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Kasparov Loses Election for FIDE Presidency

While the world is looking at the Chess Olympics in Tromsö (Norway), the election for the new FIDE president took place recently. The previous president Kirsan Iljumschinov who has been in office since 1995 ran for presidency with challenger Garri Kasparov (51).

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Prior to election activities, Kasparov had accused the 52 year-old Russian of corruption. Being a member of the opposition and highly critical of the Kremlin, he blamed Iljumschinov of holding back the full potential of the sport by acting as a puppet of Russian politics. He also criticized the organization’s lacking transparency.

Iljumschinov, former president of the Russian constituent Republic of Kalmykia, has close contact with Russia’s president

Vladimir Putin. Supposedly, he bribed delegates of many countries with the help of the Russian government. For decades, he has been building a worldwide network of powerful supporters that did not let him down during this election. But not only Iljumschinov had to defend himself from corruption accusations; Kasparov allegedly bought votes with money from his foundation. The popular former world champion finds his supporters especially in Europe and the United States.

Marked by these mutual accusations, the heated and politically influenced election came to a clear result. The Russian Kirsan Iljumschinov received 110 votes, while Kasparov had only 61 and couldn’t stand a chance against the winner. Therefore, he failed just like his predecessor Anatoli Karpov who, also unsuccessfully, tried to take over the lead of the World Chess Association.

“I will always stand up for checkmate and devote my life to the FIDE”, comments Iljumschinov on his victory.

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe

Peter Svidler leaps forward in Chess World Rankings and nominates for Candidates’ Tournament

The Russian Peter Svidler is on everyone’s lips these days; after the 37 year-old recently became Russian National Champion, there is yet another great reason for celebration.


Svidler advances four ranks in World Rankings

Peter Svidler

In the November edition of the FIDE World Rankings, Svidler took a great leap forward. Placing 17th at an Elo-rating of 2740 in October, the 7 times Russian Champion now holds an Elo of 2752 points and therefore takes rank 13 in the November edition of the rankings. Thus, Peter Svidler is the fourth best Russian player in the world of chess. The table is still lead by World Championship Challenger Magnus Carlsen, who will try to dethrone Visvanathan Anand (8th / Elo 2775) in a duel starting by the end of the week. Carlsen hold an unaltered Elo-rating of 2870 points.


Aronian and Kramnik switch positions in World Rankings

Behind Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian and Vladimir Kramnik switched positions again. The Armenian was able to enhance his Elo-rating by 6 points to 2801 and is back in the runner-up position. Kramnik, on the other hand, hold an Elo of 2793 (-3) in November 2013 and fell back on 3rd place. Best German player is still Arkadij Naiditsch with an Elo of 2727 (+3), who advanced from rank 26 to 25.

In the women’s category, the World Rankings remain unchanged. The Hungarian Judith Polgar leads the rankings at an Elo-rating of 2689 points, followed by the Chinese World Champion Yifan Hou (Elo 2629 / +8) and Humpy Koneru from India (Elo 2618 / +11). Elisabeth Paehtz increased her Elo-rating by 9 points (now 2449) and is still the best German player. Paehtz leaped forward from rank 41 to 35!


Organizers of Candidates’ Tournament 2014 nominated Peter Svidler  

Over and above the great progress in World Rankings, Peter Svidler may celebrate another Milestone in his career. The Russian world-class player was nominated to participate in the Candidates’ Tournament 2014, which will be hosted by the Russian city Chanty-Mansijsk. From March 12th to 30th, he will not only face the loser of the World Championship duel between Anand and Carlsen, but also his fellow countrymen Andreikin, Kramnik, and Karjakin. Veselin Topalov and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov will also be among the eight participants in Chanty-Mansijsk.


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written by Michael, translated by Birthe