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Friday, March 01, 2013 18:48
As FIDE informs, the Presidential Board has approved the following recommendations by the World Chess Championship & Olympiad Commission: 1. Minimum Prize Fund (net to the players before local taxes) for all Continental Championships which are part of the World Championship Cycle, starting from 2014: Europe: 150,000 EUR (75,000 EUR for women)...
FIDE ratings: Wesley So enters the 2700 club
Friday, March 01, 2013 14:58
The March 1st rating list has been published by FIDE and at the top there are not many big changes. Vishy Anand won 4 points thanks to his win in Baden-Baden, where Fabiano Caruana gained 3 points to climb back to the 11th place. Bigger changes can be found lower in the list. For example, Wesley So, who finished shared first in the Reyjavik Open,...
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 17:21
Last Saturday we posted news about FIDE trying to introduce player licences. It seemed that with such a licence, it would be necessary for every player who wishes to participate in a FIDE rated event to first register with their national federation and send their passport number, which can lead to all kinds of problems. We have now received FIDE's...
Saturday, February 16, 2013 10:56
Due to the Tata Steel chess tournament the news escaped our attention at first, but now it's definitely on our radar: the introduction of "player licences" by FIDE. At the end of January this was announced by the World Chess Federation, and it was subsequently criticized by many national federations. Earlier this week, in a very brief email...
Carlsen 2872 on February Elo list - reactions by Kasparov, Kavalek and Rowson
Saturday, February 02, 2013 16:25
Winning 11 more points at the Tata Steel tournament in January, Magnus Carlsen improved his record rating of 2861 to 2872 on the February FIDE rating list. The world's number one chess player is now 62 points ahead of his closest rival, #2 Vladimir Kramnik (whose son Vadim Vladimirovich was born on January 29th in Paris!). Meanwhile, the Norwegian...
Logo Bilbao Grand Slam Masters Final
Thursday, January 24, 2013 16:56
The 6th edition of the annual Grand Slam Masters Final in Bilbao was announced yesterday in a press release. Specific dates are not mentioned, and it's also not clear whether the first half of the tournament will again be hosted by a different host city (like Sao Paulo in 2011 and 2012). The organizers are urging FIDE "to hold discussions in order...
London Candidates: dates & venue announced
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 10:45
The dates and the venue for the Candidates tournament were announced yesterday in a press release: March 14, 2013 – April 1, 2013 at the IET London: Savoy Place. Levon Aronian, Magnus Carlsen, Boris Gelfand, Alexander Grischuk, Vassily Ivanchuk, Vladimir Kramnik, Teimour Radjabov and Peter Svidler will fight for a chance to play Vishy Anand in the...
Saturday, January 12, 2013 17:45
On Friday FIDE published a first list of qualifiers for the World Cup which will be held 10 August - 5 September in Tromsø, Norway. The list will be continuously updated as zonal and continental events are still taking place throughout the world. Because usually a number of top players don't participate in the World Cup, the three current reserves...
Carlsen's highest ever rating now official
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 23:42
Since January 1st Magnus Carlsen is officially the highest rated player in the history of chess. As we know, already on Saturday, December 8th the Norwegian broke Garry Kasparov's record rating of 2851 by drawing with Hikaru Nakamura at the London Chess Classic. The world's number one has a new official rating of 2861. Carlsen gained 13 points...
Bulgarian Chess Federation vs FIDE at CAS: case (partially) dismissed
Monday, December 24, 2012 13:54
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne has dismissed all requests from the Bulgarian Chess Federation to annull the cooperation between FIDE and Agon, the organizer of the Candidates Tournament and subsequent world championship cycle events. Last Wednesday CAS communicated a "partial operative part of the award" in the case Bulgarian...