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RC Coucillors' Meeting in Antalya

Rules Commission Councillors' Meeting Minutes
5-6 October 2017 – Turkey, Antalya, Goynuk

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

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1. Chairman's remarks and welcome

The Chairman Ashot Vardapetyan welcomed the Councillors to Goynuk.

2. Guidelines for the organisers

No more remarks from Councillors to the guidelines. The document will be presented for further discussion during the RC Meeting. For details see appendix 1.

3. Amendments to the Laws of Chess 2017

After publication of the RC proposal regarding amendments to the Laws of Chess 2017 (see appendix 2 published in 2017 FIDE Congress Agenda and Annexes), RC has received many question and remarks. After discussion, the Chairman proposed to use the same regulation regarding an illegal move for standard, rapid and blitz games. After approval by FIDE Executive Board, the amended regulations shell be valid from 1 January 2018. For details see appendix 3. This will need to be publicized widely.

4. Interpretation of the Laws of Chess made with Arbiters’ Commissions

On 14 of June 2017 an online Conference was organised 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. During the Conference interpretations about the new Laws of Chess, valid from 1 July 2017, were discussed and agreed to be in effect. For details see appendix 4.
It was agreed that the Arbiters’ Manual shall be discussed by ARB and RC before publication. A meeting with the ARB Chairman is needed to discuss further successful cooperation.

5. Amendments of the Competition Rules

Amendments of the Competition Rules is scheduled for the 2018 FIDE Congress in Batumi, Georgia. The first draft was discussed (see appendix 5) and will be presented for further discussion. RC agreed that name of this document shall be changed to avoid misunderstanding with a part of the Laws of Chess, which is also called Competition Rules (see the content of the Laws of Chess).

6. Question received

There was a discussion about some cases from the chess tournaments, as well as about some cases, which has been published in the Arbiters’ Magazine. Such remarks will help to improve Laws of Chess in the next edition planed for 2021.

7. Other

There was a discussion about dress code, change of the gender by chess player and copyright for the chess games. All these matters shall be referred to the appropriate FIDE commissions.
It was agreed, that after successive implementation of the Guidelines for the Organisers, a Guidelines for Appeal Committee Members shall be prepared by the RC for further discussion.

RC_Cuoncillors_Meeting_Minutes_from_Antalya_2017_appendices.pdf


Ashot Vardapetyan, Chairman RC
Tomasz Delega, Secretary RC

 
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.

 
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