TEAM
Electoral ticket - list of candidates
for the key positions of FIDE
Bachar Kouatly (France)
Deputy President
Arkady Dvorkovich (Russia)
President
Enyonam Sewa Fumey (Togo)
General Secretary
Julio Granda Zuniga (Peru)
Vice President
Mahir Mammedov (Azerbaijan)
Vice President
Zhu Chen (Qatar)
Treasurer
Arkady Dvorkovich (Russia)
Position: President
Year of Birth: 1972
Federation: Russia

Arkady Dvorkovich was born on March 26, 1972 in Moscow to the family of Galina and Vladimir Dvorkovich who was a well known international arbiter and organizer.

Arkady engaged in chess since the early childhood and played actively in his student years.

In 1989 Arkady finished the school No.444 in Moscow with in-depth study of mathematics and programming. In 1994 Arkady Dvorkovich graduated from the economics department of the Moscow State University and also got his Master in Economics degree from the New Economic School.
Bachar Kouatly (France)
Position: Deputy President
Year of Birth: 1958
Federation: France

Bachar Kouatly was born on March 3, 1958 in the capital of Syria Damascus. Soon after the Six-Day War between the Arab countries and Israel, when he was 9 years old, he went over to France (his mother is French) and then to Lebanon. He started chess in schools team competition in Lebanon in 1973.
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Bachar shared fourth at the U18 World Cup in 1974, and only a defeat from the Soviet champion Evgeny Vladimirov deprived Bachar of a medal. Kouatly got the title of the international master at the zonal tournament in Tehran (Iran) at the age of 17 that time he was the youngest IM in the world. He participated in the U20 world championships three times; however, despite invariably being one of the favorites, the young man never shined. He delivered an excellent performance for Lebanon at the 1980 Olympiad.

A young chess player was noticed in France, which was then in desperate need of strong players. Kouatly immediately took the 1979 national championship and made a draw with Garry Kasparov at the World Student Championship in Graz (1981)! His triumph in the West Asian (including India) championship qualified him for the Interzonal tournament in 1982. He has university diplomas in Political Science (1980) and Energy Economics (1981).

Bachar Kouatly performed for the French national team at the 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988 and 1992 Olympiads. Shortly after the French Chess Federation was joined by Boris Spassky, under the leadership of which the French masters took 7th place at the 1984 Nations Tournament and qualified for the World Championship (1985). On winning tournaments in Kolhapur (1987) and Ausburg (1989), Kouatly became the first French and Arab grandmaster and was awarded this title in 1989.

Bachar has been part of the organizational chess work in France since mid-1980s. His efforts resulted in a number of high-level competitions carried out in his country; besides, Kouatly should be credited with his country's hosting the second half of the 1990 Kasparov-Karpov match, which led to a real chess boom in the country. In many ways it is through Bachar Kouatly's efforts that several well-known grandmasters from the former USSR moved to France at a later stage. In 1989, he founded the Lyon-Oyonnax club, which took the French championship and the European Cup six and two times respectively. In 1990, he became vice-presidents of GMA - International Grandmaster Association.

Being one of the most prominent organizers in Europe by 1994, Bachar Kouatly was nominated for the post of FIDE president. By that time the current President Florencio Campomanes announced his not taking part in the upcoming elections, which meant that Kouatly's main rival was Georgios Makropoulos, president of the Greek Chess Federation, who had carried out two chess Olympiads in a brilliant fashion. The 1994 Nations Tournament was also planned in Greece, but its government stepped down in an unexpected turn of events. A newly-formed government abandoned the project and failed Makropoulos, who was forced to back out of the presidential race. The Olympiad venue was shifted to Moscow thanks to the prompt reaction of Andrey Makarov, president of the Russian Chess Federation.

Backed up by Western countries and Anatoly Karpov, Kouatly's victory seemed predetermined. Meanwhile, apprehensive of his rival's ally coming to power in FIDE, Garry Kasparov lashed out by siding with his worst enemy, Campomanes. Hotel Cosmos turned into a real battlefield, where Florencio ended up scraping a very narrow victory.

However, Filipino's credit of trust had been exhausted since long ago. FIDE administration lacked money to run its own championship cycle, so that the Karpov-Kamsky match was hanging by a single thread; therefore, the 1995 Congress saw Campomanes subjected to annihilating criticism from the Karpov-Kouatly tandem. A decisive clash occurred at the 1995 Congress in Paris.

"No sooner had the Central Committee meetings begun than the opposition cracked down on Campomanes. Sharp criticism was voiced by the Norwegian Morten Sand, the continental president of FIDE in Europe, the Austrian Kurt Jungwirth, and president of the German Chess Union Egon Ditt. They were universally supported by Karpov and Kouatly.

What were the claims thrown at Campomanes in the first place? Firstly, he failed the world championship matches Karpov-Kamsky. Secondly, he was elected in Moscow to successfully resolve the issue with the pending agreement between FIDE and the PCA, which he never did.

The following morning the General Assembly was due to start, and the FIDE administration was split into two camps over survival issues until late into the night. The opposition demanded that Campomanes resign voluntarily, which he resisted. According to the participants, a telephone rang in the room where negotiations were underway. On the other end of the line was Kirsan Ilyumzhinov who had just flown in Paris. He was going to put the FIDE Assembly into the picture about the preparations for the 1998 Olympiad to be carried out in the capital of Kalmykia, Elista. It was allegedly at this moment that Campomanes delivered a phrase that went down into chess history:

- This is the man for the sake of whom I am ready to resign even tomorrow!" (Yu. Averbakh).

Bachar Kouatly followed in the footsteps of Bozhidar Kazic in that he was one step away from becoming FIDE President, but falling victim to political intrigues. Future saw Kouatly in the role of a well-known organizer and journalist. In 1997, he became owner and editor of the reputable French magazine "Europe Échecs".

He was among responsible persons carrying out Children's European and World championships in the French Disneyland in 1993-1998. In 1997, in cooperation with Anatoly Karpov, he published a chess textbook for children with pictures selected from popular Disney cartoons; the book was published in large numbers and translated into as many as 22 languages; two million copies in total!

In 1998-2014, he worked largely in the field of investments. In 2016, he was elected President of the French Chess Federation.

Bachar Kouatly is fluent in French, Arabic and English, and speaks Italian and Spanish.
Enyonam Sewa Fumey (Togo)
Position: General Secretary
Year of Birth: 1981
Federation: Togo

Togo's second highest rated player, an assiduous CM Enyonam Sewa Noel Fumey, is a perfect example of a chess player who believes that anything is possible in the game of chess. Enyonam's acquaintance with chess happened in 2000 and was largely accidental as he chanced to come across a chess book in the library.
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Before becoming a tournament player, Enyonam used to play online chess almost exclusively. His overzealousness and persistence finally paid off in 2003 when he became President of Lome University Chess Club.

He continued his rise in the chess circles by being one of the founding members of the Togolese chess federation, which was followed by his election as its Secretary General.

Due to his and other passionate chess enthusiasts' efforts, the Togolese chess federation was finally affiliated to FIDE in 2012, the young chess country participating in its first ever Olympiad with Enyonam as its captain.

As captain of the team, CM Enyonam did not disappoint and made history in Togo by becoming the first Togolese player to bring a point for his country at the 2012 Olympiad held in Istanbul, Turkey.

He continued making history by becoming his country's first rated player in 2013. The former English and French Teacher took a bold step when making up his mind to completely committing himself to promoting chess both in his country and across the entire African continent. Since 2014, Enyonam has been serving as Secretary General of the African Chess Confederation under the deft leadership of ACC President Mr. Lewis Ncube.

Due to efforts and devotion of people like Enyonam, chess in Togo is making its mark slowly but steadily. Not only does Enyonam stand as the current President of the Togolese Chess Federation, but is an International Arbiter and FIDE Instructor as well.
Mahir Mammedov (Azerbaijan)
Position: Vice President
Year of Birth: 1962
Federation: Azerbaijan

Mr. Mahir Mammedov has been General Director of SOCAR Energy Georgia LTD since 2006. He is a graduate of the Azerbaijan Architectural Engineering University as an industrial and civil construction engineer, as well as a holder a post-graduate degree from the Azerbaijan Scientific-Research Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Melioration in workshop chemical treatment of precast concrete.

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Mr. Mahir Mammedov has been Vice-President of the Azerbaijan Chess Federation (ACF) since 2005. He was a member of the ACF Executive Board, Committee Chairman on chess composition in 2000-2005, as well as a former board member of the European Chess Union (ECU) in 2004-2008 in the capacity of its treasurer.

He has been FIDE International Chess Organizer since 2013. Mr. Mahir Mammedov was Director of Operations Committee of the 2015 FIDE World Chess Cup and the 42nd World Chess Olympiad, held in 2016 in Baku, Azerbaijan. With him on ACF, Azerbaijan hosted the 2008 and 2014 FIDE Grand-Prix series in Baku, as well as a super tournament Shamkir Chess, underway in Azerbaijan since 2014.

Guided by him, the national chess team is now a three-time European Champion in the years 2009, 2013, and 2017. With his support and sponsorship, SOCAR Chess Club triumphed in the European Chess Club Cup on two occasions, in 2012 and 2014. Mr. Mahir Mammedov has founded the Odlar Yurdu Chess Club, which finished 2nd and 3rd in women and men's sections of the 2017 European Chess Club Cup.

He is a board member of the Azerbaijan Football Federation Association (AFFA), President of Specific Football Federation since 2008. In 2004-2008 he was Chairman of AFFA's Football Players and Transfers Committee.
Julio Granda Zuniga (Peru)
Position: Vice President
Year of Birth: 1967
Federation: Peru

Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga was born 25 February 1967 in Camana – Arequipa province in the south of Peru. Julio's family and their neighbours worked in agriculture and he did not see a single chess book before his first international competitions. How did this talent rise to such a high level? Granda's phenomenon is often equated with the achievements of the famous Sultan Khan.
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At the world U16 championship in 1983, the Peruvian missionary came 5th and made all coaches' eyes turn to him. In 1985, Julio successfully played some tournaments abroad, he won the U-20 Panamerican championship, which brought him the title of international master. At the U20 world championship in 1986, the "Grand Zuniga" – as he was called by Soviet players – led against Anand, Bareev, Piket and Agdestein, but lost four consecutive matches at the finish.

In 1986, he played for Peru at the Olympiad. At the first Tournament of Nations, Julio performed wonderfully, aside from a loss to Garry Kasparov, and his team sensationally won a record 12th place. FIDE immediately rewarded the audacious newcomer with the title of grandmaster.

Soon, Zuniga began to compete in the qualifying events for the world championship: he came second in the zonal tournament in 1987 and shared 4th-6th places at the inter-zonal with Nogueiras and Nikolic. In the additional match-tournament, he came second and Nikolic qualified for the candidates tournament. In the 1990s, Julio won the Peruvian championship five times, triumphed at the super-tournament in Mar del Plata in 1993 and won several South American zonal tournaments on his own. He played in the FIDE and PSA inter-zonal tournaments in 1993 and the FIDE knockout world championship in 1997.

At the end of the 1990s, Julio Granda was among the world's thirty strongest players, but he unexpectedly quit chess for four long years. During this time, the grandmaster wholly devoted himself to agriculture and religious-spiritual activity.

His return happened in 2002. A 35-year-old grandmaster quickly proved that he remained one of Latin America's strongest players by qualifying for the World Cups in 2005 and 2007. In 2006, Julio moved to Spain. He won the Iberian-American championship in 2008, defeating Iturrizaga in the final. His one-on-one contest with Nigel Short ended in a loss of 2,5:3,5. He also won several team Spanish championships.

In 2013, the Peruvian became one of the main sensations at the World Cup in Tromso. He consecutively knocked out Melkumyan, Leko and Giri and made it to the 4th round, where he lost to Fabiano Caruana. The aged chess played underwent a renaissance, earning a rating just under 2700 – the highest in his career.

He got through two rounds of the 2015 World Cup (knocking out Fier and Villagra), but went down to Radoslaw Wojtaszek in round three. In 2017, Granda won the World Senior Chess Championship in the 50+ age group.
Zhu Chen (Qatar)
Position: Treasurer
Year of Birth: 1976
Federation: Qatar

At the end of the 1980s, a real chess boom began in China that encompassed the success of Xie Jun, who won the world crown shortly after. One of the first to follow in the footsteps of the great Xie was a girl from Wenzhou city of Zhejiang province called Zhu Chen. Her immense talent was evident from a young age: Zhu won the U12 world championship comfortably and took two gold medals from U20 championships several years later.
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The young chess player repeatedly proved her superior skill in national adults' championships and cemented her place as board two of China's Olympic team. Her inclusion resulted in drastic improvements for the team: bronze in Moscow in 1994, silver in Yerevan in 1996 and victories is Elista in 1998, Istanbul in 2000 and Bled in 2002!

Going into the 2000 world championship, Zhu Chen was considered one of the favourites, but she went down to Irina Krush in the very first round. However, only a year later, following Xie Jun's departure from chess, the path to the title lay clear! Having defeated a young Alexandra Kosteniuk in Moscow in what was a bloody final, Zhu became a second world champion from China. The Western press gave the following coverage to the new chess queen: "Not only does Zhu Chen play well, but she is charming, beautiful and smart, with a degree from one of China's most prestigious universities. (In 1995-2001, Zhu Chen was a student of the Economic and Management Faculty at Tsinghua University, China – ed.). Never before was the female champion's image so attractive to the chess world!"

Qatar's strongest chess player Mohammed Al-Modiahki was captivated by the Eastern princess and asked for her hand. The young couple married in year 2000. Zhu Chen performed wonderfully at a Rapid Grand Prix stage in Qatar, where she knocked out FIDE world champion Ruslan Ponomariov and battled fiercely with Alexey Dreev. Soon, the grandmaster couple had a child and Zhu Chen missed the 2004 world championship without defending her title.

After returning to the game, Zhu Chen reached new highs: she won the world women's rapid championship in 2005, super tournament in Krasnoturinsk in 2007, several Asian Games. Her cooperation with her new coach Viktor Bologan turned out to be extremely fruitful; Zhu Chen also worked with Alexander Morozevich, one of the strongest chess players in the world, and she also worked with GM Vladimir Akopian from Armenia.

In 2006, disagreements arose between the ex-world champion and the Chinese Chess Association that decided to rejuvenate the national team and put forward a young group for the Olympiad in Turin. The three-time world champion took it personally and already the next event in Italy saw her performing for the Qatari men's team.

Xie Jun's successor never regained the crown, though. In 2010 in Antakya, she was faced off with a player recruited to replace Zhu at the 2006 Olympiad. The leading match between Zhu Chen and Hou Yifan was an equal and rigorous contest- the future world champion only won on tie-break. Recent years have seen Zhu Chen a rare visitor to competitions, but quite a successful one at that, as a rule. Thus, she became Asian blitz champion in 2015.

Zhu Chen is spending a lot of time advertising and promoting chess. She used to be a member of the FIDE Women's Committee in 2010-2014, and beginning with 2014 she has been acting as an adviser to the same committee. In 2013, she founded a chess academy in China bearing her name, actively participating in the training process of future male and female champions. She is Chairman of the Chinese Language Club in Qatar, a member of the All-China Committee of Young Compatriots Living Abroad.

Besides her native Chinese, she is fluent in English and has basic knowledge of Arabic. Zhu Chen and Mohammed Al-Modiahki bring up two children.