Kirsan Ilyumzhinov Remains FIDE President!
Hello again everyone! I know it's been a while since I put up a blog and for those few that follow my blogging activities here, I hope you're happy to finally see another entry up.
I know this is probably old news to most of you, if not all of you, but my blog is all about opinion, and this entry will be no different. I also know Chess.com STAFF member Peter Doggers already put this up in our NEWS section, but, like I said, this is my opinion on the re-election of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.
Personally, and I don't know how many of you agree, that if Kasparov won the election, he would've revitalized the world of chess and as one commenter on the article site, which is linked above, said the following:
"Another dark age for chess for the sake of a few greedy beaurocrats; can't they make their own money some other way? There must be better opportunities for corruption for them in other fields, but maybe they're too lazy."
The same commenter went on to say he wishes Kasparov would make his own chess organization. Perhaps you might remember Kasparov's short lived PCA (Professional Chess Organization) that staggered and broke up the lineage of the World Chess Championship. British GM Nigel Short was Kaspy's co-partner in that 3-year venture, which after losing their main sponsor, Intel, went bye-bye from the chess world.
Now I can easily go political with this blog, especially when a certain nation is having problems keeping another nation out of their borders and all of the international pressure on that one nation. But I'm not going to get into that. If you've watched CNN over the past month, or even the past many months, you know what I mean. I'm also not going to cut and paste the telegrams from the original article into this blog but read the article linked above and scroll down to Garry Kasparov's response to the Ilyumzhinov re-election and you'll read his viewpoint on this. As you'll be able to see, he worries for the future of chess. It's a very long statement made my the legend and former World Chess Champion, but it's definitely worth the read and the time if you can spare it.
Have a great weekend everyone!