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Titled Players: Win A Trip To Play Isle Of Man

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

Besides our regular prize fund, there’s something very special to win in our next Titled Tuesday tournament, on Tuesday, June 5: The best male and best female player will earn an expenses-paid spot in the Chess.com Isle of Man International. …

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TCEC Premier Division – the battle for the top begins

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

TCEC Season 12 graphic by Santiago Mendez

TCEC Season 12 graphic by Santiago Mendez (click image for full size)

TCEC Premier Division – the strongest round robin championship for chess software – is going to start this Wednesday, May 23rd, at 20:00 CET. The eight strongest computer chess programs in the world with over 3300 ELO will compete in the 12th edition of the highest division of the Top Chess Engine Championship.

TCEC Premier Division consists of the 6 engines that qualified from Season 11 plus the top 2 engines from First Division. This year we will see the reigning champion Stockfish, as well Houdini, Komodo, Fire, Chiron, Andscacs, Ginkgo, and Jonny. The event is a 8x round robin (224 games) which runs 24/7 until all games have been played. One game is played at a time – the next one starts automatically. The top 2 engines will qualify for the Superfinal, where the champion of Season 12 will be determined in a traditional 100 games match of classical chess.

TCEC official website / TCEC on Twitch / Facebook page / Full information on Season 12

TCEC Premier Division participants

Ginkgo and Jonny are the newcomers to TCEC Premier Division. They promoted from First Division after a fierce fight with Fizbo, Booot, Laser and Fritz. Ginkgo has a new version and the update includes tablebases support. Other engines that come with new versions this season are Stockfish, Komodo, Chiron, and Andscacs. The benchmark of this season – the engine to which other engines progress will be tracked – is Houdini, which will still participate with its champion version from Season 10.

It is expected that the average ELO added per engine is around 30 points, which makes this season’s Premier Division the strongest 8 player round robin in history.

Follow the games on the official website

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Srinath Narayanan wins Kolkata Open 2018

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

Kolkata OpenThe 3rd Kolkata International Grandmaster Open Chess Tournament was held from 14 to 22 May in Kolkata.
Venue was The New Town School. Tournament was organised by Dibyendu Barua and Allsport Foundation.
200 players took part in the tournament.
After 9 rounds, the winner is GM Srinath Narayanan, who drew in the last round against GM Sundar M. Shyam and finished with 7,5 points.
Second is GM Chakkravarthy J. Deepan, who won in the last round against GM Deep Sengupta and also made 7,5 points.
Third is GM Nigel Short who only drew his last two games and finished with 7 points.

Replay the games here

Final standings

1 Narayanan Srinath 7,5
2 Deepan Chakkravarthy J. 7,5
3 Short Nigel D 7
4 Shyam Sundar M. 7
5 Erigaisi Arjun 7
6 Harsha Bharathakoti 7
7 Tukhaev Adam 6,5
8 Rozum Ivan 6,5
9 Burmakin Vladimir 6,5
10 Amonatov Farrukh 6,5
11 Nihal Sarin 6,5
12 Karthikeyan Murali 6,5
13 Rahman Ziaur 6,5
14 Gupta Abhijeet 6,5
15 Vishnu Prasanna. V 6,5
16 Neverov Valeriy 6,5
17 Nguyen Van Huy 6,5
18 Iniyan P 6,5
19 Sengupta Deep 6
20 Sandipan Chanda 6
21 Lalith Babu M R 6
22 Raghunandan Kaumandur Srihari 6
23 Gukesh D 6
24 Vignesh N R 6
25 Tran Tuan Minh 6
26 Ravi Teja S. 6
27 Nguyen Phuoc Tam 6
28 Neelash Saha 6
29 Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. 6
30 Kaustuv Kundu 6
31 Swapnil S. Dhopade 6
32 Das Sayantan 5,5
33 Nitin S. 5,5
34 Neelotpal Das 5,5
35 Rajdeep Sarkar 5,5
36 Sangma Rahul 5,5
Sahoo Utkal Ranjan 5,5
38 Rathnakaran K. 5,5
39 Koustav Chatterjee 5,5
40 Shyaamnikhil P 5,5
41 Khusenkhojaev Muhammad 5,5
42 Manigandan S S 5,5
43 Rahul Srivatshav P 5,5
44 Laxman R.R. 5,5
45 Sundararajan Kidambi 5,5
46 Jubin Jimmy 5,5
47 Sai Vishwesh.C 5,5
48 Tran Minh Thang 5,5
49 Krishna C R G 5,5
50 Wagh Suyog 5,5
51 Sidhant Mohapatra 5,5
52 Konguvel Ponnuswamy 5,5
53 Rajesh V A V 5,5
54 Aronyak Ghosh 5,5
55 Saravana Krishnan P. 5
56 Patil Pratik 5
57 Srijit Paul 5
58 Kushagra Mohan 5
59 Senthil Maran K 5
60 Vaishali R 5
61 Aradhya Garg 5
62 Kulkarni Vinayak 5
63 Sekar B 5
64 Aaryan Varshney 5
65 Saurabh Anand 5
66 Manik Mikulas 5
67 Mendonca Leon Luke 5
68 Navalgund Niranjan 5
69 Ajay Karthikeyan 5
70 Islam Kh. Aminul 5
71 Gomes Mary Ann 5
72 Alan Diviya Raj 5
73 Deviatkin Andrei 5
74 Aditya Mittal 5
75 Thipsay Praveen M 5
76 Roy Chowdhury Saptarshi 5
77 Ashwath R. 5
78 Abu Sufian Shakil 5
79 Shelke Sankarsha 5
80 Arya Bhakta 5
81 Mitrabha Guha 5
82 Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad 5
83 Mohammad Minhaz Uddin 5
84 Deshpande Aniruddha 5
85 Om Kharola 5
86 Ojas Kulkarni 4,5
87 Ziatdinov Raset 4,5
88 Arjun Kalyan 4,5
89 Suvrajit Saha 4,5
90 Nandhidhaa Pv 4,5
91 Balasubramaniam H 4,5
92 Gajwa Ankit 4,5
93 Raja Rithvik R 4,5
94 Subhayan Kundu 4,5
95 Priyanka Nutakki 4,5
96 Baivab Mishra 4,5
97 Dixit Nikhil 4,5
98 Lokesh N. 4,5
99 Jayakumaar S 4,5
100 Mohota Nisha 4,5
101 Tiwari Arjun 4,5
102 Kunal M. 4,5
103 Bharath Subramaniyam H 4,5
104 Harshavardhan G B 4,5
105 Arpan Das (Jr) 4,5
106 Santu Mondal 4,5
107 Bhambure Shantanu 4,5
108 Hari Madhavan N B 4,5
109 Panda Sambit 4,5
110 Pruthu Deshpande 4,5
111 Arindam Mukherjee 4,5
112 Rajarshi Dutta 4,5
113 Mohite Ranveer 4,5
114 Thipsay Bagyashree Sathe 4,5
115 Bidhar Rutumbara 4,5
116 Gusain Himal 4,5
117 Mullick Raahil 4,5
118 Vatsal Singhania 4,5
119 Manish Anto Cristiano F 4,5
120 Prasad Devaki V 4
121 Anand Nadar 4
122 Rahman Syed Mahfuzur 4
123 Siva Mahadevan 4
124 Ahmed Sk. Nasir 4
125 Krishnater Kushager 4
126 Pranav V 4
127 Samant Aditya S 4
128 Mahitosh Dey 4
129 Utsab Chatterjee 4
130 Goswami Vedant 4
131 Mahindrakar Indrajeet 4
132 Nayak Rajesh 4
133 Jain Nityata 4
134 Jaeel Atharva 4
135 Jeet Jain 4
136 Gandhi Anish 4
137 S M Sharon 4
138 Rakshitta Ravi 4
139 Siddharth Sabharishankar 4
140 Dileep Kumar R 4
141 Makhija Aashna 4
142 Kumar Gaurav 4
143 Lakshmi C 4
144 Mohammad Fahad Rahman 3,5
145 Anustoop Biswas 3,5
146 Nitin Shankar Madhu 3,5
147 Kishan Gangolli 3,5
148 Arpita Mukherjee 3,5
149 Arpan Das 3,5
150 Kavinda Akila 3,5
151 Soham Datar 3,5
152 Matta Vinay Kumar 3,5
153 Mehdi Hasan Parag 3,5
154 Sonkalan Bharati 3,5
155 Chowdhury Sohel 3,5
156 Shahil Dey 3,5
157 Shah Rishab 3,5
158 Suvradeepta Das 3,5
159 Harshita Guddanti 3,5
160 Didwania Vishal 3,5
161 Lama Surbir 3,5
162 Sa Kannan 3,5
163 Khan Mokaddesur Rahman 3,5
164 Polakhare Aryan 3,5
165 Mrudul Dehankar 3,5
166 Tarun V Kanth 3,5
167 Hari Suresh 3
168 Jennitha Anto K. 3
169 Pranav Shetty 3
170 Ghosh Chanchal Kumer 3
171 Anisuzzaman Jewel 3
172 Rathore Sonakshi 3
173 Vinay Thomas Abraham 3
174 Chandreyee Hajra 3
175 Soundarya Kumar Pradhan 3
176 Souhardo Basak 3
177 Harshini A 3
178 Zia Tahsin Tajwar 3
179 Wairagade Khush 3
180 Samrat Ghorai 3
181 Kiran Manisha Mohanty 3
182 Vantika Agrawal 2,5
183 Krithigga K 2,5
184 Arka Sengupta 2,5
185 Saksham Rautela 2,5
186 Deepthamsh Reddy. M 2,5
187 Aryan B Joshi 2,5
188 Makwana Ashvin K 2,5
189 Siddharth Jagadeesh 2
190 Shrutarshi Ray 2
191 Acosta Mariano 2
192 Godbole Atharva 2
193 Sandip Dey 2
194 Harshit Arya 2
195 Hamid Rani 2
196 Dahal Sushrut 1
197 Palit Somak 0,5
198 Deota Snehil S 0
199 Skurygin Anton 0

More live chess Mongolian Championship 2018
/Summer Chess Classic – Group A /Romanian Championship 2018

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FIDE Treasurer’s Letter

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018
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FIDEs Treasurer letter 22.05.2018

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Iva Videnova wins Tournament of the Champions

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

tournament of the championsThe “Tournament of the Champions” was a 10-player round-robin tournament which took place from 14-21 May 2018 in Pleven, Bulgaria.
All the strongest Bulgarian women have played, except Antoaneta Stefanova.
IM Iva Videnova took by storm the tournament with 8,5 points out of 9. She gained 27 rating points also.
The competition was for the second place. In the end WGM Adriana Nikolova took it with 6 points and third is the young FM Gabriela Antova with 5,5 points

replay the games here

Final standings

1 Videnova Iva 8,5
2 Nikolova Adriana 6
3 Antova Gabriela 5,5
4 Genova Lyubka 5
5 Raeva Elitsa 4,5
6 Salimova Nurgyul 4,5
7 Radeva Viktoria 4
8 Voiska Margarita 3
9 Velcheva Maria 2,5
10 Gocheva Rumiana 1,5

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Mongolian Women’s Championship

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

Mongolian Nations chess tournamentThe Mongolian Women’s Championship is a 12-player round-robin tournament taking place from 19-27 May 2018 in Arkhangai, Mongolia. Players receive 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes to the end of the game, plus a 30-second increment starting from move one.

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 Summer Chess Classic – Group A /Romanian Championship 2018 /Kolkata International Grandmaster Open tournament 2018

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Mongolian Championship

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

First Mongolian Nations Chess TournamentThe Mongolian Championship is a 12-player round-robin tournament taking place from 19-27 May 2018 in Arkhangai, Mongolia. Players receive 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes to the end of the game, plus a 30-second increment starting from move one.

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 chessSummer Chess Classic – Group A /Romanian Championship 2018 /Kolkata International Grandmaster Open tournament 2018

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Mitropa Cup 2018

Monday, May 21st, 2018

panorama The 36th edition of the Mitropa Cup is being held in Isola Capo Rizzuto, Italy, from May 30th to June 9th.
The traditional team event this year brings together 10 nations competing against each other in an Open and a Women section on 4 boards each.
Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland.

The Mitropa Cup is the annual team chess
tournament for national teams from Central Europe. The word Mitropa is a derivative of German
Mittel Europa (Central Europe): MITtel euROPA.
The idea of the Mitropa Cup came from Gertrude Wagner, who wanted to create a chess team
tournament after the example of respective football competition, together with her husband Karl and
the president of the Austrian Chess Federation Kurt Jungwirth were the founders and organizers of
the tournament. The event commenced in 1976: Grtrude will organize the next twenty editons.
The event commenced in 1976 in Innsbruck. Germany, Austria, Yugoslavia, Switzerland,
Italy and Luxembourg participated (Austria and Yugoslavia with two teams). Germany won this
first tournament. On the next year the second edition took place in Bad Kohlgrub, West Germany,
where Austria chalked the trophy.
From 1978 until 1991 West Germany and Yugoslavia dominated the event just to rotate at the
top of the table, with the sole exception of 1982, when France took their first win playing on the
home soil. The list of participating teams was very stable: Yugoslavia, West Germany, France,
Austria, Switzerland, Italy and Luxembourg.
The early 1990s saw major political changes in Central and Eastern Europe, i.e. dissolution of
the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia as well as unification of two German states.
Yugoslavia withdrew from Mitropa Cup in 1991 following factual dissolution of the Yugoslav
federation and the UN embargo imposed on Serbia. The former Yugoslav republics to enter the
competition were Slovenia and Croatia. It must be stressed that team labelled Yugoslavia, who won
the trophy in 1991, comprised of Slovenian players.
Czechoslovakia appeared in 1991 but as soon as the state federation was dissolved two
independent republics, the Czech Republic and Slovakia emerged to join the cup. Another landmark
event was Hungary’s accession in 1990. Luxembourg left the competition in 1990 while the
Netherlands appeared twice: in 1993 and 1995.
Starting from 1995 the Mitropa Cup saw the size extended from 7 to 10 teams.

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Now only ?5 ! Elements of Chess Strategy by Alexei Kosikov

Monday, May 21st, 2018

Elements of Chess Strategy by Alexei Kosikov
A concise guide to goal-orientated chess thinking
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Forming a plan is the most important goal of logical chess thought. Without a good plan, we are reduced to tactical opportunism, rather than harnessing the power of our pieces to achieve specific tasks and make methodical progress towards victory.

However, few chess-players – even those fortunate enough to have a trainer – develop a disciplined approach to planning. In this book, one of the world’s leading chess teachers provides step-by-step guidelines for identifying the features of a position onto which our strategy should be latched. He adopts a thoroughly modern approach, recognizing that the opponent will have his own plans and be attempting to disrupt ours. The effectiveness of Kosikov’s methods – in particular the STEPS algorithm – is shown by his pupils’ over-the-board proficiency.

Having presented the basics of orderly strategic thinking, Kosikov shows them at work in a variety of middlegame and endgame situations, especially the strategic minefield of minor-piece play. Examples are taken from both classic games and modern grandmaster play, together with instructive moments from games by the author’s pupils.

Alexei Kosikov is a chess master from Ukraine who has enjoyed an illustrious career as a chess trainer. He has nurtured a vast array of chess talents, including nine who have achieved grandmaster titles, perhaps most notably Vladimir Baklan and Dmitry Komarov. He has written extensively about chess – and combinations in particular – and was a frequent lecturer at the Yusupov/Dvoretsky elite chess school, to whose training manuals he also contributed.

Download a pdf file with a sample from the book.

ISBN (13 digits): 978-1-906454-24-1, Paperback, 160 pages, Gambit publications

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Sandro Mareco wins Brazil Open – Three Borders

Monday, May 21st, 2018

Aberto-do-Brasil-das-Tr?s-Fronteiras-01-1The Brazil Open – Three Borders was a 9-round Swiss tournament which took place from 16-20 May 2018 in Foz do Igua?u, Brazil. The venue was hotel Da AVM .
97 players took part in the tournament.
It was very competitive and before the last round 9 players were leading with 6 points out of 8.
Three of them managed to win their games. The winner with the best tie-break is GM Sandro Mareco, second is IM Rafael Di Berardino Diego and third is GM Andres Rodriguez Vila, all with 7 points.

Final standings

1 Mareco Sandro 7
2 Di Berardino Diego Rafael 7
3 Rodriguez Vila Andres 7
4 Delgado Ramirez Neuris 6,5
5 Cubas Jose Fernando 6,5
6 Leitao Rafael 6,5
7 Matsuura Everaldo 6,5
8 Sunye Neto Jaime 6,5
9 Mekhitarian Krikor Sevag 6,5
10 Martinez Carlos Alejandro 6
11 Perdomo Leandro 6
12 El Debs Felipe De Cresce 6
13 Barbosa Evandro Amorim 6
14 Donoso Diaz Sebastian 6
15 Oliveira Jonathan De 6
16 Terao Juliana Sayumi 5,5
17 Brito Luismar 5,5
18 Kropff Ricardo 5,5
19 Martins Carlos 5,5
20 Alboredo Julia 5,5
21 Jodorcovsky Werjivker Paulo 5,5
22 Borges Guilherme Deola 5,5
23 Caetano Hugo Zanotti Mendonca 5,5
24 Coppola Claudio 5,5
25 Larrea Manuel 5,5
26 Malbran Guillermo 5,5
27 Gauche Charles 5,5
28 Carvalho Herbert Abreu 5,5
29 Nery Junior Jose Antonio 5,5
30 Aguero Centurio Abel Alejandro 5
31 Matsuura Frederico 5
32 Cruz William Ferreira Da 5
33 Pina Ulises 5
34 Osipi Jair 5
35 Nunes Jr Sidney 5
36 Calcado Acyr Rogerio 5
37 Fernandez Tatiane Cristina Coelho 5
38 Rothebarth Ana Vitoria De Paula 5
39 Ermel Francisco Roberto 5
40 Chang Suzana 5
41 Gatelli Jacson Henrique 5
42 Lahoz Cassiano 5
43 Boabaid Jorge Alberto Duardes 5
44 Silva Janderson Rossi Da 4,5
45 Ferrero Carlos E. 4,5
46 Gamarra Ramon 4,5
47 Urquiza Marcello De Albuquerque 4,5
48 De Arruda Filho Nivaldo Jesus 4,5
49 Acosta Pablo Alejandro 4,5
50 Bassani Jaison Jose 4,5
51 Cordioli Jairo Ribeiro 4,5
52 Canalli Juliano Jose 4,5
53 Guerrero Alvaro 4,5
54 Santos Dwlyan Da Silva 4,5
55 Durante Taina 4,5
56 Zimmermann Kleber Renato P. 4
57 Van Riemsdijk Dirk D. 4
58 Britez G Jorge A 4
59 Pereira Armando Scharlau 4
60 Franco Pinanez Miguel A 4
61 Viaro Baccarin Natalia 4
62 Da Silva Joao Carlos Orguim 4
63 Nobre Jailson Altair Barbosa 4
64 Rodio Julia Brunetto 4
65 De Almeida Guilherme Pereira 4
66 Farhat Mohamed Abdallah 4
67 Jodorcovsky Paulo Leonardo 4
68 Monteiro Daniel Zotelli 4
69 Do Prado Hamilton Mesquita 4
70 Medeiros Thauane Ferreira 3,5
71 Franca Junior Jairo 3,5
72 De Oliveira Francemir Barra 3,5
73 Schultz Rauanda 3,5
74 Bergo Felipe Paulo Guazzi 3,5
75 Azevedo Hugo Daniel De Oliveira 3,5
76 Gomes Marco Tulio Caldeira 3,5
77 Sirahata Hasegava Flavia 3,5
78 Larrea Osvaldo 3,5
79 Vazquez Alejandro 3,5
80 Deus Filho Joaquim De 3
81 Predebon Eduardo Angonesi 3
82 Riquelme Oviedo Fabio 3
83 Born Ary 3
84 De Lima Joel Maximino 3
85 Brandt Ladir Albano Becker 2,5
86 Villasanti Sebastian 2,5
87 Gomes Carlos 2,5
88 Kalb Filho Marcos Rodrigo 2,5
89 Bogado Miguel Alejandro 2,5
90 Arnauts Hachisuca Antonio Marcos Shiro 2,5
91 Cabral Mesquita Jussier 2
92 Franco Jefferson Gregorio 2
93 Gimenez Juan Mateo 2
94 Romero Avalos Monica 2
95 Rios Acosta Facundo 2
96 Vera Dielma Milena 1
97 Damian Luiz Laura de Paula 1

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