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FIDE Newsletter November 2017

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The final leg of the FIDE Grand Prix Series 2017 took place in Palma de Mallorca (Spain) from 16th to 26th of November.

Official website: worldchess.com/gp2017

Part 04

Levon Aronian (Armenia) and Dmitry Jakovenko (Russia) won the final tournament of the Grand Prix Series, both scored 5 ½ points.

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Alexander Grischuk topped the final standings of the FIDE Grand Prix series to qualify for the 2018 FIDE Candidates Tournament in Berlin.

Part 05

Palma de Mallorca Grand Prix final standings:
1-2. GM Aronian Levon ARM 2801 and GM Jakovenko Dmitry RUS 2721 - 5.5
3-9. GM Nakamura Hikaru USA 2780, GM Ding Liren CHN 2774, GM Svidler Peter RUS 2763, GM Radjabov Teimour AZE 2741, GM Harikrishna P. IND 2738, GM Tomashevsky Evgeny RUS 2702 and GM Rapport Richard HUN 2692 - 5
10-12.GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime FRA 2796, GM Eljanov Pavel UKR 2707 and GM Inarkiev Ernesto RUS 2683 - 4.5
13-15. GM Giri Anish NED 2762, GM Li Chao B CHN 2741 and GM Vallejo Pons Francisco ESP 2705 - 4
16. GM Riazantsev Alexander RUS 2651 - 3.5
17-18. GM Gelfand Boris ISR 2719 and GM Hammer Jon Ludvig NOR 2629 ? 3

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Part 03



FIDE World Junior and Girl under 20 Chess Championship 2017 took place in Tarvisio, Italy from 12th to 26th of November.

Official website: www.fideacademy.com/wjcc2017

Part 12

Open section winners:
1st - Aryan Tari (Norway)
2nd - Manuel Petrosyan (Armenia)
3rd - Chithambaram Vr Aravindh (India)

Girls section winners:
1st - Zhansaya Abdulmalik (Kazakhstan)
2nd - Anastasya Paramzina (Russia)
3rd - Jennifer Yu (United States of America)

IM Praggnanandhaa of India did not reach the podium although he received his first GM norm.

237 players from 64 countries participated in the tournament.

Full results of the tournament can be found here. 



World Senior Championship 2017 was held in Acqui Terme, Italy from 6th to 19th of November.

Official website: scaccomattissimo.eu 

For 7th time Italy was hosting the World Senior Chess Championship. After Arco 2001 and 2010, Lignano Sabbiadoro 2005, Arvier 2006, Condino 2009 and Acqui Terme 2015 this year the seniors were invited again to came to the city of Acqui Terme (nearly 20.000 of inhabitants) in northern Italy, between Genova and Torino, 35km in south of better known city of Alessandria.

Organizers are IO Michele Cordara (also organizer of Chess Olympiad 2006) and IO Cristina Pernici Rigo Playing hall: the Convention Center of Acqui Terme.

From 6th till 18th of November 2017 298 players out of 52 countries were playing for the titles of World Champion in the categories ?Open +50?, ?Women +50?, ?Open +65? and ?Women +65?.

Part 06

Open +50

Top favourite GM Julian Granda Zuniga (Peru) had already won the tournament after his victory in round 10. Therefore, in last round he agreed in a quick draw and won the tournament with 9,5 points out of 11 games (8 victories, 3 draws). In the year 1980 the top player from Peru won the WYCC Under 14 in Mexico, and now, 37 years later, he became World Champion in this year?s Senior-championship. What a nice story! One point behind the new World Champion GM Rogelio Antonio (PHI) and GM Eric Prie (FRA) finished on second and third place.

Open +65

GM Evgeny Sveshnikov (RUS) became the new World Champion, half a point in front of 9 players with 8 points. The other medalists are GM Vaisser and GM Jansa.

Part 07

Women +50

Number one seeded WGM Elvira Berend (LUX) started convincingly with 6,5 out of 7 games, but in penultimate game she lost to WGM Marina Makropoulou (GRE). A very fast draw in last round secured her the first place and the World Champion title. WGM Makropoulou had a bad start of 3 points out of 6 games and then a perfect final with 3 points in the last 3 games. With this result she managed to finish on second place. Bronze medal went to WGM Galina Strutinskaia (RUS) with 6 points as well. The ladies played only 9 games.

Women +65

The two Georgian players WGM Tamar Khmiadashvili and GM Nona Gaprindashvili dominated the tournament. Both of them scored 7,5 points out of 9 games. Khmiadashvili won the title, as she managed to win against Gaprindashvili in third round. Bronze medal went to WIM Tatiana Titorenko (RUS).

The final standings:

Open +50:
1. GM Julian Granda Zuniga (PER) 9,5
2. GM Rogelio Antonio (PHI) 8,5
3. GM Eric Prie (FRA) 8,5

Open +65:
1. GM Evgeny Sveshnikov (RUS) 8,5
2. GM Anatoly Vaisser (FRA) 8
3. GM Vlastimil Jansa (CZE) 8

Women +50:
1. WGM Elvira Berend (LUX) 7
2. WGM Marina Makropoulou (GRE) 6
3. WGM Galina Strutinskaia (RUS) 6

Women +65:
1. WGM Tamar Khmiadashvili (GEO) 7,5
2. GM Nona Gaprindashvili (GEO) 7,5
3. WIM Tatiana Titorenko (RUS) 6,5





5th European Small Nations Team Chess Championship took place in Andorra la Vella, from 11th-19th November.

Official website: esna.escacsandorra.com

Part 10

The Champion of the event was determined in the last round. Faroe Islands took a narrow victory in the direct match for the first place played against Andorra, and became the European Small Nations Team Chess Champion for 2017.

Second place went to Monaco, while the third place came to Andorra.

Together with regular prizes, the best players of each board were awarded with special prizes. The special prizes were awarded to: Board 1 - Helgi Dam Ziska (FRA), Board 2 - Tom Weber (LUX), Board 3 - Robert Aloma (AND) and Board 4 - Pierre Gengler (LUX).

Part 09

European Small Nations annual meeting took place on 18th of November with attendance of all 10 nations.

The Chess Federation of Andorra under the auspices of the ECU organized the event.

 



Panamerican Junior U20 Chess Championship 2017 was held in San Salvador, El Salvador from 31st of October till 7th of November.

Official website: www.ajedrezenelsalvador.org

Final results for open section:
1 IM Escalante Ramirez Brian Sebas PER
2 IM Acosta Pablo Ismael ARG
3 FM Avila Pavas Santiago COL
http://www.chess-results.com/tnr307313.aspx?lan=1 

Final results for girls section:
1 WIM Barrera Javiera Belen CHI
2 WIM Fuentes Godoy Lilia Ivonne MEX
3 WIM Sanchez Ones Yeny CUB



Asian Amateur Chess Championship 2017 took place in Chiang Mai, Thailand from 23rd till 30th November.

Official website: asianamateurchess2017.com 

Part 02

Uzbekistan's Bakhiyor Djumaev and Loreshyl Cuizon of the Philippines won the Asian Amateur and Women's Championships, respectively, organized by the Thailand Chess Association 23-30 November 2017 in Chiang Mai under the auspices of the Asian Chess Federation.

Kyrgyzstan's Islam Baisynov shared second to fourth places in the Open with Mongolia's Dagii Ganduuga and Philippines Stewart Manaog, all with 7 points with Singapore's Matthew Lau Ende taking fifth place.

The category prizes, best under 2000 went to Nepal's Bhupendra Niraula, best under 1900 to Oman's Salim Issa Ali Shamas, best under 1800 to Mongolia's Amartaivan Erkhembayar, best under 1700 to Malaysia's Teh Wee Zhun and best unnrated to Mongolia's Ganbaatar Batsukh.

Part 01

In the women's section, Cuizon started very brightly with 5/5, then agreed a short draw in round six after beating her main rival, India's G Sandhya, and then struggled a little with two more draws but then recovered her early energy in the last round to win and take the title thanks to the first tie-break of direct encounter.

While Sandhya was second, her countrymate Gochhikar Aparajita took third place half a point behind on 7/9. Category prizes were awarded to Myanmar's Su Laet Nandar for best under 1900, Malaysia's Fong Mi Yen for best under 1800, Thailand's Sarocha Chuemsakul for best under 1700 and Myanmar's Hnin Pwint Phyu for best unrated.



Rencontres Internationales des Échecs Francophones took place in Hammamet, Tunisia from 27th of October till 5th of November.

1 GM Erald Dervishi 2552 ALB
2 GM Gilles Miralles 2423 FRA
3 GM Thal Abergel 2462 FRA

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World Schools Chess Championship 2018

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The World Schools Individual Championships 2018 wil be held from 20th to 29th April 2018 in Durres, on the Adriatic coast of Albania, under the auspices of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) and the Albanian Chess Federation.

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London Will Host FIDE World Chess Championship Match 2018
FIDE World Chess Championship Match 2018

FIDE and World Chess announced that the 2018 World Chess Championship Match will take place in London in November 2018. The world?s most prestigious chess tournament is to be the climax of a season of high-profile activity to extend the sport?s appeal among global audiences ? and make 2018 the Year of Chess in the UK.

Taking place from 9-28 November, the 12-game Match will see current World Chess Champion, Norway?s Magnus Carlsen, defend his title against a challenger to be decided at the forthcoming FIDE World Chess Candidates Tournament in March.

The contest consists of 12 games, with every move avidly followed and analyzed by a global audience of hundreds of millions of chess fans.

The last World Championship match, held in New York, in 2016, enjoyed record-breaking coverage with the total audience for the whole event topping 1.5 billion people.

Chess is enjoying increased popularity around the world and is the only game that is pre-downloaded on nearly every new smartphone. Hundreds of millions of games are played over the internet every week, and more people play chess regularly than golf and tennis combined, according to YouGov.


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Chess?s celebrity fans include Jay Z, Jude Law, Arnold Schwarzenegger and President Barack Obama.

At 26, Magnus Carlsen has helped transform the profile of chess globally particularly since his crowning moment in the 2016 World Championship Match in New York. Chess is now the most popular computer game in the world, with a huge online audience in the hundreds of millions, that is growing exponentially. Recent developments with virtual reality have enabled chess to stay ahead of the curve and allow its audience to enjoy a rich experience via pay-per-view platforms, and smartphone apps.

All eyes will be on the enigmatic Carlsen as he defends his title. A chess prodigy of exceptional talent, he became a grandmaster in 2004 at the age of just 13 years and 148 days ? making him the third-youngest grandmaster in history. He is the highest-rated player in the world and in the history of chess, with a peak rating of 2881 in 2014, and is the subject of the critically acclaimed Netflix documentary ?Magnus?.


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Ilya Merenzon, CEO of World Chess, Andrey Guryev, CEO of PhosAgro, Magnus Carlsen, reigning World Champion, George Osborne, former UK Chancellor, Georgios Makropoulos, FIDE Deputy President


Georgios Makropoulos, FIDE Deputy President, says: ?FIDE is very pleased to bring the Match to London. We know that this city loves chess, most major newspapers run regular chess columns, and we hope that the fans will love a chance to see the greatest minds in the world fight to the Championship title live.?

Ilya Merenzon, CEO of World Chess, the commercial rights holder to the FIDE Chess Championship cycle, says: ?Chess is now one of the world?s most popular computer games, but it has long-standing traditions, and we believe that London is the perfect setting for the next Championship Match. We are transforming the sport and making it modern and hip, but mindful of millennia-old traditions ? and we hope to conduct this transformation as gracefully, as London does.?

?And, of course, no one is better to make the first move in the Royal Game as the member of the Royal Family (Congratulations, Prince Harry!),? ? adds Merenzon.

World Chess also announced today they are incredibly excited to welcome official partner PhosAgro, the leading chemical company, that has signed a long-term contract with World Chess.


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Andrey Guryev, CEO of PhosAgro, Russian Chess Federation Board of Trustees Member, said: ?Long-term sponsorship of the World Chess championships, which we signed today, is part of PhosAgro?s established corporate responsibility programme, which supports education, science, medicine and sports. We already sponsored the 2014 World Chess Championship match in Sochi and the 2016 World Chess Championship match in New York and are committed to continue. We are delighted with the choice of the city: London is where tradition and modern technology meet, and this is exactly our vision for the future of chess. Can?t wait to the chess fever to commence in London!?

Leading brands continue to support the Championship cycle and will be represented in the Match: Kaspersky Lab as World Chess and FIDE Official Cybersecurity Partner; S.T. Dupont as Official Writing Instrument; and Isklar as Official Water.

Eugene Kaspersky, Chairman and CEO of Kaspersky Lab, said: ?It makes me proud that, as a partner of FIDE and World Chess, we can support and promote the genius game of chess. It?s an amazing game, where creative thinking meets deep logic and analytical skill: just like in the world of cybersecurity! And that?s why we enjoy supporting the World Chess Championship, and why we?ll continue protecting FIDE, the players, and tournament?s infrastructure in the future.?


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Details of ticket pricing and booking will be made available soon, however chess fans can already book online-tickets and start receiving subscriber-only benefits today at www.london2018.worldchess.com.

World Chess will provide a free live broadcast of the moves of the Match exclusively on www.worldchess.com and media partner sites. The premium online broadcast will cost $15 for the Match or $25 for the full year and will include multi-camera video feed, behind-the-scenes access, studio show with expert commentary and special guests, as well as other subscriber-only benefits, such as limited edition merchandise, possibility to ask grandmasters questions during press conferences and more. 10% of all digital tickets will go towards increasing the prize fund for the Match.

The Championship Match will have a prize fund of EUR 1,000,000.

Official hashtag: #LondonPlaysChess.







December 2017 FIDE Rating List
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FIDE publishes December 2017 FIDE Rating List. The list of top players is published at Top lists page of FIDE ratings website. All players can check new ratings at the main page of FIDE ratings website.
World no.1 Magnus Carlsen to Play in King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Championships

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World no.1 Magnus Carlsen to Play in King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Championships

Athens, Greece, November 25, 2017 ? Magnus Carlsen (Norway), the highest-rated chess player in the world and World Champion in classical chess, will take part in the King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Championships that takes place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia between 26th and 30th December 2017. The incumbent World Rapid and Blitz Champions ? Sergey Karjakin (Russia) and Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine), along with over 180 top grandmasters have confirmed their participation, making the King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Championships the strongest open events of the year.

Notable entries include World ranked no.2 Levon Aronian of Armenia and world no.3 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan, former World Champion Viswanathan Anand of India and a record-breaking level of grandmasters from over 40 countries.

FIDE and the General Sports Authority are pleased to announce that the venue will be the iconic Apex Convention Centre, in KAPSARC (King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre) as the playing venue. The 70,000m² KAPSARC campus incorporates five buildings: the Energy Knowledge Centre; the Energy Computer Centre; a Conference Centre with exhibition hall and 300-seat auditorium; a Research Library with archives for 100,000 volumes; and the Musalla, an inspirational place for prayer within the campus.

Given the extremely short time from confirmation of the event to the opening ceremony, FIDE and the organisers have been working very hard to ensure that all participants will enjoy excellent hospitality and benefit from organization of the highest standard in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

FIDE is also pleased to extend the registration deadline until November 30th, 2017 to accommodate players who require more time to make travel arrangements and on account of a small delay in announcing the official hotels.

Holiday Inn Izdihar
The Northern Ring Road, Between Exit 7 & 8, 11564 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Ascott Rafal Hotel Riyadh
Address: Al Sahafa, Olaya Street, 13321 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Centro Riyadh Olaya
Address: Olaya Street, Al Murooj District P.O. Box 103617, 11616 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Full details of prices and booking may be obtained through FIDE Secretariat (office@fide.com)


Official Schedule

December 24 Arrival of players and officials
December 25 5:30 PM Transfer to venue
  6:00 PM Technical Meeting
                                                    7:00 PM Opening ceremony
December 26 3:15 PM 1st day of Rapid (rounds 1-5)
December 27                      3:15 PM 2nd day of Rapid (rounds 6-10)
December 28 2:00 PM 3rd day of Rapid (rounds 11-15)
                                                    8:30 PM Award Ceremony
December 29                3:15 PM 1st day of Blitz
December 30                        2:00 PM 2nd day of Blitz
                                                    8:30 PM Award and Closing ceremony
December 31                        Departure


The games and official ceremonies will be broadcasted online with expert Grandmaster commentary and made available to all media partners.

The four events offer a record total prize fund of US$2,000,000 with the Open events having individual prize funds of US$750,000 each and the women event having a prize fund of US$ 250,000 each. 30 prizes shall be offered in each event.

All players rated at least 2600 for the Open and 2300 for the Women, in any of the FIDE rating lists (Standard, Blitz or Rapid) from September 2017 to October 2017 are eligible to register to play in the King Salman World Blitz & Rapid Championships 2017. FIDE has already announced that female participants will not have to wear hijab or abaya during the games, a first for any sporting event in Saudi Arabia.


Palma de Mallorca Grand Prix: Mamedyarov and Grischuk qualify for Candidates

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Mamedyarov and Grischuk qualify for Candidates


Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Alexander Grischuk topped the final standings of the FIDE Grand Prix series to qualify for the 2018 FIDE Candidates Tournament in Berlin.

Mamedyarov and Grischuk completed their respective Grand Prix campaigns this summer in Geneva and could only watch from distance as Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Teimour Radjabov fought in Palma de Mallorca Grand Prix in attempt to overtake them in the GP standings.

It was a dramatic conclusion of the GP series as everything was to be decided in the last round in Palma, but both the Frenchman and the Azeri faltered in the end.

Vachier-Lagrave over-pressed against Dmitry Jakovenko and even lost, while Radjabov, who had a strong run in the previous days, could not achieve more than a draw against Richard Rapport.

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Levon Aronian held Hikaru Nakamura in the last round in Palma de Mallorca to share the first place with Dmitry Jakovenko.

As a result, Levon Aronian (Armenia) and Dmitry Jakovenko (Russia) won the Palma leg of the Grand Prix Series, both scored 5 ½ points.

The remaining six games were drawn.

The field for the 2018 FIDE Candidates Tournament is now complete as Mamedyarov and Grischuk join Sergey Karjakin (world championship match 2016), Aronian, Ding Liren (World Cup 2017), Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So (average rating) and Vladimir Kramnik (wildcard).

Palma de Mallorca Grand Prix final standings:

1-2. GM Aronian Levon ARM 2801 and GM Jakovenko Dmitry RUS 2721 - 5.5
3-9. GM Nakamura Hikaru USA 2780, GM Ding Liren CHN 2774, GM Svidler Peter RUS 2763, GM Radjabov Teimour AZE 2741, GM Harikrishna P. IND 2738, GM Tomashevsky Evgeny RUS 2702 and GM Rapport Richard HUN 2692 - 5
10-12.GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime FRA 2796, GM Eljanov Pavel UKR 2707 and GM Inarkiev Ernesto RUS 2683 - 4.5
13-15. GM Giri Anish NED 2762, GM Li Chao B CHN 2741 and GM Vallejo Pons Francisco ESP 2705 - 4
16. GM Riazantsev Alexander RUS 2651 - 3.5
17-18. GM Gelfand Boris ISR 2719 and GM Hammer Jon Ludvig NOR 2629 ? 3

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Round 8: Radjabov and MVL keep chances to qualify for the Candidates


The sole leader of the Palma de Mallorca Grand Prix Levon Aronian made a quick draw with Evgeny Tomashevsky, inviting the group of rivals to join him on the top. But same as in the previous rounds all games on the top boards finished peacefully and not even one player came close to catch him up. Richard Rapport and Dmitry Jakovenko signed the peace right after the opening stage. Playing with black pieces Maxime Vachier-Lagrave decided not to take risk in the game against Ernesto Inarkiev. Ding Liren was not familiar with the opening but managed to equalize against Peter Svidler. Hikaru Nakamura and Pentala Harikrishna played a very sharp and complex game with chances for both sides which eventually ended in a draw too.

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As in the previous day three decisive games were played on the lower boards. Li Chao defeated Anish Giri. It seems that Giri underestimated the strength of White's position after the opening. The Chinese Grandmaster transferred the game into the slightly better ending and showed good technique while converting his advantage.

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Two longest games of the round finished in a draw. Ion Ludvig Hammer had huge advantage in the game against Alexander Riazantsev but it slipped away after few inaccurate moves. Francisco Vallejo Pons was slightly pressing Pavel Eljanov in drawish ending and after 7 hours of play the Spanish Grandmaster finally got winning chances. However, he didn't find the way to covert his advantage.

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The hero of the day was Teimour Radjabov, who defeated Boris Gelfand. After two consecutive victories the Azerbaijani Grandmaster shares the second place and keeps chances to qualify for the Candidates. He needs to win against Richard Rapport in the last round. The Frenchman will play against Dmitry Jakovenko. The leaders of the Grand Prix Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Alexander Grischuk can only follow the games and wait for the outcome.

The fate of two places in the Candidates will be decided in the ninth round of the Palma de Mallorca Grand Prix. The games start at 2 pm local time.  

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The seventh round
did not change much in the Grand Prix situation.

After 7 rounds Aronian is in the lead with 4,5 points. A group of 8 players is half a point behind, including Vachier-Lagrave. In order to qualify for the Candidates, the Frenchman needs to win at least one more game. Boris Gelfand defeated Alexander Riazantsev, Pavel Eljanov won against Ion Ludvig Hammer, while Teimour Rajabov outplayed Li Chao. After the victory the Azerbaijani Grandmaster can hope to qualify but needs to win both games.

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Levon Aronian continues his successful season with a great performance in the Palma de Mallorca Grand Prix. He was close to winning against Richard Rapport with Black today. The players entered a rather early endgame which seemed safe for White but the game continued. Aronian was pressing his opponent and on the 6th hour of play Rapport started to make mistakes. However, the Hungarian Grandmaster pulled himself together and held the position to a draw.

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Other games on the top boards were quite peaceful. Vachier-Lagrave tried an interesting opening idea with a pawn sacrifice on c2, but Evgeny Tomashevsky wasn't tricked into it. He was clearly aware of this line, although some of the engines were sure that the pawn can be taken. ?I think you need more powerful computer to understand whats going on?, explained the Russian Grandmaster after the game. The Frenchman looked disappointed with the result, as he believed he had a good position, more time after the opening and could have put more pressure on his opponent. This game ended in a draw, as well as Svidler-Nakamura, Jakovenko-Harikrishna, Ding Liren-Giri and Inarkiev-Vallejo.

The players of the lower boards were more uncompromising, resulting in three decisive games.

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According to Teimour Radjabov, he got a comfortable position with White but was sure if Black played precisly there was not much to hope for. He thought Black unnecessary spoiled the structure after bc and let his knight on h5 out of play. After that Teimour realized he had many ways to press his opponent but was not sure he chose the best one. Nevertheless, the Azerbaijani Grandmaster managed to defeat Li Chao after yesterday?s ?hara-kiri?.

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Pavel Eljanov won against Jon Ludvig Hammer. It seems that the Norwegian player confused himself in the opening and went for a line where White got an easy play. Hovewer Hammer managed to complicate the position and Pavel Eljanov was not sure if he is better at all after the most principal continuation 18...Bf5 instead of 18...Re8. He thought Black should have enough compensation for a pawn. After the move in the game the Norwegian Grandmaster gave up another pawn to keep e-file but it didn't help to create real threats against White?s king.

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Boris Gelfand improved his tournament situation, winning with Black against Alexander Riazantsev.

The current Russian champion surprised his opponent with a Catalan and the players got a very complex position on the board. Once Boris Gelfand occupied the c-file with his rooks he was sure Black had a better position and easy play. After the inaccurate 22.Ne5, the Israeli Grandmaster increased his advantage and converted it into a full point after 40 moves of play.

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Round 6: Levon Aronian misses chances but keeps leading in the Palma de Mallorca Grand Prix.


Levon Aronian made a draw with Peter Svidler and remains the sole leader of the tournament after six rounds. Richard Rapport and Evgeny Tomashevsky defeated Alexander Riazantsev and Teimour Rajabov accordingly to join the group of six players with plus one, including Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Hikaru Nakamura, Ding Liren, Peter Svidler, Dmitry Jakovenko and Pentala Harikishna. Boris Gelfand suffered another loss in the tournament, this time at the hands of Ernesto Inarkiev. Other games finished in a draw.

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IM Sabrina Vega Gutiérrez, current women?s champion of Spain, made a first symbolic move in the game Levon Aronian-Peter Svidler.

It seems Peter Svidler was in trouble right from the opening: ?I have a suspicion that Levon Aronian looked at the line which happened in the game in more detail because I think it?s more difficult to look it in less detail than I did.? Levon Aronian was happy about his position after the opening but was disappointed with his decision of 20.Ng5: ?While I was playing fast I was doing the right moves, than I thought for 25 minutes, got carried away and blundered 21...Rae8.?

The White?s advantage slipped away and the game finished in a draw after a few moves.

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According to Richard Rapport, he was satisfied with his position after the opening but believed that things got out of control afterwards. Alexander Riazantsev declined a draw offer after 25...Qg5 but most probably missed a strong idea 27...c5. It was White?s turn to be careful but the Russian Grandmaster didn?t manage to hold the position playing under time pressure.

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Ernesto Inarkiev and Boris Gelfand have played two matches against each other in Ingushetia (Russia) and continued a theoretical discussion in the English opening. Inarkiev had difficult times with Black after 1.c4 and it was his first victory in classical game over Gelfand with Black pieces. The Russian Grandmaster managed to equalize comfortably and, at the moment Gelfand decided to complicate the position, he felt it should not work for White. Ernesto was happy to find 20...Na2 and thought his position was better after.

Teimour Rajabov dropped back to minus one with a loss against Evgeny Tomashevsky. The game could have finished in a draw around move 20 but Teimour decided to play on. ?At least I tried! #chess?, wrote Azerbaijani Grandmaster in his twitter.

Evgeniy Tomashvesky had the same experience as his opponent in the last stage of the previous Grand Prix Series in Khanty-Mansiysk. He also had chances to qualify for the Candidates back then and knew how difficult it was to play under such pressure when two opponents have different motivation. The Russian Grandmaster was slowly increasing his advantage and won a pawn on move 40. He was sure that Black could have defended better but at the same time believed White?s position should be winning.

Round 6 results:                
Bo. No.   Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts.   Name Rtg No.
1 1 GM Aronian Levon 2801 ½ - ½ 3 GM Svidler Peter 2763 5
2 9 GM Harikrishna P. 2738 3 ½ - ½ 3 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2796 2
3 3 GM Nakamura Hikaru 2780 3 ½ - ½ 3 GM Ding Liren 2774 4
4 6 GM Giri Anish 2762 ½ - ½ 3 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2721 10
5 14 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2702 1 - 0 GM Radjabov Teimour 2741 8
6 17 GM Riazantsev Alexander 2651 0 - 1 GM Rapport Richard 2692 15
7 7 GM Li Chao B 2741 2 ½ - ½ 2 GM Eljanov Pavel 2707 12
8 18 GM Hammer Jon Ludvig 2629 ½ - ½ 2 GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2705 13
9 11 GM Gelfand Boris 2719 0 - 1 2 GM Inarkiev Ernesto 2683 16
                       
Round 7 pairings:                
Bo. No.   Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts.   Name Rtg No.
1 15 GM Rapport Richard 2692   4 GM Aronian Levon 2801 1
2 2 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2796   GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2702 14
3 5 GM Svidler Peter 2763   GM Nakamura Hikaru 2780 3
4 10 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2721   GM Harikrishna P. 2738 9
5 4 GM Ding Liren 2774   3 GM Giri Anish 2762 6
6 16 GM Inarkiev Ernesto 2683 3   GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2705 13
7 8 GM Radjabov Teimour 2741   GM Li Chao B 2741 7
8 12 GM Eljanov Pavel 2707   2 GM Hammer Jon Ludvig 2629 18
9 17 GM Riazantsev Alexander 2651   GM Gelfand Boris 2719 11




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Round 5: a peaceful day after the storm in the Palma de Mallorca Grand Prix


After an extremely tense fourth round, today was the most peaceful day so far with all draws. ?It?s the most important game generally in the tournament. I mean you don?t want to go to a rest day being upset,? said Levon Aronian after the game. Anish Giri had another opinion: ?Levon considers a draw as a good result today because he beat me yesterday, so it depends...Two games before the rest day are important?.

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Sebastia Nadal, President of the Winter Chess made a first symbolic move in the game between the finalists of recently finished World Cup in Tbilisi Ding Liren-Levon Aronian. Ding Liren decided not to repeat the openings from the final match in Georgia but to play something new against Levon Aronian. Until some moment the players were following the line which happened in the game Nakamura-Aronian in the previous Grand Prix. Hikaru chose 10.Bf6 after 9...h6 but Ding Liren opted for 10.Bh4. After an unpopular but interesting 10...g5 it turned out that Ding Liren was out of his preparation. The Chinese Grandmaster decided to simplify the position and after few exchanges the draw was agreed.

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Maxime Vachier-Lagrave didn?t achieve much with white pieces against Hikaru Nakamura and after 13 moves players agreed for a draw.

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Teimour Rajabov tried to find a playable position not to make a fast draw today. Reversed King`s Indian happened in the game and this type of the position was not so common for Pentala Harikrishna ?I think I got some play and Pentala had to solve some problems and he did it well?, said Teimour after the game.

The standings remain the same as after the round 4.

Tomorrow is a free day and the sixth round will be played at 2 pm local time on 22nd of November.

All results of the fifth round:

M. No.   Name Elo Pts. Results Pts.   Name Elo No.
1 4 GM Ding Liren 2774 ½ - ½ 3 GM Aronian Levon 2801 1
2 2 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2796 ½ - ½ GM Nakamura Hikaru 2780 3
3 10 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2721 ½ - ½ GM Svidler Peter 2763 5
4 8 GM Radjabov Teimour 2741 2 ½ - ½ GM Harikrishna P. 2738 9
5 6 GM Giri Anish 2762 2 ½ - ½ 2 GM Riazantsev Alexander 2651 17
6 14 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2702 2 ½ - ½ 2 GM Rapport Richard 2692 15
7 13 GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2705 ½ - ½ GM Li Chao B 2741 7
8 12 GM Eljanov Pavel 2707 ½ - ½ GM Inarkiev Ernesto 2683 16
9 11 GM Gelfand Boris 2719 1 ½ - ½ 1 GM Hammer Jon Ludvig 2629 18


The pairing for the sixth round:

M. No.   Name Elo Pts. Results Pts.   Name Elo No.
1 1 GM Aronian Levon 2801   3 GM Svidler Peter 2763 5
2 9 GM Harikrishna P. 2738 3   3 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2796 2
3 3 GM Nakamura Hikaru 2780 3   3 GM Ding Liren 2774 4
4 6 GM Giri Anish 2762   3 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2721 10
5 14 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2702   GM Radjabov Teimour 2741 8
6 17 GM Riazantsev Alexander 2651   GM Rapport Richard 2692 15
7 7 GM Li Chao B 2741 2   2 GM Eljanov Pavel 2707 12
8 18 GM Hammer Jon Ludvig 2629   2 GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2705 13
9 11 GM Gelfand Boris 2719   2 GM Inarkiev Ernesto 2683 16

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Round 4: Aronian emerged sole leader in the Palma de Mallorca Grand Prix.

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Javier Ochoa, Honorary FIDE Vice President and President of the Spanish Chess Federation made the first symbolic move to start the fourth round, which turned to be the most exciting round so far, with six decisive games out of nine.

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Levon Aronian outplayed Anish Giri and became the sole leader of the tournament with 3 points. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Peter Svidler drew their game and share the second place together with Hikaru Nakamura, Pentala Harikrishna, Ding Liren and Dmitry Jakovenko, who won their games and moved to a plus one score.

According to Levon Aronian, his opponent had to exchange queens in the opening to stop White?s ambitions in creating an attack on the King?s side. It turned out Anish Giri was not in time to bring back the knight from a5 into the game while White prepared his pieces and got ready to break through.

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Intuition told the Armenian Grandmaster that the knight sacrifice should be correct and he made this decision rather quickly. Anish Giri could have put more resistance after 24.Rg4 but most probably missed 27.d6 in the line which happened in the game.


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Hikaru Nakamura was not sure that after spectacular 20.Qd6 his position is better but kept on trying to create some play on the Queen?s side. ?Psychologically it was very hard for him," explained Nakamura. After few innacurate moves, Teimour Rajabov, who tries to qualify for the Candidates, ended up in a lost position.

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Jon Ludvig Hammer decided to play in a creative style against one of the most creative chess players Richard Rapport. After 11...g5 12.Bd3 gf the Norwegian Grandmaster reached his goal as the position on the board became complicated. ?Maybe it was not the best idea but I thought it looked interesting...I defended worse than Richard attacked?, said Jon Ludvig Hammer after the game.

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Ding Liren, who was trying to find his feet after St.Louis, eventually won his first game in the tournament. The Chinese Grandmaster was glad to find such critical moves as 16...g5 and especially 18...Rg7 which took him more than 40 minutes of thinking. His opponent Ernesto Inarkiev could not cope with all threats and after 19. Nf3 his position became lost.

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Pentala Harikrishna created a fatal attack on the King?s side and defeated Francisco Vallejo Pons.

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In the longest game of the round Dmitry Jakovenko defeated Pavel Eljanov in the rook endgame after almost 7 hours of play. Pavel sacrificed a pawn in the opening but could not prove there was enough compensation.

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Round 3: MVL misses victory against Aronian, Peter Svidler and Francisco Vallejo Pons score.


In the third round of the Palma de Mallorca Grand Prix, games between the four leaders Vachier-Lagrave ? Aronian, Rajabov-Giri finished in a draw. Peter Svidler joined the group of leaders by beating Jon-Ludvig Hammer in the third round.

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Many spectators have gathered in the playing hall today to watch the games and see their favourite chess players. It was clear that many of them came today to support their local hero Francisco Vallejo Pons. The Spanish Grandmaster paid them back for six hours wait by winning his first game in the Grand Prix Series.

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Maxime Vachier-Lagrave came close to defeating Levon Aronian, but missed his chance to ?pay back? his opponent for elimination from the semifinal of the World Cup. At the post-game interview, the French Grandmaster was sure he had an advantage and was blaming himself for exchanging queens. He underestimated Aronian?s counterplay in the centre, which turned out to be enough to keep the balance in the game.

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Jon-Ludvig Hammer spend almost half an hour on his move 16.Nf5 and, as it often happens when players think for too long, chose not the best continuation. After 16...Bf5 17.ef d5 Peter Svidler got an obvious advantage. The Russian Grandmaster still had to show a precise way to win the game and among other decisions was happy to find 34...Ng4 (instead of tempting 34...e1Q), which prevents White?s conterplay on the King?s side.

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The game finished with checkmate on the board, a rare guest in top-level events.

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The longest game of round 3 Rapport-Li Chao finished in a draw. The Hungarian Grandmaster was pressing his opponent but Li Chao held the ground with black pieces.

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The first symbolic move was made by Carles Vich, President of the Balearic Chess Federation.

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Round 2: Four players share lead after the second round of the Palma de Mallorca Grand Prix.


Teimour Rajabov and Levon Aronian scored their first victories in the tournament and tie for the first place with Anish Giri and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, who drew their game today.

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Paula Guinard, the Island Tourism Manager, made the first symbolic move in the game Giri - Vachier-Lagrave. This encounter turned out to be a very interesting theoretical battle in Najdorf, Poisoned Pawn Variation. After an exchange sacrifice, Anish Giri got a very promising position but failed to find the precise way to increase his advantage. In the post-game interview Giri noted that 26.h5 was not the right decision as after 26...Qc4, 27...Qc8 queens were exchanged and MVL had nothing to worry about.

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After a quiet draw in the first round Teimour Rajabov got a chance to play his favorite King?s Indian Defence against Francisco Vallejo Pons. According to Rajabov, he declined a draw offer in the middle game because he already liked Black's position and his tournament situation required him to play. The Azerbaijani Grandmaster sacrificed a pawn in order to solve a problem of dark-square bishop and suddenly all his pieces became active. It seems Paco was not happy with his position when he chose to play 29.Nf2 and 30.e5 but after Black?s precise response his position became hopeless.

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A long theoretical line led to the spectacular position where Levon Aronian had more knowledge than Ernesto Inarkiev. The Russian Grandmaster was obviously surprised by 16.Nd5 followed by 17.b4 and spent almost an hour over the board on 17...Qa6. According to Aronian, he had not analyzed this move before so he tried to use his intuition to find the right choices afterwards. The Armenian Grandmaster was sure that after 25.g4 White?s position should be better as Black has no resources to continue his attack.

All other games finished in a draw.

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Round 1: Three decisive games in the first round of the Palma de Mallorca Grand Prix.

The 2017 FIDE World Chess Grand Prix series continued with the fourth and final tournament, which is taking place in Palma de Mallorca, from 16th to 25th of November.

The tournament is being held in the Hotel Iberostar Bahia de Palma, set right on the beach. In the post-game interviews many players were satisfied with the great location of the tournament and warm weather.

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The first symbolic move in the game Jakovenko-Aronian was made by Rodrigo Moscardó, General Manager of the Iberostar Spain and the Mediterranean, in the presence of Javier Ochoa, FIDE Honorary Vice President and President of the Spanish Chess Federation, players and honorary guests.

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Teimour Rajabov and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave are the only players who take part in the last stage and keep chances to qualify for the Candidates Tournament. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Alexander Grischuk are leading in the Grand Prix Series but have already finished their tournaments.

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In the first round Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Ernesto Inarkiev and Anish Giri outplayed their opponents, while 6 other games finished in a draw. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave showed better preparation in the opening against Boris Gelfand, where the two players resumed their theoretical battle in the Accelerated Dragon from the Moscow Grand Prix, and was satisfied with his position. He could not point out where things went wrong for the Israeli player and was not sure if it was the right idea for him to enter this line at all.

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Alexander Riazantsev comfortably equalized with Black pieces against Teimour Rajabov and the players agreed for a draw after 2 hours of play.

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Ernesto Inarkiev played a game full of prophylactic moves against Li Chao. The Russian player was enjoying a slightly better position and was trying not let his opponent to get any activity. This strategy worked out well for him, as the Chinese player still tried to break through by playing 19...c5 but this attempt failed. According to Inarkiev, after 20.Bc5 Black has no Be5 because of 21. de Rd1 22.Rd1 Qc5 23.Rd8 Kg7 24. Qb5! After 20...f6 Black?s position was lost.

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In the longest game of the day, Anish Giri won against Richard Rapport. The Dutch Grandmaster was not sure about his decision to castle long. It turned out that after unexpected 14...b5 white was in trouble. Surprisingly, a few moves after this Anish was more optimistic about his position and declined the draw offer of his opponent. Later on, Richard Rapport made few errors and went for a dubious sacrifice that was proven wrong in the game.

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The local hero Francisco Vallejo Pons showed an interesting idea in the opening with 3...b5 against Ding Liren and after 8...Bd5 Black got a comfortable position. After most of the pieces were traded, the game finished in a draw.

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The final stage of the FIDE Grand Prix Series 2017 opens in Palma de Mallorca

The world?s best chess players and chess establishment came together in Bellver Castle to celebrate the opening of the final leg of the FIDE Grand Prix Palma de Mallorca.

Palma de Mallorca is now looking forward to 9 days of intense chess battles, which will finally determine the two winners of the series ? participants of the FIDE Candidates tournament.

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The Opening Ceremony was held at the landmark hilltop Bellver Castle, former residence for the Kings of Mallorca built in the 14th century in a Gothic style. At the castle?s unique circular yard guests had a good opportunity to mingle with each other and enjoy modern Spanish guitar music.

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Javier Ochoa, Honorary FIDE Vice President and President of the Spanish Chess Federation, thanked FIDE for the opportunity to host the tournament and welcomed the participants. ?Spain is a country with a great Chess tradition and a thousand-year long history of playing chess,? he added.

Sebastia Nadal, President of the Winter Chess: ?It is very rewarding to know that one of the best Spanish chess players of our time, Francisco Vallejo Pons, who was born and who resides here in our islands, could take part in this cycle of the World Chess.?

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In the drawing of colours, the top player of the tournament Levon Aronian chose black pieces for the first round. The pairings for the first round are the following:

Dmitry Jakovenko ? Levon Aronian
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave ? Boris Gelfand
Pavel Eljanov ? Hikaru Nakamura
Ding Liren ? Francisco Vallejo Pons
Evgeny Tomashevsky ? Peter Svidler
Anish Giri ? Richard Rapport
Ernesto Inarkiev ? Li Chao
Teimour Radjabov ? Alexander Riazantsev
Jon Ludvig Hammer ? Harikrishna Pentala

The Palma Grand Prix is supported by Official Partner EG Capital Advisors, an international asset management company, Kaspersky Lab, World Chess and FIDE Official Cybersecurity Partner, S.T. Dupont, Official Writing Instrument, and Isklar, Official Water.

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First round starts tomorrow at Hotel Iberostar Bahia de Palma.

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World Junior U20 Chess Championship 2017

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Round 8 had a lot of surprises in both tournaments. Aryan Tari continued his run of success by winning against Grigoriy Oparin, the second seed. Kirill Alekseenko took out Valentin Dragnev of Austria. Praggnanandhaa won against Awonder Liang in an interesting endgame. The Girls section saw Zhansaya Abdulmalik lose her first game to Anastasya Paramzina of Russia. Stavroula Tsolakidou of Greece drew Iulija Osmak of Ukraine. Third seed, Bibisara Assaubayeva lost to her compatriot, Alexandra Obolentseva. Most other results went with the rating favourites.

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Round 9 saw the clash of the young talented Praggnanandhaa and Tari which ended in a draw. Kirill Alekseenko was able to win against Murali Karthikeyan, Jorden van Forest winning against Alexey Sorokin. With Tari and Alekseenko in the lead on 7.5 points, Praggnanndhaa fighting on with half a point behind, it leaves an interesting 2 rounds left.

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The Girls section is also heating up and we saw in round 9 that Abdulmalik came back to the winners section with her win over Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjanova of Uzbekistan. Jennifer Yu won against Anastasya Paramzina, Stavroula Tsolakidou winning against Jiner Zhu of China. All other results went the way of the rating favourite in the top boards.

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The final rounds for both sections will see intense battles for the medals and places on the chess boards.

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Pairing for the tournament can be found here.

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24th November 2017

The snow in Tarvisio has melted but not the players? willing to get the title of World Junior champion.

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Rounds 4 and 5 saw some very interesting battles on the boards in both the Open and Girls section of the Championship.

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Round 4 in the Open section saw the young Indian IM, Praggnanandhaa defeat the top seed Jorden van Foreest of the Netherlands in 44 moves, then defeated 4th seed in Round 5. Kirill Alekseenko of Russia and Aleksey Sorokin also won their games in Round 4 to be the sole leaders on 4/4. In the Girls Section of Round 4 saw top seed from Kazakhstan, Zhansaya Abdulmalik concede a draw to Iulija Osmak of Ukraine. The other battle on board 2 between Alexandra Obolentseva and Davaademberel Nomin-Erdene of Mongolia saw the Mongolian win and take the lead with 4/4.

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Round 5 saw in the Open section saw Kirill Alekseenko and Aleksey Sorokin play each other on the top board with Alekseenko taking the point and taking the lead with 5/5. The chase for the leader is still on with a group on 4.5 and 4 points.

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Another result of importance saw the top seed again losing in Round 5 to FM Yan Liu of China. The Girls section on the top board saw Nomin-Erdene and Abdulmalik battle with the Kazakh getting the full point. Other notable results were Obolentseva defeating Sarasadat Khademalsharieh of Iran, Hagawane Aakanksha of India defeating Gunay Mammadzada of Azerbaijan.

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After round 5, it was the first rest day for the players, arbiters and organisers. The organisers had a full booking for the trip to Salzburg in Austria.

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Pairing for the tournament can be found here.

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16th November 2017

The little, quite, peaceful but beautiful village of Tarvisio is hosting the World Junior U20 Chess Championship. The organisers were happy with the turnout of 148 participants from 62 countries which includes 107 players with a title. The Girls section has 89 players from 48 countries with 65 titled players.

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Rounds are taking place among the snowy mountains which divide Italy, Slovenia and Austria, with a wonderful sightseeing which is highly inspiring for players who are enjoying the experience.

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After 3 rounds of play, the Girls section sees only 4 players on a perfect score including the top seed IM Zhansaya Abdulmalik of Kazakhstan. In the Open section also there are only 4 players on the perfect score with 11th seed Kirill Alekseenko leading the way.

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Pairing for the tournament can be found here.

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For the first free day the OC is organizing a tour to Salzburg in Austria, with a minimum of 30 people required in order to organize the bus.

Information available by sending an email to wjcc2017@gmail.com.

Booking till November 16th.

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