The Presidential Board meeting was held in Al Ain under the auspices of the Asian Chess Federation. The meeting was generously and warmly hosted by the Continental President for Asia, Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nehyan.
The FIDE President, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, reported on his activities since the previous meeting. He had visited 20 countries, meeting with heads of countries, Sports and Education Ministers and informing them of the work of FIDE. In particular he had highlighted the Chess in Schools programme. The Chairman of the Chess in Schools Commission made a major presentation to Board members and it was agreed to accept his proposals for pilot projects in 2011, moving to further implementation if the pilot schemes were successful.
The recommendations of the Chairmen were accepted for titles submitted to the Arbiter, Trainer, Qualification and Events Commissions. The Board decided to implement the recommendation of the Qualification Chairman and Rating Administrator to lower the rating floor to 1000 and produce the rating list on a monthly basis. It was agreed that this should come into effect from July 1st 2012.