2018-09-23

World Chess Olympiad Batumi 2018

The 43rd FIDE World Chess Olympiad is taking place from 24 September to 5 October 2018 in Batumi, Georgia.
The biennial tournament is an 11-round Swiss open, with a rest day on 29 September.
The open section features 185 teams from 183 countries, with the 919 players including almost the whole world chess elite.
The women's section features 151 teams from 149 countries, with the 749 players including almost the whole women's world chess elite.
Each team consists of five players, with four playing each match.
The time control is 90 minutes for 40 moves then 30 minutes to the end of the game, with a 30-second increment from move 1. Draw offers are not allowed until move 30.
The standings are determined by match points, with 2 points for a win and 1 for a draw, then game points.

Official site

Schedule: (UTC)
Round 01    Sep 24, 2018    11:00 
Round 02    Sep 25, 2018    11:00 
Round 03    Sep 26, 2018    11:00 
Round 04    Sep 27, 2018    11:00 
Round 05    Sep 28, 2018    11:00 
Round 06    Sep 30, 2018    11:00 
Round 07    Oct 01, 2018     11:00 
Round 08    Oct 02, 2018     11:00 
Round 09    Oct 03, 2018     11:00 
Round 10    Oct 04, 2018     11:00 
Round 11    Oct 05, 2018      07:00 


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2018-09-19

World’s Elite Chess Players Battle in Champions Showdown at the Saint Louis Chess Club

Players, including legendary World Champion Garry Kasparov, compete in Chess 960

SAINT LOUIS (September 19, 2018) — Over four days of exciting Chess 960, also known as Fischer Random, fans enjoyed watching ten of the strongest chess players in the world dazzle with their creativity and skill during 6 rapid and 14 blitz games. During the event, each player faced the same opponent in head-to-head matches, including former world champions Garry Kasparov and Veselin Topalov. In the end, Veselin Topalov, Hikaru Nakamura, Wesley So, Levon Aronian, and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won their matches against Garry Kasparov, Peter Svidler, Anish Giri, Leinier Dominguez, and Sam Shankland, respectively. 

At the start of the tournament, the Universal Rating System announced plans to begin including Chess 960 events in their rating calculations, making this a rated tournament. “I believe we opened a new chapter in the development of chess. It is a great experiment when top players contribute their creativity and skills in something new, which may become a mainstream game in the future,” explains Garry Kasparov.

At the start of each day, Chess Club Executive Director Tony Rich randomly selected the day’s arrangement of pieces. Players then had one hour to prepare before the start of play. Interestingly enough, many players chose to prepare for that hour with other match participants. Members of the U.S. Chess Olympiad team practiced each day together, giving a special glimpse to the comradery that will be shared at the Olympiad in Batumi later this month. Once games began, players had to test their creativity with this unusual format. 

“The Saint Louis Chess Club likes to host matches each year that experiment with the boundaries of chess,” explained Tony Rich. “I think Chess 960 was the perfect way to show that elite players exhibit their mastery with any variant of the game, as well as giving fans a fun show to watch.” 

About the Saint Louis Chess Club

The Saint Louis Chess Club is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that is committed to making chess an important part of our community. In addition to providing a forum for the community to play tournaments and casual games, the club also offers chess improvement classes, beginner lessons and special lectures.

Recognizing the cognitive and behavioral benefits of chess, the Saint Louis Chess Club is committed to supporting those chess programs that already exist in area schools while encouraging the development of new in-school and after-school programs. For more information, visit saintlouischessclub.org.

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