Outstanding Congress

As we all know the 81st FIDE Congress opened its sessions on 24 September in the Chess Academy. The most important issues concerning further worldwide development of the wise chess game are being discussed these days in the Academy.

During the first three days there were 15 FIDE Commission Meetings held, open for all those who wished to attend them as observers including the participants of the Olympiad.

Commissions Chairmen have presented their reports to the General Assembly that will further consider and ratify them during the period of 29 September to 2 October. Further work of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) for the coming 4 years will depend on the decisions of the General Assembly.

Commissions Chairmen have fulfilled a great amount of work and FIDE has maintained its priorities. One of the most important issues are popularization of chess, close cooperation with the International Olympic Committee and other international organizations. The second issue is preparation of trainers, arbiters and construction of world chess centers all over the world such as Chess Academy in Khanty-Mansiysk that was opened recently. The third issue is CACDEC – helping those national federations that are in need of financial and technical support.

FIDE Commissions have their individual timetables and after they all meet at the Executive Board. The next Executive Board and the General Assembly will be held next year in Krakow, Poland, in the frames of the 82nd FIDE Congress.

The first session of the Executive Board Meeting, held on 27 September, ratified the Committee aimed to verify the legality of all the documents and mandates submitted by FIDE delegates for the coming elections. The Committee is to report on its work in the morning of September 29. The current FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and FIDE Treasurer Nigel Freeman will take the floor to present their Reports to the General Assembly members and afterwards the delegates will hold the elections of FIDE President and FIDE Continental Presidents.

Let us remind you that there are two candidates running for the post of FIDE President - the current President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov (proposed by the Russian Chess Federation) and the 12th World Chess Champion Anatoly Karpov whose candidature is proposed by national federations of Germany and France.

During the coming 5 days the General Assembly will work according to its Agenda including such issues as Bidding for the World Chess Olympiad 2014 and World Chess Championship U-18 in 2011.

Let us note that FIDE Congress in Khanty-Mansiysk is unique due to several factors. First of all, it is a record-breaker as for the number of delegates is concerned as well as due to the fact that FIDE President’s and FIDE Continental Presidents elections will be held on the same day for the first time in the history. The third particularity of the Congress is that the FIDE General Assembly will consider the issue on affiliation of the following national federations to FIDE: Senegal, Republic of Central Africa and Ivory Coast, which means that the number of national chess federations affiliated to the World Chess Federation will increase to 173.