Archive for February, 2019

Chess : England to take on superpowers at world team championship in Astana

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019

England have been confirmed as one of the 10 finalists in next month’s world team chess championship in Astana, Kazakhstan, where China, Russia and the US are expected to fight it out for the gold medals. Last year, England finished fifth, the squad’s best performance since 1998, at the 184-nation Batumi Chess Olympiad which was a qualifier for the world teams. China won the Chess Olympiad in 2018 and the US in 2016, while Russia is the longtime superpower which has recently unleashed new global talent with the victories of Daniil Dubov, 22, in the world rapid and Vladislav Artemiev, 20, at Gibraltar. Their top chess players were ready to prepare seriously for the world team at Moscow’s Aeroflot Open, which began this week with China’s 19-year-old Wei Yi as top seed and Dubov as one of his main rivals. But after just an hour’s play at …

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Topalov Joins Champions Showdown Leader Board

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019

Veselin Topalov took Leinier Dominguez on a trip to Vienna to get a clear lead on their match at the Saint Louis Champions Showdown. However barely played at a top level, the Vienna Game proved to be an effective surprise weapon as Topalov endorse…

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Dallas Destiny Big Winners As Giri Makes PRO Debut

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019

The Dallas Destiny scored a league-high 20 points in PRO Chess League Battles Royale as several teams such as the Miami Champions made big strides forward in the league standings with strong performances. Other favorites such as the Montreal Chess…

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Dallas Destiny Big Winners As Giri Debuts

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019

The Dallas Destiny scored a league high 20 points in Battles Royale, 5, 6, 7, and 8 as several teams such as the Miami Champions made big strides forward in the league standings with strong performances while other favorites such as the Montreal C…

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FIDE President met with the representatives of the USCF

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

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FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich had a meeting with the representatives of the United States Chess Federation in Washington on February 20. During the meeting they discussed the development of chess both in the US and in the world. “The USCF is a very active federation, it pays much attention to young players and it was very interesting to work with colleagues. There are many strong American chess players, who are fighting for the chess crown in the strongest chess tournaments. Fabiano Caruana lost to Magnus Carlsen in the World Championship Match, but nevertheless there is a whole generation of chess players who are now involved in this fight”, commented Arkady Dvorkovich.

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FIDE Vice President, the President of Kasparov Chess Foundation, FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich, USCF Executive Director, member of FIDE Women`s Commission Carol Meyer, former USCF President and member of FIDE Rules Commission Mike Hoffpauir.

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Blunders, Fumbles Haunt Champions Showdown

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

A few inaccuracies and some blunders took a harsh toll on contenders for the Saint Louis Championship Showdown on the second day of the rapid section. As most rapid matchups are nearly decided with a day to spare, two head to head encounters will …

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Predict Computer Chess Championship To Win Cash Prizes

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

As the Computer Chess Championship moves into its next stage, an exciting new feature gives viewers the ability to predict each game's results to win cash and membership prizes. The championship will also be covered by a series of broadcast stream…

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2019 WTCC: Team Compositions

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

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FIDE publishes the team compositions for the 2019 World Team Championship.

Open Team

alt   Azerbaijan
13401653 1 Mamedov, Rauf GM 2703
13402129 2 Safarli, Eltaj GM 2681
13401378 3 Guseinov, Gadir GM 2664
13402960 4 Abasov, Nijat GM 2630
13400150 5 Sideifzade, Fikret IM 2391
alt   China
8603677 1 Ding, Liren GM 2812
8603820 2 Yu, Yangyi GM 2764
8601445 3 Bu, Xiangzhi GM 2731
8601160 4 Ni, Hua GM 2683
8603405 5 Wei, Yi GM 2733
8600031 6 Xu, Jun GM 2487
alt   Egypt
10601457 1 Amin, Bassem GM 2710
10601619 2 Adly, Ahmed GM 2611
10600183 3 Hesham, Abdelrahman GM 2448
10613129 4 Fawzy, Adham IM 2447
10623353 5 Emad, Mohamed    
alt   England
400041 1 Adams, Michael GM 2705
409561 2 Jones, Gawain C B GM 2689
404853 3 McShane, Luke J GM 2663
410608 4 Howell, David W L GM 2689
400033 5 Speelman, Jon S GM 2504
400289 6 Pein, Malcolm IM 2313
alt   India
5018471 1 Adhiban, B. GM 2689
5004985 2 Sasikiran, Krishnan GM 2678
5021596 3 Sethuraman, S.P. GM 2651
5072786 4 Aravindh,Chithambaram VR. GM 2601
5002150 5 Ganguly, Surya Shekhar GM 2636
5018420 6 Narayanan, Srinath GM 2572
alt   Iran
12539929 1 Maghsoodloo, Parham GM 2666
12573981 2 Firouzja, Alireza GM 2618
12510130 3 Idani, Pouya GM 2604
12521213 4 Tabatabaei, M.amin GM 2590
12500739 5 Ghaem Maghami, Ehsan GM 2540
alt   Kazakhstan
13702661 1 Jumabayev, Rinat GM 2604
13700316 2 Kazhgaleyev, Murtas GM 2587
13701525 3 Ismagambetov, Anuar GM 2545
13707647 4 Makhnev, Denis IM 2495
13700669 5 Kostenko, Petr GM 2466
13700278 6 Kotsur, Pavel GM 2527
alt   Netherlands
14400030 1 Sokolov, Ivan GM 2590
alt   Russia
14109603 1 Karjakin, Sergey GM 2753
4168119 2 Nepomniachtchi, Ian GM 2771
4126025 3 Grischuk, Alexander GM 2771
4158814 4 Andreikin, Dmitry GM 2725
24101605 5 Artemiev, Vladislav GM 2709
4121830 6 Motylev, Alexander GM 2644
alt   Sweden
1710400 1 Grandelius, Nils GM 2679
1709437 2 Blomqvist, Erik GM 2483
1706446 3 Tikkanen, Hans GM 2518
1707930 4 Smith, Axel GM 2487
1711113 5 Johansson, Linus IM 2479
alt   Ukraine
4152417 1 Oleksiyenko, Mykhaylo GM 2592
alt   United States of America
1126881 1 Swiercz, Dariusz GM 2655
14101025 2 Onischuk, Alexander GM 2647
2040506 3 Sevian, Samuel GM 2642
2021285 4 Lenderman, Aleksandr GM 2637
13601733 5 Izoria, Zviad GM 2603
2000709 6 Donaldson, John IM 2412

Women’s Team

alt   Armenia
13300210 1 Danielian, Elina GM 2427
13300601 2 Mkrtchian, Lilit IM 2390
13308130 3 Sargsyan, Anna M. WFM 2337
13300270 4 Gevorgyan, Maria WIM 2251
13300946 5 Ghukasyan, Siranush WIM 2221
13302000 6 Andriasian, Zaven GM 2600
13301578 7 Pashikian, Arman GM 2616
alt   China
8603642 1 Tan, Zhongyi GM 2502
8605114 2 Lei, Tingjie GM 2460
8602689 3 Huang, Qian WGM 2441
8603162 4 Shen, Yang IM 2453
8602972 5 Ding, Yixin WGM 2432
8600660 6 Yu, Shaoteng GM 2462
alt   Egypt
10609970 1 Wafa, Shrook WGM 2152
10609962 2 Wafa, Shahenda WGM 2171
10615873 3 Moaataz, Ayah WIM 2033
10606700 4 Elansary, Eman WIM 1942
10623310 5 Ehab, Tasneem WIM 1840
10600736 6 Elgendy, Hesham   2049
alt   Spain
13600052 1 Ubilava, Elizbar GM 2495
alt   Georgia
13602640 1 Khotenashvili, Bela GM 2491
13602993 2 Batsiashvili, Nino GM 2459
13601458 3 Javakhishvili, Lela IM 2452
13604040 4 Arabidze, Meri IM 2387
13602446 5 Melia, Salome IM 2385
alt   Hungary
12400149 1 Hoang, Thanh Trang GM 2449
709751 2 Gara, Anita IM 2385
717444 3 Gara, Ticia WGM 2326
708780 4 Terbe, Julianna WIM 2275
704814 5 Havanecz, Bianka WIM 2283
717312 6 Antal, Gergely GM 2546
alt   India
5008123 1 Koneru, Humpy GM 2541
5016193 2 Soumya, Swaminathan WGM 2402
5007844 3 Tania, Sachdev IM 2400
5012600 4 Karavade, Eesha IM 2365
5029295 5 Padmini, Rout IM 2315
5019184 6 Swapnil, S. Dhopade GM 2488
alt   Kazakhstan
13703544 1 Abdumalik, Zhansaya IM 2468
13700090 2 Saduakassova, Dinara IM 2462
13704788 3 Nakhbayeva, Guliskhan IM 2336
13702971 4 Dauletova, Gulmira WIM 2263
13703595 5 Davletbayeva, Madina WGM 2286
alt   Russia
14109336 1 Lagno, Kateryna GM 2560
4128125 2 Kosteniuk, Alexandra GM 2532
4167570 3 Gunina, Valentina GM 2501
4147103 4 Goryachkina, Aleksandra GM 2518
4195752 5 Girya, Olga WGM 2457
4115309 6 Rublevsky, Sergei GM 2652
alt   Ukraine
14111330 1 Muzychuk, Anna GM 2558
14114550 2 Muzychuk, Mariya GM 2538
14110911 3 Ushenina, Anna GM 2443
14101181 4 Gaponenko, Inna IM 2424
14123622 5 Buksa, Nataliya IM 2420
14100932 6 Brodsky, Michail GM 2535
alt   United States of America
13301918 1 Abrahamyan, Tatev WGM 2377
322750 2 Nemcova, Katerina WGM 2315
2090732 3 Yip, Carissa FM 2279
1212915 4 Foisor, Sabina-Francesca WGM 2276
30908132 5 Wu, Rochelle WCM 2162
13300512 6 Khachiyan, Melikset GM 2509

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Rapport On Full Throttle At Champions Showdown Day 1

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

U.S. champion Sam Shankland couldn’t get much from his home advantage against Richard Rapport in an intense opening day of the 2019 Champions Showdown in Saint Louis. The 22-year-old Hungarian superstar had it all too easy in the first four …

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FIDE President’s working meeting with the President of FIFA

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

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FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich told TASS what they discussed with the FIFA President Gianni Infantino at their meeting in Zurich on January 24th.

First of all, we discussed the FIFA support aimed at the growth of the professional level of our employees in the spheres where FIDE has been weaker than FIFA during the last couple of years: marketing, finances and corporate management. We have a new team and FIFA has kindly agreed to assist us to upscale the professional level and staff qualifications, to organize workshops which will enable FIDE to improve the quality of the services provided.

Second direction is the work with Academies in various countries. We have agreed that the countries with an established level of competence and opportunities should become centers of our cooperation, where chess would be included in the programme of the football academies so that young football players could benefit from chess to increase their level, technical thinking and analytical skills.

Chess players nowadays should keep themselves very fit, in order to stay on top. We also discussed digital technologies as FIFA has recently created a digital transformation department and as FIDE has a similar structure, therefore we have agreed to create digital platforms.

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

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