K Factor Meeting in Athens Print
Monday, 22 June 2009 06:37

Prior to the Presidential Board in Krakow, a meeting was held in Athens to discuss the proposed changes to the rating system and in particular the increase in the K factor. A small group of experts gathered to discuss the matter and to make recommendations, if needed, regarding the decisions taken in Dresden.

The two day meeting was chaired by the FIDE Deputy President, Georgios Makropoulos, and included the FIDE Treasurer Nigel Freeman, FIDE Executive Director David Jarrett, FIDE Qualifications Commission Chairman Mikko Markkula, FIDE Qualification Commission Councillor Nick Faulks, Jeff Sonas from California, GMs John Nunn and Bartlomiej Macieja plus Vladimir Kukaev from the Ratings Office in Elista.

The meeting focused on the K factor issue but also dealt with a number of other matters including possible inflation in the rating system. The meeting supported the move to 6 lists per year and the increase of the ‘350 point rule’ to ‘400 point rule’ but felt that the increase in the K factor should be referred back to the Qualification Commission and this recommendation was agreed at the Presidential Board.

Jeff Sonas and Bartlomiej Macieja both produced interesting and detailed material and John Nunn had carried out a survey of top players. FIDE is indebted to them for their hard work in the preparation for this meeting. In addition, the ACP forwarded an important paper by GM Dmitriy Jakovenko.

It is intended that this group continues to cooperate and meet again next year.

FIDE Executive Director David Jarrett, FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos, FIDE Qualification Commission Councillor Nick Faulks, GM Bartlomiej Macieja, Jeff Sonas, GM John Nunn, FIDE Qualification Commission Chairman Mikko Markkula, Vladimir Kukaev. Not shown (because he took the picture): FIDE Treasurer Nigel Freeman.

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