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White Rook 2018 starting in Dagomys

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

On June 1, 2018, the 49th final tournament of the traditional all-Russian scholastic chess team event Belaya Ladya (also known as White Rook) will start in Dagomys, Sochi.

Since 2015, Belaya Ladya has welcomed teams from foreign countries. This year, more than 100 teams from 78 regions of Russia and 22 countries of the world will take part in the final event.

Apart from schoolchildren from Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, England, Estonia, Greece, India, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Moldavia, Mongolia, Romania, Slovakia, there are also players from the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Kenya, Serbia, Sweden, and Turkmenistan.

White Rook 2018

The organizers of Belaya Ladya are the Russian Chess Federation and Ministry of Sport of the Russian Federation. The competition is also supported by Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation, Renault Russia Company, Federal Grid Company of Unified Energy System (FGC UES), and PhosAgro.

The best foreign players will be given the right to participate in the Aeroflot Open 2019. The best Russian team composed of 5 participants will be presented with a trip to France, thanks to the support of Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation. The team will play a match against the French schoolchildren of the same age.

Founded in 1969, the tournament Belaya Ladya expands every year. More than 50000 schoolchildren under 14 years of age participated in qualification tournaments in all regions of Russia during 2017/2018 academic year.

Belaya Ladya 2018

22 foreign teams, who won schoolchildren’s competitions in their countries, will take part in the final event this year. Let us note that children from 6 countries arrived in Dagomys in 2015, 9 foreign teams participated in the event in 2016, and 17 teams played in 2017.

A team from orphanages and boarding schools is participating in the final competition for the fourth year in a row. Children from the Boarding School №26 from Ryazan Oblast, who won the Ascension tournament (Sochi, 2018), will join other participants in the Belaya Ladya finals. This was made possible by RCF programme aimed at providing chess education to the children growing without parents.

On June 1, the opening ceremony of the tournament will take place in Dagomys. The participants will be entertained by a special programme and a concert of Matvey Glukhovsky (piano) and Irina Matveeva (violin).

The competition will be held according to the Swiss system in 9 rounds. The winners will be announced on June 8.

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Traditionally, a vast cultural and entertaining program will accompany the event. Master classes, lectures, games analysis, mind games, contests, and sport events will be organized. A two-time Russian champion, a three-time Olympic champion Alexander Morozevich, former European champion, coach of the Russian national women’s chess team Evgeniy Najer, and a two-time world champion in chess composition Oleg Pervakov will work with children.

Coaches and pedagogues will be invited to take part in a roundtable discussions which will be held by the RCF Executive Director Mark Glukhovsky and other speakers.

On June 3-6, the all-Russian conference of teachers and pedagogues of additional education, who were taking an active part in the Chess Universal Education in Russia contest, will take place in Dagomys during Belaya Ladya.

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In parallel with Belaya Ladya, the final competition of Chess in Schools project, which is conducted by the Russian Chess Federation together with Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation, will be held. 9 teams from Kemerovo, Novosibirsk, and Pskov regions, Altai Krai, Krasnodar Krai, Zabaykalsky Krai, Chuvashia, Ingushetia, Udmurtia, and will take part in it.

Tournament page

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For reference

Belaya Ladya is an annual All-Russia chess tournament for teams of educational institutions. It was founded in 1969 and is organized by the Russian Chess Federation and the Ministry of Sport of the Russian Federation under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and Science. The tournament is held with the support of the Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation. Eligible for participation are pupils younger than 14. The tournament is held in several rounds; the best teams from the participating regions play the final games. Prior to 1991, Belaya Ladya, along with Leather Ball and Golden Puck, was tremendously popular, and millions of Soviet schoolchildren played qualifying rounds. After the disintegration of the Soviet Union, the tournament took a pause lasting longer than a decade. Belaya Ladya was revived in 2004. The mission of the tournament is to popularize chess among pupils, find talented young players and develop the creative and intellectual capacity of young people.

Russian Chess Federation (RCF) is a public non-profit organization that brings together individuals and chess federations of republics, regions, federal cities, autonomous regions and districts of the Russian Federation. The mission of the Russian Chess Federation is to promote and popularize chess in the Russian Federation. The RCF was founded on 15 February 1992. The RCF organizes the annual All-Russian children’s chess tournament Belaya Ladya, the Championship of Russia and other chess tournaments. In 2012, the RCF launched the “Chess in Museums” program. In 2014, the RCF launched the Chess to Orphanages program. The first competition between teams from orphanages and boarding schools took place in Zhemchuzhina Grand Hotel in Sochi on May 2-9, 2016.

Official website: www.ruchess.ru/en/

Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation is the biggest family charitable foundation in Russia. The family of Elena and Gennady Timchenko has been doing charity both in Russia and abroad for more than 25 years. In 2010, the Timchenkos founded the charitable foundation in order to achieve long-term progress in philanthropy. The Timchenko Foundation focuses on promoting active longevity, developing sports, solving the problem of the social orphanage, and development of the Russian regions by means of culture.

The Foundation supports people who are changing their lives and the World for the better.

Official site – http://timchenkofoundation.org/en/

Renault Russia company, established in 1998, is one of the leaders of Russian automotive industry and one of the major investors into the Russian automotive field (summary investments are more than 1.5 bln euros). The company’s actives include two manufacturing areas: the Moscow factory and the assembly line in Tolyatti (together with the partners of Avtovaz-Renault-Nissan Alliance). A well-developed dealer net, comprised of more than 160 points in Russia, allowes to provide our clients with a permanently high level of service. Since 1998, more than 1.7 million Renault cars have been sold. Renault Russia relies heavily on local manufacturing and produces a wide range of popular models adapted to Russian conditions and possessing good export potential.

Official website: https://www.renault.ru/

PJSC FGC UES (Federal Grid Company of Unified Energy System) – is one of the largest electricity transmission company grid of the world. The Company’s assets include about 143.2 thousand km of transmission lines with capacity up to 1,150 kV (PTL) and 946 substations with more than 347.3 GVA. The company maintains and develops the grid system and supervises grid facilities and infrastructure in 77 Russian regions, covering a territory of 15.1 million square kilometers.

The company is a part of PAO Rosseti, the largest power holding of Russia which owns 80.13% of the company’s shares. The company includes more than 22 thousand of workers. More than 60% of the employees have a higher professional education. Chairman of the Management Board of FGC UES is Andrey Murov.

Since 2016, the company is the general sponsor of the Russian chess national teams.

Official website: http://www.fsk-ees.ru/eng/

PhosAgro is a traditional partner of the Russian Chess Federation. PhosAgro group is an absolute leader in the field of delivery all kinds of fertilizers in the Russian market and is one of the three largest producers of phosphate-based fertilisers in the world.

Its core line of business, including a phosphate raw materials, 39 brands of fertilizers, feed phosphates, ammonia, sodium tripoluphosphate, is used by con-sumers of 100 countries of all inhabited continents. The priority distribution areas, besides Russia and the CIS states, are Latin America countries, Europe and Asia.

The general partner of the Russian Chess Federation since 2010. Andrey A. Guryev, CEO and Chairman of the Management Board of PJSC PhosAgro, is the RCF Vice-President and a member of the RCF Board of Trustees. The company is also a strategic partner of the Russian grandmaster Sergey Karjakin.

Apart from that, PhosAgro supported the Candidates Tournament and will support the World Chess Championship Match, which will take place in London, in November 2018. Both events are included in the World Chess Championship cycle 2017-2018.

PhosAgro sponsored the World Chess Championship Matches in Sochi and New York, where the Russian grandmaster Sergey Karjakin demonstrated a really exciting play. At the same time, the company continues to promote chess in its presence regions by opening chess classes in sponsored schools and kindergartens as well as financing the education and training of chess pedagogues.

Official website: https://www.phosagro.com

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Playing 1.e4: Sicilian Main Lines

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

Playing 1.e4 – Sicilian Main Lines by John Shaw
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In this, the last of three volumes on 1.e4, GM John Shaw completes his state-of-the-art White repertoire by tackling the biggest challenge of all: the main lines of the Sicilian Defence. Just like the other two books in the series, this book is based upon a foundation of tried and tested main lines, boosted by a number of innovative suggestions that will cause no end of trouble to your opponents.

Including the Dragon, Taimanov, Sveshnikov and concluding with the nefarious Najdorf, this book provides everything you need to face all the major Sicilian systems with confidence.

John Shaw is a grandmaster and three-time Scottish Champion.

ISBN: 978-1-78483-072-4/1, Paperback or Hardback, 456 pages, Quality Chess

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Source: The Week in Chess

Commonwealth Chess Championships 2018

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

Commonwealth flagThe All India Chess Federation on behalf of FIDE and Commonwealth Chess Association cordially invite your Federation to participate in the Commonwealth Chess Championship 2018 to be held at Leela Ambience Convention Hotel in New Delhi, India from 25th June to 4th July and organized by Delhi Chess Association.

The tournament will be conducted as per FIDE Laws of Chess and FIDE Swiss System with 9 rounds in Open and 7 rounds in girls category events in all age group. The age category events will be conducted as separate age events for Open & Girls, in case if there are not enough players (10 players minimum), the organizers have the right to merge section.

Time Control: 90 Minutes + 30 sec per move from move number 1.

Total Cash Prizes: Rs. 10,00,000/- (approx USD 15000)

Open (Along with Commonwealth Medals for Open/Women/Senior)
1st Rs.1,50,000/- 2nd Rs.1,25,000/- 3rd Rs.1,00,000/- 4th Rs.70,000/- 5th Rs. 50,000/- 6th Rs. 25,000/- 7th Rs. 20,000/- 8th Rs.18,000/- 9th Rs. 15,000/- 10th Rs. 15,000/- 11th to 15th Rs. 10,000/-each 16th to 25th Rs.5,000/- each
Best Women 1st Rs. 20,000/- 2nd Rs. 15,000/- 3rd Rs.10,000/-
Best Senior(+ 60) 1st Rs. 12,000/- 2nd Rs. 10,000/- 3rd Rs. 7,000/-

Medals: Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be awarded in Open, Women, Senior (Above 60 years), Under-20 (Open and Girls), Under-18 (Open and Girls), Under-16 (Open and Girls), Under-14 (Open and Girls), Under-12 (Open and Girls), Under-10 (Open and Girls), Under-8 (Open and Girls) categories. The medal winners will be referred to as Commonwealth Medalists.

Each Commonwealth country is eligible to field one man, one woman, One Senior (Above-60), one Junior Girl (Under-20), one Junior Open (Under-20) player and one open and girl entries each in under-8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 as official entrants.

Their boarding and lodging will be provided free in star hotel on triple sharing basis. Other entrants will have to pay for the boarding and lodging at $120 (Single) and $ 70 (Double sharing) per day. Please note that, the entry fee has to be paid by everyone unless qualifying for a free entry under the ‘Entry fee’ section.

All Foreign Participants and accompanying persons will have to pay registration 100 euros per head. This will include their transportation from airport and back. All Grandmasters will be provided free accommodation at official hotel.

Mr. AK Verma (Organising Secretary) – +91-9891468906
IM Vishal Sareen (Foreign Players) – +91-9958030007
Mr. MS Gopakumar, IA (Technical Matters) – +91-9986883449
Mr. Jitendra Choudhary, IA (Registration) – +91-8130875063
Mr. Guru Dayal Prajapati, FA (Registration) – +91-9015046005
Secretary, All India Chess Federation indianchessfed@gmail.com
Mr.Bharat Singh Chauhan, President Commonwealth Chess Association bharatsingh64@gmail.com
Email: delhichess64@gmail.com
Web site: www.delhichess.com

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FIDE reports Kirsan Ilyumzhinov to the Ethics Commission

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

FIDE Ethics Commission is apparently set to examine the inclusion of fake person Glen Stark to Kirsan Ilyumzhinov’s ticket for upcoming FIDE elections.

To address inquiries and rumors that have come up in the press, FIDE Deputy President, Mr. Georgios Makropoulos, confirms that pursuant to the authorization provided by the FIDE Presidential Board by virtue of its decision at the 2018 1st Quarter Presidential Board meeting held 6 – 9 April, in Minsk, Belarus, a Report has been submitted to the FIDE Ethics Commission against FIDE President Mr. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov under the provisions of the FIDE Code of Ethics.

FIDE Code of Ethics

The story so far

May 5: Virtual candidate on Kirsan Ilyumzhinov’s ticket?
May 6: The chess world reacts to the Glen Stark case
May 6: Ilyumzhinov gets RCF support / Filatov says support may be revoked if ticket changes
May 8: The largest Norwegian newspaper on the FIDE elections and the Glen Stark affair
May 10: Glen Stark affair is a year long story
May 11: #KirsanGate

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

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June 2018 FIDE Rating List

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

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FIDE publishes June 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

2018 May TNT (Mark Schulman Memorial) has been rated by the CFC

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

See the cross-table here
 http://chess.ca/crosstable?tournament_check_number=201805118

Congratulations to the following who achieved new peak established ratings:

Gustav Baron  2250
Harshani Konara 2000
Carter Marshall 1561

Source: Chess Manitoba

Carlsen Beats Aronian, Expands Lead At Norway Chess

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

Magnus Carlsen increased his lead to a full point with a convincing win over Levon Aronian today. The other four games in round three of the Altibox Norway Chess tournament ended in draws.
More later.

Altibox Norway…

Source: Chess.com – Play. Learn. Share.

Carlsen Beats Aronian, Increases Lead At Norway Chess

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

Magnus Carlsen increased his lead to a full point with a convincing win over Levon Aronian today. The other four games in round three of the Altibox Norway Chess tournament ended in draws.
More later.

Altibox Norway…

Source: Chess.com – Play. Learn. Share.

FIDE reports Mr. Ilyumzhinov to the Ethics Commission

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

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To address inquiries and rumors that have come up in the press, FIDE Deputy President, Mr. Georgios Makropoulos, confirms that pursuant to the authorization provided by the FIDE Presidential Board by virtue of its decision at the 2018 1st Quarter Presidential Board meeting held 6 – 9 April, in Minsk, Belarus, a Report has been submitted to the FIDE Ethics Commission against FIDE President Mr. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov under the provisions of the FIDE Code of Ethics.

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Alex Shimanov wins Chicago open 2018

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

Westin Chicago North Shore Hotel in Wheeling

Westin Chicago North Shore Hotel in Wheeling

The 27th Annual Chicago Open was held over Memorial Day weekend from May 24-28, 2018, at the Westin Chicago North Shore Hotel, 601 North Milwaukee Ave, Wheeling, Illinois.
The event had 8 sections: Open, Under 2300, Under 2100, Under 1900, Under 1700, Under 1500, Under 1300 and Under 1000.
128 players took part in the Open tournament. After 9 rounds 3 players have finished with 7 points.
The winner is GM Alex Shimanov with best tie-break.
Second is GM Andrey Stukopin and third is GM Awonder Liang.

In the Open Section GM norms were achieved by IM Safal Bora and IM Dionisio Aldama, while IM norms were achieved by FM Matthew Larson, Tianqi Wang, FM Sam Schmakel and FM Ben Li.

Final standings top 20

1 GM Alex Shimanov 2625 7.0
2 GM Andrey Stukopin 2580 7.0
3 GM Awonder Liang 2561 7.0
4 GM Anton Kovalyov 2660 6.5
5 GM Samuel Sevian 2613 6.5
6 GM Alexander Shabalov 2564 6.5
7 GM Sergei Azarov 2560 6.5
8 IM Dionisio Aldama 2432 6.5
9 GM Vasif Durarbayli 2618
10 GM Kamil Dragun 2591
11 GM Ruifeng Li 2587
12 GM Vladimir Belous
13 GM Hovhannes Gabuzyan 2542
14 GM Cemil Can Ali Marandi 2521 6.0
15 GM Akshat Chandra 2500 6.0
16 GM Carlos Antonio Hevia Alejano 2489 6.0
17 GM Ashwin Jayaram 2483 6.0
18 FM Sam A Schmakel 2428 6.0
19 IM Aleksandr Ostrovskiy 2401 6.0
20 IM Safal Bora

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