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FIDE publishes July 1st ratings, also for rapid and blitz
Sunday, July 01, 2012 0:55
On its website FIDE has published not only the July 1st rating list, but also the first rapid and blitz ratings. In the regular list, Magnus Carlsen reached his peak rating of 2837 and is only 15 points shy of passing Garry Kasparov's all-time high of 2851. The biggest news about today's new FIDE rating list is the fact that for the first time, a...
Andrew Paulson's big plans for chess
Thursday, June 21, 2012 10:03
Andrew Paulson has big plans for chess. The American/Russian businessman, who bought the rights to organize the FIDE tournaments of two World Championship cycles, spent thousands of Euros on marketing research and hired design firm Pentagram to create a new look for chess events. He has appeared in several mainstream media already, but the chess...
Ponomariov and five other qualifiers not invited to World Blitz
Friday, June 15, 2012 16:38
Although he thought he qualified, former FIDE World Champion Ruslan Ponomariov, together with five other GMs, was not invited to the FIDE World Blitz Championship, to be held in Astana, Kazakhstan from 1 to 11 July. In a blog on ChessVibes, Ponomariov writes that "already in February 2011 a selection was made where me and another five players were...
Kasparov in the FAZ
Thursday, June 14, 2012 14:53
Garry Kasparov is still firmly committed to push FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov out of office. The former World Champion doesn't rule out that he will run for FIDE President himself at the next presidential elections in 2014. This was reported today by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. On the day that the FIDE website reports about another...
FIDE announces new Grand Prix series, contracts to be signed before June 1st
Friday, May 25, 2012 14:05
While the current World Championship cycle is about to reach its climax, the next cycles are well under way. The player who will challenge the winner of the Anand-Gelfand match in a new title match, will be coming from the 8-player Candidates tournament, to be held March 2013 in London. The cycle after that has already started as well, and...
Anand-Gelfand: inspection of the playing hall
Wednesday, May 09, 2012 18:00
Yesterday Vishy Anand, Boris Gelfand, a number of officials and team members inspected the venue for the World Championship match: the Engineering Building of the State Tretyakov Gallery. The official website reported: In accordance with the match regulations for the chess crown, the world champion and the challenger for this title conducted an...
Anand-Gelfand World Championship match starts in a week from today
Friday, May 04, 2012 14:30
In exactly one week from today the 2012 World Championship match starts, between title holder Viswanathan Anand of India and challenger Boris Gelfand of Israel. The two will play a match of 12 games, unless someone scores a decisive 6.5 points at an earlier stage. In case of a tie, there will be a rapid / blitz playoff to decide. We bring you all...
Ilyumzhinov shakes hands with Sean Penn, the Dalai Lama and... Bachar Assad
Tuesday, May 01, 2012 14:07
Here we go again. It seems that every time there is a new candidate for the title of world's most dubious leader, our FIDE President sees this as a reason to invite himself for a cup of coffee. Last weekend Kirsan Ilyumzhinov visited Syria and on Sunday he had a three-hour talk with the President of Syria Bachar Assad in Damascus. In the past we'...
Carlsen tops May FIDE ratings, Aronian 10 points behind
Tuesday, May 01, 2012 8:19
Magnus Carlsen tops the May 1st FIDE rating list with the same rating as two months ago: 2835. Howevever, his lead has decreased to 10 points as Levon Aronian of Armenia won 5 points to get to 2825. There were few changes in the world's top 10 in the past two months. At the moment of writing, Aronian's live rating is in fact 2826 so just 9 points...
FIDE Candidates Tournament postponed until March 2013
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 16:49
The FIDE Candidates Tournament has been postponed until March 2013. The new dates were announced today on the FIDE website. Players and organizers have expressed to be happy with this new turn of events, while Andrew Paulson gives some more explanation. Earlier this month FIDE announced a 4-year schedule for two World Championship cycles, which...

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