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Agenda of the Rules Commission meeting in Antalya

1. Chairman's remarks and welcome
2. Guidelines for the organisers - appendix 1 Guidelines_for_the_organisers.pdf
3. Amendments to Laws of Chess proposed by RC - appendix 2 Amendments_proposed_by_RC.pdf
4. Interpretation of Laws of Chess made with Arbiters’ Commission (see below)
5. Recommended version of the Competition Rules (this document will be prepared in Antalya and submitted just before the Congress)
6. Questions received
7. Others

 
Interpretations of the new Laws of Chess, valid from 1 July 2017

Dear friends,

On 14 of June 2017 an online Conference was organized by the FIDE Arbiters' Commission, in cooperation with the FIDE Rules Commission.

In this Conference a number of very experienced International Arbiters, mainly members of the FIDE Arbiters' and Rules Commissions, were invited and participated.

You can see the list of participants here.

During the Conference interpretations and clarifications about the new Laws of Chess, valid from 1 July 2017, were discussed and agreed to be in effect.

The agreed points are the following:

1. By the new laws of Chess four (4) illegal moves are now in effect, according to the articles: 7.5.1, 7.5.2, 7.7.1 and 7.8.1.

2. In Standard chess the player is forfeited in case he completes two (2) of ANY of the above illegal moves.

3. However when there are two (2) illegal moves in one move (i.e. illegal castling made by two hands, illegal promotion made by two hands and illegal capturing made by two hands), they count as one (1) illegal move and the player shall not be forfeited at once (in Standard chess).

4. The capturing of the King is illegal move and is penalized accordingly.

5. In Rapid and Blitz games the Arbiter SHALL CALL the flag fall, if he observes it.

6. In case that the indications are 0.00 in both clocks and electronic clocks are used, the Arbiter has always the possibility to establish which flag fell first, with the help of the "-" indication. Therefore there is always a winner.
In case mechanical clocks are used then article III.3.1 of the Guidelines about games without increment including Quickplay Finishes shall be applied.

7. In case a game with reversed colors will end by normal means (by checkmate, stalemate, resignation or draw agreement, if allowed), before ten (10) moves will be played, then the result stands.

8. In case that a player presses the clock without making a move, as mentioned in the article 6.2.4, it is considered as an illegal move and it is penalized according to the article 7.5.3. and not according to the article 12.9

9. If a player makes a move with one hand and presses the clock with the other, it is not considered as an illegal move and it is penalized according to the article 12.9.

10. In Rapid and Blitz games, if the player asks from the Arbiter to see the score sheet, the clock should not be stopped.

IA Takis Nikolopoulos
Chairman
FIDE Arbiters' Commission

IA Ashot Vardapetyan
Chairman
FIDE Rules Commission

 
FIDE Laws of Chess 2017 has been approved

The FIDE Laws of Chess 2017 was finally appoved by the 2017 FIDE Presidential Board in Athens, Greece and has been published on the FIDE website http://www.fide.com/fide/handbook.html?id=207&view=article. Please note that the FIDE Presidential Board has decided to make some changes in the version submitted for approval of the FIDE Congress in Baku, September 2016.

The most important changes are:

  • - to keep a current rule in case of 7.2.1, 7.2.3, 7.5.1, 7.6 (to withdraw proposed for Baku the 10 moves rule)
  • - to add the 10 moves rule in case of 7.3
  • - to recognise a two hands move as an illegal - see 7.7.1
  • - to recognise pressing the clock without making a move as an illegal - see 7.8.1
  • - to keep a current rule in case of 7.5.3, 7.7.2, and 7.8.2 (to withdraw proposed for Baku an option for the arbiter to give the player warning)
  • - to limit asking arbiter by a player for a scoresheet to 5 (five) times - see A.3.2 and B.3.2

Below you can find:

- the final version of the FIDE Laws of Chess 2017 approved by 2017 FIDE Presidential Board in Athens, Greece

- the final version of the Table of Changes from the 2014 FIDE Laws of Chess

- the the highlighted difference version from published after the 2016 General Assembly in Baku, Azerbaijan (for those who have translated the Baku version)

 
FIDE Laws of Chess 2017

Time to send proposals for changes in the FIDE Laws of Chess 2017 is over. Below you can find the final version of the FIDE Laws of Chess submitted for approval of the FIDE Congress in Baku, September 2016.

Laws_of_Chess_2017.pdf

Laws_of_Chess_2017_-_table_of_changes.pdf

The next amendment period for the FIDE Laws of Chess is going to be open in January, 2019, for the FIDE Congress 2020.

To submit a request regarding to the FIDE Laws of Chess, please download, complete and return the following form LoC_Change_Request_2020.docx to the FIDE Rules Commission.

The amendment period for the FIDE Competition Rules is open.

To submit a request regarding to the FIDE Competition Rules, please download, complete and return the following form CR_Change_Request_2018.docx to the FIDE Rules Commission.

 
Rules Commission Meeting in Baku

Rules Commission Meeting Minutes
Baku, September 6, 2016

Present: Ashot Vardapetyan (ARM), Tomasz Delega (POL), Franca Dapiran (ITA), Mehrdad Pahlevanzadeh (IRI), Stewart Reuben (ENG), Robert Wheeler (JAM), Walter Brown (USA), Poul Jacobsen (DEN), Guran Unal (TUR), Cenqiz Keles (TUR), Oliver Jeitz (LUX), Almog Burstein (ISR), Stephane Escafare (FRA), Werner Stubenvoll (AUT), Dawid Welsh (ENG), Alex Mc Farlane (SCO), Carol Jarecki (IVB), Roberto Ricca (ITA), Mauricio Castro Solano (CRC), Sahar Noori (IRI), Shohrer Bayat (IRI), Takis Nikolopoulos (GRE), Aris Marghetis (CAN), Sam Sloan (USA), Igor Vereshchagin (RUS), Arthur Schuering (NED), Mario Held (ITA), Jesus Mena (ESP), Kevin Bonham (AUS), Nick Faulks (BER), Jouni Lehtivaara (FIN), Aleksander Tkachev (RUS), Hasan Salih Acar (TUR), Gary Wastell (AUS), I. Amar Nath (IND), Jose Junqueira (ANG), Michael Flynn

Rules Commission 1 Baku

1. Chairman's remarks and welcome
The Chairman Ashot Vardapetyan welcomed all present.
The Chairman called for a one minute silence in respect of Sevan Muradian. He reminded the meeting that Secretary of the FIDE Rules Commission passed away on 18 February, 2016.
The last meeting of RC Councillors was organised in Warsaw 19-22 July 2016. 140 proposals for amendments to the Laws of Chess have been received and additionally about 60 proposals for amendments had been received before the meeting in Yerevan, 2015. There was also a request not to change the Laws of Chess or, at least, to change only important things.

2. Organizational matters
The Chairman presented the new Secretary of the FIDE Rules Commission Tomasz Delega. Tomasz Delega has been a member of FIDE RC from 2014. He is an experienced International Arbiter, and also Secretary of the European Chess Union Arbiters’ Council.
He remind those present about the procedure of working during the meeting.

3. Final review of proposals for amendments to the Laws of Chess
Rules Commission members discussed step by step each proposal from the draft; finally voting separately for each one. All details are included in a separate appendix - Laws_of_Chess_2017.pdf. We would like to say thank you for all present for their great contribution and help during the meeting.

Rules Commission Baku

4. Lectures about the Laws of Chess for FIDE lecturers
This issue will be discussed later in cooperation with ARB.

5. Refreshment courses about the Laws of Chess
This will be organised. The subject is related to proposals of Sevan Muradian discussed during an earlier ARB meeting. This issue will be discussed later in cooperation with ARB.

6. Guidelines for organisers
The commission decided this will be prepared, specifying what must be in the Tournament Regulations for specific events.

7. Use and translations of the Laws of Chess from the federations
Links to translations will be published on the RC website. But the English version of FIDE Laws of Chess is the official one.
No translation of the FIDE Laws of Chess have been received in the last period.

8. Questions received
No new question have been received after the last meeting of the RC Councillors in Warsaw.

9. Others
Live Rating System
The Chairman presented a proposal for a Live Rating System. The idea of the Live Rating System seems to be interesting, and the system have a lot of powerful features.
However, is not directly related to the FIDE Rules Commission, a more detailed presentation is needed for better understanding. Technical aspects of the Live Ratting System should first be approved by the FIDE QC and the SPP.

Ashot Vardapetyan, Chairman RC
Tomasz Delega, Secretary RC

 
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