"Behind Those Dirty Games Against FIDE Stands An Ex-World Champion Garry Kasparov"

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TCF President Ali Yazici explains his resignation from the post of the Vice-President of FIDE and questions Levitov

The President of the Turkish Chess Federation Ali Nihat Yazici has resigned from his Vice-President's post at the World Chess Federation (FIDE). Recently he's been under a mass of criticism from various federations, ECU, ASP and separate players, due to the scandalous banning of arbiters from seven federations from working at the forthcoming Olympiad in Istanbul.

Open Letter of TSF President Ali Nihat Yazici

Dear Chess Friends, 

Over the last few  years FIDE has suffered a lot as a result of the actions of several chess federations who have decided to sue FIDE, mainly as part of a big political game.

These court cases have already cost FIDE more than one million euros, money that could  and would  have been spent to develop chess worldwide and to support federations with financial needs to participate in the Olympiad. This last  point is especially painful for me since I get e-mails from many federations like Somalia, Madagascar and from Oceania that they need support in order to come to Istanbul. 

Today everybody knows that behind those dirty games stands an ex-world champion, Garry Kasparov. And me, as a volunteer  who has spent twelve years of my life collecting sponsorship for chess euro by euro, I am really suffering seeing this terrible damage to chess. I know how difficult it is to get every cent by clawing the ground with your fingers. 

The Turkish Chess Federation, to send a strong message, and to shake up the chess world, has made a decision not to appoint any arbiter who belongs to those seven federations that have been used as the marionettes of Garry Kasparov.  

Our decision is one of principle and I do not want people to think that I have done this because two federations have sued FIDE over the number of nominated FIDE Vice Presidents. I declared in the Krakow Executive Board of FIDE that I was ready to resign in order to solve that court case on the condition of costs being covered by the appellant. I know that the court case will finish on 29 June 2012. To demonstrate that this action is nothing personal, that it has nothing to do with me being one of the

Vice-Presidents concerned (it has been alleged that it does), I have decided to submit my resignation from the position of FIDE Vice-President  to the FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and I would like to thank him for the unlimited trust he has shown me all these years. 

I personally don’t need any title in order to stick by my principles and to contribute to the chess world. And for the rest of my life I will continue my work in this direction. 

For those who want to see more details about my views and the background of this story, they can follow my recent interview with ChessVibes.

With kind regards,
TSF President
Ali Nihat Yazici
25 June 2012 - Ankara

In the interview to Chessvibes given shortly before Mr. Yazici announced about his resignation, he commented on an open protest [scroll down to find an English version of the text] of the Russian Chess Federation against his actions. 

Mr. Yazici clearly blames Ilya Levitov, the Chairman of the Management Board of the Russian Chess Federation, in collusion with Garry Kasparov behind Arkady Dvorkovich's, the Chairman of the RCF Supervisory Board, back. We offer you the part of the interview published on Chessvibes. 

"When we come to the open letter of the Russian Chess Federation... my dear friend and colleague in the FIDE Presidential Board, Ilya Levitov, has his own agenda for the future, and he plays his own game with Garry Kasparov. In the last FIDE World Championship in Moscow, I have seen this with my own eyes. I am sure that Mr. A.Dvorkovich knows nothing about it – Levitov is behaving today as if he was the Russian Chess Federation!  He plays his own game, but we have recorded it in our notebook...

We hope that our excellent relations with the Russian Chess Federation will not be affected negatively due to this issue. But I am fully convinced that Ilya has arrangements with Garry.

I would like to ask him: does he agree with those court cases against FIDE? Isn’t it unethical what G.Kasparov is doing? What is his opinion? It would be nice to hear..."



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