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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

 
Draft of the FIDE Laws of Chess for Baku

The attached document provides the draft of FIDE Laws of Chess 2017 for further discussion and approval during FIDE Congress 2016 in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Laws_of_Chess_2017_-_draft6.pdf

New points, decided in Warsaw 2016, are marked like this

New points, decided in Yerevan 2015, are marked additionally with asterisk at the end*

Deleted points are marked like this

(Remarks are in bold with a brackets)

 
Agenda for the Rules Commission meeting in Baku

Agenda for the Rules Commission Meeting in Baku 2016

  1. Chairman's remarks and welcome
  2. Organizationall matters
  3. Final review of proposals for amendments to the Laws of Chess
  4. Lectures of Laws of Chess for FIDE lecturers
  5. Refreshing courses of Laws of Chess
  6. Guidelines for organisers
  7. Use of the Laws of Chess in the federations, translations of Law of Chess
  8. Questions received
  9. Others
 
Rules Commission Councillors' Meeting in Warsaw

Rules Commission Councillors' Meeting
19-22 July 2016 – Warsaw, Poland
Polish Chess Federation Office

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Present: Ashot Vardapetyan, Chairman (ARM), Tomasz Delega, Secretary (POL), Franca Dapiran (ITA), Mehrdad Pahlevanzadeh (IRI), Stewart Reuben (ENG)

Minutes

1. Chairman's remarks and welcome

The Chairman Ashot Vardapetyan welcomed the Councillors to Poland. The Secretary Tomasz Delega, President of Polish Chess Federation welcomed the Councillors in Polish Chess Federation office, where the meeting was held.

2. RIP and respect to Sevan A. Muradian

The Chairman called for a one minute silence in respect of Sevan A. Muradian. He reminded the Secretary of FIDE Rules Commission passed away on 18 February, 2016.

3. Presentation of the new Secretary

The Chairman presented new Secretary of FIDE Rules Commission Tomasz Delega. Tomasz Delega has been a member of FIDE RC from 2014. He is an experienced International Arbier, and also Secretary of European Chess Union Arbiters’ Council.

4. Organizational and financial matters

The Chairman reminded all requests for financial reimbursements must come via the Chairman. FIDE will not approve expenses without the Chairman’s approval.

5. Final review of proposals for amendments to the Laws of Chess

In the last period 140 proposals for amendments to the Laws of Chess have been received. There was also a request to not change the
Laws of Chess or, at least, to change only important things.

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Councillors discussed step by step each proposals and finally voted separately for each one. The draft of new FIDE Laws of Chess should be send to FIDE one month before FIDE Congress in Baku, including proposals discussed in the 2015 Councillors’ Meeting in Yerevan and agreed during the Commission Meeting in Abu Dhabi, 2015.

6. Content on the RC website

The RC website should be updated more frequently. The Chairman and Secretary are the only ones able to publish material directly to the RC website. Councillors are requested to send material to be published to the Chairman and Secretary.
Questions to the RC should be send by non FIDE officials through federations. RC will prepare special question form similar to that for amendments to the Laws of Chess.

7. Arbiters bulletin, cooperation with ARB

There was a discussion about cooperation with ARB, especially regarding arbiters’ bulletins. The RC wonders whether there should be refresher seminars for arbiters, with the new FIDE Laws of Chess being the main subject. This topic will be discussed further in Baku.

8. Use of the Laws of Chess in the federations, translations of Law of Chess

Links to translations will be published on the RC website. But the English version of FIDE Laws of Chess is the official one.

9. Anti-Cheating matters

There were discussions about cooperation with ACC and ETH, especially regarding AC Guidelines. To be continued in Baku.

10. Questions received

There was a few question received, but no questions regarding FIDE Laws of Chess. The questions were sent to apropriate FIDE Commissions.

11. Others

In the next four years RC should be also responsible for FIDE On-line Rules.

Guidelines for organisers should be prepared. What must be decided in advance in the Tournament Regulations.

Removing mechanical clocks from the FIDE Laws of Chess is expected in 2021. This matter will be discussed with the TEC and other commissions. To be continued in Baku.

/-/ Ashot Vardapetyan, Chairman RC

/-/ Tomasz Delega, Secretary RC

 
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