Archive for Andrew Paulson

Thursday, January 30, 2014 12:49
Chess.com has obtained a document that suggests that Agon, Andrew Paulson's company that holds the rights to organize chess events in the World Championship cycle, is secretly run by Kirsan Ilyumzhinov himself. According to the contract, which is signed by both the FIDE President and Mr Paulson, it is Mr Ilyumzhinov who owns 51% of the shares....
Sunday, May 05, 2013 23:08
On the first day of the Presidential Board meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan the World Chess Federation officially granted the World Championship match between Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen to Chennai, India. This was tweeted by several FIDE officials on Sunday, and later confirmed by a press release by the All Indian Chess Federation. After the...
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Wednesday, April 17, 2013 16:01
Today the third FIDE Grand Prix in the 2012-2013 series will be officially opened in Zug, Switzerland. The participants are Teimour Radjabov, Sergey Karjakin, Fabiano Caruana, Veselin Topalov, Hikaru Nakamura, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Alexander Morozevich, Peter Leko, Gata Kamsky, Ruslan Ponomariov, Anish Giri and Rustam Kasimdzhanov. Most of the...
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Friday, March 22, 2013 18:21
Together with FIDE, Agon is the organizer of the FIDE Candidates' Tournament that's currently under way in London. The head of Agon is Andrew Paulson, a 54-year-old American entrepreneur who bought the rights from FIDE to organize the events that are part of the next two World Championship cycles. On Wednesday, March 20th, before the start of the...
FIDE Candidates: all the info (including the pairings!)
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 11:34
The first round of the Candidates tournament in London, on March 15th, 2013 will see the games Aronian-Carlsen, Gelfand-Radjabov, Ivanchuk-Grischuk and Svidler-Kramnik. Nine days before the opening ceremony the full pairings were already published on the official website. FIDE and AGON, the commercial partner of the World Chess Federation, will...
CNN on the London Grand Prix and Andrew Paulson's plans
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 15:03
The FIDE Grand Prix tournament in London has attracted some attention from mainstream media already. To name a few: The Financial Times (PDF), the FT's Lex Column, Vogue, the London Evening Standard and even CNN have covered the tournament. The US cable news channel visited the tournament's opening reception and first round. On Tuesday their...
London Grand Prix officially opened
Friday, September 21, 2012 1:38
With a modest drawing of lots followed by a big party, the London FIDE Grand Prix tournament was officially opened on Thursday night at the Somerset House, on the south side of the Strand in central London, England. The first round will be played tomorrow at 14:00 local time (15:00 CET), with the following pairings: Kasimdzhanov-Leko, Nakamura-...
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...
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...

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