The party is over – 16 Jun 2022
The online chess boom induced by pandemic restrictions, the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour and The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix is behind us.
A universal game teaching tool – 11 Jun 2022
If you teach chess or other strategy games, you should know LogiqBoard. It enables you to create diagrams and teach online in new ways.
Can Yosha compete as a woman? – 09 Jun 2022
The French Chess Federation is hesitating to accept the gender change of Yosha Iglésias. Is affirmative action for female professionals at risk?
“No more political sponsorship and sportswashing” – 30 May 2022
The Ukrainian grandmaster Andrii Baryshpolets explains why he is running to replace FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich in the 7 August election.
Should Carlsen decide now? – 28 May 2022
Magnus Carlsen announced that he might not defend the classical world champion title again. Is it unfair to his colleagues who compete at the forthcoming Candidates Tournament?
Women Candidates tweaked – 29 Jun 2022
In order to avoid clashes between two Ukrainian participants and three players Russia at the Women’s Candidates Tournament, FIDE will not hold it as a round-robin but in matches and has pooled the participants in a way that doesn’t allow a Russian-Ukrainian clash before the final, diverging from the principle introduced in 2019 to hold top women competitions in the same way as top men competitions. Ukraine has banned its athletes from competing against Russians.
Austrian Federation to vote on 14 October – 25 Jun 2022
Inactive leadership and intransparency in the Austrian Chess Federation have led to an extraordinary general assembly which decided to elect a new president and board on 14 October. Christof Tschohl announced that he won’t run again.
Social chess initiatives conference – 24 Jun 2022
On 2 July, the last rest day of the Candidates Tournament, FIDE holds a hybrid conference online and at the Palacio de Santoña, on its social chess initiatives with keynotes by Franck Droin and Geir Nesheim. Registration is free.
China won’t play Chess Olympiad – 23 Jun 2022
Ding Liren revealed in Madrid that the Chinese Chess Federation will not send teams to the Chess Olympiad in Mamallapuram next month. Since Russia is banned and France will have neither Firouzja nor Vachier-Lagrave, the US Chess team becomes a heavy favourite in the men’s section, with India and Azerbaijan as their strongest challengers.
Nornickel logo out – 22 Jun 2022
Ian Nepomniachtchi has been asked by FIDE not to bring a thermos nor wear the jacket with the logo of his sponsor Nornickel any more at the Candidates Tournament. The mining company was also a FIDE partner until contracts with Russian sponsors were terminated after the start of Russia’s invasion in Ukraine.