Madras, May 12: A total of 213 teams from more than 100 countries, including Ukraine, have registered to compete in the 44th Chess Olympiad to be held in Mahabalipuram, an official with the All India Chess Federation (AICF) said.
“So far, 115 teams in the open category and 98 teams in the women’s category from more than 100 countries have registered to play in the upcoming Chess Olympiad. The names of the players are unknown,” said the AICF secretary and Olympiad tournament director, Bharat Singh. Chauhan told IANS.
Chauhan said that major chess playing countries like the United States, Norway, the Netherlands and Ukraine have confirmed their participation in the Olympiad. The Olympiad will take place between July 28 and August 10.
Due to military action against Ukraine, the International Chess Federation (FIDE) has banned Russia and Belarus to compete in the event. Based on the rating averages of their top five players, the US tops the table with 2,766 and is followed by China (2,739), Azerbaijan (2,700), India Team 1 (2,683), and Ukraine (2,681).
India will field four teams, two open and two in the women’s section, and the names of the players have been announced.
Other than this, India has started the process of selecting one more team should the situation arise of fielding an additional team based on an odd number of entries.
AICF said the additional team will be selected based on the following criteria on June 28, 2022: (a) Average rating from June 1, 2022, May 1, 2022 and April 1, 2022.
(b) The player must play at least nine games in the last six months Parallel to the event, the International Chess Federation will hold its Congress between July 31 and August 9. The General Assembly Meeting will take place on August 7 and 8. , when the elections will be completed.
According to FIDE, elections will be held for president and vice president (on joint ballot), vice president, zonal president, member of the Ethics and Discipline Commission and member of the Constitutional Commission.
Enyonam Sewa Fumey of the Republic of Togo has announced his decision to compete for the post of FIDE President against the current Arkady Dvorkovich.
Fumey has announced that his Vice President would be FIDE Master (FM) Stuart Fancy, a resident of Papua New Guinea.
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