Kavala Chess Club – East Macedonia & Thrace Chess Union

30 July – 6 August 2016

Foyer of Kavala Prefecture Amphitheatre (15 Erithrou Stavrou Str.)

FIDE Swiss 9 rounds
– Three groups according to ELO Rating –
Group A : Rtg > 1900 (women>1800)
Group B : Rating < 2000 (Players with Rating between 1900 - 1999 have the right of choice to participate either in the First or Second Group) Group C : Born after 1-1-2006 and without FIDE rating

Entries must be sent by e-mail:, not later than July 10th and should include full name, FIDE Rating, telephone and dates of arrival and departure.

Contact Person:Manelidis Alexandros

Jun 01, 2021

Magnus Carlsen wins FTX Crypto Cup final

Magnus Carlsen let out a roar of joy and talked of “massive, massive relief” as he beat Wesley So in Armageddon to win the FTX Crypto Cup and book a place in the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals in San Francisco. Magnus won the first game of the final day but Wesley hit back straight away and then took the lead when Magnus blundered in the first blitz playoff. It looked as if the World Champion would lose a 3rd final to the US Champion, but Magnus stormed back to win the next two games and claim the title. Ian Nepomniachtchi took 3rd place after four fighting games against Teimour Radjabov.

So that’s all for the FTX Crypto Cup! We hope you’ve enjoyed the action and our coverage on chess24.

For some of the players, including Teimour Radjabov and Wesley So, there are just four days to go until the Superbet Chess Classic, the first event on this year’s Grand Chess Tour, begins in Bucharest, Romania. It’s a 10-player classical over-the-board event, with Wesley noting it’s 17 months since he last played over-the-board! Stay tuned to all the action here on chess24.

See also:

  • Meltwater Champions Chess Tour website
  • FTX Crypto Cup games with computer analysis and commentary: Prelims, Knockout
  • Carlsen-Nepo as full Top 10 play $320,000 FTX Crypto Cup
  • FTX Crypto Cup Day 1: Giri leads as Carlsen struggles
  • FTX Crypto Cup Day 2: Carlsen plays 1.b4 as race blown wide open
  • FTX Crypto Cup Day 3: Carlsen-Naka in QFs as Magnus & Nepo scrape through
  • FTX Crypto Cup Day 4: Carlsen and Caruana stage comebacks
  • FTX Crypto Cup Day 5: Are we headed for a Carlsen-Nepo preview?
  • FTX Crypto Cup Day 6: Mosquitoes and Radjabov bite back
  • FTX Crypto Cup Day 7: Carlsen and So meet in 3rd final
  • FTX Crypto Cup Day 8: Carlsen and So trade crushing blows
Jan 09, 2017

The language of chess

The dust has barely settled on last year’s World Chess Championship match in New York: Norway’s Magnus Carlsen defended his title against the tough challenger Sergei Karjakin, in a close match. The event got me thinking about the language of chess strategy, and tactics, and the curious history, and multicultural origins of chess terminology.

Chess has been around for centuries and The Game and Play of the Chess was among the first books printed in English by William Caxton in the late fifteenth century. It is not actually a book of chess instruction in the modern sense. Rather it is an allegory of medieval society with a king, queen, bishops, knights, and rooks, and with pawns representing various trades. Each chess piece has its own moral code, together representing a kingdom bound by duty rather than kinship. Caxton used a French translation as the basis for his book and the English word chess is a borrowing from the Middle French échecs. But the story is older and more complicated than that.

Chess comes from the 6th century Sanskrit game chaturanga, which translates to “four arms.” The arms refer to the elephants, horses, chariots, and foot soldiers of the Indian army, which evolved into the modern bishops, knights, rooks, and pawns. The chaturanga pieces also included the king or rajah and the king’s counselor, which would later be reinvented as the queen. In chaturanga, the game ended when the rajah was removed from the board—when the king was killed.

Chaturanga was introduced to Persia around 600 AD and the rajah became the shah. Persian chatrang became Arabic shatranj and made its way to Morocco and Spain as shaterej. The word check, meaning an attack on the king, was adapted from the Persian shah. A player would say shah to announce an attack on the king. The expression checkmate came from the situation in which the king is attacked and has no defense: shāh māt means “the king is dead” and this connotation of regicide persists in the Russian name for chess: shakmati.

In Latin, the game was not named after the killing of the king, but after the attacks themselves—the checks. It was called ludis scaccorum (game of checks) or, when shortened, scacchi. The Latin word for check later gave us the Middle French eschec, which became échecs in the plural and chess in English.

Along with the modern name, French is also the source of some of the game’s fine points, such as the en passant rule, which permits the capture of an opponent’s pawn when it moves two squares on its first move passing a pawn of the opposite color. It is the source of the expression j’adoube, used when a player wishes to adjust a piece without moving it. For a time too, players would announce gardez when the queen was under attack or en prise. But the warning is no longer customary.

French also contributes to the confusing noun stalemate. The Middle English word stale is probably from Anglo-French estale which meant “standstill.” When a player did not have a legal move, that counted as a win, so stalemate was a victory by standstill. Today a stalemate in chess counts as a tie, and the word has been extended to a more general description for a deadlock. En passant, j’aboube, gardez, and en prise have been less successful as general terms. The same can be said for the Italian word fianchetto, from the diminutive of fianco which means “flank” and referring to a particular deployment of one’s bishops.

German is the source of a number of chess words, such as Zugzwang, referring to the situation in which players have no moves that will not weaken their position Zugzwang has been extended to refer to situations in which the pressure to do something is counterproductive, as in the following examples from Zugzwang fan Nate Silver (from 2008: “Either way, it is a reminder of the state of zugzwang that McCain campaign finds itself in” and from 2016: “For Clinton, this is a zugzwang election where she’d rather stay out of the way and let Trump make the news”).

German gives us the monosyllabic term luft (“air”) referring to a flight square made by moving a pawn in front of a king’s castled position, which we find in Luftwaffe and Lufthansa, and the derisive patzer, used to describe a poor player (cognate with the verb patzen meaning to bungle). The German verb kiebitzen (“to look on at cards”) makes its way to Yiddish as kibitz and refers meddling in games by spectators.

Many modern tactical terms are of English origin. There are pins (when a piece cannot move because it would expose a more valuable one) and forks (double attacks), both terms dating from the nineteenth century. Twentieth century coinages include the windmill (when a rook and bishop work together to both check the king and capture material) and the x-ray or skewer, where a piece indirectly attacks an opposing piece.

One of my favorites terms though is the smothered checkmate, a term which dates from about 1800. This occurs when the king is surrounded by its own pieces so that it has no flight squares and is checkmated by an opponent’s knight. It is a rare occurrence but when it happens it will take your breath away.

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Apr 20, 2019

Kashlinskaya leads at Euro Women’s Individual Chess Championship

Alina Kashlinskaya beat Pauline Guichard in Round 6 to take the sole lead before the only rest day in the 2019 European Women’s Individual Chess Championship in Antalya, Turkey. The top seed in the 130-player event is Aleksandra Goryachkina, with the players competing for a top prize of 10,000 euros as well as 14 places in the next Women’s World Cup. Perhaps the most memorable moment so far was Maria Gevorgyan castling illegally and going on to beat Deimante Cornette.

The 2019 European Women’s Championship in Antalya has had some of the best coverage we’ve seen yet for an official European event. There’s been live commentary each day from hosts GM Ioannis Papaioannou and IM Can Arduman, as well as regular guest appearances by the likes of GM Ivan Sokolov and IM Eva Repka.

See also:

  • Official website
  • All the games with computer analysis on chess24