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Kasparov Hints At FIDE Presidency Bid

  • SonofPearl
  • on 6/15/12, 11:44 AM.

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, Muammar Gaddafi and the current Syrian president Bashar Assad.

Kasparov also 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).

Garry Kasparov Frankfurter Allgemeine.jpg

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Ilyumzhinov with Libyan president Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 shortly before his fall from power:

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Ilyumzhinov with Syrian president Assad in April this year (see FIDE news stories here and here):

Kirsan Illyumzhinov and Syrian president Assad April 2012.jpg

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Would you welcome Garry Kasparov as FIDE president?

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  • 21 months ago

    Dev5

    I would definetly but it didn't happen!

  • 2 years ago

    g1f3

    The story about pre-split FIDE being influenced by SSSR is well known and, quite possibly, it was true. However, my impression is that Kasparov's management of "his" chess organizaton created (at least) equal amount of dissatisfaction among top players - and they are the ones who know what was really happening. Long story short... Kasparov had his chance as a leader of the chess organization (or, at least its part) and he failed... someone else from the list of current or former  top players should get a chance now...

  • 2 years ago

    Kulsari

    Wish Garry Kasparov will be selected FIDE president. Thumb upLaughing

  • 2 years ago

    kosiu_drumev

    At present FIDE was ruled by the communist successors, so called "oligarchs" and the situation is even worse. So, in my opinion, Kasparov is the only chance for FIDE to become normal organisation and the world chess to go better. But I doubt he has the strenght to win this battle. And I realy sorry for that.

  • 2 years ago

    kosiu_drumev

    FIDE was then (before 1993) totally under control of the soviet communists. Karpov was member of the "Central Committee" of the so called "Komsomol" (young communist league), Kasparov was dissident, as Korchnoi before him. And FIDE did everything every time to favor Karpov. Finally FIDE took the title from Kasparov and gave it back to Karpov. Thus Karpov is the only man in chess history to become a champion without play, twice! And this was the real reason for the so called "split".

  • 2 years ago

    gxtmfa

    Well, FIDE wasn't the most well-run organization at the time Kasparov split. I mean, Campomanes allowed for the "draw" of the 1985-86 world champion match. 

  • 2 years ago

    g1f3

    From Wikipedia: "The FIDE World Chess Championship 2006 reunification match between Topalov and Kramnik was held in late 2006. After much controversy, it was won by Kramnik. Kramnik thus became the first unified and undisputed World Chess Champion since Kasparov split from FIDE to form the PCA in 1993". So, the chess world was in a mess for 13 years without an undisputed World Champion due to the Kasparov's personal ambitions - and, in the end he failed and the organizations merged into one... do we want such a person as a leader of the World Organization!? I don't... any other top player like Gelfand, Kramnik, Vishy, Karpov etc is more than welcome, but Kasparov had his chance and failed dramatically, in my view...

  • 2 years ago

    faarah

    kasparov is a chess master but in this year i try to se him here in south africa but unlucky i didnt se him so i think chess game have got no master and i think i would beat kasparov in the future

  • 2 years ago

    ChessisGood

    I hear a lot of discussion about Karpov being president. Is there any reality to such a situation?

  • 2 years ago

    NM flashboy2222

    Kaspy would be better then the current president but  I would prefer Karpov. 

    Problem is theres only one thing that matters. What is it? Money. Whos got control in that sector?

  • 2 years ago

    cheese111

    if it is necessary and no one else better for the position runs (like karpov) then i would say yes for kasparov

  • 2 years ago

    GM GMTadic

    Definitely YES for Kasparov! I can't imagine anything better for the chess world.

  • 2 years ago

    gxtmfa

    Also, what the Hell is chessdoggblack talking about? Kasparov has been jailed for protesting corruption in politics, is a huge advocate of democracy and he detested the USSR. He's not even Russian! He's Azeri!

  • 2 years ago

    gxtmfa

    I'm with Bochumor on this. Karpov or Short would make excellent candidates. I'm especially inclined towards Karpov becoming president, as he is a great candidate for the game and a very by-the-book sort of man.

  • 2 years ago

    Twobit

    One thing is for sure, if you want publicity, just go where people revolting, bullets flying, rockets exploding...In a way, in a sort of negative way, the FIDE president made it to the media river, although only for a little time.

    I think chess would need a charismatic president, one who is well known, accomplished, been there, done that. The only thing about Kasparov is that he appears a little dictatorial himself. But he could have a tremendous influence and impact should he be elected.

  • 2 years ago

    TheSingingCricket

    On one hand, chess is all kasparov ever really knew and he is exceptional with his knowledge, and on the other hand, it's probably better that he remains at a safe distance from where it is heading.

  • 2 years ago

    NimzoRoy

    Max Euwe was "...a little on the wilder side?" No kidding...that's news to me...and probably every other chessplayer who has ever read anything about him - but I guess it all depends on how you define "wilder side" I always thought Euwe was pretty conventional and normal, also morally upright he refused to play in Nazi-run chess tnmts during WW II unlike Keres, Alekhine and Bogolybuv

    And Karpov is a billionaire? I'm learning something new everyday here...

  • 2 years ago

    bagpiper123456

    the best president of the FIDE was a chess player who played politics and was a little on the wilder side (Max Euwe). Why not Kasparov? Its a yes.

  • 2 years ago

    g1f3

    Kasparaov has already made a mess by establishing parallel chess organization in the past - he himself has admitted it was a mistake... do we want a man who made such a mistake in the past  to run the chess organization!? I definitely don't!

  • 2 years ago

    NM Petrosianic

    If Karpov, a billionaire, could not succeed to take the presidency, how would Kasparov succeed in this endeavor - i think he would have to abandon the rulebook.

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