Press release: 1st FIDE World Online Women Blitz Championship 2015
The 1st FIDE World Online Women Blitz Championship Final took place in Rome on November 26th 2015. All the ten finalists were present in the same playing hall, but nevertheless played their games on the computer’s screen, as in any online event. The final was an 18-round double round-robin tournament, with the time rate 3+2 and prizes of 3000, 2000 and 1000 euro for the medalists, respectively. The venue was the prestigious Circolo Canottieri Aniene in Rome, Italy, made available by its president, Giovanni Malago, who is also the president of the Italian Olympic Committee.
Prior to the final, the championship included eight qualifier groups, with eight qualifying spots for the semifinal each. The top eight players from the semifinal moved further to the final, to be joined by two wild cards from FIDE and WOM, the Women FIDE Commission. Unlike the last stage of the championship, the qualifying phases did not require the participants’ presence in a specific place and the games took place on the FIDE online Arena platform hosted on the web address: http://arena.myfide.net/ starting from June 18th 2015.
This was a historic championship, with more than 300 participants from 39 countries, being the first online sport competition ever recognized by the Olympic Committee, withÂ the respective assigning ofÂ a World Title!
The fight for the medals mainly involved the following players (in the order of their final position): Harika Dronavalli (handle Elegance on the online Arena platform, 13,5 points), Nana Dzagnidze (nanuchka, also 13,5 points but with an inferior tie-break) and Aleksandra Kosteniuk (AleksandraK 12 points).
The winner of the 1st FIDE World Online Women Blitz Championship, Harika Dronavalli confessed that her chess motto is: “When winning: never ever relax! When losing: never ever give up!”
In the first half of the tournament, Nana Dzagnidze was in the lead, but had to face the assault of the champion, while Aleksandra Kosteniuk’s high performance could have been predicted after having defeated in blitz the likes of Carlsen and Kramnik.
The event was organized by Premium Chess â€“ a company that developed the internet platform used by FIDE and 75 national federations to play games online in an entertaining yet secure atmosphere, â€œmaking the Virtual realâ€, as their motto synthesizes.
The goal of Premium Chess and its CEO Carlo Stellati is bringing chess on a competitive level with the modern technology, since Internet changed the world and it changed the world of chess too.
For their ambitious goals, severe anti-cheating measures had to be taken and for obvious reasons their secrets cannotÂ be disclosed entirely. The basic principle is that a competitor’s way of playing is his (or her) DNA, which can be checked, measured, compared by the team of mathematicians and logicians. Whenever something unusual happens, it remains in one’s personal record, so that no player usingÂ unorthodox methodsÂ will be able escaping sanctions for long.
The tournament was honored by the presence of many FIDE officials headed by Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and, due to the Olympic Committee’s official recognition, will remain as a milestone in chess and sports history.
The general regulations can be found here: https://arena.myfide.net/news/1st-fide-world-online-women-blitz-championship-2015
Final standings: https://arena.myfide.net/calendar/world-online-women-blitz-championship-2015
The games can be replayed here: http://www.chessdom.com/fide-world-online-women-blitz-championship-final/