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News ‘July, 2009’

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave Shines in Biel

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave Shines in Biel

The main event was six-player double round robin Grandmaster Tournament with average elo of 2716, which counts as a 19th category competition. 18-years old French star Maxime Vachier-Lagrave eventually clinched a clear first place with six points from ten rounds, having scored two victories and eight draws.

Nakamura wins three in a row to become new Chess960 World Champion

Nakamura wins three in a row to become new Chess960 World Champion

When Levon Aronian and Nakamura sat down to play the final of the Chess960 World Rapid Chess Championship it was difficult to name a clear favorite. In the preliminaries Aronian had dominated the first day, Nakamura the second. Both are known as extremely strong blitz and rapid players, and both had shown their Chess960 skills on more than one occasion.

Chess Classic Mainz – Press Conference

Chess Classic Mainz – Press Conference

At the press conference in the “Goldsaal” of the Hilton Hotel in Mainz the players, Jens Beutel, the mayor of Mainz and Hans-Walter Schmitt, Chess Classic organizer and president of the Chess Tigers, met the journalists. Hans-Walter Schmitt emphasized the significance of the Chess Classic, which has become a brand which is known all over the world. „The success of the festival can also be seen in the fact that a new tournament in London took up this name“, Schmitt remarked with a touch of irony.

Summer Cup 2009

Summer Cup 2009

The 4th International Open Chess Tournament “Summer Cup 2009″ took place on 18-25th July in Porto Carras, Greece. The playing venue was the luxurious 5-star Porto Carras Grand Resort, the largest of Europe and the Mediterranean (1763 hectares), on the seaside of Sithonia in Halkidiki, northern Greece. Porto Carras will also be the host of the 2010 World Youth Championships.

Ikaros Chess Festival – A Complete Success

Ikaros Chess Festival – A Complete Success

“The best reward for the organising committee is the promise made by most of the participants to return to Ikaria for one of the future events and bring their friends and family with them. After all, this is the main objective of Ikaros Chess Festival – make new friends of Ikaria – and Ikaros 2009 did very well in this respect.”

Vugar Gashimov to advise Hollywood moviemakers

Vugar Gashimov to advise Hollywood moviemakers

The screenplay includes a scene where the main character plays a chess game on the Internet. Vugar Gashimov will advise the director on chess combinations, rating on chess Internet portals, interface in general and other related issues.

Amon Simutowe wins ChessCube SA Chess Open 2009

Amon Simutowe wins ChessCube SA Chess Open 2009

The ChessCube SA Open 2009 was the strongest SA Open ever, with 5 International Masters and 3 Grandmasters competing. For chess players, the tournament also featured FIDE rated online matches with three participants joining in from Australia.

Official Pay-to-Play Opens?

Official Pay-to-Play Opens?

The concept of having official hotels (as I understood it) was to get a good rate for participants as well as to ensure easy access for officials and that if there were savings no one had a problem if some went towards administrative/organising expenses.

Evgeniy Najer Wins Richard Riordan Chess Festival

Evgeniy Najer Wins Richard Riordan Chess Festival

The last round, with the extreme tension involved, brought off some surprising results. Emil Sutovsky, who up to this round lost almost all his games, decided nevertheless to fight for a win against the leader Evgeny Najer, and mated his opponent after a short, brilliant game. Evgeny, however, didn’t lose the gold medal, as his main rival Ian Nepomniaschi tried an unsuccessful desperation attack which led to his defeat against Boris Avrukh.

FIDE to take important decisions at Halkidiki

FIDE to take important decisions at Halkidiki

The ΑΜΟ GALAXIAS Sports Club is organizing the 80th FIDE Congress in Halkidiki, located on Greece’s Mediterranean coast, 80 km south of Thessaloniki Airport. The Congress will be held from 11th of October (arrival) to 18th of October 2009 (departure). The congress will include parallel program and innovations.

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