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Hello there! My name is Yelizaveta Orlova, I am currently 19 years old and living in Toronto, Canada. I was born in Odessa, Ukraine but my background is Ukrainian, Russian, and Polish. I've been living in Canada most of my life (16 years now) but I visit my birth city every single summer! Chess: I am a chess player with the titles Woman Candidate Master and Woman National Master. Started playing at age 9 because my dad and grandfather are/were chess players! I have been representing Canada for many years in quit a few world/international events. Here are my accomplishments: 2013 Coach and Female Head of Delegation for the Canadian Youth Team at the World Youth Chess Championship 2013 Earned Woman National Master title 2012 Represented Canada at International Women’s Championship at UNAM 2012 Represented Canada at Women’s Olympiad 2011 Toronto Women's Champion 2011 Canadian Women's Championship, 3rd place 2011 Canadian Girls Under-18 Champion 2010 Toronto Women's Champion 2010 Represented Canada at Women's Olympiad 2010 Ontario Girls Under-16 Champion 2009 Ontario Girls Under-16 Champion 2008 9th place, World Youth Under-14 Girls Championship 2008 Canadian Girls Under-14 Champion 2008 Canadian Junior Girl Champion 2007 Canadian Girls Under-14 Champion 2006 Ontario Girls Grade 6 Champion 2006 Ontario Girls Under-12 Champion 2005 Canadian Girls Under-12 Champion 2005 Ontario Girls Under-12 Champion 2004 Ontario Girls Under-10 Champion Travelling: I've travelled to over 20 countries! Huge reason for my travels are chess competitions. Unless I'm travelling with family or to Ukraine.


Disclaimer: This blog post was sponsored by Mattel Canada. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience. 

Hey guys! 🙂

I’ve started playing a boardgame called Blokus and I’m addicted!!

Blokus is strategic game which involves 2-4 players. It’s a great game to play for couples but also at social events with friends and family. What’s really cool about Blokus is there is only ONE rule, but it’s more complex than one would think. In the game, the way to win is to cover the most squares on the board – seems simple right?

There is a lot to consider with every move: positionally and tactically. The game ends when no players can place anymore pieces on the board.

“There’s just ONE rule to remember – every piece you play must touch another piece of your colour, but only at the corners!”

Depending on the number of players — will influence how the game is played and the strategy behind it.

Earlier this year, when I was teaching chess to kids during spring camp we would have time to play other board games and Blokus was a favourite! I lost a few times against the kids in the beginning but I feel like I have always been a fast learner so eventually wasn’t finishing in last place! The kids at the camp loved the game because they knew they can put what they’ve learned from chess PLUS the game pieces look really cool.  The game itself isn’t very big nor heavy to bring around to parties and other events, very easily was I able to put it into my backpack and take it to my events. I’ve recently been playing Blokus with boyfriend and my friends on our terrace or people from my chess club at a board game cafe.


I still have a lot to learn about Blokus, but everything requires practice; the more I play the better I will become. I definitely know there are certain pieces in Blokus that should not be played first, like the ones that consist of 1-3 blocks. I have tried this strategy and it has lead me to lose the game quickly! Instead I use a 4+ block piece that will be able to look closest to the center. The small pieces (that consist of 1-3) should be placed at the end, when you are close to running out of moves. As I mentioned before, depending how many people play the game, different strategies can be used. I’ve played the two-player, three-player and four-player version – all super fun!!!!

Q: There are many strategy games out there – but how can people of all ages benefit from them?

A: I would definitely agree that playing chess at a professional level has helped me in every aspect of my life and personality. People develop problem-solving skills, enhance creativity, and have been shown to improve skills in reading, mathematics and other academic subjects.

I think strategy games (including chess and Blokus) can improve one’s ability to concentrate. If you move too quickly and without thinking there will most likely be bad consequences – just like in real life: if you don’t think of your words or actions you can hurt someone or yourself. Chess has helped me to think for long periods of time, since the game is complicated and every position has thousands of possibilities.

Strategic games have also helped my short and long-term thinking – it’s important to be very sharp in calculation (up to 7 moves ahead) but also try to see and imagine what the end of the game could look or be like. In life, everyone has short or long-term goals they’d like to achieve – but people must think about both consistently if they’d like to succeed.

Creativity is another factor that is linked with strategy games. Instead of beating your opponents in a boring way – beautiful sacrifices can be done to make it more interesting or to even challenge yourself. I definitely love games that can be interesting and dangerous for my opponent or myself – instead of just winning in 10 moves or less.

For my experience, strategy games improve skills in reading, math and other academic courses/subjects because they use similar parts of the brain. If I was to recommend what age to start playing any strategic games it’d be around five or six years old. All skills being taught can be used to help with school studies. If the child is too young to play (especially since everyone is different) – I would suggest to take a break and re-introduce the games a little bit later. Which is actually what happened with me and chess. At age four it was too complicated for me to play so I lost interest but four years later I saw my dad playing again and took it up again!

Chess, Blokus and any other board games can also be played until very old age! Strategy games can be played forever and will never go out of style!

Strategy games can have a really positive impact on an individual! The more games you play, the smarter that person will become.


What do other chess players/people say about Blokus?

Blokus is a highly strategic yet surprisingly social board game. – Justin McDonald, 2000

Blokus is a complex and positional game with astounding depth and richness.
Matthew Coopersmith, 1600 chess player

I like the pieces. – Jordan Starbuck, beginner kid chess player

I appreciated the positional aspect of the game despite the apparent simplicity of it. – Hugh Siddeley, 2100 rated chess player

Easy to learn, competitive game that stays interesting and non-repetitive. – Raja Abdo, BA in political science

Chess Interview: IM Konstantin Kavutskiy – United States of America

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Reykjavik Open 2016

IM Kostya Kavutskiy is a professional chess player, coach, and writer currently residing in Mountain View, CA. He was the 2014 Southern California Champion and in addition to playing frequently he also teaches lessons in private, online, and after school. Kostya played for the San Jose Hackers and recently started streaming through Twitch (loving it so far). He really doesn’t do much other than chess! His first book, Modernized: The Open Sicilian was published in February 2015.

General Questions

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Left: Alex Kavutskiy Right: Kostya Kavutskiy

When and how did you start playing chess?

I first started playing at the age of four, my grandpa taught me the rules once after school and shortly thereafter my brother and I started attending weekly group classes. When I was five I started playing regularly in scholastic tournaments.

What studying techniques have you used to get to your current level?

When I was working towards master I focused a lot on improving my visualization. I would play lots of blindfold chess with my friends and also try to solve simple puzzles without looking at a board. I really treated my ability to calculate like a muscle—the more I worked on it, the stronger it became, and my play really improved dramatically.

I also learned to ask a lot of questions while studying. Like if I was going over a game, I would look for alternatives to the text and ask “why wasn’t this move made” or “what’s wrong with this move” and then try to figure it out. If I couldn’t, I’d input the position into the computer and see what Rybka thought. Whether or not my move was good, I learned more from really analyzing rather than plainly going through the game.

What is your most fond memory you have of chess? You may state multiple.

It’s quite recent but making my 3rd IM norm was truly special. I had been working on it for so long and had enough misses where I felt like I was cursed. Then to achieve it thanks to incredible luck was really something. A friend of mine also made an IM norm at the same tournament, and it happened to be my 24th birthday, so as you can imagine we celebrated quite heavily. Also my recent performance at the 2017 Reykjavik Open was quite special, which you can read about here:

But honestly nothing to late-night blitz/bughouse sessions, where a bunch of chess players stay up all night playing nonstop. Those are truly a blast.

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Young Kostya

Has chess helped you become the person you are today?

Absolutely. Through chess I’ve been able to experience incredible emotional highs and lows, feelings of deep creative satisfaction as well as existential despair. The game really calls out some rich emotions in all of us! I can’t imagine a serious chess player not being shaped by the game in some way.

Who is your chess idol and why?

From a purely chess sense I am amazed by several players – Keres, Fischer, and Kasparov come to mind as they were really dynamic and brilliant attackers. I’m also hugely impressed by the ingeniously creative play of Ivanchuk, Shirov, and Morozevich, and of course in the modern era: Carlsen, Caruana and Nakamura have done some incredible things over the board.

When thinking about an idol in terms of both chess and personality, to me Peter Svidler is not only a superb player but is also a fantastic commentator, and makes super-GM level chess seem accessible to the average Joe. I’m also very impressed by his fantastic humility—despite his amazing skill he never lets it get to his head and seems to be one of the nicest guys around.

Is there any advice you can give to a person who is interested to begin?

Don’t be afraid of anybody and don’t try to play like anyone else. Come with your own ideas to the board and stick to them. If you lose, modify your strategy but never stop believing in yourself. Next, don’t peg your happiness to your results. Chess progress is erratic—you can work for 6 months straight without seeing any improvement and then all of a sudden everything clicks and you start playing on an entirely different level. But your enjoyment of chess should remain steady regardless of your tournament results.

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Young Kostya…yet again!

Would you recommend this game to your family and friends?

I’d recommend they learn just enough so they can appreciate how difficult and infinitely complex the game is, but not more than that. Chess is hard, and stressful, and frustrating! Once you know enough about the game to realize when you’re making mistakes, it becomes very painful to one’s psyche. I wouldn’t wish that on anybody.

Unique Questions

Do you travel to play chess? State your most favorite tournament you’ve been to!

Yes, I started traveling a few years ago for chess but only around the United States. In 2016, I traveled to Gibraltar, France, Reykjavik, Brussels, Calgary, Dublin, and the Isle of Man. They were all quite an adventure! I really enjoyed my time at both Gibraltar & Reykjavik, but honestly each tournament was really a fantastic experience. The Isle of Man International was also great as I got to face Alexei Shirov in Round 1. It was truly an honor. I mentioned him above! In Cappele-la-Grande I got to sit next to Artur Yusupov. Also awesome.

Yusupov - 2016 Cappele-la-Grande Open
Left: Artur Yusupov Right: Kostantin Kavutskiy

You play for the Lindenwood University Chess Team, can you tell us about that experience?

In 2012 I was living in Los Angeles and not really up to much. I got an offer to join Lindenwood University to play for their chess team starting in 2013. I’m very glad I accepted–I got to live in a new city, be close to the Saint Louis Chess Club, and enjoy a new experience. The team itself was also great, we would train weekly with some great GM coaches, including Yasser Seirawan, Ronen Har-Zvi, Varuzhan Akobian, etc. and overall being on the team was a lot of fun. I only got to go to one Pan-Am, where we didn’t do amazingly but did have a wonderful time.

Can you say being a chess player has helped you do well in University?

I feel like chess develops a specific ability to be able to think quickly, critically, and intuitively all at the same time. This without a doubt has helped me with my studies, especially Accounting, because it’s like all calculation basically and puzzle solving. I aced Accounting.

From what I know, you are also a Chess Instructor. What type of teaching method do you use?

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Isle of Man 2016 – Photo by: Mike Klein

I could be wrong, but I believe the #1 goal of a chess coach nowadays is to motivate their students and show them the way forward. All the resources are out there now…everyone can get Chessbase, Stockfish, all the recent books, all the videos and just learn everything themselves. But it takes a coach to sculpt a plan for each individual, what they have to work on and for how long, etc. A coach should also set reasonable goals and expectations, and explain exactly what it takes to reach the next level, Expert, Master, Grandmaster.

When I do teach, I always talk about the practical aspect of whatever we’re learning. This is why you need to learn this idea, or this motif, look how common it shows up. I’m always trying to ‘teach them to fish’, haha, if I show a nice game, I want to show how they too could have played that game, how they could have found the winning move. It’s also up to the coach to not only make chess fun and interesting, but important too. That’s how to get (in my opinion) hard-working students who get the most out of chess.

Thank you for the interview! 🙂



Chess Interview: Harish Kumar from India


Harish Kumar is an International chess coach and a chess enthusiast who is looking to promote the game of chess by teaching the growing players. Harish has been teaching since the age of 20 and trained many students across the globe. In a short playing career, Harish Kumar has been in top 20s Nationally, top 10 in the State and won many Regional events. He’s always been enthusiastic to do something for the game. Harish achieved the Title of Arena Grandmaster in Chess.


General Questions

When and how did you start playing chess?

I was first introduced to the game of chess at the age of 9 by my uncle when I saw him playing chess with his friends.

What studying techniques have you used to get to your current level?

I used to play solitary chess which helped me a lot to understand the patterns and practice a lot of tactics. Moreover I like to go through master games, especially of my idol Viswanathan Anand. I like to play blitz chess over the internet as analyzing those games helped me a lot to improve my openings.

What is your most fond memory you have of chess? You may state multiple.

To be honest I can’t really differentiate which is the best moment, I have three unforgettable moments in my life, first when i defeated a 2100 elo player after sacrificing my 2 pieces. As a coach I became happy when my student won $2300 in an age group championship. Moreover maybe this is the best, as I met Vishy Anand and also invited him to visit my city.

Has chess helped you become the person you are today?

Definitely chess helped me a lot it helped me to plan my life. Of course it made me creative and imaginative person.

Who is your chess idol and why?

My Chess Idol is Viswanathan Anand, five times World Chess Champion. He is India’s first Grand Master and is a big inspiration for every Indian chess player. After spending some time with him, I found him to be a man of friendship which I like the most about him.

Is there advice you can give to a person who is interested to begin?

My advice to beginners who want to start playing is to enjoy the game, make milestones in their career and work hard to achieve it. I will suggest them to learn chess as a hobby and if you have a good feeling for it do not hesitate to become a professional. You can be a good coach, player or an organizer. There are lots of opportunities in chess. This game is endless!

Would you recommend this game to your family and friends?

Definitely, I will recommend chess to my family and friends because it is a great game. It will really help them to improve their life. It improves memory concentration, imagination and is helpful for everyone as I think that there is no age limit in chess.

Harish Kumar  with 1st Australian GM Ian Rogers at the Fide World Chess Championship

Unique Questions

Do you teach most levels?

I teach chess to beginners, intermediate and advanced players ( up to 2200 USCF level).My experience and involvement in the game is helping me a lot to do this.

Chess Student: Danielle from Texas

Do you use a different teaching method for beginners, intermediate and advanced players?

Definitely I need to use different teaching methods.

I need to slow down while teaching beginners because they take more time to understand. After teaching basics, we should ask them to play with each other. Practice is the key factor in chess. Intermediate section is different We need to go for different tactical themes. More basic openings we need to cover Level of problem is different. Advanced level is unique We need to teach them more complicated positions, advanced opening strategy, endings etc.

Chess Student: Jack Baile from Hong Kong

Would you recommend your friends who have young children to start playing chess? Will it improve their school habits?

Yes, I recommend everyone who have young children to introduce this game to them because it improves their school performance. Moreover it improves memory concentration, will power and creativity. This game is a combination of math, science and sports.

Chess Student: Joshua Lewis from California

What advice can you give other chess instructors out there?

My advice to all the chess coaches is simple that is to teach chess with utmost dedication. A coach should be honest and always be friendly with students. They should try to have a student for a long term and try to do self analysis instead of using computers.

Chess Students: Shreyas Reddy/Nitin 1st place in Sai Baba Mandir Temple Chess Tournament

Do you prefer private/semi private lessons, group lessons or online lessons?

I prefer all kinds of lessons. According to my experience, private lessons are best. Online lessons are best when you work with advanced students if they don’t have the option for private lessons. I always prefer one to one coaching as its good for both the student and the coach’s growth.

Chess Student: Dhruva Patil, 2nd Place at K-12 National Chess championship – Kindergarten 2016

Thank you for the interview 😀

Chess Interview: GM Denes Boros from Hungary


Denes Boros is an active Chess Grandmaster with a degree in Psychology. An experienced Chess Coach and Chess Journalist. Boros was the Chess Journalist at the Carlsen-Karjakin World Championship Match in New York City.  You can contact him via email: , Twitter: @Gmasterg4, and on Facebook: GM Denes Boros.

General Questions

When and how did you start playing chess?

I was around 6 or 7 years old, when I saw my oldest brother playing chess. Curiosity got the best of me and I learned more about the game by watching my brother and his coach play and study chess together.

What studying techniques did you use to get to your current level?

I read books, lots of books! I especially enjoyed a book by Istvan Bilek, who wrote about the 1978 victory of the Hungarian Olympic Team at Buenos Aires. I found my first chess hero’s in that book, the ever-creative Sax Gyula!

The second book I read, was about Garry Kasparov and his road to becoming a World Champion. It was a peculiar read, as it was from his second’s perspective, who gave many insights of the chess world of the 80’s, while also talking about the inner thoughts and struggles of a true champion!

All in all, I reached the Grandmaster title, because of hard work and diligence, and the drive to know. Chess is not easy to master, but if you love the game, and you study hard, you will eventually reach your goal!

Has chess helped you become the person you are today?

Yes. I learned how to be disciplined, and thorough as a chess player. It greatly helped me in my academics, because I learned to organize my thoughts and my study material as well! Chess also helped me to appreciate art, because there are many moments, when you realize that you actually create a beautiful motif, or combination, which you can share with fellow competitors and it’s fun to share these moments with other people!

Who is your chess idol and why?

It’s a long list starting with Kasparov, but my favorite players are Tal, Keres, Bronstein and obviously, Ivanchuk!

I am fond of players, who appreciate the beauty of the royal game! It is possible of course to play chess as a sport, but let’s be honest, chess is more than that. It is like mixed martial art, it’s both engaging as an art form, and as a sport!

Is there an advice you could give to a person, who is interested to begin?

When you play chess, focus on the positives, enjoy the game! Chess is meant to be fun, and you know, passionate people will eventually become successful, whether they like it or not!

Would you recommend this game to your family and friends?

Yes, definitely! It is a wonderful pastime, and it helps you to grow as a person. I believe it’s a great tool to teach kids that as in life, sometimes we win, and sometimes we lose, but it’s not a tragedy! It also helped me with my academic,s as it taught me to focus at a young age. I think chess helps you to grow as a person.

Unique Questions

You have been to the Carlsen-Karjakin Match in New York, what was your impression?

It was a thriller, and although very few expected it, but Sergey Karjakin did manage to put Carlsen to test.

How did you get the chance to be at such a prestigious event?

Casual conversation with GM Robert Hess, Commentator at the WCC Venue – Photo by Andras Roder

I was asked to do commentary for a St Louis radio, and I also wrote articles for a Hungarian website. It was a really colorful and fascinating event, I got to meet journalists from all over the world, especially thrilled to meet, and talk with people from American Chess Magazine, Wall Street Journal and Dirk Jan Geuzendam from New in Chess!

I also had a great story at the World Championship. At the press conference, after Game 3, I asked Magnus about playing 17. g4, instead of g3, trying to expand on the Kingside. He first looked at me, if I had some problems with the basics, but the more he looked at it, the more he liked my idea! I really appreciated that he took my question so seriously. That was a great experience as a Grandmaster Journalist! Check out the video from till 1:31 or read how Mike Klein from describes this story aptly from his perspective:

GM Denes Boros’ suggestion for Calrsen on move 17.g4!? on the demonstration board.

I was really happy with the press conference, but to my surprise, I was even asked by New York Times to give a summary of Game 11. They liked it so much, they asked me to give the final summary for the Carlen-Karjakin Match as well! and my final summary

Who did you want to be the next world chess champion- Magnus or Sergey? What is your thought on the event in general.

I did not have a preference, I just wanted to see a hard-fought match for the world title, and I am glad it turned out to be one!

Magnus deservedly won the match, but Sergey was really close, if he would have had a more subtle psychological approach, he would have been even closer to the chess crown!

What do you think about chess psychology?

I studied psychology and I believe that it’s importance will increase in the future.
I think that understanding psychology is crucial in chess, especially on the highest elite level!

Take for example Game 8 and Game 9 of the match. In Game 8, Karjakin was patient and was rewarded for it, paradoxically in Game 9, he should have been more aggressive. Why, because he had the psychological momentum, and you could see from the two player’s body language who was in the driver’s seat! Karjakin missed his chance when he avoided complications in Game 9.

Carlsen on the other hand deserves a lot of credit for staying calm, when everything seemed to go totally astray for him.

Last, but not least, can you tell me what was your most memorable tournament you’ve had abroad – as well as stating how many countries you have been to?

Playing chess at the St.Louis Chess Club

I have travelled all around the world, and played in three continents and 12 countries! I have been to India, Italy, France, Germany, Czech Republic, just to name a few.
My most memorable event was in St Louis, when I became the Club Champion in 2016. I been to many Chess Clubs, but winning at Saint Louis Chess Club was something special!

Thank you so much to GM Denes Boros on such an interesting interview! If you have any questions for him, please don’t be shy contacting him. More interviews are to come – stay tuned!

Snow Lake Hiking Trail – North Bend, Washington

Over the weekend I went on this gorgeous hike called Snow Lake. To those of you who do not know, I am on a very long vacation out in the west coast. Currently staying around Seattle. It’s very beautiful here – there are many hikes to choose from.

A few weeks ago, I got to visit Victoria, British Columbia. The last time I was there – 2005 for the Canadian Youth Chess Championship where I placed 1st. I am hoping to see Vancouver very soon because it’s less than 3 hour drive from me!

If any of you have any suggestions on what I can see in the Washington/British Columbia area, comment below or send me a private message:

Here a few pictures from the Snow Lake Hike! The hike was about 7 miles….but we actually got lost at one point and might have done more. The one negative about the hike was once we got lost we had to go up this really rocky steep hill…

Italy & Salento International Chess Open 2016

Hello everyone! I’d like to finally write an article on my travel to Italy this past May. I know I’m writing this a bit late but it’s better late than never! I’ve been to many countries through out my life (because of curiosity and chess) but Italy was not on my list. When I had gotten the kind offer to come to Italy (by Matteo Zoldan who organizes tournaments around the country) – I could not say no!

On my trip, my best friend Anna came with me as well. She’s part Italian and wanted to learn about her Italian roots and family history. It’s always nice to have a friend near by rather than travelling all alone.

We arrived to Rome, Italy on May 15th with a lot of excitement for what was to come. Our travel around Italy was to have four days in/around Rome and on the 18th we would fly to Lecce area, close by is the location of the tournament I would play and organize in.

After arriving from the airport, Anna’s relatives (from Milan) picked us up, helped us get to the bed & breakfast place we were staying at. They were even nice enough to allow us to have a rest before going into the city. We got to see a few sights before it started raining heavily. Four of us were hungry after being in rain so we quickly ran into a restaurant beside the beautiful fountain! This was very exciting for me, the experience to try Italian cuisine in the country itself!

Pictures of Day 1:


On our second day (May 16, 2016) Anna’s relatives could not stay longer so we had to go explore Rome ourselves! Later that afternoon, we went on a tour which included the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.

Pictures of Day 2:

Pictures of Tour:

That night we got onto a late night bus to Pisa.

At 5am (May 17, 2016) we finally arrived to Pisa with little or no sleep, we hoped we would be able to survive the next 18 hours of sight seeing before our bus ride home back to Rome. Romualdo (a fellow chess player and youtuber) kindly suggested showing us around Pisa and later the city of Florence. To those of you who don’t know who Romualdo: he’s a chess player of approximately my strength but has a pretty cool YouTube channel running:

Pictures in Pisa:


Pictures in Florence:


On our fourth and last day (May 18, 2016) to see Rome, we went to the Vatican City. Had a two hour tour… Visited the beautiful museum where Michelangelo’s famous paintings were on the walls and ceiling. We are not allowed to talk or take photos in that area, but you can find some photos online!


Italy is such a beautiful country with so much amazing history. Every city we went to, there were old buildings which are nothing compared to the ones in Ontario, Canada.

On May 19, 2016 we had a flight to catch to the Southern part of Italy. Our final destination was the city Gallipoli which is right beside the Ionian Sea. We were greeted by one of the representatives of Calori Hotels and taken to our hotel, Le Sirene Ecohotel.

Once we arrived to our hotel, checked in and got settled into our rooms – we were welcomed by Matteo Zoldan! To those of you who do not know who he is: One of the best tournament organizers I have ever met. Matteo plays the game himself (at a competitive level) and is ambitious to see more tournaments in Italy. Matteo hosts the Salento International Chess Open every year for the past 5 years. This tournament takes place in a resort where chess players can relax by the seaside and play chess. I was very happy and thankful for being invited to help. One of my jobs prior to my trip was to be the Media & Communications Officer. This position included me writing a few articles and encourage people to come via social media or personal contact.

May 20, 2016 I got to meet many of the participants and register them into the tournament! Players were coming from so many different countries which include Russia, Netherlands, Poland and many many more. So exciting to get to play in an International Tournament like this!

(End to my personal touch of the Article)

May 21, 2016 – May 28, 2016 Salento International Chess Open

One of my jobs at at the tournament was to be the photographer! I really enjoyed taking photos of chess players, surrounding areas and leisure events.

Events that occurred during the tournament:

Almost everyday we had chess players playing soccer!

Soccer (day time):

And even…

Soccer (night time):


An amazing part of this tournament was the tours, the hotel organized a tour daily for most of the days! Every day you could see a new city near by Gallipoli. I only went to the one in Lecce.

Leece Tour:

Now let’s get to the chess part!

There were two section: Open A and Open B. Open A consisted of players in the 1900s (FIDE) and above while Open B was anyone up to 2000 (FIDE). I was going to play in the Open B section and even try to win a money prize but the Arbiter asked me to be in the top section because there was an odd number. Since I thought the Organizer (Matteo) wanted this as well – I agreed. Later on, Matteo wondered why I went into the top section but it was already too late for me to go back! In the end, I got3.5/9: 5 draws, 1 win, and 3 losses. I am quite happy with myself because every single opponent was higher rated… most of my opponents were about 100 or over (except my last game!). For more my first International in many years I think I did quite well and even gained a bit of rating! 😀

Name Orlova Yelizaveta
Title WCM
Starting rank 40
Rating national 0
Rating international 1919
Performance rating 1986
FIDE rtg +/- 14,4
Points 3,5
Rank 35
Federation CAN
Ident-Number 0
Fide-ID 2601826
Year of birth 1994
Rd. Bo. SNo Name RtgI FED Pts. Res. w-we K rtg+/-
1 19 19 FM Lorscheid Gerhard 2214 GER 4,0 s 0 -0,15 20 -3,00
2 19 27 Pizzuto Samuele Tullio 2077 ITA 4,0 w ½ 0,21 20 4,20
3 18 31 Sirena Gianni 2027 ITA 4,0 s ½ 0,15 20 3,00
4 17 28 Patavia Antonio 2074 ITA 4,0 s 0 -0,29 20 -5,80
5 19 34 Eijk Yuri 2009 NED 3,0 w ½ 0,12 20 2,40
6 17 26 WGM Kouvatsou Maria 2090 GRE 4,0 s 0 -0,27 20 -5,40
7 20 32 Callier Christophe 2023 BEL 4,0 w ½ 0,14 20 2,80
8 20 23 Otten Remmelt 2129 NED 3,0 w ½ 0,27 20 5,40
9 19 38 Inguscio Giorgio 1950 ITA 2,5 s 1 0,54 20 10,80


If you’d like to see how the Open A tournament went, see this link:

Open B:


During the tournament:

Blitz Tournaments: