2022 African Chess Championship: Bassem Amin and Shahenda Wafa claim titles

Egyptian players dominated the 2022 African Individual Chess Championship winning gold in both open and women’s sections. The competition took place in Lagos, the largest city in Nigeria, from September 18-27 and brought together 93 participants from 27 African countries. Both championships were 9-round Swiss tournaments with classical time control. FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich opened […]

Huge excitement in Astana WGP

Kateryna Lagno leads the tournament with one round to go The tenth round of the Astana Women’s Grand Prix started off with two very quick draws by three-fold repetition. One of them seemed like an intelligent strategic decision by Kateryna Lagno in an effort to retain her top position in the standings and pile the […]

Fifth Chess in Education Lecturer course announced

The International Chess Federation, together with its Chess in Education Commission (EDU) and “Chess” Scientific Research Institute (CSRI), is pleased to announce the 5th Chess in Education Lecturer course. The course will be held 28-30 October, in English, online 15:00-20:00 CET. The objectives of the course: To develop and enhance the skills of effective teaching of chess […]

Second Intercontinental Online Chess Championship for Prisoners: Registration deadline approaches

58 teams representing 32 countries have already registered for the second Intercontinental Online Chess Championship for Prisoners, scheduled for October 13-14, 2022, on the International Day of Education in Prison. Correctional facilities for male, female and youth inmates from Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, England, […]

Serbia prepares for second Intercontinental Online Chess Championship for Prisoners

Convicts from Belgrade prison Padinska Skela played a simultaneous exhibition with GM Aleksandar Indjic. Last year, the International Chess Federation, jointly with Cook County (Chicago) Sheriff’s office, launched the project “Chess for Freedom”, which is dedicated to convicted and detained persons worldwide. As a part of it, the Intercontinental Online Chess Championship for Prisoners was […]

Chess for Refugees project enters its second year

Chess for Refugees — an ongoing FIDE project run in the Northwestern region of Kenia — kicked off in August 2021. Its main activities are located in Kalobeyei refugee settlement, some 15 kilometres west of the main Kakuma camp, established to host unaccompanied minors who had fled the war in Sudan and from camps in […]

Monaco to host Pool A of Women’s Candidates

The glamorous Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo will host the Pool A of the Women’s Candidates tournament, organised by the Monaco Chess Federation, from October 24 to November 6. This bracket will see the clash between Humpy Koneru and Anna Muzychuk (first Quarter-Final), and Lei Tingjie and Mariya Muzychuk in the second Quarter-Final. Under the new knock-out format, players in each of the […]

Nikolai Krogius (1930-2022)

Nikolai Vladimirovich Krogius passed away in New York at the age of 91. A strong grandmaster, International Arbiter, coach, and former FIDE Vice-President, he was also known as a pioneer in chess psychology and a talented author. Born in 1930 in Saratov, Krogius picked up chess during World War II. A late boomer by Soviet standards, […]

Alexander Nikitin (1935-2022)

Alexander  Nikitin passed away. We will remember him as an outstanding coach, without whom Kasparov might not have become the great Kasparov. A strong International Master himself, Nikitin retired from chess at some point, concentrating on scientific research, but returned to the game he loved and became one of the most distinguished chess coaches in […]

Yuri Averbakh (1922-2022)

The legendary Grandmaster Yuri Averbakh, who had celebrated his centenary in February, passed away in Moscow. Averbakh started to play chess at the age of seven, but it was just one more hobby for him during his first years, and he didn’t really take it seriously, with volleyball being his main interest. Then, in February 1935, […]