Thursday, March 30, 2017

Ilyumzhinov: Presidential Board is wasted money

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who denies announcements from FIDE that he resigned as president, said that the FIDE Presidential Board planned for 10th April would cost too much, up to 200,000 EUR.

In a statement for TASS, Ilyumzhinov repeated: "I did not write any statement and did not sign any papers, therefore I continue my work. I continue to work hard until the next elections in 2018. I do not get involved in intrigues, although Makropoulos and a group of friends try to drag me in."

Ilyumzhinov says there is no need to hold the Board on 10th April: "The organization of the Presidential Board will cost FIDE 100-200 thousand EUR. I am certain it is better to direct these funds for the development of chess. But I do not intend to leave my post ahead of schedule," Ilyumzhinov concluded.

(The numbers seem to be pretty exaggerated)

Makropoulos: "Kirsan, it's only your fault"

FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos said on Wednesday that FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov should blame himself over the recent media buzz regarding his alleged resignation.

On Monday, FIDE’s official website posted a statement on President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov’s supposed resignation. It stated that FIDE’s president supposedly announced his decision to step down at a meeting of the organization’s council in Athens on March 26. However, Ilyumzhinov rejected this report while talking to TASS.

In a letter posted on the FIDE official website and addressed personally to Ilyumzhinov, Makropoulos said: "I would like to kindly remind you that this situation is a result of your own actions."

"You were advised before and during the meeting, by several board members present that the discussion was wrong, and that the FIDE presidential Board should not serve for you to try to resolve personal issues," Makropoulos said.

Israel Gelfer: FIDE with big problems because of Ilyumzhinov sanctions

FIDE Vice-President Israel Gelfer stated for TASS:

"I would not like to speak publicly about the situation with Ilyumzhinov, but I can say that FIDE has big problems because of the sanction against Mr. Ilyumzhinov. This leads to such consequences."

Zurab Azmapiarashvili: The Board has never shown disrespect towards FIDE president

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

Mohammad Kambouzia: This matter belongs to the General Assembly

FIDE Vice-President Mohammad Jafar Kambouzia, from Iran, stated for TASS:

"I think that this is the mistake of those who maintain the official FIDE website. This information is inconsistent and can not be true, since it is not the FIDE presidential board that decides on the resignation of the president, but the FIDE assembly. This is a serious question, which belongs to the general assembly with about 200 delegates."

It should be added that Iran still hasn't paid the prize fund for the recent Women's World Championship, and that FIDE had issued a two-weeks notice.

Kutin: The situation is ugly and incomprehensible

FIDE Vice-President FIDE Boris Kutin, from Slovenia, stated for TASS:

"The situation turns out to be very ugly and incomprehensible. At the FIDE presidential board Kirsan Ilyumzhinov indeed declared, twice before the meeting and once at the very end, about his possible resignation. He said that if necessary he is ready to resign, but there is no written confirmation of this, and this makes for an incomprehensible situation. "

"The situation can be clarified only by Ilyumzhinov himself. Kirsan has problems with sanctions and the financial situation is not easy," Kutin added.

Karpov: Ilyumzhinov's rivals in an unscrupulous struggle for power in FIDE

Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, 12th World Chess Champion Anatoly Karpov stated for TASS:

"When Kirsan Ilyumzhinov was added to the US sanction list, he temporarily resigned his powers. And now the game is being played around this fact. It is some sort of power struggle, not very clean."

In 2010 Anatoly Karpov ran for the post of FIDE President but was convincingly defeated by Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Dmitry Peskov supports Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

The press secretary of the Russian president Vladimir Putin and head of the Russian chess federation Supervisory Board, Dmitry Peskov, believes that the current president of the World Chess Federation (FIDE), Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, effectively performs his duties and must retain the post of the president of the federation.

"Ilyumzhinov should remain head of FIDE until the time for re-election. We do not believe that there are now grounds for early dismissal. Moreover, we see that, despite the sanctions that apply to him, he is very effective in fulfilling his duties. We support him and believe that he must remain at his post", - RIA Novosti quoted Peskov.

Confusion over Kirsan Ilyumzhinov's position

Confusion over Kirsan Ilyumzhinov's position

Yesterday 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.

(Now new letters added to the FIDE post)

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

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Chess Olympiad Tromso records 474k EUR minus

Sjakk-OL (Chess Olympiad Tromso 2014) is in the final stages of summarizing the accounts and reports before the company is closed by the end of February.

iTromso writes that the company will report to the Norwegian Ministry of Culture, municipalities and counties, and the entire archive will be handed to Tromso Municipal Archives.

The preliminary accounts show that Chess Olympiad Tromso 2014 recorded an overall deficit of 4,1 million NOK (474,000 EUR), approximately 3 percent of the total budget for the event.

The state was by far the biggest financial contributor to the event, with around 87 million NOK (10 million EUR).