Sunday, February 01, 2015
If you would like to be a part of the #1 College Chess program in the United States, please feel free to contact me (SusanPolgar@aol.com). Full and partial scholarships available for qualified student players.
Webster University – SPICE Chess Program Top 10 Facts
1. Webster University has 10 Grandmasters from 9 different countries. The SPICE program has 4 World Champions, 12 Olympians, and 19 National Champions...
2. Webster University chess team has been ranked #1 in Division I College Chess since its inception in August 2012 (with 4 freshmen and 1 sophomore on the A team), which is over 120 consecutive weeks.
3. Webster University A team has never relinquished the top ranking and has never lost a match.
4. Webster University team members won 2 world championships and 28 national titles in the past 2 years.
5. Webster University won the last 2 straight Final Four Championships, both by 2.5 points, the largest ever margin in College Chess history.
6. Webster University won the last PanAm InterCollegiate Chess Championship with a perfect 6-0 score, and won all 3 Final Four matches, to close out the season with an unprecedented perfect 9-0.
7. Webster University sophomore Wesley So won the World University Championship, and is ranked #12 in the world. Webster University freshman Le Quang Liem won the World Blitz Championship, and is ranked in the top 40 in the world. Illia Nyzhnyk and Ray Robson are both ranked as top 10 juniors under 21 in the world.
8. Webster University sponsors and hosts the annual SPF Girls' Invitational, the most prestigious all-girls event in the U.S., as well as the annual prestigious SPICE Cup.
9. Students of Webster University actively volunteer in the community to bring chess into schools. They, as a team, also maintain a very high GPA.
10. The SPICE chess program has won 4 consecutive Final Four Championships, and has not lost a match in 4 straight Final Four Championships.
2014 - 2015 Webster University – SPICE chess team members
1. GM Le Quang Liem (Vietnam) – World Blitz Champion, National Champion, Olympian
2. GM Wesley So (Philippines) – World University Champion, National Champion, Olympian (just turned pro after winning Millionaire Chess)
3. GM Illia Nyzhnyk (Ukraine) – National Champion, European Champion
4. GM Ray Robson (USA) – National Champion, Olympian
5. GM Georg Meier (Germany) – National Champion, Olympian, European Champion
6. GM Vasif Durarbayli (Azerbaijan) – World Youth Champion, National Champion, Olympiad
7. GM Fidel Corrales Jimenez (Cuba) – National Champion, Olympian
8. GM Manuel Leon Hoyos (Mexico) – National Champion, Olympian
9. GM Andre Diamant (Brazil) – National Champion, Olympian
10. GM Denes Boros (Hungary) – National Champion
11. GM-elect Ashwin Jayaram (India) – National Champion
12. IM Vitaly Neimer (Israel) – National Champion
13. FM Jake Banawa (USA) – National Champion
14. WGM Anna Sharevich (Belarus) – National Champion, Olympian
15. WGM Katerina Nemcova (Czech Republic) - National Champion, Olympian
16. WIM Inna Agrest (Sweden) – National Champion, Olympian
17. WFM Luisa Mercado (Colombia) – National Champion
18. Mara Kamphorst (Brazil) – National Champion
19. Paul M. Truong (USA) – National Champion
20. Tori Whatley (USA)
21. Reginald Jackson (USA)
Webster students are around the world. There are 22,000+ students enrolled at Webster University - with students from 50 states and 148 countries around the world.
Webster University offers academic excellence in more than 100 programs offered at a vibrant home campus and at locations throughout the world, with all the benefits of a student-centered education and a real-world perspective.
Experience Webster University — in two minutes
A historic mission. An inviting home campus: Founded in 1915, with five students and a pioneering educational mission, Webster has a history of shaping the future of higher education.
Local and global: With 22,000 students at locations around the world, Webster is defining global education for the future.
Students from 50 states and 148 countries: You experience the diversity of the world in a richly educational way.
Average class size: 10 : Small, highly interactive classes encourage innovation, collaboration, and self-expression.
Faculty-to-student ratio: 1:9 : Students have all the advantages of a student-centered university that supports personalized learning and gives every student an opportunity to excel.
Global locations: We have metropolitan, military, and corporate locations around the world, as well as traditional campuses in Asia, Europe, and North America. Our Study Abroad programs are ranked in the top 2 percent by U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges 2013."
163,000 Alumni: A growing and involved alumni community are connecting online, in-person, and at worldwide events.
One and only: Webster is the only Tier 1, private, nonprofit university with campus locations around the world including metropolitan, military, online and corporate, plus traditional, American-style campuses in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia.
Diversity is a core value: Webster is one of the most diverse universities in the country, which is an enduring part of our history and central to our future.Undergraduate and graduate programs. More than 75 different majors and around 60 graduate programs in a supportive, educational environment that allows students to excel.
A global, Tier 1, private, nonprofit university
* Global feature in academic programs. Globalized curriculum is our distinctive hallmark
* Academic programs engage your mind and stimulate your understanding beyond your home country and culture
* Every student experiences a global learning component
* Every student is exposed to a worldwide network of fellow students who live, work and study around the U.S., Europe, Africa and Asia
* Learn in class today and apply it in real life tomorrow
* Five schools and colleges: Arts & Sciences; Business & Technology; Communications; Education; and Fine Arts
Titles won by Webster University - SPICE in the past 2 years
World Championships (2)
- 2013 World Blitz Championship: 1st place (GM Le Quang Liem)
- 2013 World University Championship: 1st place (GM Wesley So)
National Championships (28)
- 2012 U.S. Open Championship: 1st place (GM Manuel Leon Hoyos)
- 2012 U.S. Open Rapid (g/15) Championship: 1st place (GM Andre Diamant and IM Vitaly Neimer)
- 2012 U.S. Open Blitz Championship: 1st place (GM Andre Diamant), 2nd place (GM Anatoly Bykhovsky)
- 2012 PanAm Intercollegiate Championship: Both A and B team tied for 1st place
- 2012 PanAm Intercollegiate Championship: Top reserve player (GM Manuel Leon Hoyos)
- 2013 College Chess Final Four: 1st place (GMs Georg Meier, Wesley So, Ray Robson, Fidel Corrales Jimenez, Manuel Leon Hoyos, and Anatoly Bykhovsky)
- 2013 National Open: 1st place (GMs Wesley So and Manuel Leon Hoyos)
- 2013 National Open Blitz Championship: 1st place (GM Wesley So)
- 2013 National G/10 Championship at National Open: 1st place (GM Wesley So)
- 2013 US Open G/15 Championship: 1st place (GM Manuel Leon Hoyos)
- 2013 US Open Blitz Championship: 1st place (GM Manuel Leon Hoyos)
- 2013 US National G/30 Championship: 1st place (GM Georg Meier)
- 2013 US National G/60 Championship: 1st place (GM Georg Meier)
- 2013 PanAm Intercollegiate Championship: 1st place (A team won with a perfect 6-0 score)
- 2013 PanAm Intercollegiate Championship: Top board 1 (GMs Le Quang Liem, Fidel Corrales Jimenez)
- 2013 PanAm Intercollegiate Championship: Top board 2 (GM Anatoly Bykhovsky)
- 2013 PanAm Intercollegiate Championship: Top board 3 (GM Wesley So)
- 2013 PanAm Intercollegiate Championship: Top board 4 (GM Ray Robson)
- 2013 PanAm Intercollegiate Championship: Top overall performance (GM Wesley So)
- 2014 College Chess Final Four: 1st place (GMs Le Quang Liem, Wesley So, Georg Meier, Ray Robson, Fidel Corrales Jimenez, and Anatoly Bykhovsky)
- 2014 National Open Blitz Championship: 1st place (GM Wesley So)
- 2014 World Open: 1st place tie (GM Illia Nyzhnyk)
- 2014 US Open: 1st place tie (GM Illia Nyzhnyk)
- 2014 PanAm InterCollegiate Championship: 1st place (A team scored 5.5 - 0.5)
- 2014 PanAm InterCollegiate Championship: Top board 1 (IM Ashwin Jayaram)
- 2014 PanAm InterCollegiate Championship: Top board 2 (GM Illia Nyzhnyk)
- 2014 PanAm InterCollegiate Championship: Top board 3 (Ray Robson)
- 2014 PanAm InterCollegiate Championship: Top board 4 (Andre Diamant)
Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
1 Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2865 13 1990
2 Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2811 13 1992
3 Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2810 0 1983
4 Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2800 0 1975
5 Giri, Anish g NED 2797 13 1994
6 Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2797 0 1969
7 So, Wesley g USA 2788 22 1993
8 Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2783 0 1975
9 Aronian, Levon g ARM 2777 13 1982
10 Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2776 0 1987
11 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2775 13 1990
12 Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2760 0 1990
13 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2759 0 1985
14 Ding, Liren g CHN 2755 13 1992
15 Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2747 0 1968
16 Svidler, Peter g RUS 2739 0 1976
17 Adams, Michael g ENG 2738 0 1971
18 Andreikin, Dmitry g RUS 2737 0 1990
19 Navara, David g CZE 2735 13 1985
20 Vitiugov, Nikita g RUS 2735 0 1987
21 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw g POL 2734 13 1987
22 Jakovenko, Dmitry g RUS 2733 0 1983
23 Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2731 13 1969
24 Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2731 13 1987
25 Li, Chao b g CHN 2728 0 1989
26 Eljanov, Pavel g UKR 2727 0 1983
27 Dominguez Perez, Leinier g CUB 2726 0 1983
28 Wang, Yue g CHN 2726 0 1987
29 Yu, Yangyi g CHN 2724 0 1994
30 Harikrishna, P. g IND 2723 0 1986
31 Tomashevsky, Evgeny g RUS 2716 0 1987
32 Nepomniachtchi, Ian g RUS 2714 0 1990
33 Leko, Peter g HUN 2713 0 1979
34 Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2713 0 1983
35 Wang, Hao g CHN 2713 0 1989
36 Bacrot, Etienne g FRA 2711 0 1983
37 Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2711 0 1977
38 Naiditsch, Arkadij g GER 2706 15 1985
39 Fressinet, Laurent g FRA 2706 0 1981
40 Malakhov, Vladimir g RUS 2706 0 1980
41 Vallejo Pons, Francisco g ESP 2706 0 1982
42 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam g UZB 2705 0 1979
43 Ni, Hua g CHN 2704 11 1983
44 Rapport, Richard g HUN 2703 14 1996
45 Almasi, Zoltan g HUN 2701 0 1976
46 Lysyj, Igor g RUS 2700 0 1987
47 Rublevsky, Sergei g RUS 2698 0 1974
48 Jobava, Baadur g GEO 2696 13 1983
49 Wei, Yi g CHN 2695 13 1999
50 Matlakov, Maxim g RUS 2695 0 1991
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Saturday, January 31, 2015
Dear Chess Friends!
Russian Chess Federation would like to inform you on visa support issue.
1. Participants/FIDE Principals and Officials
There are three categories of visitors in accordance with the countries of their origin:
1. The countries whose citizens don't need visas for the period of the championship are: Argentina, Cuba, Peru, Turkey, Ukraine, Armenia and Kazakhstan;
2. The countries whose citizens will receive personal official invitations* from the RCF to apply for visas are: Bulgaria, Hungary, Egypt, China, Lithuania, Poland, Slovenia, USA, France, Sweden. Please note that the participants who will receive RCF personal official invitations will still have to present requested documents and pay all the necessary fines when applying for visas;
3. The countries whose citizens need reference numbers** to apply for visas are: Australia, Algeria, Bangladesh, Vietnam, India, Indonesia, Canada, Qatar, Great Britain (Scotland) and Georgia (please take into account that the procedure for the Georgia' players can take a bit longer due to absence of diplomatic relations between Russia and Georgia).
* and ** In order to arrange personal official invitations or reference numbers RCF needs the following information from the participants from above-mentioned countries: Passport scans;
Information on where exactly the participants will be applying for visas.
The information should be sent to the RCF official e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or straight to the Secretary Department e-mail email@example.com.
2. Accompanying persons/Journalists/Others
The visa support will be provided by Mr. Alexander Bakh. Please contact him by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The price for the service is 70 EURO per person.
In case visa support is needed ASAP the price for the service is 100 EURO per person.
Please note that in order to apply for the Russian visa your passport must be still valid for no less than six months after the date of leaving the territory of the Russian Federation.
SPF National Open for Boys and Girls in Northern California (A World Youth Qualifier - Over $100K in prizes)
Dear Chess Parents,
We sincerely invite you to join the SPFNO on February 27th - March 1st, 2015 in beautiful San Mateo, California.
In the course of the three-day chess festival, the SPFNO will award qualifications for:
- The Prestigious Susan Polgar National Invitational for Girls
- The FIDE World Youth Chess Championship 2015 in Porto Carras, Greece.
- As well as $100,000+ in scholarships and prizes.
Please mark your calendars now and join us this February 27th - March 1st. We look forward to seeing you in San Mateo.
SUSAN POLGAR FOUNDATION NATIONAL OPEN FOR GIRLS AND BOYS
FEBRUARY 28th - MARCH 1st
The prestigious annual Susan Polgar National Open Championship was created in 2006 and is sponsored by the Susan Polgar Foundation to give more opportunities to young chess players in the United States. The SPNOGB is an official qualifying event for the: The Prestigious Susan Polgar National Invitational for Girls, and the FIDE World Youth Chess Championship 2015 in Porto Carras, Greece.
WHEN: 2/28 - 3/1/2015
WHERE: Prestigious 34,000 ft2 San Mateo Event Center – Free Parking provided by the Organizers
1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo, CA 94403
MAIN EVENT SECTIONS:
U8, U10, U12, U14, U16/18* in separate sections for Girls and Boys
All rated sections will be 6 Rounds, G/60 d5 – All players MUST be current USCF Members
New Sections Added: Saturday Only
Unrated K-2 and 3-6 Sections (for unrated players only) 5 rounds, G/30
Age Cut-Offs: To qualify for an age section the player cannot have reached the age of that section before January 1, 2015.
Example - to qualify for the U14 section the player cannot have reached 14 years of age before January 1, 2015, in other words he/she must be born in 2001 or later.
To qualify for the World Youth places your federation under FIDE must reflect USA otherwise the qualifier spot will go to the next player in line. 1st place in each age category will be a wild card representative for the SPICE World Youth Team.
ROUND TIMES: 2/28 * Round 1 @ 9am * Round 2 @ 12:15pm * Round 3 @ 3:30pm
3/1/15 * Round 4 @ 9am * Round 5 @ 12:15pm * Round 6 @ 3:30pm
Unrated Sections: 2/28 * R1 @ 9am * R2 @ 10:30am * R3 @ 1pm * R4 @ 3:30pm * R5 @ 5pm
AWARDS: Unrated Sections: 2/28/15 @ 6:45pm; Rated Sections: 3/1/15 @ 6:45pm
Over $100,000 are awarded in prizes, which include trophies, computers, chess prizes and scholarships.
Trophies go to the top 20 players in all rated sections and top 10 in the unrated sections. In all sections the top 3 teams win trophies. All other participants will get medals.
The Winner of both the Girls and the Boys U16/18 sections each will win a $52,000 ($13,000/year x 4 years) scholarship to Webster University*.
Additional trophies will also be awarded to the: top players rated under 800 in the U8 sections; the top players rated under 1000 in the U10 sections; the top players rated under 1200 in the U12 sections; the top players rated under 1400 in the U14 sections; the top players rated under 1600 in the U16 sections; and the top players rated under 1800 in the U18 sections.
The first place winner in each of the girls’ sections will qualify for the prestigious Susan Polgar Foundation Girls’ Invitational. The first place winner in sections U8, U10, U12, U14, U16/18 will qualify for the World Youth Chess Championship 2015 in Porto Carras, Greece. Triple Crown Winners (main event, blitz, and puzzle solving) will receive $1,000 scholarship to help defray expenses to the 2015 World Youth (if participating**)
Team Rules: Minimum 2 players in same section from same school or feeder school (if feeder school parent / coach must provide proof). Top 3 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.
* Webster scholarships are not stackable. In other words, for example, if a student already won a similar scholarship to Webster U at another event, for them the scholarship will only have a $4,000 ($1,000/year x 4) value.
** After flight ticket has been purchased, a $1,000 reimbursement check will be sent to the winners.
2/27 – 6:30pm Q & A and 25 board Simul against GM Susan Polgar - FULL
2/28 - 5-5:30pm Puzzle Competition (one section). Trophies to Top 10, Top U1600, and Top U1000
2/28 - 5:45pm Blitz Tournament (one section). Trophies to Top 10, and Top 3 for U-10
HOTEL: Sofitel San Francisco Bay - Special Room Rate for this tournament $129
Call (650) 598-9000 for reservations 223 Twin Dolphin Dr., Redwood City
Main Rated Event – $60 if registered by 2/1; $80 after 2/20
Unrated Sections - $30 if registered by 2/1; $40 after 2/20
Puzzle Solving Competition - $15 if registered by 2/1; $20 after 2/20
Blitz Tournament - $15 if registered by 2/1; $20 after 2/20
Please click on the links to register for each event
Main Event * We do have a sibling discount for multiple children participating in this event, however, we are unable to process automatically process the discount at this time. Please go here to pay online with the sibling discount included
Susan Polgar 25 Board Simul and Q & A Session
2/27/15 – 6:30 pm Q & A and 25 board Simul against GM Susan Polgar
2/28/15 -- 5-5:30 pm Puzzle Competition (one section). Top 10 will get trophies
2/28/15 – 5:45pm Blitz Tournament (one section). Top 10 players will get trophies
If you would rather print out the application, click here. You can mail the application and check to:
16691 Colonial Trail
Lathrop, CA 95330
The 18th International Lienz Open will be held from 7-14th February, 2015, at the RGO-Arena Julius-Durst-Straße 6, 9900 Lienz, Austria.
The biennial event is organized by the Schachklub Volksbank Lienz. There will be two sections: Group A and Group B (< 2000 Elo). Both to be completed over nine rounds of Swiss system.
Social events for players and families include sledging tour, trip to the Weissensee, trip to Innichen (ITA) with sightseeing, social evening etc.
The total prize fund is 10,000 EUR with 1900 EUR reserved for the winner of Open A.
17th Lienz Open in 2013 / Official website
Open A participants (top seeds):
1. GM Vallejo Pons Francisco ESP 2706
2. GM Korneev Oleg ESP 2591
3. GM Rozentalis Eduardas LTU 2577
4. GM Indjic Aleksandar SRB 2546
5. IM Tomic Bosko BIH 2471
6. GM Prasanna. V Vishnu IND 2463
7. GM Venkatesh M.R. IND 2460
8. IM Kumar Thej IND 2459
9. IM Loetscher Roland SUI 2444
10. GM Drazic Sinisa SRB 2437
11. GM Sundararajan Kidambi IND 2431
12. IM Pulvett Daniel VEN 2426
13. IM Sequera Paolini Jose VEN 2413
14. GM Sriram Jha IND 2413
15. FM Singer Christoph GER 2366
GAMMA is new sponsor of Reykjavik Open
On 26th January a new sponsorship contract was signed with the investment firm GAMMA which will be the main sponsor of the Reykjavik Open for the next four years.
The contract was fittingly signed on the national chess day in Iceland, also the 80th birthday of legendary Grandmaster Fridrik Olafsson.
The national chess day was founded to honor Fridrik and he was present during the signing of the contract.
Agnar Tómas Möller from GAMMA and Gunnar Björnsson, president of the Icelandic Chess Federation were on hand to put pen to paper.
The Cup of Akim Pavlodar 2015 took place from 28th to 30th January, 2015, in the city of Pavlodar, Kazakhstan.
The event was a 9-round rapid round-robin tournament with the special participation of 10 players from 4 different continents – Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe.
Kazakhstani players GM Pavel Kotsur and GM Petr Kostenko tied for the first with 6.5 points each, but Kotsur prevailed on a superior tie-break score and took the gold.
The only African participant, GM Ahmed Adly, finished third with 6 points, leaving the nearest followers half a point behind.
Meanwhile, the former World champion Khalifman and the champions of Egypt and Australia, Adly and Ly delivered simultaneous exhibitions in the “Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools”.
You can see the full standings and replay the games below.
Official website / Live games with analysis / Live games with statistics / Play online chess
1. GM Kotsur, Pavel (2548) KAZ – 6,5
2. GM Kostenko, Petr (2455) KAZ – 6,5
3. GM Adly, Ahmed, (2684) EGY – 6
4. GM Vladimirov, Yevgeniy (2589) KAZ – 5,5
5. IM Ly, Moulthun (2460) AUS – 5
6. GM Khalifman, Alexander (2588) RUS – 4
7. GM Jumabayev, Rinat (2591) KAZ – 4
8. GM Granda Zuniga, Julio E (2679) PER – 3
9. GM Aleksandrov, Aleksej (2564) BLR – 3
10. GM Ismagambetov, Anuar (2563) KAZ – 1,5