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Palma de Mallorca Grand Prix - Round 5

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Round 5: a peaceful day after the storm in the Palma de Mallorca Grand Prix

After an extremely tense fourth round, today was the most peaceful day so far with all draws. “It’s the most important game generally in the tournament. I mean you don’t want to go to a rest day being upset,” said Levon Aronian after the game. Anish Giri had another opinion: “Levon considers a draw as a good result today because he beat me yesterday, so it depends...Two games before the rest day are important”.

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Sebastia Nadal, President of the Winter Chess made a first symbolic move in the game between the finalists of recently finished World Cup in Tbilisi Ding Liren-Levon Aronian. Ding Liren decided not to repeat the openings from the final match in Georgia but to play something new against Levon Aronian. Until some moment the players were following the line which happened in the game Nakamura-Aronian in the previous Grand Prix. Hikaru chose 10.Bf6 after 9...h6 but Ding Liren opted for 10.Bh4. After an unpopular but interesting 10...g5 it turned out that Ding Liren was out of his preparation. The Chinese Grandmaster decided to simplify the position and after few exchanges the draw was agreed.

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Maxime Vachier-Lagrave didn’t achieve much with white pieces against Hikaru Nakamura and after 13 moves players agreed for a draw.

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Teimour Rajabov tried to find a playable position not to make a fast draw today. Reversed King`s Indian happened in the game and this type of the position was not so common for Pentala Harikrishna “I think I got some play and Pentala had to solve some problems and he did it well”, said Teimour after the game.

The standings remain the same as after the round 4.

Tomorrow is a free day and the sixth round will be played at 2 pm local time on 22nd of November.

All results of the fifth round:

M. No.   Name Elo Pts. Results Pts.   Name Elo No.
1 4 GM Ding Liren 2774 ½ - ½ 3 GM Aronian Levon 2801 1
2 2 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2796 ½ - ½ GM Nakamura Hikaru 2780 3
3 10 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2721 ½ - ½ GM Svidler Peter 2763 5
4 8 GM Radjabov Teimour 2741 2 ½ - ½ GM Harikrishna P. 2738 9
5 6 GM Giri Anish 2762 2 ½ - ½ 2 GM Riazantsev Alexander 2651 17
6 14 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2702 2 ½ - ½ 2 GM Rapport Richard 2692 15
7 13 GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2705 ½ - ½ GM Li Chao B 2741 7
8 12 GM Eljanov Pavel 2707 ½ - ½ GM Inarkiev Ernesto 2683 16
9 11 GM Gelfand Boris 2719 1 ½ - ½ 1 GM Hammer Jon Ludvig 2629 18

The pairing for the sixth round:

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1 1 GM Aronian Levon 2801   3 GM Svidler Peter 2763 5
2 9 GM Harikrishna P. 2738 3   3 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2796 2
3 3 GM Nakamura Hikaru 2780 3   3 GM Ding Liren 2774 4
4 6 GM Giri Anish 2762   3 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2721 10
5 14 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2702   GM Radjabov Teimour 2741 8
6 17 GM Riazantsev Alexander 2651   GM Rapport Richard 2692 15
7 7 GM Li Chao B 2741 2   2 GM Eljanov Pavel 2707 12
8 18 GM Hammer Jon Ludvig 2629   2 GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2705 13
9 11 GM Gelfand Boris 2719   2 GM Inarkiev Ernesto 2683 16

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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First round starts tomorrow at Hotel Iberostar Bahia de Palma.

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27th World Senior Chess Championship Acqui Terme 2017

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Four new World Senior Champions!

Great fights, quick draws, medals winning or losing in last minute – during the last round of WSCC 2017 in Acqui Terme players and spectators saw the whole range.


Open +50

Top favorite GM Julian Granda Zuniga (Peru) had already won the tournament after his victory in round 10. Therefore, in last round he agreed in a quick draw and won the tournament with 9,5 points out of 11 games (8 victories, 3 draws). In the year 1980 the top player from Peru won the WYCC Under 14 in Mexico, and now, 37 years later, he became World Champion in this year’s Senior-championship. What a nice story! One point behind the new World Champion GM Rogelio Antonio (PHI) and GM Eric Prie (FRA) finished on second and third place.


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Six players started last round with 7,5 points. Three great fights on first boards for the World Champion’s title was expected! On third board GM Lothar Vogt (GER) and GM Vlastimil Jansa (CZE) never over-crossed the line of a draw and agreed in it after 28 moves. On board two GM Evgeny Sveshnikov (RUS) – with lowest tie-break – managed to win against IM Arkady Shevelev (ISR). With this result a medal was sure for him, but will he be second, or will he even be the new World Champion in his category? On first board the two GM Anatoly Vaisser (FRA) and GM Eugenio Torre (PHI) tried also to win the game. Around the 24th move it seemed the Philippians hero will have a better position. But quite later the 4-times Senior World Champion Vaisser managed to win a pawn. Torre was able to defend his position in a draw. After this result GM Evgeny Sveshnikov (RUS) became the new World Champion, half a point in front of 9 players with 8 points. The other medalists are GM Vaisser and GM Jansa.


Women +50

Number one seeded WGM Elvira Berend (LUX) started convincingly with 6,5 out of 7 games, but in penultimate game she lost to WGM Marina Makropoulou (GRE). A very fast draw in last round secured her the first place and the World Champion title. WGM Makropoulou had a bad start of 3 points out of 6 games and then a perfect final with 3 points in the last 3 games. With this result she managed to finish on second place. Bronze medal went to WGM Galina Strutinskaia (RUS) with 6 points as well. The ladies played only 9 games.

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The two Georgian players WGM Tamar Khmiadashvili and GM Nona Gaprindashvili dominated the tournament. Both of them scored 7,5 points out of 9 games. Khmiadashvili won the title, as she managed to win against Gaprindashvili in third round. Bronze medal went to WIM Tatiana Titorenko (RUS).

The closing ceremony took place in the tournament venue. Mr. Roberto Rivello, Chairman of FIDE Constitutional Commission, Member of FIDE Executive Board and Vice President of Italian Chess Federation, together with Mr. Lorenzo Lucchini, Mayor of Acqui Terme, gave the trophies to the medal winners.

The final standings:


Open +50:
1. GM Julian Granda Zuniga (PER) 9,5
2. GM Rogelio Antonio (PHI) 8,5
3. GM Eric Prie (FRA) 8,5


Open +65:
1. GM Evgeny Sveshnikov (RUS) 8,5
2. GM Anatoly Vaisser (FRA) 8
3. GM Vlastimil Jansa (CZE) 8


Women +50:
1. WGM Elvira Berend (LUX) 7
2. WGM Marina Makropoulou (GRE) 6
3. WGM Galina Strutinskaia (RUS) 6


Women +65:

1. WGM Tamar Khmiadashvili (GEO) 7,5
2. GM Nona Gaprindashvili (GEO) 7,5
3. WIM Tatiana Titorenko (RUS) 6,5

Next World Senior Championship will be organized in November 2018 in Bled, Slovenia.

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14th November 2017

For 7th time Italy is hosting the World Senior Chess Championship. After Arco 2001 and 2010, Lignano Sabbiadoro 2005, Arvier 2006, Condino 2009 and Acqui Terme 2015 this year the seniors were invited again to came to the city of Acqui Terme (nearly 20.000 of inhabitants) in northern Italy, between Genova and Torino, 35km in south of better known city of Alessandria.

Organizers are IO Michele Cordara (also organizer of Chess Olympiad 2006) and IO Cristina Pernici Rigo Playing hall: the Convention Center of Acqui Terme.

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From 6th till 18th of November 2017 not less than 298 players out of 52 countries will battle for the titles of World Champion in the categories “Open +50”, “Women +50”, “Open +65” and “Women +65”. For the open sections there will be an 11 round swiss system tournament, for the two Women tournaments a 9 round swiss system tournament. 30 games are transmitted live on Internet.

Here the list of the former Senior World Champions who are playing also this year:

Open tournaments:
• Evgeni Vasiukov (RUS, winner in year 1995)
• Anatoly Vaisser (FRA, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016)
• Vladimir Okhotnik (FRA, 2011, 2015)
• Zurab Sturua (GEO, 2014)
• Giorgi Bagaturov (GEO, 2016)

Women tournaments:
• Nona Gaprindashvili (GEO, 1995, 2009, 2014-16)
• Tamar Khmiadashvili (GEO, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2010)
• Elena Fatalibekova (RUS, 2004)
• Galina Strutinskaia (RUS, 2011, 2012, 2015)
• Svetlana Mednikova (RUS, 2014)
• Tatjana Bogumil (RUS, 2016)

Chief arbiter of this tournament is IA Werner Stubenvoll (Austria).

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Top seeded players are the well-known grandmasters Julio Granda Zuniga (PER, 2650) in the Open +50 and Anatoly Vaisser (FRA, 2503) in the Open +65. The oldest player is Antonio Pipitone from Italy (born 1926).

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After 6 rounds in Open tournaments and 5 rounds in Women tournaments there are following leaders:

In section “Open +50” there are six players leading with 5 points:
GM Julio Granda Zuniga (PER), GM Rogelio Antonio (PHI), GM Zurab Sturua (GEO), GM Eric Prie (FRA), IM Alexander Reprintsev (UKR) and IM Oliver Brendel (GER).

In section “Open +65” as well there are six players with 5 points leading:
GM Vlastimil Jansa (CZE), IM Arkady Shevelev (ISR), GM Vladimir Okhotnik (FRA), GM Anatoly Vaisser (FRA), GM Yuri Balashov (RUS) and FM Christian Hess (GER). Another 11 players follow with 4,5 points.

Two of the initial favorites of the tournament, GM Evgeny Sveshnikov (RUS, 2480) and GM James Tarjan (USA, 2449) already lost two games and will have problems to come back to the leading group.

In tournament “Women +50” the top-seeded player WGM Elvira Berend (LUX, 2292) is leading with 4,5 points out of the 5 games played. Currently on the second place is WGM Shilan Liu (CHN) with half a point less. Other players follow with one or more points less than the leader.

The “Grand Dame” of chess, GM Nona Gaprindashvili (GEO, 2306), lost in the third round of the tournament “Women +65” to WGM Tamar Khmiadashvili (GEO) and is now following her. After fifth round Khmiadashvili is the leader with 4,5 points, a half point ahead of Gaprindashvili. Behind them four players from Russia, who try to stop the two Georgian leaders.

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World Junior U20 Chess Championship 2017


The snow in Tarvisio has melted but not the players’ willing to get the title of World Junior champion.


Rounds 4 and 5 saw some very interesting battles on the boards in both the Open and Girls section of the Championship.


Round 4 in the Open section saw the young Indian IM, Praggnanandhaa defeat the top seed Jorden van Foreest of the Netherlands in 44 moves, then defeated 4th seed in Round 5. Kirill Alekseenko of Russia and Aleksey Sorokin also won their games in Round 4 to be the sole leaders on 4/4. In the Girls Section of Round 4 saw top seed from Kazakhstan, Zhansaya Abdulmalik concede a draw to Iulija Osmak of Ukraine. The other battle on board 2 between Alexandra Obolentseva and Davaademberel Nomin-Erdene of Mongolia saw the Mongolian win and take the lead with 4/4.


Round 5 saw in the Open section saw Kirill Alekseenko and Aleksey Sorokin play each other on the top board with Alekseenko taking the point and taking the lead with 5/5. The chase for the leader is still on with a group on 4.5 and 4 points.


Another result of importance saw the top seed again losing in Round 5 to FM Yan Liu of China. The Girls section on the top board saw Nomin-Erdene and Abdulmalik battle with the Kazakh getting the full point. Other notable results were Obolentseva defeating Sarasadat Khademalsharieh of Iran, Hagawane Aakanksha of India defeating Gunay Mammadzada of Azerbaijan.


After round 5, it was the first rest day for the players, arbiters and organisers. The organisers had a full booking for the trip to Salzburg in Austria.


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Pairing for the tournament can be found


16th November 2017

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.


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Pairing for the tournament can be found


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

Booking till November 16th.


King Salman Rapid & Blitz 2017 – Historic Agreement

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FIDE is pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement with the Organisers that the dress code for the event 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.

All players wishing to participate should send scan of passport and entry form to .

88th FIDE Congress: Executive Board Minutes and Annexes

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FIDE publishes the Minutes and Annexes of the Executive Board meeting that was held in Goynuk, Antalya, Turkey, 13-14 October 2017.

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World Rapid and Blitz confirmation deadline

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Dear Chessplayers,
FIDE announces that deadline for sending the signed confirmation for participation in 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships is the 25th of November 2017.

All players wishing to participate should send scan of passport and entry form to  along with a color scanned passport copy and advise the City of residence (to apply for visa from KSA Embassy). Photographs of passports made with phones will not be accepted for processing.

All participants receiving conditions are required to obtain written approval from FIDE for all flight bookings and to send to FIDE the player’s entry form signed and scanned.

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World Rapid and Blitz Announcement

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FIDE is pleased to announce that, under the aegis of the General Sports Authority of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships will be held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia between the 26th and 30th December 2017.

The first two Rapid Championships (Open and Women) will be on the 26th to 28th December and the Blitz Championships (Open and Women) will follow on the 29th and 30th December. The events offer a record breaking prize fund of US$2,000,000 with the Open events having individual prize funds of US$750,000 and each women event having a prize fund of US$ 250,000. 30 prizes shall be offered in each event. A payment of 20% from the above total prize fund shall be made to FIDE.

The number of players participating in the World Championships is set at a maximum number of 250 players for the Open events and 150 players for the Women events. All players rated at least 2600 for the Open and 2300 for the Women, in any of the FIDE rating lists (Standard, Blitz or Rapid) from September 2017 to October 2017 are eligible to register to play in the King Salman World Blitz & Rapid Championships 2017 and . Early registration is appreciated to facilitate confirmation of selection as well as arrangement of invitation letters for visa.

The players on the list below will be offered free accommodation in Riyadh, as well as travel expenses, if they confirm and sign their participation by the deadline of the 25th of November 2017.

ID Name Fed. Sep17
1503014 Carlsen, Magnus NOR 2827 9 2826 6 2837 9 2837
623539 Vachier-Lagrave, Max. FRA 2804 9 2794 12 2796 2 2804
4101588 Kramnik, Vladimir RUS 2803 0 2794 6 2787 13 2803
13300474 Aronian, Levon ARM 2802 9 2801 16 2801 0 2802
2020009 Caruana, Fabiano USA 2799 9 2794 6 2799 9 2799
13401319 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE 2797 0 2791 4 2799 5 2799
5000017 Anand, Viswanathan IND 2794 9 2783 4 2782 11 2794
5202213 So, Wesley USA 2792 9 2788 12 2788 0 2792
4126025 Grischuk, Alexander RUS 2788 4 2785 8 2782 5 2788
2016192 Nakamura, Hikaru USA 2781 9 2774 6 2780 9 2781
14109603 Karjakin, Sergey RUS 2780 9 2765 4 2760 7 2780
24116068 Giri, Anish NED 2777 4 2762 8 2762 7 2777
8603677 Ding, Liren CHN 2771 8 2772 16 2774 7 2774
4102142 Svidler, Peter RUS 2756 9 2760 10 2763 8 2763
8603820 Yu, Yangyi CHN 2750 3 2743 4 2746 7 2750
2900084 Topalov, Veselin FID 2749 0 2749 0 2749 0 2749
8603405 Wei, Yi CHN 2748 4 2740 4 2739 6 2748
8604436 Li, Chao b CHN 2745 4 2739 6 2741 2 2745
13400924 Radjabov, Teimour AZE 2742 0 2741 4 2741 0 2742
5007003 Harikrishna, P. IND 2741 9 2733 4 2738 7 2741
4168119 Nepomniachtchi, Ian RUS 2741 9 2733 6 2732 7 2741
1118358 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw POL 2739 6 2737 4 2741 11 2741
3503240 Dominguez Perez, Lei. CUB 2739 0 2739 0 2739 0 2739
12401137 Le, Quang Liem VIE 2739 0 2737 11 2737 0 2739
400041 Adams, Michael ENG 2738 0 2727 4 2721 11 2738
4168003 Matlakov, Maxim RUS 2728 0 2730 6 2738 6 2738
2805677 Gelfand, Boris ISR 2737 6 2737 4 2719 8 2737
14102951 Eljanov, Pavel UKR 2734 0 2720 2 2707 17 2734
24130737 Fedoseev, Vladimir RUS 2731 0 2733 10 2718 7 2733
14100010 Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR 2727 12 2732 10 2729 14 2732
309095 Navara, David CZE 2720 9 2726 6 2732 10 2732
8601445 Bu, Xiangzhi CHN 2714 4 2730 8 2730 0 2730
4152956 Vitiugov, Nikita RUS 2728 10 2728 4 2721 5 2728
605506 Bacrot, Etienne FRA 2728 22 2723 4 2727 2 2728
4122356 Jakovenko, Dmitry RUS 2710 0 2710 0 2721 9 2721
5029465 Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi IND 2702 7 2713 6 2721 9 2721
2205530 Vallejo Pons, Francisco ESP 2716 7 2714 6 2705 9 2716
4158814 Andreikin, Dmitry RUS 2708 4 2705 4 2713 7 2713
13601520 Jobava, Baadur GEO 2702 17 2705 8 2712 4 2712
4147235 Tomashevsky, Evgeny RUS 2710 0 2702 4 2702 0 2710
1170546 Duda, Jan-Krzysztof POL 2698 7 2706 4 2710 2 2710
2905540 Cheparinov, Ivan FID 2695 12 2697 4 2710 9 2710
702293 Almasi, Zoltan HUN 2707 0 2707 0 2685 10 2707
8602883 Wang, Hao CHN 2701 4 2706 8 2706 0 2706
4650891 Naiditsch, Arkadij AZE 2702 6 2702 0 2700 17 2702
410608 Howell, David W L ENG 2701 9 2698 2 2685 11 2701
10601457 Amin, Bassem EGY 2699 14 2698 3 2700 3 2700
8601429 Wang, Yue CHN 2699 4 2689 7 2689 0 2699
2806851 Rodshtein, Maxim ISR 2695 0 2699 6 2688 16 2699
4118987 Najer, Evgeniy RUS 2694 12 2699 8 2693 7 2699
400025 Short, Nigel D ENG 2698 19 2698 0 2687 17 2698
24101605 Artemiev, Vladislav RUS 2692 0 2696 6 2696 0 2696
4162722 Inarkiev, Ernesto RUS 2694 6 2693 4 2683 9 2694
14103320 Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR 2694 16 2687 2 2687 0 2694
14109182 Kryvoruchko, Yuriy UKR 2692 0 2692 0 2691 10 2692
738590 Rapport, Richard HUN 2675 0 2686 10 2692 8 2692
4120787 Malakhov, Vladimir RUS 2691 4 2691 0 2690 16 2691
14112906 Kuzubov, Yuriy UKR 2688 19 2690 6 2690 0 2690
2802007 Sutovsky, Emil ISR 2683 0 2683 0 2689 9 2689
400173 Sadler, Matthew D ENG 2687 0 2687 0 2687 0 2687
13401653 Mamedov, Rauf AZE 2678 19 2678 0 2686 7 2686
14200244 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam UZB 2676 0 2676 0 2685 11 2685
4115309 Rublevsky, Sergei RUS 2683 0 2683 8 2683 0 2683
14101025 Onischuk, Alexander USA 2682 0 2681 4 2681 0 2682
703303 Leko, Peter HUN 2679 9 2679 0 2680 11 2680
8602980 Hou, Yifan CHN 2670 9 2678 4 2680 8 2680
5004985 Sasikiran, Krishnan IND 2676 19 2677 7 2677 8 2677
2000024 Kamsky, Gata USA 2676 9 2676 0 2677 9 2677
24126055 Dubov, Daniil RUS 2666 0 2677 8 2677 0 2677
14113147 Kravtsiv, Martyn UKR 2670 12 2677 4 2677 0 2677
4116992 Morozevich, Alexander RUS 2676 9 2665 5 2665 0 2676
4121830 Motylev, Alexander RUS 2668 10 2675 4 2675 0 2675
1202758 Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter GER 2674 7 2672 2 2673 9 2674
8601160 Ni, Hua CHN 2674 4 2674 0 2674 0 2674
14102560 Moiseenko, Alexander UKR 2674 4 2674 0 2674 0 2674
310204 Movsesian, Sergei ARM 2671 7 2671 0 2667 9 2671
5018471 Adhiban, B. IND 2670 7 2671 4 2655 15 2671

ID Name Fed. Sep17
4189302 Sjugirov, Sanan RUS 2765 0 2765 0 2729 19 2765
14114038 Onischuk, Vladimir UKR 2748 0 2748 0 2748 0 2748
2285525 Anton Guijarro, David ESP 2732 9 2732 0 2732 0 2732
4157800 Ponkratov, Pavel RUS 2731 11 2683 20 2683 0 2731
12401110 Nguyen, Ngoc Truong Son VIE 2721 0 2693 9 2693 0 2721
4125029 Riazantsev, Alexander RUS 2703 0 2720 11 2719 7 2720

ID Name Fed. Sep17
14108836 Shkuro, Iuri UKR 2828 0 2828 0 2828 0 2828
9301348 Salem, A.R. Saleh UAE 2767 0 2767 0 2767 0 2767
14105730 Korobov, Anton UKR 2760 11 2760 13 2760 0 2760
13302000 Andriasian, Zaven ARM 2755 0 2755 0 2755 0 2755
2302241 Gretarsson, Hjorvar Steinn ISL 2705 19 2705 0 2737 14 2737

ID Name Fed. Sep17
8602980 Hou, Yifan CHN 2670 9 2678 4 2680 8 2680
8603006 Ju, Wenjun CHN 2574 4 2579 9 2567 9 2579
14111330 Muzychuk, Anna UKR 2576 12 2576 0 2576 0 2576
4128125 Kosteniuk, Alexandra RUS 2552 0 2552 0 2549 10 2552
14114550 Muzychuk, Mariya UKR 2544 0 2544 0 2544 0 2544
12801259 Cmilyte, Viktorija LTU 2542 0 2542 0 2542 0 2542
14109336 Lagno, Kateryna RUS 2541 4 2541 0 2541 0 2541
8605114 Lei, Tingjie CHN 2534 17 2528 13 2528 0 2534
5015197 Harika, Dronavalli IND 2528 9 2528 0 2511 15 2528
13601903 Dzagnidze, Nana GEO 2519 0 2520 2 2524 7 2524
8603642 Tan, Zhongyi CHN 2509 4 2523 7 2523 0 2523
2902257 Stefanova, Antoaneta FID 2506 4 2506 0 2506 0 2506
4195752 Girya, Olga RUS 2505 4 2505 0 2495 5 2505
4167570 Gunina, Valentina RUS 2505 0 2502 2 2499 4 2505
13602993 Batsiashvili, Nino GEO 2472 12 2472 0 2497 15 2497
617822 Sebag, Marie FRA 2495 0 2495 0 2495 0 2495
8601283 Zhao, Xue CHN 2484 3 2484 0 2484 0 2484
1106619 Socko, Monika POL 2479 0 2479 0 2476 3 2479
4147103 Goryachkina, Aleksandra RUS 2478 0 2478 0 2478 0 2478
8603162 Shen, Yang CHN 2473 3 2473 0 2473 0 2473
4147855 Pogonina, Natalija RUS 2466 0 2466 0 2469 6 2469
4130189 Atalik, Ekaterina TUR 2468 12 2468 0 2463 7 2468
13700090 Saduakassova, Dinara KAZ 2444 18 2448 7 2460 9 2460
13602640 Khotenashvili, Bela GEO 2459 0 2459 0 2455 6 2459
12400149 Hoang, Thanh Trang HUN 2459 0 2438 7 2438 0 2459
4198026 Kashlinskaya, Alina RUS 2446 9 2455 9 2445 7 2455
1700030 Cramling, Pia SWE 2453 5 2450 1 2448 4 2453
4641833 Paehtz, Elisabeth GER 2453 5 2453 0 2453 16 2453
14101572 Zatonskih, Anna USA 2424 0 2428 1 2450 10 2450
14110911 Ushenina, Anna UKR 2445 12 2445 0 2427 6 2445
4149351 Nechaeva, Marina RUS 2431 9 2431 0 2444 6 2444
4129725 Galliamova, Alisa RUS 2443 0 2443 0 2443 0 2443
14100126 Shvayger, Yuliya ISR 2442 14 2442 0 2440 16 2442
8608466 Ni, Shiqun CHN 2426 15 2441 9 2441 0 2441
14101513 Zhukova, Natalia UKR 2438 0 2426 8 2434 7 2438
13601458 Javakhishvili, Lela GEO 2438 0 2438 0 2438 0 2438
14101181 Gaponenko, Inna UKR 2437 0 2433 9 2426 9 2437
2012782 Krush, Irina USA 2436 1 2436 0 2431 3 2436
8602689 Huang, Qian CHN 2436 4 2436 0 2436 0 2436
12512214 Khademalsharieh, Sarasadat IRI 2433 0 2414 9 2419 6 2433
4181751 Bodnaruk, Anastasia RUS 2432 9 2432 0 2432 0 2432
13703544 Abdumalik, Zhansaya KAZ 2428 9 2428 7 2428 0 2428
1122320 Zawadzka, Jolanta POL 2422 9 2422 0 2428 3 2428
8600546 Zhu, Chen QAT 2424 0 2423 7 2423 0 2424
13903063 Bulmaga, Irina ROU 2423 9 2423 0 2420 18 2423
24606812 Hoolt, Sarah GER 2423 14 2423 0 2418 2 2423
4120876 Turova, Irina RUS 2419 5 2422 9 2422 0 2422
8602972 Ding, Yixin CHN 2421 4 2421 0 2421 0 2421
13708694 Assaubayeva, Bibisara RUS 2420 0 2395 20 2395 0 2420
13300210 Danielian, Elina ARM 2415 9 2415 0 2415 0 2415
3506940 Ordaz Valdes, Lisandra Teresa CUB 2394 0 2394 0 2414 5 2414
12802859 Cornette, Deimante LTU 2404 12 2404 0 2413 9 2413
13602446 Melia, Salome GEO 2399 0 2412 9 2398 3 2412
4116704 Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina RUS 2411 0 2411 0 2410 7 2411
12401102 Hoang, Thi Bao Tram VIE 2408 0 2410 7 2410 0 2410
1122681 Szczepkowska, Karina POL 2406 9 2406 0 2406 0 2406
2219026 Vega Gutierrez, Sabrina ESP 2389 14 2405 19 2405 9 2405
13900145 Skripchenko, Almira FRA 2399 0 2399 0 2404 2 2404
405094 Houska, Jovanka ENG 2393 9 2393 0 2401 9 2401
13300601 Mkrtchian, Lilit ARM 2401 0 2390 9 2390 0 2401
13600320 Khurtsidze, Nino GEO 2400 0 2400 0 2400 0 2400
1201930 Peptan, Corina-Isabela ROU 2400 9 2399 7 2399 0 2400
5007844 Tania, Sachdev IND 2391 9 2386 7 2400 9 2400
908550 Bojkovic, Natasa SRB 2398 0 2384 8 2384 0 2398
4900839 Batchimeg, Tuvshintugs MGL 2398 0 2398 0 2398 0 2398
24171760 Shuvalova, Polina RUS 2397 0 2386 11 2386 0 2397
7101937 Sukandar, Irine Kharisma INA 2397 10 2384 17 2384 0 2397
4900758 Munguntuul, Batkhuyag MGL 2397 0 2397 0 2397 0 2397
4132190 Zimina, Olga ITA 2385 9 2394 8 2394 0 2394
8604002 Guo, Qi CHN 2394 15 2394 0 2394 0 2394
13403729 Mammadzada, Gunay AZE 2393 0 2393 0 2393 0 2393
13601377 Matnadze, Ana ESP 2393 7 2368 10 2365 2 2393
4671660 Schleining, Zoya GER 2374 0 2377 1 2390 10 2390
4182146 Voit, Daria RUS 2387 0 2387 0 2390 7 2390
1108166 Rajlich, Iweta POL 2389 0 2389 0 2389 0 2389
3801934 Cori T., Deysi PER 2389 9 2386 9 2389 7 2389
709751 Gara, Anita HUN 2382 0 2382 0 2385 1 2385
13403508 Mammadova, Gulnar AZE 2385 16 2385 0 2369 5 2385
4100123 Bivol, Alina RUS 2375 13 2356 10 2384 14 2384
5012600 Karavade, Eesha IND 2384 21 2384 0 2384 9 2384
13403052 Fataliyeva, Ulviyya AZE 2348 5 2348 0 2381 7 2381
7101570 Aulia, Medina Warda INA 2375 0 2380 6 2380 0 2380

ID Name Fed. Sep17
5008123 Koneru, Humpy IND 2479 0 2479 0 2479 0 2479
8604070 Wang, Jue CHN 2442 0 2441 5 2441 0 2442
13600168 Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan SCO 2437 0 2437 0 2380 11 2437
4196872 Savina, Anastasia RUS 2354 0 2376 9 2411 11 2411
5029295 Padmini, Rout IND 2402 0 2409 5 2409 0 2409
12401226 Pham, Le Thao Nguyen VIE 2401 0 2390 5 2390 0 2401
14104652 Gritsayeva, Oksana RUS 2358 0 2358 0 2388 17 2388
4166299 Ambartsumova, Karina RUS 2338 4 2339 11 2388 17 2388

ID Name Fed. Sep17
4180917 Charochkina, Daria RUS 2457 0 2458 17 2345 39 2458
5091756 Vaishali R IND 2327 0 2327 0 2405 11 2405
13600168 Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan SCO 2403 0 2403 0 2359 13 2403
1106686 Michna, Marta GER 2393 49 2393 0 2393 0 2393

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Nigel Short confirms his participation

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Nigel Short is the first player, who sent the signed confirmation for participation in King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, which will be held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia between the 26th and 30th December 2017.

Nigel Short (born 1 June 1965) is an English Grandmaster, chess columnist, chess coach and chess commentator. Short earned the Grandmaster title at the age of 19, and was ranked third in the world by FIDE from January 1988 to July 1989. In 1993 he became the first English player to play a World Chess Championship match, when he qualified to play Garry Kasparov in the World Chess Championship 1993 in London (Kasparov won, 12.5 to 7.5). As of March 2017, he is the oldest player ranked among FIDE's top 100 players and is ranked 55.

FIDE Newsletter October 2017

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World Chess Championship for the Disabled

World Chess Championship for the Disabled was held in Dresden (Germany) from 5th to 13th of October.

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Marcin Tazbir (Poland IBCA 1) won with a tiny margin ahead of Oliver Mueller (Germany IBCA Team). Both of them ended on 6 points and Tazbir edged ahead with on more Buchholz point. Third place went to Alexey Pakhomov (Russia IBCA Team) on 5.5 with one Buchholz Point ahead of Raphael Zimmer (Germany IPCA). As the current Junior Chess Championship of the Physically Disabled Raphael showed great strength in Dresden as well.

Part 05

Oliver Mueller obtained a direct IM title thanks to placing second. He was just as surpised as well as delighted about the title.

Best female player was Svetlana Gerasimova (Russia IPCA) with 4 points. She also gained a direct WIM title. Second place went to Olga Gerasimova (Russia ICCD) with 3.5 points, third place went to Ljubov Kireeva (Russia ICCD, 3.5 points) who also got awarded an WIM norm thanks to her performance.

Looking at the teams Poland IBCA 1 won ahead of Russia IBCA 1 and Russia IPCA 1.

The overall winners are also the winners of the Blind Category. Placing first within the Deaf Players was Artur Kevorkov (Germany) and Raphael Zimmer (Germany) won the Physically Disabled Category.

During the price giving ceremony Phillip Gardner (ICCD President) thanked the players for very fair games and also congratulated the organising team on putting together another great championship. After the prize giving the playing of the national anthems of the countries of the winning player marked the emotional climax of the ceremony. Dr Dirk Jordan (President of the ZMDI) wished everyone safe journey home and hopefully a return visit to Dresden for the 1st World Chess Team Championship for the Disabled (14th – 21th October 2018).

FIDE World Youth Rapid & Blitz Championships 2017

The 1st FIDE World Youth Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships for Boys and Girls U14, U16, U18 took place in Creta Maris, Hersonissos, Greece.

The short but action-packed event saw tough battles across all age categories and many medals were decided by a tiebreak "photo finish".

The closing ceremony was held on Monday at the Creta Maris Convention Centre. The cups and medals were awarded by ECU General Secretary Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou, President of the Portugal Chess Federation Dominic Cross, Vice-President of the Greek Chess Federation Argyrios Kytharidis and Tournament Director Nikos Kalesis.

The Rapid Championship was played on 28-29th October as 9-round Swiss with time control 10'+5". 69 players from 20 federations took part in this event.

In the U14 category FM Ngo Duc Tri (Vietnam) emerged clear winner with 7,5 points. Silver is Nikolaos Spyropoulos (Greece), while bronze is FM Daniel Dardha (Belgium), both on 7 points.

Among the girls the best was Magdalena Harazinska (Poland) with 6 points. FM Liwia Jarocka, also from Poland, is second, and Larisa Kuhar (Slovenia) is third.

Vietnam also claimed the gold medal in the U16 category as IM Nguyen Anh Khoi scored the perfect 9/9 points. IM Adam Kozak (Hungary) is second and FM Felix Blohberger (Austria) is third, each with 7 points.

WFM Anna Afonasieva from Russia took the gold among girls with 5 points. Silver is Grete Olde (Estonia) and bronze is Antigoni Georgitsi (Greece).

In the U18 category there was a huge tie on the top position as three players finished on 6,5 points each and all three tiebreak criterions had to be employed in order to decide the final order. Gold medal goes to IM Leon Livaic (Croatia), silver is IM Florian Mesaros (Austria) and bronze goes to FM Raphael Lagunow (Germany).

The top girl was WIM Mai Narva (Estonia), second was Nguyen Hong Ngoc from Vietnam, while bronze medal goes to WFM Olde Margareth (Estonia).

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The Blitz Championship was played on 30th October as 9-round Swiss with time control 5'+2". 63 players participated in this event.

In the Blitz U14 section convincing was FM Daniel Dardha from Belgium who scored 8 points. Bence Leszko (Hungary) took the silver medal and Elie Milikow (Israel) claimed the bronze.

Among the girls Magdalena Harazinska (Poland) was the best again with 5,5 points and her compatriot FM Liwia Jarocka was second again. Ramona Golsta (Latvia) earned the bronze medal.

The winner also repeated in the Open U16 section. Another gold medal for IM Nguyen Anh Khoi (Vietnam) and another silver for IM Adam Kozak (Hungary). Bronze medal is for Georgios Mitsis (Greece).

WFM Anna Afonasieva (Russia) is best among the girls with 4,5 points. Silver is Do Vu Thien Nhi (Vietnam) and Grete Olde (Estonia) took the bronze.

IM Valeriy Kazakovskiy from Belarus claimed the gold medal in U18 category. CM Le Minh Hoang (Vietnam) took the silver on better tie-break, while IM Florian Mesaros (Austria) remained third and is awarded with bronze medal.

All three winners among the girls finished on 4,5 points and tiebreak was calculated to distribute the medals. Estonia again won gold and bronze by WIM Mai Narva and WFM Olde Margareth, respectively, while silver went to WFM Paula-Alexandra Gitu from Moldova.

European ACP Women’s Rapid & Blitz Chess Championship

European ACP Women’s Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships were held in Monaco from 21 to 23 of October.

Ukrainian Grandmaster Anna Muzychuk became the European ACP Women’s Rapid Chess Champion for 2017. The event took place on 21st and 22nd October in Monaco.

Part 08

Anna Muzychuk (UKR, 2594 Rapid rtg) finished sole first with 9 points out of 11 games and without a lost game! Second place went to GM Lagno Kateryna (RUS, 2577 Rapid rtg) with 8.5 points, while WGM Goryachkina Aleksandra (RUS, 2462 Rapid rtg) took bronze with 8 points and better tie-breaks than 4th Guichard Pauline (FRA, 2285 Rapid rtg) and 5th Kosteniuk Alexandra (RUS, 2612 Rapid rtg) who had the same score of 8 point.

Part 07

Alexandra Kosteniuk (RUS, 2477 Blitz rtg) became the champion of the European ACP Women’s Blitz Chess Championship having scored 10.5 points out of 13. Kateryna Lagno (2611, Blitz rtg) took silver with 10 points. Valentina Gunina (RUS, 2550, Blitz rtg) won a bronze medal - 9.5 points.

The European ACP Women’s Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships 2017 were held in Monaco from 21 to 23 of October.

The Championship was strong with participation of 87 players in Rapid tournament and 78 players in Blitz competition. The top seeders for both events were former Women’s World Champion GM Kosteniuk Aleksandra (RUS, 2612 Rapid Rtg, 2477 Blitz rtg), last year’s Champion in both competitions GM Muzychuk Anna (UKR, 2594 Rapid rtg, 2663 Blitz rtg), former Women’s European Champions GM Gunina Valentina (RUS, 2577 Rapid rtg, 2550 Blitz rtg) and GM Lagno Kateryna (RUS, 2577 Rapid rtg, 2611 Blitz rtg), former Women’s World Champion GM Antoaneta Stefanova (ECU, 2536 Rapid rtg, 2540 Blitz rtg), current European Champion GM Dzagnidze Nana (GEO, 2528 Rapid rtg, 2445 Blitz rtg) etc.

European Club Cup 2017

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Both Championships were played in 7 rounds, under the Swiss system, in accordance with the ECU Tournament Rules and with time control 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from the move one. The total prize fund of the event was 34.000 EUR.

Part 03

The teams Globus from Russia in the Open section and Batumi Chess Club NONA in Women's section are the winners of the European Club Cup 2017, which was held in Antalya, Turkey, from 7th-15th October. The Winners accounted the top positions on the Starting rank list, with an amazing average rating, Globus - 2772 and Batumi Chess Club Nona- 2495. In the Open section, Globus finished sole first, the second place went to Alkaloid (MKD) and bronze to AVE Novy Bor (CZE).

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In Women's section, Batumi Chess Club Nona and Odlar Yurdu tied for the first place, but thanks to the better tie-breaks Batumi Chess Club Nona finished with gold in their hands, Odlar Yurdu ended second, and third place went to Bossa Nova (BLR) who had better tiebreaks than Ugra Chess Club (RUS). 48 teams represented 24 European federations at the event, 36 teams in Open Section, and 12 teams in Women's section with Top World Grandmasters playing for their clubs, such as: Vladimir Kramnik (RUS, 2794), Mamedyarov Shakhriyar (AZE, 2791), Grischuk Alexander (RUS, 2785), Ding Liren (CHN. 2772), Karjakin Sergey (RUS, 2765), Giri Anish (NED, 2762), Matlakov Maxim (RUS, 2730), Harika Dronavalli (IND, 2528), Dzagnidze Nana (GEO, 2520), Girya Olga (RUS, 2505), Batsiashvili Nino (GEO, 2472), Pogonina Natalija (RUS, 2466) etc.

The 8th Asian Seniors Championships

The 8th Asian Seniors Championships were held at the Waipuna Conference Centre, Auckland, New Zealand from 9-15 October 2017, organised by the New Zealand Chess Federation under the auspices of the Asian Chess Federation.

Part 02

GM Eugene Torre of the Philippines scored 9/9 to win the Gold Medal in the 65+ Championship, finishing two and a half points ahead of New Zealand FM Ewen Green (Silver) and Edmundo Legaspi (Bronze) also of the Philippines. Green (second on tiebreak) and Legaspi (third) both scored 6.5/9 and gain IM norms. Fifteen players from six federations participated in the event, namely Australia, Brunei, Guam, New Zealand, Philippines and Thailand - See

IM Mahmood Lodhi of Pakistan scored 7/9 to win the Gold Medal in the 50+ Championship, finishing ahead of Australian GM Darryl Johansen (Silver Medal), New Zealand FM Bruce Watson (Bronze Medal) and Efren Bagamasbad of the Philippines. Lodhi gains a GM norm and, with two norms already and having achieved a 2500 rating some years ago, should be awarded his GM title shortly, subject to FIDE approval. Watson gains an IM norm and it is recommended that Bagamasbad, who defeated both Lodhi and Johansen, be awarded the FM title, subject to approval by FIDE. Thirty player from eight federations, namely Australia, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines and Singapore, participated in the event. See  

CM Helen Milligan of New Zealand scored 4.5/9 to win the Asian Senior Women’s 50+ Championship.

The Championships were organised by IO Paul Spiller (NZL). Tournament Director was GM Murray Chandler (NZL). Chef Arbiter was IA Brian Jones (AUS). Arbiters were IA Bruce Pollard (NZL), FA Ying Wang (NZL) and FA Herakaji Maharjan (NEP). Wang and Maharjan gained IA norms. The Championships were played in a good spirit – there were no disputes and no appeals.

European Team Chess Championship 2017

European Team Chess Championship took place in Crete (Greece).

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The Championship from 27th of October to 7th of December in Conference center of Creta Maris resort. 72 teams participate the event and makes the European Team Chess Championship 2017 one of the most numerous ever! 40 teams are competing in Open section and 32 teams in Women's section. The total number of players is 198 in Open section, among whom are 138 Grandmasters and 35 IMs, which is making the event one of the strongest ever! 158 players are playing in Women's section, among whom are 138 International title holders- 13 GMs, 33 WGMs, 31 IMs and 24 WIMs.

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Azerbaijan and Russia win European Team Chess Championships 2017

Teams of Azerbaijan and Russia became the European Team Chess Champions for 2017 in Open and Women's section respectively.

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Panamerican Senior Chess Championship 2017

Panamerican Senior Chess Championship 2017 took place in Neiva, Huila, Colombia from 10th to 16th of October.

IM Jefferson Pelikan from Brasil became the winner of the championship in U-50 category. FM Pedro Rodruguez Rivera from Cuba took the silver medal, while FM Carlos Ramirez from Colombia was third.

GM Silvino Garcia Martinez from Cuba became the champion In U-65 category. Leonardo Prado from Colombia was second and IM Mario Leskovar from Argentina finished on third place.

Azerbaijan and Russia win European Team Chess Championships 2017


Azerbaijan and Russia win European Team Chess Championships 2017

Teams of Azerbaijan and Russia became the European Team Chess Champions for 2017 in Open and Women's section respectively.

The rush for gold in Open section was very intense until the end of the last game of the Championship. Azerbaijanis needed a victory in the last round to secure the title, but no decisive result happened in their match against Ukraine, and the clash ended in a tie 2-2.

At the same time, Russian team defeated Germany with 3-1 to reach shared first place.

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Azerbaijan won the 3rd gold at the European Team Chess Championship as they had better tie-breaks than Russia.

The European Team Champions for 2015, Russia, finished the race with silver in their hands.

Third place of this prestigious European event went to Ukraine since they had better additional criteria than Croatia who had the same match points, but finished fourth.

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In the Women's section the Winner wasn't questioned in the last round. Russian ladies secured the first place already after the 8th round with a round to spare. Nevertheless, Russia affirmed the domination by taking a victory in the last round against Armenia and triumphed the Championship with three match points ahead of the runner-ups.

Georgia finished the Championship as sole second with 14 match points.

Bronze went to Ukraine who took 12 match points.

The Organizer rewarded the individual prizes to the three best players on each board. The gold medalists are listed below:

Open Section

Board 1: Aronian Levon (ARM, 2801) Rtg Performance: 2810
Board 2: Bosiocic Marin (CRO, 2619) Rtg Performance: 2824
Board 3: Vitiugov Nikita (RUS, 2728) Rtg Performance: 2817
Board 4: Mamedov Rauf (AZE, 2678) Rtg Performance: 2920
Board 5: Svane Rasmus (GER, 2595) Rtg Performance: 2762

Women's Section

Board 1: Kosteniuk Alexandra (RUS, 2552) Rtg Performance: 2632
Board 2: Lagno Kateryna (RUS, 2541) Rtg Performance: 2605
Board 3: Khotenashvili Bela (GEO, 2459) Rtg Performance: 2608
Board 4: Gaponenko Inna (UKR, 2433) Rtg Performance: 2552
Board 5: Melia Salome (GEO, 2412) Rtg Performance: 2622

The Closing Ceremony of the Championship took place yesterday in Creta Maris Conference center with attendance of the President of European Chess Union - Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili, Secretary General of European Chess Union - Mr. Theodoros Tzorbatsoglou, Deputy President of FIDE - Mr. Georgios Makropoulos, Continental President of Americas - Mr. Jorge Vega, FIDE Vice President Mr. Boris Kutin, Tournament Director - Mr. Nikos Kalesis, Region Governor of Crete Mr. Arnaoutakis Stavros, Vice region Governor of Crete Mr. Koukiadakis Evripidis, Mayor of Hersonissos - Mr. Mastorakis Giannis, Consulant advisor of athletic department Mr. Sirigonakis, Mrs. Plevraki Despina.

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The President of the ECU Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili has been awarded with ECU plaque and the book "The Thinkers". He also granted the ECU plaques to dignitaries of Crete region and Hersonissos municipality.

The Closing Ceremony was enriched with short video presentations of Cretan culture and with organization video as review of the Championship.

Round 8: Russia secured gold in Women's section, Azerbaijan leading in Open

Russia won another team gold medal in the Women's section with a round to spare after crushing Turkey 4-0. At the same time the nearest follower Georgia stumbled in the match against Poland. Wins by Jolanta Zawadzka and Karina Szczepkowska secured overall 3-1 for Polish ladies.

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Italy and Romania exchanged a pair of victories to finally draw the match. Same scenario was seen in the match Serbia - Netherlands.

Ukraine scored an all-important win 2,5-1,5 versus Spain. Zhukova and Gaponenko won for Ukraine, while Matnadze earned a point for Spain, all three with black pieces.

In similar fashion Armenia won against Czech Republic, same score and points with black pieces by Danielian and Galojan. Azerbaijan surged ahead with a sound 3-1 victory over France.

It will be an exciting fight for silver and bronze medals as Georgia and Poland share the second place with 12 points each, while Ukraine and Armenia are half a point behind.

Top round 9 pairings are Armenia - Russia, Georgia - Italy, Romania - Poland and Turkey - Ukraine.

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In the Open section Azerbaijan signed a huge 3-1 victory against Russia to jump ahead of the opponent and grab the top position: Grischuk-Mamedyarov 0-1, Nepomniachtchi-Radjabov 0-1, Matlakov-Naiditsch 1-0, Dubov-Mamedov 0-1.

Ukraine caught up with Russia on the shared second place after winning against Hungary 2,5-1,5. The decisive point was delivered by Martyn Kravtsiv.

Germany beat Israel 3-1 thanks to the wins of Meier and Svane with white pieces. Turkey edged Netherlands with Emre Can's effort on the third board.

On the next three tables Croatia, Romania and England narrowly defeated France, Serbia and Greece 1, respectively.

Armenia and Poland split the points, while Spain crushed Georgia 3,5-0,5. The same victory was scored by Belarus in the clash with Austria.

Top round 9 matches are Azerbaijan - Ukraine, Germany - Russia, Turkey - Croatia and England - Hungary.

Round 7: Russia leading in both sections

Russia restored the top position in the Open section after defeating the earlier leader Croatia. Nikita Vitiugov and Daniil Dubov were successful with white pieces.

Azerbaijan helped the Russia's cause by beating Hungary 3-1, with full points from Arkadij Naiditsch and Rauf Mamedov. After the shaky start Azerbaijan surged ahead to reach a clear second place.

The next four matches finished with narrow 2,5-1,5 scores. Pavel Eljanov brought the match points for Ukraine against Romania, Rasmus Svane won for Germany against Armenia, while Vahap Sanal was the hero of Turkey in the clash against neighbors from Georgia.

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Israel signed the same score versus Poland, with wins from Sutovsky and Nabaty (Israel) and Duda (Poland).

Netherlands made a comeback with a swift 3-1 victory against Belarus, while England and Spain split the points.

Top round 8 matches are Russia - Azerbaijan, Hungary - Ukraine, Israel - Germany and Netherlands - Turkey.

In the Women's section the teams from Russia and Georgia have clearly distinguished themselves from the rest of the field.

Russia had no trouble to defeat Italy by 3-1, while Georgia crashed Spain 4-0. Russia is first with 13 match points, Georgia is second with 12 points, while the chasing group is full two points behind.

Ukraine and Poland shared the points when Anna Muzychuk beat Monika Socko and Klaudia Kulon levelled against Iulija Osmak.

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Same result in the match Romania - Armenia. Irina Bulmaga won for Romania and Maria Gevorgyan evened for Armenia.

Turkey made a significant progress by beating France 3-1. Czech Republic recorded the same win against Greece 1.

Serbia edged Belarus 2,5-1,5 and Netherlands demolished higher rated Hungary by 3,5-0,5.

Top round 8 pairings are Turkey - Russia, Poland - Georgia, Italy - Romania and Ukraine - Spain.

More information in the relevant sections of the .

Round 6

After the short leisure time, teams continued the struggles for the title of European Team Chess Champion. Hungary excelled in 6th round and by defeating Croatia, with a result 3.5-0.5, overtook the leadership.

Defending Champion and top seeded Russia came back to the top of the list with same match points but lower tie-breaks than Hungary, by beating Poland thanks to the victory of Nepomniachtchi Ian (RUS, 2733), while the other games ended in a peaceful manner.

In another top match, Azerbaijan scored narrow win against Armenia thanks to the victories of Radjabov Teimour (AZE, 2741) and Mamedov Rauf (AZE, 2678), while Mamedyarov Shakhriyar (AZE, 2791) suffered defeat against Aronian Levon (ARM, 2801).

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In even five matches teams traded a pair of victories to finish in a tie result 2-2, among them: Romania-Israel, Germany-Turkey, Belarus-England and Spain-Slovenia, while Ukraine beat France thanks to the triumph on the top board of Eljanov Pavel (UKR, 2720) against Edouard Romain (FRA, 2607).

Only three rounds left to be played, and the top pairings of the 7th round are: Azerbaijan-Hungary, Croatia-Russia, Ukraine-Romania.

In Women’s section, Russia maintained sole leadership after very intense match played against Poland, which ended in a tie without a single decisive game.

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One of the derby matches of the 6th round, played between second and third seeded Georgia and Ukraine, finished with a victory of Georgian ladies thanks to the Batsiashvili Nino (GEO, 2472) who scored against Zhukova Natalia (UKR, 2426).

Italy and Spain overwhelmed Turkey and Belarus respectively with score 3-1 and leaped on the top to be tied for the third place together with Poland.

Meanwhile, Romania conquered against Azerbaijan with a minimum result 2.5-1.5, while Hungary admited defeat by the lower rated Armenia.

Top pairings of the 7th round in Women’s section are: Russia-Italy, Spain-Georgia and Ukraine-Poland. All the pairings, results and standings can be found .

Seventh, one of the last and decisive rounds, will be played today, as usual at 15:00 (local time) and live broadcast of all the games can be followed through the Official Website or through the ECU website, section .

Round 5: Russian women perfect, Croatia leading in Open

Croatia excelled once again, defeating Germany 2,5-1,5 to move into the sole lead in the Open section. The hero, for the second day in a row, was Marin Bosiocic winning against Matthias Bluebaum.

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On the top board Hungary and Armenia played a peaceful tie 2-2 with four draws, thus falling one point behind the leader.

Russia bounced back after yesterday's setback with a convincing 3,5-0,5 victory against Turkey. Poland and Azerbaijan signed the confident 3-1 against Belarus and Czech Republic, respectively.

In an exciting match France edged Serbia 2,5-1,5, and Israel scored the same narrow win against Georgia thanks to Maxim Rodshtein.

Romania won both games with white pieces to shock the higher rated Netherlands, while Italy's luck ran out as they went down 0,5-3,5 to Ukraine.

Thursday is a rest day and the action continues on 3rd November. Top round 6 pairings are Hungary - Croatia, Poland - Russia, Armenia - Azerbaijan and Romania - Israel.

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Russia maintained the perfect score in the Women's section after walking past Spain by 3-1. Lagno and Goryachkina delivered full points with black pieces.

On the second table Italy and Poland produced four draws, but on the third Georgia demolished the neighbors from Armenia with a telling 4-0 score.

Ukraine defeated France with an effort of the lower boards, while Turkey edged Slovenia by 2,5-1,5. Germany lost to Romania by the same score, despite Paehtz's victory against Bulmaga.

Azerbaijan leader Zeinab Mamedjarova scored the sole win in the match against Israel to bring two valuable points to her team.

Belarus appropriated three of four decisive games to claim an overall win against Netherlands.

Top round 6 pairings are Poland - Russia, Georgia - Ukraine, Italy - Turkey and Spain - Belarus.

More information in the relevant sections of the .

Round 4: Hungary stuns Russia, leads with Armenia and Croatia

Hungary shocked the overnight leader and defending champion Russia thanks to the Viktor Erdos' creation against Ian Nepomniachtchi. The other three games were drawn.

In the same pattern Croatia won against Israel, the decisive blow being delivered by Marin Bosiocic.

Germany and Poland exchanged a pair of victories to tie the match 2-2. In the tight contest Armenia came out on the top 2,5-1,5 versus Netherlands.

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Turkey overcame the multiple Olympic champion Ukraine as Vahap Sanal beat Yuriy Kuzubov on the 4th board.

The matches Czech Republic - Serbia, England - Italy and Romania - Georgia were all even after pairs of wins were traded between the respective teams.

Top round 5 pairings are Hungary - Armenia, Croatia - Germany, Poland - Belarus and Russia - Turkey.

The derby match of the 4th round of the European Team Championship – Women Section was played between Russia and Georgia, the two top seeded teams.

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Russia emerged victorious to maintain the perfect score and move into the sole lead. Kateryna Lagno and Valentina Gunina won for Russia, while Lela Javakhishvili scored for Georgia.

On the top table Spain and Poland played out four decisive games, all won by white, to eventually tie the match.

Armenia and France scored narrow wins against Greece 1 and Israel, respectively. Maria Gevorgyan won for Armenia, and Almira Skripchenko was the hero for France.

Ukraine bounced back with a solid 3-1 victory against Hungary, while Italy beat Netherlands by the same score.

Top round 5 pairings are Russia - Spain, Italy - Poland, Armenia - Georgia and Ukraine - France.

More information in the relevant sections of the .

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Round 3: Russia emerged leader in Open section, four teams tied in Women's

A swift victory by Ian Nepomniachtchi was sufficient for Russia to defeat Czech Republic and assume the leading position in the Open section.

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The other top matches, Hungary-Netherlands and Croatia-Armenia, were tied without a single decisive game.

Germany ended Italy's run by beating them 3,5-0,5 and Israel cruised past France 3-1.

Poland's top board Radoslaw Wojtaszek delivered the crucial point in the match with England by defeating Michael Adams. The remaining games were drawn.

Spain is also celebrating the team leader, the young David Anton, as he evened the result in the clash against heavy favourites from Azerbaijan.

Top round 4 pairings are Russia - Hungary, Germany - Poland, Israel - Croatia and Armenia - Netherlands.

In the Women's section the defending champion Russia took an early lead against Ukraine thanks to Valentina Gunina's win on the third board. The other three games were drawn and Russia celebrated overall victory.

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Spain crushed Turkey 3,5-0,5, and Georgia beat Hungary 3-1 by taking full points on the lower boards. Poland also signed 3-1 against Israel, the wins coming from the players directing black pieces.

France outplayed Slovenia 2,5-1,5, while Czech Republic and Belarus held the higher rated Germany and Azerbaijan, respectively.

Netherlands took the advantage of the white pieces to defeat Slovakia by 3-1.

Top round 4 pairings are Spain - Poland, Georgia - Russia, Netherlands - Italy and Greece 1 - Armenia.

More information in the relevant sections of the .

Round 2

The second round of the European Team Chess Championship was played today in Creta Maris resort in Greece. All the top players who sat out from the opening round have entered the arena.

Among the top tables in the Open section the most effective was Hungary defeating the neighboring Romania by 3,5-0,5.

Other decisive matches were concluded by narrow margin 2,5-1,5. Defending champion Russia defeated Belarus thanks to reigning European individual champion Maxim Matlakov. Netherlands beat the higher rated Ukraine thanks to Anish Giri's effort on the top board. Ivan Saric brought the match points to Croatia in the clash against Serbia.

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Armenia, with Levon Aronian taking the top board, defeated the hosts Greece, while Czech Republic won against Georgia. Sabino Brunello was the architect of another success for Italy, this time in the encounter with Turkey.

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Top round 3 pairings are Hungary - Netherlands, Czech Republic - Russia, Croatia - Armenia and Italy - Germany.

Several crushing victories were recorded in the Women's section. Israel beat Italy 3,5-0,5, Georgia defeated France by the same score, as well as Spain celebrating against the higher rated Romania.

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Ukraine and Poland walked past by Armenia and Germany, respectively, scoring 3-1 each.

Russia got 2,5-1,5 against Czech Republic, as well as Hungary versus Azerbaijan and Turkey against Netherlands.

Top round 3 pairings are Poland - Israel, Georgia - Hungary, Turkey - Spain and Russia - Ukraine.

More information in the relevant sections of the .

Round 1

The long anticipated European Team Chess Championship began today at the beautiful conference hall of Creta Maris resort in Hersonissos, Crete, Greece.

A record breaking 72 teams compete in the event, with 40 nations being represented in the Open Section, and 32 teams participating in the Women's Section.

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ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili made the honorary first move in the game between Ian Nepomniachtchi and Luka Lenic.

As usual in the events run by Swiss pairing system, the top seeded teams faced the lower rated opposition.

Nevertheless, it was a bumpy ride for some of the favourites, most notably Azerbaijan losing to the inspired youngsters from Italy. Brunello and Moroni defeated Naiditsch and Guseinov, respectively, while Mamedov scored for Azerbaijan.

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In four other matches the underdogs achieved tied scores. Moldova drew England thanks to the victory of Victor Bologan against Nigel Short.

Norway, playing without the world champion Magnus Carlsen, held Israel to a tie after Johan-Sebastian Christiansen beat Emil Sutovsky.

Neighbors Slovakia and Poland, as well as Germany and Greece 2, drew their respective matches.

The perfect 4-0 scores were achieved by Greece 1 and Romania against Greece - Crete and Scotland, respectively.

In the Women's section there were no surprises in team results. The maximum 4-0 scores were recorded by Italy and Czech Republic against Montenegro and Finland, respectively.

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Of the notable individual results Stavroula Tsolakidou defeated Valentina Gunina, Nastassia Ziaziulkina defeated Nana Dzagnidze, Teodora Injac beat Iulija Osmak and Sheila Barth Sahl defeated Sabrina Vega Gutierrez.

Top round 2 results are Israel - Italy, Czech Republic - Russia, France - Georgia, Ukraine - Armenia and Poland - Germany.

More information in the relevant sections of the .