Archive for December, 2018

January 2019 FIDE Rating List

Monday, December 31st, 2018

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FIDE publishes January 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

Congratulations to Mr. Paul Spiller

Monday, December 31st, 2018

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FIDE congratulates Vice-President  of New Zealand Chess federation, Oceania Chess Confederation President and FIDE Zone 3.6 President Mr. Paul Spiller on his appointment as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

 
Please read more at New Zealand Chess.

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

The FIDE President Appoints Continental Assistants

Monday, December 31st, 2018

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FIDE is pleased to inform that FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich has appointed four Continental Assistants:

-    Europe: Vladimir Kramnik (RUS), former World Chess Champion;
-    Asia: Viswanathan Anand (IND), former World Chess Champion;
-    the Americas: Fidel Gonzalez (VEN), President of the Venezuela Chess Federation;
-    Africa: Tshepiso Lopang (BOT), Vice-President of the African Chess Confederation.

Their experience and professional knowledge will serve to further develop and promote chess around the world.
 

By virtue of these appointments the four Continental Assistants also become councilors of the Planning and Development Commission, a new body that was created on the FIDE President’s initiative and that will assist national federations in chess development.

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Former World Chess Champion Vladimir Kramnik (RUS)

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Former World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand (IND)

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President of the Venezuela Chess federation Fidel Gonzalez (VEN)

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African Chess Confederation Vice President Tshepiso Lopang (BOT)

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Appointment of the Continental Assistants to FIDE President

Monday, December 31st, 2018

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FIDE is pleased to inform that FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich has appointed four Continental Assistants.

Former World Chess Champion Vladimir Kramnik (RUS) for Europe,
former World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand (IND) for Asia,
the President of the Venezuela Chess federation Fidel Gonzalez (VEN) for the Americas
and African Chess Confederation Vice President Tshepiso Lopang (BOT) for Africa.
 
Their experience and professional knowledge will continue to provide to further development and popularization of chess around the world.
 
Alongside with these appointments they also became the councilors of the Planning and Development Commission, the new body of FIDE that was created on the initiative of the FIDE President, aiming to assist national federations on the chess development.

Advisers
Former World Chess Champion Vladimir Kramnik (RUS)

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Former World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand (IND)

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President of the Venezuela Chess federation Fidel Gonzalez (VEN)

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African Chess Confederation Vice President Tshepiso Lopang (BOT)

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

FIDE President awarded the winners of the Best Chess Photo Contest 2018

Sunday, December 30th, 2018

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The winners of the Best Chess Photo in 2018 Contest were awarded in the Angleterre Hotel, St. Petersburg, on December 29. The contest was organized by the Russian Chess Federation together with the Art Russe Foundation. Photographers from Russia, Netherlands, Ukraine, Lavtia, Poland, Greece, and Czech Republic competed in four categories – Children, Game, Amateurs, and Portrait.

Anastasia Karlovich won the Children category. Lennart Ootes won both Game and Amateurs categories and was pronounced the absolute winner of the contest. Eteri Kublashvili won the Portrait category. Boris Dolmatovsky received a special prize for his work submitted for the Game.

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The ceremony was attended by FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich, RCF Executive Director Mark Glukhovsky, and media representatives.

The winners received Grand Cru wine from the limited collection of the Art Russe Foundation.

The vineyard of La Grace Dieu Des Prieurs is located in one of France’s most historic winemaking areas: in the Grand Cru vines of Saint-Emilion, which was included in UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites in 1999. La Grace Dieu Des Prieurs was founded in 1885 and today it is surrounded by chateaus such as Figeac, La Dominique and Cheval Blanc. Saint-Emilion wines are thought to be among the finest in the world. In 2014-2017, the Chateau underwent an immense restoration designed to preserve the traditions of French winemaking while combining them with modern innovations, in order to achieve the highest level of wine. To improve this process, the Chateau invited a celebrated oenologist consultant Louis Mitjavile. The architectural aspect of the Chateau was designed by the French architect Jean Nouvel.

The Art Russe Foundation has amassed the largest collection of the Russian art of the end in the late 19th and 20th centuries since its inception in 2012. The promotion of the Russian art is one of the main missions of the Foundation.

The intention of making this contest traditional was announced at the ceremony.

The winning photos and the pictures from the ceremony taken by Maria Emelianova are available in the photo gallery.

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Winners of Best Chess Photo Contest Awarded in Saint Petersburg

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FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich and Eteri Kublashvili

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FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich and Lennart Ootes

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FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich and Boris Dolmatovsky

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Carlsen, Lagno Win World Blitz Chess Championships

Sunday, December 30th, 2018

Scoring a point more than last year in Riyadh, Magnus Carlsen retained his $60,000 world blitz title with 17/21, half a point more than Jan-Krzysztof Duda ($50,000). Like in the rapid, bronze went to Hikaru Nakamura ($40,000).
Kateryna…

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

Magnus Carlsen and Kateryna Lagno are World Blitz Champions!

Sunday, December 30th, 2018

The King Salman World Blitz Chess Championship concluded today in the Manege, St. Petersburg, with Magnus Carlsen (Norway) and Kateryna Lagno (Russia) emerging champions of their respective sections.

After missing the podium in the Rapid Championship, Magnus Carlsen played much better in the Blitz event, holding the top position from the very beginning and securing the gold medal with 17/21 points.

This is Carlsen’s fourth world blitz title, having previously won in Moscow 2009, Dubai 2014 and Riyadh 2017.

Half a point behind the winner is Jan-Krzysztof Duda (Poland), who has had a powerful run of 8 consecutive victories in the mid-tournament.

Hikaru Nakamura (USA) took the bronze medal with 14,5 points, two points behind Duda.

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Duda, Carlsen and Nakamura (photo by Lennart Ootes)

Magnus Carlsen said: “I am just relieved. Today was a very tough day. I was in front but being chased, and this is never easy. Yesterday the score was good, and the play was maybe not as great, but I feel I am usually best against the best players. Today I played very well and needed every single half point to win.”

Kateryna Lagno (Russia) maintained the good form from the first day of the Championship and emerged clear winner of the Women’s section with 13,5/17 points. This is her second gold medal, the first was won in 2010.

Sarasadat Khademalsharieh (Iran) took the silver medal with 13 points. Just like yesterday, she started the day with a loss, but then finished superbly with 4,5 points in the last five rounds.

Lei Tingjie (China) claimed the bronze medal with 12,5 points, despite the last round loss to her compatriot Tan Zhongyi. She was fortunate that the main competitor Valentina Gunina was also defeated.

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Khademalsharieh, Lagno and Tingjie (photo by Lennart Ootes)

Kateryna Lagno stated: “I am very happy, of course. It is interesting that I didn’t lose a single game. Of course I was lucky in some games, but managed to hold them, and I think this is the first time in my life when I did not lose a single game in a blitz tournament.”

The 2nd King Salman World Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships were held from 26-30th December in St.Petersburg, Russia.

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Kirsan Ilyumzhinov’s appeal to CAS is settled

Sunday, December 30th, 2018

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov White RookFIDE and Kirsan Ilyumzhinov have concluded a Settlement Agreement, which was approved by the FIDE Ethics Commission and by the CAS Panel.

On 12 July 2018, the FIDE Ethics Commission unaminously decided that Mr Ilyumzhinov is guilty of the violation of art. 2.2.3, 2.2.10 and 2.2.11 of the FIDE Code of Ethics.

The FIDE Ethics Commission found that on numerous occasions during the period March 2017 until April 2018, and whilst on the OFAC sanctions list, Mr. Ilyumzhinov acted in a manner incompatible with his duty to put the interests of FIDE above his own personal interests and in defiance of valid decisions of the FIDE Presidential Board by inter alia seeking to exercise powers which had been delegated to the FIDE Deputy-President, seeking to discredit members of the FIDE Presidential Board, making untrue or provocative public statements and refusing to resign following the closure of FIDE’s bank accounts, and in so doing created confusion and instability within FIDE and further inflicted serious reputational, operational and financial harm upon FIDE and brought FIDE and the game of chess into disrepute.

The FIDE Ethics Commission suspended Mr Ilyumzhinov from holding any of the positions listed in Chapter 3.1(a) – (l) of the FIDE Statutes for a period of 18 months, of which a period of 12 months are suspended for a period of 2 years (“the period of suspension”) on condition that Mr Ilyumzhinov does not make himself guilty during the period of suspension of any conduct which causes harm to the interests and reputation of FIDE as organisation, its organs, officials, organisers, sponsors and events.

The immediately effective suspension was one of 6 months, commencing on 13 July 2018 and ending on 12 January 2019.

On 2 August 2018, Mr. Ilyumzhinov filed his Statement of Appeal against the decision of the FIDE Ethics Commission to the CAS.

On 21 December 2018, the Settlement Agreement between Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and FIDE submitted to CAS on 28 November 2018 was ratified.

According to the ratified Agreement, FIDE agrees to reduce the suspension imposed on Kirsan Ilyumzhinov to a period starting on 13 July 2018 and ending on the day of issuance by the CAS of a Consent Award, ratifying this Settlement Agreement and incorporating its terms into a Consent award. Both Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and FIDE agree that all other aspects of the FIDE Ethics Commission’s decision in the case no 2/208 remain unaffected, ie that the ruling of “guilty” stands.

By this Agreement the Russia-dominated FIDE provided some degree of satisfaction to former FIDE President, another Russian, and saved the spending on legal costs.

It remains noted that the actions of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov led to the closure of FIDE’s long-standing accounts in Switzerland. Three months after entering office, the new leadership of FIDE is still due to fulfill the election promise and open the bank accounts to re-establish regular operation.

Another huge scandal of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov was an attempt to seek re-election as FIDE President by including a fake American “Glen Stark” in his running ticket. This daring stunt was busted by the research of Chessdom.com, which effectively ended Ilyumzhinov’s presidential ambition, prompting the Russian government to bring out a fresh candidate Arkady Dvorkovich and compensate the lost time by providing much greater financial and political support for the elections.

The architects of the Glen Stark and other affairs, Berik Balgabaev and Willy Iclicky, were incorporated into Dvorkovich’s team and even awarded the seats in the controversial super-body FIDE Management Board.

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FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich awarded the winners of the Best Chess Photo Contest 2018

Sunday, December 30th, 2018

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The winners of the Best Chess Photo in 2018 Contest were awarded in the Angleterre Hotel, St. Petersburg, on December 29. The contest was organized by the Russian Chess Federation together with the Art Russe Foundation. Photographers from Russia, Netherlands, Ukraine, Lavtia, Poland, Greece, and Czech Republic competed in four categories – Children, Game, Amateurs, and Portrait.

Anastasia Karlovich won the Children category. Lenart Ootes won both Game and Amateurs categories and was pronounced the absolute winner of the contest. Eteri Kublashvili won the Portrait category. Boris Dolmatovsky received a special prize for his work submitted for the Game.

The ceremony was attended by FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich, RCF Executive Director Mark Glukhovsky, and media representatives.

The winners received Grand Cru wine from the limited collection of the Art Russe Foundation.

The vineyard of La Grace Dieu Des Prieurs is located in one of France’s most historic winemaking areas: in the Grand Cru vines of Saint-Emilion, which was included in UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites in 1999. La Grace Dieu Des Prieurs was founded in 1885 and today it is surrounded by chateaus such as Figeac, La Dominique and Cheval Blanc. Saint-Emilion wines are thought to be among the finest in the world. In 2014-2017, the Chateau underwent an immense restoration designed to preserve the traditions of French winemaking while combining them with modern innovations, in order to achieve the highest level of wine. To improve this process, the Chateau invited a celebrated oenologist consultant Louis Mitjavile. The architectural aspect of the Chateau was designed by the French architect Jean Nouvel.

The Art Russe Foundation has amassed the largest collection of the Russian art of the end in the late 19th and 20th centuries since its inception in 2012. The promotion of the Russian art is one of the main missions of the Foundation.

The intention of making this contest traditional was announced at the ceremony.

The winning photos and the pictures from the ceremony taken by Maria Emelianova are available in the photo gallery.

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Winners of Best Chess Photo Contest Awarded in Saint Petersburg

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

2019 FIDE World Team Championships: Regulations

Sunday, December 30th, 2018

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FIDE publishes the regulations for the 2019 FIDE World Team Championships.

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

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