Picture and article courtesy of FIDE.com

FIDE Today is Strong and Vibrant

FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and Jorge Saggiante Garcia of Mexico City sign the contract for the 2007 World Championship Tournament during the Presidential Board Meeting in Al Ain, UAE assisted by GM Marcel Sisniega and FIDE Vice President Morten Sand.

The many bidders coming forward to FIDE signifies the great enthusiasm today to organize world chess events. Mexico City has a guaranteed prize fund of US $1.3 million for the World Chess Championship Tournament in October 2007.

With the support of their Prime Minister for the bid of Batumi, Georgia won over two other bidders to host the World Youth Championship 2006. Many of today`s Grandmasters started our in this event, such as incidentally GM Sisniega of Mexico in the photo above. The World Youth has grown to be a major developmental event in the FIDE Calendar, second in number of participants only to the Olympiad.

Six cities shall make their presentations in Turin for the 2010 Olympiad. Never before has there been so much interest to organize the Olympiad. Budva (SCG), Khanty Mansiysk (RUS), Poznan (POL), Riga (LAT), San Luis (ARG) and Tallinn (EST) shall present their bids to the FIDE Congress in Turin, Italy.

This year, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has personally guaranteed the $1M prize for the much awaited Topalov-Kramnik World Championship Match.

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