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FIDE Extends Deadline For Olympiad Bidding, South Africa Protests

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 4/5/14, 2:53 AM.

The World Chess Federation has extended the bidding deadline for the 2017 Cup and the 2018 Olympiad until April 15th, despite having received two bids before the original deadline of April 1st. One of the bidders, the South African Chess Federation, has filed a complaint.

On Sunday March 30th, the day of the last round of the Candidates’ Tourament, there was another FIDE event taking place in the Ugra Complex in Khanty-Mansiysk: the first-quarter FIDE Presidential Board meeting. One of the topics was the bidding procedure for the 2017 World Cup and the 2018 Olympiad.

In September last year the bidding was opened with an announcement on the FIDE website. The deadline was set for the end of March: “Bids should reach the FIDE office no later than 31 March 2014, 13:00 GMT, by email, fax or registered post (...)” 

FIDE received two bids, both at the very last moment. One bid came in about 24 hours before the deadline: that of the Georgian Chess Federation, with a budget of “over US $20 million”, according to a press release. Another bid was received just two hours before the deadline: that of the South African Chess Federation, with a budget of US $12 million.

But before these bids came in, FIDE had already extended its deadline by fifteen days. This decision was taken during the Presidential Board meeting, which took place two days before the deadline.

“The meeting was held literally just before the deadline,” FIDE Executive Director Nigel Freeman told Chess.com. “We still hadn't received anything from anybody. In order to ensure that everybody that wanted to bid had a chance of bidding, we prolonged it to ensure that they did so.”

The South African Chess Federation was not amused, and sent an official protest to FIDE by email on Wednesday, April 2nd:

“On behalf of the South African Chess Federation, we want to officially protest against the extension of the deadline for submitting bids for the 2017 World Cup and 2018 Olympiad. As per the email below, the South African bid was submitted on time. We humbly request you to reconsider this decision as it is making a mockery of the FIDE policies and procedures.”

Instead of waiting until the deadline had passed before making decision, FIDE decided to pull the plug two days before. We had two [bids] that we were certain of, and one that we were adviced that was in the offering,” Mr Freeman explained. “We were fairly sure we would get two bids but we were worried that we might only receive one and the other might come late or something. We felt it was best to give everybody a chance.”

Hendrik du Toit, the President of the South African Chess Federation, explained to Chess.com why he submitted a protest: “I find it highly irregular. We submitted our bid two hours before the deadline. Then we noticed a mistake: we had forgotten to attach the budget documents. We sent these just in time: three minutes before the deadline of 31 March, 13:00 GMT. I can understand if they extend the deadline when they have not received any bids, or in case the information is insufficient, but it is just strange.”

Former top grandmaster Zurab Azmaiparashvili, who is the Deputy Minister for Sports in Georgia, is also surprised by FIDE extending the deadline. “I cannot understand it. My decision would be to wait until the deadline, and then make a decision. I am not criticizing, but this would be more pragmatic.” Mr Azmaiparashvili is not angry though: “I don't care if more bids come. We make a good offer, so why should I worry?”

During the Olympiad in Tromsø there will be a General Assembly of FIDE's member federations, where the delegates will vote on the bids that have come in. In the same week the FIDE Presidential elections will take place. The two votes are not completely unrelated, says ECU President and FIDE's Continental President for Europe, Silvio Danailov: “It is known that Zurab Azmaiparashvili is very close with FIDE, while South Africa supports Garry Kasparov.”

If South Africa wants to stay in the race, they will need to re-send their bid one more time, as Mr Freeman said: “They claim they sent it, but we still haven't received the budget. We received the first email, but neither the [FIDE] office nor myself have received the second.” The South Africans, as any other chess federation, have ten more days to do so.

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  • 5 months ago


    Extending the bid date is not the problem. How it is done is. Clearly, proper notification was not given... if it was, these two bidders would not have shown their hand. And even when, these bidders submitted their bids, FIDE should not have accepted their bid then, but advised them of the extention. Additionally, even if these two bidders insists on submitting their bids, why would FIDE reveal their values, if the bid date was extended? This seems a breach of trust. It seems to me that the right hand does not know what the left hand is doing. I believe that an official extention was done, but no proper notification was given to all prospects. I also believe that the department collecting the bids may not even have known about the approved extention...and thus could not provide notification. This is the only way I can explain this. What I can't explain, is why the value of these bids were revealed if there was an extention two days before the deadline date?

  • 5 months ago


    We have $12 million! Wow maybe Zuma decided to not buy another holiday house with taxpayers money, still we have more serious things than this (however nice it may be to be a host of a chess tournament) to worry about, like for example Julius Malema and his EFF brigade

  • 5 months ago


    TALminator:  Thank you for sharing how a similar process works in your line of business, for comparison.  I found it useful.

  • 5 months ago


    too much politics into chess nowadays,,,wthCry

  • 5 months ago


    The olympiad and candiates tournament have the most exciting attacking games since youare forced to play for a win.

  • 5 months ago



    I appreciate your valued opinion.

    My query is how can FIDE be aware; whether there will be any bids; till the deadline set by them ends?

    And if they are going to extend the deadline before it ends; then there is no meaning in setting an initial deadline!!

  • 5 months ago


    lol @ some of you people. the FIDE can do whatever they want, it is their "game" and anyone that doesn't like it can choose to not participate. there might be future repercussions for extending deadlines (someone that might bid for a tournament/event decides not to) but lol @ saying they cannot do it. 

  • 5 months ago


    As someone who has dealt with the bidding of construction projects for many years, if you are going to extend the bid date, you ALWAYS do it before the original bid date. 

    My question is, if the bid date was extended, why did the 2 countries submit their bid anyway?

    When you decide to have a bid, you invite people to bid.  As the bid date draws closer, and very few have responded, you call them up and ask whether they will submit a bid.  The more bidders, the better.  Of course, not everyone who says that they will bid, actually bids.  But whoever is conducting the bid wants as much participation as possible.  When the bid date gets extended, all interested parties are notified.

  • 5 months ago



  • 5 months ago


    Let Obama and Putin settle it in a test matchLaughing

  • 5 months ago


    these would not happen once kaspy's dk is around

  • 5 months ago


    Okay people, settle down, settle down. You are all over reacting. 

    @sixtyfoursquares: it is completely logical, no matter how you look at it. They were aware of 0 bids right before the dealine. There were only 2 bids at the deadline. it follows that they may want to extend the deadline since very few people have participated in this process as of the deadline. 

    @jesterville: how is extending an opportunity to more people a penalization to those who have taken that opportunity. They have not lost their bids; they have not lost their standing; all they have lost is a status of having only 1 competitor. That's pathetic to think a penalization, as this is (allegedly) decided by FIDE based on the merits of the bid, so if they put up the best bid, they win. If they don't, they lose out anyway. And if there comes a better bid from somebody else, isn't it better to accept a better bid? and i am also sure that FIDE, despite its inherent dysfunctions, will do a good job selecting the host federation. and btw, since when are second chances bad?

    This extension in my opinion is not that good in itself, but if it allows other bids in, it most certainly isnt bad in any way. let it be; it already is anyway

  • 5 months ago


    I have $12 and ppossibilities of raising another $100, can I put in a bid?

  • 5 months ago


    lol 12/20 million what a lie. both gave the proposals obviously last minute seeing that no one else would bid (and didn't spy well enough), so they can have a minimal prize fund.

    fide fails, and both the bidders fail lmao

  • 5 months ago


    FIDE again and again shows that "management skills" is not one of their assets. While in theory extending the deadline seem to be a positive thing...to allow more participation, in reality it penalises those that have met the said deadline...since it allows those who did not do so a second chance. Also, in this case the actual bids have been revealed...unfairly providing those that did not bid, with "a ball park figure" to aim at. I suspect that FIDE has been promised a larger bid than was received...but the bidder could not meet the deadline.

  • 5 months ago


    Talonflame, we have food. and we have alot more money. its just that our "leaders" like taking it and building houses for their wives.

  • 5 months ago


    That's true

  • 5 months ago


    Least we put it into something that was productive rather then a private house a certain president of ours did.

  • 5 months ago


    lol gryswolf, your country is putting 12 million into chess, where they should've put it into helping your country get food.

  • 5 months ago


    This is just playing politics.  Whoever sets the rules naturally has the right to change them so long as they don't hurt anyone in the process.  Shortening a deadline can surely hurt participants, but extending never will -- it can only increase participation and reduce pressure.  So it's quite a normal thing to consider extending when you see that things are moving slower than expected.  

    Those of us who work in organizations with lots of people regularly have to make such decisions, and as long as you're reducing, not increasing, pressure on people, you're generally always being appreciated for it.

    Here, curiously, it is the opposite case, which says to me that someone is trying hard to capitalize on the decision (but has a weak case).  I assume it's Kasparov's friends (in this case, via SA), who want to keep the media focus on FIDE's alleged mismanagement.  But a weak case it is...

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