2014 Arbiters' Manual books
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 09:37
To all National Chess Federations :

Dear friends,

the books of 2014 Arbiters' Manual are available.
The Federations who are interested to get the books for their Arbiters are kindly requested to send their requests to FIDE.
It will be no cost for the Federations and the books shall be distributed to the Arbiters for free.
The delivery cost will be covered by FIDE.

Takis Nikolopoulos
FIDE Arbiters' Commission
Internet Refreshing Courses for Arbiters
Friday, 03 October 2014 08:25
Dear friends,

after the successful organization in 2014 of seven (7) workshops for the training of the International Arbiters, in which more than 180 Arbiters participated, FIDE and FIDE Arbiters' Commission are going to continue the training of the Arbiters by organizing Refreshing Courses on Internet.

The following subjects will be discussed in these Refreshing Courses:

(a) The changes of the Laws of Chess that have been in effect since 1 July 2014.

(b) The changes of FIDE Titles, Ratings Regulations and Swiss System regulations that have been in effect since 1 July 2014.

(c) The Anti cheating regulations that will be in effect soon.

The courses will last for three days, with one evening session of three (3) hours per day and will be in English, Russian, French, Spanish and Arabic languages.

The participation will be free for all International and FIDE Arbiters.

Announcements with details for each Course will be published on the FIDE and the FIDE Arbiters' Commission websites.

Takis Nikolopoulos
FIDE Arbiters' Commission
Changes of the article 11.3.b.of the Laws of Chess
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 11:29
To all Arbiters:

Dear Colleagues,

During the 2014 Tromso FIDE Congress the Rules Commission, in order to reflect to the Anti cheating Committee’s request, altered the wording of the article 11.3.b.

The following was included in the Minutes of the Tromso Anti Cheating Committee Meeting of the 8 August 2014:

c. The Rules Commission reported that they have altered Law 11.3b in the Laws of Chess to reflect the request of the ACC. The new text reads:During a game, a player is forbidden to have a mobile phone, electronic means of communication or any device capable of suggesting chess moves on their person in the playing venue. However, the rules of the competition may allow such devices to be stored in a player’s bag, as long as the device is completely switched off. A player is forbidden to carry a bag holding such a device, without permission of the arbiter.If it is evident that a player has such a device on their person in the playing venue, the player shall lose the game. The opponent shall win. The rules of a competition may specify a different, less severe, penalty. The arbiter may require the player to allow his/her clothes, bags or other items to be inspected, in private. The arbiter or a person authorized by the arbiter shall inspect the player and shall be of the same gender as the player. If a player refuses to cooperate with these obligations, the arbiter shall take measures in accordance with Article 12.9.The final decision to make this change to the Laws of Chess shall be made by the 2014 FIDE General Assembly.

The above change was not possible to be approved by the Tromso FIDE General Assembly because of lack of quorum and it is going to be approved by the next FIDE General Assembly.

As the change is very significant and as the period until the next FIDE General Assembly will take place is too long, FIDE suggested that the Arbiters shall apply the above change of the article 11.3.b of the Laws of Chess during all their tournaments that will be held from now on.

Therefore you are instructed to apply the above wording of the article 11.3.b. of the Laws of Chess in all your tournaments, starting from 1 October 2014.

The interpretation of this change is as follows:

In minor chess tournaments, where the players is not possible to leave their mobiles out of the playing hall and the organizers cannot provide an area for collecting the mobiles of all the players during the rounds, the Arbiters have the possibility to apply the new wording of the article 11.3.b., allowing the players to have their mobile phones in their bags, but completely switched off.

The player shall inform the Arbiter before the start of the round, in case that a completely switched off mobile phone, or any electronic mean of communication, or any other device capable of suggesting chess moves is in his/her bag.

All the above shall be included in the rules of competition (tournament regulations) of the specific event in advance. The Chief Arbiter may make an announcement before the start of the round.

This possibility will not be valid for the World and Continental FIDE events.

With best regards,

Takis Nikolopoulos


FIDE Arbiters’ Commission
Information and Instructions for the Tromso Olympiad Match Arbiters
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 09:23

The match arbiters of the Tromso Olymbiad are kindly requested to visit the link that has been published at the FIDE website.

2014 Arbiters' Manual
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 08:49

Dear friends,


The Arbiters’ Commission has the pleasure to publish the 2014 Arbiters’ Manual.

This Manual is a team work, in which some of the most experienced Arbiters, such as Geurt Gijssen, Werner Stubenvoll, Ashot Vardapetian, Franca Dapiran, Dirk De Ridder and Takis Nikolopoulos, participated, writing its part.

The excellent work of the Italian Arbiter 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 example of calculating norms, the rating regulations with example of calculating the ratings, the Arbiters’ title regulations, 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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it).

Your help in our effort will be valuable.


Takis Nikolopoulos


FIDE Arbiters’ Commission

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