Archive for March, 2019

PRO Chess League To Play Live Esports Final On Twitch

Monday, March 18th, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Chess.com brings Professional Rapid Online (PRO) Chess League championship to Twitch. 
San Francisco, March 18, 2019—Chess.com, the world's largest chess site, and Twitch, the leading service and community for…

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Wang Hao Wins HD Bank International Chess Masters

Monday, March 18th, 2019

Top seed GM Wang Hao of China stamped his authority on the HD Bank International Masters 2019 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to win yet another GM open in Asia.
The HD Bank International is already into its ninth edition since its incept…

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Team Chess Battle: Nakamura Thumps MVL In Grob Madness

Sunday, March 17th, 2019

A wild Grob Attack decided the Team Chess Battle match between U.S. and France on March 15.
Hikaru Nakamura’s TeamBattlesUSA had the better of Maxime Vachier-Lagrave’s TeamBattlesFrance on a three rapid games online battle across the…

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PRO Chess League Fantasy Challenge Meets Playoffs!

Saturday, March 16th, 2019

With the regular season complete, sixteen teams are one step closer to reaching the PRO Chess League Finals in San Francisco on May 4-5. With eleven different countries represented across the four divisions, the bracket is now set for Round of 16 …

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Arch Bishops, Blizzard, Gentlemen, Gnomes Win PRO Chess Divisions

Saturday, March 16th, 2019

With the final week of the 2019 PRO Chess League regular season complete, the playoff picture is set as 16 teams saw their season come to an end. Notable omissions include the Montreal Chessbrahs and the San Jose Hackers, as both teams did not per…

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Vitiugov Wins Prague Chess Festival Masters

Friday, March 15th, 2019

Russian grandmaster Nikita Vitiugov won the first edition of the Prague International Chess Festival' masters with 5.5/9. Spanish GM David Anton won the challengers and promoted to the highest group next year.
In the shadow of the…

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Live Now: Nakamura, MVL Headline Team Chess Battles

Friday, March 15th, 2019

One of the most popular competitive formats on Chess.com is back with two more Team Chess Battles.
Each battle pairs up two chess masters per team, who will talk out and decide every move on their turn for a live broadcast audience. You can watc…

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Chess : England win first major medal in 22 years with silver at world teams

Friday, March 15th, 2019

England’s silver medals on Thursday at the World Team Championship in Astana, Kazakhstan, were the team’s first of any colour in major competition since 1997. European gold in that year seemed the last hurrah of a generation which had proved itself No 2 to the former Soviet Union. Before that England won bronze at the 1989 world teams and the 1990 Chess Olympiad but then the Berlin Wall came down and new strong chess nations appeared from Eastern Europe and Asia. England proved themselves more consistent than their major rivals, China, India and the US, in Kazakhstan, although the margins were narrow. They were mentally tough, too, often fighting back strongly from dubious mid-session positions. The team captain, Malcolm Pein, said: “We showed in Astana that, although our teams do not receive the official and financial backing of …

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England Grabs Silver At World Team Chess Championship

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

England today defeated Sweden at the World Team Championship in Astana, Kazakhstan to claim the silver medals ahead of China and behind Russia, who had already secured gold on Wednesday.
China, already sure of gold as well, also w…

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Tie-break criteria in Swiss-system events of the World Championship Cycle

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

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Following the recommendation of GSC, the tie-break criteria for Swiss-system events of the World Championship Cycle were approved by FIDE Presidential Board in Astana:

° Average Rating of Opponents Cut 1 (AROC 1)*
° Buchholz Cut 1**;
° Buchholz;
° Direct encounter between the players in tie;
° Drawing of lots.

* Average Rating of Opponents, excluding the lowest-rated opponent.
** Buchholz score reduced by the lowest score of the opponents.

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

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