The #Development International Organisers Seminar concluded today in Trieste. 25 participants, 23 of which were female, from 13 federations, attended the Seminar and took a high-demanding exam for the acquisition of the IO norm. The seminar was supported by the FIDE Development fund.


The main Lecturer of the IO Seminar, the Chairman of the ECU Arbiters Council, IO Mr. Tomasz Delega, spoke about the step-by-step procedure that an organiser should follow, the guidelines mentioned in the FIDE Handbook, as well as additional tournament guidelines that can be found on the FIDE and ECU website. Tomasz Delega shared plenty of personal examples and engaged the participants into sharing their own experiences.

ECU Vice President and FIDE Chairperson of the Commission for Women’s Chess, Mrs. Eva Repkova, gave to the participants important insights about organising tournaments with a large number of participants, referring to her recent organisation of European Youth Chess Championship 2019 in Bratislava.

Mrs. Eva Repkova also brought the message of FIDE Executive Director, Victor Bologan, who wished a fruitful seminar to the participants.


Franca Dapiran explained the Tie-Break criteria and discussed with the participants technical details concerning the playing hall and the staff of the tournament.


Marco Biagioli informed the participants about the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) within  ECU.

For the last part of the Seminar, Tomasz Delega and Ismini Tzegka prepared a Workshop activity that gave the chance to the participants to work in groups on organising a tournament. The groups had the chance to get hands-on a case study, to cooperate and exchange ideas, while preparing the bid, the budget, the people management sheet, problem solving strategies, marketing ideas.

Participants gave special thanks to Marco Biagioli for his initiative to organise the IO seminar under excellent conditions in the beautiful hospitable city of Trieste and thanked Tomasz Delega for conducting a detailed, informative and interactive seminar.