At the FIDE Congress in the Estonian city Tallinn, Garry Kasparov caused a stir once again; the former World Champion is one of the best chess players the world has ever seen and wants to continue his career as the president of the World Chess Federation FIDE.
Garry Kasparov wants to reform FIDE and improve financial situation
Kasparov officially announced his candidacy in Tallinn and at the same time introduced his candidacy team. The next president of the FIDE will be elected at the Congress of the World Chess Federation in 2014 during the Chess Olympics in the Norwegian city Tromsø. In his speech, Kasparov advertised the idea of breathing new life into the organization, which includes more economic stability. The corresponding program he calls “Six Winning Moves”. The youngest Chess World Champion of 1985 wants to replace his fellow countryman Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who has been the head of the organization for 18 years now. Last one to try was Anatoli Karpow in 2012. Nominated by the German Chess Association, the former Russian World Champion had to resign in September 2010 at 55:95 votes to Ilyumzhinov’s favor.
Garry Kasparov’s team
The team of Garry Kasparov, who has hit the headlines as an opposition politician in Russia in the past years, has several interesting members: First of all, two possible investors stand out among the team members of the former World Champion from 1985 to 2000. These are the US-American chess patron Rex Sinquefield, who has made a name for himself as the investor of the US Chess Championships and several other tournaments, and Sheikh Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Hamed from the United Arab Emirates. Al Hamed is the famous owner of shopping malls and hotels such as the Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Hotels in Dubai or the Sheraton Khalidiya Hotels in Abu Dhabi. Above that, he initiated a program which aims to introduce chess at schools in the Emirates. Furthermore, the Belgian Jan Callewaert, cofounder and president of the “Kasparov Chess Foundation Europe”, Ignatius Leong, current FIDE secretary-general, and the South African Afrika Msimang, president of the “Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa”, are members of Garry Kasparov’s team.
Picture: Owen Williams
written by Michael, translated by Birthe