The latest to join the count is Cyprus (updated)
FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov is close to securing 50% of the votes at the coming elections in Khanty Mansiysk. More than a month before the elections 81 federations have openly supported the current FIDE leadear and his ticket.
The last wave of federations joining the One World One FIDE team composed of Botswana, Slovakia, South Africa, Uzbekistan, and Latvia. The addition of Cyprus not only increased Ilyumzhinov’s count, but also decreased the supporting federations for the opposition. Previously Karpov has claimed Cyprus on his side, but an open letter of support shows the opposite.
The One FIDE website ironically states, “Anatoly Karpov, Nigel Short and Gary Kasparov had insistently put pressure on board members of the Cypriot Federation in order not to support Kirsan. To such a point that someone could wonder if the Cypriot vote would by itself determine the election result for Karpov” and continues, “The only aim of Karpov’s team was to divide the Greeks between Greece and Cyprus because the president of the Greek Chess Federation Mr Georgios Makropoulos is elected with the ticket of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.
The policy of dissension and the continuous undermining of the chess world’s unity, which Karpov’s team has been promoting from the first day of his campaign, produced no results in Cyprus!”
Update: In regard to the letter from Vassilis Aristotelous, it should be clarified that Mr Klerides, Cyprus Chess Federation General Secretary, was present in the board meeting where it was unanimously decided to support Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. The unofficial document presented by Mr Aristotelous is dated 12th July, while the document signed by Mr Tornaritis is dated 19th July and validated with the Federation stamp.
As the campaign progresses, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov is using the opportunity to renew contacts and find opportunities for the World Federation. Here is the information about the latest meetings, one at the opening of the World Junior Championship and one that will produce a FIDE CEO of Commercial Affairs.
For more about FIDE’s finances and future elections, do not miss the interview with FIDE treasurer Nigel Freeman.
FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov at World Juniors championships
On Monday, August 2, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov arrived to Poland to take part in the opening ceremony of the World Junior and Girls U-20 Chess Championships. About 200 chess players from 56 countries participate in this championship. The opening ceremony was visited by the State Secretary of the Ministry of the State Treasury of Poland, Jan Bury, Chairman of Organizing Committee, Mayor of Czarna, Jozef Chudy, President of Polish Chess Federation Tomasz Sielicki and by other officials.
FIDE President in Dubai, UAE
On August 4, at Dubai Press Club – Media City, a Press Conference was held jointly by His Excellency Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, FIDE President and Head of Republic of Kalmykia (Russian Federation), Mr. Ibrahim Al Bannai, President of Arab Chess Federation and His Highness Sheikh Butti bin Suhail Al Maktoum.
H.E. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has been serving as FIDE President for the last 15 years. During his tenure and specially in the last years the following events were held in the UAE alone: Presidential Board Meetings in Dubai, July 2001 and Al Ain, April 2006, FIDE Grand Prix in Dubai, April 2002 with a prize fund and organizational cost of US$ 500,000, Asian Youth Championship in Al Ain, August 2007, Asian Club Cup in Al Ain, December 2008.
FIDE President highlighted that during the next four years he will focus on THREE areas with significantly increased budget:
1. “Chess in Schools” program;
2. Preparation of Trainers and Arbiters;
3. CACDEC (Commission for Assistance for Chess Developing Countries) Program.
FIDE President thanked Mr. Ibrahim Al Bannai, President of Arab Chess Federation, for his efforts in the promotion and development of chess in this region.
During his visit to Dubai H.E. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov had detailed discussions with H.H. Sheikh Butti bin Suhail Al Maktoum and both agreed to jointly promote further development of the Sport of Chess in UAE and around the World.
In this context FIDE President proposed H.H. Sheikh Butti bin Suhail Al Maktoum to join the FIDE family as the FIDE CEO of Commercial Affairs and His Highness graciously accepted this prestigious position in the International Chess Federation.