Friday, November 5, 2010

FIDE Commissions 2010-2014

FIDE commissions are appointed every 4 years, and FIDE have just announced the commissions for the period 2010-2014. Each commission consists of a chairman, secretary, up to 3 councilors and 8 additional members. The Chairmain, secretary and councilors form the commissions Council, while the 8 additional members (4 nominated by the chairman, the other 4 nominated by Continental Presidents) have consultative status. In practice (at least in Rules and Tournament Regulations), both the Council members and the other members all have a vote during the commission meetings.
One change that took place for the new commissions is the requirement that no person be on more than two commissions. This has opened up more commission slots for members, while allowing the exchange of expertise across committees.
The list of members for each committee is quite long (grab it from here if you are interested) but the Chairman and Secretary for each committee is:

Technical Commission: Dirk de Ridder (BEL), Secretary Andrzej Filipowicz (POL)
Rules and Tournament Regulations: Geurt Gijssen (NED), Secretary Stewart Reuben (ENG)
Swiss Pairings: Christian Krause (GER), Secretary Mikko Markkula (FIN)
Arbiters: Panagiotis Nikolopoulos (GRE), Secretary Dirk de Ridder (BEL)
Qualifications: Mikko Markkula (FIN), Secretary Nick Faulks (BER)
Womens Chess: Alexandra Kosteniuk (RUS) & Susan Polgar (USA), Secretary Martha Fierro (ECU)
Trainers: Adrian Mikhalchishin (SLO), Secretary Efstratios Grivas (GRE)
Medical: Jana Bellin (ENG), Secretary Arthur Schuering (NED)
Events: Ignatius Leong (SIN), Secretary Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou (GRE)
World Championship & Olympiad: Georgios Makropoulos (GRE)
Development: Alan Herbert (BAR), Secretary Rupert Jones (PNG)
Chess in Schools: Ali Nihat Yacizi (TUR), Secretary Kevin O'Connell (IRE)

From the Oceania region the following people are on the following commissions
Virgilio De Asa (FIJ) Development
Brian Jones (AUS) Development
Rupert Jones (PNG) Development
Shaun Press (PNG) Rules and Tournaments, Swiss Pairings