September 29, 2010, 9:21 am
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Kirsan Ilyumzhinov Re-elected as World Chess Federation President
By DYLAN LOEB MCCLAIN
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov was re-elected as president of the World Chess Federation on Wednesday, according to Chessdom, a chess news Web site.
Mr. Ilyumzhinov reportedly defeated Anatoly Karpov, the former world champion, by a vote of 95 to 55. Each country in the federation, which is also known by the acronym FIDE (for Fédération Internationale des Échecs), had one vote.
Mr. Ilyumzhinov’s new term runs to 2014; he has been president of FIDE since 1995.
The election was held in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, where the biennial Chess Olympiad is also being played.
As part of Mr. Ilyumzhinov’s ticket, Georgios Makropoulos of Greece was re-elected deputy president; Lewis Ncube of Zambia and Beatriz Marinello, a United States resident, were elected vice presidents; Ignatius Leong of Singapore was elected general secretary; and Nigel Freeman of Bermuda was re-elected treasurer.
The election capped a long and nasty campaign in which both sides traded accusations and heated words.
Mr. Karpov’s election chances may have been hurt by the aide of his long-time rival, Garry Kasparov, who some people might have feared would have undue influence if Mr. Karpov was elected — a fear that Mr. Ilyuzmhinov fanned on his campaign Web site.
Mr. Kasparov has acknowledged in the past that there are many people in the chess world who do not like him and would never vote for him if he ran for the presidency of FIDE.
The election came two days after a lawsuit by Mr. Karpov and five federations to have Mr. Ilyumzhinov’s ticket disqualified was dismissed in the Court of Arbritration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Mr. Ilyumzhinov, who recently announced that he was stepping down as the head of Kalmykia, a republic in southern Russia that he has run since 1993, was re-elected despite his odd public persona, which includes his assertion that he was once abducted by aliens and, most recently, that chess comes from outer space.