The Georgian Chess Federation and the Chess Olympiad Organizing Committee have the great honor to invite all FIDE member countries to the 43rd Batumi Chess Olympiad and the 89th FIDE congress to be held from 23rd of September till 6th of October 2018 in Batumi, Georgia.


The 43rd Chess Olympiad is open to all National Federations affiliated to FIDE, each of which can nominate one team for open section and one team for the women’s section. Each team shall consist of four players, one reserve and one captain. The captain may be, but not necessarily, one of the players or the reserve.

Additionally, each delegation can nominate one head of delegation and one delegate for the 89th FIDE congress which will take place from 27th September to 5th October 2018.


The Chess Olympiad will be played according to the FIDE Chess Olympiad Rules, in 11 rounds, with time control:  90 minutes for 40 moves and 30 minutes until the end of the game, with 30 seconds additional time per move, starting from move 1. Pairing rules of the Chess Olympiad can be found here.

The event will be played in the Olympiad venue, Sport Palace, situated on the center of Batumi. The venue has been built in 2018 and the first event to be held there will be the Batumi chess Olympiad. The Sport Palace is a very spacious modern complex.

ბათუმი-4-1All participants of the Chess Olympiad as well as of the FIDE Congress, have to be registered. Registration deadline is 23rd July 2018. After the registration deadline, and only until the 23rd of August, the registrations will be at the organizer’s discretion and the penalty of 100 EUR per person will be required. After the 23rd of August, no new registrations or changes in the teams composition will be accepted.

Registrations for the events shall be done online, through the special online system which can be found on the official website of the event, to the following link: https://batumi2018.fide.com/en/register .

1437283921_georgia-brighton-batumiAll participants of the Olympiad will be accommodated in 5 and 4 stars’ hotels located in Batumi and its surroundings. The teams will be allocated in hotels according to the decision of the Batumi Chess Olympiad Organizing Committee, based on the teams’ performance in the previous Olympiad. Teams will be informed regarding their designated hotels after receiving the registration confirmation for the Olympiad.


The schedule of the 43rd Chess Olympiad will be as followed:


Simultaneously with the 43rd Chess Olympiad and the 89th FIDE Congress, Batumi will host also the annual ECU General Assembly on 2nd and 3rd of October.


All the necessary information about the Olympiad is available on the Official website of the Olympiad.

Batumi Chess Olympiad Organizing Committee- Contact information

BCOOC office Address: 37a Kostava str; 0179, Tbilisi, Georgia
BCOOC Hot Line: +995 591 04 20 18
A call center will be operational after the closing of the registration procedure. Please note, that
the preferred way to contact the organizers will still be by e-mail: info@batumichess.com

Official invitation for the 43rd Chess Olympiad and 89th FIDE Congress can be downloaded bellow or here.

Invitation for 43rd Chess Olympiad and 89th FIDE Congress