Because some things have to be watched again and again. | Kramnik v Ivanchuk, 40th Chess Olympiad, September 5, 2012 pic.twitter.com/7cpqimEvv7
— Olimpiu G. Urcan (@olimpiuurcan) May 4, 2016
It’s the beginning of the month, and thus a new ratings update. A lot of rearrangements happen in the Top 20, but the composition is basically still the same.
Fabiano Caruana gained 1 ELO rating point to catch up with Vladimir Kramnik at 2808. Wesley So gained 11 ELO rating points (2782) from his stellar performance in Sinquefield Cup, but that was not enough to catch up with Hikaru Nakamura at number 6 (2789). Anish Giri shaved off some 14 points, from 2769 to 2755, and slid down from number 9 to number 12 in September.
Below is the Top 20 table, but you may check out the full Top 100 here.
FIDE Ratings Top 20 - September 2016
|17||Li, Chao b||g||CHN||2746||9||1989|
Wesley So, on his interview over at ChessBase, cited the Universiade incident, and remarked:
In 2013 I won a gold for the Philippines in the Universiade in Russia. Their first chess gold in like 50 years. The Philippine sport heads quarrelled over who was to get the glory for that win. In the end they could not agree so I was not formally recognized for winning it. It also came with a one million pesos award that I never got. I only received belated recognition for it in 2015. A nice politician convinced the senate to give me a plaque. But not the money. [Laughs]
Take a second look at the second sentence:
Their first chess gold in like 50 years.
The use of the word “their” instead of “our”, or perhaps the more neutral pronoun “its”, that to me suggests bitterness. But, can you blame the guy?
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.
Here’s the promotional video of Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad: “Say Chess”:
The Baku Chess Olympiad starts next week from 1 to 14 to September 2016. We’re going in for a treat for two weeks of chess action.
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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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.
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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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.
Final ranking of the Open section follows:
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.
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
|Paul Robert Evangelista||2020||71||Open||U20|
|WIM||Janelle Mae Frayna||2292||9||Girls||U20|
|WFM||Shania Mae Mendoza||2191||21||Girls||U18|