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Winter in Puerto Rico


Written by (WIM) Raluca Sgircea and (IM) Renier Castellanos 

It’s been two weeks since we ditched the European cold for the warm Caribbean winter and we’re most definitely loving our time spent here! The beauty of the island, the always smiling people, the amount of “fiestas”, the tropical fruits, the local cuisine and the popularity of chess here make this a great way to spend what’s left of this year.

For those of you not familiar with this place, Puerto Rico is an archipelago that includes the main island of Puerto Rico and a number of other small islands. Although it currently has the status of an unincorporated territory of the US, it used to belong to Spain thanks to the man who discovered it, Cristopher Columbus. On August 3 1492, three ships – the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa María – were leaving Spain to discover new land in the Indies.… 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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Chess events to follow

There are plenty of chess tournaments to follow these days, starting with the much awaited final match of Women’s World Championship between Mariya Muzychuk (2526) (Ukraine) and Natalia Pogonina (2456) (Russia). It will be a 4 games match to decide the winner.

Pogonina looking forward to it 🙂

CBcOKskU0AAAvs8The Muzychuck sisters after Mariya (left) reached the finals.
Picture by Anastasiya Karlovich (@NastiaKarlovich)

Aeroflot Open 2015

The Grandmasters Daniil Dubov (2627) (RUS) and Ian Nepomniachtchi (2714) (RUS) are leading the Aeroflot Open with 5 points out of 6.  There has been just as much fighting chess as lazy draws under 15 moves in this tournament.… Read more

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