SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
”One-upmanship: The art of outdoing or showing up a rival or competitor, as in exploits, privileges, or honors.”–
The FIDE elections is entering the final weeks of campaigning and both candidates are starting to make absurd and unrealistic promises! Should we really believe the candidate’s exaggerated promises? I mean, how can FIDE remain solvent if it removes its most significant source of income? And what about Kirsan’s latest promise? Out of this world!!
“I Will Eliminate All Federation Fees to FIDE!”
September 11, 2010
In his strongest statement yet on making FIDE serve the federations and global chess development, Anatoly Karpov announced he will phase out all federation fees paid to FIDE in his first term as president. Karpov had previously said he supported eliminating fees for developing federations, and now sees that the only correct way forward to transform FIDE is to eliminate all such fees.
“FIDE must be repurposed to serve the federations and major steps must be taken to do this quickly. One of the most important is to eliminate the fees federations pay to FIDE. It is clear from this campaign that there is enough sponsorship potential under professional leadership that FIDE will soon not have to depend on bleeding the federations. In my first term of office I will phase out all these fees as quickly as possible.Even many struggling federations that receive aid from FIDE actually pay more in fees than they receive in aid! What is the point of that?
As Nicolas Barrera, the president of the Argentine Federation, said when he announced his support for me, that federation money should go into developing and promoting chess on a local and regional level. And FIDE should be using its global reach and authority to generate revenue that can aid the federations in these tasks.”
”I WILL REPEAL THE LAW OF GRAVITY!”
In his strongest statement yet on making FIDE serve the federations and global chess development, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov announced that he will go one better than Anatoly Karpov: he will repeal the law of gravity. Kirsan is quoted as saying ”I have friends in high places, and I am convinced that this can be done!”
SPRAGGETT ON CHESS