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FIDE Online Arena Redefines Online Chess, Offers Official Online Ratings

FIDE Online Arena, the official chess gaming platform, today redefined online chess with the global launch of the new gaming experience and online ratings. Chess players from around the world are now able to compete for the official online ratings and qualify for official titles. This makes chess the first IOC-recognized sport to create the officially-recognized online category.The online experience has been designed by World Chess, the company that organized the 2016 and 2018 Championship…

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Chess Game in Space Finishes in a Draw

On June 9, the second chess match between Space and Earth took place in the main hall of the Moscow Museum of Cosmonautics. The event has been co-organized by the Moscow Museum of Cosmonautics, the Roscosmos State Corporation, the Chess Federation of Russia, and the social network VKontakte.The match featured pilot-cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin, and test-cosmonaut Ivan Vagner, who delivered the battle from aboard the International Space Station. Representing team Earth was Sergey Karjakin – a…

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Bidding Procedure for the 2021-2022 Grand Prix Series

World Chess, the organiser of the FIDE World Chess Grand Prix Series, the qualifiers for the Championship Match, invites interested chess federations, organizers or municipalities to take part in the call of interest/bidding procedure to co-host the Grand Prix Series next year.There will be four Grand Prix events, each featuring the world’s best chess players. Exact information on the bidding procedure and supporting materials can be found below.-Bidding Procedure description– Grand Prix Presentation 

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FIDE Signals Rajabov to Receive Wild Card for Predicting the Future Correctly

FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich signalled that Teymour Rajabov, the Azeri Grandmaster who pulled out of the Candidates citing the COVID epidemic before the whole tournament had to be stopped because of the COVID epidemic, will receive a wild card for the 2022 Candidates. The decision that has not officially been announced should end one of the most confusing episodes in the recent history of chess.Rajabov, who earned the ticket to the 2020 Candidates by winning…

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A twist at the top as Vachier-Lagrave defeats Nepomniachtchi

Halfway through the 14-round chess Candidates and there has been a change at the top as France’s Maxime Vachier-Lagrave defeated Round Six leader Ian Nepomniachtchi in a direct duel for first place. Both players are now on 4.5 points after seven games and leading. A group of four players, all on 3.5 points, follow them. The race is now wide open again as at least six players have solid chances to fight for the first…

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Nepomniachtchi on fire as he increases his lead in the Candidates

Russian Ian Nepomniachtchi increased his lead at the 2020 Candidates to a whole point, after defeating China’s Ding Liren. With 4,5 points, the 29-year-old goes into the rest day with three plusses after the first six rounds and is now the very strong favorite to become the challenger to Magnus Carlsen for the title of the world champion in chess. Behind him, with 3,5 points, is Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, who is followed by a pack of…

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Nepo emerges as a clear leader after five rounds

After five rounds of play, Russia’s Ian Nepomniachtchi emerged as the clear leader in the 8-player 2020 chess Candidates, having defeated the Chinese underdog Wang Hao. With 3.5 points, he is half a point ahead of second-placed Maxime Vachier-Lagrave who drew with Russian wild-card Kirill Alekseenko in a game full of sharp lines and tactics. On other boards, American Fabiano Caruana was lucky to escape with a draw against Anish Giri, while the game between…

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A day of draws in Yekaterinburg

There has been no breakthrough at the 2020 Candidates Tournament as all four games of Round Four ended in a draw. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France was closest to making a break but he missed his chances against Alexander Grischuk, despite the Russian being severely pressed for time. The longest game of the day was between American Fabiano Caruana and Russian Ian Nepomniachtchi. Despite threats on both sides, it too ended in a draw. Altogether, there…

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Ding Liren beats Caruana to make a comeback

In a duel between the two favorites to win the Candidates, China’s Ding Liren – who started with two losses – made a comeback in the third round and defeated World #2 chess player, American Fabiano Caruana. This was the only game with a decisive outcome on the third day of the 2020 Candidates and it made the tournament wide open again.A day before the first break at the eight-player 2020 Candidates Tournament, there are…

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