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129th MGU Open with brand new sponsor, Martin Metev takes the trophy

129th MGU Open with brand new sponsor, Martin Metev takes the trophy

The 129th MGU Open 2014 was held on 13-14th December, 2014, at Chess Club MGU, in Sofia, capital and largest city of Bulgaria. The event was organized in honor of GM Jan Timman (born 14th December 1951 in Amsterdam, NED), in a 6-round Swiss format, open to all players rated below 2200. Martin Mitev from Chess Club “An Pasan” Sofia claimed [...]

WMG Beijing: Grischuk repeats the gold, Hou Yifan convincingly first in blitz

WMG Beijing: Grischuk repeats the gold, Hou Yifan convincingly first in blitz

Heading for the stars, Hou Yifan faced her opponents head-on, left behind the rather “disappointing” silver medal from the Rapid and claimed the gold this time, swapping places with Valentina Gunina, who had to content herself as being the 2nd best.

Anand wins 6th London Chess Classic

Anand wins 6th London Chess Classic

Former world champion Viswanathan Anand emerged winner of the 6th London Chess Classic after beating Michael Adams with black pieces in the final round and edging Vladimir Kramnik and Anish Giri on tie-break. Anand took advantage of the volumes of his World Championship Match preparation to outplay his opponent in the Berlin Ruy Lopez. Eventually, [...]

Copa Norberto La Porta 2014

Copa Norberto La Porta 2014

Abierto Legislatura 2014 “Copa Norberto La Porta” takes place on 13-21st December at the Salon Dorado de la Legislatura de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires – Peru 160 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A total of 387 players are competing in two sections – Open A and Open B. The tournament is organized by the Federacion [...]

SportAccord WMG Rapid: The gold goes to Russia

SportAccord WMG Rapid: The gold goes to Russia

The SportAccord World Mind Rapid Chess Games 2014 took place on 11-12th December 2014 in Beijing, China. The gold went to Russia after Alexander Grischuk and Valentina Gunina emerged clear winners. Grischuk finished first with 5/7 points, leaving the nearest followers Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Hao Wang, Levon Aronian and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov half point behind. The French prodigy Vachier-Lagrave [...]

GM Buenaventura “Bong” Villamayor first in Penang

GM Buenaventura “Bong” Villamayor first in Penang

The 6th Penang Heritage City International Chess Open 2014 is taking place on 8-12th December 2014 at the Red Rock Hotel in Penang, a state in Malaysia, located on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia. The 9-round Swiss tournament gathered 38 players from 6 different federations, including 13 GMs, 6 IMs, 6 FMs, 2 WIMs and 1 WFM. Five [...]

Kotronias and Markantonaki are 2014 Greek Chess Champions

Kotronias and Markantonaki are 2014 Greek Chess Champions

The 64th Individual Greek Championship and 37th Individual Women Greek Championship were held from 3-11th December 2014 in the luxurious Alkyon Resort Hotel & Spa in Vrahati, Corinth. Both sections were 10-player round-robin tournaments. WFM Haritomeni Markantonaki became the national champion after walking through the women’s tournament with 8,0/9 points, leaving the nearest followers two [...]

Pantsulaia, Popov, Gagunashvili and Grigoryan tie for the first in Quezon City

Pantsulaia, Popov, Gagunashvili and Grigoryan tie for the first in Quezon City

The 2014 edition of the Philippines International Chess Championship took place on 6-12th December 2014 at the Celebrity Sports Plaza in Quezon City, Philippines. The event was organized by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP), under the auspices of FIDE, with assistance from Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and Philippine Olympic Committee (POC). The 10-round Swiss FIDE tournament with tempo of [...]

FIDE World Youth Chess Olympiad starting in Gyor

FIDE World Youth Chess Olympiad starting in Gyor

The Hungarian Chess Federation (HCF) is holding the World Youth U-16 Chess Olympiad for teams in Győr (Hungary) from 12th December (arrival) to 22nd December (departure). The U-16 Youth Olympiad is conducted under the auspices of FIDE. The tournament venue is located in the University of Győr (Nyugat- Magyarorszagi Egyetem), Liszt Ferenc út 42. Players [...]

Icelanders dominate in San Salvador Chess Open

Icelanders dominate in San Salvador Chess Open

GM Hannes Stefansson and reigning champion of Iceland IM Gudmundur Kjartansson shared the first place in San Salvador Chess Open with 7,5/9 points each. San Salvador Chess Open was held from 5-10th December at the Palacio de los Deportes INDES in San Salvador, El Salvador. The 9-round Swiss event was organized by the Federacion Salvadoreña [...]

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