13. des. 2023
Statement from the Nordic Chess Federation
In the Nordic countries a persons legal gender is decided according to each country’s national law. In chess tournaments, which groups one is allowed to participate in, should be decided by a persons legal gender. Accordingly any woman is, of course, welcome to play in all tournaments and competitions open for girls and women, in the Nordic countries. The same shal apply for all international competitions.
Paragraph 3, in FIDE’s Transgender Registration Regulations, states that if you change you gender from male to female, you may not participate in any tournament or competiton for girls/women. We strongly oppose this and find it to be an infringement on personal freedom. It is also in violation of IOC’s stand on the matter. This Paragraph is contributing to maintaining prejudice, counteracting any effort towards making Chess open and inclusive.
We strongly recommend that Paragraph 3 of FIDE’s Transgender Registration Regulations be removed.
Oslo December 11, 2023
Nordic Chess Federation
Denmark – The Danish Chess Federation
Faroe Island – The Faroe Island Chess Federation
Finland – The Finnish Chess Federation
Iceland – The Icelandic Chess Federation
Norway – The Norwegian Chess Federation
Sweden – The Swedish Chess Federation