Chess at the Sochi 2014 Olympics?

The Russian news agency “RIA Novosti” reports that FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov told a press conference of his intention to submit chess as a trial sport for the Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Chess is recognised as a sport by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), but it’s never been part of the programme for the Games. Separate chess Olympiads using a team format are held every two years.

The FIDE President said he’d prepared an appeal to the Russian Federation authorities, “to have the Russian Olympic Committee petition the IOC to include chess as a demonstration sport at the Winter Olympics in Sochi”.

Ilyumzhinov added that FIDE was counting on “making chess a winter sport”. “That’s based on the fact that the programme for the Winter Olympics isn’t as packed as that for the Summer Olympics”, he noted.