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Thursday, March 8, 2012

FIDE Announces Draft Dates for World Chess Championship Cycles

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Hi everyone,

Here is the latest chess press release from Fide. They have announced the draft dates for the next World Chess Championship Cycle.

Athens – March 6, 2012 – FIDE, after consultations with AGON, its new partner for organizing the World Chess Championship Cycle, is pleased to announce a draft calendar of event dates for the next two cycles over four years. Once finalised, FIDE and AGON intend to retain the 2014-15 competition schedule as the model for the indefinite future.

Championship Moscow May 10 – May 30
Olympiad Istanbul August 27 – September 10
Grand Prix Chelyabinsk September 19 – October 3
Candidates London October 24 – November 12
Grand Prix Tashkent November 21 - Dec 4

Grand Prix Lisbon April 10 – April 24
Grand Prix Madrid May 22 – June 4
Grand Prix Berlin July 3 – July 17
World Cup Tromsø, Norway August 10 – September 5
Grand Prix Paris September 18 – October 2
Championship TBD October – November, TBD

Grand Prix TBD May 14 – May 28
Grand Prix TBD July 2 – July 16
Olympiad Tromsø, Norway August 1 – August 14
Grand Prix TBD September 10 – September 24
Candidates TBD November 5 – November 24

Grand Prix TBD May 13 – May 27
Grand Prix TBD July 1 – July 15
World Cup TBD August
Grand Prix TBD September 9 – September 23
Championship TBD November 4 – November 25

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, President of FIDE, said, “I am pleased finally to be able to bring a grand European Tour to our European colleagues! And, even more important, players and fans are already excited and energised.”

Andrew Paulson, Director of AGON, said, “We are glad to be bringing a series of World Chess events to the capitals of Europe. In the future we will be progressing continent by continent, bringing great competitions to the world’s capitals in a regular and predictable schedule.”

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