The preparations for the election of President of FIDE started in Khanty-Mansiysk, the capital of the 39th World Chess Olympiad.

The preparations for the election of President of FIDE started in Khanty-Mansiysk, the capital of the 39th World Chess Olympiad. Voting boxes and voting booths were brought to the Congress Hall. During the day the secretariat accepts the warrants from the representatives of those countries which will not be able to come to the polls for some reason or other.
It’s worth saying that the current head of the International Chess Federation Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and the world champion Anatoly Karpov pretend to the presidency of FIDE.

Аcandidate must enlist the support of 82 countries to win The campaign leaflets appeared in the house of the Congress. The election of the President of FIDE takes on political overtones.
The day before the International Chess Federation received a letter from one of the political parties «Yabloko», where its members urge to vote against one of the candidates. Most of the Congressmen believe suppose that the results are not predictable.

"Both candidates offer attractive projects. In case of the winning Kirsan Ilyumzhinov plans to build a chess school in every continent. Anatoly Karpov is going to cancel the membership fees for the congressmen and for the players who are the members of the International Chess Federation. For example, today the fee of the national team participating in the World Cup is 10 000 euro", - said the representative of Ethiopia Jozef Dame.

"We will vote for the future of the chess federation but each country has its right to decide itself what variant of future it will be. The struggle will be definitely intense. The applicants to the post of FIDE President are intelligent people "- said the representative of Bulgaria Stefan Sergiev.

"The chances of the candidates are absolutely equal. I believe that the candidate who established good international relations should score a victory. He must attend all the symbolic chess events. He must pay more attention to the education of the younger generation of Grand Masters in his program"- said the Spain's representative Javier Ochoa de Echaudzhen.

The voting will start on Wednesday, September 29th and it will last several hours. The counting of the votes will be finished till the dinner. For example, the last presidential election of the FIDE president lasted about 6 hours. The congressmen will also vote for the presidents of the continental chess federations: from Africa, America, Europe and Asia.