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2017-01-09
Solving in Wijk aan Zee 2017
Endgame studies and problems  -  Author:  Afek
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The eighth international ARVES Study solving Day will be held on Saturday, January 28th 2017 in 'De Moriaan' (the venue of Tata Steel tournament) located at Dorpsduinen 4, 1949 EG Wijk aan Zee
Chief Arbiter: Luc Palmans

Here is the time-table:
10:00- 10:30: Registration
10:45: Official opening

11:00 -14:00: International Open Solving Competition of original studies with a prize fund of 500 Euros (250/150/100) and book prizes. Special prizes will be awarded to the best newcomers and youth solvers.

14:00-16:30: Watching the world’s most famous chess tournament with live expert commentary.

16:30: Announcing the preliminary results.

17:00: Prize giving.

Entry fee: 15 Euros; juniors (u-20) 10 Euros; GMs and IMs – free.

For further details and registration please write to Yochanan Afek before January 21st 2017 as the number of participants is limited.
Past winners:
2009: IM Twan Burg 2010: GM John Nunn 2012: IM David Klein
2013: GM John Nunn 2014: IM Joost Michielsen 2015: Wouter van Rijn
2016: GM Twan Burg

Probleemblad will hold The Dutch section of the International Solving Championship (for problems & studies) in the same venue on Sunday, January 29th from 10:30 and it is open to all. Organizer is Hans Uitenbroek e-mail address: The ISC is held in various countries simultaneously.
Top solvers from Russia, Poland, Finland, Netherlands and Belgium have already confirmed their participation. The events are open to all. We hope to meet you there!
2016-12-31
Jan Timman 65!: two composing tourneys for endgame studies
Endgame studies and problems  -  Author:  Hans Böhm
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Jan Hendrik Timman – 65 JT

To celebrate the 65th birthday of the famous Dutch over-the-board GM ánd endgame study composer Jan Timman, two composing tourneys for endgame studies are announced:

1. Only for over the board title-holders (FIDE GM, IM, FM, WGM, WIM, WFM)
Theme: free
Judges: Yochanan Afek & Hans Böhm
Tourney director: Harold van der Heijden
Prize fund: 1000 EUR

2. Open section
Theme: mate by the bishop (or struggle against mate by the bishop)
Judges: Jan Timman & Hans Böhm
Tourney director: Harold van der Heijden,
Prize fund: 1000 EUR

Send your originals before July 1st 2017 to the tourney director: preferably in PGN-format. In both sections there is a maximum of three studies per composer. Co-authored studies are allowed (in the first section all authors must be title holders).
The final award will be ready on December 14th 2017, the 66th birthday of Jan Timman.

The prize money is made available by Böhm Communications BV www.hansbohm.com
In this way, Hans Böhm celebrates 50 years of close friendship with Jan Timman.
2016-12-25
CARLSEN - KARJAKIN, an embarrassing match
General News  -  Author:  Peter Gelpke
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I'm upset. The match Carlsen - Karjakin demonstrates that tough measures are necessary. Boring openings, boring play, deprived of any ambitions. I'd rather spend my money on fish & chips than on a ticket to visit the match. This match clearly raises the question how risk avoiding play amongst top level chess players can be discouraged. Don't expect any solutions from FIDE or the grandmasters themselves - there are too many vested interests. Check the ideas below for yourself - I challenge you to find better alternatives.

1. stimulate adventurous playing style

The most effective way to stimulate enterprising play is probably tournament organisers letting go of their ELO fetish. Increase the differences in playing strength. Invite fewer top players, there are plenty of other interesting talents around. I'm fed up with yet another dull draw between the numbers 5 and 6. If you play boring games, then you will not be invited for the next years - even if you are the world champion. Top players need a push to play more adventurous. The spectators will love it. Michael Tal went at great lenghts to beat a lesser god. Does he find his equal amongst the current generation? (Of course, it's not fair to set Tal as the norm, but he is unequalled as an example.)
For a change, go through the game of Castro - Petrosian (Biel 1976). Petrosian is chasing his prey, but stumbles on the way. I remember this game like yesterday. This kind of game is rare - fortunately - but it is an enrichment for that reason. Quite unlike the dull games of the Carlsen - Karjakin match.

2. role of opening theory

How can we reduce the role of opening theory? The advance of opening theory levels out difference in playing strength ever more, and increasingly deeper into each game. It is now a serious blocker to creativity, the 'raison d'être' of chess. Fischer Random Chess is a drastic solution, agreed. Which alternative solutions are possible? For example, switch the starting position of bishop and knight. Or organise tournaments on fixed opening themes? Your views are invited.

Let me repeat, don't count on any support from the top players. They are probably not prepared to abandon the largest time investment of their lives, i.e. the study of opening theory. They'll start to reflect only after the last sponsor has left the room.

3. rate of play

Does a speedier rate of play add to the solution? That's hard to predict. Experiments will surely further insight. On the one hand it allows for taking more risks, because the opponent has less time to come up with a clear refutation. On the other hand, it may well contribute to even more risk avoidance, because top players aren't inclined to risk their ELO points.

Personally, I'm not in favour of an increase in playing speed, because a loss of depth in play is likely. I believe that the complexity of chess forms its main attraction, on all levels of play. There are numerous more simple games, if you prefer. The top players should be ambassadors for their sport. Look up the 10th match game Fischer - Spassky (1972), a most beautiful Ruy Lopez game. With a reduced time to think you will not see a similar quality game ever again. It's just one game, but it generates so much more pleasure and admiration - more than the whole Carlsen - Karjakin match.

4. Berlin Wall

A discussion on the Berlin Wall defence logically fits in here. This variation alone has, without any doubt, contributed to more risk avoidance. Both by players who are seeking a draw when playing black and by players whose options for entrepreneurial play with white are considerably restricted. Let's recall here how many beautiful games have been played with the Ruy Lopez opening in the past. Recently however, we have seen laziness on two occasions in a world championship match: the 6th game Carlsen - Anand (2014) and the 10th game Carlsen - Karjakin. In both cases, both players missed a fairly simple combination.

You may not take the idea seriously, but deep in my heart I would be pleased with an immediate ban on 5.- Nd6. I regard it as no coincidence that this variation appeared precisely in the 12th game, when both players wanted to risk even less than before. The Berlin Wall has influenced the game of chess disproportionately. Our world champion doesn't know earlier days before Kramnik re-invented this weapon in 2000 to neutralize Kasparov's white opening games. Carlsen, in his days, falls back on spiritless and archaic opening variations when playing white. His talent is so huge that he prolongs his title quite easily - apart from a mistake in the 8th game and some good luck early in the 10th game. On closer examination however, I find his playing style unworthy of a world champion. He will not attract more people to chess in this way. Michael Tal would have celebrated his 80th birtyday on November 9th this year - two days before the start of the world championship match. In remembrance I went through his four games against Fischer in the 1959 candidates tournament. These are the kind of games that get people addicted to chess - not the dull games of the Carlsen - Karjakin match.

To add perspective: I don't blame Karjakin with going along with Carlsen's playing style. It would be unrealistic for the underdog to take irresponsible risks. Of course Carlsen can't be blamed for the Berlin Wall being here on the stage, but when he opened 1.d4 his opening setup was equally lifeless. His games do nothing to attract new interest in chess. As a world champion, this should be of your concern. Only rarely Carlsen goes all in, like in his game against Loek van Wely (Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2016). Can't he really do any better? A comparison with his great predecessors Alekhine, Tal, Fischer and Kasparov should tell you enough. I will respect the current world champion more when he spices up his game, even if that would imply an initial dip in his results. Compare his style to Max Verstappen's, and see how much interest he generates in Formula 1.

5. appeal

Dear tournament organisers, please act responsibly en seek solutions. I look forward to a Tata Steel Chess tournament based on a selected opening theme. A top player who doesn't go along should understand that he will not receive an invitation for the year after. A change in attitude is badly needed!

Peter Gelpke
2016-09-16
World Chess Hall of Fame Celebrates Five Years in Saint Louis
General News  -  Author:  Liza Poskin
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2016-09-16
16th CZECH TOUR 2016-2017 Series
Tournaments  -  Author:  Jan Mazuch
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2016-08-29
Fortin/Takahashi wins ESC/WOSC Shogi Amstelveen
General News  -  Author:  Twan Burg
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2016-08-16
2016 LA STATE CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP
General News  -  Author:  Cajun chess
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2016-07-15
Three leaders in Japhet Memorial
General News  -  Author:  Yochanan Afek
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2016-07-03
Shogi tournament in Liège
General News  -  Author:  Twan Burg
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The nation’s elite junior chess players are coming back to Saint Louis, the nation’s Chess Capital, this summer as the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL) hosts the U.S. Junior Closed Championship July 7-18, 2016.
2016-06-06
Viktor Korchnoi passes away
Passed Away  -  Author:  Chessdom
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2016-06-04
Upcoming tournaments 16th CZECH TOUR 2016 / 2017
General News  -  Author:  Jan Mazuch
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2016-05-22
My games at the Dutch Shogi championship
General News  -  Author:  Twan Burg
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2016-05-05
New Exhibition: Tom Hackney at the World Chess Hall of Fame
General News  -  Author:  Cabanne Howard
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2016-04-01
27th International Chess and Games Festival CZECH OPEN 2016
General News  -  Author:  Jan Mazuch
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2016-03-28
Netherlands beat Poland 2 with 2-1 in the World Shogi League
General News  -  Author:  Twan Burg
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2016-03-08
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The Candidates Tournament 2016, together with the Chess Olympiad in Baku and the World Chess Championship in New York, is one of the top tournaments of the year. The event is traditionally followed by millions of viewers worldwide, all looking forward to the challenger who will face the reigning champion for the highest merit in the sport of chess.
2016-03-06
Netherlands beats Hong Kong 2 in World Shogi League
General News  -  Author:  Twan Burg
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2016-03-01
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The Women’s World Chess Championship Match between Mariya Muzychuk (Ukraine) and Hou Yifan (China) is taking place from 1-19th March at the Potocki Palace in Lviv, Ukraine.
2016-03-01
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The 2016 FIDE World Chess Championship, the pinnacle of the global sport played by more than 600 million people, is to take place in New York, FIDE announced.
2016-02-29
Ding Liren & Gunina Takes the lead in Blitz Game Day-2
Tournaments  -  Author:  Chessdom
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In 2016 IMSA Elite Mind Games Chess field, today round 11-20 of the blitz game has been accomplished. There is no much change of the leaderboard for men’s group, Chinese player Ding Liren and Indian Player Harikrishna stepped ahead steadily, scored 7/10 and 6.5/10 individually.
2016-02-29
13th Aeroflot Open 2016: List of participants
Tournaments  -  Author:  Chessdom
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The 13th International Chess Festival “Aeroflot Open 2016″ is scheduled to be held from 29th February to 11th March in Hotel “Cosmos”, Moscow. This major event is open to chess players of most varied qualification: from unrated to world’s top. As before, the festival is held “under the wings” of the Russian leading air company “Aeroflot – Russian Airlines”.
2016-02-28
OPEN di Lugano 2016: List of participants
Tournaments  -  Author:  Newsaboutchess
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One of the most beautiful Swiss cities Lugano is going to host the jubilee edition of the New-OPEN di Lugano from 25-28 March 2016 at Hotel Pestalozzi, which is located in the center of the town, overlooking the bay.
2016-02-24
2016 Inductees to U.S and World Chess Halls of Fame Announced
General News  -  Author:  Liza Poskin
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An induction ceremony on April 13, 2016, will recognize five exceptional chess players as they take their places in history as members of the World Chess Hall of Fame and the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame.
2016-02-24
Confession booths to be used in Candidates Tournament
General News  -  Author:  Newsaboutchess
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2016-02-22
The 2016 London Chess Classic
General News  -  Author:  Tournament Organisation
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The 2016 London Chess Classic will be the eighth edition of the World’s most prestigious Chess Tournament and will climax the 2016 Grand Chess Tour. The winning formula of elite 10 player all play all, chess festival, conference and free school events will take place once again. The GCT players and wild cards will be announced in early March.
2016-02-22
Liberec Open 2016 - final results and games
Tournaments  -  Author:  Jan Mazuch
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2016-02-21
Women’s World Chess Championship Match 2016
General News  -  Author:  Newsaboutchess
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Women’s World Chess Championship Match 2016 between the current World Champion Maria Muzychuk of Ukraine and her challenger Hou Yifan of China (former World Champion 2010-2012, 2013-2015) will take place in Lviv, Ukraine, on March 1-18, 2016. The first game is scheduled to start at 3 pm local time on 2nd of March 2016 in the Potocki’s Palace (Lviv, Ukraine).
2016-02-19
"Chess is a tool to make the world a smarter place"
General News  -  Author:  Ulrich Stock (Zeit Online )
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There are times when Magnus Carlsen wonders what exactly he is doing. But then he returns to the board and continues his pursuit of chess perfection. Now, he is coming to Hamburg.
2016-02-18
2016 SINQUEFIELD CUP DATES HAVE BEEN RESCHEDULED
General News  -  Author:  Tournament Organisation
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2016-02-17
Cajun Chess Press Release #2
General News  -  Author:  Tournament Organisation
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2016-02-12
Candidates Chess 2016 – pairings
General News  -  Author:  Newsaboutchess
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FIDE and Agon, its commercial partner, are organizing the Candidates Chess Tournament 2016 that will be held in Moscow from March 10 to 30, 2016. Round 1 of the competition is going to take place March 11th and the pairings are already known
2016-02-10
Grand Chess Tour announces two new tournaments added for 2016 season
General News  -  Author:  Tournament Organisation
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2016-02-10
The 'Queen of Chess' who defeated Kasparov
Interviews  -  Author:  Newsaboutchess
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2016-02-09
2016 U.S. Championships Field is Set
Tournaments  -  Author:  Nicole Halpin
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For the eighth consecutive year, the nation’s top 24 chess players will gather in Saint Louis to compete for the titles of U.S. Champion and U.S. Women’s Champion. The 2016 U.S. Championship and U.S. Women’s Championship, boasting the strongest fields of American men and women ever assembled, will be held simultaneously at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL) from April 13 through April 30.
2016-02-02
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2016-01-31
Magnus Carlsen wins Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2016
General News  -  Author:  Tournament Organisation
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World champion Magnus Carlsen has won the 78th edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament and unbeaten as well. It is the fifth time that Carlsen has won the tournament in Wijk aan Zee, equalling the record set by Anand. Fabiano Caruana (United States) and Ding Liren (China) shared second spot.
2016-01-29
Norway Chess 2016 – participants
General News  -  Author:  Newsaboutchess
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The Norway Chess 2016, sponsored by Altibox, is going to take place in Stavanger April 18-30. It is going to be a ten player single round robin event. Six of the players have been announced and they include the World Champion Magnus Carlsen (Norway), the ex world champions Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) and Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria), Levon Aronian (Armenia), Anish Giri (The Nederlands), and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France).
2016-01-25
David Navara played the most spectacular game against Giri
General News  -  Author:  Newsaboutchess
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David Navara played the most spectacular game of the year so far.
2016-01-24
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2016-01-07
2016 Grand Chess Tour Statement
General News  -  Author:  Tournament Organisation
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2015-12-14
Wide international interest Tata Steel Chess Tournament
Tournaments  -  Author:  Tournament Organisation
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2015-12-11
Ivanchuk dominated the ACP Masters in Ashdod
Tournaments  -  Author:  Yochanan Afek
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Vassily Ivanchuk from Ukraine is the winner of the ACP Masters rapid super tournament that ended on Thursday in the Israeli city of Ashdod. The Ukraine No.1 beat Frenchman Etienne Bacrot in the final match 2.5: 0.5 to take home the title and the 10.000 $ first prize.
2015-12-08
ACP Semifinals: Ivanchuk- Nepo and Bacrot – Gelfand!
Tournaments  -  Author:  Yochanan Afek
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Following two days of short, fierce and close battles the preliminary groups of the ACP Masters in Ashdod has finally reached a clear conclusion with no need for further tie-breakers.
2015-12-07
The first day
Tournaments  -  Author:  Yochanan Afek
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The ACP Masters was opened on Monday, December 7th, in Kivoonim cultural Centre in the city of Ashdod. The players were welcomed by Moshe Slav, chairman of the Israeli chess federation and chief organizer, who said that it is in fact the strongest invitational tournament ever to be held in Israel to be transmitted to the entire world with the the modern Israeli technology of Chess Vision.
2015-12-07
Debut youngest Dutch grandmaster
Tournaments  -  Author:  Tournament Organisation
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2015-12-06
ACP Masters starts in Ashdod
Tournaments  -  Author:  Yochanan Afek
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The ACP Masters will start on Monday, December 7th in Israel’s biggest harbour of Ashdod to be concluded on Thursday, December 10th. An official opening ceremony attended by mayor Dr. Yechiel Lasri will be held at 12.00 to be followed by the preliminary qualification games.
2015-12-06
ARVES Solving in Wijk aan Zee 2016
Tournaments  -  Author:  Yochanan Afek
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2015-12-01
Evgeny Tomashevsky 14th participant
Tournaments  -  Author:  Tournament Organisation
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Evgeny Tomashevsky (28) from Russia will be the 14th grandmaster in the Tata Steel Masters, thus completing the top group of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2016.
2015-11-26
Pavel Eljanov particpant Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2016
Tournaments  -  Author:  Tournament Organisation
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Pavel Eljanov (Ukraine) will be the 13th participant of the Tata Steel Masters, the top group of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament. Eljanov (32) is gaining positions on the world list very fast at the moment. After several excellent results in the second half of this year, he has managed to reach the 13th position on that list.

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