AEROFLOT OPEN 2018

The 16th traditional International Chess Festival “Aeroflot Open 2018″ will take place from 19th February to 2nd March 2018, in Moscow, Russia.

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As usual, the event will consist of three competitions: A, B and C for players rated 2549 and more, 2299-2550 and 2300 and less, respectively. The event will be played in one of the largest hotels of Moscow, Hotel Cosmos, which will be the official playing venue of all the events.

Besides the regular Open events, in addition to the Aeroflot Open tournaments, the blitz tournament will be organized and will take place on 1st of March, the last day of the event.

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This time, the very popular festival throughout the world has reached the total prize fund of 140.000 EUR. The first place of the prestigious A event will worth 18.000 EUR. Besides the regular prizes, organizers provided special prizes for the best women players, best juniors and best seniors.

Until today, 72 players from 21 federations registered for the A competition, while B and C open tournaments gathered 96 and 61 players, respectively. Among the top players of the A event, there are three 2700+ rated players: Andreikin Dmitry (RUS, 2712), Mamedov Rauf (AZE, 2709) and Matlakov Maxim (RUS, 2709). Besides them, many other top Grand masters will compete in the Championship, such as: Artemiev Vladislav (RUS 2697), Inarkiev Ernesto (RUS, 2684), Najer Evgeniy (RUS, 2683), Kamsky Gata (USA, 2677), Sargissian Gabriel (ARM 2677), Motylev Alexander (RUS, 2673), Sasikiran Krishnan (IND, 2671) etc.

Starting list 

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All events will be played in 9 games, Swiss system, with time control for the A tournament: 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, then 50 minutes for the next 20 moves and 15 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from the first move, time control for the B tournament: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves and 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from the first, and C tournament time control: 90 minutes for the whole game with an increment of 30 seconds per move from the first. The participants must keep the record of moves till the end of the game.

The event is organized by “Aeroflot-Russian Airlines”, the Russian Chess Federation and the Association of Chess Federations.

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ALEKSANDAR INDJIC WINS PORTUGAL OPEN 2018

The strongest tournament ever held in Portugal gathered 272 chess players from 42 countries in the second pavilion of the Municipal Sports Complex of Vistoso Casal, in Lisbon.

Aleksandar Indjic (SRB, 2612) made 7.5 points in 9 possible, the same as Anton Demchenko (RUS, 2671) and Nikita Petrov (RUS, 2573), but had a better tie-breaker to claim the title, after being runner-up in the 2017 edition of the event.

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Bulmaga Irina (ROU, 2411) was crowned as the best women player with 6.5 points and 18th place. The best Portuguese in the Open was the IM Rui Dâmaso, who scored 7 points and achieved the 12th place after beating in the final round young GM Vahap Sanal (TUR, 2551).

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On the last day of the event, the Portuguese Chess Federation organized an optional Rapid tournament which took place on 10th February. The rapid event participated 172 players from 24 federations.

IM Gomez Ledo Roberto Carlos (CUB,2462), 15th seed at the start of the competition, became the winner of the Rapid Open with 7 points out of 8 games. Roberto Ledo tied for the first place with Grand master Federico Ponsa (ARG, 2610), but won the title due to better tie-breaks. The third place went to Aleksandar Indjic (SRB, 2544) who again stood on the throne of the Portugal Open, but this time to take the bronze medal with 6.5 points.

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Open Portugal 2018, organized by Portuguese Chess Federation, took place from 3rd-9th February in Gym of Sports Complex of Casal Vistoso, in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal.

Photo Gallery 

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PORTUGAL OPEN 2018

Portugal Open in organization of Portuguese Chess Federation takes place from 3rd-9th February 2018 in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal.

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The Portugal Open takes place in Gym of Sports Complex of Casal Vistoso, as the official venue of the event.

The event participate around 250 players coming from 41 federations. Among the participants are well known top Grand masters, such as top seeded Jobaava Badur (GEO, 2685), Demchenko Anton (RUS, 2671), Ghamarian Tigran (FRA, 2622), Sevian Samuel (USA, 2618). In the line of top seeded female players are Bulmaga Irina (ROU, 2411), Ozturk Kubra (TUR, 2353), Injac Teodora (SRB, 2302).

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After five already played rounds seven players tie for the first place with the same score of 4.5/5: Gomez Ledo Roberto Carlos (CUB, 2442), To Nhat Minh (HUN, 2338), Demchenko Anton (RUS, 2671), Santos Latasa Jaime (ESP, 2546), Diermair Andreas (AUT, 2495), Repka Christopher (SVK, 2513) and Anurag Mhmal (IND, 2479). Top seeded, Jobava Baadur (GEO, 2685), suffered an upset in the 5th round when he lost against Indian Grand master Anurag Mhamal (IND, 2476), and now is competing to come back on the top with 3.5 points out of 5 games.

Pairings and Standings

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The Portuguese Chess Federation is within the Portugal Open 2018 organizing the optional Rapid tournament which will take place on 10th of February.

Official Website of the Championship

The Portuguese Chess Federation (Federação Portuguesa de Xadrez, FPX), founded on 22 January of 1927, is a Sports Federation with Sports Public Utility Statue that has fulfilled all requirements defined by the legislation in force, the FPX has about 3000 (three thousand) registered players for a total of 120 (one hundred and twenty) active clubs and 20 (twenty) territorial associations.

In Portugal there are about of 150 official competitions, between national, regional and private tournaments, being most of them valid for FIDE rating. FPX attributes annually around 65 national titles in national competitions, within the rhythms (Classic chess, Rapid chess and Blitz chess) and for all the ages.

The function of FPX is the representation of the chess in Portugal, which has the support and supervision of the Sports and Youth Institute of Portugal, within the national sports promotion and development and participation in international organizations.




Russian Teachers with Academic & ECU certification!

Russian Chess Federation and Moscow Pedagogical State University signed the Agreement about cooperation. Their signatures under Agreement were put by Rector Alexey Lubkov and President Andrey Filatov.

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On January 31, 2018 the Moscow Pedagogical State University and the Russian Chess Federation signed the Agreement on cooperation with the purpose of consolidation of efforts for ensuring social request for introduction of chess to educational space of elementary school, ensuring mass training of teachers in technologies of teaching chess in fixed and after hours.

The rector of MPGU Alexey Lubkov, the president of the Russian Chess Federation  Andrey Filatov and the Project manager of “Chess Education in Russian schools” Alexander Kostyev made a speech at a ceremony of signing of the Agreement on cooperation.

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MPGU will develop the program “The technique of training in chess game at elementary school” for additional education. Development of a subject matter will be created for inclusion in curricula of the master program “Pedagogical Maintenance of Development of Younger School Students in the field of Mathematics and Information and Communication Technologies” of faculty of primary education of MPGU.

Also MPGU will give help to RCF on the project “Chess Education in Russian schools”  which is realized by the Russian Chess Federation with assistance of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation and Fund of Presidential Grants. The basis of the project is made by a competition among elementary school teachers and additional education teachers on the best development of educational and methodical materials of chess. The bank of the advanced techniques for lessons of chess and after-hour work  which all materials will be in free access will be as a result created.

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Besides, the program of chess advanced training courses for elementary school teachers (72 hours) will include the materials recommended by the Educational Commission of the European Chess Union. Thus, the Russian teachers upon termination of courses will be able to receive not only the Certificate of University, but also the certificate of “ECU Chess Teacher”.

Upon termination of a Ceremony, the simultaneous chess game of the international grand master Alexander Kalinin on 15 boards took place. Students, teachers and graduates of MPGU became opponents of the grand master. Professor Pavel Chulkov managed to make a draw (on a photo – the first at the left). All participants of a session received as a gift the book “Lessons to Young Chess Players” with autographs of coauthors A. Kostyev and A. Kalinin.

Photos by: Eteri Kublashvili




LEVON ARONIAN WINS TRADEWISE GIBRALTAR 2018

Levon Aronian (ARM, 2797) became the Winner of the Tradewise Gibraltar 2018 after passing the long path through the tie breaks.

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One of the strongest open tournaments over the years didn’t get a sole leader and a Winner after 10 regularly played rounds, since seven players tied for the first place with the same score of 7.5 points each.  Additional criteria determined four players who continued the fight for the top in the tie break matches which were played by the blitz time control. According to the final ranking order first matches of the playoffs were played between Rapport Richard (HUN, 2700) and Aronian Levon (ARM, 2797), while the second playoff match was played between Nakamura Hikaru (USA, 2781) and Vachier-Lagrave Maxime (FRA, 2793).

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Aronian Levon was the first one who qualified for the super final match by defeating Richard Rapport with a result 2-0. Four times winner and the last three years Champion of the Tradewise Gibraltar Open, Nakamura Hikaru, dropped down the third game of the tie break match, what Vachier-Lagrave Maxime used to keep cold and to finish the fourth game in a peaceful manner-draw, eliminate Hikaru Nakamura, and become the second super finalist.

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Aronian Levon and Vachier-Lagrave Maxime continued the intense struggle for the throne which started very equal with 3 games played without a decisive result. In the fourth game, Aronian managed to use the white pieces advantage, to win the game, and to be crowned as the Tradewise Gibraltar 2018 Winner.

Final Standings-Tradewise Gibraltar Masters Open 

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The best female player was Cramling Pia (SWE, 2449) who won the prize worth 15.000£ with the same score of 6.5 points, but better tie breaks than Lagno Kateryna (RUS, 2556) who finished as the second women.

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The very strong line-up of this high leveled competition composed: last three years winner of the event and world #8Nakamura Hikaru (USA, 2781), top seeded and World #4Aronian Levon (ARM, 2797), #5Vachier-Lagrave Maxime (FRA, 2793), #17Navara David (CZE, 2749), #20Harikrishna P (IND, 2745), #23Le Quang Liem (VIE, 2737), #25Vitiugov Nikita (RUS, 2732), #27Ivanchuk Vassily (UKR, 2726) together with entry of seven of the ten top world women players: #2Ju Wenjun (CHN, 2572), #3Muzychuk Anna (UKR, 2571), #4Alexandra Kosteniuk (RUS, 2561), #5Lagno Kateryna (RUS, 2556), #7Muzychuk Marya (UKR, 2540), #8Lei Tingjie (CHN. 2531), #10Dzagnidze Nana (GEO, 2522).

Tradewise Gibraltar 2018

Traditionally, Tradewise Gibraltar took place at Caleta Hotel, Gibraltar and consisted of five main events: Masters, Challengers A, Challengers B, Amateurs A and Amateurs B competitions, which gathered 600 players coming from 60 federations. Besides the main events, various evening activities were organized, such as Masterclasses with top players, two Blitz events and Battle of Sexes with top women and men players playing against each other.

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This year, the organizers increased the total prize fund of the event which reached 200.000£, with 25.000£ reserved for the Winner of the Master event, and 50.000£ reserved for the best women players.

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Photos: Sophie Triay and John Saunders




THE LARGEST CHESS EVENT IN TURKEY

2018 Turkish Cadets, Youth and Seniors Championships, organized by Turkish Chess Federation in the beautiful holiday resort Antalya Jan 20-26, have become historical events for Turkish chess.

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The Championships are hosting over 2.810 players and more than 7000 people in total (players, parents, arbiters, trainers and officials) from all 81 provinces of Turkey making this event yet another record breaker: the largest chess event in Turkey and even one of the biggest in the world.

Turkish Cadet and Youth Championships have a special format, which contains separate tournaments for all age groups from U7 to U18, adding up to 24 different tournaments in total at the same time.

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2810 players (2134 players between the ages of 7-12, 592 players between the ages of 13-18 and 84 senior players) from all 81 provinces of Turkey competed for 9 rounds and at the end of this challenging 6-day marathon, 293 players have achieved the right to join youth national team pool.

The opening moves were made by President of the Turkish Chess Federation, Gulkiz Tulay, and by Members of Board.

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Throughout the event there were also informative seminars, talks and conferences organized by the Turkish Chess Federation. All the events were closely followed by the Turkish media.

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In her closing speech Mrs. Tulay, the President of Turkish Chess Federation, specified that the number of participants in Youth and Veteran Championships increases each year, making this festival a candidate for the biggest sports event in Turkey. Tulay said:

“Our investments in young talents and infrastructure have made Turkish chess stronger. We have grown thanks to the projects in this area and that is the secret to our successes. Especially after 2012 we have started to reap the fruits of our investments and strategically right moves realized together with our main sponsor’s Is Bank. The numbers of licensed players, our organizational successes in international arena, the historical achievements of our players and national teams and that Turkey has come to be reputed as a chess country show that a bright future awaits Turkish chess. Our young masters will surely become grandmasters in future and will write Turkey’s name in golden letters in world chess history”

After the Youth Championships, 293 players have earned the right to be in the pool of players for the national team, meaning that they’ll be entitled to join the camps and trainings organized by TCF, aimed at the development of young talents.

Press release can be downloaded bellow or here.

Turkish Chess Federation Press release




MAGNUS CARLSEN WINS TATA STEEL CHESS 2018

Magnus Carlsen, reigning World Chess Champion, stood on the throne of the Tata Steel Chess for the 6th time to break a record of keeping the most trophies of one of the most prestigious event in the international chess calendar.

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Magnus Carlsen (NOR, 2834)  and Anish Giri (NED, 2752) tied for the first place after 13 played rounds with score of 9 points each. The determination of the Winner came up to the tie break match which was played in two blitz games. Magnus Carlsen won the first game of the playoffs and gained the huge advantage and chances to win the tie break match. The second game ended in a peaceful manner- draw, which was enough to clarify the situation on the top, and crown Magnus Carlsen as the Winner of the Tata Steel Chess 2018.

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Third place came to Vladimir Kramnik (RUS, 2787) thanks to the better additional criteria since he tied for the bronze with Mamedyarov Shakhriyar (AZE, 2804) who had the same score of 8.5/13.

Tata Steel Masters Standings

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The next year participant of the Tata Steel Chess Masters event, as the Winner of the Tata Steel Challengers is Indian Grand master Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (IND, 2704). Top seeded Vidit Santosh Gujrathi justified the starting position scoring 9 points out of 13 games, and finishing the event as sole first with the whole point ahead of the runner-ups.

The second place went to Korobov Anton (UKR, 2652) with 8 points, while Xiong Jeffery (USA, 2634) ended third thanks to the better tie breaks than others who achieved the same score of 7.5/13.

Tata Steel Challengers Standings

ChallengersKuipers Stefan (NED, 2444) won the Top Amateur tournament and reserved the seat for the Tata Steel Challengers 2019.

This year, the Tata Steel Chess, often called as “Wimbledon of Chess” celebrated its 80th anniversary and took place in coastal village of Wijk aan Zee, North Holland, with locations of the playing venues: Beeld en Geluid in Hilversum and the Academy building of the University of Groningen.

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Tata Steel Chess 2018 attracted and gathered together thousands of chess lovers, top world Grandmasters, visitors, 1800 participants of the various tournaments of the Tata Steel events with a unique opportunity for the amateurs and the youngest to play chess in a same venue as their chess idols.

Photo credits: Tata Steel Chess

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INFO DAY SPORT- ERASMUS+ LIVE STREAM

The Info Day Sport related to Erasmus+ sports program and its funding opportunities will take place on 30th January in Brussels, Belgium.

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The idea of the Info day is to inform all the potential applicants about everything the Erasmus+ project offers with possibility for participants of the Conference to meet potential partners, to see examples of past Sport success stories and to discuss with the Speakers about the policies of the programs. The Conference is great opportunity to get useful advice on preparing and submitting proposals together with support with the financial aspects of Erasmus+ funding.

The event will contain seven sessions with some of them imagined as round tables and interactive workshops with the main themes regarding on the policy priorities, submissions and selection procedures of the program, evaluation process, small collaborative partnerships and other EU funding opportunities.

All the sessions of the Info Day will be transmitted online with translation to five European languages, and the live broadcast will be available here.

The event will be opened by the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics.

The schedule of the event is as following:

8:30-9:30 Registration and networking

9:30-10:00 Plenary session

  • Chair: Brian Holmes, Director- Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency
  • Welcome statement and presentation of networking tools during the event
  • Opening speach: Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport

10:00-11:00 Plenary session

  • Session 1: Erasmus+: Sport, The Policy Context
  • Round table covering lessons learnt and policy priorities

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break & networking

11:30-12:30 Plenary session

  • Session 2- Erasmus+: Sport, Submission and Selection Procedure
  • Administrative and financial aspects; Submission of proposals

12:30-14:30 Lunch & networking

14:30-15:30 Parallel Working sessions

  • Session 3- Evaluation process
  • Session 4- Financial workshop
  • Session 5- Small Collaborative Partnerships

15:30-16:00 Coffee break & networking

16:00-17:00 Plenary session

  • Session 6- Other EU funding opportunities

17:00-17:15 Plenary session

  • Session 7- Concluding remarks

The event is organized by European Commission and the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).

Live broadcast of the event

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TRADEWISE GIBRALTAR CHESS FESTIVAL 2018 STARTS TOMORROW

The 16th edition of Tradewise Gibraltar, one of the strongest open tournament over the years, starts tomorrow at Caleta Hotel, in Gibraltar.

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The festival features five main events with participation of almost 600 players coming from 60 federations. Besides the main events: Masters, Challengers A, Challengers B, Amateurs A and Amateurs B competitions, various evening activities will be organized, such as Masterclasses with top players, two Blitz events and Battle of Sexes with top women and men players playing against each other.

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This year, the Masters event gathered 259 players coming from 50 federations, along with World top players, 91 Grandmasters, 58 International masters, 7 WGM, 8 WIM and in total 201 titled players.

Among the top world players who will compete for the crown of this very high leveled competition are: last three years winner of the event and world #8Nakamura Hikaru (USA, 2781), top seeded and World #4Aronian Levon (ARM, 2797), #5Vachier-Lagrave Maxime (FRA, 2793), #17Navara David (CZE, 2749), #20Harikrishna P (IND, 2745), #23Le Quang Liem (VIE, 2737), #25Vitiugov Nikita (RUS, 2732), #27Ivanchuk Vassily (UKR, 2726) etc.

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The very strong line-up of the championship is completed with entry of seven of the ten top world women players: #2Ju Wenjun (CHN, 2572), #3Muzychuk Anna (UKR, 2571), #4Alexandra Kosteniuk (RUS, 2561), #5Lagno Kateryna (RUS, 2556), #7Muzychuk Marya (UKR, 2540), #8Lei Tingjie (CHN. 2531), #10Dzagnidze Nana (GEO, 2522).

The event will be played in 10 rounds, Swiss system, with time-control 100 minutes for 40 moves, plus 50 minutes for the next 20 moves, plus 15 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from the move one.

Starting list of the Masters event

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The event will be opened with Amateur and Challenger events on 22nd of January, while the 1st round of Masters competition will start on 23rd of January. The organizers increased the total prize fund of the event which reaches 200.000£, with 25.000£ reserved for the Winner of the Master event, and 50.000£ reserved for the best women players.

Schedule of the event

All the games will be live transmitted and the live broadcast of the games can be followed through the official website of the Championship together with live commentary given by GM Simon Williams and IM Jovanka Houska. Evening Masterclasses will also be broadcast live, and like the afternoon shows, can be watched through the official website.

Official Website

Starting lists of the main events

Photographs from the Official Website, credits to: Sophie Triay




TATA STEEL CHESS 2018 STARTS TOMORROW

The Tata Steel Chess Tournament, one of the most prestigious events in the international chess calendar, starts tomorrow with a very strong line-up in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands. The event called “Wimbledon of Chess” celebrates this year its 80th anniversary.

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The Tata Steel Chess Tournament is composed of two main events, Tata Steel Masters and Tata Steel Challengers, and amateur event which attract and gather the very best chess Grandmasters in the world, thousands of amateur players and a lot of visitors from all around the world.

Traditionally, the event takes place in the coastal village of Wijk aan Zee, North Holland, and location of playing venues for the 80th anniversary are Beeld en Geluid in Hilversum and the Academy building of the University of Groningen.

Tata Steel Master tournament features 14 top World Grandmasters, among whom are six players from top 10: World number one Magnus Carlsen (NOR, 2834), #2Caruana Fabiano (USA, 2811), #3Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar (AZE, 2804), #6Wesley So (USA, 2792), #7Kramnik Vladimir (RUS, 2787), #10Svidler Peter (RUS, 2768).

With participation of #11 Viswanathan Anand (IND, 2767), #14 Karjakin Sergey (RUS, 2753), #15 Giri Anish (NED, 2752), #22 Wei Yi (CHN, 2743), #32 Matlakov Maxim (RUS, 2718), #64 Hou Yifan (CHN. 2680), #96 Adhiban B. (IND, 2655) and #127 Jones Gawain (ENG, 2640) the event is declared as the tournament of 20th category with an average rating 2750.

Tata Steel Master Players

260The Tata Steel Challengers, qualification event for the next Tata Steel Masters tournament, features well known grandmasters as the top seeded Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (IND, 2718), four Dutch representatives L’Ami Erwin (NED, 2634), Van Foreest Jorden (NED, 2629), Bok, Benjamin (NED, 2607), Van Foreest, Lucas (NED, 2481), reigning World U20 Champion Tari Aryan (NOR, 2599). Besides them, two girl players will try themselves in a strong competition and a fight for a seat on the Masters Tournament for 2019: Harika Dronavalli (IND, 2497) and Girya Olga (RUS, 2489).

Tata Steel Challenger Players

Both events, Masters and Challengers, will be played in 13 rounds by Robin round system and will take place from 12th-28th January, with a start of the first rounds on 13th of January.

All the games of the main events will be broadcasted live and can be followed through the official website of the event together with a live commentary of the games.

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Last year, the President of the European Chess Union Mr. Zurab Azmaiparshvili was the guest of honor in the playing hall of the Tata Steel in Wijk aan Zee, along with the President of Dutch Chess Federation, Mrs. Marleen van Amerongen, where he officially started the 9th round by traditional hit of the gong.

Mr.Azmaiparashvili was also guest at the live coverage of the event, hosted by GM Yasser Seirawan, where he talked about the upcoming FIDE World Cup, the Chess Olympiad 2018, European Chess Union activities and analysed the ongoing games of the 9th round!

More about the last year activities of the Tata Steel Chess can be read here.

237Besides the main event, Tata Steel Amateur events will take place at the same place, which is a unique opportunity for amateurs and chess lovers to play chess in a same venue as their chess idols and world top players. Around 1800 players will be competing on the various tournaments of Tata Steel Amateur tour which gives youngsters the chance to develop and improve their skills in a fun environment.

Besides the tournament, Tata Kids of Steel Chess events will be organized with idea to inspire children of all ages while coming face-to-face with their peers. This year, there are around 1000 children participating in simultaneous chess games throughout the event.

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