Archive for April, 2017

FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar in Kremenchuk, Ukraine

Friday, April 28th, 2017

From 20 to 25 April 2017 a FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar was organized in Kremenchuk, Poltava Region, Ukraine, by the Ukrainian Chess Federation, under auspices of FIDE.

The lecturer was IA Oleg Tovchyga (UKR), FIDE Lecturer and Assistant Lecturer was IA Yuriy Gnyp (UKR).

The lectures were in Russian language.

15 National Arbiters from Ukraine and Moldova participated in the Seminar.

FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar in Kremenchuk, Ukraine

All of them participated in the examination test, held after the end of the lectures and the following succeeded in the test and will be awarded a norm for the FIDE Arbiter title and after the approval of the next FIDE Presidential Board:

IM Semenov, Dmitri UKR 14104482
Druzhinets, Alexey UKR 14195852
Keik, Mykola UKR 14135744
Zaichuk, Vitaliy UKR 14109700
IM Bodnar, Nikolay UKR 14106469
WIM Moskalets, Natalia UKR 14118025
FM Winnichenko, Alexandr UKR 14125501
Saprykina, Halyna MDA 13905120
FM Scherbov, Grigory UKR 14126540
FM Yavorovsky, Valeriy UKR 14121549
Larkin, Sergii UKR 14175630
Timoshenko, Irina UKR 14129388
Livyy, Ruslan UKR 14197740
Saprikin, Alexandr MDA 13901958
Khrypach, Andrey UKR 14198754

IA Takis Nikolopoulos
FIDE Arbiters’ Commission


FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar in Moscow, Russia

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Official FIDE logoA FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar is going to be organized from 23 to 27 May 2017 in Moscow, Russia, by the Moscow Chess Federation, in cooperation with the Russian Chess Federation and under the auspices of FIDE.

The venue of the Seminar will be the Russian State Social University in Moscow.

The Lecturer will be IA Artiom Akhmetov (RUS), FIDE Lecturer.

The language of the Seminar will be Russian.

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

For more detailed information:

IA Takis Nikolopoulos
FIDE Arbiters’ Commission


Meeting Legendary GM Eugene Torre

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

In Reykjavik.

He says hello to his fans in Winnipeg (and Canada).

Source: Chess Manitoba

2017 April TNT has been rated by the CFC

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

See the crosstable here:

Congratulations to the following who achieved new peak established ratings:

Isaac Wiebe  2243
Theo Wolchock 2071
Bruce Reimer 1696
Ken Marshall 1542
Carter Marshall 1451
Zachary Piche 1372

Source: Chess Manitoba

Ethics Commission meets in Madrid

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

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Ethics Commission meets in Madrid

The FIDE Ethics Commission (ETH) recently met in Madrid, Spain to decide a number of disciplinary cases and to conduct a hearing in two cases of alleged cheating.

In case 1/2016 (R Smith / Trinidad & Tobago Chess Association) the ETH held that the matter, arising from a suspension imposed by the TTCA against Mr Smith, was a national case and the ETH lacked the necessary jurisdiction to intervene. The complaint of Mr Smith was thus held to be not admissible and the case was dismissed.

In case 4/2016 (S Al Afoo / Asian Chess Federation officials and the Bahrain Mind Sports Association) the respondents were found not guilty by the ETH regarding the complaint that financial assistance had been given to influence elections.

The ETH also arrived at provisional findings in case 3/2015 (M Sandu / 15 other players) relating to false accusations of cheating that were allegedly made in the 2015 European Individual Women’s Chess Championship. The final verdict will be announced soon once the players have had a chance of making further representations.

A hearing was necessary in the cheating cases 8/2015 (I Tetimov) and 2/2016 (A Ricciardi) to receive the expert evidence of two computer science and mathematics experts in the persons of Prof Kenneth Regan (USA) and Dr Mark Watkins (AUS). Also present was Mr Israel Gelfer, the chairman of the FIDE Anti-Cheating Commission. The two accused players chose not to attend. Relying in part on the expert evidence of an extremely high statistical probability of cheating, based amongst other things on move matching with the best moves as suggested by a number of chess engines, the ETH found both players guilty of cheating and sanctioned them with a 2 year ban each.

The ETH also discussed its continuing investigation in case 5/2016 which looks into the matter of fictitious invoices which were issued to the Bulgarian Chess Federation in the years 2011 – 2014 by perpetrators abusing the name of the European Chess Union. This matter remains the only unfinished case after the Madrid meeting. Further information relating to the decided cases can be found in the decisions as published on the ETH webpage. The full motivation for the decisions in cases 3/2015, 8/2015 and 2/2016 will also be published in due course given the general interest and precedential value of these cases.

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The ETH meets in Madrid (April 2017). From left to right: Mr Willy Iclicky, Mr Rajesh Joshi, Mr Francois Strydom (chairman), Mr Ion Dobronauteanu, Ms Elli Sperdokli (secretary). Absent: Mr Pedro Dominguez.

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Prof Kenneth Regan giving his evidence with an audio-visual presentation.

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Mr Israel Gelfer stresses a point. Present (from left to right) is Dr Mark Watkins, Mr Willy Iclicky, Mr Rajesh Joshi, Mr Israel Gelfer, Mr Francois Strydom, Ms Elli Sperdokli and Prof Kenneth Regan.

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

World School Chess Championship 2017 in Iasi, Romania

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Part 10

World School Chess Championship 2017 started in Iasi on 21 of April with the conference press and the opening ceremony.

These two events were attended by Mayor of Iasi Mihai Chirica, FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos, FIDE Executive Director Nigel Freeman, Romanian Chess Federation President Sorin Avram Iacoban, ECU Deputy President Ion Serban Dobronauteanu, Tournament Director Manole Vasile, FIDE CIS Comission member Vlad Ungureanu, ROU CF General Secretary Vladimir Danilov, officials of Education and Sports Ministry.
Mr. Georgios Makropoulos said, “I have a long experience with Romanian Chess. I was lucky to know all the great players of this country. My wife is Romanian, my kids are half Greeks half Romanians and they speek both languages, so for me it is a great pleasure to come back to Romania every time. I was in Iasi 34 years ago, when I played an international tournament. So I have seen a great development here, I know the good work that the municipality is doing for the town, not only for chess. And what is important for us in FIDE is that we have here a very good team, in the Romanian Chess Federation. The center of the Romanian Chess in the last years is in Iasi, because all the important people in the federation are coming from Iasi, the center of the chess in schools around the world these days is in Iasi and I know we have the right people to organize this event. You know, Chess in Schools is maybe the most important project in FIDE, in Continental Associations and in national federations. We are not exagerating when we say that if the parents let their kids learn chess at early ages, until 12 years, their kids will become better people. So, for us this is the big message that we should spread around the world. I thank all the people involved in this event, especially for this great place for having this championship, the Palace of Culture. Thank you very much.”

Press conference on official channel of Iasi Municipality

Photo Gallery:

Official tournament website:

Part 15

Part 06

WSCC2017 1

Part 02

Part 19

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Ted 2017: I won first match with Deep Blue, says Kasparov

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Garry Kasparov relived his epic chess match with IBM’s Deep Blue computer as he took to the stage at the Ted (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference to talk about the current battle between man and machine. The chess ex-champion said it had been both a “blessing and curse” to be the first to take on an intelligent machine. “Nobody remembers that I won the first match,” he said. And he still believed man had ultimately triumphed. “Machine’s triumph is man’s triumph,” he told the audience. “Deep Blue was victorious, but was it intelligent?” “Chess could be crunched by brute force once algorithms got smart enough, but it didn’t offer the dreamt-of insights into the mysteries of human intelligence.” He described how he had felt when he had sat down for his first chess match, in February 1996. “When I met Deep Blue I was the world chess champion, but …

Source: GameKnot online chess news

World Senior Team Championships 2017

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

World Senior Team Championship 2017 Category 50+ and World Senior Team Championship 2017 Category 65+ are taking place from 24th April to 2nd May at the wonderful Creta Maris Resort in Hersonissos, Greece.

Entitled to participate in the category 50+ are players who were born in the year 1967 or earlier.
Entitled to participate in the category 65+ are players who were born in the year 1952 or earlier.

Both championships will be completed over 9 rounds of Swiss system and each section has 22 teams competing. The total prize fund is 10,000 EUR.

A number of world famous Grandmasters are participating: former world champion Alexander Khalifman, former world championship Candidates Rafael Vaganian and Jon Speelman, three-time world champion in chess problem solving John Nunn, former USSR champion Artashes Minasian etc.

Full lineups below. Live games are available on the official website

Creta Maris Beach Resort

World Senior Team Championship 2017 Category 50+

1. Saint Petersburg (RtgAvg:2531 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0) Captain: Sergey Ivanov
1 GM Khalifman Alexander 2617 RUS
2 GM Ivanov Sergey 2530 RUS
3 GM Ionov Sergey 2535 RUS
4 GM Solozhenkin Evgeniy 2443 RUS

2. Israel (RtgAvg:2510 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0) Captain: Alon Greenfeld
1 GM Greenfeld Alon 2550 ISR
2 GM Huzman Alexander 2550 ISR
3 GM Soffer Ram 2508 ISR
4 GM Zilberman Yaacov 2430 ISR

3. Armenia (RtgAvg:2488 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0) Captain: Vahagn Kalantaryan
1 GM Vaganian Rafael A 2560 ARM
2 GM Minasian Artashes 2480 ARM
3 GM Movsziszian Karen 2483 ARM
4 IM Kalantaryan Norayr 2383 ARM
5 GM Galdunts Sergey 2430 ARM

4. England I (RtgAvg:2468 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0) Captain: Terry Chapman
1 GM Nunn John D M 2600 ENG
2 GM Speelman Jon S 2511 ENG
3 GM Arkell Keith C 2411 ENG
4 IM Pein Malcolm 2348 ENG
5 FM Chapman Terry P D 2247 ENG

5. Ashdod Chess Club (RtgAvg:2351 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0) Captain: Boris Maryasin
1 IM Maryasin Boris 2335 ISR
2 GM Kantsler Boris 2436 ISR
3 GM Gruenfeld Yehuda 2410 ISR
4 Polyakov Alex 2223 ISR
5 FM Belytsky Alexandr 2214 RUS

6. Austria (RtgAvg:2245 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0) Captain: Michael Ernst
1 Ernst Michael 2141 AUT
2 FM Wallner Joachim 2313 AUT
3 FM Denk Adolf 2268 AUT
4 FM Druckenthaner Andreas 2258 AUT

7. England II (RtgAvg:2242 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0) Captain: Chris Fegan
1 GM Plaskett H James 2458 ENG
2 FM Lewis Andrew P 2245 ENG
3 CM Dunn Andrew 2190 ENG
4 Fegan Chris 2052 ENG
5 Burnett Jim 2075 ENG

8. Russia Women (RtgAvg:2218 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0)
1 WGM Fatalibekova Elena 2254 RUS
2 WGM Bogumil Tatiana 2173 RUS
3 WGM Mednikova Svetlana 2150 RUS
4 WIM Sazonova Elena N. 2119 RUS
5 WGM Strutinskaia Galina 2293 RUS

9. Heart of Finland (RtgAvg:2197 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0) Captain: Vesa Meskanen
1 Meskanen Vesa 2052 FIN
2 FM Salonen Jyrki 2174 FIN
3 GM Rantanen Yrjo A. 2292 FIN
4 Kivimaki Jaakko 2135 FIN
5 Viljava Tapani 2187 FIN

10. Scotland (RtgAvg:2140 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0) Captain: Raj Bhopal
1 Bhopal Raj 1951 SCO
2 IM Mannion Stephen R 2335 SCO
3 FM Jamieson Peter M 2219 SCO
4 Robertson Ian C. 2053 SCO
5 Aird Ian 1852 SCO

11. VSG 1880 Offenbach (RtgAvg:2116 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0) Captain: Peter Wolff
1 Wolff Peter 1963 GER
2 Jakel Wolfgang 2218 GER
3 FM Cordes Hans-Joerg Dr. 2231 GER
4 Hoehn Michael 2052 GER

12. Rochade Bielefeld Revival (RtgAvg:2107 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0) Captain: Gerhard Mueller
1 Mueller Gerhard 2127 GER
2 Becker Norbert 2106 GER
3 Beilfuss Wilfried Dr. 2176 GER
4 Thoele Wolfgang Dr. 2018 GER

13. Germany Women (RtgAvg:2097 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0) Captain: Brigitte Burchardt
1 WIM Burchardt Brigitte 2182 GER
2 Heyme Sibylle 2013 GER
3 WIM Wagner-Michel Annett 2124 GER
4 WFM Wolf Sylvia 2068 GER

14. Latvia Women (RtgAvg:2067 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0) Captain: Liga Ungure
1 WFM Ungure Liga 1955 LAT
2 WFM Priedite Ingrida 2068 LAT
3 WGM Erneste Inguna 2168 LAT
4 WGM Vilerte Tamara 2029 LAT
5 Rozlapa Vija 2002 LAT

15. Greece (RtgAvg:2065 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0) Captain: Loukas Papadimitriou
1 Hrisanthopoulos Dimitrios 1996 GRE
2 Papadimitriou Loukas 2003 GRE
3 Sideris Nikiforos 1975 GRE
4 Pappas Konstantinos 1969 GRE
5 FM Vlahos Kiriakos 2285 GRE

16. Sweden I (RtgAvg:2061 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0) Captain: Rolf Bergstrom
1 FM Bergstrom Rolf 2248 SWE
2 Lagerborg Krister 2062 SWE
3 Maki Christer 2004 SWE
4 Olsson Lars F 1930 SWE

17. Wales (RtgAvg:2041 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0) Captain: Mark Adams
1 Adams Mark 1971 WLS
2 CM Hughes Anthony 0 WLS
3 FM Zeidler Sven P. 2186 WLS
4 Ralphs Nigel 2058 WLS
5 Fletcher John 1947 WLS

18. Oslo (RtgAvg:1927 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0)
1 Semakoff Aleks 2102 NOR
2 Sollid Stein 2029 NOR
3 Thjomoe Hans Richard 1896 NOR
4 Jakobsen Oivind 1680 NOR
5 Warstad Leif E 1628 NOR

19. England III (RtgAvg:1814 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0) Captain: Ian Cross
1 Homer Stephen J 2005 ENG
2 Jacob Sydney J 1865 ENG
3 Cross Ian K 1709 ENG
4 Waldock Adrian D P 1675 ENG

20. Sweden II (RtgAvg:1791 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0)
1 Grahn Lars 2013 SWE
2 Olsson Torgny 1722 SWE
3 Andersson Erik 1706 SWE
4 Kvisth Bengt 1721 SWE

21. Bermuda (RtgAvg:1764 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0) Captain: Richard Black
1 FM Black Richard 2222 BER
2 CM Faulks Nick 1977 BER
3 CM Radford Michael 1856 BER
4 Yerbury Paul 0 BER

22. SCCU 125 (RtgAvg:1507 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0) Captain: David Sedgwick
1 Sedgwick David 1961 ENG
2 Denning Julie L 0 ENG
3 Gunn Michael J 1603 ENG
4 Howes David J 1464 ENG

World Senior Team Championship 2017 Category 65+

1. Russia (RtgAvg:2439 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0)
1 GM Pushkov Nikolai 2335 RUS
2 GM Sveshnikov Evgeny 2498 RUS
3 GM Vasiukov Evgeni 2396 RUS
4 GM Balashov Yuri S 2408 RUS
5 IM Zhelnin Vladimir V 2455 RUS

2. France (RtgAvg:2333 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0) Captain: Antoine Canonne
1 Benoit Michel 2186 FRA
3 GM Vaisser Anatoly 2506 FRA
4 FM Letzelter Jean-Claude 2134 FRA
5 IM Giffard Nicolas 2257 FRA
6 IM Seret Jean-Luc 2381 FRA

3. Israel (RtgAvg:2315 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0) Captain: Leon Lederman
1 IM Lederman Leon 2276 ISR
2 IM Birnboim Nathan 2355 ISR
3 IM Berkovich Mark A 2345 ISR
4 Malisov Boris 2283 ISR

4. Sweden I (RtgAvg:2278 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0) Captain: Bengt Hammar
1 FM Hammar Bengt 2165 SWE
2 Uddenfeldt Dan 2359 SWE
3 IM Renman Nils-Gustaf 2361 SWE
4 FM Malmdin Nils-Ake 2197 SWE
5 Hedin Gunnar 2193 SWE

5. Germany (RtgAvg:2235 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0)
1 FM Werner Clemens 2346 GER
2 IM Salov Sergej 2190 GER
3 FM Baum Bernd Dr. 2226 GER
4 FM Haubt Georg 2179 GER

6. Austria (RtgAvg:2195 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0) Captain: Hans Singer
1 FM Singer Hans 2213 AUT
2 Ager Josef 2132 AUT
3 FM Titz Heimo 2154 AUT
4 FM Petschar Kurt 2282 AUT
5 Danner Lambert 2043 AUT

7. England I (RtgAvg:2193 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0) Captain: Stewart Reuben
1 FM Stebbings Anthony J 2294 ENG
2 Stokes Michael 2223 ENG
3 Quinn John M 2176 ENG
4 CM Ashby Anthony C 2080 ENG
5 CM Reuben Stewart 2077 ENG

8. Switzerland (RtgAvg:2144 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0) Captain: Peter Hohler
1 FM Hohler Peter 2076 SUI
2 FM Vucenovic Dragomir 2274 SUI
3 Staechelin Ruedi 2092 SUI
4 IM Bhend Edwin 2132 SUI
5 Illi Hans-Joerg 2059 SUI

9. Koninklijke DD (RtgAvg:2078 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0) Captain: Ronald Dickhoff
1 Dickhoff Ronald 2100 NED
2 Lindner Jan-Joost 2106 NED
3 Olof Erik 2006 NED
4 Munninghoff Alexander 1930 NED
5 Van Caspel Ruud 2101 NED

10. Sweden II (RtgAvg:2075 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0) Captain: Soeren Svensson
1 Svensson Soren 1992 SWE
2 FM Nordstrom Felix 2139 SWE
3 Carlsson Ingvar 2130 SWE
4 Wademark Helge 2037 SWE

11. Steiermark (RtgAvg:2054 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0) Captain: Heinz Kratschmer
1 Kratschmer Heinz 2003 AUT
2 FM Watzka Horst 2165 AUT
3 Nickl Klaus 2045 AUT
4 Pitzl Konstantinos 2001 AUT

12. Stiftung BSW / DBAG (RtgAvg:2040 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0) Captain: Joachim Hollstein
1 Hollstein Joachim 2082 GER
2 FM Baumbach Friedrich Dr. 2196 GER
3 Just Joachim 1940 GER
4 Mai Hartmut 1943 GER
5 Fernengel Rudolf 1788 GER

13. SK 2012 (RtgAvg:2038 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0) Captain: Steen Juul Mortensen
1 Mortensen Steen Juul 1954 DEN
2 Jorgensen Arne Bjorn 1952 DEN
3 Kolbak Jens 2216 DEN
4 Olesen Poul Erik Norgaard 2028 DEN
5 Andersson Finn 1719 DEN

14. England II (RtgAvg:2037 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0) Captain: Trefor Thynne
1 Farrand Julian T 2017 ENG
2 Scholes James E 2071 ENG
3 Hewson Brian W R 2060 ENG
4 Reynolds D Ian W 2000 ENG
5 Thynne Trefor F 1975 ENG

15. Wales (RtgAvg:2034 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0) Captain: Iolo C. Jones
1 FM Jones Iolo C 2195 WLS
2 Thornton John D 2059 WLS
3 AGM Van Kemenade Rudy 1914 WLS
4 Bevan Peter M 1933 WLS
5 Waterfield John W 1948 WLS

16. Scotland (RtgAvg:2032 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0) Captain: Philip Giulian
1 FM Giulian Philip M 2123 SCO
2 Webster Jim J 1807 SCO
3 Mckerracher Douglas 1941 SCO
4 Borwell Alan P 2000 SCO
5 Scrimgour Alan 2063 SCO

17. Sweden III (RtgAvg:1967 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0) Captain: Robert Danielsson
1 Danielsson Robert 1967 SWE
2 Gromark Per-Olof 1959 SWE
3 Nilsson Christer 1962 SWE
4 Algars Olle 1980 SWE

18. Sweden IV (RtgAvg:1927 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0) Captain: Sven-Olof Andersson
1 Andersson Sven-Olof 1915 SWE
2 Lundgren Ulf 1936 SWE
3 Carlsten Peter 1942 SWE
4 Sterner Johan 1916 SWE

19. Norway I (RtgAvg:1905 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0) Captain: Vidar Taksrud
1 Taksrud Vidar 1930 NOR
2 Johnsen Oystein 1983 NOR
3 Forselv Edmund 1984 NOR
4 Mella Aage 1724 NOR

20. England III (RtgAvg:1883 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0) Captain: Roger Scowen
1 Ewart Brian R 1918 ENG
2 Fenwick Hugh F 1874 ENG
3 Wood Peter R 1879 ENG
4 Jones Gareth 0 ENG
5 Scowen Roger S 1862 ENG

21. Sweden V (RtgAvg:1877 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0) Captain: Bo Nyberg
1 Nyberg Bo 1899 SWE
2 Alfven Jorgen 1909 SWE
3 Forslund Lennart 1852 SWE
4 CM Dalling Peter 1849 SWE

22. Norway II (RtgAvg:1678 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0) Captain: Jan Bjorgvik
1 Bjorgvik Jan Arne 1820 NOR
2 Svenske Jan 1767 NOR
3 Knutsen Pal Egil 1644 NOR
4 Tveten Per 1482 NOR


M. Vachier-Lagrave heads strong field for 2017 Moscow Grand Prix

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017


Maxime Vachier-Lagrave heads strong field for 2017 FIDE Moscow Grand Prix

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, the fifth highest ranked player in the world, heads up a strong field for the forthcoming Moscow Grand Prix to be held between 12-21 May.

Hikaru Nakamura, the 6th strongest player in the FIDE rankings and five other top 20 players will also contest for the first prize of 20,000 euros in a field of 18 competitors.

The Grand Prix returns to the Telegraph Building in central Moscow, which previously hosted the 2016 Candidates Tournament won by Sergey Karjakin of Russia.

The tournament, a nine round Swiss contest, also features Hou Yifan, the world’s leading female player. It is the second of four Grand Prix in 2017 and follow’s the Sharjah Grand Prix in February which was won by Alexander Grischuk, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in a three way tie.

The Moscow Grand Prix is sponsored by Kaspersky Lab, PhosAgro and EG Capital Partners.

Ilya Merenzon, Chief Executive of World Chess, said: “I am delighted that we will be making a return to Moscow’s world famous Telegraph Building. The second Grand Prix of 2017 promises to be a closely fought contest and eagerly followed in Russia and internationally.

Georgious Makropoulos, Acting President of FIDE, said: “With so many top players in the line-up, the Moscow Grand Prix will undoubtedly feature some classic match-ups for chess fans around the world.”

Eugene Kaspersky, Chairman and CEO of Kaspersky Lab, commented: “We’re very happy to be supporting the World Chess Championship, it goes without saying. The world’s ultimate game of strategy, chess is a beautiful, intelligent – and very computerized sport. Most watch competitions online, and it’s extremely important that no cyberattacks affect the championship and disturb players or spectators; while the grandmasters use various programs for game analysis and strategy planning to learn different techniques and prepare for tournaments. Clearly, data protection is a top priority for them, too.”

As an official cybersecurity partner, Kaspersky Lab will protect the IT infrastructure of FIDE, World Chess, and national chess federations. The first deployment of Kaspersky Lab technologies will be implemented during the Moscow Grand Prix, with a focus on protecting the website and the online broadcast of the tournament from DDoS attacks. In future, additional Kaspersky Lab solutions and services will also be integrated. In addition, the company will be conducting cybersecurity training for the chess players taking part in the championship cycle, and providing them with Kaspersky Total Security for their devices.

The live broadcast of every game at the Moscow Grand Prix is available exclusively at 

The full list of players is as follows:

1. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
2. Hikaru Nakamura
3. Anish Giri
4. Ian Nepomniachtchi
5. Harikrishna Pentala
6. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
7. Ding Liren
8. Michael Adams
9. Peter Svidler
10. Alexander Grischuk
11. Ernesto Inarkiev
12. Boris Gelfand
13. Evgeny Tomashevsky
14. Teimour Radjabov
15. Francisco Vallejo Pons
16. Hou Yifan
17. Jon Ludvig Hammer
18. Salem Saleh

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

World Schools Championship 2017 Opening Ceremony

Monday, April 24th, 2017

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The World Schools opened in Iasi, Romania with an Opening Ceremony and speeches by the Mayor of Iasi, Mihai Churidar, FIDE Deputy President Giorgios Makropoulos, the President of the Romanian Chess Federation, Spring Jacobson and FIDE Executive Director, Nigel Freeman amongst others.

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE