An announcement has now been made giving the timetable for the selection of the party to represent Wales at the next Olympiad, inviting applications for the two posts of non-playing captain and reminding players of the need to actively associate themselves with Welsh chess if they wish to be considered for selection.
Welsh Teams 2016 Olympiad (Baku, Azerbaijan, 1 - 14 September)
A: Selection Timetable
The Selection Committee will meet at the beginning of April to choose the team, the captain and the reserves (to be approached in order if members of the team turn out not to be able to accept their invitation). Selectees will be notified immediately after the meeting and expected to respond by the beginning of May.
Prior to the meeting (by mid February) the Chairman of Selectors will contact the highest-rated active Welsh players who are qualified to take part in this event, to enquire about their availability.
The main purpose of this exercise is to enable players definitely not available to say so and thus simplify the process of finalising the teams after the Selection Committee meeting.
B: Non-Playing Captains Of Welsh Teams In Open And Women’s Sections
Expressions of interest, together with details of previous experience and/or other qualifications, are invited for one or other of the two posts – by 15 March to Howard Williams.
Applicants should also indicate on what financial terms they would accept appointment (see below).
1. The event is an eleven-round Swiss held at a rate of one round per day over four boards (though, like other teams, we will endeavour to send squads of five plus a non-playing captain). Unlike the European Team Championships there will be plenty of teams weaker than Wales taking part and we do not expect to be outclassed in many matches.
2. It is expected that the organisers will be supplying full board gratis for each team and its captain in 2 single and 2 double rooms. The WCU team captains will each be entitled to one of these single rooms.
3. The WCU will pay the team’s entry fee to FIDE but each player will have to find the cost of transport to and from Baku and any ‘registration’ payment required by the organisers. It may, however, be possible to meet these costs in the case of suitably qualified captains and also to pay them a modest fee.
1. Helping as required with players’ opening etc preparation before the event.
2. Input (via the Chairman of Selectors) on team board order (which is finalised for all teams on arrival in Baku).
3. Dealing with team administration. This includes the duties and responsibilites set out in 6.3.9 of the FIDE Olympiad Regulations.
4. Helping as required with preparation for each game and going over the games after their conclusion with the players.
5. Supplying a report on his/her team’s performance to the Chairman of Selectors (by the end of October 2016).
To ensure -
a. that the team does as well as possible in relation to its seeding;
b. that individual players do as well as possible in relation to their expected score (based on ratings);
c. that they learn as much as possible from the experience.
C: The requirement that players representing Wales have to actively associate themselves with Welsh chess
By virtue of section 8(c) of the WCU Constitution the Selection Committee has to "exclude from consideration for international events those who have not actively associated themselves with Welsh Chess". The statement on how the Committee approaches this requirement is here.
In practical terms, it is highly desirable that aspirants for places in the Baku Olympiad teams compete in the 2016 Welsh Championship shortly before the Selection Committee meeting. And those whose compliance with the requirements in the statement could be considered questionable may also wish to consider the two forthcoming Welsh weekend tournaments at Penarth and Fishguard.