SCHENGEN YOUTH “CHESS FOR PEACE” TOURNAMENT

International Youth tournament “Chess for Peace” took place in Luxembourg from 8th-12th of May in order to promote cooperation between European countries.

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The Chess tournament took place in the Youth Hostel Luxembourg City and 141 children from 16 countries (Luxembourg, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Roumania, Czech Republic, Hungary, Belgium, Liechtenstein , even USA and New Zealand) participated at the event. The tournament was played in 6 age categories: U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18. The youngest player was a girl from Luxembourg: Amy Schumacher and was not the only 5 year old starting in the U8 category.

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The Winners are:

U8 boys: 1. Witczak Borys POL, 2. Groffils Leonard BEL, 3. Pekala Dawid POL

U8 girls: 1. Dobrovolska-Rakhnina Bozhena- UKR, 2. Frydel Helena GER, 3. Dobiášová Klaudia LUX

U10 boys: 1. Micula Jakub POL, 2. Heron Steve LIE, 3. Salomeia Mihai ROU

U10 girls: 1. Rusiecki Katarzyna POL, 2. Balazs Szabina Zoe HUN, 3. Hamerska Weronika POL

U12 boys: 1. Religa Marek SWE, 2. Trzesniowski Marceli POL, 3. Fojcik Kacper POL

U12 girls: 1. Balazs Sztella Anna HUN, 2. Zurawicka Aleksandra POL, 3. Krejci Vera Marie CZE

U14 boys: 1. Wnek Filip POL, 2. Zamekhovskiy Yevgen UKR, 3. Dziendziel Mateusz POL

U14 girls: 1. Wiecek Karolina POL, 2. Sacharczuk Karolina POL, 3. Lappi Aurora FIN

U16 boys: 1. Niedbala Bartlomiej POL, 2. Kulesza Andrzej POL, 3. Panek Bartosz POL

U16 girls: 1. Adamczyk Zuzanna POL, 2. Budkiewicz Magdalena POL, 3. Shkryl Kateryna UKR

U18 boys: 1. Schilay Lorenz GER, 2. Galuszka Tomasz POL, 3. Sadler Michel LUX

U18 girls: 1. Leczek Weronika POL, 2. Nemcova Karin CZE, 3. Kopcova Ludmila CZE

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The Winners of the event won trophies, while all players received medals for the participation with the logo of the tournament.

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The festival “Chess for Peace” started on the 8th of May in memory of the end of the World War in 1945 with a cultural and sight-seeing program. The following day, the chess players had the opportunity to participate in the festivities of the Europe Day.

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On the 10th of May, the Polish embassy welcomed the participants to a reception, while the tournament itself started in the afternoon that day. The festival was officially opened by Vicki Hansen from Schengen Peace Foundation, FIDE Vice President Łukasz Turlej, President from the Silesian Chess Federation Andrzej Matusiak, and Mietek Bakalarz from G.M. Schachzentrum in the Youth Hostel of Luxembourg City. The closing ceremony took place on the 12th of May in the European Museum in Schengen.

The tournament took place under the patronage of Schengen Peace Foundation Luxembourg with Dominicus Rhode- president and Vicki Hansen- CEO,  the European Chess Union- ECU (an educational smart kids project)  and World Chess Federation FIDE Vice President- Łukasz Turlej.

Official website of the event

 




CROATIA GRAND CHESS TOUR 2019

The second stop of the 2019 Grand Chess Tour and one of the first two classical events takes place from 26th June-8th July in Zagreb, Croatia.

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The Mimara Museum in Zagreb hosted the opening ceremony, while the tournament games will be played at the historical Novinarski Dom building, permanent head office of the Croatian Journalists Association. The Opening ceremony of the event was attended by Prime Minister of Croatia, Mr. Plenkovic Andrej, Science and Education Minister, Blazenka Divjak, Culture Minister, Nina Obuljen Korzinek, Tourism Minister, Gari Cappelli, ECU President, Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili, the chess legend Garry Kasparov and the FIDE Vice President Mr. Michael Khodarkovsky.

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On this occassion, Croatian Prime Minister, Andrej Plenkovic, said: “In the days ahead Zagreb will be the world capital of chess. I hope this tournament has a positive effect on young people and I thank Garry Kasparov for helping ensure that it is held in Zagreb.”, and played an opening ceremonial game against World Chess Champion, Magnus Carlsen.

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The participants of the Croatia Grand Chess Tour are: World Chess Champion, Magnus Carlsen (NOR), Viswanathan Anand (IND), Levon Aronian (ARM), Fabiano Caruana (USA), Ding Liren (CHN), Anish Giri (NED), Karjakin Sergey (RUS), Mamedyarov Shakhriyar (AZE), Hikaru Nakamura (USA), Ian Nepomniachtchi (RUS)- the winner of the first leg of the 2019 GCT, Wesley So (USA) and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA).

The event will be played as a 11 rounds Robin round tournament, with classical time control, with a total prize fund of 325.000$. The first game starts today at 16:30 (local time) and LIVE broadcast is available through the official website of the event.

Opening Ceremony video:

Official Website of the event




International Arbiter Workshop in Baku, Azerbaijan

The second workshop within the framework of the FIDE Pilot Project for Training and Certification of the International Arbiters for the 2020 Chess Olympiad was organized in Baku, Azerbaijan by the FIDE Arbiters’ Commission and the Chess Federation of Azerbaijan. The objective was to train and to certify a cadre of IAs who are on top of all the recent changes in the Laws of Chess and the FIDE Competition Rules, plus are able to communicate in English efficiently and to be integrated into multinational arbiter teams at the top-level FIDE events.

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This International Arbiter Workshop took place on June 21-24 under the patronage of FIDE Vice-President Mahir Mammedov. Mr. Mammedov opened the workshop and personally welcomed participants from four federations.

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Twenty-five arbiters from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russia and Ukraine took part in the event. The Chief Lecturer was IA/FL Faig Gasanov (AZE); the Guest Lecturer was IA/IO Vadim Tsypin (CAN).The language of the instruction was Russian. The examination test featured some questions in Russian and the others in English.

The examination results are attached here.




ANDORRA CHESS GRAND PRIX 2019

Andorra Chess Grand Prix 2019 will take place on 28th July 2019, in Antiga Casa Pairal d’Andorra la Vella, simultaneously with the 37th edition of Andorra Open.

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Andorra Grand Prix will be played in 9 rounds, Swiss system, with time control 3 minutes+ 2 seconds of an increment per each move, starting from the move one. The number of participants is limited to 100 players, and registrations must be done before the registration deadline 27th July 2019.

The total prize fund of Andorra Chess Grand Prix 2019 will be 1.525 EUR, with 300 EUR reserved for the first place.

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The 37th edition of the Andorra chess open will take place from 27th July-4th August 2019  in 4* hotel Panorama, in Andorra. The Open event will be played in 9 rounds, Swiss system, with time control 90 minutes for 40 moves, plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds, starting from the move one.

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The total prize fund of the Open tournament will be 10.000 EUR, with 2.100 EUR reserved for the Winner of the event, and together with special prizes for the best ranked senior players, juniors, Andorran players and best players of respective rating categories.

Official Website




NAJDORF MEMORIAL WARSAW 2019

The 19th edition of International Najdorf Chess Festival will take place from 6th-14th July 2019, in Warsaw, Poland.

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The event contains three open tournaments: A, B and C. The A tournament is opened to all players rated over 2000, B event is open to players rated 1600-1999, while the C competition is open to players rated under 1600.

All events will be played in 9 rounds, Swiss system, with time control on the A tournament: 90 minutes for 40 moves + 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from the move one, while the B and C tournaments will have time control: 90 minutes with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from the move one.

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The Festival will take place in the Warsaw Sports and Recreation Center. Registration deadline is 21st June 2019, while the registrations in period from 21st June-5th July may be possible only through the following e-mail address: najdorf2019@gmail.com.

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Total prize fund of the festival will be 60.000 PLN (around 14.000 EUR).

The Najdor Chess Festival is organized by Polish Chess Federation and Gen. Kazimierz Sosnkowski Chess Foundation, under the auspices of Rafal Trzaskowski, the President of the city of Warsaw.

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More details and information may be found on the official website of the event.

Official Website of the event




CONFERENCE “EDUCATION THROUGH CHESS”

The conference “Education through chess” will take place on the 2nd of June, in Mamaia, Romania, under the patronage of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council, on the occasion of the European School Chess Championship, which will be played in Mamaia from 30th of May to 9th of June 2019.

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The main agenda of the conference is to evaluate the implementation of chess in various education systems following the Written Declaration 50/2011 of the European Parliament, to present achievements and good practices of co-operation between national federations and central and local authorities in Europe.

The patronage of the Presidency of EU Council for the “Education through Chess” conference is outstanding recognition of the importance of chess in the education field.

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European Chess Union recently has introduced the Video “We Make Europe Smarter” referring to the educational advantages of teaching chess in schools.




1st ISF WORLD SCHOOLS CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP

The Executive Committee of the International School Sport Federation (ISF) entrusted the organization of the 1st World Schools Chess Championship to Tsaghkadzor, Armenia to be held from 18th-25th September 2019,

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The Championship is open for both school and selected national teams, both boys and girls aged 15 to 18. The event will be held in 4 different categories: schoolboys, schoolgirls, selected boys and girls in the national level. Each team shall consist of two players according to the following rule: all students in the school team must have been enrolled at the same school since the beginning of the school year 2018/2019 and all students of a selected team must have been enrolled at a school in the country concerned since the beginning of the school year 2018/2019.

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The event will be played in 9 rounds, Swiss system with time control 60 minutes for the entire game with 30 second increment per move. The official venue and Hotel of ISF World Schools Chess Championship will be “Tsaghkadzor General Sport Complex” Hotel.

Registrations have been officially opened until the registration deadline 30th July 2019. The electronic entry registration form can be accessed here: https://isf-eras.org/.

The participation fee (per person/per night) is 50/100 EUR, depending on the participants (coach, player, head of the delegation, teachers, additional adults). The fee covers full board accommodation for the duration of the event. It covers the competition, cultural programme activities and all transport in connection with the official programme (arrival, departure, sports and cultural programmes).

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Also, an additional ISF fee of 40 € per member of the delegation must be paid together with the balance of the participation fee. The ISF School Sport Foundation intends to provide underprivileged school children with opportunities to access sports training by highly qualified PE teachers and trainers and to dispose of good quality school sports equipment and infrastructure.

One of the occasions to help the Foundation is the Charity Gala Dinner in which the Heads of Delegation will be invited. An extra contribution of 50 € for taking part is requested.

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The first ISF Schools Chess Championship is organized by Ministry of Education and Science of the RA, Armenian School Sport Federation and Armenian Chess Federation.

E-mail contact

Official Website

Info Bulletin: ISF World school chess championship 2019, Tsaghkadzor




NETANYA INTERNATIONAL CHESS FESTIVAL 2019

Netanya International Chess Festival 2019, one of the most important chess competitions in Israel, will take place from 23rd June – 2nd July 2019 in the VIP main hall of the Netanya Football stadium,

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The festival consists of two main events: Masters tournament and Netanya Open tournament. Netanya Masters tournament will be played in 9 rounds, Robin round system, with the participation of world top players and Israeli top players, all rated 2600+.

The competitors of Natanya Masters are: GM Leinier Dominguez Perez (USA, 2739), GM Peter Svidler (RUS, 2735), GM Daniil Dubov (RUS, 2690), GM Maxim Rodshtein (ISR, 2689), GM Luke McShane (ENG, 2686), GM Tamir Nabaty (ISR, 2683), GM Boris Gelfand (ISR, 2676), GM Pavel Eljanov (UKR, 2661), GM Evgeny Postny (ISR, 2612) and GM Ilya Smirin (ISR, 2607).

Netanya Masters- list of participants

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The average rating of 2678 makes a category 18 tournament, arguably the strongest classical chess event ever to be held in Israel, with a total prize fund of 100.000 US dollars, and 25.000 US dollars reserved for the first place. The time control will be 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from the first move.

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The Open tournament will be simultaneously held with the Masters’ event, at the same venue.. The total prize fund of the Open event will be 170 thousand Israeli Shekels, which is more than 40.000 EUR.

Already 52 players have registered for the Open event, and among the registered players, five of them are rated 2600+: Korobov Anton (UKR, 2687), Kuzubov Yuriy (UKR, 2664), Moiseenko Alexander (UKR, 2642), Efimenko Zahar (UKR, 2632) and Roiz Michael (ISR, 2603).

Open Tournament- list of participants

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All the further information about registration, schedules or accommodation are available on the official website of the festival.

Official Website of the festival




CZECH TOUR 2019/2020

19th International Chess Festivals Series of Czech Republic this year will be opened with with 30th edition of Czech Open, which will take place from 11th-28th July 2019 in Pardubice, Czech Republic.

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Czech Open 2019, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, will contain more than 30 different events, open tournaments, blitz and rapid events, team events, Fischer random events, youth events and others. The events will take place in the official venue of the tournament CSOB Pojistovna arena.  The total prize fund of the events will be more than 40.000 EUR.

Besides the events for chess players, the organizers provided also very wide Accompanying programmes: games analysis in the festival party tent, small football tournament, bowling tournament, table tennis tournament, crossword puzzles and Sudoku competitions, trips, social evenings at the swimming pool etc.

Complete information, such as regulations of individual championships can be found on the internet festival Website.

Regulations of Czech Open 2019 are available here.

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Besides the Czech Open 2019, within the Czech Tour 2019/2020 events are:

A. 6th SUMMER PRAGUE OPEN (2th-9th August 2019)
B. 22nd OLOMOUC CHESS SUMMER (10th-17th August 2019)
C. 10th HRADEC KRALOVE OPEN (26th October 2nd November 2019)
D. 9th BRNO OPEN (3rd-9th November 2019)
E. 20th LITOMYSL OPEN (26th December 2019–1st January 2020)
F. 19th PRAGUE OPEN (10th-17th January 2020)
G. 19th MARIENBAD OPEN ( 18th-25th January 2020)
H. 20th LIBEREC OPEN (22nd-29th February 2020)

Prospect of Czech Tour events 2019/2020

Contact Information:

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
Official Website of the tour
Interesting things: http://www.facebook.com/czechtouren




ITALIAN CHESS CLUB “ACCADEMIA ROMANA” CELEBRATES 200 YEARS OF FOUNDATION

The chess club “Accademia Romana”  was officially constituted in Roma on April 19, 1819, according the first official document, where are registred the names of the members and the Statute of the club.

The first premises were into pubs in the center of the town of Roma. In 1890 the club moved to the beautiful Palazzo Odescalchi al Corso, then in Palazzo Wedekind in Colonna Square where they stayed up the beginning of the Second World War.

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Today, the club is hosted in a building in Luigi Pulci Street.

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Web site  www.accademiascacchistica.altervista.org

A nice booklet, unfortunately for the moment only in Italian, about the complete history of Accademia Romana was written bt Mr Arnaldo Monosilio, past president of the club – president in the years 2006-2008.