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Northeast Open 2016

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

The 22nd Annual Northeast Open will be held from August 5-7, 2016, at the Sheraton Stamford Hotel, 700 Main St, Stamford, Connecticut.

The event has 4 sections: Open, Under 2050, Under 1650 and Under 1250. Each section has either a 3-day schedule (August 5-7) or 2-day schedule (August 6-7) to participate in.

The tournament format is 5-rounds Swiss with the time control 40/100, SD/30, d10 (2-day option, rds 1-2 G/60, d10).

The event has a guaranteed prize fund of $8,500.

Open Open Section: $1200-700-400, U2250 $600–300.
Under 2050 Section: $800-400-300, top U1850 $500-250.
Under 1650 Section: $700-400-200, top U1450 $300-150.
Under 1250 Section: $400-200-100, trophy to first 3, top U1000, U800, U600, Unrated.

Sheraton Hotel, Stamford, Connecticut

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Morozevich defeats Hillarp Persson in Chess-Go match

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

A special match between Alexander Morozevich (Russia) and Tiger Hillarp Persson (Sweden) took place during the European Go Congress, which gathered more than 1000 participants.

The famous Grandmasters played two games of rapid chess and two games of go on the 18th floor of Azimut Hotel in St. Petersburg.

Morozevich won 2-0 in rapid (25 min + 10 sec), while the score in Go was even 1-1. Thus Morozevich emerged overall winner.

The chess games were commented by GMs Vladimir Fedoseev and Valery Popov. Morozevich and Hillarp Persson also played a simultaneous exhibition on 10 boards each.

Morozevich defeats Hillarp Persson in Chess-Go match

Photo by Pavel Drugov / European Go Congress

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August 2016 FRL

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

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FIDE publishes August 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

Cecil’s Saturday Puzzle – July 23, 2016

Sunday, July 31st, 2016
from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to move and mate in 2 (Shinkman)

Source: Chess Manitoba

African Individual Chess Championships 2016

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

The 2016 African Individual Chess Championships were held from 17-26th of July with the Classical, Rapid and Blitz formats. The venue was the TICK hotel in Kampala, Uganda.

In the classical event there were a total of 30 players from Algeria, Angola, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Somalia, Uganda and Zambia. The field consisted of 3 GM’s, 9 IM’s, 6 FM’s and 3 CM’s bring the total title count to 21.

There was chances for players to achieve GM norm’s and if winning the tournament outright and you were not a GM, pick up the title as per the FIDE regulations for direct titles. The winner of the Open section was IM Abdelrahman Hesham of Egypt with a score of 7/9.

In the Women’s section there were 22 players participating from Algeria, Angola, Botswana, Egypt, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia. The field had 1 WGM, 9 WIM’s, 4 WFM’s and 2 WCM’s bring the total title count to 16 players. The winners of the women’s event were all from Egypt, namely WGM Shrook Wafa, WIM Shahenda Wafa and WFM Eman Elansary.

African Individual Chess Championships 2016

On 25th July the Rapid event took place at the time control of 15 minutes + 10 seconds. Only 27 players participated in the Open event which was taken out by GM Samy Shoker with a score of 8/9. In the women’s event only 18 players played and this was won by WGM Shrook Wafa (Egypt), WIM Shahenda Wafa (Egypt) and WIM Amina Meizoud (Algeria).

The final event was the blitz and this was played at the time control of 5 minutes + 3 seconds. 21 players decided to play in the Open Blitz and this was won by the only GM’s in the field, Ahmed Adly and Samy Shoker; both from Egypt. The Women’s event saw 16 players and this was also a tie between WGM Shrook Wafa (Egypt), WIM Sabrina Latreche (Algeria) and WIM Amina Meizoud (Algeria).

Report by Jamie Kenmure / Photo gallery

Final standings – Open:

1 IM Hesham Abdelrahman EGY 2400 – 7
2 FM Kayonde Andrew ZAM 2404 – 6.5
3 GM Adly Ahmed EGY 2607 – 6.5
4 IM Arab Adlane ALG 2482 – 6.5
5 GM El Gindy Essam EGY 2431 – 6.5
6 GM Shoker Samy EGY 2489 – 6
7 IM Cawdery Daniel RSA 2412 – 6
8 IM Ameir Moheb EGY 2438 – 5.5
9 IM Ssegwanyi Arthur UGA 2366 – 5
10 FM Kawuma Patrick UGA 2247 – 5
11 FM Wanyama Harold UGA 2269 – 5
12 CM Bouah Lyndon RSA 2124 – 5
13 FM Kigigha Bomo NGR 2344 – 4.5
14 IM Soares Erikson Roberto Mauric ANG 2282 – 4.5
15 IM Aderito Pedro ANG 2318 – 4.5
16 CM Magana Ben KEN 2149 – 4.5
17 IM Silva David ANG 2305 – 4.5
18 Kamoga Rajab UGA 2087 – 4.5
19 James Madol Panchol KEN 2037 – 4
20 Talbi Chafik ALG 2206 – 4
21 FM Aguiar Cristiano ANG 2219 – 4
22 Farouk Fauza UGA 2093 – 4
23 Gonza Simon UGA 2097 – 4
24 CM Alberto Manuel ANG 2191 – 4
25 FM Oussedik Mahfoud ALG 2299 – 3.5
26 Mwangi Martin Njoroge KEN 1785 – 3.5
27 Mohamud Hussein Ali SOM 1557 – 3
28 Fidow Kassim Hassan SOM 1558 – 2
29 IM Anquandah Francis Eric GHA 2019 – 1.5
30 Abdulkadir Ahmed Mohamud SOM 0 – 0

Final standings – Women:

1. WGM Wafa Shrook EGY 2096 – 7
2. WIM Wafa Shahenda EGY 2106 – 7
3. WFM Elansary Eman EGY 1920 – 7
4. WIM Latreche Sabrina ALG 2066 – 6
5. WIM Mezioud Amina ALG 2073 – 5.5
6. WFM Mwango Lorita ZAM 1938 – 5
7. WIM Caxita Esperanca ANG 1822 – 5
8. WIM Mudongo Boikhutso BOT 1760 – 5
9. WIM Hamza Amira ALG 1933 – 4.5
10. WIM Frick Denise RSA 1905 – 4.5
11. Van Niekerk Robyn Julian RSA 1621 – 4.5
12. WCM Fisher Michelle M RSA 1681 – 4.5
13. WIM Laubscher Anzel RSA 1797 – 4
14. WFM Angolikin Goretti UGA 1607 – 4
15. Van Niekerk Megan RSA 1594 – 4
16. WCM Joyce Nyaruai KEN 1471 – 4
17. WIM Domingos Maria M ANG 1712 – 4
18. WFM Namaganda Christine UGA 1564 – 4
19. Kabengano Joyce UGA 1556 – 3.5
20. Ampaire Shakira UGA 1367 – 3.5
21. Nansubuga Gloria UGA 1445 – 2
22. Babirye Stella UGA 1244 – 0.5
23. Joao Delfina ANG 1659 – 0

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Sinquefield Cup 2016

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

Sinquefield Cup 2016 logo2016 Sinquefield Cup Spotlights International Chess Competition in Saint Louis. Top World Talents Face-off at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis Aug. 5-16

ST. LOUIS, July 29, 2016 – It is the summer of sports – but Rio is not the only international competition gaining attention in August. The world’s top chess players are headed to the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL), located in the U.S. Chess Capital, Aug. 5-16, to compete for a total prize fund of $300,000 in the pinnacle of chess tournaments held on U.S. soil – the Sinquefield Cup.

The Sinquefield Cup is the third of four stops on the 2016 Grand Chess Tour (GCT) – a circuit of international chess events featuring the world’s elite chess talent, created in partnership between the CCSCSL, Chess Promotions, Ltd. (London Chess Classic) and the Kasparov Chess Foundation. The tournament is named after Dr. Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield, founders, founders of the CCSCSL.

The 2016 Sinquefield Cup features ten of the top international chess players from eight different countries. Grandmaster Fabiano Caruana, now a Saint Louis resident, is entering the tournament with home field advantage after taking the U.S. Championship title at the CCSCSL in April.

Another top-ranked American, GM Hikaru Nakamura, is coming off a noteworthy win, beating the No. 1 player and World Champion, Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen, for the first time ever this July.

The third U.S. player ranked in the top ten, GM Wesley So, is coming back to Saint Louis as the U.S. Championship runner-up, and GM Levon Aronian from Armenia may be experiencing a career comeback, as the defending Sinquefield Cup champion returns to try and claim the title once again.

In a recent field change, GM Vladimir Kramnik regretfully withdrew from the Sinquefield Cup due to health issues. The CCSCSL invited fellow Russian, GM Peter Svidler to replace Kramnik as the 10th participant in the tournament. GM Svidler is a seven-time Russian Champion, 2015 World Cup runner-up and participated in the 2016 Candidates tournament.

Sinquefield Cup 2016

The Sinquefield Cup is the final, major event held at the CCSCSL annually. In addition to the Sinquefield Cup, the U.S. Championship, U.S. Women’s Championship and U.S. Junior Closed Championship – the “Triple Crown” of chess championships – make up the most prestigious chess tournaments held in the United States each year.

“Top grandmasters view Saint Louis as the hotbed for chess, and this year’s competition for the 2016 Sinquefield Cup is at an all-time high,” said Tony Rich, Executive Director of the CCSCSL. “It’s an exciting time to be a fan of chess as the sport continues to become more fiercely competitive and popular.”

The 2016 Sinquefield Cup will be streamed live daily on www.grandchesstour.org, featuring play-by-play and analysis from the world-renowned commentary team of GM Yasser Seirawan, GM Maurice Ashley, and WGM Jennifer Shahade. Live spectators may view the action in the tournament hall and enjoy additional GM-led commentary on-site.

For more information, visit www.grandchesstour.org.

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England Chess No1, Michael Adams, battles for fifth British championship title

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

Michael Adams, the England No1, is making a rare appearance in the annual British chess championship, which reaches its half-way mark at Bournemouth on Saturday. Adams, 44, has competed in only six previous title contests but his record is highly impressive. He has won four times and one of his two failures came in 1987 when, as a 15-year-old, his performance was good enough to qualify him as the youngest international master in the world at that time. The Cornishman’s title victory percentage stands comparison with the two most prolific British winners, Henry Atkins, successful nine times in 11 attempts a century ago, and Jonathan Penrose, the record holder with 10 wins. They were chess amateurs. Atkins was a school headmaster and Penrose a psychology lecturer. Both played only a few international chess events but still achieved …

Source: GameKnot online chess news

MVL Beats Svidler In Biel Match, Pushes Rating To 2819

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave beat GM Peter Svidler 3-1 in the classical portion of their match at the Biel Chess Festival. In doing so, the French GM’s rating will be 2819 on the August FIDE rating list.
All photos courtesy Biel…

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

Chess-Go-Chess-Go: Morozevich Beats Tiger In Dizzying Match

Friday, July 29th, 2016

Many cultures have nationalistic strategy games, but rarely do top chess players “cross the streams” and take them seriously.
Not so for GMs Tiger Hillarp Persson and Alexander Morozevich, who long ago plied their chess pieces to the top title i…

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

87th FIDE Congress: General Assembly Agenda and Annexes

Friday, July 29th, 2016

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FIDE publishes the Agenda and Annexes for the General Assembly scheduled from 11th September to 13th September 2016 in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Download the AGENDA.

Download all Annexes in one file.

List of Annexes

1. Audited accounts.
2. Commented accounts.
3. Fees paid to PB members in 2015.
4. Report of the Permanent Fund Administrator Mr. L. Brunner.
5. Verification Commission’s report.
6. Application of South Sudan Chess Federation.
7. Application of Eritrea Chess Federation.
8. Application of Kosovo Chess Federation.
9. Letter from Chess Federation of Serbia in respect of the application.
10. Application of Liberia Chess Federation.
11. Application of Nauru Chess Federation.
12. Application of Cabo-Verde Chess Federation.
13. Report and proposals of the International Chess Association of French-speakers.
14. Clarification regarding ASEAN Chess Confederation issue.
15. Petition to reinstate titles, norms and ratings for ASEAN players.
16. Proposed jurisdiction clause as drafted by the FIDE lawyers.
17. Proposed amendment regarding elected commissions.
18. Proposed amendment to current Article 10 of Chapter 03.
19. Proposed change in the Electoral Regulations.
20. Summaries of the over-the-board titles.
21. Arbiters’ Commission’s Agenda and Appendices for the meeting in Baku.
22. Minutes of the Councillors’ meeting in Madrid.
23. Summaries of the Arbiters’ titles.
24. Trainers’ Commission’s report.
25. Trainers’ titles.
26. Technical Commission’s Agenda for the meeting in Baku.
27. Minutes of the Councillors’ meeting in Warsaw.
28. Proposed requirements on treatment of schools tournaments.
29. Proposed change of subtitle for Chapter 02 (Chess equipment, tournament venue for FIDE Tournaments, rate of play and tie-break regulations).
30. Proposal of Constitutional Commission to introduce several changes in Chapter 0.2 Non-Elected Commissions of the FIDE Handbook.
31. Systems of Pairings and Programs Commission’s Agenda for the meeting in Baku.
32. Dutch System to be presented in Baku.
33. Chess in Schools Commission’s report.
34. Minutes of the CIS Councillors’ meeting.
35. Chess in Schools Commission’s proposals.
36. Minutes of the DIS Councillors’ meeting in Tallinn.
37. Medical Commission’s Agenda for the meeting in Baku.
38. Events Commission’s Agenda for the meeting in Baku.
39. Summary of IO titles.
40. Candidates Tournament Chief Arbiter’s report.
41. Regulations for the 2016-2017 FIDE World Chess Grand-Prix series.
42. Bid from Khanty-Mansiysk for World Chess Olympiad 2020.
43. Proposal of the Austrian Chess Federation to create an Olympiad for rapid and blitz or a Team World Rapid and Blitz Championship.
44. Proposal of the Russian Chess Federation for a challenge of World Champions, men and women.
45. Bid from the Turkish Chess Federation for World Junior and Girls U-20 Championship 2018.
46. Bid from the Greek Chess Federation for World Youth Championships U-14, U-16, U-18 2018.
47. Bid from the Spanish Chess Federation for World Cadet Championship U-8, U-10, U-12 2018.
48. Bid from the Turkish Chess Federation for World Cadet Championship U-8, U-10, U-12 2018.
49. Greek Chess Federation for World Cadet Championship U-8, U-10, U-12 2018.
50. Evaluation table and inspections reports.
51. Bid from the Slovenian Chess Federation for World Senior Championship 2018.
52. Bid from the Italian Chess Federation for World Senior Championship 2018.
53. Bid from the Romanian Chess Federation for World Senior Championship 2018.
54. Evaluation table of the above bids and inspection reports.
55. Bid from the German Chess Federation for World Team Championship 50+, 65+ 2018.
56. Bid from the Italian Chess Federation for World Amateur Championship 2018.
57. Bid from the Romanian Chess Federation for World Amateur Championship 2018.
58. Bid from the Greek Chess Federation for World Amateur Championship 2018.
59. Report of Continental President for Europe.
60. Letter from ECU President and 14 Exhibits (in electronic form).
61. Report of Continental President for Americas.
62. Proposal of Zone change for the Ecuador Chess Federation from 2.3 to 2.4.
63. Letter from Mr. Ncube to Chess Kenya.
64. Exchange of correspondence with the IOC in respect of the Winter Games.
65. Proposal of Mr. I. Lobortas regarding Caissa and FIDE Grand Prix.

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

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