Nielsen surveys the FIDE landscape

by ChessBase
7/25/2019 – FIDE continues to encourage public participation in its wide-ranging survey with research firm Nielsen and the survey closes this weekend. Now is your last chance to participate! Meanwhile, another Nielsen, Magnus Carlsen's second Peter Heine Nielsen, continues to engage FIDE leadership in a public discussion around financial transparency and leadership.

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The Semi-Slav (1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6) can arise via various move orders, has decided World Championships, and is one of Black's most fascinating replies to 1 d4. Magnus Carlsen's second, Grandmaster Peter Heine Nielsen explains in detail what this opening is all about.


Time is running out...

Everyone loves data, and the new FIDE administration commissioned research firm Nielsen to conduct a wide-ranging survey which launched on July 12. Now the survey period is quickly drawing to a close, and FIDE plans to wrap it up and begin analysing the results this weekend. If you haven't yet participated, it's not too late, and you can have a chance to win a two-hour training session with Vladimir Kramnik!

Take the Nielsen survey

Apropos Nielsen and soliciting feedback...this week, if you've been paying attention to chess Twitter, you may have seen the back and forth between Grandmaster Peter Heine Nielsen and GM and FIDE Vice-president Nigel Short, among others, which began as Nielsen's effort to remind Short of some of his 2018 FIDE Presidential campaign ideas — specifically this one from July 23rd of last year:

Using the Twitter hashtag #cleanhands4fide (Short's campaign slogan) and #1year, Nielsen mused:

Corruption is historically by far the biggest problem in the Chess-world. [Nigel Short's\ suggestion of full financial transparency in [FIDE] needs every bit of support.

That, unsurprisingly tweaked the former World Championship Challenger just a little bit, who suggested Nielsen could be more constructive than acting merely as an "armchair critic":

Nielsen suggests that the new administration could be more forthcoming than they have been so far on enacting the sorts of reforms that both Dvorkovich and Short supported in the run up to the election.

That served only to provoke Short further, who broke out a bit of "what you don't appear to realise" condescension.

But, getting in the last word (for now), Nielsen wondered:

Touché Grandmaster! And in another bid for greater #Transparency...

Neither of those last two tweets has, as yet, received a reply.

New charter in the works

Reform is certainly a topic on the FIDE agenda, however. Earlier this month there was a meeting of the Constitutional Commission at FIDE's new offices in Lausanne, Switzerland to discuss a new draft FIDE Charter, which is expected to be "ready by the end of July 2019 so that to be presented [SIC] and disseminated to relevant FIDE stakeholders for final discussions".

Task Force meeting

(Standing L to R) Francois Strydom, Kezzie Msukwa, Tomasz Delega, Lakhdar Mazouz, Ken Koort, David Jarrett, Willy Iclicki
(Seated L to R): Casto Abundo, Roberto Rivello, Ian Wilkinson

No mention on whether the draft will be made publicly available, but the press release about the meeting strikes the relevant notes about good governance and transparency:

The hard and intensive work went in a very positive and constructive atmosphere and all participants contributed to further relevant improvements and amendments so that the strategic FIDE material is as much as possible supporting the efforts of the world chess umbrella organisation to transform in the well governed and transparent body.

Peter Heine Nielsen has previously recorded three FritzTrainer video series for ChessBase.

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macauley macauley 7/26/2019 08:15
Aighearach - Just by way of clarification, Short was appointed to a FIDE VP spot, not elected.
Aighearach Aighearach 7/26/2019 04:37
You can't run for office on a reform platform and then complain that others aren't doing it.

Short was the one who was elected, he's the one responsible for implementing his promises. He's wrong to criticize Nielsen for not being the one implementing it; he isn't the one who was elected to implement it!

It's a very weak position from Short. I know he got bamboozled by the Russians, and he has to say something, but also, if he's going to ride it out to the end of course he has expect to take a lot of the heat.
Frits Fritschy Frits Fritschy 7/25/2019 10:42
Before the elections, I wondered whether GM Short had enough managerial capacities to become president of FIDE. Maybe I was wrong. He seems to be on the same level as his predecessors.