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2016 Olympiad to Baku (and other results of the FIDE General Assembly)
Friday, September 14, 2012 18:43
The 2016 World Chess Olympiad will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan. This was the result of a vote at the FIDE General Assembly last Saturday. The FIDE Executive Board at the General Assembly | All photos courtesy of the FIDE & the Istanbul Olympiad Again, we look back and summarize the most important events of the 83rd FIDE Congress and General...
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Thursday, August 09, 2012 8:19
Agon, Andrew Paulson's company that works with FIDE to organize the upcoming World Championship cycles, has released new chess player statistics based on research by YouGov, an  international internet-based market research firm from the UK. "Across varied national demographic profiles (US, UK, Germany, Russia, India), a surprisingly stable 70% of...
Saturday, July 21, 2012 19:31
Simpson’s-in-the-Strand will be the venue for the first FIDE Grand Prix, starting September 20th. This was announced (or rather: confirmed) in a separate press release by Agon this week. Simpson is one of London's oldest traditional English restaurants and also the place where the "Immortal game" between Adolf Anderssen and Lionel Kieseritzky was...
FIDE/AGON Grand Prix
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 3:36
The full list of participants of the new Grand Prix series has been announced on the FIDE website. Besides World Champion Vishy Anand, the world's top three players, Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian and Vladimir Kramnik, have decided not to participate. Here's Tuesday's press release by FIDE/Agon: Following a technical clarification, FIDE and AGON...
Andrew Paulson's big plans for chess
Thursday, June 21, 2012 10:03
Andrew Paulson has big plans for chess. The American/Russian businessman, who bought the rights to organize the FIDE tournaments of two World Championship cycles, spent thousands of Euros on marketing research and hired design firm Pentagram to create a new look for chess events. He has appeared in several mainstream media already, but the chess...
FIDE announces new Grand Prix series, contracts to be signed before June 1st
Friday, May 25, 2012 14:05
While the current World Championship cycle is about to reach its climax, the next cycles are well under way. The player who will challenge the winner of the Anand-Gelfand match in a new title match, will be coming from the 8-player Candidates tournament, to be held March 2013 in London. The cycle after that has already started as well, and...
FIDE confirms London, announces 4-year schedule - players' comments
Wednesday, March 07, 2012 21:13
The FIDE Candidates Tournament will be held October 24th-November 12th, 2012 in London. This was announced in a brief press release published on Monday on the FIDE website. In another press release, FIDE gives a 4-year schedule for two World Championship cycles, and names cities like Paris and Madrid as locations for new Grand Prix tournaments....
Danailov to FIDE: "I will not allow such a mockery"
Sunday, February 26, 2012 11:05
Silvio Danailov has reacted strongly to the recent developments around FIDE and the World Championship cycle. The President of the European Chess Union threatened to take FIDE to court for the way they treated the Bulgarian bid to host the 2012 Candidates Tournament, according to Chessdom. Silvio Danailov With three reports we covered the story...
FIDE confirms agreements with CNC/Agon and Tretyakov
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 12:14
FIDE has signed an agreement with the companies CNC and Agon for the next World Championship cycle. CNC will be responsible for media, web and software rights, while Agon will be organising and funding the events. The contract with the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, where Vishy Anand and Boris Gelfand will play the 2012 World Championship match in...
Tournament organizers and players not happy with Candidates Tournament dates
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 13:32
In a recent interview, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov mentioned the dates and location for the Candidates Tournament: 23 October-13 November 2012 in London. Thus far, FIDE hasn't published an official press release which confirms this, so nobody knows for sure what is the situation. One thing is clear: the players and the organisers of the...