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Russia and Belarus teams suspended from Official FIDE tournaments

by ChessBase India - 25/03/2022

FIDE Council was held online on 15th March made several important decisions. The 44th Chess Olympiad will be organized by All India Chess Federation in Chennai from 28th July to 10th August 2022. AICF has also been awarded the 94th FIDE Congress to be organized in Chennai from 31st July to 9th August. 7th August has been approved as the date for FIDE elections. A strong preference has been made to organize Chess Olympiad for People with Disabilities on the same dates as 44th Chess Olympiad. Women's Candidates 2022 has been postponed to the last quarter of the year and continue consultations with the players about its format. For more details, check the article. Photo: FIDE

The FIDE Council held on March 15, 2022, in online format, made several important decisions:

1. To award the organisation of the 44th Chess Olympiad to the All India Chess Federation to be organised in Chennai within the period from 28.07.(opening ceremony) till 10.08. (departure).


2. To award the organisation of the 94th FIDE Congress to the All India Chess Federation to be organised in Chennai within the period from 31.07. (arrival) till 09.08. (departure) and to approve 07.08. as the date for FIDE elections.


3. To note strong preference to organise the Chess Olympiad for people with disabilities at the same dates as the 44th Chess Olympiad.


4. Taking into account the current recommendations of the IOC, to suspend the national teams of Russia and Belarus from participation in official FIDE tournaments until further notice. In the individual tournaments of the FIDE World Championship cycle, players from these countries will be allowed to participate under the FIDE flag.


5. To postpone the Women’s Candidates Tournament 2022 to the last quarter of 2022 and to continue consultations with players regarding the format of the tournament.


6. To approve the proposals of the FIDE Medical Commission in principle. To request the FIDE Management Board and FIDE Medical Commission to prepare details regarding practical steps in respect of the implementation.


7. To hold the next meeting of the FIDE Council on 27-29 April 2022 in the United Arab Emirates.


8. To approve the bid of the Isle of Man for the organisation of the Grand Swiss 2023 and Women Grand Swiss 2023.



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