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World Chess Open 2017

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

The 45th Annual World Open will be held from June 29-July 4, 2017 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The event has 9 sections: Open, Under 2200, Under 2000, Under 1800, Under 1600, Under 1400, Under 1200, Under 900 and Unrated.

The Open Section is a 9-round Swiss, 5-day tournament (June 30-July 4) with FIDE norms possible. The time control is 40/2, SD/30 d10.

Last year winner was GM Gabor Papp.

Under 2200 to Under 1200 Sections, June 29-July 4, June 30-July 4, July 1-4 or 2-4: 40/2, SD/30 d10 (4-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60 d10; 3-day option, rds. 1-5 G/35 d10). Unrated not allowed in U1200, U1400, U1600 or U1800.

Under 900 Section & Unrated Section, July 2-4 only: G/60 d10

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

The event has a $225,000 prize fund unconditionally guaranteed.

Open Section: $20000-10000-5000-2500-1300-1000-800-700-600-500, clear winner bonus $500, top FIDE 2300-2449 $5000-2500-1500, top FIDE 2200-2299 $5000-2500-1500, top FIDE Under 2200/Unr $5000-2500-1500.

If tie for first, top 2 on tiebreak play speed game 10 pm 7/4 for title & bonus prize. GM & IM norms possible. FIDE rated.

Under 2200/Unr Section: $12000-6000-3000-1500-1000-800-600-500-400-400, top U2100 (no unr) $2000-1000, unrated limit $2000.
Under 2000/Unr Section: $12000-6000-3000-1500-1000-800-600-500-400-400, top U1900 (no unr) $2000-1000, unrated limit $1000.
Under 1800 Section: $12000-6000-3000-1500-1000-800-600-500-400-400, top U1700 $2000-1000.
Under 1600 Section: $10000-5000-2500-1300-900-700-600-500-400-400, top U1500 $2000-1000.
Under 1400 Section: $8000-4000-2000-1300-900-700-600-500-400-400, top U1300 $1600-800.
Under 1200 Section: $4000-2000-1000-800-600-500-400-400-300-300, top U1000 $1000-500.
Under 900 Section: $600-400-300-200-100, plaques to top 10.
Unrated Section: $600-400-300-200-100, plaques to top 10.

Entry fees from $308-350

Additional events:
World Open Under 13 (June 28-29)
World Open Action (June 29)
World Open G/7 Championship (June 30)
World Open Daily Blitz (July 1, 2, 3, 4)
World Open G/10 Championship (July 3)
World Open Blitz Championship (July 4)

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Minister Kralev: “More than 1 million euro moved to fake ECU account”

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

FIDE Deputy President, Georgios Makropoulos, together with ECU President, Zurab Azmaiparashvili and ECU General Secretary, Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou, after an official invitation received, met with the Bulgarian Minister of Youth and Sports Krasen Kralev in Sofia to discuss the situation of the Bulgarian Chess Federation.

The purpose of the meeting was to clarify the scale and nature of the violations of the Bulgarian Chess Federation led by Silvio Danailov and to discuss the possibilities for restoring the membership and the position of Bulgarian chess in the world.

Later they met with representatives of the Bulgarian Chess community, including representatives of the Board of the Bulgarian Chess Federation Vassil Antonov and Vassil Tonchev, MP Ruslan Toshev, Dr. Mihail Iliev, GMs Kiril Georgiev and Ventislav Inkiov, Head of Chess faculty of National Sports Academy Radislav Atanasov, and Deputy Mayor of Bankya, Plamen Simeonov.

Minister Kralev: "More than 1 million EUR moved to fake ECU account"

Afterwards they held a Press Conference, during which the Minister advised that there are two important aspects in the CAS Lausanne judgment. The first is that the court accepts that the competitions in the resort, Albena / Golden Sands are not legitimate competitions in the ECU calendar.

The second, the money, which was translated as a fee from the Bulgarian state, was transferred to an account in Slovenia to an offshore company registered in Delaware, called “European Chess Union.” He reported that, according to the documents submitted by Bulgarian Chess Federation to the Ministry for the period 2011-2014, a total of € 1,070,140 was paid into the counterfeit account in question.

Minister Kralev was categorical that he would turn to the Chief Prosecutor of the Republic of Bulgaria to help establish the scale of the abuse. “The president of the Bulgarian Chess Federation has consciously included this account in the contracts between the Federation and the Ministry. We do not know what the invoice is, and we do not know if other amounts have been transferred there, for example from sponsors of the Federation,” said Minister Kralev.

He confirmed that the Ministry will seek the full amount allocated for the competitions in the resort. Albena / Golden Sands resort, not just a part of it, as the Inspectorate’s latest inspection. According to him, until it becomes clear with what amount the Bulgarian Chess Federation has cost the state, the Ministry can not rule on the license of the federation, which expired on 4 June 2017.

Meeting with Bulgarian Minister of Youth and Sports

“The Bulgarian Chess Federation, ruled by Silvio Danailov, has misled the Ministry by asking for a false league levy and has transferred the money to a false account and not to the ECU account,” FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos confirmed.

In his words, the court in Lausanne has accepted that Silvio Danailov does know about this falsification, because at the same time he was President, both of Bulgarian Chess Federation and of the ECU. Such actions by Silvio Danailov, as well as his refusal to provide any official information and documents to the ECU have also led to the exclusion of Bulgarian Chess Federation from the ECU and it is currently undergoing a case in the FIDE Ethics Commission.

He also explained that in his testimony at Lausanne, Silvio Danailov had tried to transfer responsibility for his actions to the whole Bulgarian Chess Federation Board.

“We fully support the initiative of Minister Kralev, because we are convinced that he wants to help Bulgarian chess. We hope and believe that he will continue with these steps in the coming weeks. But I also want to emphasize that apart from his actions, we as FIDE cannot stop our procedures against the people responsible for these actions,” said Georgios Makropoulos. “We want to see a federation that we trust and we can work with. The problem is that today we do not know who we can trust in the current federation,” he added.

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“We are here to find a solution how to return Bulgarian chess to the European family,” said ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili. He said that at the meeting with the chess community, the representatives of the current Bulgarian Chess Federation leadership said they were not aware of the abuses and had not decided not to provide information to the ECU, as Silvio Danailov claims.

“However, we can not trust people who have been members of the leadership and have not questioned, although they have had information from different sources, whether there has been any abuse in the federation and why ECU documents are not provided,” he added.

All participants in the meetings united around the view that a new beginning of Bulgarian chess is necessary. “Everything is in the hands of chess clubs,” said Minister Krasen Kralev.

According to him, a good option is to create an initiative committee to bring together most or all chess clubs in the country. “I know there are many honest people in the chess community. We can come out with dignity from this situation, as, of course, this sport will not be forgotten,” Krasen Kralev said. He stressed, however, that the future of this sport depends on chess makers in Bulgaria.

The Minister was convinced that in any case the Ministry would not overcome the violations found in Bulgarian Chess Federation and would seek its rights.

Danailov, Stoisavljevic, Sakotic suspended by FIDE Ethics Commission

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ECU Chess Camp in Madrid

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

The Education Commission of European Chess Union launched its activities in a need of an organization representing the growing movement of using chess as a pedagogic tool to develop social and intellectual skills to children.

The ECU introduced a Certificate for school chess teachers with requisite for recognizing the high standard of knowledge and skills required for teachers of Chess in Schools. The ECU Teacher Certificate courses are monitored and evaluated by the Academics, members of the ECU Advisory Board.

The ECU Chess Camp is a training course designed by leading chess educationists in Europe and it’s validated by an international academic panel expert in disciplines from cognitive science and psychology to statistics and pedagogy.

The certification was developed following the Declaration by the European Parliament on 15th March 2012 that Chess in Schools should be encouraged for educational purposes.

ECU Chess Camp in Madrid

The Chess Camp will take place from 30th June to 2nd July in Madrid, Spain. The course consists of three days of interactive presentations, group discussions and practical exercises. The course will be held primarily in English and, where necessary, in Spanish.

Participants of the course will have a test to do after the end of the course, and on successful completion will receive the ECU School Chess Teacher Certificate. This new qualification is recognized by the European national chess federations as a standard of excellence. The course should qualify towards Continuing Professional Development.

Course Leaders:

Jesper Hall, Chairman of the ECU Education Commission, Director of the Chess in Schools project in Sweden and FIDE Senior Trainer.

Luis Blasco de la Cruz, member of the ECU Education Commission, Director of Madrid Chess Academy, a distinguished chess trainer and a chess teacher of children with Special Needs.

Registration and Fee:
To reserve your place on the course, send an email to luis.blasco@madridchessacademy.com

The fee for the course is 150 EUR. The closing date for registration is 29 June 2017.

The organizers may offer two nights in Colegio Mayor Universitario with full board for 60 Euros per night for a single room, or 45 Euros per night per person in a double room with full board.

The Chess Camp will be held at Colegio Mayor Universitario EL FARO in Plaza Cristo Rey n? 7, Madrid, near to Moncloa Metro and Bus Station. Attendees are requested to arrive from 09.30 in order to register. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day and a light lunch will be provided on the first day.

Information and Enquiries:
Luis Blasco de la Cruz
Email : luis.blasco@madridchessacademy.com
Skype : madridchessacademy
Twitter: @luisblascocruz
Tel?fono: (+34) 630.024.518

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Leuven Grand Chess Tour 2017

Tuesday, June 27th, 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 Chessdom.com 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

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China and Russia with gold medals in World Chess Team Championships

Monday, June 26th, 2017

On June 26 in Khanty-Mansiysk games of the final 9th round of the World Chess Team Championships were played.

Having defeated Poland 2.5 to 1.5, team China became men’s World Champions. Chinese chessplayers have won the title for the second time in a row. Poland won bronze medals.

Team Russia walloped USA four to nothing and took clear second.

India beat Norway 3:1. Ukraine bested Egypt 2.5 to 1.5. Belarus defeated Turkey by a close score.

China and Russia with gold medals in World Chess Team Championships

Final standings:

1. China – 16 (24.5), 2. Russia – 15 (25), 3. Poland – 12 (20.5), 4. India – 11 (20.5), 5. Turkey – 10 (18.5), 6-7. Ukraine, Belarus – 8 (17.5) both, 8. USA – 8 (16), 9. Norway – 2 (11), 10. Egypt – 0 (9).

In the women’s tournament, Russia beat Ukraine 3:1 in the pivotal match of the concluding round. For the first time in the history of chess Russian women team became Champions of the World.

China beat Egypt 3 to 1 and took clear second.

Team Georgia defeated team USA with the same score and took bronze medals of the Championship.

India vanquished Azerbaijan 3 to 1. Polish team defeated Vietnam 2.5 to 1.5.

China and Russia with gold medals in World Chess Team Championships

Final standings:

1 Russia – 16 (25.5), 2. China – 13 (22), 3. Georgia – 12 (21.5), 4. India – 12 (20), 5. Ukraine – 12 (19.5), 6. Poland – 9 (18.5), 7. USA – 6 (16.5), 8. Vietnam – 5 (16), 9. Azerbaijan – 5 (15.5), 10. Egypt – 0 (5).

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The 1st World Junior Chess Championship for the Disabled

Monday, June 26th, 2017

Round 3 of the FIDE World Junior Chess Championship for the Disabled took place on June 24th, 2017. It featured a pairing between the two players, Griffin (USA) and Raphael (Germany). After a long fight of four (4) hours of play, Raphael was victorious.

Griffin - Raphael

Griffin – Raphael

A nice game was played between Dorian and Paul where the young American won his first game.

Paul (USA) and Dorian (Belgium) shake hands after the game

Paul (USA) and Dorian (Belgium) shake hands after the game

Samarth (India) and Natasha (Puerto Rico)

Samarth (India) and Natasha (Puerto Rico)

In an interesting game between Samarth (India) and Natasha (Puerto Rico), the young player from India won. After three (3) rounds, Raphael leads with 3 points.

In the afternoon, all players and friends attended a Q & A with Robert Katende and Phiona Mutesi which was followed by a screening of the Disney movie, Queen of Katwe.

Robert Katende meets Raphael at the Q & A prior to the Queen of Katwe screening

Robert Katende meets Raphael at the Q & A prior to the Queen of Katwe screening

Standings after Round 3 Total Points:
Raphael Johannes Zimmer 3.0
Samarth Jagadish Rao 2.0
Griffin McConnell 2.0
Jesus Adrian Barrios Chamorro 2.0
Natasha Morales 2.0
Paul Tortajada 1.0
Wasswa Sharif Mbaziira 0.0
Dorian-Dumitru Draghici 0.0

Beatriz Marinello Phiona Mutesi and Robert Katende

Beatriz Marinello, Phiona Mutesi, and Robert Katende at the Q & A and Queen of Katwe screening

The remarkable story of Phiona shows the importance of how chess is not just a game but a transformative tool that can give opportunities to young people and teach life skills.

Round 4 of the 7 rounds will be played on June 25th at 5pm. Stay tuned for more coverage!

By Thomas Luther
Photo Copyright: Dora Leticia Martinez

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World Junior Chess Championship for Disabled: Round 3

Monday, June 26th, 2017

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The 1st World Junior Chess Championship for the Disabled: Rounds 2 & 3

By Thomas Luther
Photo Copyright: Dora Leticia Martinez

FLORIDA (USA) – Round 3 of the FIDE World Junior Chess Championship for the Disabled took place on June 24th, 2017. It featured a pairing between the two players, Griffin (USA) and Raphael (Germany). After a long fight of four (4) hours of play, Raphael was victorious.

The longest game of Round 3
The longest game of Round 3

A nice game was played between Dorian and Paul where the young American won his first game.

Paul USA and Dorian Belgium
Paul (USA) and Dorian (Belgium) shake hands after the game.

Samarth India and Natasha Puerto Rico after their 3rd Round
Samarth (India) and Natasha (Puerto Rico) after their 3rd Round.

In an interesting game between Samarth (India) and Natasha (Puerto Rico), the young player from India won.

After three (3) rounds, Raphael leads with 3 points.

Standings R3

In the afternoon, all players and friends attended a Q & A with Robert Katende and Phiona Mutesi which was followed by a screening of the Disney movie, Queen of Katwe.

Robert Katende meets Raphael
Robert Katende meets Raphael at the Q & A prior to the Queen of Katwe screening.

Beatriz Marinello Phiona Mutesi and Robert Katende
Beatriz Marinello, Phiona Mutesi, and Robert Katende at the Q & A and Queen of Katwe screening.

The remarkable story of Phiona shows the importance of how chess is not just a game but a transformative tool that can give opportunities to young people and teach life skills.

Round 4 of the 7 rounds will be played on June 25th at 5pm. Stay tuned for more coverage!

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Round 1: The World Junior Chess Championship for Disabled has begun

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Opening Ceremony, Group Photo

By Thomas Luther and Dora Martinez

FLORIDA (USA) – Round 1 of the FIDE World Junior Chess Championship for the Disabled occurred on June 23rd, 2017 at the Park Inn by Radisson in Kissimmee, Florida. The opening ceremony began with an introduction of all the players representing seven countries. After an inspirational rendition of the United States National Anthem, FIDE Vice President Beatriz Marinello gave a welcoming speech emphasizing the importance of portraying chess as an all-inclusive sport and as one in which all players can compete on equal terms given the right accommodations.

In the first round, we witnessed an exciting game between Raphael Zimmer from Germany and Samarth Jagadish Rao from India. Raphael ultimately triumphed after a grueling three hours.

Raphael Johannes Zimmer
Raphael Johannes Zimmer (Germany)

The FIDE Chess for the Disabled Commission has recently created this tournament to support all children with any disability in one competitive event in order to bring awareness to the abilities of all.

The longterm goal will be the inclusion of disabled players in other open events in all levels of competition.

Wasswa Sharif Mbaziira
Wasswa Sharif Mbaziira (Uganda)

Natasha Morales
Natasha Morales (Puerto Rico)

Griffin McConnell
Griffin McConnell (USA)

Jesus Adrian Barrios Chamorro
Jesus Adrian Barrios Chamorro (Paraguay)

This event does not aim to segregate players with disabilities; its aim is to build bridges that will even the playing field.

Each child and young person participating in this event is an inspiration to the rest of us. We will be sharing their stories and families’ testimonies online.

The closing ceremony, awarding the title of the World Junior Chess Champion for the Disabled as well as announcing the medalists will take place June 28th, 2017 at 5:00 PM.

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

World Junior Chess Championship for Disabled has begun

Monday, June 26th, 2017

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Round 1: The World Junior Chess Championship for Disabled has begun

Group photo
Opening Ceremony, Group Photo

By Thomas Luther and Dora Martinez

FLORIDA (USA) – Round 1 of the FIDE World Junior Chess Championship for the Disabled occurred on June 23rd, 2017 at the Park Inn by Radisson in Kissimmee, Florida. The opening ceremony began with an introduction of all the players representing seven countries. After an inspirational rendition of the United States National Anthem, FIDE Vice President Beatriz Marinello gave a welcoming speech emphasizing the importance of portraying chess as an all-inclusive sport and as one in which all players can compete on equal terms given the right accommodations.

In the first round, we witnessed an exciting game between Raphael Zimmer from Germany and Samarth Jagadish Rao from India. Raphael ultimately triumphed after a grueling three hours.

Raphael Johannes Zimmer
Raphael Johannes Zimmer (Germany)

The FIDE Chess for the Disabled Commission has recently created this tournament to support all children with any disability in one competitive event in order to bring awareness to the abilities of all.

The longterm goal will be the inclusion of disabled players in other open events in all levels of competition.

Wasswa Sharif Mbaziira
Wasswa Sharif Mbaziira (Uganda)

Natasha Morales
Natasha Morales (Puerto Rico)

Griffin McConnell
Griffin McConnell (USA)

Jesus Adrian Barrios Chamorro
Jesus Adrian Barrios Chamorro (Paraguay)

This event does not aim to segregate players with disabilities; its aim is to build bridges that will even the playing field.

Each child and young person participating in this event is an inspiration to the rest of us. We will be sharing their stories and families’ testimonies online.

The closing ceremony, awarding the title of the World Junior Chess Champion for the Disabled as well as announcing the medalists will take place June 28th, 2017 at 5:00 PM.

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

FIDE World Team Championships 2017: Round 8

Monday, June 26th, 2017

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Round 8: Team China Keeps on Leading at the World Championship before the Last Round

Russian women are one step from victory.

On June 25, the games of the last but one 8th round of the World Chess Team Championships were played in Khanty-Mansiysk.

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In the men’s championship the leaders, team China, thrashed Norway 3.5 to 0.5.

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In the protracted and tough battle Russia defeated team India by a hair. The winning point was supplied by Vladimir Fedoseev who had beaten Parimarjan Negi.

Poland defeated Belarus 3:1; the scorers were Radoslaw Wojtaszek and Grzegorz Gajewski.

Thanks to Alexander Moiseenko’s win, Ukraine bested team USA 2.5 to 1.5.

Turkey won against Egypt 3:1. Winning points were supplied by Mustafa Yilmaz and Vahap Sanal.

Team standings before last round are:

1. China – 14 (22), 2. Russia – 13 (21), 3. Poland – 12 (19), 4. Turkey – 10 (17), 5. India – 9 (17.5), 6. USA – 8 (16), 7-8. Ukraine, Belarus – по 6 (15), 9. Norway – 2 (10), 10. Egypt – 0 (7.5).

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In the women’s tournament, match Egypt vs. Russia ended with a score 3.5 to 0.5 in favor of the home team.

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Ukraine lost to Georgia 1.5 to 2.5. The winning point for Georgia was supplied by Nino Batsiashvili.

China beat Poland 3:1; scorers were Lei Tingjie and Guo Qi.

India defeated Vietnam by a close score thanks to Eesha Karavade’s win on the third board.

Match USA vs. Azerbaijan was tied.

Standings before last round are:

1. Russia – 14 (22.5), 2. Ukraine – 12 (18.5), 3. China – 11 (19), 4. Georgia – 10 (18.5), 5. India – 10 (17), 6. Poland – 7 (16), 7. USA – 6 (15.5), 8-9. Azerbaijan, Vietnam – 5 (14.5), 10. Egypt – 0 (4).

The final round starts at 1 P.M. local time.

9th round pairings are:

Men:
Turkey – Belarus, Ukraine – Egypt, Russia – USA, Norway – India, Poland – China.

Women:
Russia – Ukraine, China – Egypt, Vietnam – Poland, Azerbaijan – India, Georgia – USA.

Official website of the Championship: http://ugra2017.fide.com
Photos: http://ugra2017.fide.com/r/photo/
Videos: http://ugra2017.fide.com/r/video-en/

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Round7: China Grabs the Lead on World Team Championship

In the women’s tournament teams Russia and Ukraine are ahead.

On June 24, the games of the 7th Round of the World Chess Team Championships were played in Khanty-Mansiysk.

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In the pivotal match of the round Russia vs. China the guest team won 2.5 to 1.5. The scorer was Li Chao who outplayed Vladimir Fedoseev on the 4th board.

Team Poland defeated Norway with the same score. Winners for Poland were Jan-Krzysztof Duda and Mateusz Bartel, Radoslaw Wojtaszek drew and Kacper Piorun lost his game.

Ukraine lost to India with a close score. Man of the day was Baskaran Adhiban who defeated Anton Korobov.

Team USA outplayed Turkey with the score 3 to 1. Winning points were supplied by Alexander Onischuk and Ray Robson.

Belarus smashed Egypt 3.5 to 0.5.

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After round 7 China grabbed the lead with 12 match points. Russia trails by a step and Poland has 10 points.

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In the women’s tournament Russians annihilated Poland 3.5 to 0.5. Alexandra Kosteniuk, Valentina Gunina and Aleksandra Goryachkina won their games and Ekaterina Lagno drew.

Ukraine bested Egypt 2.5 to 1.5. Winning points were supplied by Iuliya Osmak and Nataliya Buksa.

Georgia defeated Azerbaijan 3 to 1. The scorers were Nana Dzagnidze and Salome Melia.

Matches China – India and Vietnam – USA were both tied.

The leaders of the women’s tournament are the same: Russia and Ukraine have 12 match points each, but Russians are two individual points up.

Round 8th pairings are:

Men:
Belarus – Poland, China – Norway, India – Russia, USA – Ukraine, Egypt – Turkey

Women:
Ukraine – Georgia, USA – Azerbaijan, India – Vietnam, Poland – China, Egypt – Russia

Official website of the Championship: http://ugra2017.fide.com
Photos: http://ugra2017.fide.com/r/photo/
Videos: http://ugra2017.fide.com/r/video-en/

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Round 6: Team Russia Leads a World Championship Race

In the women’s tournament the leading pair is the same: Russia and Ukraine.

On June 23, the games of the 6th round of the World Chess Team Championships were played in Khanty-Mansiysk.

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In the men’s tournament the leaders, team Russia, defeated Poland 3 to 1. Ian Nepomniachtchi and Vladimir Fedoseev scored for the winner.

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China bested Ukraine 2.5 to 1.5 thanks to Ding Liren’s win over Ruslan Ponomariov on the top board.

Belarus thrashed Norway 3.5 to 0.5. Winning points were supplied by Sergey Zhigalko, Vladislav Kovalev and Alexey Fedorov.

Match India – Turkey ended in a combative draw.

USA beat Egypt 3:1.

Russia keeps leading with 11 match points, with China trailing by one step.

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In the women’s competition Russia defeated India 3 to 1. Winning points were supplied by Valentina Gunina and Olga Girya.

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Team Ukraine overcame Azerbaijan 2.5 to 1.5; Natalia Zhukova and Inna Gaponenko won, Iuliya Osmak drew her game and Nataliya Buksa lost.

China bested team USA 3:1 thanks to Tan Zhongyi and Lei Tingjie who had defeated their opponents.

Georgia beat Vietnam by the same score; winning points were supplied by Bela Khotenashvili and Salome Melia.

Team Poland smashed Egypt 3.5 to 0.5.

After six rounds leaders are teams Russia and Ukraine with 10 match points each; China is two points behind them.

Round 7th pairings are:

Men:
Egypt – Belarus, Turkey – USA, Ukraine – India, Russia – China, Norway – Poland

Women:
Egypt – Ukraine, Russia – Poland, China – India, Vietnam – USA, Azerbaijan – Georgia.

Official website of the Championship: http://ugra2017.fide.com
Photos: http://ugra2017.fide.com/r/photo/
Videos: http://ugra2017.fide.com/r/video-en/

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Round 5: Team Russia Spends Free Day as a Leader.

Russia and Ukraine are ahead in the women’s tournament.

On June 21, the games of the 5th round of the World Chess Team Championships were played in Khanty-Mansiysk.

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In the men’s championship team Russia defeated Norway 3:1 (winners were Nikita Vitiugov and Vladimir Fedoseev).

Polish team beat Ukraine by the same score. Winning points were supplied by Radoslaw Wojtaszek and Grzegorz Gajewski.

India won their match against Egypt by a slim margin. Point-winner was Baskaran Adhiban.

All the games of the match Turkey – China ended in draws.

Another tied match was USA vs. Belarus.

After 5 rounds the leader is team Russia with 8 matchpoints. One step behind them are China and Poland.

In the women’s tournament teams Russia and USA were tied; all four games ended in draws.

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Another tie took place in the match Poland vs. Ukraine. Anna Ushenina’s defeat on the first board was compensated by Nataliya Buksa’s victory on the board 4.

China smashed Georgia by the score 3.5 to 0.5.

Azerbaijan lost to Vietnam 1.5 to 2.5.

India defeated Egypt 3:1. The star of the loser team was Shrook Wafa who had won her game against Dronavalli Harika.

As before, the leaders are Russia and Ukraine with 8 matchpoints each. India trails them by a point.

Thursday, June 22 is a free day on both championships.

6th round pairings are:

Men:
Belarus – Norway, Poland – Russia, China – Ukraine, India –Turkey, USA – Egypt

Women:
Ukraine – Azerbaijan, Georgia – Vietnam, USA – China, India – Russia, Poland – Egypt.

Pictures: http://ugra2017.fide.com/2017/06/21/round-5/ 
Videos: http://ugra2017.fide.com/r/video-en/

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Round 4: Russia and China Lead a Tournament Race on the World Team Championship

Russia and Ukraine are at the top of the women’s competition table.

On June 20, the games of the 4th Round of the World Chess Team Championships were played in Khanty-Mansiysk.

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In the men’s event Russia beat Belarus 3:1 (the winners were Ian Nepomniachtchi and Maksim Matlakov).

China blew out Egypt 3.5 to 0.5; Yu Yangyi, Wei Yi and Li Chao scored.

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Team Turkey created another sensation: they defeated leaders from Poland by a slim margin. In the only decisive game Emre Can outplayed Mateusz Bartel.

Ukrainians beat Norway; winning points were supplied by Alexander Moiseenko and Martyn Kravtsiv.

India defeated team USA by a big score (the winners were Baskaran Adhiban, Krishnan Sasikiran and Parimarjan Negi, while Santosh Vidit drew).

After four rounds the leaders are Russia and China with 7 match points each; Turkey and Poland trail by one step.

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The winner of the pivotal confrontation Georgia vs. Russia was the “home team” with the score 2.5 to 1.5. Scorers were Alexandra Kosteniuk and Ekaterina Lagno, Aleksandra Goryachkina drew and Valentina Gunina lost her game.

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Ukraine defeated Vietnam 3:1; winning points were supplied by Anna Ushenina and Nataliya Buksa.

India won their match against Poland 2.5 to 1.5 thanks to Padmini Rout’s victory.

Team USA outplayed Egypt 3.5 to 0.5.

Team Azerbaijan made their supporters’ day once again by tying their match against China.

After four rounds Russia and Ukraine have 7 match points each, with India trailing by two points.

Fifth round pairings are:

Men:
USA – Belarus, Egypt – India, Turkey – China, Ukraine – Poland, Russia – Norway

Women:
Poland – Ukraine, Egypt – India, Russia – USA, China – Georgia, Vietnam – Azerbaijan

Official website of the Championship: http://ugra2017.fide.com
Photos: http://ugra2017.fide.com/r/photo/
Videos: http://ugra2017.fide.com/r/video-en/

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Round 3: Poland Leads the World Team Championship

In the women’s tournament Ukraine caught up with Russia.

On June 19, the matches of the 3rd round of the World Team Championships were played in Khanty-Mansiysk.

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In the men’s tournament the leaders, team Poland, defeated Egypt three to one (the winners were Radoslaw Wojtaszek and Jan Krzisztof Duda, the other two games were drawn).

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Russia won the match against Ukraine by a slim margin. The victory was supplied by Jan Nepomniachtchti, who had beaten Anton Korobov on the 2nd board.

Team India defeated Belarus 2.5:1.5. The star of the match was Baskaran Adhiban who won his game against Vladislav Kovalev.

With the same score Turkey beat Norway. The winning point was supplied by Vahap Sanal.

All the games of the match USA vs. China ended in draws.

After 3 rounds team Poland never dropped a single point. Russia and China trail by a matchpoint.

In the women’s championship Russia tied their match against Azerbaijan: Valentina Gunina’ loss on the second board had been balanced out by Olga Girya’s win on the fourth.

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Team Ukraine defeated India; the scorer was Inna Gaponenko.

Match Poland – USA was also tied. The winner for Poland was Klaudia Kulon, and Sabina-Franceska Foisor scored for team USA.

Team China defeated Vietnam 2.5 to 1.5 (Ju Weijun and Lei Tingjie won their games, Guo Qi drew and Tan Zhongyi lost).

Georgians blew out Egypt 4:0.

The leaders after round 3 are Russia and Ukraine with 5 matchpoints each. Georgia and Poland are one step behind them.

Round 4 pairings are:
Men:
Belarus – Russia, Norway – Ukraine, Poland – Turkey, China – Egypt, India – USA

Women:
Ukraine – Vietnam, Azerbaijan – China, Georgia – Russia, USA – Egypt, India – Poland

Official website of the Championship: http://ugra2017.fide.com
Photos: http://ugra2017.fide.com/r/photo/
Videos: http://ugra2017.fide.com/r/video-en/

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China and Poland Lead in the World Championship Race

Russian team heads the table of the women’s tournament.

The second round of the Team World Championships took place in Khanty-Mansiysk on June 18.

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The guest of honor of this round was the Governor of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra Natalya Komarova who, together with FIDE Vice-President Javier Ochoa, gave a start to the women’s match between Russia and Vietnam. After that the head of the Okrug made the first symbolic move in the game Svidler – Solak (Russia vs. Turkey match).

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Following that, the Governor of Ugra Natalya Komarova, President of the Russian Chess Federation, FIDE Vice-President Andrey Filatov, President of Ugra Chess Federation Vasily Filipenko and Director of the Department of Physical Culture and Sports of Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra Igor Gubkin visited the rapid chess tournament held as part of the World Championships.

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In the men’s event team China defeated India 2.5 to 1.5. The scorer for the winners was Yu Yangyi.

The USA lost to Poland by a hair. The winning point was supplied by Radoslaw Wojtaszek who beat Samuel Shankland on the first board.

Norway won against Egypt 2.5 to 1.5 (Frode Urkedal and Johan Salomon won their games, Aryan Tari drew and Lars Hauge lost).

Matches Russia vs. Turkey and Belarus vs. Ukraine were both tied.

After two rounds the leaders are China and Poland. Both teams have 4 match points with Russia trailing by a point.

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In the women’s tournament Russian team beat Vietnam 3:1. The winners were Valentina Gunina and Aleksandra Goryachkina.

Match Ukraine vs. China was tied: Natalia Zhukova’s loss to the World Champion Tan Zhongyi on the second board was balanced out by Inna Gaponenko’s win against Lei Tingjie on the third.

Georgia and Poland were also tied; all the games were scored.

Team India defeated the USA 2.5 to 1.5; the scorer was Tania Suchdev who beat Sabina-Francesca Foisor.

Azerbaijan zipped Egypt 4:0.

After two rounds the Russian team scored maximum number of points with Poland, India and Ukraine trailing by a match point.

Third round pairings are:

Men:
India – Belarus, USA – China, Egypt – Poland, Turkey – Norway, Ukraine – Russia

Women:
India – Ukraine, Poland – USA, Egypt – Georgia, Russia – Azerbaijan, China – Vietnam.

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Round 1 of FIDE World Chess Team Championships was played on June 17 in Khanty-Mansiysk.

A surprising result in the men’s tournament was a draw in the match Turkey vs. Ukraine. In the pivotal confrontation Russian ladies defeated team China.

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The first symbolic move in the starting round of the Women’s Team Championship was made on Alexandra Kosteniuk’s behalf by the Deputy Governor of Ugra Mr. Vsevolod Koltsov. A similar “pawn face-off” in the game between Ian Nepomniachtchi and the Egyptian chess player Hesham Abdelrahman was jointly made by President of Ugra Chess Federation Vasily Filipenko and FIDE Vice-President Javier Ochoa.

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In the men’s tournament team, Russia defeated Egypt 3.5 to 0.5. Scorers were Nikita Vitiugov, Maxim Matlakov and Vladimir Fedoseev; the game between Hesham and Nepomniachtchi was drawn.

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Team China defeated Belarus with the same score (Yu Yangyi, Wei Yi and Li Chao won their games, and Ding Liren drew against Sergey Zhigalko).

Varuzhan Akobian’s victory on the third board helped team USA beat Norway 2.5 to 1.5.

Poland defeated Indian team by a hair (Yan Krzysztof Duda and Kacper Piorun scored for them, Radoslaw Wojtaszek lost and Mateusz Bartel drew).

A surprise of the start was a draw in the match Turkey vs. Ukraine: all four games were drawn.

In the pivotal match of the women’s championship Russia beat China 3 to 1. Alexandra Kosteniuk, Kateryna Lagno and Valentina Gunina scored, and Olga Girya lost her game.

Team Ukraine defeated USA 2.5 to 1.5 (the winning point was supplied by Iulija Osmak on the 4th board).

Polish ladies won their match against Azerbaijan by a big score. The winners for Poland were Monika Socko, Klaudia Kulon and Joanna Majdan.

Team Vietnam defeated Egypt four to nothing.

Match India vs. Georgia was drawn. First and fourth boards exchanged blows: Harika Dronavalli won her game against Nana Dzagnidze and Nino Batsiashvili defeated Vijayalakshmi Subbaraman.

Second round pairings are:

Men:

Belarus – Ukraine, Russia–Turkey, Norway – Egypt, Poland – USA, China – India

Women:

Ukraine – China, Vietnam – Russia, Azerbaijan – Egypt, Georgia – Poland, USA – India.

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The Opening Ceremony for FIDE Open and Women’s World Team Chess Championships took place in the capital of Ugra. For the first time in the history of chess, both events will be held at the same time and in the same place from June 16 to June 27, 2017.

Grand opening ceremony was staged in the CTC “Ugra-Classic” that is already familiar to many chessplayers.

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The official part of the event was opened by Governor of Ugra Ms. Natalya Komarova. First of all, the Head of the region read out the welcome letter of the President of Russian Federation. Siding with Vladimir Putin, she shared the people of Ugra’s feelings about this event: “We host a chess tournament of this level for the first time. The integration of two championships creates fantastic good vibrations for participants, supporters and organizers. We are grateful to FIDE for this decision. I think that you are going to be surprised with our summer that is much warmer than in many European cities of our country. I hope that you will manage to surprise us, your fans, with new combinations, brilliant moves and fine play. Let the strongest win! Welcome to Ugra!”

FIDE Vice-President Boris Kutin also greeted all the teams and their supporters: “I am simply very pleased to say the words “Welcome to Khanty-Mansiysk” because I have already lost count of my visits here. This is a small city with a great heart! Khanty-Mansiysk is a number one city in the world of chess!”

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President of the Russian Chess Federation, FIDE Vice-President Andrey Filatov expressed his gratitude to FIDE, Ugra and personally to Natalya Komarova: “Thank you ever so much! I agree with my colleague Mr. Kutin, for Khanty-Mansiysk is a great heart indeed. Thank you for your hospitality and all this cordiality we have already felt!” Boris Kutin pronounced main words of the night: “I declare the FIDE World Chess Team Championships open!”

A final and most expected moment of the official part was tournament pairing. Actors dressed as shamans of indigenous northern peoples in the course of their mystical dance have passed their main attributes, 10 shaman drums where the numbers were hidden, to other actors dressed as pawns. Then those souls of chess, as chess theoretician Fran?ois-Andr? Philidor used to call them, stood in line waiting to be chosen by a representative of a participating team. The number on the national musical instrument indicated the team’s position in the tournament table.

Teams were arranged as follows:

Open: 1. China, 2. India, 3. USA, 4. Egypt, 5. Turkey, 6. Ukraine, 7. Russia, 8. Norway, 9. Poland, 10. Belarus.

Round 1 pairs:

China – Belarus, India – Poland, USA – Norway, Egypt – Russia, Turkey – Ukraine.

Women: 1. USA, 2. India, 3. Poland, 4. Egypt, 5. Russia, 6. China, 7. Vietnam, 8. Azerbaijan, 9. Georgia, 10. Ukraine.

Round 1 pairs:

USA – Ukraine, India – Georgia, Poland – Azerbaijan, Egypt – Vietnam, Russia – China.

In the final part of the ceremony, the Okrug’s main theater scene was given to professional musicians and dancing groups that presented their colorful numbers.

Let us remind you that first games of the championships will be played on Saturday, June 17, at 15:00.

Official website: ugra2017.fide.com

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Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Paris Grand Chess Tour Blitz Day 5

Monday, June 26th, 2017

The final day of the Paris Grand Chess Tour brought all the drama and excitement that one could have hoped for.

World Champion Magnus Carlsen started and finished the day ahead of the field, but the final standings can’t do justice to the roller coaster ride that was today.

French chess fans were in for a treat as they watched the local hero, Parisian Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, rip through the field to join Carlsen in the playoffs. Unfortunately, the Frenchman came up short but he is still in a good position in the tour and has proved himself to be a remarkable blitz player.

The next stop will be Your Next Move in Leuven, Belgium starting June 28 where Carlsen, Vachier-Lagrave, and So will be joined by Levon Aronian, Viswanathan Anand, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Vladimir Kramnik, Anish Giri, Vassily Ivanchuk and Baadur Jobava.

Right off the bat, Magnus Carlsen stumbled by losing his first round game to Fabiano Caruana, who had a very poor showing in the rapid but started to find his form in the blitz portion. Carlsen went on to win several games in a row, but the most shocking part of his performance was losing three games in a row. This was unprecedented for the World Champion who is known for doing quite the opposite. He ended the tournament with a win over Wesley So, which in his own words, allowed him to “find some life again.”

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave saw Carlsen’s poor performance as an opportunity to pounce and surpassed him after round seventeen. Had he won his final round game against Grischuk, he would have won the event outright. Vachier-Lagrave scored an impressive result of 7/9 without any losses, which was only enough to tie for first with Carlsen.

Vachier-Lagrave and Carlsen met in the playoffs to determine who will get the 12 Grand Chess Tour points. The format of the playoffs was two games of 10 minutes each with a 5 second delay. If that also ended in a tie, the next stage was a 5 minute game with a 3 second delay followed by Armageddon in case that also ended in a tie.

The playoff was a quick one as Carlsen showed off his endgame skills by taking advantage of his opponent’s weaknesses and converting his extra pawn. In the second, he had the black pieces but all the pressure was on his opponent to win the game. Carlsen had the better position but decided to repeat the position and take the draw, winning the event.

The third place finisher was Hikaru Nakamura, who kept pace with Magnus and Vachier-Lagrave for most of the event. His decision in round 16 to under promote to a knight instead of promoting to a queen and forcing a draw cost him the tournament. He came back in the very next round to beat Carlsen, but he was already out of the contention for first place.

Alexander Grischuk and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov started the day in third and fifth place respectively and finished in fourth and fifth. Grischuk started the day strong but was unable to keep up with Vachier-Lagrave’s phenomenal performance. Since both players are wildcards, they are unable to compete for overall Grand Chess Tour standings.

The other notable performance of the tournament was Fabiano Caruana’s strong showing in the blitz. After having the worst performance of his life with 1.5/9 in the rapid, he scored an impressive 11/18, which would have put in contention had he found his form in the first half of the tournament.

 

by Tatev Abrahamyan

All information is available on GrandChessTour.org. 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

 

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