60th World Congress of Chess Composition
August 5 – August 12, 2017
30 member countries were present.
WCCT: The results of the 10th WCCT were confirmed as final by the assembly. Selection of the themes and judging countries of the next WCCT is scheduled for the congress of 2018. The spokesman will ask the delegates to submit their suggestions throughout the next year. A potential director of the next WCCT was suggested by Russia and Ukraine; nevertheless delegates may suggest also other names to the spokesman for consideration.
WCCI: Dmitry Turevsky will be the director of the 2016-18 WCCI. Selection of the judges will start this year. As the top places in the WCCI are dominated by Russian and Ukrainian composers, to avoid complications that arose in the previous championship, the presence of judges from these countries should be minimized. Delegates are encouraged to suggest candidates for judging.
FIDE Album: The 2010-12 album was published as scheduled. Judging of the 2013-15 album is proceeding as planned; the results of the pending three sections are expected by the end of 2017 to early 2018. Indexers of the 2013-15 album have been found for five sections and the final list is expected to be ready within 2018.
Re. the appeal in the studies section, the album committee confirmed that the total scores of the entries is a sufficient piece of information for the authors and any composer may ask the section directors for the total scores of his/her own entries. The spokesman confirmed that he checked the entries with a total score of 6,5 and 7 points (54 and 53 respectively) and the eleven entries, graded with ‘1 yes & 1 maybe & 1 no’, were addressed by the director to the judges for reconsideration in the second phase. The scores of the rest entries of that group (1 yes & 2 no, 1 maybe & 2 no, 2 maybe & 1 no) did not require an action by the director. The spokesman also confirmed that he did not find any not selected entry graded with ‘2 yes & 1 no’. The conclusion of the assembly was that the rules were followed in order and no further examination of the scores is needed.
The 2016-18 album will be announced in early 2019 with a closing date in summer. Selection of directors and judges will be done throughout 2018.
Solving: New improved rules of the International Solving Contest and the World Solving Cup were agreed. The controller of the 2017-18 WSC will be Marek Kolčák.
It was agreed that norms cannot be gained in tournaments that take place in multiple locations.
The use of the Solving Tournament Manager software will be mandatory for WCSC and ECSC as well as for their open solving tournaments and the ISC (central controllers only). STM will be also used for the calculation of the quarterly solvers’ ratings.
Computer Matters: It was agreed to use the WFCC site services, already included in the current payment plan, like email addresses and sub-domains (for events).
Miscellanea: The open letter of Mr Oleg Efrosinin was discussed. It was clarified that WFCC is an affiliated organization to FIDE, included in their directory. The assembly was of the opinion that lists of title-holders should not necessarily be repeated on the FIDE site, as all affiliated organizations seem to keep track of the titles by themselves. It was also clarified that eastern countries had asked in the past to include the name of ‘FIDE’ in the titles.
Re. the World and European solving championships for youths and their possible integration to the relevant OTB events held by FIDE and ECU, a working group was created that will suggest an action plan for the future.
Re. Bedrich Formánek’s query, it was confirmed that 4th of January should remain as the International Day of Chess Composition.
Grandmaster of the FIDE for Chess Compositions: Richard Becker (USA), Vyacheslav Pilchenko (RUS), Nikolay Ryabinin (RUS), Ladislav Salai Jr. (SVK)
International Master of the FIDE for Chess Compositions: Paz Einat (ISR), Viktor Kapusta (UKR), Uwe Karbowiak (GER), Valery Kirillov (RUS), Vasil Krizhanivsky (UKR), Martin Minski (GER), Grigory Popov (RUS)
FIDE Master for Chess Compositions: Grigory Atayants (RUS), Andrzej Jasik (POL), Sergey Khachaturov (RUS), Mark Kirtley (USA), Peter Krug (AUT), Roberto Osorio (ARG), Olivier Schmitt (FRA)
International Solving Grandmaster of the FIDE: Marko Filipović (CRO)
International Solving Master of the FIDE: Marek Kolčák (SVK), Danila Pavlov (RUS)
FIDE Solving Master: Terho Marlo (FIN), Danila Pavlov (RUS)
International Judge of the FIDE for Chess Compositions: Aleksandr Kuzovkov (RUS, threemovers and moremovers), Ladislav Packa (SVK, helpmates and fairies), Štefan Sovík (SVK, threemovers, moremovers and selfmates), Vladislav Tarasyuk (UKR, studies), Ivo Tominić (CRO, twomovers)
FIDE Solving Judge: Luc Palmans (BEL), Ward Stoffelen (BEL)
Honorary Master of the FIDE for Chess Compositions: Gabriel Mariz (POR), José Vinagre (POR)
14th International Solving Contest (ISC) on 28.1.2018. The central controllers will be Axel Steinbrink and Luc Palmans.
14th European Chess Solving Championship (ECSC) in Kaliningrad, Russia 5-7 May 2018
61st World Congress of Chess Composition (WCCC) and 42nd World Chess Solving Championship (WCSC) in Ohrid, Macedonia 1-8 September 2018