Cork Chess Club Make It 5 Refusals
It appears that the controversy about refusing entries to weekend tournaments is set to carry on. With Cork Chess Club becoming the fifth weekend tournament congress in a row to refuse the entry of Gabriel Mirza for reasons which have not yet become clear.
From: “Corkchess Chessclub” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: “gmirza” <email@example.com>
Sent: Wednesday, 22 March, 2017 10:47:59
Subject: Cork Congress
Dear Mr Mirza
We note you have entered Cork Congress this year. Nothing has changed
following the decision of Cork Chess Club to reject your Cork Congress
entry so your entry fee will be refunded through Paypal today.
Mark Watkins, club secretary.
Cork Chess Club
Though not confirmed in the case of the first of these refusals: (Cork Mulcahy) it is understood that this latest entry refusal makes it five tournaments in a row. The sequence being Mulcahy,Gonzaga,Bunratty, Galaway, Cork. Some information about the actual exchanges between the people refusing Mr Mirza came to light earlier.
It was curiously enough previously also the case that the Ennis Congress had also refused entry to Mr Mirza but that was not the case for 2016 and it is unlikely he will be refused entry for this year’s Ennis congress either.
So it seems very strange that a player is being refused entry to some tournaments and not others on what appear to be the whim of people in a position to take such decisions. It had been the case a few years ago that Mr Mirza had been sanctioned and had his ICU membership suspended by the ICU for about a year after he engaged in very bad and disruptive conduct at the 2013 Cork Congress. There he had reacted very badly to, at first suspecting his opponent of cheating, and then catching him red handed in the toilets actually using a Tablet to cheat.
However Mr Mirza has, at least officially, been a member of good standing of the ICU ever since the suspension of his membership ended, and as was pointed out previously he was part of the Irish delegation at the 2014 Olympiad in Norway to accompany his daughter who had played for Ireland at the 2014 and more recently the 2016 Olympiad.
His presence did not seem to be the cause of any concern or problems and indeed one can see Mr Mirza mingling with many of the most well known people within the chess world without any incident.
How things will develop further here in Ireland is impossible to gauge.