Due to the rapidly evolving situation in Ukraine, the chess world was bracing for an announcement about FIDE’s position on the matter and the upcoming 2022 Chess Olympiad. The Chess Olympiad was scheduled to begin in Moscow from July 26th to August 8th, 2022. This followed the cancellation of the 2020 Chess Olympiad in Minsk, Belarus due to Belarussian organizers failure to meet specific benchmarks.
Just after events broke in Kyiv, FIDE Vice President GM Nigel Short tweeted the following message:
Due to the deteriorating geopolitical situation, FIDE Council will review the holding of official FIDE events in Russia. https://t.co/9FhNYMO8ik.
— Nigel Short (@nigelshortchess) February 24, 2022
Statement of FIDE Council regarding official competitions and events in Russia
FIDE Council expresses its grave concern regarding the current rapidly deteriorating geopolitical situation.
During its extraordinary meeting, FIDE Council will review holding all the planned FIDE official chess competitions and events in Russia. The member federations and the responsible FIDE Commissions will be consulted in order to make the most appropriate decision.
Early this morning FIDE released an official statement.
?? FIDE Council has decided that the 44th Chess Olympiad, including the competition for players with disabilities and the FIDE Congress, will not take place in Russia. FIDE will do our utmost to find another organizer for the Olympiad and provide more information in due time.
— International Chess Federation (@FIDE_chess) February 25, 2022