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Arkady Dvorkovich: “Too early for chess in Olympics”

FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich gave his first big interview after the election to Russian agency TASS. Short summary:

- Prize funds for Men & Women World Championship matches to be increased
- Next World Championship match will not be in Europe
- FIDE President distancing himself from World Chess / Agon
- Ilyumzhinov’s plan for chess entering Olympic Games premature
- A month after election FIDE still without bank account

World Women Chess Championship – arrival of participants

The land of Ugra met the participants of the Women’s World Chess Championship with bread and salt.

Early in the morning today the flight from Moscow brought most of the contenders for the chess crown to the capital of Ugra. Among them were sisters Muzychuk, Antoaneta Stefanova, Chinese women’s team led by current world champion Ju Wenjun, Harika Dronavalli from India, Russian Marina Guseva, Natalia Pogonina and Olga Girya from Ugra, as well as many others.

Prize fund in the Women World Championship to be increased

Upon the end of the official opening ceremony of the FIDE Women’s World Championship in Khanty-Mansiysk, Governor of Ugra Natalia Komarova and FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich answered the questions of the mass media.

The President of FIDE Arkady Dvorkovich told about the importance of Women’s World Championship.

The Women’s World Championship officially starts in Khanty-Mansiysk

On November 2, the FIDE Women’s World Championship 2018 officially started. The Opening Ceremony of the event was held in the Organ hall of the Concert and theater center “Ugra-Classic”.

Guests and participants had a chance to enjoy fairy-tale organ melodies performed by Elena Kozemirenko before the official part of the ceremony.

World Chess Championship 2018 (Women) LIVE!

The FIDE Women’s World Championship 2018 will be held in Khanty-Mansiysk on November 2-23, 2018. 64 chess players from 28 countries will determine the strongest one according to the knock-out system.

Tata Steel Chess India Tournament opened

Players at the opening ceremony

The Tata Steel Chess India Tournament has been opened at the Terrace Garden of the Taj Bengal hotel in Kolkata. The new super-tournament will start with the Rapid event on November 9 at 2pm.

44th Guernsey International Chess Festival concluded

The 44th Guernsey International Chess Festival was held from 21-27 October 2018 at the Peninsula Hotel, Guernsey.

The Open Tournament, sponsored by Intertrust Guernsey, was a 7-round Swiss event with 46 participants. Grandmasters Tiger Hillarp Persson from Sweden and Jean-Pierre Le Roux of France shared the first place with 6,0 points each. Hillarp Persson took the winner’s trophy due to better tie-break.

TCEC emotes design contest

500px-Facial_expressions_-_The_Cartoonist's_Art_fromwikimediacommonsTCEC is looking for emotes for its Twitch chat, so a TCEC Emote Design Contest (EDC) is opened.

Spouses win 2018 Chess.com Isle of Man

Radoslaw Wojtaszek emerged winner of the 2018 edition of chess.com Isle of Man International Tournament, by defeating Arkady Naiditsch in a playoff match for the first place. While Wojtaszek was playing for gold, his wife, Alina Kashlinskaya, beat American Grandmaster Sevian Samuel to reach 6 points and 7.000 £ prize, reserved for the best Women player.

Torneio Internacional da Figueira da Foz 2018

The 12th Torneio Internacional da Figueira da Foz is taking place from 28th October to 4th November at the Casa do Paço in Figueira da Foz, Portugal.

The 9-round Swiss tournament is organized by Assembleia Figueirense. Tournament director is António Mota Cardoso and Chief Arbiter is IA Carlos Oliveira Dias.

Among 50 participants from 12 countries there are 7 Grandmasters and 4 International Masters. Full list below.

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