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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham View Post
    Interesting that 21 players are participating...i would think the organisers will invite top rated player from the Reserves to move to the championship to make it 22 and to avoid a bye.
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    Quote Originally Posted by newlasker View Post
    I didnt know until fairly recently that it was possible to apply for a dispensation to enter the reserves
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    Interesting that 21 players are participating...i would think the organisers will invite top rated player from the Reserves to move to the championship to make it 22 and to avoid a bye.
    The organisers don't have the discretion to do that since any promotion of an ineligible player to the Champs needs to be approved by the ACF via the selections committee.

    The only available by-law for doing so says that in "exceptional circumstances" the ACF may invite an extra player to compete. Leaving aside that something that happens 50% of the time is hardly exceptional, this by-law has been used to promote willing bye-fillers in the past - usually in cases where the organisers are especially keen to avoid a bye in the top division and raise the issue well in advance. It also sometimes happens that when the issue is raised there is some narrowly rejected applicant for selection who can be promoted, but in this case there hadn't been any such applicants.

    The issue of there being an odd number of entries wasn't raised until late this afternoon and that's just not enough time for a formal process to approve selection of a bye-filler in time to do the pairings.
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    Any live games to follow?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    Any live games to follow?
    There is an entry at https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-to...ship-2020#live so if it is anywhere I expect it would be there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham View Post
    There is an entry at https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-to...ship-2020#live so if it is anywhere I expect it would be there.
    All games are now showing.
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    Bjelobrk-Lo board is stuck on move 1. [fixed now]
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham View Post
    All games are now showing.
    Do the nonsensical clock times mean that the transmission is on delay?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Rout View Post
    Do the nonsensical clock times mean that the transmission is on delay?
    Transmission is on 30 mins delay from scheduled start.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham View Post
    The organisers don't have the discretion to do that since any promotion of an ineligible player to the Champs needs to be approved by the ACF via the selections committee. The only available by-law for doing so says that in "exceptional circumstances" the ACF may invite an extra player to compete. Leaving aside that something that happens 50% of the time is hardly exceptional, this by-law has been used to promote willing bye-fillers in the past - usually in cases where the organisers are especially keen to avoid a bye in the top division and raise the issue well in advance. It also sometimes happens that when the issue is raised there is some narrowly rejected applicant for selection who can be promoted, but in this case there hadn't been any such applicants. The issue of there being an odd number of entries wasn't raised until late this afternoon and that's just not enough time for a formal process to approve selection of a bye-filler in time to do the pairings.
    Would it still be possible to promote someone from the Reserves? It does seem a shame to have an odd number, when I'm sure there would be several willing applicants?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Byrom View Post
    Would it still be possible to promote someone from the Reserves? It does seem a shame to have an odd number, when I'm sure there would be several willing applicants?
    No doubt it would be possible and in principle is desirable, but there is the risk that if somebody then withdrew (which is probably a heightened risk this year) you would be left with both a bye and a last-minute fill-in rather than an even number. I believe this has been known to happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Rout View Post
    No doubt it would be possible and in principle is desirable, but there is the risk that if somebody then withdrew (which is probably a heightened risk this year) you would be left with both a bye and a last-minute fill-in rather than an even number. I believe this has been known to happen.
    Indeed, there was a withdrawal last time that created an odd number, and not for the first time either, though it hadn't happened in the few runnings of the event before that.

    In theory if the organisers, preferably with the approval of the chief arbiter, approached the selection committee and said they had a specific player they'd like to add who was agreeable, then the committee could consider it and if three members of the committee said yes then that person could be added once that had happened. But how long that might take is hard to say and such a decision wouldn't be a formality given that entries have closed and given that there is no rejected applicant for the Champs who could have easily been added.
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    Two draws from the bottom half: Kargosha (his first game under AUS registration!) vs Wallis and Ng vs Puccini.

    In the Reserves the top 10 seeds conceded 2 draws and 2 losses (junk round? I don't think so!)
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    Watching the games live now on Chess24: some interesting battles.

    On board 4, Solo is clear piece down after 20 moves.
    P.S. Edited 3 moves later: ok....he appears to be getting some kind of threats that may make the position tricky
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    Board 1, Timur has a big advantage with black after move 14 already
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