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FIDE President's working meeting with the President of FIFA


FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich told TASS what they discussed with the FIFA President Gianni Infantino at their meeting in Zurich on January 24th.

First of all, we discussed the FIFA support aimed at the growth of the professional level of our employees in the spheres where FIDE has been weaker than FIFA during the last couple of years: marketing, finances and corporate management. We have a new team and FIFA has kindly agreed to assist us to upscale the professional level and staff qualifications, to organize workshops which will enable FIDE to improve the quality of the services provided.

Second direction is the work with Academies in various countries. We have agreed that the countries with an established level of competence and opportunities should become centers of our cooperation, where chess would be included in the programme of the football academies so that young football players could benefit from chess to increase their level, technical thinking and analytical skills.

Chess players nowadays should keep themselves very fit, in order to stay on top. We also discussed digital technologies as FIFA has recently created a digital transformation department and as FIDE has a similar structure, therefore we have agreed to create digital platforms.

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Call for Bids: FIDE Events 2021

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Deadline 31st March 2019

1. World Junior Chess Championship 2021

2. World Senior Chess Championship 2021

3. World Senior Team Championship 2021

4. World Amateur Chess Championship 2021

5. World Youth U16 Chess Olympiad 2021

6. World Youth (U14, U16 & U18) Chess Championships 2021 (Africa)

7. World Cadets (U08, U10 & U12) Chess Championships 2021 (Africa)

8. World Youth & Cadets Rapid & Blitz Championships 2021

World School Chess Championships 2021 awarded to Halkidiki, Greece (2-May-2021/11-May-2021) at 2018 2nd quarter Presidential Board 9-10 July 2018 Bucharest, Romania. Check PB Decision here.

With effect from 1st January 2013, a bid for any FIDE Competitions onwards shall include the name of a FIDE licensed International Organizer.

All bids should be submitted by the due date in sealed envelope or scanned documents to the FIDE Secretariat, postal address: 9 Syggrou Avenue, 11743 Athens - Greece / Fax: (+30) 2109212859 / Email: [email protected] by 31st March 2019, 16:00 local time (UTC/GMT + 2 hours).

Each bid should be accompanied with a bid fee.

2.000 Euro – World Youth & Cadets Chess Championships
1.000 Euro – World Junior Chess Championship
500 Euro – All other FIDE World Chess Championships

Bid Fees are not refundable. Bid fees should be paid the latest by 12th April 2019 to the FIDE bank account (free of charges) or to be enclosed in the bid envelope.

All bidders must fill the bid form and the new bid from annex completely.

Price of hotels, details about the accommodation and tournament hall must be written in the bid.

FIDE EVE will make first bid inspections before GA/EB and send its report together with a bid evaluation form. There will be a second inspection two to four months prior to the event, to the awarded organisation. Travel and accommodation costs of the inspections must be paid by organizers.

Download the bid form and new bid annex.

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FIDE Grand Swiss update

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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 and Isle of Man organizers.

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FIDE announces the line-up for the FIDE World Chess Grand Prix Series 2019

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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:

1 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov Shakhriyar Mamedyarov Maxime Vachier-Lagrave  Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
2 Anish Giri Maxime Vachier-Lagrave  Alexander Grischuk Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 
3 Wesley So Anish Giri Hikaru Nakamura  Anish Giri
4 Levon Aronian  Wesley So Yu Yangyi Wesley So
5 Alexander Grischuk Levon Aronian  Ian Nepomniachtchi Levon Aronian 
6 Hikaru Nakamura  Alexander Grischuk Peter Svidler Sergey Karjakin 
7 Sergey Karjakin  Hikaru Nakamura  Teimour Radjabov Yu Yangyi
8 Ian Nepomniachtchi Sergey Karjakin  Veselin Topalov Ian Nepomniachtchi
9 Peter Svidler Yu Yangyi Dmitry Jakovenko Teimour Radjabov
10 Teimour Radjabov Peter Svidler David Navara Veselin Topalov
11 Dmitry Jakovenko Veselin Topalov Radoslaw Wojtaszek Dmitry Jakovenko
12 Radoslaw Wojtaszek David Navara Wei Yi David Navara
13 Wei Yi Jan-Krzysztof Duda  Jan-Krzysztof Duda  Radoslaw Wojtaszek
14 Jan-Krzysztof Duda  Pentala Harikrishna Pentala Harikrishna Wei Yi
15 Nikita Vitiugov  Nikita Vitiugov  Nikita Vitiugov  Pentala Harikrishna
16 Daniil Dubov Daniil Dubov Daniil Dubov Israeli Nomination

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

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2019 FIDE World Cup Regulations

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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.


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Task Force for the Reform of the FIDE Statutes


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.

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FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich visited Guam

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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.







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Road to Candidates

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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.

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IMSA World Masters Championship-Hengshui, China 2019

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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 protected], [email protected] and [email protected] 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 [email protected]

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Isle of Man to host the FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament

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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

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.

Rules for the FIDE Grand Swiss 2019

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