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The Fédération Internationale des Échecs or World Chess Federation is an international organization that connects the various national chess federations around the world and acts as the governing body of international chess competition. It is usually referred to as FIDE (pronounced /ˈfiːdeɪ/ "fee day"), its French acronym.[1]

FIDE was founded in Paris, France on July 20, 1924.[2] Its motto is Gens una sumus, meaning "We are one people". Its current president is Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who is also president of Kalmykia, an autonomous Republic in Russia.



FIDE's most visible activity is organizing the World Chess Championship (overall and for women and juniors), regional championships and the Chess Olympiad. It is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the supreme body responsible for the organization of chess and its championships at global and continental levels.[3] FIDE oversees few other tournaments, although other top-level events, almost without exception, respect FIDE rules and regulations.

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