Dear Colleagues,

    By this letter we would like to inform you about the conditions you will find in 42nd World Chess Olympiad that will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan, from 1 (Arrival) to 14 (Departure) September 2016.

    According to the Organizers’ decision you will be accommodated in the BOULEVARD Hotel (5*), which is 7.7 km far from the playing hall. Buses will be used for your transportation to and from the Playing Hall and it will take about fifteen (15) minutes for the ride.

    You can find details about the hotel in the link:

    The Opening Ceremony will be at 20:00, on September 1st, in the National Gymnastics Arena and it will be transportation from and to your Hotel.

    The Arbiters’ Meeting has been scheduled at 10:00, on September 2nd, in the playing hall (Crystal Hall) and your transportation from and to your Hotel has been scheduled.

    The first (1st) round of the Olympiad will start at 15:00, on September 2nd and you have to be in the playing hall two (2) hours before the start of the round.

    Rounds 2 to 10 start at 15:00 and you have to be in the playing hall one (1) hour before the start of the round.

    Round 11 starts at 11:00 and you have to be in the playing hall one (1) hour before the start of the round.

    Your transportation has been scheduled for all rounds.

    Your accommodation includes three (3) meals per day.

    For those who would like to attend the FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar that has been scheduled from 3 to 9 September, parallel to the Olympiad, programmed from 9.30 to 12.30 every day except September 6th (Arbiters’ Commission Meeting), please register your participation to the FIDE Arbiters’ Commission.

    The FIDE Congress will start on September 5th and the venue will be the Fairmont Hotel.

    The Arbiters’ Commission Meeting will be on September 6th, 9.00-13.00.

    The FIDE General Assembly will start on September 11th (Round 9th of Olympiad).

    For those of you who will be also Delegates in the Congress, please refer this to the Chief Arbiter.

    Free day of the Olympiad will be the September 7th (it will be only one free day).

    Closing Ceremony will be on September 13th, after the end of the last round (11th).

    Departure day will be the September 14th.

    Coffee, water and tea will be available for all the Arbiters in the playing hall for free.

    As you know, the Match Arbiters play a very significant role in every Olympiad and their contribution to the success of the event is very high.

    Therefore, at the moment you have accepted your nomination as Match Arbiters of the Baku Olympiad and you will arrive in Baku, you are kindly requested to exercise your duties and act in the best way, so that the event will be a great success.

    Your presence in the Arbiters’ Meeting is absolutely necessary, as during the meeting the duties of the Match Arbiters, their distribution to the Sectors, recommendations and instructions will be discussed.

    Additionally you will find the instructions for the Baku Olympiad Match Arbiters here.

    We will be very glad to meet you all in Baku and cooperate with you in this very important and prestigious event.

    With best regards

    Chief Arbiter - IA Faik Hasanov                                                       Tournament Director  -  IA Takis Nikolopoulos