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FIDE SUCKS

[Nigel Short] blames the International Chess Federation, known by its
French acronym FIDE, for failing to leverage the sport's enormous
global reach. With 158 member nations, FIDE is the second largest
world-wide sporting organization after FIFA, the governing body of
world football.

"Nowadays FIDE is run by a bunch of thugs and does about as much for
promoting chess as the United Nations does for stopping war." -- THIS
CRAzy WORD OF CHESS by GM Larry Evans




ChessFire wrote:
While the winner of this month's World Chess Cup will receive $120,000
in prize money, this year's World Series of Poker champion pocketed
about $8.5 million.

"Chess has simply failed to tap into its enormous potential: We have
too many people shooting ourselves in the foot, or in the head if you
like, and we're not enough progressive enough as a sport," says Nigel
Short, a former world championship challenger and current British No.
1.

He blames the International Chess Federation, known by its French
acronym FIDE, for failing to leverage the sport's enormous global
reach. With 158 member nations, FIDE is the second largest world-wide
sporting organization after FIFA, the governing body of world
football.

"At the grassroots level, chess is huge but on the top level it
doesn't translate into anything," Mr. Short says. "There are hundreds
of millions of chess players around the world, so the money's there,
but FIDE has failed to put chess in the mainstream."

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