Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Arkadij Naiditsch Stuns German Chess Federation

Top German player Arkadij Naiditsch unveiled some shocking facts in his open letter titled "Why the German A-team will not participate in the 2010 Olympiad".
Let’s start with the fact that nobody from the German A-team is going to participate in the Chess Olympiad this year. These players are Georg Meier, Jan Gustafsson, Daniel Fridman and me, Arkadij Naiditsch. Why? The easy answer is that the biggest chess federation in Europe, about 100,000 active members, couldn’t manage to find money to pay the players.
As we know, Prof. Dr. Von Weizs├Ącker is running his campaign for the ECU Presidency, and many European countries are giving their support to him. Now, the logical conclusion would be since he could do absolutely nothing for chess in his own country in two years, or again had no time for it, which, of course, led to the same result, can he do something for Europe? I would say probably not.
The other candidates for the ECU Presidency, Silvio Danailov and Ali Nihat Yazici, did not jump on the opportunity to kick the German counterpart in the knee. Their statement posted on Chessdom are rather neutral.

1 comment:

Ellen said...

I admit, I have not been on this webpage in a long time... however it was another joy to see It is such an important topic and ignored by so many, even professionals.

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