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We already know that there has been very little FIDE rated chess played in April. There are a number of areas where FIDE has time limits. For example:

  1. Unrated players have 26 months to get results which qualify them for a FIDE rating
  2. Players are classed as "inactive" if they don't play any FIDE rated chess for 1 year
  3. Arbiters are classed as "inactive" if they don't arbit any FIDE rated competitions for 2 years.

Will FIDE look at extending these time limits in view of the current Covid-19 suspension?

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We have a partial answer from FIDE:

WHEREAS, since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, it has been possible for only a reduced number of FIDE rated tournaments to take place. As a result, it is likely that many players who would under normal conditions be playing rated games will find that they are unable to do so and will therefore be marked as inactive.

The FIDE Council has considered this problem and has decided on the advice of the Qualification Commission (QC) that, from the November 2020 list UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, the period specified in the definition of inactivity will be increased from 12 months to 24 months.

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