Archive for Grand Prix

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Friday, April 17, 2009 17:06
Levon Aronian very patiently scored his second victory in a row against his fellow country man Vladimir Akopian and is the sole leader of the tournament after two rounds. Peter Svidler also won his game against Vassily Ivanchuk and is sharing 2nd/3rd place with Alexander Grischuk, who drew comfortably with Black against Pavel Eljanov. Video added...
Thursday, April 16, 2009 16:44
Many people say that FIDE is destroying chess with its chaotic handling of the World Championship cycle. The Grand Prix series in particular has been the subject of many debates. Chess politics aside, however, it’s great that these tournaments exist. Six big round-robin tournaments with many fantastic players, that’s 546 high-level games! By...
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 4:50
Flying via Moscow to Mineralnye Vody airport, from where I was picked up by the organisers, I arrived in Nalchik about two hours ago. Here, in the capital of the Kabardino-Balkar Republic, the 4th FIDE Grand Prix will start tomorrow. Round one pairings: Leko - Kamsky, Mamedyarov-Aronian, Akopian-Kasimdzhanov, Karjakin-Eljanov, Grischuk-Gelfand,...
Thursday, March 26, 2009 19:10
In a press release the organizers of the 4th FIDE Grand Prix announce their tournament, to be held 14th-29th April 2009 in Nalchik, Russia. Akopian (Armenia), Alekseev (Russia), Aronian (Armenia), Bacrot (France), Eljanov (Ukraine), Gelfand (Israel), Grischuk (Russia), Ivanchuk (Ukraine), Kamsky (USA), Karjakin (Ukraine), Kasimdzhanov (Uzbekistan...
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Saturday, March 21, 2009 21:19
In Istanbul, Humpy Koneru (India) won the first FIDE Women Grand Prix. In St. Petersburg Tatiana Kosintseva was the strongest at the European Women Championship. A wrap-up of two top-level women events that finished this week. Istanbul The 1st FIDE Women Grand Prix took place March 5-20 in Istanbul, Turkey. Humpy Koneru, Hou Yifan, Antoaneta...
Friday, March 13, 2009 3:42
To the astonishment of ECU President Boris Kutin and everybody else (well, perhaps except for our distinguished FIDE President) two highly important women events are taking place at the same time: the European Championship in St. Petersburg and the first Grand Prix in Istanbul. A brief update on these two tournaments. The 10th European Individual...
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Friday, March 06, 2009 21:58
Today the 10th European Chess Championship takes off in Budva, Montenegro, where Tiviakov will defend his title in a huge, 11-round Swiss. There's turmoil in the women's section: Sunday is the first round of the European Women's Championship (held in St. Petersburg), while on Saturday the first FIDE Women Grand Prix starts in Istanbul. Europan...
Friday, February 20, 2009 19:06
The 4th FIDE Grand Prix will take place April 14th to 30th in Nalchik, Russia - the same location where the 2008 Women World Championship was held. This was announced earlier this week in Sofia by FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. After Baku, Sochi and Elista, where the first three Grand Prix tournaments were held, the participants still won't...
Tuesday, January 20, 2009 1:11
After all the turmoil in November and December, it's been a bit quiet around the Grand Prix Series, but today there's more bad news for FIDE: in an official statement, Bessel Kok and Pavel Matocha are announcing the withdrawal of Karlovy Vary, where the 6th and last GP was to take place in December this year. Statement Bessel Kok & Pavel...
Saturday, January 10, 2009 22:21
As far as can be judged from the comments, most of our readers agreed with my critical "review" of Chessbase's interview with Vladimir Kramnik. However, as Alexei Shirov yesterday pointed out in a comment, we've been missing a few details, which he later explained a bit more in an email. In my column of last Wednesday I commented on both Henrik/...

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