Interesting how much leeway FIDEs rules would leave for corrupt tournament organizers. Imagine a case where there are special players (say children of influential people) that should (or should not) obtain the top spots.
From article 13: "The... | Read More
Yesterday I played in the first qualifier for Taiwan Nationals. And every time, one cannot stop being astonished by ... the lack of common sense and organization skills displayed.
The number of players were 101. The zero tolerance rule is str... | Read More
Yesterday the cycle of Taiwan Nationals / National team selection tournaments started.
It is a combined event, where the team to represent Chinese Taipei are selected for the Chess Olympiad in Norway 2014. One of the competitions also acts a Nati... | Read More
I have been looking for something like this: a listing upcoming chess events in a similar way as it was done back in Europe.
While there are some listings, many are done by someone with an agenda -- carefully omitting 'competitors' events etc. ... | Read More
The 2013 Taiwan Nationals were concluded yesterday, and the results can be seen http://tapani.homeftp.org/nationals2013_berger2.pdf
So what kind of prize ceremony and/or award awaits the new Taiwan Champion?
Not even a cheap metal pla... | Read More
The piece of sheet the organizers provide is somewhat undecipherable, emphasizing things like on which table each game should be played on, rather than ease of overviewability.
So I tried to gather all the information in a more standard-like Berg... | Read More
They have special rules for foreigners, regarding how many can advance to what stage. In the finals they also (for some reason) have special treatments on our games (that we should play each other the last three rounds). It is round-robin so the o... | Read More
The first six rounds of the finals were played this weekend.
The format is a 12 player round-robin, so roughly half of the games remain.
I did okayish, having 2 pts of 3 after day one. My first round was against Ausin, which I won after he blund... | Read More
Instead of just pointing out the ... unprincipled ... approach of the chess organization here, there are some good things here that I have not seen elsewhere.
Anyone can become the champion. This means that anyone can play, and by being good can ... | Read More
There seems to be no enforcement regarding electronic devices in the game area. Every year I see people running a chess engine only a few meters from the games (in the game room). On laptops, tablets, and cell phones. This year I stood behind some... | Read More