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Global Chess Festival 2015 with Judit Polgar

Monday, September 28th, 2015

The Global Chess Festival is an international unique event that relies on the 1500 years-old mystical board game presenting the diversity of 1000 faces of chess. From the perspective of education, culture, science and games, the festival offers all-day family entertainment.

The 2015 Global Chess Festival is organized by the Judit Polgar Chess Foundation and takes place on 17th October in Budapest, Hungary (Castle Garden Bazaar) and Santiago de Chile.

www.sakkfesztival.com

Budapest Chess Festival 2014

The founder and organizer of the Global Chess Festival is Judit Polgar, number 1 female chess player for more than 25 years, who beyond her sport achievements has also succeeded in developing a unique innovative educational program.

Since 2007 the Global Chess Festival’s predecessor the Aquaprofit-Polgar Chess Festival, has grown into a highly prestigious social event, in which gladly participate well-known personalities, sportsmen, artists, scientists, educators and most of all children. People of all nations in the world are connected by a universal, thought-provoking game.

In addition to the respected history of chess, especially now in the digital age, it became a superb educational tool, because it develops what children need the most: logical thinking, interrelation and the creative use of information. At the festival there are many opportunities to reassure participants of all this, in entertaining and engaging activities.

MISSION

Our goal is in 10 years to attract 5 million people from the 5 continents to join the Global Chess Festival. We aim to provide opportunity for people to establish cooperation and build friendships across the barriers of language, age, gender, ethnicity, religion, physical ability or social status.

JOIN IN

Candidates from various countries wishing to participate may join the Global Chess Festival on the website of the event. On a dedicated day each October, participants organize their own event with various chess activities. While maintaining individual ideas and unique culture, participating events will contribute to the programs of the Global Chess Festival. A standard appearance of the Global Chess Festival is achieved by the common corporate identity elements, the logo and the precise description of the implementation. The joining countries have the freedom to shape their local chess event, lectures and education programs according to their individual conception.

Via ChessDailyNews

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FIDE delegation congratulated Pel? on his 75th anniversary

Monday, September 28th, 2015

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On September 24, “The King of Football” Pel? celebrated his 75th anniversary. The FIDE delegation headed by Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and FIDE Vice President, President of Russian Chess Federation Andrey Filatov, was invited to London for the celebrations, which were held in the Halcyon Gallery. At the celebrations were present the representatives of the creative establishment, business and banking community, and various mass media. All inviters had an opportunity to take a photo with Pel?. Despite the existing severe restrictions on the acceptance of gifts and souvenirs in connection with the advertising obligations, the legend of football got different sets of chess from the FIDE representatives. The FIDE delegation was also represented by Tserendorj Sainbayar, President of Mongolian Chess Federation, and Berik Balgabaev, FIDE President’s Assistant.

Mr Kirsan Ilumzhinov with kalmik chess

Pele and Berik

Pele and Sainbayar

Photo with Chess

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Global Chess Festival 2015 with Judit Polgar

Monday, September 28th, 2015

The Global Chess Festival is an international unique event that relies on the 1500 years-old mystical board game presenting the diversity of 1000 faces of chess. From the perspective of education, culture, science and games, the festival offers all-day family entertainment.

The 2015 Global Chess Festival is organized by the Judit Polgar Chess Foundation and takes place on 17th October in Budapest, Hungary (Castle Garden Bazaar) and Santiago de Chile.

www.sakkfesztival.com

Judit giving a simul to celebrities, artists, athletes, businessmen and politicians

Judit giving a simul to celebrities, artists, athletes, businessmen and politicians

The founder and organizer of the Global Chess Festival is Judit Polgar, number 1 female chess player for more than 25 years, who beyond her sport achievements has also succeeded in developing a unique innovative educational program.

Since 2007 the Global Chess Festival’s predecessor the Aquaprofit-Polgar Chess Festival, has grown into a highly prestigious social event, in which gladly participate well-known personalities, sportsmen, artists, scientists, educators and most of all children. People of all nations in the world are connected by a universal, thought-provoking game.

In addition to the respected history of chess, especially now in the digital age, it became a superb educational tool, because it develops what children need the most: logical thinking, interrelation and the creative use of information. At the festival there are many opportunities to reassure participants of all this, in entertaining and engaging activities.

MISSION

Our goal is in 10 years to attract 5 million people from the 5 continents to join the Global Chess Festival. We aim to provide opportunity for people to establish cooperation and build friendships across the barriers of language, age, gender, ethnicity, religion, physical ability or social status.

JOIN IN

Candidates from various countries wishing to participate may join the Global Chess Festival on the website of the event. On a dedicated day each October, participants organize their own event with various chess activities. While maintaining individual ideas and unique culture, participating events will contribute to the programs of the Global Chess Festival. A standard appearance of the Global Chess Festival is achieved by the common corporate identity elements, the logo and the precise description of the implementation. The joining countries have the freedom to shape their local chess event, lectures and education programs according to their individual conception.

Via ChessDailyNews

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Poikovsky Chess 2015 LIVE!

Monday, September 28th, 2015

The Poikovsky Karpov Chess Tournament 2015, named after the former world champion Anatoly Karpov, is going to take place from 27th September to 8th October. Chessdom will cover the live games with computer analysis by the TCEC medalist engines Komodo, Stockfish, and Houdini.

It will be the 16th edition of the event, which once again will be a strong 10-player round robin tournament.

The winner from 2013, Pavel Eljanov, will not be able to participate as he is currently playing the semi-finals of the FIDE World Chess Cup. Morozevich, the winner of the 2014 edition of Poikovsky Karpov, is going to play this year again (replay Poikovsky Karpov 2014 games). His competitors include the 2700+ GMs Shirov and Korobov, as well as GMs Laznicka, Lysyj, Inarkiev, Smirin, Khismatullin, Sutovsky, and Bologan.

Poikovsky Karpov Chess 2015 will be have special daily coverage on the Russian version of Chessdom

More: The second part of TCEC Stage 2 is now in play, follow it live here

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Jahongir Vakhidov winner of IGB Malaysian Open 2015

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

The Malaysian Chess Festival held at Mid Valley City, Kuala Lumpur from 18-28 September 2015 has now come to an end with the conclusion of the concurrently played IGB Malaysian International Open Chess Championship, KLK Tan Sri Lee Loy Seng Seniors Open Chess Championship, and the Malaysian Chess Challenge.

Fittingly it all ended at a Gala Dinner during the Closing and Awards Ceremony officiated by Malaysian Chess Festival Patron Dato’ Tan Chin Nam, Organising Chairman Daniel Yong and Dato’ P. Gunaseelan representing the Mayor of Kuala Lumpur and which was also attended by over 200 participants from 21 countries together with other friends and family members.

Yong, in his opening remarks thanked his team for a successful event and expressed his satisfaction that the Malaysian Chess Festival was able to give something to every chessplayer irregardless of age and level.

Yong, Dato' Gunaseelan & Champion

Yong, Dato’ Gunaseelan & Champion

Dato’ Gunaseelan then also congratulated the sponsors – IGB Corporation, ASTRO, Swensen’s, Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad, and the Kasparov Chess Foundation Asia-Pacific, noting that indeed over 1,500 players of all ages had come together the last ten days with 21 countries represented before going on to list the numerous achievements of Dato’ Tan both locally and internationally over 30 years and the new leadership role in Malaysian chess that Yong had assumed in recent years

In the flagship IGB Malaysian Open it was top seeded Jahongir Vakhidov from Uzbekistan who emerged the champion with an unbeaten 7/9 after leading almost throughout.

VVIPs & Champion

VVIPs & Champion Jahongir Vakhidov

Australia’s Moulthun Ly and 13-year old Anton Smirnov were together with India’s P Shyaamnikhil and Vietnam’s Le Tuan Minh also scored seven points, as did Indian National Champion Padmini Rout who in a standout performance was clearly the best of the girl participants. Ly and Smirnov would have made GM norms expect that in a field which had 8 GMs and 27 IM’s of were of near equal strength, they only played two GMs and not the requisite three GMs.

Anton Smirnov

Anton Smirnov

Ly Moulthun

Ly Moulthun

The best local player was No. 1 ranked FM Nicholas Chan with a score of 6/9 which would normally mean an IM title norm but his opponent’s average rating fell short by just two points!

Nicholas Chan

Nicholas Chan

Good performances were also recorded by veteran Eugene Torre, Asia’s first GM who accommodated endless selfie requests and Filipino coach GM Jayson Gonzales who made a rare playing appearance, both score 6.5/9 together with young active players including Oliver Barbosa, Nguyen Van Huy, Ramnath Bhuvanesh, Sean Winshand Cuhendi and Haridas Pascua.

Eugene Torre

Eugene Torre

Jayson Gonzales

Jayson Gonzales

Very young talent was also in evidence including Malaysia’s Wong Yin Long, even younger Bangladeshi Mohammad Fahad Rahman and the improving Ryan Chan, the local who beat him in the last round.

Mohamad Fahad Rahman

Mohamad Fahad Rahman

In the KLK Tan Sri Lee Loy Seng Seniors which attracted 18 players, there was a new champion in GM Dmitry Kayumov who made it a sweep for Uzbekistan, his score of 8/9 bettering that of repeat defending champion GM Alexander Fominyh, a Russian who has been working as a coach in Malaysia for a few years now. It was also nice to see IM Ronny Gunawan return to competitive chess and win third place.

Dimitri Kayumov

Dmitry Kayumov

Ronny Gunawan

Ronny Gunawan

Finally, it was Filipino Istraelito Rillorza was first in the Malaysian Chess Challenge over Chester D Caminong on tiebreak after both finished with 7.5/9.

Links to all results are available at the official website www.datchesscenter.com

Report by Peter Long

Jahongir Vakhidov

Jahongir Vakhidov

Dewi Citra

Dewi Citra

Li Roufan

Li Roufan

Daniel Chan

Daniel Chan

Dato' Tan Receiving a Gift from Young UAE Player

Dato’ Tan Receiving a Gift from Young UAE Player

Seniors Champion

Seniors Champion

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Svidler Beats Giri As Black On First Day World Cup Semifinals

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

Peter Svidler is close to reaching the final of the 2015 FIDE World Cup. All he needs is a draw with white tomorrow after beating Anish Giri in a Zaitsev Ruy Lopez today. 
All photos courtesy of FIDE.
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FIDE World Cup – Semifinals started

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

The Semifinals of the 2015 FIDE World Chess Cup started today at the Fairmont Hotel in Baku, Azerbaijan, with four players that remained in the competition.

Official website / Live games with analysis / Live games with chat 

Previous reports: Round 1 pairingsRound 2 tie-breakRound 3 picturesque reportEljanov with six straight winsAndreikin defeats Kramnik in Russian derbyRound 4 started with 4 winsMamedyarov, Nakamura, Svidler, Vachier-Lagrave advanceGiri, Karjakin, Eljanov, Wei Yi qualify for 5th roundEljanov defeats NakamuraEljanov, Giri qualify for World Cup Semifinal/ Svidler and Karjakin qualify for FIDE World Cup Semifinal
Peter Svidler was slightly surprised with Anish Giri’s 1.e4, when he expected the closed opening like in their previous encounters. Black decided to defend with the rare line of Zaitsev Ruy Lopez.

After the initial build-up, where white was moving his pieces towards the enemy king, while black sought queenside counterplay, Giri suddenly conceded two pawns for no apparent reason. Black king was very solid and never came under attack.

Shortly after reaching the time control Giri resigned and Svidler registered a very important win with black pieces.

Sergey Karjakin remained loyal to his opening repertoire and defended with the Queen’s Indian. He got an isolated pawn that was quickly advanced and exchanged. At this point though Pavel Eljanov missed an opportunity to claim an extra pawn (a7).

The play continued with a roughly equal position but white was pressing. Finally, few moves before the time control, Eljanov was poised to win a pawn.

Karjakin had a choice of which ending to play, and he opted to keep the rooks and knights on the board, when white had an extra a-pawn. Black managed to maintain sufficient counterplay to eventually hold a draw.

Full set of results and pgn files can be found on http://www.bakuworldcup2015.com/content/27

Photo gallery is available at http://www.bakuworldcup2015.com/product/72

The total prize fund of the 2015 FIDE World Chess Cup is 1,6 million USD. In addition, the tournament also awards two places in the 2016 Candidates Tournament, part of the FIDE World Championship cycle.

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FIDE World Cup – Semifinals Started

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

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FIDE World Cup – Semifinals Started

The Semifinals of the 2015 FIDE World Chess Cup started today at the Fairmont Hotel in Baku, Azerbaijan, with four players that remained in the competition.

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Peter Svidler was slightly surprised with Anish Giri’s 1.e4, when he expected the closed opening like in their previous encounters. Black decided to defend with the rare line of Zaitsev Ruy Lopez.

After the initial build-up, where white was moving his pieces towards the enemy king, while black sought queenside counterplay, Giri suddenly conceded two pawns for no apparent reason. Black king was very solid and never came under attack.

Shortly after reaching the time control Giri resigned and Svidler registered a very important win with black pieces.

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Sergey Karjakin remained loyal to his opening repertoire and defended with the Queen’s Indian. He got an isolated pawn that was quickly advanced and exchanged. At this point though Pavel Eljanov missed an opportunity to claim an extra pawn (a7).

The play continued with a roughly equal position but white was pressing. Finally, few moves before the time control, Eljanov was poised to win a pawn.

Karjakin had a choice of which ending to play, and he opted to keep the rooks and knights on the board, when white had an extra a-pawn. Black managed to maintain sufficient counterplay to eventually hold a draw.

Full set of results and pgn files can be found on http://www.bakuworldcup2015.com/content/27 

Photo gallery is available at http://www.bakuworldcup2015.com/product/72 

The total prize fund of the 2015 FIDE World Chess Cup is 1,6 million USD. In addition, the tournament also awards two places in the 2016 Candidates Tournament, part of the FIDE World Championship cycle.

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Press conference with the Semifinalists


Peter Svidler and Sergey Karjakin qualify for FIDE World Cup Semifinal

The two pairs of players who tied their round five matches with the classical time control returned to the playing hall at the Fairmont Flame Towers in Baku to settle the scores in the rapid and blitz games.

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In the first set of the rapid games Peter Svidler held serious advantage in both games against Wei Yi, but the Chinese staged two escapes and remained in the match.

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Meanwhile, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Sergey Karjakin drew two games. In the next batch of rapid with faster time control Mamedyarov run into trouble early in the first game and started burning his clock. But just as he finally reached an ending with some prospects of holding, he simply run out of time and lost.

In the return game Mamedyarov tried to maneuver and prepare a break in the blocked position, however at some point he blundered a piece to a knight fork and immediately resigned.

At the same time Svidler, after failing to convert three better games, finally broke the resistance of his young opponent to qualify for the Semifinal.

Full set of results and pgn files can be found on http://www.bakuworldcup2015.com/content/27 

Photo gallery is available at http://www.bakuworldcup2015.com/product/70

Semifinal pairings: Svidler – Giri, Karjakin – Eljanov

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Anish Giri interviewed by the local TV

Dozens of spectators in the playing hall - organizers had to bring in more chairs

GM Evgeny Romanov joined GM Sergei Shipov in the commentary room

Hikaru Nakamura joining the English commentary

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave commenting for the English-speaking audience

Peter Svidler with Hikaru Nakamura and Evgeny Miroshnichenko

Press conference with the Semifinalists

Two Russian players advanced into the Semifinal


 

Wei Yi and Peter Svidler tied the classical match

Pavel Eljanov, Anish Giri qualify for FIDE World Cup Semifinal

The return games of the fifth round of the 2015 FIDE World Cup were completed in the Fairmont Flame Towers in Baku.

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Hikaru Nakamura had to play for a win in order to equalize and stay in the match with Pavel Eljanov. White’s weapon of choice was the English opening, which Eljanov already faced on three occasions earlier in the tournament. Speaking at the press conference after the game, Eljanov felt that Nakamura should have tried something more aggressive and appropriate to his style.

White obtained the pair of bishops but black’s position was very solid. Eljanov said he was very confident after 23…h5, which effectively forced the trade of the queens. Then the black’s task of holding the draw was much easier. Eljanov did just that and became the first player to qualify for the World Cup Semifinal.

Nakamura tweeted later: “When your opponent plays better than you in a short format like this, there’s not much one can do but move on to the next event!”

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Anish Giri chose a modest opening setup with white, looking to avoid opponent’s fantastic preparation in the Gruenfeld Indian defence. Still, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave sacrificed a pawn in a typical Gruenfeld-fashion at the first possible moment.

Giri was happy how the game progressed, having exchanged the queens and keeping the extra pawn to pose some problems for black’s defence.

Vachier-Lagrave tried to simplify the position, but the resulting rook ending was quite difficult for black, who on many occasions had to find the only moves just to stay in the game. White was still able to press hard for a win. Despite the black’s resourcefulness in defence, Giri skillfully converted the advantage and joined Eljanov in the Semifinal.

Vachier-Lagrave tweeted: “First classical loss in a World Cup, courtesy of @anishgiri! Time to refresh now!”

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Sergey Karjakin are to settle the score in tie-breaks

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov prepared another opening surprise for his opponent, but Sergey Karjakin was able to find the best moves and weather the storm away. After white safely castled, Mamedyarov offered a draw on move 14.

Being faced with the Italian opening Peter Svidler decided to win the bishops pair at the cost of doubling the pawns. It appeared as black got the upper hand and was expected to push for a win. But Wei Yi forced timely exchanges of pieces and found a very important 28.h4. Seeing no way to make further progress, Svidler offered a draw.

The matches Mamedyarov vs Karjakin and Svidler vs Wei Yi are to be settled in quick-play on Friday afternoon.

The total prize fund of the 2015 FIDE World Chess Cup is 1,6 million USD. In addition, the tournament also awards two places in the 2016 Candidates Tournament, part of the FIDE World Championship cycle.

The players are getting 100% of their prizes, not 80% as most are quoting. This is because the Organizers paid the FIDE share on top of the Prize Fund.

Full set of results and pgn files can be found on http://www.bakuworldcup2015.com/content/27 

Photo gallery is available at http://www.bakuworldcup2015.com/product/69 

According to the Regulations (3.8 Tie-breaks), after a new drawing of colors, two tie-break games with the time control 25min + 10sec will be played.

If the scores are still level, then, after a new drawing of colors, a match of two games with the time control 10min + 10sec will be played.
In case of a level score, another match of two games will be played, with a blitz time control of 5min + 3sec.

If still there is no winner, one sudden-death game will be played. The player who wins the drawing of lots may choose the color. The player with the white pieces shall receive 5 minutes, the opponent with the black pieces shall receive 4 minutes whereupon, after the 60th move, both players shall receive an increment of 3 seconds for each move from move 61. In case of a draw the player with the black pieces is declared the winner.

Anish Giri victorious in the longest game of the dayPavel Eljanov held a draw against Hikaru Nakamura and qualified for the Semifinal


Anish Giri surprised Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the opening

FIDE World Cup – Round 5 Started

The fifth round of the 2015 FIDE World Chess Cup started today at the Fairmont Hotel in Baku, Azerbaijan, with 8 players that remained in the competition.

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Pavel Eljanov played a model Catalan game to take the lead in the match against Hikaru Nakamura. He used a rare move in the opening, 12.Qc1, and his opponent missed the critical continuation 15…Bxf3.

White exerted strong pressure on the black queenside, finding a nice tactical shot to imbalance the material to his advantage. Eljanov considered that his position was technically winning as soon as the queens were traded on move 23.

Nakamura offered a draw on move 29, but Eljanov rejected it and went on to convert the advantage.

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov could not break the defences of Sergey Karjakin

Local hero Shakhriyar Mamedyarov was close to opening the score against Sergey Karjakin, but the Russian defended tenaciously and eventually salvaged a draw.

Mamedyarov employed an enterprising exchange sacrifice that gave him a lasting initiative. At some point white started advancing the passed pawn and black was forced to give up a bishop to stop the menace.

Luckily for Karjakin, he found some counterplay against the white king and forced the exchange of the queens. In the ending with the reduced material black was able to hold the ground.

Peter Svidler and Wei Yi drew the game

Peter Svidler and Wei Yi reached a position with the isolated d-pawn but the game ended abruptly with moves repetition soon after the opening.

Anish Giri surprised Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the opening

Anish Giri surprised Maxime Vachier-Lagrave with the opening choice, namely the Petroff defence. Vachier-Lagrave said he got a small plus but nothing substantial and the game was drawn after the double rook exchange.

Full set of results and pgn files can be found on http://www.bakuworldcup2015.com/content/27 

Photo gallery is available at http://www.bakuworldcup2015.com/product/68 

The total prize fund of the 2015 FIDE World Chess Cup is 1,6 million USD. In addition, the tournament also awards two places in the 2016 Candidates Tournament, part of the FIDE World Championship cycle.

Elman Rustamov Governor of the Central Bank and President of Azerbaijan Chess Federation visited the venue

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave interviewed after the game

Wei Yi with the tournament commentator Evgeny Miroshnichenko


The start of the tie-breaks

Round 4 tie-break: Giri, Karjakin, Eljanov, Wei Yi qualify for next round

The four pairs of players who tied their round four matches with the classical time control returned to the playing hall at the Fairmont Flame Towers in Baku to settle the scores in the rapid and blitz games.

Sergey Karjakin won the Russian derby against Dmitry Andreikin

In the first set of the rapid games Sergey Karjakin eliminated his compatriot and 2013 World Cup finalist Dmitry Andreikin thanks to the win with white pieces in the first game. In the second game Andreikin couldn’t find the desired attack and black even emerged with a winning position.

Anish Giri was convincing against Radoslaw Wojtaszek

Anish Giri also made good use of the white pieces and simply crushed Radoslaw Wojtaszek in the first game. In the return game Wojtaszek seized the initiative but he let it slip away, while Giri gradually improved his position and went on to win 2-0.

Pavel Eljanov eliminated Dmitry Jakovenko

Pavel Eljanov held a draw with black and scored a fine positional win with white to advance to the next round. Dmitry Jakovenko still has a chance to qualify for the Candidates Tournament, but only if Hikaru Nakamura reaches the World Cup final.

Wei Yi defeated his compatriot Ding Liren

The two Chinese players Ding Liren and Wei Yi drew both games and proceeded to the next batch of rapid with faster time control. After another draw, the second game produced a real thriller when both players pushed for a win in the complex ending with queens and bishops. Wei Yi managed to trade the queens, win a pawn and eventually the game to qualify for the 5th round.

Full set of results and pgn files can be found on http://www.bakuworldcup2015.com/content/27 

Photo gallery is available at http://www.bakuworldcup2015.com/product/66 

Round 5 pairings: Giri vs Vachier-Lagrave, Mamedyarov vs Karjakin, Nakamura vs Eljanov, Svidler vs Wei Yi

Anish Giri in the commentary room
Anish Giri in the commentary room

Casual games in one of the halls
Casual games in one of the halls

Mateusz Bartel observing the games of his compatriot
Mateusz Bartel observing the games of his compatriot

Sergey Karjakin interviewed by Sergei Shipov
Sergey Karjakin interviewed by Sergei Shipov

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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in one of his regular press conferences

Mamedyarov, Nakamura, Svidler, Vachier-Lagrave advance to 5th round of FIDE World Cup

The return games of the fourth round of the 2015 FIDE World Cup were completed in the Fairmont Flame Towers in Baku.

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave is through to the round of best 8

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave assumed the advantage against Wesley So after the American was forced to sacrifice a knight for two pawns. However, in the forced sequence of moves many pieces were exchanged and the position simplified with all remaining pawns being on the kingside.

It took a lot of patient maneuvering from black to finally destroy white’s pawn mass and achieve a victory and qualification to the 5th round.

Peter Svidler eliminated former world champion Veselin Topalov

Peter Svidler played a good game with black to hold the ground and earn a much needed draw with black against the tournament’s top seed Veselin Topalov. In the final position black is even objectively winning, but he made a practical decision and agreed to opponent’s draw offer.

At the press conference Svidler shared that he lost several consecutive games with black pieces against the Bulgarian. He broke the negative record at the best possible moment as the result enabled him to advance to the World Cup quarterfinals.

Dmitry Jakovenko observes the game between Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Fabiano Caruana

Local star Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Hikaru Nakamura comfortably drew their games with black pieces, against Fabiano Caruana and Michael Adams, respectively, to also reach the stage of best-eight.

Wei Yi equalized the score against compatriot Ding Liren

In the Chinese derby the young prodigy Wei Yi was able to strike back against Ding Liren and equalize the score in the match, which will now be decided in the tie-breaks.

The match between Dmitry Andreikin and Sergey Karjakin will be decided in tiebreak

The matches Radoslaw Wojtaszek vs Anish Giri, Sergey Karjakin vs Dmitry Andreikin and Dmitry Jakovenko vs Pavel Eljanov are also to be settled in quick-play on Tuesday afternoon.

The total prize fund of the 2015 FIDE World Chess Cup is 1,6 million USD. In addition, the tournament also awards two places in the 2016 Candidates Tournament, part of the FIDE World Championship cycle.

The players are getting 100% of their prizes, not 80% as most are quoting. This is because the Organizers paid the FIDE share on top of the Prize Fund.

Full set of results and pgn files can be found on http://www.bakuworldcup2015.com/content/27 

Photo gallery is available at http://www.bakuworldcup2015.com/product/65 

According to the Regulations (3.8 Tie-breaks), after a new drawing of colors, two tie-break games with the time control 25min + 10sec will be played.

If the scores are still level, then, after a new drawing of colors, a match of two games with the time control 10min + 10sec will be played. In case of a level score, another match of two games will be played, with a blitz time control of 5min + 3sec.

If still there is no winner, one sudden-death game will be played. The player who wins the drawing of lots may choose the color. The player with the white pieces shall receive 5 minutes, the opponent with the black pieces shall receive 4 minutes whereupon, after the 60th move, both players shall receive an increment of 3 seconds for each move from move 61. In case of a draw the player with the black pieces is declared the winner.

Hikaru Nakamura in the commentary room with Evgeny Miroshnichenko

Journalists playing a casual game in front of the playing hall

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in one of his regular press conferences


Anish Giri and Radoslaw Wojtaszek

FIDE World Cup – Round 4 Started

The fourth round of the 2015 FIDE World Chess Cup was held today at the Fairmont Hotel in Baku, Azerbaijan, with 16 players that remained in the competition.

Pleased Shakhriyar Mamedyarov giving a press conference

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov delighted the local fans by winning a brilliant game against Fabiano Caruana. The American was late with his queenside counterplay and white was able to deliver a decisive punch on the other flank of the board.

The dozens of spectators that used Sunday to visit the playing venue enthusiastically greeted Mamedyarov with applause and ovations.

Ding Liren presenting his game in the live broadcast

Ding Liren defeated his younger compatriot Wei Yi with white pieces. It was an open and sharp Anti-Gruenfeld game where the players kept coming with beautiful tactical shots and resources. All three results were in play until black rushed to grab the b4-pawn and lost a crucial tempo after which white broke through.

The two players that were involved in the longest tie-break matches yesterday, Hikaru Nakamura and Michael Adams, fought hard in the complex middlegame arising from Catalan structure. Nakamura handled the double-rook ending better and took the full point home.

Peter Svidler defeated Veselin Topalov

In the longest game of the day former World Cup winner Peter Svidler defeated former World Champion Veselin Topalov. In the extremely complicated middlegame with heavy pieces the defended passed pawn on c6 was a huge asset for white. On the other hand, black’s own passer on e3 was safely blocked by white rooks. After a kingside breakthrough the Russian launched the winning attack.

The remaining four games were drawn.

Full set of results and pgn files can be found on http://www.bakuworldcup2015.com/content/27 

Photo gallery is available at http://www.bakuworldcup2015.com/product/64 

Interview with Radoslaw Wojtaszek

The total prize fund of the 2015 FIDE World Chess Cup is 1,6 million USD. In addition, the tournament also awards two places in the 2016 Candidates Tournament, part of the FIDE World Championship cycle.

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Crowded room during Mamedyarovs press conference

Radoslaw Wojtaszek played a new move in Naidorf Sicilian and held Anish Giri to a draw

The Chinese derby in progress

The game between two Russians was quickly drawn

Vladimir Kramnik visited the press center for interview and games commentary

Wesley So held Maxime Vachier-Lagrave with black pieces


Dmitry Andreikin defeated the winner of 2013 World Cup Vladimir Kramnik

Round 3 tie-break: Andreikin defeats Kramnik in Russian derby

The seven pairs of players who tied their round three matches with the classical time control returned to the playing hall at the Fairmont Flame Towers in Baku to settle the scores in the rapid and blitz games.

Veselin Topalov winning with white against the young star Lu Shanglei

In the first set of the rapid games top seed Veselin Topalov assumed the advantage against the former World Junior Champion Lu Shanglei and then routinely drew the second game to advance to the next round.

Peter Svidler eliminated Teimour Radjabov

Peter Svidler eliminated the local star Teimour Radjabov after the former went for a faulty combination, but the latter missed an intermediate move that refutes the tactics. The Russian player proceeded to convert the advantage.

Wesley So focusing before the match with Le Quang Liem

The first game between Wesley So and Le Quang Liem was drawn, and in the second the Vietnamese player carelessly advanced with the king, running straight into the mating net. Wesley So won and moved into the next round.

In the Russian derby and replay of the 2013 World Cup final, Dmitry Andreikin saved a disastrous position with black and then proceeded to win a fine game with white to send Vladimir Kramnik home.

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave is through to the next round

In the next batch of rapid with faster time control Maxime Vachier-Lagrave broke the lock and defeated Evgeny Tomashevsky 2-0.

Two matches continued to be decided in the blitz games.

Michael Adams defeated Leinier Dominguez in blitz

Leinier Dominguez played a good game with black, won the exchange and obtained an advantage. But he played too slow, started dropping pawns and eventually lost. In the return game Dominguez was once again oblivious about time and Adams progressed into the next round.

Two fearless fighters, Hikaru Nakamura and Ian Nepomniachtchi, exchanged wins in rapid and in blitz, eventually reaching Armageddon to decide the fate of the match.

Hikaru Nakamura and Ian Nepomniachtchi reached Armageddon

Nepomniachtchi had white and 5 minutes, while Nakamura had black, 4 minutes and draw odds. The increment was coming in only from the 61st move.

White got something going, but Nakamura launched a strong counterattack, broke through the ranks and won the game.

Full set of results and pgn files can be found on http://www.bakuworldcup2015.com/content/27 

Photo gallery is available at http://www.bakuworldcup2015.com/product/62 

Round 4 pairings: Topalov – Svidler, Ding Liren – Wei Yi, Giri – Wojtaszek, So – Vachier-Lagrave, Nakamura – Adams, Eljanov – Jakovenko, Caruana – Mamedyarov, Andreikin – Karjakin.


 

The match between the finalists of 2013 FIDE World Cup

Eljanov with six straight wins, eliminates Grischuk

The return games of the third round of the 2015 FIDE World Cup were completed in the Fairmont Flame Towers in Baku.

Ukrainian legend Vassily Ivanchuk surprised everyone, including his opponent, by resigning in a position that was, although weaker, still playable for black. Thus Dmitry Jakovenko advances to the 4th round.

Chinese players Ding Liren and Wei Yi took advantage of the white pieces to defeat Gadir Guseinov and Alexander Areshchenko, respectively, and qualify for the next stage. Yu Yangyi, on the contrary, could not strike back against Sergey Karjakin as the Russian obtained advantage and accepted a draw in better position.

Radoslaw Wojtaszek earned some advantage with white pieces, forcing his opponent Julio Granda Zuniga to sacrifice an exchange. The play got sharper and the Peruvian representative made several mistakes which led him to defeat and elimination from the World Cup.

In an innocuous middlegame Peter Leko, unusually for him, defended meekly and allowed Anish Giri to make substantial progress. The Dutch jumped on the opportunity, seized the initiative and shortly concluded the game.

Speaking of the players who won the first game yesterday, Fabiano Caruana and local star Shakhriyar Mamedyarov held the ground with black, achieving draws, and qualifying for the next round where they will meet each other.

Pavel Eljanov won all six games since the beginning of the World Cup, without conceding a single draw. He won the return game against Alexander Grischuk, to knock the 7th-seed out of the competition.

Seven matches will be settled in the games with quick time control.

Some of the round 4 pairings are already known: Chinese derby Ding Liren – Wei Yi, Giri – Wojtaszek, Eljanov – Jakovenko, Caruana – Mamedyarov.

The total prize fund of the 2015 FIDE World Chess Cup is 1,6 million USD. In addition, the tournament also awards two places in the 2016 Candidates Tournament, part of the FIDE World Championship cycle.

The players are getting 100% of their prizes, not 80% as most are quoting. This is because the Organizers paid the FIDE share on top of the Prize Fund.

Full set of results and pgn files can be found on http://www.bakuworldcup2015.com/content/27 

Photo gallery is available at http://www.bakuworldcup2015.com/product/60 

Anish Giri is through to the next round

Dmitry Jakovenko analyzing his game with Emil Sutovsky

Grischuk and Eljanov

Lu Shanglei held Veselin Topalov and the match will be decided in tie-break

Sergey Karjakin interviewed after the game

Teimour Radjabov and Peter Svidler made a quick draw moving on to rapid tie-breaks

Wei Yi qualified to the next round

Wesley So started the press conference by praising the playing conditions in Baku

According to the Regulations (3.8 Tie-breaks), after a new drawing of colors, two tie-break games with the time control 25min + 10sec will be played.

If the scores are still level, then, after a new drawing of colors, a match of two games with the time control 10min + 10sec will be played.

In case of a level score, another match of two games will be played, with a blitz time control of 5min + 3sec.

If still there is no winner, one sudden-death game will be played. The player who wins the drawing of lots may choose the color. The player with the white pieces shall receive 5 minutes, the opponent with the black pieces shall receive 4 minutes whereupon, after the 60th move, both players shall receive an increment of 3 seconds for each move from move 61. In case of a draw the player with the black pieces is declared the winner.


Peter Svidler and Teimour Radjabov split the point
FIDE World Cup – Round 3 Started

The third round of the 2015 FIDE World Chess Cup was held today at the Fairmont Hotel in Baku, Azerbaijan, with 32 players that remained in the competition.

The elo differences between the players were not as big as in previous rounds, and consequently many games were drawn.

Sergey Karjakin started the 3rd round with a win

Sergey Karjakin opened the score against the former World Junior Champion Yu Yangyi. In an interesting Sicilian game with both kings left in the center, the Chinese player blundered a tactical shot and resigned soon after.

Excitement around Mamedyarovs board

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov steamrolled SP Seturaman in a sharp line of Caro-Kann. The temporary exchange sacrifice allowed white to reach a winning endgame, which he easily converted into full point.

Fabiano Caruana at the post-game press conference

Fabiano Caruana defeated the Canadian GM Anton Kovalyov, who earlier knocked out American’s trainer Rustam Kasimdzhanov. Following the slow-paced middlegame with lots of maneuvers, Caruana finally broke through after the first time control.

Pavel Eljanov scored an important win with black pieces

In one of the most exciting games of the day Pavel Eljanov stunned the 7th-seed Alexander Grischuk with black pieces. However, Grischuk had a tremendous chance but he failed to spot a victorious move shortly before the time control. In the resulting endgame white tried to set a fortress, but nevertheless the position should be winning for black with precise play.

The remaining 12 games were drawn.

Full set of results and pgn files can be found on http://www.bakuworldcup2015.com/content/27 

Photo gallery is available at http://www.bakuworldcup2015.com/product/51 

The total prize fund of the 2015 FIDE World Chess Cup is 1,6 million USD. In addition, the tournament also awards two places in the 2016 Candidates Tournament, part of the FIDE World Championship cycle.

Finalists of the previous World Cup - Kramnik and Andreikin

Le Quang Liem helping with the live commentary

Lu Shanglei held Veselin Topalov to a draw

Michael Adams joined Emil Sutovsky for the English live commentary

Rauf Mamedov joined the Azeri live commentary


Alexander Areshchenko defeated Levon Aronian

Round 2 tie-break: Areshchenko eliminated Aronian

The 15 pairs of players who tied their round two matches with the classical time control returned to the playing hall at the Fairmont Flame Towers in Baku to settle the scores in the rapid and blitz games.

In the first set of the rapid games Alexander Areshchenko convincingly defeated the world-class player Levon Aronian by 2-0. With the same result Teimour Radjabov and Anish Giri eliminated Ilia Smirin and Alexander Motylev, respectively.

Motylev, who was extremely solid throughout the first five days, blundered a piece in each of the two games. Speaking at the press conference, Giri explained that the current playing form counts for nothing in the knockout system: “A player can win 7 or 8 games in a row and then suddenly lose and get knocked out. On the contrary, we had the examples of players who were struggling day after day, but then somehow ended up in the final.”

Two blunders in two games by Alexander Motylev

Among other matches, former World Cup winner Peter Svidler defeated Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, Hikaru Nakamura eliminated his compatriot Samuel Shankland, and former World Blitz Champion Le Quang Liem outplayed Nikita Vitiugov.

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov delighted the local fans by scoring 1,5-0,5 against the world’s top rated female player Hou Yifan.

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov won a very nice game with white pieces

In the next batch of rapid with faster time control Alexander Grischuk finally broke the resistance of his young compatriot Vladimir Fedoseev. Yu Yangyi is through, as well as Russian champion Evgeny Tomashevsky.

Alexander Grischuk wins another tie-break match

Sergey Karjakin won both games against the ultra-solid Alexander Onischuk to advance to the next round.

Three matches continued to be decided in the blitz games.

In one of the most exciting encounters in the tournament so far, according to the commentator Emil Sutovsky, Wei Yi and Yuri Vovk were trading punches until the Chinese prodigy eventually won both blitz games to go through.

Wei Yi

Ian Nepomniachtchi and Laurent Fressinet were involved in a tough battle where the first seven games were drawn, and only a terrible blunder by the Frenchman in the 8th game allowed Nepo to qualify for the next round.

An entirely different show was directed by Michael Adams and Viktor Laznicka. The first six games ended in decisive results, with three fantastic comebacks, and then blitz delivered two draws.

The match was decided in the Armageddon game. Adams had white and 5 minutes, while Laznicka had black, 4 minutes and draw odds. The increment was coming in only from the 61st move.

Michael Adams is through after beating Viktor Laznicka in Armageddon game

To the surprise of the spectators, the Czech player displayed a terrible time management and simply run his clock out during the middlegame. Adams is set to play Dominguez in the 3rd round.

Full set of results and pgn files can be found on http://www.bakuworldcup2015.com/content/27 

Photo gallery is available at http://www.bakuworldcup2015.com/product/61 

Indian GM SP Sethuraman visited the press centar to give an interview
Indian GM SP Sethuraman visited the press center to give an interview

Nikita Vitiugov checking out Le Quang Liem extending stay photo by Paul Truong
Nikita Vitiugov checking out, Le Quang Liem extending stay (photo by Paul Truong)


 

Wesley So

Round 2 Game 2: Granda, So, Eljanov convincing in round 2 of FIDE World Cup

The return games of the second round of the 2015 FIDE World Cup were completed in the Fairmont Flame Towers in Baku.

Grandmasters Julio Granda, Wesley So and Pavel Eljanov convincingly defeated their respective opposition with 2-0 to qualify for the third round of the competition.

Chinese Lu Shanglei and local star Gadir Guseinov, who started the round by winning against higher rated players, preserved the advantage to also advance to the next round.

In the all-Indian derby SP Seturaman beat the elo-favourite Pentala Harikrishna to extend his stay in Baku.

Azeri players speaking with Veselin Topalov

As for the comebacks in a must-win situation, Michael Adams equalized against Viktor Laznicka, Sergey Karjakin struck back in a game that was praised even by the World Champion Magnus Carlsen, and Yuri Vovk pulled a small miracle by leveling the score against Chinese prodigy Wei Yi.

Among the top rated players, Veselin Topalov, Fabiano Caruana and Vladimir Kramnik are through to the next round, while Hikaru Nakamura, Anish Giri and Alexander Grischuk will return to the playing hall tomorrow for rapid tie-breaks.

Gadir Guseinov Hou Yifan to play tie-break with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov

A total of 15 matches will be settled in the games with quick time control.

Some of the round 3 pairings are already known: Topalov – Lu Shanglei, Ding Liren – Guseinov, Granda – Wojtaszek, Caruana – Kovalyov, and Kramnik – Andreikin in a replay of the 2013 World Cup final.

The total prize fund of the 2015 FIDE World Chess Cup is 1,6 million USD. In addition, the tournament also awards two places in the 2016 Candidates Tournament, part of the FIDE World Championship cycle.

Full set of results and pgn files can be found on http://www.bakuworldcup2015.com/content/27 

Photo gallery is available at http://www.bakuworldcup2015.com/product/48 

Vladimir Kramnik and Fabiano Caruana are through to the next round

According to the Regulations (3.8 Tie-breaks), after a new drawing of colors, two tie-break games with the time control 25min + 10sec will be played.

If the scores are still level,, then, after a new drawing of colors, a match of two games with the time control 10min + 10sec will be played.
In case of a level score, another match of two games will be played, with a blitz time control of 5min + 3sec.

If still there is no winner, one sudden-death game will be played. The player who wins the drawing of lots may choose the color. The player with the white pieces shall receive 5 minutes, the opponent with the black pieces shall receive 4 minutes whereupon, after the 60th move, both players shall receive an increment of 3 seconds for each move from move 61. In case of a draw the player with the black pieces is declared the winner.

In another national derby SP Sethuraman defeated P Harikrishna Lu Shanglei eliminated his compatriot Wang Hao


Vladimir Fedoseev in the Russian commentary room

Round 2: Game 1 started

Nearly half of the games ended in decisive results, with the biggest upsets being a victory of the local star Gadir Guseinov against David Navara, and the loss of Wang Hao against his compatriot and 2014 World Junior Champion Lu Shanglei.

The ultra-solid Alexander Onischuk defeated the Russian hope Sergey Karjakin, while Viktor Laznicka reminded of his great talent by beating Michael Adams.

Viktor Laznicka

The top two boards Zhigalko-Topalov and Nakamura-Shankland were quickly drawn, but other Grandmasters from the world elite were successful, with Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So and Vladimir Kramnik opening the scores. Kramnik played the longest game of the day, converting the notorious R+B vs R ending into a point.

Fabiano Caruana and Rauf Mamedov

In the Latin-American derby Julio Granda (Peru) defeated Cristobal Henriquez (Chile) who earlier caused sensation by eliminating former World Cup winner Boris Gelfand.

Press conference with Julio Granda

Full set of results and pgn files can be found on http://www.bakuworldcup2015.com/content/27 

Photo gallery is available at http://www.bakuworldcup2015.com/product/47 

The total prize fund of the 2015 FIDE World Chess Cup is 1,6 million USD. In addition, the tournament also awards two places in the 2016 Candidates Tournament, part of the FIDE World Championship cycle.


Cristobal Henriquez from Chile

Round 1 tie-break: Boris Gelfand eliminated by Cristobal Henriquez

The 24 pairs of players who tied their matches with the classical time control returned to the playing hall at the Fairmont Flame Towers in Baku to settle the scores in the rapid and blitz games.

After the first set of the rapid games the Chilean champion Cristobal Henriquez sensationally eliminated the former World Championship challenger Boris Gelfand and, according to the World Cup commentator Emil Sutovsky, created the biggest upset in the history of the FIDE knockout events.

Other notable results included the convincing win of Sergei Zhigalko who is going against top-seeded Veselin Topalov in the next round, the advance of the local stars Teimour Radjabov and Gadir Guseinov, and the good play of the still reigning World Junior Champion Lu Shanglei.

Former Women’s World Champion Hou Yifan defeated the 7-times Brazilian champion Rafael Leitao.

In the next batch of rapid with faster time control only two matches were decided – Balogh Csaba eliminated Eltaj Safarli, while Igor Lysyj scored 2-0 against Constantin Lupulescu.

The adrenaline run high in the veins of the players and the spectators alike.

As many as five matches moved on to the blitz games. And only then the world-class Grandmasters Alexander Grischuk and Dmitry Jakovenko broke the resistance of the much lower rated opponents – International Masters Yusup Atabayev and Ilia Iljiushenok, respectively.

After seven consecutive draws Anton Kovalyov eventually won against former World Champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov, as did Alexander Motylov against his compatriot Boris Grachev.

Mateusz Bartel and Gabriel Sargissian were to solve the dispute in the Armageddon game. Bartel had white and 5 minutes, while Sargissian had black, 4 minutes and draw odds. The increment was coming in only from the 61st move.

It seemed as Bartel obtained certain advantage, but Sargissian was able to simplify the position down to the rook ending, which he successfully held to advance to the next round.

Full set of results and pgn files can be found on http://www.bakuworldcup2015.com/content/27 

Photo gallery is available at http://www.bakuworldcup2015.com/product/53 


1442058415The second games of the first round of the 2015 FIDE World Cup were completed in the Fairmont Flame Towers in Baku.

Majority of the top seeded players cruised to the second round by eliminating much lower rated opposition, but some of the world’s best faced fierce resistance and their matches will be decided in tie-breaks.

Notably, Russian Grandmasters Alexander Grischuk (7th seed), Dmitry Jakovenko (10th) and Evgeny Tomashevsky (12th) tied their matches against Yusup Atabayev, Ilia Iljiushenok and Ziaur Rahman, respectively.

Former World Championship finalist Boris Gelfand was held by Chilean champion Cristobal Henriquez.

Leinier Dominguez made an incredible comeback by pulling an endgame victory to even the match with Federico Perez.

Other memorable comebacks were wins of Alexander Moiseenko against Lu Shanglei and of Perunovic Milos against higher-rated Wang Hao.

The second round is already set to see the players from same nations going against each other. Hikaru Nakamura will play Samuel Shankland, while Pentala Harikrishna is paired against fellow Indian SP Sethuraman.

Full set of results and pgn files can be found on http://www.bakuworldcup2015.com/content/27

Photo gallery is available at http://www.bakuworldcup2015.com/product/52

24 pairs of players will return to the tournament hall on Sunday 15:00 local to decide who will qualify for the next round.

According to the Regulations (3.8 Tie-breaks), after a new drawing of colors, two tie-break games with the time control 25min + 10sec will be played.

If the scores are still level,, then, after a new drawing of colors, a match of two games with the time control 10min + 10sec will be played.
In case of a level score, another match of two games will be played, with a blitz time control of 5min + 3sec.

If still there is no winner, one sudden-death game will be played. The player who wins the drawing of lots may choose the color. The player with the white pieces shall receive 5 minutes, the opponent with the black pieces shall receive 4 minutes whereupon, after the 60th move, both players shall receive an increment of 3 seconds for each move from move 61. In case of a draw the player with the black pieces is declared the winner.

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World Cup Day 1The 2015 FIDE World Chess Cup kicked off today at the Fairmont Hotel in Baku, Azerbaijan, with 128 world’s top players fighting for the 1,6 million USD prize fund.

In addition to the generous prize fund, the tournament also awards two places in the 2016 Candidates Tournament, part of the FIDE World Championship cycle.

At the beginning of the first game of the first round the honorary move was made by Dr. Elman Rustamov, Governor of Azerbaijan Central Bank and President of Azerbaijan Chess Federation, and Nona Gaprindashvili, legendary Women’s World Champion.

As usual in this format, the top seeded players were scoring wins against the much lower rated opposition, but IM Arthur Ssegwanyi from Uganda surprised Anish Giri by earning a draw in the marathon game of 158 moves.

In addition, IM Yusup Atabayev and IM Ilia Iljiushenok held Alexander Grischuk and Dmitry Jakovenko, respectively. Another notable result is the draw of Women’s World Champion Mariya Muzychuk with black against Michael Adams, famous Grandmaster from England.

Federico Perez Ponsa (Argentina) stunned Leiner Dominguez Perez (Cuba), while the still reigning World Junior Champion Lu Shanglei from China defeated the former European Champion Alexander Moiseenko.

Full set of results and pgn files can be found on http://www.bakuworldcup2015.com/content/27

Photo gallery is available at http://www.bakuworldcup2015.com/product/47

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Opening CeremonyThe 2015 FIDE World Chess Cup was opened today in the magnificent Mugham Center in Baku, Azerbaijan.

The players, official and guests were greeted by Dr. Elman Rustamov, Governor of Azerbaijan Central Bank and President of Azerbaijan Chess Federation, Mr. Intigam Babayev, Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports of Azerbaijan, and Mr.Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, President of FIDE.

The programme also included beautiful promotional videos, a chess-themed ballet dance, and a song by Azerbaijani Eurovision contestant.

In the drawing of lots conducted by tournament’s Chief Arbiter Faik Gasanov, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov drew a white piece, which means that the top-seeded player Veselin Topalov will have white pieces in the first game of the first round. The rest of the pairings will be aligned according to the pairings tree.

Round 1 game 1 pairings with colors can be found here (PDF)

Prior to the opening ceremony a technical meeting with the players was held. FIDE CEO Geoffrey Borg opened the meeting and then the Chief Arbiter explained the tournament rules.

FIDE Vice President and Chairman of the Anti-Cheating Committee Israel Gelfer explained the anti-cheating rules.

The regular games and tie-breaks will take place daily from 15:00 local time at the luxurious Fairmont Hotel in Flame Towers, Baku.

Photos by Eteri Kublashvili

Official website

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Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

GM Sergey Volkov wins Beirut International Open 2015

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

Russian Grandmaster Sergey Volkov emerged clear winner of the 8th Beirut International Open 2015 after concluding the race with 8,0/9 points, half a point ahead of GM Kirill Stupak from Belarus.

The Beirut International Open was held from 19-27th September with 88 players from 14 countries. Among them were nine Grandmasters.

The total prize fund was 7000 USD with 2000 USD reserved for the winner.

Official website

Beirut International Open 2015

Final standings:

1 GM Volkov Sergey RUS 2589 – 8
2 GM Stupak Kirill BLR 2531 – 7.5
3 GM Simantsev Mikhail UKR 2457 – 7
4 GM Mirzoev Azer AZE 2558 – 7
5 GM Tiviakov Sergei NED 2611 – 7
6 FM Najjar Ahmad LIB 2226 – 6.5
7 IM Ibrahim Hatim EGY 2305 – 6.5
8 GM Kotanjian Tigran ARM 2495 – 6
9 Shamieh Jamal LIB 2096 – 6
10 GM Bouaziz Slim TUN 2301 – 6
11 Nassar Marwan LIB 2030 – 6
12 Ishoo Younan SYR 2028 – 6
13 GM Kasparov Sergey BLR 2475 – 6
14 Tashev Aleksandar BUL 2048 – 6
15 Moudallal Tarek LIB 1992 – 5.5
16 Kaouri Mahdi LIB 2100 – 5.5
17 Hammoud Nadim LIB 1929 – 5.5
18 IM Valles Manuel FRA 2386 – 5.5
19 GM Raetsky Alexander RUS 2403 – 5.5
20 Asmar Elie LIB 1972 – 5.5
21 FM Kassis Antoine LIB 2178 – 5.5
22 Farhat Mohamed LIB 1867 – 5.5
23 Bassel Charaf LIB 2136 – 5.5
24 FM Sursock Sameer LIB 2260 – 5.5
25 Khairallah Ralph LIB 1667 – 5
26 El Ayyash Rawad LIB 1801 – 5
27 IM Khechen Nabil E LIB 2023 – 5
28 Djikerian Rafi PLE 1858 – 5
29 Haidar Wassim LIB 1576 – 5
30 Daou Ziad LIB 0 – 5
31 Jawhar Oussama LIB 1828 – 5
32 Sharbel Marwan LIB 1943 – 5
33 Berbari Imad LIB 1809 – 5
34 Diab Moetassem LIB 0 – 5
35 Haydar Amin LIB 1882 – 5
36 Oknayan Jirair LIB 1967 – 5
37 Jabr Bernard LIB 1761 – 4.5
38 Eiaali Abdelrahman LIB 0 – 4.5
39 Tarraf Tarraf LIB 1656 – 4.5
40 Terzian Kevork LIB 0 – 4.5
41 Lakhoyan Hrag LIB 1389 – 4.5
42 Kaloust Giorgio LIB 1456 – 4.5
43 Kassar Pierre LIB 0 – 4.5
44 Mikati Hani LIB 1672 – 4.5
45 Khallouf Abdallah LIB 0 – 4.5
46 Jouni Hassan LIB 1844 – 4
47 Saad Charbel LIB 1858 – 4
48 Abdullatif Hassan LIB 1414 – 4
49 Janbein Salah LIB 0 – 4
50 Chaaya Antoine LIB 0 – 4
51 Ghnatios Ralph LIB 1668 – 4
52 Bedrosian Danielle LIB 1694 – 4
53 Madani Nicolas LIB 0 – 4
54 Farhat Jawad LIB 1648 – 4
55 Abi Nader Charles LIB 0 – 4
56 Bassam Adam LIB 1203 – 4
57 Hanna Naji LIB 0 – 4
58 Farhat Hady LIB 0 – 4
59 Kabalan Farah LIB 1713 – 4
60 Matta Dany LIB 1664 – 3.5
61 Abchee Alexandre LIB 0 – 3.5
62 Mrad Hamza LIB 0 – 3.5
63 Hamdoun Jad LIB 0 – 3.5
64 El Jawich Muhammad LIB 1138 – 3.5
65 Farhat Yehia LIB 0 – 3
66 El Itaoui Mohammad Merhi LIB 0 – 3
67 Khoder Mazen LIB 0 – 3
68 Salameh Rami LIB 1661 – 3
69 Ramadan Wissam LIB 0 – 3
70 Bitar Roland LIB 0 – 3
71 Milan Sami LIB 0 – 3
72 Alshaar Nabil SYR 2074 – 2.5
73 Khanjian Samir LIB 0 – 2.5
74 Hamdoun Rian LIB 0 – 2.5
75 Tabatadze Giorgi GEO 0 – 2.5
76 WIM Mouradian Knarik LIB 2170 – 2
77 Tadros Richard LIB 0 – 2
78 Rabbat Nadim LIB 0 – 2
79 Harb Gregory LIB 0 – 1.5
80 Chlela Karen LIB 1254 – 1
81 Abbas Khalil LIB 0 – 1
82 Beydoun Abdallah LIB 0 – 1

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Komodo vs Humanity: Nakamura Will Give It A Go

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

Komodo, the strongest chess engine, recently faced several grandmasters in odds matches. The next player to represent humanity will be Hikaru Nakamura.
Nakamura will play six games against Komodo, 3-4 November. See details at the end of this art…

Source: Chess.com – Play. Learn. Share.

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