Fischer and long-distance chess

Now, in this age we are living with the Covid-19, it seems that we are forced to play long-distance chess, online, being difficult to play over the board. While it may seem like something very new, the truth is that long-distance chess has been practiced for many years, long before the advent of the internet.

The most famous case was Bobby Fischer’s participation in the 1965 Capablanca Memorial. Bobby Fischer was invited to participate in the tournament, but due to political tensions between the two countries, he was not allowed to travel to Havana. The solution was to play from the Marshall Chess Club in New York, via teletype. Capablanca’s son, Dr. José Raúl Capablanca Jr broadcast the movements in Havana. Fischer finished second in the tournament, won by Russian Vassily Smislov. You can read more at:

But if we want to go to the first game that was played at a long-distance, we have to go much further, 176 years ago! It was played by telegraph on December 5, 1844 between Washington DC and Baltimore, two cities in the United States. Washington won a match in seven games. You can see this and much more in this extensive article:


Bogota venue has been confirmed

Different venues around the world are showing their interest in participating in the Barcelona World E-Chess Open – Ciutat de Barcelona.

One of the first confirmed venue is in Bogotá (Colombia). The Director of Sports Schools of Fundatade – Fundación Descubriendo y Apoyando Talentos Deportivos- Adriana Patricia Lamprea, has confirmed her participation in the Barcelona World E-Chess Open. Welcome!


We already have the arbiter’s team at the Barcelona venue

Once the arbiter tender has been completed, the Arbiter C committee of the Catalan Chess Federation and the Tournament Director have agreed that the Barcelona arbiter’s team will be made up of:

Main Arbiter: Vladimir Zaiats

Deputy: Albert Pardina

Assistants: Laura Martin and Guillem Cintas

The organization also has the participation of one arbiter for all venues, who is the International Arbiter Nuno Filipe Andrade.


Main venue of the Barcelona World E-Chess Open

The Barcelona venue will be the main venue for this new tournament format, known as the hybrid tournament. It will be in the Auditorium of the Centre Civic de les Cotxeres de Sants, C. Sants 79, Barcelona. This place is well known because it is where the Sants Open is held every year.

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