To Mr. Ali Nihat Yazici, President of the Turkish Chess Federation, Vice-president of the FIDE

Время публикации: 31.08.2012 09:04 | Последнее обновление: 31.08.2012 09:04

Dear Mr. President!

There was an opening day of the World Chess Olympiad in Istanbul few days ago. It is a great event not only for the participants, organizer and guests but also for millions chess amateur all over the world. Every Olympiad first and foremost is an occasion which unites people in spite of their religion and political views.

To create such event one should do a lot of the spadework. Of course we all know that it was done by the Turkish Chess Federation and you personally as well.

And as all previous Turkish chess tournaments were well organized with staggering prizes there are no doubts that the Olympiad will be held on a top level.

Unfortunately one of the events that took place during the first days of the Olympiad is darken organizer’s and yours reputation, even despite the fact it doesn’t affect players.

I’m talking about Evgeny Surov (chief editor of the Chess-News) who was not allowed to visit the Olympiad. Such treatment of Mr. Surov and his site is groundless.

It’s a great pity that such forced conflict may turn into a juicy scandal and harm reputation of Turkish Chess Federation and you personally.

Dear Mr. President! You are almost the only one who may settle out this groundless issue and let the journalist do his work. At that time we all will treat this event only as misunderstanding on the eve of the Olympiad.

Yours sincerely,
Vasily Papin, International Grand Master, Editor-in-chief on site “Chess in Rostov region”


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