Monday, 22 August 2011

Fancy some arbiter practice?

The English Chess Federation has set up a system where arbiters (or soon to be arbiters) can test their knowledge of the rules by doing a online multiple choice exam. It is available at
You do need to register to do the test (email address required), but it doesn't cost anything (ignore the stuff asking you to top up your test credits, this is for more advanced testing). Once you have registered and logged in, you can choose to do the free tests, and they have a couple of different levels. Try the FIDE Arbiter Level (if you dare!) as a number of questions on this quiz were also used in the recently completed FIDE Arbiters training course held in Melbourne. The pass mark is 80% (as in the real exam), and the results of the test, including correct/incorrect answers are mailed to you for further analysis.


Anonymous said...

I will definitely try this one!,

Allan Pelias

Alana Chibnall said...

Shaun, can you please make the next Arbiters exam this same one? I actually managed to pass this one (got exactly 80% haha) :)

MelbourneGamesCoach said...

Tried it ... looks like a decent site (well the Arbiters exam anyway).
I don't agree with one of the answers, however:
Question : The prizes for a tournament are $1000, $800; $600; 450 and $600 for the highest scoring player rated 2300-2399. A player can win one prize only. The leading scores are: 1. 7/9; 2. 6½/9; 3., 4. and 5. 6/9; 6. and 7. 5½/9. Players 5, 6 and 7 are rated 2370. 2350, 2310. How are the prizes distributed?

Clearly 1st & 2nd are not in dispute ($1000 & $800 respectively), but I would start by pooling the prizes which the group on 6/9 are eligible for ($600, $450 & $600) & dividing by three ... $550 each ... but the player rated 2370 is eligible for the rating prize of $600 by himself, so I would give him that prize & remove it from the 3rd/4th pool ... which leaves a split of $525 for the other two.

Of course this isn't an option.

The answer they give is:

Correct is : 1 $1000; 2 $800; 3 and 4 each $350; 5 $600; 6 and 7 each $175

Explanation : The total prizes for 3, 4 and 5 is $1050. Thus each should get $350. However player 5 is entitled to $600. 3 and 4 should get $350 as before. This leaves $350 to be shared between 6 and 7.

Why do players 6 & 7 come into consideration for a non-existent prize (2nd 2300-2399) & why do the players who shared 3rd & 4th get less than they should (under $450).

Shaun Press said...

I did the same question, had the same problems as you. There may be a typo in the question. I'll send some feedback to the site on this one.