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Arbiter ignored cheating, and I signed the scoresheet. Did I lose my right to object?

According to the 2017 version of the Laws of Chess, rule 11.10 says: Unless the regulations of an event specify otherwise, a player may appeal against any decision of the arbiter, even if the ...
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Am I allowed to call the arbiter on my opponent's turn?

You are absolutely allowed to call the arbiter when it is your opponent's turn. There are any number of reasons why this would be necessary. To start with the most prosaic, you have filled your ...
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What will/should the arbiter do if the side which cannot theoretically lose resigns?

The first thing to note is that the FIDE Laws of Chess are silent on this. Resignation at any time in any situation is allowed and immediately ends the game: 5.1.2 The game is won by the player whose ...
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Arbiter's top work cause

The answer is wholly dependent on the level of competition. Beginners tournaments result in many more and completely different arbiter "interventions" than norm tournaments, for example. ...
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A 50-move-rule claim turned out to be incorrect - can the arbiter punish me?

Yes According to the FIDE Laws of Chess 9.5.3 If the claim is found to be incorrect, the arbiter shall add two minutes to the opponent’s remaining thinking time. Then the game shall continue. If the ...
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What should the arbiter and what should have I done in this case?

First, we cannot tell you what the arbiter should have done because we were not there and certainly don't have all the facts. We only have your version of events. What you say was very disturbing may ...
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Arbiter ignored cheating, and I signed the scoresheet. Did I lose my right to object?

Writing to FIDE will make you feel better but is otherwise a waste of your time. Let's step through and see why. First, getting up and walking around is perfectly acceptable behaviour. Here's what ...
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What is the FIDE Arbiter's exam like?

is the exam mostly multiple-choice questions Certainly not. Multiple choice questions were an invention when education became a business with "customers" and accreditation had to be made ...
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Arbiter ignored cheating, and I signed the scoresheet. Did I lose my right to object?

A short answer to the title of your question would be that you do not lose the right to appeal against any of the arbiter's decisions by signing the scoresheet. But also notice that you did not use ...
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How do arbiters handle touch move complains where players deny?

How do arbiters handle touch move complains where players deny? There is a very simple principle arbiters follow: "Claims must be supported by evidence" So, for instance, if you claim a ...
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I refused to sign the scoresheet but the arbiter signed with my initials. What should I do?

If the arbiter really signed with your signature, instead of his, then he just committed a crime (forgery of documents). He could have signed with his signature as proof that he confirmed the result ...
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Am I allowed to call the arbiter on my opponent's turn?

FIDE 12.6 says: It is forbidden to distract or annoy the opponent in any manner whatsoever. This includes unreasonable claims, unreasonable offers of a draw or the introduction of a source of noise ...
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Arbiter ignored cheating, and I signed the scoresheet. Did I lose my right to object?

Is it really that certain that your opponent cheated? The key facts that I extract from your question: Opponent chatted with others on a regular basis I often do this too, and I do not talk about ...
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Can someone press the clock without making a move to avoid getting flagged in 2022?

Is it counted as an illegal move (I believe 2nd illegal is lost)? The FIDE Laws of Chess are very clear on this: 7.5.3 If the player presses the clock without making a move, it shall be ...
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Could I get in trouble for insulting an arbiter during a tournament round?

Incidentally I'm a national arbiter and a passionate player at the same time. Here is the rules side: FIDE rule 11.1 forbids the player to do anything bringing chess in miscredit. We have no yellow ...
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What should the arbiter and what should have I done in this case?

At this point you should report the Arbiter to FIDE and if applicable the USCF. You could even try to get the result of the game changed. They should have implemented Article 12.9 penalties followed ...
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Should FIDE introduce a minimum rating for arbiters?

No. A good arbiter needs to know the Laws of Chess, but that's about it. There's no need to refer to tactics or openings or strategy when you're arbitering. After all, the days of adjudication are ...
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Am I allowed to call the arbiter on my opponent's turn?

There is no rule saying that you can call the arbiter only on your turn, or that the opponent is allowed to distract you during their own turn. If you want a more specific answer, you may need to give ...
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Should FIDE introduce a minimum rating for arbiters?

In the pre-2014 FIDE Laws of Chess article 10 said this: Article 10: Quickplay Finish 10.1 A ‘quickplay finish’ is the phase of a game when all the (remaining) moves must be made in a limited ...
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Could I get in trouble for insulting an arbiter during a tournament round?

Suppose that, during a round of an official FIDE-rated tournament, I insult the arbiter privately (they notice), without distracting any of the other players. Could I get expelled from the tournament ...
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Opponent replies to a half made move - what should the arbiter do?

Rule 4.7.3 says: The move is considered to have been made in the case of... promotion, when the player's hand has released the new piece on the square of promotion and the pawn has been removed from ...
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How should an arbiter handle copying moves from another game?

Stewart Reuben's suggestion is to make use of article 11.3 a. During play the players are forbidden to make use of any notes, sources of information or advice, or analyse any game on another ...
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Do I have to make a move on a DGT board at the start of the game when opponent is not present?

Do I have to make a move on a DGT board at the start of the game when opponent is not present? The standard approach, even before the advent of DGT boards, was that your clock is started, you then ...
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USCF: Should the arbiter start a time-forfeit claim?

In my perspective, the answer is that in USCF the arbiter should NEVER start a time-forfeit claim, neither for sudden death time controls nor non-sudden death time controls, at 4/9/2022. You are ...
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USCF: Can the arbiter adjudicate a draw using the threefold repetition rule WITHOUT a player claim?

First, in the case of draw by three fold repetition, only the players can make the claim. The arbiter may not intervene as this might advantage one of the players. In the case of five fold repetition, ...
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What is the FIDE Arbiter's exam like?

In addition to Brian's answer, I'd like to point out that different federations may place the emphasis on different skills. I took only the national arbiter exam (rules, more rules...and some rules ...
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Is an arbiter allowed to leave the playing hall while some games haven't finished yet?

The first thing to note is that for low level tournaments there is not even a requirement for a qualified arbiter to be on site. The arbiter must be a licensed arbiter (International Arbiter, FIDE ...
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How should an arbiter handle copying moves from another game?

This actually happened at the 2019 Isle of Man Grand Swiss tournament which, apart from lots of money, had a place in the Candidates tournament as the first prize. The players involved were elite ...
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Can a KB vs. KB endgame be declared drawn if a checkmate can occur and the 50-moves-rule doesn't apply in a Blitz game?

What is the requirement for an arbiter in the below position if one party is seriously on time trouble say 2mins against 15seconds in a blitz tournament If this party claims a draw? If the arbiter ...
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Do I have to make a move on a DGT board at the start of the game when opponent is not present?

Actually, I am somewhat surprised with the original answer given. I am an International Arbiter, Category A, and have been arbiter at many top-level events and with many world-class players, including ...
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