Chess star Sergey Karjakin, 32, recently caused a stir on social media by publicizing about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
On Sunday, he shared an open letter addressed to Russian President Vladimir Putin. There he praises the president for the ongoing conquest.
You have created strong reactions.
Chess expert and Russia Atle Groun tells Dagbladet it’s weird to look at.
In the letter, Karjakin wrote that he was grateful to President Putin for his “fight for the disarmament and disarmament of Ukraine and its ruling regime.”
Atley Groen, a former international chess professor and professor of Russian at UiO, is clear that this is Russian propaganda.
– What makes it particularly provocative is that Karjakin is a privileged person who has access to independent media and has every opportunity to learn about the current situation.
– He lived in Ukraine, and he has many fellow Ukrainian chessmen who are now fighting for their lives. Then, he adds, making this plan becomes perverted.
It is believed that Karjakin has now frozen himself outside the international chess community.
He will not be able to participate in European Championships or play internationally as before. He realizes he’s burned all the bridges, so he’s totally out of the race. He makes himself a persona non grata (Diary of a Persona non grata).
On Sunday, news also came that the International Chess Federation (FIDE) condemns Karjakin’s statement.
“The FIDE condemns all public statements made by the chess community that protect baseless military action, and will take up the cases of Sergei Karjakin and Sergey Shepov in a disciplinary committee,” a press release read.
At the same time, they wrote that FIDE will not hold tournaments in Russia, will not allow Russia to compete under its own flag and will terminate all sponsorship agreements with Russian state-owned companies.
The Chess Olympiad was due to be held in Moscow, but the International Football Association Board (FIDE) announced on Friday that the tournament would be moved. Where it will be kept is still not clear.
People die joking
The outrage against Karjacken began after Magnus Carlsen’s victory in the Chess of Champions semi-finals. After the party ended, the Norwegian told TV 2 that he was happy to live in a country like Norway.
When you represent a country that does the same weirdness as Russia does, you face many ups and downs. Russian chess players and I think there is nothing any country should do. The world champion told the channel that I have to do my best, I am very lucky to live in a peaceful country.
Then Karjakin replied that he was happy to live in Russia.
In a live stream on Twitch, chess star Hikaru Nakamura discussed the Russian proposal. He was unhappy.
– It’s terrible, very terrible. He says I can’t understand that.
– People die joking about the situation. Innocent people are just joking. It’s pathetic, there are no other words for it.
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