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Old July 20th 03, 05:11 AM
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Default FIDE founded 79 years ago

Sunday, July 20, marks the 79th anniversary of the founding of FIDE in Paris.
According to many reference books, the protocol on the founding of the World
Chess Federation in 1924 was signed by the representatives of 15 countries:

Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Finland, France, Great Britain,
Holland, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Spain, Switzerland and Yugoslavia

Notice what countries were not represented at the signing of the protocol?

Alexander Rueb of Holland was elected FIDE's first president and he held this
post from 1924 to 1949.

According to the late Harry Golombek of Great Britain, the initiative for
forming FIDE was taken by Pierre Vincent in France and Leonard Rees in England.
How many people have heard of these two gentlemen?

One would assume that FIDE would hold a big celebration next year on 20 July to
commemorate the 80th anniversary of its founding.

George Mirijanian

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