Sergey Karjakin announced his ambitions following a six-month suspension from FIDE
Russian chess star Sergey Karjakin. © Aziz Karimov / Pacific Press / LightRocket via Getty Images
Russian grandmaster Sergey Karjakin has vowed to set up a new chess organization to rival international governing body FIDE after it slapped the star with a six-month ban due to his support of Moscow’s military campaign in Ukraine.
The International Chess Federation announced on Monday that it was sanctioning Karjakin – a former world title challenger – for his public support of Russian President Vladimir Putin and the operation in Donbass and Ukraine.
The Crimean-born Karjakin responded by claiming the decision was unjust, suggesting it was a ploy to remove him from the upcoming Candidates Tournament, where the winner would earn a shot at Norwegian great Magnus Carlsen for the world championship.