For the upcoming FIDE elections in Khanty-Mansiysk this September, the FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has announced that he will seek re-election for the term 2010-2014. The former World Champion Anatoly Karpov has also announced that he will run for the office of FIDE President.
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov during the last election 2006 in Turin, Italy
Mr Karpov has stated that he has the support of France, Switzerland, Germany and Spain. The four Continental Presidents of Africa, Americas, Asia and Europe have confirmed that they will support Kirsan Ilyumzhinov for a new term (below are the public letters of support from all four Continental Presidents).
To: Kirsan Ilyumzhinov
For the upcoming FIDE elections in September 2010, I hereby declare my open and full support to your ticket.
During the 15 years of your presidency we have worked together for many projects towards the further development and progress of our beloved sport. Our co-operation has been fruitful to the greatest extent and it has played a big positive role for the current healthy situation and financial stability of FIDE.
I am wishing you all the best and another successful term for 2010-2014.
Continental President of Europe
For the upcoming FIDE elections in Khanty-Mansiysk, we hereby declare our open and full support to the ticket of FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.
During the 15 years of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov’s presidency in FIDE we have worked together for many projects towards the further development and progress of our beloved sport. Our co-operation with Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has been fruitful to the greatest extent and it has played a big positive role for the current healthy situation and financial stability of FIDE.
The World Championship cycle is now undisputed and fully funded, our Chess Olympiads and World Youth Championships are gaining more candidate organisers than ever, the FIDE rating and titles system is breaking new records of membership and chess has gained full recognition as a sport by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has proved to be a productive leader for FIDE. A man with vision and efficiency. We sincerely unite our voices with everyone who openly supports Kirsan's re-election as FIDE President.
Continental President of Africa
Al Ain, 24 March 2010
World Chess Federation
I am pleased to extend to you my full support in the coming FIDE elections
in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.
I thank you for the close cooperation we have shared these last four years, working together for the progress of our sport in Asia and around the world. Together we have strengthened FIDE in Asia, activating federations and adding new member nations.
Asian players are at the vanguard of the World Championship cycle which is now undisputed in FIDE. Asians shine as well in the World Youth Championships which have grown in popularity. With the International Olympic Committee recognition of chess as sport, we have included chess in the Asian Games, Asian Indoor Games and Southeast Asian Games. There are more tournaments today in the Asian and World chess calendars.
We look forward to continuing our work together.
Thank you so much.
Very truly yours,
Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifah Al Nahyan
Rio de Janeiro, March the 23rd, 2010.
Mr. Kirzan Iljumjinov
Dear Mr. President,
I hereby want to express my support to your candidacy to be reelected as FIDE President for the 2010-14 period.
Wishing you all the best I remain,