Russian chess grandmaster Ian Nepomniachtchi has won the World Candidates Tournament for the second year in a row, earning the right to challenge world champion Magnus Carlsen. His compatriot Sergey Karjakin, pro-war and self-declared friend of Putin, sued the world association FIDE and raised serious allegations.
Actually, Sergey Karjakin should have taken part in the most important chess event of the year. But the Russian grandmaster was banned by the world association FIDE before the start of the Candidates Tournament in Madrid.
Because Karjakin publicly spoke out in favor of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine and continued to spread the lies of his friend Vladimir Putin, the association revoked his starting permit and gave his place to the Chinese Ding Liren.
In an interview with the Russian portal “Sports Express” the grandmaster expressed his disappointment with drastic words.
“Of course, the FIDE leadership behaved unfairly to me with the six-month ban,” complained the 32-year-old. “And to put it bluntly, they treated me like a pig. They took away my rightful place in the Candidates Tournament. It’s a shame.”
Nevertheless, Karjakin does not regret his statements about the Russian war of aggression, which led to his expulsion in the first place. He stands behind his words “100 percent”.
“I haven’t changed my mind. If I could turn back time, I would do everything the same way again,” said the Russian, who has long been considered a friend of Vladimir Putin, with whom he has repeatedly been photographed for publicity in the past.
Nepomniachtchi speaks out against the war
Karjakin explained that he has not spoken to Ian Nepomniachtchi, whom he prepared for the past World Cup match against Magnus Carlsen, among other things.
Unlike him, Nepomniachtchi spoke out against the war right on February 24, the day of the invasion. “Nepo” wrote on Twitter at the time: “History has seen many black Thursdays, but today is the blackest.”
“He immediately spoke out against the special operation and signed a letter that would allow him to compete under the FIDE flag in the Candidates Tournament and the Grand Chess Tour. Clear conditions were set for Russian players: only those opposed to the special operation can Ian chose his path, mine is different,” said Karjakin, who in turn repeatedly spread proven lies about Ukraine on social media and accused the country of war crimes.