Closing ceremony of the World Youth Chess Championship in Durban

From 18th to 30th of September the World Youth Chess Championships were held in Durban. The championship was organized by the South African Chess Federation. On September 29th the FIDE President arrived to Durban for the closing ceremony. The ceremony was held in the International Congress Center with 940 young chess players from 87 countries. This is the first such tournament on the African continent. 

Final Standings

Boys U8/ U10/ U12/ U14/ U16/ U18

Girls U8/ U10/ U12/ U14/ U16/ U18

The official tournament website

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, FIDE President

Eldo Smart, President of Chess South Africa

With the representatives of the South Africa Chess Federation

Under 18 category winners - girls

1st place - Dinara Saduakassova KAZ
2nd place - Filiz Osmanodja GER
3rd place - Xiao Yiyi CHN

Under 18 category winners - boys

1st place - Olexandr Bortnyk UKR
2nd place - Suri Vaibhav IND
3rd place - Henriquez Villagra Cristobal CHI

The official tournament website

The first stage of FIDE GP series 2014-2015 in Baku

In a few days FIDE starts the third Grand Prix series 2014-2015 with the first stage to be held in Baku (Azerbaijan) from the 1st until the 15th of October 2014.

Back in 2008 it was also the capital of Azerbaijan which hosted the first ever Grand Prix stage and a great deal has changed since then as FIDE has organized 30 Grand Prix tournaments. One only needs to remember that the event six years ago was own by future World Champion Magnus Carlsen, Chinese top player Wang Yue and Vugar Gashimov, one of the leading chess players of Azerbaijan, who tragically passed away in January 2014.

Over eleven rounds, the strongest players in the world will compete in the round robin tournament with the time control of 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, with 60 minutes being added at that point and then each player will be allotted 15 minutes after the second time control and an increment of 30 seconds per move will be allowed from move 61 onwards.

After one year of the very entertaining Grand Prix series 2012-2013 everyone is looking forward to see the variety of battles between the players of all styles. For two weeks all eyes will be focused on twelve players including the champion of the last Sinquefield Cup Fabiano Caruano (ITA, number 3 in the World), local heroes Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE, 2nd place in GP series 2012-2013) and Teimour Rajabov (AZE, 2nd place in GP series 2008-2010), former world champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov (UZB), Boris Gelfand (ISR, the challenger in the World Championship Match 2012), winner of the GP stage in Thessaloniki 2013 Leinier Dominguez (CUB), Hikaru Nakamura (USA, three-time United States Chess Champion).

Almost a half of the tournament is occupied by Russian players including Grand Prix veterans Alexander Grischuk (3rd place in GP series 2008-2010, number 4 in the World), Peter Svidler (seven-time Russian champion), Sergey Karjakin (2nd in Candidates 2014) and newcomers Evgeny Tomashevsky (semi-finalist of the World Cup 2013) and Dmitry Andreikin (finalist of the World Cup 2013).

The prize money offered by host city is 120,000 Euros. The winner of Grand Prix in Baku will get 20,000 Euros.  

A very special cup will be prepared for the strongest player in the Grand Prix series 2014-2015. During the opening ceremony in Baku the Classic Jewelry House Lobortas will demonstrate the models of future Big and Small trophies to award the FIDE Grand Prix series winner.

The trophy consists of precious elements and stones of varying size, including silver, gold and diamonds. The Classic Jewelry House Lobortas has experience addressing the FIDE’s needs, having previously created for the FIDE the Large and Small Chess Cups "Caissa" and the cup for the winner of recently finished Women’s Grand Prix series 2013-2014. 

The Grand Prix Series will consist of four tournaments to be held over two years (2014-2015). Each of 16 players of Grand Prix series will play in three tournaments out of four and all his results will be taken into account for the overall final standings of the Grand Prix.

The winner and second placed player overall of the Grand Prix Series will qualify for the Candidates Tournament to be held in the last quarter of 2015 or the first half of 2016.

The First Russian Chess Museum

The opening ceremony of the first Russian chess Museum took place on the 25th of September in Moscow. The ceremony was attended by the President of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) Mr. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Press-Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Russian Chess Federation Mr. Dmitry Peskov, First Deputy Speaker of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, President of the Olympic Committee of Russia, Vice-President of the Supervisory Board Mr. Alexandr Zhukov, Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation, member of the Advisory Board of the Russian chess Federation Mr. Arkady Dvorkovich,  Vice-President of FIDE, the President of the Russian Chess Federation Mr. Andrey Filatov.

left to right: the President of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) Mr. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Vice-President of FIDE, the President of the Russian Chess Federation Mr. Andrey Filatov, Press-Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Russian Chess Federation Mr. Dmitry Peskov, First Deputy Speaker of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, President of the Olympic Committee of Russia, Vice-President of the Supervisory Board Mr. Aleksandr Zhukov
The basic collection of the new Museum includes rare chess sets of different cultures and eras. Collection consists of personal belongings of the great Grandmasters: Mikhail Chigorin, Alexander Alekhine, Mikhail Botvinnik, Tigran Petrossian: old books, posters, paintings, gifts of chess fans and celebrity guests, trophies of the Soviet and Russian Champions.
It also has on display rare chess sets of the 17th-21st centuries, including the artworks of world level, some of them the envy of the big art museums.

Masterpieces made of ivory and ebony are there, side by side with strict cardboard chess of besieged Leningrad, the bent wire made «Gulag chess», simple chocolate-beige plastic of a space chess set: the one used for the first in the history game of the crew of «Soyuz-9" in "Space-to-Earth" chess game. The Museum exhibits show how deeply chess is rooted in the World and Russian culture. The history of chess reflects heroic and tragic pages of the history of Russia.

The chess table of the legendary chess match Karpov-Kasparov 1984 occupies a place of honor: "original flags, chess pieces, scoresheets and clocks”.
Old historic tropheys are standing alongside with new trophies of the 21st century. The latest and the most valuable is the Chess Olympiad Cup , won by Russian Women's chess team who won gold medals in August 2014 in Tromsø, Norway.

A unique collection of rare chess exhibits and artifacts totals to more than 4,000 units of a significant cultural and historical value. It is placed in the exhibition of the new Museum, housed in the renovated halls of the historic mansion on Gogol Boulevard (Building 14/1). The new capital Museum will be the successor to the chess Museum facilities, which were situated at the Central House of Chess in the 80s of the 20th century.

Enrique Celi: ‘Uruguay is America , Jorge Vega is America'

Enrique Celi, delegate of the Uruguayan Chess Federation (FUA) at an international level since 2004, explained that the decision of Uruguay to vote for the Russian Kirsan Ilyumzhinov in the general elections of FIDE was based on the American project related to chess. He said the continent "behaves as a compact block", whose leader is the President of FIDE America, Jorge Vega. "As America has done well with Kirsan, he maintains the block’s confidence, which results in political support", he synthesized, and then summarized: "Uruguay is America, Jorge Vega is America." At the same time, he believes the work of Ilyumzhinov "represents certainty, institutional improvement of FIDE and chess development of all classes."

When did you first become delegate for the FUA (Uruguayan Chess Federation)?

If I remember correctly, my first activity as a delegate of the Uruguayan Chess Federation worldwide dates back to the 75th FIDE Congress, which was held in Calvia, Spain, in 2004. But I had had to represent the Federation as its President in other events.

Have you been a delegate continuously since then?

There was a short period, I cannot specify if it exceeded a month, from the Ordinary Assembly 2009 until I was designated again.
At that time, when a leadership that I did not integrate joined us, I handed my resignation, and after a while, I was offered the job again and accepted it.

For how long will you participate in this position?

Until the board of director of the FUA deems it appropriate or until the moment I consider that I cannot collaborate with the project in these tasks.

Differently, my position as president of Zone 2.5, for which I was unanimously elected by its countries (Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay), will be in effect until 2018 at least.

You have been re-elected for that position several times. Why are you interested in representing Uruguay at chess worldwide?

More accurately: I have not been re-elected; I have been appointed or confirmed to this post.

Regarding the question, I think in an amateur sport like chess, all those who believe themselves capable of contributing to its development should do it from the position they consider they can be more useful. In my case I consider my contribution in recent years comes with political worldwide representation.

What are your duties as a delegate of Uruguay?

The delegate is the link between the different levels of FIDE and the National Federation. Any administrative or political activity that links the two organizations is my responsibility.
There are some distinct exceptions, like the one of the International Rating, for which the National Federation must nominate a Rating Officer. These tasks involve being informed of everything that FIDE generates, from its bureau and from each of the committees.

Analyzing the proposals that FIDE receives, investigating how it affects other federations, coordinating and negotiating actions that go with the way of thinking of the Uruguayan Chess Federation.
This implies a constant exchange of ideas and opinions with the President, members of the continental bureau and colleagues in other federations.

In an interview we had with Andrés Rodríguez a  few days ago, he stressed Uruguay’s international activity in the chess field and mentioned you. What do you think your strengths are for this role?

I read it and I am proud that Andrew has that concept of my work in this area. It is not for me to indicate what my strengths are, I am not comfortable talking about myself.

However, not to leave the question unanswered, I will talk about the conditions that I find necessary.

I think in a position such as the delegate it is essential to be a negotiator, to listen to the other side. Furthermore, being able to anticipate what the counterpart is going to propose, respecting all the arguments, studying the issues one wants to give an opinion about or take a position, view and analyze the various issues as a whole and not simply as separated subjects.

I would say that anyone who can meet with most of these conditions, and is able to add permanent and disciplined work to them, having understood that he is part of a team, can try to be an efficient delegate.

In the recent Tromso 2014 Chess Olympiad, the Russian Kirsan Ilyumzhinov was re-elected as president of FIDE. You, as a delegate from Uruguay, voted him. Why did Uruguay decide to vote for Ilyumzhinov? Was the decision taken by the five members of the executive committee of the FUA or did you also participate in the deliberation?

That is correct, I was commanded to vote for Ilyumzhinov. The question why I think is not for me to answer, it is a decision of the Uruguayan Chess Federation, which I obviously shared and executed. I do not know the whole internal processes of decision of the Executive Board and I did not participate in the deliberation that you mentioned.

Of course, we have been exchanging opinions and ideas with more than one member of the Executive Board since October 2013, when I came back from Estonia, where both candidacies were announced, until the decision of voting for Kirsan was finally taken.

What did Ilyumzhinov offer, as a political project for chess, that Kasparov did not offer?

I am going to give my personal opinion. Ilyumzhinov has been the head of FIDE for 19 years and will be at least for four years more completing his term. Just take a look back and the question answers itself: Ilyumzhinov represents certainty, institutional improvement of FIDE and chess development of all classes.

If we go for high level of competitive chess, we have several years now of a model, with changes, which offers us a world champion every year as a result of a sports cycle.

If we go for the technical development of the rules of chess, there is an ongoing review and adjustment of them, promoted by scholars in the field. The same applies for the arbitral issue.

If we take a look at the other world championships, the adhesion to them is annually growing, no matter where you dispute.

Ilyumzhinov and his team (another virtue of Kirsan, surrounding himself with a competent team) seek strategies to distinguish and promote women's chess year after year. The work of the Women's Commission has been magnificent.

The World Youth Cups have visited every continent in a five-year-period.

The Social Commissions, the Development Commission and the Chess in School Commission are provided with budget and people with energy for the job.

Ilyumzhinov permanently supports the activity in the continents. Particularly in America, he has donated $400,000 in the last four years and has just given a similar amount for Africa.

As if it were not enough, FIDE’s finances remain on track. FIDE has been self-sustaining for some time now. Even after enduring a legal counseling cost of about a million dollars that involved the defense of the initiated trials in Lausanne in 2010,  which were lost, by the team of lawyers of Kasparov.

What did Kasparov offer instead? A team of people from his personal enterprise, Kasparov Chess Foundation, along with the presence of the former Secretary of FIDE, Mr. Leong, whose form of adhesion to the Kasparov cause is known to everyone. Kasparov is an icon in chess worldwide, being the XIII world champion, but as a politician has no history to show.

Final results exempted from further comment; 110-61 votes are irrefutable.

Ilyumzhinov has been head of FIDE for 19 years now, and is expected to be at least 23 years, when his current term ends. Don’t you think that 19 years is too long to lead an organization like FIDE?

Is there a time limit for the job? That's another myth. Surely, as with any organization, the day the president has misstepped, his own voters will ask him to step aside.

Following the criterion that long periods of government are not good in these organizations, perhaps FIFA would not be what it is today without Havelange’s time in government, or perhaps the same can be said of the International Olympic Committee and Samaranch’s 21 years heading it, to give two examples.

In several press articles, the renowned Spanish communicator Leontxo García reports lies, false promises and inefficient management of Ilyumzhinov. In particular, he said that "there is strong evidence to claim that President Vladimir Putin ordered all Russian embassies to lobby the governments of each country against Kasparov." Was the FUA, or you as a delegate, somehow contacted by the Russian Embassy in Uruguay or some emissary? How do you evaluate the words of Leontxo García about it?

First we have to put what the journalist García said in context with the events. García has been critical of FIDE’s activity since 2006. At least that’s what I remember. Nevertheless, he has been a member of the Chess in School Commission between 2010 and 2012, under the administration of the people he blames to be corrupt.

I have in mind his presentation on Alzheimer and Chess during the Chess in School Commission meeting in Istanbul in September 2012. Even though the subject had few points in common with chess in school, the conference was interesting.

Regarding this election campaign, he has generally insisted from the Chessbase website with pejorative words and complaints without further support. I mean without further support because I have not heard of García documenting or proving any of his complaints.
He also said a couple of times in articles that the candidates were close concerning their votes, especially a few days before the elections, when the results in all continents showed that, in the best case, he was uninformed.

As for Russian President Putin, it comes as a repetition of Kasparov statements about it. Everyone knows about Kasparov's opposition to the Russian government, and I think in that sense it was useful to involve the Russian government in the election campaign of FIDE.

On the other hand, I am sure that Kasparov envisaged for months the outcome of the election, and, in my opinion, it was favorable for him to explain subsequently the defeat through the engagement of the Russian government, and in particular its president, Vladimir Putin. Something like «I lost because the fight was uneven."

As for the last question, I am not aware that the Uruguayan Chess Federation received "directions" from the Russian embassy for this matter.

García also complaints that "a key person in this victory for Ilyumzhinov, and previous, is the Mexican Jorge Vega (a fighter in his youth with Fidel Castro at Sierra Maestra), President of FIDE America, who controls most Latin American federations with an iron fist." What role did Vega play in the Uruguayan decision to vote for Ilyumzhinov? Is it true that Vega, as Leontxo García says, controls almost all Latin American federations with an iron fist?

I would say that America as a whole has been key in the victories of President Ilyumzhinov, particularly since 2006.

In 2006, eight out of 34 American federations did not accompany Kirsan, when he faced Kok in the elections of FIDE. In 2010 there were six federations that supported Karpov in the continent, and now in 2014 with Kasparov there were only three. To simplify that this is due to the "iron fist" of the continental President seems to reflect a complete ignorance of the American reality and what Jorge Vega stands for in the continent.

America is a political project whose leader is Jorge Vega, who, along with his team, has almost unanimously supported the national federations of the continent. And as with Kirsan America has done well, the block remains confident, which translates into political support. In the words of our president, Bernardo Roselli Mailhe, "Kirsan has done his duty for America."

Now, returning to García’s comments, these were made in a very particular moment, in which García was an actor, and not just for his words.

During the launch of the Kasparov Foundation for Latin America in Mexico, it was planned to perform two activities at the same time; the first was the launch of the mentioned foundation, an act that, from the point of view of chess, can be considered relevant. The other activity was a political act in which Kasparov attempted to bring together the Presidents of American federations, invited with the excuse of the foundation, even though he knew that most had already decided to support Ilyumzhinov.

This political act became one of the biggest failures Kasparov had to face within these months, because he failed to be accompanied by the American Presidents.

And Mr. García, in his own words “a hired presenter for the event”, in his name or in the name of the organizers stood against Vega, and all the American Presidents trying to attribute the failure to them.
 His sayings are unjustified and unjustifiable, but knowing that García was part of this organization we can understand his frustration after this big failure.

I think I've been clear about the incidence of Jorge Vega in Uruguay’s vote: Uruguay is America, Jorge Vega is America, as he is for each one of the American federations. All of us have an impact on everything, because we represent that, a whole, which, to the surprise, amazement and, why not, envy of many, behaves as a compact block.

Before the end of the interview, and since the election is history right now, I would like to look to the future and highlight what I consider achievements of the Uruguayan chess these days in Tromso.

In first place, from a sporting point of view, it is confirmed that the 2015 Continental Absolute is to be held in our country, where all of our athletes may participate in the most significant event of the continental timetable.

As for 2016, the Pan American Youth Tournament (representing the 34 American countries in 12 categories) will come to Uruguay.

Politically, and not less important, for sure, there’s our recognition of President Bernardo Roselli as part of the Ibero-American Federation and FIDE itself. For the first case he will be the Vice President for the next four years, in an Ibero-American reality which we can say relaunches in its challenges, and as for FIDE, he will take responsibility on behalf of America from the position of director, which will be, with no doubt, one of the main working commissions of FIDE, and according to the principles of the campaign, theme of the next few years, as it is in the Chess in School Commission.

After the Chairman, the position of director is one of the most responsible in any commission, and certainly Bernardo knows how to honor that responsibility.

Personally, I will continue as FIDE Zone 2.5 President trying to help in any way deemed necessary or appropriate as usual.

Media Accreditation Open for World Chess Championship 2014

Members of the media are invited to request accreditation for the World Chess Championship match that will take place in Sochi between November 7 – 28, 2014. 

Accreditation can be requested here. On the accreditation page, members of the media can request invitation for Russian visa, find hotel suggestions, information about press center access and other information. We hope to see you at the Championship.

Women's World Championship 2014

FIDE announces that the Women's World Championship 2014, originally scheduled for this October, will be postponed for a few months. Exact dates will be announced soon when FIDE finalizes all organising details with potential sponsors interested to hold this event.

Trip to Mongolia

FIDE President arrived to Mongolia on a working visit. At Chinggis Khaan airport Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with Mr. Yadamsuren Sanjmyatav, Minister of Labour, and Member of Parliament of Mongolia. At the meeting, also present was the Mongolian Chess Federation Delegate to FIDE Mr. Sanbayar Tserendorj.
On September 21, "Mongol Shatar (chess) 9999" festival started in Mongolia, which is organised by the Ministry of Labor, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Tourism. Mr. Sanjmyatav was initiator, he opened chess club in each school of province Zavkhan, while being a governor of the province during the four year term prior to having been elected as MP. "Mongol Shatar (chess) 9999" started in Zavkhan Aimag (Western province) of Mongolia. This special event started in 24 somons with 9999 junior players, in U7, U9, U12, U15 and U18 categories. The Mongolian top players such as GM Batchuluun, IM Munguntuul, IM Lkhagvasuren, IM Gunbayar and WGM Enkhtuul will give a simul and play some games with junior stars.

The participants of "Mongol Shatar (chess) 9999"

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President of Mongolia congratulates Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

Dear Kirsan Nikolayevich,

Please accept my sincere congratulations on the occasion of your brilliant victory and your re-election to the office of the President of the World Chess Federation.
I believe that such success is a manifestation of your merits and contribution to the chess development in the world, which are properly appreciated in leading one of the most powerful world federations, World Chess Federation.
We, the Mongolians, proudly accept and support the news about the success of Mongolians, brothers and close friends from all the corners of the world.
I am confident that having been re-elected to this responsible position and you have justified hopes of millions of chess fans; you will continue to undertake more efforts to contribute to the development of intellectual abilities of humanity and friendship of nations.

I wish you strong health and all the best. I look forward to seeing you on the Mongolian land.

Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj
President of Mongolia

Original of Congratulations (pdf)

CCA Working Visit

During September 15-16th a working visit to Porto of Spain, Trinidad was paid by Continental President, Jorge Vega in order to meet Mr. Russell Smith, CCA General Secretary and Mr. Allan Herbert, CCA Treasurer.

The talks, held in a friendly environment, dealt with the future challenges CCA will have in the 2014-18 period, the promoting and developing chess in American Continent specially in the Caribbean and Central America areas and the CCA Calendar.

Also was mentioned the close ties CCA has with the FIDE DEV Commission and the Continental President expressed his satisfaction for the work DEV has done, also he quoted that with the bringing of WGM Martha Fierro into the FIDE Presidential ticket the Woman Chess will have a growing up in America due the cooperation CCA has had with WOM in the past.

Although the following events are not part of CCA official calendar because they are directly funded by FIDE President own pocket the Continental President announced the hold of the UMADA Cup, the Latin Cup and the Bolivarian Championship in Guyana, Argentina and Peru respectively.

The presents noted the need to keep America united as the most powerful bloc in FIDE.

The Continental President announced that his next visit shall be to Brazil to meet GM Darcy Lima, CCA Deputy President, to discuss the same points dealt in Trinidad.

Mr. Smith took the Continental President to a tour to the Trinidad oil processing zone after which the meeting ended with a nice dinner offered by Mr. Herbert.

Vladimir Kramnik Chess Center

On Friday, 19th of September 2014, during the International Investment Forum “Sochi-2014” the FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and the Governor of the Krasnodar Krai Alexander Tkachev signed an agreement on establishing the Sports Center for Chess Training named after the former World Chess Champion Vladimir Kramnik in Krasnodar Krai.
The talented chess players will be educated at this center by the strongest trainers and the lectures will be conducted by the famous grandmasters. Vladimir Kramnik, who was born in Tuapse of Krasnodar Krai, shared his hope on creating such centers throughout Russia.

The video reportage on the Russian Channel One

An agreement signing

FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and the Governor of Krasnodar Krai Alexander Tkachev

Executive Director of the Russian Chess Federation Mark Gluhovsky, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, General Director of the Franco-Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Pavel Shinsky, the representative of the Russian Chess Federation in the Krasnodar Krai Vladimir Smetana.

World Youth Chess Championships 2014

The World Youth Chess Championships 2014 has started in Durban hosted by the South African Chess Federation.



Mr MC, representatives of FIDE: Mr Lewis Ncube and Mrs Emelia Ellappen, Members of the African Continental Board, the Vice-President of Chess South Africa: Mr Winston Dalpat and members of the Chess South Africa Executive Board, honorary former President of Chess South Africa: Advocate: Lyndon Bouah, Mr Prim Reddy representing the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government, Councillor Logie Naidoo representing the Municipality of eThekwini, GM Grivas from the FIDE Trainers’ Commission, FIDE Technical Director: Mr Werner Stubenvoll from the FIDE Qualifications Commission, the President of KwaZulu-Natal Chess Association: Mr Sandile Xulu and his Executive Board, Deputy President of the Asian Chess Federation: Mr Bharot Singh, Dr Brian van Zyl, a good friend of chess, the WYCC Chief Convenor: Mr Logan Reddy and his LOC, Grandmasters, Woman Grandmasters, all other titled and untitled players gathered here, Sponsors, Coaches, Managers, Presidents of Provincial Chess Federations and their Executives, members of the media, brothers, sisters, friends and family, "Gens Una Sumus".

Mr. Eldo Smart, President of Chess South Africa

I greet you on behalf of the chess community of South Africa. It is a privilege and honour for us as South Africa, and indeed Africa, to host the 2014 World Youth Chess Championships. South Africa first participated in the World Youth Chess Championships in 1994 in Duisberg, Germany.

FIDE has indeed honoured us, Mr Ncube and Mrs Ellappen, as the African continent by bestowing upon us this important event. The event is supported by over 90 countries and we are proud to showcase the wonderful city of Durban, eThekwini Municipality, scenic Province of KwaZulu-Natal, the home of South Africa's President, His Excellency Mr Jacob Zuma, who attended the Closing Ceremony of the Commonwealth Chess Championships last year, home of the Zulu people, and our beautiful country of South Africa.

Chess creates social cohesion. For us, it is a way of life, it runs through our veins and it brings people together. Different backgrounds, creeds, religion, stations of life and diverse communities are represented here tonight. Mr Singh, world icon Mr Mahatma Gandhi once said: "You must open your windows and doors so that the cultures of all the people can flow through your windows and doors".  

Chess gives us hope. What does hope mean? According to Dr Ivan Meyer, the former Minister of Sport and present Minister of Finance in the Western Cape Government, when he launched the chess revolution in the Western Cape, he said that hope means:

“H : higher
O : opportunity
P : for people
E : to excel. Maximise your potential”

We thank FIDE for agreeing to celebrate the future chess champions by coming to South Africa in our twentieth year of democracy. Chess has been acknowledged by government as one of the 16 priority sport codes in South Africa. The year 2018 will also be declared the year for chess in South Africa.

South Africa first played in international Chess Olympiads in 1958. We are now proud to be able to state that we have hosted a World Youth Championship and we, as South Africa, are now ready to host a World Chess Olympiad in the near future. We hope that FIDE will make it happen.

I thank Mr Logan Reddy, the 2014 Word Youth Convenor, as well as the LOC who have done a sterling job in arranging this event, which is the culmination of many years of passion and sweat. I know that all of you will be enjoying yourself while you contemplate the next game and move. Enjoy the sights of South Africa and may the best players win.

Players, when tomorrow comes, you will have the opportunity to maximise your potential by having HOPE!

Gens Una Sumus!!

Thank you.

President of Chess South Africa

Mr. Lewis Ncube, Continental President for Africa

Making the first moves

The official tournament website


Changes of the article 11.3.b. of the Laws of Chess

Changes of the article 11.3.b.of the Laws of Chess

To all Arbiters:

Dear Colleagues,

During the 2014 Tromso FIDE Congress the Rules Commission, in order to reflect to the Anti cheating Committee’s request, altered the wording of the article 11.3.b.

The following was included in the Minutes of the Tromso Anti Cheating Committee Meeting of the 8 August 2014:

c. The Rules Commission reported that they have altered Law 11.3b in the Laws of Chess to reflect the request of the ACC. The new text reads: During a game, a player is forbidden to have a mobile phone, electronic means of communication or any device capable of suggesting chess moves on their person in the playing venue. However, the rules of the competition may allow such devices to be stored in a player’s bag, as long as the device is completely switched off. A player is forbidden to carry a bag holding such a device, without permission of the arbiter. If it is evident that a player has such a device on their person in the playing venue, the player shall lose the game. The opponent shall win. The rules of a competition may specify a different, less severe, penalty. The arbiter may require the player to allow his/her clothes, bags or other items to be inspected, in private. The arbiter or a person authorized by the arbiter shall inspect the player and shall be of the same gender as the player. If a player refuses to cooperate with these obligations, the arbiter shall take measures in accordance with Article 12.9. The final decision to make this change to the Laws of Chess shall be made by the 2014 FIDE General Assembly.

The above change was not possible to be approved by the Tromso FIDE General Assembly because of lack of quorum and it is going to be approved by the next FIDE General Assembly.

As the change is very significant and as the period until the next FIDE General Assembly will take place is too long, FIDE suggested that the Arbiters shall apply the above change of the article 11.3.b of the Laws of Chess during all their tournaments that will be held from now on.

Therefore you are instructed to apply the above wording of the article 11.3.b. of the Laws of Chess in all your tournaments, starting from 1 October 2014.

The interpretation of this change is as follows:

In minor chess tournaments, where the players is not possible to leave their mobiles out of the playing hall and the organizers cannot provide an area for collecting the mobiles of all the players during the rounds, the Arbiters have the possibility to apply the new wording of the article 11.3.b., allowing the players to have their mobile phones in their bags, but completely switched off.

The player shall inform the Arbiter before the start of the round, in case that a completely switched off mobile phone, or any electronic mean of communication, or any other device capable of suggesting chess moves is in his/her bag.

All the above shall be included in the rules of competition (tournament regulations) of the specific event in advance. The Chief Arbiter may make an announcement before the start of the round.

This possibility will not be valid for the World and Continental FIDE events.

With best regards 

Takis Nikolopoulos
FIDE Arbiters’ Commission

World Mind Games Online Tournament 2014

SportAccord set to launch the biggest ever World Mind Games Online Tournament

The wait is almost over for online gaming enthusiasts! SportAccord begins the countdown to the launch of the 4th edition of the World Mind Games Online Tournament on the 15th of September. The tournament, featuring Bridge, Chess and Go, is being organized by SportAccord in partnership with RSportz, the community-based global sports network and online platforms BridgeBase Online, and Pandanet.

The online tournament also marks the countdown to the 4th SportAccord World Mind Games to be held in Beijing from December 11-17 this year. Last year’s online tournament attracted over 700,000 players from all across the globe and SportAccord expects to comfortably attract a higher number of participants through the tournament online portal, The portal will be the gateway for participants and enthusiasts for game rules, registration and all further information surrounding the SportAccord 2014 World Mind Games Online Tournament.

Open for a period of 2 months, registration for the online tournament is open to players from beginner to advanced levels. All participants stand a chance to win attractive prizes such as Formula 1 grand prix tickets sponsored by presenting partner Alliance Renault-Nissan and watches from World Mind Games official partner Rado. Additional prizes include Samsung TVs, tablets and gift cards. A total cash prize purse of $12,000 will be shared between the winners of the different tournaments.

SportAccord 2014 World Mind Games Online Tournament partners, Bridgebase Online, and Pandanet will operate the online hosting of the disciplines of Bridge, Chess and Go, respectively.

SportAccord, the Union of International Sports Federations, operates and is in the process of organising 4 multi-sports games- the World Combat Games, the World Beach Games, the World Urban Games and the World Mind Games. The 4th edition of the SportAccord World Mind Games will be organized in Beijing from December 11-17, 2014, featuring Bridge, Chess, Draughts, Go and Xiangqi in cooperation with the respective international sports federations. The SportAccord World Mind Games unite the world’s best players in a quest for glory and prize money. SportAccord is constantly looking to engage more people in mind sports in a fun and exciting way through cultural programs and online games.

Online tournament dates: September 15 – November 15


Official hashtag: #mindgames2014

FIDE Grand Prix Series 2014-2015

FIDE Grand Prix Series 2014-2015

Names Fed Qualifying Rating Rank Baku 2014 Tashkent 2014 Teheran 2015 Khanty 2015 Caruana, Fabiano ITA Rating List 2801 3 x x   x Grischuk, Alexander RUS Rating List 2789 4 x   x x Nakamura, Hikaru USA Rating List 2782 7 x x   x Karjakin, Sergey RUS Rating List 2777 8 x x   x Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA World Cup 2013 2768 9   x x x Giri, Anish NLD President Nominee 2758 11 x   x x Dominguez, Leinier CUB Rating List 2756 13   x x x Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE Rating List 2756 12 x x x   Gelfand, Boris ISR Rating List 2748 17 x x   x Jakovenko, Dmitri RUS AGON Nominee 2747 18   x x x Svidler, Peter RUS Rating List 2732 22 x   x x Andreikin, Dmitry RUS World Cup 2013 2722 31 x x x   Radjabov, Teimour AZE AGON Nominee 2717 33 x x x   Kasimdzhanov, Rustam UZB AGON Nominee 2706 43 x x x   Tomashevsky, Evgeny RUS World Cup 2013 2701 46 x   x x Ghaem Maghami, Ehsan IRN AGON Nominee 2591 254   x x x                   Count         12 12 12 12

Veterans' Support Programme

FIDE and ACP are proud to announce the veterans' support programme, which is aimed to help the chess legends, who dedicated their life to our beloved game.

According to the decision of the joint FIDE-ACP panel, this year six distinguished veterans will get the award (5.000 USD each) as an appreciation for their contribution to chess. Please, find below the names of awardees:

              Boris Spassky (Russia)               Nona Gaprindashvili (Georgia)                                 Leonard Barden (England)               Viktor Kupreichik (Belarus)                                 Mark Tseitlin (Israel)               Igor Zaitsev (Russia)

Both FIDE and ACP hope to extend and expand the programme in future years.

FIDE President at the Moscow Blitz Chess Championship

Alexander Morozevich and Valentina Gunina are winners of the 68th Moscow Blitz Chess Championship

The Moscow Blitz Chess Championship Finals were held on 6th of September in the open air by the tradition since 1948. The playing venue of this year tournament was the summer ground of the VDNKh cultural centre (All-Russian Exhibition center). The FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and the President of Moscow State University of Civil Engineering (MGSU) Mr. Valery Telichenko were the honorable guests of the tournament. At the opening ceremony, the FIDE President thanked Vladimir Palikhata, President of the Moscow Chess Federation, for keeping the chess traditions and holding this tournament for the 68th time. Valery Telichenko noted that according to the MGSU students’ wishes, who want to develop their chess skills, a special department was established in the university. “We are pleased that this intellectual game is always relevant and certainly we supported the students’ initiative to establish new chess department in our university”, said Valery Telichenko. 

The Moscow Blitz winners:

Open section
Alexander Morozevich 15.5
Boris Savchenko 13
Vladimir Malakhov 13

Women’s section
Valentina Gunina 15
Daria Charochkina 13.5
Aysa Imeeva 11

Seniors Open section
Anatoli Schvedchikov 12
Vladimir Voevodin 12
Alexander Hait 10

Seniors Women Section
Galina Strutinskaia 5.5
Natalia Titorenko 5.5
Elena Fatalibekova 5.0

Boys section
Arsen Kukhmazov 11.5
Arman Geivondian 10.5
Nikita Afanasiev 10

Girls section
Karina Ivanova 9.5
Anastasya Paramzina 9.0
Maya Terechechkina 7.5

The official tournament website 


FIDE World Chess Championship Match 2014


FIDE is pleased to announce that contract for the FIDE World Championship Match 2014 was signed by Magnus Carlsen (NOR) and Viswanathan Anand (IND). The Match is scheduled to take place in Sochi, Russian federation from the 7th to 28th of November 2014.