Saturday, 26 May 2007

Oceania Zonal Titles - The Final Word(?)

Given that there is still some debate about whether players really earned their titles at the 2007 Oceania Zonal, I contacted a couple of FIDE officials concerning the reading of the regulations in the FIDE Handbook.
In part my question was

Specifically the FIDE Handbook Section on titles states

1.2 Titles achieved from International Championships:
1.21 As indicated below, a player may gain a title from such an event or, gain a single title result (norm). The requirements in 1.42, 1.46, 1.47, 1.48 and 1.49 have to be applied.

As Sections 1.42,1.46,1.47,1.48 and 1.49 refer to the requirements for title norms, is it correct to say that this clause only applies to the earning of norms in zonals (ie 20 game IM norm for 2450+ result) and does not apply to titles awarded directly for Zonal placings and performance (ie IM title for 66%, FM title for 50% results)?

The response I received from Stewart Rueben was

When I rewrote the regulations I did not intend the titles awarded for zonal placings to be subject to the norm regulations. What is written is arguably ambiguous. Even if not, if it has caused confusion, it should be rewritten.

There is no doubt in my mind that the woman who came second and scored more than 2/3rds is entitled to the WIM title. That was the purpose of the regulation written long before my time and possibly written before there were ratings.

Hopefully this closes the argument on this matter.

Many thanks to Stewart Rueben for responding so quickly to this question, and to an almost identical query from ACF Vice President Bill Gletsos.

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