Category Archives: Articles

Message to the delegates of all ECU Federations

The ECU Arbiters’ Council made some proposals to be discussed and hopefully to be approved during the ECU General Assembly in Batumi. Our main proposal concerns the appointment of match arbiters by ECU Arbiters’ Council during all ECU Events as mentioned in the ECU Tournament Regulations (Annex 6: List of Arbiters to be appointed by the ECU President… Read More »

New Rules valid from 1 July 2019

IA Tomasz Delega In the previous FIDE management there was a good habit, to inform federations in advance by email about new rules or regulations, valid from 1 July, next year after the FIDE Olympiad. This important reminder has been an inspiration for federations to translate all novelties to the national languages. Then, arbiters and organizers around the… Read More »


IA Marco Biagioli Some of the changes in FIDE Laws of Chess occurred in the last two years, brought big news for us Arbiters. First, since July 2017, moving a piece with two hands is considered and penalised as an illegal move; and second, since January 2018, illegal moves in Rapid and Blitz games are penalised as in… Read More »

Workshop during the EWICC

During the Women Individual Chess Championship in Antalya (April 2019, Turkey) the ECU Arbiters’ Council organized an online video workshop for all the arbiters of the tournament, together with all arbiters who were interested. Lecturer of the workshop was IA Tomasz Delega, Chairman of the ECU Arbiters’ Council. The following topics were discussed:  the functioning and the working… Read More »

Arbiters Corner May

An article from the May edition of ECU E-Magazine: “Is Appendix A (Rapid chess) totally consistent with art. 9 of the Laws of Chess?” by Marco Biagioli.

Arbiters Corner March

An article from the March edition of ECU E-Magazine: “ECU Arbiters Refreshing course, Skopje 2019” by Tomasz Delega.

Arbiters Corner February

An article from the February edition of ECU E-Magazine: “European Chess Union Arbiters’ Council 2019-2022” by Geert Bailleul.