The English Chess Federation is Asking the Presidential Board and the FIDE Ethics Commission to Urgently Consider the Scandalous Letter From Yazici

Время публикации: 11.06.2012 15:55 | Последнее обновление: 11.06.2012 16:11

The English Chess Federation has released an official reply to the letter from the President of the Turkish Chess Federation Ali Nihat Yazici, where he announced refusal to accept arbiters from seven federations for working at the forthcoming Olympiad.

The reply from the English Chess Federation (the full text is here) points out that Yazici's announcement is in breach of the FIDE Statute 1.2, which states, "FIDE is concerned exclusively with chess activities. FIDE is democratically established and bases itself on the principles of equal rights of its members. FIDE is a non profit making organisation ... It rejects discriminatory treatment for national, political, racial, social or religious reasons or on account of gender".

In addition to that, the ECF letter states that Yazici is in violation of the FIDE Code of Ethics, article 2.2.3, which refers to, "Organizers, tournament directors, arbiters or other officials who fail to perform their functions in an impartial and responsible manner."

The letter concludes that banning arbiters from seven federations from working at the Olympiad cannot be considered anything other than a discriminatory political act. In view of this, the English Chess Federation is, "formally requesting that the Presidential Board and Ethics Commission consider this matter urgently and demand that the Turkish Chess Federation reconsider its appointments, this time in an impartial and non-discriminatory fashion".

Five more federations signed up to this letter: the French, the German, the Swiss, the Ukrainian and the U.S. A signature from the Georgian federation, who was also affected, is not specified.


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