FIDE Handbook D. Regulations for Specific Competitions / 04. Other FIDE Competitions / 01. General Regulations for FIDE Competitions / General Regulations for FIDE Competitions (effective till 30 November 2023) /
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D. Regulations for Specific Competitions / 04. Other FIDE Competitions / 01. General Regulations for FIDE Competitions / General Regulations for FIDE Competitions (effective till 30 November 2023) /

General Regulations for FIDE Competitions (effective till 30 November 2023)

Approved by the 2011 Executive Board

Governing Regulations


These Regulations are applicable to the following FIDE competitions:

  1. FIDE World Junior U20 Championships
  2. FIDE World Youth (U14, U16 & U18) Championships
  3. FIDE World Children (U8, U10 & U12) Championships
  4. FIDE World School (U7, U9, U11, U13, U15 & U17) Championships
  5. FIDE World Youth U16 Olympiad
  6. FIDE World Senior (>50 and >65) Championships
  7. FIDE World Amateur (under 2000) Championships
  8. FIDE World Team Championship 50+ and 65+
  9. FIDE World Cup for under 8, 10, 12


These Regulations are applicable with effect from 2014 (World Youth & World Children are effective from 2016) unless otherwise stated in the regulations of a specific Competition. FIDE World Cup for under 8, 10, 12 is effective from 2023. 


All the Competitions listed in Rule 1 above shall be organized
annually by an International Organiser (IO) of a FIDE member


Participants refer to players and accompanying persons (including officials, trainers, media, etc.). They must be registered through its national federation or FIDE Academy.

Bid, Inspection Visit & Evaluation Report


Organizers for all Competitions shall be designated at least two years before the Competition is to be held. The following time lines shall be observed:

- 31 March

Deadline for Bids

- 30 June

Completion of Inspection Visits

- 31 August

Deadline for submission of Evaluation Reports

- 31 October

General Assembly/Executive Board to award successful bids


These dates may be brought forward in years when the General Assembly/Executive Board is held earlier.


A Bid must be accompanied with a Bid Fee which is not refundable:

2,000 Euros

Youth and Children Championships

1,000 Euros

Junior Championships

500 Euros

School, Senior, Amateur Championships and Youth U16 Olympiad


With effect from January 1st 2013, a Bid for any Competition from 2016 onwards shall include the name of the licensed International Organizer.


Inspection Visits shall be made by an Event Inspector (EI) nominated by the Presidential Board (PB) and the Events Commission. The EI shall be a member of the PB or Events Commission. Ideally,the EI shall be chosen from the same continent of the bidder.


The cost of Inspection Visits – travel and per diem – shall be covered by FIDE. The bidder shall be responsible for hosting the EI with a double-room and meals for the duration of not more than two working days.


The EI shall be responsible for submitting an Evaluation Report to the General Assembly/Executive Board.



At least 5 months before the beginning of the Competition, the Organizing Committee shall send an Invitation to all FIDE member federations. The Invitation must have prior approval of the FIDE President. Copies of the Invitation must be sent to the Continental Presidents. The Organising Committee shall endeavour to facilitate participants who may require visa.


The participants are obliged to stay in the official hotels appointed by the Organising Committee.

Registration of Participation


At least 3 months before the beginning of the Competition, a federation shall register its intention to participate with the Organizing Committee. This is a Preliminary Registration and should indicate the number of players and other participants.


At least 2 months before the beginning of the Competition, the participating federation shall submit its Final Registration of participants. Each federation can register up to 1/3 of the total participants of a Championship. The birthdate of each player must be given and must correspond with the birthdate given in his passport or other travel document. All travel documents must also be submitted if visas are required. The Organizing Committee shall not be responsible for late submission and application for visas.


Entry Fees for late registration, withdrawal or no show shall be charged as follow:



Late registration after the closing date:
two times of stipulated entry fee
  15.2 Withdrawal after submission of registration:
two times of stipulated entry fee and one night’s hotel expenses
  15.3 Noshow after registration:
two times of stipulated entry fee and two nights’hotel expenses 
  15.4 If a player/team registers late and withdraws or does not appear:
the federation will be charged the higher penalty.
  15.5 The Organizer must send to FIDE the list of participants one week after the registration deadline. The Organizer shall be fined 5,000 Euro for failing to do so.
  15.6 The Organizer shall be responsible to publish the list of participants on the website.
  15.7  Based on the penalty fees received, FIDE shall compensate the appropriate amounts to the Organizer.

Schedule, System and Rate of Play


There shall be no more than 2 days where two rounds may be played. There shall be at least one free day.

In all FIDE competitions the traditional term "FIDE rating" or "rating" of a player means the classical rating, coming from the original rating list which FIDE is publishing since 1971. For blitz, rapid or online competitions the tournament invitation (or the tournament regulations) should clarify the terms "FIDE blitz rating", "FIDE rapid rating" or the according "FIDE online rating", naming them as such to avoid confusion.


There shall be a minimum of 9 rounds Swiss.


The time limit shall be those approved by the General Assembly)

Financial Regulations


All players shall be required to pay Entry Fees to FIDE as stipulated by the FIDE Financial Regulations.


All players and accompanying persons may be required to pay a Registration Fee to the Organizing Committee and this shall be not more than 100 Euros per person. The Registration Fee is to include the costs for airport transfers,Accreditation Cards, Daily Bulletins, Certificates, etc.


The travelling costs of all participants must be paid by themselves or by their national federations.


For players who are hosted or have qualified with personal right, the Organizing Committee shall provide free board and lodging (rooming at the discretion of the Organizer) from the official day of arrival to the official day of departure. The category of hotel shall be similar to those of which non-hosted players would be paying for. By the registration deadline the Organizing Committee has the right to ask a maximum prepayment of 50% for the participants’ accommodation and the balance upon arrival.


Other than players who are hosted, all other players and participants shall be responsible for their own board and lodging. The Organizing Committee shall offer reasonable and favourably priced accommodation and shall state the daily costs in the Invitation.



From the duration of arrival and until departure, the Organising Committee shall insure the participants for the medical services. The Organizing Committee shall not be responsible for medical services needed for treatment of chronic or other illnesses which already existed before the arrival at the Competition.

Technical Officials


Technical Officials are recommended by the Events Commission in consultation with the FIDE Steering Committee. The Technical Officials shall be the FIDE Technical Delegate, the Chief Arbiter, the deputy arbiters (at least 2) and 3 members of the Appeals Committee.


The Organizing Committee shall be responsible for the travel expenses of the FIDE-appointed Technical Officials. They shall be provided free board and lodging. They shall be paid a stipend in accordance with the Financial Guidelines for Technical Officials.


The FIDE Technical Delegate shall be responsible to ensure that the Organizing Committee adhere strictly to both the general conditions and the regulations which are specific to the Competition.


The Chief Arbiter shall be appointed after consultation with the Organizing Federation. The Organizing Federation shall appoint as many Deputy and Assistant Arbiters as it considers necessary.


The Appeals Committee shall comprise 3 persons one of whom may be the FIDE Technical Delegate In the event that the Appeals Committee is appointed by the Technical Meeting, there should be an additional 2 reserve members and in this case, no member shall take part in a decision affecting a player of his own federation.



A protest against the decision of an Arbiter must be submitted in writing to the Chief Arbiter, within 30 min after the end of the respective game.


A protest fee of 200 Euro shall be payable to FIDE which is refundable if the protest is upheld. The Appeals Committee may also decide to refund the fee if it considers the appeal was not frivolous.


The decision of the Appeals Committee is final, binding and takes effect immediately.


The Appeals Committee shall keep a record of all proceedings and submit a final report to FIDE.

Designation of the Winners


The final ranking order of the players is determined by the number of points scored. If at the end of the tournament two or more players are tied for the first place or for any prize, the tie shall be broken as in accordance to the following criteria for Swiss events:

  1. Results of direct encounters between the tied players ( applies only if all tied players have played each other),
  2. Buccholz Cut 1,
  3. Buccholz,
  4. The greater number of games played with black,
  5. The Greater number of wins.


Defending Champions shall have personal rights to participate in the same Competition and Event and shall be accorded free board and lodging.



Before the beginning of the first round, a list of the prizes to be awarded to at least the 10 highest placed participants, including special prizes shall be published together with the rules for their award. The Organizing Committee shall also award Gold, Silver and Bronze medals to the players taking the first three places in each event.


The prize fund,if any, shall be stipulated in the Invitation.



Certificates shall be awarded to players who finish in the top 3 positions.


Certificates of Participation shall be given to players, FIDE accredited trainers, managers,and the FIDE appointed Technical Officials.


The above Certificates shall bear the signature of a FIDE Official, the Organizing Committee and not more than two other signatories.

PR, Competition Website & Daily Bulletins


At the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, the FIDE Flag must be displayed prominently and the FIDE Anthem played.


The Organizing Committee shall be responsible for the official website which must be in English and where necessarily, in other languages..


The Organizing Committee shall provide Daily Bulletins (in print or e-format) which shall contain at least the top 10 games from each event.



On completion of the Competition, the Chief Arbiter and the Chairman of the Appeals Committee shall deliver their reports to FIDE. The reports shall deal with the course of the Competition and include supporting documents, if appropriate. Copies of these reports are to be extended to the Organizing Federation.


The FIDE Technical Delegate shall submit his report on the overall organization of the event including any incidents which may have happened. Subject to this report, FIDE shall decide how much of the deposit/performance bond to be reimbursed to the Organizing Committee.


Within 2 weeks after the Closing Ceremony, the Organizing Committee shall submit a written report and all the Score-Sheets to FIDE.