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Nick - I wondered about that. I think probably the registration form only asks for a home address. But it can easily be fixed if he contacts the organisers. Everyone gets a lanyard with their name and flag on the first day, so it's important. Some people might recall the complaint made an Italian player that the red in his Italian flag was too similar to the orange in the Irish flag!
PS: Your email is bouncing in-coming!
The organisers seem to be capable of using the FIDE website to obtain players' ratings. It's surprising that they can't also use it to get players' nationalities correct.
No more quarantines for the double vaccinated when returning from Greece. That brings the ACO’s Amateur championships at the Sheraton on the amber planet of Rhodes into play. It starts next week on 17 July 2021 and goes on until 26 July 2021. Seven rating bands at 200 point intervals. The forecast is for Sun, Sun, Sun and more Sun - well it’s July in Rhodes. And there are BA flights from Heathrow, but you’d need to stay an extra two nights. What a disaster. I’ll start packing on Monday then.
Here’s an exclusive. The ACO has been looking for an English GM to come to Crete in October to support the seniors with their post match analysis and maybe help with a chess lecture, and perhaps engage with the simul. So with a roll of distant drums, I hear Daniel King has taken the gig. That feels like a scoop. We look forward to seeing him there.
It’s only 80 degrees and blue skies here in Rhodes, so the Greeks are planning their holidays in London where there might be some decent weather. 81 players showed up for the ACO’s rated championships - the usual number is around 300. I’m the only English representative this time. Getting clearance through customs at this end took more that an hour if you came on a flight from the UK. Passengers from EU countries were waved through. We had to queue for three checks, passports, PLF and individual COVID tests (families got away with testing a single member). The Hotel is great, fantastic room on the fifth floor with a wonderful balcony view of the Mediterranean. There’s a short video and the playing area here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMvbz-xk7-Q News of Daniel King’s presence at Crete in October gets around. A Swiss player who isn’t old enough to play in the Seniors asked me whether I knew Daniel was coming.