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IM Martha L. Fierro Baquero Dominates Inaugural Swiss Queens Wednesday Tournament

The debut of the Swiss Queens Wednesday Tournament brought top chess female players together for an exciting competition. International Master Martha L. Fierro Baquero stood out, claiming the top spot with an impressive 9/11 score.

Top 5 Standings:

IM Martha L. Fierro Baquero
IM Teodora Injac
IM Buksa Natalia
GM Valentina Gunina
IM Aleksandra Maltsevskaya

These talented players shared a prize fund of $1,000, recognizing their achievements during the tournament.

Next Tournament:

Chess enthusiasts can mark their calendars for the 2nd titled women’s online tournament, scheduled for next Wednesday at 17:00 CET.

To catch up on the action, you can review all the games and the full standings from the Swiss Queens Wednesday Tournament. Stay tuned for updates and follow the players in their upcoming challenges on the online chessboard.

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FIDE and World Chess Launch Women’s Wednesday Online Tournament Series

In a groundbreaking move to elevate women’s participation and recognition in the world of chess, the International Chess Federation (FIDE) and World Chess are thrilled to announce the launch of the Women’s Wednesday Online Tournament Series Swiss Queens Wednesday. This weekly event, hosted on the FIDE Online Arena platform (, represents a significant stride in empowering women within the chess community.

Empowering Women in Chess: A Step Towards Inclusion and Diversity

As part of the FIDE 100th anniversary, it is fitting to launch a women’s tournament to fully celebrate the achievements of women in chess and mark 100 years as a pivotal moment in the sport. At the core of this initiative is a commitment to promoting gender diversity and providing a global stage for women to showcase their chess skills. This series is more than just a competition; it is a vibrant community where female chess players can connect and grow together in both personal and professional realms.

Innovative Online Format Meets High-Stakes Competition

The Swiss Queens Wednesday leverages state-of-the-art technology for fair play monitoring and global participation, making it a pioneering event in the chess world. FIDE Online Arena is proud to be the digital venue for this series, offering a seamless and sophisticated online chess experience.

Swiss Queens Wednesday Tournament: Details and Regulations

The Swiss Queens Wednesday takes place every Wednesday on the FIDE Online Arena, starting from January 31st at 17:00 Central European Time. The tournaments are open to all women chess players who hold FIDE or FIDE Online Arena titles and feature a Swiss pairing system with a 3+1 Blitz time control.

Prizes totaling 1,000 USD per tournament will be awarded, with a potential annual prize fund increase to $100,000. The tournament emphasizes fair play, with strict adherence to FIDE’s regulations and innovative anti-cheating measures.

Commitment to Fairness and Integrity

Participants are expected to uphold the highest standards of sportsmanship. The Night Watch Fair Play Suite will analyze games, and players are required to join a monitored Zoom meeting during the tournament.

Building a Legacy for Women in Chess

This tournament series is more than just a competition. It’s a statement of FIDE’s unwavering dedication to empowering women in chess, not only on the board but also in leadership roles and personal development. It’s an opportunity for women to challenge stereotypes, inspire future generations, and demonstrate their strategic prowess on a global stage.

For female chess players, the tournament not only serves as a platform to refine their strategic prowess but also to enhance their showmanship abilities, with a strong encouragement for game streaming.

Dana Reizniece-Ozola, FIDE Managing Director, stated: “The Women’s Wednesday Online Tournament Series marks a significant milestone in FIDE’s ongoing commitment to gender equality in chess. This series isn’t just about playing a game; it’s about empowering women to take center stage in an arena they have long been a part of. We encourage participants to stream their games, showcasing not just their chess skills but also their unique personalities and perspectives. This is more than a tournament – it’s a movement towards a more inclusive and dynamic chess community.”

Ilya Merenzon, CEO of World Chess: “As we unveil the Women’s Wednesday Online Tournament Series, we’re not just setting up chess boards; we’re building a community. This initiative goes beyond the game. It’s about giving a voice and a stage to women in chess, encouraging them to showcase not only their strategic acumen but also their personalities and stories through streaming. I hope that every move will inspire someone watching. I am also looking forward to working with female athletes to collectively enhance, making it their preferred permanent home for online chess.”

Kramnik answers to his suspension on chesscom

Following his suspension on chesscom, GM Vladimir Kramnik provided his official statement on this matter.

Photo by Theo Heinze


On September the 3rd, the former World Champion GM Vladimir Kramnik lost a game to GM Hans Niemann in an online event. Their second game was a short and ironic one, as Kramnik played 1...f6, followed by 2...g5 to get checkmated, but Niemann preferred to resign. After that, Kramnik published a 45-minute analysis on their game, openly accusing Niemann on cheating.

His passion to “clear” chess from cheating led him to openly collect and publish data on interesting statistics, even from top players like Hikaru Nakamura, and made an open call to chesscom to investigate dozens of profiles! On December 24th, chesscom published their decision to close Vladimir Kramnik’s blog on the platform and mute his account for violating their terms of services, due to his “out-of-hand accusations” according to the chess fans.

Instant reactions

Many people think that Kramnik is not swimming on safe waters with his “unbased” statistics, but after chesscom’s actions many top players rushed to defend the former World Champion. More specifically:

Levon Aronian tweeted: “Somehow i feel that chesscom is becoming everything that they claimed they weren’t before the merger with chess24 . I love Danny as a person , but the whole trend is making me sad.”

Ian Nepomniachtchi followed with: “Yes, maybe Kramnik goes ahead and does not mince words, but your platform cannot cope with cheating. As they say, accepting a problem is the first step to solving it. Try this instead of sanctioning one of the best players in chess history.”

GM Vasif Durarbayli also commented: “Kramnik’s accusations were mostly incorrect, and he was not qualified to conduct his statistical analysis.However, I don’t believe his account should have been muted. It’s not up to corporations to dictate which voices are heard, even if we disagree with their arguments. Whether it was his baseless accusations against players or his criticisms of Chesscom that led to his account being muted, I’m not entirely sure.”

Kramnik’s response exclusively on World Chess

Dear chess fans!

In full accordance with my expectations, the chesscom platform took another step in trying to “shut me up” and unreasonably blocked my blog on their platform and the right to comment publicly on anything there. I have not received any letter from them about the reasons for these actions. As previously, I also did not receive any responses to my statistics publications or even to my complaints about direct threats received from members of their platform.

Indeed, I have repeatedly informed Chess com privately about some extremely suspicious statistical performances of some players, but I have never received a clear reasoned answer, and in most cases, none. This extremely disrespectful attitude towards the former world champion, coupled with an unwillingness to consider cases of obvious statistical anomalies, forced me to act in a public way, for lack of an alternative.

The only promise I received in writing from the management of chesscom, about my correctness in the matter of headphones, and unequivocally The assurance given to me six months ago that the use of headphones is contrary to chesscom’s policy and will be prohibited, unfortunately, has not been fulfilled. I admit that this episode undermined my confidence in Chess com. My question a couple of months later, why headphones are still not banned, was ignored.

The only factual response to my (and almost 2,500 signatories to the well-known petition) recent request to Chess com was replete with gross logical and factual errors.Which I have pointed out more than once in my public blog articles on the platform. And again, in response, the “royal” silence.I don’t see any reason to block me on the platform since I havent done anything else than publishing the true open source statistics, asking the platform to examine obvious anomalies.

Especially since a well-known grandmaster and streamer, who was comprehensively pushed by chesscom, made direct insults to me, and did not suffer any punishment from the platform for this. As well as many other members of the chesscom, who allowed direct insults to my address.

These double standards and attempts to drown out the world champion by those “businessmen from chess” are deeply incorrect and will not achieve its goal.

I’m going to open a Facebook account, which I’ll report in the next couple of days, where I’ll continue to tell the truth and publish statistics chesscom is trying to ignore,no matter how hard they try to stop people from knowing it.

Vladimir Kramnik

Magnus’ statement

At the World Chess Rapid & Blitz Championships Opening Ceremony, GM Magnus Carlsen stated: “I want to say that in general, freedom of speech is very important! I will not talk specifically about this case [Kramnik’s suspension on chesscom], but in general I think that opinions should be answered with other opinions, but not with silencing.”

What’s your opinion?

FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Championships in Samarkand

Ten days until the final world-class event of the year begins. The FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Championships take place from December 25 to 30 in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, with an impressive line-up of players for both the Open and the Women’s Tournaments.

Elite Showdown in Samarkand

The highly anticipated event features a staggering one-million-dollar prize fund, with $700,000 allocated for the Open category and $300,000 for the Women’s tournaments. The world’s premier chess players are gearing up to compete fiercely for the coveted titles of World Champion in both Rapid and Blitz disciplines.

Magnus Carlsen’s Quest for Glory

In the Open section, all eyes are on Magnus Carlsen, the former World Champion, who is set to defend both his Rapid and Blitz crowns. Despite relinquishing his claim to the classical chess crown, Carlsen remains undeterred, seeking to secure his fourth title in both competitions. Alongside him, Fabiano Caruana arrives in Samarkand with remarkable momentum, aiming to cap off an outstanding year with another triumph.

Star-Studded Lineup

The Open section boasts a star-studded lineup, featuring renowned names like Ding Liren, Hikaru Nakamura, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Levon Aronian, Anish Giri, and promising talents like Jan-Krzysztof Duda and Vincent Keymer. The Indian contingent, led by Praggnanandhaa, Vidit, Erigaisi, and Gukesh, adds further depth to this formidable assembly.

Uzbek Hopes and Rising Stars

Uzbekistan, the host country, pins its hopes on Nodirbek Abdusattorov and Javokhir Sindarov, while the rising stars continue to shine. This includes the host country’s 2021 World Rapid Champion Nodirbek Abdusattorov and Javokhir Sindarov.

Women’s Battle Royale

In the Women’s section, defending Rapid champion Tan Zhongyi faces stiff competition from Bibisara Assaubayeva, aiming to replicate her successes from 2022 and 2021 in the Blitz and Rapid events, respectively. The lineup features formidable opponents like Ju Wenjun, Aleksandra Goryachkina, Koneru Humpy, Lei Tingjie, Kateryna Lagno, Anna Muzychuk, and Nana Dzagnidze. Adding a touch of legacy to the competition are three former Women’s World Champions, Antoaneta Stefanova, Alexandra Kosteniuk, and Mariya Muzychuk.


Opening ceremony: December 25
World Rapid: 26 – 28 December
World Blitz: 29 – 30 December
Closing ceremony: December 30

Time: 13:00 CET


System: Swiss
Open Rapid: 13 rounds
Open Blitz: 21 rounds
Women’s Rapid: 11 rounds
Women’s Blitz: 17 rounds

Time Control

Rapid: 15 minutes + 10 seconds increment per move
Blitz: Three minutes + 2 seconds increment per move


The games will be broadcast with a delay of 5-minutes for Rapid, and 2-minutes delay for Blitz.

Watch the World Chess Rapid with us

Writing: Maria Fragaki

How Online Chess Can Help Beginners Improve Their Over-the-Board Performance

Chess, a game of strategy and intellect, has captivated minds for centuries. While the traditional over-the-board (OTB) play remains the quintessential experience for chess enthusiasts, the advent of online chess platforms has revolutionized the way players learn and sharpen their skills. In this article, we will explore how online chess can be a powerful tool for beginners to enhance their OTB performance.

Accessible Learning Resources

Online chess platforms offer a wealth of learning resources that are easily accessible to players of all levels. From interactive lessons and tutorials to grandmaster analysis, beginners can avail themselves of a vast repository of knowledge to build a strong foundation. The ability to learn at one’s own pace and revisit lessons as needed is a significant advantage that online platforms provide.

Win Online Titles

Winning online titles holds the potential to significantly elevate OTB chess performance by instilling confidence, exposing players to diverse playing styles, and enhancing crucial skills such as pressure management, time control proficiency, and tactical awareness. The consistent practice and analytical skills developed online seamlessly translate to OTB tournaments, where the acquired adaptability, recognition, and motivation foster a more resilient and strategic chess player. Success in the virtual realm not only signifies online proficiency but also serves as a stepping stone towards becoming a formidable competitor in the traditional face-to-face chess arena.

Practice Anytime, Anywhere

One of the key benefits of online chess is the convenience it offers. Players can engage in games and practice sessions at any time, eliminating the constraints of location and availability. This flexibility allows beginners to integrate chess into their daily routines, leading to consistent and regular practice—essential for skill development.

Diverse Opponents and Playing Styles

Online platforms provide access to a diverse pool of opponents from around the world. Facing different playing styles and strategies helps beginners develop a well-rounded understanding of the game. The exposure to varied approaches enhances adaptability, a crucial skill when transitioning from online play to OTB tournaments where opponents can employ a wide range of tactics.

Tactical Training and Puzzles

Chess is a game of tactics, and honing one’s tactical skills is paramount for success. Online platforms offer a plethora of tactical puzzles and training exercises that cater to players of all skill levels. Regularly engaging in these activities sharpens tactical awareness, allowing beginners to spot patterns and combinations more efficiently during OTB games.

Time Management Skills

Online chess often involves playing with time controls, forcing players to make decisions within a limited timeframe. This helps beginners improve their time management skills, a crucial aspect of OTB play where each move is governed by a clock. Learning to balance speed and accuracy online can translate into more confident and composed play over the board.

Analysis and Review Tools

Post-game analysis is an integral part of improvement in chess. Online platforms typically offer built-in analysis tools, allowing players to review their games, identify mistakes, and understand alternative moves. This self-analysis is a valuable learning tool that can be applied to OTB games, fostering a continuous cycle of improvement.

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Writing: Maria Fragaki

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