F I D E
GENS UNA SUMUS
President: Mr. Kirsan Ilyumzhynov
The World Chess Federation (Federation Internationale des Echecs, referred to as FIDE from its French acronym) was founded on 20 July 1924 in Paris, France. FIDE is the international overall chess organization which unites national chess federations and directs the chess world.
The FIDE motto is Gens Una Sumus (We are One Family).
FIDE is concerned exclusively with chess activities. FIDE is democratically established and bases itself on the principles of equal rights of its members. It rejects discriminatory treatment for national, political, racial, social or religious reasons or on account of sex.
The purpose and aim of FIDE are the diffusion and development of chess among all nations of the world, as well as the raising of the level of chess culture and knowledge on a scientific, creative and cultural basis. FIDE supports a close international cooperation of the chess devotees in all fields of chess activity, thereby also aiming to improve friendly harmony among peoples.
FIDE issues the rules of chess and the provisions pertaining to the organization of the World Championship and all other FIDE competitions. FIDE awards the international chess titles of Grandmaster, International Master, FIDE Master, Woman Grandmaster, International Woman Master, FIDE Woman Master, International Arbiter and other titles.
Members of FIDE are national chess federations which have principal authority over chess activities in their own countries and which have been admitted to FIDE as member federations.
With 156 member federations and more than 5 million registered players worldwide, FIDE is one of the largest organizations recognized by the International Olympic Committee.
The FIDE General Secretariat is located in Lausanne, the Olympic City:
FIDE Avenue de Beaumont 9 CH-1012 Lausanne Switzerland
Postal Address: FIDE P.O.Box 166 CH-1000 Lausanne 4 Switzerland