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Putin's man takes it to Lausanne

chess needs to become more visible again. Arkadi asked Dvorkovich recently during a visit in Switzerland. The 47-Year-old really trying to visibility: of chess.

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Putin's man takes it to Lausanne

chess needs to become more visible again. Arkadi asked Dvorkovich recently during a visit in Switzerland. The 47-Year-old really trying to visibility: of chess. And of his own. Since he was elected last fall to the President of the world schachbunds Fide, Dvorkovich at the big tournaments, smiles into the cameras, commented in Russian, English, German. Prefer to the President of chess would put it on a par with his second favorite sport – football.

Therefore, it attracts the Russians in Switzerland. Formally, Fide (Fédération Internationale des Échecs) has its headquarters since its founding in 1924, in Lausanne, Switzerland. Practically, the organization has been led so far by the Secretariat in Athens. Now Dvorkovich also laid the operational part in Switzerland, a spokesman of Fide, confirmed that Since 1. April has the head office officially in Lausanne, the "Maison du Sport international". The Move, while not yet completed, but President Dvorkovich will visit Lausanne, "whenever necessary".

Dvorkovich has in the chess world, though he has a good reputation. But he is also a representative of the authoritarian system of President Vladimir Putin . A pretty important representative. For four years, studied Economics and was a scientist, Advisor to the Russian President, after six years as Deputy Prime Minister in the Russian government. In this role he performed last year in Davos.

Maybe wanted to leave the Russians as quickly as possible the scandals Dworkowitschs predecessor forget.

at times, he was traded for one of the most important Post of the country – for the management of the Russian railway. Instead, he was entrusted with the Organisation of the football world Cup.

The choice of native Muscovite to the Fide President means well by no means his farewell to the policy. Chess in Russia is highly political. Last week, the "Financial Times" reported on the tremendous efforts that took place in Moscow in the past year, in order to bring the candidates to the top of the world schachbunds. For diplomats, banks and the group Manager to be used have been promised a lot of money and political pressure threatened.

Maybe the Russians wanted to but also as quickly as possible the scandals Dworkowitschs predecessor. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, also a Russian citizen, was 13 years at the helm of Fide, and was not only due to its claim that he was abducted by aliens. Ilyumzhinov did business with Syria's dictator, Bashar al-Assad, what it the United States put on their sanctions list, and the Swiss Bank account of Fide was locked. As Fide-President of the native Kalmücke had to resign.

The election of his successor is not without intrigue: the British candidate said, surprisingly, in the midst of his speech, his withdrawal and his support for Minister Arkady Dvorkovich. The new President promises a new era: The world chess Federation is to be cleaned of corruption – and only the Royal game.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 11.04.2019, 18:54 PM

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