Masterclass was a two-part presentation starting at 21.00. Part 1 was with GM Kacper Piorun and part 2 with GM Nigel Short.  Your host as usual was Tournament Director Stuart Conquest.

 

 

Tues 31 Jan

 

 

 

Sarasadat Khademalsharieh is an Iranian IM and WGM. She won the Asian Under-12 Girls Championship in 2008, the World Under-12 Girls Championship in 2009, the Asian Under-16 Girls Blitz Championship in 2012, and the World U16 Girls Blitz Championship in 2013. In 2014, she finished runner-up in the World Junior Girls Championship. She for the Iranian team at the Women's Chess Olympiads of 2012, 2014 and 2016 and won the Iranian women's championship of 2015, held in January 2016. Your host as usual was Tournament Director Stuart Conquest.

 

 

Mon 30 Jan

 

 

 

Hou Yifan the current Women's World Chess Champion, the youngest ever to win the title, as well as the youngest female player ever to qualify for the title of Grandmaster gave a wonderful Masterclass and later answered several probing questions from the audience. Your host as usual was Tournament Director Stuart Conquest.

 

 

Fri 27 Jan

 

 

 

Bulgarian GM Veselin Topalov provided detailed analysis of several fascinating positions and later, took questions from the audience. Your host as usual was Tournament Director Stuart Conquest.

 

 

Tue 24 Jan

 

 

 

 

 

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