CAA AGM - This will take place in Hull on Saturday 4th August. See the Membership Minutes page for full details.

The Memorandum of Understanding between the ECF and the CAA has been signed.

It can be found here


Details of the course in Hull on 27-29 July are now on the FIDE website.

The course in Uddingston resulted in 6 passes. The results are on the FIDE website.

A Powerpoint to help players involved in a dispute in a league match is now available in the documents section.


Edition 6 of the FIDE Arbitersí Magazine is available here

Dirk De Ridder (1959-2018) RIP

It is with regret that we report the death of Dirk on 7th January. Dirk was a well respected arbiter and had served on many FIDE Commissions and controlled at many major events. We extend our sympathies to his family.

FIDE Arbiters Manual.  A revised 2018 version of this can be downloaded from here

New Laws of Chess were approved. These come into force on 1st January.  They were mainly a tidying up of the changes made by the Presidential Board to the 2017 Laws. One other change is that it will now be a second illegal move which loses in all forms of chess, standard, rapid and blitz.

The proposal to increase the fee to become an IA or FA was withdrawn.

It is with regret we note the passing of Simon Woodcock. Simon was the organiser of several events, most notably the Blackpool Congress.

Some clarification on the new Laws is given on the FIDE website.

These are:

1. By the new Laws of Chess four (4) illegal moves are now in effect, according to Articles: 7.5.1, 7.5.2, 7.7.1 and 7.8.1.
2. In Standard chess the player is forfeited if 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 penalised accordingly.
5. In Rapid and Blitz games the Arbiter SHALL CALL the flag fall, if he observes it.
6. Where both clocks show 0.00 and electronic clocks are used, the Arbiter has always the possibility to establish which flag fell first, with the help of the "-" (or flag)indication. Therefore there is always a winner. (Comment by AMcF: unless the game is otherwise drawn)
In the case that mechanical clocks are used then article III.3.1 of the Guidelines about games without increment including Quickplay Finishes shall be applied.
7. If a game with reversed colours 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 the case where 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 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.


The new FIDE Laws of Chess which apply from 1st July has now been published. There are a number of changes from the version agreed in Baku.

The new Laws and a version with interpretations are now available on the Laws page of this website.

there is now general agreement on how the new Laws should be applied though this may differ from what appears to be the wording.

Using two hands to make a move is illegal but promoting doing this is more illegal than castling!!

There may be some wording changes or interpretations published after the FIDE meeting in October.

A document giving advice on how to run events in England is available from the ECF website


ECF Chief Arbiter

Lara Barnes has been appointed as Chief Arbiter of the ECF.  She succeeds David Welch. David continues to play an active part in chess administration.

Other changes in duties within the ECF will shortly be announced.