Präzisierung der FIDE

22.11.2004 – Auf der Eröffnungspressekonferenz in Moskau kam es zu einem Disput zwischen Garry Kasparov und Berik Balgabaev, Assistent von FIDE-Präsident Kirsan Illymzhinov, bei der Beschreibung der Situation des geplanten Wettkampfes zwischen Kasparov und FIDE-Weltmeister Kazimdzhanov. Strittig war insbesondere, ob der Türkische Verband eine ernst zu nehmendes Angebot zur Organisation des Wettkampfes gemacht hatte. Georgios Makropoulos, Vizepräsident der FIDE, hat in einer Presseerklärung die fraglichen Punkte präzisiert. Zur FIDE...Presseerklärung (engl.)...

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Dear chessfriends,
I would like to make the following clarifications concerning the article published on the ChessBase website on Nov 16 about the 57th Russian Championship Press Conference.
GM Garry Kasparov was very accurate about points 1 and 2 of your summary (his source of information and lack of bank guarantees).
In point 3, concerning the proposal of the Turkish Chess Federation, it is obvious that Garry isn't fully informed about the real facts. The President of the Turkish Chess Federation, Mr Ali Nihat Yazici, requested from the FIDE General Assembly in Calvia to issue a deadline to the Dubai organizers for the completion of all procedures and the delivery to FIDE of all necessary financial guarantees. In case the Dubai organizers would not be able to keep the deadline, then FIDE would have to terminate its efforts to organize the World Championship match in the United Arab Emirates and give a period of 10 days to the Turkish Federation to provide an alternative solution together with all financial guarantees.
The Turkish Federation was of course in no position during the FIDE General Assembly to guarantee that it would indeed succeed in securing sponsorship. The only guarantee on the table was the optimism of Mr Yazici that he would succeed and the fact that he is a serious president of a very active federation which would never engage FIDE in an adventure from which we would lose all potential sponsors.
The FIDE General Assembly did not reject the Turkish proposal and decided to request from the FIDE President, Mr Ilyumzhinov, that he himself will set the deadline since Mr Ilyumzhinov is the only person having complete knowledge about the progress of negotiations with the Dubai organizers. Mr Yazici was not satisfied with this decision and he informed me that under these hazy conditions the Turkish Federation will not be able to organize the match in any case.
Consequently, GM Garry Kasparov did not lie during the recent Press Conference in Moscow but instead he was speaking based on the only information he had. It is also his irremovable right, as with all chessplayers, to publicly express his opinion about all matters which concern himself or the general structure and the further development of our sport.
FIDE and the whole international chess community should express its satisfaction with the efforts and the patience shown by GM Garry Kasparov for the realization of the Prague Agreement.
Georgios Makropoulos
FIDE Deputy President