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Its been a sad week. The death of Bob Wade is a great loss to the game, his contribution to the literature of the game, especially through his editorship at Batsford, is immeasurable, his contribution to FIDE, the help and time he gave to players and writers world wide is a huge gap to fill. He helped my magazine in the early days and we were in touch over the years, I will miss him.
Armenia retained their Olympiad title, they were only 9th seeds and should have felt the loss of Karen Asrian earlier this year but they were impressive. Second were Israel and Third the USA. Top seeds Russia and Ukraine were 4th and 3rd respectively. Apparently Vassily Ivanchuk refused a drug test after the final round which could have severe repercussions for him.
Hope you enjoy this issue.
It is with extreme sadness that I have to report that Bob Wade, International Master, arbiter, journalist, coach, organiser, writer, editor, chess archivist, friend to chess and friend to me, died 29th November 2008 at 3am from pneumonia, he had been in the Elisabeth Hospital in Woolwich for three days for complications from a common cold.
Robert Graham Wade was born April 10th 1921 in Dunedin, New Zealand and died in London, England Saturday 29th November 2008.
Bob's influence on the game covered every area imaginable, and made him a true giant of the game. His kindness and generosity will stay with all those who knew him.
His playing career was that of a solid middle ranking professional. He was three time New Zealand Champion, twice British Champion, played in seven Olympiads and one Interzonal (see his Wikipedia entry http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Wade_(chess_player)) he also played in a lot of tournaments against the world's best, especially in Eastern Europe and Cuba (playing in a number of Capablanca Memorial tournaments). He regarded himself lucky to do so and bemoaned the fact that the top players of today don't play against a wider range of opponents. His last major event was the Staunton Memorial in London in July where he was really set up to lose, even a single draw would have left him with a higher rating, he fought gamely it has to be said. A far better result was achieved in 2006 in the Queenstown Chess Classic where he scored 6/10 including a draw against the winner Murray Chandler. He played a final game for the Athenaeum Chess Club in recent weeks.
It is not really in his playing results however that his influence lies. He used to have the reputation of playing maverick openings. He lived to see a number of these "Wade Variations" make it to use and respectability at the very highest level.
He represented New Zealand and Australia at the FIDE Congress at Paris 1949 and soon became an influential figure within the organisation serving under every FIDE President until Kirsan Iljumzhinov (although his overlap with Alexandre Rueb would have been very short). At the young age of 29 (for an administrator) he was a member of the FIDE committee that first awarded official titles in 1950. 27 players were awarded the title of Grandmaster at that time including all the elite and retired great players such as Akiba Rubinstein and Oldrich Duras. Bob was one of 94 players awarded an IM title at that time (awarded by the FIDE Congress, he didn't sit in arbitration on his own title), a title he refused to trade up to an honorary GM title in later years, the old IM title was worth far more! He chaired the Title and Ratings Committee Meeting in Curitiba, Brazil in 1993. He was disappointed not to be appointed Chairman of the Rules Committee in 1994 and this more or less ended his involvement in FIDE. He was involved in the World Championship cycle as arbiter and administrator from 1950. He was also arbiter for many important FIDE events including Olympiads, many of the strong opens in England, USSR vs the Rest of the World 1984 (the first major event I ever attended) and the 1993 Kasparov vs Short world championship match which was a breakaway match from FIDE. [My thanks to Stewart Reuben for information about his important work for FIDE]
Bob Wade was also a member of the committee that drew up the first official FIDE laws of the game (Bob Wade British Chess Magazine Interview PDF file).
Bob was a hugely influential chess coach in the UK. He taught many of our Grandmaster's in their formative years, or helped them with study materials, but he also just taught chess to anyone who was interested and without regard for their potential (Steve Davis the snooker player knew him well having been taught the game as a teenager by him). Without him I don't believe England would have produced so many strong players as it did in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Bob was Fischer's go to guy. Photo © Mark Crowther
I first met Bob Wade in 1992 before I'd even heard of the internet. Bob was lecturing on the return of Bobby Fischer for the return match against Boris Spassky in Sveti Stefan. Afterwards I showed him my large collection of articles from the Yugoslav press on Fischer. He invited me to visit him and even photocopied a fax from Fischer (which I found when researching this) to him asking him to compile a dossier of Spassky's games. This was a job he'd also done for the match in 1972. At that time he lived in a lovely house in the leafy suburbs of London which he rented. Sadly he lost his place in this house upon the owner moving and lived in a much more humble flat in later years.
At that time not only did Bob have what seemed to be almost every important book ever published, and a huge collection of tournament bulletins but he also received the raw gamescores from many important tournaments which he compiled into bulletins himself and self published. I think the care he took over these often less important tournaments puts to shame the carelessness we have with gamescores and historical records of tournaments in these days of electronic boards even though fixing them would be easy.
Read any book, certainly from the UK, from the 1960s up until the 1990s and it will contain a word of thanks to Bob who would either look things up for the author or invite him round for extensive research. His collection was I think bought and financed in part by Batsford, who he had a close association with, most of it now resides with in the ECF chess library in Hastings.
Bob Wade also wrote numerous books which were high on content. My all time favourite was "Wade and O'Connell" for short, "The Games of Bobby Fischer". Virtually all Fischer's games, some great articles and annotations and fabulous photos. Other books included "Soviet Chess" (just a forgotten masterpiece), "The World Chess Championship" (with Gligoric), "World championship interzonals: Leningrad and Petropolis, 1973", "Playing Chess", "World Chess Championship 1951 by W. Winter, R. G. Wade" and a number of long forgotten opening books and tournament bulletins. He was chess editor for Batsford at the start of its great years.
Over the next few years as I started TWIC Bob helped me get gamescores from all over the world and his phone calls were a regular thing to my house as was the whirring of the fax machine, I never really did wean him off it and onto email. My parents were sad too, as they got to know him well so often did he call my house. He also asked for news for his regular journalism and writing. The fact that he never got a daily column in a major newspaper is a real shame as he was the source of much of the material to other journalists at that time. People have said that his politics (he was a communist) probably cost him in this area. His help and inspiration make him a real godfather to TWIC. I will miss him.
There is a recent book Bob Wade: Tribute to a Chess Master - compiled and edited by Ray Cannon about him. There is an obituary at: http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=5043, tributes at: http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=5045 and also http://www.bcmchess.co.uk/ with a very interesting interview.
Press: Malcolm Pein in the Daily Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/3537210/Robert-Wade.html and Leonard Barden in the Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2008/dec/01/bob-wade-obituary
The details of the funeral are yet to be announced.
The Olympiad took place in Dresden 12th-25th November 2008. Armenia retained their title gained two years ago. I'm sure that the tragically early passing of Karen Asrian in June who helped them to that title two years ago will be remembered at the moment of this triumph. Israel took 2nd and the USA 3rd. The top three were seeds 9, 8 and 10. The top seeds 1-5 took places 4-8.Georgia edged out Ukraine in the women's event where the lead changed place a lot. Leaders going into the final round were Poland, they lost narrowly 2.5-1.5 and didn't even win a medal.
England's sponsorship by Liverpool Victoria also known as LV= has ensured the participation of their best players Adams and Short. Topalov, Morozevich, Carlsen, Ivanchuk, Kramnik, Aronian, Radjabov, Leko, Jakovenko, Wang Yue were amongst the leading players.
David Navara sent corrections to the end of four of his games. Not a great sign for the rest I'm afraid.
The new rule that players have to arrive before the starting of the clocks saw 17 (Open) and 11 (Women's) for a total of 28 Zero Forfeits from the new rule. FIDE hope to introduce it generally but 15 minutes was a more popular limit amongst the players.
Official site: http://dresden2008.de - Europe-Echecs Videos - ICC Weblog https://webcast.chessclub.com/blog/ - ChessVibes videos and reports: http://www.chessvibes.com - Olympiad Chess Results.com
|38th Olympiad Dresden
(GER), 13-25 xi 2008
Leading Final Round 11 Standings
|3||10||United States of America||USA||11||8||1||2||17||362||146||29|
|30||29||Bosnia & Herzegovina||BIH||11||6||1||4||13||294||126||25.5|
|38th Olympiad Dresden Women
(GER), 13-25 xi 2008
Leading Final Round 11 Standings
|3||7||United States of America||USA||11||8||1||2||17||390.5||145||30.5|
|38th Olympiad Dresden
(GER), 13-25 xi 2008
Top Board Performances
|5||GM||Meier Georg||2558||Germany 2||2779||9||7|
|7||GM||Kamsky Gata||2729||United States of America||2768||10||6.5|
|12||GM||Beliavsky Alexander G||2619||Slovenia||2744||10||6.5|
|19||GM||Naiditsch Arkadij||2678||Germany 1||2706||10||5.5|
|2||GM||Vallejo Pons Francisco||2664||Spain||2807||11||9|
|4||GM||Predojevic Borki||2615||Bosnia & Herzegovina||2745||11||8.5|
|5||GM||Short Nigel D||2642||England||2741||10||7|
|3||GM||Hillarp Persson Tiger||2543||Sweden||2762||10||8|
|3||GM||Fridman Daniel||2630||Germany 1||2741||10||7|
|5||GM||Li Chao B||2622||China||2680||8||5.5|
The Remco Heite tournament took place Friday 28th - Sunday 30th November 2008 in the Dutch city of Wolvega. Loek van Wely and Bartlomiej Macieja finished on 3.5/5. Erwin L'Ami won the Open A tournament but I couldn't find a full game file.
On Saturday and Sunday an Open also took place in Wolvega, featuring grandmasters Erwin L'Ami, Sipke Ernst, Friso Nijboer, John van der Wiel and Zhaoqin Peng. In this 9-round open the players will have 45 minutes each for the entire game.
Games, reports (in Dutch) and photos: http://www.heiteschaaktoernooi.nl
|Remco Heite Wolvega (NED), 28-30 xi 2008||cat. XV (2605)|
|1.||Van Wely, Loek||g||NED||2618||*||0||1||1||½||1||3½||2751|
|6.||Van den Doel, Erik||g||NED||2570||0||0||0||0||1||*||1||2372|
The 15th Tuzla International Tournament took place 21st-27th November 2008.
Official site: http://www.bihchess.com/ and results: http://chess-results.com/tnr17442.aspx?lan=2
|15th It Tuzla (BIH), 21-27 xi 2008||cat. II (2300)|
The National Chess Congress took place in Philadelphia, 28th-30th November 2008. Bryan G Smith won with 5.5/6
Official site: http://chesstournamentservices.com/cca/national-chess-congress/
|National Chess Congress Philadelphia (USA), 28-30 xi 2008|
|1||Bryan G Smith||IM||2469||5½|
|10||Dean J Ippolito||IM||2494||4|
|12||Marc R Esserman||2424||4|
|13||Oleg N Zaikov||FM||2375||4|
|14||Daniel A Yeager||FM||2343||4|
|19||Mark A Heimann||2407||3½|
|21||Igor A Nikolayev||FM||2326||3½|
|22||Alexander C Heimann||2312||3½|
The 12th Zenica tournament takes place 29th November - 6th December 2008. Emir Dizdarevic leads with 3.5/4.
Official site: http://www.bihchess.com/
The 9th Liberec Open International Chess Festival took place 15th-22nd November 2008 in Liberec in the (the Czech Republic). Pavel Vavra won on tie-break from Sebastian Plischki after both scored 8/9. Games from rounds 6-9 now available.
Official site: http://www.czechtour.net/liberec-open/results-and-games/ and games at http://www.czechtour.net/liberec-open/games/
|9th Open Liberec (CZE), 15-23 xi 2008
Final Round 9 Standings:
|4||Navratil sen. Jiri||CZE||2128||6.5||48|
|6||Kucera Petr 88||CZE||2143||6.5||42|
|8||Meszaros Ludek Ing.||CZE||2223||6||52.5|
|17||Mojzis Jan Ing.||CZE||2157||5.5||47.5|
|18||Tesar Jan JUDr.||CZE||2123||5.5||47|
|24||Blahacek Evzen Ing.||CZE||2014||5.5||42|
|25||Navratil jun. Jiri||CZE||1844||5.5||38|
The 2008 season of the US Chess League started 25th August 2008. Semi finals took place on 19th November 2008. Finals are on December 6th.
Official site: http://www.uschessleague.com/
|US Chess League ICCINT, 27 viii-29 xi 2008
|19th November 2008|
|1||GM||Eugene Perelshteyn||BOS||vs||IM||Lev Milman||CAR||1/2|
|2||FM||Oleg Zaikov||CAR||vs||SM||Jorge Sammour-Hasbun||BOS||1/2|
|3||SM||Marc Esserman||BOS||vs||FM||Ron Simpson||CAR||1/2|
|4||NM||Craig Jones||CAR||vs||NM||Ilya Krasik||BOS||0-1|
|1||GM||Julio Becerra||MIA||vs||IM||Marko Zivanic||DAL||1/2|
|2||IM||Davorin Kuljasevic||DAL||vs||FM||Bruci Lopez||MIA||1-0|
|3||FM||Osmany Perea||MIA||vs||FM||Igor Schneider||DAL||1/2|
|4||WFM||Bayaraa Zorigt||DAL||vs||Matan Prilleltensky||MIA||1-0|
The Young Stars of the World Somov Memorial took place 15th-28th November 2008 in Kirishi city (Leningrad region) in their Culture Palace. Aleksandr Shimanov edged out Yaroslav Zherebukh on tie-break after both finished on 9/11.
Official site: http://www.somovs-memorial.ru/ Further information: http://www.bs-chess.com/russian.html (RUS) and http://www.bs-chess.com/latin/english.html
|Young Stars of the World Kirishi (RUS), 16-28 xi 2008||cat. V (2359)|
A Scheveningen system tournament organised by the Axbra Chess Club took place in Brasilia (Brazil) 24th-29th November, 2008 with 2GMs and 1 IM against 3 local players. I don't have official results or the final round games.
Official site: http://www.axbra.com.br/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=65&Itemid=53 and games: http://www.clubedexadrez.com.br/download/2poupex_08/2poupex_08.htm
|II Poupex Int Brasilia (BRA), 24-29 xi 2008|
The Torneo Internacional Copa PDV Sur takes place in Buenos Aires - Club Argentino de Ajedrez - 30th November - 11th December 2008.
Dates: 1st Round: 30.11.2008 2nd Round: 01.12.2008 3rd Round: 02.12.2008 4th Round: 03.12.2008 5th Round: 04.12.2008 6th Round: 07.12.2008 7th Round: 08.12.2008 8tn Round: 10.12.2008 9th Round: 11.12.2008
Official site: http://www.argentinodeajedrez.com.ar/index.htm
The 21st Belgrade Trophy 2008 takes place in Obrenovac (near Belgrade). The Belgrade Open, Belgrade Trophy, or International Belgrade Open Chess Championship takes place November 27th - December 5th, 2008. Organizers: Belgrade Chess Federation and Obrenovac City.
Official site: http://www.beochess.org.yu/2008/trofej_beograda2008/english_bgopen2008.html
|21st Belgrade Trophy Obrenovac (SRB), 27 xi-5 xii 2008
Leading Round 4 (of 9) Standings:
|8||GM||Todorovic Goran M||2478||SRB||3½||5||10½||8.75|
|IM||Gunnarsson Jon Viktor||2430||ISL||3½||5||10½||8.75|
|12||FM||Jovanovic Zoran Z||2336||SRB||3½||4½||9||8.00|
The 2008 South Island Championship was played in Kaikoura, South Island of New Zealand 8th-11th November 2008. Murray Chandler, Darryl Johansen and Stephen Solomon finished with 7/9. There is a Chao Qi in the rating list but they are given as unrated in the official standings, I do find it a bit unlikely its not the same person.
Crosstable and results :- http://www.newzealandchess.co.nz/results.html photos at http://www.nzchessevents.myphotoalbum.com
NZL 8-11 xi 2008
Leading Round 9 Standings:
|1.||Chandler, Murray G||g||NZL||2515||7.0|
|2.||Johansen, Darryl K||g||AUS||2446||7.0|
|3.||Solomon, Stephen J||m||AUS||2470||7.0|
|5.||Nokes, Roger I||f||NZL||2293||6.5|
|7.||Smith, Robert W||f||NZL||2316||5.5|
|13.||Jackson, L Ross||NZL||----||5.5|
|14.||Thornton, Giovanni Antonio||NZL||2140||5.0|
The Czech Coal Chess Match takes place in Marianske Lazne and features a Snowdrops vs Old-hands Scheveningen tournament with Anatoly Karpov. The women's Snowdrop team leads 7-5.
Official site: http://www.praguechess.cz/index.php
|Snowdrops vs Old-hands Marianske Lazne (CZE), 29 xi-6 xii 2008|
British Rapidplay Chess Championships took place Saturday 29th - Sunday 30th November 2008 With nearly four hundred entries 1st David Howell 10.5/11 and joint 2nd Mark Hebden and Jonathan Hawkins 8.5/11. There are games but with no detailed results section I'm unsure that all the names are correct and I don't have Poobalasingham's round 9 opponent.
Further information at http://www.british-rapidplay.org.uk
International chess tournament SISAK 2008 (CRO) takes place in Sisak (CRO) 29th November - 6 December 2008.
Official site: http://www.sahdrustvosisak.info/Sisak2008/
The Sub Zonal 2.3.4 Absoluto (presumably Columbia) took place in San Andres 26th-30th November 2008. Orlando Ossa won.
Official site: http://www.torneosajedrez.com and results: http://chess-results.com/tnr17392.aspx?datatyp=&lan=1
|sub-zt 2.3.4 Absoluto San Andres (COL), 26-30 xi 2008|
|2||Sanchez Victor Hugo||2170||VAL||6||30.5||385||24.25|
|5||Becerra Juan David||2142||BOG||5.5||26||367||17.25|
|6||Saladen Dulce Rafael||2187||FM||CAQ||5.5||23||365.5||17.5|
|7||Gallego Andres Felipe||2365||ANT||5||32||375||26|
|11||Rojas Barrero Andres H||2255||BOG||4.5||22.5||365.5||18.75|
|12||Remicio Duque John H||2216||CAQ||4.5||21.5||365||12.25|
|14||Corpus Eugenio Miguel||1630||SAI||2.5||7.5||340||7.25|
The Kazino Cuban tournament (this is my transliteration and may be wrong) took place 28th-30th November 2008. Nanko Dobrev took first place with 6/7, no games available.
|Kazino Cuban (BUL), 28-30 xi 2008
Leading Final Round 7 Standings:
|6||FM||Arnaudov G Petar||2344||5,0||21,0||28,5||3||22,0||19,00|
The Open "Mediterranean 2017" Rijeka (CRO) takes place 29th November - 6th December 2008. Boris Grachev, Borki Predojevic, Vladislav Nevednichy, Marin Bosiocic, Sinisa Drazic, Ivan Saric, Alin Berescu and Ognjen Jovanic started with 3/3 and although there is some live coverage I couldn't find an archive of games.
The VII Festival Internacional de Ajedrez takes place in Benidorm, Spain 28th November - 8th December 2008. I couldn't find any results or games so far so I guess the main stuff starts later.
Official site: http://www.ajedrezbali.com/
The 17th North American FIDE Invitational took place 15th-20th November 2008. Rogelio Antonio jr won with 8/9.
Official site: http:/www.nachess.org/fide
|17th North American FIDE Inv Skokie (USA), 15-20 xi 2008||cat. II (2276)|
|1.||Antonio, Rogelio jr||g||PHI||2515||*||½||½||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||8||2600|
|2.||Tsyganov, Igor M||f||USA||2248||½||*||1||½||1||½||0||1||1||1||6½||2445|
|4.||Morales Garcia, Sergio Joshafatt||f||MEX||2279||0||½||0||*||1||1||1||0||1||1||5½||2356|
|8.||Inumerable, Florentino V||USA||2187||0||0||½||1||0||0||1||*||0||½||3||2161|
The 77th Ukrainian Championships take place 1st-10th December 2008.
Official site: http://www.ukrchess.org.ua/turnir/ukr08mf_Poltava/index.html
The 2nd edition of the Grand Slam Masters Final will be played in Bilbao, September 2-15th 2009. The winners of Corus-Wijk aan Zee, Ciudad de Linares and Mtel Masters-Sofia tournaments will qualify directly for the Masters Final in Bilbao, where the first edition (played at a central square, inside a glass cube) was a very big success last September.
More details on the 2009 tournament (number of players, system of play, etc) will be announced at the end of the Corus tournament in Wijk aan Zee. The Grand Slam is in negotiations to include one more high level tournament in the 2009 circuit.
Grand Slam Chess Association (GSCA)
Dresden, 23 November 2008
The Grand Prix Tournament takes place in Elista, Russia from 13th December (Arrival) to 29th of December (Departure) 2008. This follows the cancelation of the event Doha, Qatar.
The FIDE Congress also took place, read the FIDE report. One of the main decisions was a change to the world championship cycle again. I like Candidates tournaments but this chopping and changing is both unfair and doesn't inspire much confidence in FIDE, mind you I have no confidence in the leadership anyway. You can read the FIDE President's interview here: http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=5039. Its pointless complaining, the leadership of FIDE's grip is so complete that they can do as they like.
34th Israel Chess Championship takes place November 30th - December 12th, 2008 at the MadaTech chess club in Haifa, Israel. PlayE4 a new online site sponsors and is contributing the 1st prize 10,000 ILS (about $2,570). PlayE4 is also providing a broadcast platform for the most highlights of the chess championship, allowing chess fans to watch the games live, online, and for free. Website: http://www.playe4.com/
The Torino tournament in (Italy) takes place 30th November 2008 - 8th December 2008. 9 Round swiss top group (B Group 7 rounds).
Official site: http://www.scacchisticatorinese.it
The Austrian team championship started in St Veit 7th-9th November 2008, the 11 round competition has further rounds 22nd-25th January and 19th-22nd March 2009. Players in the first three rounds included: Sergei Movsesian, Hikaru Nakamura, Emil Sutovsky, Jan Gustafsson and Alexander Beliavsky.
Official site: http://www.chess.at/ and results: http://www.chess-results.com/tnr12353.aspx?art=2&lan=1&m=-1
75th Brazilian Championship takes place in Porto Alegre, capital of the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul 7th-16th December, 2008. 12 players (round robin tournament) with top seed GMs Giovanni Vescovi, Rafael Leitao, Gilberto Milos and Alexandr Fier.
There is a match between Henrique Mecking and Diego Flores in Brasilia, Brazil (4th-6th, December 2008) 4th Dec - 4 blitz games with 5 minutes per player 5th Dec - 1st classic game - 90 minutes + 30 seconds/moves 6th Dec - 2nd classic game - 90 minutes + 30 seconds/moves
There is a Super GM Tournament in Nanjing, China taking place place 10th - 22nd December 2008. Six-player double round robin event.
Players: Veselin Topalov g BUL 2791; Vassily Ivanchuk g UKR 2786; Levon Aronian g ARM 2757; Movsesian Sergei g 2732 SVK; Peter Svidler g 2727; Bu Xiangzhi g CHN 2714.
It will be the strongest tournament ever held in China (at least by Elo average, 2751.6, making it a category 21 tournament)
The Nanjing tournament will become super one like Wijk aan Zee, Sofia, and Linares.
Further info: http://www.64ge.net/ and Gujuan Tzu's Chessnews Blog: http://blog.sina.com.cn/chessnews
The Hastings Chess Congress takes place 28th December 2008 - 5th January 2009. Contact: Con Power at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Currently leading entries for the HASTINGS MASTERS BERG Emanuel, SWE, gm 2623, HOWELL David, ENG, gm 2593, NEVEROV Valeriy, UKR, gm (current Hastings Masters Champion) 2571, JONES Gawain, ENG, gm 2548, CONQUEST Stuart, ENG, gm (current British Champion) 2526, PAVLOVIC Milos, UKR, gm 2524, GORDON Stephen, ENG, im 2521, HEBDEN Mark, ENG, gm 2515, GORMALLY Daniel, ENG, gm 2514, HASLINGER Stewart, ENG, gm 2506, WILLIAMS Simon, ENG, 2494, BERNAL MORO Luis Javier, ESP, im 2451, GREET Andrew, ENG, im 2440, HUNT Adam, ENG, im 2431, HOUSKA Jovanka, ENG, wgm 2399, BATES Richard, ENG, im 2387
Further details: http://www.hastingschess.org.uk
Dr Robert Howard is making a study of rated chess players.
The full article: http://education.arts.unsw.edu.au/fidestudy/results
If you would like to participate, please go to this website: http://education.arts.unsw.edu.au/fidestudy/
For any queries, please contact Dr Robert Howard, University of New South Wales, on email@example.com
The 71st Corus Chess tournament takes place Friday, January 16th to Sunday, February 1st, 2009 in Wijk aan Zee, The Netherlands. Alexander Morozevich, Vassily Ivanchuk, Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian and Teimour Radjabov are the favourites for the event in the absence of world champion Viswanathan Anand, challenger Vladimir Kramnik and World Number one Veselin Topalov. This shake up of the field with these three regular missing has really freshened things up and should make for exciting chess, in the usual way they do things they'll probably be all back next year.
Five players will make their debut in the A-group: the young Dutch grandmasters Jan Smeets and Daniel Stellwagen, the sensational Wang Yue from China, who climbed up to the 11th place on the latest world ranking list, the winner of Grandmastergroup B in 2008, Sergei Movsesian, and Leinier Dominguez from Cuba (ranked 21st on the FIDE October rating list).
The official participants lists of Grandmaster groups B and C will be published later this year. Together with all amateur players and participants in the special groups, approximately 2,000 chess players are expected to come to Wijk aan Zee for the traditional chess festival in the small beach village at the west coast of The Netherlands, approximately 25 kilometers from Amsterdam.
As from January 2009, the rate of play in Grandmaster groups A, B and C will change. The rate of play will be: 40 moves in 2 hours, then 20 moves in 1 hour, followed by 15 minutes with 30 seconds per move increment to finish the game.
Official site: http://www.coruschess.com/
|71st Corus Wijk aan Zee A-Group
(NED), 16 i - 1 ii 2009
|Loek van Wely||NED||2618||1972|
18th Pamplona International consists of a invitational Grandmaster tournament, and an open 9 round tournament. Both tournaments take place from 22nd December - 29th December 2008.
The invitational Grandmaster tournament is an eight-player round robin. Players are: GM Sasikiran, Krishnan (2694, IND), GM Roiz, Michael (2677,ISR), GM Malakhov, Vladimir (2675, RUS), GM Vallejo, Pons Francisco (2664,ESP), GM Caruana, Fabiano (2640,ITA), GM Delchev, Aleksander (2632,BUL), GM Nepomniachtchi, Ian (2616,RUS), and GM Salgado Lopez, Ivan (2556,ESP).
Official website: http://www.chesspamplona.com/
The III Open Internacional ITT Jose Marca Memorial takes place in 10th-18th Lima January 2009. Grandmasters Sergey Tiviakov, Julio Granda, Bartolomiej Macieja and Emilo Cordova compete.
Official site: http://www.peruchess.org
The second Bundesliga weekend took place 25th-26th October 2008.
The Schachbundesliga season 2008/09 runs 3rd-5th October and runs until March 2009. 16 Teams compete with team rosters of 16-18 players but only eight play each weekend. There will be live coverage of all the games.
Dates: 4th-5th October 2008 25th-26th October 2008 29th-30th November 2008 12th-14th December 2008 (Here the official seventh round will be played. Although some will be played at other times) 31st January 2008 - 1st February 2009. 28th February - 1st March 2009. 28th-29th March 2009.
Official site of the Schachbundesliga (http://www.schachbundesliga.de/index.aspx) Further information (in German) and the entrance site for the live coverage: http://www.schachbundesliga.de/index.aspx
The University of Texas at Dallas (USA) has offered scholarships to the winners of the U-16 European Youth Chess Championships since 2007. The agreement with the European Chess Union has been extended for another three years. The total value of the scholarships during this five-year period will be approximately 1 million USD, said James A. Stallings, Director of the UTD chess program.
Interview on the ECU website: http://www.europechess.org/home518.aspx?art=ft
The Gjovik International Chess Festival 2008-9 takes place 29th December - 7th January 2009.
Magnus Carlsen, Peter Svidler, Hikaru Nakamura (USA) and Simen Agdestein play in a Super rapid tournament January 2nd-5th 2009.
The tournament has a similar format to the Mainz Classic, with a double round tournament followed by final and bronze final games. The Norwegian audience will be eager to see Magnus Carlsen on home-gound again, as he hasn't played in Norway during 2008.
The rapid contest is part of a chess festival with a big and varied program, held on occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Gjovik chess club. The festival starts on December 29th, and the main tournament is a 9 round GM-Swiss open to players with a rating abov 2100. Reigning European champion Sergei Tiviakov (NL) 2686 is the highest rated player of the preliminary list of participants. There is also a parallell group open for all players rated below 2100.
Official site: http://www.gjovikfestival.sjakkweb.no
The 4NCL takes place 4th October 2008 - 4th May 2009.
Rounds 1 and 2: 4th/5th October 2008 De Vere Venues, Sunningdale Divisions 1-2
Rounds 3-4: 6th/7th December 2008 Barcelo Hotel, Hinckley Island Divisions 1-3
Rounds 5-6: 17th/18th January 2009 De Vere Venues, Sunningdale Divisions 1-2
Rounds 7-8: 21st/22nd March 2009 Barcelo Hotel, Hinckley Island Divisions 1-3
Rounds 9-11: 2nd-4th May 2009 De Vere Venues, Staverton Park Divisions 1-2
The 68th Italian Championship takes place 3rd December - 14th December 2008. The tournament will consist of 12 players in a round robin at the 4 star Park Hotel San Michele in Martina Franca. Games will be played on DGT boards, and viewable live at the Italian Chess Federation´s web site. The players are: GM Fabiano Caruana, GM Michele Godena, GM Carlos Garcia Palermo, IM Luca Shytaj, IM Sabino Brunello, IM Fabio Bruno, IM Denis Rombaldoni, IM Pierluigi Piscopo, IM Daniel Contin, FM Daniyyl Dvirnyy, FM Daniele Genocchio, and Alessio Valsecchi.
Official federation site: http://www.federscacchi.it/
The 27th International Chess Festival of Elba Island "Luigi Amalfi", takes place at the Hotel Lacona 10th-17th May 2009.
Milano, Italy, organized by Società Scacchistica Milanese (founded in 1881) Master group: December 6th-13th 2008, 9 rounds, global prizes 3.000 euro - with GMs and IMs Good conventions with hotels Address - via S.Uguzzone 8 = closed to the underground (MM1 - Villa SG). The Mediterranean Championship will start in Courmayeur (Aosta valley) The dates are December 13th-21st 2008. It is possible to travel and play both.
Web site: http://www.scacchisticamilanese.it
The 25th Bermuda Open takes place 30th January - 1st February 2008 at the luxurious Fairmont Southampton Resort on the South Shore with private tennis courts, golf course, beach, walking trails, ferry into Hamilton for duty-free shopping 5 round Swiss. Register & pay on site. For info contact Nigel Freeman at firstname.lastname@example.org or Carol Jarecki at email@example.com
Icelandic Team Champ 1st div first half took place 3rd-5th October 2008. The 2nd set of games are March 21st-22nd March 2009 if I understand the website correctly. A small number of games are available.
Official site: http://www.skaksamband.is/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=5982&Itemid=499# and results: http://chess-results.com/tnr16443.aspx?tnr=16443&art=16&lan=2&flag=30&m=-1
The 2009 Doeberl Cup is in Canberra 9th-13th April 2009. See http://www.doeberlcup.com.au/
The 2009 Sydney International Open takes place 15th-19th April 2009. See http://www.chessaustralia.com.au/index.cfm?site=open
Free entry to GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs.
Free accommodation for selected GMs and WGMs.
For further information, please contact Brian Jones firstname.lastname@example.org
Czech Chess Christmas 2008 Litomysl (CZE) 26.12.2008-2.1.2009
10th christmas chess FIDE tournament, swiss system of 9 round, rate of game 2 x 1,5h + 30s/move, prize fund 64.000 CZK (1st prize 20.000 CZK = 750 EUR), 10 financial prizes redeemable by drawings, special conditions for IM, WGM and GM, New Year’s Eve programme.
Contact: Proclient s.r.o., Jaroslav Fuksik, Svedska 3, 772 00 Olomouc, mobile: +420 608 364 664, e-mail: email@example.com, web: http://www.a64.cz/tournaments/litomysl2008/
The city of Leon open takes place 26th-28th December 2008.
14-year-old Wesley So and 56-year-old Eugene Torre play a 12 game match starting February 10, 2009 at the Sulo Hotel in Quezon City. Two games each will be played in Quezon City, Davao and Iloilo, and if the match remains undecided, the protagonists will return to Quezon City and finish the match. A knockout game will be played if the duel ends up 6-6. The winner will take home P600,000 while the loser will earn P400,000.Another P100,000 goes to the winner of each provincial leg while the loser will get P50,000.
VI Transcarpathian Rapidtournament "Chess Decyk" Ukraine, Uzhgorod, 28-29.08.2008
Organizers of tournament: Chess Federation of Uzhgorod Organizational committee: B. Borshosh, A. Samoylenko, V. Prokopishin Place: Ukraine, Uzhgorod, Pub-museum "Deca u notaria", Gagarin street, 98 Also Traditional Beer blitz-tournament will take place in Pub-museum "Deca u notaria"! Phone: +380503723900, +380503179153, (+3803122) 2-25-87 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Details: http://www.chessfeduzh.narod.ru
The 2008 Berkeley Masters takes place December 14th-23rd 2008 in Berkeley, California, finishing two days before the start of the North American Open in Las Vegas. It is a 10 round swiss, open to players rated fide 2200+. Space in the tournament and conditions for some Grandmasters are available on a first-come first-serve basis. Prize fund $5000 US. Info at http://dotq.org/chess
1. 19th-28th of July 2008 KECSKEMET, IM-FM Berger tmt, org: Dr.Erdelyi, Tamas, e-mail: email@example.com Website: http://www.caissachessbooks.hu Usually also in the second half of the month IM tmt-s in Kecskemet. 100 km South-East from Budapest.
2. 2nd-14th of August, FIRST SATURDAY Budapest GM-IM-FM, GM-IM-FM round robins (BERGER), 9-13 games, GM-IM norm possibilities in Budapest, venue: Hungarian Chess Federation, Falk Miksa Str.10. 2nd floor. Organisation: Nagy Laszlo, FIDE International Chess Organizer /NL/, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.firstsaturday.hu Phone-fax: +(361)-2632859, cellphone: +(36)-30-230-1914. From 12:00 a.m. until midnight - Central European Time = GMT+1.
3.16th-25th of August, IM-FM tmt, Kecskemet, org: Erdelyi
4.6th-18th of September GM-IM-FM First Saturday Budapest, org Nagy L,
5.20th -29th September IM-FM tmt Kecskemet, org Erdelyi
6.4th-16th of October, GM-IM-FM tmt, First Saturday Budapest, org.Nagy L.
7.18th-30th of October, SAKKAKADEMIA, GM-IM closed, org: WGM Csonkics, Tunde, info: email@example.com
8.18th-27th of October IM-FM tmt Kecskemet, org Erdelyi.
9.1st-13th of November GM-IM-FM First Saturday Budapest, org Nagy L.
10. 15th-23rd of November, Kecskemet, IM dr.Erdelyi.
11.14th-22nd of November Tenkes Kupa Open, Harkany, 300 km South-West from Budapest, 9 round Swiss, org: Ambrus Lajos, mobile: 36-30-851-4224 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.baranyasakk.hu
12.6th-18th of December GM-IM-FM tmt, First Saturday Budapest, org Nagy L.
13.27th of Dec - 5th of January IM-FM tmt Kecskemet, org: Erdelyi.
14.9th-17th of January, EVADNYITO Open 9 rounds Swiss, Budapest, org: IA FAZEKAS, info: email@example.com
15.23rd of January - 2nd of February, BALASSAGYARMAT WINTER, GM-IM closed, 100 km North from Budapest, Org: Nagy Laszlo, info: firstname.lastname@example.org
16.7th-19th of February, FIRST SATURDAY GM-IM-FM Budapest - org: Nagy Laszlo, www.firstsaturday.hu - info: email@example.com
17.7th-19th of March, First Saturday, Budapest, GM-IM-FM, org Nagy L.
18.20th-28th of March, 25th BUDAPEST SPRING FESTIVAL 9 rounds Swiss Open, org: Nagy L. - e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The organizers of the 71st Corus Chess Tournament have invited the young Dutch Grandmasters Daniel Stellwagen (1987) and reigning Dutch Champion Jan Smeets (1985) for the Grandmaster group A in 2009. For both players it means a debut on the highest level. Together with Loek van Wely, they will represent the Netherlands in the traditional chess festival, that will be held from Friday January 16th to Sunday 1st of February 2009.
Besides the participation of the above mentioned three Dutch players, the following World Class players have confirmed their participation: Magnus Carlsen (Norway), Alexander Morozevich (Russia), Levon Aronian (Armenia), Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine), Gata Kamsky (United States) and Teymour Radjabov (Azerbaijan). Carlsen, Ivanchuk and Morozevich will be in the Top-6 of the new World Ranking list, that will be published on July 1st 2008.
The young Ukrainian Grandmaster Sergei Karjakin, as well as the winner of last year’s Grandmaster group B, Sergei Movsesian (Slovakia), have also confirmed their participation. The complete field with 14 participants will be presented in October 2008, as well as the names of the participants in the Grandmaster groups B and C.
Official site: http://www.coruschess.com/
Queenstown Chess Classic takes place in Queenstown, South Island of New Zealand 15th-24th January 2009.
This will be the second such event, the first was held in Jan 2006.
The Tournament promoter is GM Murray Chandler. Over $50,000 (NZ) is being offered in prizes with additional prizes in the Rapid and Blitz events being held on January 25th-26th 2009.
Full details: http://www.queenstownchess.com
GM Boris Alterman has a blog with free chess lessons on it.
The line ups for the FIDE Grand Prix events have been announced. The top four players in the world, along with players such as Morozevich and Shirov are missing. It seems that in the case of Kramnik and Topalov that they believe that the event doesn't have big enough prize money (according to quotes in Chess Today). All this was more or less known beforehand. However the players who have signed up make this a very attractive and interesting series of events. The grand prix is organised by Global Chess which is headed by Bessel Kok.
Event 1 April 20th - May 6th 2008, Baku, Azerbaijan
Event 2 July 30th - August 15th 2008, Sochi, Russia
Event 3 December 13th - 29th, 2008, Doha, Qatar
Event 4 April 14th - 28th, 2009, Montreux, Switzerland
Event 5 August 8th - 24th, 2009, Elista, Russia
Event 6 December 7th - 23rd, 2009, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
|Grand Prix 2008-9 Prizes Each Event|
|1||30,000||140 + 40 bonus|
|2||22,500||130 + 20|
|3||20,000||120 + 10|
|Grand Prix 2008-9
Prizes for Final Standings
(Best three events)
Etienne Bacrot has a website at: http://www.chess22.fr/ with his analysis and news. Very worth while, especially when he's playing.
Mats Luthman has written a program that connects to ICC and FICS, compatable with many modern mobile phones. I've been looking for something like this for a while for watching live tournaments if I'm out and about. Its a nice free solution, you can also play but I haven't tried that.