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I’m going to play in my first tournament which have said the following: “Those who don’t have a FIDE ID have to enroll FIDE ID registration under your own federation” and I don’t understand what they meant exactly.

How do I get a FIDE ID?

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Every national member federation has an IRO - International Rating Officer. It is their responsibility to register members of their federation with FIDE.

In the first instance you could find the email address and send them an email requesting that they register you with FIDE. The place to start is the FIDE list of member federations. If you go to this alphabetic list you see that by default it gives you, along with the list, the details of the first country in the list, Algeria. Scrolling down you see that the Rating Officer is Adnane Nesla and it gives his email address.

To find the IRO for England, where I live now, I click on "Europe" and then scroll down and click on "England". There I see that the IRO is Dave Clayton and his official email address is [email protected].

In England the process for getting a FIDE ID for a tournament usually doesn't involve you personally emailing the IRO. Instead what you do is give your date of birth to the tournament director or arbiter and they pass your details on to the IRO on your behalf for registration.

Most federations will charge a higher membership fee if you also want to play in FIDE registered tournaments, particularly standard time control tournaments. This is because FIDE charges the member federations for rating standard rate games. FIDE do not charge for rating rapid and blitz so in those cases your federation may register you with FIDE for free. That is the case for ENG for blitz tournaments.

I should add one warning. You can also get an unlicensed FIDE ID by registering with FIDE's Online Arena. That allows you to play only in FIDE's online arena. It does not license you to play in FIDE rated over-the-board tournaments and if an arbiter or tournament organizer allows you to do that then the member federation will be fined by FIDE.

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  • Few years ago, creating a FIDE was free, wasn't it? And there was a webpage to create id? I have completed a tournament and participated in another. But I am looking forward for my ID. After reading the answer, I have sent email to the federation (national). Commented Dec 26, 2022 at 15:19
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FIDE IDs are assigned via national chess federations. You need to be a citizen or resident of the national federation you apply for per §1.7 in the FIDE licensing regulations, so if you reside in a different country than your citizenship, you can apply via either (but not both) countries.

Most countries assign the FIDE ID to everyone for free, but some may charge for it or require a membership in the federation or one of its clubs.

Some tournaments in your country may also relay the application for a FIDE ID as a service.

While you can also get a FIDE ID at the FIDE Online Arena, such a FIDE ID cannot be used in OTB events.

You can search your name at https://ratings.fide.com/ to find your FIDE ID, to check if you have one.

Every country has its own process to apply for a FIDE ID. If you cannot find your country in the list below, contact the FIDE rating officer listed in https://fide.com/directory/member-federations , and ask them how to apply. You will have to state your full name, sex (male or female for FIDE), as well as date of birth.

🇦🇹 Austria: Fill out the PDF form at https://www.chess.at/schachbund/meldewesen.html
🇫🇷 France: You must join a club and get a license via that club.
🇩🇪 Germany: Send an email as described at https://www.schachbund.de/fide-identifikationsnummer.html .
🇳🇱 Netherlands: Send an email to [email protected] with full name, date of birth, and KNSB relationnumber (or mention that you don't have one), as laid out on https://schaakbond.nl/rating/fide-rating/ .
🇮🇳 India: Register at https://prs.aicf.in/new-register .
🇨🇭 Switzerland: Send an email with full name and date of birth to [email protected] .
🇺🇸 United States: Fill out the form at https://forms.gle/fCCTis7WgtJEb2rv6 .

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