Archive for February, 2015

Nakamura jumps to #3 in the world

Saturday, February 28th, 2015
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India and China to play friendly match in Hyderabad

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

India and China will face off in a Scheveningen Match on four boards at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Banjara Hills, Hyderabad from March 1-10.

China has had matches with Russia and the United States and it is the first time the Asian giants will face in the chess board in such an exclusive Indo-China Summit match.

India had finished third at the Tromso Olympiad at Norway winning its maiden bronze medal. China had won its maiden gold medal in the Olympiad at Norway in August 2014. A clash between the continental powers is likely to provide enough entertainment on all days.

Krishnan Sasikiran

Krishnan Sasikiran

This 32-game match spread over eight rounds at four a day will see each Indian player taken on his Chinese counterpart twice, once with white pieces and once with black pieces.

In the Indian line up are Krishnan Sasikiran, M.R. Lalith Babu, B. Adhiban and national champion S.P. Sethuraman.

The Chinese are fielding Ding Liren, Wang Chen, Wei Yi and Zhou Jianchao. On paper the teams look level.

India and China are major rivals in chess. In the 2012 Asian Nations Cup held at Zaozhuang, China won the title but the clash against India was entertaining. There was blood on all four boards. India won both its two white boards and China reciprocated the same for a 2-2 score. All four games were decisive.

Ding Liren id

Ding Liren

Any country engaging China in team chess will stand to gain in the long run as it will count as exposure and experience. China’s main strength in chess is in team events and women events.

This Indo-China Summit will help India test its potential in handling stronger opponents in the team events. International Arbiter R. Anantharam will be the chief arbiter in this All India Chess Federation sponsored Rs.10,00,000 prize money contest.

Both India and China would also face each other next in the World Team Championship at Armenia this April. Therefore, this contest will offer the sides ample exposure in trying various team options and preparing for the strong European teams there.

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Mamedov may replace So at Gashimov Memorial

Saturday, February 28th, 2015


The 2nd Vugar Gashimov Memorial should take place on 16-25th April in Shamkir, Azerbaijan, ExtraTime.az reported.

The event will be a 10-player round robin. The list was announced on Chessdom on 9th February as:

World champion Magnus Carlsen (Norway, 2865), Fabiano Caruana (Italy, 2811), Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria, 2800), former world champion Viswanathan Anand (India, 2797), Anish Giri (Netherlands, 2797), Wesley So (USA, 2788), Vladimir Kramnik (Russia, 2783), Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France, 2775), Shakhriyar Mamedyarov(2759) and Teimour Radjabov (2731).

According to one of the participants, the 2015 champion of Azerbaijan GM Rauf Mamedov is likely to replace GM Wesley So, who is playing in the US Chess Championship until 14th April.

Teimour Radjabov said it is a great pleasure to have tournaments like Shamkir and World Cup organized in Azerbaijan. He added that Gashimov Memorial will probably be the strongest tournament this year.

Magnus Carlsen was the winner of the first Vugar Gashimov Memorial tournament in April last year.

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Tomashevsky leads FIDE Grand Prix

Saturday, February 28th, 2015


In a scenario repeating from the previous day, all games of the 11th round of the FIDE Grand Prix in Tbilisi were drawn.

The longest game of the round was Giri – Dominguez, where each player tried to win and reach shared third place. After more than six hours of play, nearly causing the delay of the closing ceremony, this game too finished in a draw.

The tournament winner Evgeny Tomashevsky (8/11), who already secured the trophy in the 10th round, maintained a 1,5 point advantage ahead of the second-placed Dmitry Jakovenko (6,5/11).

Tomashevsky earned 20,000 EUR prize money, 170 Grand Prix points and 30 elo points. He is now leading in the overall Grand Prix standings with one event to go. (Unofficial GP standings)

The Grand Prix was officially closed with a nice ceremony at the historic Tbilisi Sakrebulo (City Council).

The speeches of the officials and guests were intertwined with wonderful songs of a local choir.

On the stage were Giorgi Giorgadze, President of the Georgian Chess Federation, Israel Gelfer, Vice President of FIDE, Davit Narmania, Mayor of Tbilisi, Levan Kipiani, Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia, Zurab Azmaiparashvili, President of ECU, and Giorgi Alibegashvili, Chairman of the Tbilisi City Assembly, host of the evening.

The players were called on a stage as a group and were presented with gift boxes and local wine.

Mahir Mamedov, General Director of Socar Energy Georgia, the tournament sponsor, presented the winner Evgeny Tomashevsky with the cheque of 20,000 EUR.

The ceremony was followed with a photo session and reception for the guests.

Visit the photo gallery and replay the games.

Press conferences will be available in the video gallery. More content on the Georgian Chess Federation facebook page.

Photos by Goran Urosevic

Round 11 results:


Tomashevsky Evgeny 2716 – Radjabov Teimour 2731 ? – ?
Jobava Baadur 2696 – Andreikin Dmitry 2737 ? – ?
Jakovenko Dmitry 2733 – Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2705 ? – ?
Grischuk Alexander 2810 – Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2775 ? – ?
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2759 – Svidler Peter 2739 ? – ?
Giri Anish 2797 – Dominguez Perez Leinier 2726 ? – ?

Final standings:


1. Tomashevsky Evgeny 2716 RUS – 8
2. Jakovenko Dmitry 2733 RUS – 6?
3. Radjabov Teimour 2731 AZE – 6
4-7. Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2705 UZB, Dominguez Perez Leinier 2726 CUB, Giri Anish 2797 NED and Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2759 AZE – 5?
8-10. Grischuk Alexander 2810 RUS, Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2775 FRA and Jobava Baadur 2696 GEO – 5
11. Svidler Peter 2739 RUS – 4?
12. Andreikin Dmitry 2737 RUS – 4
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Zurab Azmaiparashvili: Without Mahir Mamedov this tournament would never happen

Saturday, February 28th, 2015


ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili and Chessdom editor Goran Urosevic have met in Tbilisi for a long interview on several important subjects – development of chess, events organization, sponsorship, European Chess Union and Batumi Chess Olympiad.

The interview will be published in two parts, with the second part coming up in few days.

Q: Mr.Azmaiparashvili, you have just returned to Tbilisi after a long trip, and now we are following the FIDE Grand Prix tournament. What are your impressions?

A: In all Grand Prix events we have top players and of course we expected an interesting tournament. Just, you know, it is always better to have greater diversity in number of countries represented. Unfortunately, since the event was originally planned for Tehran, some of the players could not play there, so now we have most of the players from Russia and neighboring countries. Nevertheless, from Russia are coming the top and well-respected players.

I didn’t expect that Evgeny Tomashevsky would lead in the tournament, but all these young boys are fantastic, they play wonderful chess, sometimes Andreikin is winning, sometimes Tomashevsky, it’s all great.


Q: Everyone I’ve spoken to here in Tbilisi said that they’ve never seen such a strong men’s tournament here in the city. Do you plan to continue with similar activities?

A: It all depends on the results of the Georgian players. Now I am speaking not as a chess player, but as President of ECU and organizer. So what is interesting for us? Of course I am a patriot. But should we just spend money to organize a tournament? Of course not.

Our aim is to have successful players in the future. We need the results. Without the results I cannot promise that this support for events will continue.

If you follow any kind of sport, if there is success, there follows sponsorship. If you are not successful, sorry, this sport will lose the support.

So what is the comparison between men and women chess tournaments. Why is Georgia organizing many women tournaments, also on the top world and European level. Everyone will remember that the 2004 World Championship in Elista was organized with Georgian money. Even if our girls are not winning first places in the recent years, they are nevertheless always fighting for the top.



Levan Kipiani, Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia, making the honorary move (Photo A.Karlovich)

Last year in Spain the Georgian team won the European Club Cup for women. This was very important! So for us, for the sponsors, for the government, for the general audience, it is crucial that the investment will be justified with the results.

We respect all the chess players, but Georgia is not rich enough to sponsor the whole chess world. So I would like to give an advice to Georgian men players, including Baadur Jobava: – Be more practical, more pragmatic, think about the greater good, and not only as an individual. If you think only about yourself, and you don’t think what is behind this, what kind of work is backing the whole structure of this tournament, then you will never understand what people are expecting from you.

Believe me, to organize this tournament, we had to do possible and impossible.

Q: This was actually my next question. How did you manage to prepare the tournament on such a short notice of only two months?

A: It is unbelievable work. We have to explain to the people that it as not possible just to go to the government and ask for 250,000 EUR for a chess tournament. Okay, we have very respected players here, Radjabov, Grischuk, Vachier-Lagrave, or Anish Giri, who is becoming Georgian son-in-law soon, but unfortunately even these names don’t mean much to our local authorities.

If you say Carlsen, yes they know Carlsen. If you say Kasparov, yes they know about him. If we say we have Jobava, yes they know about Jobava. We want to organize a Grand-Prix that Jobava will play in, that will help him to establish himself in the chess world. This they can understand, and this was our main argument to search support for the tournament.

And I have to tell you, without Mahir Mamedov, this tournament would never happen!



Mahir Mamedov and Nona Gaprindashvili (Photo Anastasya Karlovich)

Q: What was the role of Mahir Mamedov?

A: Mahir Mamedov had a key role in securing this tournament. And we all have to thank him.

We were in a meeting in Baku when FIDE realised there will be a problem with Tehran. Suddenly one FIDE official offered – “Why don’t you organize the Grand Prix in Georgia?”. I said – “Okay, but what is our target, honestly? Just to spend money? We are already spending a lot.” We had many women tournaments, including Women Grand Prix, and now we are preparing for the World Cup and Chess Olympiad. The answer was – “But you have Jobava.” Yes we have Jobava, an extremely talented player. But can we find 250,000 EUR just for the sake of his name?

Mahir Mamedov was there somewhere. He understood my doubts and he said – Okay, if you will find some money and you want to hold this tournament, SOCAR will be general sponsor and we will provide 50,000 EUR.” Just like this, in one sentence!

I said okay, I will try my best. And when I was knocking at the door of the government officials, Prime-minister’s cabinet etc, I could always say that we already have a sponsor.

And when I went to meet the Mayor of Tbilisi, Mr.David Narmania, with whom we are friends, I told him – “Listen, we have a sponsor, I want to organize this tournament in Georgia, can you at least help us with accommodation expenses.” We calculated the budget, he gave his word, we shook hands, and he fulfilled the promises. The government also helped us, and it is like this that we collected the money.

I believe FIDE understood our effort and will not press us if we didn’t complete all requirements according to the regulations from the handbook. But for us the most important was to provide all conditions for the players. The prize fund was transferred to FIDE long time ago. We found a good hotel in the very center of Tbilisi and the playing conditions are great. This was the most important. We worked very hard with Giorgi Giorgadze, President of Georgian Chess Federation, to achieve all this.



Chief Arbiter Faik Gasanov, Giorgi Giorgadze, Zurab Azmaiparashvili (Photo A.Karlovich)

By the way, do you see any sponsors here? No, it’s only SOCAR. It is extremely difficult to find a sponsor, believe me. But I have to repeat – people expect results. If there are no results, this kind of tournament will not happen in Georgia for the second time.

We have had many women events. Okay, the last Grand Prix was not successful for them, but they fought really hard. They will do better next time, and we will continue to support the women chess. We will host the Chess Olympiad and our aim is, please don’t think it’s a joke, to win the 2018 Women Olympiad.

If men could persuade us that they will try their best, and that they can finish in top 10, okay that would be something. But when I see that they finish 44th or something like this, I just don’t know how to help them! Can you tell me?

Georgia is spending huge money on rugby, but I can’t say anything against this. They have results. Of course they are losing to Ireland or England, but they are beating the rest of the European continent, including Romania, Portugal, Spain, Russia…
So people can see that the money invested in rugby is well spent. They are even more popular than football!

(Part 2 coming soon)

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Wesley So overcomes tough opposition to triumph at Bunratty weekender

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

Ireland’s annual Bunratty chess tournament is only a weekender but it has built an international reputation due to its ability to attract big names and its convivial ambience. Bunratty 2015 last weekend even boasted a world top-10 grandmaster. America’s Wesley So, 21, has shot up the chess ratings and performed well at Wijk last month. Bunratty invited So two years ago when he was still little known and he honoured his commitment although his natural arena now is elite all-play-alls. So was the top seed by a wide margin but still faced tough fights and had a close shave against David Norwood, a GM in his youth who abandoned serious chess to make his fortune in the City. Norwood’s remedy for his ignorance of current opening theory is simple. He opens 1 g3 as White and 1…g6 as Black, and the policy paid off when So tried to …

Source: GameKnot online chess news

2nd Vugar Gashimov Memorial (Update)

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

The 2nd Vugar Gashimov Memorial should take place on 16-25th April in Shamkir, Azerbaijan, ExtraTime.az reported.

The event will be a 10-player round robin. The list was announced on Chessdom on 9th February as:

World champion Magnus Carlsen (Norway, 2865), Fabiano Caruana (Italy, 2811), Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria, 2800), former world champion Viswanathan Anand (India, 2797), Anish Giri (Netherlands, 2797), Wesley So (USA, 2788), Vladimir Kramnik (Russia, 2783), Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France, 2775), Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (2759) and Teimour Radjabov (2731).

According to one of the participants, the 2015 champion of Azerbaijan GM Rauf Mamedov is likely to replace GM Wesley So, who is playing in the US Chess Championship until 14th April.

Teimour Radjabov said it is a great pleasure to have tournaments like Shamkir and World Cup organized in Azerbaijan. He added that Gashimov Memorial will probably be the strongest tournament this year.

Magnus Carlsen was the winner of the first Vugar Gashimov Memorial tournament in April last year.

Vugar Gashimov

Vugar Gashimov

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FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

Official FIDE logoA FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar is going to be organized from 25 to 28 March 2015 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, by the Saudi Chess Association and under the auspices of FIDE.

The Lecturers will be IA Shaker Alafoo (BAN), FIDE Lecturer and Assistant Lecturer will be FA Yasser Al Otaibi (KSA).

The language of the Seminar will be Arabic.

The Seminar will give FIDE Arbiter norms and titles, according to the Regulations for the titles of the Arbiters.

For more detailed information:
Yasser Al Otaibi, General Secretary of Saudi Chess Association
email : Saudi-chess@hotmail.com

IA Takis Nikolopoulos
Chairman
FIDE Arbiters’ Commission

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31st Cappelle-la-Grande Chess Open 2015 LIVE!

Saturday, February 28th, 2015
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31st Cappelle-la-Grande Chess Open 2015

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

The 31st International Chess Open Cappelle-la-Grande is organized by “L’Echiquier Cappellois” from 28th February to 7th March, 2015, at the Palais des Arts in Cappelle-la-Grande, France.

The event is a 9-round Swiss tournament with tempo of play 90?/ 40 + 30? + 30?.

Top seed is Chinese GM Li Chao (2728).

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