2017-12-16

European Rapid Championship 2017

The 2017 European Individual Rapid Championship is taking place from 16-17 December in Katowice, Poland. The Swiss tournament consists of 11 rounds and features over 1,000 players. The prize fund is €21,000, with €4,000 for 1st place.

Time control: the players have 15 minutes for all moves, with a 10-second increment starting from move 1.

Official site

Schedule: (UTC)
Round 1    Dec 16, 2017    09:30 
Round 2    Dec 16, 2017    10:45 
Round 3    Dec 16, 2017    12:00 
Round 4    Dec 16, 2017    15:00 
Round 5    Dec 16, 2017    16:15 
Round 6    Dec 16, 2017    17:30 
Round 7    Dec 17, 2017    09:00 
Round 8    Dec 17, 2017    10:15 
Round 9    Dec 17, 2017    11:30 
Round 10    Dec 17, 2017    14:00 
Round 11    Dec 17, 2017    15:15

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2017-12-15

Paraguayan Championship 2017

The Paraguayan Championship is a 10-player round-robin tournament taking place from 15-22 December 2017 in Asuncion, Paraguay.

Time control: the players receive 90 minutes for the entire game, plus a 30-second increment starting from move one.

Official site

Schedule: (UTC)
Round 1    Dec 15, 2017    21:00 
Round 2    Dec 16, 2017    15:00 
Round 3    Dec 17, 2017    12:00 
Round 4    Dec 17, 2017    21:00 
Round 5    Dec 18, 2017    21:00 
Round 6    Dec 19, 2017    21:00 
Round 7    Dec 20, 2017    21:00 
Round 8    Dec 21, 2017    21:00 
Round 9    Dec 22, 2017    12:00



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Sunway Sitges International 2017

The 4th Sunway Sitges International is a 9-round Swiss open taking place from 15 till 23 December 2017 in the Hotel Sunway Playa Golf & Spa in Sitges, Spain. 170 players are participating in this main event of the festival, featuring a total of 25 Grandmasters including the US-American Gata Kamsky, the Indian Sasikiran and the Peruvian Julio Granda.

Time control: the players receive 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes to the end of the game, plus a 30-second increment starting from move one.

Official site

Schedule: (UTC)
Round 1    Dec 15, 2017    15:30 
Round 2    Dec 16, 2017    08:30 
Round 3    Dec 17, 2017    15:30 
Round 4    Dec 18, 2017    15:30 
Round 5    Dec 19, 2017    15:30 
Round 6    Dec 20, 2017    15:30 
Round 7    Dec 21, 2017    15:30 
Round 8    Dec 22, 2017    15:30 
Round 9    Dec 23, 2017    08:30


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Greek Championship 2017


The 67th Greek Championship is a 10-player round-robin tournament taking place from 15-23 December 2017 in the Philippion Hotel in Thessaloniki.

Time control:  the players receive 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes to the end of the game, plus a 30-second increment starting from move one.

Official site

Schedule: (UTC)
Round 1    Dec 15, 2017    13:00 
Round 2    Dec 16, 2017    13:00 
Round 3    Dec 17, 2017    13:00 
Round 4    Dec 18, 2017    14:30 
Round 5    Dec 19, 2017    14:30 
Round 6    Dec 20, 2017    14:30 
Round 7    Dec 21, 2017    14:30 
Round 8    Dec 22, 2017    14:30 
Round 9    Dec 23, 2017    08:00

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European Blitz Championship 2017

The 2017 European Individual Blitz Championship is taking place on 15th December in Katowice, Poland. The Swiss tournament consists of 11 double rounds and features over 1,000 players. The prize fund is €11,000, with €2,000 for 1st place.

Time control: the players have 3 minutes for all moves, with a 2-second increment starting from move 1.

Official site

Schedule (UTC): 22 Rounds from 09:00 to 18:05

First 10 players in the start list
No.NameFideIDFEDRtg
1GMAndriasian Zaven13302000ARM2755
2GMWojtaszek Radoslaw1118358POL2718
3GMNavara David309095CZE2712
4GMPonomariov Ruslan14103320UKR2711
5GMMcShane Luke J404853ENG2702
6GMDuda Jan-Krzysztof1170546POL2682
7GMSaric Ivan14508150CRO2674
8GMRagger Markus1610856AUT2668
9GMBrunello Sabino813613ITA2666
10GMPlat Vojtech325740CZE2646

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2017 IEMG Chess Blitz: A. Stefanova and Artemiev won

The 2017 IEMG Chess Blitz Games were held in China, Huayane, on 14th of December 2017. 1138 players - 72 GMs, 68 IMs, 62 FMs, 4 WGMs, 12 WIMs registered for the blitz competition. The Blitz championship was played in 11 paired rounds, on Swiss system, with 3 minutes for a game + 2 seconds per move, starting from the first move. The prize fund is impressive - 11.000 EUR.

Among women the Bulgarian GM Antoaneta Stefanova again became first in one of the strongest chess events in the world. She won games consecutively with Ju Wenjun p winning games and came over Nana Dzagnidze and Alexandra Kosteniuk. In the decisive bttle at the very last round Stefanova grasped the title with 14.5/22. Ju Wenjun lost from Zhao Xue at the 20th round, then was consecutively beaten by Dronavalli Harika. At the end Ju Wenjun and Kosteniuk listed 2nd and 3rd with both 13.5/22 after tie-breaking. Kateryna Lagno came 4th with 13/22, Harika and Zhao Xue scored both 12.5/22 to listed 5-6th accordingly.   

The winner among women is Antoaneta Stefanova.

Final Ranking after 22 Rounds
Rk.SNoNameFEDRtg  Pts. TB1  TB2   TB3 
14GMStefanova AntoanetaFID2517  14,5  0,0146,75  10,0
21GMJu WenjunCHN2548  13,5  1,5133,00  11,0
35GMKosteniuk AlexandraRUS2526  13,5  0,5140,00  9,0
46GMLagno KaterynaRUS2619  13,0  0,0130,25  9,0
510GMHarika DronavalliIND2537  12,5  1,0128,50  8,0
69GMZhao XueCHN2499  12,5  1,0126,25  10,0
711GMDzagnidze NanaGEO2453  12,0  0,0124,50  10,0
812GMMuzychuk Anna UKR2574  11,5  0,0115,00  7,0
98GMUshenina AnnaUKR2457  10,0  0,096,75  7,0
103GMTan Zhongyi CHN2543  9,5  0,089,75  7,0
112GMMuzychuk MariyaUKR2430  6,0  0,067,00  3,0
127IMPaehtz ElisabethGER2467  3,5  0,035,25  3,0


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In the men’s group the winner is Vladislav Artemiev. In the decisive tie-break battle with Alexander Grischuk he won and scored 16 out of 22. The Russian players took 2nd and 3rd places - Grischuk scored 8.5 ranking second and Dmitry Andreikin became 3rd with 14/22. The 4th place took Yu Yangyi with 12/22 and 5th and 6th both with 11/22 became Vassily Ivanchuk and Ding Liren.



The winner among men is Vladislav Artemiev

Final Ranking after 22 Rounds

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgBdldPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
110GMArtemiev VladislavRUS279816,0  2,0167,00  13,0
26GMGrischuk AlexanderRUS272516,0  0,0157,50  14,0
33GMAndreikin DmitryRUS277114,0  0,0150,00  10,0
42GMYu YangyiCHN270112,0  0,0119,50  9,0
57GMIvanchuk VassilyUKR281511,0  1,0112,00  9,0
64GMDing LirenCHN283711,0  1,0106,00  7,0
712GMLe Quang LiemVIE277110,0  3,095,50  7,0
85GMWang HaoCHN273710,0  2,0102,50  6,0
911GMHarikrishna P.IND275910,0  1,0107,00  6,0
101GMMamedov RaufAZE27558,0  0,077,00  5,0
118GMKorobov AntonUKR27607,0  2,079,50  5,0
129GMMamedyarov ShakhriyarAZE27707,0  0,074,50  3,0



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2017-12-14

Carlos Torre Memorial 2017


The 29th edition of the Carlos Torre International is a 9-round Swiss open taking place from 14-19 December in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Slightly over 100 players participate in the tournament, including 20 Grandmasters.

Time control: the players receive 90 minutes for the entire game, plus a 30-second increment starting from move one. Draw offers are not allowed before move 25.

Official site

Schedule: (UTC)
Round 1    Dec 14, 2017    16:00 
Round 2    Dec 14, 2017    23:00 
Round 3    Dec 15, 2017    23:00 
Round 4    Dec 16, 2017    16:00 
Round 5    Dec 16, 2017    23:00 
Round 6    Dec 17, 2017    16:00 
Round 7    Dec 18, 2017    16:00 
Round 8    Dec 18, 2017    23:00 
Round 9    Dec 19, 2017    16:00   

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Mind Games Basque 2017

The 2nd IMSA Elite Mind Games is taking place in Huai'an, China from 10-15 December 2017, with competitions in bridge, chess, draughts, go, and xiangqi (Chinese chess). In chess 12 players compete in separate open and women's sections in rapid, blitz and Basque chess. The Basque section is a 5-round Swiss in which players play two games against an opponent simultaneously (one with White, one with Black), with a time control of 20 minutes for all moves and a 10-second increment from move 1. The prize fund is €50,000, with €11,000 for 1st place.

Official site

Schedule: (UTC)

Round 1    Dec 14, 2017    06:00 
Round 2    Dec 14, 2017    07:30 
Round 3    Dec 14, 2017    09:00 
Round 4    Dec 15, 2017    06:00 
Round 5    Dec 16, 2017    07:30

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2017-12-12

2017 IMSA Rapid: A. Stefanova and D. Andreykin - the strongest in the rapid chess

The 2017 IMSA Elite Mind Games rapid are held in China, Huayane. The IMSA President - Madam Chen Zelan, was a special guest of the tournament.
In a rapd on Swiss system, in seven tours competed 12 men and 12 women.

In the men’s group after a tense battle Dmitrii  Anderikin won the victory, defeating Mamedyarov and Wang Hao. In the final round, Anderikin and Mamedyarov both drew, but the former leader Chinese GM Wang Hao lost to Li Guanglian. Then Anderikin, Mamedyarov and Li Guanglian got the score of 4.5. So after a tie-break, Anderikin became the first. The  Mamedyarov and Li Guanglian took second and third places. The chinese players Ding Liren and Wang Hao became fourth and fifth with 4 points. Korobov ranked sixth with 3.5. Tomorrow there will be eleven rounds for chess blitz games.

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The winner among men is Dmitrii Anderykin.

Final ranking - men.

Rk.NameRtgFED1.Rd2.Rd3.Rd4.Rd5.Rd6.Rd7.RdPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
1GMAndreikin Dmitry2705RUS3w½4b010w16b½5w12w17b½4,51,528642762
2GMMamedyarov Shakhriyar2814AZE9w15b½3w14b110w½1b06w½4,51,028642762
3GMLe Quang Liem2750VIE1b½6w12b08w½11b110w½5w14,50,528602758
4GMDing Liren2734CHN6b½1w111b½2w012b15b½9w½4,00,527972747
5GMWang Hao2770CHN7b12w½8b111w11b04w½3b04,00,527832733
6GMKorobov Anton2765UKR4w½3b09w11w½7b012w12b½3,50,027402740
7GMHarikrishna P.2687IND5w09b½12w½10b06w18b½1w½3,00,027072757
8GMYu Yangyi2752CHN12w½10b½5w03b½9b½7w½11b½3,00,026932743
9GMIvanchuk Vassily2796UKR2b07w½6b012b½8w½11w14b½3,00,026832733
10GMGrischuk Alexander2813RUS11b½8w½1b07w12b½3b½12w03,00,026772727
11GMArtemiev Vladislav2687RUS10w½12b14w½5b03w09b08w½2,51,026572759
12GMMamedov Rauf2695AZE8b½11w07b½9w½4w06b010b12,50,026462748


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Among Women Antoaneta Stefanova became first before the sisters Muzychuk and Katerina Lagno.
In the first round Stefanova lost from Anna Muzychuk, but  in the last round,  by winning over Kostinukshe, she won pionts and jumped to the first place again. The Muzychuk sisters drew with Ushenina and Dzagnidze in the last round. As a result, the five players, Stefanova, Anna Muzychuk, Maria Muzychuk, Lagno and Ushenina, all scored 4.5. So after tie-break, Stefanova took women’s rapid gold medal. Anna Muzychuk took the second place, followed by her sister Mariya. Lagno and Ushenina ranked the fourth and fifth and Harika was on the sixth place with 4 points.




Final ranking - women.

Rk.NameRtgFED1.Rd2.Rd3.Rd4.Rd5.Rd6.Rd7.RdPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
1GMStefanova Antoaneta2497FID3w½7b15w18b½2w04w½11b14,50,026462544
2GMMuzychuk Anna2607UKR11w14w½8b½6w½1b13b½5w½4,50,026242522
3GMMuzychuk Mariya2498UKR1b½5w½9b14w16b½2w½7b½4,50,026172515
4GMLagno Kateryna2590RUS9w12b½6w½3b08w11b½10w14,50,026112509
5GMUshenina Anna2482UKR7w½3b½1b012w110b16w12b½4,50,026082506
6GMHarika Dronavalli2466IND10w18w½4b½2b½3w½5b012w14,00,025762526
7GMDzagnidze Nana2508GEO5b½1w010b½9w111b½12b½3w½3,50,024982498
8GMJu Wenjun2537CHN12w16b½2w½1w½4b011w½9b03,00,024742524
9GMZhao Xue2454CHN4b011b13w07b012w010b½8w12,51,524252527
10GMTan Zhongyi2502CHN6b012b17w½11b½5w09w½4b02,51,024062508
11GMKosteniuk Alexandra2586RUS2b09w012b110w½7w½8b½1w02,50,524082510
12IMPaehtz Elisabeth2467GER8b010w011w05b09b17w½6b01,50,022752505


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Tomorow the participants will play acoording to the Basque system. Watch them live on ChessBomb.

London Chess Classic 2017 - Round 9 Recap

At the end of the 8.5 hour chess day, two champions were crowned. In a dramatic finale, Fabiano Caruana defeated Ian Nepomniachtchi in the second blitz game of the playoffs to win the 2017 London Chess Classic. After several misses both in the rapids and the first blitz game, he emerged victorious in the time scramble. The playoffs came half an hour after Caruana’s six-hour grind against Michael Adams. This is the first Grand Chess Tour victory for the American. The overall winner of the 2017 Grand Chess Tour was none other than World Champion Magnus Carlsen, who won a clutch game with black pieces against Levon Aronian. This is his second Grand Chess Tour win.

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Final London Chess Classic and Grand Chess Tour Standings
Ian Nepomniachtchi – Maxime Vachier-Lagrave ½ - ½
Entering the round with a half point lead on the field, Nepomniachtchi felt that the most important thing is not to lose. He made a very easy with a threefold repetition, ending the game in 19 moves. This gave him the opportunity to relax and wait for the potential tiebreak in case Caruana won his game. Nepomniachtchi explained that it wasn’t his proudest decision, but it was a practical one. A win for Vachier-Lagrave would have meant tying for first in London with Nepomniachtchi and tying for first or even winning the entire tour outright. Unfortunately, he had the black pieces and his opponent gave him no chances to sharpen the position. As he explained, in every opening he plays there is a possibility for White to make an easy draw and he did not feel as though he needed to take unnecessary risks.
Fabiano Caruana – Michael Adams 1-0
Caruana’s six hour effort paid off as his clutch victory allowed him to tie for first with Nepomniachtchi and go into the playoffs. After Adams placed his rook on an awkward square, Caruana temporarily sacrificed an exchanged to go into a winning queen and rook endgame. Once they players entered the fifth hour of play, Caruana’s technique became flawed which allowed his opponent to escape the potential mating net and enter a rook ending. A fatal mistake on move 57 allowed the American to enter a winning position, which he converted effortlessly.
Levon Aronian – Magnus Carlsen 0-1
After Vachier-Lagrave drew his game quickly, Carlsen only needed to draw to win the Grand Chess Tour. Yesterday, before even looking at the standings, he was under the impression that he needed to win; learning the standings and the possible scenarios did not change his mindset. He missed Aronian’s opening idea and found himself in a very bad position. Carlsen thought that Aronian felt frustrated because he couldn’t find a win and overpressed instead of going for a draw. Aronian overlooked a defensive move by his opponent, giving the advantage to his opponent. Carlsen converted easily and went on to win the game, thus winning the overall championship of the 2017 Grand Chess Tour.
Viswanathan Anand – Wesley So 0-1
After eight draws, the American finally scored a win to finish the tournament with a plus score and gave his opponent a very unpleasant gift for his 48th birthday. Anand was on the White side of Giuoco Piano today but did not achieve anything out of the opening. After spending significant time working out the details of a tactic, So saw his opponent’s reply that would lead to equality but decided to play it nonetheless. Anand erred, and his position collapsed immediately.
Sergey Karjakin – Hikaru Nakamura ½ - ½
It is very unusual for a dynamic player like Nakamura to not have any decisive result. He played ambitiously trying to complicate the position only to realize at the last minute that there was an error in his calculation. He chose a different route, but his position was already unpleasant. Karjakin also felt that his position was better but did not see a way to improve except for shuffling his pieces around. Draw was agreed on move 31.
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December 1-11, 2017

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