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Key People at the Dresden Chess Olympiad

The Chess Olympiad is organized by the host nation, which is selected by FIDE, the World Chess Federation. FIDE President is Kirsan Ilyumzhinov of Russia. FIDE’s operations are run by Georgios Makropoulos of Greece. The chief arbiter of the Dresden Olympiad is Ignatius Leong of Singapore, who is also FIDE’s general secretary. The chairman of the Dresden Chess Olympiad organizing committee is Dirk Jordan, and the chief tournament organizer is Horst Metzing, who is also the European Chess Union general secretary.

Ilyumzhinov   Makropoulos
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

   Georgios Makropoulos

Leong  
Jordan
Ignatius Leong
  Dirk Jordan


Chess, Dresden and Russia

Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, Prime Minister of Russia appointed Kirsan Nikolayevich Ilyumzhinov (FIDE President) as the president of the Russian republic of Kalmykia. Putin graduated from the International Law branch of the Law Department of the Leningrad State University in 1975. Thereafter he was recruited into the KGB and became a member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. From 1985 to 1990 the KGB stationed Putin in Dresden, East Germany. It appears that high level politicians in Russia are interested in chess. For example Alexander Dmitrievich Zhukov, President of the Russian Chess Federation is also a Deputy Prime Minister of Russia. Reportedly, Vladimir Putin took a great interest in the world championship match between Vladimir Kramnik and Veselin Topalov held in Kalmykia.


Players, Guests and Sales at the Dresden Chess Olympiad

Vladimir Borisovich Kramnik is playing at the Chess Olympiad, while Anatoly Yevgenyevich Karpov is a special VIP guest. Both are former world chess champions. Vladimir Kramnik is a spokesperson of the company which produced electronic chess boards and digital clocks for the Chess Olympiad (DGT). In the photo below we can see Frederic Friedel (Chessbase) and Albert Vasse (DGT) at the Dresden Chess Olympiad booth, selling the chess products.

 

Kramnik
   Karpov
Vladimir Kramnik
   Anatoly Karpov

 


Albert Vasse and Frederic Friedel


Besides Karpov and Kramnik there are also a number of other former FIDE world chess champions present at the Chess Olympiad, including Boris Vasilievich Spassky, Alexander Valeryevich Khalifman, Alexandra Kostantinovna Kosteniuk, Nona Gaprindashvili, Maia Chiburdanidze, Susan Polgar, Antoaneta Stefanova, Veselin Topalov and Rustam Kasimdzhanov.


About FIDE

The World Chess Federation (Fédération Internationale des Échecs, known as FIDE), was founded in Paris on the 20th day of July 1924. It is responsible for organizing the world chess championships. Its members are chess federations.


FIDE Presidents

Year

Country

6

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov > 13 yrs

1995 – present

Russia

5

Florencio Campomanes-13yrs

1982-1995

Philippines

4

Fridrik Olafsson - 4 yrs

1978-1982

Island

3

Max Euwe - 8 yrs

1970-1978

Netherlands

2

Folke Rogard - 21 yrs

1949-1970

Sweden

1

Alexander Rueb - 25 yrs

1924-1949

Netherlands


In Russia, the transformation of the game into modern chess emerged in the 17th century, much later than in Spain, Italy, France, Germany and UK. Read more about the Chess Queen. Dominance of the Russian chess players started shortly after FIDE was established. Read more about the World Chess Champions.


References

http://www.fide.com

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirsan_Ilyumzhinov

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Putin

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2006/oct/29/chess.features

http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=3553

 
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