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European Youth Team Chess Championship – Round 3

Monday, August 21st, 2017

Three rounds have been played in the European Youth Team Chess Championship 2017 which started on 16th of August in Rymanow Zdroj, Poland.

40 teams coming from 16 countries participate the Championship which is a new participation record.

European Youth Team Chess Championship - Round 3

A press conference was held before the start of the Championship. It was attended by the representative of the European Chess Union, Mr Adrian Mikhalchishin, President of the Polish Chess Federation, Mr Adam Dzwonkowski, Mayor of Ryman?w, Mr Wojciech Farbaniec, the President of the Board at STOMIL Company in Ryman?w Zdr?j, Ms Agnieszka Fornal-Urban, Polish Team Trainer, Mr Marek Matlak and the Chief Arbiter, Mr Tomasz Delega.

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The Championship has officially started with an Opening ceremony which was held just before the start of the first round. Among the many of the Championship guests at the opening ceremony spoke: Vice-Marshal of the Subcarpathian Voivodeship, Ms Maria Kurowska, the representative of the European Chess Union, Mr Adrian Michalczyszyn, the Vice-Governor of Krosno, Mr Adolf Kasprzyk, the Mayor of Ryman?w, Mr Wojciech Farbaniec, the President of the Polish Chess Federation, Mr Adam Dzwonkowski and the Host of the Championship and the President of the Board at „STOMIL” Company in Ryman?w Zdr?j, Ms Agnieszka Fornal-Urban. The ceremony included a performance by Patrycja Kotarba. The national anthem of Poland and the hymn of the European Chess Union were played. Solemn cut of the ribbon officially started the European Youth Team Chess Championship.

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22 teams participate the Championship in the Open section. After three rounds Croatian team leads with 3 matches won with a minimum result 2.5-1,5. Their current first place is threatened by Germany, who drew in the first round against Moldova.

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In Girls section, the sole leader after three rounds is Ukraine who won all matches with a maximum result 2-0. Slovenia’s second team is currently second and they will play against Ukraine in the 4th round which starts today at 3pm (local time).

The organizers of the Championship provided very nice playing conditions for the participants and impressive live coverage for the observers. All the games are broadcasted live and there is also live commentary. Beside that, a live video from the playing hall is showing the real fighting spirit of the players.

LIVE coverage of the Championship is visible through the ECU website, section LIVE- or here.

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FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar in Panama City – Results

Monday, August 21st, 2017

From 10 to 13 August 2017 a FIDE Arbiters? Seminar was organized in Panama City, Panama, by the Panama Chess Federation and under the auspice of FIDE.

The lecturer was IA Barbara Lopez Chavez Marino (CUB), FIDE Lecturer and Assistant lecturer was FA Roquelina Fandino Reyes (CUB).

The venue of the Seminar was the Continental Hotel, in Panama city

The lectures were given in Spanish language.

Sixteen (16) people from Panama, Mexico, Spain and Cuba participated in the Seminar. All of the participants took an examination test that was held at the end of the lectures.

FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar in Panama City

The following succeeded in the test and will be awarded a norm for the FIDE Arbiter title and after the approval of the next FIDE Congress:

NAME FED.
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Yaleika Chung Hurtado PAN
Gilbert R. Vega PAN
Rafael C?rdova Baule PAN
Adrian Fuentes PAN
Francisco Jim?nez Melguiz ESP
Emilio P?rez Techachal MEX
Yaniet Marrero L?pez CUB

IA Takis Nikolopoulos
Chairman
FIDE Arbiters’ Commission

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FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar in Norfolk, USA – Results

Monday, August 21st, 2017

Official FIDE logoFrom 2 to 4 August 2017 a FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar was organized in Norfolk, Virginia, USA, by the US Chess Federation and under auspices of FIDE.

The Lecturer of the seminar was IA Carol Jarecki (IVB), FIDE Lecturer and Assistant Lecturer was IA Boyd Reed (USA).

The venue of the Seminar was the Sheraton Waterside Hotel in Norfolk.

The lectures were in English language.

Three (3) Arbiters from USA participated in the Seminar and in the examination test, held after the end of the lectures.

The following succeeded in the test and he will be awarded a norm for the title of the FIDE Arbiter, after the approval of the next FIDE Congress:

Scheible, Jack USA 30904366

IA Takis Nikolopoulos
Chairman
FIDE Arbiters’ Commission

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Kasparov’s Ultimate Ending?

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

Septuagenarian Rex Sinquefield, one of the biggest St. Louis Cardinals fans, has seen many of his favorite team’s 11 World Series Game Sevens. Today he got to play one of his own.
With the “Ultimate Moves” team battle knotted at 3-3 between his …

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Lichess game from 2017 03 24 – devastating double attack in Scotch 4 Knights

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

Video of the online game played on my phone;  for analysis – see  https://lichess.org/XLVPc4m0/white

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Kasparov’s Ultimate Ending?

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

Septuagenarian Rex Sinquefield, one of the biggest St. Louis Cardinals fans, has seen many of his favorite team’s 11 World Series Game Sevens. Today he got to play one of his own.
With the “Ultimate Moves” team battle knotted at 3-3 between his …

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Magnus Carlsen holds off Maxime Vachier-Lagrave to keep world No1 spot

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

Magnus Carlsen fought off two challenges to his world No1 ranking at last week’s Sinquefield Cup but gone are the halcyon years when the Norwegian, now 26, outclassed his rivals with rating leads of 50 points or more. At one stage in the elite chess tournament in St Louis Carlsen’s edge had diminished to under 10 points, a slim margin which could have disappeared in a single game, but his second-place finish, coupled with failures by his US rivals Fabiano Caruana and Wesley So, meant the world chess champion slightly increased his advantage over the chess player who is now No2. That player is France’s Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, who like Carlsen was born in 1990, the vintage year for grandmasters. Vachier-Lagrave scored an unbeaten 6/9 and edged out Carlsen by half a point. Their individual game, level for a long time then briefly …

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On 2nd Try, Aronian Gets St. Louis Win

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

In the end, love wins.
On the final day of the St. Louis Rapid and Blitz, when several players brought their families to the tournament hall, GM Levon Aronian had to think about his significant other from afar. 
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Levon Aronian convincing in Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

The fourth leg of the Grand Chess Tour wrapped up in Saint Louis with Levon Aronian dominating the field.

He won the tournament with two rounds to spare and three points ahead of his closest rivals, Sergey Karjakin and Hikaru Nakamura. He collected $37,500 and 13 GCT points and is now in third place overall in the tour standings.

The rapid and blitz portion of the tour are officially over and the last stop will be in London in December where the winner of the entire tour will be determined.

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Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz - Day 5

Levon Aronian

Levon Aronian started the day off slowly by drawing Hikaru Nakamura quickly and then losing to David Navara in the very next game.
This allowed Sergey Karjakin to close the gap to one point, making the race tighter. However, Aronian had a strong showing for the rest of the day, winning four games and drawing three.

His closest competitors were not able to keep up with his powerful play. In the postgame interview, while reflecting on Karjakin’s 8/9 performance yesterday, he joked that he knew that eventually luck would favor him and he would win the event.

As he explained, luck in chess means that sometimes chess players take risks and end up in losing positions and luck is whatever happens in those positions. He was referring to his game against Quang Liem Le today in particular, as his opponent flagged in a much better position.

Of course, it was his superb play and creativity that allowed him to win this prestigious event.

Hikaru Nakamura

Hikaru Nakamura was the one chasing Aronian by two points before the start of the day but was not able to keep pace with the eventual champion. After their quick draw, Nakamura went on to lose three games in the next four rounds.

He did recover by scoring 3.5/4, including a win over his compatriot Fabiano Caruana, but this was only enough for a tie for second place with Sergey Karjakin.

Sergey Karjakin

Sergey Karjakin had one of the most phenomenal results yesterday by scoring 8/9. Had he been able to show the same result today, the tournament would have been his. He started the day by defeating none other than Garry Kasparov and then Leinier Dominguez.

However, repeating his result from yesterday was almost an impossible task and he too lost to David Navara then later on to Hikaru Nakamura, with whom he shared second and third places with.

Ian Nepomniachtchi

Ian Nepomniachtchi started and ended the day in fourth place. His notable wins were against Dominguez and Caruana, while he drew Kasparov and Karjakin.

Fabiano Caruana, Leinier Dominguez, Quang Liem Le

Fabiano Caruana had a horrendous day by scoring 2/9. He beat Viswanathan Anand and David Navara and lost the rest of his games. He tied for fifth place with Leinier Dominguez, who scored 4.5/9. Dominguez beat the two Americans, Caruana and Nakamura, as well as Anand.

Quang Liem Le had a good start with wins over Caruana and Nakamura, but his three draws in the middle of the tournament and the two losses in the last two rounds only allowed him to finish tied with Caruana and Dominguez.

Garry Kasparov

Garry Kasparov lost his first game to Karjakin but scored 5.5 points in the remaining of the games. He defeated Dominguez, Nakamura and Caruana and drew the rest of the field, finishing in 8th place.

Unfortunately, this is the last tournament he intended to play as he expressed no interest in playing any other events in the future.

Viswanathan Anand

The other legendary player of the tournament, Viswanathan Anand, finished in 9th place after only scoring 3.5 points today. His only win was against Nepomniachtchi.

David Navara

David Navara finished in last place but he did have a big effect on the standings as he defeated both Aronian and Karjakin.

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On 2nd Try, Aronian Gets St. Louis Win

Friday, August 18th, 2017

–FLASH REPORT–
In the end, love wins.
On the final day of the St. Louis Rapid and Blitz, when several players brought their families to the tournament hall, GM Levon Aronian had to think about his significant other from afar. 
Wh…

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