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John Richards wins Preliminaries

by admin-robert • March 5, 2023

John Richards wins Preliminaries Mar 05, 2023 Veteran John Richards dropped just half a point on his way to win the Preliminaries – the first phaseof the National Championship. Richards who last won the Preliminaries in 2015, showed hisintentions immediately by winning all his first 5 rounds against Gabriel Grech, Alfred Azzopardi,Leonardo Zangrilli, Karl Saliba […]


Saliba and Richards lead Preliminaries at halfway stage

by admin-robert • February 19, 2023

Saliba and Richards lead Preliminaries at halfway stage Feb 19, 2023 After 3 rounds of the first phase of the Malta Championship – the Preliminaries, Karl Saliba and JohnRichards are the only players on full points having won all their matches. Richards beat GabrielGrech, Alfred Azzopardi and Leonardo Zangrilli – the latter with a nice […]


Jack Mizzi places 5th in European Small Nations Chess Championship

by admin-robert • February 13, 2023

16-year old Jack Mizzi, who is the current Junior Champion (U20) has just participated in the ESNA Chess Championships held in Liechtenstein. The other participating small nations were Andorra, Cyprus, Faroes Islands, Guernsey, Jersey, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco and San Marino. The championship held bi-annually had 2 Grand Masters (Andorra and Monaco), 1 International Master (Luxembourg), […]


Duncan Vella – New President of Malta Chess Federation

by admin-robert • February 7, 2023

The Malta Chess Federation held its Annual General Meeting on Sunday 5th February. The new council for the next 4 years was formed. Duncan Vella was appointed President and Noel Grima – Vice President. Jake Darmanin is the new General Secretary while Nina Thornton is Treasurer. Geoffrey Borg is FIDE Delegate while Jamie Farrugia, Ron […]


44th Chess Olympiad India with a captain’s eye Round 8-11

by admin-robert • February 6, 2023

44th Chess Olympiad India with a captain’s eye Round 8-11 Feb 6, 2023 by Robert Novak, game analysis by IM Imre Fancsy Round 8 Sao Tome and Principe (The bad day):In the eighth round Malta Men’s team played against Sao Tome and Principe, where we were the favourites, but everything went wrong. Their average rating […]


FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich visits Malta

by Colin Pace • October 22, 2022

FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich visits Malta Oct 22, 2022 FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich and Malta Chess Federation Vice President Duncan Vella and Treasurer Noel Grima held a meeting to discuss current and future affairs of the Malta Chess Federation. This was Mr. Dvorkovich’s first visit to Malta but also the 100th country he travelled to. […]


44th Chess Olympiad India with a captain’s eye Round 5-7

by admin-robert • September 21, 2022

44th Chess Olympiad India with a captain’s eye Round 5-7 Sept 10, 2022 by Robert Novak, game analysis by IM Imre Fancsy Round 5 Yemen:In the fifth round Malta Men’s team played against Yemen, another strong opponent. They had 2 IMs, 1CM and their elo-rating’s average was 2255. Until this certain game we had 2 […]


44th Chess Olympiad India with a captain’s eye Round 1-4

by admin-robert • August 17, 2022

44th Chess Olympiad India with a captain’s eye Round 1-4 August 17, 2022 by Robert Novak, game analysis by IM Imre Fancsy Round 1 Serbia:In the first round Malta Men’s team played against Serbia and it was a really though game. 4 GM’s, four really experienced but not old chess players with 2574 average Elo-rating. […]


Robert Zerafa is the new Malta Champion for 2021

by Colin Pace • January 24, 2022

Robert Zerafa wins Malta Chess Championship for 2021 24th January 2022 32-year old Robert Zerafa from Marsaxlokk is Malta’s 86th Chess Champion. Zerafa has won the title for the fifth time in his career after winning it from 2016-2019. This year’s Finals was held among 5 players – 2020 Champion Jake Darmanin, Colin Pace, Jack […]


MCF Annual General Meeting for Season 2020/21

by Colin Pace • December 19, 2021

Announcement: MCF Annual General Meeting for Season 2020/21 17th December 2021 The Malta Chess Federation (MCF) announces that its forthcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) for the season 2020/21 will be held online on Sunday 16 January 2022 starting at 09:30 AM CET. The MCF has decided to hold the meeting online in the current circumstances […]