The FIDE Presidential Candidate Arkady Dvorkovich took part in the First African Chess Conference that was held in Marrakech (Morocco), in one of Africa's busiest cities which serves as a major economic center and tourist destination as well.
The First African Chess Conference took place in Marrakech from 28 to 30 August, 2018 as a big promotion campaign for further growth and popularity of chess.
"I am happy to be with all of you today and I am grateful for your invitation and hospitality. It is a matter of great importance to me that chess develop not only in other parts of the world but also across the African Continent" said Arkady Dvorkovich.
Mr. Dvorkovich pointed out that the world chess family should stay united. "We are not enemies; we are not fighting". "Unfortunately my opponents do not have enough resources to boost progress of chess".
The candidate for FIDE presidency Arkady Dvorkovich outlined his vision of the world chess, the manifesto of his election campaign and plans for chess development in Africa. "Accountability will be the key moment in my campaign, I'm not in chess for money. Chess has already given me enough. You will be held accountable for the outcome of your work; the more you can achieve, the more you will receive. I have no intention to hold the post of FIDE president for thirty years. After eight years in office as a maximum I am going to move on. I trust you and in return I expect you to trust me. We will have to work out some common ground for cooperation. I prefer to learn from you rather than to impose anything on you" said Mr. Arkady Dvorkovich.
The delegates from Morocco, Tanzania, Botswana, Ghana, Gambia, Namibia, Tunisia, Sudan, Uganda, Mali, Cote d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Cape Verde, Seychelles, Madagascar, Cameroon and the Central Africa Republic welcomed Mr. Dvorkovich as a presidential candidate for FIDE and expressed their unanimous support and approval of his commitment to develop chess in Africa. "Thank you for coming to the conference, taking time to speak to us and giving a ray of hope for Africa" said the delegates present.