January 14, 2020
It is with the deepest sadness that we learned about the passing of PT Ummer Koya, who was Vice-President of the International Chess Federation for a whole decade, between 1996 and 2006.
Besides his role in our organization, Ummer Koya (Calicut, 1951) was a cornerstone for the development of chess in his country. He was elected General Secretary of the All India Chess Federation in 1989, a post he held until 2005.
We are very thankful for his dedication and his contributions to promoting chess from both institutions, and from FIDE we would like to express our sincerest condolences to his relatives, his loved ones, and all the members of the Indian chess community.