Welcome to the wonderful world of chess

The sport of chess is a great choice. I know you will get a lot of enjoyment from it.

Children who learn chess are, on average, more intelligent, healthier and better socially adjusted.

Anyone and everyone can play as equals – boys and girls, young and old, the sporty and the academic alike. Men and women, boys and girls, the blind, the deaf and the physically handicapped all play together in our Chess Olympics. Above all, playing chess is fun.

You will need a chess set (the pieces) and a chessboard (on which to play). If you do not already have one, you can make your own with the “FIDE chess set for everyone”. You need to learn how to play. The basics are here on YOUR web site. Then play, have fun with chess and improve your skills.

The first step is to register as a member. Basic membership is free, but …

FIDE Premium Student Membership gives you a rating. It puts you on the same ladder as the World Champion and more than 150,000 competition players. You will also get all the help and advice you need to improve and win more games. As you play games and improve, your rating will increase. Watch the gap narrow between you and the World Champion. Perhaps, one day, you could make that title your own.


Gens Una Sumus

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

FIDE President