Archive for February, 2018

March 2018 FIDE Rating List

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

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FIDE publishes March 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.

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Vladislav Kovalev wins Aeroflot 2018

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

AeroflotThe 16th International Chess Festival Aeroflot Chess Open 2018 was held in Moscow from 19 to 28 February.
In the A tournament 92 players took part.
The winner is GM Vladislav Kovalev with 7 points out of 9 who also qualifies for Dortmund supertournament.
He was leading during the whole tournament and with draw in the last round against GM Gabriel Sargissian secured the title.
Second place took GM P.S. Sethuraman with better tie-break from the third GM Dmitry Gordievsky both with 6.5 points. Both players won their last round games with black against GM Victor Bologan and Amin Tabatabaei respectively.

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final standings Aeroflot 2018

1 GM Kovalev Vladislav 7
2 GM Sethuraman S.P. 6,5
3 GM Gordievsky Dmitry 6,5
4 GM Xu Xiangyu 6
5 GM Petrosian Tigran L. 6
6 GM Artemiev Vladislav 6
7 GM Lysyj Igor 6
8 GM Sargissian Gabriel 6
GM Korobov Anton 6
10 GM Mamedov Rauf 6
11 GM Paravyan David 5,5
12 GM Kamsky Gata 5,5
13 GM Alekseenko Kirill 5,5
14 GM Khalifman Alexander 5,5
15 GM Bologan Victor 5,5
16 GM Matlakov Maxim 5,5
17 IM Tabatabaei M.Amin 5,5
18 GM Mareco Sandro 5,5
19 GM Zvjaginsev Vadim 5,5
20 GM Jumabayev Rinat 5,5
21 IM Hakobyan Aram 5
22 GM Andreikin Dmitry 5
23 GM Inarkiev Ernesto 5
24 GM Piorun Kacper 5
25 GM Sasikiran Krishnan 5
26 GM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. 5
27 GM Zhigalko Sergei 5
28 GM Aleksandrov Aleksej 5
29 GM Karthikeyan Murali 5
30 GM Antipov Mikhail Al. 5
31 IM Xu Yi 5
32 GM Chigaev Maksim 5
33 GM Tari Aryan 5
34 IM Gallego Alcaraz Andres Felipe 5
35 GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi 5
36 GM Sjugirov Sanan 5
GM Romanov Evgeny 5
38 GM Indjic Aleksandar 5
39 GM Kobalia Mikhail 5
40 IM Firouzja Alireza 4,5
41 GM Yuffa Daniil 4,5
42 IM Yakubboev Nodirbek 4,5
43 WGM Goryachkina Aleksandra 4,5
44 GM Xu Yinglun 4,5
45 FM Sorokin Aleksey 4,5
46 GM Fedoseev Vladimir 4,5
47 GM Svane Rasmus 4,5
48 GM Oparin Grigoriy 4,5
49 GM Sarana Alexey 4,5
50 GM Aryan Chopra 4,5
51 GM Shevchenko Kirill 4,5
52 GM Predke Alexandr 4,5
53 IM Sychev Klementy 4,5
54 GM Najer Evgeniy 4,5
55 GM Kulaots Kaido 4,5
56 GM Petrosyan Manuel 4
57 FM Esipenko Andrey 4
58 IM Abdusattorov Nodirbek 4
59 GM Maghsoodloo Parham 4
60 IM Praggnanandhaa R 4
61 GM Narayanan.S.L 4
62 IM Lomasov Semen 4
63 GM Bluebaum Matthias 4
64 GM Pichot Alan 4
65 IM Karavade Eesha 4
66 FM Erigaisi Arjun 4
67 IM Raja Harshit 4
68 IM Gholami Aryan 4
69 IM Liu Yan 4
70 GM Wen Yang 4
71 IM Golubov Saveliy 3,5
72 IM Iniyan P 3,5
73 IM Belyakov Bogdan 3,5
74 WGM Pogonina Natalija 3,5
75 GM Martirosyan Haik M. 3,5
76 IM Nihal Sarin 3,5
77 IM Repka Christopher 3,5
78 GM Salomon Johan 3,5
79 GM Mikaelyan Arman 3,5
80 IM Vavulin Maksim 3,5
81 IM Shinkevich Vitaly 3,5
82 IM Abdumalik Zhansaya 3,5
83 IM Sargsyan Shant 3,5
84 IM Pavlov Sergey 3
85 GM Gagare Shardul 3
86 IM Dragnev Valentin 3
87 IM Triapishko Alexandr 3
88 GM Tran Tuan Minh 2,5
89 GM Debashis Das 2,5
90 IM Bellaiche Anthony 2
91 GM Gupta Abhijeet 1,5
92 GM Kotronias Vasilios 1

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Fischer Memorial (Reykjavik Open) Slated For March 6-14

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

Pavel Eljanov (Ukraine), Richard Rapport (Hungary) and Gata Kamsky (USA) are the top seeds at this year’s Reykjavik Open – Bobby Fischer Memorial, to be held March 6-14 in Reykjavik, Iceland.
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Kovalev leading Aeroflot Open after penultimate round

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

Eight rounds of the International chess festival Aeroflot Open 2018 have been played in Moscow. In the main tournament, Vladislav Kovalev (Belarus) defeated Amin Tabatabaei (Iran) to take the sole lead with 6.5 points once again.

Vladislav Artemiev, Igor Lysyj, Dmitry Gordievsky (all from Russia), Tigran L. Petrosian, Gabriel Sargissian (both from Armenia), Victor Bologan (Moldavia), Amin Tabatabaei, S.P. Sethuraman (India), and Anton Korobov (Ukraine) are trailing by one point.

Tabatabaei-Kovalev

Tabatabaei-Kovalev

Photo by Boris Dolmatovsky

Round 9 pairings:

GM Sargissian Gabriel ARM 2677 5? – GM Kovalev Vladislav BLR 2641 6?
GM Artemiev Vladislav RUS 2697 5? – GM Lysyj Igor RUS 2618 5?
GM Petrosian Tigran L. ARM 2589 5? – GM Korobov Anton UKR 2664 5?
GM Bologan Victor MDA 2600 5? – GM Sethuraman S.P. IND 2646 5?
IM Tabatabaei M.Amin IRI 2577 5? – GM Gordievsky Dmitry RUS 2630 5?
GM Mamedov Rauf AZE 2709 5 – GM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. IND 2617 5
GM Jumabayev Rinat KAZ 2614 5 – GM Matlakov Maxim RUS 2709 5
GM Khalifman Alexander RUS 2614 5 – GM Kamsky Gata USA 2677 5
GM Xu Xiangyu CHN 2545 5 – GM Sasikiran Krishnan IND 2671 5
GM Mareco Sandro ARG 2632 5 – GM Alekseenko Kirill RUS 2609 5
GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi IND 2723 4? – GM Aleksandrov Aleksej BLR 2618 4?
GM Kobalia Mikhail RUS 2599 4? – GM Andreikin Dmitry RUS 2712 4?
GM Karthikeyan Murali IND 2585 4? – GM Inarkiev Ernesto RUS 2684 4?
GM Najer Evgeniy RUS 2683 4? – GM Paravyan David RUS 2603 4?
GM Tari Aryan NOR 2597 4? – GM Piorun Kacper POL 2659 4?
GM Zvjaginsev Vadim RUS 2629 4? – GM Yuffa Daniil RUS 2521 4?
IM Xu Yi CHN 2490 4? – GM Zhigalko Sergei BLR 2625 4?
GM Romanov Evgeny RUS 2621 4? – IM Hakobyan Aram ARM 2497 4?
GM Shevchenko Kirill UKR 2538 4 – GM Fedoseev Vladimir RUS 2724 4
GM Sjugirov Sanan RUS 2652 4 – FM Esipenko Andrey RUS 2571 4
GM Chigaev Maksim RUS 2560 4 – GM Bluebaum Matthias GER 2635 4
GM Indjic Aleksandar SRB 2612 4 – GM Petrosyan Manuel ARM 2569 4
GM Aryan Chopra IND 2509 4 – GM Oparin Grigoriy RUS 2607 4
GM Antipov Mikhail Al. RUS 2598 4 – IM Abdusattorov Nodirbek UZB 2516 4
GM Predke Alexandr RUS 2595 4 – WGM Goryachkina Aleksandra RUS 2493 4
IM Gallego Alcaraz Andres Felipe COL 2461 4 – GM Maghsoodloo Parham IRI 2594 4
GM Kulaots Kaido EST 2582 4 – IM Yakubboev Nodirbek UZB 2462 4
GM Wen Yang CHN 2608 3? – IM Praggnanandhaa R IND 2507 3?
GM Salomon Johan NOR 2503 3? – GM Svane Rasmus GER 2586 3?
IM Repka Christopher SVK 2513 3? – GM Sarana Alexey RUS 2577 3?
IM Liu Yan CHN 2476 3? – GM Narayanan.S.L IND 2573 3?
IM Gholami Aryan IRI 2489 3? – GM Pichot Alan ARG 2552 3?
GM Mikaelyan Arman ARM 2486 3? – IM Firouzja Alireza IRI 2549 3?
IM Shinkevich Vitaly RUS 2454 3? – GM Xu Yinglun CHN 2538 3?
IM Nihal Sarin IND 2532 3? – FM Sorokin Aleksey RUS 2511 3?
FM Erigaisi Arjun IND 2458 3? – IM Lomasov Semen RUS 2530 3?
IM Sychev Klementy RUS 2529 3? – IM Iniyan P IND 2460 3?
GM Martirosyan Haik M. ARM 2586 3 – IM Golubov Saveliy RUS 2492 3
IM Vavulin Maksim RUS 2575 3 – IM Belyakov Bogdan RUS 2486 3
IM Karavade Eesha IND 2386 3 – IM Triapishko Alexandr RUS 2530 3
IM Raja Harshit IND 2448 3 – GM Gagare Shardul IND 2494 3
IM Pavlov Sergey UKR 2485 2? – WGM Pogonina Natalija RUS 2478 3
IM Abdumalik Zhansaya KAZ 2449 2? – GM Debashis Das IND 2501 2?
GM Tran Tuan Minh VIE 2522 2? – IM Dragnev Valentin AUT 2461 2
IM Sargsyan Shant ARM 2481 2? – IM Bellaiche Anthony FRA 2485 2

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2018 Spring Chess Classic live

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint LouisThe 2018 Spring Chess Classic is a 10-player round-robin tournament taking place from 6-14 March in the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis, USA. Players receive 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes to the end of the game, with a 30-second increment starting from move one. No draw offers are allowed before move 30.
The 2018 Spring Chess Classic is the first of four tournaments each year featuring international chess professionals. The Spring Chess Classic is comprised of two 10-player Round Robin tournaments. Over the course of 10 days, these competitors will battle for more than $30,000 in prize money and gain valuable experience in top-level events.

Live games with analysis will be provided daily on Chessdom by the best chess software competing in the Top Chess Engine Championship – Komodo, Houdini, and Stockfish.

Pairings round 1

Table White Score Fed. Rating Black Score Fed. Rating Result
1 GM Akobian, Varuzhan USA 2647 - GM Swiercz, Dariusz POL 2654
2 GM Shankland, Samuel USA 2668 - GM Bruzon Batista, Lazaro CUB 2673
3 GM Edouard, Romain FRA 2613 - GM Ganguly, Surya Shekhar IND 2650
4 GM Onischuk, Alexander USA 2681 - GM Ipatov, Alexander TUR 2665
5 GM Zherebukh, Yaroslav USA 2628 - GM Xiong, Jeffery USA 2640

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2018 Spring Chess Classic

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint LouisThe 2018 Spring Chess Classic is a 10-player round-robin tournament taking place from 6-14 March in the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis, USA. Players receive 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes to the end of the game, with a 30-second increment starting from move one. No draw offers are allowed before move 30.
The 2018 Spring Chess Classic is the first of four tournaments each year featuring international chess professionals. The Spring Chess Classic is comprised of two 10-player Round Robin tournaments. Over the course of 10 days, these competitors will battle for more than $30,000 in prize money and gain valuable experience in top-level events.

Live games with analysis will be provided daily on Chessdom by the best chess software competing in the Top Chess Engine Championship – Komodo, Houdini, and Stockfish.

Pairings round 1

Table White Score Fed. Rating Black Score Fed. Rating Result
1 GM Akobian, Varuzhan USA 2647 - GM Swiercz, Dariusz POL 2654
2 GM Shankland, Samuel USA 2668 - GM Bruzon Batista, Lazaro CUB 2673
3 GM Edouard, Romain FRA 2613 - GM Ganguly, Surya Shekhar IND 2650
4 GM Onischuk, Alexander USA 2681 - GM Ipatov, Alexander TUR 2665
5 GM Zherebukh, Yaroslav USA 2628 - GM Xiong, Jeffery USA 2640

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Brazil Open – Po?os de Caldas 2018 live

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

Brazil flagThe Brazil Open – Po?os de Caldas is a 6-round Swiss tournament taking place from 2-4 March 2018. Players receive 90 minutes for the entire game, plus a 30-second increment starting from move one. 110 players are expected to take part.
The top seeded players are GM Sevag Krikor Mekhitarian, GM Amorim Evandro Barbosa, IM Rafael Diego Di Berardino etc…

Live games with analysis will be provided daily on Chessdom by the best chess software competing in the Top Chess Engine Championship – Komodo, Houdini, and Stockfish.

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33rd GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2018 – Bobby Fischer Memorial

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

GAMMA is new sponsor of Reykjavik Open

Agnar T?mas M?ller, Fridrik Olafsson and Gunnar Bj?rnsson

The 33rd GAMMA Reykjavik Open is a 9-round Swiss tournament taking place from 6-14 March 2018. The event gathers together around 250 players, including 2700 players Eljanov and Rapport. The top prize is €5,000. The time control is 90 minutes for 40 moves then 30 minutes to the end of the game, with a 30-second increment from move 1.
The GAMMA Reykjav?k Open 2018 will be a very special event. This time the tournament will be dedicated to the CHESS – KING Bobby Fischer.

An Icelandic citizen in his last years, Robert James Fischer was born on March 9th 1943. That means he would have turned 75 years old during GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2018.

His contributions to chess history will be celebrated during the tournament. Instead of the normal 10 rounds there will be nine rounds this year and a “free day” on March 9th. Then a special event will be organized – a Fischer Random championship with excellent prices. We also promise that all the strongest players in the field will participate and every player in GAMMA Reykjavik Open is invited!

Schedule 2018
The tournament will dedicate other events to Fischer?s chess life in many different ways. There will be lectures, exhibitions and you will get the opportunity to visit the playing hall from 1972, his grave and his favorite restaurant!

The tournament will be held in Harpa, the 28.000 sqm. concert hall and conference center. A truly unique tournament hall – probably the best in the world!

Reykjavik Open has always a very strong field and there will no difference in 2018. Anish Giri was the winner of the 2017 edition but the field included for example Alexei Shirov, Gata Kamsky and Baadur Jobava. In recent years you can find names like Magnus Carlsen, Hou Yifan Fabiano Caruana, Maxime Vachier-Lagreave, Wesley So, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Levon Aronian, Ding Liren and Judit Polgar in the list of players.

Live games with analysis will be provided daily on Chessdom by the best chess software competing in the Top Chess Engine Championship – Komodo, Houdini, and Stockfish.

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GM Alexander Shabalov wins George Washington Open

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

The 3rd Annual George Washington Open was held from February 23-25, 2018, at the Westin Tysons Corner, 7801 Leesburg Pike (VA-7), Falls Church, Virginia.

The event featured five sections: Major, Under 2100, Under 1800, Under 1500 and Under 1200.

The Major section had 44 participants. Grandmaster Alexander Shabalov took a clear first place with 4,5/5 points to earn $1900 top prize.

Alexander Shabalov

Alexander Shabalov (photo still Vimeo)

Major section final standings:

1. GM Alexander Shabalov 2658 PA – 4,5
2-3. GM Sergey Erenburg 2648 PA and GM Elshan Moradiabadi 2613 NC – 4,0
4-10. GM Timur Gareyev 2668 KS, IM David Brodsky 2483 NY, Jennifer Yu 2441 VA, Lev Paciorkowski 2429 NY, Gabriel N Petesch 2423 PA, WGM Sabina-Francesca Foisor 2400 NC and Alex Wang 2218 PA – 3,5 etc

The total prize fund was $15,000.

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6-14 March: Fischer Memorial, a.k.a. Reykjavik Open

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

Pavel Eljanov (Ukraine), Richard Rapport (Hungary) and Gata Kamsky (USA) are the top seeds at this year’s Reykjavik Open – Bobby Fischer Memorial, to be held 6-14 March in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Note that Chess.com will be providing the live broadc…

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