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November 10, 2012





Pursuant to the guidelines set by the World Chess Federation (FIDE), all certified Filipino chess arbiters (national arbiters, FIDE arbiters and International arbiters) must secure an arbiter’s license from FIDE before they can officiate in any FIDE rated tournament.
FIDE Regulations for the Titles of Arbiters

6. Arbiters’ Licence.


6.1       A titled active Arbiter (International Arbiter or FIDE Arbiter) and a National Arbiter working in a FIDE rated tournament shall be charged with a “licence fee”. 
6.2.1    The licence will be valid for life, on the condition the arbiter remains an active arbiter, and will be in effect from the day after FIDE has received the fee. 
6.2.2    The licence fee for National Arbiters is valid for life. 
6.2.3    If a National Arbiter is awarded the title of “FIDE Arbiter” the licence fee for this title has to be paid to FIDE. 
6.2.4    If an arbiter upgrades his/her category only the difference between the category fee has to be paid to FIDE. 
6.2.5    If a “FIDE Arbiter” achieves the title of “International Arbiter”, the fee for the new title has to be paid to FIDE. 
6.3       The licence fee will be:

          a)  for A’ Category Arbiters (only IAs):    300 €
          b)  for B’ Category Arbiters (only IAs):   200 €
          c)  for C’ Category Arbiters: IAs 160 €
            FAs 120 €
          d)  for D’ Category Arbiters: IAs 100 €
            FAs 80 €
          e)  for National Arbiters   20 €

6.4       Failure to pay the licence fee will lead to exclusion from the FIDE Arbiters’ list. 
6.5       The Arbiters’ licence will come into effect from 01. 01. 2013. 
6.6       From 01. 01. 2013 all arbiters of FIDE rated tournaments shall be licensed. 
6.7.1    An arbiter who has become inactive (see annex 2, articles 1.3 and 1.4) is considered not to be licensed anymore and will be transferred to the list of inactive arbiters. 
6.7.2     In order to be active again the inactive arbiter has to pay for a new licence, according to 6.3
6.8       If the article 6.6 is not fulfilled, the tournaments shall not be rated. 
6.9     From 01. 01. 2013 the licence fee will be charged together with the application fee for all new awarded arbiter titles.





Arbiters who intend to get the required license from FIDE must register through the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) on or before November 30, 2012.

Henceforth, the NCFP is also requiring all certified Filipino arbiters to be a licensed member of the Chess Arbiters’ Union of the Philippines (CAUP) before their application for license is endorsed to FIDE. CAUP license fee is P500 annually.