Monday, August 22, 2005
1ST VMOBILE ULTIMATE CHESS CHALLENGE REACTION
BY ODION AIKHOJE
INTERNATIONAL CHESS MASTER
I just want to make a couple of comments:
1. The new NCF administration seems to be trying to restore the legitimacy of Nigerian chess - but when?There was a promise that the FIDE affiliation issue would be cleared by May and that we would be restored to the fide rating list but I've seen no evidence of this.
2. Based on this, are Nigerian players eligible to compete in the African Individual in Zambia in November, with the FIDE embargo still in place? Likewise, about the VMobile tourney scheduled for next month; if you take a close look at the invitation, etc you'll probably notice that somebody simply made a photocopy of the Zambian invitation and changed the wordings. This does not signify planning of any sort to me, the conditions planned by the Zambian federation for a FIDE zonal will not neccessarily be applicable for a regular domestic tourney. Will the FIDE section be valid with the FIDE block on Nigeria still on?
3. Besides, I am very familiar with the proposed venue -the Golden Gate Restaurant, Ikoyi - and I must say I am not sure the venue will be able to cope with the kind of turn out that this event will surely produce. Well, I hope the tourney holds and is a success, it's just that I am tired of people in Nigeria trying to make business out of chess without any regard to the chessplayers that are meant to participate in whatever event.
4. Finally, I hear the NCF is not involved in the event,is this possible, can such a large scale event hold in the country without the approval/participation of the DOMESTIC REGULATORY BODY FOR CHESS? Well, let us go on. Only time will give us answers to the questions we ask.
Posted by M at Monday, August 22, 2005