Press Release - Presidential Board meeting in Singapore Print
Monday, 24 December 2007 00:00
The Presidential Board (PB) Meeting was hosted by the Asean Chess Academy on December 21 - 22 2007 in Singapore, where the members also commemorated the first PB meeting under Kirsan Ilyumzhinov`s Presidency held in Singapore, 12 years ago. The President`s Report focused on the results of FIDE activities in 2007 and the key events of 2008 and the PB received a report on future development ideas presented by FIDE Development CEO, Mr David Kaplan. .

The Presidential Board (PB) Meeting was hosted by the Asean Chess Academy on December 21 - 22 2007 in Singapore, where the members also commemorated the first PB meeting under Kirsan Ilyumzhinov`s Presidency held in Singapore, 12 years ago.



The President`s Report focused on the results of FIDE activities in 2007 and the key events of 2008 and the PB received a report on future development ideas presented by FIDE Development CEO, Mr David Kaplan. The PB acknowledged that all the key tasks relating to all significant FIDE events in 2007 have been successfully concluded. The World Chess Championship tournament in Mexico City, the World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk and many high-level chess events have been followed with great interest all over the world. In 2008, the major events will be the Chess Olympiad in Dresden, the World Championship match between Anand and Kramnik and the semi-final match between Kamsky and Topalov. Agreements have been reached on the first two and Deputy President Makropoulos has been authorised to finalise the contract of the third.

The PB was informed that chess will be a significant part of the World Mind Sports Games in Beijing in October 2008, where invited players and teams will play blitz and rapid games for Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals, together with Bridge, Chinese Chess, Go and Draughts (Checkers). The PB also discussed the conditions of the Women`s World Championship. World Blitz Championship and the Grand Prix and Women`s Grand Prix series to be held in 2008/9.



The new FIDE Development CEO attended the Board Meeting in Singapore.
From left are David Kaplan, Florencio Campomanes and Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.


The Development CEO`s plans are to increase marketing activities, enlarge internet presence and introduce a Chess Palaces program under which new buildings for chess activities will be created in several parts of the world. The Development Directorate will also deal with the trainers` manual project to provide appropriate tools for FIDE trainers.

The PB approved the application of Gabon to be its 162nd Member. An ad-hoc committee has been set up to deal with the negotiations for youth and junior events. FIDE has appointed General Secretary Ignatius Leong as Calendar Administrator to co-ordinate the FIDE timetable for world, continental and other major events. Approval was also given to negotiate with UEP regarding a FIDE Masters series of tournaments.



Photos by Casto Abundo
 
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