Archive for January, 2017

Call for Bids: FIDE Events 2019

Monday, January 30th, 2017

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Deadline 31st March 2017

1. World Junior Chess Championship 2019

2. World Senior Chess Championship 2019

3. World Senior Team Championship 2019

4. World Amateur Chess Championship 2019

5. World Youth U16 Chess Olympiad 2019

6. World Youth (U14, U16 & U18) Championship 2019 (Asia)

7. World Cadets U08, U10 & U12 Chess Championship 2019 (Asia)

With effect from 1st January 2013, a bid for any FIDE Competitions onwards shall include the name and signature of a FIDE licensed International Organizer.

All bids should be submitted by the due date in sealed envelope or scanned documents to the FIDE Secretariat, postal address: 9 Syggrou Avenue, 11743 Athens – Greece / Fax: (+30) 2109212859 / Email: by 31st March 2017, 16:00 local time (UTC/GMT + 2 hours). Each bid should be accompanied with a bid fee.

2.000 Euro – World Youth & Cadets
1.000 Euro – World Junior
500 Euro – All other

FIDE competitions Bid Fees are not refundable. Bid fees should be paid the latest by 7th April 2017 to the FIDE bank account (free of charges) or to be enclosed in the bid envelope.

The bid form can be downloaded here.

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Congratulations to Boris Spassky on his 80th Anniversary

Monday, January 30th, 2017


Dear Boris Vasilyevich!

On behalf of World Chess Federation (FIDE) and millions of your fans all around the globe and me personally, let me congratulate you on your 80th Anniversary!
I consider it a big luck of my life to know you personally and with warmness I recollect our numerous meetings.
Your professionalism, integrity, competence, high performance, hardness in achieving the goal, modesty, generosity, sparkling sense of humor, gentleman’s attitude to all your rivals – these and many other qualities of your character have always helped to strengthen your credibility.
Thanks to you, in 1972, after a legendary “match of the century” with Bobby Fischer, the whole world experienced the chess. You are a model of decency and nobility for the entire chess community, and not only.
You pass your rich life experience with pleasure to the younger generation. Thanks to your support and your efforts in Satka city of Chelyabinsk region, there is a children’s chess school which is a chess Mecca in the Ural Federal District for more than 10 years already. Hundreds of children from a simple Russian province introduced to the wonderful world of chess.
I join to all the kind words and wishes addressed to you on this wonderful day. Dear Boris Vasilyevich, I wish you a health, optimism, perseverance in life situations and well-being.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov
FIDE President

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

2017 US Senior Open / Junior Open in Minnesota-July21-23

Monday, January 30th, 2017

Source: Chess Manitoba

RSSU Cup 2017 – Opening Ceremony

Sunday, January 29th, 2017

The grand Ceremony Opening of the XIII International RSSU Cup, 2017 Moscow Open traditionally was held in the assembly hall of the Russian State Social University main building. The program started with the Russia dance performance by show-ballet of Irina Knyazeva.

Head of the sport and tourism department of Moscow Nikolay Gulyaev, the RSSU Rector, National student chess league President Natalya Pochinok, Moscow Chess Federation first Vice-President Nikita Kim took part in the official part of the ceremony.

Moscow Open opening

“It’s pleasant that from year to year the tournament is becoming more and more significant, and an even bigger number of guests from many countries of the world take part in it, – Nikolay Gulyaev was the first to take the floor. – I would like to wish beautiful games to all of the participants, and in my opinion, no matter who wins – chess will win in any case,” – Nikolay Alekseevich concluded.

“Moscow is the world’s most hospitable and sports city, and it’s also a capital of the chess in the universe. In many respects it’s thanks to the contribution of the department of sport and tourism of Moscow, management of sports and entertainment events and the RSSU Rector Natalya Borisovna Pochinok,” – Nikita Kim said. Those words were greeted with the applause of the auditorium.

Natalya Pochinok marked that every year the tournament is increasing and sets up new records. “Today our tournament is one of the biggest in the world according to the number of participants. Chess players representing 31 countries take part in competitions. For the first time within the frames of the festival we organize a unique tournament for partially sighted and blind people. And I would like to express my gratitude to the Government of Moscow, the All-Russian Society of Blind People, the Russian Paralympic Committee for this step we are taking together for the development of our unique kind of sport in Russia and worldwide.”

Finally Natalya Borisovna wished best of luck to all of the participants. She didn’t leave foreign players without attention and pronounced her speech again, this time in English. In conclusion, the words “The XIII International RSSU Chess Cup, Moscow Open is open!” were pronounced.

After that the guests could enjoy the performance of the Moscow chamber Schnittke orchestra that executed the works by Mozart, Tchaikovsky,  Schnittke and Brahms.

Photos by Galina Popova


Cecil’s Saturday Puzzle – January 21, 2017

Sunday, January 29th, 2017
from the Winnipeg Free Press
1. White to mate in 2 (Loyd)

Source: Chess Manitoba

Cecil’s Saturday Puzzle – January 7, 2017

Sunday, January 29th, 2017
from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to mate in 1 (Loyd)

Source: Chess Manitoba

Magnus Carlsen blunders at Wijk and puts world No1 ranking under threat

Saturday, January 28th, 2017

Magnus Carlsen, the world chess champion, made the most embarrassing blunder of his career at Tata Steel Wijk aan Zee last weekend, missing a chance for a simple virtually forced mate in three moves, all of them rook checks. That game was drawn and the next day he lost after a series of errors. His lead in the official rankings, which the 26-year-old Norwegian says he prizes even more than the global crown, has shrunk drastically and is threatened by two American rivals. This weekend’s crucial games at Wijk and at Tradewise Gibraltar could therefore be a defining moment for Carlsen. Only seven chess players, starting with the legendary Bobby Fischer, have been No1 since the official Fide list was instituted in 1971 and Carlsen’s tenure of the top spot has been unbroken since July 2011. However, in his …

Source: GameKnot online chess news

Happy Chinese New Year!

Saturday, January 28th, 2017

2017 Chinese New Year

It is the start of the year today (Saturday, 28 January 2017) if following the lunar calendar and so we wish everyone a happy and prosperous Chinese New Year and welcome the Year of the Rooster!


Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Scientists call for crackdown on doping in chess as players may be taking performance-enhancing …

Friday, January 27th, 2017

Scientists have called for a crackdown on doping in chess after it emerged that players may be taking performance-enhancing substances. A study has for the first time identified two stimulants that significantly boost a chess player’s endurance and ability to concentrate during a match. Neuroenhancers do not enhance the quality of thinking and decision-making… but improve the ability or willingness to spend more time on a decision. Meanwhile, 1,500 strong chess players were contacted to ask about the prevalence of drug use in the game. Researchers are yet to reveal findings of the survey, but say they now have some idea of how much the two drugs are used by chess players. The main study, published in a leading journal, was carried out by researchers from several German universities and the University of Stockholm, who …

Source: GameKnot online chess news

CHESS Magazine – February 2017: Valentina Gunina pulls off shock victory in London

Friday, January 27th, 2017

CHESS Magazine – February 2017
First Lady – Valentina Gunina pulls off shock victory at the London Chess Classic Super Rapidplay

Magazine, 60 pages

UK’s most popular CHESS Magazine – established 1935! All the regular features of the UK’s best-selling CHESS magazine plus more! In this issue:

  • 60 Seconds with… Valentina Gunina – The Russian star saw off all the male GMs at the London Classic 
  • Sotastic! – Wesley So triumphed at Olympia and in the Grand Chess Tour
  • Finally – to Hastings! – Shaun Press shares his impressions of the famous congress 
  • Signs of Life in London – Attacking chess and the Sicilian were alive and well at the Classic 
  • The Big Match – Jonathan Speelman reflects on the world championship match 
  • The First Modern Chess Trainer – GM Tibor Karolyi pays homage to Mark Israilovich Dvoretsky 
  • Christmas Quiz: Solutions – Charles Higgie with all the answers to his fiendishly hard quiz 
  • It Was My Inner Voice Wot Won It! – Ivor Annets recounts a most unusual happening during a game 
  • The Pro-Biz Cup – The curtain-raiser to the Classic went to Terry Chapman and Anand 
  • Vinyak-Inspired Ventures – Carl Strugnell enjoyed playing and a certain drink in Novi Sad

Plus all the regular features such as: How Good is Your Chess?, Saunders on Chess, Find the Winning Moves, Never Mind the Grandmasters, Studies, Home & Overseas News, Calendar and Book Reviews.



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