Archive for June, 2016

55 and Fabulous: An interview with Keith Arkell

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Over a 10-week period, English Grandmaster Keith Arkell played in and won seven weekend tournaments. The seven first-place-finishes in a row is a personal best for Arkell. In this interview, he tells how he prepares for his games, how his approach to chess changed over the years, why he works harder at the board and reveals why he thinks chess and life are fabulous at age 55.

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Shanghai leads in Chinese Chess League

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Twelve teams start in division A of the Chinese Chess League and from April to December they play a double-round-robin tournament, 22 rounds altogether. The teams play on five boards with at least two female players. The rating differences between the various players are often huge but this does not mean that the favorites do have an easy life.

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Chengdu FIDE Women Grand Prix

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

ChengduThe Chinese Chess Association, in partnership with the International Chess Federation (FIDE), is organizing the fourth tournament of the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix series 2015/2016 from 1-15th July in Chengdu, China.

A round robin tournament with twelve top women players will be held in Wang Jiang Hotel *****.

The event is sponsored by Chinese Chess Association and Chengdu Sports Bureau, and co-organized by Chengdu Municipal People’s Government, Board and Card Administrative Center of General Administration of Sport of China, Chengdu Chess Institute and Chengdu Chess Association.

Chengdu is strongly supporting the development and popularisation of the mind games. The city already hosted the 2015 Women’s World Team Championship and FIDE Presidential Board.

Koneru Humpy IND GM 2575
Ju Wenjun CHN GM 2559
Muzychuk Anna UKR GM 2551
Muzychuk Mariya UKR GM 2546
Harika Dronavalli IND GM 2514
Tan Zhongyi CHN WGM 2509
Stefanova Antoaneta BUL GM 2505
Zhao Xue CHN GM 2503
Javakhishvili Lela GEO IM 2497
Cramling Pia SWE GM 2474
Khotenashvili Bela GEO GM 2456
Girya Olga RUS WGM 2448

During the Moscow Presidential Board Meeting the decision to have a Grand Prix series with five events in total was made. Each of 20 participants in the GP Series has the right to play in three of the five events.

The player accumulating the highest number of points in the Grand Prix series 2015-2016 will get the right to play a match with the winner of the 2016 World Championship in 2017. If the same player wins both events, the second placed in the Grand Prix circuit will become the challenger.

Current Grand Prix standings

Prize fund for the Chengdu event is 60.000 EUR, with 10.000 EUR reserved for the winner. A further 15,000 EUR goes towards an accumulated fund for the overall best placed women.

Official website


ECU Board Meeting Prague 2016 – Information and Decisions

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

The second European Chess Union Board meeting in 2016, organized in Prague, Czech Republic, took place on 24th and 25th June after the kind invitation of the Czech Chess Federation.

The meeting was held under the excellent conditions in the hotel Olympic during the 2016 Mitropa Cup. The President of the Czech Chess Federation Viktor Novotny opened the meeting and welcomed the ECU Board in Prague.


Main Information & decisions

ECU Auditor presented the audit report, Treasurer and Bookkeeper informed the Board about the financial results and closing of the year 2015 as will be forwarded to ECU GA in Baku. The money prizes for the European Individual Championships were sent to all the participants.

European Chess Union is today in the best financial situation in its history, with the transparent and trustable financial management.

ECU Board meeting Prague

ECU Board awarded the following European Championships:

- European Amateur Championship 2017 awarded to the Serbian Chess Federation to organize it in the city of Nis
- European Youth Team Championship 2018 awarded to the German Chess Federation to organize it in Bad Blankeburg, Thuringia
- European Senior Team Chess Championship 2018 awarded to the Polish Chess Federation to organize it in the city of Walbrzych
- European Women’s Rapid Championship & European Women’s Blitz Championship 2018 awarded to the Georgian Chess Federation to organize it in the city of Tbilisi.
- European Youth Rapid and Blitz Championships 2018 awarded to the Romanian Chess Federation to organize it in Oradea, Bihor County.
- European Individual Chess Championship 2018 awarded to the Georgian Chess Federation to organize it in the city of Batumi.
- Norwegian Chess Federation awarded the option to organize the European Senior Chess Championship 2018 in the city of Oslo.
- European Team Chess Championship 2019 awarded to the Georgian Chess Federation to organize it in the city of Batumi.
- Turkish Chess Federation awarded the option to organize the European Women’s Rapid & Blitz Chess Championship 2016

The ECU Board approved the new dates, 26-30 December 2016, proposed by the Serbian Chess Federation for the European Youth Rapid & Blitz Chess Championship 2016

ECU accepted the proposal of the Georgian Chess Federation to co-organize the “Chess in School Conference” from 24th to 27th October 2016 in Batumi, parallel with the FIDE World Cadets Championship.

ECU Board discussed a number of proposals for the ECU Statutes and tournament regulations, which will be forwarded to the ECU General Assembly.

The ECU Board informed about the legal matters and especially the decisions taken in the ECU General Assembly on 10 October 2015 in Bar and the ECU Board meeting, on 2nd and 3rd March in Lviv Ukraine.

1. ECU with a letter from 6 April 2016, based in the ECU Statutes, asked the Bulgarian Chess Federation to provide a number of documents (contracts, invoices) that were allegedly issued by the ECU, but are not available in ECU files and books. Additionally, the ECU asked from the Bulgarian Chess Federation to provide a list of payments to the ECU for the years 2011-2014. Bulgarian Chess Federation with its answer on 19.04.2016 failed to provide all these documents and the list of payments to ECU.

2. Bulgarian Financial Investigation Agency, after the ECU request, in May 2016 officially provided to the ECU three investigation reports connected with the European Championships and two Open Chess tournaments held in Bulgaria from 2011 to 2014.

3. The last of these reports dated 16.02.2016 took into consideration the ECU position after the official request for contribution sent by the Bulgarian authorities.

4. The reports confirm that hundreds thousands of euros transferred in the name of the European Chess Union to the unknown bank account in Slovenia belong to an offshore company under the name ECU Delaware LLC. All these huge transactions are not reported to the ECU accounts, auditors and General Assemblies and were obviously never delivered by the European Chess Union.

5. Until today, the Bulgarian Chess Federation have provided to the Bulgarian Investigation Financial Agency a number of documents as ECU invoices, contracts, and letters, even bank certificates, which are unknown to the ECU. Bulgarian Investigation authorities have not accepted the majority of these documents as authentic.

Based in these reports and the decisions in the ECU GA 2015 in Bar and ECU Board meeting on 2nd and 3rd March in Lviv the ECU Board decided:

1. The investigation reports and the letters dated 06.04.2016 and 19.04.2016 are forwarded to the ECU General Assembly 2016 in Baku, Azerbaijan with the proposal of suspension of the Bulgarian Chess Federation membership. Bulgarian Chess Federation has the right for written and oral explanations before any decision.

2. The whole case is already sent to the FIDE General Assembly 2016 Agenda for information and decisions.

Independently of the administration procedures, the ECU will follow closely the investigations running till now in Bulgaria, Montenegro, Interpol & FIDE Ethics Commission, and according to the advice of the ECU legal advisers regarding the financial and moral damage to the ECU, may proceed to a criminal complaint to Swiss authorities against any responsible individual.

The FBI office in the US Embassy in Switzerland has already contacted and informed about the operation of the shadow company “ECU LLC Delaware” within the USA territory. The European Chess Union also testified to Interpol after invitation received in Switzerland.

Moreover, the matter may concern the investigation services in several countries, since there are other European Federations or/and players who were forced to transfer money in “chess” offshore companies with the same address in Delaware.

Additionally, after the decision in GA in Bar, Montenegro and the material available today, the ECU will give a press conference, on a pre-announced date, informing the international press about all findings through the official investigations in Montenegro and Bulgaria. The matter is very serious not only for the chess world but for the whole sports family.

Press Release 29.06.2016.


July 2016 FRL

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

official logo

FIDE publishes July 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.

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Amsterdam Pub Crawl Tournament Marks 25th Anniversary

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

The unique Amsterdam Pub Crawl Tournament, where duos play each round in a different cafe, was organized for the 25th time this Sunday.
It’s the last Sunday in June. We are on a terrace, somewhere in Amsterdam, and the weathe…

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45th HONDURAS Internet based FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar – RESULTS

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

fide arbiters

From 31 May to 5 June 2016 the 45th Internet based FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar was held, organized by the Chess Federation of Honduras and under the auspices of FIDE.

The lecturer of the seminar was IA Santiago Garcia Ramos (MEX), FIDE Lecturer and the Technical Organizer was IA Hector Mejia Espinal (HON).

The Lectures were in Spanish language.

Six (6) Arbiters from five (5) federations (Spain, Argentina, Costa Rica, Honduras and Mexico) attended the seminar on Internet and participated in the examination test held after the lectures.

The following succeeded in the test and will be awarded a norm for the title of FIDE Arbiter, after the approval of the next FIDE Congress:



?ngel Mariano Rodr?guez P?rez


Carlos Roberto Ruiz de Toro


Paris, Pablo Alejandro


Alexis Murillo Tsijli

Costa Rica

Pio Arnoldo Herrera Garcia


Yelso Fabricio Bobadilla Sabillon


IA Takis Nikolopoulos
FIDE Arbiters’ Commission

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

25th Anniversary Amsterdam Pub Crawl Tournament

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

The unique Amsterdam Pub Crawl Tournament, where duos play each round in a different cafe, was organized for the 25th time this Sunday.
It’s the last Sunday in June. We are on a terrace, somewhere in Amsterdam, and the weathe…

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The Blindfold King vs The Machine

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Later this year GM Timur Gareyev will try play 47 opponents simultaneously, blindfold, breaking the current world record of 46 games. Neuroscientists found this interesting enough try to find out how his brain works – they put the GM into a MRI scanner while he played four blindfold games. In CHESS Magazine Timur provides a look into how he is preparing to take on arguably the game’s most impressive record of all time.

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Czech Republic wins Mitropa Cup

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

This year’s Mitropa Cup was played in Prague, from 19th to 27th June. The Mitropa Cup is a round-robin team event, in which ten Middle European nations take part, each nation ideally starting with a team in the open event and a team in the women’s event. This year the Czechs won in the open section while Germany succeeded in the women’s event.

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