Amended by the 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997 General Assemblies
The Congress shall incorporate the sessions of the General
Assembly (GA), which is the legislative body of the World Chess
In addition to the daily sessions of the GA, the following events
shall be organised.
- Of the Central Committee,
- Of the permanent FIDE Commissions, and
- Of the temporary FIDE Commissions.
These bodies shall be instrumental in making recommendations to
the General Assembly.
Meetings and discussions as required upon
proposal by the FIDE President.
Discussions by the Federations
- Among themselves
- By Zones, and
- By Continents
The Congress timetable (page6) regulates the separate
For the sessions of the General Assembly, the Central Committee
and the separate FIDE Commissions minutes shall be taken. Those taking the
minutes shall forward them to the Congress Secretariat. The FIDE General
Secretary shall arrange for them to be translated into the requisite languages
Time and place for holding the FIDE Congress.
The FIDE Congress shall be held in the autumn of every year. In
even-numbered years, the Congress will be held during, and in the same city as
the Chess Olympiad.
The Administrator of the Chess Olympiad will also be the
Administrator of the FIDE Congress for the same year. Exceptions require
approval by the General Assembly.
Appointment of the Administrator
The Appointment of the Administrator for the Congress in
odd-numbered years (1997,1999, etc.) will be decided by the General Assembly.
Administrators may be proposed by the federations.
A proposal to undertake the organisation and running of a FIDE
Congress may take the form of
- A direct and concrete offer, or
- A provisional application (for the granting of an "option") by the President
A decision on the proposals shall be made by the General
Assembly, or (in between Congresses, after expiry of the "option") by the
||Provisional application |
Instead of a direct, firm offer, application may be made for an
"option" to organise the FIDE Congress; this means that the Federation applying
proposes to state its firm intention within a specific period.
Provisional applications are to be made on form A.06 and
submitted to the General Secretary.
An option fee of 500 Swiss Francs must at the same time be paid
The General Assembly shall decide on the order in which the
federations that made provisional applications will be granted options (first,
second, third option etc.) and on the period of validity of these options.
(GA 96) The Federation which is granted first option shall pay
to FIDE the deposit fee for the organisation of a Congress (SFr. 10,000) before
the conclusion of the General Assembly granting the option.
If the deposit is not paid on time. Then
- the option is cancelled
- the provisional application fee is forfeited and
- an option is granted to the next Federation (in the order laid down by the
If paragraph 4.6is enforced the FIDE General Secretary shall in
form the Federation that has been accorded the next option. The procedure shall
then be continued as in paragraph 4.5
Upon fulfilment of the conditions
- Granting of an option and
- Payment of the application fee and deposit,
The Federation receiving the option shall, within the period of
validity of that option, submit to the FIDE President a firm offer to organise
If the firm offer is not made, the fee and deposit already paid
shall be forfeited to FIDE.
Direct, concrete offers
For the organisation of the FIDE
Congress will be decided on directly by the General Assembly
The offers are to be made in writing, on the application form.
(GA '96) Acceptance of an offer by the Federation making the
If the Federation later abandons the undertaking the deposit is
forfeited to FIDE.
After the holding of the Congress the deposit will be repaid to
the Federation by which the Congress was organised.
Draft submitted to the FIDE President
Not later than 6 months before the start of the Congress, the
Federation entrusted with organising it shall submit to the President a document
containing information on the following:
- beginning and end of the Congress,
- proposals for the accommodation of delegates and the premises for meetings
- travel facilities, and
- the condition for visas.
At the same time as this draft is submitted. the President must
- to inspect the venue, and
- to conduct a preliminary discussion at the administrator's expense
Immediately afterwards, the arrangements as drafted will
receive the President's confirmation, with (if appropriate) a note of any
modifications which he considers desirable on the basis of his inspection of the
venue and the preliminary discussion. If necessary, further inspections are to
Invitations to the federations
On receiving the President's confirmation (7.2), the organising
Federation shall send an official invitation to all federations affiliated to
FIDE. An information sheet outlining the proposed course of the Congress as well
as any special announcements should be enclosed. A copy should be sent to the
FIDE General Secretary. In addition the following information must be included
in the invitation:
- travel flights, airlines, local transportation, discounts, etc.
- hotels choices, quality, costs, food, etc.
- visas cost and how to obtain one if required.
- Vaccinations, if any.
- Foreign exchange transactions, including use of credit cards.
- Medical facilities and availability of doctors (GA '97).
After this official invitation, the FIDE federations and
Congress Administrator will communicate with each other directly.
In addition account must be taken of the FIDE Statutes covering
proposals to the General Assembly and the forwarding of Congress material
between the federations and the FIDE General Secretariat.
Notice of participation
Not later than 4 months before the beginning of the Congress
every Federation that wishes to participate must send written notice of this to
the organising Federation of the administrator who represents it.
At the same time, copies of the notice of participation are to
be sent to the FIDE General Secretary and the President of the Zone to which the
Organisation of the FIDE Congress by the administrator.
The Federation entrusted with holding the Congress shall
appoint a representative as Congress manager.
The Congress manager shall appoint personnel to the departments
- accommodation and meeting rooms
- amenities for delegates, and
- press facilities and passes
He shall also set up a Congress office.
For the duration of the Congress, the administrator shall
provide FIDE with the following at his own expense:
- the rooms required for the sessions of the General Assembly and other
- office premises with modern facilities, for the FIDE President and the
- an installation for simultaneous translations (at least four languages
English, Spanish, French and German).
- the necessary qualified personnel to translate the proceedings of the
Central Committee and General Assembly, and the minutes of the FIDE Commissions.
Details are to be decided by agreement with the President or
General Secretary of FIDE
During the Congress, the FIDE flag and the national flags of
the federations taking part should be displayed.
Further duties of the administrator
(GA '96) The administrator shall pay the full travelling costs
and living expenses of the FIDE President, fide Hon. President, the FIDE Deputy
President, the FIDE Vice Presidents, the FIDE General Secretary, the FIDE
Treasurer, the FIDE Executive Director and a maximum of one secretarial
assistant. (GA '95)
If the hotel and Congress hall are situated far from each
other, the organisers shall provide transport for the participants. A car shall
be provided for the use of the President.
The administrator shall supply all participants in the Congress
with folders or printed information.
Expenses to be met by the federations
The federations shall pay the travelling and living expenses of
their delegates to the Congress.
Offers for accommodation in several good hotels at favourable
prices shall be secured and conveyed to the federations by the administrator.
The offers should stipulate prices for
- room and breakfast, and (where appropriate)
- partial or full board.
The administrator is expected to secure package prices at a
lower rate than the hotel's normal charges.
The federations shall ensure that their delegates to the
Congress are equipped with the FIDE Handbook as a working document.
Opening and closing ceremonies
These, and any receptions or special gatherings shall be
organised by agreement between the FIDE President and the administrator.
Note: 1981 General Assembly recommended that the intervals
between Congresses be at least 10 months and at most 14 months. 1981 General
Assembly recommended that organisers take as much as possible these intervals as
a guideline when establishing the dates.
FIDE Congress Timetable
Free day during the Olympiad Congress.
Congresses that are held during the Olympiad shall devote one
day after the close of the Central Committee meeting as a free day before the
commencement of the General Assembly (GA '97).