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  1. 2nd FIDE World Junior Chess Championship for the Disabled

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    2nd FIDE World Junior Chess Championship for the Disabled

    By Dora L Martinez

    On August 7th, the Opening Ceremony and the Drawing of Lots kicked off the 2nd FIDE World Junior Chess Championship for the Disabled in Cherry Hill, New Jersey with commentary and greetings from IO Beatriz Marinello, Chief Arbiter Carol Jarecki and FIDE Commission for the Disabled (DIS) Chairman GM Thomas Luther.

    The US Chess Trust’s Dr. Leroy Dubeck made a surprise appearance, easily impressing and charming our young players and parents. Dr. Leroy Dubeck was the President of the US Chess Federation when Bobby Fischer was the World Champion and is the Treasurer of the US Chess Trust, the main sponsor of this prestigious and very special event. The organizing committee is especially thankful for their contribution and support.

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    Players from the USA, Germany, Russia and Uganda arrived in Cherry Hill, New Jersey for the opportunity to compete in this World Junior Event.

    We have two new USA Players this year, Pranav Shankar and Robert Eggleston who traveled from out of state to participate in the event. Another new face in the tournament is John Denis Mwesigye who joins Wasswa Sharif Mbaziira of Uganda as his teammate with accompanying coach Robert Katende of the Disney movie, “The Queen of Katwe”.

    The Head of Delegation for the Russian Team, Mr. Zbigniew Antoni Pilimon and their official coach Svetlana Gerasimova, accompany players Ilia Lipilin and Maksim Petrov and their mothers.

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    It was heartwarming reunion for returning World Champion, FM Raphael Zimmer (Germany) and Griffin McConnell (USA) who bonded quickly at last years event. This event is not just an opportunity for players to participate in a World Junior event, but, an opportunity to make friends with other players who may face similar challenges in tournament play.

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    This year we have three qualifying teams. Team USA, Team Russia and Team Uganda - each country must have a minimum of two players to qualify as a team, with the highest two scores per team counting towards team points.

    The Players Technical Meeting followed the Opening Ceremony, which was open for discussion with coaches and players from all of the participating countries.

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    On August 8th, the players participated in a simul with GM Sandro Pozo, which also featured game analysis with GM Thomas Luther and GM Aryam Abreu. The players also participated in the Chess Masters Training Program - rounding off their participation in the event with an educational component that is an important factor in a chess players training.

    Round 1 took place on August 8th at 4pm. Round 1 Results:

    Bd. White Pts. Rating Black Pts. Rating Result
    1 Mbaziira Wasswa Sharif (UGA) 1.0 1335 Mwesigye John Denise 0.0 Unr 1-0
    2 Lipilin Ilia (RUS) 1.0 2017 Petrov Maksim (RUS) 0.0 1848 1-0
    3 Eggleston Robert 0.0 Unr Shankar Pranav 1.0 Unr 0-1
    4 Mcconnell Griffin 1.0 1552 FM Zimmer Raphael 0.0 2130 1-0
  2. 89th FIDE Congress: List of Delegates

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    FIDE is publishing the list of delegates as is required by the FIDE Electoral Regulations Section 5.A.1.


    According to FIDE Electoral Regulations Section 5.A.2

    At the latest five weeks before the opening session of the General Assembly, the President of each member federation shall inform the FIDE Secretariat in writing of any changes to be made to this list. If there has been no such notification by this deadline, and there is no delegate on the list that was published on the FIDE website pursuant to Section (1) above, the delegate shall be the President of the federation.

    FIDE recommends that the following wording be used for informing the Secretariat, until 29 August (Athens time 17.00), of any change to be made to the list of delegates in accordance with this paragraph.

    “I, the President of the federation of _____________________ hereby inform FIDE that the Delegate of my federation at the FIDE 2018 General Assembly in Batumi will be _____________________.

    Date : _____________________

    Signature: _____________________”

    FIDE Secretariat

  3. FIDE Treasurer Prof. Dr. Adrian Siegel requests Mr. Kouatly to also stop spreading fake news

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    For a third time, in the last month, this time through a publication of Bachar Kouatly who is candidate with the ticket of Arkady Dvorkovich, the right of participation in the General Assembly and in FIDE 2018 Elections, is unfortunately questioned regarding some federations which might have debts to FIDE. Moreover, the Statutes of FIDE are misused.

    The Treasurer of FIDE Prof. Dr. Adrian Siegel is responding to this publication with an open letter to all federations, clarifying once again that the Statutes should not be misused in order to threaten federations and that the federations cannot be stopped of participating in the Olympiad or the elections due to debts.

    Both documents are attached below.

    Publication of Mr. Bachar Kouatly

    Letter of Prof. Dr. Adrian Siegel

  4. Georgian visas can be obtained via electronic visa portal from today

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    Important Information Regarding Visa Procedures and Border Cross

    Participants from the countries requiring visa in order to travel to Georgia should submit the request for Electronic Visa through the official visa portal via the following link: 

    Please note, visa portal is already open for all participating countries and you can already submit the visa request from today. Please select “CHESS OLYMPIAD 2018” in the “Purpose of Visit”.

    Price for the e-visa 20 USD per person should be paid at the e-visa website after fulfilment of the registration.

    No VISA is required to travel to Georgia for the following countries:

    Schengen area countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland

    Other countries: Albania, Montenegro, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Ireland, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia, Belarus, Israel, Croatia, Cyprus, San Marino, Serbia, United Kingdom, Ukraine, Argentina, Turkey, Moldova, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Uruguay, United States of America, Australia, Bahrain, Brunei, Iran, Jordan, Japan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, New Zealand, Oman, Qatar, Singapore, Thailand, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Botswana, Mauritius, South Africa, Seychelles, Mauritania, Aruba.

    Please note, that the participants holding valid visa and/or residence permission of the following countries are allowed of visa free travel to Georgia: Schengen countries, United States of America, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, New Zealand, Japan, Israel, Qatar, Canada, South Korea, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait.

    IMPORTANT: Special arrangements will be made for participants from Kosovo and Chinese Taipei. The Organizing Committee will contact you with the detailed information.

    IMPORTANT: Furthermore, please note that in case you have travelled to the Territory of the Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia or The Tskhinvali Region (territory of the former South Ossetia Autonomous Region) and have a stamp in your passport, according to the “LAW OF GEORGIA ON OCCUPIED TERRITORIES”: (Article 4, point 2) “Entry of the occupied territories by foreign citizens and stateless persons shall be prohibited… violation of this requirement shall lead to punishment under the Criminal Law of Georgia”.

    In case of any additional questions regarding the visa procedures and border cross please contact the visa support team of the Organizing Committee via the following e-mail: .

  5. Qualifiers for FIDE Women's World Championship 2018

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    FIDE is publishing the player's contract for the Women's World Chess Championship 2018 to be held in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia from November 1st to November 24.

    The qualified players are expected to fax or email scanned the original document of their signed contract to the FIDE Secretariat's fax number +30 2109212859 or email no later than midnight of Thursday, 16 August 2018.

    FIDE is also publishing the initial list of qualifiers as per regulations. The full technical regulations of the event are on the FIDE handbook.



    a) From World Women’s Championship 2016
    01. Tan Zhongyi (CHN) - Winner 2016
    02. Muzychuk Anna (UKR) - Runner up
    03. Harika Dronavalli (IND) - Semifinalist
    04. Kosteniuk Alexandra (RUS) - Semifinalist

    b) From average Rating List 2/2017 to 1/2018
    05. Hou Yifan (CHN) 2664.41
    06. Ju Wenjun (CHN) 2580.75
    07. Gunina Valentina (RUS) 2507.25
    08. Lei Tingjie (CHN) 2507.16
    09. Zhao Xue (CHN) 2490.25

    c) World Girl Junior Champions 2016-2017:
    10. Saduakassova Dinara (KAZ) World Junior G20 Champion 2016
    11. Abdumalik Zhansaya (KAZ) World Junior G20 Champion 2017

    d) 28 players from European Women Championships 2016 & 2017
    12. Ushenina Anna (UKR) 2016
    13. Vega Gutierrez Sabrina (ESP) 2016
    14. Stefanova Antoaneta (FID) 2016
    15. Mkrtchian Lilit (ARM) 2016
    16. Paehtz Elisabeth (GER) 2016
    17. Atalik Ekaterina (TUR) 2016
    18. Bodnaruk Anastasia (RUS) 2016
    19. Zawadzka Jolanta (POL) 2016
    20. Javakhishvili Lela (GEO) 2016
    21. Matnadze Ana (ESP) 2016
    22. Shvayger Yuliya (ISR) 2016
    23. Goryachkina Aleksandra (RUS) 2016
    24. Arakhamia-Grant Ketevan (SCO) 2016
    25. Khukhashvili Sopiko (GEO) 2016
    26. Dzagnidze Nana (GEO) 2017
    27. Galliamova Alisa (RUS) 2017
    28. Lagno Kateryna (RUS) 2017
    29. Muzychuk Mariya (UKR) 2017
    30. Socko Monika (POL) 2017
    31. Danielian Elina (ARM) 2017
    32. Nechaeva Marina (RUS) 2017
    33. Khotenashvili Bela (GEO) 2017
    34. Zhukova Natalia (UKR) 2017
    35. Pogonina Natalija (RUS) 2017
    36. Hoang Thanh Trang (HUN) 2017
    37. Gara Anita (HUN) 2017
    38. Gaponenko Inna (UKR) 2017
    39. Kashlinskaya Alina (RUS) 2017

    e) 8 players from Americas
    40. Cori T., Deysi (PER) (Continental 2016)
    41. Miranda Llanes, Yerisbel (CUB) (Continental 2017)
    42. Aliaga Fernandez, Ingrid Y (PER) (Continental 2017)
    43. Foisor Sabina-Francesca (USA) (Zone 2.1)
    44. Paikidze Nazi (USA) (Zone 2.1)
    45. Ouellet, Maili-Jade (CAN) (Zone 2.2)
    46. Vazquez Maccarini, Danitza (PUR) (Zone 2.3)
    47. Lujan, Carolina (ARG) (Zone 2.5)

    f) 12 players from Asia/Oceania
    48. Kulkarni Bhakti (IND) (Continental 2016)
    49. Nakhbayeva Guliskhan (KAZ) (Continental 2017)
    50. Alinasab Mobina (IRI) (Zone 3.1)
    51. Hamid Rani (BAN) (Zone 3.2)
    52. Vo Thi Kim Phung (VIE) (Zone 3.3)
    53. Tokhirjonova Gulrukhbegim (UZB) (Zone 3.4)
    54. Zhai Mo (CHN) (Zone 3.5)
    55. Ni Shiqun (CHN) (Zone 3.5)
    56. Zhu Jineer (CHN) (Zone 3.5)
    57. Sun Fanghui (CHN) (Zone 3.5)
    58. Timergazi, Layla (NZL) (Zone 3.6)
    59. Padmini Rout (IND) (Zone 3.7)

    g) 3 players from Africa
    60. Wafa Shahenda (EGY) (Continental 2017)
    61. Toubal Hayat (ALG) (Continental 2017)
    62. February Jesse Nikki (RSA) (Continental 2017)

    h) 2 nominees by FIDE
    63. To be announced
    64. To be announced

    TOTAL: 64 players

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