Rich As A King

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Attacking chess tactic

White to move. What is the best attacking continuation?


FIDE Arbiters' Seminar in Tromso, Norway

A FIDE Arbiters' Seminar is going to be organized from 3 to 10 August 2014, during the Chess Olympiad, in Tromso, Norway, by the FIDE Arbiters’ Commission, in cooperation with the Norwegian Chess Federation and under the auspices of FIDE.

The Lecturer will be IA Dirk De Ridder (BEL), Secretary of the FIDE Arbiters’ Commission and FIDE Lecturer.

The venue will be the Chess Olympiad Arena, playing venue of the Chess Olympiad.

The language of the Seminar will be English.

The participation will be free for all participants.

The Seminar will give FIDE Arbiter norms and titles, according to the Regulations for the titles of the Arbiters.

For more detailed information:

IA Dirk De Ridder: e-mail:

(see application)

IA Panagiotis Nikolopoulos
FIDE Arbiters’ Commission

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So's Gambit Declined?

So’s gambit declined
Philippine Daily Inquirer
12:10 am | Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Zugzwang.That’s the term for a situation in a chess game where a player is forced to make a move that will only worsen his position. That’s close to the situation in which the Philippines’ top chess player, Wesley So, finds himself as he approaches the middle game of what has so far been a very promising career.

Caught in a tug-of-war between the politicians who control chess in the country and handlers who promise him a brighter future in the United States, the prodigy has refused to play under the Philippine flag in the World Chess Olympiad next week unless Philippine chess authorities allow him to play under the Stars and Stripes after that. When the National Chess Federation of the Philippines, which has nurtured his prodigious talent since he was barely 10, declined the gambit, he made his move—a courageous one for one so young. He will no longer play for his country and will wait it out until the rules allow him to play under the US flag.

But who is Wesley So and why is the chess scene on both sides of the Pacific so excited about him?

Before he was 10, he showed great promise as the Philippines’ best prospect for a world championship since Eugene Torre. He has lived up to that promise, chalking up triumph after triumph in tournaments here and abroad. At 12, he was a chess Olympian for the Philippines. At 14, he became the youngest player to achieve the title grandmaster, a milestone not even the prolific Torre achieved in his teens. Playing Board 1, he is unbeaten in the past three Chess Olympiads. Two years ago, he accepted a scholarship from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, joining a powerhouse team of young foreign-born grandmasters that catapulted the school to the US collegiate chess championship.

Now 20, So has a live Elo rating of 2755 and is ranked No. 12 in the world. Having achieved the lofty status as super grandmaster, he is now knocking at the door of the world championship, a circle dominated by young phenoms like him. His dream of a world championship is within his grasp.

Ironically, it was after one of his biggest personal triumphs last year that things turned sour for So. Defying the directive of sports leaders to compete elsewhere, he decided to play unsanctioned at the World University Games in Russia where he beat a formidable field to win the gold medal. But he got neither official recognition nor reward for the feat. (The Philippine Sports Commission said that, under the law, the Universiade was not on the list of events where incentives were given for medal winners.) “No player should be treated this way, especially when I worked so hard to bring pride to my country,” he lamented in an interview.

Deprived of what he thought he deserved, So wrote the NCFP seeking his release after next week’s World Chess Olympiad in Norway, so he could play under the US Chess Federation. In chess notation, it is a move annotated with lots of exclamation points and question marks, meaning it could be a bold, intriguing, dubious, or potentially winning or losing move. But then again, So did not get to be a super grandmaster by being timid.

At this writing, no release is forthcoming. Under the rules of the World Chess Federation (FIDE), a player needs the old federation’s consent or a payment of 50,000 euros before he can transfer. Having neither, So must wait two years to make the switch. This is to discourage piracy of talents, for which America is notorious.

In the past 10 years, So has been the most pampered chess player in the Philippines, receiving P40,000 a month from the PSC and getting extra from several sources, including the personal funds of the NCFP’s controversial head, former congressman Prospero Pichay. Not even Torre enjoyed such support.

But Torre is sympathetic to So, whom critics have accused of being unpatriotic. Torre says So should not be judged by the tough decision he has made.

Pichay contends that the NCFP cannot just let go of So given the government funds that have been spent for him. Hardly the paragon of virtue in terms of handling taxpayer money, Pichay has thrown the problem to the PSC, which, in turn, has thrown it back to him.

The Philippine team goes to the World Chess Olympiad in Norway next week without its biggest star, there’s the pity. But shining still is Eugene Torre, who will be playing in his 22nd Olympiad, a record unmatched by any player, dead or alive.

And So will be watching from limbo, a victim of his dreams—or his ambition.


Friday, July 25, 2014

The Italian Olympiad Teams

Italian Olympiad Teams in Tromso

The Italian team: GM Fabiano Caruana (on july 30th his 22nd birthday) GM Alberto David, GM Sabino Brunello (25), GM Danil Dvirny (24), GM Daniele Vocaturo (25).

The female Italian team: IM/WGM Olga Zimina, IM/WGM Elena Sedina, FM/WIM Marina Brunello (20), Roberta Messina (21) and Tea Gueci (14, she won the Italian women championship in 2012 when only twelve!).

Official sponsor of the teams, the important company ‘Obiettivo Risarcimento’ from Padova (Padua) – the chess team of ‘Obiettivo Risarcimento’ that includes Caruana and Nakamura is Italian club champion and played in the European Club Cup and will be in Bilbao.

There will be two other Italian chess players: IM Duilio Collutiis in the International Deaf team (ICCD) and Ruben Bernardi in the International Blind team (IBCA).

An Italian is also in the Arbiter staff: Carlo Callegher.

Info provided by Adolivio.

Czech Open 2014


25th year of international chess, bridge and games festival
10.7. – 27.7. 2014, Pardubice, CEZ Arena

Last Thursday, all attention on the International Chess and Games Festival Czech Open 2014 was focused on the attempt of a Czech record in simultaneous multigame challenge. “It was definitely one of the biggest crowd-pullers of this year’s festival and I think everything went the way we had planned,” stated the director of the festival Jan Mazuch.

Even in the morning, television crews were arriving in the Pardubice ice arena, as the preparations for the afternoon event were reaching a climax. In the remaining hours, the protagonist, David Kotin, had been preparing the tactics for various board games.
There were forty-five different games in total, each forcing Kotin to clash with a different opponent. His task was to go from table to table and finish all games. “It was a challenge, to complete a single circle took me about half an hour, but we finally made it and I am glad it means an entry in the Book of Records,” stated Kotin after the successful attempt.

In order to proceed in accordance with the rules, representatives of Dobrý den agency from Pelhřimov were present – this agency takes patronage over the domain of records and curiosities in the Czech Republic. “The main goal was to provide sufficient number of players, so that Kotin could play against a different individual at each table. Carefully observed indicators of the event included the total time, the youngest participant (aged seven), the number of wins, losses, ties and many others,” explained the record commissioner Lenka Vratišovská. “The record is valid and therefore constitutes a founding entry in the Czech Book of Records, as no similar record has ever been entered,” Vratišovská added.

Kotin, an American based game collector, managed to score 31 wins and 9 ties. The very last game finished 5 hours and 14 minutes after the commencement of the attempt. “It was a demanding challenge, but Mr Kotin and me finally agreed on a tie. I am very glad I could participate in this event, it was definitely an interesting experience,” remarked one of the last remaining opponents after a tie in the game of checkers.

Last week, several popular rapid chess tournaments also took place, of which the most sought after is traditionally the PARDUBICKY KRAJ OPEN, i.e. Czech Open Championship in rapid chess, part of the ACP TOUR. Among the total number of 143 chess players in the start list, a number of resounding names could be found. See the first twenty-five top seeds in the following table; full start list is available on our website:

No. Name FED Rtg (top seeds)

1 GM NISIPEANU Liviu-Dieter GER 2661
2 GM NAVARA David CZE 2630
3 GM OPARIN Grigoriy RUS 2596
4 GM BRYZGALIN Kirill RUS 2582
5 GM VAJDA Levente ROU 2561
6 GM PETR Martin CZE 2559
7 GM BABULA Vlastimil CZE 2549
8 GM CHERNYSHOV Konstantin RUS 2542
9 GM SERGEEV Vladimir UKR 2537
10 GM MEGARANTO Susanto INA 2531
11 GM LALIC Bogdan CRO 2527
12 GM CVEK Robert CZE 2524

The total of 24 grandmasters, 27 international masters and 34 chess players holding a title took part in this tournament. The participants came from 18 different countries.

After nine rounds, a leading group of nine players was established, each of them reaching the amount of seven points, which meant an auxiliary evaluation had to decide. The lucky winner was GM Levente Vajda of Romania, second place went to his compatriot GM Nisipeanu, who represents Germany this year. The third place was claimed by GM Bryzgalin.

In the first four games, GM Vajda did not lose a single point and confirmed his dominance by beating GM Navara with black pieces.

PARDUBICKY KRAJ OPEN has also the status of Czech Championship in rapid chess. The best home player, GM David Navara, ended up on the sixth place and reached for Czech Championship gold. Silver medal went to GM Martin Petr who gave a solid performance and confirmed his form before the upcoming Chess Olympiad. Bronze was claimed by GM Babula.

Dominguez heads Cuban Team in Tromso

La Habana, Cuba, Jul 25.- The Cuban delegation that will attend the World Chess Olimpics on the 1 of August in Norwey was presented today in the Giraldo Cordova Cardin sport center here.

GM Leinier Domínguez, and GM Lisandra Ordaz are heading the delegation. Also GM Lázaro Bruzón, Yunieski Quesada, Isam Ortiz y Yuri González and Ariam Abréu.

Among the women players are GM: Maritza Arribas, Yaniet Marrero, Suleinnis Piña and Yanira Vigoa.


European Youth Chess Championships 2014

Georgian Chess Federation and European Chess Union are organizing the 2014 European Youth Chess Championships, which will take place in Batumi (Black See), Georgia between October the 18th (arrival) and October the 29th (departure).

The Championships will be held in 5***** Batumi hotel “Sheraton Batumi” (built in 2010). In case of need second 5***** playing hall of hotel “Intourist Palace” will be at disposal of participants of EYCC 2014. There is 400 meters between “Sheraton” and “Intourist” via famous Batumi Bulvar.

The ECU Tournament Rules will be followed:
- The tournament will be played according to the Swiss system in 9 rounds.
- The time rate will be 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an addition of 30 seconds per move starting from move one.
- Zero-tolerance rule will be applied for each round.
- Players may only agree to a draw after the 40th move has been made by Black. Players violating this rule will be forfeited.

Already 17 national federations have registered their representatives: Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovenia and Turkey.

The current number of players stands at 268 across twelve age sections.

Contact Information
Akaki Iashvili
Mobile : + 995 577 41 41 21
Email :
Website :

Participants (top seeds):

1. GM Boruchovsky Avital ISR 2503 U18B
2. IM Sanal Vahap TUR 2448 U16B
3. IM Laurusas Tomas LTU 2432 U18B
4. IM Ali Marandi Cemil Can TUR 2385 U16B
5. FM Gajek Radoslaw POL 2352 U16B
6. FM Bellahcene Bilel FRA 2331 U16B
7. Stremavicius Titas LTU 2325 U16B
8. FM Kirk Ezra ENG 2308 U18B
9. FM Kobo Ori ISR 2308 U18B
10. Jarmula Lukasz POL 2296 U16B

MVL wins Biel

Baku Open 2014

The International Chess Festival Baku Open 2014, dedicated to the Independence Day of Republic of Azerbaijan, will take place from 21st September to 1st October at the AF Hotel near Caspian Sea.

The Festival is organized by the Azerbaijan Youth & Sport Ministry and Azerbaijan Chess Federation. The total prize fund is 50,000 USD and the first place is 10,000 USD worth.

The Tournament A is open for the players rated higher than 2250 FIDE and for women rated higher than 2100. Last year winner was GM Pavel Smirnov.

The Tournament B is open for the players rated under 2250. Both groups will be played over 9 rounds of Swiss pairings.

Organizing Committee
Address: Khaqani str. 1, Baku, AZ1000, Azerbaijan, Azerbaijan Chess Federation (ACF)
Tel: +99412 493-3841 or +99412 493-9084

5th Iberoamerican Individual Chess Championship 2014 LIVE!

Politiken Cup LIVE!

British Chess Championship 2014 LIVE!

45 seconds to solve

White to move. Can you find the only one solution to salvage this game for White? Can you do it in 45 seconds or less? No computer please.

6R1/6r1/1p2p2k/2p1P2p/r3Q3/5P2/pq3bPP/1B5K w - - 0 3

SP World Open for Boys and Girls - A 2015 World Youth Qualifier Event!

Susan Polgar World Open for Boys and Girls
Oct 31-Nov 1-Nov 2
Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, IL

Over $100,000 in prizes with scholarships to Webster University!

A 2015 World Youth Qualifier Event!

Sections (Boys and Girls each)

U18, U16, U14, U12, U10

Prizes (Boys and Girls each)


1st place – Webster University Scholarship ($52,000 value)

2nd – 4th place - $150-100-75 in chess prizes

U16, U14, U12, U10

1st place – iPad Mini

2nd – 4th place - $150-100-75 in chess prizes.

All sections – trophies to 1st – 8th place and 1st-2nd for school-based teams

Rounds and Time Control

6R-SS Game-45 w/5-sec delay: Sat-Sun 11am, 1:30pm, 4pm each day.

On-site registration

9:30-10:30am Sat. Limit 2 byes.
Last rd. bye must commit by end of Round 2.

Side Events:

2-hour camp with GM Polgar (Fri 6:00pm)

Puzzle Solving (Sat 6pm)

Simul (Sat 7pm)

Blitz (Sun 9am).

1-day U8 tournament (10:30am - onsite reg 9:30-10am)

Trophies for 1st – 15th place and top 3 school teams
Participation Ribbons for All Players!

Team Rules: Minimum 2 players in same section from same school or feeder school (if feeder school parent / coach must provide proof). Top 2 scores count if more than 2 players on a team. A single school with many players cannot create additional teams in the same section. 1 team per section per school.

Site: Hyatt Regency Schaumburg – 1800 E Golf Road – Schaumburg, IL 60173.

Hotel: $89/night – call 847-605-1234 and ask for CHESS rate. Reserve by Oct 11. Free parking.

Entries: If postmarked or online by 10/4 $40; online or postmarked by 10/18 $50,$60 thereafter. Puzzle Solving, Blitz, Simul Side Events EF – $20 each. Camp EF – $40 by 10/4, $50 by 10/18, $60 thereafter and onsite. 1-day scholastic: $30 by 10/18, $40 thereafter and onsite. Credit Cards onsite OK. No checks onsite.

Mail entries to: ChessIQ (payable to) 4957 Oakton Street Suite 113 Skokie, IL 60077. Register online at –

Other info: Boards, sets, and clocks provided. None for skittles. Must use organizer provided equipment. Chess store onsite. November rating supplement used. Questions: (ONLY). On tournament day (ONLY) 847.274.1352