Karpov on his FIDE presidential campaign

by ChessBase
3/13/2010 – 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.

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Today in the Rijeka's Chess Home an extraordinary meeting of the ECU General Assembly was held. The meeting was chaired by Boris Kutin and attended by 45 out of 54 delegates. The Assembly had unanimously adopted the new Statute which poses new technical rules in the election procedure for ECU bodies. New rules in the bidding process for championships were adopted as well, together with some changes in the tournament rules.

During his speech at the Extraordinary Meeting of the European Chess Union (ECU), Anatoly Karpov pointed to deficiencies in the FIDE leadership since Kirsan Ilyumzhinov took the presidency in 1995. The 12th World Champion presented a severe indictment, and the prosecutor Karpov saw no mitigating circumstances for the current management team of FIDE.

Anatoly Karpov: "Yes, I am a candidate for the presidency of FIDE." You can watch the Europe Echecs video in fullscreen mode at Blip.tv. If the video freezes pause it for a while until it loads fully in the background.

Karpov says that FIDE must mobilise funds for the current generation of players – Topalov, Anand, Kramnik, and the young stars Carlsen and Nakamura. "For them we can get money," he says, "not for Mr Makropoulos or Mr Azmaiparashvili... or even for Mr Ilyumzhinov".

Karpov was nominated by Jean-Claude Moinget of the French Chess Federation

Karpov also has the backing of the Swiss Chess Fedeeration (which also nominated him)

FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos speaking. On the left the President of
the Turkish Chess Federation Ali Nihat Yazici, who is running for ECU President.

Karpov conferring with Bulgarian IM Silvio Danailov (left), the manager of Veselin
Topalov. Danialov is also running for ECU President.

English delegate Nigel Short in discussion with Italian delegate Roberto Rivello and
FIDE's commercial director Geoffrey Borg

The current ECU President Boris Kutin confers with the German delegate Horst Metzing

In a press conference Karpov criticizes the FIDE system, pointing out that in the
current system you can become world champion without winning a single game

This report has appeared in the French chess magazine and news portal Europe Echecs. It was conducted by GM Robert Fontaine, who is also providing us with interviews with Ali Nihat Yazici and Silvio Danailov.

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