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FIDE ratings
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Wednesday, August 01, 2012 14:39
As FIDE now publishes its rating lists on a monthly basis, the new lists have come out already. In the men's list World Champion Vishy Anand dropped to 6th place; the Indian is now behind Sergey Karjakin who won 6 points in Dortmund. In the women's list Anna Muzychuk has overtaken Hou Yifan in second place behind Judit Polgar.  The new FIDE rating...
Ali Nihat Yazici
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 9:19
Ali Nihat Yazici, the President of the Turkish Chess Federation, has proposed to "suspend from FIDE" the seven chess federations that started two court cases against the World Chess Federation recently. The proposal is put on the agenda of the FIDE Congress which will be held next month in Istanbul. Ali Nihat Yazici | Photo by Anastasia Karlovich...
The French Chess Federation's website announced the news on Saturday
Monday, July 30, 2012 11:39
The FIDE Ethics Commission has confirmed the French Chess Federation's suspension of Sébastien Feller, Arnaud Hauchard and Cyril Marzolo for cheating at the Chess Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk in September 2010. The judgement was published today at the FIDE website. The French Chess Federation's website announced the news on Saturday, FIDE two days...
English & Georgian chess federations vs FIDE
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Wednesday, July 25, 2012 10:35
Once more we'll return to the the case between the English & Georgian chess federations vs FIDE, which was dismissed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on July 3rd. Yesterday Nigel Short sent us a letter in which he responds to FIDE's reponse to his comments on how FIDE reported on the case on July 5th. That last sentence already...
Simpson's-in-the-Strand
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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...
FIDE responds to Nigel Short: "There is nothing 'Kafkaesque' about this"
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 12:36
As we reported on July 10th, the case between the English & Georgian chess federations vs FIDE was dismissed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) a week before. FIDE claimed to have won the case, but Nigel Short stated that "FIDE simply escaped on a technicality". Now, FIDE has sent us a response to Nigel Short, which we'll consider an...
Ali Nihat Yazici
Thursday, July 12, 2012 16:04
In an unexpected (and somewhat surreal) twist of events, Ali Nihat Yazici has returned in the function of FIDE Vice President. In a letter addressed to Yazici, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov "refuses" his resignation, and Yazici "respects" Ilyumzhinov's decision.  Ali Nihat Yazici, a FIDE Vice President again | Photo by Anastasia Karlovich...
CAS dismisses case English & Georgian federation vs FIDE
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 13:36
The case between the English & Georgian chess federations vs FIDE was dismissed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on July 3rd. FIDE claims to have won the case, but Nigel Short stated: "FIDE simply escaped on a technicality and fails to mention that it was severely criticized by the CAS Panel in its decision." The English Chess...
GM Suat Atalik
Friday, July 06, 2012 13:43
Suat Atalik has been banned from playing chess in Greece. The Turkish grandmaster, who was earlier punished with a 15-month ban from international play by his own federation, forwarded email communication between tournament organizers and the Greek Chess Federation to several chess media. Following a ban from the federation, the organizers...

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