Reports | July 12, 2012 16:04

Ali Nihat Yazici back to being FIDE Vice President

Ali Nihat Yazici

In an unexpected (and somewhat surreal) twist of events, Ali Nihat Yazici has returned in the function of FIDE Vice President. In a letter addressed to Yazici, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov "refuses" his resignation, and Yazici "respects" Ilyumzhinov's decision. 

Ali Nihat Yazici, a FIDE Vice President again | Photo by Anastasia Karlovich

Today the FIDE website published a letter by Kirsan Ilyumzinov, in which the FIDE President refuses Ali Nihat Yazici's recent resignation as FIDE Vice President.

Moscow, 10 July 2012

Mr. Ali Nihat Yazici
FIDE Vice President

Dear Ali,

Based on the recent decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which validated the nomination of five Vice Presidents, I do not believe that there is any reason why you should resign from your position as FIDE Vice President. Therefore, I am not accepting your letter of resignation and am requesting you to continue with your excellent contribution to our work for the betterment of chess.

The continuation of our impressive progress is the best answer to those who try and play unethical political games by misleading and trapping some Federations. This practice should be strongly condemned by the General Assembly in Istanbul.

I look forward to work with you for many years in the future.

Yours truly,

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov
FIDE President

Below the letter on the FIDE website, a small note by Yazici was added:

Dear President,

I thank for your trust and considering that we have won court case, I respect your decision.

I will work hard as usual.

Best regards

Ali Nihat YAZICI

On July 3, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) dismissed the case between the English & Georgian chess federations vs FIDE. The two federations argued that the nomination of five Vice Presidents in October 2010, one of them Ali Nihat Yazici of Turkey, was illegal. 

A week before the result of the CAS case came out, Yazici had resigned as FIDE Vice President.

Our decision is one of principle and I do not want people to think that I have done this because two federations have sued FIDE over the number of nominated FIDE Vice- Presidents. I declared in the Krakow Executive Board of FIDE that I was ready to resign in order to solve that court case on the condition of costs being covered by the appellant. I know that the court case will finish on 29 June 2012. To demonstrate that this action is nothing personal, that it has nothing to do with me being one of the Vice-Presidents concerned (it has been alleged that it does), I have decided to submit my resignation from the position of FIDE Vice-President (...)

In his resignation letter, Yazici wrote that his decision was not related to the court case. However, Ilyumzhinov's decision to not accept the resignation was related to the court case. Besides, does Yazici really need the FIDE President's approval to resign? Can you still follow it? 

The decision by CAS included the following paragraph (in which Respondent = FIDE and Appelants = English & Georgian federations):

In light of the Respondent’s success in challenging both claims commenced by the Appellants, the Panel considers that a contribution by the Appellants to the Respondent’s costs is warranted. However, the Panel considers that the scope of such a contribution should be limited in light of the fact that the Respondent’s awkward disregard for constitutional formalities during the FIDE Congress, which – by amongst others creating a level of ambiguity as to the nature of the appointment of the Five Vice Presidents – should have been understood by FIDE as having a potential to create discord and lead to the commencement of claims.

[bold by ChessVibes]

The question remains whether FIDE will take these criticisms by the CAS judges seriously, in order to improve the level of transparency. The resignation and subsequent refusal of a resignation of a Vice President – and in fact the title and exact meaning of a "Vice President" – aren't the best examples of such transparency.

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Harry_Flashman's picture

What a joke ! Hahahahaha

hansie's picture

YAZICI is a good worker, he works hardly.

Abbas's picture

Yeah, he knows his stuff

Bert de Bruut's picture

We are being ridiculed and humiliated over and over again by an incompetent organisation that is corrupt to the bone. The time to leave these FIDE exploiters to their own devices is long overdue.

test's picture

That's an understatement. It was overdue 10 years ago.

randi's picture

Meanwhile, the french cheating case during the last olympiad remains unresolved..just a few months away from the Istanbul showdown. What is this, a bad joke?...Serious accusations made against french players, strong decisions from Yazici toward some foreign arbiters, conflict of interest in the appointment of Vice Presidents, and the list goes on and on...what's next?..probably we could venture almost any stupid scenario related to the game, wtf???? what the hell is this????...who's in charge?, are the rules respected?, why is russia still holding a huge grip on FIDE and also in almost every major decision involving chess?, why not move FIDE somewhere else, let's say Hawaii??

randi's picture

or Tanzania, Mexico, Tibet, Belgium, etc..

test's picture

You couldn't make this stuff up.

No scratch that, this is FIDE.

Anonymous's picture

I am watching a comedy for free.

Arne Moll's picture

if it wasn't so tragic, it would indeed be funny. Unfortunately, these people are wasting our money and our reputation for their own benefit. It's really quite shameless and sad.

RealityCheck's picture

How much money would an avg chess player, let's say a Dutch amateur rated around 2100 Elo, pay to FIDE in annual membership fees?

Arne Moll's picture

I think it's about 1 euro per year - but then I'm not 2100 rated so I wouldn't know. What matters is that it's more than they deserve, especially if you add it all up.

valg321's picture

and all the while this FIDE comedy plays on for years now, whenever Kasparov is stating the obvious i.e. that FIDE should be run by people who live for chess, not thru chess, he is automatically accused of being a populist

valg321's picture

and why exactly does Mr. Ilyumzhinov need half a dozen Rolls-Royce's ?

Anonymous's picture

Because he's a devout Buddhist?

mar's picture

Corrupt third world countries run FIDE, it's pathetic.

Frits Fritschy's picture

Don't know to laugh or cry.
"The continuation of our impressive progress..." Is that Brezjnev speaking?
"This practice should be strongly condemned by the General Assembly in Istanbul." I read this sentence and I reread it. What will happen to members that don't condemn it? (They should!) Why should you condemn a legal action? What will be the result of this condemning?
Maybe FIDE should form a youth organisation, with uniforms and banners and the like, that on occasion can take 'spontaneous action' against those criminals that prevent progress.

Septimus's picture

Is this some kind of a bad joke?

Kronsteen's picture

I hope we see an increasing number of high-level tournaments conducted outside the FIDE system. Yes, we've been down that road before, but this time it might happen organically, rather than under a rival dictator.

Casaubon's picture

Is it still April 1st in Pago Pago?

Casaubon's picture

And it's about time some of our top players stopped sitting on the fence with regards these issues. Silence is the voice of complicity. Whatever your opinion of Kasparov, at least the man had a pair of balls.

Anonymous's picture

I can't believe this. Oh boy, I really wished many, at least some federations would take a joint decision and stay away from "Ali's" Olympiad. Shouldn't there finally be an adequate reaction to this aggressive behaviour? ... Gosh it's harsh and ridiculous at the same time to see this clown laughing at everybody, even publicly applauded by his fellow "president" - all that in the name of world chess. Indeed a tragic comedy. Now seriously, who wants to be "gens una" with these guys or even celebrate festival under their auspices? Nobody has to. Enough is enough ;-)

Billy Hunt's picture

Good job we have FIDE to root out "unethical political games."

Bobby Fiske's picture

Where are the Men In Black when we need them the most?

PeterV's picture

The returning of the CLOWN. Hahaha

Lola's picture

FIDE president will soon invent a new rule in chess: you can't resign a game without the permission of your opponent.

Peter Doggers's picture

That actually got me laughing out quite loud. :-)

cmling's picture

Me too!

Thomas's picture

I also had a good laugh: in that case one can still insist on resigning by simply letting the clock run down, unless the opponent gets the right to call the arbiter to claim a draw. In a way, this is what happened - except that Ilyumzhinov WAS the arbiter.

Actually, Yazici's exact words were "I have decided to submit my resignation", which apparently isn't quite the same as "I resign". From my own experience, I know that submitting a scientific paper doesn't necessarily mean that it will be accepted. It may have been a secret private deal between Yazici and Ilyumzhinov all along - and of course the timing of Kirsan's response (declining Yazici's offer AFTER the court case) wasn't coincidental.

To answer a question from the article: I can follow it - as much or as little as I can follow other aspects of the entire soap opera.

valg321's picture

"It may have been a secret private deal between Yazici and Ilyumzhinov all along "

most probably

jimknopf's picture

Why not leave FIDE to those countries who are happy with this regime of clowns and dictators?

It is high time for all European countries, Russia, the two Americas and some other countries, to leave this self-serving structore of idiots and for idiots and build up their own organisation. FIDE would be NOTHING without these countries on board.
Afterwards they can come creeping and asking for entry into a serious structure - without being allowed to buy any decisions any more.

No chess player with a minimum of self-esteem will ever need people like Ali Nihat Yazici or Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.

bayde's picture

I suppose the one thing we have left to hope in is that Levitov is still openly squabbling with the Makro/Yazici clique. Levitov isn't the shiniest of stars to put your hopes in, but... I sense he is not as corrupt or unprofessional as the others. And he does have the RCF behind him. Russia--a force for good...? Who would have thought it.

FIDE Vice Presidents openly squabbling with each other while Kirsan looks into the sky searching for his aliens.. Sigh.

Eiae's picture

Actually, he is not looking for aliens, he is busy spending billions of $. But I have no clue why this guy is even remotely interested in being the president of something as insignificant as FIDE. Maybe he just loves chess!?

Stephen's picture

Why don't the federations employ some decent lawyers that can actually win something at the CAS ? Can it really be that difficult if, as most of the comments here suggest, FIDE management is so corrupt ?

RG's picture

What is the point of paying lawyers? The federations that don't like FIDE can simply break away. Since they don't ... well it speaks for itself.

Mike's picture

What a total joke FIDE has become !! IIyumzhimov is and has been a disaster for chess. This guy reminds me of that other dictator, you know, the president of the United States!.

Anonymous's picture

I thought Bush isn't ruling the US any longer? :-)

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