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P.R. Venketrama Raja is new President of All India Chess Federation

P.R. Venketrama Raja is new President of All India Chess Federation

The Annual General Body meeting of the All India Chess Federation elected new office bearers for the 2014-2017 period at Chennai on June 22, 2014. The elections were unanimous. Justice K.M.Nataraajan (Retired, High Court of Madras) was the Returning Officer and he read out the elected names. In a significant change, P.R. Venketrama Raja, Vice [...]

Jankovic, Baron and Bluebaum share first place in the 2014 International Styrian Open

Jankovic, Baron and Bluebaum share first place in the 2014 International Styrian Open

The 2014 International Styrian Open took place from 5th to 13th July, 2014, at the Bad Gleichenberg region of Austria. The event was organized by Georg Lupinski and Walter Kastner in a 9 round Swiss format with a time control 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game plus 30 seconds [...]

GM Kaido Kulaots claims 24th Heart of Finland Chess Tournament

GM Kaido Kulaots claims 24th Heart of Finland Chess Tournament

The 24th Heart of Finland Chess Tournament took place from 7th to 13th July, 2014, at the Harju building of Jyväskylä College, in the city of Jyväskylä, situated in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. The top seeded GM Kaido Kulaots emerged a clear winner for second consecutive year. The Estonian champion collected 7,5/9 points, leaving the nearest [...]

GM Igor Kovalenko storms through Liepajas Rokade-2014

GM Igor Kovalenko storms through Liepajas Rokade-2014

Latvian champion GM Igor Kovalenko simply crushed the opposition in the 21st edition of Liepajas Rokade Chess Festival 2014, that took part on 10-12th July 2014 in Liepaja, a city in western Latvia, situated on the Baltic Sea. Kovalenko finished first with the impressive score 12,5/13 points in the Open Tournament, full 3 points ahead [...]

International Open Sant Marti 2014

International Open Sant Marti 2014

The 16th Obert Internacional Sant Martí is scheduled to take place from 13th to 21st July at the Centre Civic Sant Marti: c/ Selva de Mar, Barcelona, Spain. There will be two competitions: Group A, for players with FCE, FEDA, FIDE elo bigger than 2000 and Group B for players with FCE, FEDA and FIDE [...]

GM Hrant Melkumyan wins Benasque Open on tie-break

GM Hrant Melkumyan wins Benasque Open on tie-break

The 34th edition of Benasque International Chess Tournament took place from 4th to 12th July 2014 in Benasque, a town in the heart of the Spanish Pyrenees. 395 players from 36 countries competed in the 9-round Swiss event. Among them were 37 Grandmasters and 33 International Masters. Seven players shared the first place with 7,5 [...]

Kateryna Lagno completed transfer to Russian Chess Federation

Kateryna Lagno completed transfer to Russian Chess Federation

Women’s World Rapid Champion Kateryna Lagno has completed the transfer from Ukrainian to Russian Chess Federation. The process that started back in March was concluded on 11th July. The RCF has paid the 2000 EUR transfer fee to FIDE and 20,000 EUR compensation to the Ukrainian CF. Lagno is already on the Russian list and [...]

7th Grand Slam Masters Final in Bilbao

7th Grand Slam Masters Final in Bilbao

World Champions Viswanathan Anand and Ruslan Ponomariov, Olympic cup holder Levon Aronian, and best-rated Spanish player Paco Vallejo are the stars of the 7th Grand Slam Masters Final in Bilbao, which will be held this year at the Euskalduna Conference Centre from 14 to 20 September, the organizers announced today at the capital of Biscay. [...]

Rapport and Chandra share first in Paracin Open

Rapport and Chandra share first in Paracin Open

World N2 Junior and European Rapid Champion GM Richard Rapport and American hope IM Akshat Chandra shared the first place in Paracin Open A with 7,5/9 points each. Rapport took the winner’s trophy on better tie-break, while Chandra earned 22 elo points. The 7th International Chess Festival “Sport Summer 2014″ took place on 4-11th July [...]

Interview with Zurab Azmaiparashvili

Interview with Zurab Azmaiparashvili

After the conclusion of the FIDE Women Grand Prix in Lopota, Alina l’Ami interviewed Georgia’s Deputy Sports Minister, ECU presidential candidate, GM and a family man: Zurab Azmaiparashvili. Alina l’Ami: Now that the 5th stage of the FIDE Women Grand Prix 2013-2014 series came to an end, how would you asses the overall organization? Zurab [...]

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