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V LLucmajor International Open

Summer is approaching (although it seems to be taking smaller steps this year) and, for most of the chess players, this translates to the start of the tournament season. Ours began in the same place where it ended, Mallorca.

The venue was the resort of Arenal, an old fishermen village that is now one of the most famous party destinations on the island. Mallorca tends to be “separated” in areas by the nationality of its tourists, and this one is no exception. It has a very strong German influence that can also be guessed from the great number of restaurants with traditional German food or the German-style nightclubs. Situated only 15 km away from Palma, the resort has a wide white-sand beach and a long pedestrian promenade (6km, to be more precise), perfect for a long, relaxing walk after an eventful game.

The tournament was hosted by Club Nautic El Arenal, situated at the end of the 6 km pedestrian walk.… Read more

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Remembering a genius.

Vugar Gashimov was one of the greatest talents that chess has seen in the last 20 years. A player with an unique vision of chess who made every game entertaining in his own way. Gashimov often chose sharp openings, full of play, no matter what the theoretical reputation of that line was. He was never afraid to take risks and he became the secret idol of many chess fans who enjoyed following his games all the time (The writer of these lines is one of them).

More than once Gashimov was compared to Mihail Tal – the Tal of our times, they used to say. Not only their playing style was similar, but also their opening choices, with the Benoni and 6.Bg5 against the Najdorf as main points of comparison.

I met Gashimov in 2004, over the board. It was the Calvia Olympiad and I was representing Chile at that time.… Read more

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World Team Championship starts today!

The World Team Championship starts today in Tsakhkadzor, Armenia. The tournament will take place at the Golden Palace Tsakhkadzor Hotel.

Ten countries: Russia, China, Hungary, India, USA, Egypt, Ukraine, Armenia, Cuba, Israel will play a 9-round round-robin system. Each team is composed by 4 players, 1 reserve player and one team captain.

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Teams composition:

Russia / 2760:
Grischuk, A (2794)
Karjakin,S (2757)
Tomashevsky, E (2745)
Jakovenko, D (2745)
Vitiugov, N (2736)

China / 2715:
Ding, L (2751)
Yu,Y (2724)
Bu Xiangzhi (2681)
Wei Yi (2703)
Wang Chen (2531)

Hungary / 2693:
Leko,P (2713)
Erdos,V (2612)
Almasi,Z (2698)
Rapport,R (2710)
Balogh,C (2651)

Armenia / 2691:
Aronian,L (2770)
Sargissian,G (2674)
Movsesian,S (2665)
Akopian,V (2656)
Melkumyan,H (2651)

India / 2662:
Harikrishna,P (2731)
Sethuraman S.P (2634)
Sasikiran Krishnan (2654)
Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (2630)
Sengupta Deep (2576)

USA / 2647:
Shankland Samuel L (2661)
Lenderman Aleksandr (2617)
Onischuk Alexander (2665)
Akobian Varuzhan (2622)
Naroditsky Daniel (2640)

Egypt / 2548:
Amin Bassem (2634)
Shoker Samy (2482)
Ezat Mohamed (2479)
Adly Ahmed (2595)
Farahat Ali (2389)

Ukraine / 2719:
Ponomariov Ruslan (2713)
Ivanchuk Vassily (2731)
Eljanov Pavel (2733)
Kryvoruchko Yuriy (2686)
Moiseenko Alexander (2697)

Cuba / 2665:
Dominguez Perez Leinier (2729)
Bruzon Batista Lazaro (2691)
Quesada Perez Yuniesky (2629)
Ortiz Suarez Isan Reynaldo (2612)
Gonzalez Vidal Yuri (2552)

Israel / 2676:
Gelfand Boris (2747)
Sutovsky Emil (2628)
Smirin Ilia (2652)
Rodshtein Maxim (2667)
Postny Evgeny (2636)

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European Individual Chess Championship is starting tomorrow!

With the third stage of the FIDE Grand Prix held in Tbilisi, Georgia, almost coming to an end, it is time to start checking out another notorious tournament that is about to begin in the holy city of Jerusalem, Israel. We are, of course, talking about the European Individual Chess Championship, that will have its first round tomorrow and its last on 8th of March. Besides the attractive prizes, the tournament offers the best 23 players the chance to qualify for the World Cup, which will be played this year.

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The starting list is impressive, as the event has gather 255 players, of which 117 grandmasters and 6 players above 2700. Leading the list is the talented Czech grandmaster David Navara, followed by Russian Nikita Vitiugov and Ukranian Pavel Eljanov.

The first round will be played at 15 o’clock (local time) on Tuesday and will be broadcasted live. For more information, follow the official website and the chess-results server.… Read more

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