The president of world chess's governing body said on Wednesday that an attempted "revolution" to oust him by falsely announcing his resignation had failed, and that he would serve out his full term and might even stand for re-election.

Russia's Kirsan Ilyumzhinov -- a millionaire businessman and ex-politician who once said he had been abducted by aliens -- has headed FIDE, chess's governing body, for the last 22 years, flying around the world to promote chess.

But since Monday, after a weekend meeting in Greece of FIDE's presidential board, Ilyumzhinov has been embroiled in a surreal power struggle with his organization's secretariat.

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US Chess is rising and So is the competition (March 24, 2017)
Cristian Chirila [ Source: STLPublicRadio ]

Fabiano Caruana in a match with Hikaru Nakamura at the 2016 U.S. Championship Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis | Lennart Ootes

It’s that time of the year again. The time when St. Louis dresses up in its white and black gown and welcomes the best chess players the nation has to offer. The 2017 U.S. Chess Championship & U.S. Women’s Championship will take place from March 28 to April 10 at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis and it will feature the highest prize fund in history, with $194.000 for the U.S. Championship and $100,000 for the U.S. Women’s Championship.

U.S. Championship Field

In the open section, the favorites are the imposing trio that has helped the U.S. vanquish its opposition and win the 2016 Chess Olympiad: Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So and Hikaru Nakamura. Between them, they share five national titles, with Nakamura leading the pack with four titles while Caruana won the top laurel in last year’s edition. Wesley So is the only one that has yet to win it. Nevertheless, he is currently second in the world and will go into this year’s tournament as the top seed and rating favorite.

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KATHMANDU, March 16: The Asian Zonal 3.2 Chess Championship, which is also the qualifiers for Chess World Cup, is set to be held in Kathmandu from March 18 to 28. The tournament being hosted by Nepal Chess Association (NCA) will feature players from South Asian nations including host Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and the Maldives. This is the second time Nepal is hosting this tournament after holding the same event two years ago in Kathmandu.

Organizing a press meet in the capital on Wednesday, the tournament coordinator Narayan Das Gamal said that 40 players from the country will compete in the tournament. Top 20 rated male and female players along with top 20 finishers of the Seventh National Games held some three months ago will participate in the championship.

Similarly, 12 players from Bangladesh, two each from Sri Lanka and Pakistan and one from the Maldives will also take part in the championship.

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Tan Zhongyi of China.

Tan Zhongyi, who recently became a new Women’s World Chess Champion, was honored at the celebration organized by the State Sports General Administration of Chess Sports Management Center, China Chess Association and Shandong Province authorities and businesses.

The champion received a 100,000 yuan reward and a valuable sapphire from the famous Shandong Jingzhi company.

Tan Zhongyi thanked Shandong Jingzhi for the reward and extended her gratitude to everyone who helped her excel in the world championship. She added it was a surprising success to win the title. She promised to work even harder for greater results.

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TAGAYTAY City  -- IM Yeoh Li Tian of Malaysia and WIM Vo Thi Kim Phung of Vietnam emerged as the men’s and women’s champions in the 2017 Asian Zone 3.3 chess championships at the Tagaytay International Convention Sunday.

Yeoh settled for a draw with GM-candidate Haridas Pascua to capture the title with seven points on five wins and four draws in the prestigious nine-round competition hosted by the Tagaytay City government thru Rep. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino and Mayor Agnes Tolentino.

The 18-year-old Yeoh, who entered the tournament as the 10th seed with an ELO of 2449, also became the first-ever Malaysian to make it to the World Cup.

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Dimakiling, Pascua stay alive (March 05, 2017)
Ed Andaya [ Source: Journal ]


TAGAYTAY City – Two-time World Chess Olympiad veteran  IM Oliver Dimakiling  whipped IM Kevin Wei Ming Goh of Singapore and IM Haridas Pascua trounced  FM Novendra Priasmoro of Indonesia  in a pair of ego-boosting victories that injected fresh hopes to the Philippines’ campaign  in the 2017 Asian Zone 3.3 chess championships at the Tagaytay International Convention Center.

Dimakiling, ever so eager to make his presence felt again in the international scene,  played superbly with the white pieces to  beat Goh in only  39 moves of the Reti opening and  vault into a tie for third to ninth places with 4.5 points on  three wins, three draws and one loss.

The 37-year-old  pride of Davao City, who represented the country  twice in the World Chess Olympiad in Turin, Italy in 2006 and  Istanbul, Turkey in 2012, forced an exchange of the rooks and knights  against the  highe-rated Singaporean player on the 36th move and emerged with a two-pawn advantage  for the win.

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Asian Zonals: PSHS chesser in upset win vs Sadorra (March 04, 2017)
Associated Press [ Source: Journal ]

Filipino GM Julio Catalino Sadorra.

TAGAYTAY City -- Candidate master Stephen Rome Pangilinan achieved a personal milestone by beating the country’s top player, GM Julio Catalino Sadorra, in a pivotal sixth round encounter in the 2017 Asian  Zone 3.3 chess championships at the Tagaytay

City Convention Center.

Pangilinan, a  grade eight student  at Philippine Science High  School, upset Sadorra with the disadvantageous black pieces in 43 moves of the Slav Defense.

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