Paulson's "First Pancake is a Blob" Due To RCF

Время публикации: 01.07.2012 20:55 | Последнее обновление: 02.07.2012 02:03

The first stage of the FIDE Grand Prix Series won't be held in Chelyabinsk, but will take place in London 

Several days ago Malcolm Pein, the organizer of the London Chess Classic, wrote on his Twitter page that the Russian Chess federation is refusing to approve the tournament to be held in Chelyabinsk - "I say bring it to London", Pein concluded

Let us remind you that the competition was scheduled to take place from September 19th to October 3rd and had to be the 1st event of the FIDE Grand Prix Series which is organized by Andrew Paulson.

So, today Chessdom published confirmation to the information that the tournament won't be held in Chelyabinsk. "RCF sent a letter some time back to FIDE saying that the event in Chelyabinsk was not sanctioned by the RCF. In the meantime, FIDE assigned the World Championship Cycle to AGON who attempted to resolve the impasse with the RCF, apparently without success." - the website cites FIDE CEO Geoffrey Borg.

Andrew Paulson's commentary is also offered:

"FIDE has been trying to resolve this situation for months. I am not involved, but from what I understand Levitov and Dvorkovich informed local Chelyabinsk officials that they were not to work with us, and sponsors that they were not to pay the €300k promised, and I was even told that it would be a criminal offence if we held an event in Russia. A completely confusing situation for a foreigner!

Malcolm and I have become good friends working out these problems. He was the first person I called when I was forced to find an alternative venue for the Chelyabinsk Grand Prix.

His reaction was iimediately very enthusiastic, as now London will have three chess events in seven months: this is a good thing, not a bad thing, for English chess! AS long as the events are well spaced, I don't see the players complaining", Paulson added.

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