Governing the Game Play – The World Chess Federation

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In every game there is a governing body aimed at the maintenance and regulation of the rules encompassing the game. In chess, one of the governing bodies is the FIDE or Federation Internationale des Echecs, most commonly known as the World Chess Federation. Organizations, such as the FIDE, were not the first to document the rules of chess. It was as early as 1497, when man named Luis Ramirez de Lucena authored a book regarding chess rules.

However, the popularity of chess quickly rose and tournaments and clubs were sprouting everywhere. This event called for the standardization of the rules and that is the main role of the governing body.

Founding of the FIDE

The World Chess Federation was formed on July 24, 1924 in Paris, France, with the motto Gens una sumus meaning We are one people. Originally, their first action to form an international federation for chess started in April of 1914 at St. Petersburg. In July of 1914, another try was made in the Mannheim International Chess Tournament. At the Gothenburg Tournament, another attempt for the establishment of an international chess federation was made yet again in 1920.

It was not until 1922 when the...

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