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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 [...]

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 [...]

Grandmasters Sjugirov and Goganov share first place in Polugaevsky Memorial

Grandmasters Sjugirov and Goganov share first place in Polugaevsky Memorial

The 4th Lev Polugaevsky Memorial was held on 2–10th July at the Polugaevsky Chess Club in Samara. The tournament is the 5th stage of this year’s Cup of Russia. 130 players competed in the 9-round Swiss event with the prize fund of 600,000 rubles (around 12,800 EUR). Grandmasters Sanan Sjugirov and Aleksey Goganov shared the [...]

Kulaots, Gleizerov, Moiseenko and Ulibin lead 24th Heart of Finland Chess Tournament (PHOTOS)

Kulaots, Gleizerov, Moiseenko and Ulibin lead 24th Heart of Finland Chess Tournament (PHOTOS)

The 24th Heart of Finland Chess Tournament 2014 is in progress at the Harju building of Jyväskylä College, in the city of Jyväskylä, situated in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. The 9-round Swiss is led by Estonian champion GM Kaido Kulaots and Russians GM Evgeny Gleizerov, IM Vadim Moiseenko and GM Mikhail Ulibin on [...]

IM Mher Hovhannisyan leads Belgian Chess Championship 2014

IM Mher Hovhannisyan leads Belgian Chess Championship 2014

Belgian Individual Men Chess Championship 2014 is taking place from 5th to 13th July, 2014, at the Hotel Charleroi Airport in the city of Charleroi, the fifth most populous city in Belgium. The event is a 10-player round robin valid for FIDE rating and norms. IM Mher Hovhannisyan leads with 4,5/5, a full point ahead of the [...]

GM Sengupta Deep claims Commonwealth Chess Championship 2014 (PHOTOS)

GM Sengupta Deep claims Commonwealth Chess Championship 2014 (PHOTOS)

Grandmaster Sengupta Deep emerged 2014 Commonwealth Chess Champion by edging the young star IM Aravindh Chithambaram on tiebreak after both players concluded the event with 7,5/9 points each. In the final 9th round Sengupta defeated GM Sahaj Grover, while Aravindh detroned the defending Commonwealth Champion and then leader GM Gupta Abhijeet. The Commonwealth Chess Championships [...]

Olympiad organisers address visa concerns

Olympiad organisers address visa concerns

On 7th July World Chess Federation President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov wrote an open letter to the Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg, asking for help resolving visa problems in advance of the Tromsø Olympiad. The CEO of the 2014 Chess Olympiad, Børge Robertsen, has now issued a response on behalf of the organisers. Response to FIDE [...]

GM Ilya Smirin winner of World Open

GM Ilya Smirin winner of World Open

The 42nd Annual World Open was held on June 30-July 6, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia. Grandmasters Ilya Smirin, Illya Nyzynyk and Conrad Holt tied for 1st-3rd in the Open Section with 7 points, winning $9,891 each. In order of tiebreaks Ilya Smirin was 1st, Illia Nyzhnyk [...]

FIDE Treasurer’s report on Tromso 2014 inspection

FIDE Treasurer’s report on Tromso 2014 inspection

1. The Organisers confirm that there is sufficient room for the players, team captains, delegates, commission members, coaches and congress participants. They cannot guarantee that they can find room for all accompanying persons. They are using extra hotels and rooms in hotels that have not been seen by FIDE. They will also be using a [...]

USA lines strong teams for Chess Olympiad in Tromso

USA lines strong teams for Chess Olympiad in Tromso

The United States Chess Federation has announced the lineups of Open and Women’s teams for the upcoming 41st Chess Olympiad in Tromsø, Norway. Open (in rating order): 1. Hikaru Nakamura 2787 2. Gata Kamsky 2717 3. Alexander Onischuk 2659 4. Varuzhan Akobian 2653 5. Samuel Shankland 2632 Captain John Donaldson Women’s (in rating order): 1. [...]

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