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The Russian women's team in Istanbul: L-R Kosteniuk, N.Kosintseva, Gunina, T.Kosintseva
Friday, February 08, 2013 18:24
Nadezhda and Tatiana Kosintseva have decided not to continue playing for the Russian women's team as long as Sergey Rublevsky is the captain. "Unfortunately, the Olympiad in Istanbul went for us in the atmosphere of a permanent psychological discomfort and all that in addition to the usual tournament pressure," said Nadezhda Kosintseva in an...
New FIDE Statutes approved; Kasparov friends with FIDE again!?
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 21:45
As is tradition, alongside the Olympiad in Istanbul the FIDE Congress was held. For a week officials and delegates got together to discuss chess related matters and vote on important projects and proposals. This week we look back and summarize the most important events of the 83rd FIDE Congress. In the first article, today we focus on the FIDE...
Ilya Levitov
Thursday, August 30, 2012 17:37
The Russian Chess Federation has openly supported Evgeny Surov, the Russian journalist who is not allowed to work at the Olympiad in Istanbul. In an open letter the RCF's Head of the Management Board, Ilya Levitov, asks the Olympiad organizers to accredit Surov for the tournament. Ilya Levitov | Photo courtesy of the Russian Chess Federation As we...
Ali Nihat Yazici
Monday, June 25, 2012 14:07
On June 7th we reported that the organizers of the upcoming Olympiad in Istanbul, the Turkish Chess Federation, will not accept arbiters from seven chess federations. A few days later these federations issued a formal protest to FIDE. More criticism followed, from the Association of Chess Professionals, the European Chess Union, the Russian Chess...
FIDE confirms London, announces 4-year schedule - players' comments
Wednesday, March 07, 2012 21:13
The FIDE Candidates Tournament will be held October 24th-November 12th, 2012 in London. This was announced in a brief press release published on Monday on the FIDE website. In another press release, FIDE gives a 4-year schedule for two World Championship cycles, and names cities like Paris and Madrid as locations for new Grand Prix tournaments....
FIDE confirms agreements with CNC/Agon and Tretyakov
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 12:14
FIDE has signed an agreement with the companies CNC and Agon for the next World Championship cycle. CNC will be responsible for media, web and software rights, while Agon will be organising and funding the events. The contract with the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, where Vishy Anand and Boris Gelfand will play the 2012 World Championship match in...
Tournament organizers and players not happy with Candidates Tournament dates
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 13:32
In a recent interview, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov mentioned the dates and location for the Candidates Tournament: 23 October-13 November 2012 in London. Thus far, FIDE hasn't published an official press release which confirms this, so nobody knows for sure what is the situation. One thing is clear: the players and the organisers of the...
The Candidates' in London; is FIDE selling its World Championship cycle?
Friday, February 10, 2012 11:14
This week there were rumours about the next Candidates Tournament being held in London, as a result of a tweet by the assistant of the FIDE President. These rumours seem to have been confirmed now by FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. In their own report on the recent Presidential Board meeting, FIDE only mentions that a decision on the bids...