BREAKING: Ilyumzhinov Beats Kasparov 110-61 at FIDE Presidential Elections

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 8/11/14, 8:08 AM.

The incumbent FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov defeated his Challenger Garry Kasparov with 110 votes to 61 at the FIDE Presidential elections, held today during the General Assembly in Tromsø, Norway. Below is a report on what happened today on the political chess board.

The General Assembly was held at Tromsø University, a few miles outside the city, to host all 175 delegates, the FIDE Board members and media. 

Traditionally, the meeting started with obituaries and all officials and delegates stood up for a minute of silence.

In the preceding year, the following people passed away: GM Vugar Gashimov (AZE), IA Jean-Paul Touze (FRA), GM, IA Gyula Sax (HUN), GM Andrei Kharlov (RUS), Mr. Selimir Manojlovic (SRB) – Vice President of the Serbian Federation, GM Dragoljub Velimirovic (SRB), Mr. Rafael Tudela (VEN) – former FIDE Vice-President, GM Marcel Sisniega Campbell (MEX), GM Robert E Byrne (USA), GM Dmitry Chuprov (RUS), GM Milan Matulovic (SRB), WGM Alexandra van der Mije (NED), IM John A Grefe (USA), IM Lazslo Zsinka (HUN), IM Zbigniew Doda (POL) and IM Sinisa Joksic (SRB).

The hall of the Tromsø University

After the anthems of Norway and FIDE, the first item on the agenda was the report of the Electoral Commission. Its Chairman, Margaret Murphy stated that there had been three meetings: a month ago in Athens, to verify the list of delegates, one in Tromsø, to verify the list of proxies, and a third one to verify the reassigment of proxies.

Criticism came from a few supporters of Garry Kasparov. Prospero Pichay of the Philippines asked: “Is a proxy valid when it is solicited with intimidation?” Essiz Esso of Ivory Coast spoke on behalf of Gabon, and raised the issue of the sudden change of the federation's name.

Essiz Esso of Ivory Coast speaking on behalf of the former (?) President of the chess federation of Gabon

To all questions, Ms Murphy gave more or less the same answer: “We received all documents, we discussed them, and we made a decision based on all documents. We did your job.”

Mr Essiz Esso continued asking questions (and making political statements simultaneously). The FIDE President then came with a rather brilliant solution. ”I spoke with the [new] President and I told him to vote for Garry Kasparov!”

It was Mr Kasparov who then took the mic to elaborate on the criticism, but he was interrepted by someone, reminding him that all speakers should introduce themselves.
- “Who are you?”
- “I am the delegate of Croatia.”
- “Name?”
- “Sorry, I was was under the assumption that the FIDE delegates remember the names of World Champions, there are only 16.”

Garry Kasparov during the General Assembly

When questions of Mr Kasparov and others were also answered with “We received all documents and we have made our decision,” English delegate Nigel Short asked Ms. Murphy:

- “Do you think ‘we made our decision’ is an appropriate answer?
- “Yes, I do.”
- “So you're saying you're not answering anything.”
- “No, I'm not saying that.”

Then Mr Ilyumzhinov gave his traditional report of the past year. He took the opportunity to announce two GP tournaments in October-November in Baku and Tashkent, and gave a firm promise that the Anand-Carlsen match would start on November 7th in Sochi.

After he finished, Mr Short again took the microphone again and asked about the leaked agreement between Mr Ilyumzhinov and Andrew Paulson - the latter also attended the meeting today. Mr Ilyumzhinov said that this agreement had never been in effect. “I only spent money on FIDE, more than 80 million dollars. I didn't earn.”

FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumhinov

He then told a long story about Bessel Kok (who ran for presidency in 2006) and his expenses, and Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos also used several minutes on an answer. Further criticism from different delegates was then countered by the argument that the President's report can only be discussed for 15 minutes.

This resulted in even more protest, and Mr Makropoulos and Mr Freeman started shouting. Mr Freeman: “Please respect the rules of this house! Blame Mr Short!”

However, the aformentioned Mr Essoh Essis refused to stand down and hand over the mic. Security was needed to have him silenced, and Mr Freeman, the FIDE Treasurer, started his financial report.

Mr Short again asked a question, this time about a 500,000 Euro deposit that Mr Paulson's company Agon was supposed to pay to FIDE, but still hasn't done so. “What is the justification for FIDE not demanding that money?” Mr Freeman answered that it had to do with the Chelyabinsk GP being cancelled and Agon taking care of the London GP.

After the lunch break, the elections finally started with a second roll call. 

Kasparov asked for a few minutes extra time for each ticket member (of both teams) to present himself/herself, but Ms Jarecki decides not to allow it. Mr Kasparov mentioned three pillars, education, technology and social methods. “FIDE lacks corporate sponsorship. There are too many empty promises. I'd like to thank Mr Ilyumzhinov for his 19 years of service, but it's time to move forward.” He added: “Tomorrow, the entire FIDE budget will be doubled,” and applause followed.

Kasparov addressing the General Assembly

Mr Ilyumzhinov used only 7 of the alotted 15 minutes, and in his speech he mostly reacted to Mr Kasparov's speech, doubling all his opponent's promises. “Rex Sinquefield will provide U.S. $10 million tomorrow? I will pay 20 million today!” He also promised to sponsor the Kasparov Chess Foundation (!) with U.S. $100,000.

After the two speeches, Ms Jarecki explained the procedure and showed the voting area, joking “there's nobody in there, no back door!” Then the voting started, in alphabetical order. Mr Asefi Zaheeruddeen of Afghanistan was first to enter the booth.

Ms Carol Jarecki of the British Virgin Islands

This took about 1.5 hours, and the counting took about an hour as well. And while everyone was chatting away, suddenly Ms Carol Jarecki came back on stage, and everyone sat down and stopped talking.

Without hesitation, she gave the result: “Suspense... Alright everyone. The incumbent, Mr Ilyumzhinov, 110 votes, Mr Kasparov, 61 votes, with 4 invalid.” There was lots of shouting and celebreating as soon as she said “110”.

The Ilyumzhinov team congratulating their man

Mr Ilyumzhinov came right on stage for a short winner's speech. “I want to thank everybody. We work for chess, I'm a FIDE man, I am proud to serve and work and I want to spend all my life for FIDE!

I also want to thank the greatest chess player, the 13th World World Champion that he took part in this presidential campaign and he raises the image of FIDE very high, thank you Garry Kimovich! I also want to invite members of the Kasparov team to work in our team.”

Interviewed right after, Mr Ilyumzhinov said: “In 19 years we have not had a single case of corruption. I am very proud of my work. I spent more than U.S. $80 million to support chess around the world.”

Mr Ilymzhinov speaking to the press

When a VG reported asked more questions about the million he mentioned in his speech, Mr Ilyumzhinov answered: “I can find an investment of U.S. $19.5 million for the Chess in Schools project. That's why announced this figure of 20 million. We can invest this. We have already several million dollars for this project. This project is existing.”

“Is this old money or new money?” the reporter asked. First Mr Ilyumzhinov said he didn't understand the question, and after the reporter explained it, he said: “I will check with my financial directors, my friends.”

Garry Kasparov, who suffered the biggest defeat of his life since he lost the world title to Vladimir Kramnik in 2000, remained surprisingly calm. He said to the journalists: “It's a very sad day for chess. I thought the numbers would be slightly better but after this cheering reaction about the 20 million dollars, I knew it was over.”

Mr Kasparov speaking to the press

About his strategy, he said: “Maybe wrongly, I avoided any personal attacks. We focused on positive things, plans, the future. They had no plans, nothing.”

“FIDE is ill. So many years with the same man and the same people around him, it poisons people's minds. It takes time and medicine to recover.”

Nigel Short was interviewed by VG right after the meeting. He said:

“It's an absolute tragedy what has happened today. It's worse than I thought. A crushing defeat. (...) We've got a despotic regime who is ruining the game of chess and chess will stagnate. For many more years actually as a result of this. There's nothing wrong with chess players. If you ask in the playing hall, I'll bet 9 out of 10 will vote for Kasparov. The problem is: delegates. If the delegate has received an incentive to vote in a particular way, it doesn't matter whatever reason or logic is presented to him.”

In 2006, Bessel Kok lost 54-96 to Mr Ilyumzhinov and in 2010 Anatoly Karpov (supported by Mr Kasparov) lost 55-95. With 25 more votes this time, the ratio hasn't changed much - percentage wise, Mr Ilyumzhinov's victory was even been bigger than last time. It is clear that his team still enjoys a dominating support of about 64% of the member federations.

In the evening, Zurab Azmaiparashvili of Georgia (close to the Ilyumzhinov team) defeated Silvio Danailov of Bulgaria (friends with Mr Kasparov) 33-18 to become the new President of the European Chess Union.

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  • 2 years ago


    I think the core problem is that delegates do not come with a clear mandate from the people they supposedly represent. In South Africa we were simply advised that Chessa supported Kasparov. When you have localised dictator style decisions, it will inevitably result in the same style at top levels.

  • 2 years ago


    Pište, prosím, k věci, nápomocně a hezky!

  • 2 years ago


    again the bishop(kasparov) missed the role of central attacker against the shadow of the old dead king of east

  • 2 years ago



    On the spot, mate! Couldn't agree more! Give them two solutions and no one will ever bother to look for third or fourth...

  • 2 years ago


    Ahhhh, politics ! I love it ! The ancient art of "How can a very small group of people rule over millions of people and totally rob them?". And it is very easy: DIVIDE ET IMPERA.

    Divide them, show them the world in black and white and then agitate them. Garry-supporters ag. Kirsan-supporters, West ag. East, White ag. Black, Rich ag. poor, men ag. women, old ag. young, Republicans ag. infinitum. It is so easy, and it works.

    And the bandits and banksters can sleep a very smooth and quiet sleep. The peoples of the world will never learn how to act solidly united. ;-)

  • 2 years ago


    FIDE presidency is like any other job - It's not about what you know BUT who you know! Kasparov is the greatest chess player but the other guy has been in the role for 19 years and has established strong relationships and loyalty. It would be great if all jobs can be given to the BEST person. Kasparov just has to take it on the chin like the rest of us - But, at least, he has his millions of dollars to reply on!

  • 2 years ago



    It is pitiful you still don't understand what development is all about and you keep emphasizing on the strength of players.Besides don't we see IM's and FM's winning their games against GM's, don't we see less rated players beating higher rated players everyday? Your view on your 4 GM in your town taking on a whole continent is short sighted. The most important aspect here is the development of the game.

    It's disappointing that you make such abuse to a whole continent. Just as Drumov stated earlier it is pointless in arguing with you because you are a die hard fan of Putin and Kirsan and as such you fail to see the big picture here(DEVELOPMENT).

  • 2 years ago


    We gathered here because of chess! So our goal of talk must support that. Since I came to the chess world I’ve got much time of joy and many friends too. I have bought so many chess board and pieces as gift for many of my friends then they enjoyed the thing I was enjoying.

    I left a shout of comment here to prefer Kasparov for FIDE presidential, just because I understood he was better candidate for people. Anyone’s giving something to the people is better choice. You may find someone better than him then I vote for him (or her). Please discuss here based on humanity views and please far from nationality. If I would defiance many ones and left many comments against different views then it would be my fault of having narrow thought. Here we are trying to talk about chess future that is about our children future, not for being CHAMPION, but for being able to PLAY CHESS! If we’ll make it true for many ones from whole world including all continents and all countries then more powerful players would be gained too. That’s why traditional chess champions were choosing most powerful player to battle to mention their honor of championship.

    Please repeat our voice to everyone who can help us to make an online international voting system for every single person to vote for FIDE presidential. Then any single person will be able to say his opinion in his vote!

  • 2 years ago


  • 2 years ago



    milospantovich is obviously russian speeking die hard supporter of Putin and Kirsan, acting like a real troll here. No matter what you can say to him, he will not understand nor accept. He hates Rex Sinquefield and this site (and USA for sure). He abuses a hole continent. He despises a weaks and has a maniacal faith that his people are the best in the world. Do not argue with him, it's poitless.

  • 2 years ago


    Yet Kirsan says he has spent over $80 million in developing chess around the world. Maybe he mistook the word "world" for ''some continents'' because we haven't seen any development in our country and many African countries as well for MANY years.


    I am already a member of the Ghana Chess Association and i think you are looking down upon us by saying there is no viable association to cooperate with FIDE in our country. And believe me despite the lack of sponsorship there are strong players(GM's,IM's and FM's) on the continent too. I don't think a selected number of players from your town will be able to take on the whole continent.

    Remember it is not about the strength of individuals we need to focus on here but it is the development of the sport as a whole. Of course many people can play football but not all can make it to the top. The individuals who have the passion for the sport also matter. Imagine how it will be like if there where no spectators or fans at the just ended 2014 world cup. Will it have been fruitful as it was? That is what development is all about, it is introducing more people to promote the growth of the game.

  • 2 years ago



    Don't be suprised that i learnt about this game just a year ago. Infact there a thousands of people here who haven't even heard of the game till now.Chess unlike soccer here in Ghana, is not yet as popular and as such we lack sponsorship from organizations to embark on projects to promote the game in our country. This is where FIDE should come in.

    Talk about asking FIDE to help us with our projects. Don't you think we have already done that but all we got were promises which have not been fulfilled till now?

    Upon Kasparov's visit, through the Kasparov Chess Foundation he has already started helping us develop the chess in schools project and it is underway,yes and talk about him sponsoring our tournaments too.In less than 8 months he is accomplishing something Kirsan has failed to do for many years and it is sad to note that this stagnation will go on for the next 4 years.

  • 2 years ago


    I guess we must concede that business is business and Chess is Chess. The FIDE presidency presides over the business of the great fleat that includes sponsoers and financial backroom understandings. Garry is the president of Chess or King of Chess while he lives. Long live the King and his Norwegian Prince.

  • 2 years ago


    It is really a sad day for Chess.  After reading the artice in full and everyone's comments, I have a suggestion for the solution to this problem...Since FIDE is international, and since not all of the delegates don't always personally know either of the individuals enough to form an intelligent opinion of them, I would present the issue to the world to vote on; this would eliminate this problem.  One man, one vote! And I mean all individuals, whether they are FIDE and/or USCF members or not.  I would not make it one country one vote.  This would take the control from the hands of the few and leave it to the world...Chess belongs to all of us!

  • 2 years ago


    Have the aliens beam us all up on your next abduction , Kirsan  !

  • 2 years ago


    I agree with egood - Kasparov is a propagandist of Russophobia. That's his schtict. That and promoting Israeli oppression of the Palestinians.  He's bad for chess, a dirty politcians along with his sidekick Short.  I don't like them either. Lots of bad energy. Kick them out of FIDE.  IMHO.

  • 2 years ago


    Chess worldwide currently has a golden opportunity to re-brand and market itself to the younger generation of the 'Carlsen era', and I think Kasparov would have made this difference. But now it will remain the same: mired in politics and controversy. The president should be replaced every 5 years or so, to avoid stagnation. I feel sorry for Kasparov.

  • 2 years ago


    Mr. Kasparov ran away from Azeybaydzhan's homeland and from Russia (his second homeland) that gave him the chance to become the great chess player. Then he ran away from chess to policy. It's very silly as strategy to do the political career by means of Russophobia. He lost again.
    I don't like dirty policy, I don't like Kasparov as the person. Probably that it was isn't pleasant to the 101st members of FIDE too.  IMHO.

  • 2 years ago


    poletics,mayby kasparov off is moving away from poutin,has costed him this preasius jobe ,communist see him like a rightwingfasist,too domenaint poletic thinking with great

  • 2 years ago



    am not playing a racism card or whatsoever you call it. For 19 good years this man has ruled FIDE and we here in Ghana(and I believe some African countries as well) have not had any significant help from FIDE in developing chess in our country. Talk about chess in schools, oh yes other association members have heard about it for many years but it has never been implemented.

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