Malcolm Pein running for FIDE President

by Frederic Friedel
4/1/2017 – FIDE is in turmoil, the officers in Athens have apparently staged a coup attempt to oust the current President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. But what happens if they succeed: who will the new president be? In the middle of the current power struggle we bring you breaking news: Malcolm Pein, the organiser of the London Chess Classic, head of the program Chess in Schools, chess correspondent of the Telegraph, will be running for the highest office in chess. We asked him for details.

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Interview with the presidential candidate

ChessBase: Malcolm, we cannot say we are completely surprised, given your role in the chess world. But the news did break suddenly: you are running for FIDE President?

Malcolm Pein: Well yes, although it was planned and organised for many months. And now we have announced it in the current issue of CHESS Magazine.

CB: So what drove you to this momentous decision?

The situation in FIDE is a mess. There is a major leadership battle in the headquarters in Athens, where they are trying to oust the current President. So it is appropriate to think about a worthy successor.

But you said you have been considering and making plans for months. The power struggle in Athens is just a week old. Were you in any way involved in the uprising against the current president?

No, of course not. Definitely not. I had nothing to do with it, at all.

Some people are saying you may have had a hand in the struggle, you may be pulling strings in the background. In fact there is a picture...

The FIDE Presidential Board meeting in Athens, after President Ilyumzhinov had left

Lies! Fake news! That is the corrupt media spreading false rumours. These media reporters are totally dishonest, believe me. Disgusting people, I'm telling you. Sad.

So who is financing your campaign, who will be supporting you?

I will not be disclosing any financial details until after the election. But I can tell you that a lot of organisations are supporting me. For instance the Russian Chess Federation...

The RCF? Really? We heard they would be supporting the candidacy of Anatoly Karpov. Why would they support you?

Well, RCF President Andrei Filatov recently discovered that I have Lithuanian ancestry. Such things can be decisive in chess politics.

Have you put together a team? Who will run the organisation when you are elected?

We have a team – the Presidential Board and the Executive Board are both in place, as are the General Secretariat, the Advisory Panel, the Development Directors, Ambassadors for Life, and of course the 64 Vice Presidents.

Can you give us some names?

They are all in this month's issue of CHESS Magazine, which was established in 1936 and is the leading chess publication in Europe. You can subscribe at a specially discounted rate for first timers here.

Just give us a few examples.

Well, okay: for the Office of FIDE External Relations we will appoint Nigel Short, who is known for his diplomatic skills.

So you have already spoken to potential office holders?

Oh yes, we have signed up a lot of interesting people. They are all specified in the April issue of CHESS, which by the way is the UK's most popular chess magazine. It keeps you up to date with news, games, analysis, features – delivered to your mailbox! Subscription for one year is £50, two years £90 and three years a bargain £125.

Can we expect big changes in the chess world?

Definitely. Yuge changes! For instance I will, on my first day of office, repeal and replace the stalemate rule. It's a disaster. A total disaster. I will replace it with something much better. Totally amazing. Something everyone will love. Believe me. Much better.

Where will the FIDE office be, if you are elected?

44 Baker St, London W1U 7RT. It's easy to reach: Baker Street Station: Jubilee, Bakerloo, Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan Lines. Five minutes walk away. Or bus lines 2, 30, 74, 82, 113 and 274.

We thank you for this breaking news information, Malcolm, and wish you luck.

We urge our readers to get full details of the Malcolm Pein run for FIDE President in the April 2017 issue of CHESS Magazine, the flagship publication, now over 70 years old. You get a discount on every order using the exclusive Subscribers coupon.

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Offramp Offramp 4/4/2017 10:38
I'm backing Sam Sloan!
narceleb narceleb 4/3/2017 08:30
Malcolm isn't crazy enough.
Bobbyfozz Bobbyfozz 4/3/2017 04:22
I had thought CB had discontinued April Fool's jokes. Apparently a joke on me. Malcolm told me (Bob Long) that he got lots of emails about this. I reminded him that he came to our Chess Festival in 2002 and everyone had a hilarious time! For 2017, this August it will be GM Simon Williams. He said, "A good choice!"
wlk1977 wlk1977 4/3/2017 11:31
Unfortunately, it is april joke. Chess community would be very pleased, if it comes true.
chessdrummer chessdrummer 4/3/2017 01:42
The Nigel comment gave it away for sure. It doesn't read like Malcolm either.
naisortep naisortep 4/3/2017 01:20
Too bad it isnt true.
Bertman Bertman 4/2/2017 08:01
Frederic Friedel was the author of this, from conception to execution, so full credit to him.
Denix Denix 4/2/2017 03:40
Yuge changes! Hehehe... Sounds familiar
PlayDaFunkyCheese PlayDaFunkyCheese 4/2/2017 01:13
flachspieler flachspieler 4/2/2017 12:46
What a fantastic April-1 joke. I was considering it seriously until the diplomatic skills of Nigel Short were discussed. It seems Fred's april jokes have found a good succesorship.
Mr TambourineMan Mr TambourineMan 4/2/2017 11:24
Totaly Trump " I will, on my first day of office, repeal and replace the stalemate rule. It's a disaster. A total disaster. I will replace it with something much better. Totally amazing. Something everyone will love. Believe me. Much better." It will be very easy for me to do State of the Union Songs on stuff like this... Trump is the best president ever! (irony)
Offramp Offramp 4/2/2017 09:44
Malcolm will be annoyed that you used a picture of his old shop at Great Portland Street. That is now closed.
Gs64 Gs64 4/2/2017 09:22
LOL, this is a good one indeed. Thank You!
Rinzou Wilkerson Rinzou Wilkerson 4/2/2017 05:45
I thought you might go with Trump claiming he could learn chess and be a grand master in two years...then I remembered he was serious.

Trump is the April Fools gag on America. Bigly.
dengtianle dengtianle 4/2/2017 02:52
“,on my first day of office, repeal and replace the stalemate rule. It's a disaster. A total disaster. I will replace it with something much better. Totally amazing. Something everyone will love. Believe me. Much better.”

No way!
fons fons 4/2/2017 02:14
If only.
Steven E DuCharm Steven E DuCharm 4/2/2017 12:26
The saddest thing is that it's fake news :(
geeker geeker 4/2/2017 12:11
Good one! I halfway believed it until the "Fake News" / photoshopped board meeting pic.
Aighearach Aighearach 4/1/2017 11:01
I couldn't even keep reading after the Nigel Short line.
weerogue weerogue 4/1/2017 08:54
Very good!
Thought something was funny with the Trump-esque paragraph ("Sad."), but didn't actually twig until the '64 Vice Presidents' comment.
One of your best.
david7365 david7365 4/1/2017 08:29
I see to recall Chessbase last year saying they wouldn't publish April Fools articles anymore?
Keith Homeyard Keith Homeyard 4/1/2017 08:21
Very funny.
Steven E DuCharm Steven E DuCharm 4/1/2017 08:14
Got me. Doh!
bbrodinsky bbrodinsky 4/1/2017 07:32
That has to be one of the funniest lines ever in a chess publication (Nigel Short.... for his diplomatic skills).
Burgershirt Burgershirt 4/1/2017 07:31
Malcolm isn't dirty enough to run FIDE. If he can't be lubricated, the organism will attempt to reject him.
KrushonIrina KrushonIrina 4/1/2017 06:25
Everyone knows this is false. Ilyumzhinov due to be replaced by John Fedorowicz.
diegoami diegoami 4/1/2017 06:16
Nigel Short known for his diplomatic skills ? LOL. Reminds me of this 'pearl' from - he wrote that he nearly burst out laughing when he heard that ‘Kalmykia is a Mongolian-speaking, Buddhist Republic in Europe.’
Lord Stronghold Lord Stronghold 4/1/2017 05:33
Nice april fools joke, but you made it too obvious ;).
johan1234 johan1234 4/1/2017 05:33
April 1