Resolutions of May 6, 2002 on the Unification of the Chess World

- All parties and persons present at the meeting of May 6, 2002, in Prague have expressed their willingness to support the process of unification of the Chess World.

- This process accepts the main principle that FIDE is the custodian and owner of the World Chess Championship title and that there should be only one federation - FIDE - recognized by the IOC and the world of sports representing the Chess World.

- The unification process has to lead to only one undisputed World Champion recognized by FIDE.

- The professional chess world requires a professional management body to be constituted on the basis of a business plan, which will be submitted by Bessel Kok and to be discussed and agreed with the World Chess Foundation and the FIDE Presidential Board within 90 business days after May 6, 2002. On approval of the business plan, FIDE shall issue a license (excluding Einstein Group Pre-unification events) to this body to manage professional chess as a profitable business.

- FIDE supports the principles of unity plan (Annex A) presented by Bessel Kok and will cooperate to help with the acceptance of the principles on which the unity plan is based and the implementation thereof, by all players concerned, including the FIDE World Champion, and all organizers involved.

- All parties and persons present agree to the principles put forward during the meeting with respect to the post-unification World Championship system.

- All parties and persons present at the meeting of May 6, 2002 in Prague have agreed that they will do their utmost to achieve the unification of the Chess World.

Made this day in Prague, May 6, 2002

Signed by:

H.E.Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, FIDE President
Bessel Kok
Garry Kasparov
Vladimir Kramnik
Yasser Seirawan
Alexey Orlov, President World Chess Foundation
Other Grandmasters