Regulations for Organisation of Top-Level
Approved by 1983 General Assembly.
Amended by 1991 and
1992 General Assemblies.
Invitations should be sent out well in advance, preferably half
a year before the event takes place.
Players shall be invited either through their federations or
The invitation should be as complete as possible, stating
clearly the expected conditions and giving all details that can be of use to the
player. Attached are guidelines for the Tournament Invitation Agreement.
The following gives an example of what an invitation should
- Dates and site of tournament.
- Information as to accommodation: hotel, meals (money for meals).
- Financial arrangements (including pocket money, appearance money, expenses,
prize fund and distribution, point money if any, and the currency in which each
shall be paid).
- The intended category of the tournament, the number of participants and the
names of the players invited.
- Whether any special prizes will be awarded, e.g. for the most brilliant
game, the best endgame etc.
- The tournament time-table, which should contain the following information:
date of arrival, date of departure, dates and times of opening ceremony, drawing
of lots, closing ceremony, the schedule and rate of play, i.e. days and hours of
regular play, adjournments and free days etc.
- The date by which a player must have given a definite answer to the
Once an invitation has been extended it must not be withdrawn
unless the event is cancelled. (See C.03, Guidelines for Tournament Invitation
Once a player has definitely accepted an invitation he must not
withdraw his promise to participate except in case of force majeure, such as
illness or incapacity. Acceptance of an alternate invitation will not be
condoned as a valid reason. Infringements under 1.3 and 1.4 are to be referred
to the FIDE Players' Council. (See C.03)
The rooms of the players must be comfortable and quiet single
The organisers should arrange the accommodation in such a way
that the players can enjoy a substantial meal after each playing session.
The organisers should endeavour to offer the players
When looking for a suitable accommodation for the players, the
surroundings should be taken into account (park, woods, possibilities for
It is desirable that the playing-hall be in the hotel. If the
walking distance between the hotel and the playing-hall is more than 10 minutes,
or if adverse weather conditions are likely, private transportation or taxis
must be arranged for the players if they so desire.
Organisers should keep in mind that players prefer to receive
daily sums of money for their meals rather than full board at the hotel.
||Playing Schedule |
The tournament time-table must not be subject to any change by
the organisers unless the players have first been consulted and their advice
There must be no main playing session before 13.00 hours, local
To maintain the rhythm, all rounds must begin at the same hour,
the last round being no exception. Preferred starting time is 15.00 hours.
It should be kept in mind that most players prefer to continue
their adjourned game in the evening after a break of 1-1/2 to 2 hours, not next
It is the duty of the arbiter to inform every player personally
as to any deviation from the normal schedule.
The arbiter should also inform the players when and where the
adjourned games will be played.
There should be a free day before the last round to totally
clear any adjourned games, which can, in this case, be played to a finish.
The last round may be adjourned once and then played to a
finish without further adjournments.
||Playing Conditions |
The playing area must be large and comfortable for the players;
their tables arranged in such a way as to give them enough room to walk up and
down the area and easy access to their chairs.
"Rest room" facilities must be ample, well appointed and within
easy reach of the players, who should not have to fight their way through
spectators to reach them. "Rest room" facilities for Category 15 Tournaments and
above and Candidates Matches should be accessible directly and exclusively to
the players. This provision is mandatory for such events and desirable for all
other Top Level Tournaments.
Spectators must be seated, and at a fair distance from the
playing area and not be permitted to enter it. They must be able to follow
all games on demonstration boards while play is in progress. No spectator
shall be allowed to smoke.
The playing area must be roped-off (or otherwise clearly
separated from the audience). It must have excellent conditions of lighting,
temperature, silent air-conditioning etc. Care should be taken to avoid light
reflected on the chessboards.
For team events (under 7.2) each individual match must be
roped-off (or otherwise clearly distinguished). Only arbiters, plus players,
reserves and officials, from teams involved in each roped-off match may enter
that particular enclosure. Accredited FIDE officials have universal access.
It should be ensured that players' concentration is in no way
disturbed by noise from the audience or from outside.
Ample room and chess sets for post-game analysis and for the
chess press must be provided near the playing hall.
No player shall be permitted to analyse his game in the playing
area while rounds are in progress.
Chess equipment for play must be of the highest quality and of
accepted FIDE standards where these have been established. Pieces should be of
wood, properly loaded and felted. Cheap plastic sets must be avoided, as must
cheap plastic roll-up boards.
Refreshments shall be offered to participants during play.
Flash photographing of the players shall be allowed only during
the first 3 minutes of each round. Film video and TV coverage is to be
encouraged, but cameras should be unobtrusive and not disturb the players.
N.B. Play is not over while the games are being adjourned. The
same conditions of quiet as during the playing session must prevail when players
are sealing their moves.
Organisers should attract maximum press coverage and encourage
any journalistic activity connected with the tournament. A prompt tournament
bulletin must be published and distributed to players and journalists with one
full copy to reach the FIDE office within two weeks of the end of the event.
||Medical Care |
A physician should be at the disposal of the players and
provision should be made for any health emergency.
||Players' Duties, Arbiters |
All participants are bound by the Laws of Chess and should
behave at all times during the tournament in accordance with the FIDE statutes
and the highest principles of sportsmanship, settling all controversial issues
by agreement and in the spirit of FIDE.
Nevertheless, an Appeals Committee should be selected by
players at the start of the tournament to act in case of any serious dispute.
The Chief Arbiter should be a respected and experienced FIDE
||Application of these Regulations |
A top-level tournament is defined as any event in the FIDE
individual world championship cycle or a private tournament of at least category
Furthermore, sections 3, 4.1, 4.11, 4.4, 4.5, 4.51, 4.8, 4.9,
4.10, 5 and 6 also apply to all matches of the following top-level team events:
Sections 4.2, 4.3, 4.31, 4.6 and 4.7
apply as follows:
- The Olympiad.
- Continental Team Championship.
- World Team Championship.
- Olympiad - minimum 5 top matches.
- Continental Team Championship - minimum 4 top matches.
- World Team Championship - all matches.
Agreement by organisers to fulfilment of all applicable clauses
of these regulations must automatically form part of the bid for any offer to
stage a FIDE cycle or team event.
The Commission on Chess Publication, Information and Statistics
(CHIPS) stresses the need for all chess players to take more care in their
personal appearance. The image of the chess player should be a dignified one,
and dressing properly would not only show respect for the game, but also to
sponsors, potential or otherwise, to make it worth their while to spend their
For example, some federations have barred slippers, sleeveless
T-shirts and vests in their tournaments. Those with unkempt and greasy hair
should be admonished, as well as those wearing old or torn jeans and battered
CHIPS stresses the need to publicise the games played in
tournaments especially those Category 12 or higher, Interzonal or Candidates'
The Commission strongly recommends organizers to use fax
facilities as an expedient measure to publicize their games. It is not necessary
to own the fax machine in order to take advantage of their ease and speed of
communication. Organizers should inform FIDE Secretariat of the proper fax
number in order for all press people to contact them. Relaying the information
immediately, on the inquirer's time will bring about no cost at all to the