Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Arbiters training is a good thing if....

Ref: Here and here.

If we remember some past lessons. Soon after joining PICA, I did the same thing. I organised a joint training for Perak arbiters in swiss manager conducted by Uztaz Rahman and Greg Lau. Over 20 people participated. It was the first joint PICA/MCF and Unit Sukan event.

But soon after the training, I noticed that none of the new arbiters were given a chance to arbiter an event. In fact directly after, the then new President started to arbiter as well. I didn't think that was his job. Only the old guards were even allowed near the arbiters table. This lead me to speculate that arbiters is the hub of fixed matches. I also wondered why PICA subsequently drop swiss manager and reverted back to swiss perfect? Could the answer be that swiss manager is more difficult to manipulate? Ah, the mysteries of chess. Maybe the new graduates will have some answers. No new arbiters were created from the event I organised as far as I know. What a waste of time and effort.

This event is a good thing if the new arbiters now go out and arbitrate/organise new events. Then there is growth. MCF should ensure that the new ones are given the opportunity to practice what they have learnt. Mix the old and the new so there are check and balances. Is that a good suggestion?

I wish the new batch every success. That this time all that effort will give us forward traction.


  1. Both softwares can be easily manipulated. You just need to select manual pairing. The function is always allowed because sometimes even the software makes mistakes, and the manual pairings allow humans to rectify this error.

    The way to prevent manipulation is to educate yourself in manual pairing, so that you will actually know what is the correct pairing. It is not difficult and it will even help your preparation as it allows you to predict your opponents even before the pairings are out.