Friday, August 17, 2012

Global Chess News

17 August 2012, Kuala Lumpur – Some chess news from of the World Chess Championship in Dubai, followed by the Alex Ipatov winning the World Junior Championship in Athens and the passing of chess legend, Gligoric.

First ACO World Chess Championship in Dubai
16.08.2012 72 players from 25 countries, ages ranging from eight to 79, seven rating groups, nine games, ten days in a five-star luxury beach hotel, many new friendships as well as a gala dinner in the most beautiful ballroom of the world in the famous seven-star hotel Burj-Al-Arab – the first World Amateur Chess Championship was undoubtedly a great success, as our big pictorial report shows.

World Junior Championship: GM Alex Ipatov is the winner
16.08.2012 The World Junior Championships took place, without undue public attention, in Athens 2nd-16th August 2012. For much of the final stretch two players were in the lead: Richard Rapport (2605) and Alexander Ipatov (2577). The latter, who is from Ukraine but represents Turkey, won in the end on tiebreak. His trainer, GM Efstratios Grivas, sent us annotated games for our big pictorial report.

Svetozar Gligoric 1923-2012
15.08.2012 He was one of the great players of the 20th century, record national champion of Yugoslavia, friend of Bobby Fischer, theoretician, musician, author and gentleman. He was also a close personal friend, and we will provide more material on his career in the coming weeks and months. Svetozar Gligorić died in Belgrade on August 14 at the age of 89. The chess world will miss this great human being.

(All photos and news courtesy of

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