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Natalia Zhukova is 2015 European Women’s Champion

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

Natalia ZhukovaUkrainian Grandmaster Natalia Zhukova (2456) became the 2015 European Women’s Champion after defeating GM Elina Danielian (ARM 2458) in the final round of the European Individual Women’s Chess Championship in Chakvi, Georgia.

After a loss in the 2nd round from IM Lilit Galojan (2275) Zhukova made an amazing performance: 8.5 out of 9, to emerge sole winner with 9,5/11 points.

This is the second title for Zhukova, as she won the 1st European Individual Women’s Championship in 2000, also held in Georgia.

Silver medal went to Georgian hero IM Nino Batsiashvili (2473) who was leading until the very end of the tournament, and was stopped by the winner herself. Batsiashvili defeated WGM Aleksandra Goryachkina with Black and finished clear second with 9 points.

Bronze went to IM Alina Kashlinskaya (RUS 2423) with 8 points. She was one of the players from the group with 7 points, as well as GM Monika Socko (POL 2467), WGM Olga Girya (RUS 2479), IM Marina Guseva (RUS 2391) and IM Inna Gaponenko (UKR 2391). Kashlinskaya defeated 2013 European Champion GM Hoang Thanh Trang (HUN 2472) in the final round and jumped to the third place thanks to the draws of her colleagues.

Replay games with analysis

The 16th European Individual Women’s Chess Championship was held in Chakvi, Georgia, 18th to 30th May, 2015, in the hotel “Oazis Palace Chakvi”.

The Championship was organized by the government of Georgia, government of Adjarian Autonomous Republic and Georgian Chess Federation under the auspices of European Chess Union.

98 players from 19 countries took part in the event, among whom 9 GMs, 18 WGMs and 26 IMs.

Photos by Sopio Nikoladze / News by ECU

European Women Chess Championship r11

Final standings:

1. GM Zhukova Natalia UKR 2456 – 9.5
2. IM Batsiashvili Nino GEO 2473 – 9
3. IM Kashlinskaya Alina RUS 2423 – 8
4. GM Danielian Elina ARM 2458 – 7.5
5. IM Guseva Marina RUS 2391 – 7.5
6. WGM Girya Olga RUS 2479 – 7.5
7. GM Socko Monika POL 2467 – 7.5
8. IM Melia Salome GEO 2452 – 7.5
9. IM Gaponenko Inna UKR 2391 – 7.5
10. IM Kovalevskaya Ekaterina RUS 2450 – 7
11. IM Bodnaruk Anastasia RUS 2402 – 7
12. GM Khotenashvili Bela GEO 2527 – 7
13. IM Galliamova Alisa RUS 2478 – 7
14. WGM Goryachkina Aleksandra RUS 2474 – 7
15. IM Paehtz Elisabeth GER 2473 – 7
16. WGM Charochkina Daria RUS 2391 – 7
17. IM Mkrtchian Lilit ARM 2459 – 7
18. IM Savina Anastasia RUS 2417 – 6.5
19. GM Hoang Thanh Trang HUN 2472 – 6.5
20. IM Guramishvili Sopiko GEO 2370 – 6.5
21. IM Khurtsidze Nino GEO 2451 – 6.5
22. IM Atalik Ekaterina TUR 2392 – 6.5
23. IM Zimina Olga ITA 2339 – 6.5
24. IM Ziaziulkina Nastassia BLR 2423 – 6.5
25. IM Gvetadze Sofio GEO 2319 – 6.5
26. WGM Sandu Mihaela ROU 2300 – 6
27. IM Galojan Lilit ARM 2275 – 6
28. WGM Kursova Maria ARM 2267 – 6
29. IM Lomineishvili Maia GEO 2364 – 6
30. IM Arabidze Meri GEO 2403 – 6
31. WIM Abdulla Khayala AZE 2266 – 6
32. WGM Charkhalashvili Inga GEO 2318 – 6
33. WIM Fataliyeva Ulviyya AZE 2331 – 6
34. IM Sedina Elena ITA 2312 – 6
35. WGM Yildiz Betul Cemre TUR 2315 – 6
36. WGM Zawadzka Jolanta POL 2434 – 6
37. WGM Vojinovic Jovana SRB 2262 – 6
38. Vakhania Alexandra GEO 2130 – 6
39. WIM Ibrahimova Sabina AZE 2272 – 6
40. IM Matveeva Svetlana RUS 2380 – 6
41. WIM Umudova Nargiz AZE 2275 – 6
42. GM Arakhamia-Grant Ketevan SCO 2393 – 6
43. WGM Kazimova Narmin AZE 2259 – 6
44. IM Daulyte Deimante LTU 2402 – 6
45. WIM Mikadze Miranda GEO 2233 – 5.5
46. WGM Mamedjarova Zeinab AZE 2235 – 5.5
47. FM Stetsko Lanita BLR 2286 – 5.5
48. WGM Mammadzada Gunay AZE 2336 – 5.5
49. GM Ushenina Anna UKR 2467 – 5.5
50. WGM Schleining Zoya GER 2375 – 5.5
51. WGM Mammadova Gulnar AZE 2293 – 5.5
52. WIM Isgandarova Khayala TUR 2243 – 5.5
53. WGM Ozturk Kubra TUR 2235 – 5.5
54. WFM Kiolbasa Oliwia POL 2223 – 5.5
55. WFM Khomeriki Nino GEO 2228 – 5.5
56. WFM Gevorgyan Maria ARM 2190 – 5
57. WIM Zaksaite Salomeja LTU 2203 – 5
58. WIM Imnadze Nato GEO 2196 – 5
59. WFM Zhorzholiani Meri GEO 2071 – 5
60. WGM Szczepkowska-Horowska Karina POL 2412 – 5
61. WCM Mammadova Narmin AZE 2117 – 5
62. IM Ovod Evgenija RUS 2320 – 5
63. WFM Belenkaya Dina RUS 2235 – 5
64. WIM Hairapetian Anna ARM 2192 – 5
65. WIM Osmanodja Filiz GER 2352 – 5
66. WIM Baraeva Marina RUS 2204 – 5
67. WIM Kasoshvili Tsiala GEO 2179 – 5
68. WIM Gavasheli Ana GEO 2122 – 5
69. WFM Bokuchava Madona GEO 2063 – 5
70. WIM Unuk Laura SLO 2213 – 5
71. GM Stefanova Antoaneta BUL 2512 – 4.5
72. WFM Sviridova Vlada RUS 2087 – 4.5
73. WCM Balajayeva Khanim AZE 2130 – 4.5
74. Gaboyan Susanna ARM 2153 – 4.5
75. WIM Topel Zehra TUR 2179 – 4.5
76. IM Petrenko Svetlana MDA 2207 – 4.5
77. Choladze Mariam GEO 1989 – 4.5
78. WFM Jalaghonia Nino GEO 1865 – 4.5
79. WFM Martynkova Olena UKR 2165 – 4.5
80. IM Javakhishvili Lela GEO 2472 – 4
81. WGM Khmiadashvili Tamar GEO 2043 – 4
82. WFM Santeramo Alessia ITA 2118 – 4
83. WGM Khurtsilava Inga GEO 2212 – 4
84. Ivanova Tatiana RUS 2121 – 4
85. WFM Jibuti Nata GEO 1694 – 4
86. Lomaia Diana GEO 1449 – 4
87. WFM Hojjatova Aydan AZE 2168 – 3.5
88. WFM Folkova Martina CZE 2134 – 3.5
89. Ghukasyan Siranush ARM 2100 – 3.5
90. Kuchava Ana GEO 2135 – 3.5
91. Tevzadze Mariam GEO 1834 – 3
92. Tskhadadze Anna RUS 1938 – 3
93. WIM Korenova Martina CZE 2241 – 3
94. Mammadova Aysel AZE 1862 – 3
95. Soyunlu Narmin AZE 1891 – 3
96. GM Dzagnidze Nana GEO 2570 – 2.5
97. WFM Lingur Zalina RUS 2057 – 2
98. Chanturia Tamar GEO 1688 – 2

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Maksim Chigaev wins 2015 Vanya Somov’s Memorial

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

The 13th World’s Youth Stars tournament, dedicated to the memory of Vanya Somov, took place from 19-30th May at the Palace of Culture KINEF in Kirishi, Leningrad region, Russia.

The tournament was a 12-player, single round-robin event valid for IM-norms.

Top seed IM Maksim Chigaev from St. Petersburg won the tournament with 8,0/11 points, half a point ahead of Georgian FM Giorgi Sibashvili who claimed an IM norm.

Replay games with analysis

Final standings:

1. IM Chigaev Maksim RUS 2496 – 8
2. FM Sibashvili Giorgi GEO 2361 – 7.5
3-4. IM Kozionov Kirill RUS 2396 – 7
4 FM Esipenko Andrey RUS 2350 – 7
5-6. Kazakovskiy Valeriy BLR 2346 – 6.5
6 IM Zenzera Alexey RUS 2442 – 6.5
7. FM Perske Thore GER 2416 – 6
8. FM Marek Matyas CZE 2283 – 5.5
9. IM Khanin Semen RUS 2407 – 4.5
10. FM Erenberg Ariel ISR 2248 – 4
11. FM Gadimbayli Abdulla AZE 2301 – 3
12. Tishova Svetlana RUS 1942 – 0.5

Tournament website

Vanya Somov Memorial

The playing hall in Kirishi

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Asian Youth Chess Championship 2015

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

Asian Youth Chess Championship 2015Korea Chess Federation under the auspice of Asian Chess Federation have the honour of inviting all FIDE affiliated Asian National Chess Federations to participate in 2015 Asian Youth Chess Championship (U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 & U18 Open and Girls) in Suwon, Korea from 3rd August (arrival) to 11th August (departure) 2015.

Tournament regulations:

- The championship will be 9 round Swiss. Sections with 11-16 players will be 7 round Swiss. Sections with 10 or fewer players will be played Round-Robin or merged with other sections.
- Rate of play will be 90 minutes for the whole game plus 30 seconds increments for every move.
- The Championship will be FIDE rated and shall follow the FIDE Law of Chess.
- FIDE Tie-Break system will be used.

Participation:

- Invited (official) players: Every Asian National Chess Federation can register one official player in each category (under 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 & 18 years old, Open and Girls) totaling a maximum of 12 invited players.
- Also the players placed 1-3 in the 2014 Asian Youth (and Cadet) Chess Championship shall have the personal right to participate. No replacement from other categories can be made in case there is no official player in one category.
- Additional (extra) players: Up to 5 additional (extra) players can also be registered in each category by each National Federation. Extra players are responsible for their own costs.
- The players must be below the respective age on or before 1st January 2015.

Registration and Entry Fees:

- The registration form must be completed for all players, accompanying persons and the head of the delegation.
- The registration form must be filled and returned to the Organizers by the National Federations no later than 9th June 2015 . A copy of passport and an ID photo (in JPG/JPEG format) must also be sent to the organizers by the date.
- An entry fee of 75USD is required for all official players and 150 USD for all extra players. The entry fee includes participation in “World Youth Mind Sports Games” chess events 8th~9th August. The entry fee is not refundable.
- A registration fee of 100USD must be paid by all players (official and extra), every accompanying person and all other members of delegation including the head of the delegation.
- The registration fee includes Accreditation Badge and transportation from the airport to the official hotel (3rd August) with return on the departure day (11th August).
- Late entries after 9th June will be subject to availability and at the discretion of the organizers. Late entries after 9th June, if accepted by the organizers, have to pay extra registration fee of 50USD.

Venue and Accommodation:

- The championship will be played in Kyung Hee University.
- Accommodation and full board will be provided by the organizers at Kyung Hee University Youth Hostel in Suwon (30km South from Seoul).
- All participants and all accompanying persons are obliged to lodge at the official accommodation. Bookings of the official accommodation for the event must be done through the organizers only.
- All official players, 1 player per country in each category, the players placed 1-3 in the 2014 Asian Youth (and Cadet) Chess Championship and 1 head of delegation per country are entitled to free full board and lodging for 8 nights starting from 3rd August to 11th August at the official hostel.
- All extra players and all accompanying persons must pay the cost for full board and lodging 80USD per person per day.

Contact Details:

All registration forms, passport copies and ID photos must be sent to 2015AYCC@gmail.com

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15-Year-Old Wei Yi Wins First National Title

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

China’s biggest talent made the next step in his career. On Friday 15-year-old GM Wei Yi finished clear first at the Chinese Championship, ahead of former champions GMs Ding Liren, Wang Hao and Yu Yangyi.
The Chinese Championship …

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Cheating Controversy At European Women’s Championship (Updated)

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

A surprisingly good result by one of the players at the European Women’s Championship has caused a cheating controversy after the organizers granted a request from players to delay the transmission of the live games.
The…

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French Top 12 (2015) LIVE!

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

The French Highest League for men TOP-12 is taking place from 30th May to 9th June, 2015 in the seaside resort of Le Grau-du-Roi, and its marina Port-Camargue.

This year’s participants include Vandoeuvre, Bischwiller, Chalons-en-Champagne, Poitiers-Migne, Clichy, Evry Grand Roque, Philidor Mulhouse, Bois-Colombes, Strasbourg, Montpellier, Metz Fischer, Grasse.

Among the participants are players like Wesley So, Anish Giri, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, David Navara, Laurent Fressinet, Etienne Bacrot, etc.

The first round is May 30th at 16:30 CET. All other rounds start at 15:30 CET

Replay the games from Top 12 (2014) where the team of Clichy made a three-peat, see the final report here

Official website / Live games with analysis / Live games with statistics / Play free online chess

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FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar in Muscat, Oman – Results

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Official FIDE logoFrom 20 to 24 May 2015 a FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar was organized in Muscat, Oman, by the Oman Chess Committee, in cooperation with the Asian Chess Federation and under the auspices of FIDE.

The lecturer was IA Dr. Hesham Elgendy (EGY), FIDE Lecturer.

The lectures were in Arabic language.

Eighteen (18) Arbiters from Oman participated in the Seminar.

All of them participated in the examination test, held after the end of the lectures and the following succeeded in the test and will be awarded the title of the FIDE Arbiter (according to the article 3.10 of the regulations for the titles of Arbiters) and after the approval of the next FIDE Congress:

FIDE I.D. / Name
22000321 Al Balushi, Afra
- Al Hinai, Hamdan
22000593 Al Balushi, Ruqaya
22000283 Al Raisi, Ameer
22000194 Al Hadidi, Khalid
22000692 Al Raisi, Ahmed
- Al Hinai, Ahmed
22000690 Al Raisi, Anas
22000275 Al Raisi, Yasser

IA Takis Nikolopoulos
Chairman
FIDE Arbiters’ Commission

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World Youth U-16 Chess Olympiad 2015

Friday, May 29th, 2015

World Youth U-16 Chess Olympiad 2015The Mongolian Chess Federation (MCF) will organize the World U-16 Youth Chess Olympiad in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia from 19th August (Arrival) to 29th August (Departure) conducted under the auspices of FIDE.

The tournament venue is Chinggis Hotel, Ulaanbaatar.

The tournament shall be run on a 10 Round Swiss System. Each match between teams will be conducted over 4 boards. 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game with 30 seconds increment from the first move. 15 min default time is applied.

Participation:
- Players who shall not have reached the age of 16, by January 1st 2015, (Date of Birth 1999 and after) are entitled to participate.
- Each FIDE member federation has the right to send one team having free board and lodging from 19th to 29th August 2015.
- Each team shall comprise of 4 players and 1 reserve (one of whom must be a girl) and 1 captain with valid license as FIDE Trainer . (FIDE HB B. IV. 09. 5.)
- They have to pay only the 100 EUR/person registration (organizing) fee and 100 EUR/team FIDE entry fee.
- FIDE member federations have the right to send additional (extra) teams to U16 Olympiad fully on their own costs.
- The deadline for entry is 19th July 2015. The participating Federation should apply for their registrations via the “Registration Form”.

Members of the additional teams and other accompanying persons shall also pay for accommodation and meals by themselves.

Official website is: http://wyco2015.mongolchess.mn
Useful Contact Numbers: (+44) 7525 0318 43
Tel.: (+976) 7748 0169
E-mail: wyco2015@mongolchess.mn

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Watch Chess Champ Magnus Carlsen Win Three Games at Once (While Blindfolded)

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Magnus Carlsen is a 24-year-old chess mastermind, who’s currently the top-rated chess player in the world — and the highest-rated player in the history of chess, period. In 2013, TIME named Carlsen one of the 100 most influential people in the world. At the recent Sohn Conference in New York, the Norwegian chess grandmaster took on three opponents simultaneously — and he was completely blindfolded. This meant he had to visualize the three games in his mind while playing against the clock. Sounds tough, but Carlsen was up for the challenge. Watch the drama unfold in the clip above. …

Source: GameKnot online chess news

CHESS Magazine – June 2015

Friday, May 29th, 2015

CHESS Magazine – June 2015
Battle of the Legends!

Magazine, 60 pages

UK’s most popular CHESS Magazine – established 1935! All the regular features of the UK’s best-selling CHESS magazine plus more! In this issue:

  • Nakamura Captures Fourth U.S. Championship – Wesley So made the headlines, Hikaru Nakamura the winning moves.
  • Wesley’s Wrongdoing – Lara Barnes discusses So-Gate and other cases of rule-breaking
  • When Talent meets Opportunity – Janis Nisii reports from the Vugar Gashimov Memorial
  • Guildford Dominates – Roger Emerson’s teams were too strong in the final 4NCL weekend
  • Going Places – Matthew Lunn with the main action from Division 2 of the 4NCL
  • Winning Ways – Danny Gormally returned to the winners’ enclosure in Wakefield
  • Not Done Yet – Mickey Adams spoke to Janis Nisii after the Gashimov Memorial
  • From Tournament to Tournament You Fight for your Life! – Vishy Anand reveals how he still has the competitive streak
  • Across the Board – Daniel King on Dominic Lawson’s chess-themed interviews

Plus all the regular features such as: How Good is Your Chess?, Saunders on Chess, Find the Winning Moves, Never Mind the Grandmasters, Studies, Home & Overseas News, Calendar and Book Reviews.

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Source: The Week in Chess

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