Archive for May, 2018

Announcement regarding fake "World Championships"

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

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FIDE has noticed that a private company from Germany, named “Amateur Chess Organisation (ACO)” is advertising events with the misleading name “World Senior Chess Championships” supposed to be held in Crete, Greece in October 2018. These events do not have any official recognition from FIDE. Furthermore, the above mentioned private company is abusing the FIDE ratings and the title “World Championships” to misguide players into believing that these events might be official world championships.

FIDE is the only global organisation recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to hold the World Championships in chess of all categories and age groups. FIDE also informs its national federations and their players that these so called by ACO “World Senior Chess Championships” are not the official FIDE championships and they will not be included in the FIDE rating list.

The only official and real World Senior Chess Championships 2018 are organized this year by FIDE in Slovenia, from 17 to 30 November, and the official website is 

FIDE is obliged to protect all member National Chess Federations and their players from practices of misleading and fake “World Championships”. The relevant FIDE administrative bodies will soon examine the issue in detail and in accordance with the FIDE regulations for the registration and licensing of organisers, players, trainers and arbiters.

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Who Will Qualify For The Speed Chess Championship?

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

The third edition of’s Speed Chess Championship brings back 16 of the world’s best blitz ballers, but only 14 will be invited to the bracket. The remaining two have to earn their way in via two qualifiers.
The Speed Chess season kicks …

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Carlsen Retains Lead After Quick Draws In Norway Chess Round 2

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

It took only 2.5 hours for all games to finish in draws in round two of the Altibox Norway Chess tournament in Stavanger, Norway. Magnus Carlsen retained his half-point lead.
It was one of those days. Almost each round robin tournament has …

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Quick Draws In Altibox Norway Chess Round 2

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

It took only 2.5 hours for all games to finish in draws in round two of the Altibox Norway Chess tournament in Stavanger, Norway. Magnus Carlsen retained his half-point lead.
More later.

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The Arab Chess Federation meeting in Sharjah

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

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FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos was invited to attend the meeting of the Arab Chess Federation and the 23rd International Blitz/Rapid Championship in the UAE. The meeting took place in the Sharjah Cultural and Chess Club with the presence of honorable President of the Arab Chess Federation (ACF) Sheikh Saud Bin Abdulaziz Al Mualla and other distinguished members of the ACF board on 26th of May.

113 players took part in the 23rd Sharjah Rapid international chess championship 2018. Efstratios Grivas from Greece became the winner, while Walter Arencibia Rodriguez from Cuba took silver and Nodirbek Yakubboev from Uzbekistan won bronze medal.

Final Results of Rapid 

Gabriel Sargissian from Armenia won the 23rd Sharjah Blitz international chess championship 2018. Viktor Moskalenko came second and Salem A.R. Saleh from the UAE is on the third place. 131 players took part in the blitz tournament.

Final Results of Blitz 

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From left to right: Sami Khader (Jordan), Fayes al Shammari (Kuwait), Khalid ez Aldeen (Palestine), Dhafer Madhloom (Iraq) and Husan Turdialiev (Uzbekistan) and Brahim bin Jalool (Algeria) and Georgios Makropoulos (Greece) and Sheikh Saud Bin Abdulaziz Al Mualla (UAE), Kholood Al Zarouni (UAE), Anastasia Sorokina (Belarus), Husain Al Shamsi (UAE), Sultan Al Taher (UAE), AL Shadily Al Rahamani (Tunisia), Mohammed Al Husseini (Egypt) and Rajai Al Susi (Palestine).

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Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Carlsen Beats Caruana In Altibox Norway Chess Round 1

Monday, May 28th, 2018

As the only winner of the round, Magnus Carlsen defeated Fabiano Caruana on day one of the Altibox Norway Chess tournament in Stavanger, Norway.
More later.

Altibox Norway Chess 2018 | Round 1 Standings

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Announcement – 2018 Batumi Olympiad registration

Monday, May 28th, 2018

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To All Chess Federations!

We remind Federations that the registration is open from April 23 till July 23, 2018. START REGISTRATION

The questions regarding the registration should be addressed to Ms. Kermen Goryaeva at:

FIDE Secretariat

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Wesley So Wins Norway Chess Opening Blitz

Sunday, May 27th, 2018

Wesley So won the Altibox Norway Chess opening blitz tournament on Sunday in Stavanger. ”Totally unexpected I suppose,” the American GM said himself. “Everyone expected Magnus to dominate again, like last year.”
After a failed cooperation w…

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Norway Chess 2018 LIVE!

Sunday, May 27th, 2018

Altibox Norway ChessNorway Chess 2018 starts with blitz chess matches on May 27th and the last round is June 7th. The 6 first rounds are played at Clarion Hotel Energy before the last 3 rounds, 5th-7th. June is played at Stavanger Concert Hall.

The tournament will boast a fantastic field of players to Altibox Norway Chess 2018!


Magnus Carlsen (Norway)
Shahriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan)
Wesley So (USA)
Levon Aronian (Armenia)
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France)
Hikaru Nakamura (USA)
Fabiano Caruana (USA)
Vishy Anand (India)
Ding Liren (China)
Sergey Karjakin (Russia)

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

This solid field of players confirms once again that Altibox Norway Chess is the world’s strongest 10-person tournament. The tournament concept has been very well received by players, teams, sponsors, press and fans. The international tournament that takes place in Stavanger, Norway each year has earned its high ranked spot on the world-chess map!

Two of the 2018 participants debuts at Altibox Norway Chess. Shahriyar Mamedyarov from Azerbaijan, currently number 2 in the world and Ding Liren from China, who is currently ranked 11th in the world (FIDE).

Replay: Norway Chess 2017

More live chess: TCEC Premier Division / Karpov Poikovsky 2018 / Top 12 French teams / Czech Olympiad team qualification

Altibox Norway Chess 2018 schedule

May 27 – Blitz (Clarion Hotel Energy)

May 28- 1st Round (Clarion Hotel Energy)

May 29th – 2nd round (Clarion Hotel Energy)

May 30th – 3rd round (Clarion Hotel Energy)

May 31 – Day off

June 1 – 4th Round (Clarion Hotel Energy)

June 2 – 5th round (Clarion Hotel Energy)

June 3 – 6th round (Clarion Hotel Energy)

June 4 – Day off

June 5 – 7th round (Stavanger Concert Hall)
Norway Summit (Clarion Hotel Energy)

June 6 – 8th round (Stavanger Concert Hall)

June 7 – 9th round (Stavanger Concert Hall)

June 8 – Tentative Playoff TBA


Tactics in the Schliemann – Training positions – System with 4. Bxc6

Saturday, May 26th, 2018

If you are looking to pick up a new opening for Black against 1.e4, you might be interested in the Schliemann Defence and in the book with a collection of tactics in this opening, it is available both in Kindle and Paperback versions. It is also available on Kobo. The second volume covers combinations in the games played in the repertoire lines and illustrate typical tactical ideas for Black. Here are some sample training exercises that illustrate the combinations in 4.Bxc6 system. Scroll down to see the solutions.



Pinto – Lestao, 2012


Black’s turn

Auschkalnis – Tohidi, 1995


Black’s turn

Hamalainen – Puhakka, 1992


Black’s turn





Pinto, Henriquez Rodrigo – Lestao, Balseiro Adrian, 2012

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. Bxc6 dxc6 5. Nxe5 Qd4 6. Nf3 Qxe4+ 7. Kf1 Bd6 8. d3 Qe7 9. g3 Nf6 10. Kg2 O-O 11. Re1 Qd7 12. Nc3 f4 13. Ng1 f3+ 14. Kh1 Ng4 15. Ne4 Qf5 16. h4


16. … Qxe4 17. dxe4 Nxf2+ 18. Kh2 Nxd1 19. Rxd1 f2 0-1

Auschkalnis, Reinhard – Tohidi, Mehraz, 1995

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. Bxc6 dxc6 5. Qe2 fxe4 6. Qxe4 Bd6 7. d3 Nf6 8. Qe2 O-O 9. O-O Bg4 10. Bg5 Qd7 11. Nbd2 Rae8 12. h3 Bh5 13. Rfe1 Qf5 14. Bh4 Nd5 15. Bg3 Nf4 16. Qf1


16. … Nxh3+ 17. gxh3 Bxf3 18. Re3 Bd5 -/+ 19. Rae1 Bc5 20. R3e2 Qg6 21. Kh2 Rf5 22. Rxe5 Rexe5 23. Rxe5 Bxf2 24. Bxf2 Rxe5 25. c4 Qg5 26. cxd5 Qxd2 27. dxc6 bxc6 0-1

Hamalainen, L. – Puhakka, Erkki, 1992

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. Bxc6 dxc6 5. Qe2 Bd6 6. exf5 Nf6 7. O-O O-O 8. d3 Bxf5 9. Bg5 Qe8 10. Nbd2 Qh5 11. Bxf6 Rxf6 12. Ne4 Bxe4 13. Qxe4 Rf4 14. Qe3


14. … e4 15. dxe4 Rxf3 16. gxf3 Qxh2# 0-1


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