New ECF Arbiter Regulations

The ECF Arbiter regulations are changing. You can find the new regulations in full here. The main changes are:

(1) Following legal advice, it will no longer be a requirement to have a DBS Check to be an ECF Arbiter
(2) From 1st September, 2014, tournaments yet to be registered without a Level 1 Arbiter or above will not be registered with FIDE, even if these titleholders are Licensed with FIDE.
(3) From 1st July, 2014, a BCF Arbiter who wishes to transfer his title to an ECF Arbiter title will be asked to sit a Test on the current Laws of Chess.

The original titles have been retained, and the essence of progressing through each level has remained the same as before.

A list of arbiters in this system appears here. Please note that the list is incomplete, due to incomplete records of people passing the test during the transfer of information between former Officers. Those who believe they should be on the list should contact the Director of Home Chess, who will investigate.

Candidates who wish to take the ECF Arbiter test will have the opportunity to do so at 7:30pm on Friday, 2nd May at Hinckley Island Hotel, Hinckley, Leicestershire. It will take approximately 2½ hours. This is the evening before the fourth weekend of the 4NCL. Candidates should email the Manager of Arbiters (Home) at There is no charge for ECF members, and a charge £20 to non-ECF members. Due to space constraints, applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

At least one further ECF Arbiter course is planned before 1st September, 2014. Those who are interested in such a course should contact the Manager of Arbiters (Home).

– Alex Holowczak, ECF Director of Home Chess –

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