Congratulations @Gm_Adly! You deserved it, well done. We're glad you became the first-ever winner of an online classic time control Swiss tournament. And we hope to see you in December in #Sitges! And thank you so much @Anna_Chess and @DanielKingChess, great, great job as usual! https://t.co/HemmJMnqWe
After 9 rounds and a knockout, we have arrived to the final game of the tournament. GM Ahmed Adly will face IM Liam Vrolijk for the first-ever online classic Swiss title! Who do you think will take it? Follow the action at @ChesscomNews and @ChessBomb
Greetings from the Director of Sunway Playa Golf Sitges Hotel & Spa to participants of this historical online tournament that goes into a knockout tomorrow. We all wish that things just get better for everyone, and let's hope we can run our December regular event! @ChesscomNewshttps://t.co/jdkV0odSYs
Some games have already finished, but our virtual playing halls still look quite full this morning, afternoon or night (depending on where players are!). About 325 players are still fighting for their point one hour into the 7th round of the tournament!
These are the pairings of the section A's top-10 boards for this afternoon. Remember you can follow their games at @chesscom. Just 3 rounds to go, and we'll have a cool playoff for the title on Tuesday, April 28th! https://t.co/xNqdMD1ST0
Paraguay's 2019 blitz chess champion and one of the best classic chess players of the country, GM Axel Bachmann, is the #3 ranked player in our online tournament. With 4'5 points, he's one of 8 players leading the tournament after 5 rounds.
This is GM Ahmed Adly's from Egypt playing from home. Current African Chess Champion (and a very nice guy), he has played last 2 editions of our regular tournament and is now participating in our online event (#2 ranked player with a rating of 2615) while he'll celebrate Ramadan! https://t.co/qpKnJndKBd
El GM Pablo Salinas, vigente campeón nacional de Chile, es otro de los participantes de renombre en el Sunway Sitges International Online Chess Open, primer torneo de ajedrez clásico en disputarse online. Aquí preparado para disputar la 5ª ronda del torneo. https://t.co/FMHbgI8ymE
GM Žamsaran Cydypov of Russia, one of the strongest rapid chess players in the world (currently with a rating of 2703) is also competing in the fist-ever online classic chess tournament at #SunwaySitges.
This is GM Kirill Shevchenko, #4 ranked player at Sunway Sitges International Online Chess Open, ready to start his 5th-round game vs. GM Javokhir Sindarov at his place. Both players looking good with a 4/4 start!
Ready to get the round started! @Chesscom staff, #SunwaySitges staff and arbiters, all in the pre-round meeting, prepared to help everyone with the start of their games. As in an over-the-board chess tournament, it takes quite an effort to have everything running smoothly... https://t.co/npCn1LPTyK
Шахматы - один из немногих видов спорта, в котором тренироваться и выступать на соревнованиях возможно не выходя из дома, а иногда даже не вылезая из лап :) За "доской" - Исполнительный директор РШФ Марк Глуховский за подготовкой к 4 туру #SunwaySitges на https://t.co/uYR8nNYaC7https://t.co/x6B97F9Myq
We are about to start 5th round of our online tournament (just half an hour to go). Our main playing hall, with its magnificent views, is ready for players to come in! 😥 You can follow the action at @chesscom. https://t.co/jZDPNChTy4
Round 4 of Sunway Sitges International Online Chess Open will start in just over half an hour. You can follow the round at @Chesscom. There will be already some GMs games on the first boards, so we hope you all enjoy!
Players are having fun with this new online classic chess experience. Some are sending us photos that show how they setup their space in order to take part in our tournament. Like RSA twin brothers Judah & Caleb Levitan, best two U8 chess players in Africa (2018). Gens una sumus! https://t.co/hQkKTil1SL
This is how our 2 virtual playing halls looked just after half an hour into today's 2nd round. With the help of arbiters and our staff, most players are now comfortable starting their games, and technical issues are solved quickly. Sitges' playing halls are always spectacular! 😄 https://t.co/l3dEKHwSnH
After-round meeting in order to check what technical improvements can be done, comment on players' requests, deal with fair play issues, etc. Arbiters (from around the world) are joining Simon at @Chesscom and the organizer in order to keep it going in the smoothest way possible! https://t.co/gtVEDlLbOT
After 2 days of a few technical issues, 1st. round of the tournament took place today. We want to really thank players for their incredible support to make this first-ever online classic tournament start to come true! We also appreciate arbiters' and @chesscom's great jobs.
The first classical festival to appear online, the inaugural Sunway Sitges International Online Chess Open @SunwayChessOpen, starts tomorrow on @chesscom.
"All players must have a webcam and the ability to enable audio on their playing devices." #chess
It's the last day to register for The Sunway Sitges International Chess Online Open! Registration is free for all GMs, WGMs or players rated over 2400 FIDE and just 15 euros for all others.
Join this truly unique online classical event now at: https://t.co/HUiaatbGgb
Más de 320 jugadores ya inscritos en el primer abierto a ritmo clásico en @chesscom que empieza mañana. Aunque no válido para ELO, una nueva experiencia para todos, de la que aprender cosas para un futuro de torneos online válidos para ELO. Regístrate (quedan 7 h)! @leontxogarcia
Over 320 players already registered for the 1st classic tournament online at @chesscom that will start tomorrow. Though unrated, a new experience for everyone; we'll all get key take-aways for a future of @FIDE_chess rated events online. Be part of it! (8 h. left to register)
@Rahal_Michael Gracias Michael! Obviamente, al ser la primera vez en la historia que se hace algo así, hay retos por delante, y probablemente habrá debate y cosas que aprender para el futuro. Pero creemos que fomentar una actividad ajedrecística diferente (y con un fin benéfico), será positivo.
@DownPawn@ChesscomNews No, it won't be rated, but we require a valid FIDE ID in order to try to better guarantee the development of the tournament and in order to be able to use traditional pairing systems and software, to publish of results at https://t.co/kcOuVbYUM1, to provide statistics, etc.
And here it is! Starting this Friday, April 17th, #SunwaySitges online classic time control (90'+30") Chess Open. Don't miss this new experience! We know we'll face challenges (and several ways of control have been implemented), but we trust everyone's fair play desire. https://t.co/ir5wDzafy0
Y un torneo online a ritmo clásico con una bolsa de premios decente? Quizás por primera vez en la historia? No es fácil pero en #SunwaySitges nos gusta innovar y hacer que los aficionados disfruten, por qué no? Manteneos atentos... 😄 @chess24es@leontxogarcia@echaguen@AjSitges
What about a classic time control online chess tournament? #SunwaySitges fans should stay tuned, maybe very, very soon... 😄 First time ever? Challenges are there, no one said it'd be easy, but aren't they worth for fun? @ChesscomNews@Anna_Chess@DanielKingChess@ChessbaseIndia
GM Alexander Beliavsky joins Sunway Sitges 201804-10-2018
Legendary Alexander Beliavsky recently confirmed that he will be playing in Sunway Sitges International Chess Festival 2018, in what will be his first appearance at this event, joining the list of world-class chess legends who once participated in this tournament, like GM Gata Kamsky or fellow countryman GM Oleg Romanischin.
Former 4-times USSR chess champion, Slovenian champion and World Junior champion in 1973, Mr. Beliavsky is also chess arbiter and...