TEAMS OF ITALY AND GERMANY WON MITROPA CUP 2018

Teams of Italy and Germany won Open and Women section of the 36th edition of Mitropa Cup, respectively. The event took place from 30th May- 9th June in the La Castella Resort- Calabria, in Isola Capo Rizzuto, Italy.

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The Winner in the open section was already known by the 8th round. Italy would stand on the throne no matter  the result of the last round.  Italy ended the event in a peaceful manner drew 2-2 against Hungary in the last round.

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Convincingly, with 16 match points, Italy finished with the gold medal, while the draw against the best brought the second place to Hungary. The third place in the open category went to Germany, who had the same score as Hungary, 13 match points, but according to the tiebreaks, Hungary won the silver medal, while Germany the bronze.

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The Women section featured fights until the very last minutes of the event. After 7 rounds filled with harsh struggles, Germany took the first place with 13 match points.  Austria came second with 11 match points, while the third place went to Italy.

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This year, Mitropa Cup, the team event with long tradition brought together 10 European federations. The Open section participated Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Hungary and Italy, while the teams of Women section were: Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Slovakia, Italy and Slovenia.

The event was played as a single Round Robin event, with time control 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes to finish the game, with 30 seconds increment for each move from move one.

All pairings, results and games can be seen on the official website of the event.

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The Mitropa Cup is the annual team chess tournament for national teams from Central Europe. The word Mitropa is a derivative of German Mittel Europa (Central Europe): MITtel euROPA. The idea of the Mitropa Cup came from Gertrude Wagner, who wanted to create a chess team tournament after the example of respective football competition, together with her husband Karl and the president of the Austrian Chess Federation Kurt Jungwirth were the founders and organizers of the tournament. The event commenced in 1976: Gertrude will organise the next twenty editions.

 




MITROPA CUP 2018

The 36th edition of the traditional event Mitropa Cup will take place from 30th May- 9th June in a 4 stars La Castella Resort- Calabria, in Isola Capo Rizzuto, Italy.

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This year, the team event with long tradition will bring together 10 European federations who will be competing against each other in Open and Women section.  Each team will be composed of 4 players plus one reserve player (for open section), 4 women players plus one reserve woman player (for women section), with one of the players who will be a team captain.

Participants of Open section will be: Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Hungary and Italy, while the registered teams of Women section are: Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Slovakia, Italy and Slovenia.

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The event will be played as a single Round Robin event, with time control 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes to finish the game, with 30 seconds increment for each move from move one. The best ranked teams of each group will be awarded with trophies and medals.

Pairings, results and live games can be followed through the official website of the event.

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The Mitropa Cup is the annual team chess tournament for national teams from Central Europe. The word Mitropa is a derivative of German Mittel Europa (Central Europe): MITtel euROPA. The idea of the Mitropa Cup came from Gertrude Wagner, who wanted to create a chess team tournament after the example of respective football competition, together with her husband Karl and the president of the Austrian Chess Federation Kurt Jungwirth were the founders and organizers of the tournament. The event commenced in 1976: Gertrude will organise the next twenty editions.

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                                                               1982,  Mrs  Gertrude Wagner  in Linz. Photographer Gerhard Hund.

More about the history of Mitropa Cup read here.

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ALTIBOX NORWAY CHESS 2018 STARTS

The 6th edition of one of the strongest world chess tournaments starts tomorrow and takes place from 26th May to 10th June 2018, in Stavanger, Norway.

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The event, features 10 of the world top 13 chess players:   #1 Carlsen Magnus (NOR 2843), #2 Caruana Fabiano (USA 2822), #3 Mamedyarov Shakhriayar (AZE, 2808), #5 Ding Liren (CHN, 2791), #6 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA, 2789), #7 Karjakin Sergey (RUS, 2782), #8 So Wesley (USA, 2778), #10 Nakamura Hikaru (USA, 2769), #12 Levon Aronian (ARM, 2764) and #13 Viswanathan Anand (IND, 2760).

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Before the start of the main event, visitors will have the opportunity to join the simultaneous exhibition by Wesley So.

Tomorrow, the Blitz opening tournament starts after the press conference, at 3 pm, in Clarion Hotel Energy.  The blitz tournament will be played in a Round Robin system in 9 rounds, with time control 3 min+2 seconds increment for each move, and the winner  will choose his starting number for the main tournament.

The main event starts on 28th of May. The main event consist of 9 rounds played according to Round Robin system, with time control 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, 50 minutes for the next 20 moves and then each player will be allotted 15 minutes after the second time control; an increment of 30 seconds per move will be allotted from move 61 onwards.

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In case of a tie in the first place, players will be playing a two blitz games match and if this match ends in a draw, Armageddon game will decide who will stand on the tournament throne.

The playing venue will be mainly Clarion Hotel Energy, except for rounds 7,8 and 9, when playing hall will be located in Stavanger Concert Hall.

All the games will have live transmission and live comments. The commentators will be Simen Adgestein, Anna Rudolf and Knut Skeie Solberg.

For the first time, within the organization of the strongest world tournament, the Altibox Norway Chess will comprise also the Open tournament, A and B, which will be played at the same locations as the main event. The A Open tournament is opened for all interested players, while the B tournament will be organized for players with Norwegian elo under 1500.  The events will be played in 7 rounds, Dutch system, by the following time control: for rounds 1-3, 15 min + 10 sec per move, and for rounds 4-7, 90 min + 30 sec per move. All the participants of the event will have the free entrance at the playing venue of the main event.

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CZECH TOUR 2018-2019

The 18th edition of International Chess Festivals Series will be held through years 2018 and 2019 in 10 different cities of Czech Republic. The official regulations of Czech Tour are published. Chess events will take place in Pardubice, Prague, Olomouc, Trebic, Hradec Kralove, Brno, Plzen, Lytomysl, Manamske Lazne and Liberec.

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The event which will open the Czech Chess Tour will be the 29th Czech Open. Traditionally, tournament will take place from 12th-27th July 2018 in Tipspot Arena, in Pardubice. The biggest chess event of the Czech Tour will consist of 27 separated competition played in various categories, with a total prize fund of around 20.000 EUR.

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Other chess events within the Czech Tour are:

5th Summer Prague Open (3rd-10th August 2018, Prague)

21st Olomouc Chess Summer (11th-18th August 2018, Olomouc)

12th Highlands Open (22nd-29th September 2018, Trebic)

9th Hradec Kralove Open (30th September- 7th October, Hradec Karlove)

10th Plzen Open (18th-24th November, Plzen)

1st Lytomysl Open (26th December 2018-1st January 2019, Lytomysl)

18th Prague Open (11th-18th January 2019, Prague)

18th Marienbad Open (19th-26th January 2019, Marienbad)

19th Liberec Open (23rd February-2nd March 2019, Liberec)

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The Czech Tour 2018/2019 brochure, as well as the regulations for the biggest event within the tour – 29th Czech Open 2018 can be downloaded bellow!

Brochure Czech Open 2018

Brochure Czech Tour 2018/2019

Official Website of Czech Tour

Official Website of Czech Open

Detailed regulations of individual festivals and other information can be obtained at the address:
AVE-KONTAKT s.r.o.
Strossova 239
530 03 Pardubice
Czech Republic
tel. + 420-466 535 200
mobile phone +420-608 203 007
e-mail: j.mazuch@avekont.cz
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KACPER PIORUN WINS 6TH EDITION POLISH-HUNGARIAN FRIENDSHIP CHESS TOURNAMENT IN KATOWICE

Polish-Hungarian friendship chess championship was held on the week-end of 5-6 May 2018. The 600 players from ten countries participated in 6th edition chess event.  9-round Rapid Swiss open took place in the International Congress Center in Katowice city in Poland.

The time control was 15 minutes per player, with a 10-second increment for each move. The prize fund amounted 40, 000 PLN (approximately 10,000 EUR). The aim of the tournament is to make Polish-Hungarian relations stronger. The event was organized by the cities of Katowice cooperation with Miskolc and the Silesian chess Association.

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from left: Andrzej Matusiak, President of Silesian Chess Association, Adam Dzwonkowski, President of Polish Chess Federation, Lukasz Turlej, Chief Organizer and Vice-president of Polish Chess Federation, -Grzegorz Matusiak, Member of Parliament, Mariusz Skiba Vice Mayor of the Katowice, prof. Adrienne Kormendy Consul General of Hungary, Jan Chrzaszcz, Deputy Voivod, Adam Leski and Michal Luty – event initiators, Bartosz Sulkowski, organizer.

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The event attracted strong Grand Masters including: well known chess family Bartosz Socko 2630 and Monika Socko 2360,  Robert Kempinski 2583, Pakleza Zbigniew 2549, legendary Michal Krasenkow 2546 and two times World solving Champion Kacper Piorun 2639 , who managed to win the tournament with amazing score 8/9.

GM Bartosz Socko was leading with perfect score 5/5. In 7th round he lost winning position with IM Hnydiuk Aleksander, and shared 2nd – 4th places with 7,5/9 together with IM Hnydiuk, Aleksander, IM Klekowski, Maciej and Ukrainian GM Kazakov, Mikhail.

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European Chess TV was broadcasting the event. IM Piotr Nguyen (half-Polish half-Vietnamese) and WGM Keti Tsatsalashvili (Georgian) were doing live commentary of the games from the open studio.

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Youngest participants got special prices.

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Source: http://chesscup.com.pl/en/results/kategoria-open

Photos by Walusza photography,  Karol Bartnik (1st photo)

Report by: Keti Tsatsalashvili




MAGNUS CARLSEN TRIUMPHED AT VUGAR GASHIMOV MEMORIAL

The traditional 5th Chess Super Tournament in the memorial of the prominent Azerbaijani grandmaster and European Champion, Vugar Gashimov,  took place from 19th-28th April in Shamkir, Azerbaijan.

After nine rounds, reigning World Chess Champion, Magnus Carlsen (NOR, 2834) stood on the throne and became the Winner of the Vugar Gashimov memorial for the third time in his career (2014, 2015 and 2018).

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The event participated world top 10 Grandmasters: world #1 Magnus Carlsen (NOR, 2843), the winner of the tournament in previous 2 years and world #2 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE, 2814), world #8 Ding Liren (CHN, 2778), world #9 Karjakin Sergey (RUS, 2778), world #10 Giri Anish (NED, 2777), world #17 Veselin Topalov (ECU, 2749), world #18 Radjabov Teimur (AZE, 2748), world #19 Navara David (CZE, 2745), world #20 Wojtaszek Radoslaw (POL, 2744) and world #34 Mamedov Rauf (AZE, 2704).

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The event has started very firmly, with only one decisive result in 20 games of the first four rounds. Eventually things got more clear in the 5th round when Topalov Veselin took the lead with 3.5 points. Until the end of the event, Magnus Carlsen overtook the leadership in the 7th round by defeating Topalov, and confirmed the lead in the 8th round by achieving another victory. Draw in the last round was enough for Carlsen to win the tournament with 6 points.

The second place went to Ding Liren with 5.5 points, while Anish Giri, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Wojtaszek Radoslav and Radjabov Teimur tied for the third place, each with 4.5 points.

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The event was played as a 10 player robin round event with a total prize fund of 100.000 EUR, with 25.000 EUR reserved for the first place.

All the games, pairings and rankings during the Championship can be found on the official website of the event.

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SILVER LAKE OPEN 2018

Municipaluty of Veliko Gradište and Chess Club VGSK, in cooperation with Danubia Park Hotels and Branicevo Chess Union are organizing Silver lake Open 2018, from 17th-24th June 2018, in beautiful touristic settlement- Silver lake, in Serbia.

srebrno-jezero-veliko-gradisteThe Silver lake open consist of three separate tournaments, Open A (for players rated 2000 and more), Open B (for players rated under 2200) and Open C (for players rated under 1600). The Open “A” will be played according to FIDE rules over 9 rounds of Swiss system, with time control 90 minutes for 40 moves + 15 minutes until the end of the game + 30 seconds increment starting from move 1.

The tournament will be rated with FIDE and is valid for FIDE title norms.

The organizer can include a limited number of players with lower elo rating to the Open A championship.

The total prize fund of the Open A event is 4.500 EUR. The best 10 ranked players will be awarded with regular prizes. The organizer also provided special prizes for the best ranked rated player 2300+, best placed women player, best placed veteran, best placed junior and for the best placed player of Branicevo county.

srb48_jun-srebrno-jezero-bigOpen B tournament (for players rated under 2200) will be played in 9 rounds, Swiss system, with time control 75 minutes for 40 moves + 15 minutes until the end of the game + 30 seconds increment starting from move 1.

The total prize fund of the event is around 1.000 EUR, with 10 regular prizes and special prizes for the best ranked women player, the best ranked junior, the best ranked senior and the best ranked player from Branicevo county.

The tournament will be rated with FIDE.

featured-IMG_7551Open C tournament (for players rated under 1600) will be played in 10 rounds, Swiss system. The tournament will not be rated with FIDE. The time control will be 45 minutes per player+15 seconds of increment, starting from move 1.

The total prize fund of the C event will be 200 EUR. Top 5 placed players and the best female player will be awarded also with technical goods, such as tablets, phones, headphones etc. The winner receives a trophy, while the top three players receive medals.

In youth categories U8, U10, U12, U14 the top three players receive medals.

fcc7833e0e837036ad1171df4bfa6d37Besides the three main events (Open A, Open B and Open C), the blitz tournament will be organized. Blitz event will take place on a boat “Silver star” which will be circling on the lake during the Championship. The blitz tournament will be played in 11 rounds, Swiss system, with time control 3 minutes per player+ 2 seconds of increment starting from move 1. The total prize fund will be 250 EUR.

As an extension of the Chess Festival “Silver Lake 2018”, from 25th June to 1st July 2018, the organizers add the round robin tournaments where players can obtain GM and IM norms. The tournaments will be held depending on interest. The registration deadline for the robin round tournaments is the 1st of May 2018.

All the technical and accommodation details can be found in the official regulations of the event which can be downloaded bellow or here.

Official regulations- SILVER LAKE OPEN 2018

Official Website

Contact information:

email: djukicslobodan20@gmail.com

phone: +381 (62) 778 091




43rd CHESS OLYMPIAD BATUMI- INVITATION

The Georgian Chess Federation and the Chess Olympiad Organizing Committee have the great honor to invite all FIDE member countries to the 43rd Batumi Chess Olympiad and the 89th FIDE congress to be held from 23rd of September till 6th of October 2018 in Batumi, Georgia.

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The 43rd Chess Olympiad is open to all National Federations affiliated to FIDE, each of which can nominate one team for open section and one team for the women’s section. Each team shall consist of four players, one reserve and one captain. The captain may be, but not necessarily, one of the players or the reserve.

Additionally, each delegation can nominate one head of delegation and one delegate for the 89th FIDE congress which will take place from 27th September to 5th October 2018.

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The Chess Olympiad will be played according to the FIDE Chess Olympiad Rules, in 11 rounds, with time control:  90 minutes for 40 moves and 30 minutes until the end of the game, with 30 seconds additional time per move, starting from move 1. Pairing rules of the Chess Olympiad can be found here.

The event will be played in the Olympiad venue, Sport Palace, situated on the center of Batumi. The venue has been built in 2018 and the first event to be held there will be the Batumi chess Olympiad. The Sport Palace is a very spacious modern complex.

ბათუმი-4-1All participants of the Chess Olympiad as well as of the FIDE Congress, have to be registered. Registration deadline is 23rd July 2018. After the registration deadline, and only until the 23rd of August, the registrations will be at the organizer’s discretion and the penalty of 100 EUR per person will be required. After the 23rd of August, no new registrations or changes in the teams composition will be accepted.

Registrations for the events shall be done online, through the special online system which can be found on the official website of the event, to the following link: https://batumi2018.fide.com/en/register .

1437283921_georgia-brighton-batumiAll participants of the Olympiad will be accommodated in 5 and 4 stars’ hotels located in Batumi and its surroundings. The teams will be allocated in hotels according to the decision of the Batumi Chess Olympiad Organizing Committee, based on the teams’ performance in the previous Olympiad. Teams will be informed regarding their designated hotels after receiving the registration confirmation for the Olympiad.

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The schedule of the 43rd Chess Olympiad will be as followed:

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Simultaneously with the 43rd Chess Olympiad and the 89th FIDE Congress, Batumi will host also the annual ECU General Assembly on 2nd and 3rd of October.

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All the necessary information about the Olympiad is available on the Official website of the Olympiad.

Batumi Chess Olympiad Organizing Committee- Contact information

BCOOC office Address: 37a Kostava str; 0179, Tbilisi, Georgia
BCOOC Hot Line: +995 591 04 20 18
A call center will be operational after the closing of the registration procedure. Please note, that
the preferred way to contact the organizers will still be by e-mail: info@batumichess.com

Official invitation for the 43rd Chess Olympiad and 89th FIDE Congress can be downloaded bellow or here.

Invitation for 43rd Chess Olympiad and 89th FIDE Congress




IN MEMORIAM NINO KHURTSIDZE (1975-2018)

European Chess Union expresses the most sincere condolences to family, friends, colleagues and the whole chess world who suffered a huge lost yesterday, when Nino Khurtsidze passed away at the age 42.

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Nino Khurtsidze was a Georgian chess player, member of the National team, International Master and Women Grandmaster. She started to play chess at the very early ages and was the Winner of the World Youth Chess Championship in 1991, in section Girls Under 16. Nino Khurtsidze was also twice the World Junior Girls Chess Championship, in 1993 and 1995.

Besides the triumphs on the world and European chess scenes, Nino Khurtsidze had many accomplishments on the various events and open tournaments, as well as in the national Georgian events. She was the five times women’s Georgian Champion, in years: 1989, 1993, 2005, 2006 and 2013.




CHESS STUDIES PROGRAMS ON ROMANIAN UNIVERSITIES

Following the two Education Ministry Decrees in 2014 for chess in schools introduction, along with the numerous sessions for preparing teachers on how to teach chess, supported by the Romanian Chess Federation, there is an increasing interest among sports students to specialize in chess.

Currently, two Romanian Universities already launched the chess studying programs, while the third one, one of the largest Universities in Romania, will develop the chess courses in the Sports College from 2018-2019 studying year.

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The kick-off in this long term plan on introducing chess in educational system was the “Education through chess” conference, hosted by the Romanian Academy in 2013.

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The National Sports University (UNEFS) in Bucharest, founded in 1922, is one of the few Universities in the world exclusively dedicated to sports matters. UNEFS has been awarded with Erasmus Universities Charte and with “A” degree according to the European Union classification.

The National Sports University in Bucharest had opened the chess courses for the 3rd year of bachelor studies in 2014. The classes were held by GM Mihail Marin was completing his PhD in sports and was the first Invited Professor to teach chess on the University. Today, the classes are held by Teodora Velea (Vasile), who is completing her PhD licence in sports with a chess theme, after the graduation on Economics studies.

There are about 120 students attending this compulsory matter of 7 sessions of seminaries in two languages: Romanian and French. The course is completed with a written exam which comprises the questions from all chess aspects, from laws of chess, tactics, to openings and endings.

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The Sports College of the “Lower Danube” University in the city of Galati comprises 15 faculties which are attended by 9200 students. Located on the Danube’s shore, the city of Galati, together with the neighbor city of Braila (only 15 km away), form the second largest metropolitan area in the country with around 500,000 inhabitants.

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Among the 9200 student, 135 are attending the chess classes in the first study year. The chess course, opened in 2017-2018 studying year, is led by Prof. Univ. PhD Ing. Lucian Oprea, a Candidate Master and big chess enthusiast.

Additionally to the chess courses, the Sports College is organizing a 2 year chess study module for primary and secondary school teachers for professional conversion, thus enabling them to graduate as sports teachers with chess specialty.

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“Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University in Iasione of the largest Universities in Romania, founded in 1860, with more than 23.000 students, is preparing to start chess courses in the Sports College from the 2018-2019 studying year.

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The chess courses will be led by Romanian Chess Federation Vice-President and Board member for many years, Mr. Vasile Manole, FIDE Master and Prof. Univ. PhD. Ing.