Sunday, August 17, 2014

FIDE election analysis


FIDE Presidential Election Analysis

The Kasparov campaign team was very optimistic about their chances prior to the FIDE Presidential election. He had plenty of financial support for a powerful global campaign. Kasparov himself and his teams traveled across the globe to spread his message.

Banners, signs, billboards, and flags of Kasparov 2014 were all over the entire city of Tromsø. The election was held in Norway, which supported Kasparov. Things looked real good. But at the end, he lost by a huge margin of 110-61. In addition, all his candidates in other elections (VPs and Continentals) also were soundly defeated.

The question is why did the delegates soundly reject the former World Champion and his entire slate? Even countries which supported Karpov and were traditionally anti-FIDE voted against him. Why did he get even lower numbers than other candidates in previous election after spending so much more money and time to campaign? What went wrong? What have we learned from this?

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Because he chose a team which has a bad track record and horrendous reputation. This was a blunder.

Anonymous said...

The simple answer would be he's an unsightly and obtrusive person.

Anonymous said...

Bad choices of candidates. Pichay had no chance. Neither did Danailov.

Anonymous said...

A combination of reasons:

Some doubt his motives...chess or a public stage to push his other political ambitions in Russia.

A team that was not known for chess.

Not buying votes.

Muck raking by his supporters, lowered themselves to wrestling in the mud

Anonymous said...

Wrong to say bad choices. Even Pichay( PHI) and Danailov have their own chess programmes at their respective places. They also part of chess development . Kasparov can't fight single handedly. That's why he toured over the countries and got some supports. But, here the establishment of FIDE had its way catching its affiliates. Many know it is an uphill task for Kasparov's team. Whatever said and done Kasparov was not treated well in recent years by the FIDE because as a citizen he voiced his protests against his political establishment. It would have been more dynamic and fantastic had FIDE ( Kirsan Ilyumzhinov)vacated the seated and laid a red carpet fo Garry. In fact every chess person/ body's whole idea is develop champions. Here one single man with an unsurpassed record of 6-time world champ title knocked Presidents held the post for several years without opposition. But running a world wide chess body for 19 years and still clinging to it is not at all digestible. Finally Bravo to Karpov and let Ilyumzhinov continue as long as he wishes rather as wished by the goods train of Federations. At least this is the right time FIDE amend its election and other rules. Those principal office bearers holding the posts should seek two third majority. In fact in the Indian chess history very recently, Mr Bharat Singh ,Secretary,AICF had to vacate the post since he exceeded the duration of two terms of total six years. Let FIDE follows AICF and other similar federations. Amen

Anonymous said...

Because the current FIDE team does a decent job in ruling the organization, no need for a change, Kirsan is good.

Anonymous said...

Come on, Ignatius Leong? Really? This guy has switched sides so many times it's really not surprising there is distrust in Kasparov's team.

Anonymous said...

Even the devil will not align with danialov.. garry did and paid the price..

Anonymous said...

It's like voting in a country with a dictator or under communism: what's the point?

Anonymous said...

He was too agresive

Anonymous said...

I laugh at the notion that Kasparov didn't win because of the unlikable nature of him and his team. Are you guys aware of who the incumbents were in that election and what their reputations are like? I'm not even a Kasparov fan, but he's a shining knight compared to the cretin currently in power.

Kasparov didn't win because international chess, like the international olympic committee and far too many organizations, is rife with corruption. Payoffs and favors carry more weight than ideas or policies.

A handful of morally bankrupt parasites line their pockets while the greatest game ever invented suffers because of it. Follow the money kids, follow the money.

Anonymous said...

The Asian Rat Leong - Kasparov thought this rodent can deliver 20 votes, and paid dearly both in money and support.
Truth is, this rat is demised.
Zurab will start a defamation suit against the rodent in its home nest, while the local authorities in his homeland had enough and will take stern action to eradicate the vermin.

Ignacio Barros Barreto said...

Kasparov himself. Who wants an arrogant and self-centered person?

Anonymous said...

Pichay's mind, integrity and personality brought Kasparov done.

Anonymous said...

Kasparov is not exactly a likeable personality and he did not do anything in the campaign to improve his charisma. He should have kissed babies. His opponent at least sent out letters congratulating new mothers. And yes, he had co-candidates who were equally uncharismatic. In the end, the other team also had much more money.

The only way he could have possibly won was if he had convinced Susan Polgar to join his ticket.

Anonymous said...

National Chess Federation of the Philippines President Prospero Pichay has a chance program in the Philippines? You must fucking out of your mind! What program? Most of the top GM's and IM's including upcoming chess prodigies had packed or are already packing their bags and go in other countires & federation because there is no goddamn chess program in the Philippines ever since Pichay took over. The recent standing of Philipines in the Tromso Olympiad speaks the kind of "chess program" your claiming. You must be fucking taking drugs and high on it to say Pichay has a chess program in here. Im from the Philippines and THERE IS NO FUCKING chess program, the entire NCFP & chess here in Philippines is a MESS. Read Susan Bolgar blog so you will know. Jerk!

Anonymous said...

You must be from Kasparov Party, the loser party sourgraping lol FYI There is NO CHESS PROGRAM in the Philippines NOR CHESS DEVELOPMENT under NCFP President Pichay. Pichay is concern on stealing all chess funds given by the government to enrich himself. The guy is fucking corrupt just like team Kasparov, all or most of the people who run & lost under your team are CORRUPT.

Anonymous said...

And most of the people who run under Kasparov party are corrupt too! Case in point Pichay of the Philippines, DISMISSED from government service due to a Php 400 million ($ 8 million) anomaly and charged also for corruption. You dont say the other party is corrupt thats why Kasparov lost, Kasparov party is also full of corrupt and dirty candidates. The other party just outsmart Kasparov strategies because Kasparov runs his mouth more often and offended a lot of federation with his uncontrollable mouth. He made more enemies than friends.