Clarifications regarding the Anti-COVID 19 protocol


We inform the registered players that the CF has started the revision n. 9 of the Protocol which will presumably be published by next 6 August to implement the recently approved national regulations. Pending the adoption of the innovated Protocol, the following clarifications are provided relating to two points of the current edition:

1) The reference to playing times of 90 minutes maximum for the third round in a day is to be understood as “90 minutes per player per round”

2) The time between one turn and the next for the sanitization of the chessboards and the aeration of the playing venue is at least 30 minutes.

The two clarifications will find this correct wording in the ongoing review.


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Press release Chess Projects of 29/07


The Italian Chess Federation, on 28/07, published the safety protocol for the practice of chess; the same allows the resumption of competitive activity for events of national interest in compliance with the rules indicated in the protocol itself.

Chess Projects, although feeling dissatisfied again with the content of the protocol which is one of the most restrictive and limiting among those currently in use in the national federations participating in FIDE and trusting that the same could be revised in the previous months, simplifying in some known cases invasive (such as the obligation to wear both the visor and the mask during the game session), the confirmation, in the current state, to proceed with the organization of the 9th Salento International Chess Open 2020.

Caroli Hotels for its part, in addition to being equally favorable, has declared itself ready to give its full support so that the protocol is respected and to implement in parallel additional security measures to guarantee the health of the players and all those who take part in the event.

  • A maximum of 3 game rooms will be made available with a capacity of hosting a total of 90/120 players divided into a maximum of 30/40 per single room, half of what was done in the past
  • The game tables will be single and spaced from each other as required in the protocol in force
  • The rooms will be sanitized at the end of each round and twice a day in case of double rounds and will not be used for other activities
  • At the entrance before the start of each game round, the temperature will be tested with a scanner for each player who intends to access it
  • Access to the game room will be imminent at the start of the round and differentiated
  • Players, the refereeing staff, the organizing staff and the hotel staff will not be admitted to the public gaming room except 1 parent or companion (with delegation) of the minor participating in the tournament
  • All daily accesses will be recorded
  • The analysis room will be outdoors in the area in front of the swimming pool, the game pieces of the analysis room will be sanitized every day
  • Any evening lessons and the daily Masterclass will also be organized outdoors and with the necessary distances in the area in front of the swimming pool
  • Organizational staff and arbitral staff, when present within the playing area, will wear a mask and personal protective visor during the tournament
  • There will be no opening speech for the tournament, and any awards ceremony will be held outdoors and in compliance with the social distance rules

For the players that want to participate:

  1. Fill in the registration form again (even if it was already filled in and sent previously on 06/07/20)
  2. Pay the registration fee by bank transfer within 7 days of completing the form on the site (also for those who are required to pay € 10.00 of the homologation fee only)
  3. Take a careful look at the FSI protocol and sign that you have read and understood its contents (declaration contained in the registration form)
  4. By 12/09/20 by email send your certificate for non-competitive sports (up to and including the FM category) and bring an original copy with it during the course of the event
  5. Before the start of the event, upon your arrival at the tourist facility of the Ecoresort Le Sirenè, deliver the appropriate form to the hotel reception with the self-declaration on your health
  6. Wear the mask and the visor during the game session and leave the game area as soon as your game is over
  7. Use the dispenser containing the appropriate gel to sanitize the hands, located at the entrance of the game room, before accessing the game station and again frequently during the game
  8. Before the start of each round of the tournament, undergo a body temperature check before entering the game room
  9. Maintain the required spacing with your opponent and other tournament participants
  10. Respect all the rules contained in the FSI protocol and the regional ones of the Puglia region where the event takes place

Thanking you for your attention and trusting that these rules can be subsequently softened, we are waiting for you in Gallipoli in September!

Chess Projects ASD

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FIDE stops the Candidates Tournament

FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020

Today, the government of the Russian Federation announced that starting March 27, 2020, Russia interrupts air traffic with other countries without indicating any time frames.

FIDE can not continue the tournament without guarantees for the players’ and officials’ safe and timely return home. In this situation and on the basis of clause 1.5. Rules of Candidates Tournament, the FIDE President decided to stop the tournament. It will be continued later, with the exact dates to be announced as soon, as the global situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic will allow. As it was stipulated by the special rules agreed with the players before the start of the event, the results of the 7 rounds played remain valid, and the tournament will be resumed in the same composition starting with the games of the 8th round. FIDE is grateful to the players, officials, volunteers and the entire team of organizers, including the Chess Federation of Russia and the main partner of the tournament – SIMA-Land.

Arkady Dvorkovich,
FIDE President


Come ho sempre detto dall’inizio esistono delle priorità, fra tutte la salute e non solo la propria ma quella dell’intera comunità di cui si fa parte perché ogni singolo contagiato danneggia se’ stesso e tutta la comunità, partendo da questo principio ogni manifestazione sportiva deve essere posticipata a data da definire o cancellata.

Mi sono battuto per procedere in tal senso quando la FSI rimandava la decisione di sospendere il CIS e successivamente riguardo alla Finale CIS Master e Femminile e per lo stesso motivo ritengo sia stato altrettanto assurdo che la FIDE abbia deciso di dare inizio a questo evento di profilo mondiale (!).

Per la cronaca è l’unico evento sportivo che mi risultava fosse in svolgimento attualmente… e questo dice molto.

L’altro motivo assurdo nel non rimandare è che fondamentalmente non vi era alcuna controindicazione Importa ma soprattutto alcuna controindicazione lontanamente paragonabile ai rischi di iniziarlo.

Vi rendete conto cosa sarebbe potuto succedere se un giocatore di fosse ammalato ? Sarebbe stato il caos totale.

Per questo motivo la FIDE non può dirsi sfortunata per questo epilogo, largamente prevedibile, può dirsi fortunata che le cose non siano finite peggio.

Adesso a causa dell’errore commesso hanno davanti due soluzioni con pro e contro ma entrambe chiaramente imperfette;

Opzione 1: continuare il torneo, per esempio in autunno, proseguendo da dove si è interrotto, ammettendo Radjabov automaticamente al prossimo ciclo;

Opzione 2: ricominciare l’intero torneo ammettendo Radjabov e aumentando così i giocatori da 8 a 9

Chi fosse interessato a supportare la seconda opzione può firmare la petizione online:

Colgo l’occasione per ringraziare chi ha seguito i commenti online giornalieri di Chess Projects e a coloro che hanno messo a disposizione le proprie competenze ed il proprio tempo gratuitamente: Maestro Davide Di Trapani, FM Roberto Costantini, FM Paolo Formento, FM Loris Cereda e GM Luca Moroni e GM Sabino Brunello che stavano per fare lo stesso (il primo dei due doveva esordire proprio oggi alle 14.00).

Buona continuazione.

Matteo Zoldan
(Chess Projects)

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London Chess Classic 2019

London Chess Classic 2019

London Chess Classic

LCC 2019 Entries Open

Book your place at the 2019 London Chess Classic: Enter online today!

Everyone from schoolchildren to chess enthusiasts and Grandmasters are welcome at the 11th edition of the London Chess Classic (November 29 – December 8, 2019) as entries open for a wide range of inclusive Festival events. There’s a total of £27,000 at stake in the FIDE Open, Super Blitz, weekend and weekday standard play events, and weekend rapidplays.

The 10-day London Chess Classic takes place at its traditional venue, Olympia Conference Centre, alongside the superstars of the Grand Chess Tour Finals – where four of the world’s very top players play in a knockout format to decide the fate of $350,000. A special focus on promoting women’s and girls’ chess will be a key theme this year, with highlights including the brand-new English Open Women and Girls Rapidplay Championship (December 7), and the “Chess and Female Empowerment” Conference (November 30 – December 1).

As in previous years, the London Chess Classic’s commitment to supporting young people and female players is again centre stage, with free entry to women and girl players, and to all under 25s UK resident.
Our most welcome guests at Olympia are the stars of tomorrow – the 2,500 primary and secondary-age schoolchildren from across the UK who come to take part in our famous Olympia Chess Fun Days, complete with expert training, fun competitions and Meet the Grandmasters Show.
All schools taking part in Chess in Schools and Communities programmes are welcome to send a delegation – so please register here to ensure your school’s place!

Players can book their tickets online here (click on the links below):
The star-studded FIDE Open (November 29 – December 6) with a prize fund of £14,000;
The inaugural English Open Women and Girls Rapidplay Championship (December 7);
The popular Super Blitz Open (December 8) – where Grandmasters and all-comers battle it out for a total of £6,000 in a nerve-wracking display of skill and speed;
4 Weekend Rapidplay events: Open U-2050 U-1825 & U-1600 (December 7);
4 Weekend Standard Play events: Open U-2050 U-1825 & U-1600 (November 29 – December 1);
2 Weekday Standard Play events: U-2050 & U-1750 (December 2 – 6).
So, whatever your yen – standard-play, rapidplay or blitz – there are events to suit everyone! To take advantage of the best Early Bird discounts, enter by October 27.
A pdf version of the complete London Chess Classic entry form can be downloaded here.

For more information about the 2019 London Chess Classic, please contact our team at:
Visit our website:
Follow us on Twitter: @london_chess

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Press release


Chess Projects hereby intends to protect its image and the professionalism of its staff and producer Valeria Ferrara who worked for us, helping to carry out the streaming of the matches and the management of the liveviewer in the last two editions of the 2017 and 2018 editions of the Italian Team Championship, emphasizing that it has no connection with what has been made in the one currently in progress.

Our logo linked to the transmission present on Chess24 is used, presumably due to an error, without our authorization.
We are providing to ask the person responsible for the prompt elimination.

Chess Projects

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