Alex McFarlane wrote:I was not at the Development Commission Meeting but I was told by those who were that applications for clocks had to go through the Development Commission (as is apparently the case with current offers to developing nations).
Thanks, I wasn't there either because of a clash, but their minutes were the first place I should have looked. The whole file is too big to attach here, but the relevant item is
DGT Offer wrote:
DGT through theır CEO Mr Hans Pees have consıderably ımproved their offer to Developing Federations who wısh to Purchase DGT equıpment. For the DGT2010 the offer prıce is down to 15 euros a clock wıth the more recently developed 3000 clock at 20 euros. Furthermore & thıs ıs a stunnıng offer these prıces wıll be avaılable to all Federatıons ın FIDE.
Another major development ıs the development of a plastıc ınteractıve electronıc board. Wıth everythıng ıncluded ıt wıll retaıl to Federatıons for 145 euros. It wıll come on the market ın November 2017.
See attachment wıth letter from DGT wıth specıal Development Prıce Lıst.
The letter says
DGT Letter wrote: "Dear Allan, dear Nigel,
For consideration at the FIDE Congress in Antalya, I submit below proposals reflecting DGT’s continued efforts to support FIDE goals of global chess development through Federations and special projects.
1. The Development price for chess clocks will be significantly reduced to 15 euro for the DGT2010 and to 20 euro for the DGT3000. The clocks shall receive a print on the back indicating they are supplied for FIDE Chess Development.
2. Affordable electronic boards are available from November 2017 that will further enable the global chess community to arrange live tournament broadcasting. The new Smart Boards can be used together with existing wooden DGT boards and the free LiveChess software. For FIDE Development purposes, a complete tournament set including the board, electronic chess pieces, cables and DGT3000 chess clock, will be made available for around 145 euro per set.
3. Currently only Federations in levels 3, 4 and 5 of the FIDE Development list are eligible for the low Development prices. I propose to simplify this and make clocks and boards available for Development prices to all FIDE Federations so that FIDE can approve Development orders as it sees fit, for example to support active Federations or special projects.
4. Non-electronic boards and sets as well as basic chess clocks are added to the Development pricelist to benefit Chess in Schools and other projects.
All as per the attached pricelist.
It should be noted that products supplied at Development prices are not meant for trade or resale.
I look forward to your response.
Hans Pees | DGT "
So yes, Development will have to approve all orders, although I don't believe they have ever said no.