Archive for July, 2016

Schachgesellschaft Riehen enters European Club Cup 2016

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Schachgesellschaft Riehen from Switzerland is the first club to have completed the registration for the 2016 European Chess Club Cup.

Schachgesellschaft Riehen lineup:
GM Heimann Andreas
GM Cvitan Ognjen
IM Georgiadis loannis
IM Brunner Nicolas
IM Buss Ralph
Schmidt-Schaeffer Sebastian
Erismann Peter – captain

The 2016 European Chess Club Cup (open and women) will be held from 5-13th November in the Ballroom of the 5* Hotel Park, Novi Sad, Serbia.

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Serbia in the turmoil with European Championships

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

sahFollowing the police investigations in Bulgaria, Montenegro, Croatia and in connection with bank accounts in Slovenia and chess offshore companies in Delaware, the question of corruption in chess will apparently be raised in Serbia too.

According to the information from Serbia, a second criminal charge against the former president of Serbian Chess Federation Miroslav Kopanja is being prepared.

Some points from the first criminal charge will be reinforced, particularly those pointing to embezzlement and abuse of authority (Serbian Criminal Law articles 234, 363, 364).

A separate case before the court will be brought against Miroslav Kopanja as president of the regional Vojvodina Chess Federation for breaking the Statutes of the Serbian Chess Federation. Namely, Vojvodina Chess Federation has appealed against the European Chess Union to CAS in Lausanne before completing the due process in the national chess federation, to which it was obliged.

The former president Kopanja even went as far as to pressurize the European Chess Union into canceling the European Chess Club Cup 2016 in Serbia and moving in to another country. As the files reveal, Kopanja was signing the contracts regarding the Club Cup in the name of the Serbian Chess Federation, but insisted on receiving the payments through the account of Vojvodina Chess Federation, which are without any control.

These contracts for the events were not even filed in the federation books, but were instead held by the persons involved in the investigations in other countries.

A source familiar with the matter commented: “Serbian chess public is not even aware that Kopanja, as someone who presents himself as “protector of chess in Serbia”, is at the same time persistently working against the interests of the Federation to which he still claims presidency despite being legally removed from the post. Can any chess player see logic in all this?”

The recently published articles in Bulgarian mass-media track the corruption in chess as high as to the Ministry of Sport.

The cases in all these countries are involving Interpol, units for fight against the organized crime, offshore bank accounts and massive embezzlement charges.

At the present Serbia is the only country in the neighborhood where the management of the international chess events was not investigated. Apparently this will change soon and the state authorities will review the accounts for the ECU tournaments organized in the period 2009-2015.


FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar in Thessaloniki, Greece

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Official FIDE logoA FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar is going to be organized from 3 to 9 October 2016 in Thessaloniki, Greece, by the Chess Club of “Galaxias” and the Chess Academy of Sykeon-Neapolis, in cooperation with the Greek Chess Federation and the Thessaloniki-Halkidiki Chess Clubs’ Union and under the auspices of FIDE.

The Lecturer will be IA Viron Tsorbatzoglou (GRE), FIDE Lecturer and Assistant Lecturers will be IA Prodromos Gerontopoulos (GRE) and FA Ioannis Hristoforidis (GRE).

The language of the Seminar will be English.

The Seminar will give FIDE Arbiter norms according to the Regulations for the titles of the Arbiters.

For more detailed information:
IA Viron Tsorbatzoglou

IA Takis Nikolopoulos
FIDE Arbiters’ Commission


Chess in Schools Conference in Armenia

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016


2014 saw the first, very important, Armenian Chess in Schools Conference in Yerevan. See those amazing results for creativity at & much more at This year, the second conference will be held in Tsaghkadzor 30 September to 3 October.


This year the theme is Theoretical and Practical Issues of Chess Education in Schools.

You will find all necessary information on the web site of the organizers:


3Dear Colleagues,

We cordially invite you to attend the International Conference, entitled “Theoretical and Practical Issues of Chess Education in Schools”, organized under the auspices of Chess Academy of Armenia and Ministry of Education and Science of Armenia, cooperating with FIDE, Armenian Chess Federation, and Armenian State Pedagogical University. The Conference is to take place on 30 September (arrival day) – 3 October (departure day), 2016, at “Russia hotel”, in Tsaghkadzor, Republic of Armenia.

The main topics of the Conference are the following:
• Chess Education and Personality Development
• Socio-psychological issues of Chess Education
• Chess Teachers’ Training and Professional Development
• Technological and Methodological Aspects of Chess Education
• Chess and Inclusive Education Practices

We very much look forward seeing you at this essential event!

GM Smbat Lputyan
Founder and President of the Chess Academy of Armenia
Vice-president of the Armenian Chess Federation


Dear colleagues and future participants of the international conference “Theoretical and Practical Issues of Chess Education in Schools” we are pleased to inform you that you can register online in our website and confirm your participation to the Conference, that is to take place on 30 September (arrival day) – 3 October (departure day), 2016, at “Russia hotel”, in Tsaghkadzor, Republic of Armenia.
We would also like to mention that if you wish to present an article during the Conference, you can send us the thesis of the article attached to your registration form online. You can get acquainted with the requirements of the thesis in Guidelines section. Thesis should be submitted in Armenian or English. The thesis must be sent by August 10, 2016. The received thesis will be considered by the Academic Board. The authors will be informed about the decision of the Academic Board by August 25, 2016. After confirmation the authors will be asked to send the complete article.
The program of the Conference and the names of the speakers will be announced on the official website by the end of August.


Why school? Chess inclusion into the school program

4Why was chess included in schools as a subject? Many people asked us this question in the preparatory and organizational period. So, indeed, why to include chess in school program?

First, chess is a game that is just, by nature. A little child of 5-6 years of age starts learning a game which is completely fair. There is no third party to hinder or do anything which will result in injustice. From small age a child plays chess and learns how to win fairly and lose fairly – to fight justly, win justly and lose justly. He learns to accept his defeat with dignity and to win with dignity, and when two players shake each other’s hands they choose respect towards these values.

Second, chess enables child to make decisions independently, to assess the situation and find the best way. Before reaching 10-15 years of age, parents often dictate to children how to act, but when a child begins making his own decisions, he is able to become an independent person from young age, which is very important for the society and humanity.


Third, chess enables child to analyze different situations and to find the best solution, as a result the self-analysis, quality is developed. It also enables child to improve the quality of virtualization of situations and to develop concentration to envision the changes of all possible situations.

Fourth, chess enables child to develop the creative thinking not to be predictable by the opponent. Naturally, if your mind is conventional and not creative you have less interesting thoughts, thus you cannot surprise your opponent or put him in an unexpected situation. That’s why a child who plays chess develops creative and original way of thinking.

When we combine all these qualities, we see the importance of chess in the educational system. But in order to include chess in schools we have a long way ahead of us.

Armenia is the only country where chess has been included in schools as a compulsory subject since 2011.

Preparation steps

Armenian Chess Federation has always attached a great importance to the popularization of chess in our country. For this purpose great efforts have been made towards the foundation of chess centers. As you can see, each year chess centers are being opened throughout the country. It allows to increase public recognition of chess, the number of tournaments in different areas of the country, thus helping identify the best young talents.

To increase the role of chess in schools, adapt and create interest in kids to start playing chess we began to organize Scholastic Chess Olympiad which consists of four stages and over 15,000 pupils participate in it annually.


For the inclusion of chess as a compulsory subject into the educational program about 1,600 schools were provided with the needed chess equipment, furniture and teaching materials, the latter being the result of hard and professional work of the author, methodologists and psychologists. Also praiseworthy was the initiative taken by psychologists, specially trained to analyze children’s behavior and absorption of information, as well as to help teachers with the right approach to these children.

The search for teachers across the country was the hardest part of this phase. During these years over 2500 chess teachers have been qualified and provided with certificates (from 1 to 3 years depending on the result of their certification exams) based on their pedagogical, psychological and chess knowledge criteria. Four times a year teachers’ trainings and discussions are held across the country, during which issues arising in the teaching process are discussed. Coordinators were assigned in all regions to enable the operative information circulation to the headquarters on raised problems and issues.

Evolvement phase

As chess in the educational system was a novelty for the public, we decided to find other ways of teaching chess as well. Various chess broadcasting programs were initiated on several TV stations to teach chess via TV.

Realizing the importance of chess as a subject and its great demand, we decided to implement a virtual version of chess teaching. With that goal, we began cooperation with the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU), the Armenian Virtual College (AVC) for the preparation of chess virtual teaching and learning materials for adults and children.

Chess Department, that provides Pedagogical Degree as a chess teacher, and Center for Educational Research in Chess were opened at Yerevan State Pedagogical University named after Khachatur Abovyan in 2012 and in January 2015, respectively.

Psychologists and sociologists started the study of chess impact on kids just half year later after the inclusion of chess into the school program. Different types of research and analysis in various directions have been conducted for three year time period. The researches show that chess promotes logical thinking, creativity and many other qualities. This is our first attempt to show the importance of chess in educational system. We believe that these research efforts should be of permanent nature and reveal a new role and significance of chess.


It’s already half a year we have started the implementation of the virtual version of teachers’ trainings and qualifications.

All these are only one direction that Armenian Chess Federation has worked on for the development of chess. But in reality, our federation is very concerned with all aspects of chess development. And it is one of the main reasons why Armenia is considered to be one of the top chess countries in the world by winning three Olympic Games and the World Team Championship.

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

U16 Youth Chess Olympiad LIVE!

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Chess Olympiad 2016NR Klub delegated by the Slovak Chess Federation organizes the 2016 World Chess Olympiad (Youth U16) in Poprad, Slovakia from July 21st to July 30.

The tournament is a 9 round Swiss system with Chess Olympiad rules and regulations. Each match between teams will be conducted over 4 boards. The pairings, scoring and tiebreak regulations are in accordance with the Pairing Rules for the Chess Olympiad.

The time control: 90 min. for the whole game with 30 sec. increment from the first move. “Zero tolerance” rule will be applied.

All games will be live on and ChessArena free chess online platform with computer analysis by Stockfish, Komodo, and Houdini.


Carlsen Wins Bilbao Chess Masters

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Txapeldun, a traditional Basque beret honoring brave champions, was bestowed on Magnus Carlsen on Saturday. The world chess champion won the 2016 Bilbao Masters with a dominant performance. He clinched the chess event twice before after sharing first place and triumphing in the playoff – in 2011 against Vasyl Ivanchuk and in 2012 against Fabiano Caruana. This year was different. Carlsen turned the other world-class chess players into spectators. Carlsen won four games, one more than all his opponents combined. He started slowly. For the first time he lost to Hikaru Nakamura in a tournament with the classical time limit. He wowed to play sharper and with a string of three victories catapulted himself into the lead and never relinquished it. His last victory came against Anish Giri, whom he has never beaten in the classical tournaments …

Source: GameKnot online chess news

Anand’s Second Grabs Spotlight: Gajewski Wins Najdorf Memorial

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

GM Grzegorz Gajewski is not just a good opening theoretician. By winning the strong Najdorf Memorial, he showed that he can also be a high-caliber, all-around grandmaster.
At the moment, Grzegorz Gajewski is only Poland’s 10th-ranked grandm…

Source: – Play. Learn. Share.

Gajewski Grand At Najdorf Memorial

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

GM Grzegorz Gajewski is not just a good opening theoretician. By winning the strong Najdorf Memorial, he showed that he can also be a high-caliber, all-around grandmaster.
At the moment, Grzegorz Gajewski is only Poland’s 10th-ranked grandm…

Source: – Play. Learn. Share.

Dutch Open Chess 2016 LIVE!

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

The Dutch Open Chess Championship 2016 is going to take place July 26 – August 4. The tournament is divided in various groups. The Dutch Open top group is headed by GM Erwin L’Ami, GM Dmitri Reinderman, GM Chanda Sandipan, GM Igor Khenkin, GM Vyacheslav Ikonnikov, GM Csaba Horvath, GM Daniel Hausrath, GM Roeland Pruijssers, GM Debashis Das, GM Leonid Milov, IM Shagar Shah, etc.

The rate of play is 40 moves in 90 minutes, followed by 30 minutes extra time + an increment of 30 seconds from move 1. Games start at 13:00 CET. All games will be live on and ChessArena free chess online platform with computer analysis by Stockfish, Komodo, and Houdini.

More tournaments live: TCEC Stage 3 / Lake Sevan 2016 / Turkish Super League / U16 Youth Olympiad / Poikovsky Chess 2016


Andscacs on par with Stockfish and Komodo after round 3

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

TCEC season 9The 3175+ ELO Top Chess Engine Championship (Stage 3) has proven the expectations to be the strongest yet most unpredictable event in computer chess. The balance of powers has put three engines on top after round 3, with none of the others far from the leaders.

Besides the two major contenders – Stockfish and Komodo – Andscacs (by Daniel Jos? Queralt? from Andorra) is also sharing the top position with 2,0/3.

Their closest opponent is the new Houdini 5 dev. The general opinion of the experts is that Houdini 5 plays a lot stronger than its predecessor Houdini 4. A key note has been Houdini’s handling of the King’s Indian Defence. Exactly with this opening, in round 1 Houdini 5 dev defeated Komodo. Unfortunately for the Houdini fans, Komodo was set wrongly by the tournament operators and the game had to be replayed. In the second game Houdini was better yet again, but Komodo managed to get a draw.

At the bottom of the standings table are Rybka, Fire, and Jonny. They have 1,0/3, yet none can be discarded at this early stage as they have practically lost only one game each.

Replay the decisive games of TCEC R1-R3

Stockfish – Jonny 1-0 King’s Indian: Makagonov, 5…O-O 6.Bg5 c6
Andscacs – Rybka 1-0 Sicilian: Najdorf, 6.Be3 e5
Komodo – Fire 1-0 Catalan: Closed, 7.Qc2 c6 8.Rd1

Replay all other games here

Standings after round 3

1-3. Andscacs, Komodo, Stockfish 2,0/3
4-5. Houdini, Gull 1,5/3
6-8. Rybka, Fire, Jonny 1,0/3

Follow the live games with analysis at the official website

TCEC Stage 3 graphic by Ali, click on the image for full size

TCEC Stage 3 graphic by Ali, click on the image for full size