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FIDE announces Online Chess Olympiad

The International Chess Federation (FIDE) have announced a new major competition on their calendar the ‘FIDE Online Olympiad 2020’ which is set to between 22nd July and 30thAugust 2020

The Online Olympiad is a national teams’ event is in a mixed format in which all federations affiliated to FIDE have the right to participate with a team consisting of 6 players which include 3 female and 2 junior chessheads. The teams may also include 6 reserve players plus a team captain.

Since the Online Olympiad is a mixed event, for pairing purposes the ranking will be established under the final standings of the last “Gaprindashvili Cup”, which combines the results in the open and women’s category at the Batumi Chess Olympiad 2018.

The FIDE Online Olympiad 2020 looks to be a replacement for the 44th Chess Olympiad which was postponed by the federation (including the competition for players with disabilities and the FIDE Congress) to the Summer of 2021 due to the ongoing COVID19 pandemic back in the middle of March.

By Leroy Hawkson | talksafrica.com

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