Thursday, January 31, 2013

New Regulations from FIDE QC - Part 2

The other set of regulations that have been approved by FIDE are the revamped title regulations. Most of the work in this area was done at the QC Meetings in Istanbul in 2012, although there may have ben some 'tidying up' done afterwards.
The most significant change for norm events is that the time limit for title norms as again been dropped down to 90m+30s (for incremental time controls) or 120m for the first time control followed by 30m for the rest of the game (where no increments are used). Time controls can of course be longer that this.
Where there has been real change is in the area of direct titles. This had become a bit confused over the last decade, so clarification and consolidation was called for. Continental and Sub-Continental events have now been clearly defined, while the status of Regional events has now been clarified.
The major change seems to be how Zonals/Sub-Zonals are treated. Both are now treated as Sub-Continental events. The restrictions on the number of titles that can be awarded at Zonals has also been changed. Previously there was a limit of 1 IM and 2 FM titles on offer. For IM titles this is now changed so that the title only will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd (on tie-break), regardless of the score achieved. For FM and CM titles, the restriction on the number that can be awarded as been removed entirely, but the performance required has been lifted. For an FM title it is now 65% and for a CM title it is 50%.
To see what effect these changes might have, I had a look at the last two Oceania Zonals (NZ 2011, Aus 2009). From 2011, Andrew Brown would have still received his IM title (for finishing second), but Max Illingworth would have also earned the title, on tie-break over Moulthun Ly. Ly would have received the FM title (which he earned anyway), but Gareth Oliver would have missed out on his FM title (but read on).
From the 2009 Zonal James Morris would still have become an IM (he finished second), but for the FM title there would have been 4 new title holders. Bobby Cheng and Michael Steadman (who were awarded the FM title) would be joined by Moulthun Ly and Gareth Oliver!
So from a huge data set of 2 tournaments, it seems that the changes won't result in a rash of  extra 'Zonal' IM's/FM's.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks very much for this!

Anonymous said...

What is the reasoning behind awarding direct titles of WFM and FM to as young players as winners of U8 categories, who may also be not rated? In relation to the other hugely different way of having 2300+ for FM or less for WFM.

Anonymous said...

There is no logic with this. Was it so hard to have new titles for youngsters winning in such a way inaugurated, and not conflict with previously so hard to earn exactly same titles?
Another question, if you might know: do new title diplomas state how the title was achieved at least?

Dave

Anonymous said...

Dear Sir, where can I find all (or some) the FIDE Title Regulations official documents from 1996 to 2013? It is good to read and see step by step improvements made. Tks, Roger