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FIDE Statutes | Chapter 02 - FIDE members, their rights and their duties
Chapter 02 - FIDE members, their rights and their duties
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, if they acknowledge the FIDE
Statutes and develop activities not contrary to those statutes. Only one
federation of each country can be affiliated to FIDE. In addition FIDE can grant
the status of provisional member to chess federations, in accord with Art. 2.8.
However, applicants granted full or provisional membership must have fulfilled
any of the following conditions:
- They must have been previously recognised as a full or provisional member of
- The Federation must belong to a country or a territory that is a member of
the International Olympic Committee.
- The Federation must belong to a country or a territory with a membership or
an observer status in the United Nations (GA'97)
The admission of a national chess federation as a member is
effected through an application. This application is to be submitted to the
President. The provisional admittance is decided upon by the Executive
Board/Presidential Board. Final admittance as a member is pronounced by the
General Assembly after examination of the preconditions for admittance by the
The application for admission must include all data, which will
make evident that the statutory purpose and the previous activities of the
applicant are in conformity with the FIDE Statutes.
The application for admission shall be accompanied by the
official questionnaire of FIDE approved by the General Assembly, completely
filled out, together with a copy of the statutes of the federation, approved or
recognised by the authorities of the country, if the country's law so requires.
The members have a seat and vote in the General Assembly; they
are entitled to make use of the right to vote; they are authorized to submit
proposals to FIDE; they are entitled to participate in all FIDE events,
according to the regulations; they are also authorized to scrutinize, through
the Verification Commission, the financial management of FIDE.
The members must acknowledge and observe the statutes,
regulations, resolutions and decisions of FIDE. They are also obliged to pay the
membership fees and the other FIDE-contributions fixed by the General Assembly
at the designated time. Moreover they are obliged to support FIDE actively in
its chess activities.
Each member is required to send to the Secretariat at the
latest by April lst of each year a report containing the following information:
- the name and address of the Federation;
- the name and address of the President;
- the name and address of the Secretary;
- the name and address of the officer who is the intermediary between the
member and FIDE (the Permanent Delegate);
- the names of the national champions;
- the title and address of the official bulletin, if any;
- the numbers of players belonging directly or indirectly to the federation on
January 1st of the year in question, or, if this is not possible, at the end of
the previous fiscal year;
- the date and place and other details about international chess events which
have been organised in the federation's country since the previous report or
which are planned for the future.
If in the course of the year changes occur
in the data mentioned in sub (a-d) and (f) above, the federation must inform the
When a federation does not supply the data mentioned in sub
(g), the President shall determine the number of members, after consultation
with the President of the Zone. the same procedure shall be when the data given
by the federation contain obvious mistakes.
Members not fulfilling the duties mentioned in art. 2.4, may be
temporarily or definitely excluded from FIDE.
A member in arrears in the fulfilment of its financial
obligations towards FIDE may be temporarily excluded by the President. This
temporary exclusion shall be annulled if the temporarily excluded member has
fulfilled its financial obligations 90 days before the General Assembly
following the temporary exclusion. No participation in any FIDE event or meeting
will be permitted during the exclusion period. Payments made after the 90 days
but before the General Assembly will not allow participation without a majority
approval of the general Assembly.
The matter shall be submitted to the next General Assembly,
which will decide on the definite exclusion of the negligent federation.
If this is not the case, the matter shall be submitted to the
next General Assembly, which will decide on the definite exclusion of the
In other matters a definite exclusion can be ruled by the
General Assembly only in case the member becomes guilty of a severe offence
against the statutes, regulations, resolutions or decisions, or acts against the
principles of FIDE. In the case mentioned in the 4th paragraph the Presidential
Board can set up a committee of three persons to investigate and examine an
offence (or an act against the principles of FIDE); the committee shall report
to the General Assembly or the Executive Board in non Olympiad years.
The members have the right to withdraw from FIDE. The President
must be informed in writing of the withdrawal at the latest three months in
advance. Payment of membership fees and all other contributions remains
obligatory until the date of withdrawal becomes effective.
In connection with the exclusion or withdrawal of a member,
neither membership fees nor other contributions will be refunded.
A provisional member has all the rights and obligations of a
full member except that a provisional member does not have the right to vote in
the General Assembly nor are its representatives eligible to stand for FIDE
offices. The rules for withdrawal or exclusion are the same as for full members.
If a provisional member has not achieved full membership status within five
years, then the provisional membership may be reconfirmed for five year periods
by the General Assembly, failing which the provisional membership would
Associate Membership (GA '93)
Associate Membership status may be granted to a nation or
territory which does not have membership or observer status in the United
Nations, according to the procedure in Statute 2.2.
- Should the territory of the applicant for Associate Membership be a part of
a FIDE member, the application should be accompanied by the consent of the FIDE
member. Associate Members have no voting rights in FIDE Congresses.
- To qualify, the applicant for Associate Membership and the parent federation
should not have common borders, should be from different continents and should
be under a process of separation agreed upon by both sides with a view to full
independence of the applicant for Associate Membership.
- Associate Members may participate in Olympiads and other team and individual
- Tournament entry fees should be paid by the Associate Member. Other FIDE
fees shall be agreed upon between the parent federation and the Associate
Affiliated international chess organizations are
- organizations whose legal relations to FIDE have been established by
- organizations which represent the interests of regions, e.g. continents, or
other groupings consisting of FIDE affiliated chess federations.
The affiliation of international chess organisation under (b)
is to be confirmed by the General Assembly.
- Honorary members and Honorary Presidents of FIDE are persons who are
nominated as such because of their special merits for world-wide chess.
- Life members and Friends of FIDE are persons who have made a financial
contribution to FIDE, as then fixed by the General Assembly.
Special merits can be acquired by the repeated organisation of
important international chess events, by the organisational work in the service
of FIDE of many year's duration or by other extraordinary successful activities
for the international chess movement.
Only former Presidents of FIDE can be nominated as Honorary
Presidents. Only one Honorary President may serve on the Presidential Board at
any time. When a new Honorary President is named by the General Assembly, the
previous holder will retain the title, but no longer serve on the Presidential
Board provided that the current holder of the title of Honorary President is
excluded from the application of this rule as he shall continue to serve as
Honorary President and retain his right to vote and reimbursement of expenses
relating to his function as a member of the Presidentila Board (GA '98)