Association of Chess Professionals Newsletter for First Quarter 2012
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Hi everyone,


As you know, the Association of Chess Professionals (ACP) has charted a new and fresh course with great chess events this year with their new president, Grandmaster Emil Sutovsky.


We just found the ACP newsletter with a summary of their chess activities in the first four months of the 2012. Their membership count is now 873 with representatives from 80 national federations.

Here is the summary of chess activities:

1) Dzagnidze wins play-offs against Cramling to take the 2012 ACP Women’s Cup
2) Announcing the Women’s Rapid and Blitz World Chess Championships 2012 - Batumi will be the venue for this important event from 30 May to 6 June 2012. The total prize fund is of 100.000 USD, by far the highest prize fund ever for a women rapid chess event (notably the former record was held by another ACP event: the ACP Women Cup 2012).
3) Cooperation with FIDE
4) Cooperation with continental federations
5) The new ACP Book of the Year contest
6) The new ACP Tournament of the Year contest
They have also asked members to vote for the best tournament of the year 2011. This is yet another new initiative from the ACP to promote professional chess at all levels!
7) The Elite GM Survey
The ACP is working with FIDE commissions to prepare a comprehensive survey on the possible introduction of a new GM title. 
8) Jeroen van den Berg and Giovanni Vescovi join the ACP Board
9) The new ACP logo
You can read the full newsletter at the Association of Chess Professionals’ website.

Here are some Chess Blog headlines we’ve posted on the ACP:

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Helping Children Find a Better Life with Chess
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Hi everyone,


We found this nice chess story about how chess is helping these kids live a better life. Enjoy.









HARLEM — Standing on the opposite sides of a life-sized chess board, Maurice Campbell, 10 and Jhiana Evans, 11, fifth-graders at P.S. 36 in Harlem, rattled off commands that sent their classmates scurrying to white or black squares.

“Knight to F3,” said Campbell who was wearing a white shirt with the letter K for king.

“Pawn takes E5,” said Evans, wearing a white t-shirt with Q for queen.

Both had only a rudimentary understanding of the game before participating in Chess Lords, a human interactive chess program where kids learn by acting as pieces on a chess board.

But since joining the team, founded by Anthonyquiame Jackson-Bey, the students have improved their critical thinking skills, discipline and mathematical understanding — in addition to a host of other benefits with chess. Read more here.

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Simple Chess Trivia Questions: Guess the Players!
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Hi everyone,


Simple chess trivia questions for you this Sunday. All you have to do is guess who are these chess grandmasters and which chess tournament is this?




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Fantasy Chess Online Contest with Great Prizes on Sidelines of 2012 US Chess Championships
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Hi everyone,


Do you know where the 2012 US Chess Championships (Men and Women’s) is going to be held? In Saint Louis from May 7-20. But, this chess news is not about the event itself. It’s about an exciting online parallel contest called Fantasy Chess that even you could participate in.
Defending US chess champions 
Gata Kamsky and Anna Zatonskih.

Fantasy chess is about anyone, from anywhere on the planet, making predictions and guessing about who is going to win. It is free to join and you could sign up at www.uschesschamps.com – the official website of the event. Sponsors have helped the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis offer great prizes for the fantasy chess event. These prizes include:
  • Biasov Luxury Chess Table and personalized U.S. Championships poster signed by the 2012 U.S. Champion and U.S. Women’s Champion. Ships to continental U.S. only.
  • Private lesson (in person or online) with GM Ben Finegold, a joint membership to the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis and the World Chess Hall of Fame and a signed poster from the 2012 U.S. Championship and U.S. Women’s Championship.
  • Private lesson (in person or online) with WGM Jennifer Shahade, signed copies of Jennifer’s books “Chess Bitch” and “Play Like a Girl”, and a vinyl board signed by the participants in the 2012 U.S. Women’s Championship.
  • A wooden chess board signed by the players in the 2012 U.S. Championship and U.S. Women’s Championship.
  • A 2012 U.S. Championships polo, vinyl board and Championship poster signed by the players in the 2012 U.S. Championship and U.S. Women’s Championship
Find more details and enter your team at http://www.uschesschamps.com/fantasy-chess.

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Reykjavik Chess Festival 2013 – Not Too Early to Plan!
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Hi everyone,

It doesn’t seem to be too early to plan for a chess tournament to play in 2013, particularly when the chess event is going to be in an exotic location? We talk of the Reykjavik Chess Open 2013 – in Fischer country – from March 5 to 13, 2013.



The Icelandic Chess Federation, along with the Reykjavik Chess Academy, has already announced the schedule of the 28th edition of the Reykjavik Chess Festival and are accepting entries. The interesting part is that the chess event of 2013 would have an additional tenth round! One whole new chess round to play. We think that’s cool. The double chess-game rounds would also finish off in the first half of the chess fest itself.

There is a whole lot more to the Reykjavik Chess Festival next year — extra online chess boards, improved recording in pgn of chess games, Hort system for chess tiebreaks, flight deals, and the chess stars as always.

The Reykjavik Chess Festival 2013 would be organised in Harpa — Reykjavik brand new music hall near the harbour. The total prize fund for the chess festival is €15000. You can find more information at the official website of this amazing chess festival.

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Mr Oizo Chess Teaser for New Single
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Hi everyone,

This one is just too cute a chess teaser! Quentin ‘Rubber’ Dupieux aka Mr Oizo has a new single out. What better way to promote it than to have William Fichtner play chess with a puppet?


Isn’t it the best chess video we put up here? (Except of course the Chess Killer Tips! – wink)

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Which chess ‘art piece’ do you like?
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Hi everyone,



We just found these nice chess photos on the Facebook page of David Joueur D’echecs. Definitely worth sharing. Enjoy and have a chess-filled weekend. 





If you have a nice chess photo or chess painting to share, don’t forget to send it to us.


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The Week of Chess Art in Dnipropetrovsk

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Hi everyone,



A special chess event lasting a full week has drawn much applause in Ukraine. The unique event ‘Week of Chess Art’ was held in Dnipropetrovsk Region of Ukraine from April 19-25. It included:

  • Chess tournament with more than 5000 players from the Dnipropetrovsk region, Ukraine, Russia, Belorus, and Israel. 
  • Dnipropetrovsk native and Guinness World Record certified GM Alik Gershon’s 80-board simul.




  • Chess exhibition ‘Move by Move’ devoted to history of chess in region at the local museum. It covered the history of chess activities in the region and biographies of famous chess players like Jose Raul Capablanca, Mikhail Botvinnik, and Mikhail Tal.
  • For the temporary exhibition in the Museum the Ukrainian Chess Federation provided the Hamilton-Russell Cup, which is the main prize of the World Chess Olympiad. It was made from the personal funds of the President of the British Chess Federation Federic Hamilton-Russell for the first World Chess Olympiad, held in 1927 in London. The Ukrainian chess team won the temporary Cup in the Chess Olympiad 2010 in Khanty-Mansiysk.
  • In ‘Battle for Dnepr’ children from Dnipropetrovsk art schools presented their work. A special catalogue of all the pieces was coordinated by Irina Filatova.


This special event was organised to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Dnipropetrovsk region and to develop the intellectual movement in the region. The simul lasted more than six hours. The grandmaster lost seven games and drew 17.


The governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region, Oleksandr Vilkul, praised the event and said it was important for the development of the region. On the invitation of the governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region, Alexander Vilkul, and the Ukrainian Chess Federation, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov also visited the opening ceremony of the event at the Potemkin Palace. 

Young artist Polina Usenko also presented her work ‘Chess Maharajah’ to Mr Ilyumzhinov. The work was created using an interesting technique of combining graphics, pastels and gouache on black paper.

Several other events were organised as well – international chess composition tournament at the National Center for Youth Aerospace Education, Internet competition for solving chess tasks among pupils of Dnipropetrovsk region, blitz tournament among veterans in Shevchenko Park etc., the traditional school team tournament ‘Memorial of A.V. Sinitsyn’. For many years the event is financially supported by entrepreneur Andrey Filatov, a native of Dnipropetrovsk and the main sponsor of the World Chess Championship match between Vishwanathan Anand and Boris Gelfand to be held in Moscow in May 2012. 

The children’s tournament brought together teams from Russia (St. Petersburg, Orel), Belarus (Minsk, Gomel), and Ukraine (Donetsk, Lugansk, Poltava region, and 10 clubs from Dnipropetrovsk). The winners of the tournament became the team of Sports School - 9 (Dnipropetrovsk), the second place took the team from the School named by B. Spassky (St. Petersburg), the third place got the team from Lugansk. All winners, as an additional prize, would get an opportunity to attend the Anand-Gelfand match in Moscow.
Selected TV-reports:

  1. Ukrainian national channel ICTV
  2. Ukrainian national channel UT-1
  3. Dnipropetrovsk regional Channel 11 

* Photos and information: Press Department of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional Administration, Marketing Directorate of the Ukrainian Chess Federation


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International Chess Fest Nakhchivan Open 2012 Begins
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Hi everyone,

The International Chess Festival Nakhchivan Open 2012, dedicated to the memory of Heydar Aliyev, is taking place from 28th to 6th May at the Nakhchivan Chess Center in Nakhchivan, Azerbaijan. The Festival is organised by the Azerbaijan Youth & Sport Ministry, Azerbaijan Chess Federation, Nakhchivan AR Chess Federation and SOCAR. Last year’s winner was GM Anton Korobov from Ukraine.

The players will be seeded in Tournament A if rated above 2250 FIDE (For Women above 2100 FIDE), while the lower rated players will compete in Tournament B. Both groups will be played over nine rounds of Swiss system.

Top prizes in the Tournament A are: 6000$ + cup/ 4000$/ 3000$/ 2000$/ 1500$/ 1200$/ 1100$/ 1100$/ 1000$/ 1000$ etc. There are 30 regular and many special prizes.



Official website of the chess festival: www.chess.az

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Italian Team Chess Final Round Begins on Friday
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Hi everyone,

Here is some more chess news from Italy. The final round of the Italian Team Championship starts on Friday (April 27) in Arvier (Aosta Valley) with players like Nakamura, Caruana, Gwain Jones, Marie Sebag, Alberto David and others. A total of 14 teams are competing for the 2012 team chess title. The event covers seven  rounds and includes about 20 grandmasters along with several international masters and young players from Italy. 


The schedule:
The tournament will start on Friday April 27th afternoon (at 3 pm).
Rounds 2 and 3 on Saturday 28th (start at 8.45 and 15.30)
Fourth round on Sunday 29th (at 3 pm)
Rounds 5 and 6 on Monday 30th (start at 8.45 and 15.30)
Last round (7th) on May 1st (start at 8.45)

Live games and results on www.scacchivda.com
The favourite is ‘Obiettivo Risarcimento’. It would be interesting to know who would be the official first board from among Nakamura and Caruana. The champions of Pesaro will try to repeat the exploit of last year, and the same will try Nereto, but the team of Chieti (with Jones and Marie Sebag) seems dangerous.


Starting from Saturday 28th is also the women’s team chess championship of Italy. 


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Forni di Sopra: Play Chess in the Heart of Italian Alps from June 16
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Hi everyone,

Want to play chess in an authentic village in Europe? Check out the 2nd International Chess Tournament of Forni di Sopra that is taking place from June 16-23 in Forni di Sopra, part of the Friulian Dolomites Natural Park and one of the jewels of the Italian Alps.


The previous edition was won by GM Carlos Matamoros. The Academia Internazionale di Scacchi, Circolo Scacchistico Udinese, ScacchiRandagi, FSI and Comune Forni di Sopra are organising the event in the Palasport of Forni di Sopra. The complex includes swimming pool / gym with large and bright conference rooms no more than 5 minutes walking distance from the centre.


The A section is available to players with an elo above 2000, 9 rounds Swiss system , time control 90′x 40 moves + 30′ + 30”
The B section is open to players with an elo above 1600 ELO (and lower than 2000 ELO), 8 rounds Swiss system, time control 90′x 40 moves + 30′ + 30” . The C section is open to players with an elo under 1600, 8 rounds Swiss system, time control 90′x 40 moves + 30′ + 30 ”. The total prize money amounts to 10,000 Euro. Top three prizes in the Open A are 1400, 900 and 700 EUR respectively.
The tournament will be covered on www.scacchirandagi.com and www.accademiainternazionalediscacchi.comand the top 30 boards will be broadcasted live.
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Bragi, Throstur Tie for First at Iceland National Chess 2012
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IM Bragi Thorfinnsson and GM Throstur Thorhallsson have tied for the first place at the Icelandic Chess Championship 2012. They share the top spot with 7.5/11 points each. A Fide report said they would go for a playoff later. 




The Icelandic Chess Championship was organised by the Icelandic Chess Federation from April 13 to 23 in Kópavogur, the second largest city in Reykjavik. The national championship was the strongest that has been held this century in the country, with four Grandmasters and an average rating of 2398.

Twelve players competed in the round robin tournament. Top seeded was the 11-times national champion Hannes Stefansson.
Final standings:1. IM Thorfinnsson Bragi 2421 – 7.5
2. GM Thorhallsson Throstur 2398 – 7.5
3. IM Arngrimsson Dagur 2361 – 7
4. GM Danielsen Henrik 2504 – 7
5. FM Kjartansson David 2305 – 5.5
6. GM Stefansson Hannes 2531 – 5.5
7. GM Kristjansson Stefan 2500 – 5.5
8. IM Kjartansson Gudmundur 2357 – 5
9. FM Bjornsson Sigurbjorn 2393 – 4.5
10. IM Thorfinnsson Bjorn 2416 – 4
11. Gislason Gudmundur 2346 – 3.5
12. Jensson Einar Hjalti 2245 – 3.5

You can find the official website of the chess tournament here.
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World Chess No. 1 Magnus Carlsen on The Colbert Report
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Hi everyone,


Guess where was chess superstar Magnus Carlsen on April 24? He was on The Colbert Report. The program is a satirical show with a focus on a fictional anchorman character named Stephen Colbert who is a “well-intentioned, poorly informed, high-status idiot.”






You can watch the full episode of the April 24 Colbert Report here.


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Eduardo Iturrizaga Wins UNED Guadalajara Chess
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Hi everyone,

The 7th International Chess Open UNED Guadalajara was held on 22nd April at the Hotel Tryp in Guadalajara, Spain, according to a Chessdom report. The tournament was organized by the Club UNED and supported by Guadalajara city, Guadalajara region, UNED Guadalajara associated center, Hotel Tryp, Equigoma, Hotel Alcarria and Bar Las Vegas.
GM Eduardo Iturrizaga from Venezuela and IM Juan Reyes Larena from Peru shared the first place with 7 points each. Iturrizaga grabs the winner’s trophy on better Buchholz. A total of 108 players from 15 federations participated in the event. The list of participants included eight Grandmasters and 10 International Masters in attendance.

The tournament format was 8 rounds Swiss with the time control of 20 minutes per player. Top prizes are 700 € and trophy, 500 € and trophy, 400 € and trophy etc.

Final standings:1. GM Iturrizaga Eduardo VEN 2628 – 7
2. IM Reyes Larena Juan PER 2437 – 7
3. Valles Moreno Ivan ESP 2391 – 6.5
4. FM Anton Guijarro David ESP 2476 – 6.5
5. IM Perez Mitjans Orelvis ESP 2482 – 6.5
6. GM Rakhmanov Aleksandr RUS 2602 – 6
7. GM Suba Mihai ROU 2438 – 6
8. FM Aranda Marin Cristian ESP 2321 – 6
9. IM Zlotnik Boris A RUS 2433 – 6 (Last year’s winner)
10. IM Moreno Ruiz Javier ESP 2513 – 6
11. IM Rubio Mejia Luis Ignacio ESP 2439 – 6



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Fish Men Actor Talks About Chess Hustlers
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Hi everyone,

Remember the recent post we put up about a nice presentation – Fish Men? 


Here is an interview with its protagonist and his take on the chess hustlers of Washington Park!
 

In “Fish Men,” the second of three world premieres at the Goodman produced in partnership with the Latino troupe TeatroVista, by Teatro resident playwright (and US Chess Federation Grand Master) Candido Tirado, Cantor plays Stuart, a successful real-estate broker who considers himself part of the scene at the park.

Though the chess hustlers consider him just another “fish” or mark, one of the two meanings of the show’s title, along with a reference to mythical figures from the Mayan Book of the Dead, who come down to Earth to redeem and/or punish the wicked.

Preceding the action of the play, which unfolds in real time on a set recreating the gaming tables in Washington Square, the chess hustlers have savagely fleeced a sucker who was unstable enough to allow himself to be taken for everything he owns — and Stuart, as self-appointed moral arbiter, takes them to task. Soon after, a young half-Mayan named Rey Reyes (Raul Castillo) arrives. A survivor of genocide in Guatemala, he seems at first to be just another fish but eventually reveals a vengeful agenda of his own.

Who’s on top

“One of the themes in the play is a set of concentric circles, micro to macro, about the way exploitation and brutality and domination plays out in the world,” said Cantor, an Evanston resident and assistant professor of acting at Northwestern University. “The most micro is the game of chess itself, which can be very aggressive. Then you have the community in the park, with its dominators and dominated. Then you have political domination, all the way up to using genocide to oppress a population.”

The play also concerns itself, he said, with revealing the motivations driving
the various characters,
from the chess hustlers, to the guys hanging out in the park like his character (“after all my sanctimoniousness, it’s revealed that I’m a bit of a slumlord”), to a World War II Holocaust survivor (Howard Witt), who has taken an oath never to play chess again, for mysterious reasons, and who forms an attachment to the young Guatemalan survivor.

If none of that sounds like a laugh riot, “Fish Men” may surprise you, according to Cantor.

“It might sound grim, but it’s also very funny,” he said. “There’s a lively, free-spirited, humorous street culture among the hustlers that’s really enjoyable. Tough things are going on in the play, but it’s fun and colorful and kind of hilarious at the same time.”

Read the full interview here.

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Chat with Champion Children’s Chess Team Members – Brooklyn 318
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Hi everyone,
 
These chess kids are not nerds and really popular in school. They are regular kids who have given a new cool image to chess. We found this nice interview with one of the members of the Brooklyn 318 chess team. Nice read.

Isaac Barayev, the teenage grandson of émigrés from the former Soviet Union on both sides of his family, doesn’t remember exactly when his introduction to the game of pawns and rooks and kings began. But he recalls how it happened.

He was about 4 years old. His grandfathers, who live a few blocks from each other and from him in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Queens, taught him the basics of chess. “They put me on their knees and showed me how to set up the pieces.” Within a few years, Isaac was beating his grandfathers.

Winning chess games against older opponents has become familiar territory for him. Now 13, an eighth grader at Intermediate School 318 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Isaac was part of the team that won the U.S. Chess Federation’s national high school championship earlier this month in Minneapolis. Over the weekend that coincided with the final days of Passover, he and the public school’s seven other top-ranked players triumphed over older, more-experienced high school competitors from around the country.

You can read the full story here.

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Horror Movie with Chess Theme – 5150 Elm’s Way
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Hi everyone,

5150 ELM’S WAY is located at the end of a quiet street in a small town. When Yannick fell off his bike, he knocked at the door of the Beaulieu residence so he could clean the blood off his hands. But Jack Beaulieu and his family had other plans for Yannick. Beaulieu is a righteous psychopath and fanatic chess player who wants to rid the world of evil. And even though Yannick has done nothing wrong, he is beaten, tortured and tormented before Beaulieu makes him an offer: win at chess and he is free to go. And so Yannick is now a pawn in Beaulieu’s game. A game in which he will either lose his mind or his life. 

Watch the trailer. Viewer discretion required as trailer contains disturbing scenes.


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A 25-Year-Old Chess Tradition from Fiji
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A simple chess tradition, but an expression of great love of chess. Such is this story by Arin Kumar from Fiji. One of the chess players who introduced and took part in every Mohammed Badshah Memorial Open Chess Tournament will not feature in this year’s chess tournament.
 
Australia-based Dr Sanmogan Goundar is a notable exclusion from this year’s Mohammed Badshah Memorial Open. Dr Goundar, who has been sponsoring the tournament since its inception 25 years, was also one of those players who had competed in the tournament for 25 years.

Fiji Chess Federation president Dr Virgilio de Asa said Dr Goundar was not able to get leave for the event. ”He is working in Australia and he did not get leave for this event,” De Asa said.

“But he has not lost interest in the tournament. In fact, he has increased the prize money to $1500.”

De Asa said Mohammed Badshah was Dr Goundar’s classmate and the two players were the pioneers of chess clubs at the Fiji School Medicine in Suva. ”Unfortunately, Mohammed Badshah was involved in a tragic accident in Canada that claimed his life and his classmate and friend, Dr Goundar and Dr Singh started this tournament in his memory. And ever since then, Dr Goundar has been the major sponsor for the tournament,” he said. FCF general secretary Teliko Koroi said the tournament was rapidly becoming the most hyped local tournament in the sport as the prize pool is one of the largest.

“We are hoping to see a huge turnout since prizes will be allocated in all categories, with concentration on rewarding younger and intermediate players to encourage long-term growth of chess as a professional sport in Fiji,” Koroi said.

The 2012 Mohammed Badshah Open will be held this Sunday at the Pasifika Campus of the Fiji School of Medicine in Suva.

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Ni Hua Wins Dubai Chess Open on Tie-Break
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After nine rounds at the Dubai Chess Open, five Grandmasters concluded their score with seven points each. These chess players were Ni Hua from China, Baadur Jobava and Mikheil Mchedlishvili from Georgia, Normunds Miezis from Latvia and Sandipan Chanda from India. The 14th Dubai Open was held from April 14 to 24 at the Dubai Chess & Culture Club in United Arab Emirates. A total of 160 players from 32 countries took part in the tournament, with the largest group of 37 arriving from India.
Ni Hua and Parimarjan Negi in their last round game.

Ni Hua took the winner’s trophy on the best tie-break – sum of the ratings of the opponents (without one result). 


Top Final standings:


1. GM Ni Hua CHN 2637 – 7
2. GM Jobava Baadur GEO 2706 – 7
3. GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil GEO 2626 – 7
4. GM Miezis Normunds LAT 2557 – 7
5. GM Sandipan Chanda IND 2595 – 7
6. GM Akopian Vladimir ARM 2684 – 6.5
7. GM Petrosian Tigran L ARM 2643 – 6.5
8. GM Miroshnichenko Evgenij UKR 2624 – 6.5
9. GM Andriasian Zaven ARM 2616 – 6.5
10. GM Gupta Abhijeet IND 2643 – 6.5
11. GM Hovhannisyan Robert ARM 2600 – 6.5
12. GM Volkov Sergey RUS 2623 – 6.5
13. GM Zhou Weiqi CHN 2628 – 6.5
14. IM Shyam Sundar M IND 2474 – 6.5
15. GM Sokolov Ivan NED 2653 – 6.5


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Why Chess Boxing is Taking Europe by a Storm?
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Hi everyone,

CBS News has a nice chess news story from London. It is about chess boxing. CBS News correspondent Mark Phillips took a closer look at chess boxing with a fine report.


“It involves 34 men, 64 squares and one ring — and you have to see it to believe it.” On one side of the ring, there’s Andy “The Rock” Costello. You wouldn’t want to be his punching bag.

On the other side of the ring, there’s Nikolai “The Siberian Express” Sazhin, who never met a blini he didn’t like. They’re both a new kind of fighter.

They don’t just try to knock each others’ brains out: They also use what’s left of their brains. The two men will battle it out over the chess board, wearing headphones so they can’t hear the crowd shouting moves. Then they’ll box each other in the ring.

Chessboxing is 11 alternate rounds. It’s three minutes of chess, followed by three minutes of boxing. You can either win by a knock out or by checkmate, which ever comes first.

“I think the contrast of seeing two people playing chess and then hitting each other, either of them in isolation wouldn’t be comedic,” Costello said. “But when they’re alternated it is (pretty funny).”

However, he stated it isn’t funny when you’re the one fighting. Costello is a 6-foot, two-inch, 210-pound former cop. He was also a child chess prodigy who played for his English county at the age of 10. Chessboxing is the sport he’s been waiting for all his life.

“It’s more fun if you’re kind of doing the pounding,” he said. “But there’s no guarantee of that … The pounder undoubtedly has more fun than the poundee.”

The other fighter, Sazhin, is now a real estate agent in his native Siberia. He was on the Russian youth boxing team as a teenager. He’s been playing chess for 10 years. Costello and Sazhin were the headline bout on this card that drew an overflow crowd to this London venue.

Read the full chess boxing story here.

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