May 19, 2020: FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich and FIDE DIS Commission held an online meeting to exchange plans and ideas on how to continue moving forward, keeping chess on top of the activities for players with disabilities.
FIDE DIS members have reported to the FIDE President on the long-term plan of activities FIDE DIS prepared for the players with disabilities. Among them, there are at least three online chess competitions in open, women, and junior categories. The first online event, FIDE Online CUP for Players with Disabilities 2020, starts on 21 May on a popular online platform playchess.com with 38 chess players representing 28 national federations from different groups of disabilities participating.
Many players with disabilities are looking forward to competing in this competition, bringing together participants from all around the world. It will serve as a rehearsal for the Competition for the Disabled People, which will be a part of Chess Olympiad.
A significant initiative that FIDE DIS started last year – the seminar "Equal Opportunities" - will be continued this year and it is already scheduled for September. At this seminar, different lecturers will speak up to the audience via the Internet on the problems, issues, and recent developments.
FIDE DIS Commission has also discussed the steps toward including chess for the disabled into the Paralympics program. The members of the commission put forth the idea of presenting chess to the audience of the next year Paralympics in Tokyo.