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.