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Russia Denounces Turkish Arbiter Ban

  • SonofPearl
  • on 6/14/12, 11:24 AM.

The Russian Chess Federation has denounced the decision by the Turkish Chess Federation President Ali Nihat Yazici’s to ban arbiters from England, Georgia, Germany, France, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United States of America from officiating at the upcoming Olympiad in Istanbul.

See the previous news report here for details of the original Turkish Federation statement and response from the English Chess federation.

The reason given for the ban was that "Some federations launched or supported court cases against FIDE and thus created financial problems for FIDE and a loss of distributable income for worldwide chess development. We believe that the damage that they thus inflicted on chess development around the world should be repaired by them reimbursing the lost funds, so that those funds can, as originally budgeted, be spent on chess development. We further believe that until that has been done, those federations should not be given any arbiter or Appeals Committee position by FIDE".

The Russian Chess Federation statement in response is scathing:

Russian Chess Federation resolutely refuses to accept the position of the Turkish Chess Federation demonstrated in its President’s, Mr. Ali Nihat Yazici’s, latest statement.

The refusal to accept referees from 7 unnamed federations for the forthcoming Olympic Games in Istanbul as a sort of punishment for FIDE’s financial problems caused by the lawsuit in the name of Anatoly Karpov and these federations is by all means a very alarming precedent.

Defending a principal position in court is the right of any person as well as of any chess federation – member of FIDE. It is the basis of democracy and a guarantee of development of any organization. Moreover, the right to submit lawsuits is stipulated in FIDE’s Charter. Consequently, Anatoly Karpov and the federations which have appealed to court followed the civil norms and rights of any civilized society.

However, the statement and the intentions of Ali Nihat Yazici cannot be considered as such. His announcement sounds as if political differences are to intrude into the Game, not to mention the fact that the referees would lose their only source of income which is unfair play.

Taking into account the above mentioned, the Russian Chess Federation is appealing to Mr. Ilumzhinov for clarification. We would be interested to know if this statement is an official position of FIDE or Mr. Yazici’s personal initiative.

Anyway, the Russian Chess Federation strongly believes that the only acceptable course of action for FIDE would be to disavow the above statement, offer the job to the excluded referees and summon up the courage to apologize for the notorious statement to the chess federations and all chess fans across the world.

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  • 2 years ago

    F22Raptor

    This is ridekelous.  The right to sue FIDE or any other coorperation is protected by law,  and banning countries arbiters from the Olympiad as a means of punishing them is a way for Turkey to use the Olympiad to assert power over the rest of the chess world.   If Turkey does not lift the ban,  there olympiad should be boycotted!

  • 2 years ago

    Stanya

    Go Russia! Tell those turkish people they cannot ban people from playing in the Olympiad! 

  • 2 years ago

    netzach

    How can Turkey speak for or take action on behalf of FIDE ?

    ( Oh I see the Turkish spokesperson issuing the statement is also involved with FIDE )

  • 2 years ago

    DxN

    Congratulations for the Russian Chess Federation !!!!!!!

  • 2 years ago

    Pinoy_Tigran

    It is very unilateral decisions by Turkey Chess Fed to ban others chess arbiter without suffering a consequences from other FIDE member counties..

  • 2 years ago

    WGM Natalia_Pogonina

    It will be hard for FIDE to ignore the case now that the heavy-weight has expressed its opinion...

  • 2 years ago

    NimzoRoy

    Why doesn't FIDE just tell the Turks that they are prohibited from banning arbiters from anywhere for any reason whatsoever? This bogus ban originated from the Turk Chess Federation, not FIDE right?

  • 2 years ago

    hokiesfan

    Ah, I see

  • 2 years ago

    SonofPearl

    @ hokiesfan - I linked to a wikipedia entry in a previous comment.  Smile  Basically, an arbiter is like a referee who ensures that the rules of chess (and the rules of the tournament in question) are followed correctly.  They must know all the official rules of chess and be able to resolve disputes.  People have to qualify to become an arbiter.

  • 2 years ago

    SonofPearl

    @ Andre_Harding - if the arbiter ban isn't lifted then I think that's quite possible.

  • 2 years ago

    hokiesfan

    Sorry Pearl but what is a arbiter? sorry for all of the questions!

  • 2 years ago

    Andre_Harding

    I'm probably not the first to suggest this, but the teams whose arbiters have been banned should consider boycotting the Olympiad.

  • 2 years ago

    SonofPearl

    No, no teams are banned.  But banning the arbiters of the 7 countries is a highly vindictive political act (in my view), and doesn't befit someone in Ali Nihat Yazici’s position. We are sadly quite accustomed to chess being used to score political points. Cry

  • 2 years ago

    hokiesfan

    Oh so like The USA is not banned from playing in the Olympiad then?

  • 2 years ago

    SonofPearl

    It's important to note that no teams are banned, but the arbiters from the 7 countries mentioned are banned from being part of the Olympiad - unless the ban is rescinded.

  • 2 years ago

    hokiesfan

    So USA isn't banned anymore?

  • 2 years ago

    Lawdoginator

    Good! 

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