Archive for November, 2015

Timur Gareev stormed through Figueira da Foz

Monday, November 30th, 2015

9th Festival Internacional de Xadrez da Figueira da Foz

Grandmaster Timur Gareev stormed through the 9th Festival Internacional de Xadrez da Figueira da Foz to take a clear first place with 8,5/9 points and the top prize of 1200 EUR.

Point and a half behind the winner is GM Krzysztof Jakubowski from Poland.

The 9th Festival Internacional de Xadrez da Figueira da Foz was organized by Assembleia Figueirense from 21-28th November in Figueira da Foz, Portugal.

35 players from 11 countries, including 7 Grandmasters and 5 International Masters, took part in the competition.

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Final standings:

1. GM GAREYEV Timur USA 2584 – 8.5
2. GM JAKUBOWSKI Krzysztof POL 2564 – 7
3. GM PETKOV Vladimir BUL 2475 – 6.5
4. IM D?MASO Rui POR 2438 – 6
5. GM PAUNOVI? Dragan SRB 2435 – 5.5
6. IM DIAS Paulo POR 2367 – 5.5
7. GM STOPA Jacek POL 2475 – 5.5
8. IM KUKOV Velislav BUL 2360 – 5.5
9. IM PIASETSKI Leon CAN 2291 – 5.5
10. GUERREIRO Nuno POR 2084 – 5.5
11. GM SPRAGGETT Kevin CAN 2529 – 5
12. IM VASSALLO BARROCHE Mauricio ESP 2398 – 5
13. SOUSA Andre Ventura POR 2251 – 5
14. GM ROMANISHIN Oleg UKR 2474 – 5
15. PINHO Paulo POR 2208 – 5
16. PAIVA Henrique POR 1916 – 5
17. MIGALA Andrzej POL 1991 – 5
18. ADAMS Philip ENG 1993 – 5
19. FM SANTOS Antonio P POR 2247 – 4.5
20. OLEA Liliana ROU 2010 – 4.5
21. MAR?AL Paulo POR 1770 – 4
22. COSTA Jo?o Guerra POR 2182 – 4
23. LISOWSKI Krzysztof POL 2116 – 4
24. FERNANDES Miguel POR 1876 – 4
25. MARQUES Jo?o Paulo POR 1805 – 4
26. FELIZES Paulo POR 1933 – 4
27. PAIS Bruno POR 1771 – 4
28. ROQUE Armando Filipe POR 1912 – 3.5
29. DIAS Jose Oliveira Gaspar POR 1664 – 3.5
30. GAMA Jo?o POR 1376 – 3
31. CARAPINHA Francisco CPV 0 – 2.5
32. RATO Eduardo POR 1700 – 2.5
33. SANTOS Agostinho Manuel POR 1603 – 2
34. CURADO Antonio Mendes POR 1658 – 1
35. AZUL Artur POR 1528 – 1

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December 2015 FRL

Monday, November 30th, 2015

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FIDE publishes December 2015 FIDE Rating List. The list of top players is published at Top lists page of FIDE ratings website. All players can check new ratings at the main page of FIDE ratings website.

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Turkish Chess Championship 2015 LIVE!

Monday, November 30th, 2015

The Turkish Chess Championship is taking place from November 27 to December 10, 2015, in Adana, a major city in southern Turkey.

The event is a 14-player single round-robin tournament for the title 2015 Turkish chess champion.

Participants: GM Dragan Solak (2628), GM Alexander Ipatov (2624), GM Baris Esen (2565), GM Kivanc Haznedaroglu (2471), IM Mert Erdogdu (2443), WGM Betul Cemre Yildiz (2348), IM Umut Atakisi (2335), FM Orkhan Eminov (2316), Eren Ererdem Gani (2173), CM Siar Yaran (2141), FM Bahadir Ozen (2137), Mustafa Yelken (2107), Dogan Kucuk (2046), Murat Yelligedik (1959)

Tournament website/ Standings and statistics

 

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FIDE Executive Director meets Georgian Finance Minister

Monday, November 30th, 2015

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As the Chess Olympiad in Baku approaches, the preparations for 2018 Chess Olympiad in Batumi, Georgia are in progress. On Saturday, 27th November, 2015 a working meeting in the Ministry of Finance of Georgia in Tbilisi took place.
Georgian Minister of Finance, Mr. Nodar Khaduri received the Executive Director of FIDE, Mr. Nigel Freeman, the ECU President & Chairman of the Organising Committee, Mr. Zurab Azmaparashvilli and the President of Georgian Chess Federation, Mr. Giorgi Giorgadze.

Georgia 1 Georgia 3

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Komodo is triple champion, wins the Top Chess Engine Championship 2015! (updated)

Monday, November 30th, 2015

TCEC Season 7 SuperfinalKomodo is the Grand champion of the 2015 edition of the Top Chess Engine Championship! It won the gold medal in the strongest match in Chess history after defeating Stockfish in the Season 8 Superfinal.

Komodo dominated the match and secured the title five games before the end of the hundred games marathon. It started with a victory in game 1 and later increased the difference by winning game 13. Stockfish managed to pull one back in game 36, but from then on it was Komodo’s show – it won games 38, 46, 72, 78, 83, and 86 to make a 8-1 difference. Despite Stockfish returning one game by winning game 88, Komodo secured the victory with score 53.5 – 46.5 after 100 games.

Komodo also proved dominant in earlier stages of the competition. It won Stage 1a, then easily cruised through Stage 2. In Stage 3 it gave the first warning to its main opponent by winning with a two points difference.

With this Season’s victory, Komodo successfully defended its title from TCEC Season 7 and together with the victory from TCEC Season 5 Komodo is now triple champion of TCEC. That makes it the engine with most titles in Top Chess Engine Championship, together with Houdini which won Seasons 1,2, and 4. Stockfish is the only other engine that has a title from the competition.

Season 8 was also very successful for the organizers of the event – Chessdom.com and ChessArena.com. The official website registered about 1 million unique sessions for the event, a 25% increase over the previous season.

Visit the TCEC official website / Replay all games of Season 8 / Read about Komodo’s victory in Season 7 / Read about Komodo’s victory in Season 5

TCEC Season 8 winners poster - Gold for Komodo, Silver for Stockfish and Bronze for Gull

TCEC Season 8 winners poster – Gold for Komodo, Silver for Stockfish and Bronze for Gull

(click on the image for full size)

(click on the image for full size)

Official Superfinal poster by Santiago Mendez

Official Superfinal posters by Santiago Mendez (https://www.behance.net/SantiagoMendez)

Top Chess Engine Competition Season 8 poster

Top Chess Engine Competition Season 8 poster

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FIDE Online Arena steps forward

Monday, November 30th, 2015

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FIDE Chess Revolution becomes official!

From 1st December, FIDE Online Arena, the first and only chess platform for official FIDE Rated Online games and FIDE titles, makes a revolutionary step towards its official status. The real names of its players will be used in all games and tournaments, exactly like in all over the board competitions.

Stay tuned and discover our new interface that is going to be launched before this Christmas, with many innovative features and a much more exciting environment for all chess fans. We guarantee an exclusive Online Chess Gaming Experience for all our users.

Join the Chess revolution!
Join FIDE Online Arena!
http://arena.myfide.net

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Harika Dronavalli winner of the 1st FIDE World Online Women Blitz Championship!

Monday, November 30th, 2015

The 1st FIDE World Online Women Blitz Championship Final took place in Rome on November 26th 2015.

The venue was the prestigious Circolo Canottieri Aniene in Rome, Italy, made available by its president, Giovanni Malago, who is also the president of the Italian Olympic Committee.

The event was the culmination of the massive qualification process in which more than 300 female players from 39 countries took part.

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Prior to the final, the championship included eight qualifier groups, with eight qualifying spots for the semifinal each. The top eight players from the semifinal moved further to the final, to be joined by two wild cards from FIDE and WOM, the FIDE Commission for Women’s Chess.

Unlike the last stage of the championship, the qualifying phases did not require the participants’ presence in a specific place and the games took place on the FIDE online Arena platform hosted on the web address: http://arena.myfide.net/ starting from June 18th 2015.

The setting allowed the players from all over the world to compete in the official FIDE event without having the spendings associated with the airfare and hotels.

Full tournament regulations

Online and Live final in the exclusive Circolo Canottieri Aniene, Rome

Online and Live final in the exclusive Circolo Canottieri Aniene, Rome

For the final event the players were present in the same playing hall for the big chess celebration. Nevertheless, they played their games on the computer’s screen, as in any online event. The final was an 18-round double round-robin tournament, with the time control 3′+2” and prizes of 3000, 2000 and 1000 euro for the medalists, respectively.

This was a historic championship, being the first online sport competition ever recognized by the Olympic Committee, with the respective assigning of a World Title!

The fight for the medals mainly involved the following players (in the order of their final position): Harika Dronavalli (handle Elegance on the online Arena platform, 13,5 points), Nana Dzagnidze (nanuchka, also 13,5 points but with an inferior tie-break) and Aleksandra Kosteniuk (AleksandraK 12 points).

Replay games with analysis

Harika Dronavalli winner of the 1st FIDE World Online Women Blitz Championship

Harika Dronavalli winner of the 1st FIDE World Online Women Blitz Championship

The winner of the 1st FIDE World Online Women Blitz Championship, Harika Dronavalli confessed that her chess motto is: “When winning: never ever relax! When losing: never ever give up!”

In the first half of the tournament, Nana Dzagnidze was in the lead, but had to face the assault of the eventual champion, while Aleksandra Kosteniuk’s high performance could have been predicted after having defeated the likes of Carlsen and Kramnik in blitz.

Full tournament standings

Shared 1st, with an excellent 13.5-18 but an inferior tie-break – Nana Dzagnidze

Shared 1st, with an excellent 13.5-18 but an inferior tie-break – Nana Dzagnidze

The prestigious event was attended by high officials: the CEO of Premium Chess, Carlo Stellati, Chairperson of WOM Martha Fierro, the FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and the FIDE Vice President Georgios Makropoulos.

The event was organized by Premium Chess – a company that developed the internet platform used by FIDE and 75 national federations to play games online in an entertaining yet secure atmosphere, “making the Virtual real”, as their motto synthesizes.

The goal of Premium Chess and its CEO Carlo Stellati is bringing chess on a competitive level with the modern technology, since Internet changed the world and it changed the world of chess too.

Premium Chess is actively involved in supporting women chess, currently sponsoring the reigning Women Champion, Hou Yifan

Premium Chess is actively involved in supporting women chess, currently sponsoring the reigning Women Champion, Hou Yifan

For their ambitious goals, severe anti-cheating measures had to be taken and for obvious reasons their secrets cannot be disclosed entirely. The basic principle is that a competitor’s way of playing is his (or her) DNA, which can be checked, measured, compared by the team of mathematicians and logicians. Whenever something unusual happens, it remains in one’s personal record, so that no player using unorthodox methods will be able escaping sanctions for long.

A special feature on Premium Chess - the player has the option of making not only one pre-move but as many as he-she needs

A special feature on Premium Chess – the player has the option of making not only one pre-move but as many as he-she needs

The FIDE President following the ongoing games

The FIDE President following the ongoing games

Chess is an intense game but fun to play too

Chess is an intense game but fun to play too

News and photos by Alina l’Ami

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Improve Chess Openings Now – Studying Rauzer Sicilian with Chess Positio…

Monday, November 30th, 2015

This chess software review will show you how to learn and practice chess openings without risking rating points! More about Chess Position Trainer on my blog: http://roman-chess.blogspot.ca/search/label/Software%20-%20Chess%20Position%20Trainer

Source: chessblogger

GM Rinat Jumabayev winner of 4th Central Asia Chess Cup (tie-break)

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

The 4th Central Asia Chess Cup of the FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov was held from 21-29th November at the Grand Hotel Tien Shan in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

The tournament was organized by the Kazakhstan Chess Federation and FIDE.

Entitled to participate were chess players from the Central Asian countries – Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan.

After nine rounds of play Grandmasters Rinat Jumabayev, Petr Kostenko (both Kazakhstan) and Farrukh Amonatov (Tajikistan) shared the first place with 7,5 points each. Jumabayev claimed the winner’s trophy on best tie-break score. Full standings below.

The total prize fund was 25 000 USD. Replay games with analysis

Rinat Jumabayev

Rinat Jumabayev

GM Rinat Jumabayev winner of 4th Central Asia Chess Cup

Final standings:

1 GM Jumabayev Rinat KAZ 2599 – 7.5
2 GM Amonatov Farrukh TJK 2581 – 7.5
3 GM Kostenko Petr KAZ 2420 – 7.5
4 GM Ismagambetov Anuar KAZ 2548 – 7
5 GM Kazhgaleyev Murtas KAZ 2585 – 6.5
6 FM Igonin Temur UZB 2361 – 6.5
7 IM Kuderinov Kirill KAZ 2469 – 6
8 GM Dzhumaev Marat UZB 2493 – 6
9 GM Vakhidov Jahongir UZB 2546 – 6
10 IM Egin Vladimir UZB 2358 – 6
11 Tukubayev K KAZ 2200 – 5.5
12 IM Akhmetov Ayan KAZ 2357 – 5.5
13 Suleymenov Alisher KAZ 2224 – 5.5
14 WIM Tokhirjonova Gulrukhbegim UZB 2232 – 5.5
15 WIM Kurbonboeva Sarvinoz UZB 2260 – 5.5
16 GM Filippov Anton UZB 2591 – 5.5
17 Daurimbetov A UZB 2291 – 5.5
18 FM Nugumanov Bakhtiyar KAZ 2259 – 5.5
19 IM Pak Yevgeniy KAZ 2404 – 5.5
20 IM Kassimov Baurzhan KAZ 2440 – 5.5
21 FM Serikbay Chingiz KAZ 2204 – 5.5
22 WGM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan KAZ 2290 – 5.5
23 Farazi Khaiber AFG 2120 – 5
24 IM Markov Mikhail KGZ 2344 – 5
25 IM Akkozov Berik KAZ 2357 – 5
26 FM Sodikov Ilyas KAZ 2240 – 5
27 Sattarov Bobir UZB 2318 – 5
28 WGM Abdumalik Zhansaya KAZ 2390 – 5
29 Turar Dastan KAZ 2252 – 5
30 WIM Gevorgyan Irina UZB 2270 – 5
31 FM Vokhidov Shamsiddin UZB 2336 – 5
32 FM Tologontegin Semetey KGZ 2379 – 5
33 WIM Davletbayeva Madina KAZ 2266 – 4.5
34 Taalaibekov Tagir KGZ 2213 – 4.5
35 CM Sindarov Javokhir UZB 2299 – 4.5
36 Zhalmakhanov Ramazan KAZ 2132 – 4.5
37 Jumanov Elbek UZB 2189 – 4.5
38 Agmanov Zhandos KAZ 2167 – 4.5
39 WIM Baymuratova Sevara UZB 2127 – 4.5
40 Karimov Alisher TJK 2284 – 4.5
41 FM Makhnyov Denis KAZ 2399 – 4.5
42 Askarov Bakhtiyar KAZ 2417 – 4
43 Zharokov Kaisar KAZ 2099 – 4
44 Bayzhanova Zhanar KAZ 2035 – 4
45 CM Urazayev Arystanbek KAZ 2269 – 4
46 WFM Serikbay Assel KAZ 1978 – 4
47 IM Zhunusov Murat KAZ 2143 – 4
48 Nakyp Rakhimjan KAZ 2078 – 4
49 Anetbaev Berik KAZ 2279 – 4
50 Maikenov Bakytzhan KAZ 1917 – 4
51 Mamyrbay Assad KAZ 2131 – 4
52 Baisynov Islam KGZ 1954 – 3.5
53 FM Tillyaev Ulugbek UZB 2360 – 3.5
54 Mezentsev Ivan KAZ 2117 – 3.5
55 Alymbay Kyzy Aizhan KGZ 1876 – 3.5
56 CM Nogerbek Kazybek KAZ 1986 – 3.5
57 WCM Nurgali Nazerke KAZ 1841 – 3.5
58 Kozhabekov Adilkhan KAZ 2199 – 3.5
59 WFM Antonova Nadezhda TJK 1980 – 3.5
60 Syzdykov Sabyr KAZ 1994 – 3
61 Muratova Anel KAZ 1912 – 3
62 Bauyrzhan Arnash KAZ 2091 – 3
63 Muratova Saltanat KAZ 1837 – 3
64 Rakhimzhan Alen KAZ 1784 – 3
65 Suleimen K KAZ 1718 – 3
66 Iskichekova Nadezhda KAZ 1787 – 3
67 GM Khusnutdinov Rustam KAZ 2517 – 2.5
68 Kashebayev Azamat KAZ 2201 – 2.5
69 Rakhimberdiyev Atalyk KAZ 2071 – 2
70 Surtubaev Timur KAZ 1789 – 2
71 Zharokov Biket KAZ 1831 – 1

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JAPFA ASEAN Chess Championships 2015

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

JAPFA ASEAN Chess Championships 2015The 3rd JAPFA ASEAN Chess Championships will be held from 21-30 December 2015 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

It has been four years since the championship has been held and is very timely indeed with the ambitious plans of the ASEAN Chess Confederation to refocus on helping the region’s best young players build on their success at the ASEAN+ Age-Group Chess Championships.

JAPFA has long sponsored an annual chess festival for Indonesian players to showcase their talent and is taking a step up to do the same for the region.

Grandmaster Utut Adianto, an elected Senator, is also both the Deputy President of ACC (ASEAN Chess Confederation) and of PERCASI (All Indonesia Chess Federation), and the driving force behind the revival of the championship and who has also pledged Indonesia’s support for the new ASEAN Young Masters Cup – the brainchild of ACC founder Ignatius Leong – which is expected to give international title norm opportunities for even younger talents.

The ASEAN Championships will be limited to players 2300 and above in the Open Championship and to players 2100 and above in the Women’s Championship but will be concurrently organising a Challengers event for those who do not yet qualify.

As in all official FIDE (World Chess Federation) events, registration has to be through their respective National Chess Federations.

The ASEAN Championship is also restricted to representatives from the ten FIDE member ACC countries – Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam – are eligible to participate.

See attached prospectus (PDF) with the rules and regulations and the entry form.

Contact persons:

1. Novian Siregar, Vice Secretary General of Indonesian Chess Federation. Email: mn_noviansiregar@yahoo.com. Mobile: +62 815 7323 6974
2. Alip Prihantoro, Secretary Committee. Email: bhasudewa@gmail.com. Mobile: +62 816 714 697
3. Yoseph R. Majella, Vice Secretary Committee. Email: yoseph.majella@gmail.com. Mobile: +62 813 8836 2333

The official Website is www.aseanchess.org
Official Facebook Page is www.facebook.com/aseanchessconfederation/

News by Peter Long

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