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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 [...]

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 [...]

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