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(21) Posted by Andrey Selivanov [Thursday, Aug 13, 2015 06:58]; edited by Andrey Selivanov [15-08-13]

Unfortunately, the organizers did not even printed Bulletin with the results of the competitions
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(22) Posted by Kostas Prentos [Thursday, Aug 13, 2015 10:05]

Diyan, I don't think that any WCCC bulletin in the past had information about WFCC decisions, new titles, etc. A summary of the most important decisions would appear in the WFCC website a few days later, and the detailed minutes much later. The first version of the bulletin had only three composing tourneys, but by last Sunday, everything was included. The bulletin is available online, at the home page of the Congress and the latest version was updated yesterday.

Andrey, not giving a printed bulletin to the participants started last year in Bern. For most of us, it is not important, but there may be some who either don't have access to internet, or prefer the printed copy. Personally, I prefer a complete and corrected bulletin online, to a printed one that has countless mistakes and only some of the composing tourneys. In any case, it is up to the WFCC to set the standards for the bulletin in the future, if what is happening now is not acceptable.
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(23) Posted by Miodrag Mladenović [Thursday, Aug 13, 2015 17:07]

Highlights and decisions are just published at:
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(24) Posted by Harry Fougiaxis [Thursday, Aug 13, 2015 17:11]; edited by Harry Fougiaxis [15-08-13]

About the bulletin: I have already said so in Berne, and I'm repeating it now. There's no need to have a printed bulletin these days.
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(25) Posted by Andrey Selivanov [Thursday, Aug 13, 2015 18:03]

This is the first Congress, where the participants had no badges
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(26) Posted by Diyan Kostadinov [Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 07:17]; edited by Diyan Kostadinov [15-08-15]

Oh, yes, you are right Kostas - other Bulletins also do not present information about the decisions, so apologise.

But this year I was not on WCCC and realized how bad is for people who are not on the congress during the whole event (and even about one week after it) to not have information about WFCC meetings and decisions. Even we was not informed about the next WCCC and ECSC (only Marjan post info about it here - by the way congratulations to all Serbian chess friends!). I really do not understand why in the official congress website or on WFCC website was not published (even short) daily news (it is easy to be done - cost only 10-20 min to be prepared and published)!?

Also - we are living in 21 century, why still nobody make a video transmission of some solving show? It is very simple - just 1-2 normal web cameras (which cost about 20 Eur) will be enough to make exciting stream for all chess composition fans all over the world...
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(27) Posted by shankar ram [Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 21:45]; edited by shankar ram [15-08-15]

I second Diyan on the video transmission suggestion.

Also, I feel the same technology could be used to involve people not attending - for discussions, lectures, etc.

Maryan, please note! ;-)
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(28) Posted by Franziska Iseli [Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 01:17]; edited by Franziska Iseli [15-08-16]

To Andrey: If the missing badges was their worst mistake, then it must have been a great Congress. Wouldn't you agree?

BTW, I recognized you right away, without a name tag :-)
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(29) Posted by Franziska Iseli [Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 01:44]; edited by Franziska Iseli [15-08-16]

To Diyan: Didn't you get the info about your new title in real time? ;-)

You and I have already discussed the video broadcasting of the solving show last year: There are legal problems to solve first (you'll need at least consent of all the participants IMHO).
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(30) Posted by Diyan Kostadinov [Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 05:15]; edited by Diyan Kostadinov [15-08-16]

Yes, Franziska, I received info about my IM title on time from you - thank you about that! But the official info about the new titles and decisions (even about the next year WCCC, WCSC, ECSC) was published about 10 days after it... I believe that it can be improved in the future, because as I said the daily short news are easy to be prepared and will "cost" only 10-15 min to be uploaded in the official website and all fans will follow them.

About the video broadcast of some solving show and also prize giving ceremony - I believe that this will be great and very easy to be organized! Each organizer of event have right to do this and actually we was more than ready to do it if the congress was in Bulgaria... Even - we was ready to organize and make video translation also of a chess tourney and grandmaster level show game (world champions GM Veselin Topalov and GM Antoaneta Stefanova was in our plan) during the congress. Nevertheless, all is in the past now. But I hope in the future it can be done. The fans will be happy.

About the missing badges - yes, probably this was not so big problem and also all we know that organizing such an event is not an easy task and sometime not all can be perfect. You said that you recognized Andrey without his name on a badge. Yes, but there were also new participants which saw for the first time many of the composers and solvers (for example see the report on Julia's website) so probably they miss to meet some people.

Well, I am sure that the congress was very good and the organizers did all in best possible way. But also hope in the future that some improvements can be done, because nowadays it is possible.
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(31) Posted by Marcel Tribowski [Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 10:15]

At - “New titles: Grandmaster of the FIDE for Chess Compositions“, Torsten Linß (GER, meanwhile 73.92 Album points according to WFCC website information) is missing.
Has any unpublished decision been made at the congress concerning consideration of database problems for individual composing titles?
If not, which other explanation could be possible?
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(32) Posted by Harry Fougiaxis [Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 10:53]; edited by Harry Fougiaxis [15-08-16]

@ Marcel: Torsten Linss has asked in written his name not to be included in the list of (GM) title-holders. We respect his wish.

If you need further details about the reasoning of his decision, I suggest you contact him directly.
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(33) Posted by Harry Fougiaxis [Thursday, Aug 20, 2015 11:21]; edited by Harry Fougiaxis [15-08-20]

Many thanks to John Nunn for his report about WCSC in ChessBase:
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(34) Posted by Eugene Rosner [Thursday, Aug 20, 2015 16:23]

couldn't resist the Bogart film reference in answer to Andrei's (25)!
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(35) Posted by Andrey Selivanov [Thursday, Aug 20, 2015 20:46]

to Franziska (29)
I, too, immediately saw.
Were many new names that I wanted to meet you, but didn't know them in person.
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(36) Posted by shankar ram [Friday, Aug 21, 2015 05:14]

Nice B&W film clip..!
But I think Andrei has a point.
Having a badge discipline at such events helps to:
1. Identify participants to each other, especially when they've never seen each other before
2. Allows identification of gatecrashers
3. With the increasing trend of terrorist incidents at hotels and tourist spots, spotting a person without a badge may well make a crucial difference

In the Ostroda photos, I couldn't spot any hotel security people or CCTV cameras either..

The organisers of the next meeting in Belgrade should give a thought to the above points.

Maybe I sound too paranoid, but that's the world we live in today..
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(37) Posted by David [Friday, Aug 21, 2015 16:05]

Some chess composers very strongly get drunk at chess festivals, so they need badges that will help them to remember who they are and where they are. :)
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