Who is the author
Luigi Forlano, Ph.D. in Physics, is the Vega's author (born 1 May 1963).
Until 2003 I worked as a researcher at the University of Calabria. My principal interest was the problem of ions scattering within the transport theory. I have almost fifty publications (articles and conference proceedings) in international journals.
For two years, from 1998 to 2000, I had a contract at the Institute for Atmospheric Pollution of CNR for developing numerical model regarding chemical-physical transformation processes and transport of mercury in the Mediterranean basin.
Currently I teach Mathematics and Physics in a high school of Belvedere Marittimo (Italy).
Chess is my principal hobby (the second one is programming). Each summer I go abroad to play two or three tournaments (with weird results unfortunately). My highest FIDE rating was 2041.
I am an Arbiter of the Italian Chess Federation and hope to become FIDE Arbiter in 2013.
I have organised many tournaments, especially at school. In
2003, after a traumatic tournament with more than 400 players, unsatisfied of the existing softwares, I decided it
was time to write a new program able to help the arbiter and not obstacles his work.
Thus born Vega. It was designed to be very intuitive and usable even by those who know little about chess. Vega was ready when my wife that wasn't an arbiter showed me to be able to run a tournament with Vega after five minutes of training.
The program was released as freeware and was an immediate success. Vega costed me a lot of work and far above what I thought it was necessary at the beginning. Thanks to Vega I had to learn the mathemathics behind the Elo system and what seems his natural extension, the Glicko system.
In 2006 Vega was approved by FIDE.
In 2007 the program was entirely rewritten in C++ to provide a modern interface.
Vega is currently the standard program in Italy by which are administered all major FIDE events. Recently it performed very well in the crowded tournaments of Acqui Terme (1200 players) and Porretta (850 players).
It is the program recommended by NZCF (New Zealand Chess Federations) for all its arbiters and chess clubs.
Vega is even appreciated for its absolute stability. In 2010 the site Scacchistars, the first chess room in the world offering money prizes, choses Vega to run their daily tournaments. Other sites are currently based on Vega (for example that of the Czech Federation and the FSIArena).
In 2008 began a fruitful collaboration with the FIDE Arbiter Roberto Ricca author of the Swiss engine JaVaFo (Dutch system) and currently Secretary of FIDE Swiss Pairing Committee. In 2010 JaVaFo was released with Vega and finally the FIDE arbiters could enjoy all FIDE swiss systems in one software. In Istambul (2012) Vega+JaVaFo has been endorsed by FIDE.
Vega is currently the only program to have all three FIDE Swiss systems. It is also the only one to run under Linux (for free) and hence is a valuable tool for spreading our sport in those countries where the arbiters cannot afford the cost of a good program.