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Interview with Gianpietro Pagnoncelli, President of Italian Chess Federation

Interview with Gianpietro Pagnoncelli, President of Italian Chess Federation

Mr Gianpietro Pagnoncelli, President of Italian Chess Federation since 2005, has kindly agreed to an interview with Chessdom.com. Q: In the recent weeks Fabiano Caruana has had a string of fantastic results. How do you comment on this? A: I am really happy. But before speaking about Caruana, let me thank the Chessdom staff for [...]

Express talk with Berik Balgabaev

Express talk with Berik Balgabaev

Our Moscow correspondent met with Berik Balgabaev, Executive Assistant to FIDE President, and took the opportunity to ask a couple of quick questions. Q: Good day Mr Balgabaev, it’s been a few weeks since the Chess Olympiad and FIDE elections in Tromso. What are your impressions? A: Well, the Chess Olympiad was quite good, despite [...]

Andrey Filatov about Garry Kasparov and ECC 2014

Andrey Filatov about Garry Kasparov and ECC 2014

Russian newswire ITAR-TASS reports that Andrey Filatov, President of the Russian Chess Federation, has made a statement noting that FIDE presidential candidate Garry Kasparov’s comment that the Russian women’s national team should have been banned from the World Chess Olympiad appears both insensitive and inappropriate. “The 13th World Champion Garry Kasparov held a campaign-trail press [...]

CEO of MyHeritage Gilad Japhet: Steinitz was related to Lasker

CEO of MyHeritage Gilad Japhet: Steinitz was related to Lasker

Mr Gilad Japhet, the organizer of the 2nd Gideon Japhet Memorial Chess Tournament in honor of his father, and also founder and CEO of MyHeritage.com – one of the most popular websites connecting people using genealogy, agreed on an exclusive interview for Chessdom. It reveals much about the great festival in Jerusalem, including chess stars [...]

2nd Gideon Japhet Memorial 2014 – final VIDEO, PHOTOS

2nd Gideon Japhet Memorial 2014 – final VIDEO, PHOTOS

The 2nd Gideon Japhet Memorial Open Chess Tournament 2014 took place on 16-24th July 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel, incorporating professional and amateur chess. The fascinating Rapid Chess duel between top grandmasters Boris Gelfand and Peter Svidler was the most widely recognized part of the event. The final result of the duel is 5: 3 in favor of Peter Svidler. There [...]

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. [...]

Exclusive video interviews with Gelfand and Svidler

Exclusive video interviews with Gelfand and Svidler

The organizers of the 2nd Gideon Japhet Memorial – Gelfand vs. Svidler rapid match delivered exclusive video interview series with the chess legends GM Boris Gelfand (Vice World Champion 2012) and GM Peter Svidler (seven times Russian champion). Gilad Japhet, son of Gideon Japhet and the organizer of the Memorial tournament in honor of his father who [...]

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov: Chess Olympiad will be in Tromso as planned

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov: Chess Olympiad will be in Tromso as planned

“Chess Olympiad is for all chess players from all national federations. This is not only a competition, this is a big celebration of chess.”

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 [...]

Wesley So: Philippines Sports Commission to decide about transfer

Wesley So: Philippines Sports Commission to decide about transfer

I just spoke to the President of the NCFP Mr. Pichay on the phone yesterday for about 30 minutes. It was a good conversation. In short, he said that he is not upset with me at all, and he only wishes the best for my chess career.

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