Three FIDE Titles for Canada

Canadians were awarded three titles at the 1st quarter meeting of the Presidential Board of the FIDE, which was held in Minsk, Belarus, on April 06-09, 2018:

  • Grand Master: Aman Hambleton
  • International Arbiter: Bernard Ouimet
  • International Organizer: Vadim Tsypin

Congratulations to all three!


Bernard Ouimet writes:

Dear friends,

I am extremely happy to-day to tell you that FIDE, the world chess federation, has approved my certification as Intenational arbiter at the Minsk congress in Belarus.

I am grateful to the Fédération québécoise des échecs and to Chess'n Math Association for hiring me as arbiter at qualified events in order to obtain the title.

I strongly appreciate my colleague arbiters who shared their knowledge with me and on occasion provided their advice. In alphabetical order, they are Alexandre Ber, Richard Bérubé, Larry Bevand, Hal Bond, Larry Bevand, Jean-Roger Boutin, Yves Casaubon (deceased), Jean-Dominique Coquereau (Italy), Pierre Denommée, Danny Goldenberg, Alex Relya (USA) and Vadim Tsypin.

Thank you heartily all, let’s continue working together for the good of chess !

Bernard Ouimet

Gens Una Sumus

Vadim Tsypin writes:

I am humbled to join the fraternity of seven distinguished Canadian IOs and to become the first person in this country to earn this title after 2012, when new strict formal rules came into effect. 

I would like to thank all the leaders of the Fédération québécoise des échecs (FQE) and the Chess Federation of Canada (CFC) who selflessly guided and supported me. My profound gratitude goes to the Director General of the FQE Richard Bérubé and the FIDE Zone 2.2 President and Delegate IA/IO Hal Bond. Richard and Hal, nothing would be possible without you!

Thanks so much to all of you, and let’s conquer new challenges together.

Vadim I. Tsypin


FIDE Titles Approved at 2018.04 Meeting


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