New dates for the World Team Chess Championship Print
Tuesday, 17 March 2009 10:06

Dear Chess Friends,

After considerable deliberations with several major organisers and taking into account the importance of the qualified teams benefitting from participation of their top players, FIDE decides to defer the 2009 edition of the World Team Championships scheduled in Turkey. The event shall now be held from 3rd Jan (arrival) to 14th Jan (departure) 2010.

In view of this and other "hiccups" which have had occurred in the scheduling of major FIDE events, the FIDE President ordered a review and to recommend stringent bidding, administration and regulatory measures with respect to the FIDE Chess Calendar. The Istanbul Presidential Board gave an in-principle approval to the recommendations of the General Secretary. Meanwhile, Continents and FIDE International Affiliate Organisations are advised to plan their respective events only after the official FIDE events are scheduled (4-yearly plan) or at the FIDE Executive Board in Singapore in September 2009. The PB had also assigned the Treasurer and Executive Director to assist the General Secretary in the finalisation of the proposed recommendations for the next PB scheduled for May-Jun 2009.

Ignatius Leong
General Secretary
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