Attorney-at-Law Ian Wilkinson, President of the Jamaica Chess Federation and Vice-President of the lawyers group the Jamaican Bar Association, is to travel to Athens, Greece this week to sit as a member of the Ethics Commission of the World Chess Federation (FIDE).
The Commission, chaired by Italian jurist Roberto Rivello, is scheduled to commence public hearings into various matters on Saturday, July 28, 2007. Of most interest to the public will be the Commission's investigation of the highly publicized controversy surrounding the 2006 World Chess Championship unification match between world chess champions and super chess grandmasters Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) and Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria) when there were allegations of cheating during the games by using a computer program. The intriguing match, eventually won by Kramnik, was followed by a global audience of millions of chess players and fans.
Wilkinson's landmark appointment to the Commission, a major accomplishment for Jamaica, was ratified by FIDE during its Congress in Turin, Italy in June, 2006.
Jamaica Chess Federation
24th July, 2007