World Chess Cup, Khanty-Mansiysk
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Chess Grand Prix
Bids are invited from cities wishing to organise one of the six Grand Prix Tournaments in the period 2008/2009. The winner of the Grand Prix series at the end of 2009 will play the winner of the World Cup 2009 in an eight game match to become the challenger to the World Champion in a match to be held in the third quarter of 2010. Each bidding city should specify exact dates in their proposal. The deadline for bids is January 15th 2008 but any city that makes the deposit of 25, 000 euros by December 31st 2007 will be given preference.
Chess Olympiad Changes
FIDE Executive Board approved, in its recent meeting in Antalya, Turkey, new rules for the Chess Olympiads, which will come into effect at the 2008 Dresden Olympiad. As there are many significant changes, FIDE draws the attention of national federations to ensure that they and their players are acquainted with the new rules before they attend the Olympiad.
After 50 years (until 1974) of playing the Chess Olympiads under the round-robin system (mostly with preliminaries and finals), FIDE adopted (from 1976) the Swiss System. Mr. Almog Burstein, Chairman of the Technical Administration Panel, introduces the main important changes.