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Chapter 14 - Miscellaneous regulations


The General Assembly shall establish the location of the office of FIDE. FIDE shall have its seat in the country in which the office is established until the General Assembly shall change the location of the office.


The official FIDE-languages are Arabic, English, French, German, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. In case of divergence in FIDE documents issued in different languages, in general the English version is the valid one. However, if a document was originally written in one of the other FIDE languages, that version will be considered as the authentic one.

Any other language is permitted, however, to facilitate correspondence and discussions.


The FIDE Motto is "Gens Una Sumus" (We are one family).

The FIDE seal is a white Knight intersected by five white latitudinal lines on a black globe, with the word "FIDE" in black at the base of the Knight, and the FIDE motto in black below the globe.

The FIDE flag is the FIDE Seal at the center of a sky-blue background, on both sides of the flag, measuring 100 x 150 cm. or in proportion thereto.


The present statutes can be changed by the General Assembly only upon proposal by the President, the Executive Board, Presidential Board or any member-federation. Two thirds of the votes delivered without taking into account abstentions are required to effect such changes.


FIDE will dissolve as soon as the number of members has been reduced to two.

Moreover, FIDE can be dissolved by a decision of the General Assembly, if at least two-thirds of all members express themselves in favor of a dissolution.


In case of a dissolution according to the first paragraph of Art. 14.5 the Central Committee, and in case of dissolution according to the second paragraph of Art. 14.5 the General Assembly, shall decide how to dispose of the FIDE assets, which are to be used for chess or for any other purpose contributing to the general good.

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