Serbian Chess Championship 2014

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Chess News & Events | 0 comments

The 8th Serbian Chess Championship is taking place from 7-17th April at Hotel Patria in Subotica.

Twelve players will compete in the round robin tournament. Top prize is 1000 EUR.

Live games with analysis here daily at 16:00 CET

Participants:
GM Perunovic Milos SRB 2631
GM Markus Robert SRB 2610
GM Miladinovic Igor SRB 2583
GM Sedlak Nikola SRB 2568
GM Damljanovic Branko SRB 2566
GM Popovic Dusan SRB 2540
GM Lajthajm Borko SRB 2539
GM Indjic Aleksandar SRB 2523
IM Nestorovic Nikola SRB 2427
IM Nestorovic Dejan SRB 2422
IM Sarenac Ivan SRB 2407
IM Cabarkapa Novak SRB 2392

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Russian Team Chess Championship 2014

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Chess News & Events | 0 comments

russian teamThe Russian Team Chess Championships for Men and Women are going to take place in Loo, Russia, from 7th to 14th of April, 2014. More than 150 titled players will participate in one of the strongest team events of the year.

The first round begins on the 7th of April and games start daily at 15:00 local time (13:00 CET) and will be live here with triple engine analysis.

A total of 13 teams will play a 7 round Swiss event to determine the winner in the men section. Top players include GM Alexander Grischuk, GM Sergey Karjakin, GM Leinier Dominguez Perez, GM Peter Svidler, GM Nikita Vitiugov, GM Ian Nepomniachtchi, GM Peter Leko, GM Dmitry Jakovenko, GM Alexander Morozevich, GM Gata Kamsky, GM Baadur Jobava, GM Sergei Rublevsky, GM Alexey Shirov, GM Vladimir Malakhov, all of them above 2700 ELO. From the 102 participants, 70+ are GMs and 45 are above 2600 ELO.

Official website / Detailed information in Russian / Live games with analysis / Live games with top performers standings

Four clubs – Chigorin SPB, Ladia Kazan, ShSM Moscow, and Ugra Khanty Mansiysk are going to play a round robin for the title in the women’s team section. Top players include GM Viktorija Cmilyte, GM Valentina Gunina, WGM Natalija Pogonina, IM Alisa Galliamova, IM Anastasia Bodnaruk, IM Ekaterina Atalik, IM Ekaterina Kovalevskaya, WGM Alina Kashlinskaya, etc.

Official website / Detailed information in Russian / Live games with analysis / Live games with top performers standings / TCEC Stage 2 final games

 

Participants Russian Team Championship (men)

1. Malakhit (Avg ELO 2728)
Bo. Name Rtg FED
1 GM Karjakin Sergey 2772 RUS
2 GM Grischuk Alexander 2777 RUS
3 GM Leko Peter 2730 HUN
4 GM Shirov Alexei 2702 LAT
5 GM Malakhov Vladimir 2701 RUS
6 GM Motylev Alexander 2685 RUS
7 GM Lysyj Igor 2662 RUS
8 GM Bologan Viktor 2649 MDA
2. Sankt Peterburg (Avg ELO 2713)
Bo. Name Рейт. FED
1 GM Svidler Peter 2756 RUS
2 GM Vitiugov Nikita 2747 RUS
3 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2757 CUB
4 GM Movsesian Sergei 2670 ARM
5 GM Matlakov Maxim 2690 RUS
6 GM Efimenko Zahar 2657 UKR
7 GM Khairullin Ildar 2650 RUS
8 GM Shimanov Aleksandr 2637 RUS
3. Ugra (Avg ELO:2698)
Bo. Name Рейт. FED
1 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2726 RUS
2 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2697 RUS
3 GM Inarkiev Ernesto 2691 RUS
4 GM Khismatullin Denis 2681 RUS
5 GM Rublevsky Sergei 2706 RUS
6 GM Riazantsev Alexander 2688 RUS
7 GM Kabanov Nikolai 2514 RUS
8 GM Pridorozhni Aleksei 2519 RUS
4. ShSM Moscow (Avg ELO 2673)
Bo. Name Рейт. FED
1 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2732 RUS
2 GM Morozevich Alexander 2722 RUS
3 GM Dubov Daniil 2619 RUS
4 GM Grachev Boris 2659 RUS
5 GM Najer Evgeniy 2655 RUS
6 GM Popov Ivan 2651 RUS
7 GM Potkin Vladimir 2617 RUS
8 GM Mozharov Mikhail 2557 RUS
5. Ladia Kazan(Avg ELO 2640)
Bo. Name Рейт. FED
1 GM Kamsky Gata 2714 USA
2 GM Dreev Aleksey 2670 RUS
3 IM Artemiev Vladislav 2636 RUS
4 GM Volokitin Andrei 2647 UKR
5 GM Timofeev Artyom 2610 RUS
6 FM Makhmutov Rail 2414 RUS
7 GM Kharlov Andrei 2496 RUS
8 GM Ibragimov Ildar 2563 USA
6. University of Belorechensk (Avg ELO 2631)
Bo. Name Рейт. FED
1 GM Jobava Baadur 2706 GEO
2 GM Alekseev Evgeny 2678 RUS
3 GM Kobalia Mikhail 2633 RUS
4 GM Landa Konstantin 2608 RUS
5 GM Tregubov Pavel V. 2620 RUS
6 GM Aleksandrov Aleksej 2539 BLR
7 GM Beshukov Sergei 2425 RUS
8 GM Cherniaev Alexander 2430 RUS
7. Zhiguli Samara (Avg ELO 2562)
Bo. Name Рейт. FED
1 GM Sjugirov Sanan 2653 RUS
2 GM Bukavshin Ivan 2608 RUS
3 GM Frolyanov Dmitry 2578 RUS
4 GM Yakovich Yuri 2539 RUS
5 GM Geller Jakov 2504 RUS
6 Predke Alexandr 2491 RUS
7 FM Mokshanov Alexey 2428 RUS
8. Polytechnik NT (Avg ELO 2555)
Bo. Name Рейт. FED
1 GM Smirnov Pavel 2624 RUS
2 GM Shomoev Anton 2587 RUS
3 GM Kokarev Dmitry 2621 RUS
4 GM Maletin Pavel 2582 RUS
5 GM Vokarev Sergey 2468 RUS
6 IM Pogromsky Mikhail 2418 RUS
7 Ozgibcev Anatoly 2373 RUS
8 FM Solonkov Dmitrij 2449 RUS
9. Club Chigorin (Avg ELO 2549)
Bo. Name Рейт. FED
1 GM Fedoseev Vladimir 2663 RUS
2 GM Goganov Aleksey 2587 RUS
3 IM Rozum Ivan 2532 RUS
4 GM Makarov Marat 2511 RUS
5 GM Ionov Sergey 2538 RUS
6 FM Alekseenko Kirill 2462 RUS
7 Usmanov Vasily 2416 RUS
8 Palchun Grigory 2287 RUS
10. Turbonasos (Avg ELO 2478)
Bo. Name Рейт. FED
1 IM Chekhov Sergei 2477 RUS
2 GM Oparin Grigoriy 2542 RUS
3 IM Sivuk Vitaly 2519 UKR
4 IM Bortnyk Olexandr 2495 UKR
5 IM Demidov Mikhail 2498 RUS
6 IM Kostin Alexey 2283 RUS
7 FM Zhurikhin Alexander 2335 RUS
8 Aminov Andrey 2176 RUS
11. Moskovskaia oblast (Avg ELO 2455)
Bo. Name Рейт. FED
1 IM Prizant Jaroslav 2521 RUS
2 GM Chernobay Artem 2501 RUS
3 IM Nozdrachev Vladislav 2491 RUS
4 Iljiushenok Ilia 2429 RUS
5 Sarana Alexey 2372 RUS
6 FM Nozdrachev Leonid 2413 RUS
7 Klyuev Alexander S. 2260 RUS
8 Ofitserian Boris 2109 RUS
12. Iamal (Avg ELO 2417)
Bo. Name Рейт. FED
1 IM Potapov Pavel 2475 RUS
2 IM Belyakov Bogdan 2444 RUS
3 WGM Goryachkina Aleksandra 2423 RUS
4 FM Sergeyev Alexander 2403 RUS
5 IM Okara Andrey 2347 RUS
6 FM Savitskiy Sergey 2356 RUS
7 Rozhkov Vecheslav 2337 RUS
8 GM Potapov Alexander 2399 RUS
13. Atom Desnogorsk(Avg ELO 2337)
Bo. Name Рейт. FED
1 FM Grishchenko Sergey 2436 RUS
2 IM Baghdasaryan Vahe 2359 ARM
3 IM Simonian Tigran 2427 ARM
4 FM Shahinyan David 2362 ARM
5 FM Pogosian Georgy 2241 RUS
6 Parfenov Viktor N. 2194 RUS
7 Dominov Zagir 2092 RUS

 

Participants Russian Team Championship (women)

1. Club Chigorin (Avg ELO 2333)
Bo. Name Rtg FED
1 IM Bodnaruk Anastasia 2453 RUS
2 WGM Mammadova Gulnar 2323 AZE
3 WIM Schepetkova Margarita 2301 RUS
4 WFM Belenkaya Dina 2254 RUS
5 WIM Ivkina Olga 2239 RUS
2. Ladia Kazan (Avg ELO 2431)
Bo. Name Rtg FED
1 IM Galliamova Alisa 2458 RUS
2 IM Atalik Ekaterina 2442 TUR
3 IM Zaiatz Elena 2414 RUS
4 IM Batsiashvili Nino 2408 GEO
5 WGM Ambartsumova Karina 2342 RUS
3. ShSM Moscow (Avg ELO 2436)
Bo. Name Rtg FED
1 GM Gunina Valentina 2508 RUS
2 IM Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 2424 RUS
3 WGM Kashlinskaya Alina 2423 RUS
4 WGM Charochkina Daria 2380 RUS
5 IM Savina Anastasia 2389 RUS
4. Ugra (Avg ELO 2446)
Bo. Name Rtg FED
1 GM Cmilyte Viktorija 2511 LTU
2 WGM Pogonina Natalija 2499 RUS
3 WGM Kovanova Baira 2404 RUS
4 IM Guseva Marina 2371 RUS
5 WGM Shadrina Tatiana 2355 RUS

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Dubai Chess Open 2014 LIVE!

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Chess News & Events | 0 comments

The 16th Dubai Open Chess Championship for the Sheikh Rashid Bin Hamdan Al Maktoum Cup is taking place on 7-17th April at the Dubai Chess & Culture Club, United Arab Emirates.

The tournament format is 9 round Swiss and the total prize fund is $ 50,000, with $ 10,000 reserved for the winner.

150 players from 40 federations are competing, including 47 Grandmasters. Last year winner GM Aleksandr Rakhmanov is back to defend the title.

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Zurab Azmaiparashvili about the Chess Olympiad bid

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in Chess News & Events | 0 comments

Q: Hello Zurab, thank you for accepting to answer a couple of questions for Chessdom. Your federation has made a rich bid for the Olympiad 2018 and the World Cup 2017. As I understand with your personal support the combined budget for the Olympiad and the World Cup has grown up to 20 million USD! Can you tell us how did you convince the government to accept this?

A: Well, actually we started to work on the project more than a year ago! In February 2013 FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov visited Tbilisi and we had a meeting with the then Prime Minister, Bidzina Ivanishvili.

During the meeting Kirsan suddenly proposed – why doesn’t Georgia organize the Chess Olympiad 2018. And this happened exactly a few minutes after we agreed on FIDE Women Grand Prix in Georgia! My face changed completely and I asked only one question – how much would it cost?! Just 15M EUR for Baku Olympiad. Yes, but in Azerbaijan they have oil! However, Bidzina interrupted our discussion: 15 Million?! Ok I’m ready!? Silence… It’s how we started to work on making a bid 🙂

Q: So if a billionaire says it looks easy…

A: Not at all! We started working very hard on this project. Trust me we have used all our resources, having strong support from the Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, Mr Levan Kipiani, from the current PM Irakli Garibashvili, however…For those with no real experience in working on approval with the Ministry of Finance everything may look very easy!

In effect, we passed many hard days, almost losing any hope to make a bid, but finally, with big efforts from our federation, the ministry, friends and especially the current PM Irakli Garibashvili and of course Bidzina Ivanishvili we succeeded to submit the bid!

Zurab Azmaiparashvili

Zurab Azmaiparashvili

Q: That is a very interesting insight…congratulations. Zurab, do you know that FIDE Presidential Board has postponed the bidding deadline until 15th April?

A: Yes, I have read about this decision. Of course I’m not happy with this. Though I try to understand. If I were a member of PB and present at the meeting in Khanty-Mansiysk, knowing that no bids have been submitted a day before the deadline, I may have also agreed. However, it would have been better for the decision to be announced after the deadline, barring no bid had been submitted by then.

Q: Will your federation react?

A: We do not see the need. Actually, we prefer to spend money on tournaments rather than on conflicts or courts. We have publicly announced our intention during the Tallinn Congress so everybody was aware of our bid. Therefore, we simply plan to wait for the deadline to end.

I am certain that our bid is of high enough level; we have open cards (everybody knows our budget and targets!) and we just want to offer the best conditions for FIDE and the National Federations.

Also, I’m sure by the time of Olympiad 2018 my team will be leading the ECU and it will be an extra honor for me to host the Olympiad in my home country!

Q: By the way, how is your campaign going? Have you submitted a ticket?

A: Well, things are going very well and every day our team is growing up. Soon you will get our platform and the names of our team: ECU back to Europe!

Q: Thank you Zurab and good luck

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Zurich Chess Challenge 2014 on DD TV

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Chess News & Events | 0 comments

India’s biggest television network Doordarshan will telecast four exclusive Highlights of the Zurich Chess Challenge 2014 held at Zurich, Switzerland on its DD Sports Channel.

Filmed and Produced by Vijay Kumar the 30 minutes highlights of each episode will be telecast as under:

1st Episode on 1 April 2014 from 11pm to 11:30 pm (GMT 19:00hrs to 19:30hrs)
2nd Episode on 2 April 2014 from 11pm to 11:30 pm
3rd Episode on 3 April 2014 from 11pm to 11:30 pm
4th Episode on 4 April 2014 from 11pm to 11:30 pm

The Telecast will also be available in 48 countries including parts of Europe, Middle East and South East Asia on FREE TO AIR Platform of INSAT 4A satellite.

Happy Viewing

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Georgia bids for the Chess Olympiad 2018 and World Cup 2017

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Chess News & Events | 0 comments

Georgia FlagThe Georgian Chess Federation sent an official bid for the Chess Olympiad 2018 and the World Cup 2017 to FIDE today, with all the necessary guarantees.

Thanks to the personal efforts of the Deputy Minister of Sports and candidate for the post of ECU President, GM Zurab Azmaiparashvili, more than 20 millions USD are allocated to both events!

About 2 millions USD will be spent on parallel development and promotion programs in Europe and the rest of the World.

This is a clear message for the challenges and opportunities of the new upcoming ECU administration.

Danailov spends ECU funds on his Campaign!

Silvio Danailov and his partners stay quiet about the serious questions raised by our campaign and a number of journalists and chess people. It seems that they are lacking any funds for this campaign and they are instead using the ECU budget on it.

Meanwhile Danailov also announced that he wants to terminate the meetings of the ECU Board 7 months before the elections(!), which is a serious violation of the statutes!

We will come back to all these matters with more details, but for the moment we ensure you that after the elections we will prove that funds from the ECU budget were spent on Danailov’s campaign and all this money will be returned after the 11th August.

Every single euro will be back in the ECU accounts.

With kind regards on the behalf of the “ECU Back to Europe” Team

Fiona Steil-Antoni
Campaign Press officer

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5th International Chess Festival Terre degli Elimi – Update

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in Chess News & Events | 0 comments

This summer in Sicily there will be a nice international chess festival – the 5th “Terre degli Elimi”. It will be one intense chess week in July.

Erice is a magic ancient place and in the afternoons the players are free to visit places of incomparable beauty and charm as Segesta, the Egadi Islands, Zingaro, Scopello.

Erice in western Sicily (Italy) is 15 km away from airport “Vincenzo Florio” in Trapani (Ryanair Hub), is a true and proper tourist pearl of Sicily at about 700 meters above sea level overlooking the Canale with breathtaking views going as far as Mount Etna.

To arrive in Erice, you can reach Trapani by plane (airport Vincenzo Florio) with daily Ryanair flights offering connections from leading Italian and European airports at very cheap prices.

And all this without suffering from the summer heat thanks to the micro-climate of the mountaintop.

Trapani and Egadi island sunset

Trapani and Egadi island sunset

Organizers partner hotel offers unbeatable prices:
– Stay in a single room for seven days costs 175 € per person!
– Stay in a double room for seven days costs € 135 per person!
– Stay in a triple room for seven days costs € 127 per person!

We rent furnished apartments complete with everything for 4/6 people at unbeatable prices!

Write to Alessandro Monaco to webmaster@ericescacchi.it or contact him on facebook as “Alessandro Monaco”.

The Festival includes:
– Main tournament A Open, in 9 rounds, for players rated >1800;
– Secondary B Open, in 9 rounds too, for players <1900
– C Open, in 7 rounds, for players < 1500.

The tournaments will be held July 19 to 25 in the halls of the Salespalace at Erice.

The Open A will be valid for international norms of IM and GM. The total prize money will be more than 3500 €.

If you have never come to Erice this may finally be the right time!
See you soon!

Alessandro Monaco

Ksenija Novak, Marta Przedziecka e Katarzyna Toma with the Castle of Venus in Erice

Ksenija Novak, Marta Przedziecka and Katarzyna Toma with the Castle of Venus in Erice

List of participants (28 March 2014)

SOLODOVNICHENKO, YURI UKR M GM 2586
IORDACHESCU, VIOREL MDA M GM 2583
PETKOV, VLADIMIR BUL M GM 2566
BLAGOJEVIC, DRAGISA MNE M GM 2517
WARAKOMSKI, TOMASZ POL M IM 2498
SADZIKOWSKI, DANIEL POL M IM 2470
RISTIC, NENAD SRB M GM 2431
WIECZOREK, OSKAR POL M IM 2407
ALEKSIC, NENAD SRB M IM 2348
AMATO ANDREA ITA m FM 2345
DE WIT, TEX NED M FM 2333
BEZEMER, ARNO NED M FM 2311
KULON, KLAUDIA POL F WIM 2308
MANAKOVA, MARIA SRB F WGM 2289
ASHIKU, FRANC ALB M 2284
ARANAZ MURILLO, AMALIA ESP F WIM 2279
SWIECH, PRZEMYSLAW POL M 2267
ADRIAN, CLAUDE FRA M IM 2239
IWANOW, ANNA POL F WIM 2208
VAN DER EIJK, MARTIJN NED M 2199
SANTAGATI ALESSANDRO ITA m M 2198
ARANAZ PORTUGUES, JOSE CARLOS ESP M 2163
WARAKOMSKA, ANNA POL F WFM 2144
BIFULCO MICHEL ITA m CM 2077
VALGUARNERA GIROLAMO ITA m M 2068
RIZZA FRANCESCO ITA m CM 2038
BLAGOJEVIC, TIJANA MNE F 2028
VOLKERS, ANNEMARIE NED F 2018
RAVAGNANI TIZIANO ITA m CM 2005
BERTINO GIACOMO ITA m CM 1900
IANNELLO ANTONIO ITA m 1N 1888
LO PICCOLO, ANTONINO ITA M 1884
CASTELLI GIOVANNI J. ITA m 1N 1876
IANNELLO ANDREA ITA m 1N 1876
MESSINA DAMIANO ITA m CM 1860

Contacts

Organizer: Alessandro Monaco – webmaster@ericescacchi.it – mobile phone +393343114606

All details on official website www.ericescacchi.it
Facebook page of Terre degli Elimi https://www.facebook.com/Terre.Elimi?ref=hl
Facebook page of Alessandro Monaco https://www.facebook.com/alessandro.monaco.39

Celebrating Amato's victory

Celebrating Amato’s victory

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Obama and Putin to Settle Differences Over Chess Game

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in Chess News & Events | 0 comments

Later this month U.S. President Barack Obama and President of Russia Vladimir Putin will meet at the chess board for a diplomatic match at the highest level. The chess meeting between the two world leaders is intended to “resolve the current stalemate situation” between the two countries, which has been described as “a 21st-century cold war fight of strategic nature” by insiders of the White House.

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