At the beginning of October FIDE will conduct elections in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. A few weeks ago former World Champion Anatoly Karpov announced his intention to run for the FIDE Presidency. The President of the German Chess Federation Robert von Weizsäcker has warmly welcomed this decision and has officially nominated Anatoly Karpov as a candidate. This is possible according to the laws of FIDE, since the former World Champion has been a member of the [German chess club] Schachvereinigung 1930 Hockenheim since 1994, which automatically makes him a member of the German Chess federation.
Anatoly Karpov, Prof. Robert von Weizsäcker
The question of the FIDE elections was discussed at the last meeting of the Presidential Board of the German Chess Federation, on March 25 in Berlin, and decided unanimously to support Anatoly Karpov.
Horst Metzing, German Chess Federation
Robert Klaus Freiherr von Weizsäcker, 55, is the son of the former President of Germany, Richard von Weizsäcker, and nephew of one of Germany's most eminent physicists and philosophers, Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker. Robert von Weizsäcker is a tenure Professor for Economics at the Technical University of Munich and also the President of the German Chess Federation. He studied mathematics and economics at the University of Bonn and did his PhD at the London School of Economics/University of Bonn in 1985. He became a Professor in 1992 at the Humboldt University in Berlin and has taught at the universities of Halle-Wittenberg, Mannheim and Munich.
Robert von Weizsäcker was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge, the Université catholique de Louvain, the London School of Economics, Stanford University, the University of Oxford and at the International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C. He is a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London, the ifo Institut for Economic Research in Munich and the Institute for the Study of Labor in Bonn. He has been a Heisenberg awardee of the German Research Society and a member of the National Science Council.
Apart from his academic career Robert von Weizsäcker has maintained a strong interest in chess. He has played in the German Team Championship and is an International Correspondence Chess grandmaster. His latest rating is 2591. Here is an early example of his play in the German "Bundesliga":
Von Weizsaecker,Robert - Galle,Andre [A43]
GER-chT W 7778 Germany, 1978
1.d4 e6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 exd5 4.cxd5 d6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Nf3 Nh6 7.Bg5 f6 8.Bf4 Nf7 9.e3 a6 10.a4 b6 11.Be2 Bg7 12.0-0 0-0 13.Qd2 Qe7 14.Rab1 f5 15.b4 g5 16.bxc5 bxc5 17.Bg3 f4 18.exf4 gxf4 19.Bxf4 Bxc3 20.Qxc3 Qxe2 21.Rbe1 Qa2
22.Re7 Qxd5 23.Bh6 Ne5 24.Nxe5 dxe5 25.Rxe5 Qd4 26.Rg5+ Kf7 27.Qf3+ Qf6 28.Rg7+ Ke8 29.Re1+ Be6 30.Qh5+ Rf7 31.Rxf7 Qg6 32.Rxe6+ Kxf7 33.Rxg6 1-0.
His name is pronounced "fonn weitz-secker" – and Robert as in Robert.