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    FIDE market research survey

    https://www.fide.com/component/conte...h-nielsen.html

    To compensate for your time and effort, we want to give all participants the option of entering a raffle for a two-hour online masterclass with Vladimir Kramnik. Ten lucky winners will have the chance to interact with the former World Champion and learn from this legendary player.
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    Dear friends,

    The FIDE Qualification Commission (QC) is seeking responses to a questionnaire about the length of games required for standardplay games to be FIDE rated.

    QC has received a lot of correspondence during 2019 suggesting FIDE should change the FIDE rating regulations to allow shorter games than at present to be rated. The relevant regulation is regulation 1 here: https://www.fide.com/fide/handbook.h...7&view=article

    Given that changing this regulation would directly impact upon so much FIDE-rated chess, QC has decided to create a questionnaire to put this issue directly to all interested parties to better inform any decision that might be taken to change this regulation.

    The questionnaire can be found here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1F...PNSDQ/viewform

    QC encourages all players and interested parties to respond to this questionnaire, and for national federations to send it to their membership encouraging them to respond. Responses will be collected until Sunday, 27th October; and results published as soon as possible thereafter.

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    Dear friends,

    FIDE Vice President Judit Polgar has teamed up with ChessKid in an attempt to set the Guinness World Record for "Largest Online Chess Tournament". Even though there is no record officially set, Guinness has required that at least 20,000 kids participate for the record to count. Below you will find a link to the full announcement of the tournament, with instructions on how to join:

    FIDE would like to endorse this initiative and support Judit, one of the key figures in our organization. We believe that a World Record will benefit chess and give it visibility. Plus, we could use this record as an example to demonstrate our sponsors and partners the potential that online chess has.

    https://www.chesskid.com/article/vie...a-world-record


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    As noted by Bill in the shoutbox, www.fide.com has been revamped.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham View Post
    As noted by Bill in the shoutbox, www.fide.com has been revamped.
    Looks good too!
    I notice a couple of articles in the Russian language on the front page too!
    That for some reason reminded me days of my youth when I was so fascinated by Fyodor Dostoyevsky's character Alyosha Karamazov that I had learned his famous line
    I love mankind, but I find to my amazement that the more I love mankind as a whole, the less I love man in particular. translating word by word from the original
    The Brothers Karamazov novel with the help of a dictionary!
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    Looks good, but when looking at where events are ie closest events, world events. When you go to America and keep clicking down, there is no Oceania Zone or that Australia and its Oceania neighbours are not included in Asia.

    So Australia doesn't count again according to Fide. Pretty reflective of our true position within FIDE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garvinator View Post
    Looks good, but when looking at where events are ie closest events, world events. When you go to America and keep clicking down, there is no Oceania Zone or that Australia and its Oceania neighbours are not included in Asia.
    Well spotted; Australia is not clickable on the map whereas the rest of Asia is.

    Mainland Australia is however doing better than New Zealand or Tasmania which are not even on the map at all.
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    Budapest PB key decisions:

    https://www.fide.com/news/102

    * WWC match Ju vs Goryachkina to be held in China and Russia in January.
    * Candidates 2020 in Yekaterinburg
    * 2021 World Cup to be expanded to 206 players.
    * Complete smoking ban to be considered for FIDE events.

    * "To note that a work of Arbiters’ Commission, Rules Commission and Technical Commission requires a serious improvement. To acknowledge that a report of the Technical Commission was poorly structured and a report of the Rules Commission did not contain proposals on a number of topical issues. To call upon all Commission Chairmen to present their reports and annexes in a clear way."

    * "To demand the Arbiters’ Commission to establish a comprehensive system of arbiter retraining and recertification based on successful initiatives already tested by continents and national federations."

    * "To acknowledge that the Czech Chess Federation expelled Mr. Igors Rausis. To remove Mr. Rausis’s affiliation from the FIDE rating list once the Czech Chess Federation submits all documents that were pertinent to its decision."

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    Smoking ban is interesting - from an anti-cheating perspective in NZ (and I know this has been discussed before), much better than currently having to have a smokers area outside the venue somewhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham View Post
    * 2021 World Cup to be expanded to 206 players.
    I wonder how this is going to work? With 128 players, both players who reached the pointy end of the tournament and commentators alike were saying how tiring a full month of chess is under the World Cup format.

    So I wonder how 206 players is going to work? And, of course the obvious question, why 206? If the Presidential Board was planning on adding an extra round, that would be 256 players.

    Very confusing at this stage.

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    Yes it's a thoroughly strange number to pick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham View Post
    Yes it's a thoroughly strange number to pick.
    I've seen this mentioned elsewhere. The top fifty or so are seeded into the second round, which is 128 and it's then like the current tournament. Although that means an extra round, in practice it will be a rarity for anyone to do the full eight - you would have to be oiutside the seeded players but make the final.

    Overall I think this is an improvement. Currently there are a number of reasonably good players who don't make the cut because of the number of places their country/region has, but on the other hand the minnows do add a bit of interest and it's not really a World Cup if you don't include everybody.

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    Ah yes. 206 is 50 + 2*78 so that would be consistent with seeding 50 through to the second round.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Rout View Post
    Overall I think this is an improvement. Currently there are a number of reasonably good players who don't make the cut because of the number of places their country/region has, but on the other hand the minnows do add a bit of interest and it's not really a World Cup if you don't include everybody.
    That tension reminds me of very similar arguments about the Cricket World Cup.

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