Chess-News.ru Banned from Covering the Olympiad
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|Wednesday, 29 August 2012|
Pogonina.com editor Peter Zhdanov
Chess-News.ru, one of the leading chess websites in the world, was banned from covering the Chess Olympiad in Turkey. According to its chief editor Evgeny Surov, when he tried to obtain an accreditation for the event, he received a rather rude letter stating that he is not a journalist and he had better not come to Turkey at all.
Evgeny decided to travel there at his own risk. However, according to his own statement, when he attempted to enter the playing hall, the organizers didn't offer him a badge, and the guards virtually kicked him out of the playing hall. Later during the press conference Turkish Chess President Ali Nihat Yazichi mentioned that the playing hall must be free from "people who should not even be there". According to Evgeny Surov, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov promised he would try to resolve the matter peacefully, but, obviously, this hasn't been done.
Frankly speaking, I don't know the exact reason for the conflict. Some say it's about Chess News covering the Atalik case; others point out that it all started from allegedly illegally copying moves from the Turkish Chess Federation website and releasing an article in 2011 that not all the teams will be able to come to the Women's World Chess Championship in Turkey. In his short interview for ChessVibes Ali made a vague statement, one of the interpretations of which could be that Chess News is trying to blackmail the organizers by threatening to write something negative about the event...
What unites Evgeny Surov and Viktor Korchnoi? Both are severe, but just
Adding a personal touch. I have known Evgeny Surov for quite a few years. He is a passionate chess lover, an esteemed professional and a very liberal and critical-minded person. While many websites are posting glossy reports and praises, Evgeny is always looking into the essence of things and interviewing people about the most urgent and unspoken matters. In my opinion, it is unacceptable to prevent one of the leading chess journalists from working just on the basis of some personal feuds. Injustice done to one is injustice to all. I strongly believe in freedom of speech and want to support my friend and colleague.
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