international chess – Tromso Sjakklubb http://tromsosjakklubb.com/ Tue, 15 Mar 2022 17:15:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/icon-16.png international chess – Tromso Sjakklubb http://tromsosjakklubb.com/ 32 32 Local Chess Club Relaunches Group, Plans Multi-State Tournament | Local News https://tromsosjakklubb.com/local-chess-club-relaunches-group-plans-multi-state-tournament-local-news/ Tue, 15 Mar 2022 17:15:00 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/local-chess-club-relaunches-group-plans-multi-state-tournament-local-news/ SHERIDAN – A group of men sit around chessboards in the Golden Room at the Sheridan County YMCA. Regularly, the men move pawns in place and discuss everything under the sun. Over the course of a few conversations, this small group of chess enthusiasts decided to increase their impact on the community by restarting a […]]]>

SHERIDAN – A group of men sit around chessboards in the Golden Room at the Sheridan County YMCA. Regularly, the men move pawns in place and discuss everything under the sun.

Over the course of a few conversations, this small group of chess enthusiasts decided to increase their impact on the community by restarting a well-known chess group.

The youth and adult group met at the YMCA before COVID-19 hit, but disbanded due to pandemic concerns. Now the group is officially run by the Sheridan Chess Association, which is affiliated with the American Chess Federation.

“It’s a chance to get the kids involved,” said Larry Mooney.

A group of about 20 young people and adults sat around tables of four – two sets of chess each – while munching on dinner sponsored by Powder River Pizza in the Sheridan KidsLife building on Thursday night. Several students paired up with someone their own age, while younger customers paired up with long-time chess fanatics. The adults faced off and discussed strategy throughout the evening.

Before heading out for the night, Dan Casey led a group lesson on certain elements of the game, providing an educational component beyond just collecting soft skills.

The Sheridan Chess Association restarted as the Sheridan Chess Club in September 2021 and has yet to regain its pre-pandemic attendance count of approximately 150. As a non-profit organization, the club’s former founders hope to restore the love of the game and the participation of young people. to the adult.

To help build excitement, the nonprofit will host its first-ever multi-state tournament at Sheridan College on April 30 and May 1.

The Sheridan Wyoming Open Chess Tournament is a ranked event in American Chess and already includes 22 players with a capacity of up to 100 or 120 individual players.

The first place winner receives a $1,600 purse, followed by $800 for second place, $400 for third, $200 for fourth, and $100 for fifth in Division 1, which is the open division . Chess players with a rating below 1600 or not rated by US Chess will receive $400 for first place, $200 for second, $100 for third, $50 for fourth, and $25 for fifth.

Pre-registration costs $35, while day of registration costs $45. Pre-registration closes April 15.

Saturday rounds start at 9:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday rounds start at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m., or one after the other. Membership in the US Chess Foundation is required to participate in the event.

The highest-rated registrant is Alexander Fishbein, an American chess player with a FIDE Grandmaster title – International Chess Federation or World Chess Federation.

People from Missouri, Tennessee, Colorado, Idaho and South Dakota told organizers they plan to attend.

Participation is free and children will receive a pizza at each gathering. Registration is also available at the YMCA or KidsLife.

Ashleigh Snoozy joined The Sheridan Press in October 2016 as a reporter before taking on the role of editor in November 2018. She is originally from Colorado and graduated from Biola University in Los Angeles.

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Ukrainian army of chess players take up arms to subdue Putin’s forces https://tromsosjakklubb.com/ukrainian-army-of-chess-players-take-up-arms-to-subdue-putins-forces/ Sat, 05 Mar 2022 06:33:28 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/ukrainian-army-of-chess-players-take-up-arms-to-subdue-putins-forces/ Bobby Fischer believed that every game of chess was a war on the board. The American went to war against Russia and triumphed by defeating one of its best grandmasters, Boris Spassky, for the World Chess Championship in 1972. Fifty years later, a battery of Ukrainian chess players is waging war. Only their war is […]]]>

Bobby Fischer believed that every game of chess was a war on the board. The American went to war against Russia and triumphed by defeating one of its best grandmasters, Boris Spassky, for the World Chess Championship in 1972.

Fifty years later, a battery of Ukrainian chess players is waging war. Only their war is more real. They too are facing the Russians, but not overboard.

Ukrainian chess players are resisting Vladimir Putin’s continued invasion of their country. Some have taken up arms to defend their homeland.

Grandmaster and captain of the Ukrainian national team, Oleksander Sulypa, waits behind a trench in the western city of Lviv, holding a rifle to confront the Russian army.

“I defend my land against enemies and ‘peacekeepers’. The truth will prevail!” he posted a week ago.

GM Georgy Timoshenko. Photo: Facebook/ @juliatimoshenko


A day later, another GM Georgy Timoshenko carried a rifle into battle.

“Yura (Georgy) went to defend the capital (Kiev) with guns in hand,” writes his partner Julia.

At 56, Timoshenko is probably the oldest professional chess player to enter this battlefield.

Aspiring Indian players may remember him as an unassuming grandfather coach, who ran chess camps in Odisha, Gujarat and several other Indian cities a few years ago.

GM Natalia Zhukova

GM Natalia Zhukova with Ukrainian fighters in Odessa. Photo: Facebook/ @nataliazhukova


Meanwhile, former European champion Natalia Zhukova proudly attends the city of Odessa in the southeast of the country, where she is now a member of the city council.

“From morning to evening, with like-minded people, we search for all the necessary things, medicines, etc. Zhukova wrote on Facebook.

General Manager Pavel Eljanov reported that General Manager Igor Kovalenko “actively volunteers in Kyiv and helps his brothers who have taken up arms”.

An unshaven and gloomy Kovalenko was last heard asking for help on his YouTube channel.

Eljanov, currently Ukraine’s second-best active player, posted on Facebook that his family was in Khrakiv, an eastern city closer to Russia that was ravaged by the onslaught.

He would be safe somewhere.

Teenage sensation Kirill Shevchenko, from Kyiv, is also hopefully not in danger.

He has been busy on social networks to inform the world of the tragic situation prevailing in his country.

Former world champion Anna Muzychuk has reached out to the chess community, especially her colleagues from Russia and Belarus, asking them to explain their position.

The Ukrainian Chess Federation documented the war from the perspective of its members. The other day he mentioned a war casualty.

“On March 2, 2022, after serious injuries caused by the Russian occupiers, FIDE arbiter and children’s coach Oleksiy Valentynovych Druzhynets died (Tokmak, Zaporizhia Oblast, January 3, 1975 – March 2, 2022),” the report said. federation.

Almost all but one of the Ukrainian players took the cudgel from the Russian attacks in one way or another.

The strange, Super GM Sergey Karjakin has been isolated, not only by Ukrainian players but by the peaceful international chess community as a whole.

What did you write? What do you advocate? asked a shocked Zhukova, after Karjakin rallied to Vladimir Putin.

Karjakin, a former world No. 4, wrote: “I express to you, our Commander-in-Chief, my full support in the interest of Russia, our multinational Russian people, the elimination of threats and the establishment of the peace !”

Ukraine is the country where Karjakin was born, learned to play chess and his family still lives.

After representing his native country throughout his teenage years, Karjakin, now 32, moved to Russia.

He has since become a strong supporter of Putin.

While Karjakin awaits the verdict of the FIDE Ethics Committee, Ukrainian chess players remain on the front line.

Because, as former world champion Garry Kasparov said, condemning the Russian invasion: “It’s not a game of chess. There’s no draw, no stalemate. “

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Sporting pressure: FIFA and UEFA suspend Russia, no F1 racing, chess, ice hockey or badminton either https://tromsosjakklubb.com/sporting-pressure-fifa-and-uefa-suspend-russia-no-f1-racing-chess-ice-hockey-or-badminton-either/ Mon, 28 Feb 2022 17:41:44 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/sporting-pressure-fifa-and-uefa-suspend-russia-no-f1-racing-chess-ice-hockey-or-badminton-either/ As sanctions are issued around the world against Russia for invading Ukraine, sport is sending a strong message and mounting pressure by boycotting events and tournaments in the country. Russia launched its land, air and sea invasion on Thursday following a declaration of war by President Vladimir Putin. About 100,000 people fled as explosions and […]]]>

As sanctions are issued around the world against Russia for invading Ukraine, sport is sending a strong message and mounting pressure by boycotting events and tournaments in the country.

Russia launched its land, air and sea invasion on Thursday following a declaration of war by President Vladimir Putin. About 100,000 people fled as explosions and gunfire rocked major cities. Dozens were reportedly killed.

Russian teams were suspended from international football after the country invaded Ukraine.

The decision came from FIFA and UEFA on Monday, saying Russian national teams and clubs were suspended “until further notice”.

“Football is fully united here and in full solidarity with everyone affected in Ukraine,” FIFA and UEFA said. “Both presidents hope that the situation in Ukraine will improve significantly and quickly so that football can once again be a vehicle for unity and peace between peoples.”

UEFA also ended its sponsorship with Russian energy giant Gazprom.

In a sweeping move to isolate and condemn Russia after it invaded Ukraine, the International Olympic Committee on Monday urged sports bodies to exclude the country’s athletes and officials from international events.

The IOC said it was necessary “to protect the integrity of global sports competitions and for the safety of all participants”.

The International Olympic Committee has urged sports bodies to cancel or move all events they plan to hold in Russia and Belarus, and to stop using the countries’ national flags and anthems. The Olympic body’s request came after UEFA moved the Champions League final from St Petersburg to the Paris suburbs, and after the governing body of skiing and Formula 1 pulled the races coming from Russia. As a result, Vladimir Putin temporarily lost his highest official position in world sport. The Russian president is an avid judoka and competed in the sport at the 2012 London Olympics.

On Friday, Labor MP Chris Bryant urged the UK government to seize the assets of Russian billionaire and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, citing concerns over alleged links to corruption. Abramovich was identified by the Home Office in 2019 as having links to the Russian state as well as “corrupt activities and practices”, Bryant said, suggesting the UK should seize his assets and ban him from owning the football club.

Former heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko has said he will take up arms alongside his brother and fellow Hall of Famer Wladimir Klitschko to fight in what is a ‘bloody war’ after the invasion of their country, Ukraine.

Even Russian sports stars have come forward to express their concern over the current crisis. Russian tennis player Andrey Rublev wrote ‘No War Please’ on a TV camera moments after qualifying for the Dubai Championships final. Meanwhile, new men’s tennis world number 1 Daniil Medvedev said: “Watching the news from home, waking up here in Mexico, hasn’t been easy. Being a tennis player, I want to promote peace all over the world. We play in so many different countries; I’ve been to so many countries as a junior and as a pro. It’s not easy to hear all this news. … I am for peace.

Here is the list of Russia’s bans in the sports world:

– Vladimir Putin stripped of his black belt following the invasion of Ukraine

– FIFA and UEFA said on Monday that Russian national teams and clubs were suspended “until further notice”.

The Badminton World Federation has canceled all sanctioned tournaments in Russia and Belarus following the Ukrainian crisis. No other BWF tournaments will be awarded to Russia or Belarus until further notice.

– International chess body FIDE has banned Russia and Belarus from hosting world chess events.

– The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) on Monday suspended Russian and Belarusian teams from its competitions until further notice and revoked Russia’s 2023 World Junior Championship hosting rights.

– The Polish Football Association has declared that Poland will not play a World Cup qualifier against Russia. Russia are due to host Poland in the semi-finals of their World Cup qualifiers on March 24 and, if their team advances, are expected to host Sweden or the Czech Republic on March 29 in the B-path final. Poland and Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandoski has backed the Polish FA’s decision not to play their World Cup qualifier.

– The Czech Republic have also refused to face Russia in the 2022 World Cup play-offs. Meanwhile, the Swedish football federation has maintained its objection to playing games against Russia after the invasion of Ukraine and expressed disappointment on Monday with FIFA for keeping the Russians in the World Cup qualifiers. Sweden’s official stance came a day after Poland and the Czech Republic said they would not accept FIFA’s attempted compromise ordering Russia to play without its flag and anthem at venues. neutral under the name of its federation _ the Football Union of Russia.

– Formula 1 has scrapped this season’s Russian Grand Prix in Sochi as the invasion of Ukraine has led to punitive measures across the sporting world. The F1 race was only scheduled for September in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, but the management of the motorsports series decided it would be “impossible” to stage the Grand Prix after discussions with the teams and the governing body of the FIA.

– Russia were stripped of the Champions League final host by UEFA on Friday with Saint Petersburg replaced by Paris. The showpiece final of the European men’s football season will still be held on May 28 but now at the 80,000-seat Stade de France in the Saint-Denis suburb of the French capital following the decision of the UEFA executive committee. This follows talks led by UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin which have involved the European Commission and French President Emmanuel Macron in recent days after concerns were raised about the status of Russia retaining such a prestigious event after its aggression against another European country.

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Checkmate: Chess Club Exceeds Expectations at Tournament https://tromsosjakklubb.com/checkmate-chess-club-exceeds-expectations-at-tournament/ Thu, 03 Feb 2022 05:13:12 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/checkmate-chess-club-exceeds-expectations-at-tournament/ Rannon Huo, 4th board of WashU’s A team, in the middle of a lap. (Photo courtesy of Bill Simmons) In the second round of the 2022 Pan American Intercollegiate Chess Championships, the University of Washington Chess Club A-Team faced a team of international masters, all ranked among the top 1,600 active chess players in the […]]]>

Rannon Huo, 4th board of WashU’s A team, in the middle of a lap. (Photo courtesy of Bill Simmons)

In the second round of the 2022 Pan American Intercollegiate Chess Championships, the University of Washington Chess Club A-Team faced a team of international masters, all ranked among the top 1,600 active chess players in the world. While WashU lost all four matches this round, they exceeded their overall expectations against such high levels of competition and left the tournament with a higher ranking than when they arrived.

The Chess Club sent two teams to participate in the tournament, which was held in Dulles, Virginia from January 6-9. Team A consisted of seniors Philip Keisler and Nicholas Bartochowski, sophomore Rannon Huo and sophomore Saumik Narayanan. The B team consisted of senior Andrew Shiman and first years Josh Warner, Ilan Schwartz and Joseph Badros.

Team A entered the tournament as the 20th seed and Team B entered as the 42nd seed. After the final round, Team B finished in 33rd place with a score of 3.0/6.0, while Team A finished in 16th place with a score of 4.0/6.0 , narrowly missing out on the medals awarded to the top 15 teams when it fell behind the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in a tiebreaker.

The annual tournament uses a six-round Swiss system, a non-elimination format where teams are ranked by number of wins and then by tiebreaker score. Each round, each college team was paired with another to play a game of chess in the classic time format. The members of the teams were each ranked according to the standards of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) and paired with the corresponding member of the opposing team.

“WashU has truly exceeded expectations,” said Andrew Shiman, Club President and 3rd B-Team Board of Directors. “A-Team was 16th, and the field had a lot of grandmasters and international masters, so we did a lot better than our rankings suggested.”

The tournament featured 57 total teams from different colleges across the country. The level of competition varied from unrated and novice players to titled players, including 24 chess grandmasters.

“[The competition] was really a mixed bag,” Shiman said. “We played against some pretty decent college teams that had pretty strong tournament players. We played against a team of mostly professional players when the A-Team played against the SLU B-Team. We also played against some teams with a group of very inexperienced players, against whom we did well.

At the end of each round, each player’s individual scores were added together and the cumulative score determined the winner of the round. Due to the team nature of the tournament, the strategy differed from traditional tournaments.

“Most chess tournaments are individual, so you play for yourself and draw or play aggressively for wins depending on your own personal tournament situation,” said Philip Keisler, member of the A-Team. “In a team tournament, the risk you take on the board is much more about how your other boards and other team members are doing, because it’s about winning every game, not necessarily winning. get your personal best score This can lead to different situations during the match which are sometimes a bit more complex.

A-team member Saumik Naraayanan also noted some of the complexities of team play. “You have to pay more attention to your teammates as well as yourself,” he said. “In some scenarios, if you only need a draw to win the game, even if you win, you can just draw to help your team.”

The tournament was held at the Marriott at Washington Dulles Airport. Before each round, pairings were released, allowing teams to prepare for their opponents. Then the teams would play together against their opponents, aiming to have a cumulative positive score.

“The pairings don’t come out until an hour before the round, but usually we can figure out how we’re going to play,” Naraayanan said. “We will determine who is going to play… what color we are going to be, then we prepare all the openings. Usually we can figure out which opening our opponents were going to play by doing research online. Depending on what openings you think they were going to play, we would try to set up our counters, and maybe we would have our own surprise.

Keisler further described some of the team preparation that took place before the rounds that helped individual players conduct their matches better. “[Pre-round], we all go into preparation mode because in chess the first move to really gain an advantage is in the opening if you can outplay your opponent,” Keisler said. “If your opponent is playing the Nimzo-Indian, ‘how can I find a tricky sideline that I know better than them?’ We were all getting ready for each other, so Saumik was helping me out with some lines [and] Nick would go to his computer and look for a bunch of crazy lines that we could sacrifice a bunch of gear on. Then we all went to the board together to start playing our games next to each other.

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Netflix Can’t Checkmate ‘Queen’s Gambit’ Libel Lawsuit https://tromsosjakklubb.com/netflix-cant-checkmate-queens-gambit-libel-lawsuit/ Fri, 28 Jan 2022 03:47:00 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/netflix-cant-checkmate-queens-gambit-libel-lawsuit/ By Dave Simpson (January 27, 2022, 10:47 PM EST) – A California federal judge has dismissed Netflix’s attempt to dismiss a libel suit against Georgian chess champion Nona Gaprindashvili for her performance on the hit show “The Queen’s Gambit,” ruling Thursday that while the show is fictional, the Gaprindashvili reference could be interpreted as a […]]]>
By Dave Simpson (January 27, 2022, 10:47 PM EST) – A California federal judge has dismissed Netflix’s attempt to dismiss a libel suit against Georgian chess champion Nona Gaprindashvili for her performance on the hit show “The Queen’s Gambit,” ruling Thursday that while the show is fictional, the Gaprindashvili reference could be interpreted as a genuine historical detail.

Gaprindashvili’s September trial focuses on a scene from the 2020 miniseries finale, in which an announcer at a fictional 1968 Moscow chess tournament says Gaprindashvili had “never faced men “. Gaprindashvili, who was crowned the first female international chess grandmaster in 1978, said the “grossly sexist” statement belittled her achievements….

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Chess player Daniil Dubov lost a game for refusing to wear a mask | Checkmate the Holocaust deniers https://tromsosjakklubb.com/chess-player-daniil-dubov-lost-a-game-for-refusing-to-wear-a-mask-checkmate-the-holocaust-deniers/ Sun, 23 Jan 2022 23:30:05 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/chess-player-daniil-dubov-lost-a-game-for-refusing-to-wear-a-mask-checkmate-the-holocaust-deniers/ Home » Health » Chess player Daniil Dubov lost a game for refusing to wear a mask | Checkmate the denarii January 24, 2022 the Russian Daniel Dubov, who since 2011 has held the title of International Chess Grandmaster, refused to play with a mask the match against the Dutchman Anish Giri, in the seventh […]]]>

Home » Health » Chess player Daniil Dubov lost a game for refusing to wear a mask | Checkmate the denarii January 24, 2022

the Russian Daniel Dubov, who since 2011 has held the title of International Chess Grandmaster, refused to play with a mask the match against the Dutchman Anish Giri, in the seventh round of the Tata Steel Master tournament, which takes place in the Netherlands, and the organizers considered it lost.

“Daniil Dubov will not play the seventh round. Due to a contagion of covid-19 in your close entourage, the organization, after consulting the main referee, asked him to play with a mask to protect his rival, Anish Giri. Dubov didn’t show up for the match, which means he loses by forfeit“, announced the organizers of the most prestigious tournament in the world.

The Russian Grandmaster, who is also an assistant to world chess champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway, had tested negative in a rapid test and also underwent a PCR test, the results of which will likely be known in the near future , according to the authorities. reported sources.

These days the Torneo Tata Steel Master, one of the most prestigious in the world, which usually brings together nearly half a thousand players from all categories, but this year it was reduced to 14 elite chess players, and fans follow the matches online, since the public is not allowed in the halls.

Completed six of thirteen rounds, Carlsen holds first position, tied on 4 points with the Indian Santosh Vidit and the Azerbaijani Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. The contest will end on January 30.


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Chess player who left Iran because of boycott of Israel wins 2021 “Rising Star” award https://tromsosjakklubb.com/chess-player-who-left-iran-because-of-boycott-of-israel-wins-2021-rising-star-award/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 08:48:56 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/chess-player-who-left-iran-because-of-boycott-of-israel-wins-2021-rising-star-award/ Alireza Firouzja, the 18-year-old chess player who left Iran’s squad in 2019 due to a ban on competing with Israelis, won a top international award. Voters on Chess.com, a web server, news and networking site with 77 million users worldwide, selected him as the “Rising Star” of 2021 and named him second “Player of the […]]]>

Alireza Firouzja, the 18-year-old chess player who left Iran’s squad in 2019 due to a ban on competing with Israelis, won a top international award.

Voters on Chess.com, a web server, news and networking site with 77 million users worldwide, selected him as the “Rising Star” of 2021 and named him second “Player of the Year”. Firouzja’s match against Hungarian grandmaster Richard Rapport was deemed the third best game of 2021.

Magnus Carlsen, the 31-year-old world chess champion, was voted player of the year. In December, Carlsen wrote in a blog post that he was unlikely to play another game to defend his title, except against someone from the ‘next generation’, which meant Firouzja, second in the world rankings. .

Firouzja won the Iranian championship at 12 and was a Grandmaster at 14. He is the second youngest player to ever have reach a rating of 2700, which he did at 16. In December 2019, Firouzja became the first Iranian chess player to finish second at the World Quick Chess Championship in Moscow.

Firouzja renounced his Iranian nationality in 2019 following pressure to lose matches with Israeli competitors, and now participates as a French citizen in international tournaments.

Iran is one of the states that does not recognize the State of Israel, a refusal that dates back to the declaration by the leader of the 1979 revolution, Ruhollah Khomeini, that Iran could have formal relations with any State in the world other than apartheid Israel or South Africa. Tehran prohibits athletes from playing against Israeli competitors or causes them to intentionally lose matches in order to avoid competing with the Israelis.

Ali Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader, has often praised Iranian athletes who refuse to play against Israelis and, in September 2021, said they should continue to do so even if they risk sanctions from the Israeli side. international sports organizations.

In November 2020, International Chess Federation vice-president Nigel Short warned the Iranian Chess Federation that it could be banned from international events if the Iranians were not allowed to compete against the Israelis.

There have been other sporting and cultural boycotts of Israel in recent years. In 2018 Argentinian footballers, including Lionel Messi, refuse to play friendly match in Jerusalem because the land was on the site of a razed Palestinian village. This week over 20 acts withdrawn from the Sydney Festival because of Israeli funding. But the Islamic Republic’s ideological basis for its boycott is much more radical. Iranian officials have often called for the destruction of Israel and are providing arms and money to militant groups.

Among the dozens of Iranian athletes who have emigrated over the past two decades, some have said they did so because officials forced them to lose titles by refusing to compete with the Israelis.

Internationally renowned chess player Ghazal Hakimifard renounced Iranian citizenship in 2020 in protest and is playing for Switzerland.

Some female athletes say they left the national team because of the mandatory hijab (dress code). Grandmaster Mitra Hejazipour was kicked out of the chess team for removing his headscarf during international tournaments.

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Do female chess players outperform men in Gibraltar? The proof to date … https://tromsosjakklubb.com/do-female-chess-players-outperform-men-in-gibraltar-the-proof-to-date/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 14:38:48 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/do-female-chess-players-outperform-men-in-gibraltar-the-proof-to-date/ By John Saunders One of the ideas behind the upcoming #GibChess Battle of the Sexes from Gibraltar tournament organizer Brian Callaghan – a Scheveningen-format match tournament between two teams of ten men and ten women, from January 23 to February 3, 2022 – was to test her intuition that the top Female players tend to […]]]>


By John Saunders

One of the ideas behind the upcoming #GibChess Battle of the Sexes from Gibraltar tournament organizer Brian Callaghan – a Scheveningen-format match tournament between two teams of ten men and ten women, from January 23 to February 3, 2022 – was to test her intuition that the top Female players tend to outperform their published scores when meeting top male opponents in her award-winning Gibraltar Masters tournament series.

Brian Callaghan, who received the OBE in the 2012 New Year’s Honors List for service to chess and tourism – the highest honor bestowed on a British subject for his contribution to chess in decades – has decided to put his hypothesis to the test in this innovative project. organize a men against women event, with teams chosen to be broadly similar in terms of ranking and age.

An equally important intention was to provide plenty of entertainment for the viewing audience.

As always in Gibraltar chess events, competitors are encouraged to play hard and work hard.

It is also fascinating to look back and examine the evidence generated by 18 Gibraltar Masters tournaments and select a few highlights that may have contributed to the tournament organizer’s intuition.

Almost all of the world’s best players in the 21st century have played in Gibraltar, tempted by the hugely generous Top Women Prize (£ 20,000 in 2020) as well as the red carpet reception the female competitors receive on the Rock.

There is no doubt that the healthier proportion of female competitors in Gibraltar, unlike so many open chess competitions where women are vastly outnumbered by men, leads to a more pleasant environment, allowing them to concentrate on their game. and produce their best form.

Undoubtedly, a player’s best performance at the Gibraltar Masters to date came in 2012 by then-reigning women’s world champion Hou Yifan of China.

She came close to winning the main prize, in addition to the first prize for women, after finishing tied for first place with England’s Nigel Short on 8/10, then losing a play-off blitz against the old one. vice-world champion. It was a sensational result for a player ranked 25th in the initial lineup.

He rose to a stellar rating performance of 2872 – slightly above Magnus Carlsen’s current rating.
Along the way, Hou Yifan beat no less than four players with scores over 2700 among his seven opponents ranked at this level.

One of her victims was Judit Polgar, universally recognized as the greatest player of all time, who was making her only appearance at the Gibraltar Masters.

The loss to Hou Yifan would have been a disappointment for Judit, but despite the loss – her first against a player in 22 years – she also played close to her mark and scored 7/10, ending with a victory over another legend, Viktor. Korchnoi, making his last appearance in Gibraltar.

Hou Yifan also achieved what was arguably the second best performance in Gibraltar by a player at the 2015 Masters.

She was unbeaten in 3rd place 7½ / 10 behind Hikaru Nakamura and David Howell but on the same score as former FIDE World Champion Veselin Topalov.

In the process, she claimed another scalp rated at 2700+, that of Richard Rapport.

On his third visit to Gibraltar in 2017, Hou Yifan was in a bad mood, scoring 6/10. She was overshadowed by fellow fit female world champion Ju Wenjun, who scored 7/10 for a performance score of 2731, beating Hou Yifan in the penultimate round.

If Ju Wenjun had won her last game against Chinese top player Yu Yangyi, she would have tied for first place and tied Hou Yifan’s record score in 2012.

A third Chinese player, Zhao Xue, was also a resounding success in the Masters, equaling Hou Yifan’s second-best score of 7½ / 10 in 2013 and only missing the top female award the following year, 2014, in Mariya. Muzychuk from Ukraine. at the tie-break.

In recent years, seven out of ten points have become the regular score required to win the big check, the last two Masters tournaments to date, in 2019 and 2020, both won by China’s Tan Zhongyi with this score.
In 2020, she was only half a point behind the eventual winner.

The list of female world champions who also won the first female prize in Gibraltar now stands at six: Antoaneta Stefanova, Zhu Chen, Hou Yifan, Mariya Muzychuk, Ju Wenjun and Tan Zhongyi. Nana Dzagnidze in 2009 and 2011, Anna Muzychuk in 2016, and the only British winner, Jovanka Houska in 2007, have also won the first notable female prize in recent years.

Finally, we come to the player who has won the first female prize in Gibraltar the most times: the Swede Pia Cramling.

Pia won in 2004, 2005, and then again in 2018, narrowly missing a fourth title in 2009 in the tie-break.

It’s a fair and just reward for the fact that she has never missed a Gibraltar festival, as well as the fact that she will have the honor of leading the #GibChess Battle of Sexes women’s team in 2022. .

Here is what Pia Cramling herself had to say when she was named captain of the women’s team for the 2022 event: “I am so happy and excited to come back to Gibraltar. This has been my favorite tournament over the years, the one I never wanted to miss. Playing Gibraltar is almost like coming home.

“It started almost 20 years ago in 2003. Anna, my daughter, was not even a year old and we, the whole family, Juan, Anna and I have been to every chess festival in Gibraltar since. during. Looks like Anna grew up with the tournament. It was here that she played her first international chess tournament, and where she also learned to complete the scoresheet at a very young age.

“Here we meet chess players from all over the world. Some are the best in the world, others lower rated. I enjoy the mix of players, the fact that the tournament is open to anyone of any category and that we meet not only during the rounds but also for the many social events held in the evening after the rounds to get to know each other. and Play chess in a good relaxed atmosphere. ”

“We also meet more players here than in any other Open. The effort to bring in and attract female players has been hugely beneficial and it goes without saying that a tournament with a lot of female players makes a lot of difference! I am very honored to be selected captain of the women’s team in this upcoming 2022 battle of the sexes and proud of my team with strong players from all over the world. I am sure we will make life difficult for our opponents!

GM men’s team captain Sabino Brunello and his colleagues have been warned!


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The Candidates Tournament will take place in June 2022 in Madrid, sponsored by Chess.com https://tromsosjakklubb.com/the-candidates-tournament-will-take-place-in-june-2022-in-madrid-sponsored-by-chess-com/ Tue, 28 Dec 2021 13:33:00 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/the-candidates-tournament-will-take-place-in-june-2022-in-madrid-sponsored-by-chess-com/ Palo Alto, Calif., December 28, 2021 — The 2022 Candidates Tournament, which will produce the challenger for the next World Chess Championship match, will take place in June 2022 in Madrid, Spain. As the organizing sponsor of this prestigious tournament, Chess.com signed an agreement on Monday with the governing body FIDE and the Scheinberg family, […]]]>


Palo Alto, Calif., December 28, 2021 — The 2022 Candidates Tournament, which will produce the challenger for the next World Chess Championship match, will take place in June 2022 in Madrid, Spain. As the organizing sponsor of this prestigious tournament, Chess.com signed an agreement on Monday with the governing body FIDE and the Scheinberg family, sponsor of the event.

The Candidates Tournament will again be the most important tournament of the year, with eight top-level Grandmasters vying for a place in the next title match. The previous Candidates Tournament, which was held in Yekaterinburg, Russia, partly in 2020 and partly in 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, was one of the most watched tournaments in history failures.

So far, six players have qualified for the 2022 edition: general managers Fabiano Caruana, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Alireza Firouzja, Sergey Karjakin, Ian Nepomniachtchi and Teimour Radjabov. The last two players will come from the 2022 FIDE Grand Prix, which will be held from February to April 2022.

Following the agreement between FIDE, the Scheinberg family and Chess.com, the dates and the host city of the next Candidates Tournament have been fixed. The tournament is scheduled to take place from June 16 to July 7, 2022 in Madrid. The location of the game room has not yet been announced, but it is already known that the opening and closing ceremonies will take place at the luxury Four Seasons hotel in the Spanish capital.

“The Candidates Tournament is one of the most exciting events on the chess calendar, and as such it has a huge following. Its popularity has grown to the point that it is comparable to that of the world championship, ”said FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich. .

“For FIDE, it is a great satisfaction to organize this important tournament in Spain, a country that loves chess. The partnership with Chess.com will also allow us to organize this event at the highest level, as it was the case recently at FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss in Riga. Last but not least, I would like to thank the Scheinberg family, whose constant contribution to chess deserves real appreciation. “

“For the Spanish Chess Federation, it will be a great honor to cooperate with FIDE and Chess.com to make this event possible,” said the President of the Spanish Chess Federation, Javier Ochoa de Echagüen. “Chess has always been very popular in our country and highly respected as an educational tool, with hundreds of thousands of children engaged in chess activities in schools. Organize a leading sporting event like the Candidates attracts media attention and gives all of these kids something to admire. “

“I am very happy to be working with FIDE and the Scheinberg family on this event,” said Erik Allebest, CEO of Chess.com. “As a fan, I am already looking forward to following this incredible tournament and I am looking forward to the result. I am also happy that these incredible players have the opportunity to play in such a wonderful city and what will surely be a great place. “

The tournament is made possible by the generous sponsorship of the Scheinberg family, who have declared themselves honored to once again contribute to a major chess event that is part of the world championship cycle. Chess.com will provide additional support as a co-host and official broadcast partner, again featuring exclusive images of the game room on Twitch.

The 2020-2021 FIDE candidates in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Photo: Maria Emelianova / Chess.com.

The tradition of chess in Spain goes back several centuries. The rules of chess as we know them today were established in Spain at the end of the 15th century, when the Catholic priest Ruy Lopez de Segura (circa 1530 – circa 1580) was considered the most important player. strong of the world. All major chess events have taken place in Spain at least once, including among others the 1987 Kasparov-Karpov World Championship in Seville, the Susan Polgar-Xie Jun Women’s World Championship match in Jaen in 1996 and the ‘Chess Olympiad in Calvia in 2004.

Spain have also hosted the candidates’ final twice previously. In 1987 GM Anatoly Karpov qualified for his Sevilla match by beating GM Andrei Sokolov at Linares, and the 1993 FIDE Candidates Final between GM Nigel Short and GM Jan Timman was held in El Escorial, around 45 kilometers (28 miles) northwest of Madrid. The Magistral Comunidad de Madrid 1998, won by GM Viswanathan Anand, was the last major chess tournament in the Spanish capital.

The Candidates Tournament itself also has a long tradition. It was first held in 1950 in Budapest and the second edition, the 1953 Candidates’ Tournament in Zurich, is one of the most famous tournaments in chess history.

In modern times, the 2013 London Candidates Tournament has been particularly dramatic and historic, when current GM World Champion Magnus Carlsen managed to qualify for his first World Championship. He beat Anand later that year and successfully defended his title in 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2021.

Recently, Carlsen said he wants to defend his title only if his opponent is from the new generation of chess players. His favorite opponent is 18-year-old Firouzja, who recently reached second in the world behind Carlsen as the youngest player to cross the 2800 Elo margin.

About FIDE:

Founded in 1924, the International Chess Federation (FIDE) is the governing body of the sport of chess and regulates all international chess competitions. Established as a non-governmental institution, it was recognized by the International Olympic Committee as a world sports organization in 1999. Based in Lausanne, it is one of the largest sports organizations, comprising 195 countries as a affiliated members, in the form of National Chess Federations.

About Chess.com:

Chess.com is the world’s largest chess site, with a community of over 77 million members around the world playing millions of games every day. Launched in 2007, Chess.com is the leader in chess news, lessons, events and shows. Visit Chess.com to play, learn and connect with chess, the world’s most popular game.

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Vizag’s daughter Alana Meenakshi reaches second in the world https://tromsosjakklubb.com/vizags-daughter-alana-meenakshi-reaches-second-in-the-world/ Thu, 02 Dec 2021 05:59:36 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/vizags-daughter-alana-meenakshi-reaches-second-in-the-world/ Chess is a game of patience and concentration. In terms of competition, progress cannot be made overnight. However, this ten-year-old girl from Vizag is making rapid progress in the world of chess. Once again making our pride, Alana Meenakshi placed second in the world in the under 10 category (girls) in the latest ranking published […]]]>


Chess is a game of patience and concentration. In terms of competition, progress cannot be made overnight. However, this ten-year-old girl from Vizag is making rapid progress in the world of chess. Once again making our pride, Alana Meenakshi placed second in the world in the under 10 category (girls) in the latest ranking published by the International Chess Federation.

Expressing her enthusiasm, Meenakshi’s mother, Dr Aparna, said: “I am delighted to share this brilliant news with all of you. My daughter – Alana Meenakshi, ranked in the World Top 2, in her chess ranking, category Under 10 (girls).

Earlier this year, the young chess player from Vizag won the 2021 All India Chess Federation National Online Championship in the Girls U-10 category. In the tournament, Meenakshi played 11 rounds of chess, of which she won 10 and drew in the final round. Leading in points, she won the gold medal.

In a previous conversation with Yo! Vizag, Meenakshi’s mother spoke about her idols and her goals for the future.

Regarding the contributors to the success of the chess prodigy, Dr Aparna said: “His chess idols are Hungarian Judit Polgar and Soviet player Mikhail Tal. Polgar’s journey, in particular, inspired Meenakshi as she dominated men’s chess tournaments. Meenakshi does not believe that his success is hers alone. There have been many supporting elements in his journey to accomplish so much in the chess arena. From her personal trainer to her playing partners, she has a lot to thank for her accomplishments. “

Speaking of Meenakshi’s future ambitions, she added, “She has been playing on board her entire life. His goal is to hone his skills and improve his international rating by participating in tournaments. Her goal is to become a great chess master and, along the way, encourage more girls to play chess.


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