Dear Colleagues,

By this letter we would like to inform you about the conditions you will find in 42nd World Chess Olympiad that will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan, from 1 (Arrival) to 14 (Departure) September 2016.

According to the Organizers’ decision you will be accommodated in the BOULEVARD Hotel (5*), which is 7.7 km far from the playing hall. Buses will be used for your transportation to and from the Playing Hall and it will take about fifteen (15) minutes for the ride.

You can find details about the hotel in the link.

The Opening Ceremony will be at 20:00, on September 1st, in the National Gymnastics Arena and it will be transportation from and to your Hotel.

The Arbiters’ Meeting has been scheduled at 10:00, on September 2nd, in the playing hall (Crystal Hall) and your transportation from and to your Hotel has been scheduled.

The first (1st) round of the Olympiad will start at 15:00, on September 2nd and you have to be in the playing hall two (2) hours before the start of the round.

Rounds 2 to 10 start at 15:00 and you have to be in the playing hall one (1) hour before the start of the round.

Round 11 starts at 11:00 and you have to be in the playing hall one (1) hour before the start of the round.

Your transportation has been scheduled for all rounds.

Your accommodation includes three (3) meals per day.

For those who would like to attend the FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar that has been scheduled from 3 to 9 September, parallel to the Olympiad, programmed from 9.30 to 12.30 every day except September 6th (Arbiters’ Commission Meeting), please register your participation to the FIDE Arbiters’ Commission .

The FIDE Congress will start on September 5th and the venue will be the Fairmont Hotel.

The Arbiters’ Commission Meeting will be on September 6th, 9.00-13.00.

The FIDE General Assembly will start on September 11th (Round 9th of Olympiad).

For those of you who will be also Delegates in the Congress, please refer this to the Chief Arbiter.

Free day of the Olympiad will be the September 7th (it will be only one free day).

Closing Ceremony will be on September 13th, after the end of the last round (11th).

Departure day will be the September 14th.

Coffee, water and tea will be available for all the Arbiters in the playing hall for free.

As you know, the Match Arbiters play a very significant role in every Olympiad and their contribution to the success of the event is very high. Therefore, at the moment you have accepted your nomination as Match Arbiters of the Baku Olympiad and you will arrive in Baku, you are kindly requested to exercise your duties and act in the best way, so that the event will be a great success.

Your presence in the Arbiters’ Meeting is absolutely necessary, as during the meeting the duties of the Match Arbiters, their distribution to the Sectors, recommendations and instructions will be discussed.
Additionally you will find the instructions for the Baku Olympiad Match Arbiters here.

We will be very glad to meet you all in Baku and cooperate with you in this very important and prestigious event.

With best regards

IA Faik Hasanov                                                             IA Takis Nikolopoulos
Chief Arbiter                                     Tournament Director
42nd World Chess Olympiad                                     42nd World Chess Olympiad


1. CHIEF ARBITER: IA Faik Gasanov (AZE)
2. DEPUTY CHIEF ARBITER: IA Mahdi Abdulrahim (UAE) : Open Section
IA Anastasia Sorokina (AUS) : Women’s Section
3. SECTOR ARBITERS: IA Rathinam Anatharam (IND)
IA Klaus Deventer (GER)
IA Igor Bolotinski (RUS)
IA Alexander Bakh (RUS)
IA Argiris Kitharidis (GRE)
IA Hassan Khaled (EGY)
IA Hussan Turdialiev (UZB)
IA Jose Martinez Garcia (MEX)
IA Lutfiyar Rustamov (AZE)
4. TAP: Chairman: IA Christian Krause (GER)
Member: IA Werner Stubenvoll (AUT)
Member: IA Ashot Vardapetian (ARM)
Member: Heinz Herzog (AUT)
5. APPEALS COMMITTEE: Chairman: IA Jorge Vega (GUA)
Member: IA Hesham Elgendy (EGY)
Member: IM Javier Ochoa de Echaguen (ESP)
6. TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR: IA Takis Nikolopoulos (GRE)


All the Arbiters are kindly requested to communicate urgently with the 2016 Baku Chess Olympiad Chief Arbiter IA Faik Gasanov at, with copy to the Tournament Director IA Takis Nikolopoulos at, the following info:

1. Any previous experience in the Chess Olympiads as Arbiter.
2. Any previous experience in tournaments with blind and handicapped players.
3. FIDE official languages spoken.
4. If willing to work as Anti cheating Arbiter.

All Arbiters nominated for the Baku Olympiad, are kindly requested to be present in the Arbiters’ Meeting that is scheduled for September 2nd 2016, at 10:00, in the playing hall (Crystal Hall).

Therefore please arrange your arrival to Baku.
Departure day is September 14th, 2016.

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