Kirsan Ilyumzhinov Sets Up the Chess Movement and Invites the United Russia Party, LDPR and Opposition to Enter It

Время публикации: 13.02.2013 04:03 | Последнее обновление: 13.02.2013 21:02

We have written about Kirsan Ilyumzhinov's wish to set up the movement The World Chess Party in September 2012. Now the information has been confirmed and even supplemented with new details by the Russian newspaper Izvestia. 

"Ilyumzhinov plans to invite the United Russia Party, LDPR and even fringe opposition into the Russian part of the party; the party will have movements in 178 countries which are members of FIDE. The movement has political aims. One of it is entering parliaments all over the world.

The main purpose of the movement is adopting the chess bill in the world parliaments, - Ilyumzhinov explained this globally important intellectual task. [...]    

The founder of the movement intends attracting such big corporations and IT-companies as Google, McDonalds, Facebook and IBM to sponsor the project.

In Russia Ilyumzhinov is planning to invite the chess fans to join the party. Among those are Stanislav Govorukhin and Anatoly Karpov (both are the members of United Russia Party), Garry Kasparov, the member of the Opposition Coordination Council, the writer Arkady Arkanov and Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the leader of LDPR.    

"I'm not going to head the movement neither in Russia nor elsewhere. I will be coordinating it," Ilyumzhinov said, "Namely, one of the first steps the movement will make is organizing the chess competition between the teams from South and North Korea. Then we will hold the tournament between Palestinian and Israeli children."

Earlier the FIDE president sаid the movement headquarters would be located in Ukraine and wouldn't have any relation to politics.

"I thought why shouldn't we unite clever, intelligent people and create a sort of community. Our aim is not to get to the Parliament, we don't really want you to join the party for that purpose. For some people politics is a source of their living. However for us this party is not a way of getting powers. We aim to adapt young people for modern life, we want to teach them to calculate their moves and actions. That's why we want to create chess parties. We are now opening the Ukrainian chess party. It is not a political one." According to Ilyumzhinov the chess parties will be managed by young people, not older than 30 years, while other members of the parties might be elected regardless of their age.

Vladimir Zhirinovsky expressed readiness in entering the party and wished Ilyumzhinov success. Stanislav Govorukhin said he supports the idea, however, he is not going to join it. The former world champion Anatoly Karpov considers the movement to be useless, "Chess as any other sport has always been beyond politics." 

Rostislav Turovsky, the political scientist, reminds Kirsan Ilyumzhinov's wish to return into politics showed up again recently. He thinks that the FIDE president wants to use this new movement for attracting attention, "It's unlikely that the initiative will work out, but Ilyumzhinov will manage to attract attention to his persona in this way."   


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