I.C.S.C. AND F.I.D.E.
After receiving confirmation of the acceptance of I.C.S.C. into F.I.D.E., the activities of I.C.S.C. had been regularly reported at F.I.D.E. Congresses.
In 1974 a draft of the agreement with F.I.D.E. was produced and approved in September 1975 in Oosterbeek (Netherlands). It read: -
“The World Chess Federation (F.I.D.E.) and the International Committee of Silent Chess (I.C.S.C.) declare unanimously their conviction that a close cooperation will be useful given the mutual interest in the development and promotion of chess. F.I.D.E. and I.C.S.C. therefore unite as partners in the form of an association in which each partner remains legally, economically and technically independent.
The F.I.D.E. recognises the I.C.S.C. as the only official international federation for silent chess.
Titles given by the I.C.S.C. will be confirmed by the F.I.D.E. This agreement is valid for an indefinite period. Changes and amendments require mutual consent. This agreement will become effective upon approval by the General Assembly of the F.I.D.E. and by the Congress of the I.C.S.C.”
The very fact that this announcement by Mr. H. Meurer in his speech on the 25th Anniversary of I.C.S.C. showed years of negotiation with F.I.D.E. and of the trust invested by F.I.D.E.in the I.C.S.C.’s handling of the chess events and Congresses for the Deaf in the highest standards and in the I.C.S.C.’s conformity to F.I.D.E. standards is a credit to both Mr. H. Meurer and Dr. M. Svàbenský.
Today the I.C.S.C. is an affiliated member of the F.I.D.E. Even though the F.I.D.E. only deals with the hearing chess organisations, it is important to note that the F.I.D.E. has given the I.C.S.C. full backing by its award of the International Master status to the I.C.S.C. World Individuals Deaf Chess Champion and has truly recognised the role of the I.C.S.C. The large-scaled flag of the F.I.D.E. was presented to the I.C.S.C. by Mr. David Wallace (Scotland), the F.I.D.E. International Arbiter, on behalf of the F.I.D.E. during the I.C.S.C. Congress at Edinburgh in 1992. To the F.I.D.E., the I.C.S.C. extends their heartfelt thanks for their continuing support.