FIDE announces the updates approved by the Presidential Board:
1. The event will take place on the Isle of Man: October 8 (arrival) - October 22 (departure), 2019
2. 120 players will receive special conditions. 15 more players will get the conditions in line with the original 105 in the published Regulations, and these spots will be distributed as follows:
12 spots will be allocated to the qualifiers from the respective Continental Championships to be held in 2019:
Europe - 5
Asia - 3
Americas - 3
Africa - 1
If the players occupying top positions in these events will qualify anyways (by average rating or other criteria as per regulations), the spot(s) will go to the next placed participant(s) in the respective Continental Championship.
In addition, FIDE President gets the right to nominate 3 (three) players.
FIDE looks forward to an exceptional event in cooperation with chess.com and Isle of Man organizers.
It is going to be the strongest Grand Prix cycle in recent times, and we are pleased to see that nearly all the World's top players are taking part. FIDE World Chess Grand Prix introduces a new attractive format, and we are looking forward to an exciting Series.
Please see more details and allocations of players:
We’d like to note our cooperation with the Grand Chess Tour that allowed every eligible player to participate in both Series in spite of this year's unprecedentedly tight Calendar.
Full details and information about the Series is available at WordChess.com.
In February 2019 the newly established Task Force for the Reform of the FIDE Statutes started its operations. The main activities of this ambitious working group are related to a deep analysis of relevant FIDE documents, the team brainstorming, discussion and agreement on a new logical restructuring and clear terminology. During the whole process a regular communication with FIDE responsible people is a vital condition for preparing new FIDE Statutes to be approved by the respective FIDE General Assembly by the end of 2019. The main objective of the Task Force efforts is to recommend new FIDE Statutes to serve as a formal base for FIDE as a modern, lean, transparent and efficient sport organisation.
First meeting of the Task Force was held in Lausanne on 16-17 February 2019. During an intensive and creative discussion the members agreed on main pillars of the future FIDE Statutes, more clear and logical structure and suggestions leading to a modern and flexible management in line of a good and professional governance that should be one of first important signals to future potential sponsors and partners of a chess community. By the next meeting that was agreed to happen at the beginning of April again in Lausanne, the members agreed to come with a very first draft of the FIDE Statutes including with more detailed suggestions especially in the areas of Financial and Tournament Regulations. Of course relevant and not only financial and tournament stakeholders will be consulted during the work of the Task Force plus it was agreed to suggest to the Constitutional Commission to have a common plenary meeting at some reasonable point in order to finalise a good product.
FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich played the ceremonial first moves against Lt. Governor Josh Tenorio of Guam to mark the opening of the 2019 Zone 3.6 Championships being held here between February 18-23.
The previous evening the Guam Chess Federation hosted a wonderful Welcome Dinner at the Star Pacific Hotel in Tumon which is the venue for the tournament. Addresses were given by Guam Chess President Roger Orio, The Honorable Alberto C. Lamorena III, Presiding Judge of Guam, Zhu Chen former Women’s World Champion and Paul Spiller, president of Zone 3.6.
The guests and players were entertained by the Natibu Dance Academy, guest singer Erica Faye S Tubera and the Flag Ceremony and national anthems were undertaken by the George Washington High School Colour Guard.
FIDE is pleased to inform that FIDE Presidential Board approved the Qualification system for the 2020 FIDE Candidates Tournament.
A. 1 place – 2018 FIDE World Championship Match, Runner up
One place is reserved for GM Caruana: the runner-up of the 2018 World Championship Match.
B. 2 places – 2019 FIDE World Cup
Two places are reserved for the finalists of the 2019 FIDE World Cup. If GM Carlsen and/or GM Caruana is (are) among the finalists, the reserved place(s) is (are) awarded to the next non-qualifying player(s) of the 2019 FIDE World Cup.
C. 1 place – 2019 FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament
One place is reserved for the winner of the 2019 FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament. If the winner also qualifies via Clause A or B, or is GM Carlsen, the reserved place is awarded to the next non-qualifying player in the final standings.
D. 2 places – 2019 FIDE Grand Prix Series
Two places are reserved for the players who finish 1st and 2nd in the 2019 FIDE Grand Prix Series. If either one of these players also qualifies via Clauses A, B, or C, and/or is GM Carlsen, the reserved place(s) is (are) awarded to the next non-qualifying player in the final ranking.
E. 1 place – Highest Average FIDE Rating (Standard Rating Lists, Feb. 2019—Jan. 2020)
One place is reserved for the player with the highest average FIDE rating. For the purpose of deciding the qualifier, the average ELO rating from the twelve (12) FIDE Standard Rating Lists from February 2019 to January 2020 is used. In the event of a tie, the average is recalculated to the second decimal place. If the averages are still tied, the player with the greatest total number of rated games during the period earns the spot. If that player also qualifies via Clauses A, B, C or D or is GM Carlsen, the reserved place is awarded to the next non-qualifying player (based on the same criteria).
In order to be eligible via Clause E, players should have 30 standard rated games played within twelve FIDE Standard Rating Lists from February 2019 to January 2020, including at least 18 standard rated games played within six (6) FIDE Standard Rating Lists from August 2019 to January 2020.
If any of the qualifying players is unable to attend, his place is awarded to the next non-qualifying player (based on Clause E).
F. 1 place – Player nominated by the Organizer
The Organizer of the 2020 FIDE Candidates Tournament has the right to nominate a player who meets at least one of the following criteria (provided that he participates in at least two events listed below in b., c. and d.):
a. The player from the top-10 players by average FIDE rating as per Clause E;
b. The player placed third in the 2019 FIDE World Cup (if the third player is qualified - then the player placed fourth, but not any further);
c. The best non-qualifying player from the 2019 FIDE Grand Swiss;
d. The best non-qualifying player from the 2019 FIDE Grand Prix Series.
Full Regulations will be approved at the FIDE Presidential Board meeting in Astana.
FIDE is pleased to announce the 2019 FIDE World Cup Regulations that were approved by the Presidential Board.
Two players will qualify from this prestigious event to Candidates 2020.
Qualifiers and reserve players according to the Regulations list, are invited to send in their registration form and a copy of their passport with validity for more than six months by email to email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com before Thursday 28th February 2019 for the IMSA World Masters Championship 2019.
Download: Regulations for IMSA World Masters Championship 2019
Download: Registration form
All general queries should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org
FIDE is pleased to award its inaugural Grand Swiss Tournament to the Isle of Man, after the bidding procedure that was closed on February 9, 2019.
The Grand Swiss will take place on the Isle of Man from October 7, 2019 (arrival day) to October 21, 2019 (departure day) in cooperation with chess.com.
One qualification spot to the Candidates 2020 will be determined in the event. The prize fund of the tournament is 400,000 US dollars, with an additional 32,500 US dollars allocated as special women’s prizes.
A total of 160 players are expected to take part, of which 105 will be determined according to the published Grand Swiss Regulations, plus another 15 players nominated by FIDE according to the amendment to the regulations to be approved no later than March 31, 2019. A further 40 participants will be nominated by the organizers, including a number of top female players, some of the world's best young players, local players etc.
FIDE is grateful to the Isle of Man organizational team for the perfectly prepared application and is confident about an excellent organization of the tournament, that will probably be the strongest Swiss system tournament in the history of chess.
The President of the International Chess Federation Arkady Dvorkovich has officially launched a campaign for chess to be included as a sport at the Paris Olympic Games 2024. Alongside with the President of the French Chess Federation Bachar Kouatly, the French NOC President Mr. Denis Masseglia and officials of the Paris 2024 Organising Committee attended the ceremony. The attendees played some games with the International Master Sophie Millet, six times French Champion.
The official launch took place on Tuesday 12th February in Paris, the birthplace of the International Chess Federation, where it was founded on 20th July 1924. Paris was also the venue of the 1st international chess tournament organised by FIDE, an organization that has now affiliated federations from 189 countries.
Chess was an exhibition sport at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney but has never featured on the full programme. Dvorkovich, the former Russian Deputy Prime Minister who was also the head of organisation at the Soccer World Cup in 2018, hopes to make it happen this time. Paris 2024 are due to submit their recommendations for new sports before the International Olympic Committee Executive Board meets in Lausanne from March 26 to 28. The IOC Session in June will then offer provisional approval before the new additions are officially confirmed by the Executive Board in December 2020.
The inclusion of chess in the Olympics would be an outstanding symbolic gift for FIDE’s 100th anniversary in 2024.
FIDE Deputy President and President of French Chess Federation Bachar Kouatly, FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich, French NOC President Denis Masseglia
Arkady Dvorkovich vs Sophie Milliet 6 times French champion
This is the official invitation to all National Chess Federations who are participating in the FIDE World Team Championship 2019, which will be held in Astana, Kazakhstan, from the 4th of March (arrival) till the 15th of March (departure) 2019. The Championship will be organized and held by Kazakhstan Chess Federation and under the auspices of FIDE.
INVITATION for World Team Chess Championship 2019
INVITATION for Women's World Team Chess Championship 2019
More information here
PARIS, 12th February 2019 – Chess candidate to join the Paris 2024 Olympic Games
Chess has officially launched its campaign to be included as a sport at the Paris Olympic Games 2024. This official launch took place Tuesday 12th of February in Paris, in the presence of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) President, Arkady Dvorkovich.
Leaders of the International and French chess federations met with the French press to promote the inclusion of chess, a sport with a genuine global appeal – FIDE has a membership of 189 national federations, and 600 millions of people practice chess in the world.
Arkady Dvorkovich (International Chess Federation), Bachar Kouatly (French Chess Federation) and Sophie Milliet (6 times French champion and International Master) are determined to see chess join the Paris 2024 Games.
Chess is a fight on a board, and has proven especially for the rapid and blitz games, to draw wide audiences on tv and on line via video. Rapid and blitz are the format of play considered for the Paris 2024 competitions.
Chess is progressing in the world with 600 million people practicing it, in several millions of games that are played online every day. Chess is also growing in France, where 67% of the members of the French Chess Federation are aged under 18 years old. If this growing sport becomes be part of the Olympic Games in 2024, France could count on Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, currently ranked number 2 in the world for blitz chess.
FIDE Deputy President and President of French Chess Federation Bachar Kouatly, FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich, President of the French Olympic Committee Denis Masseglia
Arkady Dvorkovich vs Sophie Milliet 6 times French champion
FIDE extends the deadline for bids to organize the FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2019-2020.
FIDE received a number of requests from the organizers interested to hold the Women's Grand Prix 2019-2020 events. Some of them asked FIDE to extend the deadline for the formal bids in order to find additional sponsors and receive government support. Considering the best conditions for the participants as its priority, FIDE has decided to extend the deadline for the bids until February 26, 2019.
The final decision on the venues will be taken at the meeting of the FIDE Presidential Board on March 5-6, 2019.
The recent article at one of the biggest chess media websites Chess.com shows positive reaction of Chess society to FIDE new Management activities in various fields and efforts to bring chess to a new level.
Please read more at Chess.com.
FIDE and World Chess are pleased to announce the 2019 Grand Prix Series cities and dates.
1st leg: May 16th – 30th - Moscow, Russia
2nd leg: July 11th – 25th Jurmala/Riga, Latvia
3rd leg: November 4th – 18th - Hamburg, Germany
4th leg: December 10th – 24th - Tel-Aviv, Israel
Grand Prix Series 2019 will be taking place in the cities where chess is one of the most popular games: multicultural Moscow; rapidly growing fintech centres Jurmala and Riga; one of European chess capitals, Hamburg, and Tel Aviv, home to one of the most developed tech communities in the world.
Grand Prix format changed to make it exciting for players and fans: A knock-out system where in every tournament 16 grandmasters fight for the spots in the Candidates Tournament and a chance to dethrone the current World Champion, Magnus Carlsen of Norway. There will be four rounds in each Grand Prix tournament. Each round consists of two games with classical time control, and series of tie-breaks (rapid, blitz, and sudden death) in case of a tie. Unlike in many other chess events, there will be very few draws, and a winner in every round.
Rules and players
FIDE World Chess Grand Prix Series 2019 will be contested by 22 players. Twenty of the World’s top chess players, representing a dozen of countries East and West, qualified to GP Series by their average FIDE rating. List of qualified players and reserves has been published by FIDE, and players are expected to sign contracts until February 14, 2019. Regulations for the Series are released today.
FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich says: We believe that the new Grand Prix format and the choice for the cities make the Series much more attractive than before, and as a chess fan, I look forward to following these exciting events.
Ilya Merenzon, World Chess CEO, says: Chess is now synonymous with hi-tech culture, and we are very excited to bring the Grand Prix Series to these amazing start-up nations and will ensure that this year chess will be a substantial part of the tech hype!
Qualified Players and Reserves
FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich congratulates Elista FIDE office on the occasion of the 20 years since its establishment.
On behalf of the FIDE Presidential Board and myself, it is a great pleasure to most cordially congratulate you on the occasion of the 20 years since the establishment of the Elista FIDE office.
The entire chess family joins me in appreciation of your constant efforts to serve the national federations - members of FIDE, chess players and officials, on a very professional level in all spheres of our activities.
Since the very day when after the decision of the Board in Ankara, in 1999, the office in Elista was founded following the kind invitation of K. Ilyumzhinov, under a supervision of several FIDE officials and employees, including Messrs. W. Iclicki, D. Jarrett, C. Abundo and Ms. P. Tsedenova, the office has been instrumental in providing a wide range of chess-related services in a very high level.
I would like to wish all the former and current employees of the Elista FIDE office further professional success and all the best on behalf of all of us.
Gens Una Sumus
Congratulations of FIDE President (pdf)
1st row: Bair Namsinov, Vyacheslav Namruev, Vladimir Kukaev, Irina Dubovaya, Kema Goryaeva, Viktoria Barinova, Natalia Ulyumdzhieva, Gennady Rakhvalov
2nd row: Berik Balgabaev, Willy Iclicki, Garry Kasparov, Casto Abundo, Bamba Nominkhanova
1st row: Irina Dubovaya, Gennady Rakhvalov, Stanislav Sasykov, Vladimir Kukaev, Viktoria Barinova, Irina Irchinova
2nd row: Casto Abundo, Bamba Nominkhanova, David Jarrett, Valentina Jarrett, Willy Iclicki, Vyacheslav Namruev
Gennady Rakhvalov, Baira Marilova, Irina Adyanova, Aysa Mondrunova, Vladimir Kukaev
On Sunday evening, February 3rd, Arkady Dvorkovich participated in the closing ceremony of the 15th Moscow Open chess festival. It was held in the Russian State Social University (RSSU). Together with RSSU Rector Natalia Pochinok, Vice President of Moscow CF Nikita Kim and other officials, Arkady Dvorkovich awarded the prize winners.
Tournament official website
On January, 31 – February, 1 FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich visited Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Arkady Dvorkovich had a meeting with the President of Kazakhstan Chess Federation Galimzhan Yessenov, visited Zhansaya Abdumalik Chess Academy, had a number of meetings with representatives of state and institutional bodies of the Republic of Kazakhstan, got acquainted with the work of the innovation park “TechGarden”, and took part in the second forum “Innovative Ecosystem of Eurasia”.
Following the meeting with the Minister of Culture and Sport of Kazakhstan Arystanbek Mukhamediuly, FIDE announced that World Team Championships will take place in Astana, Kazakhstan on March, 4 - 15. It is assumed that FIDE Presidential Board meeting will be held during this tournament.
CEO Sanzhar Kettebekov shows TechGarden’s achievements to Arkady Dvorkovich
President of Kazakhstan Chess Federation Galimzhan Yessenov and FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich
Arkady Dvorkovich with Daniyar Ashirov, Zhansaya’s father and founder of Zhansaya Abdumalik Chess Academy in the class named after Judit Polgar
A chess tournament was held in the Academy on the occasion of FIDE President’s visit
More than 500 children learn chess in Zhansaya Abdumalik Academy with about 20 professional experienced teachers
FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich and KCF Vice President Yerkin Israilov awarded the prize-winners
From left to right: GM Darmen Sadvakasov, Kazakhstan NOC Secretary General Saken Mussaibekov, FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich, Minister of Culture and Sport of Kazakhstan Arystanbek Mukhamediuly, President of Kazakhstan Chess Federation Galimzhan Yessenov, Member of the Presidium of Kazakhstan CF Serik Akhanov, Executive Director of Kazakhstan CF Irina Grishchenko
A. Sorokina (Belarus)
B. Postovsky (USA)
O. Rinas (Kazakhstan)
D. Sadvakasov (Kazakhstan) - Chairman
A. Iashvili (Georgia)
J. Nisban (Singapore)
A. Moskvin (Russia)
L. Rustamov (Azerbaijan)
T. Lopang (Botswana)
Y. Pelletier (Switzerland)
Nominations of Principals for the 2019 World Team Championships in Kazakhstan:
FIDE and Ugra Chess Federation signed an agreement on World Cup 2019.
Following the wrap of Moscow open chess festival in Russian State Social University, the meeting between FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich and President of Ugra Chess Federation Vasily Filipenko took place in the historical rector’s parlor on February, 3.
They signed an agreement between FIDE and Ugra Chess Federation on conducting World Cup 2019 in Khanty-Mansiysk from September, 9 to October, 4. Tournament’s prize fund sums up to 1,6 million US dollars. Ugra’s capital will host World Cup for the 5th time.
The World Chess Federation with the collaboration of the World Federation for Chess Composition (www.wfcc.ch), is organising the 7th FIDE World Cup in Composing in eight sections.
The tournament will be conducted from February 1st to August 1st, 2019.
The deadline for entries' submission is March 1st 2019.
The Director will send all compositions to the judges on uniform and anonymous diagrams by March 15, 2019. All judges are to submit their awards by June 15th, 2019.
The final results will be published not later than August 1st, 2019.
Download REGULATIONS (pdf) for more information.