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    Oceania Zonal 2015 July 4-10

    Does anyone know when/where the Oceania Zonal 2015 will be held?
    I emailed them according to the email on www.oceaniachess.com a while ago, and haven't received any reply. Is the confederation still alive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Cross View Post
    Does anyone know when/where the Oceania Zonal 2015 will be held?
    I emailed them according to the email on www.oceaniachess.com a while ago, and haven't received any reply. Is the confederation still alive?
    Definitely alive. Maybe email Brian Jones directly. brian@chessaustralia.com.au.
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    Brian is no longer in charge of the OCC; his term finished and Paul Spiller is the new President. The OCC most certainly still exists.

    I had a message in mid-October from Paul giving the Oceania Zonal venue and dates as "Norths Leagues Club in North Sydney from July 3 - 9. More details on this will be out in December after arrangements are finalised."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham View Post
    I had a message in mid-October from Paul giving the Oceania Zonal venue and dates as "Norths Leagues Club in North Sydney from July 3 - 9.
    If this is the case it will be great. Perfect venue and historically excellent organising. I hope I am back from Europe by then so I can have a few days of rest in Sydney following this event from close!
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    I'm anxious to know the dates, for the NZ Calendar and the handful of NZers who have expressed interest (we haven't issued a specific request for applications yet). My understanding is that the July dates are unconfirmed, as the Asian Chess Federation would prefer the event to be in the first quarter of 2015. Any official news would be welcome...

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    I asked Norths a while ago and they said they had 'tentative dates of 3 to 9 July 2015'.
    This timeframe was suggested in order to maximise attendance of the event, giving students the opportunity to attend, as I believe it falls in both the primary/secondary school and uni holidays (unis have exams in June). The Easter period would be busy with Doeberl & the SIO and I think any other date (apart from maybe Jan-Feb) would mean students would have to miss school to attend.

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    Of course those dates will see 30 of the country's keenest kids away at the Junior Elite Training Squad camp on the Gold Coast, though hopefully that will mean that the Zonal field will consist somewhat less of juniors and more of elite players. Not good for the tournament budget but better for the credibility of the zonal titles.

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    With a new regulation in place, the new zonal titles will be as credible as you could possibly hope. The only issue is that there will be not many of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vlad View Post
    With a new regulation in place, the new zonal titles will be as credible as you could possibly hope. The only issue is that there will be not many of them.
    What regulation(s), Vlad?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Dowden View Post
    What regulation(s)
    As posted before;

    In the latest handbook, FIDE have tightened the Direct Title Regulations from Zonals (Sub-Continental Individual). (http://www.fide.com/component/handbo...3&view=article)

    To obtain:
    IM/WIM must get =1st in the tournament (this includes the already-titled GMs/IMs playing in the tournament) and Silver/Bronze (2nd/3rd) only get IM/WIM norms (as opposed to titles as per the handbook in July 2013).
    FM/WFM need 6/9 (up from 4.5/9 a few years ago)
    CM/WCM need 4.5/9 (up from 40% a few years ago)
    I believe the limit of 1 IM/WIM titles and 2 FM/WFM titles is still in place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AzureBlue View Post
    As posted before;

    In the latest handbook, FIDE have tightened the Direct Title Regulations from Zonals (Sub-Continental Individual). (http://www.fide.com/component/handbo...3&view=article)

    To obtain:
    IM/WIM must get =1st in the tournament (this includes the already-titled GMs/IMs playing in the tournament) and Silver/Bronze (2nd/3rd) only get IM/WIM norms (as opposed to titles as per the handbook in July 2013).
    FM/WFM need 6/9 (up from 4.5/9 a few years ago)
    CM/WCM need 4.5/9 (up from 40% a few years ago)
    I believe the limit of 1 IM/WIM titles and 2 FM/WFM titles is still in place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AzureBlue View Post
    I believe the limit of 1 IM/WIM titles and 2 FM/WFM titles is still in place.
    I think these limits have been scrapped with the higher thresholds now in place. I suppose someone could check to see how many titles would have been awarded at previous zonals if the current regulations were in place, but I suspect it would be a lot less.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerry Stead View Post
    I think these limits have been scrapped with the higher thresholds now in place. I suppose someone could check to see how many titles would have been awarded at previous zonals if the current regulations were in place, but I suspect it would be a lot less.
    Apologies; thanks for the correction - I haven't read anything about the changing of the limits of the number of titles awarded per zonal so just assumed it was still as before.
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    Can anyone tell me who the main contact for Norths is please?

    Gardiner Chess had planned into the CAQ calendar to move the Gold Coast Open to July 3-5 in order to better accomodate any juniors from the JETS who wished to play....obviously we need to avoid a clash in the GC Open and Zonal in order to maximise participation for both!

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