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The Week in Chess


  • 2nd Gideon Japhet Memorial 2014 – Games and Results
    The 2nd Gideon Japhet Memorial takes place in Jerusalem 16th to 24th July 2014. There is an international open with Alexandr Huzman, Ram Soffer, Yehuda Gruenfeld, Alexandr Kaspi etc. Boris Gelfand plays Peter Svidler in an 8 game rapid match starting on Sunday (20th-21st, 23rd-24th July 2014). Games and Results. Also daily videos below.
  • Russia state Olympiad exclusion of their women’s team unlawful – Russian Women’s Team
    The Russian Chess Federation (RCF) has set out their position that the exclusion of their women’s team is unlawful. The Tromso Chess Organisers had set out their reasons for exclusion in a letter to FIDE published on the official website. The reason given was that Russia had failed to register their team list on June 1st according to FIDE regulation 3.71 (read full regulations). Their letter mentions the costs of allowing late registered teams to play and that seems to have been their motivation for taking the action. Russia state that the penalty missing the June 1st (two month) deadline carries at most a small fine as set out in 3.7.2. The difference in interpretation really comes down to how you view the word ”must” in the regulation but there is no clear penalty mentioned. Russia further state that this deadline has proved unimportant in the past and hasn’t resulted in exclusion.

    The whole delay in submitting the women’s team was due to problems in the transfer of Kateryna Lagno from the Ukraine to Russian team (unsurprisingly the Ukraine Chess Federation were not in the mood to be helpful in the transfer of their best player to a main rival and registered her for their team, her transfer was completed on 11th July with €20,000 being paid to the Ukraine chess federation as compensation. Interesting article on transferring Federations in other sports). After realising that the transfer would drag on Russians finally submitted an incomplete team on June 16th (they asked for permission to postpone submission on June 4th) a step I’m sure they wish they done before June 1st in retrospect. Below are the two documents they released on 18th July. More background in a chess24 article on the story :

    The regulations in question:

    3.7 Submission of team lists

    3.7.1 Not later than two (PB ’98) months before the start of the tournament, every Federation that has entered must notify the following details to the Administrator:

    (a) name and initials of the Chief of Delegation;

    (b) name and initials of the team captain;

    (c) name of each team member (one first name in full, initials of additional first names, surname);

    (d) FIDE rating of team members (according to the most recent FIDE rating list);

    (e) any information required in connection with visas.

    3.7.2 Late notification of team particulars shall be accepted up to 20 hours before the start of Round 1 (PB ’98), but subject to a late submission fee of 100 euros per name.

    You can also read the RCF’s official legal letter to the organisers in PDF.

    RCF President Andrey Filatov says that legal action is likely to establish a precedent ”to prevent such situations from arising in the future”

    UPDATE 21st July:

    The Olympiad organisers whilst standing by their interpretation of the regulations say teams are ”permitted to register their respective teams, as they would have been on June 1.” Olympiad organisers statement in full.

    Reaction of Russian Chess Federation via VG Sporten newspaper. In Norwegian..

    ”We are of course delighted that Tromso has taken this sensible decision”, Mark Glukhovsky, Chairman of the Russian Chess Federation, told VG.

    ”We have a very good women’s team and it was important for us that they could be allowed to participate.”

    VG – The Russian Chess Federation obtained advice from top lawyers on the case, and in a letter to Tromso in 2014 threatened to sue.

    ”Given the economic problems that Tromso has had, is it better that they use this money to arrange a nice Olympiad than to defend themselves in court, ” says Glukhovsky.

    VG – So now you are happy?

    ”We are of course very pleased that this has resolved itself.”

    VG: The nine countries that are now allowed to participate Russia (women’s national team), Afghanistan, Gabon, Pakistan, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Ivory Coast, Senegal and Oman.

  • ACP Golden Classic 2014 – Games and Results
    The ACP Golden Classic took place in Bergamo 12th to 20th July 2014. Players: Wesley So, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Baadur Jobava, Zoltan Almasi, Emil Sutovsky, Daniele Vocaturo and Sabino Brunello. Wesley So continued his recent fine form winning the event with 4.5/6.
  • 42nd Dortmund Sparkassen Chess-Meeting 2014 – Games and Results
    The 42nd Dortmund Sparkassen Chess-Meeting took place 12th to 20th July 2014. Players: Caruana, Kramnik, Adams, Leko, Ponomariov, Naiditsch and Georg Meier. Games and results. Fabiano Caruana dominated the event scoring to 5.5/7. He will move to number 3 in the world and take his rating over 2800. Peter Leko and Georg Meier finished tied for second on 4/7. Vladimir Kramnik’s poor post-Candidates form continued with a horrible 2.5/7 score.
  • 101st British Chess Championships 2014 – Games and Results
    The 101st British Chess Championships take place in Aberystwyth 19th to 30th July 2014.
  • Czech Open 2014 – Games and Results
    The Czech Open takes place 10th to 27th July 2014. The Czech Rapid Championship Kraj Open took place 16th to 17th July. Levente Vajda edged out Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, Kirill Bryzgalin, Andrey Baryshpolets, Mikhail Mozharov, David Navara, Antonios Pavlidis, Martin Petr and Bogdan Lalic on tie-break after all scored 7/9. The main Czech Open with Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, Evgeny E. Vorobiov, Martyn Kravtsiv etc takes place 18th to 27th July 2014.
  • 15th European Individual Women’s Championship 2014 – Games and Results
    The 15th European Individual Women’s Championship took place in Plovdiv, Bulgaria 6th-17th July 2014. Nana Dzagnidze, Mariya Muzychuk, Natalija Pogonina, Valentina, Olga Girya etc. Valentina Gunina took clear first place with 8/11 half a point clear of Tatiana Kosintseva. Games and final standings.
  • 47th Biel Chess Festival 2014 – Games and Results
    The 47th Biel Chess Festival takes place 14th to 25th July 2014. The main GM tournament is the Hans Suri Memorial, which reminds us that the event has experienced serious loss in the last few years with the director Hans Suri in January 2013 and organiser Olivier Breisacher in August 2012. 6 players 10 rounds. Players: Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Anish Giri, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Pentala Harikrishna, Alexander Motylev and Hou Yifan.
  • MetLife Warsaw Najdorf Chess Festival 2014 – Games and Results
    The MetLife Warsaw Najdorf Chess Festival taes place 14th to 20th July 2014. Players: Alexander Areshchenko, Ivan Cheparinov, Vladimir Fedoseev, Axel Bachmann, Hrant Melkumyan, Aleksandr Shimanov, Markus Ragger Simen Agdestein, Alexander Beliavsky, Tigran L. Petrosian, Michal Krasenkow, Bartosz Socko etc.
  • 9th Nana Aleksandria Cup 2014 – Games and Results
    The 9th Nana Aleksandria Cup takes place in Poti 13th to 20th July 2014.
  • Dutch Chess Championship 2014 – Games and Results
    The Dutch Chess Championship took place in Amsterdam 6th to 13th July 2014. Both men’s and women’s championships were 8 player 7 round all-play-all tournaments. Players: Loek Van Wely, Sergei Tiviakov, Erwin L’Ami, Robin Van Kampen, Dimitri Reinderman, Benjamin Bok, Wouter Spoelman and Sipke Ernst. Loek van Wely beat Sergei Tiviakov 2-0 in a blitz tie-break after both scored 4.5/7.
  • ECF Counties Finals 2014 – Games and Results
    The ECF Counties Finals took place on 12th August 2014. 7 Grading sections. In the open section Yorkshire won the title for the 6th time beating Middlesex 11.5-4.5. Games were broadcast live and are available below.
  • John Watson Book Review #113 King’s Indian Part 2 – 113
    Part two of John Watson’s review of King’s Indian literature taking as his starting point Dejan Bojkov’s King’s Indian Modernized:. Read Part 1 of John Watson’s Book review on the King’s Indian.

    Systems covered: Makogonov/Bagirov Systems, Saemisch Variation and Main Line (Orthodox).

  • Star Mixed Pair International Chengdu 2014 – Games and Results
    The Star Mixed Pairs International chess tournament took place in Chengdu, China 6th to 9th 2014. This tournament saw 6 pairs of Men and Women play a 6 round all-play-all rapid (unsure of the time control) Teams: 1) Xu, Yuhua:Yu, Shaoteng 2) Maric, Alisa:Ye, Jiangchuan 3) Zhu, Chen:Seirawan, Yasser 4) Liu, Shilan:Xie, Jun 5) Hou Yifan:Short, Nigel D 6) Chiburdanidze, Maia:Jussupow, Artur. Nigel Short and Hou Yifan were favourites to win after being paired together but as Short said afterwards ”Basically we blew it yesterday with a collective collapse of concentration against Yasser Seirawan and Zhu Chen, turning a clearly better position into a dead lost one in the space of about two minutes (and half a dozen moves).” They finished 3rd behind the teams of Zhu, Chen/Yasser Seirawan and Xu Yuhua/Yu Shaoteng both finishing on 4/5.
  • John Watson Book Review #112 King’s Indian Part I – 113
    IM John Watson looks at new King’s Indian literature. Watson takes as his starting point Dejan Bojkov’s Modernized: The King’s Indian Defense ”as a sort of lead-in to the discussion of several variations, but also compare selected lines from other works”.

    Watson not only examines detailed works but also suggestions in more general repertoire books.

    This is a huge review and this is the first part of two.

  • Lopota Women’s Grand Prix 2014 – Games and Results
    The Lopota Women’s Grand Prix took place 19th June to 1st July 2014. Hou Yifan won the event convincingly with 9/11. Hou is now only 5 points behind Humpy Koneru in the over all standings after the latter had a very poor tournament. With at least 10 points separating all the places Hou’s equation is clear, finish above Koneru and win the series (both finishing low in the bottom half to allow their current worst scores to count seems extremely unlikely). The Wikpedia entry on the tournament is extremely useful: Wikipedia: FIDE Women’s Grand Prix 2013–14. The final event is in Erdenet, Mongolia 24 August to 7 September 2014.
  • 3rd HMC Calder 2014 – Games and Results
    The 3rd HMC Calder tournament took place 20th to 28th June 2014. Konstantin Landa beat Daniel Fridman 2-0 in a blitz match to win the title after the pair tied for first on 7/9. There was an elite rapid event won by Anish Giri on the final day. Games and results.
  • 5th Hainan Danzhou GM 2014 – Games and Results
    The 5th Hainan Danzhou GM chess tournament took place in Danzhou 25th June to 4th July 2014. Ding Liren and Bu Xiangzhi finished on 6.5/9. Games and results.
  • 9th Edmonton International 2014 – Games and Resutls
    The 9th Edmonton International took place 21st to 29th June 2014. Vassily Ivanchuk won with 8/9 just edging out Wesley So by half a point as the two raced each other for the title.
  • 18th Voronezh Chess Festival 2014 – Games and Results
    The 18th Voronezh Chess Festival took place 10th to 21st June 2014. Pavel Pankratov beat Alexandr Rakhmanov in the final round to take first place from Alexei Fedorov and Alexander Khalifman on tie-break after all finished on 7/9. Games and results.