The Argentine Chess Federation’s attempt to get legal recognition of their secret tournaments, held in the Falklands, have been denied. This was expressed in a statement from FIDE, the World Chess Federation, which also urged all federations to refrain from using chess tournaments for political purposes.
As revealed in the Penguin News, Argentine players convened in the Islands between September 2018 and March 2019 to hold two tournaments and a single match.
Argentina’s governing chess body then submitted the results to the World Chess Federation, FIDE, for ‘rating’, a process which allows players to use their results as an indication of their playing strength.
The games were submitted as having taken place in ‘Puerto Argentino’.
FIDE released a statement about the matter on Monday June 3. It said:
“FIDE has received a complaint that, between September 2018 and March 2019, two tournaments and a chess match, which took place in Stanley, in the British Overseas Territory of the Falkland Islands, were filed for consideration for FIDE rating by the Argentine Chess Federation.
Federations reserve the exclusive right to submit tournaments for rating which take place in their territory.
Because this was not done, and no attempt was made to seek permission or even inform the English Chess Federation, under whose purview chess in the Falkland Islands comes, the FIDE Qualification Commission will exclude these tournaments from rating. FIDE urges all federations to refrain from using chess tournaments for political purposes.”