Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana Sign Championship Match Contracts

2 days 3 hours ago

London, 16st August 2018 — FIDE and World Chess are pleased to announce that both the incumbent World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen and challenger Fabiano Caruana signed contracts for taking part in the World Chess Championship Match that will take place in London, United Kingdom, in November 2018.
For 2018, the minimum guaranteed prize fund of EUR 1mln (1.25mln gross) will be increased by proceeds from sponsorship contracts and 20% of digital Pay-Per-View tickets — a novelty for World Chess Championships where prize fund has never been affected by sales of the Match broadcast. This year, subscribers and spectators will be able to increase the Prize Fund by subscribing to the official premium broadcast for $25 (free basic version will be available as well).
The much-anticipated match will be held in London from 9th to 28th November. Ticket prices range from £45 to £100 and are available at Ticketmaster:
The organisers, with the ambition of making chess one of the world’s most popular spectator sports, are curating a phenomenal experience for fans coming to watch the games live: a dramatic venue, limited edition merchandise and the opportunity to meet the Grandmasters. Spectators will also be able to view the after-game press conferences and listen live to commentary by the world’s biggest chess stars and experts.
Georgios Makropoulos, FIDE Deputy President, said: “We appreciate the contract acceptance by Fabiano Caruana and Magnus Carlsen. It’s an honour for us to collaborate with them and their teams. Rules agreed between parties to regulate the Championship Match 2018 will definitely make the organization process more efficient”.
Ilya Merenzon, CEO, World Chess, said: “I am very grateful for Magnus and Fabiano for making signing the contracts an efficient process, and also happy with how these contracts evolve: they reflect the fact that chess had truly become a professional sport, and both players are professionals! We are looking forward to working with both players and hope that the Match will become an event of the century”.
The 2016 championship took place in New York with the total audience for the event reaching a record-breaking 1.5 billion people. For the first time in decades, the World Chess crown may return to America in 2018 after Brooklyn-born Caruana won the Candidates Tournament in Berlin and earned the right to fight Carlsen for the Championship title.
Official web-site of the Championship Match:

The 2nd FIDE World Junior Chess Championship for the Disabled comes to a successful conclusion

3 days 13 hours ago

Cherry Hill, New Jersey (August 14, 2018) — Ilia Lipilin (Russia) is the World Champion for the FIDE World Junior Chess Championship for the Disabled.

Dr. Leroy Dubeck awarded the 1st Place Cup to Ilia Lipilin on behalf of The U.S. Chess Trust, the major sponsor of this event.
Dr. Leroy Dubeck awards the 1st Place trophy to Ilia Lipilin (RUS).
Maksim Petrov (Russia) took 2nd Place helping secure the Gold Medal for Team Russia. The official team coach for Russia, Svetlana Gerasimova, accepted the prizefor the team with a heartfelt speech and special thanks to the Chief Organizer, Beatriz Marinello and Chairman of the FIDE Commission for the Disabled, GM Thomas Luther.
Silver Medalist, Maksim Petrov, IO Beatriz Marinello, GM Thomas Luther.

Medalist, Griffin McConnell (USA).
Griffin McConnell (USA) earned 3rd Place in the event. Griffin is a top player in theUnited States; he helped secure the Team Silver Medals for USA.

World Junior Chess Championship for the Disabled - Final Standings: 1. LIPILIN, Ilia (RUS), 7.0 2. PETROV, Maksim (RUS), 5.5 3. MCCONNELL, Griffin (USA), 5.0 4. ZIMMER, Johannes Raphael (GER), 4.0 5. MWESIGYE, John Denis (UGA), 2.5 6. MBAZIIRA, Wasswa Sharif (UGA), 2.5 7. SHANKAR, Pranav (USA), 1.5 8. EGGLESTON, Robert (USA), 0.0
World Junior Chess Championship for the Disabled - Team Results: 1. Russia 2. USA 3. Uganda
“When the FIDE World Junior Chess Championship for the Disabled was created, no one was willing to organize the event and it sat there for a long time.” - GM Thomas Luther. That is, until IO Beatriz Marinello stepped up to the plate to take on the challenge. If anyone knows Beatriz - they know that it is just like her to break ground, to clear a path where there is none - and a path for players with disabilities was one she strongly believes in.
Post-game analysis with John Denis Mwesigye (UGA) provided by GM Thomas Luther, IO WIM Beatriz Marinello.
Chairperson, FIDE Commission for the Disabled, GM Thomas Luther goes on to say, “It was my feeling that this event would help lots of young players with disabilities. We want to bring chess to multi-sport events, such as the Olympics, Paralympics etc. Due to the good work of many people and FIDE, chess is already included in the Deaflympics and the Asian Para Games - two big international multi-sport events where chess is part of the games. We hope the FIDE World Junior Chess Championship for the Disabled will work as a bridge to other events with additionalopportunities given to players.”
Raphael Zimmer (GER) vs Robert Eggleston (USA). GM Thomas Luther observes the game.

Wasswa Sharif Mbaziira (UGA).

“Players with disabilities face challenges in chess tournaments; this in turn may present a unique set of circumstances for organizers to take on. I know about this from the view of a player and an organizer. Right now, in the FIDE World Junior Chess Championship for the Disabled a player with autism participated. The special care from the arbiters and organizers made his participation a success story. We, at FIDE, are on a good way to improve on existing regulations. This is an ongoing process. Only a short time ago, FIDE regulations and guidelines were added to the FIDE handbook.” GM Thomas Luther.
Grin McConnell (USA) vs Pranav Shankar (USA).

Pranav Shankar (USA) has autism and is a young player who is dedicated to chess andhas a strong desire to continue training, competing and improving. In this tournament Pranav felt comfortable enough to share an experience he had at another tournament.

We have to encourage players with disabilities to speak out about such challenges because it is with real world experience that we can make the most difference. This kind of feedback is far more valuable and helpful than hypothetical discussions in a board room because it comes directly from the affected players.

“I was on the verge of being forfeited because I was not being quiet.” He goes on to say, that after his opponent complained to the director, he was separated from the other players. Pranav soon had difficulties because he didn't know when he could speak without fear of being forfeited. Despite the challenges, Pranav was happy toreport that he still went on to win his game and elaborated with a lively game discussion and comments about the FIDE World Junior Chess Championship for the Disabled.

“I like everything about this tournament. I liked the lessons, I liked the friends. It provides support, not just for me, but also to others. I like the normal tournaments also, but I like this tournament because this tournament is special. This tournament strives to help disabled people in many ways. In tournaments like this one, there will be supporters, but in others, we don’t know.” - Pranav

“Ideally, I would like Pranav to sit at the same table with the other players. Going to other tournaments I get nervous because at everytournament there is always somebody that has complained. We are kind of at the mercy of the tournament directors. If the tournament director is good, he tries to accommodate us.

Otherwise, sometimes he has to forfeit. In this event, I feel supported and understood.” - Arthi Nagaraj, Pranav’s mom

The goal is not to create an event that will have players with disabilities participate in this event only, quite the opposite. Tournaments like this give players the opportunity to play once a year and be part of a community in which they feel comfortable enough toshare their experiences.

Why do we need a chess tournament for people with disabilities?

“We have chess tournaments divided by rating, nationality, age, gender etc. So why not for players with disabilities? Here we have nice playing conditions that help players deal with the complexities of competition. We only have one of these events per year all over the world - leaving players with plenty of time to participate in all other events.In addition, this event helps us provide valuable feedback to improve current FIDE regulations as they may apply to all other chess events. In this way we aim to protect the player, not only in this tournament, but in all of the other events they may wish to participate in.” GM Thomas Luther

As this event wrapped up, IO Beatriz Marinello and Chairperson of the FIDE DisabledCommission, GM Thomas Luther were already discussing and planning for next year’s event.

A very special thanks to our main sponsor, The U.S. Chess Trust, for their support and generosity. We would also like to thank the New Jersey Chess Federation and KIND for their generous contribution and continued support.

“Organizing this event takes a lot of hard work, perseverance, vision and creativity. The main focus must be the players. We have already secured the venue for next year; it will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill, New Jersey once again. We look forward to seeing the players and hope that each country will bring a bigger team. Players and coaches - get ready!” IO WIM Beatriz Marinello

Learn more about the event and players at the official website:

By Dora L Martinez, FIDE Press Officer Contact: [email protected] Photos and content copyright: Dora L Martinez

2nd FIDE World Junior Chess Championship for the Disabled

1 week 2 days ago

2nd FIDE World Junior Chess Championship for the Disabled

By Dora L Martinez

On August 7th, the Opening Ceremony and the Drawing of Lots kicked off the 2nd FIDE World Junior Chess Championship for the Disabled in Cherry Hill, New Jersey with commentary and greetings from IO Beatriz Marinello, Chief Arbiter Carol Jarecki and FIDE Commission for the Disabled (DIS) Chairman GM Thomas Luther.

The US Chess Trust’s Dr. Leroy Dubeck made a surprise appearance, easily impressing and charming our young players and parents. Dr. Leroy Dubeck was the President of the US Chess Federation when Bobby Fischer was the World Champion and is the Treasurer of the US Chess Trust, the main sponsor of this prestigious and very special event. The organizing committee is especially thankful for their contribution and support.

Players from the USA, Germany, Russia and Uganda arrived in Cherry Hill, New Jersey for the opportunity to compete in this World Junior Event.

We have two new USA Players this year, Pranav Shankar and Robert Eggleston who traveled from out of state to participate in the event. Another new face in the tournament is John Denis Mwesigye who joins Wasswa Sharif Mbaziira of Uganda as his teammate with accompanying coach Robert Katende of the Disney movie, “The Queen of Katwe”.

The Head of Delegation for the Russian Team, Mr. Zbigniew Antoni Pilimon and their official coach Svetlana Gerasimova, accompany players Ilia Lipilin and Maksim Petrov and their mothers.

It was heartwarming reunion for returning World Champion, FM Raphael Zimmer (Germany) and Griffin McConnell (USA) who bonded quickly at last years event. This event is not just an opportunity for players to participate in a World Junior event, but, an opportunity to make friends with other players who may face similar challenges in tournament play.

This year we have three qualifying teams. Team USA, Team Russia and Team Uganda - each country must have a minimum of two players to qualify as a team, with the highest two scores per team counting towards team points.

The Players Technical Meeting followed the Opening Ceremony, which was open for discussion with coaches and players from all of the participating countries.

On August 8th, the players participated in a simul with GM Sandro Pozo, which also featured game analysis with GM Thomas Luther and GM Aryam Abreu. The players also participated in the Chess Masters Training Program - rounding off their participation in the event with an educational component that is an important factor in a chess players training.

Round 1 took place on August 8th at 4pm. Round 1 Results:

Bd. White Pts. Rating Black Pts. Rating Result 1 Mbaziira Wasswa Sharif (UGA) 1.0 1335 Mwesigye John Denise 0.0 Unr 1-0 2 Lipilin Ilia (RUS) 1.0 2017 Petrov Maksim (RUS) 0.0 1848 1-0 3 Eggleston Robert 0.0 Unr Shankar Pranav 1.0 Unr 0-1 4 Mcconnell Griffin 1.0 1552 FM Zimmer Raphael 0.0 2130 1-0

89th FIDE Congress: List of Delegates

1 week 4 days ago

FIDE is publishing the list of delegates as is required by the FIDE Electoral Regulations Section 5.A.1.


According to FIDE Electoral Regulations Section 5.A.2

At the latest five weeks before the opening session of the General Assembly, the President of each member federation shall inform the FIDE Secretariat in writing of any changes to be made to this list. If there has been no such notification by this deadline, and there is no delegate on the list that was published on the FIDE website pursuant to Section (1) above, the delegate shall be the President of the federation.

FIDE recommends that the following wording be used for informing the Secretariat, until 29 August (Athens time 17.00), of any change to be made to the list of delegates in accordance with this paragraph.

“I, the President of the federation of _____________________ hereby inform FIDE that the Delegate of my federation at the FIDE 2018 General Assembly in Batumi will be _____________________.

Date : _____________________

Signature: _____________________”

FIDE Secretariat

FIDE Treasurer Prof. Dr. Adrian Siegel requests Mr. Kouatly to also stop spreading fake news

1 week 5 days ago

For a third time, in the last month, this time through a publication of Bachar Kouatly who is candidate with the ticket of Arkady Dvorkovich, the right of participation in the General Assembly and in FIDE 2018 Elections, is unfortunately questioned regarding some federations which might have debts to FIDE. Moreover, the Statutes of FIDE are misused.

The Treasurer of FIDE Prof. Dr. Adrian Siegel is responding to this publication with an open letter to all federations, clarifying once again that the Statutes should not be misused in order to threaten federations and that the federations cannot be stopped of participating in the Olympiad or the elections due to debts.

Both documents are attached below.
    Publication of Mr. Bachar Kouatly

Letter of Prof. Dr. Adrian Siegel

Georgian visas can be obtained via electronic visa portal from today

1 week 6 days ago

Important Information Regarding Visa Procedures and Border Cross

Participants from the countries requiring visa in order to travel to Georgia should submit the request for Electronic Visa through the official visa portal via the following link: 

Please note, visa portal is already open for all participating countries and you can already submit the visa request from today. Please select “CHESS OLYMPIAD 2018” in the “Purpose of Visit”.

Price for the e-visa 20 USD per person should be paid at the e-visa website after fulfilment of the registration.

No VISA is required to travel to Georgia for the following countries:

Schengen area countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland

Other countries: Albania, Montenegro, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Ireland, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia, Belarus, Israel, Croatia, Cyprus, San Marino, Serbia, United Kingdom, Ukraine, Argentina, Turkey, Moldova, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Uruguay, United States of America, Australia, Bahrain, Brunei, Iran, Jordan, Japan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, New Zealand, Oman, Qatar, Singapore, Thailand, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Botswana, Mauritius, South Africa, Seychelles, Mauritania, Aruba.

Please note, that the participants holding valid visa and/or residence permission of the following countries are allowed of visa free travel to Georgia: Schengen countries, United States of America, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, New Zealand, Japan, Israel, Qatar, Canada, South Korea, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait.

IMPORTANT: Special arrangements will be made for participants from Kosovo and Chinese Taipei. The Organizing Committee will contact you with the detailed information.

IMPORTANT: Furthermore, please note that in case you have travelled to the Territory of the Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia or The Tskhinvali Region (territory of the former South Ossetia Autonomous Region) and have a stamp in your passport, according to the “LAW OF GEORGIA ON OCCUPIED TERRITORIES”: (Article 4, point 2) “Entry of the occupied territories by foreign citizens and stateless persons shall be prohibited… violation of this requirement shall lead to punishment under the Criminal Law of Georgia”.

In case of any additional questions regarding the visa procedures and border cross please contact the visa support team of the Organizing Committee via the following e-mail: [email protected]

Qualifiers for FIDE Women's World Championship 2018

2 weeks 2 days ago

FIDE is publishing the player's contract for the Women's World Chess Championship 2018 to be held in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia from November 1st to November 24.

The qualified players are expected to fax or email scanned the original document of their signed contract to the FIDE Secretariat's fax number +30 2109212859 or email [email protected] no later than midnight of Thursday, 16 August 2018.

FIDE is also publishing the initial list of qualifiers as per regulations. The full technical regulations of the event are on the FIDE handbook.



a) From World Women’s Championship 2016
01. Tan Zhongyi (CHN) - Winner 2016
02. Muzychuk Anna (UKR) - Runner up
03. Harika Dronavalli (IND) - Semifinalist
04. Kosteniuk Alexandra (RUS) - Semifinalist

b) From average Rating List 2/2017 to 1/2018
05. Hou Yifan (CHN) 2664.41
06. Ju Wenjun (CHN) 2580.75
07. Gunina Valentina (RUS) 2507.25
08. Lei Tingjie (CHN) 2507.16
09. Zhao Xue (CHN) 2490.25

c) World Girl Junior Champions 2016-2017:
10. Saduakassova Dinara (KAZ) World Junior G20 Champion 2016
11. Abdumalik Zhansaya (KAZ) World Junior G20 Champion 2017

d) 28 players from European Women Championships 2016 & 2017
12. Ushenina Anna (UKR) 2016
13. Vega Gutierrez Sabrina (ESP) 2016
14. Stefanova Antoaneta (FID) 2016
15. Mkrtchian Lilit (ARM) 2016
16. Paehtz Elisabeth (GER) 2016
17. Atalik Ekaterina (TUR) 2016
18. Bodnaruk Anastasia (RUS) 2016
19. Zawadzka Jolanta (POL) 2016
20. Javakhishvili Lela (GEO) 2016
21. Matnadze Ana (ESP) 2016
22. Shvayger Yuliya (ISR) 2016
23. Goryachkina Aleksandra (RUS) 2016
24. Arakhamia-Grant Ketevan (SCO) 2016
25. Khukhashvili Sopiko (GEO) 2016
26. Dzagnidze Nana (GEO) 2017
27. Galliamova Alisa (RUS) 2017
28. Lagno Kateryna (RUS) 2017
29. Muzychuk Mariya (UKR) 2017
30. Socko Monika (POL) 2017
31. Danielian Elina (ARM) 2017
32. Nechaeva Marina (RUS) 2017
33. Khotenashvili Bela (GEO) 2017
34. Zhukova Natalia (UKR) 2017
35. Pogonina Natalija (RUS) 2017
36. Hoang Thanh Trang (HUN) 2017
37. Gara Anita (HUN) 2017
38. Gaponenko Inna (UKR) 2017
39. Kashlinskaya Alina (RUS) 2017

e) 8 players from Americas
40. Cori T., Deysi (PER) (Continental 2016)
41. Miranda Llanes, Yerisbel (CUB) (Continental 2017)
42. Aliaga Fernandez, Ingrid Y (PER) (Continental 2017)
43. Foisor Sabina-Francesca (USA) (Zone 2.1)
44. Paikidze Nazi (USA) (Zone 2.1)
45. Ouellet, Maili-Jade (CAN) (Zone 2.2)
46. Vazquez Maccarini, Danitza (PUR) (Zone 2.3)
47. Lujan, Carolina (ARG) (Zone 2.5)

f) 12 players from Asia/Oceania
48. Kulkarni Bhakti (IND) (Continental 2016)
49. Nakhbayeva Guliskhan (KAZ) (Continental 2017)
50. Alinasab Mobina (IRI) (Zone 3.1)
51. Hamid Rani (BAN) (Zone 3.2)
52. Vo Thi Kim Phung (VIE) (Zone 3.3)
53. Tokhirjonova Gulrukhbegim (UZB) (Zone 3.4)
54. Zhai Mo (CHN) (Zone 3.5)
55. Ni Shiqun (CHN) (Zone 3.5)
56. Zhu Jineer (CHN) (Zone 3.5)
57. Sun Fanghui (CHN) (Zone 3.5)
58. Hardegen, Kathryn (AUS) (Zone 3.6)
59. Padmini Rout (IND) (Zone 3.7)

g) 3 players from Africa
60. Wafa Shahenda (EGY) (Continental 2017)
61. Toubal Hayat (ALG) (Continental 2017)
62. February Jesse Nikki (RSA) (Continental 2017)

h) 2 nominees by FIDE
63. To be announced
64. To be announced

TOTAL: 64 players

Spectacular London Venue Announced for FIDE World Chess Championship Match 2018

2 weeks 2 days ago

° Tickets go on sale on 3rd August 2018
° Prices start at £45 to see Magnus Carlsen defend his title in the capital
° Over 4,500 fans pre-register for tickets, making it one of the most anticipated matches in the history of chess

World Chess and FIDE are pleased to announce The College, a breath-taking historic building in the heart of London as the venue for the FIDE World Chess Championship Match 2018.

The 10,000 square foot space in Holborn will host 400 people each day to see Magnus Carlsen defend his world title against US challenger Fabiano Caruana. The much-anticipated match will be held in London from 9th to 28th November.

Ticket prices range from £45 to £100, with over 4,500 fans already registering for pre-order on TicketMaster and All ticket holders will automatically receive premium digital access to the whole tournament and will be able to follow the games live as if they were in the room with the Grandmasters.

The organisers, with the ambition of making chess one of the world’s most popular spectator sports, are curating a phenomenal experience for fans coming to watch the games live: a dramatic venue, limited edition merchandise and the opportunity to meet the Grandmasters. Spectators will also be able to view the after-game press conferences and listen live to commentary by the world’s biggest chess stars and experts.

Ilya Merenzon, CEO, World Chess, said: “We know there are millions of chess fans in the UK – this is their chance to witness a battle of the world’s greatest minds. There will also be an influx of Norwegians heading to London to support Magnus. You’ll be hearing a lot of Norwegian accents in Covent Garden in November! The fact that an American is playing, for the first time in almost 50 years, will certainly make it a must-watch clash in the US!”

Those following the games online will also be catered for; they will be able to watch the moves for free on, the official broadcasting platform. They can also sign up for a $20 premium account, giving fans access to multi-camera views, commentary, behind-the-scenes footage, the opportunity to ask questions during press conferences and more. A portion of the digital revenue will be set to aside increase the prize fund from a guaranteed EUR 1,000,000.

The 2016 Championship took place in New York with the total audience for the event reaching a record-breaking 1.5 billion people. For the first time in decades, the World Chess crown may return to America in 2018 after Brooklyn-born Caruana won the Candidates Tournament in Berlin and earned the right to fight Carlsen for the Championship title.

The College provides an appropriate venue for the pinnacle of the world’s oldest game – its retained a number of authentic Victorian features including furnishing, marble reception areas and a show-stopping glass-dome roof.

World Junior Chess Championship 2018: Hotel Upgrade & Registration deadline update

2 weeks 4 days ago

Turkish Chess Federation would like to inform you that tournament hotel upgraded to a 5* Star hotel and deadline to register players was extended till 10 August 2018.

Hotel of the tournament upgraded to 5* Hotel and also tournament hall will be at the same hotel. Turkish Chess Federation aims to have the highest quality organization and that is the main reason of the hotel upgrade. Hotel prices will not change and remain the same as announced for the 4* hotel before. The new hotel and tournament hall will be 

The decision regarding registration was taken due to the incoming requests from the numerous federations as they are still in process of forming their players for the participation of the tournament.

In case of additional questions regarding hotel upgrade and registration process, please, contact

European Chess Union Press Release

2 weeks 5 days ago


A Brief history of the case: In May 2011 a group of individuals established an offshore shadow company in Delaware, U.S.A. named “European Chess Union LLC” Delaware and the same time, through this company, they opened a bank account in Slovenia. From 2011 to 2015, forging bank documents, invoices, letters and contracts they were abusing money from the Bulgarian state, Montenegro chess federation and possible other public or private entities or even executing money laundering services for clients ‘sponsors”. It is officially confirmed that they have abused more than 1 million euros, however the information that is not yet official raises this amount to 3 million euros.

European Chess Union has the responsibility to inform its members as also the international media and public about the on-going investigations for the private shadow company “European Chess Union LLC”, a Limited-Liability Company (LLC) registered in Delaware, USA on May 4, 2011. The company’s File Number is listed as 4977764. The Registered Agent on file for this company is Harvard Business Services, Inc. and is located at 16192 Coastal Highway Lewes, DE 19958. The ECU LLC Delaware after its registration opened a bank account on 11th of May 2011 in the ABANKA d.d. based in Slovenia with no. SI56 0510 0801 3271 144.

1. As was stated several times by the European Chess Union and concluded by two CAS Awards, there is no legal or any financial relation between the ”European Chess Union”, an association established under Swiss law, with its seat in Hünenberg See, Switzerland, and the limited-liability company “European Chess Union LLC” registered in Delaware, USA.

A. ECU vs Bulgarian federation - CAS award
B. FIDE vs Valdimir Sakotic - CAS Award

2. According to the official documents received from the Bulgarian Ministry of Youth & Sports, as also informed in a press conference in Sofia, by the Bulgarian Minister of Sports, Mr. Krasen Kralev, the Bulgarian Chess Federation under the leadership of Mr. Silvio Danailov and his associates transferred to the Slovenian Bank account belonging to the Delaware Company 1,070,140 euros (Annex_1) from 2011 till 2014, informing that these are payments/fees for theEuropean Chess Union based in Switzerland. The amount of 1,070,140 euros represents only the state funds transferred to the offshore company while the Bulgarian Chess Federation refuses to provide any other information about the total transactions with this company.

3. The reports of the Financial Investigation Agency of Bulgarian described in detail all these invoices /transactions in the total of the 1,070,140 euros. The reports are available in public and was an agenda item in the ECU General Assembly in Baku:

ECU GA Agenda 2016 (annexes 6a, 6b, 6c).

4. According to the Bulgarian Financial Investigation Agency reports, Mr. Silvio Danailov presented to the Bulgarian authorities an alleged Bank Certificate from the Slovenian Bank “ABANKA d.d”. (Annex_2). This document first appeared in the report of the Bulgarian Agency no. DI1SF-45, dated 03.08.2015 (pages 49,50 referring to Mr. Danailov claims). Later, this report was amended with the report-dated 16.02.2016 (reference of the certificate in pages 43, 44, 45). The document in the context of the inspections provided by Mr. Silvio Danailov (then President of the Chess Federation of Bulgaria and former President of ECU), and on this basis therefore the Chess Federation Bulgaria sought to prove that the funds, which were acquired by the Bulgarian Ministry of Youth and Sports, were used properly. The same bank certificate sent to the Bulgarian Ministry of Youth and Sports from the Bulgarian Chess federation for the state auditing. The Bulgarian Ministry of Youth & Sports sent officially this document to ECU (annex_2), after the FIDE and ECU meetings in Sofia in June 2017. The Bulgarian federation did not contact in 2015 the European Chess Union asking about the authenticity of such document.

5. This alleged Bank certificate is also manifestly contrary to official data from the Slovenian register of transaction accounts (Annex_3), which gives exclusive the account holder the company "CHESS EUROPEAN UNION LLC", with business address "161 COASTAL HIGHWAY Delaware, USA ".

6. European Chess Union after contacted the A.A. Bank in Slovenia and the officer that allegedly signed this certificate (annex_2) submitted a criminal complaint in Slovenia on 9th of January 2018, including all the Bulgarian investigation reports, a number of forged invoices, the CAS awards as also the alleged bank certificate.

7. The Slovenian Prosecutor informed ECU by a letter on 26.02.2018 that has accepted the case and asked Slovenia Police to start investigation. (Annex_4).

8. The Slovenian Police, through Interpol, informed officially ECU on 3rd July 2018 that the bank certificate in annex_2 that submitted to the Bulgarian authorities and Bulgaria Ministry of Youth and Sports is a forged document (Annex_5).

“With regard to the document »CERTIFICATE«, which was supposedly issued by the ABANKA d.d. on 20.07.2015, an official explanation was obtained from the ABANKA d.d. that they did not issue this document and that the document is forged.”

While the Police investigation continues, European Chess Union additionally has already informed about the case: a. the Slovenian Anti-laundering Authority b. the Slovenian Central Bank and preparing related information letters and to the EU institutions.

9. Apart the investigation in Slovenia, another investigation takes place in Bulgaria after criminal complaints submitted by the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Bulgaria as also Bulgarian citizens. From December 2016 the Bulgarian Prosecutor has concluded and informed that a heavy crime took place. (Annex_6).

10. The known and confirmed transactions to the Slovenian Bank account are 1,070,140 euros sent from the Bulgarian Chess federation and 7,500 euros sent from the Montenegro Chess federation. However the ECU has the information, which is not yet official, that the total deposits in this account exceed the 3 million euros.

11. European Chess Union asks any legal entity, “sponsor” or individual who was asked to transfer money to the account with no. SI56 0510 0801 3271 144 in the ABANKA d.d. Bank in Slovenia to report it, in ECU or/and the Police.

12. European Chess Union will hold a Press conference in Batumi during the Chess Olympiad releasing more details and documents/invoices, about the case with the main purpose to inform the media as also the representatives of all National Chess federations.

List of Decisions of 2018 2nd quarter FIDE PB

3 weeks 5 days ago

2018 2nd quarter

Presidential Board
9-10 July 2018
Bucharest, Romania


2PB-2018/1. To approve the increase of the DEV budget by 200,000 euro.

2PB-2018/2. To approve the preparation of FIDE Data Protection policy.

2PB-2018/3. To approve Qualification Commission recommendations of over-the-board titles.

2PB-2018/4. To approve Arbiters’ Commission recommendations of titles & upgrades.

2PB-2018/5. To approve Arbiters’ Commission report.

2PB-2018/6. To approve Trainers’ Commission recommendations for titles.

2PB-2018/7. To confirm the new deadline of 15 August for the signing of the players’ contracts for WCCM in London 2018.

2PB-2018/8. To refer the proposal of the Rules Commission to all relevant Commissions, to inform them accordingly and to present a final proposal to the GA in Batumi.

2PB-2018/9. To approve CI titles but refer the report to the ECU CIS Commission Chairman for his input.

2PB-2018/10. To accept the Chess for Disabled Commission report.

2PB-2018/11. To note the Medical Commission report.

2PB-2018/12. To approve IO titles.

2PB-2018/13. To approve the proposal of EVE regarding registration and licensing of players.

2PB-2018/14. To refer Fair Play Commission proposals to GA.

2PB-2018/15. To announce a bidding procedure for the FIDE Candidates’ tournament in 15 days.

2PB-2018/16. To authorise Mr. Borg to draft regulations for a new women’s event in place of Women’s Grand-Prix.

2PB-2018/17. To award the Polish Chess Federation with an option to organise the World Teams and World Women Teams Championships 2019 provided they inform of the exact venue at the GA in Batumi.

2PB-2018/18. To approve that if there is no clear answer by 15th September that visas are provided to all, the recommendation to the GA will be that FIDE will not organise World Rapid and Blitz and World Women Rapid and Blitz this year.

2PB-2018/19. To prepare a press-release on the 2018 Olympiad Travel Subsidy Fund.

2PB-2018/20. To request the Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad 2020 Organisers to provide the bank guarantee by 29th September 2018.

2PB-2018/21. To recommend the bid of the Belarus Chess Federation for the 2022 Olympiad and associated events to the GA in Batumi.

2PB-2018/22. To visit Minsk to inspect and assist with the finalisation of the budget for the 2022 Olympiad bid.

2PB-2018/23. To seek an organiser for the 2019 Executive Board meeting.

2PB-2018/24. To inform the South Korea and Tunisia Chess Federations that due to the non-fulfilment of certain conditions, their bids for the 2022 Olympiad were not approved for the GA in Batumi, but they could be considered for 2024 provided they fulfil all necessary conditions and met a deadline of September 15th.

2PB-2018/25. To organise a PB meeting immediately following Presidential elections in Batumi.

2PB-2018/26. To award the organisation of the World Junior and Girls U-20 2020 to All India Chess Federation.

2PB-2018/27. To award the World Schools Championship 2020 to Peru.

2PB-2018/28. To award the World Schools Championship 2021 to Greece.

2PB-2018/29. To award the World Youth Championship 2020 to Romania.

2PB-2018/30. To request the Chinese Chess Association to provide the dates for the 2019 Cadet U-8, U-10, U-12 by the GA in Batumi.

2PB-2018/31. To refer the bids for the World Cadet U-8, U-10 and U-12 2020 to the GA in Batumi.

2PB-2018/32. To award World Youth Rapid and Blitz Championship U-14, U-16, U-18 2019 to Spanish Chess Federation.

2PB-2018/33. To award World Youth and Cadet Rapid and Blitz Championship U-8, U-10, U-12, U-14, U-16, U-18 2020 to Greek Chess Federation.

2PB-2018/34. To approve the proposal of the Belarus Chess Federation to award an annual Kupreichik award for the most beautiful game at the World Senior Championships.

2PB-2018/35. To refer the bids for World Senior Championship 2020 to the GA in Batumi.

2PB-2018/36. To award World Team Championship 50+, 65+ 2020 to Czech Chess Federation.

2PB-2018/37. To request the Turkish Chess Federation to provide details for World Youth U-16 Chess Olympiad 2018 within three weeks.

2PB-2018/38. To inform the Tunisian Chess Federation that if if they do not send the details of World Schools Individual 2019, the event is given to Turkey.

2PB-2018/39. To approve the request of GM I. Cheparinov.

2PB-2018/40. To approve the Haiti Chess Federation as a provisional member and to recommend the GA to ratify full membership.

2PB-2018/41. To note a new case in CAS regarding Welsh Chess Federation.

2PB-2018/42. To note the information from the ECU on the situation with chess in Bulgaria and refer the matter to GA.

2PB-2018/43. To approve the request of GM Ivan Cheparinov to transfer from Bulgaria to Georgia. This would be without compensation or transfer fee. The same conditions would apply to all Bulgarian players wishing to transfer.

2PB-2018/44. To note the information on Pakistan and Maldives Chess Federations and refer to GA.

2PB-2018/45. To organise a meeting with Continental President for Asia.

2PB-2018/46. To refer the bids for World Amateur Championship 2020 to the GA.

2PB-2018/47. To award Turkey 1st option and India 2nd option till the GA for World Youth U-16 Olympiad 2019.

2PB-2018/48. To refer application of Cote D’Ivoire of new federation to GA.

2PB-2018/49. To approve anti-corruption measures for election and publish.

2PB-2018/50. To award winner of Arab Chess Championship place in World Cup from 2019 and the GM title. 2nd & 3rd place to receive IM title, all titles depending on recommendation of QC on minimum rating required.

2PB-2018/51. The winner of the Arab Women’s Championship will qualify for the 64 player Women’s World Championship from 2020 and the WGM title. 2nd & 3rd place to receive WIM title, all titles depending on recommendation of QC on minimum rating required.

FIDE requests Mr. Dvorkovich to stop spreading fake news

3 weeks 5 days ago

FIDE has clearly stated, with an announcement last week, that federations cannot be excluded from elections due to debts.

In a letter to federations on 18th July, Mr. Arkady Dvorkovich claims that FIDE office sent letters to national chess federations informing them "about their debt" which "must be covered (...) or the respective federation won't be allowed to participate in FIDE Olympiad and FIDE President elections".

FIDE Treasurer, Prof. Dr. Adrian Siegel, replies with a letter stating that "Mr. Dvorkovich produces fake news to terrify national chess federations".

Both letters are attached below.

Letter of Mr. Arkady Dvorkovich

Letter of Prof. Dr. Adrian Siegel

Batumi Chess Olympiad: Registration deadline update

3 weeks 6 days ago

The Batumi Chess Olympiad Organizing Committee would like to inform you that the deadline to register teams without paying the penalty was extended till 30 July 2018.

The decision was taken due to the incoming requests from the numerous federations as they are still in process of forming their teams for the participation in the upcoming Chess Olympiad.

Please, register your teams at your earliest convenience before the deadline. In case of additional questions regarding registration process, please, contact the accreditation manager Kema Goryaeva via the following e-mail: [email protected]


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