Archive for June, 2015

Sergei Tiviakov returns to Rilton: Brief interview

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

The 45th Rilton Cup Chess Festival is scheduled to take place from 27th December, 2015 to 5th January, 2016, in Clarion Hotel Stockholm, in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden and the most populous city in the Nordic region.

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Dutch player GM Sergei Tiviakov returns to the Swedish tournament Rilton Cup – after 25 years. You can find a brief interview with him below.

GM Sergei Tiviakov

Welcome to Rilton Cup 2015/2016, exactly 25 years since your last visit in this tournament. What do you remember from that tournament?
ST: Then I just started playing in the tournaments abroad. And it was incredibly interesting for me to visit a capital of a new country. Still Sweden remains a relatively rare country for me with only 3 visits. About the tournament I don’t remember much besides sharing a room with a very  experienced Soviet GM Bagirov, from him I learned lot of interesting things about chess and chess players.

What can you say about swedish players? Anyone you know? Any own favourite among Swedish players?
ST: I know all Swedish chess players, incl. those I haven’t seen on chess board for a long time (incl. T. Ernst). Of course, U. Andersson remains my favourite player and whom I respect most.

So when you are in Sweden – shall we expect a Scandinavian Opening from you?
ST: Yes, I will definitely play it if I will have to play against someone choosing 1.e4

From this year Rilton Cup has Sofia rules – no draw offer before move 31. What do you think about that?
ST: I don’t like such rules, frankly speaking. Sometimes tournament situation requires a quick draw for tactical purposes in the tournament. Or to get a rest!


Abhijeet Gupta wins Commonwealth Chess Championship

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Grandmaster and former world junior champion Abhijeet Gupta won the 2015 Commonwealth Chess Championship after settling for a quick draw with Arghyadip Das in the ninth and final round of the event.

The 2015 Commonwealth Chess Championship was held from 22-30th June at Hotel Park Plaza, Shahdara, New Delhi, India.

The event has attracted 298 participants from 11 federations, including 23 Grandmasters and 30 International Masters. Full standings below.

Abhijeet Gupta lifting the trophy

Abhijeet Gupta lifting the trophy

Gupta, a winner of this event in 2013 in Port Elizabeth, regained the crown with a very impressive eight points out of a possible nine, winning the first seven games in the championship and drawing the last two with utmost ease.

“I guess I was doing well right from the start, I got off with some victories and it was nice to win seven games in a row, I could not remember the last time I did that in any International event. I guess my seventh round victory was the most important and it came rather quickly as Deep Sengupta was not so well prepared which I found a bit unusual but obviously took it!” said Gupta on his excellent victory.

Commonwealth Chess Championship 2015

Arghyadip Das came second winning the silver ahead of M R Lalith Babu who won his game to claim the Bronze medal.

In the Women’s section, Padmini Rout, S Vijayalakshmi and S Meenakshi all won their games to take the medals.

As the tie was resolved Rout won the gold, Vijayalakshmi won silver while Meenakshi won the bronze.

Official website

Final standings:

1 GM Gupta Abhijeet IND 2605 – 8
2 IM Das Arghyadip IND 2459 – 7.5
3 GM Lalith Babu M.R. IND 2563 – 7.5
4 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J. IND 2497 – 7.5
5 GM Sengupta Deep IND 2571 – 7
6 IM Ramnath Bhuvanesh.R IND 2420 – 7
7 GM Karthikeyan Murali IND 2502 – 7
8 GM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. IND 2504 – 7
9 IM Padmini Rout IND 2441 – 7
10 IM Mohammad Minhaz Uddin BAN 2439 – 7
11 IM Vijayalakshmi Subbaraman IND 2342 – 7
12 WGM Meenakshi Subbaraman IND 2153 – 7
13 Visakh Nr IND 2375 – 6.5
14 GM Kunte Abhijit IND 2483 – 6.5
15 IM Akash G IND 2354 – 6.5
16 GM Ankit R. Rajpara IND 2461 – 6.5
17 Sanjay N. IND 2310 – 6.5
18 IM Nitin S. IND 2357 – 6.5
19 GM Sriram Jha IND 2396 – 6.5
20 GM Rahman Ziaur BAN 2500 – 6.5
21 IM Ravi Teja S. IND 2403 – 6.5
22 IM Krishna C.R.G. IND 2393 – 6.5
23 Siva Mahadevan IND 2125 – 6.5
24 Yashas D. IND 2098 – 6.5
25 FM Mehar Chinna Reddy C.H. IND 2341 – 6.5
26 Lakshmi Narayanan M V IND 2193 – 6.5
27 IM Rathnakaran K. IND 2424 – 6.5
28 Singh Y. Dhanabir IND 2125 – 6.5
29 GM Neelotpal Das IND 2462 – 6.5
30 Kumar Gaurav IND 2197 – 6.5
31 Vignesh Nr IND 2399 – 6
32 GM Grover Sahaj IND 2509 – 6
33 GM Murshed Niaz BAN 2457 – 6
34 FM Van Der Nat Nicholas RSA 2348 – 6
35 FM K. Praneeth Surya IND 2305 – 6
36 IM Sunilduth Lyna Narayanan IND 2462 – 6
37 Michelle Catherina P IND 2220 – 6
38 Saurabh Anand IND 2049 – 6
39 Dhananjay IND 2222 – 6
40 Jayakumaar S IND 2072 – 6
41 Lokesh N. IND 2163 – 6
42 FM Raghunandan Kaumandur Srihari IND 2293 – 6
43 GM Laxman R.R. IND 2417 – 6
44 FM Ahmed Sk. Nasir BAN 2308 – 6
45 Sai Vishwesh.C IND 2274 – 6
46 Rajdeep Sarkar IND 2263 – 6
47 Iniyan P IND 2171 – 6
48 Prasannaa.S IND 2193 – 6
49 Sammed Jaykumar Shete IND 2071 – 6
50 Bhatt Jalpan IND 2025 – 6
51 IM Himanshu Sharma IND 2420 – 5.5
52 Shailesh Dravid IND 2086 – 5.5
53 Athul Krishna S IND 1992 – 5.5
54 Krishna Teja N IND 2263 – 5.5
55 IM Phiri Richmond ZAM 2305 – 5.5
56 Arpan Das IND 2293 – 5.5
57 Harikrishnan.A.Ra IND 2357 – 5.5
58 Harsha Bharathakoti IND 2332 – 5.5
59 Hemant Sharma (del) IND 2266 – 5.5
60 IM Sardana Rishi AUS 2383 – 5.5
61 Srinath Rao S.V. IND 2204 – 5.5
62 Gusain Himal IND 2308 – 5.5
63 CM Nihal Sarin IND 2096 – 5.5
64 Gajwa Ankit IND 2107 – 5.5
65 Thanki Hemal Karsanji IND 2117 – 5.5
66 FM Ram Aravind L N IND 2179 – 5.5
67 IM Mohota Nisha IND 2277 – 5.5
68 Navalgund Niranjan IND 2258 – 5.5
69 Srijit Paul IND 1881 – 5.5
70 WGM Gomes Mary Ann IND 2353 – 5.5
71 WIM Ivana Maria Furtado IND 2212 – 5.5
72 WGM Kulkarni Bhakti IND 2256 – 5.5
73 WGM Soumya Swaminathan IND 2363 – 5.5
74 WFM Vaishali R IND 2256 – 5.5
75 IM Tania Sachdev IND 2413 – 5.5
76 Gandhi Anish IND 1946 – 5.5
77 Arjun Kalyan IND 1925 – 5.5
78 Pardeep Arora IND 2032 – 5.5
79 Arvind Shastry IND 2244 – 5.5
80 IM Van Den Heever Donovan RSA 2254 – 5.5
81 Gurung Rakesh IND 2168 – 5.5
82 Sumit Grover IND 2000 – 5.5
83 CM Nitish Belurkar IND 2282 – 5.5
84 WIM Nandhidhaa Pv IND 2176 – 5.5
85 WFM Srija Seshadri IND 2219 – 5.5
86 FM Praggnanandhaa R IND 2103 – 5.5
87 GM Roy Chowdhury Saptarshi IND 2391 – 5
88 Sekar B IND 2194 – 5
89 Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad IND 2178 – 5
90 WIM Pratyusha Bodda IND 2126 – 5
91 IM Akshat Khamparia IND 2401 – 5
92 Aurangabadkar Prasad IND 2015 – 5
93 Abhilash Reddy M.L. IND 2225 – 5
94 WGM Swathi Ghate IND 2279 – 5
95 WFM Saranya J IND 2128 – 5
96 Sai Agni Jeevitesh J IND 2238 – 5
97 Erigaisi Arjun IND 2120 – 5
98 Ajay Krishna S IND 2220 – 5
99 Mota Pankit IND 1850 – 5
100 IM Chakravarthi Reddy M IND 2320 – 5
101 Rakesh Kumar Nayak IND 2132 – 5
102 Sharma Vibhav IND 1738 – 5
103 Ganesh R IND 2139 – 5
104 Shelke Sankarsha IND 1984 – 5
105 WIM Thipsay Bagyashree Sathe IND 2092 – 5
106 Harsh Mangesh Ghag IND 1823 – 5
107 Selvabharathy T IND 1971 – 5
108 Shweta Gole IND 1992 – 5
109 Joshi Govind Ballabh IND 2101 – 5
110 Subhayan Kundu IND 1801 – 5
111 Vipul Subhashi IND 2152 – 5
112 Anand Nadar IND 1982 – 5
113 Muthaiah Al IND 2159 – 5
114 Patil Pratik IND 2164 – 5
115 Madhurima Shekhar IND 2046 – 5
116 Jyothilal N. IND 2001 – 5
117 Ganguly Ritabroto IND 1924 – 5
118 WFM Monnisha Gk IND 2158 – 5
119 Nandan Buragohain IND 1871 – 5
120 Dhanush Bharadwaj IND 1971 – 5
121 Abhinav Gola IND 1946 – 5
122 Ojas Kulkarni IND 1952 – 5
123 Hemanth Raam IND 2103 – 5
124 WIM Hamid Rani BAN 2023 – 5
125 Kadav Omkar IND 1820 – 5
126 WGM Kiran Manisha Mohanty IND 2160 – 4.5
127 Ashutosh Kumar IND 1926 – 4.5
128 IM Saptarshi Roy IND 2452 – 4.5
129 Majumdar Chandrasish IND 2165 – 4.5
130 Arjun K IND 2034 – 4.5
131 Abhishek Das IND 2233 – 4.5
132 Aaditya Jagadeesh IND 1892 – 4.5
133 Soham Datar IND 1956 – 4.5
134 Arjun Satheesh IND 1991 – 4.5
135 Alahakoon Isuru SRI 2040 – 4.5
136 Senthil Maran K IND 2063 – 4.5
137 IM Lodhi Mahmood PAK 2339 – 4.5
138 Choudhary Jitendra Kumar IND 2076 – 4.5
139 FM Matta Vinay Kumar IND 2227 – 4.5
140 FM Oberholzer Francois RSA 1930 – 4.5
141 Anustoop Biswas IND 1876 – 4.5
142 Sharma Pankaj IND 1819 – 4.5
143 Soham Das IND 1894 – 4.5
144 Darpan Inani IND 1999 – 4.5
145 WFM Mahalakshmi M IND 2117 – 4.5
146 Didwania Vishal IND 1952 – 4.5
147 WFM Tarini Goyal IND 1856 – 4.5
148 WIM Parnali S Dharia IND 2077 – 4.5
149 Chakravarthy Y V K IND 2047 – 4.5
150 Toshali V IND 1853 – 4.5
151 Arka Sengupta IND 1901 – 4.5
152 IM Weerawardane Romesh SRI 2110 – 4.5
153 Kaushik Shubham IND 1888 – 4.5
154 Kishan Gangolli IND 2022 – 4.5
155 Ishaan Bansal IND 1710 – 4.5
156 Nair Sanjeev IND 1827 – 4.5
157 Kumthekar Shubham IND 1922 – 4.5
158 Panesar Vedant IND 1835 – 4.5
159 Satkar Chirag IND 1977 – 4.5
160 Divya Lakshmi R IND 1807 – 4.5
161 Raunak Mondal IND 1767 – 4.5
162 Barath M IND 1943 – 4.5
163 Debashish Dutta IND 2111 – 4.5
Gukesh D IND 1801 – 4.5
165 Santanu Borpatra Gohain IND 2061 – 4.5
166 Ashar Grishma IND 1599 – 4.5
167 Pranav V IND 1496 – 4.5
168 Arjun Adappa IND 2021 – 4.5
169 Sanjeet Manohar IND 1948 – 4.5
170 Prithu Gupta IND 1638 – 4.5
171 FM Tiwari Ashwani IND 2044 – 4.5
172 Deepak Katiyar IND 2144 – 4
173 WCM Ananya Suresh IND 1905 – 4
174 Saksham Rautela IND 1805 – 4
175 Aansh Gupta IND 1915 – 4
176 Aditya Basu IND 1900 – 4
177 Isha Sharma IND 1812 – 4
178 Manush Shah IND 2020 – 4
179 Ritam Nag IND 1864 – 4
180 Saptorshi Gupta IND 1861 – 4
181 Harikrishnan A (kottayam) IND 1694 – 4
182 Rohit Vassan S IND 1847 – 4
183 Likhit Chilukuri IND 1872 – 4
184 Gowtham K K IND 1789 – 4
185 Joshi Abhijeet IND 1871 – 4
186 WCM Tejaswini Sagar IND 2019 – 4
187 Shenvi Pratik IND 1863 – 4
188 Vakil Akhtara IND 1927 – 4
189 Sudarshan Malga IND 2047 – 4
190 Sadhu S Adithya IND 1915 – 4
191 Das Susobhit IND 1788 – 4
192 Krithigga K IND 1686 – 4
193 Rajesh Kumar Nayak IND 1727 – 4
194 Nehete Akshay S IND 1775 – 4
195 Shivam Verma IND 1699 – 4
196 WIM Solomons Anzel RSA 1890 – 4
197 Nishant Malhotra IND 2207 – 4
198 Akil A S J IND 1903 – 4
199 Shreyas S Nikam IND 1716 – 4
200 Vardan Nagpal IND 1706 – 4
201 Sanjay S Pillai IND 1778 – 4
202 WFM Arpita Mukherjee IND 2094 – 4
203 Prabhugaonkar Aditee Aman IND 1736 – 4
204 Weerasinghe C C SRI 1700 – 4
205 Ajish A IND 1410 – 4
206 Shubham Shukla IND 1768 – 3.5
207 Adhithya S IND 2115 – 3.5
208 Kamdar Udit IND 1793 – 3.5
209 Manu David Suthandram R IND 1665 – 3.5
210 Jaspreet Singh IND 1635 – 3.5
211 Godbole Atharva IND 2016 – 3.5
212 Manu M IND 1801 – 3.5
213 Shah Rutvi IND 1530 – 3.5
214 Jagdeep Singh Sudan IND 1786 – 3.5
215 Shegaonkar Akshay IND 1751 – 3.5
216 Arijith M IND 1714 – 3.5
217 Ankitha Goud Palle IND 1585 – 3.5
218 Swarup Dey Sarkar IND 1749 – 3.5
219 WFM February Jesse Nikki RSA 1749 – 3.5
220 Priyamvada Karamcheti IND 1741 – 3.5
221 Harshini A IND 1698 – 3.5
222 Anshul Mehta IND 1571 – 3.5
223 Rajarshi Dutta IND 1809 – 3.5
224 CM Modi Sachin RSA 1739 – 3.5
225 Arpan Das (jr) IND 1644 – 3.5
226 Kumar Naveen IND 1636 – 3.5
227 Jatinder Kapoor IND 1777 – 3.5
228 Kolver Chris RSA 1958 – 3.5
229 Dave Sneh IND 1791 – 3.5
230 Dushyant Sharma IND 1652 – 3.5
231 Dave Shiv Shankar IND 1659 – 3.5
232 Beling Ricardo RSA 1699 – 3.5
233 Lim Kian Hwa MAS 1832 – 3.5
234 Devanshi Rathi IND 1594 – 3.5
235 Bathula Abhinav Reddy IND 1811 – 3.5
236 Hanif Mollah BAN 1847 – 3.5
237 Vidya Sagar J.B.M. IND 1587 – 3.5
238 Gopikrishna N. IND 1633 – 3.5
239 Kavisha S Shah IND 1616 – 3.5
240 Dutta Debarghya IND 1404 – 3.5
241 Waqas Ahmad Chaudhary PAK 0 – 3.5
242 GM Koneru Humpy IND 2589 – 3
243 CM Milligan Helen NZL 1982 – 3
244 Sahil Tickoo IND 1894 – 3
245 Thawalampola Banuka Neranjan SRI 1738 – 3
246 Vikash Nishad IND 1631 – 3
247 Panda Raj Santosh IND 1540 – 3
248 Rana Sufyan PAK 0 – 3
249 Kumar Prabhat IND 1650 – 3
250 Samuel Caleb RSA 1707 – 3
251 Van Niekerk Megan RSA 1568 – 3
252 Hardik Joshi IND 1734 – 3
253 WFM Reid Vaness AUS 1859 – 3
254 Shrutarshi Ray IND 1993 – 3
255 Kavya Srishti K IND 1512 – 3
256 Nirmal Kakra IND 1721 – 3
Dinesh Kumar Gupta IND 1571 – 3
258 WIM Chevannes Sabrina L ENG 2228 – 3
259 Joy Pankaj Shah IND 1656 – 3
260 Parvathy S.L IND 1557 – 3
261 Avhra Biswas IND 1497 – 3
262 Wasif Zenobia PAK 1627 – 3
263 Gokulakrishnan.M IND 1626 – 3
264 Kolver Michelle RSA 1540 – 3
265 De Beer Rene RSA 1457 – 3
266 Apeksha Khyati Tigga IND 1271 – 3
267 Aryagopal IND 1372 – 3
268 Shah Anila Kishorekumar IND 1372 – 3
269 CM Ahmed Fuad MDV 1797 – 2.5
270 Potluri Saye Srreezza IND 1762 – 2.5
271 Anil Verma IND 1701 – 2.5
272 Maruthi Mohan IND 1458 – 2.5
273 Raghav Bansal IND 1297 – 2.5
274 Subendu Chakraborty IND 1534 – 2.5
275 Raj Singh IND 1494 – 2.5
276 Pranav Sharma IND 1530 – 2.5
277 Akhilesh K. Srivastava IND 1476 – 2.5
278 Jain Saurabh IND 1217 – 2.5
279 Mehul Pasari IND 1207 – 2.5
280 Akshitha Goud Pally IND 1156 – 2.5
281 Ashwani Kumar Grover IND 1663 – 2
282 Muhammad Haider Ullah Khan PAK 0 – 2
283 Dafal Aishwaryaditya IND 1302 – 2
284 Shah Mihir IND 1360 – 2
285 Sambhav Jain IND 1237 – 2
286 Essop Rashied RSA 0 – 2
287 Shankar Murthy IND 1340 – 2
288 Ismail Zain Mohamed MDV 0 – 2
289 Aditya Mahajan IND 0 – 2
290 Anshul Mahajan IND 0 – 1.5
291 Lourenco Eva NZL 0 – 1.5
292 Ghanira PAK 0 – 1.5
293 GM Vaibhav Suri IND 2551 – 1
294 Vinayak Seth IND 1721 – 1
295 Komal Gupta IND 1045 – 1
296 Aryan Singh IND 0 – 1
297 Mehul Pasari IND 0 – 0
298 Senthil D Y IND 0 – 0


Nisipeanu Still Tops Dortmund After Wild Third Round

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

The Sparkassen Chess Meeting is just three rounds old but has seen many great games already. After another spectacular round, GM Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu still leads.
Photo courtesy of Sparkassen Chess.
What a tournament has this …

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Filipino GM Roland Salvador wins Expo Chess in Milan

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Eventually everything turned out exactly the way it was supposed to. Top seed GM Roland Salvador, from Philippines, won “Expo Milan Chess Move 2015”, hosted in Milan 20th to 28th June, during Expo, the world biggest event about food and nutrition.

Salvador had a soft start with a loss to 17 y. o. Aleksandra Dadello, from Poland, but he finished the “International” tournament with 7,5 points out of 9, leaving Russian Timur Radionov (16 y. o.) one point behind, while Italian Matteo Zoldan and Aleksandra Dadello shared third place with 6 points.

Nicola-Alexandru Mircov, from Romania, was the real surprise of the whole chess festival. Mircov, who was 12th on the starting list in the “national” group, emerged as the clear winner of the tournament with 6,5 point out of 7, leaving top seed Nicola D’Alfonso (from Milan) and Heorhiy Mintenko (Hungary) one and a half point behind.

Roland Salvador

Roland Salvador

No surprises from “regional” group, where top seeds Riccardo Cavalieri (16 y. o.) and Giancarlo Aloe placed 1st and 2nd with 6,5 and 5 points out of 7 respectively, while Sergio Alessandro from Varese got third place with 4,5 points.

48 players took part in the festival, but “Expo Milan Chess Move” recorded globally 240 players considering the regional stage for U16 Italian team championship (played on Sunday the 21st), blitz marathon and U14 semi blitz tournament (which took place on Saturday the 27th).

As already announced, regional stage of U16 Italian team championship was won by a team from Accademia Scacchi Milano, that is among the organizers, together with Asd Chess Projects.


IM Vojtech Plat, 21, from Czech Republic won the blitz marathon, which lasted from the first morning to evening. Plat won with a perfect 32 out of 32 (!), followed by FM Luca Moroni, 15, who scored a good 28/32 and by Serbian GM Miroljub Lazic, who placed third with 26; FM Franco Misiano from Milan performed well too and place 4th with 24 points.

Together with the marathon in the afternoon the Steam Factory hosted the U14 semi blitz tournament, which was a stage for Challenge Italia Giovani: Leo Titze from Milan emerged as the clear winner with a perfect 6/6, followed by Alessandro Soler (2nd) and Michelangelo Astudillo (3rd).

Vojtech Plat

Vojtech Plat

In the afternoon a lot of amateurs enjoyed a cultural pause thanks to the presentation of the book “Pessima mossa, maestro Petrosi” (“Bad move, master Petrosi”), published by Sperling and Kupfer and newly released (both in paper and e-book version).

Author Paolo Fiorelli, who is a journalist and a chess amateur, talked about his first effort to a crowded room, answered questions and signed copies of his novel, which is a thriller taking place in the chess world.

The hero of the novel is GM Achille Petrosi, who decides to find out the truth about the death of his strongest rival, murdered just before their decisive head to head. Investigations will lead Petrosi to Cannes… the solution will be surprisingly and paradoxical.

Paolo Fiorelli

Paolo Fiorelli


Ankara conference – Chess for pre-school

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

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The Turkish Chess Federation and I’m Growing up with Chess Club (Satran?la B?y?yorum), with financial support from the SporToto Administration, have initiated a project that will establish chess corners in 1000 kindergartens across Turkey, introducing pupils in these kindergartens to chess and providing professional chess education to teachers in order to disseminate chess in kindergartens during the 2015-2016 academic term.

You can read more about the project and full details of the seminar below.

The project will be initiated in regional centres such as Ankara, Denizli, Diyarbak?r, Erzurum, Gaziantep, ?stanbul, ?zmir, Kayseri, Kocaeli, Mersin, Ordu and Sivas, then will be put into practice in other provinces in the upcoming years.

Before the initiation of this project, in order to provide information about different chess teaching methods in Turkey and abroad; compare and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of teaching methods and eventually create an exemplary teaching method through the mutual exchange of ideas, the Turkish Chess Federation and I’m Growing up with Chess Club, with the financial support of the Republic of Turkey Promotion Fund, organized a workshop entitled “International Comparison of Chess Education Models for Preschool Level”. The workshop took place on 13-14 June 2015 at Meyra Palace Hotel in Ankara.

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International representatives included several FIDE-CiS people: Kevin O’Connell (Chairman), Alessandro Dominici (consultant to Chairman), Alexander Kostyev (Deputy Chairman of Higher Education and Research) and Radislav Atanassov (Bulgaria national coordinator).

In the TV clip, TSF President G?lkiz Tulay said “We will discuss how to integrate and disseminate chess in kindergartens and how to carry these activities far into the future. The kindergarten dimension of chess education will be discussed by leading chess figures from Turkey and experts from the World Chess Federation in depth. We will witness the progress of chess education in kindergartens in the upcoming workshops.”

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Full video is available here

In the same TV clip, Kevin O’Connell spoke of the research (from a respected Pedagogical University) announced at the conference in Yerevan last year, demonstrating the clear benefits of teaching chess to children. You may be able to hear the English, but if not, the significance of the hand was to show how the development (especially as regards their creativity) of children entering the first year of the Armenian chess in schools programme (at the age of 7 – the little finger) compared with those in the second year of the programme (ring finger), after three years of the programme (9 year olds – middle finger) and the ten year olds (index finger) who had not been involved at all in the chess programme.

You may download the initial project Satran?la B?y?yorum leaflet. The English translation of which is:


1. “I’m growing up with chess” 

2. ‘Why chess?’

The results of important research on how the brain works are worrisome. A large majority of humans only use 6-7% of their brain potential. The unused cells die in a short period, such as 6-7 months. Based on the results of a multitude of scientific research, it is proven that chess helps the growth of intellect and with the topics outlined below:

1. Improves focusing and concentration

2. Develops the ability of visualization and animation

3. Allows thinking forward, being patient and thoughtful

4. Allows looking at other options beyond just the first

5. Improves the ability to analyze

6. Promotes looking at the big picture

7. Improves the ability to plan

8. Improves motivation

9. Promotes better student behaviour

10. Helps to know oneself better and improves self-confidence

11. Gives rise to conceptual learning ability

3. Students and chess

One piece of research found that chess improves general scholastic success by 17% and provides great improvement in the IQ levels of the students. Big increases in mathematical development of those children who play chess have been recorded.

It was further found that chess helps greatly to socialize students and at the end of 2 years of chess classes at school, disagreements and fights between students have been reduced by 60%. Chess is especially used as one of the possible treatment methods for children who suffer from attention deficit (ADHD).

4. The project of disseminating chess to pre-schools

The project is handled jointly by the presidency of Spor Toto Organization, the Turkish Chess Federation, and the “I’m Growing Up with Chess” club and will be applied throughout the 2015-2016 school year.

Before being disseminated in other provinces, the project will be applied first in the provinces that are in the centre of the regions, such as Ankara, Antalya, Denizli, Diyarbak?r, Erzurum, Gaziantep, ?stanbul, ?zmir, Kayseri, Kocaeli, Mersin, Ordu, and Sivas.

Steps of the project

– in 14 provinces, in a total of 1000 preschools, chess sets will be distributed for both teachers and students.

– the preschool teachers will be trained to be able to teach chess in preschool, and chess books will be distributed to them

– books suitable for children will also be distributed

– 300 garden chess sets will be built among the preschools whose gardens are suitable.

– Two copies of a quarterly publication will be sent to all preschools, explaining the interaction of chess with our lives.

5. Why preschool?

According to scientific research, it is determined that the best age to start chess is between 4 and 6. The importance of acquaintance with chess by our children in these age groups is shown by improvements in their general educational development.


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There were three separate workshops on the second day. Many interesting methods, using games and stories were on display. We will feature some of them over the coming weeks and months. As usual, the hospitality provided by the TSF was splendid.

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“Dissemination of Chess in Pre-schools Project”

International Chess Seminar


To disseminate chess in pre-schools in Turkey, an initiative was made by Turkish Chess Federation (TCF) and I’m Growing up with Chess (IGC) Club. The project is supported by Spor Toto Organization, and will be applied throughout the 2015-2016 school year.

Before being disseminated in other provinces, the project will be applied first in the provinces that are in the centre of the regions in Turkey, such as Ankara, Antalya, Denizli, Diyarbak?r, Erzurum, Gaziantep, ?stanbul, ?zmir, Kayseri, Kocaeli, Mersin, Ordu, and Sivas.

Steps of the project

– in 14 provinces, in a total of 1000 pre-schools, chess sets will be distributed for both teachers and students. In each class 15 chess sets, 1 education board and a comprehensive book for teachers. The book will contain a general curriculum and detailed methods of chess training for kids.

– the preschool teachers will be trained to be able to teach chess in preschool. They will be given a certificate by TCF to show that they are eligible to teach chess in pre-school level.

– 300 garden chess sets will be built among the preschools whose gardens are suitable.

– Two copies of a quarterly publication will be sent to all preschools, explaining the interaction of chess with our lives.


International Chess Seminar took place at Meyra Palace Hotel, Ankara, Turkey on 13-14 June 2015, with the collaboration of I’m Growing up with Chess Club and Turkish Chess Federation (TCF) with the support of Turkish Promotion Fund and Spor Toto Administration. The purpose of the Seminar is to tell the importance of the Dissemination of Chess in Pre-schools Project, to discuss the different methods of chess training in pre-school level and to search the best methodology for the Project. The participants were selected as to be the representative of the Project in different places. They are expected to specify the classes where the Project will be applied and train pre-school teachers.

Chess instructors and trainers showed great interest to the seminar, which brought experts on chess from all over the world. The two-day seminar consisted of 4 general sessions and 3 groups sessions in which various educational methods and the measures that needs to be taken to disseminate chess in pre-schools are extensively discussed.

Opening remarks were made by Halil ?brahim Sar?, the president of I’m Growing up with Chess Club, Turkish Chess Federation (TCF) Executive Board Member Kas?m Yekeler and, the President of Turkish Chess Federation G?lk?z Tulay. Each speech emphasised different aspects of the necessity of new and innovative chess teaching methods for children.

1st Session:“General Overview of Chess Education Across the World”

Speakers: Kevin O’Connell, Olgun Kula?, Alexander Kostyev

FIDE Chess in Schools Commission Chairman Kevin O’Connell evaluated the current status of chess education across the world. O’Connell shared several examples of typical mistakes in chess education from different countries. O’Connell asserted that digital means of education should be used in chess education. European Chess Union Educational Commission Secretary and the Head of the Chess Department at Russian State Social University Alexander Kostyev talked about chess education in Russia. Head of TCF Central Arbitration Committee and author of many chess education books Olgun Kula? indicated that children tend to learn faster among all other age groups and discussed how these children can be taught more effectively. Menderes Sarg?n, founder of Chess Academy, pointed out that digital technology should be utilized and education should be integrated with games for chess education in pre-schools.

2nd Session: “Using Psychomotricity Method in Chess Education and Why Chess in Pre-schools?”

Speakers: Alessandro Dominici, A?k?n Ta?an, Bar?? Aky?ld?z

The second session highlighted evaluations regarding why chess education should be given in pre-schools. Societal and individual benefits of chess and pre-school students’ capabilities compared to other age groups were evaluated by the presentations made in this session. Alessandro Dominici informed the participants about the C.A.S.T.L.E. project funded by the European Union and supported by FIDE. The project utilizes psychomotricity method. In this session, various chess teaching methods across Turkey were also discussed and their videos were shown to the participants.

3rd Session: “Teaching Materials in Chess Education”

Speakers: Olga Dolzkaya, Ali ?zen, Ozan ?apan 

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This session focused on significant points that need to be taken into consideration about teaching materials that will be used in pre-schools. It was discussed that children between the ages 4-6 tend to use their instincts rather than their rationality. In this respect, in chess education different methods attracting the attention of children should be utilized. Olga Dolzkaya, who attended to the seminar from Norway, talked about the activities of the school that famous chess grandmaster Magnus Carlsen once had attended. Dolzkaya also shared details about successful books that she had written specifically for children. In this section, topics such as making concepts that normally does not exist childrens’ vocabulary, meaningful and how to make chess more meaningful for children with the help of games were discussed.

4th Session: “Remarks on Seminar Objectives and Information on Dissemination of Chess in Pre-schools Project”

Speakers: Kas?m Yekeler, Nil?fer ??nar ?orlulu, Nilg?n Dirim

Nilg?n Dirim made a presentation on importance of chess education at preschool level, the objectives and principles of chess education and the importance of chess traineers in chess education. Nil?fer ??nar ?orlulu gave an extensive place to famous chess players’ lives. Kas?m Yekeler presented the objectives and progress of the “Dissemination of Chess in Pre-schools Project”.

2nd DAY

The second day of the International Chess Seminar continued with small-group workshops. The workshops were held simultaneously in three different rooms. The workshop topics were as follows: “Teaching Chess with Motion and Stories”, “Teaching Materials in Chess Education”, “The Objective and Methodology of ‘Dissemination of Chess in Pre-schools’ Project: Suggestions and Critiques” and “Benefits of Chess in Daily Life and Implementation in Pre-schools”.

Following the group workshops, outcomes of the workshops were shared through a collective exchange of ideas with the moderation of TCF Executive Board Member Kas?m Yekeler. Topics that were discussed in the last session are as follows:

1st Workshop Group

“Teaching Chess with Motion and Stories”

Moderators: Beyhan Somal?, Hatice Ba?dag?l Enzin

Discussants: Kevin O’Connell, Alessandro Dominici, A?k?n Ta?an

General overview of chess education in Turkey and the objectives of projected chess education were emphasized. The participants received information from foreign experts about how chess education is being implemented in other countries. Topics that were discussed during the fist workshop is are follows:

1. Previous chess education implementations in Turkey were shared and discussed by instructors who actively teach chess. Games and videos from Hatice Ba?dag?l Enzin Kurtba?’s archive were shared with participants.

2. Kevin O’Connell indicated that children between the ages 4-6 should be first taught on giant chessboard, since children at that particular age frame do not have a developed vocabulary.

3. It is important to evoke desire and excitement and to motivate children through the utilization of music. Chess education with the help of visual, aural and tactual means are very significant.

4. It is important to put some objects on giant chessboard to encourage teaching the notion of squares.

5. Whilst playing games in classroom it is important to utilize some other games before teaching chess rules in order to prepare an efficient environment for teaching chess rules. These games might not necessarily be related to chess. (Example: The Rope Game)

6. It is suggested that visual and written materials that have been used Italian chess education can also be used in Turkey.

7. Teachers were encouraged to use stories that are their own creation. Additionally, playing folk music during mate helps in creating an entertaining environment for children.

8. The chair and the rope games were displayed by Hatice Ba?dag?l Enzin.

9. Candy shaped materials can be placed on chess boards to teach the concept of capturing pieces.

10. It is suggested that Chess Cartoon channel on YouTube can be utilized to find numerous animations and cartoons about chess.

11. A film, in which children are playing in school garden along with chess song, was shown to the participants.

Instructors and teachers expect:

1. Creation of a proper curriculum,

2. Creation of physical infrastructure in schools,

3. Procurement of educational materials and visuals,

until September 2015.

2nd Workshop Group

“Teaching Materials in Chess Education”

Moderators: Fatma Y?lmaz, Zuhal Demir

Discussants: Alexander Kostyev, Ozan ?apan, Bar?? Aky?ld?z.

In this particular group, it was discussed that there exists a suitable educational system for everybody. What really matters is to find the correct educational system.

Topics that were discussed during the second workshop are as follows:

1. In order for chess education to reach its objectives, it is important to use the right educational system and the right educational materials.

2. In this respect, using right materials in chess education can make wonders but in the wrong hands these materials can be unproductive.

3. Children should actively take place in games regardless of the kind of materials that are being used in the process. Children tend to prefer performing actively rather than being a spectator.

4. Given that children are inclined to the use of technology, CDs that integrate technology and education should be used.

5. The most ideal educational system should be integrated with the richest materials in the right hands.

The materials to be used should be as follows:

1. Chess carpet

2. Songs about chess

3. Chess cartoons

4. Chess animations

5. Stories related to chess

6. Teaching the concept of “checkmate” through playing tag

7. Preschool chess books

8. Colouring books specifically designed for chess

9. Creating chess pieces out of recyclable materials (such as making pawns out of toilet rolls)

10. Chess puppets

11. Figures that dramatize chess moves

12. Chess software (Dragon chess, chess master etc.)

13. Teaching directions through games

14. Chess riddle cards

15. Chess crosswords

16. Chess puzzle

17. Chess car race games

18. Chess pieces made of chocolate

19. Surprise Chocolate Eggs (with chess pieces inside)

20. Chess sets made of dices (each dice having chess figures on them. Another extra dice with chess figures on it. The movement of chess pieces is made in accordance with the result of extra dice is when it is thrown)

21. Chess teams

22. Wearing black and white clothes and hats made of cardboard pieces enable children to depict themselves as one of the chess pieces.

23. Giant chessboard in school gardens

24. Chess visuals

25. Chess diagrams in every classroom

26. Earning chess figures in accordance with success (earning pawns at the beginning, earning 3 pawns equal to a knight or bishop etc.)

27. Chessboards designed for visually impaired people are useful to discriminate between black and white squares when children’s eyes are tied.

28. Utilization of mechanical chess clocks to provide silence.

29. Team competitions for chess (helps in understanding the opponents’ and one’s own thoughts)

3rd Workshop Group

“The objective and Methodology of ‘Dissemination of Chess in Pre-schools’ Project: Suggestions and Critiques” and “Benefits of Chess in Daily Life and Implementation in Pre-schools”

Moderators: Nihan ?ahin G?ne?, Emine Alparslan, Aylin ?bi?o?lu, Sultan Daban

Discussants: Menderes Sarg?n, Nilg?n Dirim, Ali ?zen, Olgun Kula?, Nil?fer ??nar ?orlulu

The ideas about the implementation methodology are as follows:

1. Methodology of Selection of schools for the project:

-The priority will be given to the pre-schools with teachers having chess trainer certificate.

-The priority will be given to school administrations that are willing to implement the project.

2. Project education methodology for teachers

– Selected teachers will be given project training

– After the completion of the education, education will be carried on interactively distance education learning program.

3. Methodology of Selection of educational materials and usage of the materials

– Collection of various dispersed pre-school materials and upcycle these materials to put them in use for the project

– Organization of a competition to gather different ideas about materials for chess education in pre-schools.

– Webpages specifically designed for teachers to publish and share their own materials and documents.

4. Education Methodology of the Project

– Creating an educational methodology for children between 48-66 months old.

– Existing educational should be researched in order to find the most suitable method for chess education.

– Preparation of student and teacher kits.

5. Methodology for the Project Evaluation

– Evaluation reports should be added to documents that will be distributed to teachers and families.

– Visuals and educational reports should be shared with TCF on a regular basis.

– Children, who participate in this project, should be reported to the educational committee when they proceed to primary school.

Suggestions on the objective and implementation methodology of ‘Dissemination of Chess in Pre-schools’ project are as follows:

1- A Teachers’ Manual should be prepared. Materials that will be used during the project should be prepared following the order starting from the most basic to the most complicated.

2- Activity books should be prepared.

3- Documents aiming to inform parents before and during the implementation of the project should be prepared.

4- Information should be clear and basic.

5- Activity books or documents should be prepared for families.

6- Informing parents about the project should be made by handouts or a presentation.

7- The project should also consider families who have no knowledge of chess. Information should be given via videos, social networking and webpages when necessary.

8- Methodology should be prepared for children between 48 – 66 months old (in order to project to fit in to the protocol signed between TCF and Ministry of National Education of Turkey)

9- For each class/children there should be a chess development file and report. These documents should regularly be sent to TCF. Teacher evaluations should also be considered.

10- Activity documents might be published on the Internet.

11- Documents, videos and other materials should be shared via TCF’s or I’m Growing Up With Chess Club’s websites.

12- Computer software specifically designed for children at preschool level should be prepared. A project should be designed for this purpose.

13- Chess puppets should be made.

14- Stories, colouring cards, cut-and-paste cards and puzzles should be made.

15- Even after the completion of the project, education for teachers should continue via distant learning programs.

16- Materials aiming to popularize chess among children and proper methodologies for teachers should be prepared.

17- Play templates should be prepared to teach chess through dramas. These plays should be performed by children at the end of the year.

18- Methods that stimulate children’s motion and rhythm senses should be created.

19- Educational video outputs should be prepared.

20- Multiple creative educational models should be prepared for teachers in order to provide creativity and flexibility in teaching.

21- Instructors/teachers should use proper course materials during the implementation of the project and these course materials should be accessible to all participants.

22- The project should be first implemented in schools located near city centers to make it easier to access. The project should later be disseminated in other places depending on its success.

23- The project should be enriched with evaluation and tracking of reports (including visual reports).

24- Simple and natural methods should be used.

25- Families should also be considered as an active part of the project.

Project Outputs

All stages of the conference and all summaries of the seminars and workshops will be were recorded and these materials will be published online. In this respect, the program will be available to those who did not have the opportunity to access the conference. This will also help in sustaining the effects of this seminar in the future. Handouts for “Chess in Pre-schools” were distributed to participants. All participants received laser pointer pens with USB sticks. All speakers were given laptop bags that have the program’s logo on them. A website was created to promote the project and details were shared via this website.


Turkish press showed great interest to the event. TRT (Turkish National Radio and Television) News and TRT Sport channels followed the conference attentively, broadcasted news and interviewed the FIDE Chess in Schools chairman Kevin O’Connell and the president of Turkish Chess Federation G?lk?z Tulay. Additionally, ?lke TV invited the president of Turkish Chess Federation, G?lk?z Tulay, and the president of I’m Growing Up With Chess Club, Halil ?brahim Sar?, to a television program. TRT Sport radio channel also broadcasted the seminar live on radio. Many national and local newspapers published news on our seminar; Ministry of Youth and Sports of Turkey also published news on its official website. European Chess Union (ECU) and World Chess Federation (FIDE) announced the seminar on their websites.

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

July 2015 FRL

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

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FIDE publishes July 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.

New Regulations for Registration & Licensing of Players are coming into effect from July, 1 2015.
Statistical and historical data on more than 3 months back on Ratings wesbite ( will require account to be creaed via FIDE Arena website:

Federations still can register new players (create FIDE ID) but personal accounts should be created by players individually. Personal accounts do not require FIDE ID and ID can be issued by FIDE Arena.

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Working trip to Managua, Nicaragua

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015


On June 29 the FIDE President arrived to Managua, Nicaragua. At the airport he was met by the officials, among them were Mr. Architect Marlon Alberto Torres Aragon, Director of the Nicaraguan Institute of Sports (IND) and Mr. Guy Bendana, President of Nicaragua Chess Federation. 

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At the airport of Managua

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Kirsan Ilyumzhinov visited the school where the chess lessons are conducted

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The children were excited to see the FIDE President

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President Ilyumzhinov addressed to the children with greetings

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And then checked their skills at the board

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The most stubborn resistance was maintained by this little girl, the champion of school

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The young chess players of Managua

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Interview to the Russian TV

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Then Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with Ms. Miriam Raudez, Minister of Education, Culture and Sports. At the meeting also present were Mr. Salvador Vanegas, Advisor of Nicaragua’s President on Education, and Mr. Guy Bendana, President of Nicaragua Chess Federation. The both sides agreed to contract for a project in the nearest future, it is expected that FIDE will render material support and technical assistance in the implementation of Chess in Schools programme, training the chess specialists, seminars conducting, etc. The Nicaraguan side showed its interest in the soonest launching of this project.

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Ms. Raudez browsing the FIDE’s Chess in Schools brochure

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The traditional souvenir from FIDE President – the Kalmyk chess set

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Also the FIDE President met with Mr. Mois?s Omar Halleslevens, Vice President of Republic of Nicaragua. At the meeting also present were Mr. Salvador Vanegas, Advisor of Nicaragua’s President on Education, Mr. Architect Marlon Alberto Torres Aragon, Director of the Nicaraguan Institute of Sports (IND), Mr. Guy Bendana, President of Nicaragua Chess Federation.

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With Mr. Mois?s Omar Halleslevens, Vice President of Republic of Nicaragua

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

In Memoriam – Gaguik Oganessian

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Gaguik Oganessian

June 29th 2015

To the Armenian Chess Federation

On behalf of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) and me personally, please convey our deepest condolences to the family and colleagues of a renowned journalist and an outstanding person Gaguik Oganessian.
As General Secretary of the Armenian Chess Federation, editor-in-chief of ‘Chess Armenia” magazine, a winner of the Chess Oscar, he has contributed substantially to the popularisation of our game. A true creative mind, Gaguik Oganessian has been a top professional, with deep knowledge of all minutae of chess and journalism. The entire chess community and an army of chess fans, all those who respected the talent of Gaguik Oganessian share our sadness now. He is no more with us, however his vast heritage is, in his books, his articles and essays, these will be read by hundreds of thousands of those who love chess.
Gaguik Oganessian will remain in our hearts and memory as a personification of style, wisdom, talent and top professionalism.

Mourning with his family.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov
FIDE President

Condolences to the Armenian Chess Federation (RUS)

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Children’s Day held at Russian Higher League

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

The Russian Higher League, the 4th stage of the 68th Russian Men’s Chess Championship and the 65th Women’s Championship, is being held in Kaliningrad from June 21 till July 2 as part of the Chess in Museums international program implemented by the Russian Chess Federation together with Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation.

On June 27, the Museum of the World Ocean hosted a simultaneous exhibition for 69 young chess players aged 5 to 16, who crossed swords with Russia’s leading grandmasters: Europe’s Reigning Champion Evgeny Najer and the winners of numerous events, Ernesto Inarkiev and Konstantin Landa.

Children's Day held at Russian Higher League

The young players came from Kaliningrad and other parts of the Kaliningrad Region: Zelenogradsk, Baltiysk, Gvardeisk, Yantarny, Ladushkin, and Svetly. Deputy Executive Director of the Russian Chess Federation Alexander Tkachev, leading expert of the Museum of the World Ocean Marina Egorova, and President of the Timchenko Foundation Lilia Timurova greeted simul participants at the event’s opening and wished them luck.

The museum’s lobby also featured the exhibitions Chess in the War Years 1941-1945 from the collection of the Moscow Museum of Chess and Our Chronicle opened under the auspices of the Timchenko Foundation.


Furthermore, all the simul participants, thanks to the support from the museum’s administration, were able to visit a unique aquarium, the exhibition the exhibition Petergof ? Emperors’ Sea Capital, and get aboard the research ship Vityaz.

Chess is a game for everyone, so on this day members of the Kaliningrad Chamber of Commerce and Trade decided to join the children and played a blitz round robin tournament of 11 rounds. Alexander Tarenenko was the winner, Vladimir Volkov was ranked 2nd, and Leonid Titov 3rd.


As Alexander Tkachev noted at the closing ceremony, the simultaneous exhibition ended with a score 68.5:0.5 in favor of the exhibitors. Only one participant, Nikita Bedenko, was able to draw with Najer, while all the other games finished with the grandmasters winning.

Each of the exhibitors also spoke to the audience, sharing his impressions from the games and singling out the children who had played particularly well.


Konstantin Landa said that he had started playing chess by participating at simultaneous exhibitions at the age of five and a half. The grandmaster encouraged the young players to work hard on chess and wished them success.

“I am pleasantly surprised by the level of my opponents,” said Ernesto Inarkiev. “Today I had to take hard decisions, play combinations and defend; my endgame technique was also tested. It is so nice to see with what attention young children approach a game. My thanks go to all parents and grandparents who encourage the children’s endeavors. I am convinced that this is the right thing to do and is good for their development.”


Evgeny Najer called the simul a training session before the Higher League’s games. “You gave us a good training indeed, there were many interesting games. I agreed to draw with Nikita Bedenko without thinking twice because the position was such that I would hardly have won the game,” the grandmaster pointed out.

All the simul participants got souvenirs from the organizers.

The participants of the blitz tournament between members of the Kaliningrad Chamber of Commerce and Industry also received souvenirs from the Russian Chess Federation and Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation. Marina Fitsak, the Chamber’s Vice President, thanked the organizers for the successful chess festival.


The Children’s Day ended with an autograph signing session and a group photo taking.
A Children’s Day is traditionally held during major chess events under the Chess in Museum program. Thanks to these master classes and simuls, young chess lovers can network with their idols in an informal setting, measure themselves up against renowned grandmasters and perhaps even beat one of them. During the 2014 Russian Championship Superfinals that was held in the Kazan Kremlin’s Art Gallery Khazine, for example, the young Adelya Zinnatullina defeated the experienced Grandmaster Artyom Timofeev.

Official website of the Russian Chess Federation:

For more information and for accreditation, please contact:

Oksana Timoschuk, Head of PR Service, Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation, +7 (903) 619 67 63, e-mail:

Eteri Kublashvili, Press Secretary, Russian Chess Federation, +7 (905) 791 76 51, e-mail:














FIDE Chess For Girls – Vienna

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Chess For Girls project is sponsored by FIDE (FIDE Women’s Commission), Webster University – SPICE, and the Susan Polgar Foundation, with support from the Austrian Chess Federation, Vienna Chess Federation and hosted by Webster University Vienna.

The organizers have invited the top 10 highest rated girls in the world (1 per country limit) to Webster University – Vienna Campus for a 4-day intense training. After the training, they will compete against each other in a round robin tournament for the top prize of 2,000 euros.

The organizers cover all hotel (4-star) expenses and meals + 6,050 euros (2,000-1,250-750-500-400-300-250-200-200-200) total cash prizes for the 10 participants.

Top two players from Austria (as the host nation) will go through the full training sessions but will not participate in the tournament.

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The first edition of FIDE Chess For Girls was held at Webster University – Geneva Campus, and the second one was held in Saigon, Vietnam.


IM Ziaziulkina, N (Belarus) 2431
WFM Osmak, I (Ukraine) 2426
IM Khademalsharieh, S (Iran) 2412
IM-elect Aulia, Medina W (Indonesia) 2412
WGM Abdumalik, Z (Kazakhstan) 2411
WGM Davaademberel, N (Mongolia) 2371
WIM Blagojevic, T (Montenegro) 2338
WGM Mammadzada, G (Azerbaijan) 2336
WFM Bykova A (Russia) 2337
WFM Gazikova, V (Slovakia) 2314

* IM Rodriguez, P (Colombia) 2371 – Could not obtain visa timely. She was replaced by another participant.

News and photos by Paul Truong

FIDE Chess For Girls Vienna