Zero Tolerance for FIDE

Former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov had strong words earlier this week for the zero tolerance policy instituted by FIDE. “I have zero tolerance for FIDE’s zero tolerance policy! Forfeiting a kid at the most important event of his life for being a minute late? Young Peruvian star Jorge Cori misunderstood 6:15 for 6:50 & wasn’t at board at World Cup event. Forfeited, and in round 1! He’s appealing. I have always promoted professionalism and treating chess as a serious sport, not a casual game. But rules like this destroy common sense. Struggling federations like Peru’s cannot send a big staff of coaches & aides. Difficult just to send players! But FIDE taxes them anyway.” (
The World Cup has been marred by FIDE’s ill-conceived zero tolerance policy. I cannot help but wonder what would have happened if it had been the top rated player, Levon Aronian, who arrived late for the beginning of the round. What if Hikaru Nakamura had arrived at his board before the round, but needed to leave the board to answer the call of nature, thereby missing the start of the round?
Major League Baseball umpires are on the field to enforce the rules. Today’s umpires have become much more confrontational than those of the past, constantly making themselves the focus of the game. Every time it happens a fan will hear the announcer say, “Fans do not pay to come to the ballpark to watch the umps.” Something similar has happened within FIDE. It is more than a little obvious the problem is at the top because Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, President of the corrupt FIDE, is a megalomaniac.
It is sad the best players in the world have refused to take a stand against the dictatorial President. They should emulate what the people of Egypt have done and rise-up against the madness of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. In the immortal words of Captain James T. Kirk, “In every revolution, there’s one man with a vision. “
It is not vision I would like to see, but just one top Grandmaster with cojones!

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