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  • Ju Wenjun wins and joins Gunina in the lead

    International Chess Federation - FIDE Sep 15, 2019 | 03:14 P

    Ju Wenjun wins and joins Gunina in the lead The tournament leader Valentina Gunina (2502) was very close to biting the dust in her game against the veteran Pia Cramling (2487). Loyal to her style, the Russian jumped into some sharp tactical skirmishes as soon as she had the chance, but the complications didn't yield her any gain. Quite the opposite, when the dust settled it was the Swede who had a clear advantage, and she appeared headed for her first victory in the tournament. However, short of time, Cramling didn't manage to crack Black defences and, when the time trouble got serious, she decided to go for a threefold repetition to secure half a point.A Modern variation of the Slav Defence was played in the game between Ju Wenjun (2576) and Marie Sebag (2450). Sebag lost the thread right after the opening, allowing Ju Wenjun's cavalry to infiltrate her position. By move 20, the position of the French Grandmaster was already very delicate, and the World Champion gave her no chance. This victory allows the Chinese to catch up with Gunina, with 3/4.The other decisive game of the round was the fantastic victory of Alina Kashlinskaya (2487) over Harika Dronavalli (2503). In a Pirc Defence, white quickly traded the queens, dominated the[…]

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  • Do chess players live longer?

    Chess News Sep 14, 2019 | 21:00 P

    An ongoing topic of scientific inquire of interest to chess fans is whether and to what extent chess can delay or mitigate the effects of aging. An Australian study aimed to prove that chess champions have a higher life expectancy than the average population. Grandmasters from Eastern Europe should therefore have a life expectancy of up to 14 years. PETER MUENDER dealt critically with the study results.

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  • 2019 3rd Quarter FIDE Presidential Board Meeting

    International Chess Federation - FIDE Sep 14, 2019 | 16:03 P

    2019 3rd Quarter FIDE Presidential Board Meeting The new FIDE Charter was the main point in the agenda of the 2019 third quarter Presidential Board meeting, held in Budapest last weekend. The Hungarian Chess Federation took the opportunity to announce during the gala dinner that their country will bid to organize the Chess Olympiad in 2024.The Presidential Board meeting opened with the report from the FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich, who informed the attendants about his recent trips to South America and Morocco. The main outcome from these trips has beena firm commitment from political authorities in the visited countries to support chess and to organize some top events in the near future. The President also briefed the Board about the incoming events (World Cup and Women's Grand Prix), and about the new FIDE website that is about to be launched.On behalf of the Global Strategy Commission, Emil Sutovsky reported on the progress regarding FIDE's flag-ship competitions. The Candidates tournament 2020 is confirmed to take place in Ekaterinburg during the second half of March (exact dates will be confirmed soon). As for the World Championship, there are three cities interested in hosting the match, but since the three of them requested some extra time, the bidding deadline has[…]

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  • World Cup: Round 2 LIVE

    Chess News Sep 14, 2019 | 14:45 P

    Round two of the 2019 World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk saw 11 out of 32 match-ups starting with a decisive result. The upsets of the day were achieved by David Anton and Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, who defeated Wei Yi and Hikaru Nakamura respectively. Meanwhile, the youngest player in the field, Nihal Sarin, won a third classical game in a row, this time showing great positional feel to take down Eltaj Safarli. | Photo: FIDE

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  • A new chess pair

    Chess News Sep 14, 2019 | 14:00 P

    The chess world has a new power couple: Last Friday, the Hungarian Grandmaster Gabor Papp and the German national player WGM Sarah Hoolt tied the knot. Congratulations! | Photo: Georgios Souleidis

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  • Gunina keeps the lead at the Skolkovo Women’s Grand Prix

    International Chess Federation - FIDE Sep 14, 2019 | 02:15 P

    Gunina keeps the lead at the Skolkovo Women’s Grand Prix The sole leader of the Skolkovo Women's Grand Prix, Valentina Gunina, drew against the second-seeded player, Aleksandra Goryachkina, and keeps her lead having conceded only one draw in three games. The Queen's Gambit was played, where black managed to trade both problematic bishops and hold the endgame until a draw was agreed on move 40.The Indian GM Humpy Koneru played against IM Alina Kashlinskaya in what turned out to be the shortest game of the third round, with only 20 moves. A mistake by Black (17...Qc7) allowed for a fulgurant attack: Humpy sacrificed a knight and caught Alina's king in a mating net.In a good day for the Indian participants, Harika Dronavalli scored the second victory of the round, grabbing the whole point against the French Grandmaster Marie Sebag. Harika surprised her opponent by going for a very unusual first move, 1.f4, known as the Bird's Opening. Later, the game turned into the Dutch Defense with reversed colours. Harika gained the initiative in the middlegame, which she later converted into a material advantage.The clash between the former World Champion, Antoaneta Stefanova, and the current World Champion, Ju Wenjun, ended with a draw. In the Petrov's Defence, black managed to get[…]

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  • St Louis Fall Chess Classic 2019 - Games and Results

    The Week in Chess Sep 11, 2019 | 19:55 P

    The St Louis Fall Chess Classic consists of two 10 player Round Robin events. In the A Group the players are: Dariusz Swiercz, Hrant Melkumyan, Aleksandr Lenderman, Alexander Ipatov, Vasif Durarbayli, Jorden Van Foreest, Varuzhan Akobian, Ilia Smirin, Olexandr Bortnyk and Ray Robson.

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  • Skolkovo Women's FIDE Grand Prix 2019 - Games and Results

    The Week in Chess Sep 11, 2019 | 19:51 P

    The Skolkovo Women's FIDE Grand Prix takes place Tue 10th Sep to Mon 23rd Sep 2019 in Skolkovo in Moscow. It is the first of four Women's Grand Prix events. 16 players compete in the series. 12 players compete in each of the four round robin events. Players: Dronavalli Harika, Aleksandra Goryachkina, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Pia Cramling, Humpy Koneru, Valentina Gunina, Kateryna Lagno, Elisabeth Paehtz, Wenjun Ju, Antoaneta Stefanova, Alina Kashlinskaya, Marie Sebag, Anna Muzychuk, Mariya Muzychuk, Nana Dzagnidze and Xue Zhao.

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  • FIDE World Cup 2019 - Games and Results

    The Week in Chess Sep 10, 2019 | 19:14 P

    The FIDE World Cup takes place Mon 9th Sep to Wed 2nd Oct 2019 in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. 128 player Knockout event. Players: Ding, Giri, Vachier-Lagrave, So, Nepomniachtchi, Aronian, Mamedyarov, Dominguez Perez, Grischuk, Radjabov, Artemiev, Yu, Karjakin, Nakamura, Andreikin, Wojtaszek, Harikrishna, Duda, Svidler, Vitiugov, Wei, Le, Navara, Bu, Wang, Shankland, Matlakov, Tomashevsky, Vidit, Jakovenko, Xiong, Firouzja, Dubov, Amin, Jones, Grandelius, Adams, Gelfand, Cori, Rodshtein, Inarkiev, McShane, Korobov, Anton Guijarro, Naiditsch, Ponomariov, Nabaty, Fedoseev, Alekseenko, Berkes, Nisipeanu, Sevian, Adhiban, Cheparinov, Sjugirov, Saric, Piorun, Kasimdzhanov, Maghsoodloo, Sarana, Demchenko, Kovalenko, Gledura, Movsesian, Oparin, Najer, Lupulescu, Hovhannisyan, Predke, Chigaev, Bareev, Abasov, Bok, Mareco, Adly, Iturrizaga Bonelli, Tari, Parligras, Jumabayev, Nguyen, Ganguly, Sethuraman, Esipenko, Huschenbeth, Narayanan, Gupta, Delgado Ramirez, Karthikeyan, Bartel, Nihal, Lu, Aravindh, Rakhmanov, Flores, Tabatabaei, Cordova, Pashikian, Lysyj, Martinez Alcantara, Pichot, Petrov, Abdusattorov, Safarli, Pridorozhni, Xu, Yuffa, Aleksandrov, Santos Ruiz, Urkedal, Albornoz Cabrera, Henriquez Villagra, Gonzalez Vidal, Christiansen, Mekhitarian, Bellahcene, Megaranto, Ghaem Maghami, Iljiushenok, Ziska, Pultinevicius, Escobar Forero, Rakotomaharo, El Gindy, Gan-Erdene, Duran Vega, Anwuli, Mohammad Fahad and Press.

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  • TCEC S16 starts Sunday July 14th at 15:00 CEST

    Chessdom Jul 13, 2019 | 15:24 P

    Season 16 of the Top Chess Engine Championship starts this Sunday July 14th at 15:00 CEST. A total of 18 engines will battle for six promotion spots in the newly formed Qualification Division. Among them are three Neural Networks – ScorpioNN, ChessFighterNN, and Stoofvlees. Their main competitors are the seasoned engines Rodent, Wasp, chess22k, and [...]

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  • TCEC Season 16 – information and participants

    Chessdom Jul 3, 2019 | 16:28 P

    TCEC Season 16 is going to start Sunday July 14th at 15:00 CEST with the participation of the strongest computer chess software. For the first time ever a Neural Network – Leela Chess Zero aka Lc0 – will defend both a league title and a Cup title. TCEC Season 16 will feature a new format. [...]

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  • TCEC15: the 15th Top Chess Engine Championship

    Chessdom Jun 23, 2019 | 03:46 P

    Written by Guy Haworth and Nelson Hernandez Reading, UK and Maryland, USA Corresponding author: g.haworth@reading.ac.uk This is the latest in our series of analytical articles on past TCEC events. The main text can be read below on this webpage, and at the bottom you will find a link to the full layouted article in pdf [...]

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  • World Blitz Championships LIVE!

    Susan Polgar Global Chess Daily News and Information Dec 30, 2018 | 13:59 P

    World Blitz Championship Women’s World Blitz ChampionshipThe post World Blitz Championships LIVE! appeared first on Susan Polgar Global Chess Daily News and Information.

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  • PanAm InterCollegiate Chess Championships LIVE with 40 GMs!

    Susan Polgar Global Chess Daily News and Information Dec 29, 2018 | 17:00 P

    LIVE games here:The post PanAm InterCollegiate Chess Championships LIVE with 40 GMs! appeared first on Susan Polgar Global Chess Daily News and Information.

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  • World Rapid Championships LIVE!

    Susan Polgar Global Chess Daily News and Information Dec 27, 2018 | 13:59 P

    –The post World Rapid Championships LIVE! appeared first on Susan Polgar Global Chess Daily News and Information.

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  1. Season 16 of the Top Chess Engine Championship starts this Sunday July 14th at 15:00 CEST. A total of 18 engines will battle for six promotion spots in the newly formed Qualification Division. Among them are three Neural Networks – ScorpioNN, ChessFighterNN, and Stoofvlees. Their main competitors are the seasoned engines Rodent, Wasp, chess22k, and [...]
  2. TCEC Season 16 is going to start Sunday July 14th at 15:00 CEST with the participation of the strongest computer chess software. For the first time ever a Neural Network – Leela Chess Zero aka Lc0 – will defend both a league title and a Cup title. TCEC Season 16 will feature a new format. [...]
  3. Written by Guy Haworth and Nelson Hernandez Reading, UK and Maryland, USA Corresponding author: g.haworth@reading.ac.uk This is the latest in our series of analytical articles on past TCEC events. The main text can be read below on this webpage, and at the bottom you will find a link to the full layouted article in pdf [...]