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Ukranian chess sisters clear up anti-Russia letter controversy

Ukrainian chess grandmaster sisters Mariya and Anna Muzychuk have clarified their stance after being threatened with exclusion for not signing a letter to the International Chess Federation (FIDE) demanding that all Russian players should be banned from playing their sport. Russian athletes are currently prohibited from participating in the international events …

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China & India are loyal to Russia, claims chess grandmaster

Chess grandmaster Sergei Shipov has said that Russia should host chess tournaments with players from countries that are “loyal” to it invited – including China, India and Belarus. Russia has been banned from holding events run by the International Chess Federation (FIDE) as a result of the attack on Ukraine, although …

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Pro-Putin chess star banned

Russian grandmaster Sergey Karjakin has been hit with a six-month ban by the chess authorities after the 32-year-old issued support for Russia’s military operation in Ukraine. Karjakin, who was born in Crimea and changed his nationality from Ukrainian to Russian in 2009, will miss the forthcoming Candidates Tournament between June 16 and …

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Chess star doubles down on Putin support despite death threats

Russian chess star Sergey Karjakin has reiterated his support for President Vladimir Putin, saying he “could not remain silent” despite being subjected to death threats and potential sanctions from the sports authorities. Karjakin, who was born in the Crimean city of Simferopol and backed the reintegration of the peninsula into …

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NATO and Russia’s Balkan chess game

The clock is ticking on the fate of the peace in Bosnia-Herzegovina that has held since the imposition of the Dayton Accords, officially known as the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Dayton Accords were named after the City of Dayton, Ohio, home to Wright-Patterson Air Force …

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