Galiya Karjakina condemned chess bosses in a show of support for her husband Sergey
Galiya Karjakina backed husband Sergey. © Instagram @galyachess
International chess bosses are tarnishing the game with “dirt and hypocrisy” by banning Russian grandmaster Sergey Karjakin for his support of President Vladimir Putin and the military operation in Ukraine, according to the star’s wife.
Karjakin was hit with a six-month ban by the International Chess Federation (FIDE) on Monday after his vocal backing of Putin and the Russian forces as they carry out their offensive in Ukraine.
The decision sees Karjakin barred for all tournaments under FIDE auspices, with the organization claiming that statements by the 32-year-old “have led to a considerable number of reactions on social media and elsewhere, to a large extent negative towards the opinions expressed by Sergey Karjakin.”
Pro-Putin chess star banned
Karjakin’s wife, Galiya, has now lashed out at the decision in an angry message shared on Instagram Stories.
“Not everyone can play chess the way my husband does!” wrote Karjakina.
“The whole International Chess Federation was frightened and decided not to allow Sergey to enter official tournaments.
“The guys from FIDE hope to get into Olympic sports by currying favor with the IOC and other sports organizations. It doesn’t work in other ways.
“Chess has always been a special sport for me! Chess is a sport for the elite, so I said and thought. Chess is a great game!
“And FIDE, with its policy, destroyed this exclusivity and sublimity of chess. Mixing chess with dirt and hypocrisy!
“It’s a pity that the International Chess Federation has dishonored chess so much!”
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Karjakin himself responded to the decision on Monday by suggesting it was a cynical attempt to prevent him from appearing at the upcoming Candidates Tournament, where the opportunity will be on offer to set up a world title clash with Norwegian great Magnus Carlsen.
Karjakin met Carlsen in a world championship clash in New York in 2016, losing to the Norwegian in a series of tense tiebreaks after the best-of-12 match ended in a tie.
The Chess Federation of Russia has vowed it will appeal Karjakin’s ban, although the chess star has expressed doubts that the bid will be successful.