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Borna Derakhshani vs Alexander Huzman
Tradewise Gibraltar (2017), Catalan Bay GIB, rd 1, Jan-24
French Defense: Exchange Variation (C01)  ·  0-1


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Feb-20-17  sneaky pete: Borna is in trouble with the gangsters that run his country because he played this game.
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  Dionysius1: What makes you say so? Is it speculation or do you have a source?
Feb-20-17  sneaky pete: Several sources online, but so far only in Dutch and German:
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  Dionysius1: Thanks <sneaky pete>. It's a shame but at least the Iranian Chess chief is having none of it.
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  sonia91: The boy has been banned, along with her sister, from Iran's tournaments and national team:
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  Dionysius1: Well I hope they both thrive away from the Iranian set up. I understand they've both lived in Spain for a while now. May they flourish in non-Iranian tournaments, and play enough for other national teams to be a thorn in the side of the Iranian federation at a national level. Herumpf!
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  Sally Simpson: see my post.

Borna Derakhshani (kibitz #2)

I've made a plea via another source that the organisers contact the Iranian Chess Fed and explain this was their fault. 'It came out of a machine.'

The lad in question is 15 years old, shame to see what looks a promising chess career knocked on the head because of a mistake.

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  Sally Simpson: ...and the organisers have acted ( it appears before I posted the above) and sent a letter to the Iranian Chess Federation.

Whether or not it is an apology or an explanation of what happened I know not what. But it is good they have acted promptly this way.

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  luzhin: Why should the organisers apologise? Just because the Iranian government refuses to recognise Israel as a legitimate entity, that is no reason for non Iranian chess tournament organisers to pander to this. If the computer program in a Swiss system event generated this pairing, then it's up to the Iranian player to decide whether to play or default. Good for the young Iranian for taking the principled route. I'm only sorry his courage was not rewarded with a win.
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  Sally Simpson: Hi Luxhin,

It appears there may be more to it as the organisers are trying to speak on his behalf.

He did play a game starting in the Challengers which started at 9.00 am. He won that and then played at 3.00Pm. on the same day v Alexander Huzman in the masters. He may have been unaware who he was playing* or thought the ban only applied to FIDE run events like the Olympiad. The organisers in later rounds did tinker with the draw to avoid culture clashes.

When this lad Ehsan Ghaem Maghami refused to play this Ehud Shachar at this event Corsica Masters (2011) he did ask for the draw to be changed but the organiser, Leo Battesti, said it was against the rules. The Iranian player left the tournament, (though according to Leo Battesti on good terms. Maghami gave Leo a bottle of Corsican wine.)

I don't like it probably because I don't understand it. But It is their federation rules about playing an Israeli. Or maybe the player concerned feels he should not play an Israeli and it is their own decision.

I hope they reconsider their ban and let him play chess.

(*There were no flags on the tables, but each player had a wee name tag with a flag on. John Saunders took pictures of all the rounds and in round eight he took this picture of Huzman v Howell you can see the Israeli flag on Huzman's name tag.)

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  luzhin: It is a rule of the Iranian authorities that their sportsmen must not engage in competition against Israelis.It is nothing to do with the wishes of the individual Iranian competitors. They, after all, are the only ones who suffer bad consequences as a result of the so-called 'anti-Zionist' policy.
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