Roger de Coverly wrote:The ECF used to have a rule that every player in a FIDE rated tournament had to be a member of a national Federation. One prominent organiser pointed out that he could not be expected to check individual membership schemes of foreign federations and this was impossible if they didn't have such a scheme. The ECF eventually backed down
Roger de Coverly wrote:Instead it rather vindictively removed the ratings of players taking part in FIDE rated events who were not ECF members.
To be fair to the ECF, they stopped doing something that they should not do when it was pointed out to them by me. Or at least, they did eventually! They then decided to apply their own, and FIDE's rules, correctly. Some don't like the rule, which is a perfectly reasonable view, but it is a FIDE requirement that you have to be a member of your national federation (if the federation has a membership scheme) to appear in the FIDE rating list.
FIDE handbook wrote:13.1 To be included in the FRL or FIDE Rapidplay Rating list, a player must be a member of a national chess Federation which is a member of FIDE. That is, the Federation must not be temporarily or permanently excluded from membership.
13.2 It is the responsibility of national Federations to inform FIDE if players should not be included in the FRL, FRRL.
13.3 Any player excluded from either rating list because he is unable to obtain membership of a national Federation, may apply to FIDE for special dispensation to be included.
Even I wouldn't criticise the ECF for applying the rules correctly.
On the substantive point; I'm still going to wait to see how this all pans out. I seriously doubt that any of this will happen, certainly not in the way currently outlined. I could be wrong of course, but I hope not.