European Team Championships - Round 9

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11/21/2021 – The 23rd edition of the European Team Championships are taking place on November 12-21 at the Hotel Toplice in the Terme Čatež Spa Complex, in eastern Slovenia. An open championship and a women’s championship are being played concurrently, with each event a 9-round Swiss tournament. Read the full report on round 7... | The action kicks off at 15.00 CET (09.00 ET, 19.30 IST).

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Round 9

Each ECU member has the right to enter one team of four players plus one reserve in the open competition, and one team of four female players plus one reserve in the women’s competition. A total of 39 teams registered to participate in the open, while 31 squads will fight for first place in the women’s event.

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  • Rounds 1 to 5: November 12-16
  • Rest day: November 17
  • Rounds 6 to 9: November 18-21

The action kicks off daily at 15.00 CET (09.00 ET, 19.30 IST)

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lajosarpad lajosarpad 11/22/2021 07:23
@Michael Jones that's true. FIDE cannot punish totalitarian states, but if the given totalitarian state could not be represented by its players, due to some serious problems, that's generating indirect pressure on the totalitarian state. For example, Nepo cannot represent Russia in the World Championship match that is going to start soon because there is a disagreement between FIDE and Russia on the topic of doppings. I do not know who is right and who is wrong, but I surely know that this creates pressure on the Russian Chess Federation. So FIDE could put pressure on the chess federations of the nations which avoid matches with Israeli citizens, but it did not make that decision so far. I remember that in the 2004 FIDE World Chess Championship Israeli players were not allowed to cross the Lybian borders.
Michael Jones Michael Jones 11/19/2021 12:46
@lajosarpad: Israel participating in European team events is, sadly, entirely normal. In football, it is part of the European federation, having been expelled from the Asian one in the 1970s when other countries started boycotting it. Yes, to most of the rest of the world it looks ridiculous to ban your country's representatives from playing those of another country because your country's government refuses to acknowledge the other country's right to existence - and as Iran have found with Firouzja, if the competitor is one in an individual sport where it's relatively easy to change his allegiance, he will change to a country which will not attempt to dictate that he should refuse to play certain opponents. However, it is difficult to do anything about it when the policy is dictated by the government - a global sport federation can impose sanctions on a national federation which is a member of it, but it cannot impose sanctions on a national government.
DavidFriedman DavidFriedman 11/16/2021 02:34

We agree. As I wrote in my previous comment, FIDE should follow the Olympics' example and not permit countries or individuals to refuse to play against members of another nation due to hatred.
lajosarpad lajosarpad 11/16/2021 12:29
Absolutely great chess, great games! Lots of decisive games as well, which shows that classical chess is alive and kicking. I think that the many draws we have seen recently (not in this event) were mainly caused by a small elite playing all the year monthly events. If a chess player plays in elite events non-stop, then the chess appetite decreases.
lajosarpad lajosarpad 11/16/2021 12:27
@DavidFriedman by "political" I've meant that Israel is being boycotted by Muslim countries and the OIC. It is a severe violation of FIDE's motto "gens una sumus". I think the idea of not playing against members of a nation because of hatred is such a blatant, unacceptable approach, that it should be severely sanctioned. If that would be done (and oil money would be lost), then chess-related regional tournaments might be organizable in the middle-East where Jews and Muslims would compete. For instance, if any player refusing to play another player due to the latter's ethnicity/nation/religion/gender would automatically disqualify him/her from any FIDE event, then Muslim players would start following Firouzja's example and play with their Jewish chess rivals, no matter what their state says. The current situation, with Israel participating in European team events is quite abnormal.
DavidFriedman DavidFriedman 11/15/2021 03:25

If by "political" you mean that it would not be safe for Israeli players to visit most Middle East countries (assuming that those countries would even let Israeli players in their borders) then yes it is "political." FIDE could follow the example of the Olympics and forfeit players/countries that refuse to compete against other players/countries, but FIDE is unlikely to turn its back on money from oil-rich countries. So, it is easier for all concerned to permit Israel to compete in Europe and deem the problem solved.
lajosarpad lajosarpad 11/15/2021 10:31
@DavidFriedman nirvana1963 indeed, antisemitism is unfortunately on a very high level on the middle-East. This anti-semitism originates from Islamic sources, such as the Quran, the hadith collections and the Sirat. This will not change anytime soon. So, is it safe to conclude that continental borders are violated in order to solve the issue that Israel is discriminated against?

There are other not (fully) European countries in the field as well, such as Turkey and Russia. However, both have territories in Europe, so that could be the explanation. To be precise, Russia originates from Europe, its Asian territories are results of conquests, while Turkey originates from Asia and its European territories (mainly Constantinople/Istanbul, conquered in 1453) are also results of conquests. Turkey, or, more precisely, its predecessor, the Ottoman Empire held a lot of further territories in Europe. So, in the case of Russia and Turkey there is a feasible geographical reasoning for their invitation. For Israel, as I understand from the responses, the reason is mainly political.
DavidFriedman DavidFriedman 11/15/2021 05:56

Yes, economically backward totalitarian states with no respect for human rights prefer to compete against each other and not against economically advanced states that respect human rights. Of course, players and arbiters from economically backward totalitarian states with no respect for human rights tend to flee such states when the opportunity arises, as we have seen with Firouzja and Bayat.
nirvana1963 nirvana1963 11/14/2021 03:44
@lajosarpad Because not a single country in the Middle East wants to compete with Israel, which is quite understandable...
lajosarpad lajosarpad 11/14/2021 01:23
Israel is a country in the middle-East. I have never understood why Israel is regularly a participant at European events.
tip4success tip4success 11/14/2021 10:55
The game Hauge~Howell of round 1 was quite entertaining!