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