London Chess Festival 2016

The 8th festival in London took place in Olympia conference center in Kensington. There were several events including the supertournament, FIDE Open and the Super Rapidplay.  Just before the event I had a training camp with my friend Alexander Shabalov in Estonia. The plan was to prepare for the outcoming …

Pühajärve handicap tournament 2016

The winter is coming   In Pühajarve at the last weekend of November was held the strongest handicap tournament ever. It was 17th in a row thanks to the former Estonian PM Mr. Tiit Vahi. The venue was as usual the Pühajarve Spa. This year 12 grandmasters were among participants. …

Chigorin memorial 2016 second part

We always wonder why someone is successful in chess. The rating should say everything about the ranking before the tournament. However the Chigorin memorial was won second year straight by local player  Kirill Alekseenko ahead of 26 higher rated players. I studied his games and made some conclusions. First, he …

Chigorin memorial in Saint Petersburg

             Chess is still very popular in Russia. The traditional festival in Saint Petersburg saw record number of chess players. The festival started with blitz tournament on Friday October 14th. Total 13 rounds of chess and nearly 300 players. The participants were around the Word. …

Iran’s first Stars Cup

Chess has a long history in Iran. Many believe that the game originated from here.  The Iranian chess federation was very busy this year organizing different tournaments . One of them was the prestigious FIDE Women Grand Prix tournament in Tehran. However the most interesting event took place in the …

Ilmar Raud memorial tournament

Ilmar Raud Memorial tournament   The 50th chess festival in a small Estonian town Viljandi was dedicated to the memory of a local chess hero Ilmar Raud. He was one of the members of Estonian Olympic team in Buenos Aires 1939. The team headed by Paul Keres won bronze medal. …

Guillotine in Berlin part one

The World Championship in rapid and blitz took part in Berlin in Alt Moabit region. This was the location of one of the oldest prison in Germany which was built between 1842 and 1849 by order of King Frederick William IV of Prussia. Later in this very prison according to …

Cheating in Dubai

The 17th Dubai Open Chess Tournament took place from 5th – 16th April 2015 at the Dubai Chess and Culture Club, with players from at least 43 countries competing for the prestigious Sheikh Rashid Bin Hamdan Al Maktoum Cup – nine rounds Swiss, time controls: 90 min + 30 sec …

Jurmala festival

Rapid events are common in Baltic states. The idea of rapid chess was introduced into practice years ago in Soviet Estonia. Later European and World Championships were held at the end of 1980-s. The FIDE rapid and blitz Championships were organized few times in recent years.  There is official rating …