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Peter Svidler to play in Tata Steel Masters

Chessdom - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 19:32

Multiple Russian champion Peter Svidler is the 13th participant in the Tata Steel Masters group of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament.

Born in Leningrad in 1976, Svidler has been among the world’s best chess players for years. He currently ranks 12th on the world list, with a rating of 2763. His highest ranking ever was fourth in 2004.

The 80th edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament will take place in Wijk aan Zee from 12-28 January 2018.

As part of Tata Steel Chess On Tour the Tata Steel Masters will play a round in Beeld en Geluid in Hilversum on Wednesday 17 January and a round in the Academiegebouw of Groningen University on Wednesday 24 January.

Peter Svidler

It has been a while since Svidler played in Wijk aan Zee. That was in 2007, the year in which Aronian, Topalov and Radjabov won the tournament. During that edition Svidler beat then 16-year-old Magnus Carlsen, who debuted in the top group that year. Svidler also participated in 1999, 2004 and 2005.

Svidler has been active as commentator at large tournaments for several years now, attracting a huge following with his humour, chess strength and sonorous voice. However, he has never given up playing chess himself, to which his continuous high ranking is testament.

On 1 December the field of participants of the Tata Steel Masters will be complete. The 14th grandmaster will be the highest ranked player in the ACP Competition with a rating under 2750 on 1 December.

For information about the Tata Steel Chess Tournament visit www.tatasteelchess.com.

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Έφυγε ο Γιάννης Σταματόπουλος

Skakistiko - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 13:59

Μετά από μακρά ασθένεια που τον ταλαιπώρησε, έφυγε σήμερα από τη ζωή σε ηλικία 70 ετών ο ομοσπονδιακός μετρ Γιάννης Σταματόπουλος.
Τα βιογραφικά του στοιχεία θα γραφτούν στη συνέχεια, από όλους όσους τον γνωρίσαμε και τον αγαπήσαμε. Και δεν είναι λίγοι, όλη η σκακιστική Ελλάδα τον ήξερε και τον σεβόταν απεριόριστα, χωρίς καθόλου απόσταση, διότι ήξερε να την αίρει ο ίδιος, δεν του χρειαζόταν.
Παθιασμένος εργάτης του σκακιού και ισχυρός παίκτης ο ίδιος, μεγάλωσε γενιές σκακιστών προπονητικά, συχνά χωρίς ανταλλάγματα για την σκληρή δουλειά του, πάντα με ανθρώπινη καλωσύνη στους μαθητές του και έρωτα για το παιχνίδι. Και για αυτό πιο συχνά ακούς από νεώτερους το τιμητικό “ο δάσκαλος” παρά ο Γιάννης. Και να κρατούν σαν πολύτιμο εργαλείο τις θεωρητικές του σημειώσεις. Αυθεντικά ευγενής και αξιοπρεπής άνθρωπος, προερχόμενος από μια εποχή που στον αθλητισμό και το σκάκι η ευγένεια ήταν η πρώτη αξία, δεν δυσαρέστησε ποτέ κανέναν με άδικο φέρσιμο, ήταν πάντα άψογος.
Θα λείψει πολύ, πάρα πολύ.
Η κηδεία του θα γίνει αύριο Τρίτη, 2 μ.μ., στο νεκροταφείο Χαλανδρίου, στην γειτονιά που μεγάλωσε και που βρισκόταν το πατρικό του σπίτι, μια μονοκατοικία με ορθάνοιχτες πόρτες και ζήτημα αν βρίσκεται κανείς που δεν έχει πάει παλιά, να πάρει σημειώσεις, φωτοτυπίες, βιβλία και ανθρώπινη επαφή.

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Komodo – Houdini is the Superfinal of TCEC Season 10

Chessdom - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 03:22

Komodo and Houdini are the two finalists in this years edition of the premier event for computer chess – the Top Chess Engine Championship. The two engines finished top of the table at the Candidates stage with equal score 18,5/28, half a point ahead of Stockfish.

Standings and games of TCEC Candidates stage

The Superfinal Komodo – Houdini will be a 100 games match which starts this Monday 20th November at around 20:00 CET. Follow the Superfinal games with analysis at the official site

First time in history

This is the first direct 100 games match between Komodo and Houdini in TCEC history. Before that we have seen Rybka – Houdini (twice), Stockfish – Houdini (three times), and Komodo – Stockfish (four times). In total Houdini has five Superfinals and Komodo has four.

There is absolute equality in the titles won. Houdini and Komodo have three titles each. This makes the Komodo – Houdini match a direct encounter for the lead in TCEC titles total count.

The Komodo – Houdini games in Season 10 so far

Houdini and Komodo played one game in Stage 1 and four games in Stage 2. Although the score is equal 2,5-2,5 , we saw two decisive games, large disbalances on the board and multiple brilliancies.

Replay the games with analysis:

Houdini – Komodo (English: King’s, 2.g3 c6 3.d4) 1/2-1/2

Houdini – Komodo (Queen’s Indian: Petrosian, 6.cxd5 Nxd5 7.e3 g6) 1/2-1/2
Komodo – Houdini (Queen’s Indian: Petrosian, 6.cxd5 Nxd5 7.e3 g6) 1-0

Houdini – Komodo (Spanish: Closed, Averbakh, 7.c3 O-O 8.h3) 1-0
Komodo – Houdini (Spanish: Closed, Zaitsev, 12.Bc2) 1/2-1/2

Record breaking viewership

TCEC Season 10 is now the most viewed computer chess event in history. For the last 24 hours of the event a total of 15 000 unique IPs visited the official website, with which the number of viewers of the event since the start a month ago crossed the 400 000 mark.

During the last days of the qualifications the Twitch video broadcast accounted for ~1800 simultaneous viewers. At the same time a similar number were on mobile phones, making the peak users online at any given moment at ~4000 people. On average they posted ~15 000 messages per day in the ever lively chat and discussion on the official website.

It is a tradition that Superfinals register much higher numbers than qualification stages. Komodo and Houdini have the chance to play the most popular engine vs engine match ever.

Expectations for the Superfinal

During Stage 2 of TCEC, Komodo and Houdini exchanged blows and finished equal on top of the table with 18,5/28. For the Superfinal both engines will play with new versions, looking for every small detail that can give them advantage in a direct 100 games match. With the balance on the board so far, we can expect yet another closely contested race.

Official website / Twitch TV channel / Replay games / Season 11 press release

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Kings Island Open 2017

Chessdom - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 18:29

The 26th annual Kings Island Open was held from 10-12th November at the Embassy Suites Cincinnati Northeast in Blue Ash, Ohio, USA.

The event had 7 sections: Open, Under 2100, Under 1900, Under 1700, Under 1500, Under 1250 and Under 1000. All sections were played over five rounds of Swiss system, with the time control 40/110, SD/30, d10.

The FIDE rated Open section had 61 participants. Six players shared the first place on 4,0/5 points to earn 840 USD each.

Open section final standings:
1-6. GM Fidel Corrales Jimenez 2585 MO, GM Elshan Moradiabadi 2592 NC, GM Alexander Shabalov 2619 PA, Mika A Brattain 2516 OH, William J Sedlar 2373 OH and Joshua Gerald Posthuma 2309 MI – 4.0
7-15. FM Ben Li 2426 MI, Gopal Menon 2351 IL, Scott L Ramer 2317 OH, FM Maggie Feng 2353 OH, FM Aristo S Liu 2235 OH, FM Mauro Ampie 2436 IL, Mark Eidemiller 2292 PA, Vincent J Baker 2265 OH and Forest Chen 2238 TN – 3.5

The total prize fund was $30,000, based on 350 paid entries, with $21,000 minimum guaranteed.

Embassy Suites Cincinnati Northeast

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Palma de Mallorca Grand Prix - Round 4

FIDE - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 09:51



Round 4: Aronian emerged sole leader in the Palma de Mallorca Grand Prix.



Javier Ochoa, Honorary FIDE Vice President and President of the Spanish Chess Federation made the first symbolic move to start the fourth round, which turned to be the most exciting round so far, with six decisive games out of nine.



Levon Aronian outplayed Anish Giri and became the sole leader of the tournament with 3 points. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Peter Svidler drew their game and share the second place together with Hikaru Nakamura, Pentala Harikrishna, Ding Liren and Dmitry Jakovenko, who won their games and moved to a plus one score.

According to Levon Aronian, his opponent had to exchange queens in the opening to stop White’s ambitions in creating an attack on the King’s side. It turned out Anish Giri was not in time to bring back the knight from a5 into the game while White prepared his pieces and got ready to break through.



Intuition told the Armenian Grandmaster that the knight sacrifice should be correct and he made this decision rather quickly. Anish Giri could have put more resistance after 24.Rg4 but most probably missed 27.d6 in the line which happened in the game.




Hikaru Nakamura was not sure that after spectacular 20.Qd6 his position is better but kept on trying to create some play on the Queen’s side. “Psychologically it was very hard for him," explained Nakamura. After few innacurate moves, Teimour Rajabov, who tries to qualify for the Candidates, ended up in a lost position.



Jon Ludvig Hammer decided to play in a creative style against one of the most creative chess players Richard Rapport. After 11...g5 12.Bd3 gf the Norwegian Grandmaster reached his goal as the position on the board became complicated. “Maybe it was not the best idea but I thought it looked interesting...I defended worse than Richard attacked”, said Jon Ludvig Hammer after the game.



Ding Liren, who was trying to find his feet after St.Louis, eventually won his first game in the tournament. The Chinese Grandmaster was glad to find such critical moves as 16...g5 and especially 18...Rg7 which took him more than 40 minutes of thinking. His opponent Ernesto Inarkiev could not cope with all threats and after 19. Nf3 his position became lost.



Pentala Harikrishna created a fatal attack on the King’s side and defeated Francisco Vallejo Pons.



In the longest game of the round Dmitry Jakovenko defeated Pavel Eljanov in the rook endgame after almost 7 hours of play. Pavel sacrificed a pawn in the opening but could not prove there was enough compensation.

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Round 3: MVL misses victory against Aronian, Peter Svidler and Francisco Vallejo Pons score.


In the third round of the Palma de Mallorca Grand Prix, games between the four leaders Vachier-Lagrave – Aronian, Rajabov-Giri finished in a draw. Peter Svidler joined the group of leaders by beating Jon-Ludvig Hammer in the third round.



Many spectators have gathered in the playing hall today to watch the games and see their favourite chess players. It was clear that many of them came today to support their local hero Francisco Vallejo Pons. The Spanish Grandmaster paid them back for six hours wait by winning his first game in the Grand Prix Series.



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave came close to defeating Levon Aronian, but missed his chance to “pay back” his opponent for elimination from the semifinal of the World Cup. At the post-game interview, the French Grandmaster was sure he had an advantage and was blaming himself for exchanging queens. He underestimated Aronian’s counterplay in the centre, which turned out to be enough to keep the balance in the game.



Jon-Ludvig Hammer spend almost half an hour on his move 16.Nf5 and, as it often happens when players think for too long, chose not the best continuation. After 16...Bf5 17.ef d5 Peter Svidler got an obvious advantage. The Russian Grandmaster still had to show a precise way to win the game and among other decisions was happy to find 34...Ng4 (instead of tempting 34...e1Q), which prevents White’s conterplay on the King’s side.



The game finished with checkmate on the board, a rare guest in top-level events.



The longest game of round 3 Rapport-Li Chao finished in a draw. The Hungarian Grandmaster was pressing his opponent but Li Chao held the ground with black pieces.



The first symbolic move was made by Carles Vich, President of the Balearic Chess Federation.

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Round 2: Four players share lead after the second round of the Palma de Mallorca Grand Prix.


Teimour Rajabov and Levon Aronian scored their first victories in the tournament and tie for the first place with Anish Giri and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, who drew their game today.



Paula Guinard, the Island Tourism Manager, made the first symbolic move in the game Giri - Vachier-Lagrave. This encounter turned out to be a very interesting theoretical battle in Najdorf, Poisoned Pawn Variation. After an exchange sacrifice, Anish Giri got a very promising position but failed to find the precise way to increase his advantage. In the post-game interview Giri noted that 26.h5 was not the right decision as after 26...Qc4, 27...Qc8 queens were exchanged and MVL had nothing to worry about.



After a quiet draw in the first round Teimour Rajabov got a chance to play his favorite King’s Indian Defence against Francisco Vallejo Pons. According to Rajabov, he declined a draw offer in the middle game because he already liked Black's position and his tournament situation required him to play. The Azerbaijani Grandmaster sacrificed a pawn in order to solve a problem of dark-square bishop and suddenly all his pieces became active. It seems Paco was not happy with his position when he chose to play 29.Nf2 and 30.e5 but after Black’s precise response his position became hopeless.



A long theoretical line led to the spectacular position where Levon Aronian had more knowledge than Ernesto Inarkiev. The Russian Grandmaster was obviously surprised by 16.Nd5 followed by 17.b4 and spent almost an hour over the board on 17...Qa6. According to Aronian, he had not analyzed this move before so he tried to use his intuition to find the right choices afterwards. The Armenian Grandmaster was sure that after 25.g4 White’s position should be better as Black has no resources to continue his attack.

All other games finished in a draw.

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Round 1: Three decisive games in the first round of the Palma de Mallorca Grand Prix.

The 2017 FIDE World Chess Grand Prix series continued with the fourth and final tournament, which is taking place in Palma de Mallorca, from 16th to 25th of November.

The tournament is being held in the Hotel Iberostar Bahia de Palma, set right on the beach. In the post-game interviews many players were satisfied with the great location of the tournament and warm weather.



The first symbolic move in the game Jakovenko-Aronian was made by Rodrigo Moscardó, General Manager of the Iberostar Spain and the Mediterranean, in the presence of Javier Ochoa, FIDE Honorary Vice President and President of the Spanish Chess Federation, players and honorary guests.



Teimour Rajabov and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave are the only players who take part in the last stage and keep chances to qualify for the Candidates Tournament. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Alexander Grischuk are leading in the Grand Prix Series but have already finished their tournaments.



In the first round Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Ernesto Inarkiev and Anish Giri outplayed their opponents, while 6 other games finished in a draw. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave showed better preparation in the opening against Boris Gelfand, where the two players resumed their theoretical battle in the Accelerated Dragon from the Moscow Grand Prix, and was satisfied with his position. He could not point out where things went wrong for the Israeli player and was not sure if it was the right idea for him to enter this line at all.



Alexander Riazantsev comfortably equalized with Black pieces against Teimour Rajabov and the players agreed for a draw after 2 hours of play.



Ernesto Inarkiev played a game full of prophylactic moves against Li Chao. The Russian player was enjoying a slightly better position and was trying not let his opponent to get any activity. This strategy worked out well for him, as the Chinese player still tried to break through by playing 19...c5 but this attempt failed. According to Inarkiev, after 20.Bc5 Black has no Be5 because of 21. de Rd1 22.Rd1 Qc5 23.Rd8 Kg7 24. Qb5! After 20...f6 Black’s position was lost.



In the longest game of the day, Anish Giri won against Richard Rapport. The Dutch Grandmaster was not sure about his decision to castle long. It turned out that after unexpected 14...b5 white was in trouble. Surprisingly, a few moves after this Anish was more optimistic about his position and declined the draw offer of his opponent. Later on, Richard Rapport made few errors and went for a dubious sacrifice that was proven wrong in the game.

The local hero Francisco Vallejo Pons showed an interesting idea in the opening with 3...b5 against Ding Liren and after 8...Bd5 Black got a comfortable position. After most of the pieces were traded, the game finished in a draw.

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The final stage of the FIDE Grand Prix Series 2017 opens in Palma de Mallorca

The world’s best chess players and chess establishment came together in Bellver Castle to celebrate the opening of the final leg of the FIDE Grand Prix Palma de Mallorca.

Palma de Mallorca is now looking forward to 9 days of intense chess battles, which will finally determine the two winners of the series – participants of the FIDE Candidates tournament.



The Opening Ceremony was held at the landmark hilltop Bellver Castle, former residence for the Kings of Mallorca built in the 14th century in a Gothic style. At the castle’s unique circular yard guests had a good opportunity to mingle with each other and enjoy modern Spanish guitar music.



Javier Ochoa, Honorary FIDE Vice President and President of the Spanish Chess Federation, thanked FIDE for the opportunity to host the tournament and welcomed the participants. “Spain is a country with a great Chess tradition and a thousand-year long history of playing chess,” he added.

Sebastia Nadal, President of the Winter Chess: “It is very rewarding to know that one of the best Spanish chess players of our time, Francisco Vallejo Pons, who was born and who resides here in our islands, could take part in this cycle of the World Chess.”



In the drawing of colours, the top player of the tournament Levon Aronian chose black pieces for the first round. The pairings for the first round are the following:

Dmitry Jakovenko – Levon Aronian
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave – Boris Gelfand
Pavel Eljanov – Hikaru Nakamura
Ding Liren – Francisco Vallejo Pons
Evgeny Tomashevsky – Peter Svidler
Anish Giri – Richard Rapport
Ernesto Inarkiev – Li Chao
Teimour Radjabov – Alexander Riazantsev
Jon Ludvig Hammer – Harikrishna Pentala

The Palma Grand Prix is supported by Official Partner EG Capital Advisors, an international asset management company, Kaspersky Lab, World Chess and FIDE Official Cybersecurity Partner, S.T. Dupont, Official Writing Instrument, and Isklar, Official Water.



First round starts tomorrow at Hotel Iberostar Bahia de Palma.

Opening Ceremony Photo Gallery

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London Chess Conference 2017

Chessdom - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 00:39

The fifth edition of the London Chess Conference will be held on 2-3rd December at the London Hilton Kensington Olympia.

It coincides with the London Chess Classic tournament when the world’s top players descend on London to battle for supremacy.

The theme of the conference this year is Scholastic Chess i.e. using chess for educational purposes.

Keynote presentations on the themes of:
- What is Scholastic Chess.
- Chess and Intelligence
- A Centre for Chess Education Research

Workshops planning on:
- Chess and Primary School Mathematics,
- Evaluating Chess Education Projects,
- Settings Standards in Chess Education and
- Quality and Certification of Teacher Training.

Confirmed experts in various aspects of chess education include William Bart (University of Minnesota), Agnieszka Bron (Stockholm University), Fernand Gobet (University Liverpool), Jesper Hall (ECU Education Commission), Jakob Rathlev (Dansk Skoleskak) and Jorge Nuno Silva (University of Lisbon).

The London Chess Conference remains the world’s foremost meeting point for co-operation, the exchange of ideas and networking with like-minded people. Ancilliary events include the first meeting of the Academic Advisory Board of the ECU some of who will share their research wisdom. Also taking place will be the kick-off meeting of the CHAMPS Erasmus Plus project.

The CHAMPS (Chess and Mathematics in Primary Schools) Project is a new educational research and development project funded by Erasmus Plus led by a strategic partnership between educationists from the UK, Portugal, Spain, Slovakia and Hungary. The results of the project will be presented at the 2018 Conference.

The event is sponsored by Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC) and the European Chess Union (ECU). Erasmus Plus contributed towards CHAMPS project members attending the conference.

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Palma de Mallorca Grand Prix - Round 3

FIDE - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 09:51



Round 3: MVL misses victory against Aronian, Peter Svidler and Francisco Vallejo Pons score.


In the third round of the Palma de Mallorca Grand Prix, games between the four leaders Vachier-Lagrave – Aronian, Rajabov-Giri finished in a draw. Peter Svidler joined the group of leaders by beating Jon-Ludvig Hammer in the third round.



Many spectators have gathered in the playing hall today to watch the games and see their favourite chess players. It was clear that many of them came today to support their local hero Francisco Vallejo Pons. The Spanish Grandmaster paid them back for six hours wait by winning his first game in the Grand Prix Series.



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave came close to defeating Levon Aronian, but missed his chance to “pay back” his opponent for elimination from the semifinal of the World Cup. At the post-game interview, the French Grandmaster was sure he had an advantage and was blaming himself for exchanging queens. He underestimated Aronian’s counterplay in the centre, which turned out to be enough to keep the balance in the game.



Jon-Ludvig Hammer spend almost half an hour on his move 16.Nf5 and, as it often happens when players think for too long, chose not the best continuation. After 16...Bf5 17.ef d5 Peter Svidler got an obvious advantage. The Russian Grandmaster still had to show a precise way to win the game and among other decisions was happy to find 34...Ng4 (instead of tempting 34...e1Q), which prevents White’s conterplay on the King’s side.



The game finished with checkmate on the board, a rare guest in top-level events.



The longest game of round 3 Rapport-Li Chao finished in a draw. The Hungarian Grandmaster was pressing his opponent but Li Chao held the ground with black pieces.



The first symbolic move was made by Carles Vich, President of the Balearic Chess Federation.

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Round 2: Four players share lead after the second round of the Palma de Mallorca Grand Prix.


Teimour Rajabov and Levon Aronian scored their first victories in the tournament and tie for the first place with Anish Giri and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, who drew their game today.



Paula Guinard, the Island Tourism Manager, made the first symbolic move in the game Giri - Vachier-Lagrave. This encounter turned out to be a very interesting theoretical battle in Najdorf, Poisoned Pawn Variation. After an exchange sacrifice, Anish Giri got a very promising position but failed to find the precise way to increase his advantage. In the post-game interview Giri noted that 26.h5 was not the right decision as after 26...Qc4, 27...Qc8 queens were exchanged and MVL had nothing to worry about.



After a quiet draw in the first round Teimour Rajabov got a chance to play his favorite King’s Indian Defence against Francisco Vallejo Pons. According to Rajabov, he declined a draw offer in the middle game because he already liked Black's position and his tournament situation required him to play. The Azerbaijani Grandmaster sacrificed a pawn in order to solve a problem of dark-square bishop and suddenly all his pieces became active. It seems Paco was not happy with his position when he chose to play 29.Nf2 and 30.e5 but after Black’s precise response his position became hopeless.



A long theoretical line led to the spectacular position where Levon Aronian had more knowledge than Ernesto Inarkiev. The Russian Grandmaster was obviously surprised by 16.Nd5 followed by 17.b4 and spent almost an hour over the board on 17...Qa6. According to Aronian, he had not analyzed this move before so he tried to use his intuition to find the right choices afterwards. The Armenian Grandmaster was sure that after 25.g4 White’s position should be better as Black has no resources to continue his attack.

All other games finished in a draw.

Official website worldchess.com/gp2017

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Round 1: Three decisive games in the first round of the Palma de Mallorca Grand Prix.

The 2017 FIDE World Chess Grand Prix series continued with the fourth and final tournament, which is taking place in Palma de Mallorca, from 16th to 25th of November.

The tournament is being held in the Hotel Iberostar Bahia de Palma, set right on the beach. In the post-game interviews many players were satisfied with the great location of the tournament and warm weather.



The first symbolic move in the game Jakovenko-Aronian was made by Rodrigo Moscardó, General Manager of the Iberostar Spain and the Mediterranean, in the presence of Javier Ochoa, FIDE Honorary Vice President and President of the Spanish Chess Federation, players and honorary guests.



Teimour Rajabov and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave are the only players who take part in the last stage and keep chances to qualify for the Candidates Tournament. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Alexander Grischuk are leading in the Grand Prix Series but have already finished their tournaments.



In the first round Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Ernesto Inarkiev and Anish Giri outplayed their opponents, while 6 other games finished in a draw. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave showed better preparation in the opening against Boris Gelfand, where the two players resumed their theoretical battle in the Accelerated Dragon from the Moscow Grand Prix, and was satisfied with his position. He could not point out where things went wrong for the Israeli player and was not sure if it was the right idea for him to enter this line at all.



Alexander Riazantsev comfortably equalized with Black pieces against Teimour Rajabov and the players agreed for a draw after 2 hours of play.



Ernesto Inarkiev played a game full of prophylactic moves against Li Chao. The Russian player was enjoying a slightly better position and was trying not let his opponent to get any activity. This strategy worked out well for him, as the Chinese player still tried to break through by playing 19...c5 but this attempt failed. According to Inarkiev, after 20.Bc5 Black has no Be5 because of 21. de Rd1 22.Rd1 Qc5 23.Rd8 Kg7 24. Qb5! After 20...f6 Black’s position was lost.



In the longest game of the day, Anish Giri won against Richard Rapport. The Dutch Grandmaster was not sure about his decision to castle long. It turned out that after unexpected 14...b5 white was in trouble. Surprisingly, a few moves after this Anish was more optimistic about his position and declined the draw offer of his opponent. Later on, Richard Rapport made few errors and went for a dubious sacrifice that was proven wrong in the game.

The local hero Francisco Vallejo Pons showed an interesting idea in the opening with 3...b5 against Ding Liren and after 8...Bd5 Black got a comfortable position. After most of the pieces were traded, the game finished in a draw.

Official website worldchess.com/gp2017

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The final stage of the FIDE Grand Prix Series 2017 opens in Palma de Mallorca

The world’s best chess players and chess establishment came together in Bellver Castle to celebrate the opening of the final leg of the FIDE Grand Prix Palma de Mallorca.

Palma de Mallorca is now looking forward to 9 days of intense chess battles, which will finally determine the two winners of the series – participants of the FIDE Candidates tournament.



The Opening Ceremony was held at the landmark hilltop Bellver Castle, former residence for the Kings of Mallorca built in the 14th century in a Gothic style. At the castle’s unique circular yard guests had a good opportunity to mingle with each other and enjoy modern Spanish guitar music.



Javier Ochoa, Honorary FIDE Vice President and President of the Spanish Chess Federation, thanked FIDE for the opportunity to host the tournament and welcomed the participants. “Spain is a country with a great Chess tradition and a thousand-year long history of playing chess,” he added.

Sebastia Nadal, President of the Winter Chess: “It is very rewarding to know that one of the best Spanish chess players of our time, Francisco Vallejo Pons, who was born and who resides here in our islands, could take part in this cycle of the World Chess.”



In the drawing of colours, the top player of the tournament Levon Aronian chose black pieces for the first round. The pairings for the first round are the following:

Dmitry Jakovenko – Levon Aronian
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave – Boris Gelfand
Pavel Eljanov – Hikaru Nakamura
Ding Liren – Francisco Vallejo Pons
Evgeny Tomashevsky – Peter Svidler
Anish Giri – Richard Rapport
Ernesto Inarkiev – Li Chao
Teimour Radjabov – Alexander Riazantsev
Jon Ludvig Hammer – Harikrishna Pentala

The Palma Grand Prix is supported by Official Partner EG Capital Advisors, an international asset management company, Kaspersky Lab, World Chess and FIDE Official Cybersecurity Partner, S.T. Dupont, Official Writing Instrument, and Isklar, Official Water.



First round starts tomorrow at Hotel Iberostar Bahia de Palma.

Opening Ceremony Photo Gallery

Official website worldchess.com/gp2017

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2017 UTD Fall FIDE Open LIVE!

Chessdom - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 23:37

2017 UTD Fall FIDE Open will take place November 17 – 22 at the The Embassy Suites Dallas – Park Central.

Opened to around 50 players, any GM/IM/FM/WGM/WIM/WFM or FIDE rated player rated 2000 or USCF rated player or 2200. To improve Norm chances, a maximum of one-third of the total field will be permitted to be U2200 FIDE. Top participants in the event include GM Anton Kovalyov, GM Jeffrey Xiong, GM Samuel Sevian, GM Timur Gareyev, GM Li Ruifeng, IM Sergei Matsenko, GM Bartlomiej Macieja, GM Eugene Perelshteyn, IM Ider Borya, IM William Michael Brown, GM Denis Kadric, GM Popilski Gil, GM Razvan Preotu, IM Evgeny Shtembuliak, etc.

Live games with analysis will be daily on Chessdom with the TCEC participants Komodo, Houdini, and Stockfish.

Official website

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Ένα άρθρο του 1969

Skakistiko - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 12:37


Ο Μπόρις Σπάσκι μαζί με τον προπονητή του, τον γκρανμέτρ και ψυχίατρο Νικολάι Κρόγκιους, αφοσιωμένο κομματικό της εποχής ο οποίος ζει πλέον σε προχωρημένη ηλικία στις Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες.

Λίγα αποσπάσματα από άρθρο του Γιεβγκένι Μπεμπτσούκ που δημοσιεύτηκε στο Soviet Life (αγγλική έκδοση) που επικεντρώνονται στον χαρακτήρα του Μπόρις Σπάσκι. Δεν επρόκειτο για σκακιστικό περιοδικό, αλλά δημοσίευε κατά καιρούς άρθρα γενικότερου σκακιστικού ενδιαφέροντος. Νομίζω κυκλοφορεί ακόμα με το όνομα Russian Life. Δεν είχα χρόνο να μεταφράσω ολόκληρο το άρθρο, αλλά μπορείτε να το διαβάσετε στα αγγλικά ΕΔΩ  (το σκανάρισμα από Sonja). Περιέχει και μια αναλυμένη παρτίδα του Σπάσκι. Γράφτηκε αμέσως μετά το ματς Σπάσκι – Γκέλερ, το 1969.

“Πέταξα για το Σουχούμι την ημέρα που τελείωσαν τα πάντα. Ο Σπάσκι κέρδισε ενώ έμεναν κάμποσοι γύροι να παιχτούν. Βρήκα τον Έφιμ Γκέλερ στην παραλία αργά το απόγευμα, δεν έδειχνε καθόλου χαρούμενος. Δίστασα λιγάκι πριν τον πλησιάσω. Ήμασταν καλοί φίλοι και υπήρξαμε συμπαίκτες στη σκακιστική ομάδα των Σοβιετικών Ενόπλων Δυνάμεων. Ο γκρανμέτρ από την Οδησσό υπήρξε αρχηγός της ομάδας για αρκετά χρόνια.
Καπνίσαμε μαζί κοιτάζοντας τη θάλασσα. Η σιωπή έσπασε από το τρίτο μέλος της παρέας, τον Ουκρανό μετρ Γιούρι Σαχάροφ, αναλυτή του Γκέλερ, ο οποίος απάντησε στην ερώτηση που δεν είχα κάνει:
“Απορείς που το ματς τέλειωσε τόσο γρήγορα. Η αλήθεια είναι πως χάσαμε πριν ξεκινήσει το ματς. Χάσαμε στο μπακάλικο”
“Τι εννοείς;”
“Προσπαθούσα να μεταδώσω στον Γκέλερ επιθετικό και ανταγωνιστικό πνεύμα για το ματς. Αλλά όλες οι προσπάθειές μου πήγαν χαμένες: Λίγες μέρες πριν αρχίσουμε, ήμασταν με τον Γκέλερ στο μπακάλικο για να αγοράσουμε φαγητό για το βράδυ όταν ξαφνικά ένας άντρας μας άρπαξε και τους δυο από τους ώμους. Γυρίσαμε τα κεφάλια μας και ήταν ο Σπάσκι. Μας λέει χαμογελαστός: παιδιά, γυρίζετε στο ξενοδοχείο; Ελάτε να περπατήσουμε μαζί! Είναι τόσο γλυκό απόγευμα.”
Μετέφερα την ιστορία στον Σπάσκι -μετά το ματς που έπαιξε με τον Λάρσεν- και γέλασε από την καρδιά του όταν τη θυμήθηκε: “Δεν είχα σκοπό να τους κάνω χαλάστρα! Νομίζω ότι οι προσωπικές σχέσεις έρχονται σε πρώτη μοίρα, και οι πόντοι σε δεύτερη”.
O Σπάσκι ήταν πάντα έτσι. Ακόμα και 15χρονος που ήταν, τον θυμάμαι σε ένα ομαδικό εφηβικό τουρνουά που αρνήθηκε να συγχαρεί τον συμπαίκτη του, που χάρισε τη νίκη στην ομάδα του, γιατί στην πίεση χρόνου του αντιπάλου του έγραψε δυο φορές την ίδια κίνηση, εξαπατώντας τον, αφήνοντάς τον να νομίζει πως η πίεση τέλειωσε. Ο σεβασμός προς τον αντίπαλο ήταν πάντα στην πρώτη θέση για τον Μπόρις.”

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Palma de Mallorca Grand Prix - Round 2

FIDE - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 09:51



Round 2: Four players share lead after the second round of the Palma de Mallorca Grand Prix.


Teimour Rajabov and Levon Aronian scored their first victories in the tournament and tie for the first place with Anish Giri and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, who drew their game today.



Paula Guinard, the Island Tourism Manager, made the first symbolic move in the game Giri - Vachier-Lagrave. This encounter turned out to be a very interesting theoretical battle in Najdorf, Poisoned Pawn Variation. After an exchange sacrifice, Anish Giri got a very promising position but failed to find the precise way to increase his advantage. In the post-game interview Giri noted that 26.h5 was not the right decision as after 26...Qc4, 27...Qc8 queens were exchanged and MVL had nothing to worry about.



After a quiet draw in the first round Teimour Rajabov got a chance to play his favorite King’s Indian Defence against Francisco Vallejo Pons. According to Rajabov, he declined a draw offer in the middle game because he already liked Black's position and his tournament situation required him to play. The Azerbaijani Grandmaster sacrificed a pawn in order to solve a problem of dark-square bishop and suddenly all his pieces became active. It seems Paco was not happy with his position when he chose to play 29.Nf2 and 30.e5 but after Black’s precise response his position became hopeless.



A long theoretical line led to the spectacular position where Levon Aronian had more knowledge than Ernesto Inarkiev. The Russian Grandmaster was obviously surprised by 16.Nd5 followed by 17.b4 and spent almost an hour over the board on 17...Qa6. According to Aronian, he had not analyzed this move before so he tried to use his intuition to find the right choices afterwards. The Armenian Grandmaster was sure that after 25.g4 White’s position should be better as Black has no resources to continue his attack.

All other games finished in a draw.

Official website worldchess.com/gp2017

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Round 1: Three decisive games in the first round of the Palma de Mallorca Grand Prix.

The 2017 FIDE World Chess Grand Prix series continued with the fourth and final tournament, which is taking place in Palma de Mallorca, from 16th to 25th of November.

The tournament is being held in the Hotel Iberostar Bahia de Palma, set right on the beach. In the post-game interviews many players were satisfied with the great location of the tournament and warm weather.



The first symbolic move in the game Jakovenko-Aronian was made by Rodrigo Moscardó, General Manager of the Iberostar Spain and the Mediterranean, in the presence of Javier Ochoa, FIDE Honorary Vice President and President of the Spanish Chess Federation, players and honorary guests.



Teimour Rajabov and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave are the only players who take part in the last stage and keep chances to qualify for the Candidates Tournament. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Alexander Grischuk are leading in the Grand Prix Series but have already finished their tournaments.



In the first round Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Ernesto Inarkiev and Anish Giri outplayed their opponents, while 6 other games finished in a draw. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave showed better preparation in the opening against Boris Gelfand, where the two players resumed their theoretical battle in the Accelerated Dragon from the Moscow Grand Prix, and was satisfied with his position. He could not point out where things went wrong for the Israeli player and was not sure if it was the right idea for him to enter this line at all.



Alexander Riazantsev comfortably equalized with Black pieces against Teimour Rajabov and the players agreed for a draw after 2 hours of play.



Ernesto Inarkiev played a game full of prophylactic moves against Li Chao. The Russian player was enjoying a slightly better position and was trying not let his opponent to get any activity. This strategy worked out well for him, as the Chinese player still tried to break through by playing 19...c5 but this attempt failed. According to Inarkiev, after 20.Bc5 Black has no Be5 because of 21. de Rd1 22.Rd1 Qc5 23.Rd8 Kg7 24. Qb5! After 20...f6 Black’s position was lost.



In the longest game of the day, Anish Giri won against Richard Rapport. The Dutch Grandmaster was not sure about his decision to castle long. It turned out that after unexpected 14...b5 white was in trouble. Surprisingly, a few moves after this Anish was more optimistic about his position and declined the draw offer of his opponent. Later on, Richard Rapport made few errors and went for a dubious sacrifice that was proven wrong in the game.

The local hero Francisco Vallejo Pons showed an interesting idea in the opening with 3...b5 against Ding Liren and after 8...Bd5 Black got a comfortable position. After most of the pieces were traded, the game finished in a draw.

Official website worldchess.com/gp2017

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The final stage of the FIDE Grand Prix Series 2017 opens in Palma de Mallorca

The world’s best chess players and chess establishment came together in Bellver Castle to celebrate the opening of the final leg of the FIDE Grand Prix Palma de Mallorca.

Palma de Mallorca is now looking forward to 9 days of intense chess battles, which will finally determine the two winners of the series – participants of the FIDE Candidates tournament.



The Opening Ceremony was held at the landmark hilltop Bellver Castle, former residence for the Kings of Mallorca built in the 14th century in a Gothic style. At the castle’s unique circular yard guests had a good opportunity to mingle with each other and enjoy modern Spanish guitar music.



Javier Ochoa, Honorary FIDE Vice President and President of the Spanish Chess Federation, thanked FIDE for the opportunity to host the tournament and welcomed the participants. “Spain is a country with a great Chess tradition and a thousand-year long history of playing chess,” he added.

Sebastia Nadal, President of the Winter Chess: “It is very rewarding to know that one of the best Spanish chess players of our time, Francisco Vallejo Pons, who was born and who resides here in our islands, could take part in this cycle of the World Chess.”



In the drawing of colours, the top player of the tournament Levon Aronian chose black pieces for the first round. The pairings for the first round are the following:

Dmitry Jakovenko – Levon Aronian
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave – Boris Gelfand
Pavel Eljanov – Hikaru Nakamura
Ding Liren – Francisco Vallejo Pons
Evgeny Tomashevsky – Peter Svidler
Anish Giri – Richard Rapport
Ernesto Inarkiev – Li Chao
Teimour Radjabov – Alexander Riazantsev
Jon Ludvig Hammer – Harikrishna Pentala

The Palma Grand Prix is supported by Official Partner EG Capital Advisors, an international asset management company, Kaspersky Lab, World Chess and FIDE Official Cybersecurity Partner, S.T. Dupont, Official Writing Instrument, and Isklar, Official Water.



First round starts tomorrow at Hotel Iberostar Bahia de Palma.

Opening Ceremony Photo Gallery

Official website worldchess.com/gp2017

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In Memoriam: GM Valeri Yandemirov

Chessdom - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 21:45

Russian Grandmaster Valeri Yandemirov (11.02.1963-16.11.2017) has passed away at the age of 55.

International Grandmaster was one of the leading coaches of Tatarstan, with many strong players and young chess stars owing their success in sports to him.

Valeri Petrovich was permanently friendly and responsive person with a colossal internal culture and wide range of interests.

On November 16, he was to play at the Team Championship of Tatarstan. When he did’t appear, the participants grew worried as he had never been late for a game. When they arrived in his home, it was too late.

The Russian Chess Federation expresses sincere condolences to relatives and friends of Valeri Yandemirov.

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16th Annual Turkey Bowl

Chessdom - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 20:44

The 16th Annual Turkey Bowl was organized by Boca Chess from 10-12th November at the Sawgrass Grand Hotel in Sunrise, Ft.Lauderdale, USA.

The tournament format was 5-round Swiss in five sections: Open, U2100, U1700, U1450 and U1100.

203 players participated in all sections and the total prize fund was 9000 USD. GMs Yuniesky Quesada Perez and Julio Becerra and IM Yunier Leyva Rivera shared the first place in the Open section.

Open final standings:
1-3. GM Yuniesky Quesada Perez 2702, GM Julio J Becerra 2612 and IM Yunier Leyva Rivera 2493 – 4,0
4-9. Mel Goss 2261, Eric Cooke 2247, FM Arnaldo Ferragut 2259, Theodore Slade 2140, Antonio Arencibia 2276 and Jose Hernandez Padron 2217 – 3,5 etc

Official website

Yuniesky Quesada

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Video: Bai Jinshi v Ding Liren

Chessdom - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 17:13

The recent game between the Chinese prospect Bai Jinshi and World championship candidate Ding Liren, played at Yingmei Cup 2017, caused great excitement among the chess fans.

A plethora of sacrifices and tactical motifs left us watching in awe.

Grandmaster Daniel King analyses this beautiful game in detail.

As commented by Raghuveer Mukkamalla: “This game should be called Ding Liren’s Symphony No. 1 – he used all his instruments so harmoniously.”

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World Junior U20 Chess Championship 2017

FIDE - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 10:20



The little, quite, peaceful but beautiful village of Tarvisio is hosting the World Junior U20 Chess Championship. The organisers were happy with the turnout of 148 participants from 62 countries which includes 107 players with a title. The Girls section has 89 players from 48 countries with 65 titled players.



Rounds are taking place among the snowy mountains which divide Italy, Slovenia and Austria, with a wonderful sightseeing which is highly inspiring for players who are enjoying the experience.



After 3 rounds of play, the Girls section sees only 4 players on a perfect score including the top seed IM Zhansaya Abdulmalik of Kazakhstan. In the Open section also there are only 4 players on the perfect score with 11th seed Kirill Alekseenko leading the way.



Official website www.fideacademy.com/wjcc2017

Pairing for the tournament can be found here.



For the first free day the OC is organizing a tour to Salzburg in Austria, with a minimum of 30 people required in order to organize the bus.

Information available by sending an email to [email protected]

Booking till November 16th.



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Palma de Mallorca Grand Prix - Round 1

FIDE - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 09:51



Round 1: Three decisive games in the first round of the Palma de Mallorca Grand Prix.

The 2017 FIDE World Chess Grand Prix series continued with the fourth and final tournament, which is taking place in Palma de Mallorca, from 16th to 25th of November.

The tournament is being held in the Hotel Iberostar Bahia de Palma, set right on the beach. In the post-game interviews many players were satisfied with the great location of the tournament and warm weather.



The first symbolic move in the game Jakovenko-Aronian was made by Rodrigo Moscardó, General Manager of the Iberostar Spain and the Mediterranean, in the presence of Javier Ochoa, FIDE Honorary Vice President and President of the Spanish Chess Federation, players and honorary guests.



Teimour Rajabov and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave are the only players who take part in the last stage and keep chances to qualify for the Candidates Tournament. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Alexander Grischuk are leading in the Grand Prix Series but have already finished their tournaments.



In the first round Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Ernesto Inarkiev and Anish Giri outplayed their opponents, while 6 other games finished in a draw. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave showed better preparation in the opening against Boris Gelfand, where the two players resumed their theoretical battle in the Accelerated Dragon from the Moscow Grand Prix, and was satisfied with his position. He could not point out where things went wrong for the Israeli player and was not sure if it was the right idea for him to enter this line at all.



Alexander Riazantsev comfortably equalized with Black pieces against Teimour Rajabov and the players agreed for a draw after 2 hours of play.



Ernesto Inarkiev played a game full of prophylactic moves against Li Chao. The Russian player was enjoying a slightly better position and was trying not let his opponent to get any activity. This strategy worked out well for him, as the Chinese player still tried to break through by playing 19...c5 but this attempt failed. According to Inarkiev, after 20.Bc5 Black has no Be5 because of 21. de Rd1 22.Rd1 Qc5 23.Rd8 Kg7 24. Qb5! After 20...f6 Black’s position was lost.



In the longest game of the day, Anish Giri won against Richard Rapport. The Dutch Grandmaster was not sure about his decision to castle long. It turned out that after unexpected 14...b5 white was in trouble. Surprisingly, a few moves after this Anish was more optimistic about his position and declined the draw offer of his opponent. Later on, Richard Rapport made few errors and went for a dubious sacrifice that was proven wrong in the game.

The local hero Francisco Vallejo Pons showed an interesting idea in the opening with 3...b5 against Ding Liren and after 8...Bd5 Black got a comfortable position. After most of the pieces were traded, the game finished in a draw.

Official website worldchess.com/gp2017



The final stage of the FIDE Grand Prix Series 2017 opens in Palma de Mallorca

The world’s best chess players and chess establishment came together in Bellver Castle to celebrate the opening of the final leg of the FIDE Grand Prix Palma de Mallorca.

Palma de Mallorca is now looking forward to 9 days of intense chess battles, which will finally determine the two winners of the series – participants of the FIDE Candidates tournament.



The Opening Ceremony was held at the landmark hilltop Bellver Castle, former residence for the Kings of Mallorca built in the 14th century in a Gothic style. At the castle’s unique circular yard guests had a good opportunity to mingle with each other and enjoy modern Spanish guitar music.



Javier Ochoa, Honorary FIDE Vice President and President of the Spanish Chess Federation, thanked FIDE for the opportunity to host the tournament and welcomed the participants. “Spain is a country with a great Chess tradition and a thousand-year long history of playing chess,” he added.

Sebastia Nadal, President of the Winter Chess: “It is very rewarding to know that one of the best Spanish chess players of our time, Francisco Vallejo Pons, who was born and who resides here in our islands, could take part in this cycle of the World Chess.”



In the drawing of colours, the top player of the tournament Levon Aronian chose black pieces for the first round. The pairings for the first round are the following:

Dmitry Jakovenko – Levon Aronian
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave – Boris Gelfand
Pavel Eljanov – Hikaru Nakamura
Ding Liren – Francisco Vallejo Pons
Evgeny Tomashevsky – Peter Svidler
Anish Giri – Richard Rapport
Ernesto Inarkiev – Li Chao
Teimour Radjabov – Alexander Riazantsev
Jon Ludvig Hammer – Harikrishna Pentala

The Palma Grand Prix is supported by Official Partner EG Capital Advisors, an international asset management company, Kaspersky Lab, World Chess and FIDE Official Cybersecurity Partner, S.T. Dupont, Official Writing Instrument, and Isklar, Official Water.



First round starts tomorrow at Hotel Iberostar Bahia de Palma.

Opening Ceremony Photo Gallery

Official website worldchess.com/gp2017

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Palma de Mallorca Grand Prix - Opening Ceremony

FIDE - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 09:51



The final stage of the FIDE Grand Prix Series 2017 opens in Palma de Mallorca

The world’s best chess players and chess establishment came together in Bellver Castle to celebrate the opening of the final leg of the FIDE Grand Prix Palma de Mallorca.

Palma de Mallorca is now looking forward to 9 days of intense chess battles, which will finally determine the two winners of the series – participants of the FIDE Candidates tournament.



The Opening Ceremony was held at the landmark hilltop Bellver Castle, former residence for the Kings of Mallorca built in the 14th century in a Gothic style. At the castle’s unique circular yard guests had a good opportunity to mingle with each other and enjoy modern Spanish guitar music.



Javier Ochoa, Honorary FIDE Vice President and President of the Spanish Chess Federation, thanked FIDE for the opportunity to host the tournament and welcomed the participants. “Spain is a country with a great Chess tradition and a thousand-year long history of playing chess,” he added.

Sebastia Nadal, President of the Winter Chess: “It is very rewarding to know that one of the best Spanish chess players of our time, Francisco Vallejo Pons, who was born and who resides here in our islands, could take part in this cycle of the World Chess.”



In the drawing of colours, the top player of the tournament Levon Aronian chose black pieces for the first round. The pairings for the first round are the following:

Dmitry Jakovenko – Levon Aronian
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave – Boris Gelfand
Pavel Eljanov – Hikaru Nakamura
Ding Liren – Francisco Vallejo Pons
Evgeny Tomashevsky – Peter Svidler
Anish Giri – Richard Rapport
Ernesto Inarkiev – Li Chao
Teimour Radjabov – Alexander Riazantsev
Jon Ludvig Hammer – Harikrishna Pentala

The Palma Grand Prix is supported by Official Partner EG Capital Advisors, an international asset management company, Kaspersky Lab, World Chess and FIDE Official Cybersecurity Partner, S.T. Dupont, Official Writing Instrument, and Isklar, Official Water.



First round starts tomorrow at Hotel Iberostar Bahia de Palma.

Opening Ceremony Photo Gallery

The official website https://worldchess.com/gp2017/

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FIDE Grand Prix in Palma de Mallorca

Chessdom - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 14:40

The fourth and final leg of the FIDE Grand Prix series will take place from 15-26th November at the Iberostar Bahía de Palma in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. The tournament format is 18-player 9-round Swiss system.

The event will determine the last two qualifiers for the 2018 FIDE Candidates Tournament in Berlin.

The leader of the series after three tournaments is Shakhriyar Mamedyarov who has collected 340 points and second is Alexander Grischuk with 336.4 points. These two players have already completed their respective series. Ding Liren, who is fourth with 240 points, qualified from the FIDE World Cup in Tbilisi.

Teimour Radjabov (241.4) and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (211.4) are in position to fight for qualification.

The playing hall is being prepared

Palma de Mallorca FIDE Grand Prix participants:

Levon Aronian (Armenia, 2801), Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France, 2796), Hikaru Nakamura (USA, 2780), Ding Liren (China, 2774), Peter Svidler (Russia, 2763), Anish Giri (Netherlands, 2762), Li Chao (China, 2741), Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan, 2741), Pentala Harikrishna (India, 2738), Dmitry Jakovenko (Russia, 2721), Boris Gelfand (Israel, 2719), Pavel Eljanov (Ukraine, 2707), Francisco Vallejo Pons (Spain, 2705), Evgeny Tomashevsky (Russia, 2702), Richard Rapport (Hungary, 2692), Ernesto Inarkiev (Russia, 2683), Alexander Riazantsev (Russia, 2671) and Jon Ludvig Hammer (Norway, 2629).

Photos by Javier Ochoa

FIDE Grand Prix presentation at Marca headquarters

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Αυτός που κέρδισε τον Γκρέκο

Skakistiko - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 12:55

Αυτός που κέρδισε τον Γκρέκο

του Τριαντάφυλλου Σωτηρίου

 

– Σου έχω πει εκατό φορές ότι, όταν είμαστε οι δυο μας, μπορείς να με λες σκέτα Φελίπε, είμαι και έξι χρόνια νεότερος.

– Μεγαλειότατε, η ιεραρχία φτιάχτηκε…

– …για να τηρείται· κι εσύ μου έχεις απαντήσει ισάριθμες φορές με τον ίδιο τρόπο.

– Πώς είναι σήμερα η ευγενεία σας;

– Σκοτούρες, δον Διέγο. Δεν ήμουνα εγώ για στέμματα· καλά που υπάρχει ο Ολιβάρες, που έχει πάρει όλο το βασίλειο επ’ ώμου, δεν ξέρω τι θα γινόμουν χωρίς αυτόν. Ευτυχώς, όταν βρω τα σκούρα, δηλώνω ότι αποσύρομαι για να συσκεφθώ και να μη με αναζητήσει κανείς, και καταφεύγω εδώ. Η δροσιά, το ημίφως, η μυρωδιά των ελαιοχρωμάτων και του μουσαμά με ηρεμούν.

– Πάντα καλοδεχούμενος στο ατελιέ μου, μεγαλειότατε.

– Τι σκαρώνεις πάλι μ’ αυτά εδώ τα νήματα, μεγαλοφυή μου φίλε; Μπουγάδα θ’ απλώσεις;

– Πειραματίζομαι με μια νέα τεχνική με πολλαπλά σημεία σύγκλισης, μεγαλειότατε· όταν την τελειοποιήσω, θέλω να πιστεύω ότι θα αποζημιωθείτε από το αποτέλεσμα.

– Εσύ παιδί μου κάνεις στερεομετρία, δεν κάνεις πίνακα. Α, δεν σου είπα, μου έστειλε επιστολή ο καρδινάλιος της Νεάπολης· έμεινε γοητευμένος από την προσωπικότητά σου, και από το πορτραίτο που του φιλοτέχνησες, επίσης.

– Ένα σκιτσάκι με κάρβουνο, τίποτα σπουδαίο. Μεγαλειότατε, μου παρέχετε το παν, και μου εξασφαλίζετε και εκπαιδευτικά ταξίδια ώστε να επιμορφωθώ περαιτέρω. Το λιγότερο που οφείλω να κάνω ώστε να αποδεικνύομαι αντάξιος της προστασίας σας, είναι να προσπαθώ να βελτιώνομαι συνεχώς. Ειδικά όταν βρίσκομαι στο εξωτερικό, κάθε μου λέξη και πράξη αντανακλά στο Στέμμα της Ισπανίας, και πρέπει να είμαι ιδιαίτερα προσεκτικός.

– Ένα από τα πολλά που εκτιμώ σε σένα, δον Διέγο, είναι ότι είσαι ευγνώμων, χωρίς να γίνεσαι γλοιώδης. Έπαιξες κανένα σκάκι όσο ήσουν στην Ιταλία;

– Να σας πω την αλήθεια, μεγαλειότατε, δεν το επιδίωξα: δεν με τραβά αυτό το παιχνίδι. Μολαταύτα, στη Ρώμη συνάντησα τυχαία εκείνον τον καλαβρέζο, είχε έρθει και από εδώ πριν λίγα χρόνια, τον θυμόσαστε;

– Πώς: τους κέρδισε όλους περίπατο.

– Θλιβερή περίπτωση: ένας τόσο χαρισματικός άνθρωπος, να περιπλανιέται σαν την άδικη κατάρα μεταξύ Ιταλίας, Γαλλίας, Αγγλίας και Ισπανίας ψάχνοντας αντιπάλους, και να βιοπορίζει από τα στοιχήματα. Κανονικός τσιρκολάνος.

– Ναι, αλλά είναι άχαστος, χρόνια τώρα.

– Σ’ ένα επιτραπέζιο παιχνίδι· σιγά τα λάχανα.

– Τέλος πάντων· και παίξατε;

– Μία παρτίδα.

– Τη θυμάσαι, τη δείχνεις;

– Χαμένος χρόνος.

– Όσο κρατάει ένα ποτηράκι. Κερνάς;

– Το δίχως άλλο. Ορίστε, μανθανίγια βαλλισολετάνα, από τη γενέτειρά σας· αμβροσία. Νά, δείτε:

P4R P4R 2. P4AR PxP 3. C3AR A2R 4. A4A A5T+ 5. P3C PXP 6. 0-0 PxP+ 7. R1T A3A 8. C5R P4D 9. AxP C3TR 10. P4D AxC 11. PxA D5T 12. AxC DxA 13. AxP+ R2R 14. C3A P3A 15. A3C

…και ο λευκός κερδίζει εύκολα.

– Τι, τελείωσε;

– Όχι, ο μαύρος συνέχισε την ανέλπιδη μάχη για λίγες κινήσεις ακόμα: 15…A2D 16. T7A+ R1R


…και τώρα…

– Άσε να δοκιμάσω: λοιπόν, Ρήγισσα ψηλά στο μαύρο· εξαναγκάζει την αλλαγή Ρηγισσών, και ο λευκός μένει με το ζεύγος ελεύθερων δεμένων κεντρικών Οπλιτών, και επιπλέον, μετά από Ρήγας αιχμαλωτίζει Οπλίτη και Κάστρο στο τετράγωνο του Ιππότη του Ρήγα, θα κερδίσει και τους Οπλίτες στην πτέρυγα του Ρήγα.

– Καλή ιδέα, μεγαλειότατε, και πράγματι κερδίζει. Όμως, ο λευκός κράτησε τις Ρήγισσες και ενίσχυσε την επίθεσή του:

17. D3D A3K 18. TxP/CD7 C2D 19. T1D T1D 20. AxA DxA 21.C4T

…και τέλος.

– Φοβερός. Δικαίως θεωρείται ο καλύτερος παίκτης στον κόσμο. Αμύνθηκες γενναία, πάντως.

– Αν επιτρέπει η ευγενεία σας, εγώ ήμουν λευκός.

– Πώς; Νίκησες τον Γκρέκο, και μάλιστα με κατά μέτωπο επίθεση;

– Ε ναι, δεν ίδρωσα και πολύ. Αιφνιδιάστηκε, σε σημείο που δεν μου γύρεψε το πάτσι. Καλό για κείνον: με τα μαύρα θα κέρδιζα ακόμα πιο εύκολα· έχω βρει κάτι καταρρίψεις στη βαριάντα του στο Τζιουόκο Πιάνο, θα ερχόταν σε δύσκολη θέση αν έχανε μπροστά στους συμπατριώτες του δεύτερη συνεχόμενη παρτίδα και μάλιστα με τα λευκά.

– Και για να ‘χουμε καλό ρώτημα, δον Διέγο, πώς μας προέκυψες τόσο ταλέντο;

– Βρήκα στη βιβλιοθήκη του παλατιού, στην οποία η ευγενεία σας έχει γενναιόδωρα χορηγήσει στην ταπεινότητά μου απεριόριστη πρόσβαση, το πρωτότυπο χειρόγραφο της μελέτης του Ρούι Λόπεθ [1], αλλά και μεταγενέστερες σημειώσεις του με κάποια ενδιαφέροντα στρατηγήματα, που δεν πρόλαβε να εντάξει σε βιβλίο.

– Ναι, είχα ακούσει ότι, μετά το τουρνουά του 1575, που είχε οργανώσει ο αείμνηστος πάππος μου Φελίπε Β’ στο Εσκοριάλ με τους δύο καλύτερους ιταλούς και τους δύο καλύτερους ισπανούς σκακιστές της εποχής, ο Ρούι Λόπεθ δεν έμεινε ευχαριστημένος από την απόδοσή του και στρώθηκε να αναλύσει βαθύτερα το παιχνίδι.

– Πράγματι· βέβαια, ο πατήρ Λόπεθ, όπως και ο πατήρ Τσερόν [2], ήσαν σοβαροί άνθρωποι, αφιερωμένοι στη διάδοση και εφαρμογή του λόγου του Θεού: δεν χαζολογούσαν κουνώντας όλη μέρα ξυλαράκια μπρος πίσω.

– Οι μαρτυρίες πάντως λένε ότι οι δύο ιταλοί [3] έπαιζαν άλλο σκάκι, είχαν μεγάλη διαφορά δυναμικότητας από τους δικούς μας.

– Άεργοι και ψωμόλυσσες· ας είναι. Στη βιβλιοθήκη βρήκα και αντίγραφο του χειρογράφου του ίδιου του Γκρέκο [4]. Ξεφυλλίζοντάς το χωρίς να στήσω σκακιέρα, διαπίστωσα ότι είχε κενά και ανακρίβειες. Εκεί που αναπαυόμουν, ακόμα και εκεί που εργαζόμουν, επανέρχονταν χωρίς να το θέλω στη μνήμη μου θέσεις από τις παρτίδες που παρέθετε ο Γκρέκο· ε, τι να κάνω κι εγώ, τις ανέλυα νοερά. Κάπως έτσι, έφτασα και στο Γκαμπί των Τριών Πιονιών που παίχτηκε στην παρτίδα μας. Το Ιππότης στο πέμπτο τετράγωνο στην κολώνα του Ρήγα το είχα αναλύσει μέχρι τέλους, απλώς προσποιούμουν ότι σκέφτομαι κάθε επόμενη κίνηση για να θολώσω τα νερά. Λοιπόν, είδαμε την παρτίδα, ήπιαμε τις μανθανίγιες μας, και ασφαλώς θα υπάρχουν πολλές εκκρεμότητες που η γαληνότητά του ο κόμης-δούκας ντε Ολιβάρες δεν θα μπορεί να χειριστεί χωρίς τη σοφή και συνετή καθοδήγησή σας. Τι θα έλεγε η ευγενεία σας να επιστρέφαμε στις δουλειές μας;

– Μου δείχνεις ευγενικά την πόρτα. Καλώς, Δον Διέγο· a la tarea λοιπόν, κι εσύ κι εγώ. Δύσκολοι καιροί για βασιλιάδες…

Νοέμβριος 2017

 

[1]          Libro de la invención liberal y arte del juego del axedrez, Αλκαλά ντε Ενάρες 1561.

[2]          Ο άλλος ισπανός που έπαιξε στο τουρνουά του Εσκοριάλ.

[3]          Ο Λεονάρντο και ο Μπόι.

[4]          Trattato del gioco degli scacchi, Ρώμη 1619.

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VG: Magnus Carlsen plans to play in King Salman World Rapid & Blitz ch

Chessdom - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 22:32

“The plan is that Magnus will play. That’s the intention, but we have not discussed details yet. But he is very interested in playing,” Carlsen’s manager Espen Agdestein said for VG.no.

Magnus Carlsen was traveling when the news came out that Riyadh, Saudi Arabia will host the 2017 King Salman World Rapid & Blitz Championships. He was in Hamburg and then continued to Saint Louis to play against Ding Liren.

“We will talk about the schedule when he returns home. The deadline for signing up for the Championships is 25th November,” says Agdestein.

“As I know there is no sports boycott against Saudi Arabia. Chess is global sport and is played all over the world. There have been tournaments in other countries where there have also been various issues. For now, this has not been something Magnus and I have talked about,” he added.

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No hijab or abaya – Historical agreement for King Salman World Rapid & Blitz ch

Chessdom - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 22:03

FIDE is pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached with the Organisers that the dress code for the 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships will be dark blue or black formal suits, with white shirts, either open necked or with a tie, for men and dark blue or black formal trouser suits, with high necked white blouses for women.

There will be no need to wear a hijab or abaya during the games, this will be a first for any sporting event in Saudi Arabia.

The total Prize Fund for the event is $2,000,000, with individual prize funds of $750,000 for the Open and $250,000 for the women in both events. This is almost 350% more than the previous event.

There will be 30 prizes for each event, with the first prize being $250,000 in the Open Section and $80,000 in the Women’s Section, all new records.

With regards to visas, FIDE has raised with the Organisers that there may be problems for players from certain countries. FIDE has not been advised that any player will not be able to participate. FIDE is continuing to work with the Organisers to ensure that visas will be issued to all players who have confirmed their participation.

Regulations for the FIDE “Open” World Blitz Championship 2017 & FIDE “Open” World Rapid Championship 2017

Regulations for the FIDE Women World Blitz Championship 2017 & FIDE Women World Rapid Championship 2017

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