Chess politics is not a subject that thrills the heart of many chess fans, but the importance of the future leadership and direction of the world's governing body FIDE is hard to overstate.
Candidates for the presidency have to be nominated by national federations. The backing of the Russian federation is a key decision, and the candidacy of the former Russian world champion raised the possiblility that they might back him instead of the incumbent president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.
Breaking reports suggest that Karpov has won the support of the Russians, which would be a huge blow for Ilyumzhinov and a massive boost for Karpov!
The Daily Dirt
Natalia Pogonina (with links to lots of pictures)
Could it be true? Are the times a-changing?