The FIDE Executive Board of the 86th FIDE Congress has accepted the Online Commission's proposal to allow National Federations to organize online team events, in order to enable financially weak clubs to participate in costly league championships, especially when long distance transportation is an issue. Such tournaments and matches will be hosted by the FIDE Online Arena (FOA), the official FIDE platform for online chess. Games played in FOA shall receive standard rating (according to FIDE regulations) as if the games were played over the board, but these games do not count for title norms and cannot be included in title certificates.
We invite the National Federations to declare their interest in this new facility, by mail to the FIDE Secretariat.
Chairman of Online Commission