2018 Batumi Chess Olympiad: Announcement for the Match Arbiters

Dear Colleagues, 

By this letter I would like to inform you about the conditions you will find in 43rd World Chess Olympiad that will be held in Batumi, Georgia, from 23 September (Arrival) to 6 October (Departure) 2018.
According to the Organizers’ decision you will be accommodated in the Grand Gloria Hotel (4*) in the city, which is 6 km far from the playing hall and in the Georgia Palace Hotel & Spa (4*) in Kobuleti, which is 25 Km far from the playing hall. Buses will be used for your transportation to and from the Playing Hall. 
The Opening Ceremony will be at 21:00, on September 23rd, in the Black Sea Arena and it will be transportation from and to your Hotel.
The Arbiters’ Meeting has been scheduled at 10:00, on September 24th, in the playing hall (Sport Palace) 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 24th 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 26 September to 1 October, parallel to the Olympiad, programmed from 9.30 to 12.30 every day except September 28th (Arbiters’ Commission Meeting), please register your participation to the Secretary FIDE Arbiters’ Commission, IA Aris Marghetis,

The FIDE Congress will start on September 27th and the venue will be the Sheraton and Hilton Hotels. 
The Arbiters’ Commission Meeting will be on September 28th, 9.00-13.00.
The FIDE General Assembly will start on October 3rd (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 29th (it will be only one free day). 
Closing Ceremony will be on October 5th, at 20:00, after the end of the last round (11th).
Departure day will be the October 6th.

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 Batumi Olympiad and you will arrive in Batumi, 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. 

Instructions for the Batumi Olympiad Match Arbiters (pdf). 

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

With best regards

IA Takis Nikolopoulos 
Chief Arbiter 
43rd World Chess Olympiad 


1. CHIEF ARBITER:   IA Takis Nikolopoulos (GRE)
2. DEPUTY CHIEF ARBITER:   IA Omar Salama (ISL): Open Section
    IA Marika Japaridze (GEO): Women Section
  IA Klaus Deventer (GER) - Anticheating
    IA Rathinam Anantharam (IND)
    IA Mahdi Abdulrahim (UAE)
    IA Geert Bailleul (BEL)
    IA Argiris Kytharidis (GRE)
    IA Hassan Khaled (EGY)
    IA Elias Khairallah (LBN)
    IA Jose Martinez Garcia (MEX)
    IA Bolat Asanov (KAZ)
    IA Carol Jarecki (IVB)
    IA Margarita Tandashvili (GEO)
4. TAP:   Chairman: IA Werner Stubenvoll (AUT)
    Member: IA Christian Krause (GER)
    Member: IA Alex Holowczak (ENG)
    Member: Heinz Herzog (AUT)
5. APPEALS COMMITTEE:   Chairman: IA Jorge Vega (GUA)
    Member: IA Hesham Elgendy (EGY)
    Member: IO Boris Kutin (SLO)


All the Match Arbiters are kindly requested to communicate urgently with the 2018 Batumi Chess Olympiad Chief Arbiter 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 appointed for the 2018 Batumi Chess Olympiad, are kindly requested to be present in the Arbiters’ Meeting that is scheduled for September 24th 2018, at 10:00, in the playing hall (Sports Arena). 
Therefore please arrange your arrival to Batumi accordingly.
Departure day is October 6th, 2018.