The FIDE Social Commission ‘‘SOC’’ is dedicated to using chess as a tool for social development.  SOC advocates for the use of chess as a tool for social change through action as:

  • An equalizer for gender, social and economic development.
  • For life skills, ethics, good character development and empowerment.
  • A tool to reach out to children-at-risk including those in impoverished communities, refugee camps and those in prisons.
  • To work with organizations that aim to combat problems connected to memory loss and aging.

Additionally, SOC will support programs that have a positive impact on many lives.  Using chess as a platform to empower teachers in communities, as well as providing support that will help children to develop life skills and promote positive social development.  The key is to prepare programs, training and opportunities that empower the people that are using chess as a tool for social development within their bases, whether they are teachers, instructors, and/or social workers.

Providing access to FIDE seminars is a key component to empowering chess promoters and players so they acquire expertise to build chess in their countries.  SOC seeks to strengthen the social fabric of communities for encounter through chess that can strengthen the dialogue between generations.

Chess is an amazing game and tool with the power to transform lives!!!

Our vision:   Enabling the less privileged in society to realise their full potential in life.

Our Mission:   To inspire and transform lives by empowering others.

Our Values:   Compassion, Selfless service, Integrity, Accountability and Equal opportunities for all.

SOC will be cooperating with FIDE member federations in order to achieve its goals.