CONTRACTS FOR HOLDING WORLD CHESS CUP IN BAKU IN 2015 AND CHESS OLYMPIAD 2016 SIGNED

Azerbaijan Business Center
Nov 28 2012

Baku, Fineko/abc.az. President of the International Chess Federation
(FIDE) Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, president of the Azerbaijan Chess Federation
(ACF) Elman Rustamov and Youth & Sports Minister Azad Rahimov signed
today in Baku the agreements for holding of the World Chess Cup in
2015, the Chess Olympiad and FIDE General Assembly in 2016 in the
capital of Azerbaijan. Since the beginning of this week finalizing of
the agreements was conducted by FIDE and AGF vice presidents Georgios
Makropoulos and Mahir Mammadov.

"Azerbaijan and FIDE want to hold the best-in-the-history Chess
Olympiad - with maximum number of participants. Holding of the Olympic
Games in Baku is recognition of Azerbaijan's uniqueness: the world's
only country that adopted the State Chess Programme. It is assumed
that World Cup 2015 will be organized with participation of 128 best
players of the world, and Azerbaijan, as the organizer, will be able
to nominate three chess players, regardless of their international
ranking, for participation in it. At Chess Olympiad 2016 Azerbaijan
will also be able to present its children's team along with the main
and youth national teams," Ilyumzhinov claimed.

According to Makropoulos, participation in the Chess Olympiad in
Baku will involve teams of more than 170 countries and over 3,000
participants.

"It is an indicative fact that the FIDE members chose unanimously
Baku for Chess World Cup and the Chess Olympiad, although the Armenian
delegation had questions about the security," Makropoulos said.

Already on 18-20 January 2013 in Yerevan the FIDE Presidential Board
will review issues of the preparation for the World Chess Cup and
the Chess Olympiad.

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