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Karpov and Ilyumzhinov: the War for Presidency - update

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Thursday, 20 May 2010

They used to play together...
Anatoly Karpov and Evgeny Bareev vs Arkady Dvorkovich and Alexander Zhukov
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The chess world is closely following the conflict inside the Russian Chess Federation, as it will largely affect chess in general and have a significant influence on the upcoming FIDE President elections. In one of our last reports we have described the situation, including Kasparov's speech. Meanwhile, an official confirmation from a law company has been publicized, which states that the Supervisory Council has no power to endorse anyone since this organization doesn't even have registered regulations. This makes Karpov's pompous claims made at NY and other locations (that Russia has officially supported him) look faded.

Things are also getting heated at the Federation itself. The official website features Arkady Dvorkovich's statement, as well as Women World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk's Open Letter in support of his position. According to unconfirmed by rumors, new guards have been hired by the Russian Chess Federation, and Alexander Bakh's (CEO of RCF, an avid supporter of Karpov) office has been sealed. It is not surprising given that Arkady Dvorkovich mentioned in his interview for ChessPro that he expects Alexander Bakh to resign, and has no intentions of cooperating with Karpov in the future.

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Comments (6)
1. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 16:18 20 2010 .
As usual I don't know who to believe in chess politics. :roll
2. Written by Natalia on 16:22 20 2010 .
It's not that easy to sort everything out even for people living in Russia (where it is easier to obtain information on the conflict), not to mention other countries.
3. Written by on 09:15 21 2010 .
4. Written by Peter on 12:09 21 2010 .
5. Written by on 12:22 21 2010 .
6. Written by Seth on 02:02 22 2010 .
Bizarre, confusing and saddening. All I know is that it would be a better world if Natalia were FIDE president. :sigh

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