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Karpov-Ilyumzhinov scandal at Russian Chess Federation

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Friday, 14 May 2010

All the chess world is following closely the election campaigns for FIDE President run by Anatoly Karpov and Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. Many analysts agree that Russia is the key battle-field here: Karpov's is putting enormous efforts in becoming endorsed, while Ilyumzhinov has been quoted saying that if Russia does not support him, he won't run for President at all.

A few weeks ago an important announcement was made: head of the Russian Chess Federation Assembly, Arkady Dvorkovich, has stated that Ilyumzhinov will become the only official candidate from Russia. Karpov quickly protested and claimed that the decision was illegal since the Assembly hasn't considered this issue.

Today, May, 14, the Assembly finally took place. In fact, Dvorkovich invited everyone to join him at the luxurious Dvorkovich Chess Inn. Some of them have accepted the invitation, while over a half didn't obey! They chose to hold a meeting at the office of the Russian Chess Federation and gathered enough people for a quorum. They have been joined by Karpov and Kasparov (!), whose passionate speech may have persuaded people to support Anatoly. As a result, the Assembly has endorsed Karpov, which is a sensation of the day! Dvorkovich quickly followed by calling the decision "illegal" due to his absence.

Ilyumzhinov (who was not present at any of the meetings) has also addressed the news by saying that Karpov and Kasparov are trying to ruin FIDE once again, like they did in 1993; he also mentioned that Karpov could not support his accusations of corruption in FIDE, although he has been invited by the FIDE Ethics commission to explain himself and apologize.

The stakes are high, and the situation is getting out of control and becoming as unpredictable as ever! Stay tuned for more news and videos!

Pictures and videos from the event are courtesy of chess journalist Evgeny Potemkin:
Karpov and his supporters
Karpov and Kasparov
The Assembly
Public and journalists

Kasparov on chess elite

Kasparov: ...Ivanchuk...and you (refers to some other player)
Razuvaev: Yes...
Kasparov: And maybe Aronian is close
Razuvaev: he's amateurish...
Kasparov: Yes, but still...And all the rest, including Topalov, are on a different level...lower
Razuvaev: Yes...
Kasparov: A totally different field...very good, but it's not the top league
Razuvaev: Yes, but I value Gelfand way above Topalov...
Kasparov: Yes, Borya is above Topalov, but not at the top
Razuvaev: Nonetheless, he's better...

Then Kasparov is asked for whom he was rooting at the WC. Garry said that Anand has been his favorite, he has deserved the right to be called the 15th World Champion, and his reign would be more beneficial for chess.

Alexander Nikitin (Kasparov's coach and co-author) on Anand-Topalov and Kramnik's chances

Nikitin says Anand deserved the win against Topalov; Carlsen is a likely candidate to become the new WC; Kramnik's era has passed (and other venomous remarks); Russia currently doesn't have any world champion-potential players

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Sensational! The two Ks on the same side!?
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