List of Licensed Arbiters
Tuesday, 01 January 2013 20:54

The FIDE Arbiters' Commission publishes the list of licensed arbiters so far.

The procedure of acquiring the license will continue. The non-licensed arbiters should contact their respective federations in order to obtain the license.

You can see the list here (updated 15-02-2019).

After FIDE Treasurer's decision, the Arbiters' names of non-service Federations will not be published, until these Federations pay their overdue FIDE arrears.

Friday, 23 November 2012 09:16

The FIDE Arbiters’ Commission intends to supply the Arbiters who will get the Arbiters’ license with identification cards that will indicate that they are licensed.

For this purpose all the Arbiters who wish to get their license are kindly requested to send to their Federation a good quality photo (250X300) to be included in the card. Each Federation with licenced Arbiters should collect and send these photos to FIDE ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

Letter to Federations (Arbiters' Licence)
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 19:24

To all National Chess Federations


Subject: Arbiters’ License


Dear friends,

from 01.01.2013 the new regulations for the Arbiters’ License will be in effect.

Attached you will find the regulations, as they will be published in the FIDE Handbook (B.05, art. 6).

The main change because of the new regulations will be that from 01.01.2013, in order a tournament to be rated, all its Arbiters (IA, FA, National Arbiters) must be licensed.

A tournament with non-licensed Arbiters will not be rated.


The procedure of paying the license fees will be as follows:

  1. The Federation will send to FIDE Office ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) the list with all its Arbiters (IAs, FAs and national Arbiters) who will get the license.
  2. FIDE will send to the Federation the invoice with the license fees to be paid according to the regulations (art.6.3).
  3. The Federation will collect the fees and send them to FIDE.
  4. FIDE will send to the Federation the cards for its licensed Arbiters and the Arbiters will be eligible to conduct any FIDE rated tournament.


Since the Federations need to have licensed Arbiters for their first events of 2013, it is advisable to send to FIDE the lists with their Arbiters to be licensed not later than 5 December 2012, so that the Arbiters will get their license on time and before the tournament they will conduct will start.


For any questions or further information please contact the Chairman of the FIDE Arbiters’ Commission IA Panagiotis Nikolopoulos ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or the FIDE Arbiters’ Commission ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).


With best regards,

IA Panagiotis Nikolopoulos


FIDE Arbiters’ Commission

Monday, 30 July 2012 16:07

The 1st Quarter of 2012 FIDE Presidential Board that was held in Al Ain (UAE), decided to introduce Awards for Arbiters, referring to their long service as officials in major FIDE events (Long Service Meritorious Awards).

The requirements for an Arbiter to be awarded were to have obtained the IA title before 1975 and to have worked in FIDE major events at least three (3) times.


The FIDE Arbiters’ Commission is pleased to announce the first FIDE Arbiters’ Awards for 2012.


The awarded Arbiters are:

Yuri     Averbakh (RUS) (IA title 1969)

Lembit Vahesaar (EST) (IA title 1969)

Philip   Haley (CAN) (IA title 1973)

Zvi Bar- Shira (ISR) (IA title 1974)


The Awards Ceremony will take place during the Closing Ceremony of the General Assembly of the Istanbul FIDE Congress (09.09.2012) and the awarded Arbiters or their representatives are kindly requested to be present, in order to receive their awards.

Friday, 08 June 2012 09:53

1. IA and FA TAs

-Recommendations for the GA.

2. FA titles and norms from FIDE Arbiters’ Seminars for approval


-Upcoming Seminars

3. Internet based FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar:

-Proposal for organizing Internet FIDE Arbiters’ Seminars in annual basis.

4. Amendments of the Regulations

- Regulations for the titles of Arbiters (including Rapid and Blitz tournaments as norms for FA/IA) (see attachment)

- Regulations for the classification of the Arbiters – Proposals from A. Filipowicz and from the Polish Chess Federation (see attachment1, attachment2)

5. Update of the List of Lecturers

- Recommendations by the Federations

6. Classification of the Arbiters

- Final lists of Categories (A’, B’, C’) for approval in the Congress

7. Proposal for the Arbiters’ Stipends in FIDE events  

see attachment

8. License for Arbiters

-Dutch Chess Federation’s letter to the GA (see attachment).

9. FIDE Arbiters’ Commission’s website

10. Arbiters’ Manual

11. Arbiters’ Awards


12. FIDE Arbiters’ Commission’s Budget for 2012-2013

13. Other

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