Jonathan Rogers wrote:
If I were a mod trying to emulate Sean, I would be diverting the time limit discussion to another thread! Let's hear more about the law suit ... eg how did you first hear of it, Nick?
I'll get back to that, but first must make an apology to Roger.
I've followed his links, and quite clearly something big was indeed going on, which is now returning to my memory.
"Tehran, 26 December 2000
The Presidential Board of FIDE, chaired by the FIDE President, H.E. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, met today at the Chess Palace in Tehran, ... with effect from 1 January 2001 ... the new time control to be used in all FIDE events and international title tournaments will be 40 moves in 75 minutes, 15 minutes for the remainder of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move from move 1."
That seems fairly explicit, six days isn't much notice.
Clearly I have to retract my comment about drivel. All I can say in my defence is that for some reason I never believed it had any chance of coming into force, which turned out to be right. Rather like the abortive doubling of the k factor in 2008.