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Fritz 16 dominates TCEC Div 3

Saturday, January 13th, 2018

fritz 16The new entrant in the TCEC competition Fritz 16 has won division 3 of the competition. It finished with 18,5/28, a full point ahead of Laser 1.5. Fritz won 10 games and drew 17 games, losing only one along the way – against the bronze medalist of the division Nemorino.

Despite being highly disputed competition, the first three places in Division 3 were occupied by the engines that are in the division by right as per the Season 10 standings. Fritz and Laser will continue their journey in Division 2, where they will face tougher and more experienced opposition. Nemorino deserved its stage medal thanks to a strong showing in the second half of the event. A fixed Pedone edged the Division 4 winner Defenchess on tiebreak for fourth position. Senpai is the other engine that will continue in the same division, while ChessBrainVB and Ethereal are relegated and will have to prove their right to join the division again in about three months time.

TCEC official website / Season 11 division system / Full list of participants / TCEC facebook page / TCEC Twitch TV channel

Full standings TCEC Division 3

1. Fritz 18,5/28
2. Laser 17,5
3. Nemorino 14,5
4. Pedone 14,0
5. Defenchess 14,0
6. Senpai 12,5
7. ChessBrainVB 11,0
8. Ethereal 10,0

TCEC Division 2 roster and official poll

TCEC Division 2 starts today, parallel to the Tata Steel 2018 competition and you can follow it live on the official site. The roaster includes Jonny, Bobcat, Texel, Vajolet, Wasp, Arasan, and the newly promoted Fritz and laser.

This is the official poll on Division 2, to predict the top 3 and the medal winners of this stage.

Which engines will be in the top 3 of TCEC div 2? (select 3 answers)
Jonny
Bobcat
Texel
Vajolet
Wasp
Arasan
Fritz
Laser

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Start of 80th edition Tata Steel Chess Tournament

Saturday, January 13th, 2018

The 80th edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament has started today. The jubilee event has a strong field of participants, which should yield exciting and surprising matches.

The only two grandmasters ever to win the tournament five times, world champion Carlsen and his predecessor Anand, are both participating. The latter has just won the world rapid championship. The world’s strongest female grandmaster, Hou Yifan returns to Wijk aan Zee this year.

Start of 80th edition Tata Steel Chess Tournament 1

Other participants include Aryan Tari, the new junior world champion and fellow countryman of Carlsen, reigning European champion Maxim Matlakov and his fellow countryman Peter Svidler. The latter has recently won the Russian championship for the 8th time, a unique record.

In all, six of the world’s top 10 players are participating in ‘the Wimbledon of chess’, among which the numbers two and three, Caruana and Mamedyarov.

LIVE games with analysis

Fraternal battle

The drawing of lots has yielded an interesting clash for tomorrow, between the world’s number one and two players, Carlsen versus Caruana. In the Tata Steel Challengers brothers Jorden and Lucas van Foreest will face-off. Lucas won the Top Nine Round Event last year, thus earning promotion to the Tata Steel Challengers.

Start of 80th edition Tata Steel Chess Tournament

Double jubilee

Theo Henrar, chairman of Tata Steel Nederland: “The 80th edition is extra special, since our company is also celebrating its centennial this year. Not only the chess tournament, but also our steelworks are inseparably linked to Wijk aan Zee and the IJmond region. Without cooperation with and support from the region we would not have become such a successful high-tech steel company”.

Steel and chess: creativity and innovation

The Tata Steel Chess Tournament has a long tradition. Starting as an employee tournament, it has grown into an international tournament of world class renown, for which grand masters and amateurs alike will clear their diaries. Tata Steel has chosen for chess, because chess entails strategic thinking and focuses on finding creative solutions for complex issues. Tata Steel has that very same focus. Steelmaking is a high-tech process with a crucial role for innovation. Tata Steel employees are continuously and relentlessly working on finding clever solutions to improve processes and products. That is how Tata Steel is able to provide top products to its customers, allowing them to distinguish themselves in their markets. At the same time Tata Steel contributes to creating a sustainable society through its product and process innovations.

For info about the Tata Steel Chess Tournament, go to: www.tatasteelchess.com.

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80th Tata Steel Starts Saturday With Chess.com Broadcast

Friday, January 12th, 2018

The 80th Tata Steel Chess Tournament was officially opened on Friday. Tomorrow’s top games in the first round are Carlsen-Caruana and So-Mamedyarov. Once again the live broadcast is proudly powered by Chess.com.
The new year has just started and…

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

ECU files a criminal complaint in Slovenia

Friday, January 12th, 2018

European Chess UnionOn 11th January 2018, the European Chess Union filed a criminal complaint in Slovenia against anyone responsible for the shadow operation of the offshore company ECU LLC Delaware and the faked ECU Bank account in Slovenia involved, till now, in known transactions of more than 1 million euros.

All the timeline of the story, court decisions, and important material will be released the following period for the chess public to be fully informed about the heaviest crime that took place in chess.

Based on the decisions of the ECU Board and the ECU General Assembly, ECU will investigate this case, in the administrative, sport, criminal and civil level of justice till all the persons involved committing or covering criminal actions will be revealed.

The next actions of the European Chess Union will focus in seeking serious financial compensation in various countries from physical persons and entities who caused serious moral & financial damage to ECU, creating shadow operations, using fraud documents, as well as publishing statements and faked material without checking the sources and the European Chess Union position.

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Ziaur Rahman takes lead in Delhi GM Tournament

Friday, January 12th, 2018

24th seed GM Ziaur Rahman of Bangladesh defeated Vietnamese GM Tran Tuan Minh to emerge as the new sole leader after the end of the fourth round of 16th Delhi International Chess tournament now underway here.

At the end of three rounds, eleven players were tied at 3.0/3. Rahman showed immense discipline and skill to beat Tran Tuan.

It was a Trompovsky Opening from Rahman who had the white pieces but Tran Minh played pretty accurately and was having a better position. Early in the middlegame, Black had stifled the position on the kingside where Rahman had swung his rook. Meanwhile, Rahman had expanded on the queenside.

Ziaur Rahman

Ziaur Rahman

But Tran Minh made a very strange move when he castled kingside where Rahman was able to break open the position and swiftly drum up an attack on black’s king.

All other co-leaders could only draw their games and hence, the Bangladeshi grandmaster leads alone with 4.0/4.

In the B-Category with 783 players being held simultaneously, 8 rounds of play have been completed and with two rounds to go. Shubham of Haryana rated 1915, and Subhra Saha, of West Bengal, rated 1727, lead together with 7.5/8.

LIVE games with analysis

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INTERNET based FIDE Seminar for International Organizers

Friday, January 12th, 2018

INTERNET based FIDE Seminar for International Organizers

12-15 March 2018

1. Participation: Up to 30 participants (by priority) from all Continents. Deadline for registrations is Wednesday 7th March 2018

2. Schedule:

• Monday, 12th March 17:00 to 21:00 Seminar (Part 1) Standard Time Zone: GMT/UTC + 02:00 hour
• Tuesday, 13th March 17:00 to 21:00 Seminar (Part 2) Standard Time Zone: GMT/UTC + 02:00 hour
• Wednesday, 14th March 17:00 to 21:00 Seminar (Part 3) Standard Time Zone: GMT/UTC + 02:00 hour

In case a participant cannot follow a live lecture the sessions will be available (with access code)
and after the end of each part in video recorded mode.

• Thursday, 15th March Any time available – up to 2h Examination test

3. Seminar Topics:
• Regulations Events Commission (General Regulations, Events Regulations, Bid Procedure)
• Events’ Management
• FIDE Identity & Sponsorship guidelines.
• Ratings and Titles – Tournament Conditions

4. Costs/Fees: Seminar fee: 60 € . The fee should be paid in FIDE Bank Account free of bank charges.
Bank: UBS Bank – Address: Case Postale, 1002 Lausanne, Switzerland
Bank Code: UBSWCHZH80A
Euro Account Number: 243-342087.63Y
IBAN: CH540024324334208763Y
Account Name: Federation Internationale Des Echecs
Online payments: https://payment.fide.com/payment.phtml – “Select International Organiser Seminar fee”
After the payment please send the scanned copy-receipt by email.

5. Lecturers: The lecturer will be IO Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou : teotsorb@gmail.com
The Technical Organizer will be IO Mikhail Prevenios: mprevenios@gmail.com

6. Language: The seminar will be held in English language

7. Online Registrations: http://fide-io-seminar.mine.nu

8. International Organizers Titles Regulations

Successful Seminar attendees will grant a FIDE IO Norm necessary for the FIDE IO title application.
IO Titles Regulations here: http://www.fide.com/fide/handbook.html?id=48&view=category

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Tata Steel 2018 Challengers

Friday, January 12th, 2018

Tata Steel Chess 2018 is traditionally the first super open chess tournament of the year. The 80th edition of the Tata Steel will take place in Wijk aan Zee from 12 – 28 January 2018. The Challengers section will be one of the strongest ever with GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi, GM Amin Bassem, and GM Michal Krasenkow as top seeded.

Chessdom will have daily coverage with the top computer engines of TCEC – Houdini, Komodo, and Stockfish

Live: Tata Steel 2018 Masters / Tata Steel 2018 Challengers / TCEC with Twitch video

Challengers participants

GM Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi IND 2718
GM Amin, Bassem EGY 2693
GM Krasenkow, Michal POL 2671
GM Korobov, Anton UKR 2652
GM Bluebaum, Matthias GER 2640
GM L’Ami, Erwin NED 2634
GM Xiong, Jeffery USA 2634
GM Van Foreest, Jorden NED 2629
GM Gordievsky, Dmitry RUS 2622
GM Bok, Benjamin NED 2607
GM Tari, Aryan NOR 2599
GM Harika, Dronavalli IND 2497
WGM Girya, Olga RUS 2489
IM Van Foreest, Lucas NED 2481

Tata Steel 2018 Challengers pairings

Round 1 – Saturday the 13th
Xiong, Jeffery – Bok, Benjamin
Korobov, Anton – Bluebaum, Matthias
Girya, Olga – Gordievsky, Dmitry
Van Foreest, Jorden – Van Foreest, Lucas
Tari, Aryan – Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi
Krasenkow, Michal – L’Ami, Erwin
Amin, Bassem – Harika, Dronavalli
Round 2 – Sunday the 14th
Bok, Benjamin – Harika, Dronavalli
L’Ami, Erwin – Amin, Bassem
Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi – Krasenkow, Michal
Van Foreest, Lucas – Tari, Aryan
Gordievsky, Dmitry – Van Foreest, Jorden
Bluebaum, Matthias – Girya, Olga
Xiong, Jeffery – Korobov, Anton
Round 3 – Monday the 15th
Korobov, Anton – Bok, Benjamin
Girya, Olga – Xiong, Jeffery
Van Foreest, Jorden – Bluebaum, Matthias
Tari, Aryan – Gordievsky, Dmitry
Krasenkow, Michal – Van Foreest, Lucas
Amin, Bassem – Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi
Harika, Dronavalli – L’Ami, Erwin
Round 4 – Tuesday the 16th
Bok, Benjamin – L’Ami, Erwin
Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi – Harika, Dronavalli
Van Foreest, Lucas – Amin, Bassem
Gordievsky, Dmitry – Krasenkow, Michal
Bluebaum, Matthias – Tari, Aryan
Xiong, Jeffery – Van Foreest, Jorden
Korobov, Anton – Girya, Olga
Round 5 – Wednesday the 17th
Girya, Olga – Bok, Benjamin
Van Foreest, Jorden – Korobov, Anton
Tari, Aryan – Xiong, Jeffery
Krasenkow, Michal – Bluebaum, Matthias
Amin, Bassem – Gordievsky, Dmitry
Harika, Dronavalli – Van Foreest, Lucas
L’Ami, Erwin – Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi
Round 6 – Friday the 19th
Bok, Benjamin – Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi
Van Foreest, Lucas – L’Ami, Erwin
Gordievsky, Dmitry – Harika, Dronavalli
Bluebaum, Matthias – Amin, Bassem
Xiong, Jeffery – Krasenkow, Michal
Korobov, Anton – Tari, Aryan
Girya, Olga – Van Foreest, Jorden
Round 7 – Saturday the 20th
Van Foreest, Jorden – Bok, Benjamin
Tari, Aryan – Girya, Olga
Krasenkow, Michal – Korobov, Anton
Amin, Bassem – Xiong, Jeffery
Harika, Dronavalli – Bluebaum, Matthias
L’Ami, Erwin – Gordievsky, Dmitry
Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi – Van Foreest, Lucas
Round 8 – Sunday the 21st
Bok, Benjamin – Van Foreest, Lucas
Gordievsky, Dmitry – Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi
Bluebaum, Matthias – L’Ami, Erwin
Xiong, Jeffery – Harika, Dronavalli
Korobov, Anton – Amin, Bassem
Girya, Olga – Krasenkow, Michal
Van Foreest, Jorden – Tari, Aryan
Round 9 – Tuesday the 23rd
Tari, Aryan – Bok, Benjamin
Krasenkow, Michal – Van Foreest, Jorden
Amin, Bassem – Girya, Olga
Harika, Dronavalli – Korobov, Anton
L’Ami, Erwin – Xiong, Jeffery
Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi – Bluebaum, Matthias
Van Foreest, Lucas – Gordievsky, Dmitry
Round 10 – Wednesday the 24th
Bok, Benjamin – Gordievsky, Dmitry
Bluebaum, Matthias – Van Foreest, Lucas
Xiong, Jeffery – Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi
Korobov, Anton – L’Ami, Erwin
Girya, Olga – Harika, Dronavalli
Van Foreest, Jorden – Amin, Bassem
Tari, Aryan – Krasenkow, Michal
Round 11 – Friday the 26th
Krasenkow, Michal – Bok, Benjamin
Amin, Bassem – Tari, Aryan
Harika, Dronavalli – Van Foreest, Jorden
L’Ami, Erwin – Girya, Olga
Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi – Korobov, Anton
Van Foreest, Lucas – Xiong, Jeffery
Gordievsky, Dmitry – Bluebaum, Matthias
Round 12 – Saturday the 27th
Bok, Benjamin – Bluebaum, Matthias
Xiong, Jeffery – Gordievsky, Dmitry
Korobov, Anton – Van Foreest, Lucas
Girya, Olga – Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi
Van Foreest, Jorden – L’Ami, Erwin
Tari, Aryan – Harika, Dronavalli
Krasenkow, Michal – Amin, Bassem
Round 13 – Sunday the 28th
Amin, Bassem – Bok, Benjamin
Harika, Dronavalli – Krasenkow, Michal
L’Ami, Erwin – Tari, Aryan
Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi – Van Foreest, Jorden
Van Foreest, Lucas – Girya, Olga
Gordievsky, Dmitry – Korobov, Anton
Bluebaum, Matthias – Xiong, Jeffery

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Tata Steel Chess 2018 LIVE!

Friday, January 12th, 2018

Tata Steel Chess 2018 is traditionally the first super open chess tournament of the year. The 80th edition of the Tata Steel will take place in Wijk aan Zee from 12 – 28 January 2018. As part of Tata Steel Chess On Tour the Tata Steel Masters will play a round in Beeld en Geluid in Hilversum on Wednesday 17 January and a round in the Academiegebouw of Groningen University on Wednesday 24 January. All matches, including the ones in Hilversum and Groningen, are open to the public free of charge.

There will be 3 sections: Masters, Challengers and Amateurs. Chessdom will have daily coverage with the top computer engines of TCEC – Houdini, Komodo, and Stockfish

Live: Tata Steel 2018 Masters / Tata Steel 2018 Challengers / TCEC with Twitch video

Masters

GM Carlsen, Magnus (NOR) 2834
GM Caruana, Fabiano (USA) 2811
GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar (AZE) 2804
GM So, Wesley (USA) 2792
GM Kramnik, Vladimir (RUS) 2787
GM Svidler, Peter (RUS) 2768
GM Anand, Viswanathan (IND) 2767
GM Karjakin, Sergey (RUS) 2753
GM Giri, Anish (NED) 2752
GM Wei, Yi CHN 2743
GM Matlakov, Maxim (RUS) 2718
GM Hou, Yifan (CHN) 2680
GM Adhiban, B. (IND) 2655
GM Jones, Gawain C B (ENG) 2640

Tata Steel will also have a strong Challengers section. Click here to follow the Challengers section live

Challengers

GM Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi IND 2718
GM Amin, Bassem EGY 2693
GM Krasenkow, Michal POL 2671
GM Korobov, Anton UKR 2652
GM Bluebaum, Matthias GER 2640
GM L’Ami, Erwin NED 2634
GM Xiong, Jeffery USA 2634
GM Van Foreest, Jorden NED 2629
GM Gordievsky, Dmitry RUS 2622
GM Bok, Benjamin NED 2607
GM Tari, Aryan NOR 2599
GM Harika, Dronavalli IND 2497
WGM Girya, Olga RUS 2489
IM Van Foreest, Lucas NED 2481

Official website Tata Steel Chess Tournament.

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New! Magnetic Fold Flat Chess Set

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Magnetic Fold Flat Chess Set (27cm x 14cm)
New!

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This great new product is perfect for all keen chess players to play or analyse on the go, at tournaments or after any match. Includes 36 strong magnetic disks (32 pieces, 2 extra queens + 2 blank) which stick to all parts of the board, even when held upside down!

It is a good size (board area 23.5cm x 23.5cm) but also super portable with it’s clever 3 fold system. The board folds in half typically but there’s also a 3rd tab which is also magnetic for you to store any pieces that are no longer required on the board. This nice chess set all folds flat taking up almost no room in any bag.

Dimensions closed: 27cm x 14cm
Dimensions completely open: 27cm x 41.7cm (note the 3rd tab can be folded back underneath when playing to reduce the size).

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Source: The Week in Chess

Obituary – IA Dr. Dirk De Ridder

Thursday, January 11th, 2018
214655 BEL De Ridder Dirk

With great sadness the FIDE Arbiters’ Commission was informed that IA Dr. Dirk De Ridder passed away on 7 January 2018.

The Commission expresses its sincere condolences to his family and to the Belgian Chess Federation.

Dirk was a well known International Arbiter, International Organizer and FIDE Lecturer.

He was very enthusiastic and dedicated to chess for more than 30 years, having organized many tournaments and conducted many Arbiters’ Seminars.

For many years he was a Chairman of Titles & Ratings Committee, Secretary of the FIDE Arbiters’ Commission and Councilor of the FIDE Rules, Qualification and Technical Commissions.

His contribution to the Chess community was very important.

Rest in Peace Dirk!

IA Takis Nikolopoulos
Chairman
FIDE Arbiters’ Commission

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

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