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Ruslan Ponomariov
Wednesday, September 05, 2012 17:48
Almost fifty players, captains and coaches have signed an open letter to FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov in which they ask for Evgeny Surov to receive accreditation at the Olympiad. One of them, Ruslan Ponomariov of Ukraine, put on a T-shirt during the 8th round with the text "Let it Work!" around the URL of Surov's website. Today Evgeny Surov,...
Suat Atalik
Friday, August 10, 2012 11:06
Responding to the ACP's recent open letter, GM Suat Atalik states that he is not going to "take part in any negotiations with these people concerning illegal decisions they have taken so far." The Turkish grandmaster points out that the President of the Greek Chess Federation, Georgios Makropoulos, and the President of the Turkish Chess Federation...
GM Suat Atalik
Friday, July 06, 2012 13:43
Suat Atalik has been banned from playing chess in Greece. The Turkish grandmaster, who was earlier punished with a 15-month ban from international play by his own federation, forwarded email communication between tournament organizers and the Greek Chess Federation to several chess media. Following a ban from the federation, the organizers...
Strong criticism Danailov towards Olympiad organizers
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 14:19
In an open letter distributed last week ECU President Silvio Danailov expressed strong criticism towards the Turkish Chess Federation concerning several aspects of the Istanbul Olympiad. Danailov points out that there are only three rooms per team and very high prizes for additional accommodation. He also refers to a € 100 organization fee that...
Turkish Chess Federation denies arbiters from seven federations to Istanbul Olym
Thursday, June 07, 2012 18:20
Arbiters from England, France, Georgia, Germany, Switzerland, Ukraine and USA are not welcome at this year's Chess Olympiad, which takes place from August 27th tlll September 10th in Istanbul, Turkey. The organizers, the Turkish Chess Federation, have announced that they will not accept arbiters from federations that "launched or supported court...
Official request from Bilbao organizers to FIDE to change Candidates dates
Monday, February 27, 2012 17:36
The organizers of the Grand Slam Masters Final have sent an official request to FIDE to reconsider the dates for the Candidates Tournament. The letter, which is addressed to FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, is backed by both Magnus Carlsen and Vladimir Kramnik. The FIDE Candidates Tournament, a qualifier for the 2013 World Championship Match, is...
The German aftermath of the European Team Championship
Monday, December 05, 2011 12:38
After Germany's surprise victory at the European Team Championship, one might have expected positive effects for German chess – even if mainstream media attention was rather limited. However, within a few days it turned out that old conflicts had never been healed and surfaced again. Last Monday this culminated in the exclusion or at least...
Friday, July 22, 2011 1:37
Former FIDE World Champion Rustam Kasimdzanov from Uzbekistan has sent an open letter to the World Chess Federation with quite a revolutionary idea: to abolish the draw in chess altogether. "This way the expectations of the crowd will never be deceived. There will always be a winner, there will always be blood. (...) It will be good for our sport...
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 18:37
The French cheating case is clearly having an effect on the atmosphere at the European Championship in Aix les Bains. Since day one it has been widely discussed among participants, and now many of them have signed a letter in which they demand that "arbiters reserve the rights to search player’s pockets", "no electronic devices can be brought into...