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Richard Rapport Switches Federation Three Weeks Before Candidates

Grandmaster Richard Rapport, 26, one of the most promising members of the new generation of elite chess players, is changing the federation from Hungary to Romania. The move, unexpected under normal circumstances, appears scandalous because Rapport is set to take part in the Candidates Tournament in June.

Richard Rapport taking part in the Grand Prix Series in 2022

The move has been reported by the Romanian Chess Federation and chess-news website and independently confirmed by FIDE, the sport’s governing body. Regardless of the circumstances, Rapport’s move is a huge blow for the Hungarian Chess Federation, which is active in chess politics and will host the 2024 Olympiad. Rapport has always been the golden boy of Hungarian chess. He enjoyed support from Judit Polgar, one of the most respected chess influencers.

Hungary had its share of successful chess players, including the Polgar sisters, Szabo, and Portisch among others, but Rapport was an outlier and was a huge deal for the Hungarian chess community as he prepared to take part in the Candidates. He secured his spot in the World Championship semi-finals, the most important tournament of his career so far, through the FIDE World Chess Grand Prix Series, organized by World Chess, the publisher of this website.

Join Vidit’s 2nd Open Arena Tournament

On May 30, the Indian superstar and FIDE Online Arena Ambassador Vidit Gujrathi will play and stream the 2nd Open Arena Tournament on Arena, and the winner will receive a pocket chess set signed by Vidit.

The first Open Arena Tournament with GM Vidit Gujrathi attracted 1520 players from 90 countries. The Indian GM not only played but made sure to entertnain his audience with his funny comments and cheerful personality!

On May 30th, 15:30 UTC / 21:00 IST, Vidit will host his 2nd Open Arena Tournament and the winner will receive a premium pocket chess set, worth of $199.00, personally signed by Vidit!

Participation: free
Time-control: blitz 3+2
System: Arena

Join the tournament here, invite your friends and have fun with GM Vidit Gujrathi.

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Duda is the 2022 Superbet Rapid & Blitz Poland King

The Polish GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda won the 2022 Superbet Rapid & Blitz Poland half a point ahead of Vishy Anand and Levon Aronian. But Duda was not the only “winner” as Fabiano Caruana (+10) and Levon Aronian (+9) climbed the blitz rating list after their remarkable performance, surpassing Carlsen who is now downgraded to 4th place!

The former World Champion Vishy Anand had a stunning performance in the rapid chess but unfortunately faded in blitz. Nevertheless, the 52-year-old GM still tied for first after losing his last two games against Duda.

“I was very focused against Vishy, I thought it was very important to win against him because he was the leader at the time, and also I hadn’t managed to beat him in this game in my life!” Duda commented after his triumph.

Even after his two consecutive losses though, the Indian GM was very close. In the final round, Duda and Aronian were co-leaders with 23 points, while Anand and Caruana had 22.5. Vishy beat Wojtaszek, while Aronian-Caruana ended in a draw. Duda needed this last round point but he found himself in a losing position against Kirill Shevchenko.

“The last game was kind of funny. It was a very nervous game, of course, but it was fun, and I’m very satisfied with my play overall.” Duda said about his last game, which ended in his favor after a brilliant bounce back!

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Ding Liren Will Play In 2022 Candidates

After Karjakin’s 6-months ban from competitive chess left an open spot for the 2022 Candidates Tournament, the Chinese GM Ding Liren started a successful marathon of rated games in order to be eligible for the tournament.

Photo: FIDE / Lennart Ootes

Invitation of Ding Liren, while officially issued by FIDE, is contingent on Sergey Karjakin’s appeal to CAS, the highest court for sports disputes. According to Karjakin, he will seek to repel the ban.

Ding Liren needed to play 30 games between 1 June 2021 and 30 April 2022 to take over Kaarjakin’s spot as the highest-rated player. In a mission that almost seemed impossible for most people – even though the chess community was cheering for him all the way, the Chinese GM proved that anything can happen!

The Chinese Chess Association organized a 4-player quadruple round-robin in Hangzhou (12 games); a 6-game match against Wei Yi (6 games); and finally a 10-round qualifier to the Asian Games (10 games). Completing 28 games with an impressive score of 20.5 points (13 victories, 15 draws, and no loss), Ding Liren finished the quest of 26 games, and also surpassed Alireza Firouzja in the rating list and is now number two again.

After Liren’s qualification, the participants of the Candidates tournament will be:

Ian Nepomniachtchi – 2021 World Chess Champion Match runner-up
Alireza Firouzja – Grand Swiss winner
Fabiano Caruana – Grand Swiss runner-up
Jan-Krzystof Duda – World Cup winner
Hikaru Nakamura – Grand Prix winner
Richard Rapport – Grand Prix runner-up
Ding Liren – *Replacement for Karjakin
Teimour Radjabov – Wild Card

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