Ukrainian Master Boycotts Saudi Women's World Speed-Chess Championships
Ukraine's double women's reigning world chess champion says she will not attend the $2 million world speed-chess championship after the game's governing body awarded the tournament next month to Saudi Arabia.
Several top players are joining the 27-year-old Ukrainian grandmaster, Anna Muzychuk, in boycotting the rapid and blitz championship, considered one the most exciting competitions in chess, citing human and women's rights concerns in the Middle Eastern country.
"Despite the record prize money, I am not going to play in Riyadh [which] means losing two world champion titles," Muzychuk, who is currently ranked second in the world in rapid chess and third in blitz, said in a Facebook posting on November 11.
Nigel Short confirms his participation
Nigel Short is the first player, who sent the signed confirmation for participation in King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, which will be held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia between the 26th and 30th December 2017.
Magnus Carlsen and most top players are expected to compete in the $2 million World Rapid & Blitz Championships in Saudi Arabia.
ACP is against holding championships in Iran & Saudi Arabia.
As usual, it seems that there is no consensus among top players, and the mantra of every player for himself / herself holds true once again.