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Along with the games of the WYCC 2003 ended the 74th FIDE Congress. Here are some of the most important matters that were discussed and decided in the 74th FIDE Congress.

• The Men’s World Championship 2003 will be organized in April/May 2004. More specifically, the knock-out games will be held in April or May and the winner will play against Garry Kasparov in June for the title of the World Champion.

• The Women’s World Championship 2003 will be held in Georgia in May/June 2004 and the total prize will be 450,000 $

• The 36th Chess Olympiad will take place in Calvia, Majorca Island, in Spain from 14 – 31 October 2004.

• The 37th Chess Olympiad will take place in Turin, Italy, from 20 May - 4 June 2006.

• Many countries, such as Armenia, Germany, Sweden, and Argentina, have indicated an interest for the hosting of the 2008 Chess Olympiad.

• The World Juniors and Girls Championships 2004 will be held in early September in Calcutta, India.

• The World Juniors and Girls Championships 2005 will be held in Antalya, Turkey and for the years 2006 and 2007 the same event has been awarded to Armenia.

• The World Youth Championship 2004 will be held in early November in Heraklion of Crete, Greece, and for the years 2005 and 2006 the same event has been awarded to Belfort, France and India respectively.

• The next World Rapid Chess Championship will be held in Cap d’Agde, France, in 2005.

• New pairing system will come into force for the Olympiad, which will use normal Bucholtz score.

• A new championship has been approved called World Youth Inter-Continental Team Championship for the winners of each category in continental championships.

• The inaugural World Major Open Championship will be organized by the British Chess Federation in Scarborough in August 2004 to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the federation.

• The offices of FIDE move to Greece.


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74th FIDE Congress

The Greek Chess Federation and the Chess Academy of Northern Greece have the honour of inviting all National Chess Federations affiliated to FIDE, to participate in the 74th FIDE Congress in Halkidiki, located on Greece’s Mediterranean coast, 80 km south of Thessaloniki Airport. The Congress shall be held from 27th of October (arrival) 3rd of November (departure).
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