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Sunday, 25 Apr 2021 21:10
Statement on the Fair Play decisions at the FIDE World University Championship



FIDE acknowledges that the decision of the Fair Play Panel of the FIDE World University Online Championship was made with due care and in accordance with the tournament regulations, and deems no further action to be necessary. 

FIDE will not ask the Ethics and Disciplinary Commission to consider the extension of the recent sanctions imposed during the World University Online Championship. Further disqualification from other online tournaments or over the board chess events would require a higher level of proof. 

While we recognize that the decision of the Fair Play Panel of the FIDE World University Online Championship was made with due care and in accordance with the tournament regulations, our goal is not only to keep the fair play principle strong in the game itself but also to treat the players fairly. We will continue to be strict on suspected cheating cases, while retaining an honourable attitude towards chess players, not unnecessarily stigmatizing them.

Online tournaments have provided chess with a flexible and accommodative way to continue our active chess life even during the strongest restrictions. However, online chess has also notably increased the risk of a potential breach of fair play. Therefore, we as FIDE will be putting our maximum effort into improving our regulations, setting clear control procedures and continuously strengthening the practices and proficiency of Fair play panels of the tournaments. 

Keeping the fair play principle strong is crucial for the reputation of chess, showing respect for players, organizers and the chess audience.