International Open Tournament 40 years White Tower will take place from 2nd-8th January in Thessaloniki, Greece.


The tournament will be held in Philippion Hotel in Thessaloniki, as the playing venue of the event. The tournament consist of two groups, group A: for the players with FIDE rating 1700+ and group B for unrated players and players with rating below 1699.

Around 50 players registered for the event so far. Among them are 10GMs and 3IMs, which is already showing that the tournament will be very strong and high leveled.

Registration for the event is done online by sending an e-mail with basic information (Name, FIDE ID, Accommodation details) to the following e-mail address: oustampasidoulena@gmail.com. Registration deadline is 31st of December. 


The organizers provided different conditions for the high rated players (more information available in the regulations).

The total prize fund of the event is 8.000 EUR, with 1.700 EUR reserved for the Winner. Besides the regular prizes, top three players will be awarded with trophies and medals.

The tournament will be played in 9 rounds, Swiss system, with time control of 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, plus 30 minutes until the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from the move one.

The event is organized by Pefka CC, Sykies-Neapoli CC, Thessaloniki CCU and Greek Chess Federation.


Romanian National Team Chess Championship, Romanian Superliga in Open and Women section for 2017, is currently ongoing in Baile Govora resort and takes place from 11th-19th November.

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The best Romanian chess players Constantin Lupulescu, Mircea Parligras, Levente Vajda, Andrei Istratescu, Bogdan Deac compete together with top world players such as: Wang Hao, Yuriy Kuzubov, Alexei Shirov, Viktor Erdos, and in Women section: Irina Bulmaga, Corina Peptan, Luminita Cosma, Alina L’Ami, together with foreign chess stars Bela Khotenashvili, Elisabeth Paehtz, Deimante Cornette.

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The defending Champions in Open section for 2016 is C.S. AEM Timisoara and C.S. Politehnica Iasi in Women section. After five played rounds, the sole leader in Open section is CS Stud. Medicina Timisoara with all the victories in their matches, and  in Women section CS Politehnica – Aqua Carpatica Iasi and CSM Bucuresti currently tie for the first place with the same score of 8 match points.

Pairings, Results, Standings

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The Romanian Superliga is played as a Robin round tournament in both sections with time control 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes to the end of the game, plus a 30-second increment starting from move one.

Over 20 games are live transmitted, and live broadcast of the games can be followed through the official website of the Championship or here.

Official Website

Tournament Organizer: IO Elena Cristian
Arbiters: IA Alin Campeanu, Rudolf Dombi, Sebastian Volcinsche
Tournament Director: IA Daniel Candea


The 4th annual international junior tournament Uppsala Young Champions took place from 27th October-1st November in Uppsala, Sweden.


24 players who represented 10 Federations (Greece, Latvia, Russia, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Germany, Poland and Sweden) took part in the tournament and besides from good spirit and games over the board the participants had time to see both more of Uppsala and get to know new chess friends.


After nine rounds three players tied for the top with the same score of 6,5/9. The winner became 16 year-old Evgenios Ioannidis from Greece who had the best tie-breaks. Martin Jogstad from Sweden finished the tournament with silver in his hands, while Aleksandrs Jazdanovs from Latvia came third.

Final Standings


All the games on the event were live transmitted and can be seen here, together with results and pairings of each round.

The 5th Uppsala Young Champions will be played in the same place, from 26th-31st October in 2018.

Official Website

Interviews with players

Photo Gallery

Photographs by: Lars OA Hedlund


The 3rd edition of the annual Global Chess Festival (GCF) in Budapest, held on Saturday October 14th 2017, was a huge success. About two thousand chess enthusiasts visited the beautiful location by the river Danube at the Graphisoft Park, the ‘Silicon Valley’ of Hungary, which turned into a true chess resort on Saturday.


The Global Chess Festival was officially opened by the Founder of the Graphisoft Park, Gabor Bojar, whereafter a variety  of chess-themed activities started. The patronage of the festival, mayor of Budapest, Mr.Istvan Tarlos, could not attend the official opening ceremony but his supportive speech was presented by Melinda Nagyne Varga from the Mayor’s office. The highlight of the Opening Ceremony was the special artistic performance of Jason Kouchak – “Queen’s Journey”.“I am happy that so many  children and families  visited the festival from all over Hungary, moreover that we also welcomed participants from Chile, India, Holland, Romania, Russia, Norway, Slovenia, Slovakia, Italy, USA, Mexico, England, France, Serbia and Spain” said Judit Polgar.

gcf05The 1st Future Champions tournament, with 15 Hungarian talented kids, was won by Dorina Demeter.  She received the special prize from the Judit Polgar Chess Foundation: free participation in the Isle of Man Tournament 2018, with accommodation for both the player and one accompanying person.

Some Global Chess Festival details:
• Chess games played nearly 400
• Simul games with Judit and Sofia Polgar  56
• Visitors from 16 countries
• 4000 Szamos Marcipan Chess pieces were made and given away
• Over a 1000 autographs were signed by the sisters
• 200 Chess tattoos were painted
• 7 hours FB LIVE by Anna Rudolf
• FB – https://www.facebook.com/GlobalChessFestival/


The 3rd edition of the annual Global Chess Festival (GCF) will be held on Saturday October 14th, 2017. This year the festival in Budapest will take place in the beautiful new location Graphisoft Park, the ‘Silicon Valley’ of Hungary.


As in previous years, various activities will be organized, all with chess as the main theme. “Our team is very passionate about chess and we will celebrate the diversity of the game as sport, art and education”, says Judit Polgar, who is responsible for the organization of the Global Chess Festival. “The power of chess connects people.” The Judit Polgar Chess Foundation has the ambition to continue the GCF yearly in the future, to be scheduled on every second Saturday in October.

The organization invites all visitors of the festival to have an unforgettable day and inspires the whole world to play chess on 14th October. “Chess has an exceptional power to bring people together. We call for chess enthusiasts around the world to be part of the GCF and wish to encourage organizers from all over the world. Moreover we wish to inspire chess players, teachers and artists worldwide to organize chess related events and share it on the GCF website.”


On 14th October Budapest will be the host of an amazing family day, free admission for everybody, with a variety of programs: the Chess Palace Cup for kids, Generational Clash, LIVE Chess Theme Artwork, the Chess Palace built from marzipan in 3D by one of the most prestigious Hungarian confectionery SZAMOS. Kids will have a big variety of games to play and may create their own “sweet” chess pieces.


A unique musical performance will be given by the French composer Jason Kouchak, combining Chess & Music. The simultaneous exhibition by the Polgar Sisters Judit and Sofia will traditionally be part of the GCF. All day programs will provide families an opportunity to learn their first chess moves and to experience the power of Educational Chess.

We look forward to 14th October, the day when chess is celebrated all over the world. Countries that have joined the celebration of chess are: Australia, New Zeeland, Azerbaijan, Spain, Chile, Serbia, USA, Holland, Romania and many more. Both the amount and the quality of events is growing from year to year. Check out the list of events and make sure to include your own to sign up here. If you are not an organizer but would like to join and show your passion for the game, connect to the global CHESS MAP.


For more information visit the Official website ot Facebook page.



Tsaghadzor Open Chess Tournament will be held in Tsaghadzor, Armenia from 22nd November to 2nd December 2017.


Tsaghadzor is a beautiful town well known as the ski resort, located north of the capital of Armenia. The town is also very popular as a spa town and health resort. The organizers offer very good prizes for several hotels and personal transfer for untitled players from the airport to Tsaghkadzor for the prize of 15$ per person.

The tournament will have two groups A (open to players with FIDE rating above 2000) and B (open to players with FIDE rating bellow 2000) with a total prize fund of 12 000 US dollars.

Both tournaments will be played in 9 rounds Swiss system. The time control for A Open tournament will be 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, plus 30 minutes till the end of the game with 30 seconds increment starting from move one while the time control for B Open tournament will be 90 minutes for the whole game with 30 seconds increment starting from move one.

The official venue of the tournament is situated in beautiful 5 stars Marriott Hotel in Tsaghadzor.


The tournament is organized by Chess Academy of Armenia in cooperation with Armenian Chess Federation, under the auspices of Norfolk Consulting LLC and Royal Entertainment Center.


Chess Academy of Armenia

Address: 34 Shevchenko, 0050, Yerevan, 2017

E-mail: chessacademyarm@gmail.com

Tel.: +374 10 44 84 73 /76/

Mob.: +374 99 44 84 79

Tournament director: GM Smbat Lputian

Official regulations of the tournament can be downloaded bellow or here.

Tsaghadzor Open_Regulations


The 28th International Chess and Games Festival Czech Open 2017 started on July 13th and finished on July 30th. As usual, the event took place in hockey Tipsport arena in Pardubice.

Czech Open 2017

In the main tournament Pardubice Open were presented 335 players from 38 countries. „We saw 46 GMs and 62 IMs,” said director of Czech Open Jan Mazuch. After eight rounds of Pardubice Open, only one player remained in the lead – GM Krejci from Czech Republic. In the final round he played with black pieces against GM Babu Lalith from India. Krejci knew that a draw would be enough for him to win the whole PARDUBICE OPEN but he even won. „I am really satisfied with my achievement and it is definitely the best moment in my career,” said GM Jan Krejci.

Second place went to GM Abhijeet Gupta. „I wanted to win the tournament but also the second place is a success for me. Next year i will be better,” promised Gupta. Bronze goes to Russia thanks to GM Lintchevski. The second best performance among the Czech players gave twofold winner of Czech Open GM Babula (5th place with 7 points) and third Czech player was first seeded GM Viktor Laznicka (8th place with 6,5 points).

Czech Open 2017

The best woman in the tournament proved to be WFM Dewi Citra (2227) from Indonesia, who finished 114th. Best player in the U18 category was IM Roven Vogel (2475) from Germany, who took 11th place with 6,5 points. The trophy for the best senior player went to the Czech player Vlastimil Jansa (2446), who finished 45th with 6 points. This year  the totals of 17 norms were distributed, out of it two norms of GM (Sayantan Das, Christopher Noe).

EVROPA RESTAURANT OPEN – ELO FIDE < 2400 rating tournament

The 8 point winner of this tournament was Boris Smirnov from Russia. Pavel Certek from Slovakia and Evgeny Okun from Russia finished after him.

 GASCO OPEN – ELO FIDE < 2100 rating tournament

 With the total of 8 points,  12 years old Sumiya Chinguun from Mongolia dominated the GASCO OPEN final table, followed by Sergei Polich from Ukraine and Michal Jares from Czech Republic.

 DOSTIHOVY SPOLEK OPEN – ELO FIDE < 1700 rating tournament

 The gold medal in this tournament went to Jakub Joukl from Czech Republic, who scored 7,5 from the maximum of 9 points. Silver goes to Poland thanks to Jakub Drozdz and third was Vasily Alekseev from Russia.

The results and photographs of all tournaments and games are available on the Official website of the event.

 Jakub Burian

Czech Open 2017



The 28th International Chess and Games Festival Czech Open 2017 started on July 13th and will last until 30th of July. As usual, the event takes place in hockey Tipsport arena in Pardubice.


The very first tournament of Czech Open was really successful. 131 teams made of four players have participated Cesky Lev Kolesovice Open.  “We are very happy to have 131 teams in this tournament and this is our new record. There are traditionally very strong players and teams,” said the director of festival Jan Mazuch. This tournament is also played as Championship of Czech Republic.

After seven rounds gold medals went to Czech team “Zikuda Turnov” who won the competition for the forth time in a row. The second place went to team “Imenitni” from Slovenia, and the bronze to team “With no mercy” from Ukraine.

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The best player of the event was Czech player GM Petr Neuman who scored 6.5 points out of 7 games among the very strong competition of 6 GMs.


The first weekend of the event was traditionally dedicated to the games- tournaments in various disciplines, such as: Scrabble, Gomoku, Mancala, Go,  and many others. After the weekend the other chess tournaments were proceeding- bughouse, blitz chess, superblitz and blitz marathon. One of the most popular event was the Fischerrandom chess tournament with GM David Navara and GM Mikhail Krylov. The Winner of this tournament became Russian Mikhail Krylov. Another star-studded tournament will be the two-day rapid-chess tournament, which started on wednesday. The event will participate 28 grandmasters, top seeded will be GM Sergei Movsesian and GM Maksim Chigaev.

Czech Open Festival draws to a phase, when the competitors taking part in the main tournament meet in the Tipsport arena. This tournament will begin on 21th July and continue up to the 29th July.

The results of all the tournaments and games are available on the Official Website of the event.


The chess tournaments in the 20th Maccabiah will be held on July 5-14 in Dan hotel, Jerusalem. Chess games are the part of Maccabiah games since 1935. In this edition of the Chess Events of Maccabiah games, there are 6 different tournaments with participation of more than 150 players coming from 16 different countries. The chess event consist of 4 closed tournaments (2 grandmaster groups and 2 international master groups) and one open tournament.

Maccab- George MayerThe Blitz tournament freshened the Maccabiah games. In a competition of 37 players GM Alexander Moiseenko from Ukraine became the winner of the event with 9 points out of 11 games with the whole point ahead of the silver GM Georg Meier from Germany. The third place went to WIM Svetlana Bezgodova from Russia who surprised the competitors and took bronze with 7.5 points.

MaccabiahBlitz winnersOn the 11th July, Natan Sharansky played simul against 20 participants of Maccabiah open competition. The simul exhibition lasted 3 hours and attracted quite a few viewers. Saransky won 17 games and drew 3, against Jacob Berman (South Africa), Michael Volodarsky and Dan Zrihan.

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The Maccabiah is the world’s largest Jewish athletic competition in the tradition and values of Maccabi, emphasizing the centrality of the State of Israel in the life of the Jewish people. The Maccabiah takes place every four (4) years in Israel – “the Jewish Olympics” as they are often called, are Maccabi World Union’s largest and most famous enterprise. Around 10 thousands sportsmen from 80 countries are taking part in about 3000 competitions in 46 different sports all over the country.

All the results, live games and PGN files can be seen on the official website of the Maccabiah games or here.

The chess history of the Maccabiah and Jerusalem 


On July 8, Armenian Chess Federation hold a reporting-voting conference chaired by President of Armenian Chess Federation, President of the Republic of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan. During the meeting, President of the Republic of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan was unanimously re-elected to the post of President of the Armenian Chess Federation.
The conference delegates discussed and approved the composition of the Presidium and the Audit Committee. The newly elected Armenian Chess Federation Presidium held its first sitting after the election.
In line with the CFA Charter, the Presidium approved the candidacies of vice presidents, executive director and secretary-general who are members of the Federation Council. Smbat Lputyan was elected First Vice President of the Federation. Taron Margaryan and Levon Yolyan will serve as vice presidents, Hrachik Tavadyan as executive director and Mikayel Andriasyan as secretary-general. Vanik Zakaryan was re-elected to the office of Honorary President of the Armenian Chess Federation.
The Chess House after Tigran Petrosyan hosted a meeting of the Chess Federation of Armenia (CFA) held to hear performance reports and elect new top executives, chaired by CFA President, President of the Republic of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan.

Before proceeding to the agenda, the attendees held a minute of silence in memory of their late colleagues- Ashot Anastasyan, Gagik Hovhannisyan, Stepen Avagyan, Armen Nikoghosyan, Eduard Mnatsakanyan, Robert Buniatyan and Albert Arutyunov- who passed away over the past four years.

Down to the agenda, the conference summed up the activities carried out by the Federation in 2013-2017, outlined the upcoming tasks, heard the report of the Audit Committee, after which the CFA President and Presidium were elected. Current issues were also discussed.


The work done during the reporting period was presented by CFA First Vice President Smbat Lputyan. After discussing the report, the conference assessed it as positive. Chairman of the Audit Committee Armen Gevorgyan introduced the Committee’s findings, which were approved by the conference delegates.

Then the meeting proceed to the election of the Federation’s governing bodies: CFA President and Presidium when President of the Republic of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan was unanimously re-elected to the post of President of the Armenian Chess Federation. The conference delegates discussed and approved the composition of the Presidium and the Audit Committee. The newly elected Armenian Chess Federation Presidium held its first sitting after the election.


Then, in line with the CFA Charter, the Presidium approved the candidacies of vice presidents, executive director and secretary-general, who are members of the Federation Council.

The meeting approved the list of federation commissions and commissions heads. On behalf of the Armenian Chess Federation, CFA President, President of the Republic of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan awarded Tigran Petrosyan’s gold medal to two meritorious veterans of the Federation- Yuri Arustamyan and Alyosha Khachatryan.