Oct 212017

The 88th FIDE Congress in Turkey ended October 15, 2017, with two new titles for Canadians: IM for Michael Kleinman, FA for Vadim Tsypin.

Michael’s final IM Norm, along with one of his annotated games, was reported on the CFC Newsfeed:

While International Master is a title almost all chess fans can envy, Vadim’s title may well be the more instructive and inspiring one, especially for older chess fans: it’s not often that someone steps out of retirement to successfully start a “second career” but Vadim was an arbiter at the Canadian Zonal, Montreal Open, Varennes International, and many other competitions, especially those organized by the FQE and Chess ‘n Math.

Unlike the (probably) mythical “Self-Taught Chess Master”, it should be obvious that noone becomes a FIDE Arbiter without working with and learning from many organizers and officials. With this in mind, Vadim would like to, “extend sincere thanks to my experienced colleagues whose character, skills and professionalism became the standards I strive to emulate. In alphabetical order”: 

  • IA Serge Archambault
  • NA Alexandre Ber
  • FA Andrei Botez
  • Sylvain De Lagrave
  • IA Pierre Dénommée
  • NA Raymond Desjardins
  • IA/FT Eduard Duchovny (USA)
  • Andrew Giblon
  • IA Danny Goldenberg
  • FA Aivars Laizans (LAT)
  • S. Warren Lohr (USA)
  • IA/IO Aris Marghetis
  • FA Bernard Ouimet
  • GM/FA/FST Susan Polgar (USA)
  • FA Rene Preotu
  • IA/IO/FI Mihail Prevenios (GRE)
  • IA Alexander F. Relyea (USA)
  • IA Francis Rodriguez
  • GM/FT Eduardas Rozentalis (LTU)
  • IA Ashot Vardapetyan (ARM)

And thanks to the Chess’n Math Association (Larry Bevand), the Fédération québécoise des échecs (Bernard Labadie, Richard Bérubé), and the Chess Federation of Canada (Vlad Drkulec, Fred McKim) for their, “trust, encouragement, and the wonderful opportunities”. 

And, last but not least, CFC Executive Director Bob Gillanders and the FIDE Zone 2.2 President and Delegate IA/IO Hal Bond for their “endless patience”. 

 (photo: Vadim Tsypin, recording clock times on the 1/2 hour during the 2017 Canadian Zonal.)

Vadim Tsypin FIDE Card




Two FIDE Titles for Canadians
Source: Canadian Chess

Oct 202017

Christian Schaller has posted a
list of the Fedora Workstation project’s accomplishments
since its
inception. “Wayland – We been the biggest contributor since we
joined the effort and have taken the lead on putting in place all the
pieces needed for actually using it on a desktop, including starting to
ship it as our primary offering in Fedora Workstation 25. This includes
putting a lot of effort into ensuring that XWayland works smoothly to
ensure full legacy application support.

The list as a whole is quite long.
Schaller: Looking back at Fedora Workstation so far
Source: LWN.Net