On Monday, October 7th Garry Kasparov announced his candidacy for the presidency of the International Chess Federation, known by its French acronym FIDE. He plans to unseat 18-year incumbent Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, also of Russia, in the election that takes place in August 2014. Kasparov became the youngest world champion in the sport’s history in 1985 at the age of 22 and went on to hold the number one ranking for twenty years before his retirement from professional chess in 2005.
Since that time Kasparov has become one of the most prominent opposition voices in Russia and he is the current chairman of the NY-based Human Rights Foundation. His Kasparov Chess Foundation promotes chess in education, a mission that is a centerpiece of Kasparov’s FIDE campaign.
In his address Garry spoke of his vision for FIDE and the chess world:
Ismail Ahmad (Committee), Gregory Lau ( Assistant Secretary)
Ignatius Leong (FIDE Secretary) with New Committee MCF
Tengku Ahmad Badli Shah (Deputy President MCF)
Juita Hanum Ramli (Honarary Treasurer MCF)