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    Default 5.2 Anton Kovalyov World Cup incident

    This was a major event of 2017 which has been widely discussed

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    Perhaps Kovalyov could have done more to fight injustice, but nevertheless a huge fail by the CFC at representing him. Here in Ahmadabad at the technical meeting they mentioned the recent case while talking about their no-shorts-rule, everyone smiles and looks in the direction of team Canada. As if Canada/Kovalyov are notorious criminals or something. FIDE officials making fun of us. Lovely.

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    FIDE Ethics Commission (EC) in Antalya, Turkey on 9 October 2017. The major obstacle to this matter proceeding before the EC is the lack of a statement from the player as to what exactly transpired between him and the organizer and his unwillingness to give evidence in this regard at the hearing.

    The result was regrettably that the complaint by the CFC, raising important issues of general concern for the better functioning of FIDE, cannot be admitted for want of a prima facie case due a lack of reliable evidence. This is not a decision on the merits of the complaint.

    https://en.chessbase.com/post/kovaly...-canadian-case

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nikolay Noritsyn View Post
    Perhaps Kovalyov could have done more to fight injustice, but nevertheless a huge fail by the CFC at representing him. Here in Ahmadabad at the technical meeting they mentioned the recent case while talking about their no-shorts-rule, everyone smiles and looks in the direction of team Canada. As if Canada/Kovalyov are notorious criminals or something. FIDE officials making fun of us. Lovely.
    A large part of the problem was that Kovalyov basically was so ticked at FIDE that he didn't do things we needed to do to fight the case.

    It wasn't for lack of effort on our part. I know what I think based on the facts of the case but I do think Hal did the best he could with what we had.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nikolay Noritsyn View Post
    Perhaps Kovalyov could have done more to fight injustice, but nevertheless a huge fail by the CFC at representing him. Here in Ahmadabad at the technical meeting they mentioned the recent case while talking about their no-shorts-rule, everyone smiles and looks in the direction of team Canada. As if Canada/Kovalyov are notorious criminals or something. FIDE officials making fun of us. Lovely.
    I am not really sure how the CFC could have done anything more than they did. Hal Bond had prepared the protest, but without Anton testifying, the CFC did not have a case. As for the FIDE officials making fun of us, to quote Pierre Trudeau after Nixon insulted him, 'I have been called worse things by better people'.

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    It seems to me, the FIDE ethics committee denying the appeal in the manner they did was a surprise to everyone - that certainly could be avoided. No precedent was created that bullying of players by organizers is bad. On the other hand, neither were there any amendments made to the FIDE dress code, and yet now they tell parti shorts aren't allowed. In a youth tournament in a warm country.

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    Dear Colleagues;

    Anton's treatment at the World Cup was shameful. When Anton decided not to participate in the Ethics Commission Hearing, the prospects for "justice" from a Canadian point of view were all but eliminated. The Organizer made a big mistake and he admits it. Zurab wrote to our Federation but to my surprise his letter was not published. Although he was not formally disciplined by FIDE, no one on the Presidential Board was pleased with his actions. The incident has shone a spotlight on a problem with the FIDE dress code and all relevant commissions have been called to action. We shall see where this all leads.

    For the record, below is the letter from Zurab Azmaiparashvili on September 22.

    I am addressing the Canadian chess society, the Canadian Chess Federation, my Canadian friends!
    Let’s start from the beginning – preparations.
    It has been mentioned many times that the Chess World Cup is a prestigious tournament and that chess players are required to have a high regard for it. The dressing style is established by FIDE regulations and it is noted, that the chess player should be dressed accordingly in the tournament. But I do not agree with the claims that are expressed to this day, that the regulations about the dress code are vague and indistinct but since there were complaints I think it would be better if the regulations become more precise. It is obvious that Mr. Kovalyov, was dressed inappropriately both under the FIDE Dress Code and under Section 2.2.8 of the Code of Ethics.
    FIDE should be more attentive towards its audience. It is obliged to reduce the amount of questions from the chess players and leave them with only one thing to think about before the tournament – to play chess! The regulations, that were written in the last century, are indeed outdated and need to be revised immediately, but every organiser of a prestigious tournament tries to make everything at a high level and naturally, we were not an exception either. As you already know, I have been playing chess for many years and nobody will be able to tell me that I am only talking as a functionary. The rules (written and unwritten) were quite simple – above all, we used to respect each other.
    That said, before the start of the World Cup, which is conducted on behalf of FIDE, I could not have imagined that we would face such an unpleasant incident.
    Before the 3rd round!
    Mr. Kovalyov is correct, when he states that before the 3rd round no one had reprimanded him for the way he was dressed. In this case, the responsibility falls on FIDE representatives as well as the individuals, who are still part of the ongoing World Cup. In my opinion, it would have been desirable if they had reminded the chess players about the dress code at the technical meeting, conducted ahead of the tournament.
    FIDE team is taking part in the management of the Chess World Cup coverage and website (including live broadcast). Official media representatives of the international organization were obviously not bothered with the way Mr. Kovalyov was dressed.
    The arbiters should be held accountable above all. There are dozens of photos and videos which proved that the arbiters had the knowledge but did not take any action. Mr. Kovalyov has pointed out that he was entering the playing hall 15 minutes earlier before each game, in this case, it is far more surprising that none of the arbiters were surprised by his manner of dressing. If the arbiters, after noticing Mr. Kovalyov, could not make a decision (which was their job), they should have at least consulted with the organisers.
    A different subject of discussion is the reaction of the Chief Arbiter right before the incident. The Chief Arbiter reprimanded Mr. Kovalyov but shortly after that he moved on to another, in his opinion, way more important subject – has he made a mistake and which colour Mr. Kovalyov should be playing with? In my opinion, it would have been better, if he had not changed the subject until he had resolved the first issue. To this day, it is unclear to me whether the Chief Arbiter and Mr. Kovalyov came to an agreement (for instance: the chess player would be dressed accordingly to the regulations on the next day), or simply ignored the first problem and moved on.
    To sum up, no one (who had the direct responsibility) had notified the tournament organizing committee about any rule violation until the 3rd round. Naturally, I was not aware of that situation until that day either.
    That is why, it is understandable, that my reaction after seeing the way Mr. Kovalyov was dressed was stronger than it would have been had I known all the facts. Especially, after I was notified that Mr. Kovalyov had ignored the Chief Arbiter’s reprimand. It has to be pointed out that my reaction was caused by his response which was “what’s wrong with my dressing?” I ask the Canadian Chess Federation exactly how they would have felt in my position.
    I want to say, that it really was a mistake on my part to start an argument with Mr. Kovalyov about this matter before his match. Therefore, despite Mr. Kovalyov’s attitude (that one pair of shorts was enough for him, that no one had notified him about the dress code, etc.), despite the sponsors and financial loss, which was caused by the chess player’s attitude towards the tournament, I - as a former chess player and grandmaster – admit to my colleagues that I should not have argued with him before the game and because of that, I am ready to apologize to Mr. Kovalyov.
    As for the rights and duties of the organisers, all of you probably remember the Women’s Championship that was held in Iran and which had a strict dress code – no chess player was allowed without covering their hair. I know for sure how uncomfortable it made the European women chess players feel, although, they respected the organisers and they respected the traditions of the host country. That being said, the organisers have their requirements when they are working tirelessly to organise a high rank tournament and want everything to be on top level.
    I, myself, am a lover of a free dressing style and do not specifically ask for strict dress code (till today, at the Chess World Cup you could have seen me wearing a suit, as well as jeans or capri pants because I was doing organiser’s work, as well as everyday work), but there is a line and crossing that line means offending colleagues, rather than just having a free dressing style. If Mr. Kovalyov, as he stated in one of his interviews, asked the Chess World Cup Baku organisers for a permission to play in shorts, why did he ignore Georgian organisers?
    And lastly, as you know the FIDE motto is – We are one family! – and if that’s the case, the members of the family will soon have to gather and discuss everything that is unclear and vague, that is unacceptable for the chess players, discuss what already happened and might happen in the future and will have to take the steps suitable for a modern, twenty-first century organisation.

    Respectfully,
    Zurab Azmaiparashvili

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    Is Canadian Team going to play in 2018-Olympiad in Batumi, Georgia?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor Plotkin View Post
    Is Canadian Team going to play in 2018-Olympiad in Batumi, Georgia?
    Yes. There was a vote of the executive. My initial inclination would be to boycott this Olympiad but even I voted with the majority due to an external factor which I am not at liberty to divulge at this point. I believe the vote was something like six for playing and one abstention.

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    So the executive can vote on such a matter?..without even consulting the possible team members?

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