Archive for January, 2014

Moskovsky Komsomolets and New York Times on FIDE elections

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Intrigues and mutual accusations in anticipation of the elections for the head of a large sports federation, are normal thing. But this year, nearly 8 months prior to the elections a huge scandal started, jeopardizing the reputation of no one else – but one of the greatest player in the history – Garry Kasparov. Article by Moskovsky Komsomolets.

Those involved, are the ex-World Champion and Russian opposition member, and his right hand – Ignatius Leong from Singapore. Journalists of The New York Times initiated all this, after having received an access to an interesting document.

The newspaper published the draft contract of the FIDE Presidential candidate Garry Kasparov with Mr. I. Leong. The latter is one of the most influential figures in world chess, who has been keeping the position of the FIDE General Secretary for a long term. According to the alleged agreement – which of course should not have been made available to mass media, Leong is called to guarantee the votes support in the elections for Kasparov – minimum 11 votes and maximum 15 from his region (Asia).

Then the remuneration for the General Secretary: 500k USD in his pocket and then 1 mln USD in parts, during 4 years – to the Chess Academy of his name. As another bonus Garry is supposed to open the FIDE office in Singapore, the thing he cannot do as this is the prerogative of the General Assembly and FIDE Presidential Board.

The fact which is also making it more interesting is that the draft document is prepared by a well-known Norwegian lawyer Morten Sand, who is a member of the organizing committee of the Tromso Chess Olympiad, where the FIDE elections will be taking place (normal practice).

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Mr. Leong’s reputation is unique – some time ago he was an opponent of Ilyumzhinov in elections, but then he joined his team (normal for Ilyumzhinov, after he wins in elections – he offers to his opponent to work together for the sake of chess).

Four years ago, before the then elections, this person was acting on the side of the incumbent President and against A. Karpov, who was trying to win the elections. But this year General Secretary Leong made a sudden jump – going to the side of another candidate – Kasparov. Now the reason for this is understandable and clear.

Then the reaction of Ilyumzhinov to Leong’s defecting was cool. “In its work FIDE is guided by democratic principles, therefore no one has a right to condemn the decision of the FIDE General Secretary I. Leong, or to forbid him from participating in the electoral office of my opponent” – he said in an interview three months ago. But then the situation changed drastically. Now Ilyumzhinov asked Leong to resign, as his activity damages FIDE image. He also addressed national federations and called upon them not to use the methods as consequence of the contract of Kasparov and Leong.

It is clear that this story is very unpleasant for the Singaporean and damages seriously the reputation of Kasparov. It is clear about Leong: he can be treated in accordance with the FIDE Code of Ethics, with a severe punishment regarding the persons violating it (with a possible stripping of a position or a membership up to 3 years).

For the first glance, the 13th World Champion is not in any danger – he cannot even “be taken off” the electoral race, as FIDE documents have no basis for disqualifying a candidate or any specific requirements. The necessary thing is to provide the support of 5 national federations.

Reputation losses of Kasparov are much worse. He has never hidden that he is intending to use the position of the FIDE President first of all as a post to fight the existing Russian authorities. Now this task became more complicated.

It is not a secret that the Grandmaster is holding his electoral campaign with American money, and his main sponsor is named as a US millionaire Rex Sinquefield. But would Sinquefield and Co be ready to also undergo reputation losses from the association with the erred Champion? Most probably no.

West is ready to support Kasparov and his opposition, but not as a participant of a public scandal, violating ethical principles, the sacred issue – electoral system. At last, Garry traditionally bet in his electoral campaign for fund raising – raising of cash during some “cocktail receptions”. In this respect his prospects are also very dim.

It is very strange that a chess player of Kasparov’s level, who is capable to think for many moves in advance, has not calculated the most simple thing – and without prejudice to the further development of the events – gave a blow to his own reputation.

As for the FIDE President, he did not wish to “kick a fallen lion”, and stated the previous day in his interview to our newspaper that “he is not following closely his opponent’s electoral campaign, as he is too concentrated on his daily duties as FIDE President”.

He added: “The delegates of the forthcoming FIDE Congress are competent and clever people, and I have no doubts that they will be able to come to correct conclusions and see who is the best candidacy for the position of the President”.

The New York Times Update

Garry Kasparov, a former chess world champion who is running for president of the World Chess Federation, released previously confidential agreements Friday involving himself and one of the officials who is part of his slate of candidates to lead the organization. The New York Times article.

An earlier draft contract, reported in an article in The New York Times this week, indicated that the official, Ignatius Leong — who is the general secretary of the federation under its longtime president, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who is running for re-election – was paid to join Kasparov’s campaign. The draft also stated that Leong, who lives in Singapore and is a powerful figure in chess in Asia, was being paid to supply votes for Kasparov’s election.

The final agreements were released on Kasparov’s election website. A statement accompanying the disclosure said that “the Kasparov Team welcomes such transparency and are looking forward to seeing our opponents act in the same manner.”

One of the contracts is an update of the previous draft. The draft said that Kasparov would pay Leong $500,000. That is not part of the revised agreement.

But the final agreement, as in the earlier draft, promises to pay Asean Chess Academy, an organization for teaching children that was founded and is owned by Leong, $250,000 annually for four years, beginning in 2013.

The payments will come through a newly created foundation bearing Kasparov’s name. As in the draft, the agreement can be voided and the final $500,000 not paid if Kasparov is not elected.

According to the final agreement, Leong is “responsible for delivering a minimum of 10 + 1 vote from his region, with the effort to deliver 15 votes (not counting China).”

In language that appears stronger in the final version than in the draft, the agreement goes on to say, “Support from each of these above mentioned federations must materialize in the form of a written and signed statement and/or an irrevocable proxy, before the last tranche of payment takes place.”


Five players share first in Abierto Internacional de Alajuela 2014

Friday, January 31st, 2014

The Municipality of Alajuela with the support of Association Robert James Fischer and FIDE organized the 5th International Chess Tournament Alajuela 2014 from 22-26th January 2014 in the cantoncentral Alajuela, Costa Rica.

The 9-round Swiss event attracted 120 participants from 14 countries. The field also included 7 Grandmasters and 10 International Masters.

Eventually five players shared the first place with 7,0/9 points each: Lazaro Bruzon (top seed), Alejandro Ramirez, Raymond Kaufman, Sipke Ernst and Jorge Baules. Bruzon had the best tie-break.

Top prizes were USD 2300, 1300, 1000, 700, 500 etc

Lazaro Bruzon

Lazaro Bruzon

Tournament website

Final standings:

1. GM Bruzon Batista Lazaro CUB 2676 – 7
2. GM Ramirez Alejandro USA 2600 – 7
3. IM Kaufman Raymond USA 2300 – 7
4. GM Ernst Sipke NED 2573 – 7
5. IM Baules Jorge PAN 2296 – 7
6. GM Barrientos Sergio E COL 2481 – 6.5
7. GM Stefansson Hannes ISL 2560 – 6.5
8. IM Davila Carlos NCA 2307 – 6.5
9. GM Perez Rodriguez Luis Manuel CUB 2388 – 6.5
10. IM Piasetski Leon CAN 2288 – 6.5
11. IM Hernandez Basante Francisco CRC 2227 – 6.5
12. GM Romero Holmes Alfonso ESP 2508 – 6
13. Flores Rojas Federico CRC 1934 – 6
14. Jimenez Garcia Emmanuel CRC 2082 – 6
15. IM Madrigal Mariano NCA 2178 – 6
16. Fuentes Adrian PAN 2031 – 6
17. IM Perez Garcia Rodney Oscar CUB 2367 – 6
18. Fernandez Sanchez Mario Andre CRC 2097 – 6
19. FM Duran Vega Sergio CRC 2278 – 6
20. Picado Jorge NCA 2174 – 5.5
21. WIM Hernandez Alvarez Tania Regla CRC 2172 – 5.5
22. Angulo Cubero Oscar CRC 2077 – 5.5
23. Vaglio Mattey Emanuel CRC 2048 – 5.5
24. Gavarrete Nahum HON 2128 – 5.5
25. FM Chinchilla Miranda Eugenio CRC 2172 – 5.5
26. Ruiz Blais Sebastian CRC 2176 – 5.5
27. Granados Ramirez Carlos Ricar CRC 2098 – 5.5
28. FM Huguet Sergio HON 2083 – 5.5
29. Vargas Serrano Pablo Andres CRC 2055 – 5.5
30. Fernandez Sibaja Felipe J CRC 1918 – 5.5
31. Carranza Fernandez Jorge CRC 1879 – 5.5
32. Cabrera Chaves Marco Antonio CRC 2139 – 5
33. WFM Madrigal Ana Daniela NCA 2001 – 5
34. Vega Araya Edwin CRC 1972 – 5
35. Solano Cuya Bryan CRC 2084 – 5
36. Salazar Kelvin Stanley CRC 1876 – 5
37. Garcia Fuentes Sergio Miguel GUA 2176 – 5
38. IM Vaglio Munoz Jaime CRC 2204 – 5
39. FM Sanchez Jorge PAN 2113 – 5
40. Alvarado Dizan Ernesto CRC 1968 – 5
41. CM Medina Ricardo HON 2039 – 5
42. Loria Geovanny CRC 1828 – 5
43. Arroyo Valverde Luis Emilio CRC 1921 – 5
44. Solorzano Andres HON 1922 – 5
45. Ramirez Gonzalez Maria Jose CRC 1762 – 5
46. Acuna Monteverde Pablo VEN 1930 – 5
47. Aguilar Rojas Jose Alfredo CRC 0 – 5
48. Hernandez Juan Carlos HON 1981 – 4.5
49. Solis L. Efren A. CRC 2078 – 4.5
50. WFM Rodriguez Arrieta Maria Elena CRC 1870 – 4.5
51. Castillo Trujillo Ivan CRC 2020 – 4.5
52. Gonzalez Acosta Jaime Roy CRC 2069 – 4.5
53. Ramirez Almeciga Cristian A. CRC 0 – 4.5
54. Mora Granados Luis Arturo CRC 1921 – 4.5
55. Blandon Jaime ESA 1906 – 4.5
56. Cardenas Carbajal Nilson HON 1994 – 4.5
57. Gomez Huertas Stanley CRC 1992 – 4.5
58. Villalobos Venegas Daniel CRC 1826 – 4.5
59. Jimenez Rojas Fabian CRC 0 – 4.5
60. Bonilla Mora Luis Daniel CRC 1910 – 4.5
61. CM Vargas Rogelio PAN 1730 – 4.5
62. Brizuela Benavides Jorge CRC 1802 – 4.5
63. Leiva Peters Elias David CRC 0 – 4.5
64. Ugalde Garcia Ronald CRC 2130 – 4
65. Jimenez Esquivel Greivin CRC 1987 – 4
66. Carrillo Jose Antonio PAN 1863 – 4
67. Martinez Josue ESA 1679 – 4
68. Fallas Pizarro Jose Ariel CRC 0 – 4
69. Chaves Sanchez Gabriel A CRC 1908 – 4
. Solis Gomez Jose Alberto CRC 0 – 4
71. Bonilla Rodriguez Andres CRC 0 – 4
72. Campos Cerdas Jorge CRC 1958 – 4
73. Moreno Montero Jesus Alonso CRC 0 – 4
74. Incer Arias Manuel CRC 1746 – 4
75. Castro Ulloa Rolando CRC 0 – 4
76. Morera Campos Yanori Maria CRC 1682 – 4
77. Ramirez Almeciga Yenny Meliss CRC 1606 – 4
78. Fallas Saborio Alejandro CRC 0 – 4
79. Castro Garcia Adrian CRC 1944 – 4
. Aguilar Alfaro Juan Carlos CRC 0 – 4
81. Chaves Solera Milton CRC 0 – 4
82. WCM Ortiz Katherine Berenice HON 1843 – 4
83. Bogantes Robleto Karina CRC 1661 – 4
. Herrera Boschini Gabriel CRC 1660 – 4
85. Soto Cordero Anthony CRC 0 – 4
86. Moran Mike CRC 1579 – 4
87. Soto Garita Santiago CRC 1651 – 4
88. Solis Prieto Javier CRC 0 – 4
89. Valverde Lopez Mario CRC 0 – 3.5
90. Solano Piedra Max CRC 1730 – 3.5
91. Nunez Avendano Manrique CRC 1682 – 3.5
92. Alvarado Castro Francisco CRC 0 – 3.5
. Blanco Rojas Benjamin CRC 0 – 3.5
94. Herrera Granados Maria Jose CRC 0 – 3.5
95. Rojas Cisneros Kevin CRC 0 – 3.5
96. Castro Castillo Juan Jose CRC 0 – 3
97. Marenco Fernandez Ana CRC 0 – 3
98. Aguilar Madrigal Maria Fernan CRC 0 – 3
99. Bonilla Morales Kevin CRC 0 – 3
100. Aragon Alvarado Christopher CRC 0 – 3
101. Vasquez Montero Julissa CRC 0 – 3
102. Aguilar Lopez Jose Manuel CRC 0 – 3
103. Rivera Juan Jose CRC 0 – 3
104. Mendez Moreno Kevin Alberto CRC 0 – 3
. Salas Estrada Ana Maria CRC 0 – 3
106. Arguello Acu?a Graciela CRC 0 – 3
107. Vargas Araya Heidy Dayana CRC 0 – 3
108. Chiong Zhu Javier CRC 0 – 3
109. Romero Valverde Karen CRC 0 – 3
110. Quiros Cajina Allan CRC 1762 – 2.5
111. Jimenez Aguilar Gustavo CRC 1880 – 2.5
112. Vargas Cruz Ericka Daniela CRC 0 – 2.5
113. Sullivan John CRC 0 – 2.5
114. Bolanos Ferreto Darried CRC 0 – 2
115. Herrera Garcia Ricardo CRC 0 – 2
116. Vazquez Pena Abigail CRC 0 – 2
117. Valverde Solano Enrique CRC 0 – 1.5
118. Godoy Carlos Alberto HON 0 – 1.5
119. FM Guevara Martin NCA 2166 – 0.5
120. IM Escobar Forero Alder COL 2463 – 0.5


Response by FIDE Deputy President Mr. Makropoulos to leaked contract

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Above is the official response from FIDE Deputy President Mr. Makropoulos to Peter Doggers of and

Once again, as a policy of this site, I will not take sides, and I will be fair to all parties by publishing news and statements from both sides. I will let you decide the matters. 

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Nakamura Beats Anand in Round 2 Zurich Chess Challenge

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Former World Champion Vishy Anand started badly at the Zurich Chess Challenge. In the second round the former World Champion lost with the white pieces to Hikaru Nakamura in a Berlin Ruy Lopez. The top clash between Magnus Carlsen and Levon A…

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The truth about the FIDE-AGON contract

Friday, January 31st, 2014

To: All National Chess Federations, Chess Media

Dear chess friends,

During the last days there has been an orchestrated attack to the FIDE
President and FIDE officials concerning the FIDE/AGON contract.
Although the truth is very well known among the chess family, it is
only after the recent contract between Garry Kasparov and Ignatius
Leong, involving the purchase of promised votes from national ches
federations, that this issue has surfaced again through certain
Kasparov-friendly websites and twitter accounts.

The most recent example is Peter Doggers, a writer for websites and, who continues to present an initial
memorandum proposed by Andrew Paulson as a “contract” between FIDE and
AGON. Although it has been explained to Mr Doggers that this is not a
contract but only one of many proposals submitted by Andrew Paulson
during negotiations, Mr Doggers still published an article here
, twisting the real facts and not publishing the whole reply of Mr
Makropoulos but only some parts of it
, as obviously Mr Doggers tries
to hide the reality from his readers.

For the sake of correct journalist principles, and because this
concerns important FIDE business, FIDE publishes here the full reply
of Deputy President Mr Makropoulos from which anyone can understand
why Mr Doggers, clearly on a mission, refrained from publishing the
whole of it. We expect from Mr Doggers to correct his moral mistake,
avoid further censorship on statements made by FIDE officials and
inform his readers with the full reply of Mr Makropoulos.


Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Grischuk and Charochkina win Moscow Championship Superfinals

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Alexander Grischuk and Daria Charochkina emerged winners of the Moscow Championship Superfinals for men and women that were held on 30-31st January.

WGM Daria Charochkina finished clear first in the women’s event with 7,0/9 points. In the penultimate round Charochkina defeated her main opponent Valentina Gunina, who eventually landed on second place with 6,5 points.

Alexander Grischuk won the men’s section but only after beating GM Evgeniy Najer in the Armageddon tie-break. The two players finished the regular tournament with 6,5/9 points each.

Replay the games on the tournament website

Alexander Grischuk

Alexander Grischuk

Both groups were 10-player round robins with the rapid time control.

Moscow Championship Superfinals were inaugural events for the Moscow Open 2014, International RSSU Cup.

Final standings (women):
1. WGM Charochkina Daria 2393 – 7,0
2. GM Gunina Valentina 2597 – 6,5
3-4. GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2566 and WGM Girya Olga 2379 – 6,0
5. WGM Kashlinskaya Alina 2370 – 5,0
6. WGM Mirzoeva Elmira 2247 – 4,5
7-8. IM Vasilevich Irina 2372 and IM Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 2395 – 3,5
9. WIM Drozdova Dina 2247 – 2,0
10. WFM Gvanceladze Anna 2242 – 1,0

Final standings (men):
1-2. GM Grischuk Alexander 2835 and GM Najer Evgeniy 2646 – 6,5
3-5. GM Grachev Boris 2651, GM Morozevich Alexander 2733 and GM Popov Ivan 2618 – 5,5
6. GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2797 – 5,0
7. GM Potkin Vladimir 2667 – 4,5
8. GM Eliseev Urii 2534 – 3,0
9. FM Gordievsky Dmitry 2478 – 2,0
10. IM Vavulin Maksim 2398 – 1,0


The truth about the FIDE-AGON contract

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Dear Chess Friends

Please read the file attached.


Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Anand loses again, Nakamura joins Carlsen & Aronian for Zurich lead

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Zurich – Round 2

Magnus Carlsen 1/2 Levon Aronian
Boris Gelfand 1/2 Fabiano Caruana
Viswanathan Anand 0-1 Hikaru Nakamura

Standings after 2 rounds

1-3 Carlsen, Aronian, Nakamura 1.5
4-5 Caruana, Gelfand 1.0
6 Anand 0

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February 2014 is out, Webster U GMs So at #18, Le at #38

Friday, January 31st, 2014

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8th Tashkent OPEN, Memorial of Georgy Agzamov

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Uzbekistan Chess Federation has the honor to invite all chess players to take part in the international chess event 8th Tashkent OPEN, Memorial of Georgy Agzamov, the first grandmaster of Uzbekistan, organized in Tashkent, Uzbekistan from May 14th (arrival) till May 24th (departure), 2014.

The total prize fund is 20 000 US dollars.

The Tournament is a 9-round Swiss. Time control: 90 minutes and a 30-second increment per move starting from move one.

Participants that need visa to enter Uzbekistan must register before 1 April 2014 and send necessary documents.

The UCF will consider all the applications and selectively, upon a compulsory preliminary agreement, accepts 10 grandmasters.

Further information can be found on official website:


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