Following the decision of the Executive Board to temporarily exclude the Bulgarian Chess Federation, the following measures are now in place.Chess players under the FIDE flag Players, arbiters, trainers etc. formerly representing the Bulgarian Chess Federation, are now registered under the FIDE flag. They are licensed to participate in FIDE rated tournaments. According to the Regulations for Registration and Licensing for players, art. 2.10: ‘FIDE flag players’ are not allowed to compete in FIDE and Continental events. However, Bulgarian Players who became, after FIDE decision, ‘FIDE flag players’ will have the right to participate in FIDE Individual Championships registering individually and paying the respective FIDE fee for additional players.
Tournaments No tournaments taking place in Bulgaria can be registered and rated by FIDE. Tournament results submitted before the decisions EB-2017/13 and 14 come to effect shall be rated. The list of these tournaments can be found here. ‘FIDE flag players’ may participate in title norm tournaments. The following clarifications of the Title Regulations must be taken into account: (1.43) “At least two federations other than that of the title applicant must be included” These Federations must be National Federations. ‘FIDE flag players’ are not taken into account to fulfil requirement of 1.43(1.43e) “from at least 3 different federations” These Federations must be National Federations. ‘FIDE flag players’ are not taken into account to fulfil requirement of exception 1.43e
Title applications Applications for GM/WGM and IM/WIM titles by ‘FIDE flag players’ can be accepted only after prior communication with QC. ‘FIDE flag players’ may apply for titles according to 1.3 provided that they pay the relevant title fee by themselves.
Arbiters under the FIDE flag Arbiters under the FIDE flag may participate in any FIDE rated event as arbiters, provided that they are licensed. Arbiters under the FIDE flag may register in Arbiter seminars provided that they pay the seminar fee by themselves. Arbiters under the FIDE flag may renew their license provided that they pay the relevant license fee by themselves. Applications for arbiters’ titles by individuals under the FIDE flag can be accepted only after prior communication with ARB Commission.
Trainers under the FIDE flag Trainers under the FIDE flag are allowed to participate in Trainers’ seminars provided that they pay in advance the relevant participation and title fees by themselves. Trainers under the FIDE flag are allowed to renew their license provided they pay the relevant license fee by themselves. Applications for trainers’ FST or Di titles by individuals (as per TRG Regulations) under the FIDE flag can be accepted only after prior communication with TRG Commission.
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On the 7th of October 2017, the 37th annual National Sports Commission Awards took place in Botswana. It was a very successful event for the chess community as chess was nominated for 5 awards and got three of them. This came as no surprise to Botswana Sport lovers since chess has been nominated in the top three for all the past 4 years, and always coming 2nd to cricket. It started with the former president, Tshepo Sitale being elected as the Senior Vice President of the Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) in a highly contested election. Sitale is one of the pioneer administrators of chess who propelled the Federation to recognition, his election this past weekend as BNOC Senior Vice President was a crowning moment of hard work and meticulous organisation. Chess won awards for 1) Sports Code of the year 2) Administrator of the year - former President Mr. Tshenolo Maruatona3) Sports Woman of the Year - Ms. Onkementse Francis
According to organisers, chess looks set to dominate other sports codes because of the level of seriousness and organisation they put into their work at the Botswana Chess Federation. To cap the glorious chess year, Onkemetse Francis scooped the Sports Woman of the Year award which was sponsored by Debswana for the first time this year to the tune of P40 000. Debswana has taken a deliberate decision to support women within and outside of the organisation in areas such as sports, entrepreneurship and academics. Former Public Relations Director of Botswana Chess Federation Ms. Keenese Katisenge also won the award in 2014.
Sports woman of the year award winner in Naivy blue dress WIM Dr Onkemetse Francis
Botswana Chess Federation Executive committee after winning Sport Code of the year Award
Administrator of the year Mr Tshenolo Maruatona, former BCF president
Calistus Kolantsho print media journalist of the year Award winner, the man is always at the helm of growing chess in print media.Tshepo Sitale was voted as Senior Vice President of Botswana National Olympic Committee Related Links:http://weekendpost.co.bw/wp-news-details.php?nid=4408https://www.tsena.co.bw/15-year-old-tsiang-becomes-youngest-winner-bnsc-awards
FIDE regret to announce the passing of Honorary Member Philip Haley of Canada, who was very active in FIDE for over thirty years. We send our condolences to his wife, Betty-June, who attended many Congresses with her husband, and the rest of his family. Philip Haley was born in St.Stephen, New Brunswick, May 29, 1924. He graduated from Acadia University with an honours degree in science in 1945 and graduated from McGill University with a degree in chemical engineering in 1947. He was employed for 37 years with Imperial Oil and retired from an executive position with that company in 1983. He was known for his expertise in catalytic cracking and heavy oil upgrading and apart from a variety of technical positions, he held a number of managerial positions including manager of engineering design and manager of refining technology. Following his retirement he acted as a consultant on a number of major heavy oil upgrading projects. Apart from his engineering career, Mr. Haley was well known both nationally and internationally in the world of chess. In Canada, Mr. Haley was Secretary of the Chess Federation of Canada from 1953-1954, developer of the first Canadian rating list and Rating Commissioner from 1953-1955, Vice-president of the Chess Federation of Canada from 1955-1956, Chairman of the Chess Foundation of Canada from 1959-1967, President of the Chess Federation of Canada from 1971-1973 and FIDE (the World Chess Federation) Zonal President and FIDE representative for Canada from 1994-1999. Phil was very active in FIDE. He made a detailed presentation to FIDE's Central Committee in Venice in 1967 on the subject of conducting Chess Olympiads using the controlled pairing Swiss system. He led discussions on this subject in subsequent years until his idea was accepted for the 1976 Olympiad in Haifa, Israel and used in all subsequent Chess Olympiads. Apart from being a member of the Rules Committee he was chairman of the Pairings Committee for Chess Olympiads in Israel, Argentina, Malta and Switzerland. He took part in FIDE meetings in Italy, Malta, Switzerland, Brazil, France, the Netherlands, Russia, Armenia, Moldova, Qatar and Turkey. At the 1995 meeting of the FIDE Central Committee in Paris, Phil introduced a motion of non-confidence in President Campomanes and his team. This was seconded by Fan Adams of the US and was defeated by a controversial vote that was deemed to have been tied. At the FIDE Congress in Yerevan in 1996 Phil introduced a motion that all FIDE executive positions should be filled by individual votes rather than by voting for teams. This motion received strong support but was narrowly defeated. In 1999 Phil was a member of the three man Appeals Committee for the World Championship in Las Vegas. In 1971 in cooperation with Mayor Drapeau of Montreal, Mr. Haley developed and submitted a detailed proposal to FIDE for holding the World chess Championship (Fischer-Spassky match) in Montreal. In 1972 Mr. Haley co-authored with Kenneth Harkness of the US a report for FIDE entitled "Application of the Swiss System to FIDE tournaments." Mr. Haley was the originator of the accelerated pairing Swiss system that proved to be highly successful in tournaments with a high ratio of number of players to number of rounds. He was the tournament director and arbiter for four Canadian Open chess championships in Winnipeg, Kingston, Vancouver and St. John's as well as for the Canadian Closed championship in Pointe Claire, P.Q. in 1969. Although better known as a tournament director and Chess Federation official, Phil was an active player as well. He took part in many Canadian Opens starting with the first Canadian Open in Montreal in 1956 as well as Canadian Opens in Toronto, Ottawa, Kitchener, London, Windsor, Sackville, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. He represented New Brunswick in the 1945 Canadian Closed championship in Saskatoon and won the Alberta chess championship in 1959. Phil was also active in the US and participated in US Open championship tournaments in Tampa, Milwaukee, Cleveland and San Juan as well as having been a member of the US Chess Federation Rules Committee and the USCF FIDE Advisory Committee. He received the "Special Friend of the USCF" award in 2006. Mr. Haley was awarded a medal in 1977 from the Governor General of Canada on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth...for contributions in the field of chess. Phil was one of the original members of the Canadian Chess Hall of Fame.
FIDE regrets to announce the passing of GM William Lombardy in his 80th year. Whilst probably being most famous for being Bobby Fischer’s official second in the Reykjavik World Championship match against Spassky in 1972, he was also World Junior Champion in 1957, which he won with an 100% score 11/11, the only time this has happened. He became a GM in 1960 and played for the USA in seven Olympiads, winning the Gold Medal in the 1970 Olympiad in Siegen as first reserve. He also was first board for the USA winning the gold medal with 12/13, when the USA won the Student Team Under 26 in Leningrad in 1960. He retired from major tournament competition in 1961 and became a Roman Catholic priest.
William Lombardy and Bobby Fischer. Reykjavik 1972
FIDE and RCF congratulate the RCF Board of Trustees Chairman D. Peskov on his birthday
Athens, 17 October 2017 Mr. D. Peskov Chairman RCF Board of Trustees Dear Mr. Peskov, On behalf of the World Chess Federation and its 188 Federations I would like to congratulate you on your anniversary! We have been enjoying our close collaboration with the Russian Chess Federation in organization of the flagship FIDE events in Russia: Chess Olympiads, World Championships and Women’s World Championships, Candidates’ tournaments and Grand-Prix events and look forward to many years of fruitful cooperation to come. We are confident that your kind participation in the management and supervision of the chess life in Russia will result in many more successful stories of our sport in your great country! Please accept our most sincere wishes of the best of health, energy, optimism, prosperity and happiness!
Sincerely yours Georgios Makropoulos Deputy PresidentLetter to Mr. Dmitry Peskov (pdf)
Dear Mr. Peskov! On behalf of the Russian Chess Federation I would like to congratulate you on your anniversary! Through your kind involvement chess is regaining its popularity in Russia and has extended coverage in mass media. Russian politicians pay more attention to chess and chess players and gladly visit high-level chess tournaments, like the all-Russian team competition for schools Belaya Ladya and World Championships among men and women. Also I would like to express my deepest gratitude to you for visiting the World Chess Championship Match between Sergey Karjakin and Magnus Calrsen in New York. Your support was very important for the Russian candidate for the title. We highly appreciate your participation in such significant events of the Central House of Chess Player as the opening ceremony of the RCF Chess Museum and celebration of the House's 60th anniversary. The RCF Board of Trustees has really shown their thoughts for the Russian chess and chess players! Today I would like to wish you robust health, energy, optimism, success, happiness, and well-being! Andrey Filatov President of the Russian Chess Federation
Chairman of the RCF Board of Trustees Dmitry Peskov Celebrates his Anniversary
88th FIDE Congress Executive Board meeting Goynuk, Antalya, Turkey 13-14 October 2017
EXECUTIVE BOARD DECISIONS EB-2017/1. To establish the quorum EB-2017/2. To reconfirm the decision of the Extraordinary Presidential Board meeting, April 2017 in Athens. EB-2017/3. To accept a motion of Prof. A. Siegel to request the FIDE President not to run in the next Presidential elections. EB-2017/4. To note the result of the secret ballot – 37 in favour of the motion, 20 against, 2 abstentions. EB-2017/5. To refer the decision of the item in the financial report about the 30,000 loan to Mr. L. Ncube to the next Presidential Board for a final decision. EB-2017/6. To approve the budget for 2018.EB-2017/7. To approve the financial regulations excluding the fees. EB-2017/8. To refer the fees to the General Assembly 2018. EB-2017/9. To approve the Verification Commission report. EB-2017/10. To discharge the Treasurer from his duties.EB-2017/11. To re-appoint Ernst & Young, Switzerland, as FIDE External Auditors for the financial year 2017. EB-2017/12. To approve the provisional membership of the Antigua and Barbuda Chess Federation and recommend to the General Assembly its ratification. EB-2017/13. To temporarily exclude the Bulgarian Chess Federation.EB-2017/14. To approve that the players from Bulgaria to play under FIDE flag. EB-2017/15. To form a Committee to check the possibility of FIDE of registering tournaments of Bulgaria. EB-2017/16. Not to accept the end of suspension of the ASEAN Chess Confederation. EB-2017/17. To approve a new Agreement with Agon. EB-2017/18. To accept the Qualification Commission report. EB-2017/19. To approve over-the-board titles. EB-2017/20. To accept the Arbiters’ Commission report. EB-2017/21. To approve arbiters’ titles. EB-2017/22. To accept the Trainers’ Commission report and ask the Luxembourg Chess Academy to change its name. EB-2017/23. To approve trainers’ titles. EB-2017/24. To accept the Technical Commission report. EB-2017/25. To accept the Rules Commission report. EB-2017/26. To approve the proposed changes to the Laws of Chess. EB-2017/27. To accept the Constitutional Commission report. EB-2017/28. To accept the Systems of Pairings and Programmes Commission report. EB-2017/29. To accept the Development Commission report. EB-2017/30. To accept the Chess in Schools Commission report. EB-2017/31. To accept the Women’s Chess Commission report. EB-2017/32. To approve the change of the Women’s Chess Commission’s name to the Commission for Women in Chess and recommend its final ratification by the General Assembly 2018. EB-2017/33. To accept the Social Actions Commission report. EB-2017/34. To accept the Social Projects Commission report. EB-2017/35. To accept the Chess for Disabled Commission report. EB-2017/36. To accept the Medical Commission report. EB-2017/37. To accept the Ethics Commission report. EB-2017/38. To accept the Events Commission report. EB-2017/39. To approve IO titles. EB-2017/40. To accept the Journalists’ Commission report. EB-2017/41. To accept the Media regulations. EB-2017/42. To accept the Anti-Cheating Commission report EB-2017/43. To accept the Online Commission report. EB-2017/44. To note the Marketing Committee report. EB-2017/45. To accept the World Championship and Olympiads Commission report. EB-2017/46. To approve the proposal of Mr. Borg to negotiate with potential bidders for the World Team for open and women a package deal including a stage of the Women’s Grand-Prix. EB-2017/47. To approve the proposal of Mr. Makropoulos to sign an agreement on an exact schedule of construction for the Batumi 2018 Olympiad playing hall. EB-2017/48. To authorize the Presidential Board to finalise the contract with the Khanty-Mansiysk Organisers. EB-2017/49. To approve the proposal of Mr. Makropoulos to sign an agreement on an exact schedule of preparation for the Khanty-Mansiysk 2020 Olympiad. EB-2017/50. To award the World Youth Championship 2019 U-14, U-16, U-18 to India. EB-2017/51. To award the World Cadet Championships U-8, U-10, U-12 2019 to China.EB-2017/52. To award World Senior Championships 2019 to Romania. EB-2017/53. To award World Senior Teams Championships 50+, 65+ 2019 to Greece. EB-2017/54. To award World Amateur Championship 2019 to Mexico. EB-2017/55. To accept the Continental Presidents’ reports.
FIDE is publishing the final list of participants for the 2nd IMSA Elite Mind Games - Huai'an, China 2017.
List of Participants - Open section
List of Participants - Women Section
Day 7On the seventh day of the 88th FIDE Congress in Antalya, Turkey the Executive Board continued the meeting.The Commissions reports were discussed and approved. The reports will be posted soon on the FIDE website. AGON presented the report about its activities and presented the information about forthcoming event – Candidates Tournament 2018. The President of ECU Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili reported about the World Cup 2017 and informed the members about the preparation to the World Chess Olympiad 2018. He confirmed the exact dates of the Olympiad which will take place from the 23rd of September till the 6th of October 2018 in Batumi, Georgia.
The Executive Board decided to temporarily exclude the Bulgarian Chess Federation and approved that the players from Bulgaria play under FIDE flag.The Executive Board discussed the future events from the FIDE Calendar for 2019.The World Youth Championships U-14, U-16, U-18 was awarded to India. China will organize the World Cadet Championship U-8, U-10, U-12. The World Senior Championship will be held in Romania. The World Team Championship 50+, 65+ was awarded to Greece. The World Amateur Championship 2019 will be organized in Mexico. The full list of the Executive Board decisions will be published in a few days. FIDE expresses its gratitude to the Turkish Chess Federation for hosting help in organization of the FIDE Congress 2017.Congress Photo Gallery
Day 6 The sixth day of the 88th FIDE Congress in Antalya, Turkey was devoted to the meeting of the Executive Board. The President of the Turkish Chess Federation Gulkiz Tulay welcomed all participants of the Executive Board meeting. FIDE President Kirsan Iluymzhinov briefed the Board about his projects and trips made over the last year. FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos reported to the Board about several issues, including organization of the FIDE World Championship Match in New York, the FIDE World Women Championship in Tehran and some other events. FIDE Deputy Mr. Makropoulos deplored the fact that the Presidential Board and Executive team of FIDE had been defamed, threatened and insulted by an election campaign that Mr. Ilyumzhinov had initiated. Mr. Makropoulos mentioned that Mr. Ilyumzhinov is abusing the name of Russia and the President of Russia Vladimir Putin, in order to hide himself and excuse his team’s insults and threats to FIDE officers. Mr Makropoulos said that Mr Ilyumzhinov should stop doing this. The FIDE Executive Board reconfirmed unanimously the full delegation of FIDE President Powers to the Deputy President. The decision has been made on 10th of April 2017. FIDE Treasurer Professor Siegel proposed the following motion: "FIDE Executive Board requests Kirsan Ilyumzhinov not to run in the next Presidential election". The members voted 37-20 in favour of the motion with 2 abstentions. This decision is not mandatory and Mr. Ilyumzhinov can decide whether to stand or not.Ballot Paper (pdf) Professor Siegel gave an explanation of the present situation regarding FIDE finances, which showed a surplus in 2016 of over Euro 800,000. Ilya Merenzon gave a presentation on Agon, which was followed by a discussion on the subject of FIDE’s contract with the company. FIDE Vice-President Israel Gelfer informed that he had signed a revised agreement with Agon on behalf of FIDE and advised the terms. Many Commissions presented their reports which were the approved.
Congress Photo Gallery
Day 5 On the fifth day of the 88th FIDE Congress in Antalya, Turkey, the African Chess Federation held a meeting in the morning. The Commission for World Championships and Olympiads (WCOC) held their meeting from 3 till 6 pm. During the meeting of the WCOC, AGON presented their plans for the Candidates Tournament 2018 in Berlin and the World Championship Match later that year. The Commission has also discussed proposals for Candidates, Grand Prix and World Championship Match regulations.
Commission for World Championships and Olympiads (WCOC)
Mr Zurab Azmaiparashvili informed the commission about Olympiad 2018, while Geoffrey Borg reported about venues for Women Grand Prix 2018-2019 and negotiations with the Chinese Chess Federation regarding Women’s World Championship Match. All Commission have had their annual meetings and prepared their reports and proposals, which will be discussed at the Executive Board. The FIDE Executive Board starts at 9 am on 13th of October and occupies the full day. Congress Photo GalleryFull schedule, along with the Executive Board Agenda and Annexes can be found on the dedicated page. http://fidecongress.tsf.org.tr
Day 4On the fourth day of the 88th FIDE Congress in Antalya, Turkey, the following Commissions and Associations held their respective meetings: Constitutional Commission Social Action Commission Events Commission Commission for Disabled Development Commission Online Commission Francophone Chess Association Commonwealth Chess Association At the start of the meeting the Chairman of the Commission for Disabled Thomas Luther spoke about goals and strategic plans of the Commission. He informed the audience about the FIDE World Junior Chess Championship for Disabled in 2017 and FIDE World Chess Championship for Disabled 2017. Polina Torochkova delivered her report about events in Moscow. The Commission agreed on some proposals which will be discussed during the meeting of the Executive Board. The members of the Online Commission heard the review of the previous year, statistical information and planning for the upcoming year. The Commission discussed a new simplified version of the transfer regulations and rules of the eligibility for players and proposed changes into regulations for registration and licensing of players.
Events Commission The Events Commission discussed in details proposals for amendments in regulations, regulations of World Youth Rapid and Blitz Championships, FIDE EVE Calendar 2018. The Commission made recommendations for IO titles for the FIDE Congress and discussed the budget of EVE for 2018. The Constitutional Commission chaired by Roberto Rivello discussed a number of federation and statutory issues.
Constitutional Commission The Francophone Chess Association discussed several issues, including the forthcoming event in Tunisia which will be the fifth Francophone chess championship and will see the participation of several Grandmasters. The Chairman Patrick Van Hoolandt proposed a number of development ideas.
Congress Photo Gallery Full schedule, along with the Executive Board Agenda and Annexes can be found on the dedicated page. http://fidecongress.tsf.org.tr Download also the Informative Bulletin (PDF) http://fidecongress.tsf.org.tr/en/info-bulletin
Day 3On the third day of the 88th FIDE Congress in Antalya, Turkey, the following Commissions held their respective meetings: - Social Project Commission - Commission for Women’s Chess - Anti-Cheating Commission - Chess in Schools Commission - Verification Commission - System of Parings and Programs The Skills Management Committee Chairperson made a decision to postpone the meeting and it will be held on 12th of October. The Anti-Cheating Commission started with the Chairperson's report. Israel Gelfer specified the role of the Commission and explained what the Commission members have been doing during the last period. The Commission members informed about the outstanding cases, recent cooperation with National Federations and discussed opportunities for developing a 2018 edition of the ACC Guidelines. WOM Secretary Anastasia Sorokina started the meeting of the Commission for Women’s Chess by giving a brief summary regarding the events for 2017 and some of the projects of WOM. In the next part of the meeting, participants shared their ideas about how to motivate female players worldwide regardless of playing levels. Besides, it was suggested that WOM introduce leading female chess players as their ambassadors. WOM also made a few proposals. The Chess in Schools Commission approved the changes to regulations to cover the online version of the school instructor. The Chairman Kevin O’Connell was pleased to report that the collaboration that they have been working for the past two years with FEDA and FIBDA is now fully operational with the first ever online seminar and two seminars in Argentina in the last two weeks. The members were pleased to appoint PEP Suerez of Spain who had been so as a counsellor. The Commission also discussed collaboration with AIDEF which they began a year ago and expect to have matching results next year. The Verification Commission discussed in great detail the 2016 accounts.FIDE Treasurer Adrian Siegel was present during the meeting to answer many relevant questions received from the floor.
Commission for Women's Chess
Chess in Schools Commission
Systems of Pairings & Programs Commission
Day 2On the second day of the 88th FIDE Congress in Antalya, Turkey, the following Commissions held their respective meetings:- Qualification Commission (QC)- Ethics Commission (ETH)- Medical Commission (MED)- Rules Commission (RC)The Qualification Commission approved the title applications and discussed other items from the agenda: direct titles, late registrations and submissions, effects of no-service federations, review of rating system, rating of matches, and the Regulations for rapid and blitz ratings.The Ethics Commission elaborated on its statement in regard to the "Kovalyov case", following the formal complaint by the Chess Federation of Canada. The Commission members also informed the meeting about the other ongoing cases.The Medical Commission heard the Chairperson's report, including the new insights on the compliance with WADA-Code. The WADA is tightening the protocol after the series of doping scandals in athletics and other major sports. The Commission answered a large questionnaire issued by WADA and is strictly observing all requirements. The Chairperson added that, however, FIDE is considered a very low-risk sport. FIDE Executive Director added that WADA is very satisfied about the current level of cooperation with FIDE.The Commission informed that 16 tests were conducted in year 2016, all returning negative results. The organizers and the players cooperated with the Commission. It is added that the current testing pool for out-of-competition tests consists of 15 players (10 male and 5 female).The Rules Commission reviewed the "Guidelines for the organizers" and "Interpretation of the Laws of Chess made with the Arbiters' Commission", and drafted the "Amendments of the Competition Rules".One of the items that should be brought to public attention are the "Amendments to the Laws of Chess 2017", which, after the approval from the FIDE Executive Board, should become valid from 1st January 2018. According to the draft, the same regulation regarding an illegal move will apply in standard, rapid and blitz games.Full schedule, along with the Executive Board Agenda and Annexes can be found on the dedicated page. http://fidecongress.tsf.org.trDownload also the Informative Bulletin (PDF) http://fidecongress.tsf.org.tr/en/info-bulletinRules CommissionEthics CommissionMedical CommissionQualification Commission
Day 1The 88th FIDE Congress started today at the Avantgarde Hotel in Antalya, Turkey.The Congress is organized by the Turkish Chess Federation and attended by the FIDE Executive & Presidential Board, the FIDE Commissions, the FIDE Delegates and the National Chess Federations.On the first day there were meetings of the Central Board of Commissions, the Marketing Committee, the Technical Commission (TEC), the Arbiters' Commission (ARB), the Trainers' Commission (TRG) and the Commission of Chess Journalists (CCJ).The Central Board of Commissions discussed several important topics, including the seasonal effect on the FIDE budget in the odd years, the coordinated effort of various commissions to standardise and implement dress code, and the updating of the FIDE Handbook by assigning proper sections to relevant commissions for reviewing.The Marketing Committee saw the interactive presentations by Chairman Martin Huba and member Sonja Johnson. The Committee is proposing several key areas to focus on for further development: Membership, Branding, and alternative sources of funding. The Committee is also asking the Presidential Board to formulate and adopt the FIDE Mission Statement, which is an important first step for applying to grants.The Technical Commission heard the opening by the Chairman and started the session with the "presentation of final text of the Separate Chapter of the Technical matters". The Commission also discussed the "Chess Evolution Sets" prepared by GM A. Naiditsch, "Live chess platform for FIDE events" prepared by Asim Pereira, "Leap Chess Clock", and the "Tie-breaks study - Unplayed games" with presentations from Prof. Anantharam and Mr. Roberto Ricca.The Arbiters' Commission reviewed the Minutes from Councilors' Meeting in Reykjavik (21-24 April 2017). The Commission approved IA and FA title applications, the Amendments of the Regulations, the List of Lecturers, and Classification of the Arbiters. Also on agenda were the activities of the Commission, including online lectures for the new laws of Chess (in English, Arabic, Russian, Spanish) and online Conference for the new laws of Chess.The Commission presented the 5th issue of the "Arbiters’ Magazine" and the "2017 Arbiters’ Manual", and approved the FIDE Arbiters’ Commission’s Budget for 2017-2018. The Trainers' Commission held the consultation session as the Councillors' Meeting already took place this summer in Montenegro. Due to the huge interest of the members and guests, the session was extended to last full two hours. Many relevant questions and competent proposals arrived from the floor, with the Chairman and the Secretary answering in detail.The Commission of Chess Journalists reviewed the Media Regulations which should be forwarded to the Executive Board for the final approval. The Commission also reported on the progress on issuing the FIDE Journalist accreditations and the plans for the 2018 SportAccord Convention. The Central Board of Commissions The Marketing CommitteeThe Technical CommissionThe Arbiters' CommissionThe Trainers' Commission The Commission of Chess Journalists
The 3rd World Chess Championship for the Disabled is well under way in Dresden, Germany. Opened on 5th October 2017 in the presence of various dignitaries of the city of Dresden and the State Saxony. With 71 players out of 12 nations present it is great to witness that the common language despite impairments is chess. Rounds start at 9:30am, giving the players an opportunity to go and spend some time in this lovely city. This is the third time that the tournament is played in Dresden. Since the first edition in 2013 a lot has changed in Chess for The Disabled and it is great to see that this inclusive sport is gaining a wider audience.
Amongst the players are 7 unrated players. It is great to also see some of the presidents in attendance. IPCA President Zbigniew Pilimon is here to support his players and his fellow Polish participants. Phillip K Gardner, the ICCD President, is even participating himself in the tournament whilst taking the chance to have meetings about current issues for deaf players with Thomas Luther, the Chairman of the Disabled Commission.
Tomorrow will be a free day, giving everyone the chance to relax a little and enjoy themselves before the last two rounds. With most games being decisive no predictions can be made yet as to who will gain the crown. The tournament location for 2019 will be decided on at the 88th FIDE Congress in Antalya, Turkey, which is currently taking place. No doubt the positive development of Chess for the Disabled will continue. Especially with new first edition tournaments that took place earlier on this year, not only on a national and continental level but also on the international stage. To find out more about the tournament and the FIDE Commission for the Disabled feel free to like our Facebook page or have a look on the official website of the tournament.
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