Archive for June, 2017

Your Next Move Grand Chess Tour – Rapid Day 3

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Wesley So emerged as the winner of the rapid portion of Your Next Move Grand Chess Tour. He is now headed to the blitz portion with a two point lead over the rest of the field.

In the blitz, each win is worth one point, so his competitors are two wins away from catching him. He finished first under the watchful eyes of Maxime Vachier-Lagrave who was always a striking distance away from and finished in second place.

World Champion Magnus Carlsen had a very shaky day and has to settle for third place. It is interesting to note that the top three finishers all participated in the first leg in Paris. As it was the case in Paris, the weekend of blitz will determine the winner of the second leg of the tour, as the tournament is still wide open.

Round 7


This was the most peaceful round thus far. Tournament leader Wesley So drew his game against Ian Nepomniachtchi, when the Russian missed the opportunity to win a pawn.

Anish Giri vs Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian vs Vassily Ivanchuk were both quiet draws. Viswanathan Anand played a brilliant game against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave but the frustration from not finding a final blow to seal the deal got the best of him as he not only gave away his advantage, but actually lost the game.

This win allowed the Frenchman to leapfrog Magnus Carlsen and take over a clear second place, only one point behind So. Vladimir Kramnik’s two rooks overwhelmed the exposed queen of Baadur Jobava, who is still looking to score a point.

Round 8


Vachier-Lagrave was on the white side of the Sicilian this time and won an imbalanced attacking game against Ian Nepomniachtchi.

Wesley So needed to win to keep his lead. He was up to the task as his bishop pair overwhelmed Aronian’s position and he won in the endgame where he had a rook, a bishop and several pawns for the queen.

Vassily Ivanchuk also was not successful with the Sicilian as Kramnik’s attack allowed him to go into a superior endgame, which he converted without any problems. Magnus Carlsen suffered a setback by drawing Viswanathan Anand. The World Champion played energetically by sacrificing a piece to initiate his attack, but due to his tenacious defense, Anand was able to save the game and even had winning chances.

Baadur Jobava was finally able to stop the bleeding and drew Anish Giri.

Round 9

Wesley So drew his game against Vassily Ivanchuk quickly putting the pressure on Vachier-Lagrave to win his game against Levon Aronian.

Unfortunately for him, he was already in a losing position down the exchange and So’s result wouldn’t have a big impact on his result. This was the last game to finish and even Garry Kasparov was in the studio sharing his thoughts with Maurice Ashley. He was surprised how long it was taking Aronian to convert who only had twenty seconds left on his clock as opposed to his opponent’s seven minutes and was struggling to breakthrough.

Vachier-Lagrave played too fast, probably not wanting to allow Aronian to think on his time and blundered one of his bishops. He had no choice to resign and settle for second place.

Viswanathan Anand was facing Baadur Jobava and once again played the first half of the game well, but started to let the advantage slip away.

His precise calculation in the endgame allowed him to bring the point home. Ian Nepomniachtchi versus Magnus Carlsen and Giri versus Kramnik ended in a draw.

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by Tatev Abrahamyan

All information is available on Live commentary by GM Yasser Seirawan, GM Cristian Chirila, and IM Jovanka Houska will give online spectators even more opportunity to experience the tournaments. As last year, GM Maurice Ashley will be on-site in Leuven to interview players and will be joined by GM Nigel Short. Watch live.

Photo credits: Chess Club and Scholastic Center/Kevin Duggin/Spectrum Studios/Lennart Ootes



On Chess : World Champion Magnus Carlsen wins 1st leg of Grand Chess Tour

Friday, June 30th, 2017

The first leg of the third annual Grand Chess Tour took place from June 21-25 in Paris. As it did last year, the tour kicked off with a rapid and blitz event. Five grueling days and 29 games later, World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen emerged as the winner. He collected 12 tour points and $31,250 for his efforts. At the first glance, the favorite competitor of the chess event coming in first place doesn’t seem exciting or interesting, but the final standings don’t tell the whole story. The finale of the chess event was one the most nerve-wrecking matches in the history of the Grand Chess Tour. Carlsen started the tournament very strongly, winning seven out of the possible nine games in the rapid round. However, the tables turned during the last two days of the blitz chess tournament when the World Champion seemed to …

Source: GameKnot online chess news

CHESS Magazine – July 2017: Shak Attack!

Friday, June 30th, 2017

CHESS Magazine – July 2017
Shak Mamedyarov wins Moscow Grand Prix and breaks the 2800 barrier!
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:

  • Not a Classic – Steve Giddins wasn’t overly taken with the Moscow Grand Prix
  • Bundesliga Brilliance – Matthew Lunn presents two creative gems from the Bundesliga
  • Sun Shines on the Seniors – James Plaskett enjoyed the World Senior Team Championship
  • Winning on One Side – Jonathan Speelman on drawn-looking rook and knight endgames
  • The Delancey UK Chess Challenge in 2017 – Sarah Longson has taken over running this vast and popular event
  • Man vs Machine – 20 years of mindgames – Kanwal Bhatia on the rise of the computer
  • The Annoying …?g4 Sally – Junior Tay continues to show the power an early …?g4 can pack
  • Not Quite Petrosian: Part II – James Essinger continues his fun look at chess in East Kent
  • Chasing Norms – Carl Strugnell was to be pleasantly surprised in County Kerry

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.

To open these files you’ll need a PGN reader or Chess software such as HIARCS Chess Explorer, Fritz, Houdini or Chessbase.

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Source: The Week in Chess

July 2017 FIDE Rating List

Friday, June 30th, 2017

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FIDE publishes July 2017 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.

Please  be  informed  that updated Rating regulations are coming into effect from July, 1 2017.

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Your Next Move Grand Chess Tour – Rapid Day 2

Friday, June 30th, 2017

After day two of the rapid, Wesley So increased his lead by a point. He is being closely chased by Magnus Carlsen and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave who are one move away from catching the leader.

It is interesting to note that all three players recently completed the Paris leg of the Grand Chess Tour so it will be interesting to see if fatigue will play a role in their performance.

Tomorrow is the final day of the rapid part of the tournament which will determine who will be in the lead going into the blitz portion.

Round 4

Wesley So started the day off right by delivering yet another loss to Baadur Jobava. The Georgian, who lost all his games yesterday, must be getting impatient wanting to score any points. He had the perfect opportunity to do so in this game, as he could have made a draw but instead lost the thread of the position and lost.

Just as in his game against Jobava yesterday, Levon Aronian met his opponent’s fork with a bishop sacrifice. This time his victim was Viswanathan Anand, who found himself in a mating net in the endgame.

Anish Giri’s birthday celebration continued as he received a nice gift from Ivanchuk who went astray with his queen and resigned a move later. As Giri himself described, sometimes ambitious players start inventing things that the position simply doesn’t offer.

Vladimir Kramnik won a pawn against his country man, but Ian Nepomniachtchi played actively and found enough counter play to draw the game.

Magnus Carlsen and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave met once against since their playoff in Paris, but the game ended in a draw after the Frenchman failed to utilize his opening advantage.

Round 5

Magnus Carlsen played a very instructive strategic game against former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik by first outplaying him in the middle game, then trading into a winning endgame. Carlsen was quite pleased about the quality of his game and was feeling optimistic about the rest of the event.

Viswanathan Anand bounced back from his loss in his true fashion by finishing off Vassily Ivanchuk in a mating attack.

Ian Nepomniachtchi continued his impressive performance by defeating Levon Aronian who failed to find defensive resources with little time on his clock.

Baadur Jobava wasn’t able to improve his score as his slightly worse position kept getting worse and worse until it became indefensible. His opponent, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, isn’t satisfied with his form in this event but he is compensating for it with improved concentration.

Anish Giri and Wesley So drew after the Dutchman decided not to test the waters and allowed a perpetual.

Round 6

Wesley So maintained his position in the standings by converting his extra pawn in a rook endgame against Viswanathan Anand.

The World Champion won an easy game against Baadur Jobava who keeps suffering in this event whereas Vachier-Lagrave drew Anish Giri. Both Carlsen and Vachier-Lagrave are inching closer to Wesley So’s first place position.

Fan favorite Levon Aronian found a brilliant tactic with seconds left on his clock, leading to a beautiful position where he was down a pawn but one of his pawns would queen.

Ian Nepomniachtchi stumbled and fell behind the leaders after he played a little too ambitiously against Rapid World Champion Vassily Ivanchuk and ended up losing the match.


by Tatev Abrahamyan

All information is available on Live commentary by GM Yasser Seirawan, GM Cristian Chirila, and IM Jovanka Houska will give online spectators even more opportunity to experience the tournaments. As last year, GM Maurice Ashley will be on-site in Paris to interview players and will be joined by GM Nigel Short. Watch live.

Photo credits: Chess Club and Scholastic Center/Kevin Duggin/Spectrum Studios/Lennart Ootes



1st European Corporate Chess Championship – Promo

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

A launching promo event for the European Corporate Chess Championship took place in Paris on 28th of June.

The 1st European Corporate Chess Championship 2017 will take place in the Town Hall of Honour of the City of Asni?res, Paris, France, 24–25 November 2017.

European Corporate Chess Championship 2017

The tournament will be played as a Swiss Open in 9 rounds, with time control 15 minutes per game + 3 seconds per move starting from move 1.

Each team shall be composed of 4 players + 1 substitute player. The team can’t have more than one player over 2400 ELO but should have at least one player below 2000 ELO.

Any corporate entity is allowed to register up to two teams. Chess Clubs, Chess Associations, and Chess Federations are not allowed to participate in the Championship. For each round at least one player of the team shall have a commercial relation with the company with which he is playing for. Players shall be in rating order in team’s composition (November ratings).

The registration deadline is Thursday 2nd November 2017.

Schedule of the Championship:
Friday, November 24: Rounds 1 – 4 from 3 pm to 7 pm.
Saturday, November 25: Rounds 5 – 9 from 10 am to 5 pm.
Saturday, November 25 at 7.30 pm: ECU Gala Dinner and award ceremony of the 1st European Corporate Championship.


The total prize fund is 6 000 EUR, including special awards and individual medals. The winning team will be awarded with 3 000 EUR, second team with 2 000 EUR, and the third team with 1 000 EUR.

The organizers have negotiated a special price for the accommodations in the following hotels during the event: H?tel Residence Europe***, Atypik H?tel*** and H?tel Princesse Caroline***.

The invitation is addressed directly to corporate entities, but we kindly ask the National Federations to assist us promote the event in order to strengthen our relations with the business community.

Official website

Contact information
In French:
Jean-Claude MOINGT
+33 6 03 00 47 79
In English and Russian:
+33 7 70 88 65 28

The official invitation can be downloaded here


Vladimir Putin congratulated Russian national women’s team

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

The President of Russia Vladimir Putin sent a telegram of greetings to the members of the Russian national women’s team and their coaches on winning the World Team Chess Championship.

Russia Women's Team

The President said, in particular, in his message:

“Dear Alexandra, Ekaterina, Valentina, Aleksandra, and Olga!

I congratulate you on your triumph at the World Team Chess Championship in Khanty-Mansiysk.

For the first time in the history of chess, your cohesive, result-oriented team has gained this prestigious title. In a tense and sharp fight you have demonstrated your highest skills and will to win. You have successfully proved that you are unconditional leaders in the chess world.

Of course, I would also like to express my gratitude to your coaches.

I wish you further success and new achievements!”

Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin welcomes the participants of FIDE World Team Chess Championships

Телеграмма от Путина В.В.


Your Next Move Grand Chess Tour – Rapid Day 1

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

After the grueling first leg of the Grand Chess Tour in Paris, which concluded just two days ago, Magnus Carlsen, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Wesley So continued on to Leuven, Belgium to play in the second leg of the Grand Chess Tour.

They are joined by Viswanathan Anand, Levon Aronian, Ian Nepomniachtchi who skipped Paris and are just starting the tour.

The event wildcards are Vladimir Kramnik, Anish Giri, Vassily Ivanchuk and Baadur Jobava, who are just fighting for prizes but not tour points.

Wesley So, who had an atrocious showing in Paris, seems to have recovered finely as he is leading the event after defeating the World Champion. He is being trailed by Nepomniachtchi and Vachier-Lagrave, who are only a point behind.

Round 1

Carlsen had a complicated game against Aronian where he sacrificed a pawn to open up his pair of bishops that were aiming at his opponent’s king. The Armenian didn’t find the forcing draw and blundered instead, an opportunity that his opponent did not waste.

Vachier-Lagrave was unsure about his opening but once he got the advantage, he converted without any trouble against Vassily Ivanchuk. Wesley So started the event off strongly by defeating former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik.

True to his style, Jobava played an unorthodox opening, but self-destructed after giving up a pawn for no compensation against Ian Nepomniachtchi. Giri vs Anand was a quiet affair, with neither side having any real chances.

Round 2

Carlsen played the aggressive Marshall Gambit against the World Rapid Champion but the game ended in a draw after Ivanchuk sacrificed his queen and forced a perpetual.

Levon Aronian bounced back from his first round loss by defeating Jobava who couldn’t fend off his opponent’s attack on his king.

Ian Nepomniachtchi defeated Anish Giri in a messy game where he was even down two pawns at some point. Giri did not play the most natural moves and Nepomniachtchi joked that he at least thought he could threaten checkmate here and there. His approach paid off when Giri found his king exposed and under an unstoppable attack.

In the clash of the titans, former World Champions Vladimir Kramnik and Viswanathan Anand essayed the classical Giuoco Piano opening. With his signature central pawn break, Kramnik got the advantage and converted easily. Vachier-Lagrave was down a pawn in a rook endgame against Wesley So, but defended without much trouble.


Round 3

There were quite a few unexpected results in this round. Vladimir Kramnik found several impressive tactics to obtain a winning position but for some inexplicable reason gave away one of the pawns shielding his king and walked into a perpetual.

For a long time, Carlsen vs So was equal and was headed towards a peaceful result, but the World Champion decided to complicate the position. Unfortunately for him, he pressed too hard and was outplayed by his opponent. Historically, Carlsen has been a problematic opponent for So, hence this was a great confidence boost for the U.S. Champion.

Anish Giri gave himself a birthday present when he finally got the opportunity to play the line that he had prepared since last year’s candidate’s tournament. Aronian played a principled line, but Giri’s analysis were concise, never giving his opponent a chance.

Ian Nepomniachtchi stumbled for the first time today after playing too quickly at the critical points. His confidence made Anand question his decisions, but the objective evaluation of the position didn’t change the former World Champion won decisively.

Jobava and Ivanchuk are both known for their unique and creative style, so it was no surprise that they would create chaos on the chessboard when they squared off. Jobava played very unnaturally to create an attack, even sacrificing a rook and a bishop to justify his moves but his play simply wasn’t justified. Ivanchuk defended easily and won with the extra material.


by Tatev Abrahamyan
All information is available on Live commentary by GM Yasser Seirawan, GM Cristian Chirila, and IM Jovanka Houska will give online spectators even more opportunity to experience the tournaments. As last year, GM Maurice Ashley will be on-site in Paris to interview players and will be joined by GM Romain Edouard. Watch live.

Photo credits: Chess Club and Scholastic Center/Kevin Duggin/Spectrum Studios/Lennart Ootes


Leuven Grand Chess Tour 2017 LIVE!

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

The second rapid event of the Grand Chess Tour is going to take place in Leuven June 28 – July 2, 2017. The participants in this leg of the Grand Chess Tour will be Magnus Carlsen, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Viswanathan Anand, Wesley So, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Levon Aronian, Vladimir Kramnik, Anish Giri, Vassily Ivanchuk, and Baadur Jobava.

Live games with analysis and video will be daily on with Grandmaster video commentary and analysis by the top TCEC engines Komodo, Stockfish, and Houdini.

Magnus Carlsen has just won, in an exciting tiebreak with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, the Paris leg of the Grand Chess Tour. Replay the games and the video here

Replay also last year’s Grand Chess Tour in Leuven here

YourNextMove Grand Chess Tour 2017 – Live EN by GrandChessTourOfficial


Canadian Closed Chess Championship 2017

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Canada FlagThe Canadian Closed Chess Championship is taking place in Montreal from June 27 to July 1st, 2017 at the Olympic Stadium.

The tournament serves as a qualifier for the 2017 World Cup and the 2018 Continental Championship. It is also taken into account in determining the Canadian team at the 2018 Chess Olympiad.

The tournament is open to rated players over 2000 CFC, FQE or FIDE + Provincial champion.

IM title is awarded to the winner or co-winner. 2nd and 3rd receive IM norms. 65% is needed for FM title. The winner will earn $1500 + $1000 CFC subsidy for 2018 Continental + Qualification to the World Cup and air fare.

The tournament is organized by the Quebec Chess Federation (FQE) in collaboration with the Chess Federation of Canada (CFC).

Official website


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