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Josep Manuel Lopez Martinez wins Ciudad de Lorca Christmas Tournament

Josep Manuel Lopez Martinez wins Ciudad de Lorca Christmas Tournament

The 5th Torneo Internacional de Navidad Ciudad de Lorca took place from 26-30th December, 2016, at the Hotel Jardines de Amaltea in Lorca, Murcia, Spain. The event was organized by the Club Ajedrez Lorca and completed over 9 rounds of Swiss system. 163 players from 22 federations participated, including 15 Grandmasters and 15 International Masters. [...]

35th Empire City Open: Rozman and Brodsky joint winners

35th Empire City Open: Rozman and Brodsky joint winners

The 35th Annual Empire City Open was held from December 27-29, 2016, at the Hotel Pennsylvania, 401 Seventh Ave, New York. The event had 7 sections: Open, Under 2100, Under 1900, Under 1700, Under 1500, Under 1300 and Under 1100. The total prize fund was 15,000 USD. The Open section was a 6-round Swiss with [...]

Friedel, Ruifeng and Gelashvili share first place in Las Vegas

Friedel, Ruifeng and Gelashvili share first place in Las Vegas

The 26th Annual North American Open was held from 26-30th December, 2016, at Bally’s Casino Resort, 3645 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, Nevada. The event had 7 sections: Open, Under 2300, Under 2100, Under 1900, Under 1700, Under 1500 and Under 1250. The main Open section was 9-round Swiss with 97 participants. GM Joshua [...]

Bay Area Chess signs new coach

Bay Area Chess signs new coach

Bay Area Chess announced that GM Enrico Sevillano has officially joined BAC as full time coach. He will be coaching exclusively for BAC at the enrichment programs and other classes, and joins a coaching staff at BAC that also includes GM Naroditsky, GM Chirila, GM Izoria, IM Aleskerov and IM Kavutskiy. GM Sevillano has won [...]

In Memoriam – GM Ashot Anastasian

In Memoriam – GM Ashot Anastasian

Armenian Grandmaster Ashot Anastasian suddenly passed away on 26th December at the age of 52. Anastasian was one of the strongest players in the country, having won the Armenian Chess Championship eight times: 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1992, 1994, and 2005. As a member of the national team Anastasian had won two team bronze [...]

Japan, Singapore interested in World Chess Championship 2018

Japan, Singapore interested in World Chess Championship 2018

Japan and Singapore could bid for the right to hold the next World Chess Championship Match in 2018, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov stated for TASS agency. Ilyumzhinov said he will soon visit both chess federations and added that there might be a third candidate country from Asia. The bidding for the match could be very [...]

Ciudad de Lorca Christmas Tournament

Ciudad de Lorca Christmas Tournament

The 5th Torneo Internacional de Navidad Ciudad de Lorca is taking place from 26-30th December at the Hotel Jardines de Amaltea in Lorca, Murcia, Spain. The event is organized by the Club Ajedrez Lorca and will be completed over 9 rounds of Swiss system. 174 players from 22 federations are signed to participate, including 15 [...]

26th North American Open

26th North American Open

The 26th Annual North American Open will be held at Bally’s Casino Resort, 3645 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, Nevada. The event has 7 sections: Open, Under 2300, Under 2100, Under 1900, Under 1700, Under 1500 and Under 1250. The Open Section is a 5-day tournament (December 26-30) with FIDE norms possible. The Under [...]

35th Empire City Open

35th Empire City Open

The 35th Annual Empire City Open will be held from December 27-29, 2016, at the Hotel Pennsylvania, 401 Seventh Ave, New York. The event has 7 sections: Open, Under 2100, Under 1900, Under 1700, Under 1500, Under 1300 and Under 1100. All sections have either a 3-day schedule (December 27-29) or 2-day schedule (December 28-29) [...]

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 [...]

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