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Bidding procedure for 2016 Chess Olympiad and FIDE Congress

FIDE is hereby opening a bidding procedure for the 2016 Chess Olympiad and FIDE Congress in connection with a possible bid for the 2015 FIDE World Cup.

1. Bids should reach FIDE Office not later than 31 May 2012, 13:00 GMT, by email, fax or registered post, address: 9 Syggrou Ave., 11743 Athens - Greece, fax: (+30) 2109212859, email: office@fide.com

2. Bids should guarantee that all necessary provisions mentioned in the Olympiad Regulations of the FIDE Handbook will be covered by the Organiser (including articles 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3).

Federations/Organisers who intend to respond to the bidding procedure of the 2016 Olympiad and Congress are kindly requested to note the following:

a) The wording for the required bank guarantee has to cover the following obligations of the appointed organizer:

1. Failure to organise the Chess Olympiad due to take place in 2016.

2. Failure to present further bank guarantees as required under the Olympiad Regulations.

3. Failure to pay the successful bidder's fee of USD 350,000.

4. Failure to meet obligations, financial or otherwise, as agreed in the contract between FIDE and the Organizing Committee of the Chess Olympiad 2016, especially concerning playing halls and full board hotel accommodation.

B) Inspection at the proposed venues will be made between 1st June and 1st August 2012. Each bidder will bear all travel and hotel expenses for two inspectors, in accordance with FIDE standards. The FIDE General Assembly in September 2012 will then decide the organiser of the event. After receiving all bids, the bidders will be informed about the exact procedure of bid presentations, which will be in accordance with the previous practice in the last four years.

The successful bidder/organiser will be asked to sign a contract with FIDE, which will include all requirements according to the Olympiad Regulations and the FIDE check-list for the events.

c) If FIDE receives a bid or bids offering to organise both the 2015 World Cup and the 2016 Olympiad & Congress, and provided such bid(s) are in accordance with all FIDE provisions, FIDE will only consider these bids during its General Assembly in September 2012.

Released by the FIDE Secretariat, 30-11-2011

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Youth and Sports Minister Azad Rahimov has assessed Azerbaijan's chances in the race for hosting 2016 Chess Olympiad.

"Azerbaijan is known to have bid for hosting the Summer Olympics in 2020, now we have applied for the Chess Olympiad in 2016”, the minister said, “The main criterion is the readiness of the city. The legacy that the Olympics will leave to the city, the country is also essential.

Azerbaijan has very bright chess traditions established long ago. We can claim for being called a chess power. Three Azerbaijani chess players are in the world chess elite. Two of our representatives have long been on the list of top ten.

We take the chess very seriously. The government is investing serious money in chess, chess schools are being built. Azerbaijan is the only country in the world where a program for the development of chess is adopted. We have signed an agreement between the Ministry of Education and the Federation of Chess for chess to become one of the school subjects. It means that our country knows firsthand about chess, and is serious about the sport.

The Chess Olympiad is probably the largest-scale sporting event after the Olympics and the big football World Cup, if you compare the number of participants. For example, 157 countries and 284 teams took part in Istanbul.

Azerbaijan has already hosted the European and World Championships in various sports, we hosted Eurovision. We have the experience and we also suit by this criteria.

As you know, the candidates tournament in chess will be held in London in 2013. But it will be held under the auspices of Azerbaijan and the general sponsor of the tournament - SOCAR. This shows that we are always close to chess and chess players, and it gives more chances to our bid.

Who are our main competitors? It is a bit wrong to exaggerate or belittle the chances of our rivals. I know that Silvio Danailov, with whom we have been friends now for six years, called Baku the main favorite. Bulgaria also has a very rich chess history. There is such a player as Veselin Topalov. It is a European country with a lot of experience in hosting sport events.

As for Estonia, hosting the Olympics there can be a great impetus to the development of chess.

Let's see whose scales outweigh in FIDE’s decision”.

08 September 2012, News.az

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Chess Olympiad 2016 awarded to Baku printButton.png

08 September 2012

The FIDE Congress has awarded the 2016 World Chess Olympiad to the capital of Azerbaijan, Baku. The other two application by Albena (Bulgaria) and Tallin (Estonia) were not approved.

The FIDE World Cup 2015 is also awarded to the city of Baku


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