Does anyone actually take any notice of the FIDE Competition Rules though?Brian Towers wrote: ↑Tue Jan 30, 2018 1:42 pmNote that Gibraltar is an L2 event - an event where norms are possible.FIDE Competition Rules wrote:8.3 Swisses
(4) In an L2, L3 or L4 tournament the rules may permit a player to take a half point bye in a given round. It is only allowed if adequate notice has been given and is agreed to by the arbiter.
Such permission might not be granted to a player who receives conditions, or who has been given a free entry to the tournament. It is not permitted in the last round of a tournament.
"Adequate notice" is, quite rightly, at the discretion of the arbiter and will depend on the circumstances. Further guidance is given by -So, if you want a half point bye in the next round for a day's sightseeing or because you're tired after a long hard game then tell the arbiter before he does the next round draw to avoid disappointment. Changing the pairings after they've been published is obviously physically much easier in these days of computer pairings but is highly undesirable and is only going to happen in exceptional circumstances in an L2 event, say a sudden outbreak of novovirus. In L3 events (bog standard FIDE rated) and L4 (not FIDE rated) you may be lucky.FIDE Competition Rules wrote:8.3 Swisses
(2) If a player cannot play a particular round it is essential to inform the Pairings Controller and CA before the pairings for that round are made.
For example, it says here that you can't allow a half point bye in the last round of a tournament in 8.3(4). Let's say Gibraltar (or some other tournament) did that. What is anyone going to do about it? QC rates games, not tournaments, and the games have been played so should be submitted for rating. The norms will presumably still be valid, since the player would have had a 9-round norm in the bank anyway.
I genuinely don't understand the FIDE Competition Rules document, given it says:
If you just write your internal rules saying "1. The FIDE Competition Rules do not apply to this event", and then write your own rules doing whatever you want (e.g. permitting byes in the last round overriding 8.3(4)), then you can do that.FIDE Competition Rules wrote:1.1 Where an event has a situation not covered by internal rules, these Rules shall be considered
to be definitive.
I don't think you can use the FIDE Competition Rules to justify this, because they say you can always override them, even if that doesn't make any sense either in the context of the 14th point of the document about arbiter appointments.