Breaking news: Ilyumzhinov transfers powers

12/6/2015 – After the extremely surprising announcement that the US Treasury had placed FIDE president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov on the sanction list, forbidding US citizens from conducting business with him, today FIDE released a statement in which he withdraws from FIDE’s legal, financial and business operations, passing these powers to Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos.

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Statement from FIDE

Athens, 6 December 2015

Following the announcement by the US Department of the Treasury that the US levied sanctions against Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Russian citizen and FIDE President, Mr. Ilyumzhinov has informed the Presidential Board that he will withdraw from any legal, financial and business operations of FIDE until such time as Mr. Ilyumzhinov is removed from the Office of Foreign Assets Control sanction list.

Mr. Ilyumzhinov advised that he has initiated legal procedures in the US aiming to request additional information and reverse restrictive measures put by the US Department of the Treasury. During the next Presidential Board meeting, Mr. Ilyumzhinov will update the Board as to the progress of the legal procedures.

Mr. Ilyumzhinov’s decision to withdraw from any legal, financial and business operations of FIDE is to enable him to concentrate on clearing the situation with the US Department of the Treasury.

Until further notice, under section A.9.5 of the FIDE Statutes, if the President: “duly authorises, then he can be represented by the Deputy President who shall exercise the powers of the President. The Deputy President can thus represent FIDE officially and can solely sign for FIDE.” Therefore Mr. Makropoulos will now be exercising these powers and representing FIDE officially.

Nigel Freeman
FIDE Executive Director

Source: FIDE

Since at the time of the announcement, Ilyumzhinov had stated this preceded a trip to New York where negotiations were underway for the 2016 World Championship match, this might seem to be intended to remove this obvious obstacle from the equation. However, the ramifications of the US Treasury's announcement go deeper than that mere contract. US players playing in FIDE events would now be forced to question whether they could and even if so, whether there might not be consequences. Even if the World Championship match were staged in another country, what would happen if the qualifying challenger were American, such as Nakamura or Caruana? Could they play in it?

With this statement, these issues are put out of the way while the FIDE president resolves his situation.


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US Sanctions against FIDE President
11/26/2015 – It comes at a bad time: on the eve of a visit to the USA, to negotiate the venue of the 2016 World Chess Championship (Los Angeles, San Francisco or New York), FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has been hit by sanctions of the US Treasury. This is mainly because of dealings with Syria and it President Assad. Currently, US citizens are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with him.

Chess-News: Ilyumzhinov handed over power Makropoulos

Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos, resigned President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov – Photo: Chess-News

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Ilyumzhinov said he had taken this decision as it was necessary to sign contracts in the United States related to the world championship match due to be held in that country in 2017.

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fons fons 12/8/2015 01:25
Good riddance. Unfortunately this doesn't change much if the same pocket fillers are still running FIDE.
NJD NJD 12/7/2015 04:52
Don't let the door knob hit ya where the Good Lord split ya....
Horrible Stench Horrible Stench 12/7/2015 08:02
Ilyumzhinov and Makropoulos switching places, kind-of gives a whole new meaning to the term "artificial castling".
ubernomics ubernomics 12/7/2015 05:13
First, the correct description would be to state that Makropoulos has been made plenipotentiary to the U.S., to handle U.S. business for FIDE.

Moreover, this was a political move forced upon the chess world by the U.S. government.

It is a shame that Chessbase puts out propaganda for the Kasparov side. I like Kasparov as a person (have met him in person - he is magnetically charismatic), as a player (he is certainly among my favorite), but he became a de facto front for U.S. intelligence years ago.

To be blunt: I absolutely do not want FIDE to become just another de facto CIA-controlled NGO or social organization, that is used for political purposes at their call and beckon.

E.g., I don't want them forcing out the Russian Women's Team from the Olympiad (as they attempted, on some technicality) just because the U.S. government has some issue with the Russian government. That was absolutely shameful of Kasparov group.
ChrisNorton ChrisNorton 12/7/2015 12:14
I can't believe it! Good news for chess, I think he crossed the line when he visited Syrian dictator a few months ago.
People can become nutty as a fruit cake sometimes, another example of a megalomaniac looser if you ask me.
NJD NJD 12/6/2015 11:22
On the way out, don't let the door knob....
Nyanaviveka Nyanaviveka 12/6/2015 11:13
This is the source of the latest press release of 7 December 2015:
After the second picture you can find the core message from an interview with Ilyumzhinov: "I remain president of FIDE. But at my request, the Presidential Council has limited my authority in the financial sector of the organization in the US. In the next Presidential Council..." The translation is delivered by Google Translate.
Nyanaviveka Nyanaviveka 12/6/2015 10:53
Unfortunately your breaking news are outdated. The official statement on the FIDE website, published at 2.18 pm, was later revised. You should follow the Twitter account of Ilyumzhinov's assistant Berik Balgabayev. There you can find that Ilyumzhinov for his part has no thoughts to leave office. To avoid his imprisonment in the US, he has only transferred his powers in the field of financial and economic activity in the United States to the first vice-president Makropoulos until the next Presidential Council in March 2016. So, Kirsan remains in office until someone asks Barack Obama to send the Navy Seals. :-)
KrushonIrina KrushonIrina 12/6/2015 10:04
Finally, a good move from Ilyumzhinov.

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