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Armenians intends to hold a chess tournament in Karabakh

24 March 2005 [14:56] - TODAY.AZ
Administration of Azerbaijan Chess Federation (ACF) sent a letter to the President of International Chess Federation (ICF) Kirsan Ilyumjinov , inviting to prevent Armeninas' attempt of holding a chess tournament again in Upper Garabagh occupied by them.
Vise-president of Chess Federation Faig Hasanov informed APA that, it is stated in the appeal that, Upper Garabagh had been the territory of Azerbaijan since ancient times, and at the result of occupation by Armenia, it remained without control:"Armenians attempted to hold such tournament last year, too.

Chess Federation of Azerbaijan applied FIDE and other organization and succeeded to prevent that ceremony to be registered as international tournament. This time we together with Ministry of Youth, Sport, and Tourism have appealed FIDE and other international organizations. "Head of press service of Ministry of Youth, Sport, and Tourism Rafig Abbasov informed APA that, only representatives of alleged state in a word chess-players of Armenian nationality can take part in the tournament o be held in alleged "Upper Garabagh Republic": "The tournament will not be given international status despite of Armenians' attempts.

"Last year chess-players of Georgia also took part in the tournament. But later on, Georgia Chess Federation apologized to Azerbaijan. "R.Abbasov stated that, Ministry of Youth, Sport, and Tourism will protest against the states to send chess-player to the tournament to be held in alleged "Upper Garabagh Republic".


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