Minutes Moscow 2003

Minutes Moscow 2003



46th Meeting in Moscow, Russia 26.07. – 02.08.2003


Official Participants

John Rice, Great Britain, President
Hannu Harkola, Finland, 1st Vice-President
Uri Avner, Israel, 2nd Vice-President
Kjell Widlert, Sweden, 3rd Vice-President
Paul Valois, Great Britain, Secretary

Agshin Masimov, Azerbaijan, Delegate
Aliaksandr Mikholap, Belarus, Delegate
Edward Stoffelen, Belgium, Deputy for I.Vandemeulebroucke
Fadil Abdurahmanovic, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Delegate
Josip Varga, Croatia, Delegate
Michal Dragoun, Czech Republic, Delegate
Bjørn Enemark, Denmark, Delegate
Michel Caillaud, France, Delegate
David Gurgenidze, Georgia, Delegate
Bernd Ellinghoven, Germany, Delegate
Harry Fougiaxis, Greece, Delegate
Francesco Simoni, Italy, Delegate
Tadashi Wakashima, Japan, Delegate
Vidmantas Satkus, Lithuania, Delegate
Albert Ivanov, Moldova, Delegate
Henk le Grand, Netherlands, Delegate
Wladyslaw Rosolak, Poland, Delegate
Eric Huber, Romania, Deputy for V.Nestorescu
Jakov Vladimirov, Russia, Delegate
Marjan Kovacevic, Serbia & Montenegro, Delegate
Bedrich Formánek, Slovakia, Delegate and Honorary President
Marko Klasinc, Slovenia, Delegate
Thomas Maeder, Switzerland, Delegate
Evgeny Reitsen, Ukraine, Delegate
Mike Prcic, USA ,Deputy for N.Guttman

Viktor Chepizhny Russia Honorary Member

The following countries were not represented: Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Estonia,
Hungary, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Macedonia, Mongolia and Spain.

Other people who contributed actively included: Aleksandr Artsybashev, Kozma
Osul, Nikolai Selivanov, Jana Kopyl (organisation), Yochanan Afek, Günter
Büsing, Gady Costeff, Marek Kolcák, Paz Einat, Viktor Melnichenko,
John Roycroft, Rainer Staudte, Colin Sydenham, Igor Vereshchagin and Odette
Vollenweider (Sub-Committees), Bo Lindgren, Peter Bakker and Axel Steinbrink
(WCSC), Georgy Evseev and Oleg Pervakov (Solving Show), Irina and Maria Kuzmicheva

§1 Opening address

President John Rice opened the meeting and welcomed delegates and observers.
He paid particular thanks to the three members of the organising committee:
Andrei and Olga Selivanov, and Jakov Vladimirov.

§2 Tribute to Deceased Problemists

The President announced with regret the deaths of many problemists and study
experts. The following had been previous members of the Commission:

Aleksandr Pavlovich Kazantsev (Russia) (6.9.1906 – 14.9.2002)
Mircea Manolescu (Romania) (9.6.1938 – 14.3.2003)
Gino Mentasti (Italy) (15.8.1913 – 29.11.2002)
Jan Mortensen (Denmark) (13.11.1932 – 11.5.2003)

Others active as problemists were:

Roger Colas (France) (5.6.1924 – 2003)
Oleksandr Dmitrenko (Ukraine) (14.2.1943 – 21.9.2002)
Ivar Godal (Norway) (28.05.1916 – 12.03.02)
Leonid Grigorievich Iskra (Russia) (died 2002)
Paul Löschl (Germany) (21.5.1918 – 2003)
František Macek (Czech Republic) (28.3.1909 – 19.3.2003)
Yury Pavlov (Russia) (1928-2001)
Rudolf Queck (Germany) (18.10.1910 – 27.4.2003)
Giuseppe Solenghi (Italy) (11.3.1934 – 27.3.2003)
Aleksandr Toger (Israel) (8.5.1934 – 11.5.2003)
Nils G.G. van Dijk (Norway) (21.10.1933 – 17.1.2003)
Johan C. van Gool (Netherlands) (15.6.1923 – 23.8.2002)
Luigi Vitale (Italy) (5.6.1924 – 17.5.2003)
Viktor Ivanovich Vovneiko (Belarus) (1948 – 1998)
Milan R. Vukcevich (USA) (11.3.1937 – 10.5.2003)

Finally, two non-problemists:

Ken Whyld (GB, chess historian) (6.3.1926 – 11.7.2003)
Paula Benedek (Hungary), who frequently attended the WCCC with her husband

1. Verification of Attendance and Voting Rights

26 of the 38 member countries were represented at the opening. The meeting
was declared legal. 2 further delegates arrived later.

2. Application for Membership of PCCC by Lithuania

A letter was received from Vilimantas Satkus on behalf of the Lithuanian Chess
Composition Society applying for membership of the PCCC, also proposing his
son Vidmantas as delegate. The Society was founded in 1999 and publishes a quarterly
magazine Šachmatija. Lithuania was unanimously elected the 39th member
of the PCCC. 29 out of 39 member countries were now represented.

§4 Approval of the Portoroz Minutes 2002

The omission of Bernd Ellinghoven’s name from the list of official participants
as delegate for Germany was much regretted. Two names in the list of deceased
problemists on page 2 were mis-spelt. These should have read: Frits von Meyenfeldt
and Viktor Kolpakov. In the absence of further comments, the Minutes were approved
nem. con.

Footnote concerning 2002 PCCC Minutes, Item 9. A letter was received from
Igor Vereshchagin commenting on the report of the Codex Sub-Committee. As Mr
Vereshchagin was not a delegate, it was felt that his points could not be accepted
as a correction to the official Minutes. However, it should be made clear that
there was no intention to criticise the translation of the Codex into Russian,
and the phrase "and whether it might have been caused by a possibly not
quite correct translation into Russian of the official text" should have
been omitted. Also the text did not separate report and discussion clearly.
John Rice expressed regret if the phrasing had given offence, but stressed that
any criticism of the Minutes should be made through the appropriate delegate.

§5 Membership of the Standing Sub-Committees

1. WCCT: U.Avner Spokesman, B.Ellinghoven, H.Fougiaxis, M.Kovacevic,
E.Reitsen, J.Rice, J.Vladimirov

2. WCCI: M.Klasinc Spokesman, D.Gurgenidze, V.Melnichenko, A.Selivanov,

3. WCSC: M.Klasinc Spokesman, U.Avner, M.Kolcák, M.Kovacevic,

4. FIDE-Album: K.Widlert Spokesman, U.Avner, B.Ellinghoven, H.Gruber,
J.Rice, A.Selivanov

5. Qualifications: H.Harkola Spokesman, N.Kralin, A.Mikholap, F.Simoni,

6. Computer Matters: T.Maeder Spokesman, P.Einat, B.Enemark, H.Harkola,
H. le Grand

7. Studies: J.Roycroft Spokesman, Y.Afek, G.Costeff, D.Gurgenidze, N.Kralin

8. Codex: G.Büsing Spokesman, B.Formanek, C.Sydenham, I.Vereshchagin,

9. Judging: J.Rice Spokesman, U.Avner, J.Roycroft

10. Terminology: B.Formánek Spokesman, M.Dragoun, A.Slesarenko

11. Presidium Elections: J.Rice Spokesman, T.Maeder

In connection with the Qualifications Sub-Committee, Hannu Harkola pointed
out that membership was accorded on a permanent basis. Aliaksandr Mikholap was
appointed a permanent member, while N.Kralin, F.Simoni and O.Vollenweider replaced
the absent M.Bonavoglia, I.Vandemeulebroucke and K.Wenda on a temporary basis.
Hannu Harkola became Spokesman for this meeting only. Bedrich Formánek
replaced John Rice as Spokesman of the Terminology Sub-Committee.

Hannu Harkola proposed that the Presidium Elections Sub-Committee be disbanded.
The President suggested that it be reconstituted if the need arose. [In fact,
it was required this time, and John Rice replaced Klaus Wenda as Spokesman for
this year only].

§6 Notification of Proposals, and Sub-Committee Business

Discussion of the proposals were allocated to the Sub-Committees as follows:

6.1 U.Avner (Award of titles, from Wageningen) Qualifications
6.2 U.Avner (International Solving Tourney) WCSC
6.3 M.Klasinc (WCCT proposals 1 & 2) WCCT
6.4 M.Klasinc (Legality of positions of Fairy problems) Codex, WCCT
6.5 B.Formánek (Longest moremovers) Codex
6.6 J.Vladimirov (International Judge title) Qualifications, Judging
6.7 J.Vladimirov (GM, IM Solving titles) WCSC
6.8 J.Vladimirov (Presidium elections) Presidium Elections
6.9 J.Roycroft (IJ title for studies) Qualifications, Judging, Computer Matters

The President reminded delegates that they were required to send in any proposal
to him, 10 weeks in advance of Commission meetings, in English.

The Spokesmen for each Sub-Committee then outlined the work that was to be
carried out, and a timetable for meetings was drawn up.

§7 Brief Reports by Delegates on activities during

As a new feature, delegates were invited to report on activities in their country
during the last year. The following delegates spoke:

Great Britain (J.Rice). A successful residential weekend had been held
in April 2003 at Pitlochry in Scotland. Russia (J.Vladimirov). Two solving
tourneys with prize funds of $10,000 each had been organised by the Russian
Chess Federation in conjunction with FIDE and Argumenty i Fakty respectively;
the winners were O.Pervakov and G.Evseev. Uralsky Problemist produced
5 new books during the year and J.Vladimirov’s 1000 chess studies was published. Ukraine (E.Reitsen). The 6th annual volume (2002) and 3rd Album (1996-2000)
covering Ukrainian chess composition had been published. Slovakia (B.Formánek).
The Slovak Chess Problem Organisation celebrated its 50th anniversary, but the
lack of young solvers and composers was regretted. Germany (B.Ellinghoven).
The usual meetings and Solving Championship had been staged and Editions
had published 2 books. Sweden (K.Widlert). Springaren published an original by Anders Olson, at 102 probably the
world’s oldest composer. France (M.Caillaud). The usual meeting at Messigny
took place. Pascal Wassong has released a new version of NATCH, his program
for testing proof games, while Christian Poisson continues to develop his database
program WINCHLOE, now including some analysis of themes. Moldova (A.Ivanov).
The Al’bom Moldovy was published during 2002.

§8 Sub-Committees: Reports and Discussion

1. WCCT (World Chess Composition Tourney)

The 7th WCCT was making good progress under Director Zivko Janevski, and was
currently at the protest stage. It was mentioned that all entries have been
published on the websites of Kotešovec and MatPlus. 38 countries were participating.
Spokesman Uri Avner reported that Bosnia-Hercegovina had declined to be a judge
in the Helpmate section, and had to replaced by the reserve country, Great Britain;
USA would now be the reserve country. The death of Mircea Manolescu meant that
Romania could no longer be a judge in the #3 section. As the reserve country
Italy was reluctant to fill the gap, the USA was selected as judge, with Russia
as reserve. Uri Avner stressed that each country should approach judging as
seriously as possible, to ensure the best result. He reminded country judges
about the option of adding + (plus) and – (minus) to the scores, which will
help to reduce ties. John Rice suggested that this new method needed to be reviewed
once the 7th WCCT was over.

Proposal 6.4: Legality of positions of Fairy problems. Marko Klasinc
was unhappy that in the last three WCCTs, problems with obviously illegal positions
were allowed to participate in sections featuring problems with Fairy conditions.
He put forward proposed amendments to the Codex and the Rules for the WCCT,
requiring legality of the diagram position whenever a proof game is possible
(played according to the fairy condition in question).

The WCCT Sub-Committee expressed its view that a general rule requiring the
legality of position for fairy problems was undesirable for many reasons. Apart
from technical problems in implementing the proposal, the sub-committee felt
it is not the business of the PCCC to interfere with free development in the
Fairy-Chess field. They felt that a generalised restriction of this kind might
be at odds with the spirit of nonconformity that singles out this domain. The
Codex Sub-Committee felt that no changes should be made to the Codex, and that
the rules of the WCCT were not their business. The proposal lapsed.

Proposal 6.3.1: Name of WCCT. Marko Klasinc proposed that "World
Chess Composition Tourney" should be changed to "World Championship
in Composing for Teams". Without any change in abbreviation, this would
bring it into alignment with the WCCI ("World Championship in Composing
for Individuals"). The WCCT Sub-Committee was not enthusiastic about the
proposal. John Rice pointed out that the Statutes would have to be changed.
Hannu Harkola said that what was at stake was a change of status to that of
a world championship. The proposal was not put to a vote.

Proposal 6.3.2: Regular time sequence for the WCCT. Marko Klasinc wished
to see a regular time sequence for the WCCT and proposed "A three year
period for one cycle of WCCT, ending in the first or second year for the new
FIDE Album". The Sub-Committee felt that there were too many practical
problems, and that flexibility was required; it was not yet known how long the
new judging system for the 7th WCCT would take. Jakov Vladimirov mentioned that
Russia had a 3-year cycle of events based on the FIDE Album cycle, but Hannu
Harkola pointed out that no previous WCCT had been completed within 3 years.
John Rice concluded the discussion by commenting that while a time cycle for
the WCCT was in general desirable, we should wait until the 7th WCCT was complete
before possibly reconsidering the matter.

2. WCCI (World Championship in Composing for Individuals)

The offer of Mike Prcic to direct the 2nd WCCI (2001-03) was gratefully accepted.
By the end of the week, a complete list of judges had not yet been compiled,
but as soon as it was it would be submitted to the President for approval. Problems
from the 6th WCCT would be allowed to compete in the 2nd WCCI, for which the
proposed closing date for entries would be end June 2004. The 3rd WCCI (2004-06)
would be announced in advance on a preliminary basis. Spokesman Marko Klasinc
said that a suggestion that WCCI results might form a basis for awarding titles
was not the business of the WCCI Sub-Committee. For the future, it was suggested
that the WCCI have the same time cycle as the FIDE-Album, perhaps using the
same judges, to save work, although John Rice said that there should be no link
apparent between the Album and the WCCI.

3. WCSC (World Chess Solving Championship)

Director Bo Lindgren announced the results of the 27th WCSC, Moscow:
Team: 1. Russia-1 158.5 pts.; 2. Germany 149; 3. Finland 139; 4. Serbia
& Montenegro 139; 5. Poland 135.5; 6. Japan 135.5. A record number of 22
countries competed. Bo Lindgren and his team were thanked for their work in
difficult conditions.
Individual: 1. Andrei Selivanov (Russia-1) 82.5 pts; 2. Georgy Evseev
(Russia-1) 76; 3. Dolf Wissmann (Netherlands) 75.5; 4. Jorma Paavilainen (Finland)
73.5; 5. Marjan Kovacevic (Serbia & Montenegro) 73; 6. Tadashi Wakashima
(Japan) 72.

Proposal 6.6: GM and IM titles for Solving. Jakov Vladimirov proposed
that the obligatory requirement to compete in the WCSC to gain these titles
be dropped. He pointed out that the recipients of comparable titles (over-the-board;
composers) were not obliged to compete in a World Championship. The Sub-Committee
felt that we were in a different situation to the practical game and that no
change was necessary.

Proposal 6.2: International Solving Contest. Uri Avner proposed that
the PCCC should organise an international solving tourney to take place in many
countries simultaneously. A full discussion took place, with some comments referring
back to Proposal 6.6. Marjan Kovacevic felt that this new tourney should be
unofficial, for fun, without titles. Many solving competitions were organised
in his country, including at the recent European Junior Rapidplay Championships
in Budva. Also there was a virtual circus of national championships (Germany,
Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia etc) in the summer at which FIDE Master title
norms could be gained. A European Championship and a Balkaniad had been mooted.
Aliaksandr Mikholap supported the proposed tourney as many solvers had no opportunity
to get to the WCSC and compete for titles, while Jakov Vladimirov mentioned
the distance problems hindering many solvers in his country. Uri Avner said
that his idea was in part to allow solvers to compete against the very best,
a different type of competition which would not rival the WCSC. There seemed
to be general support for the proposal, and John Rice invited Uri Avner to co-ordinate
a discussion with experienced solving organisers regarding the practicalities,
with an eye to considering the proposal further at the 2004 meeting.

Spokesman Marko Klasinc discussed the responses received to a questionnaire
about the WCSC. Solvers felt that studies should remain in the WCSC, particularly
as game-playing programs were strong enough to eliminate arguments about solutions.
There was some question about the marking of variations, and it was felt that
studies with just one line and a clear conclusion were preferable. WCSC Director
Bo Lindgren commented on this year’s studies; there was doubt only about the
first one, and here the help of GM Mestel had been enlisted. John Rice said
it was desirable for the WCSC director always to have a game-playing program
to hand. Some solvers felt that the inclusion of a Fairy round in the WCSC was
desirable, as a world champion solver ought to demonstrate his ability in all
genres. John Rice said that this suggestion had been around for some time, and
it was up to the supporters of it to put forward a proposal. Regarding helpmates,
the WCSC Sub-Committee said that multi-solutions were preferable to twins. Uri
Avner recommended separate diagrams for twins.

Calculation of norms. The new rules need to be added to the Statutes
Annex as well as to the PCCC website and the Solving Website. Following a protest
from Agshin Masimov saying that the stipulation of problem 12 in this year’s
Open could not be understood, Marko Klasinc said that it was desirable to publicise
well in advance on the PCCC website which Fairy types would feature in the Open
Tourney, and that definitions should be printed on the Open Tourney sheets.
However, the Open Director should be free to select which types of Fairy problems
he wanted.

Proposal: Marko Klasinc proposed that on the sheet of paper headed
"Solvers’ rating", there should be two amendments. The words and
should be added, thus "Criteria for acceptability of the tournaments
at which ratings and norms can be gained". Also, wherever the phrase "WCCC-Open"
appears, the phrase if it fulfils the tournament criteria should be added.
It was desirable that in future Open Tourneys at least 5 genres should be represented
by at least 2 problems each, to ensure that participants in the Open could gain
both norms and ratings. The amendments were approved unanimously. Marko Klasinc
pointed out that this year only the German Championship was strong enough for
the granting of norms. John Rice reminded delegates that they should send Marko
full details of solving tourneys in their countries so that he could assess
the acceptability for the granting of norms.

4. FIDE Albums

FIDE Album 1995-1997. All judging was complete, but 2 sections had not yet reached
the editors. A realistic timetable was for the Album to be published in June
FIDE Album 1998-2000. The late Mircea Manolescu had been replaced as a #3 judge
by Wieland Bruch. The sheer volume of helpmate entries (over 2570) had delayed
the distribution of problems to judges. One composer had submitted his entries
very late though illness, but the Sub-Committee had decided to accept them.
The Album might appear in the summer of 2006.
FIDE Album 2001-2003. Spokesman Kjell Widlert circulated a list of proposed
directors and judges, which was deemed acceptable by the Commission.
Instructions for Directors and Judges. A new set of instructions had been prepared
and would be distributed and placed on the PCCC website.
Electronic submission of entries (as proposed by the sub-committee for Computer
Matters) might be possible for some sections as early as the 2001-3 Album.

5. Qualifications

The title of International Judge was awarded to:

Amatzia Avni (Israel) for studies
Roman Zalokotsky (Ukraine) for helpmates.

Mr Zalokotsky had previously been known as Roman Fedorovich (given name and
patronymic only). Spokesman Hannu Harkola reminded delegates that there are
now A and B forms (first distributed in Wageningen) which need to be completed
for International Judge applications. These will be sent out afresh with the
2003 minutes.

The title of FIDE Master for Solving was awarded to:

Eric Huber (Romania) 2 norms – Open Tourney, WCSC
Marko Klasinc (Slovenia) 2nd norm in Open Tourney
Srecko Radovic (Serbia & M) 2nd norm in WCSC
Ronald Schäfer (Germany) 2nd norm in German Championship
Ljubomir Širan (Slovakia) 2nd norm in Open Tourney

The title of International Master for Solving was awarded to:

Michal Dragoun (Czech Rep.) 2nd norm in German Championship
Eric Huber (Romania) 2 norms – Open Tourney, WCSC
Thomas Maeder (Switzerland) 2 norms – Open Tourney, WCSC
Bogusz Piliczewski (Poland) 2nd norm in Open Tourney
Vladimir Pogorelov (Ukraine) 2nd norm in Open Tourney

GM norms were achieved in the WCSC by D.Wissmann (2nd), B.Piliczewski and A.Selivanov
(both 1st); in the Open Tourney by T.Maeder and A.Tüngler (both 1st). First
IM norms were achieved in the Open by K.Prentos, A.Tüngler and H.Uitenbroek.
First FM norms were achieved in the WCSC by A.Mukoseev, D.Pletnev, V.Semenenko
and K.Yamada, and in the Open by K.Prentos.

Proposal 6.1: Uri Avner had proposed (Wageningen 2001) that the GM title
for Composition should be easier to gain. A modification of his proposal by
Bjorn Enemark was that the GM title should be awarded for 50 points, with problems
counting 1 point and studies 1.2 points each. Spokesman Hannu Harkola stated
that 42 composers had gained the GM title, of whom 18 were now deceased. If
the proposal were to be implemented, then a further 20 composers (7 of them
deceased) would gain the title. The Sub-Committee felt that it was best to pass
the matter over to the Commission for general discussion. John Rice said that
there was no time for an informed discussion, and that an additional session
would have to be included in the programme for 2004 to allow this topic to be
debated in full.

6. Computer Matters

A suggestion was made by Paz Einat that FIDE Album entries could be submitted
electronically. Perhaps a program could be downloaded from the PCCC website
which would allow composers to email entries to directors. This would reduce
errors in copying. The FIDE Album Sub-Committee, while appreciating the desirability
of moving towards electronic submission of Album entries, stressed that for
the time being composers should continue to submit copies on paper, and that
the use of a computer should not be made a criterion for the selection of directors
and judges. John Rice said that the Computer Matters Sub-Committee should recommend
the best technical method of electronic submission of entries.

Proposal 6.9: John Roycroft proposed that access to databases should
be a criterion for the granting of an International Judge title for studies.
The Computer Matters Sub-Committee felt that it should not be, as remoter judges
might not have such access. A list of endgame databases with links should be
listed on the PCCC website; the same should apply to solving programs.

One of the 1995-97 FIDE Album directors had published selected problems on his
website. This was seen as undesirable as it might harm sales of the printed

7. Studies

The Study of the Year for 1998, 1999 and 2000 had been chosen:

  • 1998: B.Gusev & K.Sumbatyan, 1 Pr= Moscow Tourney;
  • 1999: N.Kralin, Pr Magadan-60;
  • 2000: Y.Afek, 1 Pr= Kralin-55 JT.

Delegates were asked to supply Spokesman John Roycroft with information about
sources through which these studies could be publicized. The Sub-Committee recommended
Harold van der Heijden as Study Director for the 2001-03 FIDE Album.

8. Codex

Proposal 6.5: Longest moremovers. Bedrich Formánek reported that
two problems by Lutz Neweklowsky (Germany) claiming to be the longest moremovers
with and without promoted pieces had been displayed for some time on Vaclav
Kotešovec’s website, and he felt that the composer should now receive some
certificate in recognition of his feat. Spokesman Günter Büsing reported
that it was not the business of the Sub-Committee to consider what sort of recognition
might be given to composing achievements, and he personally was against any
sort of certificate. John Rice said that task records were the domain of magazines
and books, not of the PCCC. The matter was considered closed.

Short Threat. This topic was mentioned on page 10 of the 2002 Minutes.
It became clear that Jakov Vladimirov was in fact referring to Article 11 (Short
Solution) of the Codex as being unsatisfactory. John Rice asked Spokesman Günter
Büsing to report back next year regarding Article 11.

The Sub-Committee also considered an email from Andrew Buchanan referring to
retro problems where more than 50 moves without pawn moves or captures are required
to reach the position, or where repetition of moves is involved. The matter
requires further consideration before next year. Marko Klasinc mentioned that
in certain over-the-board situations, FIDE now allows 100 moves.

9. Judging

Proposal 6.6: Jakov Vladimirov proposed that the requirement for the
International Judge title that a judge complete two awards outside his own country
be dropped. The Judging Sub-Committee rejected the proposal, as did the Qualifications
Sub-Committee. John Rice suggested that problemists should put themselves forward
more actively as potential judges to magazine editors. The Judging Sub-Committee
felt that applicants should be allowed to include the Album and WCCI among their
6 awards. A specific proposal connected with this would be made next year.

10. Terminology

The Sub-Committee has decided to work between the Congresses, first of all
on two topics: (a) Terminology of motives (b) Terminology of basic chess composition
terms. Juraj Brabec would act as a collaborator of the Sub-Committee. Also other
collaborators willing to act on specific fields would be welcome. Offers and
proposals should be sent to Bedrich Formánek. The material will be prepared
not later than 6 weeks before the next meeting.

11. Presidium Elections

Proposal 6.8: Jakov Vladimirov proposed that "Candidates for the
posts of President and Vice-Presidents of the PCCC need not be existing delegates".
The Sub-Committee recommended rejection of the proposal, which required a two-thirds
majority to be passed. A vote resulted in 6 votes in favour of the proposal,
13 against, with 5 abstentions.

§9 Future meetings of the PCCC and future WCSC

Invitation 2004. Harry Fougiaxis, on behalf of the Greek Chess Composition
Committee, offered to hold the 47th World Congress of Chess Composition (WCCC)
and the 28th World Chess Solving Championship (WCSC) at the Creta Maris Hotel,
Hersonissos (near Heraklion), Crete, from Saturday October 2nd to Saturday October
9th 2004. Prices would be 75 Euros per person (double room, full board) or 100
Euros (single room, full board). There was a possibility that a slight reduction
of these prices might be negotiable. Some cheaper hotels were also available
in Hersonissos, and a list would be prepared for the Congress website. There
would be no overlap with the Chess Olympiad being held in September 2004. The
offer to stage the 2004 Congress in Crete was accepted unanimously.

Invitation 2005. Michal Dragoun indicated that it might be possible
next year to make an invitation for 2005 in the Czech Republic (Pardubice).

§10 Other Business

Badges. Igor Vereshchagin suggested that badges, similar to those from
FIDE, for the various titles that the PCCC awarded, be produced and sold to
title-holders. Such PCCC badges had been produced many years ago, but an example
could not be found. The question will be raised again next year if Igor Vereshchagin
is still willing to continue with the matter.

§11 Conclusion

President John Rice concluded by saying that he had been very impressed by
the work done by Sub-Committees and their spokesmen, and by the willingness
of all who had contributed to the Congress. The meeting was declared closed.

John Rice Paul Valois
President Secretary

September 2003


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