Опубликовано 29/05/06 в 01:55:26 GMT+02:00 EuRuChess
This is not a statement of support, especially when the famous chess observer Yuriy Vasiliev considers all so called statements of support as nonsense. Really, it’s very hard to imagine “Ronaldinho would write a letter to support some football satrap” like Judit Polgar writing a letter of support to Kok’s company or Vassily Ivanchuk sitting at the writing desk to support Kirsan.
This is only an attempt to list pluses and minuses of both rival teams to possess a power over chess world.
1. Kirsan and his brothers-in-arms
We know that Medias represent Kirsan as a controversial figure in chess and politics, but every chess-player knows that His Excellency made chess much more accessible and let grandmasters earn for living in knockout world championships. Erstwhile they told FIDE titles devalued but then turned out new grandmaster growth not worse than the former grandees. Some consequence of this Kirsan’s chess boom is not isolated cases of official title falsification and non-existing tournaments. Likely that’s a minus for FIDE that their ‘life ban’ Communiquй of 15 May 2005 is not in real use and stays declarative, especially when there are proven cases of falsification, e.g. in Estonian Chess Federation: 12
Probably, just a few chess-players know some kind of chess revolution Kirsan made at the end of 2003. Yes, we know it here in Estonia as it directly concerns Russian chess-players in this country. Kirsan made very simple thing for chess and our motto GENS UNA SUMUS and very hard thing in politics – he deleted in its entirety the notion of citizenship for chess! If you don’t believe it, please go and see. Yes, we, Russian players living in Estonia, may take exception to the FIDE non-intervention or that FIDE includes Estonian Chess Federation as an applicant to hold Olympiads in situation when ECF prohibits own chess-players to participate in official international events, even individual. But, perhaps, we ourselves deserve such fate and shall stay for our main rights more strong?
2. Kok and his team
We really hope as chess-players we don’t need to investigate pre-election sites of both rivals. The main things must be in the limelight. We know two such things listed above about Kirsan, and what do we know about the Kok’s company?
2.1. Bessel Kok Inventor of the S.W.I.F.T. bank code. Almost everybody who wires some money thru bank uses this system. It’s really great for a man to be the inventor of such conventional bank feature.
2.2. Ali Nihat Yazici We know many official FIDE events were held in Turkey from where this man is, and there was and there still is a problem with the Turkish obligation to stay in prescribed hotels. For example, the main deal of the Association of Chess Professional was to eliminate this obligation, to becoming some kind of trade-union for chess-players. When they lost this fight versus Turkish organizers (as you know in European championships 2006 in Kusadasi the ‘gold rule’ was in full play), the ACP leaders, former and current, started to supporting the Kok-Yazici association. Frankly speaking, such things cannot be normally understood. Returning to Kusadasi, yet in January 2006 it was announced the bird flu quarantine in this town but Turkish organizers didn’t say a word to comfort players before European men’s and women’s championships.
2.3. Leo Battesti If this chess figure isn’t very known for you then you should visit at last the Right Move site. “Political prisoner from 1978 to 1981, following his commitment to the nationalistic movement. […] Vice-President of French Chess Federation…” It is no wonder that. Do you know that to play in French national championships you should be a citizen of France?! Do you know another like national federation?
Looking at the Kok’s future one would imagine some kind of chess G.U.L.A.G.: you should be a right citizen, you should live in a prescribed Turkish hotel and even to wire a tribute you should use the S.W.I.F.T.! But then who are the real democrats in chess? Kok’s team-mates or Kirsan who has opened chess for all? That’s a question.