Lausanne, 14 April 1999


To All Members of the Executive Board


To All National Federations


To All Participants in the 1999 World Chess Championships


Following the execution of the contract between FIDE and Caesars Palace for the 1999 World Chess Championships, we write to confirm that this event is now scheduled to hold from 30 July to 29 August 1999 at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada.


In line with the directives of the Presidential Board, we are forwarding herewith, the list of qualifiers as well as copies of the Player’s Contract to be signed by the qualified players and faxed through their respective National Federations or directly to reach the FIDE Secretariat not later than 1 June 1999. At the same time, qualified players are expected to send by registered mail the original copies of their signed Player’s Contract, a signed brief biography containing a summary of their outstanding tournament achievements, hobbies etc., and a recent coloured passport photograph to the FIDE Secretariat.


Federations are also to urgently advise the FIDE Secretariat of the contact telephone, fax and e-mail addresses of their respective players who are not currently residing in their home countries. They are also to make available to their players the attached copy of the Regulations for the World Championship, as approved by the 1998 General Assembly and 1999 Presidential Board.


In due course, the Chief Arbiter of the 1999 World Chess Championships shall announce the pairings. Meanwhile, please find attached the schedule for the Championship. As Caesars Palace has been chosen as the host hotel for the Championships, Federations and players are to advise the FIDE Secretariat of their hotel reservation requirements. Please note that the special room rates at Caesars Palace are applicable from 25 July 1999 and players and guests, who want to arrive a few days before the opening ceremony, are to advise the FIDE Secretariat of their exact date of arrival.


All participants and guests who would require entry visas to travel to the United States for the Championships are to urgently forward their requests to the United States Chess Federation through their respective National Federations or FIDE.


Gens Una Sumus



E.A. Omuku

Executive Director