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Old April 24th 04, 02:33 AM
Harry Haller
 
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Any ideas why the ACP seems intent on sabotaging the 2004 world
championship? Who, within the APC, are driving forces?

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Old April 24th 04, 07:30 AM
Remco Gerlich
 
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On 2004-04-24, Harry Haller wrote:
Any ideas why the ACP seems intent on sabotaging the 2004 world
championship? Who, within the APC, are driving forces?


From all that I have seen (a whole bunch of open letters in Chess
Today), ACP has been very careful not to advice anyone not to
play. They have just pointed out a number of big problems with FIDE's
"Player's Undertaking", have offered help to FIDE in writing a better
contract, and that's it. They have told no-one that they shouldn't
play.

The problems with the Undertaking that they have highlighted a

- They say nothing about the player's rights, or FIDE's obligations,
they are only about the player's obligations

- They lack a FIDE signature, so they're not even contracts.

- No-one knows yet whether they will play in Malta or in Libya. This
obviously forms a problem for players for some countries, who for
instance may not even be able to get a visum for Libya.

- There is the situation with mandatory hotels again. The players must
stay in certain hotels, and they have to pay - it is feared that the
rates of the rooms will be 20%-50% higher than the normal rates in
these hotels, since that is what happened with a few other recent
events (like the European championships). FIDE keeps the costs for
players secret. How can a chess professional decide whether he wants
to play if it's even a secret how much he will have to pay for his
hotel?

I am not sure if this is all of them, but it seems to me that they are
right, this Undertaking is ridiculously inadequate.

The ACP is an organisation that tries to stand up for the rights of
the players, and by informing them and offering help it seems to me
they are doing their job. I don't think your "sabotaging" claim is
fair.

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Remco Gerlich

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