Home Page arrow Chess Life Online arrow 2010 arrow May arrow Russian Chess Federation Nominates Karpov
Russian Chess Federation Nominates Karpov Print E-mail
May 14, 2010
karpovslide.jpgThe Supervisory Council of the Russian Chess Federation (RCF) met today in Moscow and nominated Anatoly Karpov to stand for FIDE president in the election that takes place in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, in September. Karpov's nomination received 17 votes from the 32-member Council.

The meeting, covered and reported by all major Russian news services, resulted in an irrefutable majority decision in a crucial battle for the FIDE presidency. Karpov's main rival, 15-year incumbent Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, is also Russian and the Federation can nominate only one person. Hence this effectively ends Ilyumzhinov's bid to extend his term. This vote for change by chess powerhouse Russia will also be noted closely by other federations. 

Ilyumzhinov's supporters on the Council realized they lacked the votes to overcome Karpov and attempted first to postpone the meeting and then to move it behind closed doors. Failing that, they chose to boycott the proceedings entirely, but even with a few Council members absent from Moscow and several others abstaining, a quorum was reached and the vote proceeded. Karpov received the unanimous and enthusiastic support of all attending members, providing a 17-vote majority in full view of the media. The statements of the regional representatives made it clear there was nationwide support for Karpov's nomination.

Anatoly Karpov expressed his appreciation to the members of the Council for their courage and their support for positive change in FIDE. "It was a remarkable moment not only for me, but for Russian chess and FIDE. The open dialogue and open vote were examples of the transparency that will mark our campaign and administration. My thanks and congratulations to the Council members.

Karpov added this personal note for CLO:"I would like to thank the US Chess Federation and its leadership for theirvaluable early support. I look forward to seeing some of them personally atour campaign launch event in New York City on May 17. I would also like tothank Rex Sinquefield, an essential member of our campaign Advisory Board.Mr. Sinquefield has already transformed chess in the USA and he is nowplaying an important role in doing the same one the world stage. My bestwishes to the players and organizers of the US Championship, which I willfollow with interest."


The Karpov 2010 campaign now shifts into high gear with fresh letters of support already arriving. The New York City gala kickoff event on May 17 at the Trump Soho is next on our calendar, with Anatoly Karpov joined by Garry Kasparov and Magnus Carlsen, along with many other celebrities from inside and outside the chess world. 


We are continuing to work harder than ever on contacting federations to share our vision for change and to understand their views and needs. As important as this Moscow decision is, every vote counts equally and we take nothing for granted. Our goal is to work hard to earn every vote and to use this campaign to unite and re-energize the chess world.Karpov said he also wanted to personally thank the 21 federations whose early support provided critical momentum in the fight in Moscow: Germany, Syria, USA, Spain, England, Iceland, Switzerland, Ukraine, Nicaragua, Egypt, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Turkmenistan, Serbia, Luxembourg, France, Republic of Congo, El Salvador, Guernsey, Monaco, Tajikistan, Faroe Islands. 

"They showed leadership," said Karpov, "and I could not have done it without them. I appeared at the meeting with their letters of endorsement in hand. But I'm not going to celebrate this victory for long. There are many federations to contact and I'm traveling soon. We are just getting started."

The 17 Karpov votes from the elected members of the Supervisory Council: Andrei Selivanov (Acting Vice-President of FIDE, honorary president of the Russian Federation, Deputy President of the Supervisory Council), Alexander Bakh (Chairman of Executive Board of the Supervisory Council), Krjukov, Beshukov, Ertel, Afromeev, Titov, Giljazov, Khasin, Zinder, Kazakov, Goncharov, Razuvaev, Fedorova, Sapfirov, Shaidullin, Ivakhin.In other votes, the Council nominated Selivanov for the position of FIDE Vice-President and appointed him the FIDE Delegate from Russia. Alexander Krjukov was appointed to be the Director of the Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad, which begins September 19.May 14, 2010 - Moscow

Reuters: "Russian Chess Federation (RCF) has nominated the 12th world chess champion Anatoly Karpov for the presidency of the International Chess Federation (FIDE)."
+1 347.321.6743 

KARPOV2010, Inc.
1114 Avenue of The Americas, Suite 2900
New York, NY 10110

USA Public Relations:
 Melissa Neumann
[email protected]
+1 650-480-4036Mo Mahmoud
[email protected]
+1 650-480-4058

May - Chess Life Online 2010

Kacheishvili Leads Going into Chicago's Final Day Akobian and Najer Lead in Chicago Martin Gardner, Mathematician and Lifelong Chess Fan, Dies at 95International Stars Grace Chicago Open Fantasy Chess Results are in! Gata & Gaga Close 2010 US Chess Championships 57 Players Qualify for 2010 World Youth Chess Championship Gata Kamsky 2010 US Champion!Shulman and Kamsky Playoff: a Video PreviewOne Round to Go at the US Champs: A Video Recap Kamsky and Shulman Contend for 2010 US Championship Tension Builds in Saint Louis as Contenders Draw New York the Epicenter of Elo for Karpov 2010 Fundraiser The Final Four: A Video Recap Saint Louis Final Four Set One Round Till Final Four: A Video Recap Favorites in Good Position to Advance Kamsky and Onischuk Break Away in Saint Louis 2010 US Chess Champs Video Recap after Four RoundsLogjam at Top of LeaderboardLeaders Draw, Four-Way Tie at Top Second Round Whittles Field of Perfection Down to TwoFantasy Chess Stats Decisive Start to the US Chess Championships Russian Chess Federation Nominates KarpovUS Championships Kick Off with Red Carpet CeremonyAnand Retains World Title US Championship Chess TalkAnand Continues Reign as World Champion! Chess & Chocolate Update Sunday in Atlanta: An Elementary Nationals Wrap-upBill Hook, 1925-2010 One Game to Go in Topalov-AnandUS Championship Fantasy Chess 2010 Over 2000 Turnout for Elementary Nationals World Championship Approaches Final Stretch Anand Narrowly Misses Win in Thrilling ContestRed Carpet Opening for 2010 U.S. Chess Championship2010 US Chess Championship: The Battle of the Names GM Rogers on Sofia: Topalov Strikes Back New York State Champions Play Simuls Instant Replay: Topalov Wins Game 8 to Even Score Game 7 in Topalov-Anand Sees Thrilling DrawChess & Chocolate: Tune in to the TLCAbby Marshall's Bittersweet Goodbye to Scholastic Chess The May Check is in the Mail Anand Leads at the Half