European Club Cup closing ceremony

Distribution of cups, medals and prizes

The closing ceremony of the 2010 European Club Cup took place on the 24th October after the last round was completed. Top three teams in each section, as well as best individual performers on their respective boards, were awarded cups and medals.

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Dmitry Andreikin from Economist-SGSEU-1 raising the winners’ trophy

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Winners of the women section – Cercle d’Echecs de Monte Carlo (Yifan Hou, team captain Jean Michel Rapaire, Anna Muzychuk, Almira Skripchenko and Pia Cramling)

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Alexander Khalifman receiving award for Yugra

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St.Petersburg Chess Club, silver medal in the women section

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A DAN DZO & PGMB Chernigiv took the bronze after many tiebreak calculations

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Mika Yerevan earned third place in women section

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Medals and cups

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Another photo of Economist-SGSEU-1

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Grandmasters Mamedyarov and Eljanov

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Best result on board 1 – Viktorija Cmilyte, Humpy Koneru, Antoaneta Stefanova

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Best result on board 2 – Yifan Hou, Harika Dronavalli, Monika Socko

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Best result on board 3 – Salome Melia, Elena Zaiatz, Lilit Mkrtchian

WYCC 2010 – Round six photos and live games

Large photo gallery now available

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The photo gallery of the 6th round of the World Youth Chess Championships 2010 is available at this link. Photos will be added to it all day long. Find all videos from Porto Carras here

The 5th and 6th rounds of the World Youth Chess Championships are being played today in Porto Carras. They will offer a novelty for the live games spectator – the top board matches will be showed live with analysis!

During the Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk the viewers enjoyed 16 games with similar analysis. Games from the European Club Cup were also shown with the system that today will be live games viewer for the WYCC.

Click here to view all games live (round 6 starting at 16:00 local time)

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Multiple photos from Porto Carras WYCC round 1

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The round 1 of the record breaking FIDE World Youth Chess Championships is underway. The photo gallery of the round is available. Currently it contains 70 photos, and another one is added each minute. By tonight expect hundreds of photos online!

Official website/ Photo gallery round 1 / Video – arrival of delegations

Photos U8 and U10

Page 1 / Page 2 / Page 3 / Page 4 / Page 5

Photos U12, U14, U16, and U18

Page 1 / Page 2 / Page 3 / Page 4 …. and more coming!

Kings of California

Project devoted to the street chess players in San Francisco and Santa Monica


Photographing Chess in California

Chess and photography go hand in hand for Tyler Fraser. Since 2007 he has been photographing Kings of California, a project devoted to the street chess players in San Francisco and Santa Monica.

So often the chess tables can become a magical place, where people challenge each other to battle. Both San Francisco and Santa Monica can have over a hundred people playing or watching chess games on any given Saturday. All gathering around some of the best players in town to catch a glimpse of some remarkable chess. These two cities make for a wonderful venue to photograph chess players.

Kings of California is as much about the setting as it is the players and the game. Part of the greatness of playing street chess in San Francisco or Santa Monica is the setting. Palm trees line the beautiful Chess Park in Los Angeles and sky-scrapers line the tables in San Francisco. There are buses a couple feet from your chair in the city and there are children playing in the sand at the beach. You can hear the seagulls at the beach and pigeons in the city. Many club players will come out to the sunny avenues to crush some street players.

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Although the quiet games at the chess clubs are fun, Tyler found something special in these outside tables and took to the streets with his camera to photograph the players. Mostly sitting across from the players, Kings of California shows the emotion of the men and also their surroundings. All shot in black and white, there are few distractions from the player, the board and the background activities. Typically the photos were shot while the game was being played, which makes for an up close and personal perspective.

These battles usually are played for your cash, so if you’re low on fund and your chess game is in question, watching may be a good choice. As can be seen in the above photo, some players can do quite well, bringing home some serious money. Many of these players are in need of money. In San Francisco setting up the chess tables is a job for the men that do it and they expect to be compensated for their time and equipment. Many characters and jokesters can be found at the tables.

Completing the project in 2010 Tyler is preparing to show the work in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Contact Tyler Fraser for more information about Kings of California.

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World School Chess Championship 2010

Photos by WGM Anastazia Karlovich

The 6th World School Chess Championship (under 7, under 9, under 11, under 13, under 15 and under 17 years old – open and girls) is taking place between July the 20th, 2010 (arrival) and July 31st, 2010 (departure) in Kayseri, Turkey, under the aegis of the Turkish First Lady Hayrünnisa Gül.

The first winner in each open age category is the FIDE World School Champion for 2010 and the first girl in each girl age category is the FIDE World Girl School Champions for 2010. According to the regulations they are awarded with the FIDE Candidate Master title.

Special offer: The 5 FIDE Champions (U9, U11, U13, U15, and U17) and the 5 Girls FIDE Champions (U9, U11, U13, U15, and U17) will play as personal right players (free accommodation) in the 2010 World Youth Chess Championship in Porto Carras, Greece. The invitation is a very kind offer of the Greek Chess Federation.

All photos courtesy of WGM Anastazia Karlovich. Read also Sevan Muradian’s impressions, while results and more information are on the official website.

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