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    Congratulations Vlad - Sincerely.

    No problem Vlad. I just got a different legal opinion and about Mahmud's VM access. Is it worth asking Les? I think this point is worth noting as we go forward.

    I also want to congratulate you...
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    Confusing procedures

    Is anyone else surprised that the polls closed today instead of Sunday? The schedule of this meeting has been confusing. Nominations closed on day 4 instead of day 3 as announced, the voting was to...
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    Shame on you Vlad

    I think you owe my friend an apology Vlad. How shabby of you. A chess keener and gentleman has the gall to take an interest in CFC leadership and you insult him. You must be very proud.

    What is...
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    The FIDE Factor

    Thank you for your question Michael. To his chagrin, Makro only got passive support from Canada in Batumi, which I thought was appropriate given some of the background that Vlad provided. His...
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    Yes and no

    Mostly correct. I was doing my utmost to solve problems without a public scandal. I don't buy the hacker story though.



    Your view of FIDE's 5 year rule is irrelevant. What about the apparent...
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    You have completely missed the point Vlad. Too...

    You have completely missed the point Vlad. Too often we have ideas but no one to do the work. Mahmud's volunteer is willing to chair the Ethics commission if that suits.
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    Part 2: In August 2019 came the next two...

    Part 2:
    In August 2019 came the next two incidents, during the FIDE Arbiters’ Commission (ARB) meeting at the World Youth Rapid and Blitz in Belarus if, I remember well. The ARB received a letter...
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    Dear Voting Members You have entrusted me with...

    Dear Voting Members
    You have entrusted me with the honour of representing our country in FIDE since 2009. Your trust in me is a gift and I cherish it. Like many of you, I have dedicated my adult...
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    Actually I was painting the CFC in the worst...

    Actually I was painting the CFC in the worst possible light, and nominations were still open. If we canít even object to a bribe without being sued by the person who offered it, we should close our...
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    Aren't you a little late to the party Vlad? ...

    Aren't you a little late to the party Vlad? Mahmud had already recruited a lawyer to chair the Ethics Commission before he proposed it.
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    I believe Mahmud has already recruited a lawyer...

    I believe Mahmud has already recruited a lawyer as a candidate to chair this commission.
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    You and I remember this very differently Vlad. ...

    You and I remember this very differently Vlad. Thatís ok, much time has elapsed. I have been seeking some kind of resolution to this matter since October of 2018. If we had an Ethics Commission,...
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    Thank you Pierre and Aris! Ethics is the...

    Thank you Pierre and Aris!

    Ethics is the essence of this election in my opinion. I fear that we have lost our way. Suppose one of our Officers offered money to our Federation in exchange for the...
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    Thanks a lot Hal for your report. Quick question...

    Thanks a lot Hal for your report. Quick question about the FIDE "Chess ID" program (link here: https://www.fide.com/news/684), which was also posted in this Forum by Vladimir a few days ago. Is there...
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    FIDE Representative's Report

    FIDE Representative Report

    Once again it has been an honour to serve Canada as FIDE Representative. I have put my name forward for re-election and I hope you can support me.

    FIDE activities...
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    Thanks Mahmud! I will be there. I am very...

    Thanks Mahmud! I will be there.

    I am very happy to see Mahmud finally throw his hat into the ring. We have often talked over the years about him presiding over the CFC but other obligations made...
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    FIDE Rep

    Thank you Fred for setting this up.

    I will stand again for the position of Canada's FIDE Representative.
  18. Yes! Thank you Jose. About 500 Arbiters are...

    Yes! Thank you Jose. About 500 Arbiters are tuning in. Great opportunity to learn about Arbiting online chess events. I am looking forward to it. Starts in about 10 minutes.
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    (Foreign) Candidates Tournament Halted

    News this morning - the Candidates has been halted!

    Today, the government of the Russian Federation announced that starting March 27, 2020, Russia interrupts air traffic with other countries...
  20. Thank you Vadim! This is my heaviest work period...

    Thank you Vadim! This is my heaviest work period of the year so I am still catching up after a very positive Congress. The workshop we did with the Planning and Development Commission was a huge...
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    Thanks Vadim - Rivello is the author of the...

    Thanks Vadim - Rivello is the author of the document if I not mistaken so I am not sure how enlightening his rationale will be. We shall see how it goes.

    As I mentioned in my report, the...
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    Three Commissions are elected - Ethics,...

    Three Commissions are elected - Ethics, Verification (Internal Audit) and Constitution. Some others, like QC (rating and titles) and ARB really need to operate independently because they have...
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    Thank you for your report and your effort Vadim. ...

    Thank you for your report and your effort Vadim. Why do you think FIDE needs this new charter? How will it improve FIDE? It calls for a full General Assembly every year instead of holding an...
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    FIDE Report

    I believe that the Dvorkovich administration has done a good job so far in terms of the events on the FIDE calendar. I am still trying to get used to their way of doing things, and I look forward to...
  25. As the name implies, the CSTA is about sport...

    As the name implies, the CSTA is about sport tourism. Many, (though not all) Municipalities are willing to support new events that bring people to their cities. The prospect of hotel nights is our...
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