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Chess terms

There are many chess federations, but the International Chess Federation (FIDE) takes precedence over them all. Here you can find out what FIDE is, what it does and much more.

Here's what you need to know about FIDE:

What is FIDE?

The international chess federation is called in French Federation International des Echecs. This is where the name comes from FIDE. FIDE was founded on the last day of the first unofficial Chess Olympiad, July 20, 1924 in Paris. International Chess Day has also been celebrated on this date since 1966. FIDE is now based in Switzerland and is the governing body for international chess competitions. As of 2020, it is working with almost 200 national associations. The FIDE motto is "Gens una sumus". This is Latin for "we are one family".

Why is FIDE important?

FIDE is important for many reasons: It oversees the World Chess Championship and its cycle and is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the governing body for chess and its championships at the international level. It implements standardized rules and international rating systems, supervises the Chess Olympiad, awards international chess titles and much more.

FIDE first hosted the World Chess Championship in 1948 and continues to do so to this day, and although the format and qualification processes of the World Championship have changed dramatically since it was acquired by FIDE, it still oversees all aspects of the selection process for the Candidates Tournament and World Championship itself.

FIDE, which was recognized by the IOC in 1999, also organizes major international tournaments such as the Chess Olympiad, the FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament on the Isle of Man and the FIDE Grand Prix.

FIDE creates and implements worldwide standards for tournaments, including rules of the game, the size of boards and pieces and of course the rating system. The FIDE rating (the Elo) of all active top players is displayed on their profiles:

FIDE title

As already mentioned, FIDE gives titles such as Grand Master, International Master, FIDE Master and Master Candidate to players who have achieved certain evaluation levels. Although some national associations have their own titles (e.g. the MK in Austria), almost all players use due the international recognition always the FIDE title, if they have earned both national and FIDE titles.

Each title has different requirements and for some of them players even have to meet specific standards. You can read this in the FIDE manual or by clicking on the respective title above. If you want to watch a player with a FIDE title play live on, simply go to Live Chess and click on "Events". All title holders have their title in red in front of their username:


Now you know what FIDE is, what it does, why it is important and more. Enjoy your new knowledge and watch live chess FIDE title holders play!