Archive for March, 2017

Statement of ECU President Zurab Azmapiarashvili

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Zurab AzmaiparashviliDear Colleagues,

I need to comment on the latest negative events that occurred in FIDE.

First of all, I would like to refer to the results, which, unfortunately, were overridden by all the turmoil regarding the Kirsan Ilyumzhinov resignation.

As you know, FIDE had unpleasant financial results in 2015. Over the last year FIDE administration, especially it’s treasurer has worked extremely successfully to improve FIDE’s financial situation up to 900 000 US dollars in 2016.

This positive development gave FIDE the means to make an important decision – that the prize fund recent Women’s World Chess Championship will be paid from FIDE’s budget. Unfortunately, this became inevitable after Chess Federation of I. R. of Iran failed to transfer the required sum for the prize fund. However, the FIDE Presidential Board gave a final two-week notice to Iranian Chess Federation to pay the agreed amount to FIDE. If not the Iranian Chess Federation will be suspended and all the services will be frozen.

Now let me respond to the information, which was fast spread in the media.

I would like to draw your attention to the fact that despite the US Department of the Treasury sanctions against FIDE president in November 2015, I cannot recall even one occurrence of FIDE Presidential Board demanding the resignation of FIDE president. All this makes it harder and harder every day for FIDE to work efficiently and herewith puts potential and not only potential sponsors off. Instead, the Presidential Board gave to Kirsan Ilyumzhinov enough time to defend himself in front of US authorities.

It is obvious that abovementioned events resulted in FIDE management crisis, which, in my opinion, was the direct outcome of Kirsan Illyumzhinov’s hesitant position. This was notable during the Presidential Board Meeting when he couple of times mentioned his intention to resign. It was only at the end of Presidential Board Meeting when FIDE president, under strong emotional stress, verbally confirmed his resignation 3 times.

On my part, I would like to add that the Board has never shown disrespect towards FIDE president and all the fuss and rumors surrounding the subject are to be discussed during FIDE Presidential Board extraordinary meeting to resolve the matter. To clarify also that the misleading scenario appeared in the media claiming that US chess federation or Americans are behind all this. I assure you these are groundless claims.

To conclude, I believe the issue will be solved during the next upcoming Presidential Board meeting.

Zurab Azmapiarashvili

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Resignation claim is fake, says world chess chief

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

The international chess governing body FIDE has been plunged into controversy after announcing its longtime president, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, had resigned in a statement he dismissed as “fake”. Ilyumzhinov, a Russian businessman and former leader of Russia’s Buddhist Kalmykia region, is no stranger to controversy, perhaps best known for claiming to have encountered aliens. He was added to a US sanctions list in 2015 after Washington accused him of “materially assisting” the Syrian government. The World Chess Federation (Fide) on Monday published a statement on its website that was still posted on Tuesday saying Ilyumzhinov had announced his resignation. But Ilyumzhinov described the statement to AFP as “fake” and denied that he had quit the elected position he has held since 1995. In a letter published Tuesday on …

Source: GameKnot online chess news

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov resigned or not? (Update 2)

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

Earlier today FIDE posted a news item announcing Kirsan Ilyumzhinov’s resignation from the post of FIDE President.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov announced his resignation as FIDE President

At the end of the Board meeting held in Athens, Greece on the 26th March 2017, Mr Kirsan Ilyumzhinov announced his resignation from the position of FIDE President. The Presidential Board has been formally advised of this announcement and an extraordinary board meeting has been called in April.

Shortly after, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov told TASS that he never submitted any resignation despite earlier media reports.
“They wanted to oust me, but they could not pull it off,” Ilyumzhinov said in an interview with TASS. “I did not sign anything and I am not stepping down.”
“I believe the Americans are behind this escapade and it looks like a set-up,” the long-time FIDE chief added.

Letter from Kirsan Ilyumzhinov to Presidential Board and national chess federations

FIDE Executive Director Nigel Freeman confirmed for Sport-Express:”- Mr. Ilyumzhinov announced his resignation. In April, an extraordinary meeting of the Presidential Board will be held to discuss this issue.”
FIDE had no further comment.

Russian Chess Federation also has a statement from Mr. Ilyumzhinov.

Due to the US sanctions, in December 2015 Kirsan Ilyumzhinov passed the authority of FIDE President to Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos.

Update 28th March: Two letters added below

Dmitry Peskov supports Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

Update 29th March: Letter of Mr. Makropoulos to Mr. Ilyumzhinov added below

Letter of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

Letter of Nigel Freeman to Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

Letter of Georgios Makropoulos to Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

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Letter of Mr. Makropoulos to Mr. Ilyumzhinov

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

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Letter of Georgios Makropoulos to Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Entering the “Chess Dimension”

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

The 60 Minutes team discovers that Dr. B’s chess lessons are about more than kings and queens. They’re about winning graciously — and learning from losing.

“Franklin Country is one of those places where, if you’re an out-of-towner, you’re going to be spotted pretty quickly,” says 60 Minutes producer Laura Dodd. She co-produced this week’s 60 Minutes story about what happened after Jeff Bulington arrived — and the impact he’s had on the community.

Here’s this stranger coming in — nobody really knows who he is — to teach their kids chess,” correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi tells 60 Minutes Overtime’s Ann Silvio in the video above. “Everybody thought, like, ‘What’s this guy about?’”

But Bulington had a plan.

Entering the Chess Dimension

A wealthy benefactor, who wishes to remain anonymous, lured Bulington and his chess skills to Franklin County. He had seen how Bulington molded chess champions in Memphis, and he hoped to see the same success brought to Mississippi. He thought maybe a dozen kids would be interested.

A year-and-a-half later, Bulington, or “Dr. B” as he’s known in town, is now teaching hundreds of Franklin County kids, showing them so much more than chess.

Chess has helped Bulington’s players see there’s more to themselves than they saw before.

More video footage on 60 Minutes Music channel

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FIDE Arbiters’ Magazine No 4

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Official FIDE logoThe FIDE Arbiters’ Commission has the pleasure to publish the fourth issue of the Arbiters’ Magazine.

We continue our efforts to offer to all the Arbiters around the world the necessary knowledge and information, to enable them to exercise their duties in the best way.

Many thanks to IA Aris Marghetis, Secretary of the FIDE Arbiters’ Commission, who collected and prepared the material for publication in the Magazine, as well as to WGM Anastasia Karlovich, FIDE Press Officer, for her kind offer of the photos for this issue, and to IA Efi Saltamara for the compilation of the edition.

Many thanks as well to IA Roberto Ricca, Secretary of the FIDE Systems of Pairings and Programs (SPP) Commission and to FA Mario Held, member of the FIDE Systems of Pairings and Programs (SPP) Commission, for their contribution in the subjects of this issue.

You are welcome to send to the Commission your comments, opinions and ideas, as well as any incidents or cases that have come to your knowledge and you believe are worth publishing. Your assistance will be highly appreciated.

FIDE Arbiters’ Magazine No 4 (pdf)

Takis Nikolopoulos
Chairman
FIDE Arbiters’ Commission

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Cecil’s Saturday Puzzle – March 25, 2017

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017
from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to mate in 2 (Loyd)

Source: Chess Manitoba

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov resigned or not? (Updated)

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

Earlier today FIDE posted a news item announcing Kirsan Ilyumzhinov’s resignation from the post of FIDE President.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov announced his resignation as FIDE President

At the end of the Board meeting held in Athens, Greece on the 26th March 2017, Mr Kirsan Ilyumzhinov announced his resignation from the position of FIDE President. The Presidential Board has been formally advised of this announcement and an extraordinary board meeting has been called in April.

Shortly after, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov told TASS that he never submitted any resignation despite earlier media reports.
“They wanted to oust me, but they could not pull it off,” Ilyumzhinov said in an interview with TASS. “I did not sign anything and I am not stepping down.”
“I believe the Americans are behind this escapade and it looks like a set-up,” the long-time FIDE chief added.

Letter from Kirsan Ilyumzhinov to Presidential Board and national chess federations

FIDE Executive Director Nigel Freeman confirmed for Sport-Express:”- Mr. Ilyumzhinov announced his resignation. In April, an extraordinary meeting of the Presidential Board will be held to discuss this issue.”
FIDE had no further comment.

Russian Chess Federation also has a statement from Mr. Ilyumzhinov.

Due to the US sanctions, in December 2015 Kirsan Ilyumzhinov passed the authority of FIDE President to Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos.

Update 28th March: Two letters added below

Letter of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

Letter of Nigel Freeman to Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

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Kirsan Ilyumzhinov’s denial and FIDE reply

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

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Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov denies

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

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Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

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