Chess Arbiters

Nairobi, Kenya

The Laws of Chess cannot cover all possible situations that may arise during a game, nor can they regulate all administrative questions. Where cases are not precisely regulated by an Article of the Laws, it should be possible to reach a correct decision by studying analogous situations, which are discussed in the Laws. The Laws assume that arbiters have the necessary competence, sound judgement and absolute objectivity. Too detailed a rule might deprive the arbiter of his freedom of judgement and thus prevent him from finding the solution to a problem dictated by fairness, logic and special factors. FIDE appeals to all chess players and federations to accept this view.

The role and purpose of the Arbiter is to make sure that the games are played in accordance with the Laws of Chess, under the best conditions possible. It is clear that it is impossible to cover every situation that may arise, so the decisions of the Arbiter must also be based on arriving at a fair solution to problems by means of sound reasoning and practical common sense.

The roles of the arbiter:
13.1 The arbiter shall see that the Laws of Chess are strictly observed.

13.2 The arbiter shall act in the best interest of the competition. He should ensure that a good playing environment is maintained and that the players are not disturbed. He shall supervise the progress of the competition.

13.3 The arbiter shall observe the games, especially when the players are short of time, enforce decisions he has made and impose penalties on players where appropriate.

13.4 The arbiter can apply one or more of the following penalties:
(a) warning,
(b) increasing the remaining time of the opponent,
(c) reducing the remaining time of the offending player,
(d) declaring the game to be lost,
(e) reducing the points scored in a game by the offending party,
(f) increasing the points scored in a game by the opponent to the maximum available for that game,
(g) expulsion from the event.13.5 The arbiter may award either or both players additional time in the event of external disturbance of the game.

13.6 The arbiter must not intervene in a game except in cases described by the Laws of Chess. He shall not indicate the number of moves made, except in applying Article 8.5, when at least one player has used all his time. The arbiter shall refrain from informing a player that his opponent has completed a move.

13.7 Spectators and players in other games are not to speak about or otherwise interfere in a game. If necessary, the arbiter may expel offenders from the playing venue.

  1. FIDE Chess rating.

  2. National Arbiter (NA) certification with FIDE.

  3. Proficiency with FIDE rules and regulations for players, arbiters and tournaments.

  4. Excellent customer service skills that highlight strong communication, diplomacy, rapid response, teamwork, and ability to think on one’s feet.

  5. Availability to travel to domestic and international events as required.

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information of 3 professional references to [email protected] by June 26, 5 p.m. EAT. Include “Arbitration Job” in the subject of your email submission. Interviews will take place the week of June 28, with final decisions by July 1.
Added advantage:
  1. Bachelors’ degree.
  2. FIDE Arbiter (FA) or higher certification with FIDE.
  3. Experience in Arbitrating FIDE events.