Turkish Chess Federation withdraws European Individual Women Championship.
The President of Turkish Chess Federation, Mr.Ali Nihat YAZICI, has published an open letter on 29 December 2010, and declared that TSF withdrew the organisation of 2011 European Individual Women Chess Championship in Gaziantep. The event was supposed to be organised from 19 March till 1st April. The prize fund of the event would be a record in women chess. Also European Women Rapid and European Women Blitz would be organised just before individual event. The details of open letter and reasons are given below.
29 December 2010
Open Letter to all European Federations, ( Letter_to_ECU_FEDERATIONS_29_12_2010.pdf Bytes)
The Turkish Chess Federation was granted the 2011 European Individual Women Championship, the 2011 European Women Rapid and the European Women Blitz. The contract was signed in March, 2010 in Rijeka, Croatia.
The Turkish Chess Federation has a concrete strategy in investing in women’s chess by supporting and organising Atatürk Memorial in 2008, FIDE Women Grand Prix in 2009, Women’s World Championship in 2010, ACP Women World Cup in 2009 and the events granted specifically for women are 2011 European Women Individual Championship, 2012 European Women Individual Championship, 2011 Women World Team Championship, ACP Women World Cup 2011, FIDE Women Grand Prix in 2012.
These last few weeks, we started to communicate with the General Secretary of ECU to finalise the details of this event and then as a result of insulting and condescending behaviour on her part we requested the intervention of the President of the ECU, Mr.Silvio Danaiolov.
None of those attempts have however worked, as you will see from the various emails and letters sent, and we were completely neglected by ECU management. This is really a big disappointment for me considering that I was the first person celebrating the victory of ECU President just after election and wishing him good luck in the next 4 years.
I also sent a last official message on 24th December 2010 .
Again, we have not been answered.
After all this unfair approach, we have decided to withdraw from the organisation of the 2011 European Individual Women Championship. Event, may I add, which would have created chess history with prizes at the same level as the event in Aix les Bains. Please look at below for the prize fund comparison.
We will take under careful consideration the legal rights of Turkish Chess Federation in the next few days.
We try to hope that this will be the last conflict between TSF and ECU management, created for no reason.
We would like to draw your attention to these issues in the interest of ECU and its future.
Ali Nihat YAZICI
Appendixes: (all pdf files)
Even the logo and banner of the event is ready!!