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Eight Teams Advance to PRO Chess Quarterfinals

Saturday, March 23rd, 2019

The first week of the 2019 PRO Chess League Playoffs saw eight teams progress to the quarterfinals, where they will each vie for a coveted spot in the live PRO Chess League Final in San Francisco this May.
Their progression means that the P…

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4-Way Tie At European Individual Chess Championship

Saturday, March 23rd, 2019

Maxim Rodshtein (Israel), Ferenc Berkes (Hungary), Kirill Alekseenko (Russia) and Kacper Piorun (Poland) are the only players on 4.5/5 at the European Individual Chess Championship in Skopje, Macedonia. Saturday is the one and only rest day. …

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U.S. Chess Championship: Sevian, So Join Xiong In Lead

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

As winners in the second round, Sam Sevian and Wesley So joined Jeffery Xiong in the lead at the 2019 U.S. championship. Carissa Yip and Jennifer Yu are tied for first place in the women's tournament.
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St. Vincent & The Grenadines Chess Federation Launched

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

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ST. VINCENT & THE GRENADINES CHESS FEDERATION LAUNCHED!

The evening of Monday, March 4, 2019 saw history being created in St. Vincent & The Grenadines with the launch of the country’s Chess Federation at the Music Centre in Kingstown, the nation’s capital. The newly established “St. Vincent & The Grenadines Chess Federation” (“SVGCF”) was greeted with much enthusiasm and excitement by the approximately thirty persons present, including students.

This significant event in the country’s life was spearheaded by two Vice-Presidents of the World Chess Federation (“FIDE”) – celebrated English International Chess Grandmaster Nigel Short and Ian G. Wilkinson QC, also the President of the Jamaica Chess Federation, who visited the island between March 2 and 5. The formal launch was chaired by Wilkinson.

Prior to the launch of the SVGCF both men met with important stakeholders including Dr. The Hon. Ralph Gonsalves the country’s Prime Minister; the Hon. Cecil McKie, Minister of Tourism, Sports and Culture; the Hon. St. Clair Jimmy Prince, Minister of Education; and Members of Parliament Godwin Friday, the Leader of the Opposition, and Major St. Clair Leacock.

Both men also conducted “simultaneous exhibitions” which involve playing many persons on different chess boards at the same time. On Sunday March 3, Short (1993 World Chess Championship Finalist and three-time Commonwealth Chess Champion) took on seven players and won all the games.

On Monday March 4 after the launch of the SVGCF, Wilkinson (a two-time Jamaica Veterans’ Chess Champion) faced six players, won five games and drew with a high court judge.

The SVGCF has established a seven-man steering committee led by Senator Israel Bruce, Attorney-at-Law, who was instrumental in facilitating the visit of the FIDE officials and providing logistical support. This Committee will finalize all the relevant arrangements by March 31, 2019 so that the SVGCF can apply for membership in FIDE.

Bearing in mind the many benefits of Chess (including making students better, developing self-esteem, exercising and developing the brain/mind, teaching responsibility for one’s actions), the SVGCF has plans to promote Chess throughout the length and breadth of the country; introduce a Chess-In-Schools programme; organize national championships; and participate in international events such as the World Chess Olympiad.

Ian G. Wilkinson QC
Hon. Vice-President
World Chess Federation

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FIDE Hon. VP Ian Wilkinson presenting the book to Dr. The Hon. Ralph Gonsalves the country’s Prime Minister

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FIDE VP Nigel Short, Dr. The Hon. Ralph Gonsalves the country’s Prime Minister and FIDE Hon. VP Ian Wilkinson

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“Simultaneous exhibitions” in progress

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St. Vincent & The Grenadines grammar school

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Ian Wilkinson presenting the book to Senator Israel Bruce

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Nigel Short, Ian Wilkinson, Godwin Friday

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

U.S. Chess Championship: Sevian, So Join Xiong

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

As winners in the second round, Sam Sevian and Wesley So joined Jeffery Xiong in the lead at the 2019 U.S. championship. Carissa Yip and Jennifer Yu are tied for first place in the women's tournament.
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"First of all it wa…

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FIDE Medical Commission’s Chairman Dr Marape Marape attended 2019 WADA’s Annual Symposium

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

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Dr Marape Marape, the Chairman of the FIDE Medical Commission, attended the 2019 World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)’s Annual Symposium in Laussane, Switzerland from 13th to 14th March, 2019. The Symposium brought together close to 900 delegates from the global anti-doping community, representing all the sporting codes and federations for 2 days of presentations, interviews, panel discussions, practical workshops and networking sessions. The symposium focused on the New World Antidoping Code and its associated International Standards Review. Dr Marape also had meetings with WADA representatives where he reiterated FIDE’s commitment to continuing to work closely with WADA to ensure that Chess remains free of doping and to continuing FIDE’s compliance with all WADA requirements.

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Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Carlsen, Giri Battle Racism With Game Where Black Moves 1st

Thursday, March 21st, 2019

Top grandmasters Magnus Carlsen of Norway and Anish Giri of the Netherlands today joined forces in a video posted on Carlsen's Twitter account as part of a United Nations campaign against racism. For once, they broke the rule in chess th…

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#MoveForEquality: Carlsen, Giri Battle Against Racism

Thursday, March 21st, 2019

Top grandmasters Magnus Carlsen of Norway and Anish Giri of the Netherlands today joined forces in a video posted on Carlsen's Twitter account as part of a United Nations campaign against racism. For once, they broke the rule in chess th…

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U.S. Chess Championships Take Off In St. Louis

Thursday, March 21st, 2019

Jeffery Xiong is the early leader at the 2019 U.S. championship thanks to a win with the black pieces vs Timur Gareyev. All six games in the women's championship were decisive.
Moved up a bit in the calendar, the 2019 U.S. championships (open an…

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A homeless 8-year-old, who learned to play a year ago, is now a New York chess champion

Thursday, March 21st, 2019

Against the odds, a young Nigerian immigrant proved that hard work pays off. Tanitoluwa (Tani) Adewumi, a third grader at P.S. 116 in New York, has won the New York State Scholastic Chess Championship in his age bracket. That’s already an impressive feat in itself, but 8-year-old Tani only learned to play chess about a year ago. Tani and his family of four fled northern Nigeria in June 2017, worried about attacks by the extremist group Boko Haram, his dad Kayode Adewumi told CNN. The family stayed in a New York homeless shelter, where Tani kept the chess trophies he has racked up. Shawn Martinez, chess coach at P.S. 116, recruited Tani to join the chess program. “(Tani’s) very tactical. His memory’s great,” Martinez told CNN’s “New Day.” But it’s more than sheer talent that propelled Tani to victory. He puts in the time to hone his craft and practices chess …

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