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6th Column - Chess
Arbiter's Guide
(Part 1)

5th Column - The New FIDE Laws of Chess
(Part 2 of a series)

4th Column - The New FIDE Laws of Chess
(First of a series)

3rd Column - The Responsibilities of Arbiters in Chess Games

2nd Column -
Arbiters who applied for FIDE License

1st Column -
About Arbiter's Corner



November 15, 2012


A weekly column by: I.A. Gene Poliarco


If you have a question regarding the rules of chess ask the Arbiter. Answers to your questions will be provided by Gene Poliarco, who is an International Arbiter for FIDE (the World Chess Federation) and National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP).

Your Questions and Answers

There is no such thing as a silly question. If a chess rule is not clear in your mind there are probably many other people who aren't sure about the real meaning of the rule or who may have received incorrect interpretations from well meaning but poorly informed friends. Don't ever be too shy to ask a question, even on some of the most common rules.

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I wish to greet all the chess arbiters in the Philippines and I'm glad to inform them that this column, ARBITER'S CORNER, will now be a regular feature in the NCFP website.

The main objective of this column is to update Filipino chess arbiters on FIDE Laws of Chess and latest regulations of World Chess Federation (FIDE) and National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) that concern the arbitration in chess. We can effectively accomplish this by sharing ideas and opinions through this column.

As a starter, I would like to inform all certified Filipino chess arbiters of the latest FIDE Regulation that all arbiters (International Arbiter, FIDE Arbiter and National Arbiter) must first secure a FIDE Arbiter's License through the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) before he could officiate in any FIDE-rated tournament.

As per FIDE regulation, a National Arbiter from the Philippines must pay 20 Euros (Php1,200) for his lifetime FIDE Arbiter's License. FIDE Arbiters- Class C will pay 120 Euros (Php7,200) while Class D FIDE Arbiters will pay 80 Euros (Php4,800) and International Arbiters will pay 160 Euros (Php9,600) for Class C and 120 Euros (Php7,200) for Class D. All payments for FIDE license fees must be made through the NCFP.

Thus, in accordance with this FIDE mandate, the NCFP will now require all certified arbiters (who must be members of Chess Arbiters Union of the Philippines {CAUP}) to also secure a CAUP Arbiter's License before h e can be accredited by NCFP to officiate in all NCFP-sanctioned chess tournaments.

Since CAUP is the only chess officiating body recognized and accredited by NCFP, it is, therefore, necessary that anybody who is aspiring to become a chess arbiter must first apply for membership with CAUP and pay the annual license fee as required.