Electoral Ticket of FIDE President

6/7/2010 – "I am pleased to announce our electoral ticket for the upcoming FIDE elections in Khanty-Mansiysk," writes the incumbent President. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov lists the achievements of his presidency, his plans for the future and the six-member team of his electoral ticket. In addition the campaign has published a list of 35 federations that they say are supporting the re-election bid.

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Electoral Ticket of FIDE President

“One World, One Vision”

Dear Chess Friends,

I am pleased to announce our electoral ticket for the upcoming FIDE elections in Khanty-Mansiysk.

In the years of my presidency, our team has achieved certain important accomplishments which I feel today that, by the way our opponents promote their election campaign, are not only downplayed but their existence is also endangered. The principles which have been our guide, with the support of all national federations, will continue to be the ones I will serve and protect in the new term as well:

Democratic procedures and transparency in decision making.
FIDE is the only international federation which holds open sessions of all its meetings: its General Assemblies, Executive Boards and even its Presidential Board meetings. All its decisions are published on the official website of FIDE.

The One Country – One Vote principle which I will not permit to be changed.
Our team is against any proposals which try to undermine the rights of smaller federations to the benefit of a few stronger ones.

The unity of the chess world, achieved during my presidency, is now in danger.
We will fight against any ideas which promote the division of federations and chess players. I have been the President of our whole chess family and I will continue to work with everyone who shares our love for this game.

Transparency on the financials of FIDE.
During the years of my presidency, clean FIDE accounts are a fact which our national federations can be proud of. I will not allow the denigration of FIDE’s financial image. Today, FIDE is an independent, financially healthy organisation and we will strive for its further prosperity. We will continue to retain the worldwide recognized firm of Ernst & Young as our Auditor and as always, we will support the election for two of the three positions of the Verification Committee to members of federations who are not backing our ticket.

Recognition by the International Olympic Committee.
Since 1999 chess has achieved full recognition as a sport by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). This success came partly as a result of the very well organised World Championship Match 1998 between Karpov and Anand in the Olympic Museum of Lausanne.

The unity of the chess world, the fact that today we have an undisputed World Champion, the respect in democratic procedures within FIDE, the transparency in our decisions and our financials are all important factors which will help us in the future to include our sport in the Olympic Program.

All the above achievements are now brutally attacked by our opponents who are trying to distort the true image of FIDE in a desperate attempt to secure some votes.

I invite all national federations to join me and my team, not only in order to win the next elections but also to cure and restore, immediately afterwards, what Anatoly Karpov today is damaging with his campaign.

My electoral ticket will consist of the following candidate:


President: Kirsan Ilyumzhinov
President of Kalmykian Republic
FIDE President since 1995


Deputy President: Georgios Makropoulos
President of Greek Chess Federation
FIDE Deputy President since 1996

General Secretary: Ignatius Leong
President of Singapore Chess Federation
FIDE General Secretary since 2005

Treasurer: Nigel Freeman
President of Bermuda Chess Federation
FIDE Treasurer since 2006


Vice-President: Beatriz Marinello
Former President of the US Chess Federation
Member of FIDE Verification Commission since 2006


Vice-President: Lewis Ncube
Former President of Zambia Chess Federation
FIDE Vice-President since 2006

Gens Una Sumus!

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov
FIDE President

Source: One FIDE campaign site

At the same time the current FIDE President has published a list of 35 federations which he says have "already expressed their support to Kirsan Ilyumzhinov for his re-election as FIDE President 2010-2014". They are:

Argentina, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Cameroon, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Gabon, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Madagascar, Mauritania, Mali, Malta, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Qatar, Russia, Singapore, Sudan, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Uruguay, US Virgin Islands, Venezuela, Yemen, Zambia.

"A wave of more federations supporting Kirsan is expected in the next few weeks and all electoral developments will be published on the official website of Kirsan’s campaign"


ChessBase reports on the 2010 FIDE Elections

Karpov on his FIDE presidential campaign
13.03.2010 – Yesterday the twelfth World Champion Anatoly Karpov announced that he was running for FIDE President. Today he addressed the extraordinary meeting of the European Chess Union (ECU), which was meeting during the European Individual Championship in Rijeka. Karpov had hash words for the current FIDE leadership and outlined his own program for change in FIDE. Video interview by Europe Echecs.

Karpov to run for FIDE President
13.03.2010 – Fifteen years ago Kirsan Nikolayevich Ilyumzhinov was elected President of the World Chess Organisation. At the next election during the General Assembly of the FIDE Congress, which will be held during the 39th Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk in September this year, he faces a challenge by former World Champion Anatoly Karpov. Press release.

Video report: Yazici and Danailov running for ECU President
14.03.2010 – So far two candidates have declared their intention to run for President of the European Chess Union: the President of the Turkish Chess Federation Ali Nihat Yazici, and the Bulgarian IM and manager Silvio Danailov. GM Robert Fontaine from Europe Echecs spoke to both candidates. Danailov also revealed that at the World Championship match against Anand Topalov will not accept or offer draws.

FIDE Elections: Turkish Chess Federation supports Ilyumzhinov
25.03.2010 – During the 39th Chess Olympiad, which takes place in September in Khanty Mansiysk, Russia, the elections for FIDE President will be held. Two candidates are running: the incumbent Kirsan Ilyumzhinov seeking reelection, and a challenger, the twelfth World Champion Anatoly Karpov. The Turkish Chess Federation has announced its support for the former. Press release.

FIDE Elections: Support for Ilyumzhinov
26.03.2010 – Two days ago we published a statement by the Turkish Chess Federation supporting the candidacy of the President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who is seeking re-election, during the General Assembly in Khanty-Mansiysk this September, for the term 2010-2014. Four FIDE Continental Presidents have joined the TCF in declaring support for the incumbent. Public statements.

German Chess Federation nominates Karpov for FIDE Presidency
12.04.2010 – One month ago Anatoly Karpov announced his candidacy for President of the World Chess Federation (elections in September). The former World Champion was nominated by the French and Swiss Federations. Now the President of the German Chess Federation, Robert von Weizsäcker, has come forward with a nomination and unanimous support. Press release and information.

FIDE Elections: Karpov's mission statement
15.04.2010 – "After a lifetime dedicated to playing and promoting the game of chess, 12th World Champion Anatoly Karpov is running for the office of President of the International Chess Federation." This is the beginning of a formal announcement, released by Karpov's New York campaign headquarters. It outlines the main goals and themes of the campaign and is available in Russian, English and Spanish.

Russian Chess Fed nominates Ilyumzhinov – sort of
22.04.2010 – A candidate for FIDE Presidency needs the nomination of his Federation, and the Russian Chess Federation has announced its support for the incumbent Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. Does that end rival Anatoly Karpov's chances for the post, as one commentator suggests? Not quite. The nomination appears to have conditions, and Karpov has struck back with a fighting statement on his new campaign site.

David Kaplan's revolution in chess
04.05.2010 – 200-300 million people play chess, one million in a professional environment – but the interest is not increasing. David Kaplan, CEO for Development in FIDE, wants to change that, amongst other things with $64 million as prizes for online chess. If he doesn't succeed in rebranding chess in the next five years, the Israeli business tycoon says, no one will for the next fifty. Interview.

FIDE Election: Yazici to Karpov – show me the facts
06.05.2010 – Recently Anatoly Karpov, candidate for the Presidency of FIDE, suggested that the incumbent President had yet to receive official support from any major chess federation. Wrong, says Ali Nihat Yazici, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov had received support from his, the Turkish Chess Federation. Meanwhile Ilyumzhinov has moved into the international news spotlight with a story of alien abduction.

FIDE Elections: the match for FIDE President heats up
08.05.2010 – After publishing an interview with FIDE’s Development CEO David Kaplan, we were contacted by Karpov’s campaign headquarters in New York. They responded to some of Kaplan’s statements and presented the case for change in FIDE. They are also preparing a fundraiser in New York with two former world champions and a near certain future one. Can you guess who?

Breaking news: Karpov nominated by Russian Chess Federation
14.05.2010 – Three weeks ago the chairman of the supervisory board of RCF, Arkady Dvorkovich, stated that the Federation had nominated incumbent Kirsan Ilyumzhinov as its candidate for FIDE presidency. A quick response by rival Anatoly Karpov said this was a unilateral decision by an Ilyumzhinov ally, not the formal vote that was required. That took place today and nominated Karpov. Details.

Ilyumzhinov: 'I will run for FIDE President once again'
16.05.2010 – On Friday we reported that the Russian Chess Federation had nominated Anatoly Karpov as its candidate for FIDE Presidency by a quorum vote of 17/32. The incumbent, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov said that this "decision" was shrouded in clear deceit – "it makes a mockery of Karpov and his team, who believe they are capable of running a future FIDE." Open letter.

Big Karpov fund-raiser in New York
18.05.2010 – Karpov, Kasparov and Carlsen – two former and one very likely future world champion – took part in a launch party and fundraiser in the spectacular Trump SoHo Hotel in New York. It is for Karpov's bid to become President of FIDE. There were chess games as well as entertainment and champagne, which introduced a slight complication in the festivities. Pictures and video.

Fundraiser in New York – echo in the press
19.05.2010 – A one-night binge in the Trump SoHo Hotel brought chess into the highlights of the international press. Karpov, Kasparov and Carlsen [memo: he must change that to Karlsen!] generated a large number of international reports, almost outshining the World Chess Championship in Sofia. Not unexpectedly the stories reflect the challenger's side of the ticket. Press links.

Breaking news: Kremlin seizes Russian Chess Federation
21.05.2010 – Last week the RCF nominated Anatoly Karpov as their candidate for the Presidency of FIDE. This was verbally contested by the supporters of incumbent Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. Today black suited men from the private security firm “Peper” arrived at the Federation’s offices, kicked out the regular security guards and sealed off some rooms in the building. Report in True/Slant + Karpov's reaction.

Election news: Yazici on the attack
22.05.2010 – The battle for FIDE presidency is getting more vicious. Leading the battle on the side of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov is the President of the Turkish Chess Federation, Ali Nihat Yazici, who has published a number of pieces on the TCF web site against challenger Anatoly Karpov. In his latest piece Yazici states his reasons for switching from opponent to friend and ally of the incumbent President. Excerpts and links.

'FIDE – An Inglorious Inventory'
26.05.2010 – Any idea which are the most active chess playing countries in the world? Did you know that 43,000 people in the world have a 2000+ rating, while around the same number are rated below that mark? The top seven countries have the same number of players as the remaining 136 members of FIDE? The French Chess Federation's Léo Battesti presents us with some eye-opening statistics.

FIDE Elections: Campaign sites and international news
29.05.2010 – It's been many days since we last touched on the subject – the upcoming election to FIDE President, which pits the incumbent Kirsan Ilyumzhinov against challenger Anatoly Karpov. The latter has had a campaign site in operation for a while now, Ilyumzhinov has launched his own under the name One FIDE. Meanwhile international press organs are having a field day. Links and excerpts.


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