FIDE Presidents since the beginning
Fide was founded in Paris in 1924 — 7 years from now will mark 100-years! Surprisingly, there have been only 6 presidents since inception! The average term of office has been 15.5 years.
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov is just the 2nd longest serving President in the 93-year history of the organization. Only one ex-President of FIDE is still alive, F. Olafsson. Savvy, rich beyond belief, intelligent and incredibly well connected, Kirsan has become the face of world chess, much to the chagrin of his opponents.
Could this possibly explain in part why FIDE–and chess in general– has been slowly (quickly!?) phased out of sponsorship from any major corporation and hardly exists at all on TV or in major newspapers and magazines? Change is the spice of LIFE! Political realities are changing much faster than FIDE is willing to allow…
The world is no longer the same as it was even 10 or 15 years ago, and that which REFUSES to change or adapt can find itself fighting for survival…and ultimately extinction.
1970: Max Euwe
President for 8 years.
1982: Florencio Campomanes
President for 13 years. Honorary President until his death in 2010
Karpov introducing Kirsan in 1995, when he became FIDE president