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FIDE are happy to announce that after communication with the temporary FIDE relationship commission members (consisting of GM Kiril Georgiev, GM Antoaneta Stefanova, GM Alexander Delchev and interim FIDE rating officer ICCF IM and FIDE IA Milen Petrov) we have come to the following agreement:

1) We will be able to register new Bulgarian players on FIDE site but only after approval and proper association from FIDE office. All newly registered players will fall under FIDE flag.

2) We will be able to start registering tournaments valid for FIDE rating and norms. All requests for FIDE rated tournaments must be sent up-front to the following email address: bgtournaments@gmail.com with copy to chessarbiter@gmail.com. After the tournament is approved by the commission, it will be registered on FIDE web site.Organizers should receive confirmation about approval/decline.

3) We will be able to send tournament reports to FIDE rating server as any other federation, but following more strict rules, specified below.

4) Every registered FIDE rated tournament must be fully compliant with FIDE rules and must be led by FIDE licensed arbiters.

5) No late tournament registrations are allowed.

6) Within 5 days after the finish of the tournament Chief Arbiter is obliged to send the tournament report to the interim rating officer and then it will be uploaded to the server, only if all necessary documentation is proper, in the prescribed 7 days period. All Tournament reports must be accompanied with payment transaction details - transaction ID, amount, payer, tournament name.

7) All organizers are obliged to pay FIDE rating fees directly to FIDE as it will be announced locally and according to the FIDE Handbook. It is their duty to sort these. No tournament report will be sent to FIDE without clear approval that the payment is made. Possible payment methods are Credit Card and Paypal.

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The World Chess Federation (FIDE), the Slovenian Chess Federation, the Municipality of Bled and the European Chess Academy have the honour to invite all senior women and men throughout the world to participate in the 28th World Senior Chess Championship (50+ and 65+) organised in the Olympic city of Bled, Slovenia, 17th November (arrival) to 30st November (departure) 2018.



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FIDE announces that the deadline for player's participation in the Candidates Tournament is 26 January 2018. The event will be held in Berlin, Germany from 8 March (arrivals/opening ceremony) to 29 March 2018 (departures) and the qualifiers are:

1. Sergey Karjakin (RUS, world championship 2016 finalist)
2. Levon Aronian (ARM, world cup 2017 winner)
3. Ding Liren (CHN, world cup 2017 finalist)
4. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE, grand-prix 2017 winner)
5. Alexander Grischuk (RUS, grand-prix 2017 runner-up)
6. Fabiano Caruana (USA, rating lists 2017)
7. Wesley So (USA, rating lists 2017)
8. Vladimir Kramnik (RUS, organiser's nominee)

First reserve from the FIDE Grand-Prix standings is Teimour Radjabov (AZE).

The winner of the Candidates Tournament will challenge Magnus Carlsen for the FIDE World Championship title in the last quarter of 2018.


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With great sadness the FIDE Arbiters' Commission was informed that IA Dr. Dirk De Ridder passed away on 7 January 2018.

The Commission expresses its sincere condolences to his family and to the Belgian Chess Federation.

Dirk was a well known International Arbiter, International Organizer and FIDE Lecturer.

He was very enthusiastic and dedicated to chess for more than 30 years, having organized many tournaments and conducted many Arbiters' Seminars.

For many years he was a Chairman of Titles & Ratings Committee, Secretary of the FIDE Arbiters' Commission and Councilor of the FIDE Rules, Qualification and Technical Commissions.

His contribution to the Chess community was very important.

Rest in Peace Dirk!

IA Takis Nikolopoulos
FIDE Arbiters' Commission

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FIDE publishes signed Appeals Committee Rulings from 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Championships held in Riyadh (KSA).

Claim of GM Grischuk, Alexander (RUS) (pdf)
Claim of GM Inarkiev, Ernesto (RUS) (pdf)
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From the 25th to 30th of December, the Rapid & Blitz World Championship for 2017 was held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Intense preliminary negotiations took place in London and this culminated in an event with a record US Dollar prize fund of 2,000,000, the highest among all FIDE championships in recent times. The work carried out by Geoffrey Borg and Malcolm Pein in these negotiations must be highlighted.

Initially, major obstacles were predicted due to the stringent dress code in Saudi Arabia as well as the political confrontations outside of sport that currently exist in the Middle East. These seemed insurmountable but due to active work on the part of FIDE, led by its Acting President, Georgios Makropoulos, a solution was found that had seemed impossible. It was agreed that the female participants did not have to wear the traditional dress of hijab and abayas in the game room or in the host hotels, and also that men and women participated together in the same games room, both remarkable facts given the customs of the country.

Another substantial obstacle was the granting of visas for participants from Qatar, Iran and Israel given the existing regional confrontations. In this respect Mr Makropoulos obtained the acceptance by the authorities that the first two countries mentioned above were granted the relative permits. However, in the most difficult case of all, Israel, negotiations were held but the decision of the US government on Jerusalem, which came at the worst possible moment, prevented progress.

Given the complexity of the task, it must be said that of the 4 problematic cases, FIDE obtained a satisfactory response in 3, which gives an example of what sport can do to solve tensions. (It should be remembered that it was Table Tennis that opened the doors of diplomatic relations between China and the USA).

As Saudi Arabia will request to organize the R & B World Championships of 2018 and 2019 the FIDE Acting President, Mr. Makropoulos, said in his inaugural speech and outside the protocol that the next championships would be called "King Salman, Peace and Friendship" in a clear allusion to that all FIDE member federations will participate in them. The door is open and it will be the FIDE General Assembly that will decide on this.
The organization of the Rapid & Blitz was excellent, even more so considering it was a totally new federation. There were magnificent hotels, imposing headquarters and excellent transportation. In the end, no reason for complaint. The friendliness of the Saudi staff with all the visitors was remarkable. The support provided by the chess federations of Asia and the UAE was commendable.

In the technical aspect, the game room was unbeatable, the pairings were always on time and there were only two protests due to arbitration errors that were resolved correctly. A highly positive measure that must be followed by FIDE in all its world championships was the free opening of the transmission of the live games to all the websites that wished to use it. This promotes chess and does not limit it as when transmission is conditioned by an economic interest.

On the development of the event, much has been written and I will not repeat, just to note the dramatic way in which Anand won the Rapid and the spectacular Carlsen attack to win the Blitz, also the intense fight in the women's section. I am sure of the satisfaction of all the participants and their desire to return.

As an anecdotal question regarding different customs, I mention that always in the lobby of the event there was a hunting hawk. We were permitted to have our pictures taken with the hawk whenever we wanted. I did not resist the temptation and published two of them.

Jorge Vega
Continental President for Americas

Riyadh, December 31, 2017
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FIDE publishes January 2018 FIDE Rating List. The list of top players is published at Top lists page of FIDE ratings website. All players can check new ratings at the main page of FIDE ratings website.
Magnus CarlsenThe King Salman World Blitz Chess Championship concluded today in Riyadh with Magnus Carlsen (Norway) and Nana Dzagnidze (Georgia) emerging convincing champions of their respective section.

After the first day of the championship Magnus Carlsen trailed full two points behind the leader and 2016 champion Sergey Karjakin. However, the impressive winning streak on the second day, where he conceded only two draws in ten games, put Carlsen ahead of the field and he secured the title with a round to spare. His total score in the end is 16/21 points.

Point and a half behind the champion are Sergey Karjakin and World Rapid Champion Viswanathan Anand. Karjakin took the silver medal on better tie-break, but the prize money will be shared.

This is Carlsen's third world blitz title, having previously won in Moscow 2009 and Dubai 2014.

Carlsen stated in an interview with FIDE press officer: "Obviously, I am extremely happy. Yesterday was a difficult day for me, but today everything went beyond expectations. This title means a lot to me, especially after losing that last game from the leading position in the Rapid Championship. So it's a massive win."

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President of the Saudi Arabia Chess Federation Al Sulaiman Mottaz Abdulrahman making the ceremonial first move in the game between Levon Aronian and Magnus Carlsen in the presence of FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos

Nana Dzagnidze repeated the strong performance from the first day of the Women's Championship, and with Pia Cramling's misfortune, this was sufficient for the clear first place with 16,5/21 points.

The powerful finish of five straight victories lifted Valentina Gunina to the second place half a point behind the winner.

The rest of the field remained far behind. Ju Wenjun and Kateryna Lagno shared the third place with 14 points each, but the Rapid Champion Ju claimed the bronze in blitz thanks to the superior tie-break.

Dzagnidze said: "It was a very difficult event and this title is very important to me. I am still not aware that I became champion. This was my dream."

Dzagnidze is reigning European champion in classical chess.

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In the closing ceremony HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki AlFaisal, deputy chairman of the General Sports Authority, awarded the trophies to the winners of the King Salman World Chess Championships (photos below).

All videos and interviews are available here.

The 2017 King Salman World Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships were held from 26-30th December in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, with 238 world's top players competing for the prestigious titles and 2,000,000 USD prize fund.

Official website / Photo gallery / Results, Standings, Pairings

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Winners of the King Salman World Blitz Championship - Open

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Winners of the King Salman World Blitz Championship - Women

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Winners of the King Salman World Rapid Championship - Open

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Winners of the King Salman World Rapid Championship - Women

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Magnus Carlsen - Sergey Karjakin

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Ian Nepomniachtchi and Ding Liren

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Arbiters Anastasia Sorokina and Olexandr Prohorov

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FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos shaking hands with Magnus Carlsen

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Ding Liren and Magnus Carlsen. Arbiter Omar Salama observing.

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Live commentary was provided by Evgeny Miroshnichenko

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Natalia Zhukova and Denis Khismatullin

Day 1

Karjakin idThe King Salman World Blitz Chess Championship started today at the beautiful Apex Convention Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

A total of 138 players in the Open section and 100 players in the Women's section are competing in this prestigious event. 11 rounds have been played today.

The defending World Blitz Champion GM Sergey Karjakin (Russia) is on the roll, winning seven games and drawing four, to conclude the day as clear leader on 9/11 points.

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France), who is also blitz specialist, is close behind on 8,5 points. Six players, including three Chinese, are on 8 points each: Peter Svidler, Wang Hao, Ding Liren, Yu Yangyi, Le Quang Liem, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.

After the first round GM Ernesto Inarkiev submitted a complaint regarding the result in his game against Magnus Carlsen. The tournament's Appeals Committee rejected the claim (ruling attached).

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The claim of an "illegal move"

Having a very low blitz rating, as she herself admitted in an interview, Pia Cramling (Sweden) started the race from the lower bracket of the Women's competition. This brought her a round 1 loss against the 3rd-seed Valentina Gunina. But from then on, Cramling had a magnificent score of nine wins and only one draw to conclude the first leg with 9,5/11 points.

The nearest followers Nana Dzagnidze and Valentina Gunina are a full point behind.

The remaining 10 rounds will be played on Saturday 30th December.

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Yesterday Viswanathan Anand and Ju Wenjun won gold medals in King Salman World Rapid Championship.

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Anna Zatonskih, Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant and Martha Fierro resting between the rounds

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GM Salem A.R. Saleh

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Chief arbiter Takis Nikolopoulos announcing the start of the round

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Alexandra Goryachkina, Natalia Zhukova and Nana Dzagnidze

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GM Laurent Fressinet

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Women's section

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Hotel restaurant photos by Maria Emelianova

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Kind staff of the General Sports Authority

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Arbiters from Estonia and Greece

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Pia Cramling and Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant taking a walk between two rounds

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Chinese players taking a break

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Former world women's classical champion Zhu Chen

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Vassily Ivanchuk checking the screens

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Sanan Sjugirov defeated Magnus Carlsen in round 2

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Valentina Gunina and Monika Socko

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IMG 9633 idDuring the opening ceremony of the World Blitz & Rapid Championships, FIDE Deputy President Mr. Makropoulos proposed to His Excellency Turki bin Abdel Muhsin Al-Asheikh, Chairman of the General Sports Authority of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, that the name of next year’s event in Riyadh can be "King Salman Peace & Friendship Rapid & Blitz World Chess Championships" and that in the spirit of the FIDE motto “Gens Una Sumus”, chess players from all nations will be welcomed and able to participate.

Read below the opinion of Peter Svidler in his interview after round 9:

Q (A. Karlovich): Peter, you have attended the opening ceremony and heard the message of FIDE for next year’s event in Riyadh. Do you support the idea?

A (P. Svidler): I think it`s a very important point. I was somewhat surprised and happy to see FIDE making this point. Generally speaking, the content level of official speeches during the ceremonies is not very high but in this case it is quite clear that FIDE wants to get this point across. I think it’s a good thing that they did. If the tournament is indeed held in Riyadh next year, I hope it will be fully representative because the current situation is clearly not great.

Watch the full interview of Peter Svidler here.

Other top Grandmasters including Magnus Carlsen, Nana Dzagnidze, Rauf Mamedov, Nigel Short, Stelios Halkias, Elina Danielian, Pia Cramling, Monika Socko, Le Quang Liem, B Adhiban and SP Sethuraman have also supported this proposal in their respective interviews.

Grandmaster Peter Leko said: "If there is a chance that we can have next Championship here, and Israeli players can participate, that would be one of the greatest achievements."

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Anand idThe King Salman World Rapid Championship concluded today in Riyadh with a thrilling finale in which Viswanathan Anand claimed the title after the blitz tie-break with Vladimir Fedoseev.

Entering the last round of the Open Rapid Championship, Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen were tied on the first place with 10 points each.

Anand took a quick draw with black against Bu Xiangzhi, and Magnus Carlsen sensed the opportunity to play for a win. But Alexander Grischuk had his own plans and attacked ferociously to eventually defeat Carlsen and drag him down to 4th shared place in the overall standings.

Vladimir Fedoseev won the Russian derby against Vladislav Artemiev and Ian Nepomniachtchi scored against Wang Hao, to both catch Anand on the shared first place.

According to the Tournament Regulations, "if there is a tie for the 1st place, the top 2 players according to the first eligible tie break criterion will play a play-off." Nepomniachtchi had the worst tie-break and therefore won the bronze medal.

Anand and Fedoseev proceeded to play two 3'+2'' games to decide the Champion. Anand 1,5-0,5 and took the golden trophy.

Viswanathan Anand

Ju Wenjun of China continued the good run on the final day of the Women's Rapid Championship and after scoring two wins and three draws emerged clear winner with 11,5/15 points. Ju modestly repeated her statement from the first day of the Championship, stating that "she was lucky".

Her compatriot Lei Tingjie was in position to direct a tiebreak match, but she could not win with black against Nana Dzagnidze, therefore being awarded the silver medal. Elisabeth Paehtz claimed the bronze with 10,5 points.

Official website / Photo gallery / Results, Standings, Pairings

Tomorrow starts the King Salman World Blitz Championship.

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Princess Reema bint Bandar al Saud, the commissioner for development and planning of the General Sports Authority, opening the third day rounds of the King Salman World Chess Championship

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Arbiter Margit Brokko keeping a watchfull eye

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Olga Girya contemplating the next move

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Vladimir Fedoseev and Magnus Carlsen

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Harika Dronavalli and Ju Wenjun

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Arbiter Carlos Diaz is in charge of top four boards

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Esipenko and Vachier-Lagrave playing the opening at the lightning speed

Day 2

Day 2 idThe King Salman World Rapid Championship continued today at the iconic Apex Convention Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Five more rounds were played in both Open and Women's sections.

The overnight leader in the Women's section, Ju Wenjun of China, continued the campaign with four straight draws, but then when it mattered the most she closed the day with a win against IM Pham Le Thao Nguyen, once again singling out on the top of the standings with 8,0/10 points.

Half a point behind the leader are WGM Aleksandra Goryachkina (Russia), GM Elina Danielian (Armenia) and GM Nana Dzagnidze (Georgia) on 7,5 points each.

In the Open section Vladimir Fedoseev from Russia started with a win against the overnight co-leader Baadur Jobava and next he defeated Yuriy Kuzubov. There followed three draws in a row, but this was sufficient to retain a clear first place with 8,0/10 points.

On the shared second place with 7,5 points are Peter Svidler from Russia, Wang Hao from China and Viswanathan Anand of India, who has notably beaten the World classical champion Magnus Carlsen.

Of memorable games, the 15-years old Russian star Andrey Esipenko crushed the reigning World blitz chess champion and World championship challenger in classical chess Sergey Karjakin with a beautiful queen sacrifice.

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Vladimir Fedoseev won against Baadur Jobava

The King Salman World Rapid Championship has five more rounds to be played and will end tomorrow.

Players from 55 countries, among them 10 men out of the World Top-15 as well as 11 out the World Top-15 women, are competing in this prestigious event.

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The stage with top four games

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Her Excellency Princess Ilama Al-Sudairi, Ambassador of Mind Games in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nehyan, Continental President for Asia, inaugurating the 8th round

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GM Ahmed Adly interviewing Her Excellency Princess Ilama Al-Sudairi, Ambassador of Mind Games in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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Irene Sukandar missed the connecting flight, but still managed to arrive on time to participate in the championship

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Jorden Van Foreest vs Pentala Harikrishna

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Yuriy Kuzubov defeated the higher rated Alexander Grischuk

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FIDE Vice President Martha Fierro in action

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Peter Svidler and Alexander Grischuk

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Players enjoying dinner after a tough day in the arena

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International Arbiter Effie Andrikopoulou

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Grandmaster Laurent Fressinet

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Peter Svidler and Magnus Carlsen about to start the game

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FIDE CEO Geoffrey Borg with the distinguished guests

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Viktor Laznicka showing the moves to local chess fan

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Young chess fans posing for photos

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Players socializing with locals in between the games

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Traditional setting combined with modern technology

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Day 1, 26th December

Day 1 idThe King Salman World Rapid Championship started today at the iconic Apex Convention Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Players from 55 countries, among them 10 men out of the World Top-15 as well as 11 out the World Top-15 women, are competing in this prestigious event.

The honorary first move in the round 1 game Carlsen-Bu was made by Mr Kosay A.Alfawaz, Advisor to H.E. The Chairman of General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia.

In the very same game Bu Xiangzhi stunned the world's top rated player Magnus Carlsen by inflicting him yet another loss. Only few months ago Bu eliminated Carlsen from the FIDE World Cup in Tbilisi.

Also on the main stage, the second-seeded Maxime Vachier-Lagrave lost to Levan Pantsulaia. Likewise, in the women's championship the top seed Kateryna Lagno started with a loss against Jolanta Zawadzka. The reigning World Blitz champion Sergey Karjakin also slipped in the first round, losing to Pavel Eljanov.

As if these introductory games set the tone for the rest of the rounds, we witnessed some exciting battles and many surprises throughout the day.

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Zawadzka defeated Lagno in round 1

At the end of the first day of the competition, world championship challenger in classical chess Ju Wenjun is leading in the women's section with the perfect 5/5 score.

In the Open section Baadur Jobava and Vladimir Fedoseev are on the top with 4,5/5 points each.

Vachier-Lagrave is down on 2,0 points, while third-seed Levon Aronian is on 2,5. Among the women, the top seed and former World Rpid champion Kateryna Lagno is on 50% score.

The King Salman World Rapid Championship has ten more rounds to be played and continues until 28th December.

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Vladimir Fedoseev, co-leader in Open section

The key game of the day in the women's championship: Ju Wenjun vs Bela Khotenashvili

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Pantsulaia won against Vachier-Lagrave

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The ceremonial first move

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Mr Kosay A.Alfawaz, Advisor to H.E. The Chairman of General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia

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The overview of the women's section: The players dressed according to the FIDE Regulations

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FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos and President of the Saudi Arabia Chess Federation Al Sulaiman Mottaz Abdulrahman with young chess players

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Jorge Vega, President of Confederation of Chess for Americas, and Liana Hakim, mother of Russian prodigy Bibisara Assaubayeva, who is clearly enjoying the outfit

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Grandmaster Luke McShane and Member of the Appeals Committee Malcolm Pein during the break between the rounds

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Magnus Carlsen started out with a loss but later improved his position with two wins to close the day

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Ian Nepomniachtchi and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

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Elina Danielian

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FIDE CEO Geoffrey Borg talking to the organizers

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Natalia Buksa and Salome Melia