Final and Decisive Round of the Candidates 2016

Today is the final round of the Candidates tournament. We are witnessing a great fight between Caruana and Karjakin for the first place and for the honour to become the next challenger to Magnus for the title of World Chess Champion! Only half a point behind them is the former World Champion Viswanathan Anand and if he wins, he can also 'have a say' in who the next challenger will be.
How will the tie-breaks work?
If either Karjakin or Caruana wins today, that player will win the tournament.
If Karjakin and Caruana draw, then we will need tie-breaks. The first tie-break rule is their head-to-head record, and with a draw they would have drawn both their games, so this is not decisive.
The second tie-break rule is the number of wins in the tournament, and there Karjakin wins with three games against Caruana's two won games.
Apparently, it is not that simple, because if Viswanathan Anand wins his game (against Peter Svidler), he will come into the tie-break pool as well.
So, of all three end up with the same score, the first tie-break rule, head-to-head record (Karjakin's record against both Caruana and Anand, Caruana's record against both Karjakin and Anand, and Anand's record against both Karjakin and Caruana), will give the first place to Caruana who has the best overall record against the other two.
So, there are two crucial games to follow today


1Caruana, Fabiano7.547.5
Karjakin, Sergey7.546
3Anand, Viswanathan743.25
4Giri, Anish6.543.5
Svidler, Peter6.541.75
Aronian, Levon6.540.75
Nakamura, Hikaru6.539
8Topalov, Veselin427.75


ChessBomb Bansko Open 2018

The tournament is canceled.

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  24 - 31 of March 2018
Tournament information:
ChessBomb is glad to welcome you on the ChessBomb Bansko Open 2018. The tournament is taking place from 24th till 31st of March 2018 in the famous Bulgarian ski resort – Bansko. The event is open for players from all generations up to age of 6 in 2 rating groups – group A: > 2101 and group B: 1500 - 2100. 

Tourist information:
Visiting Bulgaria on March will meet you with plenty of her winter charm and some great slopes for skiing and snow games. Set in the scenic Pirin National Park, Bansko is the most modern Bulgarian resort with fast lifts, the best snow record and longest ski season. The place is an unique mixture of a UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic old town, interesting nightlife and mountain peace and sports.
Weather: The climate in Bansko during March can be summarized as cool and reasonably dry. March is in the spring in Bansko and is typically the 4th coldest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around a cold 5°C (42°F), whilst at night -3°C (26°F) is normal. (source)

The chess playing hall will be in hotel Regnum Bansko****.  

The organizers offer 3 hotels for players’ accommodation with special price offers for the tournament participants and accompanying persons:
Regnum Bansko*****; Hotel Bansko Spa & Holidays**** and Hotel- Zara Bansko**** all of them near ski lifts, offering ski wardrobes and wellness and SPA procedures and restaurants with rich cuisine.  Accommodation rates are in Euro per person, per night including breakfast, lunch and dinner, hotel insurance, tourist tax, 9% VAT. All prices are net. 
The organizers provide special reduced tournament fee of 30 EUR for participants who stay in the preferred hotel group.

Regnum Bansko Apart Hotel & SPA***** offers a combination of spacious Suites with spectacular views of Pirin Mountain, a luxury SPA center, authentic cuisine during winter season, playground and children’s animation.

Special price offers of Regnum Bansko Apart Hotel & SPA*****  for the tournament participants and accompanying persons:
An adult in a double room: 70 EURO (third adult 55 EURO)
A child (up to 7 years) accompanied from 2 parents  - free
A child (7 - 14 years old) - 15 EURO.

Hotel Bansko Spa & Holidays**** - 1000 meters from the nearest ski lift.

Special price offers of Hotel Bansko Spa & Holidays**** for the tournament participants and accompanying persons:
An adult in a double room: 33 EURO (third adult  EURO)
A child (up to 7 years) accompanied from 2 parents  - free, a second child - 16 EURO,
A child (7 - 14 years old) - 16 EURO.

Hotel- Zara **** Bansko is located 900 m away from the Gondola cabin lift and 800 m from downtown Bansko.

Special price offers of Hotel- Zara **** Bansko for the tournament participants and accopaning persons:
An adult in a double room: 30 EURO (third adult  25 EURO)
A child (up to 6 years) accompanied from 2 parents  - free,
A child (6 - 12 years old) - 20 EURO. 

Tournament Prizes: 6000 EUR
Group A
1st place: 1000 EUR
2nd place: 600 EUR
3rd place: 400 EUR
4th place: 300 EUR
5th place: 300 EUR
6th place: 200 EUR
Best Woman: 100 EUR
Best Senior 60+: 100 EUR

Group B
1st place: 1000 EUR
2nd place: 600 EUR  
3rd place: 400 EUR
4th place: 150 EUR
5th place: 100 EUR
6th place: 100 EUR
7th place: 80 EUR
8th place: 70 EUR
9th place: 50 EUR
10th place: 50 EUR
Rating prizes Best player under 1800: 100 EUR
Best player under 1600: 100 EUR
Best Junior under 18: 100 EUR and Best Woman: 100 EUR
Control and a system of play: The tournament will be held in 9 rounds following the Swiss system, according to the FIDE tournament rules and FIDE Regulation from 1.07.2014. (Appendix В. Bliz - В4). The playing couples will be determined using the Swiss Manager software.
The time control will be 90 minutes + 30 sec. before each move for the whole game.
The ranking of players is determined according to the number of finishing points.
Tiе-break: the ranking of players whose finishing points are equal is determined by:
(A) The result of the games between players in the same group;
(B) Reduced Buchholz-1;
(C) Buchholz;
(D) Number of games won.

Chief Arbiter - IA Genova Ruzhka WIM, ID 2902273, e-mail:genova.ruzh@gmail.com
Arbiter - Djingarova, Emilia WGM, ID 2903229
Tournament Fee: 50 EUR for adults; 40 EUR for children. 
The organizers provide special reduced tournament fee of 30 EUR for participants who stay in the preferred hotel group.
23.03.2018 (Friday): Arrival - from 18:00
24.03.2018 (Saturday):
13:00 Draw of pairings
14:30 Opening ceremony
15:00 Round 1
25.03.2018 (Sunday):
10.00 Round 2  
16.00 Round 3
26t.03.2018 (Monday):
16:00 Round 4
27.03.2018 (Tuesday):
16.00 Round 5
21:00 Chess lecture of GM Al. Delchev
28.03.2018 (Wednesday):
16.00 Round 6
29.03.2018 (Thursday):
16.00 Round 7
21:00 Chess lecture of GM Al. Delchev
30.03.2018 (Friday):
16.00 Round 8
31.03.2018 (Saturday):
10.00 Round 9
01.04.2018 (Sunday): Departure


Candidates 2016: How to help us broadcast the games by submitting moves

Update: Submitting moves is not necessary. Thank you all for the support!

As explained in this post, ChessBomb will not use the official site of the FIDE Candidates Tournament 2016 because we don't accept or agree to their Terms and Conditions. This means we have to obtain the moves from other sources. First and foremost, we rely on volunteers to anonymously submit the moves to us. Here is how you can do that:
  1. Download and install the Tor Browser.
  2. Using the Tor Browser, visit this link: http://cbomb73x6akxqm6r.onion/
  3. Select a game, and send us any missing moves!
  4. Click Back, repeat step 3.
By using a Tor Hidden Service, we protect the anonymity of the volunteers. We don't know their IP addresses or locations, so we can't be compelled to reveal them.
Your support means everything to us. Thank you!


Candidates 2016 to start with a controversy

On 9th March, Agon, the company that holds the rights to the World Chess Championship cycle of events, and World Chess Events Ltd., nominated by Agon as the event organiser of the 2016 Candidates Tournament, sent to ChessBomb an official letter informing us that our site “...is not authorised to broadcast the moves of the games of the Candidates tournament”. The prohibition is stated to be in force for the duration of each game and two hours after its end!
While we acknowledge and respect the copyright of audio and video materials, images, and commentary in any format (audio, video, text), chess moves have never been subject to copyright in any legal system! Once a goal is scored, or a chess move is performed, it is a fact, an event, and it can be announced, broadcast, discussed - this is the very purpose of the broadcasting of chess events! Banning sports journalists, players and chess fans from discussing the games outside of the “official” platform raises the question of whether monopoly and corporate interests should prevail over the freedom of speech and the choice of chess fans.
Is it really damaging for the sport and for the sponsors and investors, that there is a wide range of websites which offer a variety of functionalities to chess fans?! Is it really legal for an organisation, such as Agon, to bully not only broadcasters, but also journalists and chess fans, into secrecy?! These are the questions that are discussed in the chess community in the last few days.
ChessBomb joins other chess websites in the effort to protest this baseless and unilateral enforcement of restrictions and limitations. We strongly believe that this damages the popularity of the game, and undermines the efforts of the chess players and their teams by limiting the broadcasting and social media discussion of games! We welcome the views and comments of players, arbiters, chess fans!
  1. Chess moves are not copyrightable, in any relevant jurisdiction. Once a move is made, it becomes a fact, an event, which cannot be subjected to copyright.
  2. Agon intend to enforce restrictions by requiring that viewers on the official site agree to a “clickwrap” agreement, prohibiting them from sharing the moves.
  3. The ChessBomb team will not use the official site, and has not accepted the terms of the agreement.
  4. ChessBomb has visitors from every country in the world. In many of these countries, clickwrap agreements have no legal standing.
  5. ChessBomb will setup a Tor hidden service (the same technology is used by WikiLeaks), allowing volunteer visitors to anonymously submit the moves to us. As a consequence, the moves on our website may be delayed.
In the era of information technologies and the internet, it is a paradox to enforce artificial restrictions on the free flow of information - to turn what is supposed to be a widely publicised event, one of the most celebrated chess tournaments of the year, into a secured location (both on the venue and on the official website), where all involved are sworn to secrecy as if it is a military operation.
Agon makes some ridiculous claims, such as “Anyone or any organization who interferes in that (i.e. also broadcasts the moves) could be sabotaging not only Agon and its broadcast, but also potentially the future of professional chess”. This is similar to e.g. Apple claiming that Google are sabotaging not only the iPhone line, but also the future of smartphones, by making Android available. Monopoly cannot be justified by the desire of a company to maximise its profits.
As a matter of principle, we support open access to chess games. We believe chess sites should compete based on variety of features and functionality, instead of trying to create a monopoly by enforcing made-up restrictions on public-domain facts. Agon’s position clearly gives priority to corporate interests rather than to popularity of chess and the preferences of the thousands and millions of fans to choose the online platform they want to follow the games on.
For every event hosted by ChessBomb, we provide free access to the source PGN’s on request. We also always link to the official website, promote the video commentary and other materials of the organisers on social media. Users of ChessBomb often exchange links to the official website or other chess websites, which we have never aimed to restrict. These are aimed at popularising chess all over the world, attracting attention to the game, and providing opportunity for chess fans to not only view the games but also to discuss them and share their knowledge and views.
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