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GM Judit Polgar appointed as Honorary FIDE Vice-President

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World Chess Federation announces the appointment of Grandmaster Judit Polgar as the Honorary FIDE Vice-President.

Mrs. Polgar will focus her efforts on chess development all over the world, including promoting chess in schools, popularization of the game and improving the level of tournament organization. GM Judit Polgar is the strongest female chess player of all time. At a classical rating of 2735, Judit was ranked № 8 chess player in the world in 2005.

Since her retirement from competitive chess in 2014, GM Polgar has been focusing on chess education and chess promotion. By 2018, the Budapest-based annual Global Chess Festival brought together more than 300 participating events and locations across 46 countries. Mrs. Polgar has also created the Chess Palace educational program, which is already being introduced in primary school curricula in Hungary and China. Furthermore, Grandmaster Polgar authored “Chess Playground”, a series of popular children's books translated into several languages.

In August 2015 Polgar received the Order of Saint Stephen - the highest state distinction in Hungary.

“I am very glad to welcome Judit to our team,” – said FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich. “She has great experience both as a top player and as an organizer of international events. Her enthusiasm in promotion of chess is enormous. Judit is greatly respected by the global chess community, and I am sure that she will play an important role in the future work of FIDE.” added Mr. Dvorkovich. Arkady Dvorkovich was elected as the new FIDE president in October 2018; new FIDE management team includes renowned chess grandmasters & organizers Nigel Short, Viorel Bologan & Emil Sutovsky.

“I am very much looking forward to working together with Arkady and his excellent team in extending the reach and appeal of chess worldwide.” – said GM Polgar in her statement. – “I am confident that FIDE will become a more agile organization, supporting our professional athletes and organizers - as well as the millions and millions of chess lovers. My primary personal goals are to increase chess’ impact in non-formal education; finding and fostering talent; and do more for equality of opportunity across gender, social or economic and age differences. Last but not least, chess needs to reaffirm its very special place in the 21st century, conquering new platforms and capturing new audiences. It will be a most exciting challenge for me to assist on this unique mission.” – Judit Polgar concluded.

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WRBCC 2018 Registration and visa

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Dear Chess Friends!

FIDE announces that Registration system for the King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships is open at
https://wrbc2018registration.fide.com/

VISA SUPPORT

Please be informed that the invitation letter for Russian Embassies will be available for download at the online registration system https://wrbc2018registration.fide.com, under section B. Registrations. Please note that the download option will be available only for accredited participants that based on the submitted country of passport, they are required to have a visa to enter Russia.

You will be able to proceed with the visa procedure from December, the 10th.

•    A participant may apply for visa either in his home country or abroad.
•    The main condition is to apply for a Russian visa only in official institutions, such as the Consular Section of the Russian Embassy, Consulate-General or an official Visa Application Center.
•    Other institutions and travel agencies offering their services will have no access to the information regarding the World Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships.
•    When applying for a Russian visa, alongside with a complete set of documents requested by the Embassy, participants must provide the official invitation from the Russian Chess Federation. This invitation was approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. It is the main basis for issuing a visa that substitutes for a telex/ reference number.


Registration of the Reigning National Champions 2018

Please note, that each Reigning National Champions 2018 should provide a proof of the title via National Federations.
The official letter from your National Federation need to be sent to RCF official representative Artem Pugachev [email protected] in order to be accredited.

 
For more information please read:
FIDE extends the deadline for registrations for WRBCC 2018
Information for the participants of FIDE World Rapid & Blitz Championships 2018
FIDE introduces additional prizes for the World Rapid and Blitz Championships

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FIDE extends the deadline for registrations for WRBCC 2018

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Dear chess friends,

FIDE extends the deadline for early registrations for participation in the World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2018 till December 15. The entry fee for these registrations will be 100 USD. The late registrations will be accepted till December 22, and will cost 200 USD.


Please read Information for the participants of FIDE World Rapid & Blitz Championships 2018.

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Information for the participants of FIDE World Rapid & Blitz Championships 2018

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Information for the participants of FIDE World Rapid Championships & FIDE World Blitz Championships

December 25th - 31st 2018


Dear chess friends,

Please note that all the details about the upcoming World Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships will be updated via FIDE and RCF websites on the regular basis.

There is no need to send your applications to FIDE Secretariat or RCF Secretariat.



REGISTRATION & FEES

The online REGISTRATION system will be available on December 7, 2018 on FIDE website as well as on RCF website.

Information on VISA SUPPORT will be shared with you on December 10, 2018 after finalizing all the details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia in order to make the visa obtaining process easy and secure.

Each participant shall pay an ENTRY FEE to the Organizer. 

FIDE extends the deadline for early registrations for participation in the World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2018 till December 15. The entry fee for these registrations will be 100 USD. The late registrations will be accepted till December 22, and will cost 200 USD.

In case if a participant doesn't get his/her visa on time, entry fee will be returned.
 
 
Bank details for entry fee

*The banking details can be downloaded in the system for your convenience

ALL-RUSSIAN PUBLIC ORGANIZATION «RUSSIAN CHESS FEDERATION»
Общероссийская общественная организация «Российская шахматная федерация»
119019, Moscow, Russia, Gogolevskiy boulevard, 14, build.1
119019, г. Москва, Гоголевский бульвар, д.14, стр.1
Payment reference: Tournament (registration) fee for participation in FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships 2018, not subject to VAT.
Назначение платежа: Оплата турнирного (регистрационного) взноса за участие в чемпионатах мира ФИДЕ по рапиду и блицу 2018, не облагается НДС.
 
 
Please state your name in the bank transfer to identify a payer.
 
 
USD Account
Beneficiary customer: RUSSIAN CHESS FEDERATION
Bank: SBERBANK, MOSCOW, RUSSIA
SWIFT code: SABRRUMM
Dollar Account: 40703840638260200813
Bank correspondent: The Bank of New York Mellon New York, NY
SWIFT code: IRVTUS3N

RUR account:
Наименование организации: ООО «Российская шахматная федерация»
ИНН 7704016433 КПП 770401001
Банк: ПАО СБЕРБАНК, г. Москва
Расчетный счет 40703810438260100813
Кор. счет 30101810400000000225
БИК 044525225




VENUE & OFFICIAL HOTELS

The venue and the official hotels will be announced after December 10th, 2018.



SCHEDULE


Date Event Rounds Time
25 Dec 2018 Arrival,    
25 Dec 2018 Opening Ceremony   19:30
25 Dec 2018 Technical Meeting   20:30
26 Dec 2018 Rapid - day 1 1-5 15:00
27 Dec 2018 Rapid - day 2 6-10 15:00
28 Dec 2018 Rapid - day 3 11-15 15:00
29 Dec 2018 Blitz - day 1 1-12 15:00
30 Dec 2018 Blitz - day 2 13-21 14:00
30 Dec 2018 Closing Ceremony   18:00*
31 Dec 2018 Departure    

*Approximate time. It can start later if the tie-break for the first place is played or there is any delay during the last playing session.



ORGANIZING COMMITTEE AND CONTACT INFORMATION

TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR
Mark Glukhovsky, IO

RCF contact person
Artem Pugachev
Email: [email protected]

PRESS OFFICER
Eteri Kublashvili
Tel.: +7 905 791 76 51
Email: [email protected]

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
All the contact information will be announced later.
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FIDE introduces additional prizes for the World Rapid and Blitz Championships

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FIDE is happy to announce additional prizes for the best combined results in the World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2018.

The total pool for the best combined result is 150,000 USD, and it will be distributed as follows:


Open:

1. 20 000
2. 15 000
3. 12 000
4. 10 000
5. 8 000
6. 7 000
7. 6 000
8. 5 000
9. 4 000
10. 3 000

Total: 90 000 USD


Women:

1. 14 000
2. 10 000
3. 8 000
4. 7 000
5. 6 000
6. 5 000
7. 4 000
8. 3 000
9. 2 000
10. 1 000

Total: 60 000 USD


The combined result is determined by the sum of the places in two events - the lower is the better. The prizes will be split equally between all the participants with the equal sum of places : e.g. 1st + 3rd would be equal to 2nd and 2nd.
In a case of a tie in rapid and/or blitz event, the placement in particular tournament will be counted as follows : tie for 1-3 will be counted as 2nd, tie for 1-5 will be counted as 3rd, etc.

All the prizes are compatible with the main prizes in the respective tournaments.

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Bidding procedure for the Women's Grand Prix 2019-2020

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Dear chess friends,

FIDE opens a bidding procedure for the Women's Grand Prix 2019-2020.

The regulations for the event can be downloaded here.

Bids to be submitted till February 5, 2019.


 
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Saudi Arabia CF to partner Russian CF in hosting the World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championship 2018

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Given the strong relationship between the Kingdom Saudi Arabia and Russia, the Saudi Chess Federation accepted FIDE’s request to shift the second edition of the King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championship from Riyadh, and to partner the Russian Chess Federation in hosting it in St. Petersburg, Russia, keeping the same championship title.

FIDE holds a very strong relationship with the General Sport Authority of Saudi Arabia and the Saudi Chess Federation. This relationship resulted in the great success of the first edition of King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championship that was held in Riyadh in December 2017. The first edition featured some of the greatest minds in chess from around the world and offered very comfortable conditions for the players.

Spreading chess around the world is an objective that the Saudi Chess Federation shares with FIDE, which strengthens their cooperation and they look forward to the success of the second edition of King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championship in St. Petersburg this month.

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FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships 2018

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FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships to take place in St. Petersburg, Russia, 25-31 December 2018.

REGULATIONS for FIDE World Rapid & Blitz Championship 2018

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FIDE Management Board members meets the Asian Chess Federation

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FIDE Management Board members meets the Asian Chess Federation

FIDE Executive Director Victor Bologan and FIDE President’s Advisor Berik Balgabaev paid a visit to Dubai to meet the leadership of the Asian Chess Federation to discuss the further collaboration between the two bodies.

A meeting took place in the Asian Chess Federation General Secretary’s private office in Dubai attended by the FIDE Executive Director Victor Bologan, FIDE President’s Advisor Berik Balgabaev, Asian Chess Federation General Secretary Hisham Al Taher, Treasurer of the Asian Chess Federation Mehrdad Pahlevanzadeh, Asian Chess Federation Executive Director Casto Abundo, Head of Technical Affairs and Trainers Commission Sami Khader.

There were several important agenda points of the meeting. One of the subjects Mr. Bologan raised was the contract which FIDE plans to sign with every national federation which will indicate the path and development plan of a federation. The goals to sign the direct contracts with national federations were set up by the FIDE President Mr. Arkady Dvorkovich at the first Presidential Meeting in London in November 2018 which was held under his Presidency. The projects will be monitored and followed by FIDE bodies in collaboration with the Continental Federations to measure the outcome, evaluating the federations’ KPI and activities. Asian Chess Federation General Secretary Mr. Hisham Al Taher found the new plan to be very effective and assured the FIDE leadership to make his utmost to assist in fulfilling the goals.

The decision to sign an agreement between FIDE and Asian Chess Federation which will stipulate the principles of mutual collaboration and FIDE’s concrete support to develop various projects in Asia in terms of equal partnership with ACF, was made.

Mr. Hisham Al Taher underlined that the whole chess community has been witnessing a tremendous breakthrough in chess planning activities since the new FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich came into power by winning the elections. An attention given by the FIDE President to all national federations, chess tournaments, organizers during these two months is highly appreciated. The professional management ideas including establishing the FIDE Management Board to monitor the activities and execution of the projects was considered as a bright decision to develop the game of chess.

The Continental nominations to the FIDE commissions were also discussed. The importance of the members’ performance in the FIDE commissions’ activities is set high in the whole FIDE movement. The meeting went through all the candidates’ names for the FIDE commissions one by one to ensure the effective contribution from the Asian Chess Federation to the overall FIDE development policy.

The new chess competitions as well as other events organized by the Asian Chess Federation in next years was also one of the topics discussed at the meeting.

On behalf of the Asian Chess Federation Mr. Hisham Al Taher assured the FIDE leadership that ACF would continue working to the prosperity and development of the chess movement using the new instruments set by FIDE in the Golden era of chess. The atmosphere of the meeting was regarded as positive and optimistic by both FIDE and ACF.

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FIDE Executive Director visits the Arab Chess Championships 2018 in Dubai

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Arab Chess Championships 2018 which unite best chess players from Arabic countries to define the champions in classical, blitz and rapid competitions amongst Arabic national chess federations, started on 26 November in JW Marriott Dubai. The competition is held under the generous patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. HH has already sent his best wishes to all participants of the event. The main sponsor of the event is one of the biggest airlines in the world – Emirates Airlines. Emirates Airlines often supports many sports in the UAE including chess.

The Arab Chess Championships are under way. The Arab Blitz and Rapid Champions 2018 are defined: GM Salem AR Saleh of UAE became the Arab Blitz Champion 2018, with WIM Latreche Sabrina of Algeria who finished first to become the Arab Women Blitz Chess Champion 2018. GM Hicham Hamdouchi of Morocco became the Arab Rapid Champion 2018 and WGM Wafa Shrook has managed to grab the victory and become the Arab Women Rapid Champion 2018.

FIDE Executive Director Victor Bologan and FIDE President’s Advisor Berik Balgabaev paid a visit to Dubai to attend the FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar organized by the UAE Chess Federation with Mahdi Abdulrahim, assistant to the Secretary General as a lecturer. FIDE Executive Director greeted the participants of the seminar, wishing them a good luck in the seminar.

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FIDE guests have also attended the Arab Chess Championships both rapid and 5th round of classical events.

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FIDE Executive Director Victor Bologan and FIDE President’s Assistant have conducted meetings with Arab Chess Federation and its President Sheikh Saud Al Mualla to discuss the further collaboration between FIDE and Arab Chess Federation. Many important subjects were discussed including the future organization of Arabic chess competitions.

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The overall impression of the organization of the Arab Chess Championships 2018 which are organized under the generous auspices of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and with the main sponsorship of the Emirates Airlines was expressed as excellent.

The 6th Round of the Arab Chess Championships 2018 was held on the National Day of the UAE which was celebrated with the National Anthem before the start of the round. Dr. Sarhan Al Muaini congratulated the participants and wished them luck.

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