88th FIDE Congress in Antalya - FIDE Arbiters' Commission's approved Report
Tuesday, 24 October 2017 19:08
Dear friends,

please find the minutes of the FIDE Arbiters' Commission meeting that were approved by the 88th FIDE Congress, in Antalya, Turkey.
Attached you will find the Agenda of the Arbiters' Commission Meeting and the relevant files.

Takis Nikolopoulos
FIDE Arbiters' Commission
Monday, 16 October 2017 07:53
philWith great sadness the FIDE Arbiters' Commission was informed that IA Phil Haley passed away on 10 October 2017.
The Commission expresses its sincere condolences to his family and to the Canadian Chess Federation.
Phil Haley was well known in the chess world and very active in FIDE.
He was player and International Arbiter.
He was member of the FIDE Rules Commission and Chairman of the Pairings Committee (TAP) in four (4) Olympiads.
He was the originator of the accelerated pairings Swiss Systems.
He was also President of the Canadian Chess Federation and FIDE Zone President.
He was among the first Arbiters who were awarded the FIDE Arbiters' Awards.
Let him rest in peace.

Takis Nikolopoulos
FIDE Arbiters' Commission
2017 Arbiters' Manual
Wednesday, 27 September 2017 13:38
Dear friends,

The Arbiters' Commission has the pleasure to publish the 2017 Arbiters' Manual.
This Manual is a team work, in which some of the most experienced Arbiters such as R. Anantharam, F.Dapiran, T. Delega, A. Filipowicz, J. Mena, M. Prevenios, R. Ricca, W. Stubenvoll, A. Vardapetyan and T. Nikolopoulos contributed.

The excellent work of the Italian FA Mario Held about Swiss Dutch System has also been included.

The Manual includes everything necessary for an Arbiter to know. It includes the Laws of Chess with necessary interpretations, the Tournament Rules, the Swiss system and the pairings regulations with examples, the title regulations with examples of calculating norms, the rating regulations with example of calculating the ratings, the Arbiters' titles regulations, the Anti cheating Guidelines, etc.

We hope that this Manual will be an important help to the Arbiters all over the world, in order to exercise their duties in the best way.

The Manual will be updated whenever it is necessary.

You are welcomed to send your comments, opinions, proposals regarding the Arbiters' Manual to the Arbiters' Commission ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

Your help in our effort will be valuable.

IA Takis Nikolopoulos
FIDE Arbiters' Commission
FIDE Arbiters' Magazine No 5
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 19:01
Dear friends,

The FIDE Arbiters' Commission has the pleasure to publish online the fifth issue of the Arbiters' Magazine. You can find it here.

We continue our effort to provide Arbiters all over the world with necessary knowledge and information coming from real incidents that happened during recent tournaments and thus making Arbiters better in exercising their duties. In this issue we are pleased to cooperate with the FIDE Rules Commission and the FIDE Qualification Commission.

We would like to thank very much IA Ashot Vardapetyan and IA Tomasz Delega, Chairman and Secretary respectively of the FIDE Rules Commission and IA Werner Stubenvoll, Chairman of the FIDE Qualification Commission, for their contribution and their inputs.

Of course many thanks belong to the Secretary of the FIDE Arbiters' Commission IA Aris Marghetis, who was responsible for this 5th issue of the Arbiters' Magazine, as he was for all the previous issues.

We would like again to invite the Arbiters, the players, the Officials and all chess people to send us their comments, opinions, ideas, and cases that have come to their knowledge and are worth publishing in the Arbiters' Magazine.

Takis Nikolopoulos
FIDE Arbiters' Commission
Wednesday, 05 July 2017 06:32
Dear friends,

On 14 of June 2017 an online Conference was organized by the FIDE Arbiters' Commission, in cooperation with the FIDE Rules Commission.

In this Conference a number of very experienced International Arbiters, mainly members of the FIDE Arbiters' and Rules Commissions, were invited and participated.

You can see the list of participants here.

During the Conference interpretations and clarifications about the new Laws of Chess, valid from 1 July 2017, were discussed and agreed to be in effect.

The agreed points are the following:

1. By the new laws of Chess four (4) illegal moves are now in effect, according to the articles: 7.5.1, 7.5.2, 7.7.1 and 7.8.1.

2. In Standard chess the player is forfeited in case he completes two (2) of ANY of the above illegal moves.

3. However when there are two (2) illegal moves in one move (i.e. illegal castling made by two hands, illegal promotion made by two hands and illegal capturing made by two hands), they count as one (1) illegal move and the player shall not be forfeited at once (in Standard chess).

4. The capturing of the King is illegal move and is penalized accordingly.

5. In Rapid and Blitz games the Arbiter SHALL CALL the flag fall, if he observes it.

6. In case that the indications are 0.00 in both clocks and electronic clocks are used, the Arbiter has always the possibility to establish which flag fell first, with the help of the "-" indication. Therefore there is always a winner.
In case mechanical clocks are used then article III.3.1 of the Guidelines about games without increment including Quickplay Finishes shall be applied.

7. In case a game with reversed colors will end by normal means (by checkmate, stalemate, resignation or draw agreement, if allowed), before ten (10) moves will be played, then the result stands.

8. In case that a player presses the clock without making a move, as mentioned in the article 6.2.4, it is considered as an illegal move and it is penalized according to the article 7.5.3. and not according to the article 12.9

9. If a player makes a move with one hand and presses the clock with the other, it is not considered as an illegal move and it is penalized according to the article 12.9.

10. In Rapid and Blitz games, if the player asks from the Arbiter to see the score sheet, the clock should not be stopped.

IA Takis Nikolopoulos                                              IA Ashot Vardapetyan
Chairman                                                                Chairman
FIDE Arbiters' Commission                                      FIDE Rules Commission
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