Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Sevan Muradian RIP

Sad news in the the world of chess arbiting, with Sevan Muradian, Secretary of the FIDE Rules Commission passing away. He was very young (early 40's) and his death has come as a great shock.
I first met Sevan at the 2012 Chess Olympiad, where he attended a number of FIDE Commission meetings, both to record the proceedings on camera, and to participate in the discussions. He was a well known US event organiser and arbiter in the Chicago area, and had been appointed Rules Commission Secretary in 2014. Although my term ended when his started we still remained in contact, sharing information and observations about the state of FIDE and world chess.
He will be missed by his colleagues in the chess world.

1 comment:

Manuel Guillermo Nieto said...

We are sorry to hear about Sevan Muradian’s death. He was a nice gentleman, devoted friend, and a great chess leader. We are from Bogota, Colombia (South America). Sevan opened America´s chess door for my family and me. He gave us the opportunity to participate in the 2010 FIDE World Amateur Championship (Chicago), the 2010 FIDE Intercontinental School Team Championship (Chicago) and the 2011 FIDE Continental Amateur (Rosemont, Illinois). My wife, Sandra Patricia was in charge of the media, my boys Manuel Valerio Waldo and Guillermo Luigui Ubaldo played in those tournaments, and he also named me as the Deputy Chief Arbiter of those events. We will remember him forever. Our sincere condolences go out to his family. Rest in peace Sevan. Manuel Guillermo Nieto, FIDE International Arbiter.