• FIDE

    FIDE 2022 election campaigns heat up!

    Early this month, the Presidential election (FIDE 2022) opened and there are already four candidates for President. This point was noted by current FIDE Vice President Nigel Short. It appears that the FIDE Presidential Election will be a crowded field. — Nigel Short (@nigelshortchess) May 20, 2022 Crowded indeed. After…

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  • World Championships

    Reflections of 2021 World Championship/EXPO 2020

    Following are my reflections on the World Chess Championship that took place in Dubai, UAE. For years I have been doing reflection pieces for major events. It is enjoyable to go back and relive these memories. What makes this more special was that it occurred during World Expo 2020. I…

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  • The Chess Drum

    2020 World Candidates Tournament (Yekaterinburg, Russia)

        For the past couple of months, the world has been facing a global pandemic dubbed as the “coronavirus.” It has resulted in scores of tournaments being canceled and rendering travel difficult and even impractical. There was a discussion about the fate of the Candidates tournament after the eight…

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  • World Cup

    2019 World Cup: Finals

    2019 World Chess Cup September 9th-October 4th, 2019(Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia) FINALS   Flag 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 pts. Ding Liren ½ 1 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 4 Radjabov ½ 0 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 6 3rd-4th PLACE…

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  • Audio

    FIDE’s African Problem

        Last month, the world’s marquee team tournament known as the “Chess Olympiad” ended in Tromso, Norway with record attendance of 174 nations. This included a record 34 present from Africa (excluding eight proxies). While I am not certain when the first African federation joined the World Chess Federation…

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  • Media Stories

    Ilyumzhinov wins 2014 FIDE election 110-61

    The buildup to the 2014 FIDE election in Tromso, Norway was so tense you could feel it in the air. As representatives from 176 federations filed into the Universitetet i Tromsø (UIT) auditorium there was a buzzing of excitement. However, it was a matter of time before the meeting had…

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  • Media Stories

    Jamaica’s Wilkinson joins Kasparov2014

    May 10, 2014 23:39 News Release: Ian Wilkinson Joins Kasparov Presidential Ticket FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – MAY 10, 2014 The Kasparov 2014 campaign team announces that Sheikh Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Hamed has withdrawn from the Garry Kasparov 2014 FIDE presidential ticket effective immediately. Sheikh Mohammed regrets his withdrawal which…

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  • Day of Reckoning… 2010 FIDE Vote

    Chess community, Today marks the highly-anticipated election for the Presidency of the world body of chess known as FIDE (pronounced fee-day). More than 150 countries (including 56 proxies) will cast their ballots to select the body’s leader for the next four years. During the 2006 Olymipad in Turin, Italy, Bessel…

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  • Africa

    Africa: Too Much Voting Power in FIDE?

    In the upcoming election for FIDE President, there has been a lot of talk about the voting structure of one-nation, one vote. This idea is in line with the democratic ideals of general bodies, but seems to have met the ire of chess pundits and commentators. For the past two…

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  • Players protest “zero tolerance” rule

    An interesting development is taking place at the European Individual Championships in Rijeka, Croatia. Participants in the tournament have shown their aversion to the “zero tolerance” rule which states that a player must be present when the round starts or suffer a forfeit. It was a matter of time before…

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