Are you ready for Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad?

Check out the complete list of participating teams and their average ratings.

The Chess Olympiad is a biennial chess event in which teams from all over the world compete. The 42nd edition of the event is going to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan, from 1 to 14 September 2016.

In the Tromso 2014 Olympiad, China and Russia won the gold medals in the Open and Women’s division, respectively.

Here’s the promotional video of the Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad, Game of Thrones-style:

Check out the list of participating teams and their average ratings in the pages that follow.

Michael Adams Named Wildcard in London Chess Classic 2016

Thus, Magnus Carlsen is now out of contention for the Grand Chess Tour top prize.

Michael Adams (Photo: Ray Morris-Hill)
Michael Adams (Photo: Ray Morris-Hill)

London Chess Classic:

The 10th and last player to join the line-up of the 8th London Chess Classic is none other than England’s number one, Michael Adams. The Cornishman has been the country’s leading player since 1999 and was once ranked number 4 in the world.

Thus, Magnus Carlsen is officially out of the race for the Grand Chess Tour 2016 top prize. That leaves Hikaru Nakamura alone in contention, who still has a lot of catching up to do with the tour leader, Wesley So.

Final list of participants for the London Chess Classic 2016 follows:

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Breaking Down Philippines’ Performance in World Junior Chess Championships 2016

Breaking it down game by game.

Paulo Bersamina

Paulo Bersamino is a Filipino International Master (IM) rated 2402 as of August 2016. He’s a member of the Philippine team going to the Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad.

In the recently concluded World Junior Chess Championships 2016, he played 13 games against opponents with average rating of 2376, and scored 7.5 points.

Paulo Bersamina in Round 13 of World Junior Chess Championships 2016. Photo credit: wjcc2016india.com.
Paulo Bersamina in Round 13 of World Junior Chess Championships 2016. Photo credit: wjcc2016india.com.

He had a 3-game winning streak from Rounds 9 to 11, so that at the end of Round 11, Bersamina was actually running tied at 4th to 7th place. But he lost to the ultimate champion, Jeffery Xiong, in Round 12 and to Yinglun Xu of China in Round 13, and thus settled for 19th place at the end of the tournament.

The following is the breakdown of the games of IM Paulo Bersamina in World Junior Chess Championships 2016:

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World Junior Chess Championship 2016 Final Results

Jeffery Xiong bags home the title, and he’s the youngest who did it so far.

Jeffery Xiong dominates the Open Section

Leading to the final round, Round 13, Jeffery Xiong of the United States was already a clear winner of the event.

He dominated the event all throughout with eight wins and five draws. Thus, he is now the youngest player to win the World Junior Chess Championship title.

The top-seeded Russian GM Vladislav Artemiev came in closest with 1 full point behind, 9.5 points.

Replay all the games in the Open Section.

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The winners of World Junior Chess Championships 2016 Open Division: Vladislav Artemiev (Runner Up), Jeffery Xiong (Champion), and Narayanan Sunilduth Lyna (2nd Runner Up). Photo credit: wjcc2016india.com.

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Philippine Contingents to the World Junior Chess Championships 2016

They’re doing great so far at the end of Round 11.

The World Junior Chess Championship is an under-20 chess tournament (players must have been under 20 years old on 1 January in the year of competition) organized by the World Chess Federation (FIDE).

The 2016 edition is currently happening (7 to 22 August 2016) in KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, India, and is scheduled for 13 rounds Swiss System. The Open division is composed of 80 players including 8 Grandmasters, while the Girls section has 57 players including 1 International Master and 2 WGM’s.

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Philippines sent 4 players to the event, 2 for the Open and 2 for Girls sections:

Philippines Delegates to the World Junior Chess Championships 2016

TitleNameRatingSeed #DivisionType
IMPaulo Bersamina240226OpenU18
Paul Robert Evangelista202071OpenU20
WIMJanelle Mae Frayna22929GirlsU20
WFMShania Mae Mendoza219121GirlsU18

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Sergey Karjakin is Optimistic About the World Championship 2016 Match

Check out why he’s optimistic.

Not something that Magnus Carlsen should be worried about:

Yet, with that optimism and sense of humor, I think I’m now rooting for Sergey Karjakin in the World Championship match.

Wait, did you cast your vote already in the poll on who should win the match?

Sinquefield Cup 2016 Awarding Ceremony Pictures

Doesn’t Wesley So look good with the trophy and in barong?

Check out the pictures taken during the Sinquefield Cup 2016 awarding (closing) ceremony:

Photos credit: Lennart Ootes: Website | Twitter

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Grand Chess Tour 2016 Standings (After Paris, Leuven, and St. Louis)

Let’s find out who are the contenders for the No. 1 spot in the Grand Chess Tour 2016 race.

As we have mentioned before, Wesley So now leads the Grand Chess Tour 2016 race with 30 GCT points:

But let’s find out how did the rest of the players fared so far:

Grand Chess Tour 2016 Ranking After Paris, Leuven, and St. Louis

PlayerParisLeuvenSt LouisTotalPrize Money
Wesley So7.0010.0013.0030.00$120,000
Magnus Carlsen*10.0013.00-23.00$67,500
Levon Aronian6.008.007.7521.75$66,250
Hikaru Nakamura13.004.004.5021.50$62,500
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave8.005.004.5017.50$40,000
Fabiano Caruana3.006.007.7516.75$58,750
Viswanathan Anand-7.007.7514.75$51,250
Veselin Topalov 2.001.007.7510.75$51,250
Anish Giri5.002.501.008.50$30,000
Vladimir Kramnik4.002.50-6.50$15,000
Ding Liren*--3.003.00$15,000
Peter Svidler*--2.002.00$15,000
Laurent Fressinet*1.00--1.00$7,500
These are GCT (Grand Chess Tour) points earned by each player from the last three legs and the total GCT points. Prize money is the total prize earned so far from the tour.

* Considered as wildcards for the tour.

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