FIDE pres­i­dency hope­fuls seek sup­port of Arab Chess Fed­er­a­tion

The Gulf Today - - SPORT - BY A STAFF RE­PORTER

SHAR­JAH: The World Chess Fed­er­a­tion (FIDE) presidential can­di­dates lunched their cam­paign from the UAE.

The elec­tions to se­lect new pres­i­dent will be held in Ba­tumi in Ge­or­gia on Oct. 3. The elec­tions, co­in­cid­ing with the 89th FIDE Congress, will take place on the side­lines of the Chess Olympiad from Sept.26-oct.6.

Three can­di­dates fight­ing for the FIDE post in­tro­duced their fu­ture plans.

The bat­tle so far, is a three-horse race be­tween Arkady Dvorkovich, Ge­or­gios Makropou­los and Nigel Short.

Ear­lier, Short took part in the re­cently held Abu Dhabi In­ter­na­tional Chess Fes­ti­val.

The pres­ence of the three can­di­dates, all at the same time in the UAE, con­firms be­yond doubt the po­si­tion of the Arabs and the Arab Chess Fed­er­a­tion, as also their role in in­flu­enc­ing ma­jor sport­ing events, more so with the head­quar­ters and the pres­i­dency of the Asian and Arab Chess Fed­er­a­tions lo­cated in the UAE.

Sheikh Saud Bin Ab­dul Aziz Al Mualla, Chair­man of the Arab Chess Fed­er­a­tion and Chair­man of the Shar­jah Chess Club, met with Greek can­di­date Makropou­los in the pres­ence of Sami Khader Al Sa­farini, first Vice-pres­i­dent of the Arab Chess Fed­er­a­tion, Hus­sein Al Shamsi, Sec­re­tary-gen­eral and Talal Al Zaabi, Chair­man of the Strate­gic Plan­ning Com­mit­tee of the Arab Chess Fed­er­a­tion.

Dur­ing the meet­ing Macro­copou­los high­lighted his plans to de­velop chess in the world. Also on the agenda was how the Arab play­ers and fed­er­a­tions un­der the um­brella of the Arab Chess Fed­er­a­tion would gain in the event the can­di­date from Greece bagged the pres­i­dency.

A sim­i­lar meet­ing with Dvorkovich too, Sheikh Saud said, it was very pos­i­tive meet­ing.

The Rus­sian can­di­date Dvorkovich pre­sented his elec­tion pro­gramme and what he in­tends to im­ple­ment dur­ing the next four years if he wins the pres­i­dency.

He high­lighted the role of the Arab Chess Fed­er­a­tion in or­gan­is­ing FIDE events and cham­pi­onships, which he stressed, would lead to devel­op­ment of both play­ers and chess in the Arab world.

Dvorkovich said he has plans in the next four years to in­crease the bud­get of FIDE by at­tract­ing spon­sors and big in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies to de­velop and sup­port chess in the world.

FIDE presidential can­di­dates Arkady Dvorkovich (above) and Ge­or­gios Makropou­los seen dur­ing a meet­ing with Arab Chess Fed­er­a­tion of­fi­cials at the Shar­jah Chess Club.

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