Archive for August, 2017

MVL Overwhelms Xiong In Speed Chess Champs

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

The closest match featuring a speed chess qualifier turned into a route in the second half. World junior champion, Jeffery Xiong, actually took the lead in this tight match as late as game 14, but that seemed to serve only to awaken the “Lyon Beas…

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European Youth Chess Championship starting soon

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

1121 young players coming from 46 European federations registered for the European Youth Chess Championship 2017 which takes place in Mamaia, Romania, from 4th-15th September.

The Championship will be played in 6 age categories: U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18, boys and girls separately. The top three players in each group will be awarded cups and medals while the first five players will be awarded cups, diplomas and valuable prizes. Each participant will receive presents.

The total amount of all prizes and presents will be 40.000 EUR at the minimum.

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Mamaia

The tournament will be played according to the Swiss System in 9 rounds, with time control 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move one.

Besides the chess events for participants, the organizers have provided accompanying persons with an opportunity to participate in the FIDE Trainers Seminar which will be held during the Championship and chaired by GM Adrian Mikhalchishin, FIDE Senior Trainer and FIDE Trainers’ Commission Chairman.

The official venue of European Youth Chess Championship will be Mamaia Expozitional Center, where all the tournament halls will be situated.

Mamaia Expo Center

Mamaia Expo Center

The event is organized by the Romanian Chess Federation and “Mind Games&Events” Sports Association under the auspices of European Chess Union.

Tournament office

Participants can get all necessary information on the official tournament website www.ecuyouth2017.ro or by mail: ecuyouth2017@yahoo.com
Tournament Director: IO Elena Cristian +40 723 309 101
Romanian Chess Federation / Vladimir Danilov, Secretary General: +40 745 009 623

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MVL Dominates 2nd Half; Overwhelms Xiong

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

The closest match featuring a speed chess qualifier turned into a route in the second half. World junior champion, Jeffery Xiong, actually took the lead in this tight match as late as game 14, but that seemed to serve only to awaken the “Lyon Beas…

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Chess titans gather in Tbilisi for 2017 FIDE World Cup

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Almost every elite chess player is heading for the Georgian capital of Tbilisi for the FIDE World Cup, a 128 player knockout with a $1,280,000 prize fund (?998,000) that qualifies two players for the Candidates tournament next year which decides who will be Magnus Carlsen’s next challenger. Play begins on Sunday. For the first time, England has three representatives, with Michael Adams qualifying on rating while David Howell and Gawain Jones made it through after fine performances at the European Individual Chess Championships at Minsk in June. Each first round match is the best of two Classical chess games with Rapid tie breaks followed by Blitz if required. Each round is played over three days. The 2015 World Cup final was one of the most dramatic chess matches in recent times. Peter Svidler eventually lost to …

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CHESS Magazine – September 2017: Gawain Again!

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

CHESS Magazine – September 2017
Gawain Again!

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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:

  • Personal Bests – Wojtaszek triumphed at Dortmund and MVL shone in St. Louis
  • Radjabov Returns – Steve Giddins on a small upset at the Geneva Grand Prix
  • Keeping up with the Joneses – Gawain Jones won an enthralling speed play-off in Llandudno
  • Making Your Own Fortune – Craig Hanley certainly made the most of his return to the board
  • Best of British – Luke McShane & Gawain Jones on their best games from the British
  • A Close-Run Thing – Roger Emerson reports on the hard-fought British Over-65s
  • That Missed Draw – Jonathan Speelman spotted a draw in a famous bishop endgame
  • Forgetting Our Intention – Amatzia Avni on a peculiar type of error and how to avoid it
  • Falling Into It – Matthew Lunn on why we might want to fall into an opening trap
  • Which World Champion Are You? – Like many, Milos Pavlovic has his favourite world champion

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

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The titans gather

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

ALMOST every elite player is heading for the Georgian capital of Tbilisi for the FIDE World Cup, a 128-player knockout with a $1,280,000 prize fund (?998,000) that qualifies two players for the Candidates tournament in 2018 that will decide who will be Magnus Carlsen’s next challenger. Play begins on Sunday and can be followed live on the usual portals.

For the first time, England has three representatives, with Michael Adams qualifying on rating, while David Howell and Gawain Jones made it through after fine performances at the European Individual Championships in June.

The 2015 World Cup final was one of the most dramatic matches in recent times. Peter Svidler eventually lost to Sergey Karjakin in a Blitz tie-break having been 2-0 up in a best of four game match.

Here is game two.

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FIDE World Cup To Start This Weekend

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

The opening ceremony is on Saturday, and on Sunday we’ll see the first games being played. One of the biggest events of the year is about to start: the FIDE World Cup.
A number of players, including the likes of Hikaru Nakamura and Ani…

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September 2017 FIDE Rating List

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

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FIDE publishes September 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

FIDE World Cup starts in Tbilisi

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

The FIDE World Cup will be held from 2nd to 27th of September in Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi, Georgia. The final will take place in the Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi from 23rd till 27th of September.

128 player Knock Out tournament brings together the strongest players in the world, as well as qualifiers from every region of the globe and has an impressive prize fund of 1.6 million US dollars.

Participants include the World Champion and number one in rating list Magnus Carlsen, three former World Champions Viswanathan Anand, Vladimir Kramnik and Ruslan Ponomariov, the winner of the previous World Cup in Baku, Sergey Karjakin. The participation of the 15 top players makes this event the strongest World Cup in history.

There will be also top two women players – the world number one and former Women’s World Champion Hou Yifan and also the number one Georgian woman player and current European woman champion Nana Dzagnidze.

Full list of participants

FIDE World Cup starts soon in Tbilisi

The top two players will qualify for the next FIDE Candidates Tournament which will take place in March 2018 and determine the challenger for the FIDE World Championship match in 2018.

The opening ceremony will take place on 2nd September at 4 pm and the technical meeting at 6 pm at the Funicular restaurant.

The games start at 3 pm local time from 3rd September.

The organizers are FIDE, the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia, the Check In Georgia Sports, the Georgian Chess Federation, Organising Committee of The 2018 World Chess Olympiad and Tbilisi City Hall. The title Sponsor is SOCAR.

The time control for each two-game match is 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move one. If the score is equal there are two rapid chess tiebreak games, played at a rate of 25 minutes for each player with an increment of 10 seconds per move. If the score is still equal then two accelerated games will be played, with a time control of 10 min + 10 sec. If the score is still equal two more games will be played at 5 min + 3 sec. If the winner is still not determined then a final Armageddon game with 5 minutes for White and 4 minutes for Black, with a 3 sec increment after move 60, will be played. In this game Black has draw odds (i.e. he wins if the game is drawn).

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EU Youth Chess Championship ended

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

15th EU Youth Chess Championship took place in Kouty nad Desnou, Czech Republic, from 18th-27th August. The Championship was organized in 4 age categories (U8, U10, U12, U14) for players from EU member countries, from EU candidate countries and from their neighboring countries.

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Fights for winning the EU Youth Chess Championship 2017 culminated on Sunday, August 27th. The last rounds were full of fight and tension.

In category Boys U8 Kamil Warchol (POL) took the first place while in the same category for girls Karin Novomeska (SVK) became the winner. Bartosz Fiszer (POL) became the Champion of EU in category for Boys U10 only player on the Championship with perfect result and all the victories- 9 points out of 9 rounds! Lucia Kapicakova (SVK) won the Championship in category for Girls U10.

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Belgium player Daniel Dardha took the title of EU Youth Chess Champion in section for Boys U12 while for Girls U12 the same title went to Lucia Sevcikova from Slovakia. Polish players dominated in the oldest category U14. The first place for Boys U14 went to Krzystof Szczurek from Poland, while the Champion for girls U14 and the Winner of the whole tournament became Liwia Jarocka, both from Poland.

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Players who took first three places in each of categories received cups and diplomas while each participant of EUYCC got a medal and a T-Shirt with logo of EUYCC. All eight champions EU are leaving Kouty nad Desnou with a notebook! The next five players in each category also got valuable prizes.

The Closing Ceremony was attended  by director of the event Mr. Zdenek Fiala together with the tournament director of ECU Mr. Petr Pisk and director of the hotel Dlouhe Strane Ms. Ivena Svedova who awarded players with cups, medals and valuable prizes.

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The Organizers ensured rich chess and non-chess entertainment, from which all participants could choose simultaneous, chess competitions, social evenings, trips, excursions etc.

Before Sundays finale there was a rematch simultaneous game with IM Pisk. Seven players participated, who had as Petr Pisk 20 minutes on their clocks. The result was 6:1 for IM Pisk. Draws were made by Ida Oztuksavul (TUR) and only six years old Vihan Velagapudi from Finland.

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EU Youth Chess Championship 2017 under the patronage of the ECU was organized by Sachovy klub Svetla nad Sazavou in cooperation with the Czech Chess Federation.

All the games, pairings, results, standings and photo gallery are available on the Official Website of the Championship or here.

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