With days to go for the International Chess Federation’s (FIDE) presidential election, Grandmaster Nigel Short has resigned as Vice President.
FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovic said the resignation may be related to the three-month suspended ban imposed by the FIDE Ethics and Disciplinary Commission from acting as a FIDE official.
“Nigel’s decision is open and honest, perhaps a little emotional and related to the decision of the EDC (Ethics and Disciplinary Commission), but I am confident that Nigel will continue his mission and my proposal to find the right format for our joint work.” Would agree. For the benefit of chess,” said Dvorkovic.
When contacted by IANS, Short declined to comment.
The allegation against Short was undermining and defaming the US Virgin Islands Chess Federation.
“The defendant, Mr. Nigel Short, is sanctioned with a 3-month ban from acting as a FIDE officer, the ban which is suspended in its entirety for a probationary period of two years, provided that Mr. Short Article 11.6 (a), (b) or (c) within the probationary period of the FIDE Ethics and Disciplinary Code (2022),” the FIDE Ethics and Disciplinary Commission held.
Incidentally, Short, who calls Spade a spade, was also critical of the authoritarian methods of the All India Chess Federation (AICF).
He was instrumental in restoring the FIDE ratings for over 50 chess players in India.
Players were banned from playing in chess tournaments not ‘authorised’ by the All India Chess Federation (AICF) and their ratings were later removed by FIDE at the behest of the Chess Federation of India.
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The change of guard at FIDE, now led by former Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Arkady Dvorkovich and his new team, facilitated the move.
Dvorkovic said in his response to Short’s resignation: “I would like to note that over all these years, Nigel has worked tirelessly to promote chess on all continents. Thanks to his efforts, FIDE is supported by many new associations. The family has expanded.
“Often the fruits of his dedicated work were only appreciated years later. As an example – thanks to his efforts, a long-standing conflict in the Pakistani Chess Federation began to be resolved, ending with valid elections in June 2022,” Dvorkovic said.
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Which path Short will take now is not known.
In 2018, he had announced his candidacy for the post of FIDE president and had joined hands with Dvorkovic a few days before the election.
“I am sincerely pleased that Nigel has agreed to accept my nomination as Vice President of FIDE in 2018. Many more candidates from his 2018 ticket currently serve on the FIDE Council and contribute significantly to our general duties. Give in,” said Dvorkovic.
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