Georgia bids for the Chess Olympiad 2018 and World Cup 2017

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Chess News & Events | 0 comments

Georgia FlagThe Georgian Chess Federation sent an official bid for the Chess Olympiad 2018 and the World Cup 2017 to FIDE today, with all the necessary guarantees.

Thanks to the personal efforts of the Deputy Minister of Sports and candidate for the post of ECU President, GM Zurab Azmaiparashvili, more than 20 millions USD are allocated to both events!

About 2 millions USD will be spent on parallel development and promotion programs in Europe and the rest of the World.

This is a clear message for the challenges and opportunities of the new upcoming ECU administration.

Danailov spends ECU funds on his Campaign!

Silvio Danailov and his partners stay quiet about the serious questions raised by our campaign and a number of journalists and chess people. It seems that they are lacking any funds for this campaign and they are instead using the ECU budget on it.

Meanwhile Danailov also announced that he wants to terminate the meetings of the ECU Board 7 months before the elections(!), which is a serious violation of the statutes!

We will come back to all these matters with more details, but for the moment we ensure you that after the elections we will prove that funds from the ECU budget were spent on Danailov’s campaign and all this money will be returned after the 11th August.

Every single euro will be back in the ECU accounts.

With kind regards on the behalf of the “ECU Back to Europe” Team

Fiona Steil-Antoni
Campaign Press officer

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FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2014

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Chess News & Events | 0 comments

Official FIDE logoThe FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2014 will be held at the Dubai Culture & Chess Club in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from 15th June to 21st June 2014.

The events will be both Swiss pairings tournaments and will be held over two days for Blitz and three days for Rapid.

The Blitz will have twenty one (21) rounds, with a single game for each round, Swiss event. The Rapid will be fifteen (15) rounds, with a single game for each round, Swiss event.

In the Blitz Championship, each player will have 3 minutes + 2 seconds additional time per move, starting from move 1.

In the Rapid Championship, each player will have 15 minutes + 10 seconds additional time per move, starting from move 1.

Participation
1. All players rated at least 2500 in any of the three FIDE rating lists (Standard, Blitz or Rapid) as at the 1st of March 2014 are eligible to participate in the World Blitz Championship.
2. The Blitz & Rapid Championships are open to all the National Champions representing their National Chess Federation regardless of their title or rating.
3. Applications have to be sent by the national federations only.
4. Application form must be submitted online on www.Dubai2014wrb.com/registration not later than 10.05.2014.

The prize fund for each event, Rapid and Blitz, is 200,000 USD. The respective winners will be awarded with 40,000 USD each.

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Anand earned a rematch against World Champion Magnus Carlsen

Posted by on Mar 29, 2014 in Chess News & Events | 0 comments

Former World Champion Viswanathan Anand claimed a convincing victory in the FIDE World Candidates Tournament 2014 to challenge the reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen to another match in November.

Anand made a draw against Sergey Karjakin in the 13th round of the tournament to secure a clear first place with a round to spare.

Anand held the world title from 2007 to 2013, when he lost a match against Carlsen in Chennai, India.

FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov said in an interview with Chessdom that there are “several proposals to organize the FIDE World Chess Championship 2014″.

Viswanathan Anand

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FIDE Women World Rapid & Blitz Championships 2014

Posted by on Feb 24, 2014 in Chess News & Events | 0 comments

FIDE Women World Rapid & Blitz Championships 2014 will take place on 23-30th April in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.

The events will be both Swiss pairings tournaments and will be held over two days for Blitz and three days for Rapid.

The Blitz will have fifteen rounds with each player playing with white and black against his paired opponent, Swiss event. The Rapid will be also fifteen rounds, but only one game as paired, Swiss event.

In the Blitz Championship, each player will have 3 minutes + 2 seconds additional time per move, starting from move 1.

In the Rapid Championship, each player will have 15 minutes + 10 seconds additional time per move, starting from move 1.

FIDE Women World Rapid & Blitz Championships 2014

All players rated at least 2200 in any of the three FIDE rating lists (Standard, Blitz or Rapid) as at the 1st of January 2014 are eligible to participate in the Women World Blitz & Rapid Championships.

The Blitz & Rapid Championships are open to all the National Champions representing their National Chess Federation regardless of their title or rating.

The prize fund for each event is 50,000 USD. The winner of each event will earn 12,000 USD.

Last year Khanty-Mansiysk hosted the FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2013. The winners were Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Rapid) and Le Quang Liem (Blitz)

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Bidding Procedure for the FIDE World Women’s Championship

Posted by on Feb 22, 2014 in Chess News & Events | 0 comments

Official FIDE logo1. FIDE is opening a bidding procedure for the FIDE World Women’s Championship (knock-out system, 64 players) to be held 9-31 October 2014.

2. Each bid shall contain the following particulars as minimum:

a) Proposed venue of the event.
b) Proposed prize fund for the players (minimum 450,000 USD & should be offered net of any applicable local taxes).
c) The contribution to FIDE (net of any applicable local taxes and not less than 20% of the prize money) as stipulated in chapter 3.9 as well as all the financial obligations stated in chapter 3.21 of the World Women’s Championship 2014 Regulations.
d) Commitment to cover all the other financial obligations to FIDE, in accordance with the Regulations of the World Women’s Championship 2014.
e) Commitment to cover all organizational costs, in accordance with the Regulations.
f) Category of official hotel (minimum 4-stars), and name if possible, with special room rates for visitors (including meals).
g) A statement that the applicant accepts the regulations of the event without any reservations.
h) An invitation for 2 (two) members of the FIDE Commission for World Chess Championships and Olympiads to inspect the proposed venue and examine the other conditions, with all travel/hotel expenses paid by the bidder.
i) The applicant’s name, signatures and authentication.

3. In order for a proposed bid to be considered, it should be accompanied by a 7-month term bank guarantee covering the amount of prize fund (minimum 450,000 USD), the FIDE contribution (20% of the prize fund), 35,000 USD for WCOC budget plus 30,500 USD covering stipends of Principals. This guarantee should be of irrevocable form and from a bank that FIDE bankers, UBS of Switzerland, are able to confirm as acceptable.

Alternatively to the above paragraph, a bidder can deposit in FIDE’s bank account the amount of 150,000 USD by the deadline of 15 April 2014 (refundable if the bid is rejected), and the remaining payments will be finalized in the signed contract between FIDE and the organizer(s).

4. A bid is considered valid if it is accompanied with a non-refundable Bid Fee of 1,000 USD payable to FIDE.

5. No bidder can propose a sponsor which shall be in conflict with the regulations of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

6. The bids, including all original documents and particulars, shall arrive by registered post to the FIDE Secretariat, post address: 9 Syggrou Ave., 11743 Athens – Greece. The bidding process will close on 15 April 2014, 13:00 GMT.

7. When the deadline has expired, the FIDE President or his representative shall open the received envelopes in order to assess the bids. FIDE will announce the results within 15 days after the deadline. After the organizer has been selected, FIDE and the organizer shall sign a contract within 10 days, covering the organization of the FWWCM, the terms of payments and all other financial and technical requirements.

8. FIDE reserves the right to accept a bid based on the evaluation of all criteria under article 2 of the present bidding procedure and not only that of the prize fund. In the event that FIDE receives a satisfactory open offer that covers all the minimum financial requirements, then FIDE may immediately terminate any bidding procedure already opened. FIDE also reserves the right not to award any bid at all, however favourable it might be.

Released by the FIDE Secretariat – 21 February 2014

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World Schools Rapid-Blitz Chess Championships 2014

Posted by on Jan 26, 2014 in Chess News & Events | 0 comments

FIDE, the International School Chess Union (I.S.C.U.) and the Olympic Sports Academy of Thessaloniki have the honour of inviting all FIDE National Chess Federations and eligible players in the World Schools Rapid-Blitz Chess Championships organised in Kavala, Greece from 13 June (arrivals) to 17 June (departures).

Each National Federation or School Association or schools may enter an unlimited number of players in each of the 12 age groups. In case that one group is less than 10 participants, then it will be merged with the next age group category.

Entitled to participate are players (Boys & Girls) who shall not have reached the age:
Of 7, by 1st January 2014 (date of Birth – January 1st, 2007 and after) – Tournament Under 7;
Of 9, by 1st January 2014 (date of Birth – January 1st, 2005 and after) – Tournament Under 9;
Of 11, by 1st January 2014 (date of Birth– January 1st, 2003 and after) – Tournament Under 11;
Of 13, by 1st January 2014 (date of Birth – January 1st, 2001 and after) – Tournament Under 13;
Of 15, by 1st January 2014 (date of Birth – January 1st, 1999 and after) – Tournament Under 15;
Of 17, by 1st January 2014 (date of Birth – January 1st, 1997 and after) – Tournament Under 17;

Kavala

Kavala

Entry forms must be sent from the National Federations or the players and returned to the Organizing Committee not later than Friday 2 May 2014. If the registration form is not forwarded by the Federation a copy must be sent to the National Federation.

The complete registration form must include the surname/s, first name/s, FIDE ID number, FIDE rating and passport number (for visa only purpose) of each player and each accompanying person. It must also include the name and telephone/e-mail/fax number of the Chief of Delegation.

Accommodation and board will be provided at Galaxy Hotel (4 star) and Lucy Hotel (5 stars). Playing Hall is the City Conference Hall in walking distance.

1st Individual World Schools Rapid Chess Championship:
9 rounds played according to the Swiss System, 15 minutes+10 sec per player.
Categories: boys and girls under 7, 11, 13, 15, 17. In case that one group is less than 10 participants, then it will be merged with the next age group category.
The first player in each category will award the title of “World Schools Rapid Chess Champion”

1st Individual World Schools Blitz Chess Championship:
9 rounds played according to the Swiss System, 3 minutes + 2 sec per player.
Categories: boys and girls under 7, 11, 13, 15, 17. In case that one group is less than 10 participants, then it will be merged with the next age group category.
The first player in each category will award the title of “World Schools Blitz Chess Champion”

Tournament Secretariat:
Lena Oustabasidou – Tel: +30 6974605518 Fax: +30 2641500112, Email: ecuschool2014@gmail.com Website: www.euroschools2014.org

Teams or players needing visas are requested to contact the Organizing Committee before Friday 2 May 2014 and apply on time to Greek Authorities. The Organizing Committee will provide invitations for visas only after the necessary payments. The O.C. has no responsibility on late or not complete applications.

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Prime Minister Antonis Samaras met World U14 Champion Stavroula Tsolakidou

Posted by on Jan 22, 2014 in Chess News & Events | 0 comments

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras received the World U14 Girls Champion Stavroula Tsolakidou in the presidential residence Maximos Mansion on Tuesday.

The Prime Minister praised Tsolakidou and said that she symbolises the best virtues of Greek people. He added that the young girl made the whole Greece proud of her achievements.

While leaving the Maximos Mansion, Stavroula Tsolakidou said that the Prime Minister is willing to help further the chess development in the country.

Tsolakidou added that her next event will be the Greek Championship for Women in Athens, 29 March to 6 April 2014.

Antonis Samaras and Stavroula Tsolakidou

Antonis Samaras and Stavroula Tsolakidou

Photo by Macedonian News Agency / Goulielmos Antoniou http://www.amna.gr/english

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