FIDE does U-turn
Political opportunism in St.Petersburg?
I hope that this will not be the way Dvorkovich intends to run FIDE in the future. Earlier today FIDE announced that the St.Petersburg World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championship will be known as the 2nd edition of the King Salman World and Blitz Chess Championship.
Everyone in the world had just assumed that Saudi Arabia had been 100% removed from the equation or anything to do with this World Championship event. Dozens, if not hundreds, of MSM news articles to this effect.
Everyone thought that finally FIDE had taken a firm and principled stand against any country that openly discriminates against any other. Apparently, not.
Deduct FIDE 1 point for gross lack of transparency, and 2 points for shameless opportunism.