I am greatly encouraged byJonathan Rogers wrote:it seems that Karpov is a somewhat underwhelming candidate in some senses - but that is still no good reason for the ECF to be neutral, assuming that Kirsan will be his opponent.
For myself, I'd like the principal behind the murder of Larissa Yudina to appear before a properly constituted court, he should also be charged with peculation on a vast scale.Philosophically speaking I believe the above is a much sounder approach to finances and raising funds than the current methods employed by FIDE. The current FIDE philosophy of implementing new rules with financial penalties and turning profits on official FIDE events at the expense of national federations is not the proper way to support FIDE programs.
In yesterday's FT there was a survey on Russia which mentioned that the funds sent to Moscow's satrapies have fallen as a consequence of the global economic crisis. There is also a rethink going on as to the wisdom of supporting the assorted ruffians who occupy positions of local power. It is possible that Ilyumzhinov may not be quite so generous to his supporters. In other words, Karpov's challenge is well timed.
A momentum built up in support of Karpov may garner him extra votes from those looking to curry favour. This turns on its head the argument made at one ECF meeting, some time ago, by a certain person that the President of Kalmykia should be supported as he was going to win anyway. The time for an ECF statement committing to a vote for Karpov is now.