SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
Been there, did that…nothing new under the sun.
FIDE has a history of excessive optimism. Over-flowing enthusiasm about creating a whole new chess world. Over-night. With the snap of one’s fingers!… I have lost count how many times Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has made announcements of new corporate initiatives created by shell companies to revitalize the World Championship cycle.
They all come with the same story line, however. ”Sponsors will line up to want to give their money to chess!” So far, in the 17 years of Kirsan’s leadership at the helm, not once has any serious sponsorship materialized, apart from the occasional government supported initiatives (Sofia, 2010 for example) or from a rich chess afficionado (Moscow, 2012) or –as is the usual case–from Kirsan’s own very DEEP pockets.
The latest initiative to give entrepreneurs the right to organize events starting in London is coming under scrutiny. Silvio Danailov is threatening legal action against FIDE itself…where Danailov is HIMSELF a VP! Is this a joke? NO! This is just FIDE behaving like FIDE always does…
My guess is that at the end of the day the same result will become obvious to everyone: there are no sponsors willing to invest money into chess, just ”mysterious” companies WANTING to make you believe that there is money to be made in chess.
I think ChessVibes editorial yesterday pin-pointed the crux of the issue concerning the latest initiatives: while there are more questions than answers, it appears that no one openly accepts any legal responsibility for what is going on!
Link to article
”Danailov’s questions seem to be right on the spot. Agon was founded very recently, and only after FIDE and Andrew Paulson had been making plans for months already. Hence, a company without any history or track record, and whose owners are not known, is given the right to organise two World Championship cycles. It is also unclear who exactly will be (legally) responsible for running the whole thing, and how the decision making process will take place.” —ChessVibes yesterday
SPRAGGETT ON CHESS