We sincerely invite you to join the SPFNO on February 27th - March 1st, 2015 in beautiful San Mateo, California.
In the course of the three-day chess festival, the SPFNO will award qualifications for:
- The Prestigious Susan Polgar National Invitational for Girls - The FIDE World Youth Chess Championship 2015 in Porto Carras, Greece. - As well as $100,000+ in scholarships and prizes.
Please mark your calendars now and join us this February 27th - March 1st. We look forward to seeing you in San Mateo.
SUSAN POLGAR FOUNDATION NATIONAL OPEN FOR GIRLS AND BOYS FEBRUARY 28th - MARCH 1st http://www.chessandmusic.com/susanpolgarfoundation The prestigious annual Susan Polgar National Open Championship was created in 2006 and is sponsored by the Susan Polgar Foundation to give more opportunities to young chess players in the United States. The SPNOGB is an official qualifying event for the: The Prestigious Susan Polgar National Invitational for Girls, and the FIDE World Youth Chess Championship 2015 in Porto Carras, Greece.
WHEN: 2/28 & 3/1/2015
WHERE: SAN MATEO EVENT CENTER – Free Parking (paid for by the organizers) 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo, CA 94403
MAIN EVENT SECTIONS:
U8, U10, U12, U14, U16/18* in separate sections for Girls and Boys
New Sections Added: K-2 and 3-6 Unrated Sections (for unrated players only)
To qualify for an age section the player cannot have reached the age of that section before January 1, 2015.
Example - to qualify for the U14 section the player cannot have reached 14 years of age before January 1, 2015, in other words he/she must be born in 2001 or later.
To qualify for the World Youth places your federation under FIDE must reflect USA otherwise the qualifier spot will go to the next player in line.1st place in each age category will be a wild card representative for the SPICE World Youth Team.
ROUND TIMES: All sections will be G/60 – All players MUST be current USCF Members
Over $100,000 are awarded in prizes, which include trophies, computers, chess prizes and scholarships. Trophies go to the top 20 players and top 3 teams in all sections. All other participants will get medals. Trophies will also be awarded to the top players rated under 800 in the U8 sections, the top players rated under 1000 in the U10 sections, the top players rated under 1200 in the U12 sections. the top players rated under 1400 in the U14 sections, the top players rated under 1600 in the U16 sections, and the top players rated under 1800 in the U18 sections.
The first place winner in the girls sections will qualify for The Prestigious Susan Polgar National Invitational for Girls. The first place winner in sections U8, U10, U12, U14, U16/18 will qualify for the World Youth Chess Championship 2015 in Porto Carras, Greece. Triple Crown Winners (main event, blitz, and puzzle solving) will receive $1,000 scholarship to help defray expenses to the 2015 World Youth (if participating*)
* After flight ticket has been purchased, a $1,000 reimbursement check will be sent to the winners.
Team Rules: Minimum 2 players in same section from same school or feeder school (if feeder school parent / coach must provide proof). Top 3 (or 4?) scores count if more than 2 players on a team. A single school with many players cannot create additional teams in the same section. 1 team per section per school.
2/27/15 – 6:30 pm Q & A and 25 board Simul against GM Susan Polgar
2/28/15 -- 5-5:30 pm Puzzle Competition (one section). Top 10 will get trophies
– 5:45pm Blitz Tournament (one section). Top 10 will get trophies
HOTEL: Sofitel San Francisco Bay * Special Room Rate for this tournament $129
Call (650) 598-9000 for reservations 223 Twin Dolphin Dr, Redwood City
Main Event – ONLY $60 if registered by 2/1
$80 after 2/1
Polgar Simul - $40 if registered by 2/1
$50 after 2/1
Puzzle Competition - $15 if registered by 2/1
$20 after 2/1
Blitz Tournament - $15 if registered by 2/1
$20 after 2/1
Please click on the links to register for each event
Main Event * We do have a sibling discount for multiple children participating in this event, however, we are unable to process automatically process the discount at this time. Please go here to pay online with the sibling discount included
Registration for the 2nd Millionaire Chess Open is now open! In order to give our participants a little bit of a reward for entering early, we have an EARLY BIRD SPECIAL – We’re giving out our tickets for $880 for the first 500 registrants of our tournament!
This offer ends on January 31, 2015, so do as the greatest chess players do, and plan ahead! You don’t want to miss out on this fantastic deal. An important new rating change is that we will use the highest rating from December 2013 up to the day you register. That means you won’t have to worry about your rating going above the section limit (unless it is 50 or more points over). That means it pays to register as quickly as possible. Don’t miss out!
The breakdown of entry fees is as follows
Up to March 31, 2015 = $1000
Up to June 30, 2015 = $1250
Up to September 30, 2015 = $1500
Up to October 7, 2015 = $2000
* All deadlines are at 11:59 p.m. PST.
Millionaire Chess is proud to announce the Millionaire Chess Global Satellite Qualifiers, a series of qualification tournaments that will give chess players from all over the world a chance to fulfill their dream of playing in the highest stakes chess tournament in history. The satellite events will give chess aficionados the opportunity to win entry into the 2nd Millionaire Chess Open which will be held at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas from October 8-12, 2015. The prize fund will once again be $1,000,000.
The satellite qualifiers will take place wherever in the world there are organizers with solid histories of running tournaments and promoting chess. MC shares in the vision of building the following of the game worldwide, and to showcase its powerful intellectual benefits to everyone, young and old.
It is the goal of Millionaire Chess to help bring the game of chess to the masses by elevating its profile as the world's greatest board game. Chess is synonymous with deep planning, foresight and brilliance, and MC believes this brilliance should be rewarded. Chess is played in over 180 countries, and MC wishes to expand that global popularity with exciting events in destination capitals around the globe. The first MCO brought 560 players from 44 different countries. MC hopes to expand that reach to over 80 countries at its next event.
RULES for being an organizer of MC satellites events
Tournament organizers who wish to host MC satellite events must contact MC at email@example.com. MC will conduct a rigorous approval process to establish the history and credibility of the participating organizer. Once approved, the organizer’s name, location and event details will be listed on the MC website. Only events listed on the MC site will be officially considered part of the MC satellite program. MC cannot vouch for copycat satellite events not listed on its website.
To be considered part of the MC Global Satellite Qualifiers, organizers:
Must be an affiliate/member in good standing with their national federation.
Must have already organized a minimum of 8 Category C or higher rated tournaments (minimum 50 players each) directed by certified directors or licensed arbiters and registered via USCF TLA, FIDE or their respective national federations.
Must agree to follow MC rules regarding sandbaggers.
Must agree to follow MC rules regarding electronic devices and cheating
Must list clear rules and conditions about each satellite event on their listing on the MC website. MC must be in agreement with said rules.
The organizer agrees to assume all risk associated with the satellite event. The organizer will accept all legal responsibilities for handling the event, including any and all disputes that arise as a result of the satellite event . Millionaire Chess will not be held liable for any mistakes or misrepresentations made by organizers or their satellite events.
Must provide all the relevant details of the winner of their satellite tournament to MC support immediately upon the conclusion of the satellite event. MC will provide confirmation to the winner proving they have been registered into the 2nd MCO within 5 business days.
Must agree to split the profit 80/20 for the first $1K collected. (This is a risk on MC’s part to help defer expenses for the organizer). MC will receive 30% on the additional revenues above $1000.
Must agree to revert back to a regular tournament (Non-MC Qualifier) if the minimum amount of $1000 per MC ticket offered is not collected in entry fees.
Must pay MC a one-time non-refundable application fee of $100.
Program begins on January 1, 2015 and ends on Aug. 31, 2015.
Must have a website.
Must use Jumbula to handle online registration payments.
RULES for participants of MC satellite events
It is the responsibility of every participant of the MC satellite event to be aware of all rules and conditions of their respective tournaments.
Each player is allowed to win 1 entry only.
If a player who wins a satellite event chooses not to play, that player will be refunded their original entry amount paid to enter the satellite event.
A transfer fee of $200 will be charged to anyone wishing to transfer their spot.
Each non-winning entrant who plays in an MC satellite tournament will receive a 5% discount on the entry fee to the 2nd Millionaire Chess Open if they choose to participate.
Each participant understands that Millionaire Chess will not be held liable for any disputes, accidents and/or points of contention during the satellite events.
The organizer of a satellite tournament will reserve the right to limit the number of entries into the Millionaire Chess Open to 1.
In case the satellite event is not capable of running as planned, the organizer of the satellite event reserve the right to terminate, cancel or modify the existing event.
Millionaire Chess reserves the right to refuse entry to any player who has been clearly determined to have won that place through deceitful means.
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The event is organized under the auspices of the Council of the Greater Casablanca Region, the Council of the City of Casablanca and the potential of Casablanca.
It’s split into two main tournaments – International Open Tournament, open to international and domestic players with a federal license or ID FIDE, and Open Youth Tournament (U20) with a valid federal license for the 2014 season.
The International Open tournament gathers 106 players from 22 different countries, including 13 GMs, 4 IMs, 5 FMs, 5 WGMs and 2 WIMs, while the Youth tournament consists of 106 young players.
Top seed in the Master tournament is GM Sergey Tiviakov (2669).
WORLD CHESS FEDERATION’S PRESIDENT VISITS HUNGARY 2015-01-29 | chess FIDE
Hungary is a suitable country for hosting a chess world cup or even the Chess Olympiad, President of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) Kirsan Ilyumzhinov said in Budapest. During his visit, he pointed out that Hungary is a country of great traditions in chess where the game is popular and the nation has given legendary players to the world such as the Polgár sisters.
Mr. Ilyumzhinov, the former President of the Republic of Kalmykia in the Russian Federation who arrived in Budapest late on Wednesday, visited the Hungarian federation to meet international grandmaster Judit Polgár, Hungary’s FIDE delegate Gusztáv Font and general-secretary Attila Mészáros.
Mr. Ilyumzhinov praised Hungary for hosting the U16 chess Olympiad in Győr in north-western Hungary last December and encouraged Hungarians to organise more tournaments. He also highlighted Ms. Polgár’s efforts to promote chess in schools and called her unique training programme very valuable and important, attracting the interest of several countries in the world.
As a former politician, Mr. Ilyumzhinov knows how important decision a leader has to make. “Chess helps teach us to think before we act. This would be very important in political life too”, he said adding “When I took over as the leader of FIDE, I had three official FIDE events on my agenda. Now, their number of them is countless. At that time, 600 million could play chess. I say, let one billion people be able to play. This is also my mott: one billion chess players - one billion smart people”.
The FIDE Online Arena, the virtual chess club for chess players around the world is upgraded with new features and offers to new members full membership services for a period of 4 months, free of charge.
Players, who already have a FIDE ID number, are welcome to create an account with full membership privileges until May 31st, 2015. Players without a FIDE ID number have to pay the annual subscription fee of 25 euros in order to become full members. In return, their membership will be automatically extended until May 31st, 2016. FIDE titled players GM/WGM and IM/WIM are entitled a free lifetime full membership upon proof of their identity.
The new features of the FIDE Online Arena include: Rating Alignment
Rated games are played with a variety of predefined rapid, blitz and bullet time controls. Rapid and blitz ratings are aligned with over the board FIDE rapid and blitz ratings. The 1st day of each month, as soon the FIDE rating lists are published, rating changes from over the board rapid and blitz games are added to (subtracted from) the relevant Arena ratings.
In this way, the Arena ratings reflect the overall players’ activity, over the board and online. However, the traditional FRLs (FIDE rating lists for over the board rapid and blitz) are totally independent from online gaming results and will continue to be used for the pairings and ratings of over the board tournaments.
FIDE titles for the lower rated players
FIDE announces official titles for the lower rated players. The titles of Arena Grand Master (AGM), Arena International Master (AIM), Arena FIDE Master (AFM) and Arena Candidate Master (ACM) are automatic titles which can be achieved in FIDE Online Arena, but being official FIDE titles can also be used in over the board games as well.
The FIDE Arena titles address chess players of the 1100-2000 playing strength and are the same for men and women. The FIDE Arena titles provide motivation to local chess communities with important activity, the performance level of which is not eligible for the classical over the board FIDE titles.
Official FIDE tournaments
Official FIDE online tournaments will soon be announced. An Amateur Online Championship, a World Junior Online Championship AND THE Women Online Blitz World Championship are the immediate priorities.
According to the regulations of the FIDE World Cup (art. 3.1) the FIDE Online Arena will provide 3 qualifiers for the World Cup 2015.
The regulations of these special events are currently being prepared and will be soon announced.
On Chess: Rumbling In The Top Ranks Of American Chess By BRIAN JERAULD
The acquisition of Grandmaster Wesley So was the big news coming out of 2014. The Philippine-born prodigy and former Webster University star joined the U.S. Chess Federation after cracking the world’s top 10. But just a month into 2015, So is already setting new headlines -- the latest causing a literal stir on the top.
So donned stars-and-stripes for the first time at the prestigious Tata Steel Chess Tournament, which just wrapped up last Sunday, and he represented us quite well in the Wijk aan Zee, Holland, super-event. Only his second time appearing in a world-elite event, he proved his mettle on chess’ top layer by finishing in a tie for second place, just a half-point behind winner World Champion Magnus Carlsen.
So scored 8.5/13, notching five wins and suffering just one defeat -- ending a lossless streak of more than 50 games, his first zero since last year’s Tata Steel event. He also scored a draw against World No. 2 Fabiano Caruana, as well as Carlsen in his first-ever match against the World Champion, a total performance that padded another 17 points onto a worldwide rating that -- despite all types of excuse-makers and naysayers -- has only gone in one direction.
The jump has pushed So to yet another new peak, this time not only for himself but also for American chess. The World Chess Federation’s rating list will update on Feb. 1, and So will appear as 7th in the world -- though perhaps more newsworthy, leapfrogging GM Hikaru Nakamura as the No. 1 player from the U.S.
It will be the first time Nakamura has been relegated to America’s No. 2 slot since January 2013.
CHESS FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS ROCK POTENTIAL FOR EVENTS-LED TOURISM
Gibraltar’s Minister for Tourism Samantha Sacramento hosted her first chess- dinner for the visiting participants of the 13th edition of the Tradewise Chess Festival. Evidently wanting to confirm Government’s commitment to the tournament her message to all was simple.
“We want you to continue coming to the Tradewsie Chess Festival and making it an even greater success year after year,” she said.
The Tradewise Chess Festival is an important event, added Ms Sacramento at the Khaima at the Rock Hotel, and it is also about Gibraltar hosting successful events led tourism.
“We are fortunate to have you as our guests and for you to enjoy Gibraltar. It is interesting to see how this tournament has grown since 2003 with just 60 participants. It is also great to see that some players have attended all the events over the 13 years and that now there are second generation participants also.”
Organiser of the festival Brian Callaghan spoke of the Gib Masters always having led with a strong emphasis on the participation of women players highlighting the record number of women players for this year with a total of 54.
“This year, “ he said, “the women are led by the Women’s World Champion Hou Yifan on her return to Gibraltar, and it underpins the success of this tournament on many levels. “
Samantha Sacramento also Minister for Equality said she was pleased with the importance the festival had always given women in chess, its attempt to redress the gender balance and to also address the fact that very few women are attracted to the game.
At the end of the dinner Emile Sutovsky President of the Association of Chess Professionals, in which Gibraltar has been voted the best open tournament in the world for the third consecutive year, announced they were looking at the possibility of hosting an all women’s tournament on the Rock.
He further emphasised that it was not only the best but also the strongest open tournament in the world and an outstanding event in chess.
Mr Callaghan meanwhile also announced that the top 10 players in this year’s Gibraltar Masters had an average rating of 2731 making it the strongest leader board Gibraltar has ever seen.