Empowering queens of the chessboard: National Female Team Development Seminar

The National Female Team Development Online Seminar was held online on November 26, 2023. This initiative is a part of the FIDE Commission for Women’s Chess project to help countries who have never sent a female team to an Olympiad field a team for the 2024 Chess Olympiad. Over 20 representatives from federations across the […]

FIDE introduces ground-breaking Gender Equality in Chess Index (GECI) – 2023 Rankings unveiled

FIDE released the inaugural Gender Equality in Chess Index (GECI), an innovative instrument designed to measure and compare the level of gender equality in chess federations across the globe. This statistical index introduces a comprehensive scoring system ranging from 0 to 100, with 100 denoting perfect gender equality. The GECI incorporates three indicators of Participation, […]

Chess4Peace – a project for women from Ukraine – lauched in Poland

The Chess4Peace, a special project set up by FIDE and FIDE Commission for Women’s Chess, with the generous support of the International Olympic Committee, was launched in Warsaw, Poland. It is aimed to young women from Ukraine, aged 18-23, who have gone through hard times because of war in their home country. This unique project […]

Girls Book Club: Chess and Literature for Refugees

The “Girls Book Club”, a part of a chess project for girls from the Kakuma refugee camp, is an opportunity to fall in love with books, find inspiration in them and, let’s be honest, gain an escape tool.  An escape from the completely non-fairy-tale reality in which children live in Kenya.  Through these lessons project […]

Congratulations to Ju Wenjun on defending Women’s World Championship title

On behalf of FIDE Commission for Women’s Chess I send sincerest congratulations to amazing Ju Wenjun, member of the FIDE Commission for Women’s Chess, on defending Women’s World Championship title.  I had the honor to be the Chief Arbiter of the The FIDE Women’s World Championship Match and thank the players for fair play, spectacular game and friendly atmosphere. […]

Third edition of Queens’ Festival goes big

Over 800 female players from 124 countries participated in the third edition of the Queens’ Online Chess Festival, a series of continental women’s online blitz tournaments that took place from July 2-16. The ambitious global project aiming at connecting women chess players from around the world was organized by FIDE Commission for Women’s Chess. The […]

Susan Namangale: Spreading the game of chess and its many benefits across the globe

Susan Namangale was raised in a little-known Chombo village in Nkhotakota, central Malawi – the warm heart of Africa. Chess has played a significant role in her life, transforming her from a village-raised girl who lacked confidence into the empowered leader of a global organization. Susan’s chess journey began with her sister bringing a single […]