Archive for June, 2018

Your Next Move Grand Chess Tour Blitz Day 1 Recap

Saturday, June 16th, 2018

So-Nakamura in Leuven 2018There was a big shake up in the standings after a full day of blitz. Wesley So still leads the tournament but his lead has narrowed to only one and a half points. The 2016 World Blitz Champion Sergey Karjakin dominated the day by scoring 6.5 points out of 9. He is now tied for second place in the overall standings with Levon Aronian. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Hikaru Nakamura are still also striking distance away from the leaders. With nine more rounds tomorrow, the tournament is still wide open, as a good or bad day for one of the leaders could completely change the outcome.

Wesley So had a strong start to the day when he extended his lead to three points before the start of round seven. Things started to turn sour when he found himself in a lost position against his countryman Fabiano Caruana but miraculously drew. This was indicative of So’s trouble to come as his solid play suddenly became shaky. He lost his next game to Shakriyar Mamedyarov then again to Hikaru Nakamura after an elementary blunder in time scramble.

Sergey Karjakin, on the other hand, moved up in the standings by winning his last three games defeating close rival Vachier-Lagrave, as well as Mamedyarov and the struggling Caruana. He was the only undefeated player of the day, which comes as no surprise as he is known for his blitz skills and finished second in the 2017 World Blitz Championship behind Magnus Carlsen. If he can repeat this performance tomorrow, he will be the favorite to win Your Next Move.
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Levon Aronian entered the day as So’s closest rivals with three points behind the leader. Up until round seven, Vachier-Lagrave was the only other undefeated player besides So. His only half point in the last three games came from his draw against Aronian himself. The Armenian, on the other hand, had a good finish to the day, by scoring 2.5 points in the last three games, thus leapfrogging the Frenchman.

Hikaru Nakamura had a subpar start to the day but, like Karjakin, finished strong with wins in the last three games. His most important victory was against So in the last round, which blew the tournament wide open for the field. He is now in clear fifth place and three points behind the leader, but still has a realistic chance of winning the event or at least finishing in the top three.

The shocking results of the day were from Caruana and Mamedyarov who scored 2.5 and 3 points respectively. Anish Giri still finds himself in the bottom of the standings after scoring 4 points today due to his poor performance in the rapid. Viswanathan Anand and Alexander Grischuk both scored 5 points today but are too far behind the leader to be in contention for the title.

report by Tatev Abrahamyan

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1st International Pelion Open

Saturday, June 16th, 2018

Greece FlagThe 1st International Pelion Open is a 9-round Swiss tournament taking place from 16-23 June in the picturesque Agios Ioannis village of the Pelion mountain. 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.
The top seeded players are GM Ioannis Nikolaidis, GM Athanasios Mastrovasilis, GM Efstratios Grivas etc…

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 The Baltic Zonal -Palanga Stage /22nd Voronezh chess festival Alekhine Memorial Master Open /Finnish Championship 2018

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4th ad Gredine Open

Saturday, June 16th, 2018

SF_Plakat_297x420mm_04.inddThe 4th ad Gredine Open is a 9-round Swiss tournament taking place from 16-24 June 2018 in Ortisei, Italy. 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.

The Chess Club Gardena is delighted and proud to be hosting for the fourth time an important international chess tournament in Ortisei, in which a maximum of 160 people can participate. Strong participants from all over the world came in previous editions to Ortisei so that the tournament became a great sporting and cultural success with a local, national and international resonance.
After World Chess Championship in Merano 1981 between Karpov and Korchnoi this event is the biggest tournament in history of South Tyrol chess since the Second World War. The tournament is named “ad Gredine”, which is reminiscent of the historic document from the year 999, in which that word was mentioned for the very first time and originated the name “Gardena”. In this way the Ladin reality has an opportunity to introduce himself to the world of chess. The enchanting landscape, hospitality and local cuisine offer other top reasons to participate in the tournament in the pearl of the Dolomites (UNESCO – World Natural Heritage).

Live games 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 European Amateur Chess Championship 2018 /The Baltic Zonal -Palanga Stage

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Arkady Dvorkovich to run for the post of FIDE President (Updated)

Saturday, June 16th, 2018

Chairman of the organizing committee of the FIFA World Cup 2018 Arkady Dvorkovich told RIA Novosti that he will run for the post of FIDE President.

“After consulting with the country’s leadership, the Russian Chess Federation and the international chess community, I decided to nominate myself for the post of FIDE President,” Arkady Dvorkovich said. – “The motive for this decision is the current situation in the chess world. Obviously, FIDE needs development. I am quite familiar with the situation and have the necessary competencies to help FIDE.”

Arkady Dvorkovich

Arkady Dvorkovich (photo RIA Novosti / Arkady Natruskin)

Dvorkovich also said that in the near future he will announce the composition of the team, the so-called “presidential ticket”.

Dvorkovich held senior positions in the Russian Chess Federation and was chairman of the organizing committee of the 2014 World Chess Championship Match in Sochi. Dvorkovich was Deputy Prime Minister in Dmitry Medvedev’s Cabinet from 2012 until 2018.

FIDE Deputy President and candidate for the post of FIDE President Georgios Makropoulos immediately reacted on Twitter: “It is official. Arkady Dvorkovich is running, Kirsan and Glen Stark are out :)

Since chessdom.com revealed the #KirsanGate, a scandal when a fake person Glen Stark was added to Kirsan Ilyumzhinov’s ticket, it was expected that the Russian Chess Federation would seek another candidate and force Mr Ilyumzhinov to withdraw his candidacy.

President of the Russian Chess Federation Andrei Filatov commented: “The fact that Arkady Vladimirovich Dvorkovich decided to run for FIDE presidency is a joyful and pleasant news for us.”

Update:
RCF President Andrey Filatov announces RCF Supervisory Board absentee meeting. Agenda: To elect the candidate for the position of the FIDE President from the Russian Chess Federation. Timing: from 10 a.m. June 26th till 6 p.m. June 27th (Moscow time).

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Your Next Move Blitz: So’s Lead Narrows

Friday, June 15th, 2018

Wesley So lost his last two games today and saw his lead at the Your Next Move tournament shrink to 1.5 points. Levon Aronian and Sergey Karjakin have the best chance to catch him in the remaining nine rounds. 
The fourth day…

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

Your Next Move Blitz: So Not There Yet

Friday, June 15th, 2018

Wesley So lost his last two games today and saw his lead at the Your Next Move tournament shrink to 1.5 points. Levon Aronian and Sergey Karjakin have the best chance to catch him in the remaining nine rounds. 
The fourth day…

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

World Junior U20 Chess Championship 2018

Friday, June 15th, 2018

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FIDE World Junior Chess Championship 2018 (open & girls under 20) will be held in Kocaeli – Gebze, Turkey from September 4th to 16th 2018. The Championship will be organized by the Turkish Chess Federation (TCF).

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Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Arkady Dvorkovich to run for the post of FIDE President

Friday, June 15th, 2018

Chairman of the organizing committee of the FIFA World Cup 2018 Arkady Dvorkovich told RIA Novosti that he will run for the post of FIDE President.

“After consulting with the country’s leadership, the Russian Chess Federation and the international chess community, I decided to nominate myself for the post of FIDE President,” Arkady Dvorkovich said. – “The motive for this decision is the current situation in the chess world. Obviously, FIDE needs development. I am quite familiar with the situation and have the necessary competencies to help FIDE.”

Arkady Dvorkovich

Arkady Dvorkovich (photo RIA Novosti / Arkady Natruskin)

Dvorkovich also said that in the near future he will announce the composition of the team, the so-called “presidential ticket”.

Dvorkovich held senior positions in the Russian Chess Federation and was chairman of the organizing committee of the 2014 World Chess Championship Match in Sochi. Dvorkovich was Deputy Prime Minister in Dmitry Medvedev’s Cabinet from 2012 until 2018.

Georgios Makropoulos immediately reacted on Twitter: “It is official. Arkady Dvorkovich is running, Kirsan and Glen Stark are out :)

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European Amateur Chess Championship 2018 live

Friday, June 15th, 2018

amaterskoMontenegro Chess Federation in association with City of Niksic and under the auspices of the European Chess Union are organizing European Amateur Chess Championship 2018. It will be held from 13-21 June in Niksic, Montenegro.
Venue is hotel Onogost. Prize fund is 5000 euro.
The tournament is divided in 4 sections- Open under 2300, under 2000, under 1700 and Women under 1700.

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

More live chessForni Di Sopra 2018 /Your Next Move Grand Chess Tour Leuven /The Baltic Zonal -Palanga Stage

Starting list Open under 2300

1 Olcum Ahmet
2 Djukanovic Sreten
3 Ugrenovic Bozidar
4 Scekic Veljko
5 Veleski Robert
6 Batricevic Sasa
7 Karisik Nenad
8 Carrascoso Morales Abel
9 Kisic Bozidar
10 Popadic Dragan
11 Zherebtsova Alexandra
12 Krstonijevic Stjepan
13 Cirovic Miroljub
14 Batricevic Jovo
15 Sahin Ozgun
16 Iskos Alexandros
17 Maloberti David
18 Krstic Milos
19 Lacrosse Marc
20 Nenezic Danilo
21 Vreljanski Dragomir
22 Ljesar Dragan
23 Kraljevic Ivan
24 Stokes Michael
25 Shukan Alexander
26 Ivanovic Vojislav
27 Abramovic Dragoljub
28 Bukvic Mihailo
29 Hadzi – Manev Ljubomir
30 Cerovic Zoran
31 Deruelle Sala Albert
32 Andjic Milonja
33 Jovancevic Jovan
34 Vuckovic Marko
35 Marsenic Lazar
36 Mugosa Srdjan
37 Zhukov Anton
38 Vico Milan
39 Rzayev Askar Aliakbar
40 Kandic Milojko
41 Petrovic Slavko
42 Skenderovic Ismet
43 Pobor Danilo
44 Blagojevic Lidija
45 Pobor Milo
46 Acarbay Algi
47 Miletic Vuk
48 Plamenac Aleksandar
49 Koljevic Nikolina
50 Stamatovic Vladimir
51 Delevic Nina
52 Musikic Stefan
53 Kalezic Bojan
54 Sukovic Darko
55 Andjelic Djordje

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Cecil’s Saturday Puzzle – June 2, 2018

Friday, June 15th, 2018
from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to move and mate in 2 (Loyd)

Source: Chess Manitoba

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