The breaking news of Richard Rapport’s transfer to Romania exploded yesterday, overwhelming social media. The shockwaves of the news went through the chess world and engaged chess players and journalists who reacted to the unhoped transfer that includes also Richard’s wife – WGM Jovana Rapport. Just a day before confirmation that Rapport changes federation to Romania, he decided to withdraw from Norway Chess 2022, possibly looking for calmer preparation for the Candidates Chess Tournament 2022.
Reactions on the transfer
Susan Polgar said she is personally happy for Richard and his wife who will have a better chance at the world championship crown. However, she emphasized she is sad that Rapport did not have enough financial support from his native country.
Mr. Dodgy (CEO of Chefable) had a short reaction:
The Chief Marketing and Communications Officer of FIDE, David Llada had a similar reaction.
Olimpiu Di Luppi – Why invest in a country that does not invest in you?
Rakesh Kulkarni – Chess International Master and Director of Chess.com India:
Chess India Network
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