Hoogeveen Wins World Cities Sheikh Zayed Cup

The City of Hoogeveen, Netherlands became World Cities Chess Champion after beating Baku, Azerbaijan 2.5-1.5 in the finals of the knockout tournament 21-28 December 2012 in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates.

Sergei Tiviakov of Hoogeveen again proved the hero for the Dutch team as he squeezed out a victory in an opposite colored Bishop endgame in a marathon 89 moves.
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The Moment of Truth

Baku thrashed Novi Sad 3.5-0.5 to face Hoogeveen in the finals 3pm today

Top seeds Hoogeveen and Baku face each other in today’s finals of the World Cities Chess Team Championship while Novi Sad and Tashkent battle for third place in the exciting climax of the week long tournament in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates.
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Quarterfinals: And then there were four

Athens – Tashkent

The tension mounts as we near the climax of the knockout system. Many players say that the knockout format is more tense because of the finality of a result. It is always the last and deciding round – either in or out. No second chances.

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16 Qualifier and pairings of round of 16!


After 3 rounds of primarily rounds, the qualifier of round of 16 recognised and base on that pairings of round of 16th is published.


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FIDE President visit tournament at Round 2

FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov visit the tournament hall at round 2 of World Cities Chess Championship.

FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nehayan attend for the ceremonial move of the round 2, FIDE Vice Presidents Ali Nihat Yazichi on the left and FIDE Vice President Mohamad Jafar Kambuzia on the right

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Report of Round 1

Sheikh Sultan Bin Khlafia Al Nehayan starts the first game!

The World Cities Chess Team Championship got off to an exciting start as teams started jockeying for position in their Round Robin preliminary groups to finish in the top two and advance to the knockout phase.

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Groups decided in the Opening Ceremoney

Teams of 6 groups of World Cities Team Chess Championship, choose in the opening ceremony at 21 December 2012. In this Ceremony Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nehayan, President of Alain Chess Club and Asian Chess Federation and Mr. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov President of FIDE attend.

Ceremony was include speechs of Presidents of FIDE and Asian, A Historical Documentary about U.A.E. and 2 entertaintment show and drawing lots for teams and groups.


Group 1 Group 2 Group 3
Alain (UAE)

Lund (SWE)

London (ENG)

Dhaka (BAN)

Chennai (IND)

Saratov (RUS)

Ptuj (SLO)

Tashkent (UZB)

Athens (GRE)

Lviv (UKR)

Canberra (AUS)

Riga (LIT)

Group 4 Group 5 Group 6
Baku (AZE)

Astana (KAZ)

Timisoara (ROM)

Istanbul (TUR)

Chicago (USA)

Tehran (IRI)

Paris (FRA)

Kampala (UGA)

Novi Sad (SRB)

Hoogeveen (NED)

Cairo (EGY)

Wu Xi (CHN)

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Chart & Categories published

Sheikh Sultan President of Al Ain Chess Club and Asian Chess Federation speech during the Press Conference on 18 December 2012, in Alain Sport Club!

During press conference for the world cities chess teams championship, 4 Category of 24 participating team in the World Cities Chess Championship is calculated and also system of tournament for 24 teams is designed, Captain of teams will choose their team Group and Category in the Opening ceremony of the tournament.



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Teams and Players’ names published

Tournament Hall

3D View of tournament hall.

See the latest list of Teams and Players on www.chess-results.com, at the moment there are 25 teams registered (one of the teams will be as reserve team.) See the Link

All games of the competition will be published online and pgn files of Alain Classic tournament will be available for download.

Paris Team is Top Seed

Al Ain, 11 Dec. 2012 - The team of Paris, France is top seed in the World Cities Chess Team Championship starting 21st December in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Twenty four strong teams shall vie for the Sheikh Zayed Cup and a total of $150,000 in cash prizes at stake in the knock out competition, a first for team tournaments of the World Chess Federation (FIDE).

Led by GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, the Paris team includes GMs Fressinet Laurent, Edouard Romain and Hamdouchi Hicham with a high average rating of 2677.

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