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World Senior Team Championships 2019: Round 7

8 hours 7 min ago



Seven rounds have been played at FIDE World Senior Team Championship Open 50+ and Open 65+ in Rhodes.

In the 50+ category, USA remains the sole leader after defeating Israel with a score 2,5-1,5. Italy defeated England 1 with a score 2,5-1,5 and Iceland 1 defeated Armenia with the same score. Three out of four games of each of these matches ended in a draw and it was Alex Yermolinsky (2508, USA), Fabio Bruno (2433, ITA) and Johann Hjartarson (2520, ISL), who brought the winning points to their teams.



Great performance of 3,5-0,5 was achieved by Germany against Argentina, Athens Vets against Finland 1, Scotland against Canada, Uruguay against VSG 1880 Offenbach and Ireland 1 against Finland Sisu.



As for impressive individual results, Bjorn Johansson (1888, SWE) defeated WIM Natalia Titorenko (2153, RUS).

In the 65+ category, Russia 65+ defeated Saint Petersburg by 2,5-1,5, while Germany defeated Iceland 2 with the impressive score 3,5-0,5.

Austria achieved a perfect score against Norresundby Skakklub.





Some tough struggles are expected in the 8th round, as the tournament is coming to an end. The top pairings for round 8 are: USA-Austria, Germany-Italy, Iceland 1-Russia Women in the 50+ category, while in the 65+ category: Russia 65+ - France, Israel-Germany and Iceland 2-England 1.

Live transmission is available for 10 out of 13 matches in 50+ category and 12 out of 14 matches in the 65+ category. The live broadcast of the event is available through the official website.

 



After six rounds at FIDE World Senior Team Championship, USA has emerged as the sole leader of the Open 50+ category, with five wins and one draw, while Russia 65+ leads the Open 65+ category with 10 match points, closely followed by Germany, Iceland 2 and Finland 3, with 9 match points each.

In the sixth round the first two matches of the 50+ category ended with a draw (2-2) between USA-Iceland 2 and England 1-Armenia.
Israel achieved another perfect score 4-0 against Russia Women, as did Scotland against Latvia Women. 




One of the remarkable upsets was the game between IM Christian Maier (2325, GER) against Loukas Papadimitriou (1943, GRE), where Papadimitriou achieved an advantage shortly after the opening and successfully transferred it into a full point.

Of other notable individual results, Athanasios Mitrandzas (2055, GRE) drew with GM Uwe Boesch (2525, GER) and Joachim Wallner (2271, AUS) drew with Palermo Carlos Garcia (2407, ITA).

GM Alexander Shabalov (2510, USA) shows the highest performance in the tournament and has 4,5/5.

In the 65+ category, Russia 65+ defeated Israel with the impressive score 3,5-0,5, while Saint Petersburg achieved a perfect score against Austria.



GM Anatoli Vaisser (2482, FRA) remains the only player who has perfect score 5/5. GM Evgeny Sveshnikov (2481, RUS) and IM Valdimir V Zhelnin (2429, RUS) have 4,5/5, as well as two players from Belgium, IM Rooze Jan (2261, BEL) and Van Herck Marcel (2066, BEL).



In the meantime, a 7-rounds Blitz tournament, took place at the Olympic Palace Hotel in Rhodes. Among the 33 participants, IM Norayr Kalantaryan (2373, ARM) won the tournament with 6,5/7 points, while GM James Plaskett (2504, ENG) took the second place with 6/7 points. IM Christian Maier (2347, GER), IM Michael Barron (2256, CAN) and WGM Galina Strutinskaia (2205, RUS) tied for the third place with 5/7, but IM Christian Maier took the third place thanks to better tiebreaks.



The top pairings for round 7 are: Israel-USA, Italy- England 1 and Iceland 1-Armenia, in the 50+ category, while in the 65+ Saint Peterburg-Russia 65+, Germany-Iceland 2 and Finland 3-France.

All the results and pairings can be found here.




The first round of the World Senior Team Championships was played in the Olympic Palace Resort in Rhodes, Greece on 16th of April. During the opening ceremony, Mrs Marialena Hatzilazarou, Vice Mayor of Rhodes Municipality welcomed the participants to the island of Rhodes. Mr Jan Rooze, FIDE Senior Chess Director, expressed his gratitude to all players and welcomed all participants to make their proposals to improve the situation with Senior chess.

Mr Vadim Tsypin read the letter of FIDE President, Mr Arkady Dvorkovich. Mr Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou, ECU Secretary General, wished all participants to enjoy the tournament and invited the Governor Mr Hatzimarkos to make the first move.

Mr Georgios Hatzimarkos, Governor of South Aegean region, declared the Championship opened and made the first symbolic move on the top board game between Jonathan Grant and Alexander Shabalov in the match Scotland-USA.

Three teams achieved a perfect score in the 65+ category: Russia 65+ against Switzerland, England 1 against Sweden 3 and Austria against Turku. Four teams Armenia, Iceland 1, England 1, Israel won all games in the 50+ category. Second round starts at 15:00 (local time) on 17th of April.

All the results and pairings can be found here.


Rhodes hosts World Senior Team Championships 2019

Rhodes Chess Festival 2019 continues with the World Senior Team Championships. The tournaments start on April 16th and will be held until 24th of April.

There will be two separate team championships for categories 50+ and 65+. 27 teams from 17 countries registered in 65+ age category, 26 teams from 20 countries are in the list in 50+ age category. The total prize fund of the championship is 10,000 EUR.

The defending champions – Russia 65+ led by GM Evgeny Sveshnikov and the team of the USA with GM Alexander Shabalov playing on the first board in the category 50+ – will be in attendance.

The live transmission of the top boards of each round will be available through the official website of the organizer: https://rodoschess2019.com 


FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich sent the letter for the participants and expressed his gratitude to the Greek Chess Federation.


Moscow, 15 April 2019

Dear friends,

It is a great pleasure for me to welcome the participants of the 2019 World Senior Team Championship 50+ & 65+, which is scheduled to be held in Rhodes, Greece, 15-25 April 2019.

On this occasion, I would like to send on behalf of FIDE, our congratulations and express our gratitude to the Greek Chess Federation for their continuous efforts in organizing high level international chess competitions, FIDE official events and promoting chess. World Senior Championships, individual and teams, are very important for our World Chess Federation as they demonstrate that chess has no age limits and can be exercised at any stage.

I am confident that all the participants will enjoy traditional Greek hospitality and will succeed in demonstrating their best chess skills and enjoy being among friends.

Gens Una Sumus
Yours sincerely,
Arkady Dvorkovich






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FIDE launches the budget to support chess veterans

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 10:40



Following a decision of the 4th Presidential Board meeting 2018, the International Chess Federation is pleased to announce the continuation of its support to chess veterans with an exceptional budget of an annual total of 50,000 euros.

From this fund, 30,000 will be allocated to increase the prize funds in this year's Individual World Seniors Championships 50+ and 65+ (open and women). The remaining 20,000 will go to individual nominees: anyone over 65 years old, who has contributed to the development of chess and who is in an unstable financial situation, is entitled to receive this support. Applications including a CV can be sent, personally or on behalf of somebody else, to the FIDE Secretariat office@fide.com.

More details to be announced in approximately two weeks.

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World Senior Team Championships 2019: Round 6

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 12:09



After six rounds at FIDE World Senior Team Championship, USA has emerged as the sole leader of the Open 50+ category, with five wins and one draw, while Russia 65+ leads the Open 65+ category with 10 match points, closely followed by Germany, Iceland 2 and Finland 3, with 9 match points each.

In the sixth round the first two matches of the 50+ category ended with a draw (2-2) between USA-Iceland 2 and England 1-Armenia.
Israel achieved another perfect score 4-0 against Russia Women, as did Scotland against Latvia Women. 




One of the remarkable upsets was the game between IM Christian Maier (2325, GER) against Loukas Papadimitriou (1943, GRE), where Papadimitriou achieved an advantage shortly after the opening and successfully transferred it into a full point.

Of other notable individual results, Athanasios Mitrandzas (2055, GRE) drew with GM Uwe Boesch (2525, GER) and Joachim Wallner (2271, AUS) drew with Palermo Carlos Garcia (2407, ITA).

GM Alexander Shabalov (2510, USA) shows the highest performance in the tournament and has 4,5/5.

In the 65+ category, Russia 65+ defeated Israel with the impressive score 3,5-0,5, while Saint Petersburg achieved a perfect score against Austria.



GM Anatoli Vaisser (2482, FRA) remains the only player who has perfect score 5/5. GM Evgeny Sveshnikov (2481, RUS) and IM Valdimir V Zhelnin (2429, RUS) have 4,5/5, as well as two players from Belgium, IM Rooze Jan (2261, BEL) and Van Herck Marcel (2066, BEL).



In the meantime, a 7-rounds Blitz tournament, took place at the Olympic Palace Hotel in Rhodes. Among the 33 participants, IM Norayr Kalantaryan (2373, ARM) won the tournament with 6,5/7 points, while GM James Plaskett (2504, ENG) took the second place with 6/7 points. IM Christian Maier (2347, GER), IM Michael Barron (2256, CAN) and WGM Galina Strutinskaia (2205, RUS) tied for the third place with 5/7, but IM Christian Maier took the third place thanks to better tiebreaks.



The top pairings for round 7 are: Israel-USA, Italy- England 1 and Iceland 1-Armenia, in the 50+ category, while in the 65+ Saint Peterburg-Russia 65+, Germany-Iceland 2 and Finland 3-France.

All the results and pairings can be found here.




The first round of the World Senior Team Championships was played in the Olympic Palace Resort in Rhodes, Greece on 16th of April. During the opening ceremony, Mrs Marialena Hatzilazarou, Vice Mayor of Rhodes Municipality welcomed the participants to the island of Rhodes. Mr Jan Rooze, FIDE Senior Chess Director, expressed his gratitude to all players and welcomed all participants to make their proposals to improve the situation with Senior chess.

Mr Vadim Tsypin read the letter of FIDE President, Mr Arkady Dvorkovich. Mr Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou, ECU Secretary General, wished all participants to enjoy the tournament and invited the Governor Mr Hatzimarkos to make the first move.

Mr Georgios Hatzimarkos, Governor of South Aegean region, declared the Championship opened and made the first symbolic move on the top board game between Jonathan Grant and Alexander Shabalov in the match Scotland-USA.

Three teams achieved a perfect score in the 65+ category: Russia 65+ against Switzerland, England 1 against Sweden 3 and Austria against Turku. Four teams Armenia, Iceland 1, England 1, Israel won all games in the 50+ category. Second round starts at 15:00 (local time) on 17th of April.

All the results and pairings can be found here.


Rhodes hosts World Senior Team Championships 2019

Rhodes Chess Festival 2019 continues with the World Senior Team Championships. The tournaments start on April 16th and will be held until 24th of April.

There will be two separate team championships for categories 50+ and 65+. 27 teams from 17 countries registered in 65+ age category, 26 teams from 20 countries are in the list in 50+ age category. The total prize fund of the championship is 10,000 EUR.

The defending champions – Russia 65+ led by GM Evgeny Sveshnikov and the team of the USA with GM Alexander Shabalov playing on the first board in the category 50+ – will be in attendance.

The live transmission of the top boards of each round will be available through the official website of the organizer: https://rodoschess2019.com 


FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich sent the letter for the participants and expressed his gratitude to the Greek Chess Federation.


Moscow, 15 April 2019

Dear friends,

It is a great pleasure for me to welcome the participants of the 2019 World Senior Team Championship 50+ & 65+, which is scheduled to be held in Rhodes, Greece, 15-25 April 2019.

On this occasion, I would like to send on behalf of FIDE, our congratulations and express our gratitude to the Greek Chess Federation for their continuous efforts in organizing high level international chess competitions, FIDE official events and promoting chess. World Senior Championships, individual and teams, are very important for our World Chess Federation as they demonstrate that chess has no age limits and can be exercised at any stage.

I am confident that all the participants will enjoy traditional Greek hospitality and will succeed in demonstrating their best chess skills and enjoy being among friends.

Gens Una Sumus
Yours sincerely,
Arkady Dvorkovich






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The World Fischer Random Chess Championship is now officially recognized by FIDE

Sat, 04/20/2019 - 14:25


This historic event will feature an online qualifying phase on Chess.com, beginning April 28, and is open to all players. The finals will be held in Norway this fall, with a prize fund of $375,000 USD.
 
The International Chess Federation (FIDE) has granted the rights to host the inaugural FIDE World Fischer Random Chess Championship cycle to Dund AS, in partnership with Chess.com. And, for the first time in history, a chess world championship cycle will combine an online, open qualifier and worldwide participation with physical finals.
 
“With FIDE’s support for Fischer Random Chess, we are happy to invite you to join the quest to become the first-ever FIDE World Fischer Random Chess Champion” said Arne Horvei, founding partner in Dund AS. “Anyone can participate online, and we are excited to see if there are any diamonds in the rough out there that could excel in this format of chess,” he said.
 
"It is an unprecedented move that the International Chess Federation recognizes a new variety of chess, so this was a decision that required to be carefully thought out,” said FIDE president Arkady Dvorkovich, who recently visited Oslo to discuss this agreement. “But we believe that Fischer Random is a positive innovation: It injects new energies an enthusiasm into our game, but at the same time it doesn't mean a rupture with our classical chess and its tradition. It is probably for this reason that Fischer Random chess has won the favor of the chess community, including the top players and the world champion himself. FIDE couldn't be oblivious to that: It was time to embrace and incorporate this modality of chess."
 
The 2019 World Fischer Random Chess Championship features chess superstars such as World Champion Magnus Carlsen, Hikaru Nakamura, and Fabiano Caruana. Ian Nepomniachtchi, Wesley So, Alexander Grischuk and Peter Svidler are also confirmed to play. This historic event will feature a qualifying phase open to all players beginning April 28. Players can enter at www.FRChess.com, and the qualifying rounds will be hosted by Chess.com.
 
"We are thrilled to be the organizing partner for the 2019 World Fischer Random Chess Championship," said Daniel Rensch, chief chess officer of Chess.com. "We're excited to be teaming up with Dund A/S to provide an accessible path to stardom for players around the world!"
  Download Press Release
Download Regulations  
 
Arne Horvei and Jøran Aulin-Jansson received FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich a few weeks ago in Oslo.
 

    
 
About Dund AS:
Dund AS organized the 2018 unofficial Fischer Random (FR) world title match between classical chess champion Magnus Carlsen and recognized Fischer Random ace Hikaru Nakamura, who won the final Mainz tournament in the discipline in 2009. The enormous interest generated by the event, which stole nearly two million Norwegian television viewers away from the national obsession of the Winter Olympics, showed that the world was ready for more FR chess.  
 
 
About Chess.com:
Chess.com is the world’s largest chess site, with a community of more than 27 million members from around the world playing millions of games every day. Launched in 2009, Chess.com is the leader in chess news, lessons, events and live entertainment. Visit Chess.com to play, learn and connect with chess—the world’s most popular game.
 
 
About FIDE:
The Fédération Internationale des Échecs (FIDE) is the governing body of international chess competition. Founded in 1924, it was one of the first institutions of its kind and it is now one of the largest, with a total of 190 affiliated national chess federations.
 
 
For more information:
Dund AS:
Founding Partner Arne Horvei arne@frchess.com
+47 90662249
 
FIDE:
Chief Communications Officer
David Llada press@fide.com
+34 680312625
 
Chess.com:
Director of Esports
Nick Barton
nick@chess.com
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Cooperation agreement between the FIDE Social Comm. and the Magic Extremadura CC

Sat, 04/20/2019 - 11:57



FIDE Social Commission and Magic Extremadura Chess Club signed a cooperation agreement on April, 2. The club in Spanish Merida has created a specific methodology called ECAM, Cognitive Training Through Chess, and is successfully applying it as a therapeutic tool.

The President of the Social Commission of the International Chess Federation (FIDE), GM Pablo Zarnicki, visited Merida, a city with a Roman past located in the southwest of Spain, from April 1st to 3rd, 2019. The purpose of his visit was to find out more about the social and therapeutic programs carried out for more than 20 years by the Magic Extremadura Chess Club, and signing a mutual collaboration agreement.

The agreement between FIDE and Magic Extremadura Chess Club was signed in the presence of the General Sports Director of Extremadura, Manuel José Hernández at the headquarters of the Sports General direction. Merida is the city where the club's physical headquarters are located. There are several therapeutic workshops that have as their common denominator chess or a specific therapeutic methodology that the club has created and which is called ECAM, Cognitive Training through Chess. However, workshops of this type are spread throughout Extremadura, and eighteen workshops are currently operating in the following centers: eight centers for the elderly, a center for the elderly with cognitive impairment, a neurological rehabilitation center, a center for severe mental disorder, a disability center, a center for people with Down syndrome, two therapeutic communities for drug addicts, a center for homeless people and two prisons.

Before visiting workshops to attend real classes, the Argentinian Grand Master offered a lecture at the Magic's club, where he talked about his personal and professional career, and where he showed some of the games, he played in the Junior World Championship that he won. 

Zarnicki visited the Therapeutic Community for addicts "La Garrovilla", a large public owned center, where people who have decided to detoxify and stop using drugs, voluntarily interned in the center. The quota of seats is twenty people and they have to attend the therapeutic chess clinics, as one of the mandatory activities. The workshop has been uninterrupted since 2010.

Activity that is highly valued by the users of the Community, who see in it a means of recovering many of its cognitive functions (attention, memory, reasoning, etc.) deteriorated by the consumption of substances. Zarnicki checked during the hour and a half of the workshop the operation of this "therapeutic chess": the monitor of the Magic, Juan Francisco Calero, performed on the wall mural board (instrument of work by antonomasia of this methodology) different exercises that work focal attention, sustained attention, visuospatial functions, a set of exercises, practical and participatory. President of the Social Commission of FIDE could take good account of what was done there.

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FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss Tournament

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 13:51



FIDE is happy to confirm that the contract with the organizers of FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss Tournament has been signed, and we are looking forward to an exceptional event on Isle of Man.

Please, find below the updated version of the Tournament Regulations in accordance with the decision of the FIDE Presidential Board as well as the current ranking of top 120 players by average rating as per April 1, 2019. The final list of qualifying players and reserves will be published within a week after the publication of the June 2019 FIDE Rating List.

REGULATIONS

QUALIFIERS

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FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss Tournament - what a name!

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 13:51



FIDE is happy to confirm that the contract with the organizers of FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss Tournament has been signed, and we are looking forward to an exceptional event on Isle of Man.

Please, find below the updated version of the Tournament Regulations in accordance with the decision of the FIDE Presidential Board as well as the current ranking of top 120 players by average rating as per April 1, 2019. The final list of qualifying players and reserves will be published within a week after the publication of the June 2019 FIDE Rating List.

REGULATIONS

QUALIFIERS

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Turkey welcomes participants of World Schools Championships 2019

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 11:10



World School Individual Championships 2019 started in Lara, Antalya, Turkey on the 17th of April. 396 participants will compete in 12 age groups (Open and Girls under 7, 9, 11, 13, 15 and 17). Champions will be determined on the 26th of April. The games will take place in the conference hall of the 5-star hotels, Aska Lara Resort & Spa Hotel and Adalya Elite Lara Hotel in Lara/Antalya.

World School Chess Championship 2019 Organizing Committee published "Info Bulletin" which includes useful information for participants.

The tournament is organized under the auspices of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) and the Turkish Chess Federation

FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich sent a welcoming letter for the participants.

Official website 

 

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World Senior Team Championships 2019: Round 1

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 18:31



The first round of the World Senior Team Championships was played in the Olympic Palace Resort in Rhodes, Greece on 16th of April. During the opening ceremony, Mrs Marialena Hatzilazarou, Vice Mayor of Rhodes Municipality welcomed the participants to the island of Rhodes. Mr Jan Rooze, FIDE Senior Chess Director, expressed his gratitude to all players and welcomed all participants to make their proposals to improve the situation with Senior chess.

Mr Vadim Tsypin read the letter of FIDE President, Mr Arkady Dvorkovich. Mr Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou, ECU Secretary General, wished all participants to enjoy the tournament and invited the Governor Mr Hatzimarkos to make the first move.

Mr Georgios Hatzimarkos, Governor of South Aegean region, declared the Championship opened and made the first symbolic move on the top board game between Jonathan Grant and Alexander Shabalov in the match Scotland-USA.

Three teams achieved a perfect score in the 65+ category: Russia 65+ against Switzerland, England 1 against Sweden 3 and Austria against Turku. Four teams Armenia, Iceland 1, England 1, Israel won all games in the 50+ category. Second round starts at 15:00 (local time) on 17th of April.

All the results and pairings can be found here.


Rhodes hosts World Senior Team Championships 2019

Rhodes Chess Festival 2019 continues with the World Senior Team Championships. The tournaments start on April 16th and will be held until 24th of April.

There will be two separate team championships for categories 50+ and 65+. 27 teams from 17 countries registered in 65+ age category, 26 teams from 20 countries are in the list in 50+ age category. The total prize fund of the championship is 10,000 EUR.

The defending champions – Russia 65+ led by GM Evgeny Sveshnikov and the team of the USA with GM Alexander Shabalov playing on the first board in the category 50+ – will be in attendance.

The live transmission of the top boards of each round will be available through the official website of the organizer: https://rodoschess2019.com 


FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich sent the letter for the participants and expressed his gratitude to the Greek Chess Federation.


Moscow, 15 April 2019

Dear friends,

It is a great pleasure for me to welcome the participants of the 2019 World Senior Team Championship 50+ & 65+, which is scheduled to be held in Rhodes, Greece, 15-25 April 2019.

On this occasion, I would like to send on behalf of FIDE, our congratulations and express our gratitude to the Greek Chess Federation for their continuous efforts in organizing high level international chess competitions, FIDE official events and promoting chess. World Senior Championships, individual and teams, are very important for our World Chess Federation as they demonstrate that chess has no age limits and can be exercised at any stage.

I am confident that all the participants will enjoy traditional Greek hospitality and will succeed in demonstrating their best chess skills and enjoy being among friends.

Gens Una Sumus
Yours sincerely,
Arkady Dvorkovich






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Victor Bologan brings chess to the Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 21:13
The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) is a global institution established in 1889, as the first permanent space for multilateral political negotiations. With headquarters in Geneva, it works with 178 member parliaments from all over the world “to safeguard peace and drive positive democratic change through political dialogue and concrete action”.

This institution celebrated its 140th Assembly last Thursday, April 11th, gathering in Doha more than two thousand legislators and 80 speakers. FIDE’s Executive Director Victor Bologan was one of the attendees, thanks to his position as Moldovan parliamentary, a post he holds since the last elections in February.

"This year, the main topic on the agenda was Parliaments as a platform for raising the level of education in the name of peace, security and the rule of law". Chess is a perfect educative tool for this purpose, and it gave Victor the chance to discuss with IPU’s President, Gabriela Cuevas, about the introduction of chess in the curriculum – a recommendation that some parliaments have already approved in several countries. “We decided to come back to this topic later, next May in Mexico when I will meet with Mrs Cuevas again”, explained Bologan.



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FIDE launches the "Best minds play chess" project with the most prestigious universities in the world

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 03:00

FIDE Director-General Emil Sutovsky visited Boston and Cambridge (Massachusetts) for a series of meetings last week. The new FIDE project "Best minds play chess" uniting world top universities is scheduled to launch later this year, and the teams of MIT and Harvard have expressed their interest to participate in the event. In addition, Mr. Sutovsky met with the Director of JFK Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Mr. Alan Price, and discussed in detail the possible cooperation between FIDE and this prominent institution.

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Egyptian sports authorities received Arkady Dvorkovich in Cairo

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 14:08



On April 11th, Arkady Dvorkovich visited Cairo to discuss important matters with the highest sports authorities in the country, like Dr. Ashraf Sobhy (Egyptian Youth and Sports Minister), General Ahmed Nasser (President of Association of African Sports Confederations), Dr. Emad Elbannany (Secretary General of Egyptian Olympic Committee) and Hesham Elgendi (President of the Egypt Chess Federation).

The main point in the agenda was the preparation of the African Games, in which chess will be included again. The development of chess in Egypt and in the region, the cooperation with other sports, and the possibility to include chess into the first ever African Para Games (to be which will be held in Morocco in January 2020) were some of the other topics on the table.



Arkady Dvorkovich visited Egyptian Olympic Committee



FIDE President and Dr. Ashraf Sobhy, Egyptian Youth and Sports Minister 



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Second meeting of the Task Force for the Reform of the FIDE Statutes

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 12:21



Second meeting of the Task Force for the Reform of the FIDE Statutes with the participation of Roberto Rivello, Willy Icklicki, Martin Huba, Aleksandr Martynov, Lakhdar Mazouz, Ken Koort, Francois Strydom and Igor Kogan was held in Lausanne on 6-7 April 2019. Very important is to mention that the meeting was seated in the modern and nice MSI building (House of International Sports) where FIDE has just started its office operations. Sharing the MSI premises with other international sport organisations gives the chess representation the unique opportunity to discuss relevant topics with many competent people in an easy and effective way.

Although not the whole Task Force was present, during an intensive and fruitful work the members elaborated further the structure and content of future FIDE Statutes and agreed on the deadlines and milestones. The specific tasks were divided among individuals and it was decided that the focus of next weeks will be put on individual work and possible comments and suggestions exchange in an electronic communication to increase the efficiency and effectiveness.

The Task Force work is fully devoted to establish a legal framework allowing and supporting the good governance of FIDE and accelerating its performance. FIDE is turning quickly into a modern sport organisation.

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World Chess Championship for Blind and Visually impaired

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 14:45



The 14th IBCA individual World Chess Championship for Blind and Visually impaired is underway in Cagliari, Italy. 86 participants from 26 countries take part in the tournament. Players placed first, second and third will be awarded respectively with gold, silver and bronze cups and medals. The championship is held in 4 Star Hôtel Califfo, Cagliari, Italy until April 15th 2019.

The tournament is organized by I.B.C.A. (International Braille Chess Association) and A.S.C.I.D. (Italian Blind Chess Association) with the cooperation of the International Fide Organizer Cristina Pernici Rigo (ArcoWorldChess).

Alexey Smirnov (Russia, 2451) and Piotr Dukaczewski (Poland, 2225) are leading after 3 rounds with a perfect score. Check pairings and results.

Visually impaired people play chess on a special board where black squares are raised about 3-4 mm above white; all squares have a hole in the center where a piece can be fixed using a nail at its base. All black pieces have a pin fixed on their heads helping the player distinguish them.



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Meetings in Oslo

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 10:51

FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich visited Oslo, Norway and met with the representatives of the Norwegian Chess Federation on April 9th on his way home from his trip to the ongoing Reykjavik Open Tournament. He managed to conduct a substantial program before the evening flight took him to Moscow.

The first couple of meetings addressed issues related to the possibility to organize the official Fischer Random World Chess Championship in the fall of 2019 in Bærum, Oslo, and then a discussion regarding the World Championship match in 2020, where Stavanger will be the candidate city for Norway.

After the meetings Mr Dvorkovich visited the flagship Chess Club Oslo Schakselskap (1884) in their iconic premises downtown Oslo, where club member GM Simen Agdestein told about the Chess school he is running at the High School Sports Academy. The Chess school was opened 20 years ago and the World Champion Magnus Carlsen and Junior World Champion Aryan Tari were among many students of Simen Agdestein.

Mr Dvorkovich's last port of call was the new chess pub The Good Knight, opened last year before the London World Championship match. The pub immediately became a huge success.



From left to right: Konstantin Kiselev, assistant to the FIDE President, board member Otto Milvang and Vice President of NCF Vibeke Ekeland Grønn, NSF, FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich, and the President of NCF Morten L Madsen and Secretary General of NCF Geir Nesheim



Mr. Arkady Dvorkovich, in meetings with founder of Norway Chess Kjell Madland, project manager Benedicte Westre Skog and Herbjørn Tjeltveit from Stavanger kommune

Fotos: Trygve Indrelid

 

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Arkady Dvorkovich visits Reykjavik

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 10:37



The President of the International Chess Federation arrived to Iceland on April 7th for his first official visit to this country. He held a meeting with the President of Iceland Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson where they discussed the development of chess in the country, chess in schools program and the possible options to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Fischer-Spassky match in 2022.

Prime Minister of Iceland Katrín Jakobsdóttir and FIDE President Arkady Dvokovich made the first symbolic move in the game between Gawain Jones and Ludwig Deglmann to open the 34th edition of Reykjavik Open. Afterward, they visited the grave of Robert James Fisher to pay their respects to the former World Champion and then headed to the "Bobby Fisher Center", a small non-profit biographical museum housing memorabilia of the 1972 World Chess Champion.

The 34th edition of Reykjavik Open has 239 players, including 31 grandmasters. Gawain Jones, Nils Grandelius, Alireza Firouzja top the starting list.

Official website: www.reykjavikopen.com







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FIDE President visits Shamkir

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 09:17



FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich visited “Shamkir Chess 2019”. The sixth tournament in memory of Vugar Gashimov is held at the Heydar Aliyev Centre in Shamkir, Azerbaijan.
FIDE President started round 5 by making the first symbolic move in the game Magnus Carlsen – Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. This game ended in a draw, leaving the world champion in a sole lead with 3,5/5.
During his visit Arkady Dvorkovich met the Chief Executive of Shamkir Region, Alimpasha Mammadov and Mahir Mammadov, the Vice-President of FIDE and Chess Federation of Azerbaijan.
The FIDE President got acquainted with the Heydar Aliyev Center in Shamkir, and wrote his best wishes in the memory book. He also answered the questions of journalists during the press conference.
The organizers and sponsors of the tournament: SOCAR and the Chess Federation of Azerbaijan, the Ministry of Youth and Sport of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Synergy Group of Companies. The overall prize fund amounts to 100 000 Euro.

Official website: http://shamkirchess.com/



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Breaking news - Chess at the African Games 2019

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 14:57



FIDE is happy to announce that chess will be featured as an official sport in the 2019 African Games which are scheduled to be held in Morocco. The previous African Games in 2015 did not include chess while the 2003, 2007 and 2011 events had chess in the official programme.

FIDE is expressing its sincere gratitude to General Ahmed Nasser Mohamed, President of the Association of African Sports Confederation who supported the initiative of the FIDE President A. Dvorkovich in this regard.

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The African Games, formally known as the All-Africa Games or the Pan African Games, are a continental multi-sport event held every four years, organized by the African Union (AU) with the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) and the Association of African Sports Confederations (AASC).

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Launch of the Cayman Islands Chess Federation

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 14:05


The Cayman Islands has formed a national Chess Federation (the "Cayman Islands Chess Federation") and has applied to join FIDE with a view to competing in the Chess Olympiad in 2020.

The launch of the Cayman Islands Chess Federation was marked by the Cayman Islands' first international match, against St Lucia, held during the visit of FIDE Vice-President Nigel Short MBE.

VP Short's visit on 14-17 March 2019 was the final leg of his FIDE expansion tour of the Caribbean, which has seen the emergence of five new national federations all seeking to join FIDE.

Together with the leaders of CICF, VP Short met with the Governor, the Minister of Education and other government officials to promote the Islands' nascent chess in schools programme which requires government funding in order to be sustainable over the long term. VP Short also inspired students during a visit to the chess club at John Gray High School.

VP Short was the guest of honour at the Cayman v St Lucia match, which was won 15-3 by St Lucia. At the conclusion of the event, CICF President, Shaun Tracey, presented VP Short with the CICF's application to join FIDE, to rounds of applause from the local chess community.

The Cayman Islands is a British Overseas Territory situated near Jamaica and Cuba in the Caribbean Sea. The Islands consist of Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. Organised chess began in 2014, and a chess in schools programme was introduced in all public schools in 2017, led by WIM Anzel Laubscher as national chess coach. The schools programme was made possible due to the sponsorship of more than 20 local businesses, including major sponsors BDO, Ogier and Dart/Minds Inspired, who were delighted to participate in fundraising simuls given by leading grandmasters Nigel Short (2017) and Hou Yifan (2018).


FIDE Vice-President Nigel Short MBE meeting with the Governor of the Cayman Islands, Martyn Roper OBE, the Minister of Education, Hon. Juliana O'Connor Connolly JP MLA, Mrs Barbara Connolly MLA, Mr Joel Francis and representatives of the Cayman Islands Chess Federation.


Presentation of the Cayman Islands Chess Federation's application to join FIDE (left to right):
Carlo Lee (Development Officer), Shaun Tracey (President), VP Short, and Malcolm Powell (Secretary).



VP Short teaching students at John Gray High School, Cayman Islands.




VP Short with members of the Cayman Chess Club






















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April 2019 FIDE Rating List

Sun, 03/31/2019 - 22:55


FIDE publishes April 2019 FIDE Rating List. The list of top players is published at Top lists page of FIDE ratings website. All players can check new ratings at the main page of FIDE ratings website.
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