sábado, 14 de marzo de 2009

Player Banned for Not Playing

March 14, 2009, 1:49 am

Player Banned for Not Playing

A strange story coming out of India is that one of its leading grandmasters, Geetha Narayanan Gopal, has been banned from playing in India or competing for the national team for one year. The reason? He failed to play in the national championship last December.

According to reports on Chessdom, a European chess news Web site, and India DNA, a general-interest newspaper and Web site based in Mumbai, the All-India Chess Federation voted Tuesday to bar Gopal from competing for one year. India DNA quoted R.M. Dongre, vice president of the federation, saying, “We have to draw a line at some point of time. We cannot tolerate indiscipline from players.”

Chessdom said that the federation had adopted a policy that all players rated under 2650 must play in the national championships. Gopal, the No. 9 ranked player in India, has a rating of 2555.

The India DNA article went on to say that Gopal’s father said his son was unable to compete because he had committed to playing a tournament in Mexico at the same time.

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