Archive for February, 2018

Accentus Young Masters 2018 live

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

The “Accentus Young Masters 2018” will take place in the historic building “Hotel Schloss” in Bad Ragaz from February 27th to March 8th. In this nine-round invitation tournament, four young Swiss players will meet six strong competitors from five nations. The tournament is supported by the Swiss Chess Federation (SSB) in collaboration with the club Gonzen organized and kindly provided by the Foundation ACCENTUS, fund chess Switzerland.Switzerland

The participants of the “Accentus Young Masters 2018″ come from six different countries. From Switzerland, the Grand Master No?l Studer (Muri BE / 2481 ELO), the two International Champions Oliver Kurmann (Lucerne / 2467) and Gabriel G?hwiler (Neftenbach / 2429) and the 15-year-old Fabian B?nziger (Pf?ffikon SZ / 2373) participate. There are also Nikita Petrov from Russia (2573), from Germany GM Andreas Heimann (2582) and IM Lev Yankelevich (2446), from Italy GM Luca Moroni (2558) from France GM Adrien Demuth (2547) and from Austria IM Georg Fr?wis (2428).

live game with analysis will be provided daily with the best chess software competing in the Top Chess Engine Championship – Komodo, Houdini, and Stockfish.

more live chess/Chilean Championship 2018/Aeroflot Open 2018


Gymnasiade in Marrakech, Morocco

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

ISF, the International School Sport Federation, has organized the Gymnasiade since 1974 and in 2016 added chess to the list of sports included.

Morocco organizes the 17th Gymnasiade, the first to take place on the African continent.

The chess discipline includes two tournaments, one for boys and one for girls. In each case players must have been born in the years 2000-2001-2002.

Gymnasiade Marrakech

So far entries for the chess events include Armenia, China, France, Iran, Morocco, Russia and Ukraine. Chess entries will be accepted until the end of March.

National delegations consist of a maximum of 6 players (maximum 3 boys and/or 3 girls) and 1 coach. Typical cost is €400 per player (2-4 bedded room & coach double room).

National chess federations will need to liaise with the ISF organization in their country ( as it is only that organization which may make the entry. If there is no School Sport Federation in your country, then contact ISF directly.

For more details of requirements for players and teams see Bulletin 1.


100 days until the opening ceremony of the World Team Championship 50+ & 65+ in Germany

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

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100 days until the opening ceremony of the World Team Championship 50+ & 65+ in Germany

It is a great pleasure that 33 teams have definitively registered for the World Team Championship 50+ & 65+ – 100 days before the start of the tournament.

The event will be taking place from the 7th until the 15th of July 2018 in the beautiful city of Radebeul near Dresden and over 100 teams from all over the world are to be expected.

Two teams from Singapore hold the record for the registration encompassing the longest distance. Alongside the Singaporean players teams from Austria, Belgium and Germany have confirmed their participation in the championship.

The list of contestants is led by the team “Lasker Gesellschaft Schachstiftung GK“, made up of 4 grand masters from Germany, with an ELO average of 2519.

Further details can be found on the organizer’s website:

We invite all players, years 50 and up, to join us in the wine metropolis of Radebeul in the summer of 2018.

Tournament hotel of the world Team Championship 50  65 2018  Radisson Blu Parkhotel Radebeul

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Fundamental Chess Tactics

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

Fundamental Chess Tactics by Antonio Gude
A comprehensive guide to tactical ideas – learn how to win material and storm the enemy position!


Paperback, 336 pages

Once a player has learned how the pieces move, the next task is to put them to work – that is, to study tactics. For all players, from beginners to champions, tactical skill is the main component of chess ability. And this skill must be constantly practised and improved.

This book provides a systematic course in chess tactics and hundreds of exercises to sharpen and measure your skills. With Antonio Gude’s assistance, you will understand how the pieces work, so you can carry out your strategic plans and launch devastating attacks. And even in those games where things go wrong, you will always be ready to pounce when given the chance. The book is packed with entertaining and inspiring examples, brought to life with information and stories about some of the more notable figures in chess history.

This is a companion volume to Gude’s much-acclaimed Fundamental Checkmates

Antonio Gude is a well-known chess writer and teacher from Spain who has represented his country in international correspondence chess events. His previous book for Gambit, Fundamental Checkmates, was shortlisted for the English Chess Federation Book of the Year Award.

ISBN (13 digits): 978-1-911465-17-1, Gambit Publications


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Everaldo Matsuura is the winner in CXC Brazil Open

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

Brazil flagThe CXC Brazil Open was a 6-round Swiss tournament which took place from 23-25 February 2018 in Curibita.
108 players took part in the tournament.
The winner is GM Everaldo Matsuura with 5,5 points out of 6. In the last round he made a draw against FM Luciano Souza Adwilhans, which was enough for him to win the tournament.
5 people have made 5 points. Second is IM Rafael Diego Di Berardino and third is FM Alejandro Simon Languidey.

replay the games here

1 Matsuura Everaldo 5,5
2 Di Berardino Diego Rafael 5
3 Languidey Simon Alejandro 5
4 Souza Adwilhans Luciano 5
5 Gauche Charles 5
6 Egoroff Jomar 5
7 De Borba Guilherme 4,5
8 Cruz William Ferreira Da 4,5
9 Brito Luismar 4,5
10 Matsuura Frederico 4,5
11 Deus Filho Joaquim De 4,5
12 Cohen Jaime 4,5
13 Carstens Dobuchak Thiago 4,5
14 Caetano Ryan Wesley Da Costa 4,5
15 Cadilhac Igor Tokuichi Kikuchi 4
16 Da Silva Angelo Luiz 4
17 Chemin Vitorio 4
18 Dias Anderson Tatsch 4
19 Calcado Acyr Rogerio 4
20 Gonzalez Bolivar Ribeiro 4
21 Araujo Adalberto Marcos 4
22 Nicolini Paulo Giovanni De A. 4
23 Boabaid Jorge Alberto Duardes 4
24 Canalli Juliano Jose 4
25 Salustiano Murilo Gimenez 4
26 Acosta Pablo Alejandro 4
27 De Haro Martim Afonso Palma 4
28 Filgueiras Nathan Felipe 3,5
29 Almeida Junior Alvaro Alves De 3,5
30 Ulbrich Fernando Henrique Fo 3,5
31 Pereira Armando Scharlau 3,5
32 De Borba Gabriel 3,5
33 Kruger Israel 3,5
34 De Oliveira Edson Luciani 3,5
35 Silvestre Vitor Iwasse 3,5
36 Correa Jose Augusto 3,5
37 Fier Luciano Dos Santos 3,5
38 Moyses Sobrinho Elias 3,5
39 Bail Ellen Larissa 3,5
40 Da Silva Anderson Lemes 3,5
41 Souza Gustavo Horokoski De 3,5
42 Mello Amanda Carolina De 3,5
43 Bueno Marcos Antonio Ferreira 3,5
44 Chang Suzana 3,5
45 Do Prado Hamilton Mesquita 3,5
46 Moraes Maurino Anastacio De 3
47 Cordioli Jairo Ribeiro 3
48 Barbosa Jefferson Lucas Munhoz 3
49 Salvadego Matheus Henrique De 3
50 Carvalho Isis 3
51 Piccoli Lucas Fonseca 3
52 Silva Janderson Rossi Da 3
53 Prantes Maicon Da Silva 3
54 Santos Renan De Souza 3
55 Caporale Giuseppe Guido 3
56 Martins Arthur Francisco 3
57 Salvadego Erika Giovana De O. 3
58 Dos Anjos Diovana Ferreira 3
59 Bassi Laura Emanuele Poholink 3
60 Carneiro Paulo Irajara Borba 3
61 Doge Gustavo Postein 3
62 Fernandez Tatiane Cristina Co 3
63 Davanso Joao Pedro 3
64 Delgado Lidio Dias 2,5
65 Szuba Joao Gabriel Muniz 2,5
66 Sato Leticia Miho 2,5
67 De Oliveira Carlos Frederico B. 2,5
68 Bernardes Roberto Carlos Strutt 2,5
69 Cezar Ricardo De Almeida 2,5
70 Abilhoa Gustavo Auer 2,5
71 Ibanez Jorge Llivi 2,5
72 Ferraz Dimitri Vinicius Da Si 2,5
73 Santa Isabel Marivaldo Dos Reis 2,5
74 Machado Wesley Henrique 2,5
75 De Oliveira Licio Lopes 2,5
76 Jaruga Rodolfo Brandao De P. 2,5
77 Kassmayer Josef 2,5
78 Furtado Tiago Cicotti 2
79 Araujo Rafael Moreira 2
80 Scardini Leonardo 2
81 Bergo Felipe Paulo Guazzi 2
82 Tasoko Toshinobu 2
83 Haddix Micah Mcclary 2
84 Espindola Carlos Marcelo 2
85 Lahoz Cassiano 2
86 Silva Richard Santana 2
87 Juliatto Clara Machado 2
88 Miranda Soraya Vallim 2
89 Rosa Gabriel Redon 2
Rosa Jefferson Luiz 2
91 Neves Erico Guimaraes 2
92 Mascarello Lucas Landoski 2
93 Bispo Marcia De Lima 2
94 Santos Filho Valter 1,5
95 Martins Lara 1,5
96 Laperuta Renan Portes 1,5
97 Da Silva Marcos Henrique 1,5
98 Raifur Gabriel Henrique Chaves 1,5
99 Xavier Kayo Henrique Campos 1,5
100 Colaco Willian Wagner Soares 1
101 Inocencio Marcos Rogerio 1
102 Rosa Miguel Redon 1
103 Finatto Diogo Alex 1
104 Cavalcanti Wonsovicz De Moraes Ana 1
105 De Oliveira Wythor Rogerio 0,5
106 Rech Vinicius Savaris 0,5
107 De Moura Daniel Cadamuro 0
108 De Moura Sophia Cadamuro 0


Rui Gao is the winner in Cannes 2018

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

Cannes bay32nd International chess open Pierre & Vacances was held from 19 to 25 February in Cannes.
The open will was divided in 3 sections.
In the A tournament they were 82 players.
The winner is GM Rui Gao with 7 points out of 9 and better tie-break from the second GM Jinshi Bai.
There were 5 people with 6,5 points. Third place was for Luca Jr Moroni .


Jennifer Rodriguez Perez is the winner in Paraguayan Women’s Championship 2018

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

Paraguay flagThe Paraguayan Women’s Championship was a 7-round Swiss tournament which took place from 23-26 February 2018 in Luque.
Two players were clearly above the others, WIM Jennifer Rodriguez Perez and WFM Gabriela Vargas. The made draw between each other and won all their games.
So the Championship had to be decided by a blitz match between them.
They drew first 2 games and in the Armageddon Perez made draw with black, which gave her the title.

replay the games here

final standings Paraguay Women Championship

1 Perez Rodriguez Jennifer 6,5
2 Vargas Gabriela 6,5
3 Montiel Caceres Helen 4
4 Ettiene Maciel Erlinne 4
5 Avalos Leticia 4
6 Avalos Rosana 4
7 Carreras Colman Luz Gabriela 4
8 Martinez Ramirez Anahi 3,5
9 Rojas Montserrat 3,5
10 Romero Cantero Florencia 3
11 Zorrilla Videla Maria Valentina 3
12 Arguello Pereira Anna Florencia 3
13 Mayeregger Gonzalez Renata 3
14 Mayeregger Gonzalez Fiorella 2
15 Villalba Diaz Vania 1


Khanim Balajayeva is the winner in Azerbaijan Women’s Championship

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

Baku Chess Palace 2The Azerbaijan Women’s Championship was a 9-round Swiss open which took place in ACF in Baku from 18-26 February.
The leader after 8 rounds Balajayeva made draw with white against Narmin Soyunlu,while WGM Zeinab Mamedjarova,who needed a win lost against Gunay Mammadzada.
So in the end the winner is WFM Khanim Balajayeva with 6,5 points out of 9 with better tie-break from the second WGM Gunay Mammadzada.
Third is IM Gulnar Mammadova with 6 points.

replay the games here

final standings Azerbajdjan Women Championship

1 Balajayeva Khanim 6,5
2 Mammadzada Gunay 6,5
3 Mammadova Gulnar 6
4 Mamedjarova Zeinab 5,5
5 Mamedjarova Turkan 5,5
6 Mammadova Narmin 5,5
7 Hojjatova Aydan 5
8 Fataliyeva Ulviyya 5
9 Ibrahimova Sabina 5
10 Soyunlu Narmin 5
11 Beydullayeva Govhar 4,5
12 Allahverdiyeva Ayan 4,5
13 Ahmadova Irada 4
14 Rzali Sabina 4
15 Mammadova Susan 3,5
16 Heydarova Aytaj 3,5
17 Katanova Aynur 3,5
18 Babayeva Samira 2,5
19 Hajiyeva Laman 2,5
20 Babazade Zhala 2


11th Tal Memorial in Museum of Russian Impressionism

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

The 11th edition of the international tournament named after the 8th World Champion Mikhail Tal will be played in the Museum of Russian Impressionism (Moscow), one of the leading private museums in Russia.

The tournament is a part of the international programme implemented by Russian Chess Federation (RCF) together with the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko since 2012.

The super tournament is organized with support of the Avtodor Group of Companies, the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko, JSC Russian Railways, PhosAgro, Art Russe, and Building and Construction Group of Companies «Don».

Museum of Russian Impressionism

Museum of Russian Impressionism

True chess stars will participate in the 11th Tal Memorial:
Vladimir Kramnik, Alexander Grischuk, Peter Svidler, Sergey Karjakin, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Daniil Dubov (all from Russia), Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan), Hikaru Nakamura (USA), Viswanathan Anand (India), and Boris Gelfand (Israel).

Grandmasters will play 9 rounds in rapid chess and 13 rounds in blitz (both tournaments are round-robin events). Four more participants, whose names will be announced later, will join the blitz tournament, which will take place in the Central Chess Club in Moscow (Gogolevsky Boulevard, 14, bld. 1).

The total prize fund is $150,000.


President of the Russian Chess Federation Andrey Filatov: “The tournament dedicated to the memory of Mikhail Tal, one of the most remarkable Soviet chess players, is always highly expected by the spectators. It is very pleasant to us that the tournament will take place in the Museum of the Russian Impressionism in Moscow for the second time. We are very grateful to our sponsors and Boris Mints, the founder of the Museum, for this unique opportunity and our effective cooperation. Thank to our collaborative effort, the super tournament named after Mikhail Tal has become a bright part of the international programme Chess in Museums”.

Founder of the Museum of the Russian Impressionism Boris Mints: “Tal Memorial is one of the strongest chess tournaments in the world, and it is a great honour for us to host it in the Museum of the Russian Impressionism for the second time. O1 Group actively supports the Russian Chess Federation and the Russian chess players, and contributes to hold tournaments not only in Moscow, but in other countries as well.

It is an important event also from the point of view of developing the Museum as a platform, for initially we were aspiring to make it not only an exhibition space, but also a significant cultural point on the city map, a place for meetings, communication, and launching social projects. Holding chess events in the Museums becomes increasingly popular and attracts many spectators.

I hope that this event will repeat the success of previous projects and will become a real festival for Muscovites and the guests of our city. I am a big fan of chess myself and I am sure that the tournament will attract admirers of this beautiful play, while the youngest spectators will be its future participants. We will do our best to hold the tournament on the highest level possible”.


Pre-start press conference will take place on March 1 at 7:30 p.m., the Opening Ceremony starts at 8 p.m. (Moscow time).

The match days: Rapid – March 2-4 (Museum of the Russian Impressionism, three rounds per day, the games begin at 3 p.m.), blitz – March 5 (Central Chess Club, the games start at 2 p.m.). The Closing Ceremony will be held in the Central Chess Club on March 5 at 7 p.m. (Moscow time).

Address of the Museum of the Russian Impressionism: Leningradsky Prospect, 15, bld. 11; Belorusskaya metro station.

A traditional match Blondes vs. Brunettes will become a part of the Tal Memorial. The encounter of the women’s teams will take place in the Central Chess Club in Moscow on March 4. The match will start at 4 p.m. The teams will be headed by the Russian chess stars Alexandra Kosteniuk and Valentina Gunina.

Please contact the RCF Press Officer Eteri Kublashvili for press credentials



Western Class Championships 2018

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

The 25th Annual Western Class Championships will be held from March 2-4, 2018, at the Airtel Plaza Hotel, 7277 Valjean Ave, Van Nuys, California.

The event has 7 sections: Master, Expert, Class A, Class B, Class C, Class D and Class E. All sections have either 3-day (March 2-4) or 2-day (March 3-4) schedules to play in.

The tournament format is 5-round Swiss with the time control 40/100, SD/30, d10.

The event has a guaranteed $20,000 prize fund. Entry fees range from $123-$140.

Master Section (over 2199): $2000-1000-500-300, clear or tiebreak winner $100 bonus, top U2300 $800-400. FIDE rated.
Expert Section (2000-2199): $1500-700-400-200.
Class A Section (1800-1999/Unr): $1500-700-400-200.
Class B Section (1600-1799/Unr): $1500-700-400-200.
Class C Section (1400-1599/Unr): $1200-600-300-200.
Class D Section (1200-1399/Unr): $1000-500-300-200.
Class E Section (Under 1200/Unr): $600-300-200-100.

Top rated players: GM Robert Aghasaryan 2581, GM Melikset Khachiyan 2572, IM Joshua Sheng 2501, FM Zuhao Luke Li 2410, FM Michael Casella 2328 etc

Airtel Plaza Hotel

Airtel Plaza Hotel