patzer2: <ToTheDeath: Well played, congrats to Sr. Rivas-Pastor- the first player to stand up to FIDE's ridiculous doping tests.>
I was vaguely aware FIDE was using anti-doping tests for top players (primarily men over 2700 and women over 2500 in select FIDE events), but until I read your post I wasn't aware FIDE had actually penalizing any players for refusing to take an anti-doping test.
So I did a little internet search to locate the FIDE anti-doping rules to educate myself a bit on the subject.
If my search was accurate, FIDE's latest version of their anti-doping rules (2018 update) are at https://www.fide.com/fide/fide-anti...
Here are a few select quotes from the FIDE anti-doping rules:
<The following constitute anti-doping rule violations:
2.1 Presence of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or
Markers in a Player’s Sample
2.1.1 It is each Player’s personal duty to ensure that no Prohibited
Substance enters his or her body.?>
<ARTICLE 22 ADDITIONAL ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF PLAYERS
AND OTHER PERSONS
22.1 Roles and Responsibilities of Players
22.1.1 To be knowledgeable of and comply with these Anti-Doping
22.1.2 To be available for Sample collection at all times.>
The 2018 FIDE rules do not contain the list of prohibited substances, but they do have a link to the 2018 list of banned substances. The current 2019 list of prohibited substances, maintained by the world anti-doping agency (WADA), can be found at:
The substances FIDE is most concerned with according to their guidelines:
<The most relevant banned substances for chess are:
• Amphetamines – e.g. Adderall, Ritalin
• Ephedrine and Methylephedrine – Prohibited by WADA when its
concentration in urine is greater than 10 micrograms per milliliter
• Pseudoephedrine is prohibited when its concentration in urine is greater than
150 micrograms per milliliter
Although caffene is not on the "prohibited substance" list, the FIDE rules are concerned with the amount of it in player urine samples. The specific quote about caffene from the FIDE rules states:
<Substances not present on the Prohibited List but represented in the Monitoring Program:
• Caffeine – Included in WADA Monitoring Program and relevant for incompetition testing only. Any urine test reading of less than 12 micrograms per milliliter poses no problem.>
Does this mean FIDE thinks players consuming too much caffene (i.e. above 12 micro grams per milliliter in a urine sample) poses a problem? If so, why?