Berik Balgabaev (FIDE President's Advisor) and Kema Goryaeva (FIDE events manager) visited Khanty-Mansiysk for an official inspection to review the preparations for the World Chess Olympiad. The FIDE delegation paid visits to the hotels, airport and other infrastructures of the 44th Olympiad, that will be held in the Russian city during the first half of August 2020.Afterwards, they held a meeting with the local authorities in charge of the event. On behalf of the local organizers, the meeting was attended by Yuri Yuzhakov (Deputy Governor of Ugra region), Sergey Artamonov (Director of the Department of Physical Culture and Sports of Ugra), Roman Genkel (General Director of the Ugra Development Fund), Valery Radchenko (Director of "UgraMegaSport") and Vasily Filipenko (President of the Ugra Chess Federation). In the meeting, all the main organizational aspects of the Olympiad were discussed – transportation, accommodation, communication, registration, flights to Khanty-Mansiysk and others.During the Chess Olympiad 2020, the airport of Ugra capital will become the main transport hub of the region. Every day it will be served with 15-17 flights from Moscow, compared with the 2-3 daily direct flights that normally connect Khanty-Mansiysk with the Russian capital. This will ensure that the thousands of participants, arbiters and officials of the Olympiad will find suitable travel connections. To make the process smoother, it was decided to establish two arrival days in the schedule instead of one. The airport is the place where people get their first impression of a city, so the renovation process has already started there.The new Sports Arena, which is planned to be built near the Tennis Center and the Exhibition Center "Ugra-Expo", will be a modern playing venue for the 44th Chess Olympiad. The construction works will start next week and it is scheduled to be completed by June 2020, with margin enough to add the final touches before the competition starts.The accommodation of players and accompanying persons was another important topic of the meeting. Thousands of people will visit Khanty-Mansiysk for the Olympiad, and the organizers informed the FIDE representatives about the current number of hotel rooms that the city offers at the moment. "We are expecting approximately 3300 players, team members, arbiters and officials to come to Ugra for the event. The sporting infrastructure will be ready on time. Khanty-Mansiysk already hosted the Chess Olympiad in 2010 and the organizers proved to have the capabilities and experience to do this once again", – said the Director of Physical Culture and Sports Department of Ugra, Sergey Artamonov."FIDE has been closely cooperating with Ugra since 2005. All the events here were held at the highest organizational level, and I am sure everything will run smoothly this time as well", said Berik Balgabaev. "Some minor issues have already been solved, some will be fixed soon. FIDE notes with great satisfaction that the organizers have already fulfilled all their financial obligations to the International Chess Federation both in organizing the World Cup 2019 and the World Chess Olympiad 2020. I am sure that all other issues that have been raised today will be settled accordingly. The event is in good hands."
Dear chess friends, The International Chess Federation, Spanish Chess Federation (FEDA) and the Organizing Committee, have the honour to invite all the FIDE member Chess Federations to participate in the FIDE World Youth Chess Championships Rapid and Blitz 2019. This competition will be held in Salobrena (Spain), from September 10th to September 14th, 2019. As usual, it is divided in the categories under 14, under 16 and under 18 years old, with both open and girls sections. Salobrena is a town on the "Costa Tropical" in Granada, Spain. It claims a history stretching back 6,000 years. The nearest airport is Granada (50km), served by Easyjet and British Airways, but Malaga airport is merely 81 km away and offers many more international connections. Official Website: www.wyrbcc2019.com Contact: Patricia Claros Aguilar Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
The second round of the Moscow Grand Prix began with four draws on Monday, though there were several pitched battles. Since the Grand Prix is using a knockout format, all competitors will face each other on Tuesday in the second half of their mini-matches. If those games end in draws, then the players will proceed to faster tie-breaker games on Wednesday to decide who advances to the semifinals of the tournament.One feature of the quarterfinals of the Moscow Grand Prix is that there are four Russian players facing two American players, one from China and one from Poland. It has the same format, inadvertently, as the Russia vs. the World match in 2002 (and before that, the U.S.S.R. vs. the World matches in 1970 and 1984). All the games on Monday had interesting moments. Perhaps the most unusual was between Hikaru Nakamura, one of the two Americans, and Daniil Dubov.Dubov, who is known to be very well prepared, had Black and blitzed out his opening moves on the Black side of a Symmetrical English, barely using any time on his clock by Move 20. The position on the board at that point was remarkable: Dubov had a pawn on d3 and his entire pawn structure was broken. In some ways, Black seemed to have violated many of the major principles of chess opening theory. But he had the initiative and that pawn on d3 was problematic for White.The fact that Nakamura had consumed nearly an hour more on his clock than Dubov also had to be troubling for him. Afterward, Nakamura said of the opening, "I knew that Daniil would surprise me, but I did not quite expect him to play 20 moves or something without really thinking at all."Nakamura finally managed to surround and win the pawn on d3, but only by allowing Dubov's queen to infiltrate on the queenside. The players agreed to a draw soon after in a position in which Black's dynamically placed pieces offered compensation for his ruined pawn structure.The first game to finish was between Peter Svidler and Radoslaw Wojtaszek of Poland. The opening was a Sicilian Defense, but Svidler deviated early with the unusual retreat 5 Bd3. He soon had a good position, however, as he slowly expanded in the center, seizing space.On Move 18, Svidler erred with 18 b4. Wojtaszek could have played 18... ab4 and after 19 Nb4 Be4! 20 Be4 d5. But Wojtaszek missed his chance and instead played 18... Qa7. The players agreed to a draw two moves later.In an interview afterward, Svidler said he offered a draw because he did not understand what sort of plan he should have in the position, despite having extra space. He also said that he had a headache, which contributed to his decision.Alexander Grischuk, who is known for chronically being in time pressure, played the opening quickly against Wesley So, the other American in the field. On Move 14, given a choice, he quickly played a surprising recapture – 14 ed4, instead of Qd4, voluntarily accepting an isolated queen pawn. The speed of his play indicated that it was preparation. So played carefully, but Grischuk managed to gain an endgame with the bishop pair, which is often dangerous. Nevertheless, So navigated the complications successfully, even winning a pawn, but a draw seemed to be the most likely outcome.In the final game between Wei Yi of China and Ian Nepomniachtchi, the opening was the Najdorf Variation of the Sicilian Defense. Nepomniachtchi is known to be an expert in this opening, but he had to be careful as Wei gained a slight edge because of a nagging space advantage. Wei was unable to make much of his edge, however, and the players agreed to a draw because of repetition on Move 31.The matches resume Tuesday at 3 PM local time. The broadcast can be viewed free and live at worldchess.com.Report by Dylan Loeb McClain. Photos courtesy of World Chess.Link to the photos of the second round.For further questions, please contact email@example.comInformation for the press https://mediakit2018.worldchess.comOfficial website https://worldchess.com/news/1349Leading partners supporting the FIDE Grand Prix Series 2019 organized by World Chess include:PhosAgro, a leading chemical company as the Official Strategic PartnerKaspersky Lab, as the Official Cybersecurity PartnerRussian Post, as the Official Logistics PartnerPRYTEK, as the Technology Transfer PartnerBMW, as the Official Auto Partner
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