The FIDE motto “Gens Una Sumus” translates to “We Are one People”

May 14, 2014

FIDE is the French accronym for The Federation Internationale Des Echecs. It is also known as the World Chess Federation. FIDE is an international organization that consists of a network of regional territories (national chess federations) around the world. FIDE performs as the official governing body of international chess competition. Athens, Greece (Europe) is the location of its head quarters. FIDE was officially founded on the 20th of July, 1924 following several earlier efforts. Six people have held FIDEs Presidential office since its foundation in 1924. Visit the official FIDE web site

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has held the FIDE Presidential seat since 1995. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov was born during 1962 in Elista, Republic of Kalmykia, Russia. Kirsan is the 6th FIDE president since the establishment of FIDE on the 20th of July, 1924. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov’s key campaign points can be viewed online

Gary Kasparov visited Ireland during the end of March, 2014. His main focus was to promote his FIDE presidential program as can be viewed online and his intentions to become the new FIDE president in the election scheduled for August 2014 during the Tromsø Chess Olympiad.

In Ireland, he met with Irish and international delegates to discuss his FIDE presidential campaign program and also to hear the various issues about their countries chess programs, plans and aspirations.

Gary Kasparov discusses several aspects of  his presidential campaign in an interview recorded by the Irish Chess Union

Mr. Kasparovs meetings with federations are to talk about:

  • current situation in the world of chess
  • the FIDE campaign
  • the future of chess
  • how the federations can co operate to improve the future of chess

Garry also discusses his own opinion

  • FIDE as a co ordinator and not a regulator
  • powerful and passionate demand for changing the world of chess which require the following priorities:
  1. restore transparency of the organisation that serves and supports the national federations.
  2. rebuild relations with the federations.

Garry states that chess is an educational tool particularly important in enhancing brain activities at an early age. In Ireland, Una O Boyle, author of the Irish language chess book, ‘Ficheall’ were among those to meet him. He greeted school children from Gaelscoileanna around the Leinster provence participating in the annual Comortas Fichelle Cuige Laighean at the Mansion House in Dublin city on the 28th of March. Some of the people that Garry Kasparov met in Ireland are Una o Boyle (author of the Irish language chess book, “Ficheall”), Eamon Gilmore (An Tanaiste) and Dermot Lasey (Leas-Ardmhéara) to honour young junior chess playing stars

Garry also states that:

  • introducing children as young as 5-9 years of age into chess may secure the future of chess as an important element of social and cultural life in the 21st century.

And envisions:

  • to elevate the game of chess from grassroots level and help it to spread into education as a cultural touchstone as well as a successful commercial sport.

In 1999, FIDE was recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). By 2001, FIDE introduced the IOC’s anti-drugs rules to chess, as part of its campaign for chess to become part of the Olympic Games. Part of the present FIDE presidential program is to campaign for chess to become part of the Winter Olympic Games.

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