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Draft Dates for World Chess Championship Cycles

Athens, March 6, 2012 – FIDE, after consultations with AGON, its new partner for organizing the World Chess Championship Cycle, announced a draft calendar of event dates for the next two cycles over four years. Once finalised, FIDE and AGON intend to retain the 2014-15 competition schedule as the model for the indefinite future.

2012
Championship, Moscow, May 10 – May 30
Olympiad, Istanbul, August 27 – September 10
Grand Prix, Chelyabinsk, September 19 – October 3
Candidates, London, October 24 – November 12
Grand Prix, Tashkent, November 21 – Dec 4

2013
Grand Prix, Lisbon, April 10 – April 24
Grand Prix, Madrid, May 22 – June 4
Grand Prix, Berlin, July 3 – July 17
World Cup, Tromsø, Norway, August 10 – September 5
Grand Prix, Paris, September 18 – October 2
Championship, TBD, October – November, TBD

2014
Grand Prix, TBD, May 14 – May 28
Grand Prix, TBD, July 2 – July 16
Olympiad, Tromsø, Norway, August 1 – August 14
Grand Prix, TBD, September 10 – September 24
Candidates, TBD , November 5 – November 24

2015
Grand Prix, TBD, May 13 – May 27
Grand Prix, TBD, July 1 – July 15
World Cup, TBD, August
Grand Prix, TBD, September 9 – September 23
Championship, TBD , November 4 – November 25

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, President of FIDE, said, “I am pleased finally to be able to bring a grand European Tour to our European colleagues! And, even more important, players and fans are already excited and energized.”

Andrew Paulson, Director of AGON, said, “We are glad to be bringing a series of World Chess events to the capitals of Europe. In the future we will be progressing continent by continent, bringing great competitions to the world’s capitals in a regular and predictable schedule.”

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