gets a facelift

by ChessBase
9/20/2019 – The new FIDE administration headed by Arkady Dvorkovich has made a number of organizational changes in its first year in charge. Some are more visible than others, and most have been generally regarded as positive. Now the FIDE website has received a fresh new look. What do you think?

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Modern look, more mobile-friendly

The website of the World Chess Federation FIDE has always been quite informative and in some cases like Elo ratings, absolutely essential. Even though it was showing its age a bit, there are certainly worse chess websites to be found on the internet in terms of its visual design and usability. 

Nevertheless, the FIDE homepage has now been given a fresh new look. Is it a success? Have a look, vote in our poll and let us know what you think in the comments below!


How does the new stack up to the old site?

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AceofRods AceofRods 9/23/2019 11:56
I think our New Zealander friend is complaining about his country missing on the map of the world as shown on the main landing page not that they are not listed as a member federation.
Lavanda Lavanda 9/22/2019 11:58
I don't like the new website, it was better before, was more informative.
KandiRavi KandiRavi 9/22/2019 08:48
Excellent modification.
iceman73 iceman73 9/22/2019 01:45
we had the option to download pgn files under the rating section, best feature, now its gone!
kevinoconnell kevinoconnell 9/21/2019 10:02
(to zatopek) NZ is there - - look under Asia, or are you complaining that 'Oceania' is not listed separately?
daftarche daftarche 9/21/2019 12:17
fide has set standards so low that we get excited for a modern look website.
slyall slyall 9/21/2019 02:57
The search seems to show the same name several times if a person is an Arbiter, Player, Organiser, etc. They all link to the same profile.

On the other hand it doesn't the show Arbitor/Organising tab and history for people (like myself) who are have not [yet] got their qualification. The previous version of the site showed this and was useful in keeping track for future norm applications.
chessgod0 chessgod0 9/20/2019 08:17
I almost never have good things to say about FIDE...but they've done well with this website upgrade. Good on them!
zatopek zatopek 9/20/2019 08:14
They have left New Zealand off the face of the earth completely.