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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Shorts steps down – 21 Jun 2022

    Nigel Short has stepped down as FIDE Vice President after the Ethics Commission has suspended him for three months for overstepping his office when trying to clean up the mess between the US Virgin Islands Chess Federation and a rival federation.

  • FIDE goes open source – 20 Jun 2022

    FIDE is using open source software by Lichess and Stockfish under a General Public Licence for transmitting the games from the Candidates Tournament.

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