Archive for February, 2019

March 2019 FIDE Rating List

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

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FIDE publishes March 2019 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

On Chess : Blunders And Brilliancies At The Champions Showdown In St. Louis

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

The top five American chess players headlined the recently completed Champions Showdown at the St. Louis Chess Club. As per tradition, each player chose their opponent for the unique head-to-head matches. The opponents varied from young, up-and-coming chess talents to a former World Champion. Each year, the St. Louis Chess Club comes up with an innovative idea to make the showdown fan friendly and a fun event. As rapid and blitz chess events are becoming more popular on the international chess calendar, top players are starting to focus their attention on improving their skills in faster time controls. Given that the last two World Chess Championship matches were decided in tie breaks in rapid and blitz, these skills are becoming imperative. Over five days, 12 rapid and 24 blitz chess games were played by each duo. The wins in …

Source: GameKnot online chess news

Kulaots Surprises, Inspires As Aeroflot Open Winner

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

A day before his 43rd birthday, Estonian grandmaster Kaido Kulaots surprised (and inspired!) by winning this year's Aeroflot Open in Moscow, Russia. He got praise from many colleagues, including the world champion himself. 
Last week w…

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2019 February TNT has been rated by the CFC

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

See the crosstable here chess.ca/crosstable?tournament_check_number=201902078

Congratulations to the following who achieved new peak established ratings:

Yemi Abioye  2065
Aibike Myrzaibraimova  1509

Source: Chess Manitoba

Preview on the World Team Championship in Astana

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

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The World Team Championship is starting in about a week in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana. Ten of the strongest nations will compete in the brand new International Financial Centre from March 5 – 14.

The fight for gold in the open section will probably feature a duel between Russia and title-holder China. In the absence of some of their top players, Azerbaijan, India and the United States will hope for an exploit to make it on the podium. Speaking of some feat, specialists have high expectations of the young Iranian team, which will make its first appearance in this competition.

In the women’s section, the outcome is unpredictable, as half of the teams can logically aim for top places. The historic battle between title-holder Russia and 2018 Olympic champion China will be troubled by ambitious teams like the Ukraine, India or Georgia.

1 Chinese Womens team
Chinese Women’s team

2 Kateryna Lagno
Kateryna Lagno

3 Ding Liren
Ding Liren 

4 Kazakh Womens team
Kazakh Women’s team

5 Parham Maghsoodloo
Parham Maghsoodloo

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Galimzhan Yessenov, President of the Kazakhstan Chess Federation, “We are on the eve of one of the most prestigious chess events in 2019. As witnesses the level of the participating teams, all matches promise to be intense and hard-fought. The heat of the battle will raise to its highest point. Therefore, the outcome of both competitions will clearly reveal which are the strongest teams. I wish to all players good games and lots of success”. 

The venue is the AIFC – Astana International Financial Centre, which has been inaugurated in July 2018.
Address: Astana, 55/17 Mangilik El Avenue, Pavillon C-3.3.

AIFC Astana

A various and extensive program of side events has been implemented by the Kazakhstan Chess Federation. It will include rapid and blitz tournaments for adults and children, simultaneous display, a solving contest, exhibitions, and presentations.

Schedule:

March 4:   2 pm press conference; 7 pm opening ceremony 
March 5 – 9:   Rounds 1 – 5 
March 10:   Free day 
March 11 – 14:   Rounds 6 – 9
All rounds start at 3 pm except the last, which is scheduled at 12 noon
March 14:   8 pm closing ceremony

 

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Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Chess omitted by the Paris 2024 organizing committee

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

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The Paris 2024 organizers have chosen not to include chess in the program of the Summer Olympic Games, nominating four other sports instead. The IOC will consider this proposal during the next meeting of its executive board at the end of March. A final decision will be taken by December 2020.

FIDE accepts the decision of the Paris 2024 organizing committee and will continue to aim at reaching full recognition of chess in all countries. An important step consists now in achieving the involvement of our sport in youth and continental games.

FIDE was founded in Paris in the summer of 1924. President Arkady Dvorkovich stresses that the 100th anniversary will be duly celebrated in the French capital anyway.

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

FIDE President met with the representatives of the USCF

Wednesday, February 27th, 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 Michael Khodarkovsky, 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

2019 WTCC: Team Compositions

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

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FIDE publishes the team compositions for the 2019 World Team Championshipswhich will be held in Astana, Kazakhstan, from the 4th of March (arrival) till the 15th of March (departure) 2019.

 

Open Teams

alt   Azerbaijan
4650891 1 Naiditsch, Arkadij GM 2732
13401653 2 Mamedov, Rauf GM 2703
13402129 3 Safarli, Eltaj GM 2681
13401378 4 Guseinov, Gadir GM 2664
13402960 5 Abasov, Nijat GM 2630
13400150 6 Sideifzade, Fikret (C) IM 2391
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
10600035 5 Abdelnabbi, Imed IM 2444
4152417 6 Oleksiyenko, Mykhaylo (C) GM 2592
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 (C) IM 2313
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 (C) GM 2644
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 (C) 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
14400030 6 Sokolov, Ivan (C) GM 2590
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 (C) GM 2527
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 (C) GM 2487
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   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 (C) IM 2412

 

Women Teams

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 (C)   2049
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 (C) GM 2546
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 (C) GM 2600
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
13600052 6 Ubilava, Elizbar (C) GM 2495
alt   India
5008123 1 Soumya, Swaminathan WGM 2402
5016193 2 Tania, Sachdev IM 2400
5007844 3 Karavade, Eesha IM 2365
5012600 4 Kulkarni Bhakti WGM 2348
5029295 5 Padmini, Rout IM 2315
5019184 6 Swapnil, S. Dhopade (C) GM 2488
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 (C) GM 2535
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 (C) GM 2462
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
13301578 6 Pashikian, Arman (C) GM 2616
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 (C) GM 2652
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 (C) GM 2509

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

FIDE President’s working meeting with the President of FIFA

Wednesday, February 27th, 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

FIDE Grand Swiss update

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

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FIDE announces the updates approved by the Presidential Board:

1. The event will take place on the Isle of Man: October 8 (arrival) – October 22 (departure), 2019

2. 120 players will receive special conditions. 15 more players will get the conditions in line with the original 105 in the published Regulations, and these spots will be distributed as follows:

12 spots will be allocated to the qualifiers from the respective Continental Championships to be held in 2019:

Europe – 5
Asia – 3
Americas – 3
Africa – 1

If the players occupying top positions in these events will qualify anyways (by average rating or other criteria as per regulations), the spot(s) will go to the next placed participant(s) in the respective Continental Championship.

In addition, FIDE President gets the right to nominate 3 (three) players.

FIDE looks forward to an exceptional event in cooperation with chess.com and Isle of Man organizers.

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

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