Armenians repeat their success
Little Knight meets big rook
The technical Olympiad spirit


All releases 2007



Elisabeth Pähtz on DW-TV

Elisabeth Pähtz on the english speaking news channel DW-TV including an interview with coach Uwe Bönsch.


Working meetings during the 78. FIDE-Congress in Antalya (Turkey)

On the occasion of the FIDE Executive Board meeting, which was opened today in the frame of the 78th Congress of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) in Antalya (Turkey), a delegation from Dresden met with the FIDE-Technical Administrative Panel and the FIDE Vice-Presidents in charge of the co-ordination of the Chess Olympiad Dresden 2008 Geoffrey Borg and Israel Gelfer.

One Year to go - Zero Bulletin of the Chess Olympiad published

One year to go to the 38th Chess Olympiad Dresden 2008 - and the Organizers have published the Zero Bulletin for the event to be held in Dresden from 12 to 25 November 2008.

Click here to download the Zero Bulletin.



Berlin partner school of the Chess Olympiad with own website

The Berlin Sonnenblumen (engl.: Sunflower) elementary school is one of 179 schools which have been allotted by the German Chess Youth association in the context of the nationwide campaign “Partner schools for the Chess Olympiad”. Already now, more than one year prior to the opening of the worldwide largest chess event, young students work eagerly on their projects. These will be presented during the Chess Olympiad in November 2008 in the International Congress Center Dresden (ICD).

In addition, a website concerned with the Olympiad topic and their partner country Ruanda has been launched by the little chess friends with the help of their teachers. There, they inform about projects, activities and events and reveal interesting facts about the African country.

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Federal Minister of the Interior Schäuble supports the Chess Olympiad

Federal Minister of the Interior Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble has confirmed that he will be available for the curatorship for the Chess Olympiad 2008 in a meeting with the organizers on the occasion of the awarding of the 200 000th school chess diploma in the Olympic stadium in Berlin.

In talks with the president of the German Chess Federation (DSB) Prof. Robert von Weizsäcker, DSB vice president Matthias Kribben, general secretary Horst Metzing as well as the Dresden delegation with chairman Dr. Dirk Jordan, executive director Jörn Verleger and marketing director Volker Bernardi the responsible minister for sports reassured his support for chess and the top event in November 2008 in Dresden.



22 Steps to Olympus!

Since January 2007 the German Chess Federation organises an Olympiad Quiz in cooperation with Edition Olms.

Each month - till the beginning of the Chess Olympiad in November 2008 - there will be given one question to be answered. Each Question symbolises one step on the way to the Olympus.

Six steps have already been covered, the seventh round is still running: Who has been the most successful woman at Chess Olympiad ever? Is it a) Edith Keller-Herrmann, b) Barbara Hund, c) Elisabeth Pähtz or d) Friedl Rinder? Please answer till 1st August, to Olympiaquiz@schachbund.deThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it - don`t forget your complete address data.

Further information will be provided by the German Chess Federation.


The World Chess Federation visits Dresden

Fifteen months before the beginning of the Chess Olympiad in Dresden, a delegation from FIDE, the World Chess Federation, made up of Geoffrey Borg, Vice President, Israel Gelfer, Honorary Vice President, and David Jarrett, Executive Director, were in Dresden for a three day visit.



How Do Blind Persons Play Chess?

Klaus-Jörg Lais tried recently an unusual experiment – the press officer of the German Chess Federation visited this year´s championship arranged by the German Chess Federation for blind persons from 27th May to 4th June in Knüllwald. After some uncertainties in the beginning Lais soon started conversation. The reportage is published in Schach-Magazin 64, Edition 07/2007 (German)...



"Chess Day" 2007 - City duel on August 25

The German Chess Federation will once again propose the traditional "Chess Day" this year. Therefore, the federation is looking for clubs and groups of chess players for the last weekend in August, in order to enthuse as many people as possible with the game of chess.

On "Chess Day" chess clubs will compete nationwide as representatives for their municipalities and communes. Being participants of the competition "A country plays chess - on Chess Day" they have the chance to win money prices. The more people do participate in the clubs activity the higher the chances of winning are.



Robert von Weizsäcker new president

Robert von Weizsäcker is the new president of the German Chess Federation. The oldest son of former federal president of the FRG, Richard von Weizsäcker, was elected new president at the DSB federal congress on May 19 in Bad Wiessee counting 211 of 229 votes in his favour.