Presidential Board meeting 1st quarter 2009
Release – Istanbul, Monday, 09 March 2009
The FIDE Presidential Board (PB) meeting with an agenda of 80 items was held
on March 5-8th in Istanbul, Turkey, concurrent with the first Women Grand Prix
event organized by TCF.
FIDE President advised that he has visited ten countries in the last three
months and was delighted that chess was now in the school curriculum in Moldova
and Armenia, and that chess among women has growing popularity. He was very
please that Women's World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk participated in the PB
meeting. In his report, he also stressed the importance of strengthening the
relationship with IOC and the NOCs.
The Presidential Board meeting in Istanbul, with Treasurer Nigel Freeman,
Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos, Vice President Ali Nihat Yazici, President
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Honorary President Florencio Campomanes and Vice President
The PB approved the new structure for FIDE Commissions and Committees the details
of which will be announced on the FIDE website. The PB agreed on a commission
to be set up to consider the zonal structure of FIDE. The PB approved changes
in the Laws of Chess including that the default time would be zero unless otherwise
specified in the regulations of the tournament. The PB finalized Title and Rating
regulations and dealt with other matters left from the Dresden meetings. It
agreed to postpone the World Championship match between World Champion GM Anand
and Challenger GM Topalov until the latest April 20th, 2010 and asked for bids
for the match. The PB corrected the mistake done by the organizer of the World
Senior Championship and announced GM Kaufmann and GM Suba as co-winners. The
PB decided upon a commemoration schedule of the former world champions starting
with W. Steinitz in 2009.
Commercial director of FIDE Geoffrey Borg, Georgios Makropoulos, Ali Nihat
The PB acknowledged and accepted the bid from UEP for the world chess championship
cycle 2010-2011. In 2011 [probably 2010 is meant], there will be a
Candidate Matches/Tournament consisting of GM Kamsky, the loser of the Anand-Topalov
match, two players from the Grand Prix series and one player from the World
Cup, two highest rated players not already qualified and a player nominated
by the organizer. The winner will play the World Champion in 2011.
The PB discussed several future events and decided upon the bid dates which
will be published on the FIDE website. The FIDE President thanked the Turkish
Chess Federation and its President Mr. Yazici for the excellent organization
of the event.
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