Dr Marape Marape, the Chairman of the FIDE Medical Commission, attended the 2019 World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)'s Annual Symposium in Lausanne, Switzerland from 13th to 14th March, 2019. The Symposium brought together close to 900 delegates from the global anti-doping community, representing all the sporting codes and federations for 2 days of presentations, interviews, panel discussions, practical workshops and networking sessions. The symposium focused on the New World Antidoping Code and its associated International Standards Review. Dr Marape also had meetings with WADA representatives where he reiterated FIDE's commitment to continuing to work closely with WADA to ensure that Chess remains free of doping and to continuing FIDE's compliance with all WADA requirements.
Following the recommendation of GSC, the tie-break criteria for Swiss-system events of the World Championship Cycle were approved by FIDE Presidential Board in Astana: ° Average Rating of Opponents Cut 1 (AROC 1)* ° Buchholz Cut 1**; ° Buchholz; ° Direct encounter between the players in tie; ° Drawing of lots. * Average Rating of Opponents, excluding the lowest-rated opponent. ** Buchholz score reduced by the lowest score of the opponents.
The 3rd FIDE World Cadets Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships 2019 will be held in Minsk, Belarus, from 15 August (arrival) to 19 August (departure) 2019. REGULATIONS (ENG)REGULATIONS (RUS)
REGISTRATION FORM (ENG) (check the example)REGISTRATION FORM (RUS) (check the example)The venue is the Minsk Sports Palace.
The last round of the World Team Chess Championships produced a scenario of rare intensity, as team and individual medals were decided in the last minutes. Both gold medals had already attributed one day before the end to Russia in the open section and China in the women section, and both teams were involved in crucial matches for the podium. In an epic battle against India, the Russian seemed on the verge of losing, before Ian Nepomniachtchi eventually saved his position to a draw and Alexander Grischuk won his game. With this 2,5-1,5 loss, India unluckily had to cede the bronze medal to China, which overcame Kazakhstan by a thread. The silver medal went to England, which convincingly beat Sweden. All results, final rankings and individual medal awards can be found at http://wteams.astana2019.fide.com/en/elementor-6833/. The bilingual press conference with the Russian team can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocYVFO_p8co.Both local teams performed slightly above expectations. The men’s team had a tough tournament but ended on a positive 8th place. Team leader Rinat Jumabayev was the real hero with a tremendous 5 out of 9 score. The women team reached their initial goal, a 5th place just behind the big-4. It is clear that this ambitious young team is promised to a bright future. Zhensaya Abdumalik speaks about the tournament at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLk836Pw7V4.The whole event proceeded smoothly and was organized at a very high level. The Astana International Financial Centre, partner of the World Championship, offered a perfect venue. The general sponsor ERG and the general Samruk Kazyna greatly contributed to the success of the World Team Championship.Please visit official website for complete results, board prizes, videos and more.OFFICIAL WEBSITEAll photosTeam Rankings after the Final Round
World Team Chess Championships 2019 is over. FIDE publishes the final ranking of Teams after Round 9 which concluded in Astana, Kazakhstan on March, 14 2019.OPEN tournament
Round 8Complete Standings and Results can be found at the Official website of the tournament http://wteams.astana2019.fide.comIt had been predicted, the Chinese women secured the gold medal today by winning their match convincingly. The real surprise occurred later in this eighth round, when all results in the open section coincided to grant the gold medal to the Russian team. Thus, both winners stand one round before the end.Women Match CHN - USA
Match SWE - RUS
The decision in the match China-United States of America fell on boards 1 and 3, when serial winners Tan Zhongyi and Lei Tingjie used their white pieces to win their games. China needed a win to get the gold medal one round before the end, they confidently achieved it with a 3-1 victory. The fight for both other places on the podium is still open between Russia, Ukraine and Georgia. All results and ranking can be found at http://wteams.astana2019.fide.com/en/elementor-6842/ . The press conference with the Chinese captain Yu Shaoteng and some players took place right after their victory and can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Rjg0AHQ2mI .The scenario of the open section was less predictable. True, the Russians left no chance to the Swedish team and confidently won 3,5-0,5. But it was clear they would not win gold on this day without external help. China trounced England 3-1 and is finally recovering from its bad start. The Chinese currently occupy the fourth place, one point behind their victim of the day and India, which was lucky to escape with a draw against the US team. The fight for both remaining medals will be fierce, as can be observed at http://wteams.astana2019.fide.com/en/elementor-6833/.In view of the late outcome of the matches in the open section, and in order to secure the highest possible audience, the organizers decided to stage the title press conference with the entire Russian team on Friday at 16:00 local time. It will be broadcast live on the official website. In case, one or more games still run, the press conference will be slightly postponed accordingly. Please pay attention to the fact that the final round will start earlier than usual, at noon in the Astana International Financial Centre. Live commentary in English and Russian can be followed at http://kazchess.kz/world_astana2019/.Team Captain Yu Shaoteng (CHN) Ding Yixin (CHN)Preview of Round 9FIDE World Team Championship 2019Open sectionRound 9, 2019/03/14 at 12.00 (noon)Russia – IndiaAzerbaijan – EgyptKazakhstan – ChinaEngland – SwedenUnited States of America – IranFIDE World Team Championship 2019Women sectionRound 9, 2019/03/14 at 12.00 (noon)Ukraine – ChinaGeorgia – RussiaUnited States of America – EgyptKazakhstan – ArmeniaHungary – India
OFFICIAL WEBSITERound 8 Photo Gallery
Round 7 The tension is growing in the Astana International Financial CentreBefore narrating the chess highlights of the round, it seems appropriate to stress that the organization of a prestigious event as the World Team Chess Championships is not self-evident. It would not take place without the financial support of general sponsor ERG, general partner Samruk Kazyna and partner the AIFC.Both tournaments are slowly reaching a climax. The seventh round did not produce any real surprise, meaning that the leaders keep control of their dominating positions. Most matches were very close, especially in the open section. Russia had a hard time overcoming the United States of America, but eventually secured victory thanks to Vladislav Artemyev on board 4. Here are his post-game impressions in Russian - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ms3AZYgsxIk . England edged out Egypt and moved to sole second place, after India drew against Azerbaijan. The English captain Malcolm Pein nevertheless remains cautious as to their chances of medal - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P62h0wRA3sc . Details on results and ranking can be found at http://wteams.astana2019.fide.com/en/elementor-6833/ .The main match of the women section was clearly the fight for the podium between Russia and Ukraine. Decisive results were achieved on the first two boards. Mariya Muzychuk won a good game for Ukraine against Kateryna Lagno, which she relates in a press conference [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnW4Ac0m3U4 ]. Alexandra Kosteniuk levelled the score against Anna Muzychuk, while both other games were drawn, thus sealing the 2-2 score. Georgia left no chance to the host country and won 3,5-0,5. They catch up Ukraine on shared third place. China won easily against Egypt and has a chance to clinch the gold medal one round before the end, in case of a victory against the US team in round 8. All other results and current standing are available on the official website - http://wteams.astana2019.fide.com/en/elementor-6842/ .The eighth round will start on Wednesday March 13th at 3 pm in the Astana International Financial Centre. Live commentary in English and Russian can be followed at http://kazchess.kz/world_astana2019/ .
Match USA - RUS
Maghsoodloo Parham (IRI)
Women Match UKR - RUS
Preview of Round 8FIDE World Team Championship 2019Open sectionRound 8, 2019/03/13 at 15.00Iran – AzerbaijanIndia – United States of AmericaEgypt – KazakhstanChina – EnglandSweden – RussiaFIDE World Team Championship 2019Women sectionRound 8, 2019/03/13 at 15.00India – Ukraine China – United States of AmericaArmenia – Georgia Russia – HungaryEgypt – KazakhstanOFFICIAL WEBSITERound 7 Photo Gallery
Round 6 Russia stumbles but remains in the leadA free day in chess is never easy to deal with. Players in good shape risk getting out of rhythm, whereas players in bad shape meditate endlessly on their misfortune. In other words, a surprise is likely to happen.In the 6th round of the World Team Championships, this materialised into an unexpected draw by Russia against the off-form team from Azerbaijan. It could in fact have been worse for the leader of the open section. Ian Nepomniachtchi escaped from a very dangerous position against Rauf Mamedov, as he explains at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfHaZmGC3Ik . The equalizer was scored by Arkady Naiditsch, who inflicted a painful second defeat in a row to Sergey Karjakin on board 1. You will certainly appreciate his sense of humour in the post-match interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPnCYbSUZJc .Russia’s direct pursuers England and India convincingly beat Iran and Kazakhstan respectively, and are closing in on the ranking ( http://wteams.astana2019.fide.com/en/elementor-6833/ ). China’s misery goes on, as the pre-tournament favourite was held to a draw by Egypt, which incidentally scored its first point in the event. GM Ahmed Adly won a very instructive game which he comments in a press conference https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAm9qULtqSc .Almost all matches in the women section ended in close victories for the favourites, so that China maintains its perfect score. “Miss 100%” aka Alexandra Goryachkina scored the decisive point for her team, and gives her impression in an short interview in Russian https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxHvPfW7Ujg . All individual results and current ranking can be found at http://wteams.astana2019.fide.com/en/elementor-6842/ .The seventh round will start on Tuesday March 12th at 3 pm in the Astana International Financial Centre. Live commentary in English and Russian can be followed at http://kazchess.kz/world_astana2019/ .
Serik Sapiyev, Olympic Champion 2012 in boxing, Chairman of the Sports Committee in Kazakhstan Women match RUS - USAMatch IRI - ENGGrischuk Alexander (RUS)
OFFICIAL WEBSITERound 6 Photo GalleryPreview of Round 7FIDE World Team Championship 2019Open sectionRound 7, 2019/03/12 at 15.00Azerbaijan – IndiaKazakhstan – IranEngland – EgyptChina – SwedenUnited States of America – RussiaFIDE World Team Championship 2019Women sectionRound 7, 2019/03/12 at 15.00 United States of America – IndiaUkraine – RussiaGeorgia – KazakhstanChina – EgyptHungary – Armenia
WTCC Round 5 Chinese women take the leadThe fifth and last round before the free day produces a key result in the women section, as China wins the top match against Russia. A small sensation occurs in the open section, as the leader of the Kazakh team Rinat Jumabayev beats Sergey Karjakin. This does not prevent Russia to claim the match and top the standings.Both Chinese teams seem to be in completely different shape in Astana. Whereas men struggle in the middle of the rankings, despite their close victory against Iran today, the female representatives are on fire. They made short work of their top encounter against Russia. Tan Zhongyi left no chance to Kateryna Lagno on board one, thanks to a clever pawn sacrifice which paved the way to a strong attack. China’s other white game went equally successfully, as Lei Tingjie outplayed and eventually mated Valentina Gunina. Russia did not quite show the same efficiency with the white pieces. Alexandra Kosteniuk struggled against Huang Qian and was forced to accept a generous draw offer by her opponent, thus sealing the fate of the match. After a long game, Alexandra Goryachkina managed to limit the damage by beating Ding Yixin. This victory lifts her personal score to an impressive 5 out of 5. As can be seen in the actual standings at http://wteams.astana2019.fide.com/en/elementor-6842/, Ukraine was held to a draw by the young Kazakh team and occupies the third place.
Match KAZ-RUSRinat Jumabayev (KAZ)
Women match UKR-KAZAlexandra Goryachkina (RUS)
Match ENG-INDIn the men’s section, Russia confidently defeated Kazakhstan 3-1. The only point for the local team was scored by Rinat Jumabayev against the former World Championship finalist Sergey Karjakin. As explained in the press conference, the grandmaster from Shymkent steadily amounted pressure until his opponent, famously nicknamed the Russian Minister of Defence, uncharacteristically made the decisive mistake.Three teams are involved in a battle for the second place. England and India played a tense match which ended 2-2, while the United States of America missed a good opportunity to overtake them. Facing the off-form Azeri team, indeed, they stumbled and lost 3-1. In the last match of the day, Sweden scored its second consecutive win against Egypt. All details about results and current standings can be found at http://wteams.astana2019.fide.com/en/elementor-6833/ .
Women match CHN-RUSAll teams are looking forward to a well-deserved break on Sunday. Participants will be driven around to visit the capital of Kazakhstan. The tournament will resume on Monday March 11th at 3 pm in the Astana International Financial Centre. Live commentary of the 6th round in English and Russian can be followed at http://kazchess.kz/world_astana2019/ .
Team RussiaOFFICIAL WEBSITE
Round 5 Photo GalleryPreview of Round 6FIDE World Team Championship 2019Open sectionRound 6, 2019/03/11 at 15.00Russia – AzerbaijanIran – EnglandIndia – KazakhstanEgypt – ChinaSweden – United States of AmericaFIDE World Team Championship 2019Women sectionRound 6, 2019/03/11 at 15.00India – ChinaRussia – United States of AmericaArmenia – UkraineKazakhstan – HungaryEgypt – Georgia
Round 4 Eventful day at the World Team Championships
Plenty of things happened today at the Astana International Financial Centre, at and besides the chess board. Russia and China cruise through in the women section, while all leading teams drew in the open section.
But let’s start our report by the famous “Ladies first!” The organizers celebrated women’s day by exhibiting a large bunch of roses, from which every female participant could chose to take a piece. The youngest participant of the event, American Rochelle Wu, celebrated her 13th birthday today. She received a present which will remain as a nice souvenir of her trip to Kazakhstan.
The start of the 4th round was marked by the visit of Deputy Chief of Mission Theodore Lyng and other representatives of the US embassy in Astana. A special account of this event has already been published at wteams.astana2019.fide.com. As a coincidence, both encounters between the United States of America and Kazakhstan took place today. The Kazakh ladies rose to the occasion and scored their first match victory, whereas the men’s encounter ended in a draw. 2-2 was actually the score of both other top matches in the open section, Russia-England and India-China. Thus, nothing changed at the top of the standings. Bottom seed Sweden celebrated a first victory by dominating Azerbaijan 3-1, and Iran won on the same score against Egypt. You will find all individual results and the standings at wteams.astana2019.fide.com. As expected, Russia and China dominate the women section and have won all their matches. All eyes will be turned to their direct encounter tomorrow! The top match of the day between Georgia and Ukraine was hard-fought and eventually tied, which means that Ukraine still occupies the 3rd place. Finally, Hungary had trouble beating Egypt and eventually did so by the smallest margin. More details are available at wteams.astana2019.fide.com.
The fifth round will start on Saturday March 9th at 3 pm in the Astana International Financial Centre. Live commentary in English and Russian can be followed at kazchess.kz/world_astana2019/
Preview of Round 5 Open section Round 5, 2019/03/09 at 15.00 Kazakhstan – Russia Egypt – Sweden England- India China – Iran Azerbaijan – United States of America Women section Round 5, 2019/03/09 at 15.00 China – Russia India – Egypt United States of America – Armenia Ukraine – Kazakhstan Hungary – Georgia OFFICIAL WEBSITEGallery
The third round of the World Team Championships in Astana features the most anticipated encounter in the whole open section. Both teams with a rating average over 2700 face each other in a duel which may already turn out to be decisive. How would China react after yesterday’s defeat against the United States? Would they try and strike back immediately or rather play it safe? It is actually hard to guess the pre match strategy of each team, but Russia clearly seemed to pin their hope on their white boards. Indeed, Ian Nepomniachtchi is always dangerous in such crucial matches and young rising star Vladislav Artemiev has scored 2 wins so far. This proved very effective, as Nepomniachtchi managed to put Yu Yangyi under unpleasant pressure and eventually won within less than 3 hours. Artemiev also stood better at the start but then committed a mistake which put him in danger. But his class and composure allowed him to save the game despite being a knight down. For more details about his game, you may want to listen to his thorough after-game analysis on the YouTube channel of FIDE.
The Chinese did not manage to create serious problems on their own white boards, so that Sergey Karjakin and Alexander Grischuk comfortably held against Ding Liren and Wei Yi. With this second loss, it is clear that China will hardly be in contention for the gold medal anymore. As England and the United States of America tied 2-2, Russia is now the sole leader of the open section. India moves to joint second thanks to a large win against Egypt, whereas Kazakhstan is 6th after a good draw against Azerbaijan. All individual results and standings of the open section can be found at wteams.astana2019.fide.com.
There were no big clash in the women’s section and the favourites overcame this 3rd round with a victory. The young Kazakh team fought valiantly against China but eventually lost by a thread. Lei Tingjie explains her nice victory at FIDE Youtube channel. Russia and China are still in the lead with a perfect score, ahead of the Ukraine. All results and standings are available on the tournament website. The fourth round will start on Wednesday March 8th at 3 pm in the Astana International Financial Centre. Live commentary in English and Russian can be followed at kazchess.kz/world_astana2019. Preview of Round 4 FIDE World Team Championship 2019 Open section Round 4, 2019/03/08 at 15.00 Sweden – Azerbaijan United States of America - Kazakhstan Russia – England India – China Iran – Egypt FIDE World Team Championship 2019 Women section Round 4, 2019/03/08 at 15.00 Egypt – Hungary Georgia – Ukraine Kazakhstan – United States of America Armenia – China Russia – India
The second round of the World Team Championships produces a major upset, as the American men’s team beats China. This result leads to a complete redistribution of roles before the big match China-Russia on Thursday.A Team World Championship usually means that several teams have to travel around the globe to reach the host country. This event is no exception, some players may find it difficult to take their mark. The Egyptian teams for instance have to adjust to a radical climate difference, and so far both had basically no chance against stronger opponents. In the second round, the men’s team lost 3-1 against Russia, while the women suffered their second 4-0, this time against the Ukraine. It is true that India is not favoured either by the cold weather in Astana. However, as Adhiban Baskaran noted in his after-game interview, most of his teammates came directly from the Aeroflot Open in Moscow and therefore got used to freezing temperatures beforehand. The Indian leader won a good game against the junior World Champion Parham Maghsoodloo, but his team had to settle for a draw with Iran.
Speaking about adjustment, jet lag is clearly an issue for players from the United States of America. Yet, they do not seem to feel any effect and created a huge surprise in the second round by defeating China 2,5-1,5. Aleksandr Lenderman won his game on board 4 against Ni Hua, whereas the other encounters ended in a draw. The last game to finish was particularly tragic, as Wei Yi missed several chances to decide the game in his favour against Alexander Onischuk. The match winner gives his impressions at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlXIITgWA28. The United States of America has scored two victories so far, as Russia and England, who overcame Azerbaijan 2,5-1,5. In the fifth match of the day, Kazakhstan pleased their fans thanks to a comfortable 3-1 against Sweden.
The star match of the day in the women’s section featured China against Georgia. Even though both teams do not compete in their optimal line-up in Astana, they represent hot contenders for the medal. Former women world champion Tan Zhongyi scored the decisive win on board one against Bela Khotenashvili, when all other games had previously been drawn. They thus lead together with Russia, who scored a large 3,5-0,5 victory against Armenia. The young US team beat Hungary 3-1, while India got slightly lucky to escape with a draw against Kazakhstan, as Zhansaya Abdumalik explains in her interview.All videos and livestreams can be viewed on the FIDE YouTube channel. The program of the third round promises two breathtaking matches in the open section, Russia-China and England-USA. In the encounter between both rating favourites of the event, the Chinese team might already consider this encounter as a last chance to fight for the gold medal. Games start on Thursady March 7th at 3 pm. Live commentary can be followed in English and Russian on the official website.Preview of Round 3FIDE World Team Championship 2019Open sectionRound 3 on 2019/03/07 at 15.00Iran – Sweden Egypt – IndiaChina – RussiaEngland – United States of AmericaKazakhstan – AzerbaijanFIDE World Team Championship 2019Women sectionRound 3 on 2019/03/07 at 15.00Russia – EgyptIndia – ArmeniaChina – KazakhstanUnited States of America – GeorgiaUkraine – HungaryOFFICIAL WEBSITE
The most prestigious team event in 2019 has been launched today in Astana. FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich played the symbolic starting move in the match between Russia and the host nation Kazakhstan. All main favourites prevailed in both sections, and only minor upsets occurred in the first round.
Arkady Dvorkovich, Kateryna Lagno, Zhansaya Abdumalik
The Astana International Financial Centre World Team has opened its doors to the World Team Championships 2019. This impressive modern complex has been inaugurated in July 2018 and is perfectly suited to host an event of such dimension. FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich symbolically executed the first move on behalf on his fellow countrywoman Kateryna Lagno in her game against Zhansaya Abdumalik. This match had been announced as the highlight of the first round in the women section, and it definitely kept its promises.
The young and ambitious Kazakh team maintained the tension until the fourth hour of play. The key game was certainly the one launched by the FIDE President. 19-year old Abdumalik had the women blitz world champion from Russia on the ropes, but let her advantageous position go out of control and eventually lost. 3-1 is a harsh score, but this defeat will certainly serve as a valuable experience.
The other favourite, China, comfortably won 3,5-0,5 against Hungary, whereas India and Georgia tied their match. The only real shock of the day was the 2-2 garnered by the United States of America against the experienced Ukrainian team. And it could even have been better, had the young Rochelle Wu converted her winning position at the very end of the game.
The preview of the open section announced a duel for the first place between China and Russia. Both teams fulfilled their duty by winning their respective matches. In the absence of their two leaders Mamedyarov and Radjabov, Azerbaijan never really stood a chance and lost 3,5-0,5 to China.
The Russian had the tricky task to start against the talented Iranian team, but they scored a solid 2,5-1,5 victory. Vladislav Artemiev celebrated his first selection in his national team on his 21st birthday with a smooth win!
England won a close match against Kazakhstan despite the unexpected defeat of their leader Michael Adams against Rinat Jumabayev. In the other two matches of the day, the United States of America beat Egypt 3-1, and India defeated Sweden 3,5-0,5.
Rinat Jumabayev, Michael Adams
Preview of Round 2
The second round will start on Wednesday March 6th at 3 pm. Live commentary can be followed in English and Russian on the official website - http://wteams.astana2019.fide.com/
The opening ceremony took place on March 4th in the evening at the Hilton Astana hotel. FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich and the President of the Kazakhstan Chess Federation officially launched the World Team Championships and praised the whole organizing team for successfully staging this event at such short notice. The program of the opening ceremony was livened up by a colourful performance of the Khazar musical group and by the gifted young singer Danelia Tuleshova. It culminated in the drawing of lots, which set the program of rounds for the whole tournament. No big clash will occur in either section of the starting round. In the women’s tournament, most of the attention will be drawn to the match Russia vs Kazakhstan. The title-holder will have to beware of the young local team! The other matches will feature India-Georgia, Armenia-Egypt, China-Hungary and United States-Ukraine. Same kind of dangerous start for the Russian men’s team against the talented squad of Iranian youngsters, led by the junior world champion. In the remaining matches, China and India should be favourite against Azerbaijan and Sweden respectively, while Egypt-United States and England-Kazakhstan seem more balanced. The first round will start at 3 pm on March 5. FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich will make the first move, after which he will join a press conference. The general sponsor of the World Championship is the Eurasian Resources Group group World Cup General Partner – Samruk Kazyna Championship Partner – Astana International Financial Center
The organizers of the World Team Chess Championships 2019 held a press conference on the eve of the tournament. Several personalities like Head of Kazakhstan sports Serik Sapiyev or former vice-World champion GM Sergej Karjakin answered the questions of around 50 journalists. The World Team Championships for men and women are taking place from March 4 – 15 in Astana. The Kazakhstan capital is used to staging events of such magnitude, but Tournament Director and Vice-President of the Kazakhstan Chess Federation Zhandos Abishev admits that “organizing everything in only 5 weeks was a real challenge, but all is ready just in time. We would never have been able to make it without the support from our partners, namely our general sponsor ERG, our general partner Samruk-Kazyna, our social partner Samruk-Kazyna Trust and our partner AIFC”. Serik Sapiyev adds that “the popularity of chess has been continuously increasing in the past years. Prestigious events like this World Championship contribute to the further promotion of chess in Kazakhstan”. Ten teams will face each other in both sections. The leader of the Kazakh women’s team Zhansaya Abdumalik believes that “Kazakhstan can achieve something very special here. Russia, China and the Ukraine are certainly favourite, but the gap with other teams is quite small, so that anything can happen”. Sergej Karjakin has fond memories of Astana. “It is a lucky place for me, as I became the World Champion in rapid chess here in 2012 and took bronze in the blitz. We have a very compact team and I hope that we will all be in good shape”. The opening ceremony with the drawing of lots is taking place on March 4 at 7 pm at the Hilton Astana Hotel. On March 5 at 3 pm, FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich will launch the tournament and the pieces will start moving on the battlefields.
FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich and Advisor to the FIDE President Berik Balgabaev paid a visit to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam on March 13th and attended the awarding ceremony of the 9th HD Bank International Chess Tournament. FIDE officials had a number of meetings with representatives of the Vietnam Chess Federation - President of VCF Nguyen Dong Tien, Vice President Dang Tat Thang, and general sponsors and partners - Madam Nguen Thi Phuong Thao - Permanent Vice Chairwoman of HDBank and BOM of HDBank and VietJet Air, Deputy General Director of HDBank, Le Thanh Trung. During the reception at HDBank`s Head Office they discussed different topics, including plans of future cooperation. FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich’s welcomed all participants and personally awarded the champion of HDBank 2019 Chess Tournament Chinese player Wang Hao, who scored 7,5 out of 9 to become the sole winner. Since 2011 the HD Bank International Chess Tournament was as an important platform to help Vietnamese chess talents reach the global arena. The largest international event of Vietnamese chess has been attracting the world’s top players to Vietnam. Final results: http://chess-results.com/tnr405049.aspx?lan=1&art=1&rd=9&flag=30
LIST OF Q1 2019 PRESIDENTIAL BOARD DECISIONS Q1PB-2019/01 To approve the principle of reduction of FIDE fees. Q1PB-2019/02 To approve the signing of the Liability Insurance contract for PB members. Q1PB-2019/03 To approve Baku as the possible organizer of the next Presidential Board. Q1PB-2019/04 To approve the recommendation for the organization for an Extraordinary GA in October 2019. Q1PB-2019/05 To approve a representative of each continent to join the Task Force on the Reform of the FIDE Statutes and FIDE Handbook. Q1PB-2019/06 To approve QC to deal with the transfers of players and to review transfer of players regulations. Q1PB-2019/07 To approve that FIDE keeps using Swiss Accounting Standard as recommended by E&Y and order the management to disclose more information related to the management activities. Q1PB-2019/08 To approve a panel to deal with the financial support to Seniors players and former FIDE Officers. The panel will include Jan Rooze (BEL), Emil Sutovsky (ISR), Mikhail Krasenkow (POL), Willy Iclicki (LIE), Anastasia Sorokina (BLR) and Tahar Batikh (TUN). Q1PB-2019/09 To acknowledge the FIDE President’s decision to finance training and seminars for arbiters, especially for those from Asia and Africa, as well as for female arbiters, from the general Development fund. Q1PB-2019/10 To approve the application of St. Lucia Chess Federation and Guinea Equatorial Chess Federation and to grant them the statute of provisional members of FIDE. Q1PB-2019/11 To acknowledge the FIDE President’s decision to create a centralized IT infrastructure within FIDE and to develop a “one-window” system of funding for online activities. Q1PB-2019/12 To acknowledge the FIDE President’s decision to create a procurement department and to make the Secretary of the Management Board Vadim Tsypin (CAN) responsible for procurement issues within FIDE. Q1PB-2019/13 To approve the members of the Fair Play Commission. Q1PB-2019/14 To agree that Arbiter's Commission will set up the criteria and will provide a list of arbiters from which the appointments are to be made. However, the decision about the appointment for the events are to be made by GSC. Q1PB-2019/15 To approve the selection of arbiters for the FIDE World Championship event by the Arbiters’ Commission based on the Commission’s guidelines based on chess knowledge, geographical location, gender and age and representation of all Continents. Q1PB-2019/16 To approve the signing of the Continental Development Project Contract with the four continents. Q1PB-2019/17 To approve the regulations for the 2020 World Chess Championship Candidate Tournament. Also to set a recommended prize fund of 2 Mln Euro for the Title Match. Q1PB-2019/18 To approve GSC proposal to ban draws by mutual agreement before move 40 in Candidates and World Championship Matches starting 2020. Q1PB-2019/19 To approve GSC proposal in regards to the tie-break criteria for the Swiss-system events of the World Championship Cycle. Q1PB-2019/20 To confirm that Spain keeps the right to organize the 2019 World Blitz and Rapid Youth Championship. Q1PB-2019/21 To grant an organizing committee led by John Lluton the right to hold the 2019 World Inclusive Cadet and Youth Chess Championship as a pilot project in Cardiff, Wales. Q1PB-2019/22 To ask the DIS commission Chairman and Secretary to join the Cardiff organizing committee and to provide necessary guidance so that the 2019 World Inclusive Championship could be expanded to a larger event that would include adults. Q1PB-2019/23 To ask FIDE VP Akaki Iashvili and the DIS Commission to prepare regulations for the World Inclusive Junior and Adult Chess Championship. Q1PB-2019/24 To approve the titles proposed by the QC, ARB, TRG and EVE commissions. Q1PB-2019/25 To confirm the new Addendum to the Agreement with World Chess., approved by absentee voting in January 2019. Q1PB-2019/26 To approve the concept of the yearly FIDE Awards to be presented during a FIDE Gala. Q1PB-2019/27 To approve the composition of a permanent panel that would determine the exact categories, format and dates for the FIDE Awards. The panel is formed as follows: Mohd al-Mudahka (QAT) – Chairman, Berik Balgabaev (KAZ), Vadim Tsypin (CAN), Jacob Aagaard (SCO), Eva Repkova (SVK). Q1PB-2019/28 To appoint FIDE Vice-President Mahir Mammedov (AZE) a Chairman for the Commission that would award the Fair Play S. Gligoric Trophy and to ask Mr. Mammedov to recruit two more members of the commission, including at least one woman. Q1PB-2019/29 To let the President to create a panel to nominate the FIDE Honorary Members and other Honorary titles. Q1PB-2019/30 To consult a Fischer Random Chess expert panel including Eugene Torre (PHI), Nigel Short (ENG), Gunnar Bjornsson (ISL), Berik Balgabaev (KAZ) and Jeroen Van den Berg (NED) to propose in the next two weeks recommendations and guidelines for the 2019 Fischer Random World Chess Championship. Q1PB-2019/31 To approve the inclusion in the FIDE Handbook "A quota of 25% of women shall be reserved for the following positions: arbiters in the official FIDE events, principals in the official FIDE events, appointed FIDE officials, FIDE commission members". Q1PB-2019/32 To approve the African continental report and the creation of the zone 4.5 with further ratification by GA. Q1PB-2019/33 To approve the idea to preserve the good image of our game endorsing the proposal regarding the dress-code. A panel including Anastasia Sorokina (BLR), Emil Sutovsky (ISR) and David Llada (ESP) will report with recommendations to the next PB. Q1PB-2019/34 To send an inspection team to Ugra in May 2019 in order to assess how Khanty-Mansiysk prepares for the 2020 Olympiad. The team shall be led by the official 2020 liaison and shall include at least one more Management Board member.Q1PB-2019/35 To approve the regulations on the honorary chairmen of the commissions and President's assistants.
Dvorkovich: "FIDE has a direct income from its first sponsor Russian Railways" The opening day of the World Team Championships 2019 in Astana was intensive for Arkady Dvorkovich. FIDE Press Officer in Astana Yannick Pelletier was allotted a few minutes in the FIDE President’s tight schedule to ask him some questions. Yannick Pelletier: The FIDE Presidential Board meeting is being held today in Astana. Can you reveal some of the main decisions taken here? Arkady Dvorkovich: Many issues are being discussed of course, but I would like to highlight two major points. The first concerns FIDE’s contribution to the development of chess both on continental and on national level. Cooperation agreements are in the making with the presidents of the four Continental Federations (they were signed later in the evening – YP). The second point is no less important, since we are working on the World Championship Cycle. The Regulations of the Title Match and the Candidates Tournament will soon be ready for publication, which will naturally launch the bidding procedure for these events. YP: You have also just met with Kazakhstan Prime Minister Askar Mamin. Bouncing back on your last answer, did you talk with him about the further development of chess in the country? AD: Yes, Chess in Kazakhstan is becoming increasingly important and popular. One of the goals of the government in the short term consists in introducing chess in all schools. They also run chess academies, which contribute to improving the level of their top players. The women team is young and already very strong, they might soon become a fierce candidate for the podium in international competitions. The men’s team is not yet as good, but they have room and means to improve.Moreover, this event shows the organizational capacities of Kazakhstan. Bear in mind that they only had one month to prepare this World Team Championship, and I can certify that everything has been done at the highest level. The AIFC offers ideal conditions to host this event. This is a clear sign that Kazakhstan is responsive to stage other competitions in the future. YP: Could you please describe for us how you use your past experience in the Russian government as well as your knowledge of economy and management for the good of FIDE? AD: To some extent, the idea to run for FIDE President was based on the understanding that I can use my skills and connections to improve the situation of FIDE. And it is exactly what our team is doing now, by exploring options which were not available before. I meet top business men, leaders of countries, and send them strong signals regarding our objectives to improve FIDE and the visibility of chess. Our duty is to explain to them how chess can be used as an educational tool to increase the intellectual capacity of their country. And so far that works, people are receptive. Step by step this brings more attention and resources to chess.I also use my experience as a manager internally to build a new structure for FIDE and new relationships with national and continental federations. It is important to create teams with special skills that are crucial for improving FIDE as a driving institution for chess all around the world. YP: You mention the receptiveness of the potential partners you are discussing with. Has there been any concrete result in terms of sponsors so far? AD: Yes, actually we started with tournaments already. For instance the World Rapid and Blitz Championships in St Petersburg was organized under the umbrella of King Salman, but also with additional resources from other sponsors. This helps the financial position of FIDE too, as it indirectly lightens the budget. And now FIDE indeed has a direct income from its first sponsor Russian Railways. YP: Can you tell us how these funds will be used within FIDE? AD: Most of these funds will be reinvested for chess. A large portion of our 3-million-euro budget will be used for development purposes and directly injected into projects by Continental and National Federations, like chess in schools. We will also allocate part of it for the training of arbiters, organizers, and for chess academies. On the other hand, money that we receive from the tournaments will be used to finance current activities of FIDE. YP: A few significant modifications have been brought to the formula of the World Championship cycle. What impact will they have in your opinion? AD: First of all, we are improving the visibility of our tournaments. The new “Grand Swiss” will be spectacular and attractive. This event opens the door to the Candidates Tournament for all young and talented players who have not yet made it to the Top-10. And it also represents an opportunity for all participants to improve by being confronted directly with world-class players. Moreover, we have reformed the Grand Prix Series. For the first time, tournaments will be staged with the knockout system, as in tennis. We are expecting to arouse interest from sponsors and journalists through this new format. All participants will be motivated to fight until the end, both for the qualification spots and for prizes in each event and the overall rankings.Another aspect I would like to broach is the importance of side events at such tournaments. Starting with the World Rapid and Blitz Championship in St Petersburg, and also here in Astana, we are making a point of cooperating with local organizers to have a program of parallel activities, like simultaneous, events for kids, blitz, etc. I consider it crucial to open the doors of a top tournament to all levels of chess players and fans, and thus to avoid seclusion. It improves the image of chess and attracts attention. YP: A last question related to the World Championship cycle, which has been sent to me by Mr. Leonard Barden, emblematic figure for chess in The Guardian: What has been done to try and build a friendly relationship with Rex Sinquefield and Garry Kasparov, since it is clear that an agreement could bring major benefits to chess? AD: I met Rex Sinquefield for the first time during the opening ceremony of the World Championship match in London and our short discussion was very friendly. Actually, my colleague of the management board Director General Emil Sutovsky has had intense consultations with Sinquefield’s team of the Grand Chess Tour, including Garry Kasparov, in order to adjust the tournament calendar. They have increased the number of events this year, so that coordination with the World Championship cycle was essential. All tournaments now have their place in the calendar 2019, and we basically avoided clashes of the main competitions, except for November which was completely unavoidable. But the smooth cooperation with the Grand Chess Tour allowed to minimize the damage for the players. Indeed, providing for the satisfactory distribution of all participants in the events of both cycles was fundamental. Both sides are happy and continue to work effectively. FIDE has big expectations for the upcoming World Championship and I hope that we will receive competing bids from many countries. YP: Thank you very much for the interview.
On March 12, the FIDE President, the Treasurer and the International Director met with the Chinese Chess Association and the company representatives of Huawei Technology Co. Ltd. at the Huawei HQ in Shenzhen to discuss possible directions of partnership. President thanked China and the Chinese Chess Association for their contributions to the development of chess in China and in the world. Mr. Dvorkovich said that by all means, China is one of the strongest chess nations nowadays.
In the afternoon, the President visited the Shenzhen MSU-BIT University and later met with the Governors of Shenzen where he discussed the cooperation between FIDE, the Chinese Chess Association, and Shenzhen City. Shenzhen is one of the best-developed chess cities in the country with 300 000 chess fans and 500 chess schools and academies. The city will soon be the second home of the Chinese national team.
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