The FIDE President, H.E. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, has approved Moscow as the
host city for this year's World Chess Championship and Women's World Chess
Championship matches. The preliminaries to semi-final rounds of the World
Chess Championships shall be held concurrently with the entire Women's
World Championships starting 24 November and ending 11 December 2001, while
the 8 round Final Match will be held beginning 3rd of January until 13
The Championships in Moscow have been planned as part of the celebrations
marking the 90th anniversary of one of FIDE's greatest World Champions the
legendary Mikhail Botvinnik who became the first of the series of Champions
when following the death of World Champion Alexander Alekhine in 1946,
FIDE, some 55 years ago, at its congress in Winterthur, took on its
rightful role as the custodian of the World Chess Championship title.
The occasion will also be used to pay tribute to the memory of the third
FIDE President and World Champion the late Max Euwe, whose centenary is
being celebrated this year. Also to be honoured are Andre Lilienthal (90),
Vassily Smyslov (80), Mark Taimanov (75), Victor Korchnov (70), Nona
Gaptindashvili (60), Anatoly Karpov (50), and Maya Chiburdanidze (40). FIDE
and its 160 member countries are proud of these great champions who have
played a tremendous role in the development and popularisation of chess.
FIDE wishes to place on record, its appreciation to all those who in one
way or another submitted bids or expressed interest in the hosting of the
2001 World Chess Championships.