Letter to Mikhail Nikolozovich Saakashvili

from the FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

Elista, 21 August 2008

to Mr. M. Saakashvili

President Republic of Georgia

Dear Mikhail Nikolozovich!

I am addressing my letter to you on behalf of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) and millions of aficionados of the wisest game on the planet in respect of the statement of the Georgian Chess Federation regarding participation of Georgia’s representatives in the Women’s World Chess Championship.
Following the decision of the FIDE Presidential Board regarding the said tournament, it is scheduled to be held in Nalchik, Kabardino-Balkaria, Russian Federation, from 28 August to 18 September 2008.
Six Georgian sportswomen- Maia Chiburdanidze, Leila Dzhavahishvili, Sopio Gvetadze, Maia Lomineishvili, Sopiko Khukhashvili, Nino Khurtsidze – received the right of participation, having gone through a most difficult process of selection, or, by a personal invitation, due to personal high rating. Highly esteemed Nona Terentievna Gaprindashvili has been appointed a member of the appeals committee of the tournament. Mr. Evgeni Melikset-Begi – is a member of a arbiters’ board. Thus, it was supposed that the Georgian representation be one of the largest at this most prestigious event in women’s chess. I think that one should not mention the level of authority and respect which is being enjoyed in the world by the Georgian chess school and its representatives, who personify intellect and beauty of Georgia.
Several days ago we all have become witnesses of a horrible humanitarian catastrophe. In my previous statements I have expressed my most sincere condolences to families of the catastrophe’s victims and FIDE’s position on this issue. Unfortunately, we are unable to change the dates and venues of the Championship.
Fully realizing all complexity of the present situation for the Georgian chess players and understanding their dear wish to defend honour of their country at the chess board, I am appealing to you for your kind assistance in providing the sportsmen with conditions for smooth participation in the World Championship. This is especially valuable and urgent during the days of the Olympic Games.

Looking forward to your understanding.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

President of FIDE

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More about the World Women Chess Championship

Statements by: Kirsan Ilyumzhinov / Boris Kutin / Arsen Kanokov

General information

Rules of the WWCC (part 1)

Rules of the WWCC (part 2)

Round 1 pairings

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Statement of Arsen Kanokov

Chairman of Organizing committee of the World women’s championship 2008

The Organizing Committee of the Women’s World Chess Championship 2008 is deeply disappointed and bewildered by the attempts of some circles by no means spots ones to break up the competition of the strongest women chess players of the world scheduled to be held in Nalchik.

Sharing entirely and fully attitude of FIDE and European Chess Union toward an open letter of Georgian women chess players, we believe that representatives of a famous chess school shouldn’t be pawns in somebody’s unworthy game.

The preparation for the Championship has entered its final stages and the Organizing Committee claims that high requirements of FIDE to all aspects of preparation and holding the most significant chess event of the year will be met and nothing will prevent chess players of the participating countries from showing their game potential.

See you in peaceful and hospitable capital of Kabardino-Balkaria!

We are one family!

Arsen Kanokov,

Chairman of Organizing committee of the World women’s championship 2008.


14 august 2008

Statement of the ECU President Boris Kutin

regarding the World Woman Chess Championship in Nalchik

After yesterday’s message from the FIDE President Kirsan Ilymzhinov regarding the Women World Chess Championship in Nalchik, today a letter from the ECU President Boris Kutin followed.


Following the recent dramatic developments in South Ossetia and the public reaction of certain chess players concerning the World Women’s Championship in Nalchik (Russia), I would like to emphasize that mixing politics with sports is clearly against the spirit of the international chess community. Always and everywhere. From my side I cannot see any alternative other than organising this event as planned and doing everything possible in order for all participants of the World Championship to arrive in Nalchik and start, without any postponement, the battle for the highest title in women’s chess.

Gens Una Sumus!

Boris Kutin

President of the European Chess Union

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More about the Woman World Chess Championship

General information

Rules of the WWCC (part 1)

Rules of the WWCC (part 2)

Round 1 pairings

Statement of the FIDE President Kirsan Ilymzhinov

regarding the World Women Chess Championship in Nalchik

Elista, 13 August 2008

Dear chess friends!

After having read the open letter of several participants of the forthcoming World Chess Championship in Nalchik (Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, Russian Federation), I would like to make the following statement:

The World Chess Federation is in close contact with the Russian Chess Federation and the Championship’s Organising Committee. The FIDE delegation visited the city of Nalchik during 5-6 August and took part in the meeting of the Organising Committee.

According to the information received, the preparation for the tournament has entered its final stages, and a lot of attention has been given to the issues of food, accommodation as well as the provision of all necessary security.

We are aware of the recent developments in South Ossetia, and would like to express our most sincere condolences to all who have become victims of this terrible tragedy.

However, in the current situation I appeal to all not to mix politics and sport, and not to involve FIDE and the world chess community into political, territorial and other disputes. All the issues should be settled at a chess board, and not beyond its limits. This issue is particularly critical during the days of the Olympic Games.

I am confident that we shall witness a very interesting World Championship in Nalchik, which will be organized on a proper level.

See you in Nalchik.

We are one family.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

President of FIDE

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More about the Woman World Chess Championship

General information

Rules of the WWCC (part 1)

Rules of the WWCC (part 2)

Round 1 pairings

Greeting of Georgios Makropoulos

Message to participants and guests of the 2008 European Club Cup

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Dear participants and guests of the 2008 European Club Cup,

Dear Chess Friends!

It is a great honour for our country to host again the European Club Cup in Greece and especially in Halkidiki, an exceptional and beautiful area with a great tradition in hosting successful chess events.

Chess has been developing rapidly in Greece during the last 20 years and today our country has 10 players with the highest title of International Grandmaster while the Greek National Team finished at 4th(!) place in the European Team Championship 2005. Our national federation has reached the level of 35,000 registered members, with a large percentage being young students under 12 years old. Furthermore, more than 300 chess clubs operate throughout Greece, a country with a population of 11 million people, making chess lessons and tournaments accessible to almost all residents of the country!

The Greek Chess Federation welcomes all the European Clubs and their players for this top tournament. I hope that you will have a pleasant stay in Halkidiki and I am fully aware that the organisers are putting a lot of effort for another great event!

Georgios Makropoulos

President of the Greek Chess Federation