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Karen Grigoryan sole winner in Sant Martí Open

Karen Grigoryan sole winner in Sant Martí Open

The 16th Obert Internacional Sant Martí took place from 13th to 21st July at the Centre Civic Sant Marti: c/ Selva de Mar, Barcelona, Spain. The tournament format was 9-round Swiss with the prize fund of 7000 EUR. There were two competitions: Group A, for players with FCE, FEDA, FIDE elo bigger than 2000 and [...]

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave supreme in Biel

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave supreme in Biel

The 47th Biel Chess Festival “In Memoriam Hans Suri” took place on 12-25th July, 2014, in Biel/Bienne, a town in Switzerland. The strong event was a double round-robin tournament with the participation of: last-year winner Maxime Vachier-Lagrave FRA 2766, Anish Giri NED 2750, Radoslaw Wojtaszek POL 2733, Pentala Harikrishna IND 2726, Alexander Motylev 2698 and Yifan Hou CHN 2629 The average rating of the tournament of 2717 made [...]

European Youth Chess Championships 2014 – Participants

European Youth Chess Championships 2014 – Participants

Georgian Chess Federation and European Chess Union are organizing the 2014 European Youth Chess Championships, which will take place in Batumi (Black See), Georgia between October the 18th (arrival) and October the 29th (departure). The Championships will be held in 5***** Batumi hotel “Sheraton Batumi” (built in 2010). In case of need second 5***** playing [...]

Baku Open 2014

Baku Open 2014

The International Chess Festival Baku Open 2014, dedicated to the Independence Day of Republic of Azerbaijan, will take place from 21st September to 1st October at the AF Hotel near Caspian Sea. The Festival is organized by the Azerbaijan Youth & Sport Ministry and Azerbaijan Chess Federation. The total prize fund is 50,000 USD and [...]

Wesley So lifts trophy in Bergamo, breaks the 2750 barrier

Wesley So lifts trophy in Bergamo, breaks the 2750 barrier

The ACP Golden Classic international chess tournament took place in Bergamo, a city in Lombardy, Italy, on 12-20th July 2014. The tournament was organized by Asd Caissa Italia and Società Scacchistica Bergamo, under the patronage and sponsorship of the Municipality of Bergamo and other commercial, industrial and non-for profit partners. The event was a part of the Association [...]

Aleksej Aleksandrov clear first in Minsk Open

Aleksej Aleksandrov clear first in Minsk Open

The International Chess Tournament Minsk Open 2014 took place on 15-24th July 2014 in Minsk, the capital of Belarus. The event was a 9-round Swiss Open with 117 participants, including 10 Grandmasters and 8 International Masters. The total prize fund was around 7150 EUR in local currency. GM Aleksej Aleksandrov emerged sole winner after concluding [...]

Gelfand and Svidler exchange blows in the third day of the “2nd Gideon Japhet” match – VIDEO and PHOTO report

Gelfand and Svidler exchange blows in the third day of the “2nd Gideon Japhet” match – VIDEO and PHOTO report

Two more games have been played in the Gelfand-Svidler match held in the 2nd Gideon Japhet Memorial Open Chess Tournament. Gelfand won the 5th game in his favorite Gruenfeld Defence, but Svidler bounced back in the next round. The Russian Grandmaster managed to maintain the lead and the current score is 3.5:2.5 in his favor. [...]

Unveiling of the Vugar Gashimov monument

Unveiling of the Vugar Gashimov monument

A bronze monument dedicated to memory of Grandmaster Vugar Gashimov was unveiled today in Baku. Gashimov would have turned 28 on this day. Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports Ismail Ismailov and Gashimov family attended the ceremony. The monument is creation of Azerbaijani sculptor Azad Aliyev. Photo by ExtraTime.az

Stockfish is TCEC double champion

Stockfish is TCEC double champion

The TCEC Grand champion Stockfish, modification 260614, won another prestigious computer chess competition – the Fischer Random Chess (FRC) tournament, organized as a TCEC Season 6 Special Event. In Fischer Random Chess (Chess960) the pieces at the starting position are placed randomly in one of the 960 possible ways. In this particular competition opening books were [...]

Palau ready for Chess Olympiad in Tromso

Palau ready for Chess Olympiad in Tromso

For the first time Palau is sending both an Open and Women’s Team to participate in the Chess Olympiad. Tromso will see a debut for the Women’s, while the Open Team previously competed in Istanbul 2012. Fixed Board Order (FBO): Open Board 1: Roberto Angeles Hernandez ID#16600010 Rtg: 1868 Open Board 2: Cyril Tomas Jr. [...]

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