Tuesday, February 04, 2014

European Chess Union enters the battle

The European Chess Union administration makes a notable entry into the FIDE elections battle.

The ECU is using its newsletter and social presence to attack Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and Andrew Paulson. The ECU budget and resources are being spent on Silvio Danailov's capricious attempt to settle the score with Paulson.

Of course, there was no mention of the real scandal when Garry Kasparov tried to bribe Ignatius Leong for SE Asia votes.

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Chess Festival Città di Roseto degli Abruzzi

The 5th International Chess Festival "Città di Roseto degli Abruzzi" will take place on 3-6th January 2014 in Roseto, Italy.

The Festival is organized by the A.D. L'Arrocco Chess Club, Italian Chess Federation and Comitato Regionale Abruzzese.

There will be three events: Open A (for players rated over 1800), Open B (U1850) and Open C (U1600).

Official website


Groningen Chess Festival

The 51st Groningen Chess Festival was held from 21st to 30th December at the Sport Centre Rijksuniversiteit & Hanzehogeschool in Groningen, Netherlands.

The highlight of the festival was the exhibition match between Anatoly Karpov and Jan Timman. The 12th World Champion won the match by 2,5-1,5.

University of Groningen Chess Challenge was a match between former European Champion GM Jan Werle and the reigning Dutch Youth Champion (U21) Nick Maatman.

The main Open A for players rated above 2000 had 103 participants. GM Andriasian Zaven ARM 2610, GM L'Ami Erwin NED 2645, IM Bok Benjamin NED 2540 and GM Ernst Sipke NED 2566 shared the first place with 7 points each.

Full standings on the official website

Report by FIDE


Happy New Year

Happy New Year, best wishes for everyone

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Hoang Thanh Trang is European Women’s Chess Champion

Hungarian Grandmaster Hoang Thanh Trang drew her last round game against the former continental champion Viktorija Cmilyte (Lithuania) to secure the first place in the tournament and claim the title of 2013 European Women’s Chess Champion.

Trang played very well throughout the event, scoring seven victories and conceding only four draws for a total of 9 points from 11 games.

She cemented the lead after beating the defending champion Valentina Gunina in round 8 and proceeded to defeat former World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk in round 10.

Trang rating performance was 2663 and she earned 26 elo-points.

The 14th European Individual Women’s Chess Championship was held from 23rd July to 3rd August in Belgrade, Serbia.

GM Hoang Thanh Trang

Interview with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in Biel

Interview with GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, winner of the 2013 Biel Grandmaster Tournament



Thursday, August 01, 2013

Iowa Open on August 24-25

The Iowa Open is coming soon. IM Angelo Young and IM Michael Brooks have both committed to playing. FM Awonder Liang (Former U8 World Champion) has also signed up.

There are several other highly rated players that are coming including last year Iowa Open co-champ Prashantha Amarasinghe, Iowa State Co-Champs Dan Brashaw and Byambatsogt Tumurkhuu.

How about adding your name to this list? One of our goals this year is to get 150 people to come out and play in one of the 3 sections. The Open, the Reserve, and the Rated Beginner's Open.

Don't forget we also have the Iowa State Quick Chess Championship on Friday August 23 too.

See the tournaments section for the details. Feel free to contact me with any questions. mcapron243@mchsi.com or 319-321-5435.

Mark Capron


Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Biel 2013 Round 8 Videos

Ding Liren discusses his game with Daniel King



A brief on-the-spot report of round 8 including post-game interviews with Ding Liren, Etienne Bacrot and Ian Nepomniachtchi



Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Biel 2013 Round 7 Videos

Ding Liren and Etienne Bacrot discuss their round 7 game with Daniel King.



Post-game interviews with Ding Liren, Etienne Bacrot, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Alexander Moiseenko.


Monday, July 29, 2013

Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting - Round 3

Michael Adams defeated Fabiano Caruana to move into the sole lead in Dortmund tournament with 2,5/3 points.

The other four games of the round were drawn.

The second win in a row put Adams ahead of the rest of the field. Vladimir Kramnik and Georg Meier are half a point behind.

Replay the games

Round 3 standings:
1. Adams 2.5; 2-3. Kramnik, Meier 2; 4-7. Khenkin, Leko, Caruana, Wang Hao 1.5; 8-9. Fridman, Naiditsch 1; 10.Andreikin 0.5.

Round 4 pairings:
Leko-Adams, Naiditsch-Andreikin, Wang Hao-Caruana, Khenkin-Fridman, Meier-Kramnik