Le championnat grec par équipes vient de s'achever à eretria. Parmi les plus célèbres participants, nous pouvons citer Vassily Ivanchuk, Judit Polgar, David Navara, Viktorija Cmilyte, Pia Cramling, Antoaneta Stefanova…
The Minsk Open gets underway on Saturday in the Belarusian capital. The ratings favourite on the starting line-up is one of the Zhigalko brothers - Andrey (2570). Following him are Kirill Stupak (2527), Andrei Kovalev (2526) and Vitaly Teterev (2524). The ratings of the other players at the event Alexander Khalifman won last year are below the 2500-mark.
From 9-17 July the players will compete in a Swiss system of nine rounds with a time control of 1hr30m/40 moves + 30m, with a 30s increment after each move. The games start at 13:00 CET (the last round is at 08:00).
International Master Anatoly Shvedchikov has become a senior trainer. That international training title was awarded to him at the last FIDE Presidential Council. You can find out more about the titles and those who hold them on the International Chess Federation's special page.
Today in Hefei the final games are being played in the Chinese Men’s and Women’s Rapid Chess Championships. A few days ago we mentioned the tournament format, with a Swiss event followed by semifinals and a final.
The women’s final is already over. Zhao Xue beat Ju Wenjun and became her country’s first women’s rapid chess champion.
Azerbaijan team member Vugar Gashimov has spent the last month preparing in Vienna. He talked about it in an interview with Apasport.az.
A memorial tournament for the outstanding Soviet Grandmaster Lev Polugaevsky has started in Samara. The line-up for the event, which is a stage of the Russian Cup, comprises 124 players led by the rating favourite Denis Khismatullin. Others who will fight for first place include Alexander Lastin, Sergey Volkov and Dmitry Kokarev from Russia, Alexei Aleksandrov from Belarus and Igor Kovalenko from Ukraine.
It runs until the 13th June and the players will compete in a 9-round Swiss system.
Many people still remember how in September last year in Khanty-Manisysk, on the day after the FIDE Presidential Elections, the re-elected Kirsan Ilyumzhinov sat down at the same table with his challenger, Anatoly Karpov.
“Ilyumzhinov’s team continues to pick the pockets of chess players,” noted Anatoly Karpov in an interview for file-rf.ru. “For example, at major international tournaments the cost of staying in the hotels FIDE books for the players turns out to be significantly higher athan in other hotels of comparable class in the same city. These strange markups earn federation officials at each of these events 50 to 100 thousand euros”.