Friday, July 15, 2005

Karpov eyes FIDE president's post, seeks unification of world titles

Moscow: Backed by the European Chess Union (ECU), former world chess champion Anatoly Karpov exuded confidence of becoming the next FIDE president and said unification of the world titles would top his agenda if he succeeds in upstaging incumbent Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.Unleashing a vehement attack on Ilyumzhinov, who is also the President of the Republic of Kalmykia, Karpov said ''...even a dickhead would do a better job than Ilyumzhinov. The situation can not become worse anymore, so it would be rather easy to improve in the beginning.'' ''The chaos in the chess world is caused by these 'leaders' who are unable to do their job properly. The priority must be the unification of the world titles to straighten things out. But we should not wait that long anymore to change the situation, because we are running out of time,'' he said in an interview.Describing controversial former All India Chess Federation Secretary P T Umer Koya as a ''convicted'' man, Karpov said Ilyumzhinov and his associates should be shown the door.''At the moment it is more than clear for everybody that Ilyumzhinov must go as soon as possible. But not only he should pack his bags, also the rest of his gang, who are plundering FIDE. The problem is that you never can tell if these FIDE officials are telling the truth or are lying in your face again. Of course, the latter is mostly the case. It is far more difficult to catch them telling the truth.''



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