Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Organizers have right to refuse entry

Why would a chess organizer refuse anyone entry to their tournament ? The purpose of organizing is to get people to join, right? So there must be good reason for an organizer to deny someone entry. I suppose if that person is a known trouble-maker, that makes as  good a reason as any.

I already wrote on this subject before. Read it here


Anonymous said...

Let's see:

"I think this is an MCF matter and they should look into this and refer back to their objectives in their constitution. There is article 4(b) to consider too."

Article 4 of the constitution of MCF states that:

The objects of the Federation are:

b) To uphold the Laws of Chess as adopted and published by The Federation Internationale Des Echecs from time to time.

Well, let's see what the Laws of Chess are:

The first sentence says:

FIDE Laws of Chess cover over-the-board play.

Ooops, it has nothing to do with running tournaments. As for the actual FIDE Handbook on everything else:

In no where in the handbook does it say that FIDE does not allow organizers to ban certain participants from taking part. I guess if the MCF does not have a specific rule that says players cannot be banned from certain tournaments, MCF is off the hook again. No need to do anything with Raymond's whining.

Anonymous said...

An organiser can always pre·empt a difficult situation by stating in the entry form their right to refuse entry of any player. As is the case in question, the organisers have included the folowing phrase in their entry form, " the discretion of the organisers who also reserve the right to refuse any entry without explanation.'
And the organiser is not wrong as there are circumstances where it should be done, for example: (a) the affected player has in the past withdrawn mid-way in a tournament with no reason: (b) the affected player has 'attacked' the sponsor (or company) outside Chess circles. Example, a Greenpeace employee is refused entry as a player in the BHP Chess Open. and of course, (c) other known trouble makers.
In our case of the known trouble maker, a signed 'GAG' order can be used if the organisers so wish, whereby the player and his father will agree in writing NOT to comment publicly on the said tournament for a certain period (1 year and 2 years) or else they will face legal action.
To summarise, I believe that the affected player must have some pride and just walk away from this event.

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Jimmy Liew said...

If I was the one, I'll keep quiet. Already indicated you are not welcome yet insist on coming. Malu lah.

Anonymous said...

I bet he only wants his son to join so he can come up with some conspiracy theory when his son loses.

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