The 73rd Championship of Estonia finished last weekend in Tallinn. The event was blighted by a GM-norm falsification. The Estonian Chess Federation (ECF) illegally declared IM Shvyrjov a GM, thus yielding a GMnorm with 7 points from 9 games (see the cross-table). Neither on the eve of championship, nor after its finish was Mr Shvyrjov a GM. His personal FIDE card[/urol] is the best confirmation.
As recently as 25th Jan 2005 FIDE was alerted about the abnormal situation with FIDE titles in ECF. The ECF CEO Hendrik Olde's "International Arbiter" title is illegal as proved by well-known IA Lembit Vahesaar. But as a result of FIDE slow response, Mr. Olde became the chief-arbiter of the above-mentioned Estonian championship, where he announced a GM-norm.
Another consequence of FIDE slow reaction is that ECF still prevents registration in FIDE of a welldeserved title for 14-year old Valentina Golubenko. I really hope that FIDE has the will to follow up on its Communiquй which claimed: "There will be severe punishments for players, arbiters, officials, organisers and Federations in proven cases of malpractice, up to a ban for life."