FIDE confirmed Presidential Tickets of Makropoulous & Dvorkovich

The FIDE chess election will take place in Batumi during the 2018 Chess Olympiad

Within the specified deadline of 3 July 2018, 17:00 (Athens time), FIDE received the paperwork for 3 Presidential Tickets, which includes the teams of Arkady Dvorkovich and Georgios Makropoulos. These are both very formidable teams and the only ones with practical chances to win.

a) Nominated by 13 National Federations, the Presidential Ticket of Arkady Dvorkovich:

Arkady Dvorkovich – President

GM Bachar Kouatly – Deputy President

Sewa Enyonam Fumey – General Secretary

Mahir Mammedov – Vice President

GM Julio Granda Zuniga – Vice President

GM Zhu Chen – Treasurer

The National Federations which nominate Arkady Dvorkovich’s ticket, alphabetically by continent:

Africa (4):

Ghana

Sudan

Togo

Tunisia

Americas (1):

Nicaragua

Asia (3):

Iraq

Mongolia

Qatar

Europe (5):

Azerbaijan

Belarus

France

Moldova

Russia

b) Nominated by 64 National Federations, the Presidential Ticket of Georgios Makropoulos:

IM Georgios Makropoulos – President

IM Malcolm Pein – Deputy President

Sundar Damal Villivalam – General Secretary

IM Martha Fierro – Vice President

Chitalu Chilufya – Vice President

Adrian M. Siegel – Treasurer

The National Federations which nominate Georgios Makropoulos’ ticket, alphabetically by continent:

Africa (12):

Algeria

Comoros Islands

Congo

Egypt

Gabon

Lesotho

Liberia

Madagascar

Mauritania

Senegal

Swaziland

Zambia

Americas (22):

Argentina

Aruba

Barbados

Bolivia

Canada

Chile

Colombia

Costa Rica

Dominican Republic

Ecuador

El Salvador

Guatemala

Guyana

Honduras

Mexico

Netherlands Antilles

Panama

Paraguay

Peru

Suriname

Uruguay

US Virgin Islands

Asia (12):

Bangladesh

Guam

Hong Kong

India

Laos

Maldives

Nauru

Nepal

Pakistan

Philippines

Solomon Islands

Timor-Leste

Europe (18):

Andorra

Cyprus

Former Yug. Rep. of Macedonia

Georgia

Germany

Greece

Guernsey

Kosovo

Liechtenstein

Malta

Monaco

Montenegro

Romania

San Marino

Scotland

Serbia

Spain

Switzerland

For information:

The Secretariat has received the following candidates for Continental Presidential elections 2018 (by Continent alphabetically) by the deadline (midnight):

Africa:

a) Essis Essoh (Ivory Coast)

b) Lewis Ncube (Zambia)

c) Tshepo Sitale (Botswana)

Americas:

Jorge Vega (Guatemala)

Asia:

a) Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifah Al Nahyan (UAE)

b) Ignatius Leong (SIN) – (this candidature was sent and received nearly an hour later the announced deadline and included only three signed nominations. In accordance with FIDE Electoral Rules and Chapter 6 of FIDE Statutes, its acceptance and regularity is under review by the Chairman of the Electoral Commission, taking into account the specific rules of the Asian Continental Association, if applicable).

Letter to Chairman of Electoral Commission from Asian Chess Federation regarding Asian Chess Federation tickets

Europe:

Zurab Azmaiparashvili (Georgia)

As mentioned above, FIDE also did receive the paperwork of a 3rd ticket. However, the general consensus is that ticket has absolutely no chance to win. In addition, the head of this ticket had repeatedly insulted and demean women in chess. Therefore, it would be highly inappropriate to promote such a sexist individual.

Here are some of the comments about the head of the 3rd ticket:

-Malcolm Pein on ChessBase.com:"I don’t see "him" as a great leadership candidate. He’s deficient in many respects."

-Colin McGourty on Chess24.com:"Diplomacy isn’t "his" strong suit: Diplomacy is obviously a useful skill for a role involving balancing the interests of almost 200 countries, but "he", like Garry Kasparov before him, is much better known for speaking his mind. Most infamously, his obituary for Tony Miles included the detail that he slept with the deceased’s girlfriend, while more recently he was at the centre of a media furor over comments about female players and chess."

-Malcolm Pein on Chess.com:"He has a lack of experience in crucial areas such as organizing and in, let's say, political affairs. He also lacks diplomacy, as you can see from his writings. For example, I was very unhappy with what he wrote about women and he got a lot of 'feedback' in the mainstream media. In the era of #MeToo, the Twitter 'mob' and the very welcome developing momentum for women's equality and rights, it's a risk for an organization to have him at its head."

- Malcolm Pein on www.chess.co.uk:" Nigel and I disagree on one thing of great importance to English chess and that is the plan for a world championship match in London. Nigel is on the record as being against it. I see it as potentially a great opportunity for English chess, if organised properly. The board of the English Chess Federation also sees a Carlsen-Caruana match as an opportunity to promote the game here and I don’t see how the ECF can vote for anyone who is against having the WCC match in London.

I also feel that for all Nigel’s great exploits over the board, he is entirely unsuited for a leadership role. To put it mildly, he lacks diplomacy, as you can see from his writings in which he has laid into all kinds of groups, people, even countries. Short also went viral for all the wrong reasons with his comments on the differences between men and women. This led to him complaining that he had been turned into a “misogynist pantomime villain” and I fear he was right.

I don’t see how we can credibly try to encourage more women to play with Nigel at the helm of the game’s governing body. It would be like putting the CEO of Philip Morris in charge of the World Health Organisation. In the political arena one sometimes has to let bygones be bygones and make compromises; Nigel too often seems to hold a grudge. His notorious stab in the back of Tony Miles after England’s first grandmaster had passed away still makes me shudder whenever I think of it."

Other members of the 3rd ticket are capable individuals. Here are their names:

Lukasz Marek Turlej – Deputy President

Ruth Haring – General Secretary

Olalekan Adeyemi – Vice President

Paul Spiller – Vice President

Panu Laine – Treasurer

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