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
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
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
2017 FIDE Arbiters’ Commission Councilors’ Meeting
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 09:14
2017 FIDE Arbiters Commission  Councilors Meeting in Reykjavik Iceland

Dear chess friends,

The Icelandic Chess Federation hosted the annual Councilors' Meeting of the FIDE Arbiters' Commission.
The meeting was held in one of the meeting rooms of the Harpa Hall, in Reykjavik, Iceland, in the period 21 to 24 April 2017, during the 32nd Reykjavik Open Tournament.

You can find the Agenda of the Meeting here.

You can find the Minutes of the Meeting here.

You can find the list of classification upgrades here.

We would like to thank very much the Icelandic Chess Federation and especially the President Gunnar Bjornsson, the Chairman of the ICF Arbiters' Commission and Member of the FIDE Arbiters' Commission IA Omar Salama and the Member of the ICF Arbiters' Commission IA Kristjan Orn Eliasson, for the excellent organization of the Meeting and for the great hospitality that was provided to all participants.

Takis Nikolopoulos
FIDE Arbiters' Commission
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