FIDE Fair Play Seminar in Johannesburg, South Africa

FIDE Fair Play Commission, in collaboration with the African Chess Confederation (ACC) and the Gauteng Chess Federation, is pleased to announce the upcoming FIDE Fair Play Seminar, scheduled to take place in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 18 to 21 June 2024.

The seminar will coincide with the African Youth Chess Championships, making it an ideal opportunity for chess arbiters, organizers, and others interested in gathering and learning crucial aspects of fair play in chess. The Seminar aims to provide fair play knowledge and share the best practices at events.

Scope of the seminar

– Fair Play Legal Framework
– Anti-Cheating Regulations
– Prof. Regan’s Statistics
– Technical devices and their usage
– Fair Play Theory and Practice at OTB Events

Lecturers will also deal with topics such as preparations for an event, interaction with tournament officials and spectators, crowd management, preventing or detecting cheating, observations, body language, psychological aspects and odd behaviors, statistics, etc., all in the spirit of recognizing, detecting, and preventing unethical practices and promoting a positive chess culture.

At the end of the seminar, on the successful completion of the exam, the seminar participants will receive an FPE seminar norm as one of the requirements for the FPE title.

The FIDE Fair Play Seminar is open to all chess enthusiasts, players, coaches, arbiters, organizers, and officials who share a passion for promoting fair play, learning more about the dark side of the sport and the practices of recognition and prevention, upholding the highest ethical standards in chess. Attendees will gain invaluable knowledge and insights to reinforce fair play practices within their respective chess federations and communities.

Seminar dates:
June 18-21, 2024

Kopanong Hotel & Conference Centre
Johannesburg, South Africa


Registration for the FIDE Fair Play Seminar will open on May 10.
Registration deadline: 17 June 2024.

The number of places is limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Seminar fee: 200 EUR
Exam fee: 50 EUR

To reserve your spot, please send a registration email to and to

Seminar Language: English


Regarding the accommodation, we would like to inform you that the arrangements for accommodation and food are at the discretion of each attendee. It is not mandatory to stay in the same hotel where the seminar will take place. Participants have the freedom to choose accommodation options that best suit their preferences and budget. They are responsible for making their own arrangements and covering the associated costs.

Seminar Lecturers:
Yuri Garrett – FPL Chair
Alex Colovic – FPL Member
Ken Regan – PhD Professor of Computer Science and Engineering – University at Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

We look forward to welcoming you at the FIDE Fair Play Seminar as we unite to shape a new chapter in the history of chess and fortify the foundations of fair play.