The Russian Chess Championship Super Final, the 67th for men and the 64th for women, took place from 27 November till 8 December in the city of Kazan, in a branch of the State Museum of Fine Arts of the Republic of Tatarstan (the Khazine Gallery).

Both tournaments were played as 10-player Round Robin for the prestigious title – the Champion of Russia.

Igor Lysyj

In the Men’s tournament Grandmaster Igor Lysyj (ELO 2686) won the tournament with 5.5 points. Silver medal went to Dmitry Jakovenko (ELO 2745) with 5 points, and Denis Khismatullin (ELO 2679) took bronze with the best tie-break among 4 other players.

Men’s Championship Final standings:

Place Name Title Federation Rating Points
1. Lysyj GM RUS 2686 5.5
2. Jakovenko GM RUS 2745 5
3. Khismatullin GM RUS 2679 4.5
4. Nepomniachtchi GM RUS 2714 4.5
5. Svidler GM RUS 2743 4.5
6. Morozevich GM RUS 2724 4.5
7. Vitiugov GM RUS 2738 4.5
8. Zvjaginsev GM RUS 2655 4
9. Grachev GM RUS 2669 4
10. Karjakin GM RUS 2770 4

In the women’s tournament, the encounter in the final round was to decide the Champion. It was the game between the leaders Alisa Galliamova (ELO 2471) and Valentina Gunina (ELO 2522), which eventually Gunina won and triumphed, while Galliamova took silver. Bronze medal went to Aleksandra Goryachkina (ELO 2438) with 5.5 points.

Valentina Gunina

Final standings of Women’s Championship:

Place Name Title Federation Rating Points
1. Gunina GM RUS 2522 7
2. Galliamova IM RUS 2471 6
3. Goryachkina WGM RUS 2438 5.5
4. Girya WGM RUS 2457 5.5
5. Kashlinskaya IM RUS 2439 5
6. Kovalevskaya IM RUS 2439 4.5
7. Kosteniuk GM RUS 2541 4.5
8. Bodnaruk IM RUS 2411 2.5
9. Pogonina WGM RUS 2480 2.5
10. Gritsayeva WFM RUS 2335 2

The Superfinal’s closing ceremony was held at the Khazine Gallery on the same day. The participants received congratulations and awards from Mr. Vladimir Leonov, Tatarstan Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Mr. Igor Baradachev, Deputy General Director of the Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation, Mr.  Gennady Zakharov, President of the Tatarstan Chess Federation, and Mr. Mark Glukhovsky, Chairman of the Management Board of the Russian Chess Federation. Mr. Andrey Filatov, President of the Russian Chess Federation congratulated the winners and officially closed the event.


The tournament was a follow-up of the Chess in Museums project, an international programme run by the Russian Chess Federation (RCF) in conjunction with the Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation.

More information at


Giorgi Giorgadze

Yesterday, at Tbilisi Chess Palace, the Presidential Election of the Georgian Chess Federation was held. 56 delegates attended the elections, among whom Georgian chess legend Grandmaster Nona Gaprindashvili, the ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili and chess Olympic Champions Nana Alexandria, Nana Ioseliani and Nino Gurieli.

The delegates unanimously re-elected Mr. Giorgi Giorgadze as President, and later the members of the board were approved.


The Montenegro Chess Federation organizes the “December Days of Chess” in Podgorica from 10th to 20th December 2014, when numerous competitions and activities will be held.

The Montenegro Chess Federation feels it is time to get significant chess competitions again in the Capital, which has always been responsible for the development of chess in Montenegro, with a large number of chess players, and even larger number of chess fans. At the same time, the “December Days of Chess” will join the celebration of the 19th December, the day of liberation of Podgorica.


In the period from 10th till 20th December, the Montenegro National Championships for Men and Women will be held in the hall of the National Library “Radosav Ljumovic”. After more than twenty years, this is the first championship in the Men’s competition which takes place in the capital city. The last championship was played in Podgorica back in 1993. The Championship is very strong and gathers almost all the best players from Montenegro, members of the Olympic team, as well as the most promising players, so this will be the great opportunity to see the clash of generations – the combat between chess “veterans” and young players whose time is yet to come.

Women’s Championship has always been in the shadow of the Men’s championship and so it is this time. One of the main tasks of the Montenegro Chess Federation will be to improve the quality of women’s chess. Great results achieved by our women’s team, the individual results of Aleksandra Milovic and Marija Stojanovic at the Chess Olympiad in Norway, and especially the recent exceptional results of Tijana Blagojevic oblige us to do so.

After the opening ceremony of the championship, the Ordinary Assembly of the Montenegro Chess Federation will be held at the Hotel City starting at 4.00 pm, where the current situation in Montenegro Chess Federation will be discussed, with the work and financial reports.

Within the festival, on 14th December, the Montenegro Youth Rapid Chess Championship will be held. It is expected the participation of nearly 100 young chess players from all over Montenegro.

After a long break, the Montenegro Chess Federation organizes the Arbiter’s Seminar, 12-14 December at the Hotel City. A great interest has been shown for the seminar, as 20 participants have already applied so far.

Quality work of the Montenegro Chess Federation in the previous period is highly rated by the officials of the World and European Chess Institutions. Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili, President of the European Chess Union, famous Georgian Grandmaster and former European Chess Champion confirmed his arrival to Podgorica in the period 18-20 December, 2014, and will attend the closing ceremony of the Championships. This will be a great opportunity to talk with the ECU President at the highest level, about the possibilities of cooperation between the European Chess Union and Montenegro Chess Federation.


The 8th edition of the Kings Chess Tournament will have a new format this year. The Romanian Chess Federation and Elisabeta Polihroniade Chess Club, in cooperation with the company ROMGAZ are proud to announce the match between the Olympic team of Romania and the current Olympic Champion – team of Republic of China.

The match is taking place in the Natural Gas House in the city of Medias/Romania from 23rd until 26th November, 2014.

The Chinese team consists of  GM Wang Yue (ELO 2711), GM Ni Hua (ELO 2677), GM Wei Yi (ELO 2649) – all three members of the winning team of the Chess Olympiad in Tromso, and the World Youth Champion 19 year old GM Lu Shangley (ELO 2566).

Chinese team


Romanian team, selected by the International Master Sergiu Grunberg, consists of GM Constantin Lupulescu (ELO 2643), GM Mircea Emilian Parligras (ELO 3594), GM Vlad Cristian Jianu (ELO 2588) and GM Vladislav Nevednichy (ELO 2563).

The match will be played according to the Scheveningen system (each player of one team plays each player of the other team). The Arbiters of the match will be Farik Gasanov (AZE) and Radu Chirila (ROU).

Romanian team

Today a ten-player Blitz tournament was held in Grand Hotel Continental in Bucharest, in which all the members of both Romanian and Chinese Olympic teams took part. Additional players were two young Romanian hopes – IM Daniel Bogdan Deac (ELO 2385), the youngest International Master in the World (at 13 years old) and FM Mihnea Costachi (ELO 2382), bronze medalist at the World Junior Championship held in September. The winner became GM Lu Shangley with 6.5 points out of 9. Final standings at Chess-Results

Blitz crosstable

The official opening of the Kings Tournament will be held on Sunday, 23rd November at 2.30 pm in the Natural Gas House in Medias, and will be followed by the games of the round 1. The closing ceremony is scheduled on Wednesday, 26th December at 7.00 pm.

Romanian Chess Federation expresses a great thanks to the Chinese Chess Federation for the cooperation.

More information here.


Chess in Schools and Communities organizes the 6th London Chess Classic which will be held from 6th to 14th December, 2014 at the Olympia Conference Centre in Kensington, London.

The festival consists of several events, of which the main is the London Chess Classic, which is to be held 10-14 December. The ‘Super Six’  are the World Top Grandmasters Fabiano Caruana, Viswanathan Anand, Anish Giri, Hikaru Nakamura, Vladimir Kramnik and Michael Adams.


Apart from the traditional Super GM classic tournament, there is also a very attractive Super Rapidplay Open. The event will take place 6-7th December with the prize fund of ?25,000. The Super Rapidplay is a 10-round open tournament with the time control of 25 minutes plus a 10 second increment per move from move one. The tournament has no grading sections; instead all players play in the same section and generous grading prizes have been added. This event will feature all of the players who are taking part in the main event of the London Chess Classic along with many GMs and IMs.

In the first round, the six super Grandmasters from the London Chess Classic will play against junior players who have been selected from a qualifying junior tournament. Pairings for all other rounds will be made according to the Swiss pairing rules.



Other side events in London will be:

Chess and Mathematics – Chess and Education Conference

Tconference2014he international Chess and Education conference will take place at the beginning of the London Chess Classic, 6-7  December. With a rich educational programme it will gather the leading experts in the fields of chess and mathematics  education.

Online registration for the conference can be found here.

Mr. Jesper Hall, Chairman of the ECU Educational Commission and  Mr. Martin Huba, the ECU Treasurer will attend  the conference. More information at the official website of the conference


FIDE Open (9 round Swiss) with a guaranteed ?11,500 prize fund and GM and IM norm opportunities, which will be held from 8th until 14th December.

Weekday Tournaments (5 round Swiss) with 2 sections: FIDE U2000 & ECF U135. The event will be held from 8th until 12th December.

Weekend Tournaments (5 round Swiss) with 4 sections: Open, U2000, U1800 (all FIDE Rated), ECF U120. The event will be held from 12th until 14th December.

More information here


Romanian Super League 2014, which was held in Calimanesti-Caciulata/Romania from 8-16 November, 2014 ended with a double crown for chess club Stud. Medicina Timisoara, which triumphed in both Men and Women competitions.

In the Men section CS Stud. Medicina Timisoara scored 16 match points with 8 won and 1 lost match. Members of the winning team were:

1 GM Ivanisevic Ivan 2643 (SRB) 4/9

2 GM Jianu Vlad-Cristian 2588 (ROU) 3.5/7

3 GM Baklan Vladimir 2651 (UKR) 7/9

4 GM Rogozenco Dorian 2509 (ROU) 5/7

5 GM Manolache Marius 2504 (ROU) 6.5/8

6 IM Ardelean George-Catalin 2499 (ROU) 2.5/4

7 IM Anton Teodor 2430 (ROU) 0/1

9 NM Doros Radu-Marian 2317 (ROU) 4.5/7

10 CM Tomici Stefan 2222 (ROU) 1/2

CS Stud.Medicina Timisoara Men

Silver medal went to ACS Sah Apa Nova Bucuresti with 13 match points, while Clubul De Sah Al Mun. Baia Mare took bronze with 12 match points.

Full standings at Chess-Results

Couple of days before National Superliga in Women’s section finished. Two teams tied for the first place with the same score (12 MP) – CS Stud. Medicina Timisoara and CSM Bucuresti, but thanks to the victory in the direct encounter gold went to Timisoara. Bronze went to CS Politehnica-Antibiotice Iasi which was the leader until the last round.

The members of the winning team in Women’s sections were:

1 IM Atalik Ekaterina 2409 (TUR) 5.5/7

2 WGM Sandu Mihaela 2270 (ROU) 5.5/7

3 WIM Dragomirescu Angela 2208 (ROU) 4.0/7

4 WFM Visanescu Daria-Ioana 1968 (ROU) 4.0/6

5 CM Jakab Kincso 1797 (ROU)

Final ranking at Chess-Results

CS Stud.Medicina Timisoara Women

Both competitions were played as a Round Robin tournaments, Men’s section in 9 rounds and Women’s in 7 rounds. The rate of play was 90 minutes for 40 moves, flowed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game + 30 seconds increment per move, starting from move one.

The organizers of the championship were Romanian Chess Federation and CS Tinerii Maestrii Bucuresti.

The Chief Arbiter was I.A Slabu Nistor.

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The most important chess event of the year – World Chess Championship Match 2014 starts on 7th November and will last until 28th November, 2014. The main actors of this match are the World Champion Magnus Carlsen from Norway and the winner of the Candidates Tournament 2014 and former World Champion Viswanathan Anand from India.

The Russian Chess Federation and the city of Sochi will be the host of the match, and the official venue is the Olympic Media Center.
The Carsen-Anand match will be played over a maximum of twelve games and the winner will be the first player to earn 6.5 points or more. If winner scores 6.5 points in less than 12 games then the closing ceremony will be re-scheduled for an earlier date.
The Chief Arbiter of the match is IA Andrzej Filipowicz from Poland. Deputy Arbiters are Husan Turdaliev and Anatoliy Byhovskiy.
Organizers have prepared hundred seats in the playing hall in the Olympic Media Center, and the special visitors’ areas will be provided as well. Both English and Russian-language commentary areas will be available for free for those who want to follow the games live.

Schedule of the match:
November 7th – Opening Ceremony
November 8th – Round 1
November 9th – Round 2
November 10th – Rest Day
November 11th – Round 3
November 12th – Round 4
November 13th – Rest Day
November 14th – Round 5
November 15th – Round 6
November 16th – Rest Day
November 17th – Round 7
November 18th – Round 8
November 19th – Rest Day
November 20th – Round 9
November 21st – Round 10
November 22nd – Rest Day
November 23rd – Round 11
November 24th – Rest Day
November 25th – Round 12
November 26th – Rest Day
November 27th – Tie-Break Games
November 28th – Awards and Closing Ceremony

The games will start daily at 3pm Moscow time, and will be broadcast live.

More information at the Official website of the match

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Last week, from 16th to 18th October, 2014, the International Conference “Chess in Schools” was held in Yerevan, Armenia. The Conference was organized by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia, the World Chess Federation (FIDE), as well as the Armenian Chess Federation and the Chess Academy of Armenia, in cooperation with the Armenian State Pedagogical University named after Khachatur Abovyan.

During the first day of the conference FIDE President Mr. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and the President of the Republic of Armenia, who doubles as the President of the Armenian Chess Federation were present at the opening session of the conference.

Mr. Armen Ashotyan, Minister of Education and Science of Republic Armenia and Mr. Smbat Lputyan, President of Chess Academy of Armenia, as well as Mr. Ilyumzhinov gave the speech at the beginning of the conference, after which the official programme started.

Programme of the Conference

Among the officials, Mr. Lewis Ncube, Continental President for Africa, Mr. Ion Serban Dobronauteanu, Continental Deputy-President for Europe, and Mr. Alexander Kostyev, President of the International School Union were present at the Chess In Schools Conference.

Mr. Kevin O’Connell, the Chairman of FIDE Chess in Schools Commission stated that this was the most important CIS conference ever, due to the importance and relevance of the research studies conducted and finalized in Armenia after the first primary classes completed the 3 years studies of chess. Apart from the Armenian studies, interesting programs and achievements regarding implementing chess in schools from USA, India, Russia, Bulgaria, Sweden, Italy, Poland, Denmark, Greece and Germany were presented.

The conference attracted participants from 4 continents – Africa, America, Asia and Europe, with total 180 people present at the University.

According to all the lectures, one conclusion was imposed – Chess in Schools is a major task to improve education worldwide, by using chess as an educational tool.

More information at the Official Website of the Conference


Dominic LawsonOn Saturday, 11th October, 2014 in Birmingham the Annual General Meeting of the English Chess Federation was held.

The European Chess Union congratulates the new elected President of the English Chess Federation, Mr. Dominic Lawson.  The new elected FIDE delagate is Mr. Malcolm Pein.

More information at the official website of the ECF


Pat FitzsimonsDear Friends in Chess

At the Glorney, Gilbert junior international competitions in Scotland in early August, I announced my intention to seek election to the role of Chairperson of the Union.

Since then, I have received a huge level of support, encouragement and good wishes from right across the Irish Chess community. The overwhelming vote of support that I received at the AGM last Sunday, combined with the encouragement and good wishes expressed to me both before and since the AGM, has given me a clear mandate to work collaboratively with the Incoming Executive Committee of the ICU and the chess community in Ireland to support and develop the game that we enjoy so much. I would like to thank everybody who has contacted me to convey their support and good wishes and the large numbers of members who attended the AGM to vote for me.

We have some very exciting projects to work on over the coming months, including the hosting of the Glorney Gilbert Cup Competition in 2015. I also intend to build on existing structures for coaching and development of the game generally. Given the volume and nature of the business that was considered during the 2014 AGM, which stretched to almost 6 hours in duration, there are a number of “legacy issues” that the incoming Executive Committee will also address in the coming months. These include proposals for constitutional reforms and consideration of the overall structure of the Executive Committee and how we can work better as a team dedicated to the service of Irish chess into the future.
It is also my intention that information about the issues under consideration by the ICU Executive will be published on our website from now on and I would welcome any comments on, or opinions about, the business of the ICU that members wish to make on an ongoing basis.
The incoming Executive Committee and I are looking forward to the challenges ahead with great optimism and to keeping in touch with all our members.

Pat Fitzsimons
Irish Chess Union
3rd October 2014