Aug 15, 2014

Alien abductions aside, chess intrigue can be a deadly game

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov's controversial career -- and his alleged alien abduction -- has not stopped him from being re-elected as President of the International Chess Federation yet again, writes Ian Rogers.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

For 19 years, the International Chess Federation (FIDE) has been ruled by the eccentric former president of the Russian Republic of Kalmykia, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. Ilyumzhinov’s reign has been filled with controversy and scandal: announcing (and then cancelling) major tournaments in cities such as Baghdad and Grozny; changing the rules of the game on a whim; and allegations — most persuasively by Dutch political correspondent Martin van den Heuvel in his book Schaakmat in Kalmukkie — that during the period from 1996-1999, Ilyumzhinov may have ordered four murders of opponents in Kalmykia.

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  1. klewso

    I don’t know if you’ve noticed but Ilyumzhinov isn’t the only one prone to such “distractions” when in a rut – it’s pretty common around the world – our own Abbott seems awfully fond of that “Joh Bjelke-Petersen recipe of feeding the chooks” himself? Even (himself or other members of the Limited News Party flock) flying off overseas to feed them?

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