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    Congratulations to Kiwi Paul Spiller on his re-election as zone president. Thanks to KB for these full updates, especially considering the internet challenges in Batumi.
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    Mostly the internet here was very good - except in the General Assembly hall!

    Yesterday FIDE agreed to ban proxy voting in future elections.

    The Congress is all finished now. Makropoulos had a bit of a parting rant about Dvorkovich's campaign at the end which I don't think did him a lot of credit - eg complaining about petty stuff like people running voting tickets for the minor positions (which has always happened and always will). He said that the vote turned against his team with many delegates changing sides in the 2-3 days leading into the election but that people who changed their positions were upfront and honest about why.

    Yesterday the Ethics, Verification and Constitution Commission elections were almost completely unsuccessful and had to be re-run. Of the 14 candidates for 4 Ethics positions, 11 for 5 Verification positions and 7 for 4 Constitution positions, only Ian Wilkinson (Jamaica) managed to win a majority on the first round for Constitution, all the rest had to run again. The re-vote was held today and among other things the US succeeded in getting a member on all these Commissions. Of the chairs, Francois Strydom was returned as chair of Ethics and Roberto Rivello as chair of Constitution (both unopposed) but Verification chairman Graham Boxall wasn't returned to the commission so has lost that position. Gary Wastell (AUS) ran for Constitution but wasn't elected. We will have to wait and see who gets the appointed commission positions but it is likely some commissions will be given a clean-out.

    Dvorkovich has announced he will hold a General Assembly every year but the location for 2019 is not known yet.

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    New President Dvorkovich announced he will be consulting with Federations regarding membership of the non-elected Commissions.

    It will be interesting to see where this goes. Shaun Press was kicked off a bunch of commissions in 2014, according to him because his Federation didn't openly support Kirsan. Several other commission members were expecting to be boned if Makro was elected this year, but with Dvorkovich winning instead I would not be surprised to see them retained while Makro supporters may instead be given the boot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham View Post
    It got mutilated by an uprising against radical changes on the fly from Scotland, England and the USA. There will be a revised version that, whatever restrictions are placed on half-point byes, will clearly include an unless-the-rules-of-the-competition-state-otherwise rule. Also even the version presented to GA allowed for two half-point byes on a day with more than one round.

    Minor elections are on. Dvorkovich kept two of the existing Vice-Presidents: Tulay (Turkey) and Yang (China). He also appointed Nigel Short, Lukasz Turlej (Poland - Short's campaign manager) and someone else whose name I missed. Australia nominated Anastasia Sorokina (Belarus, ex-AUS) as an elected Vice-President and she won, together with Michael Khordarkovsky (USA), Martha Fierro Baquero (Ecuador) - these all on the first ballot. Second ballot: Olalekan Adeyami (Nigeria), Akaki Iashvili (Georgia).
    Looks like a ridiculous number of Vice-Presidents! Is there some kind of limit to how many Vice-Presidents Fide is allowed to have?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    Looks like a ridiculous number of Vice-Presidents! Is there some kind of limit to how many Vice-Presidents Fide is allowed to have?
    No. The current number is 12 as it was in 2014 (two elected on the Presidential ticket, five* appointed by the President, five* elected by the GA). The two numbers marked * have to match and the GA has to approve the suggested number marked *, so in theory the GA could approve 49 and then FIDE would have 100 Vice-Presidents. If the GA rejects the number proposed by the President, then the GA must approve a number of 3, 4 or 5 for each of the * positions, which would mean between 8 and 12 total Vice-Presidents.

    The President is required to "justify" their choice of * to the GA and Dvorkovich actually did this, which was an impressive grasp of the regulations for someone so new to the job.

    It is a ridiculous number. They are really just general committee members.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    Lol, typical African countries. Providing free places is expensive, travelling is expensive...so when they travel - they want to get free board and accommodation, when they host - they do not want to provide .

    P.S. Lets see who buys their votes today, Dvorkovich or Macro .
    A stark example of an ethnocentric populism

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    The Minutes of the Congress are here:

    https://www.fide.com/fide/minutes/11...d-annexes.html

    General Assembly minutes:

    https://www.fide.com/images/stories/...atumi_2018.pdf

    This includes full voting results for the minor positions, which were not previously public.

    A couple of cases where there was one objection to a decision were minuted but neither of my lone objections to term limits were.

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