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The Presidential Teams and the Future of FIDE

This election is not only about 19-year FIDE president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and 13th World Champion Garry Kasparov. It is about ideas and having a capable team that can turn those ideas into reality. Each candidate has a ticket that includes… [read more]

Open Letter to the Small Nations Federations, by Jan Callewaert

Dear Presidents and Members of the Small Nations Federations, It was an honour to have met many of you during the Nations Tournament in Monaco and some of you last week in Brussels with Garry Kasparov. These meetings were an… [read more]


The 2014 FIDE Election Campaign of the 19-year incumbent Kirsan Ilyumzhinov is certainly the dirtiest we’ve ever seen. His mudslinging and cheap shots are the acts of a desperate man doing desperate things. Why is Ilyumzhinov’s team playing so dirty?… [read more]

Ian Wilkinson, QC

(Jamaica) b.1965 An accomplished attorney, the dynamic president of the Jamaica Chess Federation since 2003 has focused on chess in education and commercial sponsorship during his mandate. Thousands of kids in Jamaica now participate in school chess programs and he has helped… [read more]

Jan Callewaert

(Belgium). Born 1956. Jan Callewaert is the co-founder and President of the Kasparov Chess Foundation Europe and a driving force behind the European Union’s endorsement for the “Chess in Education” program. An avid chess player, Jan is passionate about bringing… [read more]

Ignatius Leong

(Singapore). Born 1956. Awarded the titles of International Arbiter (1979), International Organiser (1995) and FIDE Senior Trainer (2004). President, Singapore Chess Federation (2007-2015) and Founding President, ASEAN Chess Confederation (2000-2015). FIDE Vice President (2002-2006), FIDE General Secretary (2005-2014). Currently the… [read more]

Afrika Msimang

(Republic of South Africa). Born 1969 President of the Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa. As a social activist and a policy analyst, Ms Afrika Msimang engages with industry, communities and government to ensure sustainable community development. She is zealous in her… [read more]

Rex Sinquefield

(USA). Born 1944 Rex was raised in an orphanage, Saint Vincent Home for Children in Saint Louis. He graduated from Saint Louis University with a business degree and a MBA from the University of Chicago. Rex formed Dimensional Fund Advisors… [read more]