Paul Cooksey wrote:Cynic that I am, I've always assumed Russia rules FIDE, and given the small nations credit for finding away to benefit from the situation.
The general impression we have of voting rights in FIDE is this:-
The FIDE membership cost containing a minimum annual amount can be onerous to the smaller federation. Even Guernsey have been known to complain about it. At the same time, a country needs to join FIDE in order to run, for example, an internationally rated national championship.
As a consequence, the smaller federation can be grateful for any financial assistance it might receive. Whether this in any way affects its vote for the Presidential slate is a matter of speculation.
As regards zero time defaults, the FIDE President was strongly in favour. If the ECF delegate voted in favour in 2008, that's news, but he was thrown out of office not long after.
After a long period of conservatism, English events are now finally adopting incremental move rates. These have the advantage or disadvantage of removing the dramatic spectacle of clock bashing and arbiters cogitating over 10.2 claims.
The FIDE president is also on record as wishing to reduce all chess to the sort of G/75 or G/90 thrash that many of us spend our evenings indulging with. A more leisurely pace at the weekend or in tournaments is to be welcomed, not abolished on the fiat of FIDE.
What's his next initiative going to be? Insisting that we cannot agree drawn positions as drawn perhaps?