The rules of chess are straightforward so I must ask what does the chief arbiter do? what is the difference between him and a regular arbiter?

For example Anand and Carlsen had to meet him behind closed doors before the world championship started.

  • It seems your question is more focused on the meeting behind closed doors. – Rauan Sagit Nov 9 '14 at 23:01
  • @RauanSagit not really but the fact that this happened, made me more curios about his role :) – Lynob Nov 9 '14 at 23:02
  • Well, this elaboration of the question opens it up for speculation and non objective answers. Especially the way it is formulated at the moment. I don't see any point in making questions more "spicy" in this manner. – Rauan Sagit Nov 9 '14 at 23:07
  • @RauanSagit now better? – Lynob Nov 9 '14 at 23:12
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    Yes, now it's clear and solid. Of course you could add the meeting with closed doors or post it as a new question, just formulate it nice and short without any extras. In my view, that would yield the best answers. – Rauan Sagit Nov 9 '14 at 23:18

The chief arbiter is in practice no different from a standard arbiter - it is more a convenience in tournament organization.

In many tournament there are so many players that it is necessary to have several arbiters, and of those usually the one with the highest title (often IA for professional or large tournaments) is considered the 'chief' arbiter who is responsible as arbiter for all purposes that concern FIDE, etc. and to whom all other arbiters report. This also allows for less experienced arbiters to be used where necessary, as disputes with a less experienced arbiter (unlikely, but possible) can then be taken to the chief arbiter.

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