Archive for November, 2017

London Will Host FIDE World Chess Championship Match 2018

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

FIDE World Chess Championship Match 2018

FIDE and World Chess announced that the 2018 World Chess Championship Match will take place in London in November 2018. The world’s most prestigious chess tournament is to be the climax of a season of high-profile activity to extend the sport’s appeal among global audiences – and make 2018 the Year of Chess in the UK.

Taking place from 9-28 November, the 12-game Match will see current World Chess Champion, Norway’s Magnus Carlsen, defend his title against a challenger to be decided at the forthcoming FIDE World Chess Candidates Tournament in March.

The contest consists of 12 games, with every move avidly followed and analyzed by a global audience of hundreds of millions of chess fans.

The last World Championship match, held in New York, in 2016, enjoyed record-breaking coverage with the total audience for the whole event topping 1.5 billion people.

Chess is enjoying increased popularity around the world and is the only game that is pre-downloaded on nearly every new smartphone. Hundreds of millions of games are played over the internet every week, and more people play chess regularly than golf and tennis combined, according to YouGov.

Chess’s celebrity fans include Jay Z, Jude Law, Arnold Schwarzenegger and President Barack Obama.

At 26, Magnus Carlsen has helped transform the profile of chess globally particularly since his crowning moment in the 2016 World Championship Match in New York. Chess is now the most popular computer game in the world, with a huge online audience in the hundreds of millions, that is growing exponentially. Recent developments with virtual reality have enabled chess to stay ahead of the curve and allow its audience to enjoy a rich experience via pay-per-view platforms, and smartphone apps.

All eyes will be on the enigmatic Carlsen as he defends his title. A chess prodigy of exceptional talent, he became a grandmaster in 2004 at the age of just 13 years and 148 days – making him the third-youngest grandmaster in history. He is the highest-rated player in the world and in the history of chess, with a peak rating of 2881 in 2014, and is the subject of the critically acclaimed Netflix documentary “Magnus”.

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Georgios Makropoulos, FIDE Deputy President, says: “FIDE is very pleased to bring the Match to London. We know that this city loves chess, most major newspapers run regular chess columns, and we hope that the fans will love a chance to see the greatest minds in the world fight to the Championship title live.”

Ilya Merenzon, CEO of World Chess, the commercial rights holder to the FIDE Chess Championship cycle, says: “Chess is now one of the world’s most popular computer games, but it has long-standing traditions, and we believe that London is the perfect setting for the next Championship Match. We are transforming the sport and making it modern and hip, but mindful of millennia-old traditions – and we hope to conduct this transformation as gracefully, as London does.”

“And, of course, no one is better to make the first move in the Royal Game as the member of the Royal Family (Congratulations, Prince Harry!),” – adds Merenzon.

World Chess also announced today they are incredibly excited to welcome official partner PhosAgro, the leading chemical company, that has signed a long-term contract with World Chess.

Andrey Guryev, CEO of PhosAgro, Russian Chess Federation Board of Trustees Member, said: “Long-term sponsorship of the World Chess championships, which we signed today, is part of PhosAgro’s established corporate responsibility programme, which supports education, science, medicine and sports. We already sponsored the 2014 World Chess Championship match in Sochi and the 2016 World Chess Championship match in New York and are committed to continue. We are delighted with the choice of the city: London is where tradition and modern technology meet, and this is exactly our vision for the future of chess. Can’t wait to the chess fever to commence in London!”

Leading brands continue to support the Championship cycle and will be represented in the Match: Kaspersky Lab as World Chess and FIDE Official Cybersecurity Partner; S.T. Dupont as Official Writing Instrument; and Isklar as Official Water.

Eugene Kaspersky, Chairman and CEO of Kaspersky Lab, said: “It makes me proud that, as a partner of FIDE and World Chess, we can support and promote the genius game of chess. It’s an amazing game, where creative thinking meets deep logic and analytical skill: just like in the world of cybersecurity! And that’s why we enjoy supporting the World Chess Championship, and why we’ll continue protecting FIDE, the players, and tournament’s infrastructure in the future.”

Details of ticket pricing and booking will be made available soon, however chess fans can already book online-tickets and start receiving subscriber-only benefits today at

World Chess will provide a free live broadcast of the moves of the Match exclusively on and media partner sites. The premium online broadcast will cost $15 for the Match or $25 for the full year and will include multi-camera video feed, behind-the-scenes access, studio show with expert commentary and special guests, as well as other subscriber-only benefits, such as limited edition merchandise, possibility to ask grandmasters questions during press conferences and more. 10% of all digital tickets will go towards increasing the prize fund for the Match.

The Championship Match will have a prize fund of EUR 1,000,000.

Official hashtag: #LondonPlaysChess.

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Grandmaster Dana Reizniece-Ozola in bid for Eurogroup president

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Latvian Finance Minister and leader of the national women’s chess team GM Dana Reizniece-Ozola applied for the position of Eurogroup president on Thursday, Reuters reported.

The president of the group is referred to as the “President of the eurozone”.

Reizniece-Ozola, 36, is expected to be one of several candidates for the key European post that is being vacated by Dutchman Jeroen Dijsselbloem.

Portuguese Finance Minister Mario Centeno is seen as a leading contender. Slovakia’s Peter Kazimir is also mulling an application, according to sources in Bratislava.

Dana Reizniece-Ozola

Dana Reizniece-Ozola

Reizniece-Ozola is four-times Latvian chess champion and has represented the country in eight Chess Olympiad. In the most recent Olympiad in Baku she defeated the highest rated woman in the world Hou Yifan of China.

The Eurogroup is the recognised collective term for informal meetings of the finance ministers of the eurozone—those member states of the European Union (EU) which have adopted the euro as their official currency.

The group has 19 members. It exercises political control over the currency and related aspects of the EU’s monetary union such as the Stability and Growth Pact.


Interview with GM Vladimir Potkin (Video)

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

By Romualdo Vitale

The 2017 FIDE World Junior and Girls Under 20 chess championship is over and on my way home I’m trying to recollect all the amazing things that happened in these two weeks.

Fideacademy, that kindly invited me as press officer, offered me the possibility to interview GM Vladimir Potkin, one of the coaches of the Russian delegation. I assure you it can be intimidating to have your first interview with such an important player.

Vladimir has been European Individual Champion in 2011, surpassing on tiebreak Wojtaszek, Polgar and Moiseenko. He has worked for a few years with Levon Aronian, helping him to win the Linares International Chess Tournament in 2006, he has been the coach of Ian Nepomniachtchi and he’s been Sergey Karjakin’s second during last year’s World Championship Match against Magnus Carlsen.

Vladimir Potkin

Vladimir Potkin

I’ve prepared for this interview as if I were preparing for a fearsome opponent: I’ve looked up his best games and several Wikipedia pages and articles about him.

Before the interview I tried to make him comfortable by showing him the questions I had written and, to my surprise, he suggested several interesting topics I could add, showing his incredible experience.

What amazed me the most was the professionalism he held throughout the interview and also his friendliness after I showed him the final product.


Win A Ticket To The Bobby Fischer Memorial

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

By playing in the first Chess960 Championship on 4 January 2018 you can win a ticket to the Bobby Fischer Memorial in March in Reykjavik and play in the Chess960 tournament that will be held on Fischer’s birthday.
The Reykjavik Open is…

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London to host Magnus Carlsen’s world chess championship defense in 2018

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Magnus Carlsen will make his third defense of the world chess championship next year in London, which was officially named as the host city for the biennial tournament on Wednesday. The World Chess Federation (Fide) made the announcement at a launch event at Kensington Roof Gardens hosted by Carlsen and former UK chancellor George Osborne. The Norwegian chess champion, who turns 27 on Thursday, will defend his title in the best-of-12-games match from 9-28 November against a challenger to be decided in March at the eight-man Candidates Tournament in Berlin. They will compete for a combined prize fund of €1m ($1.19m), organizers said. “I’m very much looking forward to it,” Carlsen said at Wednesday’s launch event. “I’m looking forward to finding out who my opponent will be and to hopefully be able to bring much joy to …

Source: GameKnot online chess news

European Fischer Random Cup 2018

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

The Icelandic Chess Federation and the European Chess Union are organizing the European Fischer Random Cup 2018 during the Reykjavik Chess Open.

The event will take place on Bobby Fischer’s birthday 9th March at Harpa in Reykjavik.

The tournament is open for everyone, but the highest ranked European player will be European Champion in Fischer Random chess.

The Fischer Random Championship shall be played according to the Swiss System in 9 rounds. Time controls are 10 minutes + 3 second increment per every move.
The FIDE Chess960 Rules will be used. See: (guidelines 2).

Prizes: 1. €2,000, 2. €1,000, 3. €750, 4. €500, 5. €300, 6. €250, 7. €200, 8. €150, 9. €100, 10. €100
The prices are not shared. The European Champion (highest ranked European player) gets an extra price of €1,000.

The Icelandic Chess Federation

Reykjavik Open


2017 Manitoba Junior Championship has been rated by the CFC

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

2017 Manitoba Junior Championship has been rated by the CFC

Please see the crosstable here:

Yanyu achieved a new peak high established rating: 1341

Source: Chess Manitoba

December 2017 FIDE Rating List

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

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FIDE publishes December 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

Pro Blitz Cup (live games and video)

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

The fifth edition of the Pro-Biz Cup will take place on Thursday 30 November hosted by DeepMind at Google HQ in King’s Cross, London.

As part of the London Chess Classic, the Pro-Biz Cup brings leading business minds and the world’s leading Grandmasters together in a fun knock-out tournament to raise money for the UK charity, Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC).


1. Demis Hassabis & Mickey Adams
2. Chris Flowers & Magnus Carlsen
3. Justin Baptie & Levon Aronian
4. Terry Chapman & Garry Kasparov
5. Lee Green & Hikaru Nakamura
6. Rajko Vujatovic & Ian Nepomniachtchi
7. Ali Mortazavi & Dave Norwood
8. Gilles Betthauser & Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

Game Format

8 team Swiss tournament, three rounds. Scoring 2-1-0.

Rapid chess: 20 minutes for all moves + 5 seconds increment per move.

The pro makes the first move, no conferring.

Time Outs. Two one-minute time outs will be permitted per game. The team will need to signal to the arbiter that you wish to confer and time outs can only be called when it’s your move. Either player can call a time out. The clocks will be stopped during your time out. After two time outs – no further consultation is permitted. The team that calls the time out remains at the board the other team leaves.

In the event of a tie after three rounds a Blitz game between the amateurs will determine the winner of the competition. If the play-off game is a draw then the GM and amateurs from opposing teams will play each other and the team to checkmate in the least number of moves wins!

Pro Blitz Cup part of London Chess Classic 2017

Live games with analysis of the London Chess Classic will be daily on Chessdom with the best chess software competing in the Top Chess Engine Championship – Komodo, Houdini, and Stockfish. Video stream will also be provided by the organizers, while you can watch the event while chatting to top chess experts at this TCEC section


London Chess Classic 2017 LIVE!

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

The ninth London Chess Classic 2017, which kicks off at the DeepMind Google HQ on 1 December 2017 and continues at the Olympia Conference Centre from 3 to 11 December 2017, is the concluding leg of the 2017 Grand Chess Tour and features a prize fund of $300,000. Heading a stellar field is the world champion Magnus Carlsen.

Live games with analysis will be daily on Chessdom with the best chess software competing in the Top Chess Engine Championship – Komodo, Houdini, and Stockfish. Video stream will also be provided by the organizers, while you can watch the event while chatting to top chess experts at this TCEC section

The London Chess Classic starts a fantastic chess year for the city of London. Previously it was leaked that the World Chess Championship 2018 is in London and now it has been confirmed.

London Chess Classic 2017 live: Video + analysis / Live boards + analysis + chat / Live with standings

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