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FIDE World Team Championships 2017: Round 6

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

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Round 6: Team Russia Leads a World Championship Race

In the women’s tournament the leading pair is the same: Russia and Ukraine.

On June 23, the games of the 6th round of the World Chess Team Championships were played in Khanty-Mansiysk.

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In the men’s tournament the leaders, team Russia, defeated Poland 3 to 1. Ian Nepomniachtchi and Vladimir Fedoseev scored for the winner.

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China bested Ukraine 2.5 to 1.5 thanks to Ding Liren’s win over Ruslan Ponomariov on the top board.

Belarus thrashed Norway 3.5 to 0.5. Winning points were supplied by Sergey Zhigalko, Vladislav Kovalev and Alexey Fedorov.

Match India – Turkey ended in a combative draw.

USA beat Egypt 3:1.

Russia keeps leading with 11 match points, with China trailing by one step.

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In the women’s competition Russia defeated India 3 to 1. Winning points were supplied by Valentina Gunina and Olga Girya.

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Team Ukraine overcame Azerbaijan 2.5 to 1.5; Natalia Zhukova and Inna Gaponenko won, Iuliya Osmak drew her game and Nataliya Buksa lost.

China bested team USA 3:1 thanks to Tan Zhongyi and Lei Tingjie who had defeated their opponents.

Georgia beat Vietnam by the same score; winning points were supplied by Bela Khotenashvili and Salome Melia.

Team Poland smashed Egypt 3.5 to 0.5.

After six rounds leaders are teams Russia and Ukraine with 10 match points each; China is two points behind them.

Round 7th pairings are:

Men:
Egypt – Belarus, Turkey – USA, Ukraine – India, Russia – China, Norway – Poland

Women:
Egypt – Ukraine, Russia – Poland, China – India, Vietnam – USA, Azerbaijan – Georgia.

Official website of the Championship: http://ugra2017.fide.com
Photos: http://ugra2017.fide.com/r/photo/
Videos: http://ugra2017.fide.com/r/video-en/

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Round 5: Team Russia Spends Free Day as a Leader.

Russia and Ukraine are ahead in the women’s tournament.

On June 21, the games of the 5th round of the World Chess Team Championships were played in Khanty-Mansiysk.

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In the men’s championship team Russia defeated Norway 3:1 (winners were Nikita Vitiugov and Vladimir Fedoseev).

Polish team beat Ukraine by the same score. Winning points were supplied by Radoslaw Wojtaszek and Grzegorz Gajewski.

India won their match against Egypt by a slim margin. Point-winner was Baskaran Adhiban.

All the games of the match Turkey – China ended in draws.

Another tied match was USA vs. Belarus.

After 5 rounds the leader is team Russia with 8 matchpoints. One step behind them are China and Poland.

In the women’s tournament teams Russia and USA were tied; all four games ended in draws.

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Another tie took place in the match Poland vs. Ukraine. Anna Ushenina’s defeat on the first board was compensated by Nataliya Buksa’s victory on the board 4.

China smashed Georgia by the score 3.5 to 0.5.

Azerbaijan lost to Vietnam 1.5 to 2.5.

India defeated Egypt 3:1. The star of the loser team was Shrook Wafa who had won her game against Dronavalli Harika.

As before, the leaders are Russia and Ukraine with 8 matchpoints each. India trails them by a point.

Thursday, June 22 is a free day on both championships.

6th round pairings are:

Men:
Belarus – Norway, Poland – Russia, China – Ukraine, India –Turkey, USA – Egypt

Women:
Ukraine – Azerbaijan, Georgia – Vietnam, USA – China, India – Russia, Poland – Egypt.

Pictures: http://ugra2017.fide.com/2017/06/21/round-5/ 
Videos: http://ugra2017.fide.com/r/video-en/

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Round 4: Russia and China Lead a Tournament Race on the World Team Championship

Russia and Ukraine are at the top of the women’s competition table.

On June 20, the games of the 4th Round of the World Chess Team Championships were played in Khanty-Mansiysk.

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In the men’s event Russia beat Belarus 3:1 (the winners were Ian Nepomniachtchi and Maksim Matlakov).

China blew out Egypt 3.5 to 0.5; Yu Yangyi, Wei Yi and Li Chao scored.

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Team Turkey created another sensation: they defeated leaders from Poland by a slim margin. In the only decisive game Emre Can outplayed Mateusz Bartel.

Ukrainians beat Norway; winning points were supplied by Alexander Moiseenko and Martyn Kravtsiv.

India defeated team USA by a big score (the winners were Baskaran Adhiban, Krishnan Sasikiran and Parimarjan Negi, while Santosh Vidit drew).

After four rounds the leaders are Russia and China with 7 match points each; Turkey and Poland trail by one step.

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The winner of the pivotal confrontation Georgia vs. Russia was the “home team” with the score 2.5 to 1.5. Scorers were Alexandra Kosteniuk and Ekaterina Lagno, Aleksandra Goryachkina drew and Valentina Gunina lost her game.

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Ukraine defeated Vietnam 3:1; winning points were supplied by Anna Ushenina and Nataliya Buksa.

India won their match against Poland 2.5 to 1.5 thanks to Padmini Rout’s victory.

Team USA outplayed Egypt 3.5 to 0.5.

Team Azerbaijan made their supporters’ day once again by tying their match against China.

After four rounds Russia and Ukraine have 7 match points each, with India trailing by two points.

Fifth round pairings are:

Men:
USA – Belarus, Egypt – India, Turkey – China, Ukraine – Poland, Russia – Norway

Women:
Poland – Ukraine, Egypt – India, Russia – USA, China – Georgia, Vietnam – Azerbaijan

Official website of the Championship: http://ugra2017.fide.com
Photos: http://ugra2017.fide.com/r/photo/
Videos: http://ugra2017.fide.com/r/video-en/

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Round 3: Poland Leads the World Team Championship

In the women’s tournament Ukraine caught up with Russia.

On June 19, the matches of the 3rd round of the World Team Championships were played in Khanty-Mansiysk.

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In the men’s tournament the leaders, team Poland, defeated Egypt three to one (the winners were Radoslaw Wojtaszek and Jan Krzisztof Duda, the other two games were drawn).

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Russia won the match against Ukraine by a slim margin. The victory was supplied by Jan Nepomniachtchti, who had beaten Anton Korobov on the 2nd board.

Team India defeated Belarus 2.5:1.5. The star of the match was Baskaran Adhiban who won his game against Vladislav Kovalev.

With the same score Turkey beat Norway. The winning point was supplied by Vahap Sanal.

All the games of the match USA vs. China ended in draws.

After 3 rounds team Poland never dropped a single point. Russia and China trail by a matchpoint.

In the women’s championship Russia tied their match against Azerbaijan: Valentina Gunina’ loss on the second board had been balanced out by Olga Girya’s win on the fourth.

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Team Ukraine defeated India; the scorer was Inna Gaponenko.

Match Poland – USA was also tied. The winner for Poland was Klaudia Kulon, and Sabina-Franceska Foisor scored for team USA.

Team China defeated Vietnam 2.5 to 1.5 (Ju Weijun and Lei Tingjie won their games, Guo Qi drew and Tan Zhongyi lost).

Georgians blew out Egypt 4:0.

The leaders after round 3 are Russia and Ukraine with 5 matchpoints each. Georgia and Poland are one step behind them.

Round 4 pairings are:
Men:
Belarus – Russia, Norway – Ukraine, Poland – Turkey, China – Egypt, India – USA

Women:
Ukraine – Vietnam, Azerbaijan – China, Georgia – Russia, USA – Egypt, India – Poland

Official website of the Championship: http://ugra2017.fide.com
Photos: http://ugra2017.fide.com/r/photo/
Videos: http://ugra2017.fide.com/r/video-en/

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China and Poland Lead in the World Championship Race

Russian team heads the table of the women’s tournament.

The second round of the Team World Championships took place in Khanty-Mansiysk on June 18.

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The guest of honor of this round was the Governor of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra Natalya Komarova who, together with FIDE Vice-President Javier Ochoa, gave a start to the women’s match between Russia and Vietnam. After that the head of the Okrug made the first symbolic move in the game Svidler – Solak (Russia vs. Turkey match).

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Following that, the Governor of Ugra Natalya Komarova, President of the Russian Chess Federation, FIDE Vice-President Andrey Filatov, President of Ugra Chess Federation Vasily Filipenko and Director of the Department of Physical Culture and Sports of Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra Igor Gubkin visited the rapid chess tournament held as part of the World Championships.

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In the men’s event team China defeated India 2.5 to 1.5. The scorer for the winners was Yu Yangyi.

The USA lost to Poland by a hair. The winning point was supplied by Radoslaw Wojtaszek who beat Samuel Shankland on the first board.

Norway won against Egypt 2.5 to 1.5 (Frode Urkedal and Johan Salomon won their games, Aryan Tari drew and Lars Hauge lost).

Matches Russia vs. Turkey and Belarus vs. Ukraine were both tied.

After two rounds the leaders are China and Poland. Both teams have 4 match points with Russia trailing by a point.

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In the women’s tournament Russian team beat Vietnam 3:1. The winners were Valentina Gunina and Aleksandra Goryachkina.

Match Ukraine vs. China was tied: Natalia Zhukova’s loss to the World Champion Tan Zhongyi on the second board was balanced out by Inna Gaponenko’s win against Lei Tingjie on the third.

Georgia and Poland were also tied; all the games were scored.

Team India defeated the USA 2.5 to 1.5; the scorer was Tania Suchdev who beat Sabina-Francesca Foisor.

Azerbaijan zipped Egypt 4:0.

After two rounds the Russian team scored maximum number of points with Poland, India and Ukraine trailing by a match point.

Third round pairings are:

Men:
India – Belarus, USA – China, Egypt – Poland, Turkey – Norway, Ukraine – Russia

Women:
India – Ukraine, Poland – USA, Egypt – Georgia, Russia – Azerbaijan, China – Vietnam.

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Round 1 of FIDE World Chess Team Championships was played on June 17 in Khanty-Mansiysk.

A surprising result in the men’s tournament was a draw in the match Turkey vs. Ukraine. In the pivotal confrontation Russian ladies defeated team China.

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The first symbolic move in the starting round of the Women’s Team Championship was made on Alexandra Kosteniuk’s behalf by the Deputy Governor of Ugra Mr. Vsevolod Koltsov. A similar “pawn face-off” in the game between Ian Nepomniachtchi and the Egyptian chess player Hesham Abdelrahman was jointly made by President of Ugra Chess Federation Vasily Filipenko and FIDE Vice-President Javier Ochoa.

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In the men’s tournament team, Russia defeated Egypt 3.5 to 0.5. Scorers were Nikita Vitiugov, Maxim Matlakov and Vladimir Fedoseev; the game between Hesham and Nepomniachtchi was drawn.

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Team China defeated Belarus with the same score (Yu Yangyi, Wei Yi and Li Chao won their games, and Ding Liren drew against Sergey Zhigalko).

Varuzhan Akobian’s victory on the third board helped team USA beat Norway 2.5 to 1.5.

Poland defeated Indian team by a hair (Yan Krzysztof Duda and Kacper Piorun scored for them, Radoslaw Wojtaszek lost and Mateusz Bartel drew).

A surprise of the start was a draw in the match Turkey vs. Ukraine: all four games were drawn.

In the pivotal match of the women’s championship Russia beat China 3 to 1. Alexandra Kosteniuk, Kateryna Lagno and Valentina Gunina scored, and Olga Girya lost her game.

Team Ukraine defeated USA 2.5 to 1.5 (the winning point was supplied by Iulija Osmak on the 4th board).

Polish ladies won their match against Azerbaijan by a big score. The winners for Poland were Monika Socko, Klaudia Kulon and Joanna Majdan.

Team Vietnam defeated Egypt four to nothing.

Match India vs. Georgia was drawn. First and fourth boards exchanged blows: Harika Dronavalli won her game against Nana Dzagnidze and Nino Batsiashvili defeated Vijayalakshmi Subbaraman.

Second round pairings are:

Men:

Belarus – Ukraine, Russia–Turkey, Norway – Egypt, Poland – USA, China – India

Women:

Ukraine – China, Vietnam – Russia, Azerbaijan – Egypt, Georgia – Poland, USA – India.

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The Opening Ceremony for FIDE Open and Women’s World Team Chess Championships took place in the capital of Ugra. For the first time in the history of chess, both events will be held at the same time and in the same place from June 16 to June 27, 2017.

Grand opening ceremony was staged in the CTC “Ugra-Classic” that is already familiar to many chessplayers.

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The official part of the event was opened by Governor of Ugra Ms. Natalya Komarova. First of all, the Head of the region read out the welcome letter of the President of Russian Federation. Siding with Vladimir Putin, she shared the people of Ugra’s feelings about this event: “We host a chess tournament of this level for the first time. The integration of two championships creates fantastic good vibrations for participants, supporters and organizers. We are grateful to FIDE for this decision. I think that you are going to be surprised with our summer that is much warmer than in many European cities of our country. I hope that you will manage to surprise us, your fans, with new combinations, brilliant moves and fine play. Let the strongest win! Welcome to Ugra!”

FIDE Vice-President Boris Kutin also greeted all the teams and their supporters: “I am simply very pleased to say the words “Welcome to Khanty-Mansiysk” because I have already lost count of my visits here. This is a small city with a great heart! Khanty-Mansiysk is a number one city in the world of chess!”

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President of the Russian Chess Federation, FIDE Vice-President Andrey Filatov expressed his gratitude to FIDE, Ugra and personally to Natalya Komarova: “Thank you ever so much! I agree with my colleague Mr. Kutin, for Khanty-Mansiysk is a great heart indeed. Thank you for your hospitality and all this cordiality we have already felt!” Boris Kutin pronounced main words of the night: “I declare the FIDE World Chess Team Championships open!”

A final and most expected moment of the official part was tournament pairing. Actors dressed as shamans of indigenous northern peoples in the course of their mystical dance have passed their main attributes, 10 shaman drums where the numbers were hidden, to other actors dressed as pawns. Then those souls of chess, as chess theoretician Fran?ois-Andr? Philidor used to call them, stood in line waiting to be chosen by a representative of a participating team. The number on the national musical instrument indicated the team’s position in the tournament table.

Teams were arranged as follows:

Open: 1. China, 2. India, 3. USA, 4. Egypt, 5. Turkey, 6. Ukraine, 7. Russia, 8. Norway, 9. Poland, 10. Belarus.

Round 1 pairs:

China – Belarus, India – Poland, USA – Norway, Egypt – Russia, Turkey – Ukraine.

Women: 1. USA, 2. India, 3. Poland, 4. Egypt, 5. Russia, 6. China, 7. Vietnam, 8. Azerbaijan, 9. Georgia, 10. Ukraine.

Round 1 pairs:

USA – Ukraine, India – Georgia, Poland – Azerbaijan, Egypt – Vietnam, Russia – China.

In the final part of the ceremony, the Okrug’s main theater scene was given to professional musicians and dancing groups that presented their colorful numbers.

Let us remind you that first games of the championships will be played on Saturday, June 17, at 15:00.

Official website: ugra2017.fide.com

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Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Team Russia spends free day as a leader

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

On June 21, the games of the 5th round of the World Chess Team Championships were played in Khanty-Mansiysk.

In the men’s championship team Russia defeated Norway 3:1 (winners were Nikita Vitiugov and Vladimir Fedoseev).

Polish team beat Ukraine by the same score. Winning points were supplied by Radoslaw Wojtaszek and Grzegorz Gajewski.

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India won their match against Egypt by a slim margin. Point-winner was Baskaran Adhiban.

All the games of the match Turkey – China ended in draws.

Another tied match was USA vs. Belarus.

After 5 rounds the leader is team Russia with 8 matchpoints. One step behind them are China and Poland.

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In the women’s tournament teams Russia and USA were tied; all four games ended in draws.

Another tie took place in the match Poland vs. Ukraine. Anna Ushenina’s defeat on the first board was compensated by Nataliya Buksa’s victory on the board 4.

China smashed Georgia by the score 3.5 to 0.5.

Azerbaijan lost to Vietnam 1.5 to 2.5.

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India defeated Egypt 3:1. The star of the loser team was Shrook Wafa who had won her game against Dronavalli Harika.

As before, the leaders are Russia and Ukraine with 8 matchpoints each. India trails them by a point.

Thursday, June 22 is a free day on both championships.

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6th round pairings are:

Men:

Belarus – Norway, Poland – Russia, China – Ukraine, India –Turkey, USA – Egypt

Women:

Ukraine – Azerbaijan, Georgia – Vietnam, USA – China, India – Russia, Poland – Egypt.

Pictures: http://ugra2017.fide.com/2017/06/21/round-5/

Videos: http://ugra2017.fide.com/r/video-en/

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Paris Grand Chess Tour Rapid Day 2

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

The second day of the rapid tournament brought another series of games full of excitement, brilliancies and heartbreaks.

The leaderboard completely changed, as Magnus Carlsen reminded everyone why he is considered the most dominant chess player in the world.

He is now leading the tournament with 10/12. Wesley So’s luck seemed to have ran out and he was only able to draw two games, falling three points behind Carlsen.

Nakamura and Mamedyarov had a very successful day and are only one and two points behind Carlsen respectively.

Round 4

This was the bloodiest round thus far! All eyes were on So-Carlsen as the leader was facing his closest rival. The World Champion completely outplayed So the entire game, only giving him one tactical chance to turn the tables, which was overlooked by the U.S. Champion. This crucial win put Carlsen in the lead.

Hikaru Nakamura’s straight forward attack with a bishop sacrifice was too overwhelming for Etienne Bacrot, who found himself down three pawns and forced to resign.

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov’s preparation for Grand Prix paid off in just 28 moves when Vachier-Lagrave could no longer defend his exposed king.

Topalov-Grischuk was a wild theoretical battle where Black came out on top due to white forgetting his preparation at the critical point.

Caruana found himself in a winning position yet again, but being in such a poor form, he could only manage to draw the game against Karjakin.

Round 5

Magnus Carlsen solidified his lead with a win over Topalov who did not play the most challenging move at the critical moment.

Nakamura kept pace with a wild win over Grischuk. The Russian Grandmaster was winning for most of the game, but after twists and turn in time scramble found himself defending a rook vs rook and a bishop endgame. Theoretically, this endgame is draw, but practically with no time on the clock, it is quite difficult to draw. Nakamura played very quickly, not giving his opponent any time to think and find resources. Grischuk made only one error and found himself in a mating net.

Mamedyarov reminded the leaders that he’s a force to be reckoned with by taking advantage of Caruana’s poor form and delivering yet another loss to the American.

Karjakin bested Bacrot, another player who is struggling in this event, in only 26 moves. Vachier-Lagrave was close to beating So but surprisingly he didn’t play the straight forward winning line in the endgame, allowing is opponent to liquidate into an unwinnable position.

Round 6

Magnus Carlsen faced his newest closest rival, Hikaru Nakamura with the black pieces. Historically, Carlsen has been a difficult opponent for Nakamura, but this time the American was the one with a pleasant position trying to press for a win. His edge was not enough to harm Carlsen, who defended patiently and drew the game.

Mamedyarov and So also drew their long  game. Caruana’s fortune did not improve as he blundered a nice sequence and had to resign in yet another game where he was winning.

In another shocking turn of events, Karjakin blundered his queen. Grischuk seemed quite pleased with this gift after a tough lost in the previous round.

Vachier-Lagrave defeated Topalov in an interesting struggle, where he found a lot of counter play for the lost pawn.

by Tatev Abrahamyan

All information is available on GrandChessTour.org. Live commentary by GM Yasser Seirawan, GM Cristian Chirila, and IM Jovanka Houska will give online spectators even more opportunity to experience the tournaments.

As last year, GM Maurice Ashley will be on-site in Paris to interview players and will be joined by GM Romain Edouard. Watch live.

Photo credits: Chess Club and Scholastic Center/Kevin Duggin/Spectrum Studios/Lennart Ootes

 

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Paris Grand Chess Tour, Rapid Day 1

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

The first leg of the 2017 Grand Chess Tour kicked off in Paris with the rapid portion of the event. After three games, the 2016 Grand Chess Tour winner Wesley So and World Champion Magnus Carlsen are tied for first place with Hikaru Nakamura and Veselin Topalov trailing by a point.

The faster time controls (25 minutes per game with 10 second delay) produced exciting and tumultuous games, making the results unpredictable. The next two days promise to bring more fast action melees, leaving the tournament open up for grabs.

Round 1

The tournament started with fireworks in the all French match, as Vachier-Lagrave sacrificed a piece for initiative in an unorthodox position. The evaluation of the position changed several times due to the mistakes made by both players, but black finally came out on top when Bacrot blundered with seconds left on the clock.

The other decisive game came from the battle between the 2016 and 2017 US champions. Caruana played a beautiful exchange sacrifice, but erred later not only missing the win but giving the advantage back to So, who converted it into the full point.

Nakamura vs Mamedyarov, Grischuk vs Carlsen and Karjakin vs Topalov all ended in a draw.

Round 2

After another lucky break, Wesley So solidified his lead with a win over Bacrot. Again, the US champion found himself in trouble but his resilience helped him turn the tide when the position became unbalanced in time trouble.

Magnus Carlsen scores his first victory after Mamedyarov blundered on move 28, allowing his opponent’s pieces to exploit his king’s weakness.

Caruana suffered another heartbreak when he once again collapsed after ouplaying Topalov for most of the game and lost.

Nakamura vs Karjakin and Vachier-Lagrave vs Grischuk both ended in a draw but with the latter being a complete rollercoaster with the evaluation changing every few moves. Both players missed countless opportunities and eventually agreed to a draw with little material left on the board.

Round 3

There was a big change in the standings after Magnus Carlsen took advantage of Maxime Vachier-Lagrave’s blunder and scored a full point. He is now tied for first place with Wesley So who was unable to break Grischuk’s fortress.

Caruana’s day kept getting worse as he lost yet another winning position, this time against his compatriot Hikaru Nakamura. Wildcard Mamedyarov was able to outplay the unbreakable Karjakin and score his first victory.

Bacrot vs Topalov was a quiet affair which ended in a draw.

 

by Tatev Abrahamyan

All information is available on GrandChessTour.org. Live commentary by GM Yasser Seirawan, GM Cristian Chirila, and IM Jovanka Houska will give online spectators even more opportunity to experience the tournaments.

As last year, GM Maurice Ashley will be on-site in Paris to interview players and will be joined by GM Romain Edouard. Watch live.

Photo credits: Chess Club and Scholastic Center/Kevin Duggin/Spectrum Studios/Lennart Ootes

 

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Meeting with Bulgarian Minister of Youth and Sports

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

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FIDE Deputy President, Georgios Makropoulos, together with ECU President, Zurab Azmaiparashvili and ECU General Secretary, Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou, after an official invitation received, met with the Bulgarian Minister of Youth and Sports, Krasen Kralev in Sofia on Monday to discuss the situation of the Bulgarian Chess Federation. The purpose of the meeting was to clarify the scale and nature of the violations of the Bulgarian Chess Federation led by Silvio Danailov and to discuss the possibilities for restoring the membership and the position of Bulgarian chess in the world. Later they met with representatives of the Bulgarian Chess community, including representatives of the Board of the Bulgarian Chess Federation Vassil Antonov and Vassil Tonchev, MP Ruslan Toshev, Dr. Mihail Iliev, GMs Kiril Georgiev and Ventislav Inkiov, Head of Chess faculty of National Sports Academy Radislav Atanasov, and Deputy Mayor of Bankya, Plamen Simeonov.

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Afterwards they held a Press Conference, during which the Minister advised that there are two important aspects in the CAS Lausanne judgment. The first is that the court accepts that the competitions in the resort, Albena / Golden Sands are not legitimate competitions in the ECU calendar. The second, the money, which was translated as a fee from the Bulgarian state, was transferred to an account in Slovenia to an offshore company registered in Delaware, called “European Chess Union.” He reported that, according to the documents submitted by Bulgarian Chess Federation to the Ministry for the period 2011-2014, a total of € 1,070,140 was paid into the counterfeit account in question.

Minister Kralev was categorical that he would turn to the Chief Prosecutor of the Republic of Bulgaria to help establish the scale of the abuse. “The president of the Bulgarian Chess Federation has consciously included this account in the contracts between the Federation and the Ministry. We do not know what the invoice is, and we do not know if other amounts have been transferred there, for example from sponsors of the Federation,” said Minister Kralev. He confirmed that the Ministry will seek the full amount allocated for the competitions in the resort. Albena / Golden Sands resort, not just a part of it, as the Inspectorate’s latest inspection. According to him, until it becomes clear with what amount the Bulgarian Chess Federation has cost the state, the Ministry can not rule on the license of the federation, which expired on 4 June 2017.

“The Bulgarian Chess Federation, ruled by Silvio Danailov, has misled the Ministry by asking for a false league levy and has transferred the money to a false account and not to the ECU account,” FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos confirmed. In his words, the court in Lausanne has accepted that Silvio Danailov does know about this falsification, because at the same time he was President, both of Bulgarian Chess Federation and of the ECU. Such actions by Silvio Danailov, as well as his refusal to provide any official information and documents to the ECU have also led to the exclusion of Bulgarian Chess Federation from the ECU and it is currently undergoing a case in the FIDE Ethics Commission. He also explained that in his testimony at Lausanne, Silvio Danailov had tried to transfer responsibility for his actions to the whole Bulgarian Chess Federation Board.

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“We fully support the initiative of Minister Kralev, because we are convinced that he wants to help Bulgarian chess. We hope and believe that he will continue with these steps in the coming weeks. But I also want to emphasize that apart from his actions, we as FIDE cannot stop our procedures against the people responsible for these actions,” said Georgios Makropoulos. “We want to see a federation that we trust and we can work with. The problem is that today we do not know who we can trust in the current federation, “he added.

“We are here to find a solution how to return Bulgarian chess to the European family,” said ECU President Zurab Azayaparashvili. He said that at the meeting with the chess community, the representatives of the current Bulgarian Chess Federation leadership said they were not aware of the abuses and had not decided not to provide information to the ECU, as Silvio Danailov claims. “However, we can not trust people who have been members of the leadership and have not questioned, although they have had information from different sources, whether there has been any abuse in the federation and why ECU documents are not provided,” he added.

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All participants in the meetings united around the view that a new beginning of Bulgarian chess is necessary. “Everything is in the hands of chess clubs,” said Minister Krasen Kralev. According to him, a good option is to create an initiative committee to bring together most or all chess clubs in the country. “I know there are many honest people in the chess community. We can come out with dignity from this situation, as, of course, this sport will not be forgotten,” Krasen Kralev said. He stressed, however, that the future of this sport depends on chess makers in Bulgaria.

The Minister was convinced that in any case the Ministry would not overcome the violations found in Bulgarian Chess Federation and would seek its rights.

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Paris Grand Chess Tour 2017 LIVE!

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

The 2017 Grand Chess Tour is taking place June 21-25 in Paris. It is a rapid and blitz competition with the top players in the world. Thanks to the organizers it will be with live video and analysis on the internet, including here on Chessdom.com, with GM Yasser Seirawan, GM Cristian Chirila, and IM Jovanka Houska for studio commentary along with GM Maurice Ashley and GM Romain Edouard who will be reporting live from the ground in Paris.

See the 2016 GCT Paris broadcast here / Live now the World Team Championship

Live games with Magnus Carlsen, Hikaru Nakamura, Wesley So, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Sergey Karjakin, Fabiano Caruana, Alexander Grischuk, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Veselin Topalov, and Etienne Bacrot start June 21 at 14:00 CET.

You can also follow on your mobile phone via the ChessArena android application for mobile phones

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Russia and China leading in World Team Championship

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

On June 20, the games of the 4th Round of the World Chess Team Championships were played in Khanty-Mansiysk.

In the men’s event Russia beat Belarus 3:1 (the winners were Ian Nepomniachtchi and Maksim Matlakov).

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China blew out Egypt 3.5 to 0.5; Yu Yangyi, Wei Yi and Li Chao scored.

Team Turkey created another sensation: they defeated leaders from Poland by a slim margin. In the only decisive game Emre Can outplayed Mateusz Bartel.

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Ukrainians beat Norway; winning points were supplied by Alexander Moiseenko and Martyn Kravtsiv.

India defeated team USA by a big score (the winners were Baskaran Adhiban, Krishnan Sasikiran and Parimarjan Negi, while Santosh Vidit drew).

After four rounds the leaders are Russia and China with 7 match points each; Turkey and Poland trail by one step.

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The winner of the pivotal confrontation Georgia vs. Russia was the “home team” with the score 2.5 to 1.5. Scorers were Alexandra Kosteniuk and Ekaterina Lagno, Aleksandra Goryachkina drew and Valentina Gunina lost her game.

Ukraine defeated Vietnam 3:1; winning points were supplied by Anna Ushenina and Nataliya Buksa.

India won their match against Poland 2.5 to 1.5 thanks to Padmini Rout’s victory.

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Team USA outplayed Egypt 3.5 to 0.5.

Team Azerbaijan made their supporters’ day once again by tying their match against China.

After four rounds Russia and Ukraine have 7 match points each, with India trailing by two points.

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Fifth round pairings are:

Men:

USA – Belarus, Egypt – India, Turkey – China, Ukraine – Poland, Russia – Norway

Women:

Poland – Ukraine, Egypt – India, Russia – USA, China – Georgia, Vietnam – Azerbaijan

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World Youth Rapid and Blitz Championship 2017

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

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After the success of the World Cadet Rapid and Blitz in Minsk, FIDE is pleased to announce the World Youth Rapid and Blitz to be held in Hersonissos, Crete, Greece from 27 to 31 October 2017.

REGULATIONS

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Poland leads the World Team Championship

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

On June 19, the matches of the 3rd round of the World Team Championships were played in Khanty-Mansiysk.

In the men’s tournament the leaders, team Poland, defeated Egypt three to one (the winners were Radoslaw Wojtaszek and Jan Krzisztof Duda, the other two games were drawn).

Russia won the match against Ukraine by a slim margin. The victory was supplied by Jan Nepomniachtchti, who had beaten Anton Korobov on the 2nd board.

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Team India defeated Belarus 2.5:1.5. The star of the match was Baskaran Adhiban who won his game against Vladislav Kovalev.

With the same score Turkey beat Norway. The winning point was supplied by Vahap Sanal.

All the games of the match USA vs. China ended in draws.

After 3 rounds team Poland never dropped a single point. Russia and China trail by a matchpoint.

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In the women’s championship Russia tied their match against Azerbaijan: Valentina Gunina’ loss on the second board had been balanced out by Olga Girya’s win on the fourth.

Team Ukraine defeated India; the scorer was Inna Gaponenko.

Match Poland – USA was also tied. The winner for Poland was Klaudia Kulon, and Sabina-Franceska Foisor scored for team USA.

Team China defeated Vietnam 2.5 to 1.5 (Ju Weijun and Lei Tingjie won their games, Guo Qi drew and Tan Zhongyi lost).

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Georgians blew out Egypt 4:0.

The leaders after round 3 are Russia and Ukraine with 5 matchpoints each. Georgia and Poland are one step behind them.

Round 4 pairings are:

Men:

Belarus – Russia, Norway – Ukraine, Poland – Turkey, China – Egypt, India – USA

Women:

Ukraine – Vietnam, Azerbaijan – China, Georgia – Russia, USA – Egypt, India – Poland

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FIDE World Team Championships 2017: Round 3

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

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Round 3: Poland Leads the World Team Championship

In the women’s tournament Ukraine caught up with Russia.

On June 19, the matches of the 3rd round of the World Team Championships were played in Khanty-Mansiysk.

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In the men’s tournament the leaders, team Poland, defeated Egypt three to one (the winners were Radoslaw Wojtaszek and Jan Krzisztof Duda, the other two games were drawn).

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Russia won the match against Ukraine by a slim margin. The victory was supplied by Jan Nepomniachtchti, who had beaten Anton Korobov on the 2nd board.

Team India defeated Belarus 2.5:1.5. The star of the match was Baskaran Adhiban who won his game against Vladislav Kovalev.

With the same score Turkey beat Norway. The winning point was supplied by Vahap Sanal.

All the games of the match USA vs. China ended in draws.

After 3 rounds team Poland never dropped a single point. Russia and China trail by a matchpoint.

In the women’s championship Russia tied their match against Azerbaijan: Valentina Gunina’ loss on the second board had been balanced out by Olga Girya’s win on the fourth.

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Team Ukraine defeated India; the scorer was Inna Gaponenko.

Match Poland – USA was also tied. The winner for Poland was Klaudia Kulon, and Sabina-Franceska Foisor scored for team USA.

Team China defeated Vietnam 2.5 to 1.5 (Ju Weijun and Lei Tingjie won their games, Guo Qi drew and Tan Zhongyi lost).

Georgians blew out Egypt 4:0.

The leaders after round 3 are Russia and Ukraine with 5 matchpoints each. Georgia and Poland are one step behind them.

Round 4 pairings are:
Men:
Belarus – Russia, Norway – Ukraine, Poland – Turkey, China – Egypt, India – USA

Women:
Ukraine – Vietnam, Azerbaijan – China, Georgia – Russia, USA – Egypt, India – Poland

Official website of the Championship: http://ugra2017.fide.com
Photos: http://ugra2017.fide.com/r/photo/
Videos: http://ugra2017.fide.com/r/video-en/

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China and Poland Lead in the World Championship Race

Russian team heads the table of the women’s tournament.

The second round of the Team World Championships took place in Khanty-Mansiysk on June 18.

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The guest of honor of this round was the Governor of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra Natalya Komarova who, together with FIDE Vice-President Javier Ochoa, gave a start to the women’s match between Russia and Vietnam. After that the head of the Okrug made the first symbolic move in the game Svidler – Solak (Russia vs. Turkey match).

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Following that, the Governor of Ugra Natalya Komarova, President of the Russian Chess Federation, FIDE Vice-President Andrey Filatov, President of Ugra Chess Federation Vasily Filipenko and Director of the Department of Physical Culture and Sports of Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra Igor Gubkin visited the rapid chess tournament held as part of the World Championships.

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In the men’s event team China defeated India 2.5 to 1.5. The scorer for the winners was Yu Yangyi.

The USA lost to Poland by a hair. The winning point was supplied by Radoslaw Wojtaszek who beat Samuel Shankland on the first board.

Norway won against Egypt 2.5 to 1.5 (Frode Urkedal and Johan Salomon won their games, Aryan Tari drew and Lars Hauge lost).

Matches Russia vs. Turkey and Belarus vs. Ukraine were both tied.

After two rounds the leaders are China and Poland. Both teams have 4 match points with Russia trailing by a point.

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In the women’s tournament Russian team beat Vietnam 3:1. The winners were Valentina Gunina and Aleksandra Goryachkina.

Match Ukraine vs. China was tied: Natalia Zhukova’s loss to the World Champion Tan Zhongyi on the second board was balanced out by Inna Gaponenko’s win against Lei Tingjie on the third.

Georgia and Poland were also tied; all the games were scored.

Team India defeated the USA 2.5 to 1.5; the scorer was Tania Suchdev who beat Sabina-Francesca Foisor.

Azerbaijan zipped Egypt 4:0.

After two rounds the Russian team scored maximum number of points with Poland, India and Ukraine trailing by a match point.

Third round pairings are:

Men:
India – Belarus, USA – China, Egypt – Poland, Turkey – Norway, Ukraine – Russia

Women:
India – Ukraine, Poland – USA, Egypt – Georgia, Russia – Azerbaijan, China – Vietnam.

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Round 1 of FIDE World Chess Team Championships was played on June 17 in Khanty-Mansiysk.

A surprising result in the men’s tournament was a draw in the match Turkey vs. Ukraine. In the pivotal confrontation Russian ladies defeated team China.

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The first symbolic move in the starting round of the Women’s Team Championship was made on Alexandra Kosteniuk’s behalf by the Deputy Governor of Ugra Mr. Vsevolod Koltsov. A similar “pawn face-off” in the game between Ian Nepomniachtchi and the Egyptian chess player Hesham Abdelrahman was jointly made by President of Ugra Chess Federation Vasily Filipenko and FIDE Vice-President Javier Ochoa.

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In the men’s tournament team, Russia defeated Egypt 3.5 to 0.5. Scorers were Nikita Vitiugov, Maxim Matlakov and Vladimir Fedoseev; the game between Hesham and Nepomniachtchi was drawn.

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Team China defeated Belarus with the same score (Yu Yangyi, Wei Yi and Li Chao won their games, and Ding Liren drew against Sergey Zhigalko).

Varuzhan Akobian’s victory on the third board helped team USA beat Norway 2.5 to 1.5.

Poland defeated Indian team by a hair (Yan Krzysztof Duda and Kacper Piorun scored for them, Radoslaw Wojtaszek lost and Mateusz Bartel drew).

A surprise of the start was a draw in the match Turkey vs. Ukraine: all four games were drawn.

In the pivotal match of the women’s championship Russia beat China 3 to 1. Alexandra Kosteniuk, Kateryna Lagno and Valentina Gunina scored, and Olga Girya lost her game.

Team Ukraine defeated USA 2.5 to 1.5 (the winning point was supplied by Iulija Osmak on the 4th board).

Polish ladies won their match against Azerbaijan by a big score. The winners for Poland were Monika Socko, Klaudia Kulon and Joanna Majdan.

Team Vietnam defeated Egypt four to nothing.

Match India vs. Georgia was drawn. First and fourth boards exchanged blows: Harika Dronavalli won her game against Nana Dzagnidze and Nino Batsiashvili defeated Vijayalakshmi Subbaraman.

Second round pairings are:

Men:

Belarus – Ukraine, Russia–Turkey, Norway – Egypt, Poland – USA, China – India

Women:

Ukraine – China, Vietnam – Russia, Azerbaijan – Egypt, Georgia – Poland, USA – India.

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The Opening Ceremony for FIDE Open and Women’s World Team Chess Championships took place in the capital of Ugra. For the first time in the history of chess, both events will be held at the same time and in the same place from June 16 to June 27, 2017.

Grand opening ceremony was staged in the CTC “Ugra-Classic” that is already familiar to many chessplayers.

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The official part of the event was opened by Governor of Ugra Ms. Natalya Komarova. First of all, the Head of the region read out the welcome letter of the President of Russian Federation. Siding with Vladimir Putin, she shared the people of Ugra’s feelings about this event: “We host a chess tournament of this level for the first time. The integration of two championships creates fantastic good vibrations for participants, supporters and organizers. We are grateful to FIDE for this decision. I think that you are going to be surprised with our summer that is much warmer than in many European cities of our country. I hope that you will manage to surprise us, your fans, with new combinations, brilliant moves and fine play. Let the strongest win! Welcome to Ugra!”

FIDE Vice-President Boris Kutin also greeted all the teams and their supporters: “I am simply very pleased to say the words “Welcome to Khanty-Mansiysk” because I have already lost count of my visits here. This is a small city with a great heart! Khanty-Mansiysk is a number one city in the world of chess!”

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President of the Russian Chess Federation, FIDE Vice-President Andrey Filatov expressed his gratitude to FIDE, Ugra and personally to Natalya Komarova: “Thank you ever so much! I agree with my colleague Mr. Kutin, for Khanty-Mansiysk is a great heart indeed. Thank you for your hospitality and all this cordiality we have already felt!” Boris Kutin pronounced main words of the night: “I declare the FIDE World Chess Team Championships open!”

A final and most expected moment of the official part was tournament pairing. Actors dressed as shamans of indigenous northern peoples in the course of their mystical dance have passed their main attributes, 10 shaman drums where the numbers were hidden, to other actors dressed as pawns. Then those souls of chess, as chess theoretician Fran?ois-Andr? Philidor used to call them, stood in line waiting to be chosen by a representative of a participating team. The number on the national musical instrument indicated the team’s position in the tournament table.

Teams were arranged as follows:

Open: 1. China, 2. India, 3. USA, 4. Egypt, 5. Turkey, 6. Ukraine, 7. Russia, 8. Norway, 9. Poland, 10. Belarus.

Round 1 pairs:

China – Belarus, India – Poland, USA – Norway, Egypt – Russia, Turkey – Ukraine.

Women: 1. USA, 2. India, 3. Poland, 4. Egypt, 5. Russia, 6. China, 7. Vietnam, 8. Azerbaijan, 9. Georgia, 10. Ukraine.

Round 1 pairs:

USA – Ukraine, India – Georgia, Poland – Azerbaijan, Egypt – Vietnam, Russia – China.

In the final part of the ceremony, the Okrug’s main theater scene was given to professional musicians and dancing groups that presented their colorful numbers.

Let us remind you that first games of the championships will be played on Saturday, June 17, at 15:00.

Official website: ugra2017.fide.com

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Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

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