Karpov: Dvorkovich's Winning FIDE Presidential Elections May Restore Health of Chess
The elections to be held during FIDE Congress in Batumi on October 3

MOSCOW, September 18. /TASS correspondent Sergey Fuks/. Election of a member of the Russian Chess Federation's Board of Trustees Arkady Dvorkovich as FIDE President may lead to recovery of this sport. The 12th World Chess Champion, State Duma deputy Anatoly Karpov shared this opinion with TASS.

Besides Mr. Dvorkovich, FIDE Deputy President Georgious Makropoulos and the British grandmaster Nigel Short also run for the FIDE presidency. The incumbent FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov doesn't stand for another term and has expressed his support to Mr. Dvorkovich. The FIDE presidential elections will be held during the Organization's Congress in Batumi on October 3.

"We have been in a management crisis for the last 30 years. Unfortunately, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov's administration, with the exception of the first two years, was connected exactly with the formation of a good-for-nothing system. I think that if Mr. Dvorkovich wins, and I wish him victory, we will destroy this system and chess will become healthier", said Mr. Karpov.

"Our happiness lies in one thing – all these tricks, let us call them this way, didn't affect professional chess, otherwise we would have perished at all. Professional chess players somehow fenced themselves off all the manoeuvres that were taking place in the Federation. Let us hope now that the common sense will triumph. There are good ideas concerning reforms and, of course, it is necessary to carry out reforms" added he.

"The Organization grew, and maybe this fact is one of a few Mr. Ilyumzhinov's merits, but the management and decision making should be conducted differently. Maybe, it is worth while taking the experience of some other federations. Since the 1970s, when I became a grandmaster, I have been outraged by the fact that decisions in professional chess, especially in the system of world championships, have been separated from professional chess. Drastic decisions, which change the future of chess, are often taken by a simple voting" concluded Mr. Karpov.
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