French Players at the European Youth Chess Championship

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.

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Group photo

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EYCC Bilel Bellahcene, Andreea-Cristiana Navrotescu

Bilel Bellahcene and Andreea-Cristiana Navrotescu

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Fabien Dubessay

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EYCC Valérie Forgues

Valérie Forgues

EYCC Vincent Moret, Christine Flear, Arnaud Hauchard

Vincent Moret, WIM Christine Flear and GM Arnaud Hauchard

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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.

WWCC Closing Ceremony

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.

Peter Rajcsanyi

Press Director

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The new chess Queen – Alexandra Kosteniuk

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Alexandra and FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

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Alexandra and Arsen Kanokov, President of Kabardino-Balkaria

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Kosteniuk, Head of the Organizing Committee Aslan Afaunov, Hou Yifan

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Article courtesy of the official website

Bilbao Final Masters

Chess Grand Slam Final R5 and rest day photos

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Anand and Carlsen at the start of their game

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Radjabov – Aronian R5 game in Bilbao

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Ivanchuk and Topalov and the multiple audience at the Bilbao Final Masters

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Henrik Carlsen at the rest day cruise

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Henrik Carlsen and Susan Polgar

Bilbao Grand Slam Opening ceremony photos

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

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The players
Aronian, Carlsen, Radjabov, Ivanchuk, Anand, and Topalov

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Magnus and Henrik Carlsen in Bilbao

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Danailov and Topalov

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The players and the organizers

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Drawing of lots