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Russia’s chess chief files appeal against FIDE’s decision to suspend Karjakin

On February 28, Sergey Karjakin published an open letter in which he supported Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine

MOSCOW, April 6. /TASS/. President of the Russian Chess Federation (CFR) Andrey Filatov has filed an appeal against the World Chess Federation’s (FIDE) decision to suspend Russia’s Sergey Karjakin from international tournaments, the CFR press office said in a statement on Wednesday.

The FIDE stated on March 21 that its Ethics and Disciplinary Commission (EDC) decided to suspend Russian Chess Grandmaster Karjakin from all competitions for the period of six months.

"Head coach of the Russian national men's chess team, CFR President Andrey Filatov appeals against the decision of the FIDE Ethics and Disciplinary Commission (EDC) to ban Sergey Karjakin from participating as a player in any FIDE-rated chess competition for six months starting from the 21st of March," according to the statement from FIDE.

In an interview with TASS, Fliatov stated that the appeals in regard to Karjakin were filed with the FIDE and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

On February 28, Karjakin published an open letter in which he supported Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine. The next day, FIDE condemned the Russian grandmaster for public announcement of his political stance, launching a disciplinary case against him.

Karjakin, 32, is currently 18th in the FIDE Rankings List. In 2016, the Russian chess player won the Candidates Tournament and then lost the World Chess Championship’s title encounter to Norwegian Magnus Carlsen.

Karjakin is the winner of the Chess World Cup 2015. He is also the world champion in Rapid Chess (2012) and Blitz (2016).

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