Archive for September, 2018

Chess Olympiad: Azerbaijan, Poland Still Perfect

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

While things are heating up on the political front, the Olympiad's playing hall hosted another day of great chess. Azerbaijan and Poland will meet tomorrow as the co-leaders, with six wins. USA, Georgia and Armenia (who beat Russia!) are leading t…

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Caissa and FIDE Journalists Awards

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

Caissa and FIDE Journalists AwardsThe FIDE Commission for Women’s Chess (WOM) has held its meeting on 29th September in Hotel Sheraton, Batumi.

Thanks to the generous support of Lobortas Classical Jewelry House, the FIDE Commission for Women’s Chess presented valuable cups for the performance for 2016 to GM Anna Muzychuk, Ukraine and for 2017 to GM Nana Dzagnidze, Georgia.

A formal letter of recognition was given to Mr. Lobortas for his continuous support to FIDE and WOM.

Dear Mr. Lobortas,

On behalf of FIDE the Commission for Women’s Chess (WOM), we would like to express our gratitude and appreciation to you for the ongoing support to chess, and especially to women’s chess. It has been ten years since the cooperation started between FIDE and Lobortas Classical Jewelry House.

It all started back in 2008 when you, and your company, kindly offered to do the restoration of the then damaged Nona Gaprindashvili Cup. Since 2009, the Lobortas Classical Jewelry House sponsored countless elegant Cups to the winners of the Caissa Awards, as well as of the Grand Prix.

These valuable Cups are unique creations, made of precious silver and gemstone. Therefore, we believe that those are very important contribution to our beloved game, and its image in the world.Again, many thanks for your support, and we are looking forward to many more years of cooperation.

Susan Polgar
Co-Chairperson of WOM

Martha Fierro
Co-Chairperson of WOM

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Caissa award for Anna Muzychuk

Caissa award Dzagnidze
Susan Polgar handing the Caissa award for Nana Dzagnidze

WOM meeting
WOM Commission meeting

FIDE Journalists Awards for 2017

The FIDE Commission of Chess Journalists (CCJ) held its meeting on 30th September 2018 in Hotel Sheraton, Batumi, with 19 persons in attendance.

After the report on activities by the Commission Secretary Anastasya Karlovich, the chess public was informed about the voting for the FIDE Journalists awards for the year 2017.

Commission of Chess Journalists
FIDE Commission of Chess Journalists meeting

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FIDE Journalists award for the best chess news website goes to ChessBase, by unanimous vote of the Subcommittee formed to evaluate the nominations.

FIDE Journalists award for the best national chess federation website goes to Turkish Chess Federation website, with three votes for and one recusal.

The specially designed prizes were produced by the famous jewelry maker Lobortas House.

For the year 2016 two television houses were awarded – NTV (Russia) and NRK (Norway). For the year 2018 it is proposed to have awards for individuals in more categories. The prototype of such individual prize, also made by Lobortas House, was presented at the meeting.

Beautiful prizes for FIDE Journalists Awards

Precious Prize – FIDE Journalists Award 2017

According to the idea of the authors and creators, the award was designed on the principle of mirror reflections to be carrying the special significance of the fact that the mass media expressly reflect the world written about.

Being an object of the XXI century contemporary artistic jewelry, this prize is associated with the most modern mass media that quickly entered the modern life and became the most widely read information carriers.

The multifaceted composition and special “stereo” allusions convey the past, the present and are directed to the future in their forms and images.

Materials: silver, brass, sodalite




FIDE and Lobortas Classic Jewelry House

The Lobortas Сlassic Jewelry House and the World Chess Federation have been linked by a long-standing friendship that began in 2008, when the FIDE requested a restoration of the Nona Gaprindashvili Cup. This cup suffered significant damage during transportation due to the negligence of workers of one well-known foreign airline, and a valuable trophy was virtually destroyed. It took five months of careful work for the Lobortas Classic Jewelery House to restore the trophy. The most important thing was that the Cup was returned to the pristine appearance. Restoration of the Cup by the House of Lobortas was a gift to the FIDE and to the entire chess world.

The presentation of the renovated Nona Gaprindashvili Cup took place at the 80th FIDE Congress in Kallithea (Greece), dedicated to the 85th anniversary of the World Chess Federation of FIDE. In the course of the congressional meetings, the world champion Alexandra Kosteniuk made a proposal to revive the tradition of awarding the Caissa prize to the year’s best female chess player. Design and creation of the Caissa Cup, the tournament’s main trophy, was entrusted to the Lobortas Classic Jewelry House. A completely new creative approach by artisans and artists led to the creation of a unique precious silver and gemstone prize, the Caissa Cup, which also was a patron contribution of the jewelry house to the development of international chess sport. With the FIDE’s support, a new scope of rewards – Big and Small Cups of Caissa – has been created at the initiative of the Lobortas Classic Jewelery House. The double-cup framework of the main sporting trophies has been introduced for the first time in the world practice. The Big Cup, intended to award the tournament winner ceremonially, is in the FIDE’s ownership and may be applied for passing from federation to federation. In the moment of victory, the winner triumphantly holds the Big Cup of Caissa, and takes a small precious copy of the Cup forever.

The history’s first winner of the Caissa Cup was Nadezhda Kosintseva, the world champion in chess. The world’s best female chess player, ranked by FIDE 2009, got her award from the hands of the legendary Nona Gaprindashvili in 2010. To date, the holders of the Caissa Cup are Nadezhda Kosintseva, Judit Polgar, Mariya Muzychuk, and Hou Yifan (four times). During the congressional meeting of the Commission for Women’s Chess within the Batumi Olympiad, Anna Muzychuk, the 2016 best female chess player, would receive her award, and Nana Dzagnidze, the newly chosen 2017 best female chess player, would be the owner of her own Caissa in international FIDE competitions agreed by the WOM leadership.

The leadership of the FIDE World Chess Federation has decided to create two categories in the Grand Prix series in women’s and men’s personal championship at its 84th Congress in October 2013 in Tallinn (Estonia). At the decision of the FIDE Women’s Subcommittee, chaired by the world champion and grandmaster Susan Polgar, each of the awards represents two precious prizes – Big and Small cups made of silver, gold, and diamonds in the authorial development of the Lobortas Classic Jewelry House.

On the Grand Prix Cup of FIDE, the names of the winners are to be engraved. The Grand Prix Cup of FIDE representing a reduced copy of the Big Cup is to be handed over to the winner forever. In case of the repeated victory, the year or years of the winning seasons are to be additionally engraved on the Small Cup.

For the first time in the prize series of FIDE Grand Prix, as well as chess award of Caissa, a new artistic and technical solution has been used – there is a seal on the stand of the Small Cup, which can be used by the winner in particularly significant cases. In addition, the winner can replace this seal with her own one or upgrade it to a new one in case of further victories. Such a decision of the main prize – the Cup – can gain popularity among other well-known and significant international awards. Thus, the Cups, created by the House of Lobortas are the objects of the XXI century jewelry art and gain a special historical value due to their owners’ victories in the FIDE championships.

The history’s first owners of the Grand Prix Cup were Hou Yifan from China and Fabiano Caruana from America.

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

October 2018 FIDE Rating List

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

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FIDE publishes October 2018 FIDE Rating List. The list of top players is published at Top lists page of FIDE ratings website. All players can check new ratings at the main page of FIDE ratings website.

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Dvorkovich Survives Ethics Ruling; Lawyer "Steals" Flyers

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

In a ruling of the FIDE Ethics Commission, presidential candidate Arkady Dvorkovich was found not guilty of violating the FIDE Code of Ethics. The accusations came from complaints from his election adversary Georgios Makropoulos. On the same day, …

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ETH Commission’s decision of today re Complaint concerning the Serbian Chess Federation

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

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FIDE herewith publishes the Ethics Commission’s decision of today regarding the Complaint concerning the Serbian Chess Federation (Ethics case no. 5/2018).

See full decision here

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Chess : Russia suffer surprise defeat by Poland in Chess Olympiad

Saturday, September 29th, 2018

Thursday’s fourth round of the 184-nation Batumi Chess Olympiad produced a major shock when the No 2 seeds, Russia, desperate to capture their first gold since 2002, lost 1.5-2.5 to Poland. Former world chess champion Vlad Kramnik was actually checkmated. Earlier, Russia’s top-seeded women lost in round two to Uzbekistan. There are six rounds left after Saturday’s rest day, so both could yet recover, but these were embarrassing setbacks. The Russian squad had prepared for several days at a training camp in Sochi, which Vladimir Putin himself visited to encourage his chess players. United States and China, seeded first and third, both dropped points in Friday’s fifth round, after which the unlikely quartet of Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Poland and Ukraine were the only teams on a maximum 10 match points. Fabiano Caruana, who challenges Magnus Carlsen for …

Source: GameKnot online chess news

Chess Olympiad: Czechia Beats China, Poland Rolls On In Round 5

Saturday, September 29th, 2018

The annual "Chess Train" always leaves from Czech Republic, and in most years goes through Poland. The thing is, it's not supposed to leave until next month.
Instead, Czech Republic and Poland are already both full steam ahead here in Batumi, Ge…

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Chess Olympiad: Czech Beats China, Poland Rolls On In Round 5

Friday, September 28th, 2018

The annual "Chess Train" always leaves from Czech Republic, and in most years goes through Poland. The thing is, it's not supposed to leave until next month.
Instead, Czech Republic and Poland are already both full steam ahead here in Batumi, Ge…

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89th FIDE Congress in Batumi

Friday, September 28th, 2018

FIDE logoThe 89th FIDE Congress is taking place from 27th September to 5th October at the Sheraton Hotel in Batumi, Georgia.

The Congress is held concurrent with the 43rd Chess Olympiad.

During the first two days several FIDE Commissions concluded their sessions and are expected to submit reports and recommendations for the FIDE Executive Board and General Assembly.

The following FIDE Commissions/Committees held the meetings: Central Board of Commissions (CBC), Qualification Commission (QC), Small Nations, Commission for the Disabled (DIS), Technical Commission (TEC), Arbiters’ Commission (ARB), Ethics Commission (ETH), Events Commission (EVE), Marketing Committee and Commission for World Championships & Olympiads (WCO).

For 29th September scheduled are the following FIDE Commissions: Anti-Cheating Commission (ACC), Social Projects Commission (SPC), AIDEF, ECU Edu Commission, Commission for Women’s Chess (WOM), Rules Commission (RC), Trainers’ Commission (TRG) and Chess in Schools Commission (CIS).

WOM together with the sponsor Lobortas Classic Jewelry House will have the Caissa Award presentation ceremony on Saturday, September 29 at noon at the Sheraton hotel during the Commission meeting.

For 30th September scheduled are the following FIDE Commissions: Constitutional Committee (CON), Development Commission (DEV), Medical Commission (MED), Systems of Pairings and Programs (SPP), Commonwealth Chess Association, Commission of Chess Journalists (JOR), Ethics Commission (ETH), Social Action Commission (SAC), IberoAmerican Chess Association, Verification Commission (VER) and Online Commission (OLC).

FIDE Arbiters' Commission
FIDE Arbiters’ Commission

FIDE Ethics Commission
FIDE Ethics Commission

The FIDE Executive Board is the only body to meet on 1st October, while on the following day will be held the Continental meetings of the Affiliated Organizations.

The last three days of the Congress, 3-5th October, are reserved for the FIDE General Assembly, when also the FIDE Presidential elections and Continental elections will take place.

For more information contact the FIDE Administrative Manager Mrs Polina Tsedenova at



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Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

How To Qualify For The 2019 PRO Chess League

Friday, September 28th, 2018

Could the next PRO Chess League championship team not even exist yet?
The 2018 PCL champions, the Armenia Eagles, qualified their way into the Eastern Division roughly a year ago. The Eagles went on to celebrate PRO Chess League Championship glo…

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