5th IA Seminars – Report

The 5th Internet Based International Arbiter Certification Seminars were held from 25th to 26th May 2024. It was organized by the FIDE Arbiters’ Commission, under the auspices of FIDE.

The Lecturers Lecturers were IA Takis Nikolopoulos (GRE) and IA Mehrdad Pahlevanzadeh (IRI), both FIDE Lecturers.

The Language of the Seminar was English.

The lectures lasted in total for sixteen (16) hours and during them, the following subjects were presented and discussed:

a) The changes of the Laws of Chess (including Rapid, Blitz and Appendices) in 2023 and in 2018, with analyzed study cases.
b) The role and the duties of the Arbiters and the Chief Arbiter in tournaments    
c) The System of games and the tie breaks regulations with the recent changes.
d) The Swiss system and the pairing rules, with practical examples
e) The Fair Play regulations for Arbiters with analyzed study cases
f) The Regulations for the titles of Arbiters.
g) The use of electronic clocks, the electronic boards, and the basic chess terms.
h) The FIDE Rating and over‐the‐board titles with the recent changes, with practical examples.

Twenty-five (25) arbiters from fifteen (15) national federations (IRI, AUS, BRA, SGP, FRA, UAE, ENG, MAS, IND, VIE, ALG, POL, QAT, PHI, GRE) participated in the Seminar, and all of them participated in the evaluation test that was held after the end of the lectures.

The following succeeded in the test and they will be awarded a norm for the title of the International Arbiter, after the approval of the next FIDE Council:

FIDE IDName (as on FIDE Profile)FED
12573418Azadeh, MahsaIRI
12528587Mahmoodi, RezaIRI
12520896Mojarradi, MalihehIRI
3218899Esmonde, DavidAUS
2109085Borges, Guilherme DeolaBRA
5800919Liu, Yang HazelSGP
5804132Siew, Kai XinSGP
20642334Argente, LucieFRA
9307010Mouza AlmaamariUAE
405221Lauterbach, IngridENG
5763452Syaman,Sendy YantyMAS
25610953Neelaiah BIND
12422584Vo Minh HoangVIE
7904568Fermas, WalidALG
25076485Priyadarshi AlokIND
5740100Goh, Jit SiangMAS
1115618Galuszka, KamilPOL
5763444Mohd Asri, Mohd Nurul IzaniMAS
12401633Huynh, Lam Binh NguyenVIE
33450676Shah Krishna PragneshkumarIND
33464413Pinky MohapatraIND
5219264Cunanan, MarlonPHI
4263359Trivella, MariaGRE


6th On-line IA Seminar will be held in June 22nd – June 23rd 2024

22nd June: 14.00 to 18.00  CEST and 19.00 to 23.00 CEST
23rd June: 14.00 to 18.00  CEST and 19.00 to 23.00 CEST

Lecturers for sixth Seminars are IA Shohreh Bayat (ENG) and IA Sabrina de San Vicente (URU).

Entry fees for the IA Seminar: 130 €

Contact and registration: Nebojsa Baralic, FIDE ARB Secretary (secretary.arbiters@fide.com)

The organization of the seminar will continue in the following months.

Ivan Syrovy, ARB Chairman

Nebojsa Baralic, ARB Secretary

Alex McFarlane, Leader of the ARB Education Team