FIDE Rules and Tournaments Regulations Commission Councillors Meeting Print
Thursday, 03 May 2012 11:20


This took place in Lausanne Wednesday 25 to Friday 27 April. Those participating were: Geurt Gijssen (NED) Chairman; Stewart Reuben (ENG) Secretary; Franca Dapiran (ITA), Shaun Press (AUS), Ashot Vardapetian (ARM) Councillors.

The meeting was virtually all about preparing the recommended revisions in the Laws of Chess to be finalised in Istanbul in September 2012. Anybody can recommend a change, Geurt collated them and we considered all of them, in addition to our own.

People often ask,' But surely chess is 1500 years old and the last big changes were in the 15th Century?' That is true. Most discussions concern the competition rules and improving the wording of the whole document. Suggestions about changing the basic rules are usually dismissed as coming from a crazed mind.

Unfortunately Geurt took ill during the meeting and went to hospital. He seemed much recovered by the following morning and, of course, we wish him well. Since then he has said that he feels much better. There is another meeting to take place to which he is scheduled to go, in New York, concerning the differences between the US Rules and the FIDE Laws.

In due course the draft new Laws of Chess will be available.

Stewart Reuben


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