The International Chess Federation (FIDE- translated from the French Federation Internationale des Echecs) is a global sports organization that unites national federations. It is responsible for promoting chess and organizing Candidates tournaments, World Championships, World chess Olympiads and other international tournaments; it bestows sporting titles and publishes official ratings of chess players. It was founded on 20th June in Paris and its motto is "Gens Una Sumus", translated as "We Are One People".
The post of FIDE President has been held by Arkady Dvorkovich
since 3rd October 2018
FIDE headquarters is located in Lausanne, Switzerland, and its official languages are English, French, Russian and Spanish
FIDE contains 191 national federations and all members are entitled to vote at the General Assembly. Furthermore, several chess organizations are also members of FIDE, like the International Federation for Correspondence Chess, International Braille Chess Association, as well as some individual members who do not have voting rights.
Any national federation can become a member of FIDE as long as its activity does not contradict the Organization's Statute. All member federations possess equal rights and they are divided along regional lines; in 2019, there were 35 such zones. Each zone elects its own President, who represents it in FIDE debates.