Panels of Arbiters for FIDE Events 2022-2023

The FIDE Arbiters’ Commission is pleased to release the lists of Arbiters (Panels) that may be used to make appointments in FIDE events for the current cycle 2022-2023.

This is a new process and we would like to thank the several hundreds of Arbiters (almost 800 colleagues from 133 Federations) who answered the call of interest. Initially started in November 2021, the call of interest ended mid January 2022. The second step was to consult National Federations for their feedback, before starting the composition of Panels by the FIDE Arbiters’ Commission Councilors.

The system of panels is explained in the FIDE Handbook, B06.4 – FIDE Regulations for the appointments of Arbiters in World Events. There are 4 panels, named by color:

  • A Green Panel, containing 20 International Arbiters of category A
  • A Blue Panel, containing 35 International Arbiters of category A or B
  • A Red Panel, containing 50 International Arbiters of category A or B
  • A Yellow Panel*, containing the remaining International Arbiters or FIDE Arbiters of any category

* As this is the first implementation of the process, the yellow panel remains open to colleagues who missed the call of interest.

The panels were formed, following the published procedural rules and considering selection criteria to help making the final lists:

  • Geography: each continent is represented proportionally to the actual demographics of titles/categories (A and/or B) eligible for the Green, Blue and Red panels
  • 25% women: in accordance with the policy decided by the FIDE Council
  • Proficiency in English
  • Wishes expressed by the candidates (maximum level for appointment, geography)
  • Feedback from federations
  • Past experience in tournaments as an Arbiter

As a result, the Green, Blue and Red panels contain 105 arbiters from 60 different Federations (Africa: 8, America: 11, Asia: 27, Europe: 59) and the yellow panel contains to date 631 colleagues from 129 Federations. We believe that this new process is an important step for the improvement of our processes in general and hope that organisers will benefit from it in their preparation of FIDE Events. In any case, we will monitor and continue to seek improvements for future cycles.