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ARB Training Programme – First session

FIDE Arbiters Commission Chairman Laurent Freyd welcomes 30 arbiters from 30 Federations to the first session of the Arbiters Commission programme for online and hybrid events.

Following the invitation to federations to register 2 of their arbiters to the Arbiter’s Commission programme for online and hybrid events, the ARB received hundreds of requests to take part in the programme.

128 federations have applied and the first session started this morning on April 13th 2021!

Two levels of seminars have been designed:

  • A Basic Course (8 hours) to cover roles and duties of Online Arbiters and Local Chief Arbiters in hybrid events.
  • An Advanced Course (8 hours) to cover the roles and duties of Chief Arbiters for online and hybrid events.

Official FIDE events will soon require arbiters worldwide to supervise players in hybrid events.

Full story at arbiters.fide.com

Oceania Hybrid 3.6 Zonal – 2021

I am pleased to be able to announce details for a Zone 3.6 Championship to select a representative
player for the 2021 World Cup, at this stage scheduled for Sochi, Russia in July.

The tournament will use FIDE Hybrid tournament rules and has been approved at the Asian Chess
Federation Executive Board meeting held Monday, February 15th.
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The tournament will be held as a round robin event over the consecutive weekends of March 20th and 21st and March 27th and 28th.
Two rounds will be played per day, 4 rounds over each weekend. In case of a tied result, FIDE World Cup tie-breaks will be used.

  • FIDE Hybrid Rules apply.
  • World Cup Time Control of 90 minutes + 30 secs increment + 30 minutes addition.
  • Round times (Sydney time) to be 11am and 5pm on March 20th and 21st and March 27th and 28th.
  • The Chief Technical Arbiter and Coordinator is David Esmonde.
  • Chief Arbiters are IA Leonid Sandler and IA Peter Tsai
  • The tournament will be FIDE rated.
  • In the event of a tie, FIDE World Cup tie-breaks will be used. The winner will be entitled to
    represent Zone 3.6 in the 2021 FIDE World Cup.
  • A prize fund will be distributed as follows:
    1st $2,000 (US)
    2nd $1,500 (US)
    3rd $1,000 (US)
    4th $ 500 (US)

More details to follow soon.

Paul Spiller
President zone 3.6

from Campsie, NSW

This event listing request from Benjamin Hermann started me thinking – 2020 was a dreadful year, but the upside was the boom in Chess. Be it Covid-19 or Beth Harmon or who knows…please just enjoy this small story from Campsie NSW!

We are hosting casual chess matches for adults in Campsie Library (14-28 Amy Street, Campsie NSW 2194) on the 2nd Friday of the month between from 5.30pm to 8.30pm until and inclusive of June.

If we find we are having a consistent positive response, we’d love to extend or make this a permanent time slot.

The aim is to give adults a safe, comfortable, regular meeting place and time to play face to face chess and meet other players, regardless of their skill level or their financial situation.

Players are welcomed to bring their own boards or pieces if they like, however they must conform standard rules and may not be profane or offensive (for obvious reasons).
As a bonus, it’s a nice way to end the week.

 

FIDE approves Online Chess Regulations

The FIDE Council has approved a new set of rules to be applied to official online chess competitions. The document, which will be incorporated into the laws of chess, is the result of a joint effort by a dedicated task force, in which several FIDE Commissions were involved.

“The vast experience of different competitions held online has been taken into account: many commissions’ experts (mainly arbiters and Fair Play Panel members) have been involved in FIDE major events and other online competitions held throughout 2020. The initial draft was prepared by the Rules Commission, with invaluable input from the Arbiters and the Qualification Commissions. Fair Play and the FIDE Commission for people with Disabilities also added specific rules adjusted to the online format, which are included as appendixes. During the final stage, the Global Strategy Commission was responsible for consolidating all the inputs, giving the documents its final shape”, explains Pavel Tregubov, Secretary of the GSC.

The document’s structure is similar to that of the “over-the-board” Rules of Chess. The first part refers to basic rules, while Part II addresses specific rules for online competitions. Part III is entirely devoted to competition rules and divided into two subparts:

A) Online competitions with supervision

B) Hybrid competitions.

The so-called “hybrid competition” is a new format where the games are played online, but the participants are physically present in a public place like a club, federation headquarters, hotel, et cetera.

“We see a lot of potential in this format, which would allow hosting chess competitions with participants scattered across multiple venues, in a branded environment. This increases the opportunities for media exposure and sponsorship activations”, explains David Llada, FIDE’s Chief Marketing and Communications Officer. FIDE expects the hybrid format to be used in some official events in the near future, and some Continents have expressed their intention to hold their Zonal and even Continental Championships under this format.

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