Russian Grandmaster Banned From Chess Competitions for Supporting Denazification Operation

Russian grandmaster Karyakin was banned from taking part in chess tournament for half a year after he wrote a letter in support of the Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, decision to conduct a special military operation in Ukraine. 

On February 27, the Russian grandmaster, Sergey Karyakin, supported the actions of Putin to conduct a special operation in Ukraine, RIA Sport reports. Karyakin himself was born in Simferopol, Crimea, and in 2009 he was admitted to the citizenship of the Russian Federation. He is famous for having entered the Guinness Book of Records at the age of 12 years and 211 days, when he became the youngest grandmaster in the world’s history.

He is an Honored Master of Sports of Ukraine (2005) and Russia (2014), he holds the titles of FIDE World Cup winner 2015, World Rapid Chess champion 2012 and World Blitz champion 2016. In 2013 and 2019, he won the World Team Championship as part of the Russian national team.

“Dear Vladimir Vladimirovich, I am addressing you at this difficult time when our country, led by you, is fighting for the safety of the peaceful Russian population of Donbass […]. It is fighting for the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine with its ruling regime, which has put the security of the whole of Europe and our country at risk, in favour of its political goals and ambitions,” Karyakin said.

Picture: Karyakin’s letter to Vladimir Putin

He noted that for 8 long years, “we have been waiting with hope for salvation from countless shelling and loss of human lives, incessant genocide by the Kiev regime, which is still in force.”

“I express my full support to you, our Commander-in-Chief, in protecting the interests of Russia, our multinational Russian people, eliminating threats and establishing peace!”

On the same day, International Chess Federation (FIDE) condemned the grandmaster’s statements and opened disciplinary proceedings.

“FIDE Council condemns any public statement from any member of the chess community which supports unjustified military action and brings the case of chess grandmasters Sergey Karjakin […] to the Ethics and Disciplinary Commission,” the message states.

According to the FIDE’s decision, the punishment of 32-year-old Karyakin came into force on March 21, 2022.

“Sergey Karjakin is found guilty […] and is sanctioned to a worldwide ban of six months from participating as a player in any FIDE rated chess competition, taking effect from the date of this decision, 21 March 2022,” it is said in the commission’s decision.

Grandmaster revealed he’s fighting for his achievements against fellow countryman

Karyakin said that he will not be appealing the FIDE ruling, noting that he doesn’t see the point of filing an appeal, as any court will take the side of Europe.

“And FIDE is an international sports organization that does the same as everyone else. And by some coincidence, a Russian is still leading it. I think that this is not for long,” the grandmaster said.

However, the Russian Chess Federation will appeal against Karyakin’s disqualification to FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich with a request to take the situation under personal control, according to the organization’s president Andrei Filatov.

“This decision is expected, but it is no less offensive because they treated me terribly bad. For my part, I went through a difficult selection, reached the final of the World Cup, qualified for the candidates’ tournament, and not so that I was just nominated. The sporting principle, the principle of sports selection, was completely trampled. Apart from the fact that it is very ugly, it does not correspond to the sporting spirit at all,” Karyakin said.

It is noted that since October 3, 2018, FIDE has been headed by former Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dvorkovich. Karyakin is sure that by banning him Dvorkovich is just trying to show that he is “a European official.”

“He wants to remain president of FIDE. He decided to sacrifice me to his political ambitions,” the grandmaster admitted.

Dvorkovich is a Russian statesman and economist, President of FIDE since 2018 and Full State Councilor of Russia of the 1st class. In September 2011, he tweeted negatively about Putin’s decision to participate in the presidential election and a year earlier, in an interview with the BBC, expressed the opinion that Dmitry Medvedev “wants to stay for a second term”. So, Dvorkovich’s position towards Karyakin can be not so purely fair as he tries to show it.

Karyakin declared Motherland above any tournaments

It is reminded that prior to the FIDE suspension, Karyakin had already been blacklisted from several chess events, including tournaments in the UK and Norway and banned by the Grand Chess Tour.

“I’m disappointed. You understand, this is not just a suspension for six months, everything was planned. The idea was to prevent me from playing in the Candidates Tournament and to deprive me of a possible entry into the [world title] match with Magnus Carlsen,” Karyakin assured.

He added that he doesn’t know if he’ll be returning in six months to tournaments under the auspices of FIDE.

“They dishonored not me, but themselves. I just don’t remember such a precedent when a chess player was not allowed on principle. It’s a shame,” the grandmaster concluded.

Karjakin added that he realized all the risks but it couldn’t prevent him from expressing his honest opinion.

“I understood that there was such a danger [of disqualification], but I believe that I am first and foremost a citizen and patriot of my country, and I say this without any boasting. If such a situation arose again, I would not keep my mouth shut, but again I would write such a letter. I do not regret a bit what I did. Choosing between supporting my country and participating in the Candidates Tournament, I would always choose the first one,” Karyakin promised.

Ru-Main, 23.03.2022
Source: InfoWars 

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