1. The name of the Association is ‘European Chess Union’. It is hereinafter called by its acronym “ECU”.

2. The registered office of the ECU shall be at such place as may be determined from time to time by the Board.

3. The ECU is established for the objects and activities stated in the Memorandum of Association.

4. In these Articles, unless inconsistent with the subject or context:

(a)    words importing the singular include the plural and vice-versa;

(b)   words importing the masculine gender include the feminine and neuter genders and vice-versa;

(c)    the word person includes moral entities having a separate legal personality;

(d)   “ Board” means the ECU Board;

(e)   “ ECU Dues” mean  a Member’s or an Associate Member’s subscription, Tournament Fees, Bid fees and shares of prize funds for ECU events and events sanctioned by the ECU and fees for ECU services;

(f)    “General Assembly” means a meeting of the General Assembly or an Extraordinary General Assembly meeting of the ECU;

(g)    “Members and “Associate Members” shall have the meaning and rights defined in the Memorandum of Association and “Members” means both, Members and Associate Members; and

(h)   “simple majority vote of those present and voting” means 50% plus one of the votes cast excluding blank and invalid votes and abstentions.