The International Chess Federation (FIDE) has recognised the Isle of Man Chess Association as an affiliated organisation in recognition of the Isle’s contribution to chess, including what promises to be one of the world’s major chess tournaments next year. The vote, which took place online earlier today, saw 107 votes in favour and just 4 against (with a further 4 abstentions).
The Isle of Man’s status as “affiliated organisation” is below that of full “member organisation”, which is generally dependent on recognition by the United Nations and the International Olympic Committee. Despite this, other regions that are not recognised by the UN and the IOC as independent nations, such as Taiwan and the constituent nations of the United Kingdom, are full members of FIDE.
In applying for the Isle of Man Chess Association to become an affiliate organisation, Howard Dobson, the Chairman of the Isle of Man Chess Association wrote:
In making the positive case for the Isle of Man, Mr Dobson wrote:
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