Chess in Gambit stops due to coronavirus

Dear Members,

The chess championship and our courses are suspended until further notice.

Gambit Bonnevoie Committee

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Gambit – Luxembourg Rapid Chess Champions

The Gambit team was victorious in the Luxembourg Rapid Team Chess Championship, organised by TSM Schëffleng, which took place on 1 December.

In this 13-team event, the Gambit team – comprising, in each round, four of the five-player squad of Stefan Maltezeanu, Óskar Bjarnason, Jan Bednarich, Geoff Stern and Dans Vijups – won all its matches, but faced its chief rivals in rounds 3 and 4. In round 3, Differdange were defeated 2.5-1.5 in a tight match, victory finally being secured when Stefan overcame International Master Mietek Bakalarz in an endgame. Then, in round 4, the pre-tournament favourites, Belvaux, were decisively defeated, with convincing wins from Stefan (against International Master Tom Weber), Óskar and Dans.

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Battles on the chessboard in the town of Cervantes’s captivity

The European Chess Club Cup 2019, Ulcinj, Montenegro, 9-16 November, has been dominated by Obiettivo Rinascimento Padova from Italy (GMs Rapport, Adams, Lekó, Vallejo Pons, Šarić, Vocaturo, Brunello, rating average: 2686), ahead of Nový Bor from the Czech Republic and Mednyi Vsadnik from Russia.

The Champions league of chess saw Gambit score in line with expectations, prevailing on the squads from Turkey and Ireland and missing a deserved victory in the last round, which would have propelled our club higher in the final standings. The best representatives from Luxembourg were De Sprenger Echternach on place 33. In the women section, Nona from Georgia (GM Dzagnidze, IM Javakhishvili, GM Batsiashvili, GM Khotenashvili, IM Melia)  clinched the title, with Kyiv Chess Federation from Ukraine and Cercle d’Échecs Monte Carlo on the second and third place, respectively.

Gambit at the ECC 2019 in Montenegro: from left to right, Geoff Stern (team captain), Roberto Visintin, Rytis Virbalis, Steve Dishman, Michael Schwerteck, IM François Godart, Robert McAndrew and Zoran Stanić.

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Stefan Maltezeanu at the World Junior Chess Championship 2019

Gambit’s Stefan Maltezeanu represented Luxembourg at the World Junior Chess Championship  in Delhi, India, from 14 to 26 October 2019.
Stefan acquired valuable experience, scoring 4.5 points amidst strong international competition after allowing more than one lucky escape to his titled opponents. The title in the open section went to GM Evgeny Shtembulyak (2577) from Ukraine, while in the girls section the winner was WIM Polina Shuvalova (2412) from Russia.
Stefan during his game against IM Bronstein. Photo: Ruggero Percivaldi.
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Umberto Cerasi wins the Coupe de la commune de Bettembourg

Gambit’s Umberto Cerasi clinches the title in Bettembourg scoring 6/7 ahead of Stanislas Loiret (Metz) and Steve Dishman (Gambit Bonnevoie).

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GM Vitaly Kunin shining at the Eurasia Open Cup

Despite sharply reducing his tournament activity, Gambit’s GM Vitaly Kunin proved his strength once again at the high-level Eurasia Open Cup held in Ekaterinenburg (Russia) from 31 July to 9 August 2019.

Vitaly scored 7.5 points out of 9 to get the 2nd place behind GM Sargsyan from Armenia, topping almost 200 participants, including 23 GMs and 19 IMs. Top seed and former Russian champion GM Evgeny Alekseev is found on place 11 of the final standings.

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Chess for your mind

Chess is a stimulating game for any mind. It requires self-control, management of emotions, courage and creativity. Importantly, it helps develop analytic thinking and logical reasoning.

Chess Club Gambit Bonnevoie offers chess courses for young players and adults. More details.

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Tim Upton Memorial Tournament 

On Saturday 22 June an invitational rapid tournament to honor the memory of Gambit Bonnevoie I captain Tim Upton has taken place in Foyer Européen, Luxembourg. The tournament has been organized by our club and the Chess club of the EU Institutions.
At the end of a hard-fought tournament, Gambit’s Steve Dishman prevailed. The second and third place went to GM Michael Hoffmann (Gambit) and IM Michael Wiedenkeller (Echternach), respectively, with our guests from Scotland, GM Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant, her husband Jonathan Grant and IM Craig Pritchett to follow closely.
A book of the most remarkable games by Tim Upton, annotated by Gambit top players and others, has been made available to the participants of our traditional barbecue on 23 June. 
Gambit and the Chess Club of the European institutions would like to thank all the participants and the spectators, in particular our friends from Scotland, for creating a great ambiance which made the tournament memorable.

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Les weekends du 19/20 et 26/27 janvier 2019 le club d’échecs d’Echternach a organisé le championnat individuel des jeunes.
Un grand merci de la part du Gambit Bonnevoie.

Nos félicitations à tous les vainqueurs!

U20 : Stefan Maltezeanu
U18 : Michel Sadler
U16 : Clara Burdot
U14 : Franciszek Waligora
U12 : Vlad Onea
U12 : François Gerard
U10 : Yvan Burdot
U8 : Dora Burdot

Nous remercions et encourageons en particulier les jeunes du club de Bonnevoie qui ont participé à cette compétition.
Stefan Maltezeanu et Vlad Onea ont gagné leur catégorie, un bravo spécial à eux!

Voici le classement final des diverses catégories d’âge.

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International Solving Contest 2019 in Luxembourg

Sunday, 27 January 2019 at 11:00 a.m.

The International Solving Contest (ISC) is a chess problem solving competition centrally organised by the World Federation for Chess Composition ( It is for individual solvers and takes place in multiple places worldwide on a Sunday at the end of January, simultaneously in all participating countries. It has been organised yearly since 2005, with the 15th ISC taking place in 2019, but for the very first time one of the venues will be in Luxembourg.

Format of Competition: 2 rounds of 6 problems (Categories 1 and 2)/single round of 6 problems (Category 3) Category 1 mainly for experienced solvers, but open to all solvers Category 2 for less experienced solvers Category 3 for children below 13 years

For details, please consult the rules for the ISC:

11:00-13:00 – round 1 (single round of Category 3) 13:00-14:30 – break 14:30-16:30 – round 2

Detailed results of ISC 2018 together with the problems and solutions for all categories are available here: (please consult also links at the bottom of the linked page) The same for ISC 2017 is available here:

Venue: Cercle d’échecs Gambit Bonnevoie ( Hall Omnisports de Bonnevoie 42, rue Jean-François Gangler L-1613 Luxembourg

The premises of the club are in the basement of the Hall Omnisports. There is a small public parking area opposite the entrance and some parking places in the surroundings streets (free on Sundays). The venue is reachable from the railway station (Gare Centrale) for example by bus 5, bus stop Wisestrooss. Comprehensive information about public transport in Luxembourg: Possibility of buying light refreshments at the venue, as well as of ordering sandwiches when registering.

Local Controller: Leif Winther

Participation: free of charge

Registration: not compulsory, but recommended (due to the capacity of the premises), by email to (request for sandwiches by Wednesday, 23 January 2019).

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