SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
When Karpov announced on March 13th that he was an official candidate for the FIDE presidency, most of the GMs in the world were pleased. Many publically supported his candidacy, including myself. Since that time, Karpov’s support from GMs has dropped by about 90% from what I can see…Karpov’s lack of campaign platform more than 2 months into the race and in particular his association with the controversial Kasparov has called into question Karpov’s real intentions.
If things continue as we have seen in recent weeks, Karpov will not get the support of any of his former colleagues, and Ilyumzhinov will use this against Karpov’s campaign. I think it is time for Karpov to clean up his act and run a realistic campaign, before it is too late.
Evgeny Bareev, born 1966, has been one of the elite GMs of the past 20 years: gold medalist of four chess Olympiads with the Russian team (1990, 1994, 1996, 1998), two World Championships (1997, 2005) and two European Championships (1992, 2003). Shown here with his wife. Bareev is one of the best respected players in the world.
”During my entire professional chess career I have been a witness of a furious battle of Karpov – Kasparov against each other – both at the chess board, and around it – for the influence in various organisations and chess players’ unions and for various privileges. This fight always ended in eventual destruction of these organisations or receiving these privileges by depriving the rest of chess players of them…
Of course, this is just a fraction of the events which have been taking place during these years with participation of Karpov and Kasparov. But even a quick glance is enough to understand that if the destructive energy of two pupils of the Soviet chess school is united in one position – FIDE President, then chess players will have difficult times ahead of them. I do believe that this shall not happen
(Karpov become Fide President-ed).
SPRAGGETT ON CHESS