International Chess Federation
Wednesday, 06 Mar 2024 14:06
FIDE Resolution on suspending membership of Egyptian Chess Federation

The International Chess Federation publishes a decision following the recent approval of the Resolution on the Egyptian Chess Federation.

The FIDE World Cadet Championship took place in Egypt on 14-27 October, 2023. Due to the tragic events of October 7, 2023, a large number of federations and individual players were unable to arrive/refused to participate in the championship due to concerns about their safety (at least 172 persons from 12 different federations). Despite numerous assurances from the Egyptian Chess Federation, the fees made by those federations/players have not been returned to them in due order. Besides, the Egyptian Chess Federation failed to provide the necessary documents and information about non-returned funds and didn't start paying off the debt.

In view of this, the FIDE Council decided to suspend the membership of the Egyptian Chess Federation with immediate effect, revoking the right to organize any FIDE rated tournaments as well as the right to delegate any representatives to FIDE events.

Starting from 08.03.2024 all Egyptian players may only play in all FIDE-rated tournaments with FIDE flag only.

However, on March 06 2024 FIDE has received a letter of guarantee from the National Olympic Committee of Egypt stating that the debts will be paid off in the nearest future. It has also initiated the procedure of changing the management of the Chess Federation of Egypt.

Taking into account the above-mentioned, FIDE took a decision to allow players from Egypt to participate in the African Games, hosted by the Republic of Ghana on March 8-23 2024, under their national flag.

FIDE is ready to remove restrictions imposed on players from Egypt to play under their national flag as soon as the fulfillment of commitments starts and hopes it will be done in the nearest future.

The full text of the Resolution can be found here.