2017-07-31

Ladies Champions Match 201

The Ladies Champions Match 2017 is held in Erfurt, Germany from 31st of  July till 4th of August 2017.

Official site

The Ladies Champions Match is a 14-round match between Alexandra Kosteniuk and Elisabeth Pähtz.
The match starts off with two classical games, followed by four Rapid games and finishes with eight Blitz games.

Rate of play:
Classical: 90 minutes in 40 moves + ; 15 minutes all moves + ; 30 seconds for each move; starting from move 1

Rapid: 20 minutes all moves + ; 10 seconds increment.

Blitz: 3 minutes all moves + ; 2 seconds increment.

Schedule : * CEST (UTC/GMT +2)
31.07 2017 - 17:00 -  Round 01 (Classical Game 1)
01.08 2017 - 17:00 -  Round 02 (Classical Game 2)
02.08 2017 - 11:00 -  Round 03 (Rapid Game 1)
02.08 2017 - 13:00 -  Round 04 (Rapid Game 2)
02.08 2017 - 17:00 -  Round 05 (Rapid Game 3)
02.08 2017 - 19:00 -  Round 06 (Rapid Game 4)
03.08 2017 - 11:00 -  Round 07 (Blitz Game 1)
03.08 2017 - 11:30 -  Round 08 (Blitz Game 2)
03.08 2017 - 12:00 -  Round 09 (Blitz Game 3)
03.08 2017 - 12:30 -  Round 10 (Blitz Game 4)
04.08 2017 - 17:00 -  Round 11 (Blitz Game 5)
04.08 2017 - 17:30 -  Round 12 (Blitz Game 6)
04.08 2017 - 18:00 -  Round 13 (Blitz Game 7)
04.08 2017 - 18:30 -  Round 14 (Blitz Game 8)

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Young Masters (Women) 2017

The Young Masters (Women) 2017 is held in Erfurt, Germany from 31st of July till 4th of August 2017.

Official site

System of play: 9 Rounds-10 Player Round Robin

Rate of play: 90 minutes in 40 moves +; 15 minutes all moves +; 30 seconds for each move; starting from move 1

Schedule : * CEST (UTC/GMT +2)
31.07 2017 - 11:00 -  Round 1
31.07 2017 - 17:00 -  Round 2
01.08 2017 - 11:00 -  Round 3
01.08 2017 - 17:00 -  Round 4
02.08 2017 - 11:00 -  Round 5
02.08 2017 - 17:00 -  Round 6
03.08 2017 - 11:00 -  Round 7
04.08 2017 - 11:00 -  Round 8
04.08 2017 - 17:00 -  Round 9

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International Women's Open 2017

The International Women's Open 2017 is held in Erfurt, Germany from 31st of July till 4th of August 2017.

Official site

System of play: 9 Round Swiss

Rate of play: 90 minutes in 40 moves +; 15 minutes all moves +; 30 seconds for each move
starting from move 1

Schedule : * CEST (UTC/GMT +2)
31.07 2017 - 11:00 -  Round 1
31.07 2017 - 17:00 -  Round 2
01.08 2017 - 11:00 -  Round 3
01.08 2017 - 17:00 -  Round 4
02.08 2017 - 11:00 -  Round 5
02.08 2017 - 17:00 -  Round 6
03.08 2017 - 11:00 -  Round 7
04.08 2017 - 11:00 -  Round 8
04.08 2017 - 17:00 -  Round 9

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Match of the Millennials 2017 Recap - Day 4

by Tatev Abrahamyan


The World team completely dominated the Match of the Millennials with a 31.5-17.5 score. Not only did the U.S. team not win any matches, but they lost every single match in the U14 section. The American team was higher rated in the U17 section, but the World team proved to be better prepared and had a stronger team chemistry than their counterparts. This was a well deserved victory by the World team, who outplayed their higher rated and more experienced opposition.
Under 17 Section

The day started with the World team leading by 11 points. The U.S. team still had a mathematical chance of winning the event if they won every single game. Granted that there were twelve games left, this was an impossible and unrealistic task. Both the morning and the evening matches ended in an even 2-2 score, which was more than enough to secure the win for the World team. On the American side, Sam Sevian and Ruifeng Li delivered convincing victories, whereas on the World side Haik Martirosyan and Andrey Esipenko continued their winning streak to keep the matches balanced.
Under 14 Section

Once again, the U.S. team was no match for the World team. Awonder Liang was the only victor on the American team. He defeated the Uzbek phenom Nodirbek Abdusattorov and brought his score to a 2/4, which is still below his rating but it was a good recovery from a bad loss. The rest of the World team won their games, including Nurgyul Salimova who won two games in a row after losing the first two games. The breakout star of the World team was Bibisara Assaubayeva, who was the only person on both teams to win all of her games.
Overall, the World team players were very happy to have to the opportunity to play in the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. They were impressed by the conditions, the hotel, the level of the organizations and the competitions. It was their first time visiting the U.S. and they were grateful to have the opportunity to compete at such a high level event with good prizes against a challenging competition. Even though many of them strive to become professional chess players, it was their first time being treated as true professionals.
Even though it was a devastating defeat for the U.S. team, it was also a great learning experience for the American youngsters. The best lessons come from greatest defeats and this was no exception. With the exception of Jeffery Xiong, none of them had any prior experience of playing in a team event and this was a great opportunity to gain insight into what it is like to play for the National Team at the Olympiad. As the players keep improving, it is expected that at least several of them will make the U.S. Olympiad team and hopefully this tournament will be one they reflect back on as the first step on the ladder to the bigger stage of team events.
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2017-07-30

22nd Creon Open 2017

The 22nd Creon Open 2017 is held in Creon, France from 31st of July till 6th of August 2017.

Official site

System of play: 9 Round Swiss

Rate of play: 90 minutes in 40 moves + ; 15 minutes all moves +; 30 seconds for each move; starting from move 1

Schedule : * CEST (UTC/GMT +2)
31.07 2017 - 14:00 -  Round 1
01.08 2017 - 10:00 -  Round 2
01.08 2017 - 16:00 -  Round 3
02.08 2017 - 15:00 -  Round 4
03.08 2017 - 10:00 -  Round 5
03.08 2017 - 16:00 -  Round 6
04.08 2017 - 15:00 -  Round 7
05.08 2017 - 15:00 -  Round 8
06.08 2017 - 09:00 -  Round 9

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U18 Spanish Championship 2017

The U18 Spanish Championship 2017 is held in Salobreña (Granada), Spain from 31st of July till 5th of August, 2017.

Official site

System of play: 9 Round Swiss

Rate of play: 90 minutes all moves + ; 30 seconds increment

Schedule : * CEST (UTC/GMT +2)
31.07 2017 - 10:00 -  Round 1
31.07 2017 - 17:00 -  Round 2
01.08 2017 - 10:00 -  Round 3
02.08 2017 - 10:00 -  Round 4
02.08 2017 - 17:00 -  Round 5
03.08 2017 - 10:00 -  Round 6
04.08 2017 - 10:00 -  Round 7
04.08 2017 - 17:00 -  Round 8
05.08 2017 - 09:00 -  Round 9

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2017-07-29

Irish Championship 2017

The Irish Championship 2017 is held in Ennis, Ireland from 29th of July till 6th of August 2017.

Official site

System of play: 9 Round Swiss

Rate of play: 105 minutes in 40 moves + ; 30 minutes all moves +; 30 seconds for each move
starting from move 1

Schedule : UTC/GMT +1
29.07 2017 - 17:00 -  Round 1
30.07 2017 - 17:00 -  Round 2
31.07 2017 - 17:00 -  Round 3
01.08 2017 - 17:00 -  Round 4
02.08 2017 - 17:00 -  Round 5
03.08 2017 - 17:00 -  Round 6
04.08 2017 - 17:00 -  Round 7
05.08 2017 - 17:00 -  Round 8
06.08 2017 - 13:30 -  Round 9

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104th British Championship 2017

The 104th British Championship 2017 is held Llandudno, Wales from 29th of July till 6th of August 2017.

Official site

System of play: 9 Round Swiss

Rate of play: 90 minutes in 40 moves + ; 30 minutes all moves + ; 30 seconds for each move; starting from move 1

Schedule : UTC/GMT +1
29.07 2017 - 16:30 -  Round 1
30.07 2017 - 16:30 -  Round 2
31.07 2017 - 16:30 -  Round 3
01.08 2017 - 16:30 -  Round 4
02.08 2017 - 16:30 -  Round 5
03.08 2017 - 16:30 -  Round 6
04.08 2017 - 16:30 -  Round 7
05.08 2017 - 16:30 -  Round 8
06.08 2017 - 12:00 -  Round 9

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Dresden Open 2017

The Dresden Open 2017 is held in Dresden, Germany from 29th of July till 6th of August 2017.

Official site

System of play: 9 Round Swiss

Rate of play: 90 minutes  all moves + ; 30 seconds increment

Schedule : * CEST (UTC/GMT +2)
29.07 2017 - 14:00 -  Round 1
30.07 2017 - 14:00 -  Round 2
31.07 2017 - 14:00 -  Round 3
01.08 2017 - 14:00 -  Round 4
02.08 2017 - 14:00 -  Round 5
03.08 2017 - 14:00 -  Round 6
04.08 2017 - 14:00 -  Round 7
05.08 2017 - 14:00 -  Round 8
06.08 2017 - 10:00 -  Round 9

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2017-07-28

26th Kavala International Open 2017

The 26th Kavala International Open 2017 is held in Kavala, Greece from 28th of July till 4th of August 2017.

Official site

System of play: 9 Round Swiss

Rate of play: 90 minutes in 40 moves + ;30 minutes all moves + ; 30 seconds for each move
starting from move 1

Schedule : UTC/GMT +3 hours
28.07 2017 - 16:00 -  Round 1
29.07 2017 - 16:00 -  Round 2
30.07 2017 - 10:00 -  Round 3
30.07 2017 - 17:00 -  Round 4
31.07 2017 - 16:00 -  Round 5
01.08 2017 - 16:00 -  Round 6
02.08 2017 - 16:00 -  Round 7
03.08 2017 - 16:00 -  Round 8
04.08 2017 - 10:00 -  Round 9

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13th Gazi-Heraklio Open 2017

The 13th Gazi-Heraklio Open 2017 is held in Gazi (Crete), Greece from 28th of July till 5th of August 2017.

Official site

System of play: 9 Round Swiss

Rate of play: 90 minutes in 40 moves + ; 30 minutes all moves + ; 30 seconds for each move; starting from move 1

Schedule : UTC/GMT +3 hours
28.07 2017 - 17:30 -  Round 1
29.07 2017 - 11:00 -  Round 2
30.07 2017 - 17:30 -  Round 3
31.07 2017 - 17:30 -  Round 4
01.07 2017 - 17:30 -  Round 5
02.08 2017 - 17:30 -  Round 6
03.08 2017 - 17:30 -  Round 7
04.08 2017 - 17:30 -  Round 8
05.08 2017 - 10:00 -  Round 9

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2017-07-26

Match of the Millennials 2017

The Match of the Millennials will start on Wednesday, July 26 in Saint Louis.

Official site

It's a competition between some of the strongest juniors in the USA vs the rest of the world.
In the Under-17 category the players for each team are 5. U17 is a double Scheveningen with 4 games per round. Each round one player from each team is free. Tthere are 8 rounds in total. Scheveningen means that US players will only play Rest of the World-players.

Schedule : UTC/GMT -5 hours
26.07 2017 - 10:00 - Round 1
26.07 2017 - 17:00 - Round 2
27.07 2017 - 10:00 - Round 3
27.07 2017 - 17:00 - Round 4
28.07 2017 - 10:00 - Round 5
28.07 2017 - 17:00 - Round 6
29.07 2017 - 09:00 - Round 7
29.07 2017 - 16:00 - Round 8


In the Under-14 category there the players for each team are 4: 2 boys and 2 girls. U14 is Boys vs Boys double Scheveningen and Girls vs Girls double Scheveningen. There are 4 rounds in total. Scheveningen means that US players will only play Rest of the World-players.

Schedule : UTC/GMT -5 hours
26.07 2017 - 17:00 - Round 1
27.07 2017 - 17:00 - Round 2
28.07 2017 - 17:00 - Round 3
29.07 2017 - 16:00 - Round 4


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Travnik Open 2017


Travnik Open 2017 is held Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina from 26th till 30th of July 2017=

Official site

System of play: 7 Round Swiss

Rate of play: 90 minutes all moves + ; 30 seconds increment

Schedule : * CEST (UTC/GMT +2)
26.07 2017 - 16:00 -  Round 1
27.07 2017 - 09:30 -  Round 2
27.07 2017 - 17:00 -  Round 3
28.07 2017 - 17:00 -  Round 4
29.07 2017 - 09:30 -  Round 5
29.07 2017 - 17:00 -  Round 6
30.07 2017 - 09:30 -  Round 7

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2017-07-25

Match of the Millennials Announces U.S. and World Team Delegations


Match of the Millennials Announces
U.S. and World Team Delegations

Americas best juniors face off against the best from around the world July 26-29

 

ST. LOUIS, July 24, 2017 - The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL), in cooperation with the Kasparov Chess Foundation (KCF), U.S. Chess Federation, World Chess Federation (FIDE) and FIDE Trainers’ Commission are proud to announce the U.S. and World Team players for the Match of the Millennials. Hosted at the CCSCSL from July 26th through the 29th, nine American players will face the nine best juniors from around the world.

“We are thrilled to host this tournament showcasing some of the best junior players from not only the United States but from around the world” said Tony Rich, executive director of the Saint Louis Chess Club. “This demonstrates that Saint Louis is becoming the epicenter of chess world-wide.”

The Match of the Millennials tournament is not only unique in the young players representing all corners of the world, but also in its format. Across the four days of the tournament, players will compete in two rounds starting at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Each round will have eight games total, four from a U17 (under 17 years old) section and four in the U14 (under 14 years old) section. 

In addition to the bragging rights, teams will be vying for top honors and the $30,000 prize fund. The winning team will receive $20,000, while the runner-up will receive $10,000. Prizes will be split evenly should the match end in a tie. The prize fund is sponsored by the Saint Louis Chess Club, whose impact over the last 10 years has transformed American chess. 

All games can be viewed live at uschesschamps.com with commentary by chess Grandmaster Alejandro Ramirez, Woman Grandmaster Jennifer Shahade, and the colorful commentary of Grandmaster Maurice Ashley on the smartboard.


U.S. Team
Captains: Michael Khodarkovsky and Armen Ambartsumian; Coach Alex Onischuk
TeamNameFIDE RatingAgeHome CountryFederation
U17Jeffery Xiong264217U.S.A.U.S.A.
U17Sam Sevian263316U.S.A.U.S.A.
U17Ruifeng Li256815U.S.A.U.S.A.
U17John Michael Burke247915U.S.A.U.S.A.
U17Nicolas Checa241516U.S.A.U.S.A.
U14Awonder Liang253614U.S.A.U.S.A.
U14Andrew Hong233412U.S.A.U.S.A.
U14Carissa Yip226113U.S.A.U.S.A.
U14Martha Samadashvili201813U.S.A.U.S.A.

World Team
Captains: Efstratios Grivas (Greece) and Alexander Beliavsky (Slovenia), Head of delegation/Coach Zurab Azmaiparashvili (Georgia).
TeamNameFIDE RatingAgeHome CountryFederation
U17Haik Martirosyan254417ArmeniaARM
U17Andrey Esipenko252315RussiaRUS
U17Aleksey Sarana251017RussiaRUS
U17Anton Smirnov249516AustraliaAUS
U17Aryan Chopra249116IndiaIND
U14Praggnanandhaa Ramesh Babu247912IndiaIND
U14Nodirbek Abdusattorov246713UzbekistanUZB
U14Bibisara Assaubayeva238613RussiaRUS
U14Nurgyul Salimova233214BulgariaFIDE

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About The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis

The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis 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 Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis 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 www.saintlouischessclub.org.

 

About the U.S. Chess Federation

The US Chess Federation (US Chess) is the official governing body and not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization for chess players and chess supporters in the United States. Our mission is to empower people through chess one move at a time. Our vision is to enrich the lives of all persons and communities through increasing the play, study, and appreciation of the game of chess. For more information, visit www.uschess.org.

 

About the Kasparov Chess Foundation

Founded by World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, KCF’s mission is to bring the many educational benefits of chess to children worldwide by providing a complete chess curriculum and enrichment programs. The Foundation promotes the study of chess as a cognitive learning tool in curricular classes and after-school programs for elementary, middle and high schools, both in the public and private school sectors. The not-for-profit Foundation also organizes regional, national, and worldwide tournaments, programs for talented students, and promotional chess events. For more information, visit www.kasparovchessfoundation.org.

 

About the World Chess Federation

Founded in Paris on 20 July 1924, the World Chess Federation (Federation Internationale des Echecs, known as FIDE from its French acronym) was recognized by the International Olympic Committee as an International Sports Federation in 1999. With 188 member federations, FIDE is among the biggest sports organizations in the world, very proud of over forty official championships for youngsters, men, women and seniors. For more information, visit www.fide.com.

 

About the FIDE Trainers’ Commission

The FIDE Trainers’ Commission is responsible for testing and licensing of chess trainers worldwide. For more information, visit trainers.fide.com.

Condigne Dutch Open 2017

Condigne Dutch Open 2017 is held in Dieren, Nederlands from 25th of July till 3rd of August 2017.

Official site

System of play: 9 Round Swiss

Rate of play: 90 minutes in 40 moves +; 30 minutes all moves + ; 30 seconds for each move
starting from move 1

Schedule : * CEST (UTC/GMT +2)
25.07 2017 - 13:00 -  Round 1
26.07 2017 - 13:00 -  Round 2
27.07 2017 - 13:00 -  Round 3
28.07 2017 - 13:00 -  Round 4
29.07 2017 - 13:00 -  Round 5
             REST DAY
31.07 2017 - 13:00 -  Round 6
01.08 2017 - 13:00 -  Round 7
02.08 2017 - 13:00 -  Round 8
03.08 2017 - 12:00 -  Round 9

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2017-07-24

Villa de Gijon - III International Open RGCC 2017

Villa de Gijon - III International Open RGCC 2017 is held in Villa de Gijon, Spain from 24 th till 30th of  July  2017.

Official site

System of play: 9 Rounds Swiss

Rate of play: 90 minutes all moves +; 30 seconds increment

Schedule : * CEST (UTC/GMT +2)

24 July  2017  17:00 - Round 1
25 July  2017  10:00 - Round 2
25 July  2017  17:00 - Round 3
26 July  2017  17:00 - Round 4
27 July  2017  10:00 - Round 5
27 July  2017  17:00 - Round 6
28 July  2017  17:00 - Round 7
29 July  2017  17:00 - Round 8
30 July  2017  10:00 - Round 9

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Sueca Open 2017

The Sueca Open 2017 is held in Sueca, Spain from 22nd till 30th of July 2017.

Official site

System of play: 8 Round Swiss

Rate of play: 90 minutes all moves + ; 30 seconds increment

Schedule : * CEST (UTC/GMT +2)
24.07 2017 - 17:00 -  Round 1
25.07 2017 - 17:00 -  Round 2
26.07 2017 - 17:00 -  Round 3
27.07 2017 - 11:00 -  Round 4
27.07 2017 - 17:00 -  Round 5
28.07 2017 - 17:00 -  Round 6
29.07 2017 - 17:00 -  Round 7
30.07 2017 - 11:00 -  Round 8

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U16 Spanish Championship 2017

U16 Spanish Championship 2017 is held in Salobreña (Granada), Spain from 24th till 29th of July 2017

Official site

9 Round Swiss

Rate of play:
90 minutes all moves +
30 seconds increment

Schedule : * CEST (UTC/GMT +2)
24.07 2017 - 10:00 -  Round 1
24.07 2017 - 17:00 -  Round 2
25.07 2017 - 10:00 -  Round 3
26.07 2017 - 10:00 -  Round 4
26.07 2017 - 17:00 -  Round 5
27.07 2017 - 10:00 -  Round 6
28.07 2017 - 10:00 -  Round 7
28.07 2017 - 17:00 -  Round 8
29.07 2017 - 09:30 -  Round 9

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2017-07-23

Biel GM 2017

The Biel GM 2017 is held in Biel, Switzerland from 24th of July till 2nd of August 2017.

Official site

System of play: 9 Rounds - 10 Player Round Robin

Players:  David Navara, Pentala Harikrishna, Etienne Bacrot, Ruslan Ponomariov, Peter Leko, Alexander Morozevich, Yifan Hou, Rafael Vaganian, Nico Georgiadis, Noël Studer

Rate of play: 100 minutes in 40 moves + ;50 minutes in 20 moves + ;15 minutes all moves +;30 seconds for each move, starting from move 1

Schedule : * CEST (UTC/GMT +2)
24.07 2017 - 14:00 -  Round 1
25.07 2017 - 14:00 -  Round 2
26.07 2017 - 14:00 -  Round 3
27.07 2017 - 14:00 -  Round 4
28.07 2017 - 14:00 -  Round 5
             REST DAY
30.07 2017 - 14:00 -  Round 6
31.07 2017 - 14:00 -  Round 7
01.08 2017 - 14:00 -  Round 8
02.08 2017 - 11:00 -  Round 9

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2017-07-22

28th Czech GM Open 2017

28th Czech GM Open 2017 is held in Pardubice, Czech Republic from 21st till 29th of July 2017.

Official site

System of play: 9 Rounds Swiss

Rate of play:
90 minutes in 40 moves +
30 minutes all moves +
30 seconds for each move
starting from move 1

Schedule : * CET (UTC/GMT +2)

21 July 2017 - Round  1  - 15:00
22 July 2017 - Round  2  - 15:00
23 July 2017 - Round  3  - 15:00
24 July 2017 - Round  4  - 15:00
25 July 2017 - Round  5  - 15:00
26 July 2017 - Round  6  - 15:00
27 July 2017 - Round  7  - 15:00
28 July 2017 - Round  8  - 15:00
29 July 2017 - Round  9  - 15:00

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2nd Csaba Arpad Memorial (Rapid)

2nd Csaba Arpad Memorial (Rapid) 2017 is held in Ajka, Hungary from 21st till 23rd July 2017.

Official site

System of play: Rounds Swiss

Rate of play: 20 minutes all moves + ; 10 seconds increment

Schedule : * CET (UTC/GMT +2)

21 July 2017 - Round  1  - 15:30
21 July 2017 - Round  2  - 16:45
22 July 2017 - Round  3  - 09:00
22 July 2017 - Round  4  - 10:30
22 July 2017 - Round  5  - 15:30
22 July 2017 - Round  6  - 17:00
23 July 2017 - Round  7  - 08:30
23 July 2017 - Round  8  - 10:00
23 July 2017 - Round  9  - 11:30

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Sitges Open 2017

Sitges Open 2017 is held in Sitges, Spain from 22nd till 30th of July 2017.

Official site

System of play: 9 Round Swiss

Rate of play:  90 minutes in 40 moves + ; 30 minutes all moves + ; 30 seconds for each move
starting from move 1

Schedule : * CEST (UTC/GMT +2)
22.07 2017 - 16:30 -  Round 1
23.07 2017 - 16:30 -  Round 2
24.07 2017 - 16:30 -  Round 3
25.07 2017 - 16:30 -  Round 4
26.07 2017 - 16:30 -  Round 5
27.07 2017 - 16:30 -  Round 6
28.07 2017 - 16:30 -  Round 7
29.07 2017 - 16:30 -  Round 8
30.07 2017 - 09:30 -  Round 9

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32nd Avoine Open 2017

The 32nd Avoine Open 2017 is held in Avoine, France from 22nd till 30th of July 2017.

Official site

System of play: 9 Round Swiss

Schedule : * CEST (UTC/GMT +2)
22.07 2017 - 15:00 -  Round 1
23.07 2017 - 14:00 -  Round 2
24.07 2017 - 14:00 -  Round 3
25.07 2017 - 14:00 -  Round 4
26.07 2017 - 14:00 -  Round 5
27.07 2017 - 14:00 -  Round 6
28.07 2017 - 14:00 -  Round 7
29.07 2017 - 14:00 -  Round 8
30.07 2017 - 09:00 -  Round 9

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2017-07-21

35th Andorra Open 2017

The 35th Andorra Open 2017 is held in Escaldes, Andorra from 22nd till 30th of July 2017.

Official site

System of play: 9 Round Swiss

Rate of play: 90 minutes in 40 moves + ; 30 minutes all moves + ; 30 seconds for each move
starting from move 1

Schedule : * CEST (UTC/GMT +2)
22.07 2017 - 16:00 -  Round 1
23.07 2017 - 16:00 -  Round 2
24.07 2017 - 15:30 -  Round 3
25.07 2017 - 15:30 -  Round 4
26.07 2017 - 15:30 -  Round 5
27.07 2017 - 15:30 -  Round 6
28.07 2017 - 15:30 -  Round 7
29.07 2017 - 15:30 -  Round 8
30.07 2017 - 09:30 -  Round 9

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2017-07-20

Astana Open 2017

Astana Open 2017 is held in Astana, Kazakhstan from 21st till 29th of July 2017.

Official site

System of play: 9 Rounds Swiss

Rate of play:  90 minutes all moves +; 30 seconds increment

Schedule : UTC/GMT +6 hours

21 July 2017 - Round  1  - 11:00
22 July 2017 - Round  2  - 11:00
23 July 2017 - Round  3  - 11:00
24 July 2017 - Round  4  - 11:00
25 July 2017 - Round  5  - 11:00
26 July 2017 - Round  6  - 11:00
27 July 2017 - Round  7  - 11:00
28 July 2017 - Round  8  - 11:00
29 July 2017 - Round  9  - 10:00

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Yu Yangyi vs Alexander Grischuk - Match 2017

The Match Yu Yangyi vs Alexander Grischuk is held in Jiayuguan, China from 20th till 24th of July 2017.

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4-Game Friendly Match between Yu Yangyi and Alexander Grischuk

Rate of play: 90 minutes in 40 moves + ; 30 minutes all moves + ; 30 seconds for each move
starting from move 1

* If the match is drawn the players compete in two games of 25+10 rapid chess, then if needed two 5+3 blitz games and, finally, one Armageddon game where White has 6 minutes to Black's 5, but a draw counts as a victory for Black.

Schedule : UTC/GMT +6 hours
2017, July 20 14:00 - Game  1
2017, July 21 14:00 - Game  2
              REST DAY
2017, July 23 14:00 - Game  3
2017, July 24 14:00 - Game  4 (Playoff - if applicable)

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2017-07-19

10th Paleochora Open 2017

10th Paleochora Open 2017 is held in Paleochora (Crete), Greece from 19th till 26th of July 2017.

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System of play: 9 rounds of Swiss

Rate of play:
90 minutes in 40 moves +
30 minutes all moves +
30 seconds for each move
starting from move 1

Schedule : UTC/GMT +3 hours
19.07 2017 - 17:30 -  Round 1
20.07 2017 - 10:00 -  Round 2
20.07 2017 - 17:30 -  Round 3
21.07 2017 - 17:30 -  Round 4
22.07 2017 - 17:30 -  Round 5
23.07 2017 - 17:30 -  Round 6
24.07 2017 - 17:30 -  Round 7
25.07 2017 - 17:30 -  Round 8
26.07 2017 - 10:00 -  Round 9

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2017-07-18

U.S. Junior Championship - Round 9 Recap


2017 U.S. Junior and Junior Girls' Championships

by Denes Boros 

Gorti won the Girls’ Section with one round to spare, but there was still a lot of action in the last round in both sections!

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Akshita Gorti already won the tournament, but she arrived hungry for some more chess! She played Apurva Virkud, and even though she was Black she took the initiative early on with 11…Ba6! and 12…b5!. Virkud, however, fought hard and managed to hold, even though Akshita Gorti was trying hard to win her last game. A nice fighting game from both players, especially from Akshita, playing for a win even though the tournament was already decided!

Maggie Feng came second, as she managed to draw a difficult game against Bykovtsev. Emily Nguyen had a good chance for second place, but she had to console herself with a tied third place as she lost to Carissa Yip after her Queen got trapped in an equal position. 

Thalia Cervantes also tied for third place, just like Annie Wang, but Emily Nguyen was awarded the third place due to better tiebreakers. Thalia won a nice game against Eswaran. Thalia Cervantes equalized early with Black, and she managed to slowly push her opponent off the board. A nice technical win from Cervantes!
The last game of the whole tournament was played by Annie Wang and Rachel Ulrich. Both of them played a fantastic fighting tournament, and their personal encounter wasn’t any different! Annie Wang played the famous Breyer variation, and even though she was initially slightly worse, after hours of play she took control of the game. Rachel Ulrich didn’t give up however, and fought hard until they reached a Queen endgame. After the long struggle Annie ran into a perpetual check, but one slip was enough and it seemed that Ulrich missed the draw. At that moment, Ulrich found the fantastic resource 80.g3+ Kf3  and she came with the move of the tournament, Qf2!!, Kxf2 Stalemate! A wonderful display of the fighting spirit of the tournament!

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Everyone expected a swift finish with a dominating Troff, even though Liang was half point behind, Kayden seemed to be in position to become the U.S. Junior Champion.

Chandra although not the mathematical favorite to win it all, was the first to drop out of contention. He was facing Checa and needed to win to keep his winning chances alive. Chandra did manage to get a preferable position, but it was extremely difficult to convert the advantage into a win, and the players agreed to a draw after the repetition of moves. 

That left the leader Kayden Troff, and his rival Awonder Liang to duke it out for the U.S. Junior Championship title. Troff did not change his tactics, and played his usual lines, but his opponent Mika Brattain was very well prepared against Troff. Troff wasn’t prepared for this variation and was clearly in trouble and it was clear that Brattain won the opening phase. Meanwhile, Liang also had to get acquainted with a type of position he had not seen before. Michael Brown played the Berlin Defence, and an early d6. Liang did not seem to be familiar, so it was clear that there would be a long struggle! Hours later Mika Brattain played the courageous 16.d5!, which seemed to me to be the strongest and most natural. He followed it up with energetic play, centralizing his pieces with 18. Rad1! and 19 e5!, Troff was forced into defensive. At this moment Liang’s position wasn’t clear, but Brown seemed to be at loss and it was increasingly difficult to find plans for both sides!

Getting closer to time trouble, Mika Brattain launched his final attack; it was just too strong, and even though Troff tried to defend it, the defensive front eventually collapsed and Mika Brattain won against Troff!
This was the golden moment for Liang, as a draw would force a tiebreaker match with Troff, but a win would mean the Championship Title! Liang doubled up on  the ”e” line and after Brown’s inaccurate move 34…e4, Liang opened up the position with the powerful 34.f3! At that moment it was clear, with precise play, Awonder Liang was going to win.

Precise he was, and after some nervy play from both sides, Liang broke through with the knight maneuver Ne2-d4-f5! putting decisive pressure on Brown’s position. Brown resisted heroically, but Liang was unstoppable and with confident play, he converted his advantage! Liang, with this clutch win, won the 2017. U.S. Junior Championship!
Troff came second and Rufieng Li and Akshat Chandra tied for third. Akshat Chandra became third on account of his better tiebreaker. A great U.S. Junior Championship ended with a dramatic final. Troff and Akshat Chandra played good chess, but Liang proved to be the strongest, as he managed to win the most critical games at the crucial moments! The Champions of the 2017 U.S. Junior Championships are Akshita Gorti and Awonder Liang.
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