Wednesday, March 04, 2015

31st Cappelle-la-Grande Chess Open 2015 LIVE!

European Individual Chess Championship 2015

Jerusalem is hosting the 2015 European Individual Championship. The highly prestigious tournament, open to all members of European Federations, is staged at hotel Ramada on February 23rd – March 8th 2015 by the municipality of Jerusalem and the Israeli Chess Federation under the auspices of the ECU.

The prize fund was generously increased to 120,000 € and 115 Grandmasters have already joined the field.

Top seeds, members of “Club 2700+”, are GM David Navara, GM Nikita Vitiugov, GM Pavel Eljanov, GM Ian Nepomniachtchi, GM Etienne Bacrot and GM Fransisco Vallejo Pons, etc.

Official website/ EICC with special prize fund for seniors/ Full Regulations on ECU website/ Interview with ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili / Participants

3rd FIDE World Senior Team Chess Championship LIVE!

India vs China LIVE!

90 seconds to solve

White to move. 90 seconds to solve both.

Photos from 2015 SPF National Open for Boys and Girls

About 150 photos so far of 2015 SPF National Open for Boys and Girls. More will be uploaded in the next day or so.

It has been a fantastic experience. We met so many wonderful people and made many new friends. Once again, big thanks to all the parents, coaches, volunteers, supporters, and sponsors, etc. for making this a very special event for young players. We are already scheduled to head back to the Bay Area at least 2-3 more times this year. Exciting details will be announced soon.

The 2016 SPF National Open for Boys and Girls will take place on the last weekend of February next year at the same venue. There will be MANY improvements and changes for the better, thanks to the feedback and suggestions from so many caring parents, coaches, and supporters.

World championship hopes delayed

Anish Giri's world chess championship hopes dented

With big guns Anish Giri and Shak Mamedyarov failing to catch Evgeny Tomashevsky at the FIDE Grand Prix in Tbilisi, the world championship cycle is wide open
By Malcolm Pein, Chess correspondent
12:15PM GMT 03 Mar 2015

The recently-concluded FIDE Grand Prix at Tbilisi left a dent in the ambitions of several top players hoping to qualify for the world championship cycle.

Shak Mamedyarov, a world title Candidate in 2013, and Anish Giri, now ensconced in the world top 10, both failed to challenge the runaway winner, Evgeny Tomashevsky.

When they played each other, there was no choice but to go all out for the win.

Full article here:

EICC round 8 pairings

Full standings:

Ruy Lopez Exchange Variation Pawn Structure ... and more

Piece Activity Trumps Material in the Endgame

Posted on March 03,2015 By FM Dalton Perrine in Strategy & Game Review, Classic Games (Pre 2010), General Chess Articles. Is material the most important thing in chess? Well, of course it is very important. Having extra material in a position is usually a long-term advantage that we could take advantage of later in a game, as it gets closer to the endgame. But, what if we have a terrible position in every other factor except for possibly being up a little bit of material? In that case, having a material advantage would not really be beneficial. The opposite of this[...]

Ruy Lopez Exchange Variation Pawn Structure

Posted on February 27,2015 By FM Dalton Perrine in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, General Chess Articles, Beginner's Corner. The Ruy Lopez is known as one of the longest-living openings in the history of chess. Players from all generations have played the Ruy Lopez and it is known to be incredibly solid and very difficult to defeat. One line that can arise from this opening is the "exchange variation". This variation is sometimes used by lower-rated players who want to create doubled pawns for their opponent as quickly as possible. The variation starts with the moves 1[...]

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Easy Way to Beat The Pirc Modern Defense - GM Roman Dzindzichashvili

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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Please vote to support the excellent Chess Documentary Algorithms!

Algorithms has been nominated, by the cinema going public, to the Best Documentary category of a newly instituted award called the National Film Awards, UK. The winner is decided by the votes the film gets from the global community, which means that if more people vote for Algorithms the more it has a chance to win!

Voting is currently live via the official NFA website:

It is very simple and quick to vote.

Voting closes on 12 March 2015!

Bank of Georgia Official Sponsor of the ECU

Dear chess friends,

We proudly announce the official launch of Sponsorship by Bank of Georgia to the European Chess Union.

Kindly find attached the press release and the related information about the Bank services.

All the information can be found at the ECU Official Website

Kind regards,

Nadezda Stojanovic
ECU Office
Web and Social Media Administrator

Moving on up

Rwanda Moves 3 Places Up in World Chess Ranking
By James Karuhanga

Rwanda has moved up three places to 162 in the latest world ranking published by the World Chess Federation (FIDE) on Saturday. A country is ranked according to the average rating of its top 10 active rated players.

The improvement comes after six new players got the coveted FIDE rating to put the tally of rated Rwandans at 14 at the end of the recent three-day Rwanda Open Chess competition which was dominated by Kenya's KCB Chess Club.

Meanwhile, the performance of the six during the recent tournament altered local players' classification as some in the group of six toppled those in the previous list of first eight rated players.

Apart from securing his FIDE rating, Rugema Ngarambe (Vision Chess Club), rated 1873, becomes Rwanda's new number one after toppling Godfrey Kabera (Eagles Chess Club) who is rated 1859.

Fidele Mutabazi, with the highest rating of 2089 is not active and thus not considered in the classification.

The newly rated players Name Rating

1 Rugema Ngarambe 1873

3 Ben Tom Zimurinda 1786

5 Eugene Kagabo 1732

8 Jean Baptiste Hakizimana 1680

8 Gabriel Ntabonsanganywe 1680

11 Fernand Mugisha 1551

Rated players before the recent tourney

1 Fidèle Mutabazi 2089

2 Godfrey Kabera (CM) 1859

3 Joseph Ngendo 1835

4 Alexis Ruzigura (CM) 1754

5 Maxence Murara (CM) 1732

6 Théotime Rutaremara 1717

7 Kevin Ganza 1709

8 Alain Patience Niyibizi 1554


9 way tie for the lead at EICC after 7 rounds

Full standings:

Magnus to visit Reykjavik Open

World Champion Magnus Carlsen will be guest of honor at this year Reykjavik Open. Magnus will be visiting Iceland between the 13th and 16th of March, the official website announced.

What Magnus will be up to during his stay can’t be disclosed for now but it wouldn’t be surprising to see him visit Bobby Fischer’s grave or visit during one of the rounds of the Reykjavik Open

Magnus will very likely look critically at the games of his father, Henrik Carlsen, and one of his main seconds, Jon Ludwig Hammer, as both are participating in this years Reykjavik Open.

Magnus should have fond memories from Iceland. He made an impression worldwide when he made a memorable draw with Garry Kasparov at the young age of 14. Magnus also participated twice in the Reykjavik Open in 2004 and 2006. Magnus failed to win either time but won the very strong Glitnir Blitz tournament in 2006.

The Icelandic Chess Federation welcomes the current World Champion and the holder of the highest FIDE rating ever back to Iceland. It’s very pleasing for us as organisers to have some of the strongest players in history visit our tournament. Last year Garry Kasparov was guest of honor.

Carlsen himself mentioned the visit in this blog post:

Next week I’m off to Barcelona and the week after to Nice for my main sponsors Nordic Semiconductor and Arctic Securities respectively. I’ll also visit Iceland during Reykjavik Open, without playing myself, to finally see some of the attractions I missed out on in 2004 and 2006, and to see how some of my friends and my father are doing first hand☺

ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili will also attend the Reykjavik Open.

EICC round 7 results

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