The General Assembly, being the highest authority of FIDE,
exercises the legislative and - unless otherwise defined below - also the
executive power. It supervises the activities of the Executive Board, the
Presidential Board, the President and also the other FIDE officials and
organizations. It approves the FIDE budget, elects the Presidential Board,
Ethics Committee, Verification and Constitutional Committees and determines the
schedule of FIDE activities.
When the General Assembly is not in session its powers are
transferred to the Executive Board. However, the Executive Board cannot take
decisions on the following:
- election of officials - as previously defined
- changes in Statutes,
- matters of Rules Commission,
- matters of Qualification Commission.
All decisions taken by the Executive Board shall be reviewed by
the following General Assembly. The World Champion and the Women's World
Champion shall be invited to attend the General Assembly with consultative
voice, but no vote.
The General Assembly is composed of:
- the representatives of the member-federations and their counsellors,
- the members of the Executive Board,
- the representative of the affiliated international chess organizations,
- the Honorary Members, Honorary Presidents, Life Members and Friends of FIDE,
- the chairmen of the permanent commissions, and delegates (Chapter 8).
Every member-federation is represented by its Permanent
Delegate or by another person (Proxy), accredited by letter for such
representation, and who either belongs to the federation concerned or is the
representative (Permanent Delegate or Proxy) of another federation.
Every representative is permitted to represent, besides his
own, only one additional federation.
A representative may be aided by one or two counsellors.
A proxy can be assigned to a member-federation only by written
authorisation. The letter of assignment must have a signature of the Permanent
Delegate or of an official authorised by the federation, as last registered with
FIDE. In emergency the General Assembly can approve a Proxy on notification by
Each member-federation represented in the General Assembly has
one vote. The other participants in the General Assembly have a consultative
The discussions may be carried through on the basis of a
speaker's list to be kept by the General Secretary. the chairman can take the
floor as often as required also outside the order of the speaker's list. Motions
of order (closing of the speaker's list, closing of the discussion, adjournment
of the agenda point, removing the point from the agenda) may be made at any time
on a point under discussion. these motions should be considered and decided upon
at once in so far as they do not entail an interruption of the session.
The same goes for objections because of violation of the
statutes. Proposals regarding amendments or supplementary proposals will be
treated only if they are seconded by another voting member.
In General Assemblies and Extraordinary General Assemblies no
less than 50% of the affiliated federations (proxies included) shall be
If the quorum is not fulfilled at the beginning of the General
Assembly, the Executive Board will decide which items of the agenda can be
submitted for decision by the truncated General Assembly. The items put on the
agenda shall not include changes of statutes, financial regulations or election
of officials of FIDE.
The sessions of the General Assembly are public, unless it is
decided otherwise by simple majority vote.
Votes are made orally. Votes on elections are to be made by
secret ballot, unless otherwise decided by a two-third's majority.
Each recommendation by the Executive Board is voted upon first,
after discussion, in the General Assembly. In other cases amendments are voted
upon first. Supplementary proposals are voted upon only after a decision on the
main proposal; they will be discussed and voted upon in the reverse order in
which they were made.
Decisions shall be made with the majority of the votes
delivered, without taking into account abstentions. For the exceptions hereto
see Art. 14.4 and 14.5.
For elections, special election regulations are operative.
In the event of a tie in voting, the President decides (with
the exception of elections).
Prior to voting all relevant communications from absent members
shall be brought to the attention of those present.
Proposals of members or FIDE officials or organizations, or
affiliated international organizations under Art. 2.9 sub (b), which are to be
included in the agenda for the General Assembly, should reach the President not
later than three months before the beginning of the General Assembly, together
with the reasons for the proposals.
Proposals submitted within this time limit must be included in
the agenda for the General Assembly.
At sittings of the General Assembly no new motion which was not
previously included in the Agenda shall be entertained once there is a veto from
1/3 of the membership of the General Assembly present at the meeting.
The regular General Assembly is held every Olympiad year - or
every other year beginning in 1998. It is convened by the President.
The invitations shall be sent out at the latest four months
prior to the opening date of the General Assembly. The President shall send the
minutes of the general Assembly to the members and the FIDE officials and
organisations at the latest three months after the closing of the General
The President shall send the participants the complete agenda
and the relevant documents at the latest six weeks prior to the opening of the
Place and date of the General Assembly are determined:
- by the preceding General Assembly, or
- in the absence of such a decision, by the President.
Decisions made by the General Assembly concerning a certain
cycle for the World Championship, cannot be discussed and changed again during
that cycle, unless agreed to by a two-thirds' majority.
An Extraordinary General Assembly shall be convened by the
President upon request of one-third of the member-federations within two months
of such a request. In urgent cases the President, with the consent of the
Executive Board or Presidential Board, also has the right to convene an
Extraordinary General Assembly. The agenda for the Extraordinary General
Assembly shall be sent to participants at least one month before the meeting is
All proxies shall be registered on the first day, at the
beginning of the General Assembly, during the period of the establishment of the
legality of the meeting after which the register shall be closed. The register
of the proxies shall then be reopened after the elections would have been
concluded on the first day of the General Assembly
Th Committee set up to establish the legality of a meeting
shall examine the quorum and the proxies presented for verification.
For a proxy to be valid, it must be signed by any of the
following accredited officials of the federation in the order of precedence of:
President, Permanent Delegate or Secretary of the federation.
The proxy could either be an original copy of a letter or a
Where two or more proxies are received and there is a conflict,
the order of precedence shall be as follows:
- Proxies received from the President
- Proxies received from the Permanent delegate
- Proxies received from the Secretary
Where the order of precedence is established and there is still
a conflict, the latest fax or letter shall be deemed to be valid.
All other rules pertaining to the use of proxies as contained
in the Standing Orders shall continue to remain valid insofar as they are not in
conflict with the express provisions as contained in Articles 4.16.1 to 4.16.6
of this Statute.