Ukrainian GM Andrii Baryshpolets is running for FIDE President

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During the upcoming Chess Olympiad in Chennai, the FIDE Congress will also take place and the delegates of the federations will elect the new Executive Committee. Arkady Dvorkovich has been FIDE President since 2018. The former economic adviser to the Russian president and temporary deputy prime minister of Russia is considered a job well done. In his four years in office he made FIDE more transparent and did a lot for chess with the help of many experts in the individual departments.

Dvorkovich is running for re-election and recently presented his “ticket”. In addition to the former women’s world champion Zhu Chen as treasurer, the Norwegian Jøran Aulin-Jansson and the Azerbaijani Mahir Mammedov as vice presidents, he has brought a very prominent deputy vice president on board in the form of the 15th world champion Viswanathan Anand.

With Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine resulting in death and destruction, FIDE, like other sports federations, is under political pressure, especially in western countries. Arkady Dvorkovich’s former closeness to the inner circle of the Russian state leadership makes his re-election problematic, at least for the representatives of the western chess federations.

With Togo’s Enyonam Sewa Noël Fumey, another candidate threw his hat in the ring at the beginning of May.

Ukrainian chess fans can hardly imagine a re-election of the Russian FIDE President and would like to see him voted out. GM Andrii Baryshpolets, who was born in Ukraine and currently resides in the US, has started a change.org petition to prevent Dvorkovich from being re-elected.

Now he has announced his candidacy himself and wants to become FIDE President.

From 2012 to 2014, Baryshpolets (31) studied economics and finance at the Kyiv-Mohyla State Academy in Kyiv, graduating with honors. He later went to the United States to study agriculture and applied economics at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. From 2015 to 2021 he was a research associate at Texas Tech University and received his PhD in 2021.

In 2008 Baryshpolets was Ukrainian U18 national champion. He won a number of open tournaments, the 2018 Winter Chess Classic in Saint Louis, and the 2015 and 2019 Pan American University Team Championships with the Texas Tech University team.

Press release by Andrii Baryshpolets:

Statement by Andrii Baryshpolets

Chess is a great game – the game we love. The potential of chess is amazingly enormous. The boom in youth and college chess, the rapid rise of online chess platforms, the incredible increase in popularity after the release of The Queen’s Gambit mini-series, etc. confirm the great prospects of our ancient game.

Despite the ever-growing popularity of chess worldwide, FIDE is struggling to become a financially sustainable organization. I guess FIDE’s reputation is the main reason for such systematic failure and the need to be supported by authoritarian governments. 23 years of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov’s presidency have built FIDE’s image as a serving political interest, corrupt and underfunded organization. While the current team has brought more transparency and involvement to FIDE management, FIDE’s political and financial dependence on the Russian government is more than apparent. Long-standing questionable reputation has significantly reduced media and private business interest in FIDE. The continuing tradition of being headed by a Russian politician further jeopardizes FIDE’s ability to promote chess.

Nonetheless, I believe that reputation can become FIDE’s most important asset. Experts value trust and respectability more than politicians. A reputable, non-corrupt and transparent FIDE is undoubtedly more attractive for corporate partnerships worldwide. In addition, it creates a welcoming environment for professionals who want to devote themselves to popularizing chess.

The chess world and I personally have been waiting for a worthy candidate who would represent the interests of chess before his own. With the aim of improving FIDE’s reputation, I submitted my candidacy for the office of FIDE President. 𝐑𝐞𝐩𝐮𝐭𝐚𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲, 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐟𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐦, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐬 are the basic values ​​that are the cornerstones of my service. My principles are the following:

• 𝐙𝐞𝐫𝐨 𝐭𝐨𝐥𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 in any form. Rewards are unacceptable to me, my team, and elected and appointed officers and employees. The application process for all official FIDE events must be fully transparent. FIDE management makes hiring and appointment decisions based on professionalism and merit; any form of favoritism is unacceptable.

• FIDE 𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐞 𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐬, 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐨𝐫 𝐩𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐬 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐬 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐬 In its actions, FIDE must strictly adhere to the FIDE Charter and maintain the total independency of particular federations or governments of countries.• FIDE shall strive for 𝗺𝗮𝘅𝗶𝗺𝘂𝗺 𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗻𝘀𝗽𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗰𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗼𝗽𝗲𝗻𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 in relationships with the member federations, sponsors, partners, media, global chess community, etc.

• Engagement for 𝗴𝗹𝗼𝗯𝗮𝗹 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗔𝗟𝗟 𝗔𝗟𝗟 𝗳𝗲𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗳𝗲𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗳𝗲𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗳𝗲𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗳𝗲𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗳𝗲𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗳𝗲𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗳𝗲𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗳𝗲𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗳𝗲𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗳𝗲𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗳𝗲𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗳𝗲𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗳𝗲𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗳𝗲𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁 𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗔𝗟𝗟 𝗔𝗟𝗟 𝗺𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 regardless of their level.

• Observe 𝗱𝗲𝗺𝗼𝗰𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗰, 𝗹𝗶𝗯𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗹, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀.

I have no doubt that incorporating these principles will make FIDE attractive for corporate and private partnerships and will bring the organization to unimaginable levels of reputation and financial stability.

I stand firmly in underscoring FIDE’s efforts to support and promote youth, collegiate, women’s, professional and online chess. At the same time, I would like to emphasize the importance of amateur chess, which is a backbone of all of the above. The support of organizers of amateur tournaments of all levels is the best catalyst for long-term promotion of chess.

As I dedicate a significant part of my life to chess and as an international grandmaster, I am confident that I could lead FIDE to help chess players, organizers, coaches, journalists, streamers and all chess fans to make our chess life easier and to take the prestige of our beloved game to the next level.

Gens Una Sumus

GM Andrii Baryshpolets

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