International Chess Federation
Thursday, 14 Nov 2019 03:11
Fair Play Svetozar Gligoric Award announced

Dear Continental Chess Federations
Dear National Chess Federations 
Dear FIDE Commissions 

Considering that the General Assembly and FIDE Congress has been scheduled for the end of February 2020, we would like to extend accordingly the deadline for the submission of nomination applications for the Fair Play Gligoric Trophy Award. The new deadline will be January 15.

In Q1 2019, by the decision of FIDE Presidential Board, Mr. Mahir Mammedov (AZE), FIDE Vice-President, was appointed a Chairman for the Commission that would award Fair Play Svetozar Gligoric Trophy.

In the 1950s and 1960s, Svetozar Gligoric was one of the top players in the world and one of the World’s most prominent, owing to his particularly engaging personality. At the chessboard, Gligoric was an uncompromising fighter and at the same time a symbol of gentlemanhood and correctness. His impeccable reputation has been a deserved result of his success in chess games and fair-play manners. Gligoric’s trademark was high respect to his chess opponents: his main principle was – It’s chess pieces, not a man I play against! It is no coincidence that the book of Gligoric’s selected games is called “I play against pieces!”.

Svetozar Gligoric Award is a recognition of sportsmen who exercise the fundamental values of Fair Play both during and beyond the game. It’s a way of thinking rather than a mere behavior and includes the concept of 

Fairness  To enjoy the victory is not enough. Triumph must include fairness and honesty
Respect  Written rules are mandatory. Unwritten rules of respect to all are obligatory
Friendship  Rivalry in sport does not exclude friendship
Team Spirit  A genuine consideration for others 
Equality  Competing on equal terms is essential 
Tolerance  The ability or willingness to accept what you may not agree with 
Care  True champions care about each other


Nomination Criteria

Along with the above, during the passing year, the winner of Svetozar Gligoric Trophy shall demonstrate:

- Outstanding gesture or action of sportsmanship during the sports event. 
- Outstanding contribution to the popularisation of the values and principles of Fair Play
- Outstanding support towards initiatives on enforcement of ethical values  
- Promotion of integrity and high ethical standards 


Nomination Procedure

The winner of Gligoric Trophy is selected annually by Award Commission chaired by Mr. Mahir Mammedov and its two members: Mrs. Judit Polgar, GM, FIDE Honorary Vice-President and Mr. Eugenio Torre, GM.

Proposals for Nominations (Nomination Letter) shall be presented by Continental Federations, National Federations, FIDE Commissions to Gligoric Trophy Award Commission ( no later than January 15, 2020

Individual nomination (including self-nominations) is permitted. 

Please note, that Commission’s decision is final and not open to discussion, nor shall the members of the Commission be requested to give any justification beyond what they wish to, with their final announcement. 

The Award Ceremony will take place during the FIDE Congress in February, 2020.

Sincerely Yours,
Fair Play Svetozar Gligoric Trophy Award Commission