Archive for July, 2017

On Chess : St. Louis to host chess legends in 2 tournaments

Monday, July 31st, 2017

The biggest chess event in the United States will fittingly be hosted in the chess capital of the nation. The Sinquefield Cup, which is the third leg of the Grand Chess Tour, will take place Aug. 2-12 at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. The top chess players in the world will compete for $300,000 in prize money, tour points and the coveted title of the 2017 Sinquefield Cup Champion. As was the case last year, the Sinquefield Cup will be the first classical event of the tour, meaning that the time controls will be longer. A special treat for the fans will be the presence of Magnus Carlsen, the No. 1 chess player in the world. He was unable to complete in the tour last year and participated in only the first two events in Europe. Unsurprisingly, the world chess champion is leading the tour with 25 points, seven points ahead of …

Source: GameKnot online chess news

FIDE World Cup 2017

Monday, July 31st, 2017

On July 27, at 15.00, a press conference on Chess World Cup was held at the “Amphitheater” foyer of “The Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi”.

Tbilisi Mayor Davit Narmania, First Deputy Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Akaki Lodia, Director of Organizing Committee of the 2018 World Chess Olympiad and President of European Chess Union Zurab Azmaiparashvili, President of Georgian Chess Federation Giorgi Giorgadze and Director of “Socar Georgia Petrolium” Levan Giorgadze spoke about the importance of the Chess World Cup, the preparation and the participants of the tournament.

World Cup press conference

It was noted that the World Chess Champion participates in the tournament for the first time in the history of the Chess World Cup. Full list below.

The main event of the 2017 FIDE calendar – Chess World Cup – will bring 128 chess players from 48 countries in Tbilisi. The top-fifteen chess players of the FIDE rating-list participate in the tournament.

World Chess Cup is held in the framework of project “Check in Georgia Sport”.

Matches will be held in the hotel “Hualing“.

Final is presented by “The Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi“.

FIDE World Cup is presented by SOCAR Energy Georgia.

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Participants of the FIDE World Cup 2017:

a) World Champion and World Cup 2015 semi-finalists
01. M. Carlsen (NOR)
02. S. Karjakin (RUS)
03. P. Svidler (RUS)
04. P. Eljanov (UKR)
05. A. Giri (NED)

b) Junior World Champions 2015 & 2016:
06. M. A. Antipov (RUS)
07. J. Xiong (USA)

c) From FIDE Rating List, 18 players, average 2/2016 up to 1/2017:
08. F. Caruana (USA) 2807.91
09. V. Kramnik (RUS) 2807.58
10. M. Vachier-Lagrave (FRA) 2799.50
11. L. Aronian (ARM) 2789.33
12. H. Nakamura (USA) 2786.25
13. Wesley So (USA) 2781.41
14. V. Anand (IND) 2774.33
15. Ding Liren (CHN) 2767.66
16. P. Harikrishna (IND) 2760.50
17. S. Mamedyarov (AZE) 2757.08
18. A. Grischuk (RUS) 2749.33
19. Li Chao (CHN) 2744.33
20. M. Adams (ENG) 2736.08
21. D. Andreikin (RUS) 2734.75
22. B. Gelfand (ISR) 2734.41
23. Yu Yangyi (CHN) 2732.50
24. I. Nepomniachtchi (RUS) 2732.33
25. R. Rapport (HUN) 2729.50
26. E. Tomashevsky (RUS) 2724.25

d) 46 players from European Championships 2016 & 2017
27. E. Inarkiev (RUS) 2016
28. I. Kovalenko (LAT) 2016
29. B. Jobava (GEO) 2016
30. D. Navara (CZE) 2016
31. F. Vallejo Pons (ESP) 2016
32. R. Wojtaszek (POL) 2016
33. K. Piorun (POL) 2016
34. L. Fressinet (FRA) 2016
35. A. Goganov (RUS) 2016
36. D. Dubov (RUS) 2016
37. N. Vitiugov (RUS) 2016
38. I. Cheparinov (BUL) 2016
39. E. Najer (RUS) 2016
40. R. Hovhannisyan (ARM) 2016
41. S. Zhigalko (BLR) 2016
42. M. Palac (CRO) 2016
43. I. Salgado Lopez (ESP) 2016
44. A. Dreev (RUS) 2016
45. D. Anton Guijarro (ESP) 2016
46. K. Stupak (BLR) 2016
47. L. D. Nisipeanu (GER) 2016
48. A. Tari (NOR) 2016
49. A. Demchenko (RUS) 2016
50. M. Matlakov (RUS) 2017
51. V. Fedoseev (RUS) 2017
52. D. Fridman (GER) 2017
53. A. Motylev (RUS) 2017
54. J. K. Duda (POL) 2017
55. D. Howell (ENG) 2017
56. M. Kravtsiv (UKR) 2017
57. A. Areshchenko (UKR) 2017
58. M. Bluebaum (GER) 2017
59. B. Grachev (RUS) 2017
60. V. Kunin (GER) 2017
61. B. Bok (NED) 2017
62. G. Jones (ENG) 2017
63. E. Bacrot (FRA) 2017
64. H. Melkumyan (ARM) 2017
65. D. Mastrovasilis (GRE) 2017
66. V. Artemiev (RUS) 2017
67. M. Rodshtein (ISR) 2017
68. A. Aleksandrov (BLR) 2017
69. V. Erdos (HUN) 2017
70. Y. Kuzubov (UKR) 2017
71. L. Lenic (SLO) 2017
72. J. Hjartarson (ISL) Nordic Zonal

e) 20 players from Americas
73. A. Onischuk (USA) Zonal 2.1
74. V. Akobian (USA) Zonal 2.1
75. Y. Zherebukh (USA) Zonal 2.1
76. B. Sambuev (CAN) Zonal 2.2
77. J. Ruiz Castillo (COL) Zonal 2.3
78. Y. Gonzalez Vidal (CUB) Zonal 2.3
79. J. Cori (PER) Zonal 2.4
80. F. El Debs (BRA) Zonal 2.4
81. S. Mareco (ARG) Zonal 2.5
82. L. Krysa (ARG) Zonal 2.5
83. E. Cordova (PER) Continental 2016
84. A. Lenderman (USA) Continental 2016
85. A. Kovalyov (CAN) Continental 2016
86. D. Flores (ARG) Continental 2016
87. S. Sevian (USA) Continental 2017
88. N. Delgado Ramirez (PAR) Continental 2017
89. A. Bachmann (PAR) Continental 2017
90. L. Bruzon (CUB) Continental 2017
91. Y. Bacallao Alonso (CUB) Continental 2017
92. A. Fier (BRA) Continental 2017

f) 20 players from Asia/Oceania
93. Sethuraman S.P. (IND) Continental 2016
94. Le Quang Lie (VIE) Continental 2016
95. Wei Yi (CHN) Continental 2016
96. Murtas Kazhgaleyev (KAZ) Continental 2016
97. Deep Sengupta (IND) Continental 2016
98. Pourramezanali Amirreza (IRI) Zonal 3.1
99. Mollah Abdullah Al Rakib (BAN) Zonal 3.2
100. Yeoh Li Tian (MAS) Zonal 3.3
101. Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son (VIE) Zonal 3.3
102. J. Vakhidov (UZB) Zonal 3.4
103. Muhammad Khusenkhojaev (TJK) Zonal 3.4
104. Liu Guanchu (CHN) Zonal 3.5
105. Dai Changren (CHN) Zonal 3.5
106. Anton Smirnov (AUS) Zonal 3.6
107. Karthikeyan Murali (IND) Zonal 3.7
108. Wang Hao (CHN) Continental 2017
109. Bu Xiangzhi (CHN) Continental 2017
110. Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (IND) Continental 2017
111. Batchuluun Tsegmed (MGL) Continental 2017
112. Sadorra Julio Catalino (PHI) Continental 2017

g) 6 players from Africa
113. M. Haddouche (ALG) Zonal 4.1
114. E. El Gindy (EGY) Zonal 4.2
115. K. Solomon (RSA) Zonal 4.3
116. O. Balogun (NGR) Zonal 4.4
117. Amin Bassem (EGY) Continental 2017
118. D. Cawdery (RSA) Continental 2017

h) 1 ACP Tour Qualifier
119. V. Ivanchuk (UKR)

i) 5 nominees of FIDE
120. R. Ponomariov (UKR)
121. Hou Yifan (CHN)
122. B. Adhiban (IND)
123. K. Kulaots (EST)
124. H. D. Ziska (FAI)

j) 4 nominees of the local Organising Committee
125. L. Pantsulaia (GEO)
126. T. Radjabov (AZE)
127. M. Mchedlishvili (GEO)
128. N. Dzagnidze (GEO)

Total = 128 players

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August 2017 FIDE Rating List

Monday, July 31st, 2017

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FIDE publishes August 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.

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

A broad cooperation within FIDE

Monday, July 31st, 2017

A venture crowned with success was the initiative of The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, to organise the Match of the Millenials: USA vs. the World, in cooperation with FIDE, the U.S. Chess Federation, the Kasparov Chess Foundation and FIDE Trainer’s Commission.

FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos and Continental President for America Jorge Vega were invited to the Saint Louis Chess Centre for the first time by the organisers. They were impressed by the excellent, modern and multifunctional facilities of the Saint Louis Chess Campus which include the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, the World Chess Hall of Fame, the Q Boutique and Kingside Diner.

The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL)

The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL)

During the first rounds of the games, Mr. Makropoulos and Mr. Vega had a meeting with Rex Sinquefield, co-founder of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis and Michael Khodarkovsky, Delegate of the U.S. Chess Federation and President of the Kasparov Chess Foundation. They thoroughly discussed the prospect for further cooperation in the near future.

In the course of the Opening Ceremony of the event, Mr. Vega who was representing FIDE thanked Mr. Sinquefield and Saint Louis Chess Club for this initiative and also thanked all sponsors of the match, telling that a new horizon has opened for chess in the Americas.
Moreover, Garry Kasparov in a Press Conference that he gave, also stated that “It’s a beginning of new relations with the World Chess Federation”, a comment which was published on chess24.com.

FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos believes that it is necessary today for all major chess federations and significant organisers to collaborate with FIDE in realising events and championships of global scale and prestige.

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A broad cooperation within FIDE

Monday, July 31st, 2017

official logo

A broad cooperation within FIDE

A venture crowned with success was the initiative of The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, to organise the Match of the Millenials: USA vs. the World, in cooperation with FIDE, the U.S. Chess Federation, the Kasparov Chess Foundation and FIDE Trainer’s Commission. FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos and Continental President for America Jorge Vega were invited to the Saint Louis Chess Centre for the first time by the organisers. They were impressed by the excellent, modern and multifunctional facilities of the Saint Louis Chess Campus which include the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, the World Chess Hall of Fame, the Q Boutique and Kingside Diner.

During the first rounds of the games, Mr. Makropoulos and Mr. Vega had a meeting with Rex Sinquefield, co-founder of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis and Michael Khodarkovsky, Delegate of the U.S. Chess Federation and President of the Kasparov Chess Foundation. They thoroughly discussed the prospect for further cooperation in the near future.

In the course of the Opening Ceremony of the event, Mr. Vega who was representing FIDE thanked Mr. Sinquefield and Saint Louis Chess Club for this initiative and also thanked all sponsors of the match, telling that a new horizon has opened for chess in the Americas. Moreover, Garry Kasparov in a Press Conference that he gave, also stated that “It’s a beginning of new relations with the World Chess Federation”, a comment which was published on chess24.com.

FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos believes that it is necessary today for all major chess federations and significant organisers to collaborate with FIDE in realising events and championships of global scale and prestige.

Official organiser website

Kasparov opens USA vs. World match in St. Louis

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Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Ivanchuk – Wei Yi and Van Foreest-Adhiban matches in Hoogeveen

Monday, July 31st, 2017

hoogeveenmatches2017The legendary Vassily Ivanchuk will meet the young star Wei Yi in Hoogeveen in a match that will take place 21-26 October, 2017. The Ukrainian Vasily Ivanchuk has been a world leader for thirty years and still regularly raises the crowd with his peculiar behavior and brilliant findings on the board. The 18-year-old Wei Yi has been seen as a possible successor to world champion Magnus Carlsen for several years and has already won several major tournaments.

Parallel to the Ivanchuk – Wei Yi match, we will see Van Foreest – Adhiban. On the same days an Open tournament and two amateur tournaments will take place, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. Find more information on Schaaksite.nl and follow the games live on Chessdom and on the ChessArena android application for mobile phones.

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Erfurt International Chess Women Open LIVE!

Monday, July 31st, 2017

The International Chess Women’s Open is taking place from 31 July to 4 August 2017 in Erfurt, Germany. Top players are IM Vijayalakshmi, WGM Majdan, WGM Hejazipour, WGM Doluhanova, WGM Rapport, WGM Berzina, WIM Khomeriki, WGM Strutinskaia, WIM Fuchs, WIM Olsarova, WIM Havlikova, etc.

Follow the event on Chessdom and on the ChessArena android application for mobile phones.

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British Chess Championship 2017 LIVE!

Monday, July 31st, 2017

The British Chess Championship 2017 is taking place in Llandudno, Wales, July 29 – August 6. It feature GM David Howell, GM Gawain Jones, GM Luke McShane, GM Gawain Jones, GM Jonathan Hawkins, GM Nicolas Pert, IM James Adair, GM Mark Hebden, GM John Emms, IM Yang-Fan Zhou, IM Ameet Ghasi, GM Daniel Gormally, IM Lawrence Trent, GM Simon Williams, etc.

Live games with analysis will be daily on Chessdom and you can follow the event on the ChessArena android application for mobile phones.

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FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos is visiting Egypt

Sunday, July 30th, 2017

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FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos is visiting Egypt to attend the African Clubs Champions CUP held in Cairo by the Egyptian Chess Federation and the Eastern Company.
Mr. Makropoulos inagurated the fifth round by playing the first move of the Equity Bank team and Eastern Company match.
Mr. Makropoulos made a short speech and thanked the Egyptian Chess Federation for hosting the first edition of the African Clubs Championship. He appreciated the efforts of Dr. Hesham Elgendy, President of Egyptian Chess Federation and FIDE EB member.
Mr. Makropoulos also had successful meetings with African delegates as he confirmed that strong chess clubs and the FIDE Chess in Schools programme will help promote chess in Africa.

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Meeting with African delegates

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Lichess game from 2017 03 22 – Pawn Race in the rook endgame

Saturday, July 29th, 2017

Online game played on my phone; for analysis – see https://lichess.org/eODwgzVonWbL

Source: chessblogger

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