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Paris Grand Chess Tour 2018

Monday, June 18th, 2018

PGCT LogoThe Paris Grand Chess Tour is the 2nd of 5 stages of the 2018 Grand Chess Tour, in which 9 of the world’s best players and wild cards will play for a total prize fund of $1.2 million.
Wesley so won the first event in Leuven.
The Paris event takes place in the studios of the CANAL+ TV channel in Boulogne-Billancourt and features Caruana, Nakamura, So, MVL, Anand, Aronian, Grischuk, Mamedyarov, Karjakin and wild card Kramnik. The rapid event is a 10-player single round-robin and features 3 rounds each day on the first 3 days, with a time control of 25 minutes for all moves and a 10-second delay from move 1. The final 2 days are a blitz double round-robin, with 18 rounds of 5 minutes + 3-second delay blitz. Rapid games count double, with 2 points for a win and 1 for a draw.

Live games with analysis will be provided daily with the best chess software competing in the Top Chess Engine Championship – Komodo, Houdini, and Stockfish.

Schedule CET

Rapid (20 – 22 June)

TIME 20 JUNE TIME 21 JUNE TIME 22 JUNE
14.00 Round 1 12.00 Round 4 14.00 Round 7
15.30 Round 2 13.30 Round 5 15.30 Round 8
17.00 Round 3 15.00 Round 6 17.00 Round 9

Blitz (23 – 24 June)

TIME 23 JUNE TIME 24 JUNE
14.00 Round 1 12.00 Round 10
14.30 Round 2 12.30 Round 11
15.00 Round 3 13.00 Round 12
15.30 Round 4 13.30 Round 13
16.00 Round 5 14.00 Round 14
16.30 Round 6 14.30 Round 15
17.00 Round 7 15.00 Round 16
17.30 Round 8 15.30 Round 17
18.00 Round 9 16.00 Round 18
16.30 Playoffs
18:30
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Festival Astana Open 2018

Monday, June 18th, 2018

AstanaAstana Open 2018”, an international chess festival, starts in the capital of Kazakhstan from June 17th. The key events of the celebration will include the 1st stage of adult and the 3rd stage of children’s Cups of the Republic. The total prize pool of the festival will be 6 250 000 KZT.

Kazakhstan Chess Federation (KCF) invites all wishing chess players to take part in the international chess festival. Within the framework of the high-profile sport event held from June 17th through July 4th, the following tournaments are scheduled:

June 17-25 – International master tournament Astana Masters,
June 17-25 – Astana Open-B (3rd stage of children’s Chess Cup of RK under 14),
June 17-25 – Astana Open-B (under 10),
June 26 – Astana Open-blitz (blitz-tournament),
June 27 – July 3 – Astana Open-A (1st stage of Kazakhstan Chess Cup).
For the purpose of improving the qualification of Kazakh Chess arbiters, the KCF invited Ashot Vardapetyan, an international arbiter, to hold a FIDE workshop on July 1-4.

All tournaments will be held under the FIDE rules. Upon the results of the festival, candidates for participation in the final of Kazakhstan Cup Adults and Children 2018 will be defined.

Arbiter for the adult Cup of RK –Dias Isabaev, a FIDE arbiter

Arbiter for the children’s Cup of RK –Oleg Rinas, an international arbiter.

For participation in all tournaments, except for Astana Masters and at the arbiter workshop, please, send a request to the email address astanaopen2018@mail.ru:

Children’s Cup of RK – before June 7, 2018.;
Adult Cup of RK – before June 15, 2018.
Cheating control is performed in strict compliance with the requirements of FIDE Anti-Cheating Guidelines at standard protection level.

General management of the festival is performed by the Kazakhstan Chess Federation, Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Central Chess Club “Astana”.

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A Judge’s Sentence: 25 Hours Of Chess

Sunday, June 17th, 2018

Bye bye chain gang. Hello pawn chains.
A new youth offenders program in Alberta, Canada, has an innovative way to get young people back on the right track: chess. Read on for that story and other chess cornucopia in this edition of "In Other New…

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Chess : Kirsan Ilyumzhinov appears set to quit Fide presidential contest

Sunday, June 17th, 2018

There have been dramatic developments in the Fide presidential campaign to decide the head of the global chess body. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, president for 23 years since 1995, seems ready to quit the contest after his Russian backers withdrew support. Ilyumzhinov has been tarnished by US treasury sanctions, the loss of Fide’s bank account with UBS and most recently by the revelation that Glen Stark, his nominee for Fide general secretary, was a fake name with a false CV. Moscow sources state that Arkady Dvorkovich, the Russian deputy prime minister for six years from 2012 to 2018 and currently head of the Fifa World Cup organising committee, will now stand for Fide president. Dvorkovich has held senior positions in the Russian Chess Federation and was chairman of the organising committee for the 2014 world chess championship match at …

Source: GameKnot online chess news

2nd Hersonissos International Open

Sunday, June 17th, 2018

Hersonissos International Chess TournamentThe 2nd Hersonissos International Open is a 9-round Swiss tournament taking place from 16-25 June 2018 at the Lyttos Beach Hotel. With 4.000€ total prize funds it is a great way to combine chess and vacations. The event is organized by the Heraklion Chess Club, Heraklio OAA, Hersonissos Chess Academy, Candia Chess Club, and supported by the Municipality of Hersonissos and Administration of Crete.

Situated next to a beautiful golden coast, on one of the most beautiful islands in Greece, Crete, and within a 20 kilometer distance from the airport of Heraklion (code: HER), a colorful garden of more than 500 palm trees, fragrant flowers and plants, awaits for you to create your new holiday memories.
GROUP A (Open section): General entry fee 80€. For players of Greek Chess Federation the entry fee is 50€, For players of the Cretan Chess Clubs the entry fee is 40€. For Players carrying the titles of GM, WGM, IM, WIM no entry fee is required.

GROUP B (under 14 & U1100 rating): Participation Fee 25€.
Top prizes are 1000€ / 600€ / 300€ etc. There are also special women, senior and elo prizes. Cups and medals will be given to the first three places in both groups and to all special categories.

Live game with analysis will be provided daily with the best chess software competing in the Top Chess Engine Championship – Komodo, Houdini, and Stockfish.

More live chess1st International Pelion Open /The Baltic Zonal -Palanga Stage /
22nd Voronezh chess festival Alekhine Memorial Master Open

Starting list

1 Delchev Aleksander
2 Adair James R
3 Salomon Johan
4 Haug Johannes
5 Hommeles Theo
6 L’ami Alina
7 Risting Eivind Olav
8 Ranaldi Lucas
9 Djingarova Emilia
10 Lirindzakis Timotheos
11 Vanheirzeele Daniel
12 Lobersli Henrik Oie
13 Serpetsidakis Nikolaos
14 Loshkarev Dmitri
15 Umbetov Kazybek
16 Angermuende Dirk
17 Sielicki Tomasz
18 Stefanov Evtim
19 Bit-Narva David
20 Haverkamp Klaus Dr.
21 Kadianis Georgios
22 Maris Ioannis
23 Pliev Vladimir
24 Lichii Elizaveta
25 Bras Emanouel
26 Warnk Torsten
27 Brokalakis – Gounaris Christos
28 Parker Keith
29 Iminov Bachtiar
30 Storkebaum Ulrike
31 Fragiadakis Emanouel
32 Afsari-Rad Aidin
33 Aggeletos Marios
34 Kouvidis Ioannis
35 Spirou Gerasimos
36 Papidakis Georgios
37 Aggelakis Ilias
38 Kotsinis Alexandros
39 Ivanov Svetlen
40 Kozyris Ilias
41 Koutsourakis Ioannis
42 Mateev Kaloyan Mateev
43 Dagkonaki Aspasia
44 Vitsaxaki Iris
45 Magoulianos Nikolaos
46 Dagkonaki Antonia
47 Koutsouraki Ariadni
48 Ergazaki Eirini
49 Kealar Konstantinos
50 Saklampanakis Dimitrios
51 Alexandrakis Georgios
52 Matthaiaki Nefeli
53 Tsapaki Asimenia
54 Kavouras Kosmas
55 Koutsourakis Emmanouil
56 Fragkiadakis Nikolaos Emm
57 Vlatas Dimitrios
58 Kealar Ioannis
59 Orfanaki Kalliopi
60 Mateeva Yana
61 Sorina Liya
62 Roditakis Emmanouil
63 Aggeletou Fereniki
64 Farsaris Charalampos
65 Gialitakis Dimitrios
66 Alexandrakis Athanasios
67 Chatzidakis Emmanouil 48423
68 Kontaki Maria
69 Lantzourakis Nikolaos
70 Farsaris Michail
71 Karouzou Melina Andomachi
72 Katsaros Dimitrios 42057
73 Perakis Savvas
74 Anastasakis Vasileios Georgios
75 Anastasaki Anastasia St
76 Fragkiadaki Ourania
77 Gorantonakis Georgios
78 Kozyri Aikaterini

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Your Next Move Grand Chess Tour Blitz Day 2 Recap

Saturday, June 16th, 2018

“It’s a miracle, really…When I lost my game to Hikaru I was about to cry, because I thought I don’t even get to play tiebreaks”- Wesley So at the closing ceremony.

After a dramatic day, Wesley So won Your Next Move, thus collecting 13 Grand Chess Tour points and $37,500 for his efforts. The American started and ended the day on top, but the standings don’t tell the full story of an event. The tournament was a tight race between Wesley So, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Sergey Karjakin until the very last round when the winner of the tournament was decided on a small margin. Vachier-Lagrave and Karjakin tied for second place, both collecting 9 Grand Chess Tour points and $22,500.

So is the winner in Leuven 2018The end of the event was the most dramatic one in the Grand Chess Tour series! So started the day with a comfortable 2.5 point lead but by round 13 Karjakin caught up to him while Vachier-Lagrave was only half a point behind. Going into the penultimate round, the leader lost his games while both of his rivals won theirs. Entering the last round, So was still half a point ahead but had the black pieces against his fellow American Hikaru Nakamura. Shortly after the opening, So found himself in a lost position. Lucky for him, both Vachier-Lagrave and Karjakin lost one after another! Wesley had only seconds left on his clock and was unaware that he had already clinched the title. He went on to lose his game, and only after the fact he found out that he was the victor after all.

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave had a very strong showing and it seemed as though he would leapfrog the leader at some point. His performance in the first half of the day was very impressive with 3.5/4 but became shakier in the second half. Sergey Karjakin, who dominated day one of the blitz with 6.5/9 was not able to show the same form today and lost key games in the second part of the day. Both players had the opportunity to tie with the leader were it not for their last round heartbreaking losses.

With the last round win over the eventual winner, Hikaru Nakamura secured his fourth place, collecting 7 tour points and $15,000. Levon Aronian’s last two round losses cost him quite a bit of money and tour points as he finished in fifth place, with 6 points and $12,500. The Armenian finished 1.5 points behind the winner and was in contention for the title until the penultimate round when he lost a key game to Vachier-Lagrave.

standings
There will be little rest for the players, as the second leg, Paris Grand Chess Tour, starts in just three days. Anish Giri who was the wildcard in Leuven will be replaced by Vladimir Kramnik who cannot compete for tour points. The rest of the field will keep battling it out for the top four places to qualify to London.

report by Tatev Abrahamyan

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Wesley So Wins Your Next Move Grand Chess Tour

Saturday, June 16th, 2018

Wesley So won the $37,500 first prize at the Your Next Move tournament in Leuven, Belgium. He was the only player to score 22/27 after a thrilling final round in which all key contestants lost.
So started the day with a 1.5-p…

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On Chess : The clash of the world’s elite in Norway, Fabiano wins again

Saturday, June 16th, 2018

St. Louis resident, Fabiano Caruana, the candidate for the title of the chess world champion, wins again. This time he scored a tournament victory in Norway, the homeland of the current world chess champion, Magnus Carlsen. The 2018 edition of Norway Altibox Chess (May 27-June 8, in Stavanger, Norway) gathered a remarkable field of players: Carlsen, Caruana and seven other chess players from the top 10 in the world. “The weakest” player, #11 in the world rankings, was former world chess champion, and current world rapid champion, Viswanathan Anand. It didn’t look promising for the brightest American chess star at the beginning of the tournament. Caruana lost the most principle duel to Carlsen in the very first round. That was seen by many as an unrecoverable, psychological defeat. Carlsen, apparently intending to …

Source: GameKnot online chess news

Dvorkovich 4th Candidate Running For FIDE President

Saturday, June 16th, 2018

Arkady Dvorkovich, a former Deputy Prime Minister and a former Assistant to the President in the Russian government, has announced that he is running for FIDE President. It is expected that Kirsan Ilyumzhinov will withdraw his candidacy soon….

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Your Next Move Grand Chess Tour Blitz Day 1 Recap

Saturday, June 16th, 2018

So-Nakamura in Leuven 2018There was a big shake up in the standings after a full day of blitz. Wesley So still leads the tournament but his lead has narrowed to only one and a half points. The 2016 World Blitz Champion Sergey Karjakin dominated the day by scoring 6.5 points out of 9. He is now tied for second place in the overall standings with Levon Aronian. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Hikaru Nakamura are still also striking distance away from the leaders. With nine more rounds tomorrow, the tournament is still wide open, as a good or bad day for one of the leaders could completely change the outcome.

Wesley So had a strong start to the day when he extended his lead to three points before the start of round seven. Things started to turn sour when he found himself in a lost position against his countryman Fabiano Caruana but miraculously drew. This was indicative of So’s trouble to come as his solid play suddenly became shaky. He lost his next game to Shakriyar Mamedyarov then again to Hikaru Nakamura after an elementary blunder in time scramble.

Sergey Karjakin, on the other hand, moved up in the standings by winning his last three games defeating close rival Vachier-Lagrave, as well as Mamedyarov and the struggling Caruana. He was the only undefeated player of the day, which comes as no surprise as he is known for his blitz skills and finished second in the 2017 World Blitz Championship behind Magnus Carlsen. If he can repeat this performance tomorrow, he will be the favorite to win Your Next Move.
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Levon Aronian entered the day as So’s closest rivals with three points behind the leader. Up until round seven, Vachier-Lagrave was the only other undefeated player besides So. His only half point in the last three games came from his draw against Aronian himself. The Armenian, on the other hand, had a good finish to the day, by scoring 2.5 points in the last three games, thus leapfrogging the Frenchman.

Hikaru Nakamura had a subpar start to the day but, like Karjakin, finished strong with wins in the last three games. His most important victory was against So in the last round, which blew the tournament wide open for the field. He is now in clear fifth place and three points behind the leader, but still has a realistic chance of winning the event or at least finishing in the top three.

The shocking results of the day were from Caruana and Mamedyarov who scored 2.5 and 3 points respectively. Anish Giri still finds himself in the bottom of the standings after scoring 4 points today due to his poor performance in the rapid. Viswanathan Anand and Alexander Grischuk both scored 5 points today but are too far behind the leader to be in contention for the title.

report by Tatev Abrahamyan

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