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Viktor Kupreichik Memorial started in Minsk

Friday, August 16th, 2019

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Eltaj Safarli (AZE), Aleksej Aleksandrov (BLR), Yuri Balashov (RUS), Manvel Pogosian (BLR), Sergei Zhigalko (BLR) and Vladimir Barskij (RUS) remain perfect after three rounds at the Viktor Kupreichik Memorial.

The International Rapid Chess Tournament “Memorial tournament in honour of Viktor Kupreichik” takes place from 15th till 17th August 2019 in the Palace of Sports in Minsk, Belarus.

Viktor Kupreichik (3 July 1949 – 22 May 2017) was the first Belarusian chess grandmaster. He was famous as a real fighter, a player of creative and sharp style. His numerous immortal games inspire many generations of chess players.

The Open tournament is 10-round Swiss event with 89 participants from 11 federations, including 12 Grandmasters and 9 International Masters. Time control: 15 minutes per game with an increment of 10 seconds for every move, starting from the first move.

General organisation of the tournament is carried out by the Belarus Chess Federation.

Official website: http://www.openchess.by/ 

Text and photos: Anastasiya Karlovich

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Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Join ChessKid And Judit Polgar To Set A World Record!

Friday, August 16th, 2019

Young chess fans from all over the world now have a chance to become a world-record holder.
ChessKid and GM Judit Polgar are teaming up to set the all-time record for the world's largest online chess tournament. To achieve this, we need as …

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Comment on Blitz Chess Tournament, Sunday, June 30, 2019 by joao

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

Final Results of the blitz tournament
1- Jochen, 7.5 points
2- Angel, 7 points
3- Wiktor, 6.5 points
4- Palmer, 6 points
5- Eliot, 5 points
6- Davies, 4 points
7- Evans, 4 points
8- Funk, 3.5 points
9- Finn, 1 point
10- Marc, 1 point

Source: The Week in Chess

Aronian Wins Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz Grand Chess Tour

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

Despite losses in his first and last game of the day, Levon Aronian ended on top at the Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz Grand Chess Tour. The Armenian GM scored half a point more than Yu Yangyi, Ding Liren and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. …

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Levon Aronian wins the 2019 Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz 2019

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

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Levon Aronian is the sole winner of the Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz, the 4th leg of the Grand Chess Tour. He takes home $37.500 and 13 GCT points, jumping to the third spot in the overall series standings, after Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Magnus Carlsen. This is his second victory in this event, that he already won in 2017.

Both Aronian and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave rocketed in rapid, which brings twice as many points, and slowed down in blitz. However, in the end, Aronian was just a little more solid (despite being defeated by the Frenchman in the very last round!). Ding Liren, Yu Yangyi, and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave finished tied for second, just half a point behind the winner.

In the event where “everything went wrong” for him, Magnus Carlsen lost as many as 10 games of rapid and blitz. “My confidence is long gone. You’re probably going to see more of the same tomorrow”, said the world champion in the interview after the first day of blitz. That is indeed what happened: 4,5 out of 9 on the final day and the place in the lower part of the table.

The World Champion will have barely two days to restore his confidence and heal his wounds, since the action in Saint Louis will resume on August 17th with the Sinquefield Cup.

Games, video replays and other info at the official website: Grand Chess Tour

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Levon Aronian. Photo courtesy of Grand Chess Tour.

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

FIDE abolishes entry fees for the World Senior Championship

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

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The Presidential Board received the proposal of waiving the entry fee for the participants in the World Senior Championships. This proposal was met with unanimous approval at the 2nd quarter of 2019 meeting.

In view of this, the FIDE President has decided:

1. To abolish the aforementioned fee, starting from the World Senior Championship 2019.

2. To request from the General Assembly to confirm the above decision of the President, making the necessary amendments to the FIDE Financial Regulations.

3. To issue a full refund to all participants who had already registered.

We would like to take the chance to remind you that the registration deadline for this event is September 11th, 2019. Below you will find more information.


Bucharest will host the 29th edition of World Senior Championship, from November 11th (arrival day) to November 24th (departure day). The initial prize fund of 16,000 Euro offered by the organizers was increased by the International Chess Federation with another 30,000, as part of FIDE’s strategy of supporting senior chess. Hence, the prize fund amounts to a very attractive 46,000 Euro.

The venue is the four-star Rin Grand Hotel, and the playing hall is the 950 sqm “Bucharest” conference hall, located within the hotel. The organizers are preparing side activities with the aim to make participants enjoy their stay in Bucharest: city tours and visits to interesting places, a blitz tournament, wine tastings, and others.

The 2019 edition of World Senior Championship is a great occasion for senior players (amateurs, retired and successful active players alike), to take part in a top chess tournament, to explore an attractive city like Bucharest, and to share some good moments with other chess friends.

The event is sponsored by Orange, Turkish Airlines, Aqua Carpatica, BIC and Promotop, and it counts with the support of Agerpress, the national press agency.

Official website: www.worldseniors2019.com
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/fideseniors2019

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

FIDE abolishes entry fees for the World Senior Championship

Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

  FIDE Logo black and white

The Presidential Board received the proposal of waiving the entry fee for the participants in the World Senior Championships. This proposal was met with an unanimous approval at the 2nd quarter of 2019 meeting.


In view of this, the FIDE President has decided:

1. To abolish the aforementioned fee, starting from the World Senior Championship 2019.

2. To request from the General Assembly to confirm the above decision of the President, making the necessary amendements to the FIDE Financial Regulations.

3. To issue a full refund to all participants who had already registered.

We would like to take the chance to remind you that the registration deadline for this event is September 11th, 2019. Below you will find more information.



Bucharest will host the 29th edition of World Senior Championship, from November 11th (arrival day) to November 24th (departure day). The initial prize fund of 16,000 Euro offered by the organizers was increased by the International Chess Federation with another 30,000, as part of FIDE’s strategy of supporting senior chess. Hence, the prize fund mounts to a very attractive 46,000 Euro. 

The venue is the four star Rin Grand Hotel, and the playing hall is the 950 sqm “Bucharest” conference hall, located within the hotel. The organizers are preparing side activities with the aim to make participants enjoy their stay in 
Bucharest: city tours and visits to interesting places, a blitz tournament, wine tastings and others.

The 2019 edition of World Senior Championship is a great occasion for senior players (amateurs, retired and successful active players alike), to take part in a top chess tournament, to explore an attractive city like Bucharest, and to share some good moments with other chess friends.

The event is sponsored by Orange, Turkish Airlines, Aqua Carpatica, BIC and Promotop, and it counts with the support of Agerpress, the national press agency.

Official website: www.worldseniors2019.com
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/fideseniors2019/

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Nyzhnyk Wins US Open; Moradiabadi Qualifies for US Championship

Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

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2019 U.S. Open and Premier Invitationals Complete in Orlando, Florida. GM Illia Nyzhnyk is the 120th U.S. Open champion; GM Elshan Moradiabadi qualifies for 2020 U.S. Championship; four premier invitationals held concurrently.

ORLANDO, FLORIDA: Grandmaster Illia Nyzhnyk scored an astounding 8/9 to win the 2019 U.S. Open. He takes home $6,400 for his efforts, plus a bonus of $200 for uncontested first place. Over 350 players competed in the 120th edition of this US Chess national championship at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Florida from August 3-11. Also at stake was a seat at the 2020 U.S. Championship for the top-finishing American player; this went to GM Elshan Moradiabadi after he defeated IM Bryce Tiglon in an Armageddon game after they finished tied in the main event.

Other national invitational championships were held in conjunction with the Open, including three of the premier scholastic events on the US Chess calendar: The Arnold Denker Tournament of High School Champions (Denker), The Dewain Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions (Barber), and the Ruth Haring National Girls’ Tournament of Champions (Haring). The newest national championship on our calendar, the National Senior Tournament of Champions (Seniors), rounded out these prestigious events. Winners from these events were (in the case of ties, all are co-champions):

Denker: IM Ben Li of Troy, Michigan; WIM Emily Nguyen of Austin, Texas; and IM Bryce Tiglon of Redmond, Washington. Based on tiebreak scores, Tiglon is awarded a $5,000 scholarship to the school of higher learning of his choice provided by the U.S. Chess Trust.

Barber: Robert Shlyakhtenko of Los Angeles, California; and FM Jason Wang of Mason, Ohio. Based on tiebreak scores, Shlyakhtenko is awarded a $5,000 scholarship to the school of higher learning of his choice, funded by Dewain Barber and awarded through the U.S. Chess Trust.

Haring: WFM Martha Samadashvili of Albany, New York earns a $5,000 scholarship to the school of higher learning of her choice, funded by Robert and Barbara Schiffrin.

Seniors: FM Shelby Getz of Bel Air, Maryland.

US Chess Executive Director Carol Meyer said, “Our mission to empower people, enrich lives, and enhance communities is on full display at the U.S. Open. Hailing from across the United States and beyond, we have members who range from top players to beginning players; students to seniors; men and women; delegates and volunteers–all who represent a wide range of ethnic backgrounds and who share a passion to grow the game of chess. This demonstrates how healthy US Chess is and how well-positioned we are to meet our mission, while serving our members’ various interests and needs.”

More info: https://new.uschess.org/news/nyzhnyk-wins-2019-us-open/
Photos: John Hartmann

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Elshan Moradiabadi and Carol Meyer (photo: John Hartmann)

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Anand Dommalapati and Illia Nyzhnyk (photo: John Hartmann)

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Vachier-Lagrave Grabs Sole Lead At Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz Grand Chess Tour

Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave took over the lead from Levon Aronian at the end of the first day of blitz at the Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz Grand Chess Tour. Magnus Carlsen scored disappointingly again and is out of contention.
MVL and Carl…

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Player Suspected Of Cheating Caught With Phone At Dutch Open Championship

Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

An amateur chess player with a national rating of 1512, who had raised suspicion due to strong results at recent tournaments, was caught carrying a phone during a game at the Dutch Open Championship in Dieren, The Netherlands at the end of Ju…

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