Mar 172019
 

Venezuela is going through a devastating economic crisis, with hyperinflation, hunger, disease, massive emigration and death rates rising dramatically. Among the millions of emigrants is Juan Blanco, a PhD in Education that has worked with chess as a learning tool for over twenty years. He is now living in Peru and in conversation with ChessBase he talked about his current projects, the situation of chess in Venezuela and some of the reasons for this crisis. | Pictured: Protests from January 23rd, 2019 | Photo: Agencia Uno
Juan Blanco: "Chess is the second biggest sport in Venezuela"
Source: Chess News

Mar 172019
 
banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.

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Date Saturday, March 23, 2019
Event Format 3SS
Time Control G/80 d10
Sections Open, U2000, & U1500
Entry Fee $35, $20 for BCF members; $5 more if not registering online in advance. Free entry for BCF members rated 2300+, but entry fee deducted from won prize.
Prizes $$240 guaranteed: Open $100 – $50, U2000 $50, U1500 $40
Registration 9:15am – 9:45am
Round Times 10:00am, 1:45 pm, 5:00pm
Description In accordance with BCF policy, unrated players may play in any section. Rated players rated within 200 points of the lower section maximum may play up one section. Sections with fewer than 8 players may be combined.
Entry List Current Pre-Registration List


Boylston Chess: Spring G/80
Source: Boylston Chess Club Weblog

Mar 162019
 

Nikita Vitiugov won the 1st Prague Masters with a last round draw against Richard Rapport, that was enough to keep his half point lead intact. The ‘Polish derby’ between Jan-Krzysztof Duda and Radoslaw Wojtaszek ended drawn, and so with a last round win Vidit snuck into second place. It was the centrepiece of a new chess festival in Prague that proponents hope will continue for many years to come. | Photo: Vladimir Jagr
Vitiugov victorious in Prague Masters
Source: Chess News