The International University Sports Federation (FISU) holds World University Championships in a number of disciplines, among them since 1990 also in chess. FISU grants the right to hold the championship to an organizer in a country whose University Sports Federation is a member of FISU. In 2006 the World University Chess Championship was held in Nigeria; in 2008 it was held in Russia. FISU has awarded the championship for 2010 to the Swiss University Sports Federation (SHSV) to be held in Zurich.

According to the regulations of FISU, the World University Chess Championship is held in two individual tournaments for men and women, lasting for nine to eleven rounds in seven days. Based on the results of the individual competitions a team ranking is also computed. World University Championships in Switzerland regularly attract numerous entries; up to 150 competitors from 25 countries are expected. They will be accompanied by approximately 30 delegates and coaches.

The Swiss University Sports Federation (SHSV) coordinates university sports in Switzerland. One of its members is the Academic Sport Federation Zurich (ASVZ) which has a chess section in the Academic Chess Club Réti (ASK Réti). The ASK Réti was founded in 1961 and is one of the largest chess clubs in Zurich. New members are predominantly recruited among the students, teachers, researchers and staff of these institutions.

Under the auspices and with support of the SHSV and the ASVZ the ASK Réti has taken responsibility for organizing the World University Chess Championship 2010. An organizing committee has been formed in which both the Swiss and the Zurich University Sports Federations have taken seats.

The ASK Réti will provide volunteers for this event. Qualified personnel necessary for conducting a tournament of this importance is available, including FIDE arbiters and experienced tournament directors. Adequate accommodation of the competitors and officials will be guaranteed. The necessary equipment (chessboards and men, clocks, display boards, software, tournament bulletin production etc.) is available. The organizing committee also provides an office both in the preliminary phase and during the actual competition.