Major Rule Changes by FIDE

  • IM JMB2010
  • | Apr 1, 2014

At the recent FIDE Congress, delegates from the 103 countries represented made some rule changes that had been debated for the past few years. Here are the highlights-

1. Changes for title requriements:

a. By a margin of 100-4, it was voted for the introduction of a new title-TM (Traveling Master). To earn his TM title, a player must achieve a FIDE rating of 2000 and play in tournaments on all 8 continents.

b. The GM title was modified as well. FIDE abolished the necessity of "norms," saying that it is "unfair to the players not skilled enough to achieve them."

2. Anand's FIDE rating was raised by 50 points so he can get enough sponsors for the upcoming world championship match.

3. The insufficient material rule was abolished. In a case of K+B vs K, K+N vs K, etc, players must play the game out until one player loses on time. If there is increment or delay, the game is decided like this-

4.Abolishing loopholes:

The biggest story was that a player must automatically lose the game should they ever be down more than 5 points for 2 full turns. The evidence is that players sometimes resign to Carlsen when they are only down one pawn, and Carlsen is the best player in the world, so we should be following his example.

5. When Carlsen plays chess, he must play either left handed or underhanded.
6. Anthems - Just as closers in baseball walk in to a song, so must chess players. Anand has already chosen "Underdog" by Imagine Dragons for the first game of the world championship match. Carlsen has chosen "I'm Winning" by Santana to automatically play after 4 hours of play.
7. Due to the Ivanov scandal, players must not wear shoes to games. They are also forbidden to put their feet on the table at any time during the game.
The Congress was ended with an inspirational quote.
"Success is 80% inspiration, 15% determination, and 10% attention to detail."
Finally, some pictures of the Congress-


  • 15 months ago


    I didn't even notice "8 continents" and was busy writing about how incredibly corrupt it was to give Anand fifty points. I think I'd be in favour of insufficient material" idea, though. It was the "five points up for two turns" that gave it away for me.

  • 2 years ago


    Nuts! The joke's on me.  I was all set to bet my pals at the Reform Club that I could be a TM in 80 days. It is that elusive 8th continent that was my only concern.   

  • 3 years ago


    insufficient material is stil insufficient for a win

  • 3 years ago


    As a rather seasoned traveller myself, I wouldn't suppose that anybody would deserve the TM title, who hadn't played at least in one full tournament in the continent of Atlantis. 

  • 3 years ago


    I looked Fide rating to see if Anand's rating is really increased

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  • 3 years ago


    I realized it was a joke at number 6, because you can't have a theme song playing four hours into a game...

  • 3 years ago


    Probably the best april fools joke I've seen by in my life, other than turning into xD

  • 3 years ago


    So that means you gotta mate in one turn if you want too win ,there will be no more sacs

  • 3 years ago


    What? Since when did Antartica become a continent? Wasn't there only 7?

  • 3 years ago


    Number 2 was fishy, it gave it away.

  • 3 years ago



    The h3 move is normally only required after Nc6 or otherwise Nxe5 will protect the bishop so if black does not take the queen you will lose the knight on e5. If after Nc6 you play h3 and Bh5 the bishop is unprotected so Nxe5 wins at least a pawn. In the presented game h3 was redundant and white could have played Nxe5 straight away.

  • 3 years ago


    I realised it already in 1a since 8 continents includes Antarctica. Not so many tournaments there...

  • 3 years ago


  • 3 years ago


    In the example, the move h3 makes sense if there was a night on c6, then if nxe5 nxe5 is the best move

  • 3 years ago


    "Nxe5? forcing a draw"


  • 3 years ago


    well done

  • 3 years ago


    Ouch! For a moment I was happy because I thaught

    I could get my TM titleCry

  • 3 years ago


    NICE! Man I got fooled soo badly!

    This is the best article ever.

    I'm waitin' for next year.

  • 3 years ago


    There are only 7 continents!!!!

    A great post

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