ISC 2019: Initial statistics

Axel Steinbrink, Central controller of ISC 2019, informs: “At the moment we have 32 countries with 49 tournaments all over the world. New countries: Luxembourg and United Arab Emirates. This is a new record (last year 31 / 46)!”

Solvers’ ratings January 1st 2019

Solvers’ ratings as of January 1st 2019 produced by the Solving Tournament Manager are published!
8 tournaments of the 4th quarter 2018 are included: 3rd Solving Cup Byron Zappas (Greece), 27th Kedainiai Cup (Lithuania), 34th Open Swiss Solving Championship, 11th Albino Cup (Belarus), 1st Pavle Orlov Memorial (Serbia), 25th Belgian Championship , 29th Henk Hagedoorn Memorial (Netherlands), New Year’s Tournament 2019 (Serbia).

The ranking of the top ten solvers remains unchanged. The largest five gains have been achieved by Danila Moiseev (RUS / +51.81!), Ilija Serafimović (SRB / +24.71), Vladimir Blokhin (RUS / +23.76), Aleksey Popov (RUS / +23.64 and Andy Ooms (BEL / +22.06) – three of them juniors!

World Solving Cup 2018/2019 – Geel 10.11.2018

25th Belgian Championship 2018 | 3rd tournament of World Solving Cup 2018/2019
Participants: 15 | Winner: Eddy Van Beers (BEL – Belgian Champion) ahead of Michael Pfannkuche (GER) and Nikos Sidiropoulos (GRE)
Average rating of top ten solvers: 2347.40 | WSC category: 7

Leaders World Solving Cup: 1. Danila Pavlov (RUS) 27 points, 2. Anatoly Mukoseev (RUS) 23 points, 3. Eddy Van Beers (BEL) 19 points (2579.44 Perf. Rating), 4. Arno Zude (GER) 19 points (2512.33 Perf. Rating), 5. Aleksey Popov (RUS) 19 points (2480.60 Perf. Rating).

More details are published in Competitions → Solving → World Solving Cup (WSC) → 2018/19 Calendar.

14th European Chess Solving Championship

The Greek Chess Composition Committee of the Greek Chess Federation has the honor to invite the European national teams and individual solvers to participate in the 14th European Chess Solving Championship. The event will be held from Friday, May 3rd (arrival) to Sunday, May 5th (departure) at the “Oasis Hotel Apartments” in Glyfada, a cosmopolitan suburb of Athens. The hotel is the same that hosted the ECSC 2016.

Director of the ECSC will be Ivan Denkovski assisted by Ioannis Garoufalidis and Harry Fougiaxis | Director of the open solving tournament will be Ioannis Garoufalidis.
Organization: Nikos & George Mendrinos in co-operation with the Greek Chess Composition Committee.

The email of the event: ecsc2019@gmail.com | Official website: http://chess-problems-gr.blogspot.gr/

World Solving Cup 2018/2019 – Minsk 3./4.11.2018

11th Albino Cup 2018 | 2nd tournament of World Solving Cup 2018/2019
Participants: 22 | Winner: Danila Pavlov (RUS) ahead of Anatoly Mukoseev (RUS) and Aleksey Popov (RUS – FM norm)
Average rating of top ten solvers: 2409.47 | WSC category: 5

Aleksey Popov has achieved his 2nd FM norm and will get the FIDE Solving Master title at the next congress.
Leaders World Solving Cup: 1. Danila Pavlov (RUS) 27 points, 2. Anatoly Mukoseev (RUS) 23 points,
3. Arno Zude (GER) 19 points (2512.33 Perf. Rating), 4. Aleksey Popov (RUS) 19 points (2480.60 Perf. Rating).

More details are published in Competitions → Solving → World Solving Cup (WSC) → 2018/19 Calendar.

World Solving Cup 2018/2019 – Bern 13.10.2018

34th Open Swiss Solving Championship 2018 | 1st tournament of World Solving Cup 2018/2019
Participants: 17 | Winner: Arno Zude (GER) ahead of Ulrich Voigt (GER) and Roland Ott (SUI – Swiss Champion)
Average rating of top ten solvers: 2307.26 | WSC category: 7
Leaders World Solving Cup: 1. Arno Zude (GER) 19 points, 2. Ulrich Voigt (GER) 16, 3. Roland Ott (SUI) 13.
More details are published in Competitions → Solving → World Solving Cup (WSC) → 2018/19 Calendar.

Invitation to the 15th ISC

The International Solving Contest – ISC – next year will take place on Sunday January 27th 2019. The event is happening simultaneously in all participating countries. The name of the locally appointed controller must reach the central controllers by e-mail no later than December 31st 2018.

Central controllers: Axel Steinbrink & Luc Palmans | Invitation (PDF format) | ISC rules

Enjoy the statistics of ISCs 1-14, with all rankings of solvers who were at least once in the top 100.