FIDE Presidential Board in Khanty-Mansiysk

Posted by on Apr 5, 2014 in Chess News & Events |

FIDE Presidential Board in Khanty-MansiyskThe 1st quarter FIDE Presidential Board was held on 30th March at the conference room of Ugra Classic Complex in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.

The meeting was opened by FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhninov and Khanty-Mansiysk Mayor and Ugra Chess Federation President Vassily Filipenko.

Mayor Vassily Filipenko welcomed the guests and wished a pleasant stay in Khanty-Mansiysk.

President Ilyumzhninov thanked the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug and Ugra Chess Federation for their hospitality and excellent organization of the FIDE World Candidates Tournament.

The Board greeted the newly elected President of Russian Chess Federation Andrey Filatov, who attended the meeting together with the senior RCF officials.

The President then gave a report stating what he had done since the FIDE Presidential Board in Chennai.

Oman and Burkina Faso are accepted as new member federations of FIDE. The application of South Sudan is pending the resolution of the IOC status and the valid federation Statutes.

The Board supported President’s request for resignation of General Secretary Ignatius Leong.

The Board reviewed the FIDE Commissions’ reports.

New International Arbiter, International Organizer, Trainer titles, and over the board titles have been approved.

The WCOC report was agreed: there will be four Grand Prix events if we have all four signed by May 31st. If not, the places in the Candidates Tournament will be given one to the World Cup and one to the next highest on the Ratings list, instead of the Grand Prix.

As FIDE was informed that three Federations wanted to bid for 2018 Olympiad and no bids had been seen at the time of PB, the PB agreed to extend bidding by 15 days until 15th April.

Among other decisions, SPICE Webster and Marshall Chess Club were approved as FIDE Academies on the request by the FIDE Trainers Commission.

The Board condemned by unanimous vote the former World Champion Garry Kasparov for insulting the International Olympic Committee and its President Thomas Bach.

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Anand Back to 3rd in April FIDE Rating List

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Chess News & Events |

Anand Back to 3rd in April FIDE Rating List

Thanks to his splendid performance in Khanty-Mansiysk, Viswanathan Anand moved back up to third place in the world rankings. On the April FIDE ratings list, the ex-World Champion won 15 point to reach a rating of 2785, two points more than Vladimir Kramnik. Magnus Carlsen (2881) and Levon Aronian (2812) remain number one and two.


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FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2014

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Chess News & Events |

Official FIDE logoThe FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2014 will be held at the Dubai Culture & Chess Club in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from 15th June to 21st June 2014.

The events will be both Swiss pairings tournaments and will be held over two days for Blitz and three days for Rapid.

The Blitz will have twenty one (21) rounds, with a single game for each round, Swiss event. The Rapid will be fifteen (15) rounds, with a single game for each round, Swiss event.

In the Blitz Championship, each player will have 3 minutes + 2 seconds additional time per move, starting from move 1.

In the Rapid Championship, each player will have 15 minutes + 10 seconds additional time per move, starting from move 1.

1. All players rated at least 2500 in any of the three FIDE rating lists (Standard, Blitz or Rapid) as at the 1st of March 2014 are eligible to participate in the World Blitz Championship.
2. The Blitz & Rapid Championships are open to all the National Champions representing their National Chess Federation regardless of their title or rating.
3. Applications have to be sent by the national federations only.
4. Application form must be submitted online on not later than 10.05.2014.

The prize fund for each event, Rapid and Blitz, is 200,000 USD. The respective winners will be awarded with 40,000 USD each.



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FIDE Women’s Grand Prix in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Chess News & Events |

FIDE Women's Grand Prix in Khanty-MansiyskThe 4th tournament of the FIDE Women’s Grand-Prix 2013-2014 is taking place from 7th to 22nd April in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.

Twelve players will compete in the round robin tournament. The event is organized by the Khanty–Mansi Autonomous Okrug, FIDE, Russian Chess Federation and Ugra Chess Academy.

The Women’s Grand-Prix 2013-2014 will give qualification to the Women’s World Championship match 2015. The previous three tournaments were held in Geneva, Dilijan and Tashkent.

Currently Khanty-Mansiysk is holding the FIDE World Candidates Tournament.


Tuvshintugs Batchimeg MGL 2340
Nana Dzagnidze GEO 2546
Olga Girya RUS 2450
Yifan Hou CHN 2629
Tatiana Kosintseva RUS 2496
Alexandra Kosteniuk RUS 2527
Kateryna Lagno UKR 2543
Muminova Nafisa UZB 2322
Anna Muzychuk SLO 2560
Antoaneta Stefanova BUL 2476
Anna Ushenina UKR 2501
Xue Zhao CHN 2552

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FIDE Seminar for International Organizers in Larnaca, Cyprus

Posted by on Mar 19, 2014 in Chess News & Events |

The FIDE Seminar for International Organizers will be organized by the FIDE Events Commission (EVE) and the Cyprus Chess Federation on 27 -29 April, 2014, in Larnaca, Cyprus.

The Seminar with the objective to educate and certify Organizers on an international basis will take place during the 1st Individual FIDE Zone (1.10) Championship 2014.

Subject: Successful Seminar attendees will grant a FIDE IO Norm necessary for the FIDE IO title application. Detailed International Organizers Titles Regulations here:



Schedule: Sunday, 27th April 16:00 to 19:00 Seminar (Part 1)
Monday , 28th April 16:00 to 19:00 Seminar (Part 2)
Tuesday, 29th April 16:00 to 19:00 Seminar (Part 3 – Exams)

Venue: The seminar will be held at the Cityhall of Larnaca.

Seminar Topics: General Tournaments’ Regulations – FIDE Events Regulations – Bid Procedure, Evaluation Criteria – FIDE Calendar Regulations – Events Management.

Seminar Fee: The seminar is FIDE supported and is free for the participants from the FIDE Zone 10.1 (European Small Nations)

Lecturer: IO Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou – Secretary FIDE Events Commission

Language: The seminar will be held in English language

Mr. Paris Klerides
Skype account: parisklerides.
Tel: +357 99663686,
FIDE Secretariat :

Deadline for registrations:
Tuesday 22.04. 2014. Up to 20 participants by registration priority


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Oman to apply for membership in FIDE

Posted by on Mar 18, 2014 in Chess News & Events |

In a major development, the Ministry of Sports Affairs (MoSA) has formed an interim Oman Chess Committee (OCC) that will now pitch for official recognition from the International Chess Federation (FIDE), Times of Oman reported.

According to OCC chief Laila Al Naggar, the immediate task of the committee, which was came into being very recently, is to prepare a roadmap for development of the game in the country.

“This has been a long-awaited decision, and finally, the Ministry of Sports Affairs has formed the chess committee. The committee was formed on February 10, and we held our third meeting on Monday. We will introduce all the necessary arrangements like any other sports association, and our primary task is to create a plan for developing chess,” Laila said in an exclusive interview with Times Sport.

Oman flag

Besides Laila, the six-member committee comprises chess enthusiast Ameer Al Raisi, Talal Al Maaini, Zayed Al Maqrashi, Shamsa Al Harthy and Ahmed Al Balushi, who will run the office for a period of two years. The OCC will be located at the Oman Olympic Committee (OOC) building, where all other sports associations function.

“The office is almost ready, and we will be moving there soon,” Laila remarked.

According to Laila, the committee will soon submit an application to FIDE to obtain official recognition.

The FIDE is expected to review Oman’s proposal during the annual general meeting in Norway in August. “We will also submit similar applications to the Asian Chess Federation and the Arab Chess Federation,” she informed.


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Macieja and Akobian on top in UT Dallas Spring FIDE Open

Posted by on Mar 16, 2014 in Chess News & Events |

UT-DallasGrandmasters Bartlomiej Macieja and Varuzhan Akobian ascended above the rest of the field in the UT Dallas Spring FIDE Open to finish joint winners with 7,0/9 points each, point and a half ahead of the nearest followers.

The 2014 UT Dallas Spring FIDE Open, underwritten by Turner Construction, took place from 8th to 13th March at The Embassy Suites – Park Central in Dallas, USA.

The tournament was organized by The University of Texas at Dallas, Luis Salinas and James Stallings.
The arbiters were Francisco Guadalupe and William Broich.

Replay games with analysis

Final standings:

1. GM Macieja Bartlomiej POL 2583 – 7
2. GM Akobian Varuzhan USA 2632 – 7
3. GM Nyzhnyk Illya UKR 2629 – 5.5
4. IM Troff Kayden W USA 2459 – 5.5
5. GM Holt Conrad USA 2555 – 5.5
6. GM Indjic Aleksandar SRB 2521 – 5.5
7. GM Margvelashvili Giorgi GEO 2550 – 5.5
8. GM Kritz Leonid GER 2598 – 5.5
9. GM Grover Sahaj IND 2475 – 5.5
10. GM Iotov Valentin BUL 2569 – 5.5
11. GM Berczes David HUN 2497 – 5.5
12. GM Chirila Ioan-Cristian ROU 2521 – 5
13. GM Perelshteyn Eugene USA 2518 – 5
14. IM Kadric Denis BIH 2485 – 5
15. IM Sevian Samuel USA 2429 – 5
16. IM Sarkar Justin USA 2452 – 5
17. IM Yang Darwin USA 2493 – 5
18. FM Xiong Jeffrey USA 2361 – 5
19. IM Chandra Akshat USA 2367 – 4.5
20. IM Cornejo Max PER 2383 – 4.5
21. Toolin Christopher USA 2141 – 4.5
22. CM Li Ruifeng USA 2252 – 4.5
23. WIM Camacho Chardine Cheradee PHI 2178 – 4.5
24. IM Calugar Arthur CAN 2280 – 4.5
25. Marmont Benjamin A USA 2131 – 4.5
26. Aleskerov Faik AZE 2312 – 4
27. WFM Labedz Patrycja POL 2101 – 4
28. FM Getz Alec USA 2325 – 4
29. Coraretti Benjamin USA 2163 – 3.5
30. FM Arvind C.J. IND 2277 – 3.5
31. Gater Daniel USA 2118 – 3.5
32. WIM Danelia Mariam GEO 2254 – 3.5
33. IM Kiewra Keaton F USA 2406 – 3
34. WFM Chiang Sarah USA 2099 – 3
35. IM Gorovets Andrey BLR 2488 – 3
36. Patel Advait USA 2051 – 2.5
37. Moon Ryan Joseph USA 2126 – 2.5
38. FM Vibbert Sean USA 2334 – 2
39. Indjic Stefan SRB 2100 – 2
40. Lin Dachey USA 2059 – 2
41. Liu Bovey USA 2003 – 2


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