Archive for July, 2015

Mischuk and Sabuk lead 4th Lviv Tradition tournament

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

LvivThe 4th “Lviv Tradition” chess tournament is taking place from July 27, through August 1, 2015, at the Hotel Nton, in the splendid city of Lviv, situated in western Ukraine.

The event is a 10-player round-robin tournament, valid for FIDE rating and norms. The average Elo rating is 2230.

Ukrainian IM Dmitry Mischuk and Polish player Piotr Sabuk lead the tournament with 3.5/5 points. Both players have two wins and three draws so far.

IM Vadim Bondarets from Ukraine is only half a point behind, while IM Evgenyi Odnorozhenko (Ukraine), FM Arkadiusz Bebel (Poland), WGM Evgeniya Doluhanova (Ukraine), FM V Katashuk (Belarus) and WFM Irina Petrova (Ukraine) shared the fourth place with 2,5 points.

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Standings after round 5:

1 IM Mischuk Dmitry UKR 2337 3,5
2 Sabuk Piotr POL 2335 3,5
3 IM Bondarets Vadim UKR 2303 3
4 IM Odnorozhenko Evgenyi UKR 2300 2,5
5 FM Bebel Arkadiusz POL 2307 2,5
6 WGM Doluhanova Evgeniya UKR 2244 2,5
7 FM Katashuk V BLR 2201 2,5
8 WFM Petrova Irina UKR 2173 2,5
9 WFM Adamowicz Katarzyna POL 2158 1,5
10 Musiaka Viktor UKR 1938 0


Cecil’s Saturday Puzzle – July 25, 2015

Thursday, July 30th, 2015
from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to move and mate in 2 (Funk)

Source: Chess Manitoba

5th International Tournament Isthmia 2015

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

The Korinthia Chess Academy “Argonaftis” is organizing the 5th International Tournament Isthmia 2015 on 18-25th August at the Poseidon Resort Hotel in Loutraki, Korinthia, Greece.

Prefecture of Peloponnisos, Municipality of Loutraki – Perahora – Agioi Theodoroi, Municipality of Korinth are supporting the event.

The tournament will be held over 9 rounds of Swiss system in three groups: Open A for players rated over 2000 FIDE, Open B for U1900 players and Open C for unrated players. Players rated 1900 – 2000 may select in which group they will participate. The organizers reserve the right to merge the three groups, depending on the number of participants.

Last year winner of Open A was GM Evgeny Postny from Israel.

Poseidon Resort Hotel in Loutraki

Poseidon Resort Hotel in Loutraki

Cups will be awarded to the top three winners of Group A, Group B and Group C of the general standings and the first female winner of each Group. Medals will be awarded to the top 6 winners of the Group A, top 3 winners of the other Groups and to the winners of special categories.

The total prize fund is 4600 EUR. Top prizes in Open A are EUR 2000, 1000, 500, 250, 150, 100 etc.

There will also be side events: rated blitz tournament, simultaneous exhibition and excursion to archaeological sites of Ancient Greece.

Hotels Poseidon Resort, Pappas and Marion are offering extremely affordable accommodation packages. Details in the tournament regulations on the official website.

Information and registration: e-mail or by phone at (+30)6974858312 – Ms Maria Petsetidi.


Annotated Game: GM Mikhail Antipov – Purushoth. G Gobikrishnan

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

1st FIDE World Online Junior Blitz Championship 2015Russian Grandmaster Mikhail Antipov stormed through the 7th qualifier tournament of the FIDE Online Juniors World Blitz Championship that was held last Tursday on the official FIDE Online platform by scoring 11 points from 11 games.

Below is annotated one of his victories.

The 8th and final Juniors World Blitz qualifier tournament will be held on August 20th | 13:00 (GMT/UTC time), make sure not to miss it!

FULL Regulations

Meanwhile, the 3rd qualifying tournament of the FIDE World Online Women Blitz Championship will be held today (30th July) at 7:00 GMT/UTC time on the official FIDE Online platform.

Chiffa (2510) – Purushoth (1823) [B17]
Tournament 31721239 online arena (1), 23.07.2015

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Qe2 

A rare variation played by GMs Luther and Totsky.


5…e6 6.Nf3 Ngf6 7.Nxf6+ Nxf6 8.g3 Be7 9.Bg2 0–0 10.0–0 b6 11.b3

The immediate 11.Ne5


was also possible 11…Bb7 (11…Qxd4? 12.Nxc6) 12.Bxc6 Bxc6 13.Nxc6 Qd7 14.Nxe7+ Qxe7 15.Bg5 and White has a clear extra pawn.

11…Bb7 12.Bb2 Rc8 13.Rad1 Qc7 14.c4 c5 15.dxc5 Qxc5 16.Rd4 Rfd8 17.Rfd1 Rxd4 18.Bxd4 Qc7 19.Be5 Qc5 20.Bf4 


White has a small but stable advantage.

20…Rd8 21.Rxd8+ Bxd8 22.Qd3 Bc7



23…Bxg2 24.Kxg2 h6 The blunder on move 23rd remained unnoticed. Black could have won a piece after 24…g5!


25.Qe2 a5 26.f3 g5 27.Nd3 Qc6 28.Bc1 g4 29.Bb2



was also good.

29…gxf3+ 30.Qxf3 Qxf3+ 31.Kxf3 Nd7 32.h4 Kh7 33.h5! 


White fixes the kingside pawn structure.

33…Kg8 34.g4 f6 35.Bd4 Kf7 36.a3 e5 37.Be3 Ke6 38.Bxh6 Bd6

38…f5 would be more stubborn. 39.gxf5+ Kxf5

39.b4 axb4 40.axb4 f5! 


Black creates a passed “e” pawn.

41.gxf5+ Kxf5 42.Ke3 e4 43.Nf2 Bxb4 44.Nxe4 Ne5 45.Kd4 Nf3+?



46.Nxc5 bxc5+ 47.Kxc5 Nxc4 48.Kxc4 Kg4 would be draw.



White’s activity prevails.

46…Kg4 47.Nf6+ Kf5 48.Nd7 Ba5 49.Be3 Ng5 50.Bxb6 Bxb6 51.Nxb6 Nf7 52.c5 Nd8 53.Nc4 Kg5 54.Nd6 Kxh5 55.Nb7!


A splendid end of this endgame.

55…Nxb7 56.c6 Nd8 57.c7 Nb7



58…Na5 59.Qg8 Kh6 60.Ke4 Nb7 61.Qd5 Na5 62.Kf5 Nb3 63.Qxb3 Kh5 64.Qh3#




HZ Chess Tournament 2015 LIVE!

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

The 2015 HZ Chess Tournament is taking place from August 1-8, at the University of Applied Sciences in Vlissingen, in the Netherlands.

The event is a 9-round Swiss FIDE tournament that gathers 243 players from 16 different federations.

Top seed is former World champion GM Rustam Kasimdzhanov (2704) of Uzbekistan.

Tournament website/ Standings and statistics


Czech Open 2015 LIVE!

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

The 26th Czech Open 2015 International Chess and Games Festival is taking place from July 24 through August 1, in Pardubice, a city in the Czech Republic.

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

289 players from 35 different countries take part in the event, including 34 GMs. Top seed is GM Viktor Laznicka (2657).

Tournament website/ Standings and statistics


26th Czech Open 2015 takes place in Pardubice

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

The Czech Open 2015 International chess and games festival takes place from July 16 to August 2, 2015, in Pardubice, Tipsport arena.

Many chess tournaments took place in Pardubice during the last week. One of the most important and star-studded was rapid chess tournament, in which also very strong chess players took part.

“This is one of the strongest rapid tournament and we are really happy about the interest for taking part in it. Especially we are very glad to have GM Movsesian and GM Laznicka in start list almost every year,” said director of Czech Open Jan Mazuch. The winner of this tournament was GM Sergei Movsesian. „It was a preparation for a main tournament but I’m very happy that I won,” said the winner.


Final standing of rapid chess tournament:

1. GM Sergei Movsesian (Armenia)
2. GM Kirill Stupak (Belarus)
3. GM Kirill Bryzgalin (Russia)

This rapid tournament was played also as open Czech Championship. The best Czech player was IM Vojtech Plat. “I am much more satisfied with final standing than with my performance. I was very lucky,” commented his victory IM Plat.

Final standing of Czech Championship:

1. IM Vojtech Plat
2. GM Viktor Laznicka
3. GM Robert Cvek

The main Grand master tournament Pardubice Open has also started on Friday, July 24. The total of 289 players registered, including those from Korea Israel, India and many European countries. “In this tournament, we have many players, who are really great and we are glad that many people abroad are interested in our festival,” said Jan Mazuch, the director of Czech Open. On the main event of festival also play 34 GMs, 48 IMs and 61 FMs. “The starting list is very strong, like every year for that matter. I think that this year’s competition is the best in last few years,” summed up Mazuch.

Number one seed for this year is GM Laznicka Viktor (2657) from Czech Republic, who came from Pardubice. Laznicka is waiting for his first victory in Pardubice Open. Number two in starting list is GM Sergei Movsesian (2653), winner from year 1995, so he has a chance win after incredible 20 years.

In the first four rounds there were 3 players who won all their games, among them GM Laznicka (Czech Republic), GM Popilski (Israel) and FM Bagi (Hungary). Every year came to Pardubice a lot of foreign players, who no one knows, and they made a lot of surprises in tournament. “The strength of this tournament in Pardubice is the relatively easy way of attaining the grandmaster title, as there are so many grandmasters here that you play them almost all the time, even if you are a weaker player. At the same time, there are many players from abroad here, which is another condition for attaining the GM,” explained the festival chess expert, IM Petr Pisk.

Tournament organizers have prepared a surprise for fans from around the world. They can watch live broadcast from first chessboards on youtube channel. The link is on the official website of the Czech Open.

The results of all tournaments and games are available on


A Romantic chess opening gets a modern revival

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

It was the signature opening of chess’s 19th century Romantic Era, but has become a rare visitor to modern tournament chess. Paul Morphy used it for some of his greatest wins, Bobby Fischer claimed to have refuted it, and even today, some key lines remain a subject of intense theoretical dispute. The King’s Gambit is one of the most aggressive chess openings at White’s command, giving up a pawn (and exposing the White king in the process) on Move 2 in exchange for rapid development and, if Black is not careful, a quick checkmate. GM Richard Rapport, the enterprising 19-year-old Hungarian star, has already shown earned a reputation for trying offbeat and rarely-seen chess openings. At the annual Biel GM Tournament now underway in the Swiss city, Rapport rolled out the King’s Gambit against the veteran English GM Michael Adams and …

Source: GameKnot online chess news

Pavel Smirnov clear first in Primorsky Debut in Vladivostok

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Primorsky Debut, a stage in the Cup of Russia, was held from 21-29th July, 2015, at the DVFU campus in Vladivostok.

57 players, including 11 Grandmasters competed in the 9-round Swiss tournament.

Pavel Smirnov took the winner’s trophy after concluding the race with 7,5/9 points, leaving the second placed Aleksey Goganov half a point behind. Aleksei Pridorozhni completed the podium after edging the group of players on better tie-break.

Prior to this event, Vladivostok hosted Tikhookeansky Meridian – a stage in the Rapid Cup of Russia.

Pavel Smirnov

Pavel Smirnov (photo by RCF)

Final standings:

1 GM Smirnov Pavel RUS 2600 – 7.5
2 GM Goganov Aleksey RUS 2601 – 7
3 GM Pridorozhni Aleksei RUS 2569 – 6.5
4 GM Bocharov Dmitry RUS 2561 – 6.5
5 GM Kokarev Dmitry RUS 2608 – 6.5
6 GM Savchenko Boris RUS 2566 – 6.5
7 GM Maletin Pavel RUS 2583 – 6
8 GM Rozum Ivan RUS 2535 – 6
9 Sek Konstantin RUS 2432 – 6
10 GM Shomoev Anton RUS 2578 – 6
11 FM Keosidi Konstantin RUS 2401 – 6
12 GM Papin Vasily RUS 2500 – 5.5
13 GM Zablotsky Sergei RUS 2533 – 5.5
14 IM Pevzner Lev RUS 2396 – 5.5
15 FM Rychkov Oleg RUS 2328 – 5.5
16 Khokhlova Daria RUS 2160 – 5.5
17 Pahomov Ruslan RUS 2175 – 5.5
18 FM Musaev Rasul RUS 2341 – 5
19 FM Yanchenko Roman RUS 2384 – 5
20 WFM Zherebtsova Alexandra RUS 2210 – 5
21 FM Sutormin Danila RUS 2306 – 5
22 Adamova Tuyara RUS 1984 – 5
23 FM Muratov Sergey RUS 2218 – 5
24 Vlasov Igor RUS 2232 – 5
25 IM Kravtsov Sergey RUS 2325 – 4.5
26 Tugarin Anton RUS 2177 – 4.5
27 Kalinin Oleg RUS 2111 – 4.5
Trapeznikova Darya RUS 2069 – 4.5
29 Tanashkin Alexey RUS 2141 – 4.5
30 FM Sin Denis RUS 2305 – 4.5
31 Chernikov Daniil RUS 2028 – 4.5
32 Pavlovskiy Mikhail RUS 2250 – 4.5
33 Feduk Viktor RUS 2119 – 4.5
34 Kilbienep Tuskul RUS 2220 – 4.5
35 Ashid Tsetsegulzii MGL 1764 – 4
36 I En Bok RUS 2114 – 4
37 Vilchenko Maxim RUS 2238 – 4
38 Mikhailova Lubov RUS 2024 – 4
39 Borovskikh Alexander RUS 1767 – 4
40 Karpinskiy Kirill RUS 1908 – 4
41 Brushkivskiy Denis RUS 1946 – 4
42 Kosenok Anton RUS 1941 – 4
43 Ivanov Igor RUS 2174 – 4
44 Petrenko Andrey Yu. RUS 2007 – 3.5
45 Kiseleva Ekaterina RUS 1852 – 3.5
46 Protasova Anastasia RUS 1698 – 3.5
47 Sayapin Anatoly RUS 1909 – 3.5
48 Shershnev Anatoliy RUS 1841 – 3.5
49 Garmash Aliona RUS 1713 – 3
50 Shchukin Maksim RUS 1880 – 3
51 Romanchuk Boris RUS 1685 – 3
52 Medvedev Nikita RUS 1855 – 3
53 Kvitko Kirill RUS 0 – 2.5
54 Apanasevich Ivan RUS 1614 – 2.5
55 FM Belyi Vladimir RUS 1959 – 2.5
56 Kosolapova Olga RUS 1697 – 2.5
57 Zapletin Dmitriy RUS 1677 – 2


ECU Newsletter July 2015

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

The July 2015 edition of the European Chess Union Newsletter is now available for download from ECU website.

This edition of the monthly ECU Newsletter contains:
- Report about Glorney Gilbert International 2015; (reposted below)
- Report about European Youth Team Chess Championship 2015;
- Report about European Senior Team Chess Championship 2015;
- Report about European Schools Chess Championship 2015;
- Press conference on the occasion of the first ECU congress in Bar;
- Notice for European Youth Chess Championship 2015;
- Fun Zone;
- Upcoming events in August 2015.

Glorney Gilbert International 2015

President of Ireland Mr. Michael D. Higgins opens Glorney Gilbert International 2015

“….Chess is a truly global sport and as chess players you now have the gift of a universal language that will allow you to make friendships with people from every part of the world…”

The President of Ireland Mr. Michael D. Higgins officially opened the tournament. His Excellency, an academic, poet, writer and activist of human rights made a speech hymn for chess, stating that “Chess is a global Sport a universal common language”. During his speech, he presented two chess books that helped him studying chess in the past.

The whole speech can be found at the official page of Irish President.

The ECU President Mr. Azmaiparashvili welcomed all the participants and delegates from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales and thanked Irish Chess Union Chairman, Mr. Pat Fitzsimons for the excellent organization of the tournament, claiming that the European Chess Union will be more close to British and Irish Isles in their efforts to develop further chess in the area. Mr. Azmaiparashvili then awarded Ireland’s player Conor O’Donnell with his FIDE master title.

ECU President Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili made the symbolic first move before the start of the 1st round of Glorney Gilbert International 2015. Mr. Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou, ECU Secretary General also attended the opening ceremony and the start of the round.

Glorney Gilbert International 2015

Glorney Gilbert International 2015 took place from 19th to 23rd July in Johnstown House, Enfield/Ireland. It is a team event that has been running since 1949, and has a long and varied history.

Participating federations were England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, competing in 4 tournaments: Glorney Cup, Gilbert Cup, Robinson Cup and Stokes Cup.

Glorney Gilbert 2016 is to be hosted by England. Provisional dates are July 17th to 21st to be confirmed on or around April 2016.