FIDE’s Ethics and Discipline Commission has banned for six months any Crimean-sanctioned chess tournament from FIDE-born Russian Grandmaster Sergey Karjakin for his comments on the ongoing military offensive. Russia to Russia. Ukraine. The 32-year-old is a well-known supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin and will now miss the candidate tournament scheduled for June.
Karjakin can appeal against the sentence. Although he initially said he would not appeal the decision, Andrey Filatov, president of the Russian Chess Federation, has said an appeal will be filed.
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What were Karjakin’s original comments?
Karjakin has been using his social media accounts to express feelings in favor of Putin and the war on the military conflict in Ukraine. In one of his tweets, he wore boxing gloves with the caption: “Celebrating the first day of spring. A Russian spring.” the chess community.
In other tweets, Karjakin described some Ukrainians as Nazis and blamed the West, particularly the United States, for starting the war in Ukraine, and said it was Russian money that kept FIDE alive. and chess and if Russian interests were not protected, the world body would be reduced to organizing children’s competitions and a new federation would take its place.
How has FIDE responded?
The matter was dealt with by the FIDE Ethics and Discipline Commission. Its members are Yolander Persaud (Guyana), Ravindra Dongre (India) and Johan Sigeman (Sweden) as chairman, all of whom voted unanimously that Karjakin was guilty of breach of Article 2.2.10 of the ethics of FIDE. The punishment imposed was a six-month ban, effective March 21, 2022.
What is Article 2.2.10 of the FIDE Code of Ethics?
Article 2.2.10 of the FIDE Code of Ethics deals with cases where a matter is said to have discredited FIDE, its federations or the game of chess.
“(…) Disciplinary action shall be taken in accordance with this Code of Ethics in cases where the game of chess, FIDE or its federations unjustifiably unfairly unfavorable and thus damage its reputation. ”
Following deliberation, the FIDE Ethics and Discipline Commission concluded that Karjakin’s importance in the world of chess and his comments combined to cause damage to the game, its federations and, mainly to the highest governing body of chess.
“The EDC Chamber considers, with the above background, on the standard of comfortable satisfaction, that the statements of Sergey Karjakin, which, by his own choice and presentation, may be related to the game of chess, harm “The reputation of the game of chess and / or FIDE. The likelihood that these statements will damage Sergey Karjakin ‘s reputation in person is also considerable,” the FIDE statement said.
What was Karjakin’s reaction to the decision?
“An expected, but no less embarrassing, decision by FIDE. All the selection criteria that are normally applied to sports have been trampled on, the basic principle that sport does not mix with politics has been trampled on.” Karjakin told Telegram (Russia had banned Twitter at the time).
He added: “I went through the toughest selection of the World Cup in the Candidates Tournament. Winning it would take me to the World Cup match. Unfortunately, FIDE did not dishonor me, but themselves. And now we can all be convinced that international sports officials, who have been banning the Russian Olympics in recent years with or without a reason, have come to chess, which has always been far from illegal. “
What about Grand Master Sergei Shipov?
Along with Karjakin, Russian and GM chess commentator Sergei Shipov was also under the scanner of his comments. But FIDE EDM let him go because his comments were “lesser known” and his platform was not as big as Karjakin’s. The committee also said Shipov’s comments were less provocative than Karjakin’s and therefore did not justify a ban.
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Have other Russian GMs taken Karjakin’s position?
On Thursday, more than 30 Russian CEOs signed an open letter to Vladimir Putin urging him to “stop the war.” Some of the prominent names in the letter include Ian Nepomniachtchi, Alexandra Kostenuk, Daniil Dubov and Peter Svidler.