I give full support to Silvio Danailov
Q: How is the ECU elections race going?
ECU elections race has actually not started yet. Now we have just
three tickets with more or less known names. Real race will start with
programs. We are still waiting for them. Three months could be long or
very short period. And one important “detail” also to keep in mind:
this time FIDE elections are before Europeans.
Q: Regarding this, there are multiple candidates now, what are your
After Elista 1998, Khanty Mansysk will be first repetition with three
candidates for the President. The novelty this time is that among them
is not the current President. I believe 12 years was enough and of
course I am absolutely ready to help new administration. I expect
absolutely fair and honest campaign and final battle.
Q: In FIDE elections the candidates are announcing the countries that
support them, this is not happening in ECU race. Is there a reason
why? And who is your favourite , who will receive your support ?
Open support for elections has been introduced in Turin. And now both candidates use this “advantage”. I am not sure that European countries will follow the same way. In any case, Silvio Danailov’s contribution to the world of chess was enormous in the last years. I will give him my full support.
Q: Now there are three candidates on the scene. Do you believe further
agreements between the candidates now or in Khanty Mansiysk are
No, I don’t believe that. The delegates are intelligent and
independent, so it will be very difficult to convince them to vote
somebody else on the second round for example.