The FIDE Presidential Elections in 20 Tweets

Big day in Tromsø: the FIDE Presidential elections were held today during the General Assembly at Tromsø University.

Many tweets were send from the hall. It was not allowed to film and without a livestream, Twitter became the  most important source of information. You can find an excellent report of the presidential elections by eyewitness Peter Doggers on chess.com. In case you did not have the time to follow and sort all the tweets, here is an overview of the presidential election in 20 tweets!

1. @Mathiasjo: “The letter censoring the press at the FIDE congress, signed exec. dir. Nigel Freeman.”

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2. @chessnotes: “Hard to predict, but “sources” indicate Ilyumzhinov wins close “rigged” election, result which will be legally challenged by Kasparov.”

3. @telegraphchess:“If you thought FIDE could not more eastward think again perhaps we should be grateful it’s not heading into space”.

4. @gmastrokoukos: “llyumzhinov and Makro crush Nigel Short’s hilarious claims regarding AGON. Huge long applause for Kirsan by whole audience.

5. @TarjeiJS: “Oh. My. God. Can’t believe what I am hearing and seeing. Kindergarten.”

6. @chess24com: “Kasparov promises 10 Million USD from Rex Sinquefield into the FIDE budget tomorrow if he will be elected”.

7. @telegraphchess: “Kirsan thx Rex Sinquefield for offering 10million and declares he offers 20million +offers $100k to Kasparov Chess Foundation #thisisajoke“.

8. @MarkTWIC: “Was already thinking during Kasparov’s speech and now doubled by Kirsan “Sunshine, lollipops and rainbows everything that’s wonderful”.

9. @vishalsareen: “Thunderous Applause for Kirsan means he has majority. Garry said 10 Million Kirsan says 20 million… Qui benefits?”

10. @jonathan_rowson: “Sounds like Kirsan will be re-elected. Disaster for chess .4 more years as a Cinderella sport.”

11. @MadsStostad: “Kasparov: Jeg gir FIDE 10 millioner i morgen! Kirsan: Jeg gir 20 millioner – i dag!”

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12. @ecfchess: “Ilyumzhinov 110-61 Kasparov. Nothing more to say.”

13. @chessninja: “Well, I was out of clean underwear anyway.”

14. @bror: “Show us the money, Ilymzhinov! But most important of all; show us change! And openness! And transparency!”

15. @ejhchess:“Kirsan is without question a crook, a liar and worse, but I can muster no sympathy for the Kasparov campaign with their bullying and bribes”.

16. @dgriffinchess:Could it be that people still associate Kasparov (& Short) with chaos that followed 1993 privatisation of World Championship?”

17. @chessnotes: “Eventually, chess players will realize that FIDE can’t be reformed, that it is utterly corrupt, and that a new organization must be formed.”

18. @davidlettington: “Appalling interview with Ilyumzhinov – his promised funds already disappearing. Appears to have plucked $20m figure from air”.

19. @OdionAikhoje: “Congrats on your reelection! It’s time to take Chess to greater heights!”

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20. @chessbookreview: “A sad day for chess.”

Bonus tweet: @Jonathan_Rowson:Thoughts go out to the eye witnesses of another sad and torturous FIDE Election”

 

 

The Olympiad in Tweets – Round 9

Anyone for a game of chess today? Well, it seems that the events on the board will be overshadowed by the FIDE Elections. How would you describe it, @Jonathan_Rowson? : “In a large room in the northern tip of Europe, Superman battles aliens for control of (chess on) planet earth.”

@bennedik: “If you aren’t disgusted enough by politics, here comes chess politics. So sad.”

Bad start of the day in Tromsø. @TarjeiJS: “Good thing there were no games (in the morning) today. There was a power outage in Tromsø, including the playing hall. Power back now”.

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@OlimpiuUrcan: “Power outage and UFO arrivals/sightings are often part of the same story in some quarters”. 

By the time you read this report, you probably know the outcome of the  FIDE elections, therefore I will not sort the hundreds of tweets about the elections here. I have selected I number of tweets and created a storyline in the article “The FIDE Presidential Elections in 20Tweets”. 

Round 9

Without further ado, let’s  concentrate on more pleasant things- the games of 9th round of the Chess Olympiad. Why? @2700chess: “9 out of 10 (!) top world chess players are in action today at the Olympiad”. @Megalovic:“R9 highest combined Elo Topalov-Domiguez 5532 Carlsen-Solak 5509 Nakamura-Naiditsch 5496 Gelfand-Leko 5493 Navara-MVL 5484”. 

Great battles ahead today, better watch the games, @PattyLlanaza:“Trying to keep my eyes off Twitter & the Fide Elections and watch the  games. No disrespect to the players, but it’s tough.”

@chessdom: “A LOT of interesting games in the lower matches today, with multiple 2700+”. 

With the lower matches, you mean the Russian men? What do you think Colin Crouch? @ColCrouch: “Board 1 – Ukraine Board 11 – Russia”. @TarjeiJS: “Can’t find the Russian team on any of the top boards. Where are they? Too much scrolling. Oh, there they are!”

Yeah, the Russians are doing fine. @TarjeiJS: “Sensation of the day: 15 y/o IM Aryan Tari draws Russian Ian Nepomniachtchi.”

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@ginger_fm“Looks like my old friend, Torbjorn Hansen’ has a great chance of beating Karjakin with Black! Go Torb’s!”. @EinarGausel: “Norway 2 scores three draws vs RUS. Urkedal probably getting gift wrapped by Grischuk, but still a great result”. 

What happened on the top board? @PoisonedPwnPress: “China-Ukraine all draws. Tournament could be even tighter going into the last 2 rounds “.

How is the world champ doing today? @ejhchess: “Looking at Carlsen’s game and speaking no doubt too soon, what games have been lost in Olympiads by reigning world champions?”@EinarGausel: “Carlsen seems to be in serious trouble with white vs Solak. The latter running low on time, though”. @TarjeiJS:” Oh my. Computers going up and down like a yo-yo. Carlsen was lost, but is now winning.”

Women’s section

Let’s have a look at the women’s section: Anything spectacular going on, Claudia Munoz? @chesscampeona: “I am watching the Montenegro women about to beat the American women, of course, barring a miracle. Shocked”. Boris Smolik @nvmea is watching the Russian women playing Armenia: “Massive blunder from Lagno? Russia in trouble.” , and added later : “I absolutely fail to understand Mrktchian’s last moves. Is Gunina gonna win another bad position? Incredible”. 

If you want to have a laugh, follow this account of this Russian geek: @BorisAAO, with tweets like : “Danielian ARM: RUS Lagno.31. SYMMETRICAL BALANCE OF FORCE. =(DEVELOPMENT MOBILITY SPACE). ISOLATED: b4/a6d4. GAME =. WHITE +/=”

Thanks for the explanation!

@pogonina: “Yet another very tense match.  We barely defeated Armenia 2.5-1.5. But a win is a win!”

Back to the open section: how is our topscorer doing today? @MarkTWIC: “Sam Shankland will almost certainly lose his 100% record as he is black against Nisipeanu. But a draw will be fine anyway” @chessnotes: “7.5/8 is pretty spectacular, at any level.”

The St Louis Chess Club is proud,  tweets and adds a great hashtag: @CCSCSL: “@GMShanky remains undefeated after making a good draw against GM Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu! GER-USA ends 2.0-2.0 #ShanksForTheMemories“.

That is enough for today, you just want to close Twitter and switch off the computer when you see tweets like: @ChessVibes: “Meanwhile, Zurab Azmaiparashvili defeated Silvio Danailov 33-18 to become the new President of the European Chess Union.”

Any important news for Round 10 on Tuesday?

@Tromso2014: “Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg will make the first move of R10 of the Chess Olympiad.”

And another bigmatch coming up: @chess24com:“Ukraine-Russia in the women’s event is the match to watch in tomorrow’s Chess Olympiad”

One final tweet for today: @backranktristan: “FIDE unveils new logo”

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