Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov has hinted that he may stand for the FIDE Presidency in 2014 in order to remove the incumbent Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who has held the post since 1995.
In an interview with Stefan Löffler for the German national newspaper
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), Kasparov spoke of his commitment to ousting Ilyumzhinov, citing in particular the damage done to FIDE by the president's close friendship with figures such as Saddam Hussein, and the current Syrian president Muammar Gaddafi Bashar Assad.
tweeted " To clarify news reports, I'll do whatever it takes to save chess from Ilyumzhinov. If it means running for FIDE pres myself, it's possible".
The full interview (in German) can be read online
here (Google auto-translation here).
Ilyumzhinov with Libyan president
Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 shortly before his fall from power:
Ilyumzhinov with Syrian president Assad in April this year (see FIDE news stories
here and here):
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