83rd FIDE Congress Begins in Istanbul
By Franc Guadalupe
September 2, 2012

I arrived in Istanbul on August 29th for my second FIDE Congress and my first visit to a World Olympiad. After picking up my baggage, I found the FIDE reception booth where the volunteers were very helpful and arranged for transportation. There were no complications with trip or hotel check-in, and that is always a big plus!
The official USCF delegation is composed of members of the International Committee: USCF President Ruth Haring, USCF Delegate Michael Khodarkovsky, Tony Rich, and, of course, me as the Zonal President. Also a member of the official delegation is USCF Ratings Officer and FIDE Qualification Commission (QC) member Walter Brown. In addition to the USCF official delegation and the players participating at the Olympiad, FIDE Vice President Beatriz Marinello, Chairman for the Commission of Women’s Chess GM Susan Polgar, Chief Arbiter of Olympiad Woman and member of the Rules and Tournament Regulations Commission (RTR) IA Carol Jarecki are present in Istanbul.
Sevan Muradian and Mike Klein are also here as members of the Press. Sevan is also a Consultant to the Chairman of the Chess in Schools Commission and a member of the RTR.

Source: US Chess

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