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13: The role of the Arbiter (See Preface)

13.1. The arbiter shall see that the Laws of Chess are strictly observed.

13.2. The arbiter shall act in the best interest of the competition. He should ensure that a good playing environment is maintained and that the players are not disturbed. He shall supervise the progress of the competition.

13.3. The arbiter shall observe the games, especially when the players are short of time, enforce decisions he has made and impose penalties on players where appropriate.

13.4. The arbiter can apply one or more of the following penalties:

(А) warning

(B) increasing the remaining time of the opponent

(C) reducing the remaining time of the offending player

(D) declaring the game to be lost

(E) reducing the points scored in the game by the offending party

(F) increasing the points scored in the game by the opponent to the maximum available for that game

(G) expulsion from the event.

13.5. The arbiter may award either or both players additional time in the event of external disturbance of the game.

13.6. The arbiter must not intervene in a game except in cases described by the Laws of Chess. He shall not indicate the number of moves made, except in applying Article 8.5, when at least one flag has fallen. The arbiter shall refrain from informing a player that his opponent has completed a move or that the player has not pressed his clock.

13.7. (А) Spectators and players in other games are not to speak about or otherwise interfere in a game. If necessary, the arbiter may expel offenders from the playing venue.

(Б) It is forbidden for anybody to use a mobile phone or any kind of communication device in the playing venue and any contiguous area designated by the arbiter.


14: FIDE

14.1. Member federations may ask FIDE to give an official decision about problems relating to the Laws of Chess.


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