Chess will light up the world of visually impaired children in Turkey. With the new project called “Sighted Hands Project” (Gören Eller Projesi), chess classes will be opened in each visually impaired school.

Turkish Chess Federation (TSF) and Ministry of National Education, General Directorate of Special Education and Guidance Services launched “Sighted Hands Project” with the sponsorship of Turkiye Is Bankasi.

The project started with a protocol signed between TSF and Ministry of National Education, General Directorate of Special Education and Guidance Services.

DSC_0196Along with the “Sighted Hands Project”, chess classes will be opened in 17 visually impaired schools. Education will be given to the sight disabled children by providing specially produced chess sets, training manuals and chess clocks. Chess training manuals that are written by visually impaired chess masters and brothers Selim – Kerim Altinok, will be distributed to the students during the courses.

Within the context of “Sighted Hands Project”, the teachers who serve in these classes throughout Turkey will be given coaching education by TSF.



In the signing ceremony, Turkish Chess Federation President Gulkiz Tulay said:

“Chess is such a sport that knows no limits, no obstacles. We want to bring the beauties of chess to the sight disabled children’s lives in order to prepare them to a new, bright future that is full of hope. For this, chess is the perfect instrument. In chess, everybody can compete equally. Sighted Hands Project is a very special project for this matter. With this Project, our children will check-mate their obstacles.”



Deputy Secretary for Ministry of National Education and TSF Vise-President Muammer Yildiz, indicated that they aimed to prepare sight disabled children for life while taking strategic steps. Yildiz, said:

“With the mediating of our federation and the support of İs Bankasi, we reach every school in our country and introduce our children with chess via the classes we opened. Today we are doing this for the first time for our visually impaired children. We are very happy and honored to be leading for creating such a wonderful atmosphere.”



Turkiye Is Bankasi Corporate Communications Director and Secretary General Suat Sozen reminded that they have taken on the main sponsorship of TSF since 2005 to transform chess a widespread, massive and easily accessible sport. “With this project, we carry our support for chess to a whole new dimension. We will open chess classes in 17 visually impaired schools throughout Turkey”, Sozen continued.

Opening of the project had media and live coverage which can be seen on the links bellow.

Video 1- Opening Ceremony of the Project

Video 2- Opening Ceremony of the Project


The FIDE World Chess Candidates tournament 2018 starts tomorrow and will take place from 10th-28th March in Berlin, Germany.

The winner of the Candidates tournament 2018 will become a challenger of reigning World Chess Champion- Magnus Carlsen, and will have a chance to fight for the World Champion title this November, in London, at the World Chess Championship 2018.


The event participate eight players: Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE, 2809), Vladimir Kramnik (RUS, 2800), Wesley So (USA, 2799), Levon Aronian (ARM, 2794), Fabiano Caruana (USA, 2784), Ding Liren (CHN, 2769), Alexander Grischuk (RUS, 2767), and Sergey Karjakin (RUS, 2763).

The tournament will be played in 14 rounds, double robin round system, with time control: 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, 50 minutes for the next 20 moves and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game plus an additional 30 seconds per move starting from the move one.

The total prize fund will be 420.000 EUR and will include 10% of the pay-per-view revenues from the event.


Pairings of the first round: Kramnik-Grischuk, Karjakin-Mamedyarov, Aronian-Ding Liren and Caruana- So.

All the games will be live transmitted, and the live broadcast of the games, together with live commentary, can be followed through the official website of the event.


Official Website

Monaco Chess Championships 2018

Monaco Chess Championship 2018 and 1st Monaco Blitz Chess Championship took place from 25th Februaty to 3rd March 2018, in Monaco.

After 7 played rounds, GM Igor Efimov became the Monaco Chess Champion with 6 points, while the second place went to IM Igor Berezovsky with 5.5 points. GM Igor Efimov, Monaco Champion 2018 is qualified to participate to the European Small Nations Championship  (13-23 april FAI).

In women’s section, the winner became WGM Tatiana Dornbush with 4.5 points out of seven games, while the silver medal went to WFM Noela- Joyce Lomandong with 4 points.

championnat de monaco 2018 GM Igor Efimov WGM Tatiana Dornbusch

For the first time, Monaco Chess Federation organized Monaco Blitz Championship. The winner and the 1st Monaco Blitz Champion became GM Igor Efimov who had a perfect score and 8 points out of 8 played games! The first runner-up was silver Karl Ribbegren with 5 points.

In women’s section, WGM Tatiana Kostiuk triumphed again, this time with score of 5.5 points/8 and the second place went again to WFM Noela-Joyce Lomandong with 4.5 points.

Monaco Chess Federation announced the players who will compete on the 43rd World Chess Olympiad which will be held in Batumi, Georgia. In Monaco Team for Open section will be playing: GM Igor Efimov, IM Igor Berezovsky, FM Pierre Villegas, Karl Ribbegren and Jean-François Nelis, while the participation in Monaco Women’s Team will take: WGM Tatiana Dornbusch, WFM Noela-Joyce Lomandong, WIM Julia Lebel-Arias, WCM Svetlana Berezovska and Fiorina Berezovska.

championnat blitz Monaco 2018


The 11th edition of traditional tournament Tal Memorial, organised in honour and admiration to former world Chess Champion Mikhail Tal, will take place from 2nd-5th March in Museum of Russian Impressionism, in Moscow, Russia.


The tournament consists of two events: Rapid and Blitz, with the participation of top world chess players. The rapid event will be played in 9 rounds, Robin round system, while the Blitz competition will be played in 13 rounds in the Central Chess Club in Moscow. Names of four players who will join the blitz tournament will be announced before the start of the event.

The participants of the 11th Tal Memorial are: Nakamura Hikaru (USA, 2820), Viswanathan Anand (IND. 2805), Nepomniachtchi Ian (RUS, 2803), Kramnik Vladimir (RUS, 2795), Grischuk Alexander (RUS, 2792), Svidler Peter (RUS, 2770), Mamedyarov Shakhriyar (AZE, 2755), Karjakin Sergey (RUS, 2724), Dubov Daniil (RUS, 2663) and Gelfand Boris (ISR, 2644).

Starting rank list 


Press conference before the start of the event took place yesterday, while the very first games of the event will start today at 3 pm when players will begin the fight for the total prize fund of 150.000$.

Besides the two main events, the part of the Tal Memorial will also be a traditional match Blondes vs. Brunnetes which will take place in the Central Chess Club in Moscow on 4th March. The teams will be led by Alexandra Kosteniuk and Valentina Gunina.

The event is organized with support of the Avtodor Group of Companies, the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko, JSC Russian Railways, PhosAgro, Art Russe, and Building and Construction Group of Companies «Don».

Official Website


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


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.


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 


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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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.


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).


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.


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


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).


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


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.


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.


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.


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

Steven Linares, Pia Cramling, Levon Aronian, James Humphreys, Br

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).


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.


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 


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.


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.


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.

Official Website

Photos: Sophie Triay and John Saunders


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.


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.


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.


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.


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