Breaking news: Karpov nominated by Russian Chess Federation

by ChessBase
5/14/2010 – 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.

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A. Karpov – Candidate for President of World Chess Federation

The Russian chess news site e3.35 reported that the meeting today of the Supervisory Board of RCF was attended by 18 of its 32 members. The opening remarks were delivered by Garry Kasparov, who told the audience that the previous reports in the media, stating that the Russian Chess Federation would support the candidacy of the current FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, did not match reality. After this the participants unanimously voted for the nomination of Anatoly Karpov as candidate for the FIDE presidency. The head of the Supervisory Board, A. Dvorkovich, and FIDE President Ilyumzhinov, did not attend the meeting. Supporters of Ilyumzhinov, who were present at the meeting, declared their intention to challenge the results, according to the radio Ekho Moskvy,

A. Dvorkovich: Karpov's nomination for FIDE Presidency "illegitimate"

According to, there were two simultaneous meetings of the Supervisory Board of the Russian Chess Federation (RCF) on Friday in Moscow. One was attended by the supporters of the nomination for FIDE presidency of Anatoly Karpov, and the other by the Chairman of the Chess Federation Supervisory Board Arkady Dvorkovich. Dvorkovich told Gazety.Ru that "both meetings were not legitimate: at the first meeting, attended by Karpov, there was a quorum but no Chairman of the Supervisory Board; and at the second meeting, attended by Dvorkovich, there was no quorum. The incumbent President of FIDE, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, was not present at either of the meetings.

Recommended reading: K. Ilyumzhinov on the split in the RCF

FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has commented on the situation on the "illegitimate meeting of the Supervisory Board of RCF" and the nomination for president of Anatoly Karpov: "It reminds me of the situation in the early 90s, in which Kasparov and Karpov were involved. At that time, as you know, the chess world collapsed inot two parallel organizations, with two or three champions. And now, unfortunately, they have begun to split it again. One wants to become president of the country, the other the president of FIDE. But we have a democracy. It's a pity that they are splitting the RCF.

We are not sure about accuracy of the translation of these reports, so we provide the originals at the bottom. Especially the idea of a one-person counter meeting sounds like a misunderstanding. The vote in the 32-member council on the other hand appears to be real. The Karpov Campaign site has just posted details, including the names of seventeen delegates who voted for Karpov.

Click on the image for the Karpov Campaign take on the events of the day.

Russian originals

Сегодня состоялось заседание Наблюдательного совета РШФ, на котором присутствовали то ли 17, то ли 18 его членов (из 32). Вступительное слово взял Гарри Каспаров, который "разъяснил собравшимся, что ранее появившаяся в СМИ информация о том, что РШФ поддержит кандидатуру нынешнего президента ФИДЕ Кирсана Илюмжинова, действительности не соответствует". Собравшиеся единогласно проголосовали за выдвижение кандидатуры Анатолия Карпова на пост президента ФИДЕ. Главы Наблюдательного совета А.Дворковича и президента ФИДЕ К.Илюмжинова на заседании не было. Сторонники Илюмжинова, присутствовавшие на заседании, по итогам голосования заявили о намерении оспорить его итоги и признать прошедшее собрание нелегитимным. По сообщениям радио "Эхо Москвы", Газеты.ru.

По сообщению Газеты.ru, в пятницу в Москве прошли сразу два заседания Наблюдательного совета Российской шахматной федерации (РШФ). На одном из них присутствовал один из претендентов на выдвижение на пост президента ФИДЕ от РШФ Анатолий Карпов, а на другом – председатель Наблюдательного совета РШФ Аркадий Дворкович. По завершении обоих заседаний Дворкович заявил корреспонденту Газеты.Ru, что "оба заседания были нелегитимны": на первом заседании, на котором присутствовал Карпов, был собран кворум, но не было председателя Наблюдательного совета, а на втором заседании, на котором присутствовал сам Дворкович, не было собрано кворума. Действующего президента ФИДЕ Кирсана Илюмжинова не было ни на одном из заседаний.

Президент ФИДЕ Кирсан Илюмжинов прокомментировал ситуацию с нелегитимностью проведения заседания наблюдательного совета РШФ и выдвижением на пост президента Анатолия Карпова: «Мне это напоминает ситуацию начала 90-х годов, в которую были вовлечены Каспаров и Карпов, и тогда, как вы знаете, шахматный мир развалился на две параллельные организации, было два-три чемпиона. И сейчас, к сожалению, они начинают его опять раскалывать. Один хочет стать президентом страны, другой – президентом ФИДЕ. Но это у нас демократия. Жалко, что они раскалывают РШФ."


Further report
Itar-Tass: Russian Chess Federation nominates Karpov as candidate for FIDE President

ChessBase reports on the 2010 FIDE Elections

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?

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.

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.

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.

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: 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.

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.

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.

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.

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