FIDE declares 2022 the year of women in chess

a manifesto

Press release by FIDE

The Women’s Chess Commission is sincerely grateful to FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich, the FIDE Council and management for their decision to declare 2022 the Year of Women in Chess.

This is our opportunity to take a leap forward in our mission to shape gender equality policies, practices and programs. In recent years, we have achieved a number of long-standing strategic goals, from encouraging women to take an active part in all aspects of chess life by offering them free educational seminars to introducing gender quotas for various official positions and assignments.

While our colleagues have worked tirelessly to provide better conditions for top female players and massively increase prize money, our committee has focused on connecting, inspiring and educating female players of all backgrounds from around the world. Last year we hosted The Queens’ Festival 2021, a series of continental and global tournaments with over 460 participants from 82 countries. Many thousands of others followed FIDE’s side events with female role model guests and presenters on social media.

Creating a strong women’s chess community is very important for us to continue pursuing our goals and promoting the interests of women in chess.

To follow in this vein, throughout this Year of the Woman in Chess, we are planning the following events and collaborations to make this an epic year for women:

  1. Setting an annual award for women in different categories.
  2. To improve communication with national federations about the importance of nominating an “Ambassador for Women” in their country and to encourage them to organize support programs for women and girls.
  3. Organizing “Global Exchange Forums” to exchange ideas that will improve the environment for women in chess.
  4. To create the “Queens Pavilion” at the 2022 Chess Olympiad in Moscow.
  5. To strengthen collaboration with other FIDE committees to further support women’s participation in all aspects of chess life for this special year.
  6. The “Queens Festival” was organized very successfully for the first time in 2021. The plan for 2022 is to expand it with several exciting side events and more countries participating.
  7. Every week, inspiring female role models will be featured through the various FIDE channels: social media, a relaunched newsletter and a newly created podcast.

There are also other plans for the Year of the Woman in Chess.

We also like to hear and promote your initiatives and ideas. Email us your stories, suggestions and photos to women@fide.com and share your initiatives online with the hashtag #women’s chess.

With your help and support, we can make it an excellent and groundbreaking year!

Eva Repkova
President of the FIDE Women’s Commission


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