Ilyumzhinov Plays Chess Amongst Gaddafi

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov shakes hands amongst Gaddafi on 12 June 2011

Not for the showtime time, FIDE (World Chess Federation) President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov causes chessplayers worldwide to cringe amongst embarrassment every bit he meets Colonel Muammar Gaddafi inwards Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya on 12 June 2011. 

There is no yell for inwards going into farther exceptional hither every bit the earth media has already got its teeth into the story. In my view, the most consummate written report of yesterday's events as well as their background appears on the fantabulous 'Chess inwards Translation' website. Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 few observations: the full general media directly routinely refers to Ilyumzhinov every bit the 'Russian eccentric', linking the to a higher house storey to the FIDE president's much-publicised trouble concern human relationship of his coming together amongst extra-terrestrials a few years agone as well as maybe adding that he visited Saddam Hussain non long earlier the Republic of Iraq war. Of course of education it has been argued that Ilyumzhinov is far worse than 'eccentric' but this description is damaging plenty from the yell for of sentiment of competitive chess.

So, was this a populace relations disaster from Ilyumzhinov's yell for of sentiment amongst regard to his hopes of beingness elected FIDE president inwards 3 years' time? I'm guessing, likely not. FIDE plant inwards much the same agency every bit the earth football game federation FIFA, whose notorious president Sepp Blatter tin forcefulness out instruct away amongst all mode of idiotic nonsense without it affecting his electability. Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 lot of international sports federation are what 1 mightiness term DINOs - "democratic inwards advert only". The heads of these organisations don't receive got to worry every bit good much close the sensibilities of the people who are involved inwards the activeness at grass roots degree every bit it is all every bit good tardily for the voting members at national federation degree to last bribed or corralled inwards unopen to manner.

I suppose it tin forcefulness out last argued that this doesn't affair quite then much inwards the earth of football, where the sponsorship as well as TV coin continues to curl inwards despite the grubby internal politics, but it is hugely damaging to chess since it is much harder to attract sponsorship from Western European or North American sources amongst the Russian eccentric at the helm. As a result, major chess events volition maintain to last held inwards obscure or dubious parts of the earth where Ilyumzhinov is to a greater extent than able to strike upwards a human relationship amongst other politicos whose dubious modus operandi resembles his own. Here's simply 1 example.

The written report which I've linked to to a higher house reports that Ilyumzhinov is planning an international chess tournament inwards Tripoli, starting 1 October. You've heard of Chess Boxing, directly Ilyumzhinov brings us Chess Bombing: international chess amongst the added frisson of beingness blown to smithereens during play. And tin forcefulness out you lot imagine the scene inwards Tripoli every bit those chess grandmasters brave or foolhardy plenty to accept business office instruct inwards to consider a large banner reading "Welcome, Hostages!"?

Incidentally, whatsoever full general media people reading this spider web log should non confuse 'chess bombing' amongst 'Armageddon chess', which sounds like but is truly a chess aberration of an exclusively dissimilar (but thankfully non-violent) kind. And a chess tournament played inwards the epicentre of war-torn Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya would last aught novel for battle-hardened grandmasters every bit they receive got been called upon to play major events inwards state of war zones several times during the Ilyumzhinov presidency. Even Garry Kasparov was obliged to dodge a few bullets from fourth dimension to fourth dimension during his career every bit earth champion. Who says it doesn't accept courage to play chess?

Later: Another interesting link reveals that Kirsan Ilyumzhinov truly has a 'Planet Kirsan' named later him. It's to a greater extent than of an asteroid, I imagine, as well as lies betwixt Jupiter as well as Mars. "So that if anything happens, I tell everyone, I’ll receive got somewhere to run." (He has a feel of sense of humour of sorts). Maybe he is trying to involvement Gaddafi inwards a fourth dimension share.

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