournament with the time control 3′+2”. There were 16 Grandmasters in the field.

Grandmasters Nikola Sedlak and Dusan Popovic shared the first place with 20,0/25 points each. Sedlak claimed the top prize of 200 USD on better tie-break.

Replay games with analysis

The “unofficial” blitz championship of Serbia was sponsored by planetwin365 and organized by GM Branko Tadic.

Chief Arbiter was IA Nebojsa Baralic and the prize fund was 1000 USD. Standings below.

Popovic and Bogosavljevic

2013 Serbian Champion GM Boban Bogosavljevic making his move against co-winner GM Dusan Popovic

Final standings:

1-2. GM Sedlak Nikola 2561 and GM Popovic Dusan 2582 – 20
3. GM Markus Robert 2608 – 19
4-5. GM Ivanisevic Ivan 2591 and GM Bogosavljevic Boban 2507 – 18
6. GM Perunovic Milos 2632 – 17,5
7. GM Milanovic Danilo 2516 – 17
8. GM Damljanovic Branko 2486 – 16
9. GM Indjic Aleksandar 2551 – 15,5
10. IM Marinkovic Ivan 2463 – 15
11-12. IM Roganovic Milos 2514 and GM Cabrilo Goran 2524 – 14,5
13-14. FM Jovic Aleksandar 2418 and GM Kovacevic Aleksandar 2514 – 14
15-16. GM Pavlovic Milos 2494 and GM Tadic Branko 2552 – 13,5
17. GM Vuckovic Bojan 2558 – 13
18. GM Miljkovic Miroslav D 2503 – 12
19. IM Arsovic Goran 2472 – 9
20. Tisma Ivan 2125 – 7
21-22. GM Abramovic Bosko 2395 and Radovanovic Mihajlo 1893 – 6
23. Stankovic Ivan G 2165 – 4,5
24. IM Marcetic Nikola 2257 – 4
25. Andrejic Vladica 2268 – 3
26. Babic Branko 0 – 0,5

Radovanovic and Indjic

2014 Serbian Champion GM Aleksandar Indjic making a move against talented junior Mihajlo Radovanovic (member of Tadic Chess Club)

Damljanovic and Roganovic

GM Branko Damljanovic and IM Milos Roganovic. GM Milos Pavlovic and IM Goran Arsovic on second board.

Indjic-Tadic, Perunovic-Miljkovic and Sedlak-Kovacevic

Indjic-Tadic, Perunovic-Miljkovic and Sedlak-Kovacevic

Bosko Abramovic - Mihajlo Radovanovic and Ivan G Stankovic - Bojan Vuckovic

Bosko Abramovic – Mihajlo Radovanovic and Ivan G Stankovic – Bojan Vuckovic

Planetwin365 - All Stars

Planetwin365 - All Stars

Planetwin365 - All Stars

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