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In Memoriam – Gaguik Oganessian

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

44510-271x271The Executive Secretary of Armenian Chess Federation Gaguik Oganessian passed away at the age of 68. His last appearance at the chess scene was in Stavanger, Norway, just a couple of days ago.

Rest in piece Gaguik Oganessian!

Armenian Chess Federation websiteChess in Armenia Magazine

Part of Gagik Hovhannisyan’s remarkable biography and great personality is described below:

- Born on April 21, 1947 in Yerevan, Armenia;
- Graduate from the Journalism Department of the Philological Faculty of Yerevan State University in 1968, Post-graduate course of ”Journalism”, YSU – in 1971;
- General Secretary of Armenian Chess Federation (since 1970);
- Professor, associate professor of the Journalism Department, YSU since 1971;
- Lecturer at Journalism Faculty of Yerevan State University (since 1971), associate professor;
- Chess commentator on the National Television of Armenia;
- Author and presenter of the weekly chess program “Chess64” (since 1972);
- Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Chess in Armenia Magazine (since 1972);
- President of the European 5th Zone of World Chess Federation (FIDE) (1994-2010);
- Chairman of FIDE Chess Information, Publication and Statistics Committee (CHIPS) (1995-2002, 2007-2009);
- International Chess Organizer (since 1996);
- Chess Oscar Laureate (1996);
- 6th World Chess Amateur Champion (1998-1999);
- FIDE Master (since 1999);
- FIDE Golden Book Laureate (1999);
- FIDE Golden Sign Laureate (2007);
- Knight of Movses Khorenatsi Medal (2007);
- Head of FIDE Mass Media Committee Program (2009-2013);
- Honored Journalist of the Republic of Armenia (2012);
- Honorary Academician of Television and Radio Academy (2012);
- Awarded ”Loyal to Profession ”Gold Medal by Union of Journalists of Armenia (2012), Yerevan State University Gold Medal (2010), Griboyedov Medal (2010), ”Loyalty to Subject” Prize by Yerevan Press Club (2005).
- Member of FIDE Commission of Chess Journalists (since 2013);
- Author of 51 chess books in the Armenian, English and Russian languages.

 

 

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Harikrishna Strongest At Edmonton International

Monday, June 29th, 2015

On Sunday GM Pentala Harikrishna won the Edmonton International in Edmonton, Canada. The 29-year-old Indian grandmaster finished a point ahead of GMs Wang Hao, Sury Ganguly and Vassily Ivanchuk.
All photos courtesy of the official…

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Topalov on Top of Norway Chess 2015

Monday, June 29th, 2015

The world chess champion Magnus Carlsen was in free fall, losing game after game at the beginning of the Norway Chess 2015 in Stavanger, one of the three tournaments of the newly founded Grand Chess Tour. Failures of famous chess players attract as much attention as their successes. Misfortune was being played out on both sides of the Atlantic. By the time Tiger Woods stopped swinging his golf clubs and was eliminated from the the U.S. Open, Carlsen lost three times and drew once in the first four rounds, inhabiting last place. It was the worst start of his chess career. In the first round Carlsen lost on time in a winning position against Veselin Topalov. The 40-year-old Bulgarian grandmaster turned this lucky break into first place with a string of victories reminiscent of his triumph at the world chess championship tournament in …

Source: GameKnot online chess news

2nd Win For Nisipeanu In Dortmund

Monday, June 29th, 2015

After just two rounds, GM Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu is already a full point ahead of the field at the Sparkassen Chess Meeting in Dortmund. In the second round the German GM beat GM Arkadij Naiditsch.
The field in Dortmund is a very …

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GM Krasimir Rusev winner of Visma GM Tournament 2015

Monday, June 29th, 2015
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GM Rusev wins Visma GM Tournament

The 2015 Visma Chess Festival took place from 24-28th June, in Vaxjo, Sweden.

The event was separated into three 10-player round robin tournaments, valid for FIDE rating and norms.

Bulgarian GM Krasimir Rusev and IM Daniel Howard Fernandez of England tied for the first place in Visma GM Tournament with 6,5/9 points each, but Rusev prevailed on a superior tie-break score to lift the trophy, while Fernandez managed to fulfill his second GM norm.

IM Rasmus Svane from Germany, GM Yuri Solodovnichenko from Ukraine and GM Berg Emanuel from Sweden shared third place after the whole group finished the event with 6 points.

Visma IM-Group A Tournament was convincingly topped by Swedish player FM Philip Lindgren who scored 7 points out of 9 games to earn the IM norm.

Ukrainian player IM Petr Golubka was also convincing in Visma IM-Group B. He won the event with 7,5/9 points, leaving the runner-up, FM Johan-Sebastian Christiansen from Norway, 1,5 points behind. The latter, however, fulfilled his IM norm, playing at Elo performance of 2451.

Replay the games with analysis and enjoy the photo report below (photo credit: Lars OA Hedlund)!

Tournament website/ Visma GM LIVE games/ Visma IM-Group A LIVE games/ Visma IM-Group B LIVE games

Yuri Solodovnichenko: Highest rated player in the GM group (and overall)

Yuri Solodovnichenko, highest rated player in the GM group (and overall), finished fourth in Visma GM Tournament

Highest rated Swedish player in the tournament, GM Emanuel Berg

Highest rated Swedish player in the tournament, GM Emanuel Berg

German player IM Rasmus Svane

German player IM Rasmus Svane remained third in Visma GM Tournament

Philip Lindgren won IM-Group A convincingly, scoring 7/9 points

Philip Lindgren won IM-Group A convincingly, scoring 7/9 points

Ellinor Frisk played in IM Group A

Ellinor Frisk played in IM Group A

Videostreaming from the commentary room with GM Stellan Brynell (and guest GM Nils Grandelius)

Videostreaming from the commentary room with GM Stellan Brynell (and guest GM Nils Grandelius)

Visma GM final standings:

1 GM Rusev Krasimir BUL 2541 6,5
2 IM Fernandez Daniel Howard ENG 2447 6,5
3 IM Svane Rasmus GER 2520 6
4 GM Solodovnichenko Yuri UKR 2587 6
5 GM Berg Emanuel SWE 2558 6
6 IM Westerberg Jonathan SWE 2443 4
7 IM Smith Axel SWE 2452 3,5
8 FM Ochsner Bj?rn M?ller DEN 2413 2,5
9 IM Tari Aryan NOR 2521 2
10 IM Johansson Linus SWE 2391 2

Visma IM-Group A final standings:

1 FM Lindgren Philip SWE 2374 7
2 IM Shkuran Daniil UKR 2389 5,5
3 FM Rydstr?m Tom SWE 2282 5,5
4 FM Livner Anders SWE 2347 5
5 IM Milchev Nikolay BUL 2395 4,5
6 FM Pettersson Anders SWE 2310 4,5
7 IM Carstensen Jacob DEN 2358 4
8 FM Kvisvik Brede Alexander NOR 2293 4
9 FM Cederstam Barsk Carl SWE 2336 2,5
10 WIM Frisk Ellinor SWE 2249 2,5

Visma IM-Group B final standings:

1 IM Golubka Petr UKR 2383 7,5
2 FM Christiansen Johan-Sebastian NOR 2397 6
3 FM Von Bahr Oskar SWE 2381 5
4 FM Pohjala Henri FIN 2404 5
5 Olofsson-Dolk Mattis SWE 2238 4
6 GM Bellon Lopez Juan Manuel ESP 2374 4
7 FM Andersson Tommy SWE 2400 4
8 IM Fries-Nielsen Jens Ove DEN 2442 4
9 Rahul Kumar Pune IND 2138 3
10 Drugge Patrick SWE 2175 2,5

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49th Ilmar Raud Memorial LIVE!

Monday, June 29th, 2015

The 49th Ilmar Raud Memorial is organized by Viljandi CC Fellin from June 29 to July 5, 2015, at the Viljandi Sports Center in Viljandi, a town in southern Estonia.

The event is a 9-round Swiss tournament with tempo of play 90′ X 40 moves + 15′ + 30″.

GM Aleksandrov Aleksej  (2607) from Belarus heads the field of 61 players from 7 different countries, including 8 GMs and 6 IMs.

Tournament websiteStandings and statisticsPlay chess onlineChess Arena Video Channel

More: June magazines in pdf and pgn now available!

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Una abuela con muchas tablas

Monday, June 29th, 2015

A sus 87 a?os Brigitta Sinka bati? el r?cord de 13.545 partidas simult?neas de Capablanca. Leer

Ajedrez // marca.com

WOM Commission Councillor attends UN Youth Summit

Monday, June 29th, 2015

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Botswana Chess Federation Public Relations Director attends United Nations Youth Leadership Summit for Sport for Development and Peace in the USA

Botswana Chess Federation Public Relations Director and Member of the FIDE Women in Chess Commission Ms Keenese Katisenge made history when she became the first female administrator from Botswana to attend the United Nations Office for Sport for Development and Peace International Youth Leadership Programme for Sport for Development and Social Impact.

The programme ran from 07-19 June 2015 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, USA.

It consisted of a total of 47 young leaders selected from around the world for a 2 weeks mentorship programme.

According to Wilfried Lemke, the Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary General on Sport for Development and Peace, the young leaders were selected because they had already shown in their own communities that sport can be a powerful tool for development and also because of the leadership qualities they possess.

The programme is an initiative of the United Nations together with their partner Global Action Initiatives aimed at providing future leaders and role models in different communities with practical training of best practices in order to better use the power of sport to make positive global changes.

The programme also provided the participants with useful tools and information on how to provide a conducive environment for participation on women and girls in sport. Ms Katisenge says she is now even more inspired and motivated to make a great impact as far as women and girls’ participation in sport is concerned. FIDE WOM is proud to have played a part in ensuring that she attends the international programme as part of the commission’s female empowerment initiative.

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Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

FIDE President opened Pan-American Youth Championship

Monday, June 29th, 2015

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On June 27 the FIDE President arrived to Cali, Colombia for the opening ceremony of 26th Pan-American Youth Chess Championship. 710 chess players from 24 countries of the American continent participate in the tournament, which is held from June 27 to July 4. The spectacular opening ceremony was held on June 28 in the Cali’s Palace of Sport.

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Colombian chess players

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Interview for the local TV

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With the Mayor of Cali Dr. Rodrigo Guerrero

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CCA President Jorge Vega, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Mayor of Cali Dr. Rodrigo Guerrero

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The participants of the tournament

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The Colombian Anthem

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Luis Carrillo, President of Colombian Chess Federation

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The national dances were performed at the opening ceremony

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After the ceremony the FIDE President was surrounded by the kids and their parents for the memorable pictures

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With the chess players from Honduras

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In Cali, the FIDE President had several working meetings with presidents of the national chess federations of American continent, the most topical issues of chess development were discussed as well as the forthcoming events and tournaments.
Meeting with Jorge Vega, Continental President for Americas, Luis Carrillo, President of Colombian Chess federation, and Javier Garzon, Vice President of federation.

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FIDE President and the leadership of Confederation of Chess for Americas: Jorge Vega, CCA President, Trevor Griffith, Vice President of Barbados Chess Federation, Russell Smith, CCA General Secretary, Allan Herbert, CCA Treasurer.

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The first move at the Board 1 Girls U8

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Jorge Vega & Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

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FIDE President and David Martin, President of Trinidad & Tobago Chess Federation

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FIDE President and Monroy Carrizo, President of Bolivian Chess Federation

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FIDE President and Fidel Chirinos, President of Venezuela Chess Federation

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CCA President Jorge Vega, Zonal 2.3 President Erik Hernandez and FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

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FIDE President and Rosseli Mailhe, President of Uruguay Chess Federation

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Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Working trip to Cali, Colombia

Monday, June 29th, 2015

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On June 27 the FIDE President arrived to Cali, Colombia for the opening ceremony of 26th Pan-American Youth Chess Championship. 710 chess players from 24 countries of the American continent participate in the tournament, which is held from June 27 to July 4. The spectacular opening ceremony was held on June 28 in the Cali’s Palace of Sport.

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Colombian chess players

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Interview for the local TV

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With the Mayor of Cali Dr. Rodrigo Guerrero

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CCA President Jorge Vega, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Mayor of Cali Dr. Rodrigo Guerrero

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The participants of the tournament

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The Colombian Anthem

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Luis Carrillo, President of Colombian Chess Federation

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The national dances were performed at the opening ceremony

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After the ceremony the FIDE President was surrounded by the kids and their parents for the memorable pictures

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With the chess players from Honduras

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In Cali, the FIDE President had several working meetings with the presidents of national chess federations of American continent, the most topical issues of chess development were discussed as well as the forthcoming events and tournaments.
Meeting with Jorge Vega, Continental President for Americas, Luis Carrillo, President of Colombian Chess federation, and Javier Garzon, Vice President of federation.

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FIDE President and the leadership of Confederation of Chess for Americas: Jorge Vega, CCA President, Trevor Griffith, Vice President of Barbados Chess Federation, Russell Smith, CCA General Secretary, Allan Herbert, CCA Treasurer.

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Board 1 Girls U18

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The first move at the Board 1 Girls U8

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Jorge Vega & Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

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FIDE President and David Martin, President of Trinidad & Tobago Chess Federation

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FIDE President and Monroy Carrizo, President of Bolivian Chess Federation

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FIDE President and Fidel Chirinos, President of Venezuela Chess Federation

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FIDE President, Jorge Vega and Zonal 2.3 President Erik Hernandez

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FIDE President and Rosseli Mailhe, President of Uruguay Chess Federation

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Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

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