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Karjakin was eliminated from the Candidates

Russia’s number two Sergey Karjakin has been banned for six months, starting March 21, for his pro-Russian statements in the conflict with Ukraine.

Karjakin was found guilty of violating Article 2.2.10 of the FIDE Code of Conduct, and was banned from competing in all Elo tournaments. And the chess player Sergei Shipov did not violate this rule, so he escaped the ban.

“Karjakin’s series of comments about military tensions in Ukraine sparked a significant response to social media and public opinion,” said the FIDE website. “Most reacted negatively to Karjakin’s comments.”

Article 2.2.10 reads: “Disciplinary action will be taken for actions that are detrimental to and damage the reputation of chess and FIDE”.

FIDE’s Ethics and Disciplinary Committee (EDC) said Karjakin had the right to appeal the decision within 21 days.

Sergey Karjakin at the Tata Steel super tournament on January 28, 2022 in the Netherlands.  Photo: Jurriaan Hoefsmit – Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2022

Sergey Karjakin at the Tata Steel super tournament on January 28, 2022 in the Netherlands. Photo: Jurriaan Hoefsmit – Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2022

Karjakin and Shipov have publicly supported Russia in military tensions in Ukraine. But Karjakin has more influence on social media than Shipov, leading to a stronger response from the public.

Karjakin was born in the Ukrainian city of Simferopol, Crimea, but moved to Russia in 2009. He once held the record for youngest Grandmaster in history for nearly 20 years. Karjakin has also been runner-up in the world, when he lost to Magnus Carlsen in the 2016 Chess King match in New York, USA. Karjakin has an Elo of 2,747, ranked 17th in the world and second in Russia.

“It was an embarrassing decision from FIDE, but I was expecting it,” Karjakin said. “All options in sport have been trampled on, the basic principle that sport outside of politics has been trampled on. Most importantly, I was a patriot first. Then the second. , I am an athlete. If I could rethink my decision to support the Russian president, the people and the army, I would still do the same! I don’t regret anything.”

Before this punishment was given, Karjakin also posted Indonesia, said that playing or not in some tournaments did not affect his life. “The problem was never financial,” he wrote.

The biggest tournament that Karjakin has to miss is the Candidate, which takes place in Madrid, Spain from June 16 to July 7. This tournament brings together 8 players, who play in round-robin twice to choose the Chess King challenger alongside Carlsen in 2023. Karjakin has won a place in this tournament, after finishing second in the 2021 World Cup. His place is awarded to the person with the highest Elo in the tournament. May 2022 without tickets. Currently, China’s number one player Ding Liren (Ding Lap Nhan) has a great opportunity to replace Karjakin.

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