Handbook ::  D. Regulations for Specific Competitions

11. Guidelines to Protocol for FIDE Events

(Drafted by General Secretary and FIDE EVE Commission)
   
1. FIDE OFFICIALS
   
1.1 The following order of seniority shall be observed at all FIDE events, FIDE meetings and activities which FIDE is involved. This includes the seating protocol. (in order of number of years of service within FIDE Presidential Board, then Executive Board, the Zonal Presidents, then Commission Chairmen, then Commission Secretary etc.) In case of persons holding the same positions, seniority shall be decided based on the number of years of service in FIDE in the order of Presidential Board, Executive Board, Zonal President, Commission Membership. When in doubt, the General Secretary shall decide.
1.2 President
1.3 Honorary Presidents
1.4 Deputy President
1.5 General Secretary
1.6 Treasurer
1.7 Ticket Vice Presidents
1.8 Elected Vice Presidents
1.9 Nominated Vice Presidents
1.10 Honorary Vice Presidents
1.11 World Champions
1.12 Continental Presidents
1.13 Executive Director
1.14 FIDE CEO
1.15 Auditor
1.16 Zonal Presidents
1.17 Honorary Members
1.18 FIDE Principals
1.19 FIDE Appointees
1.20 Executive Board Members
1.21 Commission Chairmen
1.22 Commission Secretaries
1.23 Commission Councillors
1.24 Commission Members
1.25 FIDE Staff
   
2. FIDE PRINCIPALS & TECHNICAL OFFICIALS
   
2.1 FIDE Principals & Technical Officials are those appointed by FIDE for the respective roles in a FIDE event. When in doubt, the order of seniority shall be decided by the Technical Delegate.
2.2 President
2.3 President’s Representative
2.4 Technical Delegate
2.5 Appeals Committee
2.6 Chief Arbiter
2.7 Press Officer
2.8 Other Technical Officials
   
3. ROLES OF FIDE PRINCIPALS & TECHNICAL OFFICIALS
   
3.1 The President or his Representative shall be the main official representative of FIDE. He shall be accorded the highest level of hospitality. He shall be given entitled to deliver the official FIDE speeches at ceremonies, receptions, meetings and any activity.
3.2 The Technical Delegate – general organisation - Guidelines FIDE Handbook B.10
3.3 The Appeals Committee
3.4 The Chief Arbiter
3.5 The Press Officer
3.6 Other Technical Officials
   
4. INVITATIONS
   
4.1 Invitations for various ceremonies, receptions, meetings and any activity during a FIDE event shall be accorded as per Rule 1.1 and Rule 2.1 and in consultation with the General Secretary or the Technical Delegate whoever is appropriate at the time.
   
5. CEREMONIES, MEETINGS & RECEPTIONS
   
5.1 Invitations & Seating Protocol
  - for various ceremonies, receptions, meetings and any activity during a FIDE event shall be in accordance to Rule 1.1 and Rule 2.1 and in consultation with the General Secretary or the Technical Delegate whoever is appropriate at the time.
5.2 Programme for the Opening & Closing Ceremonies
  5.2.1 The Programme shall be approved by the General Secretary or Technical Delegate whoever is appropriate at the time.
  5.2.2 The Programme shall last no longer than 90 minutes for the Opening Ceremony and not more than 120 minutes for the Closing Ceremony.
  5.2.3 FIDE shall have the right to deliver a speech.
  5.2.4 There should not be more than 3 other Speakers.
  5.2.5 Ideally, there should not be more than 7 items of performances. Each performer should not perform more than 3 items.
  5.2.6 Prize winners should receive their prizes on a stage. They should stand on the platforms which identify their rankings.
  5.2.7 Whereby possible, the anthem of the champions shall be played and their national flag raised.
  5.2.8 Photographers should be restrained from standing in front of the VIP rows when taking pictures.
   
6. FIDE FLAG & LOGO
   
6.1 The FIDE Flag and FIDE Logo must be visibly displayed in the main Backdrop/Banner. For meetings, at least one FIDE Flag must be displayed on the main table.
6.2 Where there is an office of the President or his Representative, at least one FIDE Flag must be displayed on his table.
6.3 The FIDE Logo shall be included in all publications, Accreditation Cards and Players Table Cards.
   
7. FIDE ANTHEM
   
7.1 The FIDE Anthem shall be played at Opening and Closing Ceremonies during FIDE events and FIDE meetings.
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