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Best of 2015: Most popular opening

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

The year 2015 is almost over, so we thought it’s time to let you vote for your highlights of this year. Today we want you to vote for the most popular opening of the year 2015. The following article features a video by Rustam Kasimdzhanov who presents a selection of openings to vote for. Which is the most popular opening of the year 2015?

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GM Zubarev clinches the title at 32nd Boeblingen Open 2015

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

BoblingenThe 32nd Boeblingen International Chess Open took place from December 26-30, 2015, at Hotel Mercure in the city of Boeblingen, Germany.

The event was a 9-round Swiss event and 158 players competed for the first prize of 1,000 EUR.

The first place was shared in a five-way tie by GM Alexander Zubarev from Ukraine, his country-mate GM Olexandr Bortnyk, GM Jure Skoberne from Slovenia, FM Maximilian Neef from Germany and Chinese 17-year-old prodigy WGM Tingjie Lei, after the whole group finished the event with 7/9 points.

However, Zubarev clinched the title on superior tie-break score, Bortnyk took the silver, while Soberne got third.

Official website

Final standings:

1. Zubarev, Alexander GM 2548 M SC Siegburg UKR 5 4 0 7.0
2. Bortnyk, Olexandr GM 2552 M UKR 5 4 0 7.0
3. Skoberne, Jure GM 2547 M SLO 6 2 1 7.0
4. Neef, Maximilian FM 2403 M USV TU Dresden GER 5 4 0 7.0
5. Lei, Tingjie WGM 2444 W CHN 5 4 0 7.0
6. Menezes, Christoph FM 2346 M AUT 4 5 0 6.5
7. Xu, Xiangyu 2390 M CHN 5 3 1 6.5
8. Pezerovic, Edin IM 2414 M M?nchener SC GER 4 5 0 6.5
9. Stupak, Kirill GM 2542 M BLR 5 3 1 6.5
10. Feller, Sebastien GM 2623 M SG Speyer-Schwegenheim FRA 5 3 1 6.5
11. Yankelevich, Lev 2404 M SC Eppingen GER 5 3 1 6.5
12. Pogorelow, Jewgeni 2197 M GER 6 1 2 6.5
13. M?hn, Hans FM 2383 M USV TU Dresden GER 4 4 1 6.0
14. Schiendorfer, Emanuel FM 2339 M SUI 4 4 1 6.0
15. Dann, Matthias IM 2477 M TSV Schott Mainz GER 4 4 1 6.0
16. Klein, Felix FM 2344 M Aachener SV GER 5 2 2 6.0
17. Holm, Kristian Stuvik IM 2417 M V?lerenga NOR 4 4 1 6.0
18. Hirneise, Tobias IM 2452 M SF Deizisau GER 4 4 1 6.0
19. H?felsauer, Thomas FM 2300 M SC Garching GER 5 2 2 6.0
20. Perske, Thore FM 2388 M SF Heidesheim GER 4 4 1 6.0
21. Kvetny, Mark FM 2393 M Stuttgarter SF GER 5 2 2 6.0
22. Grimberg, Boris IM 2352 M TSV Haunstetten GER 5 2 2 6.0
23. Kugler, Florian 2213 M Hamburger SK GER 5 2 2 6.0
24. Kucuksari, Kaan 2035 M TUR 5 1 3 5.5
25. Nguyen, Thai Dai Van FM 2396 M CZE 3 5 1 5.5
26. Smirnov, Artem IM 2429 M RUS 4 3 2 5.5
27. Kostic, Vladimir GM 2369 M SK M?nchen S?dost SRB 5 1 3 5.5
28. Jacob, Volker 2247 M SC Viernheim GER 4 3 2 5.5
29. Winterberg, Lukas FM 2321 M SC Heimbach-Weis GER 3 5 1 5.5
30. Bilchinski, Anton FM 2249 M SK Krumbach GER 5 1 3 5.5
31. Beukema, Stefan FM 2342 M SV W?rselen BEL 5 1 2 5.5
32. Gheng, Josef FM 2319 M SC Erdmannhausen GER 5 1 3 5.5
33. Fischer, Sebastian 2229 M TSV Sch?naich GER 4 3 2 5.5
34. Montilli, Vincenzo 2184 M ITA 5 1 3 5.5
35. Junesch, Gerhard FM 2314 M SC Erdmannhausen GER 4 3 2 5.5
36. Schneider, Bernd FM 2329 M SC Untergrombach GER 2 7 0 5.5
37. Roos, Adrian CM 2265 M Caballos Zottegem BEL 4 3 2 5.5
38. B?nziger, Fabian 2157 M SV March-H?fe SUI 4 3 2 5.5
39. Abbas, Daniel 2208 M ENG 4 3 2 5.5
40. Frick, Christoph 2209 M SK Bebenhausen GER 4 3 2 5.5
41. Gro?hans, Ralf-Michael 2174 M SK Weidhausen GER 4 3 2 5.5
42. Yakimenko, Alexander A 2180 M SK Bohemia Pardubice RUS 4 3 2 5.5
43. Huesmann, Thomas FM 2264 M Aachener SV BEL 4 3 2 5.5
44. Sieglen, Joachim, Dr. FM 2244 M SC Untergrombach GER 4 3 2 5.5
45. Kachar, Vladimir 2240 M RUS 4 2 3 5.0
46. Commercon, Simon 2207 M SG Speyer-Schwegenheim GER 2 6 1 5.0
47. Pfatteicher, Lukas 2180 M Karlsruher SF GER 4 2 3 5.0
48. Borgmeyer, Max 2192 M K?nigsspr. SC GER 3 4 2 5.0
49. Henderson de La Fuente, Lance 2199 M ESP 3 4 2 5.0
50. Chetverik, Maxim IM 2257 M Woronesh RUS 4 2 3 5.0
51. Schmitz, Thorsten FM 2304 M SC Garching GER 5 0 4 5.0
52. Schmidt, Tobias 2174 M SC Erdmannhausen GER 3 4 2 5.0
53. Germer, Philipp 2152 M SC Oberwinden GER 4 2 3 5.0
54. Nasshan, Dennis 2254 M SV Worms GER 3 4 2 5.0
55. Linster, Philippe 2253 M Esch Rochade Reine LUX 3 4 2 5.0
56. Hasenohr, Benedict FM 2251 M SC Weiler im Allg?u SUI 4 2 3 5.0
57. Degenhardt, Horst FM 2257 M SC Lorsch GER 3 4 2 5.0
58. Schulte, Torsten 2144 M SC Eppingen GER 2 6 1 5.0
59. Krause, Jonah 2282 M SV Bargteheide GER 3 4 2 5.0
60. R?cker, Benjamin 2271 M SC Garching GER 3 4 2 5.0
61. Frey, Alisa WFM 2105 W SC Eppingen GER 4 2 3 5.0
62. Jelica, Mara WIM 2195 W Matt Inn Dortmund CRO 4 2 3 5.0
63. Farmani Anosheh, Armin 2256 M SK Ladenburg GER 4 1 4 4.5
64. Flick, Antoine 2208 M Philidor Mulhouse FRA 3 3 3 4.5
65. Motuz, Karol FM 2334 M SKS Dubnica nad Vahom SVK 4 1 3 4.5
66. Nazarenus, Moritz 2214 M SF Sch?neck GER 4 1 4 4.5
67. Sponheim, Marko 2025 M PSV Duisburg GER 3 3 3 4.5
68. Narr, Kevin 2031 M SV Stockenhausen-Frommern GER 4 1 4 4.5
69. Mesaros, Florian FM 2371 M ASV? Wulkaprodersdorf AUT 4 1 4 4.5
70. G?hwiler, Gabriel FM 2333 M SC B?blingen SUI 3 3 3 4.5
71. Einwiller, Dieter 2115 M SF Pfullingen GER 4 1 4 4.5
72. Can, Isik CM 1998 M Istanbul TUR 4 1 4 4.5
73. Thode, Gilda 1957 W SK Engen SUI 3 3 3 4.5
74. Ruff, Maximilian FM 2294 M SF Sasbach GER 2 5 2 4.5
75. Cummings, Nicolai 1957 M SC Ingersheim GER 3 3 3 4.5
76. Schupp, Uwe 2067 M SK Gernsheim GER 3 3 3 4.5
77. Pfister, Peter 2093 M ASK R?ti Z?rich SUI 3 3 3 4.5
78. Neyman, Igor FM 2289 M Stuttgarter SF GER 3 3 3 4.5
79. Bykov, Ilya 1727 M Karlsruher SF GER 3 3 3 4.5
80. Haselhorst, Helmut 2141 M SC Steinfurt GER 4 1 4 4.5
81. Maisch, Julian 2113 M SF Kornwestheim GER 3 3 3 4.5
82. Yi, Danny 1821 M SF Kornwestheim GER 4 1 4 4.5
83. Wiechert, Hans FM 2221 M SF Baden-Lichtental GER 2 5 2 4.5
84. De Silva, Joel Niels 2173 M SV Hockenheim GER 4 1 4 4.5
85. Beck, Michael 2071 M SF Heidesheim GER 1 7 1 4.5
86. Kutzner, Stephen 2103 M Godesberger SK GER 4 1 4 4.5
87. Eulering, Georg 2128 M SF Schlebusch GER 3 3 3 4.5
88. Sch?llmann, Jochen FM 2283 M SC Garching GER 3 3 3 4.5
89. Kabisch, Thilo 2292 M SK Schmiden?Cannstatt GER 3 2 4 4.0
90. Klaus, Dominik 1981 M Ssg Fils-Lauter GER 3 2 4 4.0
91. Schwab, Matthias 2121 M SC B?blingen GER 3 2 3 4.0
92. Vanhuyse, Nele 2078 W Caballos Zottegem BEL 3 2 4 4.0
93. Feller, Florian 1981 M SGem Vaihingen-Rohr GER 3 2 4 4.0
94. M?ller, Daniel 2079 M TG Biberach GER 2 4 3 4.0
95. Caglar, Sila WCM 1904 W Akdeniz Belediyesi Chess Club TUR 3 2 4 4.0
96. Rombach, Michael 2100 M SC Titisee-Neustadt GER 2 4 3 4.0
97. Deues, Erik 2002 M SK Germering GER 1 6 2 4.0
98. Cafolla, Peter 2038 M IRL 3 2 4 4.0
99. Hamblok, Roel FM 2317 M SV W?rselen BEL 2 4 2 4.0
100. Osinga, Angelique 1863 W Charlois Europoort NED 2 4 3 4.0
101. Okuyaz, Duru WCM 1858 W TUR 3 2 4 4.0
102. Notz, Lukas 1919 M SV Dettingen Erms GER 2 4 3 4.0
103. Holm, Ragnar 2140 M Hamar NOR 1 6 2 4.0
104. Kast, Joannis 2041 M SK J?hlingen GER 3 2 4 4.0
105. Fromm, Christian 2035 M SC Bellheim GER 2 4 3 4.0
106. Ludwig, Sebastian 2027 M SC Garching GER 3 2 4 4.0
107. Kohn, Thomas 2030 M SC Tettnang GER 3 2 4 4.0
108. Verbruggen, Samuel 1941 M Vrijschaker Landegem BEL 3 2 4 4.0
109. Pfeifer, Wilfried 2004 M TSF Ditzingen GER 2 4 3 4.0
110. Zymberi, Agron 2074 M SC Villingen-Schwenningen GER 4 0 4 4.0
111. Tran, Thanh Kien 2104 M SC B?blingen GER 2 3 3 3.5
112. Nerz, Lenard 1907 M Spvgg B?blingen GER 2 3 4 3.5
113. Faldum, Manfred 1974 M SF Heidesheim GER 2 3 4 3.5
114. Rusche, Johannes 2249 M SC Garching GER 3 1 2 3.5
115. Maddens, Martijn 2023 M Torrewachters Roeselare BEL 2 3 4 3.5
116. Stemmler, Tim 1942 M SK Ladenburg GER 1 5 3 3.5
117. Staudte, Rainer, Dr. 1905 M Muldental Wilkau-Ha?lau GER 3 1 5 3.5
118. Klein, Gernot, Dr. 1901 M PTSV Aachen GER 2 3 4 3.5
119. Carow, Annelen WFM 2152 W SF Heidesheim GER 2 3 4 3.5
120. Linner, Christian 2123 M SC Prien GER 2 3 4 3.5
121. Vandersmissen, Mathieu 2069 M BEL 3 1 5 3.5
122. Unger, Franz 2022 M SK Sachsenheim GER 2 3 4 3.5
123. Porth, Hartmut 2064 M SV Bargteheide GER 2 3 4 3.5
124. Junginger, Stefan 2051 M GER 2 3 4 3.5
125. Petzelberger, Ferdinand 1954 M VfL Sindelfingen GER 3 0 5 3.0
126. K?hnel, Lena 1935 W SF Birkenfeld GER 0 6 3 3.0
127. Dehlinger, Alexander 2256 M SC Garching GER 1 4 1 3.0
128. Jerie, Sven 2082 M SG Ludwigsburg GER 2 2 5 3.0
129. Koppenh?fer, Bernhard, Prof. Dr. 2055 M SK Bebenhausen GER 1 4 4 3.0
130. Rechlin, Stefan 1902 M TSV Sch?naich GER 2 2 5 3.0
131. W?st, Michael, Prof. Dr. 1957 M PTSV SK Hof GER 2 2 5 3.0
132. Dreyer, Andre 1836 M SV Stockenhausen-Frommern GER 0 6 3 3.0
133. Novak, Josua 1866 M TSV M?nchingen GER 0 6 1 3.0
134. Wohlfahrt, Michael 1892 M TSF Welzheim GER 2 2 5 3.0
135. Ruff, Robert 1875 M SK Sachsenheim GER 2 2 5 3.0
136. Brunner, Jan 1935 M SpVgg Rommelshausen GER 3 0 6 3.0
137. Dirmeier, Carolin 2047 W FC Bayern M?nchen GER 1 4 3 3.0
138. Kuhn, Gerhard 1969 M SK Marburg GER 2 2 5 3.0
139. Freundlieb, Thomas 2063 M SG Niederkassel GER 1 4 2 3.0
140. Rieke, Theo 2068 M SF Neuenkirchen GER 1 4 4 3.0
141. Farmani Anosheh, Yasha 2058 M SK Ladenburg GER 2 2 5 3.0
142. Keller, Harald 2070 M SV Rottweil GER 1 4 3 3.0
143. Berend, Fred IM 2344 M Dudelange LUX 2 1 1 2.5
144. R?ssel, Bernhard 1893 M Post Karlsruhe GER 1 3 5 2.5
145. Beukema, Henk Jan 1981 M NED 1 3 4 2.5
146. Litvinov, Dimitri, Dr. 1903 M Karlsruher SF GER 2 1 6 2.5
147. Randall, Gordon 1997 M SC Botnang USA 2 1 6 2.5
148. Merk, Daniel 1750 M Schach-Pinguine Murrhardt GER 0 5 4 2.5
149. Richter, Nils 1759 M TSV?RSK Esslingen GER 0 5 4 2.5
150. Mauser, Tassilo Tino 1905 M SV Gryps GER 0 5 4 2.5
151. Aksenov, Pavel 2090 M Stuttgarter SF GER 2 0 4 2.0
152. Imhof, Thomas 1947 M SGem Vaihingen-Rohr GER 2 0 6 2.0
153. Weis, Olga 1881 W OSG Baden-Baden GER 1 2 6 2.0
154. Staudacher, Ana 1783 W FC Bayern M?nchen GER 1 2 6 2.0
155. Ivanov, Alexander, Dr. 2003 M SV Rottweil GER 0 3 4 1.5
156. Tuncer, Ufuk FM 2318 M SK Sontheim?Brenz TUR 1 0 2 1.0
157. Sch?lke, Tilman 1971 M D?sseldorfer SV GER 0 2 7 1.0
158. Schwilk, Michael 2051 M SF Plochingen GER 0 1 5 0.5

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GM Wang Hao wins 4th Al Ain Chess Classic

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

With the trophy ensured a round to spare, GM Wang Hao of China agreed to a draw with top seed Yuriy Kryvoruchko of Ukraine in the last round of the 4th Al Ain Classic Chess Championship at the Hili Reyhaan Rotana Hotel in Al Ain, UAE.

The victory earned Wang the top prize of $13,000 out of a total of $57,000 in cash prizes.

The former Chinese national champion finished alone with an impressive 8 points in the 9-round Swiss system tournament. Kryvoruchko, the former Ukrainian champion, and eight others shared second place with 6.5 points each.

Replay games with analysis

Wang Hao Al Ain

Wang Hao receives the champion’s trophy from UAE Chess Federation president Saeed Al Megbali (left) and Al Ain Classic organizing committee chairman Dr. Saif Al Nuaimi and Rashed Almazroui

In tie break order were runner-up Alexei Shirov of Latvia, Arman Pashikian of Armenia, Levan Pantsulaia of Georgia, Kryvoruchko, Alexander Areshchenko, Mykhaylo Oleksiyenko, Martyn Kravtsiv and Zahar Efimenko of of Ukraine and Robert Hovhannisyan of Armenia.

Leaders played cautiously with draws in the last round but the players trailing them barged into the money prizes. Areshchenko beat 2013 Al Ain Classic champion Abhijeet Gupta of India in 54 moves of a Ruy Lopez. Efimenko whipped former World Junior champion Ahmed Adly of Egypt in 43 moves of a symmetrical English opening. Pantsulaia laid a beautiful trap to win against Yuriy Kuzubov of Ukraine in only 25 moves. Hovhannisyan smashed the French Defense of Sergei Volkov of Russia in 28 moves. Kravtsiv crushed the Caro Kann defense of Viorel Iordachescu of Moldova in 41 moves. Full standings below.

At the closing ceremony, Shirov, former World Championship finalist, thanked the organizers for the excellent conditions and for “establishing the Al Ain Classic as one of the major tournaments in the world chess calendar.”

Anisweud Sasikumar

Anisweud Sasikumar

An Al Ain Amateur tournament was held concurrently for players rated below 2000 with 72 players from 15 countries competing for $7,000 in cash prizes.

Anisweud Sasikumar of India, 15, a grade 10 student at the Sharjah Indian School in the UAE, won the tournament alone with 8 points followed by runner-up Raffi Ghazayan of Armenia, Marshool Hamdan of the UAE and Saji Adarsh of India, at 7 points each.

Official site www.alainclassic.com

Final standings:

1. GM Wang Hao CHN 2707 – 8
2. GM Shirov Alexei LAT 2676 – 6.5
3. GM Pashikian Arman ARM 2606 – 6.5
4. GM Pantsulaia Levan GEO 2598 – 6.5
5. GM Kryvoruchko Yuriy UKR 2711 – 6.5
6. GM Areshchenko Alexander UKR 2677 – 6.5
7. GM Oleksiyenko Mykhaylo UKR 2616 – 6.5
8. GM Kravtsiv Martyn UKR 2623 – 6.5
9. GM Hovhannisyan Robert ARM 2624 – 6.5
10. GM Efimenko Zahar UKR 2647 – 6.5
11. GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil GEO 2635 – 6
12. GM Onischuk Vladimir UKR 2612 – 6
13. GM Rakhmanov Aleksandr RUS 2640 – 6
14. GM Andriasian Zaven ARM 2594 – 6
15. GM Motylev Alexander RUS 2653 – 6
16. GM Zhigalko Sergei BLR 2655 – 6
17. GM Azarov Sergei BLR 2595 – 6
18. GM Kulaots Kaido EST 2574 – 6
19. GM Anton Guijarro David ESP 2640 – 6
20. GM Zeng Chongsheng CHN 2530 – 5.5
21. GM Vaibhav Suri IND 2552 – 5.5
22. GM Gabuzyan Hovhannes ARM 2585 – 5.5
23. GM Gupta Abhijeet IND 2613 – 5.5
24. GM Bajarani Ulvi AZE 2551 – 5.5
25. GM Parligras Mircea-Emilian ROU 2586 – 5.5
26. GM Babujian Levon ARM 2465 – 5.5
27. GM Libiszewski Fabien FRA 2515 – 5.5
28. GM Adly Ahmed EGY 2598 – 5.5
29. GM Vishnu Prasanna. V IND 2514 – 5.5
30. GM Kuzubov Yuriy UKR 2640 – 5.5
31. GM Volkov Sergey RUS 2612 – 5.5
32. GM Amin Bassem EGY 2665 – 5.5
33. GM Ankit R. Rajpara IND 2489 – 5.5
34. IM Petrosyan Manuel ARM 2466 – 5.5
35. GM Arencibia Rodriguez Walter CUB 2501 – 5.5
36. IM Azaladze Shota GEO 2468 – 5.5
37. GM Gopal G.N. IND 2525 – 5.5
38. GM Hayrapetyan Hovik ARM 2489 – 5.5
39. GM Sengupta Deep IND 2563 – 5.5
40. GM Iordachescu Viorel MDA 2600 – 5.5
41. IM Ghosh Diptayan IND 2550 – 5
42. GM Kovchan Alexander UKR 2583 – 5
43. GM Gasanov Eldar UKR 2485 – 5
44. GM Kovalenko Igor LAT 2680 – 5
45. IM Visakh N R IND 2388 – 5
46. IM Das Sayantan IND 2411 – 5
47. IM Swayams Mishra IND 2477 – 5
48. GM Mollah Abdullah Al Rakib BAN 2472 – 5
49. GM Edouard Romain FRA 2627 – 5
50. IM Baghdasaryan Vahe ARM 2432 – 5
51. Pirverdiyev Agil AZE 2311 – 5
52. GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J. IND 2496 – 5
53. GM Neverov Valeriy UKR 2516 – 5
54. CM Asadli Vugar AZE 2323 – 5
55. GM Riff Jean-Noel FRA 2507 – 5
56. IM Anurag Mhamal IND 2390 – 5
57. GM Lalith Babu M.R. IND 2553 – 4.5
58. IM Petrosyan Tigran S. ARM 2469 – 4.5
59. GM Malakhatko Vadim BEL 2531 – 4.5
60. IM Labib Ibrahim Hasan EGY 2434 – 4.5
61. Mu Ke CHN 2403 – 4.5
62. CM Sindarov Javokhir UZB 2224 – 4.5
63. GM Mammadov Zaur AZE 2467 – 4.5
64. GM Hossain Enamul BAN 2450 – 4.5
65. IM Morchiashvili Bachana GEO 2326 – 4.5
66. FM Kokol Peter SLO 2363 – 4.5
67. CM Nitish Belurkar IND 2304 – 4.5
68. FM Arvola Benjamin NOR 2328 – 4.5
69. IM Omar Noaman UAE 2403 – 4.5
70. WCM Mammadova Narmin AZE 2167 – 4.5
71. IM Harutyunian Tigran K. ARM 2448 – 4.5
72. WGM Mammadzada Gunay AZE 2341 – 4.5
73. Guliyev Gasan AZE 2019 – 4.5
74. GM Debashis Das IND 2505 – 4.5
75. WIM Parnali S Dharia IND 2002 – 4.5
76. FM Bashirli Nail AZE 2338 – 4
77. WGM Mammadova Gulnar AZE 2323 – 4
78. WFM Hojjatova Aydan AZE 2288 – 4
79. FM Gadimbayli Abdulla AZE 2320 – 4
80. WGM Kulkarni Bhakti IND 2328 – 4
81. IM Prathamesh Sunil Mokal IND 2393 – 4
82. Yogit S IND 2239 – 4
83. Iniyan P IND 2275 – 4
84. Jayakumaar S IND 2169 – 4
85. Parvanyan Ashot ARM 2197 – 4
86. IM Zozulia Anna BEL 2335 – 4
87. IM Hesham Abdelrahman EGY 2398 – 4
88. Rahul Srivatshav P IND 2086 – 4
89. Hakobyan Hovhannes H. ARM 2112 – 4
90. FM Mohannad Farhan JOR 2253 – 4
91. WFM Pujari Rucha IND 2158 – 4
92. WIM Kurbonboeva Sarvinoz UZB 2295 – 4
93. Mammadov Gulam AZE 2086 – 4
94. Asgarova Turan AZE 1935 – 4
95. Soyunlu Narmin AZE 1919 – 4
96. IM Abdulov Orkhan AZE 2356 – 3.5
97. WGM Abdulla Khayala AZE 2256 – 3.5
98. FM Ahmed Fareed UAE 1970 – 3.5
99. Ashwath R. IND 2252 – 3.5
100. Arjun Kalyan IND 2107 – 3.5
101. Danielyan Vahe ARM 2307 – 3.5
102. WIM Khalafova Narmin AZE 2138 – 3.5
103. FM Algildah Khalid SYR 2086 – 3.5
104. Aradhya Garg IND 2316 – 3
105. Mkrtchyan Sargis R. ARM 2236 – 3
106. FM Mayed Alrashedi UAE 1895 – 3
107. San Juan Dennis PHI 2101 – 3
108. CM Ismael Namir Mohammed Ismael IRQ 2254 – 3
109. WGM Wafa Shrook EGY 2115 – 3
110. Sameir Ramez EGY 2080 – 3
111. WFM Tarini Goyal IND 1826 – 3
112. Ashid Tsetsegulzii MGL 1869 – 3
113. FM Ammar Sedrani UAE 1573 – 3
114. Wettasinha Vasanta SRI 1858 – 3
115. CM Al Hosani Omran UAE 1817 – 2.5
116. Ali Abdulaziz UAE 1855 – 2.5
117. Saiid Samir EGY 2200 – 2.5
118. WGM Safranska Anda FRA 2259 – 2
119. Abtini Hasan SYR 1992 – 2
120. Anisuzzaman Jewel BAN 2078 – 2
121. Musallam Salim Al Aamri OMA 1888 – 2
122. GM Kunte Abhijit IND 2507 – 1.5
123. Afshar Niusha IRI 1961 – 1.5
124. Abucejo Armel N PHI 2032 – 1
125. Ahmad M Saleh Alzarouni UAE 1668 – 1
126. FM Elmejbri Ali A. LBA 2031 – 0
127. Harsha Bharathakoti IND 2362 – 0

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Happy New Year and happy new January rating list

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

FIDEHappy New Year to all Chessdom.com readers and a very successful 2016 to everyone! This year we finish with the January 2016 rating list and a review of the player’s rating progress.

The year 2015 started with four players above 2800 in January – the World Champion Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Alexander Grischuk, and Veselin Topalov. Twelve months later we have only two people above 2800 – Magnus Carlsen and Vladimir Kramnik.

The strongest players deflation is also visible on the ELO rating scale. January 2015 rating list had average ELO of 2799,1 for the top 10 players, just close to the mythical 2800 barrier, while the January 2016 rating list is at 2793,1. Looking at the 2700 club, the trend is reversed: average ELO in January 2015 was 2741,3 , while now in January 2016 it is 2744,5, more than 3 ELO points gain. However, a look at the top 100 provides no major difference, with the average ELO at 2702, a statistic that has had no shakeup since January 2011.

Top 10 players changes

1. Magnus Carlsen +-0 positions, -18 ELO
2. Vladimir Kramnik +6 positions, +18 ELO
3. Anish Giri +4 positions, +14 ELO
4. Levon Aronian +2 positions, -5 ELO
5. Fabiano Caruana -3 positions, -23 ELO
6. Hikaru Nakamura +3 positions, +11 ELO
7. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave +6 positions, +28 ELO
8. Viswanathan Anand -3 positions, -13 ELO
9 . Veselin Topalov -5 positions, -20 ELO
10. Wesley So +- 0 positions, +11 ELO

January 2016 top 100 rating list

1  Carlsen, Magnus  NOR 2844
2  Kramnik, Vladimir  RUS 2801
3  Giri, Anish  NED 2798
4  Aronian, Levon  ARM 2792
5  Caruana, Fabiano  USA 2787
6  Nakamura, Hikaru  USA 2787
7  Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime  FRA 2785
8  Anand, Viswanathan  IND 2784
9  Topalov, Veselin  BUL 2780
10  So, Wesley  USA 2773
11  Karjakin, Sergey  RUS 2769
12  Ding, Liren  CHN 2766
13  Eljanov, Pavel  UKR 2760
14  Harikrishna, P.  IND 2755
15  Grischuk, Alexander  RUS 2752
16  Li, Chao b  CHN 2751
17  Svidler, Peter  RUS 2751
18  Yu, Yangyi  CHN 2747
19  Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  AZE 2747
20  Adams, Michael  ENG 2744
21  Gelfand, Boris  ISR 2735
22  Jakovenko, Dmitry  RUS 2732
23  Andreikin, Dmitry  RUS 2732
24  Dominguez Perez, Leinier  CUB 2732
25  Navara, David  CZE 2730
26  Tomashevsky, Evgeny  RUS 2728
27  Wojtaszek, Radoslaw  POL 2727
28  Radjabov, Teimour  AZE 2726
29  Bu, Xiangzhi  CHN 2724
30  Vitiugov, Nikita  RUS 2721
31  Rapport, Richard  HUN 2721
32  Wang, Yue  CHN 2718
33  Le, Quang Liem  VIE 2718
34  Ponomariov, Ruslan  UKR 2712
35  Korobov, Anton  UKR 2710
36  Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR 2710
37  Wei, Yi  CHN 2706
38  Leko, Peter  HUN 2705
39  Nepomniachtchi, Ian  RUS 2704
40  Kasimdzhanov, Rustam  UZB 2702
41  Sargissian, Gabriel  ARM 2702
42  Fressinet, Laurent  FRA 2700
43  Ni, Hua  CHN 2697
44  Bacrot, Etienne  FRA 2697
45  Naiditsch, Arkadij  AZE 2696
46  Kryvoruchko, Yuriy  UKR 2695
47  Wang, Hao  CHN 2695
48  Hammer, Jon Ludvig  NOR 2695
49  Rublevsky, Sergei  RUS 2692
50  Ragger, Markus  AUT 2689
51  Malakhov, Vladimir  RUS 2687
52  Howell, David W L  ENG 2685
53  Rodshtein, Maxim  ISR 2685
54  Almasi, Zoltan  HUN 2684
55  Short, Nigel D  ENG 2684
56  Granda Zuniga, Julio E  PER 2683
57  Morozevich, Alexander  RUS 2683
58  Matlakov, Maxim  RUS 2682
59  Cheparinov, Ivan  BUL 2682
60  Kovalenko, Igor  LAT 2680
61  Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter  GER 2679
62  Inarkiev, Ernesto  RUS 2676
63  Vallejo Pons, Francisco  ESP 2675
64  Bareev, Evgeny  CAN 2675
65  Najer, Evgeniy  RUS 2674
66  Artemiev, Vladislav  RUS 2673
67  Moiseenko, Alexander  UKR 2673
68  Hou, Yifan  CHN 2673
69  Jobava, Baadur  GEO 2673
70  Areshchenko, Alexander  UKR 2671
71  McShane, Luke J  ENG 2671
72  Shirov, Alexei  LAT 2671
73  Postny, Evgeny  ISR 2670
74  Lysyj, Igor  RUS 2668
75  Sjugirov, Sanan  RUS 2667
76  Bruzon Batista, Lazaro  CUB 2666
77  Kamsky, Gata  USA 2665
78  Ivanisevic, Ivan  SRB 2665
79  Amin, Bassem  EGY 2665
80  Fedoseev, Vladimir  RUS 2664
81  Swiercz, Dariusz  POL 2664
82  Laznicka, Viktor  CZE 2664
83  Negi, Parimarjan  IND 2664
84  Onischuk, Alexander  USA 2664
85  Sadler, Matthew D  ENG 2662
86  Zvjaginsev, Vadim  RUS 2662
87  Duda, Jan-Krzysztof  POL 2660
88  Ganguly, Surya Shekhar  IND 2660
89  Meier, Georg  GER 2660
90  Tkachiev, Vladislav  FRA 2660
91  Robson, Ray  USA 2659
92  Bukavshin, Ivan  RUS 2658
93  Smirin, Ilia  ISR 2658
94  Efimenko, Zahar  UKR 2656
95  Akopian, Vladimir  ARM 2656
96  Motylev, Alexander  RUS 2656
97  Movsesian, Sergei  ARM 2655
98  Zhigalko, Sergei  BLR 2655
99  Bologan, Viktor  MDA 2654
100  Adhiban, B.  IND 2653
101  Safarli, Eltaj  AZE 2653

 

January 2016 top 100 rating list (women)

The Women top 100 looks very different in January 2016. The major change compared to January 2015 is that the record time holder of the top position is missing. The best female player of all times, Judit Polgar, who retired from competitive chess after winning the team silver medal at the 2014 Chess Olympiad and became the new captain and head coach for the Hungarian National Men’s Chess Team, is not anymore present on the rating list. The number one spot is now for the Yifan Hou, who will challenge the title of World Champion Mariya Muzychuk , third on the rating list with 119 ELO less, in the 2016 World Women Chess Championship in Lviv.

1  Hou, Yifan  CHN 2673
2  Koneru, Humpy  IND 2583
3  Muzychuk, Mariya  UKR 2554
4  Kosteniuk, Alexandra  RUS 2550
5  Ju, Wenjun  CHN 2548
6  Muzychuk, Anna  UKR 2537
7  Dzagnidze, Nana  GEO 2535
8  Cmilyte, Viktorija  LTU 2534
9  Lagno, Kateryna  RUS 2529
10  Cramling, Pia  SWE 2523
11  Stefanova, Antoaneta  BUL 2515
12  Harika, Dronavalli  IND 2511
13  Zhao, Xue  CHN 2506
14  Tan, Zhongyi  CHN 2504
15  Goryachkina, Aleksandra  RUS 2502
16  Khotenashvili, Bela  GEO 2502
17  Gunina, Valentina  RUS 2496
18  Sebag, Marie  FRA 2490
19  Javakhishvili, Lela  GEO 2486
20  Batsiashvili, Nino  GEO 2485
21  Zhukova, Natalia  UKR 2484
22  Paehtz, Elisabeth  GER 2478
23  Galliamova, Alisa  RUS 2475
24  Kosintseva, Tatiana  RUS 2475
25  Lei, Tingjie  CHN 2474
26  Kosintseva, Nadezhda  RUS 2473
27  Zatonskih, Anna  USA 2469
28  Nomin-Erdene, Davaademberel  MGL 2468
29  Shen, Yang  CHN 2466
30  Hoang, Thanh Trang  HUN 2464
31  Kashlinskaya, Alina  RUS 2462
32  Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina  RUS 2460
33  Krush, Irina  USA 2458
34  Girya, Olga  RUS 2454
35  Pogonina, Natalija  RUS 2454
36  Bodnaruk, Anastasia  RUS 2453
37  Skripchenko, Almira  FRA 2453
38  Melia, Salome  GEO 2452
39  Huang, Qian  CHN 2450
40  Ushenina, Anna  UKR 2450
41  Danielian, Elina  ARM 2445
42  Munguntuul, Batkhuyag  MGL 2444
43  Hunt, Harriet V  ENG 2444
44  Moser, Eva  AUT 2442
45  Mkrtchian, Lilit  ARM 2440
46  Guseva, Marina  RUS 2438
47  Socko, Monika  POL 2438
48  Guo, Qi  CHN 2435
49  Zawadzka, Jolanta  POL 2433
50  Cori T., Deysi  PER 2430
51  Padmini, Rout  IND 2427
52  Ding, Yixin  CHN 2426
53  Saduakassova, Dinara  KAZ 2423
54  Peptan, Corina-Isabela  ROU 2421
55  Turova, Irina  RUS 2419
56  Alexandrova, Olga  ESP 2418
57  Zhu, Chen  QAT 2418
58  Khurtsidze, Nino  GEO 2414
59  Sukandar, Irine Kharisma  INA 2413
60  Bojkovic, Natasa  SRB 2406
61  Ziaziulkina, Nastassia  BLR 2405
62  Savina, Anastasia  RUS 2404
63  Michna, Marta  GER 2403
64  Houska, Jovanka  ENG 2402
65  Karavade, Eesha  IND 2400
66  Vega Gutierrez, Sabrina  ESP 2399
67  Szczepkowska-Horowska, Karina  POL 2398
68  Charochkina, Daria  RUS 2396
69  Gaponenko, Inna  UKR 2393
70  Khademalsharieh, Sarasadat  IRI 2392
71  Haast, Anne  NED 2391
72  Arabidze, Meri  GEO 2390
73  Bulmaga, Irina  ROU 2389
74  Rajlich, Iweta  POL 2389
75  Stockova, Zuzana  SVK 2388
76  Ryjanova, Julia  RUS 2387
77  Majdan-Gajewska, Joanna  POL 2384
78  Videnova, Iva  BUL 2384
79  Zhai, Mo  CHN 2383
80  Aulia, Medina Warda  INA 2383
81  Zaiatz, Elena  RUS 2382
82  Abdumalik, Zhansaya  KAZ 2381
83  Shvayger, Yuliya  ISR 2381
84  Kovanova, Baira  RUS 2381
85  Lujan, Carolina  ARG 2380
86  Vasilevich, Tatjana  UKR 2380
87  Daulyte, Deimante  LTU 2378
88  Atalik, Ekaterina  TUR 2378
89  Ni, Shiqun  CHN 2377
90  Guichard, Pauline  FRA 2376
91  Matveeva, Svetlana  RUS 2375
92  Guramishvili, Sopiko  GEO 2374
93  Zhang, Xiaowen  CHN 2374
94  Nemcova, Katerina  USA 2373
95  Brunello, Marina  ITA 2370
96  Milliet, Sophie  FRA 2369
97  Bivol, Alina  RUS 2368
98  Zimina, Olga  ITA 2367
99  Li, Ruofan  SIN 2366
100  Tania, Sachdev  IND 2366

 

January 2016 top 100 rating list (juniors)

1  Rapport, Richard  HUN 2721
2  Wei, Yi  CHN 2706
3  Artemiev, Vladislav  RUS 2673
4  Duda, Jan-Krzysztof  POL 2660
5  Dubov, Daniil  RUS 2646
6  Nyzhnyk, Illya  UKR 2627
7  Bluebaum, Matthias  GER 2595
8  Burke, John M  USA 2588
9  Wagner, Dennis  GER 2585
10  Eliseev, Urii  RUS 2582
11  Sevian, Samuel  USA 2578
12  Xiong, Jeffery  USA 2575
13  Donchenko, Alexander  GER 2570
14  Antipov, Mikhail Al.  RUS 2567
15  Oparin, Grigoriy  RUS 2565
16  Alekseenko, Kirill  RUS 2560
17  Ghosh, Diptayan  IND 2556
18  Tari, Aryan  NOR 2556
19  Bortnyk, Olexandr  UKR 2552
20  Vaibhav, Suri  IND 2552
21  Rambaldi, Francesco  ITA 2541
22  Van Foreest, Jorden  NED 2541
23  Boruchovsky, Avital  ISR 2539
24  Chigaev, Maksim  RUS 2526
25  Svane, Rasmus  GER 2522
26  Santos Latasa, Jaime  ESP 2522
27  Xu, Yinglun  CHN 2518
28  Karthikeyan, Murali  IND 2518
29  Pichot, Alan  ARG 2517
30  Yuffa, Daniil  RUS 2516
31  Gledura, Benjamin  HUN 2515
32  Troff, Kayden W  USA 2511
33  Chandra, Akshat  USA 2510
34  Paravyan, David  RUS 2509
35  Bai, Jinshi  CHN 2507
36  Gordievsky, Dmitry  RUS 2506
37  Henriquez Villagra, Cristobal  CHI 2505
38  Goryachkina, Aleksandra  RUS 2502
39  Sunilduth Lyna, Narayanan  IND 2501
40  Aravindh,Chithambaram VR.  IND 2500
41  Schroeder, Jan-Christian  GER 2499
42  Igonin, Temur  UZB 2498
43  Gagare, Shardul  IND 2497
44  Lugovskoy, Maxim  RUS 2489
45  Pechac, Jergus  SVK 2487
46  Georgiadis, Nico  SUI 2485
47  Fawzy, Adham  EGY 2484
48  Moroni, Luca Jr  ITA 2481
49  Izzat, Kanan  AZE 2480
50  Zajic, Milan  SRB 2480
51  Sanal, Vahap  TUR 2478
52  Mosadeghpour, Masoud  IRI 2475
53  Drozdowski, Kacper  POL 2475
54  Lei, Tingjie  CHN 2474
55  Dastan, Muhammed Batuhan  TUR 2474
56  Triapishko, Olexandr  RUS 2471
57  Tabatabaei, M.amin  IRI 2470
58  Yang, Darwin  USA 2470
59  Golubov, Saveliy  RUS 2469
60  Martinez Alcantara, Jose Eduardo  PER 2469
61  Nomin-Erdene, Davaademberel  MGL 2468
62  Stremavicius, Titas  LTU 2468
63  Xu, Xiangyu  CHN 2466
64  Basso, Pier Luigi  ITA 2466
65  Ebeling, Daniel  FIN 2466
66  Petrosyan, Manuel  ARM 2466
67  Bellahcene, Bilel  FRA 2465
68  Smirnov, Anton  AUS 2465
69  Preotu, Razvan  CAN 2465
70  Gurevich, Daniel  USA 2465
71  Zenzera, Alexey  RUS 2464
72  Deac, Bogdan-Daniel  ROU 2463
73  Li, Ruifeng  USA 2462
74  Zakhartsov, Vladimir  RUS 2462
75  Lampert, Jonas  GER 2459
76  Enkhnar, Enkhbaatar  MGL 2458
77  Lobanov, Sergei  RUS 2457
78  Petrov, Nikita  RUS 2456
79  Firouzja, Alireza  IRI 2455
80  Puranik, Abhimanyu  IND 2452
81  Usmanov, Vasily  RUS 2451
82  Maghsoodloo, Parham  IRI 2450
83  Ali Marandi, Cemil Can  TUR 2450
84  Supi, Luis Paulo  BRA 2449
85  Vignesh N R  IND 2448
86  Vavulin, Maksim  RUS 2448
87  Korpa, Bence  HUN 2448
88  Harutyunian, Tigran K.  ARM 2448
89  Mikaelyan, Arman  ARM 2448
90  Aryan Chopra  IND 2447
91  Tran, Tuan Minh  VIE 2447
92  Tan, Justin  AUS 2446
93  Wang, Yiye  CHN 2445
94  Salomon, Johan  NOR 2444
95  Steinberg, Nitzan  ISR 2444
96  Kelires, Andreas  CYP 2444
97  Le, Tuan Minh  VIE 2444
98  Shumyatsky, Victor  BRA 2443
99  Lorparizangeneh, Shahin  IRI 2442
100  Rohan, Ahuja  IND 2440

 

January 2016 top 100 rating list (girls)

1  Goryachkina, Aleksandra  RUS 2502
2  Lei, Tingjie  CHN 2474
3  Nomin-Erdene, Davaademberel  MGL 2468
4  Saduakassova, Dinara  KAZ 2423
5  Khademalsharieh, Sarasadat  IRI 2392
6  Zhai, Mo  CHN 2383
7  Aulia, Medina Warda  INA 2383
8  Abdumalik, Zhansaya  KAZ 2381
9  Ni, Shiqun  CHN 2377
10  Bivol, Alina  RUS 2368
11  Osmak, Iulija  UKR 2343
12  Hojjatova, Aydan  AZE 2341
13  Mammadzada, Gunay  AZE 2341
14  Tsolakidou, Stavroula  GRE 2338
15  Vaishali R  IND 2332
16  Khomeriki, Nino  GEO 2321
17  Derakhshani, Dorsa  IRI 2315
18  Amina, Battsooj  MGL 2313
19  Harazinska, Ewa  POL 2310
20  Rodriguez Rueda, Paula Andrea  COL 2308
21  Buksa, Nataliya  UKR 2298
22  Fataliyeva, Ulviyya  AZE 2295
23  Zhou, Qiyu  CAN 2286
24  Bykova, Anastasia  RUS 2283
25  Osmanodja, Filiz  GER 2281
26  Kazarian, Anna-Maja  NED 2279
27  Pratyusha, Bodda  IND 2278
28  Ivana Maria, Furtado  IND 2277
29  Frayna, Janelle Mae  PHI 2272
30  Varshini, V  IND 2271
31  Drogovoz, Irina  RUS 2265
32  Maltsevskaya, Aleksandra  RUS 2258
33  Tantsiura, Maria  UKR 2257
34  Gu, Tianlu  CHN 2255
35  Uuriintuya, Uurtsaikh  MGL 2255
36  Velikic, Adela  SRB 2255
37  Blagojevic, Tijana  MNE 2253
38  Mahalakshmi, M  IND 2251
39  Makarenko, Alexandra  RUS 2247
40  Styazhkina, Anna  RUS 2246
41  Unuk, Laura  SLO 2246
42  Martynkova, Olena  UKR 2245
43  Avramidou, Anastasia  GRE 2245
44  Navrotescu, Andreea-Cristiana  FRA 2243
45  Diakonova, Ekaterina  RUS 2241
46  Sieber, Fiona  GER 2240
47  Movileanu, Daniela  ITA 2239
48  Nicolas Zapata, Irene  ESP 2239
49  Kiolbasa, Oliwia  POL 2236
50  Heinemann, Josefine  GER 2233
51  Xiao, Yiyi  CHN 2222
52  Dordzhieva, Dinara  RUS 2218
53  Monica, Putri Wigustira  INA 2217
54  Michelle Catherina, P  IND 2216
55  Bykovtsev, Agata  USA 2214
56  Kochukova, Anna  RUS 2212
57  Imnadze, Nato  GEO 2212
58  Rodionova, Daria  RUS 2212
59  Roca Rojas, Ana Flavia  CUB 2207
60  Gazikova, Veronika  SVK 2207
61  Shuvalova, Polina  RUS 2206
62  Janzelj, Lara  SLO 2205
63  Szente Varga, Fruzsina  HUN 2204
64  Bluhm, Sonja Maria  GER 2203
65  Injac, Teodora  SRB 2200
66  Amrayeva, Aytan  AZE 2198
67  Dimitrova, Aleksandra  RUS 2196
68  Gal, Hanna Krisztina  HUN 2196
69  Mylnikova, Olga  RUS 2194
70  Obolentseva, Alexandra  RUS 2194
71  Haussernot, Cecile  FRA 2190
72  Suliati, Annisa  INA 2190
73  Tokhirjonova, Gulrukhbegim  UZB 2187
74  Kalaiyalahan, Akshaya  ENG 2187
75  Ulrich, Rachel J  USA 2186
76  Vidic, Teja  SLO 2185
77  Khokhlova, Daria  RUS 2183
78  Retno, Wijayanti  INA 2183
79  Gorti, Akshita  USA 2182
80  Yu, Jennifer R  USA 2182
81  Protopopova, Anastasiya  RUS 2181
82  Aakanksha Hagawane  IND 2181
83  Wozniak, Mariola  POL 2180
84  Gaboyan, Susanna  ARM 2178
85  Vazquez Maccarini, Danitza  PUR 2178
86  Marikova, Jana  CZE 2177
87  Terbe, Julianna  HUN 2171
88  Mammadova, Narmin  AZE 2167
89  Ivanova, Simoneta  BUL 2166
90  Marjanovics, Annamaria  HUN 2165
91  Abdusattorova, Bakhora  UZB 2162
92  Santeramo, Alessia  ITA 2161
93  Di Benedetto, Desiree  ITA 2160
94  Richterova, Natasa  CZE 2160
95  Budiarti, Farah Yumna  INA 2160
96  Nur Abidah, Shanti  INA 2160
97  Assaubayeva, Bibisara  KAZ 2159
98  Ren, Xiaoyi  CHN 2157
99  Antova, Gabriela  BUL 2157
100  Anufrienko, Daria  RUS 2156

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Sport-Express: Interview with Andrey Filatov

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

RCF president Andrey Filatov told Sport-Express daily newspaper about achievements, victories, and future plans of the Russian Chess Federation.

SE: What is your assessment of the departing year?

AF: I am a perfectionist and always strive for the best possible outcome. I want Russian grandmasters to win all competition they play. Unfortunately, it just never happens in sport, and this is why we love sport.

All in all, this was a wonderful year for Russian chess. Two players from our country utilized the very last chance and qualified for the Candidates tournament – Karjakin won the World Cup, and Svidler was the runner-up. Tomashevsky and Jakovenko won two FIDE Grand Prix tournaments. Grischuk, Kramnik, and Nepomniachtchi won medals of the World Rapid and Blitz championships.

Our women’s team finished second at the World Championship and won the gold in Europe. Russian men’s team also won the European Championship. I think no other country can boast such a rich collection.

Andrey Filatov

Andrey Filatov (photo by Russian Chess Federation)

SE: It has been 8 years since the last time when our men’s and women’s team won both European championships…

AF: Our men can be the strongest, we just need to find the right chemistry. You know, chess is a very individual game. And in team competitions one needs to give away not only all energy and knowledge, but also a small part of one’s soul – for example, helping a teammate who can become your main opponent in an individual event next week.

We did not manage to do it at the Chess Olympiad in Norway or during the World Championship in Armenia, while in Iceland we finally found the right team chemistry and won the event rather smoothly.

Now we need to repeat the success at the Olympiad in Baku. This is something we miss for complete satisfaction.

SE: This year our teams obtained an official sponsor, for the first time in history. You managed to attract a well known energy company – FGS UES.

AF: Yes, and this is a big deal. The Chairman of FGS UES Andrey Murov is a big chess fan. He organizes Botvinnik memorial tournaments for his employees, and he loves and understands the game.

The fact they chose to support us will be of a great help financially and is a big boost to morale. We will do everything to bring more fame to our sponsor to make this deal a model example for other corporations. I have always said that chess is a unique way to advertisement, especially effective during love broadcasts that are followed all over the world. For instance, the latest Women’s World Championship is Sochi was followed in more than 200 countries. In my opinion, this is a very serious number.

Andrei Filatov

SE: You suggested Kirsan Ilyumzhinov running for presidency in FIFA. Now he is in a U.S. sanction list.

AF: This did not change my opinion of him: Ilyumzhinov is an excellent manager. He defeated corruption in FIDE. FIFA is now completely disorganized. If Kirsan Nikolaevich decides to run, he will play for a win, and he knows what he’s doing.

U.S. sanctions? Ilyumzhinov already filed a lawsuit, and who knows who wins it. It is simply wrong when a state institution interferes with an international sports association. So I am still confident Ilyumzhinov can be a good leader for FIFA. And chess will become more popular along the way.

Ilyumzhinov vs Filatov 560

SE: What kind of help brings you the RCF Board of Trustees, filled with many respectable businessmen, sport stars, and famous artists?

AF: Million thanks to Dmitry Peskov. He did a great deal of work at popularizing chess. Million thanks to Sergey Sobyanin, who started the renovation of our club on Gogolevsky boulevard. It will be re-opened in spring.

We are planning to sign a contract with the conservatoire, to organize a monthly concerts of classical music for chess fans. And our victories would not be possible without partners of the federation – PHOSAGRO, Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko, Chess Art Fund, ART RUSSЕ, TASHIR, Oleg Skvortsov. I am very thankful to all of them.

SE: Last year a poll of more than 200 sports journalists named you the sports manager of the year. You outperformed many big names, such as Mutko, Galitsky, and Chernyshenko. This year RCF has even more achievements. Do you believe you can win again?

AF: I do not become too excited about achievements of this kind. This is journalists’ decision; they see our work from the outside. The most important thing for me is that the Russian chess school should remain the strongest in the world.

Now it is very important to launch a weekly chess show on the federal sports channel Match TV. It must be interesting even for a bystander, showing not only games and variations, but also everyday life of grandmasters. And, of course, I want to bring chess lessons for kids back on TV. This could potentially bring us to a completely new level.

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FIDE Seminar for International Organizers in Moscow, Russia

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

Official FIDE logoObjective: To educate and certify Organizers on an international basis. The seminar is co-organized during the festival Moscow Open-2016 by the Russian Chess Federation with the support of FIDE Events’ Commission (EVE).

Subject: This seminar will be held at Moscow, Russia from February 5-7, 2016. Successful Seminar attendees will grant a FIDE IO Norm necessary for the FIDE IO title application. Detailed IO Titles Regulations here.

Schedule:
Friday February 5 10:00 to 14:00 a.m. Seminar (Part 1)
Saturday February 6 10:00 to 14:00 a.m. Seminar (Part 2)
Sunday February 7 10:00 to 14:00 a.m. Seminar (Part 3 – Exams)

Venue: V.Pik Str, 4; RSSU

Accommodation:
Hotel “Tourist”, Double room “Standard” – 1400 rubles per room, double room “Comfort” – 1500 rubles per room.
Applications for accommodation are accepted until February 4, 2016 on the E-mail: iscu@mail.ru

Seminar Topics:
Regulations Events Commission (Mission, Members, Events Regulations, Bid Procedure)
Ratings and Titles, Events’ Management

Seminar Fee: 4000 rubles

Number of participants: maximum 20

Lecturers:
Alexander Kostyev, IO
President of the International School Chess Union
Language: The seminar will be held in Russian.

Information/Registration: 
E-mail: iscu@mail.ru, tel: +7 903 796 41 76
Russian Chess Federation: www.ruschess.ru

 

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Gelfand Leads Kings To Victory In Nutcracker Tournament

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

The “Kings” — lead by GM Boris Gelfand —emerged victorious over the “Princes” in the inter-generational match festively titled The Nutcracker. The match, held December 19-26 in Moscow, Russia, was organized by the Russian Chess Federat…

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

Planetwin365 – All Stars 2015 Blitz Tournament

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

The Planetwin365 – All Stars 2015 Blitz Tournament was held on 28th December at the Planetwin365 Club in Bezanijska Kosa, Belgrade.

24 players competed in the round robin tournament, dubbed as “unofficial” blitz championship of Serbia, with the time control 3?+2”. There were 9 Grandmasters in the field.

Grandmasters Milos Perunovic took a clear first place with 18,0/23 points.

The event was sponsored by planetwin365 and organized by Chess Club “Tadic”.

Chief Arbiter was IA Nebojsa Baralic and the prize fund was 1000 USD. Standings below.

Planetwin365 - All Stars 2015 Blitz Tournament

Group photo of the participants

Final standings:

1 GM Perunovic Milos SRB 2690 – 18
2 GM Bogosavljevic Boban SRB 2580 – 17.5
3 GM Tadic Branko SRB 2486 – 17.5
4 GM Milanovic Danilo SRB 2537 – 16.5
5 IM Marinkovic Ivan SRB 2503 – 16
6 GM Markus Robert SRB 2642 – 16
7 GM Ivanisevic Ivan SRB 2660 – 15
8 IM Nestorovic Dejan SRB 2390 – 14.5
9 GM Abramovic Bosko SRB 2328 – 14
10 GM Kovacevic Aleksandar SRB 2508 – 13.5
11 IM Arsovic Goran SRB 2351 – 13
12 IM Nestorovic Nikola SRB 2540 – 12.5
13 GM Damljanovic Branko SRB 2532 – 12.5
14 IM Stankovic Milos SRB 2456 – 12
15 FM Jovic Aleksandar SRB 2465 – 12
16 Radovanovic Nikola SRB 2388 – 11
17 Tisma Ivan SRB 2171 – 9
18 Stankovic Ivan G SRB 2149 – 8
19 Vuckovic Branko SRB 2263 – 7.5
20 Kiproski Branislav SRB 2072 – 6.5
21 IM Marcetic Nikola SRB 2192 – 5
22 Klasovic Andreja SRB 2046 – 4
23 Andrejic Vladica SRB 2178 – 3.5
24 FM Matovic Petar SRB 2159 – 1

Winner Milos Perunovic receiving the prize

Winner Milos Perunovic receiving the prize

Boban Bogosavljevic observing Branko Tadic and Milos Stankovic

Boban Bogosavljevic observing game Branko Tadic – Milos Stankovic

Organizer Branko Tadic and Chief Arbiter Nebojsa Baralic

Organizer Branko Tadic and Chief Arbiter Nebojsa Baralic

Nikola Radovanovic vs Ivan Ivanisevic

Nikola Radovanovic vs Ivan Ivanisevic

Milos Perunovic vs Vladica Andrejic

Milos Perunovic vs Vladica Andrejic

Goran Arsovic vs Ivan Marinkovic

Goran Arsovic vs Ivan Marinkovic

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January 2016 FRL

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

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FIDE publishes January 2016 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.
Important chnage is done to structure of main download files – players_list.zip and players_list_xml.zip – FIDE Online Arena titles are added.
Previously used format files are available as ‘legacy’ download  – players_list_legacy.zip and players_list_xml_legacy.zip at Downloads page.

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

ChessBase Chrismas Puzzles 2015 (7)

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

In 1999, in the very first installment, we gave you a proof game problem as a Christmas puzzle, one that has occupied generations of chess players. Such problems require a great deal of lateral thinking, and are not readily accessible to computer analysis. This month we nostalgically reconnected with an old friend (from the previous millennium) who specializes in such problems. Have fun with Stuart Rachels’ quick mates.

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