Archive for June, 2019

Chess : Magnus Carlsen scores in Alphazero style in fresh record hunt

Sunday, June 30th, 2019

Magnus Carlsen began his latest tournament in style this week as the world chess champion bids to break his own performance record in the current Grand Chess Tour event at Zagreb, Croatia. In a field with nine of the current top 10 grandmasters, Carlsen needs eight out of 11 to tie his official monthly mark of 2882 rating points and nine out of 11 to break his unofficial daily record of 2889. He has won seven successive chess tournaments and has an unbeaten streak of 71 games. The 28-year-old demolished the world No 5, Anish Giri, with Black in 23 moves in Wednesday’s opening round. It was revenge for the 22-mover, also with Black, which Giri won at Wijk 2011 and which the Dutchman used for years to taunt that he had a plus score against the No 1. Carlsen made only one queen move in the entire game and that was to the corner square a8 from where …

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July 2019 FIDE Rating list

Sunday, June 30th, 2019

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FIDE publishes July 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

Nepomniachtchi Leads Croatia Grand Chess Tour As Carlsen, Mamedyarov Play Stunner

Sunday, June 30th, 2019

Day four of the Croatia Grand Chess Tour was an exciting affair despite all six games ending in draws. In an enterprising day of chess, the players entertained one and all in what can be called the round of missed chances. 
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PRO Chess League Summer Series: Statement Saturday In ‘Group Of Life’

Saturday, June 29th, 2019

This Saturday, Group B will take center stage in the PRO Chess League Summer Series, as the Barcelona Raptors, Baden Baden Snowballs, Pittsburgh Pawngrabbers and Reykjavik Puffins look to make their cases for a spot in the Summer Se…

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Nepomniachtchi Nearing 2800 In Croatia Grand Chess Tour

Saturday, June 29th, 2019

Thirteen players in chess history have crossed the 2800 rating barrier. Could Ian Nepomniachtchi become the 14th?
The Russian star won his third consecutive game in Zagreb, reaching a 3/3 score by defeating Shakhriyar Mamedyarov with the black p…

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Underdog Danielian Wins Women’s Speed Chess Championship

Friday, June 28th, 2019

She entered the competition as a qualifier, joined the bracket as the lowest seed and ended up winning the whole thing. Elina Danielian beat Valentina Gunina 15-13 in Thursday's final of the inaugural Chess.com Women's Speed Chess Champi…

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On Chess : Expanded Grand Chess Tour Begins Second Leg In Croatia

Friday, June 28th, 2019

After an exciting kickoff in Abidjan, C?te d’Ivoire, the Grand Chess Tour (GCT) will continue on in Europe. The second leg of GCT will take place in Zagreb, Croatia, from June 25 until July 9. The new location is part of the expansion of the tour, as well as the first of the two classical chess events. The top chess players in the world will be competing for a total prize fund of $325,000 and tour points over 11 days. As per the regulations, all 12 full tour participants must compete in both classical chess events. The field, will thus consist of: Magnus Carlsen – Norway; Fabiano Caruana – USA; Ding Liren – China; Anish Giri – Netherlands; Ian Nepomniachtchi – Russia; Hikaru Nakamura – USA; Shakhriyar Mamedyarov – Azerbaijan; Maxime Vachier-Lagrave – France; Viswanathan Anand – India; Levon Aronian – Armenia; Wesley So – USA; Sergey Karjakin …

Source: GameKnot online chess news

2019 2nd Quarter FIDE Presidential Board Meeting

Friday, June 28th, 2019

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FIDE officials gathered in Baku, where 2019 2nd Quarter FIDE Presidential Board Meeting is taking place on June 28-29.
The agenda of the two-day meeting includes a number of important issues. The proposal of reducing the membership fees for the federations, dress code topic, the hosts of the future FIDE events and the membership of the three countries will be discussed at the meeting among the other questions. The list of the final decisions will be published within 10 days.
The agreement of the cooperation between FIDE and the Chess Federation of Azerbaijan is planned to be signed. It will mainly cover children’s chess and social projects.
Arkady Dvorkovich expressed his gratitude to the organizers of the Presidential Board meeting in Azerbaijan: “I would like to thank the organizers for their hospitality. They created all conditions for holding a meeting at a high level. We would be glad to see more intense chess life and more tournaments in Baku in the future”.

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Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Nepomniachtchi Leads Croatia Grand Chess Tour As Anand Miraculously Escapes

Friday, June 28th, 2019

After a bloody affair on day one, round two at the Croatia Grand Chess Tour returned to normalcy with five out of the six games ending in draws. Most of them were fighting games, while only Ian Nepomniachtchi managed to defeat Fabia…

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Stavanger, Norway Withdraws 2020 World Champs Bid After Carlsen Pressure

Thursday, June 27th, 2019

Stavanger, Norway is officially out of the bidding process for the 2020 world chess championship, organizers announced.
Magnus Carlsen's father, Henrik Carlsen, asked the Stavanger organizers to withdraw the bid in a Facebook post on Thursd…

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