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FIDE launches the budget to support chess veterans

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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 [email protected].

More details to be announced in approximately two weeks.

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Cooperation agreement between the FIDE Social Comm. and the Magic Extremadura CC


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

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This historic event will feature an online qualifying phase on, 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 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, and the qualifying rounds will be hosted by
"We are thrilled to be the organizing partner for the 2019 World Fischer Random Chess Championship," said Daniel Rensch, chief chess officer of "We're excited to be teaming up with Dund A/S to provide an accessible path to stardom for players around the world!"
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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.  
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FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament

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FIDE is happy to confirm that the contract with the organizers of FIDE 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.



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World Senior Team Championships 2019: Round 7

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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. 

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

World Senior 2019 opening

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


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: 

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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Turkey welcomes participants of World Schools Championships 2019


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.

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WTCC in Astana Round 5

World Team Chess Championships 2019, held from March, 4 - 15 2019 in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Open section and Women section board results.

Round 6 starts March, 11 2019 at 3 PM local time.

Please visit the official website for LIVE GAMES.

Standings after Round 5. OPEN

Rnk. Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 MP Pts.
1 Russia *   2   3     3 9 13
2 India   * 2   2 2     7 13
3 England 2 2 * 2         7 11
4 United States of America     2 *   2   1 3 6 10½
5 Iran 2     *     3 5 11½
6 China 2   *       5 11
7 Kazakhstan 1   2     * 3 2   4
8 Sweden   ½     ½   1 * 3 4
9 Azerbaijan     3   ½ 2 1 *   3 8
10 Egypt 1 ½   1 1       * 0 5

Standings after Round 5. WOMEN

Rnk. Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 MP Pts.
1 China *         10 13½
2 Russia *       3   4 8 15½
3 Ukraine     * 2   2 2   3 4 7 13
4 Georgia   2 * 2     3   6 12
5 India   ½   2 *   2   4 6 11
6 United States of America     2 ½   * 3 3   5 10
7 Kazakhstan 1 2   2 *       4 9
8 Armenia ½     1   *   4 2
9 Hungary ½   1 1   1     * 2 6
10 Egypt   0 0   0     0 * 0


6.1 10 Sweden   - 8 United States of America  
1 GM Grandelius Nils 2694 : GM Swiercz Dariusz 2655
2 GM Blomqvist Erik 2488 : GM Onischuk Alexander 2647
3 GM Smith Axel 2487 : GM Lenderman Aleksandr 2637
4 IM Johansson Linus 2479 : GM Izoria Zviad 2603
6.2 9 Russia   - 7 Azerbaijan  
1 GM Karjakin Sergey 2753 : GM Naiditsch Arkadij 2710
2 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2771 : GM Mamedov Rauf 2701
3 GM Grischuk Alexander 2771 : GM Safarli Eltaj 2662
4 GM Artemiev Vladislav 2736 : GM Abasov Nijat 2627
6.3 1 India   - 6 Kazakhstan  
1 GM Adhiban B. 2683 : GM Jumabayev Rinat 2609
2 GM Sasikiran Krishnan 2678 : GM Ismagambetov Anuar 2545
3 GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar 2633 : GM Kazhgaleyev Murtas 2587
4 GM Sethuraman S.P. 2637 : IM Makhnev Denis 2476
6.4 2 Iran   - 5 England  
1 GM Maghsoodloo Parham 2673 : GM Adams Michael 2708
2 GM Idani Pouya 2604 : GM Mcshane Luke J 2661
3 GM Tabatabaei M.Amin 2600 : GM Howell David W L 2693
4 GM Firouzja Alireza 2657 : GM Speelman Jon S 2516
6.5 3 Egypt   - 4 China  
1 GM Amin Bassem 2709 : GM Ding Liren 2812
2 GM Adly Ahmed 2611 : GM Wei Yi 2733
3 IM Fawzy Adham 2461 : GM Bu Xiangzhi 2731
4 IM Abdelnabbi Imed 2435 : GM Ni Hua 2683


6.1 10 Egypt   - 8 Georgia  
1 WGM Wafa Shahenda 2175 : GM Khotenashvili Bela 2474
2 WIM Moaataz Ayah 2036 : IM Arabidize Meri 2392
3 WIM Elansary Eman 1944 : GM Batsiashvili Nino 2454
4 WIM Ehab Tasneem 1841 : IM Melia Salome 2385
6.2 9 Kazakhstan   - 7 Hungary  
1 IM Abdumalik Zhansaya 2469 : GM Hoang Thanh Trang 2454
2 IM Saduakassova Dinara 2462 : IM Gara Anita 2384
3 FM Assaubayeva Bibisara 2374 : WGM Gara Ticia 2324
4 IM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan 2295 : WIM Terbe Julianna 2306
6.3 1 Armenia   - 6 Ukraine  
1 GM Danielian Elina 2402 : GM Muzychuk Mariya 2560
2 IM Mkrtchian Lilit 2390 : GM Muzychuk Anna 2555
3 WFM Sargsyan Anna M. 2340 : IM Gaponenko Inna 2427
4 WIM Gevorgyan Maria 2264 : IM Buksa Nataliya 2416
6.4 2 Russia   - 5 United States of America  
1 GM Lagno Kateryna 2559 : WGM Abrahamyan Tatev 2377
2 GM Gunina Valentina 2515 : WGM Nemcova Katerina 2315
3 GM Goryachkina Aleksandra 2504 : FM Yip Carissa 2279
4 WGM Girya Olga 2456 : WCM Wu Rochelle 2120
6.5 3 India   - 4 China  
1 IM Karavade Eesha 2357 : GM Tan Zhongyi 2513
2 WGM Soumya Swaminathan 2401 : IM Shen Yang 2453
3 IM Padmini Rout 2332 : WGM Huang Qian 2441
4 WGM Kulkarni Bhakti 2322 : GM Lei Tingjie 2477
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Victor Bologan brings chess to the Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly

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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, as chief of Republic of Moldova Delegation. He was elected to the Moldovan Parliament on the 24th of February 2019.

"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 Baron, 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 visit Mexico”, explained Bologan.

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Egyptian sports authorities received Arkady Dvorkovich in Cairo

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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.


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

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

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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