10th& 11th February, Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu
All India Refresher Course for International, FIDE and Senior National Arbiters of India was organised by Chettinad Public School, Karaikudi and Tamil Nadu State Chess Association, on behalf of All India Chess Federation at the Chettinad Public School premises on 10th & 11th February 2018. A record number of 172 participants from various states of India, including Arunachal Pradesh and the salient feature is that more than 40 of them were women. Shri. DV Sundar, Vice President of FIDE and All India Chess Federation inaugurated the two days course in the presence of Shri. SP. Kumaresan, Chairman of the Chettinad Public School, Shri. Stephen Balasamy P, General Secretary, Tamil Nadu State Chess Association, Shri. V. Hariharan, Former Secretary of AICF and TNSCA and Shri. Ramesh, Principal of the School.
Shri. DV Sundar reiterated the importance of the role of the arbiters in a chess tournament and he also elaborated the contribution of TNSCA and the role of AICF in the growth of chess in the country. Shri. Kumaresan explained the role of the school for the development of chess in the area. He was also glad that the school had produced a National Champion in Lakshana in the under 7 category of the recently concluded National Schools at Bhubaneswar. Mr. Stephen stressed the need of the arbiters to make use of the opportunity provided to them to enrich their knowledge with respect to arbiters. Prof. R. Anantharam, international arbiter and Chairman of Arbiters’ Commission, AICF and Councillor, Arbiters’ Commission World Chess Federation welcomed the gathering.
Prof. R. Anantharam, Mr. V. Hariharan IA & FT, Mr. Paul Arokiaraj, “A” grade arbiter and Mr. Swapnil Bansod of Maharashtra were the resource persons. The main focus was on the rules and regulations, especially Laws of Chess with several case studies. The concepts of rating and title regulations, pairing, Swiss Manager were also elaborated in addition to the detailed discussion on tie breaks and anti-cheating regulations. The participants evinced keen interest and had very good interaction with the lecturers. A session on the role of the arbiters and the duties to be performed by them before and after the rounds of a tournament were very useful to them. Explanation of the important case studies provided them an opportunity to apply uniform verdicts in many important issues occurring during the game.
Again, Chettinad Public School proved it to be a very good host and sponsor. The arbiters had a comfortable stay and sumptuous food was provided. In the valedictory function, Sri. Kumaresan, Chairman of the school presented all the participants a beautiful gift, a calendar, Chettinad heritage snacks and a bag. His generous and philanthropic gesture, with a very good support from the school staff gave an indication that the selection of the school as the venue for the Under 11 national championship in July 2018 is a good choice.