Since this website was last updated a new edition of the FIDE Arbiters' Manual has been made available. Download from:


Swiss-Manager Users Manual by IA Tania Karali

IA Tania Karali has produced a very useful guide on using the pairing software Swiss-Manager.  Users of the program will find it a very useful manual with plenty of tips.

If you have started to do a draw and then discovered you hadn't added the last minute bye and when you went back the option was greyed out, then this is very helpful. Download the Manual and keep it with you (put it in the Swiss-Manager folder). The CAA has also produced a shortcut guide and index to go with Tania's work.

Both documents can be downloaded here



Many chess events have been canceled.  In Britain national and local bodies are monitoring the situation and advice may change.

Arbiters should practice self isolation. It is better that you withdraw from an event than potentially spread the virus.

It is important that arbiters wash their hands thoroughly, in particular after setting up and clearing away.  This should be done after preparing for every round.

Arbiters may wish to bring an additional supply of tissues and hand sanitiser with them to events.

General Advice (from FIDE Website)


1.Wash your hands frequently
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub if your hands are not visibly dirty.
Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub eliminates the virus if it is on your hands. 

2.Practice respiratory hygiene
When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue and discard tissue immediately into a closed bin and clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
Why? Covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing prevent the spread of germs and viruses. If you sneeze or cough into your hands, you may contaminate objects or people that you touch.

3.Maintain social distancing
Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and other people, particularly those who are coughing, sneezing and have a fever.
Why? When someone who is infected with a respiratory disease, like 2019-nCoV, coughs or sneezes they project small droplets containing the virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the virus.

4.Avoid handshakes, hugs, kisses on the cheek and other close personal contacts with fellow conference attendees and other persons present
Why? COVID-19 is spread via coming into contact with infected droplets and the above actions can expose you to infection with COVID-19 if your close contact is infected.

5.Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Why? Hands touch many surfaces that can be contaminated with the virus. If you touch your eyes, nose or mouth with your contaminated hands, you can transfer the virus from the surface to yourself

6. If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
Tell your health care provider if you have traveled in an area in China where 2019-nCoV has been reported, or if you have been in close contact with someone who has traveled from China and has respiratory symptoms.
Why? Whenever you have fever, cough, and difficulty breathing it's important to seek medical attention promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition. Respiratory symptoms with fever can have a range of causes, and depending on your personal travel history and circumstances, 2019-nCoV could be one of them.