Following a decision by the 2018 Presidential Board meeting in London, FIDE has moved its headquarters from Athens to Lausanne, Switzerland.
The main reason for the transfer was the wish of the President to be close to the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee, as well as to the main offices of other major sports associations. Exploring potential synergies with other sports associations is a line of work that the current FIDE administration wants to exploit.
The new office, administrated by FIDE's COO Willy Iclicki, is located within the Maison du Sport International or MSI ("Home of International Sport"), a unique complex that brings together under one roof several of the leading players in international sports administration. With a total of 5,500 m2 of office space, the MSI hosts around thirty international sports federations and organizations, and some twenty companies active in the field of sport. Strategically positioned on the Avenue de Rhodanie, by the shores of Lake Geneva, the facilities include a reception building and three office blocks, conference rooms, and a gym: a modern and functional complex in a prime location.
FIDE has already a long chess history with Lausanne, a place that was home to our organization's offices from 1995 until 2004. This city also hosted a FIDE World Championship Match, the one between Anatoly Karpov and Viswanathan Anand in 1998.
Avenue de Rhodanie, 54