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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).

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