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Chess: Grandmaster Vidit Gujrathi to lead India in Online Chess Olympiad –

Grandmaster Vidit Santosh Gujrathi was on Sunday named as the captain of the Indian team that will take part in the Online Chess Olympiad 2020, scheduled to begin on July 22, an All India Chess Federation release said.

India No. 2 Grandmaster Vidit Gujrathi has been nominated as captain of the Indian team which will take part in the Online Chess Olympiad 2020...This has been done in consultation with Vishy Anand and the selection committee by President of AICF P R Venkatarama Raja, the AICF release stated.

The team also includes P. Harikrishna and national champion Aravindh Chithambaram, world rapid champion Koneru Humpy, D. Harika and young prodigy R. Praggnanandhaa among others.

The Indian squad: Men: Vishwanathan Anand, Vidit Santosh Gujarati (captain), P. Harikrishna and Arvindh Chithambaram (reserves).

Women: Koneru Humpy, Dronavalli Harika, Bhakti Kulkarni and R. Vaishali (reserves).

Junior boys: Nihal Sarin, R. Praggnanandha (reserve).

Junior girls: Divya Deshmukh, Vantika Agrawal (reserve).

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Chess Prodigy Hopes Pandemic Won’t Get In Way Of Goal – CBS New York

Governors Island, High Line Reopen This WeekA few popular New York City summer spots are about to reopen.

Baseball Coach Launches Massive High School Tournament In New JerseyA massive high school baseball tournament is underway in New Jersey. It was the brainchild of St. Joe's Metuchen baseball coach Mike Murray; CBS2's Otis Livingston reports.

Black Woman On Long Island Says White Neighbors Have Been Harassing Her, Including Leaving Dead Squirrels In Her YardA nurse and single mother says she's afraid to live in her own home and has spelled out her fears right on her front door. Now, community members are rallying around her; CBS2's Carolyn Gusoff reports.

West Point Cadet Training Begins With New Safety MeasuresNew safety measures are in place at West Point Military Academy as hundreds of cadet candidates begin training.

International Students Won't Be Forced To Leave U.S.The Trump administration has dropped plans to force international students to leave the U.S. if their colleges or universities switch to online classes this fall.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized With Possible InfectionSupreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 87, is in the hospital receiving treatment for a possible infection.

Small Plane Crashes In Somerset County, NJA small plane crashed in Somerset County, New Jersey, on Tuesday.

NJ Pizza Shop Closes For Cleaning After 3 Employees Test Positive For CoronavirusA popular pizza shop in Ocean City, New Jersey, has shut down for cleaning after three employees tested positive for the coronavirus.

Bio-Tech Company Moderna To Begin Final Phase Of COVID-19 Vaccine TestingThe bio-tech company Moderna will begin the final phase of testing its COVID-19 vaccine on July 27.

Dozens March In Brooklyn To Call For End To Gun ViolencePeople living in one Brooklyn community are saying enough is enough of the troubling increase in shootings this summer. Dozens marched Tuesday, hoping to send a clear message; CBS2's Aundrea Cline-Thomas reports.

Man, Teen Killed In Queens ShootingA man and a teenager died in a shooting in the Rockaways on Tuesday; CBS2's Lisa Rozner reports.

Dismembered Body Found In Lower East Side ApartmentA dismembered body was found inside a Houston Street apartment on the Lower East Side on Tuesday.

Max Minute: Can Children Spread The Coronavirus?As the coronavirus pandemic continues, so does the question can children spread the virus? A new study takes a new look. CBS2's Dr. Max Gomez reports.

New York Weather: CBS2 7/14 Evening Forecast at 5PMCBS2's Lonnie Quinn has your weather forecast for July 14 at 5 p.m.

Ghislaine Maxwell Pleads Not Guilty To Charges Related To Jeffrey Epstein InvestigationJeffrey Epstein's former girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, cried as she was denied bail. She's accused of recruiting girls for Epstein to sexually abuse; CBS2's Alice Gainer reports.

Long Island Sees Alarming Rate Of COVID-19 Infection Among Younger PeopleOn Long Island, there's an alarming rate of COVID-19 infection among younger people.

More States Added To Coronavirus Hot Spot Quarantine List As Enforcement Begins At NY AirportsThe tri-state area is adding more states to its coronavirus hot spot quarantine list, and there's also new enforcement at New York airports; CBS2's Natalie Duddridge reports.

Mayor De Blasio Says He's Sticking To His Plan To End Gun Violence In NYCThe eruption in gun violence in New York City is bringing more calls for it to stop and different ideas on how to make the city safer. As CBS2 political reporter Marcia Kramer reports, Mayor de Blasio says he's sticking to his plan.

Video Shows Suspects In Deadly Shooting Of 1-Year-Old Boy In BrooklynThe NYPD has released surveillance video in connection with the deadly shooting of a 1-year-old boy in Brooklyn.

One Person Killed, One Wounded In Far Rockaway ShootingPolice say one person died in a double shooting that happened in a New York City neighborhood seeing one of the largest spikes in shootings; CBS2's Lisa Rozner reports.

New York Weather: Break In HumidityCBS2's Elise Finch has the latest weather forecast.

Chess Prodigy Hopes Pandemic Won't Get In Way Of GoalA 9-year-old chess prodigy hope the pandemic doesn't derail his dream of becoming the world's youngest grand master. CBS News' Vladimir Duthiers shares his family's story of remarkable perseverance.

New Images Of BLM Vandalism SuspectPolice have released new images of a man wanted for vandalizing the Black Lives Matter mural in front of Trump Tower.

NY Begins Screening Travelers From High-COVID StatesEnforcement begins today a New York airports to screen travelers from states with high coronavirus infection rates. CBS2's Natalie Duddridge has the details.

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Anand to play in Legends of Chess; praises Carlsen for Chess Tour – Sportstar

Viswanathan Anand will take his place in the Legends of Chess event which is part of the million-dollar Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour this month.

The five-time World champion, along with Vladimir Kramnik, will join the other elite players, headed by Carlsen, in the $150,000 online event from July 21 to August 5.

Speaking to Sportstar, Anand said, The invitation has been around for a couple of weeks and I finally convinced myself that it would be worth playing. I have played so little this year that I kind of felt it's good to push myself back. It's a very interesting field, multi-generational, and I hope I will play well.

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Asked about the added challenges in playing online with the new generation of players, Anand said, Well, I'll find out.

The event will be the fourth leg of the Chess Tour that culminates with the $300,000 Grand Final from August 9 to 20. So far, Carlsen has won two titles and in between, Russian youngster Daniil Dubov claimed the other.

Only tournament winners are eligible to play in the Grand Final. Now that not more than three tournament winners will be available after the Legends of Chess event, the available slot or slots will go to the player or players with most tournament-points.

Besides Anand and Kramnik, four other players - Carlsen, Anish Giri, Ian Nepomniachtchi and Ding Liren - have qualified to be in the field by virtue of being the semifinalist of the Chessable Masters last weekend. Other names will be released shortly.

Looking at competitive chess at these times of pandemic, Anand said, Well, the pandemic has put everyone in a situation where they are forced to improvise. A lot of formats and concepts have bounced around in chess for years. People have been wanting to try new formats for tournaments, new time-controls, all sorts of experiments. Its good that chess reacted well, and not only managed to keep active during the pandemic, but also to try out a lot of formats.

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Praising Carlsen for his part in bringing the Chess Tour, Anand said, Of course, (Magnus) Carlsen should be congratulated for what he has managed with this Tour. Also, the St. Louis Chess Club experimented with this new format of clutch chess. This will be useful because, perhaps, some of these formats will stay in the future.

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Chess Market 2020 Global Trend, Segmentation and Opportunities Forecast To 2026 – Cole of Duty

New Study ReportsChessMarket 2020 Global Market Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies and Forecasts 2026 has been Added on WiseGuyReports.

Introduction/Report Summary:

This report provides in depth study of Chess Market using SWOT analysis i.e. Strength, Weakness, Opportunities and Threat to the organization. The Chess Market report also provides an in-depth survey of key players in the market which is based on the various objectives of an organization such as profiling, the product outline, the quantity of production, required raw material, and the financial health of the organization.

Drivers and Constraints

The fundamental dynamics that are explored in the report hold substantial influence over the Chessmarket. The report further studies on the value, volume trends, and the pricing history of the market. In addition to it, various growth factors, restraints, and opportunities are also analyzed for the market to study the in-depth understanding of the market.

This report also analyzes the impact of Coronavirus COVID-19 on the Chess industry.

Key Players

The report has profiled some of the Important players prevalent in the global like The House of Staunton,ChessSUACNCHESSChessBaronShri Ganesh (India) InternationalChessncraftsChessbazaar.comOfficial StauntonABC-CHESS.comYiwu Linsai, and more.

This report covers the sales volume, price, revenue, gross margin, manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, intermediaries, customers, historical growth and future perspectives in the Chess.

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Market Segmentation based On Type, Application and Region:

The global Chess is analyzed for different segments to arrive at an insightful analysis. Such segmentation has been done based on type, application, and region.

Based on Type, the global Chess Market is segmented into Wooden Chess, GlassChess, Plastic Chess and other

Based on Application,the Chess Market is segmented into Indoor Sports, Indoor Entertainment, and Others.

Based on Detailed Regional Analysis,the regional segmentation has been carried out for regions of U.S., Canada, Germany, France, U.K., Italy, Russia, China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Southeast Asia, Mexico, and Brazil, etc. Key regions covered in the report are North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. The report on WGR includes an in-depth study of the Chess in each regional segment mentioned above.

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1 Study Coverage1.1 Chess Product Introduction1.2 Market Segments1.3 Key Chess Manufacturers Covered: Ranking by Revenue1.4 Market by Type1.4.1 Global Chess Market Size Growth Rate by Type1.4.2 Wooden Chess1.4.3 GlassChess1.4.4 Plastic Chess1.5 Market by Application1.5.1 Global Chess Market Size Growth Rate by Application1.5.2 Indoor Sports1.5.3 Indoor Entertainment1.5.4 Other1.6 Study Objectives1.7 Years Considered

2 Executive Summary2.1 Global Chess Market Size, Estimates and Forecasts2.1.1 Global Chess Revenue 2015-20262.1.2 Global Chess Sales 2015-20262.2 Global Chess, Market Size by Producing Regions: 2015 VS 2020 VS 20262.2.1 Global Chess Retrospective Market Scenario in Sales by Region: 2015-20202.2.2 Global Chess Retrospective Market Scenario in Revenue by Region: 2015-2020

11 Company Profiles11.1 The House of Staunton11.1.1 The House of Staunton Corporation Information11.1.2 The House of Staunton Description and Business Overview11.1.3 The House of Staunton Sales, Revenue and Gross Margin (2015-2020)11.1.4 The House of Staunton Chess Products Offered11.1.5 The House of Staunton Related Developments11.2 ChessSUA11.2.1 ChessSUA Corporation Information11.2.2 ChessSUA Description and Business Overview11.2.3 ChessSUA Sales, Revenue and Gross Margin (2015-2020)11.2.4 ChessSUA Chess Products Offered11.2.5 ChessSUA Related Developments11.3 CNCHESS11.3.1 CNCHESS Corporation Information11.3.2 CNCHESS Description and Business Overview11.3.3 CNCHESS Sales, Revenue and Gross Margin (2015-2020)11.3.4 CNCHESS Chess Products Offered11.3.5 CNCHESS Related Developments11.4 ChessBaron11.4.1 ChessBaron Corporation Information11.4.2 ChessBaron Description and Business Overview11.4.3 ChessBaron Sales, Revenue and Gross Margin (2015-2020)11.4.4 ChessBaron Chess Products Offered11.4.5 ChessBaron Related Developments11.5 Shri Ganesh (India) International11.5.1 Shri Ganesh (India) International Corporation Information11.5.2 Shri Ganesh (India) International Description and Business Overview11.5.3 Shri Ganesh (India) International Sales, Revenue and Gross Margin (2015-2020)11.5.4 Shri Ganesh (India) International Chess Products Offered11.5.5 Shri Ganesh (India) International Related Developments

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Chess Controversy: GM RB Ramesh resigns from chief selectors post citing interference – The Indian Express

By: PTI | Updated: July 7, 2020 10:14:35 pm RB Ramesh, a former Commonwealth Chess champion, said he found it difficult to continue as the selection panel head due to the constant interference in team selection. (Source: Youtube/screengrab/chessbase)

Grandmaster RB Ramesh on Tuesday resigned as the chief selector of the All India Chess Federation (AICF) alleging interference from warring officials of rival factions.

AICF Secretary Vijay Deshpande accused Bharat Singh Chauhan of interfering in the selection process and said that led to Rameshs resignation. However, the AICF has not accepted his resignation.

Ramesh, a former Commonwealth Chess champion, said he found it difficult to continue as the selection panel head due to the constant interference in team selection issues and confusion created by federation officials.

I have quit as chief selector of the AICF because of interference in team selection and the uncertainty prevailing in the federationIt was also getting too complicated, Ramesh told PTI.

He further said the team had been selected as per norms laid down by the AICF and added that his fellow selectors were in agreement.

The other selectors were International Master Lanka Ravi and FIDE Master Ashwini Tiwari.

Ramesh said he had picked the squad going by the rating of January to March as no tournaments were held after that owing to the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown.

The factional feud in the federation had cropped up again when the groups one headed by President P R Venketrama Raja and the other by secretary Bharat Singh Chauhan had named separate teams for the Online Chess Olympiad scheduled from July 22.

However, the two factions then appeared to reach a common ground and named similar squads.

The Raja and Chauhan factions have been at loggerheads over various issues.

In a press release, Deshpande said Ramesh was entrusted to select the Indian team for the 1st Online Chess Olympiad to be held from July 22 to August 30.

Acting on the suggestion of the Selection Committee, PRV Raja, the President of All India Chess Federation has forwarded the list of players to represent India to the World Chess Federation, he said.

However, the rival group led by Bharat Singh Chauhan, who claims to be the Secretary of AICF despite his removal by the President, insisted on including the name of a Delhi player.

When reminded by Ramesh that the player did not qualify on technical grounds, Chauhan forwarded the confidential mails directly to the player concerned, he added.

Protesting against this, the former British Chess champion (Ramesh) tendered his resignation immediately, Deshpande said.

Deshpande condemned the acts of Chauhan and said Rameshs resignation was unfortunate and had not been accepted.

The resignation of Ramesh is unfortunate, but AICF has not accepted his resignation considering his huge contribution for Indian chess. AICF has never interfered in selection committees decision and ignore Bharat Singh as he is not Secretary of AICF, he added.

Former world champion Viswanathan Anand and current womens Rapid world champion Koneru Humpy have confirmed their participation in the Olympiad, according to Chauhan.

Team: Men: Viswanathan Anand and Vidit Gujrathi, Reserves: P Harikrishna and Aravindh Chithambaram; Women: Koneru Humpy, D Harika, Reserves: Bhakti Kulkarni and R Vaishali; junior boys: Nihal Sarin; Reserve: R Praggnanandhaa; junior girls: Divya Deshmukh; Reserve: Vantika Agarwal.

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The IT Factor, Part 3: Managing Your Preferences | US –

One of the most important features of the new membership database is that members will finally have the ability to control much of their own information, as well as set their own preferences for the types of email communications they receive from US Chess. This blog will show you how to access that part of the system.

In The IT Factor, Part 2 we covered how to log in to the new system. Please take a few minutes to read that first. You will get a shot of the new Dashboard functionality, and have a better understanding of the layout.

Manage Email Preferences and TLAs

On the Dashboard page, clicking the Manage Email Preferences and TLAs button leads to an extensive screen with options for maintaining your own communication preferences. Well look at this screen in three parts.

Personal Information

The first part of the preferences area lets you look at your key demographic information. Certain information (name, gender, date of birth) may only be changed by the US Chess national office. Click the Update Key Information link on the page to submit a request to change those fields.

The rest of the information shown in this section can be maintained directly by you, the member.

Player Details

The information in this section allows you to enter your FIDE ID, school information (if applicable), and user ID information on four different online chess providers (, ICC, chess24, and Lichess). The online chess partners functionality is part of a significant improvement that is already helping both and ICC to more efficiently run and host US Chess tournaments on their platforms.

If you play on any of these servers, linking your user ID on that server to your US Chess account is how the servers will, in the near future, validate that you are a US Chess member, and therefore eligible to participate in their US Chess-rated events.

Communication Settings

As another improvement in our membership database, you will be able to tailor what kind of emails you get from US Chess. You will also be able to pick your preferred privacy settings, and determine what kind of TLAs you receive in the email TLA newsletter. All of this, of course, is completely editable by you no phone call or email to the national office required!

Other features

From the Dashboard, youll also be able to:

If you are a TD, or an authorized officer of an affiliate, you will see other options as well. US Chess has the ability now to specify what level of access a member should have, based on their affiliations and status. This crucial functionality is what has allowed us to rethink and retool how you access the US Chess web experience.

Whats next?

There will be articles coming very soon regarding, among other things, the new TLA system, the new membership webstore, and the new governance functionality. We think these are very exciting features, and we hope you enjoy learning about them and using them.

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The IT Factor, Part 2: Bringing (Nearly) All of IT Together –

One of the primary goals for US Chess in this membership database project has been to reduce the number of logins and access points you, as a member, will need to get around the site. This blog will discuss the redesigned login area for members. There have been several changes that we hope will make it easier for you to conduct business on our site.

First, a note: there is still testing and bug fixing taking place as of the date of this blog. The images you see below may change slightly between now and the launch of the new database as a result. We will update these images to reflect the most up-to-date screens, so you should be able to follow step-by-step.

We will cover the specifics of how to manage your profile and personal information in a separate article.

Associate A Unique Email Address with Your Membership

As you know, US Chess does not require you to have a unique email address on file to become a member. However, to use this new system, you will need to have an email address associated with your membership. If you do not already have an associated email address, you may email with your name, US Chess ID number, and preferred email address. Please note, an email address can only be associated with one membership record for the purpose of accessing this system.

If you already have an email address in your member record, you should not need to take this step, as that information will be imported into the new membership database.

How to Log In

When you access after launch, you will see the link below, to the right of the big blue DONATE button at the top of the page. It is what you see now, so the text will not change.

However, when you click on the login link, you will see this page:

This will be the portal that gives you access to almost everything you are authorized to reach in

On your first visit, youll need to set up a new login and password. Click the Reset Your Password button, and enter the email address associated with your member record on the form that appears. Youll receive an automated email with a one-time link that will allow you to set up a new login and password. Once your new login is confirmed, you may return to the above screen and log in.

(Please note: your existing login and password will still be needed to access the digital version of Chess Life, as well as the US Chess Forums. Those systems will be integrated as part of Phase 2 of this project, which is currently on hold.)

Getting Around

When you successfully log in to the new system, you will see this user dashboard.

The first thing you may notice is that there are lots of options on this screen. The screen will combine access to various parts of the TD/Affiliate Area (TD/A), Member Services Area (MSA), and new Governance functionality. (Executive Director Carol Meyer will be writing an article that introduces the new features related to governance business.) If you are a tournament director, you will see the list of affiliates for which you are an authorized TD.

Player Search

The Find A Member button leads to this new member search screen:

Here, you can search for members by US Chess ID number, full or partial name, and by state (especially useful if you are looking for a fairly common name).

Notice the Search by Ratings text, right above the Search button. You can click that text, and it expands as you see below.

You will have the ability to search for players by rating ranges in all seven US Chess rating systems. Of course, the rating searches can be combined with a given state. You can see an example of this below.

This is a search for all players in the state of Pennsylvania with OTB regular ratings between 2400 and 2700. (Please note, the rating boundaries are inclusive.) You can see the results of this search below. Search results will appear under the Search and Reset buttons.

The players are listed in last-name alphabetical order. Names are given in first-middle-last format. You can see the ID number, the rating in each system (if applicable), the state, and the expiration date. As in the current system, each name is a hyperlink. Clicking it will take you to that players current MSA page. (Please note, the existing MSA detail pages will remain in their current home until the implementation of Phase 2.)

Find Tournaments

From the Dashboard, clicking the Find Tournaments button will take you to this page.

This search page is the result of a massive overhaul of our Tournament Life Announcement (TLA) system. There will be a separate blog article written about this new TLA system, geared toward organizers looking to publish ads for their events.

Due to the improvements in the TLA system, you will be able to search for events by all the features you see above. There will also be a geosearch option, whereby you can search within a specified radius of a given ZIP code. (Please note, this screen shot will be updated.) The reason we can offer this functionality is because TLAs will be entered with much more information broken out into separate fields. Those separate fields can be used as search criteria. Be on the lookout for the TLA article later this week. Email communication will also be sent to TDs and organizers.

So, is all the old stuff gone?

A number of our legacy systems are still up and running (particularly those regarding functions such as the US Chess rating server, submission of tournament reports, the US Chess Forums, and digital access to Chess Life). Those functions are scheduled to be merged with this new interface as part of Phase 2. We had to get the new membership database, and the ability to control access by individual user, set up. Now, we will be able to bring the rest of those functions under one roof.

Managing Expectations

Many staff and stakeholders have spent the last year working to deliver an upgraded experience for you. This includes hundreds of hours of testing, both by our great development partners at Skvare and by US Chess staff. Even with all that testing and fixing, though, there will be things that dont go perfectly. There will be things that we have to fix and get right. With your help and patience, we will continuously improve and expand the services available to you.

At the bottom of every page, there is a Share Your Feedback section, that includes a link where you can send comments or issue reports for anything you find that is not working properly. Please do share information about any errors or problems you have on a page, using that link.

Whats next?

Please see The IT Factor, Part 3 for a walkthrough on how to manage your user information and communication preferences in the new membership database.

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Chigodo wins fourth edition of the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Memorial Chess tourney – Chronicle

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Ricky Zililo, Senior Sports ReporterCYRIL Chigodo won the fourth edition of the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Memorial Chess tournament organised by Matabeleland North Chess Association at the weekend.

The two-day tournament that ended on Sunday night was played online, with 84 participants battling it out in three categories; open, ladies and Under-14 sections.

Chigodo amassed 38 points, while veteran Tawanda Zambuko was second just three points adrift and Roy Mwadzura was second runner-up with 33 points.

Linda Shaba, popularly known as Dalitso, won the ladies title with 39 points, beating Tatenda Zengeni, who scored 37 points. Kudzanai Charinda was third with 35 points.

The Under-14 title went to Carol Ndlovu, who scored 40 points, with Tyler Koni emerging second on 38 points and Thembinkosi Mathe finishing third with 36 points.

Matabeleland North Chess Association chairman Kripo Chivhenge, who was also the tournaments director, described the competition as a success.

The tournament was a blast and the level of competition was quite impressive. It seems most players have familiarised themselves with online chess and we look forward to more participants in the next edition, said Chivhenge.


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World Chess Championship to be postponed to 2021: FIDE chief – The New Indian Express


MOSCOW: The World Chess Championship will "almost certainly be postponed to the next year," International Chess Federation (FIDE) President Arkady Dvorkovich has confirmed. The championship was scheduled to take place in Dubai in December and Dvorkovich said that the federation is looking at spring and autumn of 2021 as options.

"The match for the World Championship will almost certainly be postponed to the next year due to the current situation. We have already discussed this informally, and I think a formal decision will be made shortly. We are discussing various options both spring and autumn 2021, but we will announce everything later," Dvorkovich told Russian state-run agency TASS.

Dvorkovich also confirmed that the FIDE will hold its first online Chess Olympiad.

"This year's Olympiad was supposed to be held in Khanty-Mansiysk and Moscow, but we moved it to next year. And this year we will stage an online Olympiad, and in two or three days the registration of national teams for the tournament will begin. We want as many teams as possible to take part in the tournament we have 195 FIDE members. I don't know if all 195 teams can be involved."

"About 70 per cent of the countries will participate. The Olympiad will last almost a month. And then, indeed, we are determined to hold the second part of the Candidates Tournament in the autumn. As for location, the main option did not change Yekaterinburg. But if the current restrictions and the epidemiological situation do not allow us to hold the second part of the Candidates in this city, we will consider other venues."

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You Won’t Believe This Chess-Themed Puzzle –

Most chess players can find beauty in chess puzzles, especially ones with clever tricks in the solution.

Check out this thrilling puzzle from our 2019 holiday quiz.

White to play and win:

That puzzle was tough, especially if you didn't catch the critical theme right away. But this next chess puzzle is not a chess puzzle at all.

Recently a video has been making the rounds in the gaming and math circles of the internet, and many who've watched it are shocked the puzzle is solvable with its stark and minimalist starting point.

It's a sudoku puzzle with some constraints based on chess rules.

If you're not familiar with sudoku, here are the rules:

To these standard conditions, the puzzle-maker Mitchell Lee has added two more restrictions that will make chess players feel right at home:

The expert solver is Simon Anthony, who quit his job at an investment bank to solve sudoku puzzles on YouTube.

He is initially flummoxed at the seeming inscrutability of the puzzle and believes he is being trolled by his YouTube partner. He even mentions stopping the video and calling his friend to berate him for the "impossible" challenge.

It's about this time we realize the old adage is true: There is nothing more exciting than watching a man solve a sudoku puzzle in real time.

The turning point could not have been scripted any better. The solver realizes the power of the chess-based rules and blurts out, "having said that," before getting started on the solution.

The rest of the video, which is absolutely worth watching for its full 25-minute runtime, becomes less about the mechanics of the puzzle and more about the solver's appreciation for the puzzle-maker's genius. The chess-based rules actually empower the solution to the minimalist starting puzzle.

The solver's YouTube channel, called "Cracking the Cryptic," has more of these sudoku puzzles with chess restrictions if you want to go down that rabbit hole. Here's another enjoyable real-time solving video of a chess-based sudoku.

If you'd rather stick to more traditional puzzles, many are available on, including the quite addictive Puzzle Rush.

Give them a try, and let us know your favorite chess puzzles in the comments.

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