Archive for August, 2019

Anand Still Leads With Draws Galore At Sinquefield Cup

Monday, August 19th, 2019

Round two of the Sinquefield Cup leg of the Grand Chess Tour saw all six games end in a draw. Anish Giri and Ian Nepomniachtchi had the biggest chances but slipped. Viswanathan Anand still leads the event as he is the only player to win in St. Lou…

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The 3rd World Cadets Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships finished in Minsk

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

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The 3rd FIDE World Cadets Rapid & Blitz Championships among boys and girls under 8, 10 and 12 years old have finished in Minsk (Belarus), on June 18. 635 young chess players from 35 federations took part in the World Cadets Blitz Championships. Two players Aleksandr E. Usov from Russia (Open U-10) and Yeganegi Barad from Iran showed perfect score in the tournament 9/9.

First Deputy Minister of Sports and Tourism Vyacheslav Durnov, FIDE Vice-president Lukasz Turlej and FIDE Vice-president, Head of the Belorussian Chess Federation Anastasia Sorokina delivered their speeches at the closing ceremony. The winners of all categories were awarded cups, medals and presents. The organizers of the Championships are the National Olympic Committee of Belarus Republic, Ministry of Sport and Tourism of Belarus republic, Belorussian Chess Federation, chess school FIDE Belarus, President’s sports club of Belarus.

  Girls, U8    
1 Diana Preobrazhenskaya RUS 8,5
Tong Thai Hoang An VIE 7,5
Mai Chi Nguyen VIE 7,5
  Girls U10    
1 Afruza Khamdamova UZB 8
Evgeniia Satanovskaia RUS 8
Ngoc Vy Ho VIE 8
  Girls U12    
1 Yana Zhapova RUS 8
Klara Szczotka POL 7
Milana Babic BIH 7
  Open U8    
1 Barad Yeganegi IRI 9
Savva Tereschenko RUS 8
Maxim Tsoy KAZ 7,5
  Open U10    
1 Aleksandr E. Usov RUS 9
Pavel Boykov RUS 8
Savva Vetokhin RUS 7,5
  Open U12    
1 Erdem Khubukshanov RUS 7,5
Gleb Pidluznij LTU 7,5
Dmitriy Mochalov RUS 7,5

Photos: Niki Riga

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Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Late Blunder Gives Anand Early Lead At Sinquefield Cup

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

In several recent tweets, Viswanathan Anand explained that his son has taken quite a liking to the instructional videos on Well, Akhil, turns out your dad can teach you about winning tactics, too.
"I'll show him the position and se…

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Chess : Magnus Carlsen admits to confidence crisis after shock losing run

Saturday, August 17th, 2019

Magnus Carlsen’s form collapsed in spectacular fashion this week just as Norway’s world chess champion, 28, seemed invincible after a run of eight consecutive tournament victories. The prestigious $325,000 Sinquefield Cup at Saint Louis, named after the billionaire who has transformed US chess and made his home city a global centre for major chess events, starts on Saturday, with Carlsen the clear favourite. Although last week’s tournament in the same city, part of the Chess Grand Tour whose final is at London Olympia in December, was 25-minute rapid and five-minute blitz, Carlsen is also ranked near the top at fast time limits so was expected to continue his winning streak. Instead his failure was so damaging to his confidence that it poses the question whether he can recover his equilibrium in the two days between the end of the rapid/blitz and the start of …

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Fabiano Caruana, America’s Top Chess Star, On The Need For Corporate Sponsors And A Potential Rematch

Saturday, August 17th, 2019

The face-off between Fabiano Caruana and Magnus Carlsen at last year’s World Chess Championship was an absolute thriller. The world’s two best chess players drew 12 straight classical games—the only time in history that’s happened in a chess championship match—and Carlsen only managed to defeat the top-ranked American by winning the rapid chess tiebreaker round. The match drew a sizable audience: There were nearly 9 million views of online streams, and more than 250,000 fans tuned in to watch the tiebreakers. The pair will face off once more in the third round of the upcoming Sinquefield Cup, the annual invite-only chess tournament hosted by the St. Louis Chess Club that kicks off its seventh edition this weekend. And if last year is any indicator, this one will go down to the wire, too: Caruana and Carlsen shared the victory in …

Source: GameKnot online chess news

Results of the World Cadets Rapid Championship

Saturday, August 17th, 2019

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The 3rd FIDE World Cadets Rapid and Blitz Championships among boys and girls under 8, 10 and 12 years are underway in Minsk, Belarus August 16-18.

Five rounds were played on the second day of the World Cadets Rapid Chess Championship and after the final 9th round we have the names of the winners and medalists. Two local players, Varvara Matskevich (girls, U8) and Artsiom Strybuk (open, U12), achieved gold medals.

  Girls, U8    
1 Varvara Matskevich BLR 8
Rukiya Olimova UZB 8
Damira Beslaneeva RUS 7
  Girls U10    
1 Zarina Nurgaliyeva KAZ 8
Anna Shukhman RUS 7,5
Olesya Fedorova RUS 7
  Girls U12    
1 Veronika Shubenkova  RUS 8
Ayaulym Kaldarova KAZ 7
Galina Mikheeva RUS 7
  Open U8    
1 Jiri Bouska CZE  8
Rafael Bayramli AZE 7,5
Barad Yeganegi IRI 7,5
  Open U10    
1 Egor A. Koshulyan RUS 8,5
Ihor Samunenkov UKR 7,5 
Lev Zverev RUS 7,5 
  Open U12    
1 Artsiom Strybuk BLR 7,5
Tykhon Cherniaiev  UKR 7,5 
Ivan Saveljev RUS 7,5 

Photos: Anastasiya Karlovich.

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Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Full pairings for the Women Grand Prix in Skolkovo

Saturday, August 17th, 2019

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The drawing of lots for the first leg of the Women Grand Prix (Skolkovo, 10-23 September 2019) was made yesterday at our office in Lausanne. FIDE’s Chief Operating Officer, Willy Iclicki, picked the numbers, and the Chief Arbiter for the event, Andrzej Fillipowicz, developed the round-by-round pairings accordingly.

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    Round 1      
Board S.No. White Result Black S.No.
1 1 Cramling, Pia - Ju, Wenjun 12
2 2 Stefanova, Antoaneta - Goryachkina, Aleksandra 11
3 3 Paehtz, Elisabeth - Kosteniuk, Alexandra 10
4 4 Gunina, Valentina - Kashlinskaya, Alina 9
5 5 Lagno, Kateryna - Sebag, Marie 8
6 6 Koneru, Humpy - Harika, Dronavalli 7
    Round 2       
Board S.No. White Result Black S.No.
1 12 Ju, Wenjun - Harika, Dronavalli 7
2 8 Sebag, Marie - Koneru, Humpy 6
3 9 Kashlinskaya, Alina - Lagno, Kateryna 5
4 10 Kosteniuk, Alexandra - Gunina, Valentina 4
5 11 Goryachkina, Aleksandra - Paehtz, Elisabeth 3
6 1 Cramling, Pia - Stefanova, Antoaneta 2
    Round 3      
Board S.No. White Result Black S.No.
1 2 Stefanova, Antoaneta - Ju, Wenjun 12
2 3 Paehtz, Elisabeth - Cramling, Pia 1
3 4 Gunina, Valentina - Goryachkina, Aleksandra 11
4 5 Lagno, Kateryna - Kosteniuk, Alexandra 10
5 6 Koneru, Humpy - Kashlinskaya, Alina 9
6 7 Harika, Dronavalli - Sebag, Marie 8
    Round 4      
Board S.No. White Result Black S.No.
1 12 Ju, Wenjun - Sebag, Marie 8
2 9 Kashlinskaya, Alina - Harika, Dronavalli 7
3 10 Kosteniuk, Alexandra - Koneru, Humpy 6
4 11 Goryachkina, Aleksandra - Lagno, Kateryna 5
5 1 Cramling, Pia - Gunina, Valentina 4
6 2 Stefanova, Antoaneta - Paehtz, Elisabeth 3
    Round 5      
Board S.No. White Result Black S.No.
1 3 Paehtz, Elisabeth - Ju, Wenjun 12
2 4 Gunina, Valentina - Stefanova, Antoaneta 2
3 5 Lagno, Kateryna - Cramling, Pia 1
4 6 Koneru, Humpy - Goryachkina, Aleksandra 11
5 7 Harika, Dronavalli - Kosteniuk, Alexandra 10
6 8 Sebag, Marie - Kashlinskaya, Alina 9
    Round 6      
Board S.No. White Result Black S.No.
1 12 Ju, Wenjun - Kashlinskaya, Alina 9
2 10 Kosteniuk, Alexandra - Sebag, Marie 8
3 11 Goryachkina, Aleksandra - Harika, Dronavalli 7
4 1 Cramling, Pia - Koneru, Humpy 6
5 2 Stefanova, Antoaneta - Lagno, Kateryna 5
6 3 Paehtz, Elisabeth - Gunina, Valentina 4
    Round 7      
Board S.No. White Result Black S.No.
1 4 Gunina, Valentina - Ju, Wenjun 12
2 5 Lagno, Kateryna - Paehtz, Elisabeth 3
3 6 Koneru, Humpy - Stefanova, Antoaneta 2
4 7 Harika, Dronavalli - Cramling, Pia 1
5 8 Sebag, Marie - Goryachkina, Aleksandra 11
6 9 Kashlinskaya, Alina - Kosteniuk, Alexandra 10
    Round 8      
Board S.No. White Result Black S.No.
1 12 Ju, Wenjun - Kosteniuk, Alexandra 10
2 11 Goryachkina, Aleksandra - Kashlinskaya, Alina 9
3 1 Cramling, Pia - Sebag, Marie 8
4 2 Stefanova, Antoaneta - Harika, Dronavalli 7
5 3 Paehtz, Elisabeth - Koneru, Humpy 6
6 4 Gunina, Valentina - Lagno, Kateryna 5
    Round 9      
Board S.No. White Result Black S.No.
1 5 Lagno, Kateryna - Ju, Wenjun 12
2 6 Koneru, Humpy - Gunina, Valentina 4
3 7 Harika, Dronavalli - Paehtz, Elisabeth 3
4 8 Sebag, Marie - Stefanova, Antoaneta 2
5 9 Kashlinskaya, Alina - Cramling, Pia 1
6 10 Kosteniuk, Alexandra - Goryachkina, Aleksandra 11
    Round 10      
Board S.No. White Result Black S.No.
1 12 Ju, Wenjun - Goryachkina, Aleksandra 11
2 1 Cramling, Pia - Kosteniuk, Alexandra 10
3 2 Stefanova, Antoaneta - Kashlinskaya, Alina 9
4 3 Paehtz, Elisabeth - Sebag, Marie 8
5 4 Gunina, Valentina - Harika, Dronavalli 7
6 5 Lagno, Kateryna - Koneru, Humpy 6
    Round 11      
Board S.No. White Result Black S.No.
1 6 Koneru, Humpy - Ju, Wenjun 12
2 7 Harika, Dronavalli - Lagno, Kateryna 5
3 8 Sebag, Marie - Gunina, Valentina 4
4 9 Kashlinskaya, Alina - Paehtz, Elisabeth 3
5 10 Kosteniuk, Alexandra - Stefanova, Antoaneta 2
6 11 Goryachkina, Aleksandra - Cramling, Pia 1

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

World Cadets Rapid and Blitz Championships start in Belarus

Saturday, August 17th, 2019

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The 3rd FIDE World Cadets Rapid & Blitz Championships among boys and girls under 8, 10 and 12 years old have started in Minsk, Belarus on August 16. The championships will be held in Palace of Sport in Minsk, Belarus till 18th of August. 720 young chess players from 36 countries are taking part in the event.

Four rounds of the rapid championship were completed yesterday, the remaining 5 rounds are scheduled for August 17. The blitz championship will take place on August 18.

FIDE Vice-president ?ukasz Turlej delivered his speech and welcomed all participants on behalf of FIDE. FIDE Vice-President and the Head of the Belarus Chess Federation Anastasia Sorokina greeted participants, parents and trainers, who came to Minsk to take part in the tournament. She also expressed her gratitude to FIDE and local authorities, who support this prestigious chess tournament, which has been organized for the third time in Belarus.

The opening ceremony was attended by Deputy Minister of Sport and Tourism of the Republic of Belarus, Alexander Baraulya, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the BCF, Leonid Churo, British embassy ambassador in Minsk, Fionna Gibb, and other distinguished guests.

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Text and photos by Anastasiya Karlovich

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Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

PRO Chess League Summer Series: Montreal A Lock As 3 Teams Vie For Last Playoff Spot

Saturday, August 17th, 2019

The PRO Chess League Summer Series group stage comes to an end on Saturday, and with the Montreal Chessbrahs clinching first place in Group D, the Minnesota Blizzard, Norway Gnomes and the Cannes Blitzstream…

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Open positions to work at FIDE

Friday, August 16th, 2019

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We have open the following positions to work at FIDE in our new office in Lausanne:

Marketing specialist

We are looking for a Marketing Specialist to be incorporated into our recently formed marketing department. He would join our current team to assist the CMCO in the development and implementation of marketing plans, commercial partnerships, and sponsorship recruitment and management.

This person should be a competent professional, well versed in specialized marketing concepts, principles and tactics. But he should also be a very creative person, enthusiastic, high-energetic and results-driven, able to detect and grasp new opportunities for chess and FIDE.

The goal is to deliver effective marketing programs that will help the growth of FIDE and our official events.

Desired knowledge and abilities:

  • Demonstrated success in corporate sponsorship, preferably in a non-profit environment.
  • Deep understanding and experience within the sports sponsorship industry.
  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing or related field.
  • Experience in organising events.
  • Knowledge of chess and passion would be an advantage.
  • Strong analytical and project management skills.
  • Sales experience is a plus.
  • Well-developed oral and written communication skills, including copywriting skills, as well as high attention to detail.
  • Languages: Fluent English required. Work proficiency in French and Russian is an advantage.

Web editor / proofreader

We are looking for a web editor who demonstrates superlative proofreading and editing skills. The candidate should be a skilled writer and researcher, with an eye for detail and understanding of the special requirements of web writing.


  • Drafting, reviewing and editing in English official correspondence, Notes verbales, various communications and support documents for sessions of the official meetings, ensuring delivery within established deadlines.
  • Providing support in the preparation of drafts and speaking notes in English for the Officers of the official events.
  • Providing assistance in drafting the minutes and reports of the official meetings.
  • Creating news articles for the official FIDE web site.
  • Other ad hoc administrative tasks as required.

Desired knowledge and abilities:

  • C2 Proficiency in English or BA/MA in English complemented by a demonstration of editing experience. A candidate must be able to proofread texts.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills in English. Knowledge of other languages would be an advantage.
  • Very good MS Office skills.
  • Familiarity with HTML, SEO, CSS, WordPress, Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat, and social media platforms.
  • Copywriting skills and experience in editing texts, adapting the style of the materials we receive from different sources and giving them a homogeneous style. Attention to detail.

Office assistant

We are looking for a responsible Office Assistant to perform a variety of administrative and clerical tasks.

Candidates should be able to assist management and all company’s visitors by handling office tasks, providing polite and professional assistance via phone, mail, and e-mail, making reservations or travel arrangements, assisting with the organisation of the meetings, managing files, updating paperwork and other documents, maintaining supply inventory and performing other general office clerk duties and errands.

Desired knowledge and abilities: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field.
  • Very good written and verbal skills in both English and French.
  • Very good MS Office skills.
  • Strong organisational and planning skills, independent working style.
  • Team player attitude, diplomacy and multicultural sensitivity, ability to work well under pressure and to learn quickly.
  • Readiness to travel, management of high workload and flexibility.

If you have the necessary qualifications and keen to work for an international organisation, please send your CV with a cover letter in English to Please indicate in your email what position are you applying for.

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE