Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Chess Olympiad Tromso records 474k EUR minus

Sjakk-OL (Chess Olympiad Tromso 2014) is in the final stages of summarizing the accounts and reports before the company is closed by the end of February.

iTromso writes that the company will report to the Norwegian Ministry of Culture, municipalities and counties, and the entire archive will be handed to Tromso Municipal Archives.

The preliminary accounts show that Chess Olympiad Tromso 2014 recorded an overall deficit of 4,1 million NOK (474,000 EUR), approximately 3 percent of the total budget for the event.

The state was by far the biggest financial contributor to the event, with around 87 million NOK (10 million EUR).

Moscow Open 2015 LIVE!

The 2015 Moscow Open – 11th International RSSU Chess Cup is being from 29th January to 9th February in Moscow, Russia.

Gibraltar Chess Festival LIVE!

The Gibraltar Chess Festival 2015 is taking place 26 January - 5 February in the Caleta Hotel, Gibraltar. The long traditions of the festival, the fantastic organization, and the hefty prize fund have attracted many of the top world grandmasters.

GRENKE Chess Classic 2015 LIVE!

The Baden-Baden Chess Centre (Schachzentrum Baden-Baden) is holding the GRENKE Chess Classic 2015 from 2nd to 9th February, 2015.

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