SCF Arbiters Commission Updates (May 2024)

April 19, 2024

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SCF Arbiters Commission Updates (May 2024)

SCF Arbiters Commission (SCF ARB) will like to announce the following updates:

  1. Changes to SCF Arbiter Policy from 1 May 2024 onwards
  2. Congratulations to our newest FA/IA!


Changes to SCF Arbiter Policy

SCF ARB has updated the National Arbiter (NA) Norm Requirements, with the new changes taking effect from 1 May 2024 onwards.

FIDE rated swiss tournaments must fulfil the following criteria to be eligible for NA norms:

  1. For Classical time control: At least five (5) rounds, twenty-five (25) participants and ten (10) rated players 
  2. For Rapid and Blitz time control: At least seven (7) rounds, twenty-five (25) participants and ten (10) rated players

Previously, all FIDE rated swiss events had to be at least 7 rounds, regardless of time control. 

However, classical events with 5 or 6 rounds are becoming more common in Singapore. Although they require less organising effort than typical standard events, the time commitment for an arbiter for such events (assuming the shortest possible time control of 1 hour per side) is minimally equivalent to a full day rapid event. We hope that this change will encourage more local chess organisers to step forward and organise classical events.

Please see the updated SCF Arbiter Policy for the full details: https://tinyurl.com/SCFArbiterGuidelines


Congratulations to our newest FA/IA!

SCF ARB will like to congratulate the following FIDE Arbiters / International Arbiters whose titles were approved in the last 2 FIDE Councils / Congress.

2023 FIDE Congress:

  • IA/WFM/FT Thandar Aye Win

2024 1st FIDE Council:

  • IA Wee Chu En Kelvin
  • FA Khor Eng Yeow
  • FA Lau Yan Han
  • FA Phua Zeng Yi Triszen

In particular, we would like to congratulate IA Thandar – a familiar face among SCF’s training programs and events – for being the first female residing in Singapore to achieve the IA title. We hope that our newly promoted FAs/IAs will continue contributing their expertise towards growing chess in Singapore.