FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2014

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

Official FIDE logoThe FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2014 will be held at the Dubai Culture & Chess Club in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from 15th June to 21st June 2014.

The events will be both Swiss pairings tournaments and will be held over two days for Blitz and three days for Rapid.

The Blitz will have twenty one (21) rounds, with a single game for each round, Swiss event. The Rapid will be fifteen (15) rounds, with a single game for each round, Swiss event.

In the Blitz Championship, each player will have 3 minutes + 2 seconds additional time per move, starting from move 1.

In the Rapid Championship, each player will have 15 minutes + 10 seconds additional time per move, starting from move 1.

Participation
1. All players rated at least 2500 in any of the three FIDE rating lists (Standard, Blitz or Rapid) as at the 1st of March 2014 are eligible to participate in the World Blitz Championship.
2. The Blitz & Rapid Championships are open to all the National Champions representing their National Chess Federation regardless of their title or rating.
3. Applications have to be sent by the national federations only.
4. Application form must be submitted online on www.Dubai2014wrb.com/registration not later than 10.05.2014.

The prize fund for each event, Rapid and Blitz, is 200,000 USD. The respective winners will be awarded with 40,000 USD each.

Regulations

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3rd Balkan Rapid Chess Festival 2014

Posted by on Mar 29, 2014 in Chess News & Events | 0 comments

The 3rd Balkan Rapid Chess Festival will take place on 12-13th April in Hotel Geranion, near Nikiti-Halkidiki, Greece.

The 10-round Swiss-system FIDE rated event with the time control 15 min + 3 sec is organized by the Municipality of Sithonia in cooperation with Thessaloniki & Halkidiki Chess Union.

The scoring system is 3 points for win, 1 point for draw, 0 points for loss. Draw offers are forbidden.

The prize fund is 1500 EUR. For registration and more information contact chief arbiter FA Iskos Alexandros (iskosalex@gmail.com).

Hotel Geranion

Hotel Geranion

Participants:

1 GM Georgiev Krum BUL 2457
2 Ladopoulos Dimitrios GRE 2083
3 Ballas Kleon-Evangelos GRE 1976
4 WFM Avramidou Anastasia GRE 1893
5 Tsintsar Zoran GER 1854
6 Ballas Athanasios-Panagiotis GRE 1807
7 Koumtzis Argirios GRE 1674
8 Pavlidis Pavlos GRE 1562
9 Chrysafis Ioannis GRE 1508
10 Tzimoulias Konstantinos GRE 1419
11 Koukoulas Sotirios GRE 1367
12 Salifoglou Ioannis GRE 1367
13 Katsigris Antonios GRE 1239
14 Gavriil Odysseas-Panagiotis GRE 1216
15 Konteas Stergios GRE 0
16 Koumtzis Hristos GRE 0
17 Lagogianni Niki Vasiliki GRE 0
18 Liakopoulos Dimitrios GRE 0
19 Liakopoulos Vasilios GRE 0
20 Mihanetsidis Panagiotis GRE 0
21 Tarabatsis Georgios GRE 0
22 Tsikalas Panagiotis GRE 0
23 Tsiolakis Eleftherios GRE 0
24 Tsiolakis Ioannis GRE 0

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International Rapid Chess Festival – Veaceslav Cebanenco Memorial

Posted by on Mar 25, 2014 in Chess News & Events | 0 comments

sah 4The Veaceslav Cebanenco Memorial is scheduled to take place on 1-2nd April at the Republican Chess and Draughts Club, Sciusev street 111, in Chisinau, Moldova.

The Festival will consist of three events:

– In the open tournament A (9-round Swiss, FIDE rated) eligible to participate are the players with FIDE ratings 2200 and higher. The maximum number of participants is 50.
Rate of play: 15 min + 10 sec/move increment.

– In the open tournament B (9-round Swiss, FIDE rated) eligible to participate are the players with FIDE ratings under 2200. The maximum number of participants is 70.
Rate of play: 25 min to the end of the game.

– In the open tournament C (9-round Swiss, open & girls) eligible to participate are the players under 12 years old. Individual and team score will be counted. Each team may consist of 2 players (1 boy + 1 girl), both born in 2002 and younger.
Rate of play: 25 min to the end of the game.

The top prize in the Open A is 1000 EUR.

Tournament website

Participants:

1 GM Malakhov Vladimir RUS 2777
2 GM Shirov Alexei LAT 2742
3 GM Bologan Viktor MDA 2680
4 GM Lysyj Igor RUS 2675
5 GM Svetushkin Dmitry MDA 2628
6 GM Kuzubov Yuriy UKR 2583
7 GM Solodovnichenko Yuri UKR 2564
8 IM Bernadskiy Vitaliy UKR 2552
9 GM Al-Modiahki Mohamad QAT 2547
10 GM Nanu Costica-Ciprian ROU 2532
11 GM Rogozenco Dorian ROU 2513
12 IM Hamitevici Vladimir MDA 2494
13 IM Golubka Petr UKR 2458
14 GM Zhu Chen QAT 2438
15 IM Slovineanu Viacheslav MDA 2431
16 GM Sanduleac Vasile MDA 2397
17 IM Martemianov Iaroslav MDA 2365
18 IM Soltanici Ruslan MDA 2360
19 Omelja Artem UKR 2350
20 IM Vedmediuc Serghei MDA 2340
21 IM Itkis Boris ROU 2337
22 FM Ungureanu Vlad ROU 2337
23 IM Klinova Masha ISR 2294
24 FM Agafii Victor MDA 2291
25 Golub Dan MDA 2290
26 IM Zajarnyi Anatolyi MDA 2274
27 FM Vavric Pavel MDA 2274
28 FM Ogleznev Alexandr MDA 2264
29 Iovcov Valerii MDA 2237
30 Martemianov Oleg MDA 2220
31 Chircu Vadim MDA 2209
32 Fedotov Eduard MDA 2208
33 Veneteanu Ion-Cristian ROU 2208
34 WGM Ionescu Irina ROU 2191
35 Cerbulenco Liviu MDA 2114
36 Procop Egor MDA 2070
37 Bizovi Mihai MDA 2050
38 Gorbanovsky Oleg MDA 2035
39 Chetrari Nikita MDA 1890

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GM Branko Tadic wins rapid tournament in Krusevac

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

The 12th Rapid Chess Tournament “Pet Dvojki” took place on 1st March in Krusevac, Serbia. 104 players participated in the 9-round Swiss event.

The tournament is valid for the Grand Prix of Central Serbia Chess Federation.

GM Branko Tadic emerged clear winner with 7,5/9 points to take the top prize of 200 EUR.

Branko Tadic

GM Branko Tadic

Final standings:

1 GM Tadic Branko 2541 Beograd – 7.5
2 GM Drazic Sinisa 2479 Novi Sad – 7
3 GM Lajthajm Borko 2538 Beograd – 7
4 GM Abramovic Bosko 2436 Zemun – 7
5 IM Velickovic Sasa 2361 Beograd – 7
6 GM Milanovic Danilo 2431 Mladenovac – 7
7 IM Arsovic Goran 2430 Beograd – 6.5
8 IM Cvetkovic Srdjan 2320 Beograd – 6.5
9 IM Arsovic Zoran 2416 Beograd – 6.5
10 IM Novoselski Zoran 2447 Kragujevac – 6
11 GM Rajkovic Dusan 2426 S.Palanka – 6
12 GM Pap Misa 2494 Kac – 6
13 GM Cabrilo Goran 2466 Mladenovac – 6
14 FM Zlatanovic Boroljub 2409 Kragujevac – 6
15 Mickovic Slavisa 2147 Pozarevac – 6
16 FM Dinic Dragan 2267 Paracin – 6
17 GM Martinovic Slobodan 2417 Beograd – 6
18 IM Rabrenovic Vladan 2395 Cacak – 6
19 FM Radosavljevic Slobodan D 2199 Jagodina – 6
20 mk Markovic Miroslav R 2117 Trstenik – 6
21 mk Avramovic Zoran 2334 V.Plana – 6
22 FM Zivkovic Ivan B 2326 Krusevac – 5.5
23 mk Stojanovic Zlatko 2253 Svrljig – 5.5
24 FM Brankovic Dejan 2390 Paracin – 5.5
25 mk Mircic Ivan 2186 V.Plana – 5.5
26 mk Mijatovic Aca 2149 Krusevac – 5.5
27 mk Jovanovic Zoran B 2089 Krusevac – 5.5
28 FM Djokic Nebojsa 2242 Pozarevac – 5.5
29 II Marjanovic Toplica 1848 Paracin – 5.5
30 I Colic Aleksandar 0 Krusevac – 5
31 mk Djokic Slavoljub 2147 Krusevac – 5
32 mk Dodic Dragan 2109 Paracin – 5
33 FM Vujacic Borivoje 2311 Beograd – 5
34 mk Janjos Slavisa 2174 Kragujevac – 5
35 mk Njegic Vladimir 2157 Pozarevac – 5
36 III Semovic Sefedin 0 Tutin – 5
37 mk Grujic Nebojsa 2076 Cuprija – 5
38 mk Djordjevic Gradimir 2164 Krusevac – 5
39 III Kozic Nenad 0 Kursumlija – 5
40 WFM Urosevic Marija 2054 Krusevac – 5
41 mk Markovic Sasa 2138 Trstenik – 5
42 mk Smailovic Ramiz 2105 Tutin – 5
43 mk Pribanovic Milivoje 1890 Krusevac – 5
44 I Zivanovic Blagoje 1912 Krusevac – 5
45 mk Semsovic Alija 2044 Tutin – 5
46 FM Zlatanovic Zoran 2164 Bor – 5
47 mk Antic Nenad 1990 Kragujevac – 5
48 mk Rizvanovic Ibrahim 2129 Tutin – 5
49 IM Brkljaca Ante 2320 Mladenovac – 4.5
50 mk Milenkovic Blagoje 2095 Cuprija – 4.5
51 mk Trpkovic Miroljub 1934 V.Plana – 4.5
52 mk Kostic Dusan 1998 Varvarin – 4.5
53 IM Sekulic Dusan 2291 Beograd – 4.5
54 WFM Tadic Katarina 2077 Beograd – 4.5
55 mk Micanovic Zoran 2009 Krusevac – 4.5
56 mk Marjanovic Milan 2049 Kragujevac – 4.5
57 I Miljkovic Jovana 1623 Paracin – 4.5
58 III Mojsic Nikita 0 Krusevac – 4.5
59 III Stefanovic Slobodan 0 Krusevac – 4
60 mk Marjanovic Srdjan 2130 Krusevac – 4
61 I Jovanovic Ivan M 1757 Obrez – 4
62 mk Brkic Toma 2111 Varvarin – 4
63 mk Djurdjevic Dejan 0 Krusevac – 4
64 mk Colic Ninoslav 2135 Bor – 4
65 mk Rakovac Miroslav 0 Trstenik – 4
66 I Carapic Srdjan 1947 Kursumlija – 4
67 II Milojevic Milorad 0 Paracin – 4
68 II Vasic Radosav 1725 Krusevac – 4
69 III Smiljkovic Dejan 1961 Kursumlija – 4
70 III Matejic Ivica 0 Krusevac – 4
71 I Rajic Momcilo 1923 Paracin – 4
72 II Zaric Slavoljub 1664 Varvarin – 4
73 II Rakic Ognjan 1783 Paracin – 4
74 I Lapcevic Dragutin 1840 Krusevac – 4
75 mk Zivkovic Zivojin 1971 Paracin – 3.5
76 III Rasic Milovan 1700 Razanj – 3.5
77 III Stanisavljevic Vladan 1841 Cuprija – 3.5
78 I Rajkovic Slobodan 0 Obrez – 3.5
79 III Abramovic Srdjan 0 Kursumlija – 3.5
80 III Aleksic Zoran 0 Kursumlija – 3.5
81 I Redzepovic Iso 0 Tutin – 3.5
82 II Kusic Mile 0 Krusevac – 3.5
83 III Markovic Zoran Rat 0 Kursumlija – 3
84 II Dzaferovic Dzafer 0 Tutin – 3
85 I Tomic Miroslav T 0 Varvarin – 3
86 III Dacic Gradimir 0 Krusevac – 3
87 mk Tosic Dragoljub 1994 Krusevac – 3
88 I Mijajlovic Milutin 1837 Paracin – 3
89 I Zivkovic Vladisa 1978 V.Plana – 3
90 I Brankovic Slavoljub 1764 Paracin – 3
91 I Nikolic Radosav 0 Krusevac – 2.5
92 I Gagic Miroljub 1865 Krusevac – 2.5
93 III Nedeljkovic Ignjatije 0 Krusevac – 2.5
94 III Marjanovic Milija 1678 Paracin – 2.5
95 III Sinanovic Ramiz 0 Tutin – 2.5
96 I Milic Nebojsa 0 Razanj – 2.5
97 III Unic Slavoljub 0 Trstenik – 2.5
98 I Milutinovic Vlastimir 0 Krusevac – 2
99 I Rajic Milovan 1794 Varvarin – 2
100 III Marjanovic Natasa 0 Krusevac – 2
101 III Jovanovic Vojkan 0 Kursumlija – 2
102 III Kalicanin Dimitrije 0 Krusevac – 2
103 III Jankovic Moma 1479 Paracin – 1.5
104 III Marjanovic Radisa 0 Krusevac – 0

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FIDE Women World Rapid & Blitz Championships 2014

Posted by on Feb 24, 2014 in Chess News & Events | 0 comments

FIDE Women World Rapid & Blitz Championships 2014 will take place on 23-30th April in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.

The events will be both Swiss pairings tournaments and will be held over two days for Blitz and three days for Rapid.

The Blitz will have fifteen rounds with each player playing with white and black against his paired opponent, Swiss event. The Rapid will be also fifteen rounds, but only one game as paired, Swiss event.

In the Blitz Championship, each player will have 3 minutes + 2 seconds additional time per move, starting from move 1.

In the Rapid Championship, each player will have 15 minutes + 10 seconds additional time per move, starting from move 1.

FIDE Women World Rapid & Blitz Championships 2014

All players rated at least 2200 in any of the three FIDE rating lists (Standard, Blitz or Rapid) as at the 1st of January 2014 are eligible to participate in the Women World Blitz & Rapid Championships.

The Blitz & Rapid Championships are open to all the National Champions representing their National Chess Federation regardless of their title or rating.

The prize fund for each event is 50,000 USD. The winner of each event will earn 12,000 USD.

Last year Khanty-Mansiysk hosted the FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2013. The winners were Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Rapid) and Le Quang Liem (Blitz)

Tournament website

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Carlsen wins Zurich Chess Challenge, Caruana best in Rapid

Posted by on Feb 4, 2014 in Chess News & Events | 0 comments

World Champion Magnus Carlsen emerged winner of the Zurich Chess Challenge 2014 in combined standings after classical and rapid games.

The Zurich Chess Challenge 2014, the strongest tournament in history with average elo 2801, started with a blitz event on Wednesday 29th January at Hotel Savoy in Zurich, Switzerland.

Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian shared the first place with 3,0/5 points each in the event that determined the starting numbers in the main tournament.

The results in the classical games were counted as 2 points for a win and 1 point for a draw. The results in the rapid games were counted as 1 point for a win and half a point for a draw.

In the classical tournament Magnus Carlsen had the best score of 8 points (3 wins, 2 draws).

Oleg Skvortsov and Magnus Carlsen

Magnus Carlsen receiving trophy from Oleg Skvortsov (photo courtesy of Anastasya Karlovich)

Classical Games – Standings:
1. Magnus Carlsen – 8
2. Levon Aronian – 6
3. Fabiano Caruana – 5
4-5. Hikaru Nakamura and Viswanathan Anand – 4
6. Boris Gelfand – 3

His overall victory seemed imminent, but a poor display in the rapid games on the last day of the Zurich Chess Challenge nearly ruined everything.

Fabiano Caruana’s inspired performance brought him 4,0/5 points for a total score of 9 points, but Carlsen still managed to make 2,0/5 and keep a full point distance ahead of the rest of the field.

Replay all games with analysis

Rapid Games – Standings:
1. Fabiano Caruana – 4
2. Hikaru Nakamura – 3½
3. Levon Aronian – 3
4. Magnus Carlsen – 2
5. Boris Gelfand – 1½
6. Viswanathan Anand – 1

Final Standings – Overall:
1. Magnus Carlsen – 10
2-3. Fabiano Caruana and Levon Aronian – 9
4. Hikaru Nakamura – 7½
5. Viswanathan Anand – 5
6. Boris Gelfand – 4½

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