Alex Holowczak wrote:It's not necessarily the default that matters. A default by not turning up wouldn't be rated, but a default by a phone going off might be. FIDE will only rate a "game of chess", which is - I believe - defined as a game in which both players have completed (made?) one move. So. 1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 1/2-1/2 would be rated. 1. e4 1/2-1/2 would not. (1. e4 would probably be 0-0, but that's beyond the scope of your question...)
I've seen this said by others before, but I don't think it's right.
The FIDE Rating Regulations specify that "A game where both players have made at least one move will be rated". Hence this is a sufficient condition. The Regulations don't stipulate that it is also a necessary condition.
If both players are at the board, White plays 1. e4 and one player's mobile then rings, I believe that the game should be rated. Isn't this more or less what happened in the notorious game between Delchev and Conquest at the European Team Championships 2009? According to the pgn file, the game went 1. d4 0-1. To the best of my knowledge, the game was nevertheless rated.
Alex Holowczak wrote:
David Sedgwick wrote:When the defaulter also failed to appear on the second occasion, without any explanation, I ruled that he had refused to play the game and forfeited him rather than defaulted him, thus causing the game to be rated. This seemed to me then, and still does, to be the only equitable course of action in the circumstances.
According to this
5.1 Whether these occur because of forfeiture or any other reason, they are not counted. Any game where both players have made at least one move will be rated.
This seems to imply that the game you ruled to have been forfeited shouldn't have been rated?
Please see my comments above.
In the circumstances which I described, I stand by the decision which I made at the time.