FIDE WORLD TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2019 OPENED

FIDE World Team Chess Championship takes place from March 4th -15th, 2019 in Astana, in which the strongest national teams of 14 countries whose chess federations dominated their continent will participate in the championship. The event has been opened yesterday, while the first round of the event starts today.

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Twenty teams participate in the tournament – ten open and ten women’s teams from China, Azerbaijan, Iran, USA, Egypt, Russia, Poland, England, India, Ukraine, Georgia, Hungary, Armenia and Kazakhstan. Among them, defending world team champion, continental champions, six highest ranked teams from the FIDE Olympiad 2018, two team from host federation, two teams nominated by the FIDE President.

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The opening ceremony took place yesterday, on 4th of March in the playing venue of the event, where many distinguished people represented FIDE and Kazakhstan.

The first round of the event starts today at 15.00 pm, local time, and pairings and results can be seen here.

Live transmission of the games can be followed through the Official Website of the Championship on the following link.

Official Website of the Championship




The Student Chess Cup 2019 of the Koper Branch of MGU Lomonosov

The University of MGU Lomonosov Moscow, in cooperation with the University of Primorska in Koper, Slovenia and the European Chess Academy, announces its first Student Chess Cup . The tournament will be held as part of the open days for prospective students in Koper, from April 19 to April 21, 2019.

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The event is open for highschool students of third and fourth year, undergraduate students, postgraduate students, already graduated, all who would like to enroll in Master’s studies at the Faculty of Management, at University of Lomonosov. The organizers will accept the first 150 applicants and add maximum 50 players by their choice. The registration deadline is 15th of April 2019.

Participation includes: free accommodation and food (Friday dinner, Saturday lunch as part of the tournament, dinner at the Closing ceremony), free tournament fee, info bag (materials about school, academic and chess programs, map of Koper, options for Sunday-Monday prolonged stay, souvenirs …) and free parties with young people from all over the Europe.

The event will be played in 9 rounds, Swiss system, with time control 10 minutes + 5 seconds of an increment for each move. The playing venue of the event will be Hall of St. Frančiška Asiškega, Martinčev trg, Koper.

The prizes for the best six players will be scholarships for Faculty of Management, at University of Lomonosov: 1st prize: 2 years free tuition fees (annual tuition is 7,000 euros), 2 years of free accommodation, 2nd prize: 2 years free tuition fees, 1 year of free accommodation (in Moscow), 3rd prize: 2 years free tuition fees, 1 year of free accommodation (in Koper), 4th – 6th prize: 2 years free tuition fees.

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Contact information:

Website: www.lomonosovkoperchess.european-chessacademy.com
E-mail: lomkopopen2019@gmail.com

+386 40 834 432 (Georg Mohr, Head of the Chess Program)
+381 64 3232 910 (Nebojsa Baralic, Tournament Director).

The University of Lomonosov Moscow, in cooperation with the Faculty of Management in Koper and European Chess Academy, introduces the sensational, first Student Chess Program in Europe. The Chess program will complement the Master’s degree in Economics. Students will be able to train chess at different levels. The Program is thus suitable for chess players of any chess level and knowledge, and especially suitable for top chess players, to which we will offer special care (top trainings, tournaments) and prepare individual chess training programs for them. The academic program is also suitable for perfect beginners who will learn chess at introductory courses.




9th RIGA TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OPEN

Riga Technical University and Latvian Chess Federation are honoured to invite all chess friends to participate in the 9th international chess festival „Riga Technical University Open 2019”, which will take place on August 3rd – 11th in Riga – hometown of 8th World Chess champion Mikhail Tal. Playing hall of festival will be the international exhibition centre “Kipsala”, the largest specialized exhibition venue in the Baltics, located across the bridge from the famous historical centre of Riga.

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Playing venue of Riga Technical University Open

Previous 8 years festival gathered world famous grandmasters and the strongest players of Europe and world. The 1st Riga Technical Open was held in August 2011 and won by GM Alberto David (ITA). Since then many top grandmasters have participated and won the festival – GM Jan Markos (SLO) in 2012, GM Bartosz Socko (POL) in 2013, GM Hrant Melkumyan (ARM) in 2014, GM Alexei Shirov (ESP) in 2015, GM Martyn Kravtsiv (UKR) in 2016, GM Vladimir Onischuk (UKR) in 2017 and GM Robert Hovhannisyan (ARM) in 2018. Other than winners the biggest names of the previous festivals were GMs Ilja Smirin, Daniel Fridman, Igor Kovalenko, Richard Rapport, Vladislav Kovalev, Eduardo Iturrizaga Bonelli, Daniel Naroditsky, Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa, Andrey Esipenko and many others.

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Winners of Riga Technical University Open 2018

Over the years many players have gained their FIDE title norms at the festival festival as there are many titled players from various countries participating each year. Last year the main tournament gathered 260 participants from 37 countries including 24 GMs and 127 titled players.

The 9th edition of festival will become the most interesting and entertaining. This year we have introduced three new tournaments so festival will last 2 days longer – 9 days in total. The total prize fund of the festival is planned to be a record breaking 26 000 EUR with the 1st of 2500 EUR prize in the Tournament A. In 2019 the program of the festival will feature 6 classical chess tournaments, 2 blitz tournaments and 1 rapid tournament, so any chess player starting from an internationally known top class GM to a beginner is welcome to find an appropriate tournament for him or her.

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Tournament A – Grandmaster Tournament

August 5th – 11th, open for all players. Swiss System, 9 rounds, ELO rated.
The tournament will have GM, IM, WGM and WIM norms and will be included in ACP tour.
Time control: 90 minutes per game per player + 30 seconds per move starting from the move 1.
Prize fund: 15 100 EUR. 

Tournament B Amateur ELO Tournament

August 5th – 11th, open for players with ELO until 2299. Swiss System, 9 rounds, ELO rated.
Time control: 90 minutes per game per player + 30 seconds per move starting from the move 1.
Prize fund: 1 500 EUR. 

NEW: Tournament Y Youth ELO Tournament

August 5th – 11th, open tournament for players U14 with ELO until 2199.
Swiss System, 9 rounds, ELO rated.
Time control: 90 minutes per game per player + 30 seconds per move starting from the move 1.
Prize fund: 3 000 (worth prizes). 

Tournament C Weekend Amateur Open ELO Tournament

August 8th – 11th, open for players with ELO until 2199. Swiss System, 7 rounds, ELO rated.
Time control: 60 minutes per game per player + 30 seconds per move starting from the move 1.
Prize fund: 800 EUR. 

Tournament D Weekend Amateur Open ELO Tournament

August 8th – 11th, open for players with ELO until 1899. Swiss System, 7 rounds, ELO rated.
Time control: 60 minutes per game per player + 30 seconds per move starting from the move 1.

Prize fund: 800 EUR.

Tournament E Weekend Amateur Open ELO Tournament

August 9th – 11th, open for players with ELO until 1599. Swiss System, 7 rounds, ELO rated.
Time control: 30 minutes per game per player + 30 seconds per move starting from the move 1.
Prize fund: 800 EUR.

 NEW: Tournament F Opening Blitz Tournament

August 3rd, open for all players. Swiss System, 11 rounds, ELO rated.
Time control: 3 minutes per game per player + 2 seconds per move starting from the move 1.
Prize fund: 1 000 EUR.

NEW: Tournament G Open Rapid Tournament

August 4th, open for all players. Swiss System, 9 rounds, ELO rated.
Time control: 15 minutes per game per player + 5 seconds per move starting from the move 1.
Prize fund: 2 000 EUR.

Tournament H Open Closing Blitz Tournament

August 11th, open for all players. Swiss System, 11 rounds, ELO rated.
Time control: 3 minutes per game per player + 2 seconds per move starting from the move 1.
Prize fund: 1 000 EUR.

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During the festival will be organized such additional events like GM lectures, simuls, excursions etc.

Early entries for the ELO tournaments and accommodation requests should be sent before 15th of July. Special prices for hotels are available till this date as well. More detailed information about schedule, accommodation and registration can be found in the official homepage of the tournament.

Contact information: chess@rtu.lv

Official Regulations of the event




IRISH INTERNATIONAL CHESS OPEN 2019

The Irish International Chess Open 2019, organized by Irish Chess Federation, will take place from 17th-22nd April 2019, in Dublin, Ireland.

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The playing venue of the event will be Gonzaga College SJ. The event will be played in 9 Swiss rounds, with time control 90 minutes+ 30 seconds of an increment, starting from the move one. The registration deadline is 1st of April, and the entry fee is 100 EUR. After the registration deadline, organizer may accept the registration, but will charge the penalty of 25 EUR for late registrations.

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The total prize fund of the event will be 10.000 EUR. Besides the main event, the players would be able to play Blitz and Rapid event. The Blitz Championship will be played in 11 rounds by 3min+2sec time control, and will take place on 19th of April, with prize fund of 750 EUR. The Rapid Championship will take place on 22nd of April, and will be played in 7 rounds, with time control 10 minutes+ 5 seconds of an increment, with a prize fund of 750EUR.

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36 players coming from 15 federations have already registered for the event. Starting list of players is available here.

Besides the Online entries, which are available here, offline entries are also possible to: John McMorrow, 138 Walkinstown Road, Dublin 12, Ireland.

Official Website of the event

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OPEN PORTUGAL 2019

Five rounds have been already played at Portugal Open 2019, which was opened on 2nd of February and will take place until 9th of February at the Sports Complex of Casal Vistoso in Lisbon, Portugal.

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More than 250 players coming from 39 federations participate at the event, among whom are three players rated over 2600: Motylev Alexander (RUS, 2644), Iturrizaga Bonelli Eduardo (VEN, 2640) and Hansen Eric (CAN, 2615), and in total 17 Grandmasters and 17 International masters.

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After five played rounds, eleven players emerged on the top and tie for the first place with score of 4.5 points, each: Xu Xiangyu (CHN, 2565), Hansen Eric (CAN, 2615), Kadric Denis (BIH, 2545), Motylev Alexander (RUS, 2644), Stefansson Hannes (ISL, 2514), David Alberto (ITA, 2560), Petrov Nikita (RUS, 2585), Iturrizaga Bonelli Eduardo (VEN, 2640), Kaasen Tor Fredrik (NOR, 2387), Korley Kassa (DEN, 2426), and Low Zhen Yu Cyrus (SGP, 2377).

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The Portugal Open is  a 9-round Swiss System tournament with time control 90 minutes plus 30 seconds per move starting from the move one. The total prize fund of the event is 10.000 EUR with 2.500 EUR reserved for the Winner of the competition.

The Portuguese Chess Federation,  within the Portugal Open 2018, organises and a 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 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.




ARTEMIEV VLADISLAV WINS GIBRALTAR CHESS FESTIVAL 2019

Young rising chess star Artemiev Vladislav (RUS, 2709), reigning European Blitz Chess Champion, became the Winner of one of the strongest open tournaments, Gibraltar Chess Masters with score of 8.5 points out of 10 played rounds.

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Artemiev had been on the top of the list from the 4th round, but in the round nine and ten maintained the sole leadership with half point ahead of the runner-ups to keep the first place and take a check of 25.000£. The second place went to Karthikeyan Murali (IND, 2570) with score of 8 points, while three players tied for the third place, each with 7.5 points. According to tiebreaks, Vitiugov Nikita (RUS, 2720) came third, Howell David W L (ENG, 2685) was 4th, and Anton Guijarro David (ESP, 2642) ended on the 5th place.

Final Rankings

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The best ranked women player was Chinese Grandmaster Tan Zhongyi (CHN, 2502) who took home 15.000£ prize, scoring 7 points. The second place went to Muzychuk Mariya (UKR, 2540) with 6.5 points and the third place came to reigning Women’s World Chess Champion, Ju Wenjun (CHN, 2575).

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The very strong line-up of this high leveled competition composed: top seeded Vachier Maxime-Lagrave (FRA, 2780), Levon Aronian (ARM, 2767) – the Winner of the previous edition of the event, So Wesley (USA, 2765), Yu Yangyi (CHN, 2764), Nakamura Hikaru (USA, 2749), Navara David (CZE, 2738), Naiditsch Arkadij (AZE, 2734), Vitiugov Nikita (RUS, 2720), Le Quang Liem (VIE, 2714), Ivanchuk Vassily (UKR, 2713), Artemiev Vladislav (RUS, 2709), Mamedov Rauf (AZE, 2703), Adams Michael (ENG, 2701) and Matlakov Maxim (RUS, 2700).

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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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Official Website of the event

Photographs from Official Website




VLADIMIR KRAMNIK ANNOUNCED HIS RETIREMENT AS A PROFESSIONAL CHESS PLAYER

Former World Chess Champion, Vladimir Kramnik (RUS, 2777) announced his retirement after Tata Steel Masters 2019 tournament, where he participated. Kramnik explained that he has already decided to finish his professional chess career a couple of months ago, but announced it publicly after having played his last tournament.

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Tata Steel Masters 2019

Vladimir Kramnik got the title of the Classical World Chess Champion after defeating Garry Kasparov in the Match organised in London in 2000, with result 8.5-6.5 without a lost game in the match. He hold this title in period from 2000 till 2007 when he lost from Anand who dethroned him after the reunification match in 2016.

From 1990 until 2019, Vladimir Kramnik has participated many high leveled professional and elite chess tournaments, and had been a Winner of many of them, such as: World Youth (U18) Chess Championship 1991, PCA Intel Grand Prix 1994, Dortmund (classical) (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2009, 2011)), Tilburg (Classical) 1997, Wijk aan Zee 1998, Linares (2000, 2003, 2004), Tal Memorial (2007, 2009), President’s Cup in Baku (2010), London Chess Classic (2011), Chess World Cup in 2013 etc.

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Besides his individual chess career, Vladimir Kramnik has won three team gold medals with Russian representation on Chess Olympiads and has won three medals for the individual performance on the Olympiads. One on them was gold medal at Turin Olympiad 2006, when Kramnik achieved overall best performance with score of 7 points out of 10 played games.

Kramnik’s contribution for chess was unquestionable. He has significantly shaped opening theory in chess by inventing various ideas in countless number of variations. He revived the Catalan opening, with results with the white pieces against the King’s Indian defense made Kasparov to drop this opening from his repertoire, caused it to disappear from top-level play from many years, and his usage of the Berlin Defence in his match against Kasparov in 2000 led to a massive increase in popularity of this opening.

Kramnik was also the coauthor and author of many chess books, and with his announcement of retirement he pointed intention to focus on projects he was developing during the last months, especially in the field of chess for children and education.

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MAGNUS CARLSEN WINS TATA STEEL CHESS 2019

Reigning World Chess Champion, Magnus Carlsen (NOR, 2835), wins the Tata Steel Chess 2019, repeating his success of the last year, to make the record by Winning the Wimbledon of chess for the 7th time.

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Tata Steel Masters 2019 got the clash of the leaders in the last round, when Magnus Carlsen and Anish Giri (NED, 2783) played for the first place. Carlsen needed a draw in the last round to become the sole Winner of the event, and that is what happened after good defense and slightly better position with black in Sveshnikov variation. Even though Carlsen had opportunity to play for a win, the draw was claimed in the 29th move.

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Magnus Carlsen reached 9 points, without a lost game, and stood on the throne of the event, while the second place went to Anish Giri with score of 8.5 points. Three players tied for the first place, each with score of 7.5 points: Nepomniachtchi Ian (RUS, 2763), Ding Liren (CHN, 2813) and Anand Viswanathan (IND, 2773), but according to additional criteria, Nepomniachtchi ended on the third place.

Final Standings:

1 Carlsen, Magnus 9.0 / 13 2835 2888 55.5 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 ½
2 Giri, Anish 8.5 / 13 2783 2861 51.5 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1
3 Nepomniachtchi, Ian 7.5 / 13 2763 2809 48.75 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 1
4 Ding, Liren 7.5 / 13 2813 2805 47.25 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½
5 Anand, Viswanathan 7.5 / 13 2773 2809 44.25 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1
6 Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi 7.0 / 13 2695 2787 42 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1
7 Radjabov, Teimour 6.5 / 13 2757 2753 43.25 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½
8 Shankland, Samuel 6.5 / 13 2725 2755 40 ½ 0 1 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 1
9 Rapport, Richard 6.5 / 13 2731 2755 38.5 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½
10 Duda, Jan-Krzysztof 5.5 / 13 2738 2697 33.25 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 0 1
11 Fedoseev, Vladimir 5.0 / 13 2724 2668 34.25 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 0 ½ 0 0
12 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 5.0 / 13 2817 2661 31.25 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½
13 Van Foreest, Jorden 4.5 / 13 2612 2654 28 0 ½ 1 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 1 1 ½ 0
14 Kramnik, Vladimir 4.5 / 13 2777 2641 26.75 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 1 ½ 1

Simultaneously with the Masters event, the Challenger got its winner, and a qualified player for the next Tata Steel Masters- Kovalev Vladislav (BLR, 2687) who scored impressive 10 points out of 13 games, without a single lost. Esipenko Andrey (RUS, 2584), Gledura Benjamin (HUN, 2615) and Chigaev Maksim (RUS, 2604) reached the same score of 8.5 points, each, but according to the tiebreaks, Esipenko was second, Gledura ended third, and Chigaev took the 4th place.

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Final Standings-Challengers:

1 Kovalev, Vladislav 10.0 / 13 2687 2783 59 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 1
2 Esipenko, Andrey 8.5 / 13 2584 2690 51.5 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ 1 1 1 1 ½ ½
3 Gledura, Benjamin 8.5 / 13 2615 2687 51.25 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½
4 Chigaev, Maksim 8.5 / 13 2604 2688 48 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 1
5 Korobov, Anton 7.5 / 13 2699 2628 45.25 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1
6 L’Ami, Erwin 7.5 / 13 2643 2632 44.25 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1
7 Bareev, Evgeny 7.0 / 13 2650 2604 41.75 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 0 ½ 1 1 ½ 1
8 Maghsoodloo, Parham 7.0 / 13 2679 2601 37.5 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1
9 Van Foreest, Lucas 6.0 / 13 2502 2557 37 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 0
10 Keymer, Vincent 5.5 / 13 2500 2529 28.75 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1
11 Praggnanandhaa R 5.0 / 13 2539 2496 28.25 ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1
12 Saduakassova, Dinara 3.5 / 13 2472 2413 20.5 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½
13 Paehtz, Elisabeth 3.5 / 13 2477 2413 20 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½
14 Kuipers, Stefan 3.0 / 13 2470 2378 18 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 ½ ½

Besides the main events, Tata Steel Amateur events took place at the same place, which was 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 were competing on the various tournaments of Tata Steel Amateur tour which gave youngsters the chance to develop and improve their skills in a fun environment.

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

Official Website of the event

Photographs from the Official Website and Facebook page




PORTUGUESE CHESS FEDERATION CELEBRATES ITS 92ND ANNIVERSARY

Portuguese Chess Federation Press Release:
FPX opens new premisses on its 92nd anniversary.

The celebration of the 92nd anniversary of the Portuguese Chess Federation (FPX) couldn’t be better. In this historic day, the new premisses of the FPX in Lisbon were opened in a ceremony presided by the Education Minister, Tiago Brandão Rodrigues, who mentioned the importance of chess both as competitive sport as well as a school subject.

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The minister praised the work by the FPX towards the expansion of chess activities, “a unique game, who can unity communities and also help the human development”; “the federation is 92 year young, and will certainly have many 92 year more, because chess is an activity for the ages”.

Thanking the attendence of the minister  and other invited guests, the president of the FPX, Dominic Cross, expressed pride in this new space, which he hopes will “help the sport grow even more”.

The Federation also aquire a new van for transportation.




TATA STEEL CHESS 2019- R8 REPORT

Eight rounds have already been played at the one of the most prestigious international chess festivals, often called Wimbledon of chess. After 8 played rounds, reigning World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen (NOR, 2835) and former World Chess Champion Anand Viswanathan (IND, 2773) tie for the first place with score of 5.5 points, each.

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After safe start, Carlsen and Anand emerged on the top as leaders by winning in the 8th round. Magnus Carlsen overplayed Richard Rapport (HUN, 2731) with white pieces in Sicilian defence, after making a beautiful mate network around his opponent king. On the other side, Anand Viswanathan defeated Mamedyarov Shakhriyar (AZE, 2817) after beautiful rook sacrifice which made Mamedyarov to shake the hands, and resign.

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After the free day, the 9th round of the event will be played today, at 13:30 (local time). All the games of the Master event will be broadcasted live and can be followed through the official website of the event together with a live commentary of the games.

The pairings of the 9th round:

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Shankland, Samuel – Carlsen, Magnus
Radjabov, Teimour – Fedoseev, Vladimir
Giri, Anish – Van Foreest, Jorden
Nepomniachtchi, Ian – Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi
Kramnik, Vladimir – Ding, Liren
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar – Duda, Jan-Krzysztof
Rapport, Richard – Anand, Viswanathan

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Standings after 8 played rounds:

Score Rating TPR SB 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
1 Carlsen, Magnus 5.5 / 8 2835 2883 18.25 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½
2 Anand, Viswanathan 5.5 / 8 2773 2886 18.25 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1
3 Nepomniachtchi, Ian 5.0 / 8 2763 2878 20 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1
4 Ding, Liren 5.0 / 8 2813 2832 19.75 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1
5 Giri, Anish 5.0 / 8 2783 2858 17.75 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1
6 Radjabov, Teimour 4.5 / 8 2757 2788 16.5 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½
7 Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi 4.0 / 8 2695 2748 15.75 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1
8 Duda, Jan-Krzysztof 4.0 / 8 2738 2730 14 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 1
9 Fedoseev, Vladimir 3.5 / 8 2724 2697 15 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 0
10 Shankland, Samuel 3.5 / 8 2725 2695 12.25 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1
11 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 3.0 / 8 2817 2681 11.5 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½
12 Rapport, Richard 3.0 / 8 2731 2686 10.75 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½
13 Van Foreest, Jorden 2.5 / 8 2612 2617 9.75 0 0 0 ½ 0 1 1 0
14 Kramnik, Vladimir 2.0 / 8 2777 2582 8 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½

Official Website of the Championship

Photographs from Official Website