15 October 2014

Zonal Index Update 2014-10-15

A second pass through Zonal Clipping Headers revealed no new problems, so I updated the index page World Chess Championship Zonals ('Last updated 2014-10-15'). Since I now had some extra time, I added a few new clippings that were waiting to be processed. I don't want to list all of the changes I made, but if anyone is interested, the latest clippings can be identified via their directory, Index of /chess/zonals/clippngs, sorted on the 'Last modified' timestamp. The first two characters of the clipping filename indicate the year of the event: '90' = 1990, 'A0' = 2000, 'B1' = 2011 etc. The two character year is a convention I use throughout the site.

One of the new clippings is from Chesshistory.com's 'C.N. 6422. Youngest International Master'. On the same page are 'C.N. 6423. Fischer’s title(s)' and 'C.N. 6429. International Master title'. The last reference mentions an appropriate topic for further research:-

Further evidence regarding Mecking’s IM title would also be welcome. With respect to both Fischer and Mecking, does any reader have access to FIDE’s working documents and reports? More generally, what were the rules on the awarding of the IM title for performances in Zonal Tournaments?

As for the list of tasks in the previous Zonal Index Update (2014-07-16), all but the last is now complete. I'll use that task as the start of a new list of tasks:-

  • Identify events where the clippings lack a crosstable
  • List players qualifying to the next stage (where the list is known)
  • Split venue into city & country

With a World Championship match due to start in less than a month, it might be a while before I tackle that list.

08 October 2014

Zonal Clipping Headers

The maintenance on my zonal pages, outlined in Zonal Index Update, then completed for Inventory of Missing Zonal Clippings and Zonal Months, took another step forward. I compared the index page World Chess Championship Zonals with the clipping pages listed at the bottom of the index, resolved as many header discrepancies as I could, and updated 19 clipping pages. I'll perform the comparison one more time before I update the index page.

01 October 2014

FIDE Internet Qualifiers 2001

In the previous post on my zonal project, Zonal Months, I mentioned,
While doing this I noted a few other anomalies that need more research. For example, the page covering Zonals 2001-2002 (C20) starts with '0.0 FIDE Internet Qualifiers 2001-09', but this unique event is not adequately explained.

I added a few more clippings from TWIC to that C20 page, but the coverage is still incomplete. Although I doubt that there is a comprehensive written record of this event anywhere, the original Fide.com reports survive in Archive.org. Following are some of the more informative bulletins.

/02.07.2001/ COMMUNIQUE OF THE FIDE PRESIDENTIAL BOARD MEETING, DUBAI, 1 JULY 2001

The Board [...] further resolved to give FIDE Commerce the support needed for the implementation later this month of the World Internet Championship, which will serve as basis for the selection of 8 qualifiers to the World Championship this year.

/25.07.2001/ Welcome to the World Internet Chess Championship • 'See related material(s):' has all (?) related articles.

The Tournament Zone is OPEN. http://wicc.fide.com

/14.09.2001/ WICC Semifinal Announced

We would like to inform all the Net Chess Players of the terms and conditions of WICC Semifinal. On multiple requests of the Net Players the dates have been shifted from the initially announced. The tournament will start on September 25, 2001 and last till October 5, 2001. It will be played in 9 rounds Swiss system based on rating. 64 winners of the Semifinal will take part in the WICC Final to define the best 8 to qualify to the World Chess Championship 2001. All who completed 4 games before Monday, September 24, 2001 12:00 GMT and occupy places 1 – 256 in the FIDE Net Rating are eligible to get registered for the Semifinal.

/21.09.2001/ 3 easy steps to take part in WICC Semifinal

More detailed information concerning WICC Semifinal you may get here href=http://wicc.fide.com/read.cgi?html=fin1#subm

/08.10.2001/ WICC Final Started

The first phase of the qualification is over. Now, the 68 strongest players of WICC Semifinal will come together to define the 8. There are already surprises. The common opinion was that the Final qualifiers would be only the well-known FIDE-rated players. But... Take a look at the players' list, are you sure you heard of all of them?

/19.10.2001/ Final standings of the World Internet Chess Championship

The whole standing list you may see by clicking here: http://wicc.fide.com/read.cgi?html=fin2a

/05.11.2001/ The official decision of the WICC Appeals Committee regarding appeals submitted by the players disqualified from WICC Final

The WICC Appeals Committee [...] has undertaken an examination of the appeals submitted by...

That same month saw news about another online event -- /29.11.2001/ OFFICIAL WORLD CHESS FEDERATION DISAPPOINTED BY FAILURE OF UNOFFICIAL 'ONLINE WORLD CHESS' EVENT. What was this about? The news lives on in the form of press releases.

The challenges in running these online chess events were so severe that FIDE never attempted another online qualifier.

24 September 2014

2013-2014 Women's Grand Prix, the Players

After posting Women's Grand Prix, Sharjah, the last of the six events for the 2013-2014 FIDE Women's Grand Prix, I created the table shown on the left. It lists the 21 players, their scores across all events in which they participated, and the number of games they played. The table gave me the data I needed to update the World Chess Championship : Index of Women Players.

17 September 2014

2013-2014 Women's Grand Prix, Sharjah

I added the crosstable and PGN for the 2014 Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) to my page on the 2013-2014 FIDE Women's Grand Prix. The initial announcement for this Grand Prix (March 2013), stated that the event would be held in Erdenet, Mongolia.

Since this was the last of the six events scheduled for the Grand Prix, I also added the final standings calculated by FIDE. I was pleased to see that these standings were published shortly after the Sharjah event ended. The final results were never published for the 2011-2012 Women's Grand Prix.

TBD: Add the participants to the Index of Women Players, and perhaps develop a table of results across all events, like I did for the 2012-13 GP. • The FIDE calendar lists 'Women's World Championship 2014, 11-Oct-2014, 31-Oct-2014', but there has been no announcement about this event. This would be the same knockout format last seen in World Chess Championship (Women) : 2012 FIDE Knockout Matches.

10 September 2014

Zonal Months

Starting with the first zonal cycle, Zonals 1948-1951 (C01), I stepped through all 26 cycles listed at the bottom of the index page World Chess Championship Zonals, looking for mismatches between the year & month shown on the event header (e.g. 'CAN Quebec City 1947-00') and the same info in the corresponding clipping (e.g. 'June'). I found 20 cycles with mismatches and updated the headers.

While doing this I noted a few other anomalies that need more research. For example, the page covering Zonals 2001-2002 (C20) starts with '0.0 FIDE Internet Qualifiers 2001-09', but this unique event is not adequately explained.

27 August 2014

2014 Carlsen - Anand

I added a new page for the 2014 Carlsen - Anand title match to the index page for the World Chess Championship. According to FIDE, the match will take place 7-28 November 2014, 'on the territory of the Olympic village'.

The match still hasn't been confirmed by both players. Chess-news.ru reported earlier this week that Carlsen Postpones Signing of the WC Match Contract At Least for Two Weeks. The current World Champion has washed his hands of FIDE in the past; see my post Groan Prix (December 2008) for details.