FIDE suspends Ukrainian ratings

by ChessBase
4/17/2016 – Shocker: after the Ukrainian Chess Federation failed to pay the full amount due to FIDE from the Women's World Championship last month, the FIDE Presidential Board, at its meeting in Moscow, decided to suspend its services for the UCF – temporarily suspended. The most visible consequence is that top GMs will be appearing as unrated in events – e.g. Pavel Eljanov at Norway Chess 2016 on Tuesday.

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Services for the Ukrainian CF are temporarily suspended

Thursday, 14 April 2016 10:59

Following the decision of the FIDE Presidential Board at its meeting in Moscow, 28-29 March 2016, the services for the Ukrainian Chess Federation are temporarily suspended, as the full amount in respect of the Women’s World Championship match in Lviv has not been paid within the set deadline.

The ratings will be withdrawn at the date of the next publication of the rating list, downloadable FRLs and the players will not be able to participate in the events organised under the aegis of:

a) the World Championship & Olympiad Commission or Events Commission,

b) Continental competitions that provide qualifiers to any of the aforesaid competitions.

The Federation will be published in the list of arrears -

Below you can see some examples of top players who have (temporarily) lost their ratings. This is somewhat problematic when you consider that Tuesday will see the start of the Norway Chess 2016 super GM tournament, where Pavel Eljanov is one of the participants. Will he be playing without a rating and will the performance of his opponents in the games against him be ignored? (We assume not).

In addition the FIDE Women's Grand Prix in Batumi is starting on Tuesday, with two Ukrainian players (the Muzychuk sisters). Let's see how that is handled.

FIDE ID Name Fed. Title Rating
14114550 Muzychuk, Mariya UKR GM 2561
4128125 Kosteniuk, Alexandra RUS GM 2557
14111330 Muzychuk, Anna UKR GM 2555
13601903 Dzagnidze, Nana GEO GM 2535
8601283 Zhao, Xue CHN GM 2504
4167570 Gunina, Valentina RUS GM 2497
13602640 Khotenashvili, Bela GEO GM 2493
13601458 Javakhishvili, Lela GEO IM 2489
13602993 Batsiashvili, Nino GEO IM 2476
13900145 Skripchenko, Almira FRA IM 2453
13300210 Danielian, Elina ARM GM 2445
4195752 Girya, Olga RUS WGM 2442

Other chess federations in arrears

1 Bermuda
2 Bhutan
3 Botswana
4 Burkina Faso
5 Cambodia
6 Cameroon
7 Central African Republic
8 Comoros Islands
9 Congo
10 Dominican Republic
11 Egypt
12 El Salvador
13 Ethiopia
14 Gabon
15 Kenya
16 Laos
17 Lesotho
18 Madagascar
19 Maldives
20 Namibia
21 Nigeria
22 Pakistan
23 Panama
24 Philippines
25 Rwanda
26 Sao Tome/Principe
27 Seychelles
28 Sierra Leone
29 Solomon Islands
30 Sudan
31 Thailand
32 Timor-Leste
33 Turkmenistan
34 Uganda
35 Ukraine
36 Venezuela
37 Yemen
38 Zambia
39 Zimbabwe

Incidentally, if you download the Full Rating List (FRL) for April 2016 from the FIDE site you will not find any Ukrainian players in it. So better keep your March files for a while.

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