On Saturday, Sept. 29, the FIDE Women’s Commission held its workshop to provide an overview of the past two years’ activities. Several FIDE events were highlighted including:
– 22nd European Chess Club Cup for Women 2017 (Antalya Turkey, Oct. 2017)
– Women’s World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2017 (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Dec. 2017)
– European ACP Women’s Rapid and Blitz Chess Championship 2018 (Tblisi, Georgia, April 2018)
– European individual Women Chess Championship 2018 (Vysoke Tatry, Slovakia, April 2018)
– Women’s World Championship Match 2018 (Shanghai, China, May 2018)
The Commission’s discussion mostly focused on the highest levels of women’s play, with laser focused discussion on equalizing the prize funds between Open and Women’s fields.
The participants in the Commission workshop noted that there is a lack of women in FIDE at all levels of the organization. This includes players, coaches, and organizational leadership. None of the three candidates for President is a woman.
US Chess was well-represented at the Commission meeting with Ruth Haring, Sophia Rohde, Beatriz Marinello and Carol Meyer in attendance.
– GM Nigel Short was present at the Women’s Commission meeting.