April 20, 2024

France – Ukraine Solidarity Match this Saturday

Four French champion players will gather at Blitz Society, the hip new chess meeting point in the heart of Paris, for a rapid match against four champions from Ukraine. Spectators are welcome. Two 15-minute-games are played online and can be followed on several chess servers. If you are not in Paris but speak French or Ukrainian the best place to watch will be on Twitch. 

Saturday, 14 May 

17.30-19.00 Blitz Society, 4 rue du Sabot, 75006 Paris


Laurent Fressinet (2xFrench Champion, coach of Magnus Carlsen, Director of chess24.fr)

Marie Sebag (2xFrench Woman Champion, first French woman to hold the GM title)

Yovann Gatineau (French Junior Champion)

Vincent Riff (manager of Blitz Society and coach of many young champions)   


Pavel Eljanov (2xOlympic Champion, 3xEuropean Club Cup Winner)

Natalia Buksa (former Ukrainian Woman Champion, national team player) 

Marija Berdnyk (15xUkrainian Junior Champion)

Vadim Petrovskyi (U16 Word Rapid Champion)

Dicomaniaque streams in French https://www.twitch.tv/dicomaniaque

Viktor Skliarov streams in Ukrainian https://www.twitch.tv/im_skliarov

Donate: https://team.unicef.fr/projects/champions-chess-tour-france-ukraine

Tornelo: https://tornelo.com/chess/orgs/lviv-chess-federation/events/friendly-solidarity-match-france-ukraine/summary

Results: https://chess-results.com/tnr637110.aspx?lan=1&art=3&rd=2&turdet=YES&flag=30

Blitz Society: https://www.blitzsociety.fr

Beste Grüße / Kind regards / Com os melhores cumprimentos

Stefan Löffler 

Editor, ChessTech https://www.chesstech.org


Consultant and Journalist  https://twitter.com/StefanLoeffler

Solidarity match Norway – Ukraine with Magnus Carlsen and Vasyl Ivanchuk

This Saturday, 23 April 2022, from 13.00 to 16.00 CET will see a solidarity match between teams from Norway and Ukraine. Magnus Carlsen leads the Norwegian team that meets in the Good Knight Pub in the centre of Oslo. Former world number two Vasyl Ivanchuk leads the Ukrainian side. 

The Norwegian team is the slight favourite with an average classical rating of 2659 vs 2643. Carlsen will have more games waiting for him at the Oslo Esports Cup, a Meltwater Champions Chess Tour event, starting at 18.00 CET. Esports Cup participant Anish Giri and his second Erwin L´Ami drew lots to decide the colours for the match.

Every player will play each player from the other side once for four rounds of rapid chess with 10 minutes each plus ten seconds per move. The rounds start at 13.00, 13.50, 14.40 and 15.30.  

The match will be streamed in English from the Good Knight pub on the channel of the Offerspill chess club. Chess24 commentators like Simon Williams are expected to join the action. Viewers are invited to donate for the war relief in Ukraine via their smartphone (if in Norway) or via Twitch.  

The match is a joint initiative by the Good Knight Pub (Kristoffer Gressli), the Lviv Chess Federation (Oleksandr Prohorov), the Offerspill Chess Club (Jon Kristian Haar) and ChessTech (Stefan Löffler). 

Offerspill Oslo (average 2659)                        Lviv Chess Federation (average 2643)

Magnus Carlsen                                              Vasyl Ivanchuk

Aryan Tari                                                       Kirill Shevchenko

Johan-Sebastian Christiansen                         Yuriy Kuzubov

Lars Oskar Hauge                                            Alexander Moiseenko

Offerspill stream (English) https://www.twitch.tv/offerspillsk

Ukrainian stream https://www.twitch.tv/im_skliarov

Youtube stream https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaCKWG0hmPMgXxYYiUZoJ OA 


Donations: Vipps 2170 (if in Norway), Twitch (outside of Norway)

Enquiries: sl@chesstech.org, gressli@hotmail.comprohorov@chessclub.lviv.ua

Beste Grüße / Kind regards / Com os melhores cumprimentos

Stefan Löffler