Herceg Novi, Montenegro, September 14-25th
French delegation at the European Youth Chess Championship is clearly enjoying their stay in Herceg Novi, Montenegro. Kids, parents and coaches (we recognize GM Arnaud Hauchard and GM Olivier Renet) are always willing to pose in front of Vincent Moret’s camera. Visit Pokemon Chess Blog for more photos and information about French representatives.
Bilel Bellahcene and Andreea-Cristiana Navrotescu
Vincent Moret, WIM Christine Flear and GM Arnaud Hauchard
Vincent Moret, Christophe Sochacki, Bastien Dubessay, Fabien Guilleux, Gary Giroyan, Maxime Lagarde and Bilel Bellahcene
Special thanks to Vincent Moret and Frederic Sellier for providing the photos.
Women’s World Chess Championship 2008 in Nalchik officially ended
The Women’s World Chess Championship 2008 in Nalchik ended with a closing ceremony where the President of Kabardino-Balkaria, Arsen Kanokov and FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov awarded the winners of the Championship.
On the third place came Pia Cramling (Sweden) and Humpy Koneru (India). The youngest-ever finalist Hou Yifan (China) has been warmly greeted by the audience. The longest applause was, naturally, given to the Champion, Alexandra Kosteniuk from Russia. All the prizes were presented and the Champion was really crowned with a very beautiful and valuable crown, hand-made here in Kabardino-Balkaria.
The winners were greeted by speeches from the Presidents and the Champion was also congratulated by the special message of Dmitry Medvedev, President of Russia in which he appraised the performance of Alexandra Kosteniuk and the hard work she has done to achieve such a valuable victory.
The new chess Queen – Alexandra Kosteniuk
Alexandra and FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov
Alexandra and Arsen Kanokov, President of Kabardino-Balkaria
Kosteniuk, Head of the Organizing Committee Aslan Afaunov, Hou Yifan
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the Chess Grand Slam Final starts tomorrow, pairings available
Live from Bilbao: Aronian – Carlsen
The Bilbao Chess Grand Slam starts tomorrow. Today is the opening ceremony, here are the first pictures for Chessdom by our good friend Susan Polgar.
It was stressed at the Opening Ceremony that this is NOT the traditional chess scoring system. They are using the soccer scoring system with 3 points for a win and 1 point for a draw.
In addition, players who do not attend the official reception at Bilbao’s Town Hall on September 1st or the closing ceremony on September 13th will be fined €6,000!
Round 1 pairings
Anand – Ivanchuk
Radjabov – Topalov
Aronian – Carlsen
Aronian, Carlsen, Radjabov, Ivanchuk, Anand, and Topalov
Magnus and Henrik Carlsen in Bilbao
Danailov and Topalov
The players and the organizers
Drawing of lots