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European campaign

Our European campaigners took part in the 22nd Hogeschool Zeeland Tournament in Holland and both IM John Marvin Miciano and GM Jayson Gonzales finished with 6.5/9, tied for 11th to 20th places. IM John Marvin Miciano was the revelation of the tournament as he held the solo lead at the halfway point of the tournament with five wins out of five games. Unfortunately, his strength gave out and he lost in the next two rounds. He recovered with a win and a draw to finish the tournament with 6.5/9.

22nd Hogeschool Zeeland Tournament

22nd Hogeschool Zeeland Tournament Vlissingen, the Netherlands August 4-11, 2018

The Dilworth

51st Biel GM 2018 Biel, Switzerland July 22-August 1, 2018

Mamedyarov wins Biel

Great victory for Mamedyarov in the category 20 Biel tournament. He was undefeated with five wins and five draws, clinched the victory with a round to spare and defeated Magnus Carlsen in their individual game. The tournament finished on August 1 and so the games were not on time for the August rating list, but if we impute the gains and losses from this tournament the FIDE Top 5 list would read...

European campaign

44th Sitges International Open Sitges, Spain July 22-29, 2018 Final Top Standings 1. GM Gadir Guseinov AZE 2654, 7.5/9 2-7. IM Rolando Alarcon Casellas CUB 2389, Shrivatri Anuj IND...

WGM Lyudmila Rudenko

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Super Nepom wins Dortmund

Ian Nepomniachtchi was born July 14, 1990 in Bryansk, a city located 380 kilometers southwest of Moscow. He learned chess at a very young age and at five years old was already attending chess classes.

A nice fight

This year a total of 29 International Grandmasters, 11 Woman Grandmasters, 33 International Masters and five Woman International Masters took part. The top seeds were GM Le Quang Liem VIE 2736, GM Wang Hao CHN 2713, GM S.P. Sethuraman IND 2649 and GM Sandro Mareco ARG 2635.

Out of nothing at all

We try to catch-up with the news by bringing up two tournaments which we did not cover but both with significant developments.

The illegal move incident

On Wednesday I reported on the final standings of the Russia Championship Higher League, the Top 5 of whom will qualify to play in the 2018 Russian Super Finals to be held later this year. One of our readers noticed the name of Ernesto Inarkiev among the qualifiers -- wasn’t he involved in an illegal move incident with world champion Magnus Carlsen? What was that all about?

Russian Higher League

Never heard of Yaroslavl? Well you should be ashamed of yourself. It is a city 250 kilometers northeast of Moscow. Founded in 1010 it became part of the Grand Duchy of Moscow in 1463 which, by the 18th century expanded itself to become the Russian Empire. Yaroslavl for a long time was Russia’s second largest city (behind Moscow) and during the Polish occupation of Moscow in 1612, became its de facto capital.

National women’s champion

Shania Mae Mendoza, top board player for FEU Women’s team in the UAAP, is now the Philippine’s National Chess Champion for Women. In the Philippines’ Grand Finals Shania scored 5 wins (against Christy Bernales, Jerlyn Mae San Diego, Allaney Doroy, Mikee Suede and Michelle Yaon) and 4 draws to finish in solo first place.

WIM Shania Mae Mendoza

June has been a great month for Ms. Shania Mae Mendoza. She won the Philippine Women’s Championship in Alphaland Makati, and then enplaned for Davao where she won the ASEAN Under-20 Championship. This brought with it the automatic Woman International Master (WIM) title as well as a Woman International Grandmaster (WGM) title norm. Two more norms and she will get the full WGM title.

The FEU Junior Team

This magnificent FEU Junior Team (yes, I am referring to the HIGH SCHOOL squad). It is composed of:

Paris Rapid/Blitz

Grand Chess Tour (GCT) points are awarded based on your final standing at the end of each tournament. For the Rapid/Blitz events the rules give 13 points for the tournament victor, 10 for second place, eight for third place, seven for fourth place and so on down the line.

Victory in Leuven

Wesley So won the Leuven Rapid/Blitz event and took home $37,500 (roughly P2 million). At the time of this writing he is now no. 2 in the world in rapid chess.

Wesley So wins Leuven Rapid/Blitz

The Grand Chess Tour (GCT) is a circuit of chess tournaments where the world Top 10 players compete for multiple prize pools. This started in 2015 and, as expected, world champion Magnus Carlsen became Tour Champion. In 2016, in a big shock heard around the world, the Filipino-American GM Wesley So became Tour Champion by winning both of the last two legs, the Sinquefield Cup and the London Chess Classic. In 2017 it was back to Magnus Carlsen as the Tour Champion.

Three in a row for Shankland

GM Samuel Shankland won his last two games to take solo first place in the American Continental Championship. This was his third consecutive tournament victory after winning the USA Championship (ahead of the triumvirate of Fabiano Caruana, Wesley so and Hikaru Nakamura, all world top-10 players) and the Capablanca Memorial. He is now ranked no. 27 in the world with a rating of 2727, which is why some people are now calling him “Triple 27.”

Wesley So in Stavanger

Wesley So has a bad score against world champion Magnus Carlsen. In 12 previous classical chess encounters he had lost 4 and drawn the rest. The 4 losses included this bad beating from the Bilbao Masters 2016 where he was outplayed like a child.

Caruana wins anew

Fabiano Caruana won an exciting last round game against co-leader Wesley So to claim the 2018 Altibox Norway Chess Championship. Here is what he has accomplished in the last 6 months.

Wesley So blitzes opposition

One of the strongest tournaments in the world, the Altibox Norway Chess tournament in Stavanger, took place from May 27 to June 7 in the Clarion Energy Hotel and Stavanger Concert Hall in Stavanger. This is the sixth edition.

Shankland continues rampage

53rd Capablanca Memorial Havana, Cuba May 8-20, 2018 Final Standings (Grandmasters all) 1. Samuel Shankland USA 2671, 7.5/10 2. Aleksey Dreev RUS 2653, 6.0/10 3. David Anton Guijarro ESP 2646,...

UAAP Junior wars

2017-2018 UAAP Chess Championship (Juniors) 1st Flr., QPAV Building, UST, España St., Manila Feb. 17-April 8, 2018

UAAP women wars

The De La Salle Lady Archers stormed through the UAAP Women’s Chess Team Championship and won the event with one round to spare. They were led by WIM Bernadette Galas (12/13) who is currently the Philippines’ Woman (not junior -- the adult version) Chess Champion, WIM Marie Antoinette San Diego (12.5/13) (4th place in the latest Woman’s Chess Championship) and Ella Grace Moulic (10.5/13). There is a strong possibility that both Galas and San Diego will be part of the team to represent the country in the Batumi Chess Olympiad to be held later this year.

UAAP wars

2017-2018 UAAP Chess Championship (Men’s) 2nd Flr., QPAV Building, UST, España St., Manila Feb. 17-April 8, 2018 Final Standings 1. National University (NU), 41.5/56 Bd01 IM Paulo Bersamina 14/14,...

UAAP wars

2017-2018 UAAP Chess Championship (Men’s) 2nd Flr., QPAV Building, UST, España St., Manila Feb. 17-April 8, 2018 Final Standings 1. National University (NU), 41.5/56 Bd01 IM Paulo Bersamina 14/14,...

GM Evgeni Vasiukov (1933-2018)

GM Evgeni Andreyevich Vasiukov died last May 10, 2018 at the age of 85. He was one of the top players in the world...

Selangor Open

45th Selangor Open Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia April 27-May 1, 2018 Final Top Standings 1-3. IM Marcos Llaneza Vega ESP 2422, IM Haridas Pascua PHI 2441, IM Oliver Dimakiling...

Wesley’s games

2018 USA Championship Saint Louis, USA April 18-30, 2018 Final Standings 1. Samuel Shankland 2671, 8.5/11 2. Fabiano Caruana 2804, 8.0/11 3. Wesley So 2786, 6.5/11 4.-6. Hikaru Nakamura 2787, Aleksandr...

2018 US Championship

2018 USA Championship Saint Louis, USA April 18-30, 2018 Final Standings 1. Samuel Shankland 2671, 8.5/11 2. Fabiano Caruana 2804, 8.0/11 3. Wesley So 2786, 6.5/11 4-6. Hikaru Nakamura 2787, Aleksandr...

Unconscious mode

2018 USA Championship Saint Louis, USA April 18-30, 2018 Final Standings 1. Samuel Shankland 2671, 8.5/11 2. Fabiano Caruana 2804, 8.0/11 3. Wesley So 2786, 6.5/11 4-6. Hikaru Nakamura 2787, Aleksandr...

The Giri Curse

Vugar Gashimov Memorial Shamkir, Azerbaijan April 19-28, 2018 Final Standings 1. Magnus Carlsen NOR 2843, 6.0/9 2. Ding Liren CHN 2778, 5.5/9 3. Sergey Karjakin RUS 2778, 5.0/9 4-7. Teimour Radjabov...

Who is Vincent Keymer?

GRENKE Chess Open Karlsruhe, Germany March 29-April 2, 2018 Final Top Standings 1. IM Vincent Keymer GER 2403, 8.0/9 2-4. GM Anton Korobov UKR 2664, GM Dmitry Gordievsky RUS...

IM John Marvin Miciano

Asian Youth Chess Championship Under-18 Standard Time Control Chiangmai, Thailand April 2-9, 2018 Final Top Standings 1. FM John Marvin Miciano PHI 2260, 7.5/9 2. Daniel Quizon PHI 2228, 6.5/9 3-5....

IM John Marvin Miciano

Asian Youth Chess Championship Under-18 Standard Time Control Chiangmai, Thailand April 2-9, 2018 Final Top Standings 1. FM John Marvin Miciano PHI 2260, 7.5/9 2. Daniel Quizon PHI 2228, 6.5/9 3-5....

Grenke Chess Classic tourney

Grenke Chess Classic 2018 Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Germany March 31-April 9, 2018 Final Standings (8 of 9) 1. Fabiano Caruana USA 2784, 5.5/8 2-3. Magnus Carlsen NOR 2843, Nikita Vitiugov RUS...

Grenke Chess Classic

Grenke Chess Classic 2018 Karlsruhe/Baden Baden, Germany March 31-April 9, 2018 Final Standings 1 . Fabiano Caruana USA 2784, 6.5/9 2. Magnus Carlsen NOR 2843, 5.5/9 3-5. Levon Aronian ARM...

Games from Euro Championship

19th European Individual Championship Batumi, Georgia March 16-29, 2018 Final Top Standings 1. GM Ivan Saric CRO 2657, 8.5/11 2-8. GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek POL 2738, GM Sanan Sjugirov RUS...

Saric is European champ

19th European Individual Championship Batumi, Georgia March 16-29, 2018 Final Top Standings 1. GM Ivan Saric CRO 2657, 8.5/11 2-8. GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek POL 2738, GM Sanan Sjugirov RUS...

Caruana’s big win

FIDE Candidates Tournament 2018 Berlin, Germany March 10-28, 2018 Final Standings 1. Fabiano Caruana USA 2784, 9.0/14 2-3. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov AZE 2809, Sergey Karjakin RUS 2763, 8.0/14 4. Ding Liren...

Caruana wins Berlin Candidate Tournament

FIDE Candidates Tournament Berlin, Germany March 10-28, 2018 Final Standings 1. Fabiano Caruana USA 2784, 9.0/14 2-3. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov AZE 2809, Sergey Karjakin RUS 2763, 8.0/14 4. Ding Liren CHN...

FIDE Candidates Tournament: two rounds to go

FIDE Candidates Tournament 2018 Berlin, Germany March 10-28, 2018 Standings (12 of 14) 1-2. Sergey Karjakin RUS 2763, Fabiano Caruana USA 2784, 7.0/12 3-5. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov AZE 2809, Ding...

2018 Berlin Candidates

FIDE Candidates Tournament 2018 Berlin, Germany March 10-28, 2018 Standings (9 of 14) 1. Fabiano Caruana USA 2784, 6.0/9 2. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov AZE 2809, 5.5/9 3. Alexander Grischuk RUS 2767,...

Wesley So’s masterpiece

FIDE Candidates Tournament 2018 Berlin, Germany March 10-28, 2018 Standings (6 of 14) 1-2. Fabiano Caruana USA 2784, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov AZE 2809, 4.0/6 3-5. Ding Liren CHN 2769, Alexander...

2018 Berlin Candidates

FIDE Candidates Tournament 2018 Berlin, Germany March 10-28, 2018 Standings (3 of 14) 1. Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2800, 2.5/3 2-3. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov AZE 2809, Fabiano Caruana USA 2784, 2.0/3 4-5....