Thursday, July 12, 2012

Can I be a player and an arbiter at the same time?

The question of the player-arbiter comes up quite a lot. Is it possible to be an arbiter and a player in the same tournament? The answer depends on what event it is.
For small events or club events, the player/arbiter is quite common, and normally it isn't a problem. For FIDE rated events it is discouraged, but not totally out of the question. However, if you wish to earn an arbiters norm (FA/IA) from a FIDE rated event, then you either have to be a non-playing arbiter, or forgo the norm.
In response to a question from Peter Cassettaru, the Chairman of the FIDE Arbiters Commission stated:

Dear Mr. Cassettari,

it is not allowed the Arbiter of a FIDE rated tournament to be a player in the same tournament at the same time.
Such an Arbiter's norm shall not be recognized.

With best regards
Panagiotis Nikolopoulos
FIDE Arbiters' Commission