After nearly fifteen years of rule by Kalmykian dictator Kirsan Ilyumzhinov it seems that someone capable of taking away the title of FIDE (Fédération Internationale des Échecs or World Chess Federation) President has come forward. Former World Champion GM Anatoly Karpov, who lately has been involved on the legislative level of Russian politics, has stated that he will seek the top spot in FIDE.
Anatoly 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.One can only hope the FIDE delegates have the guts to do the right thing.
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.”