Conversation with GM Suat Atalik in Paracin

Meeting GM Suat Atalik at the International Open tournament in Paracin was a good occasion to make an attempt in clarifying the complicated situation that arose after the banishment by the TCF and decision of the Greek Chess Federation Board.

Atalik is currently under the fourth ban by the Disciplinary Committee of the Turkish Chess Federation, but this is the first time that his Federation has reached out to the tournament organizers abroad, specifically asking the Golden Sands Open not to pair him or exclude him from the event.

Further, the organizers of the Kavala Open informed Atalik that they are not permitted to accept him in the tournament as per: “The Board of the Greek Chess Federation, in the meeting of 30/6/2012, discussed and accepted a request of the Turkish Chess federation, not to allow the participation of the chess player Suat Atalik in competitions in Greece.”

The first question to Suat Atalik was whether there was an attempt to prevent him from playing in Paracin Open. “Not to my knowledge, I believe the organizer would have told me”.

Full article here.

Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar
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