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Naroditsky Wins Arena Kings Final, Tang Wins Season Two

Saturday, December 15th, 2018

Grandmasters Daniel Naroditsky and Andrew Tang (two of the fastest flag kings in chess) put their firm stamp on the Arena Kings Season Two by winning the finals (Naroditsky) and overall season (Tang). Naroditsky won the finals on Wednesday, Decemb…

Source: Chess.com – Play. Learn. Share.

Chess : Fabiano Caruana misses another chance for world No 1 ranking

Saturday, December 15th, 2018

Fabiano Caruana, whose challenge for Magnus Carlsen’s world chess crown ended in a speed chess defeat last month, has been eliminated in the $300,000 London Classic semi-final by the identical process, draws in both classical games with Hikaru Nakamura, then a heavy loss, 4.5-1.5, in rapid and blitz chess. Nakamura is a specialist in fast play, so Caruana needed to make the most of White in their first classical game. Victory would also have captured Carlsen’s No 1 ranking and it looked promising when Caruana built an impressive position with queen, both rooks and a knight all aiming at Nakamura’s black king. There was a likely win by 26 g4! although the fleeting chance was harder than the Qh5 which Caruana missed in game eight of the world title match. In theory Caruana can still become No 1 this weekend if he wins both classical games in his chess match for …

Source: GameKnot online chess news

Carlsen, Anand To Defend Rapid, Blitz Titles In St. Petersburg

Saturday, December 15th, 2018

Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand, the winners of last year's world rapid (Anand) and blitz (Carlsen) championships, will be defending their titles this year, from December 26–30. Although the main sponsor didn't change, the tournament wa…

Source: Chess.com – Play. Learn. Share.

Carlsen, Anand To Defend Rapid, Blitz Titles In St Petersburg

Saturday, December 15th, 2018

Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand, the winners of last year's world rapid (Anand) and blitz (Carlsen) championships, will be defending their titles this year, from December 26 till 30. Although the main sponsor didn't change, the tournament was…

Source: Chess.com – Play. Learn. Share.

WRBCC 2018 Registration, Visa, Accommodation and Venue

Friday, December 14th, 2018

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The King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Championships-2018 will be held in Saint Petersburg on December 25-31.

The venue is Manege, the largest exhibition space in central Saint Petersburg. Address: 1, St. Isaac’s Square.

A classical building of Manege was constructed by Giacomo Quarenghi in the beginning of the 19th century for the Imperial Horse Guards. Then it was used for various purposes depending on the epoch. In 1970s, the Saint Petersburg Manege housed the Central exhibition hall. Now Manege is a modern platform which is capable to host all kinds of projects.

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Real chess stars are going to take part in the events. Thus, the open starting lists are headed by the reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen (Norway), world strongest grandmasters Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan), Anish Giri (Netherlands), Viswanathan Anand (India), Levon Aronian (Armenia), Alexander Grischuk, Sergey Karjakin, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Peter Svidler (all from Russia), and other top players.

In the women’s events, the reigning Women’s World Champion Ju Wenjun (China), Anna and Mariya Muzychuk (both from Ukraine), Kateryna Lagno, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Aleksandra Goryachkina, Valentina Gunina, Olga Girya (all from Russia), Humpy Koneru (India), Nana Dzagnidze (Georgia), Tan Zhongyi (China), and other well-known players will fight for the titles.

An extensive additional programme, which will include tournaments for children and adults, solving contests, simultaneous exhibitions and master classes, acquaintance with the RCF Chess Museum’s exhibits and many other activities, will be organized during the Championships. The entrance is free for guests.

SCHEDULE

December 25 – Pre-start press conference, Opening Ceremony, Technical meeting
December 26-28 – World Rapid Championships
December 29-30 – World Blitz Championships and Closing Ceremony

ACCOMMODATION

Accredited players, accompanying persons and press are now able to submit their accommodation requests and travel details online at the registration system https://wrbc2018registration.fide.com.

Note that the above apply only if the above mentioned accredited participants participants would like to be accommodated in one of the two official hotels of the event, with the agreed pricelists. Transfers will be only provided from the airport or the railway stations to the official hotels and vice versa.

AZIMUT HOTEL SAINT-PETERSBURG 4* and ANGLETERRE HOTEL 5* are the official hotels of the WRBCC.

AZIMUT HOTEL SAINT-PETERSBURG 4*

Special prices are available for the participants:

SMART standard single — RUR 3900 per night. The price includes full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner – buffet) and transfer to and from the venue.
SMART standard double — RUR 5000 per night (RUR 2500 per night for each person). The price includes full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner – buffet) and transfer to and from the venue.

AZIMUT Hotel Saint-Petersburg is located in the very center of the city. The address is: bld. 43/1, Lermontovsky ave. (2,5 km to the venue)
The hotel’s website: https://en.azimuthotels.com/Russia/azimut-hotel-saint.

ANGLETERRE HOTEL 5*

Special prices are available for the participants:

Executive room (single) — RUR 10500 per night. The price includes full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner – buffet).

Executive room (double) — RUR 15200 per night. (RUR 7600 per night for each person). The price includes full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner – buffet).

The number of available hotel rooms: 20.

Angleterre Hotel is located in the very center of the city. The address is: bld. 24, Malaya Morskaya str. (around 500 m to the venue).
The hotel’s website: http://www.angleterrehotel.com/  

BOARDING FEE:

The boarding fee if paid to the Organizers upon arrival. Volunteers will be meeting the participants in the lobby.

TRANSFERS:

The Organizers provide transfers from the Pulkovo airport / Moskovsky Railway Station / Vitebsky Railway Station to the official hotels and back on the days of arrival and departure. The total cost of the transfers is RUR 2300. The amount shall be paid upon arrival.

Volunteers will meet the participants in the airport and at the railway stations, and will accompany them to the busses.

To book transfers email us at: hello.wrbcc@gmail.com
Contact person: Marina Nepochatykh


ADDITIONAL HOTELS

For your convenience the Organizers made a list of the hotels close to the venue (maximum 10-12 minutes walk). You are welcome to make reservations there as well on your own. Check the list.

AEROFLOT TICKETS ANNOUNCEMENT

All the participants are welcome to book air tickets in “Aeroflot” sales offices around the world. In case there is a difficulty with flights availability for the period of WRBC, a participant should name the object of the flight: “FIDE2018”. Then the company representatives will contact “Aeroflot” Headquarters to confirm the flight availability and will provide maximum support in finding the best possible option to arrange the flights.


VISA SUPPORT

Please be informed that the invitation letter for Russian Embassies will be available for download at the online registration system https://wrbc2018registration.fide.com, under section B. Registrations. Please note that the download option will be available only for accredited participants that based on the submitted country of passport, they are required to have a visa to enter Russia.

You will be able to proceed with the visa procedure from December, the 10th.

•    A participant may apply for visa either in his home country or abroad.
•    The main condition is to apply for a Russian visa only in official institutions, such as the Consular Section of the Russian Embassy, Consulate-General or an official Visa Application Center.
•    Other institutions and travel agencies offering their services will have no access to the information regarding the World Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships.
•    When applying for a Russian visa, alongside with a complete set of documents requested by the Embassy, participants must provide the official invitation from the Russian Chess Federation. This invitation was approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. It is the main basis for issuing a visa that substitutes for a telex/ reference number.

Registration of the Reigning National Champions 2018

Please note, that each Reigning National Champions 2018 should provide a proof of the title via National Federations.
The official letter from your National Federation need to be sent to RCF official representative Artem Pugachev pugachev@ruchess.ru in order to be accredited.

 

 

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

MVL, Nakamura To Play London Grand Chess Tour Final

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

In today's rapid and blitz games Hikaru Nakamura and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave defeated their opponents—Fabiano Caruana and Levon Aronian respectively—to reach the final of the London Chess Classic.
It was a long and fun last day a…

Source: Chess.com – Play. Learn. Share.

WRBCC 2018 Registration, Visa and Accommodation

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

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Dear Chess Friends!

Accredited players, accompanying persons and press are now able to submit their accommodation requests and travel details online at the registration system https://wrbc2018registration.fide.com.

Note that the above apply only if the above mentioned accredited participants participants would like to be accommodated in one of the two official hotels of the event, with the agreed pricelists. Transfers will be only provided from the airport or the railway stations to the official hotels and vice versa.

AZIMUT HOTEL SAINT-PETERSBURG 4* and ANGLETERRE HOTEL 5* are the official hotels of the WRBCC.

AZIMUT HOTEL SAINT-PETERSBURG 4*

Special prices are available for the participants:

SMART standard single — RUR 3900 per night. The price includes full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner – buffet) and transfer to and from the venue.
SMART standard double — RUR 5000 per night (RUR 2500 per night for each person). The price includes full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner – buffet) and transfer to and from the venue.

AZIMUT Hotel Saint-Petersburg is located in the very center of the city. The address is: bld. 43/1, Lermontovsky ave. (2,5 km to the venue)
The hotel’s website: https://en.azimuthotels.com/Russia/azimut-hotel-saint.

ANGLETERRE HOTEL 5*

Special prices are available for the participants:

Executive room (single) — RUR 10500 per night. The price includes full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner – buffet).

Executive room (double) — RUR 15200 per night. (RUR 7600 per night for each person). The price includes full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner – buffet).

The number of available hotel rooms: 20.

Angleterre Hotel is located in the very center of the city. The address is: bld. 24, Malaya Morskaya str. (around 500 m to the venue).
The hotel’s website: http://www.angleterrehotel.com/  

BOARDING FEE:

The boarding fee if paid to the Organizers upon arrival. Volunteers will be meeting the participants in the lobby.

TRANSFERS:

The Organizers provide transfers from the Pulkovo airport / Moskovsky Railway Station / Vitebsky Railway Station to the official hotels and back on the days of arrival and departure. The total cost of the transfers is RUR 2300. The amount shall be paid upon arrival.

Volunteers will meet the participants in the airport and at the railway stations, and will accompany them to the busses.

To book transfers email us at: hello.wrbcc@gmail.com
Contact person: Marina Nepochatykh

For your convenience the Organizers made a list of the hotels close to the venue (maximum 10-12 minutes walk). You are welcome to make reservations there as well on your own. Check the list.


AEROFLOT TICKETS ANNOUNCEMENT

All the participants are welcome to book air tickets in “Aeroflot” sales offices around the world. In case there is a difficulty with flights availability for the period of WRBC, a participant should name the object of the flight: “FIDE2018”. Then the company representatives will contact “Aeroflot” Headquarters to confirm the flight availability and will provide maximum support in finding the best possible option to arrange the flights.


VISA SUPPORT

Please be informed that the invitation letter for Russian Embassies will be available for download at the online registration system https://wrbc2018registration.fide.com, under section B. Registrations. Please note that the download option will be available only for accredited participants that based on the submitted country of passport, they are required to have a visa to enter Russia.

You will be able to proceed with the visa procedure from December, the 10th.

•    A participant may apply for visa either in his home country or abroad.
•    The main condition is to apply for a Russian visa only in official institutions, such as the Consular Section of the Russian Embassy, Consulate-General or an official Visa Application Center.
•    Other institutions and travel agencies offering their services will have no access to the information regarding the World Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships.
•    When applying for a Russian visa, alongside with a complete set of documents requested by the Embassy, participants must provide the official invitation from the Russian Chess Federation. This invitation was approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. It is the main basis for issuing a visa that substitutes for a telex/ reference number.

Registration of the Reigning National Champions 2018

Please note, that each Reigning National Champions 2018 should provide a proof of the title via National Federations.
The official letter from your National Federation need to be sent to RCF official representative Artem Pugachev pugachev@ruchess.ru in order to be accredited.

 

 

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

2019 FIDE Budget

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

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Dear chess friends,

The 2019 FIDE budget is adopted and published. It implements the two fundamental planks of my electoral campaign. When I ran for the FIDE President, I promised you that the budget would increase while the FIDE fees charged to federations, players and organizers would decrease dramatically.

You can see it in black and white now.

First of all, the 2019 FIDE annual budget reached 5.5 million Euros while the previous, 2018 budget had only 2.3 million Euros. It means that total expenses in the 2019 budget increased 2.4 times compared with the previous year.

Secondly, I promised a significant, across-the-board reduction in FIDE fees. Unfortunately, it is only the General Assembly that can change the fees specified in the regulations. Still, when there’s a will, there’s a way. After deliberations with the Presidential Board members and our legal counsel, we decided to divide all contributions payable in 2019 into two parts, the second of which shall be due only in December 2019. At the same time, we decided to submit to the FIDE General Assembly (planned for Fall 2019) an amendment to the Financial Rules that would reduce the fees and will be applied from January 1, 2019. If the General Assembly approves our proposal, no federation, player or organizers will have to pay the second part of the fees due. This way, a significant reduction will be achieved in the manner that benefits everyone.

More money for development and for national federations. Less fees for everyone, especially for seniors and juniors. These are the tangible benefits that the new FIDE management team brings you in 2019. We continue working with all of you for the benefit of chess worldwide.

Arkady Dvorkovich
FIDE President

Download the 2019 FIDE Budget (pdf)

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

2019 FIDE budget

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

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Dear chess friends,

The 2019 FIDE budget is adopted and published. It implements the two fundamental planks of my electoral campaign. When I ran for the FIDE President, I promised you that the budget would increase while the FIDE fees charged to federations, players and organizers would decrease dramatically.

You can see it in black and white now.

First of all, the 2019 FIDE annual budget reached 5.5 million Euros while the previous, 2018 budget had only 2.3 million Euros. It means that total expenses in the 2019 budget increased 2.4 times compared with the previous year.

Secondly, I promised a significant, across-the-board reduction in FIDE fees. Unfortunately, it is only the General Assembly that can change the fees specified in the regulations. Still, when there’s a will, there’s a way. After deliberations with the Presidential Board members and our legal counsel, we decided to divide all contributions payable in 2019 into two parts, the second of which shall be due only in December 2019. At the same time, we decided to submit to the FIDE General Assembly (planned for Fall 2019) an amendment to the Financial Rules that would reduce the fees and will be applied from January 1, 2019. If the General Assembly approves our proposal, no federation, player or organizers will have to pay the second part of the fees due. This way, a significant reduction will be achieved in the manner that benefits everyone.

More money for development and for national federations. Less fees for everyone, especially for seniors and juniors. These are the tangible benefits that the new FIDE management team brings you in 2019. We continue working with all of you for the benefit of chess worldwide.

Arkady Dvorkovich
FIDE President

Download the 2019 FIDE Budget (pdf)

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

89th FIDE Congress: General Assembly Minutes and Annexes

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

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FIDE publishes the Minutes and Annexes of the General Assembly meeting that was held in Batumi, Georgia, 3-5 October 2018.


Download the 2018 General Assembly Minutes and Annexes here.

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

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