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Default Richard Conn Embarrasses USCF Delegation

On Monday September 27, 2010 the FIDE Executive Board held its meeting
at the Congress Hall, also known as the “Chess Academy”, in Khanty-
Mansiysk, South-Western Siberia, Russia.

The Chairman of the meeting, FIDE Deputy President Georgios
Makropoulos, announced that most of the major issues would be put over
to the FIDE General Assembly, so only two issues would be discussed.
These were the review of the agenda and the appointment of the
Committee to check the legality of the proxies.

The second item, the appointment of the committee, proved to be
contentious.

Ank Santens, a partner in the New York law firm of White and Case and
an expert in arbitration, jumped up and declared that the procedure
was unfair because according to FIDE Statutes the four Continental
Presidents shall each nominate one person. Then one of the four will
be eliminated by the drawing of lots and the other three shall serve
on the committee.

Ank Santens said that this was unfair to the Karpov slate because all
four Continental Presidents had been selected by Kirsan Ilyumzhinov so
therefore they would award delegate status and voting rights to those
who favor Kirsan.

I knew Ank Santens because I had met her on Tuesday September 21, when
coincidentally we were both standing in line together at the Russian
Consulate at 9 East 91st Street, New York City applying for a Russian
Visa. We stood in that line together with her behind me altogether for
about two hours. She is from Belgium.

Israel Gelfer was the first to speak in opposition. He said that FIDE
Rules regarding this had been in place for a long time and it was
unacceptable to change them. George Makropoulos said that the
committee would just report to the General Assembly regarding its
determination about who had the right to vote. The final decision
would be made by the General Assembly.

Among the many other speakers, William Kelleher representing the USA
spoke in agreement with Ank Santens, as did Morton Sand, the Delegate
from Norway.

Geoffrey Borg, Delegate from Malta, spoke, siding with the chair.

George Makropoulos spoke many times, saying the same thing over and
over again, often interrupting the speakers.

Richard Conn, who is on the Karpov Slate as a candidate for Deputy
President, spoke several times, basically supporting Ank Santens.

Finally, after much arguing back and forth, George Makropoulos
adjourned the meeting for a coffee break during which time Ank Santens
and Richard Conn were supposed to approach the Continental Presidents
and propose persons to serve on the committee.

After the coffee break was over and the meeting re-convened,
Makropoulos asked whether Ank Santens and Richard Conn had reached a
agreement with the Continental President as to who would serve on the
committee.

Ank Santens said that she had not done so because she did not feel it
was in her place to do so.

When Makropoulos asked Richard Conn why he had not approached Jorge
Vega, who is the Continental President for the Americas (North and
South America) with his proposals for who should serve on the
committee, Richard Conn embarrassed himself and the United States by
saying "I could not speak to Jorge Vega because I do not know who
Jorge Vega is?"

Jorge Vega is the Continental President for the Americas and was
seated on the dais with a large name card in front of him.

The old saying applied, "It is better to remain silent and be thought
a fool than to speak and remove all doubt."

Somebody should answer the question of how the United States nominated
someone to be FIDE Deputy President who knows absolutely nothing about
FIDE and is not trying to learn either. He could have just remained
silent and asked somebody sitting near to him who Jorge Vega is.

Since Ank Santens and Richard Conn did not propose anybody, the
Continental Presidents proceeded according to the rules. Nominated
were Meriel Beja, Herbert Allan, Geoffrey Borg and Shaikh Sultan Al-
Taner.

The drawing of lots eliminated Herbert Allen so the other three will
serve on the committee.

One of the issues at stake here is who is the proper President of the
Peru Chess Federation. There are two contenders. Milton Iturry who is
believed to support Kirsan, and Adrian Noreiga, who is believed to
support Karpov. Both Milton Iturry and Adrian Noreiga were present at
the meeting. If the FIDE Presidential election turns out to be close,
as many expect, this decision could decide the election for FIDE
President.

Sam Sloan in Khanty-Mansiysk, Siberia
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Default Richard Conn Embarrasses USCF Delegation

On Sep 28, 5:21*pm, samsloan wrote:
On Monday September 27, 2010 the FIDE Executive Board held its meeting
at the Congress Hall, also known as the “Chess Academy”, in Khanty-
Mansiysk, South-Western Siberia, Russia.


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Did Richard get a watch?

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