Friday, September 17, 2010

Federation Is Sued (FIDE)

Disclaimer: Just to show justice lets see what Karpov want to prove that is to disqualify Kirsan, using zero start rule i.e not allowed to be present at start of chess battle, before real battle, well a former world champion could easily beats the life out of a non professional player.  Lets have a fair game lets play the game first no back stabbing....lets the world decide...

Federation Is Sued; Ilyumzhinov Claims More Support

Several national federations and the presidential campaign of Anatoly Karpov filed a lawsuit against the World Chess Federation on Thursday in the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland. The lawsuit, which was filed by White & Case, a Manhattan firm, is seeking to have the ticket of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the incumbent who is running for re-election, disqualified.
The lawsuit, which includes the chess federations of the United States, France, Germany, Switzerland and Ukraine as plaintiffs, challenges the legitimacy of Ilyumzhinov’s nominations by Russia, Argentina and Mexico. It also questions the nominations of Beatriz Marinello for vice president on Ilyumzhinov’s slate. As each candidate is required to have a slate to fill each major office in the federation, and to have at least one candidate be a woman, Karpov is trying to invalidate Ilyumzhinov’s candidacy by eliminating Marinello from his ticket.
The question of which candidate Russia is supporting has been a point of bitter contention throughout the election.
Both candidates are Russian and the rules of the federation, which is also known by the acronym FIDE (for Fédération Internationale des Échecs), state that a candidate for office must either have the nomination of his or her home country, or of a federation of which the candidate has been a member for at least a year.
Karpov, who also has the nominations of France, Germany and Switzerland, claims that a vote by a majority of the Russian Chess Federation on May 14 to endorse him was legitimate and that he therefore is the Russian nominee.
After that vote, Arkady Dvorkovich, the chairman of the board of supervisors of the federation, and a high-ranking Kremlin official, took control of the federation and decreed that the vote was invalid. In a meeting on June 28, a quorum of members of the federation voted to give Dvorkovich sole authority to act on the federation’s behalf until a new meeting can be called in October — after the FIDE elections. Dvorkovich then reaffirmed an earlier letter he sent to FIDE in April endorsing Ilyumzhinov for president.
The lawsuit seeks to reaffirm the May 14 vote. It also seeks to show that Ilyumzhinov has not been a member of the Argentinian and Mexican federations for long enough to be nominated by them. The parties to the lawsuit say that the federation has not turned over documents showing proof of his memberships, despite repeated requests.
With regard to Marinello, who was born in Chile but has lived in the United States for 20 years, the lawsuit claims that her nominations by Chile and Brazil are not legitimate as she is not a member of either federation.
That is not true, Marinello said in a telephone interview. She said that she has dual citizenship with Chile, travels there often because her family still lives there, and still conducts chess seminars there. As for Brazil, she said that she had played chess for a league there for many years.
“My ties to Chile and Brazil are much stronger than Karpov’s ties to France and Germany,” she said.
The Ilyumzhinov campaign now says that it has the support of 64 federations, although at least of couple of those — Honduras and Russia — are claimed by both campaigns. Karpov’s campaign lists 23 countries as supporters. The federation has about 170 members, with each having one vote.
It is in the interest of both campaigns to appear to be wrapping up enough votes to win the election, as front-runner status may attract more potential voters who might be afraid of being shut out from money and support if they back the loser. Of course, pledged support is just that until the votes are counted.
The election is this September at the Chess Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.


Statutes of ICAS and CAS
A. Joint Dispositions

S1 In order to settle sports-related disputes through arbitration and mediation, two bodies are hereby created:
• the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (the “ICAS”)
• the Court of Arbitration for Sport (the “CAS”).
The disputes to which a federation, association or other sports-related body is party are a matter for arbitration in the sense of this Code, only insofar as the statutes or regulations of the said sports-related bodies or a specific agreement so provide. The seat of the ICAS and the CAS is established in Lausanne, Switzerland.
S2 The task of the ICAS is to facilitate the settlement of sports-related disputes through arbitration or mediation and to safeguard the independence of the CAS and the rights of the parties. To this end, it looks after the administration and financing of the CAS.
S3 The CAS, which maintains a list of arbitrators, provides for the arbitral resolution of sports-related disputes through arbitration conducted by Panels composed of one or three arbitrators. The CAS is comprised of an Ordinary Arbitration Division and an Appeals Arbitration Division. The CAS, which maintains a list of mediators, provides for the resolution of sports-related disputes through mediation. The mediation procedure is governed by separate rules.

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