Thursday, May 04, 2006

MCF calls for a joint Ilyumzhinov-Kok presidency!

The Malaysian Chess Federation (MCF) believes that the current election in which two tickets – Ilyumzhinov vs. Kok – are competing on a winner-take-all basis to be counterproductive for chess development. Instead, the MCF supports an alternative solution to that offered by this election.

The chess world has reached an impasse – a period marked by stagnation, declining sponsorship, reduced news service coverage in the world press, serious talk about establishing a new world chess organization, deep and damaging uncertainty about the very nature of chess because of changing time limits, and widespread demoralization. The way out of the impasse must begin with a joint presidency of the Federation Internationale des Echecs (FIDE), shared by incumbent president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and his challenger, Bessel Kok, the noted Belgian businessman.

President Ilyumzhinov possesses the passion to spread the royal game to chess-developing countries, and Bessel Kok complements this passion by offering strengths in business and sponsorship. Mr. Kok can remove part of the enormous financial burden borne single-handedly by the FIDE president. Unity is strength in their case.

Read the entire open letter by Dato' Tan Chin Nam

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