Archive for the 'Politics' Category

Last October, U.S. Chess announced the formation of a new committee to recruit, screen, and endorse candidates to serve on the Executive Board. That committee was elected at the State Delegates Meeting in 2020. 2020-2022 Nominating Committee Members Joy Bray (MO), Executive Board-appointed David Grimaud (SC), Delegate-appointed Randy Hough (CA-S), Delegate-appointed Michelle Martinez (AZ), Delegate-appointed […]

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Dear Chess Community, At 2019 Delegates Meeting in OrlandoPhoto by Kevin Pryor As a state delegate and a former board member of the Florida Chess Association, I have had the honor to participate in the decision-making process of our governing body. The Executive Board and Delegates meetings are exciting arenas for exchanging ideas about chess […]

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Colombian-Swedish Grandmaster Pontus Carlsson continues to fight the good fight as far as social issues are concerned. Bringing light to these issues years ago, he became front and center of a discussion about racism in Sweden. The Chess Drum ran an interview about his challenges four years ago. In that segment, he discussed his problems […]

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During the August 2020 Special Delegates Meeting, the Delegates adopted a recommendation from the Governance Task Force to create a Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee (“Committee”) will: Recruit candidates to stand for election to the Executive Board Vet the prospective candidates Endorse candidates who receive the Committee’s majority approval. The endorsed candidates will be presented […]

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Dear Chess Family, A few mornings ago, I read FIDE’s statement condemning racism. While it does provide the ideas of unity and equality, there are issues I would like to bring to the organization’s attention. There was an air of idealism in the letter that may be a bit presumptuous and even naive. My response […]

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The Chess Olympiad is less than two months away and it will be a very exciting event as usual. However, what will make the event more compelling is the FIDE Presidential elections. There are three candidates remaining after Kirsan Ilyumzhinov bowed out of the race after being adamant on his quest for reelection. FIDE Deputy […]

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GM Nigel Short (England) This year is an Olympiad year, but more importantly, it is a FIDE election year. So far there has not been much in the way of campaigning, but in the past several months, there have been several announcements made. Earlier in the year we saw Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and Georgios Makropolous announcement […]

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Prime Minister Erna Solberg and President Donald Trumpdays before his infamous remarks.Photo by CNBC President Donald Trump has had a tumultuous tenure in his year in the Oval Office. Constantly dogged by Tweets, off-color comments, contradictions, he was recently blasted for making disparaging comments about Haitians, Nigerians and Africans in general. He recently said if […]

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Jamaican Chess Federation President Ian Wilkinson has released a 10-year strategic plan in February detailing the charge forward. Included in the plan are securing a headquarters, establishing a Chess Hall-of-Fame, annual 960 chess tournaments and phasing out of local ratings for FIDE. Ian Wilkinson (President of Jamaican Chess Federation) The ultimate objectives of this “Ten-Year […]

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In the past 24-48 hours, the chess world has been buzzing with the news of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov’s resignation. The news was reported on the FIDE website, and many chess organizations ran the story as well. Literally hours after the news broke, Ilyumzhinov’s personal assistant Berik Balgabaev called it “fake news” and that no official documents […]

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