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GM Vladislav Tkachiev takes top prize in Cannes Open

GM Vladislav Tkachiev takes top prize in Cannes Open

The 29th Cannes Winter Open – Festival des Jeux 2015 took place from 22nd February to 1st March at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France. The chess festival consisted of three sections: – Tournament A for players with a 2200+ Elo rating – Tournament B for players with a rating lower than 2100 (The [...]

SPF National Open for Boys and Girls Concluded

SPF National Open for Boys and Girls Concluded

The 2015 Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open Championship for Girls and Boys was held from 27th February to 1st March in San Mateo, California. In the course of the three-day chess festival, the SPFNO awarded qualifications for: – The Prestigious Susan Polgar National Invitational for Girls – The FIDE World Youth Chess Championship 2015 in [...]

2nd “Nebesna sotnya” 2015: Onischuk first in rapid, Kovalenko – blitz winner

2nd “Nebesna sotnya” 2015: Onischuk first in rapid, Kovalenko – blitz winner

The 2nd International Chess Tournament Memory of “Nebesna sotnya” is taking place on 21-22nd February, 2015, in Lutsk, a city in northwestern Ukraine. The event was split into two separate tournaments – 11-round Swiss rapid open with time control 20′ + 5″ and 22-round blitz tournament with tempo of play 3′ + 2″. 195 players from [...]

French Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships 2015

French Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships 2015

The French Championships in Rapid and Blitz for 2015 were held on 21-22nd February in Nancy, France. The Championship was marked by record participation – 156 in Blitz and 220 in Rapid. The Blitz tournament took place on Saturday, and after 11 rounds Russian GM Vladimir Dobrov, and two French Grandmasters Vladislav Tkachiev and Christian [...]

Tbilisi Grand Prix concluded, Evgeny Tomashevsky leader in GP overall standings

Tbilisi Grand Prix concluded, Evgeny Tomashevsky leader in GP overall standings

In a scenario repeating from the previous day, all games of the 11th round of the FIDE Grand Prix in Tbilisi were drawn. The longest game of the round was Giri – Dominguez, where each player tried to win and reach shared third place. After more than six hours of play, nearly causing the delay [...]

Efimov and Berezovska new Monaco Chess Champions

Efimov and Berezovska new Monaco Chess Champions

Grandmaster Igor Efimov (ELO 2390) has won the 2015 Monaco Chess Championship, which was held at the Monaco Chess Club, from 20-25th February. Efimov scored 5,5 points, the same as Karl Ribbegren (ELO 2202), but thanks to better tie-break, Efimov took the title. GM Algimantas Butnorius (ELO 2377) came clear third with 5 points. Svetlana [...]

GM Iturrizaga storms through 14th Rochefort Open 2015

GM Iturrizaga storms through 14th Rochefort Open 2015

The 14th Rochefort International Chess Festival was held on 21-27th February, 2015, at the Congress Palace, in Rochefort, France. Just days before the huge 31st Cappelle-la-Grande Open, the Rochefort Open was an excellent occasion for the players to test their preparation and use the perfect training opportunity. The event was a 9-round Swiss open with time control [...]

Evgeny Tomashevsky wins Tbilisi Grand Prix with a round to spare

Evgeny Tomashevsky wins Tbilisi Grand Prix with a round to spare

In the 10th round of the FIDE Grand Prix in Tbilisi all games were drawn. This worked perfectly fine for Evgeny Tomashevsky who secured the first place in the tournament with one round to spare. Tomashevsky has 7,5/10 points, keeping the unbeaten distance of 1,5 points ahead of the nearest follower Dmitry Jakovenko. Today Tomashevsky [...]

Evgeny Tomashevsky close to winning Tbilisi Grand Prix

Evgeny Tomashevsky close to winning Tbilisi Grand Prix

Grandmaster Evgeny Tomashevsky is on the brink of winning the FIDE Grand Prix in Tbilisi after scoring against Rustam Kasimdzhanov in the 9th round of the tournament. It was the fourth King’s Indian defence that the Russian faced in this event, but he remained principled and responded with Makagonov h3-variation. Of these four he won [...]

GM Nosenko dominant in 15th Liberec Open

GM Nosenko dominant in 15th Liberec Open

The 15th Liberec Open 2015 was held from 14th to 21st February 2015 in Liberec, a city in the Czech Republic located on the Lusatian Neisse and surrounded by the Jizera Mountains and Ještěd-Kozákov Ridge. The event is a 9-round Swiss open with time control 90′ + 30″. 94 players from 14 different federations took part in [...]

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