The Protocol of General Assembly 2001


6.08.2001, Kyoto, Japan

1. Mr. Nosovsky declared the assembly opened and was elected as chairman of the assembly.

2. Mr. Henningsson was elected as secretary of the assembly.

3. Mr. Nara, Mr. Nikonov and Mr. Soosõrv were elected to check the minutes of meetings and as scrutineers.

4. The roll call fixed that the following nations had the right to vote in the general assembly.

Armenia Mr. Pogosyan
Azerbaijan Mr. Eibatov
China Mr. Na Wei
Taipei Mr. Chang Yi Feng
Japan Mr. Nara
Russia Mr. Nikonov
Sweden Mr. Karlsson
Uzbekistan Mr. Krahmov
Estonia Mr. Soosõrv

The Estonian federation suggested that point 11 (regarding Korea) in the agenda should be handled first and that Korea should have the right to vote in the assembly.
6 countries voted to handle point 11 immediately and 3 countries voted against.

Mr. Henningsson, who lives in Korea, gave a report about Renju in Korea and that there are 2 federations in Korea. The assembly decided that KRA (Korea Renju Association) represented by Mr. Kwon are adopted in RIF as the only Korean Federation officially recognized by R.I.F and that Korea, represented by Mr. Kwon, have the right to vote in the assembly.
7 countries voted yes and 2 countries voted blank.

5. Mr. Karlsson made the financial statement for the fiscal years 990701-000630 and 000701-010630. The financial statement was approved by the assembly. 8 countries voted yes and 2 countries voted blank. Mr. Karlsson was requested to present the financial statement in advance and to add a column for USD.

6. The two years last work by the Central Committee was approved by the general assembly. 9 countries voted yes to approve it and 1 country voted blank.

7. The budget for the two coming fiscal years was presented by Mr. Karlsson. Mr. Meritee suggested that RIF should make a financial contribution to his www.renjuclass.com project. 8 countries voted yes to support this project. 2 countries voted blank.

Two suggestions was made regarding the exact amount to be supported:
A. The real cost for domain fee and server fee not to exceed 1200 SEK during a 2 year period
B. The real cost for domain fee and server fee not to exceed 1600 SEK during a 2 year period

1 country voted for suggestion A and 4 countries voted for suggestion B. 5 countries did not vote. The assembly decided that suggestion B should be adopted and that the budget should be updated with 1200 SEK as the most likely cost.

A note is made that the Russian federation believes that the voting about the 2 suggestions not is proper.

A note is made by the Swedish federation that it is in according with section 4.8 in the statutes of the RIF.

The Russian federation suggested that financial contributions should be given to a project that should develop a Renju software that could combine E-mail and online games.
9 countries voted yes to support this suggestion and one country voted blank.

A decision was also made that RIF should try to make the costs for internet and the Renju World smaller.

A note is made that Armenia and Uzbekistan received the Renju World very late.

The assembly approved the adjusted budget as below.

Budget for the period of 010701 - 030630 (SEK)
Income: Memberfees: 17000
Interest: 500
Total 17500
Costs Office supplies, stamps etc. 500
Internet information 4000
Renju World 8000
Postal Giro Account 700
Other 1000
Renjuclass support 1200
Software for internet 2000
Total 17400
RESULT +100
The membership fee was set to 200 USD for founding countries and 50 USD for new countries. All 10 countries voted yes for this.

8. The Swedish federation suggested that if the voting for president was a draw, then Russia, Sweden and Japan should vote about whom would be president and that no of those 3 countries could vote blank. 9 countries voted to accept this suggestion and 1 country voted blank.

Mr. Jonsson and Mr. Nosovsky were the only 2 candidates. Mr. Nosovsky received 4 votes and Mr. Jonsson received 6 votes.

The central committee was elected as below:
President Mr. Jonsson
Vice President Mr. Nosovsky 9 countries voted yes and 1 blank
Vice President Mr. Kawamura 10 countries voted yes
General Secretary Mr. Salnikov 10 countries voted yes
Treasurer Mr. Karlsson 10 countries voted yes

9. The suggestion from Russia was handled during second part of assembly.

10. The suggestion from Sweden was handled during second part of assembly.

11. This point was handled under point 4.

12. Ando Meritee gave some more information about www.renjuclass.com

13. The sports commission suggested that it should review and develop the rules about which tournaments that should be used for RIF-rating. The sports commission also suggested that the central commission should delegate the responsibility and decision rights in this matter to it. 9 countries voted yes to the suggestion and 1 country voted blank.

THE MEETING WAS AJOURNED UNTIL 7.08.2001, 17.00.

Alexander Nosovsky, Anders Henningsson

Chairman Secretary

Mr. Nara Mr. Nikonov Mr. Soosõrv

PART2, 7.08.2001

Mr. Nosovsky declared the second part of general assembly open.

Since some of the representatives were replaced, a new roll call was made.

Armenia Mr. Pogosyan
Azerbaijan Mr. Dzainuokov
China Mr. Xu Bingji
Taipei Mr. Chang Yi Fang
Japan Mr. Hasegawa
Russia Mr. Makarov
Sweden Mr. Henningsson
Uzbekistan Absent
Estonia Mrs. Karlsson
Korea Mr. Kwon

Mr. Hasegawa, Mr. Makarov and Mrs. Karlsson were elected to check the minutes of meetings and as scrutineers.

Before the assembly continued with point 13, point 9 and 10 were handled.

9. Suggestion from Russia that a small QT should be arranged 2 days before EC. The sports commission has the right to decide about the details including how many places that should be at stake in the A-tournament. 9 nations voted yes to the suggestion.

Suggestion from Russia about WT and lodging. The meeting decided that the central committee should look into this further.

10. Since the Swedish suggestions was about future tournaments, the meeting decided to discuss this under point 17.

13. Continued from general assembly part 1. The meeting handled point 15 and 13 as one point.

THE ASIAN COMMISSION
Mr. Hasegawa made a report from the 2:nd meeting of the Asian Commission. The next Asian championship will take place in late October 2002.
Chairman: Hideki Nara, Japan, Vice chairman: Na Wei, China, 2nd vice chairman Mr. Nara Japan, Members Andrey Khramov Uzbekistan, Mr. Chang Chinese Taipei, Albert Pogosyan Armenia, Alexander Nosovsky Russia, Mr. Eibatov Azerbadjan, Mr. Kwon Korea, Mr. Hasegawa Japan, Mr. Glukovski Israel.

THE CORRESPONDENCE COMMISSION
No report was given.
Chairman Igor Sinyov Russia, Members Bjorn Eriksson Sweden, Joachim Gaulitz Sweden, Stefan Karlsson Sweden, Kazuto Hasegawa Japan, Alexander Nosovsky Russia, Teiji Takagawa Japan, Yurij Tarannikov Russia, Ando Meritee Estonia, Chien-Yung Chiang Chinese Taipei, Albert Pogosyan Armenia, Mr. Kwon Korea (Until Korea has made a decision)

9 people voted yes to approve this commission.

THE SPORTS COMMISSION
Chairman: Konstantin Nikonov Russia, Members Kazuto Hasegawa Japan, Stefan Karlsson Sweden, Na Wei China (Until China has made a decision), Ants Soosõrv Estonia, Viktor Kaufman Russia, Chien-Yung Chiang Chinese Taipei (Until Taipei has made a decision), Mr. Kwon Korea (Until Korea has made a decision), Albert Pogosyan Armenia

8 people voted yes to approve this commission.

THE REFEREE COMMISSION
No report was given.
Chairman Alexei Skuridin Russia, Members Hiroyuki Tatsutomi Japan (Until Japan has made a decision), Hideki Nara Japan, Peter Jonsson Sweden, Andrei Khramov Uzbekistan, Dino Hsu Chinese Taipei, Ants Soosõrv Estonia, Artis Gaujens Latvia, Na Wei China (Until China has made a decision), Anders Henningsson Sweden, Albert Pogosyan Armenia, Mr. Kwon Korea (Until Korea has made a decision)

9 people voted yes to approve this commission.

From this point Mr. Khramov joined the meeting and Mr. Eibatov replaced Mr. Dzainukov.

THE YOUTH COMMISSION
No report was given.
Chairman Alexei Skuridin Russia, Members Hiroyuki Tatsutomi Japan (Until Japan has made a decision), Na Wei China (Until China has made a decision), Ants Soosõrv Estonia, Peter Jonsson Sweden, Valentin Uspenski Ukraine, Shih-Wen Li Chinese Taipei, Albert Pogosyan Armenia.

10 people voted yes to approve this commission.

THE RULES COMMISSION
No report was given.
Chairman Yoshimi Hayakawa Japan, Members Yurij Tarannikov Russia, Mikhail Kozhin Russia, Ando Meritee Estonia, Peter Jonsson Sweden, Andrei Khramov Uzbekistan, Norihiko Kawamura Japan.

10 people voted yes to approve this commission.

THE QUALIFICATION COMMISION
No report was given.
Chairman Oleg Stepanov Russia, Members Stefan Karlsson Sweden, Kazuto Hasegawa Japan, Pavel Makarov Russia, Na Wei China (Until China has made a decision), Ants Soosõrv Estonia, Lung-Chuan Chen Chinese Taipei, Albert Pogosyan Armenia, Mr. Kwon Korea (Until Korea has made a decision).

There was a voting about whom should be the chairman of this commission.
Stefan Karlsson got 1 vote and Stephanov 8 votes. One vote was blank.
Finally 8 persons voted to approve this commission. 1 vote was blank and Mr. Hasegawa was absent.

THE TRANSLATION COMMISSION
No report was given.
Chairman Ando Meritee Estonia, Peng Jian Guo China, Members Norio Nishizono Japan (Until Japan has made a decision), Mikhail Kozhin Russia (Until Russia has made a decision), Irene Karlsson Estonia, Peter Jonsson Sweden, Mr. Kwon Korea (Until Korea has made a decision), Andrei Khramov Uzbekistan, Mr. Eibatov Azerbadjan.

10 people voted yes to approve this commission.

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION
No report was given.
Chairman Ants Soosõrv Estonia, Members Peter Jonsson Sweden, Mr. Poddubny Ukraine, Viktor Kaufman Russia.

10 people voted yes to approve this commission.

 

1. An establishment of an Internet commission was suggested.
Chairman Frank Arkbo Swedish, Members Mr. Kuramoto Japan, Mr. Sinyov Russia, Mr. Milevski Russia, Mr. Filipov Russia, Mr. Meritee Estonia, Mr. Kwon (Until Korea has made a decision), Mr. Okuno Yusuke Japan, China will inform a name after making decision, Mr. Khramov Uzbekistan, Mr. Gobosev Armenia.

 

A task was given to investigate and develop software for a combination of online- and E-mail games. RIF has the possibility to suggest this software to owners of servers in Internet by licence or free.

Russia suggested that RIF should contribute with 5000 SEK during a 2 years period.
Sweden suggested that RIF should contribute with 2000 SEK during a 2 years period.
6 persons voted yes to the Swedish suggestion and 4 persons voted yes to the Russian suggestion.
Finally all 10 countries voted yes to support this commission.
It is taken to the protocol that Uzbekistan generally believes in a high and fast return of investments in IT.

The forecasted budget needs to be updated by central committee.

2. This point was handled during point 13.

Armenia wanted to suggest a composition commission. The Chairman rejected this suggestion with support of the statutes of RIF.

3. No report was given.

4. The team World Championship will be held in Vadstena in Sweden during 2002. The arranging country can decide about exact time, but should investigate the most proper date with help from sports commission.

The youth World Championship will be arranged in Podyga, Arkangelsk in Russia in the end of July 2002.

The 8th World Championship will be held in Vadstena in Sweden during 2003. The arranging country can decide about exact time, but should investigate the most proper date with help from sports commission.

10 countries voted yes to above.

Russia suggested that the next EC should be held in Prague.
10 countries voted yes to that Mr. Nikonov and the sports commission should investigate this further and make a decision.

5. All of Mr. Hagenfors suggestions are rejected except the possibility to arrange an international E-mail competition (not WC) in Go-Moku not using prohibited zone on a board of size 13 times 13. The details should be decided by the Internet Commission with support from Sports Commission

9 countries voted yes to support the above decision. 1 country voted blank.

6. 9 countries voted yes to finish the assembly. 1 country voted blank.

Alexander Nosovsky Anders Henningsson
Chairman Secretary

Mr. Hasegawa Mr. Makarov Mrs. Karlsson

Appendix: Opening Words from New President of RIF

Dear Renju Friends.

It is a big honour for me to be elected as the president for the Renju International Federation. Looking back at my predecessor, Tommy Maltell's 12 years as President, a lot of things have happened. In that time it was three member countries and we did not know what we could expect from the future.

RIF made international rules and established the World Championship, European Championship, Youth Championship (World and European), Women Championship and Team World Championship. An international rating list was created. Even computer programs have their own championship.

The Internet revolution made a championship by mail much easier and quicker. Ten years ago we had to wait for ordinary letters, which was quite frustrating many times. The Renju Newsletter is very much appreciated by many players all over the world. Globally, the world of Renju is bigger now. The latest years, our game has gained popularity in some Asian countries. The level of playing has reached to a higher level. Personally, I have some visions for the future. Of course it is desirable to get more member countries, especially in those areas that still are "white spots" on the renju map. But we must not forget to work for that renju activities continue in the countries where Renju already exists.

In order to become more professional we must see that some things happen. I mean for example qualification for referees. We must have an open mind about the opening rules, but also pay respect to the tradition. More books about Renju must be written and published. The work of the official commissions must be better. I think that the way of slow progress is better here because everyone of us work voluntarily.

Finally, I want to thank the former President, Tommy Maltell for his work during the first 12 years of RIF.

Peter Jonsson
President of RIF