Fabiano Caruana Joins American Team

Fabiano Caruana, ranking 3rd in worldwide standings, leaves the Italian National Chess Team after ten year and will return to the United States Chess Federation (USCF), as the organization declared in a press conference last week.


Background Information

Fabiano CaruanaFabiano Caruana was born in Miami in 1992 and grew up in New York, his mother being Italian and his father also having Italian roots. At the age of five, he began playing chess and was member of the United States Chess Federation until thirteen years old. In October 2005, Caruana joined the Italian Chess Federation after he and his family had moved back to Europa to enhance his career opportunities. The United States weren’t particularly successful in the chess scene at that time – only six Americans ranked among the Top 85 of the world. To help their son obtain better training and to enhance the chances of successful and relevant tournament participation, his parents decided for their son to represent Italy on the international stage. Saying their plans added up, would simply be an understatement. On the other side of the big pond, Caruana exceeded all expectations and ascended to the absolute top of the world of chess.

Caruana holds dual citizenship – meaning he is Italian and American citizen at the same time. Until today, he pays taxes in the United States and speaks English flawlessly.


The Change

The USCF has fought for Caruana’s attention for years and repeatedly invited him to participate in US championships. His decision and statements were still a surprise to many, although he had always shown his loyalty towards Italy which graciously supported him for an entire decade. Only half a year ago, Caruana answered the question of whether he planned to join a US chess team again as follows: “No, I do not have such plans at this point. However, I don’t know what the future holds.”

The Italian Chess Federation’s spokesman responded to the rumors of Caruana changing teams a while back: “America offered him 100,000 EUR per year, Azerbaijan even 400,000 EUR. I would love for him to make that amount of money with playing chess, but frankly, these offers were unsuccessful. Caruana signed a contract with the Italian Chess Federation over 80,000 EUR per annum in January and will stay with us until December.”

According to rumors, Caruana was offered a contract by St. Louis over six years and 200,000 EUR, which at first he distanced himself from by calling them speculations, but recently he admitted to the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis playing a major role in his change:

“I am looking forward to representing the United States again and to working with the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis. I would like to thank everybody who made this possible and am excited for this new partnership. Also, I would like to use the occasion and express my appreciation and gratefulness for the support that the Italian Chess Federation has provided me with during the last ten years. I wish them all the best.”


An Outlook

The Americans have put quite some effort into their establishment in the world’s chess elite in the recent past. Their endeavors are now rewarded with success. Jean Hoffmann, Executive Director of USCF, announced:

“For the first time in history, the United States have three players in the Top 10: The world’s third, Fabiano Caruana, its fourth, Hikaru Nakamura, and its ninth, Wesley So.”

Measured by their ELO-ratings (2745.4) the US national team is now second best team in the world, behind Russia (2759.4). The first meaningful international tournament at which Caruana will represent the United States are the Chess Olympics in Baku next year.

And of course, there is this thing with the World Championship title. If Caruana were to win the world championship next year, he’d be the first American player since Bobby Fischer to accomplish this milestone.

Caruana answered the question whether he would feel like an American or Italian world champion in case he would actually win the title diplomatically:

“Why can’t I be both at the same time? I consider myself an American, as I was born in the States and grew up there. At the same time, I am Italian, because my Mother is Italian and the ancestors on my father’s side of the family were also Italian.”

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe

Favorited Players Go Home Empty Handedly At Nakhchivan Open

From May 1 to 11 2015, the Nakhchivan Chess Center in cialis prostate the Southwest of Azerbaijan was stage to the Nakhchivan Open 2015.

Nakhchivan Open

Three different tournaments were scheduled at the event

Tournament A: Players with ELO-ratings of 2250 and above (women: 2100 points)

Tournament B: Players of ELO-ratings of 2249 and below

Tournament C: Children under 12


The A-Group consisted what is plavix 75 mg used for of 66 players, half of which were Azerbaijanis. The remaining half came from Belgium, China, France, Georgia, India, Iran, Netherlands, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

Amongst them were 23 grandmasters, 2 super-grandmasters even. Etienne Bacrot and Rustan Kasimdzhanov to be exact.


Final Results after 9 Rounds (Top 20)

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Rk.   Name Rtg FED Pts.
1 GM Safarli Eltaj 2640 AZE 7
2 GM Guseinov Gadir 2612 AZE 7
3 GM Pantsulaia Levan 2603 GEO 6,5
4 GM Idani Pouya 2526 IRI 6
5 GM Tiviakov Sergei 2642 NED 6
6 GM Onischuk Vladimir 2669 UKR 6
7 GM Gupta Abhijeet 2603 IND 6
8 GM Khalifman Alexander 2624 RUS 6
9 GM Bacrot Etienne 2704 FRA 6
10 GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2715 UZB 6
11 GM Hou Yifan 2686 CHN 6
12 GM Adhiban B. 2636 IND 6
13 GM Gasanov Eldar 2494 UKR 5,5
14 GM Baklan Vladimir 2633 UKR 5,5
15 GM Paichadze Luka 2556 GEO 5,5
16 GM Romanov Evgeny 2581 RUS 5,5
17 FM Gadimbayli Abdulla 2301 AZE 5,5
18 GM Mamedov Rauf 2655 AZE 5,5
19   Beradze Irakli 2310 GEO 5
20 GM Bajarani Ulvi 2504 AZE 5


Surprisingly, the ELO-favorites were nowhere near the battles for the top ranks. Though Kasimdzhanov showed no defeat on his account, he scored only 6 points due to many draws. Bacrot fought similar difficulties and even had to comply with a defeat against Pouya Idani. Former world champion Yifan Hou lost two duels and won five, and thus also collected 6 points only.

The favorited players’ weak performances were quickly taken advantage of by the opponents – in the end, Eltaj Safarli and Gadir Guseinov shared 1st rank.

Find the detailed list of results of participants here.

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe


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.


Source: http://www.dubaichess.ae
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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

(Source: www.schachbundesliga.de)


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