Today, May 6th 2022, the Appeal Chamber of the FIDE Ethics and Disciplinary Commission (EDC) formed by its Chairperson Mr. Francois Strydom, and members Mr. Khaled Arfa and Mr. David Hater, announced its decision to dismiss the appeal presented by Grandmaster Sergey Karjakin.
The dismissal of this appeal confirms the 6-month ban that was imposed by the EDC on March 21st, 2022, after the player was found guilty of breach of article 2.2.10: “Sergey Karjakin is found guilty of breach of article 2.2.10 of the FIDE Code of Ethics, and is sanctioned to a worldwide ban of six months from participating as a player in any FIDE rated chess competition, taking effect from the date of this decision, 21 March 2022.”. The decision confirms that Karjakin will not play FIDE Candidates Chess 2022 tournament in Madrid. All Karjakin’s case news to be found here
Karjakin qualified the initial decision of FIDE as “shameful” on his Telegram channel, adding “I don’t see the point of appealing – any court will take the side of Europe.”. Read the full comment of Sergey Karjakin here
Nonetheless, a few days later, Sergey Karjakin stated in an interview for TAS (Russian News Agency) that he will appeal against the FIDE decision, taking FIDE to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). On April 6, the Head coach of the Russian national men’s team and the president of the Russian Chess Federation (CFR) Andrey Filatov filed an appeal against the EDC decision to suspend Russia’s Sergey Karjakin from international tournaments.
The final decision by EDC is appealable to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) within 21 calendar days following communication of this decision. Still and all, the decision will remain in effect while under appeal, unless the CAS directs otherwise. Related: Russia and Belarus Chess teams suspended from FIDE competitions