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On Chess : Through coaching, elite college players overcome flaws

Friday, October 20th, 2017

Working on chess at higher levels is definitely a different experience than when you first experience the magic of the sport. The leaps and bounds that a beginner can make are quickly rewarded. Learning simple concepts such as common checkmating patterns, tactical devices, even the relative value of pieces, is enough to propel someone to be a solid participant at the club level. After reaching that level, an ambitious chess player might work on openings, strategy, sharpen tactics and learn the fundamental endgames. Again, the fruits of this labor are readily seen — previously lost endgames will be saved, positions in which a player had little idea of how to approach now make sense. However, as one climbs the rating ladder, everything, in some way, becomes both clearer and murkier. The clarity that strong chess players enjoy when …

Source: GameKnot online chess news

Veselin Topalov: Selected Games of the Ex-World Chess Champion

Friday, October 20th, 2017

Veselin Topalov: Selected Games of the Ex-World Chess Champion by Sarham Guliev

Veselin Topalov is one of the best known names in global chess. One of the world’s top grandmasters, ex-FIDE World Champion Topalov has been a stable feature of elite chess for many years. His dynamic, uncompromising style has gained the adulation of countless fans among both amateurs and professional grandmasters, including the author of this book. Azeri grandmaster Sarhan Guliev has spent several years analyzing Veselin’s games, which prompted the idea of putting together this collection of his favourites. The book has been fully approved by the man himself, Grandmaster Topalov, who has kindly written a foreword. It will without doubt be useful to a wide range of chess lovers.

ISBN: 978 5 94693 595 1, 467 pages, hardback, Russian Chess House


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Source: The Week in Chess

Bulgarian Players, Arbiters and Trainers

Friday, October 20th, 2017

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Following the decision of the Executive Board to temporarily exclude the Bulgarian Chess Federation, the following measures are now in place.

Chess players under the FIDE flag

Players, arbiters, trainers etc. formerly representing the Bulgarian Chess Federation, are now registered under the FIDE flag. They are licensed to participate in FIDE rated tournaments.

According to the Regulations for Registration and Licensing for players, art. 2.10: ‘FIDE flag players’ are not allowed to compete in FIDE and Continental events. However, Bulgarian Players who became, after FIDE decision, ‘FIDE flag players’ will have the right to participate in FIDE Individual Championships registering individually and paying the respective FIDE fee for additional players.


No tournaments taking place in Bulgaria can be registered and rated by FIDE.
Tournament results submitted before the decisions EB-2017/13 and 14 come to effect shall be rated. The list of these tournaments can be found here

‘FIDE flag players’ may participate in title norm tournaments. The following clarifications of the Title Regulations must be taken into account:
(1.43) “At least two federations other than that of the title applicant must be included” These Federations must be National Federations. ‘FIDE flag players’ are not taken into account to fulfil requirement of 1.43
(1.43e) “from at least 3 different federations” These Federations must be National Federations. ‘FIDE flag players’ are not taken into account to fulfil requirement of exception 1.43e

Title applications

Applications for GM/WGM and IM/WIM titles by ‘FIDE flag players’ can be accepted only after prior communication with QC.
‘FIDE flag players’ may apply for titles according to 1.3 provided that they pay the relevant title fee by themselves.

Arbiters under the FIDE flag

Arbiters under the FIDE flag may participate in any FIDE rated event as arbiters, provided that they are licensed.
Arbiters under the FIDE flag may register in Arbiter seminars provided that they pay the seminar fee by themselves.
Arbiters under the FIDE flag may renew their license provided that they pay the relevant license fee by themselves.
Applications for arbiters’ titles by individuals under the FIDE flag can be accepted only after prior communication with ARB Commission.

Trainers under the FIDE flag

Trainers under the FIDE flag are allowed to participate in Trainers’ seminars provided that they pay in advance the relevant participation and title fees by themselves.
Trainers under the FIDE flag are allowed to renew their license provided they pay the relevant license fee by themselves.
Applications for trainers’ FST or Di titles by individuals (as per TRG Regulations) under the FIDE flag can be accepted only after prior communication with TRG Commission.

If anyone has any questions, please contact

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Chess wins three prestigious awards in Botswana

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

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On the 7th of October 2017, the 37th annual National Sports Commission Awards took place in Botswana. It was a very successful event for the chess community as chess was nominated for 5 awards and got three of them. This came as no surprise to Botswana Sport lovers since chess has been nominated in the top three for all the past 4 years, and always coming 2nd to cricket.

It started with the former president, Tshepo Sitale being elected as the Senior Vice President of the Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) in a highly contested election. Sitale is one of the pioneer administrators of chess who propelled the Federation to recognition, his election this past weekend as BNOC Senior Vice President was a crowning moment of hard work and meticulous organisation.

Chess won awards for

1) Sports Code of the year

2) Administrator of the year – former President Mr. Tshenolo Maruatona

3) Junior Female Athlete of the Year – Ms. Onkementse Francis

According to organisers, chess looks set to dominate other sports codes because of the level of seriousness and organisation they put into their work at the Botswana Chess Federation.

To cap the glorious chess year, Onkemetse Francis scooped the Sports Woman of the Year award which was sponsored by Debswana for the first time this year to the tune of P40 000. Debswana has taken a deliberate decision to support women within and outside of the organisation in areas such as sports, entrepreneurship and academics.

Former Public Relations Director of Botswana Chess Federation Ms. Keenese Katisenge also won the award in 2014.

WIM Dr Onkemetse Francis

Sports woman of the year award winner in Naivy blue dress WIM Dr Onkemetse Francis

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Botswana Chess Federation Executive committee after winning Sport Code of the year Award

Mr Tshenolo Maruatona

Administrator of the year Mr Tshenolo Maruatona, former BCF president

Calistus Kolantsho

Calistus Kolantsho print media journalist of the year Award winner, the man is always at the helm of growing chess in print media.

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Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Obituary – IA Philip Haley

Thursday, October 19th, 2017


FIDE regret to announce the passing of Honorary Member Philip Haley of Canada, who was very active in FIDE for over thirty years. We send our condolences to his wife, Betty-June, who attended many Congresses with her husband, and the rest of his family.

Philip Haley was born in St.Stephen, New Brunswick, May 29, 1924. He graduated from Acadia University with an honours degree in science in 1945 and graduated from McGill University with a degree in chemical engineering in 1947. He was employed for 37 years with Imperial Oil and retired from an executive position with that company in 1983. He was known for his expertise in catalytic cracking and heavy oil upgrading and apart from a variety of technical positions, he held a number of managerial positions including manager of engineering design and manager of refining technology. Following his retirement he acted as a consultant on a number of major heavy oil upgrading projects.
Apart from his engineering career, Mr. Haley was well known both nationally and internationally in the world of chess. In Canada, Mr. Haley was Secretary of the Chess Federation of Canada from 1953-1954, developer of the first Canadian rating list and Rating Commissioner from 1953-1955, Vice-president of the Chess Federation of Canada from 1955-1956, Chairman of the Chess Foundation of Canada from 1959-1967, President of the Chess Federation of Canada from 1971-1973 and FIDE (the World Chess Federation) Zonal President and FIDE representative for Canada from 1994-1999. Phil was very active in FIDE. He made a detailed presentation to FIDE’s Central Committee in Venice in 1967 on the subject of conducting Chess Olympiads using the controlled pairing Swiss system. He led discussions on this subject in subsequent years until his idea was accepted for the 1976 Olympiad in Haifa, Israel and used in all subsequent Chess Olympiads. Apart from being a member of the Rules Committee he was chairman of the Pairings Committee for Chess Olympiads in Israel, Argentina, Malta and Switzerland. He took part in FIDE meetings in Italy, Malta, Switzerland, Brazil, France, the Netherlands, Russia, Armenia, Moldova, Qatar and Turkey.
At the 1995 meeting of the FIDE Central Committee in Paris, Phil introduced a motion of non-confidence in President Campomanes and his team. This was seconded by Fan Adams of the US and was defeated by a controversial vote that was deemed to have been tied. At the FIDE Congress in Yerevan in 1996 Phil introduced a motion that all FIDE executive positions should be filled by individual votes rather than by voting for teams. This motion received strong support but was narrowly defeated. In 1999 Phil was a member of the three man Appeals Committee for the World Championship in Las Vegas. In 1971 in cooperation with Mayor Drapeau of Montreal, Mr. Haley developed and submitted a detailed proposal to FIDE for holding the World chess Championship (Fischer-Spassky match) in Montreal. In 1972 Mr. Haley co-authored with Kenneth Harkness of the US a report for FIDE entitled “Application of the Swiss System to FIDE tournaments.” Mr. Haley was the originator of the accelerated pairing Swiss system that proved to be highly successful in tournaments with a high ratio of number of players to number of rounds. He was the tournament director and arbiter for four Canadian Open chess championships in Winnipeg, Kingston, Vancouver and St. John’s as well as for the Canadian Closed championship in Pointe Claire, P.Q. in 1969.
Although better known as a tournament director and Chess Federation official, Phil was an active player as well. He took part in many Canadian Opens starting with the first Canadian Open in Montreal in 1956 as well as Canadian Opens in Toronto, Ottawa, Kitchener, London, Windsor, Sackville, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. He represented New Brunswick in the 1945 Canadian Closed championship in Saskatoon and won the Alberta chess championship in 1959. Phil was also active in the US and participated in US Open championship tournaments in Tampa, Milwaukee, Cleveland and San Juan as well as having been a member of the US Chess Federation Rules Committee and the USCF FIDE Advisory Committee. He received the “Special Friend of the USCF” award in 2006. Mr. Haley was awarded a medal in 1977 from the Governor General of Canada on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth…for contributions in the field of chess. Phil was one of the original members of the Canadian Chess Hall of Fame.

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

6 Of World’s Top 10 To Play 80th Wijk aan Zee

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

The Tata Steel Chess tournament will be celebrating its 80th birthday by having a very strong field. Six players from the current top 10 will be playing. That includes world number one Magnus Carlsen, former world champions Vladimir Kramnik a…

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Six Of World’s Top 10 In 80th Wijk aan Zee

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

The Tata Steel Chess tournament will be celebrating its 80th birthday by having a very strong field. Six players from the current top 10 will be playing. That includes world number one Magnus Carlsen, former world champions Vladimir Kramnik a…

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Obituary – GM William Lombardy

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017


FIDE regrets to announce the passing of GM William Lombardy in his 80th year. Whilst probably being most famous for being Bobby Fischer’s official second in the Reykjavik World Championship match against Spassky in 1972, he was also World Junior Champion in 1957, which he won with an 100% score 11/11, the only time this has happened. He became a GM in 1960 and played for the USA in seven Olympiads, winning the Gold Medal in the 1970 Olympiad in Siegen as first reserve. He also was first board for the USA winning the gold medal with 12/13, when the USA won the Student Team Under 26 in Leningrad in 1960. He retired from major tournament competition in 1961 and became a Roman Catholic priest.

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William Lombardy and Bobby Fischer. Reykjavik 1972

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

List of titles approved by the Executive Board in Antalya, Turkey

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

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FIDE publishes the list of titles approved by the Executive Board held in Goynuk, Antalya, Turkey on 13-14 October 2017.

Martirosyan, Haik M.  ARM
Mikaelyan, Arman  ARM
Petrosyan, Manuel  ARM
Smirnov, Anton  AUS
Gorovets, Andrey  BLR
Santiago, Yago De Moura  BRA
Xu, Xiangyu  CHN
Oliva Castaneda, Kevel  CUB
Quesada Perez, Yasser  CUB
Fernandez, Daniel Howard  ENG
Guerra Mendez, Jose Angel  ESP
Delorme, Axel  FRA
Anurag, Mhamal  IND
Puranik, Abhimanyu  IND
Thejkumar, M. S.  IND
Mosadeghpour, Masoud  IRI
Kobo, Ori  ISR
Steinberg, Nitzan  ISR
Meskovs, Nikita  LAT
Hamitevici, Vladimir  MDA
Sadzikowski, Daniel  POL
Paravyan, David  RUS
Matinian, Nikita  RUS
Zaitsev, Alexander  RUS
Ali Marandi, Cemil Can  TUR
Erdogdu, Mert  TUR
Shevchenko, Kirill  UKR
Vorontsov, Pavlo  UKR
Fataliyeva, Ulviyya  AZE
Hernandez Moya, Yuleisy  CUB
Fuchs, Judith  GER
Klek, Hanna Marie  GER
Bakunts, Rafael  ARM
Gadimbayli, Abdulla  AZE
Sutkovic, Damir  BIH
Grib, Roman  BLR
Kleinman, Michael  CAN
Bao, Qilin  CHN
Liu, Yan  CHN
Duran Vega, Sergio  CRC
Tica, Sven  CRO
Albornoz Cabrera, Carlos Daniel  CUB
Borges Feria, Yasel  CUB
Diaz Perez, Michel Alejandro  CUB
Fernandez Guillen, Ernesto J.  CUB
Gomez Sanchez, Jorge Marcos  CUB
Guerra Mojena, Leandro  CUB
Pulpan, Jakub  CZE
Haria, Ravi  ENG
Pigott, John C  ENG
Gonzalez Trigal, Jose Luis  ESP
Ladron De Guevara Pinto, Paolo  ESP
Suarez Gomez, Julio  ESP
Eden, James  FRA
Sochacki, Wojtek  FRA
Beradze, Irakli  GEO
Kumsiashvili, Nikoloz  GEO
Carow, Johannes  GER
Keymer, Vincent  GER
Colpe, Malte  GER
Malikentzos, Sotirios  GRE
Kaczur, Florian  HUN
Csonka, Balazs  HUN
Chandra Prasad, Dhulipalla Bala  IND
Prince, Bajaj  IND
Raja, Harshit  IND
Rakesh, Kumar Jena  IND
Shvayger, Yuliya  ISR
Bontempi, Piero  ITA
Lai, Hing Ting  NED
Nouri, Hamed  PHI
Barski, Radoslaw  POL
Lobanov, Sergei  RUS
Rogac, Srdjan  SRB
Nayhebaver, Martin  SVK
Pechac, Jergus  SVK
Koksal, Ege  TUR
Soysal, Serkan  TUR
Gokerkan, Cem Kaan  TUR
Matviishen, Viktor  UKR
Sturt, Raven M  USA
Kaliksteyn, Alexander  USA
Sindarov, Javokhir  UZB
Yao, Lan CHN
Forgas Moreno, Yaniela CUB
Miranda Rodriguez, Tania CUB
Haussernot, Cecile FRA
Vantika Agrawal IND
Dimitrova, Aleksandra RUS
Obolentseva, Alexandra RUS
Gajcin, Marina SRB
Injac, Teodora SRB
Martynkova, Olena UKR
Prudnykova, Olga I. UKR
Di Franco, Mauro ARG
Sandler, Leonid AUS
White, Andre BAH
Miskic, Sejfudin BIH
Popova, Natalia BLR
Strelets, Igor I BLR
Han, Yajun CHN
Gonzalez Acosta, Paul Jesus CRC
Hassan, Wael EGY
Kamel, Ihab EGY
Madian, Usama EGY
Yunes, Samy EGY
Garcia Perez, Ramon ESP
Juberias Sequera, Santiago ESP
Brongers, Henk FRA
Feryn, Alexandre FRA
Lapeyere, Pierre FRA
Siradze, Salome GEO
Iskos, Alexandros GRE
Riga, Niki GRE
Tapas Kumar, Mohanty IND
Teli, Rajendra IND
Winston, G. IND
Madhav, Viswanathan Baba IND
Afshar, Fatemeh IRI
Jamadi Baher, Saeed IRI
Mollaghorbani, Bagher IRI
Niksresht, Homa IRI
Sharif Nataj, Khadijeh IRI
Azizi, Khatere IRI
Gal, Lior ISR
Miller, Donald JAM
Malaige, Antonio MOZ
Castaneda, Carlomario PER
Cuellar, Ulises PER
Olarte, Hernan PER
Viana, Eduardo Esudeiro POR
Rivera Mulero, Eduardo PUR
Bunbich, Vitaly RUS
Kalashnikov, Viktor RUS
Penzina, Vera RUS
Perevertkin, Vladimir RUS
Tan, Teck Leng Tony SGP
Nikolic, Petar J SRB
Petrovic, Vojkan SRB
Radosavljevic, Nebojsa SRB
Stanimirovic, Zoran SRB
Franzen, Thomas SWE
Annageldyev, Orazly TKM
Ergur, Fuat TUR
Kara, Aydin TUR
Uctu, Ahmet TUR
Murad, Abdulla UAE
Khripach, Artem UKR
Abate, Rudolf D USA
Atkins, Michael USA
Hater, David USA
Kummer, Michael J USA
Murimi, Simbarashe ZIM
Martins, Valentino AHO
Vilte, Hectorduardo ARG
Borsuk, Yuriy BLR
Z|iaziulkina, Alena BLR
Keabofe, Onkemetse BOT
Tiroyamodimo, Roger BOT
Tsypin, Vadim CAN
Castro Guerra, Mario CHI
Pizzaro Soza, Francisco CHI
Liu, Yao CHN
Pan, Lixiang CHN
Araya Fuentes, Cristian CRC
Jimenez Rojas, Fabian CRC
Soto Olivera, Lester Jesus CUB
Garcia Beltran, Ibrahim CUB
Montilla Sencion, Crisanto Jose DOM
Hawas, Khaled EGY
Mohsen, Peter EGY
Jimenez Melguizo, Francisco ESP
Marcos Herrero, Francisco ESP
Robles Asuncion, German ESP
Denous, Cyprien FRA
Beria, Giorgi GEO
Schiefelbusch, Dirk GER
Anagnostou, Zoi GRE
Pahaki, Hristina-Despoina GRE
Psoma, Virginia GRE
Gyomber, Tamas HUN
Kapas, Robert HUN
Hariputra, Chessy Prila INA
Amit Kumar, Biswas IND
Anuj, Singari IND
Aranganatham, C IND
Bhabesh, Mohanty IND
Deepak Kumar, Narendra IND
Ganesh Chockalingam, Pillai IND
Hemprakash, Barsagahe IND
Mohapatra Santosh, Kumar IND
Prabhat Ranjan, Kumar IND
Rathi, Pavan IND
Sohani Vivek, Suhas IND
Vikas, Sahu IND
Karthik, Shetty IND
Anbarestani, Melika IRI
Eivazi, Halimeh IRI
Eskandari, Farazane IRI
Farnia, Fatemeh IRI
Jahangiri, Sepideh IRI
Khosravani, Gholam Hossein IRI
Kianpour, Mahdi IRI
Masih, Fatemeh IRI
Moosavian, S. Hamed IRI
Nasirpour, Farnaz IRI
Paridar, Shadi IRI
Rabiei, Vahid Reza IRI
Rava, Shirin IRI
Saeedi, Reza IRI
Salim, Mehdi IRI
Mohammed, ?bbas Mohammed IRQ
Mohammed, Ibrahim Hussein IRQ
Kalnins, Toms LAT
Laizans, Alvars LAT
Mihailovs, Arturs LAT
Putka, Verners LAT
A. Yusuf, Sofian MAS
Chuah, Jin Hai Jonathan MAS
Lim, Poay Sim MAS
Lucas, Charles MAS
Tham, Tick Hong Jax MAS
Gressli, Kristoffer NOR
Nesheim, Geir NOR
Cantilo-Paz, Thomas PAN
Garcia Contreras, Jesus File PER
Clesinski, Andrzej POL
De Wet, Anjurie RSA
Belikov, Yury RUS
Bykov, Vladimir RUS
Mayorova, Lyudmila RUS
Nikitin, Aleksey RUS
Stepanenko, Nikolay RUS
Arsic, Novica SRB
Lazovic, Milos SRB
Randjelovic, Dragana SRB
Naslud, Mikael SWE
Alhalak, Mohammad SYR
Zehrawi, Adeeb SYR
Cabbaroglu, Kurtulus TUR
Kacar, Yasemin TUR
Korkuc, Cagatay TUR
Ozkan, Derya TUR
Sapan, Umut TUR
Yildirim, Yucel TUR
Yildiz, Suat TUR
Almarzooqi, Eisa UAE
Omar, Noaman UAE
Pepa, Yurij UKR
Scherbov, Grigory UKR
Parmet, Daniel Eduard USA
Thorpe, Thomas WLS
Bwala, Gift ZAM
Rivero Gonzalez, Carlos CUB
Oupindrin, Narayanin FRA
Arsenidze, Alexandre GEO
Vargas, Gabriela PAR
Baralic, Nebojsa SRB
Cinar Corlur, Nilufer TUR
Urosevic, Goran SRB
Maher, Musa SUD
Zarubitski, Mikalai BLR
Nakvanich, Sahapol THA
Muradli, Mahammad AZE
Mgeladze, Tamaz GEO
Singer, Christoph GER
Sarenac, David SRB
Li, Zhaozhi USA
Beltran Ortiz, Edda Georgina ESP
Vinchev, Simeon BUL
Arribas, Robaina, Maritza CUB
Carstensen, Claus DEN
Salazar Obando, Carlos CRC

Download the LIST of FA titles from Seminars approved by the Executive Board 2017.

Download the LIST OF NEW TRAINERS’ TITLES approved by the Executive Board 2017.

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Congratulations to the RCF Board of Trustees Chairman Dmitry Peskov

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

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FIDE and RCF congratulate the RCF Board of Trustees Chairman D. Peskov on his birthday

Athens, 17 October 2017

Mr. D. Peskov
RCF Board of Trustees

Dear Mr. Peskov,

On behalf of the World Chess Federation and its 188 Federations I would like to congratulate you on your anniversary!

We have been enjoying our close collaboration with the Russian Chess Federation in organization of the flagship FIDE events in Russia: Chess Olympiads, World Championships and Women’s World Championships, Candidates’ tournaments and Grand-Prix events and look forward to many years of fruitful cooperation to come.

We are confident that your kind participation in the management and supervision of the chess life in Russia will result in many more successful stories of our sport in your great country! Please accept our most sincere wishes of the best of health, energy, optimism, prosperity and happiness!

Sincerely yours
Georgios Makropoulos
Deputy President

Letter to Mr. Dmitry Peskov (pdf)

Dear Mr. Peskov!

On behalf of the Russian Chess Federation I would like to congratulate you on your anniversary! Through your kind involvement chess is regaining its popularity in Russia and has extended coverage in mass media. Russian politicians pay more attention to chess and chess players and gladly visit high-level chess tournaments, like the all-Russian team competition for schools Belaya Ladya and World Championships among men and women.

Also I would like to express my deepest gratitude to you for visiting the World Chess Championship Match between Sergey Karjakin and Magnus Calrsen in New York. Your support was very important for the Russian candidate for the title.

We highly appreciate your participation in such significant events of the Central House of Chess Player as the opening ceremony of the RCF Chess Museum and celebration of the House’s 60th anniversary. The RCF Board of Trustees has really shown their thoughts for the Russian chess and chess players!

Today I would like to wish you robust health, energy, optimism, success, happiness, and well-being!

Andrey Filatov
President of the Russian Chess Federation

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE