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Checkmate of Arkady Dvorkovich

The former Deputy Prime Minister is elected the new president of the International chess federation. He has bypassed the rival of the vice-president of FIDE Georgios Makropulos. How Dvorkovich managed it and why this victory is so important? Arkady Dvorkovich. Photo: Mikhail Mettsel / TASS Arkady Dvorkovich not the beginner in the chess world. There still remember his father Vladimir Dvorkovich who was the international chess arbitrator. The former Russian Deputy Prime Minister headed the supervisory board of the Russian chess Federation. Now Dvorkovich is a cochairman of Skolkovo Foundation. Before elections of the new head of FIDE his positions weren't unambiguous at all. His main opponent Greek Georgios Makropulos long time was the right hand of the president of federation, has begun to prepare for elections at least in a year, the administrative resource was on his party. Dvorkovich on preparation had three months. The victory of the Russian candidate of Business FM was commented by his predecessor Kirsan Ilyumzhinov:kirsan Ilyumzhinov the acting president of the International chess federation "On the one hand, Makropulos worked with me, 21 years were the first vice-president, he needed just to change team, and the same old people remained. And Dvorkovich has changed, there were fresh, new ideas. And Dvorkovich [has] fact that Makropulos has seen off together with me — promotion, development of chess also. Just Dvorkovich is slightly fresher, is newer, younger therefore it is great that new, fresh blood has come to world chess". Ilyumzhinov headed federation since 1995. Sport-Express among his merits remembers how there was Garry Kasparov and Nigel Short's demarche who have announced creation of Professional chess association and have refused to work with FIDE. Ilyumzhinov with the team has overcome this crisis. At Ilyumzhinov the International Olympic Committee recognized FIDE as the organization, anti-doping rules have been introduced there. In an interview to "Snob" Ilyumzhinov has told how he at very early age participated in a city tournament where the beer box was an award. When he has won all parties and has tried to drag off home a prize, organizers have strictly told: "To you still early to drink!" have also presented a bottle of lemonade and a dry biscuit for eight kopeks. Ilyumzhinov has seriously taken offense then he was given still a lemonade bottle. So he has understood that chess brings not only recognition. Whether Dvorkovich will be so effective on a post of the head of FIDE as Ilyumzhinov, it isn't clear so far. The authority, in any case, at him high, the head of Chess at School fund Nikita Kim: — FIDE — the third federation in the world over the number of the countries which enter her says. On the first place — track and field athletics, on the second — FIFA, on the third — FIDE. Respectively, the president of FIDE — an important international figure. When the president of FIDE arrives to some country, the Minister of Education, the Minister of Sport and most often the prime minister of the country meet him. — What attitude towards Dvorkovich in the chess world? — He is an authoritative person, he is known as the organizer of large tournaments. It is impossible to forget that in Russia only three presidents of international



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