Friday, 23 September 2016 07:45

87th FIDE Congress - FIDE Arbiters Commission Meeting-1

87th FIDE Congress - FIDE Arbiters Commission Meeting-2

Chairman:   Takis Nikolopoulos (GRE)

Secretary:  Aris Marghetis (CAN)

Councilors: Jesus Mena (ESP), Mahdi Abdulrahim (UAE), Rathinam Anantharam (IND)

Present: R. Rivello (ITA), G. Bailleul (BEL), I. Syrovy (SVK), K. Eliasson, Svinnor, O. Salama (ISL), F. Dapiran (ITA), E. Khairallah (LIB), K. Turdialiev (UZB), A. Filipowicz (POL), W. Stubenvoll (AUT), C. Dias (POR), Gopakumar MS (IND), K. Deventer (GER), D. Jordan (GER), H. Al Rashid (BAN), G. Unal (TUR), R. Ricca (ITA), W. Brown (USA), K. Daniel (BAR), R. Wheller (JAM), Zhu Jaqi (CHN), R. Gibbons (NZL), J. Kenmure (SOL), G. van den Bergh (RSA), S. Kisuze (UGA), A. Brustman (POL), M. Pahlevanzadeh (IRI), Y. Gnyp (UKR), W. Dalpart (RSA), E. Smart (RSA), J. Lehtivaara (FIN), N. Popova (BLR), S. Zerdali (ALG), E. Jayasinghe (SRI), A. A. Lara de Leon (GUA), J. Martinez Garcia (MEX), A. Sokolsky (POL), M. Held (ITA), A. Schuering (NED), G. Wastell (AUS), A. Herbert (BAR), C. Jarecki (IVB), H. Bond (CAN), A. White (BAR), L. Turlej (POL), A. Dwi (INA), L. Requelo (PUR), R. Smith (TTO), A. Abduljattah (MAR), B. Messaudi (TUN), M. Shorek (ISR), I. Stubenvoll (AUT), O. Jeitz (LUX), K. Bonham (AUS), S. Nori (IRI), A. Borda (BOL), A. Gull (PAK), S. Sloan (USA), A. Ribeiro (ANG), R. Soca (MOZ), D. Miller (JAM), W. Iclicki (LIE)P. Pisk (CZE), S. Escafre (FRA), F. Jablonicky (SVK), S. Abou Nemri (LIB), S. Reuben (ENG), J. Junquiera (ANG), N. Ericho (ZAM), K. Msukwa (MAW), B. Abdelitif (TUN), A. Said Alhabsi (OMA), V. Choudary (TAN), U. KC (NEP), B. P. Gautam, P. Klerides (CYP), E. Celi (URU), W. Kastner (AUT), E. Dosumbetov (KGZ), L. Ebbin (BER), Y. Garrett, Y. Levitan, M. Turpanov (KGZ), L. Freyd (FRA), S. Islam Rupok, A. Vardapetian (ARM), H. Pees (DGT), M. Castro Solano (CRC), D. Cross (POR), I. Vereshchagin (RUS), A. Sorokina (AUS), S. Bayat (IRI), J. Klueners (GER), A. Tkachev (RUS), S. San Vicente (URU)

0)     Welcome

0a)   Chairman Takis Nikolopoulos opened the meeting with a moment of silence for the arbiters who passed away this year. Of special personal note was the passing of IA Sevan Muradian (USA). The Chairman mentioned that Sevan was a special man, who not only was a great friend, but who was the visionary behind online arbiters’ seminars. Then shortly before his untimely passing, Sevan sent us a proposal for evolving training (and retraining) of IAs/FAs/NAs, which we will discuss during the Meeting.

The Agenda of the Meeting was presented to the participants.

1)     Arbiters' Commission Councillors' Meeting Minutes (Madrid, 10th-13th June 2016)

The FIDE Arbiters' Commission Councilors’ Meeting of this year was held in Madrid, 10th-13th June.

On behalf of FIDE, the FIDE Arbiters' Commission, and the attendees in Madrid, Chairman Takis Nikolopoulos warmly expressed our appreciation for all the wonderful hospitality and organization by Javier Ochoa, President of the Spanish Chess Federation; Ramon Padulles, Secretary of the Spanish Chess Federation and our Councilor Jesus Mena.

Chairman Takis Nikolopoulos presented the minutes of the Meeting, and there were no questions from the attendees.

2)     IA and FA Title Applications

2a)   Chairman Takis Nikolopoulos reported some problems with applications from Arbiters who were not licensed, which were rejected.

2b)   The recommendations of the Commission for all submitted until now IA and FA title applications were presented

2c) The list of the FIDE Arbiters’ Seminars that were organized in the period from beginning of April 2016 to the end of August 2016 was presented.

3)     FA Titles from FIDE Arbiters' Seminars

Chairman Takis Nikolopoulos reported that as per Article 3.10 of the Regulations for the Titles of Arbiters, the following FIDE Arbiters' Seminars produced seventeen (17) direct FA title candidates that will be submitted for approval at the Baku FIDE Congress.:


Monrovia, LIBERIA

Kampala, UGANDA

The list of the direct FA titles was presented.

4)     Anti-Cheating Lectures for Arbiters on Internet

4a)   Chairman Takis Nikolopoulos reported that the free lectures on Internet were well attended. 75 Arbiters from 65 federations attended the English lecture, and similar lectures have since also been conducted in Russian, Arabic and Spanish languages. In addition, these lectures were recorded and are posted online. A big number of additional Arbiters listened to the recordings on line.

The report was presented

4b)   Chairman Takis Nikolopoulos mentioned that the current Baku Olympiad is the first major event to incorporate so many of the new anti-cheating measures.

5)     Amendments of the Regulations

5a)   Regulations for the Titles of Arbiters

Chairman Takis Nikolopoulos presented proposals for clarifications and amendments that are predominantly to ensure consistency between various Arbiter-related regulations. These clarifications had already been discussed and approved in previous Congresses. During this presentation, there were several contributions made from the floor:

5a1) Regarding membership flexibility change to 1.1.6, Roberto Rivello (ITA) explained that the FIDE Arbiters' Commission would have to ask the General Assembly to officially be enabled to consist of more than 15 members.

5a2) Klaus Deventer (GER) asked why new point 1.1.10 was added. Chairman Nikolopoulos explained it is just to facilitate the process for national federations to register to FIDE their Arbiters of National level.

5a3) The proposal from Councilor Mahdi Abdulrahim (UAE) to augment to include 6 teams if double round-robin was accepted.

5a4) Alex Holowczak (ENG) proposed for point 5.2: "5" should be "5 or 6", and "7" should be "7 or 8" and it was accepted.

5b)   Regulations for the Classification of the Arbiters

David Sedgwick (ENG) sent us multiple points and we thank him for his contribution in the work of the Commission. Clarifications and amendments that were discussed and decided in the previous Congresses were included.

5c)     Regulations for the Training of the Chess Arbiters

5c1)   Chairman Takis Nikolopoulos explained the new lecturer forms FL1 and FL2, very similar to FA1/FA2 and IA1/IA2.

5c2)   Many members asked whether lectures can have two assistants rather than one, and whether both assistants could receive lecturer norms. Chairman Takis Nikolopoulos replied that yes, with documentation on which assistant lecturer covered which subjects. He also added that whether either lecturer norm was granted would be at the discretion of the main lecturer.

5c3)   Proposal from Councilor Anantharam that new lecturers be IAs of at least Category B was submitted. Chairman Takis Nikolopoulos mentioned that according to the regulations the lecturer norms last 4 years and therefore an Arbiter of lower than B’ Category has the time to be upgraded and use his norms in order to be lecturer. Igor Vereshchagin (RUS) encouraged that potential lecturers of lower categories to be offered B-norm Arbiter assignments in order to be assisted through this new proposal. Chairman Takis Nikolopoulos agreed to this idea, but said that for higher-level events, the possible influence of the Arbiters' Commission is limited. Several members prefer that the Commission institutes an exam for new lecturers. That will probably still also happen, when the new system of the training of the Arbiters will be discussed and decided. After the discussion a voting followed. Amongst Arbiters' Commission members, this proposal passed with 11 votes for and 2 against but there was less support amongst the general attendees of the Meeting.

5d)   Anti-cheating Guidelines for Arbiters

Chairman Takis Nikolopoulos reported that we are waiting for new developments by the Anti-Cheating Committee that will be discussed and decided in its Meeting in Baku.

6)     Update of the List of Lecturers

Chairman Takis Nikolopoulos confirmed the following seven recommendations for Lecturers’ approval at the Baku FIDE Congress:

IA Lara Barnes (ENG)

IA Anastasia Sorokina (AUS)

IA Jose Martinez Garcia (MEX)

IA Husan Turdialiev (UZB)

IA Yaser Al Otaibi (KSA)

IA Zoran Bojovic (SRB)

IA Branislav Suhartovic (SRB)

7)     Classification of the Arbiters

Werner Stubenvoll (AUT) presented the recommendations of the Commission for all upgrading requests that were received by the Federations. He also presented the new lists of the Arbiters that have been classified to A’ ,B’, C’ and D’ Category.

8)     Arbiters' Magazine

Chairman Takis Nikolopoulos and Secretary Aris Marghetis presented the new issue (third) of the Arbiters' Magazine. Chairman Takis Nikolopoulos thanked Secretary Aris Marghetis and Member Carlos Dias (POR) for their contribution on this Commission’s project. In addition, Member Ivan Syrovy (SVK) graciously expressed his very supportive appreciation of the initiative, and encouraged broad continued participation. Both Chairman Takis Nikolopoulos and Secretary Aris Marghetis followed by describing many contributions Arbiters could make.

9)     2016 Arbiters' Awards

Chairman Takis Nikolopoulos confirmed the following nine nominees of the 2016 Arbiters' Awards at the Baku FIDE Congress:

DREPANIOTIS, Panagiotis (GREECE)       (IA title awarded in 1980)

GASANOV, Faik           (AZERBAIJAN)       (IA title awarded in 1980)

GIJSSEN, Geurt         (NETHERLANDS)   (IA title awarded in 1979)

KAMESWARAN, V.         (INDIA)              (IA title awarded in 1980)

LOBANOV, Yuri           (RUSSIA)               (IA title awarded in 1979)

MELIKSTET-BEK, Evgeny   (GEORGIA)     (IA title awarded in 1979)

VEGA, Jorge             (GUATEMALA)         (IA title awarded in 1979)

WELCH, David           (ENGLAND)             (IA title awarded in 1977)

ZARIC, Borivoje         (SERBIA)                   (IA title awarded in 1970)

10)   2016 Arbiters' Manual

10a) Chairman Takis Nikolopoulos provided some recent history of this project. The 2014 Arbiters' Manual was printed and 3.000 books were shipped to 78 federations around the world. Thanks to many Arbiters providing feedback, the Arbiters' Manual has been kept updated online. Due to budgetary constraints, it will only be available online until at least 2017. In any case, some significant changes are expected from both Rules Commission and Swiss Pairings and Programs Commission.

10b) Franca Dapiran (ITA) asked about update notifications for such an online document.

11)   FIDE Arbiters' Commission's Budget for 2016-17

Chairman Takis Nikolopoulos reported that the 2016 approved budget had been cut into half. He also explained that we are expecting even further budgetary adjustments for 2017 during this Baku Congress.

Hal Bond (CAN) suggested that the Commission should consider selling the Arbiters' Manual and the Arbiters' Magazine. Chairman Takis Nikolopoulos said that he will discuss this possibility with FIDE Treasurer.

12)   Other Business

12a) Chairman Takis Nikolopoulos presented extensive proposal from Sevan Muradian (USA, deceased) regarding IA-FA-NA qualification training and continuing education. A new sub-committee was formed within the FIDE Arbiters' Commission, to develop this proposal into a comprehensive program. Secretary Aris Marghetis has collected input from India and France, and is looking forward to more participation from other countries with highly established Arbiter development models.

The predominant reaction of the attendees was concern over FIDE involvement with National Arbiters. Secretary Aris Marghetis explained that he would like to approach this in the opposite direction, starting off with IAs, then FAs, etc. Chairman Takis Nikolopoulos added that he expected any NA aspect of the eventual program to be more of an assistance program to federations that did NOT already have strong Arbiter development models, and so only apply to federations like that, who would voluntarily welcome such assistance. The Commission would not interfere with Federations who have successful training programs for their Arbiters of National Level, but wishes to help those Federations who need help on this issue. Secretary Aris Marghetis then asked for interested federations to work with, to determine current best practices around the world, and the response from the attendees was very positive.

12b) Chairman Nikolopoulos presented the new FIDE Arbiters' Commission Website for Seminars. This new website that has been created within FIDE website, is being driven by widely respected and experienced IA Michail Prevenios (GRE), and seems to have great potential. The site will be used by the Commission for Seminars, Workshops, Refreshing Courses and Lectures on line, offering excellent e-learning possibilities.


       Takis Nikolopoulos                                                                                               Aris Marghetis

           Chairman                                                                                                              Secretary

FIDE Arbiters' Commission                                                                             FIDE Arbiters' Commission

86th FIDE Congress Annex 41 FIDE ARBITERS’ COMMISSION MEETING Abu Dhabi, 2 September 2015
Monday, 14 September 2015 08:01


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Chairman: P. Nikolopoulos (GRE)

Councillors: M. Abdulrahim (UAE), R. Anantharam (IND).

Present: G. Unal (TUR), C. Jarecki (IVB), W. Stubenvoll (AUT), S. Al-Taher (UAE), I. Vereshchagin (RUS), A. Filipowicz (POL), S. Muradian (USA), M. Burhanudin (KOS), Y. Gnyp (UKR), A. Shulga (UKR), A. Holowszak (ENG), S. Reuben (ENG), A. McFarlane (SCO), W. Brown (USA), F. Guadalupe (USA), M. Held (ITA), T. Delega (POL), A. Vardapetian (ARM), C. Krause (GER), R. Ricca (ITA), A. Schuering (NED), J. Lehtivaara (FIN), H. Hamers (NED), P. Truong (USA), J. Mazuch (CZE), V. Hariharan (IND), A. Tkachiev (RUS), B. Singh (IND), C. Abundo (PHI), C. Nsakanya (ZAM), H. Elgendy (EGY), M. Pahlevanzadeh (IRI), A. Sorokina (AUS), J. Kenmure (SOL), S. Zerdali (ALG), S. Shakari (UAE), I. Kangwagye (RWA), J. Junqueira (ANG), G. Wastell (AUS), D. Jordan (GER), B. Hoareau (SEY)


Chairman Takis Nikolopoulos welcomed the members of the FIDE Arbiters´ Commission and the other participants of the Commission’s meeting.

Since the last Congress three International Arbiters passed away: IA Kira Zvorykina (RUS), IA Evelyn Koshnitsky (AUS) and IA Armen Nikoghosyan (ARM). The chairman asked for a minute of silence in their memory.

1. Meeting of the Arbiters’ Commission Councillors in Dubai

Chairman Takis Nikolopoulos informed about the meeting in Dubai, 7-9 August 2015. He thanked the hosts, the Arab Chess Federation and the Dubai Chess and Culture Club, for the excellent organization of the meeting and the great hospitality they provided to the Chairman and the Members of the Commission.

The minutes of the meeting have been published on the FIDE and the Arbiters’ Commission websites and were distributed as an annex of the agenda.

2. IA and FA Title Applications

Chairman Takis Nikolopoulos reported that a sub-committee, consisting of Takis Nikolopoulos, Mahdi Abdulrahim and Werner Stubenvoll, is responsible for checking the IA and FA title applications. There are still new applications coming in. 58 IA and 88 FA title applications have been submitted so far. The final report with the recommendations for all title applications will be forwarded to the FIDE Executive Board.

3. FA titles from FIDE Arbiters’ Seminars

According to the art. 3.10 of Regulations for the titles of Arbiters, applicants from federations which are unable to organize any tournaments valid for titles or rating, may be awarded the title on passing an examination set by the Arbiters’ Commission. A list of the federations that are included in the article 3.10 was distributed.

You can find here the list of the approved by the Executive Board FIDE Arbiters' Seminars.

The recommendations of the Commission to the FIDE Executive Board for awarding direct titles to such applicants are submitted to the Executive Board for approval.

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4. Amendments of the Regulations

There was a proposal from the Welsh Chess Union regarding the age limit for arbiter titles. According to the Regulations the current age limit for awarding the titles of International and FIDE Arbiter is 21 years, while the age limit for the License to be given to an Arbiter of National Level has been agreed to 17 years.

The Wales Chess Union proposes to lower the minimum age for a FA title to 18 years and for a license to an Arbiter of a National Level to 16 years. The commission received e-mails supporting this proposal.

Stewart Reuben said that much more important than the age are the necessary skills of a person willing to act as an arbiter.

Bharat Singh pointed out that in some counties there may be legal problems if very young arbiters take a decision which would decrease the money prize of a player.

The members of the Arbiters’ Commission unanimously agreed to keep the current age limit for IA and FA. The majority of the other persons agreed as well.

On proposal of chairman Takis Nikolopoulos the Welsh Chess Union’s proposal concerning the age limit for the Arbiters of National level was accepted and the age limit for a license to be issued for an Arbiter of national level will be lowered from 17 to 16 years.

Regarding the FIDE Lecturers Casto Abundo proposed that an applicant should have a recommendation from the lecturer under whom he was the assistant. Further he proposed that the Arbiters’ Seminar where an applicant acted as an assistant should be within a four years period, because the Laws may change every four years. The proposal was accepted by the Commission. It was also agreed new forms FL1 and FL2, similar to FA1/IA1 and FA2/IA2, to be introduced for the applications for the FIDE Lecturers.

Chairman Takis Nikolopoulos informed that up yo now there are 52 lecturers, 27 from A-category, 9 from B-category, 4 from C-category and 12 from D-category. The Commission agreed for a proposal regarding the requirement of the Lecturer’s Category to be at least C’ to be submitted in the next FIDE Congress for discussion.

Sevan Muradian proposed to increase the number of seminars to become lecturer. He will forward a written proposal for the next Congress.

Anastasia Sorokina proposed to have fewer seminars as a requirement for female lecturers. The proposal was not accepted as it would decrease dramatically the level of the female Lecturers.

Chairman Takis Nikolopoulos informed that Arbiters’ Commission is going to organize seminars on internet for the lecturers, in English, Russian, Spanish and Arabic language. All lecturers will have to attend one of these seminars in order to be eligible to teach in FIDE Arbiters’ Seminars as lecturers.

5. Update of the List of Lecturers

Chairman Takis Nikolopoulos informed about the applications of IAs who want to be lecturers:

IA Pablyto Ribeiro (BRA), IA Artiom Akhmetov (RUS), IA Bechir Messaoudi (TUN), IA Mohamed El Husseiny (EGY), IA Gene Poliarco (PHI), IA Hamid Majid (MAS), IA Laurent Freyd (FRA), IA Bong Bunawan (INA), IA Omar Salama (EGY).

IA C. Abundo (PHI) pointed out that in both Seminars where he was the main Lecturer and IA G. Poliarco the Assistant Lecturer, IA G. Poliarco didn’t show the required level for a Lecturer. IA Mehrdad Pahlevanzadeh (IRI) confirmed that IA G. Poliarco has not adequate experience for a Lecturer. After some discussions it was agreed to postpone the decision about IA G. Poliarco until he will be Assistant Lecturer in another FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar and the main Lecturer will give a positive recommendation for him. IA Omar Salama (EGY) was Assistant Lecturer in two FIDE Arbiters’ Seminars so far, but as he will be Assistant lecturer in a third Seminar (Reykjavik, 15-20 November 2015), he was accepted conditionally. The other applications had been accepted by the Commission, according to the regulations.

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6. Classification of the Arbiters

The lists of arbiters per categories were prepared by IA Werner Stubenvoll for approval by the Executive Board. Additionally he presented a list of accepted and refused upgrades, according to the requests of the National Federations for their Arbiters and the regulations for the classification of the Arbiters.

Chairman Takis Nikolopoulos informed about the number of licensed arbiters, titled and of National Level.

Statistics have been submitted in the report for the information of the Executive Board.

Class A | Class B | Class C | Class D

7. FIDE Arbiters’ Magazine

The first issue of the FIDE Arbiters’ Magazine was presented by the Chairman and was distributed to the participants of the Meeting. The main task is to help arbiters in their work and to inform about cases happened during tournaments, with the decision of the Arbiters. There should be at least two issues per year in the future. On the Arbiters’ Commission website the magazine has been published and is available for downloading. It will be sent to all National Federations.

Chairman Takis Nikolopoulos asked for the help of all arbiters who may send interesting cases to the Commission, in order to be included in the Magazine.

8. FIDE Arbiters’ Commission’s Budget for 2015-2016

Chairman Takis Nikolopoulos informed that the next budget in connection with the running projects of the Commission will be discussed with FIDE Treasurer Adrian Siegel during the Congress.

A plan for the future is to force an applicant for the IA title to have one norm outside his home federation. For this purpose there should be a part of the budget available.

It was mentioned that the Seminars, Workshops and Refreshing Courses organized by the Commission is free for all participants but in future it may be a low participants fee, in order to increase the income.

9. Report of the Disciplinary Subcommittee

Chairman Takis Nikolopoulos informed the Commission about the work of the Disciplinary Subcommittee, which consists of IA Andrzej Filipowicz as chairman and the members IA Klaus Deventer, IA Carol Jarecki, IA Ivan Surovy and IA Haroon or Rashid.

Up to now they had dealt with the cases of the Mongolian Arbiters, where two arbiters had been penalized to be out of the list of arbiters for two years, until end of 2016, because of fraud norms for the IA title and the case with two Indian Arbiters who didn’t fulfil their duties during an incident that happened in the World Youth Chess Championships 2014. The decision of the subcommittee regarding the second case has been submitted for approval by the Executive Board and includes a penalty of ban for both Arbiters until 1 January 2016. Both Indian Arbiters have agreed with the decision and didn’t make any appeal.

IA Klaus Deventer is representing the Arbiters’ Commission in Anti Cheating Commission. He informed the Arbiters’ Commission about the Anti cheating Commission Meeting in Italy. According to the Anti-Cheating Guidelines, "players, organizers, arbiters, national federations and other interested parties are all required to cooperate with Anti Cheating Commission".

He proposes to make an amendment of the Disciplinary Regulations for Arbiters, including a penalty for an Arbiter who is not cooperating with ACC, Ethics or Qualification Commissions. His proposal is to add under Art. 1.3 k.:

"Failing to cooperate with the Arbiters’ Commission, the Anti Cheating Commission, the Ethics Commission or the Qualification Commission or the institutions of these commissions, after an official request was made."

The proposed wording of art. 1.3. k was extended by the Counsellors meeting in Dubai with the addition : “… and there is a concrete proof that the arbiter was informed in time.”

10. Arbiters’ Manual

The next edition of the manual will be produced in 2016 and will be distributed in the FIDE Congress of Baku and in the Olympiad. IA Rathinam Anantharam (IND) will coordinate the preparations for the new manual. Proposals for changes or corrections, etc. should be sent to the Chairman and to Mr. Anantharam, who is the responsible Councillor of the Commission for the Arbiters’ Manual project.

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11. Others

Hal Bond and Sevan Muradian referred to the Anti Cheating Regulations for arbiters. It is too much work for an arbiter to check all the pgn-files by a program. The chairman informed that currently the program is not available, but it has to be discussed with the Anti Cheating Commission.

Kevin O’ Connell sent a proposal to allow the long form notation for chess games. The commission agreed with his proposal that the long form of notation should be accepted. IA Ashot Vardapetian, Chairman of the FIDE Rules Commission, informed that this will be done in the new version of Laws of Chess.

Chairman Takis Nikolopoulos informed about a claim from GM Oleg Korneev against the decision of the arbiters to add time to his opponent because of throwing pieces out of the chessboard during a time pressure in his game against C. Noe, in Neckar-Open Tournament in Germany. The case was discussed by the Commission in its Meeting in Dubai and it was accepted that the arbiter may apply a penalty for this case, but the Commission cannot dictate the level of the penalty imposed. Therefore the result of the game stands. The decision was accepted.

The President of the Irish Chess Union refused to sign a FA norm from the Irish Chess Championship 2014 for Pete Morriss. Chairman Takis Nikolopoulos informed that the meeting of the Councillors in Dubai discussed the case and it was decided that since Mr. Morriss was present only for the five out of the nine rounds of the event, his FA norm cannot be accepted. In the meantime another valid norm was sent by Mr. Morriss. The federation didn’t submit the FA title application and it was submitted by the applicant himself to FIDE (according to the article 5.4 of the regulations for the titles of Arbiters). The recommendation is currently on “hold”, in order the Commission to get more clarification and information regarding the case. The final decision will be forwarded to the next FIDE Presidential Board.

An incident that happened during the British U-8 Championship 2014 was discussed by the Commission. The whole case was already dismissed by FIDE Ethics Commission, as the father of the boy who was involved in the case had sent a complaint to the FIDE Ethics Commission. Ethics Commission sent the case to the Rules and the Arbiters’ Commissions.

In the view of the Commission the main problem is that for the game where the incident happen, half a point was given to one player and a full point to the other player. Bharat Singh pointed out that a result of ½ - 1 cannot be accepted by FIDE.

Chairman Takis Nikolopoulos proposed to write a letter to the English Chess Federation pointing out that such results should be avoided in the future.

Ruben Stewart pointed out that the event was not FIDE rated and in fact such results do not exist in FIDE rated tournaments of the English Chess Federation.

The Arbiters’ Commission after discussion agreed that according to the FIDE Laws of Chess the decision of the arbiters and the Chief Arbiter had been correct, but the applied by the Tournament manager result ½-1 does not exist in the FIDE Laws of Chess. However, as there was no intention by the English Chess Federation to send the event to FIDE for rating, they could follow only internal regulations and therefore there is no reason to penalize anybody.

IA Igor Vereshchagin has sent a letter with a couple of proposals to FIDE Commissions. His proposal for organizing refreshing courses for lecturers was discussed. It was accepted that such a course can be organized on Internet, in order to minimize the cost for the participants.

Werner Stubenvoll proposed to invite all lecturers to participate in a refreshing course for Lecturers on Internet every four years.

                  The Chairman                                                                                                  The acting Secretary

           IA Takis Nikolopoulos                                                                                         IA Werner Stubenvoll

                                                                                                                                   Abu Dhabi, 2 September 2015

85th FIDE Congress Tromso FIDE Congress Arbiters' Commission Meeting
Thursday, 28 August 2014 11:56

7 August 2014, 09:00-13:00, Radisson Blu Hotel, Tromso, Norway


Chairman Pan. Nikolopoulos welcomes the participants of the Arbiters' Commission Meeting at the occasion of the Tromso Olympiad. This is the last AC meeting before the coming elections and therefore the chairman thanks the members of the commission for their work during the last four years.

During the last year Jean-Paul Touzé (FRA), Hosseingholi Saloor (IRI), IA Robert Buniatyan (ARM) and Andrew Whitely (ENG) passed away and the chairman asks for a minute of silence in their memory.

  • Arbiters’ Commission Councilors’ Meeting (Dubai, 6-8 June 2014) Minutes

Chairman thanked the UAE Chess Federation, the Arab Chess Federation and the Dubai Chess Club for the excellent organization of the meeting in Dubai. The Minutes of the meeting have been published on the website.

  • IA and FA Title Applications
    • The recommendations for IA and FA title applications were presented. It was clarified that 7 round tournaments without a sufficient number of GMs or IMs do not offer the possibility for players to achieve norms and therefore were not accepted as a norm for IA title.
    • Roberto Rica’s case: initially the Italian Chess Federation did not accept one norm since the organizer was not an IO. After consultation with the Arbiters' Commission the Italian Chess Federation agreed to accept the norm and the title application was submitted.
    • S. Polgar and P. Truong case: Possible norms for the FA title were not achieved because both names were not mentioned in the TRF of the tournaments. The FA title was directly awarded to P. Truong according to the article 3.10 of the regulations for the titles of Arbiters, since P. Truong now belongs to the Cambodia Chess Federation. There was an agreement with the US Chess Federation that S. Polgar will get norms from two more tournaments in order to obtain her FA title.
  • FA Titles from FIDE Arbiters’ Seminars for approval.

The list of the FA titles that will directly be awarded, according to the article 3.10 of the regulations, to Arbiters belonging to federations which are unable to organize rated tournaments or tournaments for titles, after successful passing of an examination test of a FIDE Arbiters' Seminar, was presented.

  • Workshops for the training of the International Arbiters.
    • Report for the Workshops: after the decision taken in Tallinn in 2013 seven (7) workshops [Amman (JOR, in Arabic language, with IA Mahdi Abdulrahim and IA Shaker Alafoo as Lecturers), Brussels (BEL, in English language, with IA Geurt Gijssen and IA Takis Nikolopoulos as Lecturers ), Moscow (RUS, in Russian language, with IA Andrzej Filipowicz and IA Alexander Tkachev as Lecturers), Chicago (USA, in English language, with IA Sevan Muradian and IA Hal Bond as Lecturers), Guayaquil (ECU, in Spanish language, with IA Jesus Mena and IA Serafin Chuit as Lecturers), Monastir (TUN, in French language, with IA Dirk De Ridder and IA Stephen Boyd as Lecturers) and New Delhi (IND, in English language, with Toti Abundo and Rathinam Anatharam as Lecturers)] for the training of IA were organized in the period from April until June 2014 in all continents. About 170 IA participated in the seven (7) workshops. The participants were reimbursed with 300 € as part of their travelling and accommodation costs.
    • Continuing training for IA and FA. Several FA asked to also organize workshops for FA. With respect to the costs, the Arbiter Commission intends to organize future workshops and refreshing courses through internet for both IAs and FAs.
  • Amendments of the Regulations.
    • Regulations for the titles of Arbiters (Austrian Chess federation proposal). Only two national team championships are allowed. In any case such arbiter must be present in the tournament for the whole duration of the round and at least for five (5) rounds, in case that the championship is organized in different weekends in various cities. This information should be mentioned in the IT3 form of the application. In those federations where the team competition is organized at one place on consecutive days, the candidate arbiter has to be present during the whole competition.
    • Regulations for the classification of the Arbiters (Armenian Chess federation proposal): sector arbiter in the Olympiad counts as a tournament for classification in B Category, starting from the 2014 Olympiad.
  • Update of the List of Lecturers.
    • After proposal of the Commission for Women's Chess IA Barbara Lopez-Chavez (CUBA) is proposed to be included in the list of the FIDE Lecturers.
  • Classification of the Arbiters.

Councilor Werner Stubenvoll presented the updated new lists of Arbiters of all categories, after consideration of all proposals that were sent to the Commission by the Federations.


  • 2014 Arbiters’ Manual.

The first edition was published in 2013 on the Arbiters' Commission website. All comments and corrections that were received by several arbiters were taken into consideration for the 2014 printed version. In this edition all recent changes of the laws of Chess, title and ratings regulations have been included. 500 books were printed and distributed to all Match Arbiters of the Olympiad, to the members of the Arbiters' Commission, to the participants in the Arbiters' Commission meeting and the Tromso FIDE Arbiters' Seminar and to all delegates of the Federations participating in the Tromso FIDE Congress. The 2014 Arbiters' Manual has also been published on the Arbiters' Commission website, available to everyone.

Federations can send a request to FIDE Secretariat to get copies for their licensed arbiters.

  • 2014 Arbiters’ Awards.

The requirements for the nominees were that they should have obtained their IA title before 1979 and should have serviced at least in three important FIDE competitions. Eight IA were nominated: Hossein Gholi Saloor (IRI), Jonathan Berry (CAN), Alyosha Khachatryan (ARM), Almog Burstein (ISR), Casto Abundo (PHI), Stewart Reuben (ENG), Gerry Walsh (ENG) and Sadok Kadri (TUN).

  • FIDE Arbiters’ Commission’s Budget for 2014-2015.

The final amount will be decided after discussions of the new Chairman of the Commission with the new FIDE Treasurer. Since continuous training for IA and FA has to be organized, the budget shall be increased, in comparison with the budget of the previous period.

  • Disciplinary regulations for Arbiters.

IOC insisted to have such regulations. A subcommittee consisted of the Chairman, Sevan Muradian, Klaus Deventer and Shaker Alafoo, in order to bring a proposal for this Congress. According to the regulations a subcommittee consisted of five (5) members will handle all submitted cases and make proposals to FIDE for eventual sanctioning.

The text was finalized after consultation with the Chairman of the Ethics Commission Roberto Rivello and after thorough discussion between the participants during the meeting.

It is proposed that these regulations will come into effect on the 1st of July 2015.

  • Anti cheating recommendations for Arbiters.

The proposals of the Anti Cheating Committee will be approved in this Congress. The Arbiters' Commission created Anti cheating recommendations for Arbiters based on the proposals of the Anti cheating Committee. This text will be included in the subjects of all Workshops, FIDE Arbiters' Seminars and Refreshing courses for IA and FA, so that all Arbiters will be educated in the proposed regulations. The complete text will be published in the Arbiters' Commission website and will be available to all Arbiters.

An extract was presented by the chairman Pan. Nikolopoulos. Attention was paid to the possibility to check games by a computer program developed by Prof. Regan (USA) and which procedure to follow for In-tournament and Post-tournament complaints. Examples of cheating are also given. Reporting forms are also included.

  • Others.
    • Bahrain Chess Federation’s proposals: the Chess Academies will be discussed by the Central Board of Commission Chairman. By all means only one responsible per federation should have access to the FIDE Rating Server.

AC confirms that certificates should be produced and signed in first instance by the Chief Arbiter. Any change should be discussed in cooperation with the Qualification Commission.

  • Binoy Shah’s proposals: AC discussed the issue in Dubai. An answer was published in the Minutes of the Dubai Meeting.
  • Gunther van den Bergh proposal: The proposal an IA certificate only to be signed by an IA and not by a FA would make the obtaining of the norms and titles more difficult, especially for federations where there are not enough IA. in the regulations for the titles of the Arbiters has been included that the organizer may sign a norm certificate, in case that the candidate for the norm was himself the Chief Arbiters of the event. It is proposed that at least one IA certificate to be signed by an IA.
  • David Sedgwick’s proposals: Continental Team and Club Championships are accepted as a norm. For Rapid World Championships the U18 might be accepted in the absence of the Juniors category.

In the case of a postponement of a Presidential Board the AC already takes into account the eventual delay so it should not be written in the regulations.

  • GM Igor Glek was invited to present his case in the Meeting. A decision will be taken by the next Arbiters' Commission.


THE CHAIRMAN                                                                                                THE SECRETARY

PAN. NIKOLOPOULOS                                                                                      DIRK DE RIDDER

FIDE ARBITERS’ SEMINARS for approval in the Tromso 2014 FIDE Congress
Thursday, 28 August 2014 18:57

(Tromso, Norway, 4-14 August 2014)


In the period from end of March until end of July 2014 sixteen (16) FIDE ARBITERS’ SEMINARS were organized in the following places and dates, under the auspices of FIDE:


  1. Baghdad, IRAQ, 25-28 March 2014 (report and results have been published on the FIDE website)
  2. Tashkent, UZBEKISTAN, 12-15 April 2014 (report and results have been published on the FIDE website)
  3. Sochi, Russia, 17-22 April 2014 (report and results have been published on the FIDE website)
  4. Sunningdale, ENGLAND, 18-20 April 2014 (report and results have been published on the FIDE website)
  5. Musrata, LIBYA, 4-8 May 2014 (report and results have been published on the FIDE website)
  6. Melbourne, AUSTRALIA, 17-18 May 2014 (report and results have been published on the FIDE website)
  7. Tabriz, IRAN, 22-28 May 2014 (report and results have been published on the FIDE website)
  8. Macau, MACAU, 4-8 June 2014 (report and results have been published on the FIDE website).
  9. Chess Educators (USA, Tarrytown) 33th INTERNET, 9-1 June 2014 (report and results have been published on the FIDE website).
  10. Guayaquil, ECUADOR, 9-11 June 2014 (report and results have been published on the FIDE website).
  11. HONDURAS, 38th INTERNET, 24-29 June 2014 (report and results have been published on the FIDE website).
  12. New Delhi, INDIA, 30 June – 2 July 2014 (report and results have been published on the FIDE website).
  13. Tirana, ALBANIA, 4-6 June 2014 (report and results have been published on the FIDE website).
  14. Oaxtepec, MEXICO, 12-15 July 2014 (report and results have been published on the FIDE website).
  15. Commission for Women’s Chess, 34th INTERNET, 22-27 July 2014 (report and results have been published on the FIDE website).
  16. Reykjavik, ICELAND, 24-28 July 2014 (report and results have been published on the FIDE website).





Minutes of the 2nd Arbiters’ Commission Meeting Krakow (Poland) October 19, 2011
Monday, 24 October 2011 07:35

Seven (7) out of thirteen (13) members of the Commission were present.



1. IA Application


The application for the IA title of Rezaie Ghale, Ahmad (IRI) that was submitted by the Iranian Chess Federation was recommended as YES.



2. Arbiters’ stipends


The Arbiters’ Commission core had a meeting with FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos, FIDE General Secretary Ignatius Leong and FIDE Vice President Ali Nihat Yazici.

This resulted in a new list of stipends, which differs slightly from the Annex that it is included in the FIDE Agenda. The list specifies the fees for Chief Arbiter, Deputy Chief Arbiter, Arbiters and Assistant Arbiters for all type of competitions. It was proposed that for each tournament, with the exception of the National Individual (Men’s and Women’s) Championships, the National Team Championships and the National Schools and Youth Championships, the organizers will deduct 10% of the proposed Arbiters’ fee and pay this amount to FIDE. This “tax” will be equally shared between FIDE and the Continents. Part of the FIDE’s amount of money will go to the budget of the Arbiters’ Commission. For private tournaments the organizers will retain the right to negotiate the fee with the arbiters, but they will have to pay the “tax” according to this table.

Mr. Vereshchagin (RUS) asked for clarification for the definition of the Deputy Arbiter in the tournaments.

Mr. Muradian (USA) and Mr. Bond (CAN) expressed the opinion that the charge of the organizers will lead to the deduction of the tournaments that will be organized all over the world and thus to the deduction of the chess games. So FIDE, players and Arbiter will have no benefit out of this.

Mr. Markkula (FIN) and Mr. Boyd (FRA) said that the organizers of small tournaments will have difficulties in paying the amount of the 10% deduction to FIDE, since they usually pay smaller stipends to their Arbiters that the proposed.

Mr. Vardepatyan (ARM) proposed to clarify the definition for the exceptions, for example which stages of a national individual championship are exempted from the tax. It was agreed that the exceptions are referred to the highest divisions of the National Team Championships and the final stages of the Individual Championships.

Mrs. Stoisavljevic (SRB) asked with which competition the European Team Championship and the European Team Championship for Women has to be compared since both championships are played at one place with only one Chief Arbiter. In addition she asks with which competition the European Club Cup has to be compared. It was agreed to be added in the list two more Categories for the Continental Team Championships and the Continental Club Cups.

Mrs. Carol Jarecki (IVB) and Mr. Luxman Vijesurija (SRI) requested that the FIDE-titled Swiss for GM and IM norm (No 24 and 25 in the proposed list), Round Robin (26) and Swiss (27) shall be deleted.

Mr. Vereshchagin (RUS) proposed that there should be a reduction in the “tax” for CACDEC federations or new affiliated federations.

Chairman asked a vote whether the current table can be accepted (including the 10% reduction of the Arbiters’ fees, that the organizers have to pay to FIDE):

The proposal was supported by four(4) members of the Commission, while three (3) were against.

`````````````````Mr. Markkula asks that all changes are introduced on the first of July and not on the first of January.



3. Arbiters’ licence


Chairman P. Nikolopoulos explained the proposal and the fees for the license.

Inactive arbiters first have to pay the licence fee before they can conduct a tournament.   The information of licensed arbiters must be available when a national rating officer is registering a tournament to be rated.

Activity will be taken into account for all FIDE-rated events.

The proposal for the Arbiters’ License was unanimous accepted.




Panagiotis Nikolopoulos                                           Dirk De Ridder

Chairman                                                                     Secretary


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