March 02, 2010 15:57

'Karpov candidate for FIDE President'

Anatoli KarpovAnatoly Karpov will put forward his candidacy to become FIDE President, according to reporters of Russian news agency SarInform. "It is necessary to restore order," the 12th World Champion reportedly said yesterday.

Sunday night Anatoli Karpov landed at the airport of Saratov, Russia for a simul and a meeting with the local governor. There, according to local news agency SarInform, Karpov announced that he has the ambition to become FIDE President.

"It is necessary to restore order," Karpov was quoted. "The problems with the World Championship, the calendar, changes of decisions, changes during a cycle, this didn't happen before. Besides, the prestige of the World Champion should return to its old level."

The new Presidential elections which will take place during the General Assembly of the FIDE Congress, held during the 39th Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk in September this year. Nominations for the office of President must reach the FIDE Secretariat at least three months before the opening of the General Assembly. To be elected, each candidate must first be nominated by his federation. The Russian Chess Federation hasn't yet officially nominated Anatoli Karpov as their candidate.

After Bessel Kok's failed attempt to win the FIDE Presidential elections during the Turin Olympiad in May 2006, Karpov would be another big name fighting against current FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. The 12th World Champion never concealed that he's unhappy with Ilyumzhinov's policy. During the opening press conference of their rapid and blitz match in Valencia last year, he and his old rival Garry Kasparov took the opportunity to heavily criticize FIDE.

In recent times, Karpov has been occupied mainly as a business man and politician. Since 2005, he has been a member of the Public Chamber of Russia. These days he only plays a few tournaments a year.

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Guillaume's picture

Now that's some good news.
Go Karpov!

Meppie's picture

I suppose this is the end of chessplayer Karpov......

TM's picture

Regarding Karpov and financial power: I think he is actually a billionaire (at least was before the economic crash) from oil business. This man is a genius at the chess board, and he also knows his game besides it. I sincerely hope he will be elected - I have confidence that he can turn the ship around. After all, he has an incentive to keep his legacy as the 12th world champion by keeping the value and prestige of the world chess champion as high as possible.

Michael X Tractor's picture

“It is necessary to restore order,” Karpov was quoted.

Didn't Mussolini say something similar?

Magnus's picture

I look forward to hear Korchnoi's opinon of this particular candidacy :D

Jokes aside, who can tell if Karpov will be a better leader than Ilyumzhinov? Has he any experience as a leader, or any other qualification apart from the rather uncanny wish to "bring order"? But agreed, it can hardly be any worse than the present state.

I gave up on FIDE many years ago when Campomanes was still president. It seemed hopelessly corrupted already then.

I think the "one country, one vote" system needs to be reformed, otherwise we will never get rid of the corruption, and we will never manage to bring honest, competent people to the top of the organization. I realize that changing the system is no miracle cure (and what system should we switch to?) but the first steps need to be taken.

I wonder if Karpov can introduce "Perestroika" in FIDE? And does he want to?

noyb's picture

He's got my vote; anybody but Kirsan! Better yet, just get rid of FIDE.

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Albert's picture

Interesting, and with an interesting complication:

Candidates must be supported by their national federation. Karpov and Iljumshinov are both members of the same federation.

Thus: In case Karpov is supported by the Federation of Russia, this means they dropped Iljumshinov and this battle will be decided long before the start of the FIDE elections.

Someone's picture

to "noyb"

"get rid of FIDE" ???

So who will organize: World (and continental) championship, youth championships, chess olympiads, world and continental team championships, (all of the previous for both men and women), publish ratings and give titles, aprove arbiters and many many other things?

FIDE is an aboslutely neseccary organisation. The only thing we can hope is for better leadership. However, it is much easier critisising than actually doing all the above things. It is almost certain that most people claiming to do better job than fide would fail 100%. After all fide is not only about the final phase of the world championship cycle, that most people hate.

Thomas's picture

Does Godwin's law apply already?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin's_law

antichrist's picture

Karpov for FIDE President!

My question is, who will be the Vice under his rule? Zaitsev? Spassky?

Pravitel's picture

"(a) Korchnoi’s wife and son were held hostage to put psychological pressure on him to lose the 1981 WCC with Karpov"

Do you have any proof that it was done on Karpov's orders or even with his approval?

"(b) The Soviets attempted to drive Korchnoi out of top rank chess by having Soviet players boycott (or threaten to boycott) events where Korchnoi played"

The Soviets, but not Karpov. Karpov was the one who helped to lift the boycott. Maybe on selfish reasons, but anyway. The main reason being that people couldn't appreciate Korchnoi's strength(and Karpov beat him) when he hadn't the opportunity to show it against solid opposition.

"c) Karpov was the beneficiary & perhaps instigator of Campomanes’ plot to stop Kasparov becoming world champion by cancelling the 1984-85 WCC."

Was he now? Karpov had two points lead and need to win only one game. Kasparov himself considers Karpov's chances better even at the end of the match. Thanks to Campomanes Karpov had to play again from the zero and Kasparov got to play from zero instead of minus two.

To the news: Very good. I think Karpov has the control-based personality needed to repair the mess.

Sherman's picture

Are you all crazy? Ilumzinov is many many better variant than Karpov. Karpov is the worst... The only one world chess champion who gets the title out of chess board... Anyone but Karpov. This one is capable of anything when he has to hunt interest. He does not care about anything else. Remember Bagio.

Some of posts here talked about Danailov. Be sure. Danailov is a hundred times better than Karpov.

Karpov is the worst!

Andy Taylor's picture

It seems to me that Anatoli Karpov will provide a more grounded approach to the management of the Chess World Championship in the future - at least compared to al the other options available! He's been there, understands the politics as well as the practicalities of what's required and, I suspect, understands how "human" Chess might survive the current pressures from "virtual" alternatives. This will filter down to the rest of Chess, one way or another. He's the best chance we have! He definitely gets my vote. Hopefully others too?

Pravitel's picture

"Your message seems to be “It was a long time ago so it’s all right.” "

No. You failed completely to catch my message. I was saying that Karpov didn't do anything to be forgiven. At least not the things you accused him of. Chris.

"(a) I never said Karpov was behind this – I said that by his silence he condoned it. As World Champion he certainly could & should have opposed it. Is it valid match tactics to win because your opponent’s wife & child are being held by your government ? No."

Soviets didn't present the situation with Korchnoi's wife and boy as you do, a kidnapping. It wasn't simple to get out of the SU in any case those times. So to ask Karpov to start accusing his country and superiors so harshly in those times is too much. Not everyone are rebels. He would have put his family and friends in jeopardy also by becaming a dissident.

"(b) The Soviets but not Karpov. Was the boycott good for chess ? Certainly not. Did Karpov participate in it ? Yes. Did he condemin it ? No. Next case, please."

Karpov wasn't in the position to do what he pleased, that being to do against the orders of higher ranked authorities than him. Silly boy. Still Karpov did go through the effort to try and lift the ban. You don't care about that? Very strange, you seem to care only of the things you can make Karpov look bad. That isn't nice.

"(c) Karpov had needed to win just one game since game 27. He failed 21 times"

He failed against Korchnoi too many times and still made it in the end. Kasparov needed to make only one mistake and it would be over. As he realised and realizes today as he thinks also that Karpov had the better chances even at the end of the match.

"I am convinced that Karpov was the beneficiary & that he probably knew the details. Campomanes claim that his cancellation was a spontaneous on-the-spot decision was a transparent lie."

You are free and encouraged to show some proof. As known, when Campomanes announced the cancellation Kasparov was laughing lightheartedly on the auditorium, it was only after Karpov came to the scene and protested the decision that he did too.

"As was the later decision that Anand must play an exhausting series of KO matches to meet … Karpov"

Yes, hardly optimal, but also not the decision of Karpov. After that Kasparov showed how hard it is to make things fairly in chesslife as he decided to play a match against the loser of the candidate macth, Kramnik instead of the winner Shirov. Surely that was much worse than what Anand got when he willingly signed the paper to play by the 'slightly' unfair rules of the FIDE championship 1998.

PAIS PINTO's picture

Very very good news for the world of chess!!!!

I want to bilieve that angolan people will too much happy for his decision.

I personally suport him very much

Pais Pinto

ebutaljib's picture

He can only suceed if he has enough financial backup. If you only have ideas, but no money to bring those ideas in motion (and everybody knowing that), then you wont get elected. Every national federation will expect something in return for their vote. And that something is mostly money.

john's picture

Karpov is probably the number one ambassador for chess in recent years, he would make a fantastic FIDE President and set about improving things one piece at a time.

Merijn's picture

I guess Karpov has money. And of course a very big name. Interesting news!

jmws's picture

I would first read The KGB setzt matt! before applauding Karpov's candidacy, if I were you.

VladimirOo's picture

I guess Karpov has and money and enough political supports to succeed. Also, he is not the type of guy to venture hazardously in something : if he implies in there, he perfectly knows his chances and what must/can be done. All the contrary of Kasparov, surely never succumbing to his temper.

And to understand and manipulate a static gigantic bureaucrat system, if not corrupted, he surely is enough experimented.

Not to mention his indefectible love for chess, of course.

test's picture

Karpov has a shady past. But the old Soviet Union does not exist anymore and today's Russia is different (not necessarily better!).
Karpov seems to have changed for the better, although that is hard to judge based on sparse interviews.
Whenever he talks about current affairs in the chess world however I tend to agree, so I'm definately willing to give him a chance. After all (and most importantly); one can hardly do worse than Ilyumzhinov.

Big question: how is he gonna stop Ilyumzhinov from buying votes, as he did in front of everybody last election (and all elections before).

test's picture

Maybe he did, maybe he didn't.
But what do you want? Chaos?

“Civilization begins with order, grows with liberty and dies with chaos” - Will Durant

SanChess's picture

It is time to have a chess player again as a FIDE leader and Karpov is an excellent choice.

buri's picture

@Michael X Tractor: HAHAHAHA

Michael X Tractor's picture

@Test: Perhaps he will change the FIDE motto from "gens una sumus" to "Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Fuhrer"? Sounds as though you'd approve.

CAL|Daniel's picture

Karpov is rich from his oil connections. But someone correct me if i'm wrong, but wasn't previous World Champion Max Euwe the best FIDE president FIDE ever had?

T. Goto's picture

Personally, I miss the time of Ólafsson. He was good and fair. I welcome Karpov's candidacy though. He knows chess infinitely more than the puppets of Kirsan. Goodbye Kirsan!

PAIS PINTO's picture

Can someone tell me something:???
Will Kirsan Ilyumzhinov to be a candidate again???

Please No...for the good of chess.

James

Zeblakob's picture

Karpov CAN NOT be the president of FIDE because he has 3 qualities:
1/serious
2/honest
3/active

However, Dainalov should be the right candidate.

bird's picture

yes! Danailov plz. Save FIDE!

Jim Scott's picture

Not even Karpov can do something about FIDE, the status quo (nomenklatura) is too strong and it is not worth it to riks his prestige.
The failure of FIDE is well known since Kasparov broke with it and after some years he regreted that, viewing that all his effort was in the sink.
Ask Susan Polgar about her fight in the USCF where she failed too.
Corrupted organizations will not be cleaned by players because they are normal, ethic people, and the federations people are dirt, corrupt, etc.
So Karpov do your good somwhere else!!!

test's picture

@Michael X Tractor

Even if you are still kidding, I would try to avoid those kind of jokes in real life If I were you. Just a heads up. ;)

Michael X Tractor's picture

@Test: Heads up what?

ChessGirl's picture

That is very good news! I fully support his candidacy, I think he will make a great FIDE president.

chris's picture

Karpov has been involved in some very dirty business, none of which he ever declared real opposition to.
(a) Korchnoi's wife and son were held hostage to put psychological pressure on him to lose the 1981 WCC with Karpov;
(b) The Soviets attempted to drive Korchnoi out of top rank chess by having Soviet players boycott (or threaten to boycott) events where Korchnoi played ;
(c) Karpov was the beneficiary & perhaps instigator of Campomanes' plot to stop Kasparov becoming world champion by cancelling the 1984-85 WCC.

Much as I hate Kirsan's rule, would this cure would be any better than the disease ?

Thomas's picture

@chris: All of this was decades ago, and the cold war is over. And his relationship with Korchnoi has apparently improved, now they are playing on the same team in the Russian league.

chris's picture

Pravitel -

Your message seems to be "It was a long time ago so it's all right." OK Karpov has not commited genocide or murder, but I think he is unfit for the position of FIDE President.

(a) I never said Karpov was behind this - I said that by his silence he condoned it. As World Champion he certainly could & should have opposed it. Is it valid match tactics to win because your opponent's wife & child are being held by your government ? No.

(b) The Soviets but not Karpov. Was the boycott good for chess ? Certainly not. Did Karpov participate in it ? Yes. Did he condemin it ? No. Next case, please.

(c) Karpov had needed to win just one game since game 27. He failed 21 times ! He lost 3 instead. Immediately before the cancellation he had just lost 2 in a row, games 47 & 48. There was then a lengthy timeout - a time of intensive behind-the-scenes skullduggery. I am convinced that Karpov was the beneficiary & that he probably knew the details. Campomanes claim that his cancellation was a spontaneous on-the-spot decision was a transparent lie. It had been officially announced in the media a few minutes before he allegedly spontaneously took it.

Furthermore, the 1985 reintroduction of a return match clause (abolished in 1963) meant that Kasparov had to win the Championship at least twice to remain Champion for more than a year. Again a move by a corrupt FIDE that favoured Karpov. As was the later decision that Anand must play an exhausting series of KO matches to meet ... Karpov, who hadn't tired himself by playing a single game to get to the final.

I think Karpov is part of the problem, not part of the solution. But those who fail to learn from history (or ignore it) are condemned to repeat it.

ebutaljib's picture

chris, you are atributing way too much power to Karpov. He was nothing but a pawn in whole Soviet's vs. Korchnoi saga. About 1984/85 match read this
http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/extra/termination.html
and you will see that things are not so black and white. It turns out that nobody even mentioned the termination of the match until Kasparov himself has done so.

noyb's picture

To Someone - Gee, and FIDE does such a great job with all of those events, don't they?! (S-A-R-C-A-S-M)

They do so well in fact that many great players over the years, World Champions included, have just quit rather than participate in FIDE's wretched mis-organization. I think Fischer and Kasparov just blew your argument right out of the water!

Frank van T's picture

I think it is wonderful that someone who is a real symbol of the sport / game
takes responsibility. (Of course he would still have to win, but in any case, probably anything is better than Ilyumzhinov). Karpov might be the first World Champion since Euwe to take up the presidency of FIDE.

I have been wondering many times the past years: is there any chance that the top players of the world have stopped to think about where Ilyumzhinov's money they have been so graciously and willingly accepting came from? Or might they have stopped to ponder this question only briefly, then to ban it from their thoughts? Of course I cannot prove any accusations, but it seems to me, if you look at the poverty rate in Kalmukkia that 1 + 1 = 2.

I for one do not see why it would be necessary that the winner of a World Championship match takes, say, 1.000.000. (I mean: I do not as an amateur understand the fact that matches have been cancelled, because there was not enough sponsor money. Chess is after all not a main stream sport and there is no rule that chess players should earn such amounts.)

Atanas's picture

Karpov go forward! Macedonia is with you.

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