Arbiters' Manual



B01 Títulos de jugadores

B02 Rating

B06 Títulos de árbitros

C04 Suizo

C.05 Reglas de torneos FIDE

E.I Leyes del Ajedrez

Manual Arbitral





FIDE-FEDA Swiss Manager







  • This Chess Tournament is organised by the Bilbao E4 Chess Club with the official recognition of the F.I.D.E. and adherence to its valid regulations adapted accordingly.
  • The tournament will be played according to round robin system for 6 players.
  • The schedule for the event is as follows: all games will be played at the Campos theater at 16:00 CET, except the last round (15:00 CET).
  • The rate of play will be 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, 60 minutes to finish the game, with 10 extra seconds per move from move number 41.
  • Double forfeit will lead to the player’s withdrawal from the tournament.
  • “Sofia Rule”: Players are not allowed to agree draw without arbiter’s permission. In case both players request it to him, the arbiter will make his decision after consulting with a technical assistant.
  • In case a player forfeits, he could be asked to give a written proof for it. Should he fail to do so, he will lose his right to get the agreed sum and the corresponding prize.
  • Players commit themselves to participate and not to withdraw, except in case of failure to comply with the economic conditions previously agreed or proved “force majeure” on the part of the Organization. In addition, all participants commit themselves to talk to the press for a few minutes everyday, preferably at the end of each game, whatever the result should be.
  • Arbiters’ decisions could be appealed to the Tournament Director.
  • The appeals must be in writing and at most 1 hour later after the end of the relevant game.
  • The final standings will be determined according to the following criteria:
    1. “Regla Bilbao”. Players will get 3 points for winning a match, 1 point for drawing and 0 points for losing.
    2. If two players tie for first, they will play a blitz match immediately after the last round finishes. They will play two games at the rate of all the moves in 4 minutes add-on 3 seconds for each move from the first, alternating colors, which shall be decided for the first game by draw. If this match is tied, they shall play a one game Armageddon (sudden death), White will have 5 minutes and Black 4, in the case of a draw Black wins first place. This game’s colors shall be decided by draw. If more than two players tie for first, only the two first classified players according to the systems listed below shall play the match.
    3. In case of tie for third or fourth places, the following tie-breaks will be applied:
      1. Traditional scoring. Players get one point for each game won and 0.5 points for each game in draw.
      2. Particular result (based on traditional scoring).
      3. Koya system (based on traditional scoring).
      4. Sonneborn-Berger (based on traditional scoring).
  • The Organizational Committee of the event will deal with contract issues and participants invitation (accommodation, economic terms, etc.), as well as with the distribution of prizes according to the final standings, information to the media and public relations (TV, radio, press, specialised magazines, programmes, responsible attention, etc.), medical care for players in need and preparation of the premises (including the playing, analysis and rest areas), equipment and fittings (under the supervision of the chief arbiter), for the development of the tournament according to the F.I.D.E. norms in force, and opening and closing ceremonies.
  • This Tournament will be governed by the present Rules, the Chess Laws and the current FIDE regulations, paying special attention to the new FIDE rules related to the participants’ behavior in chess events.
  • The authentic text of these Rules is the Spanish version.