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News ‘December, 2016’

40th Zurich Christmas Open

40th Zurich Christmas Open

The 40th Zurich Weihnachtsopen will take place from 26th to 30th December, 2016, at the Crowne Plaza Zürich in Zurich, Switzerland. The Master Tournament (for players rated over 2000) and General Tournament (U2050) will each be played over 7 rounds of Swiss system. Currently top rated Grandmasters are GM Safarli Eltaj AZE 2691, GM Laznicka [...]

Sergey Karjakin’s workshop at Moscow State University

Sergey Karjakin’s workshop at Moscow State University

World Championship challenger Sergey Karjakin held a creative workshop in the conference hall of the Law Faculty of Moscow State University on 19th December. After opening the chess school with MSU, Karjakin became the regular guest at the University. The two-hour workshop was attended by more than 600 people. The audience questions were mainly regarding [...]

Vladimir Putin: Karjakin was a worthy representative of Russia

Vladimir Putin: Karjakin was a worthy representative of Russia

Chess was mentioned during the Russian President’s press-conference in Moscow. During the annual press-conference, Russian President Vladimir Putin answered a question about state support of chess and Sergey Karjakin’s performance in the World Championship match against Magnus Carlsen. “I don’t think I have the right to interfere the decisions of municipal and regional authorities regarding [...]

FIDE World Rapid & Blitz Championships 2016

FIDE World Rapid & Blitz Championships 2016

The 2016 FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Championships (Open and Women) will take place in Doha, Qatar, from 25th of December (arrival) to 31st of December (departure). The Rapid event will be held over three days (26-28th December) at a time control of 15min+10s and the Blitz Championships will continue during next two days (29-30th [...]

Georgios Makropoulos re-elected President of Greek Chess Federation

Georgios Makropoulos re-elected President of Greek Chess Federation

The elections for the new Board of the Greek Chess Federation with the participation of 3 candidate teams were held on 18th December. Mr. Georgios Makropoulos and his team won the elections with 68,8 % (119 votes), electing all the councillors to the Greek Chess Federation Board. The second ticket received 19% and the third [...]

Grigoriy Oparin qualifies for Kortchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge

Grigoriy Oparin qualifies for Kortchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge

Kings and Princes drew 32-32 at the Nutcracker. Queens defeated Princesses 36-28. Grigoriy Oparin won the first men’s prize and will be invited to the supertournament Kortchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge. The traditional Christmas event – Nutcracker generation tournament – ended at the Central House of Chess Player in Moscow on December 22. There were played [...]

Riazantsev, Andreikin win European Rapid & Blitz Championships

Riazantsev, Andreikin win European Rapid & Blitz Championships

The European Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships 2016 were held from 14-18th December in Tallinn, Estonia, with a fast and very attractive chess formats. GM Alexander Riazantsev from Russia became the winner of the Rapid competition with 9.5 points after 11 rounds of play. His compatriot GM Maxim Matlakov made the same score, but his [...]

Wesley So wins London Classic & Grand Chess Tour

Wesley So wins London Classic & Grand Chess Tour

The tournament leader utilized the same strategy he employed during the Sinquefield Cup by drawing his last three games and putting the pressure on the competition to win and catch him. Once again, this strategy worked,  as Caruana failed to win against Giri with the black pieces. Wesley So went on to convincingly and deservingly [...]

7th HDBank Cup International Chess Open

7th HDBank Cup International Chess Open

The 7th HDBank Cup International Chess Open 2017 is set to take place from 11-18th March at the First Hotel, 18 Hoang Viet Str, Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam. The 9-round Swiss event organized by the Vietnam Chess Federation will have two sections: – Masters Category for players rated above 2100 and women rated above [...]

FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar in Marrakech – Results

FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar in Marrakech – Results

From 5 to 9 December 2016 a FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar was organized in Marrakech, Morocco, by the Royal Morocco Chess Federation, in cooperation with the Arab Chess Federation and under auspices of FIDE. The venue of the Seminar was the Zalagh Kasbah Hotel & SPA Hotel in Marrakech. The lecturer was IA Mahdi Abdulrahim (UAE), [...]

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