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Friday, September 18, 2009 0:07
After publising a provisional list of qualifiers for the 2009 World Cup last month, FIDE has now put online the (almost complete) list of confirmed players who will travel to Khanty-Mansiysk in December. Only the 4 nominees of the local organizers have yet to be announced; the top seeds in Siberia will be Ivanchuk, Morozevich and Radjabov. The...
Tuesday, September 01, 2009 0:30
Following its new policy of publishing six instead of four rating lists a year, FIDE already made available the September rating list today. The top 10 didn't change much; Jakovenko is out but after a great summer Vassily Ivanchuk is back in; the Ukrainian climbed from spot 30th all the way up to 8th place. The top 10 of the FIDE's September...
Friday, August 28, 2009 18:25
This week FIDE published an almost complete list of qualifiers for the 2009 World Cup, scheduled for November 20-December 15 in Khanty-Maniysk, Russia. The winner cashes USD 120,000 and will qualify for the Candidates stage of the World Championship cycle 2009-2011. The FIDE World Cup 2009 will be a knockout tournament of 128 players, held from...
Tuesday, August 04, 2009 19:37
After its 4th tournament in Nalchik, Russia (won by Levon Aronian) it has been very silent around the FIDE Grand Prix Series. Although FIDE hasn't communicated a thing yet, we can tell you that in just five days from now, the first round of the 5th GP will take off in Jermuk, Armenia - not Yerevan. A bit of Grand Prix history To refresh our memory...
Wednesday, July 01, 2009 18:00
As of today, July 1st, 2009 our beloved game of chess has a new edition of its official rules: the Laws of Chess. The best known, and most-feared change is the so-called "zero-tolerance" rule: a player who arrives just a few seconds late at his board, loses the game. We asked top arbiter and chairman of the FIDE Rules and Tournament Regulations...
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Wednesday, July 01, 2009 10:10
Veselin Topalov tops the July FIDE rating list with a rating of 2813. The Bulgarian is 25 points ahead of World Champion Viswanathan Anand. After dropping 33 rating points on the previous list, Vassily Ivanchuk lost 43 more points, to dive to 30th place. Yesterday FIDE published its new rating list, which this time is not identical to the "live...
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Tuesday, June 23, 2009 3:20
Today FIDE published the rules & regulations for the 2010 Candidates Matches, which should decide the challenger to the winner of the Anand-Topalov world championship match. For these Candidates Matches two players will qualify based on the July 2009 and January 2010 rating lists, but as Hans Arild Runde notes, so far M-Tel Masters and...
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Thursday, June 18, 2009 15:50
For the moment the K-factor won't be changed, but instead "studied further to clarify all aspects and consequences of a possible change". FIDE writes this in a press release on their website about the Presidential Board meeting which was held June 16-17 in Krakow, Poland. The press release below was published on the FIDE website but as so often...
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Thursday, May 21, 2009 21:39
This week ChessBase published translations of two interesting interviews, with FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and with UEP President Joseph Resch, about the 2008 Anand-Kramnik match, the 2010-2011 World Championship cycle and the failed negotiations between FIDE and UEP. I found myself agreeing with the FIDE President for the first time in my...
Thursday, May 14, 2009 22:38
The hot debate around the K-factor that was going on last week attracted many interesting responses. Well-known rating experts such as Jeff Sonas, Ken Thompson and Hans Arild Runde all contributed with insightful points. The discussion ended with what Chessbase called Dr. John Nunn’s ‘final installment’ but this is unfortunate because the...

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