Ilyumzhinov Launches Campaign Website

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 05/03/14, 04:45.

Yesterday FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov launched his campaign website for the 2014 FIDE presidential elections. According to the press release “the resource has been created expressly to provide quality, timely information about the progress of the FIDE President’s electoral campaign to the international chess community.”

Garry Kasparov, who launched his own campaign website several months ago, will be one person who is happy about the launch of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov's campaign site. Early February the opponent of the imcumbent president lamented:

“The powers of FIDE and of FIDE office-holders cannot be used in any way for campaign purposes. If Ilyumzhinov or his officials wish to slander us, they must at least set up their own private website and hire a private staff for the purpose instead of further abusing FIDE resources and powers. If they wish to campaign they must raise private funds to do so, as we have.”

But now it's there: on the news about Mr Ilyumzhinov's campaign can be read in four languages. The press release says:

“The candidate’s platform has been posted on the new website, and the names of his ticket will be added shortly. In addition, visitors can read Mr. Ilyumzhinov’s biography, find out the latest news, and see photo reportages of working trips of the FIDE incumbent President and his team. The website will also feature opinions from members of the chess community about the state of affairs in the world of chess. The website will offer, as one of its key features, a way for the readers to leave feedback and address the candidate directly, stating their wishes and suggestions, the website creators say.”

At the time of writing the main story is about Mr Ilyumzhinov's presence at the opening ceremony of the European Championship in Yerevan, Armenia. Below that, reports about visits to many countries can be seen - reports that are usually posted on as well.

On the right hand side the “key points” for Mr Ilyumzhinov's plans are shown:

  • Building stronger national federations; providing them with administrative, financial, technical support to increase the level of players and officials in the organization.
  • Increasing number of FIDE member-countries to 205.
  • Increasing the participation of women in chess.
  • Developing 'Chess in Schools' program, working with governments and institutions to embed chess into educational process.
  • Making Chess part of the Winter Olympics.
  • Bringing in internet platforms which facilitate Federations in participating in international events at all times of the day
  • Ensuring that Chess continues to be the equal opportunity and democratic sport.
  • Making Chess appealing to sponsors and partners, engaging new technology and design.

The electoral campaigns of both Mr Ilyumzhinov and Mr Kasparov kicked off in October 2013 at the FIDE Congress in Tallinn, Estonia. Mr Kasparov held an opening reception where he announced his ticket, and the next day Mr Ilyumzhinov, who has been head of FIDE since 1995, announced his intention to run for another term as FIDE President.

The FIDE Presidential election will take place in August 2014, during the World Chess Olympiad in Tromsø, Norway.

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  • 3 anni fa


    yes, i like the great Kasparov.  handsome/wholesome and man of dignity.

  • 3 anni fa


    Iksarol so you rather have a corrupt individual like Ilyumzhinov remain power?! Very good choice if you want to continue failure in and of FIDE!  I met GM Kasparov when he did a simul versus over 20 top inner-city black youths and he was the real deal -nothing phoney about him.  Heck the man has stood up to Putin on numerous occcasion in years and even at a time when such an act could put him in jail.  if he were corrupt do you think as an individual he'd risk inprisonment to fight for his own country of Russia?!?!?  That same character is needed in FIDE and not some punk as Ilyumzhinov.

  • 3 anni fa


    anyone is better than kasparov , he lies and cheats then advertize that he is the good guy , that alone makes it a terrible choice for a leader

  • 3 anni fa


    I hope that fool Ilyumzhinov doesn't get the necessary votes to return to his post:

    I hope Kasparov wins, then they'll be correct reform and better change!

  • 3 anni fa


    Chess has the olympiad, making it part of the olympics is absolute nonsense. Anyone else appart from this guy and garry people can vote for? seem like a pretty poor selection really.

  • 3 anni fa

    IM pfren

    Aliens vote for Kirsan, lobbyists for Garry, and chessplayers don't care.

  • 3 anni fa


    Time for new blood.

  • 3 anni fa


    The candidates each have their own merits, but,imagine yourself for a moment to be someone on the cusp of taking up a new sport. Are you inspired by roger federer or by Tim Henman?

  • 3 anni fa


    I actually don't think chess should be in the Olympics at all, but if it is, shouldn't it be in the Summer Olympics?:S

    Chess has nothing to do with snow.

  • 3 anni fa


    This new site is great! And so will be the Fide. Go Kirsan!

  • 3 anni fa


    Kirsan is terrible.  Kasparov is better, but he's also iffy.  I remember reading about how he ran the PCA, something about making it more fair, no more advantages to the champion, only interested in who the best players are, but then he started negotiating for advantages and coming up with arbitrary rules--something like that, I'm very fuzzy on it right now.  I read it a while ago in Larry Evan's book, 'This Crazy World of Chess.'  He's still hands down better than Kirsan, though.

  • 3 anni fa

    NM AdamCormier

    Although as has been shown through the scandels the Kasparov campaign has endured that he is far from perfect, I still view him as a far superior candidate to ilyumzhinov, and I hope Kasparov becomes the president of FIDE.

  • 3 anni fa


    He didn't do any good for chess in the past 19 years.. Why would he suddenly do amazing things now ?

    Kasparov 2014 all the way !

  • 3 anni fa


    Chess is actually an approved Olympic game, not that I'm advocating it should be at the Olympics. Back when it was approved some other games in the list were Poetry and Flower Arranging. Strange but true.

  • 3 anni fa


    I'm not going to say which side I support, just that I think it should be decided by a chess match Laughing

  • 3 anni fa


    This is the first time I feel like I wish I was able to vandalize a website... Wink

  • 3 anni fa


    CHESS IN THE OLYMPICS??????????????? Is this guy crazy or WHAT???????

  • 3 anni fa


    Ilyumzhinov's goals seem a bit unrealistic. Chess in the Olympics? 205 countries? Not likely.

  • 3 anni fa


    Kirsan looks like a mob Boss! I don't like this guy! Oops! I better keep my mouth shut, LOL! Foot in Mouth

    But seriously though, I hope this guy doesn't get re-elected. We need somebody a bit more charismatic than this guy. I do have my doubts about Kasparov but at least he's made a name for himself. He is still a legend that a lot of people look up to - even outside chess. He gets invited to various shows and can promote the game much better than the incumbent.

    An example of Garry's charisma can be seen in this show (evaluation of his political views aside):

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