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Magnus Carlsen steps out of World Championship cycle
Friday, November 05, 2010 16:10
By declining to play in the 2011 Candidates matches, Magnus Carlsen has decided to step out of the current World Championship cycle. In a letter to FIDE Carlsen expresses his dissatisfaction with the current cycle, like "reigning champion privileges, the long (five year) span of the cycle and changes made during the cycle resulting in a new format...
Tuesday, November 02, 2010 9:38
Now FIDE will surely get complaints that even a two-month rating list is not frequent enough. On the 1 November list World Champion Viswanathan Anand is first and Magnus Carlsen second, because the Pearl Spring tournament wasn't rated yet. Levon Aronian climbed to third place and Sergei Karjakin entered the top 10 for the first time. We all know...
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 0:01
After Ilyumzhinov's victory in the FIDE Presidential elections in Khanty-Mansiysk twelve days ago, it's become awfully silent on both fronts. Those seeking change in the World Chess Federation have been struck dumb at the prospect of another four years of Kirsan's reign. But they needn't despair. They just shouldn't wait for the big shots to...
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 18:11
On the first day of the 81st FIDE Congress the FIDE Presidential elections have immediately led to chaotic situations. The meeting in Khanty-Mansiysk started with protests about unfair procedures, an agitated Kasparov trying to make his point and two delegates from Peru who both claim to be the chairman of the chess federation. Then, in the middle...
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Saturday, September 04, 2010 0:37
Levon Aronian is the world's number 4 player in the world on the September FIDE rating list. The Armenian is now one place higher than Vladimir Kramnik, who lost ten points in Dortmund this summer. Pavel Eljanov is now 6th while Vassily Ivanchuk is back in the top 10. One of the things we hadn't published yet, partly because of the editor-in-...
Friday, August 27, 2010 7:50
The Dutch Chess Federation has announced its voting for Anatoly Karpov in Khanty-Mansiysk. We bring you another update on the upcoming FIDE elections, including remarkable developments in Argentina and Lebanon. Dutch Chess Federation supports Karpov Thursday in a press release the Dutch Chess Federation has announced its support for Anatoly Karpov...
Sunday, August 15, 2010 20:58
As a follow-up to Anatoly Karpov's proposal to organize the 2011 Candidates matches in Kiev, the Ukrainian Chess Federation has announced a guaranteed prize fund of EUR 500,000. "The UCF is also ready to review other formats for the Candidates matches, including an increase in the number of games in the matches, and an increase of the time period...
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Anonymous
Friday, August 13, 2010 2:34
Hou Yifan won the 5th FIDE Women Grand Prix in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. In the final round the Chinese GM drew with her closest rival Antoaneta Stefanova from Bulgaria, who missed an excellent opportunity. The 5th FIDE Women Grand Prix tournament took place July 29 - August 11 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Antoaneta Stefanova (2560, BUL), GM Zhao Xue (...
Anonymous
Monday, August 09, 2010 19:13
Cyprus and the United Arab Emirates might seem unlikely flashpoints in the current campaign for the FIDE Presidency, but in the last few days the two candidates have fought a fierce PR battle over their support. Meanwhile, Karpov has proposed moving the Candidates Matches to Kiev and Ilyumzhinov has claimed victory already. Update: something fishy...
Thursday, August 05, 2010 23:00
An interview with Nigel Freeman was published this week by different chess media, in which he talks about his achievements in four years as FIDE treasurer, and comments on allegations by the Karpov2010 campain team. Puzzled about a number of issues, we decided to send a few follow-up questions, which Mr Freeman was happy to answer as well. Last...

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