Archive for May, 2019

June 2019 FIDE Rating List

Friday, May 31st, 2019

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FIDE publishes June 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

Women’s Candidates Tournament starts peacefully

Friday, May 31st, 2019

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The FIDE Women’s Candidates Tournament started today, May 31st, with all four games ending in draws. Despite the peaceful result, the most dramatic games happened in the Russian derbies Gunina-Lagno and Kosteniuk-Goriachkina. The games between Muzychuk sisters and Nana Dzagnidze-Tan Zhongyi were more quiet and finished before the time control.

Round 1 results:

Valentina Gunina — Kateryna Lagno | ? — ?
Alexandra Kosteniuk — Alexandra Goryachkina ? — ?
Nana Dzagnidze — Tan Zhongyi | ? — ?
Maria Muzychuk — Anna Muzychuk | ? — ?

The game between sisters Anna and Maria Muzychuk finished quickly in a draw, and both players came to the media centre to share their impressions on the event and the city with local and foreign journalists. “Of course, it’s a great event, the strongest women’s tournament in chess history and I was looking forward to it. I have good memories about Kazan since 2012 when I tied for the first place in Grand Prix event together with Humpy Koneru. I’m glad to be back, “said Anna. Even though Mariya Muzychuk won the Women’s World Champion title in 2015, she still finds the motivation to fight: “It’s such kind of a tournament where the winner takes it all. Either you win this tournament, or you don’t, as only if you win, you have a chance to fight for the World Championship title.”

Tan Zhongyi managed to surprise Nana Dzagnidze with Petrov’s Defence, and the Georgian player chose a rare line which led to a somewhat equal position. Even if White had some hopes for a slight advantage, all expectations were ruined by a strong 20…Ba6, which Nana overlooked during the game.

According to Dzagnidze, she was considering to keep on playing after 28. f4. However, she was not sure if she had anything substantial and decided to go for a three-fold repetition.

A real thriller happened in the game Gunina-Lagno, where White got a clear advantage in Ruy Lopez and had a comfortable and smooth play. According to Gunina, she lost the track before the time control, and it was already Black, who was fighting for the victory in the game.

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After a brilliant 46.Ra1 White is back to the game and forcing perpetual check after 48…Qa1! Katerina Lagno missed a quiet 55.g3 at the end of the forced line and was happy Black is not losing but forcing a draw after 55…Bg5.

The last game to finish was Kosteniuk-Goriachkina. The Women’s ex-world champion felt she had missed her advantage after the opening and was not sure if the decision to change the Queens was the right one. “I thought I would have a better position at the endgame, but in fact, I didn’t manage to demonstrate anything there. In contrary, I missed the transfer of her knight to e4 and felt anxious after that,” said Alexandra Kosteniuk after the game. The youngest participant of the tournament Alexandra Goriachkina avoided the repetition of moves after the time control, believing her chances in the endgame were better. After 43.b4 Black had a significant advantage, however, Goriachkina didn’t manage to find the precise way and to transfer it into a full point.
Moreover, after the first round, the tournament has no leaders nor tail-enders.

The second round will be played tomorrow, Saturday June 1st, at 15:00 local time:

Kateryna Lagno — Alexandra Kosteniuk
Alexandra Goryachkina — Valentina Gunina
Tan Zhongyi — Maria Muzychuk
Anna Muzychuk — Nana Dzagnidze

Official website: http://fwct2019.com

Photos: Eteri Kublashvili, Anastasya Karlovich, David Llada. 

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Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

ADVANCE: Women’s Candidates Tournament starts peacefully

Friday, May 31st, 2019

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ADVANCE: The FIDE Women’s Candidates Tournament started today, May 31st, with all four games ending in draws. Despite the peaceful result, the most dramatic games happened in the Russian derbies Gunina-Lagno and Kosteniuk-Goriachkina. The games between Muzychuk sisters and Nana Dzagnidze-Tan Zhongyi were more quiet and finished before the time control.

Round 1 results:

Valentina Gunina — Kateryna Lagno | ? — ?
Alexandra Kosteniuk — Alexandra Goryachkina ? — ?
Nana Dzagnidze — Tan Zhongyi | ? — ?
Maria Muzychuk — Anna Muzychuk | ? — ?

Official website: http://fwct2019.com

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Harika Beats Sebag To Reach Semis Women’s Speed Chess Championship

Friday, May 31st, 2019

Coming to the match well prepared, GM Harika Dronavalli defeated GM Marie Sebag 15.5-10.5 on Thursday and will now face Elina Danielian in the Women's Speed Chess Championship semifinals.
The match started a bit later th…

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The first round of the Women`s Candidates has started in Kazan

Friday, May 31st, 2019

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The first President of Tatarstan and the State Counselor of the Republic of Tatarstan, Mintimer Shaimiev made the first symbolic move in the game between two Russian players Alexandra Kosteniuk and Alexandra Goryachkina to mark the start of the FIDE Women`s Candidates in Kazan (Russia).

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Today: Junior Speed Chess Championship Match Wei Yi-Praggnanandhaa

Friday, May 31st, 2019

The Chess.com Junior Speed Chess Championship continues on Friday with its third match, between two rising stars from two powerhouse chess countries. It's Wei Yi of China playing Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu of India.
We've seen Alireza Firouz…

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FIDE Women’s Candidates Tournament kicks off in Kazan

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

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The tournament with the world strongest female players competing for a spot in the World Championship match, was officially opened in the Kazan Palace Hotel on May 30.

The spectacular opening ceremony welcomed all participants, journalists, local chess players, guests and officials to the capital of Tatarstan Republic. Victor Bologan (FIDE Executive Director), Mark Glukhovsky (Executive Director of Russian Chess Federation) and Khalil Shaikhutdinov (First Deputy Minister of Sports of the Republic of Tatarstan) gave speeches during the official part of the ceremony.

The opening ceremony included choreographic and musical performances that attached a very good mood to the participants and guests of the tournament. The vocal-choreographic composition “World Chess” was performed by “Way from the city” and “WOW” bands. There were performances from Cover-orchestra “Just Brass” and the Honored Artist of the Republic of Tatarstan Aidar Suleimanov. Classical ballet performance by ballet «Allegro» meshed with breakdancing by «Action man crew» in a surprising way. The inspirational video “World Crown”, prepared specially for the tournament, was also shown during the ceremony.

Chief Arbiter IA Hal Bond informed the public about the format of the FIDE Women’s Candidates tournament and invited all players to the stage for a group photo.

The drawing of lots ceremony took place one month before the start of the tournament, on April 30 in Moscow and was attended by Arkady Dvorkovich, President of FIDE, and Judit Polgar, the strongest female player in the history of chess and Honorary FIDE Vice-President.

Thus, the following games will be played in the first round on May 31:

V. Gunina – K. Lagno,
A. Kosteniuk – A. Goryachkina,
N. Dzagnidze – Tan Zhongyi,
M. Muzychuk – A. Muzychuk

The venue is Nogai Hotel (16B, Profsojuznaja St., Kazan).

All rounds begin at 3 pm local time.

The winner of the FIDE Women’s Candidates Tournament qualifies for the World Championship Match with Ju Wenjun (China), where both players will compete for a total prize fund of €500,000, which is 150% percent bigger than in the previous championship match.

The organizers are FIDE, Russian Chess Federation, Government of the Republic of Tatarstan, Ministry of Sports of the Republic of Tatarstan, and city administration of Kazan. The tournament is sponsored by PJSC PhosAgro and Russian Railways.

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Pre-competition press conference took place at the FIDE Women’s Candidates Tournament in Kazan

A press-conference dedicated to the start of the FIDE Women’s Candidates Tournament in Kazan took place at AO Tatmedia on May 30. It was attended by FIDE Executive Director Victor Bologan, RCF Executive Director Mark Glukhovsky, First Deputy Minister of Sport of the Republic of Tatarstan Khalil Shaikhutdinov, and two tournament participants, Kateryna Lagno (Russia) and Nana Dzagnidze (Georgia).

Victor Bologan pointed out the high level of organization of the FIDE Women’s Candidates Tournament in Kazan: “There wasn’t much time to prepare. FIDE is grateful to Tatarstan and Kazan for taking care of this outstanding tournament. Apart from the Candidates Tournament, many more events will be carried out alongside. And there is no doubt that everything will be held to the highest of standards.”

Mark Glukhovsky, in turn, underscored that the tournament is regarded as a major event not only in Russia, but internationally: “Kazan hosted a chess event of a similar caliber in 2011. It was the Candidates Tournament as well, only among men. We are very grateful to the organizers who decided to refresh their past experience and repeat the event, for women this time.

The winner of the tournament will play the Women’s World Championship Match against the reigning champion, Ju Wenjun from China.

When we organize a major tournament, we always try to prepare a diverse program for our spectators. This is a long competition with four rest days. People who work at the tournament -I am primarily talking about our commentators-, will host master classes on the rest days.

This will be our first attempt of going outdoors as well. We will place a chess tent on Kazan’s main pedestrianized street, Bauman street. On playing days, the onlookers will be able to listen to the live commentary, and on rest days the tent will be hosting open blitz events. Hopefully it will be a positive and exciting experience”, concluded Mr. Glukhovsky.

Khalil Shaikhutdinov greeted the audience on behalf of the Ministry of Sports of the Republic of Tatarstan:
“What an exciting occasion – once again Kazan is hosting a major international chess event, the Women’s Candidates Tournament! I would like to thank FIDE and Russian Chess Federation for their vote of confidence, the decision to carry out this tournament here, in the capital of Russian sport.”

Kateryna Lagno, who has played in Kazan in the past, shared her memories about the city and her expectations from the tournament:

“Of course, I am very excited to return to Kazan. I really liked it the last time. We are staying in downtown Kazan, the weather is wonderful. As for the tournament, I expect it to be very exciting. Even the ratings of the participants are very similar. Trying to predict the results in women’s chess is absolutely pointless. Hopefully the spectators will enjoy it, and the battle will go down to the wire”, said the Russian player.

Nana Dzagnidze also abstained from making predictions: “I will not speak about chances, as everyone has a chance in this tournament. I am personally happy to be here. I think this is the strongest tournament in the history of women’s chess. I will try to play my best”, promised the Georgian Grandmaster.

Official website https://fwct2019.com/en/

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Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Chess.com Raises Over $15,000 for Baden Baden Snowballs

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

After the Baden Baden Snowballs had all of their personal belongings stolen at the PRO Chess League Live Finals earlier this month, the Chess.com community came together to support the German side last Saturday.
"I'm just speechless. This e…

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Women’s Candidates’ Tournament To Start Tomorrow

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

The Women's Candidates' Tournament, an eight-player all-play-all that will determine the challenger for Ju Wenjun in the next Women's World Championship match, will start tomorrow in Kazan, Russia.
It was one of the first decisions of the new FI…

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Today: Women’s Speed Chess Championship Match Harika-Sebag

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

The Chess.com Women's Speed Chess Championship continues today with the fourth and last quarterfinals matchup between GM Harika Dronavalli (India) and GM Marie Sebag (France).
Three semifinalists are known: Elina Danielian (who beat Kateryna Lag…

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