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Levon Aronian: I cannot play the Candidates' in Azerbaijan
Thursday, February 02, 2012 17:37
In an official statement, Levon Aronian has repeated what he expressed before: that he cannot play a 'high ranked tournament' in Azerbaijan. The Armenian grandmaster made this statement today and it was published at the website of the Armenian Chess Federation. With this message, Aronian reacts to bids for the 2012 FIDE Candidates Tournament...
FIDE supporting federations and chess in schools programs
Wednesday, February 01, 2012 10:18
FIDE has started a new inititive to support chess federations and chess in schools projects. The major goals are to increase on the one hand the number of members, and on the other hand the actual income, for individual federations. In the press release, which you can read in full below, an important novelty is introduced: student membership. The...
Grand Slam Chess Association confirms Linares 2012, sets dates for Masters Final
Monday, January 30, 2012 22:19
The Grand Slam Chess Association announced on Sunday that the world famous tournament in Linares, Spain will be held again this year, after it was cancelled in 2011. The Association also communicated the dates for the 5th Grand Slam Masters Final, and requested FIDE to "avoid any conflicts with our schedules". The following press release was...
Veselin Topalov, Tata GM group A: "I don't really know about my state"
Friday, January 13, 2012 12:13
Today we finish our series of three interviews, with players from the Tata Steel A, B and C groups, who all make some sort of comeback. In the third interview we have Veselin Topalov, winner of the San Luis FIDE World Championship in 2005 and challenger of Vishy Anand in the 2010 World Championship. The Bulgarian grandmaster won the 2005 Chess...
Carlsen tops January FIDE rating list with 2835
Sunday, January 01, 2012 20:30
For the third year in a row Magnus Carlsen tops the FIDE rating list at the start of the new year. The Norwegian reached his career's highest Elo: 2835 - only 16 points below Garry Kasparov's peak rating of 2851 which the 13th World Champion reached in July 1999. On the previous list (November 2011) Carlsen equaled his earlier highest rating of...
First rapid and blitz rating lists to appear July 1st, 2012
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 15:06
The first official FIDE rapid and blitz rating lists will be published on July 1st, 2012. The World Chess Federation plans to publish new lists every month. For the first list, rapid and blitz tournaments can be rated per January 1st, 2012. All this was published last Wednesday at the FIDE website. We might as well copy the full text here: The...
November ratings: Radjabov, Morozevich and Nakamura back in the top 10
Monday, October 31, 2011 13:39
On the FIDE rating list of November 1st, 2011 Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan climbed to 5th place. Alexander Morozevich continued his strong comeback and is now officially a top 10 player again as well, just like Hikaru Nakamura. There are two major changes at the top of the November 1st FIDE rating list: Teimour Radjabov and Alexander Morozevich...
82nd FIDE Congress: Dutch fears allayed
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 17:47
Between October 15th and 21st the 82nd FIDE Congress took place in Krakow, Poland. Many important decisions were taken in different areas and on a wide range of topics. However, no official documents, reports or minutes of the meetings and results seem to be available at the moment. One thing is clear: the Dutch fears about the FIDE rating system...
Friday, September 30, 2011 12:45
On its website, FIDE today to reports about a meeting between its President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and former President of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev. The Nobel Peace Prize Laureate shared with Mr. Ilyumzhinov his creative plans on writing a new book about his life. Also Mikhail Sergeevich spoke about the Gorbachev Foundation's activities. The FIDE...
Friday, September 23, 2011 13:01
On the FIDE website it is reported that on 15 September, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with Mr. Rezart Taci, the Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the 2011 Women's World Chess Championship Match. The leaders signed an agreement on the match between Hou Yifan (CHN) and Koneru Humpy (IND) Match, which is scheduled to take place...