Archive for December, 2017

Webster Gorloks Lock Up Another College Title

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

Death. Taxes. Webster.
You can set your calendar by the Pan-Am Intercollegiate Team Championship, literally. For the past five years, the dawning new year has brought Webster University at least a share of first place at the end of the premier o…

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January 2018 FIDE Rating list

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

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FIDE publishes January 2018 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

Vandoeuvre 2018

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

Vandoeuvre Chess Open

The playing hall at the Parc des sports, rue de Gembloux ? Vandoeuvre

The 14th international chess open Vandoeuvre will be held from 2 to 6 January 2018.The venue will be Parc des sports
The tournament id divided in 4 sections and more then 250 players are expected to participate.
The top players will be Sergey Fedorchuk,Maxim Turov,Dmitry Kryavkin,Andrej Sumets etc..
Live game with anasysis will be provided daily with the best chess software competing in the Top Chess Engine Championship – Komodo, Houdini, and Stockfish.

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Carlsen and Dzagnidze are World Blitz Champions!

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

Magnus CarlsenThe King Salman World Blitz Chess Championship concluded today in Riyadh with Magnus Carlsen (Norway) and Nana Dzagnidze (Georgia) emerging convincing champions of their respective section.

After the first day of the championship Magnus Carlsen trailed full two points behind the leader and 2016 champion Sergey Karjakin. However, the impressive winning streak on the second day, where he conceded only two draws in ten games, put Carlsen ahead of the field and he secured the title with a round to spare. His total score in the end is 16/21 points.

Point and a half behind the champion are Sergey Karjakin and World Rapid Champion Viswanathan Anand. Karjakin took the silver medal on better tie-break, but the prize money will be shared.

This is Carlsen’s third world blitz title, having previously won in Moscow 2009 and Dubai 2014.

Carlsen stated in an interview with FIDE press officer: “Obviously, I am extremely happy. Yesterday was a difficult day for me, but today everything went beyond expectations. This title means a lot to me, especially after losing that last game from the leading position in the Rapid Championship. So it’s a massive win.”

Nana Dzagnidze repeated the strong performance from the first day of the Women’s Championship, and with Pia Cramling’s misfortune, this was sufficient for the clear first place with 16,5/21 points.

The powerful finish of five straight victories lifted Valentina Gunina to the second place half a point behind the winner.

The rest of the field remained far behind. Ju Wenjun and Kateryna Lagno shared the third place with 14 points each, but the Rapid Champion Ju claimed the bronze in blitz thanks to the superior tie-break.

Dzagnidze said: “It was a very difficult event and this title is very important to me. I am still not aware that I became champion. This was my dream.”

Dzagnidze is reigning European champion in classical chess.

All videos and interviews are available here.

The 2017 King Salman World Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships were held from 26-30th December in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, with 238 world’s top players competing for the prestigious titles and 2,000,000 USD prize fund.

Official website / Photo gallery / Results, Standings, Pairings


Day 1

Karjakin idThe King Salman World Blitz Chess Championship started today at the beautiful Apex Convention Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

A total of 138 players in the Open section and 100 players in the Women’s section are competing in this prestigious event. 11 rounds have been played today.

The defending World Blitz Champion GM Sergey Karjakin (Russia) is on the roll, winning seven games and drawing four, to conclude the day as clear leader on 9/11 points.

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France), who is also blitz specialist, is close behind on 8,5 points. Six players, including three Chinese, are on 8 points each: Peter Svidler, Wang Hao, Ding Liren, Yu Yangyi, Le Quang Liem, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.

After the first round GM Ernesto Inarkiev submitted a complaint regarding the result in his game against Magnus Carlsen. The tournament’s Appeals Committee rejected the claim (ruling attached).

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The claim of an “illegal move”

Having a very low blitz rating, as she herself admitted in an interview, Pia Cramling (Sweden) started the race from the lower bracket of the Women’s competition. This brought her a round 1 loss against the 3rd-seed Valentina Gunina. But from then on, Cramling had a magnificent score of nine wins and only one draw to conclude the first leg with 9,5/11 points.

The nearest followers Nana Dzagnidze and Valentina Gunina are a full point behind.

The remaining 10 rounds will be played on Saturday 30th December.

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Pia Cramling

Yesterday Viswanathan Anand and Ju Wenjun won gold medals in King Salman World Rapid Championship.

Official website / Photo gallery / Results, Standings, Pairings

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Anna Zatonskih, Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant and Martha Fierro resting between the rounds

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GM Salem A.R. Saleh

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Chief arbiter Takis Nikolopoulos announcing the start of the round

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Alexandra Goryachkina, Natalia Zhukova and Nana Dzagnidze

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GM Laurent Fressinet

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Women’s section

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Hotel restaurant photos by Maria Emelianova

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Kind staff of the General Sports Authority

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Arbiters from Estonia and Greece

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Pia Cramling and Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant taking a walk between two rounds

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Chinese players taking a break

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Former world women’s classical champion Zhu Chen

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Fressinet-Aronian

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Natalia Zhukova

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Vassily Ivanchuk checking the screens

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Sanan Sjugirov defeated Magnus Carlsen in round 2

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Valentina Gunina and Monika Socko

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Big screen in the lobby area

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Veteran Vishy Anand secures surprise title at world chess rapids in Riyadh

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

India’s former world chess champion Vishy Anand, now a veteran aged 48, rolled back the years on Thursday at the controversial world rapids in Riyadh. In his youth Anand was the speediest grandmaster on the planet and he produced a vintage performance for the $750,000 15-round, three-day event in scoring 10.5/15 to take the gold medal. His win over Norway’s world No1, Magnus Carlsen, is featured in this week’s puzzle and ultimately proved a decisive moment. In a final tie-break Anand easily defeated Vladimir Fedoseev, a rising Russian star half his age. Carlsen was the hot favourite for the crown, and despite a wobbly start came on strong in the middle rounds to take a clear lead on 9/12. Then he uncharacteristically faded with two nondescript draws and a bad final round loss to Russia’s Alexander Grischuk. Overall, the significant …

Source: GameKnot online chess news

Carlsen Magnificent On Final Day, Wins World Blitz

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

It took him four days to find his best form, but on Saturday it was there. Magnus Carlsen won the World Blitz Chess Championship with a round to spare.
Later more.

The World Blitz Championship took place December 29-30. It…

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Komodo is 2017 TCEC Blitz Champion

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

Komodo chessThe world’s premier computer chess championship TCEC concluded its 2017 edition. After Houdini won the classical time control title and after Stockfish became rapid champion, now Komodo has conquered the blitz TCEC championship. That makes three different champions in the different categories and time controls of TCEC, to conclude an amazing year for the event.

The fantastic Season 10 was accompanied by the highest ever viewership of the event. It registered double the audience of previous season, while the creation of the Twitch TV channel added 750 000 views in 1,5 months.

The next season starts this January 3rd. It will involve 30 of the strongest computer chess software programs in the world. One more time the engines will be provided with a high quality hardware – a 44 cores server. TCEC Season 11 will change to league format, you can find out all details in the press release here and a full participants list here

TCEC Season 10 Blitz standings

1. Komodo 41,5/46 (tiebreak SB 888.25)
2. Stockfish 41,5/46 (tiebreak SB 869.25)
3. Houdini 39,5/46
4. Fire 37,5
5. Chiron 34,0
6. Andscacs 31,5
7. Jonny 26,5
8. Ginkgo 26,0
9. Booot 25,0
10. Gull 24,5
11. Texel 24,0
12. Rybka 23,0
13. Laser 21,0
14. Fizbo 20,5
15. Hannibal 19,5
16. Wasp 19,0
17. Nemorino 17,0
18. Nirvana 16,0
19. Bobcat 15,5
20. Arasan 13,5
21. Fruit 11,0
22. Vajolet 11,0
23. Hakkapeliitta 8,0
24. Gaviota

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Karjakin Leads World Blitz Halfway; Carlsen 2 Points Behind

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

Sergey Karjakin is the sole leader at the World Blitz Chess Championship in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Like last year, the defending champion scored 9/11 on the first day. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave is in second place with 8.5 points while M…

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Karjakin, Cramling lead in King Salman World Blitz Chess Championship

Friday, December 29th, 2017

Karjakin idThe King Salman World Blitz Chess Championship started today at the beautiful Apex Convention Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

A total of 138 players in the Open section and 100 players in the Women’s section are competing in this prestigious event. 11 rounds have been played today.

The defending World Blitz Champion GM Sergey Karjakin (Russia) is on the roll, winning seven games and drawing four, to conclude the day as clear leader on 9/11 points.

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France), who is also blitz specialist, is close behind on 8,5 points. Six players, including three Chinese, are on 8 points each: Peter Svidler, Wang Hao, Ding Liren, Yu Yangyi, Le Quang Liem, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.

After the first round GM Ernesto Inarkiev submitted a complaint regarding the result in his game against Magnus Carlsen. The tournament’s Appeals Committee rejected the claim (ruling attached).

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The claim of an “illegal move”

Having a very low blitz rating, as she herself admitted in an interview, Pia Cramling (Sweden) started the competition from the lower braket of the Women’s competition. This brought her a round 1 loss against the 3rd-seed Valentina Gunina. But from then on, Cramling had a magnificent score of nine wins and only one draw to conclude the first leg with 9,5/11 points.

The nearest followers Nana Dzagnidze and Valentina Gunina are a full point behind.

The remaining 10 rounds will be played on Saturday 30th December.

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Pia Cramling

Yesterday Viswanathan Anand and Ju Wenjun won gold medals in King Salman World Rapid Championship.

Official website / Photo gallery / Results, Standings, Pairings

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Anna Zatonskih, Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant and Martha Fierro resting between the rounds

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GM Salem A.R. Saleh

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Chief arbiter Takis Nikolopoulos announcing the start of the round

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Alexandra Goryachkina, Natalia Zhukova and Nana Dzagnidze

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GM Laurent Fressinet

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Women’s section

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Kind staff of the General Sports Authority

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Arbiters from Estonia and Greece

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Former world women’s classical champion Zhu Chen

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Fressinet-Aronian

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Natalia Zhukova

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Vassily Ivanchuk checking the screens

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Sanan Sjugirov defeated Magnus Carlsen in round 2

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Valentina Gunina and Monika Socko

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Big screen in the lobby area

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Karjakin Leads World Blitz; Carlsen 2 Points Behind At Half

Friday, December 29th, 2017

Sergey Karjakin is the sole leader at the World Blitz Chess Championship in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Like last year, the defending champion scored 9/11 on the first day. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave is in second place with 8.5 points while M…

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