The game and concept of chess is based on the assumption that
everyone involved / concerned observe existing rules and regulations and
attaches the greatest importance to fair play and good sportsmanship.
It is impossible to define exactly and in all circumstances the
standard of conduct expected from all parties involved in FIDE tournaments and
events, or to list all sets which would amount to a breach of the Code of Ethics
and lead to disciplinary sanctions. In most cases common sense will tell the
participants the standards of behaviour that are required. If any participants
in a FIDE event has any doubt as to the conduct which is expected of him or her,
the FIDE officials present should be contacted or the local organizer who has
been put in charge of the event
Disputes arising during a game or tournament shall be resolved
in accordance with the rules of play in existence at the time and with the
This Code of Ethics is applicable to:
- FIDE office bearers,
- member federations, delegates and counselors,
- affiliated organizations
- organizers, sponsors
- all competitors in FIDE registered tournaments.
This Code of Ethics shall govern what action may be taken
against any person (meaning either an individual or organization) who
deliberately or through gross negligence violates the rules and regulations of
the game or neglects to observe the precepts of fair play.
Breach of Ethics
The Code of Ethics shall be breached by a person or
organization who directly or indirectly
offers, or attempts to offer or accepts any consideration or
bribe with a view of influencing the result in a game of chess or election into
in other respects acts contrary to this Code.
Of particular importance in this respect are the following:
- Fraud in the administration of any FIDE or national federation office. The
same applies where incorrect information is given in order to obtain unwarranted
advantages or gain.
- Office bearers who through their behaviour no longer inspire the necessary
confidence or have in other ways become unworthy of trust.
- Organizers, tournament directors, arbiters or other officials who fail to
perform their functions in an impartial and responsible manner.
- Failure to comply with normally accepted standards of courtesy and chess
etiquette. Misbehaviour of a personal nature which is generally unacceptable by
normal social standards.
- Cheating or attempts at cheating during games and tournaments. Violent,
threatening or other unseemly behaviour during or in connection with a chess
- Players withdrawing from a tournament without valid reason or without
informing the tournament arbiter.
- Gross or repeated violations of FIDE Laws of Chess or other approved
- In any top level tournament, players, delegations or teams must comply with
a high standard dress code. Delegations include both a player's seconds and any
other individual who the player allows to conduct business on behalf of the
players. Players are responsible for the actions of acknowledged members of
- Players or members of their delegations must not make unjustified
accusations toward other players, officials or sponsors. All protests must be
referred directly to the arbiter or the Technical Director of the tournament.
- In addition, disciplinary action in accordance with this Code of Ethics will
be taken in cases of occurrences, which cause the game of chess, FIDE or its
federations to appear in an unjustifiable unfavourable light and in this way
damage its reputation.
- Any conduct likely to injure or discredit the reputation of FIDE, its
events, organizers, participants, sponsors or that will not enhance the goodwill
which attaches to the same.
Breach of Ethics
The tournament officials will take all necessary steps to
ensure the proper conduct of both games and tournaments according to the Laws of
Chess and the tournament regulations.
- FIDE federations, officials and affiliated organizations acting in
contravention to this code can be temporarily excluded from membership or
- Anyone acting in contravention of this code can be excluded from
participation in all FIDE tournaments or from specific types of tournaments for
a period of up to 3 years. Weight shall be given to the type of violation and to
any previous violations in deciding upon the length of the exclusion period.
- Tournament arbiters who fail to act in accordance with the code of ethics
can lose their authorization or refused the right to supervise FIDE tournaments
for a period of up to 3 years. In such cases any new authorization will only be
granted according to ordinary regulations.
- Tournament organizers who act in contravention of the code, can be refused
the right to organize FIDE events for a period of up to 3 years.
- In the event of a player or member of delegation creating an unreasonable
disturbance or distraction relating to rules, procedures or conditions, at the
direction of the Appeal Committee, a player may be fined up to Five Thousand
U.S. Dollars (US$5,000) and may be forfeited one or more games, depending on the
- In the case of physically or verbally aggressive or intimidating conduct of
a player or a member of delegation towards any other individual involved with an
event, FIDE may take any or all of the following actions:
- fine a player up to Twenty Five Thousand U.S. Dollars (US$25,000).
- rule that a player has forfeited a game or a match.
- if the offensive act was committed by a member of the player's delegation,
ask such person to leave the event. Refusal by such a person to comply may
result in penalties to the player as described.
Breach of the regulations of this code by any Federation or
FIDE official shall be reported to the FIDE Secretariat.
Breach of the regulations of this code by any person shall be
reported to and decided by the FIDE Ethics Committee.
The proceedings shall be recorded in writing. Grounds must be
given for any decisions taken and these must also be in writing after the
defendant must have been given sufficient grounds to defend himself in writing
and orally if necessary
Appeals against a decision taken by any FIDE official can be
submitted to the FIDE Ethics Commission. The appeal must be sent by registered
mail together with a deposit of Two Hundred Fifty U.S. Dollars (US$250). The
deposit will be returned should the appeal to all intents and purposes prove to
Any decisions made by the Ethics Commission may be the object
of appeal arbitration proceedings in accordance with the Code of sports-related
arbitration of the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland
The time limit for appeal is twenty-one days following the
communication of the decision concerning appeal. All recourse to ordinary courts