73rd FIDE Congress: Annex 24 - Qualification Commission Report Print
Wednesday, 18 February 2004 00:00
Meeting of the Qualification Commission was held on November 4 2002 in Bled, Slovenia.

73rd FIDE Congress Bled, Slovenia Qualification Commission 4 November 2002

Chairman: M. Markkula (FIN)

Present: J-C. Loubatiere (FRA), A. Alamiry, M. Abdulrahim (UAE), P. Nikolopoulos (GRE), W. Kelleher (USA), A. Hamid Majid (MAS), F. Torregrosa (PUR), C. Jarecki (BVI), A. Burstein (ISR), P. Pisk (CZE), M. Juncu (ROM), A. Crisan (ROM), A. Curado (POR), Qaderi (AFG), Yousufzai (AFG), I. Leong (SIN), A. Santos (ECU), P. Viner (AUS), N. Freeman (BER), M. Smith (CAN), C. Abundo (PHI), V. Dvorkovich (RUS), Juan Angel Mas (ARG), Dr. M. Shadarevian (QAT). 1. Titles and Ratings Committee Chairman Kevin O’Connell presented the report of the committee. 2. The Arbiters’ Council’s report was presented by the chairman Panagiotis Nikolopoulos. 3. Qualification Commisson chairman expressed commission’s thanks to the chairmen for their excellent work. 4. Qualiification Commisison expressed thanks also to the FIDE offices for their excellent work, without which the commission would not be able to work. 5. The new version of the Title Regulations Commission chairman thanked Mr. Stewart Reuben for his work in preparing the draft fot the FIDE Title Regulations. After long discussion the commission approved the draft with some corrections and clarifications. There was no unanimous decision on whether Honorary Grandmaster title should be added back to the list of titles. The opinion of commission members present was slightly in favour to include this title. 1.17 was deleted 1.2 Minimum number of games 30 games 1.33e and 1.33f are deleted and to have a chance to organise tournaments other than normal, the following sentence will be added: Tournaments of other kind require preapproval by the QC chairman. 1.34a Minimum percentage of title holders 50 % not including the CM, WCM, H-M. This affects also the table in the summary part of the draft 1.39a Minimum number changed to 30. 1.39f was deleted Minimum rate of play for title tournaments is 2h30minutes per game based on 60 moves. 6.2b The requirement of sending the application early enough to have it published for 60 days before application handling is mandatory. 6. Amendments to rating regulation The proposal of GM Anand to calculate the expected result by player and not by opponents’ average rating was approved, but because of technical difficulties this will applied from July 2005 onwards. Mr. Reuben had worked also to amend the rating regulations. The commission thanked him also for this contribution. Scheveningen and other tournaments and matches that are not normal can only be rated after preapproval by the QC chairman. 9.11 no change Number s1800 and 1801 to be replaced by the rating floor and above rating floor 10.4 deleted because of rating floor being lower now. 7. New revision of FIDE handbook is needed as a lot of the contents has been changed and there are inconsistencies in the book. FIDE should initiate this work as soon as possible. 8. The schedule for lowering the rating floor is depending on the development of the rating list, for the moment there are only less than 500 players below 2000 on the list. 9. The calculation of FIDE official rating list should stay in FIDE office. 10. QC chairman repeated his desire to have a rating history database. It could help in rating inflation studies, find the player’s highest rating for title purposes, follow the development of players’ ratings, create all kinds of statistics, etc. 11. The commission once again expressed the wish to have all norm results in a database, from which it would be easy to check the details at the time of the application. A new form created 1999 for tournament reports includes all necessary information for this database. 12. Now that title norms for players are valid for life, the old norms should be registered at FIDE. Some organisers send copies of the title norms to FIDE, but some do not. There was no decision about deadline for this registration, but FIDE will urge the federations to do it as soon as possible. 13. FIDE rating administrator Casto Abundo explained the reason why some players are missing from the top lists. Tournaments where players from the top 100 are participating shall be rated disregarding whether the federation concerned sent the report or not. 14. If additional title applications or other urgent matters appear during this congress, the commission chairman, Titles and ratings committee chairman and FIDE rating administrator will decide on these matters 15. QC expressed thanks to Title and Ratings Committee chairman, Arbiters’ Council Chairman and QC chairman as well as the members of all these bodies for the work during the last four years.

Chairman

Qualification Commission Bled, Slovenia, 6-8 November 2002

Several extra meetings, at the request of the Executive Board, were required in order to resolve conflicts. One matter was the number of games required for title awards. 1.50a (Annex 24a) states the requirements for the award of GM, IM, WGM and WIM titles. This has been 24 games (for applicants with a round-robin tournament) and 30 (effectively 36) for those who have only Swiss System results. The Commission meetings discussed this at great length and finally settled for 27 games. Therefore in the revised Title Regulations (Annex 60a) change the number in 1.50a from 30 to 27. Near the end of form IT2 (Annex 60c) delete “/ 30”. 1.3 (Annex 24a) states the requirements for titles gained by rating alone (FM and below). The three Chairmen were anxious to avoid a situation where those seeking lower titles (FM and below) were disadvantaged vis-a-vis those seeking higher titles (GM, IM, WGM, WIM). After lengthy deliberation it was decided to permit award of title as soon as the relevant rating is published. Therefore in 1.3 (Annex 60a) delete “after playing at least 30 rated games:” and replace with “at some time or other:” Additional minor changes and corrections: 0.31 Insert “Honourary Grandmaster (HG),” in front of “Honorary Master” and correct “Honorary” to “Honourary”. For clarification, the Honourary Grandmaster title is intended solely for players who were active about half a century ago, not for currently or recently active players who failed to qualify for the GM title itself. 0.34 Change “FIDE Permanent Commission” to “Permanent Commission of FIDE” and replace the full stop with a colon (:), then continue: “Grandmaster of Solving (GS), International Master of Solving (IMS), FIDE Master of Solving (FMS); Grandmaster of Composing (GMC), International Master of Composing (IMC), FIDE Master of Composing (FMC); International Judge of Chess Composition (IJCC).” 1.14 Change “150” to “120”. This resolves what would otherwise be a conflict with the Olympiad and World Championship rules. The adoption of 150 would have meant that results obtained in the Olympiad, the World Championship and its regional qualification tournaments would have been ineligible for title norms. 1.14a Replace “All the moves in 120 minutes, but for each move a player receives an extra 30 seconds added to his clock time.” with: “All the moves in 90 minutes, but for each move a player receives an extra 30 seconds added to his clock time. 40 moves in 75 minutes, followed by all the moves in 15 minutes, but for each move a player receives an extra 30 seconds added to his clock time.” Insert new item: “1.14b All the moves in two hours is not acceptable.” 1.42a replace “which have been temporarily excluded” with “which are temporarily excluded when the event starts.” 1.42c Delete “Games where only White plays one move are not included.” 1.6 under “Games not included”, approx line 10, delete “, or by Black without making a move”. 2.15 In line 3 replace “3.14” with “2.14”.

 
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