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Statement of FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov
Dear chess friends!
After having read the open
letter of several participants of the forthcoming World Chess Championship
in Nalchik (Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, Russian Federation), I would like
to make the following statement:
The World Chess Federation is in close contact with the Russian Chess Federation
and the Championship’s Organising Committee. The FIDE delegation visited
the city of Nalchik during 5-6 August and took part in the meeting of the Organising
FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov
According to the information received, the preparation for the tournament has
entered its final stages, and a lot of attention has been given to the issues
of food, accommodation as well as the provision of all necessary security.
We are aware of the recent developments in South Ossetia, and would like to
express our most sincere condolences to all who have become victims of this
However, in the current situation I appeal to all not to mix politics and sport,
and not to involve FIDE and the world chess community into political, territorial
and other disputes. All the issues should be settled at a chess board, and not
beyond its limits. This issue is particularly critical during the days of the
I am confident that we shall witness a very interesting World Championship
in Nalchik, which will be organized on a proper level.
See you in Nalchik.
We are one family.
Following the recent dramatic developments in South Ossetia and the public
reaction of certain chess players concerning the World Women's Championship
in Nalchik (Russia), I would like to emphasize that mixing politics with sports
is clearly against the spirit of the international chess community. Always and
everywhere. From my side I cannot see any alternative other than organising
this event as planned and doing everything possible in order for all participants
of the World Championship to arrive in Nalchik and start, without any postponement,
the battle for the highest title in women's chess.
Gens Una Sumus!
President of the European Chess Union
More letters to FIDE
Apart from the original signees (Maia Chiburdanidze, Lela Javakhishvili,
Sopio Gvetadze, Nino Khurtsidze, Maia Lomineishvili, Sopiko Khukhashvili)
the following players have endorsed the open
letter to FIDE: Monika Socko, Irina Krush, Iweta Rajlich, Ketino Kachiani-Gersinska,
Tea Boosbom-Lanchava, Claudia Amura, Marie Sebag. Here are some letters we
have received with a request to publish or forward to FIDE:
Dear members of FIDE presidential Board,
It was a great surprise to find out that the World Women's Championship 2008
was scheduled to be held in Nalchik, as it is well known from the news that
North Caucasus region is a very dangerous and nonsecure place.
The Canadian travel advisory page tells to avoid all Travel and has the following
"OFFICIAL WARNING: Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada advises
against all travel to the Chechen Republic or the neighbouring North Caucasus
rdespite this warning are taking serious and unwarranted risks. The ability
of the Embassy of Cegion, including North Ossetia, Ingushetia, Dagestan and
Kabardino-Balkaria, but excluding Stavropol Krai and the Republic of Karachaevo-Cherkessia.
Canadians in Chechnya should leave. The security situation is unstable and
Heavy military activity, terrorist bombings, kidnappings, and unexploded
mines and munitions are widespread. Canadians contemplating travel to Chechnya
despite this warning are taking serious and unwarranted risks. The ability
of the Embassy of Canada in Moscow or Foreign Affairs and International Trade
Canada to render assistance is severely limited or non-existent."
Under this circumstances I would like to express a great regret to the decision
of the FIDE presidential Board to hold the 2008 World Women's Championship in
this region and cancel my participation. If there will be a change and the Championship
will be scheduled for a different location I would be happy to play.
Canadian Women's Chess Champion
Dear Members of the Fide:
I am writing to you to explain that nothing is not safe to hold the women's
world championship chess at its current location. Because it is not convenient
nor safe to play chess, knowing that next to yours there is a latent danger
of an armed conflict.
I would like to reconsider the location of this event and is held in another
country which meets security measures and comfort that players going to play
this event need to achieve a quality game worthy of a world championship.
Hoping that everything will be resolved favorably and that the women's world
championship is a complete success.
Paulino Aguilera Malagon, Spain
Ademas de la angustia que se siente por la situacion que les toca a vivir
hoy a las personas envueltas en este conflicto, creo que no es adecuado mantener
el Mundial en Rusia cuando habra jugadoras Georgianas en el mismo, ya que deportivamente
no estaran en igualdad de condiciones que el resto de las participantes incluso
no se si podran viajar por las diferencias politicas existentes.
Creo que mi opinion es valida, teniendo en cuenta que mi rival es Georgiana,
y no me gustaria estar en su lugar. Si hablamos de un Mundial, debe haber igualdad
para todas las participantes a la hora de competir y esto no sucedera manteniendose
la sede actual.
Quiza muchas jugadoras se encuentren en la misma situacion en la cual estoy
yo, puesto que la mayoria habra comprado el pasaje aereo y habra gastado dinero
en visas. No obstante, creo que dadas las circunstancias, habra que buscar un
punto medio para que el perjuicio no sea mayor.
Se que es dificil la situacion y la FIDE tendra que resolver, quiza buscar un
pais europeo alejado de conflictos pero es un tema que ellos deben definir.
Desde aqui mis oraciones para que cese el conflicto y tratar de lograr una solucion
adecuada y equitativa para todos. GENS UNA SUMUS.
WGM Claudia Amura, Argentina
Tenuously related links
Georgia defeats Russia at Olympic beach volleyball
The competitors embraced each other before the match but the event soon
turned sour when the defeated Russians latched on the fact that the Georgian
team was not strictly speaking Georgian. Cristine Saka and and Andrezza
Rtvelo (originally: Cristine Santana and Andrezza Chagas), the "Georgian"
pair, are Brazilian-born with adopted Georgian names and do not speak their
"native" language. "We're not actually playing against the
Georgian team," said Natalya Uryadova, one of the two Russian players,
after losing by two sets to one. "Rather we are playing against Brazilian
At least this Russia-Georgia conflict had a civil ending
The competitors wore sunscreen, sunglasses and bikinis. And tanned,
long-haired cheerleaders strutted in the sand. And the sound system blared
such classic Eastern European folk tunes as "La Bamba," "Highway
to Hell" and the "Ghostbusters" theme. Plus, the Georgian beach
volleyball team isn't actually from, you know, Georgia. Given that the current
conflict between the two countries is due in large part to disputes over who
is Russian and who is Georgian – and which country should hold power
over them – it was only fitting that the postmatch news conference also
turned into a fierce debate about who is Georgian. "I really felt like
we were representing the people of Georgia," Santana said. "I don't
want to get political because this is Olympic Games, but down in my heart,
I wanted to beat Russia, for sure." "We were playing against the
Brazilian team," Uryadova insisted. "If they are Georgian, they
certainly would be influenced [by the conflict], but in fact they are not."