Archive for April, 2019

FIDE new office in Lausanne is now fully operational

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

MSI Maison du Sport International Lausanne

Following a decision by the 2018 Presidential Board meeting in London, FIDE has moved its headquarters from Athens to Lausanne, Switzerland.

The main reason for the transfer was the wish of the President to be close to the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee, as well to the main offices of other major sports associations. Exploring potential synergies with other sports associations is a line of work that the current FIDE administration wants to exploit.

The new office, administrated by FIDE’s COO Willy Iclicki, is located within the Maison du Sport International or MSI (“Home of International Sport”), a unique complex that brings together under one roof several of the leading players in international sports administration. With a total 5,500 m2 of office space, the MSI hosts around thirty international sports federations and organisations, and some twenty companies active in the field of sport. Strategically positioned on the Avenue de Rhodanie, by the shores of Lake Geneva, the facilities include a reception building and three office blocks, conference rooms and a gym: a modern and functional complex in a prime location.

FIDE has already a long chess history with Lausanne, a place that was home to our organization’s offices from 1995 until 2004. This city also hosted a FIDE World Championship Match, the one between Anatoly Karpov and Viswanathan Anand in 1998.

Avenue de Rhodanie, 54
1007 Lausanne
+41 21 348 11 04

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

May 2019 FIDE Rating List

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

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FIDE publishes May 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

FIDE World Championship bidding procedure

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

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With the approval of the 2020 World Championship regulations, the bidding procedure to host this event is now open. Any federation member of FIDE, or any organizer approved by a national federation, is eligible to bid.

These are some of the basic requirements:

– Each application should be backed by letters of support from a national federation and relevant local authorities.

– It should contain all the basic information, such as proposed exact dates of the event, proposed venue, and prize fund.

– Applicants should pay a non-refundable fee of three thousand euros, and extend an invitation for two members of the Global Strategy Commission to inspect the proposed venue and examine other conditions. This fee will be used to cover the hotel and travel expenses derived from this inspection.

– Bidders must provide a guarantee issued by a first-class bank for the amount of three hundred thousand (300,000) euros to support the bid.

While very important, the proposed prize fund will not be the only criterium to decide who will host the event. FIDE’s choice will take into consideration many other factors, aiming for the best interest of chess. The organizer’s experience in holding top events, the location and prominence of the playing venue, and the organizer’s plans to promote the event (like media facilities, proposed side events…) will also be key factors to make the decision.

The complete details about the procedure can be found under point 5. “Selection of the organizer” (page 6) of the World Championship regulations. You can download them on this link.

The applications must be sent to The deadline to bid is July 25, 2019, at 23:59 CET.

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Carlsen Wins Grenke Chess Classic, Reaches 2875 Rating

Monday, April 29th, 2019

Magnus Carlsen won his last-round game against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave to clinch the Grenke Chess Classic with a 1.5-point margin over runner-up Fabiano Caruana, who quickly drew with Levon Aronian.
It was kind of telling that…

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CHESS Magazine – May 2019: David’s Delight

Monday, April 29th, 2019

CHESS Magazine – May 2019

David’s Delight: The full story of England’s Astana triumph?

Magazine, 60 pages

All the regular features of the UK’s best-selling CHESS magazine and more! Regular features include: How Good is Your Chess? by GM Daniel King, Saunders on ChessFind the Winning MovesNever Mind the Grandmasters…StudiesHome & Overseas NewsForthcoming Events Calendar and Book Reviews.

In this issue:

  • Editorial – Malcolm Pein on the latest developments in the game
  • 60 Seconds with…Aditya Munshi – The Nottingham teenager certainly enjoys his chess
  • A Silver Lining – Russia won the World Team Championship and England also shone
  • Forthcoming Events – Will you be playing chess over either Bank Holiday weekend?
  • The Old and the New – Hikaru Nakamura and Jennifer Yu triumphed at the U.S. Championships
  • Manx Derailed – Guildford were left in a clear lead after round 8 of the 4NCL
  • Endgame Masterclass – Gawain Jones presents two instructive endings from Astana
  • Studies with Stephenson – David Hodge triumphed at the British Chess Solving Championship
  • Fifty Years Ago – John Saunders looks back at the world’s best players in 1969
  • Find the Winning Moves – Can you do as well as the players at the 4NCL?
  • How Good is Your Chess? – Daniel King presents an Adhiban win from the World Teams
  • Opening Trends – The Reti continues to hold sway at the top of the chart
  • Never Mind the Grandmasters… – Carl Portman has been frustrated by a run of draws
  • Blundering – Matthew Lunn examines four instructive early blunders
  • Overseas News – Vladislav Artemiev triumphed once again in the European Individual
  • Home News – Alan Merry and Aditya Munshi did well at the Nottingham Congress
  • This Month’s New Releases – Works from McFarland and on the Alekhine come under the microscope
  • Saunders on Chess – Magnus Carlsen’s play of late has reminded John of Alekhine

Click here to download a free PDF preview of this issue

To open these files you’ll need a PGN reader or Chess software such as HIARCS Chess Explorer, Fritz, Houdini or Chessbase.

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Monday, April 29th, 2019


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Grenke Chess Classic: Carlsen Checkmates Svidler; Caruana Still In the Race

Sunday, April 28th, 2019

Magnus Carlsen goes into the final round of the Grenke Chess Classic with a one-point lead. He checkmated Peter Svidler on Sunday but Fabiano Caruana also won his game and so the American GM still has a chance to tie …

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"Scary" Win Carlsen-Aronian At Grenke Chess Classic

Saturday, April 27th, 2019

Magnus Carlsen kept his full-point lead at the Grenke Chess Classic with a win vs Levon Aronian on Saturday. The only player trailing him by a point is Fabiano Caruana, who defeated Arkadij Naiditsch. Viswanathan Anand&nbs…

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The Black Lion by Simon Williams (PC-DVD)

Saturday, April 27th, 2019

The Black Lion by Simon Williams (PC-DVD)
An aggressive version of the Philidor Defense

Looking for an interesting, exciting, aggressive and flexible opening to play against 1 e4!? Then the Black Lion is just the opening for you! The Lion gets ready to roar after 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Nf3 Nbd7 5.Bc4 Be7 6.0–0 c6 – and now Black wants to attack with an early …g5. This opening, first brought into the limelight by Dutch amateur players Jerry van Rekom and Leo Jansen, now gets the Grandmaster treatment. Grandmaster Simon Williams suggests a simple to learn, yet deadly system of development for Black. Simon explains the main ideas of this opening in an easy and entertaining manner, using examples from such maverick players as Baadur Jobava. In what other opening do you get a chance to attack White’s castled King with an early …g5? Let the Lion roar and the fun commence!

  • Video running time: 5 hours 27 min (English)
  • With interactive training including videofeedback
  • Exclusive database with 50 model games
  • Including CB 12 Reader

About the Author
Simon Williams became a IM in 1998 and a GM in 2008. For the last 15 years he has concentrated on teaching, playing and making instructional chess DVDs. He is the author of numerous chess books. My first chess book. ‘Play the Classical Dutch’ got voted, in New in Chess, as one of the top 10 chess books of all time.


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Killer d4 with GM Simon Williams available for Download!

Saturday, April 27th, 2019

 Killer d4 with GM Simon Williams from Ginger GM


In the first of this two part DVD series, I will be guiding you through an extremely aggressive repertoire based on 1 d4. Concentrating on gambits and sharp play this opening has been my main weapon in becoming a Grandmaster. Learn my secrets and the secrets of a GM in this 7 hour DVD!

This DVD covers:

  • Chapter 1: The Slav
  • Chapter 2: The Semi-Slav
  • Chapter 3: The Triangle Variation – Marshall Gambit
  • Chapter 4: Queen’s Gambit Accepted
  • Chapter 5: The Queen’s Gambit Declined: 5 Bf4
  • Chapter 6: The Albin Counter Gambit
  • Chapter 7: Vienna Opening
  • Chapter 8: Ragozin Variation 4…Bb4
  • Chapter 9: 4… Nbd7 5 Bf4
  • Chapter 10: The Tarrasch Defence
  • Chapter 11: Conclusion/Overview of DVD 1


In the second DVD in this series, I take a look at everything else that you need to know when playing 1 d4. The aim is to teach things in a simple yet effective manner. Where both club players and Grandmaster will be able to pick up something useful. Aggressive, attacking chess is the key. This repertoire got me to GM so there is no reason it cannot do the same for you!

This DVD covers:

  • Chapter 1: Queen’s Indian Defence
  • Chapter 2: The Bogo Indian
  • Chapter 3: The Benoni
  • Chapter 4: The Snake Benoni
  • Chapter 5: The Czech Benoni
  • Chapter 6: The Blumenfield Gambit
  • Chapter 7: The Benko Gambit: Nescafe-Frappe Attack
  • Chapter 8: The King’s Indian Defence: White plays Be2 and Be3!?
  • Chapter 9: The Grunfeld Opening
  • Chapter 10: Budapest Gambit
  • Chapter 11: The English Defence
  • Chapter 12: The Black Knights Tango
  • Chapter 13: Surprising the Dutch Defence

If you are a fan of aggressive attacking chess, this DVD could be the weapon for you!


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