4 candidates in the FIDE presidential elections

The FIDE Presidential elections, to be held on August 7th, 2022, will be contested among no fewer than four candidates. This became clear after the FIDE Electoral Commission on June 7 (here as PDFpublished on June 9th on the FIDE website).

The four approved tickets are the following, with the first name for the President and the middle name for the Vice President:

June 7, 2022 (exactly two months before the elections) was the deadline for candidates to submit their tickets, which had several requirements. For example, the person running for president and the person running for vice-president cannot belong to the same chess federation. More importantly, the ticket must be officially endorsed by at least five chess federations from at least four different continents.

Enyonam Sewa Fumey’s ticket With Stuart Fancy (interviewed here by Chess.com) was voided and rejected because it only had support from federations from Africa (Burkina Faso, Egypt, Togo, Senegal), Asia (Papua New Guinea) and America (Haiti), but not from Europe. Fumey quickly released an angry letter about the lack of support from Europe.

Arkady Dvorkovich and Viswanathan Anand

Arkady Dvorkovich and Viswanathan Anand. Photos: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

The Dvorkovich/Anand ticket was supported by Tunisia (Africa), Mexico (America), India (Asia), Cyprus (Europe), Panama (America), Indonesia (Asia), Nigeria (Africa) and Montenegro (Europe). The maximum number of supporting associations allowed for a ticket (eight) can be taken as a vote of confidence and according to the Electoral Commission, this ticket also received other confirmations communicated directly by the member associations. It’s safe to say that Dvorkovich is going into the race as a favourite.

The FIDE President announced on April 1, 2022 at a press conference in New Delhi that he would be running for a second term with Anand as his right-hand man. Dvorkovich is the only candidate who has already announced several names of his team (not required at this point): Joran Aulin-Jansson (Norway), Zhu Chen (Qatar) and Mahir Mammedov (Azerbaijan).

Andrii Baryshpolets and Peter-Heine Nielsen

Andrii Baryshpolets Peter Heine Nielsen
Andrii Baryshpolets (Photo: Baryshpolets Twitter) and Peter Heine Nielsen (Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com).

The Baryshpolets/Nielsen ticket has been confirmed by South Sudan (Africa), Curacao (America), New Zealand (Asia), England (Europe), Lithuania (Europe), Netherlands (Europe) and Norway (Europe). The Electoral Commission notes that South Sudan signed a confirmation for Dvorkovich/Anand a day after supporting that ticket, but that an association “may support only one candidate for each position elected and no confirmation can be withdrawn once approved and communicated.” became”.

Baryshpolets, a 31-year-old Ukrainian grandmaster residing in the United States, announced his candidacy on May 20 this year. In his official expressionhe notes that FIDE is still struggling with its reputation and that given the war in Ukraine it is important to continue without a former Russian politician as president and to avoid what he calls “political and financial dependence of FIDE by the Russian government”. “

Nielsen as vice president is interesting from several angles. The 49-year-old Danish grandmaster used to be a second in Anand’s team and now the two compete with the same roles. Nielsen has also been one of the strongest critics of FIDE on social media lately.

Inalbek Cheripov and Lewis Ncube

Inalbek Cheripov Lewis Ncube
Inalbek Cheripov (Photo: Wikipedia) and Lewis Ncube (Photo: FIDE).

The Cheripov/Ncube ticket was supported by Sierra Leone (Africa), Barbados (America), Timor Leste (Asia), Ukraine (Europe) and Zambia (Africa). This ticket is somewhat obscure as Cheripov is a relatively unknown figure in the chess world and little can be found about him on the internet.

Born in Grozny, Chechnya, 50-year-old Cheripov (whose name is also spelled Inal Sheripov or Sherip) formerly lived in California and now resides in Belgium. He has had a career as a filmmaker, producer and screenwriter and has won several awards.

In 2017, Cheripov founded the international non-profit association World Chess Culture, which is currently developing an interactive chess museum. The museum is scheduled to open in 2024 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of FIDE’s founding.

Ncube is a veteran chess politician who served under former FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. In 2018 he was narrowly re-elected as President of the African Chess Confederation.

The support from Ukraine for this ticket is remarkable considering a Ukrainian grandmaster is leading another ticket. According to Baryshpolets, the president of the Ukrainian Chess Federation, Victor Kapustin, acted on his own initiative and without consulting the rest of the board.

Bachar Kouatly and Ian Wilkinson

Bachar Kouatly Ian Wilkinson
Bachar Kouatly (photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com) and Ian Wilkinson (photo: Ian Wilkinson Twitter).

The Kouatly/Wilkinson ticket was endorsed by Congo (Africa), Jamaica (America), Australia (Asia), Monaco (Europe), Saint Kitts and Nevis (America), and Grenada (America).

64-year-old Kouatly is the most experienced chess politician among the candidates. In 1990 he became Vice-President of the Grandmaster Chess Association and in the mid-1990s he almost became FIDE President himself.

In 1994, Kouatly, backed by GM Anatoly Karpov, ran against incumbent President Florencio Campomanes, backed by GM Garry Kasparov. Campomanes won. A year later, Campomanes’ position became untenable and it was Ilyumzhinov who won the election with Kouatly as one of two deputy presidents.

Kouatly became the owner and editor of the famous French magazine Europe Checks 1997. iIn 2016 he was elected President of the French Chess Federation and since 2018 he has been Deputy President under Dvorkovich. Wilkinson is the longtime president of the Jamaican Chess Federation and an honorary vice president under Dvorkovich.

The FIDE presidential elections, which will take place on August 7th, 2022, are held every four years. It is part of the General Assembly being held in parallel with the Olympics in Chennai, India. Delegates from the nearly 200 member federations will cast their vote and decide who will lead the International Chess Federation for the next four years.

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