USHENINA MAINTAINS THE LEAD WITH ONE ROUND TO GO

Anna Ushenina maintains the lead before the last round of the European Individual Women’s Chess Championship 2016 in Mamaia.

Vega vs UsheninaIn the 10th round she drew with Sabrina Vega Gutierrez on the top board and kept the half a point lead.

Pogonina vs PaehtzOn the second board Natalija Pogonina drew with Elisabeth Paehtz, while Lilit Mkrtchian defeated Jolanta Zawadzka on the third board.

Mkrtchian vs Zawadzka

Stefanova, Javakhishvili, Bodnaruk and Lazarne made important victories to stay in the fight for the top places.

Daulyte vs Stefanova

Round 10 results

Standings after 10 rounds:

1 Ushenina 8 points

2-4 Paehtz, Vega, Mkrtchian 7.5 points

5-9 Stefanova, Bodnaruk, Pogonina, Lazarne, Javakhishvili 7 points

10-19 Matnadze, Socko, Shvayger, Atalik, Goryachkina, Szczepkowska-Horowska, Hoolt, Styazhkina, Zawadzka, Khurtsidze 6.5 points, etc.

Kuhkhashvili vs Bodnaruk

Round 11 top pairings:

Ushenina vs Mkrtchian, Paehtz vs Vega, Stefanova vs Pogonina, Bodnaruk vs Javakhishvili, Zawadzka vs Lazarne, etc.

Javakhishvili vs Gara

The final decisive round is played on Tuesday 7th June at 1.00 pm (local time).

The ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili announced a moment of silence before the last round of the Championship, in memory of the legendary Grandmaster Viktor Korchnoi, who died yesterday.

Gaponenko vs Lazarne




IN MEMORIAM VIKTOR KORCHNOI

We have been sadly informed that the legendary Grandmaster Viktor Korchnoi passed away on 6th June 2016 at the age of 85.

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Viktor Lvovich Korchnoi was a professional chess player, author and, until recently, the oldest active Grandmaster on the tournament circuit. He is widely considered the strongest player never to have become World Chess Champion.

Korchnoi was born in Leningrad, Soviet Union, and in 1976 he defected to the Netherlands, and has been residing in Switzerland for many years.

Korchnoi played three matches against Anatoly Karpov. In 1974, he lost the Candidates final to Karpov, who was declared world champion in 1975 when Bobby Fischer refused to defend his title. He then won two consecutive Candidates cycles to qualify for World Championship matches with Karpov in 1978 and 1981, losing both.

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Viktor Korchnoi was a candidate for the World Championship on ten occasions (1962, 1968, 1971, 1974, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1988 and 1991). He was also a four-time USSR chess champion, a five-time member of Soviet teams that won the European championship, and a six-time member of Soviet teams that won the Chess Olympiad. In September 2006, he won the World Senior Chess Championship.

In September 2006 Korchnoi won the 16th World Senior Chess Championship, held in Arvier (Valle d’Aosta, Italy). This was the first world title Korchnoi has won and his only participation in a World Senior Chess Championship.

Korchnoi is noted for his unusual longevity at the chessboard. He has been at or near the top of the game for nearly half a century. He continued to play many tournaments every year, playing more than 15 tournaments in 2006. He won the 2005 Quebec Open in Montreal, and in August 2006 at age 75 he won the Banyoles Open in Spain.

He became possibly the oldest player ever to win a national championship, when he won the 2009 Swiss championship at age 78.

His peak rating  reached the highest point of 2695 ELO points in January 1979. On the January 2007 FIDE rating list Korchnoi was ranked number 85 in the world at age 75, by far the oldest player ever to be ranked in the FIDE top 100.

Korchnoi also wrote some notable books, such as King’s Gambit (along with V. G. Zak, 1974), Chess is My Life (1977), Practical Rook Endings (2002), My Best Games Vol 1, 2 and 3 (Games with White, Games with Black, Biography), etc.

The European Chess Union expresses most sincere condolences to Mr. Korchnoi’s family, Swiss Chess Federation and the whole chess community on their loss.

The ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili announced a moment of silence in memory of the late Viktor Korchnoi, tomorrow, before the last round of the European Individual Women’s Chess Championship in Mamaia, and before the 3rd round of the European Senior Chess Championship in Yerevan.




USHENINA KEEPS THE LEAD WITH 5TH CONSECUTIVE WIN

GM Anna Ushenina made her 5th victory in a row at the European Individual Women’s Chess Championship 2016 and maintained the lead with half a point ahead.

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In the 9th round she defeated GM Monika Socko (POL 2469) in a very turbulent game with lot of chamnes from both sides, and entered the very final stage of the Championship as the main favourite for the title.

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We have seen many decisive results on the top boards in the round 9 and it seems that the ladies are fighting with high spirit and going all in!

Paehtz

IM Elisabeth Paehtz of Germany (2489) and IM Sabrina Vega Gutierrez (ESP 2375) made very important victories against IM Inna Gaponenko (UKR 2415) and IM Anastasia Bodnaruk (RUS 2475) respectively, and now tie for the second place with just a half point behind the leader.

Sabrina Vega

Round 9 results

Standings after 9 rounds:

1 Ushenina 7.5 points

2-3 Paehtz and Vega Gutierrez 7

4-6 Mkrtchian, Pogonina and Zawadzka 6.5

7-19 Stefanova, Gaponenko,Matnadze, Socko, Bodnaruk, Kursova,  Khukhashvili, Daulyte, Javakhishvili, Gara, Szczepkowska-Horowska, Styazhkina and Lazarne Vajda 6 points, etc.

Atalik vs Pogonina

Top round 10 pairings:

Vega Gutierrez vs Ushenina, Pogonina vs Paehtz, Mkrtchian vs Zawadzka, Daulyte vs Stefanova, Gara vs Javakhishvili, Khukhashvili vs Bodnaruk, etc.

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Shvayger vs Mkrtchian




R1 REPORT: EUROPEAN SENIOR CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2016

The 16th European Senior Chess Championship 2016 started yesterday, and the first round has already seen several sensations: the top seed in category 50+ GM Rafayel Vaganyan (ARM 2577) made a draw against Mikhail Yachmenev (2164) from Russia, and the biggest upset happened on the 3rd board, where GM Karen Movsziszian (ARM 2488) lost to Yasin Hur (2139) from Turkey.

Round 1

The reigning European Champion GM Zurab Sturua (2545) from Georgia started tournament with a victory over his compatriot WIM Melashvili Nino (2140).

The 1st round of 50+ tournament was also victorious for top female seed WGM Galina Strutinskaya (RUS 2237),

Vaganyan

There were no surprises in 65+: GMs Nona Gaprindashvili (GEO 2299), GM Evgeny Sveshnikov (RUS 2509), GM Evgeni Vasiukov (RUS 2403) and GM Viktor Kupreichik (BLR 2361) outplayed their opponents in perfect style.

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Pairings of round 2:

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Games in PGN are already available 50+  &  65+

More information at http://chessfed.am/en/

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EUROPEAN INDIVIDUAL SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP 2016 STARTED

Opening ceremony of the 16th European Senior Chess Championship was held in Yerevan on June 4. The Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs of the Republic of Armenia Gabriel Ghazaryan, Vice-president of the Armenian Chess Federation Smbat Lputyan, Nona Gaprindashvili and Rafayel Vaganyan were present at the solemn opening ceremony.

In his speech Minister Ghazaryan particularly mentioned “ It is not surprising that Yerevan hosted the participants of European Senior Chess Championship, who will compete in the most intellectual sport. Our chess players have already proved that the Armenia is one of the strongest chess countries in the world. Armenian national chess team became the winner of Chess Olympiad for three times. Armenian Grandmaster and 9th  World Chess Champion Tigran Petrosyan and nowadays talented players whose names I don’t want to mention, in order not to forget anyone, inspire and lead our young players”.

Opening ceremony

In the development of this sport the role of the President of the Republic of Armenia and President of Armenian Chess Federation Serzh Sargsyan is undisputable.  The development of chess is under his control and attention”.

The Championship will be played in two categories: Senior 50+ and Senior 65+. So far, 16 female players are registered in both categories, 8 in each category, but will play in the Open tournaments with separate prizes.

The top seeds in the category Senior 50+ and only two players rated over 2500 are GM Rafael A Vaganian (ARM 2577) and GM Zurab Sturua (GEO 2545), 2014 World Senior Champion and 2015 European Senior Champion in 50+ categories. The top female seed is WGM Galina Strutinskaia (RUS 2237).

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Senior 50+ starting rank list

The top seed in 65+ category is GM Evgeny Sveshnikov (RUS 2509), the only player with 2500+ rating. Female players are led with former World Champion GM Nona Gaprindashvili (GEO 2299).

Senior 65+ starting rank list

The Championship will be played in 9 round according to 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 per move, starting from move one.

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European Individual Senior Chess Championship 2016 LIVE!




ANNA USHENINA TAKES THE LEAD AT EIWCC IN MAMAIA

The 8th round of the European Individual Women’s Chess Championship 2016 was marked by a clash of two former World Champions: Antoaneta Stefanova vs Anna Ushenina. The expectations were high and the battle for the top brought lot of tension.

Stefanova vs Ushenina

Both of the players went all in. Holding White pieces, Stefanova was pressing, but Ushenina was defending well and slowly converted the game into ending with better chances. Finally the Bulgarian resigned in the heavy pieces endgame in move 58.

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This was a big day for the Ukrainian, who made an important victory and opened the way for the fight for title, with three more rounds to go.

Pogonina

Unlike the previous round, the 8th round had 12 decisive results on top 15 boards! The games with peaceful outcome were WGM Natalija Pogonina vsYuliya Shvayger, Lilit Mkrtchian vs Cristina Foisor, and Salome Melia vs Szidonia Vajda.

Socko

Elisabeth Paehtz, Sabrina Vega, Anastasia Bodnaruk, Monika Socko and Inna Gaponenko are still in the game for the medals, scoring victories in the 8th round.

Gaponenko

Round 8 Results

Standings after 8 rounds:

1 Ushenina 6.5 points

2-6 Gaponenko, Bodnaruk, Paehtz, Socko, Vega Gutierrez 6 points

7-17 Foisor, Atalik, Shvayger, Stefanova, Mkrtchian, Daulyte, Pogonina, Khukhashvili, Zawadzka, Javakhishvili and Szczepkowska-Horowska 5.5 points, etc.

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Top round 9 pairings:

Ushenina vs Socko, Paehtz vs Gaponenko, Bodnaruk vs Vega, Szczepkowska-Horowska vs Stefanova, Javakhishvili vs Daulyte, etc.

Official Website

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EUROPEAN SENIOR CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP STARTS TOMORROW

The 16th European Senior Chess Championship 2016 begins tomorrow in Yerevan, Armenia in Chess House after Tigran Petrosian.

The Championship will be played in two categories: Senior 50+ and Senior 65+. So far, 16 female players are registered in both categories, 8 in each category, but will play in the Open tournaments with separate prizes.

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The top seeds in the category Senior 50+ and only two players rated over 2500 are GM Rafael A Vaganian (ARM 2577) and GM Zurab Sturua (GEO 2545), 2014 World Senior Champion and 2015 European Senior Champion in 50+ categories. The top female seed is WGM Galina Strutinskaia (RUS 2237).

Senior 50+ starting rank list

The top seed in 65+ category is GM Evgeny Sveshnikov (RUS 2509), the only player with 2500+ rating. Female players are led with former World Champion GM Nona Gaprindashvili (GEO 2299).

Senior 65+ starting rank list

The Championship will be played in 9 round according to 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 per move, starting from move one.

Total prize fund is 10.000 EUR, and the first prizes are 1.000 EUR (Open sections) and 650 EUR (Women sections).

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USENINA JOINS STEFANOVA IN THE LEAD AT EIWCC 2016

Former Women’s World Champion GM Anna Ushenina (UKR 2450) defeated IM Ekatarina Atalik (TUR 2408) in one of the top encounters of round 7 and joined Antoaneta Stefanova in the lead.

Atalik vs Ushenina

The 7th round of the 17th European Individual Women’s Chess Championship 2016 in Mamaia didn’t bring many surprises and deciseive results on the top boards. We are in the final stage of the tournament and the leaders are trying to stay focused and risk free.

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The leader of the event GM Antoaneta Stefanova (BUL 2507) made a peaceful draw with IM Elisabeth Paehtz (GET 2489) in 26 moves, while the WGM Aleksandra Goryachkina (RUS 2485), IM Inna Gaponenko (UKR 2415), WIM Yuliya Shvayger (ISR 2415) and GM Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant (SCO 2364) also drew with WFM Iulija Osmak (UKR 2345), IM Anastasia Bodnaruk (RUS 2475), GM Monica Socko (POL 2469) and Im Lilit Mkrtchian (ARM 2434) respectively.

Paehtz vs Stefanova

WGM Natalija Pogonina (RUS 2490) made an important victory against 22-year old FM Marina Brunello (ITA 2336) which brought her the runner-up position.

Pogonina vs Brunello

IM Anita Gara (HUN 2345) defeated IM Marina Nechaeva (RUS 2416), while the top Romanian seed IM Corina Peptan (ROU 2402) defeated IM Ana Matnadze (ESP 2332). IM Sabrina Vega Gutierrez (ESP 2375) was better than WGM Sarah Hoolt (GER 2312), and IM Cristina-Adela Foisor (ROU 2322) defeated IM Maia Lomineishvili (GEO 2367). These four players also bounced to the tie of the third place.

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Roun 7 Results

Standings after 7 rounds:

1-2 Stefanova and Ushenina 5.5 points

3-16 Gaponenko, Arakhamia-Grant, Goryachkina, Shvayger, Foisor, Socko, Paezth, Bodnaruk, Mkrtchian, Pogonina, Osmak, Gara, Vega Gutierrez and Peptan 5 points, etc.

Shvayger vs Socko

Top pairings of the 8th round:

Stefanova vs Ushenina, Pogonina vs Shvayger, Peptan vs Paehtz, Vega Gutierrez vs Goryachkina, Osmak vs Bodnaruk, Socko vs Arakhamia-Grant, Mkrtchian vs Foisor, Gara vs Gaponenko, etc.

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Gaponenko vs Bodnaruk

Goryachkina vs Osmak

Arakhamia-Grant vs Mkrtchian




ANTOANETA STEFANOVA GRABS THE LEAD AT EIWCC 2016

The top seed of the European Individual Women’s Chess Championship 2016 GM Antoaneta Stefanova (BUL 2507) defetared the leading WIM Yuliya Shvayger (ISR 2415) and took the lead.

The ex World Champion emerged as leader before the rest day and will face IM Elisabeth Paehtz (GER 2489) in the 7th round.

The rest of the players in the group with 4 points drew their games, so now we have 12 players with half a point behind Stefanova.

Results

Stendings after round 6:

1 Stefanova 5 points

2-13 Gaponenko, Arakhamia-Grant, Shvayger, Goryachkina, Atalik, Ushenina, Socko, Paezth, Mkrtchian, Bodnaruk, Brunello and Osmak 4.5 points, etc.

The 7th round is on schedule tomorrow, Friday 3rd May at 3.00 pm (local time) with the following top pairings:

Paehtz vs Stefanova, Gryachkina vs Osmak, Gaponenko vs Bodnaruk, Shvayger vs Socko, Atalik vs Ushenina, Arakhamia-Grant vs Mrktchian, Pogonina vs Brunello, etc.

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