King Salman World Blitz and Rapid Championships

For the 1st time in Saudi Arabia, the world chess championships (Rapids and Blitz)  will start on Tuesday DEC 26 ..

Where ?  The  APEX Convention Center with the participation of  over 200 international players ..

Visa’s were secured for the participants of Iran and Qatar..

“FIDE would like to clarify the following points regarding the King Salman World Blitz and Rapid Championships, being held between the 26th and 30th December in Riyadh, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

FIDE has been working very hard and in a discreet manner to organize and safeguard the process of entry visas for all participants of the event. For the first time, ground-breaking special arrangements have been made to issue visas upon arrival for over 200 persons, including the players of Iran and Qatar. Although the visa process lies exclusively with the national immigration authorities of every country, FIDE has actively supported and proposed measures to make the process as smooth as ever, especially taking into account the very short time available for preparing the championships”……….

Yet what they don’t say is how they couldn’t secure Visa’s for Israeli players..

 Saudi Arabia does not recognize Israel nor do they have any diplomatic relations between each other

{The rejection reinforces concerns that Israeli chess masters may be barred from participation in the major chess tournament for the next three years following the $1.5 million deal awarded by the World Chess Federation to Saudi Arabia, which grants it hosting rights for the next three annual World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships.}

Israel Gelfer, vice president of FIDE, whose Secretariat is based in Athens, told Reuters in an email that visas for the Israeli players “have not been issued and will not be issued”.

Saudi Arabia  a muslim state also applies a strict interpretation of Sunni Islam, which imposes many restrictions, including the segregation between men and women in public.

This type of Human/Civil rights abuse led to boycotts from top players like Hikaru Nakamura, Wesley So , Fabiano Caruana , Gata Kamsky ,Mickey Adams and Anish Giri.. to mention a few 

 yet none more impressive than  Ms . Anna Muzychuk .. who wrote in her facebook page that she will not defend her titles both in Rapid and Blitz .

“In a few days I am going to lose two World Champion titles – one by one. Just because I decided not to go to Saudi Arabia. Not to play by someone’s rules, not to wear abaya, not to be accompanied getting outside, and altogether not to feel myself a secondary creature. “..



Recent Games /Results played in  IMSA Elite Mind Games in China  (Rapids and Blitz..)


[Event “IMSA Elite Mind Games (Blitz, Women)”]
[Date “2017.12.12”]
[Round “1.1”]
[Result “0-1”]
[White “Ju Wenjun”]
[Black “Anna Muzychuk”]
[WhiteElo “2548”]
[BlackElo “2574′]

Rd1 Wenjun (2548) -Muzychuk (2574) 0-1

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. g3 c5 4. d5 Bg7 5. Nc3 d6 6. Bg2 O-O 7. Nf3 e6 8. O-O exd5 9. cxd5 Re8 10. Nd2 a6 11. a4 Nbd7 12. Qb3 Rb8 13. Nc4 Ne5 14. Nb6 Nfd7 15. Nxc8 Qxc8 16. h3 c4 17. Qc2 Nc5 18. Ne4 Nxe4 19. Bxe4 Qxh3 20. Bg2 Qh5 21. Bf4 Ng4 22. Rfd1 Be5 23. Bxe5 Rxe5 24. e4 Rc8 25. Qe2 f5 26. f3 Qh2+ 27. Kf1 fxe4 28. f4 Qxg3 29. fxe5 Rf8+ 0-1


*Note Anna’s sister Mariya will not participate in this upcoming event as well..

[Event “IMSA Elite Mind Games (Blitz, Women)”]
[Date “2017.12.13”]
[Round “17.5”]
[Result “0-1”]
[White “Alexandra Kosteniuk”]
[Black “Mariya Muzychuk”]
[WhiteElo “2526”]
[BlackElo “2430”]

  Rd17 Kosteniuk (2526) -Muzychuk (2430) 0-1

1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nf3 Nc6 5. e5 d5 6. Bb5 Ne4 7. Nxd4 Bd7 8. Bxc6 bxc6 9. O-O Bc5 10. f3 Ng5 11. f4 Ne4 12. Be3 Qe7 13. Nd2 Nxd2 14. Qxd2 Bb6 15. Rae1 c5 16. Nf3 d4 17. Bf2 Bb5 18. f5 Bxf1 19. Kxf1 Qd7 20. Qg5 h6 21. Qxg7 O-O-O 22. Qf6 d3 23. cxd3 Qxd3+ 24. Kg1 Rhg8 25. Qc6 Qd5 26. Qxd5 Rxd5 27. b3 Ba5 28. Rc1 Bb4 29. Kf1 Rg4 30. h3 Rf4 31. f6 Kd7 32. Be3 Rf5 33. Ke2 Rfxe5 34. Nxe5+ Rxe5 35. Rf1 Ke6 36. Kd3 h5 37. g4 hxg4 38. hxg4 Rd5+ 39. Kc4 Re5 40. Kd3 Rd5+ 41. Ke2 Bc3 42. g5 Re5 43. Kd3 Bb2 44. Rb1 Bd4 45. Bd2 Rf5 46. Re1+ Kd5 47. Re7 Rf3+ 48. Ke2 Rf2+ 49. Ke1 Rh2 50. Rxf7 Ke4 51. Kd1 Kd3 52. Re7 Rxd2+ 53. Ke1 Rg2 54. Kd1 Rxg5 55. f7 Rf5 56. b4 cxb4 57. 0-1



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