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Chairman of FIDE Arbiters’ Commission, Chief Arbiter of the last Olympiad in Tromso 2014, of the Carlsen – Karjakin 2016 match for the World title and many other top events, Mr. Nikolopoulos was appointed Chief Arbiter of the event by the President of the European Chess Union, Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili.
Name: Mr. Panagiotis Nikolopoulos
Born 1 November 1957 in Athens, Greece
University of Thessaloniki, civil engineering, summa cum laude
Married to Polina Tsedenova, 2 sons
Member of the Board of the Greek Chess Federation since 1994
Tournament Director of the Greek Chess Federation from 1998 to 2004
General Secretary of the Greek Chess Federation from 2004 to 2012
President of the Chess Union of Attica from 2003 to 2006
President of the Chess Club of Korydallos, Athens from 1998 to 2013
Interests: music, travel, sports, reading.
Languages: Greek, English, German.
International Arbiter since 1993
Chairman of FIDE Arbiters’ Commission since 1998
Chief Arbiter, Men’s World Championship 2004, Tripoli, Libya
Chief Arbiter, World Championship Match Anand-Kramnik 2008, Bonn, Germany
Chief Arbiter, World Championship Match Anand-Topalov 2010, Sofia, Bulgaria
Chief Arbiter, 7th World Team Championship 2010, Bursa, Turkey
Chief Arbiter, Women’s World Championship Match Hou Yifan – Koneru 2011, Tirana, Albania
Chief Arbiter, 8th World Team Championship 2011, Ningbo, China
Chief Arbiter, 40th Chess Olympiad 2012, Istanbul, Turkey
Chief Arbiter, 3rd Sport Accord World Mind Games 2012, Beijing, China
Chief Arbiter, 4th Women’s World Team Championship 2013, Astana, Kazakhstan
Chief Arbiter, Women’s World Championship Match Hou Yifan – Ushenina 2013, Taizhou, China.
Chief Arbiter, Candidates Tournament 2014, Khanty Mansiysk, Russia
Chief Arbiter, 41st Chess Olympiad 2014, Tromso, Norway
Chief Arbiter, 5th Women’s World Team Championship 2015, Chengdu, China
Tournament Director, 42nd Chess Olympiad 2016, Baku, Azerbaijan.
Chief Arbiter, World Championship Match Carlsen-Karjakin 2016, New York, USA
Chief Arbiter in numerous FIDE competitions ( FIDE Grand Prix, World and European Cadets, Youth and Junior Chess Championships, World and European School Championships, Team World and European Championships, European Individual Championships, etc).
Chief Arbiter in numerous top level chess tournaments (Tal Memorial, Moscow Open, etc.)
FIDE Lecturer and Course Conductor in many FIDE Arbiters’ Seminars, Workshops and Lectures all over the world and on Internet
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