“If you search for Ilyumzhinov on Google, you’ll find his name associated with aliens, Saddam Hussein and Kadhafi. That scares off sponsors http://twentyfour-sevennews.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-dating-point-to-launch-its-newest.html that could contribute to developing the game and it restricts Ilyumzhinov’s access to funding from Russian companies and unscrupulous people.” Ilyumzhinov does not shy away from his support for the Kremlin. “I am a patriot of Russia,” he recently told the New York Times. “I love my country. Kasparov, who grew up in this country, received an education here, became a champion here, who was receiving money here, from my own hands – he is praised for struggling against Russia and its people. Isnt it crazy?” Chess pieces are moved during a game in the World chess championship in Moscow, Russia on May 30, 20 Putin has made no official statement about the chess presidency, but is thought to strongly back Ilyumzhinov. – Kasparov the underdog – Chess has long political roots in Russia, dating back to early Soviet times when chess academies across the USSR sought to ensure the country’s dominance of the game as a way of demonstrating intellectual superiority over the West. The spell was broken with the dramatic defeat of Boris Spassky at the hands of American Bobby Fischer in the 1972 World Chess Championship in Iceland.
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