Tuesday, March 03, 2015
About 150 photos so far of 2015 SPF National Open for Boys and Girls. More will be uploaded in the next day or so.
It has been a fantastic experience. We met so many wonderful people and made many new friends. Once again, big thanks to all the parents, coaches, volunteers, supporters, and sponsors, etc. for making this a very special event for young players. We are already scheduled to head back to the Bay Area at least 2-3 more times this year. Exciting details will be announced soon.
The 2016 SPF National Open for Boys and Girls will take place on the last weekend of February next year at the same venue. There will be MANY improvements and changes for the better, thanks to the feedback and suggestions from so many caring parents, coaches, and supporters.
Algorithms has been nominated, by the cinema going public, to the Best Documentary category of a newly instituted award called the National Film Awards, UK. The winner is decided by the votes the film gets from the global community, which means that if more people vote for Algorithms the more it has a chance to win!
Voting is currently live via the official NFA website:
It is very simple and quick to vote.
Voting closes on 12 March 2015!
Anish Giri's world chess championship hopes dented
With big guns Anish Giri and Shak Mamedyarov failing to catch Evgeny Tomashevsky at the FIDE Grand Prix in Tbilisi, the world championship cycle is wide open
By Malcolm Pein, Chess correspondent
12:15PM GMT 03 Mar 2015
The recently-concluded FIDE Grand Prix at Tbilisi left a dent in the ambitions of several top players hoping to qualify for the world championship cycle.
Shak Mamedyarov, a world title Candidate in 2013, and Anish Giri, now ensconced in the world top 10, both failed to challenge the runaway winner, Evgeny Tomashevsky.
When they played each other, there was no choice but to go all out for the win.
Full article here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk
World Champion Magnus Carlsen will be guest of honor at this year Reykjavik Open. Magnus will be visiting Iceland between the 13th and 16th of March, the official website announced.
What Magnus will be up to during his stay can’t be disclosed for now but it wouldn’t be surprising to see him visit Bobby Fischer’s grave or visit during one of the rounds of the Reykjavik Open
Magnus will very likely look critically at the games of his father, Henrik Carlsen, and one of his main seconds, Jon Ludwig Hammer, as both are participating in this years Reykjavik Open.
Magnus should have fond memories from Iceland. He made an impression worldwide when he made a memorable draw with Garry Kasparov at the young age of 14. Magnus also participated twice in the Reykjavik Open in 2004 and 2006. Magnus failed to win either time but won the very strong Glitnir Blitz tournament in 2006.
The Icelandic Chess Federation welcomes the current World Champion and the holder of the highest FIDE rating ever back to Iceland. It’s very pleasing for us as organisers to have some of the strongest players in history visit our tournament. Last year Garry Kasparov was guest of honor.
Carlsen himself mentioned the visit in this blog post:
Next week I’m off to Barcelona and the week after to Nice for my main sponsors Nordic Semiconductor and Arctic Securities respectively. I’ll also visit Iceland during Reykjavik Open, without playing myself, to finally see some of the attractions I missed out on in 2004 and 2006, and to see how some of my friends and my father are doing first hand☺
ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili will also attend the Reykjavik Open.
1. Objective: To educate and certify Trainers and Chess-Teachers on an international basis. This FIDE Trainers’ Seminar for FIDE Trainer Titles Diploma is approved by FIDE and the FIDE Trainers’ Commission (TRG). The seminar is co-organised by the FIDE, the Asian Chess Federation (ACF), the FIDE Trainers’ Commission (TRG) and the Mongolian Chess Federation (MCF).
2. Dates: May 1st to 3rd, 2015.
3. Location: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
Half time Report
World Senior Team Championship 2015
On Tuesday, February 24th 2015, the 3rd World Senior Team Championship was opened with heartfelt words from FIDE Director for Seniors Dr. Dirk Jordan, welcoming all the players, followed by the procession of the flags from all 16 participating nations. Overall, 87 teams from as far as Argentina have found their way to Dresden, Germany.
As expected, the team England 1 50+ played exceptional chess in the first rounds and were able to keep their position on top of the younger group of seniors for 3 days. The sensation came in the fourth round. After dominating the 50+ group for the first rounds the English team had to surrender to their opponents from Slovakia on day 4. With this win, Slovakia is now leading the group and will defend their position during the next rounds. In section 65+ the team from Russia is on top. Right behind them are Scotland 1 and Germany 2. They are fighting to steal the first place from Russia.
But not only the championship is attracting attention. Yesterday's blitz tournament was another great event with many international players partaking. All in all there were 24 teams of two playing with a thinking time of 5 minutes and 3 seconds increment. The winners after 9 rounds of high class blitz chess were Keith Arkell and Matthew Sadler – forming the team „Young England“.
For all the players and accompanying persons not interested in indulging in more chess after the actual rounds there are many social events, put together by the organizers, to get their minds off of the last matches. The city tour on Thursday, designed to get to know the city of Dresden, was completely sold out and 40 people set off to walk on old paths and learn new things about the Baroque city. Another highlight was the ChessBase seminar held on Saturday, February 28th, by Mr. Martin Fischer, a representative of ChessBase. He introduced the new system „ChessBase 13“ and attracted more than 50 willing listeners. Later that day team captains and chess players alike got together to discuss current topics of Senior chess, an event hosted by Dr. Dirk Jordan. He was supported by Mr. Herbert Bastian, vice president of FIDE, and Mr. Johann Pöcksteiner, ECU Seniors Tournament Director.
Looking at the second half of the championship the question arising most is: „Who will be the World Champion in Section 50+ and in Section 65+?“
Audience at the Opening Ceremony
Jerusalem is hosting the 2015 European Individual Championship. The highly prestigious tournament, open to all members of European Federations, is staged at hotel Ramada on February 23rd – March 8th 2015 by the municipality of Jerusalem and the Israeli Chess Federation under the auspices of the ECU.
The prize fund was generously increased to 120,000 € and 115 Grandmasters have already joined the field.
Top seeds, members of “Club 2700+”, are GM David Navara, GM Nikita Vitiugov, GM Pavel Eljanov, GM Ian Nepomniachtchi, GM Etienne Bacrot and GM Fransisco Vallejo Pons, etc.
Official website/ EICC with special prize fund for seniors/ Full Regulations on ECU website/ Interview with ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili / Participants
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