FIDE Rating of Scottish Tournaments

Check List:

  • Register your event with FIDE as early as possible
  • Send a copy of your entry form for the domestic calendar
  • Check your time control is valid
  • Get information from players to allow a FIDE ID to be created
  • Make sure all non-Scottish players have a FIDE ID before the event starts
  • Use a FIDE licensed arbiter
  • Budget an extra FIDE rating charge into your calculations



If a domestic event in Scotland wants to be FIDE rated it must be registered with FIDE at least 30 days before the event takes place if the intention is the event is eligible to generate title norms. The deadline for a non-norm event is one week. Obviously the process is simpler if organisers submit their registration requests as early as possible.

The Scottish Grader has access to the FIDE online database in which it is possible to register events. This is the FIDE page indicating registered and rated events in Scotland (please inform us immediately if any errors or omissions). To register your event just send an email to and give the information about the event indicated in the form at the bottom of this page - principally the tournament location, time control, names of arbiters and organiser.

Domestic Calendar

Send details of your event to if you want the event listed in the domestic calendar.

Time Control

NB: You should check beforehand that your time control is suitable for FIDE rating.

FIDE Handbook section on Time Control

Rate of Play

For a game to be rated each player must have the following minimum periods in which to complete all the moves, assuming the game lasts 60 moves.
Where at least one of the players in the tournament has a rating 2200 or higher, each player must have a minimum of 120 minutes.
Where at least one of the players in the tournament has a rating 1600 or higher, each player must have a minimum of 90 minutes.
Where all the players in the tournament are rated below 1600, each player must have a minimum of 60 minutes.

Games played with all the moves at a rate faster than the above are excluded from the list.
Where a certain number of moves is specified in the first time control, it shall be 40 moves.

Player Information

Before an event can be FIDE-rated the CS grader needs to generate a FIDE ID number for each player (the equivalent of domestic PNUMS). The CS grader can only add players as SCO for Scotland. All players new to the FIDE database have to be added with year of birth to minimise identification errors. You can see here all players currently registered as SCO - this includes both rated and unrated players. You can check any player at the full FIDE database.

Make sure all non-Scottish players have a FIDE ID

FIDE will reject any rating report if any of the players does not have a FIDE ID. As indicated in the previous paragraph the CS grader can only generate IDs for players eligible to be listed as SCO.

Eligibility to be listed as Scottish

1) Born in Scotland

2) At least one Scottish parent

3) Residency of at least two years (one year if under 18 years of age).

Any one of the three makes a player eligible for a SCO listing.

Non-Scottish players are eligible to be Scotland registered if they have been resident for a minimum of two years (1 year if under 18). This means continuous residency immediately before the application for the ID rather than some period in the past.

If a non-Scot player does not qualify on grounds of residency the player should ask their own federation to supply them with a FIDE ID. CS suggest organisers defer accepting the entry of non-Scot players since a delay in generating an ID might invalidate the whole event for FIDE rating.

FIDE Licensed Arbiters

FIDE handbook now states that only FIDE licensed arbiters can be used if an event is to be FIDE rated. See regulations effective from July 1, 2013, introduction paragraph 0.3 "All arbiters of a FIDE rated tournament shall be licensed otherwise the tournament shall not be rated."

The arbiters page includes an updated sub-section on which arbiters are FIDE licensed.

FIDE Rating Fees

FIDE rated events will be subject to an additional charge over and above the normal domestic grading fee.

To encourage the running of FIDE norm or rating events the domestic rating fee will be limited to a maximum charge of five rounds (rather than the full number of rounds, usually eight or nine).

The charge in Swiss and team events will be £1 per player if that player is a CS member or a non-SCO registered player. The fee will be £2 per player for SCO registered non-CS members.

In an All-play-All the charge varies with the average rating. CS are unclear of the logic which means that A-P-A events are charged at a significantly higher rate than a Swiss. So before you decide on an APA format please remember this could add a large extra charge to the bill (compared to a Swiss) - see section 12.2.

If you still prefer to hold an A-P-A format event the fees CS charge are the full FIDE all-play-all rate in Euros as indicated in section 12.2 above plus £2 per player for each SCO registered non-CS member.

Chess Scotland will collect domestic and FIDE fees through the normal invoicing process.

CS will pay rating charges directly to FIDE.

Report Form for the Registration of International Competitions

Tournament Name:
Start Date:                End Date:
Projected number of players:                Number of rounds:
Time Limits:              moves in      hours; then      moves in      hour
Level/Type of tournament:                      Projected Category:
GM                      IM              Rating              Swiss system              Team Tmnt.
Scehveningen              Individual Match              Team Match

Manner of choice of participants

Invitation      Open to all              Qualification
Representatives              Other:
Chief Arbiter:

Phone:              Fax:              Telex:

Place              Date      Signature/Seal of Federation