More suspicions over Dvorkovich decisions
Nepomniachtchi Speaks Out
The list keeps growing. The #1 Russian player, Ian Nepomniachtchi, has added his name to the list of top players who are outraged at FIDE president Arkady Dvorkovich’s handling of the final rounds of the online Olympiad.
Ian does not mince his words, and not just criticizes Dvorkovich/Sutovsky, but actually suggests that the FIDE leadership might have manipulated the final results in India’s favour!
This is an incredible declaration coming from one of Russia’s leading sports figures. Nepo has already established a reputation for being an outspoken critic.
WHO IS NEPOMNIACHTCHI?
Here is a rough translation of the Nepo excerpts that were published on the ChessNews.ru site.
FIDE decided in India’s favor for PR reasons
So says Ian Nepomniachtchi. Ian believes that at the online Olympiad the International Chess Federation was guided by double standards when making decisions in two identical situations – in the quarterfinals and the final.
Both times the Indian national team won, and this, according to the grandmaster, is no coincidence – FIDE simply did not want to offend the country, which brought tens and even hundreds of thousands of spectators to the virtual competition.
“I managed to go to Emil Sutovsky’s Facebook in the morning, where he didn’t hide his happiness: He said, ”How cool that we are holding the Olympics, and 40 thousand people yesterday watched the match between India and Poland, my God, how wonderful it is and what we are.”
Probably, you are great, but you should not confuse the warm with the soft: chess is really popular in India, but the others should not suffer because of this.”
”Decisions should be made not based on the number of views from India, but on the basis of justice, common sense, rules, regulations, previous precedents … “– said Nepomniachtchi during the broadcast on his YouTube channel.
“The nature of failures in connections [among the Armenian and Indian chess players] is the same, just a different scale. There is no difference. You can bring graphs, draw screenshots, etc., etc., but in fact they are the same.”
It does not seem to Nepomniachtchi that the event in the final can be regarded as analogous to those exceptional cases in the history of the Olympics, which Arkady Dvorkovich spoke about recently, when gold medals were awarded in a double set.
“What happened here was slow work [of the appeal committee], unpreparedness for the situation and, even worse, inability to follow your own previous decisions. No logical chain can be built from what you are doing. appeal, we will grant you … “
“Firstly, in the end we acted extremely unfairly towards Armenia. It’s just disgusting. Secondly, this is not a TV show, this is a sport. …
(Mocking Sutovsky) ‘‘Are you offended too? Well, let’s give you a medal too; and you – chocolate; and for you – for the best game … “If you are making a holiday – then declare it as a” chess holiday “,” attraction “,” Funny clown “,” Bears on a bicycle “… –
FIDE can think of any poster they like. FIDE isclaiming it as the Olympics – Please respect the sporting principles! “
The assessment of positions in those games that were interrupted due to a failure in the Internet is formally irrelevant and should not have influenced the adoption of a legal decision.
But Nepomniachtchi also spoke on this topic: in his opinion, the match stood at about 64/40 (Russia’s victory / draw), while the FIDE leaders publicly assert that the match would most likely end in a draw.
”For example, Emil Sutovsky, with a scholarly air of an expert, argued [that Shuvalova should have lost to Deshmukh]. I would advise him to sit at the board for a while, play blitz, rapid … Moderate narcissism and vanity, look from the side of a practicing player.
Yes, with accurate play White’s advantage is great and the chances of a mating attack are significant, but with one or two mistakes he could get, for example, a blow … Nc5 and … d4 – the first thing that came to my mind. “
This English version by Nepo was only put on his YouTube channel earlier today (8.9.2020) and will be able to clarify/correct any of the translation above.