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  • Today, February 18th, 2019

  • Chess Chat: Q&A with Evan Rabin, CEO of Premier Chess (Chess Musings)

    Evan Rabin was born and raised in New York. He graduated from Brandeis University Cum Laude with a BA in Business and International Global Studies in 2012. He founded Premier Chess, which currently offers programs in 44 schools and companies. How old were you when you first learned how to play...

  • Simon Says — Sacrificing the Rook on a8 in the Opening!? (ChessBase News)

    In this Simon Says we take a look at some very interesting examples where in the opening, Black sacrifices the Rook on a8. Sounds weird!? Well you will have to tune in to see! Simon is live this week at the usual time: 18:00 CET (17:00 UTC). If you miss the show, you can watch it in the archive...

  • "Trophée Napoléon": Maxime Vachier-Lagrave wins match against Jorden van Foreest (ChessBase News)

    250 years ago, August 15, 1769, Napoleon Bonaparte was born. The statesman and military leader is said to have been a passionate chess player, and in France the opening 1.e4 e5 2.Qf3 is called "Ouverture Napoléon", Napoleon's Opening. The French emperor also founded the city of La Roche-sur-Yon...

  • Task Force for the Reform of the FIDE Statutes (FIDE News)

    In February 2019 the newly established Task Force for the Reform of the FIDE Statutes started its operations. The main activities of this ambitious working group are related to a deep analysis of relevant FIDE documents, the team brainstorming, discussion and agreement on a new logical...

  • FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich visited Guam (FIDE News)

    FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich played the ceremonial first moves against Lt. Governor Josh Tenorio of Guam to mark the opening of the 2019 Zone 3.6 Championships being held here between February 18-23.  The previous evening the Guam Chess Federation hosted a wonderful Welcome Dinner at the Star...

  • The adventure of chess programming (Part 3) (ChessBase News)

    In the first two sections of this series, originally published in Der Spiegel, Europe's largest (and most influential) news portal, Frederic Friedel described his decades-long involvement in computer chess. He was commissioned to make the story personal, and in part three he describes his...

  • Road to Candidates (FIDE News)

    FIDE is pleased to inform that FIDE Presidential Board approved the Qualification system for the 2020 FIDE Candidates Tournament. A. 1 place – 2018 FIDE World Championship Match, Runner up  One place is reserved for GM Caruana: the runner-up of the 2018 World Championship Match.    B. 2 places –...

  • 2019 FIDE World Cup Regulations (FIDE News)

    FIDE is pleased to announce the 2019 FIDE World Cup Regulations that were approved by the Presidential Board. Two players will qualify from this prestigious event to Candidates 2020. REGULATIONS

  • Chess boom in Norway: Mikroputt and Liliputt (ChessBase News)

    Tournaments for children have a certain tradition in Norway. In 1999, Carsten Opseth won one of these tournaments, Ørnulf Stubberud and Johannes Kvisla finished second and third. With 3 points out of 6 games a certain Magnus Carlsen was eleventh. Today, Stubberud and Kvisla are FIDE Masters while...

  • Yesterday, February 17th, 2019

  • Speelman's Agony #93 (ChessBase News)

    This week, JON SPEELMAN takes a gander at two games played by Niels Engelen, a 37-year-old Dutch software developer from The Hague (pictured), who is enjoying chess more than over. Niels says he has been playing more often after having found a couple of chess buddies at his town's club, but he...

  • IMSA World Masters Championship-Hengshui, China 2019 (FIDE News)

    Qualifiers and reserve players according to the Regulations list, are invited to send in their registration form and a copy of their passport with validity for more than six months by email to office@fide.com, mohd.al-mudahka@fide.com and emil.sutovsky@fide.com before Thursday 28th February 20...

  • Saturday, February 16th, 2019

  • Fremont Scholastic Chess Championship 2019 (Chess Musings)

    The Learning Bee, US Chess Mates & the Torres Chess and Music Academy, Inc. Present: The Fremont Scholastic Chess Championship! March 16 & 17, 2019 Where: Learning Bee Learning Center, 39977 Mission Blvd., Fremont, CA 94539 What: Scholastic (K-12) 5 Round Swiss, Kindergarten (G...

  • Aeroflot Open to kick off with Wei Yi as favourite (ChessBase News)

    The Cosmos Hotel, located in north-central Moscow, will host the 17th edition of the Aeroflot Open. Group A currently counts 39 registered players rated 2600 or above, with 19-year-old Wei Yi as the top seed. The event is a great chance for players that are vying to get a place in the elite to...

  • Isle of Man to host the FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament (FIDE News)

    FIDE is pleased to award its inaugural Grand Swiss Tournament to the Isle of Man, after the bidding procedure that was closed on February 9, 2019. The Grand Swiss will take place on the Isle of Man from October 7, 2019 (arrival day) to October 21, 2019 (departure day) in cooperation with chess...

  • IMSA World Masters Championship-Hengshui, China 2019 (FIDE News)

    IMSA World Masters Championship - Hengshui, China 2019 Qualifiers and reserve players are invited to send in their registration form, along with a copy of their passport with validity for more than six months by email to office@fide.com ,mohd.al-mudahka@fide.com and emil.sutovsky@fide.com by no...

  • Friday, February 15th, 2019

  • Valentina Gunina wins inaugural Cairns Cup (ChessBase News)

    The critical game of the Cairns Cup finished drawn, but only after both players missed chances to get ahead. Nonetheless, a half point was all that Valentina Gunina needed to win the tournament and take home $40,000, while Alexandra Kosteniuk's performance was not too shabby either, as she got...

  • The Power Play Show - An attacking game (ChessBase News)

    Friday at 17:00 UTC (18:00 CET, Noon EST) Daniel King will go on air on playchess.com. You can watch the episode live for free! All the usual puzzles, games and instruction will be on offer. Puzzle and the live video...

  • Demolition man (ChessBase News)

    In the diagram position the black pieces seem to be perfectly placed but he still has to find a way to make short work of White's position. Do you want some action? Please, do not hesitate!

  • Champions Showdown in St. Louis (ChessBase News)

    Immediately after the Cairns Cup (February 5 to 16) the Saint Louis Chess Club hosts another top class event: the Champions Showdown. From February 20 to February 24 ten top players show their skills in five rapid and exhibition matches. Press Release. | Picture: Saint Louis Chess Club

  • Cairns Cup: Russian showdown (ChessBase News)

    The Russian participants are the only ones with a chance to take home the first prize of $40,000 at the Cairns Cup. Valentina Gunina will enter her final round game against direct rival Alexandra Kosteniuk a half point ahead…but she will have the black pieces. Both players drew their Thursday...

  • Chess will be a candidate to join the Olympic Games in Paris 2024 (FIDE News)

    The President of the International Chess Federation Arkady Dvorkovich has officially launched a campaign for chess to be included as a sport at the Paris Olympic Games 2024. Alongside with the President of the French Chess Federation Bachar Kouatly, the French NOC President Mr. Denis Massegli...

  • Reactions to Kramnik's retirement (ChessBase News)

    Kramnik's sudden retirement from tournament chess caused great consternation among chess fans and his fellow professionals alike. Numerous players have commented on Twitter, and so have ChessBase readers. We sample the growing body of reactions, as we celebrate the release of a new entry in our...

  • Thursday, February 14th, 2019

  • Argentina's silver generation (ChessBase News)

    At the end of last year, co-authors Sergio Ernesto Negri and Enrique Julio Arguiñariz presented a book that recounts the history of Argentina's national chess team at the Olympiads that took place between 1950 and 1976. "The Silver Generation" is the second instalment of a four-book series that...

  • The ChessBase Shopping Guide (ChessBase News)

    Work on your chess for fun and profit. But how, you ask? If you're searching for ideas, why not pay a visit to the ChessBase Shop: it offers video series (on DVD or for download) covering all areas of chess, presented by chess legends like Kasparov, Kramnik and Anand, and renowned opening experts...

  • Cairns Cup: Gunina grabs the lead (ChessBase News)

    Valentina Gunina, who started the inaugural Cairns Cup with a win and two draws, has now won four in a row — her latest victim was Anna Zatonskih — to grab the sole lead and overtake her compatriot Alexandra Kosteniuk. The other winner in round seven was Bela Khotenashvili, who was having a tough...

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