shin­ful be­hav­iour

Metro Canada (Halifax) - - NEWS -

canada’s chess fed­er­a­tion has filed a com­plaint over the treat­ment of grand­mas­ter an­ton Ko­va­lyov, af­ter a world cup of­fi­cial called him a “gypsy” and com­plained about his shorts.

Canada’s chess fed­er­a­tion says it has filed a for­mal com­plaint over the treat­ment of a Cana­dian grand­mas­ter at a sig­na­ture event just min­utes be­fore he was to play one of the big­gest matches of his ca­reer.

An­ton Ko­va­lyov, 25, said in a Face­book post he pulled out of the World Cup in Ge­or­gia on the week­end be­cause an or­ga­nizer com­plained to him about his shorts and called him a gypsy.

The Chess Fed­er­a­tion of Canada has protested Ko­va­lyov’s treat­ment to FIDE — the World Chess Or­ga­ni­za­tion — as well as to the or­ga­niz­ers of the $1.6-mil­lion event.

Ko­va­lyov said an or­ga­nizer be­rated him about his shorts just min­utes be­fore his thir­dround match.

The Ukrainian-born Mon­trealer, cur­rently a univer­sity stu­dent in Texas, had worn the shorts in pre­vi­ous rounds with­out in­ci­dent.

“The is­sue were not the shorts but how I was treated,’’ he wrote.

He went on to ex­plain that or­ga­nizer Zurab Az­maiparashvili was hos­tile and ag­gres­sive and used the “gypsy’’ slur as an in­sult.

The grand­mas­ter said he was sub­jected to bul­ly­ing and racial taunts and de­cided to leave in­stead of do­ing some­thing stupid. He for­e­ited his prize money in the process and, in a later Face­book post, said his fam­ily was out $3,000 be­cause of his de­ci­sion.

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