Celebrating the 85th anniversary of FIDE, the Executive Board held its meeting in Kallithea at the invitation of the Greek Chess Federation on October 15-17th, 2009.
On the agenda, there were more than 90 items, including the Chess Olympiad 2010, World Championships, the new Commission and Committee structure, reports of the Commissions' chairs as well as the Grand Prix and the World Cup tournaments.
In his report, President Ilyumzhinov emphasized the continuing goals of popularizing chess all over the world and further steps toward IOC. He also praised the organization of events, particularly in China and in Nalchik.
The Executive Board discussed and approved the framework contract with Chess Lane which will initiate new projects of development for FIDE, starting with the formation of Chess News Corporation. FIDE will open a new office in Moscow and has closed its office in Lausanne.
For the Anand-Topalov World Championship Match, three bidders -Turkey, Singapore and Bulgaria- submitted offers. The most qualified and highest prize value bid arrived from Bulgaria. When Turkey and Singapore withdrew their proposals, the EB awarded the World Championship Match to Bulgaria to be held in April, 2010. Half the Candidate Matches have been awarded to Azerbaijan.
The 2009 World Cup will be held in Khanty - Mansiysk, Russia, from November 20th to December 15th. The EB were advised that the prize fund has been received by FIDE.
The EB approved the 2010 FIDE Calendar and fixed the dates of the Chess Olympiad as September 19- October 4, 2010. The EB was briefed about the latest developments of the facilities and the preparation for the Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk by the organizer. The 2011 Congress will be held in Krakow, Poland while Turkey will organize the 2012 Olympiad and Congress. Venues and dates of other FIDE awarded events can be found under the Calendar section of the FIDE website.
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