Thursday, 11 January 2018 06:36
IA Dr. Dirk De Ridder

With great sadness the FIDE Arbiters' Commission was informed that IA Dr. Dirk De Ridder passed away on 7 January 2018.

The Commission expresses its sincere condolences to his family and to the Belgian Chess Federation

Dirk was a well known International Arbiter, International Organizer and FIDE Lecturer.

He was very enthusiastic and dedicated to chess for more than 30 years, having organized many tournaments and conducted many Arbiters' Seminars.

For many years he was Secretary of the FIDE Arbiters' Commission and Councilor of the FIDE Rules, Qualification and Technical Commissions.

His contribution to the Chess community was very important.

Rest in Peace Dirk!

IA Takis Nikolopoulos
FIDE Arbiters' Commission
Upcoming FIDE Arbiters’ Seminars
Wednesday, 10 January 2018 00:00


The list of the upcoming FIDE Arbiters' Seminars, that have been scheduled, is as follows:

THAILAND, Bangkok, 19-21 January 2018 (English lang.)

55th INTERNET FIDE Arbiters' Commission, 22-27 January 2018 (English lang.)

INDIA, Chennai, 26-28 January 2018 (English lang.)

PERU, Lima, 29 January-4 February 2018 (Spanish lang.)

RUSSIA, Moscow, 31 January – 4 February 2018 (Russian lang.)

SCOTLAND, Glasgow, 2-4 February 2018 (English lang.)

BRAZIL, Sao Paolo, 9-14 February 2018 (Portuguese lang.)

57th INTERNET CCA, 19-25 February 2018 (Spanish lang.)

GERMANY, Rosenheim, 4-8 April 2018 (German lang.)

GERMANY, Radebeul, 11-15 July 2018 (German lang.)

SLOVENIA, Portoroz, 16-20 July 2018 (English lang.)


Takis Nikolopoulos


FIDE Arbiters’ Commission

2018 Arbiters’ Manual
Friday, 05 January 2018 20:44
The 2018 Arbiters' Manual has been published on the FIDE Arbiters' Commission website.

You can find it in the link: Arbiters' Manual.

The new edition of the Arbiters' Manual includes all the important changes of the Laws of Chess that have been approved in the 2017 FIDE Congress, in Antalya, Turkey.

It includes also the rewritten section of the FIDE Swiss Rules, as well as new interpretations and clarifications of Laws of Chess and Competition Rules.

The 2018 Arbiters' Manual will be printed in books and will be available on sale, in the price of five (5) euro for each book (275 pages).

Federations wishing to have books of the 2018 Arbiters' Manual must send their orders to the FIDE Secretariat and to the FIDE Arbiters' Commission. They will be charged with the shipping cost as well.

You are welcomed to send to the FIDE Arbiters' Commission ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) any comments, opinions, proposals you may have, regarding the 2018 Arbiters' Manual.

Your help in our effort will be valuable.

IA Takis Nikolopoulos
FIDE Arbiters' Commission
Happy New Year 2018
Monday, 25 December 2017 07:58
Dear friends,

The FIDE Arbiters' Commission wishes to all of you a Happy New Year 2018 and all the best!
May all your wishes come true!

IA Takis Nikolopoulos
FIDE Arbiters' Commission
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
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