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FIDE bank account in Spanish Caixa Bank

FIDE bank account in Spanish Caixa Bank

In a brief post FIDE announced that a bank account is opened with Caixa Bank, one of the largest banks in Spain. The normal operation is resumed 11 months after the Swiss bank UBS closed the FIDE accounts due to then FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov being on the US sanctions list. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov refused to [...]

Open de Portugal 2019

Open de Portugal 2019

The Portuguese Chess Federation will hold the Portugal Open from 2-10th February 2019 at the Pavilhão Casal Vistoso in Lisbon. The tournament will be a 9-round Swiss system, rated for FIDE, and valid for title norms. The tournament is included in the national Classical Chess Circuit. On 10 February, there will be an (optional) rapid [...]

GM Bai Jinshi winner of North American Open

GM Bai Jinshi winner of North American Open

The 19-years old Grandmaster Bai Jinshi from China has won the 28th Annual North American Open that was held from 26-30th December, 2018, at Bally’s Casino Resort in Las Vegas, USA. Bai Jinshi completed the event with 7,5/9 points to earn 10200 USD top prize and clear-winner bonus. IM Dionisio Aldama (Mexico) and IM Zhaozhi [...]

Magnus Carlsen and Kateryna Lagno are World Blitz Champions!

Magnus Carlsen and Kateryna Lagno are World Blitz Champions!

The King Salman World Blitz Chess Championship concluded today in the Manege, St. Petersburg, with Magnus Carlsen (Norway) and Kateryna Lagno (Russia) emerging champions of their respective sections. After missing the podium in the Rapid Championship, Magnus Carlsen played much better in the Blitz event, holding the top position from the very beginning and securing [...]

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov’s appeal to CAS is settled

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov’s appeal to CAS is settled

FIDE and Kirsan Ilyumzhinov have concluded a Settlement Agreement, which was approved by the FIDE Ethics Commission and by the CAS Panel. On 12 July 2018, the FIDE Ethics Commission unaminously decided that Mr Ilyumzhinov is guilty of the violation of art. 2.2.3, 2.2.10 and 2.2.11 of the FIDE Code of Ethics. The FIDE Ethics [...]

Ju Wenjun and Daniil Dubov are World Rapid Champions!

Ju Wenjun and Daniil Dubov are World Rapid Champions!

The King Salman World Rapid Championship 2018 concluded today in St.Petersburg with Russian young star Daniil Dubov claiming the gold medal with 11/15 points. The 22-years old, seeded only 25th before the start of the event, completed the race undefeated with 7 wins and 8 draws. The key game was his victory against Wang Hao [...]

GM Leinier Domínguez Joins US Chess Federation

GM Leinier Domínguez Joins US Chess Federation

The US Chess Federation is pleased to announce that Grandmaster (GM) Leinier Domínguez, originally from Cuba and currently living in Miami, Florida, has successfully switched federations from the Cuban Chess Federation and will now play under the United States flag. Domínguez says, “I am very excited about this new stage in my career and I [...]

Nakamura wins Grand Chess Tour Final with dramatic last-round blitz victory

Nakamura wins Grand Chess Tour Final with dramatic last-round blitz victory

American Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura defeated Frenchman Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the London Chess Classic and Grand Chess Tour Final by the super-slim margin of 15-13 – the win of a single blitz game – after a nail-biting sequence of seven draws. After several rapid and blitz games where the difference between the two players hardly ever [...]

In Memoriam – WGM Milunka Lazarević

In Memoriam – WGM Milunka Lazarević

Milunka Lazarević, Woman Grandmaster, journalist, International Arbiter, Honorary FIDE member, passed away on 15th December at the age of 86. She learned to play chess in the family, adding the game to a wide range of high school interests, including acting, guitar, poetry and singing in a choir. Soon she became champion of Novi Sad [...]

Gawain Jones wins 2018 British Knockout Championship

Gawain Jones wins 2018 British Knockout Championship

Gawain Jones on Monday ensured his victory in the British Knockout Championship with 2 Rapid wins over fellow English GM Luke McShane, taking him to an insurmountable 17-3 lead without any need for points in the Blitz portion of the match. In the first Rapid game, McShane – desperately needing a win to get back [...]

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