Archive for October, 2017

European Teams: Hungary Shocks Russia

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

Russia was the leader after three rounds, but today lost its first match at the European Team Championship in Greece to Hungary, which is now tied for first place with Armenia and Croatia.
As it was based on just three individual board victories…

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State Museum of Political History of Russia to host Russian Superfinals

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

The Superfinals of 70th Russian men’s championship and 67th Russian women’s championship will take place on December 2-15 at the State Museum of Political History of Russia (2-4, Kuybysheva St., Saint Petersburg).

The organizers are the Russian Chess Federation, Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation, the State Museum of Political History of Russia, Chess Federation of Saint Petersburg, and Sports Committee of Saint Petersburg. The competition is also supported by Renault Russia Company, Federal Grid Company of Unified Energy System (FGC UES), and PhosAgro. Logistics partner of the Russian Chess Federation is Russian Post.

The tournament is a part of the Chess in Museums program, carried out by the RCF together with Timchenko Foundation since 2012. During this period, a number of high-level chess competitions were organized in museums: World Chess Championship 2012 took place in the Tretyakov Gallery, Alekhine Memorial – in Louvre (Paris) and Russian Museum (St. Petersburg), Russian Superfinals – in Rukavishnikov Estate (Nizhny Novgorod), State Art Museum of Tatarstan (Kazan), and the Novosibirsk State Museum of Local History, all-Russian Higher League competition – in Fort #5 (Kaliningrad), and the 10th Tal Memorial – in the Museum of Russian Impressionism.

State Museum of Political History of Russia

Line-up, men:

Peter Svidler, Vladimir Fedoseev, Maxim Matlakov, Nikita Vitiugov, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Ernesto Inarkiev, Vladimir Malakhov, Daniil Dubov, Alexander Riazantsev, Sanan Sjugirov, Sergey Volkov, and Evgeny Romanov.

Line-up, women:

Olga Girya, Valentina Gunina, Aleksandra Goryachkina, Natalija Pogonina, Alina Kashlinskaya, Alisa Galliamova, Anastasia Bodnaruk, Marina Nechaeva, Ekaterina Kovalevskaya, Polina Shuvalova, Evgenija Ovod, and Oksana Gritsayeva.

Total prize fund is 9,000,000 roubles.

Besides, the winners of men’s and women’s tournaments will also receive a special prize – a four-wheel-drive crossover Renault Kaptur. On May 31, 2016, Renault Russia company signed a partnership deal with the RCF. The papers were signed by Andrey Pankov, General Director of Renault Russia, and RCF President, Head Coach of the Russia men’s national chess team Andrey Filatov. According to the deal, Renault Kaptur became an official car of the Russian Chess Federation.

The tournaments are round-robin events with 11 rounds. Time control: 90 minutes for 40 moves + 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30 seconds increment for every move played starting from the move one. Chief arbiter is IA Igor Bolotinsky (Saint Petersburg).

Schedule. Opening ceremony: December 2. Playing days: December 3-7 and 9-14, rest day – December 8. Rounds start at 3 p.m., the last round begins at 1 p.m. Closing ceremony will start in 40 minutes after the end of the last game.

On December 8, the participants will give simuls to young chess players. All chess events running under Chess in Museums project feature a special social program for a rest day, which primarily aims at children. Master-classes and simultaneous displays give chess fans a chance to meet their heroes in person, test their own chess ability, and sometimes even defeat a renowned grandmaster.

Press accreditation: Press officer of the Russian Chess Federation Eteri Kublashvili, e-mail


Russia emerged leader in European Team Championship

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

A swift victory by Ian Nepomniachtchi was sufficient for Russia to defeat Czech Republic and assume the leading position in the Open section of the European Team Chess Championship.

The other top matches, Hungary-Netherlands and Croatia-Armenia, were tied without a single decisive game.

Germany ended Italy’s run by beating them 3,5-0,5 and Israel cruised past France 3-1.

European Team Chess Championship - Round 3

Poland’s top board Radoslaw Wojtaszek delivered the crucial point in the match with England by defeating Michael Adams. The remaining games were drawn.

Spain is also celebrating the team leader, the young David Anton, as he evened the result in the clash against heavy favourites from Azerbaijan.

Top round 4 pairings are Russia – Hungary, Germany – Poland, Israel – Croatia and Armenia – Netherlands.

European Team Chess Championship - Round 3

In the Women’s section the defending champion Russia took an early lead against Ukraine thanks to Valentina Gunina’s win on the third board. The other three games were drawn and Russia celebrated overall victory.

Spain crushed Turkey 3,5-0,5, and Georgia beat Hungary 3-1 by taking full points on the lower boards. Poland also signed 3-1 against Israel, the wins coming from the players directing black pieces.

France outplayed Slovenia 2,5-1,5, while Czech Republic and Belarus held the higher rated Germany and Azerbaijan, respectively.

European Team Chess Championship - Round 3

Netherlands took the advantage of the white pieces to defeat Slovakia by 3-1.

Top round 4 pairings are Spain – Poland, Georgia – Russia, Netherlands – Italy and Greece 1 – Armenia.

More information in the relevant sections of the official website.


November 2017 FIDE Rating list

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

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FIDE publishes November 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

Abdusattorov (13) Second Youngest GM In History

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

By securing his third grandmaster norm on Sunday Nodirbek Abdusattorov of Uzbekistan became the second youngest grandmaster in history. Only Sergey Karjakin got the title at a younger age.
Abdusattorov played in the Chigorin Memorial in St …

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Abdusattorov Second Youngest GM In History

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

By securing his third grandmaster norm on Sunday Nodirbek Abdusattorov of Uzbekistan became the second youngest grandmaster in history. Only Sergey Karjakin got the title at a younger age.
Abdusattorov played in the Chigorin Memorial in St …

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Kramnik Nominated as Wild Card Choice to Candidates Tournament

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

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Vladimir Kramnik Nominated as Wild Card Choice to the FIDE World Chess Candidates Tournament

GM Kramnik is the second Russian participant of the qualifier to the 2018 World Chess Championship Match

World Chess, the organizer of the 2018 FIDE World Chess Candidates Tournament, nominated GM Vladimir Kramnik (Russian Federation) as a Wild Card choice for the Candidates Tournament that will take place in Berlin, Germany on March 10 — 28, 2018. World Chess and FIDE have decided to issue its Wild Card nomination before the final leg of the World Chess Grand Prix Series in consideration of the fact that should the Wild Card choice be announced, it might affect the preparation and determination of players who are fighting for the Candidates qualification via the Grand Prix Series.

Ilya Merenzon, World Chess CEO, said: “We believe that inviting Mr. Kramnik to the Candidates will make the Tournament line-up the strongest possible and will ensure the choice of the best challenger to incumbent World Champion, Magnus Carlsen”.

Vladimir Kramnik, 14th World Chess Champion, said: “I’d like to thank everyone who helped my nomination to the Candidates. Usually, the chess world’s attention is drawn to the tournament and taking part in it is a challenge for any grandmaster. I hope to show worthy performance and fight for first prize!”

Andrey Filatov, President of the Russian Chess Federation said: “I am pleased that FIDE and World Chess had selected Kramnik. For over 20 years he is in the top three world’s strongest chess players, and for seven years he’s been the World Champion. Kramnik is extremely popular among chess players and his participation will certainly generate additional attention and drama. Now Russia has at least two players who have a chance to become the challenger to the incumbent World Champion. With a bit of luck, the third contender, Alexander Grischuk, can join them. I very much hope that a Russian chess player will ‘capture Berlin’ and will face Magnus Carlsen in the Match in November of 2018”.

The World Chess Candidates, a dramatic tournament that determines the challenger for the World Chess Championship Match, will take place at K?hlhaus Berlin (Luckenwalder Str. 3, Berlin, Germany) on March 10—28, 2018. The prize fund will total €420,000, or an estimated $500,000 at the current exchange rate. In addition to €420,000, the prize will also include 10% of the pay-per-view revenues from the event.

Tickets (both onsite and online) are available at

Leading brands continue to support the Championship cycle and will be represented in the Candidates Tournament: EG Capital Advisors, an international asset management company, the Official Partner; Kaspersky Lab as World Chess and FIDE Official Cybersecurity Partner; S.T. Dupont as Official Writing Instrument; and Isklar as Official Water.

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

With Only 3 Board Wins Russia Leads European Teams

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Three individual board wins were enough for Russia to grab clear first place at the European Team Championship in Greece, as Hungary-Netherlands and Croatia-Armenia ended in 2-2 and Italy lost to Germany.
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Kramnik On Candidates’ Wild Card: ‘Most Likely My Last Chance’

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Vladimir Kramnik has been selected as the wild card for the 2018 Candidates’ Tournament. This was announced earlier today by Agon/World Chess, the company that organizes tournaments in the world championship cycle.

Update: got in tou…

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CHESS Magazine – November 2017: Aronian Wins FIDE World Cup

Monday, October 30th, 2017

CHESS Magazine – November 2017
Aronian Wins FIDE World Cup


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:

  • 60 Seconds with… Maxime Vachier-Lagrave – The French star would like to see a stable calendar from FIDE
  • And Then There Was One… – 128 players were whittled down to just Levon Aronian in Tbilisi
  • Two Hundred Years… And Counting – Graham Phythian on the commemoration of an important date
  • Magnus, Master of the Manx – Carlsen triumphed in the Isle of Man, watched by John Saunders
  • How to Lose to a 9-Year-Old at Chess – Steve Barrett bemoans having to play so many children
  • Opening Trends – The Catalan Opening has shot up the chart
  • Find the Winning Moves – Some tricky positions from the Isle of Man International
  • Endgame Revision – Can you do the pawnless mates? Cyrus Lakdawala explains if not
  • Studies Winners – The solutions to two of Brian Stephenson’s positions
  • Blasts from the Past – A reminisicing James Essinger presents two games from yesteryear

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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