May 26, 2014 11:12

It's Official: Ilyumzhinov vs. Kasparov

It's official: the FIDE Presidential elections in August will go between Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and Garry Kasparov. Both had announced their candidacy for FIDE President a while back, but now on the FIDE website it is mentioned that no other tickets had come in by the deadline of 11 May, 17:00 UTC+2.

The report on the FIDE website mentions the tickets of both candidates:


Kirsan Ilyumzhinov - President
Georgios Makropoulos - Deputy President
Abraham Tolentino - General Secretary
Aguinaldo Jaime - Vice President
Martha Fierro Baquero - Vice President
Adrian Siegel - Treasurer


Garry Kasparov - President
Jan Callewaert - Deputy President
Ignatius Leong - General Secretary
Afrika Msimang - Vice President
Ian Wilkinson - Vice President
Rex Sinquefield- Treasurer

Interestingly, one name in Kasparov's ticket has changed. The report informs:

“On 9 May 2014 the ticket of Garry Kasparov was submitted to the FIDE secretariat, by lawyer Morten Sand, with the name of Sheikh Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Hamed as Vice-President. The next day, on 10 May, the FIDE Secretariat received an email from Garry Kasparov stating: “(s)ince that filing, Sheikh Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Hamed has informed me that he has become incapable to run for election, and Ian Wilkinson has agreed to replace him as Vice President on my ticket”. Above the 20 nominating federations of Garry Kasparov’s ticket, there were 3 that nominated Sheikh Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Hamed in Garry Kasparov’s ticket (Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria and Puerto Rico).”

The report also suggests that Mr Ilyumzhinov has a big lead - he has been nominated by 56 national federations, while Mr Kasparov has been nominated by 20 federations. Here's the distribution of nominations:


Ilyumzhinov   Kasparov
AFRICA (22)   AFRICA (5)
01. Algeria   01. Ghana
02. Angola   02. Ivory Coast
03. Botswana   03. Kenya
04. Cameroon   04. Rwanda
05. Comoros Islands   05. South Africa
06. Egypt    
07. Gabon    
08. Gambia    
09. Madagascar    
10. Malawi    
11. Mauritania    
12. Mauritius    
13. Morocco    
14. Mozambique    
15. Namibia    
16. Seychelles    
17. Sierra Leone    
18. Swaziland    
19. Togo    
20. Tunisia    
21. Uganda    
22. Zambia    
23. Argentina   06. Jamaica
24. Barbados   07. USA
25. Brazil    
26. Colombia    
27. Dominican Republic    
28. Ecuador    
29. Guatemala    
30. Guyana    
31. Haiti    
32. Honduras    
33. Mexico    
34. Netherlands Antilles    
35. Nicaragua    
36. Panama    
37. Peru    
38. Surinam    
39. Uruguay    
40. Venezuela    
ASIA (9)   ASIA (8)
41. Bhutan   08. Afghanistan
42. Cambodia   09. Australia
43. India   10. Hong Kong
44. Iran   11. Kyrgyzstan
45. Korea   12. Macau
46. Maldives   13. Myanmar
47. Nepal   14. Philippines
48. Qatar   15. Singapore
49. Uzbekistan    
50. Cyprus   16. Belgium
51. Georgia   17. Croatia
52. Greece   18. Iceland
53. Romania   19. Portugal
54. Russia   20. Ukraine
55. Switzerland    
56. Turkey    

However, since each candidate only needs nominations from five different federations (see the regulations here), these numbers don't say much. It's all about the voting by the delegates during the elections.

During the General Assembly there will also be the vote for Continental Presidents. FIDE has informed about the following nominations:

Olalekan Emmanuel Adeyemi
Lakhdar Mazouz
Lewis Ncube

Jorge Vega

Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al-Nehayan
Prospero A. Pichay, Jr

Zurab Azmaiparashvili
Silvio Danailov

For the European Chess Union, these are the tickets:


Zurab Azmaiparashvili (Georgia) - ECU President.
Ion Serban Dobronauteanu (Romania) - ECU Deputy President.
Finnbjørn Vang (Faroe Islands) - ECU Vice President.
Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou (Greece) - General Secretary.
Martin Huba (Slovakia) ECU Treasurer.


Silvio Danailov - President
Joran Aulin-Jansson - Deputy President
Horst Metzing – Vice President,
Sava Stoisavljevic – General Secretary 
Almog Burstein – Treasurer.

In related news, the Russian Chess Federation has nominated its President Andrei Filatov to the post of Vice-President of FIDE. The election of the vice-presidents will take place immediately after the Presidential election. It's the first time that a candidate from Russia is up for election by a voting procedure, since in accordance with the rules of FIDE a candidate for the post of vice-president can also be appointed by decision of the elected head of FIDE or can be elected as part of the president’s team. Andrei Filatov is being nominated through the democratic election route – the congress delegates will examine his candidacy and hold a vote.

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Author: Peter Doggers


Morten Sand's picture

Just a brief comment regarding the candidacy for Ice President in FIDE. You write that Mr Andrei Filatov is the first Russian official running for VP in the individual Elections. However, Andrei Selivanov was elected VP in the first election held in accordance with the new regulations. Not only that, but he got the most votes (88) og the three new elected VP (William Kelleher US 83 and Geoffry Borg MLT 80)

saturnz's picture

both horrible choices! I love Kasparov as a player, but diplomacy is required over hard headedness in political positions.

Greco's picture

I would pick Kaspy any day against U.F.O

Anonymous's picture

Kirsan must go

Anonymous's picture


Stephen's picture

Voting should be by individuals, not federations. The technology certainly exists to make it a reality. Most federations are very remote from their members and their votes often reflect other influences.

Chess Fan's picture

Excellent point.

noyb's picture

Bravo, well said!

Al's picture

Garry is probably more passionate about chess than anybody on this planet. Anybody with his passion for the game deserves to be in a key role like this, and as a bonus he is arguable the best player in history. Ok there is plenty of discussions around how he is a bad politician, but really who cares? Everything he has done, and will do is for the good of the game.

So why not vote for Garry? enlighten me please...

Zander yee's picture

I agree with you. Kirzan must go!. Any body who sits on a body or any organization bears roots that could be either a good root or a bad root nonetheless give a new blood for the position who's passion for the game is unquestionable.

Anonymous's picture

Everything Kasparov has done was for himself. So don't talk nonsense.

RG13's picture

Yes, a great sportsman in any sport generally acts in his own interest but all the lovers of that sport gain from his actions.

observer's picture

Kasparov isn't a sportsman anymore. He's just another politician. I prefer Kirsan. He's done a lot for chess, certainly put more money in chess than Kasparov, so he deserves to be reelected.

Anonymous's picture

Yes, of course, Kirsan is the greater sportsman of the two, and has done the most for chess. When ordinary people think of chess, they think of Kirsan.

s3's picture

Kirsan is my Great Hero and is the Great Leader (I even use him as a role model for my activities).
He's done more for chess than any FIDE President ever and any human being ever!! You guys who support Kasparov must be really really dumb not to be able to see this.
And he has far the better team. Look how long that very capable Makropoulos, a person of great integrity, has been second in command.
And he had nothing to do with that Larisa Yudina woman. That was probably aliens (or else Saddam Hussein or Gaddafi or Assad).
And of course he doesn't bribe anybody (especially delegates). That's just speculation.
And that Curse of Kirsan book should definitely be banned.

Kirsan should definitely be President for life!!

Mark Sicter's picture

I agree completely with s3. He is absolutely right.
And I am still not s3 or S3.

RS's picture

I understand from the report each federation gets a vote irrespective of its size and player strength.

Essentially this makes a large federation such as Russia at the same level as Rwanda. I cannot see how is this fair for Russia.

Can they not have more delegates and more voting power for larger federations instead?

saturnz's picture

I'm guessing its structured this way simply to favour the incumbent.

Anonymous's picture


Nothingnew's picture

I heard a few times that the reason is to mirror the functioning of the UN assembly.

You mention Rwanda, but they are a country, you have delegates of entities like Faroe Islands, Macao, Netherland Antilles, Jersey, Gurnsey, etc... voting at FIDE elections. It would be interesting to see how many "FIDE countries" aren't countries on their own right.

Thomas Richter's picture

More delegates to give each federation voting power proportional to its size and strength seems unpractical to impossible, if every small to tiny country still gets one vote. How many delegates would then be appropriate for Russia, hundred or more?? And Russia is probably the biggest, but by far not the only big chess country.

A more practical solution might be that big federations get more votes but not (many) more delegates. This might also do more justice to the fact that opinions are probably divided in many countries. Random example: if France had 50 votes, 30 could go to Kasparov and 20 to Ilyumzhinov, rather than having to choose one with all or nothing applying.

The system has always been like this, and it was (reasonably) assumed that Ilyumzhinov benefitted from the system. Now Kasparov does it the same way, I paraphrase his statement from the press conference in Wijk aan Zee: 'My campaign focuses on Africa and SE Asia, professional players from Europe will have to accept the result of the election'. Nothing per se wrong with trying to maximize one's own chances in a given system, but such an explicit statement strongly suggests that this part of the system won't change with a FIDE president Kasparov.

RS's picture

I proposed more voting power to larger federations. So Russia gets more votes than a tiny country like Rwanda.

Also it is not so much about Countries than federations. So 'Countries such as Macau and Vatican city and Monaco also get a representation in proportion to their size i.e. number of GMs, IMs, FIDE rated etc.

Zozon's picture

This is all a big circus and no one can expect Kasparov's victory. Money can buy everything! It is simply not realistic.

jimknopf's picture


As long as characterless oligarchs, megalomaniac oil sheiks, and other funny characters abusing money power for the sake of it, can buy complete delegations, teams, worldchampionships and whatnot, the result is regularly extremely ugly, antidemocratic by definition, and utterly disgusting.

It's a world of sick money clowns having their private circuses running, and I hardly could feel more contempt for people than for their kind.

Anonymous's picture

Yea, but I've been following GM chess for almost eighty years and I've never seen so many super GM tournaments, even if some of them are on the far side of the moon.

Warren's picture

Rip it up and start again

Tyke's picture

Only people who will gain from Gary's victory are Magnus and Gary himself.

observer's picture

You Tyke, are delusional

Dirk849312476's picture

Everyone with a FIDE rating gets a vote seems more reasonable.

Anonymous's picture

Landslide win for Kirsan!

Zeveraar's picture

Would you choose to jump off a bridge, or drive off a cliff?
Now who would be best eligible for lifting chess to the next level? N.O.T.A.

Anonymous's picture

Kasparov will lose of course because Ilyumzhinov will cheat. I have no idea why Garry could not see this well in advance. It's been obvious from day one.

Anonymous's picture

Why RUSSIA didn't vote for GARRY?

Anonymous's picture

Kasparov is not battling Ilyumzhinov but Putin. Ask Ilyumzhinov about the involvement of Russian embassies in the campaign.

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