Archive for September, 2018

2018 Batumi Chess Olympiad: Important Announcement for Arbiters

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

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The Arbiters’ Meeting will start at 11.00 a.m. on the 24th September at the Sports Arena (the playing venue). Transportation will be arranged accordingly.

Arbiters shall stay in the playing hall and will not go back to their hotels, until the end of the first round.

Lunch will be served at the playing hall.

Arbiters should be dressed accordingly.

The Chief Arbiter
IA Takis Nikolopoulos

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Batumi is ready for the start of the Chess Olympiad

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018

Batumi Olympiad 1212The Organizing Committee of the 43rd Chess Olympiad is concluding the preparation for the start of the event. At the same time the players, arbiters and officials are arriving to Batumi.

The Chess Olympiad will start on 23rd September with a grandiose Opening Ceremony at the Black Sea Arena in Shekvetili.

Specially for the Opening Ceremony of the Olympiad – Maestro Nikoloz Rachveli and DJ Kordzi have created music, Nina Ananiashvili choreographed a ballet performance and the Sukhishvili ensemble will present the new dance, choreographed by Iliko Sukhishvili.

On the stage will be the famous Georgian singer Nino Katamadze, Georgian baritone Lado Ataneli, singers Liza Bagrationi, Giorgi Ushikishvili, violist Giorgi Tsagareli, the indie rock band Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz, the folklore ensemble Lashari, the Batumi cappella, the Evgeni Mikeladze State Symphony Orchestra directed by Nikoloz Rachveli and the Sukhishvili Georgian National Ballet.
Distinguished Georgian writer Aka Morchiladze is the author of the text for the Opening Ceremony booklet.

The actual competition will start on 24th September at 15:00 local time with the games of the first round.

There will be 185 teams competing in the Open section (full list here) and 151 teams in the Women section (full list here).

For more information visit the official website of the 43rd Chess Olympiad.

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Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

89th FIDE Congress: Information for Delegates

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018

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Information for Delegates: Pick up the accreditation badges at the information desk at the Sheraton hotel from tomorrow, 23rd September, from 9 am.

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Vladislav Artemiev Wins 40th Rashid Nezhmetdinov Memorial in Kazan

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018

f7eb453df94b91ba4a3263bfe707b587The 40th Rashid Nezhmetdinov Memorial, a stage of the Russian Cup, finished in Kazan. 108 chess players from 7 national chess federations, including 20 grandmasters, took part in the tournament.

Vladislav Artemiev from Kazan won the tournament having scored 7 points out of 9 and edged out Tigran Harutyunian (Armenia) who took the second place. Dmitry Kokarev (Penza) won the bronze medal with 6.5 points.

5 additional nominations were established; the prizewinners are:


1st place – GM Gennady Tunik (Saratov Oblast)
2nd place – IM Evgenij Kalegin (Republic of Bashkortostan)
3rd place – IM Alexander Filipenko (Udmurtia),


1st place – WFM Thalia Cervantes Landeiro (USA)
2nd place – WFM Lubov Markelova (Republic of Tatarstan)
3rd place – WGM Turkan Mamedjarova (Azerbaijan),


1st place – Tagir Salemgareev (Kurgan Oblast)
2nd place – FM Konstantin Zhitnikov (Mari El)
3rd place – FM Ruslan Murtazin (Republic of Tatarstan),

Chess players of Republic of Tatarstan:

1st place – GM Artyom Timofeev
2nd place – FM Ramil Sadykov
3rd place – GM Ramil Hasangatin,

Chess players with rating below 2450:

1st place – FM Dmitry Tsoi (Moscow Oblast)
2nd place – Sergey Pogorelskikh (Samara Oblast)
3rd place – IM Ramil Faizrakhmanov (Republic of Tatarstan).


England supports the Presidential ticket of Georgios Makropoulos

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018

ECF newsAt an ECF Board meeting held on 20th September the ECF Board decided by a clear majority to support the Presidential ticket of Georgios Makropoulos in the FIDE Presidential elections to be held alongside the Chess Olympiad at Batumi on 3rd October.

The Board felt it was paramount to support a strong ticket with English participation, and it was apparent that Nigel Short’s campaign had gained little traction.

Furthermore, in view of current UK – Russian relations, the Board felt unable to support the candidacy of Arkady Dvorkovich, or anyone connected with it. The board felt this particularly in the light of Mr Dvorkovich’s highly political interview on BBC Hard Talk on 10th September in which he ridiculed Britain’s concerns about Russian involvement in the Salisbury nerve agent attack.

Moreover, given the threat of the FIDE Presidency continuing as an adjunct of Russian foreign policy, as it had been under Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the Board felt that abstention was not a responsible option. The Board was of the view that under Mr Makropoulos’ ticket, with Malcolm Pein as Deputy President, FIDE would have a better chance of becoming an independent sports organisation free of political influence.


Dvorkovich, Short Respond To Questions

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018

In 11 days from now, a new FIDE president will be elected in Batumi, Georgia. Today we're providing answers from Arkady Dvorkovich and Nigel Short to questions sent to all three candidates. Sadly, Georgios Makropoulos declined to pa…

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New Tournament Announced: ‘Tata Steel Chess India’

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018

A new blitz and rapid tournament will be held in November in Kolkata, India. is partnering with the tournament.
Tata Steel Chess India 2018 is a new super-tournament scheduled for November 9-14. The tournament format is similar to what…

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New Tournament "Tata Steel Chess India" Announced

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018

A brand new blitz and rapid tournament will be held in November in Kolkata, India. is partnering with the tournament.
Tata Steel Chess India 2018 is a brand new super tournament scheduled for November 9-14. The tournament format is sim…

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World Chess Championship 2018 live with a Neural Network

Friday, September 21st, 2018

The World Chess Championship 2018 is the first in history that will have live analysis by a Neural Network. Carlsen – Caruana is going to be commented by Lc0 (aka Leela Chess Zero), the neural network project based on ideas of Alpha Zero by Google DeepMind.

The Lc0 Neural Network analysis of the World Chess Championship 2018 match, the most important chess event of the year, is now possible thanks to the work of a multitude of volunteers around the globe and the tests conducted during the regular season of the Top Chess Engine Championship

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When will the Carlsen – Caruana match start?

Carlsen – Caruana 2018 match will be played will be played in London, at The College in Holborn, between 9 and 28 November 2018. Game 1 of Carlsen – Caruana will take place on November 9th at 15:00 CET

Where to watch the World Championship 2018 live with Leela?

The top chess event of the year calls for a top notch website to follow it. For the occasion the TCEC admins have created a special design with all options that one can desire – a customizable board with night and day modes, a variety of boards and pieces style to choose from, evaluation graphs of the current Carlsen – Caruana live position, a sneak peek into Leela’s Neural Network thinking process, and a customizable chat. The broadcast will be available at this address and you can take a look at the live broadcast elements at the beta website

A Twitch Chess video channel will also be available, as embed in the webpage or as standalone commentary here, where a Grandmaster will also provide his thoughts and analysis in a live video.

What will be the hardware used?

Leela Chess Zero (aka Lc0) will analyze live positions with multiple Tesla V100 GPUs on Google infrastructure, currently the fastest-performing hardware compatible with a chess neural network.

On this ultra-strong hardware platform Leela’s analysis is expected to be in the 3500 Elo range, comparable to the strongest chess program/hardware combination ever created. Leela Chess Zero will have an interesting contribution compared to the standard chess engines – being a Neural Network, it possesses natural intuition and ability to consider the positional flow of the game and will be specifically useful with its potent positional analysis.

How much does it cost to watch?

As every event organized by and TCEC, the World Chess Championship 2018 live broadcast with Leela analysis will be free to watch. The broadcast is powered by donations and the voluntary work of the TCEC staff. If you would like to help the Leela project to run on maximum GPU power, enhance further the user experience, or support the project, feel free to pass by the donation and support page of TCEC



On Chess : Champions showdown shines spotlight on Chess960

Friday, September 21st, 2018

The opening is considered by many to be a sacred part of chess. Over the course of chess history, an enormous amount of theory has been developed covering the vast branches of possibilities resulting from the starting position. In the modern era of professional chess, grandmasters will memorize thousands of opening variations, supported by thorough computer analysis. While robust opening preparation is a necessity for any top chess player, it has led to adverse effects for the sport. Elite competitions are seeing a growing percentage of draws, as it’s becoming more difficult to crack a well-prepared opponent. To remedy this issue and create intrigue for chess fans all over the world, the Saint Louis Chess Club hosted the Champions Showdown. From Sept. 11 – 14, 10 of the world’s best chess players, including the legendary Garry Kasparov, competed in …

Source: GameKnot online chess news