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Daniel Weil, Renown Architect, on the World Chess Set Design

Daniel Weil, renown architect and designer, took on a mission to reinvent the chess pieces for World Chess. In the process, he redesigned the entire way chess feels and looks today, ranging from the chess pieces to stage design to lighting to furniture.

In this unique lecture, Weil breaks down the process of redesigning chess and explains the basis for each piece and reference. World Chess has partnered with Daniel since the outset, and his vision and respect for the game are visible in all events and products that World Chess brings to the market today.

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2022 FIDE Grand Prix Series Announced

Two tickets to the FIDE Candidates Tournament will be decided in a tightly-packed series organized by World Chess

Opening ceremony of the 2019 FIDE Grand Prix organized by World Chess in Moscow

FIDE and World Chess are pleased to announce the 2022 Grand Prix Series that will take place in February — April of 2022 and will consist of three tournaments.

The events will take place in one city — a deviation from the typical system where Grand Prix events are hosted in different cities around the world, but a move that will make it easier for the chess players to plan their travel schedule amid the pandemic-related travel and visa restrictions.

The Series will feature 24 players who will compete in two out of three events. Each event will consist of a group stage and then a knock-out. In the group stage, each group will play a round-robin six-round tournament. The system has been improved to reflect the chess community’s feedback regarding the number of classic games: now there are six classic games in the first stage of each event. This further decreases random results and ensures that the players who consistently perform well move to the next stage.

The prize fund for each event is EUR150,000 — a EUR20,000 increase from 2019.

The qualification criteria to the Series has also been revamped to increase the number of players who are selected by events results — 16 out of 24 players qualify for their performance in the World Cup and Grand Swiss. The rest is selected by rating, and two are nominated by FIDE and World Chess respectively.

The events are packed tightly into the first half of 2022 to allow ample time for the Candidates Tournament which is expected to be held in 2022 and a possibility to hold the FIDE Championship Match in the end of 2022 or beginning of 2023, restoring the FIDE Calendar that shifted due to the pandemic.

Arkady Dvorkovich, FIDE President, says: “While we are anxiously waiting for the outcome of the 2021 Match between Magnus Carlsen and Yan Nepomniachtchi, we are looking forward to the next cycle and new players qualifying to beat the World Champion, whoever he might be”.

The Series is organized by World Chess, FIDE commercial partner and official broadcaster. Ilya Merenzon, World Chess CEO, says: “We are currently on the lookout for the best possible city to hold the Series and are so excited to work with the chess fans and ask their opinion of the next chess capital. In the next week, we’ll issue a global call for suggestions and will talk to the chess luminaries and fans around the world to choose this special city”.

Correction: 12 players are selected based on their performance in the Word Cup and Grand Swiss, and 10 player qualify by rating. 2 players are nominated by FIDE and World Chess. Full regulations are available on FIDE website.

What’s New on FIDE Online Arena — June 2021

New features and updates for the FIDE Online Arena, the official FIDE gaming platform, are being introduced every week. Here we are keeping you up-to-date with the latest:

Active game widget that follows you around the platform

Sometimes when you are deep into a game and waiting for an opponent’s move (especially in longer time controls) you want to visit the platform’s lobby or see other games or profiles. Now you can — a useful widget with the last move indicator will follow you around and you can track your opponent’s move. When you are ready to return to the game, use the ‘go back to the game’ button on the widget.

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Changes in the top-level menu

Now the menu reflects the platform’s structure. The Arena tab has a useful sub-menu that makes it easy to navigate the platform. You can choose between single games and tournaments. More options will be available soon.

New avatar for those who didn’t upload a profile photo

Now those who didn’t yet upload their profile photo will have a new friendly avatar — a reminder that it’s always a good idea to upload a photo and show your fellow members who they are playing against!

Reminders in the mail

If you register in a tournament, we will send you a friendly reminder that the tournament will start soon. You will receive the reminder 30 minutes before the tournament so you have time to prepare and make sure your interment is stable. Good luck in the tournament.

Register for free and play on FIDE Online Arena. You can always upgrade to play for the official FOA rating recognized by FIDE and have a go at the official Arena titles!

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FIDE Online Arena Now Has an iOS App. Hmmm

FIDE Online Arena, the official chess gaming platform, released a native iOS app which was met with hmmms because it didn’t happen earlier. After all, it’s 2021, most of the gaming is mobile-first, and the app should have been released ages ago.

“Yes, it’s even cringeworthy to announce it now, — says Ilya Merenzon, CEO of World Chess, the company that manages FIDE Online Arena. ‘We apologize sincerely to the users for not releasing it a decade ago. Of course, in the next few months, we will be adding some cool features to the app that became possible only recently with the new iOS, but still — if you wanted to play for the officially-recognized rating on your mobile device, you should have been able to do it earlier. However, we are happy to join a selection of other excellent chess apps that are available in the App Store.‘

The mobile version of the platform, new.arena.myfide.net, is also optimized for mobile users, including both iOS and Android devices.

Follow this link to download the app.

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Vladimir Kramnik at the Armageddon Studio

Last year, World Chess and Match TV, the leading Russian sports TV channel, premiered “Armageddon”, a chess competition designed specifically for broadcasting on live television.

The tournament, filmed is a special pavilion, was different from typical chess events — it was visually engaging, lightning-fast, and featured novelties like heart beat metrics. The event was a prime-time hit.

The series will resume next year, and we are happy to give you the insider view of the first time Vladimir Kramnik, one of the participants of the series, visited the playing arena.

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