Thursday, February 21, 2013

More on player licensing

Here's a FIDE reply on the subject. I'm just copy pasting it here because when I started reading, I gave up before the end. It is like reading a Raymond Siew blog post. The monotonous droning on and on until you go cross-eyed and lose interest - I call this the "FGM effect".

Read the FIDE reply to Herman Hamers, FIDE Delegate of the Dutch Chess Federation below , if you can stomach it, and tell me if you actually read to the end or understood what it meant.

Dear Herman
Thank you for your email of 12th February.

There seems to have been a major misunderstanding as to the purposes of the new registration rules, which we certainly admit could have been written more clearly. The intention was that, by default, all those with already a FIDE ID number are considered already licensed and NCFs do not need to do anything other than verifying the information required. The regulations are meant only for NEW players. The idea is for them to get a FIDE ID, or be advised what their FIDE ID already is if they had played but yet to have a published rating. There is NO fee to be charged, unless a player turns up at a tournament without an ID. How that fee is to be charged is under discussion, but it is likely to be paid by the player concerned and shared between the NCF and FIDE. Passport numbers and photos are not compulsory, but we would like some form of identification for those players with the same name. To take one name, Horvath: in the latest FIDE rating list we have six Istvan, Laszlo and Zoltan, five Adam, Csaba, Gabor, Jozsef and Tamas and four Attila, Lajos and Peter Horvaths.

It has been noted that many organizers and arbiters have no means to verify the correct spelling of players entering their competitions; in particular, those who had no published ratings or a FIDE ID number. Many players also do not use the exact same name used previously; sometimes with a different spelling. There had also been numerous cases of registering under a “wrong” Federation (FED) and the subsequent need to “transfer” back to the “rightful” FED. Many NCFs have their own internal controls over registering of players and other title holders and many times, these created conflict situations which FIDE had to try mitigate. Two very common examples are:
(1) Working father (with citizenship in a NCF, say “Y”) re-located overseas due to work (say, NCF “X”), brings his family and the child goes to school in X, participates in a competition and the local organizer lists the child under NCF X. Child later wishes to participate in an official FIDE event but NCF X does not endorse. The father then requests NCF Y for his child to play under NCF Y. This would be followed by long chains of emails claiming citizenship etc etc etc … ending with Notification for Transfer and sometimes, rejection. In most of these situations, NCF Y is the “unhappy” NCF having to deal with these situations. Whereas, organizers like in NCF X happily collected entry fees from whoever wished to play.
(2) Working or studying adult or on holiday overseas – again, usually unrated or without a FIDE ID. The local organizer accepts the entry without checking exact spelling of name or country of origin and displays the player’s federation without authentication. An example – a Scot went on holiday in the United States. When asked by the organizer, the player said he is working in Belgium and the organizer submits the player’s federation as BEL. Subsequently, the player then has a published rating under BEL. BEL sees this and had to go through the process to get the player correctly registered. Why should BEL be troubled?

There has been a large growth in duplicate listings for new players as well as change of federations for new players, as well as Federations delisting and then relisting players. These have caused a lot of extra work for the Elista Office and to deal with these problems before they get out of hand, the QC Chairman reported to the PB. He suggested the various regulations which have been published on the FIDE website to try and sort out the situation.

The GA Minutes for Istanbul state under QC: “General Assembly accepts the report in general, and tasked the Commission to present the report to the next Presidential Board”, thus they gave the PB the power to take a decision regarding this report.

To answer your questions:
Just the new Regulations on Registration & Licensing of Players has been cancelled;
B.03 has been changed with only the non-contentious point 1 remaining;
The next PB will receive a rewritten proposal for the registration of players, taking into account comments received; and
The aim of all these proposals is to make the job of Federations and FIDE’s Office in Elista much easier.

I trust this answers your concerns
Best regards


Peter Long said...

It is absolute crap and insulting to ones intelligence. Arguments are full of holes and contradictions. Enough said...

Jimmy Liew said...

The FGM effect :)

Anonymous said...

The Rat effect :)

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