Опубликовано 18/07/07 в 12:50:16 GMT+02:00 EuRuChess
The Open Letter
of the parents of junior chess players of Estonia to the FIDE, the European Chess Union and the Association of Chess Professionals
We have to make this statement in connection with the actions of the Estonian Chess Federation (ECF) directed against its own chess players having no Estonian citizenship. Such players constitute more than half of the total of chess players of Estonia.
The worst hit are the children of any age having the citizenship of other countries, mostly Russian children. Our children participate officially in Estonian championships, they win prizes and become Estonian champions winning the right to play at junior World and European championships, but the ECF under different pretexts prevents them from playing in these individual tournaments.
We consider such practices as the persecution of our children on national grounds, namely their citizenship, nationality and origin and we request the FIDE, the European Chess Union and the Association of Chess Professionals to act as defenders of equal rights of our children as their way of self assertion in chess and the free development of their chess careers. Such practices by the ECF represent a flagrant violation of the FIDE Charter which does not allow discrimination on any grounds and oblige the national federations to represent the interests of their chess players.
Therefore we consider as openly cynical the permanent bids of the ECF to conduct the World Chess Olympiad since the actions of the ECF against their junior players are incompatible with the Olympic principles, with the European sport charter as well as with the true concepts of sport and the norms of human morality.
We ask the FIDE to pay special attention to the fact that the ECF has turned into an organization serving the interests of exclusively Estonian citizens. As regards other chess players the ECF actions are obviously racist – at their public meetings the ECF forbids to use the Russian language threatening the police summons. The clubs are persecuted for the criticism in state organizations and the media and the trainers and players are persecuted for defending their basic rights and publications in the media.
Under such circumstances we have to request the FIDE to set up an alternative chess association in Estonia that would represent the interests of its players on an equal basis. We ask the FIDE to allow this association to hold championships with the qualification for junior European and World Championships.
Among the ECF most recent actions against our children were such:
1. In 2006 the ECF forbade the 8-year old Artem Fedorov to participate in the under-8 World Championship.
2.In 2007 the ECF refused the 11-year-old Kristina Orlova to participate in the European Championship in the under-12 category which is to start in September in Croatia.
3.Since 2003 the ECF has been refusing to register the results in international tournaments and bids for the awarding the FIDE titles to Valentina Golubenko. Valentina’s performance at the 2007 European Championship in Dresden, the garnering of the final grandmaster norm – for the first time among Estonian female chess players – has given rise to a campaign of threats and insults against Valentina and her parents, a campaign launched by the ECF in the Estonian language media.
4. On the eve of the FIDE Presiential Council in June in Tallinn the ECF “promised” Artem Fedorov that he would play in the under-10 European Championship in Croatia in 2007 under the FIDE flag.
The participation of children in the FIDE Championships under the FIDE flag occurred last time because of the war in Yugoslavia. What war is the ECF waging against our children?
WE ASK THE FIDE, THE EUROPEAN CHESS UNION, AND THE ASSOCIATION OF CHESS PROFESSIONALS TO STOP THIS WAR.
Marina Fedorova, mother of Artem Fedorov, born in 1998,vice-champion of Estonia in 2007 in the under-8 category, chess club Maletaht, Narva
Sergei Orlov, father of Kristina Orlova, born in 1996, the bronze medal winner at the 2007 Estonian girls’ championship, chess club Maletaht, Narva
Valeriy Golubenko, father of Valentina Golubenko, born in 1990, chess club Diagonal, Kohtla-Jarve