Poll: Who should be President of FIDE
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Kasparov
60.47%
26 60.47%
Ilyumzhinov
6.98%
3 6.98%
Don't care
16.28%
7 16.28%
None of the above
16.28%
7 16.28%
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Kasparov vs Ilyumzhinov
#1
In August sometime, I have to cast our vote on who should be President.

I intend to bring this up as a discussion point in the Council meetings running next year. Any information I have will be posted here.

I have asked questions of the Kaparov campaign but as yet have not had a reply. Will chase again at the end of the month.

Thoughts?
"How sad to see, what used to be, a model of decorum and tranquility become like any other sport, a battleground for rival ideologies to slug it out with glee"
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#2
There is an interesting discussion thread on the ECForum. <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.ecforum.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=31&t=5936">http://www.ecforum.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=31&t=5936</a><!-- m --> As always I have been a bit naughty Big Grin
"How sad to see, what used to be, a model of decorum and tranquility become like any other sport, a battleground for rival ideologies to slug it out with glee"
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#3
I will stay out of this thread as I am a FIDE official Big Grin , but I would ask the Kasparov campaign this. What are his plan for helping chess for the disabled?
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#4
Shouldn't you be asking the same questions to both sides, and comparing results?
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#5
I really hope people do judge them both on their policies and not the popularity of one as a player. It is also a very trendy thing to slam FIDE recently, but for the majority of people I'm not convinced FIDE is that bad as it stands.

The thing that troubles me most is Kasparov's previous attempt at running a chess body in the form of the PCA went pear shaped and folded. Admittedly I only know bits of this not being around at the time. I will be interested to see how the campaigns run.
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#6
I wouldn't presume to vote on this without knowing a lot more about what each candidate stands for and what they propose to do if elected, and what others think about it. Where can we find that sort of information?

Realistically I don't think our vote will have much effect on the outcome. Whether you agree with his regime or not, Ilzhuminov has assiduously cultivated the 'third world' vote and surely that will carry the day. Like him or not, his Presidency has seen a remarkable growth of chess involvement from Asia and elsewhere and the stranglehold the Russians, Europeans and Americans once had over the game has been loosened. (And yes, I know that Kirsan comes from the former USSR).

Kasparov is the latest in a succession of those wishing to usurp Kirsan but this may be viewed by the 'rest of the world' as an attempt to re-establish the 'old' order.
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#7
Fair point Alan, but I would still stay out of the vote, because I don't have a vote in this Big Grin
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#8
StevieHilton Wrote:I would still stay out of the vote, because I don't have a vote in this Big Grin

Steve you may not have an individual vote but as a CS member you can influence the way Chess Scotlands FIDE delegate votes in the election.

Kasparov's campaign website is here <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://kasparov2014.com/">http://kasparov2014.com/</a><!-- m -->

I can't find a similar website for Ilyumzhinov, just yet.
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#9
Apparently Ilyumzhinov's team hasn't been decided yet (or made public at any rate).
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#10
David,
What you say is perfectly correct, bu you must understand that part of my work is for FIDE now and that will carry on regardless of who ever becomes President. There is nothing in Kasparov's program in regards to Chess for the disabled. FIDE does support our committee in its work. Will Kasparov continue that support? The answer is unclear to me at the moment.
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