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I received an e-mail this morning from Mr. Kok who affirmed he had arrived
in Torino, and he has already made a downloadable video of a discussion
with; himself, Ali Nihat and GM Nigel Short, speaking their minds and
answering 'live' e-mail questions.

Here is the direct link:

It took my [v. fast] server 3 minutes to download the 30 minute audio/video

For readers who cannot access the download here below is a brief summary of
main points:

Nigel Short

*An open procedure of governance of chess by professional management, not
corrupt ineptitude. *Make chess modern sport befitting C21st. *Reform Fide's
structure, not a system of backscratching friends. *No denial of visas to
legitimate chess players. *Survey of small countries showed 'utter neglect'
of them by Fide. *He asked the question, 'what has Fide done for you in the
past 5 years?'

Ali Nihat

*Spoke primarily about lack of sponsorship attained by Fide. *He also acted
to relay questions received by e-mail during the interview process.

Bessel Kok

*Predicted the weather! *He said that Fide had 'forgotten their task' and
was 'too inward looking.' *He spoke of less ostentation and more results. *
His primary slate of ideas comprised: Better chess in the schools, more
chess education, better professional sponsorship for the game, better use of
chess and technology. *He further addressed a 6-City series of tournaments
leading to a super tournament, a format already proved successful for
evolving top players.

All 3 Right Move advocates looked relaxed and while Bessel joked about the
weather, Nigel grinned throughout. Kok said that he thought his chances were
poor some 6 months ago when be became a sort of 'alternative' candidate, but
now thought they were better than 50%, and perhaps 60%. Nigel commentated
that these seemed like real appreciations of the situation unlike the other
campaigns loose talk of 200 federations being on their side.

While the interview had a relaxed and confident tone, its plain that the
issues themselves are no joking matter. Very much chess in the future seems
to depend on shifting the basis to a professional standard of management
aligned with what most chess players express themselves to really want - in
contrast to business as usual, which is very little business at all.

Phil Innes

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