Grischuk and Charochkina win Moscow Championship Superfinals

Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in Chess News & Events | 0 comments

Alexander Grischuk and Daria Charochkina emerged winners of the Moscow Championship Superfinals for men and women that were held on 30-31st January.

WGM Daria Charochkina finished clear first in the women’s event with 7,0/9 points. In the penultimate round Charochkina defeated her main opponent Valentina Gunina, who eventually landed on second place with 6,5 points.

Alexander Grischuk won the men’s section but only after beating GM Evgeniy Najer in the Armageddon tie-break. The two players finished the regular tournament with 6,5/9 points each.

Replay the games on the tournament website

Alexander Grischuk

Alexander Grischuk

Both groups were 10-player round robins with the rapid time control.

Moscow Championship Superfinals were inaugural events for the Moscow Open 2014, International RSSU Cup.

Final standings (women):
1. WGM Charochkina Daria 2393 – 7,0
2. GM Gunina Valentina 2597 – 6,5
3-4. GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2566 and WGM Girya Olga 2379 – 6,0
5. WGM Kashlinskaya Alina 2370 – 5,0
6. WGM Mirzoeva Elmira 2247 – 4,5
7-8. IM Vasilevich Irina 2372 and IM Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 2395 – 3,5
9. WIM Drozdova Dina 2247 – 2,0
10. WFM Gvanceladze Anna 2242 – 1,0

Final standings (men):
1-2. GM Grischuk Alexander 2835 and GM Najer Evgeniy 2646 – 6,5
3-5. GM Grachev Boris 2651, GM Morozevich Alexander 2733 and GM Popov Ivan 2618 – 5,5
6. GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2797 – 5,0
7. GM Potkin Vladimir 2667 – 4,5
8. GM Eliseev Urii 2534 – 3,0
9. FM Gordievsky Dmitry 2478 – 2,0
10. IM Vavulin Maksim 2398 – 1,0

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Gibraltar’s New Governor Visits Tradewise Festival

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The Governor of Gibraltar and Lady Dutton this afternoon visited the 2014 Tradewise Chess Festival at the Caleta Hotel. Sir Jim Dutton, who arrived in Gibraltar December last year, was visiting the festival for the very first time.

On arrival at the Caleta Hotel the Governor and Lady Dutton were met by tournament organiser Brian Callaghan, Tamara Stewart-Wilson and tournament director Stuart Conquest. Also there to greet him were sponsors James Humphreys from Tradewise and Denis Llafferty from Saccone & Speed and Coca Cola.

The Governor and Lady Dutton were shown around both chess halls at the Caleta Hotel by Mr Conquest where the second round of the Gibraltar Masters was already in full swing. He paused to view the main boards in the main hall and watched England’s No1 Michael Adams (top seeded player in the tournament) playing against Mohammed Al-Sayed from Qatar, as well as asking the tournament’s Chief Arbiter Laurent Freyd about some of the other boards.

Stuart Conquest whispering next move to Governor Sir Jim Dutton

Tournament director, Stuart Conquest, whispering the possible next move on the board to Governor Sir Jim Dutton who visited the Tradewise Chess Festival yesterday. L to R: Denis Llafferty from Saccone & Speed, James Humphreys from Tradewise, Chief Arbiter Laurent Freyd, Stuart Conquest and the Governor.

“It’s been fascinating to see,” Sir Jim said live on the festival website in an interview with tournament director Stuart Conquest from the broadcast studio in the Archie Suite.

Sir Jim admitted he had not known until today just how big the event was or how far world-wide it stretched or indeed how many people played chess around the world.

“It is clearly hugely popular around the world and it is great to hear that for two years running Gibraltar is the best open chess festival in the world. That is tremendous for Gibraltar and the people who are here,” he said.

Governor live on the festival website

“It’s been fascinating to see,” Sir Jim said live on the festival website in an interview with tournament director Stuart Conquest from the broadcast studio in the Archie Suite.

Although not a chess player Sir Jim, who recalled playing chess on an electronic board when his son was young, was obviously impressed by the sheer size of the tournament and the diversities of the countries participating in this 12th edition.

“You tend to associate some countries with chess but that’s not really true because it truly is global. It is really fantastic that Gibraltar should be hosting this. You wouldn’t associate it immediately with Gibraltar but then there are a lot of things happening here that people don’t know about,” he added.

Photos by Sophie Triay

Tournament website

Governor visit - group photo

Left to right – James Humphreys from Tradewise, organiser Brian Callaghan, Governor Sir James Dutton, tournament director Stuart Conuquest, Lady Dutton, Denis Llafferty from Saccone & Speed and Coca Cola and Tamara Stewart-Wilson.

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Gyula Sax Dies at 62

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Gyula Sax Dies at 62

Famous Grandmaster Gyula Sax, several times national champion of Hungary and former Candidates Tournament player, died January 25, 2014 of an apparent heart attack. He was 62.

GM Gyula Sax, 1951-2014 (photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Sax also was on the winning Olympiad team of the fantastic upset by Hungary in 1978 in Buenos Aires. His team won first place, overcoming the Soviet dominance of the event.

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International Championship of Central Serbia 2014

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The 7th International Chess Festival “Sport Summer 2014″ is scheduled to take place on 4-11th July in Hotel “Petrus” in Paraćin, Serbia.

Paraćin has joined forces with the organizers from Novi Sad and Senta to form a mini Serbian Chess Tour with the following schedule:
– International Chess Festival Sport Summer 2014, July 4-11th
5th International Championship of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, July 12-18th
18th Chess Festival “Battle of Senta 1697″, Senta, July 19-26th

The main event in Paraćin is Open A – International Championship of Central Serbia, a 9-round Swiss tournament with FIDE time control which will be valid for FIDE rating and GM/IM norms.

There are two groups, OPEN A for the players rated higher then 2100 and OPEN B for the lower rated players.

In addition, the 10th “Uroš Dinić” Memorial will commence as a 15-minute per player rapid tournament on the main event’s rest day – Sunday, 6th July.

Paracin playing hall

Last year winner of the Open A was Russian Grandmaster Mikhail Ulibin.

“Extraordinary location, near highway E-75 and cross-road which connects east and west Serbia, will attract many chess players and visitors to participate in this event. Possibility to obtain norms for international chess titles, to stay in a solid hotel with an unusual architectural design, on more then affordable rates, will encourage professional and amateur chess players to participate and accomplish their goals.” – the chief organizer Saša Jevtić stated for Chessdom.

For participants it will be provided, for a small fee, bus transfer from Belgrade to Paraćin, on July 4th and back from Paraćin to Belgrade on Friday, July 11th. For detailed information contact organizer.

The prize fund in Open A is 600,000 RSD (approx. 5200 €), with the first prize being 1450 EUR. The prize fund in Open B is 190,000 RSD.

Paracin playing hall 2

For all further information about Chess Festival and for accommodation reservation, please contact the organizer:
Saša Jevtić +381 63 439497 or via e-mail: info@paracinchess.rs or sasajevtic@yahoo.com

Official website is www.paracinchess.rs

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Chinese prodigies Hou and Yi will play in León

Posted by on Jan 30, 2014 in Chess News & Events | 0 comments

Nearly all top chess stars over the past 27 years have played the Magistral Ciudad de Leon. And that collection will be enriched in 2014 (5-9 June) with two of the biggest all times prodigies.

Both are Chinese: Yifan Hou, current Women’s World Champion, and Yi Wei (14 years old), who’s future looks very bright.

The tournament moves back to the four player format, with the two top Spanish stars: Paco Vallejo (the winner in 2012) and Ivan Salgado, current Spanish champion.

Marcelino Sion, the tournament director, breathes easy now, after three very tense years: “It is going to be a very special edition. Although the tournament has been in danger for the last three years due to the financial crisis, we have managed to return to the four player format with very charismatic players, specially the two Chinese. I am convinced that, in the future, historians will add Yifan Hou and Yi Wei as two amazing examples to the list of wonder kids which chess has produced over the years, as well as in music and mathematics”.

Hou Yifan

Women’s World Champion Hou Yifan

That prediction has a very solid base. No woman, not even the Hungarian Judit Polgar (the only woman that has been among the world’s top ten) has achieved so many successes as Yifan Hou as such a young age.

She is the youngest ever to win the world title (at the age of 16), as well as the youngest female player ever to qualify for the title of Grandmaster (14), to participate in the FIDE Women’s World Championship (Yekaterinburg 2006) and the Chess Olympiad (Torino 2006), both at the age of 12.

In June 2007, she became China’s youngest National Women’s Champion ever, at 13 years of age. She lost the world crown in 2012, but managed to regain it in 2013. She is now 20, and her life is not only chess, as she studies International Relationships at the University of Beijing, and speaks fluent English.

Potentially, her limits are still far away. She even looks capable of climbing as high as Judit Polgar. Actually she beat the Hungarian in Gibraltar 2012, where Hou achieved the best women result ever. But we still do not know if chess will be her priority in years to come.

However, Hou’s great achievements could become small compared to what is expected from Yi Wei, providing he overcomes his adolescence with no serious problem. His results so far remind us of those of Magnus Carlsen at the same age.

The list of his prominent victims in 2013 includes Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Alexei Shirov and Ian Nepomniachtchi. Some strong grandmasters even think Yi Wei will be the main opponent for Carlsen in the long run.

But there will be more than just the Chinese stars to pull in the crowds. Vallejo and Salgado are also interesting players, for different reasons.

Vallejo, 31, former U18 world champion, is in a kind of a sabbatical period, playing a very few tournaments per year. But his results are not bad. For instance, he was 7th at the last European Championship.

Paco Vallejo

Paco Vallejo

Salgado, 22, silver medal at the U18 World Championship in 2009, shows solid progression and strong discipline. He has moved to Sofia (Bulgaria) in order to work with his colleague and friend Ivan Cheparinov. Vallejo’s big talent and Salgado’s hard work make them capable to eclipse the two Chinese stars in Leon.

The semi-finals will be played on Friday and Saturday (June, 6-7), and the final on Sunday, at the magnificent Auditorium. As in the former 26 editions, Joaquin Espejo will be the main arbiter.

All matches will be played to the best of four games (20 minutes per player + 10 seconds per move) with a series of 5 minute games in a case of tiebreak.

The tournament keeps all the traditional sponsors, and this year is linked to an historical event: Leon had one of the oldest European Parliaments which opened in 1188. Among the parallel activities, there is a very original competition called Chess and Business, organized by El Inversor Inquieto, which has been successful so far: http://bit.ly/1hgLnzW

More information: www.advancedchessleon.com

Leontxo Garcia (Press Officer)

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Leaked Agreement Between Ilymzhinov & Paulson Suggests Conflict of Interest

Posted by on Jan 30, 2014 in Chess News & Events | 0 comments

Chess.com has obtained a document that suggests that Agon, Andrew Paulson’s company that holds the rights to organize chess events in the World Championship cycle, is secretly run by Kirsan Ilyumzhinov himself. According to the contract, which is signed by both the FIDE President and Mr Paulson, it is Mr Ilyumzhinov who owns 51% of the shares. Both Mr Ilyumzhinov and Mr Paulson deny that the contract is in effect, but according to Malcolm Pein, Mr Paulson “has said on at least two occasions that Kirsan is the majority shareholder.”

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