A number of people asked me why the incorrect result appeared in the first game on the Official website of the Tromso World Cup between GM Paragua and GM Jakovenko. Here is what happened:

– After each game is finished, the 2 Kings must be placed in the middle of the chess board for the DGT electronic board to register the result automatically. If white wins, the 2 Kings must be placed on the 2 white center squares. If black wins, the 2 Kings must be placed on the 2 black center squares.

– After the Paragua – Jakovenko game was finished, someone placed the two Kings (one white and one black) on the wrong squares in the middle of the board. It was a human error.

– According to the DGT experts, if such case happened, the arbiter would have less than 5 seconds to correct it. If not, the computer would register the incorrect result. Unfortunately, the arbiter in this section did not catch it in time.

– Once the incorrect result is automatically recorded by the computer, only the DGT operator can make the correction. Even the chart in the official website is linked to the DGT computer and result cannot be changed without changing the result in the DGT server manually.

– The Chief Arbiter always double checks everything before he leaves the tournament hall at night. When he caught the error, he immediately tried to contact the DGT operator. Unfortunately, he could not reach the DGT operator that night. That is why the result on the official website was not changed until the next morning.

– Therefore, the best I could do is to send the “CORRECTED” manual spreadsheet to all major chess websites to post, including my own.

– A new procedure has been implemented to make sure that this will not happen again. There was never any dispute in the result as both players signed the score sheets with the correct result. Hope this clears things up.

– Since I am the one who receive the official results from the Chief Arbiter each night, what I post on this website are the correct results.

Chess World Cup day 1: Wesley So delivers; Oliver Barbosa and Mark Paragua fall
By Marlon Bernardino
Mon, 12 Aug 2013

Grandmaster Wesley So (ELO 2710) of the Philippines started his bid on a bright note in Day 1 of the 2013 World Chess Cup in Tromso, Norway on Sunday.

So, the 33th seed, checkmated GM Alexander Ipatov of Turkey (ELO 2584) after 45 moves of Staunton Variation, Petroff skirmish to take a head start. He needed only a draw on Monday to advance in the second round of the knock-out format.

However, 100th seed GM Oliver Barbosa (ELO 2571) and 110th seed GM Mark Paragua (ELO 2565) did not fare well with the favorites.

Barbosa lost to 29th seed GM Le Quang Liem of Vietnam (ELO 2702) after 43 moves of Slav Defense, Czech Defense while Paragua yielded to 28th seed GM Dmitry Jakovenko of Russia (ELO 2724) after 67 moves of Bastrikov Variation, Sicilian duel.

Both Barbosa and Paragua needed to win their game last night to level the count and force a rapid play off matches.

Filipino chess enthusiasts and players were confused yesterday after the official website of World Chess Cup put the score in favor of Paragua. However, in the blog of Susan Polgar and famous chessbase.com, they showed Jakovenko won against Paragua.

Mr. Reginald Tee, long-time benefactor of So pointed out that Jakovenko beat Paragua. GM Darwin Laylo, one of closiest friend of Paragua, currently competing in Kuala Lumpur Chess also pointed out Jakovenko defeated Paragua. Journeyman Rhobel Legaspi, another friend of Paragua said “Mark lost his game to Jakovenko.” 12-time National Open champion GM Rogelio “Joey” Antonio Jr. also said Jakovenko won the game.

Fide arbiter James Infiesto, NCFP coordinator in Mindanao said “there is always a factor of human error.”

“I think the organizers of World Cup are the best people to explain what happened and should try to avoid committing the same mistake,” insisted Infiesto, Filipino arbiter in the ASEAN Age Group plus in Changmai, Thailand and Asian Indoor Games in Incheon, Korea.

-Marlon Bernardino-

Source: http://philboxing.com

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