FINALS OF SMALL CHESS OLYMPIAD IN BANJALUKA

Small Chess Olympiad was adopted in significant project of affirmation and development of sports in schools in Republic of Srpska, entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and was held on 30th of March in Banjaluka, with aim to bring chess closer to schools and their students.

Before the finals, various competitions were organized in districts and towns of Republic of Srpska, and the best ranked players of 6 districts qualified for the Finals of Small Chess Olympiad. More than 300 girls and boys participated and competed in the events, selected in teams consisting of 4 players and two reserves. Time control of playing was 15 minutes per player for the whole game.

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The best ranked teams of the districts were: Elementary School “Petar Kocic” from Prijedor, Elementary School “Jovan Cvijic” from Banjaluka, Elementary School “Obudovac” from Obudovac, Elementary School “Sveti Sava” from Bijeljina, Elementary School “Pale” from Pale and Elementary School “Veselin Maslesa” from Foca.

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The finals of the event were organized in Music Pavilion of Banjaluka, and the Opening ceremony of the event was attended by representatives of Ministry of Youth and Sports and distinguished representatives of the Municipality of Banjaluka.

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After five played rounds, team of Elementary school “Sveti sava” from Bijeljina became the Winner of this friendly event with 9 match points, which was organized with purpose to develop and improve sports spirit with children, but also to promote chess in schools programs which are being developed all over the Europe.

Final rankings

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The place where the event took place is experienced in organizing Grandmasters events, where among the participants was also chess legend, Viktor Korchnoi (2007, 2008).

Banjaluka is the capital and administrative center of Republic of Srpska, one of two entities of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and also, one of the candidates for European capital of culture in 2024.

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Banjaluka was one of the main chess centers in former Jugoslavia, with Banjaluka’s citizen, Milan Vukic- the first Bosnian Grandmaster. Banjaluka is also known as the city where Garry Kasparov has played his first international tournament, which was played in 1979.

The Small Chess Olympiad concluded with idea to get back the glory of chess in Republic of Srpska and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and hope to analyze positive aspects of this event in short future.

The organizer of the event and source: FM Daniel Milekic, Republic coordinator for chess




GRENKE CHESS FESTIVAL 2019 STARTED

Grenke Chess Festival 2019 containing Grenke Chess Open in three categories: A,B and C, and Grenke Chess Classic tournament gathering top world Grandmasters, started in Karlsruhe, Germany.

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The festival has started with Grenke Chess Open, which is played from 18th-22nd of April. This year, the Open events gathered more than 2100 players coming from all over the world- more than 50 federations! The strongest A section features 956 competitors, among whom are 60 Grandmasters, 85 International masters, 6 Women Grandmasters, 15 Women International masters, and in total 339 titled players.

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Top seeds of the A section are well known chess players, 21 of them rated over 2600: Bacrot Etienne (FRA, 2683), Kamsky Gata (USA, 2676), Korobov Anton (UKR, 2675), Firouzja Alireza (IRI, 2669), Kuzubov Yuriy (UKR, 2653), Chigaev Maksim (RUS, 2634), Sarana Maksim (RUS, 2634), Sarana Alexey (RUS, 2630), Fridman Daniel (GER, 2629), Sethuraman S.P. (IND, 2624), Predojevic Borki (BIH, 2621) and others.

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The Opening ceremony and the first round of the Open events took place yesterday, while two rounds will be played today. The A event will be played in 9 rounds, Swiss system, with time control:  2h for 40 moves + 30 minutes for the rest of the game. Total prize fund of open events is 70.000 EUR, with 60.250 EUR reserved for the A section and 20.000 EUR for the Winner of A category.

Starting rank list, pairings and results are available here.

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The main event of the Grenke Chess Festival, Grenke Chess Classic, starts tomorrow with participation of: World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen (NOR,), World No.2 Fabiano Caruana (USA, 2828), World No.6  Viswanathan Anand (IND, 2779), World No.7 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA, 2775), World No.12 Levon Aronian (ARM, 2761), World No.20 Peter Svidler (RUS, 2737), World No.35 Arkadij Naiditsch (AZE, 2710), World No.45 Francisco Vallejo Pons (ESP, 2698), World No.167 Georg Meier (GER, 2621) and World No. 6 U16 Vincent Keymer (GER, 2509).

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Fabiano Caruana (USA, 2828) will try to defend the title of Grenke Chess Classic Winner in 2018, while we can watch the tournament LIVE, with the live commentary of Peter Leko and Jan Gustafsson.

Official Website- Grenke Chess Classic 2019

Official Website- Grenke Chess Open 2019




LUPULESCU CONSTANTIN WINS REYKJAVIK OPEN 2019

After great fights at Reykjavik Open 2019, which took place from 8th-16th April in Reykjavik, eight players tied for the top, but thanks to the best tiebreaks, Romanian Grandmaster, Lupulescu Constantin (ROU, 2634) won the event.

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Among the group on the top with 7 points each were: Firouzja Alireza (IRI, 2669), Grandelius Nils (SWE, 2687), Jones Gawain C B (ENG, 2698), Parligras Mircea-Emilian (ROU, 2633), Petrosian Tigran L. (ARM, 2605), Tari Aryan (NOR, 2615) and GUpta Abhijeet (IND, 2602). According to tiebreaks, 16 years old Grandmaster Firouzja Alireza took silver and Grandelius Nils came third.

Final rankings

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The event was played in 9 rounds, Swiss system, with time control 90 minutes  for 40 moves  + 30 minutes after move 40 + increment of 30 sec. for every move starting from move one. The total prize fund was more than 15.000 EUR.

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Among many side events of the competition, European Fischer Random Cup 2019 took place on 12th of April. After 9 played rounds in Swiss system, with time control 10 minutes+ 3 seconds of increment per every move, Firouzja Alireza (IRI, 2669) became European Fischer Random winner with score of 8 points.

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Firouzja was a full point ahead of group of five players who tied for the second place, each with 7 points. Eventually, according to the tiebreak system, Tang Andrew (USA, 2414) was second and Parligras Mircea-Emilian (ROU, 2629) came on the third place.

The total prize fund of the European Fischer Random Cup 2019 was 3.000 EUR with support of European Chess Union. The closing ceremony and the awarding ceremony of the event attended the ECU Deputy President and President of Chess Federation of Iceland, Mr. Gunnar Bjornsson.

Final rankings

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Official Website of the event

Photographs by Fiona Steil-Antoni




MITROPA CUP 2019

The Slovenian Chess Federation invites representatives of Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italia, Slovakia and Switzerland to the MITROPA CUP 2019, which will take place from 26h May-4th June in Hotel Radin, Zdravilišče Radenci, Slovenia.

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The tournament will be held in two sections, the open section, and the women`s section. Each team will be composed of 4 players plus one reserve player (for the open section), 4 women players plus one reserve woman player (for women`s section), with one of them acting as a team captain.

The event will be played in 9 rounds, with time control: 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes to finish the game, with 30 seconds increment for each move from move one.

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Each team (max. 10 persons per country) will be provided with full board accommodation in double rooms (or in case of one team we provide 3 double rooms) at the hotel. According to the mutual agreement, an organization fee of 250 € per person has to be paid.

Deadline for confirmation of participation must be sent by 15th of May 2019 on the following e-mail address: mitropa2019@sah-zveza.si.

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Contact information:

E-mail: info@sah-zveza.si
Web: http://mitropa2019.si
Phone: +386 41 686 746

MITROPA-CUP-2019-SLO




Ashdod wins Israeli club championship

The chess team of the southern Israeli port city of Ashdod won its seventh national championship title last weekend.

Ashdod champions!The 11th and last round of the top division was held in Ramat Aviv (North of Tel-Aviv) chess house with the participation of 72 players  (representing the top 12 teams), out of which 32 were grandmasters and 20 International masters with the only female player being IM Yulia Shvaiger, the current Israeli lady champion.

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Ashdod drew its first round match against Kfar Saba A, but then won all its 10 remaining matches including “The Match of the Season” against its main rival for the crown- Beer Sheva A. Ashdod won 4.5: 2.5 (one bonus point is added for the team victory) and did not let the lead slip away till the end of the season. The team was based on its long time local line up that includes GMs Emil Sutovsky, Ilya Smirin, Arthur Kogan, Vitaly Golod & Boris Kantsler, IM Roman Bar and the occasional foreign reinforcement composed of Ukrainian GMs Pavel Eljanov & Alexander Moiseenko, Latvian Igor Kovalenko and German Daniel Friedman.

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Ashdod scored 46 board points plus 10 bonus points for its ten victories and with a total of 56 points took the gold for the seventh time, leaving the silver medals to the runner up Beer-Sheva on 53. Beer-Sheva’s team composition included the local GMs Maxim Rodshtein, Evgeny Postny, Michael Roiz, Alex Khuzman, Victor Mikhalevsky and Alon Greenfeld and the foreign reinforcement: the Azeri Arkady Najditch, Ukrainian Anton Korobov and Russian Vladimir Malakhov. Bronze medal went to Kfar Saba team (on 51.5 points) led by GMs Tamir Nabaty, Avital Boruchovsky and Eduard Rozentalis.

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Fourth was Rishon  Letzion (led by GM Boris Alterman)  44 points, ahead of the youngest team Zafrir Rechovot (reinforced by former Soviet and Israeli champion GM Lev Psakhis ) in the respectable fifth place on 38 points.

Report  By Yochanan Afek
Photos by  Dr. Mark Livshitz

All 396 games may be seen here.

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GAMMA REYKJAVIK OPEN 2019 STARTED

GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019 has started yesterday in Reykjavik, Iceland, and takes place from 8th-16th of April.

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239 players coming from 33 federations participate the event. Among them 31 Grandmasters, 19 International masters, and in total 85 titled players. The very strong line-up of the event is completed with 12 players rated over 2600.

Top seeders are: Jones Gawain C B (ENG, 2698), Grandelius Nils (SWE, 2687), Firouzja Alireza (IRI, 2669), L’Ami Erwin (NED, 2647), Movsesian Sergei (ARM, 2637), Lupulescu Constantin (ROU, 2634), Parligras Mircea-Emilian (ROU, 2633), Hovhannisyan Robert (ARM, 2630), Tari Aryan (NOR, 2615), Lagarde Maxime (FRA, 2612), Petrosian Tigran L. (ARM, 2605) and Gupta Abhijeet (IND, 2602).

Starting rank list, pairings and results

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The first round of the tournament took place yesterday. The ceremonial first move was made by prime minister of Iceland, Katrin Jakobsdottir. The event was opened officially after the short opening ceremony speeches, with attendance of FIDE President, Mr. Arkady Dvorkovich, and ECU Deputy President & President of the Iceland Chess Federation Mr. Gunnar Bjornsson.

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The event will be played in 9 rounds, Swiss system, with time control of 90 min for 40 moves  + 30 minutes after move 40 + increment of 30 sec. for every move starting from move one. The total prize fund of the event is more than 15.000 EUR.

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Besides the main open event, the European Fischer Random Chess Championship 2019, will take place in Harpa (the playing venue of the GAMMA Reykjavik Open) on March 12th and starts at 13.00 (local time). The Fischer Random Tourney shall be played according to the Swiss System in 9 rounds with time control of 10 minutes + 3 second increment per every move. The total prize fund the event will be 3.000 EUR.

Official Website of the event




INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN TSAGHKADZOR, ARMENIA

FIDE Chess in education commission (EDU), Chess academy of Armenia and  ”Chess” Scientific Research Institute of Armenia are organizing an International Conference, entitled “Current state and development trends of chess education”, which will be held at “Multi rest house” hotel in Tsaghkadzor, Republic of Armenia, from 6th of May (arrival day) to 9th of May (departure day) 2019.

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Working language of the conference is English. All attendees are required to register for the conference online through the Conference website.

On the Official website of the conference you can find detailed information about the Conference and its directions, venue and accommodation, as well as get acquainted with the members of Academic Board. In the section of Guidelines you can find all the requirements that your articles must meet. All presenters should submit the article together with the filled in registration form.

The articles must be sent by 15th of April 2019. The authors will be informed about the decision of the Academic Board by 30th of April 2019.

All attendees, except the authors of approved articles, should pay the entry fee in the amount of €50 which includes transportation in the following directions: Zvartnots Airport-Yerevan-Tsaghkadzor and back and coffee breaks during sessions.




SHAMKIR CHESS 2019 LAUNCHED YESTERDAY

The 6th edition of Shamkir Chess tournament, in memory of Vugar Gashimov, launched yesterday and takes place from 30th March-9th April in Shamkir, Azerbaijan.

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The Gala Opening Ceremony of the event took place on Saturday, 30th of March, with attendance of the executive chief of Shamkir region, Alimpasha Mammadov, the Minister of the Youth and Sports, Azad Rahimov, the vice-president of FIDE and SOCAR, the sponsor of the event, Mahir Mammadov, the father of Vugar Gashimov, Gasim Gashimov, and Azerbaijan Chess Federation representatives. After the ceremony, the drawing of lots took place in the same venue.

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The event features participation of World top grandmasters: World Chess Champion, Magnus Carlsen (NOR, 2843), world #3 Ding Liren (CHN, 2809), #4 Giri Anish (NED, 2797), #5 Mamedyarov Shakhriyar (AZE, 2793), #6 Anand Viswanathan (IND, 2774), #9 Grischuk Alexander (RUS, 2771), #12 Radjabov Teimour (AZE, 2756), #17 Karjakin Sergey (RUS, 2743), #18 Topalov Veselin (BUL, 2740) and #21 Navara David (CZE, 2733).

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The first round of the event was played yesterday at the Haydar Aliev Centre, in peaceful manner, with all five games ended in a draw. The second round of the event starts today at 15:00 (local time) and the live transmission of the event is available here.

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The event is as 9 rounds in Robin round system, with time control 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, 60 minutes for the next 20 moves and then each player shall be allotted 15 minutes after the second time control; an increment of 30 seconds per move shall be allowed from move 61 onwards.

The total prize fund of the event is 100.000 EUR with 30.000 EUR reserved for the Winner of the event.

Official Website of the Championship




RUSSIA AND CHINA WON FIDE WORLD TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2019

Teams of Russia and China became the Winners of FIDE World Team Chess Championship 2019 in open and women’s section respectively.

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After 10 played rounds at the Open section, which gathered the strong national teams of Azerbaijan, China, Egypt, England, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia, Sweden and United States of America, the team of Russia won the event scoring 16 match points, without losing a  match. The second place went to England with 13 match points, and bronze went to China with 12 match points.

Ranking list- Open section

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In Women’s section, team of China dominated the event with all victories and 18 match points. Second place won by the Russian team who scored 14 match points, while third place came to Georgia with 12 match points. The participants of the Women’s section were also the teams of Ukraine, Kazakhstan, India, United States of America, Armenia, Hungary, and Egypt.

Ranking list- Women’s section

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The prizes for the best individual performance of each board came to: Adhiban B. (India, 1st board-Open section), Mcshane Luke J (England, 2nd board-Open section), Ganguly Surya Shekhar (India, 3rd board- Open section), Firouzja Alireza (Iran, 4th board- Open section), Artemiev Vladislav (Russia, 5th board- Open section), Tan Zhongyi (China, 1st board- Women’s section), Kosteniuk Alexandra (Russia, 2nd board- Women’s section), Huang Qian (China, 3rd board- Women’s section), Goryachkina Aleksandra (Russia, 4th board- Women’s section) and Melia Salome (Georgia, 5th board- Women’s section).

The closing ceremony of the event took place on 14th March at 20:00 (local time).

FIDE World Team Chess Championship took place from March 4th -15th, 2019 in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Official Website of the Championship

Photos by: David Llada




ANDORRA CHESS OPEN 2019

The 37th edition of the Andorra chess open will take place from 27th July-4th August 2019  in 4* hotel Panorama, in Andorra.

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The event is open for everyone, regardless on rating or category, but organizers set registration limit of 170 players. Registration can be done on the day of the first round if there is a space for additional registrations.

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The 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.

The total prize fund of the event 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.

The 37th Andorra Chess Open is valid for the XVI Circuit Català d’Oberts Internacionals.

Official Website of the Championship