Saturday, August 28, 2010

Mating attack on incumbent president: Court of Arbitration for Sport to hear dispute against World Chess Federation

Chess is a game of strategy. The recent developments in relation to the presidential election of the World Chess Federation appears to be an off-board extension of chessboard strategies. 

National Federations of United States, France, Germany, Switzerland and Ukraine as well as the presidential campaign of Anatoly Karpov have challenged the nomination of the incumbent President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov by Russia, Argentina and Mexico. Both the candidates have been nominated by the Russian Chess Federation on separate occasions and each challenges the validity of the other's nomination. In addition, the claimants have challenged the candidature of Beatriz Morinello, Ilyumzhinov's running mate, for the position of the Vice President, resembling what is in chess parlance called a "double attack". It is to be noted that the success of either of the challenges will disqualify Ilyumzhinov as the rules require each candidate to have a full "slate" (panel) for all the available positions and at least one member on a slate has to be a woman.

The matter will be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on the 15th and 16th of September. 

More reports on the matter can be found here and here.

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