Archive for May, 2019

In Other News: Park Chess, Female Chess, Cartoons, Commercials

Friday, May 24th, 2019

Chess in a Filipino park, chess as a therapy for tough times and as a source for marketing and for cartoons. There are interesting new facts about female participation, and the female GM Harika Dronavalli shares her journey. And have you seen th…

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Ugra gets ready for the 44th World Chess Olympiad

Friday, May 24th, 2019

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Berik Balgabaev (FIDE President’s Advisor) and Kema Goryaeva (FIDE events manager) visited Khanty-Mansiysk for an official inspection to review the preparations for the World Chess Olympiad. The FIDE delegation paid visits to the hotels, airport and other infrastructures of the 44th Olympiad, that will be held in the Russian city during the first half of August 2020.

Afterwards, they held a meeting with the local authorities in charge of the event. On behalf of the local organizers, the meeting was attended by Yuri Yuzhakov (Deputy Governor of Ugra region), Sergey Artamonov (Director of the Department of Physical Culture and Sports of Ugra), Roman Genkel (General Director of the Ugra Development Fund), Valery Radchenko (Director of “UgraMegaSport”) and Vasily Filipenko (President of the Ugra Chess Federation). In the meeting, all the main organizational aspects of the Olympiad were discussed – transportation, accommodation, communication, registration, flights to Khanty-Mansiysk and others.

During the Chess Olympiad 2020, the airport of Ugra capital will become the main transport hub of the region. Every day it will be served with 15-17 flights from Moscow, compared with the 2-3 daily direct flights that normally connect Khanty-Mansiysk with the Russian capital. This will ensure that the thousands of participants, arbiters and officials of the Olympiad will find suitable travel connections. To make the process smoother, it was decided to establish two arrival days in the schedule instead of one. The airport is the place where people get their first impression of a city, so the renovation process has already started there.

The new Sports Arena, which is planned to be built near the Tennis Center and the Exhibition Center “Ugra-Expo”, will be a modern playing venue for the 44th Chess Olympiad. The construction works will start next week and it is scheduled to be completed by June 2020, with margin enough to add the final touches before the competition starts.

The accommodation of players and accompanying persons was another important topic of the meeting. Thousands of people will visit Khanty-Mansiysk for the Olympiad, and the organizers informed the FIDE representatives about the current number of hotel rooms that the city offers at the moment. “We are expecting approximately 3300 players, team members, arbiters and officials to come to Ugra for the event. The sporting infrastructure will be ready on time. Khanty-Mansiysk already hosted the Chess Olympiad in 2010 and the organizers proved to have the capabilities and experience to do this once again”, – said the Director of Physical Culture and Sports Department of Ugra, Sergey Artamonov.

“FIDE has been closely cooperating with Ugra since 2005. All the events here were held at the highest organizational level, and I am sure everything will run smoothly this time as well”, said Berik Balgabaev. “Some minor issues have already been solved, some will be fixed soon. FIDE notes with great satisfaction that the organizers have already fulfilled all their financial obligations to the International Chess Federation both in organizing the World Cup 2019 and the World Chess Olympiad 2020. I am sure that all other issues that have been raised today will be settled accordingly. The event is in good hands.”

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Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Chess : Magnus Carlsen in Scotland and targeting yet another new record

Friday, May 24th, 2019

Another week, another record attempt. The world chess champion, Magnus Carlsen, makes his first visit to Scotland this weekend, with serious chances to improve his all-time best 2903 rapid chess rating. Carlsen will take on India’s former chess champion Vishy Anand, China’s world No 3, Ding Liren, and Russia’s 2016 title challenger Sergey Karjakin in the double-round Lindores Abbey Stars. The event is staged at the historic Lindores Abbey distillery in Newburgh, Fife, which will issue a limited edition of its Aqua Vitae spirit to mark the occasion. Carlsen set his current all-time record rapid rating of 2903 earlier this month at Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He is 58 points ahead of his nearest rival, the US champion, Hikaru Nakamura, but will be expected to improve further. In the 28-year-old’s favour are his good personal results against the opposition trio, the better chances of …

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‘Sudden Draws’ As FIDE Grand Prix Round 3 Begins

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

Both semifinal games—Ian Nepomniachtchi vs. Radoslaw Wojtaszek and Hikaru Nakamura vs. Alexander Grischuk—ended in draws rather abruptly today at the FIDE Grand Prix in Moscow. Tomorrow is the second day o…

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Moscow Semifinals Begin With Two Nervous, Tense Draws

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

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Nerves were on display on Thursday in the first games of the semifinals of the Moscow Grand Prix – the players in both games had winning chances when the games were stopped by mutual agreement.

The first game to finish on Thursday was between Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia and Radoslaw Wojtaszek of Poland. Arguably, that draw was the more curious of the two.

Nepomniachtchi, who had White, blitzed out his first 25 moves against Wojtaszek’s Najdorf Sicilian Defense, using almost no time on his clock, indicating that he was still basically following analysis that he had done before the game. At that point, Black’s position was under pressure as White’s pieces were all pointing menacingly at Black’s castled king.

One move later, however, after thinking for about 10 minutes, Nepomniachtchi played 26 h3 (about 1:45 into the broadcast), a somewhat weak move, and offered a draw, which was quickly accepted.

Afterward, in an interview, Nepomniachtchi did not sound very confident, suggesting that he thought that Wojtaszek knew exactly what he should be doing. Radoslaw said that he accepted the draw because he was already well behind on the clock and the position was very complicated.

The other game featured Hikaru Nakamura of the United States and Alexander Grischuk of Russia. The opening was a Giuoco Piano, which is Italian for “quiet game.” The opening usually features a lot of quiet maneuvering, but it can become very tactical if the center opens.

Nakamura surprised Grischuk on Move 16 by exchanging his light-squared bishop, which is usually an essential piece for White, in order to win a pawn. The plan turned out to be double-edged as Grischuk’s pieces began to spring to life, putting immense pressure on Nakamura’s center. Grischuk followed up by posting his remaining knight aggressively on f4, presaging a possible attack against Nakamura’s king. Though Nakamura was not objectively worse, the position was much easier to play for Black than for White.

But, with time running low on both players’ clocks, Grischuk played 35… Rc8, which was readily accepted by Nakamura.

In an interview afterward, Nakamura said that Grischuk’s 14… Qc7 had not been part of his pre-game analysis preparation, but that it turned out not to be bad. He said that he accepted the draw offer because the position was messy and he did not have enough time to evaluate it better. Grischuk said that he also did not have much confidence in his position at the end, which is why he offered the draw.

The matches resume Friday at 3 PM local time. The broadcast can be viewed free and live at www.worldchess.com.

Report by Dylan Loeb McClain.

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Link to the photos of the semifinals.

For further questions, please contact press@fide.com

Information for the press https://mediakit2018.worldchess.com

Official website https://worldchess.com/news/1349

Leading partners supporting the FIDE Grand Prix Series 2019 organized by World Chess include:

PhosAgro, a leading chemical company as the Official Strategic Partner
Kaspersky Lab, as the Official Cybersecurity Partner
Russian Post, as the Official Logistics Partner
PRYTEK, as the Technology Transfer Partner
BMW, as the Official Auto Partner

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Moscow Semifinals Begin With Two Nervous, Tense Draws

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

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Nerves were on display on Thursday in the first games of the semifinals of the Moscow Grand Prix – the players in both games had winning chances when the games were stopped by mutual agreement.

The first game to finish on Thursday was between Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia and Radoslaw Wojtaszek of Poland. Arguably, that draw was the more curious of the two.

Nepomniachtchi, who had White, blitzed out his first 25 moves against Wojtaszek’s Najdorf Sicilian Defense, using almost no time on his clock, indicating that he was still basically following analysis that he had done before the game. At that point, Black’s position was under pressure as White’s pieces were all pointing menacingly at Black’s castled king.

One move later, however, after thinking for about 10 minutes, Nepomniachtchi played 26 h3 (about 1:45 into the broadcast), a somewhat weak move, and offered a draw, which was quickly accepted.

Afterward, in an interview, Nepomniachtchi did not sound very confident, suggesting that he thought that Wojtaszek knew exactly what he should be doing. Radoslaw said that he accepted the draw because he was already well behind on the clock and the position was very complicated.

The other game featured Hikaru Nakamura of the United States and Alexander Grischuk of Russia. The opening was a Giuoco Piano, which is Italian for “quiet game.” The opening usually features a lot of quiet maneuvering, but it can become very tactical if the center opens.

Nakamura surprised Grischuk on Move 16 by exchanging his light-squared bishop, which is usually an essential piece for White, in order to win a pawn. The plan turned out to be double-edged as Grischuk’s pieces began to spring to life, putting immense pressure on Nakamura’s center. Grischuk followed up by posting his remaining knight aggressively on f4, presaging a possible attack against Nakamura’s king. Though Nakamura was not objectively worse, the position was much easier to play for Black than for White.

But, with time running low on both players’ clocks, Grischuk played 35… Rc8, which was readily accepted by Nakamura.

In an interview afterward, Nakamura said that Grischuk’s 14… Qc7 had not been part of his pre-game analysis preparation, but that it turned out not to be bad. He said that he accepted the draw offer because the position was messy and he did not have enough time to evaluate it better. Grischuk said that he also did not have much confidence in his position at the end, which is why he offered the draw.

The matches resume Friday at 3 PM local time. The broadcast can be viewed free and live at www.worldchess.com.

Report by Dylan Loeb McClain.

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Link to the photos of the semifinals.

For further questions, please contact press@fide.com

Information for the press https://mediakit2018.worldchess.com

Official website https://worldchess.com/news/1349

Leading partners supporting the FIDE Grand Prix Series 2019 organized by World Chess include:

PhosAgro, a leading chemical company as the Official Strategic Partner
Kaspersky Lab, as the Official Cybersecurity Partner
Russian Post, as the Official Logistics Partner
PRYTEK, as the Technology Transfer Partner
BMW, as the Official Auto Partner

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

On Chess : US Chess Federation Celebrates 80th Year and Looks to the Future

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

Admit it: When you think of chess, an image immediately forms in your mind of two older men, possibly bearded, hunched over a board in a dimly-lit tournament hall. One of the players may be ominously declaring, “Check.” Make no mistake, though: This view is decidedly dated, and the United States Chess Federation (U.S. Chess) is working hard to permanently bury it as we work to show that chess is a game that welcomes anyone — regardless of gender, national origin, age or special circumstances. This year, U.S. Chess is celebrating its 80th anniversary. The 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit organization, formed in 1939, has a mission to empower people, enrich lives and enhance communities through chess. To achieve this, U.S. Chess embraces all areas of the game beyond just the competitive aspect. Certainly, competition is a key component — in fact …

Source: GameKnot online chess news

World Youth U14, U16, U18 Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships in Spain

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

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Dear chess friends,

The International Chess Federation, Spanish Chess Federation (FEDA) and the Organizing Committee, have the honour to invite all the FIDE member Chess Federations to participate in the FIDE World Youth Chess Championships Rapid and Blitz 2019.

This competition will be held in Salobrena (Spain), from September 10th to September 14th, 2019. As usual, it is divided in the categories under 14, under 16 and under 18 years old, with both open and girls sections.

Salobrena is a town on the “Costa Tropical” in Granada, Spain. It claims a history stretching back 6,000 years. The nearest airport is Granada (50km), served by Easyjet and British Airways, but Malaga airport is merely 81 km away and offers many more international connections.

Official Website: www.wyrbcc2019.com  

Contact: Patricia Claros Aguilar

Information: info@wyrbcc2019.com

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

First Social Commission Meeting in Cuba

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019
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The first FIDE Social Commission meeting was held at Tryp Habana Libre Hotel, in Havana (Cuba) on 11th of May 2019, during the Capablanca Memorial Festival. The Secretary of FIDE Planning and Development Commission, Sonja Johnson, also attended the meeting as an advisor. 

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Danielian Upsets Lagno In Women’s Speed Chess Opener

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

Deciding the match in the very last bullet game, eighth seed GM Elina Danielian of Armenia Wednesday kicked out top seed GM Kateryna Lagno of Russia from the Chess.com Women's Speed Chess Championship.
Experience and mouse skills …

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