Chess Boxing: Sport with Strength, Endurance, and Cleverness

The Dutch action artist Iepe Rubingh invented a discipline called Chess Boxing” in 2003 that (in compliance with the comic book “Froid Équateur”) originally intended to combine sport professionals at board an in the ring. The extraordinary concept became popular in very short time which caused it to spread from Berlin to the Netherlands and the entire world and made it a competitive sport.

World Championship 2008 in Berlin: Nikolay Sazhin (Russia) against Frank Stoldt (Germany).

Chess Boxing


The Ruldeset

A chess boxing battle is usually fought in eleven rounds; six of which are chess competitions, the other five are boxing rounds. Each round is three minutes long and the disciplines are fought in turns, beginning with a game of chess. This game remains the same throughout the entire competition and is interrupted by the rounds of boxing every three minutes. The exact position of every chess figure is registered and reconstructed on the board before every round of chess.

The participants have sixty second breaks in between rounds and the chess boxing competition can be decided prematurely through a knockout, technical knockout, or checkmate. Players may be disqualified after time trials (when a warning has been announced already). If one of the players resigns prematurely, he or she loses too. If all rounds are undecided and the last game of chess ends in a tie, the player with the alcohol en viagra most points in boxing prevails. If even the scores were equal in this discipline, the players playing the Black figures would win (which hasn’t occurred during competition yet).


The Requirements

Players fight battles and competitions generic for plavix 75 mg in accordance with their weight category (lightweight, middle-weight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight). For admission at professional competitions, players must have at least 1600 ELO points and record of at least fifty amateur fights in boxing or another martial art.

Therefore, a chess boxer needs a high performance level in both disciplines. The competitors must be in good shape at rapid chess and must be able to switch between chess and boxing repeatedly and quickly, since this is the most challenging element of the sport. With adrenalin pumping and blood circulation at its highest level, the players must get their minds together within seconds to deliver a sound, calm, and tactical performance at the board. This game demands more from its players by the round, while they must cope with bodily exhaustion.


The Preparation

The birthplace of chess boxing is considered to be Berlin, where inventor Iepe Rubingh founded the World Chess Boxing Organization (WCBO) in 2003 and of which he is still chairman today. Rubingh even won first World Championship took place in Amsterdam the same year. The following year, he founded the oldest chess boxing club of the world, the Chess Boxing Club Berlin. Since invented, the sport has gained popularity amongst sport professionals and spectators. More than eight hundred people watched the world championship qualifications in Cologne in 2006. Over twelve hundred tickets were sold for the following world championship battle in Berlin. The German player Frank Stoldt secured the first German championship title in 2007 and thus strengthened the country’s advanced position in chess boxing.

Even the FIDE supports this sport; FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov participated in a demonstration battle in 2008 to promote the sport’s worldwide popularity and acceptance. Another capital for chess boxing (next to Berlin) is London, where the London Chess Boxing Club has earned a reputation and came off winner at the first club challenge against Berlin with 2:1 points.

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During the last four years, the sport has gained popularity in Asia. The Chess Boxing Organization India (founded in 2011) has four hundred members today and in the largest chess boxing club in the world. The first association in Western Asia was founded in 2012, which is the Chess Boxing Organization Iran.


Current World Champions

Middle-Weight: Sven Rooch (GER)

Light-Heavyweight: Leonid Chernobaev (BLR)

Heavyweight: Nikolay Sazhin (RUS)



By now, there are particular training methods that have been tailored to the requirements of chess boxing. Blitz chess duels can thus be integrated in strength and cardio exercises, such as “track chess” which is a rapid chess duel combined with intensive sprints or rapid chess duels while boxing.


Who would like to try chess boxing or is looking for fellow chess boxers can check out one of the many clubs and associations:

  • Chessboxing Club Berlin (CBCB)
  • Chessboxing Organisation of India (CBOI)
  • Chessboxing Organisation of Iran (CBOIR)
  • Italian Chessboxing Federation (FISP)
  • China Chessboxing (CBCN)
  • USA Chessboxing
  • Russian Chessboxing Organisation
  • London Chessboxing
  • LA Chessboxing
  • Boxwerk München
  • New York Chessboxing Club

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe

China Wins World Team Chess Championship 2015

Team World Championship

Ten teams with each four top players from all over the world gathered in the Armenian city of Tsakhkadzor from April 18 to 29 2015 to take out the nine-round battle for the popular World Team Championship title.

Russia had the highest average team ELO-rating of 2760 points of all teams in the race.


Team Ranking with ELO-Ratings


1 Egypt Rtg-Ø:2548
Bo. Name IRtg FED
1 GM Amin Bassem 2634 EGY
2 GM Shoker Samy 2482 EGY
3 IM Ezat Mohamed 2479 EGY
4 GM Adly Ahmed 2595 EGY
IM Farahat Ali 2389 EGY


2 Israel Rtg-Ø:2676
Bo. Name IRtg FED
1 GM Gelfand Boris 2747 ISR
2 GM Sutovsky Emil 2628 ISR
3 GM Smirin Ilia 2652 ISR
4 GM Rodshtein Maxim 2667 ISR
GM Postny Evgeny 2636 ISR


3 Ukraine Rtg-Ø:2719
Bo. Name IRtg FED
1 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2713 UKR
2 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2731 UKR
3 GM Eljanov Pavel 2733 UKR
4 GM Kryvoruchko Yuriy 2686 UKR
GM Moiseenko Alexander 2697 UKR


4 Cuba Rtg-Ø:2665
Bo. Name IRtg FED
1 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2729 CUB
2 GM Bruzon Batista Lazaro 2691 CUB
3 GM Quesada Perez Yuniesky 2629 CUB
4 GM Ortiz Suarez Isan Reynaldo 2612 CUB
GM Gonzalez Vidal Yuri 2557 CUB


5 China Rtg-Ø:2715
Bo. Name IRtg FED
1 GM Ding Liren 2751 CHN
2 GM Yu Yangyi 2724 CHN
3 GM Bu Xiangzhi 2681 CHN
4 GM Wei Yi 2703 CHN
IM Wang Chen 2531 CHN


6 USA Rtg-Ø:2647
Bo. Name IRtg FED
1 GM Shankland Samuel L 2661 USA
2 GM Lenderman Aleksandr 2617 USA
3 GM Onischuk Alexander 2665 USA
4 GM Akobian Varuzhan 2622 USA
GM Naroditsky Daniel 2640 USA


7 Hungary Rtg-Ø:2693
Bo. Name IRtg FED
1 GM Leko Peter 2713 HUN
2 GM Erdos Viktor 2612 HUN
3 GM Almasi Zoltan 2698 HUN
4 GM Rapport Richard 2710 HUN
GM Balogh Csaba 2651 HUN


8 Russia Rtg-Ø:2760
Bo. Name IRtg FED
1 GM Grischuk Alexander 2794 RUS
2 GM Karjakin Sergey 2757 RUS
3 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2745 RUS
4 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2744 RUS
GM Vitiugov Nikita 2736 RUS


9 Armenia Rtg-Ø:2691
Bo. Name IRtg FED
1 GM Aronian Levon 2770 ARM
2 GM Sargissian Gabriel 2674 ARM
3 GM Movsesian Sergei 2665 ARM
4 GM Akopian Vladimir 2656 ARM
GM Melkumyan Hrant 2651 ARM


10 India Rtg-Ø:2662
Bo. Name IRtg FED
1 GM Harikrishna P. 2731 IND
2 GM Sethuraman S.P. 2634 IND
3 GM Sasikiran Krishnan 2654 IND
4 GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi 2630 IND
GM Sengupta Deep 2576 IND


Team Results Rounds 1 to 9


Round 1 on 2015/04/19 at 15.00

India started off strong in Round 1 and scored the highest team result of 3 points and many victories at the expense of Egypt’s rating.

No. SNo. Team Res. Team SNo.
1 1 Egypt   1 – 3 India 10
2 2 Israel 2½ – 1½ Armenia 9
3 3 Ukraine 2½ – 1½ Russia 8
4 4 Cuba   2 – 2 Hungary 7
5 5 China 2½ – 1½ USA 6


Round 2 on 2015/04/20 at 15.00

An all draw round helps India to maintain the lead. Israel, Cuba, and China, however, were only one match point short and close up after Round 2. Favorite team Russia was in bottom rank.

No. SNo. Team Res. Team SNo.
1 10 India 2 – 2 USA 6
2 7 Hungary 2 – 2 China 5
3 8 Russia 1½ – 2½ Cuba 4
4 9 Armenia 2½ – 1½ Ukraine 3
5 1 Egypt 2 – 2 Israel 2


Round 3 on 2015/04/21 at 15.00

Israel took over the lead on the third game day. Three defeats and one draw caused India’s team to fall far behind. Israel and Cuba, on the other hand, rapidly enhanced to the very top with each five match points. The Ukrainian team was the only team of the tournament to achieve an unbelievable four victories in one round.

No. SNo. Team Res. Team SNo.
1 2 Israel 3½ – ½ India 10
2 3 Ukraine 4 – 0 Egypt 1
3 4 Cuba 2½ – 1½ Armenia 9
4 5 China 2 – 2 Russia 8
5 6 USA 1½ – 2½ Hungary 7


Round 4 on 2015/04/22 at 15.00

Armenia scored the most unfavorable results of the fourth game day; they only scored one point through Levon Aroanian’s and Liren Ding’s draws. Cuba took over the overall lead with 7 match points and Ukraine advanced from rank 6 to 2 which it shared with China.

No. SNo. Team Res. Team SNo.
1 10 India 2½ – 1½ Hungary 7
2 8 Russia 2 – 2 USA 6
3 9 Armenia ½ – 3½ China 5
4 1 Egypt 1 – 3 Cuba 4
5 2 Israel 1½ – 2½ Ukraine 3


Round 5 on 2015/04/23 at 15.00

Cuba and Ukraine switched positions in the rankings. Israel caught up with the top, so that Cuba had to comply not only with falling behind on rank 2 but also having to share it with Israel. China and Ukraine soundly remained at the rankings’ top. The greatest game point addition of the day was scored by Russia with victories of Karjakin, Tomashevsky, and Vitiugov. Only Grischuk couldn’t prevail, only tied against Peter Leko.

No. SNo. Team Res. Team SNo.
1 3 Ukraine 2½ – 1½ India 10
2 4 Cuba 1½ – 2½ Israel 2
3 5 China 2½ – 1½ Egypt 1
4 6 USA 1½ – 2½ Armenia 9
5 7 Hungary ½ – 3½ Russia 8


Round 6 on 2015/04/25 at 15.00

Ukraine and China kept the lead and enhanced their advantage to Israel and Cuba on rank 2 by 3 match points. The bottom end of the rankings did not change at all – Egypt was stuck with only 1 match point in 6 rounds.

No. SNo. Team Res. Team SNo.
1 10 India 1½ – 2½ Russia 8
2 9 Armenia 2 – 2 Hungary 7
3 1 Egypt 1 – 3 USA 6
4 2 Israel 1½ – 2½ China 5
5 3 Ukraine 2½ – 1½ Cuba 4


Round 7 on 2015/04/26 at 15.00

After round 7 had been played, everything pointed to Ukraine or China winning the tournament. None of the other teams were a serious threat to the teams with 11 match points each. India as well as Israel, Armenia, Cuba, and Hungary had only 7 points each. At least the battle for the silver medal remained suspenseful.

No. SNo. Team Res. Team SNo.
1 4 Cuba 1½ – 2½ India 10
2 5 China 2 – 2 Ukraine 3
3 6 USA 2½ – 1½ Israel 2
4 7 Hungary 2½ – 1½ Egypt 1
5 8 Russia 1½ – 2½ Armenia 9


Round 8 on 2015/04/27 at 15.00

China scored a remarkable result against Cuba, while the United States interrupted Ukraine’s sequence of successful rounds. Therefore, China went ahead with two whole point’s advantage to the Ukraine. Russia scored 3 points against the hopelessly inferior team of Egypt and managed to enhance to where a match for a medal seemed realistic. Armenia remained in 3rd rank, but had to fear the approaching teams of Israel, Russia, Hungary, and the United States (all one point short).

No. SNo. Team Res. Team SNo.
1 10 India 1½ – 2½ Armenia 9
2 1 Egypt ½ – 3½ Russia 8
3 2 Israel 2 – 2 Hungary 7
4 3 Ukraine 1½ – 2½ USA 6
5 4 Cuba 1 – 3 China 5


Round 9 on 2015/04/28 at 11.00

The victories of Yi Wie and Yangi Yu and the overall score of 3-0 against India were China’s overall tournament victory. Ukraine tied against Hungary which was enough to secure 2nd place. Armenia played against Egypt, their victory and bronze medal thus little surprising.

No. SNo. Team Res. Team SNo.
1 5 China 3 – 1 India 10
2 6 USA 3 – 1 Cuba 4
3 7 Hungary 2 – 2 Ukraine 3
4 8 Russia 2½ – 1½ Israel 2
5 9 Armenia 2½ – 1½ Egypt 1


Final Results
Rank Team Gam. + = Matchpoint Gamepoints.
1 China 9 6 3 0 15 23
2 Ukraine 9 5 2 2 12 21
3 Armenia 9 5 1 3 11 18
4 Russia 9 4 2 3 10 20½
5 USA 9 4 2 3 10 19½
6 Hungary 9 2 5 2 9 17
7 Israel 9 3 2 4 8 18½
8 Cuba 9 3 1 5 7 16½
9 India 9 3 1 5 7 16
10 Egypt 9 0 1 8 1 10


Find pairings, pictures, videos, and board results on the official tournament website:

 written by Sarah, translated by Birthe

Carlsen Beats Anand at Gashimov Memorial

Gashimov Memorial 2015

Shamkir, Azerbaijan, was stage to the Vugar Gashimov Memorial 2015 from April 16 to 26. The declared top-players of the world of chess gathered to compete:

Magnus Carlsen (ELO 2863)
Fabiano Caruana (ELO 2803)
Visvanathan Anand (ELO 2791)
Anish Giri (ELO 2790)
Wesley So (ELO 2788)
Vladimir Kramnik (ELO 2783)
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (ELO 2762)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (ELO 2754)
Michael Adams (ELO 2746)
Rauf Mamedov (ELO 2651)


The tournament was played in 45 duels in 9 rounds.

Carlsen and Anand were the only players to remain undefeated throughout the entire event and may proudly report an enhancement of 13 points in their ELO-Live-ratings.


Final Results After 9 Rounds
Rank Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pts Vict
1 Carlsen Magnus 2863 NOR 1 ½ 1 ½ 1  1 *  1 ½ ½  7 5
2 Anand Viswanathan 2791 IND  ½ 1 ½ * 1 ½ ½  ½ ½ 1  6 3
3 So Wesley 2788 USA  ½ * 1 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 1  5 3
4 Caruana Fabiano 2802 ITA 1 1 ½ ½ ½ * 0  ½ ½ ½  5 2
5 Kramnik Vladimir 2783 RUS *  ½ ½  ½  0 0 0 1 ½ 1  4 2
6 Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2754 AZE 1 ½ ½ 0 *  ½ 0  ½ ½ ½  4 1
7 Adams Michael 2746 ENG 0  0  ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 *  3.5  1
8 Giri Anish 2790 NED ½  0  ½ ½ ½  ½ ½ ½ * 0  3.5  0
9 Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2762 FRA 0 ½  ½ ½ ½  ½ 0 * ½ ½  3.5  0
10 Mamedov Rauf 2651 AZE  ½ 0 * ½ ½ ½ 0  ½ ½ ½  3.5 0


Pairings & Individual Results


1st Round

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
1 GM Kramnik Vladimir 2783 1-0 GM Adams Michael 2746 10
2 GM So Wesley 2788 1-0 GM Giri Anish 2790 9
3 GM Mamedov Rauf 2651 ½-½ GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2762 8
4 GM Anand Viswanathan 2791 ½-½ GM Carlsen Magnus 2863 7
5 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2754 ½-½ GM Caruana Fabiano 2802 6


2nd Round

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
10 GM Adams Michael 2746 ½-½ GM Caruana Fabiano 2802 6
7 GM Carlsen Magnus 2863 1-0 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2754 5
8 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2762 ½-½ GM Anand Viswanathan 2791 4
9 GM Giri Anish 2790 ½-½ GM Mamedov Rauf 2651 3
1 GM Kramnik Vladimir 2783 ½-½ GM So Wesley 2788 2


3rd Round

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
2 GM So Wesley 2788 1-0 GM Adams Michael 2746 10
3 GM Mamedov Rauf 2651 ½-½ GM Kramnik Vladimir 2783 1
4 GM Anand Viswanathan 2791 ½-½ GM Giri Anish 2790 9
5 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2754 ½-½ GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2762 8
6 GM Caruana Fabiano 2802 0-1 GM Carlsen Magnus 2863 7


4th Round

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
10 GM Adams Michael 2746 ½-½ GM Carlsen Magnus 2863 7
8 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2762 ½-½ GM Caruana Fabiano 2802 6
9 GM Giri Anish 2790 ½-½ GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2754 5
1 GM Kramnik Vladimir 2783 ½-½ GM Anand Viswanathan 2791 4
2 GM So Wesley 2788 1-0 GM Mamedov Rauf 2651 3


5th Round

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
3 GM Mamedov Rauf 2651 ½-½ GM Adams Michael 2746 10
4 GM Anand Viswanathan 2791 1-0 GM So Wesley 2788 2
5 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2754 1-0 GM Kramnik Vladimir 2783 1
6 GM Caruana Fabiano 2802 ½-½ GM Giri Anish 2790 9
7 GM Carlsen Magnus 2863 1-0 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2762 8


6th Round

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
10 GM Adams Michael 2746 ½-½ GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2762 8
9 GM Giri Anish 2790 ½-½ GM Carlsen Magnus 2863 7
1 GM Kramnik Vladimir 2783 0-1 GM Caruana Fabiano 2802 6
2 GM So Wesley 2788 ½-½ GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2754 5
3 GM Mamedov Rauf 2651 ½-½ GM Anand Viswanathan 2791 4


7th Round

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
4 GM Anand Viswanathan 2791 1-0 GM Adams Michael 2746 10
5 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2754 ½-½ GM Mamedov Rauf 2651 3
6 GM Caruana Fabiano 2802 1-0 GM So Wesley 2788 2
7 GM Carlsen Magnus 2863 1-0 GM Kramnik Vladimir 2783 1
8 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2762 ½-½ GM Giri Anish 2790 9


8th Round

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
10 GM Adams Michael 2746 1-0 GM Giri Anish 2790 9
1 GM Kramnik Vladimir 2783 1-0 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2762 8
2 GM So Wesley 2788 ½-½ GM Carlsen Magnus 2863 7
3 GM Mamedov Rauf 2651 ½-½ GM Caruana Fabiano 2802 6
4 GM Anand Viswanathan 2791 1-0 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2754 5


9th Round

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
5 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2754 ½-½ GM Adams Michael 2746 10
6 GM Caruana Fabiano 2802 ½-½ GM Anand Viswanathan 2791 4
7 GM Carlsen Magnus 2863 1-0 GM Mamedov Rauf 2651 3
8 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2762 ½-½ GM So Wesley 2788 2
9 GM Giri Anish 2790 ½-½ GM Kramnik Vladimir 2783 1


Pictures, videos, and detailed game sheets are available on the official tournament website:

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe

17th Dubai Open Chess Tournament – Results

The 17th edition of the Dubai Open Chess Tournament (also known as Sheikh Rashid Bin Hamdan Al Maktoum Cup) with 155 participants, 39 of which were grandmasters, took place from April 5 through 16 in Dubai. The participants travelled to the Emirates from 39 countries to join the race for the prize money fund of 50.000 USD (12.000 USD for the victor, the rest distributed between the first 18 ranks). One third of the players, 31 to be exact, came from India and another 25 from the United Arab Emirates.





Surprisingly, the Englishman David W. L. Howell, who held the highest ELO-rating of 2687 points amongst all participants, came off second and his strongest opponent Vladimir Fedossev from Russia (ELO 2674) came off third, while favorites such as Yuriy Kuzubov (ELO 2658) and Abhijeet Gupta (ELO 2629) had to comply with ranks 25 and 71. Azerbaijani Zaur Mammadov, on the other hand, made it to the Top 10 with an ELO-rating of “only” 2470 points.

Greatest winner of the tournament was Turkish grandmaster Dragan Solak who was born in Serbia. The 35 year-old prevailed over Axel Berglind, Salah Yousry, Tigran Harutyunian, Yuriy Kuzubov, and Yuri Solodovnichenko and tied against Vladimir Fedoseev, Igor Kovalenko, David Howell, and Eltaj Safarli through which he scored 7 out of 9 points like the players on following five ranks. He dominated the tie break round and grabbed the 12.000 USD prize money from right under David Howell’s nose.


Final Results
Rank Name ELO NAT 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th Pts. Rtg.1 Rtg.2 Rtg.3
1 GM Solak Dragan 2602 TUR  68s1  60w1  29s1   3w½  14w½  25s1   2w½  15s1   6w½ 7 20684 0 55,5
2 GM Howell David W L 2687 ENG  75s1  17w1  26s1  24w1   8s½   7w½   1s½  13w1   3s½ 7 20583 0 55,5
3 GM Fedoseev Vladimir 2674 RUS  79w1  58s1  44w1   1s½  15w1   4s½  53w1   7s½   2w½ 7 20556 0 53,5
4 GM Istratescu Andrei 2630 FRA  65s1  61w1   9s1  31w½  21s1   3w½   7s0  23w1  20w1 7 20426 0 53
5 GM Ivanisevic Ivan 2638 SRB 123w1  37s½  32w½  43s1  35w½  39s1  23w½  53s1   7w1 7 19971 0 48,5
6 GM Safarli Eltaj 2637 AZE  88s0  90w1  89s1  61w1  17s½  40w1  21s1   8w1   1s½ 7 19511 0 48
7 GM Shabalov Alexander 2500 USA 145w1  87s½  69w1  71w1  16s1   2s½   4w1   3w½   5s0 6,5 20547 0 50,5
8 GM Grandelius Nils 2613 SWE  96s1 105w1  76s1 110w1   2w½  14s½  15w½   6s0  39w1 6,5 20447 0 49,5
9 IM Mammadov Zaur 2470 AZE  90w1 111s1   4w0  84s½  72w1  24w1  22s1  25s½  12w½ 6,5 19750 0 47
10 GM Fier Alexandr 2624 BRA  78w1  74s½  52w1  14s0  69w1  70s½  32w½  37s1  31w1 6,5 19699 0 45
11 GM Shimanov Aleksandr 2601 RUS  82w1  51s-  97s1  73s½  74w1  33w½  60s1  18w1  14s½ 6,5 19300 0 45,5
12 GM Rakhmanov Aleksandr 2623 RUS 114s1  48w0  65s1  49w½  41s1  36w1  54s½  17w1   9s½ 6,5 19064 0 47
13 GM Guseinov Gadir 2606 AZE  56w1  73s1  42w1  15s0  34w1  23s½  14w1   2s0  25w½ 6 20498 0 51,5
14 GM Kovalenko Igor 2665 LAT  38s1  50w½  33s1  10w1   1s½   8w½  13s0  36w1  11w½ 6 20385 0 54,5
15 GM Solodovnichenko Yuri 2584 UKR 117s1  77w1  51s1  13w1   3s0  20w1   8s½   1w0  16s½ 6 20363 0 51
16 GM Zhigalko Sergei 2657 BLR  92w1  54s1  39w1  21s½   7w0  35s½  42w1  31s½  15w½ 6 20217 0 49
17 IM Das Sayantan 2439 IND 107w1   2s0  56w1  66s1   6w½  27s½  35w1  12s0  53w1 6 20062 0 51
18 GM Petrosian Tigran L. 2660 ARM  66w1  33s½  37w1  20s0  52s1 110w1  31w½  11s0  32w1 6 20035 0 50
19 GM Bartel Mateusz 2642 POL  64s1 133w1  40s½  23w½  29s1  53w0  70s½  76w1  24s½ 6 20028 0 46,5
20 GM Ipatov Alexander 2614 TUR  93w1  69s½  55w1  18w1  31s½  15s0  43w1  54w1   4s0 6 19971 0 48


Five participants were awarded with FIDE titles after the tournament: IM Zaur Mammadov fulfilled the last GM norm and was thus announced grandmaster. Vignesh Nr, Abishek Kelkar, and Deshpande Aniruddha from India accomplished the IM norms. Lastly, Wang Shanshan secured the title “Woman International Master” (WIM).


written by Sarah, translated by Birthe

OSG Baden-Baden Again German Team Champion

The Winning Team OSG Baden-Baden (Picture: Siegfried Haußmann)

The Winning Team OSG Baden-Baden (Picture: Siegfried Haußmann)

The German Chess Major League season ended yesterday and, for the 10th time in a row, the OSG Baden-Baden secured the championship title. Several super-grandmasters of sixteen competing teams with ELO-ratings of 2700 and above, all ranking in the current Top 50, joined the race. World-class players, such as Aronian, Vachier-Lagrave, Adams, Giri, Gelfand, Rapport, Fressinet, Eljanov, Jakovenko, and Almasi proved their worth in the cities Baden-Baden, Schwäbisch Hall, Bremen and Mülheim.

One day prior to the official season end, the OSG Baden-Baden had already been sure to come off best team. Runner-up Werder Bremen was also in a secure place prematurely. The real competition was thus fought for third rank between the teams from Hockenheim and Schwäbisch Hall. Not even the remarkable victory of Li Chao against Anton Guijarro in Round 15 could save Schwäbisch Hall from the inevitable: The SV 1930 Hockenheim had scored two victories and five draws during the last round which gave them a half-point advantage to finally take home the bronze medal.


Final Results








1 OSG Baden-Baden 15 14 1 0 29 85.5
2 Werder Bremen 15 11 4 0 26 75.5
3 SV 1930 Hockenheim 15 8 5 2 21 70
4 SK Schwäbisch Hall 15 9 3 3 21 69.5
5 SG Trier 15 8 2 5 18 64
6 SG Solingen 15 7 3 5 17 63.5
7 SK Turm Emsdetten 15 7 3 5 17 59.5
8 USV TU Dresden 15 7 2 6 16 63.5
9 SC Eppingen 15 7 1 7 15 58
10 Hamburger SK 15 7 0 8 14 62
11 SC Hansa Dortmund 15 6 1 8 13 60
12 SV Mülheim Nord 15 5 2 8 12 62.5
13 SF Berlin 1903 15 3 4 8 10 57
14 SF Katernberg 15 3 2 10 8 47
15 FC Bayern München 15 1 0 14 2 32.5
16 SSC Rostock 07 15 0 1 14 1 30


(R) Rounds

(+) Victory

(=) Draw

(-) Defeat

(MP) Team Points

(BP) Board Points



The OSG Baden-Baden managed to remain undefeated throughout the entire season. Especially Arkadij Naiditsch (12 victories out of 15 duels) and Etienne Bacrot (scored 8.5 points for his team) contributed to the team’s success. The highest success rate within the team was Rustam Kasimdzhanov’s who won 6 out of 7 games (equal to 86%). Another great contribution to the overall victory wasn’t made by superstars like Aronian, Svidler, Adams, Bacrot, Naiditsch, Kasimdzhanov, or Vallejo Pons – German grandmaster Philipp Schlosser (ELO 2570) also helped with 7.5 points. Having won 14 rounds, the OSG Baden-Baden more than deserved to take home the trophy.


Find detailed game sheets and match results on the official website:

Chess Pieces Must Officially Be Renamed in Germany!

The German Federation for Assertion of General Equalization and Equal Opportunities for Women and Men (German abbreviation: DVDGC) has obtained assurance of altering the traditional names of chess pieces at the European Court of Justice.

Chess PiecesThe federation has been engaged in asserting the use of female red light icons in Germany traffic and has furthermore raised a voice in changing the articles of the nouns success, peace, and victory – the common article for those nouns used to be “der” implying for the grammatical gender to be masculine which was now changed to “die”, the feminine pendant. They have now obtained their first success in national sports. The federation itself claims only a partial success. Primarily they aimed for substitution of at least two figures (Bishop and Knight) through newly created pieces whose designs were supposed to severely differ from the others. The request, however, was declined, as implementing the changes would be too complicated and confusing. Special retail stores, for instance, wouldn’t be allowed to sell their chess sets remaining in stock. This alteration would furthermore lead to disparities in international tournaments, since other countries would continue to use the figures  they have always used.

The DVDGC is not going to withdraw their requests for equality because of one setback. Say they it is bad enough that the words rule and defeat  were accompanied by female articles and negative connotation in the German language, whilst a term as victory with a masculine article was understood completely different.

The inequality amongst chess pieces could not be tolerated any longer, according to the DVDGC. The female Queen has had to stand up against the Rook, Knight, Bishop, King, and Pawn on the board, which allegedly created a discriminating imbalance. Germany is therefore introducing the female Knight and female Bishop at instance.  

“We are convinced that this alteration will change chess in Germany fundamentally”, says DVDGC spokeswoman Irmgard Grundelmüser-Schachtler in her first interview. “The alterations will certainly promote chess among young women and encourage them to pay more attention to this traditional sport. They will identify with the game more easily and enjoy it.” In the recent past, the German Chess Federation has complained about the lack of young female talents.

The verdict consequently leads to editing of the entire German ruleset and literature on chess matters. Publishers must change their products until May 1, 2016. After that date they may no longer sell their original editions in book stores.


Who is aware of today’s date might suspect: You have been target of our April fool hoax. Of course, Germany has not initiated the change of chess pieces’ names 🙂

Nevertheless, we would like to point out to you today that a few more female talents wouldn’t hurt chess competitions – Grab your daughter, friend, girlfriend, niece, mother, aunt, or neighbor and hit the board! 🙂

And: We did not mean to offend anyone with our little joke! Feminists and equal opportunities representatives are doing important jobs in Germany. Chessimo supports equal opportunities at any time!

(But as long as serious discussions about red light icons and verbal expressions are preferred over discussions about equal wages and salaries for equal performance, the author of this article takes the freedom of making a joke at the “engagement’s” expense).


written by Sarah, translated by Birthe

Wei Yi: Youngest Grandmaster of all Time

The Chinese chess grandmaster Wei Yi is currently considered the first serious future challenge for Magnus Carlsen. For two reasons: He was born June 2, 1999 and is therefore only fifteen years old at the moment. Since March 2015, he has ranged above the mark of 2700 ELO points and became the youngest Super-Grandmaster of all time – and took over the first of Carlsen’s records.

Wie Yi


Wei Yi’s development is a rocket-like ascend

At the young age of eight, the boy participated at the Chinese Chess Championship (Group B) and as a total newcomer scored a draw against Grandmaster Zhou Jianchao.

Wei won the 2010 Asian Youth Championship in the category Under 12 and shortly after the Youth World Championship. He was rewarded with the FIDE Master title thereafter.

He fulfilled the IM norm in 2012 at the Aeroflot Open in Moscow and at the Asian Individual Championship in Ho-Chi-Minh City. The victory over Richard Rapport and a draw against winner Alexander Ipatov helped him reach the first GM norm at the Youth World Championship in Athens. For this tournament only participants under twenty years old were admitted, Wei Yi was only twelve at that time. A few months later, he fulfilled the second GM norm at the 2nd INA Open in Jakarta, at which he prevailed over Michael Krasenkow and Sergey Fedorchuk.

In January 2013, Wei Yi became International Master.

In March, he competed at the Reykjavik Open, defeated Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and thus fulfilled the third GM norm. His performance at the Chess World Cup in Tromsö was remarkable as well – with victories over favorite players Ian Nepomniachtchi and Alexey Shirov he made if two third round, which is when he lost to Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.

He was announced Grandmaster in May 2013. At the age of fourteen and about five months, Wei held an astonishing ELO of 2602 points and thus became youngest player in history who surpassed a rating of 2600 points.

The story of success continued when Wei Yi helped the Chinese national chess team to win the gold medal at the Chess Olympics in Tromsö in August 2014, and when Group B dominated with 10.5 points out of 13 duels at the Tata Steel Chess Tournament in Vijk aan Zee the following January. Without a single defeat on his account, he achieved a better ELO-rating (2804) and David Navara and qualified for joining Group A of the same tournament in the 2016 edition at which only the world’s best players compete.

In February 2015, he achieved a shared 3rd to 11th rank at the Tradewise Gibraltar Masters and improved his rating to 2706 points. He rapidly advanced to rank 40 of the worldwide standings. In March, his rating of 2706 points was officially approved, which makes him the youngest player since implementation of the ELO rating system who holds an ELO of 2700 and above.

We dedicated an article to the question of whether China is becoming the world’s new chess nation and Wei Yi will grow to become the next Magnus Carlsen. Only three months later, the question is now more discussed than ever before. There is potential in the enthusiastic Wei Yi, without doubt. What the future holds for him depends on how he uses and utilizes his talent. Magnus Carlsen, for sure, should get ready.

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe

Surprise Winners at Reykjavik Open 2015


Erwin L’ami


From March 10 to 18 2015, the traditional chess tournament Reykjavik Open was staged for the 51st time by the Icelandic capital.

Among the 274 participants from 37 countries were 35 international grandmasters, elevating the event to world-class level.

93 of these participants originated from Iceland, 36 came from Norway, 15 were Germany, each 13 from the United States and Denmark, and another 10 from Canada and France travelled to Iceland to make sure that their countries were well-represented at the tournament.

The upper thirty ranks of the worldwide standings were embodied only by Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, David Navara, and Pavel Eljanov.

Dutchman Erwin L’ami who was not considered a favorite player with an ELO of 2605 points, delivered and excellent performance. Even the last critics were convinced in Round 7 when he defeated Mamedyarov (ELO 3756). He managed to remain completely undefeated until the final round – only then he lost to Eljanov. Nevertheless, he won the overall tournament: with 8.5 out of 10 points, he secured first rank which was absolutely deserved after an ELO-performance of incredible 2826 points.

Brazilian player Alexandr Fier surprised as well, ranking 4th after beating Navara in Round 8. The Frenchman and bronze-medal-winner Fabien Libiszewski performed high above his usual gaming level with an extra 200 ELO points.

The first ten ranks were rewarded with prize money ranging from €350 (10th) to €5.000 (1st).


Final Results Top 30
Rk.   Name FED Pts.
1 GM L’ami Erwin NED 8,5
2 GM Eljanov Pavel UKR 8
3 GM Libiszewski Fabien FRA 8
4 GM Fier Alexandr BRA 7,5
5 GM Naroditsky Daniel USA 7,5
6 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar AZE 7,5
7 GM Melkumyan Hrant ARM 7,5
8 GM Hansen Eric CAN 7,5
9 GM Hammer Jon Ludvig NOR 7,5
10 GM Gupta Abhijeet IND 7,5
11 GM Stefansson Hannes ISL 7,5
12 GM Danielsen Henrik ISL 7,5
13 GM Jussupow Artur GER 7,5
14 GM Grandelius Nils SWE 7,5
15 GM Gao Rui CHN 7
16 GM Granda Zuniga Julio E PER 7
17 GM Gretarsson Hjorvar Steinn ISL 7
18 GM Jones Gawain C B ENG 7
19 GM Maze Sebastien FRA 7
20 IM Norowitz Yaacov USA 7
21 GM Grover Sahaj IND 7
22 GM Idani Pouya IRI 7
23 WGM Khademalsharieh Sarasadat IRI 7
24 GM Cornette Matthieu FRA 7
25 GM Le Roux Jean-Pierre FRA 7
26 GM Rombaldoni Axel ITA 7
27 GM Movsesian Sergei ARM 7
28 IM Sarkar Justin USA 7
29 FM Antal Tibor Kende HUN 7
30 FM Rosner Jonas GER 7


The ELO-rating is only a guideline and has only limited validity in determining a player’s strength – which the Reykjavik Open proved yet again.

While David Navara with an ELO of 2736 points didn’t even make it to the Top 30, other players like Johaneson (ELO 2212), Antal (ELO 2317), Khadermalsharieh (ELO 2357), or Sarkar (ELO 2376) surpassed him in means of playing performance.

The youngest participant was American Hans Niemann who came off 80th at an incredibly young age of eleven.

Find pictures, videos, and game sheets on the official website

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe

Veselin Topalov: World Class for a Quarter of a Century


The Bulgarian chess grandmaster Veselin Topalov (or in Cyrillic Веселин Топалов) celebrates his birthday today. It is not just any birthday – it is his 40th! Round lots seem to play a special role in his life anyway. At the exact age of 30, 10 years back, Topalov was crowned chess world champion. The best reason for us to have a closer look at the life of the superstar who has constantly stayed at the world’s top in matters of chess.

. Veselin Topalov was born Son of an economist and doctor on March 15 1975 in Russe, Bulgaria.

. In 1982, at the age of seven, he learned to play chess. Owed to his quick and remarkable development, he began his chess career early.

. Topalov won the U14 World Championship in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico in 1989.

. He was announced grandmaster in 1992.

. In 1993 he ranked 11th in worldwide standings and has remained at the world’s top ever since.

. 1994 was the year Topalov achieved the best ELO-performance at the Chess Olympics that he competed at with the Bulgarian national team.

. He had his longest sequence of successes in 1996 when he won in Madrid (1.-2.), Amsterdam (1.-2.) León (1.-2.), Novgorod (1.), Vienna (1.-3.), and Dos Hermanas (1.-3.).

. Topalov competed at the Chess Olympics with the Bulgarian national Team again in 1998 and 2000 and achieved the second best ELO-performance of all participants.

. Furthermore, he represented Bulgaria at the European Team Chess Championship in 1999 at which he delivered the best ELO-performance of all participants.

. The same year he participated at the European Club Cup as a member of the ŠK Bosna Sarajevo that won the tournament.

. At the international traditional tournament in Vijk aan Zee in 1999 Topalov played against Kasparov which is one of the most commented duel in the history of chess (he lost, unfortunately).

. In 2002 he made it all the way to the final duel at the Braingames Candidates’ Tournament which he lost to Peter Leko in the end.

. Topalov prevailed over World Champion Vladimir Kramnik at Vijk aan Zee in 2005 and thus ranked 3rd.

. With Kasparov, whom he defeated in the last round, he won the Tournament of Linares and also secured gold at the M-Tel Masters in Sofia one point ahead of Visvanathan Anand.

. Veselin Topalov won the 2005 edition of the double-rounded FIDE World Championship tournament at the Argentinian city San Luis prematurely. One round prior to the last he secured the victory and should have become first single World Champion in history. As the classical World Champion Kramnik was not present, the title remained divided.

. In 2005 topalov was awarded with the Chess Oscar.

. The year after he won a shared first rank with Visvanathan Anand at thr world-class tournament Corus Vijk aan Zee.

. In addition, he prevailed over European Champion Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu and repeatedly won the M-Tel Masters in Sofia.

. Topalov and Kramnik faced each other for the battle for the title in 2006. The question of who would be the single World Champion was finally to be answered. After the two were even in score and had drawn in the last round, Kramnik was able to decide the rapid chess tiebreaks in his favor – and thus became Chess World Champion.

. In 2007 Topalov, Aronian, and Radjabov won the Grandmaster Tournament in Vijk aan Zee. Another victory followed at the Spanish tournament of Category 19 the same year.

. He won the Bilbao Final Chess Masters and the Pearl Spring Tournament in Nanjing in 2008. With the Bulgarian national team he also achieved the third best result at the Chess Olympics.

. Topalov won the 2009 edition of the Candidates‘ Final in Sofia prematurely which qualified him to compete for the World Championship title.

. In 2010 he competed against World Champion Visvanathan Anand at the World Championship duel in Sofia, which he lost with a one point disadvantage. In April that year his ELO rated 2816.9 points and is therefore the seventh highest rating ever achieved.

. At the Candidates’ Tournament 2011 for the World Championship 2012 Topalov made it to quarter finals, but then dropped out after a defeat through Kamsky.

. Topalov achieved the best result at third board of all European Club Cup participants (as a member of SOCAR Baku).

. At the FIDE Grand Prix 2012/13 he secured ahead of Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Fabiano Caruana the overall victory and qualified for the Candidates’ Tournament 2014.

. He also represented Bulgaria at the European Team Chess Championship 2013 and achieved the best result at third board.

. In 2014 he, unfortunately, he ended up in bottom rank with 6 out of 14 points at the Candidates’ Tournament. At the Chess Olympics, however, he achieved the best result at first board as a member of the Bulgarian national team. He also won the European Club Cup with SOCAR Baku and achieved the best result at second board. He ranked 3rd (behind Carlsen and Caruana) at the Sinquefield Cup the same year.

. The year 2015 had a good start for him at stake: In February he ranked 5th with a 2747 ELO-performance at the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival.


After several successful decades of chess Topalov is currently 4th in worldwide standings at 2798 ELO points behind Carlsen, Caruana, and Nakamura.

All the best, Veselin! To a successful year!

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe


Russia Determines Pace at European Championship


From February 24 to March 9 2015 Jerusalem in Israel was stage to the European Individual Chess Championship 2015. 250 participants from 33 countries joined in – 101 players from Israel, 42 from Russia, 13 from the Ukraine, and 9 from both Armenia and Turkey. 113 Grandmasters were amongst them and promised a suspenseful event.

The competition was carried out in Swiss Tournament System and the prize money fund contained 120,000 Euros.

The Top 10 certainly tended towards Eastern Europe – Four Ukrainian and three Russian players led the field, barely leaving room for Czech player David Navara (silver medal), the Polish Mateusz Bartel (bronze meda) and Turk Alexander Ipatov (7th rank).


Final ranks Top 30
Rk. Name FED Pts.
1 GM Najer Evgeniy RUS 8,5
2 GM Navara David CZE 8
3 GM Bartel Mateusz POL 8
4 GM Khismatullin Denis RUS 8
5 GM Vovk Yuri UKR 7,5
6 GM Korobov Anton UKR 7,5
7 GM Ipatov Alexander TUR 7,5
8 GM Eljanov Pavel UKR 7,5
9 GM Volokitin Andrei UKR 7,5
10 GM Matlakov Maxim RUS 7,5
11 GM Sjugirov Sanan RUS 7,5
12 GM Moiseenko Alexander UKR 7,5
13 GM Motylev Alexander RUS 7,5
14 Iljiushenok Ilia RUS 7,5
15 GM Kempinski Robert POL 7,5
16 GM Smirin Ilia ISR 7,5
17 GM Cheparinov Ivan BUL 7,5
18 GM Sargissian Gabriel ARM 7,5
19 GM Popov Ivan RUS 7,5
20 GM Laznicka Viktor CZE 7,5
21 GM Rodshtein Maxim ISR 7,5
22 GM Brkic Ante CRO 7,5
23 GM Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter GER 7,5
24 GM Grachev Boris RUS 7,5
25 GM Nabaty Tamir ISR 7,5
26 GM Can Emre TUR 7,5
27 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian RUS 7
28 GM Goganov Aleksey RUS 7
29 GM Bukavshin Ivan RUS 7
30 GM Vitiugov Nikita RUS 7


Three out of five participants ranging at 2700+ points, such as Etienne Bacrot (32nd rank), Ian Nepomniachtchi (27th rank) and Nikita Vitiugov (30th rank) surprisingly missed the Top 20 ranking. 23 year-old Russian Ilia Ilijushenok with an ELO-performance of 2680 points, on the other hand, scored a whole 230 points higher than his usual level and made a deserved 14th rank. Just as well performed Yuri Vovk (ELO 2588, Performance 2730) and Alexander Ipatov (ELO 2592, Performance 2719).

Almost half of all Top 30 players, twelve to be exact, were Russian participants. German player Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu came off 23rd.

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe