AOC Arbiters’ Seminar will be held from 6-7 January 2018. A FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar is going to be organized from 8 to 11 January 2018.

Both seminars will be hosted at the Birchwood Hotel & Conference Centre, Boksburg (during the Junior Nationals).


For more detailed information:

AOC Arbiter Seminar
Dates: 6-7 January 2018
Fees: R250pp – Application form

FIDE Arbiter Semiar
Dates: 8-11 January 2018
Fees: €20pp – Application form

2018 AOC Membership Fees

The fees for the renewal of your annual membership with the AOC has remained at R100.00 per year for 2018. Please make payment to:

The banking details:

Account name:  CHESSA ATM
Bank:  First National Bank
Account number:  62255808118
Branch code:  252645 – Menlyn Park

Please remember to put your first name and surname as reference.

Please send proof of payment to Ben de Winnaar  –

PLEASE NOTE : No tournament will be rated by CHESSA if the arbiters at that tournament was not paid up members of the AOC at the start of that tournament.

May you all have a wonderful 2018 full of good arbiter decisions.

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Junior Grand Prix

Message to all Arbiters and Organisers:

It is now the end of the JGPX period. Please inform all arbiters and organisers in your region to submit the files of tournaments that are being hosted this weekend no later than Saturday 30 September 2017.

For events ending on Sunday 01 October 2017 -> these events will be accepted and incorporated for the final JGPX lists on condition that they are submitted no later than 9pm on Sunday 01 October 2017 (they will not be processed if received after this date and time).

Please note that the new ratings for October will only be published on 02 October 2017 and all Junior Grand Prix lists will only then become final and official. Notice regarding any queries, etc. will be posted on the CHESS SA website on 03 October 2017.


Congratulations to the following arbiters who have been appointed.

  • Chief Arbiter:  IA Gunther van den Bergh
  • Deputy Chief Arbiter (Open Section): FA Tinus Goosen
  • Deputy Chief Arbiter (Women Section): FA Ronel Piek
  • Arbiter: PA Leon de Jager
  • Arbiter: PA Andrew Talmarkes

FIDE Laws of Chess 2017

The FIDE Laws of Chess 2017 was finally appoved by the 2017 FIDE Presidential Board in Athens, Greece and has been published on the FIDE website Please note that the FIDE Presidential Board has decided to make some changes in the version submitted for approval of the FIDE Congress in Baku, September 2016.

Below are the pdf version of the rules, as well as changes.


Arbiters Selected for SAJCCC 2017

The final list of arbiters for the Junior Closed are:

  1. Chief Arbiter: FA Michael Bornheim (GJM)
  2. Deputy Chief Arbiter: FA Linsy Pistorius (WP)
  3. Deputy Chief Arbiter: NA Ricardo Minnaar (WP)
  4. Arbiter: FA Marius Ferreira (GTP)
  5. Arbiter: NA Ben de Winnaar (FMB)
  6. Arbiter: FA Keith Rust (KED)
  7. Arbiter: PA Israel Tshabadira (NWP) – CHESSA
  8. Arbiter: PA Cheshni Jeena (KZN) – CHESSA