|Handbook | C. General Rules and
Recommendations for Tournaments | 06.
FIDE Tournament Rules | I. Invitation and Registration
I. Invitation and Registration
Once the organiser (administrator) is designated by FIDE, he
must send, through the respective national federations, invitations to all
participants qualified for that competition. The invitation letter should be
first approved by the President of FIDE in the case of world competitions and by
the Deputy-President concerned in the case of continental
The invitation should be as complete as possible, stating
clearly the expected conditions and giving all details which may be of use to
The following should be included in the invitation letter :
The dates and site of the tournament
The hotel where the players are to stay (including e-mail, fax
and telephone numbers)
The tournament schedule : dates, times and places of : arrival,
the opening ceremony, drawing of lots, play, the closing ceremony, departure.
The rate of play and the kind of clocks to be used in the
The financial arrangements : travel expenses; accommodation,
duration for which board and lodging will be provided , or the cost of such
accommodation, including that for people accompanying the player; arrangements
for meals; start money, pocket money, entry fee, full details of the prize fund,
including special prizes, point money, the currency in which money will be
disbursed; tax liability; visas and how to get them.
The intended category of a round robin tournament, the number
of participants, the names of players invited and the name of the arbiter.
The date by which a player must give a definite reply to the
invitation and where he shall report his arrival time.
The responsibility system to be used.
- Invitation to a FIDE competition shall be sent, if this is technically
possible, at least four months before the start of the event.
- The national federation, which is responsible for the organisation of a FIDE
competition can entrust the technical organisation to an administrator. The
national federation shall appoint an Organising Committee, one of whose members
shall be designated the Tournament Director. The Organising Committee shall be
responsible for all financial, technical and organisational problems, to secure
necessary conditions, equipment, accommodation, publicity.
- The organiser shall guarantee medical treatment and medicines for all
participants, seconds, arbiters and officials of a FIDE competition and shall
insure them against accidents and the need for medical services, including
medicines, in the case of acute illness, surgical operations, etc., but not in
the case of chronic disease. The organising committee shall appoint an official
doctor for the competition.
- Once an invitation has been issued to a player, it must not be withdrawn
provided the player accepts the invitation by the reply date. If an event is
cancelled or postponed, the organisers shall provide compensation.
- Once a player has formally accepted an invitation, he must play except in
cases of force majeure, such as illness or incapacity. Acceptance of another
invitation is not as a valid reason for withdrawing.