diagonal: Willy Iclicki (born in Belgium, later settled in Monaco, today playing for Liechtenstein), is a strong chess amateur player, organizer, author, arbiter and functionary.
Iclicki is the author of the FIDE Golden Book (2nd edition in 2016), an archive and chronology of FIDE history and their official Championship tournaments, and founder of the web chess encyclopedia CHESSPEDIA.
He served as a longtime FIDE Treasurer and Editor, then a Fide President Assistant, and FIDE Ethic and Constitutional committee member.
Currently he is <Chief Operating Officier (COO) in the FIDE Secretariat in Lausanne>: https://ratings.fide.com/fide_direc...
FIDE has moved its Headquarter from Athens, Greece, to Lausanne, Switzerland:
<The main reason for the transfer was the wish of the President to be close to the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee, as well to the main offices of other major sports associations. Exploring potential synergies with other sports associations is a line of work that the current FIDE administration wants to exploit.
FIDE has already a long chess history with Lausanne, a place that was home to our organization's offices from 1995 until 2004. This city also hosted a FIDE World Championship Match, the one between Anatoly Karpov and Viswanathan Anand in 1998.>
Lausanne is situated on the shores of Lake Geneva ('Lac Léman').
It is the capital and biggest city of the canton of Vaud, official language is French (everyone in Switzerland also speaks English today, French or Swiss german by native, the Italian language is fairly common, too).
Between 1999 and 2006 the city organised the <Lausanne Young Masters>, a prominent event inviting yearly eight of the best world juniors.
The LYM winners were:
2002 no tournament
2004 McShane (5. Carlsen)
2005 Volokitin (5. Carlsen)
Further young, promising players participating in the Lausanne Youth Masters were (in no particular order):
<Karjakin, Nakamura, Mamedyarov, Gashimov (RI.P.), Aronian, Asrian (R.I.P.), Navara, Ponomariov, Naiditsch, Wojtaszek, Fressinet, Alekseev, Predojevic, Ghaem Maghami, Leitao, Harikrishna, Sasikiran, Wang Yue, Bu Xiangzhi, amongst others, and Alexandra Kosteniuk, Humpy Koneru, Kateryna Lahno, Elisabeth Pähtz, Tatiana Kosintseva, or Pelletier from the hosting nation.>