IN an effort to further its prospects within the Olympic movement, FIDE will be implementing drug testing for the first time during the forthcoming World Chess Olympiad in Bled - and believe me, they won’t just be looking for traces of Horlicks.
Apparently more than 100 substances are on FIDE’s banned list, including excess levels of alcohol, cannabis and coffee. I understand that although only a fraction of the players will actually be tested, all players on arrival will be required to sign consent forms for random testing - with those refusing likely to be penalised by not being allowed to play.
Drug testing in chess is nothing new. Under pressure from the German Sports Federation, the German Chess Federation introduced doping rules as far back as 1992 to qualify for financial assistance. The Spanish Chess Federation is also believed to receive around $320,000 a year from the Council of Sports for testing 20 players at random during team tournaments and their national championship. And, during the last FIDE world championship in Moscow, 20 players were tested by the Russian Ministry of Sport.
The move is all part of FIDE’S plan to see chess classified as a sport to qualify for government funding in many nations; to do so it must comply with the IOC’s strict drug-testing rules. All of which has given the media a field day as they conjured up images of Novocain injections to allow players to sit for hours at a time, or even intravenous Starbucks mainlining.
J Rowson - R McKay
Marymass Open, (3)
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 Nf6 4 0-0 d6 5 d4 Bd7 6 d5 Ne7 7 Bxd7+ Qxd7 8 Qe2 Ng6 9 c4 Be7 10 Nc3 0-0 11 Ne1 c6 12 a4 a5 13 Nd3 Bd8 14 Rd1 Re8 15 Be3 h6 16 h3 Rc8 17 Rac1 cxd5 18 cxd5 Rf8 19 b3 Kh7 20 Nb2 Rxc3 21 Rxc3 Nxe4 22 Rc4 f5 23 Rxe4 fxe4 24 Nc4 b5 25 axb5 Qxb5 26 Qc2 Be7 27 Qxe4 Qxb3 28 Rb1 Qa4 29 Nxd6 Qxe4 30 Nxe4 Ra8 31 d6 Bd8 32 Nc3 Nf8 33 Na4 Ra6 34 d7 Kg8 35 Rb8 1-0