Karpov in hopeless position
The Russian Chess Federation was invaded by both Karpov and Kasparov in May and then a mock meeting was held where only burning an effigy of Ilyumzhinov was missing. Then the Court of Arbitration in Lausaunce was used as a political football in yet one more calculated attempt to attract media attention. Later this month–in about 2 weeks time–this court will hand down its decision. It will be yet one more black day for Karpov and his campaign team.
Rumours of a sweeping and unprecedented victory are beginning to appear on the ‘net. More than 120 countries have allegedly backed the incumbent president’s re-election efforts. Last week news of India’s backing of Kirsan made front pages on many blogs. And just yesterday the powerful Chinese chess federation threw its considerable weight behind Ilyumzhinov.
The reality of the situation can not be more clear. With Karpov refusing to throw in the towel, the undecided chess federations will no doubt back the winner.
SPRAGGETT ON CHESS