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GM Granda Zuniga impressive in Valladolid

GM Granda Zuniga impressive in Valladolid

The 10th International Rapid Chess Tournament of Valladolid took place on 21st December, 2014, at the Holtel Novotel (Valladolid) in the northwestern Spain’s biggest city. The event was an 8-round tournament with tempo of play 15′ + 15″ and gathered 100 participants from 10 different countries. The top seeded GM Julio Granda Zuniga (Peru) was impressive with [...]

GM Vladimir Baklan tops Sunway Sitges Chess Festival 2014

GM Vladimir Baklan tops Sunway Sitges Chess Festival 2014

The 1st Sunway Sitges International Chess Festival 2014 took place on 13-21st December, 2014, at the luxurious Sunway Playa Golf Sitges Hotel & Spa, situated on the Promenade of Sitges (40 km. south of Barcelona), in front of the sea and beside the golf club, in the residential quarter of Sitges. The 9-round Swiss event was split [...]

130th MGU Open to be held in Sofia

130th MGU Open to be held in Sofia

The 130th MGU Open 2014 is scheduled to take place on 3-4th January, 2015, at Chess Club MGU, in Sofia, capital and largest city of Bulgaria. The tournament will mark the beginning of the new 2015 – European year of development according to the European Union. The event is organized in a 6-round Swiss FIDE format, open to [...]

SportAccord World Mind Games: final impressions

SportAccord World Mind Games: final impressions

As the plot thickened, after the Rapid and Blitz, the Basque event brought new and newer challenges, but once again, China and Russia came up roses!

FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar in Saurimo, Angola – Results

FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar in Saurimo, Angola – Results

From 6-9th December 2014 a FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar was organized in Saurimo, Angola, by the Angola Chess Federation, under the auspices of FIDE. The lecturer was IA Carlos Dias (POR), FIDE Lecturer. The lectures were in Portuguese language. Seventeen (17) Arbiters from Angola participated in the Seminar and fifteen (15) of them participated in the [...]

FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar in Ankara, Turkey

FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar in Ankara, Turkey

From 5 to 7 December 2014 a FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar was organized in Ankara, Turkey, by the Turkish Chess Federation, under auspices of FIDE. The venue of the Seminar was the Meeting Hall of the Turkish Chess Federation in Ankara. The lecturer was IA Guran Unal (TUR), FIDE Lecturer and Assistant lecturer was IA Fahri [...]

WGM Atousa Pourkashiyan is 2014 Iranian women’s champion

WGM Atousa Pourkashiyan is 2014 Iranian women’s champion

The 2014 Iranian National Chess Championship for women was organized by the Tehran Chess Association on 7-16th December 2014 in Tehran, the capital and largest city of Iran. The event was an 11-round Swiss tournament with tempo of play 90′ + 30″. WGM Atousa Pourkashiyan and WIM Mitra Hejazipour tied for the first with 9.5/11 [...]

World Mind Games, Beijing: The unique Basque System in action

World Mind Games, Beijing: The unique Basque System in action

Text and photos: IM/ WGM Alina l’Ami Official website/ More information here/ LIVE games with analysis (m)/ LIVE games with analysis (w) Who would have ever thought that such a “static” board game like chess, will be in crying need for very “dynamic” players (literally)?! But chess and sport are not poles apart, not when it comes to [...]

TCEC Season 7 – Superfinal: Komodo vs. Stockfish LIVE!

TCEC Season 7 – Superfinal: Komodo vs. Stockfish LIVE!

The TCEC – Season 7 final stage has just started and only  Stockfish, modification 141214, (3218) and Komodo 1333 (3210) made it to the Superfinal, while the rest of the engines are out of TCEC for the current season. Stockfish and Komodo are Superfinal rivals for third consecutive season. Komodo was granted the title TCEC Grand champion in the Season 5, [...]

129th MGU Open with brand new sponsor, Martin Metev takes the trophy

129th MGU Open with brand new sponsor, Martin Metev takes the trophy

The 129th MGU Open 2014 was held on 13-14th December, 2014, at Chess Club MGU, in Sofia, capital and largest city of Bulgaria. The event was organized in honor of GM Jan Timman (born 14th December 1951 in Amsterdam, NED), in a 6-round Swiss format, open to all players rated below 2200. Martin Mitev from Chess Club “An Pasan” Sofia claimed [...]

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